When I was asked by SHEilds NEBOSH training providers to talk about health and safety at work, I thought it was a brilliant idea – it’s all about keeping safe and happy in all areas of life isn’t it?
The average person spends alot of time at work, after all. Going about your daily work, rushing around, sometimes on auto-pilot can mean that we get clumsy, miss spotting trip-hazards or we think someone will see the bag that you always put down next to your desk.
Watch out for the near-miss
I’ve known of ‘near misses’ when someone has almost tripped on a bag handle that has found its way into a walkway. That bag might always be put there day in, day out and everyone knows it’s there… until someone new comes along or someone’s carrying something and they can’t see it.
Never assume that someone knows an object is there just because that’s where you always put it before you flick the kettle on for your morning cuppa!
Oh and don’t you just love your morning cuppa?! Whether it’s a nice strong coffee or a, “tea, 2 sugars please!”
Why not pop it in a travel mug, with a secure lid? It’ll keep it hot for longer and prevent the dreaded spillage all over the keyboard and electrics! Since doing exactly that, I’m a convert to my ‘travel cup’ with secure lid and my one with a straw for my water and juice. A little bit of liquid goes a long way. Trust me, I know!
An accident waiting to happen?
And those computer leads under the desk? Yeah they’ve been like that for ages. They’ll be okay. I know they’re there because when I stretch my legs out, I get tangled up! But spare a thought for the person who doesn’t know those cables are there… Quite a hazard, getting tangled up in electrical cables.
This all applies in any workspace, including if you work from home. There are still all of these going on in the average home workspace. And now it’s clear to see why it’s so important to #StaySafeatWork
Have you had a near-miss or an incident in your workplace that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂
*This is a collaborative post but all words and opinions are my own.
How I turned a complicated pregnancy into a positive campaign
First up, let’s get something out of the way, and then let’s get onto the positive. When I see pregnancy announcements or perfect birth stories, I often make a conscious decision not to read. If it’s a blog post linked up in the same linky, I may have a skim read and then I often ‘just’ share the post.
It’s because I struggle to read ‘perfect’ pregnancy and perfect birth stories. The reason being that I had a Complicated Pregnancy
which involved a low placenta and resulted in pre-eclampsia, an emergency c-section and HELLP syndrome (which saw me in intensive care for a week).
I realise that people go through far more than that in pregnancy and I’ll always be grateful for having a healthy daughter.
I understand that people can’t wait to share their news and they have every right to (just like I have every right to choose not to read something that is likely to upset and frustrate me.).
What I really struggle to understand is why women choose to have a home birth. There, I’ve said it.
Things can go wrong very quickly during labour. Why risk not having the top consultants and surgeons literally scrubbed up in a theatre for you and your baby?
I’m getting a little ranty, I know.
And that’s not really my style.
Yet it seems that I’m harbouring frustration towards home births. Some may say it’s jealousy. Well, I say not – I never wanted a home birth. Just a healthy baby. And I was happy to have a section, more than happy to be ‘scheduled in’!
In an age where you have the best medical staff and equipment that a developed country can offer, why be so naive to think that everything will carry on hunky dory?
The serene dream
Yes, it’s lovely to have that serene dream of a home birth, of course it is.
but let’s get real here.
This is pregnancy.
Things can and do go very wrong. A sad fact.
Although a *little* ranty, this post actually serves to illustrate that I’m grateful for being healthy, for being here with my little family, for having a healthy daughter… when things could have been so very different. And undoubtedly would have been if I’d been insistent on having a home birth or at least sticking to any other birth plan.
When things had settled into newborn life, I started to post a few updates on facebook about how we were both very lucky to be here. And one night, a good friend said, “wow, you should turn this into a book.”
So I did. An ebook to be precise. An ebook that I published to ‘hellp’ raise awareness of HELLP syndrome. Because it’s more common than you think, yet the healthcare professionals often don’t treat it with the urgency that it needs or just plain don’t recognise it for what it is in the first place. Then I decided that as well my letter to the NHS, another way to giving something back when I got so much care, would be to give half of the proceeds to the charity Action on Pre-eclampsia (APEC).
And that’s what this post is for
It’s not for a rant so much as to tell you how I turned my complicated pregnancy into a positive campaign. (I didn’t mean to rant quite so much by the way, but it did feel good…)
If I’ve caused anyone an offence on their past, present or future birth plan that may include a home birth, that wasn’t my intention. This is my little corner of the internet and I wanted to show how I turned a trauma into a positive project.
Thanks for reading and I’ve hope I’ve raised some awareness.
Have you turned an unpleasant experience into something positive? (pregnancy-related or otherwise.) I’d love to hear from you! Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere
Lighting can make all the difference to the mood of a room when you’re looking to update and modernise your living or office space. It’s worth considering switching to LED lighting and it couldn’t be easier. Especially when you choose somewhere like www.thelightingsuperstore.co.uk.
Much like ‘traditional’ bulbs, LEDs can be dimmed and come to fit all shapes and sizes of fittings and fixtures. There’s something to suit all moods and size of space.
Somewhere to relax or revitalise
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to relax your mind or somewhere to revitalise, you can relax knowing that in the long-run you will be saving on your energy bill.
The dimmable LEDs are a fantastic tool to create your chosen atmosphere all year round because as the nights draw in and out, you can still create a cosy feel by dimming in and out. These infographics helps to show the benefits to the environment (and your pocket) and the versatility of LEDs.
Feel the difference
The difference a well-lit room makes to your mood really can be amazing. Not many people want a bright, starkly lit space when they’re trying to relax. Ending the day on a calming note can really make a huge difference to a good night’s sleep and therefore a good, positive start to a new day.
It’s #LEDeasy to create the right mood.
Have you switched your lighting to suit the mood of the room? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂
*This is a collaborative post but all words and opinions are my own.
When I heard about One Third Stories – ‘a story that starts in English and ends in another language’, I was intrigued.
The people at Boolino asked which language I would like to review and I chose the Spanish because I thought it would be a good starting point. Those episodes of Dora the Explorer must have given our 7 year old a good grounding for Spanish surely?…
Seriously though, not being a language expert, I also thought Spanish might be one of the more straight-forward languages.
So that’s what I thought, but I was also interested to see how our daughter would approach it and how she would react.
She loves reading and happily reads fluently alone. And so I had little doubt of her capabilities. As I said, she’s also seen her fair share of Dora so I thought she would already have a feel for the intonations of Spanish as a language! A logical conclusion to draw perhaps?!
What made me smile on reading this book was her realisation that some of the book was in a different language!
When we opened the parcel, she read the cover and I explained what it was.
Curious, she began to read and by page 4 she came across a Spanish word which was very cleverly woven into the text. Having been through phonics, sounding out and blending with her, it was fascinating to hear her do the same with the Spanish word.
I did have to jump in and tell her how to pronounce ‘si’. But due to the accompanying pictures, the word meaning was pretty self-explanatory within the context of the story.
Does the concept work?
Having the Spanish slotted into the text didn’t slow the story down at all, which I thought may have been the case.
A very clever concept that works brilliantly with competent, engaged readers (or at least a 7 year old and her mum!). I can see how this book (and no doubt others in the series) would aide in actually introducing a different language and therefore learning new, basic words.
Based on our experience and our daughter’s reaction, I would highly recommend this book.
Not only for the general concept of ending in a different language but also for the sheets of ‘flash cards’ that come with it. On one side you have the Spanish and the other is the English. A great idea to enhance visual learning. What also impressed me about this book visually was at the start, the numbers were introduced alongside clear drawings of the number of the relevant item, so the child can count them and work out what the Spanish word is for themselves. The package also came with a free audio book download which is a great idea for the pronunciations and also a cute Spanish fact file that you can see here.
One Third Stories came with a cute Spanish Fact File
With an RRP of £14.99, there is value for money because you do get a fair amount for your money – a good quality, sturdy story book with flash cards. My initial thoughts were that it’s a little bit pricey, but when I considered the concept a little more; that this series could engage with your child and ease your child into a new language, I do think it’s worth it.
What language would you consider buying for your child? Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂
*I was sent this book for the purposes of this review but all words and opinions are my own (and my daughter’s!)
Some days you can’t just sit around watching TV, you’ve got to get out, and take the kids for days out. It’s not hard finding fun things to do, but what about keeping their brain invested too? Rossall School have a few ideas that should tick both boxes as being fun, educational days out.
Who doesn’t love animals? What better way to celebrate than by going to see a host of exotic beasts up close you wouldn’t normally see at home. There are plenty of dotted around the country, but how about Longleat Safari Park? It’s the perfect example of a great day out; there is plenty to do around the grounds, see animal shows such as birds on display, chances to hold reptiles and see all the creepy crawlies up close, then finish it off by getting in your car and driving round the actual safari part, getting up-close and personal with the bigger, more impressive creatures.
Museums aren’t all just old paintings (not that there is anything wrong with that), but it’s not a bad idea to educate the kids in some famous artwork to encourage their creativity. There are loads of different exhibitions on offer, from Ancient Egypt, to dinosaurs to science and technology. There’s no limit to the amount of stuff, often all under the same roof. A perfect way to spend an afternoon and usually free entry!
There are literally hundreds of castles dotted around the UK. They are a big part of our history but a good day out is the Northumberland Coastal Route where there are a bunch of castles still in good condition. There’s Bamburgh which is right by the beach, Warkworth, more ruins now and Alnwick, which has been used in a few films including a little known movie called Harry Potter. It also has a fantastic epic tree house and gardens where the kids can learn all different kinds of plants and flowers and there’s even a poisonous plants guided tour section.
Speaking of the North East, there is also this brilliant open air museum which is practically a whole town frozen in time. Three times to be precise; The 1820s, 1900s and the 1940s. You can explore what life was like during those times with shops, farms, schools, blacksmiths (with a working blacksmith) and even doctors, dentists and the best part, a sweet shop where you can watch old-fashioned treats being made right in front of you. The staff play in character and can provide information about their respective roles and era.
Have you got any suggestions for great, educational family days out? Share them in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂
We often tell our daughter that she needs to de-clutter,
“To make room for more tat!”, I say with a mutter;
Her room needs a sort out with a fine tooth-comb,
For the old toys that now need a new home…
Instead of tidying, she’s often found playing,
Unearthing old toys that it seems are now staying,
“It’s a pre-school book, you no longer need,
It’s been in a box, chapter books you now read!”
Okay, she tells me, she’ll sort that box out,
So I leave her to playing, not sorting, no doubt;
But a little while later she presents a small pile,
Of nick-nacks that I’ve not seen for a while…
“I don’t need these now, they’re too young for me!
I’ve had them since I was around about three.”
‘Tis true and my heart, well it does a small flip,
Cos I know she’s growing up in a hop and skip!
Peppa Pig, Disney Princesses are all relegated
To the ‘not wanted’ stack, I feel somewhat deflated…
But you know what? It’s all good and exciting,
The next step of our journey that it seems we’re alighting…
With makeup, with fashions, with disco lights,
With pop music, with dancing and slightly later nights,
All signs our little girl is little no more,
As she practices dance moves on the living floor.
We see her character growing and growing,
Moulding to where the wind takes her, it’s blowing!
Leaving her old toys, all stacked up in the wings
Making room for her nearly 8 year old things…
By Carol Cameleon 2017
How do you cope when your child decides they’re suddenly too old for the toys that, actually remind you of their earlier days? Does your heart skip a beat of excitement or is it bittersweet? I’d love to know! Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere
When we received a package from Vicks as part of their #VicksTricks campaign, we were intrigued by the book inside. The title of my blog post for their campaign was ‘I’ve Got a Trick Up My Sleeve’ and so did they, it seems!
And what an intriguing book. The idea is to read this book to your child who doesn’t want to or won’t sleep, at bedtime. I found it quite challenging to read because of the style. By that I mean that parts were in italics (which you say in a soft, slow voice) and bold (which you say ‘in character’ and animate your voice etc). To accompany the book were 3 finger puppets, to use alongside the book, to really bring the book alive.
We love a bedtime story in our house, we always have and in all honesty, we’ve never really had any issues with our 7 year old wanting to go to bed or to sleep. I’ve mentioned before how she asks me to read 7 pages and then she reads the rest herself by torchlight..
So to be asked by our daughter to read the whole lot came as a surprise. A nice one though! It felt very odd not to be reading the whole 7 pages and our daughter didn’t even manage to read the rest herself! Why? Because by about page 4, she was curled up in bed, with her teddies and duvet around her, heavy-eyed and ready for sleep. She usually sits up next to me in bed, snuggled up under her duvet holding a teddy. So was this coincidence? Well, we will never know but in any case, the concept of the book is really clever!
Have you come across this book? Do you find bedtime challenging?! Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂
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