Do you love the sales?

It won’t surprise my regular readers that I enjoy getting a bargain. That is why you will often find me in charity shops and occasionally on Ebay.

So I was delighted to know there is a website where you can find out all about the sales in different shops covering a range of items from fashion, electronics, home, garden, sports, gifts or anything else that takes your fancy.

It’s a busy time for us as a family so here are things I am considering from Love the Sales. I would love you to tell me which items you like best and what you enjoy about sales.

I do love a man in a waistcoat. My husband wore one at our wedding. I think 3 piece suits look smart. He has an interview coming up soon and I think he would look great in this suit from Hugo Boss.

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He can also wear it to our wedding anniversary dinner and I would love a dress like this one. Vibrant colours suit me and I think this dress would be very forgiving of the mummy tummy.

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My daughter’s birthday is coming up and her wardrobe needs updating and these items would suit her well now that she is turning 12 and growing up fast. I highly recommend you checking out some great fashion items for all the family including from Tommy Hilfiger and Boden.

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Finally we are doing up our patio area to make it a pretty place to spend our Summer days and evenings. I absolutely love this stylish barbecue from Laura Ashley.

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Do you like my wishlist and what do you most love about the sales?

Ginger Zinger was recently introduced by James White Drinks.

If you enjoy ginger you will love this innovative ginger shot. I love the taste now and think it will be even more refreshing as the weather warms up.

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This is ginger for the true ginger lover – a 7cl shot for purists, made with 26% crushed ginger juice, 57% apple juice and 17% water and absolutely nothing else. The Ginger Zinger gives off some serious heat, enough to give you a real jolt and is a great alternative to caffeine loaded coffees and energy drinks. It’s also 100% natural (no nasty preservatives, artificial colours or flavours) and certified organic by The Soil Association.

As I try to get healthier and certainly to cut down my addiction to coffee, the Ginger Zinger can only help.

The characteristic flavour and aroma of the ginger comes from three volatile oils, namely: gingerols, shogaols and zingerone – hence the Ginger Zinger!

Apart from the taste, another factor that makes James White Drinks’ latest development so interesting is the use of pressed ginger juice, rather than ginger flavourings. The taste is quite distinct as the heat from real ginger comes more slowly and less intensively than expected. It is softer but, with 26% of the new Ginger Zinger made of ginger juice, when the zing arrives you definitely know about it!

The benefits of ginger date back thousands of years and are widely known and published to include relief from nausea and arthritis, along with the immune system boosting benefits.

James White Organic Ginger Zinger is available now, with an RRP of £1.49 for a handy 7cl shot, which can be kept in your bag or pocket ready to give you that intense pick up.

Stockists include Amazon and Planet Organic and it can also be purchased online at www.jameswhite.co.uk.

Hospital blunders are irritating at the very least and sometimes downright dangerous.

I had no real experience of hospitals until I gave birth to my first child. At one of my first appointments, my records were muddled up with someone of the same name. Understandable perhaps as quite a coincidence that someone with the same name as me should be pregnant at exactly the same time as me in such a small country town.

With my third child, I was told by a midwife that after spotting late in pregnancy, his view was that I should never have left hospital until I gave birth. All was well in the end and I delivered a bouncing 11 and a half pounder!

My husband has really suffered due to hospital blunders. He has 3 forms of psoriasis which is unsightly and leaves him embarrassed and often in extreme pain. After decades of various treatments he was given injections which made the condition really manageable and reduced the scaling to almost nothing. When we moved between hospital areas, the injections stopped and he is now as bad as he ever was although fortunately has lobbied and is now back on the injections. My husband wrote to anyone who would listen which helped but not every person feels capable of doing that.

With both my late parents, I felt mistakes were made both clerical ones leading to lack of check-ups after major illness and my poor Dad falling due to lack of staffing during the night. I don’t think it is right that other elderly patients had to pick him up and get him back to bed.

If things are to improve, there needs to be a culture of openess that investigates concerns and learns from mistakes made.

Have you experienced hospital blunders? Was medical negligence at play or was it just a case of extremely stretched resources? Perhaps those two are linked.

Infographic: Hospital Blunders

An IPhone 6 is a great thing to own but are you protecting yours?

Would you like to win a IPhone 6 cover and screen protector?

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I have a fun giveaway for you where you can win a IPhone 6 cover of your choice from Tech 21.

https://www.tech21.com/en_gb/smartphones/apple-mobile-cases-and-covers/iphone-6-cases
This competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over only.

The winner will be sent a voucher code that covers the cost of one phone case and one screen protector only. The code works by shopping on the website as normal, then entering the code as you go to pay.

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Delighted to add this giveaway to UK Prizefinder

Give me a break. Bladder weakness is a sign that you have earned your stripes as a woman. So I thought I would share my ode to female incontinence.

It’s everywhere and nowhere, lady,
That’s where it’s at
Women won’t talk about it
but they know where it’s at
Giving up across this country
and feeling flat
Saying everything is groovy
When it’s owt but that!

And it’s hi-ho panty lining
Anywhere you go now, lady
I see your eyes are shining and you can board the bus
Cos you’ve got life sussed

Wees are in your knickers, lady
You’re just like me
You have got your age and family,
Only nothing’s for free
Bladder’s a-gonna get you someday,
Just wait and see
So pop on your Tena Lady
And celebrate with me

And it’s hi-ho panty lining
Anywhere you go, well, lady
I see the sun is shining and your’re one of us
If bladder weakness you discuss

At home or away, I rely on Tena Lady and strongly suspect if I asked you to “Lend me a Tena!” you might have one in your bag too. Like I say it means you have your stripes!

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TENA Lady are the UK’s number one female bladder weakness brand. Their recent survey into bladder weakness found up to half of all British women (47 per cent) have experienced bladder weakness so I think we need to talk about it more. Let’s raise awareness and reduce stigma.

Check out the TENA website for more information and free product samples.

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