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What’s On My Christmas Jumper Wishlist for 2020?

Who else has been contemplating putting up their Christmas decorations early? A few people on my street have already done it and I’m so tempted. I think we all deserve to celebrate earlier and one of the ways I want to do it is getting some Christmas jumpers. I have none tucked away and it’s good to have some options.

Have I been looking into getting some for a couple of months? Yes.

Have I made myself a little wishlist of jumpers that I love? Of course!

jumperPhoto by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Eru Christmas Elf Hoodie (£32)

Before anyone says ‘Daisy, this isn’t a jumper!’, it was classed as one on the Next website and that’s enough for me! Haha! One of the things I loved about this option was that it was ELF-related. Anything to do with that film wins. Buddy just makes everything instantly Christmas!

I’m not sure how long the hoodie itself is but still looks amazing!

Threadbear Christmas Dog Jumper (£24)

You can’t have a Christmas jumper wishlist without one that has a festive animal on it! I wish I could find one with a cat, but this dog one is adorable too! Look at it! It has little fairy lights on it and a pair of teeny boots!

If we’re going to go into other details, I also love the grey and red combo! It makes this look less cheesy and more something you wouldn’t be embarrassed in seeing yourself in.

Perfect choice for dog lovers out there!

Sparkle Tree Christmas Jumper (£15)

If Christmas isn’t the perfect time to wear a sparkly jumper, then I don’t know when is. I’m not usually a massive fan of sparkle but it tends to make me think 80s, but I do love what Matalan has done with this. It doesn’t look like it’s overkill and the sparkle does remind me of my tinsel!

The tree on the front is something that really made me love this. I can’t deal with decoration on the front of a top that sticks out. It always manages to catch on something and made wearing it a nightmare. While this does have little baubles and candy canes that stick out, it’s only slightly.

Cute yet functionable!

‘Fa LaLaLaLa’ Black Jumper (£22)

If you’re someone that does like all the bright colours and sparkle, then you might enjoy this minimal black and white jumper from Tu Clothing at Sainsbury’s.

It still has the festive edge with the ‘Fa Lalalala’ on the front, but it isn’t as much in your face as the others. I reckon this would be great for everyday wear during this month and December and carry on until Christmas 2021. Black and white can never go out of fashion!

At least I hope not! Haha.

Disney Minnie Mouse Jumper (£16)

You can’t have a post on my blog without some fandom-related jumpers!

Of course I had to find myself a Disney one to include and I thought this Minnie Mouse sweatshirt was adorable! It’s as simple as it sounds. It has Minnie looking up at some mistletoe and I’m sure that special someone will give you a kiss under it!

It’s also white so you really could wear this throughout the year. I doubt anyone else would care that it’s technically something festive.

How To Train Your Dragon | Elsa From Frozen | Baby Yoda (£55.99)

If you’re looking for some more alternative jumpers that are pretty expensive but super detailed, then EMP has so many options from you to choose from! I can’t vouch on how thick they are, but look at these designs I saw! They’re really unique and lots of nerds would flock to these!

First up, we have Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon! It’s super rare to find any clothing with Toothless on it and I gave a little internal squeal when I saw that he had a Christmas jumper. I love it! It’s in his usual clothes and has tiny designs of dragon and viking helmets. You even get a design on the back too!

I’m in love with the Elsa jumper!! It comes in different shades of blue, a gorgeous silohette of Elsa, snowflakes and mini dancing Olafs! You don’t have to be a child to love a Disney princess. Just let it go, okay?! *wink*

Finally we have the cutest little child in the universe! You can watch all the latest Mandalorian episodes on Disney Plus while wearing this! I bet The Child would be the perfect little space elf. The jumper has ‘This is my good side’ on the front and ‘Merry Forth Be With You’ on the back!

Which Christmas jumper will you be wearing this year?

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Controlling What I Consume On Social Media

Over the last few months I’ve written a couple of posts about social media. I’ve shared all my little peeves about it and how to engage with audience. It’s such an essential element for a blogger to have, especially when they’re starting out. It helps you market your posts, correspond with brands and chat with your readers.

I’m a bit of an enigma when it comes to social media. I rarely use Instagram or Facebook and only venture onto Twitter, Pinterest and TikTok. Kind of obviously why my views are always super low! Haha! I started blogging back in 2014 and the way we use this media has changed so much.

It’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve allowed myself to control what I read/watch. You can easily get overwhelmed by news, posts and opinions on these sites. My mental health has constantly been triggered by comparisons, unrelated images and nasty rants. If I’m going to use these sites daily, why shouldn’t I market it towards my personal tastes? I shouldn’t be ashamed to mute or even block accounts.

Social Media

It was around February last year when I finally had enough. I was sick of seeing news about politics, reading tweets from celebrities I didn’t like and even being subjected to videos of animal abuse. My Twitter had to show all the fandoms I loved from voice actors, merch and fan chatter.

I wanted to surround myself with people who make me feel wanted and care about what I tweet. I wanted to be excited to click onto the site and enjoy what I saw. Yes, that means watching adorable cat videos! Twitter wasn’t the only place that I changed things. I did the same on Youtube, Pinterest and TikTok. There is something special about motivational quotes, successes of friends and fangirling news!

This time yesterday I was asdf-ing over some Tom Holland news. That is definitely the kind of news I want to see every day!

As I’ve gotten older, my tastes have changed. Content creators who I used to adore have changed or disappeared and it’s easier for me to see videos/posts with fewer subscriptions. You don’t even want to know how many people I used to follow because they were ‘cool’. I’ll admit that unfollowing certain people was painful at the time but I had to be honest with myself. When did I last watch/read their content? Did I enjoy what they did?

The one site that I’ve had to be brutally honest on is Twitter.

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It took me a long time to feel okay using the mute and block options. Guilt was what had previously prevented me doing this, but I decided that I had to put myself first. First I muted words that I didn’t want to see, then moved onto accounts. I hate the idea of blocking people unless I have a very good reason. That reason usually is they’re either obvious spam accounts or adult ones. No-one needs to see that on their timeline!

I’ll be frank with you: I have muted friends in the past.

Muting them doesn’t mean that I don’t like them. Muting them just means that they’re a little triggering for me. Obviously people probably notice when I mute them and unfollow. If that was you, sorry! I swear it wasn’t personal! One of the biggest things I’ve tackled this year is blocking spam accounts. Yes, they make me look like I have a bunch of followers. They don’t read my blog though! I’m just purely a number for them.

Doing this has taken me down to under 5000 but at least I know my followers are people who are real.

If you’re thinking about looking at your own social media accounts, here are some tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to unfollow someone.
  • Try not to feel upset if you’re unfollowed.
  • Take a break if you need one.
  • Follow accounts you love/who are positive.

What have you done to make to make your social media more self-accessible?

Lifestyle

The Ultimate Autumn Bucket List For All Ages

With the world feeling like it’s on fire right now, we don’t know what we can do. It feels like we’re going to be stuck without family. While that might be the case I think there are lots of fun things we can do to celebrate the season.

This is in the form of an Autumn bucket list.

You guys know how I love a good list! I decided to have a sit down and think of some things you could do. This could be at home or with your family out in the open. Don’t worry…I am still thinking of the Tier 3 people here in the UK!

Autumn Bucket ListPhoto by Cecile Vedemil on Unsplash

Carve a pumpkin

We have to attempt to carve a pumpkin this year! There are so many things you can make, especially if you’re creative/artistic. If you can’t carve one then you can do the next best thing: paint on it! You don’t have to be great at any of these.

As long as you have fun as you do it, then that’s all that matters.

Buy a new sweater

We’re moving into the cooler months so we say goodbye to heatwaves and hello to eternal rain. That’s what it feels like right now! Haha! Something that I love wearing is a nice comfy sweater.

You can get all snug with a turtle neck or a camel cable-knit. See? I know some terminology! Doesn’t Autumn automatically make you think of curling up in a sweater with a blanket and a good book? It does for me! I’m not sure which one I’ll buy this year but I’d love any opinions!

Create a Halloween playlist

Something that I’ve gotten into this year with Spotify is creating playlists.

I have way too many to my name! I have one for helping me sleep, one for my childhood, one for songs my parents introduced me to and more. I don’t actually have one for Halloween since I don’t really like scary things. I still like the idea of getting songs that make me think of this time of year.

It wouldn’t be an Autumn bucket list without something about music in it!

Make a closet costume

This concept was introduced to me by my cosplayer friends. You get given a character and create their costume using whatever clothes you have.

You’re obviously not going to make the perfect costume. That’s not the point. It’s just making a costume that feels right to you. You could choose to do a human Casper or Beetlejuice! It’s just something a little different and a fun game to do with friends.

Buy a candle

Candles have always been a big thing through the decades. They give us light and now have some amazing scents connected with the seasons. I’ve always wished that the UK had better selection of candles for Autumn, but they do exist. You just have to look around for them.

Yankee Candle have some gorgeous scents for this time of year: Pumpkin Patch, Spiced Orange and Autumn Glow. Not sponsored but wouldn’t mind being! *wink*

Decorate your home

What are bloggers particularly known for?

Decorating their homes for pictures, of course! Okay, so that’s kind of what the world thinks we do and they’re not entirely wrong. Most of us do love to decorate a room in our home. I’ve brought a little bit of Autumn into my bedroom through a soft yellow blanket and season-inspired cushions. I can’t get into putting fake leaf garland around the place, but I do love a little something!

Attend a Zoom Halloween party

Since we can’t attend any Halloween parties right now, we can do the next best thing!

Have one over the internet!!

You can still get dressed into a costume, have some drinks and chat with friends. Plus you can do it all from the comfort of your own home. No need to go out in the freezing cold!

Jump in a pile of leaves

Hey, I did say this was an Autumn bucket list for all ages! We all have that inner child that loves crunching leaves and, if you have enough, you can make a massive pile!

I’ve never jumped into a pile before but it sounds like so much fun! I’d probably be finding leaves in my hair for days though. The trials of having long, curly hair. Haha!

Eat a candy apple

First off…ew.

Second…I only say ew because I’ve yet to find a candy apple that was nice. There’s just something about having something extra sweet over an apple. They’re sweet enough, people! I blame the fact that I had braces when I was younger and broke a wire.

Anyone who has had a broken wire or bracket will know my pain.

This all said, I may try and make my own. I’m only doing it because of one of my favourite animes. 100 kudos points to anyone who recognises this anime!

Dress up your pet

Let’s see how many owners can do this! It doesn’t matter if you have a cat or a dog either. If they’re happy for you to dress them, then go for it! They are so many adorable outfits you can buy these days.

Turn your dog into a vampire or even transform your cat into a pumpkin. These are basically our furry children so we have to have fun once/twice a year.

What costumes has your pet worn through the years?

What is on your Autumn bucket list this year?

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Fandom Lifestyle

What’s On My Non-Spooky Watch List For Halloween?

Hi, I’m Daisy and I can’t watch horror films! Not only am I a coward but I just don’t like them. That said I still love Halloween. I can watching spooky things like Ghost Adventures or Buzzfeed Unsolved so I’m not a complete lost cause. I mean…I scare myself looking in the mirror every day.

If only that was a joke! Haha!

To get myself into the season of a new month, I’m sharing some of the TV shows/films that I’m planning on watching during October. So many new things to watch and fangirl over!

HalloweenPhoto by Neven Krcmarek on Unsplash

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The Addams Family

There have been so many versions of this awesome family! I’ve watched a teeny bit of the original, the musical and some of the new film. One of my favourites though has to be the 1991 film. It did freak me out as a kid because of the woman Debbie and her ending in a grave.

It’s definitely something I appreciate more now I’m older. I have a bit of a dark sense of humour (blame my parents and Jeff Dunham) so giggle at all the ‘wrong’ jokes. Wednesday is just an amazing character! That and Cousin Nit! It’s a staple for my Halloween viewing!

October Kiss

A free-spirited woman takes a temp job as a nanny to a workaholic widower. As Halloween approaches, she shows the family there’s a fun side to life.

I’m surprised that I haven’t watched this film yet since it came out in 2015. I usually jump on sweet, thought-provoking films like this. I guess I’ll just have to watch it this month! You can’t not watch a film called October Kiss in October.

This reminds me a little of Mrs Doubtfire meets Hook!

If there’s anything we need in 2020, it’s a film that makes you feel good.

The Corpse Bride

Erm…is this a bad time to admit that I’ve never watched The Corpse Bride? *hides*

I’ve heard a lot about it and know what everything looks like but I’ve never sat down and watched it. It sounds interesting and I love the style of the characters so I’ll let you guys know what I thought. After you’ve stopped silently judging me…

Hotel Transylvania 1, 2 & 3

Another kids film that I’m not ashamed to admit I enjoy watching!!

I first watched because Selena Gomez was voicing a character but then fell in love with the rest of the characters. It obviously has that silly humour kids all seem to love, but it does have some serious moments too. I missed out watching the last film so, with the weather being bad this week, I think I’m just going to sit down and watch all three.

The Worst Witch

Having grown up with the 90s version of the TV show and the books written by Jill Murphy, I had to give the recent CBBC series. It has Bella Ramsey playing Mildred so you know it’s going to be good! I’ll admit that it doesn’t have that sparkle the original had, but I still love the show!

Everyone is super cute and it really does bring back memories!

You can either watch the show on Netflix or on the CBBC iPlayer.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Of course…you can’t have Halloween without this freaky retelling of Sabrina!!

It’s one of the best shows on Netflix and gets better every time I watch it. I didn’t think I would like because it was so much darker, but I did! Kiernan Shipka makes an incredible Sabrina and I can’t help but love the characters especially Theo (played by Lachlan Watson) and Aunt Hilda (Lucy Davies).

I haven’t watched the most recent season so I’ll be sitting in the darkness watching this!

Disney+

Coco

What I’m starting to realise in the process of writing this post is just how many things I love but haven’t watched. I swear I haven’t done it on purpose! Life has usually gotten in the way when they’ve come out and I’ve forgotten to watch. One of those films is Coco.

I know what it looks like and have heard a couple of the songs, but I don’t exactly know what it’s about. It looks like something about the Day of the Dead but I could be wrong. I think the timing of the film was just wrong for me since it was when Mum died.

Oh and check the interview with the amazing woman who inspired Mama!

Maleficent 1 & 2

I’ve not connected much with the films Angelina Jolie has performed in, but I did fall for how she brought Maleficent to life! It has all the magic, the darkness that transforms her and the re-awakening of her light because of Aurora! Elle Fanning makes the perfect Disney princess and I wish we could have more films in this universe!

I purposely made sure not to watch the sequel as I wanted to watch it during October. I’m always nervous of sequels because they’re not normally as good as the first. I’ve heard some great things about this though so we’ll see.

Zombies 1 & 2

Something that modern Disney is known for is their musical films, whether it’s High School Musical, The Descendants or more. Since it’ll soon be Halloween, I decided to share Zombies! Another film with a sequel I haven’t watched yet. I’ve seen the trailer and heard about it but all I know is that it has werewolves involved this time.

It’ll be cheesy and squeaky, but sometimes it’s good not to think too much when watching.

If you’ve watched it, let me know what you thought of it!

Gravity Falls

This series is on my list of Top 10 shows I’ve loved! I’ve watched lots of different animated shows throughout my life, but only a handful keep me interested. Gravity Falls is still brilliant even though it finished in 2016. I keep hoping they’ll bring it back!

The show follows twins Dipper and Mabel as they spend the summer with their great-uncle Grunkle Stan. Something they didn’t realise was all the mysterious and spooky things happened in Gravity Falls. Dipper finds a mysterious journal in the forest one day and starts to learn that the town was weirder than he first imagined.

I wish I could adopt Mabel! She’s so vibrant, fun and all so crazy!! She isn’t stupid though and is very close to her family!

Star Vs The Forces of Evil

If you wanted to know which show had the catchiest theme tune, it would be a tie between Gravity Falls and Star Vs The Forces of Evil! This show is just like the title suggests. It’s about a princess called Star who uses her magic to protect the world from the forces of evil.

However she isn’t the best at performing spells and tends to put herself into a lot of danger. Enter her best friend Marco! He is very safety-conscious and doesn’t like to take many risks! When he asked to look after Star when she transfers to his school, his world gets turned upside down!

Look, if you can be witches for Halloween, then you can also watch a magical princess from another dimension!

What are you planning on watching this Halloween?

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40 Autumn Post Ideas For A Productive Blogtober

Today is October 1st and, for a few bloggers out there, that’s the start of Blogtober!

The last time I was able to successfully do a post through the month of October was back in 2015. Don’t think I’ll be able to do every day but I’m going to try and post more often. One of the struggles I had with this was coming up with post ideas.

We struggle at the best of times so I hope that these can make your Blogtober extra productive!

BlogtoberPhoto by Alex Geerts on Unsplash

Blogtober for nerdy/fandom bloggers

I had to start with some fun prompts for my fellow fandom bloggers!

Whether you chat about Disney, Harry Potter or other fandoms, let’s try to throw ideas at each other! We need all the help we can get for post ideas!

  1. Tips on how to deal with Disney Parks withdrawal
  2. What TV shows/films do you re-watch every year?
  3. A haul of autumn-related Disney products
  4. 5 fandom no-carving pumpkin items (break out the paints!)
  5. Do a Halloween decorate-with-me
  6. 4 Halloween costume and make-up ideas for kids and adults
  7. Gift Ideas for your nerdy friends
  8. What content do you watch to get you feeling seasonal (Youtube/TikTok)
  9. DIY craft ideas
  10. A Disney-inspired lookbook

Book bloggers

With the weather getting more unpredictable and the days drawing in, this time of year is made for the book bloggers! They can curl up somewhere comfy and read. Nothing else you’d rather do when it’s raining and dark! I know that I’ve already been searching around Pinterest for ideas!

  1. Books you’re looking forward to this autumn
  2. Chat about cosy places to read in your home
  3. Share your favourite spooky books that scare you
  4. Craft your favourite books onto pumpkins
  5. What did you managed to read this month?
  6. Have you got any tips for people who are in a reading slump?
  7. Tell us what music you like to listen while you read during the colder months
  8. Compare original book covers to newer covers for the same book
  9. Spell out your first name with books you love and tell us why you love
  10. What blogtober ideas would you give to book bloggers?

Lifestyle

One of the hardest tropes to do ideas for has to be lifestyle! Not hard as in not being able to come up with ideas but the opposite. There are so many things that you can write about and it’s trying to figure out which ones you want to do. I’m in the middle of both of these.

Somedays I can have no ideas whatsoever and others I get overwhelmed!

  1. Tell readers your reasons for loving/hating Autumn
  2. Do a home decor haul to make your home more seasonal
  3. Create some homemade recipes to warm you up
  4. Have you got autumnal candles that you love to burn?
  5. Create some fun ways to celebrate a social-distanced Halloween
  6. Write a bucket list for the upcoming month
  7. Chat about the scariest films you love
  8. Have you got any interesting childhood stories?
  9. Warm drinks that help you ignore rainy days
  10. Share any advice on dealing with seasonal depression

Travel

We might be stuck indoors more because of Covid-19, but I reckon we’ll still be able to come up with travel posts. We can either travel at a social distance or use our imagination! You would be surprised how often I visit other countries in my head.

I’m probably more in there than out of! Haha!

  1. A list of fun places you could visit for Halloween
  2. How would you travel on a badget?
  3. Discuss what you’re doing to stay safe while travelling
  4. What’s on your autumn travel bucket list
  5. Do you have a routine while travelling?
  6. Write about any childhood memories you have of travelling
  7. Who would be on your wishlist of famous people to travel with?
  8. What do you miss from home when you’re travelling?
  9. A list of things you don’t need but still end up packing
  10. If you could take part in any international autumn traditions, which ones would you choose and why?

Are you doing Blogtober this year? Have you got ideas you’d like to share?

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Lifestyle Mental Health

5 Survival Tips For Living With Noisy Neighbours

If you have followed me on Twitter for the last couple of years, then you may have read tweets about my noisy neighbours. I was told that the area I lived in was lovely and quiet and, for the most part, it was. Except for the two sets of neighbours downstairs.

The people down below me were alcoholics and their neighbours were drug addicts.

You can imagine some of the fun I had with them. From loud music until midnight to windows being smashed and constant daily yelling matches. My mental health really took a massive down turn especially when lockdown started. Not being able to escape the noise was a nightmare!!

That’s why I needed to find ways to stay sane.

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Purchase noise-cancelling headphones

This might seem a tad over the top but I literally would have snapped if I didn’t have my headphones/ear protectors. Whenever the yelling started or went on for too long, I just grabbed these and distracted myself. I popped on my ‘Music That Makes Me Feel Better’ playlist on Spotify and prayed that they would eventually stop.

I’ll be honest and say that these didn’t always work.

Sometimes I just didn’t want to put them on and ended up in tears. Why did I have to put up with 6 hours of music blaring through my floor?

Knowing I wouldn’t be escaping them for a long time, I bought myself some BEATS Studio 3 Noise-Cancelling Earphones. These were pretty expensive but I needed them to work!

Keep a diary

This was a tip given to me by my local council.

If I was to have any chance of complaining about my noisy neighbours in future, I had to keep evidence of what they did and when they did it. The things they told me to jot down were:

  • How loud is the noise? Is it annoying?
  • When does the noise occur? Is it early morning or late at night?
  • How long does the noise occur?
  • How often does it happen?
  • Would an average person find the noise disruptive? Do you have a sensitivity to noise?

It was irritating that I had to jot down these since it happened so often but I needed proof. The most annoying thing was that you could only just hear it on recordings I took. You had to be there to hear how loud they were being.

Talk to your neighbours

The first thing your local council will probably get you to do is chat to your neighbours first.

As someone who hates any kind of confrontation, this was extremely difficult. I didn’t want to be the one causing a problem to them. It sounds dumb but that’s just me. If your noisy neighbours are generally okay to chat to, then just chat with them about it. You’d be surprised how many people don’t even realise that their music/TV is that loud, especially if they have hearing problems.

Only do this if it’s safe to do though.

There was no chance in hell of talking to the addicts. They were too violitile and honestly terrified me! A lot of the people on my street are elderly and were too scared to report in fear of retaliation.

Related post: 5 Frustrating Habits I’ve Developed While In Lockdown

Call the police

I lost count the amount of times I secretly called the police on the addicts. You know when you see clips of people crouched in a ball and whispering into their phone in case they were heard? That was me at least 5 times this year. You literally can hear everything through my walls and floors. Since I knew the people below me chatted with the people next door, I was scared that they would tell them who called.

Thankfully the 101/999 call handlers were really understanding.

Never be scared to call the police if you feel like a situation is getting out-of-hand and/or dangerous. When I heard full-on yelling outside, I didn’t immediately react because it wasn’t new to me. However I did get scared when they started banging on windows, doors and then smashing the window.

I found out recently that these calls helped in getting them evicted.

Talk to someone

Everyone in lockdown has felt trapped in their own homes.

It doesn’t matter if you live alone or with family, you’re still dealing with the same problem. As much as we’d love empathy to be real, people don’t always know what you’re feeling unless you tell them. If you’re living alone, chat to friends or family you feel close to about the situation. They might not have experience of what you’re going through but they might be able to give advice you didn’t think about.

What advice would you give for surviving noisy neighbours?

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The Charities That Mean A Lot To Me (inspired by Lucy Mary Taylor)

I love reading posts by some of my favourite bloggers and being inspired to write a similar post. After I reading Lucy Mary Taylor’s (I love her!!) post about the charities special to her, I knew I had to write one of my own.

There have been so many charities I’ve been involved with throughout my life and have meant a great deal to me personally. Don’t worry…I won’t be pushing you to donate. I just wanted to share my story with them. I’d love to know any charities that you feel connected to.

charitiesPhoto by Kat Yukawa on Unsplash

Diabetes UK

My first charity is Diabetes UK! This charity is very important to both myself and my dad’s side of the family. Diabetes has touched us in so many ways. A bunch of family members have had diabetes: two uncles, a cousin and both of my parents. I have to occasionally have my own blood sugar tested to keep an eye out. It doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily develop diabetes but there’s a higher chance of maybe Type 2 diabetes.

The reason why I try to donate is because of my Uncle David. Back in the 50s/60s, not much was really known about the condition and it really showed. My grandma used to have massive needles that she used to sterilise in boiling hot water. Unfortunately diabetes made him go blind and I never got the chance to meet him. If I can do anything in his memory, it would be this!

British Heart Foundation

I discovered this charity not long after my daddy died from a heart attack.

He had had a massive heart attack 3 years prior to him passing and it really taught me the importance of your heart. There is nothing scarier than seeing your dad being wheeled out of your home on an orange wheelchair and on oxygen. That and visiting him on the coronary care unit! Way too many wires!

I’ve always donated any unwanted clothes and items to my local BHF shop, but try to donate a little straight to the charity when I can. You can learn some really interesting information and helpful tips on what to look out for.

The Brain Tumour Charity

Wow…never has a charity like this meant a lot to me.

After Mum was diagnosed with her Grade 4 glioblastoma, I automatically went into research mode. I wanted to understand what the heck a glioblastoma was and how I could help her. I’ll admit that I was absolutely devastated when I heard my mum had cancer. It had been my biggest nightmare and seeing it happening before me broke me.

I was able to use the information from the site to chat to my family and the doctors and get a better understanding. When Mum had her radiotherapy and ended up having a seizure in a taxi, I looked for support. Mum always told people that I saved her life spotting the signs of a tumour, but the doctors/nurses were the real heroes!

Childline

Out of all the charities that I got involved with, Childline was one of the first.

I first learned about this counselling service while I was at primary school. I had already been bullied for 4 years by this time and, being able to realise that I was wired a little differently to others, I needed someone to talk to.

As an 8 year old I was too scared to talk to my parents (didn’t want to bother them) and was too scared to tell a teacher (the bullies would find out). Knowing that there was a special number I could call made things a little easier. Sometimes I would call from a payphone (90s life before mobiles!) or would do a short call at home. Talking to anyone was extremely difficult but I tried.

Knowing that there is someone out there who will listen and won’t judge is so reassuring for a child.

Weston Park Cancer Charity

The final choice on my charities list is the Weston Park Cancer Charity.

Weston Park became a daily occurance during my mum’s cancer. We travelled by local ambulance/taxi every day for 13 weeks to Weston Park so she could have radiotherapy and talk to her oncologist. I may have been in my 20s when this was all happening but I felt like a child. They allowed me to come with her to keep her company while we waited and it was like a little home.

There were calm waiting rooms, a shop, mini cafe and even a restuarant upstairs. Everyone was so lovely to talk to which I thought was super important for Mum. She needed to chat with other cancer warriors. Not only did that look after her, they looked after me too. They explained everything they were doing for her, take part in a therapy group of other family members and even did spa treatments!

When Mum passed away, they still looked after me and that’s why Weston Park Cancer Charity deserves so much support in return.

What charities mean a great deal to you?

Lifestyle

6 Things To Distract You From Your Chronic Condition

One of the many things that suck in life is living with a chronic condition. There are so many variations out there and, when they flare up, you sometimes need help in distracting you from it. Some of the things I’m going to cover might not be possible with your condition. I’d love to know how you try to distract yourself, though I know it’s not always possible.

For those of you who don’t know, I suffer from Fibromyalgia and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

Coping with even one of these is a major OOF, but it’s even worse when they decide to tag-team you. They did that over the weekend and I had to come up with some easy but effective ways to cope.

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Take your medication

You’re probably wondering ‘Daisy, why is this on your list? Isn’t this essential?’.

You’d be correct. Medication for any illness is a vital daily thing we have to, but sometimes you have certain meds that you take at specific moments. You have inhalers to combat asthma attacks, painkillers and more. For me I have my painkillers that, on bad days, I take three times a day and my muscle relaxants. I also have something for my migraines and my IBS.

Never feel ashamed to take your medication when you need it.

The world is conditioned to force yourself through the pain. While this is okay in the short-term, it could make things worse. You won’t be able to distract yourself if you’re in agony.

Watch your favourite movie/TV show

If you’re having a particularly rough day where moving is just out of the question, escape to your favourite world.

I find myself doing this for both my mental health and physical issues. It works for both and it really does help. This weekend I was feeling dreadful and couldn’t get myself out of bed for long. That meant I needed something to keep my thoughts away from ‘OWWWW’. I knew a new episode for my favourite anime was out and, after watching this, I chose to go back and re-watch the start of the series.

Love anime? Watch Sword Art Online! It’s so GOOD!!

Time fly by and my pain meds had kicked in during this time. Yay!

Read a book

Another thing people won’t be surprised to see on my list!

Books are incredible objects that work just as effectively as TV/Movies. You can escape to a whole different world and put your thoughts on hold for a while. Find a book that has really got interest, get as comfortable as you can and run away.

I’m currently reading Melt My Heart by Bethany Rutter and this is perfect for my self-esteem issues! I can let Lily Rose (the main character) worry about them for a while.

If you haven’t got a physical copy, then an audiobook will work too!

Do gentle exercise

This is one thing that I know 50% of people won’t be able to do. One method of distraction I’ve been taught over the years for my chronic condition is do gentle exercise. I’m not expected to go a marathon but to simply move. The pain tends to get worse and makes me stiff if I don’t keep myself active.

It doesn’t work all the time but, when it does, it’s so freeing!

You can take a short 10-minute walk around your street/block and listen to nature. This time of year is brilliant for listening to the leaves blowing and birdsong. Super relaxing!

Don’t worry if you can’t walk around. Try gentle stretches and other similar exercises to help!

Play with your pet

There is nothing more magical than playing with a pet! I honestly think they have something Potter about them for what they can achieve!

When I had Jewel and was struggling, she seemed to sense it. I’d be sitting on the sofa crying and she’d suddenly appear to sit on my lap. It was crazy! I don’t think she knew exactly what was wrong but knew something. I definitely cried in her fur a few times and stroked her. That last one was so relaxing.

One of my favourite things to do was to play with her jingle stick. It had feathers and bells on it and I could dangle it in front of her for her to try and catch. She was hilarious with her little bum wiggle! I’m proud that I also taught her how to sit before I gave her food and to fetch.

Listen to a podcast/TED talk

If you haven’t got a book to read/listen to, then a podcast is effective!

There are so many podcasts out there for you depending on what you love. There are inspirational ones, true crime, food, mindfulness, exercise and even gaming ones! You can be entertained when the world feels like it hates you right now!

The podcasts I’m listening to right now are:

  • David Tennant Does A Podcast With…
  • Always Open
  • Off Topic
  • Katherine Ryan: Telling…

What ways do you have to distract yourself from your chronic condition?

Books Lifestyle

10 Bookish Etsy Items To Buy Yourself This Month


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It’s never too early to start thinking of gift posts, right? Don’t worry…I’m not going to start throwing Christmas at you (yet). I’ve just been on Etsy a fair bit and it inspired me to share some bookish items you could buy! This could be as a treat for yourself or friend who loves books too.

You wouldn’t believe how creative people can be on Etsy! All I had to do was type ‘bookish’ into the search bar and everything appeared. You have candles, booksleeves, t-shirts, bookmarks and more! This post could have been super long, but I just chose 3 kinds of gifts that I thought you might be interested in.

Let me know if you buy anything or have recommendations!

Enamel Pins

Pins are such incredible items!! Forget stamps and coins…pins are this generation’s collectible! You only have to look at how highly sort-after Disney pins are to know. Since all fandoms seem to love pins, you can bet that the bookish community love this too!

What better way to show your love for books (without throwing a book at someone) than by wearing a pin! There’s so many gorgeous ones out there!

The ones I’ve chosen down below are some of my favourites. I’ve actually ordered the Narnia pin because it’s just so pretty! Plus Narnia!! I’m hoping to get some more over the next few months…maybe for Christmas. Have you collected any book-related pins?

T-Shirts

If we’re going hardcore for showing others book love, then a t-shirt is a great thing to have! You can’t go wrong with nerdy t-shirts like this, especially on Etsy. They come in such gorgeous colours and have great designs! I don’t own any book clothes yet, but I’m definitely thinking about it.

I’ve got some personal favourites such as the Lord of the Rings one and the ‘Reality’ t-shirt. You’ve got to admit that we tend to read to escape the crazy world we’re living in. You know it’s bad when a fictional world is better than the real one.

Booksleeves

We’ve looked after ourselves, but we can’t forget to look after our books! I only found out in the last few years that booksleeves exist. Got to love booktubers for giving me a heads-up! A booksleeve is exactly as it sounds: a sleeve/pocket to slip your book into. It just gives it some extra protection if you want to take a book on commutes.

Keep your favourite book all nice and cosy!

Have you got any bookish items that you’ve bought?

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Lifestyle

Productivity Hacks That Will Make Life Easier

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There is something that sometimes goes hand-in-hand with being a stationery lover and that is productivity. That and stationery is pretty! Haha! I have a folder on my Pinterest for all things productive and it’s one of my favourite boards on there. It contains all the thinkings of people smarter than me.

My favourite things to pin are night routines, tips for girl bosses and motivational podcast ideas. I’ve really gotten into podcasts lately so you might see a post about them in the future. Our lives have lost all sense of routine so, hoping that life is ever so slowly getting back to normal, we’re trying to reset. The best way to do that is by having a feeling of productivity in our lives.

That’s why I have some hacks that might help you work as your best self!

Block your time out

You know how when you were studying for exams, you set aside times to do certain subjects? Well, at least some of you might have! We can still use that mindset for our work now. Make a list of all the things that you need to do that week and block out certain times of your day dedicated to the thing. Just one.

You don’t want to ‘bite off more than you can chew.’ Our brains can easily get overloaded by doing multiple things at once to save time.

By doing this, your mind can give that thing its full attention. You can do this with blogging, workouts or even taking yourself out for a walk.

Create a dedicated workspace

Don’t do what I do and work from your sofa.

Though, in my defence, I don’t have anywhere else to work and the wi-fi is better close up! If you can, try to create a place in your home where you do your work. You can have a desk in a corner of a room where you won’t have any distractions.

You can still make it pretty! Pop up some quotes, photos, items close to reach and all that fun stuff. Pinterest is literally full of desk ideas. I have my eye on a desk from Ikea that I pop all my things on. Finally…a place for all my stationery!

Do short bursts of work

I’ve watched/read about people that literally sit down for hours and work. While I appreciate that you get the work done, you could hurting both your physical and mental health. Some people can only work focused for around 10-20 minutes at a time while others have conditioned themselves to work a bit longer.

According to The Medium, there is a technique called The Pomodoro Technique. You basically take away anything that will distract you and work fully focused for 20-25 minutes. You follow this by a 5-minute break and go back for another 20 minutes.

That way your brain is going ‘UGH! I’M SO BORED!’

Stay away from social media

I know, I know! This is literally impossible for most bloggers since social media is basically tied to our souls.  However, if we’re going to get any work done during our blocked time, stay away.

Yes, that even means during your breaks.

There are other things you can do during it such as going for a walk, stretching or even have a quick dance to music. Nothing like having a dance to one of Taylor’s new tracks! She has so many epic ones!! Just try to stay away from your phone and your laptop for a brief while and give yourself a moment away from technology.

Snuggle your pet!

There are so many other productivity hacks out there for you to choose. These were only the ones that I personally try to incorporate…if my brain lets me.

What techniques do you use to help stay productive?