Saturday, 30 September 2017

Review - Desire Deluxe Emoji Backpack/Rucksack

Desire Deluxe Emoji Backpack/Rucksack 

Product Description 

  • The iconic design is a top trend that will catch everyone's eyes. Material: waterproof 600D polyester; Inside contains a nylon lining.
  • Exterior Features: front zip pocket, water bottle pockets, full support back panel and padded shoulder straps. Interior Features: laptop sleeves, organizer pocket, large compartment.
  • Top carry handle with small pocket on top for sunglasses or other small essentials
  • Large capacity can hold up to a 14in laptop, suitable for school, weekend out, traveling, or casual daily use.Size: 41cm*14cm*28cm(16.14"x5.51"x11.02"). Material: Canvas + Nylon Lined. Smiling Face Expression; Openclose type: Zipper.
  • External: 1 zipper pocket Internal: 1 medium pocket ( As the picture showed )


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5 stars


The emoji backpack is perfect for children and teenagers to use for school. It will easily hold all of their books, pencil cases and other equipment. There are also several useful pockets to hold bottles of water, umbrellas etc. It really will fit everything in it that they need.

It is comfortable to wear, even when full of stuff. The straps are wide and very padded so they don't dig painfully into your shoulders. The straps are also adjustable, so it should be a good fit for everyone.

I love the emoji design, it's great fun and youngsters are sure to appreciate it as emojis seem to be very popular at the moment. The yellow faces really pop against the black background, it's a very eye catching design.

The zips and seams of this backpack are well constructed and feel like they will last a long time. It's a good quality bag, both myself and my daughter are very happy with it. Five stars.

British Food Fortnight Recipe 5 - sausage and kale pie

This sausage and kale pie recipe from looks delicious. It would make a perfect midweek family meal this autumn. It also looks a great way of getting your kids to eat their greens - or in my case a great way of getting my fussy adult brother to eat some vegetables for once! 

Sausage and Kale Pie

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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Serves 4

700g King Edward potatoes, cut into large chunks
25g butter
50ml semi skimmed milk
250g pack Kale
1 tbsp oil
450g sausagemeat
1 onion, sliced (150g)
1 eating apple, cored and sliced (175g)

Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6.

Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 10-12 minutes or until tender, drain and return to the pan, mash with the butter and milk then season.

Meanwhile, cook the kale in boiling water for 3 minutes, drain. Roughly chop half and stir into the mash.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the sausagemeat, onion and apple for 4-5 minutes, breaking up the sausagemeat.  Stir in the remaining kale and transfer to an ovenproof dish.  Spoon over the kale mash and bake for 30 minutes until golden.

Cooks tip
Try using sweet potato instead of potato for a change. Try using a pack of flavoured sausages instead, just remove the skin and fry with the onion and apple.

For more great recipes and ideas on how to use kale in new ways visit

Meet Our Pets - Terry The Tortoise

Terry when he was 1 year old




4 years old 


Hermanns Tortoise 


Flowers, weeds, dandelions, and stomping around his enclosure 


The cold, baths

Owned by


About Terry

Terry is a four year old Hermann's tortoise, I've owned him since he was ten months old. He was raised by an experienced, ethical breeder in Somerset. I rarely buy pets, I prefer to rescue, but after searching for a year I couldn't find a suitable tortoise to rehome so I took the plunge and got Terry. I'd been researching tortoises for a long time, which is important before getting any pet, but especially when getting an exotic pet.

I choose Terry from a number of tortoises of the same age. I was instantly drawn to him because he was the more outgoing and confident one. He also had the prettiest shell markings, which I think look amazing.

Terry is a fun pet, he has a great personality. You don't really associate tortoises with having big personalities, but Terry has. He's very cheeky and likes to get his own way. If his enclosure isn't arranged how he wants, he'll bulldozer his way through things to move them. And he doesn't go around plants and other decorations - he goes right over them!

He is very friendly and will come to the side of his enclosure to greet you - especially if you have food in your hand! His favourite food is dandelion leaves - he doesn't like the flowers which is quite unusual. He can be a fussy boy at times!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Review - VWH Bunny Rabbit Soft Toy for Babies and Children

VWH Bunny Rabbit Soft Toy for Babies and Children 

Product Description 

  • pack:1 pcs/set ,all long:55cm
  • Material: Eco-friendly PP Cotton
  • Main Color: white
  • 100% brand new and high quality ! Easy and fun to use!
  • Age Range:5 Months - 7 Years


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5 stars


OMG! This bunny is absolutely adorable! It's perfect for babies because there is no long fur or loose eyes/noses etc that your baby can pull off. The material is very soft too, so babies will like the texture of it and enjoy cuddling Mr Bunny.

The bunny is a good size, 15 inches long. It's quite big but is fairly light so younger children will still be able to hold it. It's expression is extremely cute, especially as it has one long ear and one short ear! I think this toy would appeal to both boys and girls.

At under £4 this toy is very good value. It would make a lovely Christmas gift for a baby, toddler or young child - our little girl loves it! Five stars.

British Food Fortnight Recipe 4 - Classic Prawn Cocktail Salad

You can't get much more British than a prawn cocktail! This 1970s favourite is a real classic and is just as tasty today as it was 40 years ago. Thank you to for allowing us to share this recipe.

Classic Prawn Cocktail Salad

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2
½ Iceberg Lettuce, shredded (250g)
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp tomato ketchup (50g)
1 tbsp low fat mayonnaise (50g)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce to taste
200g cooked peeled prawns, defrosted if frozen
Pinch of smoked paprika
What to do
Toss the iceberg and parsley together and place in the base of 2 glass serving dishes. Dry the prawns on a few sheets of kitchen roll. Mix together the ketchup, mayonnaise,
Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces then stir in the prawns. Spoon the prawn mixture into the serving dishes and top with the remaining lettuce. Finish with a sprinkle with smoked paprika. Serve immediately.

Cook Tips

Try replacing the iceberg with shredded round lettuce and use tiger prawns with a little harissa paste for extra spice. Serve in 4 wine glasses for the classic 1970’s starter.

For more tasty recipes visit

Review - Uharbour ElitePro Fidget Spinner Toy

Uharbour ElitePro Fidget Spinner Toy

Product Description

  • PREMIUM AND FUNNY TOY for tension-relieving game.,helpful for focus and deep Thought! Keeps your hands and mind busy, Good Ideas come out during the spinning!
  • AUXILIARY MEDICAL TOOLS,Great for Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, ADD, Quit Smoking, Smartphone Addicts.
  • HIGH QUANLITY WELL MADE bearings, Super smooth, pretty quiet and amazing fast, Durable frame, sleek and unbreakable, injection molded, attractive appearance.
  • SMART AND HUMANZIED DESIGN Hand tri spinner, Easy Operated, non-slip grip,portable and matt surface; easy to carry.
  • COST-EFFECTIVE AND GUARANTEE, Confident with the quality,full money-back refund is available, 1 year warranty.


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5 stars


My daughter, like many other children and teenagers, is a big fan of fidget spinners. They are all the rage right now it seems. I've bought several of them over the last year, and I've noticed that they really vary in quality. This is definitely one of the best that I've bought.

The spinner is available in a choice of five colours. We opted for the metallic gold and black version and it looks great. It comes nicely packaged so it would make a great stocking filler or small gift.

It's a good weight and spins really well, unlike cheap spinners. The movement is really smooth and it spins for quite a long time. My daughter is very happy with this spinner, it's definitely one of her favourites. Five stars.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

British Food Fortnight Recipe 3 - Baked Apricots with Almonds

When you think of traditional British food you probably don't automatically think of apricots, but Del Monte canned fruits have been a British favourite for decades. Up and down the country households have Del Monte canned fruit in their kitchen store cupboards - mine included. This recipe uses Del Monte apricot halves, and it look fabulous - simple but delicious.

Baked Apricots with Almonds

Photo credit - Del Monte

 Serves: 4
15 minutes preparation - 30 minutes cooking
  • Del Monte® Apricot Halves 
  • 2 tsp unsalted butter 
  • 35 g whole almonds, skin on
  • 3 tbsp packed light-brown sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Butter a square baking dish
  3. Process almonds and brown sugar in a blender until almonds are finely chopped. Add butter; blend until just combined
  4. Place apricot halves, cut sides up, in buttered baking dish
  5. Cover top of each apricot half with almond mixture
  6. Bake until apricots are soft and almond mixture is deep golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes
  7. Transfer 3 apricot halves to each serving plate. Serve warm

    For more recipes please visit

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

British Food Fortnight Recipe 2 - Caramelised Shallot Soda Bread withHerby Butter

We continuing with our British Food Fortnight recipes, and our next one is from This caramelised shallot soda bread looks amazing - just looking at the photo is making me hungry! I bet it smells lovely when it's warm - you can't beat the smell of freshly baked bread!

Caramelised Shallot Soda Bread with Herby Butter

This easy soda bread with caramelised shallots is a delicious accompaniment with cheese or to dip into soup with a slab of herby butter on top! 

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Makes: 1 large loaf
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:  40 minutes 
You’ll need

For the bread:
20g butter
6 shallots, finely sliced
1tbsp brown sugar
1tbsp balsamic vinegar
500g plain white flour
½ tsp salt
2tsp baking powder
60g cheddar cheese, grated
400ml buttermilk

For the butter:
230g butter, at room temperature
Small bunch thyme, leaves picked
Small bunch parsley, finely chopped

What to do

Heat the oven to 200C/180C Fan. Melt the butter in a frying pan and gently cook the shallots, with the lid on for 10 minutes. Add the sugar and vinegar and turn up the heat. Cook stirring occasionally for 5 minutes so that the shallots caramelised. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder then stir in 50g of the cheese and the shallots.

Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the buttermilk. Splay your fingers out like a big fork and mix gently but quickly to combine to a dough. To get the lightest bread, minimise the amount you handle the dough. 

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat into a circle. Transfer to a non-stick baking sheet and pat down a little. Scatter with the remaining cheese and cut a large cross, deep into the dough and bake for 40-45 mins until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.

For more recipes and ideas about how to use shallots, visit

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Review - Mikki Go Gentle On Me Dog & Cat Grooming Range

Disclosure - I received these products free of charge for the purpose of an honest review 

Mikki Pet Go Gentle On Me Grooming Tools

Product Descriptions -

Massage Slicker

  • 3 pronged rubber bristles to trap loose hair
  • Left or right handed
  • High quality rubber
  • Cleans and stimulates the skin
  • For wet and dry grooming
  • Available in small and large sizes
Smooth & Stroke For Short & Medium Coats

  • Left or right handed
  • Ideal “finishing” glove for adding a high shine finish
  • Rubber pads for massage and cleansing of the skin
Palm Pad For Wire/Coarse Coats

  • Long lasting and durable stainless steel pins
  • Flexible palm pad
  • Adjustable strap
Go Gentle On Me - Mikki Website Link

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Reviewed by - 

Julie, Alan & Bev


5 stars (all products)


Elgin with a range of Mikki Pet grooming tools 

Mikki Pet have a huge range of brushes, some of which I've used in the past. But this is the first time I've used the Go Gentle On Me grooming range. This range is perfect for pets that are not used to being groomed and those who are nervous when they are groomed. It's also ideal for dogs and cats with sensitive skin as the brushes and other tools are very gentle. The range includes brushes, gloves and shampoos.

We have tried three products from this range - the Massage Slicker, the Smooth and Stroke and the Palm Pad.

Massage Slicker
Reviewed by Bev.
Tested on Dottie (short coated chihuahua) and Rolo (chihuahua cross Yorkshire terrier)

Dottie is not a big fan of being brushed. She's a one year old chihuahua and she has very short, fine fur. Traditional dog brushes are much too scratchy for Dottie, so this softer, gentler brush is ideal for her. Dottie actually enjoyed being brushed with the Mikki Massage Slicker - I think this must be a first for her as she usually hates being groomed! I tried the brush against my skin to see how it felt, and it does feel like a massage and it must be much more pleasant for dogs and cats than regular brushes that can scratch or pull.

It surprised me by how much fur it actually removed. Dottie had been moulting when we tried this brush and it removed a lot of dead and loose hair. The Mikki Massage Slicker left Dottie's coat looking and feeling silky smooth.

We also tried this brush on Rolo, our two year old Yorkshire Terrier. Most of his coat is currently clipped short, but he has very long hair on his ears and tail. The Massage Slicker worked very well on his body fur and also surprisingly well on his ears.

The only difficulty that I have found with this brush was getting Dottie's tiny hairs out of it due to the brush's rubbery texture. But that's only one small negative against lots of positives. The Mikki Massage Slicker is lightweight, good quality, great for dogs who need a gentler brush and effectively removes loose hair from your pet. I definitely recommend it.

Smooth and Stroke for Short & Medium Coats
Reviewed by Julie 
Tested on Cherry (beagle)

Our beagle, Cherry, was rescued from a puppy farm last year and she's a very nervous dog. Objects coming close to her still really scares her, and this includes brushes. We've rarely been able to brush her as she just gets too frightened. I've tried grooming gloves on other dogs in the past without much success, so I wasn't really expecting much from the Mikki Smooth and Stroke Glove. I was wrong - this grooming glove worked brilliantly on Cherry's short coat. But the best result of all is that she actually enjoyed being groomed with it!

Cherry happily sat or laid down while we groomed her, and she definitely enjoyed the stroking effect of the grooming glove. She was really relaxed during the whole experience, and didn't get at all scared or stressed. It's nice to know that we'll now be able to take care of her coat without scaring her with brushes etc.

Cherry's coat is quite short and the grooming glove got through it with no problems at all. It removed loose hairs and left her coat looking and feeling great.

Palm Pad for Wire/Coarse Coats
Reviewed by Alan 
Tested on Bo (rough coated lurcher)

My rough coated lurcher, Bo, has a very long and thick coat that can be hard to groom. He is fifteen years old so he can't stand up for very long while I'm grooming him. The Mikki Palm Pad was easy to work through his coat, and it took a lot less time than it does with my usual brushes. It easily removed any tangles and it got out a lot of dead and loose hair.

The added benefit with this brush, is that it straps to your hand so you don't need to hold a handle. I have arthritis so this was ideal for me, as gripping brush handles etc can be painful for me. The Palm Pad didn't slip in my hand at all and was comfortable to hold and use.

Bo was happy to be groomed with this, so it couldn't have been scratchy against his skin. I think he was pleased that grooming didn't take quite as long as usual too! I'd definitely recommend the Mikki Palm Pad for dogs with wire and coarse coats.

Overall Results 

All three of these grooming tools are really impressive, we've been very pleased with the results achieved with them. They are especially good for nervous or older dogs that need a gentler touch.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Review - ZEIGER-UK mens watch with leather straps

ZEIGER-UK Mens Watch

Product Description 

  • Imported Quartz and Waterproof: Imported Japanese quartz,98Ft waterproof this watch will serve for more than 3 years.
  • Genuine Leather: Genuine Leather watch strap provided is smellless, super soft, flexible and durable, which is great for daily wear.
  • Other Feature: Night Light Date Watch, IP Silver Plating Watch Case Which Will Never Fade, well packaged in watch box.
  • Size: Case diameter 4.2cm; fits 19cm - 23cm men's wrist.
  • Service Guarantee: 12-month warranty and 90-day 100% money back full refund guarantee for your question feedback


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5 stars


This is a very nice men's watch - and it's superb value for money. I am so impressed at the price, it looks and feels much more expensive that it is. I got this watch as a Christmas present for my husband, and I know he's going to love it. 

The watch face is really clear, it's easy to see the exact time at a glance. It shows both 12 and 24 hour times, along with the date. Because the hour, minute and second hands glow in the dark, it is even easy to tell the time at night or in dark places like the cinema.

This watch has a lovely, strong leather strap. It's comfortable to wear and looks great on your wrist. Weight wise I think it will be just right for my husband, and not too heavy for him (he has arthritis and can no longer wear heavy watches with metal straps).

The watch arrives in a quality box, so it would make an ideal gift for a male friend or relative. It looks very expensive and stylish, so the recipient is sure to be impressed. This is a great watch, so I'm giving it five stars.

Review - building block notebook/journal

Building block notebook/journal 

Product Description 

  • EASY TO CARRY A5 NOTEBOOK WITH SOFT COVER: Ideal for handbag, briefcase, pocket or school bag
  • BRIGHT, FUN COLORFUL WRITING JOURNAL WITH CLASP: Brighten your day and stimulate your creativity for adults or kids
  • GREAT FOR KIDS PARTY TREATS OR BACK TO SCHOOL: Removable clips to close the notebook or for fun design
  • REFILLABLE A5 WRITING PAD WITH RIBBON. Easily replace the pages and keep the protective cover
  • JOURNAL YOUR IDEAS INSTANTLY : 8.5" x 6" lined pages to capture your important thoughts


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4 stars


This is a soft notebook made to look like children's building blocks. It's a really fun design and is quite unique, I've not seen a notebook like this one before.

The pages are lined and the paper quality is very good. The pages are securely attached to the spine of the book and they don't feel like they are going to come loose. It would be a perfect stocking filler for little kids and big kids alike and should appeal to both girls and boys. I got this for my teenage daughter and I'm sure she's going to love it. 

The only negative that I can find is the price - nearly £12 for a notebook does seem a little expensive.  But I guess you're paying a little extra for the quality and uniqueness of this notebook. I would have given this notebook five stars, but I've knocked one star off because I don't feel it's brilliant value for money.

National Better Breakfast Day Recipe - Low Sugar Nutty Choc Granola

It can be hard finding a healthy breakfast that children enjoy, so many cereals are full of sugar. So this low sugar nutty chocolate granola made with JimJams chocolate spread is ideal to make on National Better Breakfast Day. JimJams chocolate spread has 83% less sugar than standard chocolate spread.

Low sugar Nutty Choc Granola

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
28g Pure Honey
275g Rolled Oats
25g Wheat Germ
25g Sunflower Seeds
25g Chopped Hazelnuts
25g Raisins
25g Dried Cranberries
175g JimJams Hazelnut or Milk Choc Spread

Preheat the oven to 180C.
Combine the oats, Wheat Germ, Sunflower seeds and Hazelnuts in a large bowl.
Put JimJams Hazelnut Choc Spread in a microwaveable dish and heat in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Mix the melted JimJams Hazelnut or Milk Choc Spread with the Honey and Olive Oil. Pour the Choc mix over the Granola mix and stir to coat.
Spread onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and leave to cool, breaking up the mix and stirring as it cools.

Once cool mix in Raisins and Cranberries. Leave in air tight container until needed.

JimJams Hazelnut Spread

JimJams Milk Chocolate Spread

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Review - InsigniaX Crossbody Sling Backpack/Bag

InsigniaX crossbody sling backpack 

Product Description 

  • MADE WITH THE BEST MATERIALS: Made with highly durable 600D polyester + 210D polyester interior lining, InsigniaX Crossbody Sling Backpacks are designed with the best materials to last long.
  • PROVIDES EASY HANDLING OPTIONS: InsigniaX Crossbody Sling Backpack has a wide adjustable shoulder strap and a top handle - providing you with carrying options. Shoulder strap clips and unclips in two places.
  • DESIGNED WITH ATTENTION TO DETAILS: 3-in-one bag with varying interior sizes, additional interior side pocket in the largest compartment, deep side pocket to carry your water bottle, and a Smartphone pocket in the shoulder strap.
  • JUST THE RIGHT SIZE FOR YOU: With a size of H: 18.7" x W: 5.1" x L: 11.8", InsigniaX Crossbody Sling Backpack is just the right size for your multipurpose, lightweight sling baclpack needs.
  • MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: If you are not 100% satisfied, we are happy to give you a refund or exchange, no hassles.


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5 stars


We are very pleased with this backpack. It is great quality and the seams look strong and secure.

This bag has plenty of room for everything that we need to carry, it's roomier than it looks. It has so many useful pockets and even a place for pens, a bottle of water and an umbrella.

The InsigniaX Crossbody bag is very comfortable to wear due to the wide padded strap that has sturdy clips. The strap is adjustable so it's suitable for a wide range of different sized people. Inside the strap itself there is a pocket for your mobile phone. This is really useful and makes sure that your phone is easily accessible. Mine usually either sinks to the bottom of my bag or falls out of my pocket, so this is a much safer and more convenient place to keep it.

Both my husband and I have used this bag and we both love it. Five stars.

British Food Fortnight Recipe 1 - Slow Roasted Pork With Braised Leeks

Yesterday was the start of British Food Fortnight, which celebrates British food and drink. We will be sharing recipes with you throughout the fortnight to showcase the wonderful range of British ingredients that are available now.

Our first recipe is from Discover Leeks. This slow roasted pork with braised leeks look amazing. The dish looks fresh and vibrant - the green colours of the leeks, peas and kale really pop! I love both leeks and belly pork, so this recipe is definitely going on my list of recipes to try.

Photo credit - Discover Leeks 

Slow Roasted Pork With Braised Leeks
Serves 2                                                                                                                                                                                
Prep time - 10 minutes 
Cook time - 135 minutes 


500g pack belly pork joint
1 tsp fennel seeds
500ml chicken stock
300g leeks, cut into 3cm pieces
50g kale
50g frozen peas
1 tbsp cranberry sauce
1 tsp whole grain mustard
25g parsley, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark 6.
  2. Season the pork and sprinkle over the fennel seeds, place in a small roasting tin with 250ml stock. Roast for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 150oC, gas mark 2 and continue to cook for 2 hours until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, place the leeks, kale and peas in a large frying pan and pour over the remaining stock, cranberry sauce and mustard. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Cut the pork in half and serve with the braised leeks and kale.
Cooks tip

Stir a grated apple into the braised vegetables for extra flavour.

Thanks to Discover Leeks for allowing us to share this recipe. Visit to find more delicious recipes and ideas for using leeks.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Review - PINGKO Walking Pedometer/Fitness Tracker

Disclosure - I received this product free of charge for the purpose of an unbiased review.

PINGKO Pedometer

Product Description 

  • Keep track up to 99999 steps and distance travelled indication up to 999.99 KM/999.99Miles
  • Extra LCD display with multi functional
  • Calories burnt indication up to 999.99 kilocalorie,fairly accurate
  • Two selection: Metric system and imperial system;Auto shut off.100% 12 hours automatic shaking machine to test the accuracy of our pedometer.
  • Securely belt clip, easy to clip on the belt and never fall off.


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5 stars


This is a great little pedometer that does everything I need it to do. At just £6.99 it's brilliant value for money too. It looks and feels more expensive that it is.

I was worried that it would be difficult to set up, but it was actually pretty straightforward. The instructions were clear and setting the length of your stride was easy. As far as I can tell the results are accurate. I like being able to see the amount of calories that I've burnt, as well as the number of steps I've walked. The display screen is very large, so it's easy to see my current results at a glance.

There is a belt clip on the pedometer so it's easy to attach it to your waistband. It's very lightweight so it's comfortable to wear - I usually forget that I've got it on. The clip is very secure, it's not once fallen off.

I'm trying hard to lose some weight, and the PNGKO Pedometer is giving me the motivation I need to increase my level of exercise. I'm very happy with this product, so I've given it five stars.