A Orsolya Hernold Guided Journal Review

Ever since I was a little girl I have always been interested in diaries and journals. I have kept one on and off most of my life. When I was about 10 I used to have one of those little journals with a lock and key. I think this was where my love of writing began. Now I use my blog as a sort of online diary/journal.
When I was given one of Orsolya Hernold Guided Journals to have a look at and review, I couldn’t say no.
 Orsolya Hernold Guided Journal Review

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Stick To Stigu Planner Review

Since the beginning of the year I have been looking for the perfect planner/diary. I’m quite fussy in what I want from a planner. It had to be perfect for me. I had heard about the Stick To Stigu planners from other bloggers and I really wanted to try one out to see if it’s the “one” for me. 
The kind people at Stick To Stigu gave one of their planners for a review. I know we are already 5 months into 2016 and so obviously those first pages of those months are not going to get used now, but that doesn’t matter. I’ve still got months left of use to get out of it. Besides there are still the useful activities to do when you read back over. 

I love the way Stick To Stigu describes their wonderfully wacky planner so I have had to include it for you to read!
So what is it? Essentially an annual planner, a to-do pad, a notebook but also a rest and zest handbook hosted by the character ‘Stigu’ and a couple of his friends who encourage new habits in a non-judgemental, non-preachy way that actually works. Stigu shows how, with humour and compassion, through no-nonsense tips, practices, provoking quotes and inspiring illustrations, that juggling a crazy life is possible, and a good plan (plus enough rest and zest for life) can help.”
The first page introduces you to Stigu and what’s included in the planner. If you have any feedback on how you think the planner could be improved, Stick To Stigu would love to hear your feedback for later editions.
I love the yearly planner at the front. Perfect for quickly jotting down dates and holidays. It’s good to see the year as a whole in front of you, when planning things.
This is an example of one of the activities I saying about earlier. A really cute and useful addition to the planner. They help you to be more active, mentally as well as physically. The little drawings are adorable!
Each month has activities on a different theme. The month for May is the “Ground” theme and next month it’s “Play”. The activities are fun! This week’s activity is called Waking up your feet!. I love the little facts  and quotes included on the daily diary pages.
I have had the planner now for a few weeks and in the photo below shows you how I m using my Stick To Stigu planner. I love to tick bits off when completed. It shows me that I have achieved something that day – hard when you have a young baby who constantly wants your attention!
Alongside each week there is a page for notes and weekly to-do lists. At the back of the planner is plenty of blank pages for extra notes and a 2017 yearly planner to jot down plns for next year.
I bought some really cool Reminder Stickers off Amazon that I just add where I see fit in the planner. There are all sorts of stickers for appointments, birthdays, housework, school holidays and dentist and doctor appointments as well as many others. You get 7 sheets of them in the pack.

You can find the Stigu Planner at SticktoStigu and follow them on Twitter
What type of planner/diary do you use?

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 These stickers are the ones I bought over at Amazon.


     You can pop over to Amazon and buy this planner now.



Disclosure: I was  given this planner to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am a part of the Amazon Affiliates scheme so if you click the link and order, I will receive a little back, at no extra cost to you. Thanks if you do. x

The Mummy Tag

Thanks to Jenni from Chillingwithlucas for tagging me in the Mummy Tag.
The Mummy tag is a bunch of questions realting to being a mummy of course! It’s just a bit of fun to get to know one another a little better. Even if it’s knowing what brand of nappies you use!
So here you go, these are my answers to the Mummy Tag questions.

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7 Hints and Tips on Living with Arthritis

Hello, it’s Thursday again, that has come around quick! That means its time for another 7 Hints and Tips post. This week I am focusing on Living with Arthritis.
Next week it’s Arthritis Care Week which runs from 14th – 21st May and I am supporting this cause as there is a lot of arthritis in my family. My mum has rheumatoid arthritis in her back and hands and has had it for many years. Her mum, my grandmother also suffered really bad with it. My dad has arthritis in his shoulder and my husband has gout which is a form of arthritis, and he will need to be on medication for it for the rest of his life. So as you can see arthritis affects everyone around me.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis is a painful chronic progressive disease that is caused by the inflammation of joints. It can be in the wrists, ankles, fingers and feet. It causes deformity and immobility making it life changing for a lot of people. Some days can be worse according to my mum especially on wet weather days.

Osteoarthritis is basically wear and tare on your joints and bones. It causes pain and swelling in joints especially hips, knees and thumb joints.

These are my 7 hints and Tips on Living with Arthritis:

  1. Try and keep your weight down – This is important to help ease the pain on your joints, especially the hip and knee joints.
  2. Exercise – This will help to keep your joints moving. A gentle walk each day will give you massive benefits. Try swimming or yoga as well for slow movement exercise.
  3. Medication – Remember to take your medication that has been prescribed to you by your doctor. These will help reduce the pain and stiffness.
  4. Anti Inflammatory diet – There are no foods that will cure arthritis but some foods are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, and help to strengthen bones. Such as certain types of fish like salmon and mackerel known for omega-3. Cherries are excellent for gout due to their rich anthocyanins.
  5. Get Plenty of Sleep – Sufferers of arthritis may have trouble sleeping so it’s important to have the right bed for you. There are adjustable beds available to get the best nights sleep. You may find the perfect bed for you at adjustablebeds. There are a selection of beds with special orthopaedic mattresses and also reclining chairs on there for your daytime naps! Studies have suggested that a lack of sleep can worsen your symptoms. 
  6. Protect your joints – Try not to lift or carry heavy objects with your smaller joints like hands and wrists. Use your whole body or your larger joints. Use assisted devices to make your life easier. Open a door with your shoulder not your hand.
  7. Arrange your house to make your life easier – Move the bedroom downstairs so you don’t have to climb the stairs to bed. Have handrails installed around the bath/shower. 
I hope these hints and tips on living with arthritis are helpful to you.
Here is a free ebook to download on tips with living and sleeping with Arthritis





Do you know anyone with arthritis?

 Have you got any other tips on how to cope with living with arthritis?
 I would love to hear your thoughts.
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Looking back over April 2016

Hello! Welcome to my April Roundup post. I achieved lots this month and have had a few blogging opportunities presented to me as well. I am really excited!
My best achievement for April was being contacted by Meet Other Mums and asked if I want to contribute a monthly piece of writing to them and also have a profile on their page. Having a piece of writing published is an amazing feeling. This is my first as you can probably tell! I have re posted the article How Hard is it to Breastfeed? on my blog now as well so you can pop over to take a read. I would love to know your thoughts.
 Another opportunity this month is that I have been chosen as a Milton Mums Ambassador. I’m really excited about trying out their products. Perfect for a new mummy like me. They have sent me a cold water sterilser with tablets to try, antibac hand gel and antibac wipes. I have been using the wipes for baby girls non wash toys at the moment as she is drooling everywhere!.
Milton

Book Reviews

I have read 2 books on my to-read list and wrote reviews on them The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith and  Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon. They are very different books but very rewarding.
Unwanted Truths by Tricia Haddon book - review
The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

 

At the beginning of April we popped along to The Cornwall Baby Show which wasn’t quite what we expected but we came away with some great information on our local baby sensory course.
The Cornwall Baby Show

 

The Cornwall Baby Show
I also wrote one of my favourite posts to date as it’s a campaign very close to my heart since I had baby girl and that was April: C-Section Awareness Month.
C-Section - Awareness
I am very pleased with the direction my blog has headed over the last month. I have gained new followers across all my social media channels which I am very grateful for. I am obviously writing stuff that people like to read!
Have you had a good month?
 
What one standout thing have you achieved that you are most proud of?

 

 

Are you keeping your Child off School in protest of the SAT’s for 6-7 year olds?

I have woke up to headlines in the news of parents keeping their primary school children home from school today all across the country in protest of SAT’s for 6-7 year olds. They want the government to scrap all SAT’s for 6-7 year olds.
I don’t have a child in that age bracket, mine is still only 3 months old, but since becoming a mother these sort of topics really interest me now. What will the education system be like in 6 years time for my child? 
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My point of view is that exams are all a part of learning. You go to school to learn don’t you? Well after learning segments of Information tests are naturally the next part. 
Some parents are saying that it’s making their children anxious, stressed and feeling sick and they don’t want to go to school. 
Fair enough. Maybe it’s the parents getting all worked up about the SAT’s and it’s rubbing off on their kids. Putting pressure on them to do well. I honestly don’t know as I am not in that situation. This is my opinion. 
I remember being at school and having weekly tests at that age. What’s the difference between SAT’s and a test that the teacher makes up? Maybe the SAT is on a formal paper, but a test is a test and should be treated the same in the eyes of a 6-7 year old. 
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Let the kids have the experience of taking SAT’s surely it will help them to understand the system further on in their education, and make the next ones easier. Treat it as a learning experience. At that age does it matter if your 6 year old gets every question right? Or any correct at all. The whole experience should be made fun. They are only 6 year olds after all.
What are your thoughts on SAT’s for 6 and 7 year olds? 
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