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With both my children being Toy Story fanatics, my sons 2nd birthday revolved around Buzz and Woody.
These 2 interactive figures seem such a bargain price as you are getting 2 for £50 rather then paying £35 for each talking one and they talk to each other as well as alone so they seemed the perfect gift off his nanna.
Like most toys these days they were over packaged in an enormous box, wired and screwed in and took forever to release.
Once out the box you have to fit the batteries-not included.
Buzz takes 3AA's and Woody 3 AAA's. Getting to the battery compartments also took a while to locate, unscrew and fit. (Note pull Woodys legs right away from the box for easier fitting of batteries)
Once thats done if you slide the button to play they will start talking to one another.
To get them to talk you can press a button on Woodys shirt or one of Buzz's buttons on his front. They say lots of phrases from Toy Story 1 & 2 (these were out before number 3 so there is nothing from the new film) and each conversation lasts about a minute. I assumed they carried on talking to each other until one was moved/or a button was pressed but no you have to keep pressing a button at the end of each phrase to get them to continue.
There doesnt seem to be many phrases as I thought - it says over 100 on the product information but I only hear about 10 and then they repeat themselves.
Also they can be played alone but the phrases are the same.
I like the fact they can be played alone as well as together as you are then getting 2 uses out of them.
Buzz has a laser button, his wings flip out also by the press of a button and he has 3 buttons on his body that all make him speak. Hes posable and very robust -as he's flown donw the stairs a fair few times now!
Woody is hard on top but has floppy legs so isnt posable. He comes with a hat and you can use his pull string or the buttons on his shirt to make him speak.
Both toys shut off after not being played with for about 5 minutes. This is great for saving battery life.
Overall I love these toys. My son absolutely adores them he doesnt put them down! I dont think there is anything they could to better these, they are fab value for money (and we have the deluxe buzz too at £40!!) and are worth it. Hours of play to be had!
With the release of Toy Story 3 everywhere you look there is something Toy Story being sold. Both my children have been sucked into the craze so have slowly been building a collection of 'merchandise'.
For my sons 2nd birthday I wanted to get him a bike and I saw this one in my local B & M store priced at £29.99. I had a quick flick through my Argos book to see they too sold it for £39.99 so it seemed like a great bargain in B&M's.
100 inches, comes with stabilisers and front plaque, super robust tubular steel frame, EVA tyres, mudguards and easy grip handles.
The bike is only a small bike at 10 inches and there are some differences between this and a normal, larger bike.
First thing the pedals. They are located at the front part of the bike on the front wheel like a trike-NOT centre like bigger bikes.
There are no brakes.
Wheel are plastic not rubber.
Also the bike cannot be used WITHOUT the stabilisers, this was something I found out after I purchased the bike. But with it being a small bike I would say it could only be used until a child reaches the age where they learn to use one without stabilisers.
The bike is fabulous in details. Its covered in everything Toy Story from army men climbing the frame to the bright coloured front plaque with all the films favourite characters on.
My sons eyes lit up when he saw it and he just sat and looked at it for a while before attempting to ride.
Now the attempted ride-he is 2 and is the same height as his 4 year old sister. He is very tall for his age but he cannot ride this bike.
His feet dont reach the pedals with them being placed at the front, he isnt long enough even with the seat lowered to the very bottom. I feel if they were in the centre like a bigger bike he would be able to use them. Now because of this he cannot move on the bike unless he gets pushed. With it only being a 10" bike I assumed it would suit a child younger then 3/4 years old therefore I would advise checking size of the bike if purchasing for a child younger then 3.
My only other issue is the fact there are no brakes.
I dont know why they assume it doesnt need any as I really think it does. My daughter can ride this bike and very fast at that and she has to jump off to stop/ride into something, so if I'd known there were none I would have probably had second thoughts about it. I feel it isnt safe enough for use outside.
In the end we got this bike for a bargain price of £17.50 from Tesco. I think that is a great price as it is small and feels very lightweight. For the time it will last I am glad I didnt pay more for it.
The bike was simple to put together but check you have everything in the box first! We didnt have any of the covers for the stabilisers (there green in the picture) so we had to phone the company up who only had white ones in stock.
There also seems to be an issue with the handle bar part of the bike as it keeps turning inwards and getting stuck. I really have to yank it round (A few times) to unlock it, obviously this is a pain for 2 small children.
Overall I like the bike-seeing my children happy makes me happy but if I had paid £50 like some places are selling for I wouldnt have paid that amount for what feels like a piece of plastic, seems to have some issues and wont last a long time. If its a bargain price it is worth it.
My local B&M store have started stocking alot of Peppa pig toys some at half the price of what I see online and in the catalogues. This was the latest addition I saw last month along with a couple of others that were at reasonable prices so I purchased it for my sons 2nd birthday.
The boat was £12.99 I hadnt actually seen it before and when I googled it I did find it for £22 so I saved a good amount but I was unsure of wether it was a bath toy as theres one pretty much the same thats for the bath.
**This one is NOT for the bath**
My sons reaction on his birthday was very excited, couldnt wait to play with it. One problem stopping this from happening was the packaging. Like most toys these days this was in an oversized box, covered in plastic, kept in with plastic ties and to add to that screws aswell! This took daddy quite some time to get into and then add batteries. (3AAA)
The boat is plastic, not flimsy quite strong like other Peppa toys. Just like the picture and Grandpa pigs boat in the programme it is blue with a brown deck. There is a flag pole, a pole with the bell on and the controls. In the middle is a cabin area. This cabin area makes the boat move. If you push it right down it whizzes the boat away-quite fast, doesn't topple over and also plays the songs while it goes.
There are also portholes along the sides of the boat one of which is a button for the songs-but its not obviously placed so the kids might not find it.
The only problem we have had with this is the strength needed to push the cabin down. It seems very stiff but not like new stiff, like its going to stay that stiff. My my children can push it down but you can see how difficult it is for them.
The boat comes with Grandpa pig, Peppa and George. Both young piggies are wearing life jackets and all 3 figures are on round stands (like the peppa family that comes with the house) this is so they can be fitted into the holes on the decks floor so they stand and dont fall out. Again these are a bit difficult to put into the holes but think thats so they dont fall out when the boat is moving.
Overall Im very happy with this toy it was worth the money and my kids really enjoy playing with it.
When it was finally set up my son came running in with it showing everyone. He put it on the floor and was pushing it round.
After downsizing to a very simple phone on 3 and it breaking/not being fixed my partner decided enough was enough and I had to get a new one. Added to this the amount of extra money we were spending on our contract internet sim it made sense (and worked out cheaper) to get a phone on contract.
This was my first choice as I had recently seen my friends and it was something I knew I would like plus I cant stand touch screen phones they drive me mad so it had to have a keypad.
We started looking at contract phones and this was the only one I would consider. Its on O2, free handset and you get everything with it plus because we used a different website we also recieved a free tv and cashback-bonus!
The phone arrived and my partner opened it and set it up. This was very easy no faffing about having to set anything up. In the box there is : the handset, earphones, USB cable, cd, instruction/info booklet, and the charger-this one confused him because in the box, packed seperatly is a small plug that when he worked it out it slots into the charger-so not permenently attatched. This way its easy to use when travelling abroad as you can just swap the adapter!
The phone comes with the basics: SMS, MMS, calculator, camera (2mp) phone book, blue tooth etc. You then you get extra things like 5 games, email, good internet service, office apps (spreadsheet, word and powerpoint but these are basic and you can have a free trial for 30days but then have to pay after) video camera, media player and also Blackberry messenger and MSN messenger already downloaded ready to use. It also comes with a 2gb memory card that is slotted into the back of the phone, next to the battery but not under it so you dont have to turn your phone off to remove it.
The main purpose of a phone for me is to text ad use the internet. This phone allows me to go on most of my favorite websites and emails just like I do on a laptop!! Yes they are a bit slow but hey they work. You can also register the phone to automatically forward your emails to your phone and you can do a few accounts not just one. I did this but after one day had to stop it as I got a few problems/drove me mad.
I started getting random emails that were over one year old-no order or reason just random.
Everything goes into one folder (I dont know why) but anything you may comment on on Facebook, send someone an email or text someone it all appeared in its individual folder plus the main message one and then I would also recieve my emails in here. It was just too much my phone was goin crazy and it was just confusing as to what was what.
Using the phone at first was awful. I had gone from a very basic phone with no extras to this that has a QWERTY keyboard and the 'mouse' in the middle was very fast at first. This did only take a day of playing with it to re adjust and it is very easy to use.
The phone itself is great. It fits nicely in your hand isnt too small or big, the screen is a perfect size again not too big or small. You can change everything in your options so the font and sizing of the writing can be made to you preference. All functions are pretty simple to use but again could take a while to figure out.
The camera I have found is good considering. I was dreding this one aspect as I love to take photos but I must say its nothing like I thought. The pictures especially with good light are great and also very quick-my old phone used to take about a minute to take the picture and with 2 small children at this point they have ran off so your left with a picture of wavy lines.
You can get a few apps for this inlcuding facebook- (where you can upload pictures straight from your phone) games,email etc.
Now the only problem I have got with this phone is the battery. It got fully charged when recieved. Played with most the day-battery dead after approximately 5 hours. Thought maybe its because its new. Everyday since the phone is pretty much dead by 9pm and its been on charge all night! The only reason it annoys me is because this phone is meant for a lot of use not just used for calling or texting its meant for the internet and apps so why doesnt the battery last?
Overall very happy with my purchase and hopefully this will last me a long time.
I always wanted to buy the kids a kitchen one Christmas and after looking throughout the year at the plastic type ones I didnt know what to go for. I had read a few bad reviews on the plastic ones with doors falling off things breaking easily, which didnt sit well with me as I have a boisterous 1 year old son!
I picked up an ELC catalogue in store as I love looking at there toys which I do find a bit expensive but the quality it fantastic. Flicking through the 'pretend play' section I came across this kitchen and it was like love at first sight! The cost put me off though £140 for a kitchen seemed much, but it looked fab and was wooden so I knew would be very sturdy. I asked a couple of people on a forum and everyone raved about it and the cost was the only bad factor.
We decided to go for it as a joint present for both kids and this would be their main gift.
As we had Park vouchers I couldnt order online so my only way was to go instore and ask if could do it there. I was dreding them saying no as I really had my heart set on it but they said it was fine to order. Instore we also purchased some accessories-the wooden dairy set, pots and pans set with dinner set, cans set and the utensils set, again all very realistic looking. As we had a birthday club voucher the kitchen only cost us £100 and we got free delivery also. The delivery came a few days later in a very large heavy box.
Christmas Eve we decided very late on we would set this up and hide it in the spare room. Its all DIY everything is in pieces. The instructions are numbered and the pieces have small numbered stickers on so it was really easy to check everything and follow the instructions step by step. It did take us a couple of hours and if you were doing alone I would expect at least 2 hours building it up. Thankfully all the pre made holes were pretty in line and everything went together easily. The part in between the 2 top shelves is stainless steel so nice and strong.
The kitchen consists of: Fridge and freezer on the left. Microwave and open hole cupboard underneath, oven next to them on the right. Hob on top with 2 rings and sink in the middle next the hob. Then the 2 shelves above the worktop. The sink has a mixer tap, the fridge has a small temperature dial on the door, the oven/stove has 3 dials along it with different temperatures on them. All the doors have silver handles on them. Inside the oven is a silver shelf too.
We didnt end up bringing this down until Boxing day but the kids were amazed. Along with all the accessories they played with it all day and it gets played with everyday since. I see this as an investment as it will last years and grow up with them (my 8 year old brother plays with it when hes round) so Im hoping as long as it stays together it will be with us for years. There is no damage on it considering it gets bashed with pans everyday. The height on it is good too as its not small like the cream one ELC have for a bit cheaper and its not too big that my 1 year old cant reach (he does have to stand on his tip toes to reach the top of the fridge)
Everyone always comments on it when they visit and its an instant hit with any child so I do think the money spent was definetly worth it and if you are looking for a kitchen, definetly consider this one.
10/10 and I recommend to everyone!
Going through the Argos book for Christmas presents is one of my favorite things to do. Last christmas (2009) I was after Peppa Pig things as both my children had grown to love it over the last year. I also wanted learning toys as my daughter would be starting nursery and thought if she had things she loved plus the addition of learning this would be fun for her.
So I came across the Peppa Pig page in the catalogue and saw this step and learn mat. The description made it sound perfect -"This electronic playmat features 4 fun modes for lots of fun learning including numbers, find, colours and names. Answer the questions by stepping on the correct images. The mat features many of the characters from the programme and over 50 phrases for hours and hours of fun."
Sounds great doesnt it for the cost £30 I did have to alter a few things from the gift list as most things were £20 and under.
Off to Argos I went. I ordered the item when it came down even the box made me excited! A very brightly coloured-large-box with the mat on and pictures of it being played and a small explanation of what it does.
Wrapped it and waited for Christmas day to arrive. When it did and my daughter opened this she was over the moon to see Peppa Pig and wanted it open. I then saw on the box in tiny letters that it needed batteries-when I checked in the catalogue it did state it does NOT need them one reason for me picking it! Christmas day and needing batteries does not go together.
So it went away until Boxing day. Opened it-not packaged inside just folded up so no fussy plastic ties and packaging. Put batteries in and laid it on the floor. The mat is PVC and very rustly. At the top there is a small blue speaker and next to it a very tiny button which doesnt say anything on it near it but when pressed this turns on the mat. It starts off with the Peppa theme tune and Daddy pig saying "are you ready" Yes daddy pig "then off we go". The picture on the mat is a park scene with Grandpa on his boat, Miss Rabbit and pedro pony in her balloon, Suzie sheep in the tree house, Grandma pig, emily elephant, zoe zebra and candy cat in the train, Danny dog in the castle Daddy pig in his car, Peppa in the middle jumping in muddle puddles and Mummy Pig and George at the bottom. On each of the characters there is a shape with a number in , i.e. on Peppa theres a BLUE CIRCLE with the number ONE in. Along the bottom theres a pond with 4 cirlces with the different modes in-
Colour shape, Where, Fun sounds and characters. You "step" on these to change modes.
This mat got very creased very quickly -after first play- so now it looks a bit tatty. You dont know if the mats on or off without stepping on it and I dont think the button at the top turns it off it just re starts it. It is VERY basic -"wheres the red star?" "Where is Suzy Sheep?" which then reponds with "well done you are very clever" or "Try Again" and repeats the question.
After the first day of playing my kids have found another use for it-a picnic mat for their pretend picnics! This honestly was the worst present they got for christmas its boring and the sounds very rubbish also-sounds 'fake' and tinny. Wish I had never bothered as the description I found was just mis leading.
My other half's family are from Wythenshawe Manchester and we only rarely see them (with us having 2 young children-3 and 1, travelling on a train was off putting) We decided to go and stay and see them in April 2010 and this was our hotel of choice as it is next door to the Heald Green Train Station so we didnt have to worry about getting a taxi anywhere further-with suitcase, pram and the 2 small children! Plus it was driving distance for the family to visit us and had many shops down the road.
Arriving at the hotel we didnt know what to expect as we had never stayed at a Premier Inn before and it was also our first time staying away with the kids so were nervous about how they were going to react.
We went straight into the reception and were greeted by 2 young girls on the desk who were very friendly,big smiles and even made an effort with the children what more could we ask for! They checked us in very quickly told us about the breakfast menu and where the restaurant was located.
We had been given the first room on the ground floor which was really good as we did have a large pram with us plus it was right next to the reception/entrance and restaurant. The hotel is very large and I was surprised how many rooms they had in there!
We went into the room and were very pleased with what greeted us. As we walked in we had a wardobe on the right with drawers and hangers-plenty of storage, to the left was the bathroom relatively small but housed a bath, over head shower, toilet and sink. Also had bin, soap dispenser, towel rail and a shower gel dispenser on the wall of the bath-very handy!
The room itself was big enough for a VERY large double bed, a single bed and also another single bed on the floor. There were 2 bedside tables on either side of the double bed with lamps on the walls. There was also a dressing table with a tv including Freeview, mirror with overhead light and tea and coffee making facilities including mugs and glasses.
Everything was very clean and tidy. The kids were very excited with the room!
We unpacked, freshened up and got ready to pop down to the shops to pick up some flowers. The shops are about a 2 minute walk from the hotel along the main road. There are plenty so you can pick up any necessities you may need. Shops include : One Stop off license, Tesco express, Somerfields, chinese takeaway, florists, banks, and sandwich shops amongst many others. There are also bus stops along the maid road that take you to places like Stockport, Trafford Centre etc.
We got what we needed then went back to the hotel to go to the pub/restaurant.
This is a very large pub but inside the restaurant is very modern and a lovely place to eat. There are plenty of seats and a conservatory. The staff are very friendly. When we first went in approx 3pm the pub was pretty empty and the waitress couldnt have helped anymore she was lovely. The food was very nice and good priced too. We also went back into the actual pub later that night and it was busier.
We got a very good nights sleep that night as the beds were so comfy! The only problem was the double bed was very high off the floor-my legs didnt touch the floor and the sleeping arrangements were supposed to be me and the youngest in the double then other half and daughter in a single bed each but we had to put the 2nd single bed inbetween the double and single as I was very concerned about him falling out the seriously hurting himself.
The following day we went out to Stockport but we had tea in the restaurant that night. Again was very nice but we had to very tired and a poorly girl we didnt stay long and went back to the room. Approx 6pm on the Friday night our daughter took a turn for the worse and we had to take her to hospital. The lady on reception was very helpful for us offering to call us a taxi etc this was really good as at this time there was a very large party of approx 15 people trying to check in.
The doors for the hotel get locked approximately 10pm so if you pop out you have to ring the buzzer to get let in. We had no problems doing this until it hit about 1am and my other half was returning from hospital the person on reception had gone to get a coffee so we did have to wait but he did apologise.
As this is classed as the Manchester Airport hotel you are in the flight path-great for watching planes as they are right over your head! The concern with noise from them shouldnt be worried about as the windows have a very thick layer of 2nd glass and after about an hour of being in the room we didnt even notice the plane noise and bearing in mind they come in about every 10 mins you would think it would be a problem but it wasnt.
This room for 2 nights cost us £50. We didnt know what to expect but we were really happy with all aspects of the stay the rooms are very clean and comfy, good location and the staff are always happy to help and very friendly. We have said we will definetly return whenever we go and visit.
When Avon brings out a new perfume they have started to put in the scratch and sniff pages which I think is a brilliant selling point as if your like me you dont want to waste your money on what the bottle looks like its great to smell before buying. Also with buying from Avon and not a more expensive brand name I feel a bit wary as to what something smells like.
I saw this bottle and instantly loved what I saw, the blue colour in the summer I just couldnt resist even though I didnt need anymore perfumes. I smelt the page and fell in love. I love the coconut smell as it reminds me of being a child and the smell of suncream on holidays and this is what it instantly reminded me of-suncream!
It smelt very fresh and summery and I liked the look too so ordered some.
As it was new it was on offer for £7 instead of £15 so again this tempted me.
The perfume comes in a very modern looking box the brown and blue together works really well. The bottle is upside down tear dropped shaped with clear glass so you can see the contents clearly and it has the perfume name on the front.
I opened the box straight away and sprayed it and loved what I smelt. It really did remind me of hot summer days.
This then knocked out my number one perfume (Lacoste Touch of Pink) and it takes alot to knock my number one out! I got so many compliments when wearing this everyone was asking what it was -I even had to buy my sister a bottle as she kept pinching mine!
The smell would still be around at the end of the day but I found the nicer coconutty part that hits you when first spraying did wear off quickly and would re apply if a few times in the day. After doing this I found to be using the perfume very quickly so bought the body mist also-exactly same smell but lighter when spraying.
Overall I love this perfume and would happily buy as a gift/ recomend but I would personally not pay the full £15 when it is usually on offer quite alot for half price.
I was looking in my Avon book for something to deal with the hard skin on my feet and saw this on offer with free cotton socks, so bought the set.
The cream came as it is in the picture with no other packaging. The pot is clear with a cream coloured lid. You can therefore see the cream inside the pot which is cream in colour. It has another seal inside for health and safety. (some things in Avon do come without these.)
Taking the lid off and seal I could really smell the cream. It has a very powerful smell like coconut/flowers/creamy smell it is very strong but I do like the smell. It does remind me of coffee.
The cream itself is quite thick and I find it doesnt rub in very well because of this. When using on my body rather then feet it tends to stick to the place you started and when trying to rub in it doesnt spread it stays there and goes white.
I did use it on my feet with the cotton socks and the next morning my feet were very soft and smelt yummy -my other half wouldnt agree he hates the smell!
Overall I do like the cream but would love it if it was thinner/more spreadable.
I suffer from terrible hard skin on my feet and my other half goes mad at me to sort them so I was after something easy that I could put on and leave. Going through my Avon book one day I came across these with the Avon Planet Spa African Shea Foot & Elbow Cream as a set for about £4 on offer (Half price) thought was worth a go.
The 2 items didnt come as a set they came seperately packaged. The socks were just in a small clear plastic packet with the product description on the outside.
That night I got both things out to use. Rubbed in some cream and got the socks out to put on. The socks are seamless, very thin cotton and quite big (one size fits all type) I only have size 4 feet so found them to be a little bit too long for me. One thing I hate though is wearing socks to bed so found this a bit un comfy (if I wore socks to bed usually they would have been very comfy) I did manage to sleep in them all night but couldnt wait to see if it had been worth it the following morning.
Off they came-stinking of cream-and my feet were so soft I couldnt believe it that a pair of socks had made them like that! I did use them once a week after that and the only problem I had was there weren't safe to walk in on wooden floor as I slipped and didnt feel safe and they were big so would fold up on the soles and make them uncomfy to walk in so definetly a very last minute thing at the end of the day.
I have since seen them in the Avon book sold without the cream for £2 I dont think I would pay that for something that is just a thin piece of cotton and could probably be made by yourself.
I bought this one day when there was an offer on of "Buy something off this page and recieve this for free" The item for free was something I had wanted to buy but didnt want to waste £10 on if it was no good so saw this cream for £1.50 and thought it would get used and that way I could get the other item free!
When I got the cream I thought I would try it as it was Winter and I suffer from severe dry skin in the cold months and it was driving me mad. It is a large pot and was surprised how big for the price. It has a slight smell nothing to over powering though and the cream is nice and light.
When I first got some out I did get quite alot out onto my hand thinking it would be enough for my whole face but was VERY surprised to find that a little went a very long way! I had tons left on my hand so used it as a body lotion.
The following day I couldnt get over how soft my skin felt and when I applied my makeup-the tell tale time when the flakes would appear-there were none! I was so shocked that this £1.50 cream that I only bought for something free had done an amazing job.
I have since been given very expensive creams for my birthday and when using them they had very strong smells , felt greasy and actually gave me more dry skin then I started out with so I went straight back to this one. I used it most days and it lasted me at least 3 months.
This is now the only face moisturiser I will use!
I am a big fan of anything to do with nails and there used to be nothing more I enjoyed then giving them a good clean and scrub and a paint. So when I started recieving an Avon brochure through my door I would go straight to the nail pages.
This was a new product at the time it looked intriguing and sounded promising. It stated that it got rid of rough edges/cuticles and as I was a fan of making sure my cuticles were in fine form so my nails would grow nice I decided to purchase it. As it was new like most new Avon products it was on offer for half price £2.50.
When I recieved it I couldnt wait to test it out. It comes in a cream coloured Avon box with the product description on the outside and then when you open it the actual product is in a glass bottle as pictured above.
I took the lid off and pulled out what I was expecting to be a brush but was surprised to find it wasnt, instead it was a small bit of plastic in the shape of a tiny spade. The soloution was very thick and orange in colour-when it came out it was more of a clear colour though, a bit runnier but not runny like a serum and had small hard bits in.
I tried applying this to my cuticles using the plastic end but found it impossible so I wiped it onto my finger and rubbed in and over like instructed too.
To be honest I didnt see anything different with my cuticles my actual nail was a bit smoother though, the only thing good was it was easier to push my cuticles down but they are relatively easy anyway whereas my other half who has nightmare ones and will not let you go anywhere near him to move them did let me try this as a promise I wouldnt hurt him, the result being I could push them a little bit without him running away but not enough so do them perfectly.
For me it was worth a try but I didnt purchase again.
When my daughter started nursery I knew it was only a matter of time until she came home with nits, unfortunatly it was sooner then I would have liked! She has very long hair for a 3 year old-down to her bum-so knew it would be a task to get rid of them if and when it happened.
Last week I was getting ready to dry her hair when I spotted something in her hair, I was hoping it was a small fly with it being hot outside and the windows open but when I looked it was the dreded nits!
I scowered through her hair to find a good amount of live, big ones and further inspection revealed what looked liked tiny black dots dotted across the underneath her head. I assumed these were eggs but wasnt 100% sure as I had never seen them.
My mums a pharmasist so I rang her (crying Lol) and she said they can now provide nit solution on the minor ailments scheme so she dropped 2 bottles of Hedrin off for me-fab as I know it can be expensive stuff!
I read the instructions which thankfully also contained information on nits themselves-pictures included so I knew what I was looking for now. My mum warned me like fleas on animals nits like to lay there eggs where its hot so around the ears and the neck area whereas the actual nits tend to be found near the top of the scalp.
I sectioned her hair and went through it with the comb first pulling out quite a lot in the process. I then poured the solution on each section making sure to get a good covering and getting right into the root of the hair. When you pour it on it doesnt seem like a lot but when you start rubbing it in it feels like Baby Oil and a little goes along way so this would be great even on thick hair.
I remember as a child the smell of nit shampoo and even the day after having it on and washed off people could still smell it so was really dreding it but it has NO SMELL at all. I really was expecting to be blinded by a strong chemical smell but nope nothing!
I then combed each section to make sure the hair was well covered. On doing this-bearing in mind a couple minutes earlier they were alive on the comb-now if any came out on the comb they were already dead! So it seemed to be working super fast.
Once covering all my daughters hair I had used 3/4 of the bottle and her hair was very oliy!
**remember to tie hair back out the face and to not let them go near anything flammable even a lit cigarette!**
This had to be left on for at least 8 hours and after it taking me 1 1/2 hours to put on it had to be left overnight.
The next morning I got up and her hair was now all dry. I rinsed it and then combed it pulling out about 2 dead nits. Soon as her hair was rinsed it no longer felt greasy, I was concerned that it may be hard to wash out but it wasnt at all.
I then sat for 2 hours and de-egged her to try and prevent a large infestation. They recomend you use the 2nd bottle in 7 days time to get rid of any eggs that may have remained.
For us this worked perfect and I would definetly recomend especially if you can get it for free at a chemist.
I really wanted some nice storage for my daughter when she turned one something other then the large plastic boxes as these arent very accessible for her. I saw this (in Purple and Pink) in the Argos book and thought it would be perfect. My mum got it for her and put it up before brining it round and she had to phone me as she was very concerned about the size. (I had mentioned I wanted it for books but it wouldnt fit books in) It is alot smaller then what I thought the picture looked like. I think it makes it look like the compartments are larger but they are not very big at all.
It has been durable and lasted nearly 3 years only now its starting to fall apart at the sides. You get 9 coloured canvas boxes wach with a handle on the front and the inside bottom part pulls out. In them we can fit all the little bits and pieces all kids seem to accumulate, crayons, small books-anything A4 size+ wont fit, jigsaws and then teddies. It has actually been more useful as a teddy storer then anything.
For the price (£25) it is a good stable storage solution and great for things that our child may want at hand, to get on their own rather then asking for a certain box out so child friendliness is definetly a 10 if it was abit larger it would be perfect and I would have a lot of these lined up in the play room!
Well this probably isnt going to be a good review of this product as to me it is a complete waste of money and as I am a very big fan of Little People toys it really did dissapoint me.
My son (1) got some christmas money off my Nan becasue she was poorly and couldnt get out to buy a gift as she wanted to get him something LP (Knowing what big fans we are) we decided to get him this off her.
I purchased it from Argos for £30 and couldnt wait to get it home. Obviously I was expecting a small amount of construction with it being large but it was all in pieces, unlike all the other playsets we have! Thankfully the pieces were loose in the box and not all wrapped in plastic! It was fairly simple to put together but it is the snap into place kind of toy that I hate, as fingers always get hurt.
After putting it together I didnt like it but thought I would wait and see the kids reactions. They were obviously excited about a new toy but it didnt last long.
My daughter nearly 4 tried to use the lift-the main point in the toy-but could not move it for the life of her. I came in to see what all the noise was about to find her crying because she couldnt move it-then to the shock of me I couldnt either! I had to really force-as in it felt it would snap-to get the thing to move but it kept sticking to the sides so was not a smooth ride up to the top. Because it got stuck when it hit the top level it is meant to tip up so the car wheels out itself but it didnt do this.
I thought it may be due to it being new so I took the time to sit and push the lift up and down over and over again thinking it may loosen up but it didnt!!
The garage now only gets used when mummys placed all the cars up top tidily the kids come and push them all down!
The accessories you get with it are good-a mechanic in a tow truck that makes a beeping noise and kind of drags the smaller car to the garage-though not very well and another driver on a telephone.
A friend of mine also bought this for her son for his 1st birthday and I saw it plonked in a corner at her home the other day and when I asked if it got played with she rolled her eyes and said no it was a waste of time! (wish Id asked before buying it!)
Overall I think this is a complete waste of £30 it doesnt look as good as other Little People toys and definetly doesnt have the appeal like their other toys! Very dissapointed.