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24 October 2020

What Sexy Means To Me

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I never thought a blog post title of mine would have the word 'sexy' in it. Sexy can be taken in two different ways, it can be seen as a compliment or as a derogatory remark. I've never been a fan of being called sexy. I don't call men sexy. I would much rather say that a man is attractive or good looking. But this is my opinion, insert your opinion at the end of this post, I'd love to know your views on this!


20 October 2020

What Is A Media Kit & How To Create One

For those non blogger's wondering what the chuff I'm talking about, a media kit is kind of like a blogging CV. It's a graphic where brands can discover all about your stats, about you as a person, about your blog, what you blog about, what brands you have collaborated with in the past and it's a great opportunity to show off your creative talents and also allow brands to get to know you.


14 October 2020

What's In My Bag Post Lockdown?

*Items in this post are PR Samples. Please read the end of the post for more details.



Oh, my current handbag is being stretched in all ways possible after lockdown (kind of) ended. I'm having to fit so much stuff in there now and I've fully come to realise that I need to get myself a bigger bag.


11 October 2020

24 Small UK Businesses Selling Face Masks

This is a simple and snappy post for today! 


I'm a great believer in supporting small businesses. As I work for a local business, the importance of supporting, promoting and helping them is something I am familiar with, especially through these uncertain times. Small businesses need our help more than ever, at the end of the day, these business owners have mortgages/rent to pay, they need to put food on the table and they may even have children to feed. 



7 October 2020

My Blogging Regrets

Oh my goodness me, I'd be lying if I said that I didn't make some right ooh ha's since joining the blogging world. Blogging is a learning curve for all new bloggers, even the ones that have been creating content for years still learn something new everyday. 


I've been blogging for nearly four years now, I still consider it as one of the best decisions I ever made. Hitting the publish button on my first ever post opened the door for new and exciting opportunities that I never knew existed. 


3 October 2020

Tips For Preventing Maskne

Maskne - breakouts and irritation around the mouth, chin and cheeks from wearing face masks.


Maskne is a thing guys. It's not just a word that has suddenly been invented by social media, it's real. Maskne seems is an (un)popular trend right now and people are scrambling to watch This Morning to hear Caroline Hirons' (AKA an absolute legend) skin tips about how to avoid the dreaded mask breakout. 


29 September 2020

I Hate Being Called...

...cute. 


It's something I get called quite often and I'm just not a fan of it. Cute is something you call a puppy, a kitten, something pink and fluffy or a baby, not a grown woman. I think the reason I hate (I know hate is a strong word) it so much is that I've been called it so many times on Instagram posts and in life that it's started to get on my nerves. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the compliment and the sentiment behind it, it's so kind of people to call me something nice, but it's just not my fave word anymore!


I don't know why, I find being called cute more of an insult than a compliment these days. I understand why people call me cute, I have the facial features of a 12-year-old, I'm small at only 5ft 3 and I have chipmunk cheeks that would make Chip and Dale proud. Maybe that makes up to being called cute? Who knows. In the beginning, I didn't mind being called cute as it was quite sweet that people saw me in that way. Now I'm 27, I just don't find it a compliment so much. 

25 September 2020

My Current Exercise Routine

I can take one positive of being in lockdown - I have gained a better and more well structured exercise routine. Before the pandemic, I was doing the same routine everyday and it was becoming very monotonous. With the extra time I (as well as everybody else) was given when lockdown commenced, I decided to test what I could do to make my exercise routine a little, well, less monotonous. 


I didn't want to be in the position of completing the same workouts everyday on YouTube. It worked for a little while, but it got to a point where I wasn't feeling any real benefits. When you feel like that about your exercise schedule, you know its time for a change. 



21 September 2020

Tampons vs Pads: Which Are Better?

*This post has PR Samples included. Please read the end of the post for more details.



I still remember the day when I learnt about pads and periods. It was a special class for the Year 6 girls and the nurse came in to talk to us about periods and what products we could use during, as she said "that special time of the month" - nah love, there's nothing special about "the time of the month" - unless I was pissing money and not blood, than yeah, it's special all the f**king way.


17 September 2020

Why You Should Wear Scrunchies

Surely I'm not the only person to have noticed the scrunchie trend?


Scrunchies have made an iconic comeback in recent weeks. I remember them being worn by some many girls in my class and the scrunchies were always co-ordinated with their school uniform. If you wore a red gingham dress, a gingham scrunchie had to be worn with it. Ah, the good days. 



13 September 2020

Facebook - Our First Taste Of Social Media

Ah, Facebook. The first time most of us (particularly people around my age - 27) had our first taster of what social media would be like. Facebook was THE website everyone wanted to create a profile on in 2008/2009. After MSN, Facebook was the next thing I would check to see if any of my school friends had updated their status. Facebook allowed us to connect with so many people in our local town/city, even beyond that.


Fast forward to 2020. Well, Facebook is not seen as everybody's favourite app. I think it's safe to say it's caused us some grief one way or another over the years. Those direct/indirect status at someone, the arguments in the comments section and being pissed off at Sandra next door for lighting fireworks at 1am and broadcasting it on her profile. I think the only reason I use Facebook now is to check for any gossip and find out who's having a baby. moving into a new house or getting engaged/married. 


9 September 2020

Perfecting My Skincare With PMD

*This post features a PR sample. See the end of the post for more details. 



I've always been quite airy fairy when it comes to my skincare and establishing a routine. I've only recently put my stamp on a skincare routine that really works well for me and one that benefits my skin and it's complexion.


Nowadays, anything that will help my skin and give it the nourishment it needs and to stop the wrinkle process from progressing quicker than it should, I am all for! 



5 September 2020

Charities That Are Special To Me

All charities are wonderful organisations and are worth donating to if you are able to afford to.


We all support different charities in our lives. Some are supported because you believe in the work they're trying to achieve and some you support because they have a special place in your heart and some because a certain charities we can relate to on a personal level eg an illness or traumatic event. Today is International Day of Charity, a day to highlight the charities that mean so much to us individually.


31 August 2020

The Isolation Diary: Part Four

Ok, let's hope that this is the last installation of The Isolation Diary series. I don't think I could cope if I had to do a part five! I just want to say a quick thank you to those who have (hopefully) read and enjoyed these posts! Like somebody said in one of the comments, it'll be great to look back on in a few months time. When things go back to some sense of normality, I'll be remembering the days I discovered my cat growled like a dog, the first Clap For Our Carer's and when I baked for the first time EVER. 




Ok, let's crack on with this last edition of the diary series -

26 August 2020

Why I Chose The College Life Over The Uni Life

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At the moment, there are youngsters having to make huge life changing decisions now that their GCSE/A Level results have been given to them. I wish them every success and I hope they get to go down the path that they want to travel down.


When my GCSE results came out, I didn't do overly brilliant, I got just about enough of the right grades to get into college. 


I knew from a young high school age that I wasn't be cut out for university. The uni life was never a life I envisaged for myself. I never really thought that taking that advance into further education was something I REALLY wanted to do or was the right thing for me to do.


22 August 2020

How I Balance My Four Lives

There are PR Samples in this post. See the end of post for the disclaimer and for a discount code!



If I'm not thinking about one thing, I'm thinking about another 4-5 things instead. My life is a busy and hectic one, there's so many things going on, it's sometimes a little overwhelming. 


Life is a balancing game, it's up to us to find the right balance to make our lives a little easier and a little less frantic. 


I have four different lives to juggle. And no, I don't mean a husband and kids. I'm talking my blogging life, my CF life, my work life and my general life. Juggling four lives isn't easy. It's like being in the circus and being the juggling act and trying to keep four balls in the air without making an absolute mess and dropping them all. 


17 August 2020

Shielding Is Over! But I'm Still Afraid To Go Out.

22 weeks
154 days 
3696 hours
221,760 minutes


Shielding is OVER! For now anyway. 


I have finally reached the end of my shielding sentence without going completely insane. Well, mostly. It's been a proper rollercoaster (scuse the cliché) of emotions, highs lows, lots of watching The Repair Shop on repeat (new addiction) and wearing pillows for a lockdown challenge. 

13 August 2020

Why I Eat Breakfast & Breakfast Ideas For You

*There are PR samples in this post. Please read the end of the post for more information.



I was going to write a post about why we should all try and eat breakfast, but I didn't want to dictate to you all why you should. Eating breakfast is a personal preference in my opinion and I know quite a few people who choose not to eat first thing in the morning. 


So rather than offering some wisdom and advice, I thought I would give the reasons why I eat breakfast everyday. Ok, that does sound a little self centred.


9 August 2020

Six More Books I've Read So Far In 2020

I haven't left it as long to read six more books than I did reading the last six books. I've read quite an eclectic range of books in the last few weeks. I've had a lot more time on my hands (obvs) and I've managed to buy and delve into more books. I seriously need to buy a bookcase for all the books that are stacked in my wardrobe. I'm playing a serious game of Jenga in terms of balancing with my books right now.



Anyway, here's another six books I've read in the last few weeks:

5 August 2020

The Benefits Of Listening To Music

Those days in school when I used put my headphones underneath my school jumper, pull the wire up through to my collar, put my earphones in and hope my Physics teacher Mr Allen never twigged I was listening to Ne-Yo or Drake. Ah, good times. That's why I rarely wore my hair up in school - it disguised the earphones better. Also you were a banging friend if you were willing to share one earphone with someone if they didn't have their own.



Anyway, music - I've loved listening to music ever since I can remember. It's one of my favourite things to do and I find it very relaxing.



1 August 2020

How To Be A More Of A Morning Person

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I'll be honest, I'm not an overly enthusiastic morning person. Even when I know I have to wake up early, it doesn't fill me with much excitement going to bed that night knowing there is an alarm set for a few hours time. Also there's fighting the temptation to not hit the snooze button as soon as the alarm rings it's high pitched tone. Plus the bed is so warm and cosy first thing in the morning that I just can't find the heart to leave it. 


28 July 2020

What's It Like To Be Healthy?

Friend - "What's it like to have CF?"
Me - "What's it like to be healthy?"


Can a normal healthy person really say what it's like to be a healthy person? Can I really say what it's like to have CF? This CF life is my normal, as you being healthy is your normal.



With having CF, I'll never know what it is truly like to be healthy. To have no health problems, to not have to worry about prescriptions, to not have to remember to take medication, to not have to adhere to a exercise/physiotherapy regime everyday and to not have to worry about what the future may or may not bring. 


24 July 2020

What Does A Blogger Actually Do?

Write, photograph, edit, post, repeat. Welcome to the life of a blogger.


A lot of people underestimate what a blogger ACTUALLY does. We don't just write things and post them. There's so much work that goes into one single blog post and we barely get paid for it (well, some do), we do it because we love what we do and we love being part of this amazing blogging community. 


20 July 2020

The Isolation Diary: Part Three

Right, I've only done pictures for this series for up to four parts. Surely to god I won't need a fifth one?! Well, after finding out the news during this period that I'm going to be shielding until the 16th August, that may seem possible. Let's get started with this diary entry then:


15 July 2020

Bras That Every Woman Need

*There are PR samples in this post. See the end of the post for more details.



My Mam always taught me that as long as you got a black and white bra in your underwear draw, you're good to go. 



She was right. You always need a black or white bra on different occasions. Nowadays, there are all types of bras that come in a range of different materials, patterns and styles, it can be hard to choose which bra is what you need.



Before choosing the bra you want, get yourself measured (obvs a little tricky to do so right now). But you can measure yourself at home if you follow the fitting guides on lingerie websites. It can be a little tricky to measure at home though. I tried it once before I felt confident enough to let somebody else do it for me and I swear I made the discovery that I was double jointed during the measuring process. I think I might have misread the instructions. 


10 July 2020

What's It Like Being A Modern Day Female Football Fan?

I've written a post in the past about what it's like being a female football fan. But I kind of wanted to elaborate a little bit on it about what it's like to be a female footy fan in this modern day.



*In David Attenborough's voice* 

It's August 2006, there's a 13 year old girl sat in her natural habitat, the living room. She is just starting to appreciate the world and sport that is football for what it is. She is just about to start her new life as a Liverpool Football Club supporter. She is also grazing on a pepperoni pizza as she watches Steven Gerrard (my hero at the time) score an absolute belter from outside the box.


6 July 2020

Summer Indoors?!

*Items in this post have been gifted. Read disclaimer at the end of the post for more info.



I've resigned myself to the fact that I shall be spending my Summer sitting in the front/back garden talking to the birds and watching my cat attempt to catch them.



With me and so many others having to shield for a lot longer than we thought we was going to be, our shielding sentences will go on long into the midst of Summer (August 16th for people in Wales) which means no beer gardens, no beaches (except for the idiots who decide to crowd down there on weekends) and no holidays (same for everyone also). But I've grown to accept that and I shall be trying to make the most of Summer at home. 


2 July 2020

What The Shielding Life Has Taught Me

*Disclaimer - be prepared to see the word 'shielding' a hella of a lot in this post



Ladies and gentlemen, I'm here to tell you, shielding stinks. I've been shielding and in lockdown for such a long time now that I can feel myself going a bit crazy. I think people have spent less time in prison than I and so many others have shielding. I've found myself doing the most weirdest of jobs from readjusting all the bra straps that felt loose on my shoulders to organising the cat food boxes. Yep, I'm officially going barmy.



This shielding was never what I expected. It's been a hell of a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. Maybe that's because I never thought I would spend 95% of my days indoors for such a long time. Maybe I had high hopes that the pandemic would be nearing it's end by now. But nope, me and so many others are stuck with this lifestyle for the foreseeable.




28 June 2020

Why I Still Use Bloglovin'

That feeling when you see someone comment on your blog post and realise you've missed out on their last three posts as you forgot to check that they posted. Whoops.



Sometimes I struggle to keep up with my favourite blogger's on Twitter and I heavily rely on comment threads to keep me up to date of who's posted what new post. It's like my daily blogging news bulletin.



24 June 2020

Getting The Summer Glow with Bali Body

*The items in this post were gifted. Please read the disclaimer at the end of the post



Seeing as we're not going to be stepping foot on an aeroplane this Summer due to current circumstances, the only way that we can get that Summer, sun kissed, gorgeous glow is to get the fake tan in and walk around the garden in the pretence that we're somewhere abroad. 



Ok, it may not be the best idea. But still, we got to make the most out of a bad situation surely?! 


20 June 2020

My Biggest Health Turning Points

I nearly called this post 'My Biggest Health Milestones' but milestones is like when you start walking or your 18th birthday, not the first time you ever have a bowel blockage.



I've had Cystic Fibrosis ever since I was a foetus but I wasn't formally diagnosed until I was six weeks old. As you can imagine, I've encountered some serious ass problems along the way. Some to be expected with the severity of my illness, some really shit scary and some that have changed my life.



16 June 2020

A Letter To CF

Dear CF,



I'm not sure if that's how I should start this letter.



It's not like I'm writing to Sandra who lives in Australia (disclaimer - just a hypothetical Sandra, I don't happen to know anyone called Sandra) I'm writing to a disease, it's weird as it's not like you can write back to me.



12 June 2020

My Favourite Home Insta Accounts

One thing I cannot wait to do one day is move out. I'm already saving for a deposit on a house right now and I can't wait to move in and decorate a house to how I would like it to be.



I've scrolled endlessly through Pinterest envisioning how I would like my house to be like, what colours I would use, whether I like to approach the decorating with a minimalistic or country feel to it. I have so many ideas, if only I had a house of my own to do it in. I have a Pinterest board just for interior inspo alone, it'll be great to properly delve into that when I have a paintbrush in one hand ready to paint the house away.



8 June 2020

The Isolation Diary: Part Two

Ok, I'm slowly losing my mind. Surely this has to end soon? I can't clean my house anymore, I'm running out of things to do and I miss KFC and Gregg's terribly. If you haven't already read part one of my Isolation Diary series (I may as well call it a series now as it's slowly turning into one) give the first part a read if you want before reading this one! Here's hopefully the second (and last) part of my isolation diary:



4 June 2020

How To Create Banging Instagram Stories

I've grown to love Instagram stories over time. I have always felt that you get to see a person's authentic and true selves through what they upload on their Stories. Since Instagram Stories came into our lives in 2016, it has evolved so much. From introducing GIFs, stickers, polls and questions, it's something that most of us enjoy using everyday when we're on the app.



From what I've found, followers to look at my Stories more than like what I post on my grid. Like I said, you can get to know someone's real personality through Stories. I like to make my stories fun and engaging. I like doing polls on a weekly basis, I like to ask questions and answer my follower's responses and ask for recommendations on moisturisers.



31 May 2020

Celebrating Your Achievements

I would say that there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. That fine line is called humility. However, the two words should not be confused with.



I'm one of those people who doesn't really share their achievements very much as I'm wary of coming across as arrogant and blowing my own trumpet. I'm all for celebrating everybody else's success bar my own, which is not on.



27 May 2020

Trying To Embrace The Home Life

A lot of us are staring at four walls wondering when we are going to be able to step outside freely again. We're all either living with our parents, partners, spouses or flatmates and wondering how the hell we haven't gone ape shit at them over the way they suck a Cornetto.



Yes, being at home, it can suck sometimes. Not having that physical contact with your loved ones is tough and it's something I, as we all are, struggling with right now. As much as I am craving going outside and (let me just daydream about the outdoors life for a sec) and being fed up of staring at the same four walls so much that I can memorise the pattern in the wallpaper, I am going to try and embrace the new staying at home lifestyle we've had to conform to.

Embracing This New Home Life

23 May 2020

Six Books I've Read So Far In 2020

Ok, I know it may seem that it's taken me a hella of a long time to read six books as we're now in May, but I think because of my Grandad being ill and passing away at the start of the year, it took me a little longer than usual to get through reading six books, cause you know, priorities and that.


Anyway, I think I've just realised that this is my first book review on my blog in like EVER. Well, it's more than one book. I'm sure I'll get the hand of this book review lark eventually.


19 May 2020

Talking About Your Mental Health Online - Should We?

My Mam and me were chatting about Facebook one evening, generally about the stuff that people post on there. She then happened to mention that one of her Facebook friends had posted about her mental health on one of her statuses, something my Mam thought was wrong. Something which I disagreed with. Something that I made her aware of is that I suffer with my mental health also.



15 May 2020

Kegel Exercises: Why They're Important and My Personal Experience

Disclaimer - There are gifted items in this post. 
See the end of the post for more information.



Is there a stigma attached the words 'pelvic floor'? Even though we all have a pelvic floor, for some people, it can be a source of embarrassment.



As somebody who has had pelvic floor issues in the past because of my illness, I should know. I think a lot of people relate pelvic floor problems with the elderly. However, that isn't the case. It can be an awkward issue for younger people also. From pregnant women to people like myself who cough on a daily basis, it can be humiliating, especially when you're out in public and have an 'oops' moment because you necked your Diet Coke too quickly in the previous pub.



11 May 2020

A Birthday Like No Other

Yes, it's my birthday today and I'm turning 27. What will I be doing to celebrate this fine occasion? Nothing.



But I'm ok with that. Purely because I can't exactly go to town and neck vodka and cranberry juice all night - I'll be doing that at home instead.



6 May 2020

How To Gain More Of An Organic Following On Your Blog / Social Media

I received a DM from a new blogger the other day asking me how I gained so many followers on my blog and Bloglovin' and other social media outlets.



First of all, I'm not an expert and I'm not overly swimming with followers so I felt I could only offer what I have learnt over the years.



Gaining a social media following isn't easy by any means. The only way you can gain a good amount of followers is through your own hard work.



1 May 2020

7 Lockdown Challenges / Ideas

Bored of lockdown? I feel ya.



I reached the point the other day where I tried on all of my bras (well, one at a time) and adjusted the straps that felt a little loose. The peak of boredom/insanity right there.



Away from bra strap adjusting, I've come to rely on social media to make me smile and bring me a little joy into my boredom.



27 April 2020

The Isolation Diary: Part One

I was going to post this diary at the end of isolation, however, as it is going to be a hell of a long time until life returns to normal, I thought I'd split it into parts. Well, hopefully I won't be writing TOO many parts of this. So, here's the first part of my isolation diary:



22 April 2020

My Daily Lockdown Routine

Jeez my routine has changed a hell of a lot in the last few weeks. Not just mine, so many of us have to had to alter our normal schedule.



I'm not going to lie it's been hard adjusting and adapting to life with everything that's going on right now. However, it has been quite fun in a way to figure out a new routine that suits me best.



Making a new routine is all about adapting to your specific needs and to do what makes YOU happy. Just because somebody takes their bath's in the evening, doesn't mean you have to too. Some people choose to wake up at 6am, some choose to stay in bed and get up when they feel ready to.



17 April 2020

My Favourite YouTube Workout Channels

I never thought I would say this, but I really miss going to the gym! Going to the gym used to be a part of my weekly routine and it was nice to exercise somewhere different that wasn't my house.



Since being in lockdown, I've being doing a hell of a lot of workouts that are on YouTube channels everyday, as well as going on my treadmill. One thing that I have loved about doing this though is that I have discovered new fitness videos. I now have a varied exercise routine right now which I'm loving right now. Being indoors has allowed me to discover more fitness channels on YouTube and try new workout videos I genuinely thought I couldn't do because I wasn't flexible enough too i.e. yoga. Yep, you should watch me do yoga sometime, it's a real treat. Perhaps I should put it on TikTok?

My Favourite YouTube Workout Channels

13 April 2020

How To Budget

Every time I hear the word 'budget' , I think of the Chancellor standing outside 10 Downing Street with that red suitcase and holding it aloft for the tens of paparazzi there waiting to snap a quick photo.



Yes, budgeting. It's not easy. Whatever income you have coming in, it's all about prioritising, especially if you don't live in your own place. Whether you're employed, unemployed or self employed, having a budget is so important.



10 April 2020

8 Things I Plan To Do When Self Isolation Is Over

I'm currently watching Gavin & Stacey, it's the episode where they have the curry night at Pam and Mick's house. It's safe to say that when this pandemic is over, we shall all party like the Shipman's did that night. We shall dance, get pissed, have fun with our families and celebrate by ordering a chicken bhuna, lamb bhuna, prawn bhuna, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema rice and nine poppadoms. 




At this moment in time, cabin fever is really beginning to kick in. I'm struggling to get motivated to do anything, I've become lazy, I'm sleeping a hell of a lot more than I usually do and I just (like everybody else) can't see a light at the end of the tunnel. However, it does feel a little comforting to know that I'm not the only person in this position. We're all staying at home, crawling up the walls and finding something and anything to do to keep ourselves occupied. Whether it be re-grouting the tiles in the bathroom or organising photo's into photo albums.

The Things I Plan To Do When All This Is Over


6 April 2020

How To Have A Digital Spring Clean

Yes, spring cleaning doesn't have to just involve washing your curtains, hoovering under the sofas or Dettoling the kitchen cupboards (obviously you take the food out first) . It can also mean having a digital sort out. By this, I don't mean getting the screen wipes and wiping down your phone, laptop or Ipad screens.



When was the last time you looked through your phone and thought "Yep, I don't need to unfollow, unsubscribe or delete anything as everything is tickety boo and my phone has enough memory to last forever and ever!" Yep, didn't think so. You wouldn't hoard everything like a squirrel in your house to take up valuable space, so why do the same for your technology?

How To Have A Digital Spring Clean

1 April 2020

The Value of Online Friendships

I tell someone that I hope they feel better soon when they've caught a cold. I tell someone how much I love their outfit. I say a massive hell yeah to someone who has written a tweet I wholeheartedly agree on. I tell someone how cute their cat/dog is. I let a blogger know that I have commented on their newest blog post. There's just one thing - I have never met these people.



I've come to grow very fond of online friendships. Social media can be a lovely, friendly environment to be a part of. There's always somebody you follow and who (or whom, which is it Ross?) follows you that has your back. People you've never met give you so much support, encouragement, love and genuinely care.

The Value of Online Friendships


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