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I don't have a baby, but often buy the Heinz Stewed Apple, as it is a perfect accompaniment to pork, is in a portion size just large enough for two, and is delicious. I was first told of this little "trick" by a friend of mine, who happens to be a butcher. I said I was fed up of throwing sauces away as I couldn't finish them before their use buy dates, and he suggested the baby food alternative. Excellent taste, no waste due to the small size, convenient and a definite conversation starter when people KNOW you don't have a baby in the house!!!
Swapitshop is a new "on-line swap shop" aimed at kids. If the applicant is under 13 they require parental authority in writing, but over 13 and you can start swapping immediately. Categories of swaps include books, games and sports. I have successfully swapped one book for 25 swapits, and have received two books which cost me about 40 swapits. It's a great site, the only drawback I can see is that the kids it is aimed at might not want to spend their cash on posting the swaps in to the owners who then post it on to the winner. Items mailed in are at the mailers cost, and then forwarded on at the owners cost. At present you earn 10 swapits for registering, and then earn 40 swapits when you have put 2 items up for swap. Totalling 50 swapits. After that you either have to swap things of your own for swapits, or send in the tokens (in batches of a minimum of 6) currently found on Wotsits packs. I love it and hope that it prospers, but being aimed at kids (with not a lot of money for postage and suchlike) I'm not sure that it will. Here's hoping though.
Well, prizes galore there may be, but none of them have come my way, even after two years of subscribing, and yes, I do finish the puzzles and get them posted before the closing date. At £24.00 a year, this monthly magazine costs £2 per issue, which is not bad value at all considering that is the "dropped on your doorstep" price. The puzzles inside are varied, ranging from crosswords, to wordsearches, missing words, spot the difference, etc., but in my opinion they are pretty repetitious, as though the same few people are setting all the questions, i.e. the same answers come up time and time again. Difficulty rating is probably 4 out of 10, with 10 being excrutiatingly difficult. I very much enjoyed this magazine for the first, say, year of my subscription but now I find I have less time to complete the puzzles, and do not find them as interesting or compelling as I once did. If you're a puzzle/crossword addict, or simply have plenty of spare time on your hands, then by all means treat yourself to a year and you might even win a prize for your efforts. Actually, if you are an addict and have not yet tried this magazine, I understand you can get a free back copy at www.prizemagazines.com. Try it - you might like it.
"Who wants to be a millionaire" is the ONLY programme on the TV that I will leave the room for when it comes on. I do not like it, I cannot bear to watch it. I know it's only a game, but the stress and tension along the way are far too much for me and I simply cannot follow the game because of Chris Tarrant and the way he winds people up, leaves them hanging on an answer, and squeezes every last ounce of life from each question. I know lots and lots of people adore "Millionaire" but this is one programme I really cannot enjoy.
I've sworn by Nurofen for years. They seem to hit the spot, whatever that spot might be, whether headaches, stomach cramps, or aching muscles, within a few minutes and ease pain quickly and without upset. Great. I recently bought a tub of 96 Nurofen at a cost of over £9.00 only to be told (by my doctor no less) that Nurofen is simply Ibuprofen in a fancy packaging and Ibuprofen can be bought over the counter at appoximately 1/10th of the cost. Do be aware though, that Ibuprofen comes in 200mg and 400mg versions, and Nurofen are 200mg. Please read the packet, and make sure you know the correct dosage. Also, as Ibuprofen can cause stomach upsets it is advisable to take the painkillers immediately after food. Ibuprofen = Nurofen at a fraction of the cost. Same product - different price. Now you know.
The new "Count on Us" range of low calorie foods at Marks & Spencers is fantastic. The packaging is distinctive, so you know at a glance that you are looking at the "diet" range, and the choices are amazing, from stew and dumplings, to curries, to noodles and prawns, everything I have tried looks and tastes delicious and not at all as you would normally envisage diet food to look and taste. Being M&S the quality is good, and the prices are fairly high, but there is no waste and you can eat your chosen meal with a clear understanding of how many calories you have eaten and how much fat, etc. No guilt ridden feelings, just a scrummy meal and a full tummy. The portion sizes are good, and if the meal doesn't fill you up, you could always finish off with some "Count on Us" ice-cream, or biscuits, or even a calorie counted pudding. Dieting has just become even easier, and with the range of foods available, it has become a lot less boring too!!
I couldn't believe it when the local hairdressers charged £7.50 to cut hubby's hair, I mean it was hardly a restyle and was over in about 6 seconds flat!! So, we bought the Wahl hair cutter machine and haven't paid for a hair cut for him since. A quick number 1 (ew er Mrs) over the bath before his shower and he's always well groomed and ready to meet the world. The machine itself is very easy to use. Just pop off the plastic safety cover and pop on one of the attachments, which give either a longer, shorter or shorter still cut. Or you can use just the razor which is a close shave. It is very safe to use and easy to clean, and goes on and on and on. We must have had this one over 4 years now - a haircut for hubby each week and occasional trims for the lads, and it's really paid for itself umpteen times over ..... and all that saved money means I can treat myself to a new (not quite so short) hairdo more often :o))
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Microsoft Home Publishing Suite 2000 in a poetry competition. No, the poem wasn't the best, and I can only assume there weren't many entries if they picked mine, but whatever happened I was the proud over of this new software package. I loaded it onto my PC with ease and have had fun with it ever since. The loading is very easy, with step by step instructions along the way. I would not recommend, nor do I know if it's even possible, to load the whole programme as it comes on FIVE disks and is very memory hungry, but I just swap the disks in and out as they are needed and have no problems. The package is marketed as "complete web & print publishing plus powerful photo editing" and I would concur that this package does the lot. I use it mainly for posters, cards, brochures, etc. but it has facilities for labels, envelopes, postcards, origami shapes, banners, web icons, photography enhancement, and much more. The clip art library is enormous (100,000+ quality graphics)with lots of useable clip art ranging from cute, cartoony stuff to copyright free photographs (10,000+ professional photos). I love clip art, and have a few collections, but this library would take some beating. Loads of built in templates (10,000+ project templates) make any design job a piece of cake, and the results are excellent and very professional looking. I use them for a small business and people cannot believe we have produced the leaflets at home. As I got my copy as a prize I am unsure of the value but I'd guess at about £50.00. My advice would be grab yourself a copy today and if you're not 100% satisfied - I'll eat my hat.
Whether you love it or loathe it, it appears that Eastenders is here for the long haul. Being screened at prime time, about 4 times during the week, means you can't very easily avoid it, and for that reason alone I think many people watch it - because it's on! However, I watch it because I find the storylines are quite exciting at times, the acting is very good, and the glimpse at East End life is very interesting. The writers do touch on bizarre and taboo storylines which reach home with a lot of us, and events do seem to happen one after the other, but of course they do, who'd watch it if nothing of note happened from week to week? It's not meant to be a factual pictorial of life, it is after all a soap, to be watched for its entertainment value. I look forward to my weekly doses of Eastenders, and am looking forward to meeting this seemingly ghastly new family, the Slaters. I hear they're going to cause all sorts of upsets, and not least for poor Pat. Now, where's that TV guide?
I was lucky enough to get one of the Letbuyit.com vouchers for 2 Dominos Pizzas. As it arrived yesterday, the other half decided it would make a good supper. He rang our local outlet who at first said that officially they weren't making deliveries because of the petrol shortages, however, the lady then said that she only had 4 deliveries and would be happy to deliver to us. Ain't that nice. We had already mentioned the voucher, so it's not as though she was going to lose the business - we would have used to voucher with tem sooner or later - but she made an effort for us and got us our pizzas when we wanted them. They arrived at our address within 40 minutes, piping hot and absolutely delicious. I had not used Dominos previously, preferring to use Pizza Express, but Dominos were so helpful and willing on this occasion, that I will definitely use them again. Well done Dominos - service with a smile!
I occasionally use Nitol if I am having trouble falling off to sleep. Rather than toss and turn for hours I take a Nitol tablet (I use the one a night pack) and within 20 minutes or so I am falling off to sleep. Nitol also produce a herbal variety, but as I have not tried these I can offer no opinion. Although I would not advocate overuse of any sleeping aid, I much prefer to use Nitol to "ordinary" sleeping tablets, as I have found with Nitol I wake up feeling refreshed, whereas with sleeping tablets I feel as though I'm clawing my way out of a deep pit when morning comes, and have great trouble shaking off the sleepiness. Nitol appears to help you get to sleep, but you can wake up easily. I have taken sleeping tablets in the past and worried whether I would be able to wake up in an emegency. A very good addition to the medicine cabinet, but not to be used for longer than 3 nights at a time.
The Tefal Visialis Deep Fat Fryer is a good looking peice of kitchenware. Its striking white and orange colouring is fresh and clean looking. The name "Visialis" comes from the fact that there is a clear glass panel set in the lid through which you can see the food frying. You can, though, as this window immediately steams up once the food is immersed in the fat. It was a very good temperature guide, and a red light shows until the fat reaches the required heat. This model has a lift out bowl, for ease of emptying and cleaning, and a very easily removable filter. I haven't as yet been able to work out a way to remove the lid and therefore have much difficulty in keeping the appliance clean. The lid also does not fully open, which I find makes it difficult to get the food in and out of the fryer, especially getting it out when I want to give it a good shake to get rid of excess oil. The lid stays at approximately 45-55 degrees - just enough clearance to get the basket in and out. The fryer itself works very well, heating quickly and safely, and the filter effectively reduces the cooking smells. The basket may also be too small for family frying, although it's a perfect size for just the two of us. All in all not a bad fryer - but I will be choosing a different model next time.
I went to Boots Optician to have my eyes test a few months ago. I made the appointed, turned up and was shown to the examining room. From then on it was one mad rush. I think they must have been busy, but I might as well have been on a conveyor belt. From one machine, to another, to another. Write up the prescription. Thank you very much. Next!!! I was left in the shop, prescription in hand - then pounced on by a salesperson and propelled towards the wall racks of frames. Please choose some frames and we can have your glasses made up within 48 hours. I could imagine him behind me - arms crossed and foot tapping impatiently. All well and good, especially if you are in a hurry, but I wasn't in a hurry, didn't appreciate being thrust from pillar to post, and was more than happy with my existing frames thank you very much. Not a good experience and I am sorry to say the prescription is still in my handbag, and will stay there until I can pluck up the courage to go back - or maybe I'll just get the prescription filled at a less fast paced establishment.
I quit smoking nearly two years ago after smoking for over 20 years, but I couldn't have done it without the help of these little patches. Actually, they are not such little patches as I started on the 30 size(I was probably smoking more, but not that I would admit to). The largest size (30 a day) patches are manufactured to allow a nicotine substitute to leech into your body, through your skin (yeuch, doesn't that sound lovely?)over a period of 24 hours. At the end of the 24 hours, the patch is removed, discarded, and a new one put in place. After a time (1 or 2 months)on these patches, you can move to a smaller 20 a day patch, then down to a 10 a day patch. I found that it helped to change the position of the patches from day to day, so one day I would have it on my thigh, the next on my upper arm, then perhaps my tummy. They can be positioned anywhere that the skin doesn't crease, but I found it helpful to put them out of sight too, mainly so it didn't remind me constantly that I was giving up. I believed from day one that I would give up smoking, and I guess a hefty dose of willpower goes a long way towards quitting, but I honestly don't believe I could have done it on my own. These little patches gave me a little boost and after only 3 months of using them I found I could do it on my own after all. The patches can't take away all your cravings, and they can't keep you calm and rational either (just ask my husband!) but they can give you a bit of reassurance along the lines of "You really don't need a cigarette as you're getting the equivalent nicotine from these". Actually, I think the main way they helped me was to release me from the "hand to mouth" movement while still feeding my addiction. Once I got over that habit, the rest seemed to follow FAIRLY easily. We know it's not easy stopping smoking, and I know you'll all cringe reading this, but **if I can do it, anyone can
I buy Take a Break nearly every week. The puzzles, crosswords and quizzes are usually fairly easy to complete, but they are certainly entertaining time fillers. Many a rainy lunchtime at the office has been spent poring over a crossword. What's more, apart from the entertainment value you also get a chance at some very good prizes. Readership is high, so the chances of winning must be fairly low, but when you consider the magazine only costs 62p, a 19p stamp on top of that is still good value when you have a chance at winning a car, or a luxurious holiday, or kitchen appliances or whatever. All in all, a good time filler. Some very weepy true stories (if you like that sort of thing) and the inevitable horoscopes and problem pages all add to the value of this weekly publication. A good allrounder - excellent for the handbag. Just make sure you've got a pencil with you.