Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Stardrops | Lifestyle




Hello, Hi, Bonjour, Hola, Ciao, Ola, Namaste.....


Today I have something completely different to share with you. I have taken a back seat with my blogging recently and if you follow me on social media, you will have seen I am completely devoted to Instagram lately. 

I have found a new love in all things home interior, cleaning and home related.
I have always had a love for cleaning products but I tend to stick to the same products. 
Just recently after seeing the hype for Stardrops all over Instagram I placed a rather big order, which is what I am here to show you today. 





I ordered a total of  15 products. Ranging from their standard Stardrops line, to their Clean-ology line. I also grabbed a tub of their 'The Pink Stuff' after hearing great things and I received a free Clean-ology scrunchy shopping bag which retails as £1.95.


Stardrops | Multi Surface Spray | £1.49 
 Spray and wipe formula. Gently cleans and shines.  

 Stardrops | Kitchen Spray with Bleach | £1.49 
 Tough on stains. Kills 99.9% of germs. Removes grease and grime. 

Stardrops | White Vinegar Spray | £1.49 
 Multi-purpose. Laundry stain removal. Effective on limescale.  

 Stardrops | The Pink Stuff | £1.49 
 The miracle cleaning paste.  

Stardrops | Bathroom Spray with Bleach | £1.49 
Tough on stains. Kills 99.9% of germs. Removes grime and soap scum. 

Stardrops | 4-in-1 Pine Disinfectant Spray | £1.49  
Kills flu virus. Kills 99% of germs. Cleans and freshens. 

Stardrops | High Foam Carpet Shampoo | £1.49 
Easy to use. Penetrates dirt. Ideal for carpets and upholstery. 

Stardrops | Original All Round Cleaner | £1.49 
So very versatile. Makes everything sparkle. No dulling or scratching. 

Stardrops | Power Cleaner with Ammonia | £1.49 
Multi-purpose. Non-scratch formula. Ideal for stubborn stains.

Stardrops | Window & Glass Cleaner | £1.49 
Easy to use. Streak free shine. Leaves a sparkling finish.

 Stardrops | Leather Clean & Feed | £1.49 
Quick and effective. 
Cleans and nourish's 

 I also ordered all four of the Clean-Ology range. Including their Multi-Purpose Cleaners, Glass Cleaner and Shower & Granite Cleaner. 


Clean-Ology | Wild Mint & Green Tea Multi-Purpose Cleaner | £2.50 


Clean-Ology | Shower & Granite Black Pepper & Juniper Cleaner | £2.50 


Clean-Ology | Rose & Wild Mint Multi-Purpose Cleaner | £2.50 


Clean-Ology | Lemongrass & Orange Glass Cleaner | £2.50




Overall I am super happy with my order. 
Stardrops offer such a huge range of products at such a competitive price. 
The online ordering process was simple, quick and easy and the delivery was super fast! 
I highly recommend the products. 



Check back in a few days to see how I have used some of these products and their results, and remember to keep an eye on my Instagram for daily updates. 



You can find Stardrops here ... 









Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Talk Tuesday | Jenna's Story #BISDTT



Hello, Hi, Bonjour, Hola, Ciao, Ola, Namaste ....
Welcome back to Talk Tuesday!


This week I have another guest post. This time from the beautiful Jenna!  
I am so honored and grateful that Jenna has been brave enough to share her story with us all today, but just like me she is so devoted to beating the stigma against mental health. I will warn you that this story may trigger many emotions - as it did for me - But grab your cup of tea, sit back and lets hand it over to Jenna herself ..... 




Who are you?  Where are you from? What do you do for a living? 
Tell my readers a little about yourself.
I’m Jenna, I live in Sheffield, South Yorkshire with my husband and our two cats (Izzy & Shelley). I work for a well known Gambling company doing customer service for their online accounts. I’m 33 years old, I’m an Instagram addict in the making, feel free to add me  HERE. I love to crochet, read and soak in a long hot bubble bath. 




How has Mental Health affected you? 
I was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2006, panic disorder with agoraphobia in 2008 and borderline personality disorder in 2017. Earlier this year I completely broke. I didn’t want to be here anymore. Living hurt too much. At times I feel afraid of everything, I feel every emotion at 1000% which can be overwhelming and frightening. I can’t process emotions properly and am convinced that everyone I love will abandon me. I spend most of my time feeling like my head is on fire.  I’ve been scaled from jobs for being “mental” and have had people tell me there is nothing wrong with me. That I’m an attention seeker and one person actually said to me that there is. Thing wrong with me, I just read about a condition and decided I had it.  I’ve had people tell me I use my mental health to make excuses and have been called lazy more times than I can remember. Stigma is horrendous and I’ve experienced a lot of it.  When I was diagnosed with BPD someone broke off our friendship telling me to stop banging on about my mental health as it brings people down.  Sadly my experiences with the NHS haven’t been much better. It took me 11 years to be diagnosed as BPD even though I knew there was something really not right with me and how much I struggled. 

Why did you want to take part in #TalkTuesday? 
To help end stigma. Stigma ruins lives, I’ve lost jobs and friends because of it. I am feeling stronger than I have in a long time and if I can challenge some misconceptions I am proud to do so. I also want to bring BPD into the public domain. I’ve heard and read horrendous things about people with BPD that just aren’t true! 



Why do you think it is so important for us to talk about Mental Health? 
Similar to what I said above stigma needs breaking down and we can only do that by talking about it. 



How did you overcome this? 
Did you receive any treatment? 
How easy was it to gain access to the help you needed? 
I’m sad to say I’ve had a nightmare getting any kind of help at all. In the end I had to go to the doctor with a written list of points I wanted to make to make myself heard. I have had two appointments with a psychiatrist and was then discharged!! When I phoned them to challenge this they said that I am not in danger of suicide as I have my husband and he can keep an eye on me. I’ve always said I don’t want to die, I want to live. There is so much I want to do and see but this apparently means the NHS can’t help me.  
I was referred to IAPT who said they don’t deal with BPD so have refused to see me. I have had 8 hours of group therapy which introduced DBT and provided me with a to read list. That is it. My GP says there is nothing more they can offer.  
NHS services are beyond strained and the government continues to cut funding. It’s heartbreaking. I’ve been stuck on citalopram for years now, it helps with the panic attacks but very little else. 
 Thank goodness for Mental Health charities or we would have next to nothing. 



If you could give one piece of advice to someone who could be reading this suffering in silence what would it be?

Reach out. Please. You are not alone I promise.  






You can find Jenna on Instagram HERE






Want to talk? 
Please feel free to email me, or find me on social media (all linked on my blog) and I will be more than happy to speak to you. Use the Hashtag #BISDTT to get the conversation started online!

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Talk Tuesday | Kayleigh's Story #BISDTT



Hello, Hi, Bonjour, Hola, Ciao, Ola, Namaste ....

Welcome back to Talk Tuesday!


This week I have a outstanding guest post from the beautiful Kayleigh!  
I am so honored and grateful that Kayleigh has been brave enough to share her story with us all today, but just like me she is so devoted to beating the stigma against mental health. I will warn you that this story may trigger many emotions - as it did for me - But grab your cup of tea, sit back and lets hand it over to Kayleigh herself ..... 




Who are you?  Where are you from? What do you do for a living? 
Tell my readers a little about yourself.
I'm Kayleigh, I'm 22, a Mummy of one daughter named Amelia-Mae. With partner Nathan of 7 years. We met in 2010 and been together since. We live in a small town in Derbyshire. I work as a full-time support worker for learning disabilities. Supporting 13 residents with daily challenges. I have been in the care sector for 5 years  and I still love it! 



How has Mental Health affected you? 
I have suffered with depression for the past 3 years, I believe it started when I become a mummy. Which is the best thing that ever happened to me. I lost my mum at 8 years old to depression. so I didn't have a mum to help me or to ask advice from at the scariest time in my life. Thankfully I do have 2 older sisters I am close too that supported me. I was so happy and over the moon then I returned to work. Back then I worked in a dementia unit 12 hour shifts it really broke me having to be away from my little girl 12 hours a day. It become mentality and physically exhausting. I noticed a change in myself so I went to see a doctor I was prescribed some antidepressants and told to make changes to my life to make me happy. So in September 2016 I left my job. Started my new job and moved into our first home together (all within a week) I was so so happy! So I stopped taking my antidepressants WITHOUT consulting my doctor. Idiot! Then again I fell back into the darkness but this time it was worse I felt alone 24/7. I felt my partner and daughter hated me, they are so close shes such a daddy's girl. I started to look worse and people began to notice and ask questions I really struggled to hide it. All I wanted to do was hide in bed forever! Thankfully with my Auntie's help she helped me to begin my recovery walk. My auntie helped me to go see my doctor where I cried my heart out and was supported and given help. I was prescribed Sertraline 50mg a day but now I'm on 100mg a day as I needed the extra help. I was given Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and given home help websites such as MOODJUICE. I attended 3 sessions of CBT to which I was discharged and given more home help and advice that will live with me forever. To where I am now 7 months later. 



Why did you want to take part in #TalkTuesday? 
To share awareness about mental health and for at least one person to go to someone they love and trust or just to see a doctor to get some help. Nobody needs to suffer alone.



Why do you think it is so important for us to talk about Mental Health? 
My mum committed suicide back in 2003 it breaks my heart to think she felt so alone. Even with a husband, 3 daughters and an entire family that absolutely adored her! We need to break the silence so people feel okay to not be okay! And get help and not feel ashamed for doing so.. everyone needs some help at some points in there life and you're definitely not alone, so many people feel the exact same that you do.



How did you overcome this? 
Did you receive any treatment? 
How easy was it to gain access to the help you needed? 
Thankfully I have such a supportive family so I got help from them keeping me going. The NHS helped me with medication and home help while I was put on a waiting list for CBT for a month. But I felt so much better after speaking to my therapist and being given some advice on everything I was worrying about gave me so much peace of mind. And regaining the relationship with my partner and daughter was the best part. We made so many lovely new memories and enjoyed each other company. Even had 2 date nights a week we mainly do this at home but sometimes will go local pub for a meal while kiddy stays with a family member a few hours. We forgot how much we used to laugh together and how much we actually had in common. And I now always spend as much time with my daughter as possible along with working 35 hours a week. So we have a mummy and daughter day once a week, includes arts and crafts, films etc, we enjoy them so much and love our time together and we too are as close as ever. I still do suffer with depression but I no longer let it take over me and ruin my day! We are strong and can do this... don't ruin a good day thinking about a bad yesterday. 



If you could give one piece of advice to someone who could be reading this suffering in silence what would it be? 
Don't feel you're alone! No one is alone. Speak to a friend or family member you can trust or a complete stranger such as MIND.ORG Help line or speaking to your GP. Or you can make a self referral at TRENTPTS and be given help that way I cant recommended Trent PTS enough they were so helpful and such a friendly service. Just please remember it's Okay to not be okay
 

Xx Much Love Kayleigh xX 

You can find Kayleigh on Instagram HERE








Want to talk? 
Please feel free to email me, or find me on social media (all linked on my blog) and I will be more than happy to speak to you. Use the Hashtag #BISDTT to get the conversation started online!

Useful Information and Links. 




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