Iceland’s 2018 Christmas Advert banned for been political

This year Iceland (the food superstore) shares with the world a really touching message regarding palm oil. The advert has been launched for its 2018 Christmas message however, the regulator has deemed under 2003 legislation that this is classified as political and therefore cannot be shown on our televisions. Regardless the message and advert has gone viral on YouTube.

The advert features a little girl with a baby orangutan in her bedroom voiced by the incredible Emma Thompson. The message is clear for all to see and is clever to hit the heartstrings for all generations. The little girl doesn’t know why this baby orangutan is in her room jumping around and ‘wailing’ at items like her shampoo. Today’s the end she realises it is because humans have invaded the forests to cut down trees for palm oil. Destroying the habitats of many species including the orangutan.

Palm oil is used in so many products on the high street from cosmetics like lipstick to bread and chocolate – yes bread.

Society keeps going on about how we can encourage large companies to do something – well Iceland did (and still is). They removed palm oil from its own brand items and then created this touching message with a true Christmas meaning.

Christmas is not about bloody presents! It never has been. Yes, it is centred on religion and trust me Christmas wasn’t originally Christian it was an adaptation from Yuletide which is a pagan holiday. The decorating of trees isn’t because of queen Victoria (and way before that in 1400s). The Vikings also used candles indoors. The Hindus have their light festivities too all though that starts around 7th November.

Christmas or whatever you celebrate is about family. It’s treasuring what you have. What we have today is a greedy society that wants and takes from the planet without much thought about the future. I fear my little boy’s grandchildren won’t have much left of this planet other than ruins. We need to be much more sustainable – only taking what we can put back. Recycle, reuse and reduce waste.

That is why from 2019 I will be starting my own challenge to eat what I grow and supplement with purchase in store. I have never been good at keeping plants alive, so this is going to be a challenge. I am going to adapt my garden to incorporate food without segregating sections. That way I can also help another endangered species – the bee.

Katherine xo


Amazon baby wish list September 2018 offer – free Johnson’s baby bath time gift set worth £12

Free Johnson’s Baby Bathtime Gift Set worth £12 from Amazon

This is brilliant! For ALL new and existing members! Simply follow the instructions below and enter BABYGIFTSET at checkout.

1 Simply sign up, follow the instructions and claim yours. If you’re already a member just click the link, follow instructions and they’ll send you a beautiful Johnson’s baby set!

2 Create an Amazon Baby Wish List (if you don’t have one already) and add products from the Baby Store to your Amazon Baby Wish List

3 Become a Prime member (if you are not one already no problem – just use the 30 day FREE trial!)

4 Add at least £10 worth of eligible baby products sold by Amazon from your Amazon Baby Wish List to your shopping basket

5 Go to the Johnson’s Bathtime Set and add to basket

6 Complete the transaction and enter promotional code BABYGIFTSET at checkout



World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on September 10 each year to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides. Various events and activities are held during this occasion to raise awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death.

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on September 10 each year to promote worldwide action to prevent suicides. Various events and activities are held during this occasion to raise awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death.

What do people do?

World Suicide Prevention Day gives organizations, government agencies and individuals a chance to promote awareness about suicide, mental illnesses associated with suicide, as well as suicide prevention. Organizations such as the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and World Health Organization (WHO) play a key role in promoting this event.

Events and activities for World Suicide Prevention Day include:

  • The launch of new government initiatives to prevent suicide.
  • Conferences, open days, educational seminars or public lectures.
  • Media programs promoting suicide awareness and prevention.
  • Memorial services or candlelight ceremonies to remember those who died from suicide.
  • Organizing cultural or spiritual events, fairs or exhibitions.
  • Launches of publications about suicide awareness and prevention.
  • Training courses about suicide and depression awareness.

Many of these initiatives are celebrated in various countries worldwide. Some of these events and activities are held at a local level, while others are nation-wide. Many communities around the world reaffirm their commitment to suicide prevention on World Suicide Prevention Day.


Nearly 3000 people on average commit suicide daily, according to WHO. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives. About one million people die by suicide each year. Suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death which is influenced by psycho-social, cultural and environmental risk factors that can be prevented through worldwide responses that address these main risk factors. There is strong evidence indicating that adequate prevention can reduce suicide rates.

World Suicide Prevention Day, which first started in 2003, is annually held on September 10 each year as an IASP initiative. WHO co-sponsors this event. World Suicide Prevention Day aims to:

  • Raise awareness that suicide is preventable.
  • Improve education about suicide.
  • Spread information about suicide awareness.
  • Decrease stigmatization regarding suicide.

WHO and IASP work with governments and other partners to ensure that suicide is no longer stigmatized, criminalized or penalized. WHO’s role is to build political action and leadership to develop national responses to prevent suicide, strengthen national planning capacity to establish the core building blocks of such a national response, and build the national capacities to implement these responses.

How can you get involved?

This year is the first WSPD with the theme “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.”  This theme will be retained for WSPD in 2019 and 2020. We have chosen this theme as it highlights the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention- collaboration. We all have a role to play and together we can collectively address the challenges presented by suicidal behaviour in society today.  On September 10th, join with us and many others across the world who are playing their part in the prevention of suicide. Be sure to involve or invite other local organisations and collaborators to organise an event to mark WSPD 2018.

Go to to register and download more information.

Are Meal Replacements A Good Idea For Weight Loss? — Road to a Healthier Life

Meal Replacements in Today’s Society Meal replacements are being used more and more these days due to our busy and rushed lifestyles. But are they good for use in a weight loss program or do they just make things worse? Think about the number one reasons why people are overweight nowadays. Overweight people fall into […]

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Update from Katherine

It’s been a while since I wrote anything. I have to admit I have missed writing and interacting with you all.

It has been a very difficult few months for me since the birth of my miracle son last year. In that short space of time I have suffered ill-health, the deaths of both grandmothers and a battled with my depression. It would also appear that I have post-natal depression too.

I forgot to mention I went back to work full time when my son was only 3 months old. Was this too soon? Hell yes, but financially we couldn’t cope if I stayed off longer and took statutory maternity pay.

Having all these events happen in such a short space of time has definitely had an impact on me. I still having come to terms with my grandmas passing in February. I was completely and utterly knocked for 6 and it has left a hole that cannot be filled. Then my second grandma passed in May. I have all these wonderful memories to keep them alive forever but it’s not the same.

My work life balance doesn’t exist. I was great at keeping everything separate but they seem to have mingled into one. When I’m at work all I can think about is the little one and when I’m with him it’s the opposite and I’m thinking about work.

Most days I wake only to wish I could climb back into bed and sleep a little while longer. I must admit I have slept a lot more than I normally do but I’m always tired. Typical side effect of depression – people just think you’re lazy but there’s just so much to it.

I’ve also decided to take this blog into a new direction. I will still focus on elements of mental health awareness but it won’t be the primary element. I am going to reclassify as a lifestyle blogger which means I can cover a lot of the items that I’m passionate about. This includes products reviews, family day out ideas and ill-health (physical and mental).

I look forward to hearing from you all soon.

Katherine xo

How to deal with nappy rash

Nappy rash affects at least a third of baby’s and can be caused by a number of things (not just poo). Your baby has delicate sensitive skin and things like an ill-fitting nappy can cause your baby’s bottom to become bright read and sore. Other things that can cause nappy rash include:

  • not cleaning your baby’s bottom and genitals properly
  • not changing soiled nappies often enough
  • alcohol-based wipes / products
  • soaps, lotions, detergents or bubble bath
  • food (starting on solid food during weaning)
  • baby not been well (common colds or even use of anti-biotics)
  • teething
  • changes in diet (if you’ve gone from breast to formula)
  • diarrhoea / prolonged exposure to poo and/or wee

It is always recommended to get help from your health visitor, nurse GP or even the pharmacy if your little one has had nappy rash for several days within signs of it going away. If your baby has a fever or raised temperature or if they develop a bright red, moist rash with white or red spots which spread to the folds of the skin.

To help protect your little ones delicate skin there are a number of creams out there that you can use during every nappy change. One of those creams is Metanium and they have provided a free downloadable leaflet on nappy rash.

Preventing and treating nappy rash

  • Try and let the skin breath by leaving the nappy off to allow air flow around the bottom and delicate skin
  • change nappies frequently especially after soiling
  • thoroughly clean baby’s bottom and genitals using plain water and cotton wool or baby wipes that are fragrance and alcohol free
  • You should also make sure the area is dry by patting the area (don’t rub too hard as this can make the skin more inflamed)
  • last but not least try using a nappy cream like Metanium barrier ointment or even Asda little angels nappy cream. If your little one already has nappy rash you might need to consider using Metanium nappy rash cream which contains ingredients to held relieve irritation and redness.

To download a copy of the Metanium-Nappy-Rash.

Katherine xo

Valentine’s Day sexy underwear

With Valentine’s Day around the corner some of you ladies might be looking for some inspiration to please you significant other? Well look no further, I have had a look through some websites and drawn a cheeky list to guarantee some fun between the sheets this Valentine’s Day.


img_3222-e1517569096242.jpgThis cheeky set is wirefree with the Bralette put on over your head. This is currently available in US sizes but you can convert to UK.


  • Sexy lace wire-free cami bra and boyshort set
  • High-neck strappy design adds to this sexy look
  • Mirror your natural shape with seamed, unlined cups
  • Customize the fit with adjustable stretch straps
  • No back closure, bra goes on over head
  • 3.5” ultra-low rise boyshort; measurement taken from size M
  • Strappy mesh boyshort with lace detail has cotton gusset
  • Sheer stretch mesh and lace
  • Body: 90% Nylon, 10% Elastane.
  • Colours: black or pink
  • Sizes: S / M / L

Available from Bare Necessities for £6.70 (£8.19 for pink)



I’m liking this set because of the unique fastening on the back and the sexy pattern to make your derriere look fabulous


  • ◦ Next to nothing never looked better in this sexy set
  • ◦ Cage-inspired underwire bra with risqué zip-up back
  • ◦ Get the perfect with thanks to fully adjustable stretch straps
  • ◦ Change up your look with convertible criss-cross back straps
  • ◦ Adjustable stretch choker included for enhanced role playing
  • ◦ Matching strappy back bikini with stretch lace hip tabs
  • ◦ 4″ ultra-low rise panty; measured from size S/M
  • ◦ Sleek stretch microfiber with sheer stretch lace accents
  • Body: 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex.
  • Mesh: 90% Nylon, 10% Spandex.
  • Sizes: S/M  M/L

Available from Bare Necessities for £8.94


RENE ROFE LACE TIE-UP BRA SETTie up your girls with this pretty black and pink bra set by Rene Rofe


  • Sexy embroidered lace bra and ribbon tie sides thong
  • Self-tie halter neckline and back
  • Ultra-sheer stretch lace
  • One size fits: 2-14
  • Style #301187
  • Body: 90% Nylon, 10% Spandex.
  • Sizes: one size

Available from Bare Necessities for £9.69



iSEVEN 'TIL MIDNIGHT SATIN BOW CROTCHLESS BRA & PANTY SETGet really down and dirty with this satin bow crotchless panty set available in black or sexy red.


  • All wrapped up in ribbon and bows bra and panty set
  • Triangle wire-free cups have artfully placed center bows
  • Customize the fit with fully adjustable stretch straps
  • Elastic handcuffs included for enhanced role playing
  • Soft, 3 column, 1 row hook and eye back closure
  • Crotchless G-string has 3″ ultra-low rise and elastic tie-sides
  • Quality stretch microfiber and satin trim
  • One size fits: 2-14
  • Body: 90% Nylon, 10% Elastane.

Available from Bare Necessities for £16.40


RENE ROFE PLUS SIZE MICRO MANAGE BABYDOLL SETFinally sexy underwear for plus size women modelled by plus sized women that actually looks ‘sexy’ and what’s more there is so much more available on the website.


  • Flirt the night away in this babydoll set with matching G-string
  • Sexy, plunging strappy wire-free darted cups offer subtle support
  • Get the perfect fit with adjustable stretch straps
  • 30” long from shoulders; measured from size 1X/2X
  • Microfiber G-string has 5.5″ low rise with cotton gusset
  • Sheer stretch mesh with lace trim
  • Content
  • Lace: 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex.
  • Colours: black
  • Sizes 1X/2X  3X/4X

Available from Bare Necessities for £20.87


RENE ROFE PLUS SIZE MICRO MANAGE BABYDOLL SETThis lovely bodysuit is crotchless so you can give your significant other a little peek before the full show.

Sexy nude lingerie body featuring a V-neckline, pretty lace trim, olive green satin ribbon bow interest, open crotch and adjustable straps.

Includes: Teddy only.

This item comes in sizes: S/M (UK 6-10), L/XL (UK 12-14).

Available from Sparkling Strawberry for £20.99



RENE ROFE PLUS SIZE MICRO MANAGE BABYDOLL SETStunning black one shoulder teddy featuring cutouts to the bust and side and scalloped floral lace interest.

Ideal for: Women who perhaps don’t feel as confident to show their stomach fully but still want to look sexy. Then teddies and playwear playsuits will be your best friend.

Includes: Teddy only.

This item comes in sizes: S/M, M/L.

Colour black

Available from Sparkling Strawberry for £26.99



Have fun shopping ladies and let me know your thoughts.

Katherine xo