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Common Breastfeeding Problems

5 Common Breastfeeding problems and how to overcome them

Breastfeeding your new baby can be difficult, and with side effects like sore nipples, engorgement and thrush, sometimes it can be hard to keep going. To help you on your breastfeeding journey, Lactation Consultant, Kitty Hackel offers her best tips and advice on some common breastfeeding problems and how you can overcome them.

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Interlude in the Close

Norwich Theatre & Lost in Translation’s hugely popular Interlude Outdoors Summer Season returns for its second year

Norwich Theatre is delighted to announce the return of its outdoor season of live performances and creative activities, INTERLUDE in the CLOSE. The season will take place in the iconic and historic Norwich Cathedral Close in a big-top circus tent, from 14 July to 30 August 2021, in partnership with Lost in Translation Circus, Norwich Cathedral and Norwich School. Norwich Theatre will also be supporting with events and activities as the National History Museum’s ‘Dippy on Tour’ arrives in Norwich from 13 July, set to be one of the major cultural events in the East of England.

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Four Supercar Driving Blast from Buyagift

For a very long time my husband has wanted to drive some very fast cars around a track. He’s always been a little jealous that I’ve been able to do some pretty awesome driving experiences and he misses his motorbike which he’s taken round a track more than once. So when Buyagift asked if we’d like to review one of their many experiences for Father’s Day I already had a good idea what I’d choose for him.

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Win with PIccolo

To celebrate Piccolo launching the UK’s first fully recyclable baby food pouch recently they have arranged for one of my readers to win a Yellow & Go multipack and a bundle of Piccolo goodies.

Their new mono-material ‘Yellow & Go Pouch’ is tackling the issue of pouch recyclability within the industry. It is the first ‘closed-loop’ recyclable pouch available to parents in the UK which is a massive step in the right direction!

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Goals for the Year Update

You may remember back in February I’d set myself some goals for the year. Well it turns out some of them have been rather easy and I should have stretched myself further. Others have seen no movement whatsoever, so here is a little update on my progress and some new goals where needed.

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Read 12 Books this Year

Well I’m currently reading book number 11 and I’ve listened to an audiobook with and am halfway through a second audiobook. So I think this needs revisiting as we’ve not even finished April yet. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Little Friends by Jane Shemilt and I’m still reeling after Red Notice by Bill Browder. I can’t even talk about Firefly Lane yet, watching it on Netflix wasn’t enough so I had to read it, a rollercoaster of emotions that one! At the end of the year I’ll write a proper round up of what I have read but for now I think I need to stretch my goal to 20 books.

goals update - finding a geocache in a tree
Sunday we walked 4 miles and found 22 caches, it was great
Find 100 Geocaches this Year

Well I’ve smashed through this one. When I wrote it I had actually meant just to get my total to 100, from the 35 I was at. It had taken me a fair while to get to 35 so I felt that was achievable and reasonable. Well, as of today my total is 162. So clearly that needs to be revisited. So I’m going to say I’d like my total to be sat at 300 by the end of the year, that is a real stretch but I think it’s achievable. We’ve well and truly got the bug and have been having a blast going out and hunting for them, so it’s a fun challenge to have.

Bluestone 2018
Bluestone 2018
Go on 1 Holiday

We are no closer to achieving this than when I wrote it in February. I’d still love to get away somewhere in the UK this year but it’s not feeling overly possible at the moment. I’ve seen people having UK breaks but I’m not sure I’m there yet. I would still love to get back to Bluestone so I’m hoping we all get some time off together were I can afford that but it seems that it’s school holiday prices holding us back, not the restrictions around Covid-19. That being said we have booked a holiday in Turkey for next year, so fingers crossed that actually goes ahead. So this goal is to remain.

Red Letter Days Blissful Spa Day for Two
I am ready to lose the knots in my back
Use my Spa Vouchers

Friday. FRIDAY!! The spa is open, they have spaces and on Friday I shall be having a Life Saving Back Treatment. A salt scrub, hot stones and a massage. I was starting to think I’d never get to use my vouchers, having had to extend them twice, but when they reopened on the 12th there was no stopping me. I called and literally went through all my days off until they had a spot and it wasn’t as long of a wait as I had expected. I’m rather excited. So by Friday this shall be ticked off and done.

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I’d love for him to get the confidence to enjoy swimming
Teach L to Swim

So pools are open now but we haven’t been yet. The private pool we were using hasn’t had any spaces and as that’s where L feels most comfortable it’s definitely where I want at least his first swim after such a long break to be. So I shall keep my eyes peeled for any available swim slots. Once he’s gotten back into the swing of it I think we’ll have to start booking public pools so he can get the maximum amount of time in the water possible, but as he’s got such a fear of it I don’t want to push him too hard, too fast. This one was always going to be the hardest challenge, but fingers crossed we’ll make some progress soon.

Win a Friends Mad Beauty Bundle

I grew up watching Friends. I was at High School when it started and being home on a Friday night to watch it was important. Watching the final episode years later was a fairly momentous occasion and I’ve never really stopped watching it. So I was curious to see some of the Friends themed products from Mad Beauty.

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Emunity Detox Soft Drink Review

Just before L broke up for the Easter Holidays he trotted home telling me that you could actually eat Nettles! He was amazed. How do they not sting you? What do they taste like? Why would you want to? The timing was rather apt as I had just received my samples of Emunity, a detox health drink that contains Nettle for its healing and immunity-boosting benefits.

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