#SmearForSmear 2018

As the www.jostrust.org.uk #SmearforSmear 2018 campaign has just drawn to a close, I thought I'd re-post an old post from a few years ago about my first smear experience. 

Yes, that's right. Only a few years ago, aged 30! 

Hopefully by people sharing their own stories, by showing that being scared is totally normal, by letting people know that in reality it really isn't that scary, we can encourage others to go for that all important overdue smear.

"We want every woman to know that smear tests can prevent cervical cancer. Help us reach as many women as possible with a message about the importance of smear tests. Your post might be the reminder or encouragement someone needs to go for their smear test, it could save a life." Jo's Trust

My Story, 2015

Just go for your Smear.

Easy right? Just go?

Or maybe not....

The current guidelines in England are that every women is invited to have a smear test at 25.

I was no different.

The letter landed on my doorstep shortly after my 25th Birthday.

And what did I do? 

Book the appointment?

Nope. Of course not. 

18 things for 2018

HOW are we in 2018 already?

Seriously, it baffles me how fast the years go the older you get.

You may remember my New Year New Me post from last year? 

(And yes, I was baffled by the fact it was 2017 already on that post too. It feels like I only wrote it yesterday.)

Back then I decided to keep it short and manageable, setting myself just 5 realistic but worthy goals for the year and I'm happy to say, I managed to keep up most of them really quite easily (I could have stressed a little less if I'd have tried that bit harder!)

This year, thanks to Leslie at www.messyblog.uk who has tagged me in her 18 things for 2018 post, I am once again sat here trying to put together a list of things I hope to achieve/ improve/ cut out for the next year and beyond.

The ultimate Christmas gift guide for all the family

I have been very busy here at Dancing dandelions HQ sourcing some of the best products on the market and believe I have managed to find something for everyone here.

I know only too well how stressful it can be trying to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, so hopefully this will help give you some inspiration!

Recipe: Gingerbread cupcakes topped with cinnamon & toffee frosting

My children are currently LOVING gingerbread. My 6 year old made some gingerbread men (recipe here) to take to school and they are addicted to the new McVities mini gingerbread (seen here on the cakes) so I thought, as my main love is cupcakes I'd combine the two.

And, well, we're SO close to Christmas now (Eeek!) and gingerbread just IS Christmas.

There's seriously no better smell than ginger and cinnamon wafting through the house on a cold December day.

What's the worst Christmas gift you have ever received? Is it as bad as these bloggers received?

As I am currently compiling my Christmas gift guide which features some absolutely cracking gifts for the loved ones in your life, it got me thinking about the bad ones I have received over the years too....

And there have been a few!

I'm not sure who of my family & friends read my blog and I'm too much of a wuss to reveal all just in case, because one thing I can say is that although I have received some really terrible gifts over the years, I do believe they have been given with love by people who truly thought they had found something perfect for me.

I really wouldn't want to upset people...however, if you have gifted me something ever, be aware, it could be you ;-) 

(perhaps check out my gift guide coming up this week to discover what I really would like to receive this Christmas)

So instead, I have asked my fellow blogging friends to spill the beans on their own disastrous, naff, unthoughtful or downright bizarre gifts!!!

Christmas bucket list [Printable pdf included]

My printable resources have proved to be extremely popular especially my summer and autumn bucket lists and so I thought I would share my Christmas bucket list with you all today!

These are things I like to do for our own family each season to help gather ideas of what we all might like to do and as a way of ensuring that we actually do things.

10 things you might not know about me. #10thingsaboutme

So I was tagged in this meme months and months ago on instagram by a few people and never got around to doing it so I thought I'd share some interesting (maybe) facts on here instead as a little 'getting to know you' post because although I've been blogging a while now, I don't really share much about myself!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: John Lewis Ad 2017 #MozTheMonster

Some of the World's top creative minds have been employed. 

Millions have been spent. 

The film has been months in the making and shrouded in secrecy.

Journalists had even had to sign legal non-disclosure agreements prior to watching pre-launch copies.

My view: Hollywood Sexual Harassment Scandal #MeToo

I'm not normally one to weigh in on these debates and offer my opinion because in general I like to keep things light but some things are sometimes too important to avoid and hide away from for the sake of light-heartedness. Its exactly avoiding the issue that has created this huge one. 
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