Innovation in daily living aids

Although probably not the first items you’d think of in terms of aesthetics, style and ergonomics, daily living aids play a large part in making life easier for many people suffering from mild to more serious disability, or even just recuperating from illness or surgery.

Manufacturers have not been slow to bring product evolution, technical materials and fashion trends into the many categories now increasingly available.

Here, we’ll take a brief look at a selection of these aids and gadgets that help us do the things we need to do easier.

For many people, using a normal kettle can create difficulties as just lifting and coordinating your grip can be hard, especially if the grip is weak and even the weight of an empty kettle can create problems.

Enter the Uccello Kettle, this is a Combination Kettle with Tipper, which means that it does the job for you pretty much. The Uccello has an effortless power-steering pour action. The weighted base of the Uccello Kettle swivels on a rotating axis to help pour hot water safely and steadily so it’s a highly useful aid in the kitchen, albeit at a price, coming in at around £55 including VAT.

In terms of design and styling, the Uccello is right up there with any modern coffee maker, juicer, or toaster, fitting in with that contemporary styling, so not out of place in a modern and stylish kitchen space.

Keeping our home secure and protected against unwanted trespassers is important to all of us, yet sometimes we need to grant access to others, or even just for our own use, and a Master Lock Key Safe achieves this, adding another layer of security.

It’s amazing how many home-owners still default to leaving keys under mats, plant-pots, window-sills etc – all first call places to look for would be intruders. I would have to admit here, I have been known to hide my own car keys near the front door when going out running, as I don’t want a key jangling around in my shorts!

The Master Lock Key Safe fits easily and blends with any exterior or interior design scheme, whilst keeping keys safe, it can hold up to 6 Yale type keys or 4 Mortice style keys.

For maximum levels of security, the Key Safe is fitted with a sliding shutter which conceals the lock and boasts a programmable, 4 digit combination code, with 10,000 possible permutations. 

This kind of key safe is also very useful if you have rental properties, garages, or sheds where you potentially need to let others gain access when you are not there. 

Another regular use for this is with the elderly or disabled, where carers need to gain access to the home safely and securely without the risk of keys going missing or being stolen. 

When it comes to preparing food for cooking in the home, the task can be difficult as you’re juggling with veg and ingredients that sometimes feels like it has a mind of its own and is intent on evading any kind of grip!

Manufacturers have been very keen to help alleviate this problem that affects so many people, who otherwise really enjoy preparing food, cooking, or baking. 

One device that’s been particularly well received in this space, is the Kitchen Workstation, this device whilst being lightweight and portable, has almost too many food prep options to mention here, but for the slippery carrot, or escapee sprout, times now up!

What I really love about the workstation, is that it’s very versatile in that it can hold steady almost anything you need to cut, slice, grate or dice and it therefore leads to a better end result in your final results. Use for preparation of salads, vegetables, and a wide range of baking applications, freeing up your hand when whisking, spreading, or slicing. 


If you find you spend far too long in the kitchen, wrestling with your ingredients and taking longer than you want to, the Kitchen Workstation is for you and will give you back the enjoyment of cooking or baking again.

Staying in the kitchen, who else struggles with opening cans and jars, especially the ring-pull types? 

The Multi Use Tin Opener has been designed to help out on that particular issue that creates difficulty for so many (not least the pesky ring-pulls snapping off!!) At just under £5 this is a godsend. 

It enables you to easily open cans or tins with a ring pull, pressure sealed bottle caps, open tins, lift tin lids and open stubborn jar lids – so very useful to have around in the kitchen!

So a few ideas for you from the huge and growing ideas and innovations out there for daily living aids, if you want to see more ideas, for different parts of your home and garden, check out the category page here



Phil Ashforth is a staff writer for Mobility Smart, an online retailer of health,

wellbeing and mobility equipment to help you recover from injury,

recuperation and protection of joints and muscles when exercising or just

helping you in normal daily life, you’ll find their website here

How to improve your chances of giving up smoking

We all know that smoking is a bad habit. Yet, despite this, for some reason, it is still incredibly difficult to give up. I was stunned to read that around 70% of the people who smoke would dearly love to quit, but can’t. Sometimes it is because they have not found the right method for them. Other times, life gets in the way a bit. Or their level of motivation is just not high enough. 

There is no doubt that stopping yourself from smoking is not easy. But that does not mean that you should just give up. As you will see there are lots of things you can do to greatly improve your chances of succeeding.

Try the vaping method

Studies show that taking up vaping is a very effective way to quit. So, if you have not tried it yet, why not do so. There is a huge selection of vaping liquid for you to choose from. So, with a bit of trial and error, you are bound to find one that you enjoy at least as much as you do cigarettes.

Most of the best manufacturers sell multi-packs which contain different flavours and strengths. Typically, buying a couple of these is far cheaper than buying individual e-liquid cartridges. 

Give up with a friend

We are incredibly influenced by what people around us say and do. This is both a good and a bad thing. Fortunately, you can use that fact to encourage yourself to stop smoking. Agreeing with a friend, or better still a group of friends, to give up together can work wonders. You will not want to let each other down, so will be far more motivated to quit. 

Avoid situations in which you normally smoke

For many people lighting up is habitual, even ritualistic. If you normally light up while waiting for your train in the morning, when you try to give up that is when you will find yourself most tempted to smoke. Being aware of this and changing what you do to avoid those situations for a while can help you to break the habit. 

The fact that we are in lockdown may work to your advantage. Many of us are no longer following our regular routines, so those points in the day during which we habitually smoke are no longer there. 

Use technology to help you

It is also worth exploring some of the technology and gadgets that are available to help you to quit. There are some really good apps out there that are designed to provide you with advice, support and an easy way to keep track of your progress. This excellent article tells you about the best ones.

Finding A Healthier You

Becoming a mom is one of the most physically gruelling things you can do to your body, though sadly without the end result of washboard abs or a pert booty. When you have a young family, it’s so easy to let fitness fall on your list of priorities but this only leads to low self-esteem and even lower energy levels.. You can make the decision to prioritise your fitness regime, and one that works for you by making smart choices, and working out for a small period of time, every day. Here are some ways you can do so quickly, and effectively, even with a busy lifestyle.

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Power walk to victory

Walking is the best thing you can do for your body to slowly build strength and fitness without putting unnecessary stress on it. If you can’t neglect your everyday chores to make time for a stroll, then build walking into your day’s routine. Park a few blocks away from the supermarket and make up the distance on foot. Walk the kids to school if it’s in the local neighbourhood, vow to take the dog on a brisk walk every morning, and make play dates with other moms for a stroll rather than a sedentary hour in the park. At the weekend, a hike is the perfect way for your family to get healthy together. Make sure everyone is well-equipped with good quality walking socks and boots, and work together to navigate to make it engaging.

Add a Multivitamin Complex

Our body does not always get all that it needs from our diets and lifestyle, so we sometimes need to give it a helping hand. Adding a multi vitamin from Epsilon Life could be the answer if we feel we need to give our immune and digestive system a boost. Epsilon’s Multivitamin and Mineral complex is Vegan certified, and  has, among other ingredients Iron, B-complex, Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng. It will give you all the vitamins you need in one tablet, and not only will you feel better, but you will look better too, with healthier looking hair and skin.

Resolve to eat well

Your fitness is about 30% exercise and 70% diet, so the importance of what foods you choose to put in your body cannot be overstated. If you have a busy lifestyle, aim to eat small meals, often, to sustain energy and concentration. Ditch sugary, processed food, and anything you have been using as a crutch to get you through the day, whether it’s that third cup of coffee, cans of diet soda or chocolate bars. Exercise and a positive attitude will eventually replace these. Snack on fruit, veg, boiled eggs, nuts and cottage cheese, and whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast.

Many people are now turning to a plant based diet in order to improve their health and well being. Veganism is now seen as a way to not only improve all of their general health, but also to help save the planet too. If you are thinking of changing to a plant based diet, or want to see what effect certain meat products may have on your body and what they can be substituted for you could have a nutritional health test. has been offering customers affordable lab testing online since 2015. These can help to identify which meat or animal products are causing body irritation or what nutrients are lacking which may be addressed by adopting a plant based diet,  nutritional panel tests can also identify other common deficiencies in a broader diet. These tests are far cheaper than if you try to organise through a doctor and can really help you to achieve greater well being.

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Make some time for you

You can power walk and chow down on granola bars all day long, but if you’re mentally frazzled, it probably won’t help much. Allocate a set time every day (or every few days) which is just for you. This might be an hour in which you go for a massage. You may want to indulge in an evening yoga class, or spend the morning painting. It could be a creative writing class, or a book group. Whatever it is that helps you reconnect with yourself, make time for it. Your sense of personal well-being depends on it.