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Conversations with a toddler* Number 11 

I’m being a bad parent, and letting the Little One watch cbeebies programs on iPlayer while she eats her tea… and the “Twirlywoos” have just finished…

LO: “I’d like another one”
Me: “Which one would you like on”
LO: Walks to @BBCiPlayer screen and points. “That 1”

*Twirlywoos start*

LO: “Which one is it”
Me: “The one you asked for”
LO: “Well done!!!

Me: To busy trying to work out if I was just patronised by a 3 year old or not, to say anything.

*Not really a toddler anymore… but anyway…

#MySundayPhoto – A Wonder By The Beach

I’m three days through a 4 day weekend at the moment, not holiday as such… more catching up on time off owed by work. 

But we’ve been able to take advantage of this a little, on Friday we took a wonder down on the Beach at Exmouth.

This photo features some playing with the Pinhole combination within the Hipstamatic app on the iPhone.

Photalife

A Little Something About Stress

I’ve been blogging through this years Mens Health Week, with help from TENA Men.

Today TENA Men have supplied the following tip:

Whether it’s a heated exchange with your boss or a tense game of football, the next time you’re faced with a stressful situation, perform the following steps to always

  • Take five deep breaths in and out
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours

With the right deodorant, it’s easier than ever to keep your cool in stressful situations. Make sure you pick one that gives you extra protection against sweat, so you look calm

If all else fails, try the following relaxation video.

If the above doesn’t work, try chocolate going out and getting some exercise.

If stress may be a thing for you, I would recommend checking out the help at menshealthforum.org.uk

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Being In Control…

While it’s not the easiest thing to discuss, in fact, nearly a fifth (18 per cent) of men have confessed they would rather give up going to the gym for a whole year than admit to it, the experience of urine leakage is shared by one in four UK men over the age of 40.

To keep control of your bladder, TENA Men have these simple tips: watch your weight, clench your pelvic floor, limit your fluids before bed time and avoid ‘trigger’ foods or drink, such as caffeine and alcohol.

For those who do experience urine leakage, it’s easy to stay in control with TENA Men.

Locking in all drips and dribbles with its ultra-absorbent core, TENA Men Protective Shield leaves men feeling fresh and dry, so they are free to carry on with their day.

Why not try TENA Men Protective Shield for yourself? You can order a free sample here.

 

Fuelling up. 

This Mens Health Week, and I’ve been challenged by TENA Men to make some changes that will make me healthier and feel better.

Today is about fuelling up to get ready for the day, and to help with this, I’ve been supplied with the above Muesli. Up on seeing, the good lady wife reminded me that I didn’t like milk… and promptly offered to make flapjacks from them.

Personally I will stick to drinking tea and occasional milkshake / smoothies for the time being…

But as its Mens Health Week, here’s a silly little video about eating breakfast,

Obviously any ideas for no fuss, no hassle, no commitment breakfast are gratefully received.

The Bench Pressed Oats are part of the Men’s Health kit has been supplied for free by TENA Men, for the purposes of blogging about Men’s Health Week. All my opinions are my own – and not borrowed from elsewhere. 

 

A Little Bit of Manscaping

This Mens Health Week, and I’ve been challenged by TENA Men to make some changes that will make me healthier and feel better.

Day 3 is a little different to what I think I was expecting,.. this is the challenge from TENA Men…

When you look good, you feel great, so when it comes to keeping up appearances, don’t neglect downstairs. Thanks to the rise of the manscaping trend, it seems that every man is in pursuit of neat and tidy nether regions.

TENA Men tip: Stay clean and fresh down below and feel like a dapper gentleman while doing it with this grooming kit. Products like Below The Belt’s Fresh & Dry Balls do exactly what they say on the tin. It is highly recommended by blokes, as is the Waterless Shower Groin Cleanser, which is to your ‘boys’ what dry shampoo is to hair.

Inside the box…

I have to admit, when I first started reading the above, I wondered what on earth was in store for me, after all… according to Google… manscaping is “the removal or trimming of hair on a man’s body for cosmetic purposes.”

Thankfully this wasn’t a set of specially designed clippers.

Instead I found a couple of creams and gels, designed to act as an antiperspirant, a freshener, or for protection against chaffing… apparently you’re meant to use that one just before you start a sporting activity.

I guess they do exactly what they’re meant to do, they help keep you fresh downstairs. Does that help make me feel better about myself?

Maybe.

The Below The Belt kit is part of the Men’s Health kit has been supplied for free by TENA Men, for the purposes of blogging about Men’s Health Week. All my opinions are my own – and not borrowed from elsewhere. 

Trying The BioBand Sleep Tracker

Throughout this week I’m working through the ultimate Men’s Health kit from TENA Men, which contains a new challenge each day this week to help me try… and I guess be a little healthier then I currently am.

Today’s challenge is the following:

Getting in to shape and fitting in a weekly exercise regime can be tough, especially for people with a busy lifestyle. However, keeping active is vital for a healthy body, whether you choose to go for a long run or bike ride. Dr Hilary recommends 150 minutes of aerobic activity, such as cycling or fast walking, per week as well as two days of strength exercises that work all the major muscles.

Ensure you make the most of every workout by using a smartwatch that tracks your steps and monitors your heartrate to help you keep tabs on your exercise routine and help you improve further.

I guess when I find it hard to motivate myself to do something, making the said “something” a game can help. I’m a fan of using todoist to hold my task list at work as it give me a score that mirrors how productive I am… or not. The BioBand Sleep Tracker has a similar affect in that it watches what I do, and simply by seeing how many steps I’ve taken so far, I feel a little more motivated to take a few more steps, and walk that extra amount.

While this smartwatch is meant to be fairly basic, I do have a few bones to pick. The instructions that came with the band could be a little more in depth, and the app it gave me instructions to download originally wasn’t great. Thankfully once I worked out that

What does this icon even mean?

the app (not helped by its rubbish use of English), was trying to get me to download another app instead, things seemed to improve, and the overall experience was generally more stable.

In general this is quite a compact little device, with various modes, alarms, and call / message notifications if you have and Android phone. (Apple – Why cant you play nice???)

If only the instructions were better.

The Bioband Sleep Tracker is part of the Men’s Health kit and has been supplied for free by TENA Men, for the purposes of blogging about Men’s Health Week. All my opinions are my own – and not borrowed from elsewhere. 

 

 

Keeping yourself hydrated…

This is the first day of the Mens Health Week, and I’ve been challenged by TENA Men to make some changes that will make me healthier.

In conversation with TENA Men, Dr Hilary says: “Staying hydrated is imperative for maintaining a healthy bladder and balanced lifestyle. I would always recommend drinking at least six to eight glasses of liquid a day.”

To help with this, TENA Men have sent a Zekolo Infusion Water Bottle. The water bottle includes a “compact filter”, in which you can put some fruit, which in turn flavours the water within the bottle.

Please ignore the box of “stuff” in the background there… that and the bubbles…

The box gives a couple of reasons why you’d want to consider an infusion water bottle. The top three make me wonder if this is designed with someone like me in mind…

  • Reduces food cravings… Having a couple of less biscuits, crisps, packets of chocolate a day must be a good thing right?
  • Inspires you to drink more water… I get cramp. Drinking water is meant to help with that. Therefore I reckon anything that inspires me to drink more water must be a good thing right?
  • A substitute to sugary drinks… There may be some people out there that think I should drink less Diet Coke. Or at least buy some shares in Coke…

So what is the Zekolo like to use? Massively simple. I only needed the instructions to tell me how to unlock the bottle. Mostly because I wasn’t awake when I was trying it out, not due to it being designed badly.

So far I’ve tried grapes, and now I’ve got Lemon and Lime. Obviously the Lemon / Lime combination gives a far stronger taste.

A final random observation. The LO has enjoyed playing with the box, around her leg… like a robot leg.

I would recommend the Zekolo Water Bottle to anyone wanting a decent water bottle with a difference, and have fun experimenting with the fruit you include.

The Zekolo Water Bottle  is part of the Men’s Health kit has been supplied for free by TENA Men, for the purposes of blogging about Men’s Health Week. All my opinions are my own – and not borrowed from elsewhere. 

 

 

“Hello” #MySundayPhoto

You know when someone doesn’t stop trying to convince you to at least try and like them?

I think that’s what our neighbourhood cat is trying to do to me….

…he’s still not allowed in the house.

Photalife
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