Saturday, 23 January 2016

I am Disabled

If you follow me on Twitter you will have seen this post and I thought that I should really explain what it was about.

About 18 months ago I suffered a back injury. It's not as scary as it sounds I promise. I slipped, slipping a lower back disc and it caused damage to my sciatic nerve leading to my left leg. This left my leg very very weak to the point that I require crutches to get about and a wheelchair for long distances. It took the doctors ages to really figure out what was going on, even took them ages to scan me, all the while this disc was delicate and there is now also a little tear in it. 

I had kinda come to terms with the fact that my back and leg would be a weak point in the future but this week my physiotherapist (who I have only just started seeing! I mean I love the NHS but they have pissed me off with this situation) that I will struggle to regain 100% strength and usage of the leg ever, she couldn't even say if I'd ever get off crutches (which is a hell of an ab workout!!) and the word disabled was used for the first time.

This hit me like a brick wall! I'm only 28 years old and I was looking forward to starting a career now that the girls are getting older, but now I have to re-arrange my whole life. I have to take strong medications to keep my condition and my pain at bay and I now have to have local anesthetic injections into my lower back so that I find physio easier to bear. Im even at the stage where I have to adapt my house so that I can live easier, a seat in the shower, handrails and I have even had to give up my lovely loft conversion bedroom for one on the floor below.


The past 18 months have been the hardest of my life and if it wasn't for the support of my husband,  family and friends, it's also the reason I started blogging as there isn't much you can do when your on permanent bed rest!  Life for me has changed forever and it's actually help me find strength I didn't even know that I had. My situation is nothing really compared to the suffering of others out there and a blog that proves this is one of my favorites called Living with Stage 4 Cancer please give it a read and send all your love and strength to her!

Love ya
Nailpixi x

Monday, 11 January 2016

DIY Lip Scrub

I am normally crap a making DIY beauty things but this is one that turned out how it was supposed to so I thought that I would share it with you!

This lip scrub contains just 2 simple ingredients. Coconut oil and brown sugar!! Now I am hoping that most of you will have brown sugar of some sort lurking at the back of your baking cupboard. Brown sugar is used as it is less refined and tends to be chunkier so getting a better result.

Coconut oil is the in thing at the moment, it seems to be this all in one cure for just about anything! If you go to swearbyit.com they are a massive amounts of ways you can use this stuff from skin, hair, makeup remover and also of course you can add it to food! I have be on the back burner when it comes to buying some because I was scared of being lumbered with a pot of stuff that didn't live up to expectations! So I was very excited when an email came in from latestfreestuff.co.uk. This is a website that searches the net for any and every kind of free sample or giveaways that there is and this is where I notice the Vita Coco were giving away free samples of their coconut oil (you can also get the samples from here) A very excited me got onto that like a rat up a drain pipe and when they arrived there was 2 quite sizable samples ready to play with!!
  
 
Right back to the lip scrub! I decanted some of the coconut oil into a clean small jar (that used to contain rhinestones!!) and then added some brown sugar to it a little at a time and mixed it together with a cotton bud. I tested it on the back of my hand and it wasn't quite "rough" enough for my liking so I simply added more sugar. That's the beauty of making this yourself you can adjust the texture to your own preference!

It leaves your lips beautifully smooth and soft and the softness lasts ages as the coconut oil is very moisturizing and easily absorbed by the skin so a scrub & balm in one!! 

There are a few other ways I am looking into trying with the coconut oil and I will keep you posted on how they turn out! 

Love ya
Nailpixi

Friday, 8 January 2016

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year to you all!! Can't believe that it is 2016 already! 2015 just seemed to fly by! I can't decide if it's the fact that I have kids or the years are really going faster now that I am older!! But what does 2016 hold for me and Nailpixi?????

Well let's start with Nailpixi. 2015 was the most amazing year at the beginning and things were going exactly as I had wanted them too, but then the dark demon of my anxiety came creeping back and I lost all confidence in my writing and social media and I just needed a break. But the clouds are clearing now and I have spoken to some amazing people who feel the same way as me and they have helped get back in the driving seat and stop worrying so much about numbers and being approached by companies and just write for the sake of writing. This is what I am going to be focusing on and yes from time to time there will be product reviews ( I have one waiting to upload just needs pictures!) so I hope that you will come along on this journey with me!

As for me that's a bit of a long story, but I'll keep it short. I have a serious back injury and now I am getting physiotherapy for that and I am hoping for a positive outcome. Just before Christmas I was giving the bombshell that there may be something wrong with my heart and that's really scary! I am seeing the cardiologist soon and I'm hoping that it's a lot of fuss about nothing, but if there is something wrong at least they have noticed it and will get it sorted. 

My mental and physical health was something that plagued me a lot during 2015 and I'm feeling more positive and my back will hopefully respond to the treatment. I'm going to do a post about my mental health story as I am a strong advocate for getting rid of the stigma and getting people talking about it!

So here's to 2016 and what ever it may bring!!

Love Ya
Nailpixi xxx