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Friday, 24 March 2017
Lush have 6 amazing gift sets for Mother's Day this year. If your Mum is a fan of lush or loves to have pamper time then I'd seriously consider popping in to your local store over the weekend.
From top to bottom, left to right, this set includes: 
1 x Mum Bath Bomb 
1 x Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb
1 x Ups-A-Daisy Bath Bomb 
1 x Baa Bar Bubble Bar
1 x Elsie The Giraffe Reusable Bubble Bar 
1 x Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion
1 x Gorgeous Moisturiser
1 x Yummy Mummy Shower Cream
1 x Ceridwen's Cauldron Bath Melt
1 x Golden Handshake Hot Hand Mask
1 x Honey Lip Scrub
1 x Sunrise Soap
1 x Salted Coconut Hand Scrub

For £69.95 this is the most expensive gift Lush have done for this years Mother's Day range but in my opinion it is so worth the money. This comes beautifully wrapped up with a bright floral print top knot and packaged in a biodegradable coconut husk base. When you've taken all the treats out you could double it as a plant pot for the garden or kitchen windowsill, Lush even included plantable seeded paper flowers! 

This set would suit the mum who would spend more time bathing than showering, as it is mainly filled with bath bombs and bubble bars.


From top to bottom, left to right, this set includes:
1 x Ups-A-Daisy Bath Bomb
1 x Love & Light Hand Cream
1 x Salted Coconut Hand Scrub
1 x Yummy Mummy Shower Cream 
1 x Scrubee Body Butter
1 x Respect Your Elders Soap

For £34.95 I'd say this isn't the best set in terms of product quantity to the price but you are 100% getting product quality. I'd recommend this set to those who have mums that like to deep cleanse. Not all mum's get the chance to have a daily skin care routine and instead deep cleanse once or maybe twice a week. If this sounds like your mum or you're buying for your wife and you have younger children, I'd pick this one up.



From bottom up, left to right, this set includes:
1 x Pink Custard Shower Jelly
1 x Ro's Argan Body Conditioner
1 x The Comforter Shower Cream
1 x Honey I Washed The Kids Soap
1 x Silky Underwear Dusting Powder

At £25.95 this is the middle ground for gifting from Lush this Mother's Day. In my opinion this would be the most practical to gift if you're stuck for ideas. It's beautifully wrapped and includes some gorgeous scented shower products which is perfect for mum's who are on the go. The only thing I'd say is that I'd gift this if I was buying on behalf of my younger children because it's practical and they'd be able to add personal touches in forms of pictures and handmade cards. 



From top to bottom, left to right, this set includes:
1 x Ups-A-Daisy Bath Bomb
1 x Baa Bar Bubble Bar 
1 x Lady Bird Bath Bomb
1 x Pink Flamingo Reusable Bubble Bar

Again in the middle ground price wise at £24.95 but for me this has such an impact with the packaging. This set includes 4 bath products so it will be for those Mum's that prefer to bath over showering. I think it's great this set has included a reusable bubble bar as you can get 5+ baths out of it and it smells incredible. If your mum hasn't really tried lush before but wants to, then I'd pick this gift up over the others as this includes so many highly rated fan favourites.



From left to right, this set includes:
1 x Yummy Mummy Shower Gel
1 x King Of Skin Body Butter
1 x Rub Rub Rub Body Scrub

Are you taking your mum away this year? At £19.95 this set includes everything you need to keep refreshed whilst away. This would be better suited to mums who prefer to shower but would still be lovely as a pack away for her to still pamper herself on Mother's Day. I love the fact you get the Rub Rub Rub Body scrub with this as it exfoliates beautifully without being harsh on the skin and I know so many people find their mum's difficult to buy for because of sensitive skin.



From left to right, this set includes:
1 x Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb
1 x Your Mother Should Know Bubble Bar

For £12.50 this is an absolute steal. This is something I'd buy to compliment a book and a bottle of wine. This is complete "me time" bath gift and it covers all the bases. The Bath Bomb has very fine sea salt, perfect for exfoliating and the Bubble Bar has lovely refreshing scents to make her feel relaxed.


I really do feel like Lush has pulled it out the bag for Mother's Day this year and they've done so well to cover all the bases with each set.


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Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Mother's Day is fast approaching and if you're still looking at gift ideas, I'd suggest popping into your local Clinton's. Whether you're gifting yourself or buying on behalf of your children, there are a lot of mum tagged and untagged items to chose from. These are just a few of my favourites.

11" Tatty Teddy Mum Bear // 6" Tatty Teddy World's Best Mum Bear // 5" Tatty Teddy Bear In A Bag 

Yankee Candle Champagne Bubble Large Tumbler // Luxury Millefiori Candle In Gardenia // Yankee Candle 4 Votive Gift Set

Mum's Pamper Pot (Pot Of Dreams) // Mother's Day Flower Cushion // Boofle Mother's Day Mum Plaque

Willow Tree Mother & Daughter Figurine // Willow Tree Guardian Figurine // Willow Tree Mother & Son Figurine

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Saturday, 18 March 2017
I always like to reflect different brands or chain stores for occasions like Mother's Day but this year I wanted to show off more independent sellers for cards as there are so many fantastic ones that still have a huge variety. Love Layla is more of a humorous card brand but I think these are great if your mum is like your best friend too. 
Love Layla closes Tuesday at Midnight for Mother's Day Cards so get shopping quick, here are 16 (because that's the closest I could cut it down to) of my favourite designs.







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Friday, 17 March 2017
I should have posted this back in February but due to my colitis playing up I haven't been well and it made it difficult to write with a clear mind. When I am at a bad point with my colitis I can either be positive or negative and although that's something that will always come with a bad situation, I didn't want to write with one outweighing the other. In a similar fashion to last years post I just wanted to write this as an update of events and break it down into similar categories.

Medication

Last time I was about 6 months into a new drug called Humira which I administer myself at home by EpiPen. Although I am having a bad patch at the moment the Humira is such a huge help for me and looking back I feel so silly for being so apprehensive about it. Over the year I was pretty much doing it on my own as contact with my IBD department was pretty poor at the time. By this I mean I'd email and never get a reply, I would call and leave messages and never hear anything back and generally just dealt with it all on my own. This is dangerous to do and although I found it easier to give up trying because of the stress of it all I wasn't getting regular blood tests to check the Humira and I could of ended up a lot worse off. Thankfully there are two new members to the IBD team who are fantastic and I feel as if I can open up to them more than I do my consultant.
Around November last year my consultant decided to take me off two medications; Octasa & Azathioprine and I was very determined to stay on them. I listened to her, ended up coming off them and it has left me in the current bad patch I'm in now. I'm due an appointment with her soon which will be interesting.

Constipation

Not the most loveliest of topics to discuss but it's something you wouldn't necessarily expect to see a lot of IBD sufferers go through, so if you have IBD it is something to watch for. I recently had a huge problem with this as I genuinely thought I was doing well and I was starting to go into a remission period with the colitis. It was so upsetting to find that constipation was the cause of it all and it meant spending three weeks on laxatives, missing out on work, housebound and generally going stir crazy with the pain. This then led to finding out I was in the beginning of a flare up which means I am back on a short course of steroids but as I come off them I would have seen my consultant and hopefully got something else in place.

Flare Ups

This is where the Colitis is uncontrollable and although you could have the smallest bit of inflammation it could still have a significant impact. The thing with Flare Ups is the unpredictability as I look, sound and could be fine before I get a wave of nausea, cramps and lose control over my bowels. Accidents are probably the most upsetting thing about have IBD and it really does impact you more if you have depression or anxiety.

Depressive State / Anxiety

For me anxiety is something that I struggle with, like most people getting nervous or anxious is a normal feeling but I always played it off. As I was diagnosed and as I've gone through my journey with Ulcerative Colitis I think to myself I've felt like this before I can just brush it off, focus on something else and ultimately distract from it but I'd never solve it. Having CBT last year really helped me with that but this time round it has been harder as there are moments where it's so unexpected and strong I cannot control it. With this I was introduced to Propranolol to help. 
I still have problems driving the car, I actually have problems getting in the car with this current flare up and that does make working difficult. Since last year I've had two more jobs, working two at the same time again and I'm currently working a maternity cover in Admin. Although my anxiety and overall mental health isn't brilliant, having a management team who understand is golden which is something I've previously touched on. You do not have to tell your management if you have IBD but in my opinion it helps you destress in the long run and I am so happy and thankful mine understand that having UC and everything else with it wasn't something I chose. 

Dietitian / Weight

Since my last update there hasn't been a significant change with my dietician. The main thing we've done is eliminate and reintroduce foods to see if my tolerance to them was because of the result of a flare. With the constipation and being in a flare at the moment I've completely cut out red meat, cut back on a lot of high salt foods and increased my fibre intake.

Age

As another birthday approaches, I look back to last years update and feel my heart on my sleeve once more. With the anxiety being at its worst the feeling of being alone as I get older increases and yes I have wonderful family and friends but when I see what I have to offer someone in their life I feel guilty that UC comes with that. I have to work on it a lot more but it does keep me up some nights and I know fellow IBD sufferers are experiencing the same thing.

I only write these update posts now and then but there are a whole load of people who dedicate their blogs to Crohns & Colitis. So Bad Ass is an amazing blogger and writer who discusses IBD in a variety of ways, professionally and socially. I would highly recommend popping over to read her posts.


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