Monday, 10 June 2013

Carers Awareness Week

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Hello :)

I haven't been on here for quite a while, mainly for good reasons :) I did my zip wire for AYME and raised £557 in the process which is amazing. I've been working hard for exams, and hopefully will finally have both my maths and textiles A level next year if health stays good! And at the moment, I am resting up ready for my trip to London which I am super excited about :) Health wise I took quite a dip, then been up and down, and hopefully heading in the right direction now :) Stable-ish I like to call it ;) I don't really think about my health in too much detail though, it's what I have and I just want to make the most of what I've got :)

 Linking on to this, I really wanted to do a post tonight. I don't really talk about the help I need, but it's Carers Awareness Week starting today, and a lot of people don't see what hard work and dedication these carers have. I have 7 main carers, which are all fab :) They do so much for me, from making food to taking me out, and so much more in between. Being a carer for me is a tough job, with my ME it's not like being a carer for someone 'just' with mobility problems or anything like that, you need to be a mind reader as well. My carers need to be able to know when I need things, when to leave me and when to help me without being asked. They need to take one look at me and decide whether I am well enough to talk today, whether to let me sleep or whether I can sit up in bed. It's an huge task, and when I am bad, I am not 'with it' and sometimes so tired I cannot communicate properly so all these decisions are critical. It's a balance between stretching me but not making me worse. It's deciding why I am extra poorly that day, and if they need to phone the doctor or hospital. Being a carer is a 24/7 job, and you don't get to choose when I will need help. You have to try get a balance between being a carer and caring for yourself, and this is really hard when you have someone with such an unpredictable, and sometimes very scary, illness. Some people you wouldn't have a clue had so much on at home. Any one of my carers always have a smile on their face and you would never tell they have such a hard job when they get home! So I just want to single out my 7 carers who care for me every week who I wouldn't be here without (quite literally). I can't care for myself, it's hard to admit, but with the help of these beautiful people I can live more of a 'normal life'.

My mum, Tracy. My dad, Steve. My sister, Abi. My boyfriend, Michael. My 3 daily hired carers, Charlotte, Terri and Emma. They are all fabulous. Not one of them has ever complained. Not one of them has not ever been scared seeing me at my worst. All help me daily in so many ways, and really have made a huge difference to my life :)

Lots of love, kate xx

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Back to reality

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Hello lovely ones :)

I once again apologise for the very very very lateness of my weekly blog post. When I started this blog, the plan was to post every week, but it hasn't been possible, and I felt under pressure by it, so I have decided to post when I can :) It might be weekly, or it might be a few months apart, but when I have the energy I will try my best to update it :)

Now, since last time, what has been going on.. It's been 2 months since my last post, so quite a lot has happened, most of which I have probably forgotten! I have definitely had a lot of ups and downs, but I like to focus on the positive things on here :) So here we go :)


  1. I went on holiday to Gran Canaria. I had the most amazing time, relaxing in the heat, and even got to train some dolphins since I wasn't strong enough to swim with them. It was a once in a lifetime experience!
  2. I have changed my business name. 'Dreamers Jewellery and Crafts' is no more, it has been taken over by the more sophisticated name 'Cherry Blossom'. I have expanded into bath products, and have been asked by a few more shops if they can stock my makes, so all very exciting!
  3. I am doing two crazy challenges this year. I am zip wiring off the Tyne Bridge for ME Awareness Week, and then in September I am getting pushed in my wheelchair for the Great North Run. 
  4. I got an A in my maths resit. And an A in my textiles unit! Didn't do so well in the other maths unit, but we knew I wasn't ready. College have said they will continue funding and supporting me too which is awesome :)
  5. I got my new snazzy automatic car, and managed to drive for an extra 5 mins, but it put me flat in bed for two days afterwards so I'm going to have to be careful with that..
  6. I had a lovely (belated) valentines day (as I was in hospital) with my boyfriend which involved ice cream and posh lunches with the loud interruption of a monitor every 30 mins :')
So, I have achieved quite a lot of nice things :) I'm busy working on a book I've been asked to write to get published (crazy!) at the moment, and just trying to keep my head above the water :) I am also starting to think MEAW planning, so keep an eye out! Going to leave it here for today, I will come up with a more interesting blog post soon hopefully!

From my snuggly hideaway, love kate x

Friday, 18 January 2013

Exams can make you laugh

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Hello :)

I managed (just) to sit my maths exam last week, and I have one coming up on Wednesday which I really am struggling with so got the resit forms at the ready ;) Too much for me! Anyway, I gave my dad a 'funny exam answers' book for Christmas, and actually love it, so I thought I'd share it with you :) These are real answers from exams..

Totally sexist, but I do applaud the person who decided to put that down as the answer!

  • Q: Name the four seasons.
  • A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
  • Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be
    made safe to drink.
  • A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists. 
  • Q: What happens to your body as you age?
  • A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.
  • Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
  • A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.
  • Q; Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
  • A: Premature death.
  • Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
  • A: Keep it in the cow.
  • Q: What does the word "benign" mean?
  • A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.
  • Q: What is a turbine?
  • A: Something an Arab wears on his head.
  • Q: What is a Hindu?
  • A: It lays eggs.
  • Q: What is a vacuum?
  • A: Something my mum says I should use more often
Hope this made you smile a bit, and I hope everyone isn't snowed in! Bye from a very sleepy girl..

lots of love, kate x


Sunday, 13 January 2013

Spring / Summer Must Have's

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Hello :)

Today is a shorter post, as I have an exam tomorrow, which I'm absolutely dreading, so need to rest. Please everyone keep your fingers crossed, I need all the luck I can get..

As I am now a textiles student, I've been doing a lot of Vogue studying, and since I've been keeping an eye on the catwalks, here are 10 trends for 2013!

Spring / Summer Fashion Trends - 10 Must Have's

Graphic Dress - Think big, bold and shapes
Sheen Skirt - Become a magpie and love everything shiny
Pencil Skirt - Think bold colours and power
Florescent Top - Neon - the brighter the better
 
Bomber Jacket - Statement jacket
90's Styling - Layers, clashes, it's in!
White Dress - Pretty self explanatory
Burmuda's - Or 'boy shorts' as I like to call them 
60's Top - Sexy and floral
Candy Stripes - Still in!

Hope you enjoy  my little fashion run down for this coming season :)

lots of love, kate x

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Soap & Glory Review

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Hello :) As my first weekend post of 2013 I thought I'd review some Soap & Glory products, since they're my favourite and I got loads for Christmas!



PEACHES AND CLEAN
Cleansing milk - I love this as it has a lush creamy texture and an uplifting peachy smell. I luckily don't suffer with spots, but any imperfections seem to clear up nicely. My rating - 4* Good product for sensitive skin

THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTERTHE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER BODY LOTION 500ml
Righteous body butter - hydrates the skin and makes it feel velvety soft with it's mixture of aloe vera and shea butter. Has an absolutely gorgeous subtle smell and comes as lotion or butter depending on what you like best! I have both, and personally the butter is the absolute business ;) My rating - 5* Must have.
GIRLIGO
Moisturising mist - an amazing friend Libby bought me this, and it's lasted for ages! It is so ME friendly, as it distributes the moisturiser evenly with very little rubbing needed. Good for every day use, but won't give you as good moisturisation as the butter. But it's been an absolute god send for me! My rating 4* Good product


CLEAN ON MECALM ONE CALM ALL

Bubble bath and shower gel - both very similar products with built in body lotion which makes your skin feel super soft after wards. My rating - 5* Must have
SUGAR CRUSHFLAKE AWAY
Body polish / scrub
Flake away - smoothing body polish with shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar Works a treat!. My rating 5* Must have
 Sugar crush - brown sugar and sweet lime, almond oil & macadamia grains. Larger grains, I prefer flake away. My rating 4* Good product
SOME LIKE IT HOT
Thermal scrub - This definitely heats up! A nice scrub, but you feel the heat more in your hands whilst rubbing it in than your legs! My rating 4* Good product.

Cream and Soaper Hand Rack™HAND FOOD
Hand wash and moisturiser (hand food) pack - I absolutely adore this, its far better than using bog standard soap, and leaves your hands feeling and smelling gorgeous. It comes in a nice stand, so looks good in your bathroom too! My rating 5* Must have

HEEL GENIUS
Foot cream - A good product but I don't think there is enough moisturiser for my feet as they're quite dry. Smells lovely and would work well with already soft feet. My rating 3* Works for some

Sit Tight™ Intense XS
Firming serum - Personally I find the roller balls painful and didn't notice much difference when using this. Its a nice idea though, and a lovely smelling & heating serum. Would prefer it as cream. My rating 3* Works for some.
Super-Colour Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss
Lip plumper - All I can say is I laughed for about 15mins after putting this on. Not realising it was a lip plumper, and thinking it was a lip gloss, I layered it on nicely. Within a minute my lips were tingling, it felt like water was running down my mouth, and I had the strangest sensations ever. After all that my lips still looked the same, but felt tingly. My rating 3* Good for some

GLOW JOB
Tinted moisturiser - This moisturiser has little beads which 'pop' full of bronzer. Unfortunately it means that when applied it can leave a very uneven finish, as sometimes you get lots of these beads, and in some places you only have moisturiser. Work best if you pour it all into your hand first and pop the beads before mixing and putting on your face! Good idea, different, but needs tweaking.. My rating 3* Good for some

So, as you can see I have lots of Soap & Glory products, and I hope anyone wishing to try them that this review has helped :)

lots of love, kate x