This week, you may have seen the interview with Eamonn, Ruth and their former colleague Amy on This Morning. Amy has a nut allergy, something that I also have. Unfortunately, Amy had an anaphylactic shock due to a nut reaction whilst holidaying in Budapest. This devastating reaction changed Amy’s life forever and has left her wheelchair bound and unable to communicate with others.

Since I was born, I’ve had a number of anaphylactic shocks. I’ve always been fortunate enough that the impact of these reactions haven’t been lifelong and have been managed through the use of epipens and treatment from fantastic paramedics and doctors. However, Amy wasn’t so lucky.

What a lot of people don’t realise about a nut allergy is that it’s not just consuming nuts that can cause an anaphylactic shock. I, like many others including Amy, suffer from an airborne allergy too. This means that the particles in the air from nuts can cause a reaction. In fact, every reaction I’ve ever had has been caused by an airborne reaction.

On most occasions, if I am aware that somebody around me has nuts I can walk away and leave the area before I am affected. However, when you’re thousands of feet in the air on an enclosed aeroplane, this isn’t so easy. There have been many times that I have had to ask air hostesses to make an announcement politely asking passengers not to consume any nuts. Fortunately, I’ve always been lucky that people have respected this (despite many moans and groans at this announcement). Every airline I’ve flown with has been extremely accommodating to my allergy and have made these announcements and done all that they can expect British Airways. When flying with British Airways, the air hostess advised that it is against company policy to make this announcement.

Amy’s parents are campaigning to ban nuts and nut products from airlines. As someone who is hugely affected by this, please take just two minutes to sign this petition and help to save a life and raise awareness of the severity of this.

Sign the petition here.

We may still be in August but I am writing this post whilst sitting snuggled up all cosy in my PJ’s and a duvet. The weather outside is miserable and the rain has been on and off continuously for the past week or so. So, if you’re in a sunnier part of the world then please don’t judge me for sharing the comfiest, cosiest slippers in the middle of what should be summer.

I have always been a fan of UGG boots, whether they look good or not is irrelevant because they are insanely comfortable…okay? So, when I was contacted by Luxury Gifts & Designer Homeware retailer, Amara I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get my hands on some UGG slippers.

I am a fan of snake skin, but only when its used discreetly so as you can imagine, I was super excited when I spotted the Women’s Scuffette Snake Slippers. In the past, I’ve always had the traditional UGG Scuffette slippers but they always get dirty so easily so the fact that these slippers have a leather upper is a huge win for me, and that they’re black so they don’t show too is a win too.

The slippers have a sheepskin collar and the UGGpure lining and oh my goodness, they are so comfortable and warm. What I potentially love most is not only how great they look but also how practical they are. By not showing every part of dirt and having a hard rubber sole, the slippers can be worn without the need to keep replacing them which you have to do with most slippers (sooo annoying!)

These slippers were originally £85 but have gone down to £55 so are such a bargain. You can get your pair here.

Amara

*Please note that this product was gifted to me by Amara for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

There are few things that make me happier than a weekend away, so when I was invited to visit Clarendon Royal Hotel back in July, I knew this was an offer I couldn’t turn down.

Clarendon Royal Hotel is located in Gravesend, Kent and overlooks the river Thames so isn’t too far from where I live in Essex. We stayed in the Pocahontas suite which overlooked the Thames and were lucky enough to visit on a sunny day so the view was beautiful.

The suite included one bedroom which had a beautiful four poster bed in (which was incredibly comfortable) as well as a bathroom and open lounge/diner. Our initial reaction to the room was the amazement at how large it was…it was bigger than our entire flat at home!

One of my biggest tick boxes when staying away is the cleanliness of the room so after a quick inspection, I was very pleased to give this a big tick.

In addition to staying in a beautiful room, we were also invited to dine with Clarendon Royal Hotel for dinner and then breakfast the next morning. The staff could not have been more accommodating or welcoming, taking the time to talk to us about the hotel and its history as well as the future plans.

All in all, we had a brilliant stay with everything from a luxurious room, delicious cocktails and a view to take your breath away.

Thank you Clarendon Royal Hotel, we’ll definitely be back.

 

*I was given this stay for free in return for a review on www.foodandfancies.co.uk however, all views and opinions are my own.