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Family and days of childminding now keeping me busy but I keep on rating more than writing. Thank you anyone who is kind enough to read then rate my reviews, especially those Es.

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Pell City 19/10/2017

Holiday Inn Express & Suites this time in Pell City

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Pell City Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Pell City 240 Vaughan Ln, Pell City, ALABAMA 35125-3887 We stayed at this hotel on our last night before we left the USA on our driving tour of the Southern US states. There isn't really anything of any interest in Pell City and the reason we chose this hotel was that it was just off Highway20 on the way into Atlanta. It was close enough to Atlanta to make our last day's drive and visitor to the Martin Luther King Jnr Heritage centre a possibility before we needed to get to the airport for our flight. ~~~~~~~BOOKING THE HOTEL ~~~~~~ We are loyalty club members so we do tend to choose this chain if we can when doing last minute bookings at a hotel. We know we can rely on the standard and the breakfast is included so we don't need to go looking for something to eat on our way. I notice on booking.com that this costs around £85 a night for the room for two people including breakfasts but we paid in US$ on our credit card and can't remember what we paid at the time. You can book through hotels.com or booking.com or directly through their site which is the only way apart from showing up at the hotel that you can earn loyalty points from the hotel chain. The hotel has 79 rooms all off interior corridors so more secure I always feel. Check in is 3 pm and check out 11 am but we have sometimes arrived earlier than check in at Holiday Inn hotels and they have let us check in. Interestingly the minimum age for check in is 21 presumably children ...

Bridget Jones's Baby (DVD) 18/10/2017

Bridget Jones's Baby but who is Dad?

Bridget Jones's Baby (DVD) BRIDGET JONES'S BABY I have seen all the Bridget Jones films and they are what you expect. They are silly and a bit ridiculous but harmless enough and there are elements of what she goes through that I am sure we have all suffered at sometime or other making one want to die of embarrassment. There are times when you raise your eyes heavenwards at the stupidity but you cannot help a smile . They are films you come out from feeling slight relief that most never happened to you and also a feeling of escape from the real world. You couldn't possibly be offended as it is all in good spirit and light hearted. They are also very English in their humour which I do enjoy as we get so much US humour coming our way. ~~~~~~ FACTS ABOUT THE FILM ~~~~~ GENRE: Comedy, Romance RATING: 15 LENGTH: 1Hr 58 min RELEASE DATE: 2016 DIRECTOR: Sharon Maguire WRITERS: Unlike the first two films, this was not based on the book. Instead, it is an original screenplay that fills the gap between the second and the third book. screenplay: Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson STARRING: Renée Zellweger, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent CAST : Renée Zellweger … Bridget Gemma Jones … Mum Jim Broadbent … Dad Sally Phillips … Shazzer Julian Rhind-Tutt … Fergus Shirley Henderson … Jude Ben Willbond … Giles Paul Bentall … Minister Colin Firth … Mark Agni Scott … Camilla TAGLINES: “We're going to need bigger pants” “Old flame. New fling. Big problem.” “One Little Bump. One Big ...

Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime Hair & Body Wash 15/10/2017

Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime hair and body wash

Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime Hair & Body Wash Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime Hair & Body Wash I recently won a travel set of Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime products and one of them was this hair and body wash. This makes it a perfect travel product as it is multi purpose. ~~~~~~ ABOUT CRABTREE & EVELYN ~~~~~~ Crabtree & Evelyn is a high end store selling bath and body products, fragrances, gifts and also some food stuffs and has a quintessentially English look about it despite the fact it began in New England in the USA. It is recognized as one of the best known and most-respected lines of beauty and grooming products in the world. The company now has more than 350 stores in countries all around the world particularly in the UK and USA. ~~~~~ ALL WRAPPED UP ~~~~~ Mine came in a gift set in a lovely strong lime green and olive green finely striped herring bone patterned box that makes it look lime green. Inside the four products are set into cut out shapes in the yellow/lime cardboard inside. The product itself comes in a matt brown plastic tube that sits on the shiny brown plastic flip top lid. Mine holds 50 ml of product. The product and company name is set in a circle on the front of the tube and its a sort of gold/lime colour. The 300 ml standard size comes in a quite different bottle which is a square shape and clear. ~~~~~~ WHAT CRABTREE & EVELYN SAY ~~~~ “Treat your skin and enliven your senses with our rich-lathering and gently cleansing West Indian Lime Hair & Body Wash, featuring naturally ...

Weleda Hayfever Relief 14/10/2017

Weleda Hayfever Relief is a relief for my hayfever

Weleda Hayfever Relief WELEDA HAYFEVER RELIEF I am a big fan of the pharmaceutical company Weleda. They are far from being a normal pharmaceutical company as they are a very ethical company that specialise in homoepathic and anthroposophical medicines which are natural alternatives to the usual medicines. ~~~~~~ ABOUT WELEDA AND ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICINE ~~~~~~ Many people know Weleda for the natural baby products and beauty body and face creams but they were originally a natural pharmaceutical company and indeed when Rudolph Steiner started the company in Austria in 1921 that was his focus. Weleda's products are created using the principles of principles of anthroposophic medicine. This is a holistic approach based on products made using ingredients grown in balance and harmony with nature. “A medical system that complements conventional medicine, anthroposophy takes a holistic approach and uses both conventional and anthroposophic medicinal products....... The therapy method of anthroposophic medicine is based on the balance between four organisational principles: the physical level; life forces level, or vitality; mental level and individual level or ego. The goal of therapy is to restore the necessary equilibrium when these four principles are out of balance.” The pharmaceutical factory is just near us in Derbyshire and many of their ingredients are grown in their garden next to the factory which I have visited a couple of times . ~~~~~~~~ WELEDA'S ETHICS ~~~~~~~ Weleda use only ...

Holiday Inn Hull Marina, Kingston-upon-Hull 12/10/2017

Holiday Inn Hull Marina, - explore the European City of Culture

Holiday Inn Hull Marina, Kingston-upon-Hull Holiday Inn Hull Marina, Kingston-upon-Hull Castle Street Kingston Upon Hull HU1 2BX About twelve years ago we went on a Kuoni tour holiday to China. At the time my husband and I were still working so it was in the school summer holiday. There wee quite a few teachers on the tour and we became very friendly with three other couples on the tour. Every year since then we have met up somewhere twice a year in the UK just to have a get together. This latest meet up was in Hull and the hotel we booked was the Holiday Inn on the marina as it seemed pretty central and had parking as well. ~~~~~~ WHY HULL? ~~~~~ Hull is the current European city of Culture and we felt I deserved to have a visit because of this. We looked on line for things to do and were a little underwhelmed specially as one of the top ten things on trip adviser was visiting Lincoln cathedral!! However we were very pleasantly surprised and fond plenty to keep us occupied for two days and a bit without having to drive anywhere at all. ~~~~~~~ GETTING THERE ~~~~~~ We all drove from different parts of the UK but our drive was a couple of hours from Derby. We had hoped to drive over the Humber bridge but the sat nav took us north of the bridge so we had to save that excitement till we left. It is pretty amazing sight and well worth the £1.50 toll we paid. We arrived a little early for check in but the receptionist was happy to store our bags and allow us to park in the car park so we could wander around the ...

Aveda Invati Thickening Conditioner 08/10/2017

Aveda Invati Thickening conditioner will thin your purse

Aveda Invati Thickening Conditioner AVEDA INVATI THICKENING CONDITIONER We have an Aveda salon in Derby and from time to time I call into see if they have any samples. I would love to be able to buy more of their lovely products but they do have a very high price sadly. ~#*~#*~#*~~ ABOUT AVEDA ~~*#~*#~*#~ “aveda: connecting beauty, environment and well–being.” “the art and science of pure flower and plant essences is the core of aveda. our beauty products are alive with the life force of plants, and contain pure essential oils. our solutions are so powerful we call them purescriptions.” Aveda mainly make hair products but they do also make other other beauty products such as face care, perfume and even make up. Aveda was founded by a hairdresser in 1978 and today they have over 7000 salons world wide. Their products are all natural and clinically tested – not on animals. The products are made with ingredients harvested with respect for the environment. ~#*~#*~#*~~ ABOUT THIS CONDITIONER ~~*#~*#~*#~ This conditioner is designed for thin hair and is full of natural oils and butters. There is an intense version that has even more oils and butters than this one if you feel you need more. It has something called densiplex which is an invigorating blend of Ayurvedic herbs, including ginseng and certified organic turmeric special to Aveda. It also has soy protein and amino acids that mimic the hair's natural growth and so stimulates the hair to thicken from within rather than coating each shaft with extra ...

Vita Coco Organic Coconut Oil 07/10/2017

Vita Coco - A great natural, organic coconut oil

Vita Coco Organic Coconut Oil FOR VITA COCO COCONUT OIL I m a huge fan of coconut oil as it is a true multi purpose product and is also an all natural product. I don't always buy this brand but if I am shopping in Holland & Barratt then this is the brand they carry and it is a high quality, organic, extra virgin coconut oil so I am always happy to buy it. I also love their coconut water to drink so some shopping trips are just to buy a supply of both these to keep me going. #*~~#*~~#*~~HOW MUCH FOR HOW MUCH ? ~~#*~~#*~~# I buy mine from Holland & Barratt in the shop but you can also buy from them on line. I' ve seen it in some grocery stores too. H&B sell four sizes: 50 ml which costs £2.99, 250 ml which at present is half price at £3.49 but is usually £6.99 s if you want to try it get it now. The next size up is 500 ml which is £11.99 and finally the big size which is 750ml and costs £15.99. It depends of how much you use as to which is best value. I use a lot so tend to go for the big size. You will see why when I explain what I use it for. ~~#*~~#*~~WHAT DOES VITA COCO OIL LOOK LIKE ? ~~#*~~#*~~ This is called coconut oil but at room temperature is solid. It isn't hard solid but is certainly not an oil. It does however have a very low melting point and just skin temperate will melt this within seconds. As a solid this is a whitish looking cloudy product but as it melts it turns clear and colourless. When you open the jar the smell of fresh coconut really hits you and instantly I am taken to ...

The Mississippi Blues Trail 05/10/2017

Mississippi Blues trail got me singin' the Blues

The Mississippi Blues Trail MISSISSIPPI BLUES TRAIL On our driving tour of the Southern US States last year we spent some time visiting places that were of significance in the fight for Racial equality and also followed the Blue trail markers for some of the time as well. My husband is a big fan of Blues music so this was his idea. He did some research and planned the route and then we booked places to stay at convenient towns along the route. ~#*~#*~#*~#*~~ WHAT IS THE BLUES TRAIL ? ~~#*~#*~#*~#*~ This is a series of markers set up in various places significant to Blues musicians or places that they used to play in. This means there are no opening times or closing times and there is no cost involved either. WE downloaded the Blues Trail app onto our phones before we left the UK and were ready to explore. As the Blues Trail site describes it : “Welcome to the Mississippi Blues Trail, your unforgettable journey into the land that spawned the single most important root source of modern popular music. Whether you're a die-hard blues fan or a casual traveller in search of an interesting trip, you'll find facts you didn't know, places you've never seen, and you'll gain a new appreciation for the area that gave birth to the blues.” ~#*~#*~#*~#*~~ MAPPING THE BLUES TRAIL ~~#*~#*~#*~#*~ We didn't drive the entire trail as there are are over two hundred markers spread across the state of Mississippi alone and then many more in the adjoining states and some even further such as Chicago and Los Angles so ...

Cowboys And Aliens (DVD) 04/10/2017

Cowboys and Aliens - Really?!

Cowboys And Aliens (DVD) Cowboys And Aliens Looking for something to watch the other night we came across this film which sounded quite amusing. It was either on Prime or Netflicks I think so this is a film only review. My husband is a big Western film fan and w have been to a number of places and film sets used in different Westerns and it sounded as though it might be funny and an easy watch with a great cast list. ~*&~*&~*&~~ FACTS ABOUT THE FILM ~~&*~&*~&*~ RATING : 12A LENGTH :2h 7min GENRE :| Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller RELEASED : 2011 DIRECTOR: Jon Favreau WRITERS: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby ….screenplay Mark Fergus Hawk Ostby ,Steve Oedekerk ... screen story Based on the comic book by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg STARRING: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde TAGLINES: “First contact. Last stand.” CAST: Daniel Craig ... Jake Lonergan Abigail Spencer … Alice Buck Taylor ... Wes Claiborne Harrison Ford ... Woodrow Dolarhyde Matthew Taylor… Luke Claiborne Cooper Taylor ... Mose Claiborne Clancy Brown ... Meacham Paul Dano ... Percy Dolarhyde Chris Browning … Jed Parker Adam Beach ... Nat Colorado Sam Rockwell ... Doc Ana de la Reguera … Maria Noah Ringer ... Emmett Taggart Brian Duffy ... Deputy Olivia Wilde ... Ella Swenson Keith Carradine ... Sheriff John Taggart ~*&~*&~*&~~ THE STORY ~~&*~&*~&*~ This is total sci fi fantasy and is based on a comic book story. The entire thing requires that you suspend all reality and just go with ...

Agent Provocateur L'agent Eau de Toilette 30/09/2017

Agent Provocateur L'agent Eau de Toilette

Agent Provocateur L'agent Eau de Toilette I was lucky enough to get a small three set sample set of Agent Provocateur perfumes in the post. There were three different scents in the set and this L'Agent was one of them. Each sample was1.5 fl oz so quite a generous sample size . They came in a neat little box with the three vials packed into the box. Each sample is a mini spray so handy to pop into a handbag for while out and about. &*&*&*&~~~ ABOUT AGENT PROVOCATEUR ~~~&*&*&*& This brand is best known for its sexy lingerie and ladies nightwear, Bridal accessories and swimwear really but they added in perfumes to add that extra sensual aroma to those wearing their clothing items. The lingerie company was founded in England in 1994 by Joseph Corré the son of Vivienne Westwood and his then wife and Serena Rees. &*&*&*&~~~ CREATING L'AGENT ~~~&*&*&*& Agent Provocateur created three new scents suitable for day wear. Agent Provocateur in 2000, Maitrese in 2006 and this one L'Agent in 2011. These are all lighter and fresher than their original perfumes. This eau de toilette is light citrussy with a lovely floral heart and a great day scent. &*&*&*&~~~ PACKAGING ~~~&*&*&*& This EDT is packed in a similar shaped tear drop, egg or grenade shaped bottle as their previous perfumes. This one is a silvery colour to go with the name L'Agent which means silver in French. It also has pale text in curly cursive script with the name of the perfume and it actually quite a simple looking bottle. The nozzle has a grey/silver ...

Saltaire World Heritage Site 28/09/2017

Saltaire - Titus Salt's Vision is still alive

Saltaire World Heritage Site SALTAIRE We have been to Saltaire a couple of times in recent years, once by ourselves and the secondt ime with a group of friends. This is somewhere I have only discovered in the last few years when we were looking up World heritage sites in the UK. ~~~~~~ OPENING, PRICES AND MORE ~~~~~~ Saltaire is a actually a village where people still live. You don't have to book to visit and Salts Mill is also free to visit and is open every day of the year except Christmas and New Year's Day. There is a visitor centre which is also open daily, all year round and you can find it on Victoria Road Times of opening are :April - September 10.00 – 17.00 and October - March 10.00 – 16.00. ~~~~~~ WORLD HERITAGE STATUS ~~~~~~ Saltaire became a World Heritage Site in 2001. Currently, there are 1073 World Heritage Sites approved by the World Heritage Committee as having outstanding universal value. These include 832 cultural sites which is the category Saltaire is in, 206 natural sites and 35 mixed mixed site properties. These sites are all over the world and some 37 are in more than one country – ie they cross boundaries. In the UK and Northern Ireland there are 31 World heritage sites : Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd Durham Castle and Cathedral Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast Ironbridge Gorge St Kilda Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey Blenheim Palace City of Bath Frontiers of the Roman Empire Palace ...

Lego Duplo 10558 Number Train 27/09/2017

Duplo Number train - count to ten and build again!

Lego Duplo 10558 Number Train Lego Duplo 10558 Number Train This was a gift my two year old grandson received last birthday which was December last year so he is now nearly three. He loves his trains, cars and diggers and has sufficient to provide n entire playgroup with them. He has a Brio train set as well as this but the attraction of this one is that I don't have to rebuild the track as it doesn't actually have to have track to run on . Th downside is I seem to have to rebuild this at least half dozen times each time I am over there. &*&*&*&* ~~ IN THE BOX ~~*&*&*&*& Inside the box you get 31 brightly coloured pics of Duplo so thy are all quite a decent size and hopefully too big to swallow! There are : 10 numbered blocks 4 Wagon bases with wheels fitted Odd shaped pieces to make up the engine A number of other multicoloured blocks A Duplo Boy and a Duplo Dalmatian Dog Instruction Booklet &*&*&*&*&*~~ BUILDING THIS ~~&*&*&*&*& Duplo is much more my sort of construction set as I am not a huge fan of constructing Lego. I can do it but I don't particularly enjoy it. My creativity is more in the craft and painting area rather than building and constructing. Having said that I must have made this blooming train up so many times that the fact the instruction booklet has been long lost don't matter. I can do it in my sleep, while also keeping the two year from pushing the one year out of his toys and also stopping the sippy cup being used as a watering can!! I am nothing if not a multi tasker. The ...

Narcos Season 1 (DVD) 25/09/2017

Narcos season 1 - draws you in for the other series

Narcos Season 1 (DVD) NARCOS SERIES 1 I think this was originally my husband's choice for something to watch but very quickly we were hooked and binge watched this and then the next two series as it was compelling viewing. This was shown on Netflicks which our son pays for and we piggy back on his account. We did have him living rent free for a couple of years so nice to get something back! ~~~~~~FACTS ABOUT THE SERIES ~~~~~~ GENRE: Crime, Biography, drama RATING: 15 LENGTH: 1Hr per episode and 10 episodes in this season RELEASE DATE: 2015 CREATORS: Carlo Bernard, Chris Brancato, Doug Miro STARRING: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook TAGLINE: “There's no business like blow business.” ~~~~~~~CAST ~~~~~~ Wagner Moura ... Pablo Escobar Boyd Holbrook ... Steve Murphy Pedro Pascal ... Javier Peña Paulina Gaitan ... Tata Escobar Juan Murcia ... Juan Pablo Escobar Raúl Méndez ... César Gaviria Jorge Monterrosa ... Trujillo Paulina García... Hermilda Gaviria Diego Cataño ... La Quica Julián Díaz ... Blackie Joanna Christie ... Connie Murphy María José Sanchez Real ... Manuela Stephanie Sigman ... Valeria Velez Manolo Cardona ... Eduardo Sandoval Juan Pablo Raba ... Gustavo Gaviria Richard T. Jones ... Agent DEA Mauricio Cujar ... Don Berna Matt Whelan ... Dave Mitchell Jorge A. Jimenez ... Poison Danielle Kennedy ... Ambassador Noonan ~~~~~~ THE STORY ~~~~~~ This is based on the real story of Pablo Escobar and the drug cartels in Colombia who made millions of dollars ...

Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum 24/09/2017

Dr Organic makes great smelling argan serum for hair

Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum Dr ORGANIC MOROCCAN ARGAN OL HAIR TREATMENT SERUM I received this product through a trial some months ago and have sadly just finished it so thought I better review it so that I could throw the box and bottle away. ~~~~~ ABOUT DR ORGANIC ~~~~~~ This is a brand sold in Holland & Barratt as well as other places where natural beauty products are sold. Dr Organic has a huge range using different base ingredients. The Argan oil range is quite vast and includes a multi purpose argan oil for face hair and body as well as special ones for hair, face and so on. Other ranges include snail gel, Manuka honey, Virgin Coconut, Aloe Vera, Tea Tree, Pomegranate to name few. Dr Organic uses premium organic, natural raw ingredients from around the world. The range is extensive and includes products for hair, oral and body care products to maintain your health and wellbeing. ~~~~~~~ ABOUT ARGAN OIL ~~~~~ Argan oil comes from the nut of the argan tree grown in Morocco. In Morocco it s used to dip bread, to drip over foods such as couscous as well as a multi purpose beauty product. The nuts are so tasty that goats climb the trees to eat them. Argan is also grown in China but it was Morocco where the benefits for skin and hair were used by the Berber women particularly and today argan is recognised as being a fabulous multi purpose oil. Be aware though that not all products that claim to be argan oil are argan oil as many have just a small amount of this precious oil. Dr Organic has ...

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta 23/09/2017

Martin Luther King Jnr remembered in Historic Site in Atlanta

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta 450 Auburn Avenue, NE Atlanta, GA 30312 During our driving tour of the US southern states last year we explored the Blues trail and also visited a number of places connected to the Civil Rights movement. Our flight home didn't lave till 8pm at night so we spent the night before we left just outside Atlanta and thenvisited this site during the day before making our way to the airport. We had spent a couple of days in Montgomery visiting the Rosa Parks museum and the house where Dr MLK Jnr lived as well as the Dexter Avenue Church where he was minister for years as well as a number of other significant places so it seemed fitting to spend our last day visiting the various places in the Dr MLK Jnr heritage centre and surrounds. ~~~~~~~~~ BASIC INFORMATION ~~~~~~~ There is a car park but it is not on the street in the address. It is well labelled and a short walk through a footpath from the centre and it is free to park. It is also free to visit the entire heritage site. Opening hours: The Visitor Center, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Freedom Hall are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Birth Home is open for ranger-led tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Fire Station No. 6 is staffed by park volunteers and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when volunteers are available. All facilities are closed January 1st., Thanksgiving Day, and December 25th. ~~~~~~~ OUR VISIT AND EXPERIENCE ~~~~~~ There are a number ...
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