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    • Bosch SMS40T32GB / Dishwasher / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      26.08.2014 11:40
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      • Quiet
      • "Cleans well"
      • "Widely available"
      • "Good price"

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      • "No Pause Button"

      Does a good job and recommended

      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.

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    • Hotpoint RLAV21P / Fridge / 13 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      24.08.2014 16:27
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      • "Did its job"
      • "Long lasting"
      • "Excellent price"

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      • None

      A decent size for a decent price

      The capacity is 127litres which when I compare with the fridge I have now, is actually bigger. The dimensions are 84cm x 55cm x 58cm and fitted nicely under my counter in the space of a standard base unit.



      Inside the fridge are three glass shelves which can be adjusted to different heights by removing and sliding back into the grooves on the side of the fridge, on the base of the fridge is a large salad tray. On the inside of the door is a large tray, which runs the length of the door, above this are two trays which I find are ideal for holding jars or tubs of margarine.



      The fridge comes with an interior light which comes on when the door is opened and underneath the light is the dial which controls the temperature. At must say, even though I am in my 30’s, I still have no idea which is meant to be cooler, 1 or 5 so I tend to leave the fridge on 3 which seems to work and keeps my food fresh and cool.



      When it came to cleaning this, just going over with a damp cloth seemed to do the trick, I must admit that after 10 years, the fridge still looked as white as the day I received it. I like the fact that all the shelves and trays were completely removable as it made them really easy to clean too.



      The fridge was really quite too, I wouldn’t even notice it was in the room. It had an energy rating of A (so not the best on the market, but again, back when we had it, I don’t think energy rating was a big thing) and its consumption is said to be around 152 kWH a year.



      The only thing I didn’t like about the fridge was the constant bending down everytime I wanted to get something out of it, I am also quite glad that I don’t have this style with a little one as with a standard fridge freezer, she wouldn’t be able to open the door. Having said that, this isn’t a design fault specific to this fridge and I would have experienced with any under counter fridge, at the time, I suited our needs perfectly.



      The only reason that I had to replace this was that the freezer we had broke and I wanted to upgrade to a fridge freezer as our new home was big enough to accommodate one. I think the fact that this was still going strong after 10years just shows it was an excellent fridge.



      I would definitely recommend this fridge and it gets a full 5 out of 5 stars.

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        24.08.2014 15:14
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        • "Does what it should"

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        • "RRP a little steep"

        Does what it should

        I must admit that when it comes to removing my eye makeup, especially my mascara, I am a bit forgetful and it’s not something I do on a regular basis however when I do, this is one product that I use.



        The product is part of the No 7 range so is exclusive to Boots; it is available online and in store but you can also pick up from places such as EBay and Amazon. A 100ml bottle costs around 8 pounds but quite often Boots run their 3 for 2 promotions so it’s best to pick up then if you need some other things. I actually received this as part of a gift set a couple of years ago.






        This comes in a small in height yet chunky see through plastic bottle which is topped with a pump action lid. To the front of the bottle is the product description in black and gold lettering.



        The liquid is quite runny, but not as much as a facial toner. It is bright blue and has a really light fragrance to it. I couldn’t pick out any notes within the fragrance, but it is quite pleasant.



        I find that the pump action lid is really easy to use, even one handed and a generous amount is also dispensed when the pump is depressed. To use, I give the bottle a good shake and then I simply apply a few squirts onto a cotton wool pad and gently sweep over my eyes. I was immediately impressed with how quickly this got to work, even on my waterproof mascara, from the first sweep of my eyes, the cotton wool pad quickly started to turn black. I must say, this did do exactly what it should and removed every last bit of makeup without too much effort or applying any pressure to my eyes.



        I did find that the product was a little on a the greasy side and it did leave my eyes look a little ‘wet’ however I just give my face a little rinse after using and this seems to solve that problem. I really only use this product when I am away and I don’t want to end up leaving black marks on my pillow.



        As with all No 7 products, this is hypo-allergenic so suitable for the most sensitive of skins, my skin can be a little temperamental however I haven’t experienced any problems using this.



        This does a great job at doing what it should therefore I would recommend however the cleanser that I currently use does an excellent job at also removing eye makeup so I am not sure that I will repurchase. For that reason, this gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.

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        17.08.2014 21:33
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        • "Good paints"
        • "Good value set"

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        • None

        Ideal starter set with a instruction book which is great

        I picked mine up from Amazon but they were actually via ELC and I paid just under 10pounds. Since my local Early Learning Centre closed, I actually buy quite a lot of ELC products from Amazon as the price is the same (sometimes it can be a little cheaper) and also the shipping is normally free. You can also buy from places such as EBay, Hobbycraft and the Snazaroo website.



        There are also lots of sets available, as well as individual pots of paints and prices start from just a couple of pounds.




        The set consists of 8 x 2ml pots different coloured face paints (black, white, pink, red, green, purple, blue and yellow), a painting brush and a sponge which are presented on a little black tray which is great when it comes to storing the product and ensuring I don’t lose anything.



        By far, my favourite part of the set was the 24 page guide which is included, these gives step by step guides on how to create lots of different faces such as a dragon, a lion and best of all, what we needed, a pirate. Over the years, I have mastered the art of creating a butterfly, I struggled with anything else.



        The paints are quite solid, so to use, I just add a little water to either my sponge or brush and I find that the paint then softens and attaches itself easily to the utensil and then on to Laurens face.



        The colours are bright and quite bold which is great for getting these images perfect, I also find that they blend easily with each other too so I can make a nice pink butterfly if I want.




        All Snazaroo paints are water based which means that are easy to remove (and I can vouch for this, Lauren recently had her face painted when were out shopping and it took a couple of days to remove all traces) yet with comes away effortlessly with a little soap and water.



        I also like that the products are all Hypo-allergenic which means they shouldn’t cause any irritations on little faces however Snazaroo to recommend that you do a patch test before using just to be on the safe side.




        I would definitely recommend this set, its ideal for starting out and lasts such a long time. It gets a full 5 out of 5 stars from me.

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          05.08.2014 22:01
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          • Works
          • "Long lasting"

          Disadvantages

          • "Door handles a little flimsy"

          A good single freezer

          The freezer we had was white, at the time this matched nicely with the other appliances that we had in the kitchen and I must say, that by the time we scrapped this, it still looked lovely and white (although a couple of dents on the door). It measures around the same size as a standard base unit (just under 60cm wide) so fitted flush under our worktop, its depth is 62cm so it didn’t encroach into the kitchen either.



          The energy rating of the freezer is A+ and the energy consumption is said to be 193kWH a year. The freezer comes with three drawers, the top three are plastic and the bottom is a wire one, all four drawers have a white plastic cover to the front. The capacity of the freezer if 90litres and I find all the drawers are a decent size and can easily accommodate enough food for a family of three.



          There are two functions of the freezer that I really like, the first being that to the front there is a high temperature warning light. This illuminates when the freezer isn’t working properly, this has often alerted me to times when I haven’t closed the door properly. The second is the fast freeze button which you just slide across when I wanted to freeze something quick or when I have just got back from shopping and my food may have started to defrost slightly.



          The biggest downside of the freezer was that the drawers were a little on the flimsy side, when they were empty, the opened and closed really easily however when I filled them with food, they were quite hard to close. On several occasions, the front plastic cover came off in my hand when I was trying to pull the drawers open.



          The other downside of the freezer is that it isn’t frost free which is a shame, I remember that I used to have to defrost this on a regular basis as the ice at the top of the freezer would just grow and grow, eventually coming to the point that I couldn’t open the drawers any more. At the time, I just thought that what was all freezers did however now I have one which is frost free, I would definitely recommend frost free versions in the future.



          I would recommend this freezer, I think 10years is a good lifespan for an electrical appliance but for the issues with the drawers mentions earlier, I would give this 5 out of 5 stars from me.

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        • Lec CXR5011W / Fridge / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          03.08.2014 22:41
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          • "Does what it should"
          • Compact

          Disadvantages

          • "Freezer compartment takes a while to freeze things"

          A great compact fridge

          The fridge is quite compact, it measures 50cm (w) x 84cm (h) x 54cm (d) giving it a capacity of around 86litres, so it is perfect for a caravan or a smaller family as it doesn’t take up much room. Inside the fridge are two glass shelves which can be adjusted to different heights and are completely removable making it easy to clean. The exterior of the fridge is white, I don’t think this model is available in any different colours, it has a door which can be hung either way which is ideal, especially for caravans where space is a premium.



          On the inside of the door are three small trays, the bottom one being big enough to hold a couple of 4pint bottles of milk (fitted sideways) and the others ideal for holding small jars or eggs (you don’t get a separate egg tray included with this fridge). To the base of the fridge is a decent sized salad box which is topped with a heavy duty plastic lid which can be completely removed (and also acts as another shelf as I will quite often stack things on top of there too).



          As with most fridges, this does have an interior light which comes on as you open the door and does quite a good job at lighting up the interior which is good.



          It does have a small freezer compartment which is situated at the very top of the fridge and is quite small (around 14litres) and to be honest, wouldn’t hold much however we don’t tend to cook much when we go to the caravan so this doesn’t pose a problem to us (we only really keep ice cream in there). It is worth noting that this isn’t frost free so by the end of the summer period, this has frosted up quite a bit and does need defrosting. The other downside of the compartment is that it takes quite a while to make items frozen. During the hot period, I will normally pop a bottle of water in here so that it defrosts when we are out and about, it will take longer than 24hours for this to completely freeze.



          This is an A+ energy rated fridge and is said to use 165kWh per year.




          We have owned this caravan from new for 7 years now and the fridge is still going strong, it does what is should and keeps our food fresh. I must say, this is one of the quietest fridges that I have ever come across, according to the web, its noise levels are 40dB and to be honest, I wouldn’t know it was on.



          Although the freezer seems to frost up quite quickly, the fridge element is meant to have a built in auto defrost element so the temperature will adjust itself should the control dial be turned accidentally making the fridge too cold.

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          30.07.2014 21:53
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          • "Widely available"
          • "Wide range"
          • "Nice fragrance"

          Disadvantages

          • None

          A nice fragrance and recommended

          The fragrance retails for around 50pounds for a 40ml bottle and £70 for an 80ml bottle, it is also available as a EDP which is slightly more expensive. It is available from most department stores, I picked mine up from John Lewis and the set cost me less than £30 so it was quite a bargain.





          Angel was first produced back in the early nineties and as I mentioned earlier, this is also available as an EDP. There are also lots of other complimentary products available too such shower gel, body lotions, body milks, hair mists, deodorant, body oils and even hand creams. I prefer to buy fragrance that also have a body lotion as I find that spraying on top of cream gives the fragrance more body and gives the aroma better staying power.



          The bottle is quite unique, the bottle is quite chunky, pale blue glass and shaped like a comet (unlike a star which the EDP looks like) and it is topped with a silver star shaped lid. The spray is quite even and gives a fine mist (I hate it when I end up with what looks like dribbles down me).




          From looking on line, there are mixed reviews on what the notes are in this fragrance, but according to basenotes.com, it is made up of the following: Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel, Berries, Honey, Bergamot. Upon first spray, I can definitely pick out the creamy vanilla, mixed with the luxurious smell of chocolate, now don’t get me wrong, I don’t end up smelling like a bar of Dairy Milk but it definitely does have a strong chocolate element. Shortly after spraying, the fruit scents start to come through which balance the chocolate out to give it a nice sweet, fruity aroma. I would describe this perfume a bit like Marmite as I know as many people that love it as do hate it, whereas there aren't many in-between! I would say this is definitely a fragrance which smells better on someone that on a piece of card or by having a quick sniff of the bottle, for me, the fragrance seems to take on quite a different identity when being worn.



          Previously, I have only ever purchased this as an EDP as I find the staying power is always better so I was a bit dubious when I first sprayed however I was pleasantly surprised. This does hang around for quite a while and by the end of the day; to me it still smells as strong as it did when I first sprayed several hours before.





          Overall, I love this fragrance and would definitely recommend but because the RRP is a little steeper than what I would normally like to pay, I would only give 4 out of 5 stars.

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          • Stoves 600SiDOm / Cooker / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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            28.07.2014 16:25
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            • "Works well"
            • "Good price"
            • Freestanding

            Disadvantages

            • "Knobs to the front"

            Our freestanding oven still looks like new

            The unit is freestanding and measures approximately 55cm x 56xm x 59cm so it is a little smaller that the standard size base unit so ideal if your kitchen is on the small side. The main part of the oven is a matt silver colour and the hob is glossy black which I think looks really nice and would fit into the décor of most homes.




            The front of the cooker is split into two, the top half and the first door opens to reveal the grill and the second the oven. Both doors open downward so you do have to be a little careful when opening the oven as the handle nearly touches the floor.



            The grill came with a black grill tray which rests nicely on the wire shelf which has be adjusted to two different heights within the grill which is the reason that the grill only has one heat setting. The oven also has two stainless steel wire shelves which can be adjusted or removed as needed. The two glass doors have a slight black tint to then which is designed to reflect the heat back into the oven, however you can still see through enough to keep an eye on how your food is coming along. Along the top panel of the oven are six dials, one for each of the hobs, one for the oven and the other for the grill. To the left hand side there is a switch which ignites the gas.



            Because the oven is separate to the grill, it does mean that the capacity of the oven is a little smaller than I am used to, it serves us for just cooking small things such as pizza, oven chips etc but I would have to have to cook a Sunday roast in there as I am not sure that there would be enough room.




            The bob has four different sized rings, the bigger the ring means the higher the heat output. The pan stands can be completely removed so easy to wash (they are also dishwasher safe however when it comes to the caravan, that’s the hubbys job).



            The oven and the grill both heat up really quickly, a lot quicker than my electric oven at home and it also seems to cook food a lot faster. It is worth noting that this isn’t a fan assisted oven therefore you do need to double check your cooking times. Although this cooker is fan assisted, I have never experienced any problems with heat distribution as the heat seems to circulate around really well.



            The only negative is that the knobs are located to the front of the oven and are within easy reach for little ones, this isn’t a specific problem to this oven, many freestanding cookers have their buttons situated here.


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            27.07.2014 22:25
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            • "Simple design"
            • "WOrks well"
            • "Good price"

            Disadvantages

            • "Manual Microwave"

            A good value microwave

            The microwave is part of the Cookworks range which is available at Argos, both in store and online and retails for less than 40pounds which I think was quite a good deal.
            What I like about with Argos is there check and reserve facility which allows you to check stock at your local store and reserve it until close of play the following day so I don’t end up having a wasted journey.




            The microwave measures 26cm (h) x 43cm (w) x 33cm (d) which I think it is slightly smaller than the one of have at home which is ideal as there isn’t much worktop space in our caravan and the interior capacity is 17litres. The interior and exterior are both white however this is also available in silver for a slightly higher price. The interior glass plate which measures just under 25cm can be removed and is dishwasher safe, although we don’t have a dishwasher in our caravan so just hot soapy water works fine when it comes to cleaning.



            I would say this is quite simple looking, it doesn’t have any LED displays but for what we need, its perfect and works really well.





            I would say this is one of the easiest to use microwaves I have ever come across, to the front, there are two dials, the top one which operates the power (i.e. low, medium, high and defrost) and the bottom one operates the time. To be honest, I mainly use the high power setting and adjust the cooking time accordingly. The dial for the time goes up in 5minute increments and once the microwave has finished, it makes a loud beep.



            There is a downside to the microwave which is that I cant be more specific with the times, for example, if I was cooked a jacket potato, I would set to 10minutes and walk away but I couldn’t warm a small pot of pureed food for Lauren for 30seconds, I would have to set to 5minutes and then wait close by and have to stop when I think 30 seconds have passed. I don’t think this is a design fault with this microwave, it would be the case with any manual microwave and to be honest, the microwave hardly gets used now my daughter has passed the weaning stage.



            Despite the timing issue, when I do use, I find the microwave performs really well and I have never experienced any issues with it.





            For the price I paid, I think this is an excellent purchase and I would definitely recommend and give the microwave 5 out of 5 stars.


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            22.07.2014 22:07
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            • "Excellent quality"
            • "Excellent cover"

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            • Expensive

            An excellent brush but a little on the expensive side

            I don’t spend a lot on makeup anymore, but this is one range that I always like to ask Santa for (and luckily, he normally obliges).




            The range isn’t widely available but can be found in larger department stores and online from places such as EBay, Look Fantastic and Amazon. The price ranges from 20 - 30 pounds from shops (which I do think is quite expensive and wouldn’t part with that sort of money myself but its ok as a present). I have just looked on EBay and you can get these for less than 10pounds (not sure if they are genuine though as they look a little different to mine). My brush was included in a gift set that I received.



            The brush measures around 5inches tall from tip to tip which I think is an ideal size and fits nicely in my makeup bag. The handle is black with the product name written in silver writing, the bristles are cream and actually look quite short and stumpy, a little bit like they were a lot longer and have been chopped off.



            What I love the most about the brush is how soft the bristles are, they are really soft to touch and it doesn’t scratch against my face when I use it. My powder transfers easily from the brush onto my face without any pressure and it doesn’t rub off my concealer that I have applied. Upon application, the bristles sprayed out across my face and I was amazed at how different my skin looked when I applied using this brush, it seemed to distribute my foundation evenly and give an overall better finish.



            Because of the price of these, rather than throwing away after a while, I like to give them a clean in warm water using my shampoo and I find that the bristles come up like new.



            Having used the brush for a couple of years now and it is still going strong, none of the bristles have fallen out and it still applies my foundation perfectly. I would really recommend the range, especially the brush, but because it is a little expensive, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.



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            21.07.2014 22:52
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            • "Widely available"
            • "Nice fragrance"

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            A good value nice tropical fragrance

            Whenever I go shopping, I always like to have a quick sniff of any new fragrances that I see, a couple of years back, I spotted this range in Boots and proceeded to spray each one on to me. I really liked the fragrances, but I didn’t buy any. That was until this year in the Christmas sales, I saw that a gift set was reduced and decided to treat myself.




            I picked this up as part of a set which included the body lotion too and paid around 20pounds which I think was quite a good deal. You can buy the fragrance alone and it retails for 40pounds for a 75ml bottle although looking online now, it does seem to be a promotion quite a lot, for example Boots are currently selling a 75ml bottle for less than 25pounds in their fragrance sale.



            It is also available from most department store and online fragrance shops.



            The fragrance comes in a deep purple bottle which is topped with a silver lid which when removed, reveals a silver spray. To the front of the bottle is a big bold yellow number 4 which is printed on the top of an oversized polo pony.






            According to Boots, the fragrance is describes as follows:



            Top notes – Blood Orange, Cassyrane, Watermelon
            Heart notes - Magnolia Flower, Cristallon, Black Cherry
            Base notes - Cedarwood, Sylkolide, Purple Amber



            I must say, this fragrance has quite a tropical aroma to it, on first spray, I notice the watermelon and orange notes, after a short while, this subsides to leave a fragrance what I can describe as a being similar to a bowl of freshly picked berries (strawberries, raspberries and cherries) with a slightly vanilla undertone. I would definitely describe this as a summer fragrance and one that I really like.



            I don’t normally go for an EDT as I find that the staying power isn’t great but this is a little different, because it seems to have a few layers to it, by the end of the day, the fragrance is still evident, just with a slightly different format to the one is started with. The staying power is even better when I apply this on the top of the body lotion that I got with the set too.





            The Pony Collection was first launched back in 2012 and consists of four difference fragrances, No 1, 2, 3 and 4. All of which have quite tropical and oriental aromas to them. I am looking forward to trying another one of them in the future.




            I really love the fragrance and would recommend and I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.



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          • Ignis AKS655IX / Cooker Hood / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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            19.07.2014 21:56
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            • "Looks nice"
            • "Good price"

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            A good value hood which looks stylish and does its job

            The fits perfectly over our gas hob and between our two wall units which leads me to believe it is just under 600mm wide. When it came to fitting, my hubby was able to do this himself quite quickly, although it is recommended that you get an electrician to fit.



            What I like about the hood is that the height of it can be adjusted to accommodate even the highest of ceilings as there is an extension part to it. Living in a fairly new house, we didn’t have to extend the hood too much and it was really easy to do (or so my hubby is now telling me) and the hood came with all the brackets, screws etc which allows you to fix it to your wall. I must say, the chimney part of the hood does feel a little loose to touch (however it hasn’t fallen down), but I am not sure if this is more of a fitting issue on my partners behalf rather than a manufacturing issue.



            On the underside of the hood are two switches, ones that operates the light, I find that these are quite bright and even in the darkest conditions, do an excellent job at lighting up my hob. The other switch operates the actual fan itself, there are three speed settings, the only time really that I use the highest speed setting is when I am cooking a Sunday lunch and a have a few pans on the go or if I am cooking something really spicy and I don’t want my house to smell for the next few days. Regardless of what setting I use, again, this performs well.



            When in use, the noise generated by the fan is quite loud, and the higher the speed of extraction, the louder the noise. I can find that if it is on, I wouldn’t be able to hear the phone ring or the door go which can be a little annoying, especially when I have a little one as I can’t hear what she is up to. I don’t think this problem is down to the brand though as my mum paid quite a lot for her hood and it’s exactly the same.



            The one downside of the hood is cleaning it, grimes seems to build up quite quickly, luckily for me, as my partner works as a chef, he brings home some tough degreaser with him which seems to do the trick. Its really surprising how quickly the grease and grime builds up, especially considering that there is only three of us and we probably only cook three days a week.



            The instruction manual states that the filter should be cleaned twice a month to ensure it doesn’t become saturated with fat and grease. With these, they unclip out easily and I just soak in really hot soapy water for around 20minutes, rinse and then soak and scrub again (be careful not to let the water go cold like I have before as you just have to start again). The other option is that these can just be popped in the dishwasher.



            The hood has been installed for over 10 years now and with the exception of having to replace one of the halogen bulbs, it still performs as well as it did the day we bought it. I would definitely recommend this hood and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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              11.07.2014 21:02
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              • Quiet
              • "Free delivery"
              • "Easy to clean"
              • "Good price"

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              A good value fridge freezer

              When we first move in together, my partner and I were lucky to receive a fridge and freezer from my in-laws as a gift, we had separate ones as at the time, there was nowhere in our house where we could fit a fridge freezer. Last year, my freezer started freezing on the outside and although there was nothing wrong with the fridge, we decided to invest in a freestanding fridge freezer. (What I didn''t want to do was just replace the freezer and then within a couple of months, have to replace the fridge and to be honest, I was sick of bending down every time I wanted something out of the fridge).

              I purchased this from Tesco Direct last year at a price of just under 250pounds, this included free delivery. Having a look online, I can see that this is also available in black and silver and prices can go up to as much as 300 so it is worth having a look around.

              One of the first things I noticed when I first started looking at these was the huge price range and the difference in specification; in fact, it was a bit daunting so in the end I left the decision up to my other half.

              The fridge freezer measures approximately 54cm wide, 58cm deep and 174cm tall, whilst the height and width are fine, I would say that the depth is a little on the small side. In my old fridge, I could lie a 2litre bottle of pop on she shelves easily however if I do this in this fridge, I cannot close the fridge door. Although this doesn''t cause too much of a problem, you can guarantee when I need to put a bottle in the fridge, the door is full of things that cannot be put on their sides.

              I find that the noise is almost none existent, even with the door open, I wouldn''t know that the fridge was there. Occasionally, there is a loud click that comes from the direction of the fridge freezer but my other half tells me that this is to do with the auto defrost kicking in.

              Energy rating ? A+ Annual Energy Consumption ? 268kWh Noise level ? 49dB Storage capacity of fridge ? 150litres Storage capacity of freezer ? 84litres

              The fridge has three glass shelves inside, all of which are adjustable and with the bottom one having two salad boxes underneath which are really quite deep and can hold a decent sized iceberg lettuce easily. On the inside of the door is a large tray which can comfortably hold a couple of 4pint bottles of milk (sideways) and still has a bit of room for one of two smaller bottles (mine is normally filled with wine). Above the tray are two smaller shelves which are great for holding things such as jars, butter and eggs (you do get a little removable egg holder included).

              You can set the temperature of the fridge by turning a little dial which is situated just under the light in the top right hand corner of the fridge. I still haven''t worked out what is colder, 1 or 6 so I tend to set mine at 3.

              The freezer is made up of four trays, the top three are quite deep and the bottom one is a little shallower. The drawers slide in and out easily as there is a built in auto defrost setting which means that the freezer stays frost and ice free.

              What I do like about the freezer is that should there be a power failure; the freezer will keep the food for around 13hours which I think is really good. I used to work in insurance claims and the number of claims I used to manage for food replacement due to a power failure was unreal.

              I must admit that I haven''t cleaned my freezer out much since I have had it, what I will say is that on the times I have, it was cleaned within a few minutes. Because the freezer stays ice free, I can give it a quick wipe out with a damp cloth and the insides look nice and clean. The same goes really for the fridge, a quick wipe and it''s done.

              Although I mentioned earlier that this was a little smaller than I was used to, with the exception of not being as deep as I would have liked, the fridge freezer has performed really well. My food is constantly kept fresh, cool or frozen and I haven''t experienced any problems with it. For these reasons, I would recommend and this gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.

              Thanks for reading.

              Technical information obtained from my instruction manual.

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                09.07.2014 23:24
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                A nice good value fragrance from Avon

                When it gets towards the end of the year, I find that I start running low on perfume but I don''t want to go out and buy some as I know Santa will always bring me some. As we always have an Avon catalogue floating around at work, I always have a peek inside to see if there are any offers on, I liked the look of this bottle so decided to give it a go.

                This is from Avon so is available from your local representative or online, if you don''t have a local rep, if you go online they can put you in touch with one. The fragrance is available in a 50ml bottle and retails for around 11pounds but if you catch this right, it can often be a lot cheaper.

                The bottle is quite an unusual shape which is what first attracted me to this, it is made from clear glass which has quite an angled shape to it (it reminds me of something from a supernatural film), when on my dressing table, the light catches the different angles and it looks lovely. I would say that it does have quite an expensive look to it. The packing it came in was quite simple, just a plain white box but to be honest, I normally throw the boxes away anyway.

                I always make a point of reading how the manufacturer describes a fragrance before I buy it although I am not sure why as 9 times out of 10, they are made up of notes I have never heard of and am non the wiser of how it will smell. This however was a little different, Avon describe it as "Essences of gardenia, plum, vanilla orchid and sandalwood laced with hi-tech pheromones. Perceive helps trigger positive emotions, increasing feelings of wellbeing, confidence and lifting your spirits. Woody, Floral" From reading this, I instantly thought I would like is as I like most of these elements.

                When it comes to fragrances, I prefer sweet and slightly fruity rather than floral and this definitely didn''t disappoint, from the first spray, there was a floral note present immediately but I would say it was quite a young fragrance (and that of a nice flower), this mingled with the sweet vanilla and fruits makes the fragrance one that I really like. As the day progresses, the fruity notes do subside a little, leaving a slightly musky undertone.

                I have learnt over the years to buy EDP rather than EDT as I find that the fragrance is stronger, this is available in both. Normally with cheaper fragrances, I find that they fade really quickly and I have to ?top up'' throughout the day however staying power of this is really quite good, I noticed that at the end of the day I could still smell on my coat and clothes.

                I quite like this perfume, especially for the price I paid. What I like about Avon is that they offer a kind of no quibble refund policy so if you are not happy with your product, you can return for a full refund.

                I would give this fragrance 5 out of 5 stars.

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                Hama was a hit with us

                Last year when we went to Ikea, my daughter pointed out some bead and peg boards which looked a lot like Hama so when it came to Christmas, I decided to get her some.

                We paid around 5pound for a tub of 3000 beads which I think is excellent value for money. It is available from most major toy shops for a similar price.

                The product concept is really simply yet provides hours of fun, simply place the beads onto a peg board (which is sold separately), iron over the top with a sheet of special paper which causes the beads to bond together.

                Hama beads are little cylinders of coloured plastic, in this tub, the beads are a mixture of clear, brown, green, red, yellow, blue and purple and are translucent which I think adds a nice touch.

                There are lots of different versions and set available, some are themed and there are also smaller beads available. These beads are classed as midi which means they are slightly bigger than other ones we have, (they measure approximately 5mm x 5mm) which means we have also used them for jewellery making which I another activity Lauren loves. Because these are a little bigger, we both found it easier to manipulate when first using.

                The tub which the beads come in is re-sealable which is always a bonus as it means the beads are stored safely and securely when not in use. The set is aimed at children over the age of 5 due to the small parts.

                I really like the interaction we can both have with these, we can spend one on one time together just making different designs and talking about day to day events such as school. I find this is the best time to get Lauren to talk to me about what''s happening at school etc (normally she is quite secretive and when I ask her what she has done today at school, the answer is always ?I can''t remember?).

                As well as playing together, my daughter will quite happily set and make patterns and pictures herself and then keep them to one side ready for me to iron away which I like because as much as I like spending quality time with Lauren, working full time means I have to spend time at the weekends cleaning etc.

                I would say these really to ignite Laurens imagination, she likes to make houses, castle, and animals from these, and I would also say they bring out her artist flare by creating nice colourful patterns.

                The fact that the tub contains 3000 beads means that it seems to be lasting for ages, I would say we have played with this several times since Christmas yet there is still more than 75% of the tub left.

                I would really recommend these; I have since gone on to repurchase some more sets ready for birthday and my mum has also brought some to play with when we go there visiting. These get 5 put of 5 stars from me.

                Thanks for reading.

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