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Book Recommendation

Hi Friends,

If you’ve been enjoying my ‘Self Care in a Pandemic’ series (I think we’re on number 40 something already!), don’t worry, this is just a momentary pause in the proceedings while I share a book recommendation with you.

Today I finished re-reading Katie Piper’s very helpful book “Things Get Better”, for the second time.

I’m inspired and uplifted by Katie Piper’s input into the world. You may already know her story and journey of recovery from victim to survivor to thriving overcomer, as I see it, but if you don’t then I’ll leave it to you to do a little internet search to learn more about the woman in her own words.

I first read her autobiography, “Beautiful” a year or so ago, and I then read the continuation of that “Beautiful Ever After”. These are autobiographical accounts of how she suffered after extreme attacks, and how her experiences of life from rock bottom to receiving medical and psychological help, then finding faith which she mentions briefly, and finding in herself a fighting spirit to recover and then to set up a charity to help other people. She thought she would never have any kind of life again, but now is thriving doing work to help other people and even has a family of her own.

This book, however, “Things Get Better” is one which could probably be classified in the ‘self care’ genre. If you are struggling with anything in life, you are bound to find inspiration and practical advice to help you take the next steps forward, and know that you are not alone.

It has really helped me, as Katie starts out the book with a chapter on her experience of ‘Rock Bottom’ in life. Can anyone relate? She describes her recovery journey, and how to overcome set backs and plateaus and keep moving forwards.

If you are facing recovery of any kind, or have issues in your life that you are trying to overcome that you need some help and direction with then this is a very accessible book that may just help and encourage you to find and take your next step in your healing journey.

Even if you don’t think these things apply to you, it might be a fascinating read if you are trying to relate to someone else who is needing some help or support in hard times.

So, that’s my first book recommendation of 2021. I gained from it so much that I read it twice, and so I thought I’d share it with you as well in case you are also able to benefit.

Take care, and keep an eye out for the next blog post in my ‘Self Care in a Pandemic’ series. x

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Highlights from my ‘Black Forest’ and Christmas Markets Trip…

It’s now a week and a half since I returned from my pre-Christmas trip to the Black Forest in Germany, although it seems like an age ago now!

I thought I’d share a few highlights from my mini-adventure with you, and maybe follow these pics up with some more details in a subsequent post. I hope it leaves you feeling cosy and festive. Enjoy! 🙂 x

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Snapshots of Italy (1).

Hi friends. Continuing on from my new travel series of what “Travelling teaches you”, I thought it would be nice to introduce you to a few of the experiences I had in Italy, and share pictures of some of the beautiful sights. I hope you enjoy, and would love it if you wanted to share your own travel experiences in the comments below. Ciao, bella! 🙂 ❤ x

To start with, here is a picture I took on approach to Lake Como, August 2018:

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Lush Product Review – Happy Skin! :)

Overview:

As someone who suffers with eczema and has sensitive skin, I need to be quite careful with the skincare products that I use. Generally I rely on the ‘lotions and potions’ that my doctor prescribes, and in recent years I have been blessed to have finally (after many, many years of suffering – if you have experience of severe eczema, you’ll know what I’m talking about, and you have my sympathies!) found prescribed treatments that actually work with my skin, rather than making it worse. Friends have actually complimented me on how lovely my skin looks, which for me is nothing short of miraculous, and new friends have been surprised to discover that I ever suffered so much with my skin. I am so very grateful for these significant improvements after many years, and very glad that I am not in the kind of pain that I used to be with it.

Nevertheless, there are still ‘rough patches’ (if you’ll pardon the pun) when my skin cries out for that little extra ‘TLC’, and at such times, I know that I can trust LUSH to always provide something that is kind and gentle to my skin, and I have never had a bad experience with their products, and they have only ever soothed my unhappy skin, and made it happy again! 🙂

If you’re not familiar with LUSH, they are a company that produces and sells handmade, 100% vegetarian skin/body/hair/nail care made from all natural ingredients. Furthermore, LUSH has a social conscience and fights animal testing, promotes ethical buying and minimises the use of packaging and any packaging that is used is recyclable, which is really important to me.  Added to that the shops and the products smell absolutely amazing!

I don’t often buy from LUSH (I find some of their products a bit expensive, but not unreasonably so and they tend to last quite a long time giving value for the money you spend) but when I do I’m rarely disappointed. So needing a bit of an extra ‘pick-me-up’ for my skin, today after work I treated myself to a few LUSH goodies, some of which I have used this evening.

I will create distinct blog posts for each individual product review, however, as an overview, here is a list of my yummy (they smell good enough to eat!!!) purchases, and how much they cost (in £ Sterling). If you like this post, come back soon for more, as I’ll be reviewing each item individually! 🙂

  • Charity Pot (45g) – Body and Hand Lotion (100% of sales go to grass-roots charities): £3.50
  • Butterball Bath Bomb (95g): £2.75
  • Tender is the Night Massage Bar: £6.95
  • Oval Tin for Massage Bar: £2.95
  • Sultana of Soap: £6.86

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