Poetry – Life’s inspiration

This is one of the first poems that i ever heard and i instantly fell in love.

Self pity

I never saw a wild thing

sorry for itself.

a small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself

– DH Lwarence


Photo credit: starmerallengentleman instagram


Travel whilst pregnant 

Being 22 weekend pregnant my husband and I decided we would take the opportunity to go on a baby-moon which is essentially a holiday whilst pregnant to just be a happy couple and have a bit of us time.

When me and Andrew first got together we went to Venice for our first holiday and it was great although we stayed in a hostel so wasn’t as romantic as it could have been so we decided to go again but this time stay in a hotel. It was much better. We stayed for 4 days 3 nights and really enjoyed it

Before we set off I made sure the travel insurance we purchased covered us should something happen involving my pregnancy and photocopied my pregnancy notes. I even bought flight socks which as I’ve never used any before I can say they are actually surprisingly comfy and my legs didn’t feel quite as “heavy”.

Whilst away I had growing pains once a day for about half an hour and Henry had a growth spurt or more accurately I did. I woke up the day after getting there and my stomach seemed to have sprung out of nowhere but apparently that’s a thing that happens…. Something else which provided entertainment is it was whilst away on this romantic getaway my breasts decided to start leaking clear fluid… Why is pregnancy so God damn sexy!

Packing was a bit hit and miss I wish I had brought lip balm and a different moisturiser for my stomach. It was that cold being January and all, I didn’t wear any of the nice clothes I packed and ended up wearing as many layers as possible and my coat the entire time!

Andrew was really patient with me which was amazing he didn’t rush me and constantly reminded me to go and pee before we left anywhere. Was always there to rub my back when Henry decided to push or pull or whatever it is he has been doing on the inside. So all in all it has been an amazing and very enjoyable trip. I just need a holiday now to recover from this holiday ha ha 😂





Oslo ❤

Hey guys so this is a follow up to yesterday’s post this is the in depth and a bit more details of what we actually got up to in chilly Norway.

The day of our departure had arrived and we were getting ready to head out on the cold January morning to go on our long overdue adventure. As we live In the city centre of Manchester and typically our flights leaving from Liverpool we got on a Terravision coach service to Liverpool Airport, It was a direct bus from Shudehill coach station straight to the front of the airport. We got a really good deal it was £20 return ticket for both of us so £5 each, each way not bad, took just under an hour to get there I total! 😘

As it was all depending on traffic we made sure we got to the airport as early as possible so we had enough time to check in and have a Frankie and Benny’s breakfast before boarding our Ryanair flight to Oslo TORP Sandefjord airport. This has got to have been the bumpiest flight I have ever been on. The turbulence was incredible!
Unfortunately it was a rather dull and cloudy day getting into Oslo but there was patches of snow on the ground so we were happy enough. Getting onto the coach from Sandefjord to actual Oslo took about 2 hours as in true Ryanair style you pay to get flown no where near where you’re going, but I can’t complain as the return flights for BOTH of us was only £55 so hey what’s a 2 hour bus ride ha!

Once we got into Oslo main bus station it was a short 15 minute walk to the hotel. HTL Grenson, it is a beautifully modern building with a full glass front, facing a few fancy shops that appear to be a bit like our Debenhams. We went into the hotel and checked in with the help of the gorgeous blonde receptionist and off to our room we went. A few floors up in the lift and our room was right opposite no mazes for us! The room was really nice with a massive bed a wet room kind of shower thing which was amazing a floor to ceiling window on one wall facing the main Street!

We walked through Oslo after we checked in and strolled down to the port front and looked out over the fjord and it truly was breathtaking. I will include some pictures so you can enjoy the beauty too! Whilst away we also hired a car from Avis and travelled out to see some of the other fjords within a 20 mile radius, we came across a beach which was the weirdest thing ever on a beach with a layer of thick ice covering everything!

If there are any more details you guys would like to know then please feel free to ask! I’m conscious of not making this post too long or no one will ever read it!

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Thanks for reading!

Helen xx









Reviving review


I have had the Monuspa Reviving mist for a couple of months now and i absolutely love it!

I got it just before i went on holiday to Spain as the spray was really refreshing and it smells really nice. So when your all hot and bothered and might not be feeling the freshest spritz a little of this onto your face, back of neck and body and it leaves you feeling much better!

It is also great t set your make up, one spritz of this keeps your make up there all day!

The product its self i got from a beauty box subscription and just haven’t managed to tell you guys about how amazing it is! This is a full sized sample and you can pick it up for £11.95.

“The perfect pick-me-up for dull days and stressed skin, to leave you feeling calm, comforted and in control. Created using a blend of zesty essential oils. A blend of zesty essential oils from Lemon and Rosewood to Sandalwood, Petitgrain, Geranium and Clary Sage. This invigorating combination will leave skin feeling deliciously cool and refreshed whilst providing an irresistible fragrance to tantalise the senses.” – Glossybox

Here is the website so you can buy your own!

Glossybox review

So currently i am a subscriber to Glossybox which i love. Its like getting a little present every month even tho its not my birthday! Its awesome!

In the box you get a number of gifts… well not really gifts as there is a subscription fee of course…. but you get either samples or full size products to try out.

Some are products that you may have heard of and some that you wont, but they are always in my experience been good quality(mostly).

So this picture shows how beautifully packaged it is. They have shown that there is a lot of effort gone into each box and it isn’t something that just gets thrown together with little thought.image

Starting on a negative…I was a little disappointed with this So Susan Rose Quartet, it’s in a cheap looking black plastic container and the texture of the product itself feels a little cheap. Like the sort of stuff that you would get in a princess magazine when you were like 6…with those crazy plastic glittery heels and a wand…same thing. This was the only thing in the box that didn’t hit the mark with me. Other people may have loved it.


My favourite thing in the box. Its a tinted lip butter which comes in this very cute little box, very art deco. The lip butter itself feels really nice on and the colour is really pigmented which is always good. I’m not into wishy washy lip shades.image

Shinier, stronger, thicker, smoother, more supple, frizz-free, heat and humidity-proof hair – All you hair problems sorted at the same time. It smells great. In the box it was advertised to be around £9.99 to buy however I’ve seen it body care for £5. Still for the cost of the box and whats in it, still great quality for money!


This may seem a little strange but this razor is the best one i have ever used. Not because of the actual razor head itself, but when you put it down on the side of the bath, the head doesn’t touch the side…so it dries properly…it doesn’t get rusty… its amazing.image

With a colour palette inspired by that film, this mineral powder-based eye shadow is 100% natural and highly pigmented so it packs a punch. Mineral eye shadow’s are always good! This one is no different. Great colour, great texture, lasting power. Thanks Glossy box another smasher 🙂



Even got a little sweet treat of love hearts in here as well seeming this is the valentines day special box.

I’d definitely recommend finding a subscription box to people that are interested in beauty products. It gives you the chance to find out about new stuff without having to pay big bucks for them.



Perfume is the indispensable complement to the personality of women, the finishing touch on a dress,

Christian Dior

For me scent is one of life’s most joyous creations. It probably is to you too. Maybe not in such an obvious way, you are probably thinking, there are a lot more important things in life than the way i smell. But is there??

On a very basic level, scent defines who your attracted to. Before perfumes, before how clean you are or even how unclean you are. Without even knowing your body uses the smell of someone to tell if they would make a good mate. If they are strong, fit, If they are genetically viable to produce good offspring. So pretty important huh?

Smells are around all of the time. Sometimes they are there and you don’t notice. Until years later and you smell that smell again and your transported back in time. Reminded of a close family memory, your first day of high school or of a past lover. Whatever it is, its unintentional, its innocent and its unavoidable.

The way something smells can bring out a wave of emotions, happy, sad, loving, longing.

That new book smell, cut grass, cinnamon and just after it rains are my personal faves.


In a more materialistic way it can also tell you a lot about some one. If they have money, what brands they buy into. If you get good enough at it, you can pretty much know the wearers personality.

Also the way each perfume sits on the wearers skin is different from person to person. It may smell great on one person and smell awful on someone else. It really is a personal thing. It may not be a priority of mine to get the latest perfumes or the most expensive, but when making memories, smells play such an important role.


Happy new year!!


My new years resolution in place, however I’m not going to tell you what it is! Ha Basically, I don’t want to set my self up to fail. Nothing worse than hearing people go on about their new years resolution until they get to week 3 and then all goes quiet. But they are definitely worth having! But if you do want to change something about you or your life. You don’t need to wait till January 1st to do it. Choose now. This minute, this hour.

So anyway I hope everyone has had a pleasant 2015 thus far. I have gone 10 days without alcohol for the Dryathlon that cancer research has put into place. I’m not doing too bad. I’ve lost 9 pounds through quitting alcohol. So if my new years resolution had been to lose weight I would have smashed it out of the ball park with that. The scary thing is i’m not exactly a heavy drinker! I would probably have one bottle of red wine a week, that’s not even in one sitting, id have one glass with food a couple of nights a week. But hey if it helps me shed some extra weight without much effort, i’m up for that.

Anyway… So yea i’m not drinking for the whole of January and i’m doing it for charity!! Woo. Oh sorry you want to sponsor me?? That’s awesome thanks a bunch! You can donate to my justgiving page…which is Here


Death is horrendous.

It’s the debt all men must pay.

It comes to us all and yet that doesn’t make it any easier.

Death is something everyone goes around ignoring, blissfully unaware that at any moment time may be up. Our lives may be over or about to change forever “/


How is it that we can pretend that it’s fine to ignore each other whilst we spend our time doing stupid shit. We trow away time that others simply don’t have. To sit on the sofa watching bad tv all day because well “I’m only 24, I’ve got loads of time to do those thing’s I really want to”

Life waits for no one.

It’s a sad fact that I’m going to my friends funeral on Christmas Eve.
A day people normally spend with their families, I get to spend it saying good bye.

My friend’s name is Sheila.
Sheila and her husband gave me my first ever job. She has been a part of my life for 10 years. Not once did she ever put me down or make me feel bad about my choices. She was a lovely, kind hearted woman.

She had been out with some friends gone to bed and not woke up.
Sheila and her husband had been together since they were in their teens. A few years back they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary together and joint 60th Birthday. Now I know that they were lucky to spend so much time together and so many people don’t.

But how do you go from being a couple to being one.
No warning, no time to come to terms with what’s happening. Just bam… your on your own. Being a happy joyous soul to losing your soul mate. Your other/better half, your ball and chain, your wife.

So this Christmas Eve, the holidays, family time, think about the people out there who have lost someone, are losing someone, those who are lost.

Live each day as if it were your last, as one day you’ll be right.



So here I am. Just finished work. I have tomorrow off and i am currently sat in Starbucks drinking an eggnog latte listening to Nat king Cole waiting for Andrew to finish work…This is my definition of bliss. I’m not rushed. I don’t have anywhere to be. I don’t have to worry about what time I’m going to bed so I’m not tired tomorrow. I’m looking out at all the people enjoying the Christmas Markets in the centre of Manchester, lights twinkling. No one looking at me sat on my own. That’s something I do quite love about city life, you can sit alone in a cafe or in a restaurant and no one looks at you like your crazy. No one will look your way, your lost at sea. 🙂

Anyway getting on with what this blog post was meant to start as is my own way of battling stress. A few years ago in my late teens I suffered quite badly with panic attacks and anxiety so now I do my upmost to remain as calm as possible.

If something annoys me I don’t hold it in.
This may seem obvious to the more out spoken out there but I suffer from a sometimes almost debilitating politeness. Instead of being blunt and possibly sounding rude I have always tended to keep my mouth shut. Holding my tongue did absolutely nothing but crush my confidence and make me apologise for everything… When I married my husband that pretty much stopped that, he has provided me with more than a wedding ring but also with a spine. I now stand up for my self. If someone is rude and obnoxious I stay quite polite but make it very clear that they are not. This has stopped me stressing over quite alot of “never going to happen” scenarios where I get punched in a coffee shop for telling the tender he has mixed up my drink. We all end up happy if I speak up.


I have never been an obsessive of my weight or of music. But combined they have helped solve a problem I feel everyone has an issue with. Self confidence or a lack of and over eating. Sometimes when I’m having a fat ugly day when nothing feels right I have taken to eating all the wrong foods in vast quantities to make me feel better and therefore making me feel worse about myself in the long run…well not any more…now I listen to music that makes me feel like a sex kitten…I’ve called it my sexy play list and I have everything from britney spears to disturbed on there. If it makes me feel hot I listen to it…suddenly that cake doesn’t seem all that appealing now and I just want to shake my ass around the living room 😉

I spend hours in there. Playing on my un waterproof phone…smart right? But anyway. Andrew plays his play station and I catch up on blogs and my youtube subscriptions. Topping up the hot water as I get chilly. This combined with the an essential oil of my choice and some deep breathing exercises I’m set for another busy day at work.

Now I know that this really isn’t an extensive list and I know some people really do suffer from anxiety that only doctors can help with, but from my own personal experiences it was simply a case of letting things build up and not venting until it was a big explosion of emotion! Wish isn’t helpful or healthy.

I now try to live in the moment… If.I can’t solve the problem right there and then I try to let it go until I can… If I can do something, I do…

My own random saying is that I’m the only person that spends so much time with me so I might as well make it a pleasant experience 🙂

I hope this has helped.

Much Love, Helen x