As you might have gathered, I am annoyed by the recent bad press related to the Trussell Trust and food banks after The Daily Fail wrote that article. So annoyed I visited my local food bank and not only donated some items, but spent some time talking to the staff at Gloucester food bank. The Fail is way off, these people are lovely, and kind, and well, brilliant. The first thing I want to say is that Gloucester food bank gets no government level help – it is a charity that relies on kind donations and volunteered time. It is a smallish building, but well used. Shelves were stacked with items that families in need would love. It was organised by type of product, and dates. Bulkier items had whole shelves to themselves, and smaller bits were in labelled cardboard boxes used like draws. I met lovely volunteers who I saw […]
In the Julie’s Notebook household we’ve all been trying out the Rock face for men range. It was meant to be just my eldest son Dee trying out the range, but we have all been trying them out. Even Jen likes the body spray and shower gel. I will start by writing about products I have used myself, yes yes, I know I am not a man. One thing I will say first, is they all smell the same, which might seem a little dull, but it is actually brilliant – none of the products clash, they all match brilliantly. Think about of grooming products, some of the scents wouldn’t match so well like maybe white musk and chocolate or cucumber with coconut. Eeew!
Our lovely Freya woof was smelling a little funky, so when I saw Scruffy Chops wanted dog owner bloggers to review their range I put up Freya’s paw as a volunteer. Before I even opened the products up to sniff I liked the packaging. It’s those plastic bag type bottles that use a fraction of the plastic of normal bottles. The top flips open nicely, even with wet hands, and the bag-like bottle makes it easy to squeeze out a big dollop of shampoo or a delicate slowly dribbled line from head to tail if your hound prefers. I was tempted to use the conditioner myself, smells ace. I haven’t by the way…. So no jokes please. :-p The shampoo is “Sugar Doggy” and is £5.99 and the conditioner is called “Muddy Marvelous” which costs £6.99.
Winning weekends is four weeks old now. Have you won anything? Or did it increase traffic and entries to you blog contests? Let me know if it’s worked well for you. Please linky up blog competitions below, they can be your own blog comps, or just ones you have seen online and thought “that’s awesome, but not for me”. Maybe a friend is having a blog giveaway/contest for blonde shampoo, but you’re a brunette? Maybe it’s a “mummy” prize and you aren’t a parent? Could be you’ve seen an awesome prize for a dog owner, and you have no pets? Linky it up 😉 I don’t really have rules for this but this is for UK competitions please, and I would very much appreciate if you filled in the title (name) box like this: “12/12 Win your favourite sweets – blogtitle” rather than “my friends awesomely named blog”. End dates are […]
What is it with (some) men and toiletries? I currently have no shampoo as apparently it’s the same thing as shower gel. No, no it is not. One is designed to clean hair, one to clean skin. Skin is alive, hair is dead from the moment it leaves your scalp. It’s not the flipping same, it.is.not. And yes, it annoyed me! I would have had qualifications in this if I wasn’t skint as a late teen. I did hairdressing, don’t tell me something I *know* isn’t true. It properly winds me up…. So I saved this until Friday just to join in with Mummy Barrow’s ranty Friday, then I don’t seem like a serial complainer. Please, people, donate shampoo to me. I’ve got loads of shower gel, and zero shampoo. I’d love to fill the bath full of shampoo in a dirty clean protest. I am not washing my hair […]
I was recently asked if I would like to review JOHNSON’s baby easy rinse foaming shampoo with Jen. I know it’s called “baby” shampoo but I’ve been using it myself too, and it smells rather nice. It comes in a little pump action bottle that makes it foam lots like the hand-soap in public loos. Jen likes it mostly because it is fun, I like it because he wants to wash his hair! Until recently he was keen on being clean, baths, showers, paddling pools or hosepipes… he was not fussy.
Screen shot from Tesco.com A Which? report has revealed that many consumers are confused and annoyed that supermarkets use labels and packaging that is similar to well-known brands. Well maybe I’m unusual, but I like that they look the same. I’m a mum on a tight budget and when Jen goes on about “Dr Pepper” which is often nearly £2 I can say “yes, ok you an have a treat” and pick up the copy cat Dr Pop one at around 70p. I can see its not the same product, the printed labels aren’t identical so I do not feel its confusing, from my point of view its I can buy something that looks very similar, tastes the same but is less than half the price. Why wouldn’t you like that? I had a quick nosey online at one of the big four supermarkets (Tesco just because I shop there, […]
Three weeks today until Australia, I am getting all nervous, excited, I cry, then I’m happy. I’m an emotional wreck! I’ve got suitcases but still need travel money, insurance, and lots of little things. Felt pretty good as I bought 3 mini skirts yesterday ready for my amazing holiday… suncream a few days ago too. A week ago I was told I won the ITV Daybreak Down Under Competition. I knew I would get informed that week, before Friday, and was told to be near my phone between 6 and 8.30am as I might get called whilst live on air. By 10am on Friday, nothing… I’d lost hope, I was a right grumpy moo. Had been to the dentist for more bad news, then popped into work to say hello to my colleague. Needed to buy shampoo, so did that and Jenny ran away in a shopping center… I was […]