Saturday, 5 September 2015

Shouty kid 3 - How Harry Riddles got nearly Almost Famous • book review •

This book was extremely fun to read!
Set in email, text and gaming conversations between Harry and his friends.....and even some famous people!

He joins a band and is entering his schools battle of the band competition but then his dad then decides that he wants the whole family to sail around the world!!!!
The books follows him dealing with the lead guitarist who is a bit of a bad boy and trying to get the band gigs before the big battle of the bands competition and his dad's new idea of buying a boat and sailing around the world!!!

Noah loved this book and in this review I'll be interviewing him and asking him what he liked about the book! 

So Noah did you enjoy ShoutyKid? 

Because it was funny

What was your favourite part of the book?
When his granny got chucked out of Aqualand.

What did you like most about Harry? 
I liked that he liked zombies, just like me! 

Would you read more ShoutyKid books?
Yes yes yes! 

Would you tell your friends to read ShoutyKid? 

You can buy ShoutyKid 3 from Amazon for £6.29!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

GynaeCheck - the new three second Cervical Cancer screen you can do in your own bedroom!!!

Each year in the UK, 3,100 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, but the disease is largely treatable if caught early. 

The GynaeCheck detects the presence of 
HPV and therefore the women at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer. 

**HPV - Human Papilloma Virus**
Is responsible for practically all cervical cancers.

This revolutionary test can be done in the privacy of your own bedroom, and it literally takes 3 seconds!!!!

If you get results back that there is HPV present in your sample you will then need to book in for a smear, if not you can carry on as you are! 

Smear tests  can be scary and make you cringe but they are extremely important and we need to make it the "norm" that really it already is!! We just need to stop thinking of it in the wrong way!

I'm sure you don't generally talk openly to your friends about smear tests....not with out someone screwing their faces up! 

I have been having smear tests since the age of 18 (why?? I still have no idea!!)

My first test came back abnormal as did the following two. After my 3rd abnormal result I was then referred the the GynaeClinic at the local hospital which resulted in me having colposcopy - loop biopsy!
After that I had another smear and the results were normal.
I now have to have my tests yearly..... You would think after having all that I would religiously get checked but...No, I have still been avoiding them like the plague! 

My last one was when Noah was around 1yrs old, he's now nearly 8!!!

So two weeks ago I gave myself a pep talk and took myself off to the doctors to get my long over due smear! 

I thought it would be great too compare both results. 
Doctors vs DIY check.

The smear really wasn't as bad as I remembered!
Yes it's a little embarrassing..... even more so when there is a student nurse helping out and before she inserts the dreaded plastic speculum she says "we're going in
I didn't know whether to cry or laugh! 

My results came back normal!! 
No more worry until next year! 

I've posted off my DIY GynaeCheck and should have my results back within 10 days! 

The GynaeCheck is ideal for busy women who don't always have the time to pop to the doctors, I know I find it difficult to get a spare moment when it's just me and the boys at home! 

The device collects a fluid sample from the cervix which is then sent to a laboratory to be tested for the high risk strains of HPV. 

GynaeCheck is a HPV detection    programme that women are recommended to have every 2 years!

'The device has been used safely and effectively by over 30,000 women across the world.'

In line with the national screening programme, the device is available to women aged 25 and up and can be ordered online for £129.

You can find out more over on the GynaeCheck website :: 

Back to school with the Mini Beasts!

I thought I would share with you how we prepare for going back to school in the Mini Beast house.

Uniform - I don't like to buy this too early as I know if I do Noah will have a growth spurt and not fit into it come September, so I usually go out and buy it two weeks before the new term. Leaving it to the last minute can be far too stressful!
Before going out make sure you get your child to try on old uniform and shoes, as you may be able to save some penny's if it still fits nicely.

Once everything is bought, wash it straight away and iron then pop into the wardrobe ready for the first day back. Last thing you need is to stress the night before about washing and ironing everything. You want the last evening to be as stress free as possible!! 

Labelling uniform - Once you have the new uniform it's worth labelling it all up, as you know once it goes in through those school gates it will magically disappear and be gone forever. 

These fantastic MY NAMETAGS stickers can be ordered online, in a range of cool designs and fonts. 
I got Noah to help design his own sticker labels with a hope that he may take some pride in his uniform and not lose It on the first day! 

They easily just stick on to the clothings own label and stand out much better than a biro! 

Because they just stick on they can be used on school bags, shoes, plimsoles, pencils cases, lunch boxes, P.E bags.  You should never lose an item again!!!  

Definitely worth buying, for a sheet of 56 colour name tags its £11.95 + £1.00 postage!! Much cheaper than having to replace lost uniform! 

Routine - getting back into the school routine is not only good for the kids but it's also good for you!
We start about a week before the new term starts so we can all adjust to beimh up and running by 6am!
If we don't get used to being back in the normal routine you can bet we'll be late for the first day back. 

Outstanding homework - making sure any homework projects are completed and everything is packed away in the school bags ready to take back into school.

Lunch money / packed lunches - deciding wether you are going the school dinners or packed lunch routine. Reception to Yr 2 get school dinners for free which is great and takes the worry out of making sure you budget for lunches! 
If you are going the school dinner route and you have to pay (like us) set aside the first weeks or months money (whenever you have it, I like to have it put away from the start of the holidays!) we pay ours online as that's what the school prefers but some schools still take in the cash. So do whatever your school suggests.

If you are going with packed lunches, try a prepare a lunch meal plan so that they are getting something different everyday, as the same jam sarnie day in day out can get rather boring! 

Stationery supplies - not all year groups need to supply their own stationery, but usually if they do the school will send home a check list of everything they need for the new term. 

Going back to school can be expensive but if you're prepared and set aside money over the holidays or even in the lead up to the holidays it shouldn't be so stressful!