Friday, October 13, 2017

A Little Lush Haul

Hi, I ended up doing two small shops in Lush not far apart so I decided to share what I've been buying. I've got a total of four products which are all new to me. I orignally visited the Leeds Lush store to pick up one of the new jelly bombs but at the time they hadn't made it to that store. I couldn't not buy anthing so I picked up the first two items a Never Mind The Ballistics bath bomb and a Yellow Submarine bath bomb. On my second visit I was happy to see the store full of all the Halloween and Christmas stock but I restrained myself as I have way too many products I already needed to use. I finally picked up one of the jelly bombs Ectoplasm and a Rocket Science bath bomb because it was too fun not to buy.

Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb
This bath bomb looks so sad in the photo because the cocoa butter coating on the top has dryed out so much the whole bomb is falling apart (I've had it about a month). This is without a doubt a bath bomb that doesn't last long in the open air, I forgot to pack it away. I love the cocoa butter bath bombs as they are so softening and it smells so good.

Lush description: These aren’t ingredients for anybody else except for yourself. Lime and sweet wild orange oils are fresh and peachy on the nose, exciting the senses and shaking up your mood. There’s no time for apathy in the bath, so this anarchic bath bomb fizzes and rolls and spews colour with no holds barred energy. Fair Trade cocoa butter melts alongside fresh bananas to soften both the water and your skin. God save the clean; this deserves a replay.

Yellow Submarine Bath Bomb
I got this one just because the design is fun and I wanted to see this little submarine tugging along around my bath. I think the colour mix with this one is going to be so nice in the tub and is a fun cheaper alternative to the classic bath bombs.

Lush description: Why take a plane when you can take a submarine? Start off in the hustle and bustle of the city, submerge and let the waves wash over you, waking up on a tropical island with coconut scent gently blowing through the trees. A cocktail of Brazilian orange, lemongrass and coriander seed oil will enliven the senses and transport you to sunny shores, until pink and yellow sunsets ground you in the most spectacular bath.

Rocket Science Bath Bomb
I think I saw this bomb on the Lush instagram and instantly wanted it. It's one of the cheapest bath bombs at only £2.95 so would make a lovely stocking filler. The blue and yellow looks like it's going to make the most awesome patterns in the bath. There's even tiny little stars in the rocket blast, can't wait to see what happens to them.

Lush description: Blast off to another world with this mix of uplifting bergamot and lemon. It’s smooth soaring to beautiful bath waters as mellow yellow fizzes with deep blue and pink. Lower onto the surface of the water, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as it leisurely glides around the bath. You'll love this to the moon and back.

Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb
I finally got hold of a jelly bath bomb and I'm super excited to try this and review it. I'm not sure if this is a Halloween exclusive product and will disapear. I picked it as it was the most halloween themed of the bunch and there's a lot of jelly bomb variations. I was also swayed into picking this one because it's full of citrus oils and so has my favourite scent.

Lush description: For soaks from the other side, launch this slimer into the water and let the gooey jelly ooze across the surface. Made from brown seaweed, it softens your skin as it goes. If you're feeling ghoulish, the uplifting tangerine, grapefruit and restorative litsea cubeba oils will have you in high spirits in no time. Take the gunge.

What have you been buying from Lush?

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Reading Roundup | September

Hi, It's been a while since I've done one of these monthly book reviews and to be honest I want to go back and post the previous books I've missed for my own reference. I'm really behind on my Goodreads challenge but I'm not surprised because I've been slow/lazy with reading. I really need to plan what I want to read during the rest of year to stay on track so keep an eye out for a TBR for the rest of 2017. Both the books I read this month where finds at my favourite charity shop for books because they are only 50p each.

Reading Challenge 24/35

How to Love

Author -
Page Count - 389
First Published - 2013

I bought this book about a year ago and finally got round to reading it. As there was such a long time from picking this book out I'd forgotten what it was about, but it's obviously a romance book of sorts. 

Reena has loved Sawyer LeGrande since she can remember. The son of her parents friends they have grown up together but Sawyer has never shown Reena any attention until one day they fall in messy love. Sawyer leaves without an explanation, leaving Reena behind. Time passes and Reena has a new love of her life, her daughter Hannah. One day Sawyer arrives back in their lives and Renna has to work out where he fits in her new life.

This book was such a fun read because of the writing style of telling both the before and present story in alternative chapters. I overall wasn't blown away by this book but I did enjoy reading it and seeing how the story developed. I don't want to give spoilers but there's so much more to this story than I've explained above. I really enjoyed how as the reader was giving little bits of information from the past that then made the present situation make more sense.


Elizabeth is Missing

Author -
Page Count - 275
First Published - 2015

I've had this book on my radar as one I've wanted to pick up and it finally turned up at 50p. I hadn't realised until writing this post but this is another book that moves from past to present. This book does it more creatively through the main character getting confused and transitioning from present to past via memory triggers.

Maud is elderly and losing her memory to dementia. She writes notes to remind herself of things but doesn't remember what they mean. There's one note however that keeps resurfacing which is that her best friend Elizabeth is missing. The present story interlinks with the disappearance of Mauds sister
Sukey when she was a little girl. Maud is trying to solve one disappearance while getting confused and trying to solve the mystery behind her sisters disappearance.

I found this book a little long winded because I didn't have the time to sit down and totally indulge. I find this is a massive issue I have with my overall reading experience, it's me not the book. Again no spoilers, there's so much more to this story and if you only read it for one reason read it because it's an insight into dementia and how it affects people.

Any short story recommendations (I've got a lot of catching up to do on Goodreads)?

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Monthly Mini Goals | October

Hi, Long time no blog! so why the absence? Well first my computer broke and then well I fell out with blogging and gave myself a break. I can't say I had a digital detox because I've continued to read lots of blogs and been watching Youtube a little too much. I honestly wasn't sure if I wanted to come back to blogging but here I am giving it another go.

A Quick Catch Up
My last personal post was back at the start of June so in total it's been 122 days or 4 months since then, it's crazy how fast time goes by. I'll share the highlights from the last few months because I think it's nice to have posts to look back at as a diary.

June is so long ago now I can't think of anything that happened worth noting. July I went on holiday to Filey on the east coast of Britain for a few days to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. This was kind of the second reason I stopped blogging because it was time away from the screen and then I found it hard to come back. August was a weird month as we visited three churches in under two weeks. Once for a wedding (my cousin's which was lovely), a funeral of a distant relative and finally to witness the Christening of my Niece. Finally September the month we are just saying goodbye to was pretty chilled out. I went to see Mother! which is a crazy and mind scrambling film but very good, you just have to watch it with an open mind. I also went to my second wedding of the year for a couple we've been friends with for years and they did everything so for them it was perfect.

Goals for October
  • Enjoy the change in the season
  • Work on a DIY project
  • List unwanted clothes on Ebay
  • Read three books
  • Eat less meat
  • Share a recipe
  • Get back into blogging
  • Comment on lots of blogs
  • Carve a Pumpkin
  • Set a TBR list for the rest of the year

I haven't even talked about the fact it's now Autumn and Halloween is looming. Here's to blogging again and making the most of the month ahead. I felt that finally sitting down and writing one of my monthly goals posts would give the motivation to actually have another go at blogging and I'm looking forward to creating content, I always find the winter months easier to blog about.

Are you enjoying Autumn?

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Reading Roundup | May

Hi, Last month was a slow one for reading, I only finished two books, I'm really hoping to find the time in June to catch up on my Goodreads goal (currently one book behind). Both the books I read last month where ones I knew nothing about because I picked them up from my local charity shop for just 50p each.

Reading Challenge 14/35

The Sky Is Everywhere
Author -
Page Count - 320
First Published - 2010
Seventeen year old Lennie Walker is an avid clarinet player and content with living life in the slow lane shadowed by her older sister Bailey. The story starts just after Bailey's sudden death and covers Lennie’s feelings and how she handles the sudden loss of her sister. Lennie is forced to take center stage in her own life and suddenly boys are very much a part of her life. She is stuck between Toby her sister’s boyfriend who she finds a connection with because of their joint grief and the new boy who causes Lennie immense happiness. I was reading this book waiting for the inevitable to happen.

I read 'I'll give you the sun' another book by Jandy Nelson and loved her writing style, it’s very similar in this book, very honest and funny at times. A classic YA of self discovery with some romance thrown in, also covering grief and guilt. One of my favourite parts about this book is the illustrated pages littered throughout the book with these poems/stories that Lennie writes and then hides.

Author – C.J. Skuse
Page Count - 318
First Published - 2015

Nash is sixteen and thinks her biggest struggle is the fight for head girl at her prestigious boarding school Bathory. Her brother goes missing while traveling and her parents are forced to leave Nash at the school over the Christmas holidays to try and locate him. There have been reports of sightings of the Beast of Bathory (an old town legend) and people are going missing or been found dead. A blizzard rages outside the school and things start to get weird. The girls left behind over the holidays have to work together to survive until help arrives.

I believe this book would be classed as a thriller but with a YA setting, I'm not the biggest fan of thrillers as I feel a lot of the book tends to be filler to hold the suspense. I didn't dislike this book but I do think it's one that needs to be devoured and read in a few sittings to truly make the most of it. I struggled with the book because I didn't have the time to truly get into it.

Is there a genre of book you struggle to enjoy?

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Monthly Mini Goals | June

Hi, I think the weather has finally got to the point where you could consider it summer. June has the the longest day of the year so it must be summer now right? Well I'm trying to be more adventurous with my outfits to make the most of this lovely nice warm weather, but British weather is so unpredictable.

Goals for June
  • Do a book unhaul
  • Read four books
  • Have a BBQ
  • Do an outfit of the day post
  • Enjoy the sunshine
  • Do something to the house
  • Make a cocktail
  • Buy Paramores new album
  • Share a recipe
  • Plan a day out

I love fashion and it's something I'd love to blog about more but I'm really camera shy. I feel like I could take photos of an outfit without being too personal but that would be of someone else and I'm not sure my boyfriend has the eye for photography (but I haven't made him try so watch this space).

I have so many books I no longer need so I'm thinking an unhaul of books is a great way to make the most of having a clear out (inspired by Imogen's unhaul post). After last months slow reading and lack of time I need to up my reading and so I'm setting myself a four book target. I want to tidy up the garden some more (the grass needs cutting so badly). I'm thinking that a BBQ with homemade cocktails in the sun is a must this month.

I've been loving Paramores new album and I don't know why I haven't bought it yet so that needs putting right. With the better weather I would love to have a day out even if it's just a picnic at the local park.

Are you getting better weather? Any plans for the month ahead?

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May in Review

Hi, This month has flown by and I can't believe I'm already writing this post (I'm sure I say this every month). Time passing me by is reflected in my lack of posts this month, I just haven't had the time. I haven't done any reading either which means I've got some catching up to do but that's what days in the sun are for.

Goals for May 6/10
  • Survive a hen party
  • See Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Post five times this month
  • Cut down on my fizzy pop intake
  • Get to 200 Pokemon on PokemonGo
  • Start a DIY project
  • Book a trip away
  • Review my cruelty free progress
  • Try something new
  • Work on my Pinterest boards

I finally went to see the new Guardians of the Galaxy film, which was so good. It was a really good film and the story was very unexpected, I managed to avoid the spoilers. I don't think it was quite as good as the first one because that was such an unexpected favourite. I've been on a bit of a health kick this month and made a big effort to avoid fizzy pop and it was pretty easy to cut out. I've also been trying a lot of new healthy recipes. One of my favourites is a seafood noodle soup concoction I made, it tastes so good.

As mentioned above I've been a bad blogger and so I've failed two of my goals. I've not posted five times and I didn't review my cruelty free products but I'm still planning on doing this as soon as possible. I did however complete my PokemonGo goal of getting over 200 Pokemon, I'm now at 204, new Pokémon include Muk, Sunkern, Milktank, Clefa and Bayleef.

The highlight of the month was my weekend away in Newcastle for my cousins hen party, I'm happy to say it was a lot of fun. We went to it’s a knockout, had a cocktail making class, karaoke booth and partied the night away. A very busy and tiring weekend and then Huddersfield town A.F.C only went and won the match at wembley, putting the cherry on the top of the hen party weekend. I haven't book a trip away but I'm feeling good after this last weekend, it's been discussed about having a cheeky holiday in the sun with my sister.

How was your month, did you do anything new?

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

7 Tips For Meal Planning

Hi, Do you ever get home from a long day at work and you have no idea what to cook or find the fridge is empty. Well today I'm talking about how much easier my life has been since taking a little time each week to plan meals. I plan my lunch/Tea for Monday-Friday, leaving the weekend open to spontaneity/takeaways.

Tips For Meal Planning

Bonuses of meal planning
  • Meal structure can lead to a healthy rate of weight loss.
  • Having a list will make shopping quicker.
  • A weekly menu takes the stress out of cooking.
  • Sticking to your list will stop spontaneous purchases, saving money and calories.
  • Helps you use up left over foods or things coming close to there use by date.

How to plan a weeks worth of meals

Tip 1. For breakfast and lunch try to keep it simple. Buy ingredients that will work for a few meals, a 500ml carton of yogurt, to have with frozen berries, will last you the week.

Tip 2. To plan your weekly meals start by looking at what you already have. Meal planning makes it easier to use up meat from the freezer or veggies left over from the previous week. Using up ingredients you already have lowers your weekly food bill and reduces food waste.

Tip 3. Using any ingredient you have found, work out the meals you want to eat for the next five days. You don't have to have anything fancy just stick to the foods you know you'll look forward to eating, this will stop temptation to change your meal plans later in the week.

Tip 4. When buying fresh plan meals that will use ingredients that are usable over a few recipes. A good example would be eggs, you have to buy a minimum of 6 so plan to use them before their use by date.

Tip 5. Write all your ideas down in no order and then work out what sides you would have with your choices, to keep meals interesting try to have a mixture of rice, noodles, pasta, vegetables or bread as a side. Now work on your final meal order.

Tip 6. Once you have your meal ideas write a shopping list of all the ingredients you need. Sticking to the list will help to stop spontaneous purchases which will save you money and stop the temptation to buy that bar of chocolate.

Tip 7. Make your meal plan visible, write in out in a place you will see it, I have a black board for this very reason. Seeing your daily meal will remind you of any preparation required (like getting the meat out of the freezer).

When meal planning remember it's only five days and then you get to start again next week. Keeping a record of your weekly meal plans and rotating them makes the selection of meals even quicker.

Do you think you would meal plan?

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