We were sent 2 packs of Aqua Ears by Cirrus Health Care, and some Ear Planes ear plugs to test out on the blog. We are going to save the Ear Planes, for the next time we are on a plane. But we have been trying the new Aqua Ears – due to be launched in Boots in June, for the last couple of weeks.
Miss N (10) especially, has always had problems with her ears being in water, so much so we had to cancel her swimming lessons. She gets something called swimmers ear, and her ears have a problem draining the water away, and the ear infections that she gets can be very painful. We even have to be careful when she has a bath or shower. So this is why I really wanted to test the Aqua Ears as we really want to use the swimming pool as well whilst we are on holiday in the summer.
Well they have been fantastic, very easy to insert, and they didn’t hurt or fall out, so the ear area remained dry. You can also use them to reduce noise, so great if you are off to a festival this summer! Here is a little about the technology…
Aqua Ears use the same technology as BioEars™, which is one of the best selling products from the world’s leading innovators in ear care, Cirrus Healthcare. BioEars™ are the only earplugs which use ACTIValoe™ a powerful anti-microbial agent, which keeps the earplugs free from the bacteria that can lead to degradation in ordinary earplugs, thus ensuring that the ear canal remains fully protected.The earplugs are easily moulded to the shape of your ear providing a comfortable airtight seal, resulting in your ears being protected from water penetration and harsh noise.
They come in lots of designs, so you will definitely be able to please all ages. They are priced at £4.99 for three pairs and come in a waterproof carry case. Make sure you check out the range in larger boots stores from June.
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When both myself and my husband were growing up, we really enjoyed family holidays, where we could enjoy nature and wildlife. It’s only now really that I can look back an realise what an impact this had on both of us, and the way we parent and spend time with our own children.
So what holidays in the UK would help you to achieve this? Well how about a trip to the Norfolk broads!
The Broads lie in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk in the east of England. It is Britain’s largest nationally protected wetland and is also a member of the international family of national parks. It has pretty towns and villages, and these are surrounded by rolling farmland and countryside, woods and marshes, and of course the nearby coastline is undoubtedly spectacular! My Husband (Tall Dad) and I have both spent some time on the Broads, we really do realise how relaxing it is to have a family boating holiday there. In fact Tall Dad’s family had a boat on the broads that they holidayed, and had weekend breaks on, for over 15 years. There is something so captivating about these kinds of holidays. Whether you are enjoying the landscape, or enjoying the nature around you. It is a fantastic holiday to relax and unwind.
The Norfolk broads, really feels like an unspoilt idyll, that you can cycle, walk, canoe or sail around. If you are interested in bird watching or fishing it is an incredibly popular location. It is also a perfect place, to learn and discover, as it has some of the rarest wildlife living in it.
There are many great nature reserves, which are fantastic places to go to, as a family. You can visit most of these by walking, and going on your very own nature trail. Amongst these is the very family friendly, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. Fairhaven is 53 hectares (130 acres) of beautiful ancient woodland ( including a 950 year old King Oak) water gardens and a private broad. You can visit the newly built bird hide, designed for visitors with disabilities. It has a solar powered ‘audio interpretation panel’ which helps visitors identify the names of the different bird species, and even plays their individual birdsong. There is also a sensory garden, and many different species of butterflies and dragon flies have been attracted to the area. The swallow tail butterfly, is the largest British butterfly, and is only found in the Broads.
Boating on the broads is one of the best ways to enjoy the area. You could choose a sail boat or a cruiser. Its a good idea, if you haven’t sailed before to get a little instruction before hand. In actual fact the Norfolk Broads is a great place to learn and there are often taster sessions, at local sailing clubs. Once you know your way around the boat though (you actually will receive instruction once you hire a boat for a holiday) you then can relax and enjoy the landscape as you pass through. One of the most famous things you will see are the many windmills along the route, some of which are open to the public.
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I think it an interesting concept, as to my mind it is both carefree, and caring? I can think of nothing more carefree, than being able to leave my home, commitments and work, to explore another country, and a different type of life. And yet during that time, you are thinking about your family, maybe trying to enrich their lives, or volunteering to help others. Sounds exciting, even intruiging doesn’t it?
In recent years though having a family gap year has become popular. So putting all of your normal lives on hold, and exploring, having an adventure, and seeing the world. I can really see the benefits of me going on a family gap year with my whole family. I am sure it must help cement the family unit, as often experiencing something life changing does.
In an ideal world, I think I would love to go down the route of volunteering, I can’t even begin to imagine how mutually beneficial this could be. You could make a real change to people lives, and in doing so change your family.
So what important things would you need to consider if you were starting a gap year – young or old?
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I really hope you are all enjoying the spell of warmer weather. We are, and have been spending the afternoon at the park, or in the garden pure bliss! I think as soon as the warmer weather arrives, it makes me think, even more about where we would like to go on holiday this summer. I love the idea, that for our next holiday we will embrace the outdoors. That’s why I have been considering a family holiday in Europe with Thomson Al Fresco.
I am by no means a camper, I like my luxuries far to much to consider a tent for two weeks. This however seems to offer, outdoor living but in real style. Thomson Alfresco have what are classed as mobile homes, with either two or three bedrooms they have air-conditioning, decking, kitchen, toilet and power showers, all under the one roof. That’s my kind of camping!
There are 57 parcs to choose from, all around Europe. Each of the parcs, are either near the beach or have swimming pools. The majority also have water complexes with tropical pools and slides, Miss N & A my daughter would love this in particular I also love that there are so many things for the children to do to. With kids clubs and activities, all the way up to the teenagers, so everyone is happy.
Fun for all the family is also encouraged, with ‘Family Fun’ games. Its sounds like such a fab idea to get the whole family involved in lots of traditional summer fete games, like the tug of war, and the three legged race. I can imagine this would be such a funny but memorable kind of event.
Finally (and it could be argued most importantly) there is the price. You pay for the mobile home, and parc that you choose, all in one price, so one price per family. You can bring everything else with you, like food and toys in the car, if you choose to use the Ferry.
Overall, I love the sound of the Thomson Al Fresco, I think it offers great flexibility and is suitable for families of all ages.