Million Love Songs

I’ve finally finished another book! πŸ˜€ 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 KissesΒ Β 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

 

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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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ˜€

In September 2017 Cath Kidston released their fourth Disney collab, this time Peter Pan πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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

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

 

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. πŸ˜€

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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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

 

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

Hello again! How are you all? I hope everyone is well πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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? πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 Β£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 Β£65 is a lot of money, but then my mum surprised me and ordered it for me. But I absolutely love it! πŸ™‚

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So there we have my May favourites πŸ™‚ What have you been enjoying this month? πŸ™‚

 

Bake With Me #17 – Fridge Set Strawberry Cheesecake

I love a good cheesecake, but during the summer I don’t always fancy making a baked cheesecake. I first made this recipe in one of my food tech classes back when I was around 14, and I’ve made it several times since then.

Ingredients:

200g crushed digestive biscuits

100g butter

225g curd cheese or quark

150g strawberry yoghurt

1/2 packet strawberry jelly

Strawberries

50g white chocolate

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This recipe is actually really easy to make. Firstly melt the butter, then mix in the crushed biscuits. Pour this into a 20cm flan dish and press in. I always use a potato masher to press it in. Then put this in the fridge.

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In a saucepan, heat the jelly with 3 tbsp water and heat until the jelly has dissolved. Once it has dissolved take it off the heat and allow it to cool.

Take the cheesecake base out the fridge and top the biscuit base with some fruit.

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In a bowl mix together the quark, yoghurt and dissolved jelly mix. Once well combined pour it over the biscuit base.

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Top the cheesecake with some more fruit and then melt the chocolate and swirl over the top.

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Put the cheesecake back into the fridge to set then eat πŸ™‚

This cheesecake does taste a bit different from baked ones but it is still nice and makes a change πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon! πŸ™‚

Empties #1

So here is my first ever empties post! I’ve fancied doing an empties post for so long, but the problem is it takes me forever to go through things so I have to hoard for ages! I’m not quite sure how long its taken me to collect all of this, but I finally have some empties for you! πŸ™‚

I love empties posts, mainly to get recommendations of things, but also I think I’m just a bit nosey… Like those what’s in my bag posts. Anyway, here are the empties I’ve accumulated to share πŸ™‚

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Water Wipes – I bought these last month just after I’d had the cyst removed from my face. I couldn’t wash my face properly for 10 days so I used these. OK the environmental side of me doesn’t like that these aren’t biodegradable but they’ve actually been really nice to use. They don’t feel anything like other wipes and they are actually really hydrating because they’re 99% water and 1% grapefruit oil or something. Would I buy again? Yes, probably πŸ™‚

Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief – I’ve been using this toothpaste for around 4 years now I think. So, safe to say I think it’s pretty good. Only thing is is can be quite expensive unless you grab it on offer (or at Costco!). Would I buy again? Already have!Β 

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Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel – I quite like these shower gels. I only buy them on offer though! They’re really nice to use and smell so nice! Only thing is they’re quite expensive (unless on offer). Would I buy again? Probably… Once I’ve used up all the other shower gels I have! πŸ™‚

Superdrug Lens Wipes – Dirty glasses are annoying, especially when you’re out and about. I actually bought these to keep in my car but I also keep a couple in my work bag and in my handbag. If you wear glasses you’ll appreciate what I mean about nothing beats clean glasses! They are pretty good and do the trick. Would I buy again? Yes, already have πŸ™‚

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Carex Hand Soap (original) – OK, I know there are cheaper soaps out there but I love the smell of this. Plus we always buy it at Costco so it’s a good deal. Would I buy again? Yes, we already have πŸ™‚

Vaseline Aloe Vera Moisturiser – I LOVE this moisturiser. It smells nice and isn’t too greasy and it always sinks in quickly. I’ve been using this for a while now and it works well. Again, it can be expensive but Superdrug have it on offer 90% of the time. Would I buy again? Yes, already have! πŸ™‚

Sure Roll On Bright Bouquet – I go through phases with deodorant, sometimes I like roll on, other times I like spray. I tend to use roll on when I travel though. I love the smell of this (strawberry and apricot) and it does the job pretty well. Would I buy again? Yes, probably when I run out of my latest deodorant πŸ™‚

Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel – Well, this needs no explanation really! Would I buy again? Yes, already have! πŸ™‚

Blistex Intensive Moisturiser – This is honestly the BEST lip balm ever. It basically sorts lips out overnight if they’re sore or anything. Would I buy again? YES!!! πŸ™‚

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So that’s all for my first empties post. I hope you all enjoyed it πŸ™‚

See you again soon πŸ™‚