Monday, 18 June 2018

The positives of living with chronic illness

We all hear about the negatives of chronic illness because lets face it, it is mostly negative! However like with everything there's positives and negatives so today i thought i'd share with you some of positives i have found living with a chronic illness...

It makes you more 'compassionate'
When your suffering everyday you start to feel empathy for others who are also suffering like yourself. 
Your able to understand more about people and put yourself in others shoes. 
Compassion is a fantastic trait to have, it seems to be so rare today!

It makes you smarter
When you live with mystery or very little known illness's you start to learn big words like myalgic encephalomyelitis.
And you pretty much become your own doctor, you learn so much more about the human body and mind, things that you never thought existed. 

High pain tolerance
Ofcourse when you live with chronic pain its obviously extremely unpleasant and you never really get used to it, but you do however start to develop a high pain tolerance for everything else in life, like when you accidentally cut yourself or you have tooth ache, you get punched in the face, ''didn't feel a thing'' (little exaggeration) but you get what i mean. 
You almost don't feel compassionate when others suffer with these things, because you have to endure far worse on a daily basis!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

My Top 10 most inspiring movies

To start off I'd like to say making this list was really hard, I love so many movies and have always been so inspired by many but here it is, my Top ten most inspiring movies and if you haven't seem them already I recommend you watch them!

1. Mean Girls
This has to be one of my favourite movies its just a classic funny, girly and dramatic it just never gets old no matter how many times i watch it.
The biggest lesson mean girls taught me is that "on Wednesdays we wear pink" haha, no seriously it taught me to be kind and non judgemental and work hard, yes the movies funny because its just the right amount of bitchy and superficial, but at the end of the movie you see that Cady goes back to her old innocent self and everyone manages to get along despite their differences, and that's how high school and life should be. ''I wish we could all just get along like we did in middle school''

2. Legally Blonde
Another of my faves again its girly, witty, and motivating.
I find Elle's character as a whole very inspiring she goes to Law School and just proves everyone who ever doubted her wrong, sure she starts off going to law school for the wrong reasons but it turns out to be a success in the end.
She proves that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, she comes across as your stereotypical, rich ditsy blonde white girl, when in reality she has the smarts to go far.
Elle is a risk taker and go getter, and she is extremely kind to everyone and animals which i just love about her character.
I don't know about you but I feel like after watching legally blonde Elle inspired every girl to become a Lawyer and wear a full pink suit!

3. Clueless
An absolute classic the 90s were definitely the good old days, Cher seems like your average rich girl who only cares about fashion and popularity.
But throughout the movie she proves she is so much more, she is helpful, kind, smart and classy.
I love that she wants happiness for everyone and acts like a little matchmaker.
I also love that a strong female lead in a movie is saving her virginity for the right guy, you don't see that in a lot of teen movies or in real life and i think its very admirable and a cher is a great role model to young viewers.
And Cher also proves its okay to date your step-brother 'joking' no judgement though!

Friday, 8 June 2018

My boyfriends parents don't like me! how to handle it?

How could they possibly not like me?
I was so polite, and kind and funny whats not to like about me?
You keep going over in your head what you could have possibly done wrong to make them dislike you, well the truth is people just don't like you sometimes!
It happens no matter how good of a person you are not everyones going to like you.

It is more common than you would think when it comes to your other half's 'rents'.
It's even more so common with mother's and their son's especially if they are an only child, thats their only son so they tend to be very protective.

One of the many reasons mothers tend to dislike their son's girlfriends is 'jealousy'
There's now a new lady in the centre of their son's life and she's young and hot and that's a bitter pill to swallow, when she was the only lady in his life up until now.

So what can you do? 

Well you can't make them like you but you can make them at least treat you cordially, so here are my tips having dealt with it myself and still having to deal with the 'monster in law' technically not my 'mother in law' but you know what i mean...

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Tarte Amazonian clay foundation review

I'm very exited to do this review today of the 'Tarte Amazonian clay Foundaation' this is my first time trying any Tarte product! I've been wanting to try one of their foundations for a while now, I love the whole ethos of the brand they use natural healthy ingredients and their cruelty free and vegan and their packaging is natural looking yet fun and girly.

I am usually a fan of more natural looking satin finish foundations, however when your skin has a few blemishes or you just want to go for a more glamorous look, i think its always safe to have a slightly thicker foundation on back up.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Easy healthy cookie dough style protein oat bites (Vegan & Gluten free)

I think i have a bit of an obsession with banana based oat bars, as you can probably tell by the amount of different recipes on my blog. 
So here I am back at it with another one for you! 
These make for a great post or pre-workout snack, there deliciously mourish and packed full of nutrients and a great way to use up those over-ripe bananas. 
hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Clinique beyond perfecting Foundation + Concealer

I've been on the hunt for the perfect foundation for a while now as you do! I've always been a fan of Clinique products since i was a teen and my foundation for many years was their 'super balanced foundation', since then i tried a few other brands but somehow found myself back on Clinique.

I decided to try out their 'beyond perfecting foundation + concealer', the thing that drew me to this one of course was that its a foundation & concealer in one, never been a fan of 2in1's but I'm trying to save money so what better way than to have 2 products in one!

The foundation is a liquid formula however slightly thicker than your usual liquid foundation, after all it is a concealor as well.
Despite it being thicker it is surprisingly easy to blend, and has a natural satin finish but also very moderate to heavy coverage.


Sunday, 13 May 2018

Easy watermelon cake recipe

Since it was my birthday last month i decided to try giving a watermelon cake ago, i'd seen one on instagram and being health conscious and vegan i thought it would be perfect. 
Not only is the recipe healthy its refreshing and delicious and even indulgent. 
Its very light in calories depending on how you top it so you can go ahead and eat as many pieces as you'd like!


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Coping with Social Anxiety + My experience

Social Anxiety is the fear of being in social situations, like
Shyness only much more extreme.
People with social phobia are afraid of embarrassing themselves in public, and feel that others are constantly judging them in a negative way.
They often worry ahead of time before a social situation of all the possible things that could go wrong, and also dwell on things after the event, that they think went wrong.
Social anxiety makes it very difficult for you to talk to others and make friends and form relationships, often people with social anxiety get very nervous talking with someone, that they will get physical symptoms of anxiety such as blushing, excessive sweating, dizziness, light headedness, mind going blank, and clumsiness.
Social Anxiety can be a very lonely depressing illness as we all do need some human contact.
I'm going to share my Social Anxiety story and some tips on how to cope with the condition and get better.

My experience

I have suffered with social Anxiety all my life, I remember being at school, I was always painfully shy.
I found it very difficult making friends and being able to trust others, which I think stemmed from the abuse I faced as a child.
I was always afraid to talk and felt like my opinion didn't matter, and that others would judge me or laugh at me. I was so shy that if someone said 'hi' to me I couldn't even say it back I would just smile, which probably made me seem very rude, which made me even more anxious that people would think that.
As I grew older I think my social anxiety got even worse as others would start to notice it, people would always say I'm too quiet, or "you never talk" and this made me feel even more uncomfortable.
I had a lot of body image issues growing up, so I think this led my social anxiety to be worse, as I was always worrying about how I looked, and thought other people were judging me too.
I never made any close friends at school and I was always alone, I would sit and read in the library every lunchtime, and I was a very isolated child, which obviously wasn't good for me as it made my social skills terrible, I just didn't know how to talk to people.

When I finally left home at 18 and went to university this was when I noticed, there was something different about me.
Everyone was confident and sociable and friendly, but I was just so quiet and shy I felt like there was something wrong with me and I never made any friends, which made me feel like nobody liked me.
I was so Lonely and got so depressed by this.

"At it's worst, I couldn't even make a phone call, or leave the house,  I was so afraid of having to talk, or people judging me".

I finally made 1 friend a year later who I lived with in a shared house, she was very sociable and friendly, so was easy to talk to.
Although I never felt fully comfortable around her, it was nice having someone to talk to.
Through this friend is how I met my boyfriend, which I honestly never thought I would find, as I was just so socially anxious.
And now for the first time ever I actually have someone in my life who I can truly be my self around, which is completely rare for me.
Although it did take a while for me to be myself around him, I was able to open up.

I still suffer with social Anxiety today but it has improved, here are some tips for coping with social Anxiety.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Paula's Choice Skincare Review

Paula's choice skincare has to be without a doubt the best skincare brand I have come across, this brand literally saved my skin so i thought i would share how awesome it is with you.
I'm very interested in skincare and its something i research a lot into before purchasing, after finding Paulas choice I have since learn't so much more about skincare and the kind of ingredients you should avoid putting on your skin, even natural ingredients, which happen to be in many skincare brands.

My Journey to finding Paula's choice

I'd never had any problems with my skin before even as a teen i never got breakouts and was always very lucky with my skin.
I've always been a healthy eater, and loved using high quality products such a clinique, which i think helped, but i think most of my good skin was down to genetics.

However unfortunately for me since starting the use of the 'mirena IUD' last year i began suffering with very problematic skin, from huge pimples to very dry skin and blackheads.
Usually i would have just said "forget this" and took the mirena out!
However if you follow my blog then you will know i suffer from a chronic hormonal condition 'Endometriosis'.
 I had surgery for Endometriosis last year and as many of you ladies with Endo will know they put you straight onto hormone treatments to help the endometriosis.
I've never liked the idea of taking pills or having a foreign object in my body but since i have Endo i didn't really have much choice.

For the first six months of the mirena my skin was freaking out and i knew i had to do something about it because it was really getting me down.
So i searched everywhere about treatment for hormonal breakouts and couldn't really find much information that wasn't telling me to use another drug, until i came across Paulas Choice.
There was tonnes of information about treating breakouts and problematic skin and the products had such great reviews.
They also offered a 30 day money back guarantee if the products didn't work so i thought what have i got to lose?

The products are quite expensive, however it was no more than i was paying for clinique products
and the brand is cruelty free so i'd been looking for a good quality cruelty free brand for a while.
I started with basics a cleanser, toner and moisturiser, i decided to go with the Earth sourced range as it was the best value, suitable for all skin types even rosacea prone skin, and is made from 99% natural ingredients.

Within a week of using Paulas choice i could already see changes in my skin it felt soothed soft and the dry patches were all gone.
No longer did my skin feel greasy or tight like it had done previously.
Within a month i had no breakouts, no dry patches or redness and my skin was clear again.
I still suffer with the occasional breakouts around that time of the month but nothing like it was before.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Taurus season

Now that were into the Taurus season, as a Taurus myself I thought I'd share with you all about the Star-sign. I've always been passionate about astrology and read my horoscope almost everyday and i truly do believe in it.
Yes I'm probably that annoying friend that's always going on about the different star signs and their traits!

Taurus is the second sign in the Zodiac, the ruler of Taurus is in Venus which is all about femininity.
Venus is the planet of Love, beauty, attraction, creativity and gratitude.
The Element of Taurus is Earth, which makes them grounded, pratical and in touch with nature.

Taurus traits
This star sign is a lover of the finer things in life, including good food, fine clothing, beauty, they just enjoy pleasure, and like to be surrounded by love and comforts.
Despite having such high tastes, the Taurus is very down to earth and realistic.
The Taurus are very loyal, reliable, stable and conservative yet sensual.
Stability is very important to a Taurus so it comes as no surprise that if they don't feel stability in their life they become quite anxious, and their not usually big risk takers.

Monday, 16 April 2018

best vegan oil free pesto!

I'm a huge Pesto lover, pesto pasta has to be my fave meal of all time! You may have noticed from my blog i've got a few Vegan pesto recipes up. 
I've been in search of the perfect Vegan pesto recipe for a while now and i'm pretty sure I've found it!
Not only is it deliciously creamy, indulgent and vibrant in colour, but you'll be pleased to know its also super healthy, its oil free and made from all natural ingredients and has extra greens, so its a win win! 
Mostly its just yummy which is all that counts really!..

The positives of living with chronic illness

We all hear about the negatives of chronic illness because lets face it, it is mostly negative! However like with everything there's...

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