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Girls Night, PIT Stop and Lake Bala!

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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!

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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"

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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 huge...in 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

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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…

Safety Razor - Upgraded Dermaplaning? (Review)

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As you may have read recently in my updated skincare routine, I regularly do dermaplaning. Following a friend sharing about her dermaplaning process, I decided to try a little "upgrade" so to speak. You all know, I've been trying to limit my plastic use and impact on the environment but sometimes that is hard. 
Tinkle Razors which I currently use, only last around 3 uses and then need replacing. The packaging also has more plastic. As an alternative, you can use a Safety Razor instead, where it's a metal handled razor, with replaceable metal blades. I decided to give it a go and share my experience. 
I bought this one from Kanzy as it was reasonably priced, had good reviews and looked good quality. I liked that it came with two blades, and a little case to keep it in. I thought it was relatively easy to replace the blades and I didn't feel like I would cut myself, which was a concern. Honestly, from there, I didn't see much difference in the results, even thoug…

Huge New Announcement!

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I've been so unhappy recently. I can hand on my heart say, I have never cried so much. The past month has been incredibly hard and I am so lucky. I have so many great friends and family. I have people who truly love me and would do anything for me. But I've been living in a place that I am not comfortable in and doesn't feel like home. I dread going back. I stay away for as long as possible and avoid it at all costs. You all know, I've recently moved into an acquaintances house and I am renting his spare room. I hadn't seen the property before I moved in, which was probably a mistake in retrospect. I'd seen pictures but the pictures hid a multitude of sins and had been cleaned and tidied dramatically. 
For the 4 weeks I've been living there, I can count on two hands how many nights I've actually spent there. The bed is ridiculously uncomfortable and the springs are popping up throughout the mattress. I have the worst back and barely sleep. On top of that…

Raleigh Park - Student Halls (Review)

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I shared a review of my private student accommodation in London and a lot of people have found it useful over the years so now that I have moved out of my Nottingham student accommodation, I thought I would share my thoughts, having lived there for 2 years and 8 months!

Raleigh Park is a private student accommodation halls in Nottingham, however it is also one of the accommodation options available for first years to book directly through the University of Nottingham. In first year, you don't actually get to select the provider, but can rank the halls on offer in order of preference and catering options etc.

The complex is split into multiple blocks. In first year, I stayed at Roddice Court. This was known as the postgraduate block or semester stay location, but as a January student starter, as I was only there for 7 months, it was also the place for us to be put. From there, we moved into Madison Gardens because the majority of student houses had been rented before Christmas and …

Blogtober Tag!

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A couple of years ago, I completed Blogtober and I absolutely loved it! Having only just done a challenge to post everyday of the month - back in June - I'm not quite ready to go for Blogtober again just yet. My life is just a little too crazy and busy at the moment to commit to that, but I'm not too far off with 4 posts a week, every week.
Instead, here's a fun Blogtober Tag about all things Autumn! Thank you to Jupiter from Life with Jupiter and Dann for tagging me and creating the tag. I would like to tag Claire at Stapo’s Thrifty Life Hacks so be sure to head to her post to read about her autumn favourites.

Onto the questions!

What’s your favourite fall scent?
My favourite fall scent is Toasted Marshmellow. I love sweet smells and it's so yummy and warm. I love that it reminds me of family around a camp fire.

Do you prefer pumpkin pie or apple pie?
I actually don't like pumpkin so it would have to be apple pie!

What’s one autumn tradition you have?
Growing up I di…

Smol: Laundry Subscription Box (Review)

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Following on from last week's post on Bumboo, this week I am reviewing Smol! Smol creates high performing, eco-friendly cleaning products which are conveniently delivered to your home at affordable prices. 
The products are efficient and affordable, whilst not missing out on quality or sustainability. The products are uniquely plastic-free and fully recyclable wherever possible, or can be returnable for reuse. The boxes are Forest Stewardship Council® approved which means the board comes from responsibly managed forests. Printing also uses vegetable-based inks. Similarly, they are animal cruelty free and Leaping Bunny certified. I love the unique way the deliveries are completed. I got a free trial where I simply paid £1 delivery, for 9 tablets. You can also fill in a survey where you answer questions about frequency of washing and then the tablets are delivered when needed. You can also pause shipment or take holiday breaks when needed too. I found this feature really useful and…

My First Publication!

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Just a short post today but I couldn't wait to share!

As some of you may know, during my time as an undergraduate student, I have been involved in an additional project as a co-researcher. I have shared some of the exciting milestones along the way, including presenting at the RCM Conference and the VIDM Conference.

The first of our papers (we are hoping for three!) has been officially been published and I am so excited to share it. You can find the full article here in the MIDIRS Midwifery Digest, September 2020 issue. I could not be more proud and excited.
Like I have done in parts along the way, I will be talking all about my experience as a student involved in this research project as a whole, sometime soon so stay tuned.

Bumboo: Toilet Paper Subscription Box (Review)

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Back in July, I started a little mission to reduce my own plastic waste and the footprint I had on the environment. This was inspired by Plastic Free July which aims to provids resources and ideas to help you reduce single-use plastic waste everyday at home, work, school, and locally around the world. This series started with Wild deodorant and has moved onto supporting local and sustainable businesses like Scratch It Stationary and Pebble Child too.  Bumboo is next on the list and it's a toilet paper company. The unique name carefully and cleverly explains the product; the toilet paper is made of bamboo that is described as "beautifully soft" and "reassuringly sustainable". I 100% agree that the paper is very soft and surprisingly thick. When I first opened it, I thought it looked quite thin but the paper has yet to rip or break on me. Bamboo has so many incredible benefits
The box that the toilet paper came in was very secure and perfectly fit the rolls. I …

New *Pink and Grey* Bedroom Reveal!

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You may have seen a few sneak peaks in my vlogs but my new bedroom is finally ready and completed! I am so excited to share the finished room and I am completely and utterly in love. As I am sure you all know, I don't feel quite at home at the farm and haven't for a while, but I'm so pleased I now have my own space away from the family: a little adult resting spot. I shared my mood board for the design last month and whilst there's been a few changes, the grand design stayed roughly the same. Sadly, it took a little longer than expected due to a few delays. If you have any projects coming up yourself, don't forget to add in additional weeks to avoid upset!

We are planning on knocking down the conservatory and turning it into a decking. Unfortunately, the new room will cost too much to fix so it's an alternative replacement. As a result, we had to have the double doors switched to outdoor doors and these showed up facing the wrong way. Because of the large inset…