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Marie Louise McConville: I need help - buying hair bows has taken over my life

Marie Louise has developed an unhealthy addiction to buying hair bows

Oh dear.

I can't believe it has come to this.

What started as a bit of fun, has now, five months on, absolutely consumed my life, every fibre of my being and it needs to stop.

I've tried going cold turkey and it gave me cold sweats and when I tried simply cutting down, my mood was foul, so now, I have no other option but to seek some form of rehab or counselling.

You see, I'm an addict.

I know some of you will be shocked but it's true, I'm addicted to buying hair bows and I just can't stop.

It all started earlier this year when Abbie started at a playgroup and had to wear a uniform. Naturally, I invested in some coloured bows to tone in.

However, something was ignited in me that day and soon I joined some Facebook pages for hair bow companies.

As time went by, I found myself buying more colourful hair bows and bobbles.

However, I then became aware of some amazing new developments in the hair bow industry and soon I was gazing open-mouthed at stacked bows and short and long corker bobbles and clips.

Then we have the Novelty Clips, the Bun Wraps, the Gingham range, the school range and don't get me started on the bow holders - somewhere to store all the bows.

And it doesn't stop there, as then we have the sizes - 1.75in, 2.5in, 3in, 3.5in, 4in, 4.5in - one wrong move could spoil the whole look. Honestly, it's a minefield.

Soon I was finding myself doing two orders a month and then it became one order a week.

Sometimes at night I have to wrestle the phone out of my own hand when I find myself going online.

The other night, temptation got the better of me and I put in an order and then the next day had the cheek to buy another bow in a shop in Belfast.

After I place an order, I'm on a wonderful high but then withdrawal sets in and soon another order is on the horizon.

This addiction is doing serious damage to both me and my bank account and the best of it is, Abbie isn't even that fussed.

Have you ever heard the one about the old woman who lived in a bow-tiful house of bows, only ate bows, bathed in bows and slept with bows?

Well, stay tuned.

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I am beyond excited this week after learning that Legally Blonde 3 has been confirmed.

The very lovely Reese Witherspoon has revealed that she is to reprise her wonderful role of the fearless Elle Woods, a talented lawyer who fears no-one and nothing in her quest for justice.

Ms Witherspoon slipped back into Elle Woods' famous pink sequin bikini and was filmed floating in a swimming pool to announce the news on Instagram, stating: "It's true... #LegallyBlonde3".

I am over the moon and let's keep our fingers crossed that our favourite `Bend and Snap' will make an appearance.

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