A Socially Distanced Family Birthday Break

Towards the end of September, my Nan turned the grand age of eighty eight. Although my lockdown birthday earlier in the year wasn’t fun, celebrations these days continue to be awkward, with the rule of 6 preventing proper parties, or even large family gatherings from happening. We had already booked a stay at a nearby Southampton hotel when the new guidelines were put into place. We checked with the hotel...

Living with Seasonal Affective Disorder

I’ve mentioned before and, if you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen me mention my seasonal affective disorder (SAD) once again rearing it’s head as we head into autumn. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. Generally speaking, it is more common in the autumn/winter and less likely to occur in the spring and summer months. Symptoms can include...

Date Night at Turtle Bay Bournemouth

Press Visit Ed and I haven’t had many date nights over the past six months or so, due to the pandemic and the house sale. It has been a stressful time, so it was lovely to be invited along for a meal at Turtle Bay in Bournemouth, to get away from it all for a couple of hours. We hadn’t been to a restaurant since the new face covering rules...

Our House Buying Update

I was very much hoping that, by this point in our house buying journey, I would be able to write a positive post with good news and a proper update. Unfortunately, 2020 just isn’t the year for good news it seems. We have heard back from our mortgage broker that the mortgage provider we had been accepted by has now decreased their offer, due to instability with the economy, and...

Latest Charity Shop Finds

You may already know that I work for a local charity, handling their social media channels. Prama has eight charity shops in the local area, several of which have opened back up following lockdown, over the past few weeks. I helped get the Kinson branch ready to reopen and couldn’t resist picking myself up a few bargains at the same time. First up was this gorgeous little black dress from...

Transitioning to an A/W Wardrobe

Sponsored post I don’t know about you, but, over the past week, it’s really started to feel like autumn for me. As the weather has started to get colder, I’ve been on the lookout for some transitional pieces for my autumn/winter wardrobe. The lovely people behind White Ribbon Boutique, who are based in Cheshire, recently sent across a selection of their clothing for me to try out and I definitely...

7 Things I’m Looking Forward to This Autumn

Ok, so it’s looking like a second nationwide lockdown is definitely on the cards and, I’m not gonna lie, the thought of that fills me with dread. I didn’t actually mind the first one, sure it was a bit stressful, especially homeschooling the children whilst working from home, but this time it’s autumn and autumn is a time of year I really struggle with. I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder...

A Fresh Take on Skincare

Features gifted items I’ve had a bit of a love hate relationship with my skin for as long as I can remember. I have combination skin, with some parts being oily and others being very dry, linked to my eczema. I always get a little nervous when trying out new skincare products as I don’t know how my skin will react to them. I was recently sent across some products...

Trying Out ModiBodi Period Pants

Features gifted items Since having Benjamin four years ago and having the mirena coil fitted, my periods have been quite light and manageable, which is a relief. I do, however, continue to bleed, which some women don’t with the coil fitted, and I’ve been looking at alternatives to using tampons and pads during my time of the month. I recently worked with Modibodi on an Instagram post, and was sent...