Happy New Year! I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas filled with love, happiness and MOUNTAINS of food!!

Annoyingly I wasn’t well for all of December, winter truly isn’t my season anymore. I used to really enjoy it, getting all snuggled up cosy and going out seeing all the festivities but I cant do it anymore. There’s too much risk of catching colds, flus and viruses. Each time I get sick (why I get sick), it scars my lungs a bit more which means they get damaged so I basically hibernate instead.
I miss out on a lot of things, family meals because someone is ALWAYS sick with a cold and just general Christmassy things going on. It does get me down but I’d rather be here in the long run!

I had a bit of bad news in December as well, I had a DEXA scan at the start of the month and I got the results back – they weren’t good.
A DEXA scan is a type of x ray which measures how strong your bones are basically. If your bones aren’t strong you are classed as having low bone density and therefore having Osteopenia. If your bones are VERY low in density you are classed as having Osteoporosis.


What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones and making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years (I had Osteopenia first in my left hip for a number of years) and is usually diagnosed in people over 50.

Why do I have Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis can sometimes be linked to Cystic Fibrosis which is the lung disease I suffer from. I developed Osteopenia/Osteoporosis because I have to take a medication every day called Prednisolone which is a steroid.
A side effect of taking steroids for a long time (years) is that it thins your bones (Osteopenia/porosis) and thats why I have developed it sadly.


osteoporosis, osteopenia


I also have very low vitamin D levels which bones NEED to stay strong and healthy so that didn’t help either.

I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t realise the severity of being on steroids long term before this past month and I’m angry with my medical team at my hospital for not monitoring how long I have been on them. I’m 100% certain that if I asked any one of them how many tablets of prednisolone I’m on NOBODY would know, never mind how long I’ve been on them…
I’m not bashing the NHS here, just the way my team works.


What is going to happen now?

So now I have my results. I have Osteoporosis in my hip and I now have Osteopenia in my spine. I’m terrified, I’ve got to be honest with you, but I’ve done a fair bit of reading over the holidays and discovered that exercise can actually INCREASE bone density.
I plan to do yoga everyday and go to the gym everyday too. I’ve read up on the type of exercise I need to do and it needs to be weight-bearing which are exercises like: jogging, running, skipping, tennis, hiking, stair climbing and aerobics.

Another thing I came across was a study where people jumped on the spot 20 times a day, everyday for 6 months (I think) and the results at the end of the study were positive; 70% of participants increased their bone density!


I have a hospital appointment in a week’s time where I’ll probably be given medication to strengthen my bones but I’m definitely ready to do all I can to prevent any further loss of bone density.

Have you got Osteopenia/Osteoporosis? I would really love to chat to see what has helped you, if anything? Even though I’m trying to remain positive I’m quite worried about the whole thing…


Until next time…

Liv x


The Fall Tag or y’know… The Autumn Tag!

For the last few weeks I’ve been seeing this Fall tag doing the rounds on Twitter  and hoping that someone would tag me to do it but nope nobody did (yeah Billy no mates here, haha!)
So I took it upon myself to just do it anyway, rules schmules!

This Fall tag was created by the fantastic Lauren over at EllDuclos who I discovered when I joined her Facebook group, Boss Girl Bloggers. It’s a great group full of lovely friendly bloggers who bend over backwards to help you out if you need it! There’s always loads of tips flying about too. Check it out if you haven’t already, you wont be disappointed!




The Questions…

1. What is one candle you MUST light every fall?
I’m not going to lie, I’m not really a candle girl… I know, I’ve failed at Blogger life with that one sentence. BUT! I do like a bit of a sniff of them when I see them in shops. There was one I smelt the other week and I think it was called Vanilla Spice? I’m a big fan of vanilla smelling things so… yeah.

2. When you think of fall, what does it remind you of?
Going back to school, even though I haven’t been back to school for over 10 years… Anyone else miss going to Partners and stocking up on stationary???

3. What is your all time favorite fall/Halloween movie?
Hocus Pocus
I’m not a big lover of scary films AT ALL so Hocus Pocus is my limit at Halloween

4. What Halloween costume do you have in mind?
Do you know what, I’ve never dressed up for Halloween or been to a Halloween party! I dressed up as a witch when I was little like but that’s it.
If I was invited to a party I’d love to dress up as Cleopatra

5. What is your favorite fall trend?
Roll neck tops! I bought this gorgeous one from Matalan the other day!

matalan, roll neck, top, roll neck top, turtle neck, mustardBuy me here!

6. When you think of fall, what drink comes to mind?
Hot chocolate! When I was at a chocolate factory in Bruges in August (read about it HERE) I picked up 2 hot chocolate things. They’re chocolate on a stick basically and you put them in hot milk and stir them until its all melted in. They’re so yummy!

7. What is your go to fall beauty product? A must have staple!
I’m going to say a dark red lipstick.

8. Do you prefer apple pie or pumpkin pie?
I’ve never had Pumpkin pie but I don’t think I’d like it, I cant stand the smell of pumpkins! Apple pie all the way!

9. Do you have any fall traditions? If so tell us all about it!
No, not really. Only to watch Hocus Pocus and have as many hot chocolates as possible!

10. The moment of truth, is fall your favorite season?
It used to be!! But this year my head has been turned by the amazing Summer we had – I miss it so so much! Sorry Autumn…




I tag:

🍂 Chloe from Chloe Chats
🍂 Steff from Steff’s Journey
🍂 Nicola from Nic’s Healthy Life




Liv x






Why a Plain Black Tee is Your Best Friend!

What a boring post you might be thinking… It’s just a plain black t-shirt. There’s not much to be done with that…
Well you’re forgiven for thinking WRONG people!

The lovely people at Tesco Home Panels sent me their black Ladies Scoop Neck Tee a few weeks ago and at first, yeah, I did think oh, what a boring thing to review… But I got thinking, they couldn’t have possibly sent me a better item of clothing for the coming Autumn/Winter days!

I love Supermarket fashion, I’m not going to lie. I love how affordable it is, how accessible it is and y’know what, they have really nice fashionable pieces! Tesco’s F&F is my favourite, closely followed by Tu by Sainsburys but to be honest, I’ll buy from any supermarket as long as I like the item!

Cotton Sustainability

This t-shirt that Tesco have sent me is made from 100% sustainable cotton, which if you’ve recently watched the Stacey Dooley documentary on BBC1, is such an important thing.
In the documentary we discovered that 15,000 litres of water is needed to grow the cotton needed to make ONE pair of jeans! That’s a HELL of a lot of water just for one pair of jeans, just think of how many litres were needed to make all the cotton garments in your wardrobe… Scary eh?

We saw Stacey drive across a desert in her documentary but it wasn’t a desert at all. It used to be the Amal Sea in Khazakstan which is now 3/4 dried up! It was shocking to see that local cotton producers had done this over a course of 50 years by tapping into the sea to keep their cotton fields supplied with water.

Tesco have fantastically recently pledged to using 100% sustainable cotton in ALL their clothing that they sell. Another reason to love my favourite store!
You can read about this on their own blog here.

How to wear the Tee…

Here’s a few outfits I put together using my black top

Denim shirt – Wish | Ripped jeans – Tesco F&F

Dress – New Look (SO long ago)

Skirt – New Look (3 years ago)

God I need to buy some new clothes it seems, haha! But you get the gist of what kind of outfits you could wear the top with so all’s good!

I definitely think I’ll be wearing this top loads over the autumn/winter, it’s just so versatile!

If you would like one yourself you can find them in Tesco’s stores, click HERE to find your nearest one!


Anyone else love supermarket fashion like me?


Liv x

This or That Challenge!

A few weeks ago, Steff from Steff’s Journey, nominated me to take part in this fun This or That Challenge! The poor woman has probably been wondering if I was ever going to do this post it’s been so long haha!

Please check out her blog and twitter, she’s such an amazing friendly person who is one of my best blogging friends!


This or That?!
  1. Shower in the morning or evening?
    I prefer to have a shower in the morning, it wakes me up and I’m fresh for the day
  2. City centre or close to nature?
    Definitely close to nature, I’m such a country girl at heart and all the hustle and bustle of city centres get me a bit anxious sometimes.
  3. Bright Colours or Neutrals?
    Bright colours! Life is too short to be dull in my opinion.
  4. Spring or Autumn
    Oooh this is a tough one… I think Spring, because seeing all the beautiful flowers come to life after the cold dark winter makes me happy. And of course, it starts to get a bit warmer so everyone is out and about a bit more.
  5. Mint or Cinnamon
    Mint!! One of my obsessions at the moment are Mint Magnums. OMGGG you need to try them if you haven’t already, you’re missing out!
  6. Planned or Spontaneous
    Planned. I get so anxious if I don’t know exactly what’s going on. My boyfriend is the absolute opposite and it drives me mad!
  7. A movie at home or at the cinema?
    The cinema! I love going and I seem to concentrate better on films at the cinema rather than at home
  8. Espresso or Latte?
    Neither, I don’t like hot drinks at all! Well, apart from hot chocolate…
  9. Hugs or kisses?
    Kisses. Love a smooch with my other half I do!
  10. Spicy or mild food?
    Mild definitely, I cant handle spicy food AT ALL. Get this, the hottest thing I can handle is Thai Sweet Chilli crisps! Such a wimp when it comes to spice.
  11. Leather or Lace?
    Lace, there are so many cute items of clothing around at the moment which have lace on them!
    I also watched something on the news the other night about Mink farming for their skins and it’s put me off buying anything to do with leather or animal products.
  12. Overdressed or Underdressed?
    I think I’d rather be underdressed. To be honest though, I don’t really go anywhere which calls for me to be dressed up anyway!
  13. Adventure or Comfortable?
    Adventure. There’s plenty to see out in the big world and I wanna see as much as I can! Plenty of time to be comfortable when you’re dead!
  14. Tv Series or Movie?
    Tv series. I’ve got such a short attention span when watching movies (apart from at the cinema) so much prefer watching a series.
  15. Rock or Country Music?
    How American… Neither.
  16. Red or White wine?
    White. Pass me a sauvignon blanc!
  17. Working alone or in a team?
    Alone I think, I used to hate working in a team at school. You’d always get a bossy one thinking they know best and not listening to anyone else in the group.
  18. Swimming or Sunbathing?
    Swimming. Sunbathing just bores me and I get agitated if I’m sat in the sun too long
  19. Fast food or sit down restaurant?
    Oh this is HARDDDDD! I love a maccies (I’m counting down the days ’til they open one by me) but I think I do prefer a sit down restaurant for a more relaxed environment to enjoy my food.
  20. Matched or Mismatched socks?
    Matched. I don’t think I’ve ever worn mismatched socks in my life!
  21. Dancing or Singing?
    I would really love to be able to dance but I seriously have 2 left feet and no rhythm whatsoever. It’s so embarrassing…
    So I choose singing.
  22. Phone or the Internet?
    The internet. I wouldn’t be able to blog with a phone (providing this excludes smartphones) now would I?!



So there you have it, hope this helps form more a of a picture to who I really am behind the laptop screen!

I’m going to nominate a few people to do this challenge but there’s no pressure…
Hell if you wanna do it too, then go ahead! I always love to read these quick fun posts.

I nominate:







Thanks for reading,

Livvy xx


Maybe you’d like to get to know me a bit MORE?
Check out my 20 Questions to get to know me post!




The Sunshine Blogger Award

I reached 50 followers and was lucky enough to be nominated for this award by two lovely ladies!

These two girls are always so supportive towards me; liking/retweeting and commenting on my posts. I’m so grateful to them both.
Thank you Charlotte and Kayleigh.

You can find Charlotte’s blog here – https://alifecrisiswithcharlotte.wordpress.com/
Charlotte’s Instagram is – https://www.instagram.com/alifecrisiswithcharlotte_/

You can find Kayleigh’s blog here – https://thekeytokayleigh.wordpress.com/
Kayleigh’s Instagram is here – https://www.instagram.com/thekeytokayleigh/

Seriously though, check them both out, they’re both great girls!

So lets start off with the rules…

  1. Thank the blogger/bloggers who nominated you
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  3. Nominate the 11 blogs you wish to receive this award and write them 11 questions
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in. your post/on your blog.

Charlotte’s questions

  1. What do you enjoy about blogging the most?
    The main thing I enjoy about blogging is interacting with people from all over the world
  2. If the world were about to end, how would you want to spend your last day?
    I’d want to spend it with my parents, my dog and my boyfriend at the beach having fish and chips and walking along the sand
  3. What is the most inspirational book you have ever read? Why?
    ‘In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom’ by Yeonmi Park.This book is amazing, the things this girl went through at such a young age to get out of North Korea was horrifying. Not to mention her life IN North Korea. I thoroughly recommend this book.
  4. If you could visit one place in the world where would you go and why?
    I think I would have to go to Rome. I love ancient history and Rome is full of it, the amazing buildings and ruins. I’d be in my element. Hopefully I’ll make it one day…
  5. What is your biggest pet peeve?
    People who don’t use indicators when driving!!! It’s a simple little action, why is it so difficult for some people?!
  6. What do you like most about your blog?
    Hmmmm I’ve not posted many posts yet but I like that I want it to be diverse and not just about one topic. I want to cover a broad spectrum of topics
  7. What social media platform do you use most to grow your blog?
    I use Twitter the most, definitely. I want to start using Pinterest but I’m so very confused by it all so need to do my homework before tackling it
  8. What is your main goal for this year?
    To be honest I don’t really like to set myself goals for my blog because I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I get too annoyed when I don’t reach them.
  9. Favourite Disney film and why?
    Mulan. I like the whole strong independent woman message it sends out and I love Mushu!
  10. Which bloggers inspire you the most?
    Charlotte at Colours and Carousels Rhianna at Rhianna Olivia

    Francesca at Diary of a Twenty Something

  11. Do you have a favourite item of clothing, if so, what is it and why?
    I don’t think I actually do you know… I know that I love wearing dresses and heels just because it makes me feel really feminine and good about myself. 

Kayleigh’s Questions

  1. What is your favourite perfume?
    I absolutely love Vera Wang’s Princess. I have so many different perfumes but I always come back to this
  2. Where was your last holiday to?
    Abroad, it was to Paris with my boyfriend and last year we stayed in a beautiful lodge in York and explored the area for a week.
  3. Have you ever been to a concert/festival. If so, which was your favourite?
    I have never been to a music concert or festival no! One for the bucket list I think. The only thing similar that I’ve been to is to see Strictly Come Dancing.
  4. What’s your favourite tv programme?
    All time favourite has to be Gavin & Stacey, really hope they make another series. But at the minute I’m working my way through 13 series of Greys Anatomy and loving it.
  5. If you could save one personal item from your house what would it be?
    My hard drive full of photos
  6. Who’s your favourite singer/band?
    Ed Sheeran for sure
  7. If you could be any animal what would you be?
    I would be a bird, I’d love to be able to fly away whenever I liked and to wherever I liked
  8. Your favourite place to visit in the UK and why?
    Definitely Edinburgh! Steeped in interesting history and such a beautiful friendly city
  9. What fictional place would you most like to go to?
    The only place I can think of right now is Lallybroch from the tv show Outlander (another favourite tv show of mine)
  10. Do you have a claim to fame?
    Quite simply, no.
  11. If you could take 5 things to a desert island, what would they be and why?
    I’d take my dog as she’s my little bestie

I’d take a survival guide to be able to live

A water purifier for making water drinkable

A machete for protection and hunting food

A teddy for comfort

Thank you girls for your questions, I really enjoyed answering them!


My Nominations

Ridiculously Ordinary
Louloulouisey Lifestyle
Gracie Talks Beauty
Blogger Rachael 
Lucy Mary
The Smurfy Gamers Blog
The Life of I
Ell Rachel
Vegan Babe Life
The Adopted Scouser 

Here are my 11 questions I have for you:

  1. What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time, other than blogging?
  2. Name one thing you would like to achieve in your life
  3. What is the last book that you read?
  4. What is the very first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
  5. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
  6. Name 3 of your favourite blogs
  7. How have you spent your day today?
  8. What is your favourite meal?
  9. What are you currently watching?
  10. Why did you choose your blog’s name?
  11. Dogs or cats?

No pressure if you don’t feel like filling this out but I would love to read all your answers!

I have really enjoyed taking part in this little quiz and hopefully you have learnt a bit more about me.

Livvy x

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