Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Win a hamper of chocolate in our collaborative giveaway!

So that absenteeism hasn't stopped just yet, but you'll be pleased to know I've got a great way to apologise for that! A group of lovely blogger friends, and I, have come together to run a giveaway for you all and it's a good one!

We have joined forces to offer a delicious Thorntons hamper, full of goodies to one lucky winner. As we are unable to be completely sure what will be available in a months’ time on the Thorntons website please note that the images used are just to give you an idea of what you might win, however we can promise that the prize will have an RRP of around £45, and you can be sure that'll get you a lot of chocolate!

 So just who are the bloggers offering up this prize?

So how do you enter? Well all you need to do is answer the question: What is your favourite chocolate?  in the rafflecopter form below and of course we would love it if you could give us a follow on a couple of our social media channels as well, but that is optional

So, all I can say is good luck and please don't give up on me, I will return! 

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Saturday, 8 October 2016

My Treatbox Unboxing / Review for October 2016

It's Treatbox time again! Honestly my favourite subscription box around, the Treatbox is a lifestyle/home/accessories sort of box that costs £12.95. I've been subscribing for most of this year using Christmas and birthday money and I won't be surprised if I find myself doing the same thing again once this current subscription runs out. Each month I feel like the boxes become even more well thought out, more refined and that little bit more special. 

You can find them here: They don't do a referral code or anything, yet, but I think they should as I'm sure I've been able to persuade some of you to sign up haha. 

Friday, 7 October 2016

Instagram Lookback for September 2016

Another month over, unbelievably. It's October and already a whole week of it is gone. My baby is only a couple of weeks away from being 8 months old, I've bought almost all the Christmas presents for both boys (yes you can call me super organised). My neuro appointment is finally this month and my rheumy appointment is finally next month. 

Last month was nice. My health stuff was still a pain but I feel like we've begun to turn a corner with some of Ethan's more difficult behaviours, Oliver is an absolute delight (though full of rage because he wants to walk already!) and despite how hard things have been I've been trying to take back some control over my life in the form of organising things better. But that's represented in one of September's lookback photos so enough rambling and here we go. 
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

My Treat Box UK Unboxing / Review - September 2016

I've had my September Treatbox UK for a good few weeks, now, and I was so excited by the contents that I wanted to write about it instantly but, you know, life. I look back at the pictures, though, and am still impressed at how good this month's box is, it's definitely the best one yet. 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Results are... sort of, maybe, not quite in!

Oh now, how funny is that, I thought I should write a quick health update and wondered how long it had been since my last one. Popped over to check and it's a month to the day, talk about timing. I have some more information regarding my neuro stuff, and after the photo is some information about the new condition that may have come to light (I kid you not). 

If you read my last health post, here, you'll know I was facing a difficult fork in the road in which I may've had a health issue which was scary but treatable or one which is a little less scary but not treatable. Well I got my blood test results which told me it was the second of the two, still scary but not potentially fatal, but no tablets to help. 

How do I feel about that? Pretty numb right now, to be honest. I am seeing my neurologist in a few weeks and I will be running through things with him. I've been informed that it's possible to still have the former condition, with negative blood tests, so I may see what his thoughts are on further testing (it involves needles and electric currents and anyone who knows me knows needles are a big big phobia of mine but if it helps get this all cleared up then I'll do it). So I think I probably have my answer, but I'm going to hold off from explaining more as there's still a chance there's more to go before confirming for sure. 

Flower as a filler, isn't it pretty!

So, anyway, yes, I got my blood test results which said I didn't have one of the two neurological conditions. But the tests did show inflammation in my blood which may just have been some sort of infection (even just a mildly infected cut on my hand). A few weeks later, though, I developed a rash, on my face, in the shape of a butterfly. Anyone who knows anything about chronic health knows that that can signify the autoimmune disease, Lupus. I have a whole list of other symptoms which would tally with Lupus, and it would also explain inflammation in my blood. 

Hopefully it's just a random rash, but I saw a locum gp who was absolutely fantastic (she really listened, she was ever so caring and really wanted to help) and she said that she thinks it is Lupus too. So, guess what? Yup, waiting for more blood test results! 

I am already seeing a rheumatologist in November to discuss some other things so, if blood tests do indicate an autoimmune disease then, hopefully, that appointment can be brought sooner or, if not, I can discuss this with them then. They're going to love me, haha, I already had two things to discuss and now maybe one more.

So  yes. Neuro stuff is partially answered, but also maybe not. For now I am accepting that it's FND but going to nudge for the chance of the further testing, just to put my mind at rest, regarding the MG. And now we're on to the territory of autoimmune diseases. Hopefully my rash is random and my new symptoms could be explained by one of my original conditions but, for now, it's more of the waiting game. 

Sorry, bit of a non-update, but another explanation as to why I'm a bit here and there and all over the place at the moment, It's hard to get any real focus when your mind is taken up by all of these maybe's, by things that could potentially be life changing or could be nothing at all (the neurological stuff is definitely something, but the autoimmune could still not be). 

I really appreciate the understanding of the friends that I'm a bit absent with. I appreciate the understanding of the companies that I've been trialling products for. And I appreciate all the lovely supportive comments from people, both longer standing friends and readers who I've not come across before. 

Thank you

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