Meet my Dad; Charlie Beats Cancer

Disclaimer: This post may contain triggers or uncomforting stuff. I highlight not to read if you are upset by things such as cancer, strokes, hospitals and many relatable things.

Meet my Dad! My dad has had a HECTIC year to say the least, or should I say life?

My dad has endured being shot at, being attacked, growing up in a stigmatized Ireland, 3 strokes and now has been diagnosed with Cancer. The good thing is my dad is a true fighter, and always been an inspiration to me. My dad has taught me independence, loyalty and best of all, self love. He taught me to always put myself first, and to love myself as much as I can, before loving someone else. He taught me drive, ambition and how to get things you want. He is a true hero to me, both my parents are.

When my dad had the stroke, I was called in, telling us that my dad may not make it, and my world fell apart. So many thoughts went through my head at that moment. But my dad didn't give up, and I saw it in his eyes, he wasn't done here yet. Over the next 7 months, he fought to be back to normal, and although he wasn't 100%, he definitely got past 90%, which for many stroke survivors, happens over years, not months.

In May, he was diagnosed with Type 2 Tonsil Cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lympth Nodes). Thankfully, it's curable and early, so will undergo extensive treatment, including Monoclonal Antibody Immunotherapy, to fight it. It is going to be so hard, not only for my dad, but for me, my mum, his family. But if I know anything, it's that my dad will never give up. 

And that's why he asked me to start a blog of some sorts for him, which I did. I started with an instagram (follow here) but it was hard to find pictures he wanted to upload. So we decided on a Facebook Page too, so he can type his feelings out, while I spell check and take photos.

He wanted to raise awareness for Strokes as well as Cancer, and motivate others who have gone through the same to come together with him to raise awareness and fight too. 

So it would be really appreciated if people could come along with us on the journey. Or share it with others, as you never know who you may help. All love and support is welcome and very much needed.

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My Top Summer Doggy Tips - featuring #SoxtheSpoodle!

If you've been in the UK, you'll notice we had/have the hottest summer in a while, reaching up to 36C in some places. Sadly, our little puppers haven't been allowed out to enjoy the weather, as it's JUST been too hot. But, there have been some days when it's been okay for them to go out, yet we feel we aren't doing enough for them. So here are my top doggy tips to help your pup in the heat!

1. Stock up on ice lollies/ice pops.
There are of course special dog ones, but my vet simply said to get the 86p cheap ice lollies out of Asda, which we do! As long as they don't contain lactose, you are A-okay to go! Sox is especially fond of the fruit pastille knockoffs from Asda, as he gets a variety of flavours from them! However, limit it to maybe one a day, as it can be a little upsetting for their stomach! Or you can buy special doggy ice pops/ice creams!

We found some Frozzys in our park parlour!

2. Hayfever Tablets.
Yes, some hayfever tablets are safe to give your dog. Not many know it, as we think "oh how would dogs have hayfever?" well they do! My little Sox, HATES grass, and I always wondered why, and it's because of hayfever! We were originally giving him piriton, but now we opt for Asda's own hayfever tablets. However, we always advise talking to your vet before giving.

3. A cooling mat.
You can get them for £2.99 at Home Bargains or £4.99 on Amazon! Of course, our little guy is teething, and within an hour he burst into ours, but he enjoyed the cooling sensation it gave before this! Silly Sox! (It was easily fixed!). It has a cooling gel inside, which gets colder as the dog lays on it. 

4. No hot pavements!
Please, do not take your dogs out on hot pavements. If you're unsure, go out onto your pavement in bare feet. If it's too hot for your feet, it's too hot for them!

5. Water Spray Bottle.
Warning: If you use a spray bottle for punishment, I wouldn't really recommend doing this, as it may confuse your pup.

You can use a Spray Water bottle! Always, always take water with you, when taking your dog out (You can buy these doggy water bottles here) but sometimes it's super hard for a puppy to want to drink with how hot it is. So, we found with Sox, he is quite happy to be sprayed with water and drink it that way, so we put fresh cold water into a spray bottle and off we go! (of course, with a full bottle of water too!) and it works perfectly. It helps your dog cool down after a walk AND during, while also keeping them hydrated and alert!

Want more top doggy tips? Follow our Sox on Social Media! 
We're always sharing our adventures and findings over there! And do you have any summer tips? Leave them in the comments below!

My Current Favourite Youtubers!

I am a youtube fanatic as of late! Up until I think new years, I barely watched youtube. I'd watch the odd makeup tutorial, but never really understood why people were so obsessed...until I found all of these amazing youtubers!

I could literally watch her everyday. She's so down to earth and feels like an actual human, that I enjoy watching her. She's relatable, and she always keeps things real with her subscribers. She's definitely someone I'd aspire to be like. Especially when it comes to getting over some of her anxieties, and pushing forward with her dreams. Always makes it a pleasure to watch!

I have to put these two together, because their collab video, was the first one I ever watched of either of them I think. Emma is just so talented and I definitely see myself in here, especially with her fashion and the way she sees the world. I also think she'd be an amazing best friend. I really enjoyed her vlogmas videos, and I personally think her vlogs make her channel!

So, stepping away from the beauty youtubers for a second, ZaiLetsPlay has to be my favourite gaming youtuber. Although she has her own little niche, she cracks me up! She's so funny, and she has been on youtube for years and highlights the fight you give, to get your dream. I originally found her for my niece, who loves roblox, but as I watched some I got obsessed with her well thought out story lines, and her witty humour. I especially love her Sims series at the minute. I would highly recommend her "American tries" series too!

Again, I have to put them together. Biggs87x is Zai's fiance, and I think the only male youtuber I will continuously watch and enjoy more. His and Zai's videos together are crucial to my down time, and I think he's really sweet and down to earth. Him and Zai, are 100% a power couple.

The queen of Youtube herself. I must say, before I watched Nikki, I had this stigma against her, and that's bad. I thought "why does everyone watch her" "why am I hearing her everywhere", and it was like a reverse psychology, that made me think "No, she must be crap, I can't watch her", and that was honestly how I saw it. But then I watched one of her videos, and was HOOKED. She's literally so cute, and repping it for us big girls out there (and those tall girls too!). She just seems like a gem, and I wish she could come do my makeup everyday, because she is F L A W L E S S. 

And now the king of Youtube. Shane Dawson is a bit different to everyone I've mentioned so far, in terms of; he is well known for conspiracy videos. I have watched his videos in the past, but only really got into them recently, especially with his TanaCon series. I really think Netflix need to snatch him up and make some documentaries with him, because he killed it! And if you haven't watched him, definitely do!  

Yes, another beauty goddess. Laura Lee was another one I had a stigma against. I don't know what it is, but any of the big youtubers, I just tend to think "No, don't give in" but I did and I don't care. Laura Lee is an actual southern bell, and she's so witty and I love that. Watching her do her makeup, and her have that much passion she can just have fun while doing it, makes it worthwhile to watch. Especially with how honest she is, and includes her subscribers in her life.

And finally, but not least, we have another Sophie! Sophie Louise is the cutest thing ever. She just wants to have a giggle, and her nerves make me giggle. To me, she is a beauty guru, but not in the typical sense; in a funny sense. She has serious talent, but never takes herself seriously, and while I want to say "SOPHIE YOU ARE GOOD", she brightens up my negative days.

Do you have any youtubers you'd like to recommend? Leave me a comment down below and I'll check them out!

Is it legal to marry a console? Sorry Hender! - I got a Nintendo Switch!

So yes, this week I got a switch. And I thought I'd share my thoughts on it, and how you should 100% buy one too.

I have always been a nintendo girl. I have had a 3DS since it first came out, and before that gameboys, normal DS'. I used to carry them in any school-college bag, because it was one of my ways of escaping life and normality. My top gaming being, Animal Crossing, which gave me a relaxing sense of companionship, and introduced me to a wider community, even creating my own.

What I love the most about the Nintendo Switch is it's multi-tasking ability. You can play it handheld, and connected to your TV, which is great for travel. I also like how the joysticks can be taken off, so when you do travel, it's compact and can fit into a bag perfectly. It also allows for games to have motion control, similar to the Wii U, or Xbox Kinect. However, I prefer to not be waving the joy sticks everywhere, but they can be utilized in multiplayer games I believe.

In terms of games, there is still a sparce collection of good quality nintendo games, however I am enjoying some of the games such as Splatoon 2 and Paladins. I've even played Fortnite, which I can see why some people may get obsessed. That's the thing with the switch, it's a tiny computer. Even my boyfriend Hender (find him here), has a very expensive gaming computer, and everything that has, this tiny console has, which is very impressive.

The only downside to it all is pricing. This is probably the most expensive console I have, alongside games being in the same price range as PS4, but +10% more. I always felt like Nintendo did good games for a lesser price, but in the past few years, the competition has grew, so so have their prices. An average game costs £49.99. Although, there are some games that cost less than £30, and there is a sale on the EShop at the moment. If anyone is reading, I'll take EShop cards for my birthday!

Would I recommend this? 100%. I'd say if you want a switch, it's definetly worth the money. However, don't impulse spend. Save up for one, as it's not worth not having money. I'd say save so you can buy the console and 2 games atleast. I found the games go for less on Ebay, however some games go for less on the EShop, rather than buying them in person.

Games I would recommend? Splatoon 2, Paladins, Fortnite and Mario Kart 8. These are games I currently have myself. I have heard The Legend of Zelda; Breath of the Wild is good, if you like Open World. Hender has his own switch, and he particularly enjoys Skyrim on the Switch, due to it's motion controls.

I hope in the future, there is an Animal Crossing game, or maybe introducing more games to it, such as The Last of Us (I wish!) or Call of Duty. This console is definitely the way forward in gaming, and if you have one, join some Switch communities and discussions, I would highly recommend to, especially before buying.

Want to play with me? Contact me on social media!

Meet my child; Sox the Spoodle!

So I've had this blog post planned for nearly 2 months now, but just haven't had a chance to fully write it. So here it is! Meet Sox!

Sox (pronounced; Socks) is the new addition to the Sunflower family! He was born on the 24th of February 2018, and joined our family on the 17th of April! He's not only my baby, he's very unique! He's an F1 Mini Spoodle! A spoodle is a mix between a springer spaniel (his mum) and a toy poodle (his dad), which I found so interesting! Especially since his pedigree name is "Salmon Bug", which is really unique and cool.

We found Sox via a facebook post, and the minute we saw him and his siblings we just knew he was meant to join our family. Me and my dad started discussing names, and my dad was very star wars themed which was....not okay! The first time we visited Sox, he was 6 weeks old and it was just a magical experience. Both of the dogs we've had before, I was either too young or it was a scary experience to meet them before they came home, but I loved them just the same. We met all the litter and we decided, the one that comes to us is the one we take home and here we have Sox! He was around 1kg when we got him at 6 weeks old, but now he is around 5 or 6kg at 4 months. He's the happiest, clever and most progressive puppy ever! I mean; look at this smile!

Why the name "Sox"?

Well, under his paws are "white" socks. He has a white beard, a white mallan strip, white paws, white breast and a white snippet on his tail. His socks were what stood out and we knew just from looking at him he was a Sox. I wanted "Socks" but apparently it wasn't "dog" enough, so everyone else voted on Sox. He truly suits his name more for the fact, he likes to steal socks too!

Sox is definetly an amazing addition to our family. He gets to grow with our kids, and grow with me. He's with me 24/7 and always aware of what is going on. He answers to cuddles and kisses, and you hear a strange noise? And he's ready to protect, while maintaining a innocent awareness.

You can follow mine and Sox's adventures on Instagram!

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