A little life update.

Hello everyone, happy Sunday. It’s currently 18:01pm here in the UK, how has your week been?

I know the last blog post I wrote was about mine and George’s wedding! Can’t believe we’ve been married almost 2 months — time really does fly (obviously in a great way) Married life is great, to be honest nothing’s really changed πŸ™‚ the only thing that has changed is that when George calls me he always says ‘Hello wonderful wife of mine’, which makes me smile every day.

Yesterday I had a big achievement — I worked my first 9-5 work shift in 2 years! No I’m not increasing my hours, I just offered to help them out this weekend. I knew it wasn’t going to be too busy and I was working with a great friend. It has knocked me a little today, which I knew it would so therefore I’ve been relaxing in bed this afternoon watching movies — I’ve just finished watching ‘Searching’ that stars John Cho, it’s filmed as if you’re looking through a webcam and it’s about a father desperately searching for his daughter who has been missing for 5 days.. it’s gripping, intense and had me on the edge of my seat — I like suspenseful films. I’d highly recommend it.

Imagine got from Google.

Also, a while ago I watched a documentary on Netflix called ‘Minimalism – a documentary about the important things’ this too was amazing — staring the minimalists, two guys who went from being in the corporate world earning a lot of money a year to giving it all up to focus on the important things of life. That too is a real eye opener and shows you how the world is with regards to consumerism and people just buying things to fulfil life.

It really made me look at all the things that I have, I’m grateful for everything that I have, however, I wanted to start following this lifestyle. I love de-cluttering, especially after listening to my audio book Marie Kondo ‘The Magic art of tidying up’ I actually de-cluttered my entire crockery collection a couple of weekends ago. I actually had enough to set up a small cafe! I went through it all and whatever didn’t ‘spark joy’ anymore I neatly packaged it up and put it in a box for charity.

I was left with only the things we needed and that I truly loved. It was so liberating. I really am loving living with less, it makes me appreciate what I have, stops me from spending money unnecessarily and keeps my mind calm.

I’ve also started learning to live a more sustainable lifestyle, I’ve started saving jars after they’ve had produce in them (jam, peanut butter, olives etc) washing them out and using them for other things (quinoa, pasta, cous cous etc), also walking to work as much as I can and having ‘no spend days’.

For me, it’s really great to live for what I need, save money and feel grateful for everything that I have in my life. This is my ‘why’ power for continuing this lifestyle.

Tomorrow I’m going to be talking to my MS nurse about a potential new treatment — Gilenya. This isn’t a definite medication change as my neuro told me that it was my chocie, however, after having the small relapse in March this year, he said that new treatment is an option.

I’ve already got some questions to ask my MS nurse or for her to speak to my Neuro about, but until I’m completely happy then I’ll be sticking with Copaxone. If any of you have had any experience with Gilenya, I’d love your advice πŸ™‚

Anyway, I’ve spoken/written a lot this evening so I’m going to sign off now and will see you all soon πŸ™‚ you can also follow me on Instagram, where I love to connect and build our chronic illness community — it’s such a positive place for me where I’ve met lots of new friends, like here and Twitter πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful new week.

Lots of love

Hannah xx

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Our Wedding Day

WOW!! I’m married!! I will say this in advance that if any of you follow me on Instagram then I’m sorry for the wedding spam.

George and I got married after 8 years of being together on Saturday 22nd June 2019 and it really was THE best day of our lives!

As George says “It was the perfect amount of wedding” we had a short service at our Registry office of choice in Nottinghamshire where I’m originally from and then had Afternoon tea in a marquee in my Grandmothers back garden. It was just perfect for us.

I stayed at my Grandmother’s house with my Aunt a few days before the wedding to get things finished and made ready for the big day. My mum, sister and even dad popped in to lend a hand too πŸ™‚ Mum and my sister came along the day before also, just to get the last finishing details sorted. It looked amazing!

Every morning I’d go to my Aunt and I would go for lovely walk, there’s a small woodland area near the house that has a river running alongside it and it was so relaxing just to get away and listen to the birds. I’d really recommend to all brides to be is to just enjoy every moment and try to stay nice and calm — I’d definitely say that getting everything sorted in good time really helped me to enjoy the build up and stay more relaxed.

The night before the wedding wasn’t wild either. My Aunt, Uncle and I bought sandwiches from the local shop (we didn’t cook because the caterer was already starting to take over the kitchen) and had a picnic in the marquee, it was brilliant! I even had an early night (I had a good nights sleep, but I did have a Nytol tablet to help me relax and fall asleep — haha!) having a relaxed night the night before our wedding was the best idea as it just helped me to a) enjoy everything and b) relax.

The day itself was just amazing and I’m going to stop waffling and just show you how our day was with pictures below πŸ™‚

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y next post will be about how I managed my MS during the build up to the wedding, the wedding itself and our mini moon.

Thank you for reading,

Lots of Love

Mrs Hannah E Hussey

My final Bachelorette party — 3 weeks to go!

Hello everyone, happy Monday! I know I usually post on a Sunday Morning but I couldn’t post yesterday because…. I was having my final Bachelorette party/Hen Party for mine and George’s wedding πŸ‘°πŸ˜ƒ

I cannot believe how quickly it’s all coming around! I still don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. I was saying to my flock of hens yesterday that I think it will be the actual day when it hits me… But no matter how nervous I get, all I need to think about is George who has to wait at the end of the aisle for me πŸ˜… I think that’s more nerve-wracking lol.

Anyway getting back to my final Bachelorette party that my lovely sister organised for me.

I’m not going to write much in this post as I feel the pics say everything, but we went to this gorgeous hotel in Stamford, near where we live and had a crafting day where we painted an entire tea set! It was just amazing.. everyone did have to incorporate one item in every piece… A red balloon — see if you can spot them!

We then had a delicious afternoon tea, followed by a very funny game involving a man named… Billy! πŸ˜…πŸ˜… And finished off with a few drinks.

It was just simply wonderful and I am beyond grateful and honoured to everyone who came.. a couple of people couldn’t make it due to illness, which is sometimes as we all know unavoidable, however they were involved in spirit ☺️ — now.. enjoy the pics and let me know what you think.

The Final Month… πŸ‘°

Good Morning everyone! Happy Sunday, I hope you have all had a lovely weekend? Whether it’s been a weekend full of galavanting or relaxing at home with loved ones (ice had a mixture of both ☺️

So! It’s the final month before mine and George’s wedding! We can’t believe how quickly it’s come around and I can’t believe that a week today I will be on my second and final hen party (my lovely blogger friend Caz says bachelorette party sounds better so maybe I will call it that πŸ˜…) I like bridal party too.

Everything is coming together nicely, George and I have this week off to do some finishing touches and making things for the day as well as spend time together as we haven’t really done much of that recently with him working night shifts at work.

What’s left to do?

Throughout wedding planning Ive always maintained a relatively calm and collective head (I pray to God that I haven’t been a bridezilla πŸ˜…)

Getting all the big things out of the way and booked first was essential for me to remain stress free.. I’ll never forget the day when my Aunt and I were sat in a coffee shop discussing mine and George’s ideas when a lady came over, said how excited she was for us but also went onto saying “wedding planning is so stressful”

Why does it have to be stressful? Only if you make it so.

I’ve just gone with the flow throughout the whole of this because at the end of the day… This is a marriage… Not a show. That’s my personal opinion anyway.

I like excitement and fun but I don’t like too much fuss and neither does George, which is why our wedding is going to be intimate and lovely ☺️

Most of the things like table signs, seating board, invitations were all handmade by George and I.. he’s very good with logistics and I’m very creative and we’ve both enjoyed that πŸ˜€

The main thing for me about “What’s left to do” is looking after me.. early nights, good and healthy food (I’m reducing my carb and sugar intake — don’t worry I’m not going crazy.. just reducing refined sugars, processed food and no carbs in the evenings.

Having as many self-care days as possible whether that be a full on pamper night or just enjoying my walks to and from work.

The final month in my eyes shouldn’t be stressful and manic because the main things are sorted.. I’m really enjoying all the experiences and excitement of planning and organising our wedding.. enjoy the ride and the build up to your very special day β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘°

Next week’s post will be about my second and last hen party/bachelorette party/bridal party so stay tuned for what I get up to… I have no idea by the way! πŸ˜…

Enjoying my Hen Party with MS.

Good Morning everyone ☺️

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a nice weekend? Let me know what you’ve been up to.

So… Last weekend I had my first Hen Party with my amazing work friends. If you don’t know what a hen party is.. it can also be called a bachelorette party. A celebration for the bride before the bit day!

Yes… It was my “first” hen party because I’m having two πŸ˜‚ I couldn’t invite all of my work colleagues to the wedding because we didn’t have space, which is fine and why we had this party ☺️

All my work colleagues know about MS and know how it affects me. They are the most amazing and caring bunch of humans and made sure I was okay for my Hen.

One of my best friends who I worked with organised the party. Planning things in the afternoon/evening so that I could rest and prepare in the morning.

What did we do?

Because my friends know that I can’t do too many energetic activities they planned for me to go Punting πŸ˜€ we went to Cambridge, which is a city near us where they have a river going through it. There are these long boats called punts that you can hire to use yourself or have tours around the city.

The weather was beautiful and we had a touring punt. Just sat back and relaxed as we had our tour around the city, drinking prosecco and eating strawberries. I even had a little go a steering the punt! πŸ˜†

Everyone made sure I was okay and chose punting because it was restful for me.

After punting we started the exciting part of the night… Cocktail making!

That was such fun! And definitely where all my energy was used, having fun, laughing and just partying with my friends until quite late πŸ˜†πŸ˜€

So how I Enjoyed my Hen Party with MS?

Firstly the night before…

The night before my hen party I relaxed completely. I had an early night and just got as much sleep as possible (I know for some MSers or doesn’t feel like it helps but it does for me)

The morning of the hen party again I rested a lot. Making sure to just take it easy and get ready in good time.

I know this sounds hilarious but I allowed 2 hours to get ready for my hen.. outfit, makeup and hair.. I allowed 2 hours so that I could just take my time and relax whilst getting ready… Stressing out makes my Ms so much worse so I always try and reduce stress as much as possible.

Then during the hen party, if I needed to rest, I would sit down. My friends totally understood. Also I didn’t get completely drunk!

I don’t like alcohol much anyway and can party without it, but also it makes my MS worse when I do. So I had a couple of drinks but then I moved onto diet coke until 9pm and then for the rest of the night I was drinking tap water.

Water kept me hydrated and enabled me to continue to have a good time πŸ˜€

The final thing I will say and how I enjoyed my hen party with MS… For once I didn’t think about MS. I had a great time and knew that I would just deal with the consequences like most of us do.

Enjoy everything about your wedding if you’re planning one ☺️

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! πŸ˜‚ 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

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 πŸ˜€

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 Β£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 Β£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 Β£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 πŸ˜€

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 Β£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 Β£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