Whenever Lauren moves up a level at swimming, we have fell into the trap of giving her a reward and this is what she picked when she moved up last week.
I picked these up a couple of years back in the Boots Christmas sale where they were £4, normally these retail for around £6-£8. The otter family is not as widely available as it used to be but you can still pick them up from larger toy stores and online from placed such as Amazon and eBay.
We already had the otter family to which these are an extension to, the family for four is normally priced at around £15 and there is also a single baby available priced at £4. Sylvanians have been around for quite a while now, with new sets coming out all the time.
What Lauren likes about the Sylvanian range is that they all have their own name and a role to play in the land of Sylvania. These are Eddy and Becky Van-Dyke, the Van-Dykes are a family who live on the canal boat and run the waterways in Sylvania. I like that they all have their own names as Lauren tries to memorise them (we have that many different families that she does forget them) and I find it help her with her spellings as she does like to write their names out.
Each of babies is covered in brown two toned fur, with pointing little black noses, white whiskers and black eyes. They look really cute and it is easy to identify what animals they are meant to be and who they are related to. Eddy is positioned as if he is crawling and comes dressed in a little blue nappy and Becky is sitting up and she has a little pink pinafore on. It is worth noting that unlike the larger Sylvanians, only the head moves on these animals and not the limbs which can limit play somewhat however it has never phased Lauren and she loved them just the same and still manages to come up with some fantastic stories and scenarios when playing with them.
Both the outfits can be removed which Lauren loved to do and can be changed with the other Sylvanians, when she was younger, she used to struggle to do this as the clothes are quite small, especially on the babies.
I would definitely recommend these and they get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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As a family we have now had four laptops from PCS. I think that speaks for itself. My only criticism is that they were unprepared for a large number of orders in September 2015 and this resulted in delays.
The individual pretzels are quite small, and I would describe them as bitesize. Each pretzel is a pale golden colour, with small green flecks on some of them, to denote the chives. They also look as though they are covered in a pale coloured powder, I thought it was salt at first, but after seeing one of the ingredients was sour cream powder, I am assuming that's what the pretzels are coated with. The occasional pretzel looks slightly more golden, which seems to indicate that these are baked rather than fried.
These do taste quite similar to the sour cream and chive Pringles. I do find that these are slightly strong in flavour, but at the same time, there is something moreish about these. After the first few, the chive is the overwhelming flavour, and while I'm not normally a fan of onion tastes, these aren't so strong that the taste is overwhelming. There is, however, a slight garlic aftertaste, but since I don't mind garlic, this isn't a problem for me.
The pretzels are quite crunchy, but wouldn't be quite as crunchy as eating crisps. I would estimate there are around 40 pretzels in each bag, so while this is a slim fast product, the result is a satisfying snack, and I find that one bag is enough to satisfy any hunger pangs, particularly if I eat the bag slowly.
Price and Availability
I bought mine from Superdrug, and they cost me 59p. I have also seen these in Poundland where you can get two packets for £1 and also in Savers at a cost of around 39p so if you want to try these, it pays to shop around.
I've just come to the end of my Bobbi Brown mascara, except I'm struggling to part with it, it's been consistently good from start to finish. I got it in a beauty box and was not sure what to expect as this is a brand I am not familiar with but it's been a dream to use. I have been using it for too long now, you are supposed to ditch mascara after three months although I've read that only one in five women is prepared to do this. I must admit I go longer when it's a mascara I like, like this one. You should chuck them though as bacteria can transfer from your eye to the tube and back again and over to the other eye... which is not a nice thought. I usually have four mascaras on the go anyway which is pretty dumb when they all need throwing away.
Anyway back to the Bobbi Brown...
What I like about this mascara is how every day it is. It's not over dramatic and does not clog up your eyelashes. One coat is just the perfect amount. It is also not at all smudgy so I don't end up with flakes above the eye or smudges below. It dries pretty quick after application which is a bonus.
This mascara costs £20 for a regular sized tube at John Lewis. I can't get through a full sized mascara in three months and I use it every day.
This is well worth twenty pounds. It is a great formula and looks lovely. You can layer it up if you do prefer a bit more drama!
I must be feeling Christmassy because I just bought a box of Toffifee which I normally only get at xmas. They did cost me just a quid in Poundland.
Toffifee are caramel cups with a hazelnut and a chocolate filling in the middle, and chocolate on top. They look like little domes and are the perfect cute little size to be bite size snack but be earned they are really chewy so you can't eat them too fast.
I like this because it is different from other chocolates because of the caramel cup it all sits in. Not sticky or way too sweet or sickly, it has a perfect caramel taste. The middle bit is the chewiest part and tastes gorgeous and nutty. I love that there is a whole nut in the nougat centre as it is nicer to get a big crunchier texture instead of lots of little bits of hazelnut. You can definitely get a proper nutty taste this way.
The chocolate is good quality too. It is dropped on the top so it is nice and smooth. Maybe you would like it to cover the whole sweet but I like it like this because with the caramel and nougat there are lots of different flavours going on already.
I think these are a perfect if you want something different to offer guests which is why I always get some at Christmas. Everyone who hasn't had them before is surprised at how yummy they are so don't forget to keep a secret stash for yourself. If you like chewy sweets and nuts you should definitely give these a try.
The Original Swiss army knife is a handy tool with many abilities; from sawing wood to picking teeth I found the Swiss army knife becomes more of a companion with every use.
I have many models of the Victorinox Swiss army Knives and find that the original is much better than the "more uses" model because although the later version has more uses they are often unnecessary and they are somewhat too tightly packed, it can take a while to find the tool you need. So definitely if you are unsure buy this model (the original).
As I said the original Victorinox Swiss army knife is packed with all the essentials, I have found it useful on camping holidays, at home and on walks. As for the direct uses of this tool it can cut (knives and scissors), saw, pick (tooth-pick), hook, file, bottle open, screw and many others. From a personal perspective I have used it for day to day things like cut paper, remove splinters and open bottles.
What's more this Army knife wears minimally and you shouldn't have to replace it for many years if ever. Depending on what kind of a person you are you will use it different amounts but no matter who you are I think the "Victorinox Army Knife 'the Original'" is one of those things you just need on you.
As you can see there are many positives, but to make this an honest review I must also list the negatives but luckily there are not many. The first is that it is potentially dangerous. After a certain angle some tools will automatically move back to their resting position for ease of use but this can sometimes severely damage your fingers and for this reason after you buy it, use it sensibly. Secondly although I have never lost it I can see it as a possibility due to its small size, so after purchase also be wary of that. The final negative, which isn't so important is that all though you will get a lot of use out of it you may not use it as much as you'd hoped. People who buy this product often believe they will be using it all the time when in reality you will need it on average once or twice a day, in my experience.
Amazon.co.uk is my standard starting point when I'm looking for books. I like the flexibility of being able to buy new or second hand and being able to maintain a wish list. When I can't find what I want at Amazon, my next port of call tends to be the Book Depository website. The differences between the two retailers are probably smaller than before because Amazon now owns Book Depository.
Book Depository only does books so unlike Amazon your search for a title won't give you all sorts of non-book stuff the way Amazon often do.
Book Depository's USP is worldwide free postage to over 100 countries. This is undoubtedly brilliant for anyone outside the UK, especially since many countries still have legal restrictions on book prices. We did away with those many years ago in the UK so our book prices tend to be lower than in most other countries. So if you are in Holland or Germany - or even Australia or New Zealand - you can get some major savings. If you're in the UK though, I can't help thinking you're probably subsidising the cost of posting books to the other 100+ countries.
I mostly buy from Book Depository during their occasional 24 hour special deals sales. During those sales, they put up a limited number of copies of a book every half hour through the day. The discounts are substantial and the copies of many of the books sell out in just a few seconds. Annoyingly you never know what's coming next so you can find your day gets broken into half hourly checks throughout the day and night. I've fallen for that too often and now I try to avoid getting hooked.
We had a problem with the kettle in our kitchen. It kept tripping out all the electrics on the circuit and was becoming a real pain. So we decided it was time to buy a new kettle. My husband had recently bought a beautiful cream coloured Dualit toaster so we decided to look for a kettle in a similar colour and found a very nice Bosch model. For once I didn't just follow my instincts and get it from Amazon - I comparison shopped and found the go-electrical website. The kettle was a good £10 cheaper even after paying for the postage on top.
So far, so good or so I thought.
Time passed. I had almost forgotten I was still waiting. After 10 days I got a mail to say that they were awaiting the delivery of a large order. So it was clear that when I placed my order they didn't have any of these kettles in stock. If I'd known that I would have gone back to Amazon and had it delivered next day. Another week later the kettle finally arrived - 2 and a half weeks after I had ordered and paid for it.
Foolishly they sent me one of the trust-pilot (might have been another but I think it was tp) review links. I wrote what I thought - that they should be more honest with their stock situation and that two and a half weeks was unreasonable. They were not entirely honest in their reply to my comment. I had already told them that I wasn't impressed before I gave the TP feedback so it's not like I hadn't given them a chance to put things right.
Every complaint to a supplier should be an opportunity for them to improve. In this case they didn't take that opportunity. I will not go back to them again. Honesty about stock situations is very important - equally important as good prices.
I love pineapple juice because I think it is an easy way for me to gulp down one of those magical one of your 5 a day fruit and veggies. I like the Sainsbury's fresh pressed juice because it doesn't have extra sugar in. Pineapples are nice and sweet if you get a good fresh ripe one so you don't need extra sugar in there. It is made just from yummy fresh pineapples and not from concentrate. I paid 1.25 for a litre so I saved myself some pennies on the Tropicana juice.
This juice comes out of the fridge. The carton has been changed so there is little windows in the side so you can see the juice which is maybe handy if you want to know how much is inside but you could just pick it up and feel the weight. Whatever.
This is a nice juice with a fruity taste. It is sweet and tasty. I can drink glass after glass but I don't want my teeth to suffer from all those natural sugars. But it is a good easy way to get a fruit portion in. The drink is smooth which means there isn't the small bits in that the Sainsbury's long life pineapple juice has in. I don't mind the bits as they are natural and really small but if you like really smooth drinks, the fresh juice is better.
I know this juice is fresh and I should like it more than the UHT juice that doesn't come out of the fridge, but it doesn't taste better to me. So most of the time I am going to stick with the juice from concentrate that only costs about 85p for a litre. And I can stash that one in my cupboards until I open it so its easier to stock up.
I would recommend the pressed juice as is nice and fresh tasting but buy the cheaper long life ones if you want to save money.
This Ecover Flo hand wash is one of the ones we use at work and we use the larger bottles but I have bought the smaller bottles for home. I last paid £2.45 for a 500ml bottle which is an average price for a bottle this size and I also knew it was a nice product after using it at work. It is a white plastic bottle which has a pump dispenser which is easy to use. I would say that a bottle this size usually lasts for at least three months in our house so this isn't too bad. I keep this one in the downstairs toilet which is the one which probably used the most in our house.
It has a lovely subtle floral scent which you can smell when you are using it but the smell doesn't last too long on your skin afterwards which I like. It has neutral PH so it is nice and gentle on your skin and is suitable for frequent use. It does not contain any synthetic solvents, chlorine compounds, inorganic acids or petroleum-based detergent.
I do like floral scents although I know they may not appeal to everyone, but as this one is only very subtle it would be suitable for both sexes and my husband uses it and likes it. When you pump it out you get the nice light smell and it lathers up really quickly and feels lovely and soft on my hands. I have only ever had to use one pump even when I have been out gardening so it is good value compared to a cheaper bottle where you have to use several pumps each time.
I find that after washing my hands with this hand wash and drying them they feel very soft and moisturised and this feeling lasts for some time. I have used other cheaper hand washes in the past and they have made my hands feel quite dry afterwards and I have had to apply hand cream each time I used it, however I don't have to really use a hand cream with this.
I have been using this Ecover hand wash now for some time both at home and work and I would recommend it as a good quality handwash which cleans and leaves my hands feeling clean and moisturised. It is a decent price and does a good job and I will definitely buy it again.
I was looking forward to trying the Nivea in shower body moisturiser as soon as I first saw the ads. This clever product is not a shower gel which I got a bit confused about at first. Instead it's a skin moisturiser to use in the shower after you finished using your shower gel. You rinse off then put on the NIVEA moisturiser and rinse that off too. Clever. It cost me 3.69 for a 250ml bottle in Boots which I thought was an ok price.
When I first used it, I made a bit of a mistake to be honest. After rinsing off my normal showergel I left the shower running and put the Nivea moisturiser on and stupidly a lot of it got washed way before I had chance to massage it in which made a mess of my shower, and wasted a lot. Obviously you're meant to turn the shower off and put the body moisturiser on your wet skin and then put shower on to rinse. If you do this, it works really well. The texture is creamy so it's not like an actual shower gel. It absorbs surprisingly quickly on to my wet skin. I was quite impressed by that. The rinsing was quick but you do have to be really careful about how you step out of the shower because it makes a shower tray really slippery.
Otherwise, I was impressed by this. My skin is normal and so I chose the one which is for normal skin. That one comes in a white bottle but there is also one for dry skin which is the blue bottle. Maybe I should have chosen one for dry skin because it might have been more hydrating and more intensive. The other one does make my skin's instantly softer but it's not as good as using a separate product after you shower. Ok it is quicker and I can see the advantages of using this if you can't be bothered to use something else. I would recommend it if you're looking to save a little bit of time in your skin moisturising but don't expect a deeply nourishing cream.
I think that Photobox are a really good online photo company.
They offer a very wide range of products including standard prints, enlarged prints, gift items such as mugs and keyrings, and photo album books.
I have used them recently for my wedding photographs and I have found them very good. I paid £45 for a photo album which would have cost me over 500 if I had paid my photographer to do it. In order to make the photo book it did take me quite a long time, however I feel like I've saved myself a small fortune.
I think that the quality of prints from photo box is really high. I'm sure that if you are a professional photographer you would probably be looking for something higher, but for people like me who are just looking for something to put in a frame on the mantelpiece they are great. They offer a variety of finishes for all of their products.
I have found the ordering process for photobox really good as it is clear and simple, even though I was ordering a variety of prints in a variety of sizes. When I made a mistake with my payment and had to contact customer service, they were swift polite and really helpful.
My photos and album were delivered to me quickly and in really good packaging which meant that the photos did not get damaged in the post, which is something that has happened to me in the past.
The cost of the products seems to be comparable to other online photo companies. However I was able to find quite a lot of discount codes online, and since paying for my first order I have received lots of great offers via email.
I would recommend photo box.
Original source tea tree and lemon shower gel is great. It smells absolutely delicious, it's so fresh and citrusy that it makes me think I'm somewhere lovely on holiday even though I'm in my shower in suburbia! The smell makes it seem almost good enough to eat (don't- it doesn't taste good!).
It is one of the more expensive shower gel brands when full price (compared to own label), but it is very often on offer in the High Street chemists such as Superdrug and beats. I have recently picked up a few of these for a pound each, it is always worth stocking up when you can get a bargain!
The scent of these shower gel is definitely neither feminine no masculine, which saves arguments as we can all use the same shower gel.
The shower gel lathers really well and you don't need to use a lot to get a really good foam. This means that it tends to last for quite a long time, especially if you use a bath Lily.
It always leaves you feeling really clean and fresh. One small word of warning, this is definitely not suitable for your face even though it is a tea tree based product. I have made that mistake, and found it left my face feeling rather dry. It also hurts like hell if you get it in your eyes (there is no surprise there!).
I would highly recommend this particular original source shower gel for anyone. I also think it makes a nice stocking filler or secret Santa gifts. They sometimes make nice little gift boxes too, so look out for those.
Raid is a very well known product, which is famous for killing flying insects and wasps. It is a fairly expensive product, in my opinion. However there are very few other products on the market which do the same job, so it's one of those things you have to pay the higher price for.
Having recently moved into a property where there are a lot of flies I thought I would give this product a go.
I would not rate it particularly highly. To start with, this product smells absolutely disgusting. It is a little like somebody has mixed a bucket of chemicals with some marigolds or some other unpleasant flower.
Second it is actually not that effective at killing flies. I find that it takes quite a lot of product to kill even the smallest fly, and they die what appears to be a slow and painful death.
After you spray the fly it will invariably fly around erratically for a good few minutes before dropping dead, usually in a horribly inconvenient place.
You have to use a fair amount of Raid to get things to die, which means your whole home will inevitably be filled with the disgusting smell.
Unsurprisingly, this product is made with a lot of very nasty chemicals. This means that you have to be careful where you spray it, spraying it around plants or Fishtanks is a bad idea. We all know that the sort of pesticides are not great for the environment.
All in all, this product does not leave you feeling good. Not only are you murdering (!) creatures and polluting the environment - but you're doing it in effectively and with a disgusting after scent.
This is a last resort product, in my opinion. I think it's far better to leave the window open and hop the stupid creatures find their way out on their own!
I've been on both Original London Sightseeing Tour and Big Bus Tours in London. This isn't designed as a review as such, it's more some hints and tips to get more out of your day if you decide to take in London's sights from an open-topped bus.
Both operators cover the main sights in London. They have two main routes (one will be live guided in English, the other will have recorded commentary over headphones in different languages), and other link routes to get you from your hotel or station to the sightseeing routes. They also offer a boat ride on the Thames and walking tours as well. They provide headphones for the commentary, and ponchos if it's raining.
Tickets are valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase, but don't expect the buses to run through the night (would you want to do a bus tour at 3am?)They start at around 8.30am, check with staff for last bus times each day (I know Original Tour have timetables available online, which is handy). In summer buses are much more frequent and run later, in winter they run every twenty minutes or so and finish earlier, but they generally give you an extra day for free to compensate.
If you speak English, go for the routes that are live-guided, they're so much more interesting if you get a decent guide. They can also answer any questions that you have and give you advice on how to spend the day.
The buses are at their fullest around 11am-2pm - it's worth getting there earlier in the day to do the sightseeing from on the bus, then use it later for getting around when you're less worried about getting the views from the top deck. It gets especially manic around Buckingham Palace at the end of the Changing of the Guard, and it can be a scrum to get onto the bus. Stroll through Green Park instead to get the bus from Piccadilly instead.
The cruise is a nice break from the traffic. You'll get commentary on here as well, but be prepared to be bombarded with requests for tips (you don't get this on the buses, strangely, but if you think the guide is worth it, give them a couple of quid). The pier by the Tower of London is generally quieter than the one at Big Ben. The walking tours give you a nice way to see the sights from a different perspective as well.
Bear in mind you're in the open air and it can get breezy, so layers are the order of the day.
No buses are allowed to drive in front of the Palace, so be aware of that.
Like any busy city, London can get clogged with traffic, so allow plenty of time to get around.
Hope these hints give you an idea of what to expect and how to get the best out of your trip.
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