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Best of British – *Fit 4 Nothing Gym* 500 Piece Puzzle

– it’s not always easy reviewing jigsaw puzzles but this product review has bags of personality and is written by Kay N from Leicestershire UK I can imagine anyone joining ‘Fit 4 Nothing’ would look forward to burning off the calories and then adding a few more before leaving. The opportunity to utilise the cake machine would be a good reason to revisit and you could start the process all over again. An extremely good quality, colourful and highly amusing jigsaw which I very much enjoyed doing. Not just for the visual jokes which are funny in themselves but also the signs and advertisements on the walls and screens. Some of the jokes are obvious but some are very subtle and have to be searched for. Looking for the jokes I find is just as enjoyable as completing the puzzle itself, so the enjoyment and entertainment is twofold. All in all an excellent medium ability puzzle. Review also appears at Ravensburger PC Advertisements

Reviews of MY LOVELY BOOK in Vlog formats

Never had vlogs appear at TSS before! Here are two reviews of ‘My LOVELY Book’ by two LOVELY guest contributors The first video post is by Mummy blogger, Becky W from Skegness, Lincolnshire, UK Becky says: We have used ‘My Lovely Book’ as a way to document 2016! From snapshots of our week, making plans for days out, capturing doodles from the monsters as they grow. Throughout this doodle book you can cut and glue, make beautiful pictures, pockets, frames and other charming creations. Use your creativity to make lists, make notes, write poems, short stories, diary entries, keep a calendar and add other things to make it yours. You can draw and colour, write and doodle. This is your book, made by you, for you and any other special people you want to share it with. Have fun! – Buy here: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/my-lovel…   The second video post is by Mummy and Lifestyle Blogger, Briony S from Tacolneston, Norfolk UK Briony says It is no secret that I love stationery, LOVE it. It is one of …

Review of subscription boxes from Boxcitement

About Boxcitement Boxcitement is a UK company and a web based business offering a gift buying subscription service, the website meets the needs of this online business perfectly well, it is professionally presented, user friendly, and secure. You can treat yourself regularly to a complete Boxcitement box or arrange to send to someone as a gift, alternatively, you get to keep some of its contents and re gift other items. The theme changes each month and as far as we see there is a surprise element because there is no prior indication as to what themes are up and coming. Contents are bespoke pieces and will generally be a mix of stationery, jewellery, crafty, home accessory, greetings card and gift wrap items Subscription service Buy without subscribing (20 GBP one off box) or Subscribe monthly (18 GBP per month). Save money by purchasing upfront subscriptions for 3 (17 GBP per month) 6 (16 GBP per month) or 12 months (15 GBP per month). The online purchasing experience is relatively straightforward and like most subscriptions, once …

Chalkboard Hearts from Asda

  A warm welcome to those in WordPress land who are always ‘creating the spark’ and ‘fanning the flames’ with their inspiring words and poetic contributions. I ask that you be a bit more frivolous today and join in with finishing the famous ‘Roses are Red’ Stanza. I will process one or two of your couplet contributions (that you leave as a comment) onto the images of the Chalkboard Hearts like I’ve done so below. By the way. what a novel gift idea from Asda don’t you think? Packaging has a chalkboard style front made from card and a stick of chalk is included. Chocolate and Verse together for Valentine’s… Sweet ♥

Asda and The Taste of London event 2015

The Taste of London is in full swing. Asda is the supermarket sponsor for the event and are ready to welcome visitors this weekend to its Extra Special Festive Lodge. The UK’s first sweet and savoury edible Christmas house is the work of food artist, Miss Cakehead, and is big enough for a family to sit inside. The house sits at 3.5m tall and 2m x 2m wide has been constructed with all of Asda supermarket’s Christmas food and drink products, including 1,200 mince pies, 30 lobsters, 75kg Parmesan, 30kg maple smoked salmon and 3,000 sprouts. As well, there is a garden patch created from cabbage and broccoli, and never before seen lobster flowers decorating the outside. There’s a sausage roll wreath hanging above the door, and clouds floating magically above created from award-winning Black Forest Alaskan Bombe desserts, there is also a Prosecco wishing well sitting in the middle of the installation. Miss Cakehead is famous for creating stunts, experiences and campaigns solely out of food, and has worked with Asda’s Extra Special Christmas …

3D puzzle by Ravensburger Big Ben (at Night)

Because of the identical technique involved in puzzle compilation it is sometimes difficult to convey anything new, but these 3D models, complete with display stand and LEDs bring a new dynamic to the table the instructions are clear and are in diagrammatic form over 2 pages The puzzle pieces are plastic, and are numbered on the reverse side. Sort pieces into numeric order. 216 pieces to fit together, altogether. Some of the pieces are pre-bent and hinged to obtain the angled structure The main body consists of 132 pieces The stand is square shaped and plastic, with lid made from heavy card and requires the fitting of 3 x AAA/LR03 batteries (not included) The photograph above was taken when the main body shaft was complete and the camera lens is pointing straight down the channel. Note: There are two lighting settings, this image shows the soft white light setting emanating from the base This image taken at the same stage of completion but tester has switched to the fluctuating colour setting. Colours fluctuate from a …

Shoe Heaven (this way)

‘2 &3/4 hours in and this is what I’ve done so far (see pic). Nice quality, pieces handle well, and, as with all jigsaws…a bit addictive, particularly in view of the subject matter! Once a pair of shoes starts to come together, you want to see them finished. Can’t wait to start on the floral DMs! I like the fact there’s no swathes of sky, it’s a nice ‘busy’ picture with plenty of detail to keep you hooked…even N (husband) was drawn in!’   Review by a lover of fashion shoes, Bev of N W Leicestershire   UPDATE RECEIVED 17 OCTOBER 2015: Bev Says ‘Ta Dah! Finished! The work is complete!

The Ludicrous Library Jigsaw Puzzle from Ravensburger – Review

A Guest Reviewer from Bury St Edmunds has submitted this sparky review of The Ludicrous Library Jigsaw Puzzle from Ravensburger: ‘The Ludicrous Library Jigsaw Puzzle from Ravensburger is anything but ludicrous, it is an excellent puzzle with an intricate and engaging design that will bewilder yet satisfy all who attempt it. I’ll be honest, I am usually one of those people that starts a puzzle and doesn’t complete it. I’m on holiday, it’s guaranteed to rain so I’ll buy a puzzle from a charity shop and barely even start it.  This time around I was so bewildered by the design, the bright colours and the quirkiness, that I just couldn’t stop myself from completing it. I feel like 500 pieces worked well for this puzzle, you didn’t lose any of the intricacy of the design and it was easily completed within a few days on a coffee table. The bookcases are the hardest parts to complete and everywhere you look there is something you missed on the first glance, you think it’s a book over …

Halloween from Yankee Candle – A Blog Feature

Now and again a guest blogger provides us with feedback about a product they have put to the test. Briony S from Tacolneston in Norfolk has sent through her thoughts on the Witches Brew 2014 (Medium Jar) RRP £16.99 from The Yankee Candle Company and she also talks in her engaging and friendly way about the spirit of Halloween and what the festival means, or doesn’t mean, to her particularly. Halloween is never a holiday I’ve really celebrated. We always have sweets in the house for the Trick or Treater’s who never come, and I often turn a Pepper into a lantern as it’s cheaper, easier, and smaller than a pumpkin, but that is the extent of things. This year with the little one I’m a little more intrigued but not a huge amount, I’ve got him the cutest Halloween sleep suit! There’s a jar of lollipops at the ready in case we do get a knock at the door; and then there is my lovely Witches Brew scent Yankee Candle Jar. I love the …

Book Review – HAPPY BIRTHDAY BAGPUSS Foreword by Peter Firmin

ISBN 978-1-909397-33—0 Story by Kate Haxell using Illustrations, projects, and written material from the Bagpuss albums. Additional new illustrations by Peter Firmin. Published by Collins & Brown Publication date: 20 February 2014 RRP £11.99 Content a story and activity book on the theme of Bagpuss. The famous cloth cat (Bagpuss) is 40 years old (2014), so the book has been released to mark the occasion and to celebrate a slice of TV history. Introduction Foreword is by Peter Firmin, who, along with the late, Oliver Postgate was the founder of Smallfilms for the BBC. Firmin produced artwork, models and props for Bagpuss in the 1970s. Narrator Postgate also filmed sequences in his signature stop motion style also seen in children’s programmes such as Clangers and Ivor the Engine. Only thirteen Bagpuss episodes were made with the first broadcast in 1974. Bagpuss was repeated many times over the following decades. Range of information 8/10 activities: sewing projects and an embroidery sampler; a recipe for sugar mice; a knitting project (Bagpuss) a board and counter game (repeated …