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Renunail Nail Treatment Revisited

I’ve always struggled with growing my nails, they either split once they get to a certain length or peel. Back in 2014 I wrote a post after 8 weeks of using the Dr LeWinn’s Renunail polish which transformed my nails from short and stumpy to long and lovely.  Unfortunately years of acrylic nails had made my nails so thin that even though they had grown they just didn’t stay long and they kept splitting and peeling.

A few weeks ago I decided to try using the polish again, my nails were growing but not as quick as I would have liked.

After 4 weeks I had gone from no nails to this.

A further 4 weeks and my nails are both long and strong (staining is from wearing red without a base coat.)

I’m so pleased I revisited this product as it really is one of the best products I’ve found for promoting nail growth.

It may be a coincidence but recently I’ve been eating a more protein rich diet so this could have also contributed to my speedy nail growth, I also take fish oil supplements which have had a positive impact on my skin so maybe also my nails.

I make sure that I oil my cuticles and moisturise my nails which I think has helped with the growth and lack of splitting – this was something I didn’t do previously.

I’ve not had acrylics for over 2 years now and haven’t experienced any pitting or ridges in my nails.  I don’t use gel polish if I can help it as I’m sure the acetone soaking was doing nothing for my nails.

Have you used the Renunail treatment? What are your top tips for long, strong nails?

 



Corsodyl Ultra Clean

Bleeding gums is one of those taboo subjects that we just don’t talk about, i’m really not sure why this is. I’ve suffered from gum problems for many years now and after several treatments from the dentist my issues go away for a short while but not completely.

I like to think I take good care of my teeth, they are strong and apart from the obvious bleeding gum issue and sensitivity my teeth are doing ok.  I’m 37 and only have 1 filling, I brush twice a day and floss with interdental brushes, I change my toothbrush on a regular basis but I still suffer from bleeding gums.

If you do notice blood in your saliva when brushing or flossing it’s a sign that your gums are not healthy and it could mean you have gum disease.  This is something that affects 50% of adults worldwide.

WHAT CAUSES GUM DISEASE?

Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly builds up, on and in between, your teeth. If left unchecked, plaque will irritate the gums leading to redness and soreness. If allowed to continue, gum disease can cause serious problems. The gum may start to come away from the tooth, creating ‘pockets’ around it where even more plaque can grow. Over time, these pockets deepen, gums continue to recede and teeth can become loose.

I changed my toothpaste  to Corsodyl ultra clean* 30 days ago and I thought I would share the results with you (don’t worry the results are not visual).

Day 1 – 5 Pink saliva when spitting after brushing, noticed it was not as dark as usual. Interdental brushes still very bloody after use.

Day 5 – 7 Saliva had only a small tint of pink when brushing. Interdental brushes had small amount of blood.

Day 7 – 13 No blood when brushing. When using interdental brushes there was only a small amount of blood on the brushes.

Day 13 – 30 No blood when brushing or when using interdental brushes.

The Corsodyl paste itself has a pleasant taste unlike some of the harsh chemically flavoured products I’ve received from my dentist to help with my gums. The toothpaste is actually formulated to help with bleeding gums so if you suffer like I do you may want to consider giving this a try as it targets the areas which can get a build up of bacteria (usually around the gum line).

I’ve been so impressed with this toothpaste that I’ve purchased it twice since my initial testing. If I’m completely honest I wasn’t sure this would work as well as it did, I’ve used similar products in the past which haven’t been great on my sensitive teeth but since using Corsodyl ultra clean even my sensitivity has improved.  It may be a coincidence but since using this toothpaste I’ve not had an ulcer in my mouth which is unheard of as I’m really susceptible to them.

* Sample for review purposes



Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

I can’t remember the last time I got to sit down and read a book from start to finish in 2 days, it just doesn’t happen anymore but last weekend I had the opportunity and I grabbed it with both hands.  I love a book that has me gripped from the start, I like to get lost in the plot and Jane Casey is a genius at allowing this to happen.

let the dead speak Jane Casey

When it comes to reading books I like a really wide range of genres. Crime and thrillers are not my first choice of genres but I do always enjoy them when I get the chance.  Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey is part of a series, it’s actually book 7 so I was a little worried that I would get a bit lost as I had no background of the characters but it’s a really good standalone book. The synopsis below had me gripped and I can’t wait to go back and read books 1-6

A murder without a body: Eighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.

A girl too scared to talk: Maeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she’s up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is holding something back, but best friend Bethany Norris won’t let Maeve get close. What exactly is Bethany protecting Chloe from?

A detective with everything to prove: As the team dig deeper into the residents of Valerian Road, no one is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that’s not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share…

Maeve Kerrigan is (I assume) the main character in all of the books, she has been promoted to Detective Sergeant so I assume the earlier books are maybe about her journey to this promotion and her experience and confidence is as a result.

Let the dead speak really did have me guessing all the way through. I always think I’m quite good at working out the answers but in reality I’m pretty rubbish.  Jane Casey’s writing held my attention completely and I couldn’t wait to put the book down.  I love how Jane made me think that so many of the characters had committed the murder and the twists written into the story were captivating .

Characters were realistic and the relationships did seem believable.  It’s obvious that a lot of research has gone into the story which had me wondering if Jane has a background in law or criminology.

This is the first book by Jane Casey that I’ve read and I loved the complex plot and well written story line, definitely an author to follow and hopefully the series will be picked up by the BBC for a new drama series.

* I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. I have received a voucher in return for writing this post


Red Nose Day 2017

It’s that time of the year again when you’re asked to dig deep for charity, this year you can support Red Nose Day by visiting TK Maxx or HomeSense and making a purchase from the Red Nose Day collection created and photographed by fashion photographer Rankin.

The limited edition range includes unisex, women’s, men’s and children’s t-shirts, there is also a Red Nose Day Homeware Collection which includes aprons, kids aprons and tea towels as well as leather journals & colouring books.

 

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You can purchase this apron for £12.99, at least £5 from each apron sale will go to Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa.

The theme of Red Nose Day 2017 is “Make Your Laugh Matter, I used the LOL generator to get a personalised gag just for me in the form of a GIF tailored to my interests. It really did make me chuckle as I’m always the first person to tell people who are selling their home to make a loaf of bread so that prospective buyers get that “homely smell”

Have you purchased one of the limited edition Rankin items yet? Do let me know what the LOL generator generates for you in the comments below.

You can find out more about Red Nose Day by visiting Twitter @TKMaxx_UK / Facebook: www.facebook.com/tkmaxx / Instagram @tkmaxx

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Tea-riffic DIY Valentine’s Day Card

Like a lot of crafts and DIY cards, this Tea-riffic Valentine’s card is not restricted to your Valentine.  The card would probably make a pretty good birthday card or you could pop two tea bags on the front for a quirky anniversary card and write a witty slogan underneath (if the recipient is a fan of tea of course).  This card doesn’t require a lot of craft supplies or skills so it’s suitable for children and adults alike and great if you’ve forgotten to buy a card for someone special.

DIY Valentine Card

To make the Valentine’s card you will need the following items:

1 Teabag
1 Blank card & Envelope
1 set of eyes
1 Black felt tipped pen
1 piece of paper smaller than your card
Glue or Glue Dots

DIY Valentine Card

Start by preparing the card topper, A plain sheet of A4 white paper was used for this card and a ruler was used to cut it so the edges were not perfect, you could also use watercolour paper which rips really well or sugar paper.

DIY Valentine card Topper

The tea bag was glued to the paper using glue dots and the string and little heart label was stuck down using a small bit of PVA glue.  If the label is coloured you might want to use some washi tape or cut a small piece of plain paper.

Eyes were attached with some PVA glue and a sharpie was used to both draw a mouth directly on the tea bag, and to write the Valentine’s Day message “You’re Tea-riffic”.   If you have time and the skills a calligraphy message would look fantastic on this card. The teabag topper was stuck on to the card with glue dots and it was ready to be delivered to my Valentine.

If this card isn’t your cup of tea (excuse the pun) you might like this Valentine’s card from last year which was inspired by a danish weaving basket, it was a little tricky to make but the end result was worth it.

Don’t forget to pin this DIY Valentine’s card for later.

DIY Valentine card