Empties #2

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all well? ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s time for another empties post… aka trash hoarding!

I was tidying my room up and decided it was time to do another empties post so I could get rid of this stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚

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So first up, Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief.ย I spoke about this in my previous empties postย and again, I’ve used it for probably 6 years now. Will I buy again? Yes, I already have.

Dentek Complete Clean Back Teeth Floss. I’ve again been using these flossers for around 5 years and they’re good. I always keep an eye out on Boots for offers when I’m down to my last back. They’re quite expensive otherwise, but Boots almost always have 1/3 off or 3 for 2 offers on them.ย Will I buy again?ย Yes, I already have ๐Ÿ™‚

Wet Ones – Be Gentle. I actually bought these for South Africa. I don’t particularly like that they’re not biodegradable but they’re pretty good. I use them mostly for wiping sun cream off my hands once applying it while I’m out and about.ย Will I buy again?ย Probably.ย ย 

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Gillette Venus Sensitive Shave Gel –ย I’ve tried a few other shave gels in my life and personally I don’t like them as much as this one. I’ll only get this when its on offer though as again, it’s pretty expensive otherwise!ย Will I buy again?ย Yes, I already have as it was on offer last week! ๐Ÿ˜€

Febreze Car Air Freshener – Cotton Fresh. I used to love my Jelly Belly air fresheners for my car, but the last two I’ve bought haven’t smelt much at all after the first couple of days. After I’d seen Sophie talk about these on her blogย I decided to give them a go. I was really impressed actually! It was a really good scent and lasted probably around a month. Personally I’d have liked it to last a little longer but I did quite like it.ย Would I buy again?ย Yes, I already have but I’ve got a vanilla one this time!

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Child’s Farm Moisturiser – I absolutely ADORE this stuff! First up it smells absolutely amazing but second it does wonders for dry and eczema ridden skin. A couple of years ago I was getting awful eczema on my hands and I was desperate for something to sort it out. I spent ages researching and found good reviews about the Child’s Farm range so I decided to try it. I’m so glad I did! It is a little expensive but it is brilliant. My only gripe is that last year several newspapers/magazines started promoting how brilliant it is, and since then Child’s Farm seem to have some supply issues every now and then so sometimes it is impossible to get hold of. Butย Will I buy again?ย Yes!!!ย I most definitely will, in fact I bought 2 massive bottles of it last time I found some! ๐Ÿ˜€

Imperial Leather Foamburst Unicorn Marshmallow – I can’t remember how I found out about this foamburst, but I knew as soon as I saw it I needed to try it. Basically I love it! I was a tad disappointed because I thought it was going to be multicoloured when it came out but it’s not! Never mind! I love it all the time. Plus it does make pretty good shave gel if you’ve run out or anything.ย Will I buy again?ย Yes!ย I’ve got 3 more cans in the bathroom! ๐Ÿ˜€

Nivea Invisible Deodorant – I decided to try this having fallen in love with the packaging. Sadly they don’t do it in this packaging now but I love it. It was a really nice deodorant to use… I mean enough said really!ย Will I buy again?ย Probably ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean with deodorant I kind of just buy what is on offer.

Finally, Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restorer.ย I’ve been using the Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey shampoo range for a couple of years now and bought this along with the shampoo and conditioner. To be honest, it does the exact same as the 3 minute mask tub and I can actually tell the difference from when I have and haven’t used the mask. They don’t sell this one in the tube any more, instead they sell it in individual sachet things now.ย Will I buy again?ย Probably not. As I said, it is the same as the big tub of mask really and I notice no difference between the two, so I’ll just buy the tub from now.ย ย 

So now I can finally throw my rubbish away! ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you tried any of these items, if so what do you think? ๐Ÿ™‚

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If We Were Having Coffee #5 (July, 2018)

It’s catch up time? How are we all? ๐Ÿ™‚ Are you all enjoying Summer/Winter wherever in the world you are? ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s really hot here at the moment. We’ve had a bit of a heatwave so I think today I’ll be having an iced drink ๐Ÿ™‚ What would you be having?

So, let’s get to it ๐Ÿ™‚

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how much I’m still loving my job. It never really feels like I’m going to “work” because I love it so much.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m pretty much working full time now through July and August. It is getting busier at work, plus various colleagues are having holidays throughout the summer which I’m covering, and I start my second job again on 21st July so it’s super busy.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I got to do the meet the elephants experience at work last week. They needed volunteers to do the experience for filming so obviously I jumped at the chance and I got to go and meet the Asian Elephants at the zoo ๐Ÿ™‚

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If we were having coffee… I’d warn you to expect baby tiger photos soon! The zoo has had baby tigers! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’d known Naya was pregnant for ages and I knew she’d had the babies but we weren’t allowed to say anything until Friday just gone.

Anyway, enough about work!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I was in London this weekend for a Cath Kidston Tea Party. Cath Kidston turned 25 this year and they were celebrating by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest afternoon tea party. So me and mum went along, and it was great fun and a lovely day out ๐Ÿ™‚ (You can read about my time at the Tea Party here)

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’ve nearly completed my Girlguiding leadership qualification so I’m now very nearly a fully qualified Brownie Leader ๐Ÿ™‚

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’ve been enjoying the warm weather lately. I’ve really enjoyed sitting out in the garden with my laptop getting some work done and being able to eat outside in the evening.

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If we were having coffee…ย I’d ask you how you are and if you’ve got any news that you’d like to share? ๐Ÿ™‚

Cath Kidston Cream Tea Party

This year it is 25 years since Cath Kidston was founded (founded in 1993, the same year I was born ๐Ÿ™‚ ). In an attempt to celebrate their 25th birthday, Cath Kidston decided to host a Cream Tea Party, in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest Cream Tea Party.

As you all probably know by now, I love Cath Kidston stuff and I jumped at the chance of going, so I booked myself and my mum a ticket and on Sunday 1st July we headed up toย Alexandra Palace in North London.

So the event? Around 1000 people were attending and to help qualify and be part of the record, all we had to do was eat a scone with jam and cream and drink a good old cup of English Breakfast tea. Simple. And did I mention it was being hosted by the one and only Mary Berry?!

Anyway, I’d never been to Alexandra Palace before but it was really really pretty up there. Had it not been so hot and we’d had more time I would have loved to have explored a bit. It had fantastic views out over London.

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Doors were opening at 2pm, and we arrived at 12:30pm. People started queueing at around 1pm, so we joined the queue as soon as people started and ended up being at the front of the queue.

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At around 2pm Mary Berry came out to see the crowd, as well as a few people dressed as some of the Cath Kidston prints ๐Ÿ™‚

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Photo Credit: Matt Alexander/PA Wire (on the Cath Kidston Facebook Page) – You can just about see me in the left hand corner ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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Finally at around 2:15pm we were able to go in to the venue. I was really pleased to get out of the sun and to grab a drink.

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We got in to the big hall where the event was taking place and were shown to some seats by members of staff. I lost count of how many cups of water I had when we finally sat down!

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The hall filled up really quickly and we enjoyed some music and chatting with other guests while we waited for the event to start ๐Ÿ™‚

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At around 3pm the event started with the man from Guinness World Records explaining the rules and Mary Berry officially starting the record attempt.

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The scones were really good! And I was actually really glad that my cup of tea had cooled down and was basically a cold cup of tea. I really wasn’t fancying a really hot tea having been stood out in the sun for over an hour!

IMG_6554Once we’d all enjoyed our scone and tea we had to sit and wait for a while while the man from Guinness World Records verified the results.

Then after around 20 minutes or so they verified that we had indeed broken the Guinness World Record for the largest cream tea party! ๐Ÿ™‚ 978 people is now the new record for the largest tea party, and I am officially a world record holder! ๐Ÿ™‚

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All in all we had an excellent afternoon out. Thank you so much Cath Kidston for such an enjoyable event ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo 02-07-2018, 19 37 32ย I hope you all enjoyed today’s post, and I’ll see you again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

You can take a look at the video from the event here (I appear a few times) ๐Ÿ™‚

June Favourites 2018

Wow! This year is going so fast! Plus the next 2 months are going to be mad for me because I’m basically going to be working full time! So no doubt July and August are going to pass by in a blur!

So what have I been loving this month?

Firstly, Disney Life!ย I’ve been debating whether to subscribe to Disney Life for quite a while now but hadn’t yet done it. I quite often spend time away for work and have days to fill. I love Disney films but there are quite a lot of the older films that I haven’t yet seen, and loads of these are all on Disney Life. Plus there’s loads of soundtracks on there which I can download on to my phone for when I’m driving. It all only costs ยฃ4.99 a month so pretty good. I’m not sure how long I’ll keep it for but so far I’m loving it.

The second thing I’ve been loving this month is Suncream! We’ve had a spell of really hot weather here with temperatures set to reach around 35 degrees c this weekend. I work outside, and I’m also ginger with incredibly pale skin. Suncream is gross to put on but it saves me the pain of getting burnt, and my favourite Suncream is the Boots own brand 50+ once. One application lasts 8 hours! I think this year too that for the first time in my life I’m going to finish a bottle of suncream in a year.

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Also this month I’ve really been liking my Chilly’s Bottle and Moon Bottle. It has been so warm the last week and it’s been so nice to have a bottle of water which I know will stay cold all day.

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Again, I know this was a favourite last month too but I’ve been loving playing Sims 3 still. I haven’t played it this week though as I’ve had so much to get on with but it’s still great fun and an excellent way to kill several hours!

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned my next favourite before but its the Child’s Farm Moisturiser. I suffer from eczema, particularly in the summer and the Child’s Farm moisturiser is brilliant. It does a pretty good job at clearing the eczema up but it also smells amazing! I’ve had a lot of issues getting hold of it recently though because more and more places are talking about how good it is, meaning everyone is going out to buy it and I can never get hold of it! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Last year I showed you my Fat Face T-Shirt that had whales on. Well this year Fat Face have released a Big Cat version, which I just had to get my hands on!

I’ve also been loving this month my new camera. I’ve been thinking about getting a Canon G7X for a while. I wanted a compact camera with some of the same kind of functions as a DSLR and the G7X fitted this perfectly. I spent ages debating over whether to get it or not and have been keeping an eye on the second hand camera website that my dad has used in the past. Last week then they had a second hand excellent condition G7X (Mk 1) in stock and I decided to treat myself. I’m enjoying getting to grips with some of its functions as well as learning about aperture, iso etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Finally, my last favourite this month is American Ninja Warrior. I’ve watched the UK one since it started but I hadn’t yet seen the American one. Anyway, there’s a TV channel called Challenge here and one afternoon I found they were showing the American version on there. Now I’m hooked! ๐Ÿ™‚

What have you been loving this month? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Favourite Disney Movies!

I LOVE Disney films! I mean who doesn’t right? I’m such a sucker for kids films that 90% of the DVDs I own are in fact kids films. Disney played a pretty big role in my life growing up (as I think it does with most kids).

I also recently subscribed to DisneyLife. Sky Movies is pretty good at showing loads of Disney films but what annoys me is that I can only download each film 3 times… I’ve already done that for most of my favourite Disney films so I decided to get a DisneyLife subscription.

So what are my favourite Disney films? ๐Ÿ™‚

Pocahontas

Pocahontas is probably *the* Disney film that I loved the most growing up. I remember when I used to wake up really early in the mornings my dad used to put Pocahontas on for me downstairs.

Lion King

OK, so who doesn’t like the Lion King! Again, this is another film me and my brother grew up watching. I still love watching it to this day.

Toy Story & Toy Story 3

I’m not so much a fan of Toy Story 2 but I love Toy Story and Toy Story 3. Me and my brother went to go and see Toy Story 3 in the cinema when it came out and both of us *might* have got a bit emotional at the end!

Ratatouille

I first watched Ratatouille several years after it came out but I fell in love with it right away.

Zootropolis/Zootopia

Again, I watched this quite a long time after it came out for the first time. I saw it on Sky Movies and gave it a watch and absolutely loved it ๐Ÿ™‚

Moana

I watched Moana for the first time last year with my friends and absolutely loved it. The songs are all so catchy and I was singing them for ages after watching the film.

Monsters Inc

I think this was one of the first Disney films I went to see in the cinema. I absolutely loved it, especially little Boo. I still absolutely love this film to the day and even went to the cinema to see Monsters University when it came out.

Inside Out

I watched this for the first time while I was working in school and I actually sat there with the kids and watched it. I was just as hooked as they all were and I just think it is such a brilliant film for trying to explain emotions to kids.

Finding Nemo & Finding Doryย 

I don’t think I really need to explain this one… I’m a marine biologist!

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post! What are your favourite Disney films? ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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 35ยฐC 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.ย 

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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 ยฃ16.99 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 ยฃ30. 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 ยฃ15 through to ยฃ30 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!

5 Things Iโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚