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Philips HR1868/81 Avance Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2.5 Litre, 700 Watt - White
Philips HR1868/81 Avance Collection Quick Clean Juicer, 2.5 Litre, 700 Watt - White
Price: £94.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy to clean!, 22 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I used to own a Magimix juicer and it was such an enormous pain to clean that I eventually gave it away on Freecycle. However I was curious if other brands of juicers were any better and as Philips is apparently the market leader I decided to give this one a go. So the good news, it is in a completely different league to the Magimix. Very easy to assemble and take apart and a doddle to clean. The inside parts seem to be coated in some kind of Teflon-ish covering which means the fruit residues just slide off. The grater part is of course more tricky, but much easier to clean than the equivalent part on the Magimix.

The instructions that came with it are the usual infuriating international picture instructions which are not entirely helpful and did cause problems when I first set the machine up as (1) The instructions are for more than one model, with only a small picture of the machine to guide you as to which set of instructions to read and (2) Because the final part of assembly requires you to VERY firmly click the handle of the machine into place before you can turn it on. I had thought mine was clicked in sufficiently and couldn't get the machine to switch on, so very nearly returned it. (3) It's unclear whether you are supposed to remove the pulp from the machine before doing the quick clean as the pictures are ambiguous.

On the subject of the quick clean option (where you can clean the machine with it still assembled) I found this was at little pointless as you need to use it with the supplied jug (otherwise the water goes everywhere) and the jug is most likely to be full of the juice you just made. Also this option doesn't clean the machine thoroughly enough, still leaving residue on the grater.

It is undeniably noisy (and yes it does sound like something from a commercial juice bar!) and doesn't ft under counter tops, however I am much happier with this machine than I ever was with my Magimix and my three year-old son loves getting involved with the juicing and drinking the results.


Philips QT4013/23 Series 3000 Beard Trimmer
Philips QT4013/23 Series 3000 Beard Trimmer
Price: £35.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a beard trimmer...apparently, 21 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As an Amazon Vine reviewer I occasionally have to call in help from other members of my family to review things. For instance I no longer require the use of nappies myself, but I have young children who do and fortunately my facial hair is not so vigorous in its growth that I need a beard trimmer. My father however does possess some fine facial hair and he promised to give this shaver a thorough testing on my behalf and report back. Honestly I should have known better than to trust him. The final line of his review may well leave me traumatised for many years, but who knew it was multi-purpose?

The trimmer is nice and light and easy to use.The cut height adjustment is particularly easy to adjust but once set how often do you meed to adjust it, unless you share? It is annoying that it has a 13 amp charger plug which means that it cannot be plugged in to charge in the bathroom, having said that the long battery life means that this is not a frequent event and you could take it on holiday without the charger. There is also a light which indicates when the unit is fully charged which some other makes do not have. At the end of the day it gives a good cut which is what it is all about.
PS good for pubic hair too


Britax Smile Chassis Carry Cot/Infant Carrier (6 Months to 3 Years, Black/Slate)
Britax Smile Chassis Carry Cot/Infant Carrier (6 Months to 3 Years, Black/Slate)
Price: £405.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality travel system., 21 July 2015
The Smile is the newer version of the Britax Affinity travel system and the two do appear to be very similar on first glance. Like the Affinity the Smile is a travel system with a frame that supports a seat (6m+) carry cot and car seat.

The front wheels are solid and the back pair are inflatable. You can also buy all terrain wheels which you can swap for the standard ones if you intend to use the buggy out of town. The handlebar is extendable which makes this model a practical option for tall parents. The release mechanism on the frame that allows you to turn the seat around (it can be mounted on the frame so it wither faces the parent or faces the direction of travel) is extremely easy to use and both releases easily and clicks in in a very definite manner. So no wrestling with it when trying to fold it down in the supermarket car park!

The foot brake is on the right and kicks on and off easily and firmly. In common with most (if not all?) Britax models the hood is extendable beyond the initial tilt by unzipping an extra mesh panel in the middle of the hood. There is also then a flap in the hood which allows you to look down on the baby and check them. There is a removable belly bar which is a useful addition for young babies, a 5 point harness and a footplate which can be adjusted according to age on the tilt position of the seat.

Underneath there is a large scoop shopping basket with sewn in pockets to hold baby bottles upright and make them easily accessible from the back of the pram. Like all the Britax travel systems the Smile feels very sturdily and securely built and will be a good investment that will last beyond one child.


Britax B-Motion 3 Lightweight Stroller includes Bumper Bar and Raincover (Neon Black)
Britax B-Motion 3 Lightweight Stroller includes Bumper Bar and Raincover (Neon Black)
Price: £224.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Like a deluxe version of the B-Agile, 21 July 2015
The easiest way to describe the B-Motion 3 is that it is like a deluxe version of the B-Agile. Like the B-Agile it is a "from birth" buggy with a lie flat option and the same transparent mesh back and a cover which can be pulled over it. It has bigger wheels than the B-Agile and they are inflatable with tread and suspension.

Like the B-Agile it has a large pocket at the back, but it's difficult to know how you would use this in any practical way as it's right next to where the baby's head would be and so although wide and long I wouldn't want to put anything bulky in it. The buggy folds with an easy handle you pull up from the middle of the seat (after releasing a clasp) and has a removable belly bar which slots in and out with ease.

There is a 5 point harness and an extendable mesh hood in the same design as you will find on most of the Britax buggies where you can unzip an extra section of the hood to give extra coverage. There is also a lifting flap which allows the parent to look down on the baby when the hood is fully extended.

I personally feel that for the small difference in price (£20 at the time of writing) it's worth spending the extra on the the B-Motion to get a more solid buggy which is suited to use on varied terrain rather than just around an urban environment.


Britax BOB Revolution Pro (Black)
Britax BOB Revolution Pro (Black)
Price: £455.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the range all terrain buggy, 21 July 2015
Bob (as he's affectionately known) is a fantastic all terrain buggy designed by mountain bikers and intended for use by parents who lead and active outdoor lifestyle. The integral seat is designed for use from 6 months, but you can buy a Britax carrycot which can be strapped into the frame and used from birth. It's extremely manoueverable with 16 inch wheels at the back and a 12.5 wheel at the front. The front wheel can be locked into position in sport mode or switched to city mode so it can wiggle from left to right.

The buggy is equipped with an adjustable shock absorber which I have to admit went a little over my head, but all the men who have seen it get quite excited about this level of engineering being on a buggy! The handle is made of textured foam and the brake is controlled from the handlebar and looks very similar to the kind you would find on a bicycle.

Bob is also surprisingly small when folded as the wheels can be removed and the whole package together would easily fit into the boot of most cars.

It says a lot about the build quality of this buggy that Britax offer a 5 year guarantee on it. It is extremely well built and I think you'd be hard pushed to find another all terrain buggy to rival it.
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Philips HC9450/13 Series 9000 Hair Clipper with Motorised Adjustable Comb
Philips HC9450/13 Series 9000 Hair Clipper with Motorised Adjustable Comb
Price: £65.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great clippers, 19 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These clippers were an upgrade from an old model and I'm very pleased with them. I love the ease at which you can adjust the cutting length. There are 400 different length options from 0.5mm to 42mm. They are a good design and the three combs attach very easily. The clippers do not come with a case as it says in the description which is a shame, as something like a pouch to keep it in would be useful.


Bright Starts Light Up Lagoon Activity Gym
Bright Starts Light Up Lagoon Activity Gym
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Tricky to assemble, but light up canopy is lovely, 17 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My first words of advice with this activity gym is to ensure that you are fully prepared with a screwdriver and a bit of time before you sit down to unpack and assemble it! It comes packed with quite a few cable ties (see picture) and at least one part that doesn't look like it should be removed and thrown away, but should be! So 15 minutes and the instruction book at hand is a good start.

Once assembled and unpacked the canopy slots into the green base supports easily, two splints are inserted to keep the canopy spread out and two pieces of webbing thread through on each side to connect the bases to the mat. The mat is rectangular shaped and therefore slightly less wide than the square Fisher Price (jungle) mat I already own, but I don't think this will be a problem as there is still plenty of room for a baby to roll and explore.

The lights in the canopy are a lovely feature which I have not seen before on similar products, I did wonder if it would have much effect if you were intending to use the playmat during daylight hours (which is when we all hope our babies will be awake!!) but the lights are noticeable even in a sunlit room (see photo) My three year-old son was quite entranced by them and really enjoyed lying under the canopy watching them (even though it's not made for him!!)

Music wise there are two levels of volume and three settings, one just for lights, another for jungle sounds and a third for music which runs on a 20 minute cycle. I was actually quite pleasantly surprised by the music as it's not too catchy and irritating and quite pleasant to listen to!

There are eight placement loops for the plastic hooks on the canopy (four on each side) and three toys which hang from them, so you can arrange them as you like. There are also three placement loops on the small cushion and my playmat came supplied with a total of 7 plastic loops, so not enough to put one on every single placement loop, but more than enough for the supplied toys.

The colour scheme of blues and greens is quite muted not too garish. Playmat is not particularly thick, but you will hear that complaint about all the models of baby gyms. It's an easy problem to solve by adding your own blanket on placing the baby gym on a carpeted surface.

Fisher Price seem to be the market leader with baby gyms and this new offering from Bright Starts is priced very similarly to the Fisher Price models. None of them are particularly cheap to buy you definitely get your money's worth over the first few months of a baby's life.
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Britax B-Agile Chassis from Birth to 4 Years (Neon Black/Silver)
Britax B-Agile Chassis from Birth to 4 Years (Neon Black/Silver)
Price: £205.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Compact folding pushchair with good folding mechanism, 14 July 2015
The B-Agile 3 is a simple compact folding pushchair with an exceptionally easy folding mechanism. It has 4 wheels, with the front two paired together to create a 3 wheel look. This pushchair very much feels like it is designed for urban use. There is no suspension and the wheels are made of hard plastic with minimal grip rather than being inflatable. The brake is operated using your right foot, but it doesn't feel overly secure, probably absolutely fine for use on flat surfaces or gentle inclines, but not for taking up hills!

The 5 point harness does up and undoes very easily and their is an extenable hood (common in many Britax models) with a mesh insert which provides good coverage, but not total sun protection. The mesh insert allows the person pushing the pushcahir to look directly down on the baby and keep an eye on them.

To fold there is a catch that has to be released first and then you lift the buggy with a strap which sits across the seat and it folds in the middle. It locks when folded and this catch then has to be released to put it upright.

The downside of this model is that the handlebar does not extend and when the seat is reclined to fully flat it sticks out of the back of the pushchair in such a way that a tall person who is pushing it is likely to knock their knees against it. I'm 5'8" (and my husband is taller) which means for us this is not a pushchair we could use easily from birth, however as a baby gets older and their need for the lie flat position decreases it becomes more of a viable option.

It's a well designed and easy to use buggy which would be perfect for keeping in the car and using around town, but less suitable for rural environments and tall parents.


LATTE GLASSES - 2 LUXURIOUS Coffee Cups - BEST QUALITY - Ideal for COFFEE MACHINES - GIFT BOXED GLASSWARE SET, 250ML (8.8oz) - Sturdy Smooth GLASSES easy WASH holds the HEAT in - FITS Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, Nespresso - FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
LATTE GLASSES - 2 LUXURIOUS Coffee Cups - BEST QUALITY - Ideal for COFFEE MACHINES - GIFT BOXED GLASSWARE SET, 250ML (8.8oz) - Sturdy Smooth GLASSES easy WASH holds the HEAT in - FITS Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, Nespresso - FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
Offered by Pot & Kettle Black (UK)
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of glasses, 14 July 2015
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A really nice set of strong (but not overly thick) glasses which are ideal for serving hot chocolates or Irish Coffees in. They have been through our dishwasher several times now and we've had no problems. They come packaged in a nice box too, which is good if you intend to give as a gift!


Taylors of Harrogate Espresso Coffee Capsules Nespresso Compatible Kenya Heirloom (Pack of 6, Total 60 Capsules)
Taylors of Harrogate Espresso Coffee Capsules Nespresso Compatible Kenya Heirloom (Pack of 6, Total 60 Capsules)
Price: £17.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Not particularly strong coffee, 14 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Currently selling for around half the price of the Nespresso original capsules, I thought these would be worth a try. The box they are packaged in looks the part, however the foil top to the capsules isn't made taught enough so there have been a number of occasions where it hasn't perforated properly when being used in the machine. As for taste the coffee is a little too mellow and lacks character and I would certainly be looking for something with a little more robustness and strength next time. As a guide I'm used to drinking Nespresso capsules with a strength of 9 or 10 and I would put this at a strength of 6 on the Nespresso scale (though Taylors rate it as an 8!)

I wouldn't buy Kenya Heirloom again, but as it is the weakest of the three Taylors varieties available on Amazon (this is an 8, and the other two are 9 and 10) I would be tempted to try the Brazilian Yellow Bourbon.


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