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Pampers Fresh Clean Wipes - 12 x Packs of 64 (768 Wipes)
Pampers Fresh Clean Wipes - 12 x Packs of 64 (768 Wipes)
Price: 17.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper in bulk!, 17 April 2014
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While highly regarded as the 'classic wipe' for all your baby changing needs I find the wipes quite versatile and the whole family uses them whether it's to give sticky hands a wipe or remove makeup. We also use them on the baby but generally they are handy to have in the car in your bag for other uses.

While it might seem like a lot to spend on wipes when you can get a packet of home brand ones for 1 it does ultimately work out more beneficial to get them here in bulk. I find a lot of the home brand wipes dry out and sometimes aren't even remotely moist. This is not the case with pampers and they retain that nostalgic smell you associate with babies. Most importantly of all I like the clean feel after use.

In cheaper brands you also typically have less wipes in a packet so worth taking this into consideration also.

Fisher-Price Deluxe Crib-to-Floor Mobile
Fisher-Price Deluxe Crib-to-Floor Mobile
Price: 34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cute but worth 50?, 7 April 2014
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My niece has just gone six months and is at that really inquisitive stage. At first she was a little unsure with this toy as it was quite big and overwhelming for her when she was sat under it (the mobile part towers over them).

When I laid her down though she reached for the elephant part of the toy and quickly learned it made noise and she became rather fascinated with it. Now she loves playing with it. I found if sat up though her head will tend to stop the mobile part from rotating and then it'll freeze. It hasn't broken yet but I wonder if she keeps doing this if it will break the rotary part of the mobile.

Also, there were no batteries included which kind of adds to the debate, is this toy kind of overpriced at 50?

It was easy to set up though and I was impressed by the variety of sounds and lullabies it can play.

Babies Firsts 140x70cm Luxury Spring Interior Cot Bed Mattress with an Edge Bound Cover and Extra Comfort Layer
Babies Firsts 140x70cm Luxury Spring Interior Cot Bed Mattress with an Edge Bound Cover and Extra Comfort Layer
Price: 37.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More inclined to use for toddler, 14 Mar 2014
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For the price I was really impressed with the quality and comfort of this mattress. It was a little bigger than I anticipated though and doesn't fit my current cot or travel cot so do double check the measurements with yours. I'm more inclined to adapt it into a first bed though when my niece is more in the 'toddler' bracket and the cot is too small for her.

Bosch TAS4011GB Tassimo Coffee Maker, Silver
Bosch TAS4011GB Tassimo Coffee Maker, Silver
Price: 64.99

5.0 out of 5 stars For a coffee lover, 11 Mar 2014
A lot of my friends refer to me as a 'coffee snob' and I used to be a coffee barrista so my standards when it comes to coffee are a little higher than most. I've got through a bunch of different coffee machines, usually filter style ones than can grind beans in order to make fresh filter coffee. However, I've got rather sick of the mess and how much my white sink gets stained from cleaning the machine out.

I've been hesitant about pod machines for a while but saw this machine on a seasonal special for less than 50 so I thought I'd jump the gun and get one. Glad I did.

The thing that goes in Tassimo's favour is its range of drinks. If you're a Costa fan, not only are the Costa pods exclusive to Tassimo but you'll also be able to use your machine for the Carte Noire range, Jacobs, Kenco, Cadbury, Milka and Twinings.

Been working my way through many of the coffees available and I'm loving the ease of use and 'fresh' flavour. I have found the coffee's have quite a bold taste by default so if you like weak coffee you might want to take this into consideration. It's very easy to add extra hot water with your machine though. So far I've tried the Costa Americano, Cappuccino and Caramel Latte, Jacob's caffe crema intenso, Kenco Columbian, Milka Hot Chocolate and the Carte Noire Petit Dejeuner. The only let down for me was the Jacob's caffe crema which didn't even half fill a mug. I even wondered if I should've dispensed it in a shot glass as an 'espresso shot'.

I'm quite into my Starbucks but I find their machines are very overpriced and the pods are only really readily available from Starbucks stores, where these also are very overpriced. Starbucks pods also use powdered milk which gives the lattes a very artificial taste. Tassimo has a much better range and they are more widely available.

I was quite impressed with the Cappuccino's and Caramel Lattes the Tassimo can do. You'll never get a latte from a pod machine that tastes as good as one made in store but it's not a bad tasting compromise if you're looking to cut down on your coffee shop spending habits. For the filter coffee's I think Tassimo has a fantastic range for anyone. I am loving being able to wake up in the morning and have a fresh tasting coffee in a matter of seconds.

The only negatives are you'll find a lot of the coffee drinks don't disperse much liquid by default. You can always top drinks up manually with more hot water but unless it's a really bold coffee like the Costa Americano, adding water will weaken the taste and ruin the drink. It will take some practice with each pod to work out exactly how much extra water you need to get it tasting just as you like.

The hot chocolates are nice (Milka over Cadbury) but not worth replacing with a milk based chocolate when these are so easy to do in a microwave. I can't speak for the fruit teas but on the whole I'd say these machines are only worth it if you're a coffee drinker.

Disney Infinity Character - Elsa (Xbox 360/PS3/Nintendo Wii/Wii U/3DS)
Disney Infinity Character - Elsa (Xbox 360/PS3/Nintendo Wii/Wii U/3DS)
Price: 9.50

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME despite being a toy box only character, 9 Mar 2014
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If you keep hearing 'toy box only' and don't understand let me quickly catch you up... the Disney Infinity game has two modes. Toybox mode and playset mode (in which you need to put one of those fancy looking crystal pieces on the base). The playset pieces are actually a game of their own. In the starter pack there is a Monsters Inc, Incredibles and Pirates one. Only characters corresponding with that world will work in it... so for example, Sully from Monsters Inc can't be played in the Incredibles game, only Mr Incredible, Violet, Dash, Mrs Incredible and Syndrome will work in the Incredibles game.

Toybox mode is where you build your own game... possibilities are endless e.g You could make a town featuring pride rock, Cinderella's castle and the apartment block from Wreck it Ralph... and stick a car in to race around. Within toy box mode there are lots of mini games to play and EVERY infinity character will have its own mini game to access in toy box mode.

Elsa is a toy box only character so there is no Frozen game to play her in. Even without a game though she is an awesome character for the toy box. She is very strong and in the battle arena games can get very far from a low level with her ice powers alone. It's also very cool visually to watch her freeze characters as well as enemies. Anna didn't fare as well for me because all she has is a climbing hook which I found quite boring.

Elsa's mini game is a slingshot game, firing as many infinity balls as you can in the time limit. Found this a little random and not a great match to the character but her special powers and strength in the other games made up for this.

Elsa is also voiced by Idina Menzel who also provided the voice of Elsa in the movie. If you leave the character alone for a while she'll mutter a few things to you.

Frozen [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Frozen [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Kristen Bell
Price: 15.00

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star for the film, 4 for the blu ray extras, 8 Mar 2014
It is still somewhat of an unexplained mystery why Disney continue to release Blu Rays in the UK that are far inferior to their US cousins. This is mostly in reference to the Blu Ray/DVD packs that continue to be released in the US. For anyone unaware of this, Disney Blu Rays used to automatically be released with a DVD copy included and a digital copy you could redeem from iTunes. Disney continue to release these in the US but the UK just get a blu ray disk with nothing else.

Disney, like many film studios continue to favour their blu ray releases over the DVD. The DVD version of Frozen contains one measly special feature (the Mickey Mouse 'Get a Horse' short) while blu ray fans are treated to a significant amount more as detailed below...

The UK blu ray will mirror the extras featured on the US release which are the following:
- The Making of Frozen
- D'Frosted: Disney's Journey from Hans Christian Anderson to Frozen
- Deleted Scenes
- Let it Go (End Credits Pop Version) Music Videos (An English, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin Version)
- Get a Horse Mickey Mouse Short
- Original Frozen Teaser Trailers

The extras sound good but are a little underwhelming. They total 25 minutes if that. I did enjoy them but what happened to the days of hour long documentaries giving a proper 'behind the scenes' look?

'The Making of Frozen' is simply a cute music video featuring Jonathan Groff, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad at the Walt Disney Animation studios. It has been floating around the internet so you are likely to have seen it already. Don't be mislead to think it will feature interviews with the cast and crew because it really is just a music video.

'D'Frosted' was interesting and informative but barely delves into the actual making of Frozen. All you see is a little exploration of things from the Walt Disney Archives detailing Walt Disney's desire to build a ride at Disneyland based around 'The Snow Queen' in the 50s. I'm not convinced it lasted more than 10 minutes.

The Deleted Scenes are typical of other Disney animated releases. Not a deleted scene as such, but a deleted 'concept' (so the directors talking over some rough paper sketches). There is a very interesting Elsa one though that hints initially the character was to be more of a villain.

'Get a Horse' is the Mickey Mouse short you would have seen at the cinema if you went to see Frozen. This was a delight and I'm very happy it has been included. When I saw the movie it was evident the children loved this new spin on Mickey so I'm sure audiences all over will be happy to own it.

The music videos are pretty standard. Demi Lovato fans will appreciate having her version here and the Spanish/Italian versions are performed by Martina Stoessel better known for Disney Channel's 'Violetta'.

If you can obtain the US blu ray I would completely recommend it. The Frozen blu ray is multi region so it will work on any blu ray player in the UK (including PS3). You would then also get a Region 1 DVD copy included and a digital copy to download for an 'on the go' device.

The movie itself looks glorious on blu ray and I never hesitate to recommend the blu ray format over DVD, particularly when the DVD format continues to get overlooked when it comes to special features.
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SanDisk SDDD-032G-G46 32 GB Ultra Dual USB Drive - Standard Packaging
SanDisk SDDD-032G-G46 32 GB Ultra Dual USB Drive - Standard Packaging
Price: 18.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Check phone compatibility first, 2 Mar 2014
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This is a great concept but check your smart phone compatibility first because it won't plug in to all smart phones. It does not work with my iPhone 4S, so that rules out all previous iPhone models. The port looks like it would fit an iPhone 5 but I haven't tried that to confirm.

On the plus side 32GB is plenty of space so it's great for organising content off your phone (or multiple phones if you have a few).

Measuring at about half the size of my little finger, it's extremely tiny and light so you'd have to be very cautious in losing it/stepping on it.
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Weetabix Strawberry Breakfast Drink 250 ml (Pack of 8)
Weetabix Strawberry Breakfast Drink 250 ml (Pack of 8)
Price: 11.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very tasty, 2 Mar 2014
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Can't fault the taste of the strawberry flavour. Consistency wise it lays somewhere in between yoghurt and milk in that it is not as thin as milk but not as thick as yoghurt. There is 'powdered wheat' amongst the ingredients but can't say you can taste that... simply tastes like a strawberry milk shake.

I can't say I would have this as a breakfast replacement but it was a great little pick me up. Ideal perhaps for anyone waiting a long time for a lunch break and needs something to keep them going without resorting to junk food.

Tefal OptiGrill with Automatic Thickness and Temperature Measurement
Tefal OptiGrill with Automatic Thickness and Temperature Measurement
Price: 139.00

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 24 Feb 2014
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Was thoroughly impressed with this new device from Tefal. Best way to describe it is as a more versatile George Foreman grill. It looks very similar and manoeuvres in the same sort of way.

Once out the box it is very simple to get going. You basically switch it on, press the desired button to match what poultry you're cooking and it will begin pre warming. The pre warming takes about 5-8 minutes and you hear an audible beep to let you know it's ready. You insert your meat and throughout the cooking process the panel flashes a different colour. Each time it beeps it is to let you know that stage of the cooking is complete. You simply remove it when the beep corresponds with how you want it cooked (rare, medium, well etc).

I tried out steak on it and was very impressed with how quickly it all happened. The steak was cooked in a matter of minutes, the drip tray collected all excess fat and it was very easy to clean up. It was cooked perfectly how I wanted it (medium).

I'll definitely be making good use out of this. It's very versatile and in addition to steak can cook all other poultry including chicken, bacon, sausages and burgers. There is also a defrost option and you are able to put bread on the grill to make toasties.

Haven't quite been able to work out how the magic happens but there is an automatic sensor which detects the thickness of the poultry to know how long to cook it. Completely amazing really.

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation 75 Golden
Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation 75 Golden
Price: 7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars More expensive than other brands but worth it?, 19 Feb 2014
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Got this for my brothers fiancé. She swears by Max Factor and even though it tends to be more expensive than Maybelline she says it tends to last her a bit longer and finds it nicer feeling on her skin. That said she does use Maybelline also. If you're buying other stuff on Amazon for 10 and can get this as an 'add on' you won't get it cheaper anywhere else.

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