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Brabantia Service & Guarantee

Brabantia lid, photo by JMorton

Brabantia lid, photo by JMorton

Brabantia Service & Guarantee

Brabantia, photo by JMorton

Brabantia, photo by JMorton

I would just like to put a comment regarding Brabantia’s service and guarantee.  I could not be happier, it was faultless.

My then boss from work, Jocelyn, recommended Brabantia.  She said she went to John Lewis to buy another bin as her touch bin did not work anymore.  She happened to mentioned this to the sales assistant at John Lewis who asked her the make of her bin.  When she said Brabantia, the sales assistant just gave her a new lid from their stocks.  Apparently Brabantia guaranteed their products for ten years.

From her recommendation, I bought a rather expensive 50 litre Touch bin Brabantia from Argos.  That was 8-9 years ago.  The lid of the bin would not close anymore so Peter said to get another one.  Luckily I remembered what Jocelyn said.  So I went to Brabantia’s website and lo! and behold!, a touch lid is available without any extra cost, not even for a postage and packaging.  How amazing was that?  It did not ask what day it was bought or anything (as I would not have an idea nor a receipt to present)

It does not stop there, it arrived quickly, less than 5 days.

Peter and I could not be happier with Brabantia.  Good job!

Vicks VapoRub

vicksI think my mother must be the number one   consumer of Vicks vaporub. 😉 We grew up on it. She nurtured us with it. 😉  For every ailment Vicks was never far away.  For headaches, Vicks was rubbed on the temple.  For coughs and colds, Vicks was rubbed on chest and back and nostril.  For sores, aches and pains, Vicks was rubbed on affected areas.

The smell of Vicks was as familiar as the smell of our favourite viand, the Adobo.

Vicks was an all around family medicine kit because it worked.

Now living in the UK, I always have a tub of Vicks VapoRub placed at an easy reach and I still swear by it.



1. Decongest Your Chest
The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.

2. On Your Tootsies
Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Your cough will subside.

3. Achy Breaky Muscles
Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it over the aching area.

4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus
Rub VapoRub on your toenails if you suspect you have a fungus. Within days, the nail will turn dark—this means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As your toenail grows out, the dark part will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet. Keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse nail beds of any remaining bacteria.

5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching
To prevent Miss Kitty from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.

6. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent
If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.

7. Headaches Be Gone
Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly
relieve pain.

8. Humidify Your Sleep
Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Ensure your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier
will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.

9. Paper Cuts and Splinters
To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.

10. Ticks and Bugs
If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.

11. Reek-free Racehorses
Professional racers smother VapoRub under the nostrils of racehorses on race day. The strong stench deters the stallions from the alluring odor of the female pony and
keeps them focused on the race.

12. Go Away Mosquitoes (love this one!!!)
Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and mosquitoes will steer clear. If you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve itching. (Although this one didn’t work for me)
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Samsung American Fridges @ Currys

Samsung American Fridges @ Currys

Our two-year old Beko AmericanFridge has been playing up.  The bottom part of the fridge has been freezing up which had damaged the water filter and causing all the food, including all the vegetables, wine, colas to freeze solid.

Called the BG engineers to have a look.  Despite two visits from the engineers, the problem remained.  Beko, themselves would charge £200 to repair the fridge.

We therefore decided to just get another American fridge but not a Beko one.

We went to  Currys and were pleasantly surprised by the vast  selection  of fridges.  We fell in love with a couple of Samsung American fridges.  We proceeded to order our first choice but was told by a very helpful young lady that they don’t have it in stock and their system does not tell when it will have anymore in stock.  (Apparently Samsung is very popular?) We were very disappointed by this but  query the availability of our next choice.  Again, they don’t have it in stock.  I asked if we could have the one in the shop.  The sales clerk said that the item was for display.  I said to her that they don’t need a display as they don’t have anything in stock to sell of these models.

She was sympathetic but she can’t really do  anything.  She promised though that she will give us a call if circumstances changes.

We shall see!

For Her – Narciso Rodrigues Scent

I was reading my Glamour magazine at my desk at work when I found this perfumed flap with a sample of Narciso Rodriguez scent called For Her.

I love it instantly. It is so me. It reminds me of old days, of innocence, purity, of summer, of bathing in a warm lake, of flowery dresses, nice breeze, warm embrace, of clear sky, ripening palays, birds singing…..  It is so evocative – nostalgic.. classy in the way that Chanel No 5 is.  It has that elegant and clean smell.

OMG, I thought all of the above for just snipping For Her. I WANT THIS FOR CHRISTMAS!!!

For Her – Narciso Rodrigues Scent

Bio-Oil – the Lowdown

Bio Oil

I saw an advert for Bio-oil on telly a couple of years ago. I tried it, I liked it and I have been using it ever since.

My husband saw me using it religiously and noticed the difference it has done to my skin. He has also started using it. I do not only use it on my face, I also apply it to any dry spot or somewhere where there is a scar.

It is not a miracle cure but it does a pretty good job in rehydrating dry skin.

I would certainly recommend it to anyone.

We buy the largest size which retails at around £19.00 and it lasts for months and months.  Good value for what it does to your skin.

It is a skin hero.  Something to use when you are tired and weary and would just like to clean your face and just slap a bit of skin care and hoping that you wake up with soft, hydrated skin.