Category Archives: Review

Munchkin Nappy Disposal Unit

I received a Munchkin Nappy Disposal System from The Soup to trial and I was impressed!

It holds the same amount of nappies as a shopping bag, as I discovered by emptying a munchkin bags into one, and it does reduce the odour significantly.

The system works by twisting the top of the bag when the lid is shut, and sprinkling baking soda into the bag as well. Unlike some other NDS the nappies all remain in the bag which you then clip shut and remove, rather than ending up with a “sausage roll”.

Personally I found the replacement bag price a little steep, but I am assured it is comparative with other Systems (expensive when viewed against my free shopping bags). However it is possible to hack the system to use other cheaper bags (by chopping the bottom off one of the “real” bags and placing the cheaper bag inside of it. I really like that you can refill the baking soda dispenser, which screws into the lap, with any old baking soda you get from the shop.

I really like this system and would probably use it if my change table was not set up in the laundry. I only have room for one bin (the Munchkin is approx the same size as a regular kitchen bin) and I find myself wanting to put lots of other stuff in it (like lint, plastic wrapping, price tags) which just seemed like a waste. 

If you are going to use a Nappy Disposal System, then I would definitely recommend this one.

Movie Review: Your Highness

From the trailers I thought this would be a half decent movie, but I was wrong.

Natalie Portman’s character only appears half way through, when it looked from the trailer as the focus of the movie. The plot is weak, and obvious. The humor is mostly of the toilet variety.

Not worth the price of a movie ticket, possibly good as a rental DVD.

However, it is so bad it may acquire a cult following of The Princess Bride variety (don’t get me wrong, I love The Princess  Bride).

Movie Review: Hoodwinked Too


We went to see Hoodwinked Too at the movies and throughly enjoyed it. My three-year old sat through the entire thing without running up and down the aisles so it must have been good. 🙂

Carrying on the tradition of fractured fairy tales like the first Hoodwinked, Red and the Big Bad Wolf must work together to save Granny.

I would recommend this as a good family movie for all ages. The grown ups will have fun spotting all the fairy tales references, and the kids will just have fun. A little bit scary, but predictable enough to stop the kids from crying.

I will consider adding it to my collection when it comes out on DVD.

Book Review: The Land of Painted Caves


The long awaited update in Alya’s life has been released. What started in Clan of the Cave Bear, and has excited us through Valley of Horses, Mammoth Hunters, Plains of Passage, and Shelter’s of Stone has been completed in Land of Painted Caves.

This has meant that all the old books have been released as well. The good news is they have been released in ebook form. The Land of Painted Caves has also been released in ebook form. Brilliant idea, and I’m glad to see this author is keeping up with the times and her fan base.

The book itself is a little disappointing. As a standalone book I would probably have chucked it out. However, as this is the last in a series I am already hooked on and invested in the characters I had to read it. This means that I also know the back story which while restated where necessary to the plot, adds a framework in which to place this novel. As always I really enjoy the historical and reconstructed archeological tidbits that Jean is so good at slipping into Alya’s everyday life.

Enjoyable but not enthralling. Good for the fans, but not likely to pick up a new generation of fans.

Book Review: The Hypnotist


The Hypnotist is released in Australia in May, and is the first book from Lars Kepler. I got a free copy from the soup to read and review.

There is no Lars Kepler, it is actually the pen name for Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril a husband and wife writing team. How confusing would that family be Alex and Alex.

The Soup sent the first chapter by email as a teaser. Honestly, after reading that chapter I thought this would be a really crap book, but I would read it because it was free. If I was browsing in a book shop it would have gone right back on the shelf. I did wonder if it may have been a problem with the translation.

However I’m really glad I did read it as it was a great read, the two plots were intriguing – spent most of the novel trying to work out how they were connected.

The explanation unfolds in flashbacks about the hypnotist’s life, leading to a satisfying explanation in the end. The critical cues are all there in plain sight, no pulling rabbits out of the hat, just a lot of miss-direction

Great can’t put down novel, after a slow start. I would definitely read the next book by these authors.