Hen Weekend | Center Parcs

Hello and happy Friday!

Hope you’ve had a great week so far. I haven’t posted in a while, mainly because I’ve been so busy travelling back and forth from home to Newcastle. I’ve also just started to get rid of a cold I’ve had for the past week, which has reminded me to book a flu jab asap. 

Last weekend I went to my sister’s hen do in Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest. Me and my family have been here quite a few times for holidays and absolutely love it. It’s only about 30 minutes away from our house, but when you arrive it always feels like you’re in a different world.

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A few of us arrived on the Friday at around 2pm, settled into our cabins and waited for the rest of the hen’s to arrive. We all just had a chilled night chatting with lots of pizza and prosecco. The next day, we split off as some people went to the spa, some went for a walk and some went to the swimming dome. One of my favourite parts of Center Parcs is the dome, especially the rapids. If you don’t know, it’s basically a kind of circuit where you swim down and get dragged along with the current. You end up on top of random strangers, bumping into everyone/everything and absolutely killing yourself laughing.

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Saturday was the main night of the hen do, so everyone got dressed up nicely and we obviously had a photoshoot before leaving for the meal. We’d got a table booked at the Forest Inn. All 18 of us turned up and it was a really relaxed restaurant which meant we didn’t have to worry about being too loud. Other places to eat include Bella Italia (Italian), Cafe Rouge (French) and Rajinda Pradesh (Indian).

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The Bride sandwiched between two Bridesmaids

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I wore my new French Connection jumpsuit which I fell in love with as soon as I tried it on. I paired it with my mum’s New Look shoes (which I’ve now stolen). I couldn’t find the exact shoes so I’ve linked some that are similar. I have a huge love for jumpsuits as you have a whole outfit sorted, so they’re so easy to wear (apart from when you have to go to the toilet on a night out).

I always feel so relaxed at Center Parcs, it’s definitely one of my happy places. As soon as I started driving down the lane with the huge trees shadowing over me, I felt like I took a sign of relief and just immediately relaxed. We all had such a lovely time, none of us wanted to leave and go back to reality.

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I have so many lovely memories at Center Parcs and last weekend is another one to add to my list. Hope you enjoyed this quick post just sharing what we got up to and some of the photos I took!

Have a lovely weekend! Laura xo

 

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Pom Kitchen | Sheffield

Happy Saturday, I hope you’re having a fab weekend!

Today I’m doing a post about a cafe that I’ve wanted to go to for ages. My friend posted a picture on Instagram of her food from here and ever since I’ve been trying to get myself to Pom kitchen in Sheffield.

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The place had a really nice atmosphere to it and is lovely for a healthy lunch or a quick coffee. If you’re a meat lover or aren’t into hipster coffee shops that are great for Instagram, then this probably isn’t the place for you. Whether you’re vegan or not, the food is so tasty and is also really healthy.

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I went for the “Rainbow Bowl” which is a vegetable salad bowl filled with fresh veg, fruit and different types of grains. Yes, it does look amazing and it tastes as good as it looks. They change whats in the bowl depending on what they’ve got in on that day so you may always get something different when you go.

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I love going to smaller cafes in cities as they usually do the best food. If you’re in Sheffield and are wanting somewhere to get some lunch, I’d definitely recommend going here!

Laura xo

Favourite Products | Lush

Lush is one of my all time favourite shops. I love going in and looking at all the different products. The staff are always so helpful and can’t do enough for you. One of the main reasons I love the brand so much is that the products are all made from natural ingredients and are cruelty free.

Charity Pot Moisturiser – Small Pot, £3.75 | Large Pot, £13.95

If you’ve got really dry skin then this moisturiser is amazing. Its very moisturising and oily, so I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with oily skin. You can use it for any parts of your body, but I just use it in my daily makeup routine as a face moisturiser and before I go to sleep.

Another good thing about this product is that 100% of the price paid, apart from tax, goes towards different charities that lush are associated with. By 2014, 4.6 million pounds had been raised for numerous different charities.

Ultrabland Cleanser – £7.95

No other product has come close to being as good as this cleanser in my opinion. If you’re in need of a heavy duty cleanser to get rid of all your makeup, this is the one. It’s a very thick and oily consistency which feels so nourishing on your skin.

Superbalm – £12.95

This is more of a specific product for Psoriasis so if you don’t have it, this is probably quite boring to read. I have scalp psoriasis and have done since I was 14 years old. I will usually have a flare up if I’m stressed or in contact with chlorine (random, I know). I had been using Sebco which is a really thick and greasy cold tar product to treat my psoriasis. I then discovered super-balm, which works just as good to reduce scales, but is so much nicer to use than Sebco as it isn’t as greasy and smells a lot nicer. Highly recommend if you have scalp psoriasis!

Eau Rose Water – £4.95

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I use this product after washing and cleansing my face, or just as a wake up spray in the morning. It’s gentle on the skin, really refreshing and a lot quicker to use than other toners as it’s a spray.

Popcorn Lip Scrub – £5.95

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Lush do really great lip scrubs in loads of different flavours. It’s basically a sugar scrub which tastes amazing. It leaves your lips feeling so soft and I love it for winter when my lips get extremely dry.

Thanks for reading!

Whats your favourite product from lush? Am I missing out on anything?

Laura xo

 

 

Overcoming September Blues | 2017

Happy 1st of September! I know everyone says this but where is this year going?! I feel like I’ve blinked and 9 months have flown by. September blues may as well be an extended version of that “Sunday night feeling” everyone gets. For a lot of people, September means it’s the end of summer and it’s back to school, uni or work. I’ve come up with some reasons why I think September is an exciting month and not one to dread.

Fresh Start

For a lot of people, September can be treated like the 31st of December. A new school year, a new job or a new start at University. As scary as this all may be, it’s also really exciting. You can forget all the stress and worries you’ve had in the previous year and put all your focus on what you now what to achieve.

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This is a great time to sit down and think about any goals you have for the near future. I remember thinking setting goals was such a waste of time in school and it was all very pointless. But trust me, setting goals can really help motivate you to work towards something while also reminding you of what you have achieved so far. Try not to set yourself huge and unachievable life long goals. Instead, set a few short term goals that you know you can actually do.

New Stationery

I LOVE getting new stationery. I feel like there are three types of people in the world; people who aren’t bothered about stationery, people who like it and people who are obsessed with it. I get overwhelmingly excited when I think of how I’ll organise my new year using new pens, notebooks, folders and most importantly a new diary.

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I got this one from TK Maxx. They’ve got some amazing diaries for the new academic year in at the minute, so if you’re in need of one definitely have a look there! I find it so relaxing to plan out my week and writing everything I’ll be doing on a Sunday night.

New wardrobe 

I’ve never needed a formal wardrobe before as I went straight from sixth form to University, where I pretty much rolled out of bed and threw on the comfiest piece of clothing I owned for lectures. So I’ve started to buy some work clothes and it’s made September not seem too bad. I’ve only bought a few bits but even that has got me so excited to start my new job.

Autumn

Some people may say we’re still in summer, but after our classic British summer I can’t help but get excited for autumn. The weather is so unpredictable at the minute, one minute it’s raining and the next it’s clear blue skies. I find it so comforting when the weather gets colder, the jumpers come out and you get your dressing gown on as soon as you walk in the door. After a hectic summer, I’m quite excited to get into more of  a routine.

Declutter your life

I’ve spent the past few weeks giving my whole life an absolute blitz. I redecorated my room and cleared out everything in it. I sold anything of value on eBay, and either donated or chucked the rest of it. I can’t tell you how nice it feels to get rid of all the clutter I’d collected over the 3 years of living in two different houses. When I moved back from Uni, I just had so much stuff that I didn’t need. After a huge clear out, I feel ready to go into a new month, tidy space, tidy mind.

What are you looking forward to most about September? Do you have anything you’re excited to do?

Laura xo

Printable Check List | University #3

With only a month or less left until students start University, I thought I’d make a list for things to take when you’re moving in. I remember feeling really overwhelmed by all the things I might need to take, which is when my anxiety kicked in. What if I don’t have everything I need? What if I leave something I need at home? Where will I buy the things I need?

A lot of lists I’ve seen online include things you definitely do not need – like irons, kettles and toasters. Most accommodations I know of provide these, so wait and see before buying these and wasting your money.

I’ve made a printable checklist of things I think you might need to take to Uni. This means when you’re out shopping or when you’re packing you know what you need to take. Click the link at the bottom of the post to download the PDF – I hope this helps!

– Kitchen –

Frying Pan/Wok Utensils (Spatula, Wooden Spoon, Ladle, Scissors)
Saucepan Bottle Opener
Colander Peeler
Cutlery & Kitchen Knives Grater
Plates & Bowls Tin Opener
Glasses & Mugs Tea Towels
Chopping Boards Washing up liquid & Sponges
Measuring Jugs Tin foil, sandwich bags and storage boxes

– Bedroom –

Pillows Blankets
Duvet Hot water bottle
Mattress Protector Door stop
Bed linen Washing Basket
Hangers (felt ones use less space) Clothes horse
Bedside Lamp Washing powder & fabric softener
Extension Leads Command Hooks
Small bin Fairy Lights

– Bathroom – 

Dressing gown 2 x Smaller towels
2 x Big towels Hand towel
Bath mat Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste)
Toilet Paper Box of Medicine

– Studying –

Laptop Calculator
Notebook Backpack
Diary Printer
Folders Pens

– Other –

Driving license (ID)
16-25 railcard
Suitcase

Click here to download the PDF!


Laura xo

DIY Sunday | Bedroom Makeover

I’ve recently redecorated my room at home and thought I’d share some pictures of it here. Myself and my family moved into this house in August before I went to Uni in September, which meant I never really decorated my bedroom as I spent half my time in Newcastle.

Laura Ashley had a massive sale on where it was 50% off sale items but then another 20% off on a certain day. So me and mum stocked up on all the DIY stuff we’d need, put the radio on and spent a Sunday redecorating.

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I went for a grey theme, which I know is pretty much everyones bedroom colour. I love how clean and fresh it all looks and I find the whole room so calming.

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We painted three of the walls in “dark dove grey” and when we first started painting, I panicked that it would make my room too dark. But once everything was put back in the room it looks perfect. The wallpaper, “Mr Jones”, is a geometric pattern in a grey/truffle colour. I fell in love with this as soon as I saw it and think it goes so well with the grey walls.

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I’ve had this furniture for 13 years and so it was in need of a touch up. It originally was a yellow/cream colour and we painted it using Laura Ashley furniture paint in light dove grey. Before the furniture was all scratched and was showing signs how old it was – but just touching up the paint has made it look brand new.

Hope you enjoyed a little look into my bedroom. Me and my mum had been talking about redecorating for ages but always put it off as it seemed like a massive job. It just shows what you can do if you put your mind to it as we wallpapered, painted all the walls and repainted the furniture in two days.

Laura xo

Summer Party | Gin Bar

It was my nephew’s 5th birthday party a couple of weeks ago and so we had a big family party to celebrate. This basically meant a bouncy castle for the children and a gin bar for the adults, classic.

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My sister came up with the idea of using her shed as a gin bar and putting all different types of tonic and fruit in their to personalise your drink. You could flavour your gin with oranges, grapefruits, lime, lemon, strawberries and blueberries. We also had different herbs like basil and rosemary to use. Once you’d finished making your drink, all you needed was a cute paper straw and you’re all set! Everyone loved the idea and we ended up making some delicious drinks. My favourite was sloe gin, prosecco, elderflower tonic and strawberries.

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We all went all out for the party and so I made some signs to put up for the gin bar and the BBQ. I painted some old fence panels in dark blue paint and then just used a white paint to decorate them. I copied an online font and loved how they turned out! Although if I did them again I might have used a different font, as my family took the mick saying they didn’t know what it said. You can definitely tell what it says 🙄.

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Hope you enjoyed this little post showing some parts to our family garden party!

Laura xo