Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

1) Train Journeys

My trip to London this week has reignited my passion for travelling by train. I love being able to relax and read a magazine as mile after mile of Britain flies past my window. Sometimes I watch the views for the whole journey. For me, the journey is just as important as the destination.

2) My Bed

After such a long and busy week, I have been looking forward to climbing into bed at the end of each day. Sleep is so important, and everyone knows that a lack of sleep can effect your looks, concentration and mood. I always try to get plenty of rest, but sometimes things get in the way. This week, I have been doing all sorts of little things to make going to bed an even more relaxing experience. Things such as new bedding, new pyjamas and overnight face serums all add to make it even better.

3) Time with my Dad

It was Fathers Day on Sunday, and although we did not do anything special on the day I am taking him to see the Minions Movie and then for dinner tonight. I love spending time with my dad, and it is so nice to see how close we are. I am sure that there will be lots of laughter today, and I am so glad that I get to spend so much time with him.

4) Fleur DeForce

Is there anything that I need to say about this lovely lady? I love her videos, and there is always a new product, tip or brand to discover. See her New in June video below.

5) Good Friends

My life has been full of great times with even greater people. We are all at different stages of our lives, but each one of these fantastic people have taught me about life and about myself. Some are people I have only known for a year or two, others I have known for half a decade. Having dinner and chatting about anything and everything will always be one of my favourite ways to spend my time.

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Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

This week has been pretty long and stressful, so this Five Things Friday is all about the things that help me to relax.

1) Yankee Candles

I have loved these candles for a while now, and I am always keen to try new scents and styles. There is one scent that I always come back to, and that is Black Cherry. I love burning this whilst winding down from a long day at work and watching something on TV. The scents last for a really long time and I love the range of scents available. These are available online, in various stores such as Boots and Clintons as well as in Yankee Candle stores.

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2) Good Weather

When the sun comes out, everything just seems so much better. I find myself feeling happier and more alert, eating better and exercising more. Maybe this means that I should relocate to somewhere lovely and sunny?  I find myself wanting to do more and explore places when the sun is out. This little change in the weather can have a massive impact on my happiness.

3) Sour Cream and Chive Pretzels

These things are so moreish and tasty. I find myself craving them all of the time, and they are the perfect savory treat. The trick I have not quite mastered with them yet is to not eat too many. They are just so good! They can be found in most supermarkets and come in a “share” sized bag.

4) 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

If there is one thing better than a fantastic show, it is two fantastic shows merged together. 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is a fantastic blend of humour and quiz questions, and it is the perfect combination. I can happily watch episodes all night long, and often try to find the longest word or to solve the conundrum. I still find myself laughing at each episode, and it is the perfect show to watch whilst relaxing.

5) More Vitamin Drinks

I am terrible at making sure that I drink enough water each day. At work I can be so busy that I go for hours and hours without drinking anything, and recently I have been trying to change that. At Blog On I was chatting to the lovely ladies from More Vitamin Drinks and they kindly offered to send me a few to try out. I have been taking one to work each day to test the flavours, and I make sure that I finish it before lunchtime. So far I am loving them, and it has been a really good way to increase my water intake.

Blog On MOSI

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Blog On MOSI to spend the whole day surrounded by bloggers and discussing everything blogging related. I had been looking forward to it for ages, and it certainly did not disappoint! In the weeks leading up to it, Laura from Tired Mummy of Two, who also owns, runs and organises the Blog On conferences had been teasing us all with photos of items to be in the goody bags, lists of companies that would be attending and details of the speakers for each workshop.

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This was my first blog conference, and whilst everyone in the Facebook group was reassuring the newbies that everyone was so friendly and that we would leave with lots of new friends, it was difficult to shake the worry that I would spend the day stood or sat by myself, whilst everyone chatted around me. As soon as I arrived though, I knew that the group had been right, as I got chatting to the lovely Mary from The Hearty Life and Esther of Inside Out and About .

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Everyone was so friendly, and I cam away with new friends and many new blogs to read. The day was full of interesting information, opportunities to speak to some lovely brands and learn so much. Some of the sessions were more useful to me than others, but I came away from each one with new ideas, ways to look at my blog and tips for improving it.

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Some of the brands that I had a fantastic time chatting to included Hotter Shoes, More Drinks and James Villas. Each one had something interesting to consider when working with a brand and it was lovely to hear that they were so interested in working with bloggers and creating fantastic content for their audience.

At the end of a long, tiring but fun day came something we had been teased with for weeks…goody bag! There were so fantastic products, and Laura had even set up a goody bag amnesty for people to contribute items that they knew they would not use, for donation to charities and places that would really benefit. That as perfect for me, especially as there was a bag full of things for babies and children. Having no children of my own, it would have been difficult and pointless for me to search for someone to share them with, but it was so nice knowing that they would be used by other who needed and would appreciate them, and I was more than happy to contribute.

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I am already looking forward to the next one, and will certainly be keeping my eyes open for any other blogging conferences to attend! Do you know of any?

July Round Up

Yes I know that July ended over two weeks ago, but things have been so busy that I have not had a chance to post about how fantastic July was for me. I spent the month enjoying the lovely weather, eating lots of ice cream and with the people that I love the most.

The first big event that I went to in July was the Tatton Park Foodie Festival. I was a very lucky lady and had won two tickets from Jenny over at Mummy Makes Cakes, so I purchased one more and took my parents for a day out. The festival ran for three days, and after looking at the weather forecast for the weekend I decided to go on the Friday. It was certainly the right choice, as the weather was perfect all day long.

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There were such a wide variety of stalls, and there were some fantastic foods and drinks to sample. The most unique stall was this lovely bar that has been transformed from a small trailer. It even has a chandelier!

 

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The second event that I went to was the Giant Spectacular in Liverpool. The event was last in Liverpool in 2012, and is the most amazing street theatre I have ever seen.  This year’s performance marked the centenary of the beginning of the first world war, and tells a story through a girl, her dog and her grandmother.

 

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Again I took my parents to see this, and it was a fantastic day out. There were so many people, but the atmosphere was so friendly and it was nice to show my parents a city that they had never been to before. The puppets were so impressive, and I am so glad that we went to see them.

We may have also have stopped at the beach for a bit on the way back…

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Essence UK Launch Party

On Sunday I was lucky enough to attend the launch party to celebrate Essence’s arrival here in the UK. I’ve been listening to Breige over at Rare Opal gushing about Essence cosmetics for a few months now, so I was pretty eager to see what all the fuss was about.

The launch was held at The Studio in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. It is a fantastic location to host an event anyway, but Essence and Flipside PR had completely transformed the room into a make up lovers paradise. There was a 2 meter display stand full of make up to be investigated, as well as areas specifically devoted to nails, lips, eyes and face. These areas were perfect for trying out products and seeing how others were planning to use each item – and it’s a great way to get new ideas and inspirations.

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I was really pleased to hear that Essence do not test on animals, and that they routinely inspect their suppliers. I also love that they market their products to those that are young at heart, not just teenage girls – it is so refreshing! I was also really impressed to hear that each year Essence will change 50% of it’s product line, ensuring that there is always something new, and that you can keep up with the latest trends at an affordable price.

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As well as playing with all of the delightful make up, there was also the chance to get a manicure from the Pamper Puff Girls. I decided to go for a summery coral fittingly called Off to Miami. I have been searching for the perfect coral nail polish for a while, and this certainly fits the bill. I have been wearing this for 3 days without a chip.

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 I took home lots of goodies to experiment and play with – but that is a post for another day. You will just have to trust me for now when I say that they are really, really good. If you cannot wait and just want to try everything for yourself, there is an Essence stand in Manchester Arndale, as well as one in Westfields Shepards Bush. They will also be in Wilkonsons/Wilkos stores from July.

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Thanks to Essence UK and Flipside PR for hosting such a great event!