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Playskool Mr Potato Head 25/04/2017

Spud - U - Like

Playskool Mr Potato Head There is quite a large age gap between my daughters and my son, because they are both a lot older than him they tend to mother him slightly, they give him an awful lot of attention and quite happily run around after him, which is of course very sweet. They both decided that they would like to save up some of their pocket money which they receive for doing various chores around the house and spend it on presents to give their little brother for his second birthday, so I took them up to our local Smyths toy shop. After a fair bit of wandering around my daughters both decided on buying him a Mr Potato head an a Mrs Potato head, they had both played with this product as little 'uns themselves and of course they were aware of the characters from the Toy Story films. I was happy with their choice and therefore added few quid to the pot so they could afford their choice. Today I will be reviewing our experience of the Mr Potato Head. Introducing Mr Potato Head Arguably, Mr Potato Head is a rather iconic chap, being around since the early 1950's I am sure most of us will remember having played with him at some point in our childhoods, this really is a classic toy. Sure, there have been a few minor changes to him over the years, but the general look and premise of him remains the same after all this time, there is simply no need for improvement here - Playskool hit the nail on the head with this one. At a time when children's toys are overly complicated, noisy things with flashing ...

Pukka Pad Refill 24/04/2017

A Pukka Pad

Pukka Pad Refill At the beginning of the academic year my daughter came home from school with a letter informing me that she would require a number of stationery items for an upcoming project in her English Literature class in which the children would need to produce some hand written work. One of the requirements was a pad of A4 lined paper, my daughter and I visited our local stationery shop and she chose this Pukka refill pad priced at £2.50 , she was swayed by the brand name declaring that it was the type all her Friends at school would be using, I thought it was a little on the expensive side but agreed considering it was for school work. The pad my daughter has is slightly different to Ciao's picture above as it has a more trendier design, I am sure there are a variety of different designs to choose from. Ours is a lovely light blue colour and has the brand logo on the front in funky pink joined lettering, the words 'Pukka Pad' are printed in a repeat pattern all over the front. This is a 'refill pad' containing 160 pages. Flipping the front page over to reveal the reverse side we are met with a list of the 250 commonly misspelled words in English, this is presented in a similar pink and blue theme as presented on the front. These are set out in alphabetical order which makes them accessible and easy to use. I think this is rather handy and I must admit to having used this once or twice myself, however my daughter has informed me that she never uses it as she would just use the ...

Cif Multi-Purpose Actifizz Ocean Spray 19/04/2017

A cleaner with added Fizz

Cif Multi-Purpose Actifizz Ocean Spray I am not particularly brand loyal when it comes to household cleaners and am usually happy to buy whatever is on offer at the time or a supermarket own brand, I picked up this Cif Multi Purpose Actifzz Ocean Spray in Poundland and having used it on a regular basis for the past week or so I thought I would finally get around to reviewing it before I finish the bottle off completely. What does it look like? Cif Actifzz Ocean Spray comes presented in a large 700ml plastic bottle with a trigger spray on top. The bottle light blue which is in keeping with the 'ocean' theme. General information is given on the back, including warnings which should be read thoroughly before use. What are the claims? This is a multi purpose cleaner and can be use in a variety of places around the home - most notably the kitchen and bathroom. Cif claim that this product will cut thought the everyday dirt in your home leaving surfaces sparkly clean. The 'effervescent technology' causes the cleaner to fizz helping to remove stubborn dirt and grime. It does not claim to be an anti bacterial cleaner and there is no mention of how or if it kills germs. There is no mention of whether or not the product has been tested on animals or not. My Experience Although Cif tout this one as a multi purpose cleaner for use in both the kitchen and bathroom, I personally find the 'ocean' fragrance more fitting to the bathroom, preferring something more citrus like for kitchen cleaning. So, this bottle has been ...

Cif Stainless Steel Cleaning Spray 18/04/2017

For streak free stainless steel

Cif Stainless Steel Cleaning Spray I am not particularly brand loyal when it comes to household cleaning and will tend to buy whatever is on offer or go with a cheap store own variety. When shopping in my local Tesco I noticed this Cif Stainless Steel Cleaning Spray priced at £2 and decided to give it a go. What does it look like? Cif Stainless Steel Cleaning Spray comes presented in a 450ml plastic bottle with a spray nozzle on top. There is no confusing this one with other products from the Cif range as this one has a eye catching metalic design in keeping with the Stainless Steel theme, there is also a picture of a bright sparkly clean stainless steel tap and of course the 'Cif' logo is also clearly displayed. The reverse of the bottle gives general information on the product such as directions for use, warnings and ingredients. What are the claims? Cif claim that this cleaner will leave stainless steel surfaces sparkly clean as well as decreasing and helping to remove limescale, stubborn dirt, watermarks and grease. The product is intended for use on stainless steel surfaces only. It should not be used on aluminium, silver, marble, limestone and wood. It may be corrosive to metals. It is recommended to test a small inconspicuous area on painted and enamelled surfaces such as hob burn covers. My Experience I purchased this product predominantly for cleaning my stainless steel cooker top which can get pretty mucky considering it is used on a every day basis. I like to give it a good wipe over after ...

Cillit Bang Power Cleaner 17/04/2017

Cillit Bang for the bathroom

Cillit Bang Power Cleaner I am not particularly brand loyal when it comes to household cleaning and will tend to buy whatever is on offer or go with a cheap store own variety. When shopping in my local Tesco I noticed this Cillit Band Power Cleaner priced at £2, despite seeing the product heavily advertised on TV over the years I had actually never tried anything from Cillit Bang before so decided to give them a whirl. What Does it look like? Cillit Bang must have recently updated their packaging as mine is a little different from Ciao's picture but the general purple and orange colour scheme has remained. The packaging looks bright and stood out to me amongst the other similar products, its rather funky and in your face. The reverse of the bottle gives general information on the product such as directions for use, warnings and ingredients. What are the claims? Cillit Bang claim that this product is the ultimate cleaning solution for your bathroom, it removes limescale, rust, dirt and soap scum in seconds leaving surfaces sparkly clean. It can be used on: * sinks * Toilets * Stainless Steel Taps * Draining Boards * Bath Tubs * Showers * Tiled Walls * Ceramic Floors * Acrylic * Glass It cannot be used on: * All natural stone (marble, granite, brass, copper, aluminium, zinc plated metals) * Linoleum * Textiles (eg carpet) * Rubber * Treated wood floors * Etched / matt gloss My Experience I bought this product predominantly for cleaning the family bathroom upstairs with and so up there it has ...

Diddi Dance 30/03/2017

Diddi Dancers

Diddi Dance My son and I have been attending the same two Mum & Baby groups since he was six months old, a yoga group and Tumble Tots, before Christmas we both began to get a little board with the yoga sessions and when money was a little tight I decided to stop going altogether. Recently I have began feeling that I actually miss attending another group and so have began looking around to see what else is available in my area, there are a variety of franchise clubs around at the minute so there has been plenty to choose from. I have decided to take advantage of some of the 'Free Trials' available, which gives me and my son the opportunity to try out a group - see if it is suited to us - before handing over wads of cash. One of the groups we just tried was 'Diddi Dance' and I thought I would review it today. Diddi Dance Diddi Dance is aimed at children aged between 18 months -5 years but younger children are welcomed too, this group is basically dance classes for pre-schools and aims to keep children fit whilst they gain confidence, make friends and have fun. Classes are well structured and there is a mix of singing and dancing as well as use of apparatus. Both boys and girls are welcome at these groups, which makes a nice change - from my experience these dance classes always seem more geared towards girls. The classes are available in more than 40 locations around the UK, Classes tend to take place in church halls, play groups or children's centres, each session lasts 45 minutes. ...

MGA Entertainment Bratz Study Abroad Raya to Mexico 28/03/2017

Raya goes to Mexico

MGA Entertainment Bratz Study Abroad Raya to Mexico My daughter has been a massive Bratz fan since she received her first Bratz doll for her sixth birthday, over the years she has collected a wide range of memorabilia and toys on the brand, so she was over the moon to discover that a new updated range of Bratz dolls were being released. She decided that she wanted to buy herself a doll from the 'Study Abroad' collection and decided to chose a lesser known character - Raya. Packaging Raya came presented in a plastic box, which was clear on the front so the doll and accessories could easily be seen inside. The back of the box had a cardboard sleeve which showed some photos of the doll and the other Bratz characters. The packaging was very bright and colourful, the doll and items were well displayed and it was clear and easy to see what the product contained. Getting into the plastic packaging was very difficult and it took me a good 10 minutes to cut away all the ties securing the doll and accessories. The Doll Appearance wise Raya looks pretty much like most Bratz dolls, she is of a quality I would expect from MGA. She is a standard size, measures approximately 11 inches. The doll is fully possible with move-able joints in her shoulders, knees and hips but not in her elbows, wrists or ankles. Her head is on a ball and so can be rotated about with ease. She can be placed in a sitting position but cannot stand up unaided. As we have come to expect with Bratz dolls, Rayas head is quite large and not in keeping with the rest ...

Mattel DC Super Hero Girls Batgirl 24/03/2017

Ne ne ne nene ne neee ..... Batgirl!

Mattel DC Super Hero Girls Batgirl Thankfully my seven year old daughter has began to loose interest in the likes of Disney Princess and My Little Pony, her interests have began to expand and grow a little which is nice to see. One of her new interests is Superheros, particularly the female characters. She is a big fan of the new Super girl TV show on Sky One and so I bought her a Super Girl doll for Christmas as well as some other characters from the 'DC Superhero Girls' range to play alongside it. I decided to buy her Bat Girl, today I will be reviewing our experiences of this doll. The Doll There were two versions of the doll available - regular and deluxe, I purchased the regular as it was significantly cheaper. I can only guess that Ciao's picture shows the deluxe doll as ours is slightly different. The doll measures 12 inches in height so is taller and more chunky compared to the other fashion dolls out there, although she has a small frame she isn't quite as slim as the likes of Barbie or Bratz and has chunkier calves and forearms plus her face is fuller. The manufacturers have also given her a toned look to her arms, with some nice muscle. Her head and body is all in proportion. She has a pretty face, with her large oval green eyes and simple pink lips. She has long red hair which comes down to just above her waist. Unlike the deluxe version the regular doll has limited movement. Her head is on a sort of ball and can be rotated about a little, but it feels a little stiff and I would be wary of ...

Garnier Skin Naturals Summer Body Moisturising Lotion Deep 23/03/2017

For a Natural Looking Summer Tan

Garnier Skin Naturals Summer Body Moisturising Lotion Deep I am a big fan of the fake it don't bake it philosophy, I would much rather use lotions and potions to create a bronze tan than to cook myself and eventually look like a shrivelled up old prune. After having mixed results with various fake tan products over The years I have finally settled on gradual tanning body lotions, not only are they simple to apply but they also allow me to build up the tan I want at my own pace and to my own requirements. My most recent purchase was this Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion which I am reviewing today. What does it look like? The lotion comes presented in a large 400ml plastic bottle with a flip top lid, popping this open reveals a small hole through which the product can be dispensed. The brand and product name are clearly displayed on the front along with various bits of information. The bottle itself has a summery appearance with its bright orange colour scheme. Lots of information is given on the back, all of which should be read thoroughly before use. There is a general blurb about the product, directions for use and warnings. Once opened the product should be used within 12 months. The lotion itself is white in colour and is of a thin almost sticky consistency. What are the claims? Garnier claim that with regular use this lotion will gradually create a deep natural looking tan, suitable for all year round. It will also leave the skin moisturised and hydrated 'from morning to evening'. The product will not protect ...

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 16/03/2017

Excellent fuss free Cleansing Water

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water I don't really wear much make up, a quick application of some BB cream, mascara and lip balm and that's pretty much me done of a morning. I have to be careful with what I put on my skin as it is quite sensitive in places and prone to dryness or redness so I tend to stick with brands and products I know work for me rather than trying something new. This is probably one of the reasons I was so late jumping on the Micellar Cleansing Water bandwagon but after hearing so much positive excitement about this stuff I decided to give it a whirl. I purchased a medium 400ml bottle of Garniers Micellar Cleansing Water from my local Savers, there were a few 'varieties' to choose from - I picked up the one for sensitive skin, having just finished the bottle off I thought I would review it here today. What does it look like? Garniers Micellar Cleansing Water comes presented in a clear plastic bottle through which the clear water itself can clearly be seen. The brand and product name are clearly displayed on the front along with various bits of information on the product, the packaging is simple and the bottle is neat and uncluttered. On top there is a pink flip top lid, when opened this reveals a small hole through which the product is dispensed. Lots of information is given on the back, all of which should be read thoroughly before use. There is a general blurb about the product, directions for use and warnings. Once opened the product should be used within 6 months. The Micellar Water ...

Mattel DC Super Hero Girls Supergirl 15/03/2017

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its Supergirl!

Mattel DC Super Hero Girls Supergirl My seven year old daughter has recently become a fan of the new Super girl TV show shown on Sky One of a weekend, It's a little more grown up compared to her usual love of ponies and princesses, but its an interest I have encouraged as I think Super girl is a better role model compared to the likes of Cinderella. I have since bought her Super girl comics which she loved to read and also some Superhero related dolls. Smyths toy shop had a variety of different Mattel DC Comics dolls available so I bought her Super girl, Bat girl and Wonder Woman, today I will be reviewing our experience of the Super girl doll. The Doll The doll measures 12 inches in height so is taller and more chunky compared to the other fashion dolls out there, although she has a small frame she isn't quite as slim as the likes of Barbie or Bratz and has chunkier calves and forearms plus her face is fuller. The manufacturers have also made her arms and legs toned by adding defined muscles, which is appropriate considering she is a crime busting superhero. Her body seems well proportioned. She does, of course have pretty facial features with her bright blue oval eyes and bright red lips, but her expression is defiant and strong rather than just pretty and forlorn. The dolls in the range are meant to be teenagers so they do look rather young. She has long golden blonde hair which reaches down to her waist, pushed back with a simple blue hairband. The doll is fully possible, her head is on a ball it can move ...

Garnier Body Tonic Firming Hydrating Lotion 14/03/2017

Just the Tonic I needed

Garnier Body Tonic Firming Hydrating Lotion Any mother knows that pregnancy and breast feeding can take a toll on the skin, I had my two daughters when I was quite Young so thankfully (with youth on my side) my body managed to bounce back a little easier, my son however came along in my early 30's and I ended up breast feeding him for a year - a lot longer than I had nursed my daughters. Once that part of my life was over and my body was mine again (so to speak) unfortunately I was left a little self conscious when things didn't go back to my pre baby form. I didn't put much weight on during my pregnancy and the breastfeeding helped me regain my petite figure, but my breasts had gone uber massive during nursing so had lost some elasticity and firmness. My partner was very sweet saying he still thought they looked great and that he was just happy to have them back to himself again, but of course I knew this not to be entirely true and so decided to try and improve them by trying out some of the lotions and potions out there designed for these exact problems. One of the products I have been using recently has been this Garnier Body Firming Hydrating Lotion which I will be reviewing today. What does it look like? The lotion comes presented in a large 400ml plastic bottle with a flip top lid, when opened this reveals a hole through which the lotion can be dispensed. The brand and product name are clearly displayed on the front along with various bits of information. The bottle itself has a bright appearance with the ...

Curver Laundry Hamper 02/03/2017

A Functional Laundry Hamper

Curver Laundry Hamper When we moved house last year we used it as an excuse to get rid of lots of old furniture and other various household items, we hired a large skip and managed to fill the whole thing. One of the things to go was our laundry basket, it was a good ten years old and had certainly seen better days, this meant that we needed a brand new one for our home. I purchased this Curver Laundry Hamper from my local Tesco and will be reviewing it today. The hamper did not come presented in any sort of packaging apart from a removable sticker on the front. It did not need any assembly either so it was fuss free and ready to use. Looks wise, it is pretty basic with its basic cream colour and rattan effect design. It is rectangular in shape, smaller at the bottom and gradually widens to the top. It is made out of polypropylene and whilst it has a plastic look to it - it doesn't look cheap or tacky. It has the following measurements: Size H60, W43, D33. Its simplicity means it goes unnoticed in our bathroom, it certainly doesn't stand out in any way. The rattan effect looks really nice and adds a bit of interest to what would otherwise be a very plain hamper. The design also cleverly hides the contents of the hamper whilst also allowing it to breathe, meaning that the dirty laundry is not on display yet doesn't go stinky with no air getting at it. The lid opens and closes with ease, if pushed completely back it stays open making emptying the hamper easy. The hinges are strong and durable, ...

Fisher-Price Wheelies Batman Ride-On 28/02/2017

To the Batmobile

Fisher-Price Wheelies Batman Ride-On A few months before Christmas relatives began asking if there was anything in particular that my son wanted or needed, so I had to get my thinking cap on and come up with some ideas of things people could get him. I asked my sister to get my son a ride on but left the type and style up to her. Christmas morning my son was delighted to open up this Fisher Price Wheelies Batman themed ride on. Packaging & Assembly Te ride on came presented on cardboard packaging which was open at the front so the product could be seen and touched. The product comes fully assembled. The ride on itself was attached to the packaging with plastic ties, which needed cutting away with scissors. I found this quite difficult to do as the ties were very tightly secured around the ride on so there wasn't much room to get in there. It took a fair bit of patients to release the toy from its packaging, so I would suggest doing this ahead of time before giving it to a child if possible. The toy takes 3 AA batteries which were included. What does it look like This is a rather standard looking ride on in terms of size and shape, as would be expected for its age guideline it is rather small and low to the ground and it is also very lightweight. The ride on is made of rather thin plastic which does give it a slightly cheap looking appearance. It has a black, grey and blue colour scheme and has a variety of Batman related stickers decorating it. This includes Batman logos as well as cartoon pictures of ...

Fisher Price Smart Stages Toolbox 01/02/2017

It's Hammer Time

Fisher Price Smart Stages Toolbox My son received this Fisher Price Smart Stages Toolbox by a relative for his first birthday, having owned it for a good nine months now I thought I would finally review it here today. What does it look like The toy is designed to look similar to a real toolbox and it certainly does, especially from the outside. However, since we don't own a traditional toolbox my son didn't really have any idea of what it was meant to be and I still don't think he has much of a clue. When closed the toolbox looks like a little box with a handle on top, it has a nice blue, yellow and red colour scheme which is bright and engaging. There is a stickered picture on the front featuring the Fisher Price Pup as well as a little measuring strip / ruler complete with movable marker. There is a little tab on the lid which needs to be pushed up to open the toolbox. Opening up the toolbox we are met with three different coloured shapes, a red triangle, a green circle and a yellow square. There is also a chunky little grey hammer nestled in a slot this can be removed and used to hit the shapes setting off a variety of sounds and jingles. There is also a little spinner and the 'Smart Stages' switch. Fisher Price have included an on/off switch (thank you very much) which is located on the back of the toy box. This also controls the sound settings which I think to be 'loud' & 'louder'. The battery compartment is also located here and a screwdriver is required tom open it up. I can't remember if ...
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