Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Scentered De Stress Hand and Body Wash, and Lotion Due Review and Giveaway

I just love it when I am sent something and I end up really really loving what I have been sent. I was contacted by the lovely company Scentered to see if I wanted to review something from their lovely collection of Aromatherapy products. 

Due to the fact I was looking for Mindful products I felt that this would be a lovely thing to review and so they said they would send me something out. 

Now, on their website they have balms and candles that all come in a range of sizes, but I was lucky enough to be getting my hands on their new product which is being released onto the website soon. Their De Stress Hand and Body Wash and Lotion duo pack.

De - Stress!!! That sounds good to me. My life is always full of stress one way or another, and I think a lot of you reading this will be thinking "me too" So I welcome anything in my life that could help with stress. 

But I was a little unsure on how washing my hands or body with this lotion could help me de stress. I was about to find out!

Firstly let me tell you a little more about the product. You get two 300ml bottles in a pack, both look lovely with their grey bottle with green and white writing. I think they would compliment any bathroom you have. Plus the bottles are made from recycled plastic, which is great if you are looking for eco friendly products. 

Both the wash and lotion are made from Camomile, Neroli and Mandarin which are great essential oils to help promote calm, soothe tension and support feelings of well being. 

The wash contains organic Aloe which helps cleanse, detoxify and moisturise the skin. I am a big fan of Aloe so I was really happy to find out it contained it.

The Lotion is made from a Jojoba Oil to sooth and a Sweet Almond Oil and sunflower oil to condition and moisturise the skin. Some of my favourite products have had Almond Oil in and so I know how good this is for you, so again, I was pleased to find out it contained this. 

The bottles both have a press lid to squeeze the wash and lotion out of, which is easy to use and means you don't have to faff around with any lids.

So what did I think? 

AMAZING! Never ever have I found that washing my hands was a experience that could de stress me! 

I actually hate most hand washes, usually they leave my hands too dry after use and I end up dosing my hands up with hand cream, but not with this. Both the hand wash and lotion made my hands feel amazing after, lovely and soft and moisturised. 

But the most amazing part about these is the smell. IT IS DEVINE! I seriously could not stop smelling my hands after using it and the scent also lasted a long time on my hands meaning I just kept putting my hands over my nose to smell it. Plus you keep the smell topped up because compared to a body wash that you use in the bath, washing your hands is something you do many times through out the day, meaning that your stress levels are also being kept lowered through out the day. 

I will hands on my heart say that after washing with this, I would put my hands over my nose and take a big deep breathe of it and it would make me feel amazing. It really has been something that has helped me take a mindful moment of bliss. 

I think that I would love to eventually see a handbag size hand wash of this type of product. Imagine having a stressful day at work and being able to wash your hands with this to help. Or if you have a work place with workers, popping this into the bathroom may keep your workers stress free for the day!

I can not recommend this product enough. Plus with it being a body wash too, you are not just limited to washing your hands, I found it great when I needed to wash all the way up my arms after cleaning my fish tank out. 

This Duo pack is retailed at £30 and I think is worth every penny. It will be available soon on the website -  

What about this product do you like the sound of the most? 

If you do love the sound of this product, then you are in luck! Scentered are letting me give away one duo pack with £30 to one lucky winner!

For your chance to win, enter on the gleam app below. 


Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Understanding Your Child's Curriculum

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Understanding Your Child's Curriculum

Research shows that parental involvement in a child’s education has a positive effect on their performance.  The more supported a child feels at home, the more he or she will accomplish at school.

To help you provide the best possible support for your child at home, it is important to understand the school curriculum and learn more about what they are studying in class. To make this as easy as possible, Parsons Green Prep School has put together this handy guide to the school curriculum for parents…
The National Curriculum is split into five different Key Stages based on the age of your child. 

These Key Stages are:
Key Stage 1: Aged 5-7, Years 1-2
Key Stage 2: Aged 7-11, Years 3-6
Key Stage 3: Aged 11-14, Years 7-9
Key Stage 4: Aged 14-16, Years 10-11, GCSEs
Key Stage 5: Aged 16-19, Years 12-13, A Levels

This curriculum is an important framework that helps to ensure all children are reaching their full potential and that a consistent level of education is provided across the board. Within each key stage your child will study towards exams. These exams will assess their progression and allow the teachers to check whether or not they are meeting national targets. The classwork and activities your child takes part in throughout the term will follow the National Curriculum. 
The curriculum also places importance on learning essential skills that will benefit children throughout their life and future careers. Teachers will help to develop communication skills using activities such as reading, writing, talking and listening, as well as mathematics and technology.

Your child’s annual report will tell you about their learning and progress in a number of areas. The teacher will give your child a level to indicate how well they are doing in each area, as well as provide an overall assessment of your child’s progress.  As your child moves through school, it is hoped that their ability in each area will improve and they will progress to a higher level.

At the annual parents’ meeting, you will have the opportunity to talk to the teacher about your child’s progress and how you can help to support their learning at home. 

Which Key Stage is your child in? 

How Can a Poor Diet Affect My Child's Education?

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How Can a Poor Diet Affect My Child's Education?

What children eat and drink during their early years is crucial because it can affect their future health and learning progress. It is also important to encourage children to eat healthy and nutritious foods in order to develop good eating habits when they are older.
Here are some great tips from St Hilda’s School on how to support your child’s development by including healthy eating into your daily routine.

1. Breakfast
There is a lot of truth in the saying ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, especially when it comes to your child’s learning. Try to start your day with a healthy family breakfast, including foods that are rich in fibre and protein. This will help to boost your child’s attention span, ready for a full day at school. Breakfast can also benefit your mood and memory, so don’t let your little ones leave home without it

2. Food
Have you noticed a change in your child’s behaviour or mood when they are hungry? Do they become irritable or find it hard to concentrate? It is important that your child eats little and often, throughout the day in order to maintain their energy and concentration levels.  It is also important to educate your child on choosing the right foods, such as fish and vegetables, and to avoid sugary foods such as sweets and biscuits.

3. Water
Water is vital for your child’s health and concentration, so it is important that they stay well hydrated at school. Pack a refillable water bottle in their school bag and encourage your child to drink as much as possible throughout the day. This is particularly important during the summer months or after sporting activities. Even the mildest form of dehydration can impact your child’s brain function and this can affect their motor skills and mood.

What sort of healthy foods do you feed your child? 

Monday, 20 January 2020

Better you Magnesium Flakes and Oil Spray Review

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Keeping on the theme of Mindfulness, I have another lovely product to tell you all about.

This time its a product that is all about helping relaxation, and that is from using Magnesium. 

Magnesium is something we all have in our bodies but it also may be something that we are all not getting the right amount of, so a little extra is needed. This is where the products from Better You come in. 

I was sent some Better You Magnesium Flakes and an Oil Spray to try out. 

Did you know that Magnesium is responsible for over 300 actions in the body. Magnesium is great to help repair and detox our cells in our body and so perfect for after a hectic day, week or month. This is why Better you have created these products to help you get that well needed Magnesium into your body. 

Firstly they have a special oil that is made into a body spray that you can apply to your body when needed. 

The bottle comes as a 100ml bottle with a push down spray bottle top. The idea of this spray is to be used on joints and muscles to help support recovery and relaxation. But can also be used to help get that all needed Magnesium into the system. 

You can get Magnesium in other forms, like oral capsules but the good thing about getting it in a oil spray is that it penetrates the barriers if the skin and by passes the digestive system and delivers the magnesium directly to the bodies cells. It makes it one of the fastest way to get Magnesium into your body. 

So what did I think? 

Firstly the fact it is a spray I think is great. It really makes it easy to use and you can also apply it your self easily in places you need it. It does soak into your skin pretty quick though, so this isn't the best for massage but could be a great thing to use before a massage to get them all needed nutrients inside your system first. The oil does not have a scent, which is good in one way because if you are using it on a daily basis then you may not want to smell of oil, but then it also isn't great it as smells help you relax. 

It is a little cold to spray on yourself though which I didn't enjoy, and I would recommend using it before bed, or before a bath because I did notice a oily feeling was left on my clothing after use. This does wash out, but not great if you use in the morning and have the oily feeling on your clothing for the day.

It is hard to say if this has helped any with my muscles relaxing, but I think it is something that I may end up using when my body has had a stressful time and is aching. 

I was also sent Magnesium Flakes for the bath. These are ideal for replenishing the body with the essential mineral, promoting overall wellbeing, aiding skin health, and also helping to relax muscles. 

The perfect thing about it is that while you have it in the bath it is aiding all of the body. The flakes dissolve into your bath and then as you lay in it the magnesium then soaks into your body and again goes straight to your muscles instead of having to pass through your digestive system first. Perfect if you are like me and totally forget to end up taking the capsules. 

So what did I think?

I did prefer the use of the flakes over the oil, and if I was to choose between using one or the other, I would choose these. You pour 2 cup fulls into your bath, but you can add more if you like for a more intense bath. I decided to add more into mine.

They devolve really quickly which is great, last thing you need is things floating around the bath with you. When you are in the bath you can't overly tell they are in. There is a slight scent to them, which I can only describe as a natural smell. So when I was having them in my bath it was great to know that they were doing something to my body, without my bath being too effected.

If you didn't want to have a full bath with them, then you could also use them for a foot soak. I haven't done this yet but I do love a foot soak so will be doing this soon.

Other great points to express about these products that I love is that they are against animal testing, they are super natural and they can also be used when pregnant!

The bath flakes retail at £9.99 a pack, and the spray is £12.95

You can find out more and about where to buy on the BetterYou website. 

Would you use these products? 

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Celebrating My Blogiversary - 4 Years Old

I think this year has been the fastest yet. Another year has past and just after celebrating my actual birthday, its time to celebrate the Birthday of my blog!

My First post was today 4 years ago, I must admit when I first set up my blog I never thought that 4 years later I would still be doing it, never mind still loving doing it. 

So looking over the last year of blogging, I have to admit, it took a backseat. I don't often talk about the upsetting things of my personal life on my blog, I more focus on the fun, Lily and promoting all the wonderful brands out there. But I have had some struggles with stress over the last year and so my blog was one of the things that took a back seat. 

But this year I am going to be trying to focus more on myself, which does mean more of the things I love doing. Including blogging. You may have read i'm doing Mindful January, well I want to carry on that mindfulness into every month, and so there may become more of a lifestyle theme to my blog. Of corse I will still be blogging all about Lily, and I really do need to give myself a kick up the bum with activity posts, but I think putting a little focus on myself this year isn't a bad thing. 

So my totals of posting, is 839 posts. Which means over the year I did only write 100 or so posts. I have been feeling though that quality is better than quantity and its much more important to write decent posts than it is to do one for the sake of posting. 

So one thing I do each year is show how Lily has changed from one year to the last. I love that i have some followers on here that have been looking at my blog for all these years. they get to watch Lily grow just like I do. 

So here is lily from a Year ago

and Here is Lily now - 

There was much more of a difference in images last year as she seemed to turn from a toddler to a big girl, but you can see from the picture how she is getting bigger. But Lily is growing more in intelligence than she is height, she still fits into some 3-4 year old clothing and some 5 to 6 is way to big. 

Now to look how my blog has grown, I always like to look at my stats and have a compare. 

Twitter Last Year - 7923
Twitter This Year - 8199 
Total Gained - 276 

My twitter gain isn't high at all, but I really haven't put any focus into gaining twitter followers this year. I am really happy with the amount of followers I have and have put more focus on other areas. 

Facebook Last Year - 3592 
Facebook This Year - 3733 
Followers Gained - 141

So again not high at all, but I do find facebook a tricky one to gain followers on.

Instagram Last Year - 2614 
Instagram This Year - 2990
Followers Gained - 376 

As you can tell, my main focus has been instagram this year. I plan to carry on putting my focus into Instagram this year too. 
Instagram is one platform I wish I had put more effort into from the start, but I have been learning a lot lately and there is lots that I haven't been doing. Lately I have felt like I am in a black hole of the internet, where Instagram is not showing me to my followers, I find I have to work for my likes and so if you are a blog follower, and a Instagram follower, I really would appreciate more loves and comments on my posts. I plan to interact back with you too! 

Last year I was pleased because my Tots 100 score went up to the top 250, well this year I am even more pleased to see it rise to number 163. I really never thought my number would be up there. I remember my first year of blogging not getting a job because I wasn't in the top 200, so its great to know that I am there now.

My plans for last year on the blog was to go out more and take more photographs to show you. I was bad! I didn't do this! So going to say it again, I really want to go more places and show you them this year. Even if its only through a Instagram story. 

Usually for my Blogiversay I do a giveaway, this this year I already have one running on my Instagram so you may want to go and enter that. 

If you are a blogger reading this I would love to know how your blog is doing? 

If you are a reader then I would love to know what you think of my blog? 

So here is to another year of blogging!

Thank you to all my readers and friends and family who support by reading and sharing!

Friday, 17 January 2020

Helping Your Child with Friendship Problems

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Throughout your child’s education, and their whole life in fact, they are bound to fall out with their friends from time to time. As a parent, you can help your child overcome these problems as they occur and teach them how to manage a bullying situation. A prep school in Surrey have put together the following advice to help you understand how to deal with your child’s friendship problems, without interfering too much.

It might be worth encouraging your child to socialise and join some extracurricular clubs. This will help them make new friends and develop important social skills. The more communication that they have with others and the more friendships they develop throughout life, the easier they will find it to respond appropriately when any of those friendships become a little rocky. It will also help with their confidence. Rocky friendships are, of course, a normal part of life but these conflicts should be short-lived and resolved on their own. However, parents do have to step in from time to time.

Provide a shoulder to cry on if your child needs it and listen to them as they explain to you what has happened with their friend. Try not to interrupt them or judge them when they are talking, as this will discourage them from opening up to you again. Where necessary, you might need to get a teacher involved, but at the beginning its better to take a step back and try and let your child work it out alone. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt for you to give some advice. For instance, you could explain that their friend might be going through some turmoil in their personal life and they are taking it out in an unpleasant way. This might help your child find it in their heart to forgive them friend. Always ask them how they wish to move forward and if they would like to continue a friendship with the person in question so that they can figure out their next steps. 

As with anything that concerns your children, you should always try and set a good example. When it comes to navigating relationships, you should always demonstrate appropriate social skills. Be kind, considerate and have good manners. Teach your children that when they are having a conversation with someone, they need to listen just as much as they need to talk. 

How do you deal with your children's friendship problems? 

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Naturopathica, CBD for the Mind - Review

(ad - Gifted) One of the reasons I have wanted to start blogging about Mindfulness is that I can suffer from Stress and Anxiety. Lately more often than not I am finding myself in a panic, and usually over little things. I know plenty of reasons why this is, I have had a stressful year and I put way to much pressure on myself and really do over think. 

So when Naturopathica offered me some CDB tablets to try. I thought I would give them a go. 

Naturopathica are a brand with a background in pharmaceuticals and have made CBD capsules that are designed to target wellness areas. I was sent the Mind Capsules to try. 

So here is a little information about CBD, given to me from Naturophica - 

"CBD (cannabidiol) has seen a surge in popularity of late, but there is still much confusion surrounding its properties and benefits. The plant itself, Cannabis Sativa, has been used medically for thousands of years and can be highly beneficial to our bodies by helping to improve a variety of issues including anxiety and pain as well as helping with sleep and aiding the immune system. Combine the CBD with specially selected vitamins, minerals and herbs that are proven to have specific benefits and you have CBD Plus, a great way to get your daily CBD, plus a supplement, all in one."

So as it states above, these capsules from Naturophica are not just CBD alone and also contain other minerals and Vitamins. 

The Mind Capsules that I was sent to try also had Taurine, an amino acid, Vitamin B2, which contributes to normal psychological function; Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), which supports mental performance; and ginseng, which can help you withstand the pressures of a modern lifestyle.

I had already known some facts about CBD, that it is good for anxiety, good for healing and good for well being. I also knew that although CBD comes from the Cannabis plant, I would not feel any drug related effects like you would do from smoking the drug. CBD is completely different to the drug.

So after they arrived, I happily started taking them. You may have noticed them in my Good Morning Basket, which you can read about here.

You need to take one capsule a day, and there are 30 inside, so meaning they should last you a month. 

I have never been brilliant at taking capsules, but can just about manage to as long as I have a bottle of water to swig it down with. These capsules are quite large though and if you do struggle taking larger tablets, then these may be tricky for you. I have taken a picture of one next to a penny for you to be able to see the size.

Also you can expect a strange taste to come with the tablets, I didn't find it over offensive myself, but best way to describe the taste is herbal, leafy. The taste wears off pretty quickly after you have swallowed it though. 

So, after initially taking them, I didn't really feel much. But I kept on with them as I know that it can take a little while for things top get into your system and take effect. After a few days, I would say I felt that they were taking the edge away from my anxiety. I have in the past had days where I wake up all shaky and I feel that these were taking the edge off. 

I even had a few days off them to see the difference and there was definetly a noticeable improvement to my anxiety levels. 

After taking nearly a months corse of them, I wouldn't say my anxiety is cured, but there is a good chance they have contributed to less anxiety. For me I feel it takes a range of trying different things to help your body and mind out, but the CBD capsules are something that can be one of those things to add to a list of other things. Such as finding relaxing time for yourself. 

The only thing I did find, is that at times I felt headaches as a side effect from them. But I can't fully say that it was the capsules giving me the head ache, as I also spend a lot of time on the computer and don't drink enough water. Which are 2 big contributing factors to headaches. 

My biggest point from the whole review is that if you are suffering from Anxiety, then CBD capsules are 100% worth a try. I love that they are compleatly natural and so no trips to the doctors needed for pills filled with chemicals. 

You can buy these from stores such as Holland and Barret for £39.99 - See more information here on the website

Have you ever tried CBD?