This is just a short follow up from my Mencap sleep in post (Read it here). Since I posted that post, we’ve since heard that Unison have been absolute legends and put forward permission to appeal the ruling, and also one of the people in the original court case has had their permission to appeal accepted.
There’s a growing movement which myself and some other awesome people who were royally pissed off have set up. We’ve called this movement #awakeonasleepin and have set it up basically for people who are in similar situations to share their experience and voice their opinions. The movement has gained a lot of momentum this past week, with more and more people joining. You can find us under that hashtag on twitter, or you can join us on Facebook here.
Except for you Mencap, we don’t like you.
Also if you haven’t already please sign our petition, and try and get Matt Hancock to take notice. Since he hasn’t bothered on twitter. Also feel free to tag him in lots of tweets too, and I mean LOTS. Make him hear us!
That’s a quick round up for now, and thank you so much to everyone who has taken part so far. I know we’re all knackered, frustrated and generally annoyed (putting it mildly). But our spirit is not broken and our voices are loud. Let’s make them sit up and take notice, and not let our companies screw us over anymore. WE DESERVE BETTER!
Does anybody else ever feel like adult life can sometimes be really lacking in creativity? I’m 27, I do full time shift work and some of those shifts can last up to 26 hours at a time. Between my job, housework and other commitments I feel it can sometimes be really hard to find time to relax, unwind and just have time to be creative. I love creating and making things, I find it really relaxing and quite useful for my mental health too.
So today I thought I’d share a few ways to carry on being creative in your everyday life when being an adult is getting in the way.1) Make lists and jot ideas down: If you have an idea for a project, write it down so you don’t forget, then you can go back to it whenever you want. I picked up this creative journal for around £4 in Wilkinson’s and it’s brilliant! There are lots of different types of paper inside which is perfect for sketching out ideas, measurements etc. You can pick one up here.
2) Look back at past creative projects: They might inspire you to take it in a different direction, or to try something different. You could even add to them if you don’t want to start something new at that moment.
3) Research something new:Whether that’s a new craft project or starting a new book. You may end up with a new creative outlet. I’m really interested in tarot cards at the minute so when I have time I like to go through my books and make notes. It’s a really chilled way to spend an hour in the evening. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, you might be surprised.
4) Doodle : It doesn’t matter whether you draw a full portrait or a stick man, just doodling will get your brain working and is really therapeutic. You could even just start off by blending watercolour paints together and create colour schemes you like.
5) Write: If you’re not much of an artist you could write things down instead. Random sentences that pop into your head, describe how you’re feeling, describe the weather, your favourite memory even. The possibilities are endless! It’s also a fab excuse to buy new notebooks!
6) Read: Pick up that book that’s been sitting on your bookshelf for ages and start reading. It doesn’t matter if it’s fact or fiction. If you want to learn a new craft I really recommend The Works for books. They have some brilliant books at really reasonable prices.
7)Take lots of photo’s: Take photo’s of anything you like the look of. The sunset, random patterns, pretty buildings. Anything that inspires you, you might be able to use them later.
8) Pinterest : Pinterest is my favourite website ever. You can find all the inspiration you’ll ever need and really helpful tutorials and cute projects to try. Be warned though, once you start its difficult to stop!
9) YouTube: Just like Pinterest, YouTube is an amazing platform to find tutorials and idea’s. One of my favourite creative YouTubers is Hermione Chantel, her DIY’s and her home décor videos are beautiful
10) Scrapbook: I love adding things to my scrapbook. It’s a fab way to create mood boards and project ideas. You can add anything you want to it, and it doesn’t have to be neat!
I could list so many more idea’s on here, but I thought I’d just do 10 for now. How do you guys stay creative in your everyday lives? Let me know in the comments.
The best thing about creativity is that it means different things to different people. Like my friend Natalie told me that to her, being creative means trying out different make up looks. Creativity is unique and beautiful, and I think we could all do with a little more in our lives! For now thought I’m just going to leave a quote from my friend Dave
“Cease not to find inspiration but make your own, simply do creative stuff and you’ll stay creative. It’s only ever hard when you stop”
I know it’s been 6 months plus since I’ve posted or even acknowledged my blogs existence. My original plan was to have everything up and running again in January, but I had some trouble switching over to a new host, (I say I had trouble, but we all know that Dan is the tech guy behind the blog). The content wouldn’t switch over and then everything had to be re-done and lots of other technical bits I didn’t understand. You’ll probably notice that a lot of images are missing, we’re still working on that and I need to tweak a few things with my follow buttons and bits. But I can finally post again!
So what’s new? A few things but nothing major. I’ve updated my about me page, and I’ve set up a new Instagram page for my blog related content. I’ve been incredibly lazy and just clicked follow all from my contacts so I have no idea who I’m following at the moment, but if you click the Instagram icon in my sidebar you can follow me and I’ll follow back. 🙂
As for future plans for my blog, I’m making a few changes. I want to focus more on collaborating with other bloggers and get more involved in the blogger communities rather than just being one lone voice over here. I also want to focus more on mental health, creative posts, home décor/ DIY’s and books. I’m still a beauty and fashion lover, but I don’t want this to be an exclusive beauty blog. Lets face it, the internet is flooded and I’m no expert at all. I think that’s where I lost my way a little before, I felt like I had to constantly buy new beauty products etc to be a good blogger, but that isn’t where my strengths lie. I’ll still do beauty content every now and again, maybe twice a month or so. But my passion is books, life and creative projects. I also want to do a few more diet/ food and, don’t fall over in shock, fitness posts. So I guess I fit into the “lifestyle” category now?
I’m going to do a full life update post soon, and book review Sunday’s will 100% be continuing. I think I have 100 books on my list to review so I might do a few extra’s. But if anybody has any idea’s or post suggestions please tweet/ email/ Instagram me!
After that long ramble, I’m going to do some more post planning! Thanks to everyone who stuck with me, and I am so excited to be back.
On the 12th my Dad and I set off on an adventure to Maastricht to go and see Andre Rieu in concert. If you don’t know who Andre Rieu and his orchestra are, YouTube them, they are amazing. If you like classical music (or even if you don’t) I think you’ll really like them. Also I apologise in advance for the lack of pictures/ videos in this post, we were out most of the time and my phone’s battery life is really bad so I didn’t manage to take many. Most of these are stolen from my dad!
I’ve loved Andre Rieu for years, and it’s always been mine and my dads “thing”, so he surprised me with tickets for Christmas, which was amazing. So on the 12th off we went! We were catching the Eurostar so we travelled to London the day before and stayed overnight.
So the next day we were up early and off to Brussels where we were staying (it’s only an hour and a half away from Maastricht). The Eurostar actually only took about 3 hours so we arrived about 2pm. We ended up going exploring and finding some really nice bars and places to eat, and also ended up totally lost trying to find our way back to the hotel. But we did see some beautiful places so it was worth it.
I can’t remember the name of this beer but it was cherry flavoured and tasted amazing. I originally asked for fruit cider, and the bartender looked super confused, and suggested this instead. Also how beautiful are these buildings? I’m not going to lie Brussels does have a few rough parts which made me a little nervous walking around, but the centre was stunning.
The day of the concert we were up early and managed to squeeze in a trip to the Brussels chocolate museum before catching the coach. This was pretty cool, and we also got a demonstration on how they make their filled chocolates.
We got into Maastricht about 3pm and had a stroll around. Maastricht is a beautiful city, and there was all sorts of little side streets and places to explore. We ended up having dinner in the square, which was nice except it was pouring with rain so we had to keep diving into random shops.
The concert was amazing! It was literally like nothing I’d ever seen, and the atmosphere was so different to being in one of the UK arenas. My personal favourite was the finale with “O’Fortuna” and for some reason which I still can’t work out David Hasselhoff turned up! WordPress is being an arse and won’t let me upload the footage, but head over to my Instagram to see some of the videos and a few of my selfies with the cast members. 🙂
On the last day we managed a quick trip to stock up on Belgium chocolates then it was off home!
I’ve tried to keep this post pretty short, to avoid rambling on for ages, but it was an amazing experience! I hope you guys have enjoyed this little snapshot into my holiday! Let me know if you’re going away anywhere this year.
I’ve been a little bit addicted to Pinterest lately, especially office décor! Dan and I recently moved into our first house together back in January, and 6 months later we’re still doing little bits to it and sorting things out. I didn’t realise that making a house into a home would be such an ongoing project but here we are!
The room I’m most excited about is the spare bedroom, which we’re turning into an office space. I’ve never had a workspace of my own before, I’ve always worked at a desk in my room. At the moment we have a desk and some bookshelves in there, but it’s become a bit of a junk room, so I’ve been browsing Pinterest for inspiration and I’ve found some beautiful rooms I want to share with you.
(I do not own any of these images, they were found on Pinterest. All credit goes to the original owner)
Storage heaven! I love how fresh and crisp this décor is. Currently I have a jumble of all softs of craft items, which are here, there and everywhere, so something like this would be perfect to store them all.
His and her desk of dreams! In reality this would never work. Dan is super neat, whereas I like to get everything out, spread it all over the desk and leave it there for a few days “just in case I need to use it again”. I love the metal pin board and the shelves on this though, and I think there would look really nice on our walls.
This desk would probably be too small for me, but if you have limited space, it would probably be perfect. I love the pin board on this, and it looks like it would be pretty easy to make one with a fancy frame. Also loving the desk chair on this one.
Organisation goals! The colour theme with this set up is beautiful. I actually have a white bookcase like this, but its full of multi-coloured random stuff and nowhere near as pretty.
This wall storage is a brilliant idea, and would be perfect for storing all my drawing pencils and keeping my desk clutter free. The little metal letter rack is really pretty too, I’m so bad for having documents all over my desk, so I need one of these in my life.
My desk at the minute is a plain white one from Ikea, but I need something like this I think, again for the extra storage for all my random bits. I really like the contrast of the straw wicker baskets and the white too. Kind of feeling like I need that wall art in my life too.
The crafting desk of dreams! It’s a bit ambitious space wise for my spare room, but imagine all the stuff you could hide in there. I’d probably even be able to hide myself in there.
This little storage trolly is a brilliant idea, especially up you want to make your storage more of a feature. It’s really cute and quirky and I’m going to keep my eye out for one of these.
This is amazing! I think this would pretty much be the perfect storage solution for me. This is on my DIY to do list, and when I get round to making it, I’ll do a blog post on it.
And that’s my office inspiration/ wish list. I have lots more photo’s over on my Pinterest (click on the icon in the side bar to see!). I honestly can’t wait to get my office finished, and seeing all these beautiful spaces, has given me a kick up the bum to start on my own. Do you guys have an office space? Let me know what your perfect office would look like, and if you’re a crafter like me.
Today I wanted to chat about someone, who, although they aren’t around any more, still have a huge influence on my life.
(This post was written a few weeks ago and has been edited so many times, I’ve had a lot of things going on at the moment which is why I haven’t been blogging. I’ve decided to share it with you anyway, even though its a few weeks late and today is meant to be a book review Sunday, back to normal next week 🙂 )
My Nana Tina passed away 10 years ago, on the 10th of May, which is obviously the reason behind this post. 10 years is a long time to be without somebody who meant the absolute world to you. I think of her everyday, and still miss her terribly, and I realise I’ve only mentioned her briefly on my blog, but she was such a wonderful person I wanted to share her with you. My Nana was diagnosed with bowel cancer at 60 years old, and was told there was nothing the doctors could do for her. The day she passed away was one of the worst days of my life. This letter is all the things I’d tell her now if I could, and I hope it gives you a sense of the incredibly special person she was.
First of all, I’ve missed you everyday for the past 10 years. Not a day goes by where I don’t think of you. I still speak to you sometimes, and when something happens, good or bad, you’re the first person I want to tell. I missed telling you when I got my exam results, I missed you when I got into university, when I passed my driving test, when I was stuck in London and I missed home, when I was going through a rough patch in my life and all I wanted was a hug and to speak to you.
I wish I could tell you the small things too. The funny things the kids at work have done or said to me, moan about the annoying things Dan does sometimes (sorry Dan!). I’d love to come to your house and put the kettle on, or go out for food, or even just put the kettle on and gossip over a cup of tea.
Whenever I think of my childhood I think of you, you meant the whole world to me. I loved those Sunday dinners at your house pretty much every weekend without fail (with the best Yorkshire pudding in the world and the beef that was always a bit too tough) . We’d turn your house upside down making dens, or getting all of the toys, books and colouring stuff out. But you never once complained, you just got your clothes horse and sheets out and helped us make them. When I was a kid, the thing that made me the most excited was being told you’re staying at your Nana’s house this weekend, or that you were picking me up from school. The trips to Woolworths after school, where you’d end up buying me pick and mix and toys I didn’t need. Coming over for tea on a weeknight and it being either salad and homemade chips (your chips were the best by the way), spag bol or a cooked dinner. Those little packed lunches you made for Grandad and I when we went off fishing together. I have far too many happy memories to list here. It makes me really sad to think Evie and Emmy won’t ever get to have these with you.
Watching you deteriorate was the most heart breaking thing, but you always stayed positive. You helped me study for exams even when you were tired and not feeling well. You were there to encourage me, and listen to me stress about all my GCSE’s and always had a hug ready for when I was having crap days at school. No matter how ill you were you always wanted to look after everybody else, and even before you got ill. I remember I always used to see you in Thorne, on your little green bike on your way to take care of my great nana, every single day even though she lived at the other side of the village.
There’s so much I want to thank you for and I never had the chance. Thank you for inspiring me and giving me that extra push when I needed you. Thank you for teaching me to be kind, to think about other people more and to believe in myself. Thank you for making my childhood so happy. Thank you for being the glue that held us all together. Thank you for being the best role model I could possibly have.
I’m lucky I got to spend 16 years of my life with you, and I’ll cherish those memories forever. You may not be here physically, but I feel like your still there sometimes and its the biggest comfort I could ever have.
I love you. x
I hope this wasn’t too depressing for you guys, but its something I felt I really needed to say. My Nana’s been on my mind a lot lately, and even after ten years I still miss her. Grief never really goes away, it just changes.