Promises To Myself

Happy New Year!  I’ve had a wonderful Christmas, I loved spending quality time with friends and family. I also spent time snuggling with my cats whilst reading (and eating chocolate), watching Netflix and shopping in the sales (I love my new Samsung tablet). I have also been reflecting on the last year, thinking about my accomplishments, my goals, the highs and lows, the lost friendships and new ones, the laughter and the tears. 2016 was a challenging year for me, but I’ve learned a lot about myself and I am stronger than ever before.

This year, I promise that…

I will be kind to myself. I will take time out to look after myself physically and emotionally. I will listen to my body and not push myself too much. I will carve out time for myself by setting aside 30 minutes or more each day to relax – to read a good book, to enjoy a hobby, to indulge in home pampering, to meditate or do some colouring for mindfulness.

I will not allow people to mistreat me. I deserve to be treated with the same love, respect and kindness that I show others.

I will not feel guilty when I say no. Sometimes my body needs to recharge and I must decline social invitations.  My health comes first.

I will speak lovingly to myself. I tend to be very self-critical. This year I am going to celebrate my little accomplishments.

I will take better care of my body. I will try to eat healthier and drink more water.

I will continue to practise mindfulness. When we are mindful of the present moment, we experience our life as we live it. We appreciate the delicious taste of the food we eat, the scent of flowers that bloom, the purring of a cat, the softness of a blanket and the beauty of a butterfly fluttering in the air.

I will work harder to show my friends how important they are to me. I love my true friends, the ones who have stayed by my side as I deal with a lot of health issues. I value their friendship and love.

What promises have you made to yourself this year?

 

 

 

 

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12 Ways To Relax This Christmas

 

Christmas can be a stressful and busy time of year – we can feel overwhelmed, under pressure and pushed to the limit. It’s really important to take time to relax and look after yourself as our Fibromyalgia symptoms are exacerbated by stress. 

12 Ways To Relax This Christmas

  1. Take time to meditate.  There’s no need to go on a retreat to the mountains as you can do it in the sanctuary of your own home. I love the the Calm app. All I have to do is find a comfortable spot in a quiet place, concentrate on my breathing, and feel those anxieties start to disappear.
  2. Read a book. I’m reading the Harry Potter series at the moment and I’m loving them!
  3. Take a soothing bath. Add Epsom salts to sooth those aching muscles.
  4. Colouring is a stress free activity. I love adult colouring books, I can spend hours colouring in. It is so relaxing.
  5. Indulge in some home pampering – a face mask, foot soak, deep moisturising hair mask and your favourite scented candle (I’m loving the Yankee Candle Christmas Baking scent at the moment) whilst drinking a hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.
  6. Listen to your favourite music – it decreasing stress and improves mental well being.
  7. Contact a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. It’s always great to nourish old friendships and reminisce about the past.  
  8. Start planning your next holiday. Take a break from the stress of Christmas and start browsing the web for the ideal holiday spot.
  9. Go for a relaxing walk – fresh air, exercise and nature are a winning combination.
  10. Watch a comedy movie or TV show that will let you forget the stresses of Christmas by laughing. Select something that makes you laugh out loud!
  11. Cuddle with a pet. I love snuggling with my cats whilst watching a movie and eating popcorn.
  12. Enjoy doing one of your hobbies: painting, crafts or knitting. You can spend some time looking on Pinterest for inspiration.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

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Ahmad Dessert Tea Giveaway

 

dessert-range-groupAhmed Dessert Teas are delicious and perfect for an afternoon sweet treat. I have a fantastic giveaway for my readers as Ahmad Tea, a leading British and internationally-recognised tea company, has just launched its new collection of Dessert Teas, inspired by sorbets, cakes and soufflés and you could win their full range of Dessert Teas.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is fill in the rafflecopter form below. Please note the competition is open to the UK only and ends 16/12/16 at 11:59pm, for full terms please see the rafflecopter application.

The teas are available in six different dessert inspired flavours, with three black tea varieties: Strawberry Velvet Cake, Pear & Cinnamon Strudel, Moroccan Orange Slice and three green tea varieties: Citrus & Mint Sorbet, Strawberry Basil Coulis and Mango & Lychee Soufflé. 

Moroccan Orange Slice

Inspired by the aromatic flavours of Morocco, this delicate balance of orange zest and cardamom spice delivers a warm and vibrant citrus flavour.

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Strawberry Velvet Cake

Summer strawberries and silky vanilla come together in perfect harmony to deliver the taste of this classic English treat.

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Pear & Cinnamon Strudel

Indulge in the delicious and warming combination of sweet pear, cinnamon and Ceylon & Assam teas.  Expertly brought together to create a truly exquisite recipe that is perfect for the approach into the colder months.

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Mango & Lychee Soufflé

Escape to more exotic climes with this fusion of succulent mango and crisp lychee, gently infused with carefully chosen Chinese green teas to create a sweet and fresh aroma.

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Strawberry & Basil Coulis

The subtle hint of basil brings to life the natural fruity sweetness of strawberry to create a truly delectable tasting tea.

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Citrus Mint Sorbet

A zesty and refreshing recipe of lemon, mint and grapefruit which is as delicious iced as it is enjoyed hot.

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This new Dessert Tea collection is an indulgent sweet treat, it is also a guilt free as I don’t have to worry about the calories. My favourite tea is the Strawberry Velvet Cake – yummy!

With an RRP of £4.00 per pack, Ahmad Tea’s Dessert Teas are available from Ocado and www.ahmadtea.com.

Good luck!

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8 Things I Loved In November

8-things-i-loved-in-novemberNovember has been a challenging, tiring and expensive month. My fibromyalgia pain has been really bad since the change in the weather, however the fentanyl (morphine) patches that I’ve recently been prescribed are helping with the pain.

There have been a few disasters this month at home:

  • my bathroom radiator leaked and ruined the kitchen ceiling and one of the bedroom carpets
  • the central heating pump broke
  • Luna had an infection after her neutering operation and had to return to the vets three times (she’s well now)
  • Dante damaged the coffee table
  • Talia tore my lounge curtains
  • my laptop stopped charging
  • my laminator broke
  • my old microwave stopped working
  • the electric power shower broke

Thankfully, all have now been repaired or replaced  🙂 It’s not easy being a cat lover or a homeowner! 

I used to hate the short November days and dark nights but since I started practising mindfulness I’ve been living in the moment and appreciating the little things in my life.

Today I’m sharing with you the 8 things I loved in November:

1.My Purrfect Gift Box

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Included in this month’s box were gifts to help me relax before the chaos of Christmas begins. I love the cat colouring book for mindfulness. Colouring for adults calms my mind, occupies my hands and replaces negative thoughts so that I am at peace. The cute handmade pencil case is great for my colouring pencils. I also love the Nancy & Nell candle, this gorgeous smelling Plum & Rhubarb scented candle with the personalised cat image was divine. Also included was the lavender scented handmade sachet with a cute cat design. What a great box of treats for any cat lover!

2. My new retro microwave. 

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3. Working with my friend to sand and varnish my front door. Hours of work but worth it in the end.

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4. I love hearing the leaves crunch beneath my feet.

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5. My new butterfly cushion

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6. My November BuddyBox.

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November’s BuddyBox theme was Woodland Walks. In this month’s box was a cute hand warmer to keep my mitts lovely and toasty, a bear hug keyring, hot chocolate, an Autumn Night scented Yankee candle and a hedgehog cut and sew kit to snuggle up to. I love the quote in this month’s box, “Be patient with yourself, nothing in nature blooms all year.”

7. My cats stalking the new robot sweeper.

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8. Bacon on homemade bread.

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Protect Yourself This Winter With ColdZyme® Mouth Spray

For those who live with Fibromyalgia, the symptoms of a cold virus are far more severe and last longer than those who don’t have fibro. Having a cold can also lead to a fibromyalgia flare. I feel fear and anxiety at the first sign of an oncoming cold, it feels like a mutant taking over my body as the pain and fatigue increases and I know I’m going to feel extremely ill. So, I was very excited when ColdZyme® sent me their mouth spray as it targets the cause of the cold (the cold virus), not just the symptoms. I can now protect myself this winter from cold and flu symptoms with the ColdZyme® mouth spray.protect-yourself-this-winter-with-coldzymeColdZyme® Mouth Spray

I love that the ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is easy to use, I just spray it into my throat and it begins working immediately by forming a protective barrier on the mucous membrane. The barrier acts osmotically on the cold viruses, trapping them and preventing them from binding with human cells, helping the body to remove them naturally.

ColdZyme® is suitable for use by adults and children from the ages of four and upwards. If you do not have any symptoms of a cold but are likely to be exposed to the cold virus, for example when someone near you has a cold, spray 2 puffs (1 dose) ColdZyme® into the throat every two hours up to 6 times a day while you are exposed to the cold virus.

Looming health risk for British grandparents posed by increased childcare duties

ColdZyme® Mouth Spray commissioned a new survey and I find the results very interesting. They found that there is a looming health risk for British grandparents posed by increased childcare duties. 48% of grandparents have caught colds from their grandchildren, who are particularly prone to picking up regular colds at nursery and school. A further four in ten have suffered more serious illness resulting from a cold, such as chest infections and pneumonia, indicating the knock-on effects colds can have on those with weaker immune systems.

The study of 1,000 grandparents with grandchildren under the age of 10, has revealed that over half of grandparents (52%) feel they have missed out on valuable time with their grandchildren due to the worry of catching a cold.

Dr Dawn Harper, spokesperson for ColdZyme® Mouth Spray, says “More grandparents are providing regular child care for their grandchildren while both parents have work commitments. Many of my patients who provide such care tell me that it’s a job they love, but one that often leaves them feeling exhausted. Fatigue can suppress the immune system, so it’s important that grandparents get a good night’s sleep.”

Catching colds is the cause of regular worry amongst one in five grandparents (21%), so much so that some grandparents reported deliberately avoiding spending time with their sick grandchildren. Many grandparents put their duties first, but 13% admitted to wishing they had missed a visit to protect themselves.

Cold concerns can be a source of tension within families as over one in five grandparents (21%) said they would be reluctant to babysit an ill grandchild whilst their parents were at work for fears of risking their own health. 19% of grandparents confessed to feeling annoyed that they are not warned when grandchildren are ill before visiting, and a further 28% felt that their grandchildren’s parents were too relaxed about the risks colds pose to them.

Dr Dawn Harper says, “My parents tell me that ‘grandparenting’ is their favourite hobby. They are lucky that they are both in good health with robust immune systems, but some grandparents are missing out on such magical moments. The older generation are more prone to infections due to weaker immune systems and when it comes to colds, there is no cure so prevention is the name of the game.”

 Dawn’s Top Tips:

  • Wash your hands regularly – contrary to popular belief, most coughs and colds are spread by hand contact not by coughs and sneezes, so simply keeping your hands clean will go a long way to protecting yourself.
  • Wash down surfaces and door handles – the viruses that cause colds can survive for several hours outside the human body.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables to keep your immune system in good shape. Vitamin C and zinc are vital for a healthy immune system. Zinc is found in red meat, beans and fortified cereals, whilst foods rich in vitamin C include fruits such as oranges and strawberries and vegetables such as peppers, kale and broccoli.
  • Make sure you get into a good sleep routine. When we sleep our immune system repairs itself, so chronic sleep deprivation can make you prone to infections.
  • Manage your stress levels. Try to prioritise and delegate where possible as stress can play havoc with your immune system.
  • Consider using anti-viral tissues and keep them in your bag if those around you have a cold to minimise the spread of the virus and make sure that tissues are put straight in the bin.
  • Use ColdZyme®, a revolutionary mouth spray which targets the cause of the common cold and is clinically documented to help reduce the duration of a cold.

COLDPREY Study

The effect of ColdZyme® has been investigated in COLDPREV – a blinded, placebo-controlled study under advice from a UK expert in respiratory disease, Professor Sebastian Johnston from Imperial College, London. This study was conducted on 46 volunteers who were all infected with the most common virus that causes the common cold. Half of the volunteers received ColdZyme® the other half received a placebo product. The study showed that ColdZyme® reduced the virus load among infected by more than 99% compared with the placebo. Moreover, it was shown among those catching a cold, the duration of the symptoms was also reduced (from 6.5 days to 3 days).

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ColdZyme® is available from Boots, Lloyd’s Pharmacy and independent pharmacies nationwide, with an RRP of £15.99 for a 20ml bottle (effective treatment for three colds, or fifty five doses), and £9.99 for a 7ml bottle, for protection on the go. 

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Show Your Eyes Some Love With Optrex

Fibromyalgia affects the eyes, we can experience symptoms of eye pain, sensitivity to light and dry eyes.  These symptoms can impact our ability to perform daily activities as we often suffer from double or blurred vision.

I was delighted when Optrex asked me to try some of their products. They sent me their Warming Eye Masks and their ActiMist 2 in 1 Eye Spray for dry and irritated eyes.

Warming Eye Mask

Optrex Warming Eye Mask

Fibromyalgia eye pain can be exacerbated by fatigue, lack of sleep, anxiety and stress. So, finding time in my day to show my eyes some love is important. I love the Optrex Warming Eye Mask, it is a self-heating, disposable eye mask with Microsteam technology that is designed to moisten and soothe tired eyes. It starts to warm up once opened and it relieves and relaxes tired eyes in just 10 minutes. Using the Warming Eye Mask to treat my tired eyes leaves me feeling relaxed, de-stressed and recharged. 

To further enhance the Warming Eye Mask experience, Optrex has joined forces with renowned sound engineer, techno wizard and former DJ Ash Sargeant to make a soothing soundtrack – he has transformed the mundane, monotonous murmurs heard during the day, such as the tapping of a keyboard, train wheels on a track and taxi horns blaring, into a calming playlist to enhance your me- time and propel us to Cloud 9. You can check out the Optrex playlist on YouTube.

ActiMist 2 in 1 Eye Spray

ActiMistI really suffer with dry eyes, my eyes can often feel itchy, irritated and gritty. The Optrex ActiMist 2 in 1 Eye Spray for dry and irritated eyes really helps to relieve, refresh and revive my dry eyes. It helps to repair the eye’s natural protective moisture barrier to reduce moisture loss. I like that it is really easy to use, I just close my eyes and spray. The Optrex 2 in 1 Eye Spray provides relief for up to 4 hours.

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7 Things I Loved In October

7-things-i-loved-in-octoberOctober has a particular beauty to it, the red, gold, and orange leaves in the trees waiting to fall and crunch beneath our feet. The slightly chilly but dry days, the lovely blue sky and the sun shining and even those dark cloudy days when I can snuggle up under a blanket wearing fluffy socks and pyjamas whilst drinking hot chocolate and reading a good book.

Today I’m sharing with you 7 things I loved in October:

1. Tyrrells new Christmas flavours. I was delighted when Tyrrells sent me samples of their two new delicious seasonal flavours – the very merry Three Bird Roast crisps and the rather ravishing Bellini Poshcorn.

Three Bird Roast

Seasoned to perfection, Tyrrells is giving traditional roast turkey a splendiferous twist, with the traditional Christmas trio of roast chicken, duck and turkey brought to life on a  curly Tyrrells crisp. I love that they are hand-cooked in small batches, using locally-grown Herefordshire potatoes. These are delicious!

Bellini Poshcorn

It’s Tyrrells Poshcorn Cocktail hour! You can put the glamour into Christmas with this fun, frivolous and ever so slightly fizzy cocktail delight. My friends love them!

christmas snacking with Tyrrells

2. Talia playing with the new cat gym.  🙂

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3. Hot chocolate with mini marshmallows.

hot chocolate

4. The massage setting on my new shower head. I love that it is also packed with antibacterial activation and mineralization balls that are designed to purify the water and remove pollutants and therefore it gives me a cleaner shower.

5. Luna used my work bag as a scratching post so I had to buy a new bag. I love it! And it’s locked safely away from all the cats.

my handbag

6. Fresh orange juice in the morning.

Orange Juice in October

7. The return of The Apprentice. It’s been an eventful few weeks, lots of interesting candidates. I don’t have a firm favourite yet but surprisingly Karthik is starting to grow on me. I just wish he dealt with that monobrow!

What did you love in October?

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Top Classic Horror Films To Watch This Halloween – Giveaway

Snuggling on the sofa with my cats, eating homemade popcorn, and watching a scary film is a great way to relax this Halloween. I love classic horror films! I love the tension generated by suspense, mystery, terror, shock, and gore.

I have partnered up with Warner Bros to host a super spooky giveaway for a chance for one lucky person to win this Halloween horror classics bundle.

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These are the classic halloween horror films up for grabs:

The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist has been terrifying people for decades and has been called ‘the scariest movie ever made’. When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. This film certainly sends a chill down my spine!

Friday The 13th (1980)

Friday The 13th has been one of the longest running horror films; I think that the first movie is the best. Camp Crystal Lake has been cursed by murders and bad luck. The young and nubile counsellors all begin to die extremely bloody deaths at the hands of an unseen killer during a rainstorm which isolates the camp.

The Shining (1980)

‘Here’s Johnny!’ Who can forget Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance. Jack becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife and son. Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to transform into a homicidal maniac who terrorizes his family.

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

A young Johnny Depp stars in this Wes Craven’s classic slasher film. Several teenagers fall prey to a terrifying Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) in their dreams. As more teenagers die violent deaths their parents’ dark secrets are revealed.

Poltergeist (1982)

Menacing spirits haunt a Californian family’s home. The haunting begins with simple things like chairs moving and the pet bird dying, but it all builds up to some horrifying discoveries and scares.

Ts & Cs

Entrants must be 18 years +

1 (one) winner will receive (one) Halloween horror classics bundle.

UK entry only.

The winner must be following @clairecly on twitter and must have retweeted the competition tweet.

The prize will be delivered to the winner within 28 days of confirmation of delivery address.

There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner.

The competition will close on the 31st of October at midnight.

The winner will have to respond within 48 hours of being contacted on Twitter to claim their prize.

To enter please Follow me on Twitter and RT here

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You can also buy these classic horror films on Amazon.

Which film gives you the biggest spooky thrill?

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My Purrfect Gift Box

I love receiving a subscription box and I’ve tried quite a few in the last year, some I loved and some I was underwhelmed by. My favourite subscription box arrived on my doorstep this week, I absolutely love it! It is the Autumn Harvest Baking Box from My Purrfect Gift Box, a subscription service for cat lovers (I have 5 cats) – in the box are unique and gorgeous cat lover gifts. It’s not cheap, subscriptions start from £15.99 a month and delivery is extra, but it is worth it.

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Autumn Harvest Baking Box

The handmade linen baking glove and matching tea towel set provides effective protection against heated dishes, pots, pans, and ovens. It is also a beautiful decoration for any cat lover’s kitchen. (Set retails for £19.99 at Etsy.com/shop/TextilesHomeDecor)

tea-towel-setI love baking and cookies. These four high quality metal cookie cutters in different cat shapes will be so useful and the cookies will be appreciated by my fellow cat lover friends. (Retails for £10)

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Baking is going to be much more fun with the adorable ceramic, stoneware cat shaped measuring spoons. (This set retails for £9.88)

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My cupcake kit includes cute cupcake liners (£8.50 from Etsy), a recipe card with a yummy cupcake recipe and edible cat toppers made of rice paper (They found these at LabelAmour and they retail for £1.50) .

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To welcome me to this subscription box I was also sent two beautifully decorated cat cookies, they were delicious!

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I love My Purrfect Gift Box! I can’t wait to see the adorable cat lover gifts I receive next month.

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Morlands – Indulgent Pampering For Your Feet

During a flare of foot pain the bottoms of my feet feel like they are on fire. This pain comes and goes, 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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