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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The ups and downs of November.

The whole of November has been a bit... crap really.
I feel like a bit of a plonker sharing this story.

It started off with me swallowing a piece of sweet wrapper. I was eating one of those little sweety lolly's, I was half way through it when I started choking, I managed to choke up a lump of sweet wrapper, a little bit still went down though. It appears that the wrapper was (I don't know how to explain this) melted into the actual lolly pop itself. After a lot of coughing, eating bread, drinking water and fizzy drinks to try and help it either go down or cough it back up, I realised it wasn't going to be that simple! It's so uncomfortable, I can't even explain it. It feels like I've got a lump in my throat. You know when you're trying really hard not to cry and you get that awful lump in the back of your throat? It feels a bit like that but not quite. I thought perhaps it was the scaring and grazing from all the choking. Only scars and grazes don't move and I could FEEL this wrapper moving around. Not a nice feeling at all.

I'm not one for going to the doctors unless I absolutely need to but I gave in. I've been to the GP who told me to go to A&E, I finally went to A&E yesterday after keeping putting it off because I really, really wanted it to dis lodge itself and not have to go through six million procedures to try and get it out. I was dreading it. I went though and after the ENT specialist looking down my throat with his torch, he told me he couldn't see it. I had no choice but to have the camera scope thing put up my nose and into my throat. I was really anxious and not looking forward to this! I had tried so hard to avoid this, I'd tried EVERYTHING imaginable (and more!) to try get it out myself. After a few minutes he informed me he still couldn't see it but I can feel it. He did say he can see there has been something there recently, it's scarred and it's grazed. He said it will eventually move on it's own. I'll probably swallow it and it'll go down into my tummy. Or perhaps I'll manage to cough it up, who knows! All I know is, it sucks. It's not so bad today, it's right at the very back of my throat, I can barely even feel it, which is of course good! Please pray it goes down (or comes up!) very soon because quite frankly, it's making me miserable.
Has this ever happened to anyone else? 
I'm going to write a formal complaint to the lolly company because I had no response from my email. I just think they should be recalled and checked before being sold. Imagine that happening to a child? I now it could happen with any kind of food, nothing is ever perfect but gosh!!!!
Please be careful people.

I've also spent the whole entire month (so far) of November ill. I've had a rotten cold/flu thing, blocked ears and a sore throat (probably due to the above), which all went to my chest but I think *touch all the wood in the house* I am finally getting over it now. Finally! I also had a stomach bug inbetween all of that, too. The kids have also been ill with bugs and what not but they seen to bounce back well. Thankfully. I know being ill comes with this time of year but when it all happens at once? It's even worse. Hopefully we'll all be healthy in time for Christmas! (Lets hope I haven't just jinxed myself)

On a better note. The kids have all had school trips and are doing wonderfully at school. Ellie got star of the week a couple of weeks ago and Charlie has been working really hard and went to homework club after school. Harry's plodding a long at high school and really enjoying it!
We made a lovely Chicken Rogan Josh meal together, which was amazing! We've also enjoyed a couple of movie nights and lots of cosy nights in. I love those kind of evenings. We're so excited for Christmas now, we've done some Christmas arts and crafts and been looking at ideas for our Christmas tree. Hopefully I'll get a good chunk of Christmas shopping done before November is over. I really do need to be more organised than I am.

I finally, finally got my laminate flooring laid in my bedroom, yay! I've lived in this house since April (and love it, I might add!) and had no flooring down in my bedroom, due to finances but I got a good bargain and fond a discount code online. I'm really happy to finally have nice flooring in my bedroom. All three bedrooms are done now, yay! It looks lovely, I shall be sharing photos very soon. So November hasn't been all bad.

How has your November been?

Sarah xXx

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Photos to take this Christmas.

I love taking photos so I thought I would put together a list of photos that I would like to take this Christmas.

Photographs to take this Christas.

What photos will you be taking this Christmas?

Sarah xXx


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Zoflora {Review}

Zoflora is a concentrated disinfectant which kills 99.9% of bacteria and kills viruses. Zoflora eliminates odors with a very fresh scented smell for all day freshness.

I was sent a bottle of the pink grapefruit scented Zoflora to review.

Zoflora review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Zoflora comes in a 120ml bottle (larger bottles are also available).
I mixed my Zoflora solution with water and gave my kitchen sides a good clean! I noticed the smell first, it smelled exactly like grapefruit, clean and fresh. Next up I decided I'd make the zoflora solution in an empty spray bottle and give the kitchen cupboards and doors a good qipe down. Zoflora can be used on most surfaces, poured down plugholes and toilets to kill the bacteria and leave everything smelling really fresh! It doesn't smell like your normal disinfectant smell because of the fruity scent.

Having two cats, Zoflora is a handy disinfectant to have in my cupboard! I like to keep the floors clean and the cats eating area. Zoflora is perfect for both, not only does it kill germs, it eliminates that 'cat' smell, too.

I like to wipe my radiators down with Zoflora. When I turn my heating on, I can really smell the grapefruit scent! It smells AMAZING! So fresh and so, so clean.

I also added a capful of concentrated zoflora to my washing machine on a 40 degree wash and an extra rinse. The clothes came out smelling amazing and my washing machine now smells fresh and clean, too!

I honestly clean everything with Zoflora! Especially at this time of year when there's lots of viruses and bugs going around. I truly believe that Zoflora kills and prevents bacteria. It can be used in every room including nurseries and utility rooms. It can even be used in vehicles and on outdoors furniture!

It's reasonably priced and can be found in most supermarkets and bargain stores.  Zoflora comes in many scents incluiding 'springfresh', 'Bouquet' 'Lavender' and 'Cherry blossom' just to name a few.

There are lots of Zoflora tips over on the website. Zoflora currently have a competition running over on Facebook. It's a daily competition, pop over and enter for your chance to win lots of amazing Zoflora prizes.

Do you have any cleaning tips you'd like to share? Do let me know in the comments :) 

Sarah xXx

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I was sent a sample of this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own, honest, personal opinions. I was not paid to write this post.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Christmas Glasses Kits {Review}

In our box of arts and craft supplies that Yellow moon sent us to review were these very festive Christmas glasses.

The Christmas glasses kit contains four sets of glasses, the foam self adhesive shapes to decorate the glasses, some googly eyes and of course the glasses themselves (4 assorted designs).

Christmas glasses

We decorated the penguin and santa pairs of glasses.

Ellie got stuck right into this along with her 4 year old cousin. The glasses are made of plastic and the shapes are made of foam.

We checked all the contents of our kits and started decorating straight away! The foam self adhesive shapes just peel off and stick straight onto the glasses.

Yellowmoon Christmas Glasses kits review @ ups and downs smiles and frowns

"They peel off so easy and stick so well" Ellie told me, she's right! It's very easy to do and great fun. Her four year old cousin had no problem decorating the Santa glasses!

It took about ten minutes to finish the glasses. Ellie pointed how much she loved the little hat and scarf on her penguin glasses. "Super dupet cute" she told me. I did have to help sticking the gooly eyes on though as they were a bit fiddly, but I don't mind.

These gasses are the perfect Christmas craft activity for children aged three years and over. They make no mess and the kids can do them all by themselves! It's a quick and easy craft project for the kids and I also feel they'd make a lovely stocking filler too.
"I'm going to wear these to my school Christmas party" she declared, rather proudly I might add! Bless her.

Yellowmoon Christmas Glasses kits  @ ups and downs smiles and frowns

Priced at just £3.99, they are well worth the money in my opinion. I would recommend these and we certainly make them again. :)

What's your favourite festive arts and crafts activity?

Sarah xXx

I was sent a sample of this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own, honest, personal opinions. I was not paid for this post.

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