Delicious though they are, there’s more to Easter than chocolate eggs. We don’t want Easter to lag behind Christmas and Halloween in the decoration stakes! Easter is a time of spring renewal and optimism – and these fresh, cheery alternative Easter choices fit the mood perfectly.
- Create your own Easter bunny bunting: from £2.05
- ‘Bunch of Carrots’ reusable bubble bar: £6.50 each, Lush
- Egg & flower Easter wreath by The Chicken and the Egg: £30, Notonthehighstreet
I’ve got to the age & stage in life where it’s become impossible to shape my own eyebrows because I can’t see up close without glasses… and I can’t pluck my eyebrows while wearing glasses. I’ve never been one for visiting a beauty salon, but every so often, when I think I’m beginning to look like one of the Gallagher brothers, I go and get my eyebrows threaded.
I can still just about put make up on, but using the mirror in the bathroom cabinet no longer cuts it – unless I’m happy to leave the house looking like Aunt Sally! An illuminated, magnifying mirror is the best solution. And Justin could use it for shaving, his eyesight is getting almost as bad as mine.
Of the following three make up mirrors, I’d choose the cheapest option. A mirror for almost £500? I’d have to gaze at myself for hours on end to get my money’s worth!
- BEURER BS55 LED illuminated cosmetics mirror: £39.99
- simplehuman 5x magnifying sensor mirror: £169.99, simplehuman
- Sitia makeup mirror: £469.99, Wayfair
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I love making pancakes and Yorkshire puddings. One thing I’ve never attempted to make – probably because I don’t have the proper kit – is waffles.
The waffles that you tend to find in supermarkets never look very appetising and the ones at foodie markets are always really expensive. Waffles, like pancakes and Yorkshire puds, are basically eggs, flour, milk and fat… with the addition of yeast or baking powder.
I think I’d make good use of one of these waffle makers – or waffle iron – especially one that can store away in a kitchen drawer when not in use. I don’t have the spare counter-top space to have one permanently out on show – even if it’s as attractive to look at as the Dualit example. Also, much as I like its dual-purpose as a toasted sandwich maker, I think I’d choose the mid-range Nordic Ware version.
- Double waffle maker: £18.99, Clas Ohlson
- Nordic Ware original stovetop Belgian waffle maker: £62.50, Divertimenti
- Dualit toastie & waffle contact toaster 73010: £199.99, Nisbets
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I’m not ashamed to admit it; I may be 50 years old, but I’m still a teensy bit afraid of the dark. Especially if I’ve just watched a scary film!
Night lights may primarily be for children but I think people of any age can benefit. For instance, getting out of bed on dark mornings and stumbling around getting ready for work. Perhaps you have overnight visitors who don’t know their way around your house very well. A night light would be a welcome way marker to the bathroom.
- Personalised white cloud night light: £16, My First Years
- Multicolour silicone colour-changing mushroom LED nursery night lamp with remote control: £18.99, Amazon
- Zazu Lou owl night light: £35, JoJo Maman Bébé
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This week’s Price Points features a trio of aquaria.
We’ve both kept fish at various times in the past – both outdoors and indoors. A well kept aquarium is certainly not maintenance free, but we’d say that in most cases it’s relatively easy to keep healthy, happy and attractive fish in the home. They need enough space to move and explore, some natural features to add interest to the living environment, filtration systems & plants to keep water in optimum condition. They’re both fascinating and calming to watch.
We’ve chosen three aquaria that certainly fulfil the varying costs of the price points brief, ranging from £33 to over £700.
Once you have your aquarium correctly set up, you’ll just need to attend to the cleaning and feeding. A small price to pay for so much pleasure and visual interest.
And if you’re afraid that you may forget to feed the fish – the amazing, self-sufficient eco-sphere housing shrimp and algae could be the solution.
- Umbra Fish Hotel: £33, Red Candy
Featuring asymmetrical glass windows and a decidedly cubist design, this cod condo has a contemporary style… The glass inner cube can be removed from the out ABS white shell for easy cleaning, and if you fishy friend gets lonely, then just stack another Fish Hotel on top! Dimensions: 19 x 19 x 20cm.
- Biorb aquarium 105: £330, Pets at Home
The biological filtration in the Biorb 105 remains in the aquarium at all times, ensuring that filtration is not disturbed when maintenance is carried out. The Biorb offers multi-stage filtration, every cartridge contains mechanical filtration, chemical filtration and water optimisers to give your fish the ideal water conditions and keep maintenance lower for you. The high performance intelligent LED light is one of the most advanced lights in the aquarium market. The intelligent light replicates natural daylight, with a gradual sunrise and sunset which automatically fades into a blue moonlight after the day time cycle has completed. Approximate Dimensions: H62 x W60 x D60cm.
- Extra large Sphere EcoSphere: £729.09, Amazon
This fascinating enclosed world contains 30-35 marine shrimp, algae and micro-organisms. Made from hand-blown glass, each EcoSphere is a completely enclosed, self-sustaining little world. The EcoSphere only needs indirect light and comfortable room temperature (between 60 & 80ºF / 15.5 & 26.6ºC). The EcoSphere works on the basis that a closed system recycles its nutrients and does not produce excess waste. The shrimp consume the algae and micro-organisms and they, in turn, break down the shrimp waste. External light, either artificial or natural, keeps the algae growing. There is no feeding or water changes required. Each EcoSphere comes with a replacement, recharge or upgrade policy. Dimensions 22.9 x 22.9 x 22.9cm.
Do you remember when it was reported in the news that the manufacture of ‘normal’ incandescent bulbs was to be terminated? There was a stampede of frenzied shoppers at DIY outlets stockpiling 60 & 100 watters as if Armageddon had arrived!
LED (or light-emitting diode) lighting was declared the future and few wanted to be part of it. Well, the panic has died down and future is here. LED bulbs may be more expensive than the old fashioned ones, but they have a much longer lifespan, use 90% less energy, are more compact and ‘have fewer environmental concerns linked to their disposal’. Well worth the initial outlay.
There’s an ever-growing range of attractive LED floor lamps available on the market – perfect for armchair reading or a spot of knitting, crochet or – in my case – button replacement. Here are three of our favourites that we’ve found.
- Nexus 142cm floor lamp
- LED arc lamp Florestan with built-in dimmer
- Flos Captain Flint LED floor lamp, brass
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