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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

A New Adventure!

One of the things I really wanted to achieve this year was to be more creative, at first I thought this would just be through planners, maybe some journalling and scrapbooking, I just wanted to create more. Then I got thinking, I researched a few YouTube videos and decided I would go for it, I decided to make my own Minnie Mouse ears!

I thought about it for a while, planned out what I would need and sort of how I wanted to go about it. I made a list, obvs, of what I needed and what themed ears I wanted to do. I started off with some basic Minnie Mouse ones, for a first attempt I was really happy! Black with a Pink Bow, naturally, and I absolutely loved having a finished product to show the time and effort I put into it!

I have since made some Elsa Inspired - Ice Princess Minnie Ears, Ariel Inspired - Underwater Princess Minnie Ears, Velvet Ears and the Classic Black. I have so much material that I can get creative with, and the colours of ribbons are pretty lush!

I am also creating some Minnie Ears with these beaut fabrics! I can't even pick a favourite fabric, but I will also be doing just plain Mickey Ears without the bows in both the Mickey Mouse and Toy Story fabric, as well as a Classic Black too.

This is something I have become so passionate about and have fallen in love with creating the Minnie and Mickey Ears, it takes a lot of time and concentration but the finished product makes it so worth it! It makes me want to make Alice in Wonderland print skirts! Baby steps...!

Ears Are A Wish Your Heart Makes has been born, it's still in the baby steps stages and I am just having fun creating the ears for now! I have created an Etsy, any support on there would be fantastic! The link is here. Prices are currently as low as I can have them while I get myself up and running, even a favourite on Etsy would mean the world!

I cannot wait to share future designs! If you have any themes you want to see, let me know! 

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Monday, 19 February 2018

New Year New Me January Degustabox

It's February, obvs. But literally is time moving fast or what?! I can't believe that it is the middle of February already, however it has been quite the whirlwind of a year so far. So much has happened but I almost have the feeling that I haven't achieved much even though I have. 

The January Degustabox was all about New Year New Me, and I honestly think this theme to the box is one of my favourites! Although there is Easter coming up which is always very exciting!

I am really one of those people that are not about the New Year New Me, but I do also get it. It's an excuse to try that new thing you have been putting off for some time now!

I loved January's box on the whole and it has given me another chance to find some new healthy products.

Mahtay Yerba Mate Sparkling Tea
I loved this! I love iced tea anyway as it's so refreshing so this sparkling tea was right up my street. The drink has a blend of ancient energy - giving properties of South American yerba mate with coconut water and a├žai berries to deliver refreshing taste, natural energy and supportive health benefits.

Clipper Everyday Organic Tea
So tea is probably one of the best hot drink ever, am I right? This little sample was so good! It was such a rich yet delicious tea, and is just a little better than your standard cup of tea. They also use unbleached tea bags and are made with pure, natural ingredients which is always so good to see. How do you have your tea?!

Pulsin Vanilla Choc Chip Protein Booster
If something is chocolate chip then I am pretty much sold already. These protein boosters are perfect for that extra dose of protein but tastes delicious! To me it tastes just like cookie dough but also has dairy free chocolate chips in it which definitely is a bonus. It gives 13g of protein too which will definitely fill that mid-afternoon hunger!

Pulsin Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
This is a brand new product perfect for anyone who has protein shakes. The protein powder is filled with essential amino acids and high in calcium to refuel after a good gym. It has 22g of protein per 25g serving. It is also vegetarian, low fat and no added sugar. I have been assured by Phil that it tastes just like a Vanilla Milkshake!

Lighterlife Fast Ready To Drink Shakes
I have previously seen these products in Superdrug and have often wondered what they are all about - Now I know! It's a diet to work around you, 2 days a week replace all your meals with 4 Lighterlife Fast products. These shakes can be enjoyed as part of the plan, as either a quick protein hit or meal replacement. I am definitely intrigued by this plan and will take a look when I am next in Superdrug.

Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettucine
I was so excited to try this, I love chickpea pasta so I thought this would be something I would enjoy. It gives a high amount of protein and fibre per serving with a low level of carbohydrate. I personally was not a fan, the texture was great for me but the taste was not as great, it was just a bit too strong for me, I would be interested if they had other flavours though. 

Mallow & Marsh Coconut Marshmallow Bar
I cannot even describe how excited I was to see a Mallow & Marsh product in Degustabox this month! I have always wanted to try their products and I absolutely love Marshmallows so this was very exciting. The marshmallow quite literally melts in your mouth, it's so delicious. The products are handmade in England and use only natural ingredients and are under 100 calories each, winner!

Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks
I have tried a few Wild Planet products now and I have loved them all. I read on the packaging that they advise not to drain the small amount of juices they leave in the tin, and to mix it in with the tuna for added flavour and nutrition as there is loas is Omega 3-rich juices. So I tried it out in a pasta salad (yes very basic over here) and it made it taste so much better.

Latin American Kitchen by Santa Maria
Chipotle Mayo Topping & Colombian Crunchy Chicken Bites Seasoned Corn Coating
More products from Latin American Kitchen! We really enjoyed the last lot of products with the rice and sauce for chicken, it was so yummy. I can't say I am a massive Mayo fan, but this would perfect for anyone who likes a bit of a kick with their Fajitas. However the Chicken Coating is a massive hit! Phil and I love these types of things, so we absolutely loved making these. It is a mild blend, but it also has a bit of a kick to it which is perfect. It's so crispy and I love that you cook it in the oven rather than fry it.

Jordans Juicy Red Berry Frusli Bars
These are new to me and I thought Jordans only did Cereals, but they now do cereal bars! I loved red berries so I really enjoyed these, with cranberries and raisins mixed up with wholegrain oats, it was really delicious and the perfect snack to boost your energy.

Robinsons Fruit Cordial 
Ever since the last bottle of Robinsons in a previous Degustabox, I have been really enjoying them. I love all the new flavours that they are bringing out, it makes a difference from your Blackcurrant or Summer Fruits (still really rate Blackcurrant though). The brand new Robinsons Fruit Cordials are a sophisticated squash! They combine real fruit and botanical flavours and come in a glass bottle so you feel all fancy. 

Hersheys Cookies N Creme 5 Pack Snack Pack
Mmmm, this was a very happy surprise to find in the box! I honestly forget we can get some American Candy over here and I must say I do love the Cookies N Creme Hersheys, it is very very sweet so not something I could eat all the time but it does hit that sweet chocolate fix. I like that it actually has bits of cookies in it, mixed in with the white creme. BRB, just going to eat another one!

You can use the code PU9SR, to get your first box for only £7.99, I can assure you it is worth it!

*The box and its contents were kindly gifted by Degustabox, but as always, all views and opinions are my own.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018


Welcome! Oh my, it has been so long since I've posted a little life update, so here it is..

2018 is hopefully going to be a big year. I know it already, there's lots I would like to achieve and I'm not going to lie, because of how public my blog is and I am unsure of who reads it, some things I need to keep quiet for now. However, that's not to say there isn't a lot I can share with you!

While Phil and I would love to go on holiday's and go on trips away, some things need to be cut to save money, so that's what is being cut for now, because we plan to move out this year! We actually went to look at a couple of flats today, and while we found something completely perfect for us, right this moment is not quite the right time, and hopefully a couple of months down the line we will be able to find something similar that we love! We've come up with a beaut little plan that we're going to be working towards in the next few years, like we actually had a full on adult conversation about it...not sure I'm ready to be this much of an adult yet but we might as well give it a go. We're fortunate we've already been offered some bits of furniture by family and we have a lot of the rest figured out, which is enough to put my mind at rest for now.

I have also rejoined Slimming World, for the moment it feels like the best choice to make. Each week I can be held accountable for my weight loss, not that I wouldn't anyway, but it's quite good to go in each week and be able to come up with a plan for the following week. I can't say this week has gone to plan as I would have hoped, I had everything planned out but where I haven't eaten at times I normally would, it has thrown me off a little bit! I am very excited and I most definitely plan to continue going and come up with a plan for the next few days and weeks to maximise my weight loss. I've decided it's best to plan for only a few days at a time, otherwise it just does not happen!

Lastly, Studying and Blogging. Studying has to be my focus at the moment, I've got some big assignments coming up and I am also starting a new Maths module, yes Maths, I can't say it went well last time but this module reminds me of basic A Level Maths so I'm hoping with a lot of paying attention, this one will go well! Blogging is still happening, I haven't disappeared just yet but it's coming along slowly. I have plenty of Blog Posts I want to write, I still have some beaut pictures from my Disneyland Paris trip last year, is it too late to upload those?!

What are your 2018 plans?

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

December Degustabox

It's Degustabox time! The December box is just in time for the new year, in my opinion, this box is very slightly a healthy one! It makes me very excited for the new year to try out some new and healthier foods, there are some protein and energy nut mixes, some sleep well milkshake, some gluten free products and some cheeky dark chocolate! Not massively healthy then...but still very slightly, sort of a mixture of both! On with the delicious products in this box.

Planters Nut Mixes:
I opened these and instantly thought of Phil, yes I'm a super caring girlfriend! There were two mixes, an energy mix with chocolate covered honeycomb, brazil nuts, walnuts & peanuts and theres was a protein mix with two kinds of peanuts, cashew nuts & almonds. The energy mix is right up my street and I know Phil would love the protein mix, both of which would work perfectly for what we need, I constantly need an energy boost at work and Phil is always after a healthy protein fix.

Sleep Well:
I am very intrigued by this drink and will be passing it over to Phil to test for me! The amazing drink tastes like vanilla milkshake, it is made with Jersey milk and honey and valerian. The valerian is a herb that helps people to relax and sleep and has been used for 2000 years, it is the first I've heard of it but it should definitely work! It can be drunk hot or cold but I imagine it would taste amazing warm!

Candy Kitten Gourmet Sweets:
I was super excited when I found these, they are Gluten Free sweets that taste of Sour Watermelon. I have been meaning to try these for ages and have just never gotten round to it. These Gourmet sweets have natural colours and flavours and definitely have a gourmet price at £3, but I can assure you that as a treat to yourself they are so worth it.

Popchips Galactic Puffs:
Star Wars shaped pop chips?! Oh my!! I was so excited when I pulled these out, I showed Phil and he was also excited, so it would be rude not to share them! I received the Sour Cream and Onion flavour in my box, it's not one that I would choose regularly but as a once in a while flavour it was yummy.

Ryvita Lightly Salted Rye Cakes:
I really enjoyed trying these, they remind me of rice cakes but a little bit thinner, they are made with popped wholegrain rye, and they are naturally high in fibre and low in fat, making the absolute perfect healthy snack addition! I loved having some tuna and cucumber on these as a snack!

Taking The Pea:
I received the Smoked Ham flavour in my box, and I was very grateful since I have tried the Wasabi flavour before. I love these as snacks! They're small pea snacks and contain more protein than crisps and less fat than nuts which make them the most ideal snack.

I love these juices and drinks! I got Orange in my box, and I love drinking OJ at this time of year as it is so important to try and stay as healthy as possible in the cold weather and with all of the bugs going around!

Robinsons Fruit Creations:
I received the Pear, Blackcurrant & Cherry flavour in my box, not some fruits that I would always put together but I am absolutely in love with the combination. These flavours are aimed at the adults among us and it did not disappoint. It is packed full of fruit and is not weak at all which is delicious!

San Miguel 0.0%:
Another alcohol free beer! And another one for Phil! It's quite nice to have versions of beer and wine that are typically alcohol which have no alcohol in them, for some people at least! But in all seriousness, you get the wonderful joys of Beer without the hangover in the morning.

Mary Berry's Foods:
This was very exciting to unwrap and perfect timing for being healthy in the New Year! The Lemon and Mustard Seed Vinaigrette works well with all salad combinations, I can imagine it tasting delicious with Tuna or Chicken though. Their suggestion is with smoked salmon and potato or pasta salad.

Willies Cacao Black Pearls:
Ooh how luxurious do these look?! I received the delicious Sea Salt Caramel, coated in a fruity Chulucanas 70 Dark Chocolate, little pearls of heaven! These are truly delicious, you don't need too many but boy do you always want more!

Honestly one of the best boxes received, I'm so intrigued by all the products in this box!

You can use the code PU9SR, to get your first box for only £7.99, I can assure you it is worth it!

*The box and its contents were kindly gifted by Degustabox, but as always, all views and opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Reflecting on 2017

This year has been completely crazy, it's been a rollercoaster for sure, with some of the best memories I have but also the not so good. One of those things eh?

One of my highlights was getting to go to Disneyland Paris with Phil over my birthday, but we have done so many more exciting things this year as well! I've progressed in my career as well and had the opportunity to work for another company and learn a lot from it as well!

While there have been some things this year that I haven't achieved, I have achieved a lot regardless. And I will probably go in to the New Year with a slightly different approach, with my goals in mind and working on myself and my happiness as the most important things instead of other goals.

So Phil asked me last week what do I want to achieve next year, and it got me thinking, a lot. Like what do I want to achieve next year? So here it is:
  • Save More Money
  • Move in with Phil
  • Lose Weight & Be Healthier overall
  • Be More Creative

It's not much, but it's enough. I have plans in place for all of them, saving money will ultimately lead into moving in with Phil and getting ourselves set up with what we need! Being healthier both physically and mentally is a high priority for me, I need all of the meal ideas and to be more active, with work recently it's been so difficult but I'm going to use knowledge of those around me and if I need to seek help further afield then I will, I'll do anything it takes. I also want to be more creative, it's such a good outlet for me and I hope to share more as the year goes on. 

Phil and I have many plans of what we want to do together in the years to come and it makes me so excited for the future, we are hoping to do another trip to Centerparcs next year, something affordable and something we will both enjoy, hopefully in May it will be slightly warmer too!

What are your plans for 2018?

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk - Salisbury Playhouse

It's that time of the year again, Panto season! Phil and I absolutely knew we had to go see Jack and the Beanstalk* at Salisbury Playhouse, and I can assure you we were not disappointed in the slightest. 

We have been doing what seems to be turning into a yearly event of the Panto, going to Christmas Markets, seeing friends, decorating the tree and basically having no free time in December whatsoever! I'm ok with that, it is the most wonderful time of the year after all.

We were so warmly greeted from the moment of getting our tickets and programme, we flicked through it while waiting to get our drinks to take in and then took our seats, took in the incredible set that sat in front of us and waited for the Panto to start. Basically our classic "what we do when we get to the Playhouse" scenario.

Jack and the Beanstalk is one of those classic Panto's, it is always on somewhere and it's also a play that I did when I was in Primary School, ya know back in the day. So it's a story that everyone knows well these days! 

After the success of Aladdin last year, I honestly did not think that it could be topped, now it doesn't happen often, but it does happen occasionally...I was wrong! As our favourite character last year was Widow Twanky, played by Richard Ede, I cannot even tell you the look on our faces when we saw him walk on stage again playing Dame Trott this year. It was definitely one of those picture moments! 

The acting was absolutely flawless, except for when they all had a tongue twister that went a little bit wrong as the Actors and Actresses were clearly enjoying themselves so much! They were so professional about it and completely went with it and the audience loved it, so I would say it was a win all round. 

Their singing and dancing was also amazing! The whole cast were so talented and it was truly a pleasure to watch!

I'm sure I said the same last year but this did not feel like we were watching a Panto in Salisbury Playhouse, it was so much fun!

Jack Trott - Sam Harrison
Princess Jill - Tanya Shields 
Dame Trott - Richard Ede
Pat the Cow - Laura Crowhurst
Fortuna - Jemma Geanaus
King Crackpot - J.J. Henry
Nightshade - Steven Serlin
Giant - Himself
Ensemble/Swing - Andrew Ahern
Ensemble/Swing - Liberty Buckland

Thank you so much to Salisbury Playhouse again for inviting us, we had an incredible time and couldn't have asked for a better evening! You can get tickets to the performance here, which is running from 2nd December to 7th January.

*I was kindly gifted Press Tickets to Aladdin at Salisbury Playhouse

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