Mother's Day why my mum is my inspiration mothering Sunday

WHY MY MUM IS MY INSPIRATION // MOTHER’S DAY // RE-POST!

Hi guys!  I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.  If you’re in the UK, I hope you’re enjoying the spring sunshine that’s graced us this weekend 🙂  I love Mother’s Day as I am really close with my Mum and like the chance to spend a day spoiling her!  Don’t get me wrong, I buy her little gifts and tell her I love her all the time, but it’s nice to have a day all about her.

Mother's Day why my mum is my inspiration mothering Sunday

Mother’s Day 2017

I wanted to write another post about Mother’s Day this year but sadly I just haven’t had the chance.  My health has been pretty rubbish so I’ve just not been up to blogging much recently.  I know I’ve had a few posts go live recently, but they were written a little bit ago when I was feeling a bit better!

I’ve always had a close relationship with my Mum but as I’ve got older, we’ve got more and more close.  She is so generous and self-sacrificing.  Since I’ve been chronically ill, she has done SO much to help me – both practically and emotionally.  She often helps me wash and dry my hair; she comes to clean our house once a week (despite working full-time!) and even helps to wash our bedding and towels!  My Mum tries to take away as much stress and physical work as possible off me, so that I can concentrate on my health.  I appreciate everything she does more than I can say!

Why My Mum Is My Inspiration

So in celebration of Mother’s Day and all the wonderful, strong, inspiring women out there, I decided to re-post what I wrote last Mother’s Day.  It’s a post all about how my wonderful Mum is my inspiration!  Click here to read it.  I hope you enjoy it.  If you’re lucky enough to have a Mum today, let her know that you love and appreciate her!  And if you ARE a Mum, well done for all your sacrifice and hard work – you rock!

Over and out guys 😀

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers from Brantano // Style & Review!

Hi guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re well, and if you’re not then I’m sending hugs your way!  I don’t often share style posts on here, although I post quite a few ‘outfit of the day’ posts over on my Instagram.  But these trainers are so beautiful, I had to show you them!  They are the Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer trainers, from Brantano.

I was very kindly sent these trainers by Brantano for review purposes, but as always, all opinions are truthful and entirely my own.


The Look

I’ve been wanting a pair of trainers like this for literally over a year!  I love black trainers with a flash of colour or pattern.  Ones which are smart enough to wear with jeans and not look like you’re going for a run (which I very definitely am not…!)  I wear a lot of ballet pumps and a lot of boots, but I wanted something in between the two.  Something waterproof and sturdy, but more suitable for all seasons (boots are usually left behind in the summer months!)  So the Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer trainers were the perfect fit for me 🙂

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers

I have to admit, it was the pattern that drew me to these.  They could have been any brand, I just loved the pink, purple and blue floral pattern!  Since pink and purple are my favourite colours, I wear a lot of them – so these trainers should go with most of my wardrobe!  I kind of wish they didn’t have the black stripes (they are a kind of rubberised finish), but that’s what you get with Adidas trainers.

I’ve worn these with leggings and a dress (as you can see!) and also with black jeans so far.  I liked them with both 🙂


The Shape

The first thing that struck me is how light they are – they are literally like picking up a feather!  They’d be amazing for taking on holiday as they’d take up so little of your luggage weight allowance.  They are a nice, streamlined shape with a fairly narrow toe.  The soles are white and really thick and bouncy.

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano


The Feel

Oh my days!  These trainers feel like walking on clouds – seriously!  They are so soft, light and bouncy.  Not that I can run any more, but I imagine they would be great for running in – super light.  

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

They are more narrow at the toe end than any trainers I’ve worn before.  It makes them look less clumpy, but you can feel the tightness around your toes.  It is not uncomfortable, just something I was aware of.  You can adjust the laces to give you a bit more width around the sides too.


Where to Find Them

My trainers were from the Womens Shoes section of the Brantano website here (although they may have them in store too, depending on stock).  They cost £48 – although I think Brantano currently have 20% off.

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano


Do you wear trainers much?  What are your favourites?  Let me know in the comments!

Fix Your Skin Top Skincare Tips Expert Roundup Skin Acne Help Acne Treat Acne Scarring

Top Skincare Tips: Expert Roundup – Acne, Scarring, Getting Glowy & More!

Hey guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re doing better than me!  My husband and I are both full of a rather nasty cold.  On top of that, my poor cat is on antibiotics and painkillers as she’s been bitten by a mean neighbouring cat!  You wait until I see that cat…!!  Joking.  Maybe.  I just wanted to share a post with you, which is a round-up of 200+ experts’ top skincare tips!


Experts’ Top Skincare Tips

Fix Your Skin recently asked for my top three skincare tips, to include in their expert round up post.  You can read the post here and get some amazing skincare tips!  I’m number 77 if you want to find me 🙂

Fix Your Skin Top Skincare Tips Expert Roundup Skin Acne Help Acne Treat Acne Scarring

Firstly, I’m definitely no expert but am very flattered to be included with others who are!  I have a big interest in skincare, as I’ve struggled with hormonal acne and acne scarring for many years.  When you’ve suffered with bad skin, you naturally start doing a lot of research, and trying anything you can to improve your skin!  I’m sure you know what I mean, if you’ve been in a similar position.

At the moment, my skin is at the best it has been in years.  This is thanks, in no small part, to a careful skincare routine and regular facials/LED treatments.  


Treating Acne Scarring

I don’t have many active spots at the moment, which is pretty rare for me!  I do however have some areas of quite bad acne scarring, from having a break from the pill last year.  My hormones were unbalanced and my skin went to all hell!!  Damn hormones.

Fix Your Skin Top Skincare Tips Expert Roundup Skin Acne Help Acne Treat Acne Scarring

My skincare routine is focused around trying to fade the acne scarring at the moment.  I use a lot of acid/glycolic exfoliating toners, moisturising oils and LED treatments.  The Light Salon at Harvey Nichols in Leeds gave me a series of four LED facials, which were really helpful.  You can read all about it and my review here.  

I was also kindly sent a TrulyClear home LED facial device (review here) which I’ve just started using on the acne/scarring setting so fingers crossed!  There is no quick fix to better skin, but staying consistent is the key.  I should hopefully see some decent results in a few months time if I stick to my routine.  Most of all, I want to prevent any more acne (hence stopping any more future acne scarring!)


What are your top skincare tips?  Do you have any star products that really help with your acne, or even just keep your clear skin looking good?  Let me know in the comments or on social media!  I need all the help I can get haha 😀

Can Brain Fog Hurt Chronic Illness ME CFS Fibromyalgia spoonie post

Can Brain Fog Hurt? // Chronic Illness

Hi guys – happy weekend!  Hope everyone is having a good one so far (even if you’re in the rainy UK, like me).  I’ve been dying to write this post – can brain fog hurt?  This question has been burning a hole in my brain and I wanted to see what everyone else thought.  If you’re not sure what brain fog is, Wiki desribes it here as:

“A clouding of consciousness.  It is a term used in medicine denoting an abnormality in the regulation of the overall level of consciousness that is mild, and less severe than a delirium.  The sufferer experiences a subjective sensation of mental clouding described as feeling ‘foggy’.”

If you’re not a regular reader, I have chronic illnesses – M.E (/CFS) and fibromyalgia.  I was diagnosed in 2013 and the symptoms began long before that, as a less intense level.  So I’m definitely not new to brain fog!  It is something I’ve done battle with for several years now!  When I was unwell but still able to work, I had terrible brain fog.  

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Organic Aromas The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection Review

Organic Aromas // The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection

Hi guys!  I hope you’re well.  You may remember this post, where I reviewed Organic Aromas’ essential oil diffuser.  They’re a company I’ve got a great connection with, and really rate their products!  If you didn’t read that post, Organic Aromas are an American company, comprised of a group of passionate, experienced health care professionals.  They have combined knowledge from Asia with new technology to create a range of essential oil diffusers and oils.  They feel that using essential oils in our everyday lives can help us develop a richer, full lifestyle. 

Organic Aromas have recently brought out a new collection of essential oils – The Elements Premium Essential Oil Blends Collection.  It’s almost an anthology of oils, all brought together to work in harmony!  They very kindly sent me the oils to try, but as always, all opinions are truthful and entirely my own!

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Exercise With Chronic Illness Achievement for All Exercise with CFS ME Fibromyalgia

Exercise With Chronic Illness? Yes, You Can!

Hey guys!  I know, I know – the title might be a bit provocative.  But you know I suffer from M.E and fibromyalgia, so I understand how hard it is to ‘exercise with chronic illness’ (or even make it out of bed!)  As my M.E is moderate to sometimes severe, physical activity is often very difficult for me.  What this post is going to be about is how all of us with chronic illnesses can do something, it’s about finding what works for your personal level.


My Inspiration/Sponsored Post

One thing that inspired this post was the reaction I had to my recent Spoonie New Years Resolutions post.  Often posts like that are discouraging, as they aim way too high for my level of health and I just can’t relate. Hitting the gym 5 times a week?  I’d be happy to make it out of bed 5 times in a week!!  So many spoonies contacted me to say that they’d enjoyed my post as it was more relevant and relatable to them.  When Mobility Nationwide contacted me about their #AchievementForAll campaign, it was the perfect timing!  

Inspired by the Rio Games last summer, Mobility Nationwide, who specialise in mobility vehicles, launched their campaign to encourage people of all levels into activity.  This times in perfectly with my own NYE resolution of re-starting hydrotherapy.  This post is sponsored by Mobility Nationwide, but all content, ideas and opinions are my own!


Exercise With Chronic Illness Achievement for All Exercise with CFS ME Fibromyalgia

Exercise With Chronic Illness – What is Exercise?

The important part of this is defining what we mean by ‘exercise’.  Of course, most healthy people would class exercise as going for a run, hitting the gym or doing yoga.  That is often completely unachievable for spoonies (obviously depending on your level of fatigue or disability).  What I’m talking about here could more accurately be defined as ‘activity’.  

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New Years Resolutions Spoonie Chronic Illness Motivation

My New Years Resolutions for 2017!

Hi guys – Happy New Year!  2016 has been a difficult year for a lot of people, so I really hope 2017 is much better for you if you’ve had a tough one 😀  I always used to make new years resolutions but stopped when I got ill, as the typical big challenges I used to set myself seemed completely unachievable.  I don’t know what has changed this time around, but I really felt like setting myself a few resolutions!  I think I’ve adapted to my chronic illnesses enough to know that I need to be realistic with my goals, and not set myself up to fail!

New Years Resolutions Spoonie Chronic Illness Motivation

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