Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Update

I've decided to take a break.
Recently, life and blogging have become quite difficult. Last month was horrible and this month I haven't been able to get myself back on track as quickly as I thought I could. I'm struggling to keep up with blog posts and I feel like I'm forcing myself to continue uploading even though I'm not really feeling it. I'm not excited with the content I had planned for the rest of this month and I don't want to post it just for the sake of it. So I've decided to take a little break, and hopefully get back into the swing of things at the beginning of July in around a week or so. I'll be uploading a June Roundup on the last wednesday or sunday of this month and then I plan to fall back into schedule after that. Hopefully I can really get myself back into blogging and create some decent content that I'm happy with! I thought I'd just let anyone out there who might enjoy reading my blog know the reason why I'm not uploading for a few weeks. I love blogging and I want to get back into it as soon as possible, I just feel like taking a break to get a breather and more organised will help that to happen sooner! I hope you guys stick around until I'm back at the beginning of July and I can tackle this blog properly, it means the world that some people out there like to read it! Hopefully I'll be able to get myself sorted and get back on track.
Thanks for reading 
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

My Sister Got Married!

(Photography: Jayne Raine)
On the Saturday just gone, the 11th of June, my sister married the love of her life. She has been planning this wedding for over 3 years and finally the day arrived! I think you can tell by the pictures how utterly stunning and beautiful this wedding was. I forever maintain that my sister should have some sort of career in art. She just has a knack for knowing what looks good, what colours go with which and is just downright brilliant at making things look amazing. 
Even though this day was 3 years in the making, it went by so quickly! One minute we were getting our hair and makeup done, the next we were leaving the venue to go home! I think I possibly had the best day of my life and I think every single person who attended would gladly do the whole thing again. Her now husband (that is definitely going to take some getting used to) has been in our lives for over 6 years and he is the best possible person I could think of for my sister to marry. I love the pair of them so much and wouldn't swap either of them for the world. Yes, we have our arguments (name me one pair of sisters who doesn't?!), but I am so beyond thrilled that my gorgeous sister has found someone who can add to her happiness for the rest of her life. It was honestly the most wonderful day ever and I have no idea how I'm ever going to follow it in the future!
After a delicious meal (a roast dinner followed by chocolate brownies and ice-cream!), our two families partied the night away. I absolutely adore our family get togethers as we don't see each other all that often and they make me realise just how awesome my family actually is. I honestly wish every day could be that wedding day, over and over again!
It still needs to sink in that my sister is now a mrs (I don't think I'll ever get used to that!), but I can't wait to see what the future has in store for the pair of them. I love them both to pieces and I wish them a lifetime of happiness!
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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Summer Bucket List | 2016

It feels like summer has officially arrived here in Manchester with this amazing weather we've been having these past few days, so I thought I would share with you guys a quick bucket list of things I want to do this summer! Even though I am an autumn/winter girl at heart, the summer sunshine just brings so much motivation to get out and get doing things so I figured it was time to get some planning done and get outside, plus who doesn't love a good list?!

Get all of my family together and have a bbq in my grandparents back garden
Plan a weekend trip to an adventure park
Make home made ice lollies
Walk as many dogs as possible at my local shelter in memory of Pippin
Read outside as often as possible
Have a picnic in the park with my closest friends
Go to a beach and paddle in the sea
Take more pictures
Spend the evenings in the garden with my mum
Buy some exercise clothes and go jogging in the sunshine with friends
Go walking with my family 
Revisit memories from my childhood by going to the Daisy Nook Country Park
Take my laptop outside when writing
Play outdoor mini golf

So those are just some of the things I want to do this summer and I hope I get to do all of them and more! Losing Pippin last month has really opened my eyes to how quickly life can pass by and how we should fill every second doing the things we love with the people we love most! Hopefully I'll get to do that this summer!

What do you have planned for the summer? 
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Sunday, 5 June 2016

How To Get Out Of A Reading Slump

I have struggled with reading slumps so many times. I'll be really into reading, flying through book after book and then all of a sudden, none of the books I own will interest me. I'll be looking at my bookshelf and not feeling the motivation to pull any of them off! This usually happens if I've just finished a book that I didn't enjoy, or that has taken me ages to read. As someone who adores reading, I obviously want to get rid of these feelings as soon as possible, so I thought I would share with any of the readers out there who struggle with reading slumps, the things I do to kickstart reading again!

SET YOURSELF A DAILY GOAL
I am one of those people that has to finish every single book they read. Even if I'm not enjoying it, I have to finish. The thought of missing out on a good ending just scares me too much. So if I'm not enjoying the book it's a real struggle to pick it up and continue. The one thing that helps me is setting daily goals. I aim to read one chapter a day. Doing this may take a long time to finish the book, but the motivation to complete a goal makes me pick up the book far more than if I just try and tell myself to. If you want to read more but aren't that big into reading, set yourself a goal to read a chapter a day, it honestly helps so much! Also if you end up reading two or three chapters you feel awesome.

REREAD A BOOK YOU LOVE
If you're just struggling to find the motivation to pick up a book, pick up one you know you're going to love! My go to books are the harry potter series (whose isn't?!), and it never fails to get me back into reading. It reminds you how entertaining reading can be and gives me the motivation to find a new book that I'll love just as much (although I'm not sure anything will ever top harry potter!)

READ A SHORT BOOK OR NOVELLA
Going along the same lines as the last tip, picking up a book you know you'll finish quickly will also help to get you back into reading! There's no point attempting a huge book when you're just not into reading because it will feel like that book will never end, making it even harder to read! Novellas are perfect as they're usually less than 100 pages which make them easy to get through and get back into the swing of reading!

TAKE PART IN A READ-A-LONG
 At the start of the year myself and my friend Natalie decided to do a read-a-long together, reading the Dancing Jax trilogy! It was so much fun reading a book at the same time as someone else, getting to discuss and chat about all the crazy things going on and seeing where the other person was up to. This definitely made me read more as Natalie is such a quick reader so I had to put the time in to be able to keep up with her! Alternatively you could take part in an online read-a-long with much more people. There's so many people on youtube who create and take part in read-a-longs and it's such a nice community to be involved in! 

LISTEN TO AN AUDIOBOOK
If you're really just not interested in picking up a book any time soon, maybe try an audiobook! I've never actually listened to an audiobook before because I am all about the physical books (I don't even own a kindle!), but I do actually really like the idea of audiobooks! I get incredibly travel sick so whenever I'm on a bus or train I can't do anything besides sit and listen to my ipod, so it makes perfect sense to switch music for an audiobook, which I'm definitely going to be trying soon! Audiobooks are a great way to ease you back into reading without having to actually sit down and pick up a book!

What are your tips for getting out of a reading slump? Any book recommendations?
 xxx

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Mini Skincare Haul

So to kickstart getting back into the swing of things with this blog, I thought I would share the long overdue skincare haul that I've been meaning to upload for a while now! I've mentioned a few times that I'm suffering with my skin at the minute so I've been desperately trying out as many different skincare products as possible to see what might work for me. I've tested out most of these products now so I guess the positive aspect of this post being so late is that at least I can now share my opinions of the products with you all!

LIZ EARLE CLEANSE AND POLISH HOT CLOTH CLEANSER
Everybody and their mother seems to be using this cleanser so of course I had to pick it up. This was actually cheaper than I thought it was going to be! I figured with it being Liz Earle that this would be well into the £20+ mark but actually this cleanser was only £14! I've been using this every morning and night for around a month or so and I really like it. I don't use a muslin cloth with it as it was far too harsh on my sensitive skin so I just rinse this off with my fingers and warm water and it seems to work just as well! I wouldn't say this has had any effect on my acne as it's not really designed for that purpose but in terms of how soft and healthy my skin feels, this is definitely working. I can understand why people who don't suffer with problem skin enjoy using this cleanser so much. Once I finish this bottle I'll probably switch to a cleanser that is more suited to targeting acne but if I ever manage to sort my skin out I'll definitely be reaching for this cleanser again.

LUSH MASK OF MAGNAMINTY 
I've mentioned this mask numerous times on my blog now and I just love it. This is designed for spots and blackheads and you can use it on your face and chest. I love the fact that the mint makes this face mask feel so incredibly fresh and I love applying it. It's not a smooth face mask, it's got a lot of bumps and lumps in it but it does dry quite nicely and I feel like I'm gently exfoliating when I wash it off! It definitely helps to calm down the painful under the skin spots and if you're a spot squeezer then this will definitely help in soothing your face afterwards. 

GARNIER MOISTURE AND NOURISH MOISTURISER (COMBINATION + DRY)
I have to use two different moisturisers for my skin. I have combination skin but my dry patches are so extreme that combination moisturisers never work on them. So I picked up these two different moisturisers for I think less than £3 each... I know, so cheap! I've used both of them and I have to say I am not a fan of the combination one. The texture feels horrible and if anything it feels like it's just drying my skin out even more rather than moisturising it, but I absolutely LOVE the one for dry skin. I switched to the simple oil-balancing moisturiser to use all over my face and I use this garnier moisturiser on the dry patches on my cheeks. I literally use a pea sized amount and my skin doesn't flake all day. Seriously... all day! I will definitely be repurchasing the one for dry skin as I can't believe a product that good is so cheap! Definitely try that out if you have dry skin! 

SUPERDRUG DEEP CLEANSING FRUIT MASK + SUPERDRUG DETOXIFYING CLAY MASK
These are the two products that I haven't actually used yet. I keep meaning to but one of them contains lavender which I didn't notice when I purchased it, and unfortunately there's a possibility I'm allergic to lavender so I need to do a patch test and I just keep forgetting. I love using face masks though so I'm pretty sure I will use these at some point and I think each of these cost 50p or something ridiculous like that so I'll most probably be back in superdrug soon to have a nosey around for some more!

What skincare products have you been trying out recently? Do you have any recommendations for problem skin?
xxx

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