Thursday, 19 July 2018

Auntie Anne's | Coventry West Orchards

To me, Pretzels are a very American thing, they have soft pretzel stands all over the place and they have always intrigued me. I love the crunchy little crisp like pretzels we have but I've never had one of the soft pretzels that when baked fresh just take over your mind by the smell. It's better than the smell of freshly baked bread let me tell you.
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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Your Kids Might Need Your Help At School!*

How do you think your kids are getting on at school at the minute? Some children really do flourish, and going to school is one of the best experiences for them. But for others, the story is nowhere near the same. For a variety of different reasons, your children might need help through the school process. From both the academic side, and the fun side they that should be able to love and enjoy. As they get to the stage of going into highschool, you might notice that things get a little more difficult, but it’s nothing that you won’t be able to help them through. To make sure they have the best experience, follow this guide as to how you can help your kids at school.


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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Flawless Eyeliner By Loretta | Review*



The new fine tip flawless eyeliner by Loretta is one to add to your staples. The fine tip gives you a perfect cat flick. I'm always on the hunt for the perfect eyeliner and I was lucky enough to try this one. In your morning routine you do your make up, have breakfast and go to work. Your make up is flawless but by the time you leave the office you have panda eyes and smudged eyeliner. This eyeliner doesn't budge and will keep your make up looking flawless for the whole day!

This eyeliner is available on Loretta's website for under £20. It comes in black, brown, green and purple. So you can have brown and black for everyday use and green or purple for a night out or a special occasion to make yourself stand out.

I am so pleased with it, it last all day and doesn't wear on the inner eyelid which is always a problem for me. With the super fine tip it's so easier to apply than other products I've tried in the past. The pigmentation on it is so good and I'm very tempted to pick up the purple one to add to my collection.

Have you tried this eyeliner? Let me know what your favourite one is in the comments below.


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Monday, 2 July 2018

5 great UK summer holiday ideas for young families with children*



With the weather warming up and summer fast approaching, it’s time to pack your bags and enjoy a getaway. If you’re yet to book your break and need ideas, check out this top five list!

//01 Seek out the thrills at Blackpool

It’s one of the most traditional seaside destinations in the United Kingdom, and it remains as popular as it was back in the 60s and 70s. The beauty of Blackpool is its variety; whether you want to spend a day relaxing on the beach or you want to take in the thrills at its Pleasure Beach with new ICON rollercoaster, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And for families with small children, there’s Blackpool Tower, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE, where older children can swim with sharks and have fun in a once-in-a-lifetime diving experience.
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The Sun Is Also A Star | Book Review


For the last year I’ve been trying so hard to get back into reading, I’ve picked a few books up, borrowed some off family but none have caught my attention. I want that book where you escape reality and live through the characters, start reading and then before you know it you’re 100 pages in because you are just so infused in the story.

Finally I’ve found a book that’s done that for me and I finished it in 6 days which is amazing for me having a full time job and a baby. So ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ by Nicola Yoon saved my reading drought and reignited my passion for getting lost in a good book. 

It’s about a boy and a girl and also the universe. There are side characters and the way it is written tells you so much more about what’s happening in depth. This captivating story is told by several amazing voices of each characters that come into the book. You can see through their own eyes why they do the things they do and what drives them through this rollercoaster of a day.
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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Taking A Break


I recently went on holiday, something I haven't done for a very long time. I've never been out of the UK and the last two holidays I had were weekends away. Those two are the only ones I've had in probably 10 years. I've never been one of those people who go abroad every year but thats not by choice. Money has always been tight and things always get in the way. We only went to Cornwall this time for a week but it was amazing. It really made me realise you do need to go away every so often getting out of the city and not living the normal life you lead. Do something different and exciting, maybe something you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to do. If you don’t live by the sea like myself, go swimming in it, go on a boat ride. The possibilities are endless.

It is so calming to be by the sea for me, watching the boats and imagine the freedom you would have living like that, you can just get in your boat and go off, out in to the big blue, not a care in the world. If I'm not at work, I'm thinking about housework, blogging, socialising, being a good mum and my brain just doesn't stop. Obviously things like being a mum I am 24/7 and its the most amazing thing I've ever done. This holiday I did think about blogging, but not to the extend where I was worrying if I didn't have any content or didn't get a post up. I just enjoyed my time with my family and experiencing new things.


One of my goals in life for a long time has been to travel more and just see the world. Whether thats a week on a sunny beach in another country or a quaint little village in England I just want to see what’s out there, I want Scott and I to show Lily the world too.  Off the back of this holiday I’ve now organised a holiday already for next year to go to Weymouth for a few days. It has really shown me how important it is to put yourself first and take time out from your normal routine. Not to mention it makes for great blog photos! 

Have you been on holiday recently? Or are you desperate to go somewhere soon? Let me know in the comments below. 


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Monday, 18 June 2018

Three Things I Want To Do This Year


I am the kind of person that always likes to do new things and try new things. I'm a very curious person and like to know all sorts of things. I think thats why Lily is such a curious baby. There are a few things I would like to do and try this year. I think there is always something new to learn.

There is a lot I want to do each year and I don't get to do it all. We are half way through the year so I have set 3 goals for the rest of the year which should be manageable and achievable.

//01 Clay Pigeon Shooting

I've wanted to do this for a while. I don't like guns in a violent sense but this is a harmless way and helps hand/eye coordination. I've seen it on Made in Chelsea before and it did look fun. The only thing that would put me off is how loud it is, you seem to need ear muffs to play so hopefully that will block out the noise. I think I might be doing this soon so fingers crossed I can get this ticked off my list.
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Thursday, 7 June 2018

A Little Life Update


Surprise, surprise. I've been slacking on the blogging scene again. I've been in a slump, not feeling too good and just have been struggling so much on what to write. There are a few things that have come to light recently which have just made me feel worse but I'm going to work through them. You have to work through things and push yourself otherwise nothing will change. 

The things that have come up I'm sure I will talk about in the future but I'm just not ready yet. It will take time. However, I've set myself a few small goals I'm going to focus on and keep my mind working in a positive way. 

  • Drink more water
  • Work out 
  • Set time aside for blogging/plans
  • Bulk cook meals
  • Take each day as it comes

I really need to focus on my health and I drink far too much caffeine at the moment and I really want to reduce that down and just hydrate my body. I also am struggling with eating/missing meals/not eating right. Due to lack of time and laziness and just feeling meh about it. I am going to find some good recipes I can bulk cook with and do that on a Monday. If you have any recipes for something tasty that will last a few days let me know in the comments below!

I've been back at work the last 2 months now from my maternity leave and it is a struggle trying to balance everything. This is another reason blogging has taken a hit because my main focuses are work and my family. I am so tired and need to readjust to it all again. Any big changes in life like this normally take a hit to the routine you've set yourself up in. 

One of the biggest things is not seeing Lily all day everyday. I hate being away from her, I'm sure this is the same for every mum who returns to work. Unfortunately bills need to be paid still. She really enjoys nursery and it is good for her to socialise with other babies. When I'm coming home from work now after a draining day, eagerly put my key in the door and see my babies face light up with excitement to see me and then seeing Scott, the most amazing Dad and most supportive partner I can ask for. There is nothing better. It makes every second even more precious with her and having cuddles is the best stress release. 

I do have a few new posts in mind, so I'm hoping I can sort out a new schedule and get back into everything and improve. There is always something to work towards.

How has life been for you lately? Let me know in the comments below.



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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Support For You & Them: Doing Your Best For Your Aging Parents*


As we get older, we see our parents making the transition from agile and healthy to frail and weak. We don't think about it when we're younger, and our parents are chasing after our kids in the garden, but there's a point when our parents aren't able to do this anymore, and we have to, in many ways, become a parent to our parents. Looking after our parents as they age is a difficult task, but one we need to rise to. So if you have parents who need a bit more help, or you are wondering which way to turn, here are some practical pieces of advice.
Who can help you out?
Do you have family members that can help? It's very difficult if you're the only child, and there aren't any relatives nearby. If you need extra help, it's time to think about the practical approaches. Professional help is available, but it comes at a cost. If your parents need a tiny bit of assistance, is there anybody else in the neighborhood that can help? You shouldn't feel like you have to take on all of the duties yourself, and it's physically impossible for one person to do everything. Of course, you want the best for them, but you need to think more proactively.
What do your parents want?
And if you feel like you need to take on the bulk of the duties, have you thought about what your parents want in the grand scheme of things? There are some parents who feel like they want to retain their independence for as long as possible, but others are ready to go into a private nursing home depending on the severity of the type of conditions they have, they may not be able to make the best judgement for themselves. But this doesn't mean you should ignore their wishes.
Can you cope with everything?
It's an emotional minefield, especially when you have your own children, a job, and your own life to maintain. It can feel like there is no let up. And you need to ask yourself if you are able to cope with the demands. Of course, you're going to say “yes”, but a lot of people battle on without regard for their own health. If you have any concerns about your ability to cope with everything, you need to ask for help. you need to have as much help as you can from your immediate family, from your children and your partner, but you need to know when to take a step back. It can be very difficult when we have parents who are getting to the point where they need so much help, and as much as you want to help all the time, it might not be physically possible.
Your emotions can cloud your judgment if you are trying to do your best by your aging parents, but it is one of those situations in life where you have to operate with a healthy balance of care in an emotional sense, but also operate methodically.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Magic Flute | Belgrade Theatre | Coventry


I was lucky enough to go the the theatre recently in Coventry. I haven't been to the theatre for years, my memories of it are Cinderella and things like Jack in the beanstalk where you sit in the audience and shout "HE'S BEHIND YOUUUU". I wanted to make my way into the adult world of theatre and where better to start than The Magic Flute? It's a modern take on opera, again I'd never seen opera before so I had no idea what to expect. 
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Coventry Bloggers Mixer | Hosting The Event


For a while I've longed for something interesting to happen in Coventry. Blogger wise anyway because it's always Birmingham or London and train fare isn't cheap. Plus you always end up going for food and things add up quickly. I've been waiting and waiting hoping something will happen. There have been a few small events which bloggers have been invited to but the turnout was never that good.

I got sick of waiting so I thought 'F**k it, i'll do it myself'. I started a Coventry Bloggers Facebook group and added about 5 people who I knew that were local and blogged that I had seen at previous small events. Since then it's grew, immensely the numbers are over 60 and so many local places are interested in working with me to organise events. I also early on took on my friend Amy from Writing Into The Ether who was keen to help and she has been assisting me with organising things and admin. She also is a whizz on the computer and photo shop so with my contacts and experience and her skills we are a great team.
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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

A Dress For Any Occasion | Boohoo*


Whenever I think of Boohoo I always think of casual clothes because that's what I normally go for. A slouchy tee, jacket or some cute flats. I was browsing recently and discovered they have a occasion wear section. I had no idea and spent ages browsing through. The summer and sunny days are creeping up on us and those days are filled with weddings, graduations and proms. All kinds of events which require a glorious and beautiful dress.
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The Body Shop Base*


I recently needed some new base make up. Of course the body shop popped into my head. I went in to town with the sole purpose of knowing that I was immediately going to pick up the Instant Blur Primer, I don't really use primer, they always seem quite greasy, but I have heard a lot of praise of this product from bloggers, so I thought I would give this a try. I have also heard a lot of good reviews on the tea tree BB cream. I was a bit reluctant at first for the fact it had tea tree oil in.
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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Samoan Joe's Blogger Night Out | Best Cocktails In Coventry*


Coventry has so much to offer but is really lacking on the online promotions, social media and blogging front. I saw this gap and thought, I can do this. I started an online community of bloggers located in and close to Coventry. Most of them didn't even know there were other bloggers in the city and now we have over 50 members and a lot of events planned and in process of being set up. It's been a huge success. One of my best friends Amy who blogs on Writing Into The Ether also manages the group with me and our first blogging event went ahead with Samoan Joes. A local tiki bar.
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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Blogging Breaks & Why I Need Them

Blogging is my passion. I love it and live for it. It's opened up my world in so many different ways and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunities it has given me as well as the fact you guys take time out of your day to sit and read something I've written. I adore you all.

However I'm also so thankful that you continue to come and read my blog even though I do have the occasional break from it, whether its weeks or months. I have had various breaks throughout my 4 years of blogging, mental health, illness in pregnancy or the simple and common bloggers block. You just don't know what to talk about. 

Unfortunately as much as I would like, blogging isn't my full time job. It is certainly one of my top priorities but not the thing I can invest all my time into. I have my normal job in mortgages, a baby to raise, a family to make time for, friends to socialise with all while trying to take blog photos, edit and upload them, think or and write content and then go on social media to engage and share my posts. There just are not enough hours in the day. 

My anxiety has been flaring up lately too, due to all the changes I'm going through right now, returning to work, leaving Lily at nursery when I just want to be with her all day. It just fill's up my mind meter and I can't fit much else in. I'm sure we have all been there and you just need to power through. Which is what I'm doing at the moment. It doesn't help that I've also taken on a sort of organiser role as I set up a bloggers group for my city as we just never had much going on, so I wanted to make stuff happen. So I am organising events, setting up meetings and liaising with bloggers and brands. 

I'm sure as soon as I'm back in the swing of things and got my routine I will get back to posting regularly. You might even be lucky enough to have set days so you know when to come and check! But yeah, I love you all and thank you so much for your patience and loyalty to helping me and my blog. I appreciate it so much.

Have you been through something similar? Let me know in the comments below.


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Saturday, 21 April 2018

How to Match a Rug with the Floor | Interior Design*

Matching a rug with your floor is very important. It not only ensures the style of the rug looks great and works with your current d├ęcor, it also avoids buying a rug that could be too slippery or cause you to trip.
Furthermore, as flooring comes in many styles and colours, you want to choose a rug that compliments this rather than detracting from it. So, there are few things worth considering before you buy a new rug, and your current flooring is one of the most important.
The infographic below from Land of Rugs provides tips for choosing a rug for all the most popular floor types. From laminate to hardwood to tiles to carpets, you’ll find all the information you need to choose a rug that matches your flooring.
This includes how to decide on what colour and pattern works best with your flooring, along with determining the most suitable textures and styles. They’ve covered all the popular types of floors, so you should be able to buy that perfect rug for any type - great for choosing a variety of rugs for throughout the house! You can also get 10% off with voucher code 'blogger01'.



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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Get To Know The Act | Stasia Buckle | Backhaus&Co Comedy


Comedy is a funny thing, literally. It cheers us up on dark days. It's a perfect addition to a date night or night in with the girls. Watching a show live however is a whole new experience. When you are sitting with your friends or partner watching it in the comfort of your own home it's great. You laugh, watch the show and probably enjoy it along with a Chinese takeaway.

A live show however is vibrant, the laughs around the room encase you in positivity and endorphins. As I have mentioned before I'm a regular now at Backhaus&Co's comedy night. It is hosted by Michael Dryburgh, there have been two so far and they haven't disappointed. His choice of acts are spot on and the room is always full of laughter. There is another one on Tuesday 10th April. The acts this month are Adele Cliff, Ben Hanlin, Chris Norton Walker and Stasia Buckle. I was lucky enough to interview Stasia Buckle to find out more about her and her comedy career - see below.
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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Ideal Dresses from Dresshopau*


I love dresses, they really suit my figure and just makes me feel like I am dressed up and ready to party. A lot of my old dresses I have given to charity or threw away so I'm really on the hunt to get some more and fill my wardrobe back out. I want to look at different styles and colours and really try to come out of my comfort zone with dresses. I always go for comfortable and plain. I've been looking around and found Dresshopau. They have such an amazing range for inspiration.
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Saturday, 31 March 2018

West Orchards Canteen Launch | Chopstix


I don't go out to eat as often as I would like now, but I'm making it my plan to start this year to try new places and new food. I always go to the same places and have the same thing. So boring, I need something fresh and new! Coventry is really up and coming with a lot of stuff as of late. Due to being named City of Culture I feel we will have a lot more in store and I will be blogging about it for sure!
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Friday, 30 March 2018

Seven & Eight Month Update | Lily


I know I say this every time I do an update but she has changed so much the last two months it is crazy. Like she's turning into a little person who laughs at certain things and knows what she likes. She's gone through leaps and bounds recently and more than I can deal with. I want my tiny baby back. She seems to have come out of the tiny baby stuff completely especially in these 4 areas.
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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Bella Italia Day Date | Coventry


I haven't been out to a restaurant in a while properly as having a baby can sometimes stop you going out as much. I don't mind it at all it just makes when I do go out even more special. I chose this time and went for Bella Italia as it's something different and you can't beat Italian food although a close second for me if definitely Mexican. We were seated immediately pretty much as soon as we walked through the door which is really good, it was a Sunday though, so wasn't as busy. I find on a Sunday everything is smoother and the staff seem happier as they are not rushed off their feet.
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Monday, 19 March 2018

Backhaus & Co | Comedy & Why It Is Important | Coventry

(Image: Amy Turner)

I was lucky enough to go to the second Comedy night hosted by local Michael Dryburgh at Backhaus&Co. He is certainly one of my favourite comedians I've seen live and it's the same for a lot of other people I've spoken too. Unfortunately on this occasion, Mum duties came into play and I had to leave early so I only saw the first act. The first act was Jon Pearson, he was hilarious and really engaged with the audience which made it even better. My friend that came with me spoke to him a few times during the act and the banter they had was so funny for them and everyone in the room.

As my Mum duties arose and I had to leave as Lily was very upset, I spoke to a few other people that attended the event and got their views. So you really get a lot more views than just mine on this, which is even better!
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Friday, 16 March 2018

Out Of The Comfort Zone


Recently life has been crazy for me, I've gotten out of my comfort zone in full force. I adore being a mum but one thing that has come along with Lily, as it seems to with most new mums is people drift away. They assume you are too busy or don't want to take your baby out so you sit in all the time watching Peppa pig and In the night garden. They slowly stop talking to you and there is really only so much baby programmes a person can watch.
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F**k Off



As you may know from my recent post 'Blonde New Me' I had a dramatic hair change colour. The Daily Mail arranged it for the 'femail' section which is all about beauty, fashion and lifestyle so hair care would really fit in that. You can see the article here. The evening after it was out there was over 400 comments on it. I think I saw one nice comment.

I appreciate putting yourself online opens you up to criticism but this was ridiculous. People saying why bother, they don't look good now, looked better before, why can't people accept themselves how they are. Literal millions of women dye their hair! MILLIONS. I don't care if you think I shouldn't of, that is a personal decision for each individual. Everyone is their own person and can make their own decisions. I have recently gone through a tough pregnancy, adjusting to life as a new mum and not feeling comfortable in my own body. I wanted to do this for me. My anxiety is really bad as well if I wasn't so angry I could be really affected by this.
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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

A Blonde New Me


I was very lucky to get to the middle of February and already achieve one of my goals I set myself. To become blonde. I have never been experimental with my hair, it has either been Brown, Black or the most crazy I went was Red. I wanted something different. A change. I want 2018 to be my best year where I start to look after myself so much better mentally and physically. So, the Daily Mail are doing an article all about changing to blonde from whatever colour your hair may be. 

Mine unfortunately was the most complex as I had the darkest hair colour to go to blonde. And let me tell you they were not wrong when they said I would be there all day. I was at the shoot for the morning to get my perfect before shot. I was so nervous about having a photo shoot but I absolutely loved it! I could easily do this again. After we got the shot and I am pretty sure I look like a housewife we went over to the John Frieda Salon. It took a while to find as it wasn't the most obvious signs but the staff said John wanted it that way. The minimal and sophisticated look and he did deliver. Such a nice place to be and peaceful while you are being pampered.
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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Getting Fit & Healthy | Exercise


My fitness levels have always been sporadic because sometimes I'm lazy and sometimes I'm not. Pretty simple. I do want to work on getting less lazy and exercise a few times a week. There are 3 types of exercises I mainly want to work on.

//01 Yoga

I've dabbled in yoga before and it's amazing how much it helps you mentally and not just physically. You feel relaxed and it's not a vigorous work out but you still burn calories and raise your heart rate which is what it's all about right? I am going to get back into this by watching Tara Stiles on youtube. After my confidence is better and I'm back into the swing of things I will certainly be looking for a class to join.
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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy Mothers Day


It is my 26th Mothers Day as a daughter but my 1st Mothers Day as a Mother myself. This time last year Lily was a little speck in my womb and I couldn't of imagined how much she would of changed my life. For the better of course. Being a mum has taught me so much.

Patience, if she has a poorly tummy or something is wrong the only way she knows how to communicate is crying when she's so little. Lily was never a big cryer but when she did there was always a reason behind it. When I first had her and brought her home, she would cry and I would panic and cry because I didn't want to fail her. As time goes on you learn what the different cries mean. I know her tired cry from her pain cry. It's a learning curve but you need to be patient with them because they don't know any better and rely on you. You also need to be patient with yourself, you will get there, it takes time.
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Saturday, 3 March 2018

It's Okay To Have A Bad Day


As of late I have certainly been having more bad days than good. I've been stuck in a rut and this blooming British snow craziness hasn't helped. Why are we so useless as soon as we see snowflakes. We rush to get storm bread and milk even though we can still leave the house. Meanwhile in Canada they are laughing at us and still go about their daily life in 3 foot of snow. We certainly need to be more prepared or not act like the world will end when we have a little blanket of snow. I mean I don't like being out in snow too much especially when it's icy but that is purely because Bambi must be my spirit animal and I'm pretty sure I have ended up on my ass each time I've been out in snow/ice.
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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Luxurious Lifestyle: How You Can Get It Without Spending A Fortune*

Many of us dream of a luxurious lifestyle. We long for a wardrobes filled with designer items, a home that exudes luxury, and a lifestyle that will have everyone envious of. The truth is, unless you win the lottery not all of us can afford that sort of lifestyle, but it doesn’t mean we have to be without. I wanted to share with you some of the ways you can get the luxurious lifestyle without spending a fortune. Here are my top tips.


Don’t spend what you don’t have

It may seem tempting to put what you want ton to credit or spend money because it is there, but honestly, spending what you don’t have could put you into a worse situation. Workout your budget, spend time to organise your finances like researching online loans for poor credit or consolidating credit card balances into one. Knowing what you have as a disposable income means you always stay within your means for clothing and home accessories. Helping you to afford what you want.

Using YouTube tutorial videos to replicate looks

We often see people looking a certain way or a home appearing in some way that we want to replicate, but analysing your finances may mean that you don’t have the money to buy everything that is needed. This is when YouTube could really help. So many people share tutorials on things like make up, putting outfits together and accessorising your home and picking up different tips may mean you can replicate looks for a fraction of the price.

Search out blogs that compare high street versus luxury

Most of the time, you find in magazines or on TV that certain high end products and items have been used, but there are many blogs out there that research and even compare high end with high streetaltertaibve. These people, such as myself, have done all the hard work for you. Enabling you to make more affordable choices for that luxury look you are hoping to achieve.

Capsule wardrobes are the way forward

As much as we would like, we can’t always completely change our wardrobe as often as the seasons, so this is when a capsule wardrobe can really help you. Enabling you to look like you are creating new outfits, without needing to buy multiple items. This mentality has you investing in key pieces that can be easily mixed with each other and other items you already own. Helping you to achieve seasonal trends and look the part without spending a fortune.

Minimal homes look expensive

Finally, when a home appears clinical, clean and minimal, it can often give off the impression of luxury and expensive. You see the trick to this is less is more, and your home could really benefit from a luxury look by going more minimal. You could use this to get rid of any unwanted things in your home and focus on just the things you love. A luxurious look, less of a price tag, and some unwanted items that you could sell online or donate. Sounds like a win to me.

I hope that this has inspired you to create a luxurious lifestyle without the price tag.

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Muggle Musings | The Big Comfy Book Shop | Coventry


Welcome fellow potter heads, now if you're not familiar with the chocolate frogs and the hippogriffs of the wizarding world, then what on earth do you watch for a magical movie marathon. I've recently started reading the books as I never got around to it and just fell in love. They are miles better than the films and I can see why everyone was complaining. At the time I was like 'oh just enjoy the film'. Now I am there with you, wand in hand demanding extended cut scenes.

My friend Amy who writes over at the fabulous Writing into the Ether set up a Harry Potter discussion group, I was very anxious and kept trying to talk myself out of going but I grabbed my lady balls, did my make up and went. I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb a bit as I didn't think and was pretty much the only one not rocking Harry potter related clothing but I will certainly be wearing it next time. 

The Big Comfy bookshop is certainly my teenage selfs dream place, I wish it was around when I was younger. I can see myself going here a lot more. It has piles and piles of books for sale in a quaint shop with a lot of character. The food and drink from what I had were lovely but everything looked amazing. If you are in Coventry or visit, you should certainly go there for an afternoon. You wouldn't be disappointed. 
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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Backhaus&Co Comedy Night | Coventry


I was very looking forward to the comedy night at Backhaus&Co in Coventry. I don't get out as much since having Lily, which is completely fine but it's a real nice treat when going out now. I enjoy everything so much more. I have never been to a comedy show and a local one would never have crossed my mind.
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Self Care & How I Am Going To Practice It


Self care is a big thing at the moment and it couldn't be more important. I'm so glad people are more and focusing on self awareness and mindfulness. Looking after yourself is so important. Since being a mum I have certainly put my needs to one side because my brain would just be 100% on Lily and what she needs. As important as it is to look after my little angel, I also need to look after myself. You would always be a much better parent when you are positive and in the right mindset.

Self care is different for everyone. You might need a self care day where you sit on the sofa while its raining with a glass of wine or a big hot chocolate and just watch Netflix. Maybe even watch a sad film because you need a good cry. It also could be getting dressed up, going on a night out and just dancing the night away. It is whatever you need it to be.
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Monday, 29 January 2018

Five & Six Month Update


So much has changed in the last two months it is unreal. My little baby has gone and she is getting bigger and bigger by the second. Well, thats how it feels. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster as well. Lily caught Bronchiolitis. It's a horrible chest infection, she was coughing, wheezy and snotty. She didn't really let it affect her mood much though, she still wanted to play and be involved with everything. We ended up at A&E, worrying about her feeding and things like that. But better to be safe than sorry. Her skin has been a real issue as well, her eczema has spread nearly all over her body and flared up for about a week. It's finally started to settle but we have a few scratches on the head where she was trying to itch, poor little madam.
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Saturday, 27 January 2018

Thirty Before Thirty


My early twenties are behind me now. Which to be honest is so scary for me. I'm 26 and have four years before I'm 30. I don't want to go crazy with my goals but I want to set 30 goals before I turn 30 and hopefully meet them all. I will add this post on the sidebar on my blog and tick them off as I complete them, so you will be able to keep up with my progress. Some of them will be simple and some of them will be more challenging. Lets hope I can get them all done!
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Five Tips For A Car Purchase As A Mum

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Now, one of my aims for my 30 before 30 list is to learn to drive and buy a car (post for that coming soon). Buying a car I always wanted a tiny little fiat or mini. Now, that seems very unrealistic. Having 3 doors getting the buggy and shopping in. Fitting the car seat in for Lily. So much has now effected how I will purchase a car. Below are a few tips on how I'm going to be looking for a car as a Mum.
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Friday, 19 January 2018

Beauty On A Budget*


Here are my top three tips to keep yourself looking and feeling beautiful while saving the pennies! Being a new mum and on maternity leave, money is tight. So I am in the middle of saving money and making it go further.

//01 Affordable Make up

I love my Mac and Chanel make up but it's just not feasible to buy a £20 mascara at the moment. There are some affordable brands that still have really quality make up. My favourite are:
  • Make up revolution
  • MUA
  • Primark
There are so many youtube videos of reviews of affordable make up like this from the glamorous Lucy Jessica Carter.
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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Blogging Busybodys & Why They Need To Stop


Blogging is a newish an amazing part of the media. It's taken the world by storm and introduced a more personal and effective way of marketing. I've been blogging for about four years. I would say I have some expertise in it, but I've had so many breaks from mental health and illness my numbers and stats aren't what they could be. I'm okay with that.

One thing that really gets on my nerves is how nosy people are about bloggers and Youtubers or any online creators. Prime example is on Good Morning Britain (you can search it on YouTube), Richard the host asked Louise Pentland outright 'are you rich?' and asking how much she makes essentially. People wouldn't dream of asking that to anyone else and he seemed a bit taken back when she asked him the same question back. I mean, what do you expect?

This new media is almost like a battle for tv and magazines to keep up but some take it too far. They will write about them in any way to get more hits. They are so interested in how much they earn and how they earn their money. IT IS THEIR JOB. Everyone has a job and everyone earns money from it. It is so rude to ask people these types of questions. Period.

I have this all the time. When people find out I'm a blogger I get the same three questions nearly all the time.

  1. So what is blogging?
  2. Do you make money from it then?
  3. How much do you make?


If I was to turn around and ask them how much they make, I'm sure I would be met with a uncomfortable glare. It is the same for anyone. I appreciate it's new and people are interested, but why not ask about what they do, bloggers are so proud of what they do and want to share it with the world. Please don't just ask us personal and frankly uncomfortable questions.

This is 2018, blogging and YouTube has been around long enough now for people to be aware of it. It is also time to learn the etiquette for this matter, although to me it just seems like common sense. If you are a blogger or creator in any sense and get asked this, just ask them it back. It will surely stop them in this busybody-ness. 

Have you experienced this? Let me know in the comments below!


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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Parent


I'm 5 months into this parenthood thing, you pick up so much on the way and adjust to the lifestyle. Some things that I've learnt would of been so helpful if I knew them beforehand. Having a baby is hard work. Yes, they are cute, cuddly and the most amazing thing that you can bring into the world. But it is still hard when you start out. You feel like you've just be thrown into this new life once you leave the hospital and over think everything.

I really wish someone sat me down and told me the real stuff. Most of the stuff I was told was, say goodbye to sleep, which is irrelevant because Lily has slept through the night from 2 weeks and is now on 10 or 11 hours sleep each night plus 2 or 3 naps in the day. The only other thing was how much they cost. Which I very much expected. Below is a few things that would of really helped me beforehand and hopefully will help any mums to be or new mums.

1. Food

One of the main issues I had was forgetting to eat. I would be so focused on feeding Lily, making sure her bottles were ready and timing when I would need to feed her. I would often forget to feed myself in the day. Now I've gotten into the swing of things I prepare lunches and maybe overnight oats for breakfast, something easy to grab and eat. I wish I got some microwave meals or cooked some lunches in bulk when she was first born.

2. Don't over do on the clothes

I didn't buy that many clothes but I did buy a few dresses and things for her to wear if we went out. Now I went to primark but a lot of other people will buy branded and expensive clothes. Majority of the time you are in the house and they are constantly spitting up, or pooing/weeing all over themselves. If you dress them up everyday they you will have a never ending laundry pile. Most days lily is in a long sleeve vest and leggings now, it's comfortable and if we aren't going out it's easy to change her. Also, there are a lot of things she has never worn but grown out of the size!

3. You know best

I was sitting at the bus stop, minding my own business and Lily was upset so I gave her a dummy. She likes them, they settle her. No problem. However, as most people find you get a lot of 'advice'. The old man sitting next to me went on a rant about how he didn't have dummies in his day and it was just big business trying to make money. I listened, nodded my head and just forgot what he said. Always trust your own mummy instincts. You are with your baby 24/7. You know them best.

4. Babies cry

Yes, babies cry, they can't interact any other way. I don't know if I'm different but with Lily, she will only cry for a reason. She's five months old and there hasn't been one time she has cried without an underlying cause. When your out and about, or on a bus and your baby cries, you will get looks. Those people need to get over it. Don't worry about what other people think, just focus on working out what is wrong and cheer your baby up.
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

First post Of 2018 | Hello!


I know we are 10 days into 2018, I would of expected to have about 2 or 3 posts out by now. This year so far has been difficult and tiring. I was full of motivation and it's still there to improve myself and things about myself this year. It has just been a bit side lined. Money is tight after Christmas, Lily has been poorly with Bronchiolitis which is worrying for any new parent. Not only that but I've caught some sort of bug, been really poorly and just got a bad cough now that I'm getting over. I am currently waiting on toe nail surgery which is booked in finally for the 30th January.

I feel like my body just got bombarded with everything. I had the bug, I have a sore toe and I came on. Which obviously meant, cramps, headaches and feeling hormonal. It is just so overwhelming when your body feels exhausted and constantly aching in some way. I'm finally starting to feel a bit like myself although I woke up this morning with no voice but I feel like I'm getting over all of the illnesses and issues.

I think today I will plan some posts, relax with Lily, she loves watching Peppa pig and ben and holly's little kingdom. I also am going to start being 100% healthy and on it, I'm thinking of documenting and starting the youtube videos, but as I said before I need to give myself time for it. Being a full time mummy and adjusting to blogging and filming/editing can be hard.

It is a bit annoying I couldn't be on it from day one of the new year but I guess thats life. Just because theres a different number at the end of the year doesn't mean you need to completely change yourself and then beat yourself up when you fail. I'm not going to get upset about it, I'm just going to recover and then be on it when I am well enough to start.

I hope you have all had a better start to the new year! Bring on the rest of 2018, hopefully it will be a lot better!

Let me know how your start to the new year has gone in the comments below!


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