Here’s to feeling like a donought.

Here’s to having put your heart out there and feeling like a doughnut because it wasn’t reciprocal, here’s to not reading a situation and making someone else feel like a doughnut when they had put their heart out there. Here’s to finding the man whom I wanted to finally buy this doughnut for and him not fancying it so I got to eat it. Here’s to Valentine’s Day whether you love it or loathe it, Eat the doughnut. Happy Valentines Day whom ever you love xx

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But, Can I keep my socks on?

I recently went for my health check, annual asthma check and smear test all in one go with the surgery nurse. I don’t believe in doing things by halves.

On arrival the nurse asked me what I wanted to do first, I said “Lets get the worst job done first” (I have been reading a lot of time management books recently and this is what they tell you to do, do the worst job first). So she said “Pop your trousers and Knickers off and lay on the bed”.

I said “Ok. But, can I keep my socks on, as it is pretty cold in here?” She laughed and said you are funny. I love being told I am funny, so took the compliment graciously whilst naked from the bottom down (but still with socks on) and jumped on the bed.

I have this habit where I like to make people feel at ease, even when there is no need for me to do so. Like making jokes when you are about to have your smear test done and  trying to make the nurse at ease, when she probably sees 10 badgers a day. (When I say badgers I mean, your lady garden.)

She then pointed to a piece of tissue and told me to cover my badger (she didn’t say badger but you know what I mean) I said “You are lucky I trimmed for you, otherwise we would have needed a bigger tissue”.

All in all I think it went quite well.

#smearforsmear

The Humble Tea bag

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I  read an article in December in The Times newspaper that said gardeners have been noticing that the Tea bag was no longer disintegrating into the earth, after popping used Tea bags in the compost bin and then using that in their gardens. Small pieces of the T-bag was turning up in the soil when turning the earth. I was surprised to hear that and a little upset as my morning routine consists of making a nice cuppa before getting started on the day.

It turned out that Tea bags have up to 25% plastic in them. Our humble tea bag has been sealed with a plastic glue and therefore was not fully biodegradable. The article also mentioned that Mike Armitage of Nature Matters has launched a petition to get the main manufacturers to remove the plastic – you can sign it here.

In the past few days The Guardian has reported that the Co-op have taken notice and are now developing a 100% biodegradable Tea-bag (read article here) which is great to hear and I really do hope that the others manufacturers follow suit. So that we have a choice of tea bags to choose from.

Moral Fibres blog post about plastic in our tea-bags is an excellent resource to find out if your favourite brew includes plastic and some great suggestions of getting rid of the bag all together and going back to leaves and a strainer.

Please sign the petition and also you can email the major companies to request the removal, all contacts provided in Moral Fibres post.

Lets help our hug in a mug be truly that again.

 

 

 

Friends, Lobsters & Valentines

So on January 1st 2018 Netflix launched all 10 Seasons of Friends so you can watch every single episode back to back, so obviously some of the famous quotes will be making a come back and still doing the rounds.

I noticed in Paperchase a valentines card with “You’re my lobster” on it, and reminded me of Pheobe’s famous quote when Ross and Rachel finally got together – “He’s her lobster”.  This got me thinking about Lobsters and the trend that started last year although didn’t do aswell as pineapples, unicorns, flamingos and donuts.

It appears that this trend has continued over to 2018 along with the Cactus, Birds of paradise and Tropical prints.  I went on the hunt for Lobster merch and found all sorts of lovely products.

Here are my favourite lobster items for you to share with your loved ones this February 14th.

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  1. This Lobster Valentine Bottle Opener makes a great addition to your Kistch bar area – from Paperchase £18.00

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2. This gorgeous Lobster necklace by Tatty Devine – Lobster Giant Necklace £165.00

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3. Perfect lobster purse from Skinny Dip – £20.00

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4. I want this for my kitchen, Lobster artwork by Monicas Print Medley on Esty – £7.67

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5. The card that started this blog post – Paperchase £6.00

Sunny Life Lobster

6. Although best for use in Summer I couldn’t resist this lobster lilo which is fantastic. Perfect for your summer insta shots.  You can buy direct for Sunny Life but have also seen it on John Lewis  – £46.50 to £50.00

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7. You’re my Lobster mug in the style of Friends logo from Muggy Bug on Etsy £7.95

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8. Lobster clutch bag by Kurt Geiger – from Selfridges £90.00

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9. Very cool lobster earrings by Luxulite on Esty – £10.00

 

I am not affiliated with any of these companies I just post abouy products I like and would buy myself.

10 of the best blog posts and articles about Grey Hair.

After my serious allergy to hair dye (thanks to the black henna tattoo) my doctor and I agreed it would be best that I never coloured my hair again.

Now that said, it is fine to agree to no hair dye in your 20’s, but as you head further into your 40’s the grey hairs start to come thick and fast (well for me). So you start thinking about your options or try to come to terms with your grey hair.

I have read a lot of articles about how other women feel about having grey hair and here they are some of the wonderful articles and blog posts on the subject.

Women In Consulting

Anne Kreamer – Going Gray

Boom By Cindy Joseph – 5 tips for embracing natural hair

What I have learned from my gray hair experiment

The Guardian – Why women dare not go grey, The politics of hair

The Telegraph – I’ve had grey hair since I was 16

The Change Guru – Lessons from a year of growing gray hair

Silver Style Life – Grey Hair Lifestyle

Make Up and Beauty Blog – Graceful way to gray

Andrea Bonawitz Styling – Aging Gracefully how to go grey

Just about to start reading Anne Kreamer’s book – Going Gray, will let you know my thoughts.