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When I was in Italy this year I found my Clarins after-sun in one of the boutiques. After the first day in the sun I had a cold shower and applied the cream. It goes on like silk and melts into your skin like butter. Was really lovely and I felt like I was being pampered. The next morning I woke up and looked quiet brown. Not bad for the first day. Every day I used it, remembering to wash my hands afterwards and my tan got darker and darker. After two weeks I was really brown and I returned home a happy woman. Then the problems began. Here in England the lack of sun caused my tan to fade. I carried on applying the smooth, cold,cream but instead of becoming brown I was turning orange. It was awful. Then the worst thing ever happened.....It began to crack. I looked like an orange tortoise. Everytime I had a bath I left a ring of orange skin around the bath. Of course It was not due to the product it was because I used it everyday whether I was in the sun or not. So if anyone is planning to buy this product only use it as an aftersun and not a self tanning product. It really moisturises and deepens your tan but beware that you don't get tangoed.
When I first was told I had to wear glasses I was thrilled, I know it's strange but it was all the rage. All my friends were wearing glass lenses in their glasses so I fitted in really well. Then the fashion faded, like all fashions and I was described as "the girl in the glasses" and I hated it. So I decided that I was going to get contact lenses. I had to have an up-to-date prescription and also a contact lens fitting wear the optician measures your eyes to see which lens is best suited. The prescription for glasses is different to contact lens strength so do not buy then without a fitting as you can damage your eyes. There is a huge choice, monthy, daily, hard, soft, gas permeable, coloured......etc etc. I decided to get the daily disposables which are a little expensive but so easy to use. At this point I would like to ofer my first piece of advice......ask the optician for some free sample before buying a months worth. A few do fall down the bathroom sink. So my first attempt it took about twenty minutes to get the first lens in after much laughing and a few rolled up into little balls. I was so suprised when I opened the little sealed packet filled with sterile water to see this little bit of cling film. I was so determind I had both in with half an hour. They were fine and I could not feel them at all. (although I looked like I had a fight with Mike Tyson.) I kept them in all day and forgot they were there. Then the fun part came getting them out. I had not thought about this before but it was really easy. All I had to do was drag the lens down and pick it off my eye. (is much easier than it sounds) That was it, within days I was popping them in and out. They are really so easy and comfortable. I did try the monthly ones but because they are a little thicker I could feel them all the time and did not really like them. advantages are that they are s
terile and let the eye breathe. Do not have to muck about with solutions, removing protein or worrying about one falling down the sink. The disadvantages i suppose is the cost. Also they tend to flop inside out and that is uncomfortable so beware. Another tip is to buy some eye lubicant drops to put in to the eye through the day if they become dry and sore. (cost about £4.) Never happens very often, air conditioning is the biggest culprit. I use the focus dalies but there are lots of differnt makes but the optician advises you on the best for your eyes. They cost about £30 a month which is not a lot to pay. Now I wear them every day and am not happy on the rare occasion I have to wear my glasses. I am so vein. :)
This a fabulous gadget that every household should have. I would not be without my huge kettle on wheels. It cost me £39.99 and is worth it's weight in gold. It is such a simple but effective idea to have a mobile kettle to clean all around the house. The earlex is a lightweight plastic container with an element inside. It's that simple. There is a lone tube where various attatchments can be added for every kind of job. A jet nozzle to get behind taps, in the oven and even the garden patio. A window sqiggy thingy which wipes away the dirt as you clean and window cleaning takes about 10 minutes. Carpet cleaning whatsit which collects the dirt from your floor as you steam, and a smaller one is provided for the furniture. A funny looking sink unblocking tool looks kinda scary and I have not had the need to use it yet but guess it could be quiet useful. If you need to steam off your wallpaper it has a gadget for this too. You do not add any chemicals into the machine just water which boils sending steam up the steam and out the end. It's quick and easy and I cleaned my whole three peice suit in 20 minutes. I have also cleaned my oven, carpets, spoons, taps, bath and mattress all in one day and they all came up a treat. The only tip I would give to users is that although you cannot use cleaning fluid in the machine it is sometimes useful to apply to the object being cleaned especially if you want to rid ouders. Also do a little patch on the settee and carpet before cleaning the whole lot to make sure it does not discolour them. (I had no problems) Happy steaming to all who take my advice :))
After staying at home with my daughter for three years I decided that it was time to go back to work and I somehow manged to be accepted for the most fantastic position. This was the job I had always wanted and had spent years aiming for it so when I walked straight into after having three years off I was well chuffed. So you can imagine the first thing I had to do was get a new "first day outfit". So off I went to scour Bluewater to find the perfect attire for my first day. After a long day hunting and many moans from hubby I found the most georgeous linin skirt with matching top. PERFECT. I left the shop very proud of myself and looking forward to starting work. When I got home I done the usual act of trying it on with every pair of shoes I own and paraded up and down my bedroom. At this point I must add that this was night time so the only light was from my bedside lamp. OK.....day one at my new job. Off I went, took my daughter to nursery and set off full of confidence ready to face the big wide world again. Had a great day and came home at five o'clock to share my day with hubby. As I began to tell him I could not understand why he was in fits of laughter. What's so funny? I could not work it out. As I grew increasingly angry at him I eventually blurted out at him to shut up laughing. He replied " sorry I can't help it, it's just that the skirt you have had on all day is completly see-through". WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE............THUD...... I came whooshing back down to earth. I Ran upstairs and looked in the mirror. It was on a sunny day and you could not only see my white thong but also the conents of the white thong. I was ssoooooooo embarrased and could not believe that I had showed all my new work frineds all my assests. The next day I went in wearing black trousers and a top up to my neck and have been very qui
et and shy ever since.
Like most mothers I am very protective of my daughter and was very anxious when it came to looking for childcare. We looked at so many nurseries in our area and was horrified at the sub-standard care that was on offer. Some places were dirty, too small and run by unqualified staff. But there was light at the end of the tunnel. We found a perfect place near to us called jigsaw. It is a purpose built nursery and covers all aspects of our childs needs. All the staff are so keen and spend a lot of time putting thought into daily activities. My daughter has access to a computer, a huge garden and a large group of children. They have a chef and a well planned menu with no sugery drinks or CHIPS!!! The first day she walked in and told me to go and has never looked back, yet at other places she was not this comfortable. She is confident and independant and full of stories and tales from her day. Only problem I have is the cost. At £700 a month I expect perfection :) The reason I am writing this opinion is to let all mums who are loking for childcare that it is definatly worth searching for the right place and the perfect place does exist so go look for it.
Well I can not believe I am going to write an opinion on this subject. In the past I have always felt that capital punishment should not exist for many many reasons. The same old opinions that seems to be the most common that two wrongs do not make a right and it is wrong to take a life. Also it is true that you can never be one hundred percent sure on someone's innocence. I have alwasy stood by all these opinions and agreed totally. That is up until now!!!! This is probably going to upset a lot of people but it is my opinion so I will apologise in advance. The one group of people that I truly believe should be applicable for capital punishment are paedophiles. The reasoning behind this is that it seems to me that that these people are growing out of our control and our children are just not safe. We here on the news how sex offenders are very likely to offend again and there are more and more children being abducted. How can we protect our children from this very real and increasing danger? Most offenders who serve a prison sentence, if they ever get caught, will re-offend. They do not understand what they are doing wrong and want to be accepted into society as gays are accepted. To me this is an outrage. Some may think that they do not deserve to be punished with death and maybe morally this is right but what else can we do with them. Our prisons are full adn now so are the streets. No child in our society is safe and as a parent my fears grow for my daughter. I really honestly think that capital punishment should be used for these menaces.
Father christmas delighted my daughter yet again with her new sizzlin kitchen and mummy quiet likes it too. It sits quite nicely in the corner of the room and the small table like flap folds away to keep it compact. This really is a life like kitchen for kids which is brightly coloured and made of sturdy plastic so it is hard to break but easy to clean. On one side it has a hob on the top which is the main feature as it makes a cooking sound when the saucepan is placed on the top, has a deep fat frying basket sunken into the hob and has on and off knobs the same as mummy's. Under the hob is the oven door and when opened contains a shelf for placing pots on. On the other side is the washing up section complete with bowl, taps, hooks to hang up tools and draining board. Under this is the dishwasher which is usefull for storing the crockery. (which is made of strudy plastic too). Across the top of the kitchen is a sercret compartment for storing the plates. There is a flap which lifts and clicks into place and provides a little table. The kitchen comes complete with saucepans, food, cutlery, crockery and condiments. There are a few disadvantages though. My daughter gets frustrated because the sauce pan is too big to fit into the oven and I think that it is a bit pricey at £50.
I have just returned from Tuscany and wanted to share with all of you the most amazing recipe I have ever tasted. MUSSELS WITH MEAT: You Need, 2kilos of fresh mussels pound of minced beef bread crumbs 1 egg chopped tomatoes parmesan cheese basil Parsley garlic 2 Tins chopped tomatoes onion olive oil cotton OK the first thing to do is to clean the mussels and prepare them for cooking. Mix the mince, bread crumbs, a finely chopped onion, garlic, fresh chopped tomato a little parsley, parmesan cheese (grated) and the egg to bind the mixture together. Open the mussels using a sharp knife and stuff with the meat mixture. Tie the mussel back together with cotton and put to one side. Continue to fill all the mussels. Place in a saucepan a little olive oil, garlic, basil, 2 tinned tomatoes and finely chopped onion and place the mussels into the pan. Cook on simmer for about 45 mins stirring occasionaly. Serve whilst hot with past or just fresh bread. Don't forget to give your guests a bowl of warm water to wash their fingers in as this is a really messy dish.
I hope this is in the correct catagory, I could not find 'weeone gets on her soap box.' Anyway, I just wanted to get down on paper my feelings on people with disabilities. I never really thought before how much hard work it can be. Since my husband broke his leg I have learned so much and we are lucky that his is a temporary situation. His leg is in plaster upto his theigh and will be for sometime so for us to go shopping or just generally out and about has been a nightmare. I did not realise the facilities that are available to help people out. Did you know that in most large shops like tescos, asda, matalan etc.. they provide visitors with wheelchairs (only if you need them of course). Some of them are even motorised which for someone like my husband is great cause he races all the kids in pushchairs and I do not have to push him (picture it, I am 7 stone and he is 16!!!) Bluewater park shopping centre ofers excellent facilities absolutly free. You can borrow wheelchairs had use them all day or you can hire them for a week for a small fee. There are no stairs to tackle and all the shops are wide enough for a wheelschair to fit in so he can look around too. The parking is great too. You can park right at the entrance and collect the chair. It is so easy. The problem I do have which we can seem to control is others attitudes towards him. OK he only has a broken leg but we get pushed, we get frowned upon and members of staff in shops offer us no help whatsoever. Bearing in mind I have a two year old too who tends to make the most of the oppotunity that I cannot push daddy and chase her at all times. One day my husband was jammed between two shelves whilst my daughter was rapidly clearing the shelves. So I was trying to un-jam him and control the cherub at the same time whilst a group, yes that;s right a group of staff stood back smirking. Well I do not mind telling you that I wish I could have wipped of
those smirks. When we are walking around the shops people will not allow him through the crowds, they walk over his leg and swing their shopping into him. It is a nightmare. In restaurants we get no help storing the wheelchair it gets left to me again whilst settling our little terror. I really feel for people who have to remain permenatly at others mersy like this. It has been awful for us. The saying "walk a mile in another's shoes to learn how it is for others" is so true. I have nothing but admiration for others having to put up with this behaviour. Yes the facilities for people with disabilities does seem to be improving but we have a long way to go to improve people's attitudes.
This is a lovely site for the children. It is colourful and musical and has lots of animated santas which my daughter loves. You can get screensavers, wallpaper and lots of goodies. What attracted me to the site was the service provided which means that our little ones get a letter from santa or even better a telephone call. So I ordered a call which cost £3.99 and you give a specific date and time you want the call to be made along with the childs name and of course a telephone number. If the telephone is engaged at the time the call is made then they call back every two minutes for ten minutes. So anyway I oredered this service for last saturday and we sat next to the phone on the edge of our chairs waiting for santa to call. 10am came and went and in the end at 11am I rang the company to find out what the problem was. They could find no reason for the call not being made and after a lot of debating they agreed to reschedule the call with no extra charge. There normal proceedure is to still charge you the £3.99 but offer a replacement call at a discounted price. When santa did call it was magical. My daughter was so excited to hear his voice and was an angel all day so santa could see her being good. His voice was one of the actors from the archers and came accross very well, I was nearly convinced myself. I was so disappointed that the service was a bit of a sham. The site is so lovely that I was hoping that the services would be good too. I hope that anyone who tries it has better luck than us but I said it was definitely worth it to see the look on her face.
It is so wonderful to spend time with your child and get messy. Christmas is a great excuse for this, not that I need one. Homemade decorations are great fun. There are so many places you can pick up goodies at a reasonable price. In the early learning they sell all sorts of merchandise for christams fun like design your own banner and cards, paper chains in assorted colours, stensils and even tree balls to colour. If you are the imaginative type you can pick up a range of craft products from hobby craft and make amazing stuff. My daughter bought polystyrene hearts and balls and painted and stuck feathers and glitter all over them. Made a great mess but she had loads of fun. You can also buy christmas stampers and plaster moulds for a 3d effect and to decorate with pom poms or feathers. Another idea is to make some play dough with flour, water and a lot of salt and a drop of food colouring. Cut out shapes with a christmas cookie cutter and place in the oven on a very low heat for about 2 hours. When they have cooled paint them with cheap glitter nail varnish from the market. Oh, before you put them in the oven do not forget to put a hole in the top to thread cotton through to hang them on the tree. Another cool idea is to slice oranges and place whole cloves into the peel and place in the oven again on a low heat until they have dried out. they give your tree a real christmas scent.
When I was little farms were a part of our childhood. On a sunday we would get in a the car and drive until we found a children's farm so we could feed the animals. Now, unfortunatly they are slowly but surely closing due to lack of funding. When we had our daughter we decided to look for a farm and came accross christmas tree farm, which by the way is not full of christmas trees. It is in the heart of kent off the m25 junction 4 in Down village near Cudham. When you approach the car park you can see all the sweet animals running around in the fields. It costs 50p for children over two and £1.50 for adults. Under two's are free. You can also purchase food to feed the chickens, goats and ducks. All the animals are in large open pens roaming around. They are not in enclosed spaces and people are free to enter the chickens, goats, horses and sheeps section. The only sections that you can not enter are the ostriches, bull's, cows and pigs. Everywhere else the children can go and feed an animal by hand. Our daughter loves the chickens as they all run along behind her looking for food and when she sits down to feed them they came up close and some will eat from her hand. They have a small pet enclosure where the biggest rabbits you have ever seen are homed with the chipmonks and guinea pigs. Once we went and they had a cage full of the farm cat's kittens for all the children to see. The reason I think this is a particularly good farm is the way they encourage the children to mix with the animals but also to wash there hands afterwards. Other facilites here are the cafe where you can buy homemade cakes and other refreashments at reasonable prices. There are picnic tables set out for you to sit at but you are not allowed to take your own picnic although next door is a huge counrty park where they encourage people to picnic. If this is not enough for you then you can also visit the animal rescue centr
e at foal farm which is further down towards Biggin Hill from Down. About a ten minute drive away. Here you can see cats, dogs, donkeys and even ducks. If you are lucky they may let you take one home!!!!! On the whole it is a great day out and fun for all the children and adults and there are lots of other places to visit in the area but i would still love to know why it is called christmas tree farm.
When I was pregnant I was absolutely paranoid about cot death. I used to have nightmares and wake up in cold sweats. This was until I read a book called 'Three in a bed' which was about how to help prevent cot death. It explained how in other countires like china and sri-lanka cot death does not exist because due to poverty and over crowding babies sleep with their parents. However in New Zealand cot death is extreamly high even though babies share the parent's bed. This is due to the high number of drug abuse, smoking and alcoholism. So we decided that we would try to have our daughter with us but fully understood that she must not be over dressed which could lead to over heating, we did not smoke or drink alcohol and if any of us had to take medication or had the flu we slept elsewhere. The first night our daughter was bron I had her in the bed with me much to the nurses on the wards discuss and I was woken all through the night so they could talk me into putting her in the crib as they strongly disagreed with my decision. By the time I got home it felt so natural for us to have her with us. Although I did try to put her in a crib next to the bed as people really began to criticise. When she was five weeks old she was in her crib and she stopped breathing. We nearly lost her. From that point on I did not feel guilty for her sleeping with us and anyone who did not like it received a mouthful. I breast fed too so it was so easy as I did not have to get up with her, she just lay on her side and fed and went back to sleep. Some people thought that we would roll on to her or suffocate her but this was impossible as we were so in tune with her, aware of her at all times. She always slept soundly unless she was ill of course. When she was a year old we decided that she was too big to be in with us anymore and attached a smaal bed to ours anfd put her in bed there. She was glad of the extra s
pace and settled in really well. She is now 2.5 and is in her own bed in her own room and we have no problems with her at all. She might sneek in with us about 6am and have a cuddle for an hour which we do not mind at all. She has a special relationship with both of us and has a very strong character which oozes confidence and security which I am sure was developed due to her sharing with us.
Most of us are aware of the tradition of leaving a little something out for the fat fella on christmas eve, some of us even remember doing it ourselves. I certainly do. I remember leaving him a mince pie and dad talked me into leaving good old santa a drop of scotch to warm him up on christmas eve. Of course now i know why dad objected so much to me leaving him a cup of tea!!! Beware to all families who are about to start this in there house. It is very important you give this a lot of thought before you do it. So now it is our turn to play this game with our daughter. This is the first year we wll carry out this ritual as our daughter is now two and is beginning to understand what is happening. My husband is slightly nervous as what ever we decide to leave out this year will begin a new tradition in our family. I personally think we should leave him an unopended bottle of tia maria and a box of milk tray. Hubby disagrees, he thinks a case of bear and a chinese take away would more appropriate. Of course santa is expected to finish all the treats so he does not upset the children which means it is our responsibility to make sure this happens. So we will probably have to play a forfit game to decide the winner. So as it stands at the moment we cannot decide how to start this new family tradition which must remain the same for years to come. The only thing we can agree on is that Rudolph deserves a carrot and a wee drop of milk which we can secretly feed to the rabbit. Suggetions as what others could leave for him are; any form of chocolate any form of alcohol maybe a prada handbag play station 2 any signed pictures of Brad Pitt
Post traumatic stress syndrome is a condition that a person can get after a shocking incident has occured. This could be an accident or experiencing a shocking series of events. Soldiers who returning from combat are at high risk of getting this. It is a form of shock which effects the body's emotions. The symtoms can vary but the most common are; Nightmares Depression Insomnia Headaches Mood swings Lack of appetite Lack of inspiration aches and pains panic attacks palpatations shakes A sufferer may not develop all the symtoms and the severity varies from person to person. Treatment; Well when my husband suffered this he was refered to a counceller to talk over his worries and fears and after a time he came to terms with his accident and made a full recovery. Some people need medication to help the symptoms and to also calm them down. Anti-depressents can be prescribed in extreame cases. The important thing about this condition is getting help early enough to prevent long term depression and to stop other problems from occurring.