Shining the Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disability Q&A with Kaye

Hello and welcome to the third instalment of Shining the Spotlight on Chronic Illness and disability. Today Q&A is brought to you by Kaye.  If you’ve missed any of the previous posts they are linked above.   Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you? I’m a dual national, UK Aussie. I came over (on a two year secondment LOL) almost 20 years ago with my husband and 5 year old son, leaving family and friends behind, but trying to keep in touch as direct family members dwindle. I want my son – now 25, to know his UK cousins and aunts and uncles. I was a primary school teacher for 20 years and am now a writer. Chronic […]

Shining The Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disability Q&A With Ashley

Following on from the guest post by the lovely Pamela. I was inspired to shine the spotlight on as many illnesses and spoonies as I can. I want to keep the conversation of chronic illness and disability going and for everyone to get their story heard. I compiled a list of questions that I thought would give people the chance to talk about their illness/disability and how their life is affected by it. Three people might all have fibromyalgia for example but all three of them might have a different list of symptoms and deal with it differently. The first of this Shining A Spotlight On Chronic Illness Series is brought to you by Ashley. I’ll stop rambling on and […]

Prestige Luxury Hamper Review

As Christmas approaches, it is never too early to start planning on purchasing the perfect gift for that someone special in your life. A great unique idea for a present is a hamper. Hampers give a personal touch to a present. Instead of getting a gift that you know will end up at the back of the wardrobe or cupboard. There are so many varieties of hampers on the market, to suit everyone’s taste from food and drink to pampering products. Today I am reviewing a hamper that was kindly sent to me from Prestige Hampers. Prestige hampers  offer a wide range of hampers such as Cheese Hampers, Beer Hampers, Wine Hampers even Pet Hampers with a budget that will […]

Taking A Step Back

it is official, blogtober has broken me.  I tried my hardest to get a post out each and every day (I have managed most of it), life however got in the way.  Towards the end of last week I became disinterested and unfocused.  I wasn’t feel inspired to write.   Did I set myself up to fall? Probably.  I had a bunch of content prewritten which allowed me to take my mind off it for the first week or so.  When it came to writing the rest of my posts I wasn’t fully happy with the content I was publishing.  Stress levels were increasing, not just from blogtober but from life, which takes a physical toll as well as emotional. […]

Childhood Halloween Story – Blogtober 2018 – Day 26

When I was a kid Halloween wasn’t that big of a deal. We wouldn’t go trick or treating, there wasn’t a lot of choice for costumes and decorations that there is today. I remember vaguely of dressing up as a cat and possibly a clown at one point to go to a disco or something. The only Halloween story I can remember from my childhood does involve a fright and some blood though. I’m not sure how old I was, maybe about 7 or 8. It was Halloween night, it was dark (I’m not a big fan of the dark). I was at my nana and papas who lived a few doors down from my me and my mum. At […]

Ultimate Autumn Getaway – Blogtober 2018 – Day 24

Over the course of Blogtober you have noticed that I really do love autumn. Although I’ve only ever experienced it in Scotland, going to another country in the autumn is something I would like to do. Today for Blogtober I am going to be discussing my ultimate autumn getaway. New York, New York New York has been on my travel bucket list for a long time.  I’ve dreamt about seeing the lights of Time Square.  Looking over the cities skyline from the Empire State Building.  Taking pictures on the steps of The Met (thank for the idea gossip girl).  I want to pay respect to those who lost their lives on 9/11 and I want to soak in the atmosphere […]

The Scariest Thing I’ve Seen – Blogtober 2018 – Day 23

With halloween just around the corner what better way to celebrate it than talking about the scariest thing I’ve seen. In my almost 40 years on this planet I have seen some scary stuff, witness car accidents, visited haunted venues or watched a scary movie. However when I look back and recall a memory. There is one that stands out more than anything else!! I can’t recall my exact age at the time, I think I was about 6 or 7. It was one of the weekends I was staying at my fathers house. At some point during the course of my stay I watched a scary movie that he has rented from the video shop. That scary movie is […]

Autumn Skincare Routine – Blogtober 2018 – Day 22

Hello and welcome to day 22 of blogtober.  Todays prompt is autumn skincare routine.  At almost 40 I am ashamed to admit that I am a little slack at looking after my skin. I always have great intentions of taking time each day to cleanse tone and moisturise.  However living with chronic pain and fatigue means that there are times when I am too exhausted to even use a baby wipe on my face.   I’m hoping that if I share my skincare routine I will be held accountable and will make the effort each day to care for my skin.  The products I have chosen to use are ones that I already had at home. Cleansing  The cleanser I […]

Biggest Fear – Blogtober 2018 – Day 21

Hello and welcome to day 21 of blogtober.  With Halloween being the season of scares and fear, todays prompt is to talk about my biggest fear. As fears go I have some of the ordinary everyday kind. Not liking heights, spiders, public speaking and jellyfish. Yes I’m afraid of jellyfish! That however is not my biggest fear. My biggest fear is of my symptoms of my illness becoming more severe. To the point where I may require help with everything aspect of my daily life and care. Fibromyalgia is not considered a progressive or degenerative condition according to the consultant who diagnosed me. Over the course of my illness and the varying flares I’ve had in that time. I personally […]

Halloween Themed Craft Ideas – Blogtober 2018 – Day 20

Crafting is one of the suggestions I used for my rainy day activities post. Today I am sharing some of the crafts that alex and I have been doing this month. With Halloween just around the corner. I felt that doing some Halloween inspired crafts would be perfect.  On a day where nothing was planned. I got out our crafting supplies and got to work with Alex to make the pumpkin paper plates and the bat silhouette picture that is found. It didn’t go according to plan but both Alex and I loved it. We will definitely be doing more crafting more often from now on. Tell me in the comments one of your favourite crafting memories with your children […]