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SUPER MARIO BROS ACTION FIGURE, LUIGI
My son received this as a gift for his birthday in august so I have had to have a look online for prices and have found that it retails on amazon for £10.99 with free packaging.
The figure is made from hard durable plastic and does contain small parts, so isn't recommended for young children, and is approx 12cms in height.
My son wanted this for a while and was really pleased when he got it for his birthday, I have to say this has been thrown, dropped, bashed and is still in fantastic condition which I think is great, I also think the price is fair as mario products I find are normally quite expensive.
This is something that i would buy as a gift for someone and would be happy enough to buy the rest of the figures in the collection.
Although it isn't recommended for young children my daughter also plays with this whilst under my supervision and no parts have ever come lose, I also like the fact that it is detailed and looks just like the character as he is in the games.
I moved house a few months ago and needed to buy a new deep fat fryer but also had other bits that I needed so I didn't want to spend loads and I came across this in my local tesco store for just £24.99.
This fryer came packaged in a large cardboard box with a picture on the box, the make and was securely packaged inside and protected with polystyrene so that it wouldn't get bashed about in the box, It also came with easy to read instructions.
Upon taking this out of the box I found that it was easy to set up, all that I had to do was attach the handle to the basket which only took a minute.
Inside there is a line which shows you the maximum fill level for the oil, It takes 3 litres of oil to fill to the line, You then switch on my the plug, and select temperature, and switch the 2 lights on at the front.
When the light is lit red it means that the fryer is turned on and when then green light is lit the temperature has been reached.
This fryer takes around 5 minutes to heat up and as I only use mine for cooking chips I can't tell you how long it takes to cook other foods, but for chips it takes between 5-10minutes depending on weather im cooking frozen or home-made.
In my opinion for the price I paid for this fryer I believe I got a good bargain as it looks quite stylish, I also like that it heats up rather quickly so their is no waiting around for ages like you do with some other fryers, My chips come out a lovely golden brown colour and taste yummy.
I have only had to clean this once since having it as I don't like to eat chips often and have found that it is easy to clean and replace oil and takes 10-15minutes.
I would recommend this to family and friends if they were looking for a fryer that does a good job and doesn't cost a bomb.
As this is a tesco product it is only available from tesco, I bought mine instore but you may also be able to purchase this on-line.
ARGOS SOLID PINE SHOE RACK
I have recently moved house, well about 4 weeks ago and my new house had brand new carpets laid in the lounge and upstairs just before I moved in, So knowing this I decided that I no longer wanted anyone to wear shoes in the house and this is why I purchased this shoe rack.
The shoe rack came packed in thick cardboard packaging that felt quite heavy to carry, but I managed it, and it comes flat packed with instructions, which are easy to read, Now I hate having to put things together so I got my step-dad to do it for me and it only took him 10 minutes to do it, that was without even looking at the instructions, The shoe rack is available to buy from argos on-line or in-store and costs just £14.99 and it comes unfinished so that you can decided if you want to leave it as it comes or to paint, varnish or stain it.
There are three shelves and each shelf holds 3 pairs of shoes, so in total it will hold 9 pairs, although I have found that if using it to store kids shoes that I can store around 12 pairs.
I have now had my shoe rack since I moved in as it was one of the first few things that I bought and have since gone out and bought another, so that the kids have a shoe rack to share, the other is used for my shoes and for friends/family's shoes when they come over, I have varnished both my shoe racks as I find that this makes them easier to wipe clean, especially when my son puts his muddy shoes/trainers on them, They shelves are quite strong and look nice and go with my hall, I also think that these could be used to store toys, make up, toiletries etc on.
They are good value and worth what I paid and I would recommend these to anybody who is looking for a shoe rack or storage.
ELC PINK ARMBANDS
My daughters aunty takes her swimming once a fortnight and more often if she can, occasionally I like to go with them, In the pool where we go their are armbands, floats and swimming rings supplied but often if it's busy you find their are none left to use, So my daughter's auntie bought these for her as I don't like her to go in the pool with nothing.
These arm bands are from ELC and are available to purchase in-store and online and retail at £6.00 and they are suitable for children age 12 months and over, The arm bands themselves are pink in colour and have pictures of sea horses, shells and star fish on them, they also come with a small puncture repair kit, Their is a valve to blow them up and this is quite easy it takes around 5 minutes to do both, It is also easy to deflate them both, although the first time I tried it took me forever, until I was given the tip of squeezing the value whilst squashing them down, again this takes around 5 minutes to do both.
My daughter has had these from the age of 9months and when we first started using them they were a little loose on her arms but after a few months they were fine, she is now 21 months and we still have the same ones and have never had any problems with them or had to use the repair kit, They are easy to slip on and off her arms with no pushing and tugging to try and get them on/off.
I also like the fact that they aren't just plain and have pictures on as my daughter seems to like looking at the pictures they have on them, I do think that these will fit her well for at least another 12-18 months but after that may start to be a bit of a squeeze, but at least she would of got a good few years of wear out of them by then.
These are an absolute bargain at £6.00 and if we ever did have a problem I would certainly get another pair of these for her.
THE FIRST YEARS TIGGER DOOR BOUNCER
I was passed this by a friend just after my daughter was born as she no longer had any use for it, I didn't get a box with it, I was just passed the bouncer.
I have had a look on-line and found that this is available on amazon and ebay with a starting price of just £10.00 new.
The door bouncer has a large metal clasp which attaches to the top of the door and clips well, I found that the clasp could be quite tough to open, but also strong, as before I first used it I attached it and gave it a few tough pulls just to make sure it would be safe for my daughter.
There are purple/blue belts attached to the clasp that are also attached to the part where you place the baby, and these are adjustable, The part where the baby goes is orange and black with a tigger head on the front and a tail at the bag, it also has two holes which is where the child's legs go.
The recommended age for this is 3 months as long as the baby can support their own head and the maximum weight is 25lbs.
As I have already said above the clasp on this is quite tough but clips to the door well and is quite strong, I found this easy to clean as I just gave it a sponge down with a damp cloth as I did not no how else to clean it, especially as I had it passed down to me, The price of this I think is absolutely brilliant, My daughter loved being placed in this and being able to bounce away, I now wonder if this is the reason she likes to bounce on anything and anyone.
I also like the fact that it is quite bright in colour which makes it more attractive to baby's as the seem to like bright colours, I was able to use this with my daughter from the age of 13 weeks untill she was 7 months, which is when she learnt to crawl.
I have since passed it on to a friend of mine for her son to use, It still looks good as new, and is something I would recommend to all parents.
I especially found it handy to have if I needed to do a quick clean/dishes as I could put it onto the door way of the room I would be in and do what needed to be down whilst still being able to suprvise my daughter.
NEW LOOK SQUARE SUNGLASSES
A few weeks ago me and a few friends went out, not wanting the night to end I decided we should find a party somewhere afterwards and we did.
Not looking my best the following morning after quite a few drinks and no sleep I had to make my way home on the bus, so pinched these glasses of a friend.
The glasses are from newlook and are available in-store and online at www.newlook.com and cost my friend just £3.00, The frames are made of durable plastic and are black in colour, with square shaped frames around the eyes, The lenses are blue with a purple tint, These also give you uv protection.
I haven't given these back to my friend and have told her she won't be getting them back anytime soon, for the price she paid I believe she got a bargain, these glasses are light weight and so comfortable to wear, I borrowed these to try and hide some of my face and how rough I looked and they actually helped as I got a compliment telling me I looked good with them on.
I have quite a small face and the sit fine and don't slip of my ears or nose at all, My daughter has got hold of them and they have not bent or got any marks from being thrown by her either.
I would recommend these to anyone who is looking for cheap but good quality sunglasses
ANN SUMMERS BEDSIDE BABE FANTASY NURSE
This is the most recent ann summers outfit I bought, I bought this to go on a friends hen night recently, as we had decided to go as doctors and nurses and in my opinion its better to be a naughty nurse than a doctor.
This is a 3 piece set and with it you have the dress, stethoscope and head wear.
The dress it self is mainly white with a blue rim and blue cross, the zip detail is also in blue, The hat again is the same, The stethoscope is made from plastic and is all blue in colour, and it is machine washable, On the label it states that this is 100% polyester but the outfit and hat do have a pvc feel to it.
It is available to purchase from an ann summers rep if you hold a party, through an ann summers shop or online at www.annsummers.com.
It is available in size 8-26 and sells at £35.00, Although I bought mine for £25.00 from a party rep as it was the last one she had, ann summers often have a sale on though so if you want this outfit but not at full price then it will be worth keeping a check on their site.
I bought mine in a size 10 and it is a perfect fit, as sometimes ann summers sizes can be a little on the small side, but this was perfect, it also feels comfortable to wear in and out of the bedroom.
My partner at the time said I looked stunning in this and that it really suited me and did the job for him (sorry for that bit of information).
Whilst wearing this on a night out I had plenty of compliments and it is waiting in my wardrobe to be worn again, The stethoscope is made from what looks and feels like cheap plastic and if im honest I was expecting this to break but it's still going strong.
Alls I need now is some-one to nurse so I can wear it again
Does anyone need a nurse???
ANN SUMMERS GANGSTER GIRL COSTUME
Every year a group of us go to liverpool for the matthew street festival and have been doing so for the past few years, we always go in fancy dress so the month before have an ann summers party, this allows us to have a laugh and buy our outfit at the same time, We also take it in turns to be the party organiser as this allows us each to get a discount.
Two years ago we decided to purchase the gangster girl outfits from ann summers as they were avalible in sizes 8-24. At the time these outfits were retailing at £35.00, I have had a look on the ann summers website and can't see this exact outfit so I don't no if they are still avalible, but they do have something simular.
With this set you get the dress, tie and hat, The dress has short sleeves and is black and red pinstriped, with a large red collar and is quite low cut, so you do see a lot of chest, The tie is clip on/tie round (so if like me you can't tie a tie, then this one is perfect for you) and the hat, which is made from plastic type material. The dress fastens at the front and comes up quite short.
As their was a group of us wearing these we attrached quite a lot of attention and I found at 4ft 11inch that it came up short on me, it just covered my bum, A friend of mine who is 5ft 6inch had to wear hers with leggings as this was on her hips, All of us found the outfit looked good on and made us feel sexy, what I didn't like though was the hat, I ended up giving mine to some random stranger I met whilst in a bar their.
I was at the time a size 8 and found that the size fitted perfect, and whilst wearing it I wore a gel bra to boost my cleavage and although it looked good I found that it suited one of my friends better who does have a good size bust.
I still have my outfit hanging in the wardrobe and it is something I would happily wear again (if i ever lose my baby weight), I would be happy to wear this on a night out and in the bedroom
LOGITECH WEBCAM C160
I wanted a webcam for my son to chat with his relatives who live away, and also to one of his friends who moved away last year, I wanted something that was cheap and decent, that wouldn't break the bank and something that was ok to look at and not ugly looking. After having a look around I decided on this the logitech webcam c160.
I bought this from amazon late last year and paid £13.00 with free delivery, this is still available from amazon with the price ranging between £13.00-£17.00, some sellers offer free delivery so it is best to have a look properly before purchasing.
This works via usb connection and clips to the computer monitor, I found it was easy to set up and had it done within 10minutes,( not bad for my first ever attempt), it is compatible with windows xp, vista and windows 7, and has microphone included, with a vga sensor and is 1.3mp, although it doesn't have a zoom on it.
Now as I didn't spend a lot I wasn't expecting much from this, but thought for the price it would be ideal for my son when using Skype, as I have said it was easy to set up, The picture on this is better than I expected but not the best and the sound is also quite good but you do get some interference noise in the background, this doesn't bother myself or my son as it isn't too much, It does occasionally freeze, although having said that we have had this since late last year and it has only frozen on us 4-5 times.
I would recommend this for occasional use but if you want a webcam that you are going to use often then I don't believe that this would be the right one for you, as we only use ours twice a fortnight.
This has on a few occasions fallen off the monitor but has no marks and it hasn't affected it's use.
VTECH NURSERY RHYMES BOOK
I first came across this book nearly 7 years ago when I had my son, it was a gift of some-one, and have again came across it when I had my daughter who is 20months.
I have to be honest and say that I no longer have the packaging it came in, so I can't remember what it was like, but if it is like all the other vtech toys packaging then it would be strong and colourful.
This was bought for both my children, but after looking around I have seen that it is available to purchase from tesco, argos, ebay and amazon.
The price varies in price from £5.00 up to £9.99, I would pay the full price as I believe it is worth paying that.
This is suitable for children age 6months upwards and is made from hard durable plastic and requires 2aaa batteries to work, The book contains 6 nursery rhymes, each page has the text in good size letters that make it easy to read and good illustrations to go with the rhyme, The book will read the rhyme automatically as you turn each page, There is no volume button on this but it isn't to loud that it will annoy you. Also the book is bright and colourful.
I love this book and was so pleased when my daughter received this as a gift, I have not yet had to replace the batterys and this comes out of her toybox every few days, as well as having the rhyme read I like to show her the pictures and asked her to repeat what I am saying, The book has on occasions been thrown about in temper and hasn't broken, although there are a few scuff marks on it, this doesn't effect it's use in any way though.
The book is recommended for children age 6months upwards, but we have had this since my daughter was 3 months old and have had no problems, she was happy enough to sit on my knee and listen to the rhyme being told.
A great gift for all children
MONTAGNE JEUNESSE DRY SKIN MASK
I enter competitions daily on facebook, twitter and various other sites and groups and on one that I won a few weeks ago, I received a bubble bath, body wash and face mask and this was the face mask that I had won.
I have used these face masks before but not this particular one, so the other night I had no kids so decided to have a nice relaxing bath and use this mask.
This dry skin mask comes in 2 parts in 1 sachet, and is raspberry and blueberry scented, it claims to hold in moisture to banish dry areas.
To use you need to cleanse your skin and apply the first mask and leave for 15-20 minutes, you then need to rinse and dry and apply the second which is a re-hydrating skin serum.
The first mask smells quite fruity and you can smell the blueberry, raspberry and grapes, although the scent is not to strong, it does smell a little sweet, this mask is quite thick, but easy to apply and rinse.
The second part you allow to dry naturally into your skin and the scent from this is not as strong as the first part.
It does state in small wording to test first for irritation before use, and it also states that it is suitable for vegetarian.
As I did not buy this product I have looked and found that it is available to buy on amazon, ebay and superdrug and the price ranges between 99p and £1.49.
I have to say I loved this mask and the scent on it, It felt very relaxing to have the mask on whilst having a soak in the bath and it was nice to have something for myself for a change, (don't often get to relax and treat myself).
I left the mask on for nearly 30 minutes before rinsing it of and it caused no irritation at all to my skin, it was also easy to rinse of, Before applying the second mask I patted my face dry with a towel, The second part of the mask took just a few minutes to sink into my skin and dry.
Since using this my skin has felt smooth and soft, it feels like im touching a baby's skin, it is certainly a product that I will be buying more of and the price I think is fantastic
ELC FIREMANS OUTFIT
I bought this around 3 years ago for my son, and at the time if I remember rightly I paid £8.00.
I bought this as at the time he was crazy on fireman sam and was always running around pretending to be a fireman.
The recommended age for this is age 3 years and this fitted my son until recently, (He is 7 next month, although small for his age)
This outfit is a 2 part set, the trousers are bright yellow and have an elasticated waist, and the jacket is navy with silver/grey stripes and fastens up at the front with velcro, The material of the outfit is like soft thick plastic, and is easy to clean, I used to give ours a wipe down with wet wipes, If it needed a better clean I would wipe it down with a hot soapy cloth.
My son loved dressing up in this and has only just grown out of it and he has worn it most days since I bought it for him and it is still in fantastic condition, I have been able to pass it down to my cousins son, This looks so cute on and is money well spent in my opinion.
The material is good quality and is also quite thick, so will keep the child warm whilst they are wearing it.
The only disappointment that I did have is that is doesn't come with a fireman's hat/helmet so I had to buy that separately, which ended up costing me more(Will also be writing a review on that later)
This is till available from the elc although I believe it costs a little more than I paid.
HASBRO IN THE NIGHT GARDEN, UPSY DAISY DRESS UP
This was a gift my daughter had last year for her first birthday of a friend of mine, I will be totally honest and say I don't know why she bought this as she know's that my daughter isn't into the night garden.
Upsy daisy came packaged in a card packaging that had a clear plastic front, and she is approx 12inches tall, she is a soft toy and recommended for children age 2 years and over.
As well as getting upsy daisy you also get a small bag, pink shoes, removable skirt and some flowers, that can be attached to her hair.
Upsy daisy has strands of her that can be twisted and played with, the flowers stick to the hair by velcro, she feels soft.
This is available to buy from smyths, toys r us, tesco and amazon and my friend paid £19.99 for the one she got for my daughter.
When I opened this for my daughter for the first time, she put the flowers on her own hair, she played with this for just 5 minutes, As it was her birthday I thought it was maybe because she had so many other presents that she just wanted to play with them all.
I had tried a few times again to see if my daughter wanted to play with this and she is just not interested at all and it ended up at the bottom of the toy box, coming across it whilst packing to move I found that my daughter was still not interested so I put it in the charity bag.
If im honest I find that this is a boring toy and certainly not worth £19.99, This isn't something I would by for any of my children or for anyone elses.
CASDON HETTY CLEANING TROLLEY
I bought this for my daughter as she already had the hetty hoover and liked playing with that, she was also a pain for pinching my brush when I needed to brush the floor.
I bought mine from a seller on facebook who has a business page, and paid £12.00 with free delivery,
They are also available from amazon and the price varies between sellers, the cheapest being £8.00 and the more expensive been £14.99.
This comes flat packed in good sturdy packaging and comes with instructions, to build this up it took me 10minutes, everything clicks/slots into place so there is no need for any tools, The instructions are good and easy to follow, they also include pictures.
The trolley and parts that come with this are black, silver and pink in colour, The trolley itself has wheels so it is easy for the child to push and move around.
With this you have a dustpan and brush, long handled brush, cleaning bottle, paper rubbish bag and mop, the mop and the brush need slotting together, The bristles on both the brush and dustpan are pink and quite strong.
It has hooks for you to hook your dustpan and brush and for you to keep your rubbish bag, The brush and dustpan doing a good job of brushing the floor and sweeping up the rubbish/dust, The spray bottle does not open so it really is just for imaginary use/play.
I really like this hetty cleaning trolley and think that the price I paid was a fair price and would happily of paid a little extra for this, This is recommended for children age 3 years and upwards but my daughter who is 20months plays with hers and we have had no problems, it is light and easy for her to push around.
I also like the fact that that they spray cleaning bottle does not actually open, as I imagine if it did and I was to put water in it, my daughter would spray this everywhere.
The paper bag that comes with this has torn and had to be thrown away, but this isn't a problem as you can easily replace them.
My daughter likes to help when im brushing and mopping her floor and now no longer needs to pinch mine as she has her own, This would make a great gift for any young child.
ARGOS VALUE RANGE CUTLERY SET
When I moved a few weeks ago I need some cheap cutlery as I had so many boxes to unpack and didn't no which one I had put my other cutlery in, so my mum picked these up for me
These came packaged in simple packaging that was labelled argos value range, and for a 24 piece set it cost my mum just £3.99.
These are silver in colour and are made from stainless steel and have a simple design on them, this is 2 lines on the edges of the cutlery.
In a set you get 6 forks, 6 knives, 6 dessert spoons and 6 teaspoons.
Ok so these aren't the best looking cutlery set you can purchase but as I just needed something until I unpacked and found my other set, they were good enough, I like that they are quite lightweight to hold and they wash well and are suitable for use in a dishwasher, The knives are the sharpest but they cut through food such as sausages, burgers well.
Although I have now unpacked and I myself am using my old cutlery I still have these and this is what my children use and they have no problems using them at all.
These I believe are perfect for a quick fix, or for children but not the best for an adult, I have had one knife bend on me whilst I was cutting gammon up.
Because of them few reasons I will award this 3 stars