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My first time giving blood

For two years now I have been wanting to give blood but it just never happened, mainly down to pure laziness on my behalf. Just before Christmas I received a letter from the NHS plus a push from my sister that prompted me to go online and book my appointment, and today I went and I really wanted to tell you all about my experience.


Booking My Appointment

I found it very straight forward and easy to do. Visit their website and simply sign up as a new donor. Before you can register, you will need to answer a short questionnaire to see if you are eligible to go ahead.

Once you have passed this part and have made an account, you will be able to select the location, date and time which is more convenient to you.

When you have completed this you will receive a text and an email confirmation, and it is as simple as that.

The day before my appointment I received a text message which read, ‘with your first donation, it is more important than ever to prepare’, and underneath it included a link with more information to make your blood donation pleasant, safe and straightforward.

On the morning I received another text message with a friendly reminder to make sure I eat and drink plenty of water before I came in, which I thought was nice.

On the day

I was greeted by a friendly member of staff who gave me an information booklet to read and highly advised me to drink 500 ml of water before my donation. I had not long put the leaflet down before I was called to go into one of the cubicles, which is where they go over your medical questionnaire again and do a finger prick test to check that iron levels are good.


It was quite cool as they pop a drop of your blood in a specimen bottle filled with a blue liquid  (copper sulphate solution of defined specific gravity). If your blood is heavy enough to sink you are unlikely to be anemic and can give blood. If it does not sink then you could be anemic or at the lower end of the range, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you are anemic as they set the iron level high so it doesn’t drop below normal after the donation.


I was taken to sit in a chair outside the cubicle whilst they prepared the equipment basket ready for my donation and then walked over to the blue chair. It only took her a few minutes to stick labels on etc and then she started to prepare my arm by giving it a good clean with antiseptic, which smelled so good.

I tried my hardest to not look at the other people who were already donating as I knew this would make me feel light headed but it was so hard not to. They all looked very comfortable sitting there doing a great deed and I was so excited to be part of it.

You are given another leaflet to read when you’re sat in the chair regarding exercises you can do whilst your donating to help the blood flow faster. It had things like clench your buttocks, pelvic floors, keep crossing your legs and changing them over and opening and closing your hand. I asked the nurse how long the donation would take and her answer was anything between 5 and 10 minutes.

So, so far so good. Then I saw the needle and I am not going to lie, it was much bigger than when you have a blood test; kind of like a mini straw. It didn’t hurt going in as it’s very sharp and designed to keep the vein open for a good flow of blood, I was however, not prepared for this part as I stupidly assumed it would be a normal sized needle. Also, once it was in my vein it just felt tight in my arm, but hey ho, it was in now and I was doing what I came to do and that was to donate my blood.

While I was sat there, I was trying to not look at everyone else but curiosity killed the cat and very nearly myself as I saw it sticking out of my arm. Well that was it and after a few minutes I started feeling really fuzzy and my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest. I tried to grab someones attention as I was not feeling good at all but the next thing I know, I was waking up with the chair right back, my legs up in the air and my head towards the floor to get the oxygen back to my head (think Graham Norton’s red chair).

They took the needle out of my arm straight away and that was where my donation ended.

I managed to give 330 ml of my blood however it was 100 ml short of a donation, which needed to be 430 ml. I was so disappointed in myself and felt so guilty that I had wasted their equipment when my donation wouldn’t be able to be used on a person. I did feel better once I was told it may be used in student training.

Once I felt well enough to get out of the chair I was given some leaflets with how to look after yourself when you have given blood and also another one because I had fainted. The nurse led me over to the refreshment table where I choose some popcorn and a glass of squash before I left to pick the kids up from school.


I will be definitely be trying to donate again in 16 weeks as this is the time frame required between donations.

My mum has always told me if I am happy enough to receive blood and for my kids to receive blood then you should give it if you are able too, which is what encouraged me to go.

I am also a rare blood type O Rhesus Negative, which means anyone can receive my blood in an emergency without their blood group being tested first.

I am definitely NOT put off by my experience, as overall the staff were great and made me feel very comfortable. It was just simply the fact that I was not prepared for the size of the needle and seeing everyone’s arms out casually with the needles in. I wholeheartedly take my hat off to anyone who makes time to go and give blood.

I know money is a big thing for the NHS but I do think for first time donors who are very queasy around blood like myself but want to donate, to maybe turn the end chair around 90 degrees so you have the back of the chair to the rest of the room, so you cannot see everyone else.

The Top 7 Tag with The Knight Tribe

First and foremost I would like to wish you all a Happy new year from all of us Knights and another thank you to Jaymee from The Mum Diaries for tagging me to join in with this.

This is what The Top 7 covers –


Your Favourite 7 Posts from 2018. They can be any posts at all that you are proud of.

7 Things You Loved The Most About 2018 Whether you visited somewhere, or just had one of those moments you will never forget, if you loved it, list it!
7 Things You Are Looking Forward to in 2019.
Whether those plans are set in stone or you something you would like to do this year, share with us.
Tag 7 Bloggers to Take Part. Share.
The love and tag 7 others who would like to take part.
Say Thanks.
Link back to the person who tagged you and/or myself so people know where to find the tag to join in too.

7 Favourite blog posts from 2018

(These are by no means in any order

January- You can never imagine yourself being 1 years post op with this kind of surgery until you are, so celebrating being 1 year post op Double Jaw surgery was a huge highlight for me. It was all I talked about for years whilst being in braces and I know I must of annoyed loads of people with my constant blabbering on. But this operation really did change my life and I am now nearly 2 years post op and I still could not be happier with my results.

March- This one is going to sound really vain but I really dont care. It was when I had Lip fillers and Botox for the first time. It was amazing and if I had the money I would do it all the time.  I am so glad I got to try them and I can honestly say I looked so much younger without my crows feet.

April- Spending time together as a family and having tons of fun at Drayton Manor. We received our tickets in exchange for a review on my blog and we just had a really good quality day.

May- Spending quality 1 on 1 time with my eldest at Jamie Oliver’s Cookery school in London.  We dont get to spend much time just us two anymore due to school and having to share my time out with the girls, so this day was really special. Cooking together was really nice and we had soo much fun.

November- I really enjoyed writing my ‘8 years on’ update about Leo. He has overcome soo many obstacles and still is doing so, to be able to walk like everyone else and do normal activities like everyone else. For those who are a little confused right now, Leo was born with Cerebral Palsy and I was told (age 16months) that he would always be in a wheelchair and would probably never walk. We fundraised 60K and took him to America for a life-changing operation which allowed him to have an oppertunity of walking.

November again- Lydia and Myself received an invitation to a very special V.I.P press event in London for DesignaFriend. Basically I got to relive my childhood through my 6 year-old, we was in pure doll heaven surrounded by fun crafts, cute pink yummies, photoshoot where Lydia could wear the same outfit of a DesignaFriend doll. Her goody bag was amazing too and it was another quality one on one time.

December- It’s Peter flipping flying Pan!!! We all went to the Panto to watch Peter Pan. we laughed together and joined in the fun together and it really got us ready for Christmas.

7 Things I loved most about 2018

  1. Leo getting over his fear of water and swimming five widths with only one board and putting his head under water.The knight tribe - Leo Swimming
  2. Lydia training so hard for her competition and winning. ( not that the winning mattered but she worked hard for it.The Knight Tribe
  3. Rosie stopped shitting inside the house at night because now she can wait.
  4. Milly starting school and watching her grow.The Knight Tribe
  5. Attending my first and second Blog on this year.
  6. David working really hard and received his blackbelt at Karate.
  7. Getting my braces off.
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7 Things I am looking forward to in 2019

  1. Seeing how much money I can save.
  2. Blog on in May 😀
  3. Working towards coming off my Anti depressants which are for my anxiety.
  4. Being more organised.
  5. Hopefully a family holiday
  6. Welcoming a second dog to our famalan
  7. Staying healthy

7 bloggers to take part!

Tasha at Mummy and Moose

Jo at A Rose Tinted World

Kristine at Kristinesblog

Ruth at Craft With Cartwright

Clare at Freddies Mummy Uk

Kate at Kate on Thin Ice

Kira at Unconventional Kira





Bah Humbug! Fest at Peterborough Arena

20th December -30th December

For 10 days only, Bah Humbug! is at Peterborough Arena covering 100,000 sq ft with over 40 attractions and inflatables and today The Knight Tribe came to visit.

One ticket, one price – 4 hours of unlimited family fun. There are two sessions a day 12-4 pm or 5-9 pm

We arrived at the venue for 12pm and was given our wristbands which allowed us to go on the rides how ever many times as we wanted. My kids had been very excited on the build up to this and I was just as eager to see what they had to offer, especially so I could tell all my lovely readers about it.

The knight Tribe- Bah humbug! fest

The attractions

My children are 4, 6 and 13 years old and there was plenty of rides for all of them to go on together or on their own. With the inflatables they had everything from crazy golf to slides and Obstacle courses, bouncy castles, Air tennis, football shoot, basketball shoot, giant wipe out stepping stones which you will find something suitable for all the family.

There are also so many rides there for all the family to enjoy too. Lydia went on the Moondancer with her cousins at least 10 times and I am actually surprised that she wasnt sick like I almost was, lol.  you can view the full list of rides here. 

Emily’s favorite was the inflatable course, even if she did face plant it and split her lip which involved a trip to first aid where she was helped by a lovely paramedic called Trish, she cleaned her up, made her laugh and gave her lots of cuddles before handing me back a smiley little princess.

Leo as most of you know has cerebral palsy and if it wasn’t for the fact he was sat down in a bumper car for 2 hours solid as this was his favourite ride I think he would of really struggled from the lack of seating.

I have a fractured foot which really started to hurt and I could not sit down anywhere inside for a rest.

On the mobility note, only one ride Leo struggled with and that was the crazy Bulls and that was only because he could not physically pull his body up and lift his leg over but uncle Stephen gave him a helping hand and Leol

Mimanaged to stay on longer than him.


Like any fairground there has to be 2p machines and Bah humbug! fest did not fail on this. The kids loved having a play and better still they didn’t seem to be rigged like the seaside ones because the kids kept winning the prizes and those coins were dropping.

The knight Tribe- Bah humbug! fest

The only things that are not included in the ticket price are food/drink and the prize games, so if you are planning on buying food or having a go on the games then bring cash with you as it is cash-only. The prize game prices ranged from £2 to £3.50 a go, so again that was quite steep.

The knight Tribe- Bah humbug! fest

I am not sure if that is Peterborough Arena’s doing or Bah humbugs! but £5.50 for a cheeseburger is expensive, especially with 3 kids so try and get some lunch before you come or bring lots of snacks with you, I also brought drink bottles for the kids in my bag which saved me £££

Toilets are situated at the entrance outside and inside the venue and are kept very clean.

The Entertainment

You can meet Peppa and George who come out at certain times. Peppa starts at 13.00pm and then George comes out at 13.30 and then again at 14.00 and 14.30 and so on till 4pm.

Emily got to meet them both so she was a very happy little bunny, her favorite characters in one place and we didn’t even have to leave our town.


Over the next 9 days there will be different character appearances from Paw patrol, Pj masks and Peppa Pig which you can check the full details and dates out here.

On the stage next to the meet and greet The little mix experience were performing live on stage and they were absolutely brilliant, originally when we first entered we could hear singing and I honestly thought they had the album playing in the background but it was them warming up. Lydia loved showing off some dance moves in the middle of the stage.

They will be performing everyday throughout the Fest.

If you are looking for a fun-filled family day out then you should definitley consider coming to the Bah humbug! fest.

The tickets are £20 each or a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is £70 which I know seems a bit steep but if you factor in how much the fair costs per ride, £2 sometimes £2.50 each for a 30 second ride then £20 for unlimited rides is justifiable and I would definitely pay to come back next year.

To book you tickets, click here.


***We were given compliment







The Knight Tribe go to the Panto 2018

Peter Pan

The knight Tribe- Peterpan

Christmas has crept up on us super fast. We love visiting our local theater to see the Pantomime, and this year it was Peter Pan.

We arrived at the key theatre ready for the 12.30pm show and made our way upstairs; there is a lift available for those who cannot use the stairs and the toilets are situated on the ground floor.

I always treat the kids to a flashy light toy, which are reasonably priced and we also brought five snack bags ready for the show. They cost us £3.95 each and included:

  • Popcorn
  • Fruit shoot
  • Chocolate buttons
  • Voucher for a little tub of vanilla ice cream at the interval

Photo of all the price guides are here to help anyone planning a visit, so you budget accordingly.

We entered the auditorium and our seats were situated near the top on the end. No matter where you sit in the theatre you will have a good view and little booster seats are available from the steward as walk inside. Emily needed one so she could sit higher up and see.

The knight Tribe- Peterpan

Tinkerbell opened up the show and had us all laughing instantly. I looked over at David and the kids and just watched their faces full of laughter and joy. From start to finish they kept us entertained with plenty of jokes for both children and adults, and the songs were fun too. Emily was really into it this year and I loved seeing her, along with Leo and Lydia get involved with all the shouting – as well as David. I think David was enjoying it just as much as the kids because every time I looked over he was really getting involved.

A few Important notes

  • The show itself is 2 hours and 10 minutes long which includes the interval. The last show is on January the 6th so you still have plenty of time to book.
  •  The car park is £2.60 for two hours or £3.60 for 3 hours and blue badge holders are allowed an extra hour on top of what they have paid.
  • Peter Pan is showing until the 6th of January
  • Tickets cost between £12-£18.50


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***We was given complimentary tickets***




Rescue Runts from Bandai review and Giveaway

Rescue Runts are 7″ plush puppies who desperately need your child’s help to transform them into loved and cared for pups.

A Christmas 2018 toy must have!!


We received a Rescue Runts Spaniel puppy who needed Lydia’s help and she was only too happy to oblige. We have a dog ourselves and although she isn’t a rescue she is very loved and the thought of a puppy looking like this really touched her heart.

Whats in the Box?

7″ Plush puppy, brush, tweezers,cloth, collar, bandage and six colorful fleas.

She named her ‘Penny’ and made it official by writing her name on the collar which is included in the box and cutting out the certificate on the back of the box and filling it in.

Before putting Penny’s new collar on, she needed to remove those pesky fleas. There are 6 colorful flee’s loosely attached to the puppy so they can be easily removed with tweezers provided.

There is a bandage that needs removing from her leg, which again is easy to do and would not need an adults help.

There are little stickers on their eyes which resemble tears that can be peeled off, and a little stitch on the mouth so you can pull her tongue down to smile.

Her paws are very muddy so you will need to clean them by using the cloth to rub them away and make them nice and clean. Her ears are pointing down which means that she is not happy so you can perk them up for her.

All that needs doing now is to make that scruffy coat all beautiful by using the brush.

Now you have a well groomed, well loved, happy little pup to play with and make memories with and if you keep all the bits you can play with it over and over again.

This toy does not require any batteries, which will keep the adults happy, and provide hours of fun whilst teaching the child to care for an animal physically and emotionally.

They can be enjoyed by both boys and girls and are not gender specified; Lydia just wanted to call hers after her friend.

There are 4 to collect and retail at £17.99 each and are available to buy from all good toy stores.

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