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Fisher-Price Smart Stages Purse
Fisher-Price Smart Stages Purse
Price: £12.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising success with our little precious, 30 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 0:43 Mins

I thought our 15 month granddaughter might be a bit young for this, but no. She makes "phone calls" on the mobile, presses the buttons on the bag, kisses her reflection in the heart-shaped mirror. Plenty of audio variety from the bag. Set the level to the baby's standard, e.g. Level 1 (6-11 months) uses first words and sounds, level 2 (12-17 months)questions and directions. Has 50+ songs, tunes and phrases, which we have yet to discover. Only the purse is interactive - the phone is a transfer on a blank shape, with a rattle inside. The keys have been used to bite on as she continues teething. I doubt whether I would give this to an under 12 month, as the play and learning potential is better from 1 year on, and the bag and contents might be dispersed or worse by a baby, before the best happens.


Fisher-Price Smart Stages Tea Set 
Fisher-Price Smart Stages Tea Set 
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My granddaughter loves this, 30 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:12 Mins

Been non-stop playtime the moment we unpacked it. Teapot and cups are the centre of attention while the cake parts are just noisy on our wooden floor. Clear vocals from the pot and plenty of audio. Excellent toy that will provide entertainment for a long time. Standard level formula as on all Fisher Price toys for baby and toddler - so you are probably aware of these from other purchases. Why I like the teaset is that is it a shareable experience for child and adult (or child and children). Great value toy that keeps on providing enjoyment.


The Whale Road (The Oathsworn Series, Book 1)
The Whale Road (The Oathsworn Series, Book 1)
by Robert Low
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story telling, 28 Aug. 2015
Written by a Viking enthusiast and with the verve of an ancient saga.A great addition to historical fiction and I am looking forward to read the series.


Microsoft Lumia 640 Premium Leather Black Wallet Flip Case Cover Pouch + Big Touch Stylus Pen + RED 2 IN 1 Dust Stopper + Screen Protector & Polishing Cloth SVL2 BY SHUKAN®, (WALLET BLACK)
Microsoft Lumia 640 Premium Leather Black Wallet Flip Case Cover Pouch + Big Touch Stylus Pen + RED 2 IN 1 Dust Stopper + Screen Protector & Polishing Cloth SVL2 BY SHUKAN®, (WALLET BLACK)
Offered by Shukan
Price: £9.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable value., 27 Aug. 2015
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Does what is required of it. Easy to fit the phone in. Comes with a stylus - word of caution: when the rubber wears/splits the chrome ring has the potential to scratch the screen, if previous experience of similar styli in the past is anything to go by. Screen protector is easy to fit.


Gluten-Free All-in-One For Dummies
Gluten-Free All-in-One For Dummies
by Consumer Dummies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend for celiacs, 25 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When my son was diagnosed 20 years ago, we had no idea about about Coeliac disease or how gluten could affect a person. Thankfully, so much has changed since and stores offer plenty of free-from options. However, eating out – party or dining – can still be problem, and this book offers advice about that. I recommend this book if there is a celiac in the family.
It explains the condition, and the difference to gluten intolerance or gluten allergy. Many people are making a lifestyle choice to be gluten-free and I am uncertain whether they would benefit form this book unless they like cooking/baking at home.

This is actually a collection of books from “For Dummies” - an omnibus if you like- 5 books in one. Stylistically, it is not written to be read cover to cover, but to be used liked a reference book where one finds the information of interest. That means a fair amount of repetition on certain matters (e.g. the effect on the lower intestine) as the authors cannot be certain one would have read about this earlier, so it has to be written whenever relevant to content.

Book 1 “Getting started Going Without Gluten” is about a gluten-free lifestyle and the background to gluten in our diet. Here one finds important facts such as “wheat-free” is not the same as “gluten-free”. I think this is the most important book in the set along with Book 2 “Making the Switch Without Losing your Mind”. This is the book on the practicalities of a gluten-free life, such as preparing your home and especially your kitchen.

Books 3, 4 and 5 are about foods. Plenty of recipes and ideas for the cook to prepare, but, of course, so many foods are naturally gluten-free, e.g. a salad, provided one avoids commercial mayonnaise and dressings that may contain gluten. Meat is gluten-free – it is dressings and additives that may carry gluten. But being free is more than avoiding obvious carriers – sometimes there can be “contamination” - the food is prepared in a area where flour or similar is used, and gluten containing particles transfer (Book 2). Not a problem perhaps if only an intolerance to gluten but for a celiacs it can be very nasty (not life threatening) to have even the smallest amount.

I have baked gluten-free cakes, using recommended ingredients and had good comments, but I can taste the difference and prefer regular baking; but I accommodate a son who is a celiac and a daughter-in-law who asks for a gluten-free diet. Making gluten-free bred though looks like too much trouble.

In summary, a good book if a diagnosed celiac or catering for one. For lifestyle gluten-free, not essential.


Fisher-Price Stroll-Along Musical Walker
Fisher-Price Stroll-Along Musical Walker
Price: £30.96

5.0 out of 5 stars A hit with our little Miss, 24 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 0:19 Mins

I brought it out to my 15 month granddaughter while still in the box - a mistake. I had to assemble with some fiddly screws while she couldn't wait to play. Once assembled she has had great fun and pushes it around and it is light enough for her to swing round and change direction. The music is very nice. Lights on the backrest add to its appeal. Toys on the rail are actually playable as would be on a real pushchair.
NB Only in small print on the box does it mention that the doll is not included. Also, no batteries and it requires 3AA


Fisher-Price Dance and Move BeatBo
Fisher-Price Dance and Move BeatBo
Offered by Duncans Retail
Price: £37.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Grandchildren split over this, 24 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:14 Mins

I first played this as a test while still in the box, which does not do it justice - sounds much better when free of the cardboard. Releases with 3 easy twist foot restraints. Sound quality much better, especially the playback of own voice out of box. Sound may not be working on the video, unfortunately
One granddaughter (age 30 months) was not impressed but her younger cousin (15 months) laughed and made some dance moves.
Rather delightful, but loses a star for the split appeal. Heavy, and not easy to handle by the child; best operated by the adult for the child to enjoy.


Devoted Duck with Trout, 2 kg
Devoted Duck with Trout, 2 kg
Price: £14.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A paw's up from my dog :-), 22 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We're very careful with our dog's diet, as he is prone to many allergies. At first he recognised that this wasn't his normal stuff, so we introduced a few pieces among his regular food, increasing the proportion daily. He has eaten it and we have no bad effects to his toilet. Too many products are bad for dogs and it is worth paying more for the dog's health here than at the vet's.


Murad Age Reform Intensive Wrinkle Reducer 30 ml
Murad Age Reform Intensive Wrinkle Reducer 30 ml
Price: £59.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Can see it working., 22 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Surprisingly early results! None of this "see the results in only x weeks", but an almost instantaneous improvement to fine lines under the eyes. My only criticism is that it has worked better on one side of the face than the other. Non-greasy, applies easily, leaves a smooth finish.


Polti Forzaspira AG130 Window Vacuum Cleaner, 5 W
Polti Forzaspira AG130 Window Vacuum Cleaner, 5 W
Price: £79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and easy, 17 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
So easy to use. I am one of those people who cannot clean a window and be free of streaks.....until now :-)
The vacuum cleaner charges very quickly indeed. It's not heavy to use or difficult to handle. One cleans the window with the spray and wipe tool, then run the vacuum cleaner down the glass to draw off any moisture. There are two different sized squeegee blades to fit various windows. This has made life a lot easier and cheaper.
Going for the second use, I found it was out of charge, so luckily it is a fast recharge. Will need to do the windows around the house in stages and not one blitz.


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