Recent Book Haul & To Be Read List

As I said in my previous post my reading has suffered recently because of being so busy, but that’s not stopped me buying new books! Today I wanted to share with you some of my recent book buys and what’s on my to be read list ๐Ÿ™‚

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So all of these books are obviously on my to be read list but they do include 3 new recipe books and a couple of books I’ve had for a while.

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The Crown book – This was actually given to me and dad (as a joint present) for Christmas last year… but I’ve not yet to round to reading it. In fact I’ve still not finished watching S2 of the Crown yet either!

We Bought a Zoo – I bought this second hand off Amazon and it has been on my to be read list for such a long time. There is also a film loosely based on the book which is amazing.

30 Days – So I’ve recently decided to start again with my Christian faith and re-discover it all. So I bought this book to help me do that.

Rooted in God’s Grace – This book is actually written by a friend of mine. She sent it to me to help in what I just said above.

National Trust Book of Scones – When I was in the Isle of Wight I found this book in the shop at the Needles. It had some wonderful sounding recipes in so I couldn’t resist it!

The Jungle Book – I’ve never read “The Jungle Book”! While I was in the Isle of Wight I was passing a little library who had a book sale. I had a little browse and picked this up for 50p.

Little Fires Everywhere – I’ve joined another book club with some of my friends and this is our first book to read.

The Unicorn Cookbook – I bought this for Brownies really to get some ideas for cooking I could do with them.

The Penguin Lessons – This book has actually been recommended to me 3 times now by 3 separate people, so I decided to pick it up the other day ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Summer Seaside Kitchen – I’ve not read any Jenny Colgan books yet but she’s been recommended to me.

Nelson Mandela A Long Walk to Freedom – Since I came home from South Africa I was quite keen to read this, but I’ve not yet got round to it! It’s a massive book and no doubt will be fascinating but I think I may have to read this in bits! ๐Ÿ™‚

Stately Pursuits -This was again recommended by a friend ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve only read one Katie Fforde book before so I’ll be interested to see how I find this one ๐Ÿ™‚

Bake It Better Pies and Tarts – I picked this up the other day in TK Maxx. So I was browsing and found they had loads of copies of this book. All of them were priced at ยฃ4.99 except the one I picked up which was priced at ยฃ2.50. Can’t go too wrong for that price!

One in a Million – I LOVE Lindsey Kelk and this is her latest release. You know I’m actually really upset with myself that it’s been out as long as it has but I’ve not read it yet! But I think it’ll be my next read.

Little Beach Street Bakery – When I was browsing on Amazon the other day this book was only ยฃ2, so I thought why not?!

Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think?ย 

Have you bought any books recently? ๐Ÿ™‚



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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ยฃ1.45 a can (rather than ยฃ3). As it is limited edition I decided I’d buy a couple of cans to stock up as I love it so much ๐Ÿ™‚

Nivea Invisible Deodorant – I’ve been using the same Sureย deodorant for years, so I decided I’d try a new one when it ran out. I love the smell of this Niveaย deodorant and so far it’s been great ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all enjoyed this post, I’m sorry it’s a day late! ๐Ÿ™‚ See you all again soon ๐Ÿ™‚



What I bought in Liverpool

So as I said in my previous post, I spent last weekend in Liverpool. On our way up to Liverpool mum and I stopped off at the Cath Kidston Factory Store in Saint Neots. We then went to Cheshire Oaks outlet centre on Saturday morning.

I think it’s been a while since I shared what I’d bought on a shopping trip, so today I thought I’d share with you what I bought.

At the Cath Kidston Factory store I was looking for a bag which I’d been searching for for ages. The factory shop mostly sells old stock from previous seasons which hasn’t sold in the main stores. So if there’s an old product you’re trying to get hold of your best bet is to head to one of these Factory or Outlet Cath Kidston stores.

Anyway, they didn’t have the bag I was looking for in the Factory store, but I did buy a luggage tag and a little cosmetic/wash bag thing. I was looking for something which I could store some bits and bobs (like lip balm, body spray etc.) in when I got a job.

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Anyway, on Saturday morning before the Liverpool match we decided to go to Cheshire Oaks outlet centre.

At Cheshire Oaks I knew there was a Superdry store. I’ve had my current Superdry coat since 2011 and it is starting to show it’s age. It is now very worn and loved and I decided it was time I looked for a new coat. So I picked up this new Superdry coat for a fraction of the price it would have been in a main high street store. Also in Superdry I picked up a lovely fleecy warm hoodie, some joggers and a little pouch thing. It was absolutely freezing and I wasn’t looking forward to sitting through a freezing cold football match. But in Superdry we found the fleece lined hoodie and the joggers, both of which I knew would keep me 100000000 times warmer than the clothes which I had planned to wear to the football. So we decided to get them.

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We walked on round to Cath Kidston and I really wasn’t expecting to find the bag I’d been looking for for the past 8 months in there. But what did I find?! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m so happy that I finally managed to get it AND it was the last one they had left. I was so happy!

I also bought some new footsies/shoe liners for work/interviews and a road atlas for my car. I’m pretty sure my draw and the washing machine eat my footsies!

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On Saturday afternoon it was time to head to Anfield. I think Mo Salah is a brilliant player (I say I support Salah rather than Liverpool!). Anyway, mum went to order me a Mo Salah scarf online earlier in the week but they’d sold out. But I was lucky to pick one up in the shop so I could properly support Salah at the football match! ๐Ÿ˜› Anyway, on Sunday morning we went for a stadium tour of Anfield and had a proper look around the shop while it was much less busy than the day before. I’d said to mum jokingly that I quite fancied a Mo Salah Liverpool shirt. I’d expected her not to buy me one… but she did :O I haven’t worn it yet but I’m sure I will soon. My brother wasn’t best pleased when I turned up back home with it! XD

Finally, as you may have seen earlier in the week, I made some Galaxy cupcakes with multicolour icing. I bought a coupler set from Hobbycraft which basically allows you to pipe three colours at the same time. It was pretty cool to use ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoyed this post ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you bought anything recently? ๐Ÿ™‚

Blogmas Day 25: What I got for Christmas

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! I’m so sorry I missed yesterday, it was a bit busy spending time with family and getting things ready for today. I hope everyone has had a great day (or is having if you’re behind me in time zones).

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Today I thought I’d share a quick post about what I got for Christmas today ๐Ÿ™‚ This isn’t everything, just what I managed to photograph.

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Paddington PJs and Paddington – Both from mum and dad, these are really cute and I’ll probably be wearing the pyjamas tonight.

Cath Kidston x Mickey and Friends – 2 mugs, trinket box, foldaway backpack, pen and cushion (not pictured)

Socks – No Christmas is complete without a pair of socks. Actually I got more socks too that I haven’t taken a photo of this year. But I love these socks, especially the gingerbread men ones!

Cabin Zero Backpack – I’ve seen a few Bloggers talk about these Cabin Zero bags and I thought they looked great! With an upcoming holiday I wanted a slightly bigger backpack that I could take if needs be.

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Malteasers selection box – This was from the family of the little boy I worked with in school a couple of years ago. I’ve stayed in touch with them and I love spending time with all the family and they got me this ๐Ÿ™‚

Nerdy Nummies Cookbook – This was again from the family of the boy I worked with in school. I told them I loved baking and they bought me this. I’m so excited by it having seen fellow bloggers Anni and Angela with it! I can’t wait to try something from it.

Penguins Calendar – A calendar has kind of become a bit of a traditional Christmas present from my mum. I’m obsessed with penguins and other marine animals and I love this.

Blue Planet 2 Book & Blu Ray – My brother knows me too well ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m really looking forward to reading the book.

Hummingbird Bakery recipe book – again from my brother and I’m looking forward to reading through it.

TomTom Sat Nav – I got a Sat Nav ๐Ÿ˜€ It is great, so much better than my mum’s ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m looking forward to using it properly soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally the last thing I’m sharing with you is my santa sleigh. I was dying to include these as part of Blogmas as a how to make them, but as soon as my dad started reading my blog I couldn’t break my cover ๐Ÿ˜‰ So here they are now! My grandad (and I helped this year) makes up little gift bag of silly little gifts from Santa/the Christmas Tree. I found this idea on Pinterest and couldn’t resist giving it a try! ๐Ÿ™‚

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What did you get for Christmas this year? Did you all have a good day?ย 



What I got for my Birthday

So last week I turned 24 :O Last week wasn’t a great week for me… I’m not sure why but it was probably mostly due to the long wait for hearing back from an interview I’d had (for a job I really wanted)… which I then didn’t get ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I was also dreading getting my uni results on Friday (my birthday) because I had set myself up with the expectation of getting a distinction in my masters.

Anyway, Friday was my birthday and it turned out to be a pretty good day as I managed to pass my masters with distinction (the highest mark you can get at masters level) so I was already in a bubble that no one could burst at 9 am!

Friday was spent out shopping with my mum followed by presents and pizza takeaway in the evening ๐Ÿ™‚

So what did I get for my birthday?

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Fat Face Boots – I wanted these boots to go with my dress that I’d picked out for my graduation but I couldn’t afford them at the time when I’d seen them on the Fat Face website so I didn’t get them. Anyway, while I was in the Lake District last week for my interview we found a Fat Face in Ambleside and I found these boots that I liked. I didn’t get them assuming I could get them online, anyway, I checked online that evening and they’d sold out :O So we went back to Ambleside to get them the next day and my grandad bought them for my for my birthday present (as they were ยฃ75!).

Abercrombie and Fitch Jeans – I desperately needed some new jeans. All my jeans were getting really old and worn. Anyway, me and mum went to Ashford Designer Outlet on Friday and I found a couple of pairs of jeans for ยฃ30 each (ยฃ62 usually) and mum bought them for me for my birthday.

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Moana DVD – From my brother, cause you’re never too old for Disney!

Joseph Joseph Rolling Pin – I’ve wanted one of these adjustable rolling pins for soooooo long and I decided to ask my brother for one for my birthday and he got me one ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to use it ๐Ÿ™‚

Malteasers white hot chocolate – I love hot chocolate and this was from my aunt/cousins ๐Ÿ™‚

Piping nozzle cleaning brushes – from my mum, because piping nozzles can be annoying to clean!

Photo 20-11-2017, 15 43 15Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher – This book was from one of my friends and I can’t wait to read it ๐Ÿ™‚

Cath Kidston Polar Bear Print stuff (inc. pyjamas, towels/flannel, bed socks, jumper and mug). I love this polar bear print that Cath Kidston currently have and I couldn’t resist a lot of it! I mean it’s too cute… especially when you’re a marine biologist! The mug was from my aunt while the other bits were from mum and dad ๐Ÿ™‚

So now I’m another year older and now I can start to think about Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Shopping Trip

Yesterday I went to Cardiff to visit the Doctor Who experience and I couldn’t resist having a quick trip in to Cardiffย to do some shopping. I may have said it before, but Swansea is pretty rubbish for shopping so it was great to have so many shops to visit and browse in Cardiff!

So this is what I bought! ๐Ÿ™‚ย Photo 13-05-2017, 07 59 18

Black Shirt (Primark ยฃ5.50) –ย The summer concert for the university Wind Band is tonight and I only have a long sleeve black shirt. As it has been really hot here and the buildings at uni are really warm I decided to get a short sleeve shirt so I don’t get too hot tonight!

Lobster and Friends Cup (Cath Kidston ยฃ12) – I’d been eying this up and as Cath Kidston had it I couldn’t resist ๐Ÿ™‚

3 Pairs Shoe Liners (Primark, ยฃ2.50 per pack) – As summer is coming I’ll soon be getting my shorts out and I wont want “proper” socks. Most of my shoe liner socks have worn through so I decided it was time to get some new ones.

Slippers (Marks and Spencer, ยฃ2.49) – I wantedย some summer slippers for wearing in the kitchen at uni as my bootie slippers are getting a bit too warm now. We drove back past the Outlet shopping centre in Bridgend and I decided to have a quick look in Marks and Spencer. They had this one pair of slippers in my size left in the clearance for ยฃ2.49. I probably wouldn’t have chosen them normally, but they’ll do the job and for so cheap I can’t complain!

So that’s all I bought this time! ๐Ÿ™‚ See you again soon!


Shopping Haul

Last weekend I went shopping! On the way home from university in Bridgend there is an outlet shopping centre, where you can pick up discounted items from some of the top high street shops, including Next, Marks and Spencer, Body Shop, Mountain Warehouse, Yankee Candle and Fat Face to name a few!

In today’s post I thought I’d share with you what I bought (or should I say what my mum bought me ๐Ÿ˜€ ).

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Nemo and Dory! OK, so I know I’m 23, but I just couldn’t resist these… Well my mum couldn’t. My excuse is I’m a marine biologist OK! My dad didn’t quite understand why a 23 year old was buying two bears from Build a Bear Workshop, but I couldn’t not get them! Plus they were ยฃ12 each, so quite a big discount off the normal high street selling price!

Yankee Candle Black Cherry Large Jar (ยฃ12) – As you can see from the photo there is some wax leakage, hence why it was so cheap. But I loved it and for ยฃ12 it was a real bargain and I love how it smells!

Yankee Candle Rhubarb Crumble Small Jar (ยฃ6.29) – I saw this scent come out last year and I really wanted to try it because I love rhubarb. I only wanted to get a little votive but they didn’t have any so mum bought me the small jar.

Mountain Warehouse 1L Water Bottle (ยฃ1.99) – You can never have too many water bottles, and I couldn’t not get this one. It has a really cute pattern and for ยฃ1.99 it was a good deal!

Mountain Warehouse Walking Socks – As you read this I’ll be in North Wales on a little holiday with my family and I’m hoping to climb Snowdon with my dad (weather permitting) therefore I wanted another pair of walking socks, plus I have 3 days of field trips when I go back to uni where I’ll need to wear my walking boots.

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Lastly I had a little shop in Fat Face. I have very few summer clothes, so I needed to stock up! And I got some great bargains in Fat Face!

Stripy T-Shirt ยฃ9.60

Beige Chino Shorts ยฃ9.60

Navy Chino Shorts ยฃ8

Denim Shorts ยฃ16

Pyjama Bottoms ยฃ20 – Yes OK they’re Christmas ones, but they were too cute not to get! ๐Ÿ˜€

I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you again soon ๐Ÿ™‚