April Favourites

The end of April already – how time flies!  I have found myself saying that so much already this year but it’s true, it seems to be flying by.  Anyone else feel the same?  We are already a third of the way through 2018, that’s crazy!  Anyway, I didn’t get round to doing a favourites post last month but this month I have lots to share with you so enjoy.

The Client List
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I started watching this last month on Netflix and am loving it, I have about half of season two to go now.  It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt who I think is great, and tells her story of being abandoned by her husband and starting a new job as a masseuse at a place she soon finds out offers extras – and she really needs the money!  Lots of laughs, heartbreak and the anticipation of someone finding out what’s going on keeps you on your toes with this one, definitely recommend it!

Gold Rush

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My family all watch this show and I never really got into it – until Ste started me watching it!  Now I love it and have found the recent spin off following Parker and crew into the jungle really interesting too.  Even the boys have started watching it too, their little eyes light up when they see them measuring the gold at the end of the episodes!  I don’t watch a huge amount of TV and things I do watch, I mainly record and catch up when I can.

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion

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I have heard so much about this and decided last month to pop in and give it a try.  One of the lovely staff members (they all seem like the happiest people on Earth in there and are so friendly and helpful) asked if she could help and I told her what I was looking for.  She kindly found me a tub and explained where best to use it.  She explained it is a natural product and is designed to help aid sleep but obviously isn’t a miracle cure.  However, both me and Ste have been using it for around a month now and have found it works brilliantly!  Really helps aid relaxation at bedtime and is a good part of my night time routine.  It smells lovely and I love that the products from Lush are natural and not tested on animals.  If you struggle to wind down in the evening I would suggest giving it a try.  I put it on the pulse points of my wrist and neck and it rubs in really easily and doesn’t go greasy.

Bath Bomb by Saboa

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This bath bomb came in my March The Mummy Club box and it was AMAZING!  Smelled divine, looked pretty and my skin was so soft and smooth when I got out the bath that even Ste commented on it!  Heavenly, will be ordering from these again!

Find them on Instagram – Hello Saboa

Sunshine

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It has arrived and I couldn’t be happier to have spent my birthday week enjoying the warmer temperatures and lovely sunshine.  I am sure I have a little S.A.D. – I really do feel a whole lot better when the sun is out.

Horlicks

Another integral part of mine and Ste’s bedtime routine now.  It has been nice to start using more natural remedies rather than medication to aid sleep and a warm, milky Horlicks just hits the spot!

MakeUp Revolution Palette – Reloaded

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I finally found the palette I have been after for the last two or three months and treated myself to it with some of my birthday money.  It’s only £4 which is a bargain and is full of colours I adore!  Have used it a couple of times but can’t wait to keep trying different looks.  I really love the Make Up Revolution palettes and own a few now.  I find them good quality, inexpensive and they have great variety.

Peach Coca Cola

I thought the Mango was nice…but the peach one is even better!!!  I love peach flavoured pretty much anything anyway so no surprise I liked this really.  Have you tried it yet?

Dog Shampoo

I grabbed this dog shampoo as I knew we were almost out of our current bottle.  It was in one of the Aldi ‘random’ aisles and cost about £3 from memory.  We have only used it once so far, but it left Knox’s coat really smooth and shiny and smelled amazing.  This lasted a lot longer than the one we were using before too and his skin has been great with it.  Definitely keeping my eye out for it to appear again and will grab a few bottles to keep us stocked up.

Uno

This isn’t a new favourite for the month but we have played it a lot this month (Easter Holidays and all that) and we just love it!  We have Uno championships pretty much daily and whoever wins five games first is crowned Uno champion for the day.  It is a really simple game that even young children can enjoy (there is a Junior version too) and just lots of fun.  Some of the kid’s board games can get a bit boring, even when they love them, but this one always keeps us all entertained.

Chicken Korma Pot Noodle

Wow!  Pot Noodle have bought a few new flavours out but this one has to be the best ever!  Absolutely delicious and even Ste agrees!  I have also tried the Sausage Casserole one which is nice but nothing to rave about and have a BBQ Pulled Pork one in the cupboard to try so will let you know how that goes.

Horrible Histories Colouring Book

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I have loved the Horrible Histories books since being a child and now as an adult I love a good colouring book.  Finding the two combined in The Works made me slightly excited and I had to grab a copy.  I find colouring really therapeutic and a great non-screen time hobby

My Birthday

I did it, this month I turned 32.  I had an absolutely fab day.  Two friends came to stay and the four of us went for a prosecco breakfast.  Ste wasn’t feeling well at all but managed to make it out with us.  We then chilled at home in the garden in the beautiful sunshine before going to meet up with my family in the pub for an evening of drinks and laughs.  Was really relaxed, fun and I was thoroughly spoilt.  Thankyou for all the lovely messages I received, they all meant so much.

I am going to leave it there as could go on all day, especially as it has been two months since I last did a favourites post.  I hope you liked and will try some of my suggestions.  Please let me know what you have loved this month in the comments below

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

The Spoonie Mummy Reviews – The Mummy Club

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone’s weeks have started well after a lovely weekend.  I have been a bit up and down the past few weeks since getting out of hospital, so I am trying to get back on an even keel this week.  I may not be posting as regularly for a little while but am aiming for two posts a week, and am starting to post videos on my YouTube channel again but please bear with me.

I have been mentioning The Mummy Club subscription boxes for a while now (check out my January Favourites and Mother’s Day Gift Guide posts).  I first came across The Mummy Club on Instagram and thought the idea was a brilliant one.  There are many subscription boxes out there, mainly containing make up and skincare products but I feel like they can be very hit and miss with introducing you to products you may or may not like.  I loved this idea as the items contained are pretty dislike-proof and can be used by everyone.  I have been writing a lot recently about taking time for yourself as I feel this is important for everyone to do, and I feel like a lot of women and mums, don’t give themselves this time as they can be so busy.  This box gives you everything you need to take that time out for a bit each month, whether it be a little every day or some time once a week.

I received my first box in January as a gift and couldn’t wait to get into it.  I was delighted at the contents.  The box included

  • A spacemask
  • ‘Sketchy Mama’ by Anna Lewis
  • A pack of four Optiat coffee face exfoliating scrubs
  • Albus & Flora lip balm
  • Notecard
  • Postcard

I have been enjoying testing the items out and have found them all useful so far.  The spacemask was a huge hit.  I had a relaxing bath then got into bed and popped the mask on.  It was made of soft cloth and looked really pretty, I almost didn’t want to put it in the bin when I finished with it.  The mask heated up on my eyes and the smell was subtle but nice.  I enjoyed twenty minutes of relaxing and really zenned out, even with Ste getting out of the shower and starting harassing me. I took my bedtime meds, picked up my book but within ten minutes I was asleep! Ste had to put my book away and turn off my lamp. I’m not sure if it is supposed to help you sleep but it was certainly a welcome side effect for me, as I often struggle to drop off.

I’ve only had a quick flick tbrouth the book but have had a giggle so far at some of the pictures. I’ve also used two of the face scrubs, they are really lovely. The exfoliating beads are small but do the job and as long as you don’t mind quite a strong scent of coffee you will love them!

The lip balm has also had plenty of use as I’ve been really struggling with dry lips and this was just what I needed.  I love the packaging of it too, looks great int he handbag.

I was so impressed I just had to sign up. Each box is £18 and p&p is £2.75. you get an email at the end of the month reminding you that your payment will be taken and the date it will go out in case you want to unsubscribe – there is no contract so you can miss a month or unsubscribe at any time. There is also an option to get a mini box which I believe is £11. You can also purchase boxes to send as gifts which I think would be a lovely idea for a mum to be or new mummy, as well as a mum friend in need of a pick me up.

My second box in February was equally as fab and contained

  • A spacemask
  • Bath Tea
  • Bath Salt Soak
  • Salted Caramel Marshmallows
  • ‘Five Go Parenting’ book

I have also just received my March box but won’t go into what is in that one as I don’t want to spoil the contents for anyone who hasn’t had theirs yet!

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the contents and the absolutely lovely customer service you receive from them.  These products have definitely given me that nudge to make a little more time for myself which I probably wouldn’t normally get if I was expected to go to the shops and actually buy products for this purpose.

If you are interested in signing up, head over to their website and take a look, it is really simple to join and I am sure you will be impressed.  Hope you enjoy your boxes as much as I do!

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

My Periods and IBD by Guest Blogger Louise A.K.A. Crohnsfighting

This week I wanted to do a series of posts about periods and contraception.  Often, our chronic illnesses can affect these but it isn’t an area that has been looked into and a lot of doctors do not understand how much our lives can be affected by them.  I asked for people who could share their stories and the lovely Louise offered to share her experiences with you all.  Louise is an amazing friend and fellow host of The IBD & Ostomy Support Show.  You can visit her blog here and it is worth checking out her honest and informative posts.

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Hi, I’m Louise aka Crohnsfighting and have been asked by the lovely Natalie aka The Spoonie Mummy to write a guest blog to talk about the impact my periods have on me and my daily life.

I will also be writing about contraception methods used over the years to try and help me with what I call PMT week once a month.

I was a late starter with developing and periods. I didn’t gain boobs or periods until after I turned 14. Now this may have been a late start but until the age of 18/19 I never had an issue with them. They were fairly light but lasted the full 7 days and from the age of 15/16 I was on an oral contraceptive which was oestrogen based and I never had a problem with that. Apart from forgetting to take the blasted thing, it wasn’t an issue and because I was not sexually active until 17, the pill was just controlling my periods and not a lot else.

Contraceptives used

When I turned 18 I was in a long term serious relationship and to protect myself I was placed on the depo-provera injection. This was administered every 12 weeks so I didn’t get unwanted babies. This is when the fun and games started, it caused havoc with my cycles and periods. I would spot on and off for six weeks at a time and then have a full-on flood. The floods tended to happen at the most inappropriate of times and one of them happened whilst having “adult shenanigans” in a car.  I flooded the seat and his jeans and he spent the best part of 5 hours trying to get menstrual flow out of the car seat and had to throw the jeans he was half wearing at the time. The problem I had with the shot was that it caused huge weight gain and mood swings. I gained a stone and a half in a year and my moods were erratic.  The mood swings were caused by a hormonal imbalance but I wouldn’t discover this until 7 years later. Once coming off of the shot my weight returned to normal within a year, my mood swings stopped and my normal cycle resumed.

I was diagnosed with Crohns disease in 2003 and due to the extent of this I was unable to take oral contraception to help with the heavy periods as it was advised it wouldn’t work. I either had to have the implant or practice safe sex.

In 2009, I had my daughter Maisie and six months after having her I had the implant put in. The implant was a godsend as it stopped my periods completely but yet again 18 months later I had to have this removed. The reason being for this is because I punched my then partner in the face in bed because he pissed me off, and I couldn’t control my moods. He frog marched me down to the GP’S and said I had to have this removed as he couldn’t handle the moods I would suffer from. I would go from happy to black moods in the flick of a switch. Now this may have been because he was a total arse but hey, who am I to judge?

Due the reactions I had with these types of hormone contraception’s I was tested for hormonal imbalances and both the implant and the shot stop your bodies progesterone hormone and means your body thinks it’s in menopause and my body doesn’t like it. It was decided after that that I would no longer be allowed to have these due to the mood swings. At the time, I didn’t qualify for the coil and I needed to be safe. I finally, after much fighting, got the copper coil placed in 2014 as the mirena coil may have resulted in my falling pregnant.

My periods

My periods have always been pretty horrendous since the Crohns diagnosis. A week before my period I always feel like my tummy and uterus are going to blow up. The pain is excruciating and not to mention the swollen, sore boobs and the joint pain I get with it. My mood is rather testy as well and I want to sleep more. The diagnosis from my boyfriend and daughter is Mummy is being a bit short and please do your best to not piss her off.

I’ve been banned from using a hot water bottle as due to the amount of surgery I have had done, I burn my stomach as I can’t feel it on a regular basis.

I go through 6-7 packs of the always night ultra in a week. So, I average anything up to 80 sanitary towels in that week.

I have tried tampons but they make me feel sick and make the period pain worse. They also are not man enough to handle the monsoon that is my monthly period.

On average, I can flood my jeans 3-4 times in a day during the heavy period of that week. I make sure I stay close to home and wear dark colours.

Do I feel that IBD has affected my periods?

I can honestly say that yes, they have affected my periods. Due to the amount of scar tissue and adhesions in my womb and on my fallopian tubes, I have had consistent heavy periods since 2009 and they drive me insane. I feel women get it slightly worse, especially with IBD, as the hormones and the swellings impact our insides even more than if I was without the Crohns disease. Especially when your sat there wondering if it’s your period coming or a major flare up.

I have had some respite since November of last year as I had most of the scar tissue removed. However, the last month or so the periods are yet again becoming more like Niagara Falls and that normally means the scar tissue is making itself known again.

So this is way too much information to read on a guest blog but it’s something that isn’t commonly discussed and I feel that IBD does impact periods for those of us diagnosed .

Many thanks for reading

Louise xx

You can also follow Louise on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.  Be sure to check out her delicious Thai Tuesday recipes over there too!