UK Blog Awards 2017: Public Vote!


If I’m honest this is a complete stab in the dark. Thousands of bloggers enter the UK Blog Awards – large, small, newbies, professionals. I am by no means a professional in any way and I’ve only been blogging for a year but hey, you don’t know if you don’t try. So here we are. I have entered my blog into the Health & Social Care category (focus is on mental health, of course).

So. If you enjoy reading my mental health posts or if they have helped you in any way at all I would be hugely grateful if you fancied voting for Little Thoughts in this year’s awards! If not, that’s cool, I told you this was a complete stab, but if so, I may just love you forever.

To vote for Little Thoughts please follow this link

Hannah x

KISS GelFantasy Home Manicure

If you saw my post last Sunday you will already know that I was lucky enough to attend the KISS blogger event and was given lots of lovely goodies! One of the things I really want to share with you guys is the GelFantasy nails because I absolutely love them and I have to say, I was really pleasantly surprised by these.

I’ve always been a fan of a good manicure but gave up with acrylics because of the state they left my nails in. I decided that it was expensive and damaging to my natural nails, so stopped having them done. Instead, I got a gel manicure set so that I could have gel manicures at home – without spending a fortune – and for me, these stick-on nails are the perfect solution to a professional mani without the cost or damage!

Each set gives you the choice of either using glue or sticky tabs. I decided to use the glue as I felt quite dubious – can they really be as good and as long lasting as salon nails? Turns out that yes, yes they can! These nails lasted until I took them off. That sounds really silly because you wouldn’t expect any different but with nails, this is not the case. So many times I’ve used stick-on nails and they’ve gradually pinged off as I’ve washed my hands or opened a door or boiled the kettle. I put these on, on Monday night before the KISS event and they lasted until the following Sunday – even then they only came off because I removed them myself – now I’ve put red ones on for my work Christmas party which was last night.

I would definitely recommend these if you’re looking for the salon professional look without the price or damage. Has anyone else tried them? I’d love to know what you think!

Hannah x

To Anyone Who Suffers from a Mental Illness

Sometimes I just need to write. It’s not always interesting or blog-worthy – sometimes it’s published, sometimes it’s not – but for me, these kind of posts highlight the exact reason I started my blog. The kind of posts that don’t get titles until they’re written because you just don’t know what route they will take. To me, there is something really great about that. These kind of posts either end up being an irrelevant brain dump or they end up being quite deep – something that I’m really feeling inside and it’s always important to remember why I do this. Why I started my blog, who I am, what I stand for.

So what are all those things? Why did I start my blog? What do I stand for? I think that by now, anyone who reads my blog probably knows the answer to this. My passion is mental health and since I started my blog that mental health aspect is something I’m constantly working on, every day. I didn’t think it would take this route but it has and I do it because it helps. It helps me and (I think) it helps others so, if you suffer from a mental illness, this one’s for you.

There’s a good chance that you won’t believe a single word that you read here. That’s okay though – I do get it – this time last year I too didn’t believe a word anybody told me. But one day you will, and this post is here for that day. Not only that day, many days I hope. The days where your faith has gone and you’re no longer hopeful; the days where everything has gone wrong; the days where nothing has gone wrong but you still feel awful; the days that you’ve lost who you are; the days that you think you’re weak; the days that nothing will help; the days that you feel that you can’t go on.

Hear it from me (well, read it), you can. You can go on and you will. Now the reality is, it’s not down to me whether you go on or not, it’s down to you. That’s the point. When you feel like you no longer have a choice, remind yourself that you do. Remind yourself that some days are bloody awful. Some days just can’t be faced at all. But your worst day can only ever be a day. Every single day has the same amount of time and when that time is up the sun will rise and a new day will start, no matter what. Allow your bad day to last for only a day. Sure, there are phases. I find that sometimes I’ll wake up anxious one morning and it would last until the following week but the point I’m making is that it always ends. What’s that saying? Something like, bad news is: nothing lasts forever. The good news is: nothing lasts forever. Remember that in those times of complete and utter despair there is always something. I’m talking from my own experience here. When I thought it couldn’t get any worse, something would happen that reminded me of ‘the other side’ of life. Something good would happen at work. My favourite movie would be on. Someone would send me a message. My boyfriend would bring me chocolates. My three year old brother would say ‘Hannah, can you play this with me?’

I think I’m rambling – probably about nothing – but the point is that there is always something and when you can’t see it, look. Some days you have to search really damn hard and some days you won’t have the energy to look at all but I just ask that you try. Try and find that one thing in each day that reminds of you why you’re still here. When you can’t see anything, remember. Remember life before this and what made you happy. What really keeps you going? Think of that. Think of recovery and how beautiful it is to experience life when it’s good. Think about others who have recovered or who are in recovery and let them inspire you. The bottom line here is that it’s not easy but it’s possible. Anyone can recover. You can and will. Just like I am.

Thinking of you,

My First Beauty Event | KISS

On Tuesday I went to my first ever beauty event and it was pretty exciting. Sounds kind of silly but felt like my little blog was going somewhere and wasn’t completely pointless, and being able to get through the day anxiety-free made it quite special. We met at SUSHISAMBA which is a beautiful restaurant on the 39th floor of Heron Tower, London. I don’t actually like sushi so I didn’t eat but can we just appreciate that I even made it to the 39th floor without panicking?! The lift was glass, really quick and I hate heights.

Before lunch we had a drink – complimentary cocktails, woo – but there’s me with my Coke because I don’t drink! I was the first to arrive so I chatted with the organisers and became familiar with the venue and after about ten minutes Jess Wright walked in. It was one of those moments where you can’t really say anything or even really think anything because she was quite possibly the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Of course, she looks pretty on-screen, but in person she was absolutely stunning. We had a chat and a Q&A with Jess before heading into the restaurant.

The lovely girls at Alex Silver had created a seating plan and I could not have been happier with where I was sat. I was next to Sophie of Sophie Rose Hearts who I’d spoken to briefly on Twitter, opposite Ashleigh at Alex Silver who I’d spoken to via email and Twitter and who is so bloody cool, and the simply fabulous Gail Porter (!!) Turns out Gail has just started a blog.

If somebody told me a year ago when I started my blog that I’d be having dinner on the 39th floor (eek) of a London building with Gail Porter and Jess Wright I would have told them that they were talking out of their arse, but here we are.

Throughout lunch we chatted away and I had such a laugh – I even relaxed enough to have a glass of rosé – and literally, Gail is one of the loveliest, funniest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. It was like meeting up with an old friend. If you fancy checking out her blog, here’s a link.

Anyway, let me tell you a bit about the products I’ve got my hands on thanks to the incredibly generous goodybags:

KISS Gel Fantasy Nails
imPRESS Press-On Manicure
KISS Salon Acrylic Nude French Nails
KISS Strengthening Manicure System
KISS Blooming Lash Eyelashes
KISS True Volume Eyelashes
KISS Wing It Eyeliner
KISS Beautiful Brow Kit

I was very lucky to try out the Gel Fantasy nails before the event so these nails were applied on Monday evening using the nail glue included and here they are on Saturday. 5 days later and still exactly how they were when I first applied them. I was a bit dubious about the glue and whether these nails would hold after showers, baths and general life etc. but they certainly have!

Now as I recieved so many lovely things from the event I thought it wouldn’t be fair to keep it all to myself, especially as I don’t wear fake eyelashes anyway. So, I am holding a giveaway for one week to give you lovelies the chance to win some great KISS and imPRESS products! Including a range of eyelashes, 2 sets of nails and a waterproof eyeliner (including stencils for the perfect flick). All you have to do is head over to my Twitter and see my pinned tweet for details!

There will be reviews to follow on all of the products I got excluding those in the giveaway.

Hannah x

Therapy for Anxiety #9


I don’t actually have much to say this week. Not much really happened in this week’s session. Also, sorry for the delay for this week’s post – I’ve had flu and to be honest I haven’t wanted to do anything at all let alone muster up the energy to think back all the way to Tuesday night…

We focused on something slightly different this week and we weren’t looking at trauma – that’s all done – instead we focused on a perception I have of a particular memory and what it meant. This is something that effects me on a regular basis and is a huge anxiety trigger for me so this is an area that I was looking forward to covering.

Whether it’s worked or not we’ll see in time, but I think something’s definitely changed. This particular issue is based on physical health – I’ve had flu since Tuesday night and it hasn’t caused me any anxiety, just inconvenience. So that’s definitely something. Also, on Tuesday I went to a blog event which meant travelling to London and back on my own and socialising with people I’ve never met before. It was fine – no problems at all. That’s not something I thought I’d be saying anytime soon!

Sorry it’s such a short post this week – not much has happened (in a good way) and I’m still poorly so bear with.

Hannah x