22 October 2018

Do bloggers *have* to be relatable?

Do bloggers *have* to be relatable? - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I love blogging. I love expressing my thoughts in a written way, and learning new skills and interacting on social media. But one of the things I love most is reading other people's blogs, and watching Youtube videos. But if I watched people constantly that reminded me of myself I'd be pretty done with the internet.

21 October 2018

Why waste time on negativity?

Why waste time on negativity? -  www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

There's a whole lot of malicious content slamming us in the face all over the internet right now. From vile comments on every single Youtube video you come across, to *that* rant about Mrs Hinch and feminism, it feels as though everyone is on a campaign to destroy any ounce of positivity anyone has. 

14 October 2018

My Autumn candle collection

My Autumn candle collection - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

My Autumn candle collection - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

As the leaves start to change and the temperature drops (at least, hopefully: WHY was it 23 degrees yesterday?!), it's time to dust off the candles because finally you want that extra bit of warmth and light and cosiness in your life again.

11 October 2018

Things can't always be fixed (and can't always be broken)

Things can't always be fixed (and can't always be broken)

Broken skin 

on the knee

of me, aged three

is something that a plaster

could cover and soothe


A broken bone

in the leg

of you, who knew

it was something that plaster

could cover and soothe


A broken tyre

on that car, 

of ours, a mar

that could be replaced

and covered and soothed


But a broken heart

and no joy

from a boy, whose toy

was you, where no words

could fix and soothe the pain 


And broken skin

from the mess

you're in, and over the din

of the voices in your head, 

nothing can fix and soothe you


And a broken home,

from the shouts

and the rage that's at a stage

where it won't go away, 

can't be fixed and soothed


Sometimes life isn't as simple

as a graze from the floor

or a clean break

or a bump on a journey 


Sometimes life is painful

and broken

and the wounds and the thoughts and the mess and the noise and the agony 

can't be fixed in a day or a week or a month or a year

but that's okay, and you're okay

because a soul isn't something that can be broken, 

completely


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10 October 2018

Review of 'The Honeymoon' by Tina Seksis - blog collab with Aimee Raindrop Writes

Review of 'The Honeymoon' by Tina Seksis - blog collab with Aimee Raindrop Writes

A couple of months ago, myself and Aimee (at Aimee Raindrop Writes) set ourselves a challenge: as blogging besties with a love for books, we decided to each read the other person's three favourite books of all time. You'll have to check out Aimee's blog for the future post on the first of my top three she's read, but for now, here's The Honeymoon by Tina Seksis. 

7 October 2018

September book haul - YA fiction, thrillers and more!

September book haul - YA fiction, thrillers and more! - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Autumn is when I always seem to get really back into reading. There's nothing better than curling up under a blanket, lighting some candles and turning away from the world for a couple of hours to read on a chilly evening. So it's no surprise that I've picked up a whole selection of new reads in the last month. There are some books in here that I've been wanting to buy for over a year, and I'm so happy to finally see them lining my shelves!

6 October 2018

September favourites, feeling proud and getting my Hinch on!

September favourites, feeling proud and getting my Hinch on! - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

September is always one of my favourite months of the year. Things start to get a little less sweat-filled (thank God), my dressing gown can come out of hibernation, and nature just seems a little more beautiful. Sunsets at this time of year are filled with pink streaks and general beauty, whilst spying the first hint of frost that makes everything sparkle does make me smile too. 

3 October 2018

Why it's okay if it's not your day (your week, your month, or even your year)

Why it's okay if it's not your day (your week, your month, or even your year)

I'm having a lot of fun with blogging again at the moment, finally tapping into what I've been wanting to do for months, and I think I've spiralled a little out of control with this title. But I mean, has there ever been a better time for a Friends quote?

2 October 2018

The Tale of Bella and Lord Geastly (part one)

The tale of Bella and Lord Geastly (part one)

I've wanted to write a short story to publish in parts on here for the longest time now, and after finally finding something I truly wanted to write, here's the first instalment of The Tale of Bella and Lord Geastly:

30 September 2018

I am not a sum

I am not a sum - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I am not the weight on the scales,

or the width of the tape measure, 

or the size of my feet,

or the length of my hair.

29 September 2018

Lilo & Stitch bullet journal monthly spread

Lilo & Stitch bullet journal monthly spreads

Lilo & Stitch bullet journal monthly spreads

Lilo & Stitch bullet journal monthly spreads - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

It's NO secret at all that I'm a massive Disney fan. It brings me joy and entertainment and nostalgia and there's nothing else that really does exactly that for me. My bujo is pretty much my prized possession (in a 'it's coming with me out of a burning building' kinda way). Filling it in is soothing and helpful and makes my day feel complete, so it seemed natural to combine these two loves.

19 September 2018

September's Reading in Heels subscription box

September's Reading in Heels subscription box - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

This month's Reading in Heels box has been the most exciting for me for a little while. The goodies that I've tried so far are GREAT, the book looks exciting, and I love that the colours of the box are a blend of Autumn leaf colours (yes I'm ready for the season, and I'm so not sorry about it).

17 September 2018

Being a new driver with anxiety


Passing my driving test was something that had seemed impossible for a whole lot of my life. Right up until I took my first lesson, I was absolutely petrified. Learning to drive for me was filled with moments of overwhelming anxiety (I wanted to cancel every single lesson looming over me), and absolute relief when I passed and no longer had to do it. The one real problem? Now I had to drive with no one else having a brake pedal in the car.

15 September 2018

Summer book haul

Summer book haul - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I never thought I'd be saying this but ... I've been buying fewer books recently, and I'm okay with it. I'm trying to condense my unreasonably huge TBR a little, and buying fewer books means that I'm less likely to get distracted by new reads.

13 September 2018

What does 'adulthood' mean to me?

What does 'adulthood' mean to me? - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I've officially been an 'adult' for six years and three months now. That's pretty terrifying. There's an expectation that once you hit a certain point (who knows exactly when this is?? 20?? 21?? 18??), you're an adult and there's no going back. 

11 September 2018

'Sex, Suicide and Serotonin'* and why we need to talk about adult suicide more (TW)

'Sex, Suicide and Serotonin' and why we need to talk about adult suicide more

*This post comes with a trigger warning for the discussion of suicide*

Yesterday was world suicide prevention day, and it's something that dredges up bad memories for me, and it can be a little tough. But, it's a day that I'm glad exists because it starts up conversations that need to be had. 

8 September 2018

Blogging isn't a business for me, and I'm (finally) okay with that

Blogging isn't a business for me, and I'm (finally) okay with that - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I've been struggling with the world of blogging for a few months now, and it really boils down to one thing: I stopped writing because I was passionate and got into this mindset of 'wow I want to be the next Hannah Gale' (no shade to her, because she is my QUEEN). And I mean, it's great to have goals, but I spent a whole lot of time thinking about my blog as a business: focusing on the numbers (and nothing else), looking for ways to make money, and trying to work out best how to market it. 

6 September 2018

Learning about 're-grieving' and why it's so important

Learning about 're-grieving' and why it's so important

Grief sucks. To put it lightly. Grief is one of those all-consuming things that I could never even express the pain of. Over the 24 years of my life I've been lucky enough not to lose too many people. However, I have struggled with the loss of both of my granddads (one of whom I saw almost every single day of my childhood), the loss of the sister I grew up with when she became ill and transformed into someone I didn't know, and the loss of a tight immediate family when my parents split up.

5 September 2018

August favourites, my first trip to Wales and (not so) soaking up the summer sun

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The title of this post kind of reminds me of all the Angus, Thongs, And Perfect Snogging books, but I'm going to roll with it. 

September's here, bringing with it colder evenings and darker mornings. It's the start of Autumn and that time where we seem to get some of the most beautiful sunsets. I'm excited for things to get a little more cosy, but as I've got washing I want to get dry (extreme adulting over here), I'm also happy to have a few more warm, dry days.

1 September 2018

10 things I learnt from reading 'A Game of Thrones'

10 things I learnt from reading 'A Game of Thrones' - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I finally caved and read A Game of Thrones, the first in the series of books that the TV show of the same name is based on. I've been putting this off for just about forever because it's an intimidating book, but once I got started I remembered how much I love being utterly absorbed in the world of a long book, and now I've even bought the second in the series to get cracking with. 

29 August 2018

Book of the month: 'Home Fire' by Kamila Shamsie

Book of the month: 'Home Fire' by Kamila Shamsie - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Let's kick start this with some real talk: this is officially the best book I've read so far in 2018. It's clear to see why it won the Women's Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel award. I now definitely need to go and read all of Kamila Shamsie's previous works before eagerly anticipating when she'll release her next book.

25 August 2018

Reading in Heels August sub box

Reading in Heels sub box - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I was doing so well at posting regularly on my blog until, well, I stopped posting mid-way through the month. But I'm back with one of my fave posts to write. 

Every month on pay day I order next month's Reading in Heels box, and it comes about 5 days into the calendar month, which tends to be around the time I run out of dolla for anything that isn't a necessity. It's a treat that I look forward to and that excites me every month, and I haven't been disappointed by any of the books from the boxes that have made it off my TBR pile into my hands yet.

15 August 2018

Turning the tables on my anxiety

Turning the tables on my anxiety - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

For far too long, anxiety has absolutely had a hold of me. It's been the one calling the shots, and I've been the one forced to deal with the consequences. My anxiety is a part of who I am, but at the same time there are so many other things that make me 'me' that it's not okay to give everything else up for this. In the last month or two I've seen my anxiety sky-rocket again. I'm not sure what's causing it, but I'm determined to not let it shift the control in my life away from me again.

12 August 2018

Afternoon office snacking with vegan treats from Doisy and Dam*

Afternoon office snacking with vegan treats from Doisy and Dam* - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I'm a grazer. If I had the choice of only ever eating meals for the rest of my life or only ever eating snacks I'd always go with the latter. Snacks are just a necessity really - who wants to curl up to watch a movie without popcorn???

11 August 2018

Average girl size fashion from TU at Sainsburys

Getting summery with clothes from TU at Sainsburys - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
I've got a secret for you: my summer wardrobe has about three outfits in. Each year I think I'll rectify this, and each year it gets to the hottest part of summer and I've realised I've failed to do anything about it. Again. 

10 August 2018

New in from Trigger publishing: 'Stand Tall Little Girl' by Hope Virgo *TW*: ED

New in from Trigger publishing: 'Stand Tall Little Girl' by Hope Virgo *TW*: ED

*This post comes with a big trigger warning that the book I'm discussing is about struggling with an eating disorder*

Books about mental health are something I sometimes struggle with because they can be triggering AF. The past few that I've read haven't been too bad, but I found Stand Tall Little Girl tough. I was in a bit of a low mood when I started reading it and it was so well written and accurate that I found myself having to take a few steps back, and wanting to finish it sooner to deal with my emotions around the book.

9 August 2018

Summer bucket list

Summer bucket list - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Summer is not a time where I shine. I'm sweaty, grumpy and honestly it ruins the main joy in my life: sleep. But, I'm working on embracing things, even if they bring me discomfort, so whilst I'm waiting around for the season of chunky knits and cosy nights in to rock around, here's a few things I want to get done this summer:

7 August 2018

A book for every mood

A book for every mood - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Picking a book can be tricky. There's the fear that you'll pick a shit one, the concern that you're reading too much of the same thing, and the need to look into yourself to ask: what do I really want to read right now? Maybe I spend too much time picking new books, but I hope at least some of you can relate?! 

6 August 2018

Affordable base makeup from No7

Affordable base makeup from No7 - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
No7 is definitely a brand that I completely looked over until a couple of years ago. I just feel as though they don't aim themselves at a young demographic, and the brand's always had an air of 'this is what my Grandma would use'. Except it's actually incredible??? I'm fully ready to embrace my inner Grandma on any given occasion, so it's not a surprise that this is no different.

5 August 2018

July favourites and life update

July favourites and life update - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Another hot hot month has been and gone, and I'm just as hay-fever riddled as ever. At this point I'm wondering how I've managed to avoid dehydration what with all the sniffing and the sneezing and general snot. Delightful.

2 August 2018

Mid-year(ish) book freak out tag

Mid-year(ish) book freak out tag - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

It's been a long time since I sat down to do a tag, but I couldn't resist this one! There's a lot of questions, so I'm going to get straight on it:

30 July 2018

Getting my life in order with a bullet journal habit tracker

Getting my life in order with a bullet journal habit tracker - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Bullet journals are something I can spend hours obsessing over on Pinterest, Instagram, and well the entire Internet really. I'm a sucker for a good double page spread. Now, I spend a bit of time most evenings pouring my heart into my bujo, and having a habit tracker is something I'd been meaning to set up since February. Naturally June was month one.

24 July 2018

How do I know if I've got a mental health problem?

How do I know if I've got a mental health problem? - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Mental health and physical health can be likened to one another in a myriad of ways, but ultimately although they are somewhat similar, there's one clear difference: with the majority of physical health concerns, there are a number of tests that can give you an answer as to what's going on. You go to the doctors with a problem, and you expect them to (eventually) be able to say, okay, you have X illness, and here's what we can do. I'm not saying this happens with all physical health conditions, or that things always get diagnosed correctly at first all the time. For mental health issues however, there are no blood tests or urine samples or anything that can really tell you if you have a problem. 

19 July 2018

Trying out The Body Shop's new vegan body yogurts

Trying out The Body Shop's new vegan body yogurts - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

Ever since L'Oreal sold The Body Shop to a cruelty free parent company there's been such a massive improvement in their products and ethics. From campaigning for more sustainable environments around the globe, to their petition to end animal testing, to producing more vegan products, I am here for this improved version of one of my favourite stores.

17 July 2018

Mid-year(ish) 2018 goals update: where am I now?

Mid-year(ish) 2018 goals update: where am I now? - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

2018 has been the speediest year of my life, but also one of, if not the absolute, best. I'm working in a job I love, I've got a strong support network around me and I've even managed to keep a plant alive for a whole month. Everything's comin' up Milhouse.

16 July 2018

10 things I learnt from reading 'The Vagina Monologues'

10 things I learnt from reading The Vagina Monologues - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

I don't use 'life changing' to describe a book very often, but I've got to use it now. The Vagina Monologues is a short play by Eve Ensler, and the edition I have has an absolutely incredible Foreword by Gloria Steinem. This was a quick, but heavy read, and although I would recommend it to anybody, I'll give the recommendation with a massive trigger warning for sexual assault.

15 July 2018

Reading in Heels July subscription box

Reading in Heels July subscription box - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

This has to be the most aesthetically pleasing subscription box that I've laid eyes on. Everything matches perfectly, and the strong reds and yellows mirror our British summer in a blaze of heat. A great bonus is that the contents of this box are fab too.

14 July 2018

Getting fresh with summer scents from Korres*

Getting fresh with summer scents from Korres*

July so far has been a month of perpetual sweat and sighs of 'oh god it's hot in here isn't it?!'. We're still in the middle of this never-ending heatwave also known as a disturbingly hot British summer. Showering has become one of the only blissful parts of the day, apart from that odd waft of breeze that cools the sweat on the back of your neck (tasty).

12 July 2018

The Make Someone Happy book (and why we should all give creative journalling a go)

The Make Someone Happy book (and why we should all give creative journalling a go)

The Make Someone Happy book (and why we should all give creative journalling a go)

I find being creative with no boundaries or guidance really, truly hard. Hand me a piece of paper and a pencil and tell me to draw what I want and I'm lost. I'll dither, get anxious and end up producing something that objectively looks shit. From anyone's point of view. But, hand me some instructions, and a little extra guidance and I'm golden.

10 July 2018

Scrapbooking in my bullet journal and how it's helping my mental health

Scrapbooking in my bullet journal and how it's helping my mental health

Bullet journals were always something I thought I wasn't creative enough to do, or wouldn't get on with at all, but as it turns out, that's just not true. I ADORE my dotty little book of ideas, plans and memories. 

A few months ago I got totally absorbed by the idea of starting a scrapbook to document my favourite times so that I could look back on them when I'm sad. Aaaand then I realised I totally had a mini scrapbook at the ready in the form of my bullet journal? 

8 July 2018

Turning 24, getting promoted, and some June favourites

Turning 24, getting promoted, and some June favourites

June was a pretty epic month if I'm honest, and I can't imagine having ended the first half of 2018 in a better way. The month got kickstarted with having my dad's family over for a birthday barbecue in the new house. It's the first time I've hosted something like this, and it was hella stressful but also made for some incredible memories.

7 July 2018

New in from Trigger Publishing: 'Must Try Harder: Adventures in Anxiety'*

New in from Trigger Publishing: 'Must Try Harder: Adventures in Anxiety'
The title of this book raised my hackles a little, as myself, and so many other people who have suffered from anxiety, have been told that if we just tried a bit harder, we'd *actually* be able to do things. Thankfully this was not what this book was about at all. The author uses this phrase in her own blog, a precursor to the book called 'Paula Must Try Harder' to subvert the negativity that people with mental illnesses have had thrown at them, using it in a fairly comedic way to document her fight against anxiety.

5 July 2018

Trying out Soap and Glory makeup

Trying out Soap and Glory makeup - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk
I think it's pretty clear by this point that I'm no beauty blogger, BUT makeup does make me feel that extra snippet more confident, especially when I'm at work. Soap & Glory have been one of my favourite skincare brands for a couple of years now, and mostly because their products just smell so damn good. Now though, I'm a full convert to their makeup range too, and it's definitely one of the most underrated ones I've come across.