An A - Z of Me

An A – Z of Me

Animals | If I could spend my life rescuing and caring for abandoned animals, I would be a very happy lady. Animals > humans.  That’s my ultimate life goal.

Blogging | Starting my blog was one of the best decisions of my life. I’ve created myself a bubble of creativity, where I’m capable of sharing whatever tickles my fancy. I’ve met lots of wonderful people. I’ve had so much fun and it’s only been a year!

Cats | If you’ve been around long enough, this one makes complete sense. My cats are my world. They are everything to me! I’ll never understand people who think cats are evil and manipulative. I get daily cuddles and I can even sing one of them to sleep.

Disney | The Aristocats, Mulan and Alice in Wonderland are my three favourite Disney movies. Ah, I love Disney.

Empress | On my birthday, or other special occasions, I have a very particular nickname – I can’t believe I’m actually going to admit this to the world. “Empress Namrog the Third, Mother of Kittens, Queen of Francis Court and Ruler of Matthew’s Attention.” I’m channelling Daenerys Targaryen here.

Feminist | “The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.” Those who prefer not to call themselves a feminist confuse me. Do you seriously think woman are lesser simply because of their gender?

Gaming | Matt was actually the one who sparked my love for gaming. Some of my favourites now include the Fable series, Skyrim, Child of Light and practically any indie you can throw at me.

Honesty | I’m incredibly honest – for the good and for the bad. It’s one of those personality traits that I’m so grateful for.

Interests | Photography, books, crafts, programming, cooking, beauty, art, writing, film…

Jokes | I’m the worst at telling jokes. I’m sure people generally laugh at my reaction to the joke rather than the actual joke itself. I think I’m hilarious.

Kindness | I try my absolute hardest to be kind every single day.

Lists | I’m not one for spontaneity because I love to be prepared. I’ll always find something to write a list about. I also have a tendency to write lists of the lists I need to write, seriously.

Matthew | The love of my life.

An A-Z of Me

Nature | Plop me outdoors, surrounded by nature, and I’ll be one happy bunny. Spring and autumn are my favourite months to be out and about.

Organised | You know, organising things is actually a hobby of mine. When I have free time, let’s say a really quiet Sunday, I love taking out my drawers and reorganising them all over again.

Photography | My camera is my third eye. I document my entire life through photographs. It started out as a way to avoid being scared of losing my memory – I don’t want to forget the wonderful things I’ve done. After that, it just developed into a full-on love for the photography process in general.

Quiet | I’m as quiet as a mouse when I’m away from the comfort of home.

Reading | I love reading. At this point, I think it’d be pretty much impossible to get through all of the books I’d like to during my lifetime!

Sleep | I could sleep for years and still wake up tired. Falling asleep is a massive struggle for me so, when I do finally get there, I like to soak up every second I can. Every single cosy second.

Tidy | My tidy home makes me happy – it’s my special sanctuary. So, when ‘Facebook mums’ share quotes such as “a clean home is the sign of a wasted life”, I get really irritated and offended. Just because I make time to tidy my house (even when I don’t have the time, I might add), it doesn’t make my life any more boring than yours.

University | I’m now in my fourth and final year of university. I’m studying computer science at The University of Hull. I have a good feeling this year is going to be the best year of university so far.

Vintage | I always feel far prettier and more put together when I’m in a vintage-inspired outfit with a bit of red lippy. I feel like myself!

Wedding | I’m obsessed with anything to do with weddings. I’m constantly picking up inspiration for my own wedding, and you bet I started a Pinterest account solely to stalk amazing weddings.

X Factor | A big, fat, giant guilty pleasure. I haven’t watched it for a couple of years but this year I’m loving it. There’s a lot of acts that I’m full-on excited about. I’d buy their albums, for sure.

YouTube | I think it’s incredible that YouTube actually rivals television for me, nowadays. There are so many YouTube stars that I enjoy watching. When I was young, I just used it for funny fails or cute cat videos.

Zombies | The only fictional ‘monster’ that I just cannot deal with. They terrify me!

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-Morgan

Lush Halloween Haul

Halloween Lush Haul

It’s time! Yesterday, Lush’s Halloween products were released in my local store and I couldn’t have snapped them up any quicker. Straight from work, I jumped onto a bus and then practically ran to the store. In all honesty, I presumed they’d have ran out by the time I got there but, luckily for little me, the products were still piled high. Like always, I almost drooled upon arrival. The smell is intoxicating. Walking into a Lush store is one of my favourite things in life – those colours, the smell, the atmosphere and the fantastic staff make shopping there an actual experience.

Alongside lots of other fellow Lushies around the world, I’ve been eagerly anticipating this release for a long time. The return of Lord of Misrule, my all time favourite holiday exclusive product, is a personal highlight, for sure. I previously caught a sneak peak of the Halloween products when they were leaked, not too long ago, and lots of them caught my eye. I imagined I’d pretty much buy the whole store. However, I did refrain from buying one of everything and, instead, I stuck to a handful of products that I was eager to try.

Lush Halloween Haul

So, what lovely Lush Halloween goodies did I pick up this year?

Monsters’ Ball:

I love themed bath bombs! They’re a bit of a guilty pleasure really. Whenever a silly or strange looking product is released, I snap one up. Monsters’ Ball looks like a pink Mike Wazowski and what’s better than that? I’ve already seen a sneak peak at the show this bath bomb puts on in the tub. I can’t wait to use it.

Lord of Misrule:

Lord of Misrule is a showstopper. It’s a must-have Halloween bath bomb and if you haven’t yet tried it for yourself I urge you to treat yourself. It’s a beautiful combination of spicy, earthy and vanilla scents. That smell is quite something, but it’s the performance it gives in the bath that makes this product stand out.

Pumpkin:

Pumpkin combines spicy cinnamon with the sweetness of vanilla and, I think, it’s the most pleasant smelling of the Halloween products.  It smells like autumn.

Autumn Leaf:

This is one of the most beautiful bath bombs I’ve ever seen. It’s made up of jumbles of baby blues, yellows, oranges and pinks. It has a very fresh scent which only emphasises the autumnal feel of this bath bomb. Look at the size of it, in comparison to the others! It’s massive.

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I’m super pleased with my mini Halloween haul. I managed to snap up some gorgeous smelling and incredible looking bath bombs that I just can’t wait to try! It really is starting to feel like autumn now. Roll on, Halloween!

Have you tried any of Lush’s Halloween products yet?

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Supporting Small Businesses

Supporting Small Businesses

I’m a bit of a sucker for small businesses that offer handmade goods. It doesn’t matter if they’re starting up an online store, they’ve opened up their first shop or they’re selling those goods at a Saturday market, I’m always more willing to give their products a try.

I recently came across the lovely Tarnya’s Etsy store, after stumbling across one of her promotional tweets. Every single one of her prints had something special about them – shout out to the adorable cactus print that I was also smitten with – but it was the watercolour Deathly Hallows symbol that caught my eye.

A lot of Taryna’s art uses the continuous line technique where the pen can never leave the paper, creating a sketchy look so I was torn. Sketchy art or Harry Potter art? Artsy or fandom? Oh, the perils of being an artsy fangirl. It had to be the Deathly Hallows symbol – I knew it would look amazing on my bookshelf and I just couldn’t resist.

Supporting Small Businesses

How beautiful is that? I absolutely love it. It’s taken centre stage amongst my books and it’s looking great. Without a doubt, I’ll be popping back to Taryna’s Etsy store when I next fancy a little bit of colour to brighten up a space.

If you’d like to have a scroll through Taryna’s prints and stickers, you can find her Etsy store here or you follow her on Twitter here.

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Do you like to support small business owners too?

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-Morgan

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Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming

This morning, I woke up with practically every possible common ailment forcing its way into my system. On top of a terrible night’s sleep, I did not wake up happy. The day only got worse and worse from there. I felt as if sadness was completely suffocating my core and I knew that I’d be stuck with it all day. When I’m sad, all of those buried thoughts and feelings rise up to the surface. I have to write them down today. I think it’s about time.

I’m completely embarrassed and nervous that I’m attempting to put these thoughts and feelings into words, but here goes…

Just Keep Swimming

 

Today marks the start of my final week at work. I’ll be heading back to university very soon and I just can’t wait. Frankly, this work placement has been the worst thing I’ve ever done but, I’ve got to admit, I’ve learnt loads. The experience I’ve gained will undoubtedly benefit me in my final year of university but that will never make up for the damage this year has had on my mental health.

Despite what work decides to believe, it wasn’t at all their fault that I broke into tiny pieces  – it was a combination of lots of little things that pushed me into a very dark place. When I started my placement, I was so excited. I felt as if I’d achieved something great by being accepted onto the course. I expected this would be the most exciting year of my life! Maybe if I was stronger I would have been okay.

The office environment very quickly began to make me feel claustrophobic, trapped and lonely. I was nervous of my colleagues. I wasn’t used to being in a strange environment for so long. I was completely uncomfortable. All of those emotions were making me beyond stressed. Then, as the nights quickly became darker, leaving work once the sun had set completely wrecked my confidence. I was terrified. I’ve always been scared of the dark. I began to dread leaving the house.

Things only got worse. I’d leave work with chest pains from the constant nerves, anxiety and stress of being away from home. I became paranoid. I was adamant that I was going to die whenever I left the house or, if it wasn’t me in trouble, my cats would be burning alive in a house fire. I started inadvertently clenching my jaw and grinding my teeth, leaving me with a constantly locked jaw. My hair started falling out in clumps. I saw everything as a threat. I’d imagine somebody breaking into my home or the office with a gun. I’d be sure that the man walking behind me was going to stab me. Everywhere I went, all I could see were possible ways to die. Even in my own home, I’d be unable to walk from room to room unless Matt checked nobody was there. I was a mess.

In the end, I stopped sleeping because the nightmares were unmanageable. I developed completely irrational obsessive compulsions that I’m still unable to shake, I wanted to die, I couldn’t be alone and I was to frightened to leave the house. For months, I was utterly broken and terrified. I didn’t know what was happening to me.

I ended up getting help, but that’s a different story. I left work for a while and, with Matt by my side, I tried to get better.

Eventually, I had to decide whether I wanted to return to work or to leave and pretend it never happened. It would feel like such a waste of a year if I didn’t return so I did, with high hopes and a giant bag of nerves.

Although my mental health had improved massively over the period of time I wasn’t at work, the environment I left had become bitter. I ended up returning to a group of hostile colleagues who didn’t have a pleasant word to say to me. Instead, they chose to ignore me completely. When I was young, I always used to dread going to school because I knew I’d have to face my bullies. At work, I feel exactly the same.

I can already taste the relief of walking out of the office on Friday afternoon. It’s almost overwhelming. I’m completely ready for a new start.

“When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.” – Dory, Finding Nemo.

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Now, breathe. 

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Did You Know I Love Snails?

Did You Know I Love Snails?

I’ve had this weird fascination with snails since I was really young. If anything, it’s kind of just getting stronger as time goes on. I love the unique patterns on their shells, their complexity, their cute little eyes and those wiggly tentacles. I even find their slime charming.

Even now, I’m still learning new things about them. Yesterday, I found out that snails have hearts. You’re probably mumbling how stupid I am for thinking that these beautiful, living creatures don’t have hearts but it’s something that never occurred to me before. I guess I didn’t ask questions about the anatomy of a snail as a child and, as my interest in them never faded, I didn’t bother questioning it as an adult.

Did You Know I Love Snails?

A cute little snail in Welton, Yorkshire

When I was younger, I kept snails as pets. I’d walk down the alley, search through the weeds and collect some in a shoe box full of greens and a little tub of water. Obviously, that wasn’t the nicest of things to do to those little snails who were just enjoying life, but I genuinely thought I was giving them a better quality of life (and I really did love them)! I gave them names, I’d stroke their shells and I’d place them on my hands for exercise – yep, that happened.

Eventually, when my brother found out I’d been keeping snails, he thought it would be funny to kill some of my little friends. That’s always stuck with me. It’s not that I resent him for it, not at all, but it’s one of those childhood memories that stayed with me. He hit them in the air with a tennis racket and cracked their shells… Children are grim. The poor things. After I screamed bloody murder at him to stop, I released those that he didn’t get his mitts on back into the alley to live the rest of their lives in peace.

I don’t keep snails anymore, of course. Can you imagine if I brought a tank home full of snails? I think Matt would die laughing. Instead, I just save them whenever I can – if I find a snail in the middle of the road, I’ll pick them up and help them cross. Last week, I saw one of the weirdest snail phenomenons. As me and Matt began our 12-mile hike into the countryside, we wandered down a quaint street to find (I’m not over-exaggerating) 7 or so alive snails crossing the road. Around them were dozens of squashed snails who, presumably, were crushed by passing cars. It was the weirdest thing.

I couldn’t just leave the rest of them to get crushed. One by one, I went on a snail rescue mission and popped them into the nearby roadside weeds. I felt like a little savoir all day.

I don’t know what it is about them but I just think they’re ace.

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9 Cute Wallpapers For Your Phone

9 Cute Wallpapers For Your Phone

I don’t know about you but I love regularly changing my phone’s wallpaper. It always makes me feel like I’ve got a completely new phone – pair this with a quick reorganise of my apps and folders and I’m a happy bunny. I recently thought about creating my own wallpapers so they’re more personal to me. It’s pretty easy to turn drawings and paintings into digital copies if you have a mobile phone or a scanner. That was the idea but it didn’t quite go to plan. I’ll get there eventually.

In the meantime, I decided to scour the beautiful world of Pinterest. I knew I wanted something colourful but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to grab myself a cute and simple wallpaper or something relating to one of my many fandoms. I couldn’t make a decision so I saved lots of wallpapers for future use instead, allowing me to swap and choose when ever I like.

What type of friend would I be if I didn’t share these gorgeous wallpapers with you, eh? You have been warned, I’m going through a pastel ‘phase’ and I just can’t get enough.


9 Cute Wallpapers For Your Phone

Cactus Wallpaper | Doctor Who Wallpaper | Strawberry Wallpaper

I am loving all three of these but, come on, you know that pastel pink TARDIS is my favourite. Combining pastel pink and Doctor Who gets a giant thumbs up from me.

9 Cute Wallpapers For Your Phone

Gotta love the turtles. I’m loving that green and metallic gold combination too.

Flowers Wallpaper | Flamingo Wallpaper | Turtle Wallpaper

9 Cute Wallpapers For Your Phone

Obviously, I just had to include something Disney related. Even more importantly, I had to include an Aristocats wallpaper. Look at those grumpy little kitten faces! Fun fact: When I found this wallpaper, I went off on a one hour tangent looking at The Aristocats merchandise (include Halloween outfits… and yes, I found an adorable Marie costume).

Lemon Wallpaper | The Aristocats Wallpaper | Geometric Wallpaper

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Which one is your favourite?

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5 Very Special Years

5 Very Special Years

An education, a home, two furry babies, an engagement, lots of love and five years later, me and Matthew are still inseparable. It’s our 5 year anniversary today!

I was lucky enough to meet somebody so very special when I was young, and I’ll always be grateful of those extra few years we had together before we were “grown-ups”. Meeting as teens, we grew up together, we worked together, we made decisions together and we moved on to university together. He’s my best friend in the whole world and, even though he’s sat right in front of me playing on his game, simply writing about him fills me with butterflies.

Five Year Anniversary Engagement Ring

We celebrated our anniversary early this year because, with it falling on a Monday, we didn’t want to make plans straight after work and be all tired out! Over the weekend, we went on a 12-mile hike, we sat by the sea at the seaside and we spent the day in the bustling city of York – as you can probably guess, I had an absolutely amazing time and it’s going to be a memorable one! Five years though… that’s a biggie so it’s worth a little extra effort. Tonight, I’m making us a vegetarian spaghetti bolognese and we’re going to make each other an anniversary card with a glass of wine (or two). That sounds like a cute little night to me!

Five Year Anniversary

Pink Hearts

I can’t fully put into words how beautiful he is to me, inside and out. He’s kind to me, he loves me so much, he’s hilarious, he respects me, he’s proud of me and he’s gorgeous. Happy anniversary, sweetie.

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I’m sorry about this very soppy post (not really!)

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