Crystalina Positive Aura Fairy Dolls

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As well as having my own 3 children I am also Aunt to over a dozen nieces and nephews! It wasn’t difficult though to know which of my nieces would love to try out the Crystalina Fairy dolls.

Em is the same age as Moose and she and he have been inseparable since they were very small. Being really close in age (just shy of 3 weeks between them) they have grown up to be best friends and close cousins.

Em is the sort of child who very much believes in magic and is fascinated by the world around her. I knew right away that the Crystalina Fairy Dolls would be something she would absolutely adore.

What’s in the box?

The Crystalina Fairy dolls stand at approx 10cm tall and come in a range of 4 to choose from. Each one is supplied in clear, plastic packaging and includes a magical colour changing Sprite, who comes with a very special amulet necklace and display stand.

The Sprites all have their own positivity aura superpower. Rose Quartz is for love, Turquoise is for healing, Amethyst is for Wisdom and Aventurine is for luck.

Of course the amulets work with the Sprite Fairy dolls and I am happy to note that the clasp on the amulet is quick release which is a great plus point from a safety point of view.

Each Sprite Fairy doll has 10 auras to cycle through and then 1 special superpower which can be activated by simply shaking the doll.

Another cool aspect of play is that when 2 Crystalina Fairy dolls ‘meet’, they can bond and share an aura colour! The shared power is remembered by the doll until they meet another.

The Fairy Sprites also come with a cool moon shaped display stand which has a space in the back for the amulet and one in the front for the doll to stand. They look awesome lit up in the childs bedroom!

What did we think?

Em loved the concept of the magical crystals and Fairy Sprites and to be honest I thought they were kinda cool too. If there is one thing that kids can never have enough of it’s positive reinforcement of their feelings and emotions. I like that the Crystalina Fairy dolls offer exactly that

As well as helping the child to understand their emotions and helping them to feel empowered the Crystalina dolls also have a friendship aspect while being clear that each one has different and equally awesome gifts to bring. I like that about them.

The Crystalina Fairy dolls are marketed as being for girls aged 4+ but to be honest I think they are missing a trick because Moose loved the dolls too! I would say though that most 4 year olds might struggle to understand how to use the dolls – I am sure they would be fine with help and would most certainly love the colours!

Available from Tesco, B&M and other good toy retailers.

There I was, eating a biscuit… Guess who is diabetic

Last week Moose was invited to the birthday party of a good friend. Since it was in a soft play place which happened to be next to a garden centre and since he is of an age where I can drop and run… I arranged with my Mum to go for a coffee while M was busy with his friends.

Great plan? Right? Well, it would have been.

The cafe post covid has gone to crap. They used to sell lovely lunch options but nowadays not so much. All that was on offer were a few mediocre looking slices of cake which didn’t even come on proper plates. Sorry but if I am paying £3.50 for a cake I don’t want a polystyrene plate. I don’t know if it was polystyrene. Whatever, it looked flimsy.

So we got our teas and found our seats. I went off to the shop within the garden centre and grabbed a packet of biscuits for Mum and I to nibble while we drank our brew and had a chat.

20 minutes into this endeavour my phone rang. I say rang. It’s less of a ring and more of an alarming beeping. This way I have to answer my phone lest it terrifies those around me who might assume we are under some kind of attack. It works. Now I answer calls – for those who know me, you will be able to appreciate that this is a huge step for me.

I answer the phone and it was my GP. I had been to the docs the week before.

Just lately I had been really feeling like I ought to try to do something about my weight.

I am pretty heavy (understatement) but something had been niggling me and I made a visit to the nurse to get tested and make sure I was starting out on an even playing field. Basically I didn’t want to put the effort in for no return.

My bloods were taken the next day and I was told I would get a call in a few days. This was that call.

Now, what I was expecting was to be told I had low iron. Feeling tired all of the time is not new for me and I have had low iron levels a few times before.

Nope, the GP was quick to assure me that was all good. However, I was now diabetic. He said that a nurse would call me to make an appointment to come in and speak to me about my diagnosis.

I’m not stupid, I knew that type 2 was a real possibility with a high BMI like mine but I had had zero symptoms that would have jumped out as being related to diabetes.

  • No peeing often

  • I wasn’t overly thirsty all the time

  • Blurry vision is pretty normal for me because of my Punctate Inner Choroidopathy

  • No frequent infections

  • Unexpected weight loss? I wish!

  • Increased hunger? Well maybe but I am pretty fat so that is to be expected

  • Fatigue – well, 3 kids and 7 stone extra in weight would make anyone tired, right?

  • No numbness or tingling

The GP seemed to expect a bigger reaction but it is VERY difficult to take a call like that and say you are surprised when you have your phone in one hand and a biscuit (lemon drizzle in case you were wondering) in the other hand.

I licked the icing off my biscuit, mouthed the word DIABETES at my Mum who was looking on with a puzzled expression and thanked the Doctor for calling to let me know.

Nobody likes bad news

My most immediate thought was “Shit, I should have asked my levels were”. I hadn’t and I was cross with myself for not doing so. I am pleased that my Mum was with me though. Mum is diabetic too and it really helped to have her there to bounce questions off. Obviously the moment I finished the call with the GP I had plenty of questions.

About 10 minutes later the nurse phoned me and she was a bit more forthcoming than the GP had been. Unfortunately I won’t get to see her for another few weeks for my initial appointment but I have Mum to ask and I have also googled some great websites such as https://www.dietdoctor.com which was recommended on lots of forums.

Mum takes medication called Metformin for her diabetes and I have seen over the last few years how the side effects have taken their toll on her. Yes they keep her blood sugar in check but they have caused other discomforts. The GP and nurse have both said that they want to put me on Metformin too.

My plan

Obviously the moment I got home I started to read up on the condition. I went through other peoples blogs and personal accounts of their journey with type 2 Diabetes and I think I have a plan.

It’s not set in stone by any means but I have decided that I want to try to avoid Metformin if I can (and as long as my Nurse approves) by eating less/better.

I have cut my carb intake to 100g per day initially and am trying to avoid refined carbs wherever possible. If I can lose some weight before my appointment with the Diabetes Nurse I am hoping it will demonstrate my commitment to getting my levels into the safe zone without the medication for now.

It’s going to be a challenge though. My relationship with spaghetti was pretty solid – albeit obviously toxic to my health. The shame of admitting that I have caused this – and make no mistake I absolutely have – is very really and very raw right now. On the upside though the treatment does not involve having a needle jabbed into my eyeball so that’s a nice change..

I will check in after my appointment and update you.

Fingers crossed?

5 pet care tips for parents

Pet ownership comes with a hefty task list.

But our furry friends bring so much joy into our lives in return.

Owning a pet is also a positive way to teach children about responsibility and can bring the family closer together.

With that in mind, these are five pet care tips for parents that will make your life easier, help your kids understand the importance of good pet care, and ensure your animal companions are well looked after.

 

  1. Prepare together

If your new pet is going to be a surprise for your child, you can skip this step

But if you’re planning in advance as a family, involve them in the early stages of preparation – from choosing your pet, to buying essentials like beds, cages, and toys.

Letting them help you with these decisions early on will help them feel involved, and the experience of that early excitement before adoption will only encourage them to play a hands-on role with their new best friend.

  1. Create a rota

Sharing chores is an excellent way for children to learn valuable life skills and master the art of responsibility.

And doling out pet-related tasks on a rota is a great way for them to enjoy the full pet ownership experience too! Family chores app Cozi is a favourite with many parents when it comes to task delegation.

  1. Know what to look for

We hate it when our pets suffer, and unlike us, they can’t explain what’s wrong.

That means that when something isn’t right, they rely on us to notice the warning signs, such as a lack of appetite, low mood and more obvious physical symptoms.

Some of these may indicate a serious underlying health condition. But just like humans, others may be more manageable, such as allergies. A good vet is a valuable ally, particularly one that pairs with experts like Avacta Animal Health to provide thorough and up-to-date treatment.

Teaching your kids to keep an eye on your pets helps them develop that caring role, and strengthens the bond between pet and young owner.

  1. Teach them training

Training a pet can be a surprisingly useful skill – we’ve all seen those Facebook videos of dogs who can fetch snacks from the fridge.

It also makes your life easier – there’s nothing worse than an animal who doesn’t heed the word ‘no.’

And involving your children in the house-training process is good for both you and your pet, who will learn authority form every individual in the house. It’s also rewarding for your children to be involved in this part of pet ownership.

  1. Make memories!

The most important part of childhood is the memories you make as a family, and pets will only add to the experience.

Be sure to take plenty of photographs together to remember those special times – your pets will make a hugely positive impact on your child’s treasured memories, and it’s a time in their life that you and they will always reflect upon fondly.

These are just five ways for parents to teach their children the importance of pet care and make the most of the experience together.

4 Ways to Boost Your Business

 

Times are hard for small businesses right now.

 

With the high streets closed for so long, it was an unfortunate lesson in adapt or die – it’s always important to be flexible in order to change and grow, and never more so than in times of crisis as many companies, big and small, had to adjust to the strange new normal that befell us.

 

There is finally light at the end of the tunnel but coming up with new ideas to boost your business can be difficult ­– you might feel as though you’ve already exhausted every option.

 

If you’re struggling for inspiration, here are just four tips to help you grow your business.

  • Ask for Reviews

Asking customers to leave reviews is a great way for you to establish your credibility.

 

Did you know that 88% of consumers say they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations? That’s an important one to keep in mind!

 

Positive reviews are a strong tool to have in your arsenal, and your customers will often need a nudge to leave them – more so for positive reviews than negative!

 

People are much more likely to take to the internet to complain about you than they are to praise you, so giving every customer a gentle reminder to leave a review is an important habit to get into.

 

  • Interact Online

 

If your business isn’t on social media, then you need to change that!

 

Social media is a great way to build relationships with your customers – commenting on posts you’re tagged in, responding to queries in real-time and using social media as a platform of interaction and customer service shows that you care, and make your business seem more approachable.

 

Make sure that you treat your social media pages as well as you do your website! Remember that they are an extension of your business and it’s very likely that, in the increasingly digital age, this is how new customers will find you.

 

  • SEO

 

SEO is a powerful way to grow valuable traffic to your website.

 

But it can be intimating when you first begin your SEO journey, and there are plenty of potential pit falls that you’re going to want to avoid.

 

Luckily there’s plenty of help out there! Consider consulting with professionals like those at Maratopia Digital Marketing – these experts will be able to handle all you SEO, keyword research, and web design needs.

 

If digital marketing leaves you a little dizzy, then leave it up to the connoisseurs to boost your brand and advise you on best practice!

 

  • Ask for Help

 

Now this doesn’t come easy to everyone, but there’s no shame in asking for help when you’re in need.

 

If you’re struggling ­– and you certainly won’t be the only one ­– then reach out to the support that’s out there.

 

The government’s website has lots of handy resources for business owners, in order to help you get back on your feet.

 

Are you a small business owner? Use the comments below to share any tips you have for seeing that much needed boost to your business!

8 things that may help slow the progression of Prostate cancer

The second most common cancer among men worldwide is prostate cancer.  One in every eight men gets prostate cancer around the age of 50 in the UK. In the UK, more than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Sometimes the prostate cancer grows quickly and spreads to other parts of the body.

Prostate cancer usually starts in the prostate gland in men. The prostate is a walnut-size and shape organ (gland) surrounding the top of the urethra, located under the bladder outlet. It usually grows bigger as men get older. The prostate helps to produce semen (the fluid that carries sperm). Cancer begins to develop when the cells in the prostate grow in an uncontrolled way.

The symptoms may include issues related to urination and erectile dysfunction.

Things that help slow the progression of prostate cancer

With the progress in healthcare, new ways of treatment are emerging for prostate cancer. Researchers have developed a diagnostic tool using artificial intelligence to analyse CT scans in just seconds to spot prostate cancer before a patient has any symptoms.

In addition, prostate cancer in its early stage can be restricted from progression by adopting changes in lifestyle and diet. Following are some simple diet and lifestyle changes that help in reversing or slowing prostate cancer:

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene. It is a potent antioxidant that reduces the risk of prostate cancer or may help reduce its progression. A lycopene-rich diet is found best for curing prostate cancer. Men who frequently eat tomatoes are less likely to develop prostate cancer. Lycopene is an antioxidant, which works to reduce cancer cells production and prevents cell damage. Pureed or cooked tomatoes are the best option (lycopene is absorbed easily by the body) as lycopene is tightly bonded to the walls of the tomatoes, which are hard to extract. You can add fresh or sun-dried tomatoes to your salad, have eggs with tomato slices. Tomato-based soups also boost lycopene intake. Fresh tomato juice in the morning is another best option.

Broccoli

Broccoli contains compounds that help protect people from cancer. Interestingly, broccoli belongs to a group of vegetables called cruciferous that may have some properties that lower the risk of prostate cancer. The phytochemical sulforaphane in broccoli targets and kills cancer cells. As a result, the healthy prostate cells remain unaffected. Cabbage, cauliflower, sprouts, and kale are other cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli can be added to soups, salads, and stir-fries.

Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranates are a rich source of antioxidants and can inhibit the production or progression of prostate cancer cells. Pomegranate is considered a super fruit, having high levels of antioxidants. Drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice stops the progression of prostate cancer.

Fish

Good health is associated with a decent balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The typical western diet contains omega-6 fatty acids but fewer omega-3s. The higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids lowers the risk of prostate cancer. Fatty fish found in cold waters is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Increase the intake of omega-3 in your diet. Fatty fish includes salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, and herring. Try to eat fatty fish with another prostrate-friendly food, eat the fish with lemon or tomato sauce.

Soybeans and Legumes

Legumes, including soybeans, contain phytoestrogens, active plant compounds that suppress tumour growth. They belong to a food group that consists of beans, peanuts, and lentils. Phytoestrogens have antioxidant properties that fight cancer cells.

Soybean has phytoestrogens that reduce the risk of prostate cancer. The consumption of soy reduces the prostate-specific antigen. Prostate-specific antigen is a protein produced by the prostate. The PSA level in your blood is a screening test for prostate cancer.

Green Tea

Green tea has significant health benefits. It contains compounds that reduce the risk of prostate cancer by limiting tumour growth and killing cancer cells. Green tea contains xanthine derivatives, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), and epicatechin. Try to have a cup of green tea in the morning. You can also have green tea after lunch or dinner.

Stop Smoking

Smokers have a high risk of developing prostate cancer. In addition, men with prostate cancer are likely to have a recurrence of the disease if they continue smoking.

Maintain Body Weight

A healthy weight can significantly lower the risk of many heart problems and cancers. If you are overweight, you are at high risk of advanced prostate cancer. It is essential to maintain a healthy weight if you have prostate cancer. In fat men, prostate cancer is more likely to spread even after surgery or radiotherapy. Staying a healthy weight also reduces urinary problems after surgery.

Physical Exercise

Men with prostate cancer need to be physically active. However, it is best to ask your GP before you start any exercise. The GP might refer you to a physiotherapist for a safe exercise plan. The amount of physical activity you may need is subject to your fitness level, the stage of your cancer, and the treatments you are taking.

Try to be physically active for 2-3 days a week. Start with a 10-15 minutes exercise and gradually increase your exercise duration. The type of physical activity doesn’t matter; the purpose is to get active. Try the following tips:

  • Walking, cycling, gardening, and swimming are all the best
  • Use stairs rather than lift
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier
  • Lifting and stretching arms and legs from the bed