How can you have younger and healthy looking skin? Guest blog: Colette Ogle owns East Norwich Acupuncture

How can you have younger and healthy looking skin?

We know there are many good face creams out there and having regular cleansing facials have a beneficial effect on the skin, we also know that eating a sensible diet with fresh fruit, veg and fish, avoiding too much sun and getting plenty of sleep will help to ensure your skin looks younger for longer.  But what other options are there if you want to try something more permanent to change the way you look now and to retain that youthful appearance?

Chemical Peels – chemicals such as gycolic acid, salicylic acid or carbolic acid (phenol), are applied to small areas on the skin. This is said to reduce fine lines, treat wrinkles caused by sun damage, certain types of acne and reduce age spots.

After the treatment you may experience swelling and blisters. The skin will peel and regenerate itself in 7 – 14 days.  It is advisable to have a program of superficial peels using alpha hydroxyacids, this would be 4 to 6 peels at monthly intervals.  The effect can last up to a year, as long as adequate sun protection is used.

Cost from approx. £60 - £300


Botox Injections – use botulinum toxin to paralyze the facial muscles. This gives the appearance of reducing wrinkles and smoothing out frown lines etc. Good for deep lines and wrinkles. However the effects are temporary and will need topping up regularly.

After the treatment you may have some bruising, swelling or discomfort. The general advise given to clients is not to lay down for 4 hours after treatment (no bending forward either), no vigorous activity/exercise for 12 hours, and no rubbing, massaging or pressure on the treated areas for the first day. Lasts approx. 3 – 4 months.

Cost from approx. £150 per area



One Stitch Face Lift – your consultant will begin by discussing with you the problem areas of excess skin which you feel need addressing.  Once marked out on the face some local anaesthetic is then injected to make the procedure a pain free experience. The stitches themselves contain small cones along their length and are inserted using long needles. After the stitches are in place they are then pulled back to re-suspend the skin and soft tissues, whilst the small cones along their length anchor the tissues in their new position. Good for those that may feel they need a full face lift but are restricted by cost or put off by surgery. Beneficial for lifting the jowl area and for general sagging.

Costs from approx.. £800 - £1500 per stich

When considering any type of plastic surgery or intervention, it is important you take every care to ensure your health & safety. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons offer some good advice.


OK, if none of these appeal to you then what’s the more natural alternative?

Did you know acupuncture is recorded to have been used to enhance beauty as early as the days of the royal court of the Emperor in ancient China. With no chemicals or artificial substances being introduced into the body, Acupuncture is growing as an alternative to potentially harmful fillers and injections.

At EAST Norwich Acupuncture I offer a unique Facial Rejuvenation program, comprising of three elements;

  • Cosmetic Acupuncture
  • Facial Gua Sha
  • Facial Cupping

These three elements together give the best overall results.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Many studies have confirmed acupuncture as a proven method of collagen induction and regeneration of the superficial levels to the skin, without the risk of some of the other modern treatments

Needles are placed around problem areas, such as along scar or wrinkle lines and underneath the jaw line, depending on the individual’s needs. In addition at EAST Norwich Acupuncture I use traditional established acupuncture points on the face and body to further benefit the final result by increasing well-being from the inside.


Facial Gua Sha

First, organic oils are applied using facial massage strokes and techniques, I use Botanicals Organic Facial Serum. Then using the specialised Gua sha tool, sweeping motions are used over the entire face in either a linear or circular motion.  The tool is swept along specific channels, collateral’s and acupuncture points on face.

The benefits of Facial Gua sha are many but include increased blood circulation, reducing the look of wrinkles or baggy eyes, removing blood stagnation and promoting normal circulation which in turn helps the body to eliminate toxins.

Facial Cupping

Facial cupping is a very relaxing and enjoyable experience, they is no dragging or pressure, it is a gentle massage. This helps to tone your facial muscles, ‘fill’ and tighten your skin, and reduce the amount of puffiness you may have under your eyes.

Small, specialised suction cups are used in the procedure to lift your facial tissue. It is completely painless and leaves no marks.

This Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture program is unique in the world of beauty, as it not only works on the external appearance of the skin, by improving wrinkles, scars and acne for example, but by using needles on specific points around the body it can improve general health too!  Clients often report reduced stress and improved sleep.

Cost £55 per session -  it is recommended that a course of least 6 sessions are completed to ensure the best results, but improvements can be seen after only 1 or 2 sessions

So how good is it really?   I wanted to test it out for myself so that I felt confident in recommending to my clients, I have treated myself once a week for the last 6 weeks and here’s some before and after selfies I took! (excuse the quality and the fact that selfies always make you look a bit weird?!)  The areas I was particularly interested in improving were the jowl area, but also though nasal area and under my eyes could be improved!

Both these pics were taken in my bathroom when I was wearing make up,.



What Difference has it made?

Well, I think at the very least my skin looks better, it looks smoother and feels firmer/plumper.  What do you think?  I’m pleased with the jowl area which is the bit I really hate the most!!


But therein lies the real answer to all these ‘beauty’ treatments, its about how you feel, not necessarily what someone else is going to notice!  I feel more confident and that makes me happy, and therefore I feel more attractive ☺

This is an important point and I think the first thing to think about before embarking on any beauty treatment which will require a financial commitment, is that you need to set expectations and goals. Do you want to reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture or just gain an overall younger look? You need to then judge where you are starting from, if you have very deep wrinkles or have badly sun damaged skin, it maybe that you wont be able to fully realise your goals!  But if you understand this and set your expectation accordingly you won’t be disappointed.

I’m 50 this year by the way and I’m feeling ok about this !


Pic (not a selfie) taken on a recent night out (06/03/15)


Author Bio: Colette Ogle owns East Norwich Acupuncture which operates from Oasis Sports & Leisure Club.  Colette opened her acupuncture clinic in January 2015 after qualifying from The College of Chinese Medicine, London.  She is passionate about bringing the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicinal therapies to Norwich and the surrounding area.


Make up Artist Show London 2015

Make up Artist Show London 2015



Makeup lovers, artists, craftsmen and students: save the date! From July 10th to 12th the 2015 International Make-up Artists Trade Show (IMATS) is back in London. So check out those train times before you go, for example on, because it is an event not to miss. You should probably book your hotel well ahead of time, because the IMATS is the best international makeup trade show in the UK! Always well attended, this year IMATS returns to the London Olympia for another weekend of education, beauty, inspiration, and the greatest new innovations in the beauty industry.


IMATS gains popularity every year and has quickly become the cornerstone for international make-up education. The 2015 trade show is sure to be attended by the top international beauty experts, brands, and make-up artists. Students, this is a great place to learn and be inspired by the masters!


Brand reps from Bobbi Brown, NARS, Make Up For Ever and MAC will all be in attendance at the IMATS 2015. They will showcase everything from lipstick to nail polish to blush, and everything in between. Once again, the Make-Up Museum will be open to all guests! Due to the great audience response last year, exhibits like strange creatures from Harry Potter and special effects from The Dark Knight will be back to awe and inspire spectators.


IMATS always has a fantastic guest lineup, filled with the most famous and inspiring artists in the beauty industry. In the past, keynote speakers have been Bill Corso (John Carter and Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events, Mark Coulier (Oscar-winning artist of The Grand Budapest Hotel and Iron Lady), and Allan Apone (CEO of Make-up and Effects Laboratories and the make-up artist behind The Avengers and Iron Man).  The keynote speeches address many diverse topics, from industry trends to the hottest new products. If you’re wondering about how to perfect the art of prosthetic application or create the perfect Drag Queen, you might just learn how from the IMATS keynote speech!


So let’s talk about prices: tickets cost 45 £ and are definitely worth every cent. You can buy IMATS London tickets online, which I recommend as the show is very highly attended. You must be 17 or older to attend, and July 10th is open to Pro-card holders. The public is welcome from Saturday, May 11th (8:30am to 5pm) until Sunday (10am to 5pm). So what are you waiting for? Whether you are a budding makeup artist or an established pro, the 2015 IMATS will inspire, excite and educate you. Grab your brushes, get that hotel booked, and get yourself to London for a weekend of innovation and inspiration in the world of beauty.


This post is written by Hanna J., mom of 2 kids, who lives in Rome. She is graduated in Business and before moving to Italy, she has also lived in London for almost 3 years where she worked as a freelance writer. Now she explores new events in the world to share with everyone.

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Guest Blog - Tools and Equipment To Cut Your Hair At Home

Tools and Equipment You Need To Cut Hair At Home

Getting a haircut

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Although many hairdressers work out of stylish salons, there's also a demand for independent hair stylists who can offer a mobile service, or even cut hair in their own home. It's becoming a popular option for professionals to run their own business in their spare time, and if you have the skills and qualifications to cut hair then this can be a lucrative side line. As long as you know the health and safety rules and have permission to use your home for this kind of work, it's easy to set up your own part-time business, and here are a few of the items you will need.


Salon chairs

You can use an ordinary chair to cut hair, but this can be uncomfortable for the client, as well as yourself. Using a professional salon chair offers you features such as:


  • Upholstered, padded seating
  • Adjustable and lockable heights
  • Easy manoeuvring
  • Gas lift
  • Hardwearing and safe for clients


Therefore it's an important investment when you are cutting hair, and a good way to show clients that you are a professional who has the right equipment and knowledge.


Beauty case

If you only have limited space, or will need to take your equipment around with you, then a beauty case can be ideal to suit your needs. Look for advice on the equipment that mobile hairdressers need, and then get a case on wheels that suits your needs. This makes it easy to store your scissors, razors, chemicals, and other important items safely and securely, so you are ready to go to appointments on a moment's notice.


Shampoo units

Being able to easily wash hair is essential, and if you are traveling to people's homes then you will need to have an easy set up that you can use. You can take a shampoo chair with you and use the client's own basin, and there are plenty of gadgets to help turn any bathroom into an easy to use temporary salon.

Mobile hairdressing is an interesting way for skilled hairdressers to earn some extra cash, and it can also be a full time undertaking for those who have built up a loyal client base. With just a few bits of equipment you can offer people a full service in their own home, allowing for anyone to get the haircut that they want.

Author Bio:

Thomas Smith is a writer who loves reading about business and lifestyle. He is also an amateur photographer and loves taking images depicting life as he sees it on the streets. His hobbies include playing golf and riding his motorcycle. He also owns a 5-yr old Golden Retriever named Sam. He is working on his first book, with a tentative book title, “People You Meet on the Street” - a funny illustration of different types of people.  Currently, he is writing on a freelance basis for Salon Supply Australia, a company providing beauty salon furniture and equipment to business owners.


Guest Blog by James Patrick - Live Long, Live Beautiful! – Beauty Treatments for Cancer Patients

Live Long, Live Beautiful!  – Beauty Treatments for Cancer Patients

When anyone is under cancer treatment, you generally think that pampering the patient with beauty treatment is the last resort. However, the fact is just the reverse. Proper beauty care of the cancer patient will give him/her a real boosting.

Keep Things Normal As Usual

Generally what happens during a cancer treatment is a patient undergoing the treatment feels like everything has changed completely in his life and nothing will come back to its normal flow. Therefore, to make the cancer patient feel normal like before, some semblance should be maintained to normal routine of life in places where it is possible. When the patient finds that he is treated in the same way as the normal human beings, his spirits are automatically boosted.

You can apply a deep moisturizing treatment on the patient’s skin or can go for a full body scrub. After all, they are also worth of getting such a soothing treatment like the normal humans.


Aromatherapy Massage is Good for Cancer Patients

Take Care of the Skin

You can choose to give a cancer sufferer a facial, a soft creamy cleansing facial that will not be harsh for her skin. Make sure the therapist is fully aware of the fact that he is treating a cancer patient. You must look for some treatment that can revitalize the skin of your patient because skins of such patients dry out at the time of radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

You must ask the therapist to use some alcohol-free, non-stimulating toner together with some gentle and rich moisture. Exfoliating treatments are not applied to cancer patients because they might be insensitive reaction on their delicate skin. Apart from drying up, skins of these patients often become sensitized to certain treatments. In beauty treatment, make sure you remain kind enough towards the skin of your cancer patient.

Beauty treatment with alcohol-free, fragrant, hypoallergenic products creates the best healing effect for such patients. While treating your cancer patient with some beauty regime, hygiene should be your prime concern. The therapist must make use of neat and clean and disposable brushes, sponges and applicators each time he treats the patient. Cancer patients taking radiotherapy or chemotherapy have a greater risk of infection because of such treatment; the immunity system of their body reduces to a considerable extent. So, it is necessary that proper hygienic condition is maintained while giving them beauty treatment.

Keep Looking Beautiful as Before

As you all know, cancer treatment results in a substantial amount of hair loss – the eyebrow hair can completely be wiped off or might thin up. There are trained therapists who can skillfully recreate the entire eyebrow or can fill up the thin ones. In case the nails look unhealthy or have discolored, do a manicure by taking a funky looking opaque polish. Make your patient use one acetone-free nail polish remover.

Research has proved that cancer patients are benefitted by aromatherapy massage. This massage has helped in improving the quality of their skin and life and also lessened their symptoms. So, what are you waiting for? Give your patient a soothing aromatherapy massage. Spa therapists of different places like Lighthouse Point,are specially trained to satisfy the specific needs of the cancer patients.

Get a trained therapist and change the life of the patient. Be normal during upheaval and feel relaxed!

Summary: Beauty treatment is not only meant for normal human beings. There are special treatments for cancer patients as well to make them feel and look normal.

7 Effective Ways to Lose Weight by Walking - guest blog by James Patrick

7 Effective Ways to Lose Weight by Walking

The numbers of people, who use vehicles to travel smaller distance, are increasing. As the overall body activity is decreasing, the chances of people getting affected with several diseases are increasing. Walking on a regular basis can help people tackle most of these problems in an effective way. However, people, who are walking since a long time ago, but are not achieving much result, can bring about following changes in their routine.

1.       Increase the Walking Distance by 500 Meters a Week

This can help avoid stagnancy in the daily routine and can help people thrive for more. Moreover, this technique makes it easy to keep track of improvement, which was not possible otherwise. Therefore, start walking an extra 500 meters each week to lose weight in an effective manner.

2.       Appropriate Limb Movement Can Be Effective

Many people forget to keep track of their limb movement. However, without proper movement of limb, it is impossible to enjoy the advantages of walking. As this activity includes the whole body, people should know about appropriate limb movement while walking to shed those extra pounds in an easier way than before.

3.       Try To Put Stress on the Heart

Pumping of heart is important while walking to keep pressure on the heart. This results in appropriate circulation of blood throughout the body. It is important to maintain great pace while walking to get effective weight loss results. Feel the heart pumping while walking to stay fit for a long time.



Walking – One of the Most Effective Ways to Lose Weight

4.       Music – A Great Way to Enhance Daily Walk

Music can effectively boost the daily walking experience. Listen to the latest tracks to enjoy the daily walk, and let that extra enthusiasm work within. This can help people achieve new height, and, as a result, lose weight efficiently.

5.       The Shoe Matters

Not all shoes are appropriate for walking. Most people visit a store and buy an average running shoe. However, a running shoe is not a walking shoe, and it can damage the feet in an adverse manner. Opt for shoes that have been designed for walking to experience the least amount of pressure on feet.

6.       Healthy Food after Walking

A bowl of salad or a fruit might be the perfect thing after a long walk. A human body needs something to eat after an intense workout. However, people, who are planning to lose weight by walking, should not munch on anything heavy after a walk. Instead, a bowl full of salad, or a fruit rich in fiber can do the job.

7.       Jogging Is a Great Idea

Jogging in between walking is a great way to tackle the feeling of consistency during your daily walk. Little jogs during a walk will not only help a person rejuvenate for the next round of walk, but also help lose weight in a more effective way than before.

These are some of the most effective modifications, which, if implemented in the daily walking routine can help people lose weight in an efficient way, and live a healthy life.

Summary: Minute modifications in the daily walking routine can help people lose weight without even enrolling their names for any fitness program, or maintaining any hard and fast diet rules. Bring about the above modifications as soon as possible and take a step ahead towards staying fit without those extra pounds.

Author’s Bio: James Patrick is a renowned fitness writer, who provides effective training of Muay Thai in Thailand. He suggests people to walk more, and drive less to own a healthy body, and ban those extra pounds.

Facial Massage and Its Anti Aging Benefits - Guest Blog by James Patrick

Facial Massage and Its Anti Aging Benefits

The secrets of getting a young and wrinkle free skin is not confined in cosmetics and surgery. A regular course of facial massage can add natural glow and radiance to the face besides taking care of the unwanted wrinkles. Unlike cosmetic surgeries, facial massage using natural substances reduces the risks of side effects to a great extent.

Reasons of Premature Skin Aging

Increasing stress and work load in everyday life has a lot of effect on the skin. This is a major reason because of which the skin starts to look older and wrinkles starts coming in at a very young age. Use of anti aging creams and cosmetics are seldom effective. The actual reason behind the premature aging of the skin is due to poor circulation of the blood. The fact that makes facial massage important is that the signs of premature aging first starts to show up on the face of an individual.

Importance of Facial Massage

  • Facial massage is a natural therapy which enhances natural beauty of the skin. It helps to improve the skin tone and glow. The face has got various minute pressure points which get stimulated during a facial massage. This helps in better blood circulation all around the face. Increased blood flow in the vital regions of the face helps to relax the facial tissue.
  •  Facial massage helps to balance the natural moisture of the skin. A majority of people worldwide suffer from dry skin. There is a natural growth of dead cells if dry skin stays untreated for a long time. Regular facial massage helps in increment of the natural skin moisturizers.
  •  There are many people who come across issues like puffed face. This actually happens due to over application of cosmetics and lack of sleep. The inner face muscles regain flexibility after a course of facial massage. This helps to fix the issues related to puffed face.
  • Many beauticians believe that regular facial massage helps to lighten the complexion to a great extent. Massage helps to open up the blocked lymph nodes which gradually help to add a natural shine to the face.
  • Facial massage is particularly essential for sensitive skin. Massage helps to remove the blockades form the pores and sheds off the black heads.

      Facial massage relaxes the face muscles and tissues

Facial Massage And Anti Aging Benefits

Facial massage has got numerous anti aging benefits where it actually relieves an individual from the primary signs of aging that is wrinkles. Facial massage treatments using circular massage method and patting method helps immensely to reduce wrinkles from the face. Regular facial toning exercises attached with facial massage can bring in surprising beauty results for an individual. The best time for wrinkle relieving massage is early in the morning because after sleep the blood circulation stays low, and massage increases the blood flow, helping to reduce puffiness. Circular motions of massage can help to reduce wrinkles that appear on the forehead.

Looking at the numerous benefits that facial massage provides it can be easily said that this massage is a much more secure option than cosmetic surgery if the anti aging solutions are taken into concern.

Author’s Bio: James is a professional freelancer and blogger who specializes in skin treatments and beauty secrets. His blogs and articles are extremely helpful for people who are looking for effective anti aging solutions for the skin. He suggests his readers to try out Tantric massage from the massage parlors of Orange Country in order to get a young and beautiful skin.

Summary- Facial massage is the most natural and effective way to get a young and wrinkle free skin. Regular course of this massage using natural ingredients is highly beneficial for the skin.

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Lizzie's Birthday at The Pigs - Guest Blog

Guest blog -Andy Dane

As it was Lizzie's birthday on the 2nd January, I thought I'd treat her to a night away somewhere nice, where we could both chill out, eat good food and just generally relax.

We didn't want to go far, as we only wanted to leave Jessica with the grandparents for one night, so we did a bit of research and in the end, settled on The Pigs in Edgefield, near Holt. The rooms looked amazing, massive bath, huge bed, our own personal sauna and an enclosed garden complete with fire pit. The Pigs looked perfect for what we wanted.

So I booked the room at The Pigs for 2nd Jan, complete with a bottle of Taittinger Brut Reserve to celebrate with and off we went.

The rooms at The Pigs

First impressions of The Pigs were amazing, the room was glorious, champagne waiting for us in an ice bucket, the bed was enormous, lovely deep bath, a cafetiere instead of the usual instant coffee in hotels, and as promised, our own personal Sauna. The outside garden area was different than in the photos, but still lovely, opening out onto fields to the back of the hotel. The enclosed gardens at The Pigs appear to face the car-park, and I think in future, we might request one of those. The roads around The Pigs are quiet enough for it to not be an issue, especially at night. I also think that it would feel a little more "private" and we wouldn't feel the need to wear a swimsuit if the rear blinds were open and we wanted a bath, which is what we did this time, just in case someone else that was staying wandered in front of the doors. The little outside area we had opened out to where there were some picnic tables, but other guests staying at The Pigs could wander in front of the patio doors into your sauna room. Although, I'm not sure that they actually would.

The fire-pit was nice, and the chairs comfortable, but, fire-wood wasn't included and seemed quite pricey at £15 a basket, something which wasn't mentioned on The Pigs' website. If the weather had been nicer, we may well have been tempted, but as it was, we decided to just chill out in the room and make use of the sauna and bath rather than spend the extra on firewood. Included, though, were fire starters, marshmallows and scented oils for the sauna water. So all in all, still a good experience, and it may well be in the small print somewhere that firewood isn't included, and we'll know in advance if we do visit The Pigs again.

After a few hours flitting between the bath, drench shower, and sauna, we got ready and headed down for dinner. We both got dressed up for it, but more because we don't very often, rather than that we felt the need to. The atmosphere in The Pigs's restaurant is very relaxed, I think anyone would feel welcome there, kids are well catered for as well, I imagine we'll make a return visit to The Pigs with Jessica at some point in the future.

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The food at The Pigs

The food was, as I'd hoped, amazing. We had Binham Blue, celeriac and hazelnut croquettes with plum chutney as one Iffit (think Norfolk Tapas) as a starter, along with cauliflower fritters served with colonial spiced dip. Both were very light, full of flavour and great to whet the appetite for the main courses.

starter at The Pigs


I had the Venison, served with peppered sprouts, roast squash and garlic mash, with a port and red wine reduction to finish it off. It was all cooked to perfection, the venison just melted in your mouth, couldn't have asked for anything better.

Venison at The Pigs
Andy's Venison


Although, I have to say I was equally tempted by what Lizzie had chosen, the skirt steak, slow roast tomato, watercress, Binham Blue butter and chips cooked in beef dripping. It looked amazing, and we swapped a bit of meat with each other and the steak tasted as good as it looked! I've never tried skirt steak before, but I think it had more flavour in it than any steak I've tried before, I think I might have already decided what I'm having next time I go there :)

Skirt steak at the pigs
Lizzie's Skirt Steak

Afterwards, we shared three cheeses, although you'll have to forgive me as I have no idea what they were! I assume that the blue cheese was the Binham Blue, and I'm reasonably sure one of them was Smoked Dapple, but I'm not sure what the white cheese was. But they all went together brilliantly, the cheese biscuits they came with added to the flavour, along with apple, grapes and celery, which is usual with a cheeseboard. But the addition of a sweet scone set it off perfectly.

Cheeseboard at the pigs

After the meal we trotted off back to our room with what was left in our bottle of wine and got a well needed good nights sleep, although the huge bed turned out to be two beds and two mattresses pushed together, so while still massive and still very comfortable, not quite "perfect" and the only other thing I could possibly pick the place up on was that a lot of the glasses in the restaurant seemed to be water-stained. But the champagne flutes that were in our room were pristine. It might seem picky, and we might not have noticed it if everything else at The Pigs hadn't been so perfect.

The food at breakfast was equally as good, I went for the "The Pigs 15 Mile Breakfast on Toast" which was probably more food than I needed, but I still ate it all, it was too good not to! Bacon, black pudding, double yolk egg, smoked bbq beans and a sausage served on a piece of toast. With a buffet of fruit, croissants, fruit juices and coffee to finish it all off. Lizzie went for the Norfolk Rarebit and seemed to enjoy that just as much as I'd enjoyed mine.

Final thoughts on our stay at The Pigs

So if you want a luxurious night away somewhere in Norfolk, or just a fantastic meal, I can now definitely recommend The Pigs.

Apologies for the quality of the food photos, but I only had my phone camera to hand!

We're now seriously thinking about booking a night at The Pigs, Edgefield, Norfolk for the first night of our honeymoon in June, before jetting off somewhere as a family.

If you are visiting with kids, then there's plenty at The Pigs to keep them entertained. Not only do The Pigs have a great kids menu, they also have an outside play area, built by the creators of Be WILDerwood to keep the little ones entertained.

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Congenital heart defect - Sign petition & help save lives

~Posting this on behalf of a client of mine to raise awareness~


1 in 145 babies are born with a congenital heart defect. When a baby is born they check for hearing but not for a congenital heart defect which is the number one birth defect.

The Children's Heart Federation is asking the Government to put in place a test called the Pulse Oximetry Screening for all newborn babies. A study of 20,055 showed the test had a success rate of 75%. The test monitors the amount of oxygen in the blood.

We need your help to get this passed and made a legal requirement for every hospital in the UK to perform this test as a standard procedure.

Please sign our E-petition and help save a baby's life today!  Please read Kieran's story below as if this test was available perhaps it would not have taken for him to be 10 weeks old before we found out about his heart condition and was in heart failure.

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Kieran's story

When Kieran was born in Jan 2011 he was struggling with his feeding and was sleeping a lot, after lots of trips to the Drs and being fobbed off we found out when Kieran was 10 weeks old had a VSD (Hole in his heart) and would need to go onto two different heart medicines and special milk, the milk ended up making him ill so on 18 April 2011 we spent a week in Norfolk and Norwich hospital ending up with having a NG tube so they could get fluid into him and also help him put on weight.

In October 2011 they decided that Kieran needed to have an open heart operation at Great Ormond Street hospital to close the hole as it was now causing a leaky valve. On the 8 Feb Kieran went down for his open heart op at 9.45, 5 hours later we were allowed to see Kieran in CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit), Kieran was moved onto the Ladybird ward on the 10 Feb and was recovering well but soon become dehydrated as he was vomiting and not keeping his fluids down. Kieran’s chest also sounded chesty so they did an x-ray to check for infections and put him onto the nebuliser to help with his breathing. As Kieran was still not getting enough fluid into him they decided that he needed to have a NG tube fitted so they could put milk down the tube straight into his stomach (Kieran decided he did not want the NG tube as that night he decided to pull it out). On the next day they decided that they needed to put another NG down to his stomach to get more fluids in.

On 16 July Kieran was still not recovering as they had hoped so they did a heart ECO and ECG to have another look at his heart,  we were given the bad news that the hole had not closed and would need to have another open heart surgery within the week to re-close the hole. We had also found out that Kieran had caught the nurovirus and meta pneumo virus (Like a cold virus) so that was delaying his recovery.

On Wed 22 Feb Kieran was taken back down to theatre at 2.30pm and we got to see him again at 6.30pm, he was taken back to the CICU where he was back onto the ventilator, chest drains and wires all around him. Kieran wanted to come around too quickly so they had to up his morphine and was taken off his ventilator at midnight. Kieran was doing really well and was taken his milk and food so they removed all his drains and wires. Kieran had his ECO and ECG re-done and they showed the hole had closed and only had a slight leaky valve that will be monitored and was allowed home on Sat 26 Feb.

We spent 3 weeks in Great Ormond Street, the hospital and the staffs are fantastic, it is very stressful being in a strange place with your little boy being ill but the staff are all amazing


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Kieran in cicu after 1st op



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Kieran on the ward recovering


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Pamper parties - Guest blog by Lucy Stone


Pamper Party guest blog

I was approaching the big 30th birthday and really wanted to celebrate with my girly friends and family. I wanted to do something that would appeal to all age groups and figured my mum would prefer not to go clubbing!

I decided to try a Pamper party with Elizabeth Smith Beauty. I knew Liz already as she had a stall at last years Norfolk Bump, Baby & Toddler show ( and will be there again this year! ).

There were 6 of us which was a perfect number. Liz arrived early to set up, we had all decided to have Gellux nails done, so Liz put them all on display along with the different Nail Art we could have.

I would highly recommend Liz as she's friendly, down to earth and a fab beautician! Everyone was really pleased with their nails and we look forward to booking another one!

Lucy Stone Taverham- Events in the east


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