Omg! Omg! Omg!

OMG! I just had to share my find on Facebook this week…

Cephalopodo! 

Squids

Cephalopodo is a home grown business created by a girl called Leah and she creates squishy Squid Plushies and they are just the cutest darn thing I have ever seen!!

Cephalopodo Eyes

Look At That Cute Little Face!!

Her mission is ‘to spread the love and appreciation for even the most overlooked sea creatures’ and she makes them from her home in Chester, UK. She was kind enough to speak to me the other day and told me that the reason she started Cephalopodo was because she had always wanted a giant squid plushie for herself and so decided to make her own and found that she enjoyed it so much she wanted to make more and more. Leah says these handmade squid plushies are Ideal for cuddling or for a friendly dinner date!

Cephalopodo

These cute little guys are not so little though. Leah custom makes your new best friend in sizes starting from an adorable 2.5ft (good for a wee cuddle) to an amazingly impressive 8ft!! (I’m guessing these are the guys who make great dining company) and you can pick which ever colour you want! And if all this isn’t enough, she even donates 10% of every sale to the Marine Conservation Society (Click here to check them out and donate) to protect the seas! Just incredible. 

Cephalopodo Sizes

Check out her Facebook page or visit her store on Etsy to order!
Facebook: Cephalopodo Plushies
Etsy: Cephalopodo Plushies

But order quickly as (due to the fact that she needs to sew everything by hand!) Leah can only take so many orders in one go!

Cephalopodo Collection

So now you know what’s on the top of my Christmas Wish List!

Much Love
Laura xo

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Somebody To Lean On…

I wanted to do a post about an issue that is gaining a lot of awareness at the moment (and understandingly), Mental Health. As you are all aware no doubt, the world has just lost a very amazing man, Robbin Williams. Like most other children of my generation, Robin Williams was there throughout my childhood, making me laugh, cry, think, he played a huge part in my growing up and I am extremely sad that he felt he needed to take his own life. I don’t tend to believe everything I hear in the media because I don’t think everyone tells the truth (a story is a story as long as it sounds convincing at the end of the day) so I don’t know the reasons why or what was going on exactly. I know he has suffered through out his life from interviews I have seen him do, but regardless of the reasons, he was a comedic genius, an amazing actor and had a voice like an angel (now I know you’re all remembering Mrs Doubtfire!) and it was such a tragic loss. He will never be forgotten.

But the realism of the situation is that people are committing suicide every day. Just yesterday, in Darlington (where I live) a young man climbed out his hotel window, 4 stories up, and was going to jump! The police took 2 hours to eventually coax the man back inside (thank god!) but I, who at the time was at work, was absolutely disgusted at the reaction of the public. There were crowds of hundreds of people watching, encouraging him to jump, clapping, filming, cheering, calling him an attention seeker, people even said that his causing the town to be blocked off was a nuisance! And it got me thinking, what kind of world do we live in when we can’t find compassion for someone who has, most obviously, reached the end of their tether! What gives these people the right to think that because they have had to park further from the town center or take an extra 5 minutes out of their oh so busy schedule to walk around the barricades that were put up, that this person is nothing more than an inconvenience to them? This man was going to jump off a building! Kill himself, leave his mother and father, brothers and sisters, daughters and sons, with a hole in their heart that would never fully heal! Have we become so self involved and pessimistic and heartless that, rather than feel worry or empathy, we immediately attack someone who has hit rock bottom? It was just unbelievable, I actually spent 30 minutes with a customer that spent the whole time rushing me because he wanted to get back to watching this poor man toil with the idea of ending his life or not. I felt completely disgusted. (Not to mention, did these people even think about what they would actually witness if this guy did jump? While they were stood there with their children wishing they had a tub of popcorn? They would never be able to wipe those images from their minds!)

Mainly what got to me though is the fact this this poor fella had reached a point where he saw no other option, like Robin Williams, he felt there was only one option left for him, and if he hadn’t been in the town center where someone noticed and talked him down, he could have died yesterday and that is something that should never be an option. Obviously (as I said before) I don’t know people’s individual situations but there should always be another option. People who feel they have to hurt themselves, try to kill them selves or even before that, people who are just feeling down and overwhelmed, rather than being coaxed to jump off a building should be encouraged to seek help! No-one should feel so alone and desperate. There is always someone who will happily listen and try to help. Even if that’s a professional who can administer drugs or professional advice or a loved one who can just hold you when your feeling down, make you laugh, listen to how you’re feeling, anything. You are never alone. This world can sometimes seem so heartless and cold but there honestly are people out there who are willing and eager to help.

If you do feel like you want to harm yourself SEEK HELP! I know it’s easier said than done. A lot of people don’t like to acknowledge issues, or talk to people or even admit to themselves that they can’t cope but you have to try. Just try talking to someone, even once.

Below are a few services to call for help and advice and remember, no reason it a stupid reason, you feel what you feel at the end of the day and no-one can judge you for that. We all have our limits of coping and what we can and can’t cope with. 

Samaritans – Offering emotional support 24 hours a day – Tel: 08457 90 90 90

NHS Mental Health Helpline – Specialising in listening, emotional support and wellbeing – Tel: 0500 639000

Mind Infoline – Provides confidential mental health information services (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) – Tel: 0300 123 3393

Sane Line – Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them (6pm-11pm) – Tel: 0845 767 8000

I probably haven’t said anything that you don’t already know and I probably have rambled on a bit too much but I just felt like I needed to do my part in creating awareness of this. This is an issue that I really feel strongly about. Everyone feels overwhelmed from time to time and in this day an age when the pressure can really be on in relation to getting a job, keeping a job, keeping up mortgage payments and the like and even in social media, the increase and ease of cyber bullying and the pressure put on people to look a certain way, do certain things to be ‘cool’, it’s so easy to cross that line and feel like it’s all too much to cope with. People should know that there is someone out there who really does care.

Changing Seasons

Well we’re getting back round to that time of year again when the weather becomes a little unpredictable and it’s not always wise to step out the house without at least a cardigan or jumper on hand for when those clouds cover the sky and the temperature drops a bit.

If you’re anything like me then the change in seasons is exciting, due to the new fashions that will be available for Autumn/Winter, but also dreaded because my body can change so much in a few months (this time its gotten bigger thanks to my love affair with the local takeaway I have invested in this summer! I just can’t be bothered to cook when it’s warm and I’ve been at work all day) so I am now spending my wages (before I have even received them!) and I’m looking to invest my money in something to keep me warm.

As a general rule I don’t like to shop cheap, not for my essential items anyway. I’ll happily go to Primark for some strappy tops, vest or t-shirts to bulk out my wardrobe but I like to spend a little more on my staple items (not too much though. I’m not made of money!) so I know that I’m going to have something good quality that lasts, so here are a few things I have my eye on to keep me going through the coming colder months. (Click the image to be taken directly to the website where you can purchase it)

Sailor moon

Sailor Moon Sweater $34.99 (approx £22)

Little Lamb

Alpaca Hoodie $42.99 (approx. £27)

Crazy For Daiseys

Daisies Sweater $35 (approx. £22)

Cute Rabbit Cardigan

Rabbit Cardigan $25.95 (approx. £17)

Cat

Cat Face Jumper $29.99 (approx £19)

 Not all these prices include postage and packaging but there is something here for most budgets.

Much Love
Laura xo

Here It Goes Again…

Hi, I’m Laura.

This is probably the 50 millionth time I have reassessed my decision to start a blog. I have designed and re designed and tried to theme and create a blog that is so spectacular and interesting that I eventually lost sight of what I was trying to achieve. I wanted to start something for me. A place I could showcase all my hobbies, obsessions, interests and ideas and share them other like minded people but I got so involved with making it likable so people would read it that I was overwhelmed by it and so, stopped blogging.

But I had a wake up call this year. I spend so much of my time working in a job that doesn’t make me happy and I have been doing a degree that hasn’t been much fun at all and has had me in a state of distress every month when an assignment is due in and when I took a step back I though ‘Why?’ Why am I doing things that don’t make me happy? As I’m sure most of you will agree, life goes by too fast (I saw a post of Facebook the other week saying ‘Only 19 Fridays till Christmas! Christmas! That’s another year nearly over in the blink of an eye) and I realised I haven’t really done much that has made me happy this year so I decided to stop worrying about assignments and work and pour all my energy into doing something that makes me happy. Like Blogging!

I love to write and when it’s about things I’m passionate about it’s even better. So I’m picking this back up. A fresh layout, a fresh start and this time it’s for me. I’m not going to lie, if there are others reading this blog, it’s probably going to be all over the place. I’m naturally indecisive and I go through phases where I want to be the next Carrie Bradshaw one week then a tree hugging hippie the next. I’m not a consistent person at all but I hope, if anyone but me is reading this, that you enjoy my writing and enjoy the things I’m talking about.

If there is anyone out there (Hello? …. hello?…. hello?…. hello?….. hello?) Please feel free to leave comments, start conversations with people about topics I bring up. This is your space as much as mine.

Much Love
Laura xo