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JML Regis Stone Non-stick Frying Pan 28/04/2017

Half price quality stone none-stick pan - dond'ddt be stuck!

JML Regis Stone Non-stick Frying Pan ~+~ JML Regis Stone Non-stick Frying Pan ~+~ ~+~Introduction ~+~ When I went to Currys to buy a new kettle and toaster about 6 months ago, I have to say that I was quite impressed with their range of kitchen and cooking items. They sold a far bigger range than I ever remembered and the price was also very competitive. It was when I was buying my lovely new toaster and kettle that my husband added a JML Regis Stone Non-stick Frying Pan to the trolley; he was enthralled with it, and I have to say at the price of just £14.99, for what looked like an exceptional quality pan, it did seem reasonable. Our old ‘George’ grill had just died, and we had discussed whether we buy a new one or try a good non -stick pan – so my husband had decided to try this one. Frying pans can be expensive and there are so many of them on the market it’s difficult to decide which ones are the best. I have always used Teflon non-stick pans for years but as with all pans they get to the point where they have seen better days. So, we had been thinking of buying new stone frying pan, there are so many benefits of using a stone frying pan. Buying a good one should make cooking more enjoyable, save you money in the long run, and be durable for a very long time. So, six months on, did this one do the trick? ~+~ About the Pan ~+~ The JML Regis Stone Non-stick Pans are available in sizes 20 cm, 24 cm and 28 cm, we chose the largest – 28cm. It comes with a special speckled finish that not looks good ...

Playskool Weebles Musical Treehouse 27/04/2017

Did you know - "Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down"

Playskool Weebles Musical Treehouse –(,,)- Playskool Weebles Musical Treehouse –(,,)- –(,,)- Introduction –(,,)- As I walked passed the Air Ambulance Charity Shop around a month ago, I spotted a blast from the past in the window - The Weebles Treehouse!! My daughter who was born at Christmas 1976 had this when she was about 3 and ADORED it!! All I can remember is her and her two older sisters running around the house singing “Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down” constantly, until I wished THEY’D fall down!! The tree house was in the box (albeit a little the worse for wear) with 4 Weebles (did I tell you that Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down?) – and it was marked up at £7.50. As Carol (the daughter in question) now has a 3-year-old son, I HAD to buy it – but I can imagine who would get the most pleasure out of it – and that WOULDN’T be little Thomas!!!1 So, when we went to visit a fortnight ago I took Carol (sorry I mean Thomas) their ‘new’ toy. –(,,)- Who are the Weebles? –(,,)- “Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down” Weebles are made by Hasbro's Playskool and first came out on July 23, 1971.They were little Roly Poly like egg shaped characters that had a weight on the bottom-centre that meant it popped up as soon as it was knocked down thence the annoying catchphrase, "Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down". The Weebles have changed in appearance slightly over the years, but still have the same roly poly feature, and are still as popular with today’s kids as they were with those ...

Spear & Jackson Heavy Single Edge Slasher 25/04/2017

There's a slasher on the loose!

Spear & Jackson Heavy Single Edge Slasher *´¨`* Spear & Jackson Heavy Single Edge Slasher *´¨`* *´¨`* Introduction *´¨`* Fear not, I have not morphed into a psychopathic maniac, on the run with a machete slashing throats willy nilly; I am merely reviewing one of the more strenuous gardening tools in my collection, and one that was essential when I took over the jungle that is now my garden! With gardening, time is a strange thing. On one hand, I never seem to have enough of it to keep my gardens as I want them, but on the other too much of it can be a bad thing. Meaning that time can develop the most beautiful gardens or it can devastate on what was once a carefully planned garden. Overgrown plants, brambles, bushes and weeds create a space that to reclaimed and to bring back your inner peace! In our case there was 2 acres of garden that needed attention – the orchard didn’t take too much clearing and the areas around the cottage weren’t too bad. We left a pasture area clear – just mowing and keeping down the bushes and brambles around it so we had a good space for family fun like camping, football, bouncy castles etc. The worst part of the garden was the play area; the previous owners had gone to the trouble of building a fantastic assault course type playground with climbing frame, slide, see saw and swing but had then allowed the brambles and other plants to completely take over – in fact it was only after we cleared the garden that we actually found the see saw!!!! The brambles and elderberry trees had ...

Easter Holidays 2017 25/04/2017

A traditional family Easter for me and mine!!

Easter Holidays 2017 Ciao Cafe Current Issue Easter Holidays 2017 Details and Pictures Although Easter has now been and gone, and all that is left are the half eaten Easter eggs, my memories of the holiday are still clear and my opinions on the Easter Holidays are still valid; so I will write an account of my Easter Holiday, 2017 in the past tense and my thoughts on the Easter season - past and present. "Have a very happy Easter and may you find Spring has left the Winter behind" ******** @-@-@-@******** ****** @————–@****** **** @——————-@***** *** @—— Happy——@**** ** @——–Easter ——-@*** ** @—(\(\———--/)/) @*** ** @—(=’:’)——-(‘:’ =)—@*** ** @–(..(“)(“). (“)(“)..)--@*** *** @———————-@**** ***** @———-——-@****** ******** @-@-@-@******** ********(\(\/)/ )********** ** @—(=’:’) Introduction (‘:’=)—@** As, generally a Christian country, traditionally a British Easter is classically a religious holiday, as it rejoices in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, we do have to remember the many other faiths in the country who also have their own traditions to celebrate Easter With its pagan origins –actually, the word 'Easter' comes from two different old pagan spring festivals. The old European pagan festival of 'Ostara' (from the name of the pagan goddess Eostre) that celebrated new life and the Arabian Sun festival of 'Ishtar'. The pagan festival focused on fertility, and utilized the egg and the rabbit as symbols of the celebration (hence chocolate eggs and ...

Cold Weather(DVD) 23/04/2017

Cold Weather left my husband cold and me quite warm!

Cold Weather(DVD) <<..• Cold Weather •..>> <<..•Film Only Review •..>> This is another film I watched on Netflix, so wasn’t aware of any extras on the DVD; on checking though, I did check as to what extras are on the DVD, if any, and according to Flickfeast, this DVD is a “A perfect little package, and the film looks fantastic. Extras include a commentary with Katz and producers Brendan McFadden and Ben Stambler, a stills gallery, original trailer and an alternate ending, which I like just as much as the existing one. Best of all is a three-minute live rendition of a track from the score, performed by composer Keegan DeWitt and his odd little orchestra.” <<..• Genre •..>> • Mystery • Comedy • Drama <<..• Trailer•..>> <<..• Film •..>> 'Cold Weather' is a 2010 low budget American mystery film that was shot and set in Portland, Oregon. Film Details Directed by Aaron Katz Produced by Brendan McFadden, Ben Stambler, Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen Written by Aaron Katz Story by Aaron Katz, Brendan McFadden and Ben Stambler Music by Keegan DeWitt Cinematography Andrew Reed Edited by Aaron Katz Release date February 4, 2011 Classification 15 Running Time 96 minutes <<..• Cast •..>> Cris Lankenau ... Doug Trieste Kelly Dunn ... Gail Raúl Castillo ... Carlos Robyn Rikoon ... Rachel Jeb Pearson ... Jim Warden Brendan McFadden ... Swen Ben Stambler ... Hotel ...

Cluedo The Big Bang Theory 22/04/2017

Bit of a rip off - more of a plop than a big bang

Cluedo The Big Bang Theory •´¯`• Cluedo: The Big Bang Theory •´¯`• •´¯`• Introduction •´¯`• After a trip to Toys R Us with his little niece, and with the anticipation of a few nights with two of his older sisters, my son came home with a ‘new’ game - Cluedo: The Big Bang Theory. Personally, I have never watched ‘The Big Bang Theory’, but I have played Cluedo (the original) many, many times. I do enjoy a game of Cluedo, but I do get tired of these big games companies, jumping on the bandwagon with their games and bringing out the same game over and over with just slight differences to suit a film franchise or TV programme. I did however play the game a couple of times, and consequently, this is a review on Cluedo: The Big Bang Theory. •´¯`• About the Game •´¯`• The game comes in a cardboard box measuring 15 ¾ x 10 ½ x 2 ½ inches, it has cartoon pictures of 7 members of the TV show, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ on the front and the words CLUEDO in large letters and The Big Bang Theory on the front. With a similar theme to the original game, but with no murder, in this game Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper, has been betrayed and one of his friends has meddled with one of his sacred belongings. Upon discovery of this, Sheldon impounds his six "friends" and demands justice. The rooms that could be the scene of the 'crime are: Laundry Room, Bathroom, Living Room, Bedroom, Kitchen, Stairwell and Roof; to win the game you must find out three things: 1. Who did it? 2. What misdeed occurred? 3. Where did it ...

Roger & Gallet Bois d'Orange Fresh Fragrant Water Spray 21/04/2017

Bois d'Orange is thicker than water!

Roger & Gallet Bois d'Orange Fresh Fragrant Water Spray .•*Roger & Gallet Bois d'Orange Fresh Fragrant Water Spray *•. .•*Introduction *•. I did get quite spoilt this Mother’s Day – I received a new bird table, plants, flowers, chocolates and a little bottle of Roger & Gallet Bois d'Orange Fresh Fragrant Water Spray. This was something that I had never come across before, and to be honest – I wasn’t sure what a ‘Fragrant Water Spray’ was! .•*About the Fragrance*•. I had heard of Roger & Gallet before, but a ‘Fragrant Water Spray’ was completely new to me. This warranted some investigation!! The manufacturers describe it as: “Distilled precious essences with a well-being fragrance with woody scent. It allows you to rediscover the magic of an olfactory journey to the heart of an Andalusian garden under the shades of the orange trees. The vibrant, sunny freshness of the leaves and fruit, the sweetness of the flower and the soft, woody fragrance of the orange tree, transports you." It seems that this product is a fragrant water that can be worn in the sun, can be sprayed on your skin or clothes and is suitable for men or women and it was launched in 2009. I read this as being a type of body spray that is especially good for the summer months .•*Appearance*•. This product looks very classy; mine is the 30ml sized bottle and comes in a box around 3 ½” tall and 1 ½ “square. The box is brownish/orange in colour and inside is a clear glass bottle with an etched design on it. The bottle is very classy and I can see how it ...

Beneath The Dark (DVD) 20/04/2017

A slow burner that leaves you thinking.

Beneath The Dark (DVD) <<..• Beneath The Dark •..>> <<..•Film Only Review •..>> I watched this film on Netflix (to be honest we thought we were going to watch ‘Beneath the Darkness’ with Dennis Quaid; I told my husband we'll watch this for a few minutes and if it is bad we will find something else – as I am now reviewing it, you can see that we did watch it all; - al;l;102 minutes of it!. On checking though, I didn’t miss anything by not watching the DVD as there were no extras included on the DVD, apart from a trailer and short interview. <<..• Genre •..>> • Mystery • Thriller <<..• Tagline•..>> Bring out the truth <<..• Trailer•..>> <<..• Film •..>> 'Beneath the Dark' is a 2010 American mystery-thriller straight to video film that was inspired by the novel 'The Shining'. Film Details Directed by Chad Feehan Written by Chad Feehan Release date November 5, 2010 Running time 102 minutes Country United States Language English Classification: 15 <<..• Cast •..>> Josh Stewart as Paul Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Adrienne Chris Browning as Frank Angela Featherstone as Sandy Afemo Omilami as The Man Trevor Morgan as Jason Christopher Gessner as Max Robert Maxhimer as Billy Jeannetta Arnette as Shirley Grainger Hines as Tim Sandy Martin as Colleen Carlease Burke as Beatrice Chris Hayes as Cameraman Melissa Bacelar as Shawnee Wade Feehan as Pledge <<..• The Story •..>> “The jukebox has a mind of her own. The whole motel does.” ...

Breville Curve Kettle 19/04/2017

Curves galore in my kitchen

Breville Curve Kettle ~+~ Breville Curve Kettle ~+~ ~+~ Introduction ~+~ Anyone who read a recent review from me on my new toaster will know that, around 6 months ago, I treated myself to a new toaster and kettle from the Breville Curve range, I managed to get a good bundle price on the items, meaning that I got them half price from Currys. I suggested both products to be added to Ciao -and was pleased – in fact flabbergasted – when both were accepted. Having reviewed the toaster, today’s review is on the White Breville Curve Kettle. ~+~ Quick Spec Check ~+~ Type Electric jug kettle Power 3000 W Capacity- 1.7 litres- 6 - 8 cups Colour White & rose gold Material Plastic Rapid boil function LED indicator Water level indicator Number of cups indicator Concealed element Anti-limescale filter Easy-fill spout Easy-grip lift-off lid Cordless 360° rotational base Power cord length 0.75 m Dimensions 26 x 23 x 17 cm (H x W x D) Weight 1.18 kg Manufacturer's guarantee 1 year ~+~ Appearance~+~ This kettle, like the toaster is really very beautiful looking. Although available in black, cream and red, I chose the white and rose gold. The rose gold is more apparent in the kettle than it is on the toaster, there is the large handle and the on/off switch in rose gold on the kettle, and they both have the warm look of copper. The main body of the jug kettle is a curved design made from gleaming white plastic with a textured design and some chrome details and it looks very classy and expensive – ...

Hasbro Jenga Gold 18/04/2017

"There is no actual gold in this game!!"

Hasbro Jenga Gold *´¨`* Hasbro Jenga Gold *´¨`* *´¨`*Introduction*´¨`* I am currently in a three-day child-free period – Olivia and her Mum are returning on Friday!! I have though for the last two weeks had up to four children staying with me, and for the first week I was more or less house bound after a fall so played a lot of games and watched a lot of kid’s TV!! One of the games I played was my 13-year-old granddaughter’s game, one she had received for her birthday - Hasbro Jenga Gold. *´¨`* About the Game*´¨`* I am sure that most people are aware of the game Jenga, but have you heard of Jenga Gold? Jenga Gold is actually a slightly different version on the classic Jenga game – but I stress the word ‘Slightly’. The game comes in a black and gold box that that measures around 2 ½ x 7½ x 10 ½ inches, and has the words “Actual product does not contain real gold!” on it. Inside the box there are 54 gold coloured plastic blocks (measuring 2.5cm(w) × 7.5cm(L) × 1.4cm(H)) - 20 are ‘real golden’ blocks while 34 are fools golden blocks, there is also the normal rather flimst stacking sleeve. The blocks (or 'ingots') are hollow and very light and the only difference with the ‘real’ and ‘fools’ gold is that the ‘real’ has two stars on the underside. The game states that it is suitable for ages 6 and over and for 1 or more players. Oh yes, remember – it does not contain real gold!!!!! Manufacturer’s Game Description “Stack it, Crash it, Grab it! 54 golden Jenga blocks, but in this game ...

Breville Curve Toaster 17/04/2017

Curves in all the right places

Breville Curve Toaster ~+~ Breville Curve Toaster ~+~ ~+~ Introduction ~+~ Six years ago, I won Morphy Richard’s ‘Home Cook of the Year’ and part of my prize was £1000 worth of Morphy Richard’s products. Part of the equipment I chose were a red Accents kettle and toaster; they lasted me quite well but around 6 months ago – the toaster died and I decided to replace both -as I didn’t think the kettle would be far behind it! I was going to replace them with more red appliances, but when I visited Curry’s and saw the Breville Curve range, I really liked the appearance of them, and although they were available in red I thought that the white looked a lot more attractive and a lot classier; as my kitchen is decorated in red and white I thought that they would fit in well; there was also a good bundle price on the items, meaning that I got them half price. I am starting the reviews on these products with the toaster. ~+~ Quick Spec Check ~+~ Type 4-slice toaster Power 1650 W Material Plastic Mid-cycle cancel Removable crumb tray Adjustable-width slots Variable browning Cool sidewalls Illuminated control buttons Power cord length 1 m Dimensions 21 x 34 x 31 mcm (H x W x D) Weight 2.28 kg Manufacturer's guarantee 1 year Product Features • Defrost function • Warming function • Extra-wide slots • High-lift eject The toaster comes boxed with an instruction leaflet. ~+~ Appearance~+~ This toaster is really very beautiful looking – and yes, a toaster can be beautiful – well it certainly ...

EarCalm Spray 15/04/2017

Keep Calm and spray EarCalm

EarCalm Spray ~+~ EarCalm Spray ~+~ ~+~ Introduction ~+~ I began to think that people were talking about me, my ears where so itchy!!! I do tend to have quite waxy ears (sorry! It was my mangy feet yesterday – my waxy ears today) and I also have psoriasis, and when the psoriasis gets in the ear I do suffer. I was always told as a child that “the only thing you should put in your ear is your elbow”, so I resisted the temptation to shove a cotton bud in my ear and scratch. Instead, as I was picking up my regular prescription, I asked the advice of the pharmacist. She suggested that I try EarCalm Spray; she told me that it is a mild vinegar solution that aural doctors/nurses recommend for people who suffer a lot with itchy ears/excess wax/regular ear infections as a first line treatment. ~+~ About the Product ~+~ The little brown bottle comes in a blue box, it contains just 5ml of the formula and the top of the bottle has a sealed metal top with a white pump and spray, the nozzle is shaped to be perfect for putting in the ear. The product is a mild vinegar solution (acetic acid) that has an antifungal and antibacterial effect. The idea behind it is that it creates an acidic environment in the ear canal making it difficult for microbes to survive, and this clears up any superficial infections, and for milder ear infections reduces the need to take anti biotics; and it is fine to use EarCalm spray during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In the box is a detailed leaflet with all the safety ...

Rituals Mild Eye Make-Up Remover 15/04/2017

Make rituals part of your make up removal ritual

Rituals Mild Eye Make-Up Remover ~*’Rituals Mild Eye Make-Up Remover’*·~ ~*’Introduction’*·~ When I was younger I used any old make up remover and it had no adverse effects on me; however, as I have got older I have found that I have really sensitive skin around my eyes, and I do tend to get really dry and itchy from some removers. I tried some removers made for sensitive eyes, but they didn’t seem to remove the eye makeup as well as I would have liked – so I rubbed harder resulting in me irritating the skin more!! About nine months ago, my daughter received a sample bottle of ‘Rituals Mild Eye Make-Up Remover’ in one of her beauty boxes, and passed it on for me to try. I loved it, and eventually managed to find it in Debenhams– I had to pay around £10.50 for the bottle, but it does go a long way and It does the job perfectly. ~*’About Rituals Mild Eye Make-Up Remover’*·~ The bottle of remover I bought from Debenhams was identical to my sample bottle – just bigger! This 125ml bottle is around 6” tall and 1 ½” wide and is made from hard pale pink plastic with a silver screw cap, there is a delicate (and very pretty) white leaf design on it. The bottle has a small hole at the top, just tip the bottle upside down and shake for the product to come out, it does not come out too quickly so that you do not pour out too much remover at one time. The liquid inside is in two parts, a liquid and an oil - you need to look closely to see the two layers as the colours are very similar, and it needs shaking well ...

Bad Cop (DVD) 14/04/2017

Wear a bullet proof vest, there are lots of gun shots in Bad Cops

Bad Cop (DVD) :-•- Bad Cop-•-: :-• DVD Review -•-: :-• Genre -•-: • Action • Crime • Thriller :-• Tagline-•-: A city under siege. A man with nothing to lose. :-• Film-•-: 'Bad Cops' is a 2010 action-thriller film that was known as 'Sinners and Saints' in the United States. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on 23 April 2012. Incidentally, the theme song for this film -"Let You Go" - was written and performed by the main star in the film - Johnny Strong. Film Details Directed by William Kaufman Produced by Mark Clark, Ron Balicki and Colby Mitchell Written by William Kaufman and Jay Moses Music by Johnny Strong Cinematography Mark Rutledge Edited by Russell White Release date June 30, 2010 Running time 104 minutes Country United States Language English :-• The Trailer •-: :-• The Story •-: Sgt Sean Reilly (played by Johnny Strong) is head of the violent offender’s warrant squad in New Orleans; he is just getting over the death of his young son and his marriage break up when, during a routine job, Sean's team is waylaid and his partner is viciously killed; this could just be the final straw that sends Sean over the edge. His mentor Captain Trahan (played by Tom Berenger) thinks that Reilly needs a change and reassigns him to an unsolved gangland homicide case that is dogging the city’s underworld. Leading the investigation is Det. Will Ganz (played by Kevin Phillips); Ganz is a nifty, family man who loves ...

Footner Exfoliating Socks 13/04/2017

Want a pedicure in a sock? You won't be sorry!!

Footner Exfoliating Socks << Footner Exfoliating Socks >> <<< Introduction >>> WARNING!! This review may contain some yucky feet details and photographs!! You have been warned!! I hate feet!! I hate people touching my feet!! Sadly, I am diabetic, and being diabetic I have to take extra care of my feet and have now been passed on to go to the podiatry clinic (I will need Valium to let people mess with my feet!!) Despite me taking care of my feet, cutting my toe nails frequently and rubbing foot cream into them, I had the most horrendous looking dried, cracked heels. Wearing wellies around the farm and garden so much, and having spent my life on my feet teaching catering, and of course the 66 years I have spent on this planet, have all took their toll on my not so little tootsies! My husband suggested a pumice stone, my daughter offered to pay for me to go for a pedicure – but THAT involved people messing with my feet!! Then around a year ago I was reading some of the many Groupon offers that come through to my phone and I saw an offer of 50% off a product advertised as being “Designed to activate the skin’s peeling effect and helps to reduce hard skin and cracked heels” and offered ” Baby soft feet after one application “, This product was a pack of Footner Exfoliating Socks for £9.98 - giving a saving of £10.01. Me, being the cynical person I am, thought this seemed excessive and was sure that this product wasn’t really £20 – so I checked online and low and behold they DID sell at £20 with the ...
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