8 Things You Must Have In Your Home First Aid Kit

Every home should have a first-aid kit because it’s one of those things which one can never know when they will need. While getting a readymade first-aid kit is a good start, it’s a better idea to build your own box by putting together the most essential and useful things you might need in an emergency situation. While trying to build that first-aid box of your own, make sure that it contains the following ten essential items in it.

Water-Resistant Containers

This is the place where everything will be stored so it needs to be water—resistant and large enough to hold all the supplies. If you have multiple boxes and pill bottles, get a first-aid bag to keep them all together.

Emergency Numbers and Medical Prescription

Necessary prescriptions, medical history and emergency numbers should be in that box as well, even if you remember the details.

Antiseptics, Creams and Ointments

The likes of petroleum jelly, aloe vera gel, pain relief ointments, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial handwash, anti-itch creams, etc. are a must in any first-aid box.

Over-the-Counter Meds and Pain Relievers

Antihistamines, antacids, aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are all essential drugs that everyone should have at home to treat allergic reactions, flu symptoms, gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, etc.

Prescription Meds

Ask your doctor to help you build a small emergency supply for the essential meds which you need but cannot get on your own from the pharmacy. It should help you in a situation where you have run out of the necessary medication after forgetting to restock in time.


Band-Aids are a must in any first-aid box, but gauze in different sizes and shapes is also necessary to cater to injuries of different kind. Once the gauze has been put on the injury after applying the necessary ointments, you will need medical tape to keep the gauze in place.


Broken bones, sprained joints and ligaments require support and that’s why you need aluminum splints, crepe bandages and athletic tape in there. It’s better to consult a doctor in such cases, but until you can, these should help you to manage the situation.

Tools of the Trade

You may think you have everything you need, but it would be hard to deal with the situation without the right medical tools to help you. Check out the following list and make sure they are included.

  • Thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls
  • Safety pins
  • Latex gloves
  • Tweezers

This list includes more than just eight items in total so things can get a bit confusing. Thankfully, MFASCO has all of these items on sale individually, as well as complete, ready-to-use first-aid boxes of different sizes, all at one place and ready to be home delivered. There’s one last thing which people often forget to do and that’s making a note of the expiry date. Most medicinal products come with an expiry date and past that date, the products become much less effective or even toxic in some rare cases. Therefore, it is important that you write down all the expiry dates and replace the first-aid kit supplies as needed.


10 years of the iPhone – How Much Has It Changed The World?

The release of the iPhone X marks a decade since the first of Apple’s ground-breaking mobile devices hit the high street. The new gadget has a 5.8-inch Super Retina screen that stretches right to the corners of the device, Face ID giving new meaning to security and dual 12MP cameras ensuring high-quality snaps can be taken wherever you are.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves with everything that makes the iPhone X truly remarkable, stylish and genuine leather iPhone case designers, Torro Cases, is aiming to celebrate ten years of the iPhone by taking a look at how Apple’s devices forever changed the way we perceived mobile phones:

Constant access to the internet

In October 2016, research company, Statcounter, tracked the internet use across 2.5 million websites and found that more websites are now loaded on smartphones and tablets than on desktop computers.

The fact that 51.3% of all pages were loaded on mobile devices not only represented a huge increase from the less than 5% that were loaded as recently as 2010, but also showed that this was the first time that they had surpassed the corresponding figures recorded on desktop and laptop computers. This research  came soon after Google had announced that searches on mobile had overtaken those carried out on PC’s.

The iPhone sure helped us to access the internet on the go with Steve Jobs saying as much when he first unveiled the original iPhone and described it as a “breakthrough Internet communications device”.

Eliminating the need to carry multiple devices

The list of things to pack when heading away or even just for a day out that went outside of familiar surroundings was quite different than it is now. If we wanted to capture great photos to keep memories of our experiences, we’d need to take a camera with us. An iPod or mp3 player for music— or if we are really going back in time — a Walkman. Not sure of how to get to a destination? Then we had to make sure we didn’t leave home without our trusty sat-nav or even an atlas!

Not anymore though, as market research firm, KeyPoint Intelligence, found that 85% of digital photos are now taken on a smartphone — compared to 50% in 2011 — while GPS can be used on our devices to lead us from our current spot to wherever we’d like to go. When it comes to music, our favourite songs can either be downloaded to our devices or streamed through apps like Spotify and Apple Music.

The selfie trend

Can you now imagine not having a phone with a front-facing camera? These features first began appearing on mobile devices in 2003, with the iPhone 4 being the first of Apple’s smartphones to introduce them. Many believed that these cameras would be used primarily for video calls but the ‘selfie’ soon took hold.

Selfies have had plenty of benefits across many markets. For example, the popularity of the cosmetics industry (it was the top-performing category in UK health and beauty, with sales up £100m from 2015-2017) is suggested to be the result of YouTube tutorials and the desire to share selfies on social media apps.

A director at data analytics company IRI pointed out: “The impact of the so-called ‘selfie generation’ — where people are spending disproportionately long periods of time studying their faces and making sure they are camera-ready — is not just driving sales for certain cosmetics, but also boosting demand for ancillary products, like eyebrow kits, sponges, pencils, and brushes.”

Location tracking

GPS is now a standard feature on mobile devices but the likes of Google Maps and Apple Maps offer so much more to iPhone users while they’re on the go. As of 2016, there was reportedly more than five billion searches or requests on Apple Maps each week. Each user gets access to features such as proactive suggestions (which sees the system predicting the places where people are most likely to go), up-to-date public transport information, and detailed Indoor Maps of a wide variety of airport terminals and shopping centres covering locations across the globe.

With Google Maps, one of the most intriguing aspects was announced in 2016 when it was revealed that users would have the opportunity to become the system’s editors. As a result, they can suggest new places or edit names of places to make them more accurate — improving the overall system of maps. Thus much more user friendly too.

An abundance of apps

It wasn’t too long ago that we had to make do with what came pre-loaded onto our mobile phones when we purchased the devices. Then came the arrival of the App Store, originally on the iPhone 3G in 2008, when owners could originally boost their devices by downloading up to 500 additional apps. How many do you honestly have?

Today, the App Store is home to more than two million apps and people spent around £23 billion within the virtual market in 2016 alone, downloading everything from social media apps and photo editing software to games, health and fitness hubs, and TV and movie streaming services. People rely on these apps for almost every aspect of their daily life – from work to grocery shopping to their downtime.

The way we pay

How about how we pay? That has changed too! Enter Apple Pay, as the mobile payments platform has transformed how we pay for goods and services on the go.

Launched in October 2014 while people were getting to grips with the iPhone 6, the app works by linking one of Apple’s smartphones up to a compatible debit or credit card account and then allowing people to make contactless payments by simply scanning their device across a payment terminal installed with NFC technology. As of 2016, there were over 12 million monthly users of Apply Pay covering 15 countries, with transactions increasing by 500% between 2015 and 2016.

Keeping in contact

Apple’s gadgets have also changed the way that we use one of a mobile phone’s most basic features — communicating with others. 

We can message through the internet wherever we are in the world using WhatsApp (which removes the charges that used to surround getting in touch with someone from another country). Video calling is easily accessible to all through FaceTime too, while the iPhone’s threaded message interface allowed us to see all messages on just the single screen instead of having to come out of a text and open others just to keep track of a conversation.

Could you have imagined that one little device from Apple would change the world so much?


How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring

Whatever time of year you decide to pop the question, you are sure to make it the best time of year when you get down on one knee and present your other half with a diamond ring that shows just how much they mean to you. Some of the cutest proposals have involved  a puppy or a kitten underneath a Christmas tree with a diamond ring attached to their collars and notes such as “Will you marry my new daddy?” Puppies and diamonds? Who could say no to that? Others have seen children or potential stepchildren help their parents propose, other times people revisit the setting of their first date.

Choosing the right time of year to propose is the easy part, you will always choose a time that is right for you – but when it comes to choosing the perfect engagement ring, some men find this part a little tricky. How do you find a single piece of jewellery that represents your love for that one person that you want to spend the rest of your life with (and you hope they feel the same way)? Luckily, AC Silver are experts when it comes to diamond rings and antique engagement rings and have some great advice for you.

Gemstone ring or plain diamond ring?

Most ladies will have tried to drop subtle hints to their partner when they know what they want – it’s just up to you to take them on board. If you are in a committed long term relationship, believe me – she has dropped hints. Trust us, it will certainly make engagement ring shopping a lot easier. So, if your potential future fiancée keeps on talking about sapphire rings, you must go for a sapphire cluster ring, for instance. Do not be afraid of it not being “traditional” enough — if that’s what she wants, then that’s what she should get – after all, she will be the one wearing it day in, day out. Nowadays, traditions have changed and you are more than free to do whatever you want without judgement. The only thing to bear in mind is that some stones are softer than others so will need some extra care and attention. Diamond are the most hardwearing gemstones with a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale and for this reason they symbolise an ever-lasting love and are the preferred choice for many people.

“Diamonds are forever”

A safe bet would be a timeless classic such as a diamond solitaire ring – these are generally guaranteed to impress your other half and you can personally choose the style yourself. An engagement ring is going to be worn daily and a diamond solitaire ring is the perfect accessory to complement any outfit – and it will never go out of trend.

How do you choose the perfect diamond?

A basic understanding of the diamond’s four Cs will help: the four ‘C’s’ being: Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat-Weight.


Diamonds come in plenty of different colours, but the most popular ones are white diamonds with a colourless stone being the highest grade. Diamonds are graded from a D colour which would be colourless, to a Z which would be light yellow. Generally, anything higher than an I colour can be considered as very high colour graded and will have a nice white colour if that is what you are looking for.


The clarity of a diamond is determined by the size, number and location of natural inclusions within the stone when viewed under 10x magnification. The range varies from an IF, internally flawless indicating no inclusions at all, to an I3, which will be an included stone. Any stone higher than an SI1 or SI2, slightly included, stone will show a good brilliance and the inclusions will not be seen with a naked eye. Be sure to bear this in mind. 


The ‘weight’ of a diamond is measured in carats. As the ‘weight’ of a diamond increases, so does its rarity and this will be reflected in the price – the bigger the diamond, the more expensive it will be.


Modern Brilliant round cut:

The modern brilliant round cut diamond is by far the most popular choice of diamond shape these days. A solitaire ring does not necessarily have to be a single stone, it can be embellished on the shoulders or can be arranged around the main gemstone in a halo-like design. 

Old European round cut:

This is the antique version of the modern brilliant round cut with the difference being that it is older (pre-Circa 1920s), and hand cut as opposed to machine cut. An old European round cut diamond will not be as “neat” as a modern cut one but will have a distinctive classic antique look and a more unique design. Such stones are also great value for money.

Transitional modern brilliant round cut:

Sitting in between the Old European round cut and the modern brilliant round one, transitional modern brilliant round cut diamonds were typically diamonds cut around the 1930s-60s. These diamonds are often very similar to modern brilliant round cut ones.

Princess cut:

The princess cut is the most popular non-round diamond cut. It is either square or rectangular cut with pointed corners. You may have seen many ladies sporting these.

Emerald cut:

Emerald cut diamonds can be square or rectangular but these differ from the Princess cut as the corners are tapered and the pavillion (underside) has a faceted cut. 

Asscher cut:

The Asscher cut diamond is nearly identical to the Emerald cut except that it is square with a total depth which is typically greater.

Obviously, there are also less well-known options. These include: marquise cuts, cushion cuts, old Dutch cuts, fancy cuts (heart shaped ones for instance), pear cuts and old mine cuts.

White gold, yellow gold or platinum?

This decision is generally down to personal taste – it is worth considering what your loved one would prefer as well as what will match her other jewellery – some prefer white gold, others silver, others something else. White gold and platinum seem to be the most popular options with platinum having the added advantage of being more hardwearing. Have a look at your partner’s jewellery and see what she wears most often.

Inside information…

If you really are in doubt but want to keep it a surprise for your intended, it is sometimes useful to bring someone with you. The question is who would know her taste best? Maybe her mother, sister or best friend could be a good call? Someone who can keep a secret for sure!

The perfect choice – is yours

Follow your instinct – after all, you are the person she is about to choose to spend the rest of her life with. So, give yourself more credit, as you probably know her taste well enough to make the perfect choice!


Mickey Roadster Racers Pit Crew Tool Box | Review

Mickey Roadster Racers

We were sent the Mickey Roadster Racers Pit Crew Tool Box for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Jack has always been a big fan of Disney, in particular Mickey Mouse. He adores the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show and has even got Olivia into Mickey too. He has been loving watching the new Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers show too so when offered the chance to review a Mickey Roadster Racers Pit Crew Tool Box, he was so excited!

Mickey Roadster Racers Mickey Roadster RacersThe Mickey Roadster Racers set comes with 23 tools including a mallet, flat head screwdriver, 2 wrenches, play metal plates, screws, nuts, and nails. The tool box itself has a movable handle and the box comes with a working peg board so children can put their tools into action.

Jack has always loved trying to ‘fix’ things so this was a lot of fun for him. For ages 3+, he had to keep it mostly away from his little sister due to the little nuts and bolts however she did enjoy also playing with the hammer and bopping her brother on the head with it!

Jack knew what each tool was called and what it could do so soon got to work hammering nails in or tightening screws and nuts with his wrench. He had great fun setting up make believe situations and it was quite amusing listening to him talking to himself, pretending to be Mickey and the various other characters/

Mickey Roadster RacersMickey Roadster RacersThe toolbox is great for helping hand/eye coordination. Hammering away or tightening – this needs a lot of coordination. The plastic of the toys makes them quite durable and not prone to breakage which is great. I hate it when you get toys for your child and they break within days as they are just so flimsy. This is a durable set and withstands some quite brutal force from an over excited five year old and an excitable 10 month old too!

The toolbox is, of course, great for keeping all the toys together and this makes it not only easy to store but easy to transport too – so if Jack wishes to take it to Nanny and Grandad’s house, he can with ease.

Mickey Roadster RacersMickey Roadster RacersThe set itself is part of a much bigger range and Jack has already noted down other items he would like from the range for his birthday and Christmas presents. With a usual RRP of £14.99, the Mickey Roadster Racers Pit Crew Tool Box is available at Smyths – and is currently on offer for just £10.99!

Will you be picking this up for your child this festive season?

Speed Dating | Can You Really Find The One?


Speed dating is described as an organised social activity in which people seeking romantic relationships have a series of short conversations with potential partners in order to determine whether there is mutual interest. But with speed dating, can it ever really be successful? Can you ever actually find the one from such an occasion?

The first speed dating event took place in Beverly Hills in 1998. There have been several studies to see how successful it is. Most have found speed dating a great way to observe individual choices random participants may make.

So if you were looking to find the one by going dating, what should you do to ensure you have a positive experience?

You need to break the ice – perhaps scope the men or women in the room out before you all sit down to chat. Note something about them that you can start a conversation with them about. You also need to stay positive – bringing negativity to such an event will not lead to a high success rate with the opposite sex.

Don’t push it – if the attraction isn’t there, there is no point pushing it – you only have to sit and chat with them for a few more minutes before you move on.

Try and bring something new to the table. You don’t want to be having exactly the same conversations with everyone at the event – try and mix it up a little.

If you take on these tips, you are bound to have some success and hopefully find someone who suits you. Perhaps you may even find the one!

Want to try speed dating in your area? Try these sites if you live locally and see what happens: speed dating in Guildfordspeed dating in Shetlandspeed dating in Leedsspeed dating in Gloucester and speed dating in Reading. You might even find the man or woman of your dreams!