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Great price and I shopped around. Once the deal was made I was out of finance very quickly. At every step was given my options and left to make my choice. I recently brought my Toyota Rav 4 in for 2 recall notices and an oil change. My service tech was Peter Racich; he was very friendly and provided excellent customer service. I will definitely be taking my vehicle back to AutoNation Toyota Arapahoe for future services and will ask for Peter by name.

Way to go AutoNation! Oil change a bit pricey but it's a dealership reason for 4 stars- not 5 ,. I had a leaking gasket that I had no idea about on the oil pan that was fixed under warranty. Plus everyone is super friendly and nice. I had no problems getting my Prius its major service! The car was in the shop at 7: Hugo gave good service and attention for which I was very grateful. Fantastic experience buying a car at AutoNation Toyota.

We loved working with Brian Ege. Love our new Highlander. I loved the customer service that Ali and Luis provided for my family and I.

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Very personable and friendly. Had about 5 recalls on my car and was helped out by Jamie Lindgren. He was super helpful and knowledgeable. If I ever need more work done, I'll go back to Jamie! Made everything super easy! I would like to say thank you to Ryan and Leo for helping me, Ryan did an incredible job answering all the questions and show me all available vehicles and options, Leo did exceptional job in helping me understand and fill out the finance paperwork. I give Usman five stars! When buying my Tacoma Usman was kind, friendly, and honest. I appreciate his assistance and his recommended extended warranty is a very comforting purchase to ease any concerns.

Thanks again Usman for all your hard work! Give him a raise! The best place to service your car. In and out quickly when they know you are waiting. Also the best place to but your car!! Super busy day, but Giovanni made sure we were taken care of! Made me a happy customer and got me the vehicle I wanted! Easy to work with. I've taken 2 cars to service here, and my mother also purchased a car here. It's hit or miss. My mothers experience wasn't great, got the run around some I went back a few months later to look at a new 4-runner, mine was years old at the time.

I can't even remember the guys name, after driving with him the first time, I went back to work a deal I don't waste my time with Dealership games. So the service at Autonation wasn't bad, just honestly didn't trust them much. I took the new vehicle, 1. I took it into Autonation again, because it should be under warranty. They said it should. Low and behold, I get the call from Sarah, she said I would have to pay the repair in full because a rock hit the condenser and punctured it, and thats not covered under warranty.

Sarah was good, and she helped lower the price some for me, I also got a quote from Toy Dr. Because that is Toyotas policy, it wasn't manufacturers issue etc.. The newer 4-runner grills do not protect from rocks in CO which we all know is a major issue, and when it happens your responsible I am going to put in an aftermarket grill mesh and remove the old mesh for this very reason, its a good chance that this will happen again with the rocks in CO, times, im sitting on K just in condensers over the life of the truck.

So Sarah did work with me, she's was helpful, and understood my complaint around this, but she has no control, its toyotas policy thats the issue This is my 4th Toyota, 3rd 4-runner, and at present I don't feel I can preach the toyota name as I used to So pay attention to what you buy from Toyota now, if there is a grill on any of the models that don't protect the internals well, you might be responsible no matter of model etc So, I'm giving this a fair rating, they're good and bad in different ways, but feel where they're bad, just like many corp's nowadays, they probably don't care.

Yes I'm jaded, as much by Toyota as this dealership, so take my statements with a grain of salt. We worked with Jessi and Zach over the course of a few weeks. Great service and never felt pressure to buy. They took a lot of time to help us find what we were looking for and made the buying experience quick and easy.

No one likes huge automotive repair bills. Each time I find a new "favorite" service person. They always make me feel like I am a "family" member and I always leave knowing that my vehicle was taken care of properly! Great work they help you and great costumer service and willing to help people get what they need. Automation is very professional and quick with sales!

Mishap is awesome and not pushy at all when it comes to purchasing. Would definitely buy another car from here!! Love my purchase already: Very happy with my experience, Robert was great handling all my questions and requests. LOVE my new Tacoma! I drove it for less than 48 hours and the check engine light came on. I thought, ok, its a used car, things happen and drove it to the lot because I also purchased the extra Toyota Warranty and they provide a 60 day warranty as well. Not to mention it's also still under Kia's warranty.

When I arrived at the lot they informed me that I cannot have the car looked at because I didn't have an appointment so they scheduled it for the next day. I took it in and they changed a spark plug and the coil and reset the light. I'ts now a week later and the light is on again. I went online and made an appointment for tomorrow morning and now they have cancelled the appointment without any reason or contacting me. This is not a good start to this relationship.

Not to mention that I traded in a perfectly good running car. When I found about a recall for rear leaf springs on my Tacoma I started searching the internet forums and heard nothing but horror stories. I called Autonation on a Friday and spoke with Rebecca in service. She told me that the spring kits were in stock and scheduled my appointment for Monday morning. I have owned my fair share of autos and have dealt with many car dealerships and I have to tell you, this is by far the most positive experience I've had to date.

I saw a vehicle of theirs on Craigslist and emailed them about it. I immediately got a response from Ali and he answered every question I had. I had my mom go test drive the vehicle for me since I live 4 hours away. Everything turned out great so I paid to pull the vehicle from inventory and have it held a few days til I could get there.

I could not be happier with my Mazda and could not be any happier with the amazing service Ali provided! Greg was also a big help! AutoNation Toyota on Arapahoe did a terrific job taking care of the needed warranty work. It was easy to set up an appointment, all the parts were available, they suggested additional maintenance work but didn't try to up-sell me, and the work was completed ahead of time. All staff was very friendly and helpful. This experience was vastly different from my experience with warranty work at Mountain States Toyota which was terrible. My husband and I went to AutoNation to look at a truck my husband found on Craigslist weeks ago.

He spoke to Greg Philbrick multiple times on the phone before we drove 7 hours to look at it, as well as had a friend from Denver test drive it for us. Greg assured us he would "put the truck aside" for us to test drive upon arrival. We were given the complete run around from the moment we got there. One man came up right after we sat down to talk to Mr. Philbrick to tell us someone else came in 20 minutes before we did and wanted the same truck. Philbrick if there were any other comparable trucks on their huge lot we could look at, and he declined.

He didn't ask us to do a credit check, he didn't ask to look at the vehicle we were interested in trading, and he didn't want to show us any other vehicles. We finally decided to go to lunch.

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We went across the street to eat, and felt incredibly confused. How could a dealership be a profitable business when this is the way they treat their customers? Did they assume we had terrible credit because we are young? We went back to the dealership and asked if we were going to be able to look at the truck that day. Philbrick immediately took us outside and the truck was parked right out in front. We started to walk over to it and Mr. Philbrick said "it's on its way to detail. At no time was there an explanation or an apology. It was the most unprofessional, bizarre experience we have ever had at a place of business.

What kind of professional tells customers about other customers being "credit-challenged", in Mr. My husband called to try to speak to a manager after we left to try to make sense of the whole interaction, but had to leave a message and of course, we never received a call back. We live in a small town where every interaction at a business counts, and where word travels quickly.

If a car dealership were to treat customers like that here, they would not be in business long. I have never written a "negative review" about anywhere we have ever been, but I am truly at a loss. Thank you for an amazing deal on our new Sequoia!!! Josh and Derrek have been truly amazing to work with!! Outstanding customer service, always provide complete and detail information for all services performed. Great service, I trust them with my car!

Our saleman, Misha, made this the best experience we've ever had buying a car. We were impressed with the way we were treated and look forward to visiting the dealership for our car's services. We went to other Toyota dealerships in the area and had far better customer service at AutoNation. Definitely recommend this dealership and our salesman, Misha! Great experience at Auto nation Toyota. Mike was very attentive and listened to what I wanted. All my questions were answered. The car was given to me in pristine condition and I was given a very good over view of the controls and buttons on my Highlander.


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Love the Ooh la la rouge color. They will cost you time and money and lie on top of that. After buying a new car from them, they waited 39 days to turn in the paperwork to the state DMV. The signatures on this paperwork were not completed correctly, so the state rejected and returned it to them 12 days later. When I contacted AutoNation, I got the run around from a manager that refused to take ownership of the issue and refused to compensate me for my time and money which was wasted due to their incompetence.

During this whole process, one of their employees also lied to me by telling me that the state no longer provides postcards to inform the owners that their registration paperwork is ready to process. Only buy from AutoNation if you have lots of free time and enjoy being lied to. I know mistakes can happen, but you own up to them and compensate those it effected. Definitely recommend this dealership! The sales agent's service was excellent. The service was on time and well done!

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The best gift I ever received was a family photo in a picture frame made by my son when he was 6. A rabbit, but my mom made me return it to the person that gave it to me. Honestly not sure what the best gift was. So many wonderful things over the years. Likely something handmade my one of my children. The best present I ever received was my grandmothers vintage diamond ring. My grandmother is everything to me and this ring is very special; I was so touched that she wanted me to have it!

Best gift.. My parents had no money so for me this was beyond incredible! The best gift I have received is hearing the doctor say my husband is cancer free after his surgery!! Best gift ever was a replacement ornament for one I had accidentally dropped that had been given to me by my late grandmother. My boyfriend took me to NYC last Christmas!


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It was phenomenal! Magical place to be, especially at Christmas time. The best gift was a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey jersey when I first started playing hockey as a young boy. For my 16th birthday my parents bought me an Arctic Cat snowmobile TributeCA My favourite gift ever was a 3 foot tall walking bride doll when I was 7 years old! A homemade red wooden sleigh for my cabbage patch doll.

My Dad built it for me. Now that I have children he is building one for my girls this Christmas. One of the best gifts I got was when my sister paid for the flight and hotel rooms on our trip Copenhagen. Such a blessing. My parents used their Airmiles and bought me a trip to the Turks for my best friend's wedding! The best gift I ever received was my engagement ring in a cracker jack box!! Nice prize! I remember the two dolls in my childhood that I wanted so badly, Thumballina and Chrisie.

Thumballina was a small baby doll that my Grandmother made a series of clothes for. Chrisie was a large 24" walking doll that had hair that could grow and retract with a knob in her back. I loved those dolls so much as a kid. I still have them and will soon be handing them over to my two Granddaughters in another year or two.

The best gift I have ever recieved is the blessing of my daughter. She makes my day everyday and puts a smile on my face whenever I wake up in the morning. A puppy. When I was 13 all I wanted was my very own puppy. We had a treasure hunt one year and all the kids found new alpine skis hidden in the rafters.

Bethany Cowley - best gift I ever received was a large heating pad for my bed! A giant Dairy Milk chocolate bar as part of a 12 gifts of Christmas from my daughter! I had always wanted a proper dining table and one year the family surprised me with a whole matching suite. It was unbelievable. My best gift was when my husband bought me a new engagement ring to replace the one I lost.

Finding out my daughter was pregnant with my 3rd granddaughter!!! The best gift I ever received was the Mouse Trap game when I was 10 years old. It's hard to think of just one. I think the Kate Spade purse was amazing and unexpected. The best 3 gifts I have ever received were my children. The best gift anyone could ever ask for. Best gift is my cuddler chair for sure! Best gift ever had to be my first bike. We weren't well off, so I truly didn't expect a bike, but I wanted one so badly. My dad found a second hand one and secretly spent weeks cleaning it up and repainting it. It was gorgeous, and the best surprise ever.

Best gift I ever received was my kitty, Ace, who has now sadly passed away. Miss him like crazy. Before we knew it was dangerous, my Mom got me a sunlamp, thought it was the best gift ever, thought I would have a year long tan, lol. The best gift I ever received was my birthstone ring OPAL when I traveled to Australia to meet for the first time all my relatives on my mums side.

One gift I will never forget and always cherish The best give I've ever received was a trip to Mexico with my Grandparents. The best gift that I received was a life like doll from my mother. I can still remember the scent. It smelled kind of like candy. It was expensive and I took good care of her before I passed it onto my niece. My dad built a kitchen set for my sisters and I to play house :. The best gift I ever received was a trip to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.

The best gift I ever got was the fiddle my husband bought for me.. The most memorable gift I received was a Beautiful Chrissy doll. The best gift I ever received was a gold coin dated in the s. Kathi J. My dad built me a dolls clothes closet when I was 4 for all my Barbie outfits. Love that memory. I was very happy with an immersion blender. Now I can make homemade soup and sauces quick and easily. The best gift I ever received was my iPad Mini from my boyfriend almost 4 years ago!

I use it all the time, it's so handy and I love it! Best gift ever was for my brother I guess this is what this is for!!! Anu Chopra - The best gift I received was a gift certificate to the spa! What a wonderful day! My best ever Christmas gift was a pair of white Go go boots that I received from my parents when I was 8 years old. I asked Santa for them but always thought I was dreaming too big until I opened that presents and saw those boots. I wore them everywhere! My fav gift is the calendar with our family pictures my daughter makes it.

The best gift I received was a trip to las vegas from my 2 kids. The best gift I ever received is a paid trip to Cuba for one week :. When I was 6 years old, I had chicken pox at Christmas and we had relatives come visit and they brought me a Barbie! It was one of the first , so was a really big deal! The best gift I ever received was a shopping spree at West Edmonton Mall! Best Christmas gift I ever received was in when I found out I was expecting my son after many years of trying to conceive. Corry Lehmann. The best gift I've ever received was my Cabbage Patch doll when I was a kid.

Pauline Lafrance Montague. The best gift I ever received was a special piece of jewelry from someone equally special. The best gift i have ever recieved from someone would be the necklace my boyfriend gave me on our first Anniversary because now i cant take it off without feeling like something is missing when i go out and my boyfriend always notives right away if i dont have it on which i think is sweet that he likes when i wear what he bought me. Means he notices the smallest differences and also it represents how much he loves me the necklace as it is shapes in a heart.

In some form rather i should say it represents our love. Best gift I remember is an Easy bake oven when I was a kid and made the whole family eat my baked goodies I mmade in it. A retro firefighter helmet The best gift I ever received was being able to spend Christmas with my family. The best gift in recent years was a days around the world cruise. My favorite gift i ever received was finding out I was pregnant with my second child.

My mom once got me an entire box filled with books. Close to 30 books!

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My husband bought me living room chairs that I wanted. Little did we know woukd be out last Christmas together since he passed away The year we had a sleigh built and painted with the twins name on it. Their first sleigh ride. My best gift ever was a beautiful glass bell that I put on my Christmas tree every year! I honestly don't know what my absolute favorite gift was I get the best gift every year when my kids make me homemade gifts. Wow quel cadeau! Hmm, I think it would be a set of mugs from my then crush - who turned into my lfelong love.

Liisa Stover: best gift was for Christmas when I was 5. I woke up to a kitten on my bed!!! Her name was Freckles, and she lived to be 24 years old!!!! The best gift was a not so affordable easy bake oven when i was very young. It was a wonderful surprise. Last Christmas my husband bought me the matching wedding band that connects with the engagement ring that I have worn for the past 8 years.

My best gift was my granddaughter Crissie who was born on December 24th. An advent calendar for the days of the year with love notes! So sweet! The best gift I ever received was my "engagement necklace" 33 years ago from my husband. The best gift I ever received was a box of Fruit Loops as it was to make me smile remembering my Grandmother who had recently passed away and growing up she would always give us little white bowls filled with Fruit Loops which was banned at home:- Grandmothers are the best!

Great giveaways, thank you. The all-time favourite gifts I have received was hand-made crafts from my daughters. They are grown now, but I still cherish the gifts! The best gift I received was a camera to capture all those important life moments. I think the best gift is always personal so I really love my Pandora bracelet and the charms I get each year from my daughter. Inside an empty bottle of my favourite French wine was an trip itinerary for France!

The trip was scheduled for the spring. Best gift I every received was a dress up doll with clothes my mother made for it. The best gift I got was many years ago when the entire family was together and not apart for the holiday. The best gift I ever received was my best little buddy in the whole world, my dog Barney, he stole my heart at first lick!

The best gift I have ever received was a canvas print of my 6 children. Thanks so much for the chance :. When I was little, Barbie Dream House. Oh how I wanted that thing! I can only remember 3 gifts! That's not to say I haven't received wonderful gifts over the years, but they were less important than the idyllic experience of family being together. One was a Casper doll that talked.

One was an entire play kitchen in pink. The last was a paint by number of a ballerina, which still hangs in my home over 50 years later. The best gift I ever received was to have my mother and sister with me for our baby's first Christmas. Debra Binning The best gift I ever received was a necklace from my husband.

The year before he bought me a can opener so ya that was a big step for him! The best gift that i ever got for Christmas was a knitting needles and yarn. My best Christmas was when all my children were able to be home for Christmas. A trip to Toronto to see the Redwings and the Leafs play when I was about The best gift I ever received was when I was 7.

My brothers and I received Lite Brites for Christmas along with refill sheets and we played with that thing hours on end for days! The best gift I ever received was a gold necklace and earrings diamond set that my Dad gave me. The best gift I was given was finding out I was expecting a baby! The best material gifts I was given were special jewelry and a camera to keep those special moments forever. It was very fun! Thank you for the chance. The best gift I ever received was a sterling silver necklace with my name engraved from my husband. Melodie Cloutier and the best gift I received was a sewing machine when I was 6 years old!

My first Barbie doll when I was seven years old and Barbie furniture. The best gift I ever got , was the year my husband gave me a paper shredder. The best gift that has ever given to me was getting my baby girl. She has brightened me and given me happiness and love. It's not about the presents it's about family and love and being all together and having my husband and my daughters is absolutely the best gift I could ask for.

Best gift I ever received was a trip four to Disney world from my mother. My favorite best gift ever was a camera. I even got to open it up early so I could take photos of all my loved ones during the Christmas Festivities! The best gift I ever received was a doll when I was about 4yrs old, it was the only toy we got for Christmas, every other year it was a couple of books. The best christmas gift I received is my charm necklace with my unicorn charm. The best gift I ever received was my Ipod I have had it for years and it still brings me so much joy when I am walking ,hiking or just sitting around listening to music..

My little girl was the best gift I ever received - she is my sunshine in every cloud. Amber Smith. A Chatty Cathy doll that I was told wasn't coming because my dad had been ill. A kindly neigbour who I was sure was Mrs. Claus left it on our doorstep Christms morning at 5a. The best gift I ever received was a pair of Bella earrings from my boyfriend!

Love them! At the time I was anticipating a Barbie from Santa Back in the day. I should have kept it as it would be 'vintage' now! Best present was a ticket to flight to Ecuador to visit my family! Best present ever! New makeup brushes are on my wishlist! My favorite Christmas present was my dog, Daisy Mae! My husband surprised me with her on Christmas morning. I was in the kitchen making myself a tea when he passed her to me in a red stocking. He had her hidden at his parents and my best friend's for a week before that! She was such a sweet surprise. The best gift was my 3 boys who are growing up too quick.

Other than that my car starter. The best Christmas gift I have ever received was a Atari with several games. The best gift and one that kept on giving was a new car! That was 11 years ago, and its still going strong. A Chrissy Doll when I was 8 years old. Her hair would grow. One year I was in a new relationship and I was gifted with a pair or diamond earrings. Love those earrings; the guy is long gone. The best gift I ever received was a hand made booklet with coupons for hugs, snuggles and little helper jobs from my son when he was in elementary school.

He is 20 years old now and living away from me attending university. Perhaps my starving student will come up with another booklet for me this year. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize for my teenage daughter who is a budding Make Up Artist would surely love finding these brushes along with the lashes under the tree!!! The best gift I ever received was my little kitten a few years ago! My parents adopted her around the holidays and she is the sweetest gift I could have ever received! Thank you for the chance to win :. Best gift I ever received was an ornament my 5 yr old daughter made.

The best gift I ever received was a vacation to somewhere warm and with lots of beaches. Gosh, there's been so many lovely gifts. I think the best ones were the handmade gifts my son made for me when he was small. They came straight from the heart. Best give I ever received was for my birthday - my boyfriend had created a scavenger hunt all around the city where I had to get to certain locations or landmarks and text him the correct "answer" to that clue, and the end location was a dinner reservation at a restaurant :.

The best gift I've ever received was when I was little and growing up without much money, my parents got me a winter coat that I had my eye on at our little local store, I thought I was the prettiest person ever when I wore that coat and never have forgot how I felt when I opened it and was thrilled! Best gift I ever received was a record player with a bunch of vinyl when I was a kid. The best gift I ever received was from my dad and it was a Sephora brush set similar to this one. I got it about 7 years ago. The best Christmas gift is spending time with my family and friends every year.

The best gift I ever received was from my husband for my 40th birthday.

It was a trip tp Cuba. The best gift I ever received was my engagement ring from my now hubby :. The scarf my grandmother knit for me and had shipped from Europe. My best Christmas gift was a pair of Canadian Diamond earrings, a couple years later I got a matching necklace. It was several years ago but still cherish it to this day , I was given a hand made by the menonite people a cedar hope chest to put all my cherished belongings that I love sooo much , such as nice letters cards and memento's , I still go through it all the time and look a back at wonderful memories Best Christmas gift ever for me Merry Christmas to Everyone!!

The best gift I ever received was the engagement ring my Best Friend gave to me almost 50 years ago and we are still enjoying each other's company every day. The best Christmas gift I ever received was when I was 6 years old. I so badly wanted a doll house and Christmas morning under our tree was a handmade wooden dollhouse that was fully furnished. My great uncle made it for me, and 39 years later I still have that dollhouse. Best gift I got was a customized phone case that had a picture of my girls on it.

Best gift and trip ever. The best gift was when I was 10 years old, my parent gave my sister and I a trip to Disney World on which we left on boxing day. Rollerskates when I was a kid. To top it off it was a green warm Christmas. My most memorable Christmas gift was my engagement ring By the way I still wear it! The best gift I ever received was a typewriter I just showed my age! The best gift I ever received was a new bike not a hand-me-down!

I rode that around so proudly! A trip to Europe was the best present I've ever received, for my 26th birthday! I don't believe in getting present but l enjoy giving my son presents. So if the current euro. They are now clearing stock at greatly reduced prices to make way for the brand new Ranges, which includes many new items at lower prices without compromising on. With over 20 years in the business they can offer customers superb quality in home furnishing in different sizes and colours to suit your home and all at incredible prices. They also have many styles of furniture to choose from, not only from stock, but also in a variety of catalogues.

Their extensive range includes leather suites, dining room and bedroom furniture and also a range of bedding in English sizes feet and inches. Home Style have possibly the biggest choice in UK manufactured divan beds and mattresses and sofa beds in the South. Not only are they available in different. And now with the new bed and sofa bed centre opened they will be able to offer over 50 different styles of beds and sofa beds all under one roof!

Since opening in Tenerife more than 6 years ago, Home Style Direct has doubled in size. They they are now not only a well established store here in Tenerife, but also have a 20 year highly successful track record behind them in the UK where they carry most items in stock thus reducing delivery times to a minimum.

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With a one bedroom furniture pack now starting at 2, euros there has never been a better time to refurbish your apartment or turn your new. The pack includes two sofas, dining set, beds, coffee table and lamp table set, TV unit, kitchenware, mirrors, pictures lamps, bedding and curtains, plus much more. This special offer includes free local delivery and assembly. You also have the option of changing anything within the pack to meet your individual requirements and tastes. The in-store stock is constantly being updated so whether you need just one piece of furniture or to furnish a full house Home Style have the facilities to meet your needs.

If you are the organised type, you will probably have all your presents bought, the tree decorated, and the turkey defrosting as you read this. Hopefully, you will have bought your comfy sofa bed from Deco Nuevo earlier in the year, and have it all made up ready for your guests over Christmas! Here in Tenerife you can, of course, always pretend that you are giving presents on 6th January instead of 25th December, which will buy you a bit of time!

In honour of the festive period, I thought I would let you all know a few of my own personal housekeeping tips, which may help to make your Christmas more bearable. Burnt ovenware If you accidentally burn a pan while cooking the Christmas dinner, soak it in a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and hot water. Then throw it away when no-one is looking. If you need to change one because someone is coming to stay, simply turn it on to its fresh side. Clean out the fruit bowl The fruit bowl, underneath any fruit will probably contain several topless pens, a collection of batteries used or not - who would know?

Empty, wipe, and wonder where all this stuff comes from. Get help Explain that you have a lot to do, and encourage your teenagers to help you around the house during the festive period with a few simple jobs, such as emptying the dishwasher and hanging out the washing. Then bang your head repeatedly on the work surface and open a bottle of wine. Ironing Collect items into separate piles, such as shirts, trousers, etc, ready for ironing. Then return them to the cupboard on the grounds that the ironing can probably wait another day. Have a glass of wine instead. Minute suppers Ignore any celebrity advice that you can prepare an appetising and healthy threecourse meal in 30 minutes.

Open a can or packet instead, and a bottle of wine while you are at it Men around the house It is true that more men nowadays contribute towards the housework. I am too busy cleaning out the fruit bowl. Leave for a week, then throw away. Alternatively, place in the. Freeze any leftover wine to use as … wait a minute!


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Leftover wine? Recycling Separate glass, cans and paper, then watch as it is all loaded into the same truck. Wok Buy a wok. Place it in the. Throw away after six months. Clutter Take a few minutes every day to tidy away any clutter from the lounge and hall areas. Most of it will return within 24 hours. Place any broken pens, used batteries. And finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for reading my column all year.

Have a great Christmas, and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year, via the column. Renowned designer Paul Cocksedge wanted to allow the public to create the moment when 50, bespoke white and red LEDs and strobe lights illuminate the Piazza. The mistletoe was first noticed during the expedition in by Colin Congdon, a butterfly specialist, who realised it was different from anything he had seen on mountains in Malawi and Tanzania, the gardens said in a statement.

Scientists confirmed that it. Only five examples have been collected, all from the same area of the mountain, growing on a species of coffee tree. Mistletoe grows on several species of tree, including elm, apple, pine and oak, and is used in many cultures as a Christmas decoration, often with the tradition by which people kiss underneath a sprig of it.

Most of us have turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, roast beef, or cranberry sauce sitting in the fridge, covered with foil and cellophane wrapping. Try these delicious recipes using the remains of your Christmas feast to make tasty meals and treats. They are, of course, good enough to serve to company.

But also treat your family to a warm, comforting meal on one of the freezing cold days in the UK, of course , after the big day. Christmas leftover recipes Ham-stuffed manicotti. This rich and comforting dish features large pasta tubes, usually stuffed with various types of cheeses, meats, vegetables or seafood, and then baked in a. You will enjoy it, whether you have leftover ham or if you have to buy it just for this recipe! Put together the filling and keep it in the fridge, so that your guests or family can roll their own! Wild rice chowder with ham The combination of textures and flavours in this easy recipe are excellent.

You can make the chowder a type of rich soup, usually made with seafood, vegetables, and cream Casserole This simple, five-ingredient recipe is so quick to make. Use refrigerated prepared polenta ground yellow or white cornmeal, or ground maize , a container of alfredo sauce, ham, asparagus and Parmesan cheese for a perfect meal in minutes. Turkey mornay This is an easy but classic festive leftover recipe, fea-. Ham filo roll Nobody will ever think that this recipe is made using leftovers because it is elegant enough to serve to company.

The rolls are served with a piquant cranberry relish. Whatever your choice, make sure your leftovers work for you and the family or friends without too much fuss. Wind down gently after a smashing, annual festive period. We saw all the girl contestants of X Factor, who showed that anyone could be transformed, from Rebecca to Cher, Mary to Katie. Film stars showed the way on the red carpet, from Sharon Stone to Halle Berry, plus Sharon and Kelly Osborne, who still bring glamour to the forefront.

How to cure all those hangovers THE best and most painfully obvious remedy for Christmas and New Year hangovers is not to have one! By not drink yourself into oblivion. Popstars from Rihanna to Kylie all showed us not only how to dress ourselves but also how to manage our hair. Lady Gaga, as quirky as she is, does so much for the hair industry. Yes, a lot of her styles are wigs, but so what? She looks amazing. Without these people ringing the changes and showing what can be achieved, my job would be so much harder.

People love to be inspired, and so do I. I love it. So, back to the title Hair Awards She has a simple bob that has been transformed umpteen times. Forget her clothes and always-impeccable taste in everything, her hair has inspired so many of my clients to try something new, be it a cut, colour or hair-up. Thank you to all the readers of Canarian Weekly for your positive comments and interest concerning my weekly write-ups.

Merry Christmas to you all and a glamorous new year!! Some folk are genetically more susceptible to hangovers. Women and people of Asian descent, for instance, generally have lower levels of alcohol dehydrogenase an enzyme that breaks down alcohol. And some drinks leave behind more devastation than others. For instance, colourless cocktails like vodka and gin are kinder on the body than dark whiskey, or even red wine. As for morning-after cures, they come in many forms, both medicinal and mythical. For starters, booze dehydrates. Alcohol blocks hormones in your kidney that would normally keep you from racing to the bathroom.

With each drink, you effectively lose more water than you take in, and that leads to all sorts of problems, like a searing headache, for starters. Dr Katz suggests pairing at least one glass of water with every beer or spirit. On the plus side, that will not only keep you hydrated, but will probably see you drinking less. Need faster relief?

Pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen can all stave off hang-. But they can also do a number on your liver when mixed with alcohol, especially those with acetaminophen. Another problem can be brought on by a late-night bender: When breaking down alcohol, your body pumps out lactic acid and other byproducts that impede the production of glucose sugar and electrolytes salts and other minerals which keep your body functioning properly.

Too much alcohol also irritates your gastro-intestinal tract - just imagine pouring a large vodka on an open wound. Eating just about anything while you drink eases the pain because food coats the lining of your intestines, and although raw eggs is a traditional cure ugh!

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But far be it for us to put you on a slippery slope to dependency. Fancy a slice of cake? Dream on and be slim WHEN the lure of cake or chocolate proves irresistible, simply think about tucking in instead of actually scoffing it! Fantasising about eating your favourite food is the secret to losing weight and keeping it off according to new research carried out by scientists in the United States. The trick, they say, is to visualise gorging non-stop on the food, rather than conjuring up an appetitewhetting single image.

This feeds into the natural mechanisms, which control consumption and prevent over-indulgence, say the researchers. Both involve similar motor actions. Later, all the volunteers were presented with a bowl of the sweets and invited to eat their fill. More than 2, people were questioned, and twothirds also feel chicken has less fat than steak, although this has not always been the case. Meatmatters, funded by the meat industry, was responsible for a new survey, which shows that people have been led to believe that meats like beef, lamb and pork are unhealthier than they are.

The World Cancer Research Fund WCRF has warned against people eating too much red or processed meat because of fears that it increases chances of cancer. Experts predict 3, cases of cancer could be prevented each year by people consuming less meat. But regardless of fat content, there is convincing scientific evidence that red and processed meat increase the risk of bowel cancer.

It is misleading to link eating a lot of meat solely to cancer. What you put on your gifts so you know who the gift is for. Where does Santa live? What month do we celebrate Christmas? Who has a long beard and wears a red suit? What children like to get for Christmas. What Santa rides in. DOWN 1. What do you give each other at Christmas? What a Christmas house is made of. Something you put on your Christmas tree. If you are bad, what does Santa put in your stocking? What is the name of the reindeer with a nose that glows? Whose birthday is celebrated on Christmas? You put these on your Christmas tree to make it glow.

What do you decorate with ornaments for Christmas? The rules of sudoku X are simple - just enter the numbers 1 - 9 once in each row, column and 3 x 3 square within the sudoku X puzzle grid. In addition to standard sudoku, the numbers must only occur once in each side of the 'X' that is marked on the grid.

Use logic alone to deduce where each of these numbers must be placed in every cell of a puzzle. Horoscopes of the week Capricorn December 22nd-January 20th Heavy social commitments you have made are taking their toll on your job, which means you may well find that you have not done even half the amount of work you usually manage to complete. Librans link to fun offers and professional ones as well, and Santa is planning an extra-special event in your honour.

PISCES February 20th-March 20th You have some very impressive plans for the future, but the real question is whether you have the monetary means to back your big ideas? Well, you could have if you follow up the leads given to you last week. Disregarding the bad weather, it will pay you to stick to the travel plans you have made for this special season. Leos link to fun invitations and also to offers of love for many of you. Accepting help instead of trying to cope alone can solve tricky situations - as you will soon discover.

Geminis link to fun offers so make sure you accept. You could do with blowing off some steam. Enemies will be revealed, and you will get the chance to throw out the bad in your life and attract new and refreshing faces - and situations. This is your time; enjoy it, especially the treat in store. You have come so far in the past 12 months, and it is now time to make the final changes you have had on your mind, and in your heart, for so long.

All your dreams can be turned into realities. Better options make this end-ofmonth period an extra-special time for you. Mars pushes a family issue, and. Holiday Inn 3. Australia 4. Chris Rea 6. Mud 7. Capricorn 8. Max Brain Training: VIRGO August 24thSeptember 23rd You are going to find it quite hard to tell the lasting offers from the temporary ones, but conversations on Monday can reveal plenty. They may have more power over your week then you realise, especially if you work with them. Manners hold the key to success and happiness throughout this coming week.

Although this should not be a major problem, it may make you a little nervous. Weekly Quiz Second Brain Training Festive Quiz Every answer has a seasonal theme whether it be food, a carol, or just a phrase associated with Christmas. What better way to train your brain. Starting at the left with the number provided, work across each of these lines applying the mathematical instructions to your running total.

Write your final answer in the last box of the line. Aim to complete each round in about 30 seconds. Good Luck! Purchases made this weekend link to important events and celebrations over the Christmas period. Tread carefully over the festive season, and it will help you pursue your true dreams and goals in life. So ash cloud, snow and airport duty tax allowing, there are a myriad of places for you to discover.

One weekend broadsheet has put a handful of places together. Antigua — cheap luxury in the Caribbean, a favourite destination which never falls out of favour. Costa Rica — now easily accessible from the UK, allegedly the greenest country in the world and Ecotourism draws many tourists to visit the extensive national parks and protected areas around the country. Miami — is hip and trendy with lots going on for the discerning traveller. Montenegro — one of those places that you know from. Morocco — Marrakech is full of visiting cruise passengers go instead to Meknes, small but with ambience and less people!

Large Manet exhibition from April to July. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Sierra Leone — Travellers are regaining confidence in one of the most beautiful countries in Africa, adorned with deserted beaches. Spain — The Way is a new. Tunisia — when someone mentions the name I always think of Tunis cake that you had at Christmas. New boutique hotels, the island of Djerba, just enchanting. Clean your car sir?

He spends about three hours on each one, gives them a good wash and polish and then valets the inside, and all for between euros, depending on how big they are, and how scruffy they are inside. Another, much younger man, actually cleans cars for a living, and he charges a little more. His premier wash includes polishing and buffing every inch of the car inside and out five times. He even uses a computerised microscope - normally employed by forensic scientists - to examine the bodywork for the tiniest scratch, not even visible to the naked eye.

Since then, he has cleaned dozens of supercars and now boasts a string of celebrity clients. People come to me, wanting the best treatment going for their car. He has even layered the entire workshop floor and walls with specialist tiles imported from Italy, which reflect flecks of dirt on the cars. Finishing is the best part because you know what it was like when you started. That gives me great satisfaction. After graduating, he begged a local Aston Martin dealer to let him clean a DB9 for free.

He agreed, reluctantly, but. Gorham then established his own firm, Elite Detailing, and since then he has washed several supercars, including Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches. Okay, seven grand is a lot of dosh to spend on a clean, and it takes only a heavy snowstorm, then a thaw, and your car is filthy again!

The popularity of 4x4s in suburban areas of southern England is so evidence, with Kensington, Guildford in Surrey, Wadhurst in Kent and Brentwood in Essex all being in the top Occupation-wise, those most likely to drive a 4x4 are in the building trade, with bank directors, farmers and agricultural contractors also buying them. Footballers also enjoy the bigger models. Chelsea, London - Kensington, London - Banchory, Aberdeenshire Turriff, Aberdeenshire Ashford, Kent - Cobham, Surrey - Dorking, Surrey - Guildford, Surrey - Wadhurst, Kent - Brentwood, Essex - The CD Turkeys!

Unless you have Superman playing for you, it is something you are going to experience at some stage of any campaign. The pain of a defeat eases with time, but this loss to Betis will linger in the soul for a lifetime. You can accept losing to the biggest club in the division, the league leaders and a tasty outfit. What you cannot accept is total surrender, and no fight for the cause. A few weeks back, fans felt that Tenerife had hit rockbottom when they were humiliated at home by Nastic.

But, it transpires, we were not even close. This HAS to be as far as our proud club can sink. Real Betis are a La Liga side in everything but name. They battered Tenerife from pillar to post. The excellent Emana. Eleven minutes later it was Former Las Palmas forward Ruben Castro, who I flagged up in this column last week, picked the ball up on the halfway line. There was a stiff breeze at his back and he noticed that Aragoneses was. He caressed the ball into the breeze, over the head of the keeper into the net, even though Aragoneses got a finger to it.

It was a stunning goal and it killed the crowd and the match stone dead. Instead, they saved it for the players, coach and board when Real made it David Prieto had already experienced an afternoon to forget. Emana had thrown him around like a rag doll and, 12 minutes before the break, he totally lost his mind.

Emana is a Cameroon international. He is 6ft tall. And a lump. He was also wearing a green and black jersey. Despite all this, Prieto must have thought he was a teammate as he passed the ball to him on the edge of the area. Emana thanked his angels for the early Christmas present and smacked it into the net gratefully. The second half saw Real in first gear and, with Tenerife offering nothing, the game petered out.

And then the real action began. The Spanish radio phone-ins were inundated with angry callers. The papers the following morning led with pictures of the protests. A board meeting was called and sporting director Santiago Llorente was. This swiftly led to rumours of a new manager. But Juan Carlos Mandia got a brief stay of execution and the dreaded vote of confidence. You see, the President, Miguel Conception, cannot sack the manager. That is the job of the sporting director and, since that position was vacant, Mandia kept his job.

For now. Also, with the transfer window opening before the match, only Nostradamus knows who will be pulling on a jersey. Captain Marc Betran, who has been playing like a man after a move, could be sold. Julio Alvarez looks certain to go, with clubs in Greece and Turkey lined up. Beranger, Melli, Hidalgo, Juanlu and Ricardo could all follow him out of the club.

It seems a drastic knee-jerk reaction, but something has. The club is a mess at the moment. A year ago, Tenerife were looking forward to matches with Barcelona and Real Madrid. The team were working hard, playing good football under a bright young coach. The football is rubbish and our bright coach is pulling up trees at Almeria. The small plus side is that we have still got 26 matches to play. The teams around the drop zone are also struggling to buy wins, and surely we can only get better.

Suffering Surfers stuffed! But the league leaders always had something in reserve and they powered back from down to win Superstars stay in second. Rat Pack, Phoenix Knights and Trap Door all recorded wide margin wins, while 8 Ball Massive got a vital victory over Legends to give themselves some breathing space above the drop zone.

AS we head into our own mini winter break, Nauta A remain top of the tree not as fairies, of course! And the Phoenix Bar gave Toscales Ensecan a good roasting with their seventh whitewash of the season to stay in second spot. It was jingle bells all the way for Bar A as they earned a hard-fought win over Rood A, George hitting a dart leg for the home team. And Exiles kept their sprouts on the boil with a success at Strikers, Chuckling Chimp being in fine form for the home side. Target B, now well clear of the drop zone, unwrapped their presents to find a lovely win at X-Men. Second Division Nauta Nutters, with Terry scoring a maximum, fell down the chimney at Barracudarts Boys by losing in a top-of-the-table clash.

Gaffers showed their baubles to the Phoenix Flames and came away with a victory, and Knights B watched their flocks by night Friday night, that is! Bar B, playing away in a. Tenerife Sun have been making a strong charge up the table of late, and they continued that form to ensure that they will see in the new year in fourth place after beating the Tavern Naughty Nautas took their mistletoe and wine to Ourplace Naturals and kissed and drank their way to a solid tri-.

By Geoff Huxtable. Christmas cheer for Palms Bar form continues. How crucial that will be to both sides at the end of the season, I wonder? Division Two is coming to the boil nicely, and there is all to play for at both ends of the table. Leaders Legends B came unstuck at Phoenix Potters, who are still unbeaten at home. In a nip-and-tuck contest, Phoenix won the last two rubbers, with Geoff the Guv sinking the winning black.

That loss has opened the door to Gaffers, who com-. They are just three points behind with a match in hand. Bar C blew their chance to get involved at the top as they were upset by Terrace B. The Amarilla Golf guys were good value for the win, and their recent signing, Scudz, continues to make his.


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