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Mega Bloks First Builders Bag 30/11/2017

Mega Bloks First Builders bag

Mega Bloks First Builders Bag Mega Bloks First Builders Bag I spend at last two days a week over at my step daughter's child minding or helping her out and so I get to “enjoy” their toy collection quite a lot. They have a playroom that has far too many toys and that is after my step daughter has taken quite a few up to the village hall where she runs a playgroup which I sometimes help her with. This bag of Megablocks is one that has been around for quite a while, I am not sure when it arrived and whose it was originally but I suspect it was given to the three year old and not the eight year old at some time. The bag is still there but now has baby toys stuffed into it and the blocks are now mixed u with a couple of other sets they have. Megablocks are about the same size as Duplo, slightly bigger and I personally find them better fr the youngest children as they are made of softer plastic and have rounded edges . Thy ae also easier to stack onto each other which little ones find quite hard to do at first. There are quite a few basic blocks in this bag, quite enough to build some simple towers and “houses” but the blocks don't lend themselves to anything to creative or fancy and they don't have the same range of shape variety as Duplo and Lego blocks do. My three year old is now quite adept at building with these and enjoys stacking them in rather wobbly towers which he wants me to support. He is less keen on his 15 month old brother knocking these down which is what the little one enjoys when I ...

Comme des Garçons Floriental Eau de Parfum 29/11/2017

Commes des Garcons - Floriental EDP

Comme des Garçons Floriental Eau de Parfum Comme des Garcons Floriental Eau de Parfum I received this small sample vial in the mail.Commes des garcon often offer free samples of their new fragrances and provided you can navigate their very complicated and far too clever for its own good website, you do eventually get to a section where you apply for the free sample. I often request samples and it makes a lovely surprise when they arrive and I get to try things I certainly wouldn’t risk buying sight or smell unseen or unsmelled! ~~~~~~ PACKAGING ~~~~~~~ The package mine came in was a brown plastic outer envelope with a small glass bottle mini spray. I love these small sample sizes to try new smells and also I take them on holiday as they are so light and then dump them when I have used them. On the side of the bottle is the name of the scent and in smaller type the brand name, neither are very special, just plain simple text. This is sold in the usual Commes des Garcon flacon flask style bottle and this one is brown. It kind of looks rounded and sort of flat stone shaped or a bit like a small hipflask with rounded corners. There is the brand and scent name in a light coloured text and the whole thing is simple and very understated. I actually quite like the bottle style with its smooth rounded look as it is quite different from the usual perfume bottle style. ~~~~~~~ COMME DES GARCONS ~~~~~~ This is a brand I have tried several of their perfumes from and I do like their unisex scents. Some are more unisex than ...

Jackie (DVD) 28/11/2017

Jackie --- what a snore fest

Jackie (DVD) JACKIE I watched this film one evening when my husband was out and almost switched it off as it was truly dull. ~~~~~~~ FACTS ABOUT THE FILM ~~~~~ RATING : 15 LENGTH :1h 40min GENRE :| Drama , History, Biography RELEASED : 2017 DIRECTOR: Pablo Larraín WRITER: Noah Oppenheim STARRING: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig TAGLINES: “I want them to see what they have done to Jack.” ~~~~~~ STORY ~~~~~ It is Jackie Kennedy's story about her dealing with the aftermath of JFK's assassination with flashbacks to the day and just before the event. It shows how she struggled to keep her children protected from the media, to cope with her grief and deal with al that was thrown at her as a result of the assassination. ~~~~~~~ MY VIEWS ~~~~~ It stars Natalie Portman is the lead role and I found her really bad. She has been in a number of other films I have seen and been very good but I just found her unconvincing and wooden, with no emotion at all. I am not sure if that is how Jackie was at the time but it didn't come over well in the film and made it a very dull watch. I honestly thought it was an older film as it seemed dated and plodding and certainly not a film newly released this year. Some have praised Portman's portrayal and said she conveyed the myriad of emotions of Jackie at the time but I missed those subtle nuances and just thought she was dull and boring. I rememebr the event and have watched news reels on TV on the shooting and the funeral and ...

Wisdom Interdental Brushes 28/11/2017

Interdental brushes help me keep my teeth

Wisdom Interdental Brushes Wisdom Interdental Brushes I have not been blessed with the best teeth in the world and so struggle to keep them in good condition. My dentist suggested that I give these interdental brushes a try as I struggled with flossing as it kept breaking on the sharp bits of my teeth. He even gave me a sample set of mixed sizes to try. They come in three sizes and I need a selection as I have large gaps at the back of my mouth yet the ones at the front are really close together. I find that if I buy all sizes and have one of each on the go that works best. Each little brush will last a couple of days depending on if I accidentally bend it while using it too often . These just bend and become useless where as previous ones I used with a metal stem and brushes were less great as once bent too often then the wire inside snaps and I have been left with the brush part stuck between my back teeth and had to use a pair of long tweezers to extract it! I find that these are really easy to use. It is harder to get a small brush between the back teeth as you have to kind of attack it from the side, hence the larger brushes sometimes bending and breaking . It is far easier that flossing which I found near to impossible between my back teeth. If you use the wrong size then it is not as easy. One that is too bg you will struggle to get between a narrow gap and if you use a small one in larger gaps then it won't be as effective. I have a small box I have saved from my sample pack and this is ...

Lancome La Vie Est Belle L'Eclat Eau de Parfum 26/11/2017

Lancome La Vie est Belle L'Eclat Eau d Parfum

Lancome La Vie Est Belle L'Eclat Eau de Parfum Lancome La Vie Est Belle L'Eclat Eau de Parfum It is time for me to review another of my perfume samples. I do try to vary my reviews and choose different topics to review so that regular ciao readers do not get fed up with the same kinds of products being reviewed too often. Another of my favourite topics is travel and as I use my samples to take travelling with me these two topics fit well together. I do have a huge collection of samples collected from shops, on line and through various beauty boxes I have had. I am slowly working my way through these but I do always ask in shops if they do have samples as I love trying new perfumes. ~~~~~~~~~ ABOUT LANCOME ~~~~~~~~ This is one of the high end beauty companies that have counters in all Boots, Debenhams and John Lewis as well as other Department stores. It is found all over the world and is a brand I have known for a very long time. In the past I have bought their make up but now mix and match from several brands though I still have a few of their products. Lancome you will not be surprised to learn, is a French company but now under the L'Oreal umbrella. Interestingly it started as a perfume house and even today specialises in perfumes and beauty products and doesn't seem to have moved into fashion like so many other high end brands. Their first five perfumes were launched way back in 1935 at the World's Fair in Brusselsand these were called, Tendre Nuit, Bocages, Conquete, Kypre and Tropiques. I haven't tried any ...

Ballerina (DVD) 22/11/2017

"Ballerina" or "Leap"

Ballerina (DVD) BALLERINA or LEAP We watched this film on TV with my stepdaughter and her children. It was granddaughter' choice but her nearly three year old brother was allowed to stay up and watch it too as it was quite early evening. It was really funny as he became inspired by the ballerina dancing at one stage and did his own, far from elegant performance in the middle of the sitting room and then requested that some f the rest of us join him!! Rather strangely this film seems to be known as either “Ballerina” or “ Leap” in the USA fo some reason but they are both one and the same film. ~~~~~~ FACTS ABOUT THE FILM ~~~~~ GENRE: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical RATING: PG LENGTH: 1Hr 29 min RELEASE DATE: 2016 DIRECTOR: Eric Summer, Éric Warin as well as Mimi Maynard and Paulette Victor-Lifton as voice directors. WRITERS : Eric Summer and Laurent Zeitoun - original story Carol Noble, Laurent Zeitoun and Eric Summer - screenplay VOICES OF CHARACTERS: Elle Fanning … Felicie Dane DeHaan … Victor Carly Rae Jepsen … Odette Maddie Ziegler … Camille Terrence Scammell … Mérante / Postman Tamir Kapelian … Rudolph / Mathurin Julie Khaner … Regine Joe Sheridan ... Director of Opera Elana Dunkelman … Dora / Rosita Shoshana Sperling … Nora Jamie Watson … Greasy Guard / Janitor Bronwen Mantel … Mother Superior Mel Brooks … Luteau TAGLINE: “ Never give up on your dreams!” Being an animation credit should go to the animation team but there are too many to ...

Zapf Baby Annabell Stroller 19/11/2017

Zapf Baby Annabell Stroller

Zapf Baby Annabell Stroller BABY ANNABELL STROLLER For her sixth birthday my granddaughter received this stroller from her uncle, a gift suggested by her mother as she had been given a Baby doll when her second baby brother arrived a few months before. This was not a Baby Annabell doll but one which drinks and wets which made for some nice wet patches on the sofa when she first arrived ~~~~~~~~~~~ ABOUT ZAPF CREATION ~~~~~~~~~ This stroller is part of the Baby Annabell range which is one of those manufactured by the company called Zapf Creations. This is a German company that specialise in dolls and the accessories that go with these. They have been making these dolls for over 85 years. They state :”We make girls' dreams come true! Dolls have been at the top of little girls wish lists for decades. Even in the age of smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles, playing with dolls remains the most popular leisure activity for 74% of girls between the ages of 4 and 5. This both delights and encourages us to continue to ensure that our dolls are great play companions and loyal friends for little girls all over the world.” Their range of doll brands include: the BABY born range, Baby Annabell range, Dolly Moda range, my Model and Sam & Sally. ~~~~~~~~~ WHAT THE COMPANY SAY ~~~~~~~~~ “Baby Annabell's Stroller is very easy to handle, light and always close at hand. This flexible buggy is equipped with double wheels and can be moved and steered effortlessly on almost any surface. It weighs so little ...

Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort 18/11/2017

Hunting island but fortunately no Hunting allowed

Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort Hunting Island State Park 1775 Sea Island Pkwy St Helena, Beaufort, SC 29920 This was one of many places we visited on our road trip of the Southern states a year ago. We spent over a month in the Southern states starting and finishing in Atlanta completing a circuit which included South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and of course Georgia. This is a state park not a National Park and as such is not bound by the same charges and rules. This park is in Beaufort county near the southern tip of South Carolina, midway between Charleston and Savannah.. It consists of a number of islands and low lying areas. It is also an area where there are a number of world class golf courses including the famous Hilton head national course. We drove from Savannah and called in to Beaufort which is the second-oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston. There were a number of beautiful old Southern wooden houses in the town and we enjoyed a coffee in one of the cafes. We then went on to Hunting island State park before heading to the Penn Centre which I thought I had previously reviewed on here but cannot find it now so not sure where that has gone. ~#~#~#~#~#~ HOURS AND FEES ~#~#~#~#~#~ The park is open seven days a week from 6am-6pm and this is extended to 9pm during summer time. The park's office hours are Mon - Fri: 9am-5pm and Sat & Sun: 11am-5pm The price for admission is per person not per car Adults: $5.00 SC Seniors: $3.25 Children 6-15: $3.00 Children 5 & ...

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt 17/11/2017

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt AVEENO DAILY MOISTURISING BODY YOGURT A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a sample sachet of this body moisturiser through the post from Aveeno. I have used Aveeno products in the past and so has my step daughter to help her eczema. Aveeno products are based on oatmeal which is calming for the skin. ~#~#~#~#~#~ ABOUT AVEENO ~#~#~#~#~#~ Aveeno makes a variety of products for the skin for babies through to adults. Their products are all based on naturally active colloidal oatmeal or oat extracts. The Aveeno brand started way back in 1945 by the Musher brothers in the USA. They worked with the Mayo Clinic experimenting with raw cereals . They discovered that using 100% colloidal oatmeal as a natural bath additive those with dry and irritated skin had great improvement. Colloidal oatmeal is known for its ability to hold in moisture and relieve dry, irritated skin naturally. They developed the Aveeno range based on 100% colloidal oatmeal and other ingredients have been added as thy discover more. ~#~#~#~#~ WHAT AVEENO SAY ~#~#~#~#~ “Formulated with colloidal oatmeal and nutrient rich yogurt concentrate, the AVEENO® Daily Moisturising Vanilla and Oat scented body yogurt will provide an enriching experience that is as good for your skin as it is for your senses.” ~#~#~#~#~ MY EXPERIENCE AND VIEWS ~#~#~#~#~ I do only have a sachet of this which holds just 10 ml of the product so my experience is based on that. As I mentioned I have used a number of Aveeno ...

Dunhill Icon Racing Eau de Parfum 16/11/2017

Dunhill Icon Racing EDP - did it get me racing to buy it?

Dunhill Icon Racing Eau de Parfum DUNHILL LONDON – ICON RACING EPD FOR MEN I was lucky enough to be given three mini sample spray vials of this eau de parfum for men in Debenhams when I went in the other day. I have to admit that when I saw this brand I immediately thought of cigarette lighters and cigarettes and didn't know that the brand covered other items.. ~#~#~#~#~#~ ABOUT DUNHILL ~#~#~#~#~#~ I was correct in my memory it seems as Alfred Dunhill was indeed an English tobacconist as well as an inventor. Dunhill these days creates luxury goods as well as the Dunhill branded tobacco products . Their market is aimed at men and so all the items they make in the luxury lines are for males. The products they make under this brand include menswear, bags, wallets, luxury bespoke suits and even personalised luggage. I see now why I have never come across these as I don't smoke and we are not in the market for bespoke suits or personalised luggage. ~#~#~#~#~#~ WHAT DUNHILL SAY ~#~#~#~#~#~ “The thrill of the open road. the adventure. the image of a man driving through the British landscape in a racing green, open-top sports car. This energy and masculine sophistication is distilled into every bottle of Icon Racing, the latest addition to our Icon fragrance family. Icon Racing embodies a fresh aroma for men on the move.” ~#~#~#~#~#~ THE NOTES IN THIS ~#~#~#~#~#~ The top notes that are the first you smell when you apply this are : Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cardamom The heart notes which develop after a short ...

Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Railroad Rewards Potty 15/11/2017

Thomas the Tank Engine rewards potty training success!

Fisher-Price Thomas & Friends Railroad Rewards Potty THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE POTTY I am a grandmother and spend two days each week childminding for my stepdaughter as she works part time. She has three children, one of eight, one who is going to be three next month and the last is just fifteen month old. We have recently been through potty training with the nearly three year old and we seem to be there as he only has occasional accidents these days. One of the things that helped was this potty which is far from being a normal basic potty and makes the whole thing that bit more interesting to a Thomas mad child. ~#~#~#~#~#~#~ THE POTTY ~#~#~#~#~#~#~ This potty is made by Fisher Price the American toy company. This is no small potty and so if you have a small house with a tiny bathroom you will notice its arrival. It has a white plastic lid which folded down is the potty cover but once raised becomes a back with a picture of Thomas on it. It isn't rally strong enough for the child to lean back on but we had it against a wall so it never got pushed back by accident. The actual seat is like a proper toilet seat in red plastic with two 'handles' at each side. This does lift up so that you ca retrieve the inner potty section for emptying once the child has used the potty. The seat means that the child feels secure and the whole thing is quite sturdy so doesn't accidentally tip when the child sits on it unevenly or gets up quickly in excitement when the objective is achieved as some simple potties do. Once the potty has been ...

Woodwick Hearthwick Scented Candle 12/11/2017

Woodwick Hearthwick Sea Salt caramel scented candle

Woodwick Hearthwick Scented Candle WOODWICK HEARTHWICK SCENTED CANDLE These are expensive high end candles and not one I would ever buy for myself but I was given this as a gift and I am enjoying the experience. I have recently enjoyed a birthday that has had me humming a memorable Beatles' tune . When I first heard this 64 seemed an age away and now hat I am that age I feel no different apart from more aches and pains than I did back when this came out. Anyway this was one of my gifts along with a gift set of Yankee votives so my house is going to smell lovely in the next year. ~#~#~#~#~#~ ABOUT WOODWICK ~#~#~#~#~#~ This is not a company I had come across before receiving this candle but I do know that we have a shop in Derby that has a number of different high end candle brands including this and Yankee, I usually get my high end quality ones from TK Max or my special discount store which has ends of lines and rarely pay full price for them despite the fact I do love them. This is another American import like Yankee and they say that in order to maintain the high quality they lab test every fragrance type of candle before it is launched to check it burns properly. ~#~#~#~#~#~ WOODWICK CANDLES GENERALLY ~#~#~#~#~#~ All their candles seem to come in glass containers of various shapes an sizes but the Heartwick woodwick one only comes in the large oval shaped glass container with a wooden lid. The candles they make are : WoodWick Hearthwick candle which they say will burn for approximately 50 hours ...

Estée Lauder Modern Muse Nuit Eau de Parfum 07/11/2017

Modern Muse Nuit - feminine and seductive

Estée Lauder Modern Muse Nuit Eau de Parfum Estée Lauder Modern Muse Nuit Time to review another of my sample perfume stash as the pile is growing faster than I can review just at present as I have been lucky when requesting samples on line and in store recently. This is sort of nostalgic for me as I never buy Estée Lauder perfumes but my Mum's favourite when she was ill with cancer before she died was Estée Lauder's Beautiful. I can never smell that now without thinking of my mother and how she suffered for two years and that scent was her way of uplifting herself and making her feel beautiful. ~#~#~#~#~ ABOUT ESTÉE LAUDER ~#~#~#~#~ I can't honestly say I knew much about this company until researching for this review. It is a brand that I have known about for years and it is present as a concession or counter in Boots and high end Department stores. I have never actually bought anything from this brand but have enjoyed samples over the years. The brand was founded by Josephine Esther "Estée" Mentzer. She was the niece of a Hungarian chemist and from a very early age she worked with her uncle learning the art of face creams. “Success depends on daring to act on dreams,” and just before she died in her nineties she said that her global cosmetics empire which had begun with her homespun cream was now “A company alive with a dauntless spirit of its own, and my children and grandchildren are here to cheer it on.” ~#~#~#~#~#~ WHAT ESTÉE LAUDER SAY ~#~#~#~#~ “Modern Muse NUIT is the new scent of after-dark seduction ...

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum 05/11/2017

Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum Some time ago I was persuaded to host a Body Shop party and as a result I ended up buying quite a few products having been convinced by the Body Shop advisor that they were worth buying. This as one of those products and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and benefits of this product. ~#~#~#~#~ BODY SHOP AT HOME ~#~#~#~#~ Prior to attending the party where I was persuaded to host my own party I had no idea there was a party plan side of the Body Shop. If you host a party you get extra presents provided your party buys more than £100 plus and if others book a party from your party then you get even more. They say that they will always beat shop prices but I am not so sure as I bought some things on line at 50% off and used a money off code and they were much cheaper so I would say that it pays to shop around and check in store and on line prior to going to any party. ~#~#~#~#~ ABOUT BODY SHOP ETHICS ~#~#~#~#~ Body Shop of course was one of the first companies to fight animal testing and create products using Fair trade ingredients etc when it was started by Anita Brodick . It is now owned by L’Oreal and while they still trade under the Body Shop ethics L’Oreal’s own ethics are less great. They are also both under the umbrella companies of Nestle and Procter and Gamble. In fact L’Oreal own huge numbers of brands that you would not realise and is one of the biggest companies around. While all beauty ...

Swallows and Amazons (2016) (DVD) 04/11/2017

Swallows and Amazons plus an extra spy story

Swallows and Amazons (2016) (DVD) SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS Some time ago I was at home by myself and was looking through Amazon Prime for something to watch that my husband probably wouldn't want to watch with me and found this. I absolutely loved the book as a child and still have my copy. It is now a bit dated as a story because there is no way you would allow children to row over and camp on an island alone these days and the language in the book is also a bit dated – kind of like how old BBC English sounds these days. I have re read it recently and another of Arthur Ransome's books as I wanted to see if my grandsons would enjoy them but I thought maybe they were now too old fashioned. ~~~~~~~FACTS ABOUT THE FILM ~~~~~ GENRE: Adventure, Drama, Family RATING: PG LENGTH: 1Hr 36 min RELEASE DATE: 2016 DIRECTOR: Philippa Lowthorpe Writers: Andrea Gibb, and based on the novel by Arthur Ransom STARRING: Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall TAGLINES: “ The adventure begins” “Amazons rule” “ Swallows forever “ “Some summers you treasure forever” CAST : Orla Hill … Susan Walker Dane Hughes … John Walker Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen … Tatty Walker Sophie Wardlow ... Gertie Seren Hawkes … Nancy Blackett Bobby McCulloch … Roger Walker Hannah Jayne Thorp ... Peggy Blackett Kelly Macdonald … Mrs. Walker Andrew Scott … Lazlov Rafe Spall … Captain Flint Jessica Hynes … Mrs. Jackson Fenella Woolgar … Miss Crummock Elizabeth Berrington … Mrs. Blackett Richard Bremmer … Old Billy Harry Enfield ... Mr. Jackson John ...
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