Ever-Shield Deodorant

What is it?

Ever-Shield is a stick deodorant and as it’s made by Forever it’s packed full of lovely Aloe.  It’s worth noting that Ever-Shield is a deodorant which allows perspiration but blocks odour and not an anti perspirant that prevents perspiration from occurring.

Who is it for?

Thanks to it’s light and fresh fragrance, this deodorant can be used by men, women and teenagers alike! I’ve used it for years now and love that I no longer have that yukky, sticky heavy residue on the under arm part of my vest tops that I used to get from other deodorants. It also never leaves any white marks on anything. My boys also use it, although not often enough, preferring instead to spray body spray all over themselves and their rooms to mask the pong with the latest boy smell instead of using a deodorant!  As the deodorant smells, well, clean, you’re able to fully appreciate your choice of perfume or after shave for the day without any fragrance conflict!

What’s the difference?

As it’s a Forever product it is of course full of lovely Aloe Vera which is incredibly good for skin. And because it is so lovely for the skin you can use it directly after shaving, waxing or epilating. I use after epilating each week and it calms and soothes my underarms.

One of the big differences is that this deodorant is aluminium and alcohol free.  There’s much talk in the press about the potential harm these ingredients can do in deodorants and while there hasn’t been any proper research into this yet, I note with interest that GP’s advise Aluminium-free deodorants after people have been diagnosed with breast cancer………

Alcohol and aluminium in deodorants

Alcohol in any cosmetic can be a problem as it acts as a fat solvent and for dry, sensitive skin that means an already fragile barrier of sebum (the skins natural oils) gets washed away.

Cancer.gov has this to say about aluminium in deodorants:

“Aluminium-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary “plug” within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminium-containing underarm antiperspirants, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and have estrogen-like (hormonal) effects.”

For me the jury’s still out linking these two ingredients to any health issues but I am not known to take risks with my health so the answer for me is simple.

Other uses

You’d think that a deodorant could only be used as a deodorant but I have come across two other reported uses.  Firstly, due to it’s waxy texture and moisturisers, it’s can be used on dried out heels on your feet. As well as being super moisturising it keeps your feet smelling fresh too! I am also aware that horse owners use it under their horse’s noses to help keep flies away. Not owning a horse myself I’ve never used it in this way but I have read many reports of how good it is.

How long does it last?

This is one of the things I love about this product, it lasts absolutely ages!  You get a full 92.1g of deodorant in the stick and it lasts a really, really long time.  I get about 6 months out of a stick and I reckon overall, compared to buying more of the cheaper deodorants each year, the cost is the same or slightly less.

Where to buy

You can of course get your hands on this essential product through my online shop www.jodavies.flp.com or please feel free to email me to discuss and ask any questions jodavies@flp.com

Banana & raspberry lollies

This recipe couldn’t be easier and it’s a fab little trick to get healthier treats into the hands of your little ones!

Ingredients

  • 4 medium bananas
  • 360g raspberries
  • 4 tbsp low fat yoghurt
  • A few drops of vanilla essence

Preparation

Blend all ingredients until smooth, then pour the mix into four lolly moulds and freeze overnight (you can get lolly moulds in pretty much everywhere these days!).  Enjoy straight from the freezer.

And that’s it…….I’m almost embarrassed to call it a recipe but the kids (both small and big) will love them!

Arctic Sea

As I’m sure you know, I rely quite heavily on supplements to give my body the nutrition is requires.  Partly because I just can’t afford to have any nutritional deficiencies as they almost always result in increasing fatigue; and partly because my nutritional requirements are higher as I strive to get out of my current ME relapse.

And so this month’s product of the month is a supplement which both myself and my husband take every day.

What’s in Arctic Sea?

Arctic Sea is a blend of natural fish, calamari and oleic olive oil.  This blend contains the perfect balance of essential fatty acids EPA, which contributes to the normal function of the heart, and DHA which contributes to maintenance of normal brain function.

Why do we need them?

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Be yourself, everyone else is taken!

Being authentically yourself is something that should come naturally.  We should just grow up that way and never have to give it a second thought…….shouldn’t we?

We’re living in an inauthentic world

Sadly we’re moulded by a world that favours the inauthentic.  From office politics in traditional jobs, to false information in news feeds and celebrities pretending to be anyone but themselves, we are surrounded by the inauthentic.

How often do you  pretend to be someone you’re not?  Or mimic people around you? Or compromise on what you feel is right?  If you’re being inauthentic you’re likely to feel uncomfortable in your own skin. Continue reading “Be yourself, everyone else is taken!”

Living with ME – my latest crash

I always hope that either I will get better or at least learn about what makes me crash.  But while I’m definitely in a better place than I have been in the last 5 years, I’m not back to full health. ME is still very much present and what makes me crash varies so much from day to day, week to week, month to month that I haven’t quite worked it out yet.

What is a crash?

If you have ME you’ll know all about them, but if you don’t then a crash is a sudden decline in health that’s very hard to get out of. Suddenly, for no obvious reason, you’re just not able to do the things you were able to do yesterday.  Such as walk up your stairs at home without getting out of breath, stand too long or pick up your child.  Arms that worked, muscles that had strength just don’t anymore.  And with a body that no longer functions, comes a brain that’s not really sure with what’s going on!

This time I noticed it

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Simplicity Parenting

Simplicity parenting was a fairly new term to me until I kept seeing it appear on Facebook posts of a page I was following.  Eventually curiosity got the better of me and I clicked on one of the posts and was fascinated with the claims in the article. But more than that I found myself nodding in agreement to the points being raised and I realised that there was a lot about modern families and parenting that I was struggling with.

So what is simplicity parenting?

Obviously from the title it’s about making things simpler, but to me it’s also about getting back to some of the stuff I had in childhood that has gone out of fashion now. And while I embrace our modern lifestyles, it does feel like gadgets, games and ‘stuff’ should be in addition to a slow, more natural childhood that I enjoyed.  Kinda feels like we threw the baby out with the bath water on this one! Continue reading “Simplicity Parenting”

Awakening Eye Cream

I have to admit that I do love a good eye cream!  I may be well and truly in my middle ages now but  eye cream is a product that I’ve used since my early 20’s.  It’s always struck me that when you look at someone’s face you’re automatically drawn to their eyes so I decided that I needed to take care of them as saggy baggy eyes are not something you can really hide!

Why a special eye cream?

The skin round the eyes is actually different to the skin on the rest of our face. Skin is thinner and a lot more delicate so it’s best not to use your usual face products on this area.  You’ll notice that pretty much all skin care ranges come with a specialised eye product for this reason.

At a glance

  • Anti-aging benefits, seriously, who doesn’t need that?!
  • Powerful ingredients at clinically active levels which means that there’s enough of the ingredient in the cream to get in there and actually work, there’s not just a small amount so it can be listed on the ingredients list.  The levels of ingredients in this cream have been tested to ensure they get results.
  • Highly concentrated and a little goes a long way!
  • Dual function
    1. reduces dark circles and under eye puffiness
    2. blurs fine lines and wrinkles

Patented Ingredients

The cream has been developed with ingredients which perform both of these functions and utilises peptide technology.  If like me you have no idea what that means let me enlighten you……….peptides are proteins that the skin actually produces itself; they improve and smooth the sensitive eye area, visibly reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The rich ingredient deck includes:

  • Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract for sagging skin both on top of the eye area as well as underneath.  I love the fact that you can use this cream on top of the eye lid too as I had noticed that my top eye lids were starting to get a little saggy which was not a good look!
  • Butylene Glycol whose hydrating properties help to reduce the appearance of eye puffiness and dark circles
  • Collagen at a low molecular weight so it actually gets into the skin.  Apparently Collagen is a huge buzzword in the skincare industry right now with some experts claiming collagen can only be ingested and some disputing it.  The results of the extensive tests carried out by Forever’s scientists have shown that the collagen used in this product is at a low enough molecular weight to penetrate the skin and do its thing!
  • Aloe Vera of course is included in this product as it’s just an amazing all-round natural ingredient that our skin loves.

How to use

As with any eye cream the focus when applying it needs to be on preserving the delicate eye area. Use both morning and evening and apply with your ring finger as this is the weakest finger on your hand and will do the least amount of tugging.  Tap, don’t rub, the product under the eye with your ring finger then move up to the top of the eyelid and apply there too.

My take on it

The fact that this cream has the dual function caught my eye straight away as it pretty much covers everything you want in an eye cream.  And then I found out that is works on the eye lids too and I was very excited to try it! Having used it for a few months my key points to note are:

  • It really is very concentrated and I’m still on my first tube
  • It is doing a great job of covering up my wrinkles and dark circles (I am lucky enough not to suffer with puffiness)
  • The sagging on my eye lids is noticeably less…..which I am very happy about not least because it makes putting my make up on a little easier!

To buy

Visit my online shop jodavies.flp.com and click ‘shop here’.  If you have any questions about the product feel free to email me at jodavies@flp.com

 

My favourite summer salad

Salads and summer are a perfect combination and this is my current favourite!  Not only does it taste super yummy, but it’s easy to make and, unlike many other salads, can be made in advance and keeps for a few days.

Ingredients

  • 300g quinoa or cous cous
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 85 g raisins or sultanas
  • 100g feta cheese crumbled
  • 200g pomegranate seeds (I just grab a tub, it’s easier!)
  • 85g toasted pine nuts
  • small pack each coriander, flat leaf parsley and mint roughly chopped
  • juice 3 lemons
  • 1 tsp sugar

Method

I am a little embarrassed to actually call this a method but here goes!

  1. Make up the quinoa or cous cous and leave to cool and dry
  2. Add all the ingredients, mix together and season

And that leaves you plenty of time to get on with whatever you’re having with your salad!

How I deal with the gym

I have ME, I’ve never been particularly sporty and I’m not really known for my willpower…..but despite that I love going to the gym!  If you know anything about ME then you’ll know I’m playing with fire with this one as a major part of the illness is post-exertion malaise.  To put it into simple words if I physically overdo it I pay for it – big time.  Not that I’ll be a bit sore or a bit tired after, but I’ll be completely wiped out, unable to function or think properly for a period of weeks or months depending on how wrong I got it!

So why do I go?

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The power of no!

I’m not sure where my need to say yes comes from…..it could be that all British politeness of not wanting to offend anyone or just that I like to please others but I know it’s in there.  For years all you had to do was ask for a favour, ask me to help with something and I’d be there.  Even if that put me in a right spot or left me with no time for something I really wanted or needed to do, I would still get this overwhelming need to say yes.  And I know I’m not the only one. So many of us seem to be hard-wired to say yes in even the most impossible circumstances.

But constantly saying yes isn’t all that helpful………we end up stressed out with a to do list we physically can’t get through, with conflicting priorities and a total lack of focus because we don’t know which way to turn.  And those feelings of inadequacy that we all experience from time to time can be massively added to.  Not to mention the fact that sometimes by saying yes we create the overwhelming circumstances where we’re unable to do the thing we’ve said yes to letting the other person down.  It’s just not good!

What would happen if you used the forbidden word ‘no’ sometimes?  And more importantly, what would you do with the precious time you’d free up by saying no?

There’s no need to be nasty about it!

Of course I’m not suggesting that you go around rudely shouting no in everyone’s face! That would be, well quite frankly, just rude.  But I am suggesting that a no response, said in a very polite and friendly manner is completely and totally acceptable.  Really!

Ditch the guilt

Think about it, if you asked someone to do something for you and they very politely explained that they were unable to do it at this time, would you feel mortally offended?  Would you never speak to them again or find ways of punishing them for the rest of their life?  Of course not (well, at least I hope not!) and that’s how others will feel when you say no.  There may be a momentary feeling of disappointment that they haven’t been able to offload the thing they were asking, but, of course that will be swiftly followed by a recognition that it’s their thing and they need to find another way to sort it.

What would you gain?

If you prioritised your yes’s and learnt to say polite no’s, what would you gain?  A bit of extra time to spend with your loved ones; more focus to get stuff done; less distractions; more productivity; less feelings of inadequacy; less conflict and more peace in your life and that feeling of accomplishment when you end your day with a completed to do list.  But you’d also gain something you may not be expecting.  You see when you do say yes because it fits in with your priorities and you have the capacity, you are able to give it and the person who’s asking the right level of focus.  And that’s going to make you both feel good!

Yes or No?

It’s always tricky to do something new so here’s a few things to think about as you contemplate using the big no!

  • Are you able to say no?  If it’s your boss asking, or your bosses boss or something for your kids then it may not be appropriate to decline
  • Is it something you’re actually capable of doing?
  • Do you physically have the time?
  • What will you have to move or sacrifice if you say yes and is it worth it?
  • Does it fit in with your current priorities and goals?
  • What will you get out of saying yes?

Don’t overcomplicate it, I’m a huge fan of the no-brainer scenario so if it’s a definite yes or a definite no don’t sweat it, just go with it.  Bit if it’s not, then don’t reach straight for yes, take a moment to work out what answer actually works for you.