The Three Additions To Your Wardrobe You Never Realised You Needed, Until Now! Since I Bought Mine I Cannot Do Without Them!

Sabrina’s “How To Get More Space In Your Wardrobe” Post.

Most of us have far too many of something in our homes, be it clothing, shoes, bags or other items that take up space. Usually hidden away in our wardrobes or cupboards… Personally I am a Boots and Dresses kind of woman! And why shouldn’t I be able to enjoy my nice items. After all, I worked hard for them… So if you’re like me and you haven’t had the pleasure of knowing any of these items in your home as yet, then check out the rest of my post below. One of these might just change your life!

Shoe Storage – Stackable Boxes with Mesh Fronts

I first bought these boxes when I was in university, so I could stack up my shoes against a wall. When you live out of one room space is definitely key! They were fabulous! Especially because I could fit a double shoe of anything flat into one box due to my little size 4 feet! Fast forward to the 32 year old me (covers eyes with hands) and I still use these, but now they go in the space underneath my ottoman bed. Out of sight but also neatly packed away. I even bought three different colours so I knew that Purple contained Boots, Teal contained flats and Black contained Shoes…

(Coloured ones are usually only available in store and do change every year). I love being organised! And I love tidy!

These boxes are wonderful! Mesh fronts allow the footwear to breathe, they have Velcro sides on the front panel for easy removal and they can even be stored flat when not in use. So many reasons to love them! Place them under beds, inside cupboards or wardrobes, the possibilities are endless. I have even stacked up to 6 boxes on top of one another with light shoes inside, they are sturdy too.

I bought mine from Ikea, they still do them. Currently you can get Grey or White, a set of 4 costs just £7. What a bargain! They measure 22cm x 34cm x 16cm, so it is worth measuring your footwear before purchasing. I think they are a great space saving alternative, especially because it stops you having shoes stacked up all over your hallway.

I do tend to wipe the bottoms of my shoes and let them dry fully especially if they were wet after use, before putting them away again inside the boxes. If you have a little space somewhere that you could convert to a shoe area these are definitely worth considering.

Wardrobe Storage Options

As someone who has quite a number of lightweight clothing items, I found that my wardrobe was quickly filling up every time I caught up on my washing. I began researching ways in which I could maximise my space.

There were two options I could use, the first were Hanger Space Saving Bars (aka Hanger Heroes or Magic Hangers) and the second were Coat Hanger Connectors. I decided to try both, I begun with the Connectors and then bought the Bars, and it has more than doubled my wardrobe space. You must make sure your wardrobe rail is suitable for additional weight though before buying these items.

Coat Hanger Connectors are wonderful small pieces of strong plastic, you slide the one end (the loop) on to the top of a hanger and the longer section hangs down so you can push a second coat hanger through it. I used them for lightweight t-shirts and cardigans. I have managed to hang 6 items in a vertical row, long term, and none of them have broken as yet.

Depending upon the height or your wardrobe or your freestanding pole, you can figure out what would work for you. They are ideal for lightweight t-shirts and shirts and can save you lots of space. They range in price from around £4 for a bunch of 20 of them.

The final items that I want to review are the wardrobe bars, or hanger heroes as they are also known as. You can purchase these on Amazon and from Must Have Ideas. I have bought from both companies, and they were both of equally strong metal and good quality materials. These range in price but you can get metal ones for around £12 and upwards for 6 or more.

I kept seeing these advertised and I really needed the extra room when I moved house. I went from built in wardrobes to zero wardrobes! Having borrowed a metal freestanding pole and rail from a family friend, until I can go wardrobe hunting! I found that these worked really well to give me much needed space!

Depending upon the weight of your clothes you can fit a minimum of 8 items per hanging bar. I have found I can place 14 lightweight items on one, including using the thinnest and most lightweight plastic hangers that I own too. As you can see in my images I have tried to use thin hangers and ensure I don’t place heavy items on the bars.

Once your bars are filled you gently remove one hook and lowed one side down. When the bars were all flat along the metal rail I had no space remaining for other clothes. When I have released one side of each bar, as you can see below, it has freed up a huge amount of much needed space.

I have no idea how I ever managed without these amazing inventions! I am so much more organised now too! I have long sleeve tops on one bar, short sleeve tops on another, cardigans and thin jumpers on a third one, the list goes on! You get the gist!

Obviously you need to judge how much weight your own wardrobe could take. I would be tempted to reinforce my wardrobe honestly if it were a plastic pole.

In this image below you can see my 6 bars in a row. The only irritating thing is that if you place more than 6 items on it, sometimes the hangers slip down out of the notches into the ones below. I think that’s because of the weight and angle that they are at with the more you put on. My suggestions are to play around with the weight and with what hangers fit on best. The far left are rubber coated metal hangers and the rest of them are thin lightweight plastic ones.

I give every item I have mentioned in this blog post a 5 star rating, they have allowed me to live a more organised life and make my bedroom tidier too. I think it’s important that the space that we sleep in isn’t too cluttered. I am working on trying to get myself some furniture in order to make that a reality. Until I am finished with my renovations though, these pieces will help me to keep at least some areas of it tidy!

Thank you for reading this Review today, I hope you have found this post interesting. If you would like to ask me any questions about the items I will do my best to answer them for you. Until the next time, thank you for reading and see you on my website again soon!

✩ Sabrina ✩

If you like the look of these items then make sure you’re following me on my social media channels because some of them will be featuring in my Christmas giveaway in December!

What I Think About The Latest Jewellery Box UK Huggie Earrings and Would They Make Lovely Gifts

Jewellery Box UK have just released a new range of beautiful Huggie type earrings. They range from Sterling Silver, Silver and Rose Gold and also a Yellow Gold too. I am someone who suits Silver or Rose Gold which is why I purchased these three for their colours and metals.

Below is an image from Jewellery Box UK showing their new range.


I love that every time you purchase something from Jewellery Box UK you receive the items in individual sealed bags and then each one is inside a brown envelope too. Not only is it neat and a simple way to post out their products, but I also love that I can recycle the envelopes after I’m done with them too. I have always had a good experience with customer services and the website is easy to navigate too.

I chose the thinner designs of the latest Jewellery Box UK Huggies. I have a graduated lobe set of piercings which are fairly close together, and I also have small ears, so I prefer the more delicate style of certain earrings such as hoops and huggies.

Going up on my graduated lobe piercings I am wearing the following…

Sterling Silver CZ Triple Star Huggie Hoops 17mm Huggie Earrings

Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver 12mm CZ pave Huggie Hinged Earrings

Sterling Silver Star Charm Huggie Hoop Earrings

I chose these earrings because I love Sterling Silver. I also bought a Rose Gold set (centre) as I thought they would sit well together on my ear and complement each other. I am not a fan of yellow Gold due to my skin tone, but these design of earrings are available in all three types of metal so you can choose the right style for you.

As you can see in this close up image of the earrings on my finger, they are super shiny and sparkle nicely in the light. I definitely prefer the thinner style huggie due to the fact that I have small ears and multiple piercings. But if you’re after a chunkier style those are available too.

The huggie also compliments other earrings such as these CZ studs that I own. I always like to wear different sizes and never wear the same sized earring in every piercing. It’s a good thing that Jewellery Box UK have such a wide choice on offer, you can definitely find something to suit you or a loved one.

In this image I’m wearing the Star Charm Huggie and the Sterling Silver Rainbow Crystal Huggies (I bought those Rainbow ones earlier this year). Both are delicate and pretty and lightweight too. Rainbows have featured so heavily this year, and there are many styles of Rainbow jewellery on the Jewellery Box UK website.

What I like most about purchasing from Jewellery Box UK is the quality of what they have available and the huge range of choice too. They deliver efficiently and I love the personal packaging.

If you want to check out all the Huggie Earrings at the Jewellery Box UK website (or any of their stock as it’s all great and there is something for everyone) then you can click this link HERE.

So would Jewellery Box UK Earrings make great gifts? Yes! I think so! There is so much choice on the site, and if for some reason you can’t choose, then you could even do a Gift Card for someone and let them decide themselves.

Thank you for reading this Review today, I hope you may have gotten some inspiration on beautiful earrings you could gift someone you love this Christmas. I have purchased these items myself and am reviewing them because of how much I love the items.

✩ Sabrina ✩

Argos Tester Review of the Trust 20960 Veza Touchpad Wireless Keyboard

I am very fortunate to be an Argos Tester, this means that I often get items sent to me for the purpose of a review. For November I was offered technology related items. I was excited at the prospect of testing something that would be so useful to me.

#ArgosTester #ArgosTesters #ArgosTestersCommunity

This post has been written by myself about a product that I have been supplied for free, in order to test and then review it. This is my experience with said product and my honest review about the product that is listed below. I have already submitted my product review to the Argos Website when this post has been published.

Argos Tester Submission

The compact sensitive design of this keyboard & mouse pad is great. The keys can be properly pressed down & I like the typing sound. As a writer I need to be able to type efficiently & comfortably, this keyboard allows me to do that. Overall a great product for writers & those who want to browse the web/game. The keys are a little close together & I keep pressing page/line up by accident, but the ability to sit comfortably & use this piece of tech outweighs the negative of the buttons closeness.

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Inside the box you will find the Wireless Touchpad and Keyboard, as well as the USB micro receiver. It is very simple to use and easy to set up. I was using it within two minutes of plugging it all into my laptop.

Product Name: Trust 20960 Veza Wireless Keyboard
Product Details: USB Connectivity and Compatible with a wide range of technology products, including PlayStation, XBox, Various Laptops and Computers. It has a 10 Metre Wireless Range.
Product Includes: 2 AAA Batteries a 2 Year Guarantee and 3 Year Warranty.
Product Price: (RRP) £29.99
Product Link: Argos

My Honest Opinion

What I like about this Keyboard is the slim and lightweight design, easily portable around and outside of the home. I can be sitting comfortably anywhere and the 10 metre range allows me to type without being hunched over at a table or a desk. The mousepad is sensitive and an ideal size in ratio to the keyboard itself. The keys are nice to push and go down a few millimetres with every press so that you know you’ve hit the right button.

What I don’t like about it is that I keep knocking the arrows when I am typing with my right hand, I often use shift to make a capital letter for example “I’m” or to make a symbol like &. But several times whilst typing the thousand words that I have done for this testing, I am catching the UP arrow to signify I want a line up or page up. This is something I will need to get used to over time but it isn’t a deal breaker for me.

The positives of this keyboard outweigh this one negative aspect. I feel because the design is so compact the buttons are a little too close together. I would’ve preferred a little more space between each of the keys with an additional 5cm or so added to the length of the keyboard. Due to the keyboard already being over the length of an A4 piece of paper, I would think a couple of more centimetres for added typing comfort would’ve been more acceptable. I am a woman with small hands and narrow fingers; I would imagine someone with larger hands struggling with this feature. Unless the type slowly or with their hands in a more upright position than me.

The Wireless Mouse Pad on the right of the keyboard and has a button to stop that sensitivity if you feel you just want to use the keys instead, very handy in my opinion.

The Keyboard has a Compact Design at only 35.5cm in length by 13cm wide and it is less than 2cm deep. This is ideal to be carried inside a bag and also easily moved around the home. It doesn’t take up much space anywhere.

My Favourite Aspects of the Product

 Slim Lightweight Design
 Great Quality
 Easy To Connect and Use
Keys are Nice to Push

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If you have any questions about this product and you would like to ask me about it then please do! Either leave me a comment here or ask me on one of my social media posts, and I would be more than happy to help you out.

Have a great middle of your week!

And thanks for visiting my blog Severn Wishes to see this review today.

✩ Sabrina ✩

November 2020 Treatbox Reveal and Review

It was quite surreal when my November Treatbox landed on my doormat this week. It symbolised a few things, the run down to December and the final box of the year, as well as the end of 2020, which has obviously been a rollercoaster in itself! But I have enjoyed having one certainty this year, and that has been these little boxes of delight every 30 something days…

So what could we expect to find inside the November box?

Let us find out now!

There were six items and an A5 print in my box.

The A5 Print reads “only in darkness can you see the stars”

Teapigs snooze sleepy tea with lavender x 2 bags

Treatbox original notebook with pages to write on titled “Writing my worries away…” and “Let it all out…”

A Green and Gold 8cm Mystical Dreamcatcher

Sensory Retreats Divine Eyes – a self heating eye mask

Letterbox Love “Stay You” Heart Cord Bracelet with a message that reads “This is my little message to you, stay humble, stay beautiful and stay true. Here is a gift to brighten up your day, wear this bracelet to know you’re fabulous in every way.”

My Opinion Of The November Treatbox

There are a few lovely items in this box, I particularly like the bracelet, the print and the tea. The sentiment message on the Bracelet card is particularly sweet.

I like that the dreamcatcher is something different for a change, it will make a lovely gift for someone who doesn’t already have one in their life.

The One day at a Time book is a great idea for all of us who received it to help get our heads in order. It is such a difficult time for all, but this may help to consolidate our positive and negative thoughts. A really nice idea to include it.

I have yet to try the eye mask but the next time that I need some me time it will be on my list to use.

Did you know you can view my previous Treatbox unboxing posts in this unique category of mine called ‘Treatbox’ it is specifically for these box reviews and reveals – Severn Wishes Treatbox.

Thank you for visiting Severn Wishes today, I hope you have enjoyed this Review of the November Treatbox. I hope to see you here again soon for another Review.

✩ Sabrina ✩

Product Review of the Fur Friend, the Simple Effective Way to Remove Unwanted Hair, Fur and Fluff from All Around Your Home


I bought this product on a bit of a whim actually! There were two reasons why, the first was because I kept seeing it advertised on Facebook and it intrigued me.

And the second reason was that I was so fed up with spending an hour a week hoovering my chairs, sofas and the beds of my cats. Their fur was getting over all of my home when it was hot, because they were malting everywhere! So I thought what the heck, let me give this a go!


I bought from the UK based company Must Have Ideas, and the item is called Fur Friend. It was advertised as being able to lift hair from most soft furnishings and it will stick to the Fur Friend. The handheld product also comes with a holder, which is not only to store the handle inside when not in use, but it also acts as a cleaner. The static of the fluff and fur that initially sticks to the handle, gets pulled inside the holder when the friction happens between the handle and the sides inside of the device. Please see my images below which may help to explain this all a little better.


You follow the direction of the arrow as you move across the furniture and furnishings and then when your handle is getting full up you insert it into the handle. It will be a tight fit, the friction of the micro bristles between the sides and the handle will pull the fluff off as you remove it. Gently pulling the end of the handle off will reveal all of the hair and dust that you’ve collected. Easy to empty by hand and put into your bin then. This device is reusable infinitely so long as you keep cleaning it out after every use.


As you can see in this image of my cats bed, I have cleaned the one side of it only, you can really see the difference between the sides. This didn’t take me more than a couple of minutes to clean the hole bed either. This product saves me time, and it also gathers all the hair neatly at the base of the holder so that I can remove it and bin it easily.


I have used the Fur Friend on Cushions, My Sofa Suite, Cat Beds and Throws. It has removed 99% of hair, fur and fluff. It is so much more effective than lint rollers (which I had bought previously) and there is no waste with this either. Better for your wallet, better for the environment and it’s actually faster and more effective than hoovering too! It used to take me an hour to hoover all the cat beds and cushions with the brush attachment. This takes me between 5 and 10 minutes to do all the beds and then just 30 seconds to empty it.

I can highly recommend this product to everyone, and especially if you have pets with long hair and fur. It has changed my cleaning routine for the better.


Thank you for reading this Review today, I hope you have enjoyed reading about the Fur Friend. Search Must Have Ideas online to find out more about this product and where you can purchase it.

I bought this item for £12.99 with £2.99 Postage in August 2020.

✩ Sabrina ✩

How To Eat A Rainbow In A Week and Ways to Help your Children Eat Healthy too

So many people are looking for healthier choices in the wake of this awful pandemic. The fitter and healthier we are, hopefully the stronger we will all be if and when we need to be. So in this post I will be giving you all some ideas on how to eat a Rainbow worth of healthy foods in a week. I once read a study that said its about variety over quantity, so now I try and mix it up each week.

TOP TIP: An easy way to get veg into children is to add tiny cut up amounts into casseroles or anything which has a sauce or gravy to disguise any strong tastes. I like the bags of tiny frozen veg you can buy, just tip a mugs amount into every meal you make.

TOP TIP: If you are doing any baby led weaning, here are some ways that you can cut up fruit and vegetables to make it easier for children to pick up and eat.

Here are some inspirational colours of Fruit and Vegetables that you could use for your week enjoying an Edible Rainbow of Food.

RED

Strawberries
Raspberries
Tomatoes
Apple

Chilli
Pepper

Cherries
Cranberry
Grapefruit

Pomegranate
Red Currants
Red Onions
Water Melon

ORANGE

Oranges
Carrots

Apricot
Pepper
Peach
Squash
Nectarine

Pumpkin
Papaya

YELLOW

Mango
Lemon
Pepper
Sweetcorn
Pineapple

GREEN

Lettuce and Leaves
Avocado
Spinach
Kale
Kiwi
Apples
Lime
Leeks
Pears
Chilli
Pepper
Cucumber
Courgette
Spring Onions

Honeydew Melon

BLUE

Blueberries
Acai Berries

PURPLE

Blackberries
Black Currants
Red Cabbage
Aubergine
Carrot

Grapes
Plums


I love nothing more than to eat a big bowl of berries with some Vegan yoghurt on top for my pudding.

I started my son on fruit and vegetables when he was really young, a large variety at his weaning stage. Because it’s really important that children eat healthily to get the necessary vitamins and minerals they need for their growth and development. And if you start them young, the more likely it is that they continue to eat that variety as they grow up.

Here are some examples and TOP TIPS that I use to get my toddler to eat his fruit.

Toddler Size! Cut up into ideal sizes and shapes to minimise choking hazards and also to inspire them to pick them up themselves. My son prefers to eat some things independently.

Make It Fun! Whether you sing a song about a Rainbow, or the Birds Eye Vegetables Advert, make food fun! Kids think things are funny and that will bring a positive energy to the scenario. I remember giving my son a piece of Mango for the first time, he must have dropped it about ten times before getting it to his mouth. He thought the slipperiness of it was hilarious! Then realised how great it tasted and there was no stopping him.

My Son has some Fave Fruit Combos!

Bowl of Mixed Berries
Mango Chunks and Melon Chunks
Apple Slices and Shapes

My Son’s Bowl of Fruit Versus My Bowl of Fruit


Some children need encouragement when it comes to eating their fruit and vegetables, check out these awesome phrases in the diagram below to get you started. You should always stick to the facts, fun and inspiring things to tell your children and young adults. Do not use language that will confuse, stick to what actually happens when they eat their greens.

Eating A Rainbow In A Week

Monday

Strawberry Yoghurt with Apple Slices
Glass of Cranberry Juice
Fajitas with Red Pepper Slices and Tomato Salsa
Bowl of Strawberries and Raspberries

Tuesday

Peach and Passionfruit Yoghurt with Peach or Orange Slices
Glass of Orange Juice
Carrot and Coriander Soup
Stir Fry with Carrots and a (Orange) Pepper

Wednesday

Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash and Sweetcorn
Mango Chunks

Thursday

Kiwi Fruit cut up into some Plain Yoghurt
A Pear and an Apple
Salad with tasty leaves, crispy lettuce, spring onion and cucumber slices
Beef Stir Fry with Green Pepper, Green Chilli, Leeks and Spinach


Friday

Blueberries in Plain or Vanilla Yoghurt

Saturday

Blackberry Yoghurt with added Blackberries

Blackcurrant Cheesecake

Sunday

Mix it up! Choose some of your favourites from the week, try something new, make up your own recipe or go with other colours of food such as Pink, White or Black! Plenty of unusual fruit and veg out there!

Thank you for reading this post today, I hope you have gotten some fun ideas of things to try with your children and your weekly fruit and veg.

✩ Sabrina ✩

HALLOWEEN 2020 – How to Make Memories for a First Halloween and create Fun for a Halloween at home during this difficult year

Halloween is one of those holidays where people either love it or loathe it. Whether or not you like Fancy Dress and Decorating your Home, it’s an important right of passage for your little ones to experience the fun of a Halloween.

If it’s their first Halloween then I have lots of ideas that you could achieve easily at home and make some nice memories and keepsakes to show the child when they are older.

With the pandemic still affecting us all, there are many children who would love to be trick or treating and having fun and games with their friends. It’s highly likely not to happen this Halloween 2020, however that doesn’t mean you cannot do things at home.

WHAT IS IN THIS BLOG POST… HALLOWEEN 2020

  • Fancy Dress Photo Shoot Fun – My Tips and Tricks
  • Hand and Feet Print Halloween Decorations – Fun Family Keepsakes
  • Halloween Games with Treats to be Found (at home) – My Lockdown Halloween Trick or Treat Ideas
  • Baking with Halloween Shapes – Fun Baking Tips for the Family to do together
  • What Else Can You Do With Halloween Baking Cutters as Stencils!

Fancy Dress Photoshoot at Home

One way in which I always like to remember a holiday event or day is to do a photo shoot. For the last two years I have dressed my son up and surrounded him with a variety of Halloween related items. I got some good photographs doing this at home that I can treasure. If you set it up correctly you won’t need to pay anyone to take photographs for you.

You Will Need

A decent camera or a phone with a decent camera
A camera which has a timer if you want to do a family portrait
Natural light coming through a door or window is best for colours
Fancy Dress items and any props that you would like to include

  • My Photography Tips
  • Natural Light is important to get clear and sharp imagery.
  • Use fairy lights to add depth to your image (supervised around the child/ren of course).
  • Props are important and make sure you arrange them so they can be seen, if you’re going for a theme try and stick to it.
  • If you want things to be inside the frame then choose your layout carefully and keep looking through the camera lens as a guide.
  • A sofa or chair is ideal to sit a baby on or you could even use a ball pit or a rocker with a sheet over it to block out any unwanted branding or colours.
  • Set up your photo shoot before you get a baby ready otherwise they may get fed up rather quickly if you ignore them to move things around.
  • If you can get a large pumpkin or a cushion you can sit babies inside or on top, just make sure to always have their necks supported!

If you can’t pull off a Photoshoot then why not use some Free Filters on some Photo Apps. Some of them are highly detailed. We did one to show you just how cool! And if you have older children they might be more interested in that too!

4 WAYS TO USE HALLOWEEN BAKING CUTTERS AS STENCILS

I’m not very good at drawing so using these cutters as outlines was a great idea for me! If you can draw well you won’t need to do this! Ha! Ha!


Halloween Decorations

Halloween Posters

Halloween Colouring In


Halloween Baking

I drew around the shapes and outlined them in pen, then let my child colour it in.

Halloween Decorations

Making Halloween Decorations is easier than you think! So long as you have got some card and some paint. There are tons of ways you can make nice posters or decorations. Here is how I have made mine…

Pumpkins – Apples Halved and Dipped in Paint.
Spider – Hand Prints leaving off the thumb so fingers make 8 legs.
BOO – B and two hands for the O’s.
Ghost – Foot Print (upside down)

I’m planning to cut out the Pumpkins once they are fully dry and hang them up against my window.

You can make a Halloween poster for your window or you can cut the items out and hang them up with string.

Trick or Treat at home won’t be the same, but it can still be fun!
Check out my ideas below!

1. Make Every Room A Different Theme with a Different Sweet to Find. You can tailor them to meet the needs of your family, no choke-able sweets for little ones etc. If you don’t do Sweets you could use Numbered Fruit like Apples which result in a Toy prize if they find them all.

2. Make It A Halloween Treasure Hunt with the Treasure being Sweets! Write little clues on paper for the kids to follow. Create traps and fun obstacles for them to overcome, riddles and rhyming works well too!
“Where you Sleep, Often Deep, Beneath the Covers is what you Seek!” things like that, E.G Under their bed covers is a Sweet or another Clue.

3. Use A Dice And Clues to Make a Halloween Game of your Own! Using how many rooms you have and how many children, you can send each child off to a room where they have to either complete a task or seek and find the next clue, which once put together with their siblings answers, will reveal their bounty of Treats! E.G Two Siblings, they each find a clue on paper, one reads KITC and the other HEN and when put together they go to the KITCHEN for the next clue etc.

HALLOWEEN BAKING

I have done some step by step baking videos on my Halloween cookie baking and these are available to watch on my Facebook page, I will drop you the link here Severn Wishes on Facebook.

Find my Cookie Recipe Here too!

Before Baking
After Baking

You can use my Cookie Recipe or a Shortbread Recipe to make these awesome Halloween shaped treats!

I bought the set of cookie cutters off Amazon, if you would like the link to those then here that is… Amazon

I always do a Seasonal Bowl on my Dining Table. It is all Autumnal now!


Thank you so much for checking out this blog post today!

Please tag me over on Facebook on my page if you try and of my Halloween things! Baking, Craft or Decorations!

If you like my trick or treat at home ideas, let me know if you use them over the weekend too!

Have a great week at home everyone! Stay safe!

✩ Sabrina ✩

Book Review of How to Draw Kawaii Animals in Simple Steps by Yishan Li from Search Press. A Great Book for Beginners.


I have been supplied this book for the purpose of a review. I have not paid for this product, it was a competition win in order to keep but review it. Thank you to Search Press Art for giving me this opportunity to review this great book.

My First Attempts


A great book for beginners! It certainly is just that. I was impressed by the simplicity of the book but with excellent results. This book would make an ideal Birthday or Christmas gift for people of all ages, providing they liked drawing or were a fan of animals.

Here are some of my attempts at drawing, my Racoon isn’t half bad!

Product: Book on Drawing
Book Title: How To Draw Kawaii Animals in Simple Steps By Yishan Li
Publisher: Search Press
Pages: 28 Animals across the pages, each drawn with 8 steps

Awesome Pages Included in this Book
Back Cover


I am someone who really and honestly cannot draw! I mean everyone can draw in some capacity but I draw most things badly, so I jumped at the chance to use these simple steps to improve my drawing abilities.

The book is so easy to follow, with 8 simple steps to the general shape of the animals. And then you are free to add your own details. They give you inspiration with one coloured in and completely detailed animal per page, so you can attempt a similar end result.

The steps are easy, you need a pencil, and I would recommend a rubber, so that you can erase any lines that you don’t need when you complete the finer details. Some lines are there to build shape but not needed at the end.

There are all sorts of animals, fish and birds in this book, something for everyone’s tastes.


(Left) My Fox (2nd Attempt) Side by Side with the Book version and original (Right).

I would and have given this Book a 5 Star Review. It has something for everyone, with a variety of animals, easy steps to follow and it also gives people the freedom to add their own details, as well as getting great results.

Thank you reading this review today. You can find this book on Amazon by typing the title into their search bar.

✩ Sabrina ✩

Ways I Manage My Chronic Illness, Endometriosis


I am an Endo Warrior.

I truly believe that conditions like Endometriosis need to talked about, by the people who are living with it every day. Like I am. I was diagnosed eleven years after first getting unexplained symptoms and reoccurring problems. The average time frame for diagnosis is seven years, it is just too long.

Today in this post I am going to be talking about the ways in which I manage my own Endo symptoms and how I help myself be at my most well.

I last had surgery in 2016 including a bowel resection and my organs cut away from extensive Stage 4 Endo, I had an Endometrium mass the size of a tennis ball attached to my bowel, bladder and left ovary, the majority this Endo which was removed by my specialist. I had IVF in 2017 and gave birth to my son, naturally in 2018. Since then I have been Breastfeeding my son which has helped with some of my symptoms. They began returning with pain nine months after I gave birth and have continued to worsen.

Every person with Endometriosis is different and can have different symptoms and varying degrees of problems and pains.


My Diet

Once I had given birth to my son and found out he had multiple food allergies, I made the decision to cut these items from my diet in order to keep breastfeeding him. This included going completely dairy free, no fresh eggs and no nuts. I was able to have a minimal amount of Soya Milk and Coconut based alternatives.

About nine months after I had given birth my menstrual cycle returned, as did my pains. They got progressively worse as the months went on. Despite breastfeeding still, and I also began noticing other symptoms returning too.

I was bloated such a lot which added to my discomfort, so I made the decision to also cut out white bread and have a 50/50 type instead, to also reduce my general Gluten intake by half, and to eat more high fibre foods. I eat less pasta now and more rice instead. As someone who eats cereal every morning and attempts to get a minimum of five fruit and vegetables a day, I felt I lived a fairly healthy diet and lifestyle.

I have noticed a vast improvement in my symptoms since doing all this, I generally have a lot less abdominal flare ups which are often like IBS symptoms. I tested this theory several times this summer with the reintroduction of both dairy and gluten over a twenty four hour time frame, and I paid for it the day after with both severe pain and other digestive issues. This proved all I needed to know, that I was better off not consuming these items. I find I can have things such as a small amount of dairy, like chocolate chips in a cookie, and this small amount makes very little difference. But if I were to eat a chocolate bar, eat pasta with a cream sauce or a cheese pizza for example, I would be poorly the next day.

I must stress that I do eat lots of fruit and vegetables, I drink at least 2.5 litres of water a day, and I do not drink any coffee, tea or alcohol. I only drink flat fizzy drinks and I consume very little else except for additional water based liquids or occasional fruit juice or smoothies.

Every person is different of course, but you should consider keeping a food diary and perhaps cutting out a few things, one by one over at least seven days to see if you have any improvement. I shall talk more about a diary later on.

Let us now take a look at the Cycle Symptoms of Endometriosis.


Symptoms Associated with Endometriosis.

There are many varied symptoms that Endo sufferers have to deal with (most are listed in the image above). And the pain levels that people can have will vary too. Because we are all different it is impossible to know the severity of ones pain against another. Pain levels should never be compared nor dismissed, and if you have a doctor do this to you and not take you seriously then you should get a different opinion.

I made my own Health Diary Planner where I put in what I have eaten and what symptoms I have, what cycle day I’m on and I can also note my pain levels. It’s important to do all this so that a specialist can look at the correlations between your lifestyle and diet and your symptoms. Check out the diagram above and match any symptoms that you have, check against your cycle day and your diet. Look at what changes you can make easily and see if they help. Something as simple as drinking more water and cutting out some gluten could help with bloating (usually associated with hormone changes) for example. See what you could do to help yourself feel better.

Please feel free to save my diary template to your phone and track your own symptoms, it may help when you see a specialist.


Food Versus Health Diary

A long time ago when I was first diagnosed, my specialist advised that I keep track of my ups and downs. I decided to do this but one better, by learning about my Cycle, my Pains, my Food and my Digestive patterns and also my other Endo symptoms.

Sometimes things can correlate and they become frequent enough for you to begin to understand why they are happening. For example, I get Ovulation Pain, and by keeping track of my cycle on an app, it gives me a rough estimate of when this might happen. I then make sure I have pain killers on hand if it is bad, and I ensure I eat more cleanly and avoid anything that would increase my pain such as consuming too much gluten.

I can advise anyone on an Endometriosis journey to keep track of their body to help them to understand what it is telling them. Please feel free to save my Grid above and use it to track your own symptoms.


Ways I Manage My Pain

Pain is something that I often choose to cope with until it starts to affect my day or affect the way I am caring for my son. Because I am breastfeeding I am limited to the amounts and types of medication that I can currently take. Usually two 500mg Paracetamol plus Caffeine every four hours like clockwork on my bad days. I can take Ibuprofen too, but I find if I have a bad stomach this actually makes me feel more unwell so avoid it at the current time.

So I do rely on a few alternatives too. Hot Water Bottles are favourable especially at night time. I also have elasticated waist pyjamas because any additional pressure on my abdomen makes me feel worse.

The most important thing when in pain is to be comfortable and to keep hydrated. Especially if your pain levels are at their worst during your period. I usually struggle to put on tight clothing during certain times in my cycle and have a lot of items in my wardrobe for practicality.

Check out the Endometriosis UK Website for more help and support


Thank you for reading this blog post today, I hope that you have found my thoughts beneficial and if you have any further questions you can search Endometriosis on my blog, or on a search engine, or just ask me directly, if I can help you then I will certainly try.

Other Endometriosis Pieces On My Blog HERE

✩ Sabrina ✩

October 2020 Treatbox Reveal and Review

Welcome one and all to the
October 2020 Treatbox Reveal and Review!

As soon as I opened the box to find an Autumnal range of colours and the beautiful print I was excited about what other delights I would find inside.

SO WHAT IS INSIDE THE OCTOBER BOX?

An awesome A5 Autumn Print
“Leaves are Falling, Autumn is Calling”

Joe Cool Hedgehog Socks (So Cute!)

KoKo Rose Wax Melts

Whittard Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Joe & Seph’s Double Chocolate Gourmet Popcorn

Weekly Planner Notepad

Mallow & Marsh Salted Caramel Marshmallow Bar

My Thoughts On The October 2020 Box

I really like theme of delicious treats inside this month’s box. A really nice original print for us all to display this month too. Along with lots of yummy treats to enjoy on the colder nights. Lots of autumn flavours included in them as well.

I adore the socks, love, love, love them! Hedgehogs are adorable! The weekly planner is also a very handy item. I am coming to the end of one of the notepads from a Treatbox from last year, so this one will soon take its place on my desk. Perfect timing!

The wax melts will be gifted to a friend who has the means to use them. I was a tiny bit disappointed about the best before date on the Mallow Bar, but as it is “at its best before” the 5th October, it should still be okay to consume within the next few days. Luckily all the other items have great sell by dates so no need to rush into enjoying them all.

This box was a lovely pick me up box that was much needed for me this month.


Check out my previous Treatbox unboxing posts in this unique category of mine called ‘Treatbox’ it is specifically for these box reviews and reveals – Severn Wishes Treatbox.

Thank you for visiting Severn Wishes today, I hope you have enjoyed this Review of Treatbox. I hope to see you here again soon for another Review.

✩ Sabrina ✩