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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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    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…

  • 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 #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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    Lifestyle

    #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…

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    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…

  • 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…