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Baylis & Harding GOODNESS Kids Range #Ad

GOODNESS Kids RangeFinding good products to use for children in the bath can be tricky.  You want something gentle, but it’s good if it isn’t boring too.  There’s a delicate balance to hold there and I think the new Baylis & Harding GOODNESS Kids Range has got it just right.  Their new range is an plant-based paediatrician-approved, natural and allergen-free collection.  It’s also gently fragranced to make it pleasant and enjoyable to use.

As you can see the cute bottles are colourful and fun.  I’m reassured by the natural ingredients and the mildness of the product.  When you use it on your own skin, you get a feel for how mild it is.  The scent is one of the things I love about it the most.  It’s fresh and you get a real hit of the fragrance when you open the bottle or use the product.  But, it’s not overpowering at all.

The new GOODNESS Kids Range has four fabulous products in the range.

  • Strawberry Swirl Body Wash for gently cleansing skin.  This one has a lovely, fresh strawberry scent.
  • Lavender & Vanilla Bubble Bath which has a real hint of vanilla and the lavender is great for encouraging sleepiness.
  • Watermelon Burst Shampoo is a 2-in-1 conditioning shampoo which makes hair washing easy.
  • Watermelon Burst ‘Tame the Mane’ Detangling Spray is great for getting those knots out easily.

GOODNESS kids range Baylis & HardingThe products have pH balanced formulations and are 98% naturally-derived and are registered with the UK Vegan Society. All the formulas are 95% biodegradable and the bottles are made with 100% PCR amd are fully recyclable.

The all new GOODNESS Kids Range is available from 19th July in Boots stores nationwide and online from £4 RRP.

I’m a big fan of using children’s bathroom products on myself and I’ve been putting these through their paces down at the local swimming pool (not the Bubble Bath I hasten to add). They have done a great job of getting the chlorine off my skin and out of my hair.  The lovely scents are soothing and refreshing at the same time.  My hair is easy to get back into some sort of order after using these products, so I can finish up in the changing rooms as quickly as possible.  All in all, I’m loving them.

I have a set of the GOODNESS Kids Range products to give away to one lucky reader.  Enter via the Gleam widget below.

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Baylis & Harding GOODNESS Kids Range Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a selection of products for the purposes of this review.

Bostin’ Mad O’Rourkes Pies #Ad

pie selection mad o'rourkes

I’m born and bred in the Black Country. So for me Mad O’Rourke’s is a bit of a local institution.  It’s located in Tipton, in the heart of the Black Country, and I’ve been there a number of times to sample their famous pies. Up until recently you needed to go to Mad O’Rourke’s to try the pies.  But the family-run business has started shipping out its delicacies by post, to allow pie aficionados from across the country the chance to sample its wares.

Pies By Post has a host of cheekily-named pies including the Hen Pecked, packed with chicken and chestnut mushrooms in a classic creamy sauce; the 100 % Bullocks, with best cuts of beef slowly cooked in its famous gravy; the Andy Murray, a delicious chicken curry pie; and the Eeny Meeny Beeny – a vegan offering with a mixture of beans, mushrooms and garlic in a tomato and chilli sauce. You can see the full range here.

I was sent some pies to try out.  They came well packaged and undamaged which is always good to see when you are receiving food through a delivery service.  I popped them straight in the fridge.  You can keep them in the fridge for 3 days, or alternatively you can freeze them until you are ready to use them.

The pies are made using traditional methods.  A pie paste is used that creates a lovely shortcrust pastry.  It’s good to know too that the ingredients are sourced locally.  Most of the meat comes from Shropshire and the vegetables come from the local market.

It’s really easy to have the pies ready to eat.  They just need 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees from chilled and 40-50 at 190 degrees from frozen.  There’s even a cheat’s hint in the instructions: microwave for 2 minutes, before blasting in a hot oven for another 2.  I tried mine following the 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees from chilled instruction.

steak and stilton pie from mad o'rourkes

This is the Steak and Stilton pie, also known as Posh ‘n’ Becks.  I was intrigued to know what this one was like.  I love a steak pie, but I wasn’t sure about the addition of stilton.  Stilton is such a strong flavour, it could easily overwhelm the beef.  I need not have worried though as it was perfectly balanced.  The Stilton is there for a bit of a kick and to add some flavouring, but it doesn’t overwhelm the tender beef.

In all the pies I tried the meat was of very good quality and very tender.  I loved the pastry.  The pies stood up to the oven and their fillings and the pastry was intact when they came out of the oven.  I was really pleased at this as I hate a leaky pie.  It’s a difficult balance getting the moistness of the filling right without impacting on the pastry.  This was managed wonderfully on the steak as well as the steak and stilton pies, I tried.  The chicken and mushroom pie was a bit drier than I’d have liked.  The sticky rib and the curry pies were about right.

Overall I was really impressed by the quality of the pies and it’s great to support a local business.  Currently priced at 6 pies for £24 with free delivery and you can pick out a mixture of pies for your delivery.  I love that you can even add in a couple of bottles of Lumphammer beer for your delivery.

Disclosure: I was sent a selection of pies for the purposes of this review.

Wearing Multifocal Gas Permeable Lenses

wearing multifocal gas permeable lenses
Photo by Lensabl on Unsplash

Why I started wearing Multifocal Gas Permeable Lenses

In my late 40s I started wearing multifocal gas permeable lenses.  I’ve been short sighted all my life. But I’ve never had problems with reading or doing close work without glasses.  But I know many people do have problems with close vision as they get older.  My main problem was that I was finding it difficult to use the computer with my contact lenses in.  I had much the same problem with my phone. Vision was still great for distance, but the closer distances were’t working as well.  I could see my phone or a book perfectly without the lenses as long as light levels were reasonably good.  For using the computer I had to take my lenses out and put my glasses on (they weren’t varifocals, just ordinary prescription distance lenses).

How Multifocal Gas Permeable Lenses work

Multifocal gas permeable lenses do feel the same to wear as ordinary gas permeables, but they can deal with the differing levels of help my eyes needed for different distances.  The lenses work by having different sections of the lenses geared to helping with different distances.  Wearing them made it easier for reading and close work as some areas of the lenses had little or no prescription. Other parts were geared to intermediate help – around 60cm for the computers – or distance vision.

At any one point your brain sees three images, one for each of the focal lengths, but selects just one to show to you.  It’s amazing how clever your brain is.   I got on pretty well with these. Occasionally my brain would take a little while to focus in on the right image, but it usually adjusted quickly.  When this happened I’d still be able to see, but I would lack some of the clarity e.g. I might struggle to read road signs at a distance.  It was only a momentary problem and I never felt it created any danger.  It is a bit disconcerting to begin with, but you quickly get to understand what is happening and have confidence in your own brain’s ability to sort the problem out.

I wore multifocal gas permeable  lenses for about 4 years.  There were few negatives aside from the general gas permeable lens issues.  The main one was driving at night in them was a bit tricky.  I think this was because my eyes were tired, but also because I experienced halos when driving in the dark. I don’t drive a lot in the dark, so it wasn’t a big issue and I did try to wear my glasses to drive instead when I could.

What next?

After wearing multifocal gas permeable lenses for about 4 years, I felt it was time for something different.  I’d talked to my optician about laser surgery, but he suggested lens replacement surgery instead.  I had a look at that and decided to go for multifocal lens replacement surgery.  As I had already tried multifocal gas permeables, I had a good idea about how the multifocal aspect would work.