Have you ever had to wear a heart monitor? It’s not the best fashion accessory, and after three days of being restricted to one quick shower it can be a necessary nuisance. Severe palpitations had led to tests to check my Rheumatoid Arthritis wasn’t affecting my major organs. An ECG, 24 hour blood pressure monitoring, a  scan and then the monitor to wear, resulting in a consultation to review readings. Luckily I was fine, but I was amazed at the tests available as the first line in detecting any defect or abnormality in the heart. All of these tests are…

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When this line up was posted on social media in hope of finding a new home over 4000 people replied, and how could you not! Teddy, Ronnie, Ralf and Oscar were four boys from a litter of seven puppies being re-homed by Laurel Animal Rescue, previously neglected they were now cared for, clean and raring to go. I came across this photo when looking at information on buying a dog. After 12 years we felt we were ready to get the dog our teenager had always wanted, so I decided to send an email. I needed my email to stand…

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There are lots of discussions going on at the moment about working mums and the need for affordable childcare. With the average cost of a day nursery being £177 per week per child (much more in London)  parents need to seriously look at their pay and circumstances before making a decision to stay in work after having a child. After deciding nursery is for you next comes the choice, and really you only have your feelings and instinct to go on. As we have seen in the news even with Ofsted registration nurseries with all the right credentials are only…

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This is the first time I’ve joined in with #littleloves so I’ve chosen a few snippets from my week. READ I am reading The Inheritance by Tilly Bagshaw on a new Kindle. Having finished a book and wanting another immediately I decided to replace my Kindle. Mine was so old it wouldn’t recharge and the software went out of date so the LovetoShop voucher that’s been lying in the study has now been put to use. WATCHED I donned a hard hat and went to watch the final stages of Norton Priory’s new museum building renovation. It was very exciting…

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One of the good things about having teenage kids is they don’t bring the sick bugs home often like little kids do. So last weekend when we were all sick, starting with the teenager, it was a bit of a shock as we’d all forgotten how horrible ’throwing up’ can be. I took care of the teen & the hub who both had headaches with their bug, as usual Paracetamol saved the day and 24 hours later all was well. So when I was listening to the consumer programme You & Yours on Radio4 I was astounded  to hear a…

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