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Showing posts with label blogger. Show all posts

Monday, 13 May 2019

Our Engagement Party



I'm not one for a fuss. I've never thrown a 'party' in my life except for the odd BBQ when the parents were away. But, when the dreamiest guy you've ever met gets down one one knee with an Emerald and asks you to be his wife, you know a fuss has to be made.


Within one week we got confirmation that Stephen would be finally coming home, after 5 years of long-distance relationship, as well as getting engaged! Life has a habit of doing that to me, giving me nothing for a while and then everything at once. 

Stephen and I agreed that we'd like to mark our engagement with a gathering of our nearest and dearest in our home town of Derry. Of course not everyone whom we hold so dearly to us could make it to the engagement party, but there'll be plenty of time for that when the Hen, Stag and actual wedding appear on the horizon.

We I decided quite quickly that we'd have a 'Cherry Blossom' themed party purely because they were in season and are my favourite flower. So, away I went onto the internet and googled everything party and cherry blossom related. That night I closed my eyes and all I could see were cherry blossoms. 


I sourced all the party-ware from AliExpress, Home Bargains in Derry and The Range in Derry. 
My friend Aisling of Dream Capture Photography was on hand with her photography skills, as was the ever so reliable Eimear who made the most beautiful Cherry Blossom cake as well as allowing me to go home and get ready whilst she finished decorating on the night of the party. Rois Davis, a dear friend and art teacher, painted me the most beautifully intricate cherry blossom backdrop for the selfies.



My Hair for the party

Setting up in Primrose on The Strand

White Chocolate & Passion Fruit cake tasted unreal.






Arriving

Holly (Cousin), Me and Pat (Godmother/Aunt)
My soul sister, Aisling of Dream Capture Photography
Bride Tribe
Left to Right: Pat (Godmother), Jayne (Cousin), Elaine (Sister), Lola (niece), Me, Mother, Holly (Cousin)

Lola (niece) & I 
fianc├ęs
My little loves.
Left to Right: Stephen, Michael (Godson), A.J (Nephew) and Lola (Niece)
The Bestie
Eimear! I'd be lost without her. Everyone needs an Eimear in their lives.
Elaine & A.J
Gacks






We decided that Primrose on The Strand was an ideal location as its French interior blended majestically with the Cherry Blossom theme of the party. We basically booked out Primrose's weekly 'Fizzy Friday' night of food, cocktails and music for our party. We had the freedom of decorating the area as well as having power over the contents of the menu and signature cocktail, which came in little teacups and saucers.



My good friend and photographer of 'Inspired', Andrejs

Myself and soon to be married couple, Andrejs & Jennifer
Myself and Mustafa

Team Bride
Mother & Daughter, Elaine and Lola
My incredible parents

My second set of parents, my God Parents.
Stephen and his parents
Good friend Rosemarie & I

Redheads unite. Gorgeous Marese & I

The best guys
Little A.J



"EAT IT WOULD YE?!"

When I take it for myself...


Stephen and his friends
Left to Right: Gerard, Conan, Stephen, Paul & Ciaran


Our number 3.
So it begins...


I'm beyond grateful and blessed to be surrounded by such loving people. I feel very lucky to be able to call these people family and friends and I'm honoured that I'll have them around me as I embark on my life with Stephen.

If you've any questions please get in touch: reddutchess22@gmail.com































Tuesday, 28 August 2018

How Taking a Psychobiotic Has Changed My Social Life...

I’m alway curious about the latest research and findings regarding how our gut affects our brain, more specifically, our mental health. So I’m always asking questions to Paul, the pharmacist of Inish Pharmacy. Recently he mentioned ‘Zenflore’ to me. Zenflore is a psychobiotic.But first, let us get our heads around the Brain-Gut axis.





Understanding the Gut-Brain Connection


We feel our emotions in our stomach. We get feelings of nausea when we’re scared and ‘butterflies’ when we’re nervous. It’s also makes sense why people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) have flare-ups when they’re stressed or under pressure. Anxiety and Depression affect our stomach, and our stomach health can affect our mental health. They’re inextricably linked. However, this doesn’t always mean your mental health is the sole reason to why you may have stomach/digestive issues; there are other reasons why you may have digestive issues. Harvard Medical School state that “the gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, elation — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut."





What are Psychobiotics and how can they help my mental health?

Psycho- relating to  mind; mental; psychological

Biotic’-relating to or resulting from living organisms (in our gut in this case).



You’ll be familiar with those advertisements for Yakult or Actimel and their association with ‘good bacteria’. Psychobiotics are probiotics and prebiotics that can improve your mental  health by changing the mixture of bacteria in your gut.500-100- species of bacteria live in the gut and are collectively known as ‘microbiome’.Our brains are subsequently affected by these species of bacteria, and the quantity of ‘Good Bacteria Vs. Bad Bacteria’ can considerably shift our moods, feelings of anxiety, thoughts and feelings. Nowadays, with the amount of processed foods and herbicides, we’re all likely dealing with some kind of microbiome distress and feeling it in our moods.

Introducing Zenflore




Last month Paul sent me two bottles of  the psychobiotic, Zenflore. I gave a bottle to my friend. I gave them to this particular friend because he has quite a demanding job and I wanted a first hand account from someone who deals with stressful situations to see if he felt that the Zenflore helped mitigated the symptoms of stress. Since he has started taking Zenflore he has claimed that he feels more equipped to deal with the onset of pressure and feels he can go to the gym more often after work because there were times he felt he didn't have the energy to do anything after work.

Zenflore is a psychobiotic developed by PrecisionBiotics in “partnership with scientists and clinicians from one of the world’s leading centres of research on the gut-brain axis.”Zenflore claims that “modern life can be busy and often means feeling stressed.Combining this unique culture with specially selected vitamins, Zenflore provides a complete solution to help support a healthy mind and combat stress related fatigue.”

My experience of Zenflore

It’s been two days since I’ve run out of Zenflore, and I don’t know if I’m imagining it or it’s genuine, but I have that old familiar heaviness in my stomach again, my mood is a bit subdued and I could sleep on string…


Alongside taking Zenflore I also take
-Vitamin D,
-Vitamin B complex
-Magnesium  





I also take my usual mental health medication.

For the last few weeks I’ve had motivation that I’ve never had before. I’ve been feeling more ambitious and doing much more work. Usually, I have to be careful with the amount of work I take on because my mental health condition can be easily triggered when I’ve overwhelmed. For once I can fulfill my ambition and get productive without feeling like I’m about to fall apart. I was even out at the weekend and even stayed out until closing. If you know me personally you’ll know that I turned from a partier into someone who couldn’t even deal with late nights never mind drinking.I couldn’t believe the energy I had and the mental energy I had to talk, to socialise and to actually just enjoy being out dancing without yawning every second and watching my phone to see if it was time to leave.On Saturday night I didn’t want to leave. A first in many, many years.So, whether it’s a combination of all my vitamins and supplements AND the Zenflore or not, I know the Zenflore is definitely doing something.
I'll be starting to take it again.
I don't recommend things to my clients unless I've tried them.

I sincerely believe you'll notice a significant change in your mental health, and feelings of anxiety in your gut, when you begin taking Zenflore

You can get in touch with Inish Pharmacy on their website if you’ve any questions to ask Paul.

-Inish Pharmacy (You can even talk to Paul on a Live Chat on the Website)

-Read more about Zenflore


* This post has not been sponsored or in any way affiliated with Zenflore 

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