So this is exciting! In the middle of all the moving madness and stress last week, I found a spare minute to check my Twitter notifications and realised Mel LaBella had nominated me for the… More
Does what it says on the tin I guess, no need for a massive introduction! I have no idea whether this is going to be of any interest or not, but seeing as having a full week of absolutely no work is so rare for me, I wanted to document it. So here we go!
Summer school finished on the Friday, I spent the Saturday planning for Autumn term, so we’re starting the week on Sunday. I’m going to give you a couple of little insights to each day…obviously, I won’t have spent my entire day doing these things, I fitted telly watching/laundry/grocery shopping/meal planning/general chilling into my days as well…but this isn’t a diary, so I won’t bore you with the nitty gritty things 😊
I started the week with a GORGEOUS catch up with my best girl and Maid of Honour, whom I haven’t seen properly in months! (The coffee was too yummy on a cold day to take a pretty pic first, hence the empty cups you get instead 😉). I can tell you right now, I love adulting, and I love my job, but the two together means it’s near impossible to find time to socialise 😳 I think we all struggle, in our own ways. But it was so lovely to see her and a laugh! So after we’d had a cuppa and a good old natter, home I toddled to make soup, and sat down for the afternoon with my book. Following my Summer Reading List post, I’ve finished one book and am half way through the second! Quite an achievement for me in this short amount of time! Go and check out my list if you’re curious.
The evening was finished off PERFECTLY with a beauts Chicken Thigh recipe from Alice’s first book, red wine, The Hobbit (Part 3), and my Bish 😊 (Which, by the way, is the nickname Ed and I have for each other. We’ve been friends for over 9 years now, and we’ve never called each other by our first names. Never. I have no idea where ‘Bish’ came from, and to refer to, it’s easy to call him Ed…but to his face…NAH. WEIRD. He’s Bish 😊)
I had THE ULTIMATE BANK HOLIDAY MONG. Lots of sitting around doing nothing and watching Primeval (one of my August Hauls). Ed went out to get us a takeaway from So Bar (one of our faveeee places to eat, they do the most INSANE burgers), drank wine, and watched Fellowship of the Ring. Followed by a banoffee brownie (also from So) for pudding WHICH WAS AMAZING, especially after this ‘cleaner’ plan we’ve been on recently! It was a long time since we had a yummy, cosy night in like this together, and I’d really missed it.
Voldy (my little Viva) was getting her first MOT (ever, and with me) on the Wednesday, so we went out to check over things. And to give her a wash. I CAN’T WAIT TILL WE MOVE so I don’t have to park under a tree anymore…white car + tree = leaves, bird mess, and a new natural habitat growing at the bottom of your windscreen between your wipers and bonnet. GROSS. I hadn’t driven for 6 weeks either, so that didn’t help! But never mind, she got some TLC.
Today is ALSO the day I started my Bullet Journal! I’d been sooooo excited to get organised (I’d been making blogging notes on my phone and iPad, but that wasn’t cutting it anymore). I planned it all out, I got out my new fine liners, I got artistic and started drawing too…I genuinely had loads of fun, I love drawing and colouring.
The day was finished with painting my nails with my new varnish from Prism Polish UK – again, I included this pic in my August Haul, but LOOK AT THAT COLOUR 😍
Voldy went for her MOT, passed, and came back even sparklier than before! In the time I had free , I went window shopping (with the new house in mind) in TK Maxx/Homesense, Matalan Home, Boots and Next, and finally finished up in Costa to have some lunch. I really enjoyed it actually, it’s been a long time since I got out to do something like that by myself. I really must try to do it more often (she says as the most stressful and manic couple of months begin 🙃😰)
August Haul was written, photos taken, and published. Doesn’t sound like much but this blogging malarkey really is a time consuming hobby! The rest of the day was spent filling in more of my journal, watching more Primeval, and trying to just chill out and wind down. I felt very pent up today, I’m not sure why…
Was a day of adulting, followed by a trip to the theatre. First off, it was the first time I’d driven on the Motorway at 6pm on a Friday…well THAT was an experience! I’m used to travelling on a Sunday morning, when the traffic is fairly light, so creeping along some stretches nose to tail at 20 mph was a bit of a change! Not gonna lie, I was anxious about the journey ahead of time, and during, but I’m proud of myself for cracking on and not giving in, because now I can tick the ‘stressful motorway drive’ off the list of accomplishments!
Also, I have to do a quick shoutout to the show I went to see…Wakefield Youth Music Theatre Group performing Les Mis. I’m still relatively new to the Wakefield theatre scene, and have only seen one production before now (which was this time last year)…but…WOW.
I think it’s natural to go to a youth group show with good (but perhaps not exceptional) expectations. HOW WRONG COULD I BE. I have learned, that when you go to Wakefield, you expect the best AND YOU’LL GET MORE. (I mean, to be fair, it’s a Louise Denison/Jim Lunt production, so OF COURSE it’s going to be incredible!) I genuinely couldn’t believe the passion and energy pouring off the stage from this group of kids and the standing O they received was totally deserved. If you’re in commutable distance of Wakey before the show closes at the end of this week, I URGE you to go, you won’t be disappointed. AND the other lovely thing, was that I got to see one of my girls who I hadn’t seen in nearly a year 😊
I spent the first part of my day editing my ‘1 Second a Day’ video. I’d seen some friends post their 2017 videos at the beginning of this year and thought it was a lovely idea! I know that you can get apps that do it for you, but when I already pay my monthly subscription to Adobe for Premiere Pro, I figured I’d get my money’s worth and do it myself! Which is actually quite fun!
I also figured I should start organising for when we move. So the afternoon was spent upstairs, sorting, packing things into bags and disassembling the storage rack (which, by the way, I’ll share at another point, probably in a ‘new house’ related post, because it’s so handy)!
I know I started on a Sunday too, but WE WENT TO DUNELM MILL AND IT WAS AMAZING! First off, it was a day of adulting with my fiance, and I don’t think I can ever stress enough how special times like this are. The last time I visited Dunelm was when Mum, Dad and I were kitting out my flat in Sidcup, so that’ll be at least 5 years ago now, if not longer! The house Ed and I are moving in to is a new build so it’s a totally blank canvas – which means we can do everything from scratch and make it completely our own. With the wedding next year too, this is the start of a new chapter of our lives – and it really is quite exciting 😊 I don’t want to get too carried away now (which would be very easy because it was so fun!), because as I said, I’m reserving ‘house things’ to another time.
I rarely get that ‘Sunday feeling’ because usually I work Friday-Tuesday, but after a week of absolutely no work and back to classes tonight, I was definitely feeling it a bit!
Hope you all had a lovely summer – let’s get back to it! 💪
So I wasn’t sure if doing a haul post was really my kinda ‘thing’, but seeing as I’m making my own rules, and have a few things I really loved this month, I figured I’d just go for it 😊
1. Bullet Journal
If you saw any of my tweets earlier in the week, you’ll know I was getting very excited about the arrival of my first bullet journal. I’d seen bloggers talk about them before and often wondered if I should get myself in on it too (up till now I’d been using the Notes app on my phone and iPad for blog planning). As I started to get more into it (and because I was working less and found some free time to sort it out), I figured I’d invest. AND I’M SO GLAD I DID! I feel so mega organised now with everything blog related, not just planning posts; Stats at a Glance, Category Tracker, a 2 page monthly calendar spread to organise posts properly…I’m getting ON THIS and loving every minute of it! Bought from Amazon for a fiver! (More on the bullet journal another time).
2. Prism Nail Polish in ‘Soul’
I have no idea how I happened across this as I was scrolling through Etsy, but I did, and it’s one of the best finds! First off, the colour is amazing. I love Rose Gold and before now, I hadn’t found a nail varnish that delivered on good colour when it promised Rose Gold. It’s nice and thin when it goes on, but isn’t weak in colour/coverage, so it goes on smoothly and easily with no streaks, and with 2 coats I’m IN LOVE WITH THE COLOUR! It wasn’t the cheapest nail varnish I’ve bought, but when I saw the product image online, I thought I’d treat myself. And it was so worth it! I will definitely be buying from Prism Polish UK again! I think I’ll be wearing this every day for the foreseeable future, I mean…look at it! 😍
3. Pretty Little Thing Jumper
So who else went to their wardrobe last weekend to get something warm and snuggly, and realised they’d ditched a lot of their jumpers/winter wardrobe at the end of last year 🙋 Some of the stuff I had last year had been with me since before I went away to train (over 7 years now!) and my winter wardrobe needed a new lease of life. Only problem being, I didn’t replace anything when I’d taken it all to the charity shop. So when I went into the cupboard to choose a jumper (YES, in August, but it was 11 degrees!), I had 3 choices; 2 of which were big and chunky, and designed for snowy kind of temperatures. So I headed online to see if I could get a couple more.
You don’t have to be an expert to know, but trying to find nice jumpers in the summer holidays, isn’t the easiest task 🙄 I had no luck at any of my usual sites, so I headed to ASOS – and was pleasantly surprised! I got 2 jumpers that were reduced (one from Pretty Little Thing, one from Boohoo), and I’m obsessed with my new colour block jumper! I love a baggy sleeve so this is perfect, and it’s soooo comfy. I’m pretty sure this is going to turn into an autumn staple! Though I’ll be teaming it with jeans, not cycling shorts…
4. Baylis & Harding Frosted Sprinkles Hand Wash
Baylis & Harding always remind me of my Nan, because I always remember their products being the ones to adorn her bathroom. I don’t always buy, but I always like to have a look and a smell when I’m in Boots. THIS ONE caught my eye (I’m sure you can understand why), and I had to give it a go! It smells absolutely yummy, and we always like to have a ‘fun’ soap in the bathroom – this is replacing the Palmolive soap with the fish in it. This’ll probably change when we move mind you, and I decide I want matching soap dispenser and toothbrush holder…but we’ll see 😂
5. Meal Planner
I’m not going to talk about it too much, but over the summer, Ed and I have re-educated ourselves about the food that we’re putting into our bodies. I’m cooking everything from scratch, barely any processed foods have touched our lips, and we’re finding healthier alternatives to what we ate before. And to be honest, I’m loving it. I’ve felt a shift in my energy levels and feel better within myself – just because we’re better at fueling our bodies! And because of all of the extra time I’m spending with food, I felt we needed an efficient planner to help stay on top of it…because it’s easy to slip, and before you know it, you’ve had pizza one night, Chinese the next, burger the next, and you wake up the following morning in a disgusting food coma. A body in it’s mid twenties just doesn’t deal as well with that kind of food as it did in it’s teens 😂 (same as alcohol I guess, though I can’t talk from experience because I’m not a big drinker). This only arrived yesterday but I’m excited to start using it!
6. Missy Empire Jeans
THE FIRST JEANS I’VE OWNED THAT ACTUALLY FIT ME PROPERLY! Jeans are SUCH hard things to get right, and I’ve always had the problem of if they fit by bum and thighs, they’re too big on the waist and too long in the leg (my old trusty pair of jeans that I’ve just thrown away had to be rolled up 3 times to get them to a decent length). So when THESE arrived, fit like a glove on waist, bum, thighs AND were the right length…I couldn’t believe it! Clearly Missy Empire is the place to go for jeans!
7. Primeval Box Set
I LOVEDDDD Primeval when it came out, so I wanted it to be a permanent fixture in my life! Especially seeing as Series 1 came out so long ago (watching it, you can tell it was before ‘HD ready’ was a thing 😂). It was nowhere on Sky or Netflix, so Box Set Series 1-5 from Amazon it was! I’ve been totally binge watching it with my week off and have NO REGRETS! 🦕🦖
8. Blush Luxury Candle
Bought from The Melting Pot Candle Company on Etsy, it not only looks nice (#ROSEGOLD!!!) but it smells divine. It came well packaged, the buyer was friendly, and also sent a message to check it had arrived okay and that I was happy with it. It’s been lovely to light on an evening, and there’s loads of gorgeous other designs that they offer, so I’d definitely shop here again!
9. L’Oreal Fine Flowers Milk
I read a blog post recently about an evening skin routine, (and I’m really sorry, I can’t remember who it was so I can’t link you! 😫 If it was you, or you know who it was, please let me know!) and it made me feel guilty about how I take my makeup off. I’ve gone through phases of using cleansers to take off my face, but when I run out, I’ve just fallen back into the habit of using wipes. Which are fine, but not at all as effective, and I know that, but…yeh 🙈 When I saw the review for this, I thought I may as well give it a bash…and thankyou because I’ve fallen in love with it! It gets SO MUCH dirt and makeup off your face you wouldn’t believe (even when I had 2 days makeup free, I used it on an evening and there was STILL muck coming off my face)! It’s soothing, smells gorgeous, and I’ve got Ed using it to take off his stage makeup! No more face wipes in our house!
Finishing with an important one…
10. ‘Conquer from Within’ TShirt
Bought a couple of weeks ago having seen it/the brand/the idea on Instagram. I think it’s such an important message to get out there, and the fact that a clothing company has got on board to produce t-shirts like this to spread awareness is fab (10% of sales go to The Mental Health Foundation too). I adore the phrase and really think they’re words to live by. We must always be kind. #MentalHealthIsTrending. More styles are available at Heartknoxx.
I hope you enjoyed my little August Haul, if you have any comments, please leave them below…and depending on how well the post does (and how exciting September purchases are), I’ll see you in a month!
I’ve always hated my skin.
I’ve always been prone to spots, and deep pores on my nose, even now in my mid twenties. When I was a teenager I always thought I’d become an adult, and they’d magically disappear (and was quite disappointed when that didn’t happen). But 9 months ago, I happened across the first product I’m going to talk about, that started to change my life (a drastic statement perhaps, but I’m sure anyone else who’s unhappy with their skin can relate to how much it knocks your confidence and/or is an embarrassment).
I really wish that I’d known about these products a few years ago and I’m hoping that by sharing this, I may help someone who feels the same as I used to!
Because here I am, with my skin in the best condition it’s ever been in, and genuinely happy! So I just had to share my miracle products.
No. 1 – Dermalogica Clear Start Toner
I’d just done a dance gig, and as part of the ‘thankyou’ present, had been given a voucher for Harvey Nics. Now, you don’t have to know me well to guess I’m not a die hard Harvey Nics shopper, so I really wasn’t sure what to do with the voucher I’d been gifted. It was coming up to Christmas and I knew Ed was going to be working away from home, so thought, why not treat myself to some fancy smellies for those long nights in alone (that are a bit pricier and not things I’d ordinarily buy). So I did just that. I bought a yummy smelling shower gel and also – Dermalogica’s Clear Start Toner. And this is what’s changed my life.
Within a couple of weeks of using it, I saw a noticeable difference in the amount of spots I was getting – and it’s the same now. I’m still yet to find a superhero product to prevent or quickly get rid of those big, under the skin spots (that hurt like a mother!) that I get when I’m stressed…but on the whole, my skin has improved MASSIVELY. It’s £17 plus P&P, so is by no means the cheapest treatment out there, but after at least 10 years of hating my skin, trying all the affordable products out there and getting nowhere…I don’t really care. Because you can’t put a price on confidence.
No. 2 – Biore Charcoal Cleanser
A new purchase that I bought from Amazon. The Clear Start toner had turned into a staple to combat breakouts, but I still hadn’t found a product to minimize my pours. At £3.50 I thought there wasn’t much to lose – and I’m so glad I did, because I’ve fallen in love! It leaves my skin so smooth and it really has helped minimize my pores, particularly on my nose – I can actually SEE a difference! And that’s the first time I’ve ever SEEN a difference when using a blackhead/pore product. It’s also got menthol as one of the ingredients, so it leaves my skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated, and a little bit tingly 😊
No. 3 – Bio Oil
I’ve mentioned Bio Oil previously in Adult Life Hacks Part I, but I have to say it again. And, as I said then, full credit to Ed for introducing me to it! I’ve been using it on spot scars for a good year or so now, and whilst you don’t see overnight results, it really does help clear up redness. Which, along with the other products I’ve mentioned, has really improved my skin confidence.
Full disclosure, I’ve recently changed my diet a little too, and eliminated processed foods from my life…I’m pretty sure that’s been the cherry on top of the face clearing cake!
Before now, I’d never have left home without makeup on. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t put lashes, lippy and bronzer on just to pop to get some milk, but I would have never been seen dead outdoors without AT LEAST some concealer.
NOW, I can just get up and go! I do still wear makeup most of the time anyway, but feeling I have the OPTION for the first time in my life is amazing. And don’t get me wrong, my skin isn’t perfect, but when the change has been so significant, I HAD to share my experience with these products with you all!
If anyone has any questions about the products or miracle products of their own, please feel free to share below!
So whether you’ve just gotten engaged, have been engaged for a while, are married and are feeling nostalgic, or single and just curious…this post is for you! Getting engaged is such an incredibly special time, and is exciting in sooooo many ways! There’s a lot of love flying round and when it was such a big part of our lives, it seemed only right to share with you lovely lot 😊
Being a Princess 👸🏻
Whether you’re trying on sparkly jewellery, walking round a Manor House, meeting vendors or the big one, trying on wedding dresses – it’s all just utterly magical. You’ve imagined how it might be for years, so you can’t believe it’s actually happening – it feels like a fairytale!
Admiring your ring at every opportunity 💍
It feels so weird (and very grown up) to have something on that finger, and 6 months later, I still find myself playing with it. FULL CREDIT to Ed for picking the most gorgeous ring ever, I’ve been in love with it since I clapped eyes on it, and will be for the rest of my life. Cringe? Maybe, maybe not. But this is a wedding post, if you weren’t expecting a bit of mush then…well I don’t have any words, because mush is GOING to happen! 😂 Please feel free to click close now if you don’t want mushiness. Because there will be more 😉
Getting special Wedding Planners 📚
I’m super organised anyway, so this is SO FUN. I actually have two different books, plus a checklist on my iPad (I’m totally ON THIS 😂), and they’re a great way of:
a) The obvious one, planning (Guest List, Colour Scheme, Vendor details etc.)
b) Scribbling down potential ideas (that may come to nothing, but are good to have: signature cocktail, signage ideas, decor thoughts, etc.)
c) Noting down special meetings, dates or thoughts, to look back on in years to come.
Plus they include fun pages! One of mine includes ‘Our Wedding Guest Predictions’ (where we can guess who’ll cry the most, who’ll be the first on the dance floor, and who’s most likely to be found at the buffet). They also include space to write your vows (if you’re doing your own), plan your fitness regime (if you want to do one) and a colouring page, for when you’re mega stressed and need to chilllll.
Seeing beautiful venues 🏰
This was our first port of call when it came to planning, and it’s a bit of a surreal experience…
You get to see beautiful places, gorgeous grounds, get treated like royalty (because everywhere you view wants your dolla)! We thoroughly enjoyed our venue viewing experience, not just for those reasons, but it was the first time it was actually ‘real’. And the love is allllllll around 😊
Browsing on Pinterest 📸
I can’t believe how much you can find on there! My favourite thing has been to put in our wedding’s colour scheme and get ideas for venue decor, flowers, cake design…the list is potentially endless with so many things on there!
Following Wedding Dress Boutiques on Instagram 👰🏻
I’ve never Insta stalked as much as I have on the Bridal Factory Outlet‘s account. Before I got my dress, it was just amazing to get ideas and get wrapped up in wedding-ness. Now, it’s a comparison game, and basically thinking everything is mediocre compared to yours (in the least horrible way possible I might add!)… there are SOOOO many gorgeous dresses out there, but surely, if you’re still falling in love with other dresses, your dress isn’t YOUR dress. So, the feeling of ‘well it’s lovely, but not amazing’ is just a sign that the dress you bought really is ‘the one’. Which by the way, I thought was just a turn of phrase. Until I put mine on. And now I can totally vouch for the fact that it’s not, and ‘the one’ is a genuine thing.
Starting to Check Things off your to do list 📝
I mean, I love a checklist anyway, but when your wedding checklist is SO long (I had no idea how much there was to do until I started planning, there’s so many things you wouldn’t think of), it feels good to start making a dent in it.
Browsing through etsy 💻
Until I started planning, I had no clue about the amazing-ness of Etsy! For ANYTHING, not just wedding decor, stationery and gift ideas, there’s THOUSANDS of things on there! Things you’ll never have known existed, let alone thought of before; and what’s best, is that you’re supporting small businesses (more on this another time)!
Being in an engagement bubble with your beloved 👩❤️💋👨
The first month or so of our engagement became a whirlwind: we were running out of room in the fridge because it was full of Prosecco (#priorities) and everything in life seemed to have a shimmery haze around it, just because there was so much LOVE flying around! It’s almost cringey, and almost movie script worthy, but it really is such a special time, and I had no idea how magical (and insane!) it was going to be. Plus, I had NO idea that Ed was going to propose, so it took quite a while to actually believe it was happening! I was speechless that day (which has NEVER happened before), and I really struggled to be sociable at our celebratory meal that evening with my parents 😂
Wedding plans have been put on hold for now (we’re distracted with work and moving), but all the BIG things that need booking way in advance, have been done! Which is VERY exciting! More on these another time…
If anyone has any fun planning memories or something they’re looking forward to, please feel free to share below!
I’m a bit late to the party with this one (can someone PLEASE tell me how we’re half way through August already?!), but today is the first chance I’ve had this summer to nestle down, grab a cuppa (coz it’s gotten cold again) and get into a book. Now, I’m a slow reader, so I only have three books on this list. God knows if I’ll have time to even make it through all three – but I want to try!
1. Where Have All the Boys Gone – Jenny Colgan
This is an oldie but a goodie for me… Mama P passed this on to me after she’d finished reading it yearsss ago (she gets through a lot of books and I tend to get the hand-me-downs of the ones she thinks I’ll like – AWW 😊). I absolutely loved it then, and have read it from cover to cover at least 5 times. It’s come with me to every house, flat and studio I’ve lived in, and is my absolute go to read. I don’t know why I have such a soft spot for it, but you know it’s good when you’re onto your 6th time and aren’t bored of it yet. The blurb is as follows:
2. Sleeping Arrangements – Sophie Kinsella
I’ve read a couple of Sophie Kinsella’s other books before (I got given a set of 3 as a gift a few years back), but this is the one I haven’t got round to reading yet. I had a quick look at Ms. Kinsella’s website, and this is what she had to say…sounds perfect for summer reading!
3. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – JK Rowling (as if I even need to state the author!)
Now then, I am a MASSIVE HP fan, I’m an honorary Hufflepuff (#HuffleBUFF!), member of Pottermore (I have my wand and Patronus charm), been to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour twice (and gotten plenty of merchandise), and seen ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ in London (just part 1 though, I was poorly and couldn’t see part 2 💔). So I think it’s CRIMINAL that since reading the books when they came out, I’ve only just started (in the last year or so), reading them for a second time. I started book 1 last Easter and it’s taken me nearly 16 months to get through the first 5 books. I adore reading, but I just haven’t had enough time in the past year to settle down on regular occasions, with book and cuppa in hand. And the fact I’m such a fan but haven’t read this book since it was published 9 years ago is CRIMINAL.
When I read, I like to have a few a hours to put aside so I can really get into it. I don’t enjoy it as much when it’s just half an hour here or there – that’s not long enough for me to be ‘transported’ – and that’s one of the things I love about reading! I’m praying that I find time amongst the workshops, summer schools, wedding planning and house moving to finish AT LEAST 2 of these.
If anyone has any other recommendations, let me know!
It’s amazing how calming a walk in nature can be. Ed and I have had very little time to ourselves recently, and even less time together (apart from the general living together things). Any free time I’ve had has been spent thinking about or planning for whatever’s coming up next…classes, workshops, Showcase in October, and trying to be more proactive with blogging…
…which is fine, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million more times, I love my job and I’m incredibly lucky with everything that’s going on right now…but that doesn’t mean that sometimes it can get on top of me and I feel I need to take a step back. As we all do. I think that switching off is so important (and healthy!), and we should all try and make a conscious effort, if we can, to allow ourselves time to breathe (even if that just means a short walk, cinema trip or bubble bath).
The other day, Ed and I took ourselves on a walk. The main reason being, we have our engagement shoot coming up and we needed to scout out some locations – which is exciting! But it turned into a two birds one stone situation – it was such a calm and peaceful afternoon, and I hadn’t realised until we were down by the river, how much I needed it. And actually, how much we both needed it, the man is amazing, but has been so busy and hasn’t had a day to himself for too long for so many reasons – and obviously, I want to make sure that he has some proper time off and doesn’t burn out, so I think we (accidentally) planned it just at the right time.
For anyone needing to switch off, I can’t recommend a walk enough. It was a warm, sunny day, we (miraculously, I’m not sure how though on a Sunday afternoon on Knaresborough’s waterside) avoided the crowds! Crowds would’ve probably made us even more stressed 😂
Obviously we took some pictures, but ignoring our phones, switching off and just being in our own little world for a couple of hours, was so refreshing.
I think that Ed summed it up beautifully as we were walking home – it was the perfect reset button. A chance to take time just with each other, to chat, laugh take stock of what we’ve got and just chill out.
I’ve always loved walks, even as a kid (the Rents got me and my brother walking boots for the amount of walks we went on, THAT’S how into it we were!), and I really don’t do them enough these days – especially knowing how therapeutic they can be.
We had a gorgeous afternoon, and if you live in Knaresborough, don’t forget about the amazing things we have on our doorstep… We’re all guilty of doing it (us included!), but we get so caught up with life and adulting that we forget that the river’s a 5 minute walk away, or we could go and stroll around the Castle with a Brymor’s Icecream.
Can I make an August resolution? 😂 MORE WALKS PLEASE! Because I just can’t get over how much good it did me.
Anyone else got any ‘ultimate chill and reset’ ideas?! Feel free to share!
Well this is very exciting, I’ve been nominated to take part in the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’ by the lovely Just Sophie – thankyou chick! 😊 I’m still relatively new to blogging ‘properly’ (by that I mean using social media platforms proactively to engage with a bigger, more like minded audience. I use the term loosely because I believe bloggers can and should make their own rules, but recently I’ve become a part of the blogging community on twitter and am actively making an effort: this is what I mean by ‘properly’. Compared to the zero effort I put it in before now 😂 anyway, back to the point)… so seeing her tweet of recognition the other day really was something special ❤️
Now, up until 2 weeks ago, I had zero idea that there WAS a blogging community on Twitter, so I’m totally new to this award idea! Therefore, I’m copying and pasting the rules from Sophie’s post:
🌻 🌻 🌻 🌻 🌻 🌻 🌻
The Sunshine Blogger Award is a great way of
giving fellow bloggers the gratitude and
the recognition that they deserve.
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So you have been nominated to take part? Like and retweet the amazing person who did this for you and then check out their post. After reading their answers to the questions they were presented to, subscribe to their blog. Support! Now it’s time to create your own post and answer the questions you have been given. Once you have done this, it’s time to choose 11 of your favourite bloggers and nominate them. Don’t forget to add a list of 11 questions for them to answer too. It’s all about supporting each other guys!
Here we go 😊
1. What is your favourite month of the year and why?
December – CHRISTMAS! 🎄 I adore the time of year; twinkly lights, festive cheer, mulled wine, everyone all bundled up and full of love… I know it can also be a sad time for some, but it’s also the time for magic and miracles ✨
2. Who is the one person that could make you smile, even on the most down of days?
Easy, my incredible fiance. After 9 years of being best friends and now getting on for 2 years together, he knows me better than I know myself (I always thought it was weird when I heard people say that in films, but it’s true). He’s daft and funny and such a good soul ANYWAY, but not one day goes by that he doesn’t have me grinning from ear to ear. I mean, right now, he’s singing ‘KEN LEEEEEE’ in the shower (if you don’t know, you’re missing out, CLICK HERE😂) and going up in key every time. I’m howling 😂
3. What is the best dream you have had that you can remember?
I’m useless at remembering dreams anyway, so attempting to remember the best one is proving tricky...but I DID dream about Halloumi last night…
4. What is your favourite food and why?
Wow. To narrow it down to just one is near impossible, I bloody love food. Especially seeing as I’ve altered my diet recently and haven’t had cheese or cake or anything DELIGHTFULLY yummy in over a week (the struggle’s been real). OMG that’s it! Cheesecake! Whenever I’m out to tea, regardless of who I’m with, everyone knows that if there’s Cheesecake on the menu you don’t need to ask Lynette what she’s having. And I really want some Cheesecake now… Cheers Soph 🙄😂
5. If you could live anywhere on the planet, where would you live?
Boring perhaps, but right here. We’re so lucky to live in such a gorgeous little bubble of a town, and have the beautiful countryside so close. I love spending time wandering or exploring (although it doesn’t happen as frequently as I’d like), but it really does fill me with a massive sense of peace and happiness, it always has. And when you find a feeling like that, you don’t wanna let it go 😊
6. If you could only take one thing onto a desert island with you, what would it be?
The Harry Potter book series.
7. What are your favourite things to blog about?
When I started blogging a little shy of 2 years ago, I did so because I’d just moved home and started life as a dance teacher – a lot of people asked if I was going to start a blog, so I thought, ‘why not?!’, and started to blog about dance/teaching/theatre. I didn’t do it very seriously and only really shared my posts on Facebook, so didn’t reach a very wide audience. After a dry spell at the beginning of this year, I thought; right, this is the time to either commit to it, or knock it on the head. Following a poll on my work Instagram account, the consensus was to go back to blogging and write about whatever the heck I wanted. So a month ago, that’s what I did. I don’t think I’ve been blogging ‘properly’ (again, I use that term lightly) enough to KNOW just yet! Although I did enjoy writing about the experience I had choosing my wedding dress!
8. Where was the last place that you travelled to?
London, with my fiance and future in laws. We’d been bought tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (WHICH IS AMAZING, if you can, GO!), and I also took Ed to see The Lion King as a birthday present. The shows were good, but it was over 30 degrees, it was stuffy, yucky, and I didn’t feel well, so it wasn’t the best weekend. It was the first time I’d been back to London since moving away (I’d managed to steer clear for nearly 2 years!) so I think it was fate telling me that I didn’t belong there anymore 😂
9. What song makes you happy as soon as you listen to it?
There’s so many, for so many different reasons, particularly as a dancer: you form strong emotional attachments to songs that you loved the routine to, or that reminds you of certain people, or a special time in your life/career. I almost went with Lord of the Rings, but something keeps pulling me back to ‘Sing’ by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band. It’s the last duet I performed on stage with my wonderful best girlfriend 6 years ago, and the song reminds me of a her and the huge joy I did (and have always felt) when we dance together😊
10. What colour is your bedroom?
The upstairs of our flat is kind of open plan, so we have a corner sofa on one side, desk by the stairs, and bed on the other side. With the black beams we’ve just left it cream, and I love it up there…I’ll miss it when we move!
11. How do you eat your jaffa cakes?
Nibble the cakey/chocolate bit round the edge.
Eat any remaining cake under the jaffa.
Jaffa and chocolate goes in mouth.
Wait till chocolate melts.
I really want jaffa cakes now…
My nominees are:
- Sophiies Choice
- Elisha Blogs
- Blog About A Latte
- Tasha Lifestyle
- Bailey Leah
- Abis Blog
- Luna Violeta
- Beth Rebecca
- Safe Haven; Anonymous Letters
- Georgia Leanne
- Sage Olivia
Your 11 Questions:
- What’s your favourite thing about blogging?
- What is your biggest inspiration?
- Favourite saying/quote?
- If you could go back to one of your holiday destinations, where would it be and why?
- What’s the best piece of advice you can give to new bloggers?
- (Coz I’m totally on the wedding vibe right now!) What’s the one thing you want/wanted at your wedding?
- What’s your favourite season and why?
- (From one of my fave films as a teenager, 13 Going On 30, that was on telly today): If you could have on do-over in life, what would it be and why?
- What’s your favourite dessert?
- It’s a grey, rainy, miserable Sunday and you want to stay at home. How do you spend the day?
- What’s the one piece of advice you’d give your teenage self?
It’s your time to shine folks!
Since this is the first summer of being a car owner, I’m finally able to experience the glory of having the windows down, sunnies on, music blasting out… It’s nice isn’t it?! My favourite drives have been the ones over to work in Wakefield on a Sunday morning. Admittedly the window hasn’t been down for the 30 minutes I spend on the motorway, but the music’s still been pumping 😂
I’ve given you my top 10, each one linked to the song on YouTube, so you can go and have a listen if you fancy! SO…
I’m starting with a song that whenever it gets listened to in the future, we’ll always remember the heatwave of 2018. An absolute car banger.
It’s cute, fun to sing along to, and we’re virtually the same age so it’s one of those half relatable ‘aww’ kinda songs.
A song that’s just filled with those pure summer vibes.
Again, fab to sing along to in the car, especially the riffs.
It’s not current I know, but I’ve just happened across it and it’s giving me such happy vibes! Definitely going to be adding this to my Mini Movers Street Dance playlist!
This one I really wasn’t sure about to start off with, but the yodelling has grown on me.
One with a gorgeous bass – bass so bass-y that if I was a pedestrian and heard it blasting out of a car, I’d roll my eyes at the driver 😂
Onto the throwbacks now. And whoever says they don’t like the Corrs IS A LIAR 😂
I’m pretty sure out of all of my choices, this’ll be the one to label as my ‘Guilty Pleasure Song‘.
And an incredibly special song for my fam. Our ‘Holiday Song’ from 199…7? I’m just guessing because it came out in Autumn 1996. It’s forever been labelled as our song and always reminds me of happy childhood holidays, I mean, it’s that special, it’s making it to our Wedding Playlist, so no haters ✋
I’m actually quite proud (getting to the end of the list) that there’s not many chav beats on there – which I DO love listening to whilst I’m driving, not gonna lie. Publishing at the beginning of August, it’ll probably change in a couple of weeks let’s be honest. When I rediscover an old Cascada album or something 😂
Please feel free to share any song recommendations below, with my job I’m always open to new music suggestions!
Following the popularity of my first Adult Life Hacks, I thought I’d pop down 5 more for you! My favourite (and one I’m probably most proud of) is number 10: the biggest girly life saver so far!
6. Buy a reusable bottle.
It’s been all over the place recently now we’re fully aware of the impact plastic is having on our oceans, but I’m putting it down for multiple reasons:
A – you’re helping save the planet
B – you can easily keep track of your water intake (which is especially important in this heatwave)
C – you can treat yourself to something fancy. One with a water tracker, or a Love Island sippy cup if you feel so inclined… 😉
7. Have a medicine cupboard.
One place, for all the random stuff you might need. Rennies, Germolene, Plasters, Cough Syrup, After Sun – just chuck it all in there and forget about it till you need it. And don’t replace when you’ve run out, replace when you’re RUNNING out. There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night with a banging headache and realising you have no pain relief.
8. Keep a pack of tissues in the car.
You never know when you might need them – runny nose, dusty dashboard, cobweb on your wing mirror, blossom stuck out of reach of the windscreen wipers… Just pop a pack in the glove box, it’s crazy how many times they come in handy.
9. You don’t need to have chocolate in stock like toilet paper.
If you do, you just eat it (or I do anyway). I was awful at this in college, I always had it so I always ate it. In my defence, I was dancing a millions hours a day and was eating quite a healthy/balanced diet, and sometimes after a sweaty ballet class, you just NEEDED to chow down on a Freddo. I’ve since learned the error of my ways – buy it when you need it, don’t stock pile it in the fridge/cupboard.
10. Fix a broken nail with a teabag.
I tell you no lie. I love my nails to look pretty, and I’m sure that there’s plenty of girlies out there who can empathise with the heartbreak of a broken nail. You’ve just gotten them all to a nice length, and you knock it badly or catch it on something, and it splits. I learned a year or so ago, it’s NOT the end of the world, you don’t need to cut all your beautifully grown out nails down. Head to the kitchen, grab a teabag, empty the contents into the bin and cut off a small square. Paint a layer of clear nail varnish on your poorly nail, pop the small cut of teabag on top of the split, and wait till it’s dry. Add another clear coat, and you’re good to carry on your normal nail routine! Obviously it’s not totally super smooth, so I make sure the nail colour I choose to go on top includes some glitter (this covers any lumps)…but it honestly works! AND because you only need a teeny bit of teabag per go, you don’t have to waste your brew by using a whole teabag every time – you’re only using a tiny square so you can save your ‘nail saviour’ for next time! Give it a go…
If you missed the first 5, you can check them out here
I think I’m right in saying that anyone who tans at home, will always be on the look out for that perfect product. Over the years I’ve tried manyyyyyy different brands and types, and I feel like with every product I’ve tried, there’s been pros and cons. Nothing for me has worked perfectly. After hearing good things about the Skinny Tan brand and seeing an ad for a deal including the Coconut Body Mist, I thought I’d give it a go.
I’ve used it 3 times now so have some pros and cons to talk through.
The ad and instructions say to spray the mist on, rub it in, dress and go, and your tan will develop over the next few hours. That was one of the main selling points for me. No one likes getting orange sheets from sleeping in their tan, or the alternative; tanning on your day off, walking around like it’s two days after leg day, trying not to bend your arms too much or cross your legs, and trying not to splash yourself with the washing up water. So I like it for that.
And the tan it gives me is probably the most natural looking I’ve achieved from a DIY product, and I really love it. The website is really informative, with FAQ’s, helpful hints and tips for making the most of your tan, and we all know Coconuts have so many positives for our skin (if you don’t know, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! Grab yourself a jar of Coconut Oil, get on Google to see what you can use it for, and start including it in your life!)
One of the biggest problems for me was the fake tan hands. The Oompa Loompa palms ARE REAL.
Before and after, feat. glowing skin and orange hands
The instructions say to massage the mist in with hands, not a mitt. Having spent years as a fake tan user, alarm bells started to ring when I read that, but I thought I’d follow the instructions. The bottle DOES tell you to wash your hands thoroughly after use. Maybe the first time I wasn’t thorough enough, because the palms very VERY orange and I spent the rest of the week scrubbing with the exfoliating mitt every time I washed my hands (they were that bad).
Second time, I used latex gloves. No problems with my hands, but it was really hard to tell where I had and hadn’t spread tan – at least using your hands you can feel where you’ve covered and where you haven’t.
Third time, I went back to glove-less, and WASHED VERY THOROUGHLY after every section… leg, leg, body, arms, face – and though they weren’t as bad as the first time, they were still too orange. So I don’t know what Skinny Tan’s definition of ‘thoroughly’ is – maybe you need to soak yourself in bleach? That’s the only way I can see them getting away with the ‘use your hands’ instruction.
I also made the mistake the first time of not waiting long enough before sweating. As the instructions and video ad suggest, you do all the spritzing, dress, and go. This is exactly what I did. 4 hours later I was at work, sweating a bit (obviously, it’s the nature of the job). When I got home there were definite white patches. So I’d like to amend their original suggestion – apply, dress, go…as long as you’re only going to go and sit somewhere and do nothing – especially with this heatwave we’re having!
So, to summarise:
– Good even tan (no streaks)
– Smells nice
– Lasts about a week
– It’s vegan and uses natural ingredients
– Tans face nicely
– No messy sheets
– You can get on with every day life easier than when you’re waiting for any other tan to dry
– Fake tan hands unless you use gloves
– You can’t see it going on – some problem areas (like feet) are hard to get right
– ‘Dress and Go’ is a bit mis-advertised
– It’s not a totally smooth process…because you’re spraying directly onto your body, and it’s a mist, if the bottle is upside down or at an angle, you have to put it back the right way up and pump the top a few times to get the flow going again
– It works out at about £2.50 a time
Regardless of a couple of downfalls, I really am happy with the tan and will continue to use it to the end of the bottle. I would, however, be interested in trying other Skinny Tan products to see if we can rectify some of the mist’s cons.
If you’ve had any good/bad experiences with this product, feel free to share below!