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Indesit WIXE167 26/04/2009

My all singing all dancing machine (almost)

Indesit WIXE167 Indesit WIXE167 1600rpm washing machine A few months ago my kitchen flooded…at first I thought my freezer had somehow defrosted itself, and then looked at my kitchen sink and washing machine and was shocked at the mucky looking water that had filled them both. I emptied the sink with the help of a jug and a large bucket, and then pressed the empty button on my washing machine, only for the water to start gurgling up through the sink again…and it really was stinking…almost sewage smell! Not good. So I mopped up my floor and used about 4 old towels soaking up the water too. So the next step was to try source the blockage, I remembered about 6 months previously my washing machine hadn’t been working too well, and a neighbour popped in, pulled out the filter, cleaned it and replaced it….and the machine went like new again, so I thought I would try this. Big mistake! I turned the filter cover…and it basically shot across the room with the force of the water behind it…and yes, you guessed it, the floor was soaked again and yes I did a lot of swearing that morning (thank heavens the kids were staying over with their dad) I couldn’t replace the filter cover it just wouldn’t go back in, it slotted in but wasn’t catching on anything so was pretty useless. Anyway as with all things that go wrong, it just happened to be a Sunday morning, and there was me with a slight hangover, and I had to call an emergency plumber who eventually turned up at 4pm that afternoon. Said plumber ...

Reality TV Star Jade Goody's life to be turned into film. What are your thoughts on this? 07/04/2009

Not sure a film is what her family need!

Reality TV Star Jade Goody's life to be turned into film.  What are your thoughts on this? So, they are thinking of making a movie about the life of Jade Goody, from which all proceeds will go to giving her sons a better life. Let’s first of all go back a few years to when Jade first bounced onto our screens (and I really do mean bounced) It was 2002 when she appeared in Big Brother 3, and she made a big bang as the loud, proud Essex lass. She was a bit of a ditsy young lady, and as we’ve all heard wasn’t very good at geography thinking East Angular (Anglia) was abroad, and that Cambridge was a suburb in London! She was a target for the tabloids and they picked up on every little thing she said or did wrong, but that’s what sells newspapers. She didn’t win Big Brother 3, but she became a household name overnight because of it, and regularly appeared in celebrity magazines such as Heat. She met Jeff Brazier and they had two little boys together, Bobby and Freddy, but the relationship wasn’t meant to be and she had a 6mth relationship with footballer Ryan Amoo, before meeting Jack Tweedy to whom she eventually married in 2009. She went on to front her own reality programme, about opening a beauty salon (Ugli’s) and became quite the businesswoman although not one I could ever take seriously to be honest. She then went on to launch her autobiography in 2006, and also endorsed her first perfume called Shh…The perfume did well, although personally not to my tastes. In 2007 Jade was asked to go into the Big Brother house again, for Celebrity Big Brother 5. ...

Boots Faster Healing Burn Plaster Kit 12/03/2009

Blistered and Burned? Heal it quicker!

Boots Faster Healing Burn Plaster Kit Why I bought the kit Just over a week ago, during a spate of really cold weather and living in a house which gets freezing cold at night with heating costs phenomenally high, I decided to use a hot water bottle in my bed to warm my little tootsies as I hate my feet being cold. I use my bottle most nights throughout winter and generally fill it using my kettle (after letting it cool substantially) my children have hot water bottle covers, nice fluffy ones! But the one I have was in the washing as I accidentally dropped it into the sink when emptying the bottle the previous night. I decided to go ahead and use the hot water bottle without the cover, and as I was wearing woolly socks and long pyjamas thought no harm could be done anyway. So I poured the water into a plastic jug before pouring into my bottle and secured the cap in place and hugged the bottle, nice and hot - perhaps a little too hot at the top but it usually cools pretty quickly anyway so didn't let that bother me. Off to brush my teeth and then hop into bed all nice and cosy. Fast forward 7 hours until morning and I get up after hitting the snooze button several times (little blighter) groaning I make my way to the bathroom, strip off and jump under the shower. As I quickly wash myself I notice a small red mark on my right leg...I think nothing more of it and get dried and dressed quickly so that I don't get chilled. That night when I go for my bath I pop my leg into the bath and almost howl ...

Dirty Bertie: My Joke Book - David Roberts 09/03/2009

Dirty Bertie the nose picking bottom burping cheeky chappy

Dirty Bertie: My Joke Book - David Roberts Anyone who has children knows what disgusting creatures they can be at times. Dirty Bertie is no exception! Bertie is a boy who picks his nose, picks up sweets that have dropped to the ground and eats them, he also does a makes a lot of nasty smells (bottom burps) sound familiar anyone? I can totally relate to this book as it describes most children at one time or another and none more so than my own son, who naturally thinks this book is hilarious as he used to with all of the other Dirty Bertie books he has read. This book is a compilation of jokes featuring Dirty Bertie and other characters that appear in the series of books written by David Roberts with the help of Alan McDonald. The book is compiled by Amanda Li. David Roberts is the author/illustrator, born in Liverpool but now living in London. He wasn't always an author/illustrator though, he started off in fashion design, working as a fashion illustrator in Hong Kong before moving back to England as a couture milliner, and is now a full time illustrator. To date he has 30 children's books under his belt. The illustrations really serve to enhance the book with lots of cartoon drawings of Bertie and the other characters strewn over most pages. The book itself is broken down into chapters, *Stinky Stuff! *My Pet Whiffer! (Whiffer is his dog) *School and Stuff! *Mind your Manners! *Creepy Crawlies! *Everything you need to Nose! *What a Load of Rubbish! *My Family! I can’t resist ...

Top Ten Films Of All Time 07/03/2009

My personal top ten movies...

Top Ten Films Of All Time My Top Ten Movies Having just read Clownfoot’s review about his top ten movies (although he cheated and wrote about 11 tsk tsk) has spurred me to compile a list of my own top ten. Not that this has been an easy task. There are so many movies that have entertained me, touched me in some way, or plain just made me sit up and think. Therefore my list is pretty eclectic, and there are some on there that even I didn’t think would make it to my favourites, but these are the ones which I can watch over and over and find something new each time. My list is by no means final, just as with music, my tastes change depending upon the mood I’m in and it’s the same with movies, what could be my favourite film today, could change tomorrow. But generally speaking the ten I have included here are the ones which usually remain in my thoughts long after I watch them. So in no particular order, here are my own top ten movies. The Shawshank Redemption - 1994 Right from the very first time I watched this movie I was hooked. I have probably seen it at least 10 times now, and every time I see it I notice something new. The first time you see it you will become so immersed in the storyline you miss things, like the music and cinematography. My favourite parts of the film for instance are when you see Andy Dufresne (who is serving a life sentence for murder) sitting on the roof with a smile on his face, just enjoying his fellow inmates pleasure at having a few beers at his can ...

Disney Hannah Montana - Best of both Worlds Wig Set 16/02/2009

The Best of Both Worlds

Disney Hannah Montana - Best of both Worlds Wig Set For the best part of a year now my daughter has been a big fan of teenage sensation Hannah Montana, brought on by the Disney Channel TV teenage sitcom by the same name. If you haven't heard of her? where have you been? Hannah Montana is the stage name of Miley Cyrus non other than the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (who remembers "Achy Breaky Heart?") In the show she plays a teenager who on one hand goes to school like any other girl of her age, this is Miley as Miley Cyrus, the brunette who lives with her brother Jackson and father Billy Ray, her best friends are Lily and Oliver?then she dons a blonde wig and suddenly she's Hannah Montana teen pop queen! Lily becomes Lola with a short pink wig, and Billy Ray becomes her manager with a dodgy pornstar looking moustache! Now we can see why little girls would love this programme. All you have to do to become someone else is throw on a wig and glitzy clothes and BAM!!! So for Halloween last year my daughter decided she wanted to dress up as Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, not content with being one or the other she wanted it all! So off I went in search of an outfit which wouldn't cost the earth, and that could get good use out of, and found myself in Tesco, in the toys aisle, where I spied a large flattish cardboard box in purple shades with photos of Hannah/Miley emblazoned on the front and back, and two wigs, one blonde and straight, the other brunette and wavy. Perfect! Not only had I got the wigs but ...

A Day In The Life Of.... 09/02/2009

A day in the life of.....ME!

A Day In The Life Of.... A day in the life of….Missy0303 I thought I would share with you all what it's like to be me on a normal working day. Monday 3rd February 6am The alarm shrieks into life… Ugh…I am loathe to open my eyes, so I reach out from under my warm duvet, feeling around and hit the snooze button…a whole 9 minutes later it shrieks again. Ok, time to get up, if I hit the button one more time I will continue to do so and therefore will oversleep. I push the duvet off of me slowly…brrr it is freezing, sit up in bed and reach over to the bedside table for my specs. Yep I'm blind as a bat without them! I look out the window to see it has it quite icy outside Brrrr! I put my slippers on and go into the bathroom, where I shiver and quickly splash my face. I then strip off my PJ's and fill the sink with nice warm water, proceed to get washed (I've still to get my new shower installed) and usually have a bath at night. A quick wash in the morning's the best I can manage at moment. I then dash back into my bedroom to apply a little moisturiser, and chuck my work clothes on. (Which I had ironed the previous night) Black trousers, white blouse (in the winter months I wear a vest top underneath and a black cardi or sweater over the top…it's freezing at work) and fasten my name badge to my cardigan. I then go downstairs, quickly checking my emails, whilst having a quick coffee, then make a start on my hair. I usually wash it the night before and therefore have to straighten it with my ...

Your Personal Review of 2008 17/01/2009

2008 all it was..and why I wasn't here as much!

Your Personal Review of 2008 Oh goodness, where to start? First of all, many of you will realise I haven't been around as much as I used to be in 2008 as I was previously. That's because I was working full time and also trying to spend more time with my children in the evenings because of it. So very little time was left for the computer or writing. The year started off well, as I was working full time as a retail associate for one of the big Optician brands in the country. I wasn't earning huge bucks but it paid the bills, let me go on holiday and also gave me a bit of personal freedom from being "just a mother" not that that's in any way a bad thing…but sometimes we just need a little more! I got on well with all of my colleagues, although it was a smaller store than some of the others in our company, in total I worked with only 7 others. But sometimes working in such a small close knit environment meant there would be conflict and tempers flying…my boss did tend to get a little angry at times with a couple of my colleagues and in April my line manager decided to leave and got a transfer due to constant battles with the boss. This of course meant we'd get a new line manager -who turned out to be a previous employee who came in with a purpose to try and boost morale in the staff a bit more. Of course 2 of my colleagues resented this a bit and there was a definite rift in the team. The boss was still the mortal enemy as far as they were concerned…in late April I happened to pop onto the ...

Soap & Glory Hand food Hand cream 09/01/2009

Feed your hands with this wonderful lotion

Soap & Glory Hand food Hand cream ♫♪ Land of Soap and Glory…someone's taking a bath, who's that looking through the window….trying not to laugh ♫♪ I previously reviewed a product which I had bought from Boots - the aptly named "wash your hands of it" liquid hand wash. Now I am about to review the product that I bought with it. To reiterate for those who haven't read my other review (shame on you) I purchased a special offer gift set of the hand wash and this hand cream for a nice price of £8 but for me was even better…as it was FREE. Bought as part of a 3 for 2 on all gifts at Boots just before Christmas. The products however are usually only available separately so that is the reason I am choosing to review them in separate reviews. The hand wash is normally £4.40 for 250ml pump bottle. The hand cream as far as I can see on Boots website is only available separately in a pink tube container in either 50ml or 125ml £1.96 and £4.39 respectively. So my large 250ml pump action bottle was a huge bargain as well so it seems. Hand Food Labelling "The most astonishing hand cream ever? You Decide!" This is the opening statement on the front of my bottle…I did prefer the labelling on my hand wash to be honest. That was something out of a 50s TV advertisement. Even then it is interesting to pick up the bottle and read what it has to say. It claims to be silky soft with a non greasy hydrating formula. It contains Shea butter (very moisturising) Macadamia oil and marshmallow ...

Soap & Glory Wash your hands of it 09/01/2009

Wash your hands of it!

Soap & Glory Wash your hands of it ♫♪ Land of Soap and Glory…someone's taking a bath, who's that looking through the window….trying not to laugh ♫♪ Whilst out doing some last minute Christmas shopping at Boots, with the intention of buying a gift for a friend who I'd almost forgotten about, and an extra little thing for my mum…whom I always get a little something for her bathroom. And being the thrifty person I am, decided upon getting a few things from the 3 for 2 gifts range. Now one of my work colleagues has been using Soap & Glory products for some time and had been going on about them just the day before, so I spotted this hand wash and hand cream gift set for just £8 - having just purchased a No7 make up set for £10 and a lovely toiletry set for my mum for £8.50…this looked like the ideal freebie for me. Now you may think that £4 each is pretty expensive for a hand wash and hand cream, but it really looks very posh sitting on your bathroom shelf. Now Boots sell these items separately and I couldn't see it online at all…so am assuming it was only available as a gift set because of Christmas. You may still find it in some stores as a gift set but as it available separately I am going to review each one on its own. Wash your hands of it The hand wash aptly named "Wash your hands of it" can be purchased in a 250ml (8.4 fl oz) pump action bottle, made of recyclable plastic. The bottle itself is clear so you can see exactly how much is left and also the lovely transparent ...

Mini Sagas 10/11/2008

Targetted for speaking my mind!

Mini Sagas Just thought I'd share with you all some correspondence I received after (in my honest opinion) rating one review writer's reviews as "somewhat helpful" This may appear to be "off topic" for some people....feel free to rate any way you want LOL Him - HI PLEASE DO NOT RATE MY REVIEWS. I RATED YOURS NOT BECAUSE I WANT THE SAME FROM YOU. DON`T RATE MY REVIEWS!!! YOU ARE MAKING DOWN MY REPUTATION. YOU ARE NOT THE PERSON WHO HAS AN OBJECTIVE VIEW OF A BUYER. Me - RE: HI I completely disagree with you, I AM an objective buyer, and the review which I rated was somewhat helpful to me, more information would make it more helpful. But as you have requested I will no longer read any reviews you write. Him - RE: RE: HI Thanks. Stay away from my reviews. I am not a research paper writer. I write reviews. Me - RE: RE: RE: HI Ok. Sorry if you were offended by my rating, it was not meant as an offence. Somewhat helpful is a good rating, and your review didn't really help me decide whether the product would be suitable for me..therefore more information would have been more useful. I started off writing short, quick reviews and slowly progressed through hard work and useful comments from others, all I'm saying is that we're all here to help each other. I've been writing reviews, and reading/rating lots for the past 4 years now. I'm not asking for perfection, only for help when making decisions about purchasing goods. Again I am sorry if my rating caused offence. Thanks and ...

Kshocolat Chilli Almonds 14/10/2008

Burn the roof of your mouth in 1 easy step!

Kshocolat Chilli Almonds I have just discovered a new chocolate product by a company I had never heard of before…KSHOCOLÂT. KShocolât is a Scottish company founded in 2003 by Simon Coyle. He wanted to create a brand that would exude minimalist indulgence. He wanted unique, stylish, high quality chocolates and uses modern recipes including lemon and black pepper in white chocolate, red chilli in milk chocolate to name a couple. He only uses 100% natural ingredients when making his chocolate so we can fool ourselves into believing it is good for us haha. I received my little black bag of chocolates in the post just yesterday morning courtesy of a free sample I had requested from their website. (I discovered the website from a website called magic freebies uk) There are loads of different chocolates available but their little black bags only come in 4 different varieties. Mini Orangettes impulse bag, Mini Strawberrettes bag, Dark Chocolate Almond bag, Chocolate Chilli Almond bag. All costing £1.19 per bag. The one I received (I didn't get a choice) was the Chocolate Chilli Almonds… The bag itself is a plain black bag containing 65g of the chocolates. The bag is high quality and that in itself is a bit of a problem as it was difficult to open, I ended up ripping it too much in my eagerness to try the new confectionary. It is foil lined obviously to keep the chocolates as tasty as possibly inside. Upon opening the packaging I note that there is around 17 chocolates inside, all varying ...

Futura Int. Airways 01/10/2008

The Futura is bright...the Futura is cramped!

Futura Int. Airways This year for my summer holiday I travelled to the gorgeous Island of Fuerteventura. I booked the holiday as a package deal with Thomas Cook and the flight which they offered me was with the company "Futura International Airline" I am not going to give individual prices as more often than not this changes all the time, depending on how many are travelling etc. What I am going to describe is my experience flying with Futura. As I booked with Thomas Cook, and it was an all inclusive package deal I didn't have a choice as to which airline I would be travelling with. I had never heard of Futura before, but then again I had never travelled to Spain. On arrival at Glasgow airport (my chosen departure) We arrived about 2 and a half hours prior to our departure time, (really good flight times departing Glasgow at 4:40pm on a Wednesday, departing Fuerteventura at 9:30am on a Wednesday) The flight takes around 4-4:30 hrs to arrive at its destination. Checking in was very quick and efficient, there wasn't a huge queue at first but more people did join after me, but it all went very smoothly. The staff at check-in were friendly and bid us a safe journey. After checking in, and getting our boarding passes etc, we made our way to have our lunch in the airport. Then we browsed some of the duty free shops…bought some drinks and snacks for the flight as we had declined to pay the meal surcharge. Then we went through the search and my bag got searched…lovely! Only because my ...

Proline ASP28 19/09/2008

Sleek, shiny red - could mistake for a porsche?

Proline ASP28 Proline Vacuum Cleaner ASP28 It was just over a week ago and I was doing my usual cleaning of the upstairs rooms, and dared to venture into my daughter's room, to see what horrors awaited me there. After taking the time to pick up all of the toys…and then put her clean washing away and pick up the dirty washing (Yes I know, no pocket money for that little madam) I finally got my trusty old upright Hoover out to give the place the final going over. 5 seconds later I heard a popping noise and then smelt a burning smell. I quickly unplugged the Hoover, suspecting that I had vacuumed something up that shouldn't go into the machine…not so, the wire was still attached to the correct place, nothing appeared to be stuck…after a good search I decided to give it another go and then realised nothing was happening…my trusty old vacuum had decided enough was enough and had signed out of this life and onto the next big thing in Hoover heaven! So I borrowed my mum's little cylinder vacuum cleaner for a few days until I could get into town to buy a new one. So, last Sunday I trotted off to Comet with the intent of looking to see what offers they had on, and to pick up something cheap and cheerful. I knew I didn't want another upright cleaner as I only really used it for 2 bedrooms upstairs and for vacuuming the stairs…the rest of the house is laminated or tiled. I wanted something that I could leave in the top corner of the hallway without looking obtrusive. Something that ...

Q & A 18/09/2008

57 questions later...and still no wiser

Q & A Not sure of the origin of this questionnaire but I was a little bored and thought I would give it a go. A bit of mindless reading for you and mindless writing for me. Should really go and do something a little more productive but hey what the heck! 1. What is your middle name? (a) I don't have a middle name…neither of my sisters do either. Think mum found it hard enough remembering our first names lol 2. How big is your bed? (a) I have a regular double divan bed with a very comfortable mattress. My bedroom isn't that big and anything bigger than a double would just swamp it. I gave the larger room to my son but am in process of swapping son and daughter around as son doesn't need all the space now he's older. 3. What are you listening to right now? (a) The sound of silence…well my fingers tapping on the keyboard so not exactly silent. Kids are at school and I'm having a lazy day. 4. What are the last 4 digits in your cell phone number? (a) 9303 strange question? 5. What was the last thing you ate? (a) I've just eaten a M&S wheaten roll with strawberry jam spread on it….couldn't be bothered cooking any lunch. 6. Last person you hugged? (a) My daughter as she went off to school this morning, son feels he is too big for cuddles these days  7. How is the weather right now? (a) Wet and miserable…as usual! 8. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? (a) My work colleague, she phoned to check how I was doing as I'm currently off ...
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