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A Very Lush Christmas

Well hasn’t it been a while since i last typed away…..

I hope you have been well and getting into the Christmas spirit just as I am.

It has been so hard not to go and buy everything in the shops right now, once the decorations hit the stores I am like a marketers dream. The vibe just pulls me in BUT I have to admit i have been really good. A couple of Santa mugs and most importantly a few recent Lush purchases!

I love Lush all year round but I have to admit I get particularly drawn in when they have their seasonal products because one; they are extremely cute and two; they always have my favourite scents. Unfortunately though I find baths are not as tempting in Australia around this time of the year as I like my baths warm and I literally boil as soon as I lay in the bath, so i tend to use my products very slowly.

These are my top three that i have picked up this year.

The Magic of Christmas Reusable Bubble Bar – A spicy, sparkly golden wand placed on a cinnamon stick with a cute red bow and bell. Place under the running tap to create a sea of amazing cinnamony smelling bubbles! The best part is that you get multiple uses out of it, so it is well worth the price!

Peeping Santa Bubble Bar – I literally can’t explain how good this smells! I was running a bath for my nieces and as I was crumbling this under the running water my hands became like silk from the shea butter.  So go ahead and create a sack full of bubbles with the ultimate Christmas bubble bar.

Father Christmas Bath Bomb – Santa’s cute little carved face was the reason i bought this bath bomb two years ago and has been a favourite of mine since. Your bath will turn into a vibrant Christmas tree green as it fizzes around your bath. This was my nieces favourite, she demanded she wanted one for christmas and i defiantly won’t say no to taking another trip to lush for her (and maybe for myself).

I also bought the Christmas Penguin and Butter Bear. Unfortunately there were a few others that I wanted to try out but they were out of stock. I may buy them over in the UK so that i can relax after a chilly day of exploring.

On that note, I am intending to write a blog on each city we visit which is now only 8 days to go!!

I hope you all have a very Lush Christmas….

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Refreshed and New Look Blog.

I have seriously been MIA recently. I have had a lot going on personally, good and bad and I have also been transferring my blog from a WordPress blog to a self hosted WordPress blog. This has been very time consuming and harder then I thought but I got there and I am happy I gave it a shot.  For any of you that are bloggers and looking at going to a self hosted blog, i used Hostgator. There is a small fee for running your own site but you have less limitations on what you can do. I also purchased my layout from http://www.bluchic.com.

I would extremely appreciate it if you could give me any feedback if your looking through the site and see any glitches or weird stuff going on. I am not really a fan of how my site looks through the mobile site but I do love the Desktop version much better!

I have to admit I have been glued to my Mac for the past 7 hours tweeking things so I am going to sign off and relax for the rest of the afternoon.

Have a great and positive week ahead!

Sharnee xoxo

 

 

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50 Facts About Me

 

I thought it would be interesting to write 50 facts about me that even my family or friends may not know about me. Here they are and I hope you enjoy:

 

  1. I have a phobia of spewing, this is a big reason why i no longer drink (only one here and there).
  2. I am absolutely obsessed with Christmas.
  3. When i build a house i want a beautiful fire place.
  4. I do not have a purse, my cards sit all throughout my handbag.
  5. I am not a natural blonde (some find this unbelievable).
  6. I suffer from mild anxiety (this is different from being anxious).
  7. I never use to watch youtube, now I am obsessed with it.
  8. I have 5 siblings.
  9. My dad lives in Cairns and my mum lives in Geraldton.
  10. I come from a small town called Lithgow in NSW.
  11. I moved to Geraldton, WA when i was 4 and we drove across Australia to get there.
  12. I love the movies and I will go every weekend if there is a good movie on.
  13. As stated I do not drink frequently or take drugs.
  14. I have a  fear of terrorism and Tsunamis.
  15. When I was in year 1 I spewed in class and was so embarrassed  I faked sick for a week because I was so scared it would happen again.
  16. I have known my best friend for 19 years and there is a lot more to come!
  17. One of my favourite things i love about Christmas, is all the Christmas food packaging.
  18. I have been with my partner for 4 years this year.
  19. I never use to want to have kids, i was dead set against it ( I know I’m only young) I now can not wait.
  20. I want to have two children.
  21. I love living out in the swan valley as its a perfect distance to so many things but i also feel like i live out in the country, best of both worlds!
  22. Im obsessed with Pugs, Pomskys and Pekingese dogs.
  23. I love all animals but I currently still eat meat.
  24. I think of becoming a vegetarian on a daily basis.
  25. I get scared of watching sad movies because I hate crying in front of people.
  26. I participated in Miss Universe WA but i developed anxiety around this time and had to pull out.
  27. I am very passionate about Mental Illness.
  28. I would love to study to be a Psychiatrist.
  29. I got bullied a lot in school and went to three different schools during high school, one which cost my mum a fortune just so she could get me out of public school (thanks bullies!)
  30. I have learnt over time that I would prefer to have a couple of good friends then a dozen distant friends.
  31. I had popular friends but I never considered myself as popular.
  32. I moved to Perth as soon as I turned 18 and never turned back.
  33. I related to guys a lot better then girls when I was in my teens ( no I did not hook up with my guy friends).
  34. I currently live with my partner and his two friends.
  35. I have a beautiful exotic short hair named Yoda, which I adore!
  36. I have travelled internationally to Bali 4 times, Singapore once and travelling Europe and the UK at the end of 2016.
  37. I am very spiritual and believe in ghosts.
  38. I love scary movies!
  39. I use to be very outgoing but have noticed as I am growing up I’m becoming an introvert.
  40. I hate smoking  (sorry to everyone i know who smokes).
  41. I love cups of tea.
  42. I always underestimate myself.
  43. I had a breast augmentation in 2015
  44. I am completely for cosmetic surgery as long as you are doing it for yourself but in saying that its your body so you can do it for whatever reason you like!
  45. I love Leonardo DiCaprio!!!!
  46. I plan on naming one of my children “Gatsby”.
  47. I love Christmas Advent Calendars.
  48. I love watching TV, especially trash/reality shows.
  49. I believe aliens are real.
  50. I love pigs and guinea pigs, anything with a flat nose.

❤️ Sharnee xoxo

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What Time Is It? Hot Chocolate Time!

Now that we are coming into the colder months of the year, it now becomes the perfect time to be able to justify a hot chocolate (no matter what your diet says). I have learnt recently that you do not make a hot chocolate with boiling water (this is the lazy, less tasty version).How is a hot chocolate best served? In a big mug, with warm milk, topped with whipped cream and marshmallows.

 

CAUTION

Make this hot chocolate for who ever is with you at the time, no matter what they say! I guarantee you they will end up wanting to try it and end up drinking it all on you!!

What you will need is very simple:

  • Microwave and/or a milk frother
  • Mug
  • Lindt Hot Chocolate
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cute marshmallows
  • Full Cream Milk
  • Cocoa Powder to dust

Easy right?  Of course it is, it’s just a hot chocolate!

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  1. Firstly i pour a third of my milk into a cup and microwave for 40 seconds or until warm, if you have a smaller cup reduce the time and vice versa.
  2. While the milk is warming in the microwave, if you have a milk frother you would pour the remaining amount of milk that you would need for your cup into the milk frother. The reason why I use one is because it makes your hot chocolate so much more fluffier and smooth.
  3. Once you milk is finished in the microwave put in 6 heaped teaspoons of Lindt Hot Chocolate flakes and stir so it melts. If your using a hot chocolate powder, I would personally go off the packet directions for how many teaspoons, so you don’t make your hot chocolate too overwhelming.
  4. If you do not have a frother this is when you would put in the remaining milk and put it in the microwave until it heats to your desire. I like my Hot Chocolates warm so I can drink them easily and so it doesn’t melt my whipped cream to quickly!
  5. If you do have a milk frother, pour remaining milk into the mug, if it is still not hot enough you could put it back in the microwave. This however can make the frothy goodness go away!
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Put your favourite topping such as your whipped cream, marshmallows and cocoa powder on top and indulge in the most amazing, quick hot chocolate ever!

At christmas I would top with cute christmas sprinkles and a candy cane to give it a minty kick and of course it would be in a christmas mug!

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I would defiantly recommend the Lindt Hot Chocolate, I don’t think i’ll ever go back to another brand, its very smooth and instead of it being a powder it’s flakes of chocolate. My boyfriend absolutely loves this and he never has hot drinks, so that is defiantly saying something. Also my cat Yoda will not stop starring at me when I bring one of these to bed.

ENJOY!

Sharnee xoxo

 

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My Anxiety Story….

I hope everyone is having a beautiful Sunday!

I was originally going to post about my Cosmetic Insitute journey for my next blog post but I thought this post would be more appropriate to be told first, as it fits in with my anxiety journey.

So since October 2014, I’ve suffered from Anxiety. This was something that started suddenly and intensely, something I didn’t understand. Having anxiety is like fighting with your own mind, it makes you feel trapped and if you don’t get it under control, it will control your life.

Firstly I’ll start with my theory of how I feel that my anxiety came about. One part of my anxiety stems from a fear of mine that I have had since I was 6 which was triggered when I was really sick at school and spewed in class ( Sorry if your eating). That day I developed a fear of throwing up in public.This is an important thing to add as it works in with my next reasoning!

In 2014 I decided to take a leap of faith and do something I would never usually do and that was try out for Miss Universe WA! I got through which was super exciting and went to the morning tea, which I naturally had nerves about but that’s normal, so I didn’t think anything of it. Once I sat there and realised all the beautiful girls I was surrounded by and how much I thought I didn’t fit in, I started to be come anxious (please note this is different to having anxiety).It dawned on me that I would have to get up in front of people and talk about myself, which to be completely honest with you, scared the absolute shit out of me! This is also a huge fear of mine. Each day before work I started waking up feeling so tired and nauseas, it was hard for me to even get out of bed . I was waking up and not being able to eat anything as I would want to throw it back up, my heart was always beating so much faster then it ever had and I always had a lump in my throat. I ended up dropping 4kgs as I wasn’t eating much as I couldn’t stomach anything.

The climax of my anxiety was when my partner went out and stayed at a friends and I was watching a movie where a girl had to take medication ( I also have a fear of medication and becoming reliant on it). This triggered my first panic attack, this is something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone! At this point my anxiety had got so bad I couldn’t go to the shops to go food shopping, I didn’t want to leave the house and work was a massive struggle,.I couldn’t go out and socialise, let alone going to the Miss Universe events, so I regrettably had to pull out, so I could focus on myself and overcome what was happening to me.

My second panic attack occurred when we were in Singapore and we’re going to catch a bus to Malaysia, my body couldn’t handle the thought of being stuck in a bus and it made me feel like I wouldn’t be able to escape, so the symptoms came on, I couldn’t breathe, I wanted to be sick. I spent that whole day in bed after coming down from my panic attack.

At this point all I could think was, I can’t do this for the rest of my life.

So I decided to try and do something about it. I did research, breathing techniques, spoke to my very knowledgable Auntie and got some tips as well as, slowly telling people that were close to me what was going on, I started to calm down a little. I started seeing a Naturopath in Melville who was incredible! She gave me herbal remedies as I was too scared to try medication. This got me on my Journey to controlling my anxiety. I soon was able to go to work without feeling sick and helpless and I could leave the house to do the food shopping! I still however was unable to go out for dinner or do small group outings as I had a fear of feeling like I was trapped and if I wanted to leave quickly, I felt like I would be being rude!

The day I really felt like I conquered a part of my anxiety was my surgery day. I was so calm before my surgery! It was crazy, I got in and got it done, I also took medication which was also a big step for me. I kept telling myself , if you can get through going under the knife, you can get through the small things that give you anxiety! I try and keep that in mind whenever it starts creeping up on me.

My anxiety is still very much there but I just know how to control it better now. I still find it hard to go out to dinner and I still get anxious in crowded places, I like to feel in control and when I don’t that’s when the wave of anxiety comes over me. But there is a few things that help me:

  • When I’m out at the movies or dinner, I always locate the closest toilet or door incase I need to leave.
  • I have made my close friends and family aware of my anxiety so that if I leave or I am being quiet they know this is not me being rude, that it’s me coping with my anxiety.
  • Exercise and long walks.
  • Breathing techniques or focusing something on in the room
  • I also changed my contraceptive pill and that helped the most out of everything!

My anxiety has changed me but I feel it’s for the better. I know people think I’m boring because I don’t drink excessively but I don’t really care. I don’t do certain things because they heighten anxiety, if I do they make me feel ten times worse, I feel that if someone is my true friend they would understand this and would still be there for me. I’ve defiantly learnt who my true friends are through this process and I have grown even closer to my partner after having him there to help me through the tough times.

If you have someone close to you that suffers from anxiety or any mental health issue but you don’t quiet get it or you feel that they are exaggerating (trust me I see this all the time), please do some research so you can get into the mindset of what it’s about and then you can help them through it. It then won’t be frustrating if your friend cancels on dinner or leaves early because they feel that they can’t handle it. The smallest things can cripple someone who has anxiety so please be aware and open!

I could write forever on this topic but Ill leave it at that for now. S
o if your struggling with anxiety or depression , please know it will get better, you just need to take the steps to get there! Find what works for you and please remember your not the only one going through this! As I Come from a family where I have several family members suffering from mental health, it’s an extremely important subject to me and I’m always here if anyone needs to talk!

So Are You Okay?

Sharnee ❤️ xoxo

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