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Monday, May 14 2018

NB: SORRY THIS IS OPEN FOR AUSTRALIAN READERS ONLY

It is here!!! It is finally here, the time you've all been promised is here.....

Introducing the:

Epic self care and self love package for one to be won by one of you!!

Firstly, thank you to all of our kind and generous businesses without whom this would not be as epic or love fuelled as it possible is.

✰ To see all the prizes - click here

To enter the competion:
Please do so below via the widget answering a question which will be judged by a panel of secret judges chosen by myself.
♥ Then please like or follow the businesses on instagram and/or facebook by clicking on the links below, as a way of saying thanks. 
  Please note : THIS IS OPEN FOR AUSTRALIAN READERS ONLY, sorry
♥ YOU have a week to enter, comp closes next Wednesday 13th June! So hurry!

You'll love their feeds!

Feeling Ostomistic Epic Self Care for One giveaway

Please Visit and like/follow the following businesses:

1. ✰ Gorgeous By Carly: click here for facebook     click here for instagram

2. ✰ Sugorma: click here for facebook     click here for instagram

3. ✰ Chatterbox_City: click here for facebook     click here for instagram

4. ✰ The Love Letter Co: click here for facebook     click here for instagram

5. ✰ Sophie Guidolin: click here for facebook     click here for instagram

6. ✰ Pink Pom Pom Printables: click here for facebook     click here for instagram

7. ✰ Salty Fox Co: click here for facebook     click here for instagram

8. ✰ The Scenic Route: click here for facebook     click here for instagram

9. ✰ Kiss and Co: click here for facebook     click here for instagram

I am so excited to offer this, and remember it is only for a week only, so hurry!! Due to postage restrictions this prize is only available for Australian readers.

Posted by: Talya AT 10:02 pm   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
Sunday, May 13 2018

NB: SORRY THIS IS OPEN FOR AUSTRALIAN READERS ONLY

For as long as I have had this blog I had set myself two milestones I wanted to reach:
1) reach 1,000 on fb and 2) celebrate 5 years blogging!

I know these might seem like small or insignificant goals, but to be honest when I first learned I was 21 had early stage bowel cancer and would require a permanent ileostomy for the rest of my life - I didn't know if it would be a blog worth following, because it wasn't sexy and appealling, so I worried if anyone would read my blog or engage with me or if they would judge me. I was worried I wouldn't be accepted and that I wouldn't help anyone. It is such a sensitive and private topic that I felt so vulnerable putting myself out there so openly.

All I had ever set out to do this blog was just to help at least one person, and I know in the past 5 years I have done that! AAAAAnd I found MY TRIBE of people who love and adore me too.

This week I also celebrated 5 years since my total colectomy and the moment I became an Ostomate for LIFE! I celebrated each of those extra days and minutes I have had with pure joy and gratitude, as much as my stoma changed my life it saved my life too. 

My stoma has helped me to have these extra days and years, and my blog became an outlet for me to share my experiences and hope to empower and help others on their own stories.

I am so grateful to those who interact/engage with me on social media, many become friends or like family; they celebrate when I have a win, they share my sadness when I am in pain; they encourage and support me to live and celebrate life to the full - and I have.

So this giveaway is for YOU as my way of saying thanks.

I appreciate every comment, like, message and email and love all of the support, as I believe in the importance of saying thanks I am showing my gratitude with this HUGE giveaway for you. 

The ultimate self care package for One!

Prizes:

1 x Pair of Multi Marble Delight Earrings - Gorgeous By Carly

Get ready to sparkle with these pretties! Made from premium acrylic with a glitter top with stunning rose Gold findings to make them super classy too. No two pairs are the same due to the placement of the acrylic, these babes are definitely OOAK!
For more details or to see more of their stunning earring range click here!

1 x Ultimate Body Goodness Care Set from Sugorma
Body CARE SET - Love Your Body

 
Natural luxury body care to love your skin. Vegan, palm oil free and cruelty free. Enjoy Foaming Cleanser, all natural Body Oil, light and fluffy Body Cream and Salt Fusion Bath Soak and Body Exfoliant, to naturally care for your skin. A wonderful gift to spoil that special someone... you know you deserve this!
To find out about all of the items in this pack, click here!

 1 x Neck Wrap Heat or Cold in Boho Feathers - Chatterbox City
Wheat free, Odour free and doesn't sweat either.

Designed to sit nicely on your neck and shoulders & sectioned into 8 segments so that you receive an even heat. Use this pack hand free so you can still get on with your daily activities while getting your much needed relief or relax back and wrap it around your ostomy bag for a great tummy relief.

To find out more about this heatpack or to view the other innovative packs, click here!

 1 x 'Hey Beautiful' Love Letter - TLL collective
A letter of inspiration, gratitude, mindfulness and love, delivering a special & important reminder.

 

A reminder that YOU are Bright, Brilliant, Beautiful and Brave and most of all YOU are loved.
♥ A letter to remind you that self-love & self-care is essential and that you are deserving of your own authentic genuine love.
♥ Trust your intuition & have the courage to follow its guidance and if you believe in ANYTHING today… let it be YOURSELF.
To take a look in more detail at the amazing Australian made products included in this pack, or to look at their other packs perfect for yourself or to send as a pick me up gift to another, view their website here.

 1 x 'More than words' book by Sophie Guidolin
The perfect book to motivate and encourage you to dream big, More than Words is a collection of my motivating quotes and mantras.

 

Each page within the book details a beautifully hand-scripted quote to lift your spirits, change your mood and focus your goals.
The perfect size for bedside reading, to keep on your desk or take in your bag for daily inspiration, with a ribbon marker to save your favourite quote. I know I find great value in using positive affirmations.

If this book sounds like it is something you NEED in your life, you can purchase a copy for $29.95.

 1 x Set of 50 motivational & inspirational quotes - Pink Pom Pom Printables


This epic set of ultimate sparkly and girl power motivational and inspirational quotes, to print and start adding positive affirmations around your house. Perfect for anytime you need a boost of self-love.

  

Whether you're wanting to view all the 50 designs in this pack, or to purchase the pack yourself to print off as gifts when popped in frames, or to start filling your home or bedroom, office cubicle or even if you are studying and want to decorate your bedroom. The need for and use of these beautiful prints are endless.... and SO affordable too at 90% off RRP to buy all individually.

Head on over to Etsy to view the full details of this epic motivational package!

 1 x Pink and mint green car diffuser 'french vanilla' - Salty Fox Co
The perfect addition to your car, it will leave your car smelling fresh and pretty without being too overpowering. Even my husband feels pride for a nice smelling car.

 

What makes these beauties so versatile is that they aren't limited to being used just in the car! I plan on adding some to our walk in robe to help keep the room smelling fresh, could add to the bathroom or toilet, or sneakily throw in your teenage boy's room. But no matter what, you will be left feeling serene and smelling pretty too.

Head on over to their website to view all the different scents available and while you're there check out their other designs too!  ♥ All handmade and all so, very affordable!

 1 x 2 pack of Notebooks and a set of Greeting Cards - The Scenic Route
These beautiful pack of notebooks and greeting cards are designed by a local artist who draws her inspiration from our beautiful and colourful landscapes and flora and fauna of Australia. Taking the Scenic Route is all about choosing the path less travelled, slowing down and enjoying the journey, appreciating the scenery, and embracing a sustainable life full of colour and beauty.

 

Greeting Cards:
♥ 
Pack of A6 gift cards featuring eight unique hand drawn botanical artworks, printed on 300gsm recycled card.

♥ Perfect for all occasions, cards are blank Inside, each comes with recycled brown craft enveloped, and individually packed in a biodegradable clear cellophane pouch bound by a brown kraft paper bellyband.

♥ Made with love in Australia and printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable based eco friendly inks.

 

Notebooks:
♥ 
Set of two A5 noteboooks featuring hand drawn botanical artwork covers printed on 300gsm recycled card. One lined and one unlined, front page features "This book Belongs to" title page with signature The Scenic Route illustrated border.

♥ Splash resistant cello glazed cover, 48 pages and finished with pink saddle sewn binding, perfect handbag size for all of your important notes and daydreams!

♥ Made with love in Australia and printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable based inks.

 1 x Bath tea soak + candle + clay mask set - Kiss and Co
The perfect treat after a hard day and you need to unwind, this is the ultimate self care solution. Heat up a bath and add in some bath tea soak, apply a clay mask and light the candle. Talk about relaxing vibes!

Relax and unwind with our mini pamper pack. Including:
♥ Our bath tea bag - a floral bath soak with essential oils and salt from the Dead Sea it is designed to purify body and mind.
♥ Our Australian Pink Clay Mask - designed for most skin types, this is a nourishing and moisturising mask that will leave your skin glowing!
♥ Our Lemongrass soy candle - coming into the winter months it is such an uplifting scent, and will have your home smelling divine!

Talk about an epic prize pack to win!!! 

Are you excited? I know I am!!!

To enter click here!!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Talya AT 03:25 am   |  Permalink   |  2 Comments  |  Email
Monday, November 27 2017

Quotes and positive affirmations has a strong capability to empower, motivate and to instil positivity in your life and self or to help you find gratitude in your day too.

I love when I scroll through my feed and I see the posts from Smudge designs, well technically Pink Pom Pom as they've recently changed their names to. But every post makes me feel happy and helps me to feel all the feels.

Quotes can be used in SOOO many different ways too, you can frame them, you can pin them on your wall, you can add them all around your house. When I was studying, I loved hanging quotes around my desk and work area, to constantly remind me that I am strong, I am good and that I can do anything I set my mind and heart on.

Then there have been times when I loved having quotes around me: whether it were around my hospital room as I spent months in there and it was too clinical, it helped to liven the place up, then at home I used them as a reminder of my self worth.

What is great about these quotes is that you print at home, you can buy packs that are good bang for your buck or you could even buy to print as a gift!

To enter to win 1 x $25 voucher to smudge designs/pink pom pom printables

To enter:
1. Like/Follow Pink Pom Pom printables via instagram and facebook
2. Comment below telling me:
what is your favourite quote and what does it mean for you?
or do you have a favourite saying? if so, what is it and why?
3. *optional like or follow The Ostomistic Life via facebook or instagram too*

COMPETITION ENDS: 27th DECEMBER 2017 @ 11:59PM AEST (SYDNEY)

You must comment with a valid email (only I can see your email, it isn't publicly displayed) otherwise we can't contact you if you win.

If you have issues commenting, email your entry via the contact form on the site and when I am able to I will post your comment for you (note I am not always available at the computer to post your entry, please be patient, you'll receive a reply email when I see your email and are uploading your entry... so please be patient as I am dealing with my own health issues each day too).

Thank you Pink Pom Pom Printables (formally smudge design) for your support 

Best of luck and I look forward to reading your entries,


 

T&C's:
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.
- This is a game of skill, winner will be judged based on their answer by a panel of judges of The Ostomistic Life's Choosing
- No purchase is necessary to enter or win
- Open worldwide to residents over age of 18
- Once a winner is chosen, that person will be emailed via the email address they left, they will have 48 hours to reply with an acceptance.
- Once I receive a response, I will email you a code for you to use at the store, there is no physical product or gift card to be posted.
- Prize IS NOT transferable or redeemable for cash

 We also have a cute colons pack to give away too thanks to iheartguts!

Posted by: Talya AT 11:37 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, November 27 2017

I am feeling a mix of emotions right now, I am feeling so relieved that the magazine is finally ready to be published and shared with the world... but that part terrifies me!

I feel guilty for the delay, health issues happened, but I still worked hard when I could manage to get the issue out.

I also feel mega proud right now!

I hope you enjoy this issue, there is some great content in there and work for issue 3 is underway (summer/xmas/holidays issue) so if you have any content you want to contribute get in touch asap, or keep an eye on the facebook page too.

If you're a business and wanting to advertise - we offer affordable advertising options and also offer affordable graphic design too. I am also open to collaborations, just get in touch.

I am really hoping you love this issue, there are 2 giveaways too.

In this issue I launch my NEW Stoma Diary, this is an ebook that you can download for FREE  and print or edit via your computer or tablet. It is aimed at helping NEW ostomates navigate the first 6-8 weeks post op and as they approach surgery. I have had my own stoma nurse look over it and she excitedly shared it with her colleagues too.

So sit back with a cuppa and have a flip through.

I have tried to get more male relatable content out there but struggling to get the guys to contribute, anyone that knows me knows I am stubborn and persistent and I endeavour to have more male content in here, I am trying my best so please don't be disheartened.

Finally, If anyone is wanting to join the team on a voluntary position I would love some social media help and develop a content strategy etc, I recently posted about this on the magazine facebook page too.

Anyway, have a wonderful night and I will anxiously await your feedback.

Posted by: Talya AT 12:02 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Sunday, November 26 2017

Hi and welcome to the first issue of the Ostomistic Life eZine prizes. Please find below some giveaways that might be of interest to you or if they are of interest to a friend please feel free to refer them to this page.

Prizes - up for grabs

#1. WIN a cuddly colon pack from iheartguts!
I don't have a colon anymore, but I sure wouldn't mind cuddling up to one of these cute plush ones. You are entering to win this awesome cuddly colons pack from iheartguts.


*EDIT:* Giveaway is open to people in Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada and UK only. So sorry

To enter:
1. Like/Follow iheartguts via instagram and facebook
2. Comment below telling me briefly 1 of the following :
what have you learned/gained from being an ostomate? 
or What is a piece of advice you'd give to yourself if you could go back to pre-surgery?
or what does being an ostomate or having an ostomate mean for you?
3. *optional like or follow The Ostomistic Life via facebook or instagram too*

COMPETITION ENDS: 27th DECEMBER 2017 @ 11:59PM AEST (SYDNEY)

You must comment with a valid email (only I can see your email, it isn't publicly displayed) otherwise we can't contact you if you win.

If you have issues commenting, email your entry via the contact form on the site and when I am able to I will post your comment for you (note I am not always available at the computer to post your entry, please be patient, you'll receive a reply email when I see your email and are uploading your entry... so please be patient as I am dealing with my own health issues each day too).

Thank you iheartguts for your support 

Best of luck and I look forward to reading your entries,

T&C's:
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.
- This is a game of skill, winner will be judged based on their answer by a panel of judges of The Ostomistic Life's Choosing
- No purchase is necessary to enter or win
- Open to residents in
Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada and UK applicants over age of 18
- Once a winner is chosen, that person will be emailed via the email address they left, they will have 48 hours to reply with a postal address.
- Once I receive the postal address I will forward it to iheartguts who will post the package to the winner.
- Prize IS NOT transferable or redeemable for cash

 We also have a $25 smudge creative voucher up for grabs too!

 

Posted by: Talya AT 10:51 pm   |  Permalink   |  5 Comments  |  Email
Saturday, February 04 2017

The moment is here - The magazine was born!

Welcome to the first issue of the Ostomistic Life, a free quarterly eZine dedicated to helping young people with an ostomy to navigate their lives. It is founded by a young ostomate for young ostomates... but anyone can read it.

When I originally started my blog it was because I was struggling to find relatable content because representation in the media matters and since was a passion of mine to try and help other young people with a stoma to feel less alone. I learned graphic design and had a dream of one day starting an online magazine... and I have!

I had originally planned this to be created and launched at the end of 2015 but I started chemotherapy and wasn't able to dedicate the amount of energy, time and love that this baby needed... which brings us to now!

I hope you enjoy the first issue, it has been curated with incredible content from an array of contributors as well as some pages to win.

Thank you for sharing in this exciting moment and happy reading.

ISSUE 1 | The Ostomistic Life eZine

I know I only have the Australian Stoma support groups/sites listed, I underestimated how long it would take to collate the whole world. I am still working on this and will be added as each page is ready (apologies)

If you love it let me know.

Work on issue 2 has begun, click here to sign up to receive the next issue straight to your inbox. For articles I am looking for or if you have a topic you want to discuss please get in touch. Some ideas can be found via the pinned post below or on the facebook page

Posted by: Talya AT 12:16 am   |  Permalink   |  3 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, February 01 2017

Hi and welcome to the first issue of the Ostomistic Life eZine prizes. Please find below some giveaways that might be of interest to you or if they are of interest to a friend please feel free to refer them to this page.

Prizes - up for grabs

#1. WIN 1 OF 2 $50 iTUNES CARDS
I know how hard it can be in hospital or being stuck at home because you're unwell, so I hope that winning $50 to spend on music, tv series, a movie, or even eBooks could help you pass the time. At this time this is only open to Australian residents over the age of 18 as these cards are only valid for use within Australia. Simply answer the question below in 50 words or less how YOU beat the hospital blues or pass the time when you're sick and unwell.


 

WIN 1 of 2 x $50 iTunes cards
​Best of luck

#2. WIN $25 VOUCHER TO SMUDGE DESIGNS
Smudge Designs create the perfect inspirational prints to help give you the boost you need to tackle your day or what is ahead. Their range of prints are perfect for the home, workplace, dorm or classroom, and with over 500 to choose from there isn't a short of supply of inspiration. You are entering to win a $25 voucher to be used on prints in their store.

They have a great value pack of prints too with 90% off RRP! Such a good deal.


 

WIN a $25 Voucher to Spend on Prints at Smudge Creative Design's Store

#3. WIN A MINDFULNESS CARD SET
With thanks to The Love Letter Collective, we have a mindfulness card set available to be won. Their mindfulness cards were created with the purpose of bringing you awareness, gratitude, inspiration, motivation and love. Choose one each day and take the time to reflect on what your card means to you in a positive way.

Each set is kept safe and snug in a handmade linen pouch wrapped in twine with a clear quartz crystal.

To enter simply comment on the Facebook post below answering: "What was the best piece of motivation/advice you've received and how did it help you going forward?"

Competition ends 11.59pm AEDST, a winner will be chosen March 1st based on their answer judged by a panel of our choosing. For more conditions see the facebook post.

 

 

MORE COMPETITIONS COMING SOON - SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER SO YOU DON'T MISS OUT ON FUTURE COMPETITIONS

 

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