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Some more rates on my Flanimals book review would be appreciated, and returned! 23:01.2012: Received autism diagnosis for my precious son. Everyday is magical with my little boy.

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Dear Zoo: Lift the Flaps - Rod Campbell 09/12/2014

One Book you won't be Sending Back

Ikea Bekväm Step Stool 23/11/2014

Step up or sit anywhere in the home

Boots Easy Breathing Vaporizer 13/11/2014

Envelop yourself in menthol to breathe easy

Flanimals Pop-Up - Ricky Gervais 07/11/2014

Who will be your favourite: Bletchling, Molf or Grundit?

Flanimals Pop-Up - Ricky Gervais Being a bit of an Amazon addict I’m always browsing through their website pages looking for a bargain, and just to pass away time, which is probably why I end up buying things I would never knew existed. I’m always looking through the books that they have on offer, as my son and I love exploring new books. Just recently we have started enjoying pop-up books, as these bring a new level of excitement to reading. When reading is fun it sparks a child’s interest, and engages them in learning. I like a good mixture of books to keep my son interested, plus there are so many books just waiting to be opened. I had noticed the Flanimals series of books on Amazon in the past, however, I had never looked closely at them. That was until I spotted the pop-up Flanimals book, which was heavily reduced. As my son and I had just started to enjoy books in this style I decided to take a closer look. I was intrigued as the author for this series of books is none other than comedian Ricky Gervais, which had me more interested, though I can’t claim to be a huge fan of his. The Amazon page boasts a video promotion for the book, which I duly clicked on to watch Gervais talk about the new book. The advert had me hooked, as his way of delivering the concept and demonstrating it made me add the book to my basket. I was looking forward to receiving this book, and when it arrived I was amazed at the sheer thickness of the it, it really is a good chunky book. I was excited to explore the contents. ...

Ecotools EcoPouf Mini Bath Sponge 04/11/2014

A sponge to rave about

Ecotools EcoPouf Mini Bath Sponge When in need of a good body sponge to wash with I am left looking for a hygienic sponge that is going to deliver good results. Shopping around in shops that you would expect to find these products, I am left wondering why they are sold in single units that are unwrapped. The fact that they are hanging freely or stuffed into those bins in shops leaves me not wanting to purchase them. Surely, not overly hygienic since they have been laying around collecting dust, and have probably been handled by many hands. I've found body sponges hard to come by, and the ones I've had in the past have been cheaply made and only last a short amount of time. This is bothersome, as it is no good when mid-shower the body sponge unravels and falls to pieces. This has happened on several occasions. As far as finding packaged sponges that provide more than one, I've only found one shop that sells them in this way. However, they have not always been available. I like a good shower sponge, the netted type that produces a good lather while gently exfoliating the skin. I also find I use less liquid soap when using this kind of sponge in the shower. It is said to replace your shower sponge every 3 months. I’d yet to come to find one that would actually last this amount of time. A while back when I was looking to purchase more body sponges ready for when ours had come to an end I was unable to get them from where I’d usually buy them. I didn't want to buy the expensive single sponges, so I looked ...

Play-Doh Candy Cyclone 12/10/2014

How many sweets can you make with two tiny tubs of play dough?

Play-Doh Candy Cyclone My son never used to like play dough when he was younger, however, as he got older he started to get more used to the texture. Now, he loves play dough and appreciates the squeezy texture which is great to give him sensory input. As such, we have had a fair bit of play dough and enjoy playing together with this modelling compound. As he is autistic, he relies heavily on me to show him how to sculpt the dough in order to make a shape or model. He gets real delight from me making different animals for him. I take my time and show him how to create the easy animals several times over for him to grasp the concept. This allows him to have a go and finally make it himself. With this new found joy for play dough I’m often looking at the different kits and other bits and bobs that are now available from the makers of play dough. The play dough sweet shop machine was on sale at an incredibly lower price than the RRP of £19.99 which persuaded me enough to go ahead and purchase this toy. The box looks impressive with the Play dough logo and their bright and bold images that entice you into their product range. The product is easy to recognize for a play dough product. The box is large and the item inside is relatively big, too. (30.5 x 33 x 12.7 cm). The candy cyclone requires minimal assembly, and once constructed it stays that way. With it you get four very small two-ounce tubs of play dough, four lollipop sticks and a cutting tool. Not many extras to be fair. I do think this is ...

Tiger Balm White Regular 08/10/2014

Don't growl when you have a headache

Neo CD DVD Aluminium Box Storage Case 800 Capacity With Sleeves 19/09/2014

Keeping my CD and DVD collection tidy

Neo CD DVD Aluminium Box Storage Case 800 Capacity With Sleeves To say that my partner and I are obsessed with music and movies is an understatement. We both had an impressive CD and DVD collection when we moved in together, which continued to grow. At a previous house we had a huge through lounge, where we had units that spanned the length of the room to contain our vast collection. We have moved house several times over the years, more times than I care to remember. Boxing up our ever growing collection of DVD’s and CD’s would take forever, and would be a struggle to transport. As the years went by we were starting to run out of house, as each time we moved we downsized due to house prices. This meant that we had to be wise with space, and make moving a little easier for us. After several house moves, we started to struggle to store our collection. We looked for every solution possible for storing our CD’s and DVD’s. Whilst technology is advancing, and many gadgets hold movies and music albums, the original discs still need to be retained. Besides, some are no longer available for purchase. We finally decided to purchase a storage case, as these come in various sizes, and are capable of being bashed about. The aluminum cases are sturdy and durable as so to protect the contents. We opted to order two gigantic aluminum storage boxes, each being capable of holding up to 800 discs, as we thought that would sufficient for our needs. The boxes retail at around £30, and they come complete with sleeves. On delivery we were astounded by ...

Drift Down Chillibug Suit 15/09/2014

As snug as a bug

Joker Cyber Clean 09/09/2014

The Power of the Goo

Joker Cyber Clean It must be said that I do like my computers and modern gadgets. However, one thing that I don’t like about them is cleaning them. As I’m a heavy computer user, I find that I often snack whilst working. This is never a good idea, as crumbs end up falling between the keys never to be retrieved again. In addition to this, keyboards tend to collect all manner of debris and over time this starts to look unsightly. I hate working from a dirty keyboard. I have tried various ways to remove the dirt from the depths of my keyboard, as well as all other nooks and crannies on my laptop and table top computer. There are many different products that are designed to clean computers and get rid of the dirt from keyboards. I have tried many of them, from the air canister which is supposed to blast out the dirt with a forceful blast of air. Not forgetting the cute little vacuums that have been designed to suck the dirt out, which have never proved to do much at all. Too many cleaning solutions, and in my desperation a cotton bud and a toothbrush have also been subjected to my keyboard in a bid to make it look cleaner. All of these methods have failed miserably, and have only left me feeling frustrated. General cleaning products tend to leave sticky residue between the keys which only adds to the grunge. What Lurks Beneath? It doesn't sound very nice, does it? However, have a close look between the keys and be horrified by all the debris that is collected here. Whenever my regular keyboard ...

JML Bobble Off 05/09/2014

Don't get in a wobble over a bobble

JML Bobble Off Due to the terrible British weather, drying clothes doesn't always come easy. With a messy 5 year old, I have my work cut out trying to keep up with washing. I turn to my trusty tumble dryer to help me dry clothes rapidly. The only problem with this is that it wears on the clothes which can cause bobbling. This makes clothes look old and tired and not how I want them to appear. I also find a lot of lint on my clothes from using the tumble dryer. This led me to look for a lint brush. I popped into Wilkinson’s where I come across the JML bobble off. The other lint brushes and rollers didn't look anywhere near as impressive. I wasn't sure about this product, as I perceive JML products to be a bit gimmicky, I don’t know why. However, having a look at it, it seemed to be a good idea. It is a small handheld machine that is battery powered. The idea is to run it over garments that are bobbly to remove lint and bobbles. This revives clothes by removing untidy bobbling. As the product was on offer for a lot less than the £5.99 RRP I decided it was worth a punt. I thought it might revive some of my tired looking clothes, and be better than just removing lint with one of those sticky rollers. The product is boxed and is easily identified, often found on the end isles in shops where JML products are usually prominently displayed. I have seen these for sale in major supermarkets and they do seem to sell well. It requires 4 AA batteries which are to be inserted into the back of the ...

Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm Tube 04/09/2014

Honey kissed lips

Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm Tube I like to keep my skin at its best and in good condition. I have a collection of skincare products to care for my skin. Lip balm is a vital must-have for me, as I like to keep my lips soft and supple. I apply lip balm daily to keep my lips moisturised and to give them a healthy sheen. I am selective over the products that I use on my skin, and I opt for environmentally friendly products where possible. Burt’s Bees is a brand that I have been using for quite some time now, as their range of products has always delivered good results, making them a firm favourite with me. The Burt’s Bees range of skincare products are produced from natural ingredients, and they use minimal packaging which can be recycled. Their products are free from preservatives and chemicals. I have a few of their lip balms, as they offer a few different types of lip balms that come in a variety of flavours. The honey lip balm is packaged in a twist-up tube that is sealed with a sheath of plastic around the cap to keep it in hygienic condition. On lifting the cap a golden coloured lip balm is revealed that emanates a pleasant and delicate honey scent. Honey is excellent for moisturizing and nourishing the skin. The Burt’s Bees honey lip balm is produced with rich essential oils and wax which provides an excellent moisturiser for the lips. The consistency of the lip balm is solid, yet it is soft and melts onto the lips as it makes contact. It slides effortlessly over the lips leaving a healthy sheen and a ...

WOW Flip 'n' Tip Fred Friction-Powered Recycling Truck 03/09/2014

No rubbish here

WOW Flip 'n' Tip Fred Friction-Powered Recycling Truck My son loves vehicles of any kind, and they are easily one of his favourite toys. Whilst at a visit to see the paediatrician a box of toys was in the room for my son to explore and play with. However, none kept his interest, so a kind lady found a toy that was said to be a favourite with many of their patients. She produced the Flip ‘n’ Tip Fred which certainly looked impressive as well as looking like a good chunky toy. My son was very excited and he got great pleasure from playing with this toy. I thought it was a rather good toy, and not something I had seen before. I was particularly impressed by the build quality, which had me wonder where it was purchased from. Many toys nowadays seem flimsy in construction and are not made to last. Personally I prefer to buy good quality toys that are built to last. I wasn't expecting to find a toy like it, and assumed it had probably been there a long time. Toys from yesteryear were built to last, as they were constructed from toughened materials. Compare today’s modern toys and there is a huge difference. Toys today are far more flimsy, and are easily broken. I wish they made toys like they used to. These are the kind of toys that can mainly be found on eBay or in car boot sales. I was really wishful to be able to find this exact toy, as it looked fantastic and greatly appealed to my son. After this, I looked everywhere for a toy like this one, hoping to find the exact same. I was left looking, and nothing came close. I couldn't ...

JML Microfibre Super Mitt 28/07/2014

A super mitt for super dusting

JML Microfibre Super Mitt Like many, I’m not keen on housework and cleaning. However, it is a necessary part of living. With an active youngster with high needs, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to keep up with household chores. Over the last 4 years the amount of housework that gets done has decreased due to this, however, I’m not relaxed living in a messy environment. This leads me to looking for products that make mundane household chores a breeze. Since installing laminate flooring throughout the home, dust is now more visible and seems to accumulate rather quickly. I don’t really have any knick knacks or ornamental bits and bobs on display. This can make it easier to keep on top of the dusting; however, I still find that I seem to be on a battle against the dust. Different products can make the task easier, or they can be a hindrance. It is important to choose a product that isn’t going to damage any of the surfaces that need dusting whilst being effective at collecting the dust, rather than just moving it about. I also prefer products that have a long shelf life, to save money and the environment. When I came across the JML Microfibre Super Mitt I could easily see what its purpose was. I decided that the retail price which generally averages around the £4 mark was reasonable for this product, and I decided to go ahead and order one. The price will vary depending on where purchased. The Super Mitt is exactly that, a giant mitt that is worn on the hand to tackle the cleaning. It ...

Crocs Women's Prima Ballet Flat 06/07/2014

Sssh, don't tell anyone I'm wearing a pair of Crocs!

Crocs Women's Prima Ballet Flat A couple of years ago I opted to change all of my flooring throughout my home. I decided to remove all of the carpets and instead install laminate flooring throughout. I decided to change to laminate flooring thinking it would be easier to clean. With two children the carpets used to get dirty and stained easily, so having wipe clean floors seemed like a good ideas. I didn't consider that they would be cold. Also having a young son, my floors often have all manner of objects strewn across the floor, despite my best efforts to keep everything clean and tidy. I like to be comfortable and warm. When at home I’m not fussed over how I look, I just like to be able to relax at home. I need to wear practical clothing and footwear. I hate the idea of wearing outdoor shoes in the home, tracking all the dirt in and whatnot. So, with this in mind, I opt for slippers or some such. Slippers are not always hard-wearing, long-lasting or the easiest for quick movement. This is needed with a boisterous, lively son who needs constant care and attention. Another reason why I’m not so faithful and positive towards slippers is that slippers are often old and frumpy and the ones aimed at younger people are generally flimsy and are just not practical. Slippers never last that long after being machine washed they often lose their shape and eventually start disintegrating, despite the fact that the label says they can be machine washed. So, looking for something practical that would be robust, ...
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