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      09.11.2010 19:23
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      My Name Is: Briony alana langford

      My Age Is: 18

      My Birthday: 18th November

      My Status: Engaged

      Children: one here called kaitlyn, shes almost a year, and one on the way, only 6weeks

      My Eye Colour: green

      My Hair Colour: brown

      My Job: waitress

      My Hobbies: playing the ps3, playing with my daughter, drawing, dancing

      Fav Alcoholic Drink: Vodka and lime

      Least Fav Alcoholic Drink: Beer EUGHH

      Fav Colour: Pink

      Worst Colour: brown

      Feet Size: 5

      Fav Animal: Any breed of dog really

      Worst Animal: Fish, you cant do anything with them

      Strange Habbits: I like to write lists all the time, no matter what its about ill just write, i usually do the same list over and over until its perfect

      Shower or Bath: Shower if im in a hurry and bath if im angry or just feel like doing nothing for ages

      Favourite Quote: Oh My daiz

      Fav Meal: a nice chinese!

      Worst Meal: think i eat anything :D

      Ever Been In Love: Yes and i still am

      Dream Car: Subaru impreza :)

      Dream Job: Model

      Happiest When: With my fiance and daughter or shopping

      Sadest When: On my own

      Angriest When: People talk over me

      Underwear: Thong

      Style: i never really dress up, im happy to go out in a tshirt or jeans, maybe a long top and leggins and in the cold weather a nice thick tracksuit

      Favourite Celebration: Christmas then the whole family gets together

      Worst Celebration: Halloween, i dont see any point in it

      Hot Or Cold: hot if its not too hot and cold if it involves SNOW!

      Music: DnB

      Favourite Holiday: Canary Islands

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    • Drunken Experiences / Discussion / 25 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      06.11.2010 21:34
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      we all say will never do it again..

      Ive only been drunk a handful of times. When i drink i usually do it as i like the taste, not because i want to get off my head.

      When i was around 16 me and my bestfriend got some lambrini. Back then it was so cool to "down" your drink as fast as you could. So we had a race and i won. A few seconds the drink hit me super fast. We were at her house and i decided i was suddenly very hot so i took my top off and stayed in just my bra. At the time i had a crush on a boy who was just down the road. He happened to be outside at the time so i shouted at him from the windows. Next thing we know there was a knock at the door so me and my friend ran down and i opened it in my bra. He looked at me and i said "i love you" and fell on the floor. He laughed and walked away. I felt like a complete idiot and spent the next day with my head in a bucket.

      My friends drunken experience. She and my other mates wanted to drink but i wasnt interested so me and my friend were "designated drivers" for the night. She drunk so much vodka she couldnt walk so it was up to my friend (who was a guy so much stronger) had to support her and try get her home. She told me she needed a wee and she couldnt wait so i took her to the bushes. When she got back up she fell over, hit her head on a wall and passed out. I got my friend to come back over who managed to get her back up. We then had to take her home to her parents. They were far from happy with her and as soon as she got inside she was sick all over the stairs. The next day she called me and asked if i had her mobile. We searched the park the next day for her mobile but she didnt find it.

      My fiances drunken experience. We were up town and my parther decided to drink rather alot. He kept walking away so i tried keeping him near me. He decided it would be a good idea to walk backwards into some bushes, next thing i no he completely dissapeared. I ran over to the bushes and ended up falling down with him. It turned out that by these bushes was a massive drop. I landed right infront of him and he just looked up at me and smiled. He thought it was funny. He kept trying to fall back down there! My other friend was almost in tears when she saw him dissapear.

      I feel like a complete idiot about these drunken experiences of mine. If i could take them all back i would. But we all do stupid things when were young.

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        06.11.2010 20:55
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        we all have a wish list

        My christmas wish list is....

        10: Some new make up, Just had a rummage through my make up bag and its looking a bit empty so i may drop the hint to my mum or sister and hope for the best.

        9: Jumpers, I seem to have completely outgrown all my jumpers. I live in 1 my mum got me a few weeks ago or i just pinch my partners, and since im now pregnant i need some jumpers!!

        8: Bath things, I never really use them, but this year i think it would be nice to relax in a bath full of bubbles with some lit candles.

        7: Ugg boots, I live in my black boots right now and i dont think they will last much longer. Ive got a pair like ugg boots but i want some ugg boots this year :)

        6: Chocolate! Id like my stocking to be FULL of chocolate. I dont care what chocolate, any is fine.

        5: Wii Party, My best friend got it the other day and i played it today and im completely HOOKED, it was literally amazing, i was going to buy it the other day but changed my mind and got a bra instead.

        4: A new bag, i hate all my bags and as a result i dont go out with one so my stuff ends up under my pushchair.

        3: Perfume, I used to be obsessed with Burberry weekend but its been years since i bought or wore it. I sprayed abit on myself the other day and i remember why i liked it so much.

        2: The sims 3 nightlife and Sims 3 fast lane. Im a big sims 3 fan, ive been dropping the hints at my mum for the past 2months.

        1: What i really want is to have a good christmas surrounded by family. I would give up all the presents just to make sure the day was amazing.

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          06.11.2010 18:51
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          we all love our mum

          My mum recently turned 60 but you wouldnt know it! Shes not like most 60year olds i knows.

          Her routine is to wake up at 6am, have breakfast and do her workout. She has a work out bench in my old bedroom and weights down the garden. She does 10minutes on the bench then runs down the garden and does 10minutes down the garden then back and forth for ages. When i used to get ready for school she would be in the kitchen making my lunch WHILE jumping up at down! She does this everyday without fail. She then takes her 2 dogs plus my dog for a 2-3hour walk. She has the healthiest lifestyle ive ever seen and i cant believe how strong she is. I struggle to carry my shopping so along comes mum.

          She is the one who keeps the family together. If, at any time one of us needs her she will drop what shes doing and come straight round. My family have a history of depression and my mum is down as the carer of my brother so shes usually out and about. When ever ive needed to talk to someone i always knew i could go to her. Half the time i think of her as a best friend rather then a mum. Most of my friends were too embarissed to go shopping with there mum but were more then happy to go with my mum. Shes always got the latest fashion trends and when you ask for her opinion you know she is going to give you the truth. When im out and about with her she will quick happily go in ann summers and have a laugh with me and people hardly believe that she has a 40 year old daughter. Shes looked after herself so well and i really look up to her for that.

          Everyone has people they dont like, even my mum, but shes never horrible to anyone. She will always do what ever she can to keep herself and people around her happy. When i told her i was pregnant she was nothing but comforting to me. All me and my brothers and sisters have done stupid things that have ment shes had to help us out. Not once did she complain. She still does it to this day.

          She still thinks she 18. One time i sat next to my partner on the sofa n made it so she couldnt sit down so she decided to sit on my partners lap. He know knows what kind of person she is and just plays along. If she sees a guy she thinks it fit shes not afraid to say it, and when she sees guys wearing there trousers low down i have to fight to stop her from pulling them back up!

          When we were younger things were bad. She had me and my 2 brothers at home and was working 3 jobs. She would wake up, drop me at school, go to work, pick me up from school, take me to her second job, i would go home with my dad and she would go onto her 3rd job, not many people can run a family home and keep 3 jobs. My mum is the strongest lady i know and i love her to pieces.

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          • Teenage Pregnancy / Discussion / 38 Readings / 33 Ratings
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            05.11.2010 14:27
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            think for a second

            Being a young mum in this day and age is very hard. While i have no sympathy for the ones who get pregnant over and over again there are some decent young mums out there.

            Me and my partner rushed into having a baby very early, we were together for a few months before we decided to try for a baby. I was 17 at the time and my partner was 18. After being together for 7months i found out i was pregnant. I was (and still am) working as a waitress. At the time, finding a job was very hard so my partner signed up for job seekers allowance and truely was trying his hardest to find a job. He is now the assistant manager of a betting shop and doing very well. When i found out i was pregnant i was still living at home with my parents, as was my partner. We found it hard saving up for a place because towards the middle of my pregnancy i suffered fainting at work and for my health, my midwife advised me to drop my hours down to shifts that my body was happy with so i just didnt 4hours a week. This made my income go down to £112. My partner got his job in october which is the month i started my maternity leave. He started bringing in £600 and we put as much a side as we could. We then heard about working and child tax credits. We made a claim and were lucky enough to be entitled. Not all mums are entitled to this, its only for the parents who work. But child tax credit is entitled to you if you have a child even if you dont work.
            My daughter came 6 weeks early which really put me and my partner in a tough situation. The idea was to rent a place and have it all set up for the arrival of the baby. But since we had run out of time my partners parents let us stay with them as they had the room. We were with the for 6 months before we moved out. We rent privately and have been here for 6months.
            We have set up a very nice home for our daughter. Our rooms are far bigger then my parents and we have made sure that it is safe and a perfect place to bring up a baby.

            During my pregnancy i felt like i was being treated very unfairly. I had to see a specilist during my pregnany. She said its because im a young mum and young mums have unhealthy small babies. All my tests came back perfect and even though my daughter was very early she was a very good weight, and the doctors asked if i was sure i got my dates right, they simple couldnt believe how healthy she was.
            Also when out and about with my partner, the looks we got made me want to hide in the toilets and cry. People would look at me, look and my bump and look back at me with a disgusted face. It was the most horrible thing ive ever been through and i think the sterotype should be destroyed because its not fair to asume that all young mums are the same! I dont live of benefits, im still with the dad, were engaged, both working and our daughter is the most bonny, healthy, well looked after girl you could ever meet. The only difference between us and elder mums is the age.

            We decided to try again and ive just found out im 6 weeks pregnant. Both babies were planned and both will be loved for just as any other mum would. I do have young mum friends who do live of benefits, and even thought they have no money to treat themselves, there heart is ALWAYS in the right place. They make sure that every penny goes on that baby and that there kids have the best life style they possible can, yes it would be much easier for them to go out to work.

            Im completely worried to be walking around wit my daughter who will be around 1year 7months and my newborn baby due to the looks i get. When you look at a young mum, just think about how your making her feel, dont just think "ugh young mum theres where my tax goes", maybe take a second and think "maybe shes not like the stereotype, maybe shes just like me". When i was pregnant all i wanted was for people to just accept me and know that i was a good mum, but simple because i had a few less years i was automatically put into the stereotype.

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              04.11.2010 23:16
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              look after your skin and you will be rewarded

              *Stretch Marks*

              When i was pregnant, i constanlty worried about being left with stretch marks. I decided to have a look around and see what i could find. I went to my local boots and looked for everything that said "stretch marks". I came across a brand called Biotherm stretch mark cream. When i saw the price of £26.00 i quickly moved on. I came across a few others and was planning to buy derma mum stretch mark cream for £11.99, which isnt too ridicilous for a product that would (hopefully) keep my skin stretch mark free. I searched a bit more before deciding against the derma mum cream and left empty handed.

              When speaking to my mum the next day she talked about using Palmers cocoa butter. She said its what she used when pregnant and since shes had 4 children and has no stretch marks i decided to follow her advice. I decided against the fancy specialist version for stretch marks and went with a cheap and cheeful £2.19 tub. For the price you get 60grams, which lasted all the way through my pregnancy as you dont need a huge amount. The cocoa butter is enriched with Vitamin E, this not only helps to regulate vitamin A in the body but can also help to maintain the skins oil balance which leads to healthy hydrated skin. You can also use cocoa butter for dry skin on hands, feet, elbows and well, just about anywhere you think needs it. The smell is very strong, when i smell it coco doesnt spring to mind. It quite sickly and smells like vanilla and butter.

              I used this once a day til the end of my pregnancy and im proud to say i dont have a single stretch mark. Its also recommended to use after the bath or shower to re-hydrate your skin. Just squeeze a small amount, maybe the size on a 2pence piece and apply to your stomach.

              *Water*

              A very important part of your mum to be diet. Water is needed much more during pregnancy. The water is used to help transport the nutrients from mum to baby in the blood. Not many people know, but in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, if you dont drink enough water it can lead to contractions which lead to a premature birth. You should aim to drink ATLEAST 8glasses of water a day. The amniotic fluid needs to replenish itself every hour, this will use up around a cup of water that is stored in your body. That means in a day your baby will take 24cups of water from your body. Thats why its so important to drink water. If you dont like water alone, you can mix it with a slice of lemon or lime or dilute it with some squash.

              *Bio Oil*

              I didnt use bio oil druing my pregnancy but i would recommend it. Ive been using it on my scars and scratches, and the worst of them has dissapeared. Im constantly bumping into things and had the most hidious of marks but bio oil cleared them up. This would be good to use if you forgot to use something during pregnany and did end up with stretch marks. Its not cheap, the smallest bottle usually costs around £8.99 for 60ml. But as its very oil you only need the tiniest bit.

              *The Sun*

              During pregnany your body becomes more sensitive to UVA so its recommend not to sun bath as you can burn much easier. If you go on holiday while pregnant, wear long loose fitting clothes and a strong sun cream. This will mean you wont come back of your holiday with a nice tan but we all want the best for our skin and our baby so its best to hold off on the sunbathing for a while.

              Hope this helps.

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              03.11.2010 23:12
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              everything you need while in hospital

              When i got p
              regnant with my daughter i looked up what to put into my hospital bag. Here is a list of the things that i took with me and also a few things i didnt but now wish i did.

              *For Mum*
              2 Pairs of pyjamas,
              5 Pairs of underwear,
              2 Packs of maternity pads,
              Breast pads,
              Slippers,
              Phone charger, before being able to use this you will need to take it to a member of staff and get an Electrical item test, without this you cant use plug in devices in hospital,
              Few pairs of tshirts, jumpers and trousers, try bring loose fitted trousers to make yourself as comfy as possible.
              Slippers,
              Hand moistouriser, as your in a hospital your asked to wash your hands very well and very often and this can lead to them getting very dry and cracked,
              Nursing bra,
              Good fitted bra, once the milk comes in your boobs get very heavy and sore so its good to have a well fitted bra,
              Hair band, hair brush, tooth paste and toothbrush,
              Shampoo and conditioner,
              If your going to use one a Tens machine, they can be borrowed from the hospital but usually have to be booked in advance.

              As you dont know how long your going to be in hospital for i suggest you take about 5 of all clothing items, i ended up being in hospital and had to keep sending my partner home for more items.

              *For The Birthing Partner*
              No-one knows how long your going to be in labour for so its nice to pack your birth partner a bag of things,
              A comfy pair of shoes,
              Watch, this way your birthing partner can be as helpful as possible and time your contractions,
              A phone book is always handy, this way once youve had the baby you can send them off to call everyone,
              If youd like to capture the moment you can take a camera or video recorder,
              A change of clothes,
              And a fan to keep the mum to be warm.

              *For Baby*
              4 Babygrows,
              4 Sleepsuits,
              A hat,
              Depending on the weather you may want to take a jumper or a thicker sleep suit for when you go home,
              Nappys, Bring more then you expect to use,
              Wotton wool, for the first few days you told not to use baby wipes so make sure to stock up on cotton wool,
              Baby blanket,
              Baby car seat, this is vital for the day your baby goes home as most hospitals wont let you leave without one,
              Muslim squares,

              When i had my daughter i ended up staying in 9 days and she was so small she didnt fit any newborn clothes. While in the hospital we were given plenty of premature baby clothes. My partner and family members were busy shopping and getting as much premature baby clothes as they could for when we came home. I would recommened get a small bundle, maybe just 1 vest and 1 sleepsuit, in premature baby clothes just incase.
              Its recommened you pack your hospital bag before the 37th. Your midwife will check with you towards the end to make sure your all ready. I packed mine at 30 weeks which was handy as my daughter came at 33.
              After about my 3rd day in hospital i must of had about 5 bags. I felt really bad as i couldnt see the floor in my cubical, but noone cared as they just wanted to me to as comfy and happy as possible. My advice is if you want it take it :)

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              11.10.2010 15:30
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              i would recommend

              When my daughter turned 8 months i looked into buying a Walker to help strengthen her legs ready for walking. I had a good look around and to be honest only chose the chicco walker because of the price. I picked it up from Mothercare for £40.00.

              Once home i began assembling. It was very easy to put up as the majority of it was just clipping parts together. I did struggle to fit the seat on, it has clips which hold the seat on tight, these clips need to go into a slot and flip shut. I found it very hard and had to get my partner to do this bit. Once up i put my daughter straight in and she loved every minute. The playtray comes off and can be fastened to your babies pushchair. However it never stayed up right on my daughter pushchair so i never take it off any more. The tray itself has lots of activities. It has a book, steering wheel, keyboard, a spinning wheel and some beads. It has 3 different sound setting and each toy makes a noice to keep your baby entertained and some of the toys light up. The walker has a 3 height position so can adampt to your growing baby. The seat can come off to be washed which is very handy for messy little ones.

              After a month or so the sound started going disorted and everntually stopped completely. I thought it was the batteries but after changing them it still made no sound. Every now and again it makes a faint distorded sound. Im very annoyed that it stopped working so quickly after purchase. After the problems i had with mothercare and my pushchair i honestly cant be bothered to try and return it. My daughter is perfectly happy with bombing across the floor with no sounds.

              The colour sceme of the walker is for both boys and girls. It has a wide range of colour which makes it very attractive and appealing. Under the toy you fix on blocks with a rubber padding to stop your little one from escaping from a room. This is a big plus for me so i can leave the room and know my daughter is safe and where i put her. Also the walker has a wide body so if your baby hits into things the body hits and the seat and baby stay well away.

              Overall i would recommened this Walker to all mums its just a shame mine seemed to brake so soon.

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                06.09.2010 15:23
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                will make your baby better :)

                My daughter was due on jan 1st 2010 but came 27th nov 2009. Minutes after she was born she was rushed away and i was so tired i didnt ask where. The next morning i woke up and was taken down to see her. The room had a bell which you had to ring in order to get it in. Was a bit annoying, especially if the staff are busy as you can be left standing at the door for a long time but im glad that my baby was safe in that room without me.
                I went in so a small waiting room that had 3 rooms called 1, 2 and 3. These are different stages for your baby. The babies who need around the clock care and more help are in stage 1. Stage 2 is for babies who are gettin better and need less attention. Stage 3 is for babies who are on there way to going home.
                My daughter was taken into room 1 soon after birth but did so well within hours was moved into room 2. I walked in to find my baby in an incubator. The nurse said i had to wash my hands with 2 types of gel which i must do everytime i walk in. I wasnt aloud to get my daughter out but they have these windows in the side that can be opened so you can touch your baby. I think this is very important to do because you cant cuddle your baby so you should do the best to bond with them anyway you can.
                The nurse said that she needed changing and that she had to be changed in the incubator. The side dropped down just enough to be able to get both arms in and change my daughter. I was VERY scared as she had wires on her feet, chest and one down her nose. It took a long time but the lady stayed with me and helped me when ever i asked. Once done my daughter needed a feed. This time i was aloud to take her out, its quite scary so make yourself comfy in a chair and get your baby passed to you. It was magical being able to hold my daughter for the first time. Keep visiting your baby as much as possible.
                In the hospital i went in, there were no visiting hours for mum, dad and granparents. Apart from quiet hours where the baby is left so sleep. I came and visited her as much as possible. The next day i walked into room 2 and she had gone. Panic struck and someone told me that she had been moved to room 3. I was very angry no-one had told me before. She was in an incubator with no lid and i was aloud more space with my daughter as she was the only one in that room. In room 1 and 2 there is room for roughly 8 babies. She was doing well. She had to be wrapped VERY VERY well. She had a heated mattress, vest, baby grow, jumper, hat and 3 blankets folded over and over and placed on top. I was really worried she would over heat but it was explained that she wasnt controlling her temperature and that she needed these.
                It was very scary seeing my daughter with a tube down her nose and i had to look away when they removed it.
                The nurse kept a big book about my daughter and wrote everything down in it, she also wrote down who my daughter was fed and changed by. I felt almost threatened by this as i was worried if i didnt change my daughter enough i would get told off or be told i was a bad mum. But this book was just so they could make sure she had her feed on time and keep en eye on her stools and urine. All the staff were very friendly and helped me alot as it was my first baby and no-one really gets prepared for a prem baby. They take very good care of your baby so best thing to do is trust them. Its hard having a baby and not being able to take them home or cuddle them. But just remember that being in scbu is a very important part of a prem babies life.
                After 3 days of being in scbu she was moved to transitional care with me. She was still in an incubator but i was in a big room alone with a kitchen and tv so it was like being home.

                What helped me through was my partner and family visiting me every day. As i had to stay in the hospital with my daughter but in a different room i got very bored and emotional and wouldnt of been able to do it without them. Also its a good idea to ask questions. If you dont know what there doing to your baby, ask, they wont get mad. There always happy to help and explain stuff to you.

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                • My Chocolate Addiction / Discussion / 18 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                  06.09.2010 13:57
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                  mmmmmmmmmmmmm

                  Shamed to say im a huge chocolate addict. Mainly at that certain girly time of the month. I like almost every chocolate apart from dark. I send my partner out to the local garage at 10pm to pick up a bag of revels and minsterals and within an hour there both empty. I honestly cant pin point why i like it so much, after stuffing my self to the point of feeling sick i just think why did i do it, but as soon as i can feel a space in my stomach i shove more i! Its madness but its just sooo hard to stop eating it. My mum once told me that chocolate is good for sore throats so now when i get the slightest hint of a sore throat comeing i stock up and munch away.

                  My all time favourite is creme eggs. I do the typical scoop out the middle and eat that first then eat the shell. I tend to buy chocolates for family members then sit on the edge of the couch glaring at them until they offer me one. That makes me feel so guilty because i bought them for someone yet im eating them. Im extremely lucky that even know i stuff my face with chocolate ive still kept my figure, but im extremely scared that one day its going to catch up on me. Not only with my figure but also with my teeth. I recently read an article saying "chocolate can protect against tooth decay". I personally dont believe it but hey, if its another excuse to eat the stuff then its good enough for me.

                  When out doing my weekly shop i stick to the asda own brands for just 30p. I wouldnt classify my self as an addict (but thats what they all say) as i dont eat it every single day. But when i do eat it i eat it all. Im happy im not harming myself as when i was pregnant my glucose levels where exactly where there ment to be. I also have very good teeth and visit the dentist regually. When the new aldi store opened in my town i queued up for a golden ticket and my prize was a bag of chocolate mouses which i ate very quickly. In ikea they do big bags of mini daim bars. Me and my best mate munched our way through the whole bag whilst watching tv. You never know how much youve eaten until you look at the wrappers.

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                    Not as bad as its made out to be

                    Before i start may i mention we are all entitled to our own beliefs, so please don't judge me on my discussion. Thank you.

                    I personally believe that cannabis should be legalised. I'm not a user myself but know of people who are. Cannabis has been listed far worse then it really is. And people go on what doctors and the government say. But did you know that we have cannabinoid receptors in our brain? If we didn't have these cannabinoid receptors the effects of cannabis would be almost nonexistent. Why would we have these if we weren't destined to smoke cannabis? Why would a human have come across cannabis in the early years and not decided to smoke another plant such as a cactus or a stinging nettle? Its all due to our instincts. We know these plants hurt so we don't go near them, but we went near cannabis before we new what it was. Smoking and alcohol can kill us and cause various symptoms, but that's completely ignored. You can go and buy as much as you want and no-one turns an eye.

                    In certain parts of Amsterdam cannabis is legal. Even though its very easy to go out and buy cannabis in amsterdam, the use of cannabis is far less then in England. In a lifestyle statistic survey, the use of cannabis is England was 9% and only 5.24% in the Netherlands. It also showed that the happiness level for the Netherlands was 40% and only 38% in England. Another huge statistic is obesity. The obesity percentage of England in 2006 was 23% and just 10% in the Netherlands. You may believe this is due to there cultural differences but believe it to be because of the legalisation of cannabis. In England, children are used as drug runners. They are the least likely person for the police to suspect therefore play a part in the drug union. If cannabis was legalised you could walk to the nearest dealer, say can i have some cannabis, take the drug and leave. Simple don't you think? In England your only aloud to be caught with cannabis on your possession 3 times before you get charged, surely if cannabis was so bad and a class b drug you would be charged the first time. It seems people want cannabis gone but are going the wrong way about it, and cannabis will never be completely gone. There's always going to be people using it, so why not just legalise it.

                    Cannabis has a painkiller effect which can relieve headaches, toothaches and other various aches and pains. In one study, they found a compound from cannabis which protects the blood vessels in our body from clogging. It combats causes left by smoking which can cause a disease leading to heart disease and strokes. Cannabis can also help people suffering from ms (multiple sclerosis). If cannabis shouldnt be legalised for street use then it should be legalised for medical use.

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                      31.08.2010 16:43
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                      a great buy

                      I desperately wanted a jumperoo for my daughter but was held back due to the HUGE price of £90. I looked everywhere i possible could to find a better deal and ended up coming across one on ebay for just £35. The jumperoo didn't come with instructions but the picture on the front is easy enough to look at and figure out how to put it together. Once it was up i put my daughter straight in it and i could tell she instantly fell in love with the toy.

                      The seat in the jumperoo spins 360 degrees to 5 toy locations. Above the baby are leaves and a parrot and lizard. You can have these up high or low so your baby can reach. One destination has a sun inside a ball which spins around and under that is a tiger that pops up when you little one hits the button next to it. Another destination has a lizard like creature in a ball which also spins around. There is also a butterfly on a stem that my daughter loved to eat. There is a brightly coloured wheel that your baby can spin. The part my daughter enjoyed most was the green activity station that has a blue elephant, red parrot and yellow monkey. This activity is full of lights and sounds (that can drive you mad after a while) The sounds include monkeys, elephants, boinging, pinging and also a very delightful song. This is also where the buttons are found to turn the toy on and off and the volume up and down. If your baby sits still for a while the music stops but once they get bouncing the sounds start again. Your baby can really bounce hard in this toy and as its very well built you know they are safe and the toy can with stand a lot.
                      One thing i found misleading was when it says "seat spins 360 degrees" which i thought meant that it had a motor and did it buy its self to when i bought it i got confused about how i turned the seat on. But i eventually realised that the baby could turn themselves. The toy is very big and even with no little one in side is very heavy and i found i had to keep it in one play as it didn't fit through my doors very well. The jumperoo can fold roughly in half but i have a very hard time working out how. When i finally did it wasn't very handy and i just left it up most of the time. One handy feature is that the seat cover can come off and be washed. I did the regularly and found that the seat didn't fade which was perfect.

                      When my daughter began crawling she had no use for her jumperoo so i decided to sell it. The toys were very hard to get out of the main structure and i had to get someone to help as there are clips underneath that need pressing to get a toy out. I also have a very strong feeling i was going to break something as you really have to yank them out. But in the end it was down and ready to go back in the box. Which again wasn't very easy, i don't get why they don't just give you a bigger box. I listed the item on ebay and got £50 which i was very pleased about. Almost every parent wants a jumperoo for their baby so when it comes to selling it you know you're going to get a good price.

                      Overall I'm very pleased i bought this for my daughter and no doubt i will purchase it again when i have another. Only thing that really stopped me was the whopping price of £90, but you can put a price on making your little one happy.

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                        20.07.2010 13:02
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                        wouldnt try any other baby food

                        *weaning stage*
                        When i came to the point of weeing my daughter, i went to sainsburys and had a good look at all the baby food. I was attracted to the hip organic stage one as it had a big sign sayin 9 jars for £4. I was worried alot would get wasted but it says "once opened eat within 24 hours" and my daughter really liked them so none got wasted. The jars i chose were banana yogurt breakfast as my daughter is a huge fan of banana, cauliflower cheese, cottage pie, sweet squash and chicken, mango and banana melba and mixed vegetable medley. There wasnt a single taste my daughter didnt like so each time i went shopping i tried to get something different.
                        The consistency once the jar is open is very much like cream cheese. Once poored into a bowl and warmed it goes very runny. My daughter got extremely messy and i couldnt wait to move her onto thicker food. To me, all the savoury jars smell of a pasta sauce no matter what was in them, i thought this could be a bit boring but my daughter has never complained.

                        *stage one flavours*
                        Breakfast jars- Apple & Cranberry Breakfast, Banana Yogurt Breakfast, Creamy Rice Breakfast.
                        Savoury jars- Cauliflower Cheese, Cheesy Spinach & Potato Bake, Cottage Pie, Creamy Parsnip, Potato & Cauliflower Creamy Parsnip Potato & Cauliflower, Mixed Vegetable Medley, Sweet Squash & Chicken, Tender Carrots & Potatoes, Vegetable & Beef Hotpot, Vegetable & Lentil Bake, Vegetable & Turkey Casserole, Vegetables with Rice & Chicken.
                        Desert jars- Apple & Banana Puree, Apple & Blueberry Dessert, Apple & Pear Pudding, Banana & Peach Dessert, Banana & Rice Pudding, Banana Custard, Mango & Banana Melba, Red Fruit & Apple Compote, Rice Pudding, William Christ Pears.
                        Aswell as jars your can also get pots. The wholesome pots come with 2 pots, breakfast pots come with 4 pots, dessert pots come with 4 pots and you can also get dry cereal which lasted me about a month. Wholesome pots range from around £1.87 in asda, dessert pots range from £1.50 or 3 for £4 from asda and dry cereal is about £2 or 3 for £5.

                        This stage of baby food can be used from 4months although its not recommended to start your baby until 6 months unless youve been told to do so by a doctor or health visitor. The jars average from shop to shop. In asda you can pick them up for 62p a jar or a special offer of 10 jars for £5. Thats just 50p a jar. Sainsburys sell them at 9 jars for £6. All baby jars are gm ingerident free, milk free, soya free, wheat free, egg free, gluten free, nut free and are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
                        Everything that goes into this jar is pefect to give your child the best start in life. You can also get a variety of weening stage jars and food that start from 6months.

                        *Stage 2 from 7months*
                        The day my daughter turned 7months i was very lucky as she was on her last jar so i went out and bought her 10 jars for £6 from asda. I was a little worried about the amount of lumps and pasta i found but my daughter had no problems. I was very happy with the end result as my daughter was full and not very messy. I much prefer this stage to stage 1!

                        *Stage 2 flavours*
                        There is a large list of flavours so i will list my daughters favorites.
                        *breakfast jars*- Creamy rice porridge
                        *Savoury jars*- Caribbean Casserole with Chicken, Cheesy Pasta Bake, Mediterranean Potato & Lamb, Pasta Italienne with Ham, Rigatoni Napoli, Spaghetti Carbonara, Vegetable & Chicken Risotto and Vegetable, Pork & Apple Roast Dinner.
                        *Dessert jars*- Cocoa & Vanilla Dessert. My daughter loves this jar the most. Im happy to buy it on a regular basis as i no its not crammed full of sugar.
                        Like stage one you can also get dried cereals, wholesome pots and fruit pots.

                        *Snacks and Drinks*
                        To go with your babys dinner or when out and about you can get crumble rusks which are stage 1 from 6months. You can also get rice cakes stage 2 from 7months.
                        I try to encourage my daughter to have a drink with a meal so i decided to buy her apple and grape juice stage 1. To start with my daughter kept spitting it out so i tried it and can now see why, its very sharp and leaves a sweet taste so i added alot of water and warmed it slighly now my daughter is happy to drink it. You can also get juices with mineral water to save you watering it yourself. These juices come in 750ml bottles. That have a smaller 200ml which it mineral water with a splash of juice which is perfect if you on the go.

                        Overall im extremely satisfied with the way my daughter is making progress and alot of that id due to the wonderfull taste and easy to swallow hipp organic baby food range.

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                          18.07.2010 23:31
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                          not really worth the money

                          After spending 5 years shaving only too find that the hair grew back the next day i decided enough was enough! I tried waxing strips but couldnt stand the pain. I then decided to splash out on a £200 rio laser hair remover which did absolutely nothing for me. I was browsing ebay one day and came across the word epilator in the hair removal section. Id never heard of it before so i decided to google it. After looking into it a bit futher i thought i would try it out. I looked into the prices and couldnt afford alot of them so i did a good search on ebay first. I came across this one and, tbh, was attracted to the colour. It was going for £18 on ebay and after finding out the eplilator retails for around £30-£40 i thought why not.

                          3 days later the epilator arrived and i couldn't wait to try it out. I read through the instructions which were very easy to understand. After a few minutes i was ready to start epilating. I plugged it in and turned it on........ what the hell had i let my self into!! The noise physically scared me and i started thinking maybe epilating isnt such a good idea. But since i bought it i thought i may aswell try it. I decided to start on my legs. The instruction book says to "run the epilator slowly across the part you want to do" but there was no way i was going to do that! I started dabbing at my leg which was really painful so i gave in and began to run it up my leg. The darker hairs on my leg were very painful and the lighter hairs didnt really hurt. Once finished my legs were red and splotchy. This is a common side affect when you epilate for the first time. The next day the redness went down and my legs very perfectly..... hairy. It seemed that the hairs had actually grown back over night!! I tried again a few days later and again, my legs went splotchy and felt hairy. The hair grow back stupidly fast! Twice as fast as shaving. Also after using the epilator for about 15 minutes i go a very bad smell of burning hair, which is stated in the booklet as being normal but wasnt very pleasant.

                          One thing i do like is having control over how fast or how much i do. When it comes to waxing, once the strip is on theres no turning back but with the epilator you can simple turn it off. It also comes with a handy "sensitive area cap" which i have never used and i dont plan too. The epilator comes in 2 speeds. Fast and epically fast. Its recommended to use the faster setting for larger areas. The epilator comes with a massager, its a plastic line with pink balls on by the blades.... hardly my idea of epilating.

                          For people who dont know what an epilator is.
                          The epilator comes with built in tweezers that pull the hairs and there root out, pretty much the same as shaving. This can leave your skin smooth for up to 4 weeks! 4 times as long as shaving. If you epilate regularly, according to an article i read online, it can actually stop the hair growing back and leave you with PERMANENTLY hair free skin!

                          I would lvoe to give this product no stars but as i cant i guess it can have one due too its nice colour. If your going to epilate choose a slighly more expensive one. However everything works differently for people so why not try it. Maybe you will get on better then i did.

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                            29.05.2010 14:30
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                            a must have for your baby

                            I bought this item for my daughter when she was 5 and a half months old. I wanted something completely simple that would get her used to eating before introducing real flavours. The baby rice in easy to swallow, has no artificial colours or flavouring and has no added sult or sugar.

                            ~Packaging~
                            The baby rice comes in a small blue box with a picture of a young baby on the front. The rice is inside in a separate bag to help keep the rice cool therefor avoiding it clumping. It has very easy to spot big bold red writing which is the traditional cow and gate writing. It also shows the number of the weaning stage in the bottom left hand corner.

                            ~Making up a feed~
                            The guidelines to make the baby rice are 1 part water to 10 parts of your babies regular milk. I find that with only 10 parts water the rice is quite thick and hard for my daughter to swallow. However once its heated in the microwave the consistency gets alot runnier and i never need to add more milk. I like to add a bit of mashed up banana to the rice to give it a bit of difference. You can add all sorts of fruits to the mix to give your baby some variety.

                            ~Nutrition~
                            For every 100g of rice (one whole box) your baby gets...
                            7.8 grams of protein
                            85.5 grams of carbohydrate
                            1.2 grams of fat
                            0.4 of which is saturated
                            1.8 grams of fibre
                            0.01 grams of sodium
                            and 0.0g of sugar.

                            ~Over all~
                            This little box is the perfect food to introduce to your baby. You can pick it up from all supermarkets such as sainsburys, asda, tesco and more. I got mine from boots for only £1.69 which is excellent value for how much you get. Ive been using it for 2 weeks and still have plenty left. The box does say use within 28 days of opening and i think im gonna have alot left but for £1.69 im not really bothered.

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