What’s in my Bag – Handbag Edition

I’m finally getting round to doing this post! It’s been on my list of posts to write for ageeeesss and now I’ve finally done it ๐Ÿ™‚ So today I’m going to show you what’s in my handbag. I was going to do it as a vlog, but I chickened out!

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So starting with the bag. Yes, you guessed it. It’s from Cath Kidston! It is the Inky Spot Zipped Handbag. I got it quite recently as my old bag broke. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It is a little bigger than my old bag, but I really like it ๐Ÿ™‚

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So what’s in my bag? Play spot the Cath Kidston things ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ™‚

Purse – This purse is from Cath Kidston. You have no idea how upset I was a few weeks ago when my milk split in my bag on the way home from the shops! Thankfully it cleaned off ok though! ๐Ÿ™‚

Carex Hand Wipes and hand gel – Because wipes and hand gel are always useful!

Pens, because you always need a pen and never have one! So I keep a couple in my handbag.


Shopping Bags – I keep a couple of little shopping bags in my handbag now since we now have to pay for carrier bags. Keeping a bag in my handbag means I’ll always have it with me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sudocrem – I know it’s for babies, but it’s great to carry this around. I’m pretty clumsy so it’s useful to have.

Portable Charger – I don’t use this so often anymore, but it is always useful to carry in my bag just in case I need to re-charge my phone!

Umbrella – Because this is the UK! Although I never really have much luck with umbrellas! It’s always too windy to use them!

Hairbrush – I don’t know why this is in my bag because I never use it! I think it’s just found its way in there and I’ve never bothered taking it out XD

iPod and Headphones – I keep these in the little green zip pouch ๐Ÿ™‚

Medications – In the Winnie the Pooh pouch I keep medications and paracetamol and lip balm ๐Ÿ™‚ Stuff that’s useful to have but always gets lost right at the bottom of your bag.

Do you keep the same things in your bag? ๐Ÿ™‚



Camping Essentials

The majority of the holidays I’ve been on, until I was 16 have been camping holidays. Pretty much every year we’d go camping on one big summer holiday, usually to France or Germany, as well as camping most weekends through May to July. I’d never really experienced a holiday staying in a hotel until I went to New York!

I was away camping last weekend so today I’d thought I’d share with you some of my camping essentials! Firstly I’ll point out however that our camping has mostly always been in a folding camper/trailer tent so it’s a little more comfortable than “proper” camping!

1.Microfibre Towel

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A Microfibre towel dries so much quicker than a normal towel and you can get them in different sizes. Plus they fold down really small ๐Ÿ™‚ OK they aren’t nice to snuggle in to once you’ve come out the shower, but they dry quickly and take up next to no space.

2. Blanket

Nights can get cold when you’re camping, so a blanket and extra layers for night can be a help if you want a good sleep!

3. Hand Gel

photo-23-07-2017-17-39-50.jpgCause you know, campsite toilets can be a bit… yeah! Also because camping can just feel a bit dirty! I’m using the Carex Moisture plus hand gel at the moment, I find it dries my hands out less.

4. Dry Shampoo!

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 40 35I forgot to take some with me last weekend though and I really really regretted it. My hair needed washing but the showers were cold. I just couldn’t bring myself to wash my hair in cold water! I use the original Batiste dry shampoo ๐Ÿ™‚ They also come in a travel mini size which may be more convenient for you! I want to try some of the Zerreau no wash shampoo (if anyone has tried it please do share your experience!) ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Flip Flops

I’m actually a Crocs kind of girl. Yes judge me all you want! But I adore my Crocs. They’re so comfy! Anyway, Crocs/flip flops = essential in campsite showers and are just easy to slide on and off!

6. Wipesphoto-23-07-2017-17-40-59.jpg

I mainly use these for cleaning my hands after putting sun cream on when I’m out and about. But wipes are very useful!

7. Sun Cream

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 41 32I’m ginger and have pale skin so I burn incredibly easily. Hence the factor 50+ kids stuff. I use the Boots Kids Play 8h protection sun cream, which really works. I’ve been using it for years and have never been burnt while using it. I also take a “normal” sun cream because although the 8h protection is great it is very thick and a bit of a pain to rub in. So I use the Nivea stuff as a top up cream or just something if I’m only out for a couple of hours. I honestly really do recommend the Boots Kids Play though!

8. Blister Plasters

photo-23-07-2017-17-41-10.jpgA selection of blister plasters won’t go amiss. I took the toe ones too and I’m glad I did as I had a huge blister on my toe last weekend!

9. Lip Balm

photo-23-07-2017-17-40-09.jpgI actually took the Carmex Cherry with SPF 15 in, but lip balm is definitely an essential. Especially if your lips get burnt!

10. Moisturiser

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 42 02Camping can dry your skin out. Especially if you’re like me and suffer from eczema. The grass at the campsite we were at dried my skin out a lot, and combined with being outside just made me appreciate moisturiser. Yes I know again this is a kids product, but it is great for people with eczema as it doesn’t irritate. Plus it smells wonderful!

Are any of these products in your holiday/travel bag? Did you forget anything last time you went away and regret it? ย ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon ๐Ÿ˜€



50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked

So today I thought I’d give this tag a go after I saw Everything Meย do it. Plus I thought it would give you all a chance to know me better ๐Ÿ™‚ So here goes!

1. Whatโ€™s your favourite candle scent?

That is a hard question! I like the Christmas cookie scent that Yankee candle do. But I also love the Rhubarb crumble one and black cherry. But I suppose I’ll pick Christmas cookie.

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

Maybe Zoella? She seems really cool, or even Anna Kendrick!

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

Erm, no idea! Maybe Matt Smith.

4. How old do you think youโ€™ll be when you get married?

I’d like to hope before I’m 30!

5. Do you know a hoarder?

Yes! Me! And my mum XD

6. Can you do the splits?


7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?

I’m not sure, but I think I was quite young. I remember the first time my dad took the stabilisers off my bike though.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?

Only the Atlantic Ocean.

9. How many countries have you been to?

Quite a lot, too many to count: USA, Iceland, Bermuda, Norway, and basically all of Western Europe. I’d like to go to Canada and Australia and New Zealand one day.

10. What would you name your daughter if you had one?

Amelia. I love the name ๐Ÿ™‚

11. What would you name your son if you had one?

Jacob or Joseph

12. Whatโ€™s the worst grade you got in a test?

I got a U in one of my AS level chemistry exams :O

14. What was your favourite TV show when you were a child?

I loved Blue Peter and “Dick and Dom in da Bungalow”

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?

Nothing. We were never allowed to do Halloween

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

Yep. I’ve read all of them.

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?

British ๐Ÿ˜€

18. Did your mother go to college?


19. Are your grandparents still married?

Both my grandmas are now dead, but they were married until they died.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?

Nope, but I did self defence in school.

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

Of course!

22. Whatโ€™s the first amusement park youโ€™ve been to?

Probably Legoland Windsor. My grandma and grandad used to take me and my brother. I remember getting my lego driving licence.

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?

I’d like to be better at German, but I’m very sad that I’ve lost most of my French.

24. Do you spell the colour as grey or gray?


25. Is your father bald?

Kind of XD

26. Do you know triplets?

Yes. We had some triplets in my class at school.

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?

I’ve hardly watched Titanic. I’ve only watched it a couple of times. But I think I prefer the Notebook.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?

Yes, but only stuff I’ve made at home by myself. I can’t have Indian takeaway as I have a really bad nut allergy.

29. Whatโ€™s the name of your favourite restaurant?

I love Pizza Express and Frankie and Benny’s

30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden?


31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJโ€™s, etc.)?

No, but my mum has Costco membership

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?

I have no idea, but I know my dad wanted to call me Emma

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?

Hans – that’s what my mum calls me sometimes.

34. Whoโ€™s your favourite person in the world?

My family and best friend.

35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?

I prefer the city. I like having shops and things to do. But sometimes I do crave the peace.

36. Can you whistle?

Yes, but not very loud.

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?

I do while I’m at uni, not at home though. I think I’m just a bit more unsettled at uni at night.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?

Yep! I have a selection of cereals in my cupboard so I can have something different every day.

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?

Yes. Inhalers for asthma

40. What medical conditions do you have?

Asthma and a nut allergy

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?

I mean I was in and out as a child for my nut allergy quite regularly, but for other things only twice that I know of.

42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?

Of course! I’m a marine biologist!

43. Where do you buy your jeans?

Hollister or H&M

44. Whatโ€™s the last compliment you got?

Someone telling me they’re proud of me for passing the taught component of my course with distinction.

45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

Not very often!

46. What flavour tea do you enjoy?

Just normal breakfast tea. But sometimes I enjoy a fruit tea.

47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

10 maybe? I don’t have that many, that’s 10 including things like my walking boots, flip flops, and wellies.

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?

I’d like Christianity, but at the end of the day I’d support whatever they’d want.

49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasnโ€™t real?

You know what, I honestly don’t remember when I realised!

50. Why do you have a blog?

I think to share my thoughts, feelings, opinions and experiences with everyone.

So there we have it! I hope you learnt a little more about me. Please do feel free to do this tag if you want to! ๐Ÿ™‚


Cath Kidston Favourites #2

So after showing you my first 10 Cath Kidston favourites, today I thought I’d show you the other 10 ๐Ÿ™‚ The pictures are a bit inconsistent as some are at home and some are here at uni!

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1. Pyjamas – I think I have 4 sets of Cath Kidston pyjamas. I love them! They’re all so soft and comfy ๐Ÿ™‚ย Photo 22-06-2017, 15 54 49

2. Winnie the Pooh Pouch – I keep this little pouch in my handbag with my medications in. Nothing worse than losing things in the bottom of your handbag!

3. Ticket Holder – I’ve had this for 4 years now and it is still holding up really well. It is so much easier putting my train tickets in here than losing them somewhere in my purse ๐Ÿ™‚

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4. Mickey Mouse Pouch – I love this Mickey Mouse pouch. It is a canvas-like material and is great for taking all my chargers away with me.

5. Shopper bags – Since we now have the carrier bag charge in the UK I keep a couple of these shopper bags in my handbag so I always have a bag with me. These are great bags too because the handles are long enough to put over your shoulder so if you’re carrying heavier things you can easily carry it on your shoulder.ย Photo 22-06-2017, 15 54 57

6. Wash Bag – I have two wash bags, a bigger one for longer trips away and this small one for weekend trips. I couldn’t resist it when I saw the fish print! ๐Ÿ˜€

7. Winnie the Pooh Jumper – Part of the limited edition Winnie the Pooh print this jumper is lovely and warm. I think it is supposed to be an every day jumper, but I tend to use it with my pyjamas (not that I need it right now)!ย Photo 22-06-2017, 15 55 01

8. Winnie the Pooh Overnight Bag – This bag is perfect for overnight trips. It is big enough to fit everything you need for a night in, but not big enough to be too big and bulky ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus it folds away nicely into a little pouch for storage.ย photo-16-06-2017-07-31-35.jpg

9. Disney Mugs – These mugs are possibly my favourite Cath Kidston things. They’re really limited edition and are so fragile and I wouldn’t dare use them in fear of them breaking!

10. 101 Dalmatian cushion – I adore this cushion. The print is lovely, plus it is lovely to snuggle in to. My only gripe with it is that it was ยฃ30, when my Winnie the Pooh cushion was only ยฃ15, so I get the feeling Cath Kidston got a little greedy with this latest Disney print, but still, I love it. ๐Ÿ™‚ย Photo 17-06-2017, 22 35 13

So there we have it, I’ve now shown you all of my Cath Kidston favourites ๐Ÿ™‚

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

The Lottery Tag

I’ve seen fellow bloggers Cheila and Angela both do this tag, and I loved it ๐Ÿ˜€ So Cheila nominated me to do it too ๐Ÿ™‚

The Lottery Tag was created by bloggerย Natalie.

Hereโ€™s how she describes her tag:

A quick synopsis of The Lottery Tag: Imagine you won the lottery. There is no set sum of money โ€“ it could be $100 or $100 million dollars โ€“ let your imagination run with it. All up for interpretation. Tell us what you would do with that money, and then tag a couple of your blogging friends to do the same. Or donโ€™t. No need to mention me for creating it; you can if you want, but I wouldnโ€™t mind if you didnโ€™t.

This tag is divided into 3 categories:

  • Small Stuff
  • Big Stuff
  • Really Big Stuff

So, if I won the lottery, I would do the following:

Small Stuff:

  • Buy a new laptop
  • Buy a HP Sprocket printer
  • Get more photos printed for my scrapbook
  • Buy lots of Cath Kidston stuff
  • Buy lots of books
  • Take a photography course
  • Buy a piccolo
  • Take up oboe lessons again
  • Buy more baking equipment
  • Buy a new bed

Big Stuff:

  • Buy a car
  • Buy new bedroom furniture
  • Give some money to my parents
  • Go whale watching in Monterey Bay
  • Visit the Harry Potter place in Florida
  • Visit Disney World
  • Go to Australia and New Zealand and see the Great Barrier Reef before it’s too late

Really Big Stuff:

  • Pay off my student debt
  • Buy a house, not just any house, but one I love and can have exactly how I want it (with a reading room and a huge kitchen)
  • Go on a round the world holiday (not backpacking, but more of a luxurious round the world trip)
  • Visit the Amazon rainforest
  • Give my brother money so he can buy a house

And thatโ€™s it. Thatโ€™s how I would use the money if I won the lottery ๐Ÿ™‚

What would you spend the money on? Consider yourself nominated ๐Ÿ™‚

See you again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Things that Make Me happy

Today I thought I’d share with you some of the things that make me happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Picture Tag

So last week Bea from BeaFreeย did the picture tag, nominating everyone for it. So I decided I’d give it a go today! ๐Ÿ™‚


โ€œBlondeโ€™s Tea, creator thisย 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 ofย 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 donโ€™t have to have photography skills or anything, it is just to spread lovely pictures on your blog and bring back lovely memories.โ€


  • 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:ย 


This is probably my favourite most recent photo of me ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo of My Favourite Vacation


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

Photo of My Funnest Day


My first ever trip to the WB Studio tour! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Photo of Your Pet


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


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 youย happy


Everyone who reads this ๐Ÿ™‚