Monday, 16 December 2019

Christmas Eve Nostalgia

I’m haven't been feeling Christmas the last few years; I know, I know, blasphemous, but it’s the truth. Just call me the Grinch. I’m 32, I don’t have kids and I just don’t get excited anymore, it’s a strange feeling. However, I won’t bore you all and complain about the holidays, instead I’m going to take you down memory lane and share a few things that made my past Christmases unforgettable and really special.

Friday, 18 October 2019

My Dream Accessible Bathroom

cream bathroom with white toilet, sink and cabinet, chrome shower

*Disclaimer: This post is commissioned by Bathing Solutions to give my thoughts on what I look for in an accessible bathroom

We moved house at the end of April and I love our accessible bungalow; it's really big, plenty of room for my wheelchair, lots of storage space and just all-round amazing. However, whoever lived here before us really (and I mean  REALLY) liked pink. The whole house was pink and floral, not to my taste in the slightest. Ian has worked his way through a few rooms and we're more modern, yet our bathroom is hideous.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Accessibility: Captioning Your Instagram Story

poster with text 'caption Instagram Story' with black background, and pink and white brush strokes

If you're using Instagram Story and are not adding captions when you speak on there, why? Yes, it takes a bit more time. Yes, you have to watch your clips back a few times, but ultimately, Instagram, and all aspects of social media and the internet should be accessible to everyone.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Meet Our New Addition: George the Cockapoo

My darling little Teddy bear has a baby brother; say 'hello' to our gorgeous, George. 

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Why I Decided on Quick-Step Laminate Flooring as a Wheelchair User

Woman in powerchair wearing heart print shirt, black jeans and trainers, next to her on wooden flooring is a red and white cockapoo

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Quick-Step

It feels like ages ago that we moved house but we've only actually lived in our new bungalow a couple of months and the decorating is still all on-going. There's currently only the hall that is complete; or so my boyfriend will tell you, I, however still need mirrors and art hanging, and then it'll be ready. But, the walls are done and the floor is down, so technically it's just the added extras that need doing. 

Friday, 14 June 2019

Teddy Pupdate: One Year On

Red and white cockapoo puppy with tongue out

The end of May was Teddy's Gotcha Day and I, of course am late in doing a pupdate but better late than never, right?

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

My Biggest Insecurity As A Child

Bare shoulder with broken blood vessels at top of arm and shoulder

Do you ever look back at things you used to worry about as a child and wonder why you wasted so much time thinking about them? Things that kept you up at night? Things that you made a big deal out of? Things that were so small you don't even think about now?

Monday, 20 May 2019

The Chronic Illness Diaries: Fatigue, Fatigue, Fatigue

legs in black pyjamas with white butterflies on pink sheet with books, glasses and phone

Sleeping is a funny thing; sometimes I don't do it at all, other times I do it too much and sometimes it's a mixture of both, thus resulting in a very zombie-like Sarah.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Not Feeling Guilty When Needing To Rest

Yellow graphic with pink flowers and text 'Needing to rest does not make you weak'

It's been a struggle for me these last few weeks. I've not opened my laptop, I've barely even looked at it sat on my living room floor as the thought of writing, trying to write has filled me with dread. Not only that but I've had zero energy.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Disabled and Sexy: Bras from Figleaves

Woman with long brown hair and glasses wearing black lace bralette and blue and white mans shirt

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Figleaves

This kind of content is way out of my comfort zone but I want to show that plus size, disabled bodies are desirable and sexy. With that in mind, I picked a few bras from Figleaves that made me feel all kinds of beautiful. It's amazing what lingerie can do!

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Dog Friendly Fife: Teddy's First Holiday

red and white cockapoo puppy sat indoors wearing blue tartan bandana

Our eleventh month old Cockapoo, Teddy joined us on our week away to Fife; it was his first holiday and he had lots of new, exciting experiences.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Accessible Days Out in Fife: StAnza and Beach Wheelchairs

StAnza banner on side of wall

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Visit Scotland

During my week-long stay in Fife, I had three accessible days out planned; I was visiting the Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (you can read all about that here), catching a poetry performance at StAnza and venturing to St Andrews beach to test the beach wheelchairs.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Accessible Day Out at Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries

The exterior of the library, a brown, new building

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Visit Scotland

The first full day we had in Fife I spent exploring the Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, and it was awesome. As a book lover, a history fan and someone that loves to learn, visiting the DCL&G was always going to be a winning day out for me.

Friday, 29 March 2019

Accessible Accommodation in Fife: Homelands Trust and The Rings

The Rings building set in rolling hills

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Visit Scotland

Whilst staying in Fife we got to stay in two different locations; Homelands Trust in Lundin Links and The Rings in Cupar. Both were accessible self-catering places but they were very different.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Falling in Love with Fife

beach at St Andrews

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Visit Scotland

I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost six years (I know, he’s a lucky guy) and we’ve never been on holiday together. We’ve had a few days in London but I was having tests at hospital and we’ve spent many a night in a hotel as we had a long-distance relationship for a while but we’ve never had what you’d class as a proper holiday…that was until the beginning of March when we spent a week in Fife, Scotland.

Monday, 25 February 2019

An Introduction to Using Alt Text/Image Descriptions

Open book on fleece blanket with white gypsophila stem

If you hadn't already noticed accessibility is really important to me. As a writer and someone that posts a lot of content across social media platforms, I want everything I do to be accessible for everyone. I didn't know much about image descriptions until a few years ago but since then I use them religiously so anyone with a visual impairment can access the content I create.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

To The Guy That Commented 'I've Always Wanted to Try A Chick in a Wheelchair'

Plus size woman sat in powerchair wearing floral dress, black jacket, tights and Dr Martens

Since posting more pictures of me online the influx of creepy private messages and comments has soared. They either want to cure me of my disability, marry me or both, and quite frankly I’d much rather they just pissed off.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

10 Plus Size Instagram Accounts to Follow

Me holding an ipad with FromSarahLex on screen

Since embarking on my journey of body positivity, I have found so much love, inspiration and empowerment from accounts on Instagram. The profiles I'm going to share send amazing messages, post gorgeous pictures and are wonderfully supportive.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The Chronic Illness Diaries: Flaring, Freezing, And Ruined Plans

Book with glasses and flowers on white background

I realised I haven't written a 'day in my life' type post in quite a while so want to make it a much more frequent thing because living with multiple chronic illnesses means my days are never the same and I want to bring more awareness to it. 

Saturday, 26 January 2019

My Journey Finding The Right Wheelchair

Plus size woman sat in powerchair wearing black jeans, ACDC tshirt, red tartan jacket and Doc Martens

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Access Your Life

Finding the right wheelchair can often take a lot of time and a lot of hours sitting in an uncomfortable chair. Not every wheelchair user parks their bum in a wheelchair and it’s perfect for them. Funny that, right?

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Accessorising with Mia Tui

Plus size woman sat side on in powerchair with red backpack on the back of chair

Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples

I absolutely love an accessory. Before I got 'back into fashion' I had a Vans backpack I used all the time and a little cross-body to hold my purse and keys in. I wasn't too bothered about accessorising until my love for fashion reignited. Back in the day, before I lost my confidence, I remember having a wardrobe full of bags, I had so many, it was pretty ridiculous...and although I don't think I'll ever be that wild, I do have quite a few and I absolutely love these from Mia Tui*.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

2018 Highlights

Woman sat in powerchair holding lead of red and white cockapoo puppy