Thursday, 27 September 2018

Running for their lives – Alder Hey Children’s Charity launches Running Hub for useful information on running for charity


One of the most fun and rewarding ways to raise money for charity is to take part in a running event. Now, Alder Hey Children’s Charity wants to help runners get even more from their race.
We’ve launched the Alder Hey Running Hub to provide help and advice to runners of any age or ability. Because running a Marathon, or even your first 5k, can help to boost a person’s health and self-esteem, but could also allow them to do something extraordinary for those who need it most.




Childhood should be filled with happiness, laughter and fun.
Unfortunately, for some children, this time can involve more trips to the hospital than the park. But now a trip to the hospital doesn’t have to be daunting or scary. 
With the recreational and distraction techniques funded by Alder Hey Children’s Charity, we can help children to be children, even when they’re forced to be patients.

The charity also raises funds for pioneering equipment which can improve children’s experience in surgery, and improve their chances of a full recovery.

Just ask Daniel Bell, and his mum, Rosalind.
 When three-year-old Daniel was diagnosed with a brain tumour, he was rushed to Alder Hey, a centre for excellence in brain conditions. His tumour was the size of an adult fist and there was a possibility that the surgery which would save his life could also rob him of key motor and mobility skills. 

Thankfully, his surgeries were aided by Alder Hey’s state of the art 3-T MRI scanner. The device, which was paid for by charitable donations, allows surgeons to scan the brain during surgery and assess the success of the operation in the operating theatre and not many months after recovery.

Daniel is now a healthy and active seven-year-old boy, and a budding actor besides, who was recently seen in a production of Little Shop of Horrors with his local Performing Arts Club.

He also raises money for Alder Hey and was proud to be named a Young Fundraising Ambassador for the charity. 
So far, Daniel and his family have raised more than £22,000 for Alder Hey. 
They’ve accomplished this by collecting people’s Christmas trees. But this is just one of the many fun and exciting ways our fundraisers young and old can help out, from bake sales and charity car washes to exhilarating park runs.

Why not explore our brand new running hub? 
You’ll find help, inspiration and lots of motivation. You’ll find delicious and nutritious recipe ideas, running tips, and training guides for every distance.

Lily is an Alder Hey ambassador  
So if you’d like to challenge yourself to run a 5K, 10K or even a marathon we would love to you go and check out the Alder Hey Running Hub now.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Top Tips that will Help you To Adjust to Life as a New Parent

If you are a new mother then you will understand how life-changing this can be. At times you may feel as though all you need is a few hours’ sleep and at other times you just need to be with your child no matter what. The bond that you have with your child will be unlike anything that you have ever experienced before and at the same time, you are exhausted like never before. If you want to get some top tips that will help you to adjust to being a new mum then here are some hints that will help you to get started.
You Don’t Have to be Super Quiet
Believe it or not, you don’t actually have to be super quiet when your baby is sleeping. This is because in the womb, things are pretty loud and newborn babies are really used to that level of noise. For this reason, you shouldn’t be afraid to watch television if this is what you want to do and you should also not be afraid to vacuum up either. If you need to wash the dishes then get it done or even speak on the phone when you know that the baby is sleeping. In fact, if you are able to get your baby used to sleeping with some level of noise then this can really help them in the future and you may even get to the point when you can vacuum up while they sleep when they are over a year old. If you feel bad about making noise then this is completely normal, but the sooner you are able to get around this the better it is for you and them as well.

Try and Soothe your Baby
When your baby cries, you may feel helpless and you may also find it hard to know what to do. One thing that you can do is try and pat them on the back in a heartbeat rhythm. This will help them to burp much more quickly and it will also help them to relax much more as well. If they are crying because they don’t feel secure then this can work wonders. If this doesn’t work then try and swaddle the baby, hold them on their side or even swinging them from side to side. The more you can do to try and provide them with some level of comfort, the better so you do have to try and keep this in mind wherever possible.




Latching On

if you are a mother then you may find it hard to get your baby to latch. It is more than possible for you to use breast shields to help you with this and there is no shame in admitting that you find it difficult. It is also important to know that it is okay to be frustrated at this point but what is happening is completely normal. So many mothers go through things like this and it can be a difficult phase for you to try and get through. If you would like to try and get some support nursing when you are out and about then the best way for you to get around this would be for you to try and look into things such as the best nursing tops. This can provide you with a lot of confidence and it can help you to nurse your baby when you are out.

Prepare
When your baby is around a month old, there is a high chance that the days and nights will become more predictable. At this point, you will be able to focus completely on your newborn as well as yourself. It is so important that you are able to take into account your own stress levels and you also need to focus on preparing your own meals as well. If you are struggling to do this then one way for you to get around this would be for you to prepare your meals way ahead of time. This way you don’t have to prepare too far ahead and you also don’t have to worry about how you are going to cook when they are crying. Little things can really help you out here, such as putting a glass of water next to your bed before you sleep and even watching your favourite TV show. When you do things like this to try and look after yourself, you would be surprised at how much energy you have in the day and you would also be surprised at how much you can de-stress as well.
Keeping your Baby Awake

This may sound like a strange concept because most of the time you will probably be trying to get your baby to go to sleep. If your baby is eating slowly and trying to sleep then you can try and massage their cheeks. When you do this, it will help them to suckle faster and this is sometimes all it takes for you to try and encourage them. So many people find that this works and it also helps to stop them from waking up again soon for another feed. When babies are able to fill themselves up before they go to sleep, they can then feel more relaxed and there is also a high chance that they will be calmer as well. This is great if you are struggling to get them to sleep for longer periods of time and it also gives you way more time to try and get things done as well.

So there are plenty of things that you can do to try and keep your baby in good health and when you follow the above tips, you can be sure to keep yourself in good health as well. After all, sometimes you only need to take a few simple steps to really turn your life around and when you are a new mother, this is really helpful even at the best of times.


*Collaborative post

Thursday, 30 August 2018

...Crazy Chicken Lady...

Soooo my chicken count has gone from 3 to 7 in just over two months!
Once I had my original 3 I just couldn't help but want more, so here I am now 7 chickens in and completely chicken crazy and wishing for that basket full of rainbow coloured eggs!


So let me introduce the new ones...

Luna and Hermione who are Lavender Araucana's and they lay blue eggs.
These are pure breeds and will most likely stop laying during the colder months, but that's alright with us, eggs are just a bonus.

We've had these two just over a month now and Luna started laying on Saturday. 
Her little pullet egg was totally worth the wait and I cannot wait for Hermione to join the layers club.
She enjoys singing the egg song for Luna so I'm guessing it won't be long till she's part of the club.
We did try to get them to coexist with the original three but it just wasn't to be.
Coraline and Betsy full on attacked them and it was far too stressful for everyone, so we quickly knocked up a chicken coop in our wood store, it was a bit shabby to start with but now it's looking pretty cool and they are happy.







Owning five chickens just left me wanting more and I couldn't help but stalk the poultry facebook groups I'm now a member of to see who was selling what type of bird and I saw someone selling some Partridge Pekin Bantams and even though I had said I didn't want Bantams I knew I had to have some.
I missed out on the first post but it wasn't long till someone else was selling some.
So meet Sansa and Arya...

They are only two months so it won't be until next year that they start laying but when they do they will lay little cream eggs.
We decided they would be housed with the Araucana's as they are a gentler breed and after a day or so they took them under their wings and we've had no upsets.
Hermione seems to have become the girls adoptive mum and they are never far apart, I've even spotted them all snuggling up for an afternoon nap.




The girls all have their runs, but at least once a day they will get free reign of the garden and go scratching around the grass and upturned raised beds for goodies.






They have all gotten used to me and the original girls will actually follow me around waiting for me to magically produce special treats for them.
Hermione still is a bit iffy with me and the two babies still zoom away when we get too close, but I'm sure it won't be long till they realise I'm not out to kill them.







Our egg basket gets full pretty quickly even with only three ladies laying and the boys love their fresh egg breakfasts.
They've all developed bonds with the girls and all enjoy helping out with them.

I started a brand new Instagram just for the chickens.... told you I was a crazy chicken lady but I love sharing their pictures along like-minded crazy chicken heads.
If you want to keep up to date with the chicken goings on why not follow them...