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What Could He Be Thinking?: A Guide to the Mysteries of a Man's Mind
What Could He Be Thinking?: A Guide to the Mysteries of a Man's Mind
by Michael Gurian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many aha moments!, 1 Feb. 2012
Totally agree with the first reviewer that this book is fascinating-- based on brain studies, science as well as extensive, practical, relevant anecdotal information about how mens' and womens' minds biologically differ and the effect that can have on their thinking. It's also hugely useful, as Gurian is a family therapist, so he (sparingly) advises on how to use these differences to the advantage of your relationship, rather than its detriment. I've had so many 'aha' moments and I see my husband rather differently now... (and myself too)... this is a brilliant book that should be read by pretty much everyone on the planet.


BabyRice Baby Handprint Footprint Kit, Antique Silver Frame, Black Inkless Paint Wipe Kit 0-3 years
BabyRice Baby Handprint Footprint Kit, Antique Silver Frame, Black Inkless Paint Wipe Kit 0-3 years
Offered by BabyRice Ltd
Price: £29.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Good overall, but don't expect such clean prints!, 21 Jan. 2012
Just used this to do my 5-week-old's hand and footprints.

Frame: The frame is nice enough- it's wood painted silver with tiny black streaks to look antique silver-ish. The item comes in a white box tied with a bow. Personally, I think the black mat would look nicer with this frame as it would set off the photo and prints better... It's got a hard back, which is held in place with those annoying bits of metal that you have to bend back to get inside the frame.

Inkless system: Any attempt to take an infant's hand and foot prints is going to be difficult as they immediately ball up their fists! So don't expect the crisp prints you see in the promotional photo!! When you open the wipe, it's yellow, not black, and smells vaguely like iron - not sure what chemicals are used, though they are meant to be non-toxic and used for infant identification in hospitals. The three sheets of paper are coated on one side, and the idea is that you wipe the child's hand or foot with the yellow wipe, and when you press it to the coated paper, the chemical reaction produces a print.

There are several challenges here. First, if you touch the paper with your own hand (which will inevitably have some wipe chemicals on it), you'll smudge it with your own pug marks! Second, you need to make sure you get baby's prints inside the mat area, which is pretty tricky when they're wriggling and balling up their hands! Third, you need reasonably clean prints and you need them all - 2 hands AND 2 feet - on the same bit of paper in order to frame it! You won't get much in the way of warnings or tips from this kit before you start, so think through it carefully.

You do get three pieces of coated paper (and believe me, you'll ruin at least 2!), and each paper is actually big enough to do two sets of prints side by side. But you only get one wipe and it starts to dry out pretty quickly, especially if baby is upset or is generally not cooperating - which is very very likely. Also, it's pretty tricky to get baby's hands angled away from their bodies to press flat on the paper, especially with their heads being so wobbly... so do some practice maneuvers to see what will work!

If you're still keen to try the kit (and it's not a bad one if you get the right results)... make sure you gently mark the four corners of the area that will be visible once the mat is in place so you get the prints close enough together to be visible. Gently tape the very top and bottom of the paper to something hard-backed so you can press the baby's hand and foot to it easily.

Finally, accept that even with six tries (if the wipe lasts that long), you may only get one decent set of full hand and foot prints - and not necessarily with all that crisp detail as advertised. If you're happy with that, it's fun and someday baby will hopefully thank you (though mine shrieked through the whole process- poor thing!) Oh, and I found the wipe really dried out MY hands. I had to wash them several times to get rid of the metallic smell!


ML0101 New black keyboard cover skin for Apple macbook pro 13" 15" 17" (US Version keyboard only)
ML0101 New black keyboard cover skin for Apple macbook pro 13" 15" 17" (US Version keyboard only)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect fit!!!, 28 Sept. 2010
I do have a US keyboard (can't stand the teeny tiny return key on UK ones)... and this thing fits like a GLOVE! You can't even tell there's something on your keyboard (except everything feels softer). Well worth it! No more fishing out tiny crumbs, etc from between the F keys!!!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome albums!, 29 May 2010
What a great range of albums- easy to use, attractive and affordable. I'm a big fan!!


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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A real pain to install...not guaranteed to work., 29 May 2010
Bought two of these. Installed them both. One just won't catch and stay shut no matter what I do. You have to concentrate on the instructions intensely (not easy with a baby around) and if you get any part wrong, which is easy, the adhesive is ruined. If you are going to install these, make sure you don't site it so that the key has to go behind a handle or knob (the instructions don't warn you of this.) And be warned that for some reason, even if you follow the instructions to the letter, one half of the mechanism may not align properly and hence the whole thing won't work. I had trouble aligning the mechanisms on both locks even though I tried them out before sticking them down hard. I'll now have to try repositioning and using the screws to install.

On the plus side, if you do get it properly installed, the magnetic key thing does work easily, you can store the key on any nearby metallic surface...we have ours on the extractor fan, and you have the option of keeping the mechanism unlocked when baby isn't around.
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Rabbitts Safety Changing Mat in Cream
Rabbitts Safety Changing Mat in Cream

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great- but too big to fit the average changing table, 31 Mar. 2010
I agree, this is just the best solution for a baby who will no longer lie down while being changed. But unfortunately, the mat is a few millimeters too big for our changing table. Check the width carefully before you buy.


How Babies Think: The Science of Childhood
How Babies Think: The Science of Childhood
by Alison Gopnik
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on babies I've read!, 7 July 2009
This book is so refreshing-- no 'expert' prescriptions or diy parenting gobbledygook! It's fascinating to read what science reveals about the infant brain and what it tells us about our own adult brains. So well written, funny, clear, entertaining. Glancing at some of the other reviews below-- this is NOT a 'how-to' book on child-rearing, nor is it a psychology textbook (thank goodness). Written for anyone interested in babies and children, it will especially captivate you if you are a parent. I read it before my son was born and it filled me with wonder and anticipation about him... as well as appreciating my own mental capacities and limitations!


Meditation Week by Week: 52 Exercises to Help You Grow in Peace and Awareness
Meditation Week by Week: 52 Exercises to Help You Grow in Peace and Awareness
by David Fontana
Edition: Paperback

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought one for me, one for my sis, one for a friend!, 18 Jun. 2009
This is the most practical, simple and inspiring meditation guidebook you could hope for as a beginner. I ordered mine a couple of years ago and keep going back to it to help me. As he says, really helps calm all that useless mind chatter and stop you fixating on 'past arguments and embarassments, vain wishes and longings, on unproductive fantasies'. Hope this book never goes out of print. Beautifully produced...buy several!


Angelcare Nappy Disposal System
Angelcare Nappy Disposal System

5.0 out of 5 stars Best bin on the market., 18 Jun. 2009
Simple, cheap and doesn't waste reams of plastic wrapping each individual diaper, like other bins. You simply push the nappy through. Once the bin is full, pull the plastic ream, cut on pre-installed cutter, tie and throw. Looks clean and cartridges are good value.


The Secret Life of Trees: How They Live and Why They Matter (Penguin Press Science)
The Secret Life of Trees: How They Live and Why They Matter (Penguin Press Science)
by Colin Tudge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You really have to be a tree anorak, and even then...., 19 Oct. 2007
I have no doubt Colin Tudge is committed to trees and knows them intimately. His book does have astonishing facts and anecdotes about the inner workings of trees around the world and I truly enjoyed those bits. But first, the book bludgeons you with endless chapters on Latin taxonomy. Only in the last third does he see fit to write about the trees themselves in any accessible way. I'm utterly perplexed by the reviews... Good science writing should not be pedantic. Both he and his editor should ask themselves how they could waste so many trees and come up with something so dense and dull!
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