Friday 31 March 2017

March Favourites - The Replacement, New Header & Old Films

I feel like March dragged so much! It seems like ages since I last did a favourites even though it really wasn't. Throughout March I rediscovered an old book, finally started to get through my huge collection of wax melts, watched an incredible TV show aswell as a few films and of course there are a few extras.
New Header - The first thing I wanted to include in my favourites is my new header! I've been wanting one for a while but had no idea where to start on making my own or who to go. I ended up talking to Emmy from Emmys Beauty Cave and asking her to design one for me. I looked at some of her other work and came up with my own including my blog title, a watercolour background and a few images of all my favourite things. Within a few days she had made 4 designs for me to choose and I went for the one below - I love it so much! I can't stop looking at it. Everything about it is perfect. For the blog header in 3 sizes, a facebook cover and a twitter cover I paid £19 and it was so worth it. I really recommend checking out Emmys blog and getting in contact with her if you're looking for a new header.
Calm by Michael Acton Smith - I bought this book ages ago, so long ago that I actually can't even remember when but I found it recently and decided to start reading it again this month. My anxiety has been sky high throughout March and some days have been awful but I've found this book really relaxes me and helps me see things in a clearer way. This book is based on the app which I used to have, which allowed you to listen to calming sounds helping you relax and meditate. The book is split into 8 sections - Nature, Work, Creativity, Children, Travel, Relationships, Food and Sleep. Each section has research and information aswell as activities for you to do. I read the Sleep section a few weeks ago and I don't know if it's a coincidence or not but since then I've genuinely had less problems falling asleep at night and my sleep pattern seems to be going back to normal!
Imperial Leather Tahitian Spa Shower Gel - I love Imperial Leather shower gels because I find so many of them remind me of holidays abroad. I'm always smelling them in the shop but I very rarely buy them, not because I don't shower, but because I have a cabinet just full of shower gels that still need using from last year, and from Christmas! As soon as I saw this one though I knew I had to get it. It smells of coconuts and it just instantly took me back to the last time I was abroad. My skin feels so soft after using it and I'll definitely be getting another bottle in the future. I think it was £1 from B&M which I actually think is one of the best shops ever, not even kidding.
Sunlight On Snow Wax Melts - I mentioned these in my spring candle haul and they are the first out of all of them that I've used so far. I picked these up reduced for £2 from Asda, I'm pretty sure they were just part of the Christmas range but you would never know as the scent is perfect for all year round. THEY SMELL AMAZING! There are 8 wax cube melts in each pack, you only need one and the scent lasts for hours. This pack is going to last me ages and as all the wax melts are at most £3 they're not expensive to replace either. Asda have so many other scents to choose from and they've just added loads of new ones so I'm definitely going to get more soon!
Trolls - I've mentioned this film a few times on my blog before but now I have the DVD, I can watch it whenever I want, and it had to go in my favourites! I know it's probably more aimed towards kids but seriously, this has become one of my favourite ever films. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it's has a really good story, I just love it. George got me this for valentines and honestly it's all I wanted, I know that might sound a bit sad. As if I couldn't love Trolls anymore, they announced a few weeks ago they're doing a second film which will be released in 2020. It is ages to wait but I AM SO EXCITED! If you haven't seen this film, you need to watch it!
Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging - I feel like this is the film that got me through my teenage years. I loved it so much when I was like 14 and I love it just as much now. I watched it a few weeks ago and I felt so happy. It's like all these feelings came back and it just made me feel all warm and fuzzy. It's the cutest film, it's so funny and I really think it's a film I'll always keep. It's a brilliant one to watch when you just need cheering up.
Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack - I loved the first Fifty Shades soundtrack so I was really hoping the second one would live up to it - and it did! I love the majority of the songs included in the film and I have been listening to this on repeat on Spotify. I think my favourite is Lies In The Dark by Tove Lo but I love so many of them.
The Replacement - This was on the BBC throughout March, only 3 episodes and I think every single one left me feeling like I couldn't breathe by the end of it. It was about a woman expecting her first child, who goes on Maternity leave and has suspicions about her replacement. She thinks she's trying to steal her job and it also looks like she wants her whole life. Each episode was about Ellen (the main character) trying to get people to see Paula (the replacement) for what she was and how she had to try and convince them what was going on. Each episode was so tense and I honestly had no idea how it would end. I know quite a lot of people were disappointed in the ending and I can sort of see why but overall I think it was such a good series and one I really recommend if you haven't seen it yet.
What have you been loving throughout March?

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Thursday 30 March 2017

Hoots Snacks Review*

Last week I was lucky enough to be sent a selection of snacks to try from the lovely people at Hoots Snacks.
Hoots Snacks are basically a healthier alternative to crisps and as I am a crisp fiend, I knew these would be perfect for me. Hoots are a mix of wholegrains and seeds which are baked not fried. They are a great source of fibre, suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and contain no nasty stuff. They have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives aswell as no MSG and no nuts. Sometimes when you see all of that listed you can wonder what they're actually going to taste like but these honestly taste delicious.

I was sent a selection of flavours to try - Pickled Onion, Salt & Pepper, Cheese & Onion, Smoked Bacon and Salt & Vinegar.
As I've already said on my social media, these are basically a combination of my two favourite things - crisps and bread! Both I can eat copious amounts of so these are perfect for me.

What I Thought Of Each Flavour:

Pickled Onion - I very rarely have this flavour of crisps but it's really one of my favourites. These were just delicious, I couldn't believe how good they tasted. The flavour was subtle and not overpowering but a little tangy, so good! I think this would be the first flavour out of all of them that I'd pick up in a shop.

Smoked Bacon - Anything bacon related makes me happy and I knew I would like these. I don't really think you can go wrong with bacon flavoured food so I really enjoyed them. They reminded me of Frazzles and I can go through bags and bags of them, these were definitely a favourite.

Cheese & Onion - These were amazing! I love Cheese and Onion crisps and very rarely have them so these were a real treat. So cheesy and crunchy, I think these ones in particular would be so nice with some philadelphia on top.

Salt & Vinegar - These were one of the last I tried because Salt & Vinegar is one of my favourite flavours and I really wanted to keep these until last and properly savour them! I really liked these as they were quite strong. It's such a classic favour and one I would definitely have again in future.

Salt & Pepper - These were the last I tried and I really enjoyed them. With salt and pepper it can be quite hot but I really enjoy that about the flavour and I think these in particular would be lovely on top of tomato soup to give it a bit of a twist.

Overall, I enjoyed every single flavour and wouldn't hesitate to buy them in the future. They are all delicious just as they are, they are around 160 calories per bag and are perfect as a snack. However they can be enjoyed with a variety of other things. As I've already said I think these would be perfect on top of soup, or they would also be good topped with things like houmous, philadelphia, cucumber and cherry tomatoes.

I couldn't get enough of these and all of the bags went pretty quickly, my favourite flavour was Pickled Onion but they were all delicious! If you would like to try Hoots Snacks you can find a list of places they are available, on their website here.

Have you tried Hoots Snacks before?

*Thank you to Hoots Snacks for sending me a selection to try, as always I only work with brands relevant to me and my blog.

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Wednesday 29 March 2017

The Story Behind The Photo #3

I can't believe I'm already onto my third one of these posts! This time I've chosen a photo of a place called Bradfield that we visited last year and it's so lovely there. 
It's a place that is quite special to George and it's somewhere we want to start going every year. We went last April and even though it was chucking it down with rain it ended up being a really nice day. We went to a pub called the Old Horns Inn and had the nicest food! I remember I had the chilli with rice and chips and George had pie and chips. The chips were delicious and I'm already thinking about the amount I'm going to have when we next go! It was proper pub food which was so nice because it's not something we have very often. It's a really cosy pub and everyone who worked there was lovely. We had planned to have a long walk around Bradfield and take some pictures afterwards but we got drenched, it was so typical of it to rain for us on the one day we actually get there. Anyway, I'm so looking forward to going back next month, having some good pub food and hopefully the weather will be better this time and we can explore a bit more!

Did you see the first and second story behind the photo posts?

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Monday 27 March 2017

Superdrug & Boots Haul - Barry M, Rimmel & More

Last week I ordered quite a few new beauty bits from Superdrug and Boots so of course I had to do a haul! I've mentioned a few times I'm not really out there with my makeup and I tend to stick to the same products but I've been really wanting to branch out and try a few new things. 
I placed an order on Boots first with my points, and I got 2 Barry M Nail Polishes. I love Barry M and have done for a long time but I have only just got round to trying some of their new Coconut Infusion polishes, they sound so interesting! I got the shades Flamingo and Bikini. I think both of these are going to be so perfect for summer and I can't wait to see what they look like on. I think I'll do a full review of these at some point and see if the coconut infusion part actually does much to my nails. As I spent over £8 on Barry M, I got the Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit free which I am so excited to try. I love my Sleek contour kit but I really want to try something new and see how it compares. 
From Superdrug I ordered a few Rimmel products aswell as two of their own branded products. From Rimmel I got the Lasting Finish Concealer, Nail Polish in Black Cherries and a Soft Kohl Eye Pencil. I've been wanting to try the concealer for quite a long time now as I already use the Lasting Finish Foundation which is my all time favourite. I've heard mixed things about this so I'm looking forward to seeing how it works with the foundation and if it's any better than the concealer I use at the moment (Rimmel Wake Me Up) which I'm not actually that impressed with. I can never stop myself from buying nail polish and I just loved the look of the shade Black Cherries. I know it's Spring and I will be going for more pinks and lighter shades soon but this is just a perfect one for me and one I know I'll get a lot of wear out of, especially towards the end of the year. Eyeliner is just a staple makeup bag piece for me, I don't wear it all the time but I love the look it gives me and the one I have now isn't brilliant so I thought I would replace it. 
The two other things I got from Superdrug are the Blending Sponge and the Eyelash Curlers. My Real Techniques Complexion Sponge is a bit of a mess now so I really wanted to replace it, as Superdrugs own sponge was on offer I thought I would give that a go first before buying another Real Techniques one. I'm not expecting it to be amazing but it had really positive reviews and if it's good then I'd be more than happy to switch to that in future. The Eyelash Curler is a bit of a random one but something I've needed for so long and just never got round to picking up.

I think all together this only cost me around £13 which is amazing for everything I got. Boots was completely free because of my points, and at Superdrug, I got 3 for 2 on the Rimmel products and the other two were relatively cheap anyway. 

I can't wait to get using all of these and seeing what they're like! I'm sure they'll be a few reviews up of some of these so look out for those soon!

Have you tried any of these products that I've mentioned?

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Friday 24 March 2017

Juicy Fuel Cola Review*

Earlier this week the lovely people at Juicy Fuel Cola sent over some samples for me to try and review for you all. Juicy Fuel Cola is basically a 100% natural craft cola made by the Juicy Shed Company which started in 2007. I was so excited to try this cola because it was nothing like I had seen before and it seemed to sound quite healthy unlike lots of other fizzy drinks!
Something that really surpised me when I first found out about Juicy Fuel Cola is that it's one of your 5 a day! I know you wouldn't think a fizzy drink could be but it really is and you wouldn't even know it when drinking it. It honestly tastes like any other fizzy drink, which for me is perfect because I am a little too obsessed with pop and drink it all the time! Juicy Fuel Cola isn't packed full of nasty stuff, it has no preservatives, no e-numbers, no added sugar and no added sweeteners. I really didn't think you could get all of that and not lose any of the taste but I ended up loving these drinks!

When these arrived on monday, the first one I tried was the normal juicy fuel cola. For me personally I thought it tasted a bit like Dr Pepper, and that is one of my all time favourites. It was fizzy, fruity and didn't feel unhealthy. Most of the time when I'm drinking a can of Coke or Dr Pepper I know it's bad for me and I can feel it on my teeth but with this, I really didn't. I just throughly enjoyed it and it felt totally guilt free. I gave one of these to my partner George to try aswell and he honestly loved it too. I expected him to be a bit more critical and fussy but he didn't have a bad word to say about it, so they must be good!

The next day I tried a can of the Cherry Cola and this was definitely a lot more fruity and I thought really similar to grape fanta which I actually really enjoy. This was just as nice as the normal Cola, it stayed fizzy for ages and I don't think I could pick between them!

Aswell as the taste, something I love about these drinks is the packaging. I love that they are so bright and out there aswell as being a tall and slim can. I just love how they look and I would definitely pick them up if I saw them in a store. Another thing which is quite a big thing for me is that they didn't go flat! I hate it when I open a can of pop and it goes flat pretty much straight away but these didn't do that at all and were just delicious. 

Overall, I am so impressed with Juicy Fuel Cola and wouldn't hesitate to buy them in the future. I loved both flavours and really recommend trying both if you get chance. If you would like to try Juicy Fuel Cola then there is a list of places you can buy them on their website here.

What do you think to Juicy Fuel Cola? Have you ever tried it?

*I was sent a selection of samples to try and feature on my blog. I only feature brands I feel are relevant to me and my blog and I genuinely loved this.

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Thursday 23 March 2017

Surprise Presents - Lush, Paperchase & More

Last night George came home from work with basically a bag of presents for me and I am just so grateful and happy and shocked with them all! He's been working so hard in his job and this month he was rewarded with a nice bonus and pay rise and he did mention he wanted to pick up a few things for me but I had no idea what. I just want to say before I carry on, this really isn't me bragging, I'm just very proud of him and I wanted to show what he got me. I really didn't expect anything so this was such a nice surprise. The last few weeks have been really tough for me with my anxiety and I know I've probably been a brat most days so this was just lovely.

  • I first saw the print from Coconut Lane last week and I thought it just summed me up but I had no idea he would then buy it, I can't wait to put this on our photo wall. 
  • I love the thought behind the diary, he thought it would be good for me to have a little place where I can write down all my feelings or if I'm having a particually bad day I have somewhere to talk about it. I tend to bottle things up and I don't like to bother people when I'm having a really anxious day so this is going to be perfect for me to just write down a few things each time and know it's locked away and no one can see it.
  • He said there was always going to be some sort of chocolate included and he saw the Malteaser chocolates in Tesco and had to get them, how amazing are they? These are without a doubt the best ones in the Celebration tubs at Christmas so these were just the best!
  • I would have never expected the Wicked book but I am so happy and excited to read it! I'm sure you all know by now I love the show so much and I said ages ago I wanted to read the book one day and he found it! I'm really looking forward to seeing what the book is like compared to the show.
  • Lush is always a winner and I ran out of my Christmas bath bombs just last week so he must have known I needed a few more! He got me the Melting Marshmallow moment which is a bath melt, something else I only mentioned recentely. And he also got me the Which Came First Easter Bath Bomb. I can't remember the last time I got a Lush easter bath bomb so I am so excited to use this!
  • The last thing I opened was the Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates DVD. I love this film sooo much. We saw it in the cinema last year and I genuinely thought it was hilarious so this was such a perfect choice. It's just a fun, silly film that is a perfect one to add to our huge collection!
I really can't believe how much effort he went too and how much thought was behind each present. I love all of them and I'm just so grateful for them, I know I don't do much to deserve this so I feel so lucky. Aswell as these he also got me the sweetest Winnie the Pooh card ever. I know I'm going to love reading this post back in the future. 

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Wednesday 22 March 2017

My Motivational Playlist

Some days I feel like I can conquer the world and take on anything and some days I can barely force myself to shower, on the bad days I like to listen to a bit of music to try and motivate me and get me ready for the day. Music for me is such a help when I'm having a down day, it just changes my mood completely and I find a good playlist can really get me feeling creative and inspired. I love Spotify and I don't think a day goes by I don't use it so I thought I would put together a playlist full of songs I love that motivate me and encourage me every day, and share it with you all. There is a real mix of songs and I don't expect you to find them all motivating for you but these are just a few of my favourites.
1. Ed Sheeran - Barcelona
2. Ed Sheeran - Bibia Be Ye Ye
3. One Direction - Live While We're Young
4. Icona Pop - I Love It
5. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
6. One Direction - Best Song Ever
7. Katy Perry - Roar
8. Moana - How Far I'll Go
9. Wicked - Defying Gravity
10. Hairspray - You Can't Stop The Beat
11. Lighthouse Family - High
12. Clean Bandit ft Louisa Johnson - Tears
13. Fall Out Boy  Immortals
14. Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
15. The Temptations - Get Ready
16. Trolls - Get Back Up Again
17. Trolls - Can't Stop The Feeling
18. Katy Perry - Firework
19. VV Brown - Shark In The Water
20. Little Mix - Shout Out To My Ex
21. Craig David - Ain't Giving Up
22. Bon Jovi - It's My Life
23. James Morrison - Undiscovered
24. Sia - Alive
25. Adele - Send My Love To Your New Lover
26. John Legend - Start A Fire
27. La La Land - Another Day Of Sun
28. Scouting For Girls - Heartbeat
29. James Bay - Best Fake Smile
30. Paolo Nutini - Jenny Don't Be Hasty
31. The 1975 - The Sound
32. The 1975 - Girls
33. Bastille - Pompeii
34. Kelly Clarkson - Since You've Been Gone
35. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger

I'm sure I'll keep adding to this playlist over time but so far these are the songs that I find really help my mood and help me so much with blogging and getting stuff done.

Do you have any specific songs that motivate you?

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Tuesday 21 March 2017

Impromptu Date Night - Chiquitos & Beauty and the Beast

Last night me and George had an impromptu date night and as it was so lovely, I wanted to blog about it. I really like doing little posts like this because I know I'm going to love reading back on them one day. 

We hadn't really planned to go out but I had been wanting to see Beauty and the Beast and with everyone saying how good it was, I couldn't wait much longer! So George suggested going and also going for a meal too which is something we haven't done in so long. We decided on Chiquitos because we both love mexican food and they do the BEST nachos! 
We had the sharing nachos to start with beef chilli, OMG you have to try these if you go! They're just covered in sour cream, salsa, guacamole and cheese and you can choose a topping from either beef chilli, spicy chicken or chorizo and cranberry salsa. These are honestly the best nachos I've ever had, just so delicious. I could eat them again right now. For mains I went for the Spicy Chicken Chimichanga with skin on fries (the best chips!) and George had the Pulled Pork Burrito. I absolutely loved mine and it was something I'm not sure I've ever had before. 
After our meal we went over to the cinema and of course had to get ice cream. The sundaes they do at our cinema are so good. I had strawberry cheesecake ice cream which was incredible, and a nutty cream cheese brownie ice cream (I think that's what it was) with hot fudge sauce, cream and marshmallows. I didn't get chance to take a picture but we both had different ones and they were amazing. Now I've spoken about all the food we ate, I should probably mention the film itself. In short, it was beautiful. I wasn't sure what to expect as I'm not the biggest fan of Emma Watson but she was the perfect fit for Belle and Dan Stevens was brilliant as the beast. Emma Watson as Mrs Potts was perfect and just adorable, and Ewan McGregor as Lumiere was one of my favourites. I loved everything about it, the story, all of the cast and the songs! It made me laugh and it made me cry, quite a lot. By the end of the dance scene I was practically sobbing and I didn't really stop then for the rest of it. It was just wonderful. I would love to see it again.
For a Monday, we ended up having a really nice night. I definitely want to get back to going on regular date nights as it's something we used to do quite a lot. Also, if you haven't seen Beauty and the Beast yet, you need too!

Have you seen it? If you have, what did you think?

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Monday 20 March 2017

5 YouTubers You Need To Watch

I spend so much of my time each day watching Youtube, more than I'd like to admit, and because of that I've got a few favourites that I think everyone needs to watch. A few you probably already know and a few you might not, all quite unique and different to one another so something for everyone!

Gracie Francesca

 I have been watching Graces videos for ages now. She calls herself The Internets Big Sister and that's really what I see her as, she talks about taboo subjects and isn't afraid to speak her mind. What I love about her is that she is just so honest. You don't get that many youtubers who talk about things like sex, contraception and mental health (just to name a few) but Grace has done for a while and I find her videos so refreshing to watch. She's also pretty hilarious and some of blog posts are just gold!

Fabulous Hannah 

Hannah is someone I only subscribed to towards the end of last year but I am obsessed with some of her videos! Her baking ones in particular are always so funny. She seems like such a down to earth girl who is just normal and doesn't take herself too seriously. She recently did a very honest what I eat in a day video which was brilliant to watch because normally all you see these people eating is a smoothie and an avocado.

Charlotte Taylor 

Charlotte is a relatively small youtuber compared to the last two I've mentioned (she still has almost 10,000 subscribers though!) but I love her! I've been following her blog Write Like No Ones Watching for so long now and I love that just as much as her videos. Her writing and way with words is just beautiful and the love she has for kids just shines through. She seems like the kindest person ever and I would literally love to be her mate. On her channel you can find lots of different things but my favourite are the weekend vlogs and slimming world updates!

Claire Witt 

Similar to Charlotte, Claire has around 10,000 subscribers and I've been a loyal one of them for quite a few years now. She does a lot of day in the life videos aswell as grocery hauls and meals of the week. I love watching grocery hauls and Claire's are always a favourite of mine, does anyone else just love seeing what food other people buy? I'm so nosy. She lives on a farm with husband and two children and I just love seeing what they get up to every week!

Mark Ferris 

Marks vlogs are some of my favourite ever to watch! He's basically best mates with Zoella and I love watching the two of them together. They just have such a laugh and I find myself just smiling when I watch their vlogs of them together, I can go back and watch them over and over. Aswell as his vlogs I love his baking videos, he just seems like such a genuine and lovely person.

So, that's my 5 my favourite Youtubers at the moment, and all ones I think you need to watch and subscribe too!

Do you watch any of these? Who is your favourite Youtuber?

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Friday 17 March 2017

Easter Rocky Road Recipe

Does anyone else start buying Easter chocolate as soon it's in the shops? I do and I also plan on stocking up before it's gone so I can have my creme egg fix for a little bit longer. As I always have some sort of Easter chocolate in at the moment, I thought I would make some rocky road with it all! I basically followed my Tiffin recipe, made a few adjustments and added in a few extras. IT WAS DELICIOUS! 
120g of butter
2 1/2 tbsp of sugar
2 tbsp of golden syrup
4 tsp of cocoa powder
250g of digestive biscuits
70g mini marshmallows
100g of mini eggs
100g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate

1. Grease and line a square baking tin with baking paper
2. In a saucepan, melt butter, sugar, golden syrup and cocoa powder, make sure to keep stirring
3. In a bowl crush the digestives to small chunks with a rolling pin
4. When the mixture has melted, pour in the digestives and stir until combined
5. Now add in about 55g of mini marshmallows and 60g of mini eggs, make sure everything is mixed together well and pour into the baking tin
6. Melt the dark and milk chocolate and pour over the top of the rocky road
7. Top with the remaining 15g of mini marshmallows and 40g mini eggs and leave to set in the fridge for 2-3 hours
8. When the chocolate has set, cut into squares and enjoy!

I got 9 huge squares out of this and it was so filling but honestly amazing. You could use a rectangular tin instead if you'd prefer to get smaller bite size pieces, perfect for a party or if you have people visiting. I will definitely be making these again and adding loads of other easter treats, creme eggs, daim eggs etc. would all work so well! 

Let me know if you give this recipe a try over Easter!

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Thursday 16 March 2017

How I Budget and Save Money

A few months ago I did a post all about ways you can save money on your food shopping. I really enjoyed writing it and I actually have a few other tips on ways you can save money so I really wanted to do another. There are only a few tips but they are all easy ways to cut back and budget each month.

Plan For The Month 

As we're only on one income at the moment a few days before George gets paid we will sit down and plan for the month ahead. We always know the total of our bills but we'll still make a note of how much is to come out, we'll see how many food shops we need that month and set aside a certain amount, we will then account for any extras e.g. Georges brothers stopping, or someones birthday. We will then be able to see what is leftover for the month which can be used on clothes, cinema trips, meals etc. If we didn't plan like this each month we'd be in a mess. The more money you have, I suppose the less need there is to do this but for us it's a real priority so we can stay on track and always have enough for bills and food. If you find each month you're running out of money or struggling, plan, plan, plan for the following month and set aside money for things!

Keep A Bills Book 

Following on from the last point, keep a bills book! We just use a simple notebook but you can get really specific ones from places like Paperchase which go into so much detail. We just write down what we have coming in each month, the total amount coming out and then we will write down exactly what we have leftover so then throughout the month we can update it when we've spent some. It's a bit tedious but to save money it has to be done. For me it's vital to keep it all in a book, it's so easy to refer back to then if we want to check if we have enough money for something.

Survey Sites & Vouchers 

If you're wanting to get yourself some freebies then there are a few brilliant survey sites out there where you can earn money and vouchers for very little work. If you're a student then there is Student Beans, you can get lots of free things and discount codes on here but there is also a panel section where you can sign up to do surveys and with each one you can earn from about 20p to a few quid, but it all adds up and I've had earnt some spare money on there over the last few years. There is also Toluna which does take quite a lot of surveys and time to get rewards on but it is worth it. I've had a few £10 cinema vouchers, £10 Marks and Spencers vouchers, and also New Look. I really think sites like this are worth the time. Another site you could use if you're a student is My Uni Days. You can get loads of discount codes from there and when you're a student any extra money you can get off your shopping is a bonus.

Reward Cards 

A lot of supermarkets offer a rewards or points card. These are great to just scan every time you do your food shop and points get added, all adding up for you to use in the future. There is Tesco clubcard where you collect points and every 3 months they will send you vouchers to use based on the amount of points you've collected. One of my main shops at uni was Tesco so I managed to get some really good vouchers from it. There is Morrisons Match and More card where again you collect points every time you shop there or buy fuel. Every time you get to 5000 points, you can exchange them for a £5 voucher. It can take a while for these points to add up but they all do eventually and then it's a nice little bit cut off your food shopping. You can also get points cards for places like Boots, Superdrug, Paperchase and The Body Shop. These all offer different things like free delivery, birthday gifts, discounts and with some you can use points to pay instead of cash.

Meal Planning & Cutting Back 

I talked about this a lot in my last money saving post but I still wanted to touch on it here. If you want to cut back on your food shopping bills then I find meal planning really helps. If you have no idea what you're making each week then it's easy to just pick loads up from the supermarket and a lot of it goes to waste and never gets used. Spend half an hour each week thinking of meals you want to make and I promise it will make life so much easier. It's also a good idea when you do go food shopping to look at the reduced stuff. You can find some great packs of meat reduced just becase they're going out that day, buy them and freeze them if you have a meal planned with them later on in the week. You can find some really great things reduced sometimes so it's well worth having a look. Another tip that can help cut back on your food bill is going to supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl. They are so much cheaper and the quality is just as good. Asda has some great offers on most weeks but I've found the prices of their meat has gone up recentely so I'm loving Aldi even more at the moment!

So, I hope these tips on saving money and budgeting help some of you! Everyone is different but for me planning, keeping a track of money and changing supermarkets has made a big difference!

How do you budget and save money? Do you think any of these tips will help you?

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Wednesday 15 March 2017

Spring Candle Haul

So Spring officially starts next week but I just couldn't wait to publish this post and as the weather seems to be brightening up and getting a little warmer I think it's okay. I wanted to show you some new candles I've bought recentely as the majority of them are so perfect for spring and summer! They all smell so sweet and refreshing!
I am obsessed with buying candles from supermarkets at the moment. Asda in particular have such a huge range to choose from and their wax melts are so affordable and smell amazing! I know the Sparkling Cinnamon Spice and Sunlight On Snow don't scream spring and warm weather but I picked them both up last month reduced and honestly they both could be used all year round. I've already used some of the Sunlight On Snow and it is so refreshing. I can melt one of these in the afternoon and it will just make the room smell like I've done a deep clean. It's a subtle scent but one that lasts for ages. I haven't got round to using the Sparkling Cinnamon Spice wax melts yet but I think these will be a good one to melt at night when I just want to get cosy with a blanket and a film. I'm not quite ready to let go of winter yet. Blueberry Cheesecake is another one on offer at the moment so I had to try it. I was really intrigued by this and had no idea what it would smell like but it's so nice! These are all usually £3 which I think is a really good price anyway but I got all of them for £2 each!
Two other candles I have picked up recentely are the Grapefruit and Citrus Crush Votives from an independant shop in Meadowhall. I've had some of their candles before (baked apple - YES!) so last time I went I really wanted to pick up a few more. These are £1.99 each and I would say are just as good as Yankee Candle. The scent of both of these is so strong! The citrus crush one reminds me of Mango and Passionfruit drinks from Costa and Starbucks and the Grapefruit one is basically The Body Shop Grapefruit range in candle form which is perfect as it's one of my favourites. I'm still yet to burn these as I think the packaging is so pretty but I'm gonna have to soon, I think they will make our living room smell amazing!
I am so obsessed with all of these, I think the packaging of all of them is so pretty and they honestly all smell incredible.

Have you tried any of the Yankee Candle melts?

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Tuesday 14 March 2017

Cath Kidston Wishlist

Cath Kidston is one of those shops I very rarely tend to go in but when I do I JUST WANT EVERYTHING! I went in a small one in St Pancras last time we were in London, bought the cutest mug and just fell in love with it all. I then decided all of our mugs have to one day be Cath Kidston and I also decided I needed all of their London themed stuff. As there is so much I would love to get my hands on, I thought why not do a little wishlist?

The first thing I had a look at was the mugs. I am just obsessed with buying them and I honestly think one day I will have a huge cupboard just full of them! 
  • The first one I saw was the Yellow Flowers Mug for £7. How pretty is it? I think this is such a perfect one for Spring and Summer. I think this would be such a nice gift if you know someone who has a birthday coming up over the next few months. 
  • I then saw the Sketched Rose Mug which is on offer for £5 at the moment. I think this would be such a nice one to have in to use when people come round. Again just so pretty. 
  • The last mug I saw and feel like I really need is the Raining Cats and Dogs Mug for £6.50. Dogs are one of my favourite animals and if I see anything with a dog or a bear on then I have to get it. 

  • I love all of the kitchen bits on the Cath Kidston site but one that caught my eye straight away was the Elvington Rose Decorative Bowl in Yellow. I have a feeling I'm going to become obsessed with yellow this spring and summer! How nice is this? I doubt I would ever want to use it, it's too pretty but I just love it. 
  • We actually really need some more glasses and this set of Rose Tumblers is perfect! I can't get over how gorgeous everything is. 
  • Next I found this Keepsake Tray which would be perfect for my bedside table. I don't think it would match at the moment but one day it would be perfect for all the annoying things I have nowhere to put. I'd use it for things like my This Works Pillow Spray and my perfume.
  • As I bake quite a lot I want to have a really good set of scales. I found the Walton Rose Scales and I don't think I would want to hide them away, they'd have to be on the kitchen side somewhere! I love old fashioned scales like this.
  • One of the final things I saw was the Latimer Rose Double Zip Purse. It's quite expensive and at the moment it wouldn't be justified spending that amount but one day I would love to treat myself to something like this.
  • The last thing I just need to get one day is the London Cotton Pyjama Bottoms. I would love to get these when I'm at my target weight and as I basically live in Pyjamas they would be worth the money. I couldn't do a wishlist like this without mentioning London when they have so many gorgeous themed things.

I've lost count of the amount of times I've said the words pretty and love in this blog post but those basically sum it all up! I just want everything!

Do you like anything on this wishlist? Are you a fan of Cath Kidston?

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Friday 10 March 2017

The Story Behind The Photo #2

I feel like I should apologise for the amount of posts I do based on London or the amount of photos I include of it, because I know it's a lot but when I started this series I knew there were a few photos of it that I really wanted to include so I'm going too. Regular readers of my blog will know of my love for London I'm sure so to some it won't come as a surprise anyway!
This is one of my favourite photos. Ever. I love it so much and it was one that had to be included in one of these posts. This was from our second trip to London in March 2016, we went for 3 nights and this was taken on the first. We had a really chilled first evening and went on the nicest walk around the southbank and westminster. The sun was just setting, the lights were on the London Eye and all of London looked even better than usual. I love this picture because I just decided to take it on a whim and I managed to include Big Ben and The London Eye, the sky looks beautiful and I love the addition of the taxi just driving round the corner. It's probably only me that looks at it and think it's a good picture but I love everything about it. Every so often I'll go back and read all of my London posts and I honestly just smile reading them. For me it is the best place in the world and I feel such a connection with it. I've never known how to describe it but I actually saw something on Sophie Anne Taylors blog a few weeks ago which just completely summed it up - Fernweh. Fernweh is a german word 'This german word, means an ache to get away and travel to a distant place, a feeling even stronger than wanderlust. It literally translates to 'distance-sickness'. While someone with wanderlust might sit at home and happily fantasize about all the places they might visit, someone with fernweh would feel a deeper sense of longing, a sort of homesickess but for foreign lands'. Whenever we go to London I feel like I'm going home. It feels so normal to be there and any worries or anxiety just goes away. I don't think anywhere no matter how far I go or travel, will ever come close.

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Thursday 9 March 2017

My 5 Beauty Must Haves

I've never been one to go mad with makeup but sometimes I do wish I could be one of those beauty bloggers who tries new products every week and always looks flawless. That's just not me though and it would be fake of me to try and do that, and to be honest I don't think I have enough courage or confidence to step out of comfort zone just yet! I do love makeup though and when I do wear it I tend stick to the same products that I know I love. I wanted to do a post with my 5 beauty must haves for you just in case you're wanting to try something new or if you're just a bit nosy like me and want to know what other peoples favourite products are!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation 

This has been a favourite of mine for years now. I love Rimmel products and their foundation has always worked best with my skin. This gives me such great coverage, I can put it on early morning and it will still be there at the end of the day. It's not one of those foundations that you can feel on your skin, it is heavy coverage I would say but if you blend it in well enough it won't even feel like it's there. It covers up any spots brilliantly and I just always feel really confident when I've used this. It just brightens my face up.

Real Techniques Brushes

 I don't think you can get better than Real Techniques for makeup brushes. I have the core collection set and my two favourite in that set are the buffing brush for foundation and the contour brush. I also love their miracle complexion sponge for foundation which is only about £5 I'm sure. I also have their powder brush, blusher brush, both are amazing, and I have the kabuki brush which I use for blending in bronzer. All of the Real Techniques brushes are so soft and I love using them. They are so worth the money, I've had mine ages and they're still in great condition.

Rimmel Wonder'full Mascara

 I try to change my mascara every so often but I always come back to the Rimmel Wonder'full one. I have quite long lashes and I feel this particular one just really makes them stand out. The brush has really soft bristles which really separate my lashes and I never get any clumps with this one. I find some mascaras can make your eyelashes feel like they're being weighed down and just so heavy but this one never does that and I always like how it makes my eyes look.

Essie Polishes

 I don't think you can beat Essie for nail polishes. They are a bit more expensive than others but so worth it and I think the quality is brilliant. With most polishes of theirs two coats is fine and I'll go without chipping, literally for weeks. They have a huge variety of shades to choose from, you can see a few of my favourites here and they do have deals on every so often, e.g. buy one get one half price or you can find the sets of two online really cheap.

Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit (not pictured) 

This is one of those products I just can't live without anymore. I've never been that into contouring and I'm not saying this makes a huge difference to my face just because when it's this round nothing can help apart from losing weight! but it does give some definition and I always feel so much better about myself when I use this. The bronzer definitely isn't too dark and it doesn't look like I'm rubbing mud into my face, which with some does happen! It blends in so well and I love the natural look it gives me. I very rarely use the highlighter in the kit but when I do it gives a lovely glow.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your beauty must haves?

Did you see - Essie Nail Polishes You Have To Try!

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Wednesday 8 March 2017

How To Spend A Weekend In London

I love writing about London. It's one of those places I'll never get bored of talking about so I'm sorry if you're sick of all my random London posts, I'm not yet and probably never will be. Whenever we go to London I always think that we'll never have enough time to get everything done that we want too but actually every time we've managed to fit in so many places and do so much so I wanted to do a post for you with a few things you can get up to there in just a few days. Some of them are proper tourist things and some you'll probably think, I know all of this already but these are my favourite things to do there and things I think everyone should do when they're next in London.

Walk Along The Southbank 

I just love doing this. We always stay in a hotel on the southbank so it's easy for us to get out there once we've checked in. Of course there is the London Eye there which looks amazing in the day and at night. Down from there is the This Morning studios. I had no idea we were so close to this so when we went in March last year I was so shocked to see it. There are lots of benches around there with a lovely view so perfect for a relaxing 10 minutes just taking it all in. There is also a little van there that does little sugar doughnuts so obviously gotta get some of those. Further down the southbank is the Tate Modern which again I had no idea was there. If you're into that sort of thing then it's a great one to visit and if not, especially around that area, I find is really beautiful just for a walk around. You can see the millenium bridge aswell which I just love looking at.

Visit Borough Market 

The southbank leads to Borough Market which I think is a place you have to visit at least once while you're in London. The amount of food available is insane and everything we have tried has been delicious. There you'll find fancy chocolate stalls, Indian food, healthy juices, paella, pies, just everything you could possibly imagine. Last time we were there we tried a few Indian snacks which were huge and so cheap, I literally dream about them. We also tried a Bread Ahead Vanilla Doughnut which was amazing. It's a place you have to go! 

See A Show

 I saw my first West End show in November 2016, it was Wicked and we went back in January to see it again because I just fell in love with it. I love the feeling it gave me, it felt so special going to see a show and it was something we had never done before as a couple so it's something I really recommend if you have a romantic trip planned. Of course I would say go and see Wicked but there are so many other shows, Mamma Mia, The Book Of Mormon, The Lion King, Les Miserables, and loads more, you are spoilt for choice. Tickets can be bought on the day from several places or if you're sure what you want to see, you can book in advance and the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be.

Evening Walk Around Westminster

 If you're around the Southbank and Westminster when the sun is setting then you have to do a walk around all the cathedrals and beautiful buildings. It's just such a relaxing walk and around there you'll see Big Ben and House of Parliament aswell as Westminster Abbey. We got some lovely pictures one night and it was just the most relaxing walk. From the bridge to Big Ben you will also be able to see the London Eye, and at night lit up it looks so special.

Shopping in Piccadilly & Leicester Square 

 If you like to try new food then you have to visit Whole Foods in Piccadilly. They just do so much, a lot of it is healthy and you're bound to find some new things you've never tried before, but they also do loads of fresh food and actually a big bakery section. You can get the best doughnuts from there aswell as brownies, cookies, rocky road, honestly there is all sorts, a bit pricey but so worth the money. Piccadilly leads to both Regent Street which looks so nice at Christmas time and is full of shops, that then leads onto Oxford Street, which I really think is a must see at Christmas time. If you'd prefer to head the other way from Piccadilly you can go to Leicester Square which has the massive M&M store aswell as the Lego store and Nickelodeon store, brilliant if you have kids with you. There is also the big Odeon cinema where premiers are held and there are some really cute little restaurants around that area.

Eat At Shake Shack and Shop At Covent Garden 

 If you head to Covent Garden, I really recommend trying Shake Shack. One of the best burgers and chips I've ever had! Be prepared for it to be busy and to be queuing for a while, so worth the wait though. Covent Garden looks beautiful all year round and just looks really special. You can find some really unique shops there too, one of my favourites been Sass and Belle which has some really lovely home bits and gifts. There are also other little cafes and bars so something for everyone.

You can easily get all of these things done in one weekend. London has so many amazing places within it to visit and so many things to do so the longer you spend there, the more you can do but a weekend is plenty for some shopping, eating good food, seeing a show and taking in the views. It's such a brilliant place.

Have you been to London? What do you like to do there?

My last London Post - The Most Incredible Trip To London!

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Tuesday 7 March 2017

Slimming World Pizza Chicken Recipe...

I've posted quite a few food posts recently but it's actually been a while since I posted a recipe so I thought it was about time and I had one I really wanted to share. Pizza chicken is something I saw so many people make on my slimming world instagram but I only decided to make it a few months ago, and it was delicious! I make a lot of meals with chicken and sometimes I feel I'm repeating the same things but this was really nice and definitely a new favourite.
2 chicken breasts
2 tbsp tomato puree
1/2 red onion, chopped finely
1/2 tomato, chopped finally 
Italian herbs
60g grated cheese
You could add other pizza toppings, e.g mushrooms, ham, pepperoni if you like

1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees, cut any bad bits of the chicken breasts then put onto a baking tray, I usually spray with frylight first aswell to make sure it doesn't stick
2. Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes until cooked through
3. Take out of oven and top each chicken breast with 1 tbsp of tomato puree, you can then add your toppings, I went for 1/2 a red onion, 1/2 a tomato, both chopped up small, 30g of grated cheese each and sprinkle of herbs
4. Put back in the oven for around 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and started to go crispy
5. I served with tinned potatoes which I had covered in herbs and cooked in the oven for half an hour, salad and cottage cheese 

Other Slimming World recipes - Fanta Chicken // Paella // Meatball Pasta Bake

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Monday 6 March 2017

The Blogger Recognition Award

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be tagged by the lovely Jordanne from The Life Of A Glasgow Girl for the Blogger Recognition Award! Thanks so much Jordanne. If you all haven't already go and check out her blog because it is fab!


Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
Write a post to show your award
Give a brief story of how your blog started
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created

How My Blog Started

I started my blog almost 3 years ago just after I decided to leave uni. I had no idea what was next for me and even though I was applying for jobs, that could only fill so much time, so I decided to start a blog, not really knowing what I was doing and what I would talk about! I had seen a few bloggers on twitter and I loved reading their blog posts, and I love to write so I thought I would give it a go and see if it was any good. 

Advice To New Bloggers

Don't feel pressure to do what others are - It can be easy to follow the crowd and blog about things everyone else seems to be but if you're not really interested and are only doing it for that reason, people will see through it. Only blog about what you want too, if you want to talk about a beauty product, go for it, if you love creating recipes, share them! Each blogger has something different and that's what makes us all unique! Don't feel pressured to follow the rest of them, only write about what you really want too.
Be passionate and personal - I find my most personal posts are the most popular, and that's not why I write them, but people do seem to relate to them and therefore they get seen and shared by more people. If you are a bit more personal and talk about your experiences with things like uni, work, bullying, mental health etc, there will be so many people who have been in the same situation and offer their support and it may also help someone. I also think you should be passionate about what your writing about. If you really love something, say it. It comes through in your writing when you really love what you're talking about, people can just tell, and I love that when I'm reading others posts.

I nominate

- Steph
- Eleanor 
- Libby
- Becki
- Devon
- Rebecca
- Meg
- Katie
- Kayley
- Hannah
- Kirsty
- Robyn
- Alice
- Harriet
- Becky

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