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Coping with peer pressure

coping with peer pressure

Coping with peer pressure

Kid’s unfortunately don’t come with an instruction manual, we are all learning the best we can along the way. Peer pressure is a horrible thing that has probably effected us all when we was growing up, it can have a positive effect on our life’s and it can also have a negative effect, it all comes down to choice and whether we let it have that negative effect. How can we best help and guide our children when coping with peer pressure at school?

Peer pressure can lead our kid’s to act out of character and do things that us parents know is not how our kid’s would not normally act. Coping with peer pressure can be a major worry for us parents.

I remember my days as a teenager and that feeling of wanting to be accepted and to feel like I belonged, I also remember being dared to do things and then doing them even though I knew in my head that it was wrong but still doing it just to be noticed and feel like I belonged…Stupid I know but that’s how it was!

When the boy’s started school I noticed a change of character, this soon settled down and then progressed again once they started secondary school, I then asked myself “is this just their character coming out or is it due to peer pressure”? it was hard to tell.

Signs of peer pressure:

  • Behaviour changes, suddenly becoming more rude, aggressive or even becoming more withdrawn or secretive.
  • Sudden changes in school grades or skipping classes.
  • Changes in different friends.
  • Changes of habits and going out at different times or suddenly returning home late.
  • Spending time doing things you know are odd for your child such as things that you know do not interest your child.
  • Change of style, such as hair and clothes.

As parents it’s our job to protect them and we are the most important influence in our children’s lives, all we can do is guide our children and hope they take our advice and the right path in life.

How would you guide and protect your children from peer pressure? would you intervene or would you wait for them to open up to you?

We have been guiding our boy’s by:

  • We have let our boys have their chosen friends round for dinner so we can get to know them better and so we can see who they are spending time with.
  • We talk to our boy’s about their day and explain to them that they can ALWAYS talk to us about anything.
  • We also get to know their friends parents and keep in touch regularly, we look out for each others kid’s where we can.
  • We have regular contact with the school to keep an eye on the boy’s behaviour within the school…..We have even asked for our boy’s to be seated somewhere different, before now they have been seated next to a child who is known to the school to be disruptive and this had a bad effect on our child and his grades was dropping so action had to be taken, having our child seated somewhere else seemed to be the best option. With working together with the school on this problem made things easier and more effective.
  • We make sure that the boy’s are aware that we have noticed good behaviour, good decision-making, good grades at school, good time-keeping etc and then reward them in some way.
  • We have always told our boy’s that it is ok to say NO to anything that they don’t feel comfortable with.
  • We’ve also told our boy’s and made it very clear “there is always someone who they can talk to about anything if they don’t feel comfortable talking to us, there is always a family member, friend, teacher or anyone else that they feel comfortable talking to”.
  • We have told our boy’s to “think about the consequences of what it is they are about to do before they do it” THINK will this get me into trouble? if the answer is yes or I’m not sure then don’t do it!

The effects of peer pressure are horrible, it can get our children in some awful states and situations, sometimes in a lot of trouble.

It can:

  • Cause depression
  • Effect grades
  • Loss of good friends
  • Add pressure on relationships with family
  • Cause our children to lie to us
  • Risky behaviours such as drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Truancy from school
  • Smoking
  • Under age sex
  • Become aggressive
  • Vandalism
  • Stealing
  • Criminal record
  • Effect eating habits

These are just some of the effects of peer pressure and I am sure there are many more.

Way’s to help our kid’s through this:

  • Help build their self-esteem back up, this will help them feel more confident in themselves again.
  • Help them with way’s of saying no to bad situations.
  • Perhaps see if they would like to join a self-defence class, it may help them feel safer.
  • Tell them they can always ring or text if they feel they are in a tricky situation.
  • Let your child have friends home after school if they wish, that way you are nearby for tricky situations.
  • Book an appointment to see the teacher with your child to discuss the situation so your child is aware the school are also keeping an eye out too. The more eye’s keeping a look out the better.
  • Try and get them involved in out of school activities that way they can mix with other children away from school and form other friendships.

We have recently helped one of our boy’s through coping with peer pressure, it was an awful time for us all, it was hard, the hardest part was seeing our child doing things we knew he was not comfortable with doing, he was in tears and felt controlled by these children. We saw the signs and alerted the school, we worked together with the school, with the support in place and our child knowing the support was there to help he then felt safe enough to break away from them. We knew it was not something that was going to happen overnight, we knew we had to sit back and wait for him to do it in his own time in his way but we got him through.

Have you ever had to deal with peer pressure?

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Coping with the heat

Coping with the heat

Coping with the heat

Don’t get me wrong I love the nice hot sunny days and glad they are here, well we all love and enjoy the sunshine don’t we? But how well are you coping with the heat side of the weather? I for one hate the heat side of it for many reasons the main being it get’s too uncomfortable.

Coping with the heat is the one thing I hate about summer, I love and welcome the summer but HATE the heat. the lovely weather never lasts long so we have to make the most of it whilst it’s here, let’s face it hot sunny weather in Britain is a rarity and never lasts long does it.

So the question is “are you coping with the heat ?”  Here are some ideas that may help you during the heatwave.

  • Always make sure you are drinking plenty of water so you stay well hydrated and always have a drink to hand.
  • Stay in shady areas to keep out of direct sun.
  • Wear a sun hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • No one likes cooking in the heat but always make sure you have eaten even if it’s something light. Salads and fruit is a good choice, light and refreshing.
  • Try and keep your rooms nice and cool, you can simply do this by closing your curtains/blinds, use a fan as well if you have one, ours are a godsend.
  • Always remember to check on the vulnerable, whether it be a neighbour, relative or friend, they also need keeping cool. Check that they have access to enough fluids and food.
  • So my kid’s water stays cold for longer when at school they put bottled water in the freezer at home over night so it defrosts throughout the day and stays cooler for longer, they then top the bottle back up at school with more water if needed.
  • Wearing lightweight clothing also helps. I find cotton clothing helps to keep me cool on a hot day.
  • Ouch! How painful can a sunburn be, never forget your sun protection. I always remind my kid’s but ALWAYS forget my own.
  • Have fans to hand for when your feeling hot. The shops have some handy little hand-held ones, I love mine and always have in my bag for when I’m feeling a little hot.
  • One thing I always enjoy doing is putting my feet in a bucket of cold water and a nice damp towel round my neck, have you ever tried it ? Oh my if you haven’t then next time your feeling hot give it a try.
  • I also leave any unnecessary jobs until it’s cooler and save any energy for keeping myself cool.
  • This may sound stupid but it’s a true story, have you checked your heating is switched off? I went into a vulnerable person to check on them and their heating was still set to come on and it was roasting in their house. It’s so easily done, we all forget things. (check your timer).


Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke?

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New me is now in sight

3 stone loss

New me is now in sight

Yikes! guess what? I only went and weighed-in at my 3st loss. Yes there was tears, silly I know but this means so much to me. A new me is now in sight!

This now means I need to lose another 2st and then I will be at my target, I am so excited. My weight-loss journey so far has been fun with lost of ups and downs along the way. I don’t feel as if I am on a diet, with Slimming World we still get to have our treats (limited of course).

To be honest all I have done is make a few food changes (healthy swaps), watch my food intake (Doing a food diary) and exercise (Body magic)…..Oh yes and not consume the amount of alcohol I once used to have. Before attending Slimming World I could have quite easily had a good few glasses of wine once opened, now I can happily have just the one or two glasses.

Admittedly my weight-loss journey has not been a loss every week, I have been to weigh-in before and put on 3.5lb….Whoops! when this happens I just give myself a good talking to rather than let it get me down, this helps and makes me more determined to get that loss the following week. I just reminded myself why I joined Slimming World in the first place.

new me is now in sight

I am loving that the new me is now in sight, I have now started to notice body changes, I now fit in clothes two sizes smaller than I once used to wear, I am now feeling much healthier, I have more energy, I don’t get half as breathless as I once use to, confidence in myself is starting to come back, but the one thing that is making me smile most out of it all is having the energy to do things more with my boy’s.

I do hope to reach my target for my birthday in August but to be honest I am not fussed when it happens as long as it comes off that is all I wish for. I did set out to do it for my birthday as a birthday gift to myself, but being close to it will be good enough for me!


Me last June

New me is now in sight

  Me today. A new me is now in sight.

A new me is now in sight

Here is to the next 2st!

One thing I will admit to not doing before I started my weight-loss journey was keep an eye on my weight and BMI. I never actually checked to see what my healthy weight should be. Is this something you keep an eye on? I keep a very close eye on mine now….Admitedly I am not happy with mine but it is something I am working on using this hight/weight chart from the NHS.

new me is now in sight
Chart credit to NHS
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A few words

A few words

I have recently been having a few words with myself since my last weigh-in, you may or may not know that I have been attending Slimming world since October 2014, since then there have been good weeks and there have been bad weeks. Last week saw a gain and I felt awful, I guess it was to be expected but I still felt bad and have since had a few words with myself.

I am thinking this gain came from a few naughty treats or possibly the past few weekends catching up with me…..Whoops! well it was needed and I really enjoyed letting my hair down for a while.

After having a few words with myself I have made a promise to myself to get back on track and get focused again. I would love to get to target for my birthday in August, this would be awesome and the best gift to myself ever, this would mean that I would need to lose 2 lb a week between now and my birthday (if no gains get in the way). This may sound easy for some and harder for others but all I can and WILL do is try my best, after all this girl loves a challenge.

My losses have been lowest 1/2 lb and my highest  5 lb in a week.  There have also been gains in-between these losses on the odd week here and there.

I have now been using my syn box a lot more as this slipped a bit. This is a box that I have been using to put all my daily allowance treats in (measured), when the box is empty I would then know that I was at my daily allowance of syns, I find this really helps me to keep track of what I have had that day.

So far I have lost 2 st 8 lbs and I really don’t want to ruin my weight loss by putting it back on. Since I have lost my weight that I have lost so far I already feel more healthier, happy and confident in myself and this is with only loosing half of what I want to lose.

So since I have had a few words with myself I made a promise to myself to get back on track, I went back to treating my weight loss like it was a first week again, used my syn box a lot more, I even put pictures on the fridge of before my journey and a more recent one, now I see these pictures everyday and see how far I have come so far, I also remembered my reasons for wanting to join Slimming World and that feeling of my first loss and how amazing I felt.

Moving forward a week and my weigh-in night, guess what it has all paid off I have gone and lost 4 lb this week and I feel amazing, yes I beat myself up a little over last weeks gain but I needed that kick up the bum to get me fully focused again.

The challenge is now on, I am going to try my best to get a minimum of 2 lb loss every week between now and August so I can be at my target weight for my birthday…..Fingers crossed!

This was me last June.

A few words

This was me this week. I’ve still a long way to go but I’m feeling much more healthier, confident and happy in myself, this is after 25 weeks.

A few words

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From old habits to new

From old habits to new


We have recently been making some healthier changes, going from old habits to new, we have been doing this to help improve our health and to give us a better healthier life. One thing Ian would like to try and do is give up smoking, he has been a smoker from a young age so giving up is something he is going to find rather difficult, he is currently looking at ways to make it easier and give up successfully from old habits to new.

How to form good habits

Habits are something we become used to over time and we convince ourselves they are vital, when in reality, many are far from it. Smoking, for example, is a habit that one in ten women worldwide have. The majority of smokers want to break this habit, but how can they do it successfully?


Timing is highly important when it comes to breaking a bad habit. With smoking, it’s best to make your last cigarette coincide with the end of your period. The idea that pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) aggravates the many withdrawal symptoms, such as depression and irritability, is perfectly logical and is why it’s important that your start date for quitting coincides with our calmer time of the month!

New, healthy habits

When quitting smoking, weight gain can be a risk. When your hands are so used to being occupied by a cigarette, they crave stimulation (which is why e-cigarettes are so effective). Often, the urge for our newly-bored hands to hold a cigarette contributes greatly to snacking. A great tip is to stock up on low-calorie munchies, such as carrot and celery sticks, which mimic the action of smoking, or opt for healthy snacks that keep your hands busy, such as peeled fruits and shelled nuts. Snacking on healthier foods instead of naughty treats means you shouldn’t put on any weight after giving up smoking.

Quit smoking

With a healthier diet, stemming from healthy snacks, our mind and body want to continue this lifestyle change and so the time comes for serious cigarette alternatives, and none are as effective as the e-cigarette. There are a wide range of models (from basic to advanced) and e-liquids (such as coconut, apple, peach and mint) to choose from. Plus, you can choose the amount of nicotine you want, making them a highly effective aid in stopping smoking – best of all, the vapour they produce smells great!

Other changes

Once you’re on the road to a new you, you should start to look at what other changes you could make and how they could fit into your life. With exercising, for example, you don’t need to be hitting the gym five nights a week to form a new habit. Instead, simply make small changes, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, or walking or cycling to work rather than driving. After you’ve changed just a few things, you’ll be able to meet the new and improved you!


Do you think you could go from old habits to new?


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Two stone weight loss

Two stone weight loss


Well this is something I never thought I’d see, I never thought I would ever get this far on my weight loss journey but I have made it, I am here, I am now at my two stone weight loss and it feels bloody awesome. It took me longer than planned but hey I am here and that is all I should worry about, it is not a race and they say “slow and steady wins the race”

I wont lie not every week has been a good week, there has been the odd week where I have had a gain, nothing big but I did put on or even maintained and stayed the same, not every week can be a perfect week now can it, what can I say this girl loves chocolates and the odd biscuit now and then.

My weight loss journey started back on the 8th of October last year when I was not feeling happy with my appearance and I knew I was over weight so I decided it was time to do something about it before it caused any health problems. My goal is to loose minimum of five stone and I am nearly half way there now, so close but still yet so far but I will get there eventually.

I have recently made some changes to help me with my weight loss journey, I have recently joined a gym, I really did not want to add to our monthly out goings but I knew I would need help with exercising as I don’t have any exercise equipment at home so I took out a gym membership.

I have been attending keep fit classes such as:




Leg’s Bum’s and Tums


I have also been using the swimming pool and taken advantage of the fab exercise equipment on offer in the gym. Going to the gym with friends is rather fun, we have been challenging each other and we also push each other to do that bit more. What I have been finding difficult is time to go to the gym, I work and some nights I don’t finish until late, but when I am able to get there to use the equipment I love it and really feel great after a good work out….Even if I am knackered!

What we are looking into getting is some exercise equipment at home so I can then look into not needing the out lay of the gym membership, I can then exercise at home with out the rushing about after work to get to the gym, this would be a better and a more relaxed approach to exercise for me after a day at work.

All in all I am enjoying loosing weight and noticing my body/health changes.

Two stone weight loss


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Donate a baby blanket

Donate a baby blanket



There is still time to donate to Dettol’s baby blanket campaign fronted by celebrity mum of two Rachel Stevens. The donation appeal aims to raise awareness of the dangers of bacteria on baby blankets, particularly during the horrid cold and flu season whilst highlighting the shortage of baby blankets available to infants born to families in need.

Dettol are calling for all parents to recycle their old baby blankets by sending them in. Once collected the blankets will be hygienically washed using Dettol’s anti-bacterial laundry cleanser, this is an additive that kills 99.9% of bacteria even in temperatures as low as 15 degrees.

Laboratory tests commissioned by Dettol – on washed blankets donated by volunteer mum’s – show that baby blankets carry a variety of bacteria even after a 40 degree wash, with a third of the washed blankets harbouring coliforms – a group of bacteria linked to faeces.

Dettol have pledged to donate £1 for every blanket collected to children’s medical research charity, sparks to raise much-needed funds for UK families with children who are affected by serious illness or disabilities.

Rachel commented: “The Dettol baby blanket donation is really resonated with me as a mum. I remember bringing my girl’s home for the first time in theirs and what a special time that was. Many babies across the world will never get the chance to experience the comfort of a warm, clean blanket. Thats why im supporting the campaign, asking mums to donate blankets to those in need so that those babies don’t miss out.”

The Dettol baby blanket donation is encouraging parents across the UK to share precious baby blanket memories on Twitter with @DettolBlanket and Dettol’s mission for health facebook page. You can also join in by following the #sharethememories hash tag.


You can find out how to donate a baby blanket here


If you would like to donate a baby blanket you can by sending them to:


Dettol Baby Blanket Donation

c/o Spink

Balcombe Place Stables

Haywards Heath

RH17 6AZ

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Confidence building

Confidence building

Confidence buildingI don’t know if you are aware but I was in a horrible car accident back in June this year, I was in hospital for ten days following my accident, I had suffered nerve damage and lost the use of my left arm and leg for a while, I was in a wheelchair for 3 months, I have had intense physio every week since the accident and with a lot of determination and support from my family I am now getting ready to go back to work.

I can’t begin to explain how excited I am about going back to work, I am not one for sitting around at home and I absolutely love my job as a support worker. I have one HUGE hurdle left to confront before I am free to return to work and that is to get back behind the wheel of the my car, I feel sick to my stomach at the thought of even just sitting in the driver’s seat again. My car accident happened on the motorway, my back tyre had a blowout causing my car to spin across two lanes of the motorway and then send me skidding facing the wrong way up the motorway and all I remember seeing was a lorry coming towards me, I ended up crashing into the barrier and needed to be cut free from the car by the firemen.


Since my accident back in June I have worked so hard along with my physio therapist Ann to get me back up and walking un-aided again (this has only just happened this week) that I have not even had time to think about my feelings of driving again as I have been concentrating on not getting my self down about my current situation, I was suffering nightmares at the time and flashbacks, my health was my main priority at the time.

I was at the hospital yesterday chatting with my neurologist along with Ian about me returning to work and she asked me how would I feel about driving home from the hospital and at that moment in time it hit me, everything came flooding back about the accident, I couldn’t breath, I started sweating and I just broke down, it hit me, the accident has made me absolutely petrified of getting back behind the wheel.

I am determined to not let the accident beat me, I am going to try so hard to get back behind that wheel but it is going to take a lot of determination, I am aware that it is going to bring back all the horrid memories of my accident but if I don’t face this fear then I will not be able to return to the job I love and it will put strain on us as a family. I am now confidence building and will hopefully be back behind the wheel very soon.

Have you had any horrid fears that you have had to face? do you have any hints or tips that will help me?

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Revitive IX circulation booster

Revitive IX circulation booster

Following my recent car accident that I was in back in June here I was left with nerve damage and loss of the use of my left arm and leg, this has left me having to have carers come in to me, I have been having physio therapy at the hospital and private reflexology at home every week without fail since and I am under a specialist at the hospital.

I am very determined to not let this beat me, the doctors have told me I am looking at a six month time scale to recover, before my accident I was a very independent person working as a support worker out in the community full time and looking into setting up my own massage business, now I am the one needing the help and I am finding it very hard to adjust, my business plans are now on hold for a year, I count my blessings everyday that I survived my car accident as things could have been alot worse than they are.

Ian came across a revitive IX machine for me to use at home, he had been told that they are really good so he brought me one when I came home from a very long 11 days in hospital to help with my recovery, the revitive IX machine is excellent, it comes with a remote control for easy use or it can be used manually, it comes with two pairs of electrode body pads and these can be used to target other areas of the body, the revitive also has a Isorocker, this rocks the revitive back and fourth when the electrical impulses cause the calf muscles to gently tense up, the revitive IX has 15 variable waveforms, each with a different pattern to ensure the muscles contract more effectively throughout each session, the revitive IX is suitable for everyone even those with poorer circulation and the 99 intensity levels really help.


The revitive IX really helps with increasing blood circulation, swollen feet, ankles and it alleviates aches and discomfort.


The revitive IX is very easy to use, you put both feet on the foot pads, either use the remote or manually increase the intensity levels of the electrical impulses that trigger the muscles actions, these levels can be set from 1-99, when you first turn it on you will get a funny tingling sensation, you set the levels that you are comfortable with, you should see your calf muscles tensing and relaxing the isorocker will allow your feet to rock back and forth, you can use the revitive without the isorocker and it can be used in a comfortable angled position if you wish, the revitive IX circulation booster is mains powered.


Due to myself being a lot less mobile at the moment the revitive IX has really helped me with my circulation, swollen feet, and pain, I have been using the revitive IX everyday for 20-30 minutes at a time.


I am really pleased we had this recommended to us.

        X Anita X

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Block that cold challenge with NasalGuard

 Block that cold challenge with Nasalguard

Block that cold challenge with NasalGuard


Anyone that knows Lee will know he is never far from a box of tissues, in the summer it is due to his hayfever and in the winter it is due to having a constant cold, so we are taking part in the block that cold challenge with NasalGuard to see if we can beat the germs this year.

Lee finds it very draining constantly having a cold, it effects his schooling and socialising with Friends, we are having to take time off work to look after him which obviously comes natural, then the bills don’t get paid, having the constant battle with germs is hard work as they spread so easily around a household.

The NasalGuard cold & flu block, this is a 3g gel  that traps, holds and immobilise airborne viruses, it is to help reduce the likelihood of getting sick from cold and flu viruses, the gel is drug free and non-drowsy.

NasalGuard has a patented formulation containing cosmetic grade ingredients, which creates a positively charged gel that blocks negatively charged viruses on contact before they enter your nose.

We are all going to be using the cold and flu block in our house this year, we are not going to let the germs beat us, we are looking forward in seeing how well it works.

You have to start using the gel before the flu seasons starts and use daily for the best results.

You will only need 1-2 drops of the non greasy gel, put the drops on your finger, rub your finger and thumb together, apply a thin layer around your nose and on your upper lip, you can re-apply throughout the day if you wish and there are no horrible odours.

Being drug free this product is safe for children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mums.

It can be worn under or over make up and one tube holds around 150 applications.

This products cost’s £11.99 and can be purchased at boots, superdrug or sainsburys, there is no prescription needed.

How would you like to beat the bugs/germs this year?

We will be tweeting our progress on twitter using #BLOCKTHATCOLD 

We have one cold and flu block to give away to one lucky person, you may also take part and join us on our challenge by tweeting your progress using #BLOCKTHATCOLD, all you have to do is enter the competition below by filling in the rafflecopter form below………GOOD LUCK !

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BP3T Blood pressure monitor, health, Ozeri, review.

Ozeri cardio tech premium series BP3T blood pressure monitor

I have recently been reviewing the Ozeri cardio tech premium series blood pressure monitor.

Ozeri cardio tech premium series BP3T blood pressure monitor
Photo credit Ozeri Cardio Tech

This blood pressure monitor is portable, accurate and simple to use, it comes with a arm cuff design with clinically proven technology, it has advanced one-step operation, it is fully automatic on inflation and deflation, the monitor is designed for 2 users and stores 120 blood pressure readings ( 60 per user ).

The monitor has a automatic hypertension indicator using an intelligent graphical display, it has push-button access to average blood pressure calculation, it has irregular heartbeat ( Arrhythmia ) detection, it has the clock, date & time stamp for each reading, it requires 4 AAA batteries these come with the unit and it also comes with a adult sized arm cuff ( 8.7″ – 16.5″/22-42cm ).

Here is a video of how easy it is to use

Here is a picture I took from the user manual that explains the readings to you.

Here is a photo i took from what is in the user manual explaining the readings.
Applying the cuff
  1. Make sure the air plug is securely inserted into the main unit.
  2. Apply the cuff to your upper left arm with the tube running downward along your inner forearm, the base of the cuff should be approximately 1″ above your elbow.
  3. The cuff should be snug but not tight, you should be able to insert one finger between the cuff and your arm.
  4. Sit comfortably with your arm resting on a flat surface and the cuff level with your heart.
  5. Be careful not to rest your arm on the air hose as this could restrict the units airflow. this is the monitor

the monitor weight is approx. 10.6 oz ( 300g ) excluding batteries.

The main unit external dimensions approx. 7″ (L) x4″ ( W ) x 1 1/2″  ( H )  ( 180mm x 100mm 39mm )
Measurement range. Pressure: 0-300mmHg(0-40kPa)
Pulse value: (40-199) times/minute

Setting the date and time was very easy to do, with the unit off press and hold the SET button for 3 seconds until the YEAR begins to flash, you will then need to press the MEM button to advance the year, once you have set the correct year you then press the SET button to save it, the unit will then go on to the same process with setting the date and time, we found the process rather easy to follow.

To use the monitor you would choose if you are going to be person ( A ) or person ( B ), apply the cuff, press start, wait a few seconds and then you will have your reading.


This blood pressure monitor is a nice handy size and it comes with this great bag with handle.
Monitoring your own blood pressure at home is a really useful way of monitoring your blood pressure in your daily life, it is convenient, you can also look back through the saved/previous readings, keep a close eye on your previous readings, if need be you can also take it to the GP and show them your previous readings if you have any concerns, if like me and you find it very stressful having your blood pressure checked at the surgery and find your readings are up and down, you can do the readings at home and show the GP, my GP never knows if my blood pressure reading is due to the stress of having it done, my medication or if that is my blood pressure so we have been keeping a close eye on our blood pressure since having this monitor, we have had peace of mind, we can check our blood pressure day or night, we find this monitor to be compact, portable and simple to use, it is not a big machine, it is of a nice size and can fit nicely in a draw or cupboard when not in use.
If you would like to purchase one of these Ozeri CardioTech BP3T Monitors to keep a close eye on your blood pressure, the RRP is £119.99 but there is a sale on at the moment so if you hurry you may be in luck and could purchase one at £49.99.
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Disclaimer : We was sent a Ozeri cardio tech premium series BP3T blood pressure monitor in exchange for our review, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
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car accident, General post, health, hospital, injury, nerve damage, spine trauma

My hospital stay

My hospital stay

I have recently come out of hospital following my car accident, the post of my accident can be found here.

I did not plan on being kept in when I arrived at hospital let alone being kept in for so long. My hospital was awful, I missed Ian and the boy’s so much. I had my car accident on the Thursday I was taken straight to hospital from there, I was sent home being told I had whiplash of the lower back and my neck following a x-ray of my hip, I was back home in a matter of 3 hours following my accident.

Here is what happened next

When home I was still having the same trouble with walking, I could not grip with my left hand or move my left arm or my leg, I was having trouble with sleeping, I was having flashbacks of the accident every time I closed my eyes, Ian said come Monday morning he was going to ring my GP to see if he can get me some help with sleeping.

Monday morning came and he had managed to get us an appointment for 10am so off we went to attend our appointment, my GP asked what tests had been carried out so far at the hospital, he was not happy that I was taken off the spinal board at the hospital without having scans/X-ray’s of my spine, he wrote a letter instantly and sent me straight off to hospital wanting spine tests done ASAP, I was so sore tired and weak by that point so off we went with the GP letter and headed off for these tests, the GP phoned ahead to say we was being sent in.

My hospital stay
I was like this for eight hours, I hate being restricted but I knew it was for my own good.

We was just expecting to be there for that day so arranged childcare with family for when the kids came out of school, we went to the A+E department to say we had arrived waited our turn to be called in, when we did go in I was checked over and was instantly strapped back down to protect my spine, this is a big fear of mine so I got tearful again as I hate being restricted.I was taken into the EAU where I had x-ray’s of my spine, neck and shoulder, these all come back to say there was nothing broken but they was still not happy and was admitting me for further tests.

I told Ian as I was being admitted he may as well go home and get some sleep as by this point it was rather late in the evening, we was both very tired, Ian didn’t want to leave me as the staff did offer him a bed for the night but we had Buddy at home who needed feeding and letting out so he had to get back for him.

I was told I was not allowed to get out of bed and I was like this for 3 days of my stay in hospital, I was on morphine every 2 hours because of the pain, and I was having loads of other tests done while I was there.

By the time I had all the tests done that was needed I had been in hospital for an unexpected 11 days in total, I found it very hard being away from Ian and my boys, coming up to the end of my stay I was getting very teary as I just wanted to be at home.

I did not see my boys while I was bed bound as I did not see it was fair for them to see me like that, they came up once I had been told I can move again, not seeing my kids was the worst part.

I started swelling up whilst in there, my arm, leg and foot on my left side got really swollen and I had to have my wedding ring cut off, that made me feel awful but I knew it had to come off as it was dangerous.

While in hospital I saw a physiotherapist who worked with me while I was in hospital, I then saw an occupational therapist who went through my safety at home, we talked about walking, getting in and out of bed, washing/dressing, food/drink, stairs and so on.


I have been told I have spine trauma and nerve damage, I have been told that it is not going to be a quick recovery, I am under the spine specialist attending their clinic being kept a close eye on and I am also still receiving physio and attending their clinic.

I am now back home and I now have equipment in place to help me have as much independence as possible and I also have carers come in to me throughout the day to help me.

I am finding all this very hard to adjust to as before this happened I was a very independent person, I was a full-time working mum who was on her way home from work when this happened, I am extremely happy that I was on my own in the car when it happened and that no one else was injured except me, but what I am mostly happy for is that I am still here today.

I am now adjusting to everything and trying to stay as positive and as independent as possible, I have good days and I have bad days, I get bored very easily so I am just finding things to keep me occupied.


Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way to write this post.
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anti ageing, beauty., celebrities, diet, health, shows

The anti-ageing health and beauty show 2014

The anti-ageing health and beauty show 2014

Are you free this weekend, if you are looking for somewhere to go then I would recommend a trip to The anti-ageing health and beauty show 2014.

This would be a day well spent as the show is the only UK event dedicated to helping men and women keep looking fabulous at any age.

There will be exhibitors, celebrity speakers to make you look and feel fantastic, the day will be packed with meeting the celebrities Dr Dawn Harper from embarrassing bodies, Linda Lusardi the former model, actress and TV presenter and Sophie Anderton super model-model and reality television personality, you will be able to gain hints and tips from professional make-up artists & stylists, you will be able to learn how diet and supplements can prevent avoidable health issues, learn which diet and exercise can help you to stay young and healthy, the day gets even better with live demonstrations, you can try new products, hear all about the latest innovations in laser techniques, to top it all off you can enjoy treatments from world leading practitioners, now how about all that for a day out.

I will be attending the show on Sunday 11th may and we are very excited and looking forward to attending.

Ticket prices are :

£18 standard admission
£29 standard weekend pass
£95 VIP admission

10th -11th may at London Olympia

Saturday 10th May 10-00 – 19 00
Sunday 11th  May 10-00 – 18 00

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The anti-ageing health and beauty show 2014
  Photo credit to the anti-ageing show

Disclaimer : I was sent a free ticket to the show in exchange for a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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