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I had this bought for my second Daughter when she was born. I had chosen it and was excited to use it. It is suitable from birth to 12 months.
We had to assemble it which I found quite difficult as you had to slot the metal rods into eachother which was tough. Once you had made it up, you can't undo it either, the metal rods were not going to budge, so we couldn't get it back into it's original box once we didn't need it anymore. Maybe we had a dodgy one?
It looks great and the music is nice and soothing, it has eight tunes and they're not annoying, you can have it at three different volume settings. It has a vibration function which you can turn on and off with or without the music. I did not use the vibration much as it seemed to vibrate too much and was worried it wouldn't be any good for my baby.
The bouncer has a removeable activity bar which has rattles and chimes, in the middle is a bird that spins around when you pull the side toys.
The seat is well padded and easily washed. It has a three point adjustable safety belt.
I personally didn't get on with this bouncer and didn't use it long. The plastic section where the batteries (1 x D battery and 3 x AA batteries) are kept and where the settings are is quite chunky and my Daughter would hurt her feet on it when kicking.
If she fell asleep and the toy bar was up one movement and it would startle her as the toys would make a noise.
You can't adjust the seat to go up or down either.
I am yet to try a fruit cake which tastes as good as my Grandmas. Last year she kindly gave me the recipe and I was surprised at how easy it was to make. So I'd like to share it with you.
Pre heat your oven to 150 C fan assisted. Add 10-20 C if non fan assisted.
Seive 1lb self raising flour into a bowl and add a teaspoon of mixed spice and half a teaspoon of salt.
Rub in 6 ozs of margerine to the flour mix.
Add 8 ozs of caster sugar and 4.5 ozs of currants and 4.5 ozs sultanas.
Then mix in a 1/4 pint of milk and a 1/4 pint of water.
Line a 7 inch round tin with grease proof paper and pour the mix in. Cut a rough piece of grease proof paper to cover the top of the tin. Let the paper slightly touch the middle of the mix (very lightly) so that the fan in your oven doesn't blow it off! The reason for the paper over the top is so that it cooks evenly and doesn't burn.
Put in the oven at the pre heated temperature and after an hour you can take the grease proof paper off the top. Cook for a further half an hour.
Stab a knife through the middle and if it comes out clean that means it cooked enough.
Leave to cool on a wire rack, then enjoy!
If you don't like sultanas then you can just add the whole amount (9ozs) in currants or mixed fruit, you could try any dried fruit.
We had a leaflet through the post and it all looked very appetising, we normally get our pizza from Dominos but the cheesy bites really appealed to me.
So I went online and I ordered a meat feast with the cheesy bites on the crust of the pizza. I went to the side orders and the website kept going straight back to the start where you have to enter your postcode which got frustrating, I got there in the end. So I ordered the pizza and some breaded chicken strips and three dips. I got a £5 discount code which I found from typing in 'Pizza Hut dicount code' into yahoo. It came to just under £14 with the code. I could choose to pay by card or pay by cash on delivery of the meal. I paid by card over the internet and was straight forward to do.
It was delivered within an hour and was still hot. The man who delivered it was veery nice. It smelt lovely and we dug in.
We were very dissapointed and won't be using them again. There was hardly any tomato puree on the pizza, it was very bland and really heavy (filling). The cheesy bites were tasteless. As for the chicken strips, they weren't great, rubbery and again not very flavoursome. The dips were nice though!
We felt we wasted our money, we didn't eat much of it and we really wished we'd stuck to Dominos for pizza.
I came across Envirofone.com when I was looking on Moneysavingexpert.com. I was just browsing and saw an advert for recycling mobile phones. I then remembered that I had an old mobile and looked it out. I searched a couple of the recommended recycling websites and this one had the best offers.
So I typed in the model of my phone, Sony Ericcson W800i, you get different prices for the condition of your phone, mine was fully working so I got £20.82 on a Argos voucher card. If I had chose a cheque I would have got £18.10, with Christmas coming up, Argos credit is very useful!
I filled in my details and minutes later I got a confirmation email. A couple of days later in the post I received a pack with a letter and a padded envelope so I could send my mobile freepost. You have to make sure you've deleted everything off the mobile like texts and contacts, and you only send the phone and the battery, no charger and remember to take out your sim and any memory sticks.
As soon as they have received your mobile through the post they will email you, they will also email you once they've tested the phone. You can access your account and the progress online at Envirofone any time to see the status. The customer services are great and answer the phone very quickly. I phoned as I was worried they hadn't got my phone, but they had a backlog as they had just moved offices...the service was still quick though! They do recommend sending your mobile through recorded delivery, but I didn't.
If they test your phone and it's not working properly they will either give you a lower price or they will recycle it or send it back to you, after you have decided what you'd rather do.
They send out the payment quite quickly and I've found the whole process very easy to do and rewarding.
I have now been banking with Barclays for about three years now as me and my Fiance set up a joint acount and now this is our main bank.
I have found them very good so far and I like to do my banking online as I can access it as and when I need it.
It is quite straight forward to set up and use but in the last week they have just started to use chip and pin called PINentry just to access you online bank for extra safety measures. I find this very frustrating as it means you need the chip and pin device (looks like a calculator) and you need your bank card everytime you need to log on. I can imagine all these sorts of devices can be quite complicated for some people to understand and use.
You can view your statements very clearly for the past few months, you can pay bills online and transfer money, you can apply for loans and lots more.
Sometimes if the site is slow and you click on something twice by accident it will log you out which can also be frustrating.
Barclays.co.uk is great for information as it is full of it. You can apply and find out information about, loans, current accounts, insurance, mortgages, savings, barclaycard and it has a branch finder with all the phone numbers you will need. There are different types of accounts and banking to choose from to suit your needs.
I have just started my 3 year old at Tumbletots as I found she was getting too old for toddler group.
Tumbletots is a franchise which is designed to help children learn and develop physical skills. Balance, co-ordination, agility and climbing. They use brightly coloured apparatus which is put together into little circuits for the children to go around with the staffs' help and encouragement.
Each session is 45 minutes long, once a week. There are different programmes to suit different age groups.
- Gymbabes, 6 months old to walking.
- Tumbletots, which has three different programmes, walking to two years old, two to three years of age and then three years to school age.
- Gymbobs, school age to 7 years old.
The staff are great, my Daughter cried the first couple of times but they take the children under their wing and make the children feel at ease and enjoy themselves.
They have the equipment set out differently every two weeks to do different things. They have ladders, tunnels, giant sponge shapes, slides and more. They have routines to bring in songs and interact with eachother like playing with balls together.
The sessions are £5.50 each and you pay by the term. You also have to pay £20 a year for insurance and for a special t-shirt and magazines you get now and again.
Tumble Tots has over 500 centres in the UK operated by more than 100 Franchisees and a current membership base of around 60,000 children. Since its inception in 1979, close to a million children worldwide have benefited from the Tumble Tots Programme. These figures are true from 25/07/2006 according to the Tumbletots website.
My Daughter loves it and I feel assured by the great staff that I can leave her for 45 minutes. When I pick her up she is always happy and can't wait to tell me what she's been up to.
This is an auction website for the electrical shop Comets clearance products such as TV's, dishwashers, cameras, laptops, and lots more. Though there are various product conditions which is why they are 'clearance', including new, boxed and end of line. Ex-display. Scratch and dents. Used and returned. or refurbished. However all the products are fully operational and come with a one year guarantee.
I bought a cooker and a fridge freezer from here 3 years ago when I first moved out of home. The items were exactly as described on the website. There is a product condition report to say if there is a dent, something missing, scratch or something else like no box, they will describe everything like where abouts the dent is and how big it is. In my case both my cooker and fridge freezer had dents in, they were exactly where they said they were and only 2 inches big at the most. You can't notice them as they are hidden and the products are still working 3 years later (touch wood!).
I got my products much cheaper, it even tells you what the rrp is on the auction so you know how much to bid up to. This website is free to use and you only have to pay if you win the auction. You pay your winning price plus p&p.
The delivery is quick and very reliable. There is plenty of communication. I do find that this website is more knowledgeable to people nowadays so you don't get as good a bargains as you used to.
I'm going to tell you about how I have my roast potatoes as my Fiance is potty over them, he'd have them with anything!
They are called Parliament potatoes, my Mum always cooked them when we had a roast dinner.
First you peel and boil the potatoes as you normally would making sure they are well cooked, so a knife will easily go into the potato and slip straight off.
Drain the water and then put the lid back on and shake them about to make them 'fluffy'.
Get a roasting tin with oil that has already been in the oven and carefully pour the potatoes in and give them a shake.
I usually have my oven on 180 - 120 and after 15mins I will stir the potatoes ensuring they are all covered in oil (a turkey baster is good for this) then the magic ingredient goes on - sage and onion stuffing, I always use Paxo.
So shake some stuffing all over and then put them back in the oven. Stir occassionally and re cover the oil and stuffing over the potatoes if necessary (you can add more stuffing too if you wish).
The potatoes can take up to an hour to cook nice and crispy depending on the heat.
They taste delicious and it makes them very crispy.
I buy these quite regularly from Tesco at around £1.55 for a pack of four. I have always liked these from when they first came out and now I let my girls have these as a treat. They taste nice and sweet with a lovely chewy texture and it isn't too sticky or messy to eat. It's made mainly from toasted rice, syrup and marshmallows.
The four Squares come in a shiny blue foily packet. Then they are individually wrapped in the same blue wrapper which keeps the bar nice and fresh.
The best before dates usually have about a year after you've bought them. They are to be stored in a cool dry place. There is 118 calories per bar, which isn't too bad as a treat.
You can have these as a snack or a treat, but I personally wouldn't have these as a breakfast bar as they are a bit too sweet for the morning!
Even if you don't like marshmallows, don't let that put you off as you can't taste it. My partner doesn't like marshmallows but he loves Squares!
On the pack it says - Light, crispy grains of toasted rice cereal covered in a chewy melted marshmallow. There is also a Kelloggs careline - uk - 0800 626066, R.O.I - 1800 626066. There is a lot of nutritional information on the packets as well as the ingredients.
Ingredients copied from Tesco.com:
Toasted Rice Cereal (35%) (Rice, Sugar, Salt, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Barley Malt Flavouring, Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12), Marshmallow (33%) (Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Pork Gelatin, Flavouring), Fructose, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Invert Sugar Syrup, Glucose Syrup, Humectant (Glycerol), Flavouring (Contains Milk), Emulsifier (E472e, E472a), Antioxidant (E320)
Nutritional values from the pack per bar:
(of which sugars) 9g
(of which saturates) 2g
It contains milk and Barley if anyone has any allergies relating to them.
They come in other flavours too including chocolate, chocolatey caramel and rainbow (topped with candy covered chocolate chips).
There are some gorgeous clothes out there for children, now being a Mum for over 3 years now I'm finding the best shops to buy clothes.
I like my my girls getting clothes as presents as they can never have too many, and all the styles out there, their bound to get something nice. Children grow so fast it can be expensive keeping up with them, so here are my favourite shops.
Primark - For cheap and nice designed clothes, some may not last long but I find their trousers great. Today I got my Daughter a gorgeous cardigan that's very modern, it cost £3.50!
H&M - They are very stylish in here, the prices are quite good, the clothes are very durable and last.
New Look - My local New Look now have a baby and childrens section. The prices are great and the designs are always up to date with the latest trends.
Adams - I only buy from here occasionally as they don't seem to have a huge range, quite reasonably priced, especially the footwear.
Next and Mothercare - For special clothes. They are so expensive in here I tend only to buy clothes that my girls need for special occasions. Unless it's from their sales, as they are great in the sales.
Stains! I used to throw out clothes with stains on but now I have the pateints to try and get them out, I always use fairy liquid on them first, generally that's all you will need to get a stain out. Though I have been known to use bleech a bit on white clothes...Ribena and red sauces are the worst! I also find Ace quite a good stain remover and is quite cheap.
I love No.7 Stay Perfect eyeshadow. I use it everyday, I put on the shade Innocence for a base covering then I have quite a lot of shades that i've bought like Mink and Silver Lining, so I just use another colour and sweep across the deep part of the eye lid.
It comes in an oval shaped plastic pot. The lid is easy to open unlike some other eyeshadows. It contains a small sponge applicator that I wish wasn't there and just make the eyeshadow bigger. The eye shadow applicator is pretty much useless, its a funny banana shape and it's so small that it is fiddley to use. So I recommend to just use a brush or even your finger to apply it.
This eyeshadow does last all day and it is a nice size to keep in your handbag. At £7 it is quite expensive, I only tend to buy them when Boots have an offer of getting £5 off.
I got this free through a Boots clubcard coupon when I bought something else from the 17 range. The eye shadow retails at £3.99. I bought the shade called Midas Touch which is a browny colour which looks nice and sparkly. On the Boots website it says available in six different colours, however they must do more as my shade is not listed.
The eye shadow is very eye catching and I made myself buy anouther 17 product just so I could get this free, I wasn't after any make up until I got my coupon! The pot is a square clear plastic container which has 17 Eye Dazzle in silver written across it. The lid is a screw cap which is also silver and mirror like - you could actually use it as a mirror. When you take the lid off there are five holes which you have to pierce. Then you can shake a little eye shadow into the lid and use an eye shadow brush or finger from there, otherwise it could get messy.
I tend to use a damp eye shadow brush as this gives a more powerful colour, the sparkle in the eye shadow is really nice and does stay in place. I think I may try the other more daring colours as they are so nice, you could use it like an eye liner too with a small damp brush.
This was one of the best presents my Daughter got for her first Christmas. The caterpillar is very colourful which babies love and has a big bright face. It has different textures and has a squeaker, a rattle, a scruncher, a teething part and a bell all on the bottom section all inside little pouches, except the teething ring. It has a carry handle and velcro straps so you could put it on a cot or pushchair.
There are three different learning modes. Numbers, colours and classical music. There is an on/off button and it has 'musical medely' button which you press and the toy will go through all the classical music in one go rather than one by one when you press the numbers. It has numbers one to five. It is very clever and encorporates a blue bird, orange butterflies, yellow bumblebees, purple flowers and red ladybirds as well as singing them in different styles of music like oprah and jazz.
You can buy this for about £15, used to be in the Early Learning Centre, but not sure if they still stock it. You can still get it online though.
Both my Daughters enjoy this toy, at first they couldn't press the buttons but this can give you something to play with your baby. It has kept both my girls occupied and I know they are learning at the same time as having fun. The songs make things easier to remember and aren't too annoying!
The only cakes I'm capable of cooking are fruit cakes, and as this isn't really suitable for a birthday cake I have to buy mine from a supermarket.
I let my Daughter choose the cake which is in the novelty cake section by the bakery. The chocolate caterpillar was her first choice. It was only £4.98 and said it serves 12. I thought it would be really sickly so I bought an extra cake just in case, as it was so cheap I was able to buy another.
The cake had about two weeks on the sell by date which I thought was very good. The cake comes in a nice bright lime coloured box. The caterpillar is covered in lovely thick milk chocolate. The inside is swiss roll. It has Smarties, though the ingredients actually say they are strawberry discs but taste just like Smarties. It also has dolly mixtures decorated along its back. The caterpillar has six cute little boots made out of white chocolate. The caterpillars yellow face is flat and round and is made from a yummy icing which has a very happy face.
We were all pleasantly surprised with this cake, though we only got about eight slices out of it, not the 12 which the pack says - just as well I bought two cakes! The thick chocolate cracks as you slice it and as you eat it. The swiss roll in the middle is nice and moist and spongy, the chocolate buttercream inside the swiss roll was a nice amount too, so not to make it taste dry. I think the sweets on top and the white chocolate and the face really sets the cake off and makes it not too chocolate over powering!
We definately didn't find this cake sickly however I did find the calories frightening, considering these are based on a portion when the cake is divided into 12 - 245 calories. 26.2g sugar, 9.5g fat, 5.7g saturates and o.4g salt. I must remember to have a smaller portion if I buy this again, which I would.
It does contain milk, wheat, gluten, egg and soya. It does say it doesn't contain nuts, however they cannot guarentee it to be nut free as the equipment was previously used to make products containing nuts.
I bought this at Toys R Us as it was on sale, it usually retails around £20. I would pay full price for this as it really is good fun.
Included is -
Mummy pig, Daddy pig, George , Peppa, barbeque, campervan, shower, picnic table, fridge and chairs which are also the seats for inside the campervan.
The campervan has a retractable awning, which can pull out quite easily as my Daughters have found out! The only other problem i've had with this is that I trod on the shower and it snapped straight away, my fault I know but it is quite flimsy. The awning is meant to retract by a little plastic scroll but it is quite hard to turn, hence why my Daughters end up pulling it out!
I like the barbeque as it has a silver griddle that can flip over to be bare then the other side has lots of food being cooked.
Each character is well made with moveable arms an legs. The seats have moulds on them for each size character, so put them in the campervan and wheel them around.