Let’s talk about IBS…

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post where I talk about something with a semi serious theme.

Today I’d really like to talk to you about IBS. For those of you that don’t know, IBS is the abbreviation for the condition irritable bowel syndrome. It’s not an uncommon condition with around two and 10 people having IBS. Although both men and women can have IBS, the condition tends to be more prevalent in women and I am one of those women.

Have you ever been out having a good time and felt that pang of urgency in your tummy where are you really have to use the toilet? That’s my life with IBS.

IBS is a condition that affects the gut. It can present in different ways such as urgency when needing the bathroom, nausea, severe stomachache, chronic or acute diarrhoea and in some cases, constipation.

There are different triggers that could affect this. Food and drink often have an impact especially if your diet is not great but stress and anxiety can also cause a flareup.

I have to constantly assess where the toilets are, is there a private area (because it can get embarrassing), will I be eating or drinking out because certain foods or drinks can trigger a reaction, how will I get home if things get bad, have I packed enough Imodium and finally are my friends going to understand?

I personally don’t like to use toilets for anything other than waiting unless I’m at home and I know lots of people feel this way but unfortunately due to IBS, I have no choice sometimes but to go where and when I can.

There are lots of things that you can do to stop IBS having a big impact on your life however these things aren’t always viable or healthy for instance, when I’m travelling anywhere I always take Imodium before I go. I take it even if I haven’t had a flareup because that way I’ll be bunged up as it were during our travels and won’t experience the embarrassment of urgently needing to go to the toilet and not being able to. travelling is one of the most frightening experiences for me so if I’m going any distance, I tend to get a train which seems pointless because I can drive. Taking Imodium as much as I do isn’t healthy nor is avoiding eating just in case you have a flareup.

Nights out are often a constant source of embarrassment because if I anything remotely different to normal, this can cause a flareup. Having to leave my friends to use their facilities just makes me feel embarrassed and different. My friends don’t make me feel like that it’s just me. For example, I was on a night out with friends and we had just a few drinks when suddenly I felt my tummy rumble. That familiar rumbling when I know what’s going to happen next. I left my friends for a good 20 minutes whilst I painstakingly made friends with the bathroom. In the end things got so bad, my husband had to collect me and to put this into perspective, I could’ve walked home in under five minutes but I didn’t think I would get there if I did. Night out ruined.

Granted it’s not a serious condition, it’s not life-threatening but it can be life changing because it alters the way you think about what you do. So I guess what I’m saying is be aware, and don’t take the mick out of your friends when they need to use the toilet 😂 I often joke about needing sponsorship from VIPoo! 🤓

If you’d like to know more then visit the IBS website. If you can identify with this blog post please drop me a message.

Kat xx

p.s. As far as I know, all images used are free images from Unsplash.

Lottie London x Imogenation London Masterclass

At the end of May, my husband and I were visiting family in London. During the backend of our visit I went into London, Soho specifically, to attend a Lottie London masterclass! This was in association with Imogenation, a Youtuber who had just launched a range of make up with the brand.

The masterclass itself is great. It really felt as though you got to know lots about Imogen and she talked passionately about the products she used including those that weren’t her own. However, to travel as far as I did, it was quite frustrating to do as much standing around and waiting as I did.

Lots of the problems that occurred were down to the venue and their lack of communication with the patrons. In fact before I even entered the masterclass I did an Instagram story that said how disappointed I was. Imogen and the Lottie London team definitely made up for that.

The best part of the experience was the gifted products that we were given as it meant that we could recreate the look that Imogen had done on the day. It was also amazing to meet Imogen.

My advice to you is to think carefully before you travel for master classes like this. Are you going to get value for money from it? If this instance I certainly did.

Kat xx

The Roaring Girls Present Beach Body Ready ❤️

In May, Jen Gilmour, one of my blogger buddies, invited me to come see Beach Body Ready at Hull Truck Theatre. This won’t be written like a review as the ladies are hoping to take this show to Edinburgh Fringe but I will discuss the basic premise and how it was relatable.

Beach Body Ready is a relaxed and semi improvised show dealing with body issues and the pressures that one has to look a certain way. As a plus sized lady myself, I already knew they would touch on some of my insecurities before I even saw it.

The girls discussed their flaws, opened their hearts and poured them out and basically made the audience understand how their bodies have caused them no end of grief.

In the same breath, they showed each other that they love their bodies for being their ‘vessels’ as it were, appreciating all of their perceived flaws and showing solidarity with each other! It really was an emotional rollercoaster and had tickets been available, I’d have returned to see it again that night.

I felt empowered to love my body after seeing this. I felt like I related to the characters in different ways – some of their negative experiences, such as the ‘pull a pig’ competition rang way too true for me. However, what the show really taught me is that we’re all Beach Body Ready and the problems aren’t with ourselves. It’s with society. So from now on, people can call me whatever they want because A) I love myself and B) Not only is it no one else business but it’s also their problem, not mine to correct. As Keala Settle once said, THIS IS ME!

Massive thanks to Jen for the invite ❤️ Catch the BBR girls if you can on 13th July (I think the tickets are sold out but I urge you to try!)

Kat x

Napoleon’s Dine In Style

I am so excited to write this blog post I actually think I might burst!

Last week I was kindly invited to experience the dining in style package at Napoleons Casino with the HEY blogger girls. I hadn’t been to a casino in years and the last time I did go was in Bradford and all that was available was bar food and pints on draught. Not the most glamorous of experiences.

So we enter Napoleons in Hull and like the sad person that I am the first place I checked out the bathroom facilities and I was not disappointed. They had some huge mirrors and awesome lights. As I was going to be photographing a lot that night, I was pleased to see this because I needed lots of good quality pictures!

We headed upstairs and we’re promptly seated. Firstly, we were offered drinks and they have a great range of beers, wines and spirits. The other girls were particularly impressed with the range of gins on offer. As I don’t drink gin myself, I had a beautiful vodka cranberry. There really was something for everybody, and the drinks looked aesthetic pleasing too.

Next we went to our table ready to order food. What was particularly impressive was that for the price, you get three courses, each of which an excellent size and there is also so much variety on the menu, it is truly difficult to know what to pick!

For my starter I chose the Florida cocktail, which is basically a fruit cocktail with a syrup jus. It was absolutely beautiful! Such a simple concept and yet so well executed. Who knew that fruit could fill you up that much?!

Everybody’s maincourse looked amazing 😉 I personally chose a chicken breast from the grill as I knew that with my fussy taste this would be something I could get on with no matter what. Next time I go I will definitely be more adventurous as the main dishes just looked sublime! The meals came with a choice of vegetables too making it a healthy choice as well!

Finally, dessert time! As with the rest of the menu, I was absolutely spoiled for choice. However, the millionaire shortbread with frozen yoghurt was a no-brainer for me as I love frozen yoghurt and chocolate and caramel… I could go on but you get the picture! This was rich but the portion size was just perfect.

After that a croupier showed us how to play some of the games on the gaming floor. We were treated like royalty as we had been all night and as part of the package everybody got a 5 pound betting chip. I personally enjoyed playing blackjack although I did try roulette as well but I felt that I had more control over the outcome of blackjack and those of you that know me, know that I’m a control freak!

Most of all, the company I kept that night was the best. The girls from the hair bloggers team are some of the nicest, funniest and most genuine people I’ve ever met and I really did feel honoured that they had considered me for this experience so thank you very much! I’d also like to thank Napoleons in Hull because this was by far, one of the best nights out I’ve had in the nine years I’ve lived in Hull and I certainly will return!

Have you ever visited a Napoleons Casino? Let me know in the comments below.

Kat xx

* this was a gifted experience however all opinions are my own.