Tips For Getting Through Tough Times

Over the past month I have gone through an intense period of stress in my life. It very much felt like one thing came after another and life just wouldn’t give me a break. In the middle of this I caught covid, and it left me feeling physically weak, alongside already being emotionally and mentally drained. The result was being signed off from work for two weeks with the instruction...

Things I’m Excited For This Autumn

I know, I am a bit late on this one. I have been so, so busy with the new job and other stuff going on behind the scenes lately, that October just clean got away from me! I have all three of the children’s birthdays in autumn, so it is always a bit of a crazy time, getting presents and parties sorted out, and before you know it, it’s Christmas...

How I Keep My 7 Month Old Puppy Clean and Fresh

Features press samples  When it comes to owning a puppy, one of the things I think I was least prepared for was how dirty and smelly they can get, especially after walks in all the rain we have been having here in the UK lately (summer, what summer?). Luckily, I have been sent across some goodies from petcare brand Sniffe & Likkit, who have a whole collection of products to...

Visiting Exbury Gardens in Spring with a Puppy

Press Tickets  Exbury Gardens is around an hour’s drive away from us here in Bournemouth, so it is a lovely day out for us. I have been to visit the gardens previously, but the lovely team got in touch to see whether I would like to come along again in Spring, to see the different flora in bloom, and I was more than happy to oblige. Last time we had...

Learning to Be Kind to Myself

Yesterday morning I experienced something incredibly scary. What started as an upset stomach, ended in me being doubled over in pain, unable to get up and walk around without crying. My anxiety spiked, causing me to have a panic attack whilst on the phone to 111, and they instructed me to get a lift to a&e within the hour. I hate hospitals at the best of times, but during the...

Reflecting on Two Decades of Mental Illness

As this week has been Mental Health Awareness week, I wanted to write a little something about my own struggles with mental illness. I have been fairly vocal on this blog and my previous one about my mental health, and the challenges I have faced over time. Sitting down to write this post today, I realised that I was first diagnosed with having depression almost two full decades ago, when...

Post Lockdown Plans

The rules in England have relaxed a little further as of Monday this week, as we enter the second stage in the Government’s four stage roadmap our of lockdown. This means that you can now enjoy food and drink at pubs, cafes and restaurants as long as they have an outdoor area that you can sit in. You can also have beauty treatments and have your hair cut, visit theme...

Returning to Work After Furlough

I considered myself very fortunate last spring, when the first lockdown was announced, that I was able to continue working from home, whilst many others in my office were put onto furlough. As time went by, although I was still enjoying my work, I must admit that I did begin to feel just a little bitter towards those who had been furloughed, not just in my own company, but across...