Aldi's New Jo Malone-Inspired Reed Diffusers (That Only Cost £3.99!)


Since I moved out of my family home back in 2012, I've had somewhat of a mild obsession with decorating my home with candles, potpourri and reed diffusers. If it smells nice and looks pretty, I'll buy it! Even if it just perches on a shelf as a decorative piece looking pretty, just waiting in the queue of things to be used, I'll just keep getting more! (Please tell me I'm not the only one who can't leave a home store without buying at least one candle?!). Having the scent of a gorgeous candle or reed diffuser filling my home is one of my little joys in life, and so I'm incredibly happy that Aldi have just released this new range of reed diffusers to compliment their existing range of luxury candles. Although I'm now a bit worried about how much I might spend in store when I just pop in for some milk!




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Blogging Is Not All About Numbers


I'll admit, when I first started blogging, I got a buzz from watching my social media channels grow and religiously kept an eye on my page view statistics through Google Analytics. Being re-tweeted by a big brand or getting lots of likes on my latest Instagram selfie felt amazing, as sad as that is to admit. The likes, re-tweets, page views and follower count was a way of defining my worth and value as a blogger, and was up until a short time ago. Of course, it's flattering when brands get in touch and want to work with you; often this is directly linked with stats as they ultimately want to see a return on their 'investment'. But recently I've learnt that stats and follower counting is not everything, and I've realised that obsessing over those numbers has caused me to detour slightly from why I started this blog in the first place.




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Crabtree & Evelyn's NEW Everyday Nature's Care Collection: A Fragrance For Every Need


There are always three beauty products I have in my handbag at all times; a lip balm, an eyebrow pencil (thanks trich) and a tube of hand cream. I like to think of this trio as my 'everyday beauty essentials' when I'm out and about. Having dermatillomania (a compulsive skin-picking disorder that's like trichotillomania's twin...I attack my cuticles), my hands are often left in a pretty sorry state. I've always been too embarrassed to really go into depth about it and show photos (despite my complete openness about trich!), but think bloody, sore and scabby cuticles and flaky skin and you get the idea. Apologies for putting you off whichever meal you are about to have. With this condition, I always make sure I have a hand cream to...hand in order to try and soothe my skin and nourish the dryness.




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Classic Banana Bread Recipe (With A Couple of Healthy Twists)


It definitely is true that your tastes change as you get older. When I was younger, I hated any cakes or bakes that involved bananas; I turned my nose up and banana muffins and banoffee pie was my idea of a nightmare pud. Fast-forward a bit and I can't get enough of the stuff! Perhaps it's not just my tastebuds maturing, but also a mix of my passion for baking; baking with bananas just gives the most beautiful moist texture, not to mention provides that bit of added natural sweetness that means you don't have to compensate with extra sugar. I've experimented with a few banana bread recipes- both healthy and indulgent- and have come to the conclusion that this mix of the two is probably my favourite one so far. Although you still get the moisture from the coconut oil and bananas, I couldn't quite substitute the sugar (that brown sugar flavour just goes so well with bananas)- but the result is something that hits the spot without being too over-indulgent.



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A Quick Trichotillomania Update


It's been a while since I've written a more heart-felt, personal post about trichotillomania and the day-to-day struggles of having it, mainly because there hasn't been much to report on. I had been bald for a while and was in that awkward in-between stage of just waiting for the lashes to grow back through- until then, there's not much you can really do! I've also sort of run out of inspiration with regards to writing openly about trichotillomania; my more rambly posts are quite well-received but I'm in a place where I just don't know what to say about the disorder anymore. Any post ideas that I do come up with seem too specific to my experience of the illness, and, as we are all aware, trichotillomania affects people differently- there is no universal experience of the disorder and I want others to be able to relate to what I'm writing. So, instead of having a theme for a post, I thought I'd just chat a little bit of how my trich has been recently and random things I've been thinking- hopefully it'll generate some sort of conversation as I'd love to know how you fellow sufferers reading this deal with the disorder in your daily lives, and what kind of stage you are at with trich too.




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Body Moisturising Mists: The Time-Saving Beauty Products You Need!


Although it's nice to take time out for your beauty routine, pop on a face mask and lather on a nourishing body butter, I for one never actually get round to doing this. I often think, 'I'm going to run myself a nice Lush bath this weekend and finally use the plethora of gorgeous beauty products I've collected', and before I know it, three weeks have passed and I still haven't booked in that pamper time. Life just gets too busy, ya know!? Putting beauty time aside to 'treat yo'self'' is not only beneficial for your mind but also your skin in the practical sense; your skin feels cleansed and more radiant after a face mask, for example. I stick to my skincare routine religiously, but one thing I often think I don't have time for is moisturising my body...until I found these handy spray moisturisers existed. This ingenious beauty creation has slotted into my beauty routine perfectly and allows your body to be moisturised in seconds- perfect for those who forget or don't have time for a full-on pamper in the evenings!




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