Maternity Meg | Moses Baskets

 

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Today is a little bit of a wishlist, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at Moses baskets in the past few weeks, so I’m going to share with you my favourite ones.

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1. John Lewis Waffle Moses Basket £35 – I originally chose this one as my ‘cheap’ Moses basket, basically it’d be the one I end up getting if I spend too much else where. However, there are plenty of other places with similar Moses baskets around the same price, I know that John Lewis is a store I can trust when it comes to buying things for Nemo. It’s not pretty and doesn’t have a cute design, but will do the job I need for a couple of months.

2. Clair De Lune My Toys Moses Basket £89.95 – I like the design of the toys, there’s a little bear, and a giraffe which look so cute! It’s definitely at the top end of my budget, and possibly a little too expensive but if I have the money then I would like to buy it.

3. Clair De Lune Palm Moses Basket – Butterscotch £38.95 – I’m not overly keen on the butterscotch colour of this Moses Basket, I much prefer white and cream. However it does come with a stand which makes it a complete bargain. I probably would be much more tempted if it was available in cream or white. 

4. Mamas and Papas White Moses Basket £59.95 – I love the super cute bunny design, it’s very simple and suits either a boy or a girl. It isn’t super frilly and doesn’t have a complicated design. I think this is one of the two which I probably will end up purchasing, Mamas and Papas is a brand I know and which is well known for its baby products.

5. Clair De Lune Wish Upon A Star Moses Basket £49 – Another one from John Lewis, I just think the line ‘Wish Upon a Star’ is perfect. I love that it will go with any theme I choose and will also fit in with my bedroom. It is one of the Moses baskets which I am most likely to purchase, the price is reasonable, and it is probably my favourite Moses basket I’ve seen.

6. 4Baby White Waffle Moses Basket £43.95 – You can purchase this Moses Basket as basket only for £28.95 or add the stand for an extra £15. It’s just plain white, and quite basic like the first basket from John Lewis but when you compare prices this one is just an extra £9 and comes with a stand working out to be better value. I’m just a little unsure about buying from a website which I haven’t heard much about, if you’ve used Online4Baby.com please let me know!

I’ve been looking for unisex Moses baskets, as I don’t know what sex Nemo is, and I also want a Moses basket which is simple without too much colour or a pattern on it. Most Moses baskets require you to buy the stand separately, though I have found a couple which come with stands. I have noticed a lot of stands going for cheap on eBay and also in the Facebook buy and sell groups, usually for around £5. I am a little worried that going too cheap could mean compromising on quality, and I want Nemo to be comfortable when sleeping which is why I’ll probably be going for aMoses basket around the £50 -£60 mark.

Which Moses basket is your favourite?

 

Meg x

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] | Review

 

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I was very kindly sent the Effaclar Duo [+]* by Escentual, at the time I had the original Effaclar Duo on the go and so it has taken me a little while to get to the point where I can review it. I don’t like to open a new product when I have one on the go, and I’m glad I waited as I won’t be going back to the original Effaclar Duo.

I have found since using the original Effaclar Duo the amount of breakouts I get has significantly decreased. Since I started using the Effaclar Duo [+] when I do breakout, I very rarely get spots with a big white head, I might get the odd small one, but there are no big ones to be seen. I’ve also found that they’re not as sore either, when they’re underneath the surface and coming out. I used to get angry red spots, but not any more, I still get red spots but they are not as angry.

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I usually use this after I’ve cleansed my skin, both morning and evening, then I’ll add a moisuriser or night cream on after. If I’m having a no makeup day then I’ll just skip the moisutriser as the Effaclar Duo [+] has a moisturising effect too, and I want to use a minimal amount of products.

I’m planning on repurchasing once, I get towards the end, I love it so much and definitely prefer it over the original Effaclar Duo. Don’t get me wrong I like the original Effaclar Duo but I think the Effaclar Duo [+] does much more for my skin and helps to keep it clearer.

Beth x

Maternity Meg | An Introduction

 

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Hello! I’m Beth’s sister Meg, and Beth is giving me space on her blog to share with you my pregnancy journey. I have thought about setting up my own blog, but I’m not sure I’ll manage to keep it up, and this way I can make Beth help me.

I’m 14 weeks pregnant, last week I had my first appointment with the midwife and was able to hear the baby’s heartbeat. Luckily my mum came with me and insisted they had a listen, she used to be a midwife and had put me at around 12 weeks, and knew that if we could hear the heartbeat then I had to be around 12 weeks.

I had my first scan yesterday, and my mum said you can already see the family nose. I will admit that from one angle the profile made baby look like a dog! It was lovely to see baby moving around.

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I am currently calling the baby Nemo as I don’t want to be calling baby ‘it’ all of the time, plus Finding Nemo is one of my favourite films! I spent ages trying to find a name I could use which wasn’t too common like bump but also didn’t favour one gender over the other. My mum commented that the baby is swimming around inside me which helped me to pick Nemo out of the shortlist of names we had.

I am hoping to share with you the clothes I wear throughout my pregnancy, being young I want to ensure I’m as fashionable as I can be. I will also be sharing with you the home pregnancy workouts I do, as I’m very keen on fitness and don’t want to let this slide while being pregnant. I have been doing a lot of online window shopping for items Nemo needs and the ones I want for Nemo so expect to see wishlists sharing these with you. I am hoping to start buying items soon, as I want to be prepared for when Nemo arrives.

Meg x

#Sunathon Wrap Up

 

My Sunathon Wrap Up

I hate to admit it but this week has not been a good reading week for me, in fact I’ve barely read a thing and have only picked up a couple of books off my Sunathon TBR.

Infinite Sky  – C.J. Flood (page 26)
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell (page 118) Now on page 138
Allegiant – Veronica Roth (page 65) Now on page 69
The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon (page 158)
Red Ink – Julie Mayhew (page 46)
The Three – Sarah Lotz (page 54)

In total I’ve read 24 pages this week. I’m totally blaming it on the weather, it has been far too warm for me to want to do anything after work. I’m so glad it has finally cooled down a little and it’s beginning to feel a little less muggy.

How well did you do during #Sunathon if you took part?

Beth x

Reading Habits | Tag

 

The Reading Habits Tag

I thought that seeing as it’s #sunathon this week, i’d do the reading habits tag which Katie tagged me in a couple of months ago.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I either read curled up on the sofa, or snuggled up in bed. I dream of the day when I have my own library and a big comfy chair to curl up on.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I try to use a bookmark, however on the odd occasion it will be some random receipt I’ve had to hand.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain number of pages?

I prefer to get to the end of a chapter before I stop reading, but sometimes chapters are just too long and so i’ll find a nice paragraph to end at.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yes, I like to curl up with a book, glass of wine, and some chocolate, it makes reading that extra bit nicer.

Do you watch TV or listen to music while reading?

I do pop music or the TV on as I like to have background noise, it doesn’t stop me from getting into the book and then just blocking it out completely.

One book at a time or several at once?

Several at once, my TBR on Monday shows just some of the books I have on the go at the moment. Sometimes I just can’t get into a book, so I like to pick up another one, and then if I struggle with that one another one. If I buy a new book I often just get so excited and need to start it right away. I’ll then flick between the books I’m reading, or just pick up the one nearest to me when i want to sit and have a read. However, reading several at once can mean it takes a while before I finish a book.

Reading at home or everywhere?

I do most of my reading at home, if I’m travelling somewhere i’m usually driving so it would be dangerous for me to drive and read.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently! It really annoys me when people read out loud, and I hated it in school when the teacher made someone read out loud. I just used to read ahead, because it majorly irritates me when people pronounce words wrong, and if I was reading ahead I would just ignore them. Never worked out so well when it came to my turn to read, as I had no idea which point in the book everyone else had got to.

Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

No, you can’t skip pages or read ahead, it’ll just ruin the story!

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Keeping like new, most of the books on my bookcase have spines which aren’t broken. The ones which do have broken spines are favourites which have been read so many times that the spine can’t help but break, or they’re books I’ve bought in the charity shop.

Do you write in your books?

No! I will only write in text books, and even then it’s in pencil. I hated having to write in books when I studied A Level English Lit, I didn’t write in my book and made notes in my notebook.

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to learn a little more about my reading habits, if you fancy doing the tag and sharing yours then please consider yourself tagged.

 

Beth x

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Chocolate Brownies | Recipe

 

On Sunday I headed to Howarth to see my friend Lucy, who was preforming at Cobbles and Clay. We were chatting and decided we would have a tea swap, which then evolved into a tea and cake swap. I think we did give ourselves quite a tricky challenge, I’m gluten free but Lucy is dairy free, which means changing extra ingredients and not being quite sure how they will turn out.

I thought I’d share the recipe with you, one because I think the brownies taste delicious, and two because I was asked for it by a couple of people.

Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Brownes - Ingredients

Ingredients

100g - Dairy Free Spread (I used Pure Dairy Free Sunflower spread)
150g - Dark Chocolate at least 70% cocoa (I used Green & Blacks, it was the only one I could find).
2 tsp - Vanilla Extract
100g - Ground Almonds
175g - Caster Sugar
4 - Eggs, separated

1. Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a 20cm/8 inch square tin, and line the base.

2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.

3. Leave to cool slightly and then add the vanilla extract. 

4. Add the sugar and almonds, mix well until combined.

5. Lightly beat the egg yolks in a separate bowl and add to the chocolate mix.

6. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold a large spoonful of egg whites into the chocolate mix, then fold in the remainder.

7. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until risen and firm on top but still slightly gooey in the centre. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn out, remove lining paper, and cut into 12 pieces.

8. Dust with icing sugar to look extra pretty.

When I was baking these I managed to mix up step 5 and 4, but they still turned out fine! The recipe is one I amended from a gluten and dairy free cook book I have.

BethTinkerbell and Lucy Zirins - Tea and Cake SwapI don’t have a picture of the brownies, so here’s one of me and Lucy with our swap goodies!

Lucy also has a blog where she shares her recipes, you can find it here. I also recommend that you take a listen to Lucy, you can visit her website here and have a listen on Spotify.

I’ve just had the verdict from Lucy on twitter and she says the brownies are amazing! I think you should get baking and bake some of your own.

Beth x

My #sunathon TBR

 

My Sunathon TBR

Sunathon starts today and so I’m going to share with you the books I plan to read. It may look like a lot of books, but I have already started all of these, and I’m going to use the week to challenge myself to complete them.

I’m always flitting between books which means it can take me a long time to finish them, unless it really grabs me and I can’t put it down. I am enjoying all of these books, but I want to finish them before I start reading anymore, otherwise I might never get round to finishing them. I even have a book which I started reading during the last readathon I took part in.

Sunathon TBR

Infinite Sky  – C.J. Flood (page 26)
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell (page 118)
Allegiant – Veronica Roth (page 65)
The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon (page 158)
Red Ink – Julie Mayhew (page 46)
The Three – Sarah Lotz (page 54)

I’ve documented the page which I’ll be starting from so that when I count how many pages I’ve read, I’ve got the starting page written down, and I can’t lose it. I’m not expecting to finish all of these books, but if I do then I have some new ones on my Kindle which I could start reading.

Have you read any of these books or have recommendations for similar ones?

Beth x

Body Confidence Week 2014 Take Two

 

Aly Bongo created Body Confidence Week at the beginning of this year, and she organised a second week, which was last week 7th July –13th July. I really love Body Confidence Week, it’s something we all need, it gives you the chance to take a look at your body and yourself from a different angle. Even if you are very body confident, there’s a chance there’s still something you don’t really like but you have learnt to accept it. Also during the summer we have different body hang ups to the ones we had during winter, as the seasons change so do people’s expectations of what they want to see.

Body Confidence Week is for everyone, anyone can join in just by using #bodyconfidenceweek2014 on twitter, instagram, tumblr, or any other social media which links hashtags.

Each day there was a theme/topic for the photos, and you took one or chose one which for you represented the theme/topic, and then you had to say something positive about the photo. I think that’s such a great way of doing it, you’re putting a photo out there that you might never have shown before, or would normally have deleted straight away, and then you have to look at it closely and find something you like about the photo, whether it’s because your eyebrow game is on point, or you remember how great you felt when the photo was taken. 

Day 1: A photo as you are.

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Day 2: A photo you love of yourself.

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Day 3: A photo you used to be insecure about but now embrace.

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Day 4: An old photo of yourself.

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Day 5: A photo of someone you love.

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Day 6: Beach/Summer wear.

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Day 7: Something we like about ourselves as people.

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If you want to know why I chose these photos, and the positive things I saw in them then head over to my instagram and take a look.

Blog Loving | #1

 

I thought today I could share with you some of the blogs I love, and which I enjoy reading. I’m going to share some with you. They’re not my top blogs or anything like that as I’m pretty sure I’d struggle to choose my top blogs but I would like to possibly make this something I do every once in a while. I know that I love finding new blogs to read, and posts about people’s favourite blogs are often the best way to do so.

Water Painted Dreams

Hayley is a lovely blogger from Scotland, we recently paired up to organise a Summer Book Swap. I really enjoy reading Hayley’s blog as she blogs about almost anything, her book reviews are fabulous, and I usually end up wanting to buy the books she reviews. Hayley also posts OOTD posts, craft posts, beauty posts, and also lifestyle posts about her days out.

Becky Bedbug

Becky is fabulous, and I’m pretty sure most of you will have heard of her, if not which rock have you been hiding under? She’s one of my blogger friends and posts plenty of OOTD posts, she wore the most amazing rainbow dress for London Pride. I also love the way Becky writes, she captures my attention immediately and I can be sucked into her blog for ages rereading posts I’ve already read. Becky also blogs about her days out, she has so many fun ones! If you visit her on a Friday you can expect a book review, and she also writes about beauty.

Vivianna Does Makeup

Anna’s blog is where I instantly head to for my dose of all things beauty. If I fancy a new brow product, I’m instantly there, or I’m not sure which lip colour to try out next, I head over and see which one’s Anna has been wearing and I know that which ever I choose will also look pretty awesome on me too. She also has a YouTube channel and I love watching her weekly vlogs, it’s so nice to see the life behind the blog and YouTube videos.

Frivolous Mrs D

Elena is one of my favourite plus size bloggers, I always want to steal her outfits, she has the cutest of dresses and manages to make separates look super stylish! Elena is a lover of all things 50’s and usually adds a nod to the 50’s in each of her outfits, and looks absolutely fabulous every time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to see some of my favourite bloggers, and I’ll definitely be sharing more of them with you in the future. Let me know if you’d like me to include some of my favourite youtubers too.

Beth x

#sunathon

 

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I’m sure that by now some of you may have seen that hastag #sunathon floating about on Twitter and wondering what it is. Well it’s a readathon starting next Monday for a full week. I love taking part in readathons as it allows me to challenge myself into seeing how many books I can get read, and how many pages.

I think a lot of the time it is so easy for us to get lost in everyday life, and it’s nice to take that time out and enjoy someone else’s story, or even another world. You don’t need to do a lot of reading, the idea is to try and do a little more than what you might normally do. Whether that’s setting aside half an hour one day to do a little reading, or challenging yourself to complete a full book within the week. You might have found that you’ve read nothing but textbooks or journals for months, and now you can take the time to read books you enjoy, rather than something you must read.

Below you can see the official information about #sunathon

From the 21st to the 25th July, book bloggers from all around the world will be taking part in #sunathon. What is #sunathon? Created by Emma Louise (@EmmaIsWriting), for that particular week in the gorgeous sun (or rain in you’re in the UK), we’re going to read. It doesn’t matter how much you read, as long as you make time for reading. There are a lot of people around the world who are blind to the magical world books and it’s a shame. More of us should read. I’ve decided to make it a full week: Monday-Sunday because a lot of book bloggers have full time jobs and they squeeze reading in between. I’ve made it longer just for them.

I hope some of you will join me in taking part in #sunathon, and I will be sharing with you the books I want to read next week.

Beth x

Geek Girl | Book Review

 

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Geek Girl is about Harriet Manners she doesn’t have many friends at school, she has her best friend Nat and her stalker Toby. On a school trip she stumbles upon the world of modelling, and has the chance to reinvent herself but doing so will mean she is stealing the dream Nat has had since she was a child.

I feel as though I am too old to be reading this book. I didn’t manage to complete the book as part way through there’s a moment when someone is telling Harriet to do something which is going to embarrass her, that just makes me cringe and I couldn’t bring myself to continue reading. I am that person who can’t watch Hollyoaks as it is far too cringey, when I can predict what is going to happen and it’s not a good outcome then I can’t bring myself to watch or in this case read!

Although Geek Girl isn’t for me I can see the appeal, the book is well written and I found myself laughing at some parts of it. As a teenager in high school there will be so many similarities, or some you remember from your high school days. I think we all remember school trips being the best days. along with non uniform days. I’m sure every school still has the popular clique and the geeks, along with all the other cliques which go along with being at school.

If you’re a young teenager 13/14 then this book would be great, and I know that when I was that age I would have really enjoyed it but at 22 it’s just not for me.

Beth x

#BloggersTeaspoon

 

This post has been a long time coming which I do apologise for! I’ll keep blaming those pesky deadlines, though finally they are out of the way for summer.

At the beginning of May I headed to the North East to spend the weekend with Kathryn, however today I am going to be talking about Bloggers Teaspoon the event we attended. Bloggers Teaspoon was organised by Rachel and Becca but not only was it a bloggers event, it was also to raise money for Lupus UK. Rachel has Lupus and so they decided to combine a bloggers event with raising money for an excellent charity. It’s an ingenious idea, as bloggers we all love getting together and either catching up or getting to meet new bloggers, which of course is fantastic but being able to do that and support a charity is just so simple and effective. We raised £200 during the event!

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As you can see in the picture above the cakes looked lovely! I didn’t get to try one, but I heard good things from those who did.

It was lovely to see Emily again, she’s a babe and I love her. I also got to meet many lovely new bloggers too Charlotte, Louise, Jay, and many more who I can’t remember off the top of my head, sorry!

The event was at the Salsa Cafe, somewhere i’d never been before, seeing as i’ve never been to Newcastle. It was very nice, and if I went back to Newcastle i’d definitely pop in for lunch. We had tea from Teapigs, lots of delicious flavours to choose from, though I went for a simple green tea, Kathryn went for the popcorn tea, I need to try it there’s corn in the teabag which pops into popcorn which is amazing! I’m sure I spotted a chocolate tea and a caramel one too! I must admit I haven’t tried many Teapigs teas, mainly because I can never choose which one to go for, I wish they did a box with a sachet of each tea and then I can try them all. 

I had great fun drinking tea and chatting with bloggers, it was just perfect. I wish I lived nearer so that I could have tea with everyone again.

If you want to know more about Lupus then head over to Lupus UK where you can find all of the information you need.

Tink x

Liebster Award

 

I have been nominated by the lovely Katie and Simone so I will be answering both lots of questions, eek! Do go and check them both out, if you’re a book lover then Katie is for you, and if you love beauty then head over to Simone’s blog.

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Both sets of rules were a little different, and I’m going to change it up again by just answering both sets of 11 questions. You are also supposed to write 11 questions and tag 11 bloggers, so what I will do is leave you 11 questions to answer and if you wish to take part then you can do with a tag from me!

Katie’s Questions

1. What’s the last book you read, and what book are you currently reading?

I just finished a book this morning which was Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine. I am currently reading a number of books, The Three by Sarah Lotz, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz by Thomas Harding, The Book Thief by Makus Zusak, and Half Bad by Sally Green. They are the ones which I can remember I’m reading, there are possibly more. 

2. How do you organise your TBR pile?

I organise my TBR pile by genre, so that I can go straight to the books which suit the mood I’m in.

3. What is your favourite genre, and why?

I guess my favourite genre would be historical fiction, I love books like The Island, or Tuscan Rose which are set in present day but have a story within them which is set in the past. I really loved Code Name Verity which had two parallel stories in it which were both occurring during the same time. 

4. Do you like watching film adaptations of books?

I do enjoy watching film adaptations, but as you’d expect I do get rather annoyed when they miss out parts of the book which I think are important and should have been kept in. It infuriates me when they change the story.

5. If you could live as your favourite character for a day, what would you do?

Oooh, I don’t know which character I’d choose. I’d like to be Fred or George, because I’d be able to cause so much mischief and use magic!

6. Have you met any authors? If not, who would you like to meet?

I met Gervase Phinn when I was in Primary School he came to do a talk and read from a couple of his books.

7. Paperback or Kindle?

I love both, when I’m at home I will generally choose a paperback book to read. I do love to read my Kindle in bed, the cover has a built in light which only lights up the kindle screen so that the rest of my room is dark, and I can stay snug and warm cause I can use the same hand to hold it and turn the pages! I also love my Kindle for travelling, it’s small to fit in my bag but easy to pull out on the train for a read.

8. What is the longest book you’ve read?

I honestly have no idea which book is the longest one I’ve read.

9. What is your favourite book series?

I obviously love Harry Potter, but I also love the Dancers series by Lorna Hill which follows Annette D’ancy, I have only ever owned the first 4 books but have read them a huge number of times.

10. If you opened a book shop, what would you name it?

I’m thinking Tinkerbell’s Treasure Trove of Tomes, just because I really love the alliteration.

11. You’re stuck on an island, and can only have one book to read. What book would you choose?

Only 1 book, are you insane? I think I’d have to cheat and choose a bind up, and I know there isn’t one but a bind up of Harry Potter would suit me through most moods.

 

Simone’s Questions

1. Do you like your first name? If not, why not?

It’s okay but I also really like the name Mary.

2. Why did you start a blog?

I started a blog because I’d been reading a few and wanted to have a go!

3. Is there anything you won't mention or talk about in your blog?

Nope, I’m sure there will be something's I haven’t talked about but just because I haven’t done it rather than it being something I won’t mention.

4. What makes your blog unique?

It’s written by me! I think the person behind it is what makes each blog unique.

5. Where do you live?

I live on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire, which makes it pretty handy because I can go to Leeds or Manchester for meets and events.

6. What is your dream job?

My dream job has always been to be a teacher, and I’m on my way towards that.

7. What is your favourite kind of music? Name some of your favourite bands.

I don’t have a favourite kind of music, it’s constantly changing. I’m currently addicted to Colton Dixon, Lady Antebellum, Lucy Zirins, but that’s just what I’m playing in my car at the moment.

8. Who is your biggest inspiration?

A tricky question, I don’t know what is or who is my biggest inspiration

9. Kebabs - yes or no?

No!

10. Do you have any piercings or tattoos? Tell us about them.

I have piercings, my ears, nose, and nipple. There’s nothing to tell really, I wanted them so got them done.

11. What is your favourite pizza topping? Thin crust or deep pan?

Pizza is the evil word! Deep pan is my favourite but you cannot buy gluten free deep pan pizza, I love a classic margarita topping. 

My Questions

1. Your favourite drink to have while reading?

2. Your favourite beauty product?

3. Stationary or shoes?

4. Your favourite TV show?

5. Cooking or baking?

6. Your favourite cocktail?

7. Which blogs do you have to read every time they post?

8. One song you can’t stop listening to on repeat?

9. Wardrobe or floordrobe?

10. One book you would always recommend that others read?

11. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

I hope you’ve managed to learn a little more about me, and feel free to count yourself as being tagged by me!

Beth x

My Handbag Essentials

 

My Handbag Essentials

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has a few things which are essential they carry around with them? I thought that today I would share with you what my essentials are.

My Handbag Essentials

Clear Makeup Bag – I use this simply because it fits everything in that I like to carry. I picked it up in Superdrug and it came with travel sized bottles and tubs so that you can decant your own products into them for taking on the plane.

Hand Gel – I like to have a hand gel with me, as sometimes there’s no soap in the public loos, or you’ve got to touch a lot of things other people have touched and then eat food with your hands. Plus, it’s just nice to know you have clean hands.

Scrunchie – I got the scrunchie in my Leeds May Meet goodie bag, I like to carry around a few bobbles and kirkby grips so that I can easily put my hair up out of the way.

Clear Lip Balm – My current one is from E.L.F and is a clear balm for when my lips are getting a little too dry. I like to know that I’ve got one just in case I ever need it. 

Bronzing Brush – Another Superdrug purchase, I wanted a brush which was small and would fit in the makeup bag, but was still a good size to use with powder. All the powder brushes had handles which were just too long.

Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder – I always carry a translucent powder as I have oily skin so sometimes can get a bit oily, so it’s easy to top it up a little while i’m out.

Haughton Greene Skin Balm – I use this as a hand cream and it’s in a little tin which is easy to carry around, but once I’ve finished it up i’ll be going back to my hand cream stash and carrying a mini one around with me. I did a review on the skin balm which you can see here.

Compact Mirror – I would imagine it’s pretty obvious as to why I carry this around with me, at some point I’m going to need one whether topping up my lippy, or getting rid of my shiny face!

First Aid Kit – In the little bag which says skin food, is my little first aid kit, so plasters, painkillers, and my meds. I can’t leave the house without this little bag otherwise it can all go a little crazy!

Lipstick – I didn’t add one to the photo which shows everything inside my bag, but I always add the lip colour i’m wearing in to the bag so that I know exactly where to find it when it comes to topping up.

What are your handbag essentials?

Beth x

20 Things To Do This Summer

 

20 things to do this summer

I watched this video by Alfie of PointlessBlog and basically decided to pinch the idea! I’ve created a list of 20 things which I would like to do this year, and each time I do them I’m going to take a picture, so that at the end of the summer we can see how many I achieved, and you can see me doing it.

1. Eat an ice cream.
2. Go to the beach.
3. Go to Bolton Abbey.
4. Toast Marshmallows.
5. Go bowling.
6. Cook something new.
7. Try a new fruit.
8. Create a Summer playlist.
9. Have a Barbeque.
10. Play mini/crazy golf.
11. Cut in a full fringe.
12. Go on a picnic.
13. Give blood.
14. Buy fresh flowers.
15. Do yoga.
16. Try a new tea.
17. Buy a book which I’m not sure I will like after reading the blurb.
18. Make ice cream.
19. Do something out of my comfort zone.
20. Have fun with friends.

As you can see some of them are easy to do, while some will be a little harder. I would love to be able to achieve all of them, but we shall see how things pan out over the summer.

Is there anything which you want to achieve this summer?

Tink x