How to prevent a holiday hazard

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Holiday Road Trip

Holidays - it's what we all spend our time daydreaming about while doing the 9-5. Those dream destinations, All the fun, sun and relaxation you could dream of you'd do anything to stop it being ruined. So whether you're jet setting somewhere hot, planning a ski trip, or even hopping in the car for a UK break there's a few things you should be doing to prevent holiday hazards.

  • Insurance - This is pretty crucial if you're flying out of the country - if the worst happens and your holiday gets cancelled, or you have an accident while abroad your insurance is your lifeline so make sure you properly research the type you get. Especially if your holiday may involve winter sports etc.
  • First aid kit - Now I don't want to be the boring mummy type (I'm 24 for christ sake) however there's nothing worse than being somewhere you're not familiar with and not having the simplest of medication. Make a first aid kit before you go with typical items such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, plasters, heart burn tablets etc etc. This could save you huge headaches quite literally
  • Suncream - Prevention is absolutely better than dealing with the burns and sunstroke afterwards. A quick google of your holiday destination and average temperatures will help you figure out what to take. Don't be fooled by 'dull' or 'windy' days and remember the parts most people forget such as your ears (girls you can buy scalp suncream for your parting it's an absolute lifesaver)
  • Food - Be sensible! All you can eat and all inclusive are a wonderful idea but I'd always recommend being careful of choices, hygiene levels are not the same as the UK. Avoid the dreaded delhi belly by being careful on choices, making sure meat is cooked through etc etc. Also be careful on the water you consume. Always go for bottled water. If you unfortunately do experience food poisoning be sure to check out solicitor when you're home as your holiday food poisoning claim* could actually get you a little money back
  • Sex - If you're single and away have the time of your life! Just be safe about it. Nobody want's to be coming home with an unexpected STI or even pregnancy. 

Simple enough right?
But these tips are all you need to stop a holiday turning into a nightmare

Alice Megan



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

I've been here before. 
I know the old familiar feeling so well, yet every time feels slightly different and slightly more desperate. I guess it's because I get to grips with it, so when it comes back it has to be worse for it to affect me

Drowning in depression

So here I am again. Lost. sinking. drowning. I'm here but I'm not. I smile and laugh but I don't 'feel' anymore I'm just cold. I feel like I'm a passenger in my own story, I can see my life happening and I'm going through the motions with it but I feel like I'm in a bubble and no-one can hear me screaming and no-one even notices.

I've been staring at my screen for hours, literal hours. How do I put into words what's happening in my head when I don't even understand myself? I used to have safety mechanisms, methods in place to bring me back and yet they were associated with people that don't exist in my world anymore

What do you do when the only way you know back doesn't exist anymore?

So I just keep plodding on, sinking deeper. I don't know when this happened. My life is drastically different than this time a year ago but all in all I'm happy with it and yet I'm back in this black hole. I know it's stupid trying to pinpoint things or assign a reason, because there is no reason. 
Depression doesn't need a reason, the darkness descends at any given moment and envelops everything about you.

I'm lost, dazed, confused and really don't know how to claw my way back. I will. I have before and I will again it's just right now I can't see that. I need a light at the end of the tunnel, I need something to drag me back and stop the tears. They're happening a lot lately, and I've noticed myself coming up with stupid reasons to not do the things I love. I'm becoming withdrawn and I hate myself for letting it win and letting it affect me

I've stopped it for so long sometimes I just don't want to fight any more and don't know how to - I guess this is me

Alice Megan


Improve or move?

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

When it comes to your home it's important to get it right - this is the place you're going to spend the majority of your time, your safe place, the place your family will grow up and the place you'll make tons of memories so it's crucial it's the right one for you.

I've lived in the same home since I was 2 with my mother, I'm truly a home bird but over the last few years I've considered flying the nest. Due to a few changes within my circumstances I decided to make the best of what I currently had and redecorated my bedroom from top to bottom.

I adore my little corner of the house now it has everything I could ever need right down to my not so mini fridge!

However I know in a few years I'm going to be looking to move out and that decision's a long-term investment so it's important I make the right choice.

Slater & Gordon Solicitors* have contemplated this and have made a infographic based on the survey results on whether to move home or improve where you currently live
Move or Improve Infographic

I think you can agree that covers absolutely everything you can think of in making that decision on what's right for you, while also giving hints and tips on the best way to improve your home

Me? I think I'm a little way off taking the plunge yet to move out but improving my little corner of the house certainly made me happier so I'd say if you've fallen out of love with any aspect of your home - change it! What have you got to lose?

How many different homes did you have before 'the one' ?

Alice Megan


A fresh start

Friday, 14 April 2017

Log Cabin

It's the Easter weekend! And for most of us that means a nice 4 day break from whatever the mundane 9-5 is. Want to know how I've spent most of mine? Laid in bed just relaxing and recuperating. It's funny isn't it when we're at work we get up we go to work we live a life we sleep and repeat.

Today's the first day in around 3 months I've just switched off, and it got me thinking lots of abstract thoughts. We spend our lives running around at 100 miles an hour, constantly looking at screens and powering through this high tech computer run world - imagine what it would be like going 'offgrid' for a while? A fresh start, back to basic, no screens, no technology just pure survival tools

Flogas recently ran a survey to discover where Brits would go for a fresh start and 'off grid' peace and the results were quite surprising
  • 70% of us would leave our jobs tomorrow for an adventure
  • Over 50% of people say the weather would dictate their location choice
  • 80% think living in a remote area would suit them
  • Men have more of an urge than women to break away
  • Survival skills rank highly with 77% of people thinking they could change a gas canister like the lpg from Flogas*
  • Although over half would miss their smart phones within a week!
Me? I'm not sure I could survive. I love the idea of a log cabin somewhere and peace and quiet but I'm also a self confessed tech addict so I'd definitely get withdrawal from being connected

How do you think you'd cope going 'offgrid' ?

Alice Megan


Budget spring outfit wishlist

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Spring has sprung and it's time to switch up those wardrobes, I've just cleansed mine so now I have room for brand new additions so here's my wishlist:

Spring budget wishlist
[1] Rose Bush Summer Dress - £15 - Zalando
[2] Relaxed Pocket Blazer - £15 - Boohoo
[3] Feather Necklace - £5 - Bon Marche
[4] Diamond Pattern tights - £2.99 - Forever 21
[5] Grey Suedette heeled boots - £5 - New Look
Total - £42.99

An entire spring outfit for less than £50 including accessories! I've picked a really cute bright dress as the staple piece and complimented with really simple but effective accessories that can be worn for multi occasions such as the relaxed blazer. By shopping around it's really easy to stay within a budget. I always use Lovethesales when looking for new clothes - this fab site searches all the online sales and brings them in one place so you don't have to. This way you'll never miss a bargain again

What's your top tips for budgeting in a new season?
Liked this? You may also like my Autumn dress post*

Alice Megan