Friday, 18 March 2016

Easter In Blackpool: A Shopping List

After a pretty bleak start to the year I am so excited to be off to Blackpool next weekend. My friends and I have turned Blackpool into a yearly tradition and I really can't wait. I know Blackpool isn't the ideal holiday destination for everyone but just having 3 days away with plenty of cheap drinks and the odd walk down the promenade is perfect for me.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been trying to plan what to take with me and if I need buy anything. One of the first things I did was promise myself I wouldn't buy a new dress.  I have so many beautiful dresses that are barely worn so I am trying to be more sensible in 2016 and re-use dresses! I'm not on any type of spending ban but just trying to be a bit more aware of my dress spending!

What To Wear

So... I have packed this beautiful Lady Voluptuous dress to take with me. I have packed one of the new Phoebe print dresses to take with me; which I'm really excited about! I love the flamingo print one I have so I'm looking forward to see how the new ones compare!

On My Face

I thought it would be nice to look at some new make up to take with me. I often don't do much with my lips but I thought I might treat myself to a lipstick. You might have guessed but I am not a massive make-up expert; so I headed over to the House of Fraser website. One of the things I like about their lipsticks is that they stock loads of brands so I found it easy to have a look through and decide what I wanted. These were my favourites.

I know my choice of lipsticks are pretty tame, but they're something I am still getting used to - loved all these shades of pink though!

What To Drink

Lastly and perhaps most importantly, something like this would be perfect:


What would you pack for a cheeky weekend away?

Debz xx


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Friday, 11 March 2016

Here's What I Would Have Spent - River Island Plus

This week saw the launch of River Island Plus and if you follow any plus size bloggers on social media you'll see that the launch caused quite a stir. River Island is a high street brand that many people have lusted after and so it's a range that has been a long time coming.

I felt bitter sweet about the launch, like I often do with ranges like this. On one hand it's brilliant to see another high street range offering more options, on the other hand it's a range that stops at a size 24 - again.

One of the saddest things for me was the excitement of other bloggers that were able to try on their clothes. Perhaps its a touch of the green eyed monster but I couldn't help but feel disappointed that more people weren't talking about the lack of size choices. Of course if I was a size 22 I would be excited that another option were out there, but I would like to think that I would still be waxing lyrical about how many people are excluded from such a range!

Anyway, I digress.... As per usual with #HeresWhatIWouldHaveSpent I wanted to tell the brand what I would have bought should I have been able to shop with them. There's a few others on social media doing the same thing today so feel free to check out the tag on Instagram and Twitter. The lovely Sophie from Busy Little Fee posted about this today here too!


Would I have bought all of these? Probably not. Would I have bought some? Yes! Would I have liked the option to add RI Plus to my list of retailers when looking for a new outfit to buy in the future? ABSOLUTELY!

Talk of the new RI Plus range on social media soon led to discussions about how much the River Island range missed out. With Lauren from Pocket Rocket Fashion pointing out the items she would have bought from the straight range, should they have extended the sizes on those


As you can see, she found plenty that she would have spent her money on - if only River Island actually wanted her hard earned cash.

Diana followed suit, with again plenty of ways she'd have given River Island her money if they accepted it!




It's an interesting debate - why do so many ranges stop at a size 24? How do they decide which items to include?

I have asked brands before if their research shows that they SHOULD do this - IE they sell much, much less at a size 26 or is it just because 24 is on the more "acceptable" side of plus size? As yet I have been unable to get an answer!

So RI Plus; #hereswhatIwouldhavespent and I am not alone. In my opinion you are really missing out by excluding me and others like me!

Debz xxx


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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

A guide to using personal protective equipment for nurses – Choose the right things

It can be sometimes hazardous to work as a nurse. From treating people who are suffering from common infections like influenza to serious diseases like Ebola, nurses usually have to be within infectious conditions. This is why it is vital for them to wear the perfect protective equipment in order to keep yourself from getting infected from such illnesses which spread from one patient to another. 

However, there are so many nurses who still don’t know the exact type of protective equipment to wear in different situations. For all of you, you can go through the concerns of this article to know more on the right protective equipment for nurses.

Different types of personal protective equipments for nurses

Protective equipments are special equipment or clothing which is used by the nurses to protect themselves from germs. They are the main things which create a barrier between bacteria, virus, fungi and you. Such equipments include goggles, gloves, masks and shields. A surgical mask is utilized to cover your mouth and nose and prevent germs from entering your body. During some other times, you might require a mask or a respirator which sits tightly on your mouth and nose and even prevents any small droplets to reach your body. Keep in mind that respirators usually come in various sizes and if you don’t wear the right size, you won’t be actually protecting yourself. Face shields and goggles might be used to safeguard your body fluids from coming in contact with the membranes of your eyes. Gloves, gowns and shoe covering may even prevent getting in touch with germs.


(c) Taffords


Selecting the perfect equipment

Just as nurses name badges and nurse watches are some of the necessary equipments of all nurses, there are some other protective equipment too. A nurses watch needs to have a seconds hand so that they can measure the pulse rate, heart beat and other things according to seconds. All such equipments need to be worn in all situations. Depending on the kind of infection or germ, you might need various equipments. The kind of exposure which you expect is a vital consideration while selecting equipments. 

Remember that the standard precautions apply to working with all kinds of patients irrespective of their condition. If you would be handling some other body fluids or you’re close to any open wounds, you need to wear gloves, gown or mask.

Different types of precautions

Healthcare facilities and hospitals place their patients in different kinds of precautions based on the bacteria which caused the infection. Hospitals usually have it mentioned on the door of the patient which lists down the kind of precaution in which the patient is in. Hence, before entering that room put on that protective equipment.


Therefore, if you’re a nurse and you’re serving mankind in some or the other way, your first job is to protect yourself. Take into account the above mentioned protective equipments and you may even check out Color4Care to know about such equipments which nurses might need while working.

Debz xx


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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Win Big This Easter


This Easter I have gotten together with a number of bloggers to bring you an amazing give away. I know my blog has been quiet lately but I will get back on it soon - promise! Thanks to Sarah from Life in a Break Down this give away give you the chance to win big while you wait for me to pull my socks up and get back to it!

So what is it you can win?

The main prize is £200 (!!!!) worth of Amazon vouchers, with a runner up prize of £20! You can spend it whatever you want on the site - YAY! (If the winner is from a country other than the UK the prize will be delivered via PayPal cash). 

Bloggers Taking Part:

Emmy's Mummy | Hubby Helps | Missing Sleep |Mummy's Little Monkey | Cosmic Kick | Julie's Notebook | Serenity You | All The Beautiful Things | Mother Distracted | Testing Time Blog | Wishful Wonderings | A Working Mum's Blog | Lucy's Mad House | Spanish Mummy | Hex Mum
Being Tilly's Mummy | Chilling With Lucas | Alice-Megan | Rambling Through Parenthood | Angel Eden Blog | The Not So Secret Diary of a Wannabe Princess | Petit Moi - Big World | Precious Little Worlds | Dizzy Miss James | Ickle Pickle's Life and Travels | Cookies and Cwtches | Sally Akins | Odd Socks and Lollipops | Life in a Break Down | UK Bloggers 


To enter all you need to do is answer the following question: 

What is the best thing about Easter?

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*Please note that all entry options other than the question are optional, however it would be lovely if you could take a few minutes and support some of the bloggers who have helped make this giveaway possible. 

Good Luck darlings!


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