Things that Make Me happy

Today I thought I’d share with you some of the things that make me happy 🙂

  1. The sound of rain when I’m all snug and warm in bed.
  2. Warm, fluffy pyjamas on a cold night.
  3. Soft bed sheets.photo-11-10-2016-13-49-38-1
  4. Watching films in bed.
  5. Getting sucked in to a good book.
  6. Chocolate cake.
  7. Pizza takeaway.
  8. Spending time with my mum, dad and brother.
  9. Friends
  10. Getting good marks on work
  11. Reading my book in bedphoto-03-06-2016-12-26-07
  12. Spending time with my aunt (I don’t see her as much as I’d like to)
  13. Warm sand beneath my toes on the beach
  14. Birds singing outside my window in the morning (not Seagulls though!)
  15. Finishing a notebook
  16. Starting a new notebookimg_3197
  17. Looking through my scrapbooks
  18. People telling me they’re proud of me.
  19. Harry Potter
  20. Baking cakes (especially chocolate ones).photo-11-02-2017-22-16-22
  21. Barbecues and sitting outside eating dinner in the summer
  22. Going on holiday
  23. Popcorn
  24. Bubble baths
  25. Having an incredibly supportive familyphoto-22-08-2016-20-59-12

I know some of them probably sound really silly, but hopefully you now know a little more about me! 🙂

The Picture Tag

So last week Bea from BeaFree did the picture tag, nominating everyone for it. So I decided I’d give it a go today! 🙂

A MESSAGE FROM THE CREATOR:

Blonde’s Tea, creator this tag, got tired of seeing the same tags all around and decided to create a simple tag where you just have to post one picture of five different themes (e.g. your favourite picture of yourself, the best picture you have ever taken, a picture with your sibling, etc.) that will be given by your nominator. You don’t have to have photography skills or anything, it is just to spread lovely pictures on your blog and bring back lovely memories.”

RULES:

  • Paste the text about the creator and the tag (the text above).
  • Post the 5 pictures that stick to the themes given.
  • Nominate 5 people (or just as much as you want).
  • Give 5 themes for your nominees pictures.
  • Notify your nominees about their nomination.

Favourite Photo of Me: 

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This is probably my favourite most recent photo of me 🙂

Photo of My Favourite Vacation

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I think my favourite holiday has to be to New York in 2010.

Photo of My Funnest Day

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My first ever trip to the WB Studio tour! 🙂

A Photo of Your Pet

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This was a long time ago now, and I don’t have any pets anymore, but this is me with 2 of my guinea pigs (I had 4).

A Photo that Makes Me Happy

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This was the day I graduated from my undergraduate degree in 2015.

My Themes to You:

  • Favourite photo of yourself
  • Photo of you and your best friend
  • The best photo you’ve ever taken
  • A photo of your pet
  • A photo that makes you happy

Nominees:

Everyone who reads this 🙂

Cath Kidston Favourites #1

So it may not come as a surprise to many of you who have been reading my blog a while, but I love Cath Kidston and I may own several Cath Kidston things! 😉 So today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites.

I couldn’t narrow it down, so I’ve spit it up in to (at least) two posts 😀

Photo 05-06-2017, 14 10 581. Winnie the Pooh dress – I LOVE this print. Back in September Cath Kidston released a limited edition Winnie the Pooh print (which was a lot more limited edition than the more recent Mickey Mouse and 101 Dalmatians prints) in which I was lucky enough to get several things. I’ve not actually worn this dress yet, but I have plans to very soon. Photo 05-06-2017, 14 10 53

2. Penguin Mug – I bought one of these and initially I wasn’t going to use it as I love it too much and I knew I’d be really upset if it broke. But for my birthday my aunt bought me one too (not realising I already had one), which means I can use one of them and show it off and keep one safely stored on my shelves at home.

3. Winnie the Pooh Cushion – again, this is part of the limited edition print. It is a lovely soft, comfy cushion and I love it 😀

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4. Handbag – This was my first ever Cath Kidston handbag. I went through a bit of a rough time at the start of third year of university (October 2014) and I bought this as a little cheer me up present. It is one of their “busy bags”. It is a great size and served me well for 2 1/2 years (it broke the other day), I’m still including it though because I have a new one (in a different colour) at home which I picked up in one of the outlet stores a little while ago 🙂

5. Lunch bag – I love this lunch bag, I  bought it last year when I was working to stick my lunch in, it’s a little cool bag too so it’ll keep your lunch cool.

6. Purse – This was the second Cath Kidston item I owned. I got it around June 2014 and it’s been used every day since and is still in great condition!

7. Clouds Glasses Case – it’s quite self explanatory, but I keep my sunglasses in this case. It’s a hard case so I’m not worried about throwing them in my bag.

8. Mickey Mouse Pen – This was part of the Mickey Mouse collection released in December last year, and was given to me by my aunt for Christmas. I love it! It is great to write with and really comfy!

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9. Saddle Bag – This was the first Cath Kidston item I owned. I’d been wanting to get one for ages, and then I found one in the Portsmouth outlet shop and couldn’t resist any longer! It is a great size and I love it 🙂

Photo 05-06-2017, 14 13 1510. Cabin Suitcase – I love this! Ok, it was kind of expensive but with Cath Kidston you get the quality, and this has been great for my weekend trips home from uni. This is actually my second Cath Kidston cabin suitcase. Not because the first one broke, but because when this pattern and new style came out I loved it even more than the case I had already. I bought one with mum and we were originally going to share it… but then mum decided to get her own. I’m still yet to sell my other one on eBay though!

So there we have it, part 1 of my favourite Cath Kidston things! I hope it wasn’t too long and I hope you enjoyed it 🙂 I’ll do part 2 soon 🙂

I’m back! My post exam to do list!

So the day you read this is the day of my last exam. Which unless I fail everything dramatically, I’m hoping will be my last ever exam.

One of my blogging friends Cheila often posts her to-do lists which I enjoy reading, so today I thought I’d share with you my to-do list. 🙂

So what have I got to do? I’ve put a lot off during exam time, and my to do list has got quite long! :O

  • Clean my bathroom! I mean it isn’t gross, it’s just me who uses it, but the sink could do with a bit of a clean and the shower doors!
  • Hoover my floor (long hair problems = hair everywhere)
  • Dusting – a nice layer of dust has built up in several places in my room!
  • Change my bed sheets and do some washing
  • Filing! To be honest, this will be one of the first things I do after I get back from my exam, but I need to sort things out.
  • Empty my bins – I have so much paper from revision that I need to put in the recycling.
  • Back-up my laptop – I save important work directly to dropbox so it’s not like I’ll lose anything important, but it’s been a while since I backed up.
  • Download everything off the university system where lecturers upload work. I mean I’m paying for it, so I want to make sure I can keep it and have it for future reference.
  • Start my research project. I may have finished my exams but I’m only 50% of the way through my masters. I still have a 20,000 word dissertation to write (although it doesn’t actually have to be 20,000 words)
  • Think about going home and things I can take home for good. I’m hoping for a quick trip home at the weekend but we’ll see what happens!
  • Blog! I’ve neglected my blog (and everyone else’s) a bit the last few weeks so I need a bit of a catch up!
  • Sleep – I’m looking forward to a sleep in tomorrow morning and not having to get up to worry about revision!
  • Patch test my new shower gel – I’m one of those people who is sensitive and allergic to a lot of stuff so I need to check I’m not going to react badly to my new shower gel before I use it! I’ve held off doing this until exams are out the way.
  • Update and back-up my phone
  • Post my dad’s Father’s day card – just in case I don’t get home at the weekend.
  • Sort out my spending – I keep a spreadsheet of the money I spend so I know how much I’ve spent every month, but I’ve fallen behind on this.

I think that’s my to do list for now! I’m looking forward to being able to blog more again 😀

Stabilo Pastel Highlighters

I came across these a little while ago and I fancied trying them, but I didn’t know whether I could really justify another set of highlighters when my “normal” ones did the job. Anyway, I was struggling to motivate myself to revise so I decided to buy some as a little motivation tool and I thought I’d share what I think of them with you.

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Normal highlighters can sometimes be a little harsh on my eyes, especially if I’ve been revising all day, but these Stabilo Pastel highlighters are far more subtle. They still do the job of highlighting but in a much more eye friendly way.

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I was worried that the colours would look a bit similar as when you look at them the colours don’t stand out much, especially the purple and the pink. But actually when you use them there is enough distinction between the colours.

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I’m not so keen on the pink highlighter but the rest of them are pretty good. My only complaint is that they seem to be quite wet, meaning they bleed through the page! And because they’re wet enough just on normal paper, I’m not sure I’d like to risk using them in a textbook!

But anyway, these were a great little buy! Have you got any pastel highlighters? If so what do you think of them?

University Field Trips

One of the great things about studying an environmental science is that you get plenty of opportunities to get outside and see the world! It is great fun learning about nature, especially if it’s a lovely sunny day. The past 3 days I’ve been out on field trips, so I thought I’d share with you what was in my bag, as well as some photos about the sites! 🙂

Obviously the contents of my bag would be different had the weather been really bad, but we were lucky enough that the weather was great for us! 🙂

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What’s in my bag:

  • Extra jumper in case it gets cold
  • Waterproof trousers (just in case! This is Wales!)
  • Clipboard and pencils
  • Waterproof bag cover (again, just in case)
  • Water bottle (1L as we’re out all day)
  • Packed lunch (the most important part of the day)!
  • Suncream (I’ve only got a small bottle here as I’ve been putting on my thick 8h protection cream in the mornings, so this is just to top up if I need to)
  • Sun hat
  • Waterproof/Windproof coat
  • Tree/flower ID guides

So where did we go?

The first day we went to some woodland (Park Woods) on the Gower in Swansea.

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Day two, we went to what is known as Waterfall Country in Neath Valley. Where as the name suggests, we saw some waterfalls!

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And finally on the last day, we visited a conifer plantation in Neath Valley, which wasn’t anywhere near as pretty or picturesque as the first two days! But nevertheless it was lovely weather! 🙂

So there we have it, a quick insight into my uni field trips and field work!

I apologise that I’m a bit rubbish at reading posts at the moment too I’m in the middle of an incredibly busy time with my Masters with coursework and revision and prepping for my research project so I don’t know how much I’ll be around on here for the next month or so, but I’ll do what I can! 🙂

See you again soon! 🙂

This or That Tag

While going through my reader a couple of weeks ago I saw BeaFree had done a This or That tag, and I thought it looked quite fun so thought I’d give it a go 🙂 You should all have a go too and let me know your answers 🙂

QUESTIONS:

MAKEUP (I’ll mention here that I don’t really do make up!)

  • Blush or Bronzer:Blush if anything!
  • Lip gloss or Lipstick: Lip gloss
  • Eyeliner or Mascara: Mascara
  • Foundation or Concealer: Concealer
  • Neutral or color eye shadow: Neutral definitely
  • Pressed or loose eye shadows: Pressed
  • Brushes or sponges: Brushes definitely

NAILS

  • Long or short:Medium? Just so you can see a white top but nothing longer. It’s horrible to type/write with anything more.
  • Acrylic or Natural: Natural
  • Brights or darks: I tend to go for clear XD
  • Flower or No flower: No flower

BODY

  • Perfume or Body splash: Body splash (I assume that’s like body spray?)
  • Lotion or Body Butter: Lotion, butter is ok but too expensive for daily use!
  • Body wash or Soap: Body wash
  • Lush or other bath company: Other. I’m not a lush fan. It’s all too expensive plus because I have so many allergies/sensitive skin I can’t use a lot of it!

 FASHION

  • Jeans or sweet pants: Jeans
  • Long sleeves or short: Short
  • Long Dresses or Skirts: Can I say knee-length dress? XD
  • Stripes or Plaid: Stripes
  • Flip flops or Sandals: flip flops – I don’t own any sandals.
  • Scarves or Hats: Scarves
  • Studs or Dangy earrings: Studs, I’m always paranoid I’ll rip my ears with dangly earrings!
  • Necklaces or Bracelets: Bracelets I have a charm bracelet I wear sometimes.
  • Heels or Flats: flats!
  • Cow boy boots or Riding Boots: Erm…. neither?
  • Jacket or Hoodie: Hoodies

HAIR

  • Curly or Straight: Wavy? I don’t like curly and straight is a bit boring!
  • Bun or ponytail: Ponytail mostly
  • Bobby pins or Butterfly Clips: Bobby pins
  • Hair spray or Gel: Hair spray
  • Long or Short: Long
  • Light or Dark: Dark
  • Side swept bang or Full bangs (we call it fringe): Neither
  • Up or down: Down in winter, up in summer.

RANDOM

  • Rain or Shine: Shine
  • Summer or Winter: Winter
  • Fall or Spring: Fall
  • Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate

So there we have it, let me know if you do this tag below 🙂 I hope you enjoyed today’s post 🙂