Tuesday, 16 May 2017

New Dove Baby Range - not just for babies

Gee has struggled with sensitive skin since being a small baby, often she has had little bits of eczema which can be really irritating and sore. I was delighted to learn that Dove have bought out a new Baby Care range as I use Dove myself and find it one of the products that suit my skin.

The new Dove Baby Care range includes moisture rich shampoo, moisture head to toe wash, rich moisture lotion, rich moisture nappy cream, rich moisture wipes, rich moisture bar, and not only that they have a sensitive moisture range to which features the head to toe wash, fragrance free lotion, and fragrance free wipes.

Now considering Grace is 11 years old, I would not consider the Baby Care range to be too young for her, the mildness helps to restore essential moisture into her skin and leaves it feeling soft without leaving it dry. It is good to know that Dove not only cares for adult skin but also that of our children.

You can find a lot of useful information and resources for parents on the Dove website. They like to help raise young people self-esteem with articles on family friends, relationships, respecting and looking after yourself, teasing and bullying, talking about parents, and lots of other useful family friendly guides which is great to see from such a well loved brand. I hope all the parents will find the information they provide useful when dealing with children and teens.

Gee has now been using these products for the last couple of weeks and the condition of her skin has improved with no nasty dry patches and a delicate fragrance that she likes. Obviously with some of her OCD traits, using Dove has not dried her skin so much, especially with all the hand washing. I love finding products that are kind and gentle and Dove certainly gets a big thumbs up from us.

We were sent these items free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is entirely our own.

Friday, 12 May 2017

The Terraillon Prime Web Coach Fit Kit

Terraillon are a leading innovative wellbeing brand who have recently launched the Prime Web Coach Fit Kit.

The kit comprises of a pair of sleek glass scales which are able to monitor you BMI, body fat, muscle mass, body water and bone mass and gives you useful information on your body's composition. The scales have a luxurious feel to them and do not look out of place in the bathroom. It also allows 8 users to have on the scales which is useful for families. The scales take 3 AAA batteries which need to be purchased separately.

The Activi-T band allows you to monitor your steps, sleep quality, both light and deep sleep and calories burned, whilst also telling you the time and having an alarm feature.  Once connected via Bluetooth wirelessly to the Wellness App it gives you a insight in to your daily exercise and diet control recommendations. It completes complete with a USB charger and spare band.

The instructions that arrived with the product were not that clear and I must say that at first I had trouble synchronising the items to the Wellness App but once I had accomplished this, it proved a useful insight tool in helping you to reach a goal. This can be set up beforehand by providing height, weight etc.

The Prime Fit Kit can be purchased from Argos for £99.99.

We were sent this item free of charge for the purpose of the review but the opinion is my own.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

My Hospital Nightmare

Photo Courtesy of Unsplash

Last week was at one of the worst I've had to face in a long time. I had a spinal fusion and decompression surgery for an ongoing back problem which had not improved despite a previous decompression. To say I was feeling emotional and worried about the procedure was an understatement, but I knew it was something I had to face if I wanted to enjoy a normal life again.

The procedure went really well and it wasn't until I was in the High Dependency Unit that problems started. I had a morphine drip in one arm and fluids in the other. My nightmare began that night when semi consciously I was aware a nurse was checking my drip constantly, little did I know at that time that the drip was not being fed into my arm properly. I can remember half waking and thinking that my wedding ring was feeling rather tight, looking at my hand it was plain to see that it was swollen and I removed my wedding ring with a little bit of effort. I informed the nurse who said it possibly was a little swollen. I felt like she was constantly fiddling with the drip and my instinct told me something was not right.

A while later, I was then aware that my gown and bed sheet were wet (no I hadn't had an accident). Things all came to ahead when I needed to go to the toilet, the nurse tried to get me up onto the commode (which was not assembled properly) and therefore was really uncomfortable. I could not use it. At that moment a friendly nursing auxiliary came into the room and I pleaded with her with my eyes that something was wrong.

I should not have been moved, but been given a bedpan at least in the first 24 hours. The saga carried on and the nurse tried to remove my gown, this proved difficult with all the wires that were connected to me, the nursing auxiliary kindly found a pair of scissors and removed the wet gown and changed the bedsheets. It then came to light that my arm had doubled in size as the drip was not installed properly, thank goodness I removed my wedding ring when I felt it getting a little tight. In the process of all these things happening I was so upset I began to vomit and was really worried about the nurse on duty.

At this point I told the nursing auxiliary to get more help, I was so unsure about the care I was given by the nurse in question. Another nurse came and immediately calmed the situation down and thankfully gave me the care I needed. The next morning I was an emotional wreck and couldn't bear the thought of another night with that nurse. Nurses are the backbone of the NHS but this nurse was  an agency nurse whom I felt was incompetent of doing her duty, specialist HDU nurse she wasn't. The mixture of emotions I was feeling were something I would not like anybody else to experience.

I was scared, in pain, and all I wanted was my partner by my side to protect me and care for me. After breaking down to the physio who visited me, she immediately fetched the nurse manager, who assured me that the nurse in question would not be on duty that night and that the two nurses who helped me would be taking care of me.

I am now home battered and bruised, hopefully I will have no adverse effect from the treatment I received that first night. When somebody is so vulnerable and that their lowest point they should not have to under go such horrendous treatment, my only thoughts were, what if I hadn't been semi aware of what was going on around me, things could have been so different.

One week later and I am feeling much more comfortable and am hopeful for a full recovery. Fingers crossed I may even be fully mobile in time for Summer xx

Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Sunday Photo 23rd April 2017

Our week at Norfolk literally flew by. Most of the week was fine with a cold wind blowing off the North Sea, still the fresh sea air was certainly invigorating and I am definitely missing strolls on the beach. I could sit and watch the waves for hours, there is something soothing listening to them crashing in to the shore.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Lots of Fun at Chatsworth House

The Easter holidays are well under way and Chatsworth House are holding fabulous events both inside the house and in the gardens. Chatsworth House is the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire who regularly hold exhibitions of art and floral work.

Inside the house, you will find five centuries of fashion from the Devonshire collection featuring couture dresses, tiaras, headdresses, christening robes, wedding gowns and coronation robes.

Walking round it was fascinating to view all the historical items of the Cavendish family and those in particular of Bess of Hardwick. Gee has recently written a project on Bess of Hardwick and learnt what a remarkable young woman she was. Towards the end of the exhibition you get the opportunity to try on various hats and pose for photographs in a frame, Gee thought this was highly amusing.

Our favourite display was the wedding gowns and christening robes, some were pure and simple whilst others, rather more flamboyant. But they were all beautifully preserved and displayed, even the mannequins were gorgeous.

Outside in the gardens you can wander around the Easter trail searching for willow animals on your way. You can also enjoy a trailer ride around the park with the farmyard team or ride on a horse and dray in the gardens, ideal if you have limited mobility. The gardens are truly beautiful with a sensory garden, cottage garden, rock garden, ponds and fountains and the one not to be missed is the glorious Cascade which takes pride of place in the centre of the surrounding areas.

Gee had a wonderful afternoon exploring the gardens and finding all the hidden animals and it was so nice to see the gardens beginning to rouse from their winter sleep. We cannot wait to go back and explore some more. Chatsworth is such a beautiful place to explore any time of year and there is always something new to see. Refreshments are readily available in the cafĂ© as you exit the house (the pizza twists are delicious).

We were sent free entry tickets for the purpose of this post but the opinion is our own.

The Places We Will Go

Sunday, 16 April 2017

My Sunday Photo 16th April 2017

We have just come home from a well earned break in Norfolk. The weather has been fine but  little chilly at times, nothing stopped this girl from enjoying the beach even though she did have a melt down on arrival at the chalet (no wifi for a whole week), she soon forgot about it and enjoyed quality time reading, playing board games and exploring the Norfolk coastline. Now we are home it is time to find the Easter Egg stash and visit family. 

Happy Easter Everyone.


Sunday, 2 April 2017

What's New in April

It as been a while since I updated my What's New posts but this last month I have been on the hunt for some items that I hope will really appeal to my readers and will also be useful.

Delicious New Flavour from Shaken Udder
Shaken Udder have released a fabulously fruity new flavour  that will remind you of the long summer days whilst enjoying Wimbledon.  The new Strawberries and Clotted Cream milk shake is a must, bursting with fruitiness and deliciously creamy I have to admit it is one of my favourites yet. You can find out more information at Shaken Udder and the milkshakes can be bought from Waitrose, Tesco and Ocado.

Stunning Diffusers from Landon Tyler
If like me you like the luxury of aromas then the diffusers from Landon Tyler will be a firm favourite.  They come in a variety of scents such as Vintage Blooms, Country Meadow, Dark Cashmere to name a few but my favourite is the Pink Cashmere, a sensual fragrance combining Jasmine, Amber, Patchouli and Musk to leave your room smelling divine. Landon Tyler also sell a range of candles and gift sets which make the perfect present.  You can buy Landon Tyler products from Boots and other stockists.

If you need a bit of energy - Pow Water
POW is a sparkling natural energy water that is created as a healthier natural alternative to existing energy drinks. Based out of Dorset on the south coast they are a small independent company and have recently launched it Boots stores. So if you are looking for a  natural burst of energy and don't want to take on loads of sugar or artificial ingredients then this is the water for you.  Containing Guarana, Ginseng, Vitamin B and natural sugars, POW lightly sparkling water is available in 3 yummy flavours, cranberry and apple, citrus and zest and my favourite coconut and lime.

An interesting read - Tragic Shores
Written by acclaimed novelist Thomas H Cook this book is an enthralling story of his travels to rarely visited destinations along with his wife and daughter.  From watching the pilgrimage of hopeful people at the healing spring in Lourdes to a treacherous cliff side descent to the leper colony in Kalaupapa in Hawaii it is a beautifully written captivating book which we draw you in to his travels. It is available from the 4th April.

Something tasty - Peter's Yard Sourdough Crispbread Bites
Peter's Yard have released the new and tasty Sourdough Crispbread Bites which are perfect for using with dips. Made from natural ingredients they are high and fibre, low in fat and are made with all natural ingredients. So you don't have to feel guilty about indulging in some tasty morsels whilst you are entertaining. Available in 3 tasty flavours, 5 seed, sea salt and cumin and nigella seed they are available at Waitrose and Ocado priced at £2.85.

For those long country walks - Bridgedale Junior MerinoFusion Hiking Socks
I had been looking for some comfy sock for Gee for a while and these junior hiking socks from Bridgedale are just the thing for playtime out in the fields as well as walking.  Containing merino wool they are super soft and comfy and fit perfectly on little feet. I thoroughly recommend these for any active child as Gee wears them all the time when she is playing and is always asking if I have washed them so that she can wear them again. Priced at £7.99 they are a bargain.

For sore eyes - Skin Shop Dry Eye Gel
It is coming to the time of the year when hayfever suffers can have sore eyes. The skin around the eyes can become dry, itchy and inflamed if you rub them. The Skin Shop Dry Eye Gel is a light natural gel containing cardiospurmum which has an anti inflammatory effect on the skin helping to soothe sore skin around the eyes. It is always handy to have a tube of Dry Eye Gel on standby should this happen. Priced at £7.95 it is available from the Skin Shop.

Beauty Treats - Lacura Icellage Range at Aldi
The eagerly awaited launch of the Lacura Icellage Range at Aldi is now here.  Launched online on the 23rd March, this range is now available in store.  I am such a huge fan of Lacura face products
and was eager to try out this new range. Lacura Icellage offers skin defence against environmental stress and counteracts the signs of ageing by improving skin fatigue, dullness and dryness which creates more resilient and younger looking skin. There are 4 products available, eye gel priced at £5.99, serum priced at £6.99, day cream £6.99 and night cream £6.99. All are designed to help combat the signs of aging.  The Icellage Range is a limited edition and luxurious skincare for women aged 35 and over.  So you will probably want to know is it any good? Well I have been using it for the past 2 weeks and I can honestly say it is just as good as some high end products that I had been using.  A big thumbs up from me.

Look after your feet - New Superdrug Range of Foot Care Products
Superdrug have introduced their new Poron foot care range to give you some added comfort. Insoles that can help to prevent blisters and calluses forming by preventing the foot from sliding in the shoe. Heel cushions to protect from slipping and rubbing and Sore Spots which can be placed anywhere in the shoe if there is a chance of rubbing. The Poron products will not break down and will ensure you have continuous comfort for your tired feet. Prices vary from around £3.95 - £6.25 which is a small price to pay for comfortable feet.