Why you should relax – do it!

I have recently been suffering with a very painful back, shoulders and neck due to the chair at work not giving me the support I need. However, I decided to visit my local beautician for an Indian Head Massage. I have had one of these before and I felt so much better afterwards, my head was clear, the knots in my back had gone and my mood lifted. With the impressive results last time I thought that it might help me this time and my word it really did.

What is an Indian Head Massage?

Well I can’t give you an actual definition because I don’t know the meaning. Jasmine, my beautician from Beauty at Pelo, Swadlincote only charges a bargain price of £25 for one hour and fifteen minutes of absolute heaven. Your shoulders, back and neck are lightly covered in an oil to soften the skin. There is a lot of thumb and arm work involved during the massage. Today I could feel the knots crunching and I had so many of them – no wonder I was in pain. You should have seen the smile on my face as they were being demolished! Plus, I had relaxation music on in the background so I got to completely switch off from the world, it was wonderful.

The session then moves onto your head and face. AHH I love my hair being played with, love it love it love it. This is another reason I choose to have an Indian Head Massage because your whole scalp is massaged and then she moves onto circular techniques on your face (if you suffer with migraines, give this a go).

I never want it to end, I honestly cannot say how better I feel, I have a clear mind, my back, neck and shoulders are no longer in pain and I’m in a great mood! If you have a beautician please consider this if the option is available. I just want to say a big thank you to Jasmine for being such a lovely lady, she’s really helped me today.

 

Working for Avon

Today I have decided to become an Avon Representative again. I enjoyed doing it before and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it this time around. I was umming and arring whether to become a rep again as it is quite time-consuming for the profit that you make. This time however I will make it work, I am determined to really push the boat our with my new venture.

It is quite funny really, I don’t really wear make-up but when I do for nights out I am always wearing Avon’s products. I LOVE their make-up spray, it is fantastic by the way. There are still many products I need to try so I may end up doing beauty reviews – CRAZY I KNOW!

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Latest fashion finds

I am not one for keeping up to date with the latest trends because recently they seem to be out to make size 12-14 girls with horrendous looking curves (me) look like a xjfdjikne$kwrfj – one of those. Just need to clarify that the crop top would probably only just cover my boobs and straight dresses would enhance my love handles. So nope, the new clothes in now are not for the bigger person. THANKS FASHION.

Swadlincote does not really have that many clothes shops as it’s a small town with one high street, its tough trying to buy clothes here. Anyway, the one life saver we have is Peacocks! Thank goodness they came back. I have had so many compliments on my clothes asking where I got them from, my answer ‘Peacocks’ – no way? Yes way.

As I am going away on Saturday for a little while, I needed to invest in shorts to tan my milky white legs and also to keep me cool. I HATE wearing shorts, not comfortable in them at all. I had a quick wander into Peacocks and it must have been destiny, I found two pairs of shorts, in my size that did not look too bad when I tried them on. Yay!

(I don’t have a fancy back drop or foam board so screenshots will do for now)

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Women’s Mid Blue Printed Viscose Shorts, £8, Peacocks

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Women’s Black Printed Viscose Shorts, £8, Peacocks

So when you are looking for some new bits, do not forget the cheaper clothes stores because the quality of these shorts are perfect for me. Peacocks is one of the only stores to cater for all shapes and sizes which is one of many reasons why I love shopping there.

If you are not 100% body confident like myself, get yourself into Peacocks and see what they have got to offer! The pricing is fantastic and you can always grab a bargain.

Race for Life 2016

Today was the day, today we had to tackle 10k at Markeaton Park in Derby and wow it was hard. The turnout, the weather and atmosphere was great, it was definitely a day to remember. If you are considering doing Race for Life, do it without hesitation and even get a big group of friends together, you’ll love it.

I did the race with my friend Rachel, we took part 6 years ago and only did 5k back then. I’ve got to say, this year it was really difficult and it felt like it was never going to end however I am really happy I did it.

We started off running and then my asthma decided it wanted to say hello, the joys of being asthmatic. My joints were causing me havoc as well, I honestly thought my legs were going to give in as my hips were in absolute agony. Again, worth the pain.

I thought it was brilliant the way Tom from Capital FM kept everyone going with his spirit and cheering people on as they were coming up to the finish line. He gave us the final push we needed so thanks Tom!

Oh also, thank you to the volunteers at the event today handing out water and those pain au chocolats, they were incredible to eat after using up all of my sugar energy.

It was a fantastic day and I am really looking forward to taking on bigger challenges. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me and supported me through this. The whole day and fundraising has been a huge success.

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Just three weeks to go until the big 10k

In January I decided to take on the challenge of doing a 10K run for Race for Life during the summer. Well the date is approaching, I only have three weeks left which feels a bit surreal because I will admit that I’m not ready for it. I mean I can walk that but run? Pfft no. I have been training and changing things though just to prepare me for the race however being an asthmatic and having Joint Hypermobility Syndrome makes things a little difficult. My aim is to run though so I will try and prove my body wrong!!!

35127_1487679945703_863489_nThis was me 6 years ago doing Race for Life with Rachel.

I love that picture, it shows how great it was to do Race for Life and to be honest it also saddens me as I was so slim back then (okay not so slim but a hell of a lot slimmer). I look back at this and it pushes me to carry on and not give up on something I want to do. It also lets me appreciate the trainers I have now, those ones are horrendous.

If anybody would like to sponsor me, even if it is just £1 as every £1 will help save a life then I have popped the link below. I would be over the moon as I’m just £45 away from reaching £300 which will be £100 over my target.

Race for Life donation page

Thank you xxx