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I am finally a qualified Children's Nurse. I've been working three long years for this and its finally complete.

On Friday myself and all the other fabulous nurses of my cohort celebrated our achievements. 
The saying 'nurses know how to party' only rings true with this night!

Each and every one of us should be proud of ourselves, and through all the tears, temper tantrums and fears we could not carry on, we pushed through and in a matter of weeks will all be embarking on our new adventures as staff nurses. 

So proud!

Ps. why when you have been drinking do you think a pose with the peace sign, hair tucked behind the ears and tongue sticking out is acceptable?

Things They Do Not Tell You As A Student Nurse

Coming close to the end of my degree has made me reflect on the past three years, I have had a lot of ups and downs but overall i have had the time off my life and i would not change a second of it. This past week i recently met another student nurse who is in the same positions i was in exactly three years ago, we got chatting and she began asking some advice on her degree and some questions she had. So i thought i would make this little list of thirteen things they don't tell you as a student nurse for any of you looking to start your degree this year. 

1. How fast everyone talks. Don't get me wrong i can blabber on just as much as the next person and i am often told i need to slow down when talking; but when i started my first placement every word spoken during ward round was just a gibberish role of medical terminology.

2. You WILL put on weight. If your placed on a ward i can almost guarantee you will put on weight through all the cakes and chocolates bought by parents and family members upon discharge.

3. You forget what lunch is. Some days you are so rushed off your feet that the only choice is to grab a few chocolates on the way to your next patient; as a student i found myself so wrapped up in wanting to experience everything i forgot to eat... until my shift finished then the confectionery stand in the nearby petrol station was my best friend.

4. Your brains memory capacity triples in size. There was many a time that each shift i would have five different patients; which meant five different families, five different conditions, five different treatments. I am not sure how it happens but you become accustomed to it and begin to remember more names than Santa.

5. You will spend the rest of our nursing career applying hand cream to your cracked aging hands; that burning sensation of purell hand sanitiser will always make you scream a little.

6. You immune system becomes stronger than steel. For the first year or so you experience a lot of colds, flu etc but after a while in the hospital environment your immune system is stronger than an ox.

7. You will dream the noises of IV pumps and SATS Monitors. There has been many a time i have been sat quietly or sleeping and heard an IV pump in my bedroom; or whilst shopping in the local supermarket and gone to dash off to attend to my patient on the SATS monitor.

8. There will always be those patients you never forget/ make you cry. There has been many a time i have come home from my shift, crawled into bed and had a good cry. You can't help it sometimes, your only human.

9. The first time someone vomits on your hand you will go green. I was never squeamish before starting my training and i thought i would be fine, but the first time a patient projectile vomits on your hand and arm; it is not pleasant. And trust me it will happen,

10. You will wear the most unflattering, unfashionable, ugly shoes for the rest of your career. I put off buying them for so long because i could not justify spending the money on shoes so ugly, but in all honesty; it is like walking on a cloud of comfortableness.

11. You will have a complete meltdown. And that's ok. Just don't unpack and live in that moment. Step away from the assignment for a few hours, grab some chocolate and a hot drink, pop on netflix and have some you time. Then when you are feeling calmer, resume. 

12. Go up a size in your uniform pants. They may feel like they fit, until you sit down for a while. Uncomfortable does not even come close. 

13. Yes your friends are going out every night, going on girls days out and booking spontaneous weekends away whilst your shoulder deep in books and have only slept eight hours in the past three days but that is ok. You are working towards an amazing career, Short time sacrifice for long term benefits. 

WOW Your Really Really Tall!!!

Yes, to state the obvious i am tall.

My name is Aimee-Leigh Rogers, i am 21 years old and 5ft 10inches tall.

My height has always been my biggest insecurity. Every time someone comments on my height, my heart drops to my feet and my confidence plummets. If i had a £1 for every time i have heard 'aww your so tall' or 'I would hate to be tall' i would be living it up large on a private island with a Corgi puppy and a pool assistant named Hugo.

My height really knocks my confidence as a women sometimes. I am told i shouldn't wear heels because i will be 'too tall' and that i shouldn't date a guy under 6ft tall because 'girls should always be shorter than their boyfriend'. As a women i do not feel attractive or sexy. For years i have crouched over when i walk to make myself appear shorter and only own two pairs of heels in the fear or towering over someone.

I have just got fed up with the comments on my height because on the wrong day, in the wrong mood i may sharply reply with a 'and your really short', When really all they are doing is paying my a compliment. It just sometimes feels like that's all people really see.

I would not even consider myself to be insanely tall. I don't feel like a giant, everything still looks normal slightly higher than 5ft 5. Yes i may look tall and noticeable in heels but what is so bad about that? I like heels. And being 5ft 10 allows me to wear maxi dresses without them dragging on the floor and jumpsuits fit my long legs perfectly. I can see the stage in crowds without standing on my tip toes and i can reach the last packet of double stuffed oreo's on the top shelf in asda without help.

Too many women these days knock each other down for what is not seen as the 'ideal'. If your not a size 6-8, 5ft 5, with a perfectly peachy bum and washboard abs with balyage hair and nude acrylic nails you are made to feel like your far from perfection. This is not the case. I truly believe it is our imperfections that makes us beautiful, Our differences allow us to be different. How boring would the world be if everyone resembled Kyle Jenner?

So here are my top five perfect imperfections that make!

1. My Height, Yes i had to state this due to rambling on didn't i.

2. My Hips. I have big hips. Or as some would call them child bearing hips, Of course i would love smaller hips but that is never going to happen.

3. My Ears. I actually really like my ears, is that weird? I was born with a tiny birthmark on my ear i have never seen anyone else have except my auntie. Special right? Some may see this as an imperfection but i really like them.

4. My Skin. I don't have super clear skin and i do not claim too. Yes i have redness and some acne scars but nothing a bit of concealer wont cover,

5. My Cellulite. Yes i am not afraid to admit i have cellulite, most women do. I like cheese and when my legs start to resemble cottage cheese i am ok with that.

What are your perfect imperfections? What makes

20 Life Lessons We Learn In Our Twentys

1. Being a size six is not the secret to long life happiness. Lest you be that 'stick figure you needs to eat a cheeseburger' or that 'lard arse who needs to hit the gym'

2. The internet has the power to be your best friend & your worst enemy. Yes it gives you the power to express yourself but it always gives you the power to publicly declare your undying love for you ex fuckboy on facebook at four in the morning after a few bottles of wine

3. Afternoon naps are beautiful and wonderful things

4. At no point does waking up and willingly going to the gym become fun. It is still a form of torture

5. You may not be a gourmet chef but being able to function in the kitchen and not burn the house down every-time you cook pasta is a mastered skill

6. You would rather have two solid friends than 50 acquaintances

7.  You are never the only person feeling the way you feel. If you open up a little more you will find other people going through the same thing and the more content with your life you will feel

8. Regular exercise is important. The older and busier i get the more i look forward to sweating out my frustrations at the gym or taking my puppy on a big long walk. Weather that be walking, running, hiking or yoga.. just make time for it

9. Eliminating negative people from your life is hard but oh so liberating. Weather that be a friend or a boyfriend. It is not selfish to take care of yourself 

10. Weather we like it or not our bodies change. Your metabolism slows and your boobs begin to loose perkiness; and there is nothing we can do about it. Own it!

11. Not everyone is going to like you, And thats ok

12. Eyebrow's are important!

13. Tracking your period is important. How many more good pairs of underwear need to be ruined before we learn this?

14. Pamper night, chocolate and a netflix binge will solve almost any problem

15. Flavoured condoms do not taste good

16. You get happier and more content with age, Yes there are going to be days where you feel like a six year old who has lost your mum in asda; but after a good cry and a huge bar of galaxy you will be ready to take on the world again

17. You find yourself becoming weirdly obsessed with home decor and storage. And candles just tip everything over the edge

18. You actually buy clothes to specifially wear around the house

19. Giving blood is one of the easiest and nicest ways to help other people. Plus it is an excuse to 'eat plenty for the rest of the day'

20. The right guy wont make you cry. Ever! 

A Girls Day In Liverpool

Today I spent the day in Liverpool with my mum and little sister. We have all been super busy lately and haven’t really made a lot of time to do things together that we enjoy. Every year us three girls take a trip into Liverpool to see a show at Liverpool Empire and go for a nice spot of lunch and some shopping before retiring home to our pj’s and fluffy socks in front of the tv.

I haven’t been feeling very festive this year due to tough times in my job and busy shift patterns; so a relaxing day out to unwind was just what I needed. It felt so Christmassy to hear all the choirs and brass bands filling the streets with Christmas music streets and browsing through all the stocking stuffer gifts.

We went to see Dick Whittington at Liverpool Empire. The show was so uplifting to watch and the cast did a really good job at getting everyone up on their feet and singing along. We then popped into Liverpool One for a spot of late lunch. I may off gone a little overload on the desserts. Not one ounce of guilt was felt; it is aloud at Christmas right?

I am now starting to feel festive after our little Christmas tradition outing. Is there anything you do every year at Christmas time? Are you looking forward to Christmas?

Review | Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

I am sure you beauty addicts are all very familiar with this 80’s classic delight that is Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream. I have seen this floating around the beauty community for year’s but at £26 for a 50ml product I resisted being frivolous with my hard earned penny’s. I was recently shopping in my local savers and I stumbled across this Eight Hour Duo for only £2.99 each for 30ml products. What a steal!!!

I picked up the Original Eight Hour Cream and the Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment (Nurses addiction to hand cream got the better of me). The original Eight Hour Cream is well known for it’s unique smell. Some love it, some hate it. Personally I am not too fussed on the scent as it is so strong but because the product is just so bloody brilliant i almost forget about the scent of it. You can also purchase a fragrance free version if that is something that suits your liking more. 

I use the Eight Hour Cream for everything; My Lips, Nose and dry areas such as elbows and cuticles. It really is a wonder product. It moisturises and repairs skin like no other moisturiser. I have not used any other lip balm since I have purchased this because nothing compares to the level of moisture is gives. I love applying to my lips just before I step outside in the cold as it fully protects my lips from the cold dry weather and leaves them feeling plumped and rejuvenated all day. I resembled Rudolph recently due to having a cold, I smoothed this cream around my nose and it took away all the redness and left my skin super soft and smooth. It also applied well over makeup on any dry patches and does not separate the makeup underneath.

It is the definition of an all in one product. It is an ultimate staple needed in any makeup bag. I have had this 30ml tube for a few months now, I use it every single say and I still have more than half the tube left. It just lasts forever. If you have a savers near you I would recommend popping and seeing if you can nab yourself a deal. 

I also purchased the mini Eight Hour Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment. Being a nurse I am quite familiar with having dry and painful hands due to washing them constantly and wearing latex gloves. Over the years I have tried numerous hand creams but I have yet to find a holy grail that actually works. I think I have finally found it! You only need a pea sized amount of this as a little goes a long way. It is a super thick hand cream that is non greasy and sinks into hands quickly. I have found it has really helped to leave my cuticles soft and moisturised. It does also have the same smell as the original Eight Hour Cream but the scent does not bother me at all on my hands.

These would be great little stocking stuffers for Christmas. At £2.99 each, they last such a long time and really deliver great results.

It’s absolutely worth every penny and I would 100% recommend anyone to try it out. Just smell this product first too see if the fragrance free option would be better for you.

How do you use Eight Hour Cream?

25 Life Quotes You Defiantly Need To Remember For Sad Days

There is nothing i love better than a good ole positive quote. 

A few years back when i was embarking on my soul searching journey i kept a journal. I have never been one to be be consistent with a journal but i managed to keep this journal for a whole year. I was recently cleaning out my room and whilst rummaging through my drawer of random rubbish i discovered it again and it was such a surreal feeling to read it. 

I felt some of the hurt and pain rush back and i felt i began to relive some of those memories i had otherwise tried to forget. Part way through this journal, when life started to be kind to me, my journal took a turn. It became really upbeat and positivity just beamed out of the pages with inspiring quotes and images.

I thought i would share some of these quotes i rediscovered with you to help you feel like you have got your shit together during your monday morning 5am start or on days when you just need to eat an entire tray of doughnuts and binge watch netflix. 

1. Before alice got to wonderland she fell really hard down a deep dark hole

2. One of the hardest moments ever is when you find the courage to let go of what you cannot change

3. Out of your vulnerabilities come yourself

4. Be somebody who makes everyone feel like somebody

5. Failure is a bruise not a tattoo

6. Life will test you but remember this, when you walk up mountains your legs get stronger

7. Never let fear decide your future

8. Don't be afraid of being outnumbered. Eagles fly alone. Pigeons flock together

9. Don't let someone who has done nothing tell you how to do anything

10. When your thinking about life remember this. No amount of guilt can solve the past and no amount of anxiety can change the future

11. Never apologise for being sensitive or emotional, let this be a sign that you have a big heart and you are not afraid to let others see it

12. Little by little, day by day

13. It's ok to be scared, being scared means your about to do something very very brave

14. We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same

15. Never get too busy making a life you forget to make a living

16. Look up at the stars not down at your feet

17. Everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok, its not the end

18. Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are

19. Don't make a permanent decision on a temporary emotion

20. The greater the storm the brighter the rainbow

21. Awesome things will happen today if you chose not to be a miserable cow

22. Mother Theresa didn't walk around worrying about her thighs, she had shit to do

23. Slow down and enjoy life a little more, don't be so serious, life is not a race

24. A rose can never be a sunflower and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way and that's like women too

25. Darling just fucking own it!

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