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A R Hartley "Monkey" (Hull, UK)
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Silentnight Soft as Silk Duvet, White, 13.5 Tog, Double
Silentnight Soft as Silk Duvet, White, 13.5 Tog, Double
Offered by Branded_Bedding
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Will keep you toasty!, 23 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Now my sleeping time has become extremely precious since having kids, the few hours of sleep we do get needs to be good to recharge the batteries.

Now during winter our house isn't the best heated, with us having full electric heating via storage heaters, it's often still freezing upstairs so having a decent warm duvet is important. This SilentNight Soft as Silk duvet is a newer range of duvet covers that are designed for winter use. Whilst most winter duvet's are extremely plump and thick, this one isn't, it is more dense and thinner but extremely soft to touch.

The duvet is rated at 13.5 Tog and it certainly keeps in the heat, it is without comfortable and really does make you feel snug and warm. But it wont be for everyone, some people including my partner love plump fluffy and feather filled duvets, this is very different, its more "slim" in a sense but dense and still very soft, for me i love it, i'm not a fan of those big filled duvets.

Priced at £67 it is quite expensive, although i believe it's on offer at £45 which i feel is much more realistic. It feel's like it will last alot longer than others in that price range.


Russell Hobbs 22851 Plastic Brita Filter Purity Kettle, 3000 W, 1 Litre, Transparent
Russell Hobbs 22851 Plastic Brita Filter Purity Kettle, 3000 W, 1 Litre, Transparent
Price: £29.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but with hidden costs..., 22 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Russell Hobbs 22851 kettle is an interesting addition to the kitchen. A filter based kettle to clean water before its boiled makes a far better tasting drink but also protects the kettle from limescale build up.

Where we live the water is hard and limescale is a huge problem, on top of that it tastes horrible too. I already have a Britvic water cooling filter unit which makes the water taste 10 x better, but its nice to have the filter feature in a kettle.

The kettle is very light, down to the fact its made from plastics, although it does look nice. It is quite small with a limit of 1 litre due to the fact the filter needs to be out the water so it cannot be damaged during the boiling process. This in itself provides a bit of a problem if you need to boil a large amount of water to make several drinks or do other things, the 1 litre limit is small. Also you need to boil above a certain amount too, think its around half a litre.

The filter too does work, it makes the water taste cleaner and generally better. But this means replacing the filter to get the most from the kettle, every 4 to 6 weeks (states 4 but they always last longer). So the costs will be dependant on how much a replacement filter is.

All in all, it does a good job in boiling clean tasting water, it looks nice but the limit of 1 litre and the replacing of filters on a regular basis keep this from being amazing.


Busy B 2017 "Day A Page" Diary
Busy B 2017 "Day A Page" Diary
Price: £10.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Price reflects the quality, 19 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm a huge fan of keeping records of what's happening every day throughout the year, day to day finances and what's coming up with kids appointments etc, so a good diary is essential for me.

I've tried cheaper ones and they always end up feeling as cheap as they cost, pound shop etc!

This one however feels very much worth the £10 it costs to buy. The cover and paper are high quality, a mixture of several materials are used and it feels sturdy and looking lasting.

The diary is a polka dot style but several variations are available to buy.


SPEEDLINK 1.8 m Wired USB Scelus 3200DPI Optical Gaming Mouse - Black/Red
SPEEDLINK 1.8 m Wired USB Scelus 3200DPI Optical Gaming Mouse - Black/Red
Price: £37.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid mouse for a decent price, 18 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I do love a good gaming mouse, but like many i have been fooled in the past by the flashing lights and array of buttons that turn out to be useless.

At the moment i use a RAT 7 mouse and love it, by the far the best mouse i have used and the most comfortable. So getting sent this little fella was going to be interesting as i have never used a SPEEDLINK branded device before.

First off the mouse feels nice, sturdy and well made, decent materials used in putting it together, although it doesn't feel heavy, which is something i prefer. It glides nicely along the mouse pad and does feel quite comfortable to hold, using an often copied style to suit most hands.

The mouse has 2 wheels on top and several keys around the left hand side where your thumb sits and can access them. Now these keys can all be assigned different jobs depending on the game you play. You can create key layouts for a certain game, save it and then when you access the game again, the mouse will or should switch to your preferred layout, meaning you don't need to mess around changing profiles, although this can be done whilst your playing easily.

The mouse responds well during gameplay, it feels responsive and fast enough to give most gamers a boost, whilst it's not on the same level as other "gaming" mice, a term which is slapped on any mouse with a light on it, it does feel good to use and will be perfect for most gamers on a budget.


OPI Soft and Thin Nail Envy Treatment 15 ml
OPI Soft and Thin Nail Envy Treatment 15 ml
Price: £19.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Really work!, 16 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have always suffered from weak, brittle nails which never grow to any decent length. I've tried so many different nail treatments over the years, which have never worked. I tried this one to see what it was like. I was sceptical at first as it IS on the pricey side, but then I do own OPI varnishes and know from experience it's a good brand. Anyway, I used his treatment as directed and was really pleased with the result. After just a few weeks of using it I could see a difference; my nails were noticeably stronger and have now actually grown to a good length without them breaking!! I would definitely recommend it, don't be put off by the price tag, it works!


All Pond Solutions 600-HO Aquarium Hang On Filter, 600 L/H Flow Rate
All Pond Solutions 600-HO Aquarium Hang On Filter, 600 L/H Flow Rate
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet, easy to use and works great, 12 Aug. 2016
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I have recently decided to convert a small 60 litre tank into a nano ornamental shrimp tank and had to replace my existing Eheim filter which was way too powerful for what i wanted to do.

So i decided on this hang on filter from All Pond Solutions. Ill be the first to admit i hadn't heard of this brand before and at this price i was a little wary as to how it would be.

The filter is boxed along with the pipe work and filters already more or less setup. The instructions are more or less useless but you will get the gist of it fast. The only issue i had was the main pipe that sat above the motor would not sit right, it was only after a few attempts i managed to get it in and from then on it was all fine.

The filter is large and covers one end of my fish tank (pic added). I had to also remove a part of my tank hood to fit this on. You must remember this isnt like an internal filter where you just drop it in and turn it on, you MUST prep this by filling the main central part of the filter with water until it starts to flow out the waterfall section, back into the tank, then you can turn it on and it will gargle and bubble then kick in.

After setting up a new tank it was pretty cloudy and this filter cleared it in no time. It runs quietly and i find it easier to live with then my other Eheim 2010 filter.

So far i love it...
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Baby Einstein sea and discover door jumper
Baby Einstein sea and discover door jumper
Price: £28.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic design, 11 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The door bouncer has been a firm favourite for generations, they have changed a bit since the old basic elastic band and a seat from the old days though.

This seat has adopted the older style of a coat hanger type frame with a seat attached around it. But it is packed with visual stimuli and attached toys to not only help your child play but encourage them to interact whilst they bounce around!

It's strong and sturdy, feels well made and of good materials. It feels like it will last.


Ingenuity convert me 2 seat candler swing
Ingenuity convert me 2 seat candler swing
Price: £89.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great swing that almost reflects the price tag..., 8 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The choice of baby seats and swings is crazy now, there seems to be a million and one to choose from doing all sorts of different things and yet they are all very very similar.

The Ingenuity swing has been out a few years now, whilst not a market defining swing, it is a good one and of high quality,

First off putting it together is easy enough and the guide simple to follow. The swing feels sturdy and well made with solid plastics and metal. Whilst it's colour is aimed to be neutral and unisex, it does feel a bit bland to me. The materials are very soft and feel much more comfortable then the standard baby swings out there that consist more of wipeable plastic seats.

The swing features a silent swing motor which works a treat. Its activated by pushing the swing gently then pressing the speed button, the swing then gently continues at the speed you set and makes no noise what so ever.

Featured also is the sounds, ranging from music to special effects like wave noises etc, they sound pretty good but aren't anything special. The first one we had sounded horrendous and it was only when i stripped the main console down, i noticed the small speaker had been way over tightened and had flexed, gently unscrewing it allowed the speaker to work correctly. This error was apparent on this new model though.

Overall it's a nice swing, the price tag probably reflects the silent swing motion and the higher quality materials, although it isn't amazing, it certainly is very good


Bourjois La Laque Nail Polish, Chair et Tendre 02
Bourjois La Laque Nail Polish, Chair et Tendre 02
Price: £1.18

4.0 out of 5 stars absolutely love the colour of this, 6 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
absolutely love the colour of this! the colour is what drew me to get the product. I have purchased products from the Boujois make up range in the past and have always been happy with the results, so when i came across this varnish i thought i'd give it a try. The varnish was easy to apply and dried pretty fast. Needed a second coat to complete the look. Really happy with the end result and had lots of compliments about the colour. The only snag i thought was that even after applying a top coat the varnish did start chipping after a couple of days, but that was my only issue. Overall i would definitely recommend this product.


Baby Einstein Be Driving Tunes
Baby Einstein Be Driving Tunes
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Small, Compact and full of fun, 31 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I got this for my 9 month old son who loves anything that makes a noise and flashes, this fits the bill.

First off its small, in fact it's very mobile because of it's small size, so taking it out with you is easy. It's solid and well made so it will take a beating from the wee ones.

The steering wheel moves and clicks as they turn it. It has a horn button in the middle of the wheel and 3 buttons on the right which activate sound effects, music and names. Each button will either say a number or colour, activate a musical tune or make a sound effect in random orders. The lights active when the button is pressed and they are bright and vivid, the noises are at a strong level to keep their attention but not annoy everyone within ear shot.

Overall my son loves it and is quite happily playing with it..


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