Beauty Blogger & Infinity Dreams Award

photoHi guys,

Welcome to the new home for schoolrunbeauty, I decided it was time to take the plunge and self host. I’d reach the point of wanting to do things with my blog that I just couldn’t with basic WordPress. It’s still being tweaked so please bear with me on this one if something is not quite right.

Moving on I want to say thank you to Natalie, from Pretty and Plus Sized. She nominated me for the Beauty Blogger and Infinity Dreams Awards, which I really appreciate. That’s one of my favourite things about blogging, sharing the love. If you have’nt checked out her blog do so, she is fairly new to blogging but is a bit of a natural talent.

So, the rules of these award are as follows;

  • Thank, and link back to/follow that blog that nominated you.
  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Answer the questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate some other bloggers to answer your own set of questions.

With that out of the way, here goes:

1. Where about in the world are you?

I live in Essex, in the UK. So I’m a born and bred Essex girl.

2. How long have you been writing your blog?

Officially I think it has been about 14 months, though \I only really committed fully to it in January this year.3. Do you tell people that you have a blog?

It has taken me a long time to start telling people about my blog. I decided to stop being shy about it though as it is something that I am proud of. I am in the process of setting up a Facebook page for my friends and family to keep up to date with my blog.

4. What was your first make-up purchase?

Ah this one is easy! The first make-up item I purchased myself was a Rimmel lipstick in that famous  90’s shade coffee shimmer. All my friends had this, and its sister shade heather shimmer. In fact a recently was feeling nostalgic a bought a tube of each.

5. What is your favourite perfume?

Roger & Gallet’s Tea Vert. It is such a refreshing and summery scent.

6. Who is your style icon?

Probably Alexa Chung, she can rock a sack and make it look stylish. She is just someone that seems to ooze natural style, I could do with learning some of here secrets. I also love Zooey Deschanel and Ferne Cotton, they both have a kooky sense of style.

7. Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Zooey Deschanel, ha I didn’t even have to think about that. I’m clumsy, scatty and can be very quick with the one liners when I want to be. She would emulate that perfectly.

8. Your best beauty/make-up purchase?

Oh god this one is really hard! It’s like asking me who my favourite child is. Um, ah …. My Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Stereo Rose, as I went on quite a mission to find it. This is my go to when I’m going out out, if ya know what I mean?

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9. Where do you usually shop for your beauty make-up/items?

All over really, I like to shop around to get the best deal. For example I find it best to go to the direct website for high end brands as you usually get a couple of deluxe samples included in your order. Otherwise my default is probably Boots, Im a sucker for those advantage points.

10. What colour do you have on your nails at the moment?

Mainly red, but its actually some watermelon nail art.photo (3)

11. Manicure or Pedicure?

I hate people touching my feet, so manicure without a doubt.

12. What is your favourite drugstore make-up brand?

MUA, they were the first budget brand to really up the stakes when it came to quality and exciting products.

13. Lipstick or Lipgloss?

Though I wear both I reach for the tube of lipstick more, I’m not a fan of anything too shiny on my lips.

14. Are you on Instagram or Twitter?

Both, I’m a bit obsessed with them both to be fair. My twitter handle is @schoolrunbeauty and my Instagram is katy_standen if you are interested in checking either out.

15. Who Inspires you?The girls at ABeautifulMess.com, they work so hard and are always doing something exciting to further their career. They seem to grab opportunities with both hands and run with it.

And we are done, that is the answers to my questions, once again thank you Natalie for the nomination. The bloggers I wish to nominate are;

Brazenrouge

Ashleighs Beutea Party

Paupertoprincess

Thrift O’Clock

Beauty by trial

Enterspree

lovejlaac

fitmumdiary

These are all blogs that I read regularly and love, do check them out if you haven’t done so before, they are worth a read.

Here’s my questions for guy’s to answer.

1.How long have you been blogging?

2. What do you mainly blog about?

3. What made you decide to start blogging?

4. Do you see yourself still blogging in five years time?

5. What is you favourite make-up brand?

6. Brush, beauty blender or fingers to apply your foundation?

7. Where is your favourite place to buy clothes from?

8. Are you spender or a saver?

9.Tell us your best life hack tip?

10. What is your worst habit?

11.Where would you go on your dream holiday?

12. Are you a morning or an evening person?

13. Do you take part in any Twitter chats?

14. Are you a waxer, shaver or other?

15. What is your holy grail skincare product?

If your still with me on this, well done for getting to the end, and thanks for reading. Don’t forget you can keep up to date with me on twitter, Instagram or bloglovin, oh and if you like me that much then why not all 3? Awks sorry!

I hold my hands up, feminism confuses the hell out of me!

The very word Feminism confuses the hell out of me. I understand what it means, please don’t get me wrong. it’s the notion of being a feminist that confuses me. 

  I realise modern society expects me to be a feminist, but I shy away from it because of the more heavily covered extreme end of the feminist spectrum. 

Sometimes the mere thought of talking about it has me running and hiding for cover. It’s the reaction from that probably very small level of extremism, that scares me away from sharing my thoughts on the subject.

Alas, I’ve have gone and opened that can of worms now, so here we go. I’m ready to duck for cover if necessary. (Joke! I promise)

So here’s where I’m at.

If feminism means being treated equally on all levels of life, then yes I am a feminist. Of course I am glad I have the right to vote, be equally educated and say no to sex when I don’t want it. To me though that all forms part of basic human rights and something I probably have taken for granted. 

Fortunately in the UK we legally have all these things, though I’m not naive enough to not be aware that for some women this is still unfortunately not the case. This is where I feel feminism has it’s place. 

However If feminism means that I have to feel shame about the fact that I am a stay at home mum,  (note I don’t say full time mum as when I was working that term used to piss me right off),  heaven forbid reliant on my husband to bring home the bacon, then I’m going to say “thanks, but no thanks, not for me”.

You see, when I read the idealist view this is often how I’m made to feel. This isn’t my own inadequacy, I can assure you, I love my life. I tried the whole women can have it all thing, juggling work, kids, uni, all whilst trying to maintain a happy marriage, and guess what I dropped several of those balls. Quite spectacuarlly I might add, there was a very loud crash in my life. 

I was constantly stressed, miserable in fact, and I was taking it all out on my husband. Now I have less balls to juggle I’m far happier, so is my family life. It just means in terms of earning my keep,  I’m not equal. This particular feminist idioligy doesn’t fit with my current sittuation in life. I’m everything that women have fought against, to the outsider my sum of existence in life is all about minding the kids and our home. Oh and that other Elephant in the room? Yes I rely on my husband to provide for us.   

What isn’t evident for all to see though is I’m an Open University student, I have career dreams for the future, just not right now. I care as much about equal pay as women that do work. It’s scandalous that two people can be doing exactly the same job equally well, but because one has lady bits she is paid less than her male counterpart. 

Maybe it’s because my Husband has always treated me as an equal, that I’ve never had to give feminism much  of a thought. It was a joint descision when I stopped working because it would effect both of our lives. We have a joint bank account, have done for years way before I gave up work, it just means I don’t have to go running to him every time I need to go food shopping for example. He trusts me not to go blowing his wages. Household finances come first but we both have an even set amount of pocket money to spend as we wish. Do you see what I mean by being treated as equal? 

To me though this is just normal, it’s what happens when you form a partnership with that special someone and have children together. Someone becomes the chief child carer and the other the main breadwinner. Even when I was working I’ve barely earnt enough to cover what he is deducted in taxes, mine just wouldn’t have been a living wage. 

 He has often said if I was able to earn a higher wage than him he wouldn’t be troubled by a role reversal. It would just make financial sense, and that is as far as the subject would go. Mind you, by the time I have finished my degree, all of my kids will be in secondary school or college anyway so that’s kind of a mute point. 

Do you see why I am so confused about where feminism plays a role in my life? I know It does obviously, but I just don’t relate to some of what being a good feminist entails. 

What I do appriciate though is that because of feminist campaigners I have the choices that I am blessed with today. If life does go a bit tits up then I only have myself to blame, nobody has forced me into that situation. I don’t feel the need to blame my mishaps on the fact that I am a girl. 

What do you think? Do you get confused about what feminism is or where it fits into your life? Does it worry you voicing your thoughts on this subject? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

Are you a list maker? -Organisation and me

Hi guys!  

 Happy Monday! I hope you had a fab weekend. Mine was super busy as we had lots of social events all weekend. As a result I’m sitting here wondering if I can pretend it’s Sunday and hide under the duvet. Yup could do with a three day weekend again! 

Alas it’s a week that is going to involve catching up on uni work, finishing a bathroom makeover, hopefully some regular blogging and general running round after the kids. 

Does anyone else have young ones sitting their SATS this week? My son, bless him, looked a wee bit petrified heading into school this morning. I tried to make home feel better by wishing him luck. My advice being to just try his best, and that the exams are testing the school more than him. He’s sitting the higher level 6 papers so is I think is feeling the added pressure. 

Any way, slight digression there. Are you like me? When I  having lots of work to be getting on with it can often be a bit daunting. Sometimes I just don’t know where to start. I’ll be too busy worry about it, or burying my head in the sand procrastinating with the likes of Twitter and Pinterest, that nothing gets done. 

My husband is the complete opposite of me, he is naturally focused and just seems to be able to get the nesscesitys done, with minimal fuss I might add. He is also very good at giving me a kick up the bum when I’m slacking. This being in a very non preaching nagging way, it must be his natural charm. Ssh! Don’t tell him that or it will go to his head. 

It has become a bit of a joke between the two of us that in order for me to get anything done I need a list of jobs. There will often be a note left on the calendar of the things I must get done that day. I must confess to putting off the less enticing ones though, such as phoning the bank etc. Yep that one still needs doing.

This has got me thinking though about how I approach motivation. I’m definitely a list maker. There is something satisfying about visibly seeing jobs being ticked of a list as they are completed. I actually get an internal rush of satisfaction and happiness, spurring  me on. Is this just me, or do you experience a similar feeling?

  What I have learnt to do though is not get upset with myself if I haven’t achieved everything on the list. There was a time when I would push myself completely to the point of burning out. Let’s just say my list is a guide and I have learnt to pace myself accordingly. This is something I have learnt recently, I burnt out quite spectacurlary about a year ago. 

With my health improved, and a more balanced work ethos I’m definately back on track. Onwards and upwards so to speak. 

If your still with me, thanks for sticking with me to the end of my pondering. Why not share some of you tips for getting motivated and organised in the comments section below. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

7 tips for Living with Vitamin B12 deficiency 

Today is very much a personal post. It is one that I wanted to share though as it is something that I didn’t know much about untill I was diagnosed with this condition, last year. 

Vitamin B12 is one of the essential vitamins needed to help keep the body’s nervous system functioning as it should. 

  

Someone who is lacking in B12 can experience several different symptoms including;

Extreme tiredness

Lethargy

Muscle weakness

Pins and Needles

Memory problems and difficulty with understanding and judgement 

Depression 

Problems with vision 

I could go on but I don’t want to bore you to much, these though are the main symptoms I have experienced.  

The natural source of Vitamin B12 is found from eating meat fish and dairy products. This is why vegans can be at a greater risk of developing a Vitamin B12 deficiency. If you are a vegan then it may be worth taking a B12 supplement to avoid this. 

I am not a vegan or a vegetarian, so the cause for me is very different. My deficiency is caused by pernicious anaemia, an auto-immune condition. Basically this means that I don’t have enough intrinsic factor in my intestines that is responsible for absorbing Vitamin B12 and creating healthy red blood cells, leaving me generally feeling like poo. 

This seems to be a hereditary condition in my family as, my little sister, mum and a couple of cousins all have it. 

Fortunately it’s relatively easy to treat. for me it involves popping along to the doctors every 8 weeks for a Vitamin B12 Injection. This usually sees me back on fighting form, though for the 1-2 weeks before I’m due my next jab it can be a challenge managing symptoms. I often feel like I’m running on empty and just getting out of bed in the morning can be a challenge in itself.

I have found there are a few things I can do that make this time easier, so I thought it would be a good idea to share a few tips on how I manage. You never know someone reading this might be struggling to manage their B12 deficiency and this may help. 

  1. When you have a burst of energy it can be tempting to rush about trying to get all those jobs that need doing done. Instead make a list and then prioritise, it’s easier to pace yourself this way and avoid burning out. 
  2. This may sound blindingly obvious, but try to get to bed a sensible time. A good night sleep will mean you feel better for it in the morning. 
  3. Don’t skip meals as this will depleat your energy sources more quickly. 
  4. Secondly don’t  skip your injections, these are so important. It can take time for a normal level of B12 to build up in your system, missing injections will lower your levels. 
  5. Originally my Injections were only every 12 weeks, I was getting to week 8 and would spend the next month exhausted. You don’t have to put up with this. I had a chat with my doctor and he agreed to let me have the injections on a more regular scale. I feel much better for it. 
  6. Don’t be afraid to speak to your employer and let them know that you have the condition, and how it can effect you. My employer was really understanding, I was able to take a small extra break if needed during my bad weeks. Most good employers would accommodate this as it means your not taking a sick day. 
  7. Some times when all else fails take that after noon nap. Don’t feel guilty about it. There will be times that you are so freekin tired all you want to do is sleep. Just don’t do it for too long or you will mess up you night time sleep pattern. Oh and if like me you have to do that school run set an alarm. Yup Ive been guilty of over sleeping and leaving the kids at school, embarrassing!! 

I do hope you found this helpful, if you have B12 and have any other tips feel free to add them in the comments section. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂 

Versatile Blogger Award 

First up I want to apologise to Jayde, over at Jaydedanielle.com, who nominated me for this award. This post should have been up a wee while ago but alas I was procrastinating again as usual. Yup I’m a bugger for that! Anyways you should check out her blog, it’s great, I particularly like her style of photography. 

Having not been blogging for very long, well consistently since christmas, (before that you got a post once a month if you were lucky), it’s great to know that people are finding my little blog. I’ve definately caught the blogging bug now! Thank you Jayde for sharing my blog with others through the versatile blogger award, it means a lot. 

So the rules of this award state that I must share 10 random facts about myself, and then nominate 10 other bloggers. Errrr, some of them may actually a bit weirdly random, you have been warned.

1. I’m a complete and utter clutze, and very unladylike with it as well. On my wedding day I was all decked out in my finery, looking like a lady, but still managed to trip over, walking up the aisle. Umm it provided a few laughs I suppose!

2. I’m a pro at playing the recorder. I would drive my mum nuts as a kid playing it for hours. She has since got her own back though and bought my daughter one for her birthday, cheers mum!

3. I have a guilty secret in the form of my love of mills & boon romances. I blame my nan, I’m sure it was one of her books I picked up originally. I love a happy ending, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. 

4. My little sister and I were once Westlife Stalkers. In fact we quite regularly used to pop up in their video’s and on TV footage. We used to bunk of school to go to signings at tower records in Piccadilly Circus, I’m not a bad influence on her, honest. 

5. I can’t whistle, I’ve tried, I’m just crap at it. 

6. If you want to make me angry then tell me to ‘Chillax’. I hate that word, it’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull, I go nuts!

7. My first kiss, at 12, was so bad it scared me of boys till I was 16. It was a major cringe moment. 

8. I have approximately 106 lip products. I’ve banned myself from buying them several times, but still have no self control. I think I need to go to lipstick rehab. Does anyone know of such a thing exists, I need help clearly!

9. I have a bit of a coffee habit. Yup I love going for coffee, oh and cake, mustn’t forget the cake. That’s probably how I’ve managed to put 1 1/2 stone in the past year. Ooops.

10. My home life consists of 1 husband, 3 kids and a dog. We did have 5 fish aswell but one of then kept attacking the other fish. Bad fish! Alas they are all in fishy heaven now. 

Yes so that’s 10 random facts about me. I hope I haven’t scared you off to much. 

The bloggers I nominate are:

Beauty by trial

Brazenrouge

Cassandramyee

Tanya’s Runway

Fit Mum Diary

Desire4Beauty

lovejlaac

Whatsassays

Ashlieghsteaparty

Littlemonstergirlcomic

These are all bloggers that I follow and enjoy, some are beauty, some fashion, some lifestyle or as in LMGcomics case a talented Illustrator. What they all have in common though is credit for the great work they are doing. If you’ve been nominated before sorry, it just means you popular.  Do check out their blogs by following the links, I’m fangirling on them all right now. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂 

Have You Registered to Vote Yet?

 

 Hi guys! So today on the blog I wanted to talk about something a little bit different. Politics. Yup! To some it’s a dirty word, others they have just found themselves in such a state of apathy surrounding all things political, that they just don’t think it’s relative to them, so abstain from getting involved. I think you know what I mean, that aged old line, ‘All parties are the same really, so why bother?’. 

These are the same people though that will bitch and moan about the state of the country. Well here’s what I have to say on the matter. Don’t just moan about it, vote and have your say. The upcoming general election is your chance to choose who will be leading your country for the next five years. The outcome will effect every single one of us, so it’s actually kind of a big deal. 

If you’ve been paying attention to the coverage of the run up to the general election, on 7th may, you may have noticed that this election is panning out to be a very close vote. We could even end up with another hung parliament. Having said that the two main political parties that stand a good chance of getting into power have very different plans for which way the country will be taken economically post election. It’s that other dirty word again ‘Austerity’.  

Mind you, if UKIP’s Nigel Farage has anything to do with it the key issues will be Europe And Immigration.

The smaller parties though will play a vital role post election, providing they win enough seats, in fighting their corner for the key issues that they stand for. We’re talking about, the environment, education, trident  and that other biggie devolution. This is why If you are inclined to vote for one of these parties, but don’t think they stand a chance of winning seats, and don’t usually bother, you must vote. Your individual vote actually counts, if enough non voters have their say it can make a difference. 

None of this matters though if you haven’t registered to vote. It’s easy, you can do it in five minutes online here. Just remember to do it before the cut off day, on the 20th of April. 

Will you be having your say, come 7th of May? I know I shall be casting my vote. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

5 things I’m thankful for

IMG_2849I don’t think I have shared this before but I am currently having physiotherapy for a trapped nerve problem in my leg/hip/lower spine area. I think, in the past, I’ve only eluded to the fact that I can’t do heels – boo!

Anyway fashion issues aside, and on a more serious note managing the nerve pain can be a bit of a struggle to cope with. To help this I’m on lots of different anti-inflammatory and pain med’s, and have also been receiving Acupuncture. I have certain exercises to help and my hot water bottle has also become my best friend. Heat therapy does wonders for aches and pains.

For the most part I try to remain upbeat about things and carry on as best as possible, it just means taking care not to over do things when I’m having a good day. I’m sure we’ve all been there when we have thought we have been feeling tip top and rushed about like a mad person, only to find later on that actually you still aren’t 100 percent, which can be very frustrating. With all this in mind there are days when I can feel a bit fed up with it, for example the past few days, so I have decided to sit down and reflect on the good things in my life that I have to be thankful for. This is more of a pick me up for myself than anything, but I decided to share this here as perhaps if you are having a bad day you could try this as pick me up too.

So Ive probably waffled on enough already, if you still with me, well done! Here goes:

1. I have a very supportive and loving husband who when I’m feeling crappy can be relied upon to pull out his signature dish – spaghetti bolognese, meaning I can have a night off from cooking. He’s also brilliant and reminding me to take certain medication as I have a memory like a sieve.

2. Not quite sure how I wangled this one but my 11yr old son, who is a very early riser, will always bring me a cup of tea in bed in the morning. Far nicer than a shrieking alarm clock.

3. I no long rely on my good dam crutches to get around, Amen to that!!
Thank you to Louise, my lovely physiotherapist 🙂

4. There will always be tea and cake, well I hope so anyway. Please tell me this is true! This is probably not the healthiest pick me up but I love nothing better than meeting up with my baby sister, a fellow tea and cake freak, and have a good old natter.

5. Lastly my blog, it may be small with not many readers, but it’s mine. It’s my space where I can write about whatever takes my fancy. It’s such a great feeling when someone has taken the time to read and like what you have to say. I’m shallow I know, but sometimes we all need a bit of an ego rub.

So there you go, five things I’m thankful for, I feel better already. Why don’t you give it a go?

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

2014 – Life lesson’s – A better, happier me

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So, this post may not be to everyone’s taste. It could even be considered a bit self indulgent. Maybe consider it as me drawing a line under certain parts of my life, and moving on.
You see, for me, 2014 brought with it big challenges. I’m not saying it was a bad year, but one of those years that the powers that be decided to throw several curve balls my way, just to see if I’d cope or not. I can honestly say the words “Well it can’t get any worse” were uttered from my lips several times, and then it did. Fortunately, for me I’m stronger than I thought and I m still here with my head held high and a smile on my face.

With help from those close to me I have been able to reflect on certain challenges and treat them as a series life’s important lessons. I’m bringing these forward with me into 2015 and compared with this time last year I am a far happier and balanced person.

So, if your still with me on this, you might be thinking were is she going with this? Let’s just say I thought it would be nice to share with you the positives lessons I have learnt.

1. I am responsible for my own happiness.

I have been guilty of blaming others in my life for my own discontentment, to the point of pushing them away. It was only when I pushed them to far and was faced with losing those people dear to me, that I realised, what me blaming them everything was doing to them.
Not only that, it doesn’t change my own discontentment. Instead of blaming others for things in my life I’m not happy with I have learnt that it is up to me do something about it. The only person holding me back is myself. It is so easy to go through life making excuses for not doing things, or to sit back and wait for that invitation, job offer etc . I have learnt to be more proactive and in doing this have achieved far more of the things that I have wanted to. Consequently I’m a happier person.

2. Positivity is catching.

I made a decision to try to only portray positive thoughts to those around me. This may be in person or in my Facebook page, twitter feed etc.

What I have notice is that if I put out positive thoughts, I get back a positive reaction. No one wants to be around a cranky little madam. I’d be lying if I said I managed this all the time. My husband bless him puts up with my PMT like a saint, most of the time. Also If I’m feeling negative I have learnt to stay away from social media. It’s so easy to get drawn into someone else’s negativeness if your feeling cranky yourself. It works both ways.

3. There’s always someone out there who has it worse than myself.

It’s very easy to take certain things in our lives for granted. I’m not talking materialistically but having people around us that care. I’m lucky there is always someone there to turn to if I need a hug, a kind word or even to tell me to snap out of wallowing in self pity. (Harsh maybe, but necassery sometimes)
Some people are not as lucky as I am, they do not have a large family like I do, or are yet to meet their life partner. If I’m having a crap day, I can guarantee I have some one to come home to, even if it his to just cuddle up on the sofa and watch a film.

4. I have a unhealthy relationship with shopping.

Now this is something I’m currently working on. I have realised that I’m an emotional shopper. If I’m feeling down then my first response is to turn to some retail therapy. Trouble is that initial buzz doesn’t last long and I haven’t dealt with the situation that is bothering me. So I will look to the next purchase to give me that buzz again.

This has left me with a disturbing amount of stuff. (Mostly make-up and skin care). It’s starting to stress me out a bit as clutter does not make for a clear mind. I also had a bit of a lightbulb moment and realised that it’s not stuff that makes me happy but experiences. Trouble is if your buying all that stuff it doesn’t leave a lot of money left for those experiences that cost money.

This is something I’m working on, I have the opportunity to go on a holiday of a lifetime this year and I’m determined to come away with lots of happy memories. No more spending willy nilly or that holiday will not happen.

I have decided to write myself a bucket list of the things I want to achieve next year. I may share that at a later date, I’m still deciding.

If you have reached the end of my rambles then thank you for sticking with me. I would love to hear if anyone else feels that they have achieved a happier state of being and how they did that.

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happy new year guys!!