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23:01.2012: Received autism diagnosis for my precious son. Everyday is magical with my little boy.

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Method Laundry Liquid Fresh Air 25 Washes 29/04/2015

The method to clean clothes

Method Laundry Liquid Fresh Air 25 Washes Being a family of three with a young boy who loves to get dirty my wash load never seems to go down. This means I get through my fair share of washing liquid. I prefer washing liquid over other formats, as I find it isn't as messy as powders and sometimes tablets don’t always dissolve completely. I’m quite finicky over what I use, as I need something that is going to clean grubby clothes. I've tried quite a few different brands with none being any more noteworthy than the last. I’m always carefully perusing the washing detergents when shopping to see what might be up to the job of keeping my family’s clothes clean. When in Tesco some time ago, I happened to notice a different washing detergent that I’d not come across before. The brand being Method, which produce environmentally-friendly products. I had heard good things about the brand so I was eager to give it a try. The Method laundry liquid fresh air is produced from a plant-based formula – how good is that?! I’m all for environmentally-friendly products, and opt for these where possible. This product is made from non-toxic, natural and biodegradable ingredients, which is great for the planet. The slim, lightweight bottle is also environmentally-friendly as it is made from recycled-plastic. So far, so good. Impressed with its green credentials I had high hopes for this one. Another advantage that this product has is that it comes in a compact little bottle, and is much smaller than others that hold the same amount ...

Vivid Imaginations Toy Story Talking Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger, Pixar Toy Story Collection 15/04/2015

To infinity and beyond!

Vivid Imaginations Toy Story Talking Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger, Pixar Toy Story Collection Buzz: “Right now, poised at the edge of the galaxy, Emperor Zurg has been secretly building a weapon with the destructive capacity to annihilate an entire planet! I alone have information that reveals this weapon's only weakness. And *you*, my friend, are responsible for delaying my rendezvous with Star Command!" Woody: “You’ve got wings, you glow in the dark, you talk, your helmet does that whoosh thing, you’re a cool toy!” Buzz: “Oh I’m just an action figure” Buzz lightyear has been heavily advertised from the 1995 film Toy Story. This is a toy that will appeal to children and adults alike who are fans of the award winning movie. This is a fantastic replica which is priced accordingly. It is a toy that any fan from the film will be ecstatic to receive. During the lead up to Christmas I was trying to think of what my son would like, this was not an easy task as his birthday is in late October so he had already had a lot of nice gifts. After much searching on-line and offline, and trying to come up with ideas for something that he would enjoy and get a lot of use out of, and something different to what he already had, it was more difficult than I thought. After weeks of looking and not finding anything that stood out, I was starting to get flustered. Then while my son was watching Toy Story which he has become to love, I suddenly realized that a Buzz Lightyear would be the perfect gift. After looking on-line, I didn't realize there would be several incarnations of ...

Polaroid Super Blower 02/04/2015

Blown away!

Polaroid Super Blower I’m a bit of an amateur photographer. I own a middle of the range DSLR camera which suits my needs and budget perfectly. However, it still comes with a hefty price tag. I frequently use my camera and my shots have been used for some advertisements which makes me feel proud and as such I try to perfect my photography continually. There’s nothing better than having great photos that capture those special memories. When it comes to keeping my camera lens clean I am a bit obsessed. A clean lens makes all the difference to the quality of a picture and there’d be nothing worse than a smudge mark or dust ruining a good shot. I find that my sensor inside my camera sometimes needs a little clean, even though my camera is stored in its camera bag and is cared for. When it comes to cleaning equipment you cannot be too choosey. Anything that is not supposed to be used to clean the lens is likely to cause damage, especially over time. Replacing a lens is not going to be cheap, so it is good to take care of it to prolong the life as well as provide you with the best of your camera. I’ve always used a lens pen and find this is one of the best bits of kit I own. When preparing my camera for my next lot of shots, I gently clean the lens. Sometime debris and dust particles can be difficult to remove and blowing on the lens causes it to become damp from the warm air from my mouth, this then makes it hard to clean. Plus any dampness can cause water marks to permeate into the lens. Brushing ...

Ikea Portis Hat and Coat Stand 27/02/2015

Hang your coat

Ikea Portis Hat and Coat Stand When visiting IKEA looking for a shoe rack, I managed to spot a coat stand which I just had to have. It seemed to make sense for neatness and organisation. I figured that it would go perfectly in the entrance of my home along with the shoe racks. I like to have somewhere to keep all the outerwear and the likes, as these are removed as soon as we enter the home. The PORTIS hat and coat stand is a fairly basic item with a simple and clean look, nothing too fancy here. However, at only £25 it serves its purpose well. It looks to be a robust and sturdy item being constructed from steal. It has a black finish and is a good size measuring in at 191 cm high, enabling it to easily allow long coats to be hung. It comes flat packed and requires assembling, which is easy and straightforward and can be completed by one person in no time at all. The coat stand features 12 hooks in all which makes it highly useful. It also has a good sturdy base with four feet to keep it grounded. It does look like a substantial item that would be suitable for any home really, depending on space. There are four tall hooks at the top which rise up and curl over at the ends. Just a little further down are four more slightly smaller hooks which face down and the ends curl upwards. This gives it a pretty look. Much further down around the halfway mark are four smaller hooks that just curl up from the stand. This provides plenty of hanging space for just about everything. This hat and coat stand is placed ...

Ikea Lustifik Hat/Shoe Rack 13/02/2015

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Ikea Lustifik Hat/Shoe Rack I never used to be one to own many pairs of shoes. In the past we would normally only own 2 pairs each. I don’t know what’s happened, however, as in recent times we seemed to have amassed more pairs of shoes than I ever thought we would. I guess we are always out and about by foot, so a good pair of shoes or boots is needed. When I buy footwear, I often go for good quality well produced items that are going to provide comfort. When walking everywhere, it is important to have footwear that is going to be kind to your feet. As I go for good quality footwear, they tend to last for quite some time. I have boots and shoes that I keep for a good couple of years and I believe that is good going. It certainly makes it worth spending a little extra when they last. However, the downside is, the collection of footwear has grown. With everyday shoes, school shoes, gym shoes, riding shoes and winter boots the collection is a little much. I keep all my shoes in the entrance area of my home, as they are removed when we enter the house. I wouldn't like to track all that dirt into my home, as the streets are certainly grim. The entrance to my home was starting to look rather untidy and the shoes were stacking up. I like order and neatness, however, this wasn't possible with the amount of shoes we have. I counted them, and on average we have 9 pairs each, with 3 people that’s almost 30 pairs of boots and shoes. I must also say that my home is tiny, which makes storage important. Luckily, ...

Osmo Extreme Extra Firm Volumising Hairspray 07/02/2015

Extra firm hairspray for extra firm hair

Osmo Extreme Extra Firm Volumising Hairspray I've not been using hairspray for very long, as I never realized what a difference it could make. I was getting a little fed-up with spending time styling my hair and it losing its style after being outside in the windy weather, also when rushing and taking a brisk walk to where needed. I’d not long changed hairdressers and my new one always gives my hair a quick spritz with hairspray when she’s done and it’s never done my hair any harm. I started out using the one recommended to me by my hairdresser and found it to be great. However, when my hairspray was running low, I looked online for a replacement. I decided to try a different brand, not for any real reason. The deciding factor was probably the fact that it was on offer for £3.99 instead of the RRP of £12 for a large 500 ml canister. I thought this seemed good, and I had seen this brand in a hairdressing shop, so I imagined it would be good. The first time I used the OSMO hairspray, I couldn't believe how heavy and sticky it felt. I also didn't like how it literally freeze dried my hair giving it an unnatural look. It makes my hair feel wiry if too much is used. When I tried to spray my fringe, which sweeps over to the side and is held up against the rest of my hair, off of my forehead, I accidentally sprayed a little onto my forehead and it gave a burning sensation, which worried me. I didn't like how this made my hair feel. I also don’t think it held my hair particularly well, and found more was needed, which ...

Soap and Glory Hand Food 07/02/2015

The most astonishing hand cream ever?

Soap and Glory Hand Food To be perfectly honest, I never thought I would even try a Soap and Glory product, let alone like it. However, being a review writer means that I have read many Soap and Glory reviews and I guess that subconsciously I fell for the hype and ended up being suckered into trying a product. I must admit, that I never did believe all the excitement over this brand. Just looking at the packaging (pink and girly) I assumed it was all about how the product looked, and I didn't expect them to deliver good results. Having had OCD for a good 10 years now, my poor old hands do take a beating. I’m a hand-washer, and as much as I try, I have no idea of how to break this illness. However, my hand washing rituals are nowhere near as bad as they used to be. Having said that, 10 years of me being overzealous with hand-washing, my hands do need extra TLC to keep them in an acceptable and comfortable condition. As such, I have tried many different hand creams over the years. So many different hand creams. . . I've never really be smitten by any hand cream for me to stay loyal. Some may be slightly better, and I may re-visit them, however, I tend to try different ones. There are loads out there, so I just pick whichever I feel like at the time. Some of my favourites are usually around the £10 and upwards mark, which is why I don’t always stay loyal, as they are not always affordable when needed. So, I do flirt with the cheaper brands. Is there really a difference. . . Soap and Glory Hand ...

Early Learning Centre Wooden Post Box 07/02/2015

Time to post a letter

Early Learning Centre Wooden Post Box My son has many toys, and as such, some we tend to pass on if they are not very well suited and fail to interest my son. It can be difficult to know if a toy is going to hold any value for my son, as he is autistic. We live in a rather annoyingly tiny house, and his bedroom is quite small, too, so only the best toys get kept when we have a good sort and deep clean. This lovely red post box is something I purchased some time ago, and it has remained with us. The Early Learning Centre used to produce some fantastic toys when my daughter was younger, however, I find the toys to be nowhere near as good. There are the occasional gems, but there are also some fairly cheaply made toys, too. I suppose that’s why they only hold a concessional section of Mothercare now. I do still shop around in there, as my son seems to enjoy playing with the toys, and there is only one other toy shop in town, so we’re not spoilt for choice. On a visit some time ago, I happened on this gorgeous red post box. It appealed right away, as it looked robust, the colour is vibrant and it is a good chunky wooden toy. Wooden toys are always good, as they are often solid in construction. This one certainly looked well-made and a good solid little toy. It retails at £15, which seems fair and against other toys is about right. This wooden post pox is geared towards younger children with a recommended age from 1 year. In the Early Learning Centre (Mothercare) this toy is placed with other toys that are aimed ...

Naissance Organic Shea Butter 07/02/2015

A Shea Delight

Naissance Organic Shea Butter Over the years I have tried numerous different skincare products that are designed to moisturize the skin. I find moisturizing to be more and more important as I age, and I have always found applying a good quality moisturizer to be advantageous, as I feel it helps keep my skin in good condition. With environmental factors, and the passing of time, I find my skin really does need that daily moisturizing boost. I am terribly fussy when it comes to skincare products, after all my skin is important. I refrain from looking at scented moisturizers, as I find these can be irritating to the skin, not to mention the nose. Artificial scents are not overly pleasing, either. I also avoid chemicals as much as possible, as I don’t want these to be absorbed into my body. There really isn't any need for a moisturizer to be heavily laden with chemicals. There are plenty of natural skincare products out there that perform to the same standard, and maybe even better. I've used a good number of natural moisturizers and I find they are better suited to my skin and are my preference. The only downside is, that they can be costly, especially when I want a product that I can use all over each and every day. This makes it easy for me to run out, and this is when I neglect my skin, as I don’t always remember to replenish my stocks. Quite some time ago I decided that I wanted a good quality moisturizer that I could use as a general moisturizer. I wanted something pure and effective. I turned to ...

InterDesign Shower Curtain Liner 06/02/2015

I can see you!

InterDesign Shower Curtain Liner I have had many different shower curtains over the years, from inexpensive basic curtains, to more glamorous expensive ones. None of which have left a lasting impression. I have never noticed a difference between the low budget and pricier curtains. After a couple of months they would generally need replacing, regardless of price. As far as shower curtain go, I’m not too fussed over the design, I’m more interested in a curtain that is functional and hard wearing. I've found that patterned and coloured shower curtains tend to show up dirt and grime after a short space of time, which would prove difficult to remove. I want my shower curtain to be clean and stain free, and easy to keep clean. I was getting fed up with plastic shower curtains, as they never seemed durable, they would often rip. I decided to switch over to material shower curtains to see if they would prove to be any better, however, I found that these would become moldy over time, which is not pleasant. I now opt for a clear shower curtain, to be able to keep watch over my 4 year old son whilst he takes a shower, so I can remain dry. When my previous shower curtain needed to be replaced I decided to visit good old trusty Amazon to see what was on offer. I quite liked the pretty scenic shower curtains, however, I wasn't prepared to spend a fortune on a product that generally has a short life expectancy. I continued looking and happened on the BlissHome, Interdesign, Shower Curtain Liner, and I wondered what it ...

Tiger Balm White Regular 04/02/2015

Don't growl when you have a headache

Drift Down Chillibug Suit 19/01/2015

As snug as a bug

Flanimals Pop-Up - Ricky Gervais 03/01/2015

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. ...

Boots Easy Breathing Vaporizer 22/12/2014

Envelop yourself in menthol to breathe easy

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

One Book you won't be Sending Back

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