Saturday, 19 July 2014

Sunday Social 20/07

Social Sunday


1. What is the most difficult thing you have been through?
 
Last September my boyfriend started going numb and losing sensation in his mouth, hands and feet. He was eventually diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder in which his nerves started attacking themselves. Watching him in hospital get worse better he got better was hard, but recently he had a seizure and that was the worst thing I've ever experienced in my entire life. It was horrific.

 
2. What was your best birthday?
 
I honestly don't know. Probably the time my Mum surprised us with theatre tickets to Peggy Sue Got Married, then pizza hut, and I got The Sims and a pair of denim knee boots (hi 90's flashback!) as presents.
 
3. What has been your favorite thing you’ve done in your own city?
 
Probably ice skating (I work there so the excitement wore off pretty fast!)
or the roller disco :)
 
4. What is your idea of the perfect date night?
 
Snuggled with a movie and a nice meal, in our onesies <3
 
5. Have you ever been to a blogging conference? If so which one(s)? If not do you want to?
 
Nope, not my kinda thing, unfortunately. 
 
Have a great week!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Sup h'ombré!

Time for a change, and what better way than to hit the hairdressers for a new look! 


I adore my bleach blonde hair but the chemicals were taking their toll on my hair and scalp, so it was time to give it a rest for a while.
I love the new ombré trend, but having short hair, I thought it wouldn't be possible to have it done myself - I was wrong. I went to the hair salon armed with these photos....


....and after some deliberating, we were off! I wanted my natural colour at the roots which is very similar to the above photo, however my hair was white...it would just fade back really quickly. My amazing hairdresser went two shades darker, so now although it's darker, it will fade to the originally intended colour. 
It's really odd looking in the mirror at dark hair, as I'm a blonde through and through! It's taking a while to get used to it but I think that the more it fades, the more comfier I'll feel with it.
She did a super job though!!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sunday Social 13/07

Social Sunday
Hey y’all!
Today’s Sunday Social questions are all about the special people in our lives!



1. Tell us about the family you grew up in, parents, siblings, grandparents.
I grew up living with my parents and my sister, and our array of hamsters, mice and gerbils.
I had the perfect childhood :)
My grandparents on my dads side were always watching us when my parents worked, and we got to do so much painting, jigsaw puzzles, trips to the park. 
We always hung out with our cousin Nicola

I grew up by the sea

We went on holiday every year


2. Tell us about your husband, fiancé, boyfriend, significant other.
He's a right fruit loop! He's hilarious, makes me laugh on a daily basis, 
and is so full of love and compassion, no one else has ever and could ever compare.
He's the best. <3 :)



3. Tell us about your children. If you don’t have children, talk about your fur children.
No human children, but my nephew is like a second child to me and he is the best person I know. He's such a squidge and always manages to make me laugh and smile at his new talents.  My fur baby Scout is a springer spaniel and he's the naughtiest but loveliest baby I could ask for. 

Together, they're the cutest <3 



 

4. Tell us about your best friends. How long have you known them? How did you meet?

My best friends are my sister Kerri, my cousin Nicola and my best friend of 12 years from school, Lucy.

Nicola, Oz, Kerri and Me

Lucy, Me and Kerri
5. Tell us about any other special people in your life.
 and some of my fave photos ;)

Hubs and Oz
One of my good friends Ashlea and her little
man, Alex



Oz!

Scout

Sophie, Robyn, me and hubs

My parents! And our Turkish friends

My amazing Grandad, who passed in 2008


Your turn! Answer the questions and link up!

Next week’s questions
1. What is the most difficult thing you have been through?
2. What was your best birthday?
3. What has been your favorite thing you’ve done in your own city?
4. What is your idea of the perfect date night?
5. Have you ever been to a blogging conference? If so which one(s)? If not do you want to?
Have a great week!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

ivory&mason review


This week a little parcel arrived in the post, from American eyewear company
ivory and mason. Thanks to their generous instagram competition, where I had to submit
my best sunglasses-selfie photo, I won a pair of gorgeous aviator sunglasses!
ivory and mason sell top quality sunglasses at affordable prices, go check them out!
My glasses are super comfy, aesthetically look expensive and well made, and I've had loads of compliments already :)



xo











Saturday, 5 July 2014

Sunday Social 06/07

Social Sunday


Happy Sunday folks!
Last weekend was my sisters birthday and I was working flat out, 
so I completely missed the SS :'( So I hope you don't mind, I've included it at the end of today's questions. 

<3


This week’s questions
1. What is your favorite genre of music?
 
I really love indie acoustic singer/songwriter stuff.
Jason Mraz, James Morrison, John Mayer, etc.
Anything that's deep but catchy.
 
 
2. What is your favorite genre of movies?
 
Horror!!!! I get bored with everything else (except Adam Sandler comedies).
I love horrors and I've probably seen them all. Lucky for me, the mister loves them equally as much!
 
3. Do you watch reality TV? If so what was the first show you remember watching?
 
I remember watching Laguna Beach: The Real OC. I loved it. 
I still watch The Hills re-runs, and I love 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here'
and Catfish. But other than that, I don't like reality tv.
 
4. Who is an actress you’d want to be BFF’s with?
 
 Mila Kunis so we could goof around together, Amanda Seyfried so we could
goof around together with our dogs, and Kaley Cuoco so we could
goof around together with our dogs and exchange hair tips.
 
5. Who is an actor you’d be happy to be stuck on an island with?

Ryan. Freakin. Reynolds. <3
Or David Tennant. 
Or Derren Brown.
I'm not picky ;)
 
 And last week's questions...
 
1. What was your college major? Did you ever change majors?
 
Here in the UK we don't have the same educational system but from what I can decipher, the US college years are our University years. I majored in Forensic Science, then started a new course, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminology, then I just completed my Masters in Advanced Clinical Psychology. I never swapped anything. 

2. What is the best purchase you’ve made lately?
 
My new babies. My lemon yellow converse lites <3 


3. What is something silly we don’t know about you and go…
I’m addicted to Frozen the Disney movie. It’s kind of a problem.

4. What is your favorite holiday?
 
Christmas!!!!

5. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

Lay there in denial trying to remember why I have to get up.
This morning, I woke up 30 mins after my alarm, 45 mins before I had work.
Not cool. 

Your turn!
xo

Friday, 27 June 2014

House Update, finally!

It seems like eternity since I actually did a house update. Can you believe it's nearly July...which means we started decorating 11 months ago....it's almost our year anniversary of living here! 
Time's flown so much, but at the same time it's been the longest 12 months we've ever experienced. We planned to have soooo much done, but with Woody being so so poorly (and did I mention, he's now got a fractured spine on top of the GBS), we weren't able to get the work done as we'd planned. But who cares, we've got the next 60 years for that! 
So as I mentioned before, we had the electrics done a few weeks ago. It's been amazing since - new plug sockets and safer switches. 



It also meant that the attic got a good clear out by my dear fiancée :) it looks awesome now. 



We decided to buy a few little things to celebrate. We love Banksy, so this socket vinyl was perfect. 


And having had the electricians remove the awful wall lights, we covered up the small holes with the jigsaw frames. I've been hoping to hang them forever, but we didn't have the space. 


But most importantly, we forked out for cream wooden blinds in the living room and kitchen. I'm SO SO happy with the way they turned out!!!! 







Let's just take a moment to appreciate how far we've come this past year...!

From the house being Grandma's...


Slowly getting there, with the finishing touch being the blinds.

from curtains to blinds

We STILL haven't got all the skirting boards on yet but that's next in the plan. 

Considering everything that's happened this past year, I'm so proud of us for doing this much already! 

Stay tuned :) we're tackling the bedroom ASAP! 

Xo

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Guest Blogger: Chloe @ Eat Good Feel Good


Hey folks!

Today we're super lucky to be hosting a guest blogger
Chloe, from Eat Good Feel Good, is a Plymouth student on a mission - to eat healthily on a student budget. But not just that, Chloe likes to eat with her eyes (don't we all?!) so all her meals and snacks are aesthetically beautiful, interesting and I guarantee you'll be cracking out the chia seeds and dusting off your blenders when you have a read.

Chloe shares photos of her adventures in food on instagram(@ourowndust) and can be found on her blog here

Be sure to check her out!

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Smart Shopping on a student budget

“It’s too expensive to eat healthily!”
I agree. Sadly, eating healthy, whole foods is not the most cost effective way to eat. It is a crying shame that most of the time, it is cheaper and easier to grab a Maccy D’s than to prepare a delicious and nutritious meal. This year I made the decision to reclaim my body, one pound at a time and this meant making drastic changes to my diet. I was utterly shocked to find that the foods that are the best for you are often the most expensive- I’m looking at you organic produce! So, being a student on a tight budget, I decided to look into the best ways to eat smart and shop smart and  I am kind enough to share my secrets with you!
(Disclaimer: I am not some kind of financial whizz, nor are any of these ideas anything new and innovative. They are just tips and tricks that I have inherited, read online or discovered for myself.)

Select your supermarket
WARNING! This section is not for supermarket snobs. In a quest to find the cheapest fresh produce, I travelled far and wide. Ok, I travelled to the shops across Plymouth, but that’s the same thing. I crossed off Waitrose and Sainsbury’s straight away as they are just too expensive for me. I’m sure they do some great deals, but I can’t be dealing with popping in to have a look. Here are my supermarket sleuth findings…
  • Tesco
    Now, it is not the best for fruit and vegetables and I find that the quality of their produce isn’t fantastic. However, you get the lovely, lovely club card points. I use Tesco for fuel and packet food such as sauces, dressings and other things that might be on offer.
  • Morrison’s
    Although I cannot stand the experience and have an active hatred for their vegetable misting machines, I actually rate Morrison’s for their fruit and veg. They often have great deals and offer a brilliant range of produce. I love trying new and interesting food so this is a great option for me. Added to this, I find that the whole foods are a little cheaper in Morrison’s, so I buy my quinoa etc there. Oh, and (although this is for treats) the steak is amazing!
  • ASDA
    As I grew up five minutes away from the local ASDA, it is the supermarket that I feel most confident in. Also, it is the cheapest of the “main ones”. However, I don’t think it is that great for fresh produce or whole foods, apart from the blueberries. They are to die for!
  • LIDL
    Supermarket snobs look away now. Since I wasn’t able to buy all of the fresh and healthy things I needed in the main name supermarkets, I decided to try LIDL on recommendation by my grandparents and I will never look back. There is a great range of produce and it is all at amazingly low prices. A lot of the produce will be British, too. There are LIDLs popping up all over the place and I would say that you should all go and have a look!
  • ALDI
    And I thought it couldn’t get any better than LIDL! On my first trip to ALDI, I was able to get a full (small) trolley for about £40. You will be amazed at the prices. The fruit and veg is really, really nice and with the prices so low, I am able to spend a little more on treats like berries and better quality sauces and seasonings. The meat is also really great and each week they have super 6 offers, meaning that 6 different items are only between 49p and 69p each! All of this was purchased in ALDI for under £25…



  • The Internet
    I know this sounds weird but you can actually get some great deals online. If you are looking to buy some chia seeds (great post about these on Saira’s blog), look online. Things like this work out much cheaper in bulk and the best prices are from wholesalers on eBay and Amazon.

Although it is great to buy fresh produce for low prices, you do have to remind yourself that it is always better to shop locally and to buy organic produce. Local and organic produce is not only better for your body, it is better for your world too. It is a constant battle for me but I figure that cheap, imported fruit is better for me than a chocolate bar. It’s all about compromise and choices. If you do one thing to challenge yourself this week, go to ALDI!

Also, never go shopping hungry! Top tip.

Pick it yourself
With this in mind, another great choice is to pick your own fruit and veg and support a local pick your own farm. My local is called Pip’s (find them at http://www.pipsfruitandveg.co.uk/) and the produce is competitive with the supermarkets, only much fresher and tastier. These farms will have a range of products and the real value for money part for me is the fact that you get to have a day out! It can take a few hours to walk around the farm and pick the fruit and veg and it is a really fun thing to do, especially with kids. I would really recommend doing this.

Grow it yourself
Another great cost effective alternative is to just grow it yourself! If you have green fingers, this wont be a problem but if you are like me, you will cringe at the thought of having to look after a plant (not to mention the fact that I don’t actually have a garden). However, I have found that there are very simple things to grow and tricky cheats to keep the cost low and the earth healthy. I have just started to look after some herbs on my kitchen windowsill that I loving ‘adopted’. Buying the plants instead of growing them from a seed is a good cheat and if you look in LIDL or ALDI, you can pick up herb plants for less than 90p- much better considering you pay about 50p for a bunch that will only last a few days. I have had a mint plant in my kitchen for about 3 weeks now and it is still going strong, despite my tea habit!



Some tea made with some mint leaves from my lovely plant, named Minty.

Cook in bulk
You’ve probably heard this one 100 times before, but cooking in bulk is a really great way to keep food and energy costs down. When you prepare food for one portion, it is pretty much inevitable that you will cook too much. Making a big batch will help you ration your portions and means that you will only have to cook up one lot, saving money on energy as reheating is quicker. Loads of meals can be made in a big pot and because you are cooking it yourself, you can control the ingredients and make it as clean as you like. The dishes I like to make up and keep in the fridge for the week or freeze for further use are;
  • Curry
  • Chilli
  • Quinoa (much easier to cook up a big batch for the week than do it each day!)
  • Whole Chickens (free range!)
  • Soups

There are about a million more things that you could do this with, but these are my go to meals! Also, with this, it is much better if you plan out your meals ahead. This gives you a good idea of when you need to make a big batch and when you need to takes things out to defrost.


A portion of my chicken and vegetable curry. I use chicken that I take from a whole roasted chicken and freeze it into individual portions.

Be friends with your freezer
Your freezer is your friend! The most frustrating thing about eating clean and raw is that fresh produce goes off. Don’t let your purchases go to waste- throwing out food is like throwing away money! My top tip is to freeze your fruit just as it starts to turn (like when your strawberries start to go a bit squishy!). Not only are you saving your hard earned fruit from being wasted, you are preparing to create numerous frozen treats! You can make sorbets, ice creams and yummy summer smoothies with your frozen fruits. For more information and ideas about this, see my blog post ‘Ice cream, nice cream!’.


Some delicious strawberry lime sorbet made with frozen fruit!

Also, you can make smoothie bags to last you the week. Just prepare your fruit and greens and pop them into zip lock bags then in the freezer. This saves time, too. On this note, make sure you are only buying what you need when you are at the shops, don’t over do it! Wasted food is wasted money.

Pack it up



A typical lunch time for me at work. Delicious and nutritious!

It is no secret that I am a Tupperware fetishist! I love, love, love food storage containers and my life would not be the same without them. One of the key aspects to me being able to keep my food costs low is that I always prepare my food in advance and take a packed lunch. Taking food with you is a much more cost friendly option as often pre packaged food that had any nutritional value is rather expensive, especially pre prepared fruit packs. It does require a bit of extra effort but it is totally worth it in the long run. Also make sure that you invest in a good BPA free bottle and always take a drink with you. Stay hydrated kids!

Finally, I would suggest that you always and only drink water, not fizzy drinks or juices. Not only are they really bad for you, but the cost can really rack up without you noticing. It might be hard to give up at first but you won’t notice after a while- I promise! Although it might seem that eating packed lunches and the same meals over and over can get boring, you need to remember why you are saving money. For some people, it is a necessity and for others, it means that money can be spent more wisely elsewhere (maybe a holiday fund, or a new laptop). I have found that shopping smart and saving money of my healthy food bills has become a bit of a hobby and I love coming home and seeing how much good stuff I can get for my pennies! Give it a go and tell me how you get on! Visit me at www.eatgoodfeelgood93.blogspot.co.uk and join me on my journey.

Chloe xx