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Thursday, 25 April 2019

A life update

Hi guys! I feel like it's been ages since we had a life update hasn't it? I also kind of owe you an explanation as to what's going on for me at the moment. I know some of you have noticed I haven't been around. And I am so thankful to the people noticing I haven't been posting here or on social media and who have got in touch to check I'm ok.

A life update - my health

My health is the main reason for todays chatty life update. Having autoimmune disease is something I have spoken about before. Since my original diagnosis two years ago my hypothyroidism has been really well controlled with my medication. But in January I started with a flare and by March it was in full swing. After eight weeks on my new medication I am feeling SO much better. It would be nice if my eyebrows grew back soon though!

A life update - notepad and succulent flat lay

A life update - Ellie

Just as I am feeling well again Ellie became ill. After a trip to the Doctors one Wednesday afternoon she was admitted in to hospital. No matter how old your kids get hearing a Doctor say you need to take them to hospital is always the worst. I was tucking her up in bed the next lunchtime but she has been needing a lot of rest for a couple of weeks.

A life update - card and succulent flat lay

A life update - behind the scenes

Behind my blog, apart from recovering and then looking after Ellie, things have been happening. My house purchase has just about gone through now (which is equally exciting and terrifying) and I can't wait to share it with you all. I have lots to write about too from before my flare and things I've done as I've got better.

A life update - keyboard, flowers and succulent flat lay

So there you have it. I am back blogging and couldn't be happier to be back up and running again.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

A guide for the best relaxation time

Oh how I love when it comes time for the weekend. It is a time to catch up on some sleep, but more importantly it is a time to relax and unwind as much as possible. Here is my guide for the best relaxation time. Full of tips and things to do to rest, relax, and have quality time with yourself over the weekend.

A guide for the best relaxation time - at home

Watch a great movie

I love to settle in and watch a movie. A great movie to me really just lets your mind get absorbed into a story and escape your own daily stresses. I do prefer a movie night at home, streaming a film via sites like rather than going to a theatre. That way I can really relax just being in my own space, with my favourite mug of tea and cosy blankets. 

Catch up on that book you never managed to finish

I will admit that there have been plenty of books that I do love and fully intend on finishing but don’t get around to doing so. So the weekend for me is the time is to get to that book I haven’t quite had the time to finish and give myself permission to do so.

Have an at-home spa date with yourself

My daughter and I both love to have an at-home spa date. It is the ultimate way to relax, unwind and treat yourself by taking care of your body and mind. To create the ultimate at-home spa experience, light some candles, diffuse some essential oils, play some calming music, make a mug of hot herbal tea, and bring out those face masks, hair masks, exfoliators, jade rollers, nail polish, and any and all pampering products you love
Tip: clean up your space first! It is absolutely worth it so you can relax in a clean and calming space.

A guide for the best relaxation time - aromatherapy oils

A guide for the best relaxation time - Activities out of the house

Treat yourself to some shopping

I am quite keen on retail therapy every now again. I don’t even need to go out and buy anything, but I do love to go out and just look around. Of course sometimes, I do love to treat myself to some purchases! 

Go to the movies

I know I mentioned I prefer movie nights in, but some movies with dramatic effects and scenes are fun to go out and see on the big screen. Plus, if you want to go out and do something relaxing but don’t have the energy to chat, a day at the theatre is the perfect option! 

Go see an art exhibition

An art exhibition is a wonderful, technology free way to spend time during your weekend. Find a show or exhibition that you connect with the style of and make a day out of it! You can go solo, or call up a friend or family member to join you! 

Meet up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while

I wish that I had more time to spend with friends! Unless a friend lives close by or has a lifestyle where our timetables can overlap, it can be hard to get together! During the week, it’s just not always feasible. So the weekend is a wonderful time for many to meet up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while or perhaps one that lives farther away.

A guide for the best relaxation time - coffee with friends

A guide for the best relaxation time - Time spent outdoors and being active

Go explore a new town

The weekend is a wonderful time to get away from your normal routine and environment so you can unplug and recharge. Take advantage of the area that you live in, and go explore a new town or setting. One of my favourite things to do is check out local eateries in new places. 

Go for a hike or walk in nature

Getting out in nature is a sure way to relax. You can go for a hike that rewards you with a gorgeous view or for a simple and lovely walk in a setting of your choosing.

Go for a nice long bike ride

A nice long bike ride, preferably on a bike with a basket that I can ride down to the market, is something I automatically associate with the weekend. It mixes up a typical way of being active and can even become a wonderful weekend tradition! 
A great way to relax during the weekend is to disconnect and take a break from social media. So challenge yourself to unplug and truly focus on yourself rather than the digital world around you.

A guide for the best relaxation time - stretching on a hilltop

What would be in your guide for the best relaxation time?

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Dirty Dancing at the Victoria Theatre Halifax

This month you can catch the West End Show, Dirty Dancing at the Victoria Theatre Halifax. Dirty Dancing is one of my all time favourite films. What's not to love? The music, the dancing and the storyline are all amazing and I can watch it time and time again. Whilst I've seen in on video (yup, I'm old), DVD and even shown at an outdoor cinema I haven't seen the live show before.

Dirty Dancing at the Victoria Theatre Halifax Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two  fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Featuring 35 hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.

The cast includes Kira Malou as Frances "Baby" Houseman, Michael O'Reily as Johnny Castle and Simone Covele as Penny Johnson. They all have some iconic dancing shoes to fill and I can't wait to see how they all take on the roles.

I am really looking forward to watching Dirty Dancing at the Victoria Theatre Halifax. And if you are there the same time as me I promise to try not to sing along too loudly!  

If you haven't got your tickets yet get them here and do let me know if you are going to see it.  

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Generation Skincare Vitamin C serum

*AD - GIFTED* It's been a while since we had a chat about new skincare goodies hasn't it? I like to think I've got a really good skincare routine and I'm happy with what I'm using. But, it never hurts to add something new does it? So, when I was sent the Generation Skincare Vitamin C serum I was looking forward to mixing things up.

About Generation Skincare Vitamin C serum

Generation Skincare Vitamin C serum

The Generation Skincare Vitamin C serum advertises that it heals acne prone skin, heals sun damage, improves fine lines and wrinkles, plumps the skin, improves hydration, increases skins elasticity and promotes radiant skin.

The ingredients include vitamin C (ascorbic acid), hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, green tea and ferulic acid. As well as being alcohol, sulphate and paraben free it is also cruelty free and vegan.

My Generation Skincare Vitamin C serum review

Generation Skincare Vitamin C serum

The Generation Skincare Vitamin C serum is in a 30ml dropper glass bottle. I really like dropper bottles for oils and serums as you get just the right amount of product so no wastage. The bright orange labelling is eye-catching and stands out on my dressing table.

The serum is an amber colour and exactly the consistency you would expect. A little goes a long way just 5 or 6 drops covers my face and neck.

This is my first time using acids on my face so I had no idea what to expect from it.

I am using the serum all over my face (but I do avoid my eyes) on a night after cleansing and toning and before my moisturiser. There is a slight tingle as I first put it on but it quickly stops and I certainly wouldn't say it is painful or uncomfortable.

From the first use my skin felts a lot smoother and softer and really hydrated. After around a week it looked brighter to me and felt really plump. By the second week friends at work were saying how well I looked and one of my close friends asked if I had a new highlighter. (FYI I had no make up on at all when I saw her!)

I really recommend washing your hands really well after putting it on as it does give them a slight orange tinge. Which is strange as no colour shows up on my face or neck.

After six weeks the serum hasn't caused any reactions or problems. My skin looks healthy and feels great. As it has only been six weeks I can't comment on the anti-ageing claims but I am here for anything that can keep away the fine lines longer for me.

My bottle is almost empty and I will definitely be replacing it as I can't recommend this serum enough.

You can get Generation Skincare Vitamin C serum here and it is £13.99.

Do you use acids? If you do please give me your recommendations as I would love to try more after using this.

Roundhay Park with the Tesalate towel

It is the school holidays here in Leeds and in typical British style the weather and road closures have been spoiling our plans! We have been sent a Tesalate towel and a day out at the Seaside with it would be perfect. Fortunately, Roundhay Park is nearby and saves the day.

About the Tesalate towel

The Tesalate towel is a large, absorbent, quick drying towel that is sand free too. They come in a huge range of vibrant designs that both women and men will love.

Tesalate towel - Paradise Found laid out on floor

The towels are lightweight and compact. Despite being a full size towel they fold up neatly into a tiny bag.

Tesalate towel - Paradise Found laid out on floor with bag

Tesalate towel - rolled up in bag

My Tesalate towel review

I have the Paradise Found design Tesalate towel, a super bright tropical print towel with flamingos, flowers and palm leaves. The colours are gorgeous and they instantly remind you of summer holidays. I do like that the reverse of the towel is a monochrome geometric print. It's almost like two towels in one! When it is inside its bag it is small and lightweight, the kind of thing you can throw in your bag and forget about.

Tesalate towel - laying it out on grass in park

Although I couldn't try my towel out on the sand I could use it as a picnic blanket. Roundhay Park is the perfect place to take a seat and watch the swans on the lake or the world go by. It's a windy and cold day but the ground is dry, so no damp soaks up in to the towel. The towel keeps me clean and stops that annoying grass tickle that you think might be a spider every two minutes.

Tesalate towel - sitting on towel in park

A quick shake and all the grass and gravel falls straight off. I obviously can't confirm the towel is sand free but definitely think it will be after using it in the park.
Our towel has been through the washer and out on the line to dry. The colours are just as vibrant and it dries really quickly.

Tesalate towel - shaking towel by lake

I love how small and lightweight the towel is it won't take up much room in my suitcase or beach bag and definitely won't take up much of the luggage allowance weight either.
I can't wait to take our Tesalate towel on holiday. It is going to be perfect to lay on in the sun lounger or down at the beach. As it is so absorbent and quick drying it will be great for the in and out of the pool days. There is nothing worse than laying on a soggy towel is there? I'm really looking forward to not having a beach bag full of sand too.

As well as being a great beach towel it will make a great picnic blanket for dry days here. I can picture us sitting in parks for a picnic with it or pulling it out at festivals for a sit down between bands or while we eat.

You can grab a Tesalate towel here and they are £49 or £79 for a towel for two.

Is a Tesalate towel something you would like for travelling or days out?

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Yandra rose syrup

You all know by now I do love me a good gin and tonic, and that I'm also partial to a glass of fizz too. But, I am always up for trying new things to add to the classic drinks. I was recently sent a bottle of Yandra Rose syrup and I've been trying it in a few different drinks over the last few weeks.

Yandra Rose syrup - boxed

About Yandra rose syrup 

Yandra Rose syrup - unboxed

Yandra rose syrup is made with Damask rose petals, sugar, water and a dash of lemon. There are no artificial colours. All natural and pure, handcrafted with love. It is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

You can use it in cocktails, teas, sparking and still wines, milk, desserts and even as a salad drizzle. You can also dilute it in water and drink it alone.

My Yandra rose syrup review 

Yandra Rose syrup - in gin and tonic

The Yandra rose syrup is in a 440ml glass bottle and it looks great standing in the drinks cabinet. (Or in my case the drinks corner of my worktop!).

It has a gorgeous, sweet rose aroma that you can smell as soon as you take the lid off. The syrup tastes sweet with a rose flavour and it is fairly thick and sticky. A little of the syrup is all you need, I am using just a teaspoon in my drinks.

On it's own with sparkling water or lemonade, it is a bit too sweet for me. But mixing it with gin and tonic or prosecco makes an amazing drink. The sweetness is offset by the dryness of the prosecco or the bitterness of the tonic.

Yandra Rose syrup - in prosecco

The Yandra rose syrup is something that I will make sure I have in for our summer barbecues and house parties. I'm sure it is something my friends will love in their gin and prosecco too. It will be great in cocktail jugs full of gin and tonic or even vodka martinis.

You can get a bottle here and it is £6.99.

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