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Lego Duplo 10815 My First Rocket 16/10/2017

~ "On such a timeless flight" Duplo Rocket ~

Lego Duplo 10815 My First Rocket 10815 Lego Duplo My First My First Rocket I was really surprised that I have not already reviewed this set from Lego Duplo, so here is my review: Designed as an early introduction to building blocks the My First Rocket is a colourful and easy stack build to encourage young minds and hands. The 18 pieces are all quite large and designed to be used in a few different ways. They incorporate numbers 1, 2 and 3 and a squarish block with a boy’s face on one side and a girl on the other and some that have planets, stars and the moon as well as shaped pieces to look like the nose of the rocket and the base. These add to the learning experience with the numbers used for recognition and simple adding up and ordering and the other blocks can be used for identification to help with speech, language and memory. Described as being for ages eighteen months to five years, I think most children would gain most from this set between the ages of around fourteen months to three years, although they all develop differently and those with special needs may well love and benefit from this set when older and/or for a lot longer. #8# Building: I have experience of this set from two different children and both find the build structure easy to follow, but need to utilise their hand eye coordination to slot the pieces together properly and also their dexterity and upper limb strength. The basic rocket shape is easy to create and therefore the sense of satisfaction encourages the child. There ...

Time Bomb Hand To Hand Combat Hand Cream 15/10/2017

I'm winning this battle thanks to Time Bomb Hand to Hand Combat

Time Bomb Hand To Hand Combat Hand Cream Bombshell Hand to Hand Combat Hand Cream I have been using a lot of hand cream, I am one of those people who has a tube by the side of the bed, on the window ledge near the kitchen sink, in my handbag, desk drawer, bathroom and even in a cubby hole in my car. So a few weeks ago when I suddenly realised that I am not using these creams on a regular basis, I began to wonder what had changed: Bombshell is part of the Time Bomb range of skincare and is therefore also A Federici product as stated on the top of the tube. Federici Brands being that rare thing of a privately held company and this one boasts a long legacy of changing women’s lives and they say they solve unmet beauty needs. So who are Federici Brand: ~*~*~ Federici Brand: With a long list of industry awards, it is surprising that this brand is not better known or more mainstream. Founded by Gail Federici who is also the CEO, Gail’s previous experience was with the John Frieda hair care products, and is described as being the driving force behind it, it is a range that is probably best known for its ground breaking Frizz Ease product. With Time Bomb Gail brings us another ground breaking idea, that of Complexion Cocktails and the range in general is described as consumer driven and the aim is to give us skin that looks, fresh, firm, smooth and radiant at any age. They Say: ‘Time Bomb is a game-changer...and a clock-stopper.... in the skin care category’ ~*~*~ Hand to Hand Combat: Well this review is about ...

Ferplast Pet Cage Rabbit 100 Sunshine 14/10/2017

~ What they don't tell you is this is a Multi Function Cage! ~

Ferplast Pet Cage Rabbit 100 Sunshine Ferplast Rabbit/Guinea Pig Indoor Cage 100 Our cage is a multi-functional item that has seen use as an indoor guinea pig house, a chick brooder, a duckling brooder and swimming pool, an over-winter plant container and is currently serving as a holiday home for a visiting rabbit. The burgundy plastic base measures approximately 100 cm long x 58.5 cm wide x 22 cm deep. The top part is thin metal bars or mesh and shares the same dimensions and clicks into place all around utilising strong metal clips that click into place over the lip of the base and this has one large access opening, whereby the whole of the front corner lifts up. Because the house is suitable for rabbits or guinea pigs the height this gives is important so that the average sized rabbit can stand up on its hand legs and stretch. Also, the size ensures that there is sufficient space to ensure a covered shelter within the house for the occupants and to ensure a good amount of air circulation should you need to cover the house over. We bought ours a long time ago and I always give everything a really good clean with small pet disinfectant or antibacterial cleaner before use and allow to dry. Ours was bought in a hurry when the roof blew off of the shed the guinea pigs were spending their winter nights in and we had to bring them indoors and upstairs so they could be kept away from the dogs when we went out. Setting it up was easy, we just cleaned it, dried it, put the bedding , water and food bowl in as well ...

Lego Technic 42046 Getaway Racer 13/10/2017

# Hoping they bring out a K9 model too - Rat Look Getaway Car #

Lego Technic 42046 Getaway Racer Getaway Racer – 42046 I was not there when this set was unwrapped, but all the pieces are there for the build which are 170 in total. I enjoyed watching my grandson build this set and then play cops and baddies with the two linked vehicles. He used a Thomas the Tank Engine railway set up as the backdrop and it was not completely ideal as this vehicle could not escape over the tracks, but maybe that was part of the idea. ~*~ Description: The Getaway Racer is a ‘Technic’ build vehicle that moves at a good speed thanks to the fitting of a pull-back system that operates a little motor to make the wheels move and therefore the vehicle move too. The car is designed to have a “look” and has wide rim wheels with modern look low profile tires and it has big twin vertical exhaust pipes and a fearsome black and dark grey custom style colour scheme with flaming scull decals. The car is described as a cool, powerful vehicle. ~*~ Building: The car has just the same pull-motor as the Police Interceptor car and the chassis is built first in a similar way to the other build I have recently reviewed. The various long thin grey pieces and the, black and blue pieces are used to fit it all together. The car has a racing style steering wheel and the blue plug pieces in the cockpit area double up to look like dials. The car has a futuristic Mad Max look to it and with its flaming skull decals and mainly black colour scheme looks suitably sinister for a baddies car. The build was fairly ...

Lego Technic 42047 Police Interceptor 09/10/2017

# Build Your Own Police Interceptor Lego 42047 #

Lego Technic 42047 Police Interceptor Police Interceptor 42047 Lego Technic This is a rugged 4 x 4 off road police vehicle and is loosely based on an American specification vehicle. I presented this to my grandson a few weeks ago as a birthday present and it is fair to say it was a hit. ~*~ What is in the Box: 185 pieces comprising of a sticker set and 3 bags that separate the pieces. Instruction booklet in many languages. ~*~ Description: Being a Technic item the vehicle has elements that remind me of Mechano as there are several long thin pieces to make up the chassis and place the panels onto. The vehicle has a ‘lifted’ 4 x 4 appearance and is clearly rugged and robust. Having the pull-back system to make the vehicle motor independently is an absolute huge tick for this set, bringing it up a level from even the racing car build sets that we already have. This is a fun toy and gradually the boys are getting more and more into the Technic Lego sets. ~*~ The Build: The build is fairly logical, being a three dimensional model with identical long sides it was easy to sort the pieces into pairs and singles and things like the wheels put to one side. The American style light bar was put together first and then the chassis was built up with only a few looks at the direction pictures to ensure that the small pieces were going in the correct places. Not all pieces were logical to place and watching the build I did give a few helpful pointers having sneaked a peak at the booklet. It seems to be a ...

Despicable Me 2 (DVD) 08/10/2017

~ A Chance to Escape ~ You Cannot Help But Laugh ~

Despicable Me 2 (DVD) Despicable Me 2 Following on from my review of Despicable Me, soon after watching the 1st film again, we also watched the 2nd film all the way through, with side splitting hilarity during a rainy day and even the dogs settled down to watch. ~*~ Film only review ~*~ ~*~ Specifics: Released: 2013 Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy Associate Producer: Robert Taylor Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Distributed by: Universal Pictures Classification: U Music: Score by Heitor Pereira, songs and themes Pharrell Williams Run Time: 98 minutes Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure, Humour ~*~ Voices Main Cast: Gru by Steve Carrell Lucy by KristenWiig Silas Ramsbottom by Steve Coogan Dr Nefario by Russel Brand Eduardo by Benjamin Bratt El Macho by Benjamin Bratt Margo by Miranda Cosgrove Edith by Dana Gaier Agnes by Elsie Fisher ~*~ Blurb: ‘Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment create an all-new animated adventure featuring the return of (former) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions.’ ~*~ Premise: So now Gru (Carrell) is an ex-super villain and enjoying a quiet life with the girls having changed his weapons factory into a jam factory. This life is too settled and quiet to make a film about though, so when a top secret drug is stolen from a top secret laboratory the authorities have to keep it... well, top secret. So, big Anti Villain League boss (Coogan) goes ...

Despicable Me (DVD) 07/10/2017

~ The film that started the Minions Domination ~

Despicable Me (DVD) Despicable Me Sometimes spending time with the children is not all about activities and physical fun, there are times when the only thing to do is select a DVD to watch and sit down together and enjoy the fun that way. Getting over an infection recently, this is just what I did and one of the films we watched was the 2010 release Despicable Me and here is my review. ~*~ Film only review ~*~ ‘Some call him bad, they call him dad…’ ~*~ Specifics: Released: 2010 Producers: Chris Meledandri, John Cohen, Janet Healy Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud Distributed by: Universal Pictures Classification: U Music: Pharrell Williams, Heitor Pereira Run Time: 95 minutes Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure, Humour ~*~ Voices Main Cast: Gru by Steve Carrell Victor "Vector" Perkins by Jason Segal Dr Nefario by Russel Brand Margo by Miranda Cosgrove Edith by Dana Gaier Agnes by Elsie Fisher ~*~ Blurb: When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. ~*~ Premise: ‘Now, the rest of the plan is simple. I fly to the moon. I shrink the moon. I grab the moon...’ The main character is Gru (Carrell), Gru has an ambition and it is simple enough, is hopes and dreams are to be known as the most evil, nasty super villain in the world. To fulfil his dreams Gru is planning the biggest heist in the history of the world; he plans to steal the moon. Gru has a small private ...

Top of the Lake: China Girl (DVD) 02/10/2017

~ A Strong Feminist Australian Series ~

Top of the Lake: China Girl (DVD) Top of the Lake: China Girl Series only review Having enjoyed the first series of Australian import Top of the Lake, I was eager to watch the second series subtitled China Girl. However, I missed the first episode and the series was shown on BBC television at a time inconvenient for me and I kept forgetting to download. I have, therefore recently downloaded and watched the whole series in quick succession and here is my review: ~*~ Written and directed by Jane Campion Co-writer: Gerard Lee Producers: Phillipa Campbell, Libby Sharpe Executive Producers – Jane Campion; Jamie Laurenson Music: Mark Bradshaw Director of Photography: Germain McMicking ~*~ Main Cast: Elizabeth Moss – Robin Griffin Alice Englert – Mary David Dencik - Puss Gwendoline Christie – Miranda Hilmarson Clayton Jacobson – Adrian Butler Ewan Leslie – Pike Nicole Kidman – Julia Kim Gyngell – Booty Ling Cooper Tang – Dang Michelle Ny – Mahlee Linda Ngo – Sinn Merlynn Tong – Caramel ~*~ When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach in a suitcase, the search begins to identify the victim and to find the killer. Police Detective Robin Griffin discovers a seedy world of prostitution and much more as a sleazy side of Australia is portrayed over the six episodes. ~*~ Main Characters: Robin Griffin: In series one we met troubled detective Robin who’d gone to New Zealand on secondment to spend time with her dying mother. A 12 year old girl is missing and in her search Robin locks horns with a ...

Yankee Candle Honey Blossom Wax Tart 30/09/2017

~ Woody Nectar from Yankee Candle ~ Honey Blossom Wax Tart ~

Yankee Candle Honey Blossom Wax Tart ~Yankee Candle Honey Blossom~ Sometimes I burn candles and I have some great ones from houses other than Yankee that I am not able to review here, but with Yankee I have learnt the most effective way for me to buy the fragranced wax is by buying the little wax tarts. That doesn’t make the purchasing choice any easier though, there are so many to choose from and with so many in the proximity the fragrances mix and weld together into a huge bouquet of fragrance in the part of the shop they are displayed. So choice often comes down to colour and possible my mood when I make the purchase. Today, I am reviewing the enticingly named Honey Blossom: ~*~ Appearance: Wax Tarts by Yankee Candle do indeed look like a little fruit tartlet, being about the size and shape of an individual tart. The edges are fluted and the tart is packaged in a clear cellophane wrap featuring a picture and the name of the fragrance on the top, in this instance the picture is off tall pink flowers blowing in the breeze. The tart itself is a lovely shade of pastel purple. ~*~ Using: Because wax tarts do not have a wick to burn, they need to be placed on the top of a fragrance oil burner or dedicated wax tart burner and an unscented tea light lit underneath to heat the oil and disperse the fragrance. It is possible to buy battery operated and electric burners as well, but I have some old fashioned tea light versions that work very well. Because my home is small, most of the time, I only burn a third ...

Lego Duplo 10845 My First Carousel 27/09/2017

#Lego Duplo ~ I'm Spinnin' Around with this set

Lego Duplo 10845 My First Carousel Lego Duplo My First Carousel 10845 The box is a typical Lego Duplo colour scheme of blue sky, green base and a bright, happy feel. The Lego Duplo logo dominates the top left hand corner and two of the cogs can be viewed by a clear plastic viewing area on the left hand side of the box. This gives a clear idea that this is no ordinary Duplo set. Inside the box there are 24 pieces including a green baseplate, 3 cogs, a hexagon and cone shaped pieces that form the top of the carousel and all the other pieces and the little instruction booklet. Included are three characters being two girls and a boy as well as a cute little yellow bird. The pale green base is almost square, but with nice gently curved corners and by placing the red cog over the slightly raised central position it is possible to create moving builds from there, which is done by linking the other cogs to the central one. This set is advertised as for ages one and half to three years and I think this is an idea age range for most children although the younger age spectrum will need more help. My friends two year old little boy has this set, whilst these days he is keen to demonstrate his skills at building and operation of the toy once constructed my friend advises that when he first had it he needed a lot of help with lining up the cogs and making it work, especially the first few times they used it, the pieces are quite hard to press into place with little hands at first. In my opinion, once built the main ...

Yankee Candle Nautical Votive Holder 25/09/2017

Maybe I can Wait a Little Longer there are more important things

Yankee Candle Nautical Votive Holder ~*~Yankee Candles Anchor Votive Holder ~*~ This votive candle holder is not something I have at home, but rather something I use when staying with a friend and here is my review: ~*~ Description: The holder looks very much like a small glass or actually a slightly small tooth mug with its seaside theme of blue anchors on a translucent almost white background. The votive is glass, hence that it looks like the type of glass you’d drink out of or pop your toothbrush in. ~*~ Using: I find that a Yankee Votive fits really nicely into this little holder and when the votive is new it sits a few mm below the top of the holder, so that if you are seated, you cannot see the top of the votive at all. The colour of the votive shows through for darker colours and can be seen for any colour if the votive is placed in a window. I’ve been using this now for a few years when I visit my friend and it is still as good as new despite being a few years old. In use you can see the flames dancing through the opaque glass and the fragrance of the votive is not impaired in any way. During use the holder does get hot, so care is needed if you wish to move it when lit and just as I do at home I always stand the holder on a coaster or saucer for added security. I find that the votives last slightly longer by using this type of enclosed holder and when they are finished, I gently tap the bottom to remove the old version and applying a new one. If needed, it can be washed up in warm soapy ...

Duck Fresh Discs Marine 24/09/2017

Duck Strips ~ Green Pine, not as "Green" as I'd like

Duck Fresh Discs Marine This is not the same product as the title, but I was advised to put my review here.... Duck Fresh Strips I bought a pack of these Duck Strips to try when they were greatly reduced in Morrisons and here is my review: For some reason we started experiencing toilet smell and as we’d noticed that the toilet was not flushing as well as it had been, put it down to that and as the builder was not even coming to look for a few weeks, I had to do something. Cleaning the bowel every day was only working to a point as I am not the last one to bed or to leave in the morning for work. I tried a caged toilet sanitizer with good effect and when seeking a replacement came across these on offer. Duck fresh are from the Johnson brand that includes the likes of Mr Muscle, Pledge and Glade and therefore are backed by that name, so I was quite happy to give it a try. Described as a 5 in 1 product the pack I have is pine fragranced and contained 3 strips. I don’t know why, but for some reason these strips remind me of tooth care products when I am handling them. Anyway, the pine fragrance is noticeable without being overpowering and is a nice clean fragrance. The strips are a pale but deep opaque grass green colour. ~*~ Using: Each strip is contained within two strips of waxed paper and you simply remove one, aim the strip at the inside of the toilet bowl just below the rim, push it into place and pull back and discard the remaining strip. Each time the toilet is flushed some of the ...

Nuxe Nirvanesque Contour des Yeux First Expression Lines Eye Contour Cream 22/09/2017

~ NUXE ~ Idéal Pour Vos Yeux ~

Nuxe Nirvanesque Contour des Yeux First Expression Lines Eye Contour Cream NUXE Nirvanesque Yeux ~ Smoothing Eye Contour Cream AKA 1st Wrinkles I spotted this at a greatly reduced price from one of the on-line discount firms I use and by looking it up when I discovered it was from an ethical brand and being offered at a greatly reduced price, so decided to give it a go. ~*~ NUXE Paris: By-line ”Instinctive Beauty” Founded by Aliza Jabès, NUXE operates in 75 countries and employs 650 people. They say their cult products such as Huile Prodigieuse, Crème Fraîche de beauté and NUXEllence are all based on an instinctive yet sensory approach to beauty and skincare. “A liberating beauty, free from conformism and clichés” ~*~ Ethics: On the website NUXE advise that they are committed to the following: Eco friendly jars, plant based inks, biodegradable materials, recycling their waste, sponsorship of water projects in Cambodia. ...and in my opinion the most exciting their biodiversity claim that they actively work to protect the environment by the sponsorship of pesticide free bee hives and investing in bee preservation. They are clearly proud that they also source eco-friendly active ingredients, such as their macadamia nuts, 100% natural Hyaluronic acid, Saffron and bougainvillea bi-floral cells and their commitment to eco-extraction processes. They further advise that the laboratory is committed to prioritising ingredients with a natural origin and to selecting active ingredients from the plant kingdom. NUXE face products are all ...

Pyrex Classics Measure Jug 18/09/2017

Pyrex Classic Jug 1 pint Yeah!

Pyrex Classics Measure Jug Pyrex Measuring Jug ~ Every home should have one! Well I guess most homes have, or most people will have someone in the family who has one of these jugs. ~ Pyrex has been around for a long time and as long as you don’t drop it on a hard floor as I did with my first version of this jug then it will last and last and last. Between my original and existing jug, I tried several alternatives mostly bargain priced plastic jugs that just did not do the same job or have the same charm as my Pyrex. So a few years ago I treated myself to a new Pyrex jug and I am very pleased I did. ~ Genuine Pyrex borosilicate glass is heat-resistant, tough and strong and can be used up to 220C and benefits from being suitable for the conventional oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Pyrex borosilicate items come with a 10 year guarantee. ~ The jug stands around 11.8 cm tall and is nicely balanced with a diameter of the same size and I think that adds to the appeal, the dimensions just look “right” the jug also has a reassuringly accurate pouring lip and strong moulded handle. The reassuringly old fashioned named 1 pint jug, holds yes 1 pint of liquid and that is 568ml in modern measurements. A major advantage of the jug is that the measurements are clearly laid out and easy to line up to being bold red lines for the amounts, being left handed I really appreciate the measurements being on both sides of the jug, so it is easy to judge exactly regardless of which hand you hold the jug ...

Pyrex Oval Pie Dish 16/09/2017

~ Pyrex Pie Dish with or without Cricket! ~

Pyrex Oval Pie Dish Pyrex Oval Pie Dish When I spotted these on offer in the supermarket a few days ago, I was reminded that I had still not reviewed this very useful dish from Pyrex: Pyrex glass dishes are made from heat-resistant borosilicate glass, which is tough and strong and can be used up to 220C and is also suitable for the microwave and dishwasher. Genuine Pyrex borosilicate items come with a 10 year guarantee. This oval pie dish has a 1.1L capacity and is therefore ideal for making small pies, either individual all or one pies or a main protein pie for two. I have two and therefore use them in various ways, sometimes using both and sometimes one only, depending on the dish. I often use mine for making vegetarian lasagne and find they work really well for a meal in one dishes. They are 5cm high, so it is possible to pack them quite high when making a pie for two or to put less in if it is for one, it is nice to have that scope. I have just measured one and they are sloped slightly too, but the measurements taken near the top are L 23 x W 18 x H 5 cm. I do have quite a lot of Pyrex in my cupboards and I find that I tend to use different items for different dishes time and time again, it becomes a habit and the pie dishes are perfect for making savoury pies and I tend to use a Pyrex round pie dish or smaller dishes for fruit pies. I really like Pyrex products and these dishes works well with fully enclosed pastry or pastry topped dishes as well as lasagne. When using with pastry ...
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