Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Once again From October to December, Pampers and UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, come together for the eighth year to launch the “1 pack = 1 vaccine” campaign.
I've supported this campaign for many years and once again I'm remininding you that popping out to buy your nappies can help save the lives of newborns at risk of maternal and Newborm tetanus.
This year, Tesco has upped the stakes and set the challenge to its shoppers to help raise the cost of one vaccine every second of the campaign period – that’s nine million life-saving vaccines helping to protect the lives of 3 million women and their newborns!
A team from Tesco and Pampers visited Senegal, West Africa, to see the success of the UNICEF vaccination programme and meet those who have witnessed the devastating effects of MNT first-hand:
Ami Seck tragically lost her first baby boy to tetanus; “After a few days, we noticed the child was trembling excessively,” Mame Touty, Ami’s mother-in-law says, “We spent nine days in hospital, but the boy died on the tenth day. When it happened we were very dejected. After the regretful incident, Ami became pregnant again, but we learnt lessons, we had an antenatal care package, and everything went smoothly. Everyone knew that our baby boy died but we are a living example of how you can get out of the maze.”
Moussa Pouye is the Chief Nurse at Dabaly Health Post, Nioro District, Senegal talk about dealing with a case of tetanus;
“I had to deal with a case of tetanus where the lady had no antenatal care or tetanus vaccinations. I met with the Supervisor of the Health Centre and he gave me 200 doses of tetanus to do an immediate campaign in the area to avoid another case. We made sure all other women in the village were protected. The village, Touba Saloum, now has its own Health Hut and all the women are subscribing.”
How can you help?
Visit your local Tesco today and pick up your pack of Pampers or buy online at Tesco.com:
1 Pack = 1 Vaccine
During October – December 2013, for each Pampers®- UNICEF pack purchased, Pampers® will donate the cost of one tetanus vaccine to support UNICEF in the fight against Maternal and Newborn Tetanus.
UNICEF Pledge Donations
By becoming a monthly donor to UNICEF today you can join thousands of other parents who donate every month to improve the lives of these vulnerable children. Visit www.supportunicef.org/Pampers to see the difference that you can make.
Thank you for reading and supporting such a brilliant successful campaign
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
At uni today my tutor touched on how through our journalism degree course we should think about ourselves as a brand, everything we do online is viewable by any future employers and that our tutors are actively looking at our social media to 'get to know us' better.
Now this is no surprise to me, I know that whatever you put online is visible by anyone, and as elequently put by my tutor, every time you tweet you are 'broadcasting' to your followers who are your audience.
We were advised to clean up ur twitter accounts, to stop tweeting about our sex lives, how much we drank at the weekend as this could come across badly when the uni or any future employer in the journalism industry checks us out.
Part of me agreed with this as I guess that social media is many people's 'go-to' for their news, no future employer wants to know that last night you did too many jäger bombs and spent the night in reverse cow girl.
But there's a part of me that wanted to say NO!
My twitter, my thoughts, my place and if wanted to say that my thighs ached from reverse cow girl then why the hell not!! I wanted to say that seeing a real person behind a tweet is the best thing about twitter, I love seeing some celebrity or other elite persons saying they've got a rancid hangover and managed to come home with a traffic cone.
As a parent being truthfull about the highs and lows of being a mum is what makes it interesting, it always feels better when you see another mum setting up camp on the top of the stairs whilst their 'angel' is put back to bed fifty plus times whilst reading fifty shades of grey. (I've done this)
We need to see the truth of life, to see that not everyone is living in ideological bliss, not everyone has the perfect Christmas, children, job, day etc
Self censorship is not something I believe in, but of course I do believe in being professional.
Is there a balance between 'real' and 'professional'?
I'd love to hear your thoughts about this
Monday, 18 November 2013
Once I went out shopping with a boy who I'd met at work, him and I just clicked we were brilliant friends and had been out to see a film before with another friend but this was the first time we'd been out alone.
We went to the local town centre to spend our wages, we walked around and I linked his arm as it was cold. We went to various shops as he needed some jeans, I perved on him in the changing rooms as he tried them on, it was worth the look ;)
Anyway we had lunch which he bought me then took a taxi home. I remember in the taxi we held hands for the first time, such a massive thing when you're young and I'll never forget how hard my heart was beating in my chest.
He walked me home and he said goodbye to me, a long lingering silence occurred as we looked at each other wondering whether we were feeling the same things, wondering whether to go in for a hug or maybe a kiss........after enough silence we went for the hug, we said goodbye and I lay on my bed replaying the days events in my mind, smiling to myself.
That evening we exchanged texts constantly like all teens do and he asked me out, I said yes and he ran round to my house. When I opened the door he picked me up, i wrapped my legs around his waist and I kissed him in the cold, night air. We didn't feel the cold, we didn't see the neighbours watching, we didn't hear anything but each other.
I still remember that night like it was yesterday.
Happy 12 year anniversary hubs, here's to many, many more xx
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
I was very fortunate to be given a Kia Carens to test drive over the weekend to see if our family of seven would fit into it's very attractive self.
On first impressions it is a very attractive car, we had the top of the range '3' spec 1.7 Diesel ISG so it came loaded with gadgets such as:
- Sat nav
- Rain sensing front wipers (I'll get back to these later)
- ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
- Cruise control
- Heated front seats (the rump roast)
- Reversing sensors and reversing camera system
- 3 x power sockets in the car
- Multiple split flat-folding options for 2nd and 3rd rows
- Leather seats
All great stuff in my eyes but I was interested in its practical side, can you fit a family of seven in comfortably? does it drive well? Is it economical?
We'll start with.....can you fit a family of seven in...comfortably?
The foot well space is small especially with the 3rd row up, my eldest who is 8 was squished with the middle row at it's original setting, she had more room if you moved all the three middle row seats forward but that also made the leg space in the middle tight too. This is without a single bag of shopping or a dog. I couldn't honestly see how we could transport us all with baggage too it would certainly require a roof rack without a doubt.
Now it you were a family of six then you could leave one of the seats folded down and you would have plenty of room for all bags, prams you name it! A family of five or four would be absolutely spoilt for room with the 3rd row seats down you could fit so much stuff in, it would be worth the challenge to give it a go!!!
In conclusion if you have 4 children and are expecting another this would not be the car for you, there is no room for a travel system even with its ISOFIX fittings you sacrifice the storage in the car with the 3rd row of seats, familes of 3,4,5 and 6 it is definitely worth a test drive.
Does it drive well?
It certainly does, it is smooth, there is minimal engine noise heard in the cab, the gearbox is smooth to change and the reverse gear is up next to the 1st gear and it has a 6th gear for lower revs and better fuel economy.
The gear ratios are set for an economical drive which in my opinion can lead to a bit of a boring experience as acceleration above 4th gear was quite slow (I am not a girl racer lets make this clear lol ) on the other hand my husband very much enjoyed the low revs and relaxing drive.
In conclusion yes it does drive well, nice and smooth but if your after a bit of punch or an exciting drive then you probably wouldn't get it here.
Is it economical?
The 'stop-start' technology saves fuel we managed to do 208 miles in it on half a tank that holds 55 litres of diesel which I think is quite good for a fully laden car. As I explained above the gears work well to make sure you drive it as economical as possible, the display infront of the steering wheel tells you when to change gear if the car thinks you could be driving more economically.
The car we drove is in insurance group 16 so not particularly high but other models go as low as 12
The co2 output is relatively low on all models but ours was 132g/km and according to the road tax calculator that come out as only £125 a year which is very good for the size of the car.
I loved the gadgets, the heated seats were nicknamed the rump roast, the sat nav was great, the sound system was good wth great bass and a good sound heard from wherever you were sat. My only niggle was the auto windscreen wipers that come on when it's raining were not fast enough to react for me as I lost patience waiting and used them manually. The reversing camera is fun but I wouldn't rely on it you have to use your eyes and mirrors regardless of the camera. The cornering headlights were very good for extra visibility at night I really liked them. The double sunroof made the car well lit inside and airy but a lot of heat was lost through and we kept them shut and coverd I could imagine on a hot summers day it would get very hot in there.
It is a great car and with the 7 year gurantee, the insurance costs and road tax it is a very wise and economical move if you went for the carens. Prices start from £15,895 and the model we had is £23,846 plus £495 for metallic paint.
My issues with the practicality and room are if course my own opinion and probably the only thing stopping me thinking about buying one (the dog can't go in a roof box)
We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the Kia Carens and if you fancy a test drive at Kia Bolton every test drive this month is entered into a draw to win a weekend test drive like I had plus some great extras!!!
Contact Kia Bolton by texting CARENS to 60777, calling 01204 828 941 or popping over to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/boltonkia
Competition closes at the end of November and test drives must be booked through Bolton Kia