Urban Armor Gear Ipad Pro 9.7inch Case Review

18 August 2017

After recently buying a Ipad Pro I wanted to make sure it was adequately protected, after all when you have previously smashed the screen on your Ipad and ended up out of pocket I didn’t want a repeat episode with my new tablet.

I have heard good things about the Urban Armor Gear range, so decided to put them to the test. Bearing in mind, I carry my Ipad Pro around a lot during the week and weekend, I need a cover that is light and also provide protection, allowing me full functionality of my device.

  • Feather-light composite construction
  • Impact resistant soft core
  • Tactile grip
  • Smart cover/keyboard compatible
  • Easy access to touchscreen and ports
  • Adjustable and detachable stand
  • Apple pencil holder
  • Meets military drop test standards
I found the case fitted the Ipad Pro perfectly with no gaps and once closed it is secured with a magnetic flap, this then puts the Ipad Pro in to sleep mode. Audio quality is clear and unaffected by the case. My Ipad Pro was much easier to handle once in the case, as before it did tend to be quite slippery, especially when on my knee.

I love how the Urban Armor Gear case covers all the edges, giving added protection and security if dropped, although hopefully this time I will not be putting it to the test. The case feels sturdy and even has a pencil holder for my Apple pen (which I was forever losing) and the stand allows me to use the Ipad Pro in a number of positions thanks to the adjustable stand.

Although I rarely use my keyboard, the case is compatible and it is good know that the option is there if needed. All in all, the Urban Armor Gear case provides me with all the functions I would expect and need, to use my tablet on a daily basis. I am no longer scared to carry it around with me and when my daughter wants to borrow it, my mind is more at ease that it will not come back broken.

You can buy the Urban Armor Gear case in 3 colours, red, cobalt or black and they retail for around £44.99. Available from Case Hut and Amazon.

6 Easy Steps to Sit Comfortably at your Desk

14 August 2017

Working in an office can be risky business and it is not until you stop and look around that you begin to realise why. Employers have a legal duty to complete risk assessments and provide employees with protection and the right equipment to do their job safely. On a personal level, it is important that we are aware of our own surroundings, to ensure the health and safety of our self and colleagues.

Workplace risk assessments are very much concerned with the environment and conditions in which we work. A poor environment and condition can often result in familiar accidents, ie slips, trips, falls and health problems, ie headaches from dazzling lights. 

Adequate Ventilation – Every enclosed workplace should be ventilated by a sufficient quantity of fresh or purified air.

Temperature – Local controls such as opening windows, radiators, fans.

Cleanliness and waste materials – ensure the workplace, furniture and fittings are cleaned to an appropriate level.

Room dimensions and space – all workrooms should have enough free space to enable all activities to be performed safely.

Here are six easy ways to make sure you are sitting comfortably at your desk.
  1. Use an adjustable chair to support your lower back and ensure that it is at the correct height.
  2. Keep under your desk clear from clutter and use a foot rest if you find this more comfortable.
  3. Tilt and adjust your screen to avoid glare, most modern screens can be altered quite easily. 
  4. Your screen should be at arm’s length from you.
  5. The top of the screen should be at eye level.
  6. Have regular breaks by completing different tasks, for example fetch printing, do some photocopying or filing.
Accident Advice Helpline have produced an informative infographic which provides a useful insight in to the risks posed by working in an office and not surprisingly there were over 6,000 manual handling accidents, many of these could possibly have been avoided with a little care and attention from everyone in the workplace. If you see something is broken or a trip hazard then report it to your line manager immediately and try and make the area as safe as possible until the hazard has been dealt with.

If we all took more notice of our surroundings on a daily basis the office could become a lot safer place.

This is a collaborative post.

What's New in August #linkie

2 August 2017

I cannot believe it is August already and this month I have some lovely new products to share with you, ranging from bodycare to tasty treats. I am also running this monthly post as a linkie and I would love you to share with me any new things you have tried over the last month. You can also grab my button from the sidebar if you like.  I promise I will pop over and comment on all posts that link up and it would be great to hear your opinions here too.

Pamper those feet
Summer months are hard on our feet, wearing sandals, hot weather and walking around bare foot can all lead to tired achy feet. Superdrug have two lovely Foot Nourishing Sock packs which can give you feet that little bit of extra tender loving care. The Honey and Almond sock and the Tea Tree and Peppermint sock contain Vitamin E to help moisturise the skin and leave your feet feeling silky smooth. These are such a lovely treat, are easy to use and leave your feet refreshed, costing £1.99 they are perfect for the summer.

Sparkling drinks without the alcohol
One of my favourite drinks for summer is Shloer. I find it thirst quenching and the perfect non-alcoholic drink to accompany barbecues and meals. New for summer Shloer have released their White and Pink Bubbly in two fruity options and some new fruit blends including tropical mango and passion fruit, orchard apple and grape and wild elderflower and grape. For the lighter option and no added sugar then you might like the lovely flavour of white grape, red grape and new crisp cranberry and raspberry. There really is something for everyone.

Rehydrate your skin
Recently launched Neroli Rehydrating Facial Oil is necessary for the summer months. A blend of certified organic oils combined with uplifting Bitter Orange Blossom oil help to oxygenate and condition the skin, providing nourishment and hydration. This lovely oil absorbs so quickly and leaves not greasy residue and the smell is divine. Priced at £55 it is available from Kerstin Florian.

Rehydrate your hair
To give your hair an instant boost, Palmers Coconut Oil Hair Care range not only smells divine, it leaves your hair luxuriously moisturised and protected against the harsh summer sun. You can buy Palmer’s Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo, Repairing Conditioner, Leave-in Conditioner for around £3.99 from most supermarkets, chemists and online at Amazon. You can also purchase their Coconut Oil formula as body products, which are delicately scented with exotic Monoi Flower Oil, these are great as after sun treatments for your golden skin.

Beverly Hills Formula New Pearl Range
New to the Beverly Hills Formula range is the Precious Pearl, Black Pearl toothpaste and Fresh Pearl mouthwash.  The Precious Pearl professional white toothpaste has enamel remineralising serum which creates a protective layer to help make teeth smoother and brighter. The Black Pearl whitening toothpaste contains activated charcoal to help eliminate bad breath and neutralise odours. The Fresh Pearl mouthwash is specially formulated to help combat bad breath and treat gum disease.  Available from Superdrug and other national stores.

New flavours from Perrier
My daughter drinks mainly water and we were excited to learn that Perrier have launched two new natural fruity flavours, Green Apple and Lemon, with only 2 calories in a bottle they are the ideal go to drink. Tip: Gee loves using these to make ice-lollies, even nicer on a hot day. Priced at 89p it is available nationwide.

Bring some Sunshine in your Tea
Tetley have a new addition to their award winning teas. Super Green Tea Sunshine is a smooth green tea with a zesty orange and lemon flavour with added vitamin D. A tasty alternative to vitamins this refreshing tea is now available and the perfect pick me up on a dull summer day.

Tasty Gluten Free Treats on the Go
Genius have recently brought out their soft and chewy, golden Breakfast Bake bars which are gluten free and fabulous when you are on the go. Available in three tasty flavours, cranberry and oat, chocolate chip and oat and honey, raisin and out. Each pack contains 5 individually wrapped bars and can be purchased from most supermarkets for around £1.99. I love these, the chocolate chip being my favourite go to bar with my morning cuppa.

Green Goddess Superfoods
With Superfoods being all the rage, I have recently tried a range of Green Goddess Wellness organic superfoods. Designed to be added to juice, milk and food, I found them a tasty topping for my porridge in a morning. With names like Gym Bunny, Natural Energy and Mum on the Run, I think they are a great and healthy way of boosting your energy levels. Priced at around £7 for a bag they offer a range of benefits to improve your health.

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#DesignaFriend Fashion Show Event

31 July 2017

Last week we were invited to the DesignaFriend Fashion Show, which was being held at Weston Hall in Staffordshire and with the location being not too far away, we could not wait to attend. Gee was rather excited as we set off on our journey, anticipating what the afternoon held.

On arrival at Weston Hall, you could not help but notice what a gorgeous venue it was and just perfect for the day. We quickly checked in and our guide for the afternoon was the lovely Sarah. She told us the agenda for the afternoon and invited us to enjoy afternoon tea before the rest of the entertainment. There were so many delicate sandwiches and cakes and sparkling pink lemonade to match the pink theme throughout, every little girl’s dream.

Gee was then taken in to the pamper room and enjoyed a variety of activities from designing an outfit, making bracelets and having her hair and nails done before having a photoshoot so that she had a photo for her passport of the day. I was treated to fresh coffee and a chance to unwind before the fashion show. Shortly after everyone was introduced to the Star Guest, Tiana from Toys andMe, Tiana has over 6 million YouTube followers and Gee was in awe as she often watches her videos.

The main event was the DesignaFriend Fashion Show, a preview of all the autumn and winter dolls and outfits accompanied by girls of all ages including Tiana, who was presented with her very own Tiana doll, all outfits were matching which was a lovely effect. They were fabulous and did such an amazing job, Gee loved them all, especially Jessica with her auburn hair and blue eyes, she comes complete with a pink layered top, grey denim jeans and cute sparkly pink shoes. When you buy a DesignaFriend doll, they all come beautifully packaged in a shoe-like box with tissue paper, include a charm bracelet with heart pendant, and cost around £19.99, which I think, is a great price for such a lovely doll.

It was such a lovely afternoon and when the announcement was made that every girl there would receive a Tiana doll as well as a goody bag, the look on the girls’ faces was amazing. The Tiana doll cannot be bought and was only issued to the girls on the day; this was such a lovely thought and perfect end to a wonderful event. Gee could not stop talking about it all the way home and wondering what she could buy with her £10 Argos voucher. DesignaFriend dolls and accessories are currently on offer at Argos on the 3 for 2 offer, this is a great opportunity to purchase some presents for Christmas.

One happy daughter after an amazing afternoon and great hospitality.
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