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Olan Mills 02/01/2007

Olan mills did not deliver

Olan Mills As a fathers day present in June 2006 I decided to buy my husband a Watch Me Grow package from Olan Mills. The package gave you four photoshoots with a child & parent (or whoever you wanted in the photos) over the course of 12 months. As part of the package you were entitled to one free 8 x 10 photo, plus with the initial purchase you got a small frame various offers with each of the four shoots. At the time of the purchase the staff at my local Olan Mills in Bedford were very helpful and continued to be at both of the sittings my husband and daughter attended. The package was really good value - about 25.0 and whilst the photos are very expensive if you want more than just your one free photo, you are under no obligation to buy more. My husband arranged the first sitting which went really well and the photos we ordered were delivered on time. Olan Mills contacted us to arrange our second sitting within plenty of time of the due date and again we had no problems and were really pleased with the photos. Then, just before Christmas I was shocked to read in my local paper that Olan Mills had gone into recievership and that any purchases made would not be honoured. The only reason the story had made the paper was because another local photographer had stepped in and offered to carry out sittings with people who had broughted packages and would now not be able to have them with Olan Mills. We had heard nothing from Olan Mills about them closing and when we tried to ...

John Lewis Bath Chair 08/10/2006

Safe and fun bath time

John Lewis Bath Chair I brought this seat from a local baby store for the bargin price of 12.99. This is without doubt one of the best products I brought for my daughter and real is useful - not another of these products for products sake! The seat is ergonomically designed to give the best seating position for your baby. It is made from plastic and is available in blue or white. It has two plastic suckers which attach to your bath and a level on one side to indicate how deep to fill your bath. Once you have run your bath you pop the seat in and then sit your baby into the seat. The raised piece that sits inbetween babies legs stops them from sliding out and holds them firmly but comfortably in place. This leaves both your hands free to bath your baby without them slipping around. It also means your baby feels secure and can have a good kick about. Also, because it sits in your bath you can get in too and have a good splash with your baby which they love. My baby girl loves her seat ad has been using it since she was two days old. She is now 4 and a half months and is now strong enough to start pushing herself out of it which means I am now going to have to move on to a bath seat which she can sit up in. Whilst the seat will only have lasted for five months, it was a brilliant investment and was very cheap for the use I have got out of it - plus it will keep for baby No 2 when I eventually decide to have another! This seat was voted Product of the Year in Blooming Marvelous ...

Daddy Cool: The Musical, London 22/09/2006

Daddy Cool

Daddy Cool: The Musical, London Daddy Cool is the brand new musical currently showing at the Shaftsbury Theatre in London's West End. The Story Daddy Cool tells the story of Sunny and Rose who fall in love despite being from two families torn apart by years of fighting. The musical is set to the music of Boney M. The story starts in the Islands in 1990 with Sunny as a young boy, told by his grand mother that his mother in England wants him back home. We then join him in the present day, home in London, trying hard to make it in the music business with his group The Subsonics. Progress of the group is slowed by The Blade Squad, a rival group led by Benny, son of clubowner Ma Baker (Michelle Collins) The two groups rivalry comes to a head when they enter into an MC Battle which leds to the shooting of one of The Subsonic members. Can the subsonics reveal the truth about the shooting and can old feuds finally be laid to rest? Background to Daddy Cool - how did it come about? Daddy Cool is the brainchild of Frank Farian - the man behind Boney M and Milli Vanilli. The success of Farians groups have been worldwide but his dream has always been to bring his music to the stage. Combining hits from the last 30 years, Daddy Cool is a showcase for all Farians past success, creatively brought to the stage in this fun musical. Frank Farian has been a key figure in the production of the musical and has worked hard with Robert Mackintosh (Co-producer) and Gary Noakes (Resident Director) to bring his ...

SlumberSac Sleeping Bags 18/09/2006

sweet dreams with slumbersac

SlumberSac Sleeping Bags My baby has just turned four months old and over the last few weeks has become very mobile in her cot, meaning she has been wriggling out of her covers and going on little adventures up and down her cot!! As a result she has been waking up in the night - just as we had start to get her sleeping through. I had been told about baby sleeping bags by a number of people and so decided to give one a go. I decided on a Slumbersac - a blue and dark beige sleeping bag with little giraffes on the front with blue feet. So what is a slumbersac? Basically, it is a sleeping bag available in different togs (weights) ranging from a 0.5 - for use in very hot rooms or during the summer right up to 2.5 which is for cooler rooms and use in the winter. The sleeping bag has a zip all the way around as well as poppers on each shoulder so that baby does not slip down into the sleeping bag. Why use a sleeping bag? Sleeping bags are recommended to help prevent babies from slipping under the covers or from getting covers caught around their face. If your baby does have a tendancy to move around in the night then the sleeping bag will help to prevent moving, and keep them warm even if they do manage to wriggle off! It also stops babies fel getting caught in the sides of the cot as they are safely tucked up inside the bag. The slumbersac comes in three different sizes: Size 1 - 66cm - to fit from birth up to 3/6 months Size 2 - 86cm - to fit from 3 months up to 12/18 ...

Toni and Guy 11/09/2006

My T & G Experience

Toni and Guy Booking the appointment I have had long hair since forever and after some recent depressing bad hair days decided enough was enough it was time for a radical restyle. After my lovely hubby offered to pay for my new look I popped into my local Tony and Guy to see what they had to offer. Now, I am not a great fan of Salons - usually opting for my mum's mobile hairdresser to pop round to give me the odd trim once a year - yes I am that bad at keeping my lovely locks looking wonderful! So heading into Tony and Guy was a somewhat nerve racking experience. My intention was just to pick up a price list, take it home and have a think about what I wanted and then probably leave my hair as it was. When I waliked in I was greated by a friendly receptionist who politely informed me that they had run out of price cards but that she could run through prices with me. After explaining that I wanted a complete restyle she explained that the price was the same for any cut and that where the price differed was dependant on which stylist I had. All prices included a consultation with your chossen stylist. She told me a junior stylist was 33.00, mid range stylist - 35.00 and top stylist 37.00. I was pleasantly suprised by this asI expected a salon like Tony and Guy to be more price. Getting carried away, I decided to book an appointment right there and then. I decided to book for the following week but could have book in for the next day as the were not hugely busy. I asked to ...

A-Z for Members Challenges 07/09/2006

EmBe'S A-Z

A-Z for Members Challenges I haven't done a review in a while but the last couple I have done have been in the Ciao cafe and I have really enjoyed them so I have decided to take up the ultimate challenge and do the A-Z of me! I hope you enjoy - without getting too bored. So here goes (wish me luck!!) A = Age - I am 27 but will be 28 next month!! They say you are only as old as you feel and I have to say that I do still feel very young at heart. I love having a laugh and I have a positive outlook on life and try not to stress to much about stuff so I think that has kept me feeling young. Having said that I am becoming very aware of the fact that I am creeping evercloser to 30 and this is somewhat concerning, but hey, I will cross that bridge when I come to it!! B = Bagpuss - the saggy old cloth cat! I loved and adored Bagpuss as a kid and still do. My husband brought me the complete series on DVD a couple of years ago and I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to watch it with me. I have every Bagpus item possible including slippers, fridge magnets etc, I love Bagpus so much I even named one of my cats after him - even though she was a female cat!! C = Cats. I have two lovely cats who are just over a year old. They are sisters and I have had them since they were eight weeks old. One is called Bagpus - after my most adored childrens character (see above) and the other is called Snuggles. They were very poorly when they were a couple of months old and had to have a special diet which meant ...

Everything that starts with T ... 25/08/2006

It's tag time!!

Everything that starts with T ... I had a message from Hewks in my guestbook yesterday to let me know she had tagged me. I was very confused and wondered if she had gone mad!! but after a little investigation I came accross her review and was completed speechless (not like me at all!!) to read such lovely comments - so big thanks to Hewks for the tag - now it is my turn....... My first tag is for: 1)firbti - Kerrie was the first person to add me to her Circle of Trust which was a great feeling and really encouraged me to continue to write reviews and become a part of the Ciao community. Despite having never met her I feel that we would get on really well. She is a real family person and a foster mother which i greatly admire. She has recently given birth to a baby boy who was born prematurely and my thoughts go out to her and her family and hope that he gains strength with every day that passes which I am certain he will. Firbti is my first tag because I admire her courage and think she would make a great friend. My second tag is for: 2) Madge11 - I love Madge11 for her great beauty product reviews which have caused me to rush out and spend a fortune on many a body shop product!! She is always fun and cheerful and again has inspired me to continue writing reviews. She is currently on her hols and I hope she is having a great time, but I hope that she will be back soon with some more great reviews. My third and final tag is for: 3) Ang2906 - always popping in to say hi and to have a chat I feel ...

Member Advice on Preparing for your Baby's Arrival 15/08/2006

preparation is key ...

Member Advice on Preparing for your Baby's Arrival When I found out I was pregnant last September, the thought of not actually seeing the baby until the following May filled me both with excitment and dread. On the one hand I had months to get everything prepared, get a nursery decorated and furnished, organise a birth plan, sort out maternity leave and think about my labour. On the other hand I only had less than nine months to reorganise my whole life!! It is easy to think that you have months to get things planned but when I thought of it in terms of finances and the number of pay days until the baby was born then I began to realise that I needed to get things organised. What I decided to do was to sit down and write two lists: 1) Everything I needed to do before the baby was born - organising jobs month by month so that bigger jobs got done first and quick easy things could be left until a bit later down the line. Examples of jobs included: - Repainting nursery - sorting out loft and doing a car boot to get some extra cash - Sorting out how to do my Tesco shop online and have a go - so that once baby was born I could just check shopping list and order leaving me to just sit and wait for it to be delievered! - sort out maternity leave / return to work dates - cook lots of meals and freeze then so that I would always have a quick easy to prepare and healthy meal once baby was born - pack a hospital bag - go for tour of delievery suite - sort out birth plan - buy birthday cards etc in advance ...

reveals yourself in 100 questions... 14/08/2006

EmBe reveals all in 100 questions....

reveals yourself in 100 questions... 1 - First Names : Emily - no middle name, seemed to be the only person in school without one. My mum said she took so long to decide on my first name there was no way she was going to think of a second! ~~~~~ 2 - Pseudo(s) ? Em ~~~~~ 3 - girl ou boy ? Girl, women, mum, wife ~~~~~ 4 - Towns ? (birthplace and living town) Born and bred in Bedford (near Luton) used to hate it as a kid until I moved to Brighton to go to Uni then I began to appreciate the slower pace of life in little old Bedford ~~~~~ 5 - Size ? 5 ft 6 - ish (i think) ~~~~~ 6 - Age ? 27 ~~~~~ 7 - color of hair ? medium brown - have never coloured it but have always faniced going red ~~~~~ 8 - color of the eyes ? Blue / grey - which is very sad because I always wanted them to be bright blue ~~~~~ 9 - Employment / current occupation? Recruiting Officer - full time except for when I am on maternity leave (back end of sept boo hoo!) ~~~~~ 10- astrological and Chinese sign: Libra - well balanced - Horse - i think?? ~~~~~ 11 - I like/love ? Seeing my new born baby smile at me, a good bottle of wine, nice food, going out with friends, being in love with my husband, my job ~~~~~ 12 - I don't like ? war, racism, having to get up early, ~~~~~ 13 - If you can meet one person of your choice, dead or alive, known or not, who would this be? My grandma - I never got to say goodbye and I regret it with all my heart, plus I would like her to meet my ...

Helter Skelter - the True Story of the Manson Murders - Vincent Bugliosi 11/08/2006

The truth about the Manson Family

Helter Skelter - the True Story of the Manson Murders - Vincent Bugliosi On the night of August 9th 1969 Sharon Tate, and six others were brutally murdered at her home in Los Angeles. Deputy district Attorney Vincent Bugliosi was assigned to this case and one other seemingly unrelated homicide. This is his story of how the murders took place, how the other homicides turned out to be related after all, and an indepth look into the world of killer and cult leader Charles Manson. I am a huge fan of serial killer profilers and real crime books and for me, this is the best of the bunch. This case shocked America and became one of the highest profile mass murders of American history, made all the more shocking by the fact that Sharon Tate was heavily pregnant and that the Charles Manson "family" stuck by him and the others on trial throughout the whole of the case. Vincent Bugliosi goes into a huge amount of detail both about the murders and last few hours of those at the Tate residence as well as into profiling Charles Manson and his family. The book is split into several parts: • Cast of Characters • Part 1 - The Murders • Part 2 - The Killers • Part 3 - The Investigation - Phase 2 • Part 4 - The Search for the Motive • Part 5 - Don't you know who you are crucifying • Part 6 - The Trial • Part 7 - Murder in the wind • Part 8 - Fires in your cities • Epilogue - A Shared Madness The book is certainly not for the faint hearted or easily shocked and does include some quite ...

Women who kill - Ann Jones 11/08/2006

Women who kill

Women who kill - Ann Jones Women who Kill - written by Carol Anne Davis (also author of Children who Kill) profiles 13 female serial killers from Aileen Wuornos (who was later profiled in the film Monster) through to Rose West in what is an interesting yet disturbing read. I have read lots of true crime books in the past and many books on serial killers and although this does offer a condensed look at each of the women I do feel that the analysis is not as indepth as it could be. Carol Anne Davis is both a crime writer and a criminologist and so certainly knows her stuff but it is difficult to write a book about serial killers in much detail when you are written about 13 in one go! Each of the female serial killers are profiled by Carol in the same way: A history of their childhood and life before becoming a killer - many of the women were either abused as children at the hands of family members or suffered abuse from partners later in life. A brief overview of the murders they committed The trial An update as to where they are now (if applicable) and final profile. The full list of serial killers profiled are as follows: Anna Zwanziger Jeanne Weber Myra Hindley Martha Ann Johnson Charlene Gallego Genene Jones Judith Neelley Catherine Birnie Gwen Graham and Catherine Wood Rose West Carol Bundy Aileen Wuornos Karla Homolka There are also further chapters titled: Classifying the female serial killer Fabrications of femininity Theories about why women ...

Does true love really exist? 10/08/2006

does true love really exist - of course it does

Does true love really exist? I could not be more adament that true love really does exist. I am 27 years old and have been married to my husband for 18months but we have been together since we were both just 18. Having met at school when we were just 14 our paths crossed after he began to date my best friend. After 2 and a half years, their relationship came to an end and six months later at another friends 18th birthday party our's began. A year after we got together we left school and I went off to Uni thinking that the relationship would probably come to an end or just fizzle out - how wrong could I be. Despite having only 1 phone between 8 people (no mobiles then my friends) we still managed to speak at least once a day yet could only manage visits once a month, sometimes less often. This is where I believe true love really does exist, because despite the distance over 100 ,miles) and not being able to text each other every five minutes like we can now, our relationship grew stronger and stronger. The last year at Uni was the longest ever and we saw each other even less due to his job and my workload yet at the end of the course it was him who was there beaming at me when I graduated. A year later and we brought our first house, in 2004 we got wed and two months ago our baby daughter was born. Despite some very hard times, we have always stuck together battling out our problems and always being there for one another. True love is not just about romantic jestures it is about trust, ...

Dead Famous - Ben Elton 10/08/2006

Big Bro is watchin you!!

Dead Famous - Ben Elton Dead Famous is the No 1 best seller from Ben Elton who has a number of books to his name as well as numerous tv credits including The Thin Blue Line, Blackadder and The Young Ones. Published in 2001 amidst Big Brother fever, Dead Famous is a murder mystery with a twist. How can someone be murdered in a house full of cameras and microphones and where nobody can get in and out without being seen?? I have recently finished reading the book for the second time and loved it all over agin for its cynical but in my opinion quite truthful look at the British public's obsession with reality TV and five minute's of fame. I am not a huge fan of reality TV and so found this book hilarious as a send up of all reality TV programmes, particularly Big Brother. The Plot: Dead Famous follows ten contestants in House Arrest - basically a Big Brother set up where "ordinary" people are sent to live together in a house for 10 weeks while the nation watches their every move via live television. However....someone gets murdered and it is up to Inspector Coleridge (puts me a little in mind of Inspector Morse mixed with traits of the Thin Blue Line characters) to solve the murder. You would think this would be easy - just a case of reviewing the tapes - but no, the twists and turns that follow make this a compelling read - Made more compelling by the fact that it takes until nearly halfway through the book to discover who was actually murdered!! The book flits back and forth between ...

Lightspeed Consumer Panel 03/08/2006

Lightspeed Consumer Panel

Lightspeed Consumer Panel Lightspeed Consumer Panel is another reward site where you can earn points by answering surveys which can then be converted to vouchers for high street stores. I have been a member for just a few months and received my first voucher in the post last week for 10.00 - I selected Boots Vouchers but you can opt to select from a wide range of stores both high street and online which I think really gives you the added choice. Background Lightspeed Consumer Panel work across the UK, USA and Canada for a wide variety of companies conducting market research via their online panels. Joining Lightspeed Signing up is easy. When you visit the homepage you click on register and complete a series of simple questions - mainly about your personal details, email address etc and then your registration is complete. You need to be over 16 to join. Earning points You can earn points by completing surveys sent to you via your email address. Each survey you are invited to complete will tell you the number of points you will earn (normally anything between 50 - 100) On completing the survey you will also earn entries into the Lightspeed monthly draw to win 2,000 pounds. (plus runner up prizes) You can check to see a list of winners by clicking through to the winners page via the homepage. You can also earn entries into the draw by completing Quick Matches - short questionnaires to help the panel to identify relevant surveys for you, or by completing Mini-polls - one question ...

Tommy Tippee Nappy Wrapper 01/08/2006

Nappy wrapper - it stinks

Tommy Tippee Nappy Wrapper Now, from the title of this review you are probably all going to think that I am going to be extremely negative about the nappy wrapper. This is not really the case, I am just frustrated that I have been conned into buying what is really just an expensive bin and another baby gadet aimed at sucking the cash out of my already overused purse!! So, lets get to it.... I brought the Tommy Tippee Nappy Wrapper when I saw it half price in Mothercare. I think I paid about 12.99 instead of 24.99 - boy am I glad I only paid half price!! The nappy wrapper works as follows: On removing said nappy from baby, open lid, deposit nappy into bowl, push down into unit and then rotate handle on bowl once to wrap the nappy. The instructions sound simple enough and maybe I am just too tired to figure it out but it took me several attempts to get the hang of it! You do need to make sure that you have securely tied a hole into the bottom of the nappy wrap so that it holds the first nappy and provided you have installed the wrapper correctly you should be OK. The instructions say that the bin will hold 40 nappies but I am yet to get 30 into mine and even with this amount the unit becomes quite heavy so I would not recommend any more than that. Once the bin is full, you press a button at the top of the unit which cuts off the bag so that you can empty the unit and begin all over again. Whilst I will say this unit has been helpful in that it quickly and hygenically disposes of your ...
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