Spring Wish List.


Hello everybody! Are you as sick and tired of all this wind and rain as I am?  I can not wait for spring to come, and the shops would have us believe that it's tantalisingly close, what with all the lovely floaty dresses that are flying in and out of the store so quickly, I feel that if I don't strike while the iron is hot I'm going to miss out on them all! I'm such an indecisive shopper alway leaving it too late.  So I'm going through my wardrobe and seeing what I need then creating a spring wish list.  I had a bit of a de-clutter a couple of weeks ago and donated a few bags to our local Hospice charity shop who have been running a campaign with New Look, (I wrote about it here) so now I have a bit of a gap to fill clothes-wise.

To be honest, I'm more of a Jeans and top sort of girl (mum/nanny uniform, I'm always crawling around on my hands and knees with little ones) and I kinda feel overdressed in a dress, but popping on a pair of comfy trainers and a faux leather jacket, well I think I could do that, and it would be a nice look for a lunch date with girlfriends.  

What are you loving about the new spring styles this year? 

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I don't know about you, but I love clothes shopping, (New Look is my second home) every time I buy something new it's like I'm reinventing my self all over again, and don't even get me started about how that new silky blouse (probably tried on by 100 people before me)  feels against my skin or the smell of newness about it, ah yes just breath in that new acrylic/cashmere blend, second only to sniffing a new magazine or book, you know what I mean? 

Yes, our insatiable appetite to get that dopamine rush when we purchase something or be fashionable in the latest must-have item is having a huge impact on the environment, but by rethinking how we shop, and discard our unloved items, we can all do our little bit to help.  Buying second hand, for example, or selling unworn items on various platforms such as Facebook, eBay and Depop, or just donating to charity all help towards stopping clothes going into landfill sites. 

And with this in mind, between the 16th of January and the 31st of March 2020, New Look will be partnering with Hospice UK and their members, to inspire people to donate their pre-loved clothes, so that they don't end up in a landfill. As a way of saying thank you, you’ll receive a 20% off New Look voucher, how cool is that!  I picked up my two vouchers and will be heading to New Look to spend them very shortly.  The question is can I find items that I will love for longer than just a season or two? The challenge is on.

See details here as to how you can take part. 
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Yes I had a Colonic Hydrotherapy session .



So it's been a few weeks now since I had my colonic hydrotherapy session, and I'm finally able to talk about it! Only joking, it wasn't that bad, but let me just say, I underestimated just how intimate the whole process is!
I've had a colonoscopy before at the hospital, but when I had that I was sedated, for my colonic, I was very much awake!!! 👀👀  Anyway, let me take you through my procedure.

First of all my Colonic Therapist asked me some question, date of birth etc my medical history, health problems, operations and procedures I had had, and who my doctor is.
Then he asked me why I was interested in having a colonic, and I explained that I have a family history of bowel problems (diverticulitis) and that my brother has had to have a partial bowel removal, he suffered a perforation, so I'm keen to keep my own bowel healthy. During the winter months, my digestion can become very sluggish, and my tummy can get very uncomfortable with bloating and a general feeling of being congested. 
He asked to see my tongue, and inspected it for what seemed like forever, told me I showed signs of being very congested, then he took my pulse and said "you don't sleep very well do you" which is very true, I can't actually remember the last time that I had a good nights sleep and woke up feeling refreshed.  How he could tell that from my pulse and my tongue I don't know, but maybe the dark circles around my eyes were a dead giveaway though. 

The therapist then went on to explain the benefits of having colonic treatments (for my personal issues), to maintain a healthy digestive system and how it can help minimise diverticular flair ups, by keeping everything moving correctly.

Apparently,  Colonic Hydrotherapy can treat a number of different condition,  including Asthma, Allergies,  Diarrhoea, Constipation, Sinus problems, Diverticulitis, Bloating, Headaches, Fatigue, Haemorrhoids, to name but a few.

I was informed that this session would be an introduction session, so it would be quite gentle to gauge what was needed and how my body responded. 
This news I have to say was I little disappointing, as I thought a once a year clear out was all that would be needed. But as it turned out it was suggested that I might need 5-6 sessions initially to get my bowel in a good place.😕

After our chat I was given a gown to put on, like a hospital gown, backless, (I thought I'd be given some kind of knicker to wear but that wasn't the case) then I lay on my side and the tube was inserted, 😲 not uncomfortable really, just umm... you know, strange.   I then turned over and lay on my back, and warm filtered water was introduced into the colon. Again, it's not at all uncomfortable, though you can feel the water slightly gurgling around, a bit like wind really, and a bit of bubbling. 
During the procedure, my tummy was massaged to help release the contents of my bowel, but it seems I was just too full of gas for my bowel to give up its contents!  And let me tell you there is nothing more embarrassing than someone, a total stranger I might add, looking down at you and saying "you are just FULL of gas"🙈🙊! 

 Every so often I felt presser in my rectum, then a woosh sensation, a bit like when you need to fart, and it's at this stage you need to relax and just let it go, (I currently have visions in my head of Elsa in the Frozen Movie singing let it go, let it go..) and you feel the contents, and the wind passes through the tube. 

When the session had finished and the tube removed, I was asked to go to the toilet and just sit and relax there for about 10 minutes to let the residual water and bowel contents drain out, after that, I could get dressed.  Again my therapist explained that I would need at least 5-6 session close together before I would start to feel any benefit, and it was suggested that I consider a block booking of 5 or so sessions, which works out slightly cheaper as well, a session usually cost £60  and that prior to any further colonics it would be advisable to take a herbal supplement to help with bowel elimination.

Everyone is different though, I have specific problems with my bowel, but for someone else, it might be totally different.

Did I feel any benefits after? I can't really say that I did, perhaps I felt my tummy was a bit flatter, but that's all.  Would I consider having it again, I think surprisingly, yes I would!  Though it's a little out of my price range at the moment bearing in mind I would need several sessions to see any improvement, but yes having gone through it, and learnt a bit about it I can see the benefits of having colonics to help maintain good bowel function.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave them in the comment section at the bottom of the post.
 I visited the Meridian Clinic in Jersey and my therapist was Mr Badrul Huds D.O., M.A.C.H.R.T., ACA registered Osteopath, Acupuncturist, and Colonic Hydrotherapist.

Welcome to 2020!


Welcome to 2020! it's been a while since I was last here, how the devil are you?  Fine I hear you say, how are you and where have you been? (or maybe you're not wondering but for the purposes of this post just go along with it) well, thanks for asking, to be honest, I'm feeling a little frazzled and slightly stressed out, life has been a little hectic of late, we left 2019 with a leaking water tank in the attic, and we entered  2020 with tempory water until we can get a new tank replacement, why do they make attic hatches so blooming small, and how are you meant to get a new one up there?! 

Speaking of getting one up there, (going on to a whole new topic now) I booked myself in for a Colonic, never had one before, but the experience was going cheap on a local voucher page so I thought to myself "let's do this" The closest I've ever got to a colonic, is a bowel cleanse that I had to have a few years back for a  hospital check-up, a colonoscopy  (apologies if you are having breakfast or dinner or something) totally awful experience, but I remember that afterwards I lost a whole lot of weight and my digestion seemed to work so much better, so going off that experience I thought that I would give it a go, plus its meant to have several other benefits to the mind and body. Has anyone ever had a colonic? did you feel the benefits of it?   I'll let you know how I get on when I have mine because I'm sure you'll be interested in it. 😀

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