Morlands – Indulgent Pampering For Your Feet

During a flare of foot pain the bottoms of my feet feel like they are on fire. These pains come and go, sometimes lasting for months. Foot pain can limit my mobility and cause me intense discomfort. I’m almost dragging my feet, sometimes when I get home I soak my feet in cold water and Epsom salts. Comfortable footwear is a must for those with fibromyalgia.

Our homes are the places where we seek comfort and relaxation, it’s great to slip into a comfortable pair of slippers.  Morlands’ range of real sheepskin slippers provide both warmth and comfort, they are made using the finest materials. Their footwear includes a variety of styles, from the traditional to the contemporary, in a range of sizes and colours. You can easily find a pair of slippers that you love. Combining expert craftsmanship and timeless design, their heritage collection of slippers is made using the highest quality materials that exudes luxury and comfort.

Morlands slipper collection

Morlands’ Unique Heritage

Morlands have a unique heritage spanning nearly 150 years, and their core principles and legacy remain to this very day. They take exceptional care in producing their renowned products, and the selection of their natural skins. Their signature sheepskin is exceptionally soft in texture, to ensure an everyday luxurious experience, whilst maintaining unique properties allowing breathable moisture-wicking warmth and comfort.

Sheepskin Ballerina Slippers

Morlands sheepskin ballerina slippers

I was delighted when Morlands asked me to review one of their products. I chose the stylish Sheepskin Ballerina slippers; they have taken the traditional pump silhouette and given it a winterised update with the Morlands’ signature sheepskin lining. My ballerina slippers are made from luxury suede and have cute little bows. I love that they are handcrafted using the ‘Morlands turn-slipper’ method; they offer an unparalleled level of lightweight comfort for indulgent pampering. With a slightly elevated suede sole featuring a half-inch heel, my slippers combine true cosiness with well-balanced style. They are perfect for keeping my feet warm this winter – they are soft, cushion-like and offer elegance, comfort and style. They really help me when I have a nasty flare of foot hypersensitivity.

Morlands’ Sheepskin Boots

Morlands sheepskin boots

Wearing uncomfortable footwear can have a terrible effect on our personal well-being, body and health. Bad footwear will eventually give your feet bunions, blisters, corns and calluses.  Your body will also try to compensate for the discomfort by re-adjusting itself and so puts unnecessary pressure on joints, knees, ankles and hips. Comfort is one of the most important features when choosing the right footwear – happy feet make the day less exhausting and help you to stay on your feet for longer. Not only do Morlands offer a choice of luxury slippers, they also have a selection of beautifully hand-crafted boots that are made using the highest quality materials, and lined with Morlands’ signature sheepskin. Their collection of sheepskin boots is luxurious and elegant and they promise everyday comfort and durability.

So, if you are looking for indulgent pampering for your feet, I highly recommend Morlands’ slippers and boots.

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The Sittingwell Cushion – Firm Support For Your Back

Living with Fibromyalgia is challenging, the unrelenting pain can cause fatigue, depression and anxiety.  Both upper and lower back pain causes us intense discomfort, it can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain and it is often impossible to sit or stand for long periods of time.

My lounge is the place I like to unwind at the end of a busy teaching day, a place where I can relax and read or watch movies. Back pain is often caused by poor posture, when you are sitting on your sofa your hips should be positioned above your knees. You should be able to sit into the back of your sofa and place your feet on the ground. I really like my brown leather sofa but it doesn’t offer the support I need for my back and it was aggravating my back pain by putting unnecessary pressure on my spine whilst I was relaxing. My sofa is too deep so I was sitting in a slouched c-shaped position, which was putting pressure on the discs, muscles and ligaments at the base of my spine. I needed to prop myself up with extra cushions behind me, bringing me forwards in the seat. However, those cushions would eventually flatten and not offer the support I needed.the-sittingwell-cushion-firm-support-for-your-back

The Sittingwell Cushion

When I was offered the opportunity to try the Sittingwell Cushion I was thrilled, I needed something to reduce my back pain. The cushion gives the support required to maintain correct lumbar lordosis. You can choose from polyester foam or duck feather filling. The people at Sittingwell honestly say on their website that the polyester fibre padding will, over time, compress and become more difficult to restore back to its original shape and that the feather padded cushion will last significantly longer, you just need to plump it up at the sides and it will be as good as new.  I chose the Deluxe Sittingwell Feather Back Support Cushion.

The Deluxe Sittingwell Feather Back Support Cushion is fantastic as it firmly supports my back, where my spine needs it most, as I relax on my sofa. I’ve noticed a definite reduction in my lower back pain as the cushion gives me the perfect balance between firmness and softness, comfort and support. It has turned my sofa into a more ergonomically correct seat and I’m finding that I can sit for longer than I used to be able to, the cats love that we have more snuggle time. If you too have a tendency to slouch, this cushion will help you sit up straight and avoid the pain and stress that comes with bad posture.

The Sittingwell Cushion fits in a standard 45cm square cushion cover (not included) so it looks just like a normal sofa cushion, but the integrated back support ensures my back and spine are supported. I love that it is handmade here in the UK and it comes in an ethically sourced reusable canvas bag which is great if you want to take the cushion with you on holiday.

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Cosy Night In BuddyBox

This weekend I will be playing a game of self-care bingo, followed by a warm hot chocolate in my comfy duvet fort – all thanks to October’s BuddyBox.

cosy night in BuddyBox

The Blurt Foundation is a charity that raises awareness and understanding about depression. The BuddyBox subscription costs £21.50 a month (including UK delivery). It’s a little pricey but I love the surprise of opening my box and discovering the goodies inside.

I love October’s BuddyBox!

The Little Book of Mindfulness (RRP £9.99) – I am trying not to dwell on the past or worry about the future, instead I want to simply be in the present, with the help of the mindfulness meditations in this book. It’s written by Anna Black and is designed for dipping in and out of.  There are lots of brilliant tips on how to find peace and calm throughout the tough wintry months. I especially like the suggestions on letting go of technology.

Braintree Bamboo Socks (RRP £4.90) – I really like that these are eco-friendly. They are lovely and cosy too.

Gnaw Milk Choc Hot Shot (RRP £1.99) – I love my hot chocolate and I can’t wait to enjoy a mug of this tonight.

#365daysofselfcare sticky notes (RRP £3.50) – Today’s self-care badassery will be to: snuggle with the cats and watch a movie.

Duvet Fort Architect Iron-On Patch (RRP £5.00) – now this is a fun patch, I need some serious duvet forting! I just might iron this on one of my t-shirts.

In the first edition of Zine there are suggestions on how I can make my own blanket fort, an interview with Jayne Hardy, the founder of the Blurt Foundation, and best of all self-care bingo for when I’m struggling to decide which act of self-care to do, I simply close my eyes, point my finger and go with whatever it lands on.

A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.

Christopher Germer

It’s time to snuggle and relax…






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Slow Cooked Rice Pudding

There is something warming and comforting about rice pudding, it’s old fashioned, simple and yummy – I love it cooked in the slow cooker.

slow cooked rice pudding

Slow cooked rice pudding recipe


25g butter
100g short grain pudding rice
1L skimmed milk
50g sugar
pinch of nutmeg


  • Butter the sides of the bowl of the slow cooker
  • Add the rice, sugar, milk, nutmeg and the remaining butter.
  • Stir well.
  • Cook on a high setting for 3-4 hours, stirring halfway through cooking.

rice pudding in the slow cooker

Serve with a spoonful of jam and enjoy!






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8 Things I Loved In September

There’s a noticeable chill in the morning air, leaves are slowly changing colour and the nights are drawing in – my favourite season, Autumn, has arrived.


Today I’m focusing on 8 things I loved in September.

  1. Going to the cinema to watch the movie Bridget Jones’s Baby. Has it really been 12 years? This time Bridget, the calorie-counting, big pant-wearing, hapless romantic is pregnant and she is not sure who the father is! Cue the hilarious fallout. bridget-jones-baby
  2. My new dancing water bluetooth speakers. I love the magical water fountain with its lovely light display of blue, green and red. It really is something beautiful and creates a relaxing atmosphere as the water dances to my music.speakers
  3. The Body Shop’s satsuma hand cream – it’s perfect for on the go hydration and smells divine!satsuma-hand-cream
  4. Turning a negative into a positive. One of my new cats, Luna, peed on my bed! Yuck! So, I had to buy a new duvet, I splashed out on a luxury 15 tog white goose feather and down, it’s perfect for the winter.
  5. Giggling through the book How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You. It is hilarious and a must read for all cat lovers!how-to-tell-if-your-cat-is-plotting-to-kill-you
  6. Discovering the best Indian takeaway restaurant.  My chief’s special Shashlik Bhuna was delicious and the garlic naan was so fresh. I will definitely be ordering again!
  7. Oooh yes! Robbie Williams is back with a new album The Heavy Entertainment Showrobbie-williams
  8. Spending an evening flicking through the new The Great British Bake Off recipe book. I’m loving this series 🙂  Andrew to win!gbbo

What did you love in September?

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N:rem Sleep System – Float On Your Own Personal Cloud

Painsomnia has been an uninvited guest in my life for a few years now. Sometimes I would sit and cry in the middle of the night, in terrible pain, exhausted, and wishing for a few uninterrupted hours of sleep.  This sleep deprivation led to poor brain function, pain and fatigue. I couldn’t imagine drifting into a painless sleep and getting a full night’s rest.

Your mattress is the most influential factor in determining whether your body is supported at night.  Given that the average person spends about one third of her or his life sleeping and a good night’s sleep is vital for your health and wellbeing, it is important for those who live with chronic pain to invest in a good quality mattress that offers much needed comfort and support. Uncomfortable mattresses have been linked to discomfort and pain, and chronic pain can interfere with the quality of your sleep. In contrast, good quality mattresses have been linked to decreased pain and discomfort, and a better night’s sleep.

N:rem sleep system - float-on-your-own-personal-cloud

*I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers ( network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.*

N:rem sleep system

I’ve been sleeping on my own personal cloud since my N:rem mattress topper was delivered.  I can’t believe the difference it made to my chronic pain. It is quite simply the best mattress I have ever slept on. It perfectly supports my body, so I wake up with less stiffness, aches or pains and I am really enjoying deeply relaxing sleep. For the first time in years I am sleeping right through the night as my mattress topper provides me with comfort for my most painful areas and support where I need it.

The N:rem sleep system consists of 5 tablets of 3 different densities on each side of the bed for individual customisable support. The tablet densities range from soft, medium and firm, giving you a choice of comfort that is perfect for you. Each tablet can be taken out and re-arranged in a different position, which means you can have support where it is needed and softer comfort elsewhere, thus ensuring the correct comfort and support levels for your entire body. I think it is fab that each side of the mattress can be set up according to each partner’s preferences.

Included with my mattress topper were suggested set-ups for the perfect night’s sleep: upper back pain, lower back pain and hip pain. I have used the hip pain set-up as it offers the comfort and support that is perfect for me.

I suffer with excess sweating, another symptom of fibromyalgia, so I was delighted to discover that the N:rem sleep system is made from reflex foam. The 40mm Viscoool foam tablet inserts have an open pore structure to regulate body temperature, giving me extra comfort at night and aiding a deeper, more restful sleep.

Be warned, the N:rem mattress should come with a government health warning. It is so comfortable – I can no longer get out of bed in the morning. My bed is now heavenly and I can reap the benefits of a good night’s rest.






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Mark Bowden’s Stress Relief Hypnosis

A diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be a stressful experience. Coping with fibro can be more challenging with added stress from work, family, or financial concerns. Stress can leave you feeling angry, depressed or exhausted and it may weaken the immune system, causing health problems and decreasing feelings of well-being.

Hypnosis is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis often uses verbal repetition and mental images. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel relaxed and calm, and you are more open to suggestions. Hypnotherapy has been shown in clinical studies to reduce stress. It’s endorsed by the British and American Medical Associations for promoting mental health.

Mark Bowden’s Stress Relief Hypnosis

I was sceptical about how Mark Bowden’s Stress Relief Hypnosis download could relieve my stress but after 4 weeks of listening to it I am a convert. I feel less stressed and happier than I was last month. We all have the ability to alter negative thoughts and to make changes to how we respond to life’s stresses. Stress relief hypnosis can help you to decrease your stress levels and help you to manage chronic stress over time.

Who is Mark Bowden?

For the past 15 years, Mark Bowden has studied how the mind can get the best out of people. Impressively, he used his knowledge of the mind’s workings to bring international criminals to justice as a Senior Investigator with Elite Law Enforcement Agencies in the UK. Most recently, he was a Life Strategist and Hypnotherapist in London and Surrey, providing his clients with the best techniques available for overcoming issues and providing people with a life of freedom, happiness, and success. He uses the most up-to-date cutting edge techniques that are backed by science and neuroscience.

Mark Bowden claims that his Stress Relief Hypnosis:

  • Leaves you feeling relaxed and at peace with each session
  • Gives you the ability to remain calm when stressful symptoms arise
  • Eases physical symptoms caused by stress
  • Reprograms your mind to eliminate worries that add to your stress
  • Decreases your chances of developing serious stress-related medical problems

The Stress Relief download includes:

  1. A brief introduction that explains how to get the most out of the program
  2. Daytime hypnotherapy track
  3. Nighttime hypnotherapy track with alternate ending to help you sleep

Listening to the download

You can use the Stress Relief download in two ways. You can use it only as needed to alleviate stress on days when you’re feeling overwhelmed or an ongoing basis to continually manage stress.

When I listened I found a comfortable spot in a quiet place, concentrated on my breathing, and I felt my anxieties start to disappear as Mark Bowden’s voice soothed me.  It was like taking time out to pamper my mind, helping me to cope with my day to day stresses and feel better, to think more positively. I haven’t had to actively do anything or try and structure my thoughts like I was told to in CBT, I just had to relax and listen.

I think that delivering hypnosis as a download is more convenient when compared with face-to-face hypnosis. The download is available at anytime, anywhere, and is not dependent on the schedule of a hypnotist or traveling to an office. I love the option of choosing what time of day I want to listen to the recordings. The day hypnotherapy recording left me feelings energised, whereas the night time recording sometimes assisted me in going to sleep.  I’ve really benefited from Mark Bowden’s Stress Relief Hypnosis – I’m definitely less stressed and more at peace.

Have you ever tried hypnosis?

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9 Things I Loved in August

Today I’m sharing with you 9 things I loved in August:

1. My gorgeous new cats 🙂

Meet Luna (3 year old) and Talia (1 year old). I adopted them last week and they are slowly settling in. Luna loves to be hand fed treats and Talia can be found hanging out in the bathroom sink.

Luna - my lovely cat Talia - my lovely cat2. Having fun using my new popcorn maker.

I love that my popcorn maker cooks without the need for any oil or butter for a much healthier snack. Using only hot air circulating in the machine to heat and pop the kernels, I can have great ready to eat popcorn in a few minutes!

3. Enjoying my garden on sunny days.

There is nothing better than sitting in the sun reading. Salem and Ollie kept me company  🙂

My cats Salem and Ollie enjoying my garden this August

4. Sharing homemade pizza with friends.

Pepperoni Pizza

5. Strawberries from my garden.


strawberries from my garden

6. Looking through the delicious recipes in my new recipe book Eat Well For Less.

This book shows me how to create more nutritious dishes while spending less on my supermarket shop. With tasty food, sample shopping lists and practical tips from Gregg Wallace, Chris Bavin and the experts from the BBC show, this is my essential guide to eating well for less.

Eat Well For Less recipe book

7. Binge watching Game of Thrones and iZombie.

I wrote about Game of Thrones on a previous post.  If you haven’t heard of iZombie you definitely should check it out on Netflix. It’s a lighthearted original series and I am hooked! Liv Moore (a zombie) tries to resist her drive to consume fresh human brains by taking a job at a coroner’s office, where she can secretly snack on the brains of corpses delivered there. Soon discovering that she absorbs the memories of those she feeds on, she has a new purpose – she poses as a psychic and works with a detective to help solve their murders.  


8. The Great British Bake Off has returned for another series.



9. A  refreshing orange and lime drink on a hot day.

orange and lime refreshing drink

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Mac & Wild: A Wee Taste Of Scotland

Mac & Wild on Great Titchfield Street, London, is lively, fun and authentically Scottish.  I was delighted to be invited in for a real taste of the Highlands.  Their menu revolves around venison, beef, pork, lamb and seafood – a meat lover’s idea of heaven!  I love that all their venison and game is wild and comes from their family in Ardgay, Scotland.  They also source their produce from a handful of friends, neighbouring estates and farms.

Wee Plates

The staff were all friendly, attentive and helpful and the food was amazing!  My server Iain could not have been nicer, his enthusiasm about the menu and the restaurant was evident, every restaurant should have an Iain! He recommended that I begin my Scottish culinary adventure with two popular wee plates.  The Haggis Pops were delicious and the Venison Scotch Egg was perfection served on a wooden board.  Iain told me that some people come in especially for the scotch egg and I can honestly say that I am not surprised, I will be joining them in the future.

Haggis Pops - a wee taste of Scotland

scotch egg scotch egg

Main Course

Angus, the manager, recommended I try the Scottish Breakfast for my main course.  I think that I have found the best bacon on earth!  The mushroom, homemade tatty scone, Lorne sausage, scrambled egg, black and white pudding were also yummy but I did struggle to finish as I was quite full up after my wee plates. Next time I visit I will definitely be trying their Veni-Moo burger which was voted the UK and London’s best burger 2016.  The couple at the next table loved it!

scottish breakfast

delicious bacon


I Shouldn’t But I Will. Yes, my dessert was aptly named. It was heavenly – dark chocolate, salted caramel, orange, almonds and ice cream.

dessert salted caramel

I enjoyed my Virgin Mary, a non-alcoholic alternative to a Bloody Mary.

virgin mary

I was impressed with the food at Mac & Wild. The restaurant was full at 3.30 on a Saturday afternoon – the popular Wild Brunch Club runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11 until 4pm.  The music added to the wonderful lively atmosphere in this rustic stylish restaurant. I really love that I can download their playlist from Spotify.

The best dishes at Mac & Wild are some of the tastiest food to be found in London.  I will definitely be going back for more!

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Taking Time To Relax Is Important

Taking time to relax is vital in maintaining your positive mental health. Relaxing releases your body’s feel-good hormones—serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin—and lowers the stress hormone, cortisol. By incorporating moments of relaxation throughout your day, you will find a happier, healthier you.

Taking Time To RelaxToday I’m sharing with you how I’ve been relaxing my body and mind this week:

Listening to Mark Bowden’s Stress Relief Hypnosis download – hypnotherapy has been shown in clinical studies to reduce stress and promote mental health.  I’ve only been listening to Mark Bowden for two weeks but his soothing voice is really helping to focus my mind and relieve my day to day stress.

Reading a book in the sun – reading stimulates my imagination and helps me to relax. I’m enjoying Karen Slaughter’s emotionally complex thriller The Kept Woman.

Watching Game of Thrones – I’m on season 6 and loving it! It enables me to switch off from reality for a while and escape into a world of political manipulation, violence, love, sex and complex characters.

How have you relaxed your body and mind this week?

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