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Updates, Taking Soul Time, Vuelio’s Top 10 Beauty Blogs

"Soul Time", is possibly the most pretentious thing I've ever written on this blog, so I'm so sorry to use such wanky terminology, but I find "soul time" or, indeed, anything "soul" a really good way to describe how I feel at the moment, even if I don't particularly like the word itself; like the word "banter" - I hate that word but there is no suitable replacement, so I just have to use it whilst cringing inwardly.  Anyway! Soul Time is exactly[...]

Where Did All The Love Go? My Thoughts on the Easter Bot Drama

If you're a regular reader then you'll notice I don't often do these types of opinion pieces and I'm mostly just focused on sharing my love of lipstick, 'n' all that jazz.  However, over the Easter weekend there was a big ol' drama on Twitter regarding the fact that bloggers have been using bots to help gain their Twitter and/or Instagram following and it stirred up a lot of consideration from me, so I thought I'd put pen to paper (sort of) and[...]

Help to Try and Save the Life of Baby Charlie Gard

*Donate Here* I get a lot of e-mails about entirely worthy causes that are seeking coverage on my blog and I have to be pretty brutal when selecting what to feature as, at the end of the day, my blog is supposed to be a place where you can look at pretty things, read about what they do and hopefully take your mind off everything else for a moment or few.  With that in mind, I very rarely feature appeals of any kind, but the obvious need of Charlie[...]

My Week in Review #1

I've seen quite a few weekly update type posts recently and I thought they looked quite fun, so I thought I'd start my own in an attempt to break up the beauty with some bits that are a bit more personal, to hopefully invite you a little further into my world.  I hope you enjoy! This week I've been... Listening to An Awesome Wave by Alt-J as it's one of those brilliantly executed albums that's mellow yet interesting and just the right side of[...]

Scary Health Stuff

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of hospital and doctor appointments, sleepless nights, worrying about death (always fun) and generally freaking out.  It's that time of the year again, when my body decides to inexplicably turn on me in a cancer-like fashion.  Ridiculously, this is my third experience of "suspected cancer" (how they referred to it in recent correspondence - which honestly really doesn't help) as a couple of years ago I ha[...]

When Teddy Was Really Sick

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you'll now that last week Teddy, my son, got very poorly, very quickly and ended up in hospital for a few days.  He wasn't so unwell that we were panicking, but his breathing was laboured and his oxygen saturation levels were alarmingly low - especially when he went to sleep - so he ended up being admitted to the children's ward for a couple of nights. I'm writing the post firstly because I hav[...]


Costa Summer Menu 2015

Now for something a little different on the blog today, but as I have quite a few foodie and Health Hack posts in the pipeline, I figured something about some yummy treats would be welcome too! Coffee is my biggest weakness - now I now longer smoke or drink, coffee is my thing that I love to indulge in and if I'm really after a treat, I'll go to Costa for a Caramel Latte and Triple Chocolate Muffin. However, having been sent a voucher to tr[...]

Off-Topic: The Awesome NHS

Just over 15 months ago I was having my son at the Whittington Hospital in North London.  It was a bit of a traumatic experience (I wrote about it here) but on the 7th November 2013, I was being genuinely and tenderly cared for by a big group of strangers, all of whom were truly invested in trying to ease the nightmare experience I was having.  I think there were around 10 people in the room if I recall correctly - a mixture of Doctors and Nurse[...]

Off-Topic: Finding a Lump in My Breast

I frickin' kid you not, just a few short weeks after normality started to regain its hold on my life after the cervical cancer scare drama, I find a lump in my left breast.  It's funny that I just randomly decided to have a smear and found problems (you can read about the initial diagnosis here and the follow-up treatment experience here) and then recently I randomly started to do regular breast checks and found a lump.  I like to see this as[...]

Off-Topic: LLETZ Procedure – One Month On

  Sorry to keep banging on about this as I can imagine that for those who have never had any issues with such things, these posts make for pretty boring reading, but I really wanted to write a few comprehensive posts on my overall experience as I found the whole experience so utterly overwhelming that I'm hoping these posts might prove useful to some.  So! To summarise, I had a smear test which came back with results showing abnormal cells,[...]

Off-Topic: LLETZ Procedure for CIN / Dyskaryosis

  Regular readers will know that I've been having a bit of a tricky time lately, having received a dodgy smear result stating I had Severe Dyskaryosis / CIN3 which is the cellular change that occurs in the cervix which, if left untreated, eventually turns into cancer.  It's worth noting that SD or CIN are NOT cancer diagnoses and are instead very early indicators of changes in the cells in the cervix, changes of which usually take a really lo[...]