New Job, New Outlook

This coming Monday is the start of a week of changes in my household, not only do I start a new job (same company new role) but Arthur starts reception at school and Lucie is starting a new school to retake year 12.

I adore the company that I work for (NCT) as it’s been such a big part of my life over the past 5 years both as an employee and a volunteer and I still feel a tinge of nerves and trepidation amongst the excitement of my first day in the new job. My current role is client based and I deal with expectant and new parents on a day to day basis but my new job is completely different, I will be working with volunteers and local branches and although my new role presents a number of great opportunities I’m actually feeling really sad about leaving my current role.

This week I’ve been spending a bit of time reminding myself about the charity and what it offers to parents and volunteers, not only to refresh my memory but to remind myself of the fantastic new opportunity this new job presents for me and how many amazing things the charity does.

new job, new outlook

I’m going to be starting my first day in my new role with a positive attitude. I’m so lucky that I can work from home so have no morning commute, having said that I don’t work in my pyjamas or lounge clothes anymore which is something I stopped doing about 18 months ago.  I need to take a few minutes of reflection with my morning coffee to remind myself that the company chose me for the job over the other candidates.

There have been a lot of changes in the charity recently, I’ve actually picked a great time to change roles as the volunteering team has had a huge overhaul and I won’t be the only new face on Monday.  The first few weeks are going to be quite stressful for both me and the charity as my role is brand new so it’s a learning curve for us both but I’m ready to hit the ground running and make my mark.

new job, new outlook

On Sunday evening I need to amend my linkedin profile to let my old network know about my new job so I can continue to leverage the professional relationships I had.  I’ve already done some housekeeping on my Facebook profile so I can keep connections professional, I did almost give up at one point and thought it might just be easier to have two profiles but I know that’s frowned upon isn’t it!

It’s onwards and upwards from here I guess, I have no excuses about being late and I should have finished the changes I’ve made to my office at home to make it feel more like an office than a work/sewing/beauty room.

What tips do you have to get over those first day nerves?

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.


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.



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.

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