27 February 2017

Book of the Month - 'Lying About Last Summer'

Book of the month (Feb 2017) - 'Lying About Last Summer' by Sue Wallman. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Book of the month (Feb 2017) - 'Lying About Last Summer' by Sue Wallman. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
I promised you all more book posts for 2017 didn't I? I am loving all the bookish posts that I've hit publish on so far this year, and they're really helping me fall back in love with reading. I've gone back to being that girl with her nose firmly wedged in a book on the bus, and I catch myself longing for more hours in the day to settle down into my book nook (aka my bed). Seriously though, I really do need one of those Pinterest-esque book nooks in my life.

25 February 2017

5 Bloggers Whose Content I'm loving this month

5 bloggers whose content I'm loving this month - Feb 2017. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
Last month I did a lil round-up of 3 bloggers whose content I had fallen head over heels for in January. I enjoyed spreading this piece of love so much that I'm thinking it *might* become a regular feature here on Nourish ME. For now, at least, it's back for the second month in a row.

24 February 2017

New In: Korres Lavender Blossom Range*

New in: Korres Lavender Blossom range. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

New in: Korres Lavender Blossom range. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

New in: Korres Lavender Blossom range. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

New in: Korres Lavender Blossom range. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
Lavender is hands down my favourite scent of all time. I know it has a bit of a rep for being a 'granny' scent, but quite honestly I simply don't care. It relaxes me, I don't find it overpowering, and it's about the only floral scent that my nose enjoys. Hand me a LUSH Twilight bath bomb and some lavender chocolate (yes, that's totally a thing, and you can get it here), and I'll be your friend forever.

21 February 2017

How to host a Twitter giveaway

How to host a Twitter Giveaway. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
I feel like the days of doing a cheeky ol' Rafflecopter on the blog and asking people to follow you on every single platform and put in all of their details are dying a little bit. Now, Twitter and Insta giveaways are taking over. You just have to click a couple of buttons and BOOM, no fuss, no fiddling, you've entered. I for one find them so much simpler and more tempting to get involved in.

19 February 2017

How to save for a big holiday, the easy way

How to save for a big holiday the simple way. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

How to save for a big holiday the simple way. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

How to save for a big holiday the simple way. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I have some big news: in six weeks I'm heading to Davenport, Florida for a fortnight. And yes, this means I'm totally heading to Disneyworld. I've alluded to this in a few blog posts in the past month or so, so some of you may already know this. What you won't know is that I'm able to go because my mum has offered to take me and my partner as well as my sister, and a couple of our family members are coming along too. My parents divorced just under a year ago, and with that break up came a house sale, so mum decided to do something positive with what came out of all that negativity. 

18 February 2017

Putting Rimmel's Provocalips* lipstick to the test

Putting Rimmel's Provocalips '16hr' lipstick to the test. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Putting Rimmel's Provocalips '16hr' lipstick to the test. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Putting Rimmel's Provocalips '16hr' lipstick to the test. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Putting Rimmel's Provocalips '16hr' lipstick to the test. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Putting Rimmel's Provocalips '16hr' lipstick to the test. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Rimmel's lip ranges. They're affordable, easy to pop on and wipe off and are always on 3 for 2 in Superdrug, or at least it feels that way to me! But Rimmel liquid lipsticks? Well I've simply never tried one. 

I've been a little spoilt with liquid lipsticks, as I didn't get to the game too early, and so the first brand I tried was NYX. They are just fab at bringing out well pigmented, long lasting lip colours. 

Rimmel's Provocalips range* comes with the tagline '16-hour kiss proof lipstick', so a couple of days I decided to put this to the test.

15 February 2017

How to revolutionise your blog using spreadsheets

How to revolutionize your blog using spreadsheets. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

How to revolutionize your blog using spreadsheets. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
I've read more 'how to improve your blog' posts than I care to admit. Most are full of the same old tripe: 'good photos', 'make interesting content'. These make me so angry; why am I wasting my time on this bull again? Having said that, I do tend to get lazy or forget them half the time, but let's gloss over that. Every so often, I come across a tip that completely changes the way I blog for the better. The advice to use spreadsheets to help with blog planning? That's probably the best example I have.

13 February 2017

The Stigma of Being a 'Recovered' Self-Harmer (TW)

The stigma of being a 'recovered' self harmer (TW). Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
Despite the rise in awareness about mental health issues, there still remains a serious taboo around self-harm, in my opinion at least. There's still the idea that doing it makes you part of some weird cult, or that you do it for the attention, amongst various other inane theories. But it's just not like that. Anyhow, I'll save a lil rant on this for another time. Today I'm talking about what it's like to be branded as a recovered self harmer.

11 February 2017

How to make caprese garlic bread

How to make caprese garlic bread. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
This recipe legitimately haunts my dreams. And not in an 'oh no, I ate too much cheese before bed and now the cheese is chasing me in a nightmare' kind of way, more like a waking up with a lil patch of drool kind of way. Cute, I know. 

9 February 2017

Zoella Sweet Inspirations Range picks

Zoella Sweet Inspirations range picks. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Zoella Sweet Inspirations range picks. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Zoella Sweet Inspirations range picks. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Zoella Sweet Inspirations range picks. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
I know I'm about three years behind on this one, but these little goodies have been sat in my cupboard, gradually being used since about August. My bad. This is one of those posts that got pushed further and further back, but today I'm FINALLY sharing my thoughts on this Zoella beauty range. 

7 February 2017

Dealing with Weight Gain Part Six: Fat Shaming Comments

Dealing with weight gain part six: fat shaming comments. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
This is now the sixth installment in my dealing with weight gain series, although I haven't blogged about it in quite a few months. This was a post that I never envisioned writing, but after receiving some nasty comments from someone close over summer I couldn't ignore it. In the last five parts I've discussed: a general look at weight gain, blogger confidence, being on a budget, stretch marks and avoiding extremes. I actually started this little project over a year ago, and realistically, I hoped that I wouldn't be sat here writing about it now. I had hoped that I would have gone down to a healthier weight for my size, especially with a big holiday looming, but it just hasn't happened. And that's okay.

6 February 2017

Do I need to be rich to be a successful blogger?

Do I have to be rich to be a successful blogger? Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

This is a question that really has been bothering me for quite some time now. It's also something that I've attempted to answer over and over again, with virtual scrawls over half of each draft. Sometimes it comes out more angry, sometimes it's more hopeful, but I've finally decided to sit down and put my pen to paper (sort of) and share my thoughts.

My Instagram feed is regularly full of Jo Malone perfumes, throwbacks to last summer's Santorini trip, Diptyque candles, and enough 'only worn once' clothes to fill a boat. But what if you simply can't afford to engage in any of that? Does it make you fall behind in the blogging world because you don't have the money to compete? I think the brutal answer - and the one that I've tried to avoid realising - is yes.

3 February 2017

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Snapshot Review

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser review. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
I know there are about 3 billion reviews of this lil' beauty piece on the Internet because it's just so damn fabulous. But there's always room for one more, right? I'm going to (try to) keep this short and sweet, as I'm sure that somewhere along the line you'll have already heard someone raving about this.

2 February 2017

January favourites and life update

January favourites and life update. Nourish ME: www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

January is finally over, and good riddance! It really is(/was) a dismal month, am I right? I kicked off January feeling really rubbish about everything. I had a massive mental health dip and it was making me a little concerned about what my 2017 was going to be like. But, I overcame it, and I'm super proud. This month last year was the month when everything got on top of me; I quit my job and stayed out of work for six months. I just couldn't handle going back into work again. So to be able to defeat my negative thoughts and go to all of my shifts felt wonderful. 

I also had my first session of emotional counselling, which you can read about here. I had my second one today, and both have been genuinely helpful in tackling some of the issues I have. They've really helped me to be more proactive, meaning that today I managed to sort out both my travel insurance and pet boarding for the bunny for when I go to America in April (eeeek).