*This post is in collaboration with OD's Designer Clothing
I've realised that I always kind of shop at the same places and in the New Year I really want to start broadening my shopping habits and I really want to start stepping outside my comfort game and to start buying clothes that I wouldn't normally wear because I automatically think they won't suit my body type. I also want to start buying from a few different places too. So I thought in today's post I'd talk about the main places I'm planning on trying in the New Year and why.

I bloody love Christmas! it's my favourite time and day of the year and I've been extra excited for it this year after having a pretty rubbish year overall thanks to my health problems. It was nice to spend some proper quality time with my family as I've spent most of this year literally just in bed and in pain. Even though I did have a pain flare up after Christmas dinner after I stuffed my face with potatoes obvs, I did manage to ride it out after taking some painkillers and CBD oil and I didn't go and lie down in bed and waste the rest of the day sleeping like I was expecting. I definitely got spoiled this year and I'm not writing this post to brag or anything like that, I'm so grateful for every single present I received and there's literally not a present that I don't love and won't use. I did a little poll on Twitter asking if you would be interested in seeing what I got this year and the majority of the vote said yes so here it is! 

I love nothing more than getting all snug in my bed and catching up or binge watching TV shows with some snacks after having a self-care pamper evening. I've watched so many good TV shows over the past year and there's so many I'm really looking forward to watching in the new year. So I thought I'd talk about which shows I'm most looking forward to watching in 2019. 

I thought I'd talk about hair care today on my blog and talk about which products I have been using a lot and why I've been loving using them. Some of the products I've used before and kind of rediscovered them and the others are new to me and I've either picked up myself or been sent through PR to try out.

I really like adding a festive touch to my everyday makeup at this time of the year so I thought I'd share which are my go-to products to make my everyday look a little festive without looking too much. But hey, it's Christmas. I guess it's kind of the perfect time to go a little overboard with the glitter and sparkle if you want to. But here's my kind of current everyday makeup with a festive twist.
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Today's post is all about car safety and the post is mainly focusing on making sure your car brakes are in tip top condition all the time. Most people who can drive just take it for granted and hop in their car on a daily basis and be on their way. But important things such as regularly checking your oil and water slips the mind of most people. The brake system of any car is the most important safety system, obviously this is because you need it to be functioning properly to be able to slow and stop suddenly to avoid collisions or an accident.
It's that time of the year again when I share what's on my Christmas wishlist and again I feel a bit awkward because I feel like I'm saying "this is what I expect to receive for Christmas" but I don't mean it like that at all. I just mean that these are some things that I would be really excited to receive on Christmas Day but I am grateful for anything I get. There's nothing groundbreaking on my list, most of the things I would buy myself if I had the spare money to buy them but sometimes those type of presents are better than surprise presents because it's something you really wanted in the first place. Also this might be helpful for people who are a little late to the party and haven't bought any presents yet.

I've been debating on trying CBD oil for my chronic back and pelvic pain for a while now but for various reasons I've been scared to try it. I was worried I would splash my money on it and then it wouldn't work or I'd need to take most of the bottle for it to actually kick in and work for me and it does seem quite pricey for the amount you get. It's also quite a touchy subject and I've spoken to other people about trying CBD and if they have tried it themselves and some said yes they have and it's worked wonders, whilst others have said that they had mixed feelings about it. Also a few said that they don't like the idea of using CBD which I totally understand too. But I feel like my options are running out for pain relief, I'm in pain daily with my lower back and also pelvic area (basically my ovaries, pelvic bone, hips and upper legs hurt every day). The only medication which helped the pain (Mefenamic Acid) made me have a severe allergic reaction twice which actually scared the hell out of me. The useless and rude gynaecologist I saw wouldn't listen to my many obvious symptoms of endometriosis and just said that I have "chronic pelvic pain" which was so helpful... not. My daily abilities are limited and some days just getting out of bed and having a shower or bath is a little victory. It's been a huge shock to the system. I mean I've never been the most active type of person but now I'm struggling to do simple day-to-day life things most days and it's upsetting and it does really get me down. 

*This post is in collaboration with Insignia Showers
I thought I'd talk about some shower products I'm loving using this Winter. I always talk about which bath bombs I'm loving and how much I love a bubble bath but I don't really talk about what are my go-to shower products and believe me, if I can narrow my current faves down to just four products then they must be good because I have an unnecessary amount of products in my bathroom, I could literally open my own shop (and I'm not even joking lol).

Korres Wild Rose Skincare

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Korres are a brand that I've not really explored properly and I don't really know why. I've never actively gone out to buy anything from Korres but I've tried some products because they've been in beauty boxes I've been subscribed to. All of the things I've tried so far from Korres have been lovely and I've never had any issues with them. I recently received some of their Wild Rose Brightening skincare range and we all know I'm a sucker for skincare, so I thought I would write a post about my thoughts on the three products from the Wild Rose range that I've been using for the month and if I would recommend the range.
*this post is in collaboration with Physio Comes To You

So as you probably know if you often read my blog and/or follow me on my social media. This year has been pretty tough for me and my family, thanks to my health not being so great. To cut a long story short I've been diagnosed with chronic back and pelvic pain (possible endometriosis) which basically means I'm in some sort of pain every single day and it really affects my day-to-day life. It's definitely been hard trying to adjust to my "new normal" and understanding when my body needs the extra rest and when it's okay to push myself to do more. Overdoing it can literally put me to bed for days but thankfully I have found some things which help to ease the pain a little, I'm never completely pain free but these methods have helped so I thought I'd share them and hope that the tips and tricks below help out any other fellow chronic pain sufferers who read my blog.

I would say that this gift guide is more of a "For Her" gift guide because I just find buying gifts for men so awkward most of the time. I tend to just go down the gift set, socks, chocolate and/or alcohol route and that tends to work. Although there are a few gifts featured which are aimed at men and also a few unisex kind of gifts too!

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I know people throw the word "self-care" around for basically anything and everything nowadays but I really do think I've nailed my perfect cosy self care evening and what I feel works best for me when I'm having a bit of a rubbish day/week and just want to take some time out and get away from everything and just have some "me time". It's no secret, this year has been a tough one for me - I'll even go as far as saying it's literally been the worst year ever. Yep. So I've been having a lot of self care evenings to try and make me feel better and take my mind off everything, even though it's hard when my body apparently hates me and wants me to be in pain pretty much 24/7 - yay

I find these type of posts so awkward to start off, I don't know why. Anyway I'm back again with an update of what I've been reading, watching and listening to lately. There's definitely been a lot of good TV shows I've watched lately, as well as a few films, so I think that section is going to be pretty long. Let me know what you've been reading, watching and listening to lately in the comments as I'm always on the lookout for recommendations.

Even though I have a gift guide coming up with some main gifts and stocking filler ideas which includes some beauty products, I thought I would do a beauty focused gift guide as well, just because beauty is kind of my main focus on my blog and I know a lot of people come to my blog to read the beauty content. So here are some beauty gift ideas ranging from affordable to more of a luxury price tag.