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Friday, 14 July 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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In all honesty, the last two haven't been the happiest and at times it's been difficult to focus on even the smallest of happy things. The Tuesday before last, Sookie went in for an operation, which is scary in it's self because she so small and it's always a worry. But what was going to be a straight forward hernia repair, turned into her having a large tumour removed. She's been recovering since then, and I'm pleased to say she's now back to her happy crazy little self. While we still have to wait and see how things go, I am determined to stay positive and think the best things. And give her all the cuddles we can!

1. A new plant that I've to try not to kill! It's so unusual and in the most beautiful little pot. It was a give from my mum yesterday, so lets hope it's still here in a few months time. It's currently living it's life in our downstairs bathroom

2. The fact that Asda now sell Nutella B-ready snack bars...I'm so so happy about this!

3. Getting to be very creative with birthday cake decorations. It's my brothers girlfriends birthday tomorrow, and her request was anything rainbow and colourful...oh, and moogle related. I still have to put it all together but I;m pleased with it all.

4. Quiet rainy evenings after days of sunshine.

5. Our new rug! It's 100% wool so sheds more than a large dog would, but I love it. It's so cosy and comfy on your feet.

6. Discovering what is now my very favourite garden centre, we already can't wait to go back.

7. Paul enjoying the first cherry from our tree this year.

8. Planning my terrarium. I've really very excited about it.
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

NARS Bord De Plage Palette

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NARS-Bord-De-Plage-Review

Being the pale skinned person that I am, it's not often that a highlighting bronzing palette catches my eye the way this one has, but the moment I spotted this beautiful thing on Instagram I knew it had to be mine! It was one of those products you see, and want so much that you don't even feel the need to look for reviews or hears other peoples thoughts before you click 'order'. And Nars is a brand you know is going to deliver in terms of quality, so that was never a worry.

The reason I'm not normally drawn in by these types of palettes, is because more often than not, they're very gold in tone. Golden highlighters and shimmery bronzers, not things I like on me. This palette however, has four highlighters, the lightest one Rivage, is a beautiful champagne colour, and then there is Corniche, which is much more pinky in tone. Both stunning, and while the two gold powders - Crique and Galet, aren't shades I'd normally go for in highlighters, when applied lightly they give a subtle summer glow! 

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NARS-Bord-De-Plage-Review
NARS-Bord-De-Plage-Review

The other two powders in the palette are bronzers, Laguna and Casino. I've been a long time fan of Laguna, it was one of the very first bronzers I ever owned and I find it's never looked orange or muddy on me. Casino I've never tried, but have wanted to for a while with it being that little bit deeper, it should be a nice one for summer. 

I'm very pleased with this palette, I love all six shades -which isn't something I can say very often. And they all look just as beautiful on the eyes as they do on the cheeks, so when summers over and I've lost my teenie tiny bit of a tan, I'll still be able to find a use for this absolutely gorgeous thing!

Oh...and just a quick note of appreciation for the packaging? It's stunning! Not just the matt black cardboard outer which feels lovely and looks just as nice with the copper lettering. But the burnished metal top of the palette it's self, well, I love it almost as much as what's inside. 
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Friday, 30 June 2017

My Birthday

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my-birthday

Instead of the usual list of happy things that finds it way here on a Friday, I wanted to do something a little different. It's just for today and really it's because over the past week, I've had too many happy things to condense into a short list, and that's such a lovely feeling to have. So get your self a cup of tea, because it's probably going to be a long one.

Last Sunday, June 25th, was my birthday. I think I mentioned last week that I wasn't sure exactly what was happening on the day or around it, but it ended up being what I can honestly say, was one of the best days I've ever had. The whole day, from start to finish was perfect -a strong word, I know, but it really was.

I woke up, bright and early to the smell of waffles and hot coffee, and to Paul singing happy birthday. He had made us breakfast in bed, and not just cereal or toast. He'd made funfetti waffles, with cream cheese frosting, fresh raspberries and the best maple syrup. Oh...and extra sprinkles on top. I think the fact the we had it in bed made it even better. As soon as I'd finished Paul passed me this large bag full of things to open. They were the most thoughtful gifts I've ever been given, he had taken so much time, put in so much thought and effort, and within 5 minutes I was in tears. My favourite one by far was in a little wooden box. In the box, written out on the brown paper luggage tags where reasons he loves me, after reading three of them I was crying! He'd also bought me a Canon A-1 camera, and some film to play with. We took some pictures on the day, but I'm not sure exactly how they'll turn out seeing as I'd never used it before. Along with more Polaroid film, a huge pack of Sharpies, and some other little things, I was definitely spoiled.

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my-birthday

After breakfast we got up to get ready, and when I went downstairs I found the most amazing decorations. There was a tassel garland in gold and pastel shades, pretty fan type things hanging from the lights, our gold happy birthday balloons, and confetti balloons all over the living room. Also, a whole load of confetti everywhere, from one of the balloons bursting! I love decorations, any excuse to decorate the house and I will, so it makes me sad that it's all been tidied away now. 

As the day went on, Paul couldn't really hide what was going on anymore. The main giveaway, and really the most obvious clue, were the two bags of charcoal for the BBQ that were sitting at the back door. He came clean, told me everything and I was 1, SO excited for everyone to come up, and 2, very impressed with everyone's secret keeping...sneaky people. 

By 2pm, everyone had started to arrive and to make sure she didn't miss out with being on holiday at the time, Paul had printed out a picture of my mum and put her on a stick.

I was completely spoiled by everyone there. I was given so many wonderful, amazing gifts, so many thoughtful heartwarming cards, and the effort that each one of them went to for me, for the day, just went to prove what beautiful people we have in our life. The best friends, most wonderful family...it just made me feel so happy, and still does. Oh and the effect I mentioned, that also came in the form of food! Honestly, you have never seen so much food for one BBQ, everyone went overboard, and I'm still not 100% on who made or brought what. But seriously, it was a feast...a very tasty (wish we had it more often) feast.

The evening ended just as perfectly as the day had been. After everyone had gone, all the food had been put away -we had lots of left overs, always a bonus. Rubbish was put out, and the house was somehow tidy...an actual miracle if you ask me. Paul and I got into pyjamas and cuddles up on the sofa with a mug of tea. Paul had been on his feet all day, cooking, tidying, making sure everything was perfect, so he was in need of a sit down. We were even too full for cake! But don't worry, we had ours the next day. 

The whole few days this week have been wonderful, not just my actual birthday. Paul and I had a day out in Edinburgh on Monday, we did a little shopping, tried some of the best pizza I've ever had and had BBQ left overs for dinner. It's also been one of those times when you're enjoying yourself so much that you forget to pick up your camera. While I do wish I'd taken a couple of specific pictures, of the cake, the balloons, everyone else was snapping away so we have a lot of candid shots to look back at. As well as a pile of Polaroids, they're definitely my favourites.

Well done if you've made it to the end, and thank you so much if you're one of the sweet people who send me a birthday message, you helped make the day extra special.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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This weekend is a very exciting one...it's my birthday!! This year is a little different to normal, as I have very little idea of whats happening on the actual day. Normally I'll be involved in the plans in someway, either helping to decide what we do or where we go, but this year, nothing! But I do think Paul will tell me some of whats happening before Sunday because I'm not a fan of big surprises...it leaves me feeling quite anxious which doesn't then make things that much fun. But he knows this better than anyone, so I'm not worried. I do know however, that my brother and his girlfriend are coming up tomorrow night to make us dinner, a roast I think, so I'm looking forward to that. And...I need to start my cake! Hope you all have a great weekend!

1. Finally...finally, getting the pair of Vans I've been looking for. They came back in stock on Asos and I snapped them up the minute I seen them.

2. Oreo snack packs. Just two per pack so you don't end up eating going overboard.

3. On Tuesday this week, it had been three years since we moved into this house. We celebrated with Nando's, just like we did the night we moved in, and because of a mistake they made with the order, we ended up with double everything! It was like an anniversary present from Nando's! It also meant we had a very tasty lunch the next day.

4. The rain in the evenings this week has been a nice break from the horrible muggy nights when sleeping seems impossible.

5. Our pretty wild flowers. The bed is full of them now, and there are still more to pop up.

6. The section in our freezer that is now dedicated to ice-cram. Completely unnecessary, but completely wonderful in the hot weather.

7. I'm not sure if it's the weather, the amount of water I'm drinking or something else, but my skin is looking good at the moment and I'm really enjoying it.

8. Gossip Girl, have I mentioned that I've started watching it? I know, I'm a little late to the game, but I've already watched the first series and I'm hooked! And somehow, I've managed to go all this time and not have the ending spoiled for me.
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Monday, 19 June 2017

Lunch at Maxi's

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Maxis-lunch-Edinburgh

Don't you just love it when you stubble across a place that you instantly fall in love with?

That happened to us last week. We were in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh, looking for somewhere to stop for lunch, and really quite hungry by this point! We walked past this very unassuming place, we couldn't see inside because the sun on the windows was so bright, and the place it's self didn't look like much from the outside. But, we were hungry, and the menu drew us in.

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Maxis-lunch-Edinburgh

As we walked in, I immediately loved the place. The decor was so many things I enjoy -exposed brick, white tiles, distressed wood with quirky art work on the wall. The tables were covered in beautiful flowers and the food is served on enamel plates -I do love enamel. It's one of those places you walk into and want to start taking photos. Which I did a little of, but it was getting quite busy and I started to feel a little self conscious snapping away, instead of eating my food. I need to get better at not bothering about that.

Although we were hungry, we didn't want to fill up too much. Before stopping for lunch we'd spotted a little cafe full of beautiful cakes, so we knew we'd be calling in there after for a coffee and some sweet treats. It really was amazing, but I'll tell you more about that another time.

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Where-to-eat-Edinburgh
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We decided to share a grilled cheese sandwich with chutney, and a plate of hummus and oatcakes, all made fresh by the lovely girls working there. The grilled cheese sandwich didn't disappoint, it was packed full of strong, gooey cheddar, and I think had Parmesan grated on top. The hummus was a very generous portion, full of whole chickpeas for texture and topped with paprika. Paul is quite fussy about his hummus, and this was one of his favourites.

If we hadn't spotted the cakes before heading to Maxi's, we definitely would have stayed and had something sweet there too! They looked wonderful, and I couldn't help staring at the lady sat next to us, with her cup of coffee and amazing slice of what I think was lemon drizzle.

I'm already looking forward to our next visit, hopefully it won't be too long until we're back...maybe even this week, over or around my birthday weekend!!

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Where-to-eat-Edinburgh
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Friday, 9 June 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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As I'm writing this post it's Thursday evening, it's scheduled to go up on Friday afternoon, which means, we will all now know the outcome of the election. I hope everyone who could vote, did. Election talk is currently all over the TV so I'm listening to everyone try to predict whats going to happen. Tomorrow (or today for you -time travel!) Paul and I are going in to Edinburgh for the day, and I'm really looking forward to it. We've found a new burger place we want to try for dinner, and I'd really like to find a new cafe for some afternoon cake and coffee. What are your plans for this weekend?

1. Sookie's hair when it's time for her to go to the groomers. She ends up with 90's style curtains and she looks adorable.

2. Our wild flowers are finally coming through. You can now see them popping up in all their pretty colours, brightening up the garden as they do so.

3. The Spotify app on our new television. It's my new favourite thing.

4. Daredevil on Netflix...it's amazing! We are well and truly hooked.

5. Sookie snoring, possibly the sweetest thing you ever will see.

6. Walks by the water with my favourite person.

7. How much we're looking forward to a lazy Sunday morning, with the possibility of pancakes!

8. Shredded delivery notes. Sookie has a hate for anything that comes through our letterbox...she will do her best to rip letters open if you don't catch them first. I shouldn't laugh, but it's just so funny.
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Friday, 2 June 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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Today, I was supposed to be out for the day with my grandma, for a little shopping, a little lunch and a wander around town. But these plans have changed and instead, I've spent today getting ahead with work, doing some house work -which to be honest needed done so it's maybe a blessing in disguise, and nipping out to run a few errands. So all in all it's been a productive day and it means I can go into the weekend with nothing but free time. Paul's mum and dad are back from their holiday, so tomorrow night we'll be seeing them for a little catch up. And Sunday, we have all to ourselves, the whole lazy day to do whatever we want! And seeing as we're picking up our new TV tonight, I think that will end up being binge watching Marvel shows on Netflix.


1. Bank holiday Mondays and the extra day of weekend they bring with them.

2. A VR games night with my brother and his girlfriend. We had fajitas, ALL the snacks, and Paul even got to be a ghost buster.

3. Rediscovering the Elvive clay range, it's fantastic for getting as many days as possible between washes and stopping your hair looking greasy.

4. I've discovered the Instagram filters this week and we've been spending far too much time playing with them.

5. Rainbow pyjamas.

6. We've been buying Snack a Jacks again, and i forgot how much I like the sweet chilli flavour. Those and the salt and vinegar are my favourite.

7. The new Pirates of the Caribbean film...its SO good! I'm so happy there's a new one out, I've missed them.

8. Finally getting a pair of white Converse. I'm not sure why it's take me so long but I now have a pair, just in time for summer.
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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Hello June


Today is the 1st of June! Can you believe it? 

It truly does feel that with each passing year, time goes by faster and faster. The fact that we've just stepped into the sixth month seems almost impossible, even thought I've been aware of the date, it's still kind of crept up quicker than I'd have liked it to. It honestly scares me a little when I think about it. 

And hear was me feeling sad that we'd postponed our wedding until net year...it will be here before we realise!

As much as it's freaking me out to think about, I do actually love June for a few different reasons. Firstly, it's my birthday month!! We love birthdays, we always try to make the most of them and really make a big deal. Paul's, as bad as me with decorations and the little bits that make it special. And this year, excitingly, we're going down to London for it. Neither Paul or I have ever been so as you can imagine, we cant wait! 

It's also the month that really starts to feel like summer. It does technically start towards the end of June, but the whole month, there's just a difference in the air and you can feel the transition from spring time. 

On the 20th of this month we will have been in this house for 3 years. THREE YEARS!! Where has the time gone. But it's been three wonderful happy years and I couldn't have asked for better. I think on the days we'll be doing what we did the night we moved in. Watching TV and ordering Nando's. And toasting to many more to come.

And I will apologise to all of you that are no where near ready to hear this word, but...Christmas. We are basically half way there. Paul and my mum always joke about how my birthday is the half way point in the year, and on Christmas day it's my half birthday. 

So June should be a pretty exciting month, and I'm looking forward to what ever else brings. 
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Friday, 26 May 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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It is an absolutely beautiful day today, even hotter than it was yesterday -which honestly I didn't think was possible. It's a wonderful start to the weekend, the clear blue sky, smell of BBQ, and the fact the it's a bank holiday Monday hopefully means this weekend will be a good one. We have a few fun things planned for the next few days, and I think tonight we're going to kick it off with a little BBQ for dinner -it would be a shame not to make the most of this weather. And if not, if we don't have time, I think we'll at least have dinner outside. 

1. Something that never fails to make me happy, if the kindness of people after terrible tragedies happen. I won't go into it too much, but just want to say how truly lovely it is to see so many people come together, to help each other, to give support and to show love and care in these times. It's so true that you always see the best of people, after you see the worst. All my love to everyone in Manchester, and to all of those affected. 

2. An afternoon shopping with my mum and grandma. We only went out for my mum to pick up a couple of things for her holiday. However...came back with what I think is a whole new summer wardrobe. 

3. Making my very first water colour cake, I was over the moon with how it turned it. 

4. Grabbing a beautiful Free People top in the sale, almost half price! 

5. Raspberry lemonade over ice so it's nice and cold. I'm definitely going to try and make my own this year when we go berry picking!

6. Double Raspberry Magnums! They are a perfect sunny afternoon treat. 

7. Watching Planet Earth late at night with Paul, when it's far to hot to get to sleep...even though all the windows are open!

8. Sookie relaxing in the sun, eating her ice-cream to cool down. Dog friendly...don't worry! 
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A Little Life Update...

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I realised last week that I had some pretty big news to update you on, but due to a whole bunch of different things, it's completely slipped my mind lately. Towards the end of last year, I told you how we were due to get married this October coming, how we were going to New York to do it, and how we were beyond excited. Well...that is sadly no longer happening. Don't worry! There's nothing wrong, and Paul and I are still very much in love. So, as sad as it was to make the decision to no longer go this year, it was the right one.

A few things in life had changed, and as you can't predict these events in life you just have to deal with it all as it comes. One of the biggest changes was the exchange rate. It meant that things were going to get much more expensive that we had originally planned for. And while we could have still manged, life wouldn't have been much fun in the mean time. Not doing as much to not waste money, just in case.

So, we have postponed...not cancelled, until next October. While that felt like forever away at the time, how long is a year these days, really? I mean, we're already about to step into June. It did feel like such a sad thing to do at the time, and as if it was never going to happen, but it was the right decision. It didn't take very long to realise that, in fact. So that's why there haven't been any wedding related posts up here. But there definitely will be as we start to kick off the planning again, later this year. I want to document all that I can, so I hope you'll enjoy coming along with us.
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Monday, 22 May 2017

Flamingo Favourites


Flamingos are a trend that over the last few years, have grown and grown on me. I thought they were cute and fun at the beginning, but now...I've fallen in love with them. They make the most perfect summer party decorations, look ridiculously sweet on drink wear -I want both the mug and glass above. And are actually a fun, colourful way to update your home for summer.

Seeing as I've been completely hooked in by these funny pink birds, I thought I'd put together a list of some of my favourite flamingo bits out there on the internet right now. Because if nothing else, along with pineapples and palm leaves, they remind us all that summer will eventually come!



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Friday, 19 May 2017

Made Me Happy This Week


Paul's been off work most of this week, and has been feeling really quite rubbish. Although I'd rather he be 100% better, I have selfishly enjoyed having him at home...it's normally just me, tapping away at my laptop -talking to myself or the dog. So because of that, and the fact that it's rained...a lot, we haven't really done that much. I hoping this weekend is a little more eventful. We might be having Paul's gran up for afternoon tea or lunch, which will be nice, I have (another!) cake to make for a friend of my mums. And, we might see my brother and his girlfriend because it's been a while. Have a wonderful weekend!

1. Re-watching all of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, after all, the new one will be out soon and we cannot wait! I'd forgotten just how much I love them

2. Our Pineapple Yankee candle...have I mentioned this to you before? It's such a wonderful, happy, summer scent. I'm really enjoying it at the moment.

3. Making brownies, again, that's two weekends in a row now. But it was either that or let two little eggs go to waste...so really I had no choice.

4. Picking up a fresh bag of coffee beans to make sure we are fully stocked for the weekend mornings.

5. The sheer excitement in my mums voice over her new washing machine.

6. Picking out some new pretty new flowers for our garden.

7. My gran has given me her old terrarium that's been packed away in her attic for years. I can't wait to fill it and have it on display, it's a shape I haven't yet come across while looking at new ones.

8. The realisation that in June, we will have been in this house for 3 years!! What on earth!
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Out of 'The Ordinary'

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The-Ordinary-Review

Over the last year the hype around brand The Ordinary has reached a level that some brands can only dream of. It's everywhere, and you can't talk to anyone about skincare without them raving about it. After seeing it on Asos one day, I decided that I had to give it a try too seeing as the price point is so tempting. I picked up four things from the range, I've been using them now for around 6 weeks so I wanted to share my thoughts on them. The brand is very focused on ingredients and how they all work, and I can't pretend to fully understand the science behind it all, so I'm just going to stick to my thoughts and experiences from using each one

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Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5 - This is one of my favourites from the four things I've tried (joint first with Advanced Retinoid 2%). It states that it can be used in the AM and PM, but I've been mostly using it in the morning before my moisturiser. My skin can often be dehydrated, and to find something at this price point that does what some expensive serums do, is quite amazing! I take four drops in my palm, rub my hands together and then press over my face. I do this before moisturising, and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day, also looking much healthier. I've also found that make up applies much better since I've been using this magical stuff!


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Advanced Retinoid 2% - As mentioned, this is my joint favourite with the Hyaluronic Acid. I honestly love the combination of these two products! This one I use at night, after cleansing and before any other products I'm using. It's a lovely thin milky texture, and it absorbs very easily into the skin I'm used to similar products so I use this almost every night, but if you have very sensitive skin you could use it every other. I've had no side effects, no brakes outs, and I haven't had any problems with dryness, although I've heard some people have. I've noticed my skin looks brighter and feels so lovely and soft when I wake up. I think using this in the evening and the Hyaluronic Acid in the morning is the perfect combination for me. And remember, when using retinol or retinoid products, you must always use SPF during the day to protect your skin when it's even more susceptible to sun damage.


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Natural Moisturizing  Factors +HA - This is a funny one for me. The product it's self is good. It's a light cream, that absorbs well into the skin, and it does so quite quickly. It leaves your skin feeling moisturised, as it claims to. The reason I'm unsure about it isn't due to the product, it's simply that I don't reach for it. At all. I find that the Hyaluronic Acid gives me all the hydration I need, so I never feel the need to use this on top of, or as well as. If you are someone who occasionally suffers from dryness and needs a little extra surface hydration then this would be a great one for you. But as I've fallen for the first product mentioned and it's a firm favourite in my routine, it makes this product unnecessary.


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Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% - Now, from all that I've tried, this is definitely my least favourite product. And it's not one I would repurchase. The Ordinary say it can be used in the morning or at night, but honestly, I think this is an evening only product. There is a stinging sensation, which is explained before using -and that's fine, it passes after a while. But the texture of this product is just not something I can get along with! It's very grainy, and for me, the grains seem to stay around even 20-30 minutes after applying. The product doesn't seem to sink into the sink properly, meaning it's not great for layering make up on top of. While vitatim C is fantastic for the skin, and while I think my skin looked brighter and smoother after using it, I just can't get past the texture. It's not something I can use in the morning and it's not a feeling I want on my skin as I go to sleep. So sadly, this ones a no.


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The-Ordinary-Review

My overall opinion, is that these products more than deserve the hype they've been getting online! They are giving you results you would expect from high end beauty brands but for a very affordable, remarkable price point. Unlike so many products you try and test that show you little to no change in your skin, you do see results from this range. And can I just take a moment to mention the packaging! I love it! I think it looks very premium, very high end with it's sleek simple white branding. And the little glass bottles have had pride of place on my dressing table.

If you still haven't tried anything from The Ordinary then I would 100% recommend giving it a go, you can find it here on Asos.
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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I have spent this afternoon clearing rubbish out of our bedroom. You know, things like old receipts, paperwork that's piled up, old products that really need to go. I didn't actually plan on doing it, I was just giving the room a quick dust, then suddenly it was three hours later, and I had a bag of paper for the recycling. But it's only a good thing, a tidy house is a tidy mind after all. This weekend should be lots of fun. Not only do Paul and I have some fun things planned, it's Eurovision tomorrow!! Every year my friend and I watch it together, and this year is exciting because it'll be the first one in his house. I'm going to make some treats tomorrow morning for us to have while we watch, I think brownies and blondies are the way to go.

1. Having freshly made cold coffee in the fridge, for the perfect iced lattes on what have been gloriously sunny afternoons.

2. So much beautiful sunshine!

3. Our garden is full of pretty blossoms. Pink on the apple tree and white on the cherry tree...they would brighten any ones day.

4. Finding note books I forgot I had while on my bedroom cleaning spree.

5. Paul trying to teach Sookie new tricks, it's honestly one of the cutest things I've ever seen. He's determined to get her to lay down!

6. Eating fish and chips while sitting by the water. Followed, by bright blue Cookie Monster Ice cream. I'm loving these long sunny evenings.

7. Speaking of sunny evenings, Paul and I have been out walking so much more and it feels fantastic.

8. Homemade curry on a Friday night is kind of becoming a regular thing...I'm definitely not complaining.
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Thursday, 11 May 2017

See You Soon, London

{beautiful image from H. Nichols Illustration}

Yes! We're off to London.

At the end of June Paul and I will be heading down to London, and to say I'm looking forward to it is an understatement. The trip is for my birthday, and we plan to do as much exploring as we possibly can the three days we have there. Also, something that has me giggling with excitement every time I think about it, is that we will be visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour! Just in case I've never mentioned this to you - I'm sure I have, I LOVE Harry Potter! It's on almost weekly in this house, so to get to go on the tour is a huge highlight of the trip!

One thing that does make me a little anxious, is the Tube. I need to look into it some more before we go, but honestly it confuses me to no end. I have no idea how you lovely London lot do it so easily.

If you're no stranger to London and have any recommendations of thing we must do while we are there I would love to hear them. There is nothing better than local knowledge for the best places to eat, or the best things to do. So any help would be much appreciated!

Here are few thing I'm already looking forward to:

Harry Potter Studio Tour: Obviously, as I just mentioned how much I love it. Paul's brother visited last year with his girlfriend and they had nothing but amazing things to say about it. Plus! There is a new area now, so even more to look forward to.

Borough Market: All the time scrolling through Instagram and seeing picture of picture of this place, and mainly "those doughnuts" has left me desperate to try them. I will definitely be hunting them out the first chance I get! I have also been told that they are far better than I can even imagine...so I have high hopes.

Beautiful Streets: There is little Paul and I enjoy more when visiting new places, even places close to home, than spending time just wandering around. Getting to see parts of a town or city that you would miss out on if you were speeding from place to place on public transport. While we can't walk everywhere, I'm looking forward to seeing as much as possible.

Tourist Attractions: As this will be our first time in London, it would be silly not to try and see things like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye and so many others. Within reason of course -we only have a few days.

Afternoon Tea: There are so many options for afternoon tea in London that I am overwhelmed with choice. So needless to say, we don't yet know where to go -but we will be going somewhere. Suggestions?


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Friday, 28 April 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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I have a question for you...where has spring gone? It's so cold out there, and the temperature still seems to be dropping. It was even snowing a few days ago. But I can't complain, we have another three day weekend starting tomorrow and it should be a good one, we have a couple of birthdays, possibly a family dinner and hopefully we'll get to go and see the new Guardians of the Galaxy film!! It's definitely going to be a busy few days, but I can't wait to have a lazy morning tomorrow with Paul. What are your plans for the next few days?

1. A late night drive with Paul when we couldn't sleep.

2. Spending time making plans for a trip we're going on, that I'll tell you all about soon!

3. Building Ikea furniture. When you do it with the right people it can be so much fun, and always end in laughter. Only made better with lots of tea and biscuits.

4. The way Sookie falls asleep in my jumpers and hoodies while I'm wearing them. She's like a little hot water bottle, with her teenie tiny nose sticking out the top. So cute!

5. Suggesting to my friend -who was complaining about his skin, that me might want to try some new skin care. Only to receive a text a couple of days later, showing me that he'd bought nearly everything Liz Earle sells! It did make me laugh.

6. The beautiful blossoms that are currently in bloom in our garden.

7. Billions...do you watch it? It's so good. I think we have another episode to catch up with tonight.

8. Those two in the picture above, nothing in this world makes me happier.
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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This time last year Paul and I were in New York. I can't help be a little sad that we aren't there right now. I'd love to be back, walking the streets, drinking too much coffee, taking in the sight's and sounds and most of all, enjoying that smell I love! The one you smell each morning as the city wakes up. But until we go back, I have my giant New York Starbucks mug and our album of photos to tide me over. Also, this Sunday Paul is going to make us mac n cheese, he's going to try and get it as close to The Mac Bar as he possibly can. I'm quite excited about that! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

1. Kinder chocolate bars, it's just not safe to have them in the house...I will eat them all!

2. Writing out a huge shopping list. We haven't done a massive food shop for a couple of months now, but we're running out of things I always like to have in the cupboards. I know a lot of people find it to be a chore, but I bloody love making lists...especially for food shopping!

3. My mums face when she seen her birthday cake, she actually screamed!

4. Listening to a new pop punk playlist Paul found on Spotify, I don't think there's a song on there that we don't love!

5. A very windy afternoon at the beach, followed by a walk into town trying to dodge the crazy rain showers.

6. Managing to pick up a Hotel Chocolat Easter egg in the sale. Half price!

7. Beginning to see the very first signs of our flowers growing...I think. I mean they could also be weeds but it's too early to tell. But until I know for sure they are staying put.

8. Chocolate crispy cakes. To use up some left over melted chocolate to stop it going to waste, I poured in some cereal and filled little cupcake cases. The easiest ever treats to make but so bloody good!
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Friday, 14 April 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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It's Friday, and whats even better is that it's also the Easter weekend!! How are you spending yours? We have a rather lovely weekend planned, the sun is apparently going to be shining over the next few days so we are going to try and go out to do some exploring. On Sunday Paul is making a roast dinner for us both, and I think we'll be finishing the night with movies and all the chocolate eggs we can eat! Although, we currently don't have any. We had one each, but somehow they got eaten last week...oops. So I think we'll be picking up another one each tomorrow.

1. Iced coffee while walking around on a very hot day! It honestly felt like mid summer...I kind of loved it!

2. My little Easter chicks that are hidden around the house, hopefully when it comes time to put them away I remember where they all are.

3. A fresh bunch of white tulips and some painted egg decorations to add in beside them.

4. A very kind couple I met -and ended up having tea with, while trying to find the home of a little lost dog. They gave the little guy some chicken, and made me tea because I was bloody freezing!

5. The accessories Sookie comes home from the groomers with, they are so cute! Today she had a baby pink floral bandana.

6. Also the way she smells when she comes home, I'm not sure what they use but it smells amazing!!

7. How warm and cosy I am right now while writing this post. The heating is on and I'm wrapped up in our enormous fluffy throw.

8. How excited Paul is about something he's ordered for my birthday...which isn't until June! I'm not sure I can wait that long.
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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

No-Bake Mini Eggs Cheesecake

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Is there anyone who doesn't like the smell of mini eggs? 

For a long time I didn't eat Cadbury's chocolate, but each year as Easter rolled around I would love it when Paul would open a bag of Mini Eggs, and I could enjoy the smell! I do eat Cadbury's now, so I also get to enjoy the eggs but the smell is still my favourite part.

It reminds me of those dolls I had as a child. The ones that looked like a cupcake until you flip them open? They smelled of cake and Mini Eggs, but anyway, the recipe...

I wanted to make something for Easter this year, and it usually ends up being something baked, like carrot cake, cupcakes, something hot. But this year I though why not cheesecake. It's a simple no-bake cheesecake that tastes good on the day you make it but amazing the day after! So if you can make it in advance you should. I will also say that we like quite a think base to our cheesecakes, so if you prefer less then just half the quantity of biscuits and butter.

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no-bake-mini-egg-cheesecake
no-bake-mini-egg-cheesecake

Ingredients:
base~
400g of digestive biscuits -crushed
170g of salted butter -melted

topping~
800g of Philadelphia
200g of mascarpone cheese
150ml double cream
200g of icing sugar
1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract, or seeds from one vanilla pod
200g of Mini Eggs - crushed
-plus any extra eggs if you want to decorate the top.

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no-bake-mini-egg-cheesecake

- Add the crushed digestives and melted butter to a bowl and mix together until fully combined. Pour this into a loose bottom cake tin and press it down with the back of a spoon until you have a firm even layer. Put this in the fridge to set while you get on with the topping.

- To a large mixing bowl, add the Philadelphia, mascarpone and icing sugar and mix until smooth. In a separate bowl beat the double cream and vanilla until until you have soft peaks, and then fold this into your cheese mixture.

- Add your crushed up mini eggs to the topping mixture and then spread this on top of the chilled base, and level out the top. Leave this in the fridge to set for at least 5 hours, or over night if you can -trust me, it's worth it.

- Decorate however you like, I added extra Mini Eggs, and serve straight from the fridge.

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no-bake-mini-egg-cheesecake

Happy Easter! 

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