Choosing A Care Home*

I am extremely lucky that at my age I have a full set of Grandparents on my maternal side in good health and  independent. However, some of us at some point will have to think about the option putting our loved ones into a care home.

Of course there is a lot to consider when chosing a care home for elderly relatives with their involvement. You want to make sure they will be happy, safe and well looked after. Here are things worth while looking into when chosing a care home.

Get a Needs assessment from Social Services, the assessment is free and will highlight what type of care and support they will need, the Social Worker will explain the options available. They will also see if you qualify for any financial support which would include completing a means tested asssessment.

Make a short list of homes, The Elderly Accommodation Counsel provides a directory of over 40,000 retirement housing and care homes in the UK .Also ask friends and family for any recommendations

Check the quality of care, The Care Quality Commision is an established independent regulator for care homes in England. They undertake regular inspections of all care homes to make sure they meet government standards and can help find any areas for concern. In Wales the independent regulator is Care and Social Services Inspectorat and Scotland Care Inspectorate

Visit the home, it is vital to visit a prospective home on several occasions before deciding try and go at different times of the day and or week, just like when you are looking to buy property. 
Things you should look for include, do you feel welcomed? Staff interaction with the residents and each other, Do you see staff spending time with the residents or is the television on?  Are the seating all the same size? Is there quiet spaces when residents can sit away from the communal lounge? as people have different needs. Do the residents look comfortable? Is there an event programme and Activities Organiser? Can you see residents taking part in daily life activities. What does the decor look?,look at the cleansliness of the home and the rooms, and most importantly WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE THERE?

Choosing a care home is a very hard decision and one that you have to get right. There is lots of specialist knowledge from care homes themselves. For more information Barchester has great advice when it comes to nursing care

Summer in London*

As a born and bred Londoner I have across loads of different party venues in my time. In fact, one of our favourite things about living in such a busy city is that there are so many different types of venues. This city is full of such vibrancy and hustle and bustle, which means that there is always fun, exciting and new to explore – which makes for an interesting night out!

This time of year I start to find that my summer calendar gets a bit booked up – with summer party venues  London being booked well in advance.  I have to say, there is nothing quite like a party outside in the summer. When the evenings are nice and long, and you can spend sometime outside in the sunshine I really think it is time to get involved and make the most of it. The last few weeks I have noticed that the evenings are drawing out, which means that Summer is well and truly on its way.

When it comes to London party and events, there’s also plenty of family fun to be had. It’s nice that D is at the age now where we can go out and about and have a day full of adventures. As much as winter has been nice to go out and about, when the weather is nicer I really think that we’re going to be able to go out and do even more – and that’s something I’m really looking forward to.

D’s birthday is at the start of the year, so although it’s lovely to celebrate her birthday in the winter – perhaps we’ll have our own summer garden party and really make the most of summer!

What do you look for from your perfect party venue?

Cake Toppers Review and Giveaway

We all know that I am partial to a bit of cake, so when the guys over at Cake Toppers recently got in touch to see if I would be interested in reviewing some of their cupcakes of course I said yes.

Even though I had received a letterbox cake before, I didn't know what to expect as cupcakes can be rather delicate. However, as you can see the cupcakes survived their journey. They arrived really well packaged, from the sturdy slimline board that they came in, to the bubble wrap and plastic cupcake case. There was no way that these cupcakes where going to get damaged.

Now to the most important part, the taste. I'm going to be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of chocolate cake. But when Darcy leaped over and  swiped the cake I had my eye on. I had no choice but to try the chocolate one and I have to say it was really nice.not at all sickly sweet which you normally get with most chocolate flavoured stuff, so soft and moist. The icing was the right thickness and I liked the little added touch with the gold foil cupcake case, Oh and Darcy said that the vanilla was really nice also.

Overall,  if you are looking for a quirky gift idea, Cake Toppers is definitely the place to go. You can personalise your cupcakes with a photo, logo or message of your choice. Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations or any special occasion big or small.

Cake Toppers have been lovely enough to give me a box of these cupcakes to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. To enter, simply complete one or more of the entries on the Rafflecoopter below. Good Luck!

So tell me, what would you have printed on your cupcakes?

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The Buyer’s Guide To Olive Oil*

Olive oil is a staple in our cupboards, it's one of the healthiest oils to cook with. Olive Oil is the natural oil obtained from olives, it has Monosaturated Fats, has antiflammatory properties and is thought to help prevent strokes and protect against Heart Disease.

There is nothing more that I love than dipping warm crusty bread into olive oil, or making a quick and easy pesto. I've even tried olive oil ice cream, I'm not going to lie it wasn't to my liking. however, it shows there is so much more you can use olive oil for.

Not only do I use olive oil to cook with, I also use it on my body. It's great for removing make up with, used as part of a homemade hair mask/conditioner and moisturising cuticles.Some people drink a teaspoon in the morning as a tonic!

Jamie's Italian has created a really helpful infographic, which makes it so much easier to know which type of olive oil to pick whilst out shopping. If you have visited one of Jamie Oliver's restaurants you will know he knows what he is talking about when it comes to olive oil. Check it out below!

Perfect Pancakes | 3 Ways

This year, Pancake Day is taking place on Tuesday 28th February. I'm really looking forward to it as it will be the first year that Darcy will be able to enjoy it and hopefully toss a pancake or two. I'm sure it will be a very messy affair.

Today I'm not only sharing with you the perfect pancake batter recipe but three of my favourite fillings if you fancy something a little different from lemon and sugar.

  • 250g Plain Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of salt  
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 500ml Milk of your choice

  • Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl
  • Make a hole in the middle of the mixture and break the eggs into the bowl
    Pour in half of the milk and whisk away
    Add the remaining milk and whisk until the batter is smooth
  • Heat a pan and a small knob of butter making sure it covers all the pan
    ladle the pancake batter into the pan, spread the mixture out evenly
    cook for 1 minute until golden, toss or use a palette knife to flip over the pancake and cook for another minute 
  • Top pancakes with toppings of your choice

Nutella & Berries Topping - Per Pancake
  • 2 tablespoons Nutella
  • Handful of berries of your choice
  • Handful of Almonds

Strawberries & Cream Topping - Per Pancake
  • 6 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • 1 teaspoons icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 3 teaspoons strawberry jam
  • Handful of sliced strawberries

Lemon meringue Topping - Per Pancake
  • 6 tablespoons crème fraîche
  •  1 teaspoons icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons lemon curd
  • Half a meringue ring (crushed)
     So, what is your favourite pancake topping?

6 Hair Care Tips And Tricks*

Losing your hair is a big thing, especially when it come to women. I have suffered from postpartum shedding and hair loss due to stress. However,hair loss, known medically as Alopecia, is very common.

Today I'm sharing with you some tricks and tips to help with hair loss and to grow your hair healthy.

Look at your diet, you know that old saying you are what you eat. Having a good diet and nutrition is going to help your hair grow healthily. There are lots of hair vitamins on the market like Hairfinity which will also help promote good hair growth

The inversion method, involves tipping your head upside down for between 5 to 10 minutes. It allows blood flow to go to your scalp whilst you give it a massage. It is well-known that stimulated blood flow can increase blood flow in addition taking the 5 -10 minutes for yourself is also quite calming and is a good start for the beginning or the end of the day

Wear a wig or hair extensions. Wigs have come a long way from the stiff hair rugs of the 70s. With the introduction of lace fronts they now give a natural look. Wearing a wig will give your natural hair a break from combing and  provide protection for your recovering hair and scalp and gives you more confidence if you don't feel comfortable showing your hair.

Invest in a good hair mask, not only will it add much-needed moisture back into your hair. but it will leave your hair softer, shinier and stronger. There are many pre packaged masks, but you can also use ingredients at home including eggs beer and avocados

Try a natural approach, Aromatherapy and acupuncture have been known to help with alopecia

For more extreme cases of alopecia there are also medical treatments, like hair transplants. The Harley Street Hair Clinic offer a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure, which is the most advance type of procedure used for Hair Transplant Surgery. FUE hair transplant cost will differ from clinic to clinic, so it's worth contacting The Harley Hair Clinic for a one to one personal consultation.

Remember that there is alot of support out there, what tips and tricks do you have?

13 Reasons Why Being Single Rocks

This is the time of year that people start complaining about being single, we grow up watching romantic comedies and Disney movies and all these things that tell us we should be dating and getting married because that's where we will find happiness. Valentine's Day often brings a lot of different emotions for single people. I'm totally embracing the singleness! , so today I thought I'd share with you some good things about being single.

  1. You don't have to share your bed, no duvet hogger or someone putting their icy cold feet on you
  2. You get to learn to enjoy your own company
  3. The toilet seat stays where you leave it
  4. You don't have to share your food
  5. You save so much money, no date nights dinner dates, you get to keep that money on something for you
  6. You can go where ever you want, when ever you want, no compromise
  7. You can binge watch whatever you want on Netflix, without someone wingeing about having to watch "Once Upon A Time"
  8. You can wear those granny knickers,without the fear of judgement
  9. Morning breath is no longer an issue
  10. You can dance to Single Ladies, without feeling like a liar or hypocrite
  11. You don't have to hold in your farts,  you know this happens!
  12. You get to invest more time building meaningful relationships with your friends
  13. You get to give attention to the most important person, YOU!

So those are some reasons why I think being single isn't that bad Agree or Disagree? leave a comment letting me know