I get through a lot of walking boots as I enjoy walking my dogs and hiking on my own every day. I do no more than 10-12 miles a day in rough woodland, over farmland and through an urban landscape but that means any boots I've owned tend to wear down or come apart pretty quickly. I've tried being an expensive pair once and because they lasted as long as cheaper pairs I decided I would never pay a huge amount of money again. My last pair of boots were made by Karrimor and they were so comfortable I thought I would stay with the brand forever. However, I was swayed to purchase these Hi Tec Ottawa boots after seeing them discussed by some footwear experts in an online video. They are apparently a very popular purchase.
The boots aren't very feminine looking but they do look like classic hiking boots. They are a dark brown leather. The front of the boot has stitching around the contour of the toe which means that they are less likely to split in the section where your toes bend. The boots have sturdy metal rings up the front and two hooks at the top to fasten. They have a capped heel and black foam cushioning around the back of the heel and top of the boot. The tongue of the boot is attached at either side of the boot opening for waterproof effectiveness. It's also padded well for comfort.
The boots are quite sturdy at first and provide a lot of ankle support. They were comfortable for me immediately without needing to 'break them in'. The sole of the boot has deep ridges which make it a great boot for hiking on uneven, wet and muddy surfaces and up and down hills. I haven't slipped in these boots yet! They are also well waterproofed and don't let wet grass, puddles or river edges soak your feet.
I am a size 6 and I was slightly concerned when I first got these that they seemed quite a small fitting. They are definitely made on the smaller side and because I wear normal socks with these it isn't a problem. For those who wear thick walking socks I'd recommend trying these boots on before purchasing.
I'm happy with my purchase. I got mine from Amazon.co.uk and they were £34.99 which I felt was a reasonable price. I would recommend to anyone who does a moderate amount of walking or hiking activities. The video I watched regarding these boots also said they were popular with kids and teens doing boot-camp style activities.
I chop and change my deodorants all the time because I buy what's on offer and most of them seem to work about the same.
But there is one deodorant that I would definitely rely on if I needed some more protection and that is the Mitchum roll on. I think it keeps me fresher and drier than most which is great if you are in a stressful situation or being active. They have changed this product a bit since I first bought it so there is an advanced protection one too and one with oxygen technology whatever that means. Well I have used all of them and there is not much difference so I would definitely just go for whatever was the cheapest. If you just see the good old basic powder fresh roll on you should get that as it is tried and trusted and it isn't worth paying more for the others unless you can't buy it. I mainly get this in places like Poundland which makes it a real bargain as it costs 2.30 - 2.89 in places like Boots.
All the Mitchum deodorants smell quite strong so they would definitely work to freshen you up if you needed it. You can buy the same scents across different products they sell so it you can find a scent you like you can get it as a spray or roll on or in the extra strength deodorants. I like the powder fresh scent best. It is a bit strong maybe for some but it is a really fresh scent and I feel clean just as soon as I open the lid. It does smell a bit powdery but not like baby powder because who wants to go around smelling of that?!
The best thing about this is it really works to keep odour out the way and keep you dry as well. I can definitely rely on it without topping it up later on unless I shower. It isn't perfect because it takes longer to dry than some but that is okay for me because the protection is worth the hassle and it doesn't mark or stain my clothes I think it feels quite gentle on my armpits. I wouldn't wack it on after shaving because that would sting, but otherwise it doesn't make my underarms all scratchy as some of them do. I don't get any irritation from using thus at all.
I would recommend this to a friend because it works well to keep me dry and smiling nice. I would actually pay full price for it but you should look in the pound type shops because you might find it there.
Film Only Review:
This is a 1980's film that my elder sister and I used to rent from my local video shop when I was just a kid. I had a real fondness for horror flicks and she would indulge me. This was one of my favourite films when I was about 10. It's a horror film that is a little bit different and unique to others of the same genre and it has somewhat of a cult following now. You can now get this movie on Region 2 DVD in the UK. It has been graded as a certificate 15.
The story of the film sees a group of university students invited to stay with a mutual friend. The friend is called Muffy and she's a rich drama student who is about to inherit a house on a remote off-shore island. She invites a large group of friends to the house to celebrate April Fool's Day and to party.
The friends meet on the ferry over to the island and become acquainted with one another. Many of them are meeting for the first time and it seems strange to them that there are so many different personality types gathered there. As they get to know each other they start to begin romances and to get into the party mood by carrying out jokes and pranks. One of the actors who is prevalent at this stage of the movie is Thomas F. Wilson who played Biff in the classic film trilogy 'Back To The Future'.
As the boat arrives at the island the group have an accident following a prank and when attempting to dock the boat and one of the gang is taken away to hospital, badly injured. The rest of the party go on to meet Muffy but when they arrive at the house strange things start to happen. Muffy has set up the house with comedy booby traps but when people start to get really hurt they wonder if their injured pal has escaped from the hospital and is trying to get his revenge. Is it him? Why is Muffy acting strangely all of a sudden?
An unknown killer targets each of the group until the end of the movie when there is a shocking and slightly surreal twist, followed by another one! I personally love the ending but some people have said it undermines the rest of the movie. I think it's unique and an interesting change, breaking away from the cliched ending of many 1980's gory movies.
This is a decent watch if you love 1980's horror.
Everyone should see the documentary Blackfish in my opinion. This powerful film documents the captive Orca Tilikum at the sea life animal park, Sea World in San Diego, USA. More widely it documents the policies and practices of Sea World itself, which are shown to disregard wellbeing.
There have been three high profile deaths of trainers working at Sea World, involving Tilikum, who the film argues has a tendency to violence following his captivity in 1983 and subsequent mistreatment.
The film includes footage of trainers working with Orcas and footage of some of the attacks. It makes it point very powerfully via insightful interviews with past trainers. Sea World is accused of being highly negligent not only in its treatment of the animals it keeps captive but also towards its staff. Dawn Brancheau, for example, was blamed for her own death in 2010 because she had worn her hair in a ponytail.
For me the most moving scene was an interview of an ex employee of Sea World describing the capture of Orca babies from the wild, chasing them, and taking them from their families. This man breaking down in tears of regret and shame was unforgettable.
Blackfish received an overwhelmingly positive response from critics for its passionate style of documentary making. It was released in 2013 and directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
Blackfish has sparked controversy over the ethics of keeping Orcas in captivity and following the film's release Sea World's Chief executive resigned and Sea World has experienced a drop in profits.
Tiana extra virgin coconut oil is available for around £12.50 in Holland and Barrett for a 500ml jar. You can sometimes get this product in their penny sale, where you buy one and get another for one pence, which is really worthwhile as it's a fairly expensive product.
Coconut oil seems to have grown in popularity in the UK and USA in recent years. Of course it has long been a staple in Asia, even being used as an alternative to fuel to run motor vehicles with.
Despite its high saturated fat content coconut oil supposedly has some amazing health benefits. In fact there seems to be some controversy about the pros and cons of coconut oil for our health.
I do like to cook with coconut oil as it has a lovely subtle nutty flavour and is particularly good in curries, which I make a lot. It also works very well in making raw snacks instead of baking as it is solid at room temperature. Well, the usual room temperature in the United Kingdom, anyhow.
There are lots of ways you can use this coconut oil besides cooking or eating it. I use it directly on my daughter's skin at the first sign of dry skin or eczema and it has fantastic results. I know it has no added strong chemicals either so it is a great choice for babies and children, it also doesn't matter if they happen to swallow some either. I have used it as a massage oil to relax my little girl before bedtime too.
Other uses apparently include a low spf sun protector when used on the skin, to make soap, use as hair conditioner, to treat insect bites and as a lip balm.
I know that there are a fair few people around that love shower gels and are always buying different scented ones. Generally I am not one of these people and tend to stick to an exfoliating one. However, last weekend after going to a party the night before in my hungover daze in Tesco I started sniffing a few shower gels. This Original Source shower gel was on the end of an aisle along with other flavoured ones as it was on special offer. I think that my hangover clouded my normal judgement and because I quite fancied eating a trifle or similar pudding I ended up buying the Vanilla and Raspberry Shower cream.
I remember that last weekend I paid just £1.10 for my 250ml bottle. The normal price in Tesco is £2.20 and even at the standard price I think this is quite reasonable, especially as Original Source is quite a well known UK brand.
This shower gel comes in a clear bottle as all Original Source items tend to. I think this is to show they are a trustworthy transparent and natural company. Because the bottle is transparent you can see the nice soft pink coloured shower gel inside which fed on my want to eat a trifle or strawberry ice cream. The shower gel has a flip top opening at the bottom which I find works well. On opening the flip top it doesn't just pour out. Apply just a gentle amount of pressure and the shower gel pours out nicely.
The top of this bottle states '82 sunrises help make moisturising raspberry and vanilla. The Original Source blurb describes that 'We've waited 82 British sunrises for these raspberries to ripen before we squeezed them with vanilla into this recyclable bottle. This moisturising shower will leave your skin soft and smelling sweet.'
This shower gel smells absolutely amazing! The front of the bottle reads that it is 100% natural fragrance which to me is a bit surprising as it is so delicious and sweet. The smells od the raspberry and vanilla really come through for me and it just reminds me of a delicious raspberry cheesecake.
The ingredients is listed as: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Polyquaternium-7, Parfum, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, C11-15 Pareth-40, C11-15 Pareth-7, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, CI 14700, CI 42090
I have used this shower gel each morning for the last 5 days or so now. I apply I with a shower puff. The shower gel feels nice and soft on my skin. I get no irritation from this product and my skin which has a tendency to go dry feels soft and hydrated after using it.
I am very happy with this product and I am glad that in my hungover haze I was drawn to it. This product smells amazing, it is a good price and makes my skin feel lovely. As a result its 5 stars from me.
The very busy spider is a children's book by Eric Carle, of the very hungry caterpillar fame.
I have bought quite a few Eric Carle books for my daughter as I knew and loved the very hungry caterpillar from my own childhood.
The very busy spider also has beautifully charming illustrations in Eric Carle's trademark style.
The book shows a spider spinning a web. Each page sees a different farm animal invite the spider to go and to something fun with them. For instance the horse asks if she wants to run in the meadow. Each time we find, 'the spider didn't answer. She was very busy spinning her web'. We meet a dog, a pig, a cat, a cow, and a rooster, among others. This gives babies the opportunity to learn the names of different animals as well as the sounds they make, as each animal opens with 'neigh' or 'moo' and so on.
The spider web itself is textured, adding a nice sensory element to this book, and we can see how it grows as the pages turn.
This is a board book, and can be enjoyed from a very young age.
At the end of the story the Web is complete and the spider falls fast asleep after such a busy day. This makes this a perfect bedtime story. Exciting books are great but all parents need ones like this in the collection to help with winding down for bedtime.
I like this book, and my daughter has had it from a very young age and is still entertained by it now.
Pitch Perfect is a fun musical chick flick, seemingly inspired by Glee.
Beca is a freshman in Barton college and would rather be in LA where she hopes to become a DJ. Under pressure from her father she has to join a group and get involved in college life for a year, before he will support her decision to drop out. She joins the Barton Belles, an a capella singing group, who compete at national level. However they are considered a bit of a joke after one of their soloists was sick on stage. There are four a capella groups in the college, but the Treblemakers were the main rivals to the Belles.
Anna Kendrick takes the lead role and she was good but I liked Chloe (Brittany Snow) and Aubrey (Anna Camp) with their uptight spats as characters more. Rebel Wilson as Amy was always playing it for laughs. Skylar Astin and Adam Devine play some of the treblemakers.
The Belles sing a variety of songs and there are often mash-ups and sing-offs with other groups to keep the pace of the film using both modern and classic 80s or 90s songs. They don't sing original songs. No one warbles spontaneously in the canteen or sings to camera or anything like that - it is all within the confines of the choir. It isn't the most original film I've ever seen but I don't think you watch a film like this for originality and plot twists - it's comfort viewing for when you can't concentrate on anything else.
The first film has been out a couple of years now and a sequel has been released. Thus you could get a good deal when purchasing this film, or wait for it to appear on TV soon.
In the last flat we lived in pretty much straight away we bought a new toilet seat. The one provided in the flat was a very thin plastic. It was so flimsy that as soon as it was sat on you felt it pop out of shape - very unnerving each time you needed to use the loo. Furthermore it was an off white and just not very attractive.
Our go-to place for new household items after moving house is always Argos. This is because generally I find that you can always get something on a budget, they have a great returns policy if the product doesn't work out, and, there are not many other shops local to us stocking household items.
This colour match toilet seat is currently on sale in Argos at £9.99 and it is available in the following colours: jet black, lagoon, marina blue, super white, apple green, purple fizz, funky fuchsia, smoke grey, cream.
At the same time as buying this toilet seat we also bought a matching bathroom accessory set in Argos Colour Match Marina Blue and so of course got the same Marina Blue for the toilet seat.
The Marina Blue toilet seat matched the other marina blue items perfectly. This is the aim of the colour match range so that you can mix and match items and for me this is a great idea and very useful. I liked the blue which to me was a warm beachside colour.
The product spec as detailed by Argos is:
•Made from moulded wood.
•Adjustable to fit all toilet seats.
All of the fixtures are included with this toilet seat along with the instructions. Rick recalls the instructions were simple and the actual installation took no real time at all.
I liked the look of this product and it was really nice and sturdy. It is solid wood and so there is no bending or popping as pressure is applied on it. Also, the wood has a good paint finish meaning it is not porous. This means that on occasion that when dying my hair and accidentally getting a bit of hair dye on the toilet seat that as long as you wipe it fairly quickly the dye doesn't sink in and dye the seat.
I don't know that there are any negatives with this product. We had ours for about a year and a half until we moved house and it we never had a problem or a need to look at replacing it. As a result yes I recommend this product and can give no less than 5 starts.
WHAT ARE THEY?
These are briefs that are made by Asda. There are always alot of different slogans available but I do not care what the briefs say on the front or back and buy them only because they are comfortable and good quality.
These briefs are low rise but they cover every part of my body that I would like to be covered. The briefs are available in all different colours and alot of them have small pictures and slogans on. The slogan that is on the briefs I am wearing today says Get The Summer Started but I think it is no point to have a slogan on my briefs where no one can see it.
WHAT I THINK
The slogan briefs that you can buy from Asda are very cheap and cost only about £2 or £2.50 for each pair. They are high quality for that low price and they fit me very good in the size that I always buy my briefs in.
They are made of cotton so they make me feel fresh and clean always. They fit good but when I have worn them and washed them a few times they get lots of bobbles on the fabric, that does not effect how comfortable they are to wear but they look old and then I am ashamed to hang them on the washing line to dry.
I would recommend these briefs to wear on a everyday basis but they are very basic and I would not wear them if I was in the mood to wear briefs that are more feminine. I feel quite childish when I wear these but they are comfortable and they keep me feeling fresh for all the day so for the low price I will carry on buying them.
4 Dooyoo Hearts.
WHAT IS IT?
This is a vest top that is made by George at Asda. They are available every year in all different colours and are available through the winter also.
WHAT I THINK
I have bought many of these vest tops because they are very cheap and I do not like to spend a lot of money on basic items like this. The ones I have got now are white, yellow and red but I have had other colours also and they are all very nice.
They fit good and these vest tops stretch so that you can wear them tight fitting or buy them when they are a bit looser so that the tops do not cling to your body so much.
I like the way the neck is scooped because that keeps me cool in the summer even though we have not have very much summer in England this year. The vest tops can go a bit baggy when they have been washed many times but they are so cheap that I do not care about that and these still last for long.
These vest tops cost about £4 and I think that is value because there are very many colours available so that I can buy several of them and match them with my clothes as good as possible. I do not care about them being baggy because that price is still a lot cheaper than other vest tops so I do not mind if I have to replace these more often than usual.
5 Dooyoo Hearts.
The Cabin in the Woods was written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard and was directed by Drew Goddard and produced by Joss Whedon. I was excited to see it because I'm a bit of a Joss Whedon fan, having enjoyed Buffy, Angel and most of all Dollhouse.
I wasn't disappointed with The Cabin in the Woods, it retains Whedon's clever teen dialogue and was an original take on the horror/ slasher genre - no easy task.
The action takes place in a cabin where a group of college students are holidaying. They are unknowingly being watched and manipulated by a group of lab technicians in a high tech bunker who are evidently controlling an annual ritual to appease some unspecified higher power. This seems to involve creatively sacrificing some teenagers around the world. The stakes are high as we hear that other nations have failed in this year's task.
The teens play a part in their own demise, their actions can trigger different monsters and we see the workers at the facility taking bets on which monster it will be this year.
This is all done with a lot of dark humour which I really enjoyed. The cast are solid, with stand out performances by Fran Kanz who plays the intelligent consipracy-theorist stoner Marty and by Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins who are the duo we follow at the facility. This pair have some very funny scenes.
The Cabin in the Woods was released in 2012 and received a positive reaction from critics.
I bought this because I like to try new beauty products and I thought this sounded like an interesting concept. It's basically body moisturiser in a spray can! There are a few varieties of this and I have the 'Cocoa Radiant' version.
The product comes as a large 190ml sized can. It's a heavy metal cannister so not perfect for travelling but it's fine for keeping at home. It is fitted with a large press down button on the top of the can and this dispenses a spray jet of lotion onto your skin. It is advised that you hold the can four inches away and then spray but however you use this you still have to rub in the moisturiser, although the thin consistency of the lotion means it's more quickly absorbed than other moisturising creams. I do find the jet spray a little too direct and it sprays the cream into a line rather than dispersing it as a mist.
The brand say this cream "leaves skin soft" and claim that it has a "non sticky or greasy" formula. I'd agree with all of these claims. The moisturiser is definitely a lighter lotion and probably best used in the summer but it's still softening and it also feels cooling, refreshing and soothing. It's non sticky or clammy and it absorbs well into the skin without leaving an oily layer on the surface.
The 'cocoa vibrant' version of this product has a really deliciously sweet fragrance that is just like chocolate. It's a feminine scent so this is probably a product best suited to ladies. The fragrance is lasting on the skin which is lovely.
I really like this Spray and Go moisturiser although I do think it could be a tad more nourishing and richer in texture. However, it is a pleasant experience to use and it allows you to cover your body with lotion quickly and effortlessly. I would buy this product again. It's available at stores such as Boots and Superdrug and costs around £2.49 per can.
I visited Venice, in Italy, for three nights a few years ago. As many will know, this small island city can only be explored by boat or foot bridge. It is a labyrinth of alleyways and canals, and half the fun is getting a bit lost. The city is famous for the gondola rides, but they are extremely expensive, so we didn't do this. I preferred to travel by Vaporetto (a water-bus/ferry - much like a normal bus, but actually a boat).
The main part is St Mark's Square which is the place to go to get to the cathedral (Basilica Di San Marco), the tower (Campanile) and the Doge's palace (Palazzo Ducale). This square is too expensive to eat and drink in and is always thronged with tourists. I would advise getting here early in order to see these sights, especially in the summer months. Then walking back out a few streets for lunch/drinks.
There are also plenty of art galleries and small museums in the city. I quite enjoyed walking around the city on foot and seeing what I discovered, I also enjoyed taking the water-bus up the Grand Canal and along other routes and looking at the buildings. You can also visit the other islands such as Murano where they make the famous coloured glass, Burano where they make lace and San Michele, where the cemetery is.
If you are flexible you can stay on the main island for a reasonable price - some hotels offered shared facilities or no air-conditioning in some rooms. We got one with air-con and a shower room though, but such hotels tend to offer better rates overall, so don't ignore low star ratings.
I ordered my self a new laptop for work and home. PC specialists had a very good base system when i selected the laptop i wanted and the additions i could select made it even better as I could get a laptop to the spec i wanted for a very good price. Build time from ordering to delivery was a bit long but when i contacted them they did say they where really busy (which with the laptops and pc's they offer at the prices they offer i can understand why).
I will 100% use them again and would not hesitate to use them when i need pc's or laptops for my company.
Brand: Monty Bojangles / Type: Lolly
Brand: John Frieda / Cremes / Hair Moisturiser / Type: Hair Cream
Brand: Universal / Dosage Form: Capsules
Brand: Starco / Product line: Starco ST-91 / Details: Tube Tyre /
Genre: Puzzle / Video Game for Nintendo Wii / To Be Announced / Release Date: 2010-11-19 / Published by Electronic Arts
Brand: Kleber / Speed index: T / Product line: Kleber Viaxer / Tyre width: 155 (in mm) / Aspect ratio (%): 65 / Rim diameter: 14 (inch) /
Brand: Sava / Speed index: T / Product line: Sava PERFECTA / Tyre width: 155 (in mm) / Aspect ratio (%): 65 / Rim diameter: 13 (inch) /
Genre: Sports / Release Date: 2010-07-30 / Published by Funbox Media
Genre: Music & Dancing / Video Game for Nintendo Wii / To Be Announced / Release Date: 2010-11-12 / Published by NORDIC.
Brand: Monty Bojangles / Type: Blackcurrant
Brand: Nankang / Speed index: S / Product line: Nankang CW-20 / Tyre width: 215 (in mm) / Aspect ratio (%): 114 / Rim diameter: 16 (inch) / Subcategory: Truck Tyres /
Genre: Puzzle / Video Game for Nintendo DS / Release Date: 2010-09-17 / Published by Funbox Media
Brand: Nica / Gender: Women / Type: Satchel
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