Chilly’s Bottle Vs Moon Bottle

So these kind of insulated drinks bottles seem to be the new trend and I decided to join it!

During May half term I worked extra at work and I was standing in a 35°C marquee for hours in a row. I just wanted cold water and the cold water I’d topped my Camelbak water bottle up with didn’t last long. So many of those I was working with had Chilly’s bottles so I decided it was time to try.

Please note these are my own opinions and this isn’t a sponsored post in any way!

So firstly I decided to get the Moon Bottle. 

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The moon bottle is a 500ml bottle which comes in a few different colours but annoyingly only one size. It says it’ll keep things cold for 24h and 12h hot.

In terms of price it is currently priced at £16.99 so actually pretty reasonable and affordable. The packaging was pretty good. The outer box is recyclable but the bottle was actually in a plastic bag inside the box so the packaging isn’t entirely recyclable.

I’m not sure I’d want to try it for hot things (maybe hot squash) because I think it would be a bit difficult to clean as the neck isn’t that wide. I haven’t tried it for hot things but I can tell you it kept my fridge cold water cold for at least 12 hours (I haven’t tried longer than that). It also doesn’t leak which is brilliant.

It does look quite appealing and it is quite a good size for throwing in your bag, but personally I wanted something a bit bigger for work which is why I bought the Chilly’s bottle.

Chilly’s Bottle

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The thing that put me off buying a Chilly’s bottle right away was the price difference. My 750ml daisy print bottle here cost £30. That’s double the price of a Moon bottle. But I love it and in time I know I’m going to be so glad that I bought it!

So Chilly’s bottles come in so many different colours, patterns and sizes and there is one for everyone. They range from around £15 through to £30 with different sizes and patterns costing different prices.

It took quite a long time to come from ordering the bottle but it was well packaged and 100% of the packaging is recyclable.

As with the Moon bottle, the Chilly’s bottle is supposed to keep water cold for 24h and things hot for 12h. I tried this for the first time and it kept my water fridge cold for 18h, so I’m pretty happy that it’ll keep it cold for longer. Again, I’m not sure I’d want to try it for hot but I’m sure it would work.

It is also leak proof. It hasn’t leaked on me yet and I really like it. At 750ml this bottle is so much more practical for me at work and I can’t wait to take it with me for the first time this weekend.

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So would I recommend either of these? Yes, definitely. They both do what they’re supposed to do and I love both of them. Personally I think I prefer my Chilly’s bottle because of the size and the pattern, but at the same time the Moon bottle does the same thing. The only issue is the massive difference in price, but then they both feel pretty robust so I’d like to think they’ll last a while!

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5 Things I’ve Learnt Since Graduating

It’s been 6 months now since I graduated from my Masters and nearly a year since I finished my last uni exams! I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone! In 3 months it’ll be a year since I finished my Masters!

Anyway, since I feel that I’m now a good way in to “graduate” life, I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve learnt since finishing uni and graduating. 🙂

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1. You Haven’t Actually Experienced Real Life

When you’re at uni you very much live in your own little bubble. The world isn’t “real”. You don’t have to deal with bills, tax, job applications, or just real life in general. Suddenly you have to leave uni and deal with loads from National Insurance and to bills! You have to be a “real” adult!

2. Finding a Job is Demoralising

It took me 6 months from finishing uni to land a job. OK, I probably could have got any old job sooner, but I wanted a job relevant to what I’d spent 4 years of my life doing. You constantly get rejections and turned down and it is hard to keep going sometimes.

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3. It is OK to Have Time Off

Some of my friends wanted to spend 9-5 Monday to Friday looking for and applying for jobs. You do need to put the effort in to looking for and applying for jobs, but you do also need a break. As I said, job hunting is demoralising and this is one of your only chances to have some “you time” before you start working. I ended up having the occasional week and day off from job hunting because it was really demoralising otherwise.

4. Job Hunting WILL Get Easier

Don’t let the job hunt get you down. At first you’re writing new applications for every single job you apply for, but over time as you apply to more and more similar jobs the process gets easier. You start having ready made cover letters that you can just adapt for that particular job so applying gets so much quicker and easier.

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5. Knowing your Work is Finished is the Best Feeling Ever.

The best thing for me has been having Christmas holidays and actually being able to enjoy Christmas without exams looming over you. But also, you come home from work and you can relax knowing that you’ve finished work for the day.

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

Million Love Songs

I’ve finally finished another book! 😀 I don’t feel like my reading is going very well so far this year, I think now having my job means I have less time for reading 😦

Anyway, after finishing Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses  I was having a bit of a Carole Matthews hangover and wanted to read another of her books. Plus I hadn’t really treated myself to anything for a while so I decided to buy a few new books on Amazon. I bought “A Million Love Songs”, “Stately Pursuits” and “The Summer Seaside Kitchen”.

A Million Love Songs is Carole Matthew’s latest book and it really did not disappoint. It was exactly what I wanted to read and I read my way through it pretty quickly 🙂

Ruby has recently divorced from her husband and is looking for a new perspective on single life. She is fully ready to embrace single life and doesn’t want a new relationship. She decides to pick up a new hobby to fill her time with, scuba diving. Then she meets Joe.

Joe is recently split up from his cheating with and single handedly looks after 2 teenage kids. Ruby and Joe get on incredibly well but Joe has a constant juggling act meaning he can’t give Ruby what he wants. Then comes along Mason, Ruby’s attentive boss. He can give her everything she wants… except a settle down type relationship.

I absolutely loved this book. It was very forward and backward between Joe and Mason though with Ruby seeming a bit easy to take advantage of, but that said it was an enjoyable read and I totally understand Ruby’s reasoning for going forward and backward as much as she did.

It wasn’t an overly predictable read though like some chick lit books can be and I really enjoyed it. I loved the characters, especially Joe and it was quite a relatable book.

All in all I loved this book and would really recommend it to anyone looking for a light summer read 🙂

 

Cath Kidston Mug Collection

If you’ve been following me on here for a while now it will come as no surprise to you that I love Cath Kidston, and over the last few years I have gained quite a collection of Cath Kidston stuff. One thing which I love the most though is my Cath Kidston mug collection and today I wanted to share it with you 🙂

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Back in September 2016 Cath Kidston launched their first collaboration with Disney. It was a Winnie the Pooh collection and it was even more limited edition than all the other collections they have released since. Anyway, I’m one of the lucky ones who managed to grab some of the Winnie the Pooh stuff and the mug sits proudly on my bookcase (top left).

Next up Cath Kidston launched a Mickey Mouse collection in December 2016. I was absolutely gutted at first when I couldn’t get hold of the two mugs (top shelf in the middle). But I did manage to get the third mug in that collection (second in from right on top shelf). Anyway, I phoned my aunt who lived quite close to a Cath Kidston store and she rushed in to town and managed to pick up the red one for me, so I was pretty happy! Then this year for Christmas she gave me a second one so I actually have 2 of the Red Spot Mickey mugs 🙂 I kept refreshing the website for days and it paid off and a couple of the Blue Minnie mugs went back on the site so I quickly grabbed it!

The third Cath Kidston collab with Disney was a 101 Dalmatians one in May 2017. I wasn’t so keen on it but I still picked up a few things, including two of the mugs (second in from left top shelf and top right). The black spot mug also came in pink which my mum has, but again, all these mugs sold out.

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Are you still with me? 😀

In September 2017 Cath Kidston released their fourth Disney collab, this time Peter Pan 🙂 They had a few mugs in the collection but this time I only got a couple of them as I wasn’t so sure about the others. I quite like both the Peter Pan mugs I have (above photo, bottom shelf, last 2 on the right).

This is where Cath Kidston started releasing loads of mugs in their Disney collection so I had to stop buying so many!

November 2017 saw the release of the fifth collab, this time another Mickey Mouse one. There were LOADS of mugs that came out as part of this collection but I decided on two to get (above photo, bottom shelf, the two in the middle).

My last Cath Kidston x Disney collab mugs come from the latest Alice in Wonderland collection. Again, Cath Kidston released so many mugs in this collection so I had to decide which I wanted. I got the Alice spot mug (above photo, bottom shelf, second left) as well as the Alice vase (above photo, bottom shelf, first on left). I love the print on the vase!

As well as my Disney mugs I do have a few other favourite CK mugs 🙂

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I have my penguin mug, fish mug and polar bear mug. I love all three of them! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and that it wasn’t too rambly?! Which is your favourite? 🙂

 

Day in My Life

I’ve already shared 2 posts of a day in my life for work but I do various types of day at work so today I thought I’d share with you what happens on a double shift day at work!

So my working hours can either be, 7am-10:30am, 4pm – 10:30pm or 4pm – 7:30am. In this post I’ll tell you about a day in my life at work when I’m working both the 7-10 and 4-10:30.

So the night before this shift I was staying in a hotel as I was also working the night before, meaning I had to get up around 6am. (N.B. none of these photos were taken on shift).

06:00 – Wake up/get up and get ready for work. Thankfully for a morning shift I get breakfast at work so I don’t need to worry about anything apart from literally rolling out of bed.

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06:50 – Arrive at work. As you can see, the weather this morning was really cold to start with!

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7:45 am – Start morning tour and head to breakfast.

8:30 am – Head off from breakfast and visit some of the animals and feed them breakfast. You have to watch out for those pesky lemurs! They mob you in the morning! In fact this weekend one did come and jump on me and sit on my shoulder! I really wish there was photographic evidence of it!

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10:30 am – Finish shift and head back to the hotel.

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11:00am to 3:00pm – Between shifts I washed my hair, had a nap and watched some Teen Mom 3 on my iPad. 😀

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3:15pm – Head back off to work ready for the PM shift. It was a bit warmer this afternoon!

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4:00pm – Start the evening shift.

6:00pm – Start evening tour and visit some of our animals 🙂

10:30pm – Finish at work for the evening and head back to the hotel.

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11:00pm – Head to bed!

So there you have it. A day in my life when I work 2 shifts in a day. I hope you enjoyed finding out a bit more what I get up to at work! 🙂

 

If We Were Having Coffee #4 (June, 2018)

Hello again! How are you all? I hope everyone is well 🙂 It is time for another monthly catch up.

If we were having coffee today I’d definitely be having a cool drink. In fact I’ll probably have either a Strawberry creamy cooler or a mint choc chip one 🙂 What would you be having to drink?

If we were having coffee… I’d again tell you how much I LOVE my job. Everyone I work with are brilliant and I love my work colleagues, and get on really well with them. I love being able to share with people my passion for conservation and animals as well as getting to visit some of my favourite animals several times a week.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’ve kind of managed to pick up another job at the zoo. It is kind of a zero hours contract but I should be able to get some work on it during the summer holidays.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m missing Roxy the dog. We were looking after her again last weekend and she is so fun. She went absolutely hyper when I got home from work the other night and I miss her. She is lovely to cuddle and she loved sleeping on my bed with me.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m reminiscing a lot at the moment about my time in South Africa. I really hope to go back one day, especially on safari! I’m hoping soon to get a collage canvas made from my time out there, as well as sorting my scrapbook.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how much I love my new duvet cover. It is so pretty and it just feels so nice. I’m so thankful that my mum decided to buy it for me.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that all this Cath Kidston Alice in Wonderland stuff has actually made me realise that I’ve never watched the original Disney Alice in Wonderland (I’ve seen the one with Johnny Depp) nor have I actually read it. It’s definitely going on the to read list!

If we were having coffee… I’d ask you if you have any news that you want to share? 🙂

May Favourites 2018

I can’t quite believe it is time to write a favourites post again! It only seems like the other day I was writing my April favourites post! Again, I don’t have too many things to put in this month’s favourites but here we go 🙂

First thing I’ve been loving this month is the song “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”. I’ve not actually seen the film yet (I’m waiting for it to be cheaper to rent online) but I do plan to, but recently they’ve been playing this loads on the radio and I’ve come to love it 🙂

Second thing I’ve been loving this month is Teen Mom UK. I remember when I finished my A Levels I spent loads of time watching 16 and pregnant. Anyway, I was searching Sky for something new to watch and I found Teen Mom UK. I then watched all 3 seasons in a couple of days.

My next favourite this month is Sims 3! Yes I know Sims 4 is out but I don’t like it (don’t tell my brother that, he works for EA). I hadn’t played Sims in so long but I randomly decided to play it again the other day and now I can’t stop playing!

I’ve also bought a new water bottle this month. I love my Camelbak Eddy water bottle and was absolutely gutted when it started leaking the other week. So I ended up buying a new one (well, first I tried replacing some of the parts to it and that failed so I worked out it must be the bottle broken). It has been so hot at work recently and I’ve really appreciated having my water bottle.

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My next favourite is something that I had been using before but for some reason I stopped using it for a while. I had some really dry patches of skin on my legs (because of the hot weather) so decided I’d try my Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter again. Actually, I can’t believe I stopped using it! It smells lovely and is really moisturising.

Last but not least, this month I’ve been loving the Cath Kidston Alice in Wonderland collection. OK, well that’s a bit of a lie because I’m not loving *all* of it, but there are a few items that I love. This time round I only bought a couple of bits as it is all getting quite samey, I didn’t really *need* anything else and I didn’t like too many of the things.

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One of the things I did love was the bedding. Now, I have a single bed at home and it was £65 for the single bedding and I wasn’t going to buy it. Then we went to the shop in Guildford and they said they’d sold out of it all (the double had sold out online), but there was still some single bedding left online. Anyway, as I said I wasn’t going to buy it as £65 is a lot of money, but then my mum surprised me and ordered it for me. But I absolutely love it! 🙂

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So there we have my May favourites 🙂 What have you been enjoying this month? 🙂