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    Lifestyle,  Mental Health & Wellbeing

    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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    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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    Blogger Interview #10: Myyeka

    Hey everyone! Ready to discover some more wonderful blogs? We’re on interview 10 out of 12 so far in this series, and whilst it’s sad to think that there are not many left right now, I’m definitely planning another series like this for the future. It strikes me how blogging enables you to connect with people, whether that’s from your own country, or halfway across the world. It’s time to find out what being a blogger is like in Nigeria with the lovely Yeka from Myyeka.   1. How did your blog start? Ever since I was a young girl, I always loved to write and dreamt of having an outlet…

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    #Anxieteaandme

    This post is by inspired the incredible Charlotte from MombieDiaries, who I have had the pleasure of interviewing (post to come). It’s sad in this day and age that some of us still find it hard to talk about mental health issues, despite the awareness campaigns that are now in place. The idea behind Charlotte’s campaign is to get people talking even more, and to show how you shouldn’t be afraid to share your story. One of the aims is to spread #anxieteaandme across social media. I don’t know about you, but tea always helps me in times of crisis, and if you’re letting your struggles with mental health be…

  • Fashion & Beauty

    Clifford Day Spa Review

    *Just to say this is not an affiliated post, I just decided I wanted to review the spa of my own accord. Hello weekend! Here’s to spending some time relaxing and doing something different from the usual week of study/work. That certainly was what Friday afternoon was for me, as my mum and I took a trip to Long Eaton to the Clifford Day Spa. Back in August, I received a voucher for a spa treatment and afternoon tea at Clifford, and yesterday, we finally got around to going. Given that my only previous spa experience had been at Ragdale Hall, which must be one of the most amazing spas…

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    The Post Valentine's Day Cleanse

    In the wake of Valentine’s Day yesterday and after reading countless numbers of pro Valentine’s blog posts, I have decided to go for a slightly different angle and tell you my real opinion of Valentine’s Day. I understand couples wanting to celebrate an anniversary of some sort as it marks a milestone in the relationship and shows their commitment to one another. But what is the point of Valentine’s Day really? It is no different to any other day and has simply become a big commercial opportunity to sell loads of roses and chocolates. You may have spent your night munching through the many boxes of malteasers you were inundated…

  • Blogging,  Lifestyle

    How to Have a Balanced Healthy Lifestyle

    Since blogging, I have made no attempt to hide that I hate exercise and love chocolate. Kind of a bad combination if you want to be a healthy in any way, shape or form. Recently though, I have realised how important it is to stay healthy. Of course, this is through a combination of health and fitness bloggers who make me feel guilty, and actually using the free gym membership at uni! I do still find it difficult to get that balance. I find that if I do not eat some chocolate, my body will definitely get withdrawal symptoms, which would not make me feel healthy! Having said this, here…

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    I went to the gym!

    It’s official! Today, I got up nice and early and went to the gym! I think it was about the third time I have ever been in my entire life, which looks really bad, but I am not your typical fitness fanatic. Plus, with the amount of walking that I have been doing at uni I haven’t really felt the need! Nevertheless, I knew that off-peak gym membership was included with my accommodation, so I thought I might as well make use of it. And…I enjoyed it! I decided to use the cross trainer as I have already been on one before, so thought I should start off with something…

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    My Story for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week 2016 #GoYellow

    Donate now with this link: https://www.shinecharity.org.uk/support/donate For those of you who followed Charlii and Meg, you will know that one of my reasons for blogging is to make more people aware of anxiety and my conditions NF 1 (will feature at later date) and Hydrocephalus. This week is Shine Charity’s Hydrocephalus Awareness Week, so I thought it would be quite fitting to talk about my experience now. I have also donated some money to the charity, along with this post, and I encourage anyone who has some spare cash lying around to do the same as it is such an important cause and one that does not get the recognition…