Understanding the Different Types of Diabetes

Diabetes is a growing health condition in the United States and the  rest of the Western the world, and in many cases it is something that could be prevented.  Because of this, it’s a good idea to understand the different types of diabetes, and what causes them.

Type 1 diabetes is generally associated with young adults and children.  This type of diabetes cannot be prevented and is usually caused by genetics.  It only accounts for 5% of all diabetes cases and can be treated with insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is most common in adults.  This type of diabetes is preventable, usually being caused by obesity and food choices. Treatment for type 2 diabetes involves implementing a diet and exercise routine.  Sometimes insulin is prescribed as well.

Finally, gestational diabetes is experienced by pregnant women.  Again, this is treated with a combination of diet, exercise and insulin.  Recent studies have found it to be preventable.

Find out more about diabetes from the infographic below.Read more: Understanding the Different Types of Diabetes

“Eye Found It” Game Review

Sunday is National Unplugging Day and one of the ways to go gadget free as a family is to stack up a bunch of board games and spend the day lazing about playing as a family. One of the games we’ve been loving recently is a Ravensburger game called I Found It. 

Eye Found It is a fantastic game!Read more: “Eye Found It” Game Review

Camping Toys and Games For Any Weather

On Monday morning I woke up, looked out the window, and decided we were going to spend the week camping in a field rather than cooped up in the house, so that was precisely what we did! Of course, in a climate like the UK, the weather can be changeable, so we packed a variety of wet weather, cold weather, and warm weather toys and activities to take along.

As compared to a foreign holiday where we want to see and explore as much as possible, camping out on practically our doorsteps means we can leave the cares of home life – laundry, cleaning  etc – behind, and just chill out without having to be anywhere or do anything.

While we didn’t have all of the below toys and games with us, but they are easy to find in a store such as The Works, and we think they are toys and games that will be great camping in wet or sunny weather:

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Water & Bead Play With The BABY Born Interactive Bath Tub {Review}

We’ve had three camping trips, visitors, sickness and all sorts over the last couple of months, and while it’s been fun (and not) one of the things that’s suffered a fair bit has been any sort of ‘blog schedule, and with it, some of the things I’ve been promising to write about – like the BABYBorn Interactive Bath Tub my girls received months ago now!BabyBorn Interactive Bath TubRead more: Water & Bead Play With The BABY Born Interactive Bath Tub {Review}

Create A DIY Space Light With #BostikBloggers

We were very excited this month when we received our #BostikBloggers box and found it full of space themed goodies. There’s something wonderfully imaginative about space, mesmerising even, and we were excited to make something a little different, so we made a night light, and I must admit I’m very happy with how it turned out!

#BostikBloggers Space LightRead more: Create A DIY Space Light With #BostikBloggers

Identifying Where Nature Can Improve Your Mental Health #30DaysWild

Well, the best laid plans, and all that! I’d intended to post every day for 30 days, sharing our #30dayswild journey, but yeah, life happens, doesn’t it. Never mind, new goal: post when  I can! So far so good!

Last year the girls and I spent some time on Feelings And Emotions, learning about different emotions, what they feel like, how they make us act and so on. It was a very good series of activities, and they still refer back to it.  I decided for one of last week’s #30dayswild activities to go back to one of those activities, a printout of leading questions I designed to make the girls identify how being in specific places makes them feel. (Find that activity and printout here.)Nature Can Improve Mental Health

As they change and grow, I think it’s useful to revisit some activities because it shows them and me how much they have developed on the inside too.

The questions on this sheet of paper are leading questions, about how we feel in different places:

“On the beach, with the waves at my feet, my toes in the sand, I feel…. ”

“In the forest, with the trees overhead, and the birds chirping, I feel…”

and then there are questions about a shopping centre and their own bedroom.

(Words on the actual page vary a bit, but you get the idea.

Using these questions on the printed sheet gave us the opportunity for some quiet reflection. In the forest, for example, we closed our eyes, described what we could feel on our skins, smell in the air, taste on the air, hear… and the same on the beach.

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I was pleased to find that Ameli’s questions have grown from ‘makes me want ice cream’ to something along the lines of “On the beach I feel refreshed and happy. Its a good place to come when I’m feeling blue”. Similarly, her response to the forest was “In the forest I feel at home.”

I think it’s really valuable to be able to identify how specific places feel, so that they can use their environment to help manage their emotions.

I know I’m feeling really irritable and ‘scratchy’ at the moment, so we’ve decided to camp at a local campsite this week. I know that waking under canvas for a few days will improve the way I feel. I hope that my children can identify where nature contributes to their general mental health too.

Women Must Vote And Not Because Women Died For The Right

Today is voting day in the UK. Every newspaper, Facebook, every conversation is about this election and yet I know so many women who still, half way through the day, don’t know who they will vote for, or even if they will vote.

When someone mentions the word ‘vote’ or ‘election’ I burst out with a full throated:

“So, cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters’ daughters will adore us
And they’ll sing in grateful chorus
“Well done! Well done!
Well done Sister Suffragette!”

– even if it’s just in my head, it’s full of gusto!

And like many others, I’ve been quick to say, but you must vote! Women DIED to give you a vote!

Women died 1, were exiled 2, were imprisoned 3, were tortured 4. These women, among them:

Suffragettes

But you know what, for many of us, that kind of doesn’t matter. It doesn’t affect our lives today. That was then. So much has changed. Read more: Women Must Vote And Not Because Women Died For The Right

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Davison
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christabel_Pankhurst
  3. http://mashable.com/2015/10/28/suffragettes-in-prison/#wtoWurMARgqE
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_Terror_(event)

Getting Creative With Project MC2, Camryn Coyle and Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing Alcohol for kids? Well, yes, indeed! The new series of ‘party dolls’ as my 7 year old calls the latest range of Project MC2 dolls, all dressed up for the Maywood Glen art opening, involves dressed up characters with a new range of experiments to try out and enjoy.

We received the Camryn Coyle doll with the Tie Dye experiment.

Camryn comes with a handbag (with a  much better design than previous ones, as it’s a bit larger and so easier to open) and shoes. Her dress is two parts – top and skirt – and the box contains three coloured permanent markers and a pipette.

To make the experiment work, you have to provide the Rubbing Alcohol or Surgical Spirits, and the item to be designed – they suggest white canvas shoes, but we used a white blouse.

You can see how the experiment worked in this video, or read on!Read more: Getting Creative With Project MC2, Camryn Coyle and Rubbing Alcohol

Flowery Encouragement Notes {BostikBloggers}

Sometimes your children do something completely of their own accord that makes you sit back and think ‘Wow! I’m actually raising a decent person here!” Yesterday, Ameli did just that. I was busy simultaneously preparing for lunch, washing dishes and getting ready for our camping trip, when I walked into the living room and found Ameli folding papers. I asked her what she was doing, and she said “Making encouraging messages for people”.

Her plan was to open the window and toss them out into the wind and let people pick them up. When I pointed out that people might consider them litter, she agreed, and then decided that she’d hand them out as we were walking through town.

I thought it was incredibly sweet, and generous. She went onto Google and searched for ‘encouraging phrases’, wrote them out and decorated each ‘note’. When she ran out and wanted to make more, I thought the Bostik Bloggers ‘Flowers’ theme would work really well, so gave her the craft box, and here’s what she came up with: Bostik FlowersRead more: Flowery Encouragement Notes {BostikBloggers}

Life Lessons Learned From Foraging For Elderflowers {30DaysWild}

Foraging with kids is always fun, and as far as I see it, always educational.

Today we went foraging for 20 Elderflower heads so that I can try to make some Elderflower champagne. I’ve meant to for years, even bought all the kit a few years ago, but I had to dig it out of the attic and give it a good wash today, as it’s never been used before. We’ll see how it goes!

But this post is about foraging, and why I take my children foraging when I know grownups who still won’t venture beyond blackberries, maybe, out of fear of picking something wrong and poisoning themselves and others.

There are two things that I believe foraging teaches children, beyond the obvious point of plant identification and learning what’s edible or not.

The first is risk management and the second is attention to detailRead more: Life Lessons Learned From Foraging For Elderflowers {30DaysWild}