• hydrocephalus and spina bifida awareness week 2018
    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,…

  • Happier Thinking Lana Grace Riva
    Mental Health & Wellbeing

    Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva | Book Review*

    Turning into a bit of a book blogger over here! About a month ago I was kindly gifted a copy of Happier Thinking by the author herself, Lana Grace Riva. As I am in a phase of reading lots of wellbeing and mental health books, I was intrigued. Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva Book Review The book is an easy read. There are only 50 pages, so you can sit down with a cup of tea and finish the book in one session. Lana’s style of writing is quite chatty and informal, much like blog writing, which again makes for a relaxed read. Without wanting to give too much…

  • The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley Book Review
    Lifestyle,  Mental Health & Wellbeing,  Sober Life

    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…

  • Notes on a Nervous Planet
    Mental Health & Wellbeing

    Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig | Book Review

    Hello there! Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig made a huge impact on me as you’ll know from my July favourites post. Having experienced mental health issues myself, I want to share my thoughts on why this book is a must read. I first off have to thank Ruth in Revolt. If it wasn’t for her competition on Twitter, I might not have come across this book. Yes, I received my copy for free, but buying the book won’t break the bank. On Amazon, it only costs £4 and I guarantee that it is worth far more than this. The book is quite literally life-changing. What is Notes…

  • Blogger Interviews

    Blogger Interview #11: Captain Optimist

    Hello everyone! Hope your weekend is going well. Today’s interview (and the penultimate in the series) is with Becky from Captain Optimist. Originally, Becky chose to do the profile option, like my interview with Honestly Lau, but her response was so brilliant, that we are going to hear from Becky herself and let her tells us a little bit about her blog ( with a few questions thrown in by me) ! So, Captain Optimist was originally started as a place for me to write about parenting, but quickly turned into a more journalistic outlet, where I could use my platform to comment on current events. After I was diagnosed…

  • Blogger Interviews

    Blogger Interview #6: Mombie Diaries

    Who’s ready for another blog networking weekend? I know I am. Today I have the pleasure of sharing my interview with Charlotte from Mombie Diaries. She’s the creator of the #anxieteaandme campaign, which you will recognise from my earlier post. Let’s hear from Charlotte! 1) You’ve talked openly about anxiety on your blog, something which I admire. Would you say there are any misconceptions about anxiety that people need to be more aware of?  I think a lot of people are ashamed or embarrassed at the thought of having anxiety, parents in particular may think it means they are a bad parent so avoid getting help and admitting they have…

  • #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…

  • Blogger Interviews

    Blogger Interview #2: Capture Sunshine

    Hey everyone! I’m back with a new interview and this weekend, it’s with Sakshi from Capture Sunshine, a blog full of positivity. Check out her advice below on happiness and self-improvement.  1) Am I right saying this blog is new? Why did you decide to create your blog now?  Yes, I launched my blog ‘Capturing Sunshine’ this month. I have been blogging since I was in high school and somehow over these years I felt like I grew out of my blog. The thoughts I had as a teenager didn’t resemble me any further and hence, I started a new beginning that felt more like the current me. 2) Have…

  • Travel

    24 Hours in Dublin

    Hey everyone! In light of my many many Instagram posts about Dublin, it is now time for the blog post. On Wednesday night, my family and I flew to Dublin for a whirlwind 24 hour trip, because why not? It’s a city that none of us had been to before, and I wanted to fly somewhere nearby before my year abroad because I hadn’t been on a plane since finding out I have hydrocephalus. The journey to Dublin was therefore quite nerve wracking. It’s not the actual flying that has caused me anxiety, it was the potential health risks what with the pressure changes, even though I have been told…