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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.