February 2018 Archive

Discover how REVITIVE Medic could improve your circulation

28 Feb 2018 09:00:48

Do you have swollen feet and ankles? Are aches and pains in your lower leg holding you back? It could be caused by poor circulation.

Do you have swollen feet and ankles? Are aches and pains in your lower leg holding you back? It could be caused by poor circulation. 

REVITIVE Medic helps you keep active so you can keep doing the things you love. It uses clinically proven Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) to stimulate the calf muscles - actively improving circulation, relieving swollen or painful legs and reducing muscle weakness. 

For a limited time only the REVITIVE Medic is available for £249.99 (RRP £299.99 – save £50)! Plus you can get free delivery (UK standard) worth £4.99 and 2 free Cooling Foot and Leg Gels worth £9. You can also claim VAT Relief (and save an extra £41.66) if you have been diagnosed with a long-term illness or disability. Terms apply*

REVITIVE Medic

*Terms and Conditions 
To redeem this offer, simply add the 'REVITIVE Medic & Two REVITIVE Cooling Foot and Leg Gels Bundle' (RTMEBG2) to your basket and proceed through the checkout process. Two Cooling Foot and Leg Gels (RFLG2) and free delivery (UK standard) will be automatically applied to the order. This offer expires at 11.59pm on Tuesday 6th March 2018. No offer code is requiredClick here to view the REVITIVE Medic & Two REVITIVE Cooling Foot and Leg Gels Bundle. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer applies to in-stock items only. UK orders only. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time. 

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Yours Magazine - February 2018

28 Feb 2018 08:30:57

We're so pleased with the recent review of our Opaque Tights from Yours Magazine...

We're so pleased with the recent review of our Opaque Tights from Yours Magazine, here's what their reviewer had to say:

"These smooth-look Cosyfeet opaque tights have an 80-denier appearance and have 3D Lycra stretch for a comfortable fit. Available in black, burgundy, grey marl, navy and teal and in sizes s-xxl (sizes 10 to 32+). Priced at £14.50 for a 2-pair pack in a standard fitting, or £16.00 for a 2-pair pack in extra roomy fitting
Finding tights that are comfortable, look nice and stay looking nice after washing is a challenge. I’ve tried so many different pairs from (what seems like) every shop on the high street with varying results. I tried the small size, which fits sizes 10-16. That’s a pretty large size range and I’m at the lower end, so I was sceptical about how well these would fit and expected them to bag quickly. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. They’re very comfortable and fit perfectly on the waist and hips, but I also think they would fit a larger size just as easily. The waist is very stretchy, yet without feeling like it might dig in. After a day’s wear they still look pristine and hadn’t bagged around the knees as so many tights do. They don’t snag easily (I’ve been wearing them for a few weeks without any runs or snags) and although they recommend hand washing, they’ve washed fine in my washing machine at 40. I haven’t tumble dried them (the instructions say not to), but I wouldn’t usually do this with tights anyway. Not the cheapest, but after weeks of wear they still look brand new. If you’re plus size or have curvy legs, then these tights are brilliant."

To read the full article, please click here.

Opaque tights

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Stay warm during the cold snap

27 Feb 2018 09:00:47

With temperatures dropping across the nation, we have some top tips for keeping warm until the ‘Beast from the East’ blows itself out…

With temperatures dropping across the nation, we have some top tips for keeping warm until the ‘Beast from the East’ blows itself out. The freezing air coming from Russia has started to force temperatures down below average for this time of year, and they are set to go even lower. Currently, many areas have been hit by freezing temperatures, with a wind chill making it feel like -15°C in some places.

With the weather being unsuitable for most of us to venture out, why not stay warm indoors? Read our practical tips to make sure you stay warm and comfortable during the unseasonably cold weather:

-          Homes should be heated to at least 18°C to ensure it is warm and comfortable.

-          Try to keep your bedroom at 18°C all night if you can, it is also recommended that windows are kept closed too.

-          Try to keep moving as this will promote good circulation.

-          Hot meals and drinks will help keep you warm. Having a hot drink before bed and keeping one in a flask by your bedside are good ideas too.

-          Wear thick socks to keep your feet warm, we recommend our thermal socks which are 60% Merino wool for extra warmth.

-          Wearing lots of thin layers, made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and help to maintain body heat.

-          Our warm-lined slippers will also help to keep feet warm and there are plenty of styles to choose from.

Dreamy

Warm-lined Dreamy slippers

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Spring is in sight

20 Feb 2018 09:00:00

Have you spotted the first signs of approaching spring? With bulbs appearing and wildlife waking up as light levels and temperatures increase. There's also plenty to do to prepare for the season ahead.

Have you spotted the first signs of approaching spring? With bulbs appearing and wildlife waking up as light levels and temperatures increase. There's also plenty to do to prepare for the coming season, so we’ve gathered some top tips to get your garden ready ahead of spring:

-          Cut down deciduous ornamental grasses left standing over winter, before the fresh shoots appear.

-          Finish your winter pruning of fruit trees, including apples, autumn raspberries and blackcurrants.

-          Sow sweet peas in deep pots and keep them frost free in a greenhouse or a sunny windowsill.

-          Install a nest box with a camera, so you can watch the birds raising their broods this spring.

-          Lift and divide snowdrops still 'in the green' if you want to move them or create more plants.

-          Sow mustard and cress in a small seed tray on a warm windowsill for pickings in just a few weeks.

-          Make fat-ball feeders and hang them among roses to attract blue tits, which will also forage for overwintering pests.

Snowdrops

Snowdrops are a cheerful reminder of the brighter, warmer months ahead

Spring usually arrives by mid-March, which isn’t very far away! The frequent sunny days provide the perfect opportunity for lots of gardening tasks. It will be time to get busy preparing seed beds, sowing seeds, cutting back your winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden.

Enjoy spending time in the garden, whatever the weather with our great range of supportive, comfortable and waterproof footwear!

CosyTex™ - Minnie, Stanley, Moose and Livingstone

Minnie, Stanley, Moose and Livingstone are perfect for gardening this season

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January 2018 Newsletter Competition Winner

16 Feb 2018 09:00:00

Gloria Birch from Nuneaton has won a Lavender Bundle worth £33 for correctly guessing all the British landmarks! Well done, Gloria!

Gloria Birch from Nuneaton has won a Lavender Bundle worth £33 for correctly guessing all the British landmarks!

Well done, Gloria!

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Celebrate a traditional Chinese New Year

15 Feb 2018 09:00:00

Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional Chinese calendar. Find out more about 2018's Year of the Dog and which zodiac animal you are!

The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21st January and 20th February. In 2017, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Saturday 28th January, initiating the Year of the Rooster. The upcoming Year of the Dog commences on Friday 16th February 2018. Legend has it that, back in the ancient days, the Jade Emperor ordered that animals would become part of the calendar - and that the twelve who arrived first to his party would be selected. See the table below to find out your Chinese zodiac animal.

Chinese zodiac

What happens during Chinese New Year?

Many people clean their homes to welcome the Spring Festival. Because red is the colour of good luck, people tend to put up red posters on their doors, as well as Chinese New Year pictures on their walls, and they decorate their homes with red lanterns. It is also a time to reunite with relatives, so many people visit their families.

During the evening of the Spring Festival Eve, many people set off fireworks and firecrackers, hoping to cast away any bad luck and bring forth good luck. Children often receive “luck” money in red envelopes. Many people wear new, red clothes and send Chinese New Year greetings to each other. Various activities such as beating drums and striking gongs, as well as dragon and lion dances, are all part of the Spring Festival festivities.

Chinese lanterns

Red lanterns are significant to Chinese New Year as they symbolise life and prosperousness

Family is the basis of the Chinese society, which is seen through the significance placed on the New Year’s Eve or Reunion dinner. This feast is extremely important to the Chinese and all family members must attend.

Food is something that the Chinese take immense most pride in. Of course, a lot of care and thought is put into the menu for the most important holiday of the year. As with other Chinese New Year activities and decorations, the dishes are created to give blessings for the next year. Both the names and looks are symbols of wishes for prosperity, happiness and auspiciousness.

Though every region (and even households) have different customs, here are some common dishes seen on nearly every table:

-          Spring rolls: to celebrate spring.

-          Dumplings: in Chinese, dumplings translate to the “exchange between the old and new year”.

-          Noodles: these are also known as “gold ingots” and represent people’s wishes for prosperity.

-          Fish: symbolises surplus and wealth.

-          Chicken: a symbol for family, representing reunion and rebirth.

-          Eggs: the whites and yolks represent gold and silver and are used as simple gifts for friends and neighbours.

-          Rice cakes: these symbolise a wish for a successful, ‘higher’ New Year.

Will you be celebrating the Chinese New Year? What are your traditions? Why not email us at community@cosyfeet.com and we’ll share it on social media.

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Get flipping for Pancake Day this Tuesday!

12 Feb 2018 09:00:00

Everybody loves a pancake…or two for Shrove Tuesday. But where did this tradition start and what is the meaning behind it? How can you make the perfect pancakes to serve up?

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession, this came to be known as the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today.

Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year and falls between the 3rd of February and the 9th of March. In 2018 Shrove Tuesday will fall on the 13th February. Shrove Tuesday was traditionally the last opportunity to use up the eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast; pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.

A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan. A traditional English pancake is very thin and served immediately. The pancake has a very long history and featured in cookery books as far back as 1439! The tradition of tossing or flipping them is almost as old:

“And every man and maide doe take their turne,

And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne”

Pasquil’s Palin, 1619.

Make your own delicious pancakes

The ingredients for pancakes can be seen to symbolise four points of significance at this time of year:
Eggs: creation
Flour: the staff of life
Salt: wholesomeness
Milk: purity

To make 8 or so pancakes you will need: 8oz plain flour, 2 large eggs, 1 pint milk, salt.

Mix all the ingredients together and whisk well, then leave to stand for 30 minutes. Heat a little oil in a frying pan, pour in enough batter to cover the base of the pan and let it cook until the base of the pancake has browned. Then shake the pan to loosen the pancake and flip the pancake over to brown the other side – being careful not to drop it! Golden syrup or lemon juice and caster sugar are the usual toppings for pancakes.

Pancakes

Fresh fruit makes a healthy addition to any pancake

Are you particularly proud of your pancake flipping? Share some photos with us via email at community@cosyfeet.com and we’ll share it on social media.

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Spreading the word about Raynaud's

4 Feb 2018 09:00:00

February is Raynaud's Awareness Month. The campaign aims to create greater awareness and understanding of the condition and its impact.

February is Raynaud's Awareness Month. The campaign aims to create greater awareness and understanding of the condition and its impact. It’s a common condition that’s thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK. In people with Raynaud's, the small blood vessels in the extremities are over-sensitive to even the slightest changes in temperature, the cold and sometimes stress.

A Raynaud's attack can be painful. It can also make everyday tasks, such as buttoning a jacket, very difficult. Raynaud's symptoms generally affect the fingers and toes, but all extremities can be involved, including the hands, feet, ears and nose. Symptoms of Raynaud's are a colour change in the extremities along with numbness, tingling or pain.

Raynaud's Awareness

Raynaud’s generally affects the hands, feet, ears and nose

Cosyfeet has a number of products that may be helpful for people with Raynaud’s including our range of Thermal Socks and Warm-lined Slippers.

Thermal Softhold® Seam-free Knee High Socks

Keep feet warm with our Thermal Softhold® Seam-free Knee High Socks

To find out more about Raynaud’s Awareness Month visit www.sruk.co.uk/raynauds.

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New scheme aims to reduce the number of 999 calls

4 Feb 2018 09:00:00

A new volunteer-led service, run by Royal Voluntary Service, aims to support older people at risk from falls and social isolation and reduce the number of calls to 999.

A new volunteer-led service run by Royal Voluntary Service, our charity of the year, aims to support older people at risk from falls and social isolation and reduce the number of calls to 999.

The Supporting you at Home service run by the charity, will support older people through a programme of activity focused on improving their physical wellbeing and alleviating loneliness. 

The service is being piloted in two London boroughs - Hackney and Merton - and aims to improve the health of older people and reduce the growth of frequent callers to the busy London Ambulance Service.

Royal Voluntary Service will receive referrals from London Ambulance Service and partnering services to support older people who are frequent callers, either because of a fall or suspected loneliness. A Royal Voluntary Service staff member will then meet with the client at their home to assess their safety and emotional wellbeing and pair him or her with a suitable volunteer. 

Following the assessment, Royal Voluntary Service will develop and deliver a bespoke, six-week exercise session in the client’s home to help strengthen their muscles. Volunteers will also provide essential encouragement to motivate people to get out of their home and socialise more by joining local clubs or activities.

Supporting you at home

Volunteers will help motivate people to get out of their homes

In addition, volunteers will supply clients with details of key non-emergency numbers to call if they need support, as well as discussing the importance of proper nutrition and hydration in later life. 

It is estimated that one in three people over the age of 65, and one in two over 80, will fall every year. Falls have a significant cost for the ambulance service and lead to poor outcomes for older people. The ambulance service is often the first point of contact when an older person falls and account for approximately 10-25 per cent of ambulance call-outs for the over 65s, costing around £115 per call-out.

“The ageing population means that falls are one of the most common reasons for calls to the ambulance service,” says Briony Sloper, Deputy Director of Nursing & Quality, London Ambulance Trust, “These patients represent a disproportionate number of acute admissions to hospital. We hope this pilot with Royal Voluntary Service will not only reduce demand on both the ambulance service and A&E admissions, but also improve outcomes in later life for older people.”

Royal Voluntary Service is our chosen charity. We are raising money to help fund the important work they do to improve the lives of older people across Britain, helping them stay active, independent and socially connected. To find out more visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

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Cosyfeet Competition - February 2018

4 Feb 2018 09:00:00

Tell us your top gardening tip and our favourite will win an annual subscription to Gardener’s World Magazine!

Gardeners World Magazine

Tell us your top gardening tip and our favourite will win an annual subscription to Gardeners' World Magazine!

Do you know the secret to getting rid of slugs? Or how to improve your soil? Or maybe you’ve got some great advice on how to help the bees and butterflies thrive in your garden. Tell us your top gardening tip and you could win a year’s subscription to Gardeners' World Magazine.

To enter our competition, simply tell us your top tip via the online form below by Wednesday 28th February 2018. Our favourite entry will win the annual subscription - good luck! Terms and conditions apply*.

Sorry, but this competition has now finished.

*Terms and Conditions
To be in with the chance of winning an annual subscription to Gardeners' World Magazine, simply complete our competition form above by 11.59pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018. A winner will be picked at random from the entries. The winner will be contacted by email. Prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative. We reserve the right to withdraw this competition at any time.

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