25 May 2018

My Blog Reads Of May


Let's keep the introduction short and sweet, here are my favourite posts of May:
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22 May 2018

Lookbook - Mom Jeans and Polka Dots

A very random title for this Lookbook post I know, but it's basically what it says on the tin!
This is confession time - I've NEVER owned a pair of jeans that weren't skinny jeans!
Why? Because I never thought Mom jeans or any time of other jeans suited me. I always thought Mom jeans would make me look a little bit more fatter than I look. But I bit the bullet and bought a pair from Pimkie at ASOS for £16 - and oh my word, I've fallen in love with them! They are so comfortable and I don't give a s**t if they make my legs look a little bi more on the wider side, they're worth it!

I bought this lovely polka dot wrap top from Boohoo (through ASOS) to go with them, but currently I'm wearing those jeans with a black vest top looking like an extra from Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen music video.
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20 May 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter Five (Pages 134 -140)


P A G E  134
It's Monday again. But going to work knowing I'm going out with one of my best friends for a belated birthday meal should surely get me through the day.
So I've just left work, I haven't been to the gym for two weeks, I'm overdue a visit. I need to go. Maybe I can leave it another day. No, I'm GOING. I'm actually kind of glad I went -

How does a person get blog post inspiration when exercising?! It's so weird!
Let's get home, have a bath, get changed and head out for a good bit of food!
What a lovely evening with my best friend! Unfortunately some d***head had to try his best to ruin it -
Some people are so rude and ignorant about disabled people! Yes, I may not have an arm or leg missing and I'm not in a wheelchair, but my illness classes me as being disabled! Honest to god some people must think we like being disabled for the special car park spaces. No mate, I'd rather be healthy!
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15 May 2018

10 Ways To De-Stress

Stress, what a tense word. We have all experienced it on some level in our everyday lives. Your heart rate increases, your stomach starts churning and the panic sets in. Your anxiety levels hit the roof and you feel out of control of the situation you're in. My inner self starts throwing mugs at the nearest wall...(something I may have done in the past)
But in a way stress can be a lesson learnt in how you handle the same situation again the future. I know stress effects me whenever I experience it. Can I honestly say that I can handle stressful situations in a calm and effective manner? Probably not. But by doing some of the things in the list below, I can totally chill out, take a deep breath and imagine myself relaxing on a beautiful beach in Barbados with a Strawberry Daiquiri whilst swaying on a hammock tied between two palm trees, trying in vain not to topple off. Like that's ever going to happen anyway, but it's nice to think about:
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14 May 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter Five (Pages 127 - 133)


P A G E  127

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I'm into the week of my birthday. I can't believe how quick this year has come around. It was only this time last year I was in Liverpool with my girls celebrating my 24th. How time flies.
I've woken up to a glorious sunny day, happy Bank Holiday Monday everyone! I'm hoping to get the chance to sit outside and get some sort of tan, but not too much, as the antibiotics will make me burn if I stay out in it for too long. Sigh.
I've just come back from my first visit to Goldcliff this year. It was lovely to breathe that salty air in my lungs!
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10 May 2018

25

Yes, I’ve reached a quarter of a century in my life. I’ve turned the big 25 (not like it’s a special birthday, but you know)
Being in my mid twenties now *drinks a shot of vodka to drown my sorrows* I surely must have learnt a lot since 1993. Learning to walk and talk was the start of it all, then learning to take Creon was another one. Not the normal childhood milestone, but it was for the podgy five year old taking tablets before her Home sandwiches in school.
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8 May 2018

Why I Started Blogging

I went through a blogger's block (the equivalent to a writer's block) a little while back. For the life of me I couldn't think of anything to write. I started typing out something then I would immediately press the delete button cause it was complete and utter rubbish. That was the cycle that was repeating itself constantly - write, delete, swear, repeat.
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6 May 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter Four/Five (Pages 120 - 126)



P A G E  120
We're back to Monday again...jeez. I feel like I didn't get a lot done on my weekend off. Saturday I was at christening all day, then yesterday I didn't get loads done, except blogging stuff. But still, needs must, it's time to go to work.
I have come home to find an ASOS parcel casually lying on my doormat waiting to be opened. It's something I've been wanting to buy for a while now -

Also, please excuse my dirty mirror, I need to remind myself to clean that this week Another thing to add to my to do list. *sigh*.
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5 May 2018

Six Ways To (Kind Of) Spend A Bank Holiday

We are into a Bank Holiday weekend! I cannot wait to go to bed on Sunday night knowing I don't have to set my alarm for 6:00am. Heaven. I'd like to know if I'm the only person who makes plans, then doesn't carry them through. For example, I always say "I'm going to the pub for a few drinks!" then that turns into "Let's just stay in, it's too busy everywhere". This can't be just me, surely?
Anyway, here are some ways you can (possibly) spend your Bank Holiday:
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2 May 2018

The “I Wish I Had” Mindset

When I’m sat around the house doing nothing, my mind goes into nuclear overdrive. I think of all the things I need to do on my ever growing to do list, but mainly I get the thinking about all the things I wish I had but don’t have in my life. Yep, quite a sucky topic.

"I wish I had a flat stomach"
"I wish I had my own flat"
"I wish I had more followers on Instagram"
"I wish I didn't have CF"

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29 April 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter Four (Pages 113 - 119)

P A G E  113
I've woken up to the most stinking cold. Not the bestest start to my week. One thing that does annoy me when I put my makeup on when I have a cold though -

What is the point?! When you blow your nose and it just gets rubbed off on the tissue. May as well just apply foundation around my nose!
I've just come home from work to some really lovely news -
It is so refreshing to hear some good news rather than miserable news!
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27 April 2018

Most Liked, Retweeted and Viewed - April 2018

I've only just realised that I was off work for half of April, so no wonder the month has flown by! Thanks to the Easter Holidays, I got to enjoy the rain from the comfort of my own house instead of a classroom. I'm currently typing this when we're in the middle of a mini heatwave which I have enjoyed immensely, even if I have been in work for half of it. But yes, it is almost the end of April, we're about to enter May (my birthday month) and it's that time of month (not THAT time of month) where I look over my social media analytics from the last 30 or so days.

Social media-wise, things have been good this month. Let's have a look at my social media stats for the month of April -
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25 April 2018

My Blog Reads of April

One thing I would like to do more of this year is to share the blog love and give a shout out to some of the blog posts that have had me nodding in agreement or have had me in awe of their creative writing talent!
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22 April 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter Four (Pages 106 - 112)


P A G E  106
I'm awake. It's 6:00am. I can't cope with the early alarm.
I've been up for over an hour now, I look at the clock -


No, I'm not counting at all! (A little of sarcasm there). Time to set off for my first day back!
...So I've made it through my first day back at work. It's been a busy one, but it's been lovely to see the kids and the teachers I work with! I've come to a lovely parcel from Boots though -
Yes! I love the colours, they're gorgeous and two lovely shades of pink! Thanks to everyone who recommended different nail polish brands to me in a tweet I wrote on Saturday. Essie was the eventual winner after a few people sent me DM's saying how good the brand is.
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20 April 2018

Lookbook - It's Summer (well, not quite)

I wish I could say that it's Summer. But unfortunately we're at the point weather-wise where we can't decide whether we should wear a coat or risk it without. Do I? Don't I? So frustrating. But this little mini heatwave we've had in the last few days has made my decision a whole lot easier. Sandals have been worn and not a single coat has been required.

I like to be the rebel and go outside without a coat (I know, devilish right?!) but then immediately regret once I get out of the car and have to walk to wherever I am going. I certainly know that it's not shorts and t-shirt weather yet, but I wanted to Lookbook these items before they fly off the shelves just before Summer begins -
Excuse my paleness!
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17 April 2018

Decisions, Decisions

Which coat do I like better? Shall I have another glass of wine? Do I watch Friends on Netflix? Do I message him first?

Decisions, decisions! Everyday we have to use our brain to choose what choice is best suited to our needs. Some decisions I make are good ones, but more often or not they’re mistakes. Then I’m left saying those awful words “I wish I didn’t do that” or “Why the hell did I think that was a good idea?!”. There’s nothing worse than living with that regret of knowing you could have made a better choice.
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15 April 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter Four (Pages 99 - 105)

P A G E  99
It's the start of a new week, I got some errands to run today, but I'm sat here, in a very wanting mood -
Yes, I have that "I want all these things but can't have them" head on today. Not the best kind of mood to start my day off with.
But then things perked up a little bit -
I bought a couple of things from ASOS last night so I can't really afford to buy anymore unless I want to go overdrawn!
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12 April 2018

Sharing the blogging love

I've finally subscribed to Blogosphere Magazine and I couldn't be more thrilled! I received my first magazine in the post this week and whilst I was reading it, one thing instantly struck me - the support and love shown for bloggers everywhere. Blogosphere Magazine highlights all the wonderful qualities of bloggers. It gives me a great chance to look at other blogger's content and share their posts through my social media channels.
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10 April 2018

The Liebster Award

Before I explain what this award is, I want to thank Kayla for the nomination! I really do appreciate it!
Now, I hear you all asking, what is the Liebster Award?! Well I'll tell you!

It’s an award that focuses on giving other/smaller bloggers the exposure they so equally deserve on the internet, and all nominations are put forward by other bloggers.
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8 April 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter Four (Pages 92 - 98)

P A G E  92
Happy Bank Holiday Monday to you all! I have started my day with a spot of exercise on the treadmill and also an arm workout. So I'm treadmilling away, sweating my buns off giving my lungs a good pounding, and this happens -

Surely I can't be the only one?! It's just such a random place!
I'm off out to go food shopping and I get a text from my bestie Tasha asking to meet up for a drink in Costa - well, it was going to be Costa, then I thought, where's the place that everyone goes to on a Bank Holiday? The pub, of course!
I've come home, thinking I need a couple of things from Boots. Well -
No, I am not even sorry. Now if you'll excuse me, I am about to dig in to ham and parsley sauce dinner.
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6 April 2018

Lookbook - Skirts and Sliders

I'm in good preparation for my summer wardrobe. I've had a huge sort out of my clothes of late and my wardrobe looks so much more tidier and organised. It was getting to he point that I was hauling everything out just to find the top or pair of jeans I wanted to wear for that day.

So like I said, I am quite prepared for summer and I have purchased a few summer pieces already. Including all of this -
Ignore my fitness watch on my right wrist!
 
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3 April 2018

Finding Picture Inspiration

I’m going through a “can’t think of anything to flat lay or photograph” phase right now. Yes I know, a pretty standard phase to go through in ones life.

But it’s true, I’m completely stumped at what to put in front of my iPhone 8 camera right now! I wrote a blog post about my struggle with blogging photography a few weeks back. Don't get me wrong, it's getting better, but I still have those uninspiring days.

I know they say that you shouldn’t compare yourself as a blogger to other bloggers, it just completely deflates and brings you down. Looking at other bloggers photos and literally having the heart shaped eyes emoji look on your face makes me think, “Damn, why can’t I take beautiful aesthetic photos like that?!” Now comes the sad emoji face.
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1 April 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter Three/Four (Pages 85 - 91)

P A G E  85
I've woken up this morning, freezing cold, wanting and wishing for some warm weather. Well, technically, it is British Summer Time, so when are we going to see this warm weather? Not very soon! But at least I can wear this lovely jumper for a little bit longer - 

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30 March 2018

Most Liked, Retweeted and Viewed - March 2018

We are in the midst of Easter, which means we are at the end of March. Feels like only just yesterday that at the beginning of the month we were waking up on the first day of March to 6ft of snow. Ah yes, the Beast from the East, that is one beast I do not want to see again.

It is officially Spring now, it doesn't feel like it right now, but hopefully in April the temperatures will start to climb and that I can finally pack my jumpers away until at least October.
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27 March 2018

Lookbook - Casual Days

There are those days where I just don't want to make 'too' much effort and prefer the casual ensemble. These days in particular usually happen on the weekend. I don't want to be wearing my best clothes just to go food shopping in Morrison's or taking my Nan to bingo. I'm one of those people who hates wasting a good outfit on an insignificant day.

I love creating new outfits, usually Pinterest is my go to fashion inspiration when I need it. Pinterest is a great way to search for different outfit ideas for clothes you already own and ones you want to get more use out of.

This outfit is the perfect example. I wanted to find a way to wear these khaki jeans from River Island (similar). They've been stuck in the back of my wardrobe for a while, I wanted to get some wear out of them. I seen an idea on Pinterest which inspired this outfit:
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25 March 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter Three (Pages 78 - 84)

P A G E  78
Today is a huge day in the CF community. 
It's the huge debate in parliament today about the drug Orkambi being made available on the NHS. It's a massive day for people with Cystic Fibrosis who would be entitled to the life changing medication. Hopefully it'll be a good day for us CFer's!
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23 March 2018

Why CF is my biggest fear and biggest accomplishment

Ok, I’m not 100% sure that this post is going to go down too well, but bear with me.

I’ve always said that CF won’t beat me or it won’t define the person I am, but it is still a huge part of my daily life, regardless of whether I choose to let it define me or not.
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19 March 2018

Spring

Ok, I admit, it doesn't feel like Spring right now. Some of us have had more snow over the last few days and I think i'm right in saying that we're all a little peed off with it. But it is apparently meant to be the first day of Spring today. I'm sure in a few days we'll start seeing the brightness and vibrancy of Spring, well, I hope. But here are my favourite things about this lovely season:
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18 March 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter 3 (Pages 71 - 77)


P A G E  71
I'm sure that I'm part of the 100% of people who hate going to work on Monday morning after the weekend. But going back to work today for me meant this is highly likely going to occur -
Oh, this is going to be a banter filled morning. Not easy working with kids when I know that they will rub it in.
I've just been to Boots to buy some Vitamin E capsules because my chemist can't get them in right now cause the supplier are out of stock, £7.99 for a pot of Vitamins! Ridiculous money! Thank god I'll only need to buy them just for this month only! Today has made me extremely grateful that living in Wales means I don't have to pay for my prescription.

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16 March 2018

Is there a right or wrong way with fashion?

I look in the mirror at this outfit I’ve managed to pull out of my overstuffed wardrobe, and my inner self puts her fashionista glasses on, peeks over them and says, “Girl, I think you’ve got this outfit bang on today!"
Cardigan - Boutique of Molly, Jumper - ASOS, Jeans - River Island, Boots - New Look
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13 March 2018

Things Comprehensive School Never Taught Me

Comprehensive school are supposed to be the days where you learn everything that needs to be learnt to get through this thing called life with ease and with little complications.

I seen this great post by Skylish that inspired me to write this. Her post got me thinking, what did high school really teach me about the different aspects of life?

All I can remember was that you had to have your earphones with you to listen to the music on your Sony Erikson phone to get you through lesson work, you HAD to own a McKenzie jacket, I was one of those unfortunates who bit the bullet and bought one, but at the time, I thought I looked the bees knees. Your hair had to look bang on or you can just go home. This is the sort of stuff you learn from the streets, not in school, but this was what school was like, well, for myself, back then.
Excuse my school picture!
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11 March 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter 3 (Pages 64 - 70)

P A G E  64
So it was back to work today after Snowmageddon. It was nice to get back into the swing of things and just feel normal again. I like being at home but I felt like a caged animal after Saturday! One thing I kind of didn't miss - 
I do look like a human being again. That's got to be a good thing.
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9 March 2018

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you Luke and Livvy for the nomination! I kind of like these blogger award posts, it gives me the chance to get to know bloggers I love and it also gives bloggers the chance to get to know me!
So Luke and Livvy have both set me a list of questions I need to answer! (I will just answer the one set!) Here goes:
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine blogger award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers to help recognize those in the blogging community. It’s a chance to connect with other bloggers and show appreciation for your hard work. All nominees answer the questions provided for them for the person who nominated them. Then the nominee will choose 11 more bloggers and ask them to answer 11 new questions.
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6 March 2018

Taking A Stroll

As you all and everybody else who follows my social media pages knows, I recently had a little weekend break in my happy place, Liverpool. It was lovely to have some quality time with my Mam, we've had a rough few months so it was nice to get on a (dirty) Arriva train and head off somewhere to get away from it all.

It was my Mam's first time up there so it was extra special for her, plus the fact she's never been on the grounds of Anfield before, let alone inside it. So yes, we took the tour and had a fabulous morning. The day we were meant to go home, I decided I needed a little walk by myself to appreciate Liverpool in all it's beauty.
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4 March 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapters 2/3 (Pages 57 - 63)


P A G E  57
6am. I'm up. Please take me back to bed. I'm sat here in my pink slippers and black leggings contemplating going back to work. But after the personal debate, I grab my car keys and head off out. It was lovely to see everyone in work, it was nice to get compliments about myself today - 
I never curl my hair for work, but I curled it on the weekend and it ended up staying that way today.
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2 March 2018

Secretly, I love being underestimated.

I've gone through almost my entire life, well probably since I was a chubby little thing walking into my first day at nursery, being underestimated. To be totally honest, I don't blame people for doing that.
When I was growing up, I wouldn't say boo to a goose. I used to be so quiet that people would barely notice me in the room. I just shied away in the corner, kept my head down and listened to what others had to say rather than voice my own opinions. It wasn't very often that spoke up or said what was floating around in this little brain of mine. Or even do something out of my comfort zone.
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27 February 2018

Most Liked, Retweeted and Viewed - February 2018

Yes, February ends a little sooner this year. It kind of feels weird writing this a little earlier, I feel like we're entering March too early!

But anyway, yes, I have had a pretty busy and fun filled month! From going to my happy place for a couple of days to my amazing annual review appointment, amongst other great things, February has been a bloody brilliant month!

In regards to social media, my Instagram engagement seems to have got a tiny bit better in the last couple of weeks or so, which I can't complain too much about!
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25 February 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter 2 (Pages 50 - 56)

P A G E  50
Greetings from Liverpool! After a lovely Sunday evening at Yard & Coop and having a couple of drinks at Pump House, me and my Mam were ready for today's antics in the city of Scouse!

Our morning took us to the majestic Anfield for a tour of the stadium. It was my Mam's first time to Anfield so it was that extra bit special. Now, a little question for you guys, guess which shirt I practically ran to in the dressing room to grab a picture with?...
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22 February 2018

Blogging Photography - The Struggle

I'm sat down writing this post, well, I'm actually on the recumbent bike in the gym, and I get blog post inspiration, I don't half get blog inspiration in the weirdest places! Usually it's when I'm lying in bed at night or when I'm in the bath, but put a laptop in front of me, then my mind conveniently decides to go blank.

I'm digressing now. Yes, as I was saying, I get inspiration and I immediately start tapping my thoughts down on Notes on my IPhone. Then voila, a finished blog post. Hurrah with a capital H!

Then comes the dreaded thought that always creeps into my little brain - pictures. What blogging props or anything that resembles a good blogging prop are good to associate with the blog post I have just written?

Time to get my thinking cap on...nah, drawn a blank once again.
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18 February 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter 2 (Pages 43 - 49)

P A G E  43
I'm writing this on the Tuesday because of this happening on the Monday -
Yes, I come home from work to try and ring the chemist to sort out a prescription, I pick up the phone and the line is dead. Which means there is no internet. Great. But it has done me the world of good having an internet detox. I got so much done on the Monday evening. But I had the weirdest start to my Monday morning -
I can't even explain this. I honestly don't know how this happened.

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16 February 2018

Lookbook - Camel Coat

I'm always saying I need clothes. Whether it's new jeans, a new jumper or even new socks, I always need something. One thing I have been looking for, for a while now, is a new coat. I already got one for when I work, but not one for the weekends. Then during the Christmas holidays, I did the standard 'spend your Christmas money' shopping online. So I clicked the New Look website, in the vain hope I'd find a coat, I did straight away. This gorgeous camel coat:
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13 February 2018

The Perks of being single on Valentines Day

The day of love has come around again. Happy Valentines Day everyone! I started seeing all the pink and red hearted themed Valentines products carefully stacked and presented on the shelves in stores. I'm literally walking into the shops at the moment and different shades of red and pink are piercing my eyes.
I shall be single on February 14th. Like I have for the last...well, couple of years. But, honestly, it's all good! Over the years I have learnt that there are quite a few perks to being single on the worldwide day of love. Here they are:
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11 February 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter 2 (Pages 36 - 42)

 
P A G E  36
Back to it this Monday morning. It is absolutely frigging freezing! I listened to the weather forecast this morning and they said that it was going to be the coldest week we've had this winter! Whoop-dee-bloody-do! I'm sat down, trying to fight the temptation to bite my nails. God I am desperate to have them done! 
 One of my amazing friends does nails as a sideline to her current job. She's a beaut!
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7 February 2018

Taurus

I've never been one for checking my horoscope. They're in the newspapers, magazines or even those Twitter profiles you conveniently follow just to see if what they say about your star sign is true. But I've not been overly keen in wanting to know what my future holds. I remember watching the National Lottery when I was younger when Mystic Meg popped up to tell us what the Lottery numbers were going to be and tell us which horoscope was going to win the jackpot.
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4 February 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter 1/2 (Pages 29 - 35)

P A G E  29
Monday has come around again. Please take me back to bed with a cuppa. One thing that is going to get me through the day is I'm going to a family friends house for tea. She is a mean cook. I'm already savouring at the thought as I eat my chicken salad sandwiches for my lunch. 
I think this is the bloggiest tweet I've ever written! Shows how much my brain has been converted to a blogger brain!
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Psst! I have a dream!

What is that exactly? The 'dream'? Is it the boring Disney princess clichΓ© where you want to meet your Prince Charming and get married in a castle and live happily ever after? Or winning the lottery and having a Lamborghini sitting on the drive of your modern mansion?

Or are you like me? You have a career goal that is your passion as well as something you would love to call your job?

Yes, I made a change of career one of my goals for 2018. Quite a spontaneous but frigging daunting decision on my part.
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30 January 2018

Most Liked, Retweeted and Viewed - January 2018

We have made it through the most miserable month of the year! Personally, I'm not a fan of January. I just feel downbeat and flat for most of it. It takes a lot to make me smile during January. But I have had a few things to smile this month!
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28 January 2018

Story: 2018 - Chapter 1 (Pages 22 - 28)

P A G E  22
Has there been a weekend? Like seriously? The days have felt like this - Friday - blur - Monday. In work the kids carried out a heart rate experiment during P.E. I was almost tempted to join in with the star jumps but I don't think it would have looked good coughing up a load of phlegm in front of them! The only thing that has kept me going in work today is knowing Liverpool are playing tonight.
*Update - lost 2-1 to Swansea. Bugger.


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Story: 2018 - Chapter 1 (Pages 15 - 21)

P A G E  15
I love getting up on a Monday morning (wait a minute!) when Liverpool have won on the weekend. It makes my first day back at work after the weekend a whole lot easier! But helping the children paint historical Tudor figures to scale was all but fun, well for the kids it was, but not for me after having to clean the paint palettes afterwards! But getting emails saying my order were ready to be picked up for New Look certainly brightened the end of my day. But me being me, this happened...
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24 January 2018

21 Things You Shouldn't Say To A Person With CF

This is my first CF-related post in a long time! This post doesn't need too much of an introduction.
In my life, trying to explain what Cystic Fibrosis is to someone I barely know is hard enough, but when they say one of these following things to you, it makes you want to give up and walk away, only you can't, at the end of the day you don't want them making assumptions or just guessing what it is. Here are some of things you shouldn't say to someone who has CF like myself:
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