Cute Easy Halloween Treats

Halloween is just around the corner! I was looking on pinterest this week for some cute baking ideas and came across a lot of fancy cakes and cookies but my favourite were some easy rice crispie treats. I say easy but, you have to be prepared to get your hands messy. Although the recipe is simple and there is no baking involved, they are an absolute mission to mould without getting sticky!!

I think these are a great, super cute and fun idea to do with kids, they literally take 15 minutes to make and the only washing up needing done after is a bowl, a spoon and your hands! Kids don’t mind getting sticky, so they’ll definitely be up for doing all the messy moulding.

 

 

   All you need is:

  • 180g of white mini marshmallows
  • 3tbsp butter
  • 3 cups of rice crispies
  • Food colouring to match your design
  • Decoration

 

Method:

Melt the butter in a pyrex bowl over a pot of boiling water, add in the marshmallows and mix until melted. Take off the heat and mix in the food colouring until you reach your desired colour then mix in the rice crispies until they are all coated in the marshmallows. Leave the mixture for a few minutes to cool slightly but not too much!

Now, the messy part. For the pumpkins, lightly grease your hands with butter and using a handful of mixture mould into ball shapes, stick a rolo and a green smartie on the top and viola! Rice crispie pumpkins!! You can either eat them now whilst they are warm, or stick them in the fridge to set further.

For the frankensteins, line a square tin with baking parchment and slightly grease. pour the mixture in and leave it to set in the fridge for an hour. Cut the set mixture into rectangles, using some melted chocolate stick on some googly eyes, squiggle on a brain and draw a straight line with some vertical lines over the top to represent a stitched mouth!

If pumpkins or frankensteins aren’t for you there is plenty of alternatives! You could leave the mixture white and mould some ghosts instead, or you could use black food colouring to make some spiders.

I would love to see how you guys get on making these! Send your pictures to me on twitter @FionaMeiklePT or comment them below!

Have a fantastic Halloween, 

Fiona x

World Mental Health Day

This weeks post is a little different to anything i have posted before. World ‘Mental Health Day’ came around this week, and I would love to share some thoughts with you. Before you read on, i just have to say that i am no way a professional when it comes to dealing with mental health, i simply want people to find comfort in my writing and take away any information they find useful to help themselves.

We each have our own way of dealing with emotions. Just like most people, I have previously found myself in a situation where, for a brief moment, i just wanted everything to be over. Of course i have felt that the easiest thing to do sometimes is just to end it all. However, at the same time, i am very lucky to know that these feelings are cursory thoughts and i have the ability to override them with logic. Unfortunately some people do not have this same ability.

Every single person you know either has or will suffer from some kind of mental issue at some time in their life. Some will be minor and easy to overcome, but some will be more major and difficult to recover from alone. Sadly in some cases these issues become so overwhelming that the sufferer feels no other option than to bring everything to an end. Those who suffer from mental health issues can receive an awful amount of negative comments like ‘attention seeker’ ‘selfish’ ‘self obsessed’. These can make their situation ever harder than it already is to deal with. Nothing about mental health is selfish. Here are some things i think you should know when it comes to dealing with both your own and others mental health-

 

There is no such thing as ‘normal’

Everybody has a mental health, just like everybody has a physical health. No two bodies are the same just like no two minds are. Everyone will react to different situations in different ways and some will find it more difficult and challenging than others. Some find it harder to overcome an event, causing overthinking and then escalation into bigger problems like depression or anxiety. Nobody chooses to ‘get depression’ it will always be out with the persons control.

 

It is hard for the person suffering to explain how they feel

Telling someone who is (for example) having a panic attack to ‘calm down’ is futile and will only aggravate the situation. Nine times out of ten the sufferer will know they are safe and are being irrational but they are unfortunately unable to control the way they feel and find it difficult to convey this. It can be frustrating for them to know that attention is drawing to them which in turn, makes it even more difficult to ‘calm down’

 

Mental Health is Not a Fashion Statement

Unfortunately we live in a world today where some people think it’s “cool” to have a mental illness like OCD or anxiety. Just like many think it is fashionable to have a food intolerance. I can pretty much speak for anybody who suffers from any kind of illness that they would never wish it on their worst enemy. Respect that people do actually suffer from these problems and it should never be a joking matter.

 

You will always be your own worst enemy

We are overthinkers. It’s a fact. You judge yourself more than anybody else judges you and worry that everybody sees all the imperfections you can see. To cut this paragraph short, quite honestly nobody cares about your flaws. Why? Because they’re all too busy focusing on their own. So stop stressing and embrace the things you love about yourself. I promise, you will be a much happier you.

 

Events will trigger certain thoughts and feelings, it is unavoidable

One of the most common triggers for mental illness stems from sudden life changing events. A lost loved one, bullying, job loss or illnesses which you may not recover from are just a few examples. It is natural to think the worst in these situations and sometimes emotions can spiral out of control. The most important thing to do at these times is accept that everything will be so much easier with a little help. There is no need to ever feel alone. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to friends or family, there is plenty of support workers out there. If you don’t feel comfortable talking face to face with a stranger, there is online support workers. If you don’t want to go alone, there is group sessions anybody can attend. The options are endless, just know that there is always somebody, and it is so, so important to find the help which is right for you. 

 

Self care is not Selfish

Your health is what completes you as a person. In order to enjoy your life to the absolute limit, it is all down to how you look after and appreciate you. Looking after your mind is just as important as looking after your body. Happy mind equals happy life eh! So be selfish, do whatever you need to do to look after yourself. Even if it means missing out on a few things, YOU are your priority. 

 

World Mental Health day is not just about praising those who deal with their issues on that one single day. It is about spreading awareness of all these silent issues the world had no idea existed until today. Every day is ‘Mental Health Day’. If you know somebody who struggles mentally, lend them a hand. Show them some support. Let them know that you will never force them to talk but are always there as and when they need you to be. If you yourself  silently suffer from some kind of mental illness, don’t leave it until tomorrow, tell somebody today.

Sometime’s just knowing there is someone there is all it takes to change a life. 

Thank you for reading,

Fiona x

Hello October!

I’m sure you are now aware that it is officially October! My second favourite month of the year. I have an exciting announcement to make so make sure and read on until the end.

Seasons are changing, dark, cosy nights are here and I am very excited about this month, here are some reasons why…

 

Autumnal Walks

That feeling of walking through the fallen leaves and hearing your furry friend crunching along behind. I find this extremely therapeutic and a great way to clear my mind. Autumnal walks are one of my favourite fall activities. 

 

Autumn Wardrobe

AH! The colours, the cosy jumpers, wooly hats, boots, socks, ONESIES! This is my favourite time of year for clothes. I love when shops release their fall range. Cosy, oversized jumpers are my absolute FAV!

 

Halloween

Of course, the biggest event in October. Halloween! I’m super excited this year for carving pumpkins, watching some horror movies with friends and going on the yearly dressed up night out. 

 

Lastly, but definitely the most exciting,

 

YOUTUBE!!

My big reveal! October is the month, those who know me personally will know that over the next few weeks I will be filming my first video for Youtube. This is the next big step forward for me and I am so excited to share my content with you. I have just made my channel and will leave the link below so you can subscribe and be notified when i upload my first video 🙂

 

Let me know what your favourite part of this season is! 

Leave some comments below 🙂

 

Fiona x

 

My YouTube:  FionaMeiklePT

Simple Ways To Become A Happier You

Here are some simple steps you can take to help change your mindset, cheer up your outlook on your life and the way you cooperate with those around you 🙂

Be Positive

You know the quote, ‘think positive and positive things will happen’ Well in my opinion, it works! If you stress over things too much, you’ll work your self up and your performance won’t be as strong as it would have been if you were calm. If negative thoughts are building up in your head, take a moment to calm yourself down, do something which relaxes you and re-evaluate the situation with a positive outlook before you act on it. Hopefully your great attitude will rub off on others too.

Forgive

We’re all human, we all make mistakes. If someone you care about has upset you in any way, forgive them. Forgiving their mistake is much better than losing them forever. I’m sure they will make it up to you one day and do the same for you.

Respect

Those who are achieving their goals, those who raise money for charities, every disability, race, gender, sexuality, people who have got themselves out of a tough place in life, your elders, those who have overcome addictions, passed exams, came out of their comfort zone. Every. Single. Person. Deserves. Respect. So be respectful and you’ll see it come right back at you.

Appreciate

Put down your phone and talk to those around you. Don’t be that person scrolling through your phone whilst someone is trying to tell you a story. Appreciate the time you have and the friends and family there to share it with you. Appreciate your surroundings and everything you have.

 

Taking on board just one of these points can have a massive effect on your perspective of your life. Give them a go, watch how you change 🙂 

 

Fiona x

Lemon & Poppyseed Cake Recipe

You will need:

  • 2 Lemons
  • 230g butter
  • 230g caster sugar
  • 230g self raising flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 4tbsp milk
  • 25g poppy seeds
  • 3tbsp lemon juice
  • 225g icing sugar
  • Approx. 4tbsp lemon curd

 

For the cake:

Pre-heat the oven to 180°. Grease and line 2 round baking tins. In a large bowl mix together the butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, poppy seeds and milk. In a separate bowl beat the eggs then add to the mixture. Grate the zest from one lemon and fold into the mixture. Split evenly into the baking tins and bake for Approx. 20 minutes (or until a cocktail stick can be pierced through the middle and come out clean.)

Leave on a cooling rack until FULLY cooled. Spread the lemon curd evenly on one sponge, stack the other sponge on top.

 

For the icing:

Mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice. Spread Evenly over the top layer, grate some of your other lemon zest over the top along with some poppy seeds, decorate as you please 🙂

 

 

Enjoy! 

Fiona x

Note To Self

Nobody knows you like you know yourself. We all have goals and aspirations, we all have obsessions and realisations of limitations to who we can become. 

We have two versions of ourselves. We have an external – The way others see you, the information you choose to share and allow people to judge. And we have an internal – Your thought process, the data only you can see. The things only you can control.

I work in a job where self evaluation is important. Every single day i help individuals change their lives for the better. People come to me looking to change, so thats what i help them do. The biggest challenge to make a change is not the way you act but the way you think. We all want to be a better version of ourselves, there is room for improvement in everybody.

Call it a clichè, but my biggest ‘Bucket List’ goal is to reach the end of my life with no regrets for decisions or actions i took along the way. I do not want to look back and evaluate my life as negative or wish that i made changes while i had the chance.

Sometimes you have to stop and think about your actions before you let them affect your future.

So, ask yourself;

 

Will you regret not spending time with those you love when they are no longer there for you to love them?

Time is not eternal, life doesn’t last forever, spend time with those who mean something to you while you still have the chance.

 

Will you regret the way you took care of your body while you were young, healthy and able?

Your health is the most important part of your existence. Never take it for granted or before you know it, you will be beyond the point of repair.

 

Will you wish you listened to advice?

Your friends, family, loved ones give advice for a reason. Listen to what they say, they are only trying to help.

 

Will you wish you spent less time online and more time on life?

You hear it everyday. “Kids these day spend to much time online” It’s true. Go outside, take it all in, appreciate your surroundings.

 

Will you wish you didn’t settle for your current career? 

If you don’t love it now, you’re not going to love it in 20 years time. Move on, go back to studying, make sure you get to where you want to be.

 

Will you wish you studied harder?

For the younger generation,  if your plan is to go to college, university or straight into a job then make sure you get those grades. If you don’t use them that’s fine, but you’re better to have too many qualifications rather than not enough.

 

Will you still feel good about the way you treated those around you?

Everybody deserves to be respected. Regardless of race, gender or religion nobody should ever feel like they do not belong. Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated yourself.

 

Will you be happy?

The most important of them all. Will what you do today give you a better tomorrow? If not, then change. It’s never too late, there is never an excuse. Self care is not selfish.

 

I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, life is too short. Do not let bad decisions today affect important factors in your future. 

Look after yourself, enjoy the journey and appreciate every second as if it was your last.

 

Fiona x

Hazelnut Carrot Cake (Lactose/Gluten Free)

It’s September and I feel super Autumnal. As seasons are changing, it’s getting colder, nights are getting darker and so I used this opportunity to have a cosy night in baking whilst catching up on The Bake Off.

This is my simple recipe for Hazelnut Carrot Cake. For those with gluten or lactose intolerances this is so easy to modify.

 

You Will Need:

 

For The Cake: 

  • 255g Self Raising Flour (alt corn flour or a self raising alternative)
  • 1 1/2tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1tsp of Salt
  • 1 heaped tsp cinnamon
  • 295ml Vegetable Oil
  • 195g Sugar
  • 195g Light Brown Sugar
  • 4 Medium Eggs
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 85g Roasted Chopped Hazelnuts
  • 290g Grated Carrots (Approx 2 large carrots)

 

For The Icing:

  • 200g Cream Cheese at room temperature (I use lactose free)
  • 155g Icing Sugar
  • 80ml Whipping Cream (Again, i used lactose free)
  • Your choice of decorations for the top

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 180°c. Grease two 8in round cake tins and line the base with parchment paper.

In a large bowl mix together the dry cake ingredients, in a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients gradually into the dry and mix until a smooth paste is formed. Add in the grated carrots and hazelnuts and using a wooden spoon mix together (do not whisk this part)

Split the mixture evenly into the 2 cake tins, lightly tap the base on your worktop to remove some air from the mixture and bake for approx 18-22mins or until a cocktail stick can be pierced through the centre and come out clean. Once ready, leave to cool for 15 minutes, remove both sponges from their tins and leave on a cooling rack for a further 30 minutes.

 

Whilst your sponges are cooling, beat the cream cheese with a handheld mixer until it is a creamy consistency. Gradually beat in the icing sugar then pour in the cream and beat for about 1 minute. Place in the fridge until your sponges are ready to be iced.

 

Once your cakes are fully cooled, use a spatula to create a generous layer of icing on top of the first sponge. Layer the second sponge on top then coat the top of the cake, it is up to you if you want to ice the sides or not. Sprinkle some of the remaining hazelnuts on top then decorate any way you like! I used walnuts, some gold icing leaves and cute little carrot decorations.

Enjoy!

Fiona x

25 Facts About Me!

After speaking to a few of you guys on Instagram and Twitter, you asked if I could do a ’20 facts about me’ post so you could get to know me a bit better… So here ya go (I even added an extra 5 facts) enjoy!

1. My name is Fiona (incase you didn’t know)

2. I am 19 years old, 5ft2 and a size 4 shoe

3. I have the biggest appetite of anyone you will ever meet in your life. Fact.

4. My favourite time of year is Christmas (I LOVEEE the build up)

5. I have never broken a bone

6. I’m a fully qualified personal trainer and fitness instructor

7. I have a secret love for Saturday night TV

8. I am the WORST at texting people back

9. I don’t like spicy food

10. I don’t like spiders

11. Smoking and drugs are my biggest turnoffs

12. I can’t dance, but i always do

13. Before i left school i wanted to be a graphic designer

14. I do not like coffee but love the smell

15. I love being creative

16. I could eat cereal for every meal. It is my faaaaav

17. I love animals

18. I laugh a lot

19. I am a massive family person

20. I cannot fall asleep at night without putting my tv on a timer so it goes off once i’m sleeping

21. I. LOVE. CHOCOLATE.

22. I love scary films

23. Stairs make me nervous.

24. My biggest fear is being buried alive

25. I really want to visit Australia

 

This is definitely more of an easy read compared to my post a couple of weeks ago. Let me know what you want to see, tag me on Insta and Twitter 🙂

Fiona x

Life Has it’s Way of Surprising us

Life has it’s way of surprising us. Personally, i was hit with a few surprises at once. It was like a continuous slap on the face but, i took everything as a wake up call.

Life is too short. Live it before it ends.

Please keep reading until the very end.

 

So you’ve probably already noticed my vague title. 

Let me tell you a story. 

The development of type 1  is strange- It has such a subtle encroachment that you barely even notice anything changing. Each symptom is brushed off and simply absorbed into your lifestyle until everything becomes normality.

I was 13 and trudging my way through high school. I’m decent at hiding away my emotions and keeping things to myself, so my initial symptom was not the biggest nor most noticeable of problems. We all know teenagers are moody, so my erratic notions to dropkick anyone who accidentally nudged me in the corridor were normal teenager feelings… Yes? Just like the rest of my classmates I stayed up late, resulting in around 4-5 hours of sleep every night. So falling asleep in maths class was standard for everybody, not just me (although i seemed to do it a lot more than others). Lack of sleep would also account for my need to stop for a breath half way up a small flight of stairs and would explain why i could hardly focus on an episode of The Simpsons for more than 5 minutes.

The thirst… THE THIRST! This is what did it for me. I had always taken one bottle of water to school with me. This would usually do me for the day and i would most likely go home with the bottle still half full. Gradually, one bottle turned into two, two bottles turned in to three, three turned into four and four turned into five PLUS a phone call to my dad around midday asking him to bring me some more as i’ve already finished what i had. I couldn’t leave a shop without paying for an empty multipack of water because i had already drank them all before reaching the checkout. The feeling was so overwhelming i don’t even know to explain. As i had water flowing down my throat, I still felt thirsty. 

Naturally concerned, my parents made an appointment with the doctor. The outcome… “Take her home, she’ll grow out of it”… She’ll grow out of what? Dehydration? Stunned at the doctors lack of care, my dad put up a fight and insisted something was done. So tests were carried out, blood was taken and away home i went.

Days later, I’m home alone and the phone rings. A concerned voice doesn’t let me finish my ‘hello’ before asking me how soon i can get to the hospital. 

“Is there somebody who can drive you or will i send an ambulance?”

Possibly the most terrifying sentence my young mind had ever heard. I had no idea what was wrong with me but i promptly knew it must be serious. I was frantically calling my mum and dad. My mum drove home and we made our way to the hospital. She was there for me, i could sense her fear but i knew as long as she was with me, everything would be ok. The silence in the car was anything but tranquil, you could just about see our anxious thoughts.

So i got my diagnosis. Type 1 diabetic? i was so confused.

How can i be diabetic when i’m a fit and healthy 13 year old? Nurses began to explain the often confused meaning behind diabetes. There is two different types;

Type 1- Insulin dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. It is treatable however, it is unpreventable and currently incurable. 

Type 2- Most often caused by lifestyle, most frequently found with obesity or in the elderly.

So keep in mind, i am type 1 diabetic, not type 2 and I could not have changed anything about my life to prevent the disease from happening.

Imagine being young, living in constant fear of losing control of your own body. Having to draw blood from your finger tips 8 times a day and inject insulin into your bloodstream minimum 4 times Every. Single. Day. For the rest of your life. Knowing that by the time you’re 20 you could be blind, you could have limbs amputated or kidney failure.

Imagine being too scared to participate in any form of sport, incase you end up in an unconscious heap on the floor. Growing older, missing nights out or feeling too lethargic to even lift yourself out of bed. What about being scared to fall asleep, because there’s a chance you may not wake up.

I was 13 years old and scared to fall asleep. 

That is diabetes. Not that cake you posted on Instagram the other day and captioned ‘#Diabetes’

It had been less than a month after my diagnosis, I had already been hospitalised again after my sister Rachel found me unconscious at home. I lived in fear but there was no doubt about it, all hands were on deck in my family. I had all the support possible.

My dad had retired at age 49 and we became a team, I was now his full time job. He would spend hours in supermarkets reading food labels and trying to calculate how much insulin I would have to inject for each meal. He organised my prescriptions, hospital appointments and took me to the diabetic clinic every month. He monitored my levels and made sure we always had extra snacks in the house in case my sugar levels dropped. My life was in his hands and he did everything he could to keep me healthy. 

As if I wasn’t enough pressure on my dad, he also had his own mum to help look after. She was well into the late stages of Alzheimers and was a lot for my Grandad to cope with on his own. After being rushed to the hospital one night, the family gathered round her bed side, fully aware that things were not good. It was getting late, she was stable and I had school the next day, so we headed home. The thought of losing my gran destroyed every part of me. I lay in bed drowned in my own thoughts, my dad came and lay with me, he asked me how I think he must feel, losing a parent. He told me “everything happens for a reason, but life just keeps going.” I was prepared for the morning phone call, my dad answered and he smiled..? She pulled through, she’s as bright as a button and will get home later on today. 

So life continued back to “normal” Calculating my insulin doses, appointment after appointment for both myself and my gran. One week i would be in hospital, the next it would be her, the cycle continued until i began to stabilise. Things were picking up, we would book a few weekends away every now and again to escape. My gran was settled in a care home, my sugar levels were steady and I was beginning to focus on my GCSE’s. Life was looking good.

 

It’s winter now. My mum is a day patient at the hospital for a planned hernia removal and the same day, my dad finally goes to see about this ‘common cold’ he’s been having which is now accompanied by spots of blood when he coughs. Both parents come home safely, my mum bed bound for a few weeks and my dad with a pneumonia diagnosis and a course of antibiotics. With a quick recovery, all is well again in the Meikle house.

Weeks go by, it’s coming up for Christmas and my dads symptoms come back. He spends a few nights in hospital to undergo some tests. After multiple blood tests and X-Rays he is sent home to wait for answers. Strange things begin to happen. My dad isn’t himself. He claims to be fine and most of the time, he was. But a few scary nights happen, he says things he would never say and lashes out in ways he never would, but he was adamant there was nothing wrong and he did not have to go back to the hospital.

Over the course of a few days he became a man i didn’t recognise. I was scared. He lost the ability to communicate through words, he couldn’t talk and could not function one side of his body. Within 3 days of his initial change, lifting a cup to his own face became impossible. Facial expressions and slurred sentences were his only way of communicating. Although he made it clear that under no circumstances do we phone a doctor, we were left with no choice. The doctor arrived within 4 hours and my dad became agitated and aggressive. Whilst my dad lay on his bed the doctor spoke to us on our own. He asked if we’ve been in contact with any charities like Macmillan or Marie Curie. This confused us, but there was so much going on that it was brushed off and forgotten about. He was readmitted to the hospital and more tests started going down. 

Christmas Eve – It’s the morning and myself, my mum and Rachel are patiently waiting for visiting hours to come around. My mums phone rings and an instruction is given for us to get to the hospital as soon as possible. Off we go. 

Remember that silence i spoke about in the car earlier? It’s back.

We enter the hospital. My mum goes to the ward first, Rachel and I wait patiently outside. Minutes feel like hours, eventually we are called in. We walk into this tiny waiting room. My dad isn’t there. My mum is sitting hand in hand with the nurse. Both  are holding tissues and blotting the tears from their eyes. We sit down, each in a world of our own and prepare ourselves for what this nurse is about to say.

Cancer.

Terminal cancer.

There is not a single word i could possibly use to explain how that word hit me. It had started in his lungs and was now taking over his brain.

The nurse continued on to say how shocked every doctor is at how rapidly he is deteriorating. To cut a long story short, we were wasting the valuable time we had left with him. 

Christmas day – He was sitting up on his bed, unable to talk, but smiling uncontrollably whilst opening his presents. The next day, sitting up was impossible. He was admitted to St Andrews Hospice where he would spend his final days. He was completely bed ridden but the care and attention not only he received, but also my mum, Rachel and I received was outstanding. I could not be more thankful. We stayed in the hospice with my dad to spend every minute we had next to him. 

After we all dozed off one night, we were awoken by a nurse and advised to say our goodbyes. Suddenly everything felt real. We gathered round his bed, held onto his hands and spoke softly as his breathing slowed down immensely. It was time. It felt like there was 10 minutes between every inhale, and then finally, he just stopped. The room was silent, the nurse checked his pulse, glanced at her watch, then nodded to us and held our hands. The silence filled with tears and his presence just vanished. 

Within 11 days of my dads diagnosis, he was gone.

The family made their way to the hospice as we waited to hear what happens next. I was in a room full of people but could not of felt more alone, a massive part of my life was missing. He had been there since day one and now he’s just… Gone. 

Less than 3 months later, my gran decided it was time to join him. I woke up to that dreaded phone call i had prepared myself for the last time. But this time it had really happened. She slipped away peacefully during the night. 

I had lost two people who meant the world to me.

I had many sleepless nights, I suffered from sleep paralysis almost every time I started to drift off. I would see my dad and my gran walk into my room hand in hand. They would sit on my bed and tell me everything is going to be ok. This terrified me. I would see my dad in front of me, I could feel him hold my hand and I could hear him say my name, but he wasn’t really there. I stopped going to school almost every day and failed every exam I took except one, graphic design. Over the years I later discovered a few food intolerances which caused problems with my sugar levels. I was in hospital again with liver and pancreas problems and once again my full diet had to change. 

As my dad told me that night, life continued on. I left school early and picked up my first part time job at a gym. I had found a new passion for fitness! I attended different training weekends and within a few months I became a group fitness instructor. As my love for fitness grew, I went on my personal training course and am now a fully qualified personal trainer and nutritionist. 

Now i’m taking the next step, which is why I have made this blog. I want to inspire. This post was hard to write, there isn’t enough words to convey the rollercoaster of emotions I have experienced through the years. The lesson to be learned is, for as long as you’re healthy, you must live life to the fullest. It’s too short to take for granted.

I want everyone to know that not being where you want to be in life is ok. Everything happens for a reason, you will get there one day.

Life has it’s way of surprising us. You just have to carry on.

 

Fiona x

July Fave’s!

Here are a few of my favourite products from July!

As you can see already, i went on a bit of a Soap and Glory rampage!!!! 

I love these products.

 

The Drama Clean Make-up Remover

This is one of my personal favourites, i love using a micellar water to remove my makeup, it’s quick and easy to use when you’re in a rush (or just lazy like me)  I usually use the Garnier Micellar water but find it can be quite dry on my skin. This one is moisturising and also smells like cucumbers which is a huge bonus! 

 

Glow Better Instant Bronzing Spray

My fellow Brits, we all know of the classic problem of looking like a ghost when the sun finally comes out for that one day. I only discovered this temporary tan last week and I LOVE it. The application is so easy and mess free (you literally just spray and go) It says on the bottle that it washes off but it actually leaves you with a slight glow for a few days 🙂

 

Sugar Crush Scrub and ButterCream 

I received these as a gift during the month and OH. MY. GOODNESS. The scent!! I use the scrub in the shower and the cream as an all over moisturiser when i come out. They both just compliment each other so well and smell so summery and fresh.

 

MakeUp Eraser

So i have no idea what brand made this product… I know it’s not Soap and Glory but it doesn’t seem to say anywhere..? However, i really like this. It is ideal for removing makeup in the shower without using abrasive cloths or stepping out with massive panda eyes! 

 

So these are just a few of my favourite products from July. They are majority Soap and Glory but i do love their range! Make sure to follow me on all my social medias and share this post with your friends if you want to see more! 

 

Fiona x