Showing posts from September, 2020

Smol: Laundry Subscription Box (Review)

Following on from last week's post on Bumboo, this week I am reviewing Smol! Smol creates high performing, eco-friendly cleaning products which are conveniently delivered to your home at affordable prices. 
The products are efficient and affordable, whilst not missing out on quality or sustainability. The products are uniquely plastic-free and fully recyclable wherever possible, or can be returnable for reuse. The boxes are Forest Stewardship Council® approved which means the board comes from responsibly managed forests. Printing also uses vegetable-based inks. Similarly, they are animal cruelty free and Leaping Bunny certified. I love the unique way the deliveries are completed. I got a free trial where I simply paid £1 delivery, for 9 tablets. You can also fill in a survey where you answer questions about frequency of washing and then the tablets are delivered when needed. You can also pause shipment or take holiday breaks when needed too. I found this feature really useful and…

My First Publication!

Just a short post today but I couldn't wait to share!

As some of you may know, during my time as an undergraduate student, I have been involved in an additional project as a co-researcher. I have shared some of the exciting milestones along the way, including presenting at the RCM Conference and the VIDM Conference.

The first of our papers (we are hoping for three!) has been officially been published and I am so excited to share it. You can find the full article here in the MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, September 2020 issue. I could not be more proud and excited.
Like I have done in parts along the way, I will be talking all about my experience as a student involved in this research project as a whole, sometime soon so stay tuned.

Bumboo: Toilet Paper Subscription Box (Review)

Back in July, I started a little mission to reduce my own plastic waste and the footprint I had on the environment. This was inspired by Plastic Free July which aims to provids resources and ideas to help you reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, work, school, and locally around the world. This series started with Wild deodorant and has moved onto supporting local and sustainable businesses like Scratch It Stationary and Pebble Child too.  Bumboo is next on the list and it's a toilet paper company. The unique name carefully and cleverly explains the product; the toilet paper is made of bamboo that is described as "beautifully soft" and "reassuringly sustainable". I 100% agree that the paper is very soft and surprisingly thick. When I first opened it, I thought it looked quite thin but the paper has yet to rip or break on me. Bamboo has so many incredible benefits
The box that the toilet paper came in was very secure and perfectly fit the rolls. I …

New *Pink and Grey* Bedroom Reveal!

You may have seen a few sneak peaks in my vlogs but my new bedroom is finally ready and completed! I am so excited to share the finished room and I am completely and utterly in love. As I am sure you all know, I don't feel quite at home at the farm and haven't for a while, but I'm so pleased I now have my own space away from the family: a little adult resting spot. I shared my mood board for the design last month and whilst there's been a few changes, the grand design stayed roughly the same. Sadly, it took a little longer than expected due to a few delays. If you have any projects coming up yourself, don't forget to add in additional weeks to avoid upset!

We are planning on knocking down the conservatory and turning it into a decking. Unfortunately, the new room will cost too much to fix so it's an alternative replacement. As a result, we had to have the double doors switched to outdoor doors and these showed up facing the wrong way. Because of the large inset…

Getting Fitted for my FFP3 Mask!

As a third year student midwife on placement during these strange times, although not as strict as guidelines originally were at the peak of the pandemic, it's still important that we stay safe. 
For those women we are looking after, guidelines vary at different hospital, but at mine, we wear hospital masks throughout our  shifts and only change to the FFP3 masks for those that are positive and using aerosols. Unlike public guidelines, the masks worn in hospitals are surgical face masks designed to be worn in medical settings to limit the spread of infection. These should be limited outside of healthcare as they are not generally considered to be PPE in non-healthcare situations. Importantly, they are manufactured to a recognised standard and are resistant to droplets of fluids and splashes. Whilst getting fit tested for these masks wasn't compulsory for students, I did feel it was important because I wanted to be able to stay with women throughout their hospital care, includ…

Family Time, Romantic Walks and New Bedroom Reveal!

A busy couple of weeks travelling between Nottingham and Wakefield, finalising my new room and ending with a beautiful sunset canal walk.  Click here for the vlog or watch below.  After moving out of my home for the past 2 years, I headed straight to Wakefield. I had a few days off in between shifts and didn't love the new house I was living in so decided to go back. It was also meant to give me a few days to sort my room out, but sadly, that wasn't quite meant to be with a delay to the doors and therefore carpets being put in. Of course, with everything else going on I got into a little bit of down mood but got cheered up by visiting family and viewing my cousins new homes. They're all gorgeous and I am very jealous.  We also had a little birthday celebration meal for my mum's mother-in-law. We had a Chinese takeaway and lots of cake with just two households (two joint in each). I think she had a lovely time so it was a nice way to celebrate and a chance to dress up a l…

On That Ass: Underwear Subscription Box (Review)

Obviously these are men's underwear, but I loved the idea behind them and so I had to buy them for my boyfriend. His review was: "they're comfy, they're pants", but I'll go into a little more detail. 
On That Ass is a subscription that costs £8.99 per month, for a brand-new unique pair of boxer shorts in your mailbox every month. They are described as "top quality and a perfect fit" and I couldn't agree more. I got this pair completely free, as your first trial pair is free to see and feel firsthand what you'll be buying in the future. It is also really easy to unsubscribe, quick and painless. 
I really liked the packaging in that it didn't waste excess material. It was simple and perfect and matched the pants design. Whilst it used plastic, it was recyclable which I feel is important. It also came really quickly, in less than a week and fit right in my post box! When you sign up, you get the option to go for a funky pattern with "M…