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Simply Be 02/10/2004

Simply Terrible

Simply Be So there I was, sitting at my laptop all excited about an interview I have the following week when I suddenly realise that I don't have any suits!! Then an advert for Simply Be comes on the television and I think - why not treat myself. I mean, if you look good then that's one less thing to worry about. So I go to the website, a full week before my interview and register. Now the registration process is very simple and they give you an answer straight away. They also informed me that they were giving me a credit limit of £100, and also state that they can reduce or increase this when they review my application. Fair enough, I think, after all they'll contact me if there are any problems. Off I go around the site. To be honest I was quite disappointed by the lack of suits and officewear they had, however, after a lot of searching (and following a link that had nothing to do with smart clothes) I managed to find a decent suit. All excited I ordered it, two different sizes for the jacket, and two different sizes for the trousers - after all, I don't want to find on the day of the interview that my suit doesn't fit. It came to just over £100 but I thought if there were any problems they would contact me - after all that's what other mail-order sites that I use have done. Now I ordered this on the Tuesday, the following day I logged onto the site and made a payment of £25, just in case there was a problem. On the Thursday I thought I would check how my order was ...

OPI Nail Polish Remover 05/06/2004

Painless nail polish removal

OPI Nail Polish Remover My mum actually introduced me to this, but I know that you can by it in almost any beauty salon you can find, as OPI is usually the brand that they use. Lets start with the basics, it comes in a clear plastic bottle and the current remover I have is actually Pink, although it does change colour. I have a simple 120ml (4 Fl.Oz) bottle, and that has lasted me a year with at most, being used weekly. What makes this different to usual nail polish removers is that it is Acetone-Free. Acetone is the substance which strips the nail polish, and damages your nail every time you use it. It is extrememly common and is in most other brands. You know that stinging sensation you get when you accidently get polish remover into the cut skin or torn cuticles? That's the acetone. OPI also use Aloe Vera which is widely known and used for it's soothing and moisturising properties. Another product which is recommended to be used with this is the OPI Lint Free Nail Wipes. This are two inches square pieces of fabric which are "The Superior Alternative to Cotton" as they do not leave those annoying bits of cotton all over your nails and ruin your nail polish. The only two down points I can think of are: First, it still has the strong, harsh nail polish remover smell. Second it takes a little bit longer to remove your nail polish, you have to hold the pad down on your nail and soak it for a few seconds before it removes the polish effectively. But this in my opinion, is still a ...

Caxton Pink 02/06/2004

Bye Bye Mr Grumbly

Caxton Pink ...And by that I'm talking to my stomach. Now as you all know from one of my previous reviews, I am currently doing Weight Watchers. The trouble I have on any diet, is that I get really hungry at work, but the snacks I have are so high in points (or calories if you're not a Weight Watcher). I'm not the type to take an apple or banana (they always end up bruised and damaged), and I like something sweet to treat myself in the middle of a busy morning. So imagine my interest when I was browsing the Weight Watchers forum and saw a post about Pink N Whites. Pink N Whites I thought? Only half a point? And Sweet? I felt myself drawn to them like... well like I am to the biscuit jar. Now after a lot of looking around, (they don't sell them in your local shops, only supermarkets) I found them during my weekly shop. They come in the packaging that all biscuits generally come in, with a see through plastic tray keeping them together inside. The package has in large letters the name Pink 'N' Whites and informs you that they are 98% Fat Free, No artificial colours, and typically 50 calories per piece. So anyway, after finishing the shopping, putting it all away, making a coffee and sitting down I thought that I would treat myself. I opened the packet, and to my surprise they were at least twice the size I expected. Having got out my ruler, I can inform you that they are: Just under 4 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1 inch thick. Now that impressed me. Next (I have ...

What Has Made You Happy Recently 22/05/2004

The ramblings of me...

What Has Made You Happy Recently What makes me happy? The little things, that make the big things better, and they are as follows: * Somebody commenting on my weight loss makes my day - The fact that people are recognising what I've achieved. (See my Weight Watchers review if you're interested) * My cat laying next to me purring and pestering me to stroke her - It's amazing that this animal trusts me and relies on me completely (imagine what I'm going to be like when I have a baby). * Waking up, thinking I have to go to work, and realising that it's Saturday. * A quiet evening sitting in front of the TV with my fiance, and a nice homemade curry. It's so relaxing, safe and comfortable. * Looking forward. When I think about my career goals and life aims I can't help but smile at the thought of what I could achieve. I know it's a way off, but I know I can do it! * Work. I may enjoy the weekend and look forward to it, but I also enjoy my job. I work with wonderful people who I know I can rely on should I need anything, and when I've had a particuarly hard file the feeling of job satisfaction is amazing. * Our home. We don't own it, we only rent privately. But it's a lovely area, with nice neighbours, and I feel so safe and secure here. Here's the main thing that makes me happy... What I've achieved so far!!! I'm 19, will be turning 20 in a couple of months. I moved out of home when I was 18, and I don't just mean up the road. Over 250 miles away from anyone I knew except my ...

Freeserve 10/05/2004

It's oh so quiet.....

Freeserve That's right, no more of that annoying dialing tone!!! I have been using a 56k connection since I have been on the internet (about 5 years), I've also been with Freeserve and although I have dabbled with other providers I have to say I've had fewer, if any, problems with Freeserve (touch wood). Lately though, I've been trying to download programs to use on my computer, and my connection has only been 40k out of the 56k it should be (sometimes only 33k!!). After spending hours getting frustrated with waiting, and getting disconnected because my 'plug' kept falling out (I kinda snapped a little bit of plastic off my computer - who knew it would be such a pain!?). So, last Saturday (1st May) I decided enough was enough, and I went surfing to find a good broadband provider. My first thought was to go to Tiscali because of all the advertising I've seen on the TV. Broadband is on £15.99 a month, and so I was ready to click my buttons and order it - Then I realised that the connection was only 150kbps, and I remembered seeing on Freeserve that their connection was on £17.99 for 560kbps. For the highest connection (510kbps) with Tiscali it costs £19.99. Now this might only be £2 more, but all the pennies help in our house! So I clicked all the buttons and upgraded my 56kbps to 560kbps. The 'Welcome Package' arrived within four working days. It includes a modem with all the leads (free), two filters (free), instruction booklet, members terms and conditions book and a CD ...

10 Things You Couldn't Live Without 24/04/2004

These are a few of my favourite things...

10 Things You Couldn't Live Without This could be interesting, I haven't actually done a Ciao Cafe review before, so please let me know of anyways that I can improve this. 10 - My job! I know, this sounds sad and silly. I really enjoy my job, I'm a Legal Assistant for a local solicitors and the department I'm in deals with re-mortgages. Now don't get me wrong, I do enjoy my time off, weekends are a god-send, and holiday's are so relaxing, but I wouldn't be able to spend too much time of work without getting really bored. The office I work in is wonderful, we laugh, we sing, we all get on so well, and for me - considering I spend 35 hours there a week, that's important. The work is interesting, the people are supportive and we all socialise together when we can. 9 - Lay-ins. I love the weekend, simply because I get a lay in. I don't have too much because I don't want to waste the day away. But my lay in is my little treat, I love laying curled up in my bed under my quilt. It's the most comfortable, relaxing place I've ever known!!! 8 - Showers. I'm not a bath person at all. When I want to relax I just have the shower on really hot and that makes me tired. I also feel clean striaght after a shower, whereas in a bath I feel like I'm soaking in my own dirt. Bleugh, not nice. 7 - Coffee. I LOVE coffee, I can't get through the day without it. Trouble is the coffee machine at work makes terrible coffee, but I've found a way to get round that. I take packets of cappuccino in and then I just need hot water. ...

Flash Power Mop 21/04/2004

FLASH TO THE RESCUE!!!!

Flash Power Mop Well on Sunday tragedy struck, I went to the cupboard to get the Vileda mop, and some plastic had snapped off, this might not seem too bad to some people, but this meant that the head of the mop could not be attached to the pole. So here I was, with a muddy floor (it had been raining that day), and no mop. I did start to get on my hands and knees to wash the floor, but I was so fed up with the fact that the mop we had bought for nearly £20 had broken, that I couldn’t be bothered in the end. So today we went to Tesco’s and looked at the mops they had there. There was a selection of Vileda mops, Tesco’s value, and Dettol. However the one that caught my eye the most was the Flash Power Mop! We paid £12.98 for this, and it comes with the mop itself, 3 Flash Cleaning Pad’s, a bottle of Flash Power Mop Cleaning Solution, 4 Flash Scrubbing Strips and the 4 AA batteries needed to work the pump. You can use the Flash Power Mop on all of the following surfaces: Wood & Laminate; Marble; Stone; Vinyl & Linoleum and Ceramic Tiles. Well I assembled the mop as it instructs in the User Guide, basically you line up the flat section of the poles and snap together to lock them into place. Once they are assembled, they do not come apart again. Also, once you have inserted the bottle, you can leave it in there, as it will not leak. Another plus point is that there is a metal ring at the top of the pole which you can use to hang the mop up, out of harms way of heavy vacuum cleaners that ...

Dr. Beckmann Rescue 18/04/2004

Rescue your oven!

Dr. Beckmann Rescue I hate cleaning the oven, it has to be the worst job in the house (and that includes cleaning the toilet!). I cleaned the oven a little over a month ago, but the product I used didn't actually work very well, and the whole house had a horrible smell everytime I turned it on. So on this weeks grocery trip I decided to "treat myself" to a different oven cleaner. Looking around there was not that much choice in Tesco's, but this one did stand out... mainly because it can be used on hot ovens and therefore takes a little less time. It comes in a 375ml spray bottle, and costs a little under £3. The bottle is white, with a blue screw top and spray nozzle. There is a picture of a very sparkly clean oven and boasts that it is "the Non-Harmful Formula that works". It also states that there are no nasty smells which is always a bonus. On the back you find that you can use it on ovens, grills and barbecues - however you can't use it on self-cleaning ovens you need to follow the manufacturers advice for that. Now for a quick clean, you heat the oven to approximately 50oC and then turn is off. Next you evenly spray the active gel onto the sufaces and close the door. You leave this on for 30 to 60 minutes depending on how bad your oven is, and then wash it out with hot soapy water - that's the horrible messy part. :-( If you're cleaning a cold oven you evenly spray it on, and then shut the oven door. You leave this on for 2 to 4 hours, or if your oven is really horrible ...

Weight Watchers 01/04/2004

A second on the lips, is a lifetime on the hips!

Weight Watchers Well I've been on Weight Watchers previously, and lost 30lbs!! However after moving out of my parents, and into my own home I put it all back on, and then some!! So now I've decided to go back, believe me I've thought of others, one of them being Slimming World, however I didn't feel as though any of them agreed with me as much as Weight Watchers did, so I'm back on it! Weight Watchers is based on 'Points' which are decided by the amounts of Saturated Fat and Calories in each piece of food. Now granted you don't have to eat healthy if you don't want to, you could live on a couple of Mars Bars a day, however then you would get hungry. The way Weight Watchers works is that if you eat healthy, then you can eat so much that you're not even hungry anymore. For example if you have Skimmed milk instead of Semi-Skimmed milk, then you can have twice as much. The amount of points you get depends on your weight, and your sex. Yes you read it right, sex. Men get to eat a lot more then women!!! Unfair right?? But then you have to look at it the 'scientific' way. Men actually have more muscle then women, and so burn off more calories and fat then women. Of course, they recommend the usual healthy additions. Make sure that you eat fruit and veg, try and drink on average four glasses of water a day, and exercise.... Yes the evil word. However something that might tempt you to exercise is the fact that you can earn 'Bonus Points' for the amount of exercise you do!!! ...

Bouchard Hygienic Fridge & Microwave Wipes 31/03/2004

The best thing since sliced bread!!!

Bouchard Hygienic Fridge & Microwave Wipes Not that bread cleans that well!! Anyway, these were recommended to me by my mother, she was up visiting, and we went to a discount shop to stock up on a few bits... And there these wipes were... They come in packs of 24 wipes, which considering they cost under a £1 is a very good price. The packet is re-sealable in order to keep them moist, and easy to get to. The packet itself is in two shades of green with little drawings on it, a fridge, a microwave and a little hand cleaning, and even a COOKER! Now the wipes boast that they "Cut through grease & food deposits, with an antibacterial action. Also ideal for other kitchen applicances eg. dishwashers, cookers etc", so I thought I would put them to the test. So I started by wiping my fridge, now I have to point out that this isn't in place of cleaning, it's just keeping it as hygiene as possible, clearing up all the spills. The fridge smells fresh, and looks cleaner - shiny even. Now the microwave, don't get me wrong, it's not dirty just splatters. Suddenly the microwave smells fresh, is clean, and not a hint of splatter anywhere. Next, the ultimate test. Cleaning the top of the cooker (gas hobs) and the surrounding surfaces. Now due to the fact that my other half had sausages for breakfast, there was grease. Now these wipes say they degrease, did I believe them? No!!! Well now I do!! It did actually cut through the grease, easily, and with only one wipe!!!! When I first decided to test these I thought, 24 ...

Spirit & Destiny Magazine 24/03/2004

What's your destiny??

Spirit & Destiny Magazine I started reading this magazine in September 2003, and have had every magazine the have published since. I have to admit, this is the first magazine that I have just HAD to get every month. Others have been when I remembered, or felt like it, but if I've missed a couple I haven't worried. Every month there is a page that tells you the important days in that month, depending on where the moon is etc, then there are also in depth forecasts for the month for each star sign which happen to be very accurate! I have to admit that my favouirte section is that of Silja. She gives you tips (this month it was on superstition), and every other month she explains one of the deity's in the Wicca religion. People also write in with questions and concerns, and Silja gives them advice (when there is a non magical alternative Silja always chooses this). There are lots of different, interesting articles every month, and a section written by the Barefoot Doctor (he has had appearances on TV and I have noticed a few books out). This is a brilliant magazine because it isn't packed out with adverts, you pay £2.80 for a magazine with interesting articles and that is exactly what you get! My only con is that the only place I can buy it is in Tesco, no one else stocks it, which is a shame because I think that more people should have access to something as good as this! ...

Tara Road - Maeve Binchy 24/03/2004

A trip down Tara Road

Tara Road - Maeve Binchy This is the first book by Maeve Binchy that I have read, I've heard of her before but never thought to buy one of her books. Not that I even had to this time, my mum came to visit and brought it with her telling me that "I just had to read it!", since I've had it I haven't shut it until it was finished. This book is amazing, you lose yourself in the lives of all of them, especially Ria (the main character), and Marylin the American with whom she swaps homes with for two months. In the beginning Ria lives at home, and is working at an estate agents. She becomes friends with a girl who already works there called Rosemary, who is stunning, compared to Ria who is pretty but not beutiful. Not long after she starts, a man called Danny starts, and for Ria it's love at first site. You follow them through their journey of buying a house, getting married, having children and building their life together. On the outside it is a picture of perfect happiness, even to Ria... However it soon becomes clear that everything is not as it should be and financial and marital difficulties rear their head. After revelations are made, and actions taken, Ria makes a decision that will change her life. She swaps homes with Marilyn in America after a chance phone call. Marilyn has had a difficult time and keeps herself to herself, and never has anyone round her house, completely different to Ria who's house is like the local community centre. You can imagine how they react when they are ...

Vileda Rapid Attractive 24/03/2004

How Attractive!!!

Vileda Rapid Attractive Well I started out with a mop that had a foam sponge, however the dirt doesn't always wash out when you rinse it, and in the end it got incredibly dirty. Out shopping, my partner agreed that I needed a treat.... Now don't think I'm strange that I consider a mop a treat, anything for an easy life. So we picked up the Vileda Rapidatractive mop, I needed my partners persuasion to buy it as it is a little expensive at £17.99. Anyway, it's in a big box, and includes the handle, and the head which you have to put together yourself (don't worry it's quite easy). It also included a packet of 6 disposable cloths to use. I've been informed that I should have also received 3 washable cloths, and am chasing Vileda up at the moment. The instructions are very easy to follow, and the mop easy to use. You can make sure that you use only however much water and detergent is needed, and the floor dries quickly because you don't have to deal with excess water on the floor. It is a little bit fiddly making sure that the water container is attached to the mop sercurely, but the mop head can get in all the corners and so it really does clean up all the dirt and grime that there is. You will need to use at least one disposable cloth per floor, depending on what your floor is like. Our bedroom has laminate flooring and one cloth is more than enough. However the kitchen (vinyl) and hall (laminate) need to have about two all together, what with walking in with muddy shoes (men never learn no ...

Kenwood Water Filter 14/03/2004

Pure Water

Kenwood Water Filter Well when my partner and I got engaged, and frined of my mums gave us a £20 Argos voucher.... now, we thought, what do we spend this on?? By now I was tired of cleaning the limescale out of the kettle on a weekly basis, so we agreed that we would get a water filter. We looked through the Argos catalogue, and did think about geting a Brita one, but soon realised we would be paying for the brand more then the jub. We finally decided to get the Kenwood Fridge Water Filter for £9.99. It has a 2.2 litre total capacity, 1.25 of that being the water already filtered, it is designed to fit in to the fridge door, and is supplied with one cartridge. The first thing you have to do before you use this is wash it all in warm soapy water. I also tend to do this every time I change the cartridge. Whenever you use a new cartridge you need to soak it in a bowl of water for ten minutes, it usually helps if you shake it underwater first in order to get rid of all the air bubbles. Then you place it in the hopper, and fill the water filter up and let it filter through twice. Tip both lots of water away, and it is ready to use. Now there are a few rules. The filter itself always needs to be touching water, so don't ever let it run dry. You either need to use the water straight away, or keep it refrigerated which is what I do. You also need to make sure that filter water through at least once a day. If for some reason the filter dries out, for exaple if you've gone on holiday, ...

Dianette Contraceptive Pill 06/03/2004

Not my cup of tea

Dianette Contraceptive Pill I got changed to Dianete about a year ago, when my friend came up to visit me and she had a completely clear face. This was a girl that in the last decade I had known her had suffered from really bad acne. As I always came up with incredibly back spots when I had my period I went to the doctors spoke to him about it. He informed me that you take it just like any other pill, one a day for 21 days and then a seven day wait. Because I was changing over from another pill I had to start taking this as soon as I finished the pack I was on. Although all contraceptives slightly increase your risk of getting a blood clot, the chance when you're on Dianete is actually double the usually amount. I was on it for a year, and had a number of side effects. The main three were: I put on a LOT of weight (about 3 stone), and had incredibly high cravings for sweet food. It didn't help the spots I had, and I ended up having to use other spot products. And last, but certainly not least, my mood swings increased in intensity. How my partner put up with me I don't know!! Now don't get me wrong, it definately worked for me as a contraceptice. I haven't got pregnant in the last year. However this particular pill isn't for me. I had strong side effects, and did not enjoy being on it. However everybody reacts differently, and my friend is still on it and quite happy with it. It can't hurt to try, but I would think hard about whether you would be able to put up with the side ...
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