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Hi everyone, I'm running a bit behind on here at the minute due to my holiday but will catch up soon. Thanks, Sarah

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since 31/03/2012


Britax Adventure Car Seat 29/08/2014

Our Car Seat

Sunshine Kids Stow n Go Back Seat Organiser 29/08/2014

Keeps my car tidy

Sunshine Kids Stow n Go Back Seat Organiser When my daughter was out of nappies and there was no longer a need to take a change bag out with me, no matter how well I planned long car journeys, I always seemed to forget something. This, along with the fact that the car always seemed to be a mess I decided to see if I could get a car tidy. I spotted a different brand in Boots whilst out shopping and the price was around £15, I thought this was a little steep so when I got home, I did a little research on line and I came across this one at Amazon. Price & Availability The recommended retail price of the car tidy is around £10; I managed to get for half this but with a delivery charge of a couple of pound. I have also spotted this at other online retailers such as Kiddicare and Babies R Us for around £8 (but again delivery charges may apply). The Car Tidy The car tidy itself is really quite big, it measures around 57cm x 41cm so it literally covers the whole of back of the seat. You attach it to the back of the passenger or the driver’s seat by two big loops of Velcro, one which goes just below the headrest and the other to the base of the seat. The Velcro is quite thick and to separate needs a little bit of force which is good as it gives me confidence knowing that if Lauren pulled on it too hard, it won't come loose. What I like most about the car tidy is that it has four different sized pockets all of which are fastened at the top with a press stud. The pockets are really quite deep and I can easily fit packets ...

Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Top Coat 28/08/2014

Keep with Chips at bay

Boots No7 Stay Perfect Nail Top Coat I have always worn nail varnish on my toes and recently I have started to wear it on my finger nails too, the problem is, I find that no matter what brand I choose, it seems to chip pretty quickly so to try to preserve the paint, I invested in a top coat. Price & availability As part of the No 7 range, it is exclusive to Boots, in store and online but also available on places like EBay, the RRP is £6 for a 10ml bottle. Quite often there is an offer running on the No 7 range, my favourite one is where Boots give out £5 off vouchers (when you spend over £5) which means I can pick up for just £1.50. The nail varnish The bottle just likes the rest of the Stay Perfect nail polishes; it measures a few inches tall and holds approximately 10ml of varnish. It comes in a glass bottle which is see-through with a black lid which has the brand name in gold lettering and to the front of the bottle, the product name id detailed. Unlike my No 7 Nail varnish, this doesn't smell too strong when you first unscrew the lid. Application is really easy; the brush is quite wide, wide enough to be able to cover my finger names in just one sweep. There is nothing complicated about applying, I just add on top of my nails after I have painted; it has the same sort of consistency as normal nail varnish. After applying, it gives my nails a real nice shine, helps the colour to stay vibrant but also stops them from chipping for a good couple of days longer than normal. I have also used the top coat ...

Schleich Giant Tortoise Young 27/08/2014


Schleich Giant Tortoise Young I have just had two weeks off from work and as we haven’t really been away, we went on lots of day trips, one of the places we visited was Twycross Zoo (which I would really recommend). My daughter loves animals and has lots of Schleich products already so as a treat, we decided to pick a few more up, this being the first one she picked. Price & availability I actually picked mine up from a department store (not at the Zoo) a few days after our visit and paid £3.49. What I like about the range is that the price is consistent from shop to shop so you pretty much know that the item isn’t going to be cheaper elsewhere (obviously unless there is a promotion on). The range is widely available in places such as Mothercare, ELC, Toys R Us, The Entertainer and a lot of department stores sell these too. I pick a lot of mine up from Amazon. The Tortoise Whilst at the zoo, there was a race between the tortoises (as you can imagine, this took quite a while) and Lauren was fascinated by them and we spent a good half and hour watching the race, touching the shell and asking the zoo keeper questions. We opted for the baby tortoise and this measures 5cm x 3.5cm x 2.5cm so is one of the smaller animals that we have but it is a nice size for Lauren to play with and is realistic when compared to the ‘mummy’ giant tortoise we have. All the Schleich animals are hand painted and the attention to detail is always excellent, they have really captured the different shades along with shell ...

Make Up Academy Mua Intense Colour Eyeliner Pencil 26/08/2014

My favourite liner

Make Up Academy Mua Intense Colour Eyeliner Pencil Every day I wear eyeliner and I just vary the amount I apply depending upon the occasion, but because I wear it daily, I always seem to be sharpening my pencil so when I spotted this is Superdrug, I thought it was a fantastic idea and decided to buy. Price & range There are 8 different colours available, I choose the black but it is also available in blue, orange, green, purple, white, brown, light blue which I think is a fantastic colour choice. The product is available from Superdrug, both on line and in store and retails at £1, you can also buy from for the same price. The eyeliner The look of the pencil itself is no different from any other eye liner I have tried, the different with this one it that the lid of the pencil contains a pencil sharpener. The only thing this brush doesn't have a little sponge on the end, but to be honest, I have never used this aspect of the previous brushes I have owned! Applying the liner is really easy, I found the colour transfers onto my eyes really easily, without having to press on too hard and leaves a solid black line to I don't have to go over the same area a few times. Once I have applied, the liner lasts me most of the day. Removing at the end of the day is really easy, I would say this is definitely not waterproof as a quick sweep over my eyes with my make up remover and it comes away. When it comes to sharpening the pencil, the sharpener provided works well, and the pencil sharpens nicely, but more importantly, ...

Make Up Academy MUA Mosaic Bronzer 26/08/2014

Healthy Sunkissed Glow

Sylvanian Families Saloon Car with Figure 25/08/2014

Beep Beep

Bosch SMS40T32GB 24/08/2014

Washing up time

Bosch SMS40T32GB When I lived at home with my parents, we didn’t have a dishwasher however my partners parents did so when we first moved in together, this was one thing that he was adamant we needed. After around two years and him promising to load and unload it and telling me it would save so much time, I finally have in and agreed. Price & availability At the time, we purchased it from comet and paid just over £200, having a quick look online and can see it is available from most electrical stores and retails for around £249.99, although this can vary around £20 either way so I would recommend shopping around. Our model was white as this fitted in with the other appliances in out kitchen, this is available in black and silver but the price is slightly higher. The technical information This is a freestanding dishwasher and is of standard size, measuring approximately 85cm (h) x 60cm (w) x 60cm (d). Water consumption: 12 litres per cycle Energy rating: A+ Energy consumption: 290kw Noise Rating: 50dB To be honest, with the exception of the energy rating, I have no idea what the rest of the above means, what I will say is that the dishwasher was fairly quiet when in use, and I didn’t notice any significant increase in my water or electricity bill when I started using this. The dishwasher As I mentioned earlier, I choose the dishwasher in white and it looks quite basic yet modern. On the left hand side of the top panel is a light which illuminates when the dishwasher is on, the other ...

Avon Glimmerstick Eye Liner 24/08/2014

No Sharpener needed

Avon Glimmerstick Eye Liner One of the first makeup products I started to wear was eyeliner so over the years, I have tried many different brands. We always have an Avon book 'floating' around the office so when I spotted this, I thought I would give it a try. Price & range The glimmerstick is available in 5 different shades: Blackest Black, Majestic Plum, Starry Night Blue, Cosmic Brown and Saturn Grey, although I am nearly mid 30's, I still haven't been brave enough to wear different colours therefore I choose the black. The RRP is £6 but as with most Avon products, this is quite often on offer, I think I paid £2 for mine so it was a bit of a bargain. The Liner The pencil looks a bit like a thin felt tip pen which comes complete with a lid which can just be pulled off. The glimmerstick has a twist action, so when the pencil runs down, I just twist the end and it is like I have sharpened it! I like this feature as it means I don't have to carry a sharpener around in my makeup bag. The pigmentation is quite good and the pencil does draw quite a bold black line without having to apply much pressure and it doesn't pull against my skin when I am applying. Avon state once applied, the liner last up to 12 hours, I do find that this is a little exaggerated, especially during the warmer weather however I don't think this problem is unique to Avon, I find that by the end of the day, my eyeliner isn't as bold as it used to be. Removing the eyeliner is really easy; I find it transfers to my cotton wool with ...

Boots No.7 Cleanse & Care Eye Make-up Remover 24/08/2014

Panda Eyes?

Boots No.7 Cleanse & Care Eye Make-up Remover I must admit that when it comes to removing my eye makeup, especially my mascara, I am a bit forgetful and it’s not something I do on a regular basis however when I do, this is one product that I use. Price and availability The product is part of the No 7 range so is exclusive to Boots; it is available online and in store but you can also pick up from places such as EBay and Amazon. A 100ml bottle costs around £8 but quite often Boots run their 3 for 2 promotions so it’s best to pick up then if you need some other things. I actually received this as part of a gift set a couple of years ago. The product This comes in a small in height yet chunky see through plastic bottle which is topped with a pump action lid. To the front of the bottle is the product description in black and gold lettering. The liquid is quite runny, but not as much as a facial toner. It is bright blue and has a really light fragrance to it. I couldn’t pick out any notes within the fragrance, but it is quite pleasant. I find that the pump action lid is really easy to use, even one handed and a generous amount is also dispensed when the pump is depressed. To use, I give the bottle a good shake and then I simply apply a few squirts onto a cotton wool pad and gently sweep over my eyes. I was immediately impressed with how quickly this got to work, even on my waterproof mascara, from the first sweep of my eyes, the cotton wool pad quickly started to turn black. I must say, this did do exactly what it ...

Boots No7 Smooth Base Coat 18/08/2014

Perfect Base Coat

Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara Superjet Black 05/08/2014

Thick and fast

Make Up Academy Pressed Powder 04/08/2014

Not for me but still a bargain

The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm 03/08/2014

Body Shop Lips

Lec CXR5011W 31/07/2014

Little Lec

Lec CXR5011W When we purchased our static van a several years back, this was included in the fixtures and fittings. I have just had a quick look online and this seems to retail for around £130 and is available from electrical stores such as Currys and also online. The fridge The fridge is quite compact, it measures 50cm (w) x 84cm (h) x 54cm (d) giving it a capacity of around 86litres, so it is perfect for a caravan or a smaller family as it doesn’t take up much room. Inside the fridge are two glass shelves which can be adjusted to different heights and are completely removable making it easy to clean. The exterior of the fridge is white, I don’t think this model is available in any different colours, it has a door which can be hung either way which is ideal, especially for caravans where space is a premium. On the inside of the door are three small trays, the bottom one being big enough to hold a couple of 4pint bottles of milk (fitted sideways) and the others ideal for holding small jars or eggs (you don’t get a separate egg tray included with this fridge). To the base of the fridge is a decent sized salad box which is topped with a heavy duty plastic lid which can be completely removed (and also acts as another shelf as I will quite often stack things on top of there too). As with most fridges, this does have an interior light which comes on as you open the door and does quite a good job at lighting up the interior which is good. It does have a small freezer compartment which ...
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