Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Time to Say Thank You

Today, I'd really love to thank the amazing people who have supported me in my mental health recovery and my return to blogging. I wouldn't be back to writing, creating, and rebuilding my life without these absolute angels, and they 100% deserve my eternal thanks and gratefulness. I am so blessed to have these people in my life, and so I'm singing from the rooftops about their wonderful creations and their wonderful selves! 

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Seatox Kelp Help* Face Masks

We all know I just adore a good facemask, so imagine my joy when Seatox offered to let me try out their Kelp Help* powder to make some facemasks with? I was beyond excited. They truly unleashed the self-care beast and I had so much fun trying out different recipes to share with you! 

Sunday, 9 September 2018

My First Panic Attack

Panic attacks are horrible experiences, and can be terrifying, especially if you've never had one and don't actually know what's happening to you. It's not just butterflies in your stomach or feeling a little queasy. In fact, panic attack symptoms are not dissimilar to heart attack symptoms. I think understanding what a panic attack feels like can make it less terrifying for people experiencing it for the first time, and easier for people who have never experienced one to understand how debilitating it can be. This post will contain mentions of panic, bullying, and self-harm. 

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Things I Care About Vegan Colouring Book*

Woah there! Someone has combined self care and veganism?! They're my two favourite things! Honestly I was thrilled when Things I Care About gifted me their Peace Love Vegan Colouring Book* at a vegan event recently. Wait! There's unicorns and dinosaurs in there too?! It's like the designer read my mind, and I know you'll love it too.

Dolphin erasers and colouring pencils both from ASDA. 

Monday, 3 September 2018

10 Basic Confessions Tag

In honour of the dawn of PSL season, I'm here to share my 'basic bitch confessions'. Let's face it, we're all a little bit basic, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's so unreasonable to ridicule people for liking 'basic' things. They're considered 'basic' because they make most people happy. What's wrong with liking things that make us happy? Nothing. I'm taking a stand and making this a tag. Now I've said the word 'basic' way too many times, I'm going to tell you what makes me a basic bitch!

Thursday, 30 August 2018

August Favourites

Wow! August is coming to an end already. This summer has passed so ridiculously quickly. I'm so excited that autumn is almost upon us and the weather is beginning to cool! Be still my Halloweeny heart! This month I've found some brilliant bargains and some beautiful pieces so I'm keen to share with you. You'll definitely have peeped some of these on my Instagram already because I just couldn't wait to show them! 

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

My Vegan Story

I've been vegan for two and a half years now, and animal rights has been a part of my life for much, much longer. Lots of people ask about what made me finally make the big change to become vegan, or what the story is, so I decided to finally write up a post to explain how I've been headed towards veganism since age 3 (seriously!). 

Thursday, 23 August 2018

My First Mental Health Support Group

Recently I decided to go to my first mental health support group meeting. By chance I discovered one that's less than a 10 minute journey away from my house, so decided to give it a try. I was incredibly nervous, as I had no idea what to expect. How many people would be there? What would everyone be like? What would we talk about? It seemed like a really big step to take, but one I was as excited as nervous about.

I dressed up all sassy for confidence (duh!)

Sunday, 19 August 2018

New Wardrobe Wishlist

Since staring my new job, I've been building up a chunky Amazon Wishlist of the new clothes I'm lusting after. Over the past year, a medication I was on caused weight gain, plus my mental health took the fun out of nice clothes, so for a long time I've basically lived in the same 2 grotty pairs of trousers and a small collection of faded, ill-fitting old t-shirts. Now I'm feeling myself, loving my new shape, keen to dress up all funky, and have an income again. Time for a wardrobe update? I think so! My wishlist is full of everything from practical choices to more bold pieces, so I've picked some of my favourite, more fun items to share with you. 

Thursday, 16 August 2018

There Are No Steps Back in Recovery

Something that always bugs me a little in discussions about mental health is the concept of 'setbacks'. Frankly, I don't believe they exist. Now, I'm not suggesting that there is a right or wrong way to discuss your own mental health; you should always describe your experience in a way that works for you. For me, the concept of a 'backwards step' or 'setback' makes me uncomfortable, so I'd like to offer an alternative perspective. 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Matt Haig Talk in Liverpool

I was lucky enough to get myself a ticket to "Matt Haig Discusses Notes on a Nervous Planet in Liverpool" and was so very excited to go. I had no idea what to expect or how many people would be there or anything at all about the event, so going alone was a really big challenge for my anxiety. I am so glad I went!

Friday, 10 August 2018

How Guinea Pigs Help My Mental Health

It's no secret that a cuddle with an adorable animal can lift your mood tenfold. But can a pet really help your mental health? I believe they absolutely do, and that guinea pigs can make the perfect companion to a person struggling with their mental wellbeing. My guinea pigs have been a lifeline to me in tough times, and having them to take care of and cuddle and watch is truly a blessing. This post is going to tell you why, and is packed with adorable piggie pictures so is definitely worth a scroll! 

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Yogific Yoga & Vegan Festival Liverpool

I was lucky enough to be asked to work with the event management team at Yogific Yoga & Vegan Festival in Liverpool on 15th July! Yogific hold yoga and vegan festivals all over the UK and Europe, bringing together the vegan community and the yoga community to show how spiritual practise and veganism go hand in hand. For just £7 entry, there was a full day of talks, yoga and meditation classes, including outdoor classes in the glorious sunshine, and a huge variety of stalls. It's such a beautiful event and I was so happy to be taking part. 

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Jöro Vegan Eatery

Jöro Vegan Eatery is a beautiful, rustic café tucked away down historic stone steps in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead. They're you'll find homemade vegan food and a welcoming atmosphere. I'm always delighted to find new vegan places to eat, so for somewhere to open in such a central, accessible location at such affordable prices is a joy. I've visited twice now, and loved every moment I've spent there. 

Friday, 27 July 2018

How To Enjoy Summer

It can be very easy to feel like you're the only one not enjoying the summer, but I assure you, this is not the case. Plenty of us are just more suited to the cooler weather and darker evenings that autumn and winter bring. If summer isn't the season of joy for you, then I feel you totally. Here are some handy tips to help you survive the season of sun and sweat. 

Sunday, 22 July 2018

How to Make a Recovery Journal

Welcome to my first #SelfCareSunday post! We all know recovering from mental health problems isn't linear. We have good days, bad days, amazing days and days we'd rather forget. On the bad days, I find it helpful to look back on tangible evidence of the good days, so I can see that it is possible to feel positive, and to look at how far I've come. On a day-to-day basis, it helps to check in with myself, to pat myself on the back for the achievements, and to consider the challenges and if I've learned anything from it. I decided to keep a journal to document my daily journey to mental health recovery, and here's how.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Mental Health | An Update

Hello! It's been a while hasn't it? It's been nearly 6 months since I last posted anything. Where have I been? Nowhere exciting. This blog post is a little difficult to write, but it felt wrong coming back without writing some kind of update or explanation. This post is going to contain talk about mental illness so please don't read further if it's going to be triggering for you. 

Monday, 29 January 2018

My 10 Goth Clichés

Hey Spookies! I absolutely love it when tags come around with us gothicly inclined folk in mind. I adored Kaya's video all about her 10 goth clichés, so without further ado, here's mine!

Monday, 22 January 2018

Wicked Kitchen Vegan Wraps Review

Hey Spookies! If you're into vegan food, you know Derek Sarno's collaboration with Tesco is the word - and taste - on everyone's lips. Finally, vegan-friendly convinience food that isn't a hummus and falafel wrap. Not that I'm not partial to a hummus and falafel wrap - it's just nice to finally have variety!

Monday, 8 January 2018

2018 Reading List

Hey Spookies! I've got so many books I want to read, and I've decided to spend more time with my nose in a book than mindlessly scrolling through Twitter. Now that I'm between jobs, I have a bit more time to spend reading too. Here are the books at the top of my pile for 2018.

Friday, 5 January 2018

2017 in Review

Hey Spookies! I've been really enjoying 2017 review posts so I thought I'd do my own. It feels like last year has been painfully slow but gone in a blink all at once, so it's been refreshing to look back on exactly what I've spent a year doing. I've used my camera roll as a guide, so hopefully I've missed nothing out!