Sunday, 28 September 2014

An Autumn Walk

This morning we went for an autumnal walk at a country park near where I live. Here are a few pictures I took...

Chloe xx 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Things Lately

I try to keep my blog as happy and positive as possible and I like to think that I've come a long way where positivity is concerned but recently I've been feeling a bit stressed and a bit lonely too. Since finishing college, it upsets me that I don't really have any friends my age that I am able to meet up with often and although I have friends that I have met through Twitter, I would love some friends that live near me.

I feel really stressed about what I'm going to do in the future job/education-wise. I also feel really anxious about it and like I have no purpose sometimes. It scares me to think too far ahead to the future so I try to take every day as it comes. I don't feel like this as much as I used to but it's a big change not to be in education and not to see people my age and is something that is hard to get used to. I'm scared about never having a job, or being able to go back to education, never having friends or being able to do the things I want to do. I'm worried about what people will think if I'm not at college or working and it's making me so stressed. I feel like I need to have a plan but I don't and I really can't find anything that suits me which is so disappointing and disheartening that I can't do what I want to do. 

Don't get me wrong, most of the time I'm happy and positive but it's hard to be like that all the time and it sometimes gets to me. I try to apprieate the little things but it's really hard to see everyone else my age starting to drive and looking at uni's when I can't even walk too far or go shopping without suffering and being in a lot of pain afterwards. 

Chloe xx 
Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Product Rave: Aromatherapy Associates Miniature Bath Oils

I put these oils on my birthday wishlist and was super lucky to receive them from my parents this year. I've really wanted to try something from Arometherapy Associates but didn't want to splash out not knowing whether or not I liked the products. The miniture set is perfect for trying out the oils and I think more brands should do something like this! 

So, on to the oils.... 

Relax Deep - vetivert, camomile and sandlewood. Lovely after a long stressful day or if you need a good nights sleep. It really helped me to relax but I don't like the scent as much as Relax Light. Does what it says on the tin. 

Relax Light - lavender, ylang ylang and petitgrain. This one is one of my favourite scents and really helps me to sleep. Definitely one that I'm going to repurchase. 

De-Stress Mind - frankincense, petitgrain,  wild camomile and rosemary. This would be a lovely one to keep by your desk at work to inhale if you're feeling stressed. I LOVE the scent of this one! Can't get enough! 

De-Stress MuscleRosemary, black pepper, ginger and lavender. I've used this one the most to try and soothe my poor aching muscles. It's hard to tell if it helps or whether it's just the hot water that makes me feel better but the experience is relaxing and makes me feel better. I think it would be a great one for someone who has overdone it at the gym  or feels tense. 

Revive Morning - pink grapefruit, juniper berry and Rosemary. I can't say this made a huge difference to me feeling any more revived but then again I do have M.E. It's a lovely scent and feel luxurious. 

Revive Evening - geranium, ylang ylang, patchouli and sandlewood. This is one that I personally don't have much use for so can't really comment. May be good before a night out or something like that? I'm not really sure what the difference between Revive Morning and Revive Evening are. They smell differently but surely if you want to be revived, it doesn't matter on the time of day? I'm guessing Revive Evening isn't quite as revive-y (technical term) or strong as the Morning one.  

Support Breathe - pine, eucalyptus, tea tree and peppermint, perfect for if you are feeling anxious or have a cold. I used this a lot recently during a very anxious time and although it didn't cure my anxiety, it helped me to feel more relaxed for the duration of the bath and for a while after. 

Support Lavender and Peppermint - AA say that the main benefits of this oil are that it soothes and cools the skin. This is the only oil I am yet to use but I imagine it would be great for sunburn and is relaxing and soothing all round. It smells like lavender and peppermint as you would expect! 

Support Equilibrium - geranium, rose and frankinsence, not gonna lie, at first, I had no idea what "equilibrium" meant and had to ask my dad. This oil is designed to be to be emotionally balancing and uplifting. 

So there we have it, all 9 oils! Aromatherapy Associates have since added an "Inner Strength" oil which I am yet to try. All oils have been used in the bath, not the shower, as I am extra cautious of slipping. I would recommend them to anyone, especailly spoonies, anxiety sufferers and anyone who struggles to sleep or relax. They make a great gift and I personally think they are worth the £33. 

Have you tried any of these oils? If so, if love to know your thoughts. 

Chloe xx 

*Not a sponsored post 
Sunday, 14 September 2014

Dover Castle and Beach Adventures

A couple of weeks ago, I had a busy week and managed two full days out the house. The first was a trip to Dover Castle. 

Pondering over the meaning of life in the Abbey...

I climbed a LOT of stairs which was extremely difficult and painful but the view was worth it, do you think? 


Two days later we went to the beach for the day....

Typical English weather, the sky was very grey and so was the sea! 

I expected the second day to be the hardest and I thought I would feel worse because I would be suffering from payback from the first day but actually it was the other way round. The first day, I felt absolutely awful and didn't think I would make it out the car at first, let alone up the castle and I'm super proud of myself for how much I managed and how much walking I did, even if me and nan got left behind a lot! One thing I wouldn't recommend doing if you have ME/Fibro and are visiting Dover is going in the war time tunnels. We thought we'd just be wandering through but it was a guided tour and we had to walk super fast down slopes and there were automatic doors that closed behind you if you didn't move fast enough which was really horrible and I struggled so much. You couldn't drink down there either (although I did have to in the end because I felt awful and like I was going to pass out) and the tour was 45 mins so quite long and draining. There are also a lot of loud sounds, moving pictures and flashing lights so if I had know it was like that, I definitely wouldn't of gone! Silly me for not researching it properly beforehand. 
Both days out were super cold and freezing! Where has summer gone? I really enjoyed sitting relaxing on the beach though (even if I did look a bit of an idiot wrapped up in loads of layers including some of my nans clothes - lol my life is so elegant!). The beach is one of my favourite places to go, it's a shame I probably won't get to go until spring next year! 
I hope you enjoyed reading about some more of my adventures, I love sharing them with you all! 
Chloe xxx 


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Liebster Award

So the other day, my friend Katie nominated me for the Liebster Award. Here are her questions and my answers... 

1. If a purple alien with three heads knocked on your front door and gave you the chance to make a planet, what would it look like (from space) and what would you name it?
It would be pink (obviously!) and white and swirly. Kinda like the Comforter from Lush but in planet form. And it would be called Aurora because I love the name and Sleeping Beauty/disney/princesses! 

2. Tea or hot chocolate?
You can't ask me this, Katie! Don't make me chose! I drink tea more but I do love a good hot chocolate. I'd probably have to say tea. Is that a boring answer? 

 3.What's your favourite quote or saying?
I have SO many! I might even do a whole post on them soon but for now, this is one of my faves 

 4.You're given one trip in a time machine, you can go whenever and wherever you want, where would you choose? 

The 30's/40's in America like in the NoteBook or the English countryside in the 20's. I'd really love to travel back to the 20's, I love the fashion and the make-up and how much everything changed in such a short amount of time. 

5. Which piece of clothing do you own that you couldn't do without and ultimately wear all the time? 

Can I be really boring and say black leggings? I wear my leather jacket all the time too! 

6. If you could live inside a TV series or film as one of the characters, what series/film would it be? 
The TV series I'd love to be inside is Gossip Girl. You get to live in New York, and the clothes are to die for, they got to Paris and the Hamptons all the time and they have loads of money! If I had to chose a character to be too, I'd probably chose Blair purely for Chuck Bass related reasons, who wouldn't?! *swoon* 

7. What's your favourite candle scent?

I LOVE candles in general so picking one is super hard! Um.... I really love Coastal Waters by Yankee Candle. 

8. Which season is your favourite, and why? 
Katie, you totally know what I'm going to say! Autumn of course! I love layering and cosy winter evenings, candles and dark lipstick and nail polish! 

9. Go-to comfort food or drink? 

10. Who's your biggest role model/inspiration? 
I have so many! But all my spoonie friends are my role models :) 

I nominate....
I would of nominated all the girls that Katie did too!

And my questions for you are:
1.) which beauty product makes you feel most like a princess? 
2.) What is your favourite Disney film? 
3.) Why did you start blogging? 
4.) Name something (an event or time of year) you are looking forward to? 
5.) Who is your celebrity crush? 
6.) Your favourite quote? 
7.) Cats or dogs? 
8.) Name a song that reminds you of your childhood
9.) Name a place in the world you would like to visit
10.) name something you are scared of

Chloe xx 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

My Holiday - Part #4

Friday was our last day - boo! We went back down to Brixham and went on a boat ride to Torquay (and back!)

I don't look happy but I promise you, I did enjoy it! It was just VERY cold! 
(My mum will kill me if she see's this... - oops!) 

The weather wasn't so great, it looks really grey and cloudy! 

Cream tea #2, I remembered to take a picture this time! 
In the afternoon, we went on a Steam Train ride. 

  And that was then end of our holiday! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I got up to. Going out every single day certainly took it's toll on me and my body was not happy at all, it took me a few weeks to recover afterwards but I think I'm finally getting back to 'normal'. 
Chloe xxx
Monday, 8 September 2014

My Holiday - Part #3

On Wednesday we travelled down to Plymouth to meet my friend Hannah! We had a super lovely time in Starbucks - I wish I could of stayed for longer! 

We then explored Plymouth a little bit ...

And visited the war memorial...

My dad, brother and sister went up the lighthouse...

On Thursday we went to Brixham, looked round a few shops, had lunch and a cream tea!

Chloe xxx

My Holiday - Part #2

On the Monday, we went to a Victorian museum called Bygones. My camera didn't focus too well with the dodgey museum light and as it was quite dark, I didn't get many pictures but I did manage to get one of my favourite bit  - the old make up!

We then went for a wander/wheel along the cliff tops.


On Tuesday we went to Babbacombe Model Village. I struggled a lot because we couldn't take the wheelchair as it was super hilly and there were a lot of steps - not fun!

I liked the Eastenders set...

And Will, Kate and baby George were probably my favourite part. We then went for dinner and came back in the evening when it was all lit up...

We also drove past the big wheel in Torquay on our way home when it was lit up too - pretty!
Chloe xx