Lullingstone Roman Villa

Going to see roman villas is something I enjoy a lot. I feel like it’s a part of my heritage and I’ve always been fascinated by the romans after a school trip when I was 7 or 8. Lullingstone Roman Villa is part of English Heritage and it’s located just outside London. The entry fee is £7.00 and free for members, there is a car park nearby.

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Lullingstone is rare because there is evidence of a Christian church inside the house. There are important wall-paintings too as they show evidence of early Christianity in Britain. Christians were persecuted in the Roman Empire until it was adopted as a religion by the Emperor Constantine in AD 313. The owners of Lullingstone may not have adopted Christianity until it was officially accepted.

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The painting looks remarkable and it’s amazing that it’s still with us after more than 1,600 years.

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Jewel Tower and my little piece of history

On our trip to London we’ve been to Jewel Tower, built 650 years ago to house the treasures and it was a part of the medieval Palace of Westminster. On the ground floor is the visitor centre and the tea rooms.

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The Palace of Westminster looks so beautiful from the tower.

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Blog On Conference, September

On Sunday I’ve been to the 2nd Blog On Conference this year, this one was in May, you can read about it here. The conference was held at Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, like last time, organized by Laura from tiredmummyoftwo.

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This time I took a suitcase as I knew how heavy the goodie bags will be. I was actually early as there was no traffic and instead of 1 hour it took only 40 minutes to get to MSI. I wanted a Christmas T-shirt, but I didn’t find any on Saturday. That is only appropriate as I moaned about the Christmas-themed products in shops. Well, I had the jumper and it wasn’t that warm in one of the rooms, so it was great in the end.

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One of the best things about BlogOn are the seminars. This time I’ve attended 4. The first one was about monetizing the blog and there were some very interesting points. I enjoyed it. Next seminar was about creative content and I got a few important tips. The bear you’ll see was made at this seminar. The 3rd one was about blogging goals and one of the ideas was to have a blogging buddy. So, Anna and I decided to pair up and now we are blogging buddies. I hope this will help me organize a little better and keep track of what I plan (my food blog, no changes here). The last seminar I’ve attended was about Instagram. It was interesting, I have a few ideas for Instagram too.

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Lush

This week I’ve been to an event at Lush in Liverpool, they were launching the Halloween range. We also could see the Lush SPA.

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It was the first time I’ve been to Lush SPA. It’s quite different, the decor is made to resemble an English cottage, to give a homely feel. There are lots and lots of oils and massage bars.

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Volair SPA

A few days ago I was invited to Volair SPA, along with other bloggers. It was exciting, as I knew I’m going to try the Thermal Spa.

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After we arrived, I had the chance to catch up with Sarah, Codie and Jenny. We were split into 2 smaller groups for the SPA and treatments.

I was in group 2 with Jane, Liz and Angela.

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Kelsey Farm Shop, London

The Kelsey Farm Shop was only 20 minutes away from where we stayed in our trip to London. While my aim was to promote a local farm shop every month and at 240+ miles is not exactly local, my readers from London will surely like this post. I was curious if a farm shop from London is very different than the ones I’m used to in Liverpool. I was surprised to see that some of the prices are actually lower and the amount of produce on offer is fab.
I wasn’t able to take picture outside as there were people. It was quite busy. Near the farm there is a small camping site and the “Crayzee Barn”, indoor play area for 0 to 10 year olds. I would say, judging from how many kids were playing there that the barn is very popular. I wasn’t able to take pictures as there were so many children and I wanted to respect their privacy.

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I love how the veggies look on display like this, it always makes me eager to cook something.

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No one told me

I’m 33, healthy and with no children and before being involved in the No one told me* campaign by lights by TENA, I had no idea how important and common is bladder weakness. It’s not a posh subject and people usually don’t want to talk about things that are embarrassing. Stick with me and you’ll might find out things you’ve never heard before.

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I was invited at Champneys Springs for an amazing event organized by lights by TENA, last Sunday. It all started with a presentation that was really interesting. I assumed only mums have issues with weak bladder after giving birth, but this can’t be further from the reality. 1 in 3 women will suffer from bladder weakness at some point in their life, regardless if they gave birth or not. Men can suffer too. These were a couple of things I wasn’t aware.
I also had no idea women can suffer from this while they are in their 20s. I also had no idea 1 in 10 women will avoid doing something they love or something new because they are inconvenienced by a weak bladder. One of the things women will avoid is exercising.

A few things can be done to prevent this, like pelvic floor exercises, there are exercises specifically for men. Lights by TENA have an award winning app called MY PFF that helps reminding to do the exercises, the app is free. They don’t take long and it’s important to do them. I will start doing these exercises and hopefully get into a routine pretty soon.

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We heard a lot of statistics, some of them I mentioned earlier. Basically it’s as common as a common cold. A few millions of people are affected in UK alone.

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Unlike the products for period, lights by TENA are designed for this problem, they absorb the liquid faster. We saw the demonstration and the difference is visible. Each product is made with a purpose in mind and its design is suitable for its intended reason. In the lights by TENA range there are plenty of options to choose from.

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