Saturday, 28 October 2017

Films I have watched in October

Photo by Alex Munsell
I love watching films. I have a chronic illness that makes it quite difficult to sleep (as well as being heavily pregnant) so I watch a lot of films and tv shows to fill the time and distract from pain. Here's my list of films I've watched during the month of October!

  • Pirates of the Caribbean - Salazar's Revenge
  • Willow
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Gruffalo's Child
  • Elf
  • The Stepford Wives
  • A Child's Christmas in Wales
  • The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Christmas Eve
  • Gremlins
  • Poseidon
  • 2012
  • Warcraft
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Gruffalo
  • Chicken Run
  • Arthur Christmas
There are a few more days left of October but I'm currently watching lots of tv series so I don't plan on watching any more films this month.

Do you love watching films too? What have you been watching lately?
Rachel
xx


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Skin Elixir perfume review


I was sent this perfume from Skin Elixir to try out and review. Their perfumes are unisex, cruelty free and vegan, and hand crafted.

First of all, I have to say that I really loved how well this item was packaged. The elegant paper matched the perfume bottle well. The box also had a nice gold and dark blue ribbon tie around it but my postie had accidentally ripped it off! I also really liked the sleek gold business card that Skin Elixir have.

The Sangfroid perfume I received came in a bottle with a roller ball end making it nice and easy to apply. Also means no leaks when carrying in a bag. It has a deep, but not overbearing, fragrance. I liked the hints of vanilla in this but I must admit I'm not the biggest fan of frankincense. My husband on the other hand liked this scent and has been using it as a beard oil which is another great thing that this can be used for.

Rachel
xx


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Glitter wishlist

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Everyone who knows me knows I have a deep love for anything glittery. I love a good sparkle! Not only for how amazing glitter looks, but I also actually love looking at it as a distraction when I have overwhelming anxiety. I always tend to have at least one thing on my person that is super sparkly and if I'm struggling I'll try and concentrate on the glitter in the sunlight. I've always been a huge fan of glitter, it just makes me feel that little bit happier. I wonder if it's because I grew up in the nineties, that stuff was everywhere! So here are some of my current faves that are super glittery.


Purple Glitter Mini Backpack - £25.99

I am so in love with this backpack. I love the purple glitter, I've not seen many purple glitter items out there so this is a nice change. The colour of this glitter bag also makes me think of space.

Silver glitter ballet pumps - £11.99

Glittery shoes are my thing! I've had many different type of shoes over the years that are glittery in some way. I'm a fan of these style of glitter shoes when it comes to festive gatherings, they're the perfect thing to make an outfit look that extra special.  I would wear these with a nice dress and tights.

Glitter bomb pen - £10.00 

This ballpoint pen is so luxurious looking and makes doing paper work look way more appealing. 

Medusas Make-Up Pegasus glitter - £5.99 

Medusa's makeup is a vegan brand. They have a wide range of different products and colours. Pegasus Glitter is a beautiful purple fine loose glitter. Great for any time you want sparkle, which is every day if you're like me!

Have you seen any extra special glittery items that have caught your eye lately?

Rachel
xx


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Pregnancy excitement and worries


I am now coming in to my 29th week of pregnancy. I am a mixture of absolute happiness and excitement, and nerves and worry. So far in this pregnancy everything has gone quite smoothly really. Although I did end up in the maternity assessment unit a few weeks back due to a suspected lung clot - luckily it seems like it was a pulled muscle or painful rib.

My Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder can make pregnancy a bit more tricky and there are a few things I have to be careful of. I've already had two children with not many issues in  pregnancy - but each pregnancy is different and my condition has worsened over the years. So it's been playing on my mind. As my joints are already super bendy, I have to be even more careful of dislocation and muscle and joint pain/damage, there could also be complications in labour as I have rapid births and tear easily. I've been very nervous of my condition, especially in the early stages when my body started to change. However it's not really been any worse until very recently. I'm now finding sleep very difficult as my hips hurt so much, and using pillows so far is just causing me to dislocate! So I'm having to just try and ease the hip pains with hot water bottles, massage, and rolling frequently on to my other side once one hip starts to hurt more than the other. Not ideal, but with only just over two months to go, I'm feeling grateful it didn't start up much sooner.

A big thing that I was concerned about was what if I needed an emergency c-section. Local anesthetic doesn't work on me at all. As I've had Dylan and Evelyn without problems in labour, they believe I should be fine to have a vaginal birth. However if I need an unplanned c-section, I wanted to ensure that they all know local won't work. I was given an appointment with the anesthetist and I was so glad to hear that she already knew a lot about Ehlers Danlos and Hypermobility and how a fair amount of us don't react to local. She assured me that if it was needed at all, they would attempt a spinal block and do all the checks regularly and be able to top it up to make sure I won't be able to feel a thing. She also said if it still made me nervous, they would be fine to just immediately give me a general anesthetic (when you are completely asleep) as I've already had surgery and know that that does work for me. She wrote all of this in my pregnancy notes and put a big yellow sticker on the front so it won't be missed that this is part of the birth plan if c-setion is needed. I am so relieved that we were able to have this meeting quite early on as obviously it was a big worry! I had to have stitches after I gave birth to Dylan and the local didn't work at all. It ended up being more painful than the birth itself.


Over the years I've also had quite a few early miscarraiges which has been heartbreaking. This was a huge worry in the first trimester. So now I feel extra lucky to be able to say here we are with this baby growing happily. We're approaching his due date and things are going well. He is measuring right on track for his stage, he's got a little routine going on where he's super active and kicking about. He even reacts when we talk to him which is amazing! When CHris puts his hands on my bump, the baby actually moves towards his hands, like he's cuddling in. I am trying to focus on all of this on days when I get a bit too anxious about the what ifs, which are easy to get lost in at times.

Tomorrow I am hoping that we'll rearrange the furniture in our room so we can get his little moses basket set up! It'll be exciting to see it up and ready for him. I also realised the other day that there's still a lot of things I need to get. I need a changing mat for him, a changing station as I know my back won't be able to handle the constant bending for nappy changes without one. Also need to get a hospital bag sorted and all the bits for myself - nursing nighties, a nightie to wear during labour, maternity pads and so on.

December isn't that far away. I am so looking forward to meeting baby and having that first cuddle.

Rachel
xx