An Apple a Day: Keeping The Doctor at Bay (with Regular Health Checks)

Friday, June 30, 2017

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Nowadays we are more aware than ever of the positive and negative effects that certain habits or activities can have on our physical health. Scientific research has helped in recognizing detrimental parts of our lifestyle and how to succeed in living a long, healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. But with so much advice coming from left, right and centre how do we know where to start and what to focus on? A good place to start is engaging with regular health checks. These can help to identify any health problems early on, making them easier to treat and resolve. Here are a few that you should make sure to book in.

 
Dental Check Ups

It is absolutely necessary to go for a dental check up every single year. You may need additional appointments if you are having dental problems such as difficult wisdom teeth, decay or gum disease. We cannot emphasise this enough. Even if you are scared of the dentist, you must overcome your fears and push yourself to go. Otherwise problems will only worsen and you will end up having to have more serious work carried out when you are forced to visit through the intense pain of abscesses, severe decay or broken teeth. Dental checkups really aren’t all that scary. These professionals are here to help you, not hurt you. So go with a trusted dental clinic like Cap City Dental. A general check up will allow the dentist to examine the general health of your teeth. X rays will show any interior decay which you may not notice from the outside. Any minor decay can be rectified with small fillings which are painless and quickly performed. You should also remember to book in a separate appointment with your hygienist. This is a dentist who specialises in oral hygiene. They will be able to scale and polish your teeth and give recommendations for better oral care.
 
 
Eye Tests

Good sight is such an important part of most people’s lifestyle. Many of us would feel lost without our vision, so it’s important that we keep an eye on our ocular health. This means booking in for regular eye tests. You should see your optician once every two years at least. The eye check will involve a perception test and an examination of your inner eye, from front to back. A qualified eye doctor will be likely to shine a light into your eye and be able to see its inner health. They will be able to identify early signs of illnesses such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. They can also detect warning signs of diabetes by observing the functioning and health of blood vessels within your eye. The second part of the eye test will involve you reading from the stereotypical eye test board. You will be asked to identify letters of different sizes from a distance. If you find yourself struggling, the optician will be able to use lenses to work out the prescription that you require. You will then be able to invest in appropriate glasses or contact lenses which will help to correct your vision and prevent further damage through eye strain or squinting.

The Real World Skills That Can Help You Blog

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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To be a successful blogger you need to have a number of computer-based skills. You need to know your way around the platform you use to blog, for starters. You need to know how to upload both text and images. You also need knowledge about how to blog. You need to know what it is that resonates with your audience, and you need to know how to maintain their attention. But these computer- and blogging-based skills aren’t the only tools you are going to need if you want your blog to be a roaring success. No, there are a number of other skills and tools you will need, and these are only learned AFK (away from the keyboard). Read on to discover just how these AFK skills can help you turn your blog from ‘just another blog’ into ‘the blog’.
 

Business acumen - Yes, to be a successful blogger you will need a degree of business acumen. And yes, you don’t necessarily have to own a business or even work in a business to have such acumen! By teaching yourself as best you can about the world of business, and then seeing your blog as a business, you will soon find roaring success with it. By learning how to communicate in a business-like manner. By adopting a business etiquette with how you go about the upkeep of your blog. By giving vast amounts of attention to the presentation of your blog, i.e. by ensuring correct spelling and grammar. And by managing the time put into your blogging venture as if it were a business venture. By doing all of these things, and by implement them into your life as a blogger correctly, your blog will soon garner you great results. So, get yourself on a business skills course, such as that which is provided by https://www.trainingconnection.com/, and get yourself the entrepreneurial skills needed to make your blog a success. And don’t forget to always see your blog as if it were a business.
 
Customer service - Customer service is a skill learned AFK, but it is a skill that can help you find success when blogging. It can do so because at the heart of customer service are the specific skills needed to create connections. And what better thing for your blog is there than having its audience connect with it? When this happens you know your blog is on the right path simply because it helps to maintain an audience. Therefore, it helps to maintain views to your blog and ultimately whatever that brings you, whether it be financial revenue or just pride. So, you should start bolstering your customer service skills AFK, asap, if you want to be able to connect to your audience. To do so, you should give great precedence to a few very specific aspects of the overarching skill that is customer service. You should seek to learn as much as you can about making a killer first impression. You should learn about just what is needed in order to maintain relationships that you garner. You should learn how to maintain the attitude that allowed you to harness the relationship in the first place. You should learn how to read the signs of a genuinely interested audience member, and one that is not so genuine. And you should learn how to deal with queries and the points of view of other people, even when they are completely different to your own. By doing so you will see the connection with your audience improve twofold.
 
Risk-taking - When risks aren’t taken in life, progression isn’t made. When you don’t ask that special someone out on a date, how can you expect to get in a relationship with them? When you don’t change jobs in order to get on a more suitable career path, how can you expect to climb the career ladder? When you don’t do things to stand out to your boss at work, how can you expect them to notice you, let alone promote you? Risk-taking is a necessary action if you want to make a success of your life, and it is a necessary action if you want to make a success of your blog too. Why? Well there are a number of reasons that help attest to this. One is that risk-taking can help you to upload more daring pieces. It is only the daring pieces that stand out from the rest, and therefore it is only the blogs that have such pieces posted on them that stand out from their competition. Another reason is that it allows you to get over any barrier, whether you know the barrier is there or not, when it comes to actual uploading pieces — no matter how daring they are. The blogs that are consistently active that show themselves to be click-worthy to the audience are the ones that garner the most success. So, you need to learn to take risks and pass the barriers that stop you from uploading to your blog every single day.
 
Even though the skills above are attained AFK, it doesn’t mean that the tools they provide you with can’t be extracted and used in your quest to create the best blog going. If blogging is a way of life for you, then changing the way you live your life in order to facilitate the upkeep of your blog is something that you should most definitely attempt. Whether this means working on your business acumen. Whether it means giving your customer service skills a revamp. Or whether it means learning to take risks more often. If you do these things and implement them into your daily life, you will soon see that the way you blog improves. And when the way you blog improves, your blog will improve. And when your blog improves, so does your chances of getting whatever it is that you want to get out of it. So, if you want to be a blogger and are just starting out on your venture, make sure to take heed of the advice above right off the bat!

Poor Bank Balance? You Can Still Have A Summer To Remember

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Summer can be something of a doubled edge sword. On the one hand, it’s completely amazing: the long days of sun-filled weathers, BBQs, excursions, and so on. On the other, it can be a bit daunting, especially if you have kids and the money is right. How do you navigate all the possibilities of the season with the reality that the bank balance just isn’t what it used to be? The good news is that you have more options to have a memorable summer than you might realize. It just requires a little bit of thinking outside the box.

Filling up the Calendar - Before the kids are off school, get a few fun activities in the diary. Arrange days out with other parents, trips to the beach, days of football and other sports, and so on; nothing that will break the bank, but which will make sure everyone will have fun. If you’re not planning on going away, this will make sure there’s still a buzz of excitement going into those six or seven weeks of fun.

Cheap Domestic Excursions - It can be much cheaper to spend a few days away than you might realize, you just might have to forego things like hotel rooms and fancy dinners! Camping is fun, cheap, and easily arranged. There are plenty of cracking campsites in the UK, where you can play in the water, go for walks, and spend simple evenings under starlight. This is an especially good option for children, as sometimes nice hotel rooms and the like can be lost on them. They’ll have just as much fun adventuring their way through the great outdoors as they will trekking through an expensive city.
 
Summer Getaways - Just because you don’t currently have bags of cash to play doesn’t mean that you can’t look at taking a family holiday abroad. There are many, many cheap deals to be had, especially if you’re flexible with where and when you go. If money's too tight to splash the cash upfront, take a look at poor credit loans; you’ll be able to go on a holiday now but pay for it over a longer period. When you’re sipping cocktails by the pool, you might think that going abroad is one of the better decisions you’ve made recently!

Bringing the Fun Indoors - As much as we’d like to think that it’ll be a summer filled with sunny weather, we have to be realistic. It’s going to rain. How much? No one knows for sure - experts are saying it could be a really great summer actually - but it’ll happen eventually. When it does happen, don’t lament it: embrace it. This is your chance for cheap, cheerful fun. Dress up, put on shows, have singing competitions, and so on. Make your own fun, and you won’t have to spend a penny!

Simple Summer Joys - When all else fails, resort to the tried, tested, and completely free activity: the art of sitting in your garden and soaking up the rays. Life doesn’t get much better than that!

Essential Family Beach Buys!

Monday, June 26, 2017

I love the beach, so visiting with the family is a must when we can. In this post, I'm exploring the world of beach-worthy gadgets - when dealing with two children, gadgets can be a lifesaver. Here are my absolute favourites!
During the compilation of this list, I've tried to include a variety of different items - some for the adults, some for the children and some for everyone when you have a day on the beach planned. I've also tried to keep under a £30 budget, as quite frankly spending more than that on an item just for the beach doesn't seem all that purse friendly to me.

Tivoli Picnic Cooler Bag - £29.99 - this little find from Lakeland allows you to store enough food for the family and keep it cool for up to four hours. I love the way that this little bag looks just like a quaint picnic basket - the classic look is really appealing to me!

Sunnylife Beach Sounds Portable Speaker - £25 - Battery powered and water resistant, you can turn your smart phone into a mobile DJ set. A must have for the whole family, whether sunbathing or playing games in the sand.

Waterproof Tablet Sleeve - currently on sale at £11.99 - we do have a lot of technology in the family. Tablets are used none stop (Hearthstone, Mike and Megan and Tristan all indulge in this quite heavily) so a waterproof sleeve is essential to stop any mishaps with water or sand.

Flamingo Cup Holders - £2.99 for six - something fun, for the picnic. Stop those cans of pop falling into the sand with these quirky little guys, at least you'll find your drink in a hurry!

Solar Powered Battery Charger - £10.99 - again, relating to the technology side. This would be perfect, and it'd keep me taking pictures on my phone because it comes with adaptable plugs for almost all devices.

Beach Shelter - £27.99 - a modern take on the parasol. This is a sleek, ultra light shelter which will offer you shade from the sun and a little shelter from any beach breezes. I think this is perfect for creating your own shade, and making your own space on the beach a little more private.

Beach Tennis Set - £15.99 - for the children - and Mike. We usually take a rugby ball onto the beach, but I can see many a tennis tournament happening which this little set and at just over £15 it really is a steal.

Beach Towel In A Bag - £10 - everyone needs a beach towel - I'm no exception. Perfect for stowing away in the months you don't need it, this towel can be folded back into a bag in a jiffy to stash in the boot of the car.

Pineapple Cup - £3 - I added these as a little bit of an after thought - our children tend to moan and complain about sand getting in their drinks, so having these would stop any tantrums in the making. At £3, the fun summery shape only adds to their charm.

13 Week Pregnancy Update

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I've survived the 13th week - barely. This week has brought me a very brief respite from the joys of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (or HG for short) but as soon as the weather became hot and unmanageable it came back with bells on. This week also brought us our official dating scan, so we can all mark our special day on the calendar and get to grips with the impending arrival.
So our scan went well - and we have a bundle of joy due December 25th, 2017. Thanks to the previous scan we had an inkling we were welcoming a Christmas baby but to have our bundle due on Christmas day is very exciting. I'm fully expecting a few weeks late with this being my first though, so hopefully I can still make the most of Christmas dinner - ain't nobody want to miss out on Christmas dinner.
 
Everything is fine with the baby - my sickness has caused me to lose weight which I was a little worried about but the Midwife reassured me that while I am quite sick, baby will soak up nutrients from me and be perfectly okay. Ladies on twitter have reassured me that while HG is something really hard to endure, there is an end to it and every moment afterwards is worth while.
 
Other than the HG, I've had my first cramps this week. Like very mild period cramping, as my body gets used to its new role in life. They're pretty low in my stomach, and are simply irritating - not painful. Food aversions are definitely dairy at the moment, I'm even more sick than usual when I indulge in milk (even a splash in my tea) or cheese, so I think I'll be avoiding it a little in the future. I generally feel turned off when it comes to food which is rare for me (I have quite a hefty appetite normally) and have to force myself to eat lots of little things, often.

Having a support network there that can help you through these moments is essential so tweets like  the ones I received really did make me feel like I wasn't alone. I think the beauty of having social media during something like pregnancy is fantastic, I'm only a few seconds away from a whole catalogue of experiences and information that women are sharing and encouraging others with - from instagram to twitter to blog posts and birth stories.. I'm never without reading material that informs me and reassures me that everything is normal. I have a thousand questions a day regarding my pregnancy, so it really is a valuable resource for me.

Blogging about it has been pretty therapeutic too, admittedly. I don't ever want to overwhelm my readers with pregnancy so I'm attempting to keep all my arrival posts on Mondays. I have become a little bit of a baby bore though, so please bare with me during these next few months!

The Long And Short And Serious Of Battling Stomach Pains

Saturday, June 24, 2017

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We all deal with stomach aches at some point in our life. They can sometimes be coupled with or indistinguishable from naturally occurring cramps. But you should never assume that everything’s rosy and that you can just ignore that stomach pain. Sometimes it might be short-lived, yes. But sometimes it might be a symptom of an issue you had best start trying to deal with or even worth a trip to the emergency room. Here, we’ll look at the causes and how you identify the differences between them.
The Short - How do you deal with stomach aches that look likely to go away on their own? Staying hydrated, especially if you have diarrhea or constipation, is essential. Chamomile tea can work as an anti-inflammatory along the whole digestive tract. Ginger root has long been a natural cure for upset stomachs and is recommended by many health professionals, though the reason it’s so helpful has never been identified fully. But you should also consider looking at what might be the causes in your lifestyle of these stomach aches. Fatty and spicy foods can play a big role, as can alcohol consumption and foods that are overly gassy such as broccoli or beans that lead to bloating.
The Long - That stomach pain might pass on its own, but if it’s recurring, then it might be a symptom of a more long-term problem. Many recurring stomach pains are down to your diet and any potential intolerances or allergies you have. Keeping track of what foods match with what symptoms can help you identify foods better worth avoiding. But if the stomach pains come with constipation, bloating, wind, and other gut issues on a regular basis, it could be irritable bowel syndrome. That might sound serious, but over the counter IBS treatment is widely available and can help you manage most of those symptoms. Fail to take care of it, however, and your gut issues can become seriously disruptive in your life, affecting your confidence and ability to socialize.
The Serious - What about when that stomach pain is indicative of when something genuinely serious is going on inside you? Here are a few examples of when you should consider going to the emergency room. If the pain is severe or debilitating it could be serious food poisoning or appendicitis. If you’re suffering from a fever alongside the pain, that might be a sign of an infection. If you can’t eat without vomiting. There are also prior health conditions that, when paired with stomach pain, might need immediate attention. For instance, if you are pregnant, you shouldn’t worry about bothering the doctor with any stomach pain you feel. If you’ve recently had surgery in the gut area, particularly an endoscopy or abdominal surgery, it might be signs of a complication, too.
If you’re ever having trouble accounting for the cause of stomach pain or it’s much more severe than usual, then don’t just assume it will get better. Sometimes you might be worrying for nothing, but that’s better than not worrying when you probably should be.

Saying 'No!' To The Busy Mum Juggling Act

Friday, June 23, 2017

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When you’re a busy mum, life can become little more than a juggling act as you try to balance work commitments (if you work) with housekeeping and most importantly, being there for your kids without dropping the ball and letting anything slide. It can be really tough, and if you aren’t careful, you could end up making yourself stressed out to the point of illness. It’s time to say not to the busy mum juggling act and admit that, maybe you can’t do it all and actually you don’t want to either

There are lots of things you can do which, although they might feel like dropping the ball at first, won’t cause any major disasters, but will make a difference to your quality of life and the quality of life the rest of your family enjoys. Here are some of them:

Prioritize - The best thing you can do if you want to achieve a better work-life balance and give up the busy mummy juggling act once and for good is to start prioritising your life. Take out your calendar, a pen and a piece of paper and write down all of the things you think you have to do each week. Then list them in order or priority before adding them to your calendar. Then focus on the most important tasks each day. As long as you complete the tasks that are most important in the day, don’t sweat the small stuff.

I must say that, when you’re doing this exercise, you shouldn’t necessarily prioritise work stuff over family life. Your family is, after all, the most important thing in your life and scheduling time to spend with them every day is the best thing you can do for them and for yourself. Relax on the
 
Housework - We all like to live in clean, tidy homes, but do you really need to spend two hours a day vacuuming, scrubbing, dusting and polishing? Probably not, and what’s a more few people will notice whether you do or not.
 
As long as your home isn’t actually dirty, and you have enough clean clothes to wear and dishes to eat from, you can afford to relax and cut back a little. You can use the extra time to have fun with your kids, go to dinner with your spouse (if you’re lucky enough to find a babysitter) and generally enjoy being part of a beautiful family. That’s more important than a perfectly pristine kitchen, right?
 

Put The Kids To Work - Not quite do far back, kids used to work as chimney sweeps or be sent down the mines for 10 hours a day, and although I think we can all agree it’s a great thing that children aren’t exploited like that anymore, we seem to have swung too far and now we never ask our children to do anything at all, not even clean their own rooms. If you want to give up the juggling act and live a more relaxing life, that’s going to have to change, and you’re going to have to give the kids a few chores so that you don’t have quite so much on your plate.

Assign them simple tasks like loading the dishwasher or putting their own toys away, and when they’re older maybe let them help you chop veggies for dinner, and not only will you have an easier time, but they’ll learn about responsibility. If you give them pocket money or treats for completing their chores, they’ll also learn about the value of money, and they won’t grow up to be spoilt teenagers who think that you and the world owes them a living.

Consider Self-Employment - It might not be for everyone, but if you work and your current job is leaving you with little time to play with the kids, eat dinner with your family or even think about anything that isn’t work-related, you might want to consider making a change.

Leaving your job to work freelance or set up your own business is a big step, and it can be a risk, but it does give you a lot more control over your own life. You can work set up your schedule so that your kids and partner come first before work, rather than the other way round, and depending on your choice of career, you may be able to work at home, so you can take care of your own kids most of the time, instead of relying on crèches, nurseries and family members when you’re stuck at the office.

Becoming self-employed also presents you with the opportunity to do something you really love, rather than something you put up with to pay the bills. For example, if you just love working out at the gym, doing a personal training course with Origym could enable you to spend all day every day working out and having fun; if you like writing setting up a blog and making it your business will allow you to do that more; or if you love baking with the kids, setting up your own cupcake stall at the local farmer’s market could give you more time to participate in your hobby, and that has to be better than being stuck in an office 10 hours a day, missing your kids and having little time to yourself, right?

Consider Outsourcing - If you want to claw back even more of your time, so that you’re not running around like a headless chicken, outsourcing could be the answer you’re looking for. There are thousands of freelancers out there offering up all kinds of services from data entry and fact checking to content writing and telesales, who would be only too happy to take on some of your simpler, yet time consuming tasks, so that you can get home and do the laundry or cook dinner for your kids at a sensible time. You can eve n use freelancers for non-work-related tasks like shopping for birthday presents, doing the cleaning and walking the dogs if you wish.


If one of the reasons why you’re so stressed out, trying to juggle too many ‘balls’ at once is because people are making too many demands of you and you just can’t say no to them, you need to practice being more assertive right now. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your boss asking you to stay late at the office, your friends asking you to go for a girlie night out or your husband complaining because his shirt hasn’t been washed and he wants to wear it in the morning, if you have other plans, you need a break or you simply don’t want to do whatever, just say no. Your time outside of your contracted working hours is your own, and unless it’s your kids who need you, grown adults can make their own arrangements and look after themselves without you. Obviously, never be rude or aggressive when you’re making your wishes known, but be firm, explain your reasoning and leave it there. Don’t let anyone talk you into doing something that will hog the time you could be spending with your precious children.
 
Don’t Feel Guilty - As a busy mum with a lot on your plate, you should never feel guilty about taking some time out to relax, put your feet up and watch the latest episode of Twin Peaks or old episodes of Gilmore Girls. As long as your kids are clean, well-fed and safe, you have nothing to feel guilty about, and actually taking some time out to recharge your batteries will make you a better, wife, mother and employee/ business person.

Beat The Heat This Summer!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Well, the UK is currently basking in what we deem a 'heat wave' - high temperatures close the 30's that we really aren't used to. Now, we all know how to look after ourselves when things get a little warm - but when the temperatures carrying on through the 'warm' into the 'hotter than hell'.. Well, we might need a bit of a reminder.
Nobody is safe from the hot weather - we can all become overwhelmed if we neglect to look after ourselves, but there are a few brackets of people who need to be looked after when this weather hits as they can be at a greater risk:
  • people over the age of 75
  • babies and young children
  • women who are pregnant
  • those with serious, chronic conditions or disabilities
  • people who prescribe to certain medication (specifically beta-blockers, antipsychotic and antihistamines - as these may affect sweating/temperature control)
  • those who are already dehydrated from being ill - make sure those with tummy bugs/sickness bugs are well hydrated
  • people who have a physically active job
These are all pretty obvious, but if you or a loved one fall into one of the above categories then you really do need to be extra careful during a heat wave as heat can be particularly troublesome.
 
Below are some of my top tips for dealing with this weather - please, feel free to leave a comment with your own if you have a heat hack!
 
Check the weather every morning
Stay on top of the weather and check in with local forecasts in a morning. That way, you can dress appropriately and plan ahead - I usually make sure I have two or three bottles of water with me when I know its going to be hot as I don't know how close I'll be to a tap during my work day. When I do get chance to refill, I will - but I'd rather have a little more water on my person than none at all.
 
Checking the weather reports in a morning will also alert you to any travel changes that may happen because of the hot weather - and, if you suffer with a condition such as asthma or hay fever, pollen counts and the air pollution reports can be incredibly helpful.
 
Plan ahead
Planning ahead is essential - if you are planning a day at work, as I said above make sure you have bottles of water with you. Going out for the day with the children? Get a summer kit bag prepared with water, sunscreen and insect repellent. I often keep a little change in the bottom of our summer kit, just in-case we go to a place that has something like an ice cream van available.
 
Watch your caffeine and alcohol intake
Caffeine is a hidden enemy during the hot weather - known for dehydrating you, balance your coffee with a glass of water too to keep your hydration paramount. Try do the same in the beer garden too, as many of us flock to our nations pubs and beer gardens to make the most of the heat - make sure you are taking on as much water as you can while still enjoying a drink or two of your chosen poison.
 
Dress for the weather
I already touched on this a little, but dressing for the weather is another important factor especially at work. While many work places have uniforms, if you can be flexible and wear a t-shirt instead of a shirt please do so. For those who can't mix and match their chosen work attire, it sounds like the perfect excuse to put on your offices air conditioning and keep trekking to the water cooler!
 
Keep your pets happy
As we used to do with our pug Otis, and we still do for the house rabbit - freeze some water bottles, and pop them in the pets bed/hutch so that they can have some relief from the weather too. Make sure water bowls/bottles are always topped up, and try keep them out of the main heat of the day between 12 and 3. A pet can't tell you as easily they are too hot, but you can really make the hot days easier on them.

12 Week Pregnancy Update

Sunday, June 18, 2017

13 weeks is here! Last week was a little bit of a mixed bag, as I posted on Tuesday about my battle with 'severe morning sickness'.. Thankfully, the medication (Stemetil!) has taken hold and I'm much better. That has a huge knock on effect - because I can keep food down I'm sleeping better, which means my general mood is better and I don't feel as bogged down with the 'fog' of exhaustion.
 
We have our second dating scan this week, so we hope to find a more accurate due date for our little one which is incredibly exciting. I'm not going to lie, I can't wait to see them on the screen again! It cements the fact there is a tiny little 'us' growing inside of me, then reminds me how epic this process is. As a woman, I'm in the process of creating another human being and protecting it until the time he or she can come out into the world.. It feels incredible.
 
Milestones this week:
  • baby is up to the size of a peapod (7.4cm) and can weigh up to 23g
  • the part of the brain which is responsible for complex thought (problem solving, memory) is developing
  • baby is now swallowing amniotic fluid and then weeing it out via the kidneys - meaning nutrients are being absorbed such as carbohydrates, protein, glucose and electrolytes
  • sexual organs are developing - if baby is a boy, a penis will be growing and if a girl, her ovaries will have fully developed
  • as the second trimester is begun, nausea and tiredness begin to ease and the pregnancy 'glow' begins to set in
  • hair may feel more full and luxurious
  • the 'bump' will start to blossom more now as baby grows - weight gain may average at almost 1lb a week
So, this week is the first real week of the second trimester. I admit I don't feel as exhausted anymore, but that I feel is partially down to getting my morning sickness under control.. I have noticed I'm much more forgetful at the moment, having lost both mine and Mike's bank cards at separate points this week (they were eventually found!) so I'm hoping I don't do anything too drastic while in the baby fog.
 
I look forward to seeing how the rest of this week goes!

The Day We Lost Our Camera...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A few weeks ago, you probably saw more than one despondent tweet from myself explaining we would be taking a break from vlogging for a while - because we had 'lost' our beloved camera. Well, I say we - I wasn't there - I just had to deal with the messy aftermath.
 
Mike had taken one of his friends to Walton Gardens (a favourite haunt of ours) to get some sunshine and to stretch his legs. His friend is a wheelchair user, so having an accessible, flat space to wander is essential - the gardens really don't disappoint in that regard and I will recommend them to anyone wanting to have a day surrounded by beautiful flowers. Oh, and they have a petting zoo filled with fluffy animals, featuring the wonderful baby goats at this time of year!
When Mike and his friend went to leave, Mike packed the wheelchair into the car boot and immediately got in, starting the engine. He didn't think of looking down to the back of the car, where he had placed the camera bag as he had wrestled the wheelchair into the boot... Meaning as he drove off, it was left.
 
Right there in the car park.
 
Asking him about it when he came home empty handed, he swore he'd heard a noise as he'd backed out of the parking space, cementing our fears - he'd run the camera over. Our £700 baby, under a BMW's back tyres. Probably front tyres too, crunch crunch. Apparently, he didn't realise he'd come away empty handed until he was almost home and he knew hope was lost.. I can't explain how much something material the camera means. All our memories are shot through that camera, and we have such plans with it - the future did seem a bit bleaker without it in our possession. Birthdays, anniversaries, our impending child - everything would have been snapped and tucked away onto the blog or into Facebook albums under memories. Now what?
 
In desperation, Mike messaged the gardens. We didn't hold out much hope, and we knew it would be futile. If he had run over the bag, it would be in pieces - unsalvageable. If it had somehow survived the car by going between the wheels (what are the chances?!) then surely someone would have picked it up and we'd have made their day. We wouldn't begrudge anyone discovering the bag and it's contents, who decided to keep it and make their own memories. Money is a commodity not everyone has and we'd really splurged together on it a good few years ago when we'd started taking photography and blogging a little more seriously. At least if it did survive the BMW, it would be being just as cherished with someone else.
 
After the weekend, a familiar sound pinged on Mike's Facebook.
 
It was Walton Gardens, a ranger named Liz, responding to Mike's plea. A bag had been found, and it did indeed contain a camera - we could go pick it up as soon as we were able!
 
Obviously we dropped everything and headed over to the gardens. I went in for the bag, as I wanted to see if everything was in one piece before Mike got a chance to - he already felt guilty enough. As I approached, some of the café staff asked if I was 'the one who caused a bomb scare' - I must have given them a confused look, but they rang up to the main office and said the woman had arrived for the camera.
 
Turns out, the bag had caused a scare - being a black camera bag, it did look a little conspicuous.. And some wonderful, considerate soul had seen it lying in the car park and moved it next to a bin. When the ranger explained, she said she had 'opened the flap with a stick' to see what was going on, and quickly realised that it was something precious - whisking it away to the main office before heading home for the weekend. She was light hearted about the situation as it had been a complete accident, but I did spend a good ten minutes apologising and begging for forgiveness!
 
So, a bomb scare and a long weekend of booting up old outdated cameras later.. We have our pride and joy back. Thank you, good people of Warrington for moving it out of the way of danger. Thank you Liz, for checking it out and realising it was a treasured item. Thank you for the office staff at Walton Gardens for looking after the camera over the weekend... And I'm so so sorry we caused such a scare!

My Battle With Severe Morning Sickness

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Oh boy.
When I read about pregnancy, pre-pregnancy I didn't think much of it. A bit of nausea? Easy! I survived the norovirus in schools (barely), I can cope with a little bit of feeling sick. I really want to slap my past self for thinking that.
At 12 weeks into my own pregnancy, I feel 'green' - no other word can describe it. It feels like I have motion sickness, but all the time. Even in bed at night. The knock on effect of that is my lack of sleep, which in turn runs me down and makes me weak - again, fuelling that sick feeling. I really did feel like I was under such a cloud of sickness and exhaustion, I've felt nothing like it before.
I've been battling this since week 9, but I just carried on trying to ignore the fact it was impacting on my health - I'd go to work, take frequent trips to the bathroom and get through the day. Some days I won't actually vomit - I just feel on the very cusp of doing so every hour of every day. Other days, I can't stop bringing everything up, from my breakfast to sips of water.

I relented and made an appointment with my GP this week, on a day where nothing was staying inside. I sat in his office on the verge of tears because I was so frustrated - and embarrassed - at having to explain to him I was there because of 'morning sickness', a symptom of pregnancy most women encounter and deal with without even breaking a sweat. Thankfully, instead of turning me away and telling me to get over it, he sympathised and congratulated me for making the step to coming in - immediately prescribing some anti-sickness medication. He initially wanted me on bed rest for 2 weeks, but a few days in I feel much better than I did before. I've been able to get some sleep, I've been able to get some food and water in my belly and that in turn is such a positive.

'Severe Morning Sickness' is what I'm experiencing. Or rather, Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Judging by the write ups that this condition has, I'm really glad I made the choice to visit the GP when I did - I don't see my Midwife for another week, by that point I'd have been in a complete mess! Apparently HG is caused by the changing hormones during pregnancy, and effects 1 in every 100 women - and the earlier you begin treatment, the better chance the medication has of taking effect quickly. It isn't a sign of weakness, and don't compare your pregnancy to other women during theirs - see your GP and get some help.

11 Week Pregnancy Update

Sunday, June 11, 2017



So now, I'm (approximately) at the twelve week point in my pregnancy today. Obviously, we don't know for sure - in my previous post I explain exactly why - but I'm going to try keep a weekly progress update of my pregnancy so I can look back and reminisce and now seems a good point to begin. This is also a lovely way to keep my family in Bradford updated, as the trek over the Pennines isn't always possible - and I want to try keep them as included in this pregnancy as I can.
 
Morning sickness is wearing me out at the moment - a constant feel of nausea, almost like being motion sick but all the time. I'm eating as often as I can, although its generally only little portions of food. Many times I've cooked all day to prepare for Mike coming home from work, sat down with him to eat and found myself unable to actually put food in my mouth without my gag reflex kicking in. Not pleasant!
 
I haven't had cravings as such yet.. I've had the opposite, like being completely repulsed by things I'd usually covet like hot tea and coffee! Even the smell of coffee at the moment is enough to bring on those waves of nausea, so I've been drinking water and fizzy pop - not ideal, but the bubbles distract myself from the sick feeling.
 
I'm feeling pretty good in myself - at the twelve week point, it all becomes a little more real doesn't it? - and I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead. I have a few things I need to sort out in life before I focus on my baby end-game. Having found myself rewriting my CV at 30, my stress levels are bubbling away but I'm doing my best to not internalise them like I usually do as it wouldn't be good for me or babe right now. When one door closes, another opens - and if a door doesn't open, it isn't your door!

How To Stay Safe When Travelling Solo

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As a woman, we want to be able to do everything. We want to conquer the world. When it comes to world travel, we often don’t consider travelling without friends or family because of the risks in the world we currently live in. It’s not a fun fact about the world, but it can be an ugly place, which means constant vigilance on safety is so incredibly important - and not just for women. Today I'm exploring some of the safety rules we should all keep in mind when it comes to exploring solo.

When we talk about safety on holiday, we don’t just mean looking both ways when crossing a busy road where the cars are on the opposite side. We’re talking about adhering to stricter rules when travelling abroad, including ensuring you have the right visas and travel authorizations. That’s not because you may be an unsafe person to travel, but the rules are so much tighter than they used to be. There are new rules coming into effect for some people that mean that there are extra travel authorizations necessary to enter some European countries.


 
There are certain countries that need ETIAS applications, so before you decide on your holiday destination, you should check if yours is on that list. Once you’ve sorted your documentation and insurance for travel, you’re in a much better position to decide on a safe place to visit. We’ve put together some travel safety tips for your holiday this year, so check these out so you can be as safe as possible while away:
 
  • RESEARCH. Wherever you plan to go on holiday, do some thorough research. Don’t just check the risks of terrorism, but do safety checks on the resort you plan to stay. Check out reviews on TripAdvisor and check out the local transport links so you can be safe as you explore a new area.
  • VALUABLES. As with anywhere, you should keep valuables with you at all times. Obviously, try to leave valuables behind where you can, but strap that camera and your phone to you at all times. You should also ensure you utilise the safe at the hotel for any cash you don’t want to carry around with you. Carry your bag on your front if you plan to go out anywhere – this lessens the risk of being pick pocketed.
  • VULNERABLE. When you announce to people that you are travelling alone, you leave yourself vulnerable. If a stranger on your travels asks you if you have visited the place you are in before, always say ‘no, WE love it here’. By lying and saying ‘we’, you are pretending you aren’t alone. There’s not always anything sinister in a question, but there is no need to advertise you aren’t accompanied.
  • REVIEW. Wherever you decide to travel, check out the reviews of the local area. Where possible, get opinions from friends, colleagues and family about the places you want to go so you know they are likely to be safe. •Vigilance. Be aware of the police force and medical services wherever you are going. Work out on a map the closest help you can get if you get into difficulty – you can feel more prepared this way and enjoy your holiday more!

Summer Holiday Boredom Busters

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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Yes, they still a way away yet, but those summer holidays are starting to loom in the distance. That means many people are beginning to scratch their heads and think about what they can do with the little one to break up those long summer weeks and keep them entertained. In fact, coming up with enough ideas can be a real brain teaser. But keep reading, as there are some suggestions below that you can use with my blessing.
 
ART PROJECTS 

One of the most fun things to do with the kids in the holidays is to allow them to express their creative sides. Of course how you do this is up to you, but you may want to think about the amount of space you have, and how much mess you are willing to clear up before deciding on an activity.


On the low clear up end of the scale, why not download them a drawing program for their smartphone or iPad, which they can use with a stylus? Then they can create and even use real painting techniques without creating any mess at all.

Or, if you are up for something more hands on, why not make use of the hopefully, sunny weather and take the little ones outside to do some bubble painting in the garden?
 
SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Another way of breaking the holidays up into more manageable chunks is to book a summer trip abroad.
 
Many families pack up their suitcases, grab their suncream, and their shades at the end of July, into August in readiness for a summer break. But travelling with kids is very different to travelling as a couple or alone. There is so much to prepare before you go and so much to think about. It can actually be pretty stressful.
 
To minimise the stress as much as possible, it’s best to can be well prepared before you go. That means deciding which items of clothing to take, and getting them washed and ironed in plenty of time. It also means sorting out any documentation like Visas, Visa waivers or international travel insurance before you go. So you have less to worry about while you are on your trip.


MINI BREAKS

Now, it may be that you’d love to go on a two week all inclusive, where the kids can play in the pool all the time. But your finances just can't stretch that far. However, don’t worry as all is not lost. You can still break up the monotony of the holidays by taking more affordable mini breaks in the UK. There are some fantastic places to explore in this fair isle. Including the beautiful windswept North, the amazing coastal areas, the exciting and bustling major cities of Manchester, Liverpool, and London.

DAYS OUT

It can also be a great boredom breaker to arrange individual days out during the summer. As this give you all something to look forward to and will stop cabin fever setting in. Try activities like zoos, farms and theme parks for maximum fun. Or you could even try some famous historical site with castles and forts to look around.

Visiting America Soon? Here Are Some Places You Don’t Want to Miss

Friday, June 09, 2017

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If you’re planning on visiting the United States in the next few months for summer, then there are probably countless locations on your list that you want to visit. It’s difficult to narrow it down to just a handful of choices and the States isn’t a place that you want to visit just once. You’ll have to visit dozens of times to get the most out of everything, so to start you off, here’s a list of locations to visit in America that you don’t want to miss.


 
Colorado

Colorado is home to Denver, the ‘mile high ‘city that is filled with museums and sports stadiums, which is also the capital of this beautiful state. There are national parks to explore and even locations to go skiing. It’s easy to visit as well. There are plenty of connecting flights and you can even visit the jewel of Colorado, Aspen via application website. With so much to do and so many sights to see in Colorado, you’ll find yourself lost in the natural beauty and entertainment.
 
Florida

Florida is a state that many people know about. There’s Orlando, home to Walt Disney World and also Universal Studios. There’s the iconic Miami, famous for its beaches and art. Florida is a beautiful location that has inspired many classic American television shows, but it’s also a magical place to take the children due to the numerous kid-friendly attractions on offer. This makes it the perfect family holiday destination and it’s a state not to be missed while your children are still young.

Texas

Texas is actually the second largest state in the United States. Its location gives it scorching hot temperatures, and it’s also one of the most multicultural states thanks to its Spanish influences. Of course, we can’t forget that it’s also home to Space Center Houston, an iconic landmark for anyone that’s interested in space travel. With so much history in this state, it’ll be like taking a trip through the past as you explore all of the beautiful sights and sounds.

New York

New York is an iconic location that can’t be missed on your journey through America. It’s home to the statue that everyone knows and loves—the Statue of Liberty. In addition, you’ll also get to tour the bustling streets of New York in bus tours, and there’s also Central Park to visit, an important and interesting location that lays at the heart of New York. With so many different cultures blending into a single city, you’ll be spoiled for choice for what you want to eat as well.

Nevada

How could we forget Nevada? Perhaps the most popular destination in Nevada is Las Vegas, known for its incredible nightlife and enormous casinos. If you plan to come to Las Vegas, then make sure you’re financially prepared because no one leaves without spending a least a bit of money at the tables or machines. But if gambling isn’t for you, then don’t forget that there are plenty of beaches, luxury resorts and even museums.

What Is Stopping You From Having A Healthy Lifestyle?

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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Having a healthy lifestyle has become a trend before being a necessity. And, like all trends, a healthy lifestyle costs you an arm if you attempt to follow the numerous suggestions and articles that you can find online and offline. From feeding yourself from homemade smoothies only to buying the latest tracking device – there’s this apparent need always to know how many steps you’ve taken during the entire day, preferably with a £400 activity tracker – it has become obvious that having a healthy lifestyle is a rich industry. However, don’t let marketing fool you. Being healthy has nothing to do with picking the most expensive trainers in the shop and spending your wages on protein shakes and avocado salads. Admittedly, what you choose to eat and whether you choose to embrace an active lifestyle will have a huge impact on your overall health. But it doesn’t have to be that expensive all the time. Nevertheless, the cost of a healthy lifestyle is only one of the many excuses that people have to justify unhealthy habits. Dive in and discover what is stopping you from being healthy.


The Addiction To Junk Food

Did you know that processed foods are so addictive that they can be easily compared to drugs? Indeed, they are high in sugar and fat, which ultimately changes the wiring of your brain. You begin to feel cravings for sweet or fatty food if you eat too much of it. You know the type: lying down in bed and thinking about that pack of chocolate biscuits that you have in the kitchen cupboard. But more importantly, these cravings change your attitude to portions. You eat more, more often. This is linked to a dangerous addictive behaviour, which defines your level of happiness on the quantity of high-fat treats that you can eat. Say what you want about it, but if you replace cheeseburgers by cocaine, you have a drug addiction. In other words, there is such a thing as junk food addiction, and it is just as dangerous. You may not OD from too much fat food, but you can certainly damage your heart, your liver, your brain and your nervous system, which can have a fatal consequence. Cheeseburger However, with any addiction, it is about breaking the cycle and ditch the chips and other fatty snacks for good. If you are feeling hungry between meals, try to snack on raw peppers instead. They are filling and full of healthy nutrients that your body needs. Gradually, the consumption of healthy food will change your taste buds, and you will enjoy the taste of vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins.

The Reluctance To Pay More For Less

Eating healthily appears to be a costly business at first. Indeed, if you compare the price of ingredients, a healthy meal can cost up to three times as much as junk food. Consequently, it is no wonder that many of you still prefers to call their local takeaway instead. Cheap meals, and delivered within a few minutes. Why should you even bother to eat healthy food when it is so expensive to sustain and when you get less food for a higher price? The secret about sustaining a healthy diet lies in planning and preparation. Indeed, there are many ways to save money with food prep, such as getting your lunch boxes ready in advance for the week. Preparing in advance means that you can choose to buy large quantities – which are more affordable than single portions – and use them throughout the week. Additionally, it also means that you will be less tempted to buy a quick sandwich or jacket potato on the go if you’ve got a homemade lunch box in your bag. Finally, less is more when it comes to health. Don’t be fooled by the size of restaurant portions. A single person’s portion is a lot smaller than what you think. On average, a healthy woman needs around 2000 calories per day, which means 667 calories per meal. A sandwich with crisps and a chocolate bar might sound lovely, but that unnecessary expense is more than half your calorie intake for the day!

The Difficulty To Cook

There’s a common excuse that people use when it comes to cooking a healthy dinner. They pretend that cooking is too difficult. Is it really so difficult that you need to buy pre-made meals and warm them up in the oven? It seems that is what the food industry wants you to believe. If you believe you can’t cook it, then you’ll continue to buy processed food. In truth, preparing a healthy meal doesn’t take longer than 15 minutes, which you can always fit even in the busiest of lifestyles. You could prepare an omelette with mushrooms and some fresh herbs; that’s a healthy and nutritious meal, and it doesn’t need hours of prep. Or why not try a warm salad with pears, walnuts, blue cheese, and rocket? You can eat well without being a chef. It’s not cooking that is difficult.It’s the idea you have of it. Bear in mind unhealthy food is more difficult to prepare at home. Indeed baking croissants might be trickier than making a homemade chicken noodle soup, but that’s good because croissants aren’t exactly healthy for you!

The Love Of A Good Laze



Scientists have already proven it; laziness is natural. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s normal to prefer to sit down rather than run, especially if you don’t need to run. The concept that our ancestors were a lot more active is true, but it wasn’t out of choice. It was out of necessity. If they didn’t hunt, they couldn’t eat. If they didn’t run, they couldn’t survive. If they didn’t work hard, they wouldn’t have remained naked creatures in a cave. Laziness is natural, but too much of it is unhealthy. Maybe you could consider rewarding your period of activities with a good laze in front of the TV. This way, you can combine the best of both worlds. Think of your body as a highly perfectly machine. The least you move it, the least it’ll work, until the day it breaks. Just like with a traditional watch, you need movements to keep your body ticking.

Discovering I Am 9 Weeks Pregnant!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Nope, not click bait!

 
On Tuesday the 2nd of May, my world changed. My focus shifted and I knew that things would never be the same again (cliché, but completely and irrecoverably truthful). For weeks I'd noticed my body changing, but on doing pregnancy test after pregnancy test they'd come back negative. Thinking nothing of it after that, I continued doing my HIT training, carried on using my weighted hula hoop and kept up with my contraceptive pill.

I began getting sore breasts - to the point where I couldn't cope with any pressure on them at night. Hot flushes where my skin around my neck and face would flush bright red and become hot. Nausea like I'd never had before, and that set alarm bells ringing once again.. So I found myself sat on the toilet, staring at another set of pregnancy tests. Except these didn't come up with a single red line - this test came up with a pair of them. I did the second in disbelief, but it came back the same. So for weeks my body had refused to tell me I was pregnant, and when it finally caved in to give me the secret I really wasn't prepared at all!

I had a really grounding moment when I realised that I wasn't in the room alone. I can't explain how human I felt. Then the fear kicked in - we hadn't planned for this, we didn't have an easy life as it was - how could we cope with a child? I remember the moment with such clarity - Mike was out playing snooker and I was sat there feeling very small - still sat on the toilet. When he came home, I blurted out everything and we had a few days where we didn't speak about the situation so we could both wrap our own minds around it. It worked, and we found ourselves working together to bring our lives onto parallel paths, and those roads are way out in front of us at the moment.

Now, I'm sat down finishing this post off after being with Mike in the ultrasound room with the nurse. We both stared at the screen as she showcased our little sweetheart, who is healthy and happy - and a little shy as they kept turning away from the ultrasound. We have to go back in a few weeks to have another scan, as baby is a little too small to be dated (2 millimetres short!) but in all honesty, we are simply happy to have an approximate age. After my disaster with the contraceptive implant, I'd had no periods to date the baby - just a little spotting here and there - so we didn't have a clue. Parenthood is going to be a new challenge, but I'm so excited for our journey ahead.

5 Ways To Ditch The Chips For Good!

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There is nothing more satisfying when you are really hungry than a huge plate of chips. The problem is that they come with a serving of guilt. It’s no secret that potato fries are not the healthiest of meals as they are laden with saturated fats. Nevertheless, they are so easy to make and go well with many other foods so it is hard to see how we could cut them out of our diet altogether.

If you are starting a makeover of your diet, chips and fizzy pop are the best places to start. Both can be replaced with highly nutritious and tasty alternatives that will do you good. Soon you will wonder what you saw in potato fries in the first place!

Snack on raw seasoned peppers

There are plenty of reasons detailed on this site on why eating small healthy snacks throughout the day is healthy. It helps you to keep your blood sugar level stable and prevents you feeling exhausted and craving carbs and sugar. Peppers make a perfect snack as they are crunchy, versatile and packed with essential nutrients.



Bell peppers are widely available and cheap and come in some great colors! However, they can be a little bland. They are an extremely versatile ingredient as their sweetness allows them to combine with a huge range of other flavors. Start off by cutting them into thin strips and they already look like fries! Now you can sprinkle them with salt and pepper or rub in a combination of spices. Paprika works well. Serve with a ranch or blue cheese dip.

Baked green beans and parmesan

Green beans are full of calcium, iron and phosphorous. Baking them allows them to retain a lot of that goodness and improves their flavor. It also makes them crispy which is a texture similar to potato fries. Before you pop them in the oven, toss them with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Once they are crispy, serve immediately with grated parmesan cheese.

Crispy carrot fries

As another root vegetable, carrots make a perfect alternative to potato fries. They have more flavor than potatoes and therefore don't need so much seasoning. Coat them well with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then bake them at 450°F for around 7 minutes. The oven needs to be very hot to ensure that they crisp up on the outside. A soggy baked carrot is not very appetizing! They taste surprisingly good dipped in tomato ketchup but you can use hummus as a healthy alternative.

Breaded courgette chips
 
Courgettes will introduce plenty of antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin A into your diet and make a great low-fat alternative to traditional fries. All you have to do is toss chopped zucchini sticks with olive oil, salt, and freshly ground black pepper, and bake at 425°F until crisp. Serve with a fresh tomato salsa or cooling yogurt dip.

What To Do If You're Involved in a Car Accident

Monday, June 05, 2017

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Car accidents can be shocking and for those unlucky enough to be involved in one, it’s really important to know what to do. Here is my essential checklist of the things that need to be done when a car accident happens.


 
Stop & Call Emergency Services

Even if you feel you are to blame and have the impulse to just keep going, don’t. Failing to stop, when involved in a car accident is illegal, so make sure your car engine is switched off, and your hazard lights are on. Then look around to see if anyone else involved is injured or in need of help and call the emergency services as soon as possible. Even if everyone looks perfectly ok and an ambulance is not necessary the police will still need to be called out to deal with any debris on the road and any necessary traffic diversions.
 
Providing & Collecting Details
 
You will then need to give your details, not just to the other party or parties involved but also to the police as well. Make sure that, even if you think the accident is your fault, you are not too apologetic or immediately assume the responsibility as that can definitely be used against you if the accident ends up down a legal path and you are getting sued for compensation. Therefore stay calm and only provide the details that the police, or other parties ask for. You will also need to make sure that you take the details of all the other parties involved. With the shock involved with a car accident it is easy to feel confused and not to be sure about what needs to be done. So make sure that you remember that you will need to take everyone's details before leaving the scene.
It is worth bearing in mind, that even if you don’t call the police at the time, all accidents need to be reported to the police within 24 hours. Failure to do so, may result in a fine or penalty points so make sure you are vigilant about reporting any accidents you are involved in.

Organise A Claim

If the accident was not your fault, then you may be eligible to make a claim in order to receive some compensation. Therefore you will need to contact a local solicitor's office to organise an appointment or a conversation over the phone, to discuss the details and talk through what you may be eligible for. Whiplash injury claims, for example, are really common, so if you are suffering from whiplash, the chances are you’ll be in a good position to seek some sort of compensation for the pain and trauma you have suffered as a consequence of your accident.

Other information
 
There is also other information that could be really important for you if you’re ever involved in a road accident. Make sure you are writing down the following where possible; the number plates of the other drivers, a sketch of the accident scene, paying special attention to the details of what happened, time and date of the accident, a description of the weather condition and a list of damage done to your and the other vehicles and injuries sustained by the other people.

Introducing Bounce Protein Balls

 
I was lucky enough to receive some of these Bounce Balls from Holland & Barrett this week and I can't sing their praises enough. I got a box of five, which had a whole variety of flavours supplied inside - Almond Spirulina, Almond Kale, Cashew Peanut, Beetroot Cashew and Coconut Cumin. Some of the flavours sound incredibly exotic (I wouldn't usually pick up a Beetroot Cashew or Almond Spirulina packet) but I'm not going to shy away from giving them a go.
 

 
Each ball is individually wrapped, making them great for slipping into your bag on your way out of the door for that little boost of energy on the go. Each ball is between 176 and 184 calories, and are packed with vegan proteins to provide you with that power-packing energy boost when ideally I'd be reaching for that sneaky Snickers bar. I have a few appointments and meetings next week, and I know I'm covered for that sneaky snakc between breakfast and dinner - thanks Holland & Barrett*!
 
*I'm a Holland & Barrett Good Life Insider so I get approached to review new products.
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