Planning a wedding with MS

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! How are you all?

In today’s blog post I’m going to chat to you about how I’ve managed planning my wedding and living with Multiple Sclerosis.

First thing you should know 1) I’m a planner.. I like to plan things, organise and sort things out.. so planning my wedding along with George was never going to be a problem.

2) George and I have done what we want — that’s the main thing. It’s your day, noone else’s.

The other thing is stress management. Depending on what you’d like for your wedding and how you deal with stress is the main thing.

I’m very lucky that I’ve had friends and family (and George) help me with my planning, without trying to take our day away from us. They’ve allowed me to make decisions and helped me action them.

George has also had his say too, I think it’s important for your husband to be to have a part in the planning of they wish. George wanted certain things for our wedding and we actioned them.

List making is the way forward! Honestly, I’ve made so many lists it’s untrue! 😂 And I really love my lists, especially ticking things off.

Try not to let people stress you out and upset you. The one thing I have learned is that I can organise and plan most things.. but people isn’t one of them. When we sent out our wedding invitations, most of our guests didn’t RSVP. I mean, we knew they were coming because they told us before however, it’s just comments decency? That was hard not to get stressed about.. my little OCD brain didn’t like it.. but I learn to just let these these float over.. it’s out of my control so there’s no point stressing about it.

I do meditation everyday, in my own little way.. I don’t necessarily sir on the floor crossed legged and listen to meditation music.. for one I turn my phone off at 7pm at night and leave it on charge downstairs, which really helps me sleep and find some calm.

Also planning ahead. We started planning right at the start.. get all the big things done and booked first like, where you’re getting married and how etc. We did this a couple of months after our engagement, which at the time people thought we were mad.. planning that far ahead however, it reduced the stress so much cause things were all booked and sorted.

Accept peoples help. This might be hard to do for some people, but George and I are very grateful to everyone who has helped bring our wedding together how we’d like it. People will help for no other reason but because they want to ☺️ and if there is another reason or motive.. then do not accept their help.. remember it’s your day ☺️

George and I have always said that we just want to get married.. that means the most to us and that’s what it should mean too ☺️

That’s the one thing I will always say, that it’s your day.. don’t plan someone else’s day.. it’s all about you and your future husband.

MS has been okay really with regards to wedding planning, because I have stuck to everything I’ve mentioned above.

Have I been stressed and overwhelmed? Yes at times I have.. but George is my best friend and he always supports me ☺️

The main thing is to listen to your body, rest, take care, accept help and enjoy the moment ☺️

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and if was helpful/useful for you?

Much love and hugs

Hannah xx

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My Wedding Skincare Routine – Evening

Good Afternoon everyone ☺️ I hope you’re having s lovely bank holiday weekend? What are you all up to?

Today my Grandmother and family are doing a birthday tea party for me for my birthday, which will be super lovely ☺️

Today’s blog post however, is going to be “My Wedding Skincare Routine – Evening” if you’d like to read my Morning Wedding Skincare Routine then click the link below.

Scroll down for Morning Skincare Routine for my Wedding

A little like my morning skincare routine, I have been keeping things simple and it’s really been working for me.

I’ve also been doing a slightly different step in my skincare called 60 second cleanse” I found this on YouTube and you basically use any cleanser (cream, foam or gel) and using your fingers and hands, you cleanse your face for 60 seconds..you can see the YouTube video here

Life Changing Skincare Tip

Since watching this video, I’ve been doing the 60 second cleanse.. and I’ve honestly noticed a difference and for the first time in a while Im not wearing any foundation for work 😀

So that’s a step that I’ve adopted recently, but let’s get into the skincare.

Cleansing

To remove my makeup in the evening I use Your Good Skin Cleanser from Boots — I’d say it’s like a cream cleanser that removes all your makeup (sometimes I do have to use an eye makeup remover to remove some of the left over mascara as I don’t like to leave anything on)

This cleanser does not have a scent and leaves my skin feeling nice and soft.

It’s also affordable at under £7! You also get 2 muslin cloths with it, I think it’s a great purchase and I’ll be purchasing it again!

I put about a 10p piece amount on my fingers and just massage my face.. once all the product is worked into my skin, I then use the muslin cloth to remove it.

Double Cleanse

Yes I double cleanse.. I like to make sure all of my makeup is removed.

I use a gentle gel cleanser that I got from Sainsbury’s a supermarket here in the UK.

It’s their Vegan range beauty that they’ve just launched.. I didn’t realise it was vegan, I just saw that it was £2!!!! That’s what caught my eye.

I lather it upon my hands and then do my 60 second cleanse. It’s like giving your face a massage really and it’s really help make my skin clearer and feels nice too.

Source of Nature Skincare

Serum

Once I’ve paid my skin dry with a face cloth, I move onto my serum.

This is the only product that I have that’s more high end than drugstore.

It’s the Bare Minerals Skinlongevity serum and I’ve been using this day and night for just over a week now.

I love the feel of this and the way it glides onto my skin.. I’m not too sure if I’ve noticed a difference in my skin because of this or if it’s because I’m using products for sensitive skin.

I’m not 100% sure if recommend it, purely because it’s expensive at £34 for a smaller bottle (yes it will last, however I just feel maybe there are more affordable options out there)

It also has a lovely spa like scent to it, which I like but many people don’t like scents so it’s personal preference.

Bare Minerals Skinlongevity Serum

Moisturiser

The moisturiser I’ve been using is the same as the one I use in my morning routine Cetaphil.

I love it because it’s designed for sensitive skin.doesnt irritate at all when it’s applied, no scent and leaves my skin feeling smooth.. and.. it’s affordable!

I know it doesn’t look like most of the Instagram beauty gurus bottled, but I really don’t care.. it works so well for my sensitive skin that I display it with pride 😀

Cetaphil Moisturiser

Facial Oil

You can kind of see a rhythm here. I use mostly all the same skincare products as I did in my morning routine. There’s no real change apart from the cleanser.

That’s because I don’t want to put different things on at night and morning because how is my skin supposed to get used to them?

The facial oil I do after I’ve applied my moisturiser to lock everything in.

It’s by Sukin that I discovered in Boots and funnily enough, if was the price that caught my eye! It’s affordable skincare and no nasty chemicals.

The Rosehip oil they do is just amazing and really calms my skins redness down! I use it morning and night but apply more at night to allow it to sink in. This product is 100% recommend as it’s done wonders for my skin and it’s under £20!

Sukin Skincare Rosehip Facial oil

Face masks

Now… If I’m having a pamper night (if you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know that’s a Thursday evening) then I always like to use a mask and one that I’ve discovered lately is by Aldi!

It’s a real replica or of Sandsky rose clay face mask.. from the packaging to the formula and it’s SO affordable! In Aldi you can pick it up for £5.99

Just be careful of you have really sensitive skin, I didn’t feel anything on my when I applied it.. just went a bit tight as it dried but left my skin looking and feeling brighter and luminous.

I LOVE it!

And there you go. There is my evening Wedding Skincare Routine. Like I mentioned I pretty much stick with the same products morning and night so that my skin get used to them, because I have sensitive skin.

I’ve really found that the products that I’ve mentioned have really worked for me and I love using them morning and night.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post and stay tuned for next week where I’ll be talking about Planning a Wedding with a Chronic Illness.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend and have a great bank holiday!

Love and hugs,

Hannah xx

My Wedding Skincare Routine — Morning

Good Morning Everyone. Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend?

This weekend on Instagram I put up a poll about creating a Wedding Series on here and the response was great, so here is the first post ☺️

I’m one of these people who is obsessed with skincare, I would buy all sorts of products and test them out.

However, over the last few days I’ve noticed my skin becoming quite irritated (we do not want this, close to the wedding!) So I have researched products that will help sensitive skin.

And… Affordable!

I would say that my skin sensitive/combination, I’ve found products that are helping my skin and I’m really enjoying them.

My main objective for my wedding is to wear minimal makeup, this is all to reserve energy. As we all know, living with Multiple Sclerosis or Chronic illness we deal with chronic fatigue, the last thing I want on my wedding day/night is to be spending a lot of time putting makeup on and taking it off (yes I’m doing my own makeup)

So, here is my Morning Skincare Routine to prep my skin for my wedding ☺️

(Who can spot Arthur in the background!?)

So in the above picture, you see everything that I use in the morning.

Cleanser

Since having a bit of a reaction to something, probably over exfoliating. I have done some research into this product and since trying it, it’s really calmed my skin down and stopped the irritation.

Cetaphil — it’s for face and body, Dry, sensitive skin but I’ve also read that it’s a good cleanser for most people too. A similar one is CeraVe with similar properties. Cetaphil I found in Superdrug and for huge 473ml bottle it’s great value for money.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

I apply it to my skin, I use it on my dry skin and then wash it off with warm water and use a clean dry face cloth to pat dry.

I will emphasize on the word clean — I always make sure my hands and any face cloths are clean before I put them on my face to reduce the chance of contamination.

This is very gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause it irritation.

Serum

The serum that I use next is one I purchased as a special addition — this product is more on the higher range of the price.

It’s the Bare Minerals Skinlongevity serum.

Its for all skin types and made by plant extracts. It empowers, replenishes, renews and fortifies.

I’ve not been using it for that long currently so I am yet to notice a difference, however it makes my skin feel nice and soft and doesn’t irritate it.

Bare Minerals Skinlongevity serum

Mineral SPF

Ive been readingof the importance of SPF sun protection and being fair skinned it’s even more important for me to protect my skin.

I’ve chosen a mineral SPF because I will be wearing mineral makeup for the wedding and I’ve read that these will go well together.

I’ve chosen the brand Avene because they are know for sensitive skin, a bit like La Roche – Posay.

I’m going to start trying this to help protect my skin & I could write a review about it once I’ve allowed my skin to get used to it.

Avene Mineral Fluid SPF 50+

Moisturiser

I’m sticking with the same brand as my Cleanser for my moisturiser Cetaphil.

For the pure and simple reasons that it’s suitable for sensitive skin. It has no scents or irritants in it and the research that I’ve found is that it’s a good moisturiser — you don’t necessarily need all the expensive brands — this one if very affordable and will last a long time

Cetaphil Moisturiser – Superdrug

Again it has similar ingredients to the CeraVe brand and so far I’ve really been enjoying it and the best this that it’s calming my skin down.

Facial Oil

I can seriously rave so much about this facial oil! It’s organic rosehip oil and seriously calms my skin down!

It’s from the brand Sukin. An Australian brand that I just happened to come across in Boots a while.

I use this oil morning and night and it’s just wonderful and I rest have noticed a difference in my skin.

Again, this is affordable considering. I really enjoy using it.

Sukin Rosehip Facial oil

I’ve been using all these products in the way I have written them and I can really start to see a difference.

My skin doesn’t feel irritated or sore and doesn’t look it either. All simple and affordable. Just how I like it.

Thid picture is not filtered. Also all the products mentioned above I bought myself.

I hope you have enjoyed the start of my new Wedding & Chronic Illness series.

Next week I’ll be talking about my Evening Skincare Routine to prep for the wedding.

I hope you’re all okay and have a wonderful week.

Love and hugs. Hannah

MS Awareness week 2019

Hello everyone ☺️ it’s that time of year again… MS Awareness Week 2019.

I wanted to write a blog post sharing my advice for Newly Diagnosed people and hopefully it can help someone.

I used to blog about being Newly Diagnosed with MS and you can read some of those posts here Multiple Sclerosis & Anxiety

Now, being diagnosed for 5 years this year, I feel like I can’t class myself as Newly Diagnosed, however I still want to help people and bring awareness about it and that you are not alone.

I was diagnosed in 2015, aged 24… The peak of life.

I’m not going to ramble on about my bad times and good times because I have already spoken about this… But what I am going to say is this..

For me MS has been… Restricting, lonely, enlightening, positive, rough, painful, annoying, engaging, acknowledging, wonderful, insightful..

MS has been and still is hard to live with, however we are alive! Life is so precious and I cherish every single day.. even if I’m bed bound or my fatigue is do bad that I just can’t do anything but watch Netflix.

The advice I would give as a young person diagnosed and living with MS is this..

Social Media is your friend.. get on Instagram and come & follow me (@positive_life_with_ms) and many other wonderful humans.

You are allowed to feel bad and have bad days.

You are a badass!

Listen to your body! It is NOT a temple and will give you signs if you over do it.

You don’t have to eat Kale 24hours a day.

It doesnt matter if you can’t do a full skin care routine or even if you can’t wash your hair for a week (yes this has happened to me)

Its okay to cancel plans at the last minute, if your friends don’t get it.. they’re not true friends.

Talk to your MS Nurses or Doctors, they are there to help you.

The MS Society helpline is amazing!

Don’t give up the fight.

Keep living! Even if you were to lie in bed every single day and not move, you could still relapse… Doctor’s and Neurologists don’t know what causes a relapse entirely.

Meal plan and prep (seriously it’s been a game changer for me!)

Prioritise by using energy levels.

Research the spoon theory (this brought me comfort)

Cuddle a pet… Or just get a cat 🐈😂

And lastly… I am always here to message if ever you feel alone… Being Newly diagnosed with something you don’t know about can be hard to handle… But you’re not alone.

I hope this bring someone some comfort and a bit of a giggle.. I’m currently sat in bed, watching YouTube and eating a bit of chocolate… Life is good ☺️

Love and Hugs,

Hannah xx

Wow! Long time no speak!

Just like the title of this blog post says… Wow! Long time no speak! I can’t actually remember what my last post was!

Firstly how are you all?! What have you been up to and how have things been for you?

Secondly, I’m back! I feel settled in my new job and want to continue to write again.

So.. let me give you an update as to what’s been happening with me ☺️

It’s 22nd April 2019 and officially 2 months until mine and George’s wedding! We are behind excited and mostly everything is ready for it.. we are so grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way and I can’t wait to marry my best friend.

Last weekend we took up some wedding things to my grandmother’s in preparation and had a wedding party chat to discuss any final things that we need.

I’m also just getting over a flare up/relapse but this time I was still able to go to work 😀 and I haven’t had steroids!! My Copaxone has definitely helped my recovery too which is fantastic.

I’m back to eating good food again, really trying to cut back on processed food and eating more wholesome, anti-inflammatory foods (yes the green smoothies are back along with the tumeric tea!)

Arthur is doing really well too 🐈 being cheeky as always and my George is well too.. he has a new job and it’s so wonderful to see him so happy ☺️

Have any of you been watching Game of Thrones? Season 8 started last week and it’s been so good!

As of today also, I’m want to start turning my phone off at night and having a digital detox for 12 hours..not even having it in our bedroom.. tonight is the first night so I’ll let you know how that goes!

I was without my phone last night and I tell you, I slept so well! Not having it near me was actually good! So I’m going to be trying that.

I’m absolutely loving my new job! I’m always so grateful that I was given this opportunity because it’s right up my street. My job now involves me sitting at a desk as opposed to being on my feet, which is much better for me and I find that my fatigue is much better because of it. I’m just very grateful ☺️

Here are some photos of what I’ve been getting up to since I last blogged.

A lovely couple of Days with Family & Les Miserables 😆😱😍

Hi Everyone! How are we all?!

I’ve had such a lovely few days this week and I can’t wait to tell you all about my adventures!

Monday evening my dad came to see my sister and I for dinner (a long story but I did have a Neurologist appointment on Tuesday but they cancelled it so instead dad came down and we just had a lovely time with him 😊)

We went out to this lovely little pub near where we love and had such delicious food, mint tea (me and megs) and just a fantastic evening ☺️😍

Then on Tuesday dad and I spent the whole day together ☺️ pottering around town, looking round the shops, seeing my sister and finishing off with a little around our Christmas garden centre (it’s beautiful!)

It was such a lovely time and I love spending time with my family 😍😃

Wednesday… Well if you follow me on my Instagram account, you will know what I’ve been up to..

Wednesday I took my Aunty to London to see Les Miserables for her birthday & Christmas present!! 😃😆 We have both been dying to see it and I also treated us to lunch at Mildred’s vegan restaurant.

Omg wow! The show… The show was just spectacular! It was just breathtaking and I’m already looking at tickets to go back again! Haha! The seats we had were pretty good too, you could see the stage very clearly.. we were in the dress circle towards the front.

After the show we hopped into a taxi to one of our favourite places, Liberty’s. It’s just beautiful inside and so big filled with everything from haberdashery to stationary. They also had a Christmas land where my Aunty and I purchased a Christmas bauble.

We then proceeded back to Kings Cross, At Pancras where we had a lovely cup of tea and some food at Fortnum & Masons before riding the train home! It truly was a magical day!

Thursday was a complete day of rest — to be honest I was absolutely exhausted, I love every minute of London but it can be a tad too much at times.

So Thursday was spent watching films, YouTube and totally relaxing so that was lovely ☺️

Friday I went to a friend’s house to help decorate his Christmas tree (he gets stressed when he does it, so myself and another friend volunteered for the job)

We had mulled wine, mince pies (they were vegan) and listened to Christmas music whilst decorating! We had SUCH a great day! These people are work friends and I’d probably go far enough to say that they are my best friends… Nadine has just always been there for me since I started working where I do.. we bonded straight away and always been so close! And Pat has just been the most supportive man friend I think I’ve ever had! We all get on famously and I just am so grateful for them!

Whenever I’ve had a bad day at work or feel a bit rubbish work related, they are always there to make me feel better and cheer me up ☺️ — see.. great work friends!

And finally Saturday night! Saturday night was so incredibly special ☺️ my amazing G cooked me a delicious vegan dinner… AND desert! And we spent such a lovely evening together watching one of my Favourite Christmas films “Jingle All The Way”

With him going to the gym and working shift it’s been a little difficult & we haven’t spent much time together — which I missed dearly so last night meant so much to me.

We also played a few computer games together which I loved too!

I was beyond riddled with fatigue yesterday to the point when I did get home I just fell into George arms and cried (yep… Like a toddler) I get super emotional when I’m tired and do you know what.. George just gives me the biggest hugs, tells me to go and relax and brings me a cup of tea.

I’m just so grateful, blessed, thankful beyond belief to just have amazing people in my life and this week has just been… Amazing!

I hope you’re all as okay as you can be, today I’m relaxing but also popping over to mums for tea ☺️ so that will be nice (she’s got her tree up now too ☺️)

Also if you’d like to see this weeks YouTube video then it will be live at 5:30pm UK time — I’d love it if you could take a look and maybe subscribe — my goal is to reach 100 by the end of the year ☺️

An Ordinary Girl With MS – YouTube

Sending you Much Love always

Hannah xx

New Store, Nana’s Birthday & Works Christmas Party! #weeklyblog

Hello gang! How are you all? I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week!

Today I am putting up the Christmas tree 😊 (well it’s officially December so it’s okay 😂) if you celebrate Christmas when do you put yours up?

So this week has been quite busy for me, our new store opened with work so that’s definitely been keeping me busy and learning the new system, however I’m really enjoying and writing lots of notes so that I can refer back to them if I need to (you must all know by now how organised I like my life to be lol!)

We are a great team and we always work well together, helping each other along.. I always say we are like a family!

By Wednesday (my day off) I was feeling rather tired and a little drained — I had been on the go the last couple of days so I made sure that I had a restful day and relaxed as much as possible.

Thursday was super lovely and exciting! It was my amazing Nana’s birthday and I went up to visit her for the day! My Aunt, Uncle, nana and I went out for afternoon tea at this gorgeous country house called Stapleford Park which is near Melton Mowbray and we had VEGAN Afternoon tea, which was so delicious! It was such a lovely day!

Friday I was back at work learning the new systems.. it’s honestly been going so quickly the days have just flown by! I’m really enjoying learning new things and getting stuck in there and then my lovely George met me after work and we went out for dinner together 😍

There was this new Vegan restaurant in town and we wanted to try it out… Unfortunately it was not to our liking.. I had Mac and Cheese (not as nice as Madeleine Olivia’s recipe) and the rest just wasn’t cooked well enough unfortunately.. we are glad that we went but sadly won’t be going back!

(I had Mac and Cheese, Southern fried seitan and vegan slaw) I think it was just too much also.)

Saturday was our works Christmas Party ☺️ we all went out for dinner and just had such a fabulous evening! They all mean the world to me because of how supportive they’ve been with MS. They are life long friends and I wouldn’t want to be without them in my life!

And today.. Sunday. George is working today so me and Arthur 🐈 are relaxing but also…. Putting up the Christmas tree!! Now that it’s officially December I’m going to put it up, whilst having a Christmas film on in the background.. haven’t decided which one I’ll watch yet!

I hope you’ve all had an amazing week! I can’t wait to tell you all about this coming week!! So much is happening!! Stay tuned for next Sunday’s weekly blog post!

Love and hugs always

Hannah xx