Autumn I love you πŸ

The air is crisp and misty, the wind rustles the leaves on the trees. The world is alive with colour reds,oranges yellows. Jumpers and cosy socks adorn our bodies as we make hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream and curl up in the sofa with a good book watching the rain against the windowpanes. I will always love Autumn here are a few pictures I took on a misty autumn morning this week (19th October) 

Speak Soon x

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Down at the Pumpkin Patch πŸŽƒπŸπŸŽƒ

Happy Saturday πŸ™‚ Today I went to the local farm 5minutes from my house to pick up my pumpkin πŸ™‚ this has fast become an Autumn tradition and I am loving it. Hill farm is a family run business and it’s where I go to get my strawberries and pumpkins every year. This time around we went with my best friend and her partner and children it was so fun to watch the children’s faces light up as we followed the trail to the huge pumpkin patch πŸ™‚ It is a typical Autumn day today (21st October) windy overcast and raining (lovely in my opinion) here are a few snapshots of our pumpkin picking adventure

There will be a separate post this week all about me carving my pumpkin I haven’t fully decided what design I’m going to do this year!

Speak soon 

Natalie

Blog Changes

Hello I hope this post finds you well πŸ™‚

Currently I have a lot on my plate that im not willing to discuss on any social media platforms as it really isn’t necessary for me to share absolutely everything about my personal life and situations with the world so I hope that you will understand. I have been through my blog and I contemplated deleting all of my posts and starting again but for now all I have done is deleted the posts that i absolutely hate due to grainy photos, no likes or the posts i felt weren’t relevant to keep. I will be going back through and possibly deleting some more posts because I want a fresh start. I really want to make something of this blog which may seem silly but its true i really want to start taking this more seriously so……i will be creating more in depth content, I will be taking better quality photos and uploading more informative posts. I am open to doing collaborations and I am in contact with some companies to do reviewed content for their products which is exciting! I am also creating an upload schedule that i can stick to and will be planning and posting this soon.

Thank you for your continued support and i am REALLY looking forward to the changes i’m making πŸ™‚

 

Speak soon

Natalie

World Mental Health Day.Β 

I’ve written my story a hundred times before and deleted every word in a bout of shamefulness, you see I’ve been scared to share my story, is it different from anyone elses? Are my problems really problems at all? Am I seemingly jumping on some aparant bandwagon some people are assuming mental health is the in thing now. Will I receive love or hate or worse nothing at all. Will my worries in the end just stay inside my head tormenting me? Mental health is a funny old thing really you have these conversations daily with yourself and you end up convincing yourself that no-one will care, noone will want to listen because they all have their own shit to deal with. 15 years ago when a doctor first told me I had depression I laughed it off…. depression that’s made up isn’t it? But I went along to the councelling just to see what a professional really thought of my life….she was a load of crap and tried to convince me my family were against me and that I wouldn’t succeed if I didn’t cut ties with them, needless to say I stopped the councelling then and there and carried on business as usual. Then 9years ago when I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid I was told that depression and anxiety are ‘sideeffects’ to this illness, I went through some tough periods, I’m an incredibly sensitive person, I am a people person and I really care what people think of me. I care how I’m perceived by other people, I want to be liked, I want people to see me as doing a good job I want to be strong, I’ve faced adversities in my life being a 5″1 spotty geeky girl your going to get picked on, being struck down with a chronic illness….then another chronic illness on top of that takes its toll, I’ve had to build up my strength after being hit by a car at age 14, my family have had struggles we’ve all had to face together, and I like to think that I’m a strong capable person who isn’t defined by what I can and can’t do. Most recently though my mental health has taken another downward spiral and I always beat myself up for this, I forget that I am human and this doesn’t make me any less of a person, I’m facing 30 unsure of what to do with my life and that’s scary, the picture I had in my head isn’t working out at all….I’m talking about infertility here you see, 6 years we will have been trying for a baby and it’s unbelievable how much of a toll this takes not only on you, your partner your family, your relationship but your mental health aswell. Feeling like your body is failing you, feeling like your nothing and noone if you aren’t a mother,feeling like your failing, feeling like your partner would be better off without you, that sense of loss every month….. I’m getting there…a day at a time and that’s ok,progress…no matter how small is progress…it’s ok to go slowly just never stop. There will be down days, there will be days I want to close myself off from the world, and that’s ok too. Al I ask is that people don’t feel afraid or ashamed or embarrassed to talk about mental health, that people feel they have someone to talk to no matter how big or small their problems seem, that people have a support network for the good and the bad days! So I’m here fighting everyday and I will always be here to support anyone who needs it xxx All my love Natalie xxx

100Happy Days 8-14

So there should be 7 pictures here…..there are only 5 all will be revealed down below! 

Days 8,9&10

This little ball of fluffy fluffness kept me company whilst I had a horrendous vomiting bug 😦 I had 3days off work because I couldn’t stop being sick it was awful I hardly slept I just felt very very poorly 😦 

Day 11

I was meant to be going to the cinema with my bestie but as I’d been so poorly she invited me over to hers instead πŸ™‚ we had pizza, epic hot chocolate,snacks, tea tree face masks and watched an awful horror movie it was the perfect night to cheer me up πŸ™‚

Day 12

Review Renew and Grow is my new mantra now. Review: What is making you happy? What is no longer serving its purpose? What are your goals? What do you need to change? Renew: reset your goals, brush yourself off start again Grow: Boss Ass Bitch, make it happen, make memories have fun…. live. 

Here’s my boss ass bitch selfie

Day 13

Sunday=Harry Potter Marathon&Hot chocolate &Mince pie πŸ΅πŸπŸ‘Œ

Day 14

Check out an app called polyvore. It’s free to download and you can create mood boards and outfits (they also have home decor too) they then have links to the items you choose so you can shop for the items you like they also helpfully tell you the price before you click on the link!! X

Autumn Look book 1

So the weather is just starting to turn autumnal so I thought I’d do a transitional look book first featuring 4 outfits that are easy to wear in this warmer autumn weather x

Outfit one

Black grey and white check skirt charity shop, boots Dr martens,top boohoo, tights primark. I love fishnet tights in this weather because they aren’t too warm and they add a bit of edge to your outfit.

Outfit two

Tapestry boots charity shop, brown dress everything Β£5 , cardigan charity shop. I love the autumn tones in this look this dress sees me right through autumn and winter paired with different accessories.

Outfit three

Slip dress charity shop,cardigan charity shop,boots charity shop,hat Charity shop. A sleeveless slip dress with a big chunky knit cardigan is such an easy outfit to recreate and keeps you just warm enough whilst it’s still sunny outside.

Outfit four

Dress cardigan and boots charity shop. I will be wearing this all through autumn and winter I’ll just add thicker tights and a nice jewel toned coat to change it up πŸ™‚ 
Xx

100Happy days 1-7

Hello πŸ™‚

So I am already 7 days in to this challenge and I’m feeling happier, not sing from the roof tops roll out of bed ready to go happy but,yes let’s have another cuppa tea kind of happy you know? So I said I’d share with you guys my 100happy days journey so here’s days 1-7 πŸ™‚

Day One

I got a DM on my blog Instagram telling me about a pin badge company that does free pin badges each month all you have to do is cover the postage costs. The company is an American company and the postage ended up only being Β£2.19 so I thought meh even if it doesn’t turn up its not alot of money wasted. On day one of my challenge this babe turned up and really brightened up my day!!

Day Two

Guys…. GUYS!! Ok so I opened my emails and Dr botanicals had emailed asking if I’d be interested in reviewing their ultra repair overnight regenerating treatment, I had to cover the postage but they then sent me an email for Β£5 off a purchase which is how much postage was! This product is Β£75!!!! I have been sent this for Β£5!! This made me so happy because I feel like my blog is starting to take a new direction and I am very excited to work with different brands in the future!! 

Day Three

I needed some new work shoes so I went up to Tesco and obviously had a browse at the other items and I found these babes!! They are so gorgeous so comfy and I’m so excited to style them this Autumn!

Day Four

Me and my husband are proud geeks/nerds. We order things called lootcrates I get the wizarding world one and he gets a gaming one, he decided this month to try a new crate and he had to put what fantasy films he liked so for me he put down harry potter and lotr as they send items tailored to those films so when the box arrived he let me have a harry potter t-shirt and I also got… DOBBY!!! I collect pop vinyls and Dobby was definitely on my wishlist so I was VERY happy x

Day Five

I spent 4&1/2 hours laughing on Saturday night. Completely random completely unplanned me and my family played cards against humanity and honestly I haven’t laughed that much and that long for the longest time!

Day Six

After my late night playing cards against humanity I decided to have a me day on the sofa I wore my PJs had my comfy blanket and caught up on so much TV!! Strictly, Doctor Foster and strike.

Day Seven

Today I have pre ordered The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman. His dark materials tribology remains to this day one of my favourite trilogies! I have re read it several times! So when I heard he was bringing out an equal trilogy (not a sequel or prequel as it’s set in the same time period)I knew I had to own it!!!! 
So there we go 7 down…93 to go πŸ™‚ xx

October 2017 πŸ‘»πŸ’€πŸ’›πŸ‚πŸπŸŽƒ

Hello and happy first of October πŸ™‚ I am shocked that this year is flying by we are now into the tenth month!! September-december are honestly my favourite months out of the whole entire year πŸ™‚ so I thought I’d share my plans, upcoming blog posts and my goals for this month πŸ™‚

Plans πŸ“–

I am going to see goodbye Christopher Robin at the cinema on 5th I already know I will cry 😦

Then on the 14th I’m going to see my home town football team play (I’m from Peterborough so I’m watching POSH) this will be my third football match πŸ™‚ I also am watching my brother perform in his new band that night too

Weekend of the 21st me the hubby my friend and her children&fiancΓ© are going pumpkin picking πŸ™‚

23-27th is half term and I’ve got a shopping trip planned with mum and a day in York planned with Darren πŸ™‚

Upcoming blog posts πŸ“·

7Diy Halloween ideas

Pumpkin picking adventure

Day out in York

Autumn look book

Reading reviews

Goals ✳✴✳

Read 1book a week

Find a fitness routine that works for my free time

Try one new recipe

Try a pumpkin spice latte yes alanna if your reading this I’m going to try one I’ve decided it’s happening!!

Keep up with my journal

Before we know it it’ll be November which is fireworks night, mum’s birthday and……..a suprise all will be revealed in November πŸ™‚ xx

100Happy days challenge πŸ’›

I had a bad day, I mean a  BAD day. I have been in a rut lately a nasty painful rut and I need the dark cloud to lift itself off of my shoulders. My dark cloud is called Frederick, I found giving him a name helps to deal with it better that’s my way of dealing with dark days it might not work for everyone but it works for me, something I’ve also done before that really helped was the 100happy days challenge (this is not sponsored btw) the 100happy days challenge essentially ‘challenges’ you to post on Facebook or Instagram or any social media platform you feel with the hashtag #100happydays or you create your own hashtag and basically for 100 days you share a snapshot of something that made you happy that day. This challenge taught me to refocus my thinking and appreciate the little things in life, it helped me to stop stressing so much especially over the little stuff and to truly take a moment each day to be thankful and remind myself that no day is completely bad. So I will share with you guys my 100happydays journey πŸ™‚ I won’t post everyday I’ll do like a weekly roundup but if you want to see my posts everyday head to my personal Instagram account @_natalie_church_ 

What things make you happy? How do you get past the dark days? Any funny memes or positive quotes would be greatly appreciated too guys!!! Xx