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Schleich Horse Stable with Accessories
Schleich Horse Stable with Accessories
Price: £76.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid construction, lots of interaction, lovely toy., 30 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Well made toy that arrives flat packed and requires basic self assembly. Takes a couple of minutes to put together and full instructions are included.

Once assembled the riding stable measures approx. 56.9 x 38.1 x 14 cm which is a decent size and offers plenty of room for little fingers to move bits and pieces around and play with the Schleich horse, foal and rider provided. There are also hay bales, horse blanket and horse food, fruit and veg, included with the toy but; the horse box shown on the product photos isn't included.

There's a whole host of play options here and Schleich have a large amount of horses, riders and accessories to compliment the riding stable.

There's little about this toy I don't like. Paint effects and quality of the finished toy are very high, the build is solid and any child, over 36 months, will be delighted.

My only 'niggle'; with all Schleich toys the pieces are moulded which is great for solid, durable, long lasting toys but it also means the figures, horses and riders, can't be posed and are rigid. What you see is what you get.

A lovely toy that I have no problem recommending.


Schleich Horse Box Playset
Schleich Horse Box Playset
Price: £13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Room for two ponies, rider and saddles - lovely toy., 29 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Schleich Horse Box Playset (Toy)
I bought the Schleich Horse Box for my granddaughter who has reached the 'mad for a pony' stage. We have quite a few Schleich horses and the box is big enough, approx 16.8 x 29.5 x 17.5 cm, to accommodate two at once along with saddles and other bits and pieces.

The horse box has turning wheels, an opening door to the side and a drop down flap to allow the horses access.

To complete the toy there's a Schleich Pick Up truck, not included, that will clip onto the horse box and pull it along.

This is a particularly well made and durable toy. Schleich toys last for a long time. Some of our models are more than six years old and still going strong with no loss of paint or breaks. The toys are so safe, so long as the child is 36 months plus, you can just leave them to play with nothing to worry about.

I particularly like Schleich. Their model range is huge and you can tailor the sets to suit the individual child.

Word of caution; Schleich toys are made to scale and the scale varies between the different model ranges; fantasy, zoo, farm, dinosaur etc. If you're going to mix and match pieces from different sets you might want to watch out for that. Nothing stranger than a farm with a mouse bigger than a cat and a cat bigger than a sheep. I found this out some years ago!.

I'd recommend the horse box. Lovely little toy and already a hit.


Philips S5420/06 Series 5000 Aqua Touch Electric Shaver with Smart Click Precision Trimmer
Philips S5420/06 Series 5000 Aqua Touch Electric Shaver with Smart Click Precision Trimmer
Price: £99.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very decent wet/dry shaver with precision trimmer., 29 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Quality wet and dry shaver that's nicely balanced and sits well in the hand due to the chunky design. The cutting heads are flexible, bouncy, which makes for a smoother shave and prevents the need for 'face pulling' when it comes to getting into those hard to reach areas. You'll probably need to pass the blades more than once over stubble that's a couple of days old if you're having a dry shave. It's probably better if you have a lot of growth to use the wet shave option. The blades are very sharp and give a good close shave without pulling on the skin and leaving it sore in sensitive areas around the mouth and nose. No noticeable nicks or cuts. Uncomplicated technology and also easy to clean - rinse under the tap and make sure you brush out any residue. Battery life is good "one hour for 45 minutes shaving time". There's a 'smart click' trimmer included with the shaver for neatening up sideburns or a moustache. Decent shaver. Happy to recommend.


Into The Fire
Into The Fire
by Manda Scott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good blend of past and present and a very decent mystery., 28 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Into The Fire (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There's little about this novel I didn't enjoy. Historically it's well researched and believable. The present day scenery of arson and possible extremism, terrorism, bring the plot up-to-date working nicely alongside the emerging story of Joan of Arc. Much more Joan the warrior than Joan the gentle maid.

The latter day battle scenes are uncompromising and nicely balanced against current day scenes of fire and panic. There's plenty of depth to the plot and an overall darkness which I enjoyed.

My concern with novels that are set in two different time frames is always that the past seems more engaging, more interesting. I didn't find that to be the case here. Past and present belt along at an equal pace and are well balanced.

The police investigation linking murder with the legend of Joan of Arc is placed into the hands of Police inspector Capitaine Ines Picault. A character just the right blend of strength, professionalism and guts. Great character in the race to link together the past, the present and uncover the links between modern day murder and an iconic figure from history.

Good atmosphere and tension and a story that's well written, quite brutal in parts, and interesting enough to keep me hooked.

Enjoyed 'Into the Fire' and would read this author again.


By Monsieur Notebook Plain PKT Brown (Ntb)
By Monsieur Notebook Plain PKT Brown (Ntb)
by Monsieur Notebook
Edition: Leather Bound

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chunky A6 notebook, plain paper, brown leather cover., 28 Jun. 2015
Pocket sized, A6 = 11 x 14.5 cm, notebook with brown leather cover and 192 plain paper pages. The pages are stitched into the cover which means you can flatten the notebook without breaking the binding and work across a double page spread. Each of the pages has been clpiped to the top and bottom corner to give a rounded edge. The notebook has a black, elastic belt attached which you can use to keep the pages open or the book closed in transit. There's also an integral brown ribbon book mark for keeping your place. The Monsieur Notebook logo is embossed on the leather cover which adds a nice touch.

My problem, the reason I'm leaving 3*, the page edges haven't been properly clipped which means they're stuck together at the top and bottom corner. It's easy to split them apart without damaging the paper and use the book but; I don't think I should have to. Probably just a one off glitch in manufacturing. I haven't had a problem with other notebooks in this range. Hope they take note and rectify it.

Chunky little notebook with a thick, quite rigid leather cover. Don't expect a smooth, soft, buttery leather. Nice item for slipping into a pocket and suitable for pen or pencil. Fine for work, college or home. The right size for small sketches and brief notes.

Disclaimer; I received the notebook in exchange for a fair review and that's what I've given.


John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow Out Styling Spray 100ml
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow Out Styling Spray 100ml
Price: £3.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spray on, leave in, formula for fullness after blow drying., 26 Jun. 2015
John Frieda Luxurious Volume 'Blow Out' Spray gives better results if you use the shampoo and conditioner in the same range first. Works well on fine, flat hair without causing any static and leaves hair looking naturally soft and fuller. The key to the best result is to spray the roots of towel dried, freshly washed, hair and don't concentrate on covering the ends. Lift your hair as much as you can under the hairdryer and use a brush. A 100ml bottle doesn't last long especially if you have long, thick hair. I wouldn't pay the full price for the spray because there's not much product. At the current discounted price I think it's worth buying and it does make hair appear fuller.


Dot Grid L Brown
Dot Grid L Brown
by Monsieur Notebook
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent quality A4 notebook with leather cover., 26 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Dot Grid L Brown (Hardcover)
Larger sized, A4, notebook with chocolate brown leather cover and 192 sheets of quality paper marked out in a dot grid design printed to both sides. If you haven't used dot grid before it's a printed grid, grey print in this case, suitable for sketching, wire-framing/designing or more or less anything where you require a grid rather than graph, lined or plain paper.

The leather cover is bendy but quite thick and rigid. The pages in the notebook have been nicely attached and the notebook will open flat to enable writing/drawing across a double page spread. There's no sign of the leather splitting and cracking or the pages becoming detached however; don't expect smooth, buttery, soft leather. The more you use the book the more the leather will soften up and the better it should look.

Book comes complete with dark brown ribbon bookmark and a black, elastic strap to hold the pages open or keep the book closed in transit.

Quite bulky and heavy but a decent looking item and functional for college, work or home.

Disclaimer; the notebook was sent to me in exchange for a fair and honest review and that's what I've given.


John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Conditioner 250ml
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Conditioner 250ml
Price: £3.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a difference to fine hair - adds texture and volume., 26 Jun. 2015
Lovely shampoo and works a treat on fine, flyaway hair. Cleans without stripping the hair and leaves it feeling soft and full. If, like me, you have really fine hair that's prone to static you need to use the conditioner after the shampoo.

The range promises a full '7 day volume' but John Frieda recommend you use the shampoo, conditioner and 'Luxurious Volume In-shower treatment' to achieve best results.

On its own the shampoo is a nice product that smells gorgeous but makes little difference to fine hair. Use the conditioner and then follow up with the 'Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray' before drying and you should notice a difference to both the texture and volume of your hair. The longer you use the products the longer the volumising effect seems to last.

Lovely prodduct to use, feels luxurious, and it does add texture and body to my fine hair without leaving it weighed down or dried out.

Happy to recommend.

Shop around for the best price. This product is currently heavily discounted and is really worth buying at the cheaper price.


Villeroy & Boch Kid's 185 mm Dining Porridge Spoon Airplane
Villeroy & Boch Kid's 185 mm Dining Porridge Spoon Airplane
Price: £15.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty little novelty spoon. Quality item. Ideal gift., 26 Jun. 2015
I bought this little spoon as a gift for a new baby because it's something just a little bit different. The spoon is beautifully made and designed to look like an aeroplane which should please most toddlers. At approx. 82 gms in weight the spoon is quite small and light but the stainless steel is high quality and should last for a very long time. Dishwasher safe. This is a nice little gift and something parents can tuck away as a momento once baby grows up. Any niggles?. Only that the tale end of the plane will scratch a wooden table if bashed down hard and you do need to consider that.

Happy to recommend. There are other designs available in the series.


Sketch L Black
Sketch L Black
by Monsieur Notebook
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leather cover, quality plain paper, nice notebook., 23 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Sketch L Black (Hardcover)
A5 size, approx 21.3 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm, sketch/plain paper notebook with black leather cover and 96 pages of extremely good quality paper perfect for ink or pencil. Use it for writing, doodling, sketching or whatever else you like. Leather cover is quite rigid but does bend in use. Don't expect a soft, buttery, smooth leather finish.

What I like most is that the pages are stitched into the book which means you can open it flat and work across a double page rather than stay with a single page. The leather takes a good amount of wear and tear and the spine doesn't split when you flatten the book. There's a black elastic strap to hold the book open while you work and to keep it closed in transit and a black ribbon book mark to keep your place.

The Monsieur Notebook logo is impressed into the leather on the back cover just a nice, quirky finish.

Obviously; leather is a natural product and you have to expect a certain amount of grain and other tiny imperfections - it's not plastic.

Generally this is a nice looking, good quality item and I'm happy to use it. Functional for work, college, school or home. Quite a bulky item and possibly better to carry in a bag than a pocket.

I like this notebook.

Disclaimer; I received this item in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have given a fair and honest review.


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