Surviving the COVID meltdown

Aargh! I am starting to go mad, but I guess we are all in the same boat. But I don’t eat at McDonalds so that’s some small grace.

Not like this small child I read about – what a BRAT!

The four-year-old, from Chelmsford, Essex, burst into tears when it dawned on her that she’d have to survive on her mum’s cooking alone.

Luckily, Layla-Rae’s mum Joanne found the whole thing hilarious and filmed her “drama queen” daughter’s meltdown to share with family and friends.

In the video, Joanna lists all the takeaways that have had to shut down – including KFC, Nando’s, and McDonald’s – while Layla-Rae cries in horror.

Struggling to compose herself, the four-year-old then meekly asked her mum: “Are Chinese closed too?”

Firstly what is the name Layla-Rae about and can we expect this kind of bhaviour from other similar brats?!

“Then she kept on crying as she does like McDonald’s – but doesn’t eat it all the time.

“Afterwards she just cuddled me and then went upstairs to bed and called her nana.”

Although she found the whole thing hilarious, Joanne says she always thought her daughter liked her cooking – and that four-year-old Layla-Rae isn’t always the easiest to cater for. She added: “She can be very hard to cook for because she says ‘no I don’t want that’, but she can be very easily persuaded as she’s tried different meals.

“When she was going to a childminder she was eating a variety of food, but when she came home she would say ‘I don’t like sweetcorn’ and I said ‘you ate it earlier’ and she said ‘I don’t like it now and I don’t like it here…That’s just a four-year-old trying to make their stance really.”

Why is this woman excusing the behaviour of her child, instead she should be focussing on herself trying to find out why her child is so spoiled!!

I have found a way to save money though, and it involves using voucher codes. I found a working 10% off code here.

The money situation

Soooo, about the cash/money. Firstly, I am going to lose about £1m in  trade from my business receipts. Then there’s the hefty question of fan compensation. This is a force majeure, no doubt, but there are going to be a lot of my suppliers fearing for their jobs right now, so getting a refund on a product they didn’t get full use out of is going to be a top, top priority.

I fully expect returns and refunds to rocket when I go back to work too.

Loads of good signs though to stay positive!! Google are paying their contractors. Most are resisting layoffs (he says after week one). They are all keen to take a stand that keeps their businesses intact / doesn’t leave them hate figures when all this settles down.That is a huge question. We’re not in great shape as it is financially, so how we deal with this will be interesting.

Our mortgage repayments are going to go down at least, but only by a tiny percent. Thanks Rishi!?

IPL Treatment for your Skin

Unless you won the lottery last week then you probably can’t afford to have laser treatment on your skin. Fortunately there is a much cheaper alternative called IPL. Not only does IPL do much more for your skin, but it also costs a lot less.

What is IPL?

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and it’s a type of light therapy that can be used on your skin to treat the following conditions:

  • Hair reduction
  • Hyper pigmentation
  • Thread veins
  • Acne scars
  • Sun damage

The intense light energy in the treatment is used to reduce the appearance of scars, spots and excess hair. Featuring multiple wavelengths it’s able to target problem areas so is very effective. This light energy is then converted to heat which damaged the unwanted pigments or follicles. Your body then heals itself and repairs the damaged skin over time.

There are many trained therapists out there who use IPL techniques to safely remove and reduce areas of concern on the skin. Most people tend to have a course of three IPL treatments (after an initial patch test), after which time you will see revitalised and rejuvenated skin.


Even if you have heard of IPL before you may not fully understand it and may have some questions. Here are some of the frequently asked questions that we get about IPL:

  • Is it a permanent solution?
  • Is it painful?
  • How effective is it?

Using IPL to reduce Scars, Spots and Veins

Nothing is going to waste your money faster than buying the many creams available on the market that promise to eradicate the problems caused by scars, spots and veins on the skin.  IPL is an effective treatment for all of these that targets your skin’s problem areas on a cellular level. IPL attacks the structures and pigments of things such as redness, sun damage, thread veins, acne scars and surgery scars, which is a much depeer level f attack than simply applying a barrier cream on top.

IPL for Hair Removal

Whether it’s waxing, shaving or epilating, we do all kinds of things to our bodies in order to remove unwanted hair. This ongoing maintenance is often daunting, time-consuming and not to mention, painful. IPl is a permanent and painless solution to unwanted hair removal.

Difference between IPL and Laser Treatment

Laser treatment has been used for some years to target allof the problems that IPL is used for. However, the main difference between IPL and laser treatment is the fact that IPL is less focused and more scattered than traditional laser treatment. IPL is able to penetrate deeper to the second layer of your skin (known as the dermis), without harming the epidermis, which is the top layer. This causes less damage to your body. A variety of light waves are used in IPL with much lower intensity than laser treatment is used. The results from laser treatments are therefore more permanent.

Benefits of IPL Treatment

If laser treatment is more effective and longer lasting than IPL, then why even bother with IPL? Here are a few advantages:

  • It’s a lot cheaper
  • Treatment can’t be altered depending on your skin type, texture, thickness and hair colour
  • Less risk of permanent damage to skin

How to Prepare yourself for IPL Treatment

Before your first IPL treatment session you will have to have a skin consultation where a patch test will be completed. This will enable you to see how your skin reacts to the IPL treatment.

It is recommended that you avoid any hair removal methods for approximately two weeks prior to IPl treatment. This is because waxing and tweezing hair will cause it to break which will mean that the IPL treatment is less effective.

Avoid sun exposure before treatment. This includes sun bathing, sun beds and fake tanning. This is because it can reduce the effectiveness of the IPL treatments or enhance any side affects.

Prior to starting the treatment you’ll be asked to remove any makeup, sunscreen or moisturisers. It’s important that the area being treated is completely clean skin.