A Typical Morning In Our House

Mornings have never been my favourite time of the day. I envy the people who wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to take on the day. I never wake up feeling rested, paired with morning stiffness I can only describe as feeling like rigor mortis has began to set in. Getting started for the day is tough. Here’s how a typical morning in our house goes. Our very own human alarm clock Any family with young children know that the concept of a long lie is lost on them, it is in our house anyway. Normally the Alex …

Shining The Spotlight on Chronic Illness & Disability Q&A My Story

Shining the spotlight on chronic illness and disability is a series I created to give others like myself, who live with chronic illness or disability an arena to get their voices heard.  To show the world exactly what it is like to walk a mile in our shoes.  The series officially started at the beginning of November with a number of participants submitting their answers and more to come.  I thought that I would take the time to answer the questions and let me retell my story.  Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you?   Hey. I’m Nicola. …

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

Hello and welcome to another instalment of Shining The Spotlight. A series where I give others with chronic illness and disabilities the platform to talk about their illness or disability to help raise the awareness of their condition or disability.   Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you? Hi, my name is Amanda Gene. I’m 30 years old, and I have a disability and mental illness blog.  Chronic illness(es)/disabilities I have? I have a visual impairment called Nystagmus, which is where my eyes move continuously. I have night blindness. I also have Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia. My symptoms/condition …

2019 A New Year, New Adventures and Challenges Lie Ahead

We are only a few days into the new year! My brain still thinks its 2018 not 19. When my brain eventually catches up with the rest of the world. it will realise that we have a whole new year of adventures and challenges are ahead of us. When I was looking towards the new year and the new goals I wanted to set for myself. I never expected to be spending it in the midst of a really bad pain flare. I knew my new year would be starting with my dancing the night away, taking shots with pals …

Shining The Spotlight On Chronic Illness & Disability Q&A with Anonymous

Hello and welcome to another instalment of my Shining The Spotlight series.  Today’s Q&A is with one of my friends who wishes to remain anonymous.  This is her story. Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about you?  I am a 35 year old female homemaker with a ten year old, loving partner and dogs.  Chronic illness(es)/disabilities I have? I have Crohns disease which at first doctors thought was coeliac disease. I have problems with joints swelling which they think is  rheumatoid arthritis. I also have anxiety issues. My symptoms/condition began?  I was ill after a holiday to Majorca in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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). …

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 …

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 …