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I turned 40 and I suddenly realised I'm a mad cat lady that watches the world from my bed. I have an illness but it doesn't define me and I've lots of interests to share! For your blogging assignments or collaborations, contact me on fromemmasbed@gmail.com

Monday, 10 April 2017

Hisense H43M3000 43" Smart 4K Ultra HD TV Review

This is a great TV that comes packed with extras and is extremely good value for money compared to its competition. You can take advantage of both Freeview HD & Freeview Play for catch-up TV. 

Wuaki & Netflix is ready to sign-in amongst other handy apps. 

It handles gaming consoles with unexpected depth and sharpness. The upscaling is quite successful. rich colours.

You have heaps of connectivity with built in wifi, 4 HDMI outputs, 3 USB's, LNB, Scart, HDMI Arc, Ethernet, aerial and much more. It's upscaling is good quality & sound is surprisingly robust even without a sound bar. Looks just as good as any other on the market and belies it's current market price at £379 (AO on 8th April 2017). 

Hisense may be known more for its fridge-freezers than 4K smart TV's but it's certain to make an impact.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Edge Beanbags - TechBed

So I'm a little bit devastated that the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is now affecting the use of my hands. I'm so worried I won't be able to do my art again. Even holding this phone and playing competitions on Twitter is getting more difficult as I struggle with lack of dexterity. 

But!!! One of the coolest things I've won which is certain to help me through this is an awesome TechBed from a dedicated company called Edge Beanbags. You can also find them on Twitter @edgebeanbags where they do regular giveaways. 

In their words:

The Techbed is a genius stand, cushion, pillow, call it what you will, for all iPads, Tablets, the Samsung Galaxy and all e-book readers as well as the good old-fashioned book.
The Techbed is great for people with arthritis, an RSI or suffer with sore fingers, thumbs or wrists as a result of holding an iPad, Kindle or book for any length of time.
Use your Techbed for:
    • Internet surfing
    • Skyping
    • Facetiming
    • Movie watching
    • Reading
    • Gaming
    • In fact anything that you want to use your tablet device for.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Another challenge with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (sigh)

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is such a complicated condition as it potentially affects all the soft tissues in the body. This includes muscle, tendons, joints, organs, skin, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, veins, arteries etc etc. All of this amounts to 90% of the body so it's not surprising that people who suffer from this condition may have dozens of secondary conditions as a result.

I have so far been diagnosed with costochondritis, arthritis, hypothyroidism, hypertension, endometriosis, inflammatory bowel disease (crohns or colitis) recurrent infections; just to name a few!

I suffer from chronic pain in so many parts of my body, it's made day-to-day activities almost impossible. Depending on what day I am having, I can be totally helpless and need my carer with me at all times instead of several times a day.

I generally keep positive but it just seems my list gets longer and longer so today I'm off to the doctors as the pain, discomfort, numbness and lack of dexterity in my hands (mainly my right hand) is becoming a complete hindrance. Also, I don't feel right - my head feels full of cotton wool, I'm dizzy and I just checked my bp on a home kit and it says it's 110/97. Naturally, if this is accurate it needs to be checked. Here is a little video showing how my fingers bend incorrectly.

I'll be back later with an update and hopefully, a solution to share. :)

For more information on Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome click here

Saturday, 17 October 2015

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Space and Shape Giveway/Review

So, I was lucky enough to win a beautiful cushion from Space and Shape so as a thank you, I thought I would do a quick review on it and add a little bit about this company. My dealings with them were fab from a customers' point of view, so they deserve a wee mention, don't you think?

We pride ourselves on our quality replica furniture, inspired by Charles Eames, Arne Jacobsen and more.  
Explore and invigorate your home with our timeless furniture, both legally and securely.
As every piece is hand-made, please allow 8-12 weeks from order to delivery.

The website itself is easy to navigate and beautifully elegant. Their pieces are timeless and it would be all too easy to get a little carried away with the credit card!

Just look at this gorgeous Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamp reproduction at £244:

And, you can own this iconic Arne Jackobsen Egg Chair for £412 (price for an original £4,875):

So, all in all, Space and Shape offer fabulous quality reproduction furniture for a fraction of the original price.  What's not to love about them?

My Cushion!

So this is the cushion I won over on my twitter account @hammeremma courtesy of Space and Shape's twitter account @spaceandshape. They do regular give-aways. To take part, all you have to do is follow their account and Retweet the relevant competition tweet.

It arrived in the post prompty, packed in a huge box and wrapped in pink tissue paper. I like little touches like that, even more so since it was a free gift!

The cushion is very plump and great quality....no loose fibres, or dodgy stitching, so for £25.50 I think it is pretty good value. We all like a few cushions that stand out from the rest, don't we? You can peruse their cushions at your leisure here.

In the meantime, here's a few close-ups, so you can see the quality and design for yourself:

That's it! A big thank you to Space and Shape, and I hope you enjoy my blog post! :)

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Stir - Breakfast Tea with Daily Cultures and Crohn's Disease

Hi Guys!

Well, this is my first little post about prizes. I'm hoping, (once I find my feet as a new blogger) that I can give comprehensive information about the products I have been trying. This is all rather new to me, so I'm sure it will appear very juvenile to most experienced bloggers, but I'm sure I'll find my feet eventually!

The Product

Well, I have been treated for a Crohns' flare-up very recently and my tummy is just starting to heal again. So, it's a good opportunity to work out the benefits of this new product by Stir that contain cultures which are good for the gut. I was lucky enough to win English Breakfast on twitter with my account @hammeremma.

Each pack contains 14 tea bags, which you drink one per day. My goal is to try it over the two week period and compare it to previous flare-ups and see if it might help the healing process or symptoms.

Today is DAY 1 so I'll be sure to report back my findings.

It may be that there is nothing to report as the company certainly doesn't claim to help Crohn's but I was willing to see if there's any noticeable improvements from previous recoveries.

I'll bulk this out more as I go along. I hope you enjoy the review/analysis.

Either way; although you are definitely aware that there is a distinct under-taste of the cultures, it certainly is a delicious brew!

You can find out more about Crohn's Disease and support here: