So team Sinsins are out on the road today for some 'behind the scenes' work and not being one to waste time, I've decided to blog from my mobile...
Now I've never thought of myself as a tech wizard although confidence has certainly improved since discovering I can build a website.. (and even dabble with basic HTML coding!) But since adding an IPhone to my 'essential kit' the sky has become the limit!
With a plethora of useful apps to get me through every eventually, there really is very little I can't do whilst on the go... And so here I am, marvelling in the joys of modern technology, whilst Martin drives us to our destination....
And the point of me telling you this? Let me introduce another favourite bit of tech for me right now - QR codes (see below pic) If you have a smart phone and over half of us do, then you'll probably know what I'm talking about. We generated ours through www.kimtag.com totally free of charge. Anyone who scans our code through the reader on their phone, will be automatically directed to a web page linking though to our accounts with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Foursquare and websites. Genius!
If you're a business owner and haven't sorted your QR code yet, I highly recommend you do - its really simple. In fact anyone can make use of kimtag.. Think birthday invites for a funky teenager or high tech Christmas wish lists!...
Over and out all - now I'm going to use my phone to play on ;)
LONG LIVE LOVE
Recently we were approached by one of our lovely neighbours at The Orange Grove Complementary Health Clinic inviting us to do a talk to their new fertility support group, (the first of its kind in this region,) for women and men who are experiencing difficulties conceiving. The group meets the first Friday of every month, from 7pm to 8:30pm and is hosted by Rebecca Geanty, a fully qualified acupuncturist and specialist in natural fertility.
Having heard that Sinsins has previously delivered talks and seminars to Relate Counsellors, The Institute of Psychosexual Medicine and The Gynaecology Unit at The Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, plus a whole host of other health related organisations and experts, Rebecca came to us with details of her exciting new project.
There is a lot of common ground between The Orange Grove and Sinsins Boutique Of Love: with one end goal in mind both businesses lend themselves to the well-being of their customers and clients. We both strive for that dreamy balance of personal happiness, personal awareness, healthy lifestyle, inner self confidence, a positive outlook and a loving relationship weighed up against the vagaries and exigencies of that exhausting devil we call the daily routine. Rebecca’s fertility project fits the Sinsins brief well.
Delivering a seminar on fertility was a first for Sinsins, and it was with a mix of excitement and beginners nerves that Martin, owner of Sinsins, met the group awaiting him. What a fabulous group of people they were too.
After brief introductions, the seminar became more of a discussion group as couples and individuals opened up about their experiences, worries and hopes.
Hints, tips, techniques and practices were all discussed but one of the main common factors to come out of it was the mechanics issue. When we strive to achieve a goal, it is all too easy to do it in a mechanical, tabulated format and to lose sight of the shared emotions of the journey.
Comments made by many within the group backed this up - health professionals are friendly enough but quite matter of fact and meticulous with their timetables, diets etc.... One big problem that comes with not achieving your goal having gone through so much is the silent emotional fallout.
The point where you start beating yourself up for (in your own words) ‘failing’. The longer the time span develops the more pressure you put upon yourself, and almost everyone else seems to be babied up! They’re everywhere.. babies pushed by in buggies or in discussion or in the media. The longing for conception intensifies and the personal, emotional stress compounds.
Some were fed up with the lack of results and the hidden torture from strict orthodox methodology, instead of the suggestion to step out and relearn the 'take it easy and relax' approach. Others were worried that if they didn't stick to the routine they would miss out.
It’s a tricky one to call when we are not in the individuals’ footsteps. Whatever option is taken, the key point is not to lose sight of being happy. Endorphins are much more likely to provide a positive result than a gutful of stress.
And then there was the other bombshell. Sperm samples. Forgive us for speaking out of line on this, but surely trying for a baby is a blend of the sensual, the emotional, and ultimate romantic unity? So what does the clinic do? Couples were driving miles, only to be split up on arrival.... she goes off for egg prep, he goes off to produce a sperm sample. Splitting the couple up seems outmoded to us – but lets assume we are just being naïve and far too dreamy in our
way of thinking. The crunch that is difficult to swallow is the fact that the chap gets ushered off to a room by himself with grubby old porn magazines and a hard-core dvd! What reasonable modern thinker believes this to be acceptable? It’s sordidly mechanical and hardly a delight to behold for either the father or mother to be.
Think about it for one moment. A relationship. A love. A couple. A baby... and the chap is expected to go and masturbate in secret, on his own whilst getting off on the pleasure of watching women other than his wife/partner performing hardcore sex acts. We tried to explain this away in an educated manner and we discussed why it might be that his partner wasn’t allowed to join him to help nature achieve the sample... is it because the thought of two responsible adults together is revolting? Or maybe the hygiene risk which would spoil the sample? Maybe we are once again guilty of being way too naïve, but we fail to see there is any good reason for this practice. It seems detrimental and degrading to the whole experience of a couple who are in love and trying to produce something totally glorious out of
The Orange Grove provide a range of well-being treatments and advice, and Rebecca is particularly keen to expand her fertility share group. If you or a friend of yours is in a similar predicament do get in touch.
Sinsins would like to extend a massive thank you to Rebecca and all who came to the fertility share group. It was a pleasure to meet you and we sincerely wish you all good luck with your dreams.
LONG LIVE LOVE
Team Sinsins x
There's a full page article about the shop, with information about how we came to be and where we're heading from here. If you have time for a quick read with your cuppa, do please pop across and take a look at www.eastlife.co.uk/sinsins.
Can we take this opportunity to say a giant thankyou to the team at Eastlife for enabling us to spread the word about Sinsins Boutique of Love - The support from our local community is much appreciated!
LONG LIVE LOVE
Please.... take the time to have a look through our 'microsite of love' whilst you're here. We don't bite, it won't shock you in fact we think it'll probably make you smile
With beautifully presented products, each chosen for their high quality, great aesthetics and true value for money, you're in the right place to find a present for a loved one, gift for a friend or a treat for yourself
We pride ourselves on our knowledgeable, discreet and un-pressured customer service. Be sure if you're already a fan of our shop, you'll receive the same great standards online. Equally, if you like what you see here and haven't been in store, do please pop in to see us when you're next in Norwich - we'd love to see you!
With that in mind, please remember that we are a small, family run, independent Norfolk business and we need your support too. The money that you spend with us goes back into the community so we can continue to keep our high streets alive (Excuse the drama but we are passionate about this subject!)
You can also show your support with spreading the word about what we're doing by sharing this blog via Twitter, Facebook and email. Our latest news and pictures can be viewed via all our social media accounts. (See the links at the top of the page or use our QR code) And lets not forget if you like what you see, please tell your friends..
One mahoosive thankyou for taking the time to read this and in advance of your support. Do get in touch if you have any thoughts or feedback - we love hearing from you
With very best wishes
Martin & Sarah
LONG LIVE LOVE