Thursday, 20 August 2015

The IBS Series: When your body doesn't work

Quite often I have feelings of hate towards my body, not for the extra roll I may be carrying, or the stretchmarks, the cellulite or the bits that wobble. For the fact that my body just doesn't work 'normally'. I curse my body for not being healthy in the sense of it not functioning the way it should.

Four years into my IBS diagnosis I still can't seem to accept that this body of mine just isn't quite right and I'd give anything for it to work how it should. I'd love not to look like I'm on the verge of giving birth when I'm bloated, I'd love to be ache and pain free, to not be fatigued pretty much all the time and for the anxiety and worry that seems to go hand in hand with my IBS to just disappear. 

I suppose at some point I have to accept this is just how my body is now, I'm not in denial that this is for life but I just can't accept that I'll never know what it feels like to have a healthy, working, pain free body again and at times that's a struggle. 

We all have hang-ups but if you've been blessed with a body that functions the way it should then count yourself lucky and stop hating on the small stuff, life's too short. Meanwhile I should work on accepting that this is just how I am.

Does anyone else with a chronic illness feel like this? Please leave a comment or even get in touch (my email is to the top right). 

You can view my IBS introduction and disclaimer here and some background info to my IBS can be found here.


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Feel Unique Haul

I've wanted to try this bunch of products for the longest time but they're certainly not the cheapest things out there (for me anyway!) so I knew when I received some birthday money that the first thing I would be doing is placing a Feel Unique order. Here's what I bought...

Nourish Balancing Detoxifying Cleanser £13
This cream cleanser is recommended for combination skin and is 94% organic. It uses light emollients and apple extract. I'm hoping this will really calm my skin down and restore some balance.

Nourish Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser £16.50
This is a cleanser, mask and facial all in one product. Massage and rinse to use it as a cleanser, smooth over dry skin and leave it for 2 minutes to use as a daily exfoliating mask or as a weekly treatment, apply and leave it for 5 minutes. I'm going to be using this more as a mask in the hopes it helps to heal and fade some of my spot scares.

Weleda Aknedoron Purifying Lotion £9.95
This purifying lotion helps skin to regulate itself using sage, thyme, lavender, calendula, chamomile, witch hazel and sulphur to calm, sooth, re-balance and stimulate skin. I'm having a lot of trouble with my skin recently so this is the one product I'm really excited to start using.

Packed with honey, shea butter and plant oils this lip balm is intended to restore suppleness and comfort to lips as well as repair them. No matter what lip balm I try, my lips seem to constantly crack, flake and bleed so I have high hopes for this little pot!

Depending on how I get on with these products I may do separate reviews on them in the future so keep an eye out for those.


Thursday, 13 August 2015

Book Review: The Finding of Freddie Perkins

Freddie Perkins has lost a lot. His mum, for a start. His friends and his home, now he's been dragged up to Scotland to live with his granny. And even his dad - because even though Dad's still there, he and Freddie can't seem to talk any more.

But something is watching Freddie. Something very rare and very special. Something that finds things that are lost.

Freddie has lost a lot, but he's about to discover how much there is out there to find...

This is a children's book (I'd say about 10 years old) but I'm really not fussed about who books are meant to be aimed at and I'll read anything as long as it sounds interesting. I can't even remember how I ended up with this book, it was on my Kindle so I'm guessing it was on a deal one day.

Freddie Perkins' mum has died, he and his dad try to carry on as normal with each other but a huge problem stands in their way...silence. Neither know what to say to each other or how to properly talk about their feelings. Then they move in with Freddie's grandma who Freddie dislikes, he's stuck in the middle of nowhere in a huge house until his grandma suggests a small adventure for them both that changes Freddie's life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think it's a great read for kids to teach them about emotions and feelings, the importance of talking about things and family. I also think adult alike will enjoy this book, I know I did. It's a quick and easy read for pretty much any age that packs a decent punch and manages to add a magical feel to the story.

 Rating: ★★


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Current Favourites: Five Amazing Bloggers

These are probably the blogs I've read for the longest time and they're the ones I always go straight to on Bloglovin' to catch up on their latest posts. Here are five lovely blogs written by five amazing ladies.
by Lauren

Lauren has been writing As Loud As Love since 2012 but I was actually following her before then as she had a couple of blogs before this one. I've always loved her blog, it's so down to earth and relatable and I always feel happy after I've been reading one of her posts. It's filled with trips out, thoughts and reflections and happy lists and now Lauren has started introducing some beauty posts too. As Loud As Love is one of the few genuinely all-round lovely blogs I've come across.

 Little Winter
by Katie

Little Winter is another really honest blog, nothing is sugar coated or filtered. It's filled with weekend adventures, cute pictures of Katie's cat and what she's been up to lately but in amongst all the happiness there are honest posts about life and how she's feeling all eloquently written while still been able to reach out and speak to the reader. I love the honest and open approach of Little Winter, it's really refreshing in a world where people can forget things aren't as rosy as what many portray online. 

Milk Bubble Tea
by Becky

Milk Bubble Tea is a blog I've also followed since I can remember, when I first started reading it Becky was more of a fashion blogger, posting personal style pictures but over the years it's developed into an amazing lifestyle blog filled with iPhone photo diaries, little hauls and amazing recipes. Becky's photo's are simply beautiful and you can also be sure that her cute miniature Dachshund, Oscar will make and appearance.

 Cider with Rosie
by Rosie
 Cider with Rosie provides detailed and in-depth posts that hold your attention to the very last word. Accompanied with stunning photo's, Rosie has to the art of writing comprehensive but interesting posts down to a T. Cider with Rosie is filled with days out, recipes, happy lists and even simple dog walks with Teddy the dog. I have to say I have a little hair envy going on every time I see a photo of Rosie too (hello lovely, long, wavy hair!).

by Jennie 

Sailboat has to be the most beautifully written blogs I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Jenny is such an amazing writer, in just a few sentences she can capture your imagination, or transport you somewhere else or paint a vivid picture in your mind. That girl needs to write a book or something because she truly is a wonderful writer. Sailboat started as a beauty blog and while there still are occasional beauty posts there's also book hauls and reviews, general musing and thought provoking pieces of writing.


Friday, 7 August 2015

Florida Plans

When this is published we'll be excitedly sat in the airport waiting to board our flight to Florida. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am that we're actually going on our dream holiday. The first holiday abroad in 5 years and one that we never dreamed we'd be doing!

As it's such a huge holiday we've had to plan every little detail, above is our itinerary of what we'll be doing each day and some details of night time plans though we will be doing a few other things as night too that aren't included and eating out out some lovely restaurants. It's safe to say for a long time after we're back there's going to be Florida themed posts on here and I'm not sorry about that so prepare yourself for a stream of photo filled, magical posts when I'm back!

I will hopefully be posting some photo's on Instagram while I'm away so if you would like to see what I'm up to while I'm there you can follow me here and I will be using #CalicoSkiesInFlorida to tag all my Florida photo's.


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

FILMS: What We Watched #13

2015 | 117 min | Superhero / Science Fiction / Action
J: It's Marvel, it's great. There's not much more to say! Not the greatest of all superheroes (if I had to have a superhero suit it'd definitely be Iron Man. Okay he can't shrink to ridiculously tiny proportions and still be as strong as a full sized man, but he can do anything and everything else!) but he's still pretty cool. Lead characters aside, the secondary characters are great. Especially his slightly hyperactive and overenthusiastic Hispanic chum! One issue I have with Ant-Man as a movie though is why end phase two with it? I'd have switched Ant-Man and Age of Ultron around. But what can you do!
L: Oh we do love a good Marvel film over here. Ant-Man is the conclusion to phase two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Granted he doesn't have the best superhero name but it turns out he's actually pretty amazing. There are some strong performances from very well known actors (Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly) and Corey Stoll is great as the slightly unhinged antagonist, but after seeing him in House of Cards it's no surprise he played this role well. As with most Marvel films there were a good few comedy moments to counterbalance the action. Although I think Ant-Man was an excellent film I'm not quite sure I'd have placed it as the end film for phase two but oh well. Only got to wait until May 2016 for phase 3 to begin...
Inside Out
2015 | 94 min | Animation / Comedy-Drama
J: You can't beat a good Disney Pixar movie. Like, at all. Unless you're a Marvel film. Or Star Wars. Or Lord of the Rings. Look, the point is they're all up there! Inside Out is set primarily in a girls head, and you see how the characteristics of the five separate emotions clash and blend to make the one well rounded person. There's plenty to enjoy in this movie and it'll keep you chuckling away til the end. I also enjoyed it as Lauren is pretty much Sadness and Anger's love child. The fiery temperament and the classic we're-all-doomed attitude. Although there's also an element of Joy when she sees cats.
L: If there's one thing we like just as much as Marvel films here, it's a Disney Pixar film so we certainly weren't going to pass up on this latest offering. I think Inside Out is a wonderful concept for a film, five personified emotions (fear, sadness, joy, disgust and anger) guiding you through life trying to create a happy balance in order for a person to maintain a good emotional state and a connection to things such as friends, family, hobbies and memories. On the surface, this is a lovely film for kids but deeper down it's enjoyable for adults too who understand more about growing up, letting go of things and changing as a person. I think Pixar are excellent at making films appeal to the whole family by creating something good for kids to watch but also something for adults to think about. I really enjoyed this film...and yes, I cried. But that's no surprise. 

If you only watch one of these films it should be...
J: Inside Out
L: Inside Out


Monday, 3 August 2015

Happy List #115

July, you were a great month! I was a little let down with the weather as you should have been so much warmer but I'll let you off. 

July was a super full month of fun things, days out, my birthday, more Florida planning and meeting the new little ball of fluff that is Boo. Achievement of the month, I finally learned how to do a fishtail braid, I can't believe it's taken me so long!

Things that made me happy in July...
  1. Days out - I love nothing more than staying at home with my pjs on and watching a good tv series or a film but sometimes you've just got to go out and this month was jam packed with days and nights out. From a work night out to see our school production of Little Shop of Horrors (which was amazing), a trip to the farm, watching my Dad enjoy his super car race day we bought him for his birthday, going out for lunch for my birthday, going out for an Indian with my family for my birthday and finally going out to celebrate my mums 50th birthday (wow that was a lot of meals out!)
  2. Boo - Josh and his family got a new kitten this month and she's just the tiniest ball of fluff I've ever seen. She's taken to attacking my feet when I wear my slippers but when she falls asleep cuddled in my arms all is forgiven.
  3. My birthday - I mentioned here I was looking forwards to my birthday this year, although been another year older isn't quite to great. You can read all about my birthday here.