After an accident – osteoarthritis

As some of you know I had a bicycle accident in 2006. A van hit me, NOT my fault…enough said about that.

I have noticed that I don’t have much upper body strength. I went to see the doctor as I was experiencing some discomfort in my upper back. After examination the doctor referred me for a c-spine xray. The result, mild osteoarthritis. I had a feeling I would get something like that later on, but I expected it to be much later on. I was wrong.

I am not going to let it get to me, I am having physiotherapy, I have lost some weight, I think. I feel as if I have. I have quite a bit to lose and I am not rushing myself, a pound or two each week would do me fine.

I hope that in time, I can get the strength I need to get myself up if I fall at ice skating, I can’t get myself up at the moment, the strength isn’t there. I just have to keep to the sides of the rink for now.

I also need to improve on my posture, increase my exercise. I really need to start using the gym but at the moment I can’t afford the fees.

I seem to have a good physiotherapist. I had my first session about two weeks ago. I have been doing exercises since then to strengthen things.

I would love to know what I can do to make things better. I have the advice of the physiotherapist but I would also like to know the experiences of people that have experienced osteoarthritis or know someone who has.

I hope that things do not get worse, not anytime soon anyway. The way I see it, it has reminded me to make sure that I enjoy every day and not let things get to me so much, I did that too often last year. This year is different and I am rather happy!

Shopkins fun – Netti Spaghetti on a plate of spaghetti!

Miss A is Shopkins mad. She loves them. She has a few, not a lot but I have a secret stash of new ones to give her as and when I want to give them to her. I am collecting Season 3 and Season 4 Shopkins.

I just don’t want to give them to her in the packs but want to make it fun for her so I am thinking of ways to theme the giving of most of the Shopkins I get for her.

One of the ones I got for Miss A was Netti Spaghetti. Not too imaginative for this one but we had spaghetti yesterday and it seemed just a nice simple thing to put Netti Spaghetti on the plate and see how long Miss A took to spot her. Was instant but her reaction was fantastic! She was so surprised and happy to have another Shopkin.

I will be a little bit more imaginative with some of them, I think. But at least this is more imaginative than just giving her the blind bags and packs to open. I do like the idea of the blind bags by the way, I will get her some Shopkins to open normally too. I wish we had some of the Seasons 1 and 2. She is desperate to have a Strawberry Kiss, Apple Blossom and Kooky Cookie.

She has a Shopkins Cupcake Queen cafe which she loves. She wants the whole set of playsets and well everything Shopkins. Think she really is addicted!

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Shopkins Netti Spaghetti on a plate of spaghetti

Snackeez drink and snack cup review


Miss A was sent a Snackeez cup to review. My goodness she does love it!

Snackeez is a drinks cup and a snack holder all in one. Fantastic idea!

Miss A said to me that she thinks it is awesome and it is the best drinks cup ever. She does have a little trouble opening the lid but soon works it out and she will get used to it. She really does like it and it puts a smile on her face when I give it to her with her favourite drinks and snacks in.

The colours are fantastic, really eye catching. The Snackeez is well made and really sturdy. I can see the straw developing nice chew marks soon, both of mine chew their straws but that is our issue and not the company’s. I wonder if you can get replacement straws? If not maybe that is an idea for company especially if you can buy them in packs of around 10 or more!

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Miss A – messy hair

I think it is a bit big and not something that I will carry around much when I don’t have the pushchair that has a useful cup holder. However I do think it is a fantastic item and will be well used around the house and sometimes out and about. This is definitely going with us to Nanny and Grandads!

I now need to get Master A one as he keeps on trying to steal Miss A’s. The fact that I am going to get one for Master A must prove to you how good it is. It is a nice and fun thing for children to have.

I can see that we will be using ours for many many years. I love a product that lasts!

To find out more visit the Character Options website

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Something Special Aunt Polly’s Tea Party Puzzle review

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Master A loves Something Special. I found the Something Special Aunt Polly’s Tea Party Puzzle and just had to buy it. Master A loves it! He can almost put every shape where they should be but gets them upside down or tries to put the little ones in the bigger holes.

The quality of the puzzle is rather good. I have had some cheaper wooden puzzles where the wood has split or the paint is poor. This is a well made puzzle! I love the colour coding of the gaps and the pegs. Makes it easier and it can help to learn colours.

It is such a bright and fun picture and certainly makes Master A happy to play with it…he is playing with it as I type. He is getting better at it every time.

The Something Special Aunt Polly’s Tea Party Puzzle is suitable for children over three years old. Master A is not this age yet so I make sure that he is supervised at all times that he has access to the puzzle. He is not putting everything in his mouth all of the time now, still does it now and again so I make sure that he is watched.

The Something Special Aunt Polly’s Tea Party Puzzle is made by Golden Bear Toys

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An update – ice skating and life

Hello all.

I wanted to start blogging properly again, life got in the way again. I have been poorly and too busy with birthdays, ice skating and life!

Miss A is now 6 and I am now…erm..34.

However things are slowing down. I am feeling a bit better. I do have an xray on Friday as the doctor thinks I have something wrong with my cervical spine.

Ice skating, I am slowly improving. I haven’t fallen over yet. I have been too cautious. It turns out that I can’t get up if I did upper body strength is non-existent. I can pull myself up using the sides of the rink. This is no good and I need to work on my upper body strength. I have been referred for physio so perhaps this will improve in time.

I have a fear of falling over still. I am not going to give up learning to ice skate though. I hope that the doctor/physiotherapist doesn’t tell me that I am not supposed to ice skate. I have bought padded pants to help me not damage my coccyx again, I damaged them when I had that bicycle accident.

So all in all, life is OK. Roll on Friday. I am very bad at waiting for tests to be done and even worse waiting for the results!ice skates, ice skating, skating, skates,