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.

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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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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.

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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

Ingredients

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

Method

  • 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.

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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.

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*I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers (http://chronicillnessbloggers.com/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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