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Cruelty-Free Labelling And How You CAN Buy Cruelty-Free On Your Weekly Shop

Before I made the decision to go cruelty-free, the weekly shop wasn't something I thought too much about. I would usually pick up whatever was on offer, without even glancing at the back label. Back then, I wasn't aware of the vast amount of brands that test on animals and I don't blame myself for that, I just think there wasn't the awareness that we have today. With more and more people opening up their eyes to animal testing, here's my guide to cruelty-free labelling and how you can buy cruelty-free on your weekly shop without the worry.

Cruelty-Free Labelling
Leaping Bunny Certification Programme 
The Leaping Bunny Certification is the international standard for brands producing non-animal tested products. Cruelty Free International are a non-profit organisation who are passionate and work tirelessly to help brands to validate their consumer products as cruelty-free. The Leaping Bunny logo is issued to companies which produce cosmetic, personal care and cleaning products and which comply with the Humane Cosmetic and Humane Household Product Standards. 
It remains the most trusted cruelty free certification out there.

PETA Beauty Without Bunnies Program 
PETA has it's own cruelty-free program and logo to go with it. There has been some criticism on the way brands are awarded this certification, they are assessed by completing a questionnaire and asked to sign a statement and, that's literally it. There's no monitoring system in place to ensure these brands are telling the truth. You're quite unlikely to see this logo on UK products as this is used more in the US.

Choose Cruelty Free Accreditation 
CCF is an Independent, non-profit organisation based in Australia. They actively campaign to end animal testing of cosmetics, personal care and household products. CCF will not accredit cruelty-free brands unless their parent companies are also accredited. Brands on the CCF list are regularly asked to undergo re-accreditation to ensure that they still comply with the criteria. Again, you're unlikely to see this unless you're purchasing Australian brands in the UK.

As cruelty-free brands have to pay for certifications, sadly, some choose not to. This can be super confusing for conscious consumers both new and experienced.

The good news is is that brands who aren't in the program are developing their own labelling. There has been some discussion that there are fake cruelty-free logos out there so you should do your research before buying from a brand you don't recognise. Most will state their animal testing policies on their websites. If not, don't be afraid to contact them for clarification.

Supermarket Cruelty Free Own-Brand

Whether you've been cruelty-free for a while or you're just starting out, my top tip to buying cruelty-free on your weekly shop is to go own-brand. Sadly, majority of the major brands you see in your supermarket sell in China, which therefore means testing is required. Most major UK supermarkets have wised up to the fact that consumers are more aware than ever before when it comes to animal testing and either display the Leaping Bunny Logo or their own version.

Here's what the supermarkets say and which of their products are cruelty-free.

Sainsbury's - Own-brand personal care and household products display the Leaping Bunny logo. 

Waitrose - All of their own-brand personal care and household products proudly display the Leaping Bunny logo. 

Aldi - A new addition to the group, Aldi now have Leaping Bunny Certification and it is displayed on their own-brand household cleaning products. They are currently working towards Leaping Bunny Certification for their own-brand personal care range and hope to have this by the end of 2017.

Asda - Although they don't carry the Leaping Bunny logo on their own-brand products, they state the following on their website:

Morrisons - They state that all of their own-brand personal care and cosmetic products are cruelty-free and carry the Leaping Bunny logo.

Marks & Spencer -They offer a great range of own-brand cosmetics, personal care and household products, all of which carry the Leaping Bunny logo.

Tesco - All own-brand personal care, household and cosmetics are cruelty free. Tesco currently aren't part of the Leaping Bunny Certification Programme but they have designed their own labelling which is clearly displayed on their products.

Co Op - They were the first retailer to be awarded the Leaping Bunny logo on their own-brand personal care and household products.

Supermarket Own-Brand Products I Love
Sainsbury's and Waitrose are my favourite supermarkets for buying cruelty-free as they have so much on offer. I find toothpaste and mouthwash are two of the hardest things to buy cruelty free on a weekly shop and I adore Sainsbury’s brand Oral Care named OraCare. It's so reasonably priced and a great alternative to the big brands that test. In regards to Waitrose, I regularly use their own-brand Sensitive Shower Gel and Watermelon Hand Wash. Not only can you buy their products in-store and on their website, you can also pick them up from Ocado.

Looking To Treat Yourself?
If you're looking for more luxurious personal care or greener options on your weekly shop, Ocado is the place to shop. I only use SLS-free, green shampoos and Ocado have an amazing choice. Here is a list of cruelty-free brands they currently sell:

Further reading and Resources:
https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/ - search for brands that are certified
http://www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au/ - list of CCF accredited brands 

Thanks for reading!

5 Things I Can't Live Without - Life with Chronic Illness

If you follow me on Twitter or have read my past health diary posts, you'll know I have a Chronic Illness called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. The condition (of which there is more than 1 type) causes extreme joint pain, chronic fatigue and is often linked with many other health conditions and complications. Although my condition cannot be cured, there are aids that help with everyday life that I now just simply couldn't live without. I thought it would be great to share my tips with other Chronic Illness warriors or anyone struggling with their health.

TENS Machine A TENS machine is a small electronic device which emits electrical impulses through electrodes and into the body. It works by sending pulses along the nerve strands which help prevent pain signals reaching the brain. You're likely to experience a tingly sensation which can feel strange for first time, newbie users.

I use a TENS machine regularly on my back, shoulders and lower abdomen and it really helps to lessen muscle pain around the joints and ease period cramping. You're able to adjust the machine from 1 to 10 depending on your level of pain. The machine I purchased has variable pulse rates and pulse widths so you're able to adjust to your specific needs. Most come with different modes including constant & modulation which gives you even more control. The machine can be clipped to your clothing and worn throughout the day, under clothes discreetly. I rely on my TENS so much as it helps keep me away from taking prescribed painkillers everyday. I purchased mine here.

Electric Heat Pad Heat helps ease my joint pain more than anything else and before I discovered heat pads, I was getting fed up of having to refill a hot water bottle every 15 minutes. A heat pad presents the same comfort and warmth of a hot water bottle with the benefit of lasting heat. They're usually rectangle in shape although there are others on the market targeted to specific areas of the body. Often quilted, they are super comfortable to hold close, lay on or wrap around you. 

I've worked my way through a couple of brands over the last couple of years and because of the great amount of use, they last no longer than 2/3 months.

I'm currently using this Heat Pad and I love how comfortable the outer fleece cover is. The control panel is large in size making it incredibly user friendly for anyone who suffers finger joint pain or Arthritis. I honestly cannot recommend Heat Pads enough, they are magical!

Tisserand Aromatherapy Roller Balls I received a set of roller balls as a gift last Christmas and I've made good use of them in the last 6 months. I received De-Stress, Pause and Harmony. As the names suggest, they all have a unique blend that is suited to the bodies specific "need". Due to anxiety and joint pain, I often find it difficult to fall asleep and the De-Stress blend helps me to relax and to forget about the days woes. I apply this to my temples, wrists and behind my ears just before going to bed.

Tisserand have many other blends on the market, you won't struggle to find a blend that suits your needs.

Magnesium Bath Flakes It's no secret that over 90% of us have some sort of Magnesium deficiency and a quick online search will show you the many symptoms related to low levels. It's crazy to think that one mineral can affect the body in so many ways. As someone who lives with Chronic Illness, Magnesium plays a big part in my life and basically, keeps me going. I add a handful of flakes with a few drops of essential oils (whatever I fancy!) to a hot bath and relax. For me, it works wonders with joint pain, chronic fatigue and headaches. You can buy flakes from most online health shops and if you're quick, you can sometimes pick them up in TK Maxx for a really reasonable price.

Memory Foam Pillow This may be an obvious one but I'm still going to shout about it. Neck and back pain is a real struggle for me when I'm trying to fall asleep. I often found myself waking up with an incredibly stiff neck, unable to move freely which then caused tension headaches. Since I switched over to a memory foam pillow, I've seen a significant improvement and I feel a lot more supported. I think sometimes we get "attached" to our old, limp pillows but the reality is, they offer little or no support to our neck and shoulders. Nowadays, memory foam is a lot more affordable and I picked mine up from Matalan for a very reasonable price. It's time to let go of that old pillow!

I would love to hear what works for you, please leave a comment below!

Laidbare Skincare Review

Subscribing to a monthly Cruelty Free beauty box means I get to try out a variety of products and brands. I have been subscribed to the Love Lula beauty box for around a year and during this time, I have discovered so many lovely products. You often see the same brands popping up and that's great if you enjoyed one of their products from a previous box. These Laidbare products were all from the Love Lula box over the last year and I've saved these to write an honest review.

I've never been a massive fan of facial toner's but I couldn't praise this 2 in 1 enough. On a full coverage make-up day, I use the Kat Von D Tattoo Lock-It Foundation and if you have worn this foundation, you'll know the staying power of it and that includes trying to wash it off! This gel formula cuts through the foundation and you're instantly able to wipe it away. I love the juicy subtle apple scent. You really don't need a lot of product so I imagine this tube will last a good while. I use this once a day and finish off with a facial moisturiser. I will certainly be repurchasing once this runs out.

This product contains Brazil Nut Extract so if you have a nut allergy, please bare this in mind. 

I'm a big fan of face masks and for me, it's the ultimate treat and a great way to relax. This mask is definitely more gentle than others I've used. It's creamy, soft consistency glides onto the face and neck with ease. It has a natural, gentle exfoliant which I think is the Japanese Seaweed. As for pore minimisation, I haven't really noticed a difference. I have very large pores and I prefer a harder exfoliation for this area. Although the mask says it suits Oily/Combo skin, it's great for dry skin as well as it's so moisturising. This is a good everyday, gentle face mask to help replenish moisture.

This product contains Palm Oil, see my thoughts below.

As a Chronic Illness sufferer, I often have sleepless nights and the dark eye circles to go with it. I have sensitive under eyes and in the past, certain eye creams have stung and caused redness. This eye cream is gentle and soaks in quickly, offering intense moisture. The magic ingredient, Buckwheat is known to help reduce puffiness and lighten dark circles. I dab a small amount underneath my eyes and towards the corners every night and it really does help to diminish the dark circles.

Please note this product contains Palm Oil, see my thoughts below.

Sadly, as the Eye Cream and Face Mask both contain Palm Oil (which is a massive shame), I will not be repurchasing as I'm starting to reduce the use of Palm Oil in my home. Unfortunately it's used widely in food and beauty products so it can be very difficult to completely cut it out of our lives. This shouldn't and isn't meant to discourage you, every small change helps and I hope by making these changes that unethical Palm Oil will one day be a thing of the past.

I'd love to hear you thoughts on the products I've reviewed and your views on Palm Oil. Please leave a comment below.

Konjac Sponge Review - The Konjac Sponge Company

Up until very recently, I had very little knowledge of Konjac sponges but I'd seen a few people talking about them on social media. Having seen mixed reviews, I started to do a little research of my own. I discovered The Konjac Sponge Company and I contacted them asking if they could send out some products for me to try, which they very kindly did!

What is Konjac? Konjac is a plant which is 97% water and it grows in tropical and subtropical regions of eastern Asia. It's rich in minerals, high in fibre and is a natural food source. The plant has been used for over a thousand years in Asia for many different uses including medicine, weight loss and beauty products. Naturally alkaline and PH neutral, it's a perfect choice for skincare. Sounds like a pretty powerful plant doesn't it? 

Who are The Konjac Sponge Company? They are the original and only Konjac Sponge Company, supplying premium grade Konjac Sponge products to the world. Their sponges are made by hand in the volcanic hills of Jeju Island in South Korea. Jeju Island is a UNESCO world heritage protected site and is renowned as an area of outstanding beauty and reputed to have some of the purest water in the world. They only use the finest food grade Konjac and only accept the purest products free from microbes or pollutants so you can rest assured you are purchasing a good quality sponge. 

The Konjac Sponge Company carry the Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society symbols on all of their products.  

How do I use a Konjac Sponge? When you first buy the sponge, it'll be really hard and rough. You just need to run it under the tap and it'll soften up in seconds. Once it dries, it'll go hard again so you just repeat the method next time you use. They all come with a handy string for hanging up in your bathroom for easy drying.

Onto the reviews:

French Red Clay Mini Pore Refiner Sponge - Red Clay is known for regenerating tissue and skin structure. Icleanses, detoxifies and exfoliates the skin, leaving it refreshed, toned and rejuvenated.

This sponge is a lot smaller than the usual sized Konjac sponge. I found it really easy to use and I actually preferred this size than the larger sponge. I got into a routine of using it to remove my make up at the end of the day. I added a small amount of the Nip & Fab Glycolic Acid Scrub to the sponge and worked it around my face and neck in a circular motion. This method removed my make up quickly and effectively. Once I had finished scrubbing away, I rinsed the residue off of my face, rinsed the sponge and went back over my face with cold water. My skin felt a lot softer and there wasn't any sign of redness or irritation. I also noticed a reduction to the pores around my nose and cheeks, where they are at their worst.

If you prefer a rough exfoliation like me, this may not be enough on it's own but using with a scrub, I found it very effective for removing dead skin.

French Green Clay Mini Pore Refiner Sponge Green Clay is known for purifying and detoxifying. It gets rid of impurities and is used to treat congested skin, acne, cellulite, sprains, cuts, and infections.

I used this sponge on my T zone as I suffer from spots in the summer months. I used this sponge with the Alba Botanical Acne Deep Pore Wash and applied in circular motions. After a few days, I did notice a difference and my spots were reduced and less angry. I have continued this routine and have seen a great improvement. 

Konjac Facial Puff Sponge With Green Tea - This full sized sponge has added Green tea which is known to improve skin complexion and it helps flush out toxins from the skin, heals blemishes and scars and reduces inflammation. It even improves the skin elasticity making it a great anti ageing ingredient.

I haven't used this sponge as much as the other two, purely because I'm happy with the routine I have with the mini sponges. I use this to cleanse my already make up free face and neck in the bath without any cleanser, soaking it in my Magnesium salt bath water. Magnesium is good for everything so why not! I find it more of a gentle cleanse than the mini sponges and a great choice for more sensitive skin days.

I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the sponges I tried and my favourite has to be the Mini Red Clay. I've always used cotton pads or just my hands to wash my face and this has massively stepped up my skincare routine. By switching over to a Konjac Sponge from cotton pads, you'll also be helping out the environment as these bad boys are 100% Biodegradable. 

You can shop The Konjac Sponge Company's full range here.

This post contains PR samples. The above products have been tried and tested over a course of 2 months. My opinions are honest.

Thanks for reading!

May Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Awareness Month - My Journey To Diagnosis

I've been wanting to share this with you all for a while but as it's a personal one, it's taken some encouragement and determination.

As far back as I can remember, I have suffered from pain in my joints. The pain started in my knees, some days were pain free and others, agony. I went on living like this for years and as I was young, I put it down to growing pains.

How wrong I was.

One day, my mum demonstrated her 'party trick'. She could touch her wrist with her thumb and I thought, that's so weird. I gave it a try myself and low and behold, I could do it too. I looked into it online and this is when I discovered Hypermobility and the syndrome itself.

HMSA's Definition of Hypermobility Joint Syndrome:

Photo & information: Hypermobility Syndromes Association - http://hypermobility.org/

It was like a light was switched on and the more and more I looked into it, I could relate. I tested the Beighton Score on myself and I scored high. I knew I was more flexible than others as in school, I often chose to sit in the Buddha position while on the floor and I found that comfortable.

In my early 20's, the pain had gotten worse and targeted more of my joints. I raised concerns with my GP and I was advised to self refer to the NHS Physio, which I did. For years, I went in and out of NHS Physio rooms with no one really understanding Hypermobility. I often found certain exercises were actually making my pain worse. The GP informed me that there was nothing he could do for me and it's quite normal for young people to be hypermobile. You may already know that yes, that can be true but not it's not normal to suffer pain from being hypermobile. A lot of athletes and dancers are hypermobile and it's perceived as a positive thing for their career and they can go on living life pain free.

I went in and out of flare ups for years with widespread joint pain and I had run out of energy and fight. When I was at my worst, I worked a full time driving job and that's when I needed crutches. I was used to working in active roles where I was on my feet all day and my body was in shock. I stuck at it for a year until I found more active work again.

At the grand old age of 29 (feeling more like 69), I'd had enough of being fobbed off and plucked up the courage to see my GP. By this time, I was back to working a non active job, full time in Admin. I had recently moved into the area so didn't know any of the GP's at my local surgery. I went through every GP in the surgery until I found someone who would listen. As expected, I again was fobbed off. I was down to the last GP and she was the one who listened. We talked about Hypermobility and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which she admitted she knew very little about. I wasn't worried as it's often stated that GP's have never heard of the condition and I really respected her for admitting she had little knowledge. After years of not being believed, being told it was all in my head and that I was too young to suffer with joint pain, I could have cried when she said she would look into EDS. A week later, I had a phone call from her secretary who advised me I had been referred to Rheumatology at my local hospital, hooray!

I waited around 4 weeks for an appointment and the day soon came around. I was so incredibly anxious that after all of this, I would be fobbed off again and just told to get on with it. I turned up to my appointment early as my anxiety was at an all time high and I worried about parking and getting lost. Before the consultation itself, the nurse took my blood pressure and she could tell I was really nervous. She was so incredibly kind and told me everything was going to be OK and I would get the help I needed. Her lovely words helped me to relax and I was soon called through to the Rheumatologist.

The consultation began with a list of questions including family history, when the pain started and what other symptoms was I experiencing. The Rheumatologist then examined me. I was pulled, pushed and bended into every possible angle, I felt like a rag doll! During the examination, my shoulder went back into place and it made the loudest pop, we both laughed. After the physical examination, we discussed my low blood pressure result. I wasn't aware I'd had low BP but it made total sense as I regularly suffer from dizzy spells and heart palpitations. We neared the end of the consultation and that's when I received the official diagnosis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Type 3 and PoTS. I honestly could have cried right in front of her, I felt so much relief.

Where I am now
I received the report from the Rheumatologist by post a week later. Unfortunately, I wasn't offered a follow up appointment but I was told she would be happy to see me again if there were any developing issues. I'm now on regular pain medication that I'm still getting used to and it doesn't stop my pain completely. I use a TENS machine almost daily which helps with my back and knees. I use heat pads and water bottles throughout the day and I feel this is truly the only thing that eases the pain, at least short term.

I am lucky enough to be able to afford a private Physio who specialises in EDS and I have to work hard with exercises at home. I've tried going to the gym but the pain is just too much. I've started taking short walks again, I used to love walking and breathing in the fresh air.

Now, I have to wait for my Podiatry referral. My ankles roll in severely so I'm hoping for Orthotics. I have to say, I'm not looking forward to someone touching my feet, I am so ticklish!

If you're currently fighting a diagnosis whether it's EDS or anything else, please don't give up. I promise you, you will find someone who will listen and can help. You might have to go through a million health professionals to get there, but you will. It's taken me the best part of my twenties to get there. I did want to give up at times but I knew I couldn't live a lifetime of pain and why should I have to? We all deserve to be listened to by our health professionals and to receive the right treatment.

Can I truly say that getting a diagnosis has opened me up to the right treatment? It's still early stages but it's good to know I have the support of my GP. The current state of the NHS and pressure on the service saddens me and my future does worry me. Something has to give.

You can read more about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and the different types here: https://www.ehlers-danlos.org/

Thank you for reading and I'd love to hear where you are with your condition, diagnosed or undiagnosed. Leave a comment below.

Purepotions - Review Of An Eczema Sufferer

This week is Allergy awareness week and what better way to mark this than reviewing a dry skin care range for sufferers or Eczema, Psoriasis and Dermatitis.

I have suffered from Eczema since I was born. It was so bad when I was a child, I had to be wrapped in bandages and wear cotton gloves at night so I wouldn't scratch my skin. It's been on and off all of my life but this year has been considerably worse.

I have always used steroid creams and I wanted to find a more natural option. I recently discovered Purepotions and contacted them asking if they would be happy to send over some products to try out, which they were kind enough to do.

Purepotions was founded by a mother, Natalie Balmond who was searching for a cream suitable for her daughter's dry and itchy skin. Finding that steroid creams made her daughter's skin worse, she started experimenting with creating a blend of oils and herbs in her own kitchen. To her relief, the salve she had created worked really well as a natural moisturiser to hydrate her daughter's dry skin. 

Here's what I thought of the products I tried and tested.

A 100% natural ointment with a blend of magic ingredients including Hemp oil, Olive oil and Chamomile.

I was a bit hesitant to try this as I'm not a great lover of ointments. They are often really greasy and when I've used pharmaceutical ointments, they have made my eczema worse. This was the first product I started using and I applied it to the itchy, dry areas at night as I knew I was less likely to scratch when I was asleep. After a couple of days of use, I noticed a difference. The areas were less dry and there was a reduction in redness. The product felt really nice on the skin and non greasy. I have carried on applying this to the affected areas at night and this has massively reduced the redness and dryness. I'm so happy I've discovered this product, I won't be going back 
to pharmaceutical creams again!

A 100% natural salve which can be used on lips or as an emollient on the skin. Tea Tree possesses natural antibacterial properties and has been used for many years to treat wounds and prevent infections. 

I had a break out on my forehead recently and applied this directly to the area twice a day. The salve soon dried them out and reduced the size and redness pretty quickly. The 10ml size is also so handy!

A 100% natural blend of oils which has been specially formulated to to replenish lost moisture from bathing and showering.

I add a small amount of this to my usual sea salt bath salts and I love it. It gives off a delicate scent which is really relaxing. The product  is intensively moisturising and a little goes a long way. It's also great to rub over the affected areas during and after showering. It lasts all day and I never find myself getting dry while using this. Although it didn't help with the redness, It did help to keep my skin hydrated. I'm a big fan of bath oils and I can see myself buying this again. 

A 99% natural moisturising cream which has the same benefits to the Skin Salvation Intensive Moisturising Ointment but in a handy cream. This product is vegan as it's free from Beeswax.

I love the Skin Salvation Intensive Moisturising Ointment so much so it's super handy to have this in a cream form as well. I have this on my desk at work and apply it to my hands and arms when required.

I suffer from dry skin on my arm tattoos and applying this really helps to get rid of the dry patches. I find it great as a hand cream too as it's thick and so hydrating. A great all round moisturiser and delicate enough to use on your face. The pump bottle is a generous size and I can see this lasting a really long time making it great value for money. 

Although I love all of the products I reviewed, my hands down favourite is the ointment. It's made such a difference to my skin that it would be stupid to go back to pharmaceutical products. It goes to show that we don't always need medicinals when there are safer, natural alternatives available.

You can buy Purepotions online here and their range is now stocked in Boots, Holland and Barrett and Waitrose.

*Please note this post contains PR samples - opinions are honest!

Monday 17th April

Last week was a hard one. My day job was so busy and my manager was on holiday. As a senior member of staff, I was holding the fort for the 4 day week. Brain fog plays a bit part of my everyday life and sometimes I can't even remember what happened the day before so this was a big challenge for me. Although It was super stressful, I think I did alright and kept everyone happy. It's great to keep everyone else happy, but I forgot to take care of myself. I skipped lunch on Thursday and wasn't able to take my Naproxen which I knew was a bad idea. I didn't want to stay late as I was finishing for the Easter holidays so I battled through lunch. Once I got home, It was time to relax my mind and my body and I didn't want to move off of the sofa. We went to bed super early.

Jumping back to Naproxen, I went to the GP about my pain medication as it was getting unbearable. I was advised to take Ibuprofen and Paracetamol by the Rheumy when I was first diagnosed but this wasn't cutting it anymore. I was prescribed Naproxen but advised I would need to take gastro medication alongside if I was to stay on it long term. I've now been on it for a couple of weeks and honestly, it's not blowing me away. It has to be taken in 12 hour doses and you have to take it with meals. I really struggle with eating breakfast and this means I don't take a dose until lunch time, therefore missing by second dose as I'm asleep. I also know that it's not going to be great for my stomach long term so I'm eager to find something else.

On Good Friday, we spent the day taking junk to the skip and visiting family. It was a lot of running about and by evening, I was exhausted. We spent the evening on the sofa with duvets and snacks which was perfect. Saturday was a similar day and by the time 10pm hit, I was in bed watching TV.

Easter Sunday was a great day. I woke up feeling pretty good and hardly any pain which is a first. We decided we wanted to go out for the day and go for a walk. I'm always a little anxious about walking as these days, it's not as enjoyable as it used to be. I used to love long country walks and could walk for miles and miles. I dug out my ankle walking boots and we hit the road. In total, we walked about 3 miles which doesn't sound much but I was so proud of myself. I did have hip pain but it wasn't as bad as I'd thought it would be and I found my walking boots a god send. One of my ankles rolls over severely and these kept it in place the whole day. When we got home, we chilled out and watched the Kurt Cobain documentary "Soaked in Bleach" (it's so good, I recommend watching it).

The Beautiful grounds we walked around on Easter Sunday.

Today, I've been spring cleaning the house and taking breaks in between. I find I'm likely to get more done if I do it this way. A little at a time. It's been so cold today, I haven't wanted to venture out!

I'm sad today is the last day of the Easter weekend before going back to work tomorrow.. At least it's only a 4 day week again. I wish you all a lovely, pain free week!

Kerry x