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Lush Beautiful Shower Gel 27/07/2016

Beautifully Fresh

Lush Beautiful Shower Gel I am a big fan of Lush product and often get gift packs containing their products for my birthday and at Christmas. About three weeks ago, I finally emptied the last product from my gift pack I received at Christmas. The last product to exit my gift box was Lush’s shower gel which is simply named ‘ Beautiful’ Beautiful Shower Gel Beautiful shower gel comes packaged in the standard Lush see through plastic bottle with a black lid. The bottle I have contains 100 grams. The bottle has Beautiful written in white writing on a black label, along with a description of the product. On the other side of the label in an ingredients list and a ‘use by’ date which is just short of a year away so you have plenty of time to use it. The bottle is made from 100% recycled material and the lid can be taken back to a Lush shop to be recycled. The description from Lush states ‘If you feel anything less than a vision of loveliness in the morning, this peachy keen shower gel is the one for you. A blend of warming and exotic myrrh resinoid brings a sensual musk to the sunny perfume of fresh peach juice and dried apricots, and feels sensationally soft on the skin. Adorn yourself in the rich, creamy lather of this warm, floral tonic to feel gorgeous, inside and out. 1000 kisses from us to you’ Price As I said, I was lucky enough to be bought this as a present but a quick search online has informed that that this shower gel will cost you; 100g - £4.95 250g - £9.95 500g - £15.50 So as you can see, ...

Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Southampton 24/07/2016

Beautiful Botley

Macdonald Botley Park Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Southampton My daughter starts school this September so I wanted to make the most of my time with her before she does. She will also be turning five on her next birthday and has rapidly been ‘growing out’ of Peppa Pig over the last year or so. My son is two and still very much likes Peppa Pig so I thought I would take them away for a break at Peppa Pig World. Booking I booked the Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa as it came as part of a package deal when booking an overnight stay and two days worth of tickets to Paultons Park. I paid £151 for myself and my two children to stay on a bed and breakfast basis. However, this price also included two days worth of tickets to the park. The booking was carried out through the Paultons Park website which was very easy to use and I received a confirmation email a couple of minutes later with my hotel voucher attached. Location For me, the main point of booking this hotel was the fact that it was only a 20 minute drive from Paultons Park. Another reason I booked this particular hotel was because I Google mapped it before booking and could see that it was set outside the main city of Southampton and I figured it might be easier to get to, rather than having to drive through the busy City centre with two tired children. The hotel also has direct access to Southampton airport, Eastleigh, Portsmouth and the M3. Arrival The hotel is very large and looks like a stately home when you first drive into the grounds. Upon entering the main reception, I ...

Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask 22/07/2016

Amazing Mask

Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask My hair is regularly coloured and regularly straightened and as a result, it does tend to get a bit dry and frazzled at the ends so I am always looking for products that help to re-hydrate my hair. I am a big fan of the Argan Oil range and even more so after I discovered that many of the products are available at Poundland. I have been using the Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask on and off for about the last four years. Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask is designed to be an intensive conditioning treatment. It is enriched with proteins and Keratin and helps to revive and nourish dry and damaged hair. Obviously it contains argan oil which is used for smoothing and replenishing your hair and keeping it in a general good condition. The Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask is an intensive treatment that helps to rebuild strength and restore elasticity. It also claims to help improve texture and manageability. Price As stated earlier, the majority of the Argan Oil products are available in Poundland where you can grab them for the bargain price of £1 an item! I have also seen this product at B&M bargains for the same price. I think £1 for a branded product offers really good value for money. Packaging The packaging is instantly recognisable as an Argan Oil branded product and is very easy to spot on the shelves. This product comes in a brown tub which has Argan oil written on the front. The lid of the tub is olive green and easily screws on and off. All the ...

Sanex Kids Bath Foam 20/07/2016

Kind To Skin - Sanex

Sanex Kids Bath Foam Both my children LOVE bath time and luckily they always have. It probably has something to do with the amount of toys and bubbles they generally have in their baths but hey, if it makes them enjoy their baths then who cares. I remember when they were younger, I was browsing the shelves at Tesco’s looking for a bubble bath product for them. I have sensitive skin and it looks like my little boy Jacob might have sadly inherited my skin so I am always careful to buy them what I consider to be a decent product when it comes to bubbles. I first bought Sanex Kids Foam bath because it was on special offer and since first buying it, it is the product I have always used. Sanex Kids Foam Bath Sanex Kids Foam bath has been especially develtoped from children and has been approved by paediatricians. Sanex state that this bath foam is hypoallergenic and has been formulated to gently clean your child’s delicate skin without drying it. This is actually a bodywash and bath foam in one which is really useful. Packaging This Saxex foam bath comes in a bottle which is white in colour but is actually still transparent. The bottle holds 500ml. The Sanex logo is written across the front and the word ‘Kids’ is written in colourful writing underneath. The bottle is a sort of rectangular shape and there are little dips in the side making it easier for you to hold the bottle. The lid is blue and is a flip top design which is really easy to use. Overall the deign of the bottle is actually pretty ...

Magic Tree Tree Car Air Freshener 17/07/2016

Terrific Magic Tree

Magic Tree Tree Car Air Freshener My car is 14 years old and it's safe to say it is definitely showing signs of wear and tear. I always try to keep it clean inside (which is an on-going battle with a four and a two year old) and I always like to have an air freshener hanging up to try and make it smell nice inside. Over the last fifteen years that I have been driving, I have probably tried every single car air freshener going but I always seem to go back to the Magic Tree car air fresheners. Magic Tree Car Air Freshener The Magic Tree car air fresheners are basically a piece of cardboard type material that is shaped like a tree. There is a piece of elastic attached at the top which enables you to hang it wherever you might wish - I always hang mine over my rear-view mirror. There are lots of different colours to pick between and the colour varies depending on the scent. The Magic Trees come packaged on a cardboard background with a polythene cover over them which means that sadly you are unable to smell the scent before buying. Price I have seen the Magic Tree air fresheners at various prices ranging from 99p to £1.50. Currently at Tesco's they are on special offer where you can buy two air fresheners for £2 rather than their normal price of £1.50 each. Varieties As I mentioned earlier, these Magic Trees come in a variety of colours and scents. The list of scents is pretty large but to give you an idea of some of the colours and scents available I will list a few of my personal favourites. My firm ...

Tesco Value Cotton Wool Pads 14/07/2016

Perfect Pads

Tesco Value Cotton Wool Pads I have been cleansing my face every night for about the last 10 years or more. I use a simple cleanser and whatever cotton wool pads are cheapest. The reason I use cotton wool pads rather than cotton wool balls is because I simply cannot stand to touch cotton wool as I think it feels awful and the cotton wool pads just dont have the same feel to them. I tend to do most of my shopping at Tesco’s so this is where I buy my cotton wood pads and the cheapest oncs available are Tesco value. Packaging The cotton wool pads come in a clear plastic bag. The cotton wool pads are stacked on top of each other in two rows. There is a little drawstring at the top of the packaging so you are able to ‘re-seal’ the bag if you so wish. I actually remove all the pads and pop them in a jar. The tesco value logo is written across the front of the packaging. Price As I mentioned earlier, these cotton wool pads are the cheapest ones available at Tesco and they will cost you just 60p for a packet containing 80 pads. The Cotton Wool Pad The cotton wool pad itself is white in colour and is quite thin (although certainly not too thin). They feel nice and soft to touch and most importantly they do not have that cotton wool feel to them and I can easily handle them without feeling like I am going to cringe! Even though the pads do seem quite thin, they do the job perfectly and seem to hold a fair amount of moisture. To Use I use a pea sized blob of cleanser and this works really well. I like the ...

The Highway Rat - Julia Donaldson 12/07/2016

I Am The Rat Of The Highway...The Highway

The Highway Rat - Julia Donaldson Both my son and daughter love their books. I am also a massive book lover and I think its really important to encourage children to read. As I have mentioned in other reviews, my parents are huge bootfair fans and it was at a recent bootfair that they added to my collection of books by purchasing The Highway Rat for the bargain price of 20p. The Highway Rat The Highway Rat is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It was released in 2011 so is one of their more recent books and it was actually a book I had never heard of before my parents turned up at my house with it. The book is available in both hardback and paperback. Price As I said earlier, my parents managed to get me this book at a bootfair but I have had a quick search online and The Highway Rat would cost you £3.85 online at Amazon. The Story The story of the Highway Rat follows, as you would imagine the Highway Rat who is a pretty unlikable character. He rides around on his horse stealing food from anyone who crosses his path. He meets a rabbit and steals its pastries and cakes, meets a squirrel and steals his nuts and even steals leaves from an ant! The story follows the rat being rude and horrible to everyone he meets and stealing all their food. The Highway Rat becomes incredibly fat while everyone else becomes thinner and thinner. The Highway Rat is eventually outsmarted when he meets a duck with a cunning plan who manages to trick the rat into leaving their town! This is the first ...

Days Inn Southampton Rownhams, Southampton 09/07/2016

Splendid Southampton Stay

Days Inn Southampton Rownhams, Southampton I recently took my children to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park in Southampton. I booked the break through their website where I paid for two days entry to the park and got a hotel included in the price. I like in Dover, Kent and the park is about a three hour drive away for me so I was debating whether to drive up on the first day or whether to try and book a hotel for the night before. I was browsing through the money saving expert site and found an article about cheap hotels so decided to take a look and see how much a hotel would be for the night before. Booking I eventually booked the Days Inn Southampton Rownhams hotel, purely because it was the cheapest and was still only 11 miles from the park. I booked through the ebookers website which was really quick and easy to do. Price I paid £38 for a room to accommodate me, my daughter who is is four and my son who is two. Finding The Hotel Arriving at the hotel could not have been easier. I don't tend to drive very far to be honest and only really drive around my local town and to and from work so I was a little apprehensive about doing a three hour drive with two young children and making sure I didn't get lost. But I programmed the address of the hotel into the sat nav and arrived without any problems about two and a half hours later. Even without the sat nav, the hotel would have been really easy to find because it is located at Rownhams services which are signposted really well from the motorway. Arrival I parked in ...

Zog - Julia Donaldson 05/07/2016

Dragon School

Zog - Julia Donaldson Both my son and daughter love their books. I am also a massive book lover and I think its really important to encourage children to read, especially in this day and age when it seems like technology is taking over the world. My parents are big fans of bootfairs and managed to get me the entire collection of Julia Donaldson books. Zog Zog is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It was released in 2010 so is one of their more recent books.. The book is available in both hardback and paperback. Price As I said earlier, my parents managed to get me the whole Julia Donaldson collection at various bootfairs but I have had a quick search online and The Gruffalo's Child would cost you £3.49 at the Book People (this is the cheapest option I saw while carrying out my search) The Story Zog The story of Zog follows Zog the Dragon as he starts dragon school and learns all the skills he will need to become a fully fledged dragon. It soon becomes apparent that although Zog is by far the keenest dragon, he is also very accident prone! The book follows Zog and his classmates as they progress through the different years at dragon school. Zog being accident prone actually works to his advantage as it leads him to meet a princess who helps him to achieve his very first gold star at school. Upon finished dragon school, Zog makes a very bold decision on what he would like to do with his life, his decision brings all the other characters you meet throughout the book ...

Tesco Anti+Bac Multi Surface Cleaning Spray 02/07/2016

Cheap & Cheerful

Tesco Anti+Bac Multi Surface Cleaning Spray To be honest, when it comes to household cleaning products, I tend to buy whatever if on offer or whatever is cheapest so I am not particularly loyal to any one brand. I tend to do the majority of my shopping at Tesco's and money is tight for me at the moment after having to drop to part time hours to provide childcare for my children after the breakdown of my relationship with their dad. While browsing the aisles, looking for a kitchen spray I was surprised to see that there were no special offers on any of their products. In the end, I just opted for the cheapest spray. Price As I mentioned earlier, I opted for the cheapest spray which meant I bought Tesco's anti & bac multi surface cleaning spray which cost just 70p for a 500ml bottle. Packaging Tesco's anti & bac multi surface cleaning spray comes in a plastic 500ml trigger spray bottle. The bottle is made from clear plastic so you are easily able to see how much product you have left. The sticker on the front is blue and has all the usual information on the front and back of the labels. According to the label, the spray has been proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria and is bleach free. To Use I find this spray bottle really easy to use and the spray mechanism is very effective and actually delivers a pretty decent spray, covering a fairly large area. This product can be used in various ways including kitchen worktops and units, sinks and draining boards, toilets and toilet seats, bath and sinks and shower screens. I ...

ELC Jumbo Coloured Chalks 30/06/2016

Chubby Chalks

ELC Jumbo Coloured Chalks I have a four year old daughter and a two year old son and they are just getting to the age where I can leave them to play together for a little while on their own. However, I have found that they still need their own space so they can play together and interact with each other but still have their own area to do their own little thing. I was recently clearing a load of their old toys from my garage and I came across a child’s easel. I thought this would be perfect for them as each of them would be able to use one side to draw on. I popped to my local Early Learning Centre store to get them some chalks to play with. I found a set of 20 Jumbo Coloured Chalks for £4 which I actually thought would pretty reasonable for 20 chalks of varying colours. The chalks come contained in a see through plastic tub. The tub has a snap on lid with a plastic handle. The lid does sit quite snuggly on the tub which means both my children need help opening and closing the tub but I actually quite like that as it means that cant jus go and get them out without an adult present. It also means they can carry the chalks around without fear that the lid will fall off and the chalks will drop on the floor and break. It is safe to say that the jumbo chalks certainly live up to their names, they are the biggest chalks I have seen. Each chalk is 10 cm long and range in diameter between 2 cm and 2.5 cm. Out of the twenty chalks contained in the tub, five of these are white. Then there are three chalks ...

Playskool Mr Potato Head 26/06/2016

Potato!

Playskool Mr Potato Head My old boss and now friend always likes to spoil my children on their birthdays and at Christmas and always manages to buy them lovely presents. Last Christmas, she bought my two year old son Jacob the Playskool Mr Potato Head. Mr Potato Head was first produced by Hasbro in 1952 and it was actually the first ever toy to be advertised on TV. His image has changed ever so slightly over the years although to be honest, not a great deal and the main purpose of the toy has not changed at all – to connect his facial features and body parts onto his face and body. Most of you are probably at least aware of Mr Potato Head, if not only for his appearance in Toy Story. Mr Potato Head is basically a potato with legs. He comes with various attachments which includes two arms, eyes, ears, mouth, tongue, nose, glasses, hat, moustache and trainers. He is made from hard, durable plastic and comes complete with little holes in the relevant area for attaching the feature you wish to attach. The main body of Mr Potato Head has a flap at the back which can be opened and inside, you can store all of Mr Potato Head’s attachments which is really useful. Having said that, it can be a bit tight getting all the pieces inside so in my household, we tent to leave the eyes, nose and mouth on his face and place the remaining pieces in the back. I did worry when we first received this toy as my children are quite rough when they play and I didn't think it would be too long before an arm or ear got ...

L'Oreal Kids Very Berry Strawberry Shampoo 21/06/2016

Very Berry

L'Oreal Kids Very Berry Strawberry Shampoo My daughter has never been a big fan of having her hair washed since I managed to get shampoo in her eyes when she was about a year old. It has probably only been the last few months that she has become really comfortable with having her hair washed. Last Christmas, I was out doing my Christmas shopping, specifically looking for stocking fillers for Molly’s stocking. This was when I came across the L’Oreal Kids Very Berry Strawberry shampoo. Packaging This shampoo comes in a standard plastic bottle which is bright pink in colour so if you have a little girl who is particularly girly then this could be a big appeal. On the front of the bottle is a picture of a strawberry cartoon. The lid of the bottle is a simple flip up/flip down lid and is very easy to use. All the usual information is written on the front and back of the bottle. Price I found this shampoo in Poundland where of course it cost me just £1. I thought this was really good value for money, especially for a L’Oreal branded product. To Use With this shampoo being aimed at children, it is actually a ‘no tears’ product which is great for me as I know it wont matter if it gets in my daughters eyes. The shampoo is white in colour and has a decent texture although if I want to be picky, it is slightly on the watery side. The shampoo is easy to rub into Molly’s hair but I have noticed that it doesn’t seem to ‘lather up’ like my shampoos do. Having said that, it is very effective in leaving her hair feeling clean and ...

Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave In Spray 11/06/2016

Hot Stuff!

Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave In Spray I am a big fan of the Argan Oil range and even more so after I discovered that many of the products are available at Poundland. I had not actually come across the Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave in Spray until my Mum bought it for me last Christmas. Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave in Spray Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave in Spray contain argan oil which is used for smoothing and replenishing your hair and keeping it in a general good condition. The heat defence spray is designed to protect the cuticles of your hair by protecting it from any heat i.e.; from your hairdryer and straighteners. It is also designed to help keep your hair hydrated. This spray is no different to the other argan oil products in terms of smell although I find that this heat spray does smell slightly stronger than other argan oil products. It smells subtle, a little bit fruity but mostly earthy and natural. Price As stated earlier, the majority of the Argan Oil products are available in Poundland where you can grab them for the bargain price of £1 an item! I have also seen this product at B&M bargains for the same price. I think £1 for a branded product offers really good value for money. Packaging The packaging is instantly recognisable as an Argan Oil branded product and is very easy to spot on the shelves. This product comes in a spray bottle which has Argan oil written at the top. Product information is written underneath. On the back there is an ingredients list. The nozzle of the bottle has a spray top ...

The Snail and the Whale - Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler 07/06/2016

Little And Large

The Snail and the Whale - Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler Both my son and daughter love their books. I am also a massive book lover and I think its really important to encourage children to read, especially in this day and age when it seems like technology is taking over the world. My parents are big fans of bootfairs and managed to get me the entire collection of Julia Donaldson books. The Snail And The Whale The Snail And The Whale is written by Julia Donalson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It was released in 2003. The book has won several awards, including 2004 Early Years award for the best pre-school book as well as the 2005 Blue Peter award for Best Book to Read Aloud. It has also been adapted into a successful stage play. Price As I said earlier, my parents managed to get me the whole Julia Donaldson collection at various bootfairs but I have had a quick search online and The Gruffalo's Child would cost you £3.49 at the Book People (this is the cheapest option I saw while carrying out my search) The Story The book describes the tail of a very brave little snail who wants to travel the world. He writes an advert and the advert is answered by a great blue humpback whale. As the story evoles, you are taken to various places and follow the snail and the whale on their journey. Towards the end of the book, the whale finds himself in big trouble and it falls to the snail to try and help him, but can he help when he is so small? The Snail And The Whale is written in Julia Donaldson’s signature rhyming verse. I must admit ...
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