INNOVO Restore The Floor Review

I’m the type of person who thinks I know best, I tend to ignore expert advice and just accept the consequences so when I fell pregnant with my son I completely ignored all the advice with regards to pelvic floor exercises. I was far too busy enjoying the fun sides of pregnancy, like eating what I wanted, having an excuse to put my feet up and enjoying the little alien that was wriggling around inside my belly – I was never going to suffer for not doing it…or so I thought. Who knew I’d end up so past embarrassing that I’d look to technology to help me and luckily INNOVO Restore The Floor was there with their “restore the floor” device.

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Don’t get me wrong, after the birth of my son I tried to do some pelvic floor exercises such as holding my wee while on the loo and clenching the muscles while I sat down, but for me remembering to do it was never my strong point. I do it a couple of times a day but then the next day I’d forget and go a week in between doing them – I knew this wasn’t going to be effective but it just kept slipping my mind.

Slowly this lack of care for my own body turned into a real issue. I was having to stop in my tracks to sneeze so I could cross my legs and hope I didn’t wet myself, jumping around started to prove a problem and it got worse over time but I was embarrassed, I thought it’d go away and only old ladies suffered with this – not someone in their mid to late 20’s.

I reached a point where I was wetting myself when I coughed, I dreaded getting a cold and the last couple of winters I had a couple of very bad chesty coughs that lasted for weeks – I even started sleeping with a towel under me, it had got that bad. Denial is a strong thing, embarrassment is a terrible feeling and both of these stopped me getting help, stopped me from buying products that would help and I still didn’t exercise because I thought I’d got to the point where I was passed help and just accepted it.

I think the real turning point for me was when my husband started the Insanity workout classes, he loved it and begged me to join him but I knew I couldn’t, I knew that I’d need to wee minutes after starting the workout even if I’d just been. He started showing me the moves to do at home but I dreaded the star jumps because I’d need to rush to the loo or end up wetting myself. I hated it.

This is when I was approached by INNOVO to try their “Restore Your Pelvic Floor” device and I’ll admit I was sceptical. Basically it sends gentle electrical impulses through your muscles to help tighten them – like an ab toner belt but placed in such a way they target your pelvic floor muscles.

What is it?

The device itself is like a pair of shorts you wrap around your legs, I highly recommend wearing them when you’re not expecting company (haha). They have four gel pads for each leg which are positioned on your legs and bum. The first time you put them on can be a little tricky and they feel weird to wear but you soon get used to them. Each leg then has a cable which plugs into the device that controls the pulse, you then get yourself in a comfy position that allows your pelvis to be slightly slanted (laid down with bent knees is my way) then hit go. At first you’ll feel a tingle in your legs but as you increase the strength of the pulse that will move to being a pulling sensation in your pelvic floor region. Honestly, it’s weird but it isn’t painful and you soon get used to it – I’ve actually learned to really like the sensation.

Does it work?

Now that is the question! Like I said I was sceptical, obviously this was the easy way out – ok, the more expensive easy way out but easy nonetheless. After a week I honestly felt a difference, doing my home exercises were proving a little less problematic, not a huge difference but to say it had only been a week I was VERY impressed. A month in to wearing the device five times a week for 30 minutes was proving well worth my time, I’d lay on the sofa with it pulsing away and barely notice it – I have fallen asleep a few times too.

I’ve been using the device for 12 weeks now and until I have a nasty cough I won’t know how large of an improvement I’ve had but I can jump around and sneeze without having to worry – I’m now looking into reducing the time I wear it and starting to introduce normal pelvic exercises into my routine in order to maintain my new found muscles.

What’s the cost?

The cost of the device is £249 which includes everything you need (the device, charger, controller, gel pads, manual) and can be spread over six monthly payments. The gel pads need replacing every six months (or 60 uses) and are £29.99 for a full set of eight..

It’s been a life changer, it really has. In one way I wish it hadn’t have got to that stage, I wish I’d have listened to everyone when they said do your pelvic floor exercises – if I had then I wouldn’t have suffered with such extreme bladder weakness before I’d even hit 30. It’s not just old ladies that get it, do your exercises but if, like me you didn’t listen then the INNOVO Restore The Floor really could change your life!

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Mystery Shopping: Part 3 – Apps

Welcome to the final part of my mystery shopping theme. Over the last three posts I have talked about the main ways to earn money via mystery shopping; traditional, online and app. Last time I posted about online mystery shopping which can find here and the week before it was traditional mystery shopping, you can find that post here. This time, I delve into the world of mystery shopping apps.

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What is app mystery shopping?

The mystery shopping app industry is constantly growing; there seems to be a new company offering it every few months. The concept is the same as both traditional and online mystery shopping in that you are paid to analyse the company but the reporting is done through a mobile app rather than online. You download an app which will show you jobs available in your area, you accept the job and visit the venue where you are taken through the steps required. They may ask you to take photos of specific products or displays, ask about the staff and store, or even just want you to take a photo of a street sign. Some jobs will require you to buy something and will reimburse you an amount for that purchase. I once had a task that needed me to talk about the crisp shelf in a local petrol station, I then had to buy a packet of Prawn Cocktail crisps and talk about them for an additional fee.

How do I find app mystery shopping work?

There are a few apps that I recommend you download, the first one if you have an iPhone (there are no plans for this to come to Android) is Field Agent; from what I see, this is one of the best paying apps with the most work. Then there is Roamler who may require you to enter a referral code, if you need one then pop over to The Money Shed and sign up; they have an ongoing code for their members. Others include Clic and Walk,Streetspotr and iPoll.  I also recommend a newer one to the market called Streetbees, they don’t have an app but you do need to use your phone to take photos and upload it via their website; they are kind of a mix between app and online.

How much can you earn with app mystery shopping?

I find that this style of mystery shopping is very dependant on your location. I know many people who earn £1000’s a year doing the tasks but other who really need to go out of their way to make anything. You need to know when tasks are becoming available in advance so you can snap them up quickly so I recommend following them on Facebook, Twitter or The Money Shed. The Money Shed have a good rapport with most of these companies and have many reps active on their forum to answer questions. They get a heads up from Field Agent for location maps and tasks coming up before Field Agent even announce it themselves, and bonuses from Streetbees as their members helped launch the company (often 50% bonuses on tasks).

The listed apps are always useful to have and check while you are out and about as tasks can pop up anywhere; with a chance that no-one else has snapped them up yet. At times you can plan ahead and bag yourself a few a day.

This concludes my mystery shopping theme, I hope this gives you a good idea of how to get into this sort of work and where to look for work. If you have any comments or questions then please feel free to pop them in the comments or drop me an email.

Giveaway: Jamberry Nail Wraps And Application Kit

To celebrate the growth of my team, the fact the sun is shining and I’m in an awesome mood at the moment I thought I’d do a giveaway. I’m offering one of you lovely readers the chance to grab yourself a full sheet of Jamberry Nail Wraps and an application kit – similar to what’s pictured below. That’s enough wraps for AT LEAST two manicures and two pedicures with leftovers.

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I’ve Had My Nose Pierced

I’ve realised that I don’t really post random posts on here, which being a blog about all the things I want it to be about is rather odd. So I’ve made the decision to post more often and to include lots of randomness about my life – starting with the news that I’ve had my nose pierced.

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This was and wasn’t a spur of the moment thing, I’ve wanted my nose pierced for years – even before I had my scaffold bar done. I’ve always put it off for fear of not knowing how it was going to look and worried about the pain of having it done – which is weird coming from someone who has a bar at the top of their ear and multiple tattoos…oh and who has been through childbirth.

Anyhoo, last Saturday I finally plucked up the courage to get it done. There was a moment where I was looking at my husband hoping he’d say “nah, lets go home” but he didn’t and I just went in – he had his lip pierced too. I had it done at Holy Ghost Tattoo Collective in Rotherham by the lovely Liv who made me feel settled and found me a lovely stud with a purple gem (and we all know how much I love purple). Yes, it hurt but for about a millisecond while she pierced it and popped the stud in. I’ve had a panicked few minutes when it came out while washing my face because I couldn’t get it back in again BUT once I’d calmed down and watched a few YouTube videos about putting this type of stud back in it was all good. Besides that, it has been easy to look after and I’ve had no problems – it will take a few more weeks to completely heal though.

The husband loves it and keeps complimenting it, my mother not so much. I’m so glad that I finally had it done but piercings are like tattoos for me – I’m now wanting another doing but not sure what.

Do you think it suits me? Are you thinking about having it done but not sure (go for it if so)?

Mystery Shopping: Part 2 – Online

Welcome to part two of my mystery shopping theme. Over three posts I will introduce you to the main ways to earn money via mystery shopping; traditional, online and app. Last time I posted about traditional mystery shopping, you can find that post here. This post covers online mystery shopping.

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What is online mystery shopping?

Online mystery shopping has the same concept as traditional mystery shopping apart from having to visit the premises. The company/business/brand will want shoppers to use their website, everything from the navigation and search function to customer service and returns. The mystery shopping company assign shoppers with specific tasks to carry out and pay according to the work involved. Examples of tasks are checking how the mobile version of a site functions, or an app. You may be asked to contact customer services via phone, email and/or live chat and evaluate the service given. Very often you will be requested to buy something from the website so you can evaluate their purchasing process and even asked to return the item.

In most cases you are paid a set fee no matter what level task you are asked to carry out, then if a purchase is needed you are given an allowance; from personal experience you are paid that allowance no matter how much you spend, then if you have to return the item you are paid an additional fee to cover the return.

How do I find online mystery shopping work?

There are a couple of good companies to get in with online, the first being eDigital Research. This is where I get all my online mystery shopping work from and recommend them highly. Another place that can dish out some online work is ESA Retail, I’ve not signed up to this company yet but it comes recommended by Jon from The Money Shed.

How much can you earn with online mystery shopping?

Like I said in the last post, it can vary from a few pounds to a few £1000 a month depending on the work available. I’ve managed to earn myself a nice sum of just over £100 from eDigital Research in a single month and so have a few others I know; I also came out with 3 new pairs of knickers, a Christmas present and a decoration for my tree. If I had an iPhone is could of been a lot more too.

Online work is the biggest one I earn from when it comes to mystery shopping, it is also the easiest to do as you don’t have to leave the house in most cases. My next post will cover app work which is a big earner for some people I know.

If you have any questions about mystery shopping then please drop me a comment or email.