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Tiny Tickers on BBC Lifeline Appeal

Hearing your unborn baby’s heartbeat or seeing it on the screen is a magical experience. I confess to crying with happiness each time. I loved all my scan appointments, although I focused more on seeing my baby than on the essential function the sonographer was performing: checking my baby was healthy and the organs working properly. Thankfully no problems were detected in my babies.

BBC Lifeline Appeal: Tiny Tickers

Airing Sunday 21st May 2017, 4pm on BBC 1

& Wednesday 24th May 2017, 1pm on BBC 2

I didn’t realise that every two hours a baby is born in the UK with a serious heart condition. I didn’t know that congenital heart disease (CHD) is one of the biggest killer of babies in the UK, causing one in every 13 infant deaths.
Tiny Tickers is the only national charity with a focus on improving the early detection, diagnosis and care of babies with heart conditions. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect and it is Tiny Tickers’ ambition that no baby should ever die with an undetected heart defect.
Early detection of heart defects means babies will get the treatment they need from the first opportunity – which can save lives, improve post-surgery survival rates and lead to a better long-term quality of life.

Tiny Tickers’ work can literally be life-saving.

They provide specialist, on-site training in maternity hospitals to sonographers and health professionals who perform pregnancy scans. To date, they have trained thousands of health professionals, helping improve detection rates of heart defects at 20 week scans and giving the babies a better chance.
At 20 weeks, a baby’s heart is only the size of a grape, making detection very difficult, which is why Tiny Tickers provide their specialist training to sonographers. Unfortunately, not every single heart condition can be picked up at this stage so as well as providing the specialist training, Tiny Tickers also provides a safety net for those newborn babies who are sent home with an undetected heart condition. They do this by increasing public awareness the signs of heart failure in babies, with campaigns such as Think HEART.

On Sunday 21st May at 4pm on BBC 1 Tiny Tickers will be featuring in a BBC Lifeline appeal, presented by Gabby Logan.

By sharing very different stories of two babies born with heart conditions, Tommy and Rocco, the appeal demonstrates how Tiny Tickers’ specialist sonographer training can save lives.
The appeal begins with Natasha sharing her story. Her son, Tommy, had a congenital heart defect called Transposition of the Great Arteries, which sadly wasn’t detected before his birth. When he was born, he displayed all the signs of heart failure – his skin was a blue colour, he didn’t want to feed, he was always asleep and cold to touch.
At the time, Natasha had no idea Tommy was in heart failure but she knew something was wrong. She voiced her concerns to numerous medical professionals, but the diagnosis came too late. Tragically, at 11 days old, Tommy passed away.
The second story has a far happier ending. Like Tommy, Rocco also has Transposition of the Great Arteries. But unlike Tommy, his heart defect was detected at his 20 week scan. This enabled him to receive life-saving treatment as soon as he was born and at six days old he had open heart surgery.
Today, Rocco is a happy, healthy three year old and a huge Chelsea fan!
The sonographer training carried out by Tiny Tickers, coupled with their awareness campaigns, saves lives. Heart defects can happen to anyone – 90% of pregnancies with congenital heart disease have no historic risk factors.
Tiny Tickers’ BBC Lifeline appeal is an amazing opportunity to help more babies like Rocco and prevent tragedies like Tommy’s. The donations generated from the appeal will help train even more sonographers and save more lives.
Make sure you tune in to BBC 1 on Sunday 21st May at 4pm (and repeated at 1pm on BBC 2, Wednesday 24th May) to watch the appeal. If you miss the appeal on TV, you can catch it on the BBC Life website here*.

You can help Tiny Tickers save lives

Anything you can give will help Tiny Tickers train more sonographers and spread awareness of the signs of heart failure.
● £5 could pay for two ‘early diagnosis packs’ to be sent to expectant parents who have just been told the devastating news that their baby has a heart defect. This pack will help them understand more about their baby’s condition, and what to expect during the rest of pregnancy and after birth.
● £10 could pay for 1000 heart cards to be produced. These cards alert parents to the signs and symptoms of heart problems.
● £25 could provide 40 doctors surgeries with life-saving information on spotting the signs and symptoms of heart problems in a baby, information they can also share with their patients.
● £75 could pay for one sonographer to receive specialist training. He or she could identify a heart condition in a baby and save its life.
Congenital heart disease takes the lives of more babies than any other birth defect.
Your donation can help save the lives of babies with heart conditions.
Please watch the appeal and give what you can.
Thank you.

*The appeal will only be live on the website from broadcast time

*I was asked to raise awareness of Tiny Tickers BBC Lifeline Appeal. I have not received payment for this post which was written in collaboration with Tiny Tickers

More competition wins!

I wrote recently about my surprise competition wins as I consider myself unlucky and rarely win anything. The tide has turned! Two more competition wins this month.
First of all another one from BattleMum before she disappeared to the sunnier climes of Portugal.
I won this set of 4 Safe Sip covers and matching beakers. The massive irony is that Matthew asked what they were, reached across the table and knocked his drink everywhere! If only he’d had the Safe Sip in place already!


Zach has had loads of fun arranging the beakers and covers as they are so bright and colourful, perfect for children of all ages.
The second win I had was this signed copy of #BabyLove My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh, a competition run by Tales From Mamaville.
As you can see we need this book as Zach (and the older two) are tech obsessed!
This book has a lovely story and illustrations, centred around a young child and who loves Mummy’s phone (sound familiar?!). The text is rhyming so perfect for sharing with little ones.
Thank you BattleMum and Tales from Mamaville for my prizes!

Bad weather: bring back the socks!

This week has been pretty pants weather-wise, wouldn’t you agree?! So I have had to reinstate socks for myself. 🙁
Well, actually not so sad face. I had been sent some Gentle Grip socks from Sock Shop to try out and was wondering whether I would truly appreciate them in summer weather. No fear about that! The sun has gone and today is distinctly fresher in the air so the socks are out in force!
I am actually a size 3 but the socks for ladies come in size 4-8 (as they do from most retailers, I often go for children’s socks!). This wasn’t a problem as they were not overly big, phew!
The socks were comfy to wear and didn’t bunch up in shoes. They were quite long. I wore one up to the full length and the other folded over. This didn’t effect the ‘cling’ of the sock in any way.
As someone who often gets changed during the day (due to work, random weather changes, children’s bodily fluids, cooking catastrophes etc!) I sometimes change from trousers to skirt and socks might need to be removed. I HATE sock lines. HATE HATE HATE! No problems with the Gentle Grip socks 🙂 They grip the ankle/leg without being tight and leaving marks behind. Fab!
The socks come in a range of colours for men and women. There are some funky purple ones, yay! These socks feel quite lightweight so would be perfect for spring and autumn but I think for winter my feet might need something thicker: I could be wrong, I’ll update you!
I’m really happy with my new socks, super comfy and no sock lines, hurrah!

* I was sent these Gentle Grip socks for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.





National Vegetarian Week: Tesco Vegetarian Kitchen review

Now as you may know by now, I am a vegetarian and I have a wheat allergy. Finding ready meals for something quick to throw in the microwave has been a hassle but then I found Tesco’s Vegetarian range. All of these items were bought with my own money and the opinions are honest!

Mushroom stroganoff and wild rice

This tasted fab with a rich creamy sauce but there was a bit too much rice in relation to the stroganoff so it seemed a bit dry.

Tikka masala with pilau rice

Overall the flavours were excellent. Two problems, the whole spices that had to be fished out and there was a black manky bit on a cauliflower floret.

Roasted mushroom and ale pie

I’ll admit my dishing up skills are not that great! Which is a shame as I love the flavours in this. The gravy is rich and the ale is perfect with the mushrooms. Definitely one of my favourites and I have bought this several times since 🙂

Smoky piquito pepper and courgette paella

This was a fun and colourful dish but I felt there was something missing…

Creamy butternut squash and pesto risotto

Creaminess: fab. Spinach: very healthy. Butternut squash: a bit hard and crunchy! The flavours were pleasant and I would get this again but want more spinach to even out the flavour combination and a bigger portion!

Smoky three bean chilli and rice

Not too spicy so my kids shared this with me (they love beans!) Like the strognaoff, it was slightly too rice heavy in the ratio.

Overall opinion

This is just a small selection of the Vegetarian Kitchen range offered by Tesco as they are all wheat free (I cannot guarantee they are gluten free as this is different).
Several of the above meals would definitely benefit from an accompaniment such as a bread (wheat free for me obviously) or tortillas, none of them would really suit a potato based product (I love chips! 🙁 )
My favourite is the mushroom and ale pie and I wish they did it in family sized packs. All of these meals are quick to microwave, perfect for having a quick lunch or dinner. I often spend so long making the kids something that I just can’t face the effort of making something for myself so this ensures I have a proper hot meal.