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Little Live Pets Turtle Tank 11/02/2016

Little Live Turtle

Little Live Pets Turtle Tank We started to see adverts for this on morning TV in around September and Lauren immediately started to tell me that she wanted this for Christmas and when it came to writing her list for Santa, this was at the top of it. Price & availability The turtle is available to purchase alone at a cost of around £12.99 or with a tank which is priced at around £19.99. It is available from most toy shops and supermarket, I picked this up with a tank from Argos when they had a three for two promotion running in November and at the time it was reduced to £14.99 too so I managed to save a little bit of money. The turtle comes in different colours, Blue, Green, Pink and white, the downside of ordering from Argos is that you don't get to pick your colour which meant we ended up with a blue one although Lauren didn't seem to mind about that. The turtle Each turtle has its own name, this one is called Wave the surfing turtle, and he is bright blue in colour with a darker blue shell which is a star pattern on it. It measures just under 8cm in length and a few cm in height; he has moveable legs and head which move as he swims. The turtle will also walk on a smooth surface too which I really like, just recently Lauren recreated a scene from Jurassic Park by making her turtle invade her Sylvanian Land she had built. The turtle requires 1 x AAA battery which isn't included, we used a Duracell one and it's still going strong now from Boxing Day which I think is quite good going considering the ...

Colgate Max Whitening Toothpaste 10/02/2016

For a dazzling smile

Colgate Max Whitening Toothpaste When it comes to toothpaste, I tend to purchase whatever is on offer at the time but I do try to pick up ones which are aim at whitening teeth (being an ex-smoker and someone who drinks a lot of coffee has taken its toll over time). Price & availability The toothpaste retails at around £2.50 for a 100ml tube, I recently purchased a couple of tubes of this from Superdrug as it was half price. It is widely available in most supermarkets, chemists and also available online. The toothpaste The packaging is very similar to other tubes of Colgate, it comes in a thin cardboard box which is mainly white and silver but still has the big red Colgate stripe. The toothpaste comes in a standard 100ml squeezy tube which is decorated in the same way. As with all Colgate toothpaste products, this tube was packaged inside a standard cardboard box with the red and white Colgate logo, however it differed from other toothpastes by displaying a sparkly silver picture to illustrate the 'max white' results. The box is illustrated with a lot of test which promotes the special crystals and the effect that they will have on your teeth. This comes as a clear gel which has a pale blue hint to it and mixed in the gel are little white specs (measuring a couple of millimeters long & wide) which Colgate call White Micro-Crystals. According to Colgate, these specs are meant to whiten your teeth. As soon as I put this onto my toothbrush, the minty smell is evident, even more so when brushing. I must ...

Soap & Glory Soap and Glory The Daily Smooth 09/02/2016

Not one of my favourites

Soap & Glory Soap and Glory The Daily Smooth After discovering Soap and Glory a couple of years ago, I have become a little obsessed with their products and I like to try news ones out when I can, the last one I tried was this. Price & availability The lotion retails for £10 which is for a 500ml pump actioned bottle, it is available from Soap & Glory direct and also from Boots which is where I tend to buy mine from. The range is frequently on offer, whether that be 3 for 2 or a free gift, I tend to pick up the gift sets in the Christmas sales (which normally start on Christmas Eve) and then stash them away throughout the year. This is where I believe I got this one from. =The lotion The lotion is currently available in a pump action bottle however the one I had was in a cream tube which is topped with a pink flip top lid. The tube is cream in colour with a pink theme pattern and decoration, much like the rest of the Soap & Glory range. Upon opening the cap, the fragrance is quite floral and not as sweet as I would have liked however this does settle down shortly after applying and some fruit notes start to come through. According to Soap & Glory, this product has a similar scent to Clean Girls body wash & Mist you Madly body spritz, I like that it tell you this as should I have really liked the fragrance, I would have been able to layer it up. I took this on holiday with us when we went to Lanzarote earlier in the year, I have always been impressed with the moisturising properties of Soap & Glory so I thought this ...

Asda George Heart Detail Eyelash Jumper 08/02/2016

Eyecatching Eyelash Jumper

Asda George Heart Detail Eyelash Jumper When it comes to clothes for my daughter, I always like George at Asda as I find that they are good quality and a decent price. On the run up to Christmas, I saw this online and thought it looked quite pretty so purchased it for her. The jumper The jumper is a pastel pink colour and described as an eyelash jumper which means it is quite fluffy, it is long sleeved with a scoop neck and actually looks quite basic yet pretty in design. What finishes the jumper is that to the front, there is a large heart silhouette made from chunky silver faceted gems. Normally Lauren doesn't like to wear jumpers on their own as they feel funny against her skin so she always wears a t-shirt underneath but with this, she was fine as it is super soft so it didn't irritate her in any way. Price & availability The jumper is from the George range at Asda and retails for £10, at the time I purchased, it Asda were offering 20% off all Childrens clothes which meant I only paid £8 and is available online and in store. It is available from size 6-7 up to 13-14years, Lauren is quite tall so I went for the 10-11 age which fits her perfectly in the length but is a bit baggy on her (I am sure after a couple of times in the washer it will shrink). Cleaning To be honest, I'm not very good at checking washing instructions on new clothes, I tend to just throw in the machine and wash everything at 40 degrees, from doing this, I find that the jumper washes quite well, it hasn't lost its shape nor has it ...

Febreze Air Effects 03/02/2016

My First Febreze Experience

Febreze Air Effects Just after last Christmas, I had popped to our local Tesco Express to pick some bread up and whilst I was in the queue I noticed that they had some air fresheners reduced, this being one of them so I decided to buy. Price & availability This normally retails for around £2.50 and is widely available from most supermarkets, hardware and discount stores. At the time I picked up, this was reduced to 87p as the one I purchased was the Apple & Spice fragrance which was aimed as being a Christmas product. For this you get a 300ml canister of the air freshener. The product I must admit, I have a bit of a paranoia of smells, especially when the other half has been cooking so as soon as I walk in from work in the evening, I light several candles to try and disguise any nasty smells that may be around so I have never really used this kind of product before however whilst candles are great, it does take them a while to get going. The product comes in a tall red canister which have little pale yellow images of mince pies, applies and cinnamon sticks, and it is topped with a trigger operated spray, I must say, it has quite a festive look to it. When it use, the trigger is easy to use and aim the spray in the direction I want to. In use I would say that the scent is really quite strong and as soon as I spray, it instantly fills the room. Its fragrance definitely reminds me of Christmas too, the main notes are sweet apples which are mixed with a lovely spicy, slightly cinnamon hint to ...

Yankee Candle Celebrate Large Jar Candle 04/01/2016

Lemon Drizzle in my living room

Yankee Candle Celebrate Large Jar Candle After discovering Ciao and reading lots of reviews about Yankee Candles, I decided to give them a go and ever since, I have been a huge fan and Santa always brings me a few new ones at Christmas. This year, I received this large jar from my sister. Price & availability The large candles normally retail at around £20 - £21.99 and is available from Yankee themselves, but also other shops sell these such as Clintons, B&Q, independent garden centres and online from placed such as Amazon and eBay. I do know that my sister purchased this from Boots where it was priced at the full RRP but was included in the 3 for 2 Christmas promotion which Boots offer every year. I do remember before I started to buy Yankee, I always used to think that there were a bit expensive but the large jars have a burn time of 110-150 hours and because the fragrances are so good, I think they work out quite good value for money. The jar The jar is made from really thick glass which I feel gives it quite a luxury look and feel to it, it is topped with a chunky glass lid which is easily removed (too easily sometimes so you should never pick this jar up by the lid). The lid has the Yankee Candle logo embossed on it, it can also be used to extinguish the wick however I have never done this as I tend to throw the lids away as soon as I start to use the candle. To the front of the jar is a glossy sticker which has an image of a slice of birthday cake to the front. The jars stand just under 7 inches in ...

Boots No7 Lash Adapt Mascara 04/01/2016

Clumpy lashes

Boots No7 Lash Adapt Mascara Every year I am always lucky enough to receive a couple of No 7 gift sets, this was included in last years ultimate collection and I am currently using it. Price & availability The mascara retails for just under £13 which I do think is quite expensive for a mascara and a lot more than I would normally like to spend. As it is part of the No 7 range, it is only available at Boots, both online and in store however the range does frequently have promotions such as 3 for 2 running, also, Boots often give out £5 off vouchers when you spend in store. The mascara is available in two different colours, brown and black, I always choose black mascara as my features are quite dark. The mascara The mascara comes in a silvery coloured tube which has the product name and description in black lettering, I think the bottle looks quite classy and quite expensive. The wand is classic is design, I love the fact that when removing from the tube, it seems to pull just the right amount of mascara out with it. The bristles to the wand are really soft and they don't tug on my lashes when applying. What I really like about the mascara is that I can layer it up for a more dramatic effect and it doesn't clump at all. For the day, I normally wear one, quickly applied coat yet if I am going out, I can wear a few and it really does give the effect of false lashes. I have been using this for a couple of weeks now and I can definitely tell the difference in my lashes when I compare to my cheaper ...

Doidy Cup 02/12/2015

Doidy didnt do it for me

Doidy Cup When Lauren was around the age of 5 months, I attended a weaning session at my local Sure Start Centre where they talked us through what to feed and drink, how often to etc. One product which the health visitor recommended was a Doidy cup so as soon as I got home, I purchased one from Amazon. The Cup Unlike most cups, the Doidy cup is slanted so that your little one can see the fluid coming towards them as you or they tip the cup towards their mouth. It comes with two handle which are quite thin and ideal for little hands to hold. Bickiepegs state that the cup can be used from birth (with help) apparently the mouth action needed is the same as used when breastfeeding but it is also recommended using from 6 months when you start the weaning process, the health visitor recommend this cup rather than cups with spouts as it is mean to deter problems associated by using these (tooth decay, speech problems etc) I found that using the cup was a bit of a nightmare, regardless of the fact that Lauren could see the fluid in the cup; she always tended to tip too much and ended up with water all down her top and sometimes even too much in her mouth so she ended up coughing. Being so young, it was hard for her to understand what it was for and tended to just shake the cup. I also dislike the fact that the cup doesn't come with any type of lid so it could only really be used in the house. The cup is both dishwasher and microwave safe, I never used in the microwave but did run through ...

Mattel Barbie Princess & Popstar Tori 26/11/2015

Barbie the Popstar

Mattel Barbie Princess & Popstar Tori Despite already having lots of Barbie dolls, there is always one on Laurens Christmas list every year and a couple of years back, Santa gave her this one. Price & availability Laurens aunty actually gave her this one so I am not sure of the price she paid but I have just looked online and I can see that this currently retails for around £25 (although Amazon currently have it available for just over £15). It doesn't seem to be as widely available as some other Barbie's on the market, currently; I can only see this is available on eBay and on Amazon. The doll This Barbie is Tori who is from the Barbie film the Princess Pop star, we have never seen the film but this didn't bother Lauren at all. At first glance, she looks just like any other Barbie with her slim physic, long blonde soft hair and a really gorgeous face. Her dress is mainly pink in colour with a glittery bodice, satin floor length skirt which has a white patterned overlay. In her hair are a pretty little tiara and a heart shapes necklace. She comes holding a little silver microphone too. The difference with this Barbie is that she transforms into a pop star within a couple of seconds, by twisting the top of her head, her hair rotates around and now has bright pink highlights and her pink tiara is now replaced with a blue one. To the back of her dress is a little drawstring which when pulled, pulls her dress back to reveal a short bright blue miniskirt, plastic cut out boots and a blue and purple coloured ...

Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor SPF 25 25/11/2015

Makes me feel good

Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor SPF 25 I really like Soap & Glory products and every year in the Christmas sales, I like to treat myself to a new product. Price & availability This retails for around £12 and is available from Boots and Harvey Nichols. I always get mine from Boots and they tend to have lots of promotions running such as 3 for 2 or currently they all have 1/3 off. I picked mine up in one of their gift sets which also contained a packet of wipes and some eye cream in the sales and it was reduced to £12.50 which made it quite a bargain. The Boots sale normally starts on Christmas Eve and most gift sets I have ever purchased always contain either a money off a next purchase or an extra points coupon which gives me another reason to treat myself too. The packaging Whilst the gift set that this came in is quite funky, it is bright red and has a black and white image of a ladies face to the front, I really like this design; it's quite young and fresh. The actually product itself though is quite boring though, it comes in a white tube which has pink lettering on, although this does make it look more expensive, I much prefer the older style. The tube is topped with a little screw top lid and on the first time of using, you have to move a little silver foiled cover too. The product I am always looking for the perfect product for my face, I have quite a funny combination of skin on my face, dry some days, oily t-zones the next, my skin without makeup is quite dull looking and I have to brighten ...

Tesco Value Facial Wipes 24/11/2015

Good Price but Poor Performance

Tesco Value Facial Wipes Whilst away in the summer I ran out of facial wipes but didn't realise until we had got to the caravan late at night so the only place open was Tesco's so off I sent the hubby to pick me some up. He doesn't really have a clue about what are good wipes so I gave him the instructions of 'get me something that's on offer or reasonably priced' and this is what he came home with. Price & availability= These certainly are a good price, they are currently around 50p for a pack of 25 wipes which I do think make them one of the cheapest on the market and which is why I think he choose them. They are part of the value range from Tesco and available online and in store. The wipes The wipes come in a small plastic packet which is about half the size of a pack of baby wipes, the packaging is very basic, its white in colour with the Tesco Value colours on there. In my opinion, it's easily identifiable as being Tesco's own brand. To the top of the packet is a re-sealable tab which when pulled back reveals the wipes. Surprisingly, the wipes are quite thick and they have a slightly floral scent to them. Upon removing from the pack, they also felt quite moist which I liked as I have used wipes in the past which felt fry before I even started. Unfortunately, as I started to use them, they seem to dry out really quickly, so much that in order to remove all my makeup and ensure that my face had a good cleanse too, I had to use two wipes. Having said that, upon initial use, they did seems ...

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub 22/11/2015

Lush Lips

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub I have never purchased anything from Lush but after reading lots of reviews on here about how fantastic their products are, I decided to call in this week and give one of their products a try. I had my sister with me who is a massive fan and she recommended this. Price & availability This is available from Lush, both online and in store and is priced at £5.50 for a 25g pot., and I believe this is the only size available. The only other place I have seen Lush products is Amazon and eBay. The scrub The scrub comes on in a little clear pot which is topped with a black screw top lid, it reminds me a bit of the Body Shop lip butters back in the early nineties. The scrub itself in bright pink and very eye-catching, I can easily find it in my very deep makeup bag. One little touch about the product that I really like is that on the underside of the pot, it tell you who made the product and an image on their face with a great big smile, I think this is a really nice touch. Upon removing the lid apart from the colour, the first thing that I noticed was how gorgeous the smell was, it’s extremely sweet which I love and smells just like old fashioned bubblegum. Applying the product is really easy, all I need to do it scoop a little onto my index finger then gently rub in a circular motion just like using a normal body scrub (except this for my lips), I find a little goes a long way and one little scoop will cover all my lips. I was a bit worried about getting the product in my ...

Party Delights 101 Dalmatians Plate 21/11/2015

Paper Party Plates

Party Delights 101 Dalmatians Plate Whenever we have a family party at our house, I always tend to use paper plates to help save on the washing up and I normally let Lauren choose the pattern and on the last New Year’s Eve she chose these. Price & availability There are lots of different versions available, the ones we picked up were from eBay and they were priced at £2 with free delivery. For a pack of 8 which I think is quite reasonable for themed paper plates. I have recently seen this in one of the Pound shops near me so if you are thinking of them, I would recommend having a look in the discount stores first. Also in the range there are bowls, napkins, cups and also table cloths which are all priced between £2 to £4. The plates I can definitely tell these are good quality in comparison to others I have used in the past as they are really quite thick. I used them for a pie and peas party at home, they didn’t fold in the palm of my hands nor did any of the water seep through. The top of the plate has a kind of film on the top leaving which gives them a nice shine and I think this also helps to prevent any grease or liquids leaking through. Each plate measures around 23cm in diameter, they are fairly flat with a raised fluted edge around it. The edge is also quite sturdy and I like it is raised quite high too as it helps to keep all the food on my plate. The plates are definitely very eye catching, the fluted edge is white with big black spots on, the inner part of the plate has an image of Patch (one ...

Garnier UltraLift Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream 04/11/2015

For a smooth finish

Garnier UltraLift Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream I first discovered this brand a couple of years back and soon became a big fan and whenever I am running low on face-creams, this is the first brand I reach for. Price and availability The cream is normally priced at just under £10 for a 50ml tub which is a little more than other brands on the market but I do find that the range does quite frequently have offers running such as a third off or my favourite Boots one is when the offer any two of the product range for £12 which is what is running at the minute and when I tend to stock up. As well as the high street chemists, this is also available from most supermarkets too. The cream The cream comes in a small red pot which is topped with a screw lid, the cream inside is white in colour, it feels quite thick in comparison to the day cream but I often find this is the case with night creams. I would say that the cream has a nice fragrance to it which I can still smell on my face the following day, I would describe it as being slightly fruity and Garnier actually say it has ginger notes with elements of cherries (I must say, I can’t detect the ginger though). Upon application, the cream absorbs into my skin easily and doesn’t sit heavy on my face which I really like, it leaves my face looking slightly shiny, but not greasy. I found that applying required very little effort, the cream spread across my face and neck easily. The results For me, this does seem to be one range of creams that definitely works, I don’t have ...

Learning Resources Mini Dino Counters 01/11/2015


Learning Resources Mini Dino Counters When she was younger, she came into work with me one day and we had some of these lying around the office, she took an instant shine to them to I decided to buy. Price & availability These retail for around £20 for a pack of 108 dinosaurs and are available online; I have never noticed these in the shops. At work I am very lucky to be able to buy the products we sell at a discounted price so I made a good savings on these. The set The set consists of 108 dinosaurs which are brightly coloured; there are 6 different designs such as a T-Rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus etc. I do remember that in the pack there was a help sheet which gave ideas of what to do with the products and also what dinosaurs were included but we lost this pretty early on. The dinosaurs are made from rubber yet they feel quite sturdy, the ‘skin’ of the dinosaur has lots of groves in to give is a nice textured feel so they are quite good as a sensory toy too. It is worth noting that these are aimed at children over the age of 36months as they are quite small, we purchased when Lauren was 2 1/2years old but she was always supervised when playing with them and she had passed that stage where she was putting things in her mouth. Schemas For anyone that doesn't know, the definition of schemas ' Schemas are dynamic, active structures from which children acquire information through experience. Playing allows a child the experience of figuring out how things work and solving problems. The banks of ...
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