House Under Renovation!

A new vlog is going up this weekend with a full empty house tour included, and some sneak peaks of the decorating and furniture, but I thought it would be fun to share how the property looked when I first came to see it! Since the last tennants moved out, it has undergone a full refurbishment and so when I looked around, it was a little bit of a building site. Of course, I completely forgot to get pictures of the empty rooms after the renovations were completed so this is as close as it's going to get! 
The kitchen was getting completely retiled and the splashback replaced. In the end, I also got a new fridge/freezer and oven too!  All the walls were repainted into a neutral grey, throughout the property. Likewise, the carpets were all ripped out and replaced. They're now a speckled grey instead of brown. The living room also used to have a large fireplace that has since been removed and plastered over. 

The bedrooms also had a basic makeover and new heating systems installed. A…

I've Moved!

As you may have read a couple of week's ago, I have a small update on my announcement...I've moved! I can't believe I finally have my own place, my home. It's so perfect. It's been a little chaotic and a little stressful. I don't do well with living in clutter or mess. In fact, I'm a little OCD about it so when I say I've struggled to sleep, you better believe me.  As I write this, I've been in the house for just short of a week and through that week I've packed up one place, moved into the other and done a mix of night and day shifts. It's been well and truly a nightmare. I picked up by keys on Monday morning and it took a lot longer than expected to finalise paperwork. I then got in and practically went straight to work. After a sleep, it was another night shift and sleeping on an air bed didn't go very well so I didn't sleep great in all honesty sadly. I had about 3 hours sleep on Wednesday before my mum came and we got cracking a…

The Secret Midwife by Anon (Review)

Following the success of "This is Going to Hurt" by Adam Kay, many authors have released similar stories from the nursing, midwifery and other healthcare professions. I have actually loved reading them and I think most of them share the honest reality of the field, albeit some with more taste than others. 
"The Secret Midwife" shares a similar perspective, but that of the midwives role. Interestingly, the author chooses to remain anonymous during this book and whilst, she states that some may recognise her from the stories and experiences she shared, that is how she wishes to remain to the public majority.  Described as a "heart-breaking, engrossing and important read. At once joyful and profoundly shocking, this is the story of birth, straight from the delivery room." "The Secret Midwife reveals the highs and lows on the frontline of the maternity unit, from the mother who tries to give herself a DIY caesarean to the baby born into witness protection,…

Girls Night, PIT Stop and Lake Bala!

Before all the chaos, I enjoyed some much needed downtime in Wales! Click here to watch the vlog or see below. With lockdown restrictions on the rise, I thought it was about time I made the effort to see some friends again, before we wouldn't be allowed. Nottingham has the highest number of cases in the UK and despite the university arguing it's due to asymptomatic testing, it's still scary. I feel like I've been pretty safe and not been mixing with lots of different people but it is what it is. 
I ended up going out for tea with Bridget and having not wanted to go back to my temporary accommodation, I instead messaged to see if I could call at a friends. I went to Sam and Vicki's flat to chill for a few hours and watch the coffee cupcakes get finished. It was a lot of fun and I feel so much more comfortable there than in the house. Luckily, I'm hopefully moving soon, if not already by the time this post goes live! 
I ended up having three shifts next to each other…

Favourite Amazon Lockdown Purchases + Mini Reviews: Beauty, Games and Fashion!

I've seen a few posts out these like this on YouTube, but not so much on blogs so I thought I would quickly share some of my recent Amazon purchases which I got over lockdown. I didn't go excessive, but I defintely got more than I normally do, but then I saved money by not going out of course.  Dots for Spots: With face masks and poor skincare regimes over lockdown, my skin started to break out for the first time in a long time. I thought I would give the Dots for Spots a go to see if they helped. I tended to use these during the day, rather than at night as recommended. I like to wear an oil for bed, and as I wasn't wearing makeup over lockdown I still had a decent length of time I could wear the dots for. I found the redness went down on all my spots which was great. On normal spots the size also reduced, but not so much for the spots under the skin. 7*. 8 Piece Boules Set: I loved boules as a kid and wanted to have something fun to do outside, especially given the gorgeo…

Being "The Fat One"

My size and weight have been a topic I have struggled with for years. I don't remember the last time I felt comfortable in my own body but over the last few years, I've started to get closer to loving my body. As most of you know, last year was my year of loving my skin. I went through my roaccutane journey and since then, I've fallen in love with my skin and I feel confident with it. So many people have noticed a huge difference in my presence and happiness. It's not nice to feel gross to look at 24/7 and even more so, from a non-cosmetics perspective, it hurt. I was in so much pain with cystic acne that some nights, I couldn't sleep. Now that one problem is solved, I'm focussing on my body. 
For as long as I can remember, I have been bigger than the majority of my friends. At a Size 12, I'm not fact I'm perfectly average for a UK woman, but for my age group, that's BIG. I feel upset when I go clothes shopping and constantly feel embarrass…

Baby Loss Awareness Week 2020

Every year, Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place from the 9th to 15th October. It’s an opportunity for parents, their families and friends to acknowledge and remember their precious babies who have died. Covid-19 has had a major impact on access to care and support, complicating grieving and limiting bonding with extended family. Alongside isolation and loneliness increasing in the general population, these are already emotions suffered during baby loss. The fact that it is rarely openly discussed only promotes this further. Now more than ever, we need to show people that they are not alone and the support is available. As many of you know, baby loss is something that I feel very passionate about and want to share, to break the stigma and normalise talking about it. This year, I have become more and more involved in the realm of bereavement care as part of my studies and I see myself hopefully specialising in it, at some point in the future. Beyond Bea, a charity which supports famili…