• Books,  Guest Posts

    Meet The Author: Sasha Lane

    It’s time for a new Meet The Author post and today I’m welcoming British chick-lit writer, Sasha Lane to RockPaperSpirit. Sasha hails from Barnsley in Yorkshire and works full-time in the finance industry. As you can imagine, the finance industry doesn’t really provide a creative outlet so Sasha uses her spare time to express herself in her chick-lit novels. She uses the books to show how women can find balancing their working life with relationships difficult and of course, helps us to laugh at ourselves. She tries to make her characters relatable so that we fall in love with them. Isn’t that what’s so great about chick-lit? We love the characters…

  • Beauty,  Reviews

    Review: Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

    I love roses and I love masks, although the one I have hanging on my bedroom wall probably wasn’t what the Body Shop had in mind, so I was extremely pleased to find this in the post the other day.  This is part of the ‘Superfood’ range of facemasks and are 100% vegetarian with no parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils.  I did wonder what was actually in the masks but I’m guessing bacon isn’t it. I have sensitive skin, which is the beauty product equivalent of a miner’s canary, so I was pleased to see the emittance of the nasty chemicals that often give my skin a tomato hue. …

  • Food,  Lifestyle

    The 10-A-Day For A Month Challenge

    It’s well known that in the UK, the recommended government guidelines state that we should eat five portions of fruits and vegetables a day. This doesn’t seem like a lot, because it isn’t but somehow I still fall short and eat less. Some days, I don’t manage to eat any so I down a glass of orange juice with dinner in the hopes that it will make a difference. In other European countries they recommend seven portions and when I did some research into the anti-inflammatory diets that are recommended to chronic pain sufferers, they suggest nine portions a day. It’s thought by some that ten a day is the…

  • Beauty,  Reviews

    STYLondon Siligel Blender Review

    This is another item I received in my Pink Parcel recently. I feel like all I ever do is review Pink Parcel goodies, but that’s because there are so many awesome items included and I get the chance to discover so many great brands I’ve never heard of before. This is a silicon blender and these are one of the hottest beauty trends of recent times. Gone are the days when we would sacrifice two-thirds of a bottle of foundation to the sponge Gods or leave home with slightly beige tinges under our fingernails because we just couldn’t get it all off after application. For those who don’t remember those…

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    Personal,  Writing

    One Decision Can Change Everything

    I saw a meme today that got me thinking. It said, “You’re always a decision away from a totally different life.” It struck a chord because I believe it’s true. This week it was my birthday. I turned 37. While my day was mostly positive there was a dark cloud over it because of the chronic pain I’ve been suffering. First I lay in bed, trying to make the most of my luxurious extra hour under the duvet but since I had twinges of pain, I couldn’t fall back asleep. So, I lay there listening to the radio. I like the Christian O’Connell show, so it was nice to hear…