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27th December: A relaxing Christmas.

Hi readers,

All things considering my Christmas went pretty well. I spent the day with my family. Think I also eat a little too much food.

It seemed to be over within a flash. I can’t believe the countdown is officially over now. It seemed very weird not doing blogmas anymore. Now to look forward to hopefully a better new year.

Hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Christmas.

Wishing everyone the best.

Take care Lauren x

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December 24th: Merry Christmas and end of blogmas.

Hi readers,

Just wanted a quick post to wish everyone a happy Christmas! Can’t believe it’s that time of year again. I’m so proud of posting on my blog every day for twenty-four days. I’ve enjoyed it, and it’s taught me a lot.

It may be quiet this year. However, I’m going to try and make it the best I can.

Wishing for better things for everyone in 2021

Have a safe Christmas and new year guys.

Thank you for reading

Lauren x

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December 23rd: Things you can do on Christmas Eve.

Hi readers,

Happy Christmas Eve Eve everyone! Here are some ideas for activities you can do tomorrow.

Bake- Bake some Christmas treats such as mince pies or cookies.

Watch a Christmas film– There are so many to chose from, have a relax on a sofa with a Christmas film.

Read– Read some Christmas themed books.

Sing and Listen to Christmas Music- The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Do some Christmas craft- Colour or create something Christmasy. Papercraft or knitting are my personal favourites.

Have a walk around the local area and see lights on houses- I love seeing the Christmas lights around the Local area.

Do something charitable– Reflect on those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Wish everyone you know a Merry Christmas! This year, it’s so important to keep in touch with others.

Thank you for reading.

Take care Lauren

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December 22nd: Questions about Crohn’s Disease.

Hi readers,

Sorry if it’s not a very Christmas one again.

Today I discovered a website and a brilliant idea called In My Shoes. The concept is getting others to understand what it is like to cope with Crohn’s and Colitis. So in light of that, I thought I would answer a few of Googles most searched questions on Crohn’s disease, as best as possible.

How do you get Crohn’s- I think this one is for the medical experts. The possible cause is unknown. Many factors have been researched, such as genetics, diet and environment. No one is one hundred percent sure yet.

What does a Crohn’s attack feel like? It feels like a sharp stabbing pain in my stomach. Also, it makes me extremely fatigued. Trying not to get too graphic but I make many toilet stops if you get my gist.

Cure for Crohn’s disease– Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Crohn’s disease. However, some treatments and procedures can help with symptoms.

What do I have to avoid with Crohn’s disease? Alcohol, cigarettes and spicy food. I don’t smoke, but I do allow myself a wine occasionally and some spicy food.

Thank you for reading.

Take care Lauren

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December 21st: Christmas unpopular Food Opinions

Hello readers,

Here are some of my unpopular Christmas (ish) food opinions. Hope you enjoy it.

Mince pies are lovely.

Brussels are nice.

I hate creme eggs

Bounty in a celebration tin isn’t that bad.

I prefer savoury to sweet.

Hot chocolate is not nice.

Chocolate ice cream isn’t nice either.

Boxing day food and the leftovers are great.

Thank you for reading.

Take care Lauren x

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December 20th: How I’m dealing with not getting the Christmas I planned 2020.

Hi readers,

So I don’t think many people are getting the Christmas they planned this year. It hasn’t been an easy year. Now further disruption from announcements of tier four restrictions in the UK. It’s dishearting, but here is how I’m trying to cope and stay positive for Christmas 2020.

Video calling– As I am in a long-distance relationship, I know video calls can be a saviour. It’s comfort. I’m going to try calling and video calling as much as possible.

Trying to distract myself- I’m going to do as many indoor Christmas activities as possible.

Look forwards- There will be hopefully many more Christmases and occasions I will be able to celebrate.

Take one day at a time- When life gets too much I’m always trying to tell myself just take one day at a time.

Accept it’s okay to be upset– I’m not pressuring myself to be completely happy always. Life doesn’t work that way. It’s how I react and pick myself up is the main thing.

Thank you for reading

Take care Lauren x

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December 18th: Woodland walks, I’m so clumsy (funny story)

Hi readers,

I thought it would be good to have a nice walk around the local woods; since the weather has been surprisingly nice today.

The woods were lovely and scenic. However, it quickly becomes very muddy.

I’ve always been clumsy person since being young. So it was no surprise to me when the trail got muddier, I fell straight on my bum. The only good thing is that no one see.

The mud got all over me I was completely covered. Roll on Christmas as I have asked some proper walking boots. Hopefully, no more incidents will happen again.

Walking has defiantly helped me during the lockdown. I’ve enjoyed getting out in nature and discovering new places.

Who else is really clumsy? It can’t just be me.

Thank you for reading.

Take care Lauren

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December 17th: Blogging and how it has helped me.

Hi readers,

Blogging has made a massive impact on my life. Blogging every day has had its difficulties but major advantages also.

Blogging has allowed structure in my life.

It’s allowed an active routine. Even though some days I don’t know what day it is, I know that I have to blog at the end of the day.

Blogging has inspired me to try different things.

Not only have I enjoyed writing, but I’ve also enjoyed being inspired by others and their blogs.

Blogging has allowed my general English to improve.

I wasn’t always the best at English at school, but blogging has allowed my spelling, grammar and language to improve.

It’s allowed me to create.

Blogging has made me feel as I have a very creative side.

I feel apart of a community.

There is a community feel within blogging. It does feel as though you are apart of peoples lives.

What do you think the advantages of blogging are?

Thank you for reading.

Take care Lauren x

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December 16th: My story with Crohn’s Disease.

Hi readers,

This blog post will be quite a long one, but I thought it would be a good idea to write about my journey with Crohn’s disease. Sorry if bowel talk isn’t very Christmassy.

I will always remember going back to my last year at school. I was in my lesson, and I remember telling a friend I just didn’t feel right. I was only fifteen, but I felt tired. It was persistent, so I visited the doctors.

Later on, I had a blood test. It didn’t take long for me to get told that I was anaemic. So I was prescribed iron tablets and started taking them straight away.

However, the symptoms didn’t stop. Also, I realised I was developing new symptoms, horrible stomach pain, and diarrhoea.

After going back to the doctors, then the tests started to begin. The doctors were coming up with lot’s of causes to what I was experiencing. The first thing they thought was irritable bowel, then food intolerances and even a rumbling appendix.

I had blood tests, MRI scans and ultrasounds. But nothing, in particular, was found. During the time, I was unable to go to school, and it was taking a toll on my mental health. It felt like I was never going to know what was wrong.

It took around a year, but I finally got the answers when I had an endoscopy.

The doctor then diagnosed me with Crohn’s disease. An inflammatory bowel condition. Even though it is a lifelong condition, treatment can ease symptoms.

After being put on a medication called Azathioprine, it changed my life. At twenty-one, my symptoms are pretty mellow. I do still get a painful stomach some days, but it is much better now than how I was when it first started.

Thank you for reading.

Take care Lauren x

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December 15th: My Christmas Booklist.

Hi readers,

Here are some books I would like to read during the Christmas season.

1. Christmas at Lock Keeper’s Cottage- Lucy Coleman.

2. Christmas in Cockleberry Bay- Nicola May.

3. Holly’s Christmas countdown- Suzie Tulett.

4. Christmas Calamity at the Vicarage- Emily Organ

5. Magic Under the Mistletoe- Lucy Coleman.

6. No Room at the Little Cornish Inn- Nancy Barone.

7. A perfect Paris Christmas- Mandy Baggot.

8. The Christmas Pauper- Iris Cole.

9. Christmas In Mistletoe- Clare Lydon.

10. If Every Day Was Christmas- Donna Ashcroft.

11. One Family Christmas- Bella Osborne.

12. Just for Christmas- Emily Harvale.

Thank you for reading.

Take care Lauren x