As you know, we’re working with Hape in the lead up to Christmas to share our thoughts on a selection of their baby toys. Last week, I told you all about all the fun we’ve been having with our Penguin wobbler and this week I […]
So I’ve been a bit lapse on the whole baby update front just lately. Sorry poppet. I honestly cannot believe that you are six months old little girl, you are growing quicker than I can keep up with. In the last six weeks or so, you […]
With party season in full swing, I have the pleasure of handing over my blog to the very talented Gina Kay Daniel who is here to share her tips for staying safe on a night out. I might have swapped nightclubs for night feeds just recently but on the rare occasion I do head out and let my hair down, it’s always at the forefront of my mind to make sure I keep myself as safe as possible. Many of those (and more) are highlighted below.
Whether you’re going out with friends or you’re out with loved ones, sexually related attacks and abuse can happen. It’s hard to think about sometimes, but there are ways you can avoid abusive and explicit behavior on a night out. In the last year alone, there has been an increase in reports of sexual abuse, and while there are ways you can claim compensation if you have been abused, it’s best to try and actively avoid abuse where you can! So, here’s a guide on how to avoid sexual abuse on a night out.
Plan before you go
It might sound boring, but planning your night can save a lot of time and faffing around. If you know where abouts you’re going to be, you can head in the right direction if you get separated from your mates. Plan where you’re heading and at what times (roughly). Even if you don’t stick to the plan, it’s something to keep in mind and keep you all together.
On a night out, it’s best to stay together. Bigger groups of people are intimidating, and you’re less likely to be approached if you’re with your friends. If you find yourself alone, you may be an easy target for someone looking to cause trouble. If you find you’ve become separated from your mates, call them and meet up when you can.
Keep an eye on your drinks
As upsetting as it can seem, it’s really easy to slip something into your drink if you’re not paying attention. The popular date rape drug, rohypnol, can take twenty minutes to take effect. It can cause drowsiness, a semi-unconscious state or even a coma. It’s really important that you keep your hand over your drink when on a night out, or even just keep an eye on it. It can avoid any meddling and keeps your mind at ease.
Trust your gut
If someone starts dancing with you who you don’t like or want around, trust your gut. Don’t carry on dancing with them because you feel awkward walking away. You don’t owe this person anything, and you can leave the situation whenever you want. Remember, no means no, and you won’t be pressured into something that you don’t consent to.
Buy an alarm
If you would like something to defend yourself with, invest in a rape alarm or self defense keyring. It might just put your mind at ease having these in your handbag or purse. And, although they may be clunky, it could just save you from something nasty happening.
Don’t blame yourself
Despite trying to help ourselves on nights out, abuse and assault can unfortunately happen. Please remember that if something happens to you, you must report it immediately, and remember that it ISN’T your fault. You are not responsible for the actions of others, and you are never “asking for it”.
Guest post by Gina Kay Daniel
The decorations are up, the cards are made and now it’s time to think about the presents! I’m not sure whether it’s because I’m too excited for Florence’s First Christmas or that I am just better prepared this year, but believe it or not I’ve […]
As well as some fab toy reviews, I’m going to be sharing a few festive baby play ideas here over the next few weeks. Today I thought I would tell you about our Christmas Discovery Basket which is suitable for around 6 months and above. […]
So, the other day I shared some of the photographs I shot of Florence during our DIY Baby’s First Christmas photo shoot and mentioned that I was keen to use them in a few different ways. Well, the first of three ways I’ve used them so far is to design some beautiful personalised Christmas Cards.
I’ve wanted to do this sort of thing for years, make our Christmas wishes to family & friends a little more personal but I was always stumped at what photograph to use or how to make something handmade look remotely recognisable (of course the blogger in me means insta worthy!), but now I have Florence to help me spread a little Christmas cheer.
Once I chose which photo I wanted to be on the front of our cards, I scouted google to work out where would be a) cheaper – because we’re all feeling the pinch a bit this season and b) the best quality. After looking into a few alternatives I finally settled on vistaprint. They’re a brand I’ve used several times and who’ve just never let me down before so it was a no brainer really.
They have a HUGE range of templates for both folded and flat Christmas cards. I spent ages scrolling through them until I finally reached a decision and opted for the first one I’d looked at. A full photo image with ‘merry Christmas’ written across the bottom in a scrolly snowy font. Fantastically festive!
I chose my desired options for inside the card and opted for an extra photo to go on the back with a caption of ‘Christmas 2017’. I know our parents will no doubt keep these for years to come & so i thought it might make them more of a keepsake for them to look back on with her when she’s a bit older.
They have come out so well! They’re beautifully glossy and such great quality and I managed to get a bargain and bought them in the Black Friday sale so they came just over £10. While obviously more expensive than your average box o f Christmas Cards, Considering they are completely tailor made and personalised I think this was pretty good value.
I can’t wait to send them out to our family and friends.
*I have not been asked to or received any method of payment for publishing this blog post, I just simply wanted to show off our Christmas Cards for Florence’s First Christmas and offer my honest opinion on the items I ordered.
While Florence is a little young to really understand what on earth is going on this Christmas, my sister and I have made these cute little Reindeer Food Bags for the older children in our family and I thought I would share a little tutorial […]
So it’s here, December is finally upon us and this year I am beyond excited for the festive season! So much so that we put our tree up last weekend and we have spent every morning for the last couple of weeks listening to Christmas […]