Autism Awareness: Remembering Uncle Chris

Yesterday would have been my Uncle’s 63rd Birthday. My amazing Uncle Chris was autistic, and I had the pleasure of being his niece for 22 years. He lightened up any family gathering, brought light to my life and definitely made me a better and more well rounded person. It has been almost 3 years since we lost this incredible man and this post is more of a tribute to him than anything, as well as creating awareness of autism and what it is.
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You don’t have to post it to prove it

Never has the phrase ‘Doing it for the gram’ been more real. In a world where we now rely on social media to check up on what others are doing, find out where the celebs are and get inspiration for decor, recipes and outfits, it’s no surprise we feel pressured to prove that we’re achieving things too; living our best lives and generally looking for validation of our choices.  Continue reading

Why staycations can be the best vacations

A lot can be said for the humble UK break. It was all I ever knew growing up. My Mum and Dad would pack us into the car, up to our eyeballs in suitcases and pillows, the windbreak and bucket and spades crammed between us, for the 5 hour drive down to Cornwall nearly every year until we were 16 – and we loved it. We knew no different. But we did know we were in for 2 weeks of relaxed parenting, ice cream on tap and pretty much an anything-goes attitude whilst away from our usual routine.
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Understanding Dementia

Tomorrow is my Grandma’s 89th birthday. As I’m settling down to watch Bake Off with Mum (bring on bread week!) I remembered how I would drive the 5 minutes to my Grandma’s house every Tuesday to watch it with her, a special time I’ll never forget. Now, she is in a lovely care home about 15 minutes from us, as her need for round the clock care became more prominent after her dementia diagnosis. It can be hard to grasp when someone doesn’t remember things, is confused easily and may not even know who you are, which is why I wanted to understand dementia more.
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Why Your Weight Doesn’t Determine Your Worth

This post is one I definitely feel passionate about writing so soon after Christmas. If you read my last post all about my realistic resolutions, you may have noticed that weight loss was not on the list. I’m a firm believer in feeling your best and treating your body the right way by eating well and moving more, but this year, it’s not going to be the focus of my existence.

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It’s okay to not be okay

Hey beautiful blog readers. It’s been a while hasn’t it?! I’ve had lots happening this month. I’m all for honesty on here – it’s not all rainbows and unicorns 100% of the time and I am finally feeling confident enough to put my creative head back on and write a post on the blog I’ve really enjoyed creating this year. Continue reading

Turning 24: What My 23rd Year Taught Me

Woah woah WOAH. How is it that only yesterday I was turning 16 having a house party at mine and now 8 years have passed and I’m 24 years old? I can’t quite fathom the concept of time at the moment because I still feel like I’ve just left school yet I have 5 years of work and a travel trip of a lifetime under my belt. This year has undoubtedly rushed past me, but I still wanted to remember all the moments which have taught me so much. Continue reading