‘Scrambled Heads: A Children’s Guide to Mental Health’ ~ Review

Mental health.  It can be a very sensitive subject to approach.  Taboo even.
And it can be especially tricky to talk to our children about.
If you let it.

 

But here’s a helping hand because Emily Palmer has written ‘Scrambled Heads: A Children’s Guide to Mental Health
which was inspired after her own struggles with her mental health as a child and young adult.
For a start, what a great title!  It sums up very well the subject matter, I feel.
And with simple, colourful pictures, it’s such an easy read – a coffee table book that you can read in one sitting when the moment or need arises.Scrambled heads white childrens guide to mental health wellbeing book review young minds virtually all sorts
Apart from the simple illustrations, what really grabs me about this book is that it’s engaging.  It’s reassuring.  It gives useful advice in a non-aggressive and non-patronising way (very important for children, especially young adults).
‘Scrambled Heads’ normalises mental health, which is vital for everyone.

 

I say everyone, because when you first read the sub-title ‘A Children’s Guide to Mental Health’, you might think, as I did, that it’s aimed purely at children.  But when you consider that this book can be read by anyone of any age, so children, their siblings, their relatives, their friends and their parents, that covers a lot of ground!

 

What’s worth remembering is that many, many children have parents who have mental health issues and this book could help them to understand their situation better.   This would have been a very handy book when I had depression.  Books are one of 5 ways you beat depression.
The length of the book is just right for picking up off the coffee table, bedside cabinet, shelf or wherever and having a quick recap as the need arises.

 

The price is very reasonable too at £5.99.  And with 10% of the profits of the first edition being donated to ‘Young Minds’, it’s even more reasonable and a small price to pay, I’d say.

 

If I could change one thing, I would put a little less emphasis on visits to hospital and medication, and more emphasis on cognitive therapy.

 

Although it doesn’t actually refer directly to medication it has pictures that are open to interpretation.  And when it comes to mental health, I suppose it’s heavily open to interpretation on all levels.  Such as how someone looks compared to how they’re feeling.  And that’s just for starters.

 

Overall, given the complexity of the subject of mental health, I do think that this book does an extremely good job of not alienating anyone, not patronising anyone, not making anyone feel ‘odd’ and above all, not being flippant about what is a very serious subject.

 

I would encourage our 7 year old to read this at some point as and when the need may arise, as a useful aide to understanding mental health.

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I was sent this book at a discount for the purpose of a review but all words and opinions are my own.

This post contains affiliates links which means that if you purchase something from this page, I get a little happiness too.  At no extra cost to you.  Thank you.

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Morse Toad personalised chocolate cards (with discount code)

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Morse Toad is a great concept.

Firstly, who doesn’t like to receive nice post?

And who doesn’t like to receive chocolate?

Well, I love to receive both!  And I love to write poems too, so this is what I’d like to say about Morse Toad…

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When you want to say ‘thanks’ or ‘congrats’ or ‘well done’,

Morse Toad chocolates are second to none!

They’ve a list of occasions you might want to use,

There’s bound to be one that you’d like to choose!

With an option to add a heart-warming snap,

You can personalise your delicious, chocolatey pack.

And ordering’s easy with one or two clicks,

With delivery choices, just take you pick!

Morse Toad have thought of it all, and more…

The chocs go through your letterbox, straight through your door,

It’s great value for money; you can see from their shop,

Stay in your PJ’s, don’t shop til you drop!

And what about the chocolate?  Well that’s yummy too,

If you’re lucky, the receiver might leave some for you…

The best Belgian chocolate, so smooth and so scrummy,

There’s an edible greeting card for everyone’s tummy!

Morse Toad is available all year round,

But read on for a discount to get more for your pound!

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Yes, Morse Toad are very kindly giving you a 10% discount by using the code “HappyToadmas”

(expires 25th December 2016 which is of course Christmas Day!).

You can hop over (like a Morse ‘Toad’!) to Morse Toad’s message service to see their range, which would make great secret Santa presents, and there’s something there for your family too, befitting all occasions (as the poem above suggests!)
chocolate Christmas cards and stocking fillers: something for Mum, Dad or your friends.

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 I created an unboxing vlog because Morse Toad very kindly gave me a discount for the purpose of this review and I chose the ‘Awesome Box’ for our daughter.

The reason being that we love to be positive and use empowering words in our house (and I secretly blatantly knew she would share her chocolatey stash with me us!).   I chose to add a picture of her with her cousins and this was great value at an extra £1.  That in itself is awesome, to add an even more personal touch and sending a strong message that they are all awesome.  When you order, the website says that you can take the picture out and pop it in a frame.  I thought that would be a lovely and unique touch and was intrigued to see how this would work.

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When we received the parcel, this was my favourite feature.  You could easily slip the picture out of the box and pop it in a frame!  What an awesome idea…

The packaging appears to be sturdy enough to drop through a high letterbox without breaking up.  And there’s even a note on the box to keep the package out of the sun!  Once opened, there is  plastic cover that slots easily over the chocolate pieces.

Mine (or our daughter’s!) package arrived within 2 days of placing the order (which was done in the evening) and here’s her favourite part of it:

The picture of her with her cousins, the letters and hearts and the really yummy chocolate!   (all of it then really!)

When she saw the box with the picture inside, she was really excited and said she wanted to put the picture in a frame next to her bed.  How lovely!  She read the words and I took a moment to reaffirm to her that is awesome, so are her cousins and so are we!  Keen to have some chocolate, she took the sturdy plastic cover away (which was easy to do) and pointed out 2 pieces to have.

We both decided it was really smooth, yummy and most importantly, chocolatey!  Highly recommended! (and Daddy agreed when it was his turn to sample his pieces.

My favourite part:

Watching our daughter’s face when she opened the box to see the picture, letting her read the message and telling her that she IS awesome!

And also showing her that she could take the picture out.

Some other good points to note:

The chocolate does not contain alcohol and is kosha accredited. It does not contain eggs, and is gluten free.  This is good, quality chocolate and I’ll bet that not many messages stay in tact for long.  If they do, someone has very good willpower!

What I would change:

If I could change one thing about the packaging, it would be to put the chocolate pieces in a ‘rigid’ tray within the box.  By that I mean something to keep the pieces in their rightful places.  Not only would this stop the remaining pieces from rattling around, it would keep the message making sense (in the early stages when not too many pieces are gone!)

But really, this is a great value-for-money product.  I can see this will become very popular once word gets around.

Don’t forget to use your discount code HappyToadmas and follow Morse Toad on social media:

Visit their website and follow them on instagram, facebook, and twitter.

*This is a review post but all opinions are my own.

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Panda Vita Organic Baobab powder ~ Review & discount code

Panda Vita contacted me to ask if I would like to review their organic Baobab powder and I immediately agreed because anything that is 100% natural and unprocessed has got to be a good thing.

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Firstly, I was impressed with the packaging.  It came in a modest sized envelope which not only means less waste of course.  But it also means I wasn’t battling with unnecessary parcel tape to get to my ‘loot’.

The envelope has a rip off seal at the top but then to keep the powder fresh, you have a zip-lock type seal which is a fantastic idea.

As the PandaVita website says, Baobab powder is a tasty and nutritious powder that dehydrates naturally inside the baobab fruit. The fruit grows on magnificent trees in AFRICA. It has a delightful citrusy flavour and is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium. It also a high fibre content.

On opening the packet, I set to, making a drink.  I was intrigued what it tasted like in water alone, and added the correct mix to the water.  At first, I wasn’t sure how quickly, if at all, the small lumps would dissolve.  But I’m pleased to say they were gone rapidly with a good ‘whisky’ type mix with a normal teaspoon.

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So, with some trepidation, I sipped my drink.  I say ‘trepidation’ because after seeing the small lumps, I was warey that it may be quite powdery on my tongue.  And you know what?  It wasn’t!  The citrussy taste came through quite strongly (but not overpowering) and this may have taken the texture away.  I tried levelling the teaspoons the next time and sure enough, not so strong and actually very pleasant.

I didn’t actually find time to do any baking with the baobab powder but can imagine that it would be a nice addition and give any recipe a little ‘twist’.

I did find time to sprinkle a little on my daily cereal (oh how I love my breakfast!).  With a bit of a stir, I enjoyed the twist in the taste and I liked knowing that I was giving my day a kick start with the baobab.  Great feeling!

While I can’t say that I noticed my energy levels increase (I may have to give it more time), I can say that I recommend you try this organic powder.  At £4.99 for a 50g packet, I’d say it’s worth the money and I’d be prepared to use it daily.  And Panda Vita are very kindly giving you a 15% discount by using VAS15 (no expiry date).  You can shop their range of products here.

And you can follow Panda Vita on social media:

Visit their website and follow them on instagram, facebook, pinterest and twitter.

*This is a review post but all opinions are my own.

 

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Pure Chimp Super Tea ~ Review

Are you a tea lover?

Great!

Have you ever tried green tea?

If the answer’s yes, read on for a product that may interest you.

If the answer’s no, read on for a new experience just for you!

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Pure Chimp is packed full of 100% natural goodness.

Yes it’s true, it’s all goodness that goes into this green tea.

Just one teaspoon serving is the equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea.

So, start your day the Pure Chimp green tea way and you’re off to a good start!

It’s grown under cover for the last two weeks before picking, which fills it with extra goodness.

The tea leaves are then carefully ground down to form a fine powder which ensures that you consume all of the natural goodness!

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But how do you make it?

You simply mix 1/2 a level teaspoon (around 1g) with hot water, juice or smoothies.  It can also be used in baking.

What’s it like?

When you open the packet, there is a really fine powder of velvety green just waiting for you to dip your tea spoon into.  It had the look and feel of quality as a small cloud of the powder got airborne (and didn’t make me sneeze, hurray!).

I mixed it well, though I didn’t make it frothy like it suggests you can on the packaging and I found it needed a good dollop of honey to take the powdery texture away.  I do like things bitter, however Pure Chimp was a little too bitter for my tastebuds, even with the honey.  I do try to avoid sweetening my drinks, for health reasons and also because I don’t really like the sweet taste.  For that reason, I was reluctant to add more than a dollop of honey, though I needed to really, for taste.

For those who don’t mind adding to make their drink sweeter or don’t mind the intense texture of the power, this drink is ideal for that 100% natural goodness that comes with green tea.

Pure Chimp have a good range of products available at reasonable prices  (the Super Tea retails at £6.95) and I was impressed that this simply came in an envelope too.  No over-the-top unnecessary packaging, which is good to see.

You can follow Pure Chimp on social media:

Visit their website and follow them on instagram, facebook, pinterest and twitter.

 

*This is a review post but all opinions are my own.

 

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Tempting the tastebuds ~ #FloraLunchbox Challenge

When the lovely people at Flora sent me a lunchbox to cram full of goodness, I was looking forward to tempting our little girl’s tastebuds.
As part of the #FloraLunchbox challenge we also received a ‘lunchbox builder’ which was really handy to have on hand when planning the week’s lunches.
By using the guide, it ensured that our girl (and us too!) had one each from the sections main, snack, fruit or veg (or both ideally!)
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All parents know the importance of a healthy and balanced diet.  So what do you do when you’ve got a picky eater who then goes to school and you have no way of encouraging them to ‘eat up’… except by what goes in their lunchbox?  You can cram them full of fruit and raw veg with their after school snack OR you can explore the ideas from Flora which covers all sorts of lunchbox tips including how to get kids to eat veggies, a 5 day lunchbox plan and a lunchbox builder (which I found really useful).
Our little girl’s school does encourage the younger children to eat up by giving out stickers (all kids love stickers after all!) but the question is, how many of those children have a nutritional and balanced lunch to eat in the first place?  It was a real concern to learn that a study by Flora found that only 1.6% of children receive a packed lunch that meets nutritional standards set for school meals.  Surely that means that a large proportion of our children are not getting the nutrition they need to grow and develop as they should do.
In light of that, it’s reassuring to know that:
  • Every tub of Flora contains plant oils, such as sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils.
  • Flora is lower in saturated fats than butter (Flora Original – 80% lower; Buttery – 71%; Light – 78%).
  • It provides a source of healthy Omega 3 and 6 which are essential fats that contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children.  I’ll high-five that!
  • Flora also recently launched Flora Freedom which is a 100% dairy free product, is free of preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and like the rest of the Flora range is approved by The Vegetarian Society.

Win-Win!

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Fortunately, our little girl (6 years old), has always been a healthy eater.  She loves her fruit and veg but she’s not very adventurous.  So it’s no surprise that her lunchbox ‘menu’ has been a bit haphazard and desperately rotated week by week in the hope of adding some variety.  (Yes I do have a weekly ‘packed lunch planner’ because who wants to be using their brain at 7am or before when they’re doing the lunches?!  No hands up there then!…)
We had some fun thinking up some ideas.
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 This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by
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Disclaimer: Written in collaboration with Flora ~ all words and opinions are my own.

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How safe is your street?

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 How safe is your street?
There’s a question for you
To ponder and wonder
In the local shop queue…
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How safe is your street?
As you stand in the line,
Do you talk to your neighbour,
Do you find the time?…
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 How safe is your street?
A stone’s throw or afar,
Your neighbour’s your neighbour,
By foot, bus or car…
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How safe is your street?
Need an ice-breaker or two?
A bit of small-talk
Will be perfect for you…
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 How safe is your street?
Is your own home protected?
While you sleep at night,
Be ‘alarmed’, be detected…
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How safe is your street?
And your appliances too,
It’s vital to test them,
Corgi can help you…
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How safe is your street?
From the young to the old,
Are you ‘safe as houses’?
Do you stand tall and bold?
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 By Carol Cameleon 2016
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Disclaimer: Written in collaboration with Corgi ~ all words and opinions are my own.

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Prose for Thought
Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

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How to create a pet safe garden with #SafeSeeds

We’ve got 2 cats that Our Little Bear adores, as they do her.  We’ve also got a nice big garden which they roam freely every day.  So when I saw the list of plants and flowers that are poisonous to cats and dogs, I was surprised and alarmed in equal measure that our cats could potentially be in daily contact with several on the list.
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Of course, we had a good clear out, pronto and the cats (and Our Little Bear) are free to explore to their heart’s content again.
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Research showed that a whopping 43% of pets needed urgent care after eating these plants and thanks to MORETH>N, not only have we diverted a very unnecessary emergency trip to the vets, and unnecessary additional stress for our pets (and us), we’ve also avoided the unnecessary accompanying bill to get our cats back to a full ‘bill’ of health…
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But how many other gardens look similar to this ‘MoreThan poisonous Pawtanical Garden’, as designed by Ian Drummond, 2015 RHS Chelsea gold medal-winning garden designer?
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MORETH>N poisonous Pawtanical garden designed by Ian Drummond

Now that ours no longer contains any toxic plants, we need to look carefully before we pop any more plants into our garden.
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Thankfully, MoreThan have launched their PetSafe campaign, fronted by Charlie Dimmock, for better plant labelling to show us just what IS safe for our pets in our gardens.
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Charlie Dimmock is fronting the PetSafe campaign for MoreThan

Pet owners can also win free pet friendly flower seeds via MORE TH>N on Facebook and Twitter.
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Disclaimer: Written in collaboration with MORETH>N.

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So tell me, which of these plants are in your garden? (Share in the comments right at the bottom of this blogpost, below the link badges!)

PLANT NAME

POISONOUS FOR CATS

POISONOUS FOR DOGS

ALOE VERA
AMARYLLIS (BULBS)
ANGELS TRUMPET (BRUGMANSIA)
APPLE (SEEDS)
APRICOTS (KERNELS)
ASPARAGUS FERN
AVOCADO (FRUIT, PITH, LEAVES)
AZALEA (ALL PARTS) Rare
BABY’S BREATH
BEGONIA
BIRD OF PARADISE (PODS)
BISHOP’S WEED
BLEEDING HEART (DICENTRA FORMOSA)
BLUEBELL
BUXUS / BOX (ALL PARTS, MOSTLY LEAVES)
CARNATION
CLEMATIS (ALL PARTS)
CORDYLINE (GRASS PALM)
CROCUS (ALL)
CHRYSANTHEMUM (ALL PARTS)
CYCLAMEN (FOLIAGE, FLOWERS, STEMS)
DAFFODIL (ALL PARTS)
DAISY
DAHLIA
DAPHNE (BERRIES, BARK, LEAVES)
DEADLY NIGHTSHADE
DELPHINIUM (ALL PARTS ESPECIALLY THE SPROUTS)
ELEPHANTS EARS (LEAVES, STEMS, ROOTS)
ELDERBERRY (LEAVES, BARK, ROOTS AND BUDS)
EUCALYPTUS (ALL PARTS)
FOXGLOVE / DIGITALIS (LEAVES, STEMS, FLOWERS, SEEDS)
GARLIC
GARDENIA
GERANIUM (ALL PARTS)
GLADIOLA (BULBS)
GRAPE PLANT/VINE N/a
HELLEBORE
HIBISCUS
HOLLY (LEAVES, BERRIES & STEMS) Rare
HOSTA Rare
HYACINTH (BULBS, LEAVES, FLOWERS)
HYDRANGEA (ALL PARTS)
IRIS (BULBS)
IVY (ALL SPECIES – LEAVES, BERRIES) Rare
JAPANESE YEW (NEEDLES, SEEDS, BARK) Rare
LABURNUM (LEAVES AND SEEDS)
LARKSPUR (ALL PARTS)
LILLIES (ALL PARTS) N/a
LIME
LILY OF THE VALLEY (ALL PARTS)
LEOPARD LILY N/a
LOBELIA
LUPIN (ALL PARTS) Rare Rare
MALLOW
MARIGOLD (NEW LEAVES, STEMS)
MISTLETOE
MONKSHOOD/ ACONITE (ROOTS, FOLIAGE, SEEDS)
MORNING GLORY (ALL PARTS)
NARCISSUS (ALL PARTS) (DAFFODIL)
OAK – ACORNS (ALL PARTS)
OLEANDER (ALL PARTS)
ONION (ALL PARTS)
PERIWINKLE (ALL PARTS)
PEONY (FOLIAGE, FLOWERS)
PHILODENDRON (LEAVES, STEMS, ROOTS)
PINKS
POINSETTIA
PRIMROSE (ALL PARTS)
PRIVET
PRUNUS ROTUNDIFOLIA LAUREL
POPPY (ALL PARTS)
POTATO (SPROUTS, VINES, UNRIPE TUBERS) N/a
PRIVET
RANUNCULUS  (BUTTERCUP)  ✔
RAGWORT (ALL PARTS ABOVE GROUND)  ✔  ✔
RHODODENDRON (LEAVES)
RHUBARB LEAVES
SNOWDROPS (ALL PARTS)
SWEET PEA (ALL PARTS)
SWEET WILLIAM
TOBACCO PLANT
TOMATO PLANT (FOLIAGE, VINES, GREEN FRUIT)
TULIP (BULBS)
VERBENA (FOLIAGE AND FLOWERS)
WEEPING FIG (INDIAN RUBBER)
WILD CHERRY TREE
WISTERIA (SEEDS AND PODS)
YARROW
YEW
YUCCA

…that’s one long list!

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