Monday, 19 November 2018

A LUSH CHRISTMAS

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Throwin' it back to the good old blogging days with a classic Christmas Lush haul. I don't go into Lush as much as I used to when I first started blogging, as their prices these days are a bit dear, but I do like to treat myself when a new season rolls around. So here's what I picked up from this year's Christmas collection:

A hydrating bath bomb filled with Fair Trade organic cocoa butter sourced from the Dominican Republic. According to Alex, the girl who served me, it makes your bath water feel velvety and is good for dry, eczema prone skin.

If you haven't tried Snow Fairy, you need to try Snow Fairy! I remember watching Zoella's vlogs years ago and always hearing her rave about this and so I added it to my Christmas list and now it's an essential part of my winter shower routine. If you're not a fan of sickly, sweet scents then this is not for you but if you want to smell like bubblegum then this one is for you. 

I believe that this has the same ingredients as the Butterbear bath bomb, correct me if I'm wrong. I've never tried a shower jelly before but I'm excited to give it a go. I wonder how long it's going to last, knowing me I will drop it in the shower and it will slip away down the drain.

This is a limited edition product from the Christmas collection so grab yours before they go. I love that Lush do bubble bars because you can get weeks or even months use out of them. I don't know how they do it but bubble bars create more bubbles than you'd get from a standard bath foam. Who doesn't like a bath filled with bubbles? 

What's your favourite product from the Lush Christmas collection?

Fran
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Monday, 12 November 2018

NOVEMBER TO DO LIST

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I know it's a little late to be posting a monthly to do list but better late than never, right? I like to start each month with a list of all the things I’d like to achieve by the end of the month and by sharing my to-do lists on my blog, they’re more likely to get done. There’s no hiding from them, I see it every time I go onto my blog and every time someone leaves a comment. 

01. START SCHEDULING BLOGMAS POSTS
I’ve decided to give it a go and attempt blogmas this year. I haven’t decided whether to commit to the full 24-25 days or post every day for the first 12 days of advent. I should probably get a poll out on Twitter and make a decision soon because November is flying by and before you know it will be December.

02. ORDER A NEW LAPTOP
I bought an ASUS Eeebook back in 2015 and it’s served me well but I need something with more power. It's on its last tethers and can’t keep up with all the tabs and documents I need open so it’s time to upgrade. I have been putting this off for the longest time and now it's at the stage where some days it'll turn on and other days it won't. Trying to write a blog post at the moment is a struggle, will I make it to the end of the post without it crashing? I'm playing with fire.

03. VISIT A CHRISTMAS MARKET
It may seem a little early to be thinking about going to Christmas markets but in November, it’ll be less busy and I can almost guarantee there will be no kids. So, Becc4blog and I are heading to the Christmas markets in Bath next weekend. 

04. START MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
I’m that person who usually leaves it until the last minute but this year, I want to do things differently. I want to be on top form and have all my presents bought and wrapped by the middle of December and in order for that to happen, I need to be organised and start buying presents ASAP.

05. MENTALLY PREPARE FOR DECEMBER
You're probably going to hate me for saying this but I don't like Christmas. Tell a lie, I love the build up to Christmas but I hate the actual day, it just never lives up to expectations. So before the festive period begins and my hours at work rocket, I need to mentally prepare and just take the time to make sure I don’t get overwhelmed.

What’s on your November to do list?

Fran
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Thursday, 1 November 2018

WHAT OCTOBER HAS TAUGHT ME

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October has been a month full of lessons. I started the month working at ASOS and ended the month with a new job, new car and new friends. 

Every situation in life is temporary 
I started working at ASOS towards the end of September and I quickly realised the environment and job itself was not for me. It felt like I was back in school and I didn't have the best time in school and it brought back some bad memories. So, I made the decision to take myself out of that environment and into an environment I can thrive in. I handed in my notice at the beginning of the month and start applying for new jobs almost immediately. Within four days of being unemployed, I had secured a full-time position at a nearby bar. I promised myself when I left Mcdonald's, my job prior to ASOS, that if I wasn't happy in any future jobs, to leave rather than tolerate it. The feeling of unhappiness was there from my first day but I tried to make myself like it but you can't force things that are not meant to be. I'm a lot happier where I am now and I actually enjoy going into work each day, which is how it should be. 


The world really is your oyster 
We've all heard this saying and I never truly knew what it meant. When you've been in school for 13 years, you don't really have the time or think of life in the real world but now I'm out of the education system for the next 10 months, I can. I have never looked into what the world has to offer, the opportunities that lie outside my comfort zone. Instead of spending my paycheck on material items, I opened a savings account dedicated to travel and experiences. I think it's so important to experience the world from different perspectives. Not only do you start to have a new appreciation for your surroundings but you learn a lot about yourself, your likes, dislikes, limits and boundaries. 

Part of adulthood is accepting loneliness
Adulthood is lonely. For 18 years of my life, I was surrounded by family, friends, classmates and teachers, 5 days a week. And now, it's just me. I still have my family, I still have friends but I don't have classmates and teachers, they've been replaced by colleagues. I love my own company and often do things alone but adulthood brings a new kind of loneliness. Gone of the days where I could call a friend and they would be round within 5 minutes. Now, it takes 2-3 weeks to plan to see your friend on a day that suits both of your schedules. Some of your friends are at uni so their assignments take priority, some have babies, have moved out, moved country and your schedules don't match up so a Facetime catch up it is. Yes, I make time to see people who are important to me and vice versa but there are not enough hours in the days to work, eat, socialise and get enough sleep for your 8am shift the next day. It can often feel like you're in the world alone and no one has time for you but the truth is, we're all in the same boat, feeling the same way and trying our damn best. You learn to accept that you're going to be lonely a lot of the time and find new ways to keep yourself entertained. 

What did October teach you?

Fran
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