Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Hair Tips from Around the World

I love travelling because you learn so many new things.  Different countries do things in different ways.  Take looking after your hair for example, in Japan they use rice water (left over from cooking dinner!) to wash their hair and keep their locks looking great.  We eat rice quite regularly, so I might have to give it a try and let you know how I get on!  It will make a change from my usual brand of shampoo.

I am trying to be light-hearted but it’s no fun when you start to lose your hair.  So, I have here some suggestions you might not have thought about trying!  I’ll be honest I have noticed my hair is thinning as I approach my forties, so I am willing to give anything a try to restore its vitality.  If you can’t afford a hair transplant at a clinic like Harley Street Hair Clinic, why not try some of these natural remedies instead.  Failing that rice water is even cheaper to promote hair growth!

Cactus Oil

In Jamaica they use cactus oil to keep their hair looking and feeling great.  It’s a good natural remedy that can prevent hair breakage and damage.  Cactus oil can be very nourishing, helping reduce the likelihood of hair loss.

Shea Butter

Full of fatty acids this indulgent butter comes from the nut of the African karité tree.  It smooths and moisturises your hair.  Also reducing irritation of your scalp which might have led to hair loss, combating conditions like psoriasis.  Shea butter makes a great overnight hair treatment if you want some deep conditioning to really strengthen your hair.


This root vegetable is jam packed with nutrients which can improve the quality of your hair and stimulate your scalp.  It is a favoured treatment of Latin Americans.  It is often included in shampoos to help those with thinning hair or you can mash it down yourself and see how you get on.

Argan Oil

In Morocco this oil is well known for improving the health of your hair as its full of vitamin E and antioxidants.  Warm the oil and apply a few drops to your hair massaging in to the scalp.  It is thought to protect hair from damage from styling products too.  It’s advisable to treat the scalp three times a week to prevent hair loss.

Have you found anything that really works for your hair?  Please feel free to share your tips in the comments.

Monday, 12 March 2018

It’s All In The Planning: Travel Numbers You Need

I consider myself to be a very prepared traveller.  I don’t like to leave anything to chance, getting everything organised well in advance and double checking all the details and finer points of the holiday.  Such as where we will eat and what we will do.

I guess part of what I love about holidays is planning them to precision.  I don't want to miss out on anything.

For my upcoming trip to Orlando, I have bought a guide book, done extensive research online and talked to friends who have been already.  I basically want to soak up as much information as I can to make the trip a success.  

I guess when your splurging so much cash on one holiday you want to make sure it all goes to plan.  You want it to be as stress free as possible.  Especially as I feel responsible for how well it goes for the rest of the family.

But even when you think you have everything covered things can still crop up.  Make sure you take a list of contact numbers just in case.  So, you can reach who you need to in an emergency.  Contact Number UK have a list of travel numbers but you might want to add a few more depending on who you booked your holiday with and what other numbers you think are valuable to have.

Personally, I think the most important ones to have available on your holiday are:

Travel Insurance Number

Ours comes with 24-hour emergency medical assistance.  Hopefully its not something you will need to take advantage of, but its good to have the number to hand anyway.  I’m asthmatic which is generally well controlled, but you never know plus I will be travelling with my parents in their 70’s.

British Embassy

If there is an unexpected disaster or political unrest in the country you are visiting you might want to get hold of the British Embassy.  But fingers crossed that would be very unlikely and everything goes smoothly without any crisis! 

British Consulate

If you lose your passport abroad these guys will be able to provide you with alternative documentation to get home!  Sadly, it means I wouldn’t be able to stay in the Florida sunshine indefinitely they will make arrangements to help you get home.

If you can think of any other important travel numbers you might need please leave a comment below.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Visiting Hoo Farm

At the weekend we headed off to Telford to meet the meerkats at Hoo Farm.  I will write a bit more about that in a separate post.  I have lots of cute meerkat pictures to share that might not all squeeze in here.  So, this post can be dedicated to Hoo Farm in Telford just in case you have ever considered visiting.

First off it was such a cold morning, I would love to return when the sun is shining!  A lot of the attraction is outdoors, so we would do it justice on a better day.  The kids would certainly grumble less then!  I had hats and gloves and even a scarf but forgot the wellingtons (bad mummy!) so they were complaining their feet were cold!  Perhaps if they had stopped jumping in wet slushy snow they might have felt slightly better… but try telling them that!!!

The snow was still thick on the ground in parts.  I probably would have held off our visit if it hadn’t been for the fact the meerkat experience was pre-booked already.  Luckily entrance was a bargain because of an early season discount deal.  This lasts until the end of March if you wanted to take advantage of it. 

I bought the tickets online for £6.95 each so £27.80 for the four of us.  I think I could have gone around the farm for free after my meerkat experience.  But we wanted to do the farm first because we needed to get back on the road straight after our handling experience.  I was worried it would still be difficult with snow and we had a fair distance to cover.

We arrived not long after Hoo Farm opened at 10am and enjoyed seeing lots of different exotic animals.  I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of animals available to see.  It was a very interesting farm. 

The animals seemed more active here.  I got to see the otters and their two cute babies.  Whilst in other zoo’s I never seem to be that lucky.  Many of the animals are usually hiding somewhere out of sight.  Don't worry mummy otter was just carrying this baby around by the scruff of its neck, it was perfectly fine!

Other animals here were visible in viewing windows, many under heat lamps enjoying the warmth.  But all the while giving visitors a good view of them!

The animals looked well cared for and happy!  There were lots of keepers around tending to them and hosting the experiences.  Other than that, Hoo Farm was very quiet, so we had plenty of space to see all the animals. 

We bought some animal feed and fed the hungry sheep!  They seemed quite appreciated of the extra food probably because we were the first visitors of the day to reach them.

The only improvement I think Hoo farm need is to work on the cafe.  The staff were friendly but its wasn’t particularly warm or comfy.  Just a room to grab a few bits to eat in the undercover play barn.  It would be nice to see that area developed.  I guess it wouldn’t have been such an issue, but we were freezing and could have done with a warmer room to defrost in for a while.

Even though it was very cold we still enjoyed the wallaby walk.  I would like to come back again soon and try out another animal experience.  Hopefully by then the Lemur Walkthrough will be ready.