Courage – My Word Of The Year

The concept of choosing a word or mantra of the year is fairly new to me. However in the world of bullet journalling and goal setting. Word of the year seems to be very popular. I found this article Word Of The Year Ideas For 2019 by The Goal Chaser very useful when it came to choosing my word and for understanding the concept behind focusing on one specific word to help a person achieve their goals. After some deliberation I decided my word of 2019 is courage. Some Words Stood Out. As I was reading through the article on …

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 …

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 …

Letters From Santa – Lapland Mailroom Review

It’s scary to think that Christmas is just around the corner!  This will be the first Christmas where Alex understands about Santa Claus and he seems excited for it, which fills my with joy and anticipation. I can’t wait to see his little face on Christmas morning, opening his presents! To mark the occasion and make this Christmas extra special.  I am going to be getting him his very own personalised letter from Santa which I have ordered from Lapland Mailroom Disclaimer this is a sponsored post.  In return for writing this review I will be receiving a personalised letter …

Giveaway – Win Tickets to The Curve Fashion Festival

You may remember I posted about Debenhams catering for plus size and that they are one of this years sponsors for The Curve Fashion festival. I was kindly gifted 2 standard tickets to attend the festival but sadly we are unable to attend. Rather than letting the tickets go to waste I’m holding my very first giveaway on my site. To enter the you must be a UK resident, over 18 and be able to make your own way to Liverpool. Sorry accommodation or travel is not provided. I have chosen to use Rafflecopter as it is the easiest and …

My Life with Chronic Pain and Invisible Illnesses – Guest Post

Today I am bringing you the first ever guest post to feature on nicolajogston.com. The post is by Pamela a fellow spoonie and chronic illness fighter. I pass you over to her and she can tell you all about her life with chronic pain and invisible illness. My name is Pamela Jessen and I live with Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and several other Invisible Illnesses. It’s an awful thing to live with constant pain, as well as having to try to describe it to people who just don’t “get it”. Having invisible illnesses is even worse, because there is …

Debenhams Do Plus Size!!

As someone who is plus size I know all to well how hard it has been to find clothes that are stylish and don’t make me look frumpy. In the last few years it feels like the plus size fashion industry has come a long way.  No longer are plus size babes limited to two or maybe three places where we can buy clothes. The clothes that are on offer to us now are more stylish and on trend. We still aren’t fully covered when it comes to sizing and ease of access on the High Street, but we are …