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Review: Vitabiotics Feroglobin

Since the birth of my children, I seem to constantly feel tired. In the early days it made sense; waking up every 2-4 hours a night for what felt like an eternity (but was really about a year) almost sapped the energy and life force out of me. I can see why sleep deprivation is a form of torture.

Because I don’t eat meat, only fish, my Mum says I’m tired because my iron is low. She is probably right; during both pregnancies my blood count was low enough for them to prescribe me iron tablets. Once they were born, other than a multi-vit from the supermarket, I’ve not paid much attention to my supplements until now.

Now I feel like I’m tired even when I do get what I think is a good night’s sleep. Determined to do something about it, I have started taking Vitabiotics Feroglobin Plus. If the name Vitabiotics sounds familiar it’s probable because you, and everyone you know, took their Pregnacare tablets.

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Vitabiotics Feroglobin is a formulation of iron vitamins, with B12 and folic acid to help reduce tiredness and fatigue. Sounds like most parents I know need some! The original Feroglobin contains, among other things, vitamins B6 & B12 which contribute to normal energy release plus vitamin C, folate and pantothenic acid. The ‘Plus’ is the extra ingredients of Siberian Ginseng, vitamin D3, Co-Q10, L-Carnitine, Green Tea and Beetroot Extracts.

Iron is important as it contributes to normal cognitive function, energy release and normal function of the immune system. Feroglobin Plus is good for growing children, menstruating women (take extra when on your period), during pregnancy, vegetarians and athletes.

I prefer a liquid for fast absorption but Feroglobin also comes in a slow release capsule.

If you’re constantly feeling tired (and aren’t most of us) I think it’s worth seeing if an iron supplement can help. And try to get some more sleep of course!

www.vitabiotics.com

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The Story Of The Vikings Sticker Book

If you are planning on visiting the British Museum any time between now and June, you might want to take a look at the “Vikings: Life and Legend” exhibition. The event helps kids discover the world of the Vikings: their culture, achievements, artistic, religious and political ideas.

Usborne released a great new Vikings Sticker Book in January to coincide with the lead up to the British Museum’s “Vikings: Life and Legend” exhibition.

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It’s a humorous sticker book illustrated with busy scenes from Viking life and written in consultation with an historical expert. It’s a fun look at history on its own but even better for children who have enjoyed the exhibition and want to explore the subject further.

The exhibition at the British Museum is free and runs until June 22. Bookmark it as something to do during half term or on a rainy weekend. And if you watched all the Thor movies (which I did, mainly  to see the lovely Tom Hiddleston) the book helps to put all the mythology into context.

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Love you Tom!

The Story Of The Vikings Sticker Book – £6.99
Usborne Books

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Here Be Monsters for iPad

Here Be Monsters is a popular Facebook game, played by people aged 13 and upwards that is now moving to iPad.

We were invited along to the games developer’s offices to preview the new game and for the kids to have a chance to create a new monster that would be put in the final version of the game.

I’m very choosy about what my children play; anything with fighting, guns, killing, kissing etc is strictly off limits. I had a good talk with the developers and a play of the game (I wasn’t every good!) and it is something I would let my kids play. They need to be old enough to read as there are instructions to follow but once they’ve got the grip of that it is something you could definitely play together.

These are Lily’s favouite characters – harmless enough I think.

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I’ll let this video explain how the game works:

Here Be Monsters is free to download via the App store. Be warned; it’s kind of addictive!

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Labeling Up With My Nametags

If you have children, they have probably brought home someone else’s school jumper/PE kit/gym shoes. On the second day of last term Lily lost her brand new school pullover. She says it has disappeared into the ether but I reckon with all the mayhem that must take place in the girls changing room, someone else is probably wearing her brand new John Lewis jumper (can you tell it still smarts?!)

One way to keep hold of the objects you have bought, and something I wish I had done sooner, is to label their each and every belonging with their name. Unfortunately I’m not the crafty type so have never bought the ones you sew onto their possessions. Instead, I like the low maintenance sticker type.

My Nametags are new colour stickers which can be used on clothes; simply apply a sticker to the clothing washing label, and it will stay on when you wash again (and again).

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You can also use them to label shoes, bags, lunchboxes, DVDs, iPods, books – you name it, you can label it. Handily, they are dishwasher, microwave and steriliser proof.

With My Nametags there is no ironing or sewing required; just choose from the myriad of designs, backgrounds and colours for a fully personalised product. I got 56 for them both which might seem like a lot but with two kids in two different schools, I’ve used almost half already and I’m hoping to save the rest until the new school year’s uniform.

My Nametags are available from www.mynametags.com and prices start at £11.95.

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Philips Sonicare for Kids

At the last visit to the dentist, my daughter was told her oral hygiene was generally good but she needs to work harder at brushing her teeth right at the back.

I use a power toothbrush and I’d bought a few from the supermarket for her before but didn’t think they were very good. I  always switched back to manual so when I was asked to try out the new Philips Sonicare for Kids (from age 4) I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

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A few things I like about the toothbrush:

  • It’s clinically proven to remove 75% more plaque in hard-to-reach areas than a children’s manual toothbrush.
  • It has an ergonomic handle (fits easily in a small hand) and two gripping locations so a parent can hold the brush with the child to start with.
  • Has a ‘Kid Timer’ function to ease kids into a proper brushing routine. It helps children reach the dentist-recommended two-minute brushing time by progressively increasing the brushing time from one minute over 90 days so they slowly get used to the brushing time without noticing they are spending longer brushing.
  • It has fun musical sounds to indicate when it’s time to move to another section of the mouth to help encourage a full-mouth clean. Genius! Two minutes feels like a lifetime for a child.

If your kids are new to electric toothbrushes, the Sonicare for Kids features two intensity settings including a sensitive mode that’s gentle on developing teeth and gums to help kids make the transition from a manual to an electric toothbrush.

The toothbrush comes with interchangeable stickers to help them feel possessive over their new Sonicare for Kids. What kid doesn’t like stickers?

When I first moved from manual to electric I wondered what had taken me so long. I feel the same about the Sonicare; the results are visible from the first use! Their mouths are cleaner and the gradual extension to two minutes is so subtle they don’t even notice. At £50 for the brush and £15 for the replacement head the Sonicare for Kids isn’t cheap but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper (and painless) than frequent dentist visits and fillings!

Philips Sonicare for Kids – available from Boots.

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