Finding Another Way To Rest - With A Leesa Mattress

I'll be honest with you and say it's very rare i get a good nights sleep. No matter how much i wish for it, beg for it, take medications for it, insomnia is still the monster under my bed, not only is insomnia something i suffer with, but so is pain. I suffer with fibromyalgia and hypermobilty syndrome aswell as POTs, so there are many nights i just can't get to sleep because something is hurting. But not sleeping, is one of the things that causes more pain. It's a viscous circle that i can't escape from. Many of my readers are fellow spoonies, people suffering with a chronic illness, and i'm sure you'll all agree that you have similar problems, theres just always a symptom or something wrong thats causing you not to sleep well.

I'm lucky to still have nights where i do fall asleep easily, however it's a disturbed sleep and i never ever sleep deeply, and i never feel rested.

If i can't always sleep, it's important that i still rest. So winding down and relaxing of an evening is something that's so important for me. If i feel well enough, i'll have a bath, which tends to make me feel sleepy. I'll then put on some really cosy pyjamas and climb into my bed. I'm so grateful for netflix, one thing i always try to do is turn the brightness setting down on my tv, so i can still watch but it doesn't make me anymore awake than i already am.

Something that i also find really difficult, but is a must for me, is to not over indulge before bedtime. That's right, as comforting as it is to curl up in bed with ice cream and cheesecake while watching your favourite film, its something that can interrupt your sleep patterns and leave you tossing and turning throughout the night, believe it or not.

It's also extremely important to have a comfortable bed for a good nights sleep, in all honesty i'm not one that can ever justify expensive items, even if they're important, but a decent mattress is something that i've been looking for, for a long time. I've never owned a decent mattress, if i need one, i'll pick the cheapest one i can find. But i was discussing mattresses with a friend of mine who also suffers with a few of the same illnesses as me, and she also had just made an investment in a new mattress. She made a lot of good points, that we spend a lot more time in our beds then most people do, we get ill very easily and bed ridden easily too, so a mattress is actually something that would be a very good investment. Not only will it be comfier, but theres a chance it may help in me getting a better sleep. There is also the potential that a mattress suited to me personally, could help with pain. 

I've been having a look around, and Leesa is a brand of mattress that keeps popping up everywhere, not only have i seen great reviews, but it's also reasonably priced. The Leesa mattress is made with 3 layers, dense core support foam, memory foam and cooling Avena foam, which was a massive selling point for me, as personally i feel a cooler nights sleep = a better nights sleep. Some of the reviews i've read on this mattress have really interested me, one woman claimed it was 'easy on the hips'. My hips tend to slip out and cause pain, so reading a review so relatable made me want to look into this mattress further.

It's something i need to think about and save for, but it's getting to the stage where i feel it's important i invest in something that could help me in the long run.

What are your top tips for sleeping easily? Do you do anything that helps you drift off quickly? Or a certain ritual that helps you sleep deeply and soundly? I'd also love to know if you've tried the Leesa mattress!? i'd love to hear from you!

Albie & Me

My pet.. Except he's so much more than my pet, he's my best friend, my partner in crime and my assistance dog in training. I couldn't love my pup anymore if i tried. 

The moment i laid my eyes on Albie as a tiny 3 week old pup, i was smitten, his big brown eyes and fluffy little head melted my heart. I knew from that moment we would be best friends. Me, my mum and Luke picked him up at 8 weeks and the excitement I felt was unreal. It was daunting, taking on the responsibility of a puppy, especially with my unpredictable health, but i knew he would be worth it. Straight from the off he would follow me around, and even now at 7 months old he follows, if i leave him alone for half hour, he will greet me with his big smile and wagging tail. And if i had a tail mine would be surely wagging too!! We're so in sync and he can just tell when I'm having an off day. His reaction to my faints are incredible and so comforting. He's just given me a huge amount of confidence.
I look at him and just think how did i get so lucky?! 

Not only is he so loving, he's also SO DARN CUTE. 

So tell me, how many of your phones camera roll is filled with pictures of your pet? I'm gonna be real with you here and say about 99% of my camera roll is Albie. He's either sleeping, eating, walking, playing, whatever he does is always SO bloomin cute and i want to snap a picture of him and treasure it forever. What can i say? I'm obsessed.

These days not many people print out photographs and put them in photo albums, which i find a real shame as theres nothing more exciting then getting all the old dusty photo albums out of the loft and curling up with a nice cuppa tea and flicking through old memories, it's so nice and personal.

This is why i think a digital picture frame is perfect, our generation is so technology based which is wonderful and so convenient, as no one seems to have the time these days for things such as photo albums, the internet and social media is our gigantic photo album. But there's something so special about photographs in our home, it's cosy and fills the house with so many memories that you can share with the rest of your family, or friends that come and visit. 

The Aura is an incredible photo frame that not only shows one photo, but flicks through photos over a length of time! A little bit like a screensaver if you will. You will also be able to control it using the Aura app. How cool is that?! It comes in 3 colours, crystal blue with a silver trim, charcoal with a black trim, and wait for it... ivory with a rose gold trim! I think Rose Gold/Copper looks absolutely gorgeous when it comes to home decor.  BUT, the thing that i find extremely cool, is the fact it has motion and gesture sensors!! For $399 you can gesture to flick to the next picture and the frame picks up on it. I think it's so convenient, like i mentioned, our generation is all about technology, and being able to add photos to this frame using an app on your phone saves so much time, and it also keeps it new and exciting, instead of just having one framed photo sat on your fireplace, how about multiple photos in a slideshow? I would definitely, and proudly show the hundreds of pictures i have of Albie in this frame, as it also uses advanced facial recognition software (a bit like on the iPhone) that groups photos into a collection of people you take photos of the most. But unlike the iPhone, they've included pets, which i think is great being a crazy dog mama. Some ladies proudly share adorable pictures of their child to everyone, i show pictures of my little pupperino to everyone, hoping they're dog people. But even if they aren't, i reckon i can convince them otherwise!!

If you want to know more about the Aura Frames, visit their homepage where you'll also find a FAQ page answering any questions that you may have if you're interested!!

Facing My Fashion Fears

I was recently challenged by Ashby from Dia & Co to 'Face My Fashion Fears'. I loved the idea of this, i'm not one to branch out and experiment when it comes to fashion, i just sit and stare admiringly at the people that do. My outfit may not seem very out there, but a tulle skirt is something that i find very daunting, yet beautiful. So I braced myself, bit the bullet and found that wearing something out of my comfort zone wasn't as scary as i thought, it was enjoyable!! I paired this midi tulle skirt from with a black bodysuit, also from boohoo, and some ankle boots i bought many years ago from peacocks. 

I thought i'd look a bit too dressy but pairing the skirt with the boots made me feel much more comfortable and casual, which is my go-to style (even for nights out, i'd much rather pair a pretty dress with a pair of converse or boots!)

Now you'll have to excuse my squinty eyes but i was being blinded by the very bright sun the UK has been blessed with! So tell me, did i pull off this outfit?! Honest opinions needed. 
What are your fashion fears? I now challenge you to face yours, and wear something you wouldn't feel confident wearing but would LOVE to. (I promise, it's not as scary as it seems!)

Thank you Dia & Co for getting me out of my fashion comfort zone and daring me to try something new!! Be sure to have a little look at their website, you can complete a style profile, and a stylist sends hand picked clothes to your door!! For my fellow spoonies/chronically ill bloggers, doesn't this sound like heaven?! Shopping is a nightmare when you're in pain or feeling too poorly! 

Thanks for reading! xx

A New Found Love For Floristry

I've always admired pretty flowers and arrangements, but never really thought about learning floristry and trying to create anything myself. I recently joined an evening Floristry class at my local college, and it's only been a couple of weeks but i've become so passionate about the subject, and i wanted to share what i've created the first 3 weeks of starting this course.
A beautiful wreath, a hand tied bouquet and a basket arrangement!

I've finally found something my health doesn't prevent me from doing, and i couldn't be happier to of found this hobby. 

Theres nothing better than being surrounded by colourful, beautiful flowers, it really brightens the room and lightens the mood. 

Find Your Perfect Dog Breed

I have a soft spot for all breeds of dogs, but I know that some wouldn't be suitable for my personal needs. It's something you really need to look into before making the decision to welcome a dog into your home, as unfortunately it may not work out for you or the dog if it's not a right match. Our family dogs (Loki the Lurcher and Luna the Saluki) are very hard work, it's just their breed, and who they are. They sleep a lot (a trait that goes in my favour) but they are also very hyperactive and i find them very difficult to look after at times, even though i love them way too much and wouldn't be without them. Which is why i'm so lucky and grateful the rest of my family are there to help out and do the majority of the work.

Have you thought about getting a puppy? Or are you just curious as to what breed you'd be suited to? There's so much to think about before you go ahead and take the leap, so why not take this flowchart and find out what breed would be suitable for you based on your personal traits?

What did you get?!

I got 'The Easy-Going Playmate' which pleased me, as a Golden Retriever and Greyhound are two breeds of dogs I absolutely adore.

Which brings me on to a super exciting surprise i've been waiting to blog about!! I have a little someone i would like to introduce....

Meet my new best friend, and partner in crime, Golden Retriever Albie!! 

With two family dogs already this was a huge decision me and my family made. But because as much as i love the other two dogs, they aren't officially mine, and if i planned to move out at any point, they wouldn't be coming with me. Which meant I was more than happy to take responsibility and get a pup of my own, who could come with me wherever i went.

I have many health problems, which causes limited mobility. An assistance dog was something my parents both mentioned to me to help give me a little bit more independence, and support. After alot of research and contact with charities i was told with my health conditions i would be entitled to a service dog, but because not many people are aware of the condition there wasn't many that were willing to take me on, and it could be several years i'd be waiting for a loving companion.

Then i came across a girl on instagram who also had a few of the same conditions as me, called Jaquie Blake, who was training her own dog, Harlow, to assist her and help with her daily struggles. It was something that daunted me at first, but after suffering for so many years i was willing to give it my best shot, and knowing that my dog may not necessarily be service dog worthy, i took the leap, and after a lot of thinking and researching, i decided to bring home my own puppy and start basic obedience training myself. I brought him home at 8 weeks, and he's now almost 4 months. We have come such a long way already, with him knowing basic commands such as sit, lay down, stay, come, speak, paw, quiet and of course him experiencing my fainting episodes and most of the time responding in such a calm manner. Albie is the perfect dog for me, so docile, loving and eager to please, and he's pushing me to get out of bed in the mornings even though it can be extremely difficult. We have another dog trainer who will be willing to help us out, which is a huge blessing, as i have no experience in training a dog. But if he becomes my registered assistance dog, or just a well trained best friend, i'm so happy he's in my life.

Thank you to PuppySpot for sending me this flowchart, i very much enjoyed answering the questions and i hope you did too! Please let me know in the comments what breed of dog you got! And of course i'd love to hear what you think of my little Albie!! If you're interested he has his own instagram @albieblue! 

Are you thinking about bringing home a new addition to your home and family? If you've thoroughly thought about it, and you're ready to take the next step i recommend you take a look at PuppySpot's 'Puppies for Sale' Page. Rescuing a puppy or an older dog is such a wonderful thing to do, as there are so many out there looking for their forever homes!