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With my Dad being diabetic an suffering from low sugar we have always had these in the house so I have always been aware of them and recently my husband had took a shine to them so I have been buying them regular. I personally started taking them during my pregnancy as I suffered from tiredness and devoured a pack in labour.
I did feel they gave me an energy boost but only short term but I do also enjoy the taste of these tablets which was a bonus. These are very rarely on offer in Tesco and cost 66p per pack, my husband can demolish a pack of these in a day just because he likes them so I keep them out of his reach.
Dextro tablets are a glucose table which are quite chalk in texture and dissolve in your mouth within a few minutes. They come in blackcurrant, lemon and orange. Orange are household favourite. They tablets themselves are small and rectangular.
I do think these tablets give you a short term energy boost and have always ensured my Dads sugar levels are brought back up to a normal level after about 6 tablets.
I would recommend these to anyone who suffers from low sugar levels (but always get yourself checked with a doctor if it's a regular occurrence). They offer a boost of energy while being tasty.
Sanitary towels are a product most women have to buy at some point in their life and like most things I try to save money.
I figured if these did a good job at a cheap price of 15p for 10 then they would be a good saving.
The packaging is the typical Tesco Everyday range being boring and plain but getting the product across. The main packaging is white with purple writing and picture on the front.
The towels are about as basic as you can buy, no wings, no curved to fit your body shape, bulky and plain towelling. They have a basic adhesive strip which is visible once the paper strip has been removed along the base to stick to your knickers which isn't very effective if you do sports or a lot of walking it comes out of place. The top layer feels like rough polyester/cotton. The pads are thick and bulk making them uncomfortable especially if your used to thin towels. With the lack of wings there is often leakage and they are not good at absorbing the fluid seems to sit on the top of the towel.
These are a terrible product and in my opinion should be taken of the shelf. I can't recommend these even at their low price they are dreadful.
I started using Femfresh wipes when I was pregnant and having examinations' and really took a shine to them so started using them daily. In my previous pregnancy I suffered with thrush so I was cautious on using something like this but with my second pregnancy I never suffered with it once. This may have been because I was using this or coincidence but the definitely kept me fresher.
The wipes were slightly moist/damp and offered a good covering while not leaving to wet. One wipe was adequate to use in one go. They were so useful to keep a pack in my bag for when I had to go to pregnancy appointment straight from work and couldn't make it home for a shower.
The pack lasted me about a month and in this time they didn't dry out at all, the reseal able strip had a lot to do with this.
There was no scent to these wipes which gave me reassurance it wouldn't cause any pH Balance issues. The feel like a water soaked baby wipe to use.
The cost of these if £2.50 for 25 wipes which I thought was fairly reasonable as they made me confident to go to my appointments and fresh throughout pregnancy. However if you were using these several times a day it could get pricey.
I would recommend these for convenience and confidence as they do a good job.
We always have chocolate in the cupboard and recently on offer was Club, mint.
These bars are about 7cm long so what I would class as a small bar ideal for a snack or a lunch box treat. Me, my husband and 2 year old enjoy these. The club has a layer of mint in between a layer of biscuit which is coated in milk chocolate. The mint is a spearmint like flavour and doesn't over power the rest of the ingredients.
The packaging is brightly coloured in green which is to highlight the fact it's mint flavour. The chocolate bar is wrapped in foil to keep fresh and there is a paper sleeve wrapped around it. The green paper has "Club" printed central in brown, bold font.
Club bars can be brought in a few different flavours - mint, orange, fruit and plain. I brought my pack from Tesco where I purchase a multipack of 8 for £1, normally priced at £1.59. 12p for a chocolate bar seems very reasonable to me
I enjoy this chocolate bar but am not going to rave about them and tell you to go out and buy them. I think there ok but would pick many more over these if I had a selection.
They are only 116 calories per bar and more than satisfy a chocolate/sweet craving. They also advertise the fact they use NO hydrogenated vegetable oil , artificial flavourings or colour.
I like giving my little boy yoghurts as puddings or breakfast to ensure he gets plenty of calcium even though he's a milk monster.
The other day we were around my sisters and she gave my little boy an aldi version of these and he devoured it so in my next Tesco shop I ordered these for him. The cost was 18 tubes for £3 (17p each) which works out 3p cheaper than the conventions same brand yoghurt pots but for 10g less.
Frube is a yoghurt in a tube so great for taking out with you as no spoon needed as long as the aim into the mouth is accurate - no mess. It's a plastic 15cm (approx.) tube with an easy tear corner.
There are a variety of flavours in the one box peach, raspberry, strawberry and blackberry all of which a tasty and taste like the fruit.
Frubes are aimed at children as the advertising is very much geared towards them with the cartoons on each individual tube and character names. They twist parents arms also as they read great for strong bones with Vitamin D and Calcium, convenient for lunch boxes and snacks, additive free.
The shelf life on the boxes I had delivered are 17 days so excellent but they can also be frozen and They are extremely flavour some and thick, I was nicely surprised by these as they are yummy, mess free and a fair price if you don't mind branded costs.
I would recommend these if you have young children as they have gone down a storm with my children, I also enjoy them when in need of a quick snack and even better they are only 42 calories.
We have always enjoyed Kellogg's crunchy nut clusters in our house but at nearly £3 for a small box we have been shopping around for a cheaper alternative and found this little baby in Tesco.
At only £1.39 for 500g we decided to give it a shot. To my surprise there were a good amount of pecan in the cereal (6%). The cereal itself is crunchy with clumps of oats. This cereal is very sweet on taste which is mainly due to the maple syrup but I tend to mix a handful of this cereal in with bran flakes so it does tone the sweetness down.
Once the milk is added the clusters remain crunchy and whole. I have found the clusters to sometimes be a little big (bigger than a mouthful) so before opening I tend to smash up a little with a rolling pin.
The average serving is 50g which isn't a big bowl of this cereal as it's heavy with the clusters and nuts but the sugar contents is a lot more than I would like at 11g which is 12% of your recommended daily allowance. And on average 230 calories per serving.
I would recommend this cereal but personally I don't enjoy eating it on it's own but an accompaniment to other plain cereals such as bran flakes or Weetabix's and probably not best to be eaten every day. I'm glad I've found this cereal as it's halved our cereal cost but still an enjoyable product.
Yet another Tesco product from me!!!
This butter can be brought in full fat or a light version. This review is based on the full fat. Both types are made from buttermilk and taste very similar.
It costs £1 for 500g. The tub is bright yellow with the product name in blue sun, and a buttercup flower next to that. The nutritional information is printed on the front left hand side.
In my house we mainly use butter for sandwiches, toast and sauces and never spread it on thick so even if it isn't tasty I don't think we would notice. But we have no complaints with it's taste.
The main reason I like this butter is even after it's been in the fridge it is nice and easy to spread. Other cheaper brands I have tried are rock solid and when it comes to spreading it rips the bread.
The 500g tub lasts my household 3-4 weeks but that is with only 2 adults and 1 child eating it.
I would recommend this butter to anyone who has a need for butter, it's cheap and great for spreading on sandwiches and had a very creamy taste. I don't think anyone would even notice it wasn't a branded make.
I have recently been cutting down on my carbs and have started having this ham in the fridge for when I need a snack.
It is now called "Tesco Everyday Value Ham" and costs 98p for 364g which is approximately 32 slices.
The packaging is basic as all of the everyday range is but it ultimately ends up in the bin. It holds the nutritional information, a picture of the ham and a clear area of the pack so you- can see the ham.
I am fairly impressed with this ham as it's much much cheaper than the others on the shelf and is tasty and low calorie. But all that said it is only 78% pork so I do not feed this to my little boy for that reason!!
If I use it to make sandwiches I use 2/3 slices which is more than adequate. But mainly I use the ham as a protein snack.
Recently I did have a pack which had a line of fat in it but if I didn't have Tesco home delivery I would of noticed this in the shop through the packaging and avoided purchasing.
Once opened you need to consume within 3 days. But you can buy 2 different pack sizes (12 slices or 32 slices)
Each slice is Calories (15), Protein (1.8) & Fat (0.8)
Recommended by me for me but if you have children, guests or are a food snob avoid.
I found a new love of reviewing food. I think this is because I'm on a pre-Christmas diet!!
I'm a sucker for buying what is on offer at the time and for about 2 months now Pilgrims has been on offer at Tesco normally £7.00 for a 550g block but currently £3.50.
We have found since buying this cheese you need less of it in sandwiches and sauces to get the taste.
It is a mature cheese but like some mature cheese's it doesn't have the grittiness in texture and is not overpowering in taste.
Unlike the picture on Dooyoo the packaging is red, cream and black. "Pilgrim Choice" is framed in a black sign like box on the front. There wording on the packaging which is unusual for a product. It reads - A superbly smooth and rich mature cheddar. The packet is re-sealable so keeps it fresh.
Like you would expect from a mature cheddar it is strong smelling and very mouth-watering.
My favourite way to use this cheese is melted on toast. It bubbles like on the adverts and tastes yummy with a dash of Worcester sauce.
Per 100g this cheese contains 410 calories, 0.1g sugars, 34.4g fat (21.7g saturates) and 1.7g salt.
I am very impressed with this cheese and will be disappointed when it is no longer on offer but I will not pay full price for it when there is bound to be another on offer.
I have always been a chocolate fan. On a recent shopping trip these were on offer so they made their way from the shelf and in to the fridge at home.
I find Galaxy in general to be creamier than Cadburys and these are no exception.
Tesco sell 4 x 33g Ripple bars in a multipack for £1 or 60p each if brought individually (seems like a no brainer to me!!)
Galaxy are manufactured by mars who are based in Slough.
Ripple always reminds me of a flake dipped in chocolate. They are chocolate ribbons weaved and rippley covered in smooth milk chocolate. The bar is approximately 20cm long by 2.5cm diameter.
My little boy loves flakes but I loathe him having them as they just break up leaving a trail of chocolate all over the place but the outer skin chocolate coating seems to keep the mess at bay.
The packaging is fairly boring with the famous galaxy writing at one end and "Ripple" in a brown font. The background is a brown and cream colour.
Each 33g bar contains 174 calories so better than most standard bars.
This chocolate bar isn't overly exciting as it's just chocolate with not sneaky additions of nuts or fruit but the texture of it is enough to give it an edge.
If you're a fan of galaxy I would recommend these and at 25p a bar you can't go wrong.
My mother in law has a habit of buying kitchen gadgets for everyone for Christmas whether they are wanted or not and last year we got the Kenwood food processor.
As this was a gift I do not know the price paid but after looking on a few sites it currently retails in the region of £50
Having never owned a food processor before I was unsure if I would use this much or even know how to but the instructions are very good and a separate booklet with recipe suggestions.
This food processor is of quality build and made from thick plastic. I was fairly heavy probably the same weight as my cat (4kg).
It comes with 3 speed settings -
I often use the pulse setting for soup so they remain chunky and only have to do a couple of blasts and it does the job. I use the other 2 food settings for smooth sauces, puree foods (for my baby) and smoothies. The container holds 1.5 litres so I have never struggled for room. This processor has a vent hole on the top allowing steam to escape for when you are mixing hot liquids, which is very handy to prevent explosions!!
As a bonus which I never realised food processors come with a slicer, this allows you to cut all sorts of food into equal slices (cucumber, onion, cheese etc.). However it is much quicker and easier to clean up if you just use a knife.
The plastic sections are dishwasher safe but I always hand wash mine in hot soapy water as it takes up too much room in the dishwashers.
The separate mixer attachment is useful if you're in to cooking/baking and it chops up nuts, herbs and fruit nicely. The mixer lid has a sprinkle funnel which is a handy touch to the gadget.
For a gift I didn't want or expect it has turned out to be a handy kitchen accessory. However I do find it can be sat on the kitchen side for weeks at a time collecting dust. But that is down to my lack of usage not the machine.
I would recommend this food processor as it does everything you would possibly want a food processor to do and has a safety feature of being inoperable unless the lid is fitted correctly is fantastic.
This food processor includes (as per box) -
* 1 x Kenwood FP580 Food Processor
* 1 x Double-sided fine shredding/slicing discs
* 1 x Double-sided coarse shredding/slicing discs
* 1 x 1.5 L Liquidiser
* 1 x Knife blade
* 1 x Maxi blend canopy
* 1 x Whisk--twin geared
* 1 x Dough tool
* 1 x Fine julienne disc
* 1 x Mill jar lid
* 1 x Registration card
* 1 x Full product instructions manual (includes recipes)
* 1 x Plug
If you have the room in your kitchen, the need and inclination for a food processor I would definitely ass this to you list of possible.
I have never owned a dishwasher before not even when I lived with my parents so washing up, drying and putting away has always been a daily chore. It wasn't till 3 years ago when I was pregnant we decided to take the plunge.
We chose the Beko as it is a well-known brand and more importantly on offer as the Managers Special for £185.
We took the dishwasher home with us there and then and once home there was little packaging to dispose of. Cardboard on the edges and plastic around the outside, which was all recyclable.
It was very easy to set up the machine with following the instructions but if you're putting in a dishwasher in for the first time make sure you have a water source nearby. Once in place it fitted in with our white and black kitchen very well.
Running costs aren't as high as I thought they would be, I've not noticed a rise in our electric by much at all. The costs include dishwasher salt, rinse aid and tablets. My weekly running costs for these 3 items are no more than £3.00.
The draws in the dishwasher are sturdy and on good quality runners. I have never had an issue with them coming off the runners. There is plenty of room in this for cutlery and crockery. Two of the stacking grid at the back can be folded down allowing for saucepans and bigger bowls.
There are numerous setting on the dishwasher - half load wash (just load the top tray for a wash, rinse, eco-wash, tougher wash, normal wash. We mainly use the normal wash which rinses, cleans and dry's.
I am so pleased with this purchase it has saved so much time and effort with minimal cost.
My only negative about this dishwasher (however I assume all are the same) is after a fair few washes the glasses go cloudy.
I highly recommend this dishwasher on its performance, longevity and cost. Thumbs up from this household.
I hate the thought of my cat having fleas especially as he comes into the house. Once they get into your house they make home in your carpets and furniture and are difficult to get rid of so my moto for fleas is prevention is better than cure.
I find the most effective treatment Frontline spot on. I use this every 10 - 12 weeks on my cat and he's never had fleas so in my opinion it's 100%.
This type of Frontline is NOT prescription only and can be brought on line, however there is one called Frontline Combo (which is prescription only). I purchase mine online from Animal Direct £11 for 3 pipets and free delivery.
You can purchase them in packs of 3 or 6. They come in a translucent blue pipette.
To apply you just snap the lid off, part the fur so you can see the skin and spot the liquid on to the skin on the back of the neck, ensure you do it high enough so your cat can't lick it off once applied. It does leave a slightly greasy mark but after 24 hours it disappears.
My cat is a little lively and I have no trouble at all applying this to him. The recommended minimum period is for treatment is 4-6 weeks. I use it 6 weekly to prevent fleas and ticks.
If you wish to prevent fleas I would recommend using this a it's a stress free solution to both owner and cat.
My cat is a nightmare when it comes to catching wildlife. I hate it I've tried collars with numerous bells on but he still manages to catch something whether it be birds, mice, rats and Squirrels...Yes squirrels!!!
So especially with 2 children I ensure he is wormed regularly. I find giving him Drontal tablets a battle but I know there a complete wormer
Purchasing these tablets from my vet costs £3 each but if I purchase these on line I can get them for £1.50. As these are non-prescription medication they are freely available from pet shops, pharmacies or on line.
Each tablet comes with calendar stickers to remind you when you need to worm your cat or when you have wormed your cat.
The dosage you have to give your cat depends on the weight of your cat. One tablet worms a cat of 4kg (the average cat size). But they do come with a line down the centre for easy snapping. My vet recommend working cats every 3 months but as my cat is a keen hunter I tend to do it once a month.
My cat is not the easiest to worm so to get the Drontal tablet down in one I have to roll him in a towel (to prevent clawing) and push the tablet down this throat. I have tried discussing it in food and crushing it up but he soon susses them out and spits the tablet back out!!
Once the tablet is spat out it goes slimy and chalky making it difficult to handle. So I like to ensure it's gotten down in one swift movement.
I would recommend these tablets if your cat is easy to get tablets down if not I would recommend a product by the same manufactures called Droncit, however this is a prescription only medication which requires a prescription or gotten from the vets.
These are boxes designed to go under the bed, they are wide and flat with lids on. Great, simple storage solutions.
There are many different sizes of under bed storage boxes but the ones I have are approximately 0.6m x 0.8m, clear in appearance with a clear lid. The lid attaches on my 2 clips at either end. There are also wheels on the base allowing them to be pulled out from under the bed with ease. I have 3 of these under my little boys single bed.
In one he has a Thomas train set in pieces, in another he has puzzles and in another he has loads of happy land characters. They told a fair amount and are easy for him to pull out when he wants to play with something.
My little boy is only 2 years old and can manage to open and close these by himself and he is a little heavy handed but hasn't damaged them at all they a very robust and thick plastic.
The boxes are plastic so if they need to be cleaned a damp cloth does the job but with being under the bed they tend not to get too dusty or dirty.
I purchased my under bed storage boxes which were on offer in Wilkinsons 2 for £15 a great purchase and fantastic space save. Definitely one of my better purchases.