Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Dementia-Friendly Christmas Gifts

Christmas gifts are going to be more difficult this year. As my grandmother's Alzheimer's progresses, it's becoming increasingly harder to find gifts that she will enjoy.

Dementia friendly christmas gifts

She's now at the stage where she is finding it difficult to read, write and understand a lot of basic conversation. Each day is presenting a new challenge, so we are constantly having to try to find ways to communicate with her and ways to soothe her.

She is a lot more anxious now and she can confuse people, or not remember some at all.

She used to love knitting, reading and watching films but sadly she no longer does any of these things.

So Christmas gifts are really hard to think of this year. You can get dementia specific gifts, such as blankets with various straps, buttons etc that they can fiddle with, but I don't think my grandmother will engage with any of these things at present.

Whilst she has a lot of dementia-typical behaviours, I don't think she is quite at the stage of benefiting from those gifts, so I have had to try to think outside the box.

I tend to get some personalised gifts each year for my mum, Chunk's dad and family, such as photo keyrings, magnets and canvases, so whilst I was browsing Snapfish to buy some I thought about creating a photobook.

Snapfish Photobooks- Dementia Friendly Gifts
Personalised Photobooks by Snapfish

Monday, 21 November 2016

Competition: Win a NickJr Goody Bag and Get On The TV!

NickJr Carol-okeNickJr are giving children the chance to appear on television for their new Carol-oke competition which starts today!

All you have to do is record your kids singing along to the well-known Christmas carol 'Deck The Halls' and upload it onto their site.

Videos must be between 10 and 30 seconds, featuring only one child. There must be no background music and no branding on show (toys, clothes etc).

There will be five winners picked every week between 21st November and 9th December, who will appear on NickJr throughout November and December.

The first Carol-oke will air on 28th November featuring five children. There will also be snowy adventures everyday from 8am during the competition.

Win a NickJr Goody Bag

To celebrate the new Carol-oke I have a NickJr goody bag to giveaway to one of my readers. As you can see from the image, the bag will contain:

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Top Tips To Declutter Your Child's Bedroom

If you're considering decluttering your child’s bedroom, you will know it’s not as simple as tidying up a messy room. Decluttering takes time, and although it may take longer if you include your child in the process, the benefits will definitely outweigh any added time and inconvenience. I've managed to get some tips from bedroom furniture experts at Children’s Bed Shop so thought I'd share them with you!

Decluttering your child’s bedroom will teach them the principles of organisation. Not only will you be setting a good example to your child for the future, but by making this a learning experience, you will teach them about the value of items and the importance of being organised.

Make sure you explain the process you are about to undertake to your child before you begin. Children are far more likely to be cooperative and helpful if they fully understand what is expected of them and why.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

My Fitness Progress...

It's been a couple of weeks since my last update because I got struck down by a nasty stomach bug which left me unable to eat or exercise for a few days.

However, since then I think the guilt of only going once a week to the gym for a fortnight kicked me into shape (I hate paying for things I don't use!). This week I have been to the gym four days and completed a few classes, including body conditioning, spin and pump.

Saturday morning I got up early and did two spin classes in a row which I thought was impressive! It set me up with a lot of energy for the day so think I may have to keep up with the double. Spin is my favourite class because the moves vary each time, it's low impact but a lot of cardio.

I hate cardio, and I much prefer resistance work so spin helps me enjoy cardio a lot more. I even bought some clever trainers that clip onto the pedals to stop your feet from slipping, and it spurs me to go because I can't use them for normal day wear so don't want to waste my money.


This week has been so so. My uncle is visiting from Canada so there have been a couple of meals out, but I have made homemade soup and tried to eat fat free yoghurt and fruit for puddings at home instead of snacking on the naughtier things.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Testing Out Similac Follow On Milk

My gorgeous niece, aka Cheeky, is now 6 months old and I've already got her testing products for this blog!

Like Curly and Chunk, breastfeeding was attempted with Cheeky but just did not work. There seems to be something in our genes, as my mother, sister and I have been unable to produce enough milk to breastfeed so formula has been used by all of us.

Testing Out Similac Follow On Milk

Similac have created a new Follow On Milk for babies aged 6 to 12 months and it's different from many of the other formulas out there, because it is palm oil free, vegetarian friendly and suitable for Halal and Kosher diets. They also have a Growing Up Milk for children aged 12 - 36 months.

Here's how Cheeky found the Follow On Milk:

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