This month BirchBox has teamed up with Etsy designers from across the UK to create some pretty special boxes. I was so pleased when asked if I would like to be gifted one as I think the boxes are super cute, and it also meant I could share some goodies with my daughter. I received the brilliant design by Jane Fisher, which is super cool and fits perfectly with this month’s theme of ‘Live a Life Beautiful’.
I haven’t blogged in a while, mainly because the summer holidays have been somewhat flat out. And so I thought I might share a little update about PCOS, Mirena and other things that have been going down in the household over the past few weeks.
A little back story first. I was diagnosed with Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) a good few years ago now. It causes infertility, amongst a myriad of other issues, and why we struggled to conceive our youngest without intervention. Anyway, a couple of the other lovely side effects of PCOS is weight gain, hirsutism (hair growing out your chinny chin chin amongst other places), ovaries that look like bunches of grapes, insulin resistance and some of the worst periods known to woman kind, next to endometriosis.
I will be honest and say I hadn’t planned a great deal to do with the children over the summer holidays. Not because I couldn’t be bothered but because they were going to spending a lot of time with their Grandparents. The most I had to plan for was passing on info about things they would probably not cope with very well. So when I was contacted to review the Nick Baker’s Triop World Kit from My Living World, I obviously jumped at the opportunity.
Right I know it has taken me a little while to get this down, but here is all the things we got up to in a day when we went to Belfast. There are loads more things you can do, and next time we would definitely go for a lot longer, but for now here’s how we did Belfast in a day.
We arrived on the Friday night and stayed at the Premier Inn. We tend to stay with them so our son settles as they are pretty much the same wherever you go and they’re always pretty reasonable too.
I was super excited to get my June Birchbox, as it was a special edition for their 5th birthday. They had shared on Instagram the cutest keepsake tin and featured an additional 6th item. These little boxes of treats arrive once a month through the letter box and I love them. As I have mentioned before they are my little self-care aid, and for £10 plus postage they cost less than one lunch date. Want to know what I got? Keep on reading to see.
Quite often I get so lost in the list of things unticked but still to do instead of taking stock of what I have actually achieved. It is a downward spiral that leads to anxiety, self-doubt and the deterioration of self-care. I lose sight of the ‘all done’ list that is a mile long, filled with amazing accomplishments that could purpose to encourage me to keep going. I give up on tooting my own trumpet, I won’t buy flowers or treats in favour of bashing myself over the head with a couple of things I didn’t get done amidst the chaos that is this life.
It is ridiculous. When I say it out loud it sounds even more ridiculous. I berate myself so often with what are you worried about weirdo, there is nothing to be anxious about just pull yourself together. And yet there I am, cemented to the spot, trembling, short of breath like someone’s choking me. In all honest something is choking me and it’s called anxiety.