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    HEALTH,  PARENTING

    I’m Leaving The Virtual World For A Simpler Life

    In a world that is constantly evolving and changing do we really understand the consequences for the next generation? Global warming, eco-friendly, plastic wars. We have all heard about the damage that humans have done to the planet. But what about the damage we are doing to each other? I’m talking Internet, TV, Social Media. I was born in 1987, in what I would say was the start of the technology boom. Computers were new and exciting, the internet had been around a short while. I remember my parents buying our first computer. It was a huge box like thing and we loved nothing more than playing solitaire and roller…

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    FOOD & RECIPES,  HEALTH,  REVIEWS

    AD| Nutribuddy Breakfast Shake Review

    For the purpose of this review I was sent a 14 day supply of Nutribuddy Breakfast Shake, as well as a shaker bottle and jar. This post is my own honest opinion of the product. Nutribuddy I was first introduced to Nutribuddy back in 2016 when I reviewed their Weight Loss Starter Kit since then they have come a long way. Founder of Nutribuddy Ella, became frustrated by large corporations who seemed to only care for their profit margins. She dreamt of creating a product and a brand which had integrity and put customers and the environment first. Three years later they now have two warehouses an amazing team and…

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    HEALTH

    Mental Health & Anxiety; Is it really OKAY not to be OKAY?

    Mental Health & Anxiety. It’s okay to not be okay. Most of us have probably heard this saying, but what does it mean? It’s means that it’s ok if you; Freak out over forgotten plans Crumble at social events Shout at your children These are just examples. We have all felt like this at some point in our lives. But when is it not okay to not be okay? This term to me groups all of these situations into a group I like to call ‘rational fears’. I say this because they are for the most part rational as everyone worries about certain things in their lives from time to…

  • HEALTH

    Don’t Confuse PND With Under-active Thyroid

    All my life I was told I was too skinny, that I needed a good meal! I guess you could say I was lucky, in many people’s eyes I looked good. I didn’t exercise at all and believe it or not I did eat, and I mean I ate a lot! I went 25 years being pretty happy with my body. I naively thought this is great and that I would always look the way I did. When I met my now husband and we had decided we wanted to start a family, things were really looking up. Our daughter arrived in 2012. We couldn’t have been happier. So much…

  • HEALTH

    Duplex Kidney; Heminephrectomy

    Heminephrectomy; excision of part of the kidney. I have previously written about my daughters medical condition, her duplex kidney and how she would need surgery (heminephrectomy). I thought I would write an update as to how the surgery and recovery went. Overview During my first pregnancy at our 20 week scan all I kept thinking was is it a boy or a girl. I think we both forgot that this scan is also the abnormality scan, where they check that everything is ok with the baby. We were therefore both quite shocked when the sonographer seemed concerned. The sonographer said that she could only see one kidney. They tried to reassure us saying…

  • HEALTH

    Ovarian Cancer and Talcum Powder

    There is a keepsake box at the bottom of Katie Searle-Jones’ wardrobe that she opens when she wants to feel close to her late mother. Inside is a locket containing a portrait of Pamela, a midwife, who died 11 years ago of ovarian cancer, age 50. Also inside that box is a small container of baby powder. After Pamela died, all it took was a sniff of its wholesome, reassuring scent to vividly bring back her memory…….   …..It is the second lawsuit this year concerning the safety of ovarian cancer and talc. Two months earlier, another U.S. jury awarded £50 million to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who used…

  • HEALTH,  REVIEWS

    The New You Diet

    It is not the first time I tried a diet but the New You Plan seemed different to other diet plans, so I was delighted to be able to give it a go. The New You Plan creates meals that give you 100% of your recommended daily amounts of vitamins and minerals and promote a natural and safe fat burning state called ketosis. Their meal plans meet all European and NICE guidelines.  You can create a menu that suits your personal taste and lifestyle. They have the best tasting meals with over 40 different options (and growing!) to chose from, including shakes, soups, hot meals, pancakes, omelettes, porridges, bars, crisps,…

  • HEALTH,  REVIEWS

    iCig Review

    I have always pretty much been an on and off smoker since I was a teenager. I always said the only time I could imagine myself quitting was if I got pregnant. And sure enough when I found out I was pregnant I instantly quit! It wasn’t hard at all as the only thing I kept thinking was my baby comes first. It was only after the birth of my second son that I started again, but I had a lot going on in my life back then and I was stressed. I decided to try to give up again so I went out and purchased one of those magic…

  • HEALTH

    Baby Blues or something more sinister…

    Photo courtesy of Ohmega1982 at freedigitalphotos.net About six or so months after my sons birth something in me changed. I become unhappy, aggressive, defensive, irratable, I was always tired and never had any energy. My body ached and I gained a lot of weight. Deep down I thought I had post natal depression. My whole family was suffering because of the way I was feeling! My husband has always been very supportive even at the times when I would push him away. He told me he thought I should go to the doctor. It might help to talk to someone new who may be able to help me. So I made…

  • HEALTH

    Duplex and Horseshoe Kidney

      We knew even before our daughter was born that she had duplex kidneys. We knew during my second pregnancy that my son was suspected of having duplex kidneys also.   What is duplex kidney? Simply put the kidneys have duplicated but not seperated, so she has a right kidney but her left kidney is duplex. Both parts of her duplex kidney each have their own ureter but they join into one at the entrance to the bladder. My daughter has reflux due to a blockage which causes stagnant urine to sit in the kidney which means she has been on the antibiotic, trimethoprim, since she was born. The dosage…