Life of a Mum

Rheumatoid helpers

My rheumatoid arthritis isn’t something I talk/write about often. But it is a huge part of my life; I have to take lots of nasty meds, and it restricts what I can eat, drink and physically do.

I’ve found there’s a few things that definitely help with my rheumatoid symptoms- so thought I’d share with those of you who are also living with RA or another spoonie illness


At the moment I’m loving Columbia care CBD oil (peppermint flavour) and capsules. They are a must have to improves sleep, and I think they ease my pain, swelling and stiffness too.

Columbia Care Insta gave me the code ‘IVFninjafree’ for the first 50 uses go to to get (pay for postage only) you can choose from the oil or capsules.

I also love Browns CBD gummies and calming balm. I find the gummies are great to have in my bag (handy for anxiety) and the balm (also containing wintergreen) is helpful when I have sore/swollen/stiff joints.

Compression Gloves I’ve tried a few different makes and types. My preference is the IMAK gloves or copper gloves.

IMAK glove
Copper glove

The IMAK gloves are definitely the ones that feel the most compressive; I like to squeeze my tender joints (like rubbing a bruise) so if you to your these may work well. Buy IMAK gloves on amazon

The copper gloves are definitely more gentle and comfortable with more stretch. Buy copper gloves on Amazon oooh and they’re more cost effective too.

Foot splints Although the best option is specifically made orthotics (splints and insoles) I have been waiting for this for months so purchased my own. They do the job – great for in the house but wouldn’t be comfortable with footwear on. They seem to help straighten my toes, so I get less pain from ‘wonk’ and overlap. Buy Foot/big toe splint from Amazon

Weighted blanket I love my weighted blanket. Literally the comfort of a big hug, helps calm the limbs when you just want to keep moving them. It’s important to get a blanket in accordance with your weight- it should be approx 10% of your body weigh. I’m just over 60kg so use a 6 kg blanket. Such as this one from Amazon

Let me know what you think if you try these, or recommend something new.

Amazon links are AFF links- I earn money if you buy. The cbd I was gifted but not affiliate/commission

Eco Mum

Christmas gifts for the eco friendly

Eeeeek…… do you know your friend drops all the #plasticfree tags, or your cousin is super eco friendly???? Believe it or not they’re not super hard to buy for…… heres my top eco must haves for the super greens.

  • Make something

Sounds cheesy; but loads of thought goes into handmade. Think homemade granola, brownie mix, bath boards or a super retro mix tape! Here’s a great blog with some fabulous ideas Homemade gift blog

  • Cup it- secret whispers

Now you’d prob have to know her quite well for that I’m to be an idea; but it truly is a life changer! If your sister/bestie/workmate- is keen on being plastic free or reducing waste, then she’ll thank you for this (probably after giving you a weird look first). I started using period cups about two years ago- and I’m annoyed I didn’t try it sooner! Saves you loads of dosh(spend on gin), no nasty chemicals or risk of tss (so healthier) and no more whiffy bins to empty (hoorah!) honestly – game changer

  • Nothing new by Ruthie ru

I’m slightly obsessed by the cute upcycled jewellery from Nothing new by Ruthie Ru loads of awesome quirky pieces made from recycled vinyl or cds. Check them out.

  • Klean kanteen mug/cup or straws

From stocking filler straws, to secret Santa coffee cups, you could even make up a box of eco dreams for your son/daughter at uni. We find Klean Kanteen products to be great value, last well and love the fab colours too- definitely something for all the family here.

  • Tropic products

I love Tropic products! Made with all natural, cruelty free ingredients, some are even refillable! Speak to Charlie at Charlie Ball Tropic for recommendations and to order. I’d recommend an awesomely scented body pebble for your secret Santa, and the amazing personalised make up palette for you bestie ( oooh and treat yourself to the super greens serum and feel fresh deo whilst your there)

  • Refill rev voucher

Everyone loves a voucher (as does the giver, when you just don’t know what to buy). So if you’re buying for an eco warrior a Refill revolution voucher is the one- means they can get anything; from a spork, jar or sweets, coffee cup, period pants or even some lentils!

  • Planet picnic

One for outdoorsy families; we love our planet picnic reusables- they come out every weekend! Our egg sarnies are always in our wrap- opens up to a nice little knee blanket, Dot always has her snacks ready for the car in a snack pack, and our bamboo cutlery is ready to go. Planet Picnic fabric options are always funky, easy to wash and handmade too.

  • Soda stream

I bought my hubby a soda stream for his birthday and we love it!!! As you may know we like a gin or five, so it must save us tonnes of plastic mixer bottles. They even have a discounted gas recycle/refill scheme! Use this link for 10% off Soda stream

  • Vouchers for preloved fashion

Another (healthy) obsession of mine; I just love preloved fashion, and your eco friendly friend will to. If you’re local to Market Harborough grab a voucher for The Attic or Ginger Kate – you can grab wonderfully quirky blouses, a bargain designer piece, or (if you’re like me) just one more leopard print item!

  • Zen garden

Check out Zen garden for stunning zero waste beauty products. One product is perfect for a secret Santa- or make up a luxurious hamper for your best friend.

There we have it- buy them AND try them yourself- make sure you drop me a comment with what you think.