Mental Health Awareness Week: Giveaways!

 I love running giveaways and I try to do it as often as possible for all types of occasions, from blogging milestones, to blog anniversaries to my own birthday. I figure this shouldn’t be any different but I tried to get as many giveaways together which will hopefully make the winner happy. All “self-care” type prizes, such as books, candles, chocolate, make-up – something that if you’re going through a tough day, will hopefully cheer you up even in a small way.

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Welcome & Schedule!

Hi everyone! I was dabbling with the idea of doing a Mental Health Awareness week for a little while but wasn’t sure how to conduct it but after weeks of planning and brain-storming, we finally made it so welcome to Mental Health Awareness week on Jenny in Neverland! It’s not going to be all doom and gloom – as an avid mental health advocate, I think it’s so incredibly important to be able to talk freely about these issues and not feel judged or embarrassed by doing so and anything to help bring that to light and help rid the stigma of these awful conditions is all gravy in my books! For the next week, we’re going to have lots of posts – one from myself and the rest from some amazing bloggers and authors, all of which are covering different topics regarding mental health.

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Receive Your Free Macmillan Coffee Morning Kit!

Macmillan cancer support believes that no-one should face cancer alone. It is the most common disease that affected 352,197 people in the UK in 2013 alone. 1 in 2 people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer at some point in their lives. That’s either me or you, who’s reading this. Scary thought, huh? But extensive research is being carried out every single day to hopefully make those numbers and statistics a little bit less scary. We can always do our bit for cancer (for example, in 2014 I did a sponsored readathon and raised over £900 for Cancer Research UK!) and I promise, it doesn’t have to be anything terrifying like a sponsored bungee jump in order to matter!

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Book Trends I’d Like to See More & Less of

Book trends are changing all the damn time. With new ones cropping up so frequently that are so popular, everyone wants a bit of the action. But, in the literary world, there will always be certain elements which are not explored enough in books. Similarly, there will also be elements and themes which are explored all to often — although this is mostly down to the fact that they are usually so popular. As book lovers, we don’t all have to love the same genres and themes, it would be hella boring if we did. Some trends work for us and some don’t and today I want to talk about a few trends which I’d like to see more or less of in the book world right now and it is not my intention to offend anyone in this post!

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9 Popular Book Series I Still Haven’t Read or Finished

I love book series and those that I like I tend to get completely obsessed over and all consumed with. Series are a fantastic way to get to know the characters fully and deeply – because you end up spending so much time with them and dedicated to them. However, if a series doesn’t grip me completely, it’s likely I’ll give up halfway through. Today, I’m talking about 9 popular book series that I’ve either started but not finished or not read at all.

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Things That Irritate Me: Volume 2

A good while ago now, I wrote this post about things that irritate me. I was feeling particularly uhm, irritable let’s say (damn hormones) and as I mentioned in the beginning of that post, I wanted to channel my annoyance in a healthy way. So instead of punching someone, I wrote a blog post. Today, I’m doing the same because once again, I was feeling particularly irritable (that happens, usually once a month. It’s called periods, look it up) and I have a whole lovely jubbly new set of things that really, royally irritate the living crap out of me.

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Places You’ve GOT to Stay in the USA*

There is something for everyone in the good ole’ US of A. If you are planning an LGBT-friendly trip, why not try one of our top picks.

Las Vegas

Sin City, Nevada is always a good choice for a vacation. It’s sort of like Disneyland for grown-ups, and there are some obviously adult themes on show there. However in recent years, Vegas has cleaned up its act and become more family friendly. An increased police presence on the strip has helped to improve security too.

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Book Review: In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings

In-Her-Wake-Vis-4-2Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback ARC
Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US
Blurb: A perfect life… Until she discovered it wasn’t her own

A tragic family event reveals devastating news that rips apart Bella’s comfortable existence. Embarking on a personal journey to uncover the truth, she faces a series of traumatic discoveries that take her to the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast, where hidden truths, past betrayals and a 25 year-old mystery threaten not just her identity, but also her life.

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Am I a Bad Blogger for Using Stock Images?

I’ve seen a lot of talk about bloggers using stock images on social media and how if you’re a blogger, you should 100% avoid using them. Stock images are images taken from stock websites, such as Pixaby, which are free for anyone to use. Some require you to attribute credit to the source, some don’t, but regardless of their own individual terms and conditions, stock images are seen as a big no-no in the blogosphere. In the past few months, I’ve used more stock images than my own images (for reasons I’ll get into later). Neither my stats, views, DA or followers have decreased and in fact, a few of my most popular posts from the past few months have contained stock images. So why are they seen as such a crime in the blogging world?

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Sample Testing With Forever

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not becoming a beauty blogger any time soon but I do love trying new products. If anything, sometimes I like to hear the opinion from non-beauty bloggers about products over those that work in the industry – just to hear a different point of view. I was in contact with Steph on Twitter and she kindly sent me some product samples to try out and review. The products are from Forever and are all Aloe Vera based, so super natural and super healthy and they came in super cute little packets that reminded me of those you would get in a hotel.

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