What I’ve Been Watching on Netflix

I apologise for the lack of posts at the weekend, I was working and time got away with me!

I feel like Netflix has become quite a good friend of mine recently. I probably don’t watch anywhere near as much on it as a lot of other people do, but I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve been enjoying on Netflix recently.

A Series of Unfortunate Events 

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I grew up reading the “Series of Unfortunate Events” books and I was so excited when Netflix announced they were going to make the whole series. I couldn’t wait for season 2 to come out and I binge watched it all over 2 days. I love how they’ve made the series where we see things/blanks filled in a bit better than as you read the books.

Zumbo’s Just Desserts 

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I found this show after watching “Nailed It” on Netflix. I binge watched it all in 2 days. It’s another great show kind of similar to GBBO and I really enjoyed it! 🙂

Nailed It!

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Nailed It is a hilarious show and I loved it. It basically shows people trying to recreate cakes made by professionals, kind of GBBO like… except a much lower standard! I really recommend this show if you love baking! 🙂

The Crown 

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OK, so I haven’t actually finished watching Season 2 yet but I’ve been really enjoying it and can’t wait to finish season 2. I may now start all over again from Season 1 now and rewatch it all 🙂

Great British Bake Off

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I LOVE Bake Off! I only started watching it on series 5 so I have so much to catch up on. I’ve never seen series 1-4 before so I’m enjoying watching it all on Netflix at the moment 🙂

So that’s what I’ve been watching on Netflix lately 🙂 What have you been watching recently? 

P.S. Thanks brother for letting me use your Netflix!

 

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Recent Beauty Buys

I’m not really one for buying “beauty” products. I don’t buy cleansers/toners/make up etc. very often at all, and when I do buy beauty products it is generally limited to shampoo/shower gel/lip balm!

I recently seem to have run out of several things at the same time so today I decided I’d share with you some of my recent purchases.

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Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula – I’ve not used this yet, but next week I am having a minor operation to remove a cyst from my face. I was researching things that can help with scar healing and visibility and this moisturiser was one of the things that came up, so I’ve decided to give it a go 🙂

Batiste Rose Gold – Again, as I won’t be able to wash my hair for a few days after my operation I think dry shampoo will be one of my friends in that time!

Imperial Leather Marshmallow Foamburst – I LOVE this shower gel. It was on Superdrug’s star buys this week at £1.45 a can (rather than £3). As it is limited edition I decided I’d buy a couple of cans to stock up as I love it so much 🙂

Nivea Invisible Deodorant – I’ve been using the same Sure deodorant for years, so I decided I’d try a new one when it ran out. I love the smell of this Nivea deodorant and so far it’s been great 🙂

Zerreau Shampoo – I’ve really fancied trying this for quite some time but never really found a need to. With my upcoming operation and not being able to wash my hair I decided now was as good a time as any to give this a try. It’s supposedly like a dry shampoo in a mousse that you kind of towel dry out of your hair. I’ll probably let you know how I get on with it in another post 🙂

Blistex Intensive Cherry – I usually go for the original of these Blistex lip balms, but they didn’t have my usual so I thought I’d try the cherry one this time. These lip balms are absolutely brilliant for very sore/chapped lips.

Mickey Mouse Compact Tangle Teezer – OK, so this was kind of an impulse buy when Tangle Teezer released their Mickey Mouse range. But it’s actually been useful to keep in my work bag 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed this post, I’m sorry it’s a day late! 🙂 See you all again soon 🙂

 

 

Bake With Me #15 – Mini Egg Cake

I know I’m late to the party and Easter has now been and gone, but I couldn’t resist sharing with you my mini egg cake. In the past 3 years I’ve made quite a few of these cakes and I love making them… Even if it does get a bit expensive buying all the mini eggs to use on it!

It is a great, easy and fun cake to make. Plus it is a yoghurt cake making it incredibly soft and so good! 🙂

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I won’t write out the recipe, because you can find it here: http://www.waitrose.com/home/tv/easter/martha-s-mini-eggcake.html 🙂

But here are a few pictures of the stages of making it 🙂

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I hope you all enjoyed today’s post, and I’ll see you again soon 🙂

Day in my Life

So I’m back… I’ve managed to get some photos from work to tell/show you about a day at work for me 🙂 N.B. I didn’t take these photos on shift, I took them during an afternoon at the zoo.

13:00-14:00 – Leave for work. As I’ve said before, my commute is around an hour (if the traffic is OK), so I tend to leave between 1 and 2pm to allow myself plenty of time for any traffic issues.

15:00 – Arrive at work and either look around the zoo or read about animals. Today I decided to go and look around the zoo for a bit (which is when I took all of the photos in this post).

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15:55 – Sign in/meet work colleagues

16:00 – Head to the lodges where I work & set up ready for guest arrival. Between 4pm and 6pm I talk to guests, check them in, help them with any issues and get ready for the evening 🙂

18:00 – Head out on tour one around the zoo.

Approx 21:00 – Go out on torchlight tour around the zoo. The first few times I did this it was very creepy walking at the zoo in the dark, but I’m used to it now and I love it.

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22:30 – Finish work

23:30 – 00:00 – Arrive back home

So there we have a day in my life at work… kind of. I get up to so much more during work than I’ve shared here purely because I don’t want to ruin any surprises for anyone who may visit us 🙂

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I’m sorry if it was a bit vague, but as I said, I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone 🙂

If We Were Having Coffee #2 (April, 2018)

It’s time for another instalment of “If We Were Having Coffee” 🙂 Loads of you seemed to enjoy my March post, so I’ve decided to make this a monthly thing 🙂

What would you be having to drink/eat? 🙂 I think I’ll have a tea today 🙂

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how much I love my new job and the people I work with. I basically get paid to tell people all about animals and conservation. I love it so much! I don’t so much like to 100 mile round trip to go to work but I love my job.

If we were having coffee… I’d ask you if you have any dry shampoo tips! (Stick with me, I’m serious here), I have a minor operation to remove a cyst on my face in 2 weeks time and I won’t be able to wash my hair while it heals. I’ve never really been a dry shampoo person but I know I’ll be relying on it soon! Please share your tips on how best to use it/what are the best ones?

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’ve basically got over my fear of motorway driving… Well it isn’t really a fear, more of a dislike. But now I have to drive 2 motorways to get to work I’ve kind of got used to it.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you all about how I have a new phone. It was upgrade time last week! I had an iPhone SE and was going to upgrade to another iPhone SE (a bigger one) but mum persuaded me to go for an iPhone 7 instead. I know, my mum telling me what phone to get! I’m still getting used to it but I love it so far!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m falling behind a bit with my blog. The realities of working have hit again and I’m struggling to keep up, so I may go down to posting only once, maybe twice a week.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how thankful I am that my mum has booked me into hotels the next few nights I’m working back to back shifts over three days. As I said, my commute is 50 miles each way, which is long! Especially when it’s 22:30 and you’re tired and just want to get home!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how thankful I am for having supportive parents who are helping me out while I’m waiting for my first pay. I’m shelling out a lot of money on petrol at the moment without any money and I’m thankful for my parents for helping me out with costs. So thanks mum for paying for hotels and filling my car up with petrol today!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m thankful that I get to share my job and excitement with my family and share my interests of animals and conservation with the public. I also can’t wait for my parents to come and visit me at the zoo and take them for their own personal tour.

If we were having coffee… I’d ask you how you are and if you have any news to share? 🙂

Day in My Life – Work Edition 1

So you asked for it and now I’m attempting to deliver a day in my life work edition 1. This isn’t what I do for my *actual* job in this post, but last week I was invited in for an induction session and I thought I’d try and share it as best as I could.

05:45 – Alarm goes off. Start waking up. I have to leave the house by around 06:30 to try and miss the worst of the traffic.

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06:30 – Leave the house. Today I had to de-ice my car though which meant it was probably around 6:40 before I left home.

07:45 – Arrive at work. Surprisingly today’s journey was a good one. It should take me around an hour to get to work if the traffic is good, so I made good time today. I’m not due in to my induction until 9:00 so I sat in the car with my cup of tea and read up some more on the animals at the zoo.

08:50 – Head in to the office and find where I’m supposed to be, only to be told the training starts at 09:30… Anyway, had I left home any later the traffic would have been horrendous so I read up some more on animals.

09:30 – Training starts… Then I won’t bore you with the details of all of this.

12:30 – Head off to lunch. Today HR were “treating” all us newbies to lunch which was nice 🙂 I felt a little out of place in the induction today though as most of the people already knew each other… 😦

13:30 – Head to the train. As part of induction HR had organised us a trip on the train around the zoo. It was good seeing part of the zoo that I hadn’t yet seen before and hearing what the presenting team had to say (as I do a very similar job to them, just in the evenings).

14:00 – Visit the tigers. The tigers are great and they’re so funny (in fact on my shift last night one of them was basically posing for us).

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14:30 – Visit the Asian Rhinos and feed them. This was good fun. I was a bit unsure whether I wanted to try feeding them or not, but I figured you only get the chance once!

15:00 – Go to visit the Sloth Bears and feed them. The sloth bears are incredible. They’re actually only 2 of a handful that are found in zoos.

15:20 – Back to the meeting room to finish off for the day. Again, I won’t go in to the details of this.

16:05 – Leave the zoo to head home

18:30 – Arrive back home

I’m not sure if this was an interesting post or not! As I said, this isn’t what I usually do in my job, I’ll have to get the photos for that another time 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this post, sorry if it was a bit dull!

I’m working tonight, so I can’t promise a post tomorrow, but I’ll be back soon 🙂

March Favourites 2018

I know I say this at the start of every favourites post, but can anyone believe it is April next week?! March seems to have flown by where the last 2 weeks for me have been insane having started my new job!

Out of interest, would anyone be interested in me doing a day in the life post for when I’m working?

So, what have I been loving this month?

Thermals!!! 

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Yes, OK call me an old granny but I get cold easily. We’ve had a fair bit of snow throughout March here and it has been freezing! As well as this I now work 4pm – 10:30pm which is really cold! Safe to say my thermals have been my best friend this month!

Woolly hat

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Back at the start of March I was in the Isle of Man and it was cold… really really cold! My hat that I did have wasn’t big enough to cover my ears so I picked up a new one. This one is lovely and warm and fleece lined!

Sat Nav 

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Since starting work my sat nav has been my best friend. OK, so I now know how to get to and from work sticking to the main roads, but the roads aren’t often my friend. My Sat Nav has traffic and it is great at showing delays on my route as well as showing me alternative, quicker routes. It’s now got me out of slow motorway traffic three times and it was definitely a great investment/Christmas present. (It is a TomTom Go 5100).

Strawberry Hand Gel 

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I love things from the Body Shop but quite often they’re really expensive. Anyway, a couple of years ago I bought this strawberry hand gel to try and I’ve only just got round to using it. It smells lovely and unlike a lot of other hand gels the smell seems to linger on my hands for ages after using it. It’s probably around double the price of usual hand gels but I may treat myself to another one again in the future.

Blistex Lip Balm and Vaseline Aloe Vera Body Lotion

Where it has been cold this month my skin has been suffering badly. But both this Blistex intensive lip moisturiser and Vaseline body lotion have really helped soothe my skin. If you get sore lips I really recommend the lip balm! It works wonders!

Imperial Leather Foamburst Marshmallow 

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I’ve never used a foamburst shower gel before and when I saw there was a marshmallow one out I couldn’t wait to try it. I absolutely love it! It smells fantastic and it really lingers on your skin afterwards.

Baking

I feel like I’ve done quite a bit of baking through March. I’ve made lots of cupcakes, easter nests as well as a pigs in mud birthday cake. Plus today I’m planning on making some banana bread (we have some bananas that are overripe).

My Job

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OK, so as you read this I’ve only done 2 shifts but I know I’m going to love it. Once I’ve settled in properly, done some revision on my animals and know what I’m doing I know I’m going to absolutely love it!

So that’s all my favourites for March. What have you been enjoying in March? 🙂 Also, don’t forget to let me know if you’d like a day in my life at work post? 🙂