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    Sober Life

    #SoberNotBoring Hearing from You #2

    Hey everyone! Thank you so much for the support on Saturday’s post. It’s so nice to hear what everyone’s favourite Christmas film is. Today we’ve got some more stories from you for #SoberNotBoring. This has fallen off the radar a bit recently, so let me know if you’d like to see this content about sober living continue. Telles Nutrition Over the years I have had a lot of negative experiences of choosing not to drink – I’ve been told by bar staff that “if I didn’t drink alcohol then I’d come to the wrong place”, a guy cancelled a date because I wasn’t “appropriate” for a pub date, and I’ve…

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    Festive Films to Get You Ready for Christmas*

    Ok, I know it’s not December yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about Christmas, right? I’m already getting a festive feel when out and about, whether it’s seeing gifts in the shops or the Christmas decorations adorning town centres. With that in mind, I’m thinking it’s acceptable to start off the Christmas blog posts. What better way to do that than with some festive films. No doubt we all have a list of movies that are a must-watch this time of year. I love cosying up in front of the TV in my pyjamas when it’s cold outside. A mug of tea or hot chocolate wouldn’t go…

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    November Bullet Journal Setup | Plan with Me

    New month, new start. Getting back to the bullet journal in November. October’s bullet journaling proved to be pretty non-existent after a stressful September and I never got around to setting up a new month and sharing it with you all. However, I’m determined to change this for November and the design for this month is already taking shape. So, grab your cup of tea, pencil case and notebook, and join me for the November bullet journal setup. Let’s get planning! November Bullet Journal Setup Theme As it’s November, the main source of inspiration is fireworks. They’re colourful, fun and easy to draw. Fireworks can also be very minimalist, which…

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    Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida Awareness Week 2018

    You may be wondering what’s with all the yellow today. I’m not changing my blog colour scheme, but this week, you will see some yellow popping up now and again. Why? It’s Shine’s Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida Awareness Week 2018. For newcomers to my blog (welcome), here’s something you might not know about me. I have hydrocephalus. To find out more about my personal experience with the condition, you can read my post from 2016’s Awareness Week. I realise how lucky I am when it comes to medical conditions, but many are not as fortunate as me. Shine is the UK charity which supports people with hydrocephalus and/or spina bifida,…

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    Autumn Tag | Lifestyle

    Hey everyone! The past couple of days were so busy and I didn’t manage to post this on Thursday like I usually do. The lovely Louise from Sociable Events nominated me for the Autumn Tag! As I have never done this, I thought I’d give it a go. Rules: 1. List the rules for others taking part 2. Link to the creator (LaurenAnnBeauty) and the person who nominated you 3. Answer the questions below and tag 3 more bloggers to take part (I’m nominating more because why not?!) Q&A: What is your favourite thing about Autumn? The colours! The red and orange leaves look so pretty. I also like the…

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    Sober Life

    #SoberNotBoring Guest Post – Forever the Wanderer

    Hello everyone! Continuing with #SoberNotBoring, we are hearing from Anne aka Forever the Wanderer. This is a really powerful piece and a tough read, so thank you Anne for having the courage to tell your story. #SoberNotBoring – Forever the Wanderer I’m not a huge drinker and I have many reasons for not drinking. All throughout my childhood I watched my father binge drinking everyday that he wasn’t in work. I grew up with a violent, abusive man who enjoyed drinking all the time. Drinking has always been a huge part of my dad’s side of the family. It was disgusting. The smell of alcohol off his breath, his blood…

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    #SoberNotBoring Hearing from You No.1

    Hey everyone! I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve done a blog post, when in reality, it’s only been a week and a half or something like that. Nevertheless, it’s good to be back. Putting all university drama aside for one moment, it’s time to get #SoberNotBoring properly underway! To kick things off, we are hearing from some fabulous bloggers about their experiences with alcohol and sobriety. There will be a few more posts like this over the next couple of months, and I’m so thankful to everyone who got in touch and shared their story. It’s truly inspiring. #SoberNotBoring – Hearing from You Brandy Yates I used to…

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    #SoberNotBoring Campaign Launch

    Hello everyone! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, then you may have seen a preview of what this post entails, as today is the launch of the #SoberNotBoring campaign! Over the next few months, I’ll be posting about the campaign and how you can get involved. But first off, what is #SoberNotBoring all about? #SoberNotBoring Campaign From a few of my blog posts, you’ll know that I don’t drink alcohol. I have many reasons for making this decision, some of which I have already shared and some I will share as part of the campaign. Now, I’m not here to force people to stop drinking. Up until recently,…

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    University Packing – What You Really Need

    I stress about packing big time. I never know what, or how much, stuff to take. University was a nightmare (packing wise), and after realising that I brought way too much with me in 1st year, I tried to cut back in 2nd year. I still overdid it, but the amount wasn’t quite so ridiculous, and I have now learnt what I really need. Freshers, if you’re worrying about what to take, here’s some university packing advice to get you started. University Packing Clothes An important one. You don’t need your entire wardrobe. Think seasons. There’s no point taking summer dresses and shorts when you’re about to start the Autumn/Winter…

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    The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley | Book Review

    I know love at first sight is talked about, but can ‘book at first sight’ be a thing? Earlier this summer, I was in The Works in Leicester, and quite literally picked a book off the shelf and bought it. The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley. Usually one to ponder over books, study blurbs, flick through the first pages and stress over if it’s worth the money (I’m a library person myself), this was indeed a rare occasion. What, therefore, led to me doing such a thing? In retrospect, the full title ‘The Sober Diaries How One Woman Stopped Drinking and Started Living’ was a major factor. This spoke to…