Thursday, 25 May 2017

Living the Dream *Lottoland Review*

Ohhh to be rich. I often wonder what I would do if I won the lottery, it's been many a conversation with my husband and what we'd do with a ton of money, would we stop working, spend or save, splurge or be sensible. I guess it all depends on how much we won......but if it happened to be a fair amount I know exactly what I would do.  I'd splurge.....I know I would, it's in my veins to spend! Sorry dear husband. So now I've said that I bet you're dying to hear what I would do with a lottery win.......

1. I would pay off our mortgage, the parents and if we had won a huge amount I would extend that to our closest friends. That's a sensible one isn't it!

2. I would stop working. I would perhaps still keep my toe dipped in with the occasional shift here and there but I would stop being a salaried member of staff.

3. This one is a bit predictable, but I would book a huge family holiday - somewhere hot and exotic. I'd want to create memories for us all to look back on. 



4. I'd be a little bit sensible and invest some money. I'm sure where exactly I would invest it but somewhere  that would be beneficial to the children's future. 

5. I would tick a few things off my bucket list, like going to Disney in Florida, seeing the Northern Lights, going to Lapland and going back to Bali to renew our wedding vows. 

6. I would give some money to charity. I would spread the love around  to several charities that are close to  my heart. 

7. I would buy a couple of cars. I always fancied an Audi Q5, would love to be able to buy one of them!

8. I would throw a big party. Well why on earth not!! Lets get all the family and friends together and have a brilliant time. 

9. I would buy a pair of Louboutins and a Mulberry bag, just because I could!

10. Art. I love art so I would choose a bit of art that reflects myself and the family. A classic. Something I could look at everyday and be reminded how grateful I am. 

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I know that alot of these are fairly materialistic but in the grand scheme of things it is only a wish list. It's fun to think of things that I would spend money on if it were no object. Recently, I have been working in conjunction with Lottoland reviewing their site and having a little go on some of their games. Most people will be aware of the Euromillions and how to play it, but what about something slightly a little different. Lottoland offer you the chance of making a bet of the official lottery draw. You pick the numbers you think that will be drawn and if you guess correctly you can win prizes.  For more information on how it works go have a read here. If the Euromillions doesn't take your fancy what about entering to bet on the numbers drawn on the Powerball or even some of the instant games which are fun to have a go on.

So if you were lucky enough to win a substantial amount of money what would you do with it?

* In partnership with Lottoland. 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Best and Worst Linky #95

Beautiful Things


Run, Jump, Scrap!

Hello and a big welcome to this weeks best and worst linky. We look forward to reading lots of new posts. This week is going quickly and here we are again, Wednesday and linky day.  

Let me welcome you, as always to the best and worst linky run by my lovely friend Sarah who blogs over at Run Jump Scrap and co-hosted by myself. If you're new to the linky we're delighted for you to join in, please do have a read of the rules. If you're a regular then thanks as always for the support. Sarah and I split the commenting now, it is working well doing it like that. You should have received a comment from one of us so if you are missing one please do drop us a tweet or email. We've had some great posts over the last few months and we're looking forward to reading some more fabulous posts!

So what is best and worst all about? This is the linky where you can tell us about the best or worst things that have happened in the last week or even the last year, this could in the form of a blog post, a photo or even a video. It can be an old post or a new post, we don't mind we just want you to share it with us. We want you to share your babies firsts, the crappy day at work you've had or a makeup disaster basically the good, the bad or the downright ugly! We want to share your excitement and tears, highs and lows no matter what it is.

Remember to tag us over on Insta and Twitter with the #bestandworst hashtag. We would love to see more of you over on Instagram and Twitter sharing your pictures and posts with myself @helsy_1983 and Sarah @runjumpscrap this can be throughout the whole week not just when our linky runs and we will then aim to feature some depending on who uses the hashtag. As this is still a fairly new thing for us it might take a few weeks before people start using the hashtag more.

So as always, on with the linky........please have a little read of the rules and we look forward to reading this weeks posts.

Sarah is away this week so I am flying solo, looking forward to reading all your ace posts!

We are going to be keeping a close eye on the commenting in the coming weeks, it's not fair to link and run so please take some time to visit some other blogs and comment, linkys  only work if people spend time to read other blogs and comment on them.



Rules
  • The linky will open at 5.30am on a Wednesday and close at 23.55pm on a Friday
  • You can link up one or two posts each week
  • Please comment on the 2 posts before yours and have a nosey at the host's too. We've noticed that some people have just been link dropping and not commenting on the 2 in front, please do return the favour so everyone gets some comments and linky love, thankyou.
  • ***Please add the badge to the bottom of your page so everyone knows where you have linked up***
  • Tweet your hosts @helsy_1983 and @RunJumpScrap once linked up so we can retweet you. When tweeting and commenting use the hashtag #bestandworst so everyone knows where you have come from and remember to hashtag us over on Instagram too


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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Why isn't the World a Nicer Place?

What news to wake up to. The awful tragedy that happened on Monday night in Manchester. I have not stopped thinking about it all day. I had shivers watching the news coverage and felt incredibly emotional watching parents appeal for their children that are now missing. Mums, Dads, Grandparents, guardians will have waved their super excited children off to watch Ariana Grande, they would have been full of beans, feeling grown up being allowed into the arena by themselves and with their friends ready to watch their idol perform. Some might say it's a rite of passage.  Some of these innocent kids and teenagers may not have made it home.

I was allowed to go and watch Boyzone and Justin Timberlake when I was around 12 years old. I remember it well, the pure anticipation and excitement getting ready to watch our idols.  My Mum would often take me and my best friend, she would sit in the car and mark her work (she was a teacher) ready for the next day and then wait for us to come out buzzing. I remember us being so thrilled to watch our favourite pop stars perform and being allowed to find our way to our seats and watch them all by our self it was so flipping exciting! I found myself thinking that in a few years time this could have been Alfie or Elarna going to a show or concert........but what if they didn't come out of that arena. The fear and panic those innocent people in there must have gone through I can't even begin to imagine. What sort of a world do we live in? These awful atrocities that keep occurring are becoming all the more common and that worries me greatly.



What sort of a world are our children growing up in? How do we bring our children up in a world full of hatred and negativity and ensure that they are compassionate, friendly and nice individuals. I constantly tell Alfie it's nice to be nice and horrible to be horrible. He's only 5, he has no real clue what is going on in the world and currently is oblivious to what has happened in Manchester. I know I can't shield him forever but I certainly don't want to expose him to the harrowing news reports and images at this age. Elarna at the age of 2 just sees the world as a voyage of discovery at the moment and I'm happy for that to continue. I've never been one to wrap them in cotton wool and I embrace them being independent and free spirits and I hope as they grow up they will continue to do so despite all the nastiness in the world. 

I'm not afraid to go to places, nor do I worry constantly as what is the point of that. What I am though, is aware. I am aware that bad things happen, terrorism is rife and this seems to be the world we life in now. I'm not going to stop going on the train, underground or attend a concert. I'm still going to visit shopping centres, I didn't even really feel that much at risk when I visited NYC a few years ago. So I am aware, yes, but scared no.

Looking back to my childhood and when I was little I used to play outside our house, I would even play in the field near our house. We literally had no cares in the world. We would make flower perfume from lavender and daisies, ride our bikes and scuff our knees. The world was our oyster and our parents felt that they could let us do this. Would I let my kids do this now.....hell no. Not because I'm worried that they might get bombed but other awful reasons like them being lured away and being kidnapped. I wish that things were different and that the world was a nicer place. I wish that I could let the kids play out and I know they would be safe but these days it just doesn't sit right with me. I just don't get where all this hatred has stemmed from. What does it really achieve? I dread to think what things will be like when my kids are grown up, and they're bringing up their children.

So, I finish this post off to say that yes it's a bit all over the place but I just wanted to write how I've been feeling. I've been thinking about things all day, I feel sickened to my core and I wish things were how they used to be. We will stand together, united. We will not be brought down be these twisted individuals and we will unite. 

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Friday, 19 May 2017

The Desire for Baby Number 3.

My ovaries are twitching. I am broody. My heart tells me I would like a 3rd baby and yet my head can't fully decide. My husband says a resounding no. It's quite hard to digest really. My body is telling me that I'm fertile and able to bear another child but yet I vividly remember after labouring with Elarna declaring that I would never have another (I blame the drugs) so why do I feel like I'm not quite done yet. 




I'm age 33, I'm hardly old and feel that there is still place in my heart and home for another child. I can't quite get my head around never being pregnant again, never going through labour and never holding a newborn against my chest. I almost feel like I've forgotten what it feels like to nurture and mother a newborn.  My timehop keeps reminding just how little my 2 were when they were born, well I say little they were 7lbs but it's so easy to forget how small they feel in your arms.


Excuse the candid shot!

Being female is a funny thing. Hormones play havoc with you. I often find myself wondering what having a 3rd would be like. I regularly hear people say that a 3rd just slots right in and doesn't make much difference than transitioning from 1 child to 2. I wonder what a 3rd labour would be like, would we have a boy or a girl and how Elarna would feel about being a big sister, would Alfie like being the eldest? I don't know if it stems from being an only child wanting my children to have siblings, I was never really lonely growing up, my parents always encouraged me to socialise and get out and about and I always had a good group of friends so I do wonder why I am thinking about a 3rd.  I knew I always wanted more than one child and if I'm being honest I always thought that 2 would be it for me, lots of people have called me lucky as I have 1 of each, and of course I am but having both a girl and a boy was never something I had planned, lets face it was a 50% chance of one or the other. I always thought I wasn't overly maternal but perhaps I am, I find being a Mum both incredibly tough but highly rewarding. There are days when I categorically don't want to add a 3rd to the brood but then other days I would. You see where my head is right now?!




It is a difficult situation to be in, as I said about my husband is really not keen. He is 1 of 3 and was the youngest sibling so perhaps from his experience 3 isn't the magic number. He also wants us to get a bit more of our life back and not have to pay childcare for years and years and I can totally see that. I really can and completely get it but still......I don't feel 'done' yet. I do moan at times.........I think every parent does. Having children is restrictive, there is no denying it, life is by no means what it used to be. I also admit, I moaned throughout my pregnancy, of course I felt blessed but I was uncomfortable, my pelvis ached, I couldn't sleep, I remember well the horrific nausea and dizziness I suffered and the fact I could barely eat due to acid reflux. I remember labour being awful, I haven't forgotten these things yet the desire for a 3rd is there. It's just there, in my mind eating away at me. How does one tell their ovaries that they are redundant, they are done....bye bye....... and no longer a use is required. It's not quite as simple as that though is it, my body tells me one thing, my husband says another and my head......well my head is all over the place. I'm not talking about having a 3rd imminently, but in 6 months or even a years time I feel it would be a good time to consider it. Alfie is older and more aware of things and pretty independent. Elarna is reaching the age that Alfie was when we had her and she loves her dollies and babies so I think she would love to be a big sister.

Am I being selfish? Perhaps I AM being selfish? I have no idea. I have 2 beautiful children, 1 of each is incredibly lucky as I'm often told so maybe I am just being a selfish cow in this desire to add to my family. You tell me.......Perhaps I should get a flipping puppy?? Maybe that is the answer. It isn't though is it. A puppy would maybe simpler mind you. Still wouldn't stop me wanting a 3rd baby though. 

What are your thoughts? Am I being selfish or just normal thoughts of a 33 year old woman?

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Best and Worst Linky #94

Beautiful Things


Run, Jump, Scrap!

Hello and a big welcome to this weeks best and worst linky. We look forward to reading lots of new posts. This week is going quickly and here we are again, Wednesday and linky day. Although a little later than planned today. oops. 

Let me welcome you, as always to the best and worst linky run by my lovely friend Sarah who blogs over at Run Jump Scrap and co-hosted by myself. If you're new to the linky we're delighted for you to join in, please do have a read of the rules. If you're a regular then thanks as always for the support. Sarah and I split the commenting now, it is working well doing it like that. You should have received a comment from one of us so if you are missing one please do drop us a tweet or email. We've had some great posts over the last few months and we're looking forward to reading some more fabulous posts!

So what is best and worst all about? This is the linky where you can tell us about the best or worst things that have happened in the last week or even the last year, this could in the form of a blog post, a photo or even a video. It can be an old post or a new post, we don't mind we just want you to share it with us. We want you to share your babies firsts, the crappy day at work you've had or a makeup disaster basically the good, the bad or the downright ugly! We want to share your excitement and tears, highs and lows no matter what it is.

Remember to tag us over on Insta and Twitter with the #bestandworst hashtag. We would love to see more of you over on Instagram and Twitter sharing your pictures and posts with myself @helsy_1983 and Sarah @runjumpscrap this can be throughout the whole week not just when our linky runs and we will then aim to feature some depending on who uses the hashtag. As this is still a fairly new thing for us it might take a few weeks before people start using the hashtag more.

So as always, on with the linky........please have a little read of the rules and we look forward to reading this weeks posts.

Sarah is away this week so I am flying solo, looking forward to reading all your ace posts!

We are going to be keeping a close eye on the commenting in the coming weeks, it's not fair to link and run so please take some time to visit some other blogs and comment, linkys  only work if people spend time to read other blogs and comment on them.



Rules
  • The linky will open at 5.30am on a Wednesday and close at 23.55pm on a Friday
  • You can link up one or two posts each week
  • Please comment on the 2 posts before yours and have a nosey at the host's too. We've noticed that some people have just been link dropping and not commenting on the 2 in front, please do return the favour so everyone gets some comments and linky love, thankyou.
  • ***Please add the badge to the bottom of your page so everyone knows where you have linked up***
  • Tweet your hosts @helsy_1983 and @RunJumpScrap once linked up so we can retweet you. When tweeting and commenting use the hashtag #bestandworst so everyone knows where you have come from and remember to hashtag us over on Instagram too
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Monday, 15 May 2017

Hassle Free Boilers.

Do you know how old your boiler is? Do you think it is still efficient? It's not one of those things you routinely think about, or at least I don't. In fact it's probably one of those things in the house that I perhaps take for granted. I'm fairly sure that our boiler we have in our house is about 10 years old. As far as I'm aware it hasn't been replaced since the house was built so I can only assume that it is around the age of 10. If like me and you're not too sure about how old your boiler is why not see how much you could save by purchasing a new one, this handy little savings calculator can tell you how much you could potentially save with a new boiler. According to this we could save almost 40% off our usual bill by replacing our boiler. That is quite a saving really isn't it. 


These days I think everyone is trying to save money, living costs are rising but yet wages aren't. You can start by making small changes to save a few pennies, simple things like making your own lunch for work, ditching the expensive coffees or simply saving up your coppers can make a huge difference. You may then consider making bigger savings like switching your boiler to make long term savings, over at hassle free boilers they are offering some great deals to try and save money on home heating and some of these offers start from £19.99 with no requirement for a deposit and affordable repayment plans. 

Some people may find that looking for a new boiler in Summer is a little odd but there is never really  better time to look and be prepared for those harsh, Winter months. A boiler is an investment and something that should be purchased and installed ready for the colder seasons. 

One of the things that has always baffled me is what I often hear talked about.......a-rated appliances?? What is an a-rated appliance, or an a-rated boiler?? Well it refers to seasonal efficiency of effective boilers in the UK. Basically, a - rated boilers have the stamp of approval from the energy saving trust and being most energy efficient. 

So , if you're trying to save money I would definitely advise to check out your boiler and consider making a long term investment that will effectively save  money for years to come.

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*WIN* A Kindle & More!

With Summer (hopefully) on the way it's time to find the flip flops, put the winter woollies away and charge up the kindle. I don't really get much time these days to read but I try to for a few minutes before I go to bed. The most reading I do these days is on holiday but even then it can be hard to try and find a peaceful moment with 2 crazy kids running riot. That being said I couldn't be without my Kindle Paperwhite and I've always got it loaded with lots of books should I be able to get a few minutes to myself. I love the fact that when I go away I don't have to take a bag of books I can simply pop my Kindle in my handbag and it doesn't take up much room and it's always accessible. So.......with that being said I am joining forces with a ton of other fab bloggers to bring you an awesome giveaway. Want to know more? Well read on......

So Once again a whole host of amazing bloggers have teamed up to offer you the chance to win a great prize (something we couldn't do individually). To find out about who are this group of amazing people are scroll down and check them out:
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Choosing Patio Doors.

Patio doors are an integral part to any house. They let the outside in, provide you ease of access to the outside and allow natural light to spill inside the house creating an airy and natural living space. 


The humble patio door needs to be able to withstand alot of use. In our home, it is probably one of the most well used doors. Often we have it open letting fresh air in and allowing the kids to come and go as they please in and out of the garden. My only issue with our doors is they are quite light and we have to make sure that they are properly secured to avoid any accidents to little fingers. What would be a great alternative to the standard patio doors would be sliding patio doors not only do they look smart but I feel that they would be a much safer option to have fitted in our house. 

So if you are at all worried about the doors in your house or want to update your patio doors into something that will allow more light in and yet be lightweight and modern perhaps considering like sliding doors would be an option!

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I am Proud to be a Nurse.

Today, May 12th is Nurses' Day. A day to celebrate all things nursing and nursing heroes. For me it's a day to reflect on why I chose the career I did and to focus on the path ahead of me. You may have been following my little mini series I have written sharing my nursing journey and how I began in my nursing career.....you may also recall the 2nd post in the series which was things not to say to a nurse! A tongue in cheek post but a lighthearted reminder that a sense of humour is without a doubt an important attribute to have when nursing. 

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I tell no lies when I say I truly love my job. I feel very lucky that I'm able to work in a role that I enjoy. It was an epic career change for me when I decided to start my training in 2009, a huge learning curve and not without challenges as you will know if you follow my blog. I'm still relatively fresh and new in my career and although the nursing profession is constantly taking a battering, we have terrible pay and daily challenges I continue to love being a Nurse. 

I've been extremely privileged within my career so far to work with some incredible nurses. My first band 6, a District Nursing sister taught me all I know about wound care and nursing in the community setting, she is my hero of nursing and without her I wouldn't be the Nurse I am today. Throughout my training I have worked alongside many wonderful nurses that are the backbone of our NHS and this day is for them. 

So why am I proud to be a nurse? Well why wouldn't I be, I believe to care for people is in my blood, I almost felt a calling into the career, after deciding life is too short I made that decision to have a career change and it was the best decision I've made.  So many reasons as to why I am proud to be a nurse, too many to mention. I wear my uniform with pride, I enjoy the diverse and challenging nature of the job and the unexpected. I learn something new everyday and I am lucky to have cared for some lovely patients and families. 


It got me thinking, seen as nurses' day is to celebrate and give thanks to these amazing healthcare professionals I'd throw it open to some fellow bloggers, family and friends to see what nurses' mean to them and if they would like to thank any. I'm going to kick it off.......

I want to say thanks to all of the nurses' that I have worked with past and present for inspiring me and making me the nurse I am today. I also want to thank the wonderful Nurses in Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield for looking after my Dad after his heart attack. Also the lovely paediatric nurses that have recently cared for Elarna.

Sam, my lovely hairdresser says nurses are filled with kindness, empathy, are educated and empathetic. She says the care and counselling received at Hinchingbrooke and Papworth hospital after her heart attacks was fab.  


Kate who blogs over at Family Fever says the neonatal nurses who looked after her premature and sick babies really made a difference. They made a terrifying experience more bearable and celebrated every milestone with them. How lovely is that!


The NICU nurses are who Emily from Twin Mum and Dad would like to thank, she says not only did they look after their twin girls when they were born premature but they supported Emily and her husband. They even made little hand and foot prints for Emily for mothers day which she still has now. I'm so pleased that nurses supported you through this Emily. 

Erica from The Incidental Parent has recently had an operation and says that she was treated with dignity and respect by the nurses she was cared for, she says they couldn't have been kinder. They also provided her with a cup of tea and sandwiches after her op!! Always nice to read such a positive experience Erica and I hope you are on the road to recovery. 

Bek who blogs over at Dillydrops says nurses are amazing! They cared brilliantly for my daughter when she had pneumonia. They were reassuring and spoke to us calmly and kindly, even though it was a scary time. I'm so pleased you were offered this care Bek!


Nigel from DIY Daddy says the nurses who looked after his twins while they were in special care were devoted and reassuring. He says without them they would have struggled to get through that 27 days. Ahhh Nigel what a lovely thing to say and look at your girls now, they are thriving.

Heledd who blogs at Yummy Blogger  wants to thank the nurses in Bronglais hospital and Aberystwth. She said they gave wonderful care and kind support to her and her family before her Dad passed away. She said nurses are wonderful people, very special. Hearing comments like that makes me thankful I am in my job.

The ICU nurses are who Jayne from Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs wants to thank. She says the round the clock care for her husband after his heart transplant was truly amazing and she will be forever thankful. Jayne, I hope your husband has recovered. Lovely comments. 

Lisa from That British Betty wants say thankyou to the nurses that looked after her fiance after he died suddenly in 2014, they went out of their way to bring tea throughout the night and even cried with her daughters when making difficult decisions. She says that nurses are the most compassionate, caring and talented human beings on the planet and deserve more recognition and reward they currently receive. Lisa, I'm incredibly sorry for your loss. What beautiful words, the nurses caring for you all sound amazing. 


I have been privileged to give a patient the death they wished for. To hold their hand as they take their last breath. I have been there to support their family after. I have healed wounds, knelt in urine, felt at risk but continued my duty, inserted catheters, cleaned up faeces. I have run late with appointments chatting to patients who have seen nobody but me for days, I have been sworn at, abused, threatened. I have entered people's houses to find them collapsed on the floor.  I have stopped and helped injured people on the roadside, I have been late home to my family after setting up syringe drivers, I have worked overtime for no extra money,  I have cried, I have smiled, I have laughed. I have felt stressed, I have worried, I reflect constantly. I have come home wondering if I've done the right thing, wondering if I've made the right career choice. I have been a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, a helping hand. I have struggled to find the right work/life balance, I often carry the weight of the world on my shoulders and question my ability.  Above all I continue to love my job, be PROUD to call myself a Nurse and be amazed at the individuals that work in our profession. 

I am a Nurse. I am proud to be a Nurse. Big respect to my fellow nurses and whatever is thrown at us we will continue doing what we do best and providing care and compassion always. 

HAPPY NURSES' DAY!!


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Reasons to Choose a Conservatory.

So you're thinking about purchasing a conservatory? Well I'm going to tell you why I think you should and why I love ours! There is something really nice about sitting in a conservatory, it's almost like sitting in the garden but in slightly more comfort! We were fortunate when we moved into our house that the conservatory was already there and I'm really pleased because it probably our most used space. We have ours open plan if you like so it is attached to another room, so we use it as our playroom. I can't tell you how useful it is. 

Livin room orangery conservatory with bifold doors and optional Cornice gutter shroud

So if you are considering a conservatory perhaps these thoughts will convince you to go for it. 

  • They are bright and airy. Even in the winter ours feels a nice place to sit and if you choose something like a gable end conservatory you are guaranteed to maximise on the natural light. 

  • They feel like a family space, somewhere to congregate and chat. We have an l-shaped sofa in ours so it really is a very social space. 

  • It feels like you're sitting outside in the garden, you can enjoy the garden even if it's a dull day and rainy. It's also really handy for giving you an all round view of the garden.

  • They are nice to sit in whatever the season. Stick a heater in there as well as a ceiling fan and you can enjoy your conservatory all year round. 

  • They look nice! Yes it can be a bit of a mission to keep the glass all looking good but other than that they aren't difficult to maintain looking nice. 

So if you are considering a conservatory I would say to go for it, you won't regret it. 

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