Thursday, 29 September 2016

Disney Wishlist

If you know me, you know I absolutely love Disney. We have a few things Disney inspired dotted around our home and I'd love to add a few more home pieces to our collection. We have quite a few Disney mugs but I adore this Animators Collection one, it's so cute. I saw the chopping board quite a while ago and knew I needed it in our kitchen, the problem is I wouldn't want to use it as it's just too beautiful. I really need some oven gloves as I'm getting fed up of using folded over tea towels to take things out of the oven, this Mickey Mouse one is the exact colours of our kitchen so of course I need it. Finally for home pieces, I think the classic movie coasters are amazing, even Josh said he wanted these! I think the Aristocats one is my favourite.

As for the other stuff on my wishlist, they're just bits and pieces I want to add to my Disney collection. The two ornaments are actually part of Disney's Christmas collection however I wouldn't hang them on my tree as I like my decorations to be festive, I do love them though so I want them for on one of my shelves. The baby Dory plush is just beyond cute, I've fallen in love with it! Back to the Animators Collection, I really need something from that collection in my life, it's the cutest Disney collection I think I've ever seen. I've had my eye on these mini figure dolls for quite a while now, I think I need them in my collection. Finally we have a bunch of prints that we need to frame and hang. I would like to add two more prints to our collection, a Harry Potter one and a Disney quote. I love the rose gold lettering on the one above.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Our first home: Update #1

We're finally in our home! The whole thing took longer than usual due to lots of problems along the way but now we're in it was completely worth the hassle. We got the keys just under 2 months ago and we've being living here for 6 weeks now. Due to other commitments all round we only had 2 weeks to decorate the living room and our room before moving, because of the small timescale we knew there would be a lot to do once we'd moved but it was a long two weeks trying to get the big stuff sorted. I can't actually believe how much we got done in such a short space of time. We had soooo much help from Josh's dad which was great and it really helped that we were both off work too which allowed us all day, everyday to get stuff sorted. There's still a few things left to do in the house, some of the smaller stuff I'm hoping will be done by the end of the year/start of next year and the bigger stuff will be getting sorted next year. I have a bunch of photo's to share with you of the house within the first week of getting the keys, during decorating it and after. It's so strange looking back at how the house was! I've decided to split this post in two as it's going to be huge otherwise so today I'll share photo's from downstairs and the garden then the next post will cover upstairs.

Living room and porch
Before: When we got the keys we quickly discovered something, the entire house was magnolia from the walls to the doors and skirting boards. It hadn't been properly maintained either and everything just looked rushed. There was a beige carpet running through from the porch to the living room and up the stairs. The porch had a dark purple blind and a coat hook and the living room had blinds and heavy brown curtains. Both rooms had outdated light fittings.

During: The doors and banister were sanded down and repainted white. The carpet was ripped up in the porch and living room and laminate flooring was laid and the walls were repainted in a creamy-grey colour and vibrant red.

 After: All the lights have been replaced with spotlights. We decided against a blind in the porch as it isn't necessary so there's just a Disney plaque in there with the spotlight focusing on it. In the living room we have a corner sofa and a large chair. We added some Disney prints to the wall and reattached the blinds. 

Projects still to do: Buy and fit new blinds in the living room and find a Disney ornament for the porch windowsill.
Before: More than anything the kitchen needed a really good scrub, it was filthy! That aside the boiler was on the wall next to the sink and the lights were two rows of 5 spotlights. There was big cream curtains hung over the French doors.

After: There are no 'during photos' as we haven't decorated this room. The boiler has been moved into the airing cupboard upstairs as we had a brand new boiler put in and the hot water tank removed which created space for the boiler to be hidden away. We replaced the lights with 2 strips of two spotlights which is much better and we've took down the curtains. The kitchen is very small so needs as much light as possible. We've also removed the kitchen door and it was very boxed in with the living room door, downstairs toilet door and walk-in storage cupboard door all being extremely close together. By removing the kitchen door it's opened up much more. 

Projects still to do: Paint the walls, sort out the wall where the boiler was removed (potentially by putting up another cupboard), maybe replace the flooring (I love the design but it's very worn out and ripped) and replace the blind in the window. 


Before: By the time we got the keys the house had been empty for nearly 2 months so the garden was very overgrown. There were to conifers as you stepped outside (one was half dead) and then lots of ivy and overgrown bushes dotted around the garden. There was also a huge infestation of ants.

During: I'm classing these as 'during' photo's as we aren't doing anything with the garden until next year. I can't take any credit for the garden looking like this now as it was all my dad's doing. Basically everything has gone out of the garden, the trees, bushes and ivy (although there is still ivy in the picture, it's all completely died back now). Our house is a corner plot so it has a pretty massive garden which overwhelms us both a bit but I'm hoping we can get it looking nice next year.

Projects still to do: Get rid of all the weeds, put flowers and solar lights in the planter wall at the top of the garden, plant a palm tree or two, put solar fairy lights along the fence, attach spotlights to the back wall, reset the patio flags at the top and I'm also hoping for a built in brick BBQ. 

So that was part 1 of our home renovations. I have a few more home posts planned including part 2 of our home renovations where I'll show you upstairs.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Thoughts on: My first smear test

Get comfy ladies (and gents, if you want to stick around for this!) we're going to have a big old chat about vagina's, cervix's and that little thing you have to have done when you get to 25, a smear test.

A quick Google search about smear tests (or cervical screening to use the medical term) will throw up dozens of sites offering advice, but buried in among all that advice you will also find hundreds of comments and forums from women dreading their smear test and even women admitting that they repeatedly make appointments only then to cancel them and never going to get tested.

I received my first letter to book an appointment for a smear test back in March, four months before my 25th birthday. A few months managed to slip by and I still hadn't made an appointment, then I received another letter reminding me I needed to make an appointment and somehow another couple months passed by. I kept telling myself I'd make an appointment but I never did, I'd love to say it's because I was super busy and it just slipped my mind but that wasn't the case at all. Truthfully it was fear of the unknown, of not knowing what it would feel like, of not knowing if the whole situation would be really awkward and of not knowing what the results would show.

I know I'm not alone in putting off my first smear test so I'm here to simply say - no to beg - please, please do not put it off! I honestly don't know why it took me 4 months to pluck up the courage to go and get it done, I was in the nurses room for around 10 minutes and the testing itself probably only took around 1 minute. I whole load of worry for absolutely nothing!

Now we've covered that lets get onto what's actually involved with a smear test and debunk some of those myths.

  • Smear tests are performed by a nurse at your doctors surgery. You have your first smear test at 25 (you will be sent the letter just before your 25th) unless you live in Scotland then you have your first test at 20. Personally I think the age should be lowered throughout Britain but that's a whole different debate!
  • When you get into the nurses room you have a chat about what a smear test involves and check over your basic information (name, date of birth, address etc). You'll be asked if your on any contraceptives (the Pill, injection, implant etc) and when your last period was if you get them on your contraceptive.
  • After the chat it's time to whip your clothes off, if your wearing trousers, jeans, leggings or tights they'll need to come off along with your knickers. Skirts and dress can just be pulled up. Once the clothes on your lower half are off you get on the bed and cover yourself with the paper towel material provided. The nurse then tells you to put your feet back to your bum and drop your knees to the sides.
  • Myth debunk no.1 "It's going to be really awkard." I'm not going to lie and tell you it's a fantastic experience but it's no where near as awkward as you'll be imagining in your head. The nurse I head made the whole situation as relaxing as she could and put the whole thing into perspective when she said "it's nothing I haven't seen before, just like a mechanic checks lots of cars well I check lots of vagina's" she's completely right plus she made me laugh!
  • Once you've dropped your knees to the side the nurse then inserts a speculum (a metal or plastic instrument the holds the walls of your lady bits open so the cervix can be seen) and then she takes a swab of cells from your cervix and removes the speculum. Then that's it test over. 
  • Myth debunk no.2 "It's going to be painful." In the vast majority of cases your smear test will not hurt. Yes the speculum is cold but as long as you relax no pain should be felt. You feel a slight pressure around your bum which is a little strange but that's about it. If your smear test is painful tell the nurse who will stop and try to reduce your discomfort but again, if your tense, try taking deep breaths to relax as tensing will cause discomfort.
  • After your test you wait 2-6 weeks for your results which are posted to your home. In most cases the results will be positive and you won't have to worry about a test for another 3 years. However if your test is negative you will automatically be referred to the hospital for another, more indepth test.
  • Myth debunk no.3 "My negative test means I have cervical cancer." No not at all. A negative test means you have abnormal cells in your cervix (not cancerous cells). In some cases these cells will go back to normal on there own, in other cases you will have to have the abnormal cells removed to prevent them from turning to cancerous cells. Only a very low number of women actually receive a diagnosis of cancer from their smear test which is why it's super important to have your smear test done to catch abnormal cells early.
Ladies, I seriously cannot stress the importance of attending a smear test. There is absolutely nothing to be worried or scared about. Those 10 minutes with a nurse could save your life!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Meet our kittens

Just over two weeks ago we welcomed two of the cutest kittens into our little family, today I'm going to introduce you to Buddy and Dobby.

I've wanted a pet cat for the longest time and Josh and I always said that when we moved in together we'd get one. Josh has always had cats and over the 8 years we've been together I've always become very attached to them, especially to the two most recent ones so I could not wait to get my own little kitty.

This is Buddy...
 And this is Dobby...

So around a month ago we saw a litter of lovely kittens were for sale in our area and fell in love with the white and grey one of the bunch, we went to visit him and arranged to pick him up once we'd returned from a little trip away. I'd picked a name for my future cat a long time ago so we knew we were going to call him Dobby. We went out and bought all the stuff he would need from food and litter to scratch posts and blankets. The day Dobby was due to join our family soon rolled around and we went to pick him up, he climbed happily into the pet carrier and we turned to leave, thanking the family we'd bought him from when suddenly they went, "Erm we only have one kitten left and lots of people have let us down in taking him, do you want him for free?" They explained that a couple of people had said they were going to have this other kitten but let them down or tried negotiating the price which led the sellers to believe the buyers couldn't afford to properly look after the kitten anyway (they were for sale for a very cheap, reasonable price and negotiating it would come across as very cheeky and set alarm bells ringing.) Josh and I looked at each other and we knew instantly that we couldn't leave him behind. 

Josh had wanted to get two cats anyway and I just couldn't leave behind the kitten that no one seemed to want, so we said yes. As we took them both back to their new home with us, I did have a little bit of doubt about having two kittens, it was double the cost and double the trouble, but as he stepped out of the pet carrier I knew there was no way we couldn't not have him as part of our family. We settled on the name Buddy and that was it, I was sold! I knew we would have ended up with two cats eventually so I'm happy that we've got two brothers now as it means they'll get on much better rather than introducing a different cat later down the line. They love each other so much and it's so cute to watch! 

Buddy may not have been planned but I'm so happy that we have both him and Dobby in our lives!