Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Reading in the Sales!

I know, it's almost half way through January but that doesn't mean that the sales have stopped. In fact Waterstones have some fantastic book bargains at the moment and I've selected a few to share with you.

£12.95 £6.49

I really can't resist some nice stationary and these set of 3 notebooks look lovely. The covers feature an illustration by Milli Marotta and sparkling gold foil. In the pack there are two plain notebooks and one lined.

David Walliams (author), Tony Ross (illustrator)
£12.99 £6.49

One for the kids (And parents) and in hardback too! David Walliams writes such hilarious, but heart warming stories. This is a keeper for sure.

Dan Brown (author)
£20.00 £12.99

One for Dan Brown fans, it's so good when you can get the latest in a fiction series at such a bargain price don't you think?

Sinclair McKay (author)
£12.99 £6.49

This sounds really interesting, I love puzzles and riddles and we are planning a trip to Bletchley Park this year sometime. This one is on my to buy list.

Rosamund Young (author)
£9.99 £4.99

Have you ever wondered exactly what cows get up to in their day to day lives? Surely it has to be more than eating and wandering around fields? This is a lovely book about cows and their hitherto secret world.

Tom Hanks (author)
£16.99 £9.99

Proving that Tom Hanks is not just a talented actor, (Just how many films has this guy appeared in?*)
here is a lovely collection of 17 short stories featuring type writers in each one. I really want to read this one, it sounds intriguing. 

Axel Scheffler (illustrator), Julia Donaldson (author)

£12.99 £6.49

I cannot finish my list without featuring a Julia Donaldson book. My kids have now grown out of Julia hoo! but this hardback book is a complete bargain and will give so much pleasure. 

You can see these books and a whole heap of others in the Waterstones Sale Here.

*Tom Hanks has a appeared in at least 65 Movies (And that's the best figure Google could offer me!)

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So Funny I Pee'd my Pants!

Sorry if you are expecting something really funny in this post, the simple truth is, incontinence isn't funny at all. Not when a cough, sneeze or even a giggle can cause you to have a 'whoops' moment. It can happen to any woman too (And some men) it doesn't matter if you are young, old, fat, slim, fit, unhealthy or pregnant.
There are ways to improve your bladder, exercise, drinking more water and so on. But even so, there are always times when your bladder is under stress. And you have to have a really strong bladder to withstand a round of sneezing. I have a little saying, 'Sneeze three times in a row and it's really time to 'go'.'

I'm disabled and partially paralysed. I need a little extra protection and up until now I've used pads. Now I have had the chance to review Giggle Knickers and I'd like to share what I think of them.

Giggle Knickers are discreet, eco friendly, washable knickers with added protection. Their claim is to be a 21st Century Solution for 21st Century Women.


Giggle Knickers are just like normal pants. They have extra protection fitted in so are a little more bulkier in the gusset area. However, they feel as comfortable as wearing normal pants and you don't get any curling or sticky bits sticking where it shouldn't be, and nothing moves around. The Giggle Knickers I have had a lovely soft thick elastic trim which didn't cut in and felt really comfortable. 


Giggle Knickers come in sizes XS to XL which in UK sizes ranges from size 4 to 18. I think they could go a little higher for the bigger women. Currently there is only one style of Giggle Knickers but there are more on the way, from shorties to thongs. They are inviting people to vote on which comes next on their website.


Giggle Knickers have a 4 layer core, after a comfortable cotton layer to keep your skin safe, the first is a layer that keeps you dry, the second layer pulls liquid away, the third layer holds the liquid without pooling and the fourth layer stops your clothes from getting damp. After trying them I can honestly say I felt totally dry at the end of the day. They hold around six teaspoons full of liquid, so great for those little accidents. They are not recommended for people with serious incontinence issues.


Giggle Knickers are £15.99 (currently on offer for £12.99) but I'll go by the original price. Lets say you just have two pairs then that will cost you £31.98. For someone like me I'd probably need at least four pairs which work out at £63.96. I've worked out that in a year the amount of pads I would normally use would cost about the same.

Cost to Environment

It's estimated that two billion sanitary products are flushed down Britain's toilets every year. Even if you don't flush it away the amount of products produced in this Country alone is huge and it all has to go somewhere. Giggle Knickers are made to be eco-friendly. They can be washed and re-used and even  come in recycled and recyclable packaging. 

Even More

Giggle Knickers even support the Free a Girl Movement and for every purchase they donate 20p to the charity as well as raise awareness.

Free a Girl India aims to fight against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. We do this by raising awareness about the problem of child prostitution and the impunity of offenders of child prostitution. We believe there is a need to change the conversation, to mobilise society to rally behind the girls that have fallen victim to this crime, and to demand justice. It is important to break the silence in many countries about child prostitution and the need to prosecute the offenders. Find out more.


Overall, I think I'm sold. I was most taken aback by how utterly comfortable these knickers were, they didn't cut in or ride down. I felt totally protected too from those little ooops moments. There was no evidence of any accidents at the end of the day, the knickers still felt comfortable and dry. The shape size and colour were exactly as I would have chosen, but it's good to know that there are more designs on the way. They are reasonably priced for a pair of knickers, maybe a little more expensive than ones I would normally buy but considering that they are so much more than a normal pair of knickers they are definitely value for money. Plus, I wouldn't need to buy any more pads.

Disclosure: I was sent a pair of Giggle Knickers for free in return for my honest opinion. Please see my notes below on positive reviews.

Monday, 15 January 2018

If You Fell Down Yesterday, Stand Up Today

a frosty twig with the quote, if you fell down yesterday, stand up today by H.G. Wells
photo courtesy of Les Anderson

If you read my post last week, Let Me Not Beg for the Stilling of my Pain, then you would have probably noticed that I was not as upbeat as I usually am. I try my hardest to be positive but sometimes, even while trying, I feel pretty bad inside.

I was really ill, I'd been ill for weeks and I really thought it was time to just give up. But giving up is not really in my vocabulary.

Last week I spent every day in hospital as an outpatient. I received my IVIG treatment for the third time. The first time I'd had very little result, the second time I'd had some good signs but the side effects nearly killed me. This time I was scared about the side effects and had little faith in the treatment. I also harbour guilt for taking such an expensive medication when it was not doing me any good, but talking to other patients they all said I needed to keep going as it does get better. 

So, last Monday I had fallen. I had fallen hard and didn't have much hope in getting back up again.

But, I did. I had my treatment, I have had very minimal side effects, and I feel much better!
Okay, it's not been a miracle cure, but I have less pain (I have to say that again, I have less pain!!) and I have a little more energy. I feel better inside and my positivity has returned. I'm standing up again. (Almost literally but only for short periods,) and it feels good. I have already been booked in for my next two treatments but I will see my consultant before then. Depending on how long I feel better for he may change my treatment dates. 

I have a lot to look forward to this year, and although it started pretty rough, I now have lots of hope that things are going to be just fine.


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Friday, 12 January 2018

Word of the Week - Intravenous

As you can guess, it's treatment week for me as I go to hospital each day to receive my IVIG. That leaves me very little time for anything else.

Today is my last day and I'm feeling okay, no side affects as of yet and a decrease in pain...fingers tightly crossed.

Another thing that happened this week was that my kids went back to school. It was a little stressful at first but more for me getting everything ready for them, than for them. They were excited to get back and have been great.

So that's my week in a nutshell! How's your week been?

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Beating the January Blues with Office Narnia

What's your work space like? Do you have room to yourself? Do you share with others? Do you work from home. I've always preferred working with others so we can chat while working, mostly about the stuff we'd rather be doing than working.

Now I work from home, although I don't really consider it working, but I do put plenty of hours in on this little blog of mine. Even so, I do often find my mind wandering to other things and places. How I would love a view out of my window, something other than a soggy garden and a shed. I'd love to be able to look out on rolling countryside, or to see the sea from my window. Now that would be just perfect and I'd be happy to work all day.

Now imagine having a magic filing cabinet that you could transport you to anywhere you wanted to be. What would be your office Narnia? Where would you go to beat the January blues?

I'm thinking, sitting by the poolside reading a book, not too hot, but warm and breezy. It would have to be quiet too, the pool could be empty, but I like to be near water. Maybe the pool could be a private one in a mansion, high in the hills with rolling countryside all around. I would pick up my book, read a few pages, then lie back and just relax. Drinks would arrive when I was thirsty and food when I was hungry. I'd have nothing to worry about, I could stay there all day. See how easy it is to let your imagination run away with you.

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I've also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I've loved. If I don't love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It's always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I'll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.
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