Are you looking for personalized wrapping paper or other things to jazz up your next family celebration?
Dom and Geri is a fabulous one-stop shop if you have a special event of any kind coming up.
With our busy lives where we are juggling so much already, a celebration means extra work which is made way easier when you can sort some of the stuff online.
Dom and Geri offer good quality and I particularly love the high quality personalised banners. I don’t think we ever grow out of loving something that is personalised just for us. They have unique designs to suit individual tastes and for different age groups and genders.
Even better, they have super fast delivery so if you order before 2pm Monday to Friday, they post the same day.
To be honest, I really love the fact that they are a family run company too and a Yorkshire one at that. It makes me feel I can trust them and I have always been satisfied with the wrapping paper and so on they have sent me to date.
If you are looking for customised greetings cards and wrapping paper or even if you are that way inclined personalised gin and champagne, Dom and Geri is your one-stop shop for celebration heaven. With 1000s of designs to choose from, you are sure to find something that is right up your street.
My soon to be 12 year old is still mad about super heroes so I might go with this Spider Man theme.
Two weeks after my youngest son’s birthday, my oldest son turns 17. How did that happen? Dom and Geri have a selection of products ideal for teenagers that might just turn a grunt into a smile.
Then with Christmas not too far away, I am tempted by so many banners to decorate the house including the penguin themed one. Love anything with penguins!
I would love to hear what celebrations you have coming up and what personalized wrapping paper, cards or banners appeal to you most.
Ways to make money fast may seem few and far between but there are ways to increase your income and to improve your finances. Money troubles have a huge emotional impact so the sooner you tackle what is coming in and what is going out the better for you and your family.
1. Ensure you are getting all the money you are entitled to. You can check out the welfare benefits and grants you may be able to access via theTurn2Us website. A scary amount of benefits go under-claimed every year so check out your rights today.
2. Do you have skills that people would be willing to pay money for? You could set up your own business or perhaps look for a new job. I find women and particularly mums often lack self-belief and this holds them back. Ask people around you what you are good at doing from crafting to coaching, from writing to photography – these are all things that people will pay money for you to do.
3. Have you asked family and friends for help? Many of us struggle to do this but all too often our family and friends would be more than willing to support us in they knew we were having difficulties.
4. You may want to check out short term loans always ensuring you know you can pay back the money and checking out the APRs on offer.
5. If you have a spare room or rooms in your home, you could consider taking in a lodger although do check out the impact on any benefits and you do have to run this past your mortgage lender or landlord.
Other ways of making money fast include selling unwanted stuff on Ebay or at a car boot sale. I am sure you have ways to make money fast too so please do leave a comment and let’s all get financially savvy.
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Pregnancy anxiety is not something that is mentioned regularly but it is something so many mums go through. There is a bit of a conspiracy that says we all have to glow and sail through pregnancy but that is not realistic. Everyone will have their bad days and some will be hit by perinatal illness.
Jo has kindly shared her story in the hope it will help other mums.
“Seeing those two lines appear on that fateful pregnancy test is the moment most women dream of, that moment you know that something special has begun and knowing deep down things won’t ever be the same again.
I remember that Sunday morning like it was yesterday and feeling that tingling in my tummy, after feeling seriously broody for quite some time and being a loving ‘ Auntie’ to my best friends two wonderful little boys, I was looking at a pregnancy test that said positive, my time had finally arrived.
I was lucky enough to escape the morning sickness, I had nausea but was never actually sick which made it easier to keep quiet at work, I remember thinking about the little secret I was carrying which was all going well till about 9 weeks into my pregnancy, looking back that’s when it started.
I was having the most awful cramping pains and tmi moment losing funny coloured discharge so my GP sent me to an Early pregnancy unit to check me out incase I was having a miscarriage, thankfully I wasn’t but from then I was never quite the same about my pregnancy .
Anxiety started to rear it’s rather ugly head and I became paranoid about everything, what I ate, what I used and I would check everything thoroughly. Although at the time I wasn’t noticing how much it was taking over apart from later on when I had been diagnosed, looking back sometimes it was ridiculous, I remember trawling the Internet searching for information all because I had eaten a small amount of a pesto pasta salad that had parmesan on and I didn’t realise until I’d eaten it and was terrified I’d hurt my baby or that I refused to take gaviscon to help with the horrific heartburn I suffered at the end of my pregnancy for the same reason.
It didn’t help that at the 20 week scan, the sonographer was concerned about his growth so I was referred for several growth scans.
Anxiety in pregnancy
I reluctantly told my work colleagues I was pregnant at around 15 weeks and I felt so guilty towards my unborn baby, he was so wanted and loved but I was just so terrified to tell anyone incase something happened to him, I hated not being in control of my emotions as deep down I knew this wasn’t me but I just couldn’t see any other way.
I was diagnosed with perinatal anxiety in the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy after my mum decided enough was enough. It was heart breaking because I so wanted to be that mum who was loving showing off her growing bump and looking around the shops for cute baby clothes, buying the pram set I’d researched and admired but it was such a struggle, I didn’t buy anything until the 8th month of my pregnancy because I truly believed that my baby would never become a reality, that something would happen during birth and I would never hold him, I was paranoid about his movements and had many visits to the antenatal baby clinic to check him out and thankfully each time he was and hearing his heartbeat soothed me for a while but then a simple comment from a colleague such as “ oh you have a lovely little bump” could send my thoughts into panic mode that my baby was too small and something was wrong.
At the booking in appointments, postnatal depression is spoken about and I was ready to look out for the signs as we have a family history of it, but I had never heard of anxiety during pregnancy. I think it should be discussed and more support given to those who suffer from it, I was offered drugs but because of my fears I refused to take them and i was also referred to a perinatal anxiety team but it really late in my pregnancy so I didn’t get the best out of the support, I think if I’d had the help earlier , it would have been easier to cope.
Looking forward positively
My son is 6 months old, healthy and developing well. Although the anxiety is still present, especially for the first few months of his life I was terrified about milestones because if he didn’t do something when all the books said that he was supposed to I was scared that he wouldn’t ever do it, as my very supportive health visitor and my mum said “he hasn’t read the books, he doesn’t know he’s supposed to be doing something and he isn’t the baby in the books” which is so very true because he’s reached them all in his own time.
I’m coping a lot better but new situations such as taking him to baby sensory classes are a little daunting but I really wish that the topic would be spoken about to help remove the stigma around mental health issues in pregnancy.”
Child-free flights are on the wish list for British travellers.
Any parent knows that travelling by plane after having children is a very different experience. It can be challenging to entertain children on long flights. They may be sleepy and irritable.
I confess to waiting years before going on a plane with my children as even the thought of it made me anxious. I did not want to face the frowns of other passengers if my children behaved less than perfectly.
A new poll of 2000 Brits has revealed that a staggering 52% of us would opt for child-free flights given the opportunity. The survey carried out by HolidayHypermarket.co.uk found nearly 30 % of respondents cited noisy children and crying babies as the biggest annoyance you could experience on a plane.
Other bugbears were people encroaching on your personal space and drunken passengers
When it came to suggestions for flight improvements, 56% would pay for more spacious seats with only 27% saying they would pay extra for better food and drink.
Holiday Hypermarket representative Ian Crawford says “It’s not just children that annoy others on planes and that’s clear from the finding of our survey. It’s a tough call – many travellers have every sympathy with parents of noisy children and I’m sure there are plenty of people who would like to see family-only flights introduced as well. There have been talks of child-free flights for a while now and with some airlines introducing child-free zones, it’s good to see some compromise.”
So what do you think? Should we celebrate babies and children in any environment? Would you pay extra to secure an adults-only flight? Perhaps you have had a negative experience where an adult was at fault? I would love to know what you think so please leave a comment.
Postnatal depression is something that we need to talk about openly and honestly. It is not uncommon and is a real threat to the wellbeing of mums and their families.
It was never mentioned in my ante-natal classes which seems madness to me because it meant that when I got it I did not have a clue what was wrong with me or how to find help.
Today marks the beginning of Pre and Postnatal Depression Awareness Week 2017 and I am proud to be an official supporter of the week. Pandas is the foundation that offers support to those going through the very real challenges and trauma of pre and post-natal depression.
Postnatal depression and me
I had the usual baby blues with my first child and my husband often says I had post-natal depression with him. This goes to show how people cannot get in our head because although I was sleep-deprived with my first son, I managed OK and saw joy in him. This was not the case with my daughter who I certainly loved but I was aware all was not well. I could get very freaked out by simple things like ants crawling around and I wanted to live in darkness with the curtains closed. I did not engage with my daughter properly and would just do the minimum and sit staring at her wondering what my role was and why I could not do it. My parents would come to pick up my son to help out and they would go on days out leaving me at home feeling abandoned. Like so many mums, I said nothing about my struggles. If anything I put on an act that everything was fine and would hide things. For example, I would know what time my husband came home from work and do a quick bath of my daughter and open the curtains so he did not know that I was living in darkness day in and day out. Personal hygiene nose-dived and housework just seemed totally overwhelming.
My big mistake
I did not seek help. I was fearful if anyone knew how I felt they would take my children away. I had a third child and was still depressed and did not even bond with this baby for a full 6 months. I felt there must be a way to feel better but could not work out what it was. Eventually years later I saw a GP who prescribed Prozac and before I knew it I started to recognise myself again, the real Kate with all her flaws, skills, qualities and individuality.
What would I like you to do?
Watch out for new mums and even not so new mums who just don’t seem very happy with their lot. They may just be having a bad day but they may be in the grip of pre or postnatal depression.
Check out the film on the PANDAS Facebook page along with other useful posts on the signs, symptoms and treatment of pre and postnatal depression.
Get involved in the online conversation using hashtag #PNDAW17 and tagging @Pandas_UK in each post.
If you would like to donate to PANDAS Foundation ensure they can continue to help support families affected by both pre & postnatal mental illnesses please text PANDAS £3, £5 or £10 to 70660 or visit their website for further information and support.
Did you experience pre or postnatal depression?
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