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When it comes to any sort of fragrance, my preference is always fruity so when I spotted this reduced, I just had to try it.
===Price & availability===
The shower gel is available from most supermarkets and high street chemists, the actually RRP for a 250ml bottle it around £2 however this along with the majority of the Radox range often gets reduced down to less than £1 which is when I tend to pick it up.
This Radox bottle definitely stands out on the shelf as it is bright pink in colour and topped with a black flip top lid. To the front of the bottle is an image of a mixture of berries with a splash of milk over them. The bottle stands on the lid which I like as the gel runs all the way to the lid which means I don’t have to shake the bottle when I am getting towards the end of it.
I also like that the bottle has a cap on it which only dispenses the liquid when it is squeezed so that it doesn’t leak when not in use. The only downside of the bottle is that it doesn’t have a fold out hook at the top which means that it cant be hung in the shower like some of the other Radox bottles can.
===The shower gel===
The shower gel is white in colour and has quite a runny consistency to it so I do have to be careful when squeezing the bottle so as not to dispense too much out onto my shower puff. I would sat that I use around a 50p sized amount when using which is more than enough to produce a really nice lather and enough to clean my whole body.
My partner has quite sensitive skin and he has never experienced any problems when using this. I must say that I tend to have dry skin, especially on my legs and this does a great job and keeping my skin hydrated too.
The best thing about this product is the fragrance, it smells lovely and fruity, just as you would expect if to based on the image of the bottle. I love the fact that the fragrance is long lasting too, several hours after showering, I can still smell on my skin. Although I would say this is quite a feminine smell, the fragrance isn’t too overpowering and my hubby uses it without any complaints.
I really like the gel and it does a good job at cleaning and keeping my skin nice and soft so I would definitely recommend and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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One company I have been loyal to since I moved into my first house is Sky, and for a long time, we have had Sky+ as part of our package.
The remote has a slight hourglass shape to it which I feel makes it easy to hold, the newer versions are silver against a black background (however we have an older version which is all navy blue in colour). I must admit, I prefer this colour choice as it looks quite modern and sleek in my living room. The back plate has a rubber texture to it making it non slip which is ideal when I put on my TV stand or shelf.
The buttons are made from soft rubber and I don’t have to apply much pressure when operating. The buttons are mainly black however there are a few coloured ones on the remote – these are normally buttons which operate a key activity (such as record, box office, play etc).
What I like about this remote is that the first button at the top of the remote is for the TV, this allows me to operate the remote on my TV, not just my sky box, I mainly use this for turning my TV on and off meaning that I haven’t got to have two remotes. To the side of the TV button is the Sky option and then the on/off button.
Below these are four pale blue buttons; TV Guide, Box Office, Services and Interactive, each one offers a menu behind it which is really easy to follow by using the up/down/left/right buttons which are situated in the middle of the remote. I mainly use the TV guide option, but occasionally we have used Box Office to purchase a film or the Services option to upgrade or check my bills.
The Sky+ buttons are in the middle of the remote, it consists of pause, play, rewind and Fast forward, each button has a little symbol on (just like my old VHS player) making it easy to understand.
===Price & availability===
The Sky remote was included in the box when Sky delivered this to us, I do know that you can also buy replacements or spares if you want from most electrical retailers, for around £20 - £30. I would say that until I upgraded recently, my Sky+ box was around 8years old and the remote was still going strong.
The remote is really easy to use, my 85year old grandma has Sky+ and can operate and so can my 6year old daughter. I would definitely recommend and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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This particular microwave is part of the Cookworks range which is available from Argos, both in store and online. I have just had a quick look online and this seems to retail for around £25, I must say though, this does look like quite an old model so may have been updated recently.
This microwave is white with a black slightly mirrored front panel, this panel does seem to attract finger prints and because of the amount of use this microwave gets, it does seem to look a little grubby at times. To the front there are several buttons and a couple of large dials which operate the different temperatures and times.
I would say that the microwave is a standard size, measuring approximately 26cm (h) x 43cm (w) x 33cm (d) and has a 17litre capacity.
I would say that the microwave is really easy to use, simply by turning the two dials the front and then pressing go. The top dial operates the temperature which range from defrost up to 700w, as this is at work, the dial tends to stay at the 700w point. The dial below is for the duration, as I mentioned earlier, this is a manual microwave so although the dial does have markings around the side, you could select what you think was three minutes and actually is would be just over or just under. The microwave starts up as soon as you turn the timer past zero. When the microwave has finished, there is a loud ‘ping’ to alert you.
Despite the door sometimes looking a little on the grubby side, the rest of the microwave looks surprisingly good for its age, inside all the paintwork is still intact (I have come across microwaves in the past where this has started to peel away) and all the markings around the dials to the front are still in place and haven’t started to wear away.
This microwave is at least 5 years old and still going strong which I think is excellent considering how much it gets used, normally at 12.30 there is a queue of around 3 or 4 people wanting to use it.
For me, I prefer microwaves where you can be more specific with the timings but I would definitely recommend this, especially considering the price and how much it gets used. I would give this 5 out of 5 stars.
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I prefer to give my cat Bruno tinned food rather than the pouches but this poses the problem of how to get the food out of the tin. Initially we used to use an old fork but you could always guarantee this would get ‘miss placed’ so when I spotted these in Pets at Home, I thought they would be perfect.
The forks are available in a variety of different colours and are priced at around one pound fifty each. You can pick these up in store and online too.
They measure around 19cm long so long enough to reach into the tin (without you hand touching the cat food). The fork end has three prongs, at one side, the prong is rectangular shape, the middle is pointed (but not too sharp) and the end one is again pointed but slightly curved inwards. At the other end of the fork is the handle which is in the shape of a little paw.
The forks are made from quite sturdy plastic so they don’t bend when I scoop the food out and I wasn’t concerned it was going to snap, also, because of the length, the fork easily reaches to the bottom of the tin.
I found these forks to be a lifesaver; it was easily recognisable as Bruno’s fork and never got misplaced. The length of the fork means I am able to get all the food out of the tin without getting any cat food on my hands. It is also quite good at getting every last bit of food out of the tin which is a bonus because as he has got older, my cat seems to want to eat more.
It is dishwasher safe however I have never tried it this way as I don’t like the idea of it coming into contact with my plates etc so I just give it a quick rinse with warm soapy water after I have used and it cleans really well.
Overall, I am really impressed with the quality, I have had this for several years now and it is still going strong. I would give this fork 5 out of 5 stars and recommend!
As a treat, I like to buy my cat Bruno treats from the Whiskas treat range, normally I buy the Temptations but the last time I was shopping I saw these and thought I would give them a go.
Just like the rest of the treat range, these come in a little pink tub in the shape of a silhouette of a cats head. It has a foil top and then a lid which completely comes off and each pack contains 70 grams. Inside there are lots of little brown treats with a white inner part, these feel soft compared to Whiskas Temptations and they are cheese flavoured (apparently, I haven’t actually tried them)
Prices vary from between one to two pounds but they do seem to be on offer quite a lot so I tend to stock up then. Although this may seem quite expensive, you get loads in a pack and I do not give them to Bruno everyday so a pack will normally last me at least 3 weeks.
I have had two cats (sadly I am only left with one now) but both of them loved them. I like to throw them across the room and watch as Bruno pounces on them and instantly eat – I sometimes think he doesn’t even chew them because as soon as he gets to it, its gone and he looks at me as it to say ‘next!’.
I think they are either quite rich or quite filling as Bruno is quite a greedy cat but he only wants about 5 of these before he had had enough.
I would recommend these but in future, I would probably stick to Whiskas Temptations, although I am not sure if Bruno is that fussy, I prefer those as they are a little crunchier.
I would give these 3 out of 5 stars.
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I must admit, when it comes to wearing shoes, I always seem to have to wear plasters too, it doesn’t matter how comfy they feel when I first try them on, by the end of the night, the shoes are rubbing so I always ensure I have some of these in my bag.
I quite like this brand as the plasters come in a variety of different sizes ranging from small circular ones to longer rectangular strip ones, in total, the box contains 40 plasters. The plasters have a smooth texture to them rather than fabric, I think this is because they are waterproof.
Before applying one of these, you need to make sure the area is clean and dry (as this helps the plaster to stay in place). I find that the plasters are removed from their wrapper really easily and they actually stay in place for a good period of time, even if the area has a lot of contact (as in my shoe continues to rub) or the area gets wet.
I have also used these on small cuts and grazes that my daughter has had, again, the plasters stayed in place all day and didn't cause any irritation to the skin.
I tend to pick a box of these up from my local discount stores and they cost around a pound which for a box of 40, I think is quite good value for money. They are available in most supermarkets and chemists.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these and give them 5 out of 5 stars.
When I had two cats, I used to give them a tin of cat food between then, unfortunately, I only have one cat now and while I didn’t want to move to pouches, I was concerned about the smell of leaving a half opened tin of Whiskas out or the food drying out. I used to use foil to cover the tin up but found this a bit of a nightmare in the mornings (as I always never seem to have enough time) so 9 times out of 10, I would either end up giving Bruno too much to eat or throwing half a tin of food away.
These are just a really simple product, to use they just pop on top of the opened tin and it keeps the food fresh. They are supplied in a pack of three, one red, one blue and one orange, they have a raised image on the paw print on the top and a scalloped edge which provides extra grip when I am removing the lids from the cans.
I don’t think these are suitable for dishwashers (although to be honest, I am not sure I would put them in mine), I find that just washing with warm soapy water works.
Although I mainly use Whiskas, I find that when I have purchased different brands, the lids still fit perfectly.
Overall, these has made my life a lot easier, as soon as I have fed Bruno, I just get one of these out, pop it on top of the tin and place in the cupboard. I now don’t have to worry about any nasty smells escaping and his food keeps nice and fresh. I would recommend and give these 5 out of 5 stars.
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Luckily for me, I don’t tend to suffer with headaches or pains very often but when I do, these are always my first choice and I like to ensure I have a strip of these in my handbag at all times.
There are lots of different pack sizes available and they are widely available from most shops, prices do vary a lot, prices start from around a pound and I find the best prices are generally from the discount stores which is where I purchase mine from.
Each tablet contains 200mg of ibuprofen, measures just a few cm in diameter and is sugar coated which means they are quite smooth and easy to swallow. If for any reason they get stuck in your mouth, they don’t leave that nasty taste (as I remember as a child).
Regardless of the reason for taking these, I find that they seem to work really very quickly and within around 10minutes, the pain starts to ease, whether that be period pains, flu symptoms, headaches or toothache. I must say that also whenever I have used, they do a good job at keeping the pain at bay and its not until several hours later that the pain starts to return. It is worth noting that you can only take 6 of these within a 24hour period, however the good thing is that you can alternate them with paracetamol, by this I mean take two of these now, then two hours later take two paracetamol, then two hours later take two of these and so on. To be honest, I find that unless I am really ill, two of these generally do what they should.
I would recommend and give these 5 out of 5 stars.
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Whilst I was pregnant, I had my first bout of indigestion and ever since then, I seem to suffer with it a couple of times a year so I always make sure that I have a pack of these in the house.
The tablets retail for around £3 for a pack of 32 and they are available from most chemists and supermarkets. More recently I have noticed these in discount stores such as Home Bargains and B&M at a cheaper price of £2 so this is where I tend to buy mine from now.
It recommended that you take between 1 to 2 tablets before meals and at bedtime. Not being one that likes to take tablets for the sake of it, I just used to take them at bedtime (and only when I started to feel any discomfort), and I would only take two, as this seemed to do the trick every time meaning that the pack lasts me longer.
The tablets are a little smaller than a paracetamol, they are round in shape, a pale blue colour and have a slight mint scent and taste to them. Unlike normal tablets though, these are to be chewed rather than swallowed with water, when I say chew, they aren't like eating a sweet and chalky in texture (a bit like eating a palma-violet but a bit harder).
Within less than 15 minutes of taking one of these, I can immediately start to feel my heartburn start to subside and the pain starts to disappear. Better still, the effect seems to last all night and I don't need to take any more until.
Overall, I would recommend 100%, they have been an absolute godsend over the years and I give them 5 out of 5 stars.
The café flavour is a little harder to find, most stores will stock the strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and banana ones, but on the Slimfast website, you can get help on where to buy the products from.
The bottles are bright red, with a red screw top lid on. The flavour is written on the front of the bottle in white writing.
The Slimfast plan is really easy to follow; you simply have a shake for breakfast and lunch, followed by a healthy evening meal of less than 600 calories. Throughout the day, you can also have 2 healthy snack (such as fruit) or SlimFast do offer their own range of bars, crisps etc which you can eat instead.
I really like that there is a free website, www.slimfast.co.uk where you can enter your details, track your weight loss, get help with recipe ideas and online support from a community of helpers which I find really motivational.
In my opinion, the shakes have quite a rich and stronger taste to them that using the powder and have a strong fragrance to them too. Upon first opening the bottle, there is no mistaking what flavour you have brought. The café flavour is really strong, I like strong coffee but this is a little too strong in my opinion (it reminds me of walking into the staffroom at primary school and being overwhelmed by the odour of coffee). I also found that the café version had quite a strong aftertaste which seemed to hang around for quite a long time.
Yes! Each shake contains around 212 calories, which is a lot less than I would normally consume at lunch time, yet because the hakes are quite thick, I do find that they fill me up and I am able to stock to the diet.
Like most plans, they work when you follow them (which is where my downfall is), during my sixth form days, I used to follow this plan religiously and continuously maintained a healthy weight. I have followed it several times since then and they plan has delivered some excellent results. As always though, after a few weeks, I fall off the wagon and the weight piles back on.
Overall, I don’t really like the café flavour, but it does fill me up and keep me going until it is time for my evening meal so I will give it 3 out of 5 stars.
When I look at the shake range as a whole, they taste great, are convenient and easy to follow so I would definitely give these 5 out of 5 stars and recommend.
Furby stands around 14cm high so it quite a nice size and easy to carry around, even for little hands. I actually chose the pink one which is very similar in colour to the real Furby we have, it is quite bright, almost bordering on a fluorescent pink. It has two little sticky out ears, the inner part having a paler pink love heart pattern to it. His face is made up of huge plastic eyes, with pink eyelids and big black painted on lashes which gives it a real cute look. Below this is a little orange beak which is slightly open to reveal a red tongue.
The bottom of the Furby is slightly squashed which means he will sit nicely and doesn’t topple over easily. He has two little plush feet sticking out at the front and a fluffy tail at the back.
The Furby is really soft to touch and quite cuddly, it has a nice pattern to it too.
Although this is really just a teddy bear, Lauren absolutely loves it, she sleeps with it every night, regardless of where she sleeps. There was one occasion where she has slept at her grandparents and forgot to take it with her and I ended up dropping It round about 8pm when she got upset realising she didn’t have it with her. Because of how soft it is, she likes to rub it against her cheek, it seems to act as a comforter.
The bright colour of the Furby makes it really eye-catching and cute, it looks lovely on Laurens bed (she has a pink bedroom so it fits in perfectly with her décor).
The Furby is designed for children over the age of 10months which I think is great, I remember when Lauren was younger, there didn’t seem to be many ‘cool’ teddies around, if this was, I would have definitely purchased it for her.
It is worth noting that this is hand wash only which is a bit disappointing, but I have washed it at a really low temperature and it hasn’t caused any issues.
I really like this and it has proven to be a good investment based on the amount of use it has had. I would therefore recommend and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
The tin looks a little smaller than a tin of formula milk, it is mainly red in colour with a splash of vanilla milkshake to indicate the flavour. The lid is also red and has a rubbery feel to it, underneath this is a silver ring top lid which is easily removed to reveal the powder. The powder is quite fine, but does have some larger speckled grains inside and has a nice vanilla aroma. Inside the tin is a small clear plastic scoop when enables me to measure how much powder I am using.
To make the shakes, you simply add two level scoops of the powder to 250ml of skimmed milk, whisk and then its ready to drink. I actually use a Biggest Loser shake bottle to make mine up in so I just add the milk and powder to this, give it a shake for around 20 seconds and then its ready. I find this method a lot less effort, less time consuming and also makes the drink froth up really nicely to make it taste really thick. According to Slimfast, each shake contains 217 calories when made up using skimmed milk (which is recommended), which is designed to give me one third of my daily intake. I actually use just under two scoops (only slightly) as I find the shakes are too rich if using the recommended amount.
The SlimFast plan is really easy to follow; you simply have a shake for breakfast and lunch, followed by a healthy evening meal of less than 600 calories. Throughout the day, you can also have 2 healthy snacks (such as fruit) or SlimFast do offer their own range of bars, crisps etc which you can eat instead, I tend to have fruit as I do find SlimFast snacks are a little on the pricey side.
Surprisingly, the shakes do actually fill me up and having one for breakfast and lunch keeps me going until my evening meal. More importantly, they are actually quite nice, there is no doubting that it is vanilla flavour, they taste just like a shop brought milkshake, if not even nicer. Unlike other diets I have followed in the past, I find this one is quite good on the purse too, because a tin lasts me around a week, although I have to factor in the cost of milk, each meal costs me around 50p each which I think is excellent.
The main thing I would say about this is that if you stick to it, it works and I find the simplicity easy to follow which is why I really like it.
The hob measures 40cm x 60cm which I think is a standard size, it is made from stainless steel. Down the side of the cooker are the control knobs, these are easy to turn, the more you turn them, the lower the output of heat. Around the side of each know is a small diagram of the hob with the ring you are controlling highlighted in bold so you know which one you are turning on. Also down the side if the automatic ignition, so to operate the hob simply turn the knob of the hob you want and press the ignition button.
One of the main reasons why I wanted a gas hob was that I felt I had better control over the temperature that I was cooking something at, for example it is much easier to turn the gas up or down (normally down for me as I tend to cook everything on a high heat and end up burning it, hence why I am not allowed to cook much). I find that all the rings before really well, I like with a gas hob that you can easily see if you have left one of the rings on from a distance too.
I find that the rings and pan rack cool down really quickly after use too, which is a bonus when you have got little ones around (although even at the age of 6, I keep her out of the kitchen).
When it comes to cleaning, I find it cleans quite well, just a spray of cleaning product and then wipe over with a damp cloth. The buttons which operate each ring are completely removable so when I am giving the hob a clean, I just pop these off to clean underneath.
The pan stands are made from cast iron and are black in colour, these can be a little trickier to clean, as any spillages to seem to get ‘cooked on’ however they fit perfectly into my dishwasher and come up like new.
Based on the age of the product, it is starting to show a few signs of wear and tear, the black markings around the dials which operate each hob have started to fade and the ignition no longer works, I wasn’t too concerned about this, we always have a lighter in the kitchen drawer for candles so we just use this instead. I don’t think this issue is just for Baumatic, I always remember my mum using a lighter when we lived at home (and to be honest, I think it could be easily fixed too).
(Please excuse the photo, this review is actually of a childrens tortoise toy)
I have just had two weeks off from work and as we haven’t really been away, we went on lots of day trips, one of the places we visited was Twycross Zoo (which I would really recommend). My daughter loves animals and has lots of Schleich products already so as a treat, we decided to pick a few more up, this being the first one she picked.
I actually picked mine up from a department store (not at the Zoo) a few days after our visit and paid just over 3pounds. What I like about the range is that the price is consistent from shop to shop so you pretty much know that the item isn’t going to be cheaper elsewhere (obviously unless there is a promotion on).
The range is widely available in places such as Mothercare, ELC, Toys R Us, The Entertainer and a lot of department stores sell these too. I pick a lot of mine up from Amazon.
Whilst at the zoo, there was a race between the tortoises (as you can imagine, this took quite a while) and Lauren was fascinated by them and we spent a good half and hour watching the race, touching the shell and asking the zoo keeper questions.
We opted for the baby tortoise and this measures 5cm x 3.5cm x 2.5cm so is one of the smaller animals that we have but it is a nice size for Lauren to play with and is realistic when compared to the ‘mummy’ giant tortoise we have. All the Schleich animals are hand painted and the attention to detail is always excellent, they have really captured the different shades along with shell and legs.
I am not quite sure why my daughter liked the tortoises so much as out of all the animals, they seems to do the least however since we visited the zoo, she has really took a liking to them and constantly draws them. As soon as we got home from the zoo, we did visit the Schleich website where you can learn interesting facts about the animals. It always amazes me that from one read, Lauren seems to memorise the facts (I wish her spellings from school would sink in so easily).
During play, Laurens imagination goes into overdrive, she incorporates this into play with a lot of other toys such as her Sylvanians, where the figures have rides on the tortoises back, she relives the race (which is quite funny to watch) and her favourite one now is to play zoo’s.
I would definitely recommend this tortoise and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
This is a freestanding dishwasher and is of standard size, measuring approximately 85cmh)x60cm(w)x60cm(d).
The dishwasher is designed to hold a place setting for 12 and comes with two large white trays and a small cutlery tray. When we first had this, there was only two of us and I actually found it a little too big for our needs however when we became a three, we seemed to fill it up a lot quicker.
There are 3 different cycles available on the dishwasher, which doesn’t sound a lot when compared to some other models on the market but I found that it was sufficient for what we needed it for.
Normal: This cycle lasts around 1.5hours and is the one we used most of the time, I found it was great at cleaning off even dried on stains.
Eco: Less water is used for this cycle and less energy as the water doesn’t get as hot. This cleans quite well but not great for dried on or heavily stained/soiled pots
Quick: As expected, this cycle takes just under an hour so is the quickest wash available, I tend to use this just before we are going out or away and the dishwasher isn’t fully loaded.
There is also the option of rinse which is ideal for heavily soiled pots and pans, giving them a quick rinse before going into the full wash. To be honest, I don’t tend to use this one too much; I would always leave the pan in soak in the sink first and then drop into the dishwasher.
To select the cycle you want, just turn the dial around to the wash you want to use and then press the start button which is located in the centre of the dial.
The dishwasher has a couple of extra features on it, one being that you can delay the start time of any of the cycles by either 3, 6 or 9 hours by simply pressing a button located on the top panel. I never used this option but would be ideal if you are on an Economy 7 Meter. There is also a button which can be selected for half load, I have used this a couple of times, normally alongside with the quick wash when I need to wash things urgently and quickly.
The dishwasher was fairly quiet when in use, and I didn’t notice any significant increase in my water or electricity bill when I started using this. I would really recommend.