Loneliness – It affects us all- Lets End It Here

Today 31st January 2017 a Commission on Loneliness is being put forward to the Government.

It was started by a politician called Jo Cox, a serving member of the British Labour Party for Batley and Spen, who was tragically murdered on the 16th June 2016. She was shot and stabbed multiple times .This was the first killing of a serving MP since 1990.

Jo believed passionately about the people she worked for and was campaigning to bring awareness of Loneliness and how it has terrible affects on the people who suffer from it.

Loneliness can affect any age, any gender and any does not care if you are a Millionaire or struggling to make ends meet.

It is the Silent Epidemic that affects us all at some time.

When I was in my 20’s I found myself alone bringing up three boys, all small and in School, needing attention and affection.
My marriage had ended after 13 years and I was on my own.
I had a good family who supported me all they could and I had a good circle of friends.
But I was so Lonely. It is hard to understand how someone with people around them can be lonely, they put a brave face on things and get on with the everyday world of working and caring for their children, going about the everyday routine.
But when the door closes and the curtains are drawn, the loneliness pops out its ugly head. Everyone thinks you are strong and you are coping , but sometimes you are not.

We are all so busy getting on with our everyday lives that we don’t see the person behind the smile.

That is just one face of Loneliness, there are many more

The Child who finds it hard to mix because they are painfully shy, or bullied at School, or a Carer for their Parents at home.
Or the Elderly person who may not see anyone from one day to the next.

These are just a few examples, we all could give more.
It is widespread and everywhere.
But we can all do something about it and we can do it now.

Pick up the phone and ring that person you haven’t seen around lately, or that relative you haven’t seen for a while and always mean to call.
Knock on the elderly neighbours door and see if they need anything or just pop in for a ten minute chat.

The Little Things Do Matter

Jo Cox’s Sister Kim Leadbetter is now taking up the challenge her Sister started and is helping to bring about the Commission on Loneliness.

I personally wish her lots of luck and hope we all get behind her on this cause.

Here is to our future.
We all deserve to be needed and nobody should be left to be lonely for long, before people begin to take notice. More needs to be done.
And in Jo’s memory her Sister Kim will and is leading the way.

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Rituals Hammam Body Mud- Product Review

Hello everyone,
Here is my Review for Rituals Hammam Body Mud with Rhassoul Clay & Eucalyptus
perfect for Winter

Well it’s nearly the end of January 2017 and we are heading onwards towards Spring. As you can gather i’m not a lover of Winter.

Being in my 50’s i find the harsh wind, cold days and dampness of Winter wreaks my hair and skin and leaves me feeling Bluesy .
I often suffer the cold and find it hard to keep warm
I received this months Birch Box and inside was
Rituals Hammam Body Mud- Purifying Rhassoul Clay and Refreshing Eucalyptus.

now although i am well in tune with body scrubs, i had never tried a Body Mud before, so i was very excited to build it into my bathing ritual to see what effects it had.

The instructions said
Purifying Shower Mud ( but i used it in the Bath)
Rhassoul Clay helps to remove dead skin cells
Massage onto damp skin, then rinse
Use as a body mask and leave for 5 minutes then rinse off

As i was using it in the bath i decided to use it as a regular scrub on my thigh’s , bottom and upper (Chicken Skin) arms.( well i am in my 50’s so it is to be expected – a bit)
But i used it as a body mask on my upper chest and neck, just to see the difference.

The consistency is thick and Black with the most amazing smell of Eucalyptus, which is both warming and instantly clears the breathing passage ways. Perfect if you have any signs of cold or blocked up nose.
It was easy to spread and a little goes along way

The effect on my skin was instant, leaving it feeling smoother and non drying, especially when you have mature skin like me, that is a very important issue.

The Neck and Chest area where i left it on longer was so soothing, silky smooth and left a after effect of Eucalyptus, so perfect before you go to bed to help you sleep soundly.

I really enjoyed my first session with Hammam Body Mud and i will definitely keep it in my Bath drawer, especially when i am feeling the effects of Winter

If you would like to try Hammam Body Mud for yourself- click here

RITUALS Hammam Body Purifying Shower Mud 200 ml

Disclaimer-  this product was purchased by myself and the opinions are my own. The purchase link is to my Amazon Affiliate so buying will help both you and me.

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7 Little Changes That’ll Make a Big Difference with your Childs Fear of the Dentist and how to overcome this

Going to the Dentist is something we all have to do and do it the majority of our lives.




We should aim to keep our teeth and gums as healthy as possible with regular brushing and oral hygiene and reducing the Sugar in our Diets.

But a lot of us and especially children are afraid of going to the Dentist and this is something Parents are faced with and need to be able to handle in as best way as possible
Recently a child I care for has had to go to the Dentist because of tooth overcrowding, although she is an intelligent child she completely refused to open her mouth at the Dentists and this through her parents completely as they didn’t expect her to react this way.

Lets look at it from a child’s point of view
They are taken to a strange room that maybe they have never been to before. The building has strange smells, and noises coming from behind the doors along the corridor.
They are taken into a room by a lady wearing a Nurse type outfit and into a room full of strange equipment, and very big Black chair and people wearing masks.
They are asked to sit still, tipped backwards on the Big Black Chair , have a bright light shinning at them, asked to wear protective glasses then told to open their mouths.
Its no wonder they get upset and worried. They haven’t a clue what’s going to happen to them so they are bound to object

So given the fact that we all have to have regular check ups and your child needs to feel happy  for everyone’s sanity here are a few tips to help smooth the process along.

1/ Arrange a Meet and Greet before you go along for the actual appointment. Take time to book this with the Dentist and let them know this will be the first visit for your child. They should be prepared then to help this time go as smoothly as possible and make the visit a pleasant one. That way your child will be happy to visit again.
Maybe include a sit in the big chair and a ride up and down. Tying on the glasses and looking at the masks that the dentist will be wearing.
All these things will take away the fear of the unknown as they will already know what to expect when they go for real.

2/ Go to a good bookstore or the local library and get some books to read to your child on going to the dentist. Make sure they are age appropriate and they will understand what they are reading or you are reading to them. Here is a list you can order now off Amazon just click the title and it will take you straight to the site to buy
Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist (Dora the Explorer) by Ricci, Christine [2005]

Just Going to the Dentist (A Golden Book)

Topsy and Tim: Go to the Dentist

3/Be a Good Role Model- book yourself into the Dentist or Hygienist before your child and let them sit with you. Once they see what happens they will have a better understanding when it comes to their turn to sit in the Chair.

4/ When you start to talk to your child about going to the dentist, avoid talking around them to other adults about dreading the process or an unpleasant experience you have had yourself
.Avoid using words like Hurt or Painful when chatting about what will happen. You need to stay very calm and not let them pick up on any anxiety you have  or a fear of dentist that you may have yourself
.If you have a genuine fear yourself, get someone else to take them for you.

5/Allow them to take a favourite toy to hold for comfort during the visit. Or for an older child maybe an I-pad to watch a film or listen to music. Distraction is a wonderful thing.

6/ Sit close and hold their hand ( if there is room in the dentist for you to do so), avoid talking to them to much- leave this to the Dentist to do.

7/ Book with a Paediatric dentist, they have more experience dealing with children and know how to arrange the room, set the scene as it wear and deal with anxiety.

This is Why this Year will be The Year of SkinSalve Skin Care- Product Review

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Hello and Welcome to my latest post.
I would like to talk to you today about a fantastic product we have been using on our Grandson Alfie to help improve his Eczema.

Its called SkinSalve #add
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He suffers terribly from Eczema and it hits his whole body. Anyone who suffers from Eczema outbreaks will know how painful and  debilitating, let alone embarrassing it can be.
We have tried lots of different products and removed certain food chains from his diet, but nothing seems to work. He attends the Hospital and is on medication which gives him some relief, but it still comes back.
So when I heard about SkinSalve and all the products they make, we thought we would give it a go.

I contacted them and they sent me some products to try (free of charge)
A box arrived at my door very soon after and when I opened it these where inside

It contained a bottle of Organic Body Wash-£5.99 and Hand cream for Eczema, Dermatitis and Psoriasis.
and a leaflet explaining how they work and how to use them.

They work by not exposing the body to harmful chemicals and allowing  the body to repair damaged cells. They do not expose the skin to common irritants found in other products used by Eczema suffers everyday
SkinSalve is suitable for all skin types and for all ages
SkinSalve products are free from Alcohol, Fragrances, parabens, lanolin and all other harmful irritants.

So armed with the products and leaflets I took them to my Grandson and we started straight away with a bath using the Body Wash . The leaflet says it can be used on body and hair

You only need to use a small amount as it foams up really well.
First impressions where very good, no nasty smells and no complaints from Alfie, who after having so many different products tried on his skin, has a bit of a phobia to any products for his skin.

The Cream is applied twice a day and each application lasts up to 8 hours. It has no unpleasant smells and it only takes three small applications to cover his body.
Alfie’s skin is so sore and sensitive that he objects loudly to having any cream applied and hates to have to wait for it to dry before he can get his clothes on.
I am so please to announce that it takes very little cream to cover his body, a little really does go along way, and what’s more it dry’s fast, so he can get dressed quicker, so that is a massive improvement on other products we have tried.

Here is his body before we started on with SkinSalve

and im pleased to announce that after using the body wash and the cream for only 10 days we are now at this stage


As you can see a clear improvement.
We are continuing to use them on a daily basis, these things don’t happen overnight. But we are so happy with the results and so is Alfie
We have now invested in the Soap Powder and the Soap Bar to continue the good work.

So if you or anyone you know suffers from Eczema, Dermatitis and Psoriasis let them know about this Product. Its definitely our GO TO PRODUCT FOR 2017

We think it is amazing and im sure you will do to.

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Skinsalve did not pay me to produce this review, they provided me with free gifts.#add

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