Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Ten tips to survive a long haul flight

Hey lovelies
Hope you're all well!
So, if you follow me on social media, you will know I was recently in New York to celebrate Mr Preener and I 10 year wedding anniversary, I got a lot of questions, queries etc about the trip, so now that jetlag has left, and my M.E has got back to its normal state, I am going to upload some content all around the trip including planning, tourist ideas etc.

First of all today, I thought I would give my top tips on how to survive a long haul flight. This was my first flight at 8 hours, and I was dreading it, mainly due to my back and I used a lot of these tips and tricks to get me through the flight.

Neck Pillow
So, this was a big rookie mistake on my part, I bought a cheap one and totally regret it. I thought they would all be the same, but by the time we were in the air in Dublin, my pillow was a sad floppy mess, but gave us some laughs, you can imagine it was even worse on the way back! I will definitely invest in a better one next time.

Light Blanket Scarf
Take a nice light scarf with you and it can double up as a blanket if you get cold, or fold it up for a pillow. I got quite chilly on the flight back and was glad I had popped a nice big scarf in my hand luggage.

Fluffy Socks
My feet swell horribly when flying, even over to England, so I always take a pair of cosy fluffy socks, and the minute I get on the flight, my shoes come off and I get cosy. I think making yourself as cosy as possible makes the journey far easier and more enjoyable.

Flight Socks
I think these are a must for long haul flights, especially if you have any time of health concern. I will be honest I totally forgot on the way over to put them on, I think the excitement was getting to me.

Stretch and walk about
On a long haul flight you really need to make sure you stretch your legs and feet and walk about. Every few mins I raised my feet onto my toes a few times, and rolled my ankles along with stretching my calves. 

Hydrate pre flight and during flight
I always try and stay well hydrated before the flight as there is nothing worse than getting one of those headaches thats all down to dehyration on a flight and feeling really rough. I drunk tiny amounts of water before the flight then I had regular bottles of water on the flight, and I have to admit it really did help, as I didnt feel rough getting off the flight. Its easy to forget about water when there is free drinks available, but I really didnt want to feel rough so I stuck to water, orange juice and a cheeky Coke with my snack.

Face mask and beauty treats
I like using a flight to unwind and do a little pampering. I had no makeup on getting on the flight over but I still used my cleanse off mitt with some of my Image Vital C Cleanser to freshen my skin, then I popped on one of the Image sheet Masks, I think I scared Nikki at one stage when she turned round, but I wasnt the only one on the flight with a sheet mask. My skin felt fab after it. The air is all recycled so its drying out your skin at a shocking rate, so using masks is a great way to pump some hydration back in. I made sure to use a nice lip balm to keep my lips hydrated.

Before going on our trip, I downloaded a couple of movies and some episodes of the Crown, please tell me someone else is obsessed with this at the minute, and it really helped pass the time on the flight. Make sure you have a portable charger and any connecting leads with you, as your flight might not have USB chargers. I can never settle to read very much on a flight but I read a few chapters of my new book. I find listening to soothing music, watching a movie or an episode of my fave show makes me enjoy the flight a little more.

Take some snacks
We were given a snack and meal on the flights, but I decided to pack a couple of snacks for Scott and I, and it was so handy to have. I packed a couple of the Nakd bars, and some crisps and a cheeky pack of haribo. I wouldnt be an overly fussy eater but we all know what flight food can be like.

Sit back and relax
Flying can be really anxiety inducing for some, and I truly think if you can try and make it as enjoyable and have some home comforts with you, it will help the flight and experience be far more enjoyable. I got anxious a few times on the way there, but I think it was a mixture of nerves and excitement, but I just focused on my movie, and kept thinking about the amazing holiday that lay ahead.

Gang I hope you enjoyed those little tips, and if you use some let me know. If youre heading on a flight soon, I hope youre off to somwehre fab.
Till next time lovelies
Ali x

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

2017 Looking back to move forward

When you think back on 2017 what do you feel? Happy, sad,regretful, content. I am a very mixed bag if I am honest.
A week into 2018 and it's given me an opportunity to look back, but also look forward.

My health hasn't been great at all this year and I went through a big scare with my heart which I am still working through but you know what, knowing that I have the tools to get healthier etc lets me see I can make the changes needed.

We went through a hard time as a family, but with love and faith everything worked out and we could smile again. Sometimes you just gotta hold on to the knowledge that it will turn out ok.

Our fertility journey had to end as I have had to look at my health more closely and at the minute it's better to get healthier first, that was a bitter pill to swallow, but I know in times we can pick things up again, and try again.

2017 was definitely a year of ups and downs and one of the biggest ones is my best friend Joanne got engaged to the fab Gareth. Joanne went through an awful period and to see her get her happy ever after, well I am bloody chuffed and I can't wait to buy a hat.

I spent some fantastic nights in and out with my two main men. I couldn't love these two anymore if I tried, through all the downs they have stood firm beside me, and never faltered.

Another high was we booked NYC and as you read this I am probably writing and rewriting our itinerary lol we head away soon to celebrate 10 years of married bliss and in all honesty we couldn't be happier. NYC has been on the bucketlist for a long time. We are going with our best friends Nicola and Alex, and judging by this pic of Nikki and I on a night out, I would say some laughs will be had.

Another big big high is my blogging girls. We shared some fab days and nights and ended the year with a lovely dinner and a secret Santa. I can honestly say this year has brought me closer to so many of the girls, and they have helped me through so so many rough days, I would be lost without them. I think 2018 will bring more laughs and fun with them for sure.

We had some great nights out with friends, these guys and girls, see me through so many rough times, and I cant wait to make 2018 even better with them.

So, looking into 2018, where do you want to be?
I know for me the main focus is health, with that comes weight loss and for me now it's purely for health.

I don't really make resolutions they are more so goals, I don't like the word resolution if i am honest, so I hear you yell what are these goals, sometimes with the word resolution comes lots of pressure for me, so goals that are achievable is definitely my way forward this year.

Try and be more mindful and present
2017 was the year I discovered meditation and mindfulness and I really try hard with it, but like anything I could try harder and practice it more. It really clears my head and makes me see things clearer.

Work on my health
Well that's a big goal and has to come in a few parts. Firstly weight, I am not putting numbers out there this year but I just need to lose it to become healthier to achieve my dream of becoming a mummy in a few years. That crave for a baby never leaves and I need to be healthier to get the treatment we need desperately.
I am not going to be 100% all of the time and that's ok, we fall but I will get back up.
I had a big scare with the ticker this year and although it could have been better it could have been a lot worse but I got the all clear from the team to start light exercise, so I am determined even if it's small there will be a start. You guys know my battle with M.E and my spine but you know what, I just have to adjust and be safe and I will. I love the feeling it gives to exercise, nature's endorphins!
Working on my diabetes is a huge one, but I know with healthier choices it will start and work better.
I need to drink 3 litres a day of water in some capacity, now I know you're gonna go Alison what you playing at, hear me out. I am now on a trial of a medication for my diabetes which is all to do with hormones and kidneys and basically it's to help the kidneys flush the sugar etc easier.

Another big goal is to actually do what I want with the blog. So many times this past year I have said, oh I need to do this, have the latest product, be seen at the right events but nope not this year. My blogging girls are amazing, I have so much love for them it makes me so happy to have them in my life. They are all amazing in their own way.

I think all that should keep me going for a while, what do you think?

I think that's enough goals for now gang, so where do you see yourself this year. I wish you nothing but love and luck this year. Strive to make every dream possible and you will achieve it.

Till next time preeners, stay safe and keep smiling
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