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We have used washable nappies from the start but on day twelve my daughter was taken back into hospital with a virus which had caused her to have an upset stomach (lots of poop to those non parents). I stayed with her and planned to send hubby home with each dirty nappy with the instructions to wash, dry and return them ASAP. Well we managed for the first two days but then the rain came and drying outside wasn't posible, hubby arrived looking solemn telling me the nappies were just not dry and he didn't know what to do. I dispatched him off to tesco for a packet of disposables.
He appeared with a pack of these, after giving him the frown and asking him if these were cheaper than the pampers I would have gone for he said he had choosen them because they said eco friendly on the pack. This is the point where I feel like a cow and he polishes his halo of eco-ness.
The packet tells you that these nappies are award winning high performance eco nappies, the pack also tell me they are all natural materials based on maize starch, but what parents want to know is if they do the job and keep the poop where it should be. Now hubby picked up the pack of 36 at a cost of just over £6 not bad but the proof is in the pudding. These nappies have the velcro fastening and can be re-done if the position is wrong first time. Never I have had a tab come off in my hand which I suffered with constantly from huggies with my son. They are white nappies with tiny green flowers on them, they look like a soft plastic but feel like tissue.
We used these in hospital and boy oh boy we had some horrific nappies that ran faster than Linford Christie but not once did these nappies fail, they kept the contents in place everytime. I was absolutely amazed some of my daughters nappies had been pure liquid and a lot of it.
We have since changed to using these overnight and our washables during the day giving me chance to wash and get dry my others overnight. The only downside to these nappies seems to be locating a pack, our boot never has them in and the only other place that stock them is tesco.
Brilliant nappies with a brilliant ethos behind the company. Totally chlorine free breathable nappy.
The Jury Inn is indeed located in the heart of Birmingham close to the shopping area and even closer to the heart of pub and club land.
We stayed for two nights last weekend, arriving on the friday late afternoon and leaving after breakfast on the sunday, we paid a bed and breakfast rate of £81 a night.
I had high hopes for this hotel as teh pictures online look rather plush for this 3 star hotel. We went to Birmingham to watch our son perform with the National Children's orchestra hence the start of the problem. When we booked the hotel trying to get the reservations line to understand that on the first night we would have two adults and a young baby staying but on the second night we would have two adults, one 13 year old and a young baby in the room. We had to fight to even book a room as they were insistant that we should have two rooms. We eventually managed to book a room and all was fine.
We arrived in Birmingham late afternoon on the friday after a horrific journey up and our baby daughter was on the verge of meltdown mode, she wanted nothing more than feeding, a nice bath and a comfy bed. We parked the car and followed the directions into the hotel, it seemed like we had been directed to use the Tradesmans entrance as we came in through a back door which is where the directional signs seemed to vanish.
We found our way to reception which made us smile as the reception area was huge, light, airy and rather posh looking. we walked across the area towards the desk which is situated up four stairs. Our daughter was in her big silver cross pram and there was no way I was lifting that up four steps so I looked to the side expecting to see a ramp as the desk was a good 10-12 foot away. No ramp which took me by suprise how were disabled guests meant to approach the counter. I looked over to reception and all four receptionists suddenly became busy looking at their computer screens, were they indeed expecting me to ask for help. I looked at hubby and shrugged, dumped the cases and pram at the bottom of the steps and proceeded up towards the desk. The receptionist was frosty to say the least no smile and friendly greeting, no welcome to the Jury inn. Nothing.
I started to book in and my daughter started to scream, I asked the receptionist if she could hold on while I popped dummy into calm her down, I was gone a few minutes as my daughter was past dummy stage and heading for the full screaming fit, when I looked over the receptionist grinned and called over "when your ready"
We booked in which seemed to take forever, she told us our room was on the 12th floor and pointed behind us with a casual "take a lift. " comment. We took the lift up to the 12th floor and found our room. It had a small bathroom with a shower screen over a low level bath, plus toilet. I must say our bathroom wasnt the cleanest with water and soap marks all down the bath panel. I am not sure whether the dark green colour panel helped to highlight them but if I could see it surely housekeeping could too. They suplied shower gel, shampoo and hand wash in large communal bottle that were bolted to the wall, no free little bottles to take home then. (yes my husband is one of those, he only does the shower gel never a towel )
The room was okay size wise with two double beds, a TV and coffee and tea making facilities. Beds were made with sheets and blankets, four pillows supplied with one extra in the wardrobe. Three towels supplied however these were no bigger than a hand towel, not enough to cover anything that needed covering when you hoped out the shower.
When we walked into the room we noticed how cold it seemed so immediately popped up the heating from 20 to 24, however this made absolutely no difference to the heating at all and we all just agreed to make do as we couldnt be bothered to call down to reception.
We sorted out my daughter and popped her in a babygrow and in her pram so she could sleep while we went down for dinner, the idea being we could eat with her alongside in the comfort of her pram as she is too young to join us in a high chair. We had been told the restaurant opened at 6pm so made sure we were downstairs spot on six, as we walked towards the restaurant a member of staff called over they dont open till 6.30pm. We hung around for the half an hour and were then seated. The menu was fairly basic with soup, bruschetta, salad for starters followed by the likes of pasta, lasagna and fish and chips as the main course.
My husband ordered tomato and olive bruchetta for starter which was marked with a V on the menu and I decided on the vegetable and Mushroom soup. (are mushrooms not a vegetable these days) I was shocked by the prices with my half a bowl of soup costing £5.05 but after the hideous journey we just wanted to eat.
The starter came and both my husband and I raised our eyebrows and gave each other that silent marital look that says eating out may have been a better plan. The tomato and olive bruschetta looked nothing more than mushed up mushrooms on toast, I couldnt see a single sign of a tomato on the plate. My half a bowl of soup came with two part baked rolls that seemed to have missed the oven as they were pale and stone cold. The soup was actually quite edible but the shock came when my husband went to eat his last piece of bruschetta, as he lifted it he found underneath a dried up peice of chicken. We did call over the waitress to be told in very poor english "I take off your coffee then you be happy"
At this point we were in two minds whether to pop next door for a kebab. The main courses came out very fast after starters and hubby had ordered the pasta with bacon, one word springs to mind and its Batchelors. I had ordered the fish and chips and minted peas. It stated that it came with tartare sauce, now this was my mistake I didnt ask for no tartare sauce but I wrongly assumed most places put it in a bowl on the side. Not here it came as a huge puddle under my fish, chips and minted peas, I ate what I could but to be honest I have never seen that amount of tartare sauce on a single plate. The peas were stone cold which I did ask about but the waitress didnt seem to understand cold peas so I gave up. The fish was very watery and the chips lukewarm so I resigned myself to look forward to puddings instead. Why do I never learn my lesson and quit while I'm ahead. We didnt end up with pudding as the choices were limited to three one of them being fruit salad and it just didnt grab my taste buds.
My daughter and I left for the 12th floor and hubby left for sainsburys across the road in search of a sweet treat to finish his meal.
The first night in the hotel was freezing and the double glazing in the hotel failed as the draft from the windows would have blown out candles on a birthday cake. we pulled across the curtains and did our best to tuck them in to prevent the draft.
The next morning we all overslept and rather than being the first down to breakfast we arrived an hour before breakfast was due to finish. Quantity of breakfast I could not fault with cereal, pastries, full fried and fruit bar being on offer, you were just waiting for this weren't you BUT the full english was cold the hot bar wasnt hot at all. The scrambed eggs swam around in the tray of water so I had opted for a fried rubber ball, opps sorry I meant egg. It was so well cooked the yolk had turned grey.
I decided fruit to be the best option and looking at the list on the table which said grapes, melon and apples were available I decided to get grapes and melon. I picked my melon and looked for the grapes, silly me the grapes were in a huge bowl of fruit salad with the apple and more melon, choosing not to fish each one out like my son would I stayed with the melon.
I heard one lady tell a member of restuarant staff that the juice machine had run out of orange juice to be told once it runs out thats it, have apple or water.
That night after the concert we arrived back at the hotel at 9.45pm after having to walk a 13 year old past the gentlemans club next door and various other night clubs, pubs and over 18 establishments we were pleased to arrive back at the hotel. we went straight up to our room where our son asked for another pillow, we called down to reception and were told they would send one up. Well to cut a long story short the pillow took 63 minutes to arrive and that was after several calls to reception to chase it. I would have been quicker to pluck a duck myself and make my own pillow.
The hotel on the saturday night was like staying in a youth hostel with people messing in the lifts and running up and door the corridors screaming. The street noise outside was so loud even on the 12th floor it was like the people were in our room. no checks were done on the lifts to stop people messing with them.
Breakfast the next morning was the same even at the start of service all stuff was still cold and the restuarant wasnt even busy so there was no excuse for it.
We booked out and raised the points with reception to be told email in and we'll give you one days parking free which is a total of £13. I also questioned the fact the room is able to sleep four yet tea cups supplied two, tea bags supplied two. Free biscuits as most hotels supplied none. My cookie monster hubby was not amused.
All in all if you want somewhere cetral with a bed the Jury inn maybe for you, if you want some comfort and a home from home experience go elsewhere. if you do book the Jury inn take a jumper or your long johns as the rooms are freezing.
Most of us have probably riden in a Silver cross pram as a baby and the design is almost identical to the one in my baby photos from the 1970's although the hideous aubergine colour I had is no longer available. (Thank Goodness for that)
Silver cross have been making prams since 1877 and what a shame it isn't possible to count how many newborns have been gently placed inside one of their prams since the start.
The heritage collection has made a real come back with the second hand market on the likes of Ebay making more money on secondhand ones than they are to buy new.
The Kensington is a large roomy pram however its still foldable making it transportable. We'd all love to purchase and have the room for the larger balmoral but alas my palace just wont allow the room. The kensington for us is the best of both worlds.
For my first born I purchased a Mamas and Papas complete set, seat, carry cot and every matching extra available at only 22 I just wanted to fit in with everyone else. It lasted well but had a few problems along the way which is why at 25 and with our second child on way we went for a cheap and cheerful Mothercare pram. I didnt care so much about fitting in if it didnt hold a huge amount of shopping and be able to have a toddler hanging of the handle it wasn't the pram for us. This didn't last the course and eventually went to the skip before our daughter could walk properly. We used an even cheaper stroller for the next few months as buying another big pram seemed pointless.
Ten years on we suddenly found ourselves with a third on the way and now at 35 I dont care a hoot if I fit in with everyone else. We looked at Silver cross right from the start but at £950 for a pram I nearly passed out, so we turned to Ebay again to look at the second hand market. I watched every pram that came up for auction for weeks and lost out on one by £10. You would think that would have made me give up but no I was more determined than ever to get my dream pram. Others that came up went for £700 plus and still needed extras adding on. I started to think new was the only way I would get one.
I was determined and looked longingly at the silver cross website picturing my new baby girl all safe and happy in the kensington pram I was yet to lay my hands on.
I convinced my husband that this pram was a future investment and our grandchildren would also go onto use it. eventually he gave in and he agreed to the pram at £950 but that was it my top limit and not a penny more, I rang customer services to order one to be told each pram had a £50 white glove delivery charge and the sunshade, reins were all going to be extra again, ahhh my pram was slipping away from me yet again. Hubby had firmly put his point across and I knew there was no point pushing my luck or a divorce would be on the cards.
I wanted to cry. I started to flick around the silver cross website and found a map with local stockists, I knew they would only stock the new range modern prams but then all of a sudden I saw the logo to tell me that a shop within 35 miles of me stocked silver cross heritage prams. I clicked on through to there website and my heart sank again when it said Call for price. Everybody on this planet knows that's a bad sign for their wallets and your bank managers nerves.
I called anyway and nearly fell over when the lady gave me a price £200 cheaper than silver cross direct. I asked what it came with expecting that to be the catch, but to my suprise it came with the same as one direct from silver cross came. I quickly booked a viewing appointment and confirmed that they were indeed "real" Silver cross prams, yes they were and how happy would my husband be.
We viewed ordered and paid £750 it came with mattress, bag, bag clips, and shopping tray. I added on the sunshade and pram sheets and leather reins and managed to still get it all under budget at £850. The shop also offered free delivery. Happy mummy, happy hubby, happy baby and a reasonably happy bank manager.
If you can consider silver cross heritage, they last the course and will still be around when the occupants are having babies of their own. The ride is superb and the attention you get while pushing it is nice too. Its built the way things used to be and I know even secondhand this pram would sell well if we look after it.
My daughter now has my silver cross dolls pram that I had for my fourth birthday and its still going strong, this pram will out do the modern pram at every turn the only down point is the price, however look hard enough and bargains can be had.
We have been with talk talk for several years, we had problems starting with them but the promise of top quality broadband and free calls make you slightly easier going on the naff service you get at the start. We signed up for 18 months and once up and running we were happy, the problems didnt really kick in until we came out of contract. (funny that)
October/ November time of 2010 we had terrible issues with staying online, on an average day our internet would drop out between 40 and 80 times a day. Frustrating to say the least. I made a call in to talk talk and they told me in no uncertain terms that I was out of contract and they wouldn't help unless I agreed to another 18 months, the answer was no to joining up again unless they sorted out the internet connectivity problem.
About Christmas time I got hubby on the case as I am, like many a bit thick when it comes to internet problems, I can do the basics but that's as far as my knowledge goes. He told them that while they were happy to take the monthly bill they could jolly well provide the service they were paid for. They finally gave in and sent us a new router. At last it would all be fixed. WRONG
The new router came and to be really honest this is the point where we should have run for the hills. It took anywhere from a few seconds to 12 minutes to load a single page, not a page that was image heavy just a normal page, like a dooyoo page for instance.
We complained again and again and have spent the last seven weeks taking the scenic route around the houses. I must speak to talk talk second line on a daily basis and have even gone to the trouble of put the number on speed dial.
Our current broadband speed is a joke and last week was registering a whooping
Download 218 KBits/s (27.25 KBytes/s)
Upload 113 KBits/s (14.125 KBytes/s)
The lovely talk talk speed test also told me with speeds like that I could download the following
Mp3 in 2.44 Minutes
Video in 8.15 Hours
DVD in 40.77 Hours
We have had an engineer apparently fix it and he did increase our download speed to a fabulous 219kbits/s
They got a senior engineer to look at it and he managed to increase our speed to 324 kbps, and that is where we are today. The only thing left for us to do is to let our feet do the walking as talk talk can't seem to fix it or don't want to, your guess is as good as mine. (maybe signing a new contract would have out broadband at lightening speed)
I'd love to be able to say talk talk are great, cheap, reliable with a great cutomer service, but I have spent years telling my children not to lie.
Who can resist a wordsearch, well now it comes in a board game format, produced by Drummond Park this game is a great addition to any games cupboard.
I purchased mine in December ready for Christmas for my two children who are 10 and 12 and fit nicely into the 8+ range that Drummond Park suggest the game is aimed at. I paid £22 for the game from Amazon.co.uk
and its now currently selling between £33 and £40 which I think its rather expensive. You can pick up an older version of the same game for £16.
Now back to the game. The box says you can have 2 to 4 players and we have played with both quite happily. The game includes 1 wordsearch base board, 10 double sided game cards, this allows for 20 different themed games, each card has its own topic like food, transport, the body (the body one we found difficult) You also get 4 x 70 marking pieces in red, yellow, green and blue. The marking pieces look just like contact lenses and come in four little clear plastic sealable bags, handy when packing away so you don't loose them all. The game also comes with clear instructions although once you put the layers of the board together the rules are fairly easy, find the word first, collect the most words and you win.
You have to find the words in order as the disc is spun around the edge so no-one can see what words you need or what order they come in. The fact the children can see the word they are looking for on the side is also a bonus as we have one very bad speller in this house. At the start of the game you think that several players will be at a disadvantage as the letters to them are upside down but because the game board spins a full circle during the game everyone ends up seeing the words at some point side on and upside down, this didn't seem to affect the children finding the words. We played last night with the youngest friend in the group being only 5 years old and she won so the game can be used for the under 8's too just be wary that the marking pieces are small for children who like to sample everything with their mouths. I would say 5 up is a perfect age really. The game maybe slightly slower with smaller children but if it keeps them entertained its done its job in my book.
The board itself is well made and looks like it will happily last without any problems at all. I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend the game at the price I paid, not sure I would pay the higher price.
Harpic 100% limescale remover claims to
dissolve limescale better than bleach
Kills all germs
Promises to do plenty but does it. Comes with plenty of warnings on the bottle about how it is only suitable for toilet bowls and not for any other surface including stainless steel.
We live in a hard water area. I am not just talking hard water I am talking stand still for half an hour and watch it invade like creeping ivy. I am usually a bleach freak and will use gallons of bleach a week. A large amount down the loo to try and shift limescale from the bowl. Bleach doesn't touch my limescale but turning it white did until now.
To be honest I picked this product up
A. Because it was a pound in Poundland
B. Because I knew the Harpic brand
C. Because I wanted it to fail so I could moan to Harpic personally. (grumpy old woman syndrome)
I dashed home, instructed both children and hubby to have a wee as the loo was out of bounds for the next hour.
Once they were all out and wee free, I unscrewed the cap and carefully directed the bottle at the rim of the toilet bowl, the easy to use bottle mean't it hit the area I was after brilliantly, it's a beautiful dark blue colour which I also liked, as it made the loo look clean and hid that limescale form view. It's thick so it clings to the toilet bowl as it runs down.
I was rather eager to watch as it slid down the pan and some of it formed a pool under the water level right where the problem patch was. I set the kitchen timer for one hour and walked away. You can leave it for ten minutes but with limescale this bad I was in for the long haul. Kim and Aggies tips had all failed and so had commercial cleaners I had tried, so I knew it must be bad.
One hour later I lightly scrubbed it with a loo brush, I was hopeful at this point as I couldn't hear or feel the scrap of the brush on the limescale so I flushed.
Well I was stunned, not one bit of limescale remained the toilet bowl was gleaming as though it had just been fitted. No blue stains remained just one very fresh smelling and limescale free toilet bowl.
A product that actually does what it says, how refreshing. I will use nothing else now, just pass me my harpic.
Worth every penny, now they just need to make one for around my kitchen taps
Well done Harpic, a brilliant product that works.
Stop and Grow, says what it does, or does it.
This product is basically a nail varnish with a twist it tastes disgusting, perfect I thought for my family of four who are all serial nail chompers, myself included. I have chewed my nails for 35 years and while watching a DVD several months ago with the family I looked over and realised all four of us were doing one thing in common and it wasn't watching the film.
I purchased a bottle at superdrug for a couple of pound, I am not sure on the exact price but I know it was less than £2. First in line for the treatment was my son, he chews his nails down until they bleed, so I knew we had to try something. I did two coats on his nails as I knew he would spend extra time washing his hands or should that be nails to try and remove the taste.
His did sting slightly when it touched the raw parts around his nails, but I was hoping the pain would be another reminder for him not to do it. (it does warn this fact on the bottle)
Daughter was next, she had it applied to her hands and feet, she doesn't chew her finger nails that much its her toe nails that get chewed off. She was quite thrilled at having it applied as she thought it made her nails shine (just wait till she tastes it)
I did mine and painted a small amount of skin around the nail as the skin suffers from the chewing too.
Hubby also agreed to have his painted seen as it was clear and wouldn't be seen by the lads.
I religously painted everyone every second day and the results were interesting.
Guinea pig one (my son)
He stopped after a week and now has lovely long nails, strong, healthy and smooth. He does however need to have the stop and grow still applied as he hasn't broken the habit yet. The bottle advises continuing for three further months but we are on month six and it's still not broken his habit.
Guinea pig two (my daughter)
She also has lovely nails on her fingers but toes are worse than ever as now she picks them, resulting in more damage than biting.
Guinea pig three (me)
Well it's a cheaper habit than smoking and I think it has less health issues. 35 years of chewing is hard to break and I must admit to being the type of person to do the opposite to what I am told. And stop and grow for me if a perfect example. I am officially a lost cause.
Guinea pig four (hubby)
Well what can I say
He needs to book in for a manicure!!!!!
Stop and grow gets a two point five from us. I'll be nice and round it up to a three.
A London Duck Tour is much more than a sightseeing tour; it's the only way to experience the spectacular sights and sounds of central London by land and river without leaving the comfort of your seat. Let our entertaining and knowledgeable guide lead you around the key landmarks of the capital, before splashing down into the Thames at MI6!
So step aboard a Duck for a unique adventure, delivered on vehicles originally used for the D-Day landings in 1944!
Info taken from www.londonducktours.co.uk
Are you sold ? we were, sounds great, an ideal sight seeing family treat.
We took a duck tour with our two children back in July. Our children were nine and elevenand I was desperate to let them do the full London tourist bit seen as it was the first time they had ever been to London. The duck tours are advertised as suitable for families and the whole idea of getting a bus tour followed by the water cruise really appealed.
Two for the price of one, how could we refuse. I paid the £58 for the family ticket and started to hype it up to the children. I wanted it to be really special.
We boarded the bus an hour later for our tour, the kids were really excited, we were welcomed on board and we were off, five minutes into the road tour we were informed that the route had changed because of the Gay pride event happening, now this was where it all started to go down hill. The Gay pride event is well published and details, dates and other information is available months before so why were we not informed at the time of booking and paying. (we did book on the same day as the tour)
We were driven around for about 20 mins at a fairly high speed, and shown what seemed to be the darker side of London. We didn't get close enough to any famous landmarks to actually see and because the duck doesnt stop or slow down it's all fairly pointless. Our guide talked non-stop about London being well known for the drugs, the prositution, the murders (ok starting to think this wasn't really suitable for the younger members of our family)
This turned into talk of fires and London burning to the ground. It was twenty minutes of doom and gloom and by the time we reached the waters edge I was rather hoping our guide may fall in and drown.
We sat and waited on board the duck while our driver went for a peee, yes that is what we were actually told. The splash down was mean't to be amazing but damp duck comes to mind, it was dull to say the least.
Our guide didn't really tell us anything for the twenty minutes we spent bobbing around the thames. He did however manage to inform us when a piece of rubbish floated by.
Once out of the water we had to wait for a change of driver and then we were taken straight back to the drop off point. The children learn't nothing of any value from the guide and I had such high hopes for the whole experience.
My nine year old did ask what a prostitute was? great just what I wanted her to learn about.
We were of loaded at the drop off point and asked if we wanted to reward the guide with a few bob for such a great experience. Needless to say he got nothing. We were not the only people on our tour that thought it was a disgusting waste of money.
We proceeded straight around the corner to the main booking office to express our concerns to be told that the duck tours were hosted in the style of horrible histories, now I have read these books with the children and they are nothing alike.
While we know that London may have a seedy past to glorify and only focus on these aspects does not give a true picture of this country's capital. I would not recommend the duck tours to anyone with children under twelve and I would not recommend the tours to anyone who has any interest of learning about London's wonderful history. I will certainly never be going on one of the duck tours again.
Our complaint was just brushed under the carpet and we recieved a very disappointing, hope you come back to ride the ducks again. Maybe when the Thames freezes over.
To be honest I know a lot of people have commented on how much they enjoyed tours at other locations but a lot depends on your guide really they are the entertainment and will either make or break your trip and the guide we had was terrible.
I changed from surf powder to surf liquid when I saw it on offer in costco. it worked out at about £2 a bottle so I picked up 18 bottles. I was on a cost cutting mission at the time, so I thought I would stock up.
My bottle says it does 42 washes and I have been deliberatly using the measuring cap and it does do the 42 washes like they advertise. The packaging couldn't be any less so that ticks another plus box and I recycle my bottles at the local recycling center.
The bottle has a clear how much to use guide on the reverse and lists the ingredients as well. Surf advertise that it produces outstanding results at 15c (I can't say whether this is true or not because I am stuck in my ways and like my mother and her mother before I wash either on a 40 or 60c out of habit)
Both my children suffer from excezma and surf is the only washing detergent that suits them, all the different fragrances are fine and cause no reactions with the excezma. I buy a lot of products for the smell, so I was happy with this one as the smell is very pleasant, its mean't to be tropical flowers and ylang ylang, now I live in England and I have no idea what a ylang ylang flower looks like or smells like but if it smells like this I would like a bunch on my bedside cabinet.
The only down side to the packaging I have is around the rim my bottles seem to drip, I am not sure whether its from the cap or a crack in the actual bottle but the last four bottles have all done the same, I have tried rinsing the cap but it makes no difference. Maybe the bottles have a weak point around the top. Not a huge problem but its not a one off event when its happened with four different bottles.
I will stick with this brand although I may try the lemon fragrance for a change as that has great reviews and its the only one I haven't tried.
Herbal oil is a blend of 31 essential oils it contains the following Pure essential oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Orange, Anise, Citronella, Lemon, Fennel, Cajeput, Mountain Pines, Rosemary, Spearmint, Caraway Seed, Thyme, Cinnamon, Wintergreen, Clove, Juniper Berries, Dill, Sage, Rosewood, Menthol, Ginseng, Maces, Myrrh, Violet, Galganth, Benzone, Melissa and Vanilla are contained in Herbal Oil 31. (the list of ingredients is from the Just website) but I can only see 29 ingredients listed so I am not sure what the others are.
Years ago I was a rep for Just bodycare and I of course ended up with the whole range over the short period I did work with them and can safetly say the one I would recommend above all others is the Herbal oil. I have been using my bottle for two years and its just about to run out.
Its pricey at a whopping £21.95 for a 50ml bottle, but I have used it as a headache cure, a muscle rub, a mouth freshner, to get rid of verrucas. This stuff has endless uses and everyone who knows the product will give you another one you hadn't thought off.
As a headache cure its wonderful, I just rub some onto my temples and across my forehead and wait. It can feel cool or warm depending on the person using it, some people find the sensation uncomfortable but easy does it is recommended until you are used to using it.
If I use it as a muscle rub I add a few drops to a carrier cream, as a rep we were always told to use the Sanactiv cream which is another Just product but I have used it with many a body lotion with the same effect.
As a mouth freshner I have either used a drop on top of my toothpaste in the mornings or a drop on my fingers rubbed over the gums once I have cleaned my teeth. This can be a mind blowing experience so again caution is needed, a drop goes a long way.
I have cured three verrucas with my one bottle apply times a day with a cotton bud, takes a good few weeks but it was easier than other treatments.
Another one I forgot to mention this stuff is amazing for mouth ulcers, I cleared my last one in a day, straight onto the ulcer. Be brave its rather like using salt.
All in all a great product that lasts ages. I am sure Just could bring it below the £20 mark to make it more affordable for everyone.
One of there best products by far
I purchased my cheese grater last year while attending a pampered chef party. At first I wasn't interested in the product as I am highly allergic to cheese so have no use for a cheese grater, but the Pampered Chef rep told me how it would grate boiled eggs, carrots, chocolate, onion etc etc According to the rep what it couldn't grate wasnt worth grating.
The sales pitch worked as I started to think I wouldn't just like one I actually needed one. I convinced myself and my mother we could make light work of coleslaw and shepherds pies and we both went ahead and added them to our order forms.
Once I had recieved it I rushed to open the box and try it out. the boys in this house have electrical gadgets I have kitchen ones.
It slotted together easily and I had no problems with putting it together at all. It came with two grating drums which meant I could choose large or small grated pieces.
I tried carrots first with some success although the hold you need on the handle to successfully apply pressure to the item being grated was more than I had imagined. I found it tiresome to apply that much pressure for too long. Courgettes are easy and grated well. Onions were a complete joke (did I buy this item in April)
I did get annoyed with the fact the grating drum didn't always empty well and some food got stuck in the far end making it difficult to remove.
Over time my husband has tried it on cheese which is what it is designed for. The same problem with the cheese getting stuck in the far end of the drum drives him mad. The only way we can stop this from happening is to put the cheese in the freezer ten minutes before trying to grate.
I did find the fact you can change the handle to suit left or right handed people very handy especially as we have both in our house.
My cheese grater has now started to split along the handle, I presume this is from the pressure used to squeeze the handle together, it has weakened the plastic handle. I would have thought for £20 it was designed to last longer than that, especially as we only use it about once a month.
I tend to not bother looking in the draw for it now and have reverted back to my cheap grater that has been going strong for 12 years, and it was certainly cheaper than the pampered chef one.
Ahh Jaffa cakes, yes you heard that right, it's a cake.
McVities even think it's a cake because they used the word in the name.
So why then are they sold alongside the biscuits? A cake is usually cut into slices to serve to people but you would be hard pushed to get a slice of my Jaffa cake. I am actually starting to debate with myself....
I don't really care if it's a cake or a biscuit, it's yummy and it's covered in chocolate, which for a chocoholic like me gives it another thumbs up.
Jaffa cakes have a lovely sponge cake base, sat on top of this sponge base is a smaller circle of orange jelly, finally topped with a thin layer of milk chocolate. If I remember rightly there are 12 in a pack not enough in my opinion.
Jaffa cakes are available everywhere from tesco to your local corner shop and prices vary widely tesco sell them at £1.89 for a 24 pack, they are currently on offer with a buy one get one free. The single packs are £1.19 for 12. Our local corner shop sell them for £2.49 for a 12 pack. ( I like them but not enough to pay that much)
Each cake has 1 gram of fat in it, just one which is my excuse for eating a whole pack in one sitting. They are really yummy and if you do the full moon, half moon trick they seem to disappear rather fast.
My husband dips jaffa's in his tea but that to me, is pure abuse and he should be reported for crimes to cakes.
I have seen some of the limited edition jaffa cakes in the past but I don't see why they need to mess with perfection so have never tried the other flavours. You can't beat the original Jaffa CAKE.
Full moon, half moon, on my hips for many moon.
I purchased a large bottle at the wholesalers because my mum had raved about it so much, I just thought I needed a bottle. No real reason for it at the time of purchase but I just knew it was one thing every bathroom shelf needed.
I picked up the 200ml bottle for just £9 bargain looking at the prices I have seen it for everywhere else. It stayed on the shelf doing nothing for ages.
On my little finger I have a really sore patch of skin, it's bright red and the skin can go from flakey to feeling like someone is sticking pins in it. It's incredibly itchy but I have never seen the doctor as its only the size of a five pence piece.
On this particular day I was scratching it with the blade of my daughters scissors (yes it can drive me to madness when it's sore) and my husband said would that bio oil help that.
Well seen as it had been on my bathroom shelf for months I thought it was worth a try. I applied it about six times a day at the height as it relieved the itchiness and stopped the skin looking so red. Six times a day is not recommeded, on the bottle it says twice a day but I have never been one to follow instructions.
At first I found it a bit greasy which I didn't like but the fact it was greasy stopped me wanting to scratch the skin. After just three days the redness had died down and after a week the patch was looking almost like normal skin. It still felt rough to the touch but by looking at it you wouldn't have known there was a problem.
I have been using it for about three months and although the skin complaint hasn't gone it keeps it at bay. I sometimes forget to use it as the itching has almost stopped.
The bottle says it can be used on
uneven skin tone
and dehydrated skin
I had not realised until I read the bottle that it was suitable for dehydrated skin because I have only heard people saying it was great on scar tissue. And all the advertising I have seen just concerntrate on scars and stretch marks.
I am going to try it on my daughter as she has mild eczema, not bad enough to break the skin but the itching drives her mad. I feel happier trying this on her skin than all the creams and potions the doctor gives her.
Worth adding to the bathroom shelf like I did.
The Colour reminds me of the 1980's, my parents had that peach colour on the bathroom walls.
I love mint and all things that have that clean refreshing smell so when the original source hit Morrisons at just £1 a bottle I popped some happily into my basket. The smell is lovely if rather strong.
This product is available widely in all supermarkets and can also be found in our poundland shop. Always on offer somewhere at £1 or on a buy one get one free.
I have in the past suffered from a dry scalp but seen as the condition hadn't bothered me for several months I didn't give it much thought before proceeding to use this product on my hair.
Within seconds of rubbing this into my hair my scalp started to tingle, at first it was refreshing and felt rather nice. A few seconds later the sensation went from refreshing to exceedingly painful. I called my husband and asked him if my scalp was red or whether I had missed something like a cut. He said that there were no cuts but my scalp was not far off beetroot red. He started to rinse it out with cool water to see if it would help.
I didn't follow on with the conditioner as my scalp was burning by this point. By the time I got out the bath I wanted to take something sharp to my head to relieve the itching, the burning was awful.
The following day I couldn't brush my hair as the pain of the brush on my scalp was really unpleasant.
The rest of the family have tried the shampoo, and only I was affected in this way. It's a lovely smelling product which left my hair in a nice condition but my scalp was a completely different matter.
It's worth knowing before trying it that this product may not be suitable for people with sensitive scalp conditions. My scalp remained sore for about a week and washing it a few days later was not a pleasant experience.
Ordered my daughters birthday present yesterday from Amazon for next day delivery because today I was at home most of the day, apart from doing the school runs. so I was available for 90% of the delivery window 07:30am till 5:30pm, I rang first thing this morning to check I would be okay for this mornings school run to be told it was on the van and they could not tell me where on the delivery timetable it was. (helpful I only needed an AM/PM)
I decided to take the chance the children have to go to school. so dashed off and was relieved when I got home to see no "sorry we missed you card" in the back of the door.
I got my husband to cover the school pick up tonight as I thought twice in one day was pushing my luck.
The time is now 5.40pm and I have just got off the phone to City link having been told they have sent the parcel to Bristol by accident (the words Get a map came to mind)
The woman told me rather bluntly that they would re-deliver tomorrow between 07:30am till 5:30pm at which point she was told I will be at work, well we can leave it on your doorstep. No that is not possible it's an electrical item and we live in England not wise to leave that outside. Not mentioning the front of our property is open and there is no where to hide a parcel.
The customer service rep then told me "well that's your problem not mine" you either have it delivered tomorrow, let us leave it on the doorstep or collect and hung up.
The nearest depot for us is an hour away, so not worth the drive to collect in person. I am now left not knowing what is happening with this parcel and the customer service shown by city link to their customers is disgraceful.
I was happy to stay in today as planned, so why should I take another day off to cover tomorrow, when they can not guarantee 100% it will be back from Bristol in time for re-delivery.
I use Amazon all the time and have only ever had city link deliver electrical goods twice and twice it has been a nightmare.
I will be emailing Amazon to report the lack of service provided by City Link and requesting that future parcels be sent by parcel force or not at all.
UPDATE I am still awaiting my parcel from Thursday, they should have called me at 8am to tell me if it was on this morning or this afternoon, guess what NO call, can we have a zero star rating