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Important – Please Read – GDPR Privacy Policy Info

Dear Readers,

Apologies for me sending this a second time, it wasn’t showing up correctly the first time.

You are receiving this post via email because you have signed up to follow my blog at some point. In accordance with the new GDPR laws affecting the data regulation of EU members’ I have done a number of things which are listed below. As far as I’m aware, I’m not legally allowed to email you all directly because that’s not what you signed up for, you signed up to be automatically sent my new blog posts by WordPress each time I upload one. Therefore, I’m doing my very best to comply with the new GDPR laws whilst not being able to actually get your active consent to keeping your email address. Please read the whole of this post.

  1. I have written a privacy policy which can be found HERE which clearly states what data of yours I have access to and how and where it’s stored as well as what I do with it. This policy also lists what third parties I use on my blog who may also have access to this data and suggests that you seek out their privacy policies too so that you’re aware of what data they’re collecting and storing.
  2. I have written this post which will be automatically emailed to all of my blog followers to inform you about these changes and what I’m doing to try to comply with the new law.
  3. By law I have to offer to remove your data if you wish and I would also like to remind you that if at any point you wish to stop following my blog you can do this by clicking the unsubscribe button at the bottom of every email you receive from my blog which will remove you from the mailing list for all of my upcoming posts.
  4. I want to reassure you that although all of these emails you’ll be receiving sound really scary as they’re talking about “data”, this can be anything as simple as your name or email address and isn’t always “sensitive data”. I’ve been unable to find a definition of sensitive data but as far as I’m aware, I don’t hold any for any of my blog followers. I want to reassure you that your data is held securely and only used for the purposes of being able to automatically send you an email each time I post a new blog, as well as recording basic statistics of locations of blog readers and what posts have been read and how many times, this data isn’t identifiable by me and isn’t attributed to single readers, I just get numbers and graphs of it all collated.
  5. Giveaway winners can be assured that as soon as their prize arrives with them and I’ve had this confirmed, all emails containing their postal address are deleted and that is the only place those details are kept so I keep that data for as short a time as possible. I checked my email account this week for any emails that had escaped my attention and all those containing winners’ addresses are permanently deleted. This policy will continue for any future giveaways.

Finally, a quick thank you to all of you who’ve followed my blog and who read my posts, it’s great to have you here and there will be more exciting posts to read in the near future!

 

Lost Ocean: A comparison of the UK and US editions

Lost Ocean: A Comparison of the UK and US Editions

Colouring In The Midst Of Madness

Disclaimer – Please read this disclosure about my use of affiliate links which are contained within this post.
Lost Ocean was released worldwide last month and there have been huge online debates about the differences between the UK and US editions and which has the best paper quality, the size of the images, the colour of the paper etc. So, as a reviewer, I thought it best to purchase a copy of each so that I could compare and contrast and give you the ultimate guide to each edition so you can purchase the copy that best suits you. For my review of the content of the book and lots of images from inside please click here. This is a long post because there are so many pictures included to illustrate each point but please bear with me because a lot of time and effort has gone into being as thorough as…

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6 Snippets Of Me

I’ve really struggled to know where to start because this Blog has been in my head for a while. I thought the best place would be at the beginning with a bit about me so you know who I am and what I’m about before you start reading my ramblings. Originally this was going to be 10 things about me but I could only come up with 6 so here are my snippets.

  1. My name is Lucy. I’m nearly 24. I live in Worthing, West Sussex with my boyfriend Joe. I drink copious amounts of tea (always PG Tips) and my favourite food is cake. I have a degree in Psychology from Anglia Ruskin University where I graduated in 2013 and during my time there I met some amazing people who will be friends for life. I’m very enthusiastic, strong-willed and determined, I’m extremely talkative but can listen well too and am very caring towards others. I’m currently mostly housebound with anxiety.
  2. I LOVE cupcakes. Not just the cakes, I do really love those, but I love ALL things cupcake-y. I’ve got fridge magnets, socks, pyjamas, calendars, coasters, cake tins, aprons, bags and so much more, all covered in cupcake pictures. I even learnt to crochet so that I could make cute and cuddly cupcakes (see photo above).
  3. I also love Lego. This is entirely down to my dad who started buying packets of Lego Minifigures a few years ago and gave me his duplicates. I then started buying them occasionally and 3 years on I’m hooked, as is Joe and we now collect them and have well over 100 different figures.
  4. I also love to bake and have sort of ended up collecting baking recipe books. At the last count I had 33 and I’ve asked for a couple more for Christmas. My favourite recipes at the moment are Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Whipped Cream and Chocolate and Chilli Muffins. Both are divine and it’s making me hungry just thinking about it! I’ve definitely put on weight since becoming housebound!
  5. I have lots of health problems and the list seems to grow every few years. None of the conditions are life threatening but all have been life changing and I’ll write about this here in the future.
  6. Finally, the reason I’m here writing and you’re there reading – I have depression and more recently developed an anxiety disorder. This Blog will mostly be about my experiences both past and present. I’m aiming to reduce stigma, dispel some of the myths and misconceptions, put a face to mental illness and highlight positive and negative stories in the media, as and when they arise. I’ve always been loud and open and I’ve never been one to suffer in silence so this is where I plan to vent, educate, advise, offer support and generally enlighten others about mental illness.

Welcome to my Blog where you’ll be In The Midst Of Madness!

Lucy x