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Portugal 2022 Holiday Reading List and Reviews

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I think this may be my final post following my Portugal holiday, but stay tuned for some more travel posts shortly, following my trip to Amsterdam! I love relaxing and ready outside, but when I'm in the UK, reading just takes a back burner which is always such a shame. I wish I allocated more time to ready but it's become more of a holiday passion. I thought today I would briefly share a short summary review of the books I read on holiday in Portugal! Before She Was Mine by Kate Long . I was so utterly blown away by this book. It isn't something that I would normally read but it was such a nice novel. It shares the story of a girl trapped between her birth mother and her adoptive mother. When both mother's go through quite drastic life events, she must choose which to prioritise, often putting herself down in the process.  The Wedding by Nichloas Sparks. I've never found a Nicholas Sparks book I haven't loved, nor a film adaptation I don't envy. The story sh

A New Nursing and Midwifery Board Representative

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I had thought I had shared this when I first joined but upon looking for a link to write a little update, I couldn't find a post, so I thought I best share now. A few months into my preceptorship, the opportunity became available to join the Nursing and Midwifery Board as a Staff Representative. The board has monthly discussions with leaders and managers across all surgical and medical wards, hearing the latest updates and providing feedback to future proposals, before approving or dismissing the case.  Having been such an involved midwifery student, I felt this was something that would be beneficial for both myself and the profession which I would represent. I was excited to help impact changes and future development, especially with my experience as a newly qualified midwife.  A few months after my expression of interest, we were informed that there were a high number of those interested and so to confirm we still wanted to be considered in our applications, despite there only be

Meeting Freya, Puppy Siblings and Cousin's Engagement!

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I headed to my mum's to meet the new puppy and celebrate my cousin's engagement party!  Click here to watch the vlog or see below.  After working a few shifts in a row, I waited for Luke to finish work and spent the day packing and organising, ready to head to Wakefield. We got a McDonald's for lunch and I am so excited now that fish fingers are back on the menu! They were removed unnecessarily for Covid-19's reduced menu and they have always been my favourite.  My mum recently got a second puppy. There are 3 months between the two and they are half siblings, with the same father. It was so lovely to meet the new addition to the family and the size difference is crazy. I always thought Floki was little, but next to Freya, he's huge! They are so different with their personalities too. Freya loves to sit and cuddle, plus sneak a few kisses. Floki likes to be stroked but not picked up. They play fight all the time and the teeth on show is hilarious! On Saturday night,

Holiday Fashion: Evening Outfits

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For the last of the holiday "fashion" posts, I am going from day to night outfits. When my family and I go to villa holidays, we tend to have snacks throughout the day, with fruit for breakfast, then in the evenings, dress up a little fancier and go out for a nice meal...usually three courses! Today, I am sharing my evening outfits. Instead of going out for 7 meals, we went to friends for a couple of nights so I just wore 4 different outfits.  This first dress was a recent purchase from Next for my sister's birthday. I ended up wearing it for the big birthday party and loved it. I love the sleeves and the neckline detail, plus there is a tie synch under the bust.  The next dress is a dress from Stacey Solomon's In the Style collection. This is her white tiered eucalyptus dress. I also paired it with the matching hairband.  For a slightly less fancy evening, I dressed down with this pom pom spotty dress from Simply Be by Louise Pentland aka Sprinkle of Glitter. It'

Carin Mini: Pelvic Floor Trainer (Review)

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I was gifted this item a number of weeks ago and I have been trialling it for the past month. Carin is developed with the purpose for helping everyday women manage bladder control issues all too common, especially after having children.  As a midwife, I find myself often talking to women about their pelvic floor. During pregnancy we enquire about urine and faecal incontinence. This involves the inability to control bladder and bowel movements. It can range from mild leakage, to complete loss of control. We recommend all pregnant women do daily pelvic floor exercises 10 times, 3 sessions per day, but if there are any problems, we recommend self-referring to our women's physiotherapists. At delivery, we talk again about pelvic floor exercises, especially if there are any perineal trauma. The physiotherapists automatically will see any women with third or fourth degree tears as an inpatient. Finally, it is routinely discussed again at both discharge and at home visits.  The Carin Mini

International Day of the Midwife 2022!

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International Day of the Midwife is celebrated each year on the 5th May. As you can see, this post is a little late but I thought this year, I would instead share how I celebrated...at work! I was unfortunately working both night shifts either side, so I started the International Day of the Midwife working the night shift, and finished it working a night shift.  I was initially meant to be on labour suite for both shifts but with staff shortages elsewhere on the unit, I was instead pulled to the postnatal ward on the first night, then the antenatal ward on the second. I think I had the best of both worlds, as both my shifts were absolutely lovely with a great time. Had it of been the other way around, I think it would have been a different story.  Labour suite had set up a little party in one of the patient lounges, and the managers had made individualised cards for gratitude. There was also a little goodie bag of treats, including a sweet donation from a Scentsy seller and a little wi

Vlog Update and Apologies

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Apologies in advance for the lack of vlog this week. I do have footage but I have literally just got back from Amsterdam and Wakefield so haven't quite had time to edit it just yet. My plan is to edit over the next week and put up the next vlog next Sunday. After that, it will be the holiday vlogs.  I haven't even started to look through it just yet, but I have a feeling it will be quite a bit of footage. I may do one big vlog, but I think I will do 5 mini vlogs instead, with a vlog for each day. I don't want to get too far behind with posting, therefore I think I'll be uploading a few a week, instead of just on Sunday.  I hope that makes sense! Speak soon.