Why change? 👀

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Okay. So below on the left is my favourite shampoo. In the world. I find it super hard to get used to smells especially ones that linger in my hair so I prefer to stick with either a strawberry smell or a shampoo like head & shoulders which is more of a neutral smell.

What I don’t understand is why companies feel the need to change their products ‘formula’ regularly. It’s annoying. So when my mum couldn’t understand why our supermarket no longer stocked the shampoo on the left (below) we were both confused. I googled and found out that the shampoo had been repackaged and a new formula bought in…(right below)

WHY CHANGE?

Im better than I was with change but it’s getting used to products again which I find so difficult. This happened not that long ago with Always night pads/liners (which I prefer to use on my time of the month – I hate talking about this but feel it relates). I always liked the design of the pad and although it took some getting used to for the first time aged 16 I used them ever since. About a year or two ago the Always brand decided to scrap their current range and release a new line of pads for day, night, etc.

THEY WERE ALL SCENTED.

I quite literally freaked. Never had I experienced such a powerful overwhelming perfumey girly smell. And I could no longer buy unscented pads which to me was upsetting. Yes, I grew to live with the scent (unhappily) but what annoys me is that the people at companies like Always and Alberto Balsam don’t understand that when they change their formula or scent it really can affect people who rely on and use their products everyday.

Do you or someone you know get overwhelmed when products or formulas change? How do you cope with it? Share your stories, thoughts and ideas in the comments below ☺️

Days of the week 📝

 So this post is kinda late. But I wanted to do a post explaining how the start of the year and also certain days of the week always affects my SPD.

I hate hate hate with a passion January 1st. Every year I’ve always found it so overwhelming like its a fresh start and I always cry and get upset for the first few days in January. Before I started working part time at the weekends I used to depise Sundays. It’s not even because I’m worrying about Monday – I secretly adore Monday’s as routine kicks back in then and I can look forward to uni and structured days.

I know I’m bad when it comes to holidays but thats because it’s so much free and unstructured time. If I’m not productive I feel like I’ve wasted a day and I get quite upset and frustrated. I know it sounds quite OCD-like but I do have mild OCD that almost flares up sometimes!

Does anybody else not like a certain day or the week or time of day? How do you cope with holidays and unstructured time? Let me know in the comments below ☺️

Image credit: http://www.pinpointe.com

Thats me 😉

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I’ve been talking to the lovely people at Sensory Spectacle about SPD awareness and my SPD experiences, particularly to do with taste. Do go check out their website www.sensoryspectacle.co.uk and their twitter is: https://twitter.com/SensorySp Don’t forget to check me out on twitter too: https://twitter.com/21andsensory

I know I’ve mentioned this on all my recent posts so far but if you have a spare minute please vote for my in the UK Blog Awards here: http://blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2016/my-entry/21andsensory (You can vote daily – the voting closes at the end of January!) Thank you ☺️

The Spirit Animal Blog Award

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I was nominated for this award by the super dooper lovely Alex Könst at aaaaleivkai.wordpress.com. Check out her blog if you have the chance – it is a fantastic blog which is very insightful and written in a beautiful way.

Thank you Alex for nominating me!

Here are the rules (as written in Alex’s blog):

  1. Post the award picture on your blog (Tick!)
  2. Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you (Okeydokey…)
  3. If you could be any animal, what would you be? (Ooooh…)
  4. Pick ten nominees. (Right then)

My name is Emily, I’m 21 and I have Sensory Processing Disorder. My background: An occupational therapist diagnosed me with SPD when I was in primary school. I have found OT the most helpful form of therapy, I’ve tried lots of different therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and therapy sessions with CAHMS (child and adolescent mental health service, UK) however I found these unhelpful and these made me feel worse. I also have anxiety issues, mild OCD, hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) and severe dyslexia (I was only assessed and told I was dyslexic when I was 19!).

My blog is UK based I want to bring people everywhere together to discuss their sensory problems and how they cope with their everyday lives. I want it to be recognised that sensory problems aren’t something children necessarily grow out of but learn to deal with for the rest of their lives. 

Okay so I think I would be a… sausage dog! I just love them, they are so small and tiny and long and low to the ground and think they are so adorable and funny 🙂

Okay so my ten nominees are…

  1. https://closertohappiness.wordpress.com
  2. problemswithoo.wordpress.com
  3. https://mrsunimaginative.wordpress.com
  4. http://marcimentalhealthmore.com
  5. https://itsgoodtobecrazysometimes.wordpress.com
  6. https://lacymiri.wordpress.com
  7. https://autismthoughts.wordpress.com
  8. https://radliving1124.wordpress.com
  9. http://lyfwithem.com
  10. https://mariner2mother.wordpress.com

Also if you have a spare moment please vote for me in the UK blog Awards 2016! You can vote daily for me (even with the same email address although I know thats a lot to ask!)  Heres my link: blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2016/my-entry/21andsensory

Thank you in advance! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter:  twitter.com/21andsensory

Going #dairyfree


I’m planning on going #dairyfree (for health reasons) for a week beginning on Saturday. Anybody got any good tips or snack/meal ideas? Will be making use of my #nutribullet 🌱🍎

Let me know if you are dairy, gluten, nut or anything-else-free and how you cope with everyday life in the comments below!

Don’t forget if you’ve got a spare moment to checkout my new Twitter account and vote for me in the UK Blog Awards (see my previous post!) Thank you ☺️

Please can you vote for me?

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So I am entered in the #UKBlogAwards

Here’s a bit more about them:

‘The UK Blog Awards has been created to recognise true viral style and creative excellence across a variety of 16 UK industries…The UK Blog Awards are not just another Awards evening, but the chance to be acknowledged and recognised as a true knowledge provider within your industry and provide a unique opportunity to promote yourself to other Blogging professionals and organisations. The awards are more than an event, but a digital outreach platform…’

Voting started from Jan 4th at midnight and run until 29th Jan. Im entered in the Health and Social category and Lifestyle category too (when voting theres a drop down menu where you can vote for me in both categories at the same time!)

You can also vote daily for me (even with the same email address)  Although I know thats a lot to ask! 🙂  Heres my link: blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2016/my-entry/21andsensory

Thank you in advance! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter:  twitter.com/21andsensory