Monday, August 31, 2015

Monthly Highlights | August

Hi, I know it's over said but wow this month has gone so fast. I can't believe just how fast this year is whizzing by. It's been a rather uneventful month but I felt busy without been over faced with stuff to do. The weather finally seemed to pick up and the rain has been more tropical rather than wintry. We had a lovely weekend of Summer sunshine which I have made the most of with a BBQ and reading in the garden, which was one of the highlights of the month.




 - Succulent - Space Girl Bath Bomb - Leeds Skyline - Animorphia colouring Book -

Mini goals for August 7/10
    1. Take part in the #Sassybooks book club again 
    2. Play a board game
    3. Get my hair cut 
    4. Use prompts to take photos
    5. Post every other day
    6. Use up old products
    7. Enjoy the last of summer
    8. Go clothes shopping
    9. Go for a walk in a forest
    10. Do some baking
    Yay! I made it to the end of the month and managed to post every other day. It's been a busy month for blogging and I think I might have to slow down the pace so I don't burn out but I'm so proud of myself for keeping this place so active.

    I went to a games night and played a star wars game named X-wing, it was pretty interesting and not really a conventional board game but it counts. I had a little shopping trip with my sister way back at the beginning of the month, where I didn't really pick anything up but it was nice to get a vibe of the trends on the high street. I baked some scones as they are so simple and I really fancied some jam.

    I failed on the photo prompts but I'm going to take this forward into next month and try again. I also didn't get my hair cut which is so naughty, it needs cutting so badly so it will be happening asap. I didn't spend enough time outdoors either but with autumn on it's way I will be spending more time in the outdoors as this is my favourite time for getting out and enjoying nature.

    Recap/Highlights
    • I was nominated for the Liebster Award, you can read some random questions and find out who I nominated here.
    • I took part in the #sassybooks monthly read, this month we read 'All The Light We Cannot See' read my review here.
    • I got 100 followers on Bloglovin and wrote a post about the reason I started blogging, which you can read here.
    Hope you all had a lovely month and enjoyed the summer!
    Sam

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    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    20 Blog Post Ideas | Blogging on a Budget

    Hi, Yay for the weekend. I've now got the whole week off work and I'm so looking forward to doing loads of reading and getting on top of my blog posts before my little holiday to the east coast (Seaside here I come!!!). I've come up with some budget blog post ideas for the future and decided to share my post ideas with you. As a new blogger I decided I didn't want to spend a fortune and I have no intention of spending any money if I can help it. I think some of the best blog posts are ones which don't cost a penny to produce.



    20 Budget Blog Post Ideas
    1. Shop your stash
    2. Advise post
    3. Lists
    4. Wish lists
    5. Day in the life
    6. Outfit of the day
    7. Product review
    8. Favourite bloggers
    9. Simple DIY project
    10. Seasonal tag
    11. Whats in your bag
    12. Daily Makeup
    13. Talk about a collection
    14. Book review
    15. Talk about a global event
    16. Monthly round up
    17. Happy things
    18. Pamper night
    19. Room Tour
    20. Talk about a hobby
    I enjoyed putting this list of ideas together and I'm really looking forward to producing the content to join them. Blogging is definitely one of the cheapest hobbies I've ever had, craft is so expensive.
    What's your favourite type of blog post?
    Sam

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    Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Liebster Award

    Hi, Hope you're having a good week. On Tuesday I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Moany Mouse (thanks for the nomination). I love these awards as they are such a great way for people to find new undiscovered blogs, by creating a chain of links and sharing the blogging love, anyway onto the award.



    Award Rules
    • Thank and link the lovely person who nominated you.
    • Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
    • Nominate 10 bloggers with 200 or less followers, let them know they have been nominated.
    • Answer the 10 questions asked.
    • Make 10 questions of your own for your nominees.
    • Lastly, copy these rules in the post.

    10 Questions From Moany Mouse

    1. What is your favourite animal and why?
    Elephants, I love that they are so family oriented and really cute (did you heard about the baby at chester zoo, I need to go).

    2. If you were going to adopt a new lady cat, what would you name her? 
    I like the idea of gemstones as names like Ruby or something celestial like Luna.

    3. When is the last time you busted a sneaky dance move when no one was watching?
    In order for the move to be sneaky I'd have to say I was at work. I dance around my room like a fool all the time.

    4. What is your favourite word?
    Lithium, because I enjoy saying it.

    5. What is your guilty pleasure song?
    Anything by Kesha, I know a lot of people aren't a fan but I can't help enjoying her music.

    6. What is your favourite movie?
    Back to the future, I love this film so much.

    7. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
    The response I get to my posts, every comment I get makes me smile, I love that people are reading and enjoying my blog.

    8. Which blog post of yours is your favourite?
    I'd have to say my post about visiting the Yorkshire Wildlife Park because seeing my photos of the animals reminds me of what a great day it was and how much I enjoy seeing animals.

    9. Who is your favourite person?
    My mum because she's super.

    10.What is the most used app on your mobile?
    Honestly I don't have many apps so probably just the Facebook app.

    My 10 Liebster Award Questions

    1. What is your favourite book?
    2. If you could be an animal for the day what would you be?
    3. Would you prefer a night in watching films or a night out partying with friends?
    4. What is your most prized possession?
    5. If you could live in the fictional world which one would you choose?
    6. What is your favourite season and why?
    7. If you could dye your hair any colour, what would you pick?
    8. What is your favourite Disney movie?
    9. Would you prefer to go abroad or staycation for your holiday?
    10. What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

    My 10 Liebster Award Nominees

    Sarah - Sarah Eliza
    Lorna - Life by LDE
    Patti - Shifting Tales
    Emma - Oh Flower Child 
    Georgia - Love On The Wall
    Samantha - All I know Now 
    And YOU if you want to take part!

    Hope you enjoyed reading my answers.
    Please feel free to join in and let me know if you do I'd love to read your answers.
    Sam

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    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | #SassyBooks August

    Hi, This is my second month taking part in the #sassybooks book club. If you are unaware of the book club it was set up by lovely Charlotte at Colours and Carousels and Hayley at Water Painted Dreams (go check out their blogs, promise it's worth it). This month we read 'All The Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr. I'll be honest when I saw the size of the book I was a little worried that I wouldn't read it in time for the review, thankfully I finished it with a little time to spare. This is a book I would not have read if it wasn't for the book club, so it made a nice change to read a book from a different genre.

    All The Light We Cannot See

    Author - Anthony Doerr
    Page Count - 530
    First Published - 2014

    The story is told from multiple points of view, but mainly the two characters Marie-Laure and Werner, with some other character filling in major plot points. The story is set in the second world war when the Nazi troops invaded Paris. Marie-Laure is a young girl of twelve when the invasion hits and is forced to flee with her father to Saint-Malo where her Uncle lives. There are elements that make this even harder than imaginable. Firstly Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six, turning her neighborhood into a maze. Secondly her father has been tasked with carrying an artifact from the Museum of Natural History where he works. His mission is to keep it safe, only he does not know if it is real or fake.

    Werner is a German orphan, his father died working in the local mine. He lives with his sister Jutta at a orphanage awaiting the age of sixteen when he will be put to work in the same mine that took his fathers life, he finds the idea suffocating. Werner is a smart and inquisitive child, he finds a broken radio and fixes it, this is without a doubt the catalyst for his whole life. He joins the Hitler youth, which is his only chance of becoming a scientist and becomes a radio expert in the German army.

    From reading the blurb I really wanted to get stuck in and see how these characters lives where interwoven when they lived so far apart. This was my favourite aspect of the story, finding out all the little bits of information that linking them together without their knowing until they finally meet in Saint-Malo.

    The book although based in history is very much fictional, only using the events of the war as a back drop for the story to unfold. The story is more about the horrors of war from the general public's point of view, this includes people on both sides of the war and how first perceptions of a character based on their origin can be totally wrong, being a German during the war does not make you a bad person.

    I found this book hard to read at times due the the amount of German/French words thrown in but it did not detract from the reading experience. The book is really well written and very descriptive, enhanced by the personal view of the world for Marie-Laure. I felt the book slowed in pace towards the middle and then everything happened in the last few chapters tying up as many loose ends as possible. I felt the time line in the book was confusing, it jumps around a lot, the starting chapter actually happens right towards the end of the story. Overall I really enjoyed the story as there where many layers to what was happening, which kept the story interesting even at it's slowest points.

    Thanks for reading, I'm looking forward to finding out what next months pick is, if you want to take part check out the fore mentioned blogs for the newest book choice. If you would like to read last months review you can find it here.

    Don't forget to check out the other blogger reviews using the hashtag #sassybooks.
    Sam

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    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    Reasons Why I Won't Miss Summer

    Hi, Hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I don't hate the summer but there are a few elements which I am quite happy to say goodbye to until next year. My favourite season is autumn and I'm very much looking forward to the seasonal change around the corner. I've put together a little list of reasons why I'm happy to say goodbye to the summer. After all this year has been such a let down in general I don't even feel like we've had a summer anyway. Although I am grateful for the odd day of pure sunshiny warmth Britain has been blessed with (like today, although storms are forecast later).



    Reasons Why I Won't Miss Summer
    It's Too Hot to Sleep
    I love my sleep so when I can't sleep it messes me up for the following day. I hate the whole process of been too hot then too cold and constant fighting with blankets and the open air to get comfortable.

    Inappropriate Summer Clothes

    I do it every year, I get caught up in the summer styles knowing dam well I won't be going abroad and the British weather won't be hot enough to wear them without feeling cold. It's such a waste of money and space. These are items I'll wear once at best, I must stop it.

    You Must Be Out Enjoying Summer

    This is self inflicted as I feel like it's the time of year to be going places and seeing things but I'm really bad for just wanting to chill at home on the weekends. I know I should really be out enjoying the little bit of sun we get.

    Unpredictable Weather
    It's really hard to plan around the weather because it's always changing. Organize a BBQ and you can bet it will rain. Stay at home with nothing to do and it will be the nicest day of the year and you'll be gutted you're not at the beach.

    Sweat

    Not that this happens all that often as it doesn't really get hot enough, but Britain been Britain you can bet one of the hottest days will have started off a bit naff and so you get caught out wearing one of your warmer outfits. Been sticky/damp with makeup sliding down your face is never nice.

    Is there anything you won't miss about summer?
    Sam

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    Friday, August 21, 2015

    Blogroll | My Favourite Bloggers

    Hi, Happy Friday! What a week, it's gone so fast. I have sorted out a little holiday for myself to the east coast at the start of September, so I'm going to be doing a lot of planning/scheduling this weekend so I've got plenty of content for you guys. I'm also planning on heading to a local canal festival and having a family BBQ (hoping it doesn't rain).

    Today I decided to share the love for a few blogs that I always take the time to read. I've been following each of these blogs for ages and highly recommend you go check them out. These are just a tiny selection of blogs that I follow.





    Victoria - Vvnightingale
    Paige - Paige Joanna
    Heather - Sugarpea
    Mary - Strikeapose
    Jennie - Sailboat
    Jemma - Dorkface
    Zoe - Zoe London
    Tessa - Holly Sparkle
    Peaches - Stylepeaches
    Stephi -  Stephi LaReine
    Rebecca - The Clothes Horse
    Lyzi - Being Little

    I enjoy reading blogs of all genres and seeing what everyone has been up to but my favourite blogs are lifestyle/what ever they feel like blogging about blogs and really well developed personal style blogs. Have a lovely weekend. 



    Do you have a favourite blog genre?
    Sam

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    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    Why I Started Blogging | 100 Followers

    Hi, Something amazing happened the other day, I reached 100 followers on Bloglovin! I know it's not a numbers game but I'm super happy that 100 of you lovely people out there in the world have found my little piece of the internet and deemed it worthy of your time. I hope I can continue to produce content you find both interesting and informative and that you will stick around and help me grow Momentarily Dreaming further.


    Why I Started Blogging

    If I'm honest I would say I purely started blogging as something to do on my Sundays as my boyfriend is at work and I had some spare time as a result. I was in need of a hobby and love looking at blogs myself so I figured I would give it a go.

    Before I started blogging I viewed blogs but was too afraid to post a comment. When I first hit publish on my first post way back in November I was worried about what people would think and didn't feel ready to push myself to create content. I didn't join Bloglovin and start to notice the attention my blog gained until May this year over six months after I published my first post. Since then I have had over 1600 page views and a lot of positive comments on my posts. Not to mention the 100 followers I have gained in just 4 months which is mind blowing, to me anyway.

    Blogging is hard work (especially when you work a 40 hour week) but at the end of the day you should only be doing it if you really love it. So far since May when I started to dedicate my time I have loved every minute. I don't know what was in my head space before I started to think like a blogger, but I can feel a creative buzz now. I would consider myself quite shy but blogging is pushing me to open up and not worry about what people will say/think. Having a platform for creative writing and sharing ideas openly is such a nice thing to have.

     A massive thank you for reading!
    Sam

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    Monday, August 17, 2015

    Colouring Books | The Art of Stress Relief

    Hi, I enjoy colouring anyway, so I decided to jump on the adult colouring book band wagon. I found this more unique colouring book called Animorphia, it is described as an extreme colouring and search challenge. I purchased this from Amazon for only £3.99 which I think is a bargain and would make such a lovely gift with some colouring pencils. It is a really striking cover.

    The illustrations in this book are right up my street, they are a little more free flowing and alternative to some of the other books I have seen. This book features really strong drawing of animals like the one on the cover. There are then really intense collections of anything from Alien, playing cards, a laptop, sports equipment and a pirate ship which make up the search element to the book. I doubt most of these will actually require finding as they are rather big but they are easily disguised by the amount of random items.

    This is my favourite page spread in the book as I just love Octopus, I'm thinking orange with purple detailing. At this point I would like to recommend some pencil crayons which I think will be highly over looked because of their home brand status, but are some of the best colouring pencils I have used. The pencils I am referring too are the WHSmith colouring pencils. These pencils are so blend able and genuinely a pleasure to colour with.

    I have done a little bit of colouring and it's been a real joy to put pencil to paper after so long. You can forget about the stuff that is going on and truly focus on an art form which anyone can partake in. There are also some free space areas in this book where you are prompted to doodle and further produce creative thinking. I am really happy with my purchase and can't wait to dedicate more time to filling the pages with colour.

    Have you tried colouring as a form of stress relief?
    Sam

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    Saturday, August 15, 2015

    8 Ways To Overcome Bloggers Block

    Hi, Hope you are having a lovely weekend so far, mine has been rather uneventful but very relaxing. Sometimes it's just nicer to have some down time and sit on the sofa all day. In my case I've been catching up with my Bloglovin feed which gets crazy busy, drinking tea and awaiting the time to order some naughty takeaway food.

    So today I've put together a list of ways to get around bloggers block when it hits. Luckily I still have a few ideas waiting to be posted, but I figured it was personally best to have something to look back on for inspiration. Hopefully I can help some of you as well.

    Ways to Overcome Bloggers Block

    Think Like a Blogger
    Everything is a blog post waiting to happen. Shop your stash of beauty products or talk about a favourite brand. Reflect on a shopping trip or day out. Write some wishlists or create a Blogroll.

    Get Out and About
    Taking time away from your blog will give you time to think about future posts. Referring back to my first point, going out gives you plenty of subject matter if you look at the situation in the right way.

    Photograph Everything
    This is something I struggle with and need to work on changing. Photographing that pretty flower, pile of autumn leaves or the bluest sky can all make lovely backdrops from wording to introduce a post. Doing this means you have a few points of inspiration for later posts or simply a nice image to use when you have nothing related to your post topic.

    Write Everything Down
    Wether it's on an app on your phone or that super cute notebook you treated yourself to because blogging. Make notes about anything and everything that inspires you.

    Read Other Blogs
    Don't compare your blog to others, but you can find inspiration from other blogs. There might be a trending theme or a blog tag doing the rounds which you can use as content.

    Brainstorm
    Your first idea might not be your best, by brainstorming ideas you can work out the best possible way to share your content. You will also get a lot of ideas from this so you can work out exactly what you want to post about.

    Make a Start
    If you make a start you might find that ideas just flow and you've got posts ready in no time. When I'm lacking the ability to put a coherent sentence together, I spend my time just writing out bullet points to refer back to at a later date and bulk out. I find this works for me as then if I have a few free hours I can get a few posts finished and ready to proof read and add images to.

    Have a Plan
    I like to schedule my post so I can plan what is going to be posted when. Having some form of plan makes time organization easier. This also stops me from accidental pressing publish rather than save. Doing this means that I know which posts I need to priorities and get photos/images ready for.

    I hope this is helpful. Do you have any of your own tips?
    Sam

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    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    Monochrome Homeware Wishlist

    Hi, hope you are having a lovely week. I'm really happy that I'm keeping up to posting every other day, I'm hoping I can keep it up. Recently I've been spending way to much time looking at homeware, even though I know I can't buy anything yet, but maybe you can. I decided to share the lovely things I've found on the internet with you. I can not wait to be able to start buying homeware, but I need to work on the house bit first.



    Wilkinson: Love Sign £15.00 | Ampersand £5.00
    Ikea: Ornate Frame £25.00 | Lantern £7.00 | Clock £4.50
    H&M: T-Light £1.99 | Sequin Cushion £12.99 | Slogan Cushion £3.99
    Paperchase: Frame £12

    I want a mainly monochrome theme with a pop of colour that I can rotate around the house to keep things fresh. The easiest way to do this is to buy coloured soft furnishings and small trinkets such as candles. I'm not normally a fan of slogans but the 'Have a nice day' cushion would really brighten my mornings. I'm a magpie and can't resist anything silver so that's why I've pick the highly unpractical sequin cushion, 'It's so shiny!'. The ornate Ikea frame is something I dread them discontinuing so badly, I've wanted this item forever, as in years and years, I'm so shocked they still sell it. Ampersand's are a really pretty looking form and makes a really nice sculptural piece.

    What is your favourite piece? Seen anything nice lately?
    Sam

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    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    Why I Enjoy Book Series

    Hi, I love a good book and reading a book from cover to cover gives me a real buzz but there is something magical in the whole element of a series of books. I sometimes really don't want to say goodbye to a character or just feel that there could have been more to their story. In a series of books you get a much more in depth story line, time can pass between books but it's the same characters you've grown to love in their next chapter of existence. I'm not always aware that a book is part of a series and I've been lucky so far about picking the first book and not the third. Other books I picked purely for the fact they are a series, as I know this is something that I enjoy.

    Book Series I Have Read
    Harry Potter - JK Rowling
    Obviously Harry Potter was going to be top of the list as it is probably the first series of books that I read and it goes without saying that it's good. The passing of time between the books in school years is a really clever way to create a series of books. I love the insight you get into the characters growing up and bonding to create such strong friendships. The whole inter woven storyline which takes place within all the books including dropped hints and a building unease for the final ending. I photographed 'The Goblet of Fire' because it is my favourite book.

    The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
    I saw the first hunger games movie before I read the books, which I got so hooked on that I managed to read all of them in no time at all. The books as with most film adaptations are quite different, the story is more of an internal monologue from Katniss and the games come across a lot harsher down to the much longer time scale that comes across in the books.

    The Legend Trilogy - Marie Lu
    I read this trilogy back at the beginning of the year, borrowed from the library I didn't realize it was a trilogy. I totally fell for this story, I would highly recommend it you haven't read it. Boy meets girl but they are from different backgrounds a chance meeting is what sets off a chain reaction of events. Both are drawn to each other but have lost people they love down to the actions of the other, making their feelings conflicting.

    Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
    Another Trilogy which should be on everyone's to read list if it hasn't been already. The descriptions are just magical.

    The Maze Runner - James Dashner 
    I bought the books as I wanted to read the story before seeing the film which is my preferred way. I can honestly say the film lost all the heart and soul of the books in transition so don't let it put you off. The books are really worth a read, I love that the characters find out what's going on as you do so you feel how confused they are about the events happening around them.

    Game of Thrones (only on book 3) - George R.R. Martin
    The books are different to the TV series in terms of timelines and going to have very different endings. The books are huge, so well worth the money.

    Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
    I got this as a Christmas present, it was not a series I was all that bothered about and I found it quite hard to like the characters (just me?) but I know it has a massive following so might be worth a read if Vampires/Werewolf's are your thing. 

    Tales of the Otori - Lian Hearn
    I read these books years ago after borrowing them from the library one summer holiday back when I still had a summer holiday. The story is really good and has stayed with me all this time. I have found that there are now another two books in the series, so this is one series that I might have to reread.

    Disc World - Terry Pratchett
    There are so many, I have read quite a lot of the books from the disc world series, by far my favorites are 'Going Postal' and 'The Monstrous Regiment'. I love that there are mini series within one massive world so if you don't like one selection you'll probably love another dependent on the time and focus of the story.

    Have you got a series of books you would recommend?
    Sam

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    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    My Morning Routine

    Hi, I find mornings hard work, I don't even get up that early with my alarm going off at 7am. I do not deal well with been woken from my sleep. Here is my daily morning routine and the products I use, to try and make my mornings as good as they possibly can be.

    - Bowl, Glass Mug and Tea Strainer | Ikea -

    My Morning Routine

    I have a snooze on my alarm as who can face not even having a ten minuet lying, I try to wake up at this point and have a quick look on Bloglovin and other social media platforms before dragging myself out of bed. After my second alarm I head for the shower.

    I wash my hair every day, my hair might suffer as a result but its helped my skin with excess oils, so I wouldn't dream of not doing it. I use the Herbal Essence Naked Shampoo and Conditioner in the Moisture formula with extracts of mint. I leave the conditioner on my hair until the last minuet before I'm getting out of the shower.

    I use a bath lily (I had to look what these where called) and currently the body shop peach shower gel for a good morning clean. I like a shower gel with a really awakening scent, I find citrus blends work best. If I need to shave I use the Gillette Venus Oceana Disposable Razors, they last so long and you can pick them up really cheaply if you shop around.

    After I've showered I use my Body Shop wide tooth comb to comb my hair, after I have towel dried it. I then apply argon oil to the ends before blow drying and straightening.

    Once my hair is sorted I moisturise my face and neck with the Olay complete care fluid which has SPF 15. I apply Nivea Essential care lip balm, to keep my lips super hydrated. I then apply deodorant, I currently use the Sure invisible aqua. I have recently started using a gradual tanning lotion to moisturise my body with the added benefit of a summer glow.

    I then get dressed, if it's a work day I'll be wearing my uniform. If it's a weekend I'll normally either stick on one of my more casual hanging around the house outfits, or I'll put together something nicer if I have plans for the day. Makeup wise it is very rare that I wear any, I don't see the point at work as it's only a warehouse and I don't deal with customers. At the weekend if I have something planned I'll put some blusher on.

    I'll grab a glass of water as soon as I can as I'm always super thirsty in a morning. I have yoghurt, berries and granola for breakfast with a cup of green tea. 


    Am I missing a step in my morning routine?
    Sam

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    Friday, August 7, 2015

    6 Summer Outdoor Activities Ideas

    Hi, Happy Friday! hope you've had a lovely week. Here are some ideas of ways you can make the most of whats left of summer or what little of it we are getting. I love the longer days and warmer weather that summer normally brings, getting outdoors more and enjoy all the natural Vitamin D my body has been craving. Summer for me means socializing with friends and family in outdoor activities mainly centered around good food and drink. Here are a few of my outdoor activity ideas for the remainder of the summer.

    Go Camping
    Everyone should spend a night sleeping under the stars. Have a mini camping break or just pitch a tent in your own garden. Eat Al Fresco and do a little star gazing.

    Have a Picnic
    Head to your local park, further a field or even have a picnic in the garden. Its all about the food, but don't forget to take all the provisions such as cutlery, plates and napkins which will make it a less messy event and a nice blanket to sit on. If you plan to have an alcoholic beverage with your picnic make sure you check local public alcohol laws to avoid fines and don't forget to take all rubbish away with you if bins are unavailable.

    Go Berry Picking
    A classic summer activity and one that I am yet to take part in. I don't think anything else could represent summer better than strawberry picking in the sunshine.

    Organise a sporting activity
    It could be as simple as mini goal or more extravagant like zorbing. It's more about the element of  socializing in the sun than about what group activity you pick.

    BBQ/Garden Party
    Again all about the food but with the comforts of home. Invite people to join you for a garden party. Don't forget to put out enough chairs for guests and make sure that you have food and drink to cater for all dietary requirements. Place lighting to keep the party going into the night and get a few bug repellent candles to keep them away.

    Go to the Beach
    This one requires travel unless you're lucky enough to live at the coast, but what's the summer holidays without a trip to the seaside. Build a sand castle, chase some waves, do some rock pooling, play the arcade machines, have an ice cream or indulge in some seafood.

    Hope my tips/suggestions are helpful. What activities will you do doing during the summer?
    Sam

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    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Hair Care | Herbal Essence Clearly Naked Range

    Hi, Today I'm talking hair care with the most basic of products shampoo and conditioner. I'd previously been using the Herbal Essence beautiful ends combo, which made a massive difference to the quality of my hair considering my over use of styling tools. I'm not really one to get swept away with new product releases but the Herbal Essence Clearly Naked range was just too interesting to ignore, back when it was actually a new product.


    The range boasts 0% Silicone (shampoo only), 0% Paraben, 0% Colourants. The lack of these ingredients removes unnecessary extras which can leave residue on the hair. Coloured hair benefits from the lack of Paraben which would normally strip out colour. The removal of silicone from the shampoo keeps hair a lot lighter. The products claims to remove a build up of residue, but I think this is just down to the fact that this particular combo of products doesn't add to the problem and all other residue is removed naturally.

    I've been using the moisture version of the naked range as I have pretty dry hair from all the heat styling I do (straighteners everyday). After using this product for a very long time I can say that my hair is super light and maybe even that bit shinier and very soft. I'd even go as far as to say it does a better job of protected the ends of my hair than the original combo I was using for this very reason, with the added bonus of my hair been a lot lighter. The shampoo cleans without striping the hair and the conditioner is more than satisfying with plenty of moisture. The moisture range is scented with a herbal mint scent, which is really subtle but very refreshing.

    A 400ml bottle costs about £4 but I've never paid this, shop around and you'll find the range at half price or better. I wash my hair everyday (over the top I know) and a bottle will easily last 4 months on my long hair. Very little product is required to get a good lather, so a little goes a long way and this is also true of the conditioner which is super moisturizing. This shampoo and conditioner combo has kept my hair so clean and soft I don't see myself changing to something else any time soon and it's super affordable.

    Have you tried the Herbal Essence Clearly Naked range?
    Sam

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    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Perfume Collection | My Purple Addiction

    Hi, not until very recently did I start buying perfume. I've had the odd bottle given as a gift in the past and only ever had one bottle in use at the same time. If I've bought perfume it's been more out of necessity rather than a want for the product. Then I got the Diesel Loverdose perfume and my relationship with perfume totally changed. I wouldn't say it's much of a collection with only four bottles but they are all lovely scents. I don't really know anything technical about perfume other than that there are supposed to be notes on three levels but other than that I'm lost. I love the way wearing the right perfume can totally change your mood and make you feel like you can take on the world.



    Diesel - Loverdose £51/75ml

    I'm starting with this one as it was technically the start of the collection. This was a Christmas present a few years ago, I've almost used it all up so I'll be looking out for deals this Christmas to replace it as it really is a favourite of mine. It is quite expensive but I think it's really worth the money. What I like the most in a perfume is the staying power of the scent, this one lives up to my expectations and lasts pretty much all day. I love the bottle which is a heart shape with faceted edges in a really pretty shade of purple. It's in a really thick durable bottle so one that will quite happily live in your bag without fear of it breaking.

    Top Notes: Mandarin, star anise
    Heart Notes: Sambac jasmine, Liquorice, Gardenia
    Base Notes: Amber, Vanilla

    Marc Jacobs - Lola £48.50/50ml

    I first smelt this perfume years ago when a friend had some, ever since I wanted it for myself. This is my favourite of the lot and for good reason, it's the most expensive which in this case really reflects the quality. My boyfriend kindly got me this for Christmas after I'd been debating buying it forever. I'm so happy to finally own it, the staying power of this is amazing, one application seriously last all day. I wanted the 100ml bottle purely for the overall look of the bottle and the amazing flower lid, it is so eye catching and looks really pretty on my dressing table.

    Top Notes: Pink Peppercorn, Pear, Ruby Red Grapefruit
    Heart Notes: Rose, Fuchsia, Peony, Geranium
    Base Notes: Vanilla, Warm Tonka Bean, Creamy Musk

    Katy Perry - Killer Queen £38.50/100ml

    I treated myself to this using all the boots points I had saved, it was better than half price at £14.99/100ml so I got it totally free, minus the points obviously. The staying power of this perfume isn't as good as the previous but it has a very strong scent which means it lingers for a long time. I personally think this bottle is a little bit tacky but I'm sure others will think it's really classy, it's just a matter of taste. I love the shape and colour of the glass but the crown lid in gold just doesn't appeal to me.

    Top Notes: Dark Plum, Wild Berry, Bergamot
    Heart Notes: Red Velvet Flower, Rainbow Plumeria, Natural Jasmine Sambac
    Base Notes: Cashmeran, Natural Patchouli Heart, Liquid Praline

    Ghost - Deep Night £46/75ml

    I treated myself to this when it was on offer at £19/50ml. I liked the scent when I tried it but I'm let down by the staying power of the scent, it just doesn't seem to last. I think I might have bought this for the bottle as a crescent moon in purple is just too pretty. The inspiration for the moon and name come from the main ingredient the night blooming Cereus.

    Top Notes: Night Blooming Cereus, Rose
    Heart Notes: Apricot, Peach, Woodst Notes
    Base Notes: Musk, Amber, Vanilla

    I am really bad at explaining scents but they all seriously smell lovely. As you can probably tell I'm drawn to purple/red bottles. Each perfume is unique but there are recurring scents from Vanilla, Jasmine Sambac and Amber. All prices are quoted from the Boots website and are definitely not the cheapest you can purchase these perfumes.

    What's your favourite scent?
    Sam

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    Saturday, August 1, 2015

    Month's Mini Goals | August

    Hi, Happy Yorkshire Day! Wow we're entering the eighth month of the year. A new month means more monthly goals. I don't have anything planed this month in terms of events or camping, might have to have a random weekend away somewhere. I just want the weather to pick up and stop raining, here in good old Britain its hanging around the 15 degrees temperature level which is freezing at the best of times never mind mid summer, it was actually warmer in March. Oh well I'm trying to stay positive and have come up with a few indoor activity's to do.


    Mini goals for August
    1. Take part in the #Sassybooks book club again - This month we're reading 'All the light we cannot see' by Anthony Doerr.
    2. Play a board game - Because why not and it's something to do if the weather doesn't pick up.
    3. Get my hair cut - My hair generally needs some tlc, it has been very much over looked and needs a good trim.
    4. Use prompts to take photos - I want to push myself with my photography and I feel maybe the best way to do this is to take photos for the fun of it rather than for a reason. When they are for a post, I get bogged down with them looking a certain way.
    5. Post every other day - I'd like to continue with my current blog schedule of a post every other day, it would be nice to blog everyday but that's a bit mad considering I work a 40 hour week.
    6. Use up old products - My room is overflowing with half used products because I get bored and start using something else.
    7. Enjoy the last of summer - I will if the weather picks up.
    8. Go clothes shopping - I haven't been shopping in ages and now shops are starting to get their A/W lines I'm super excited to have a look around.
    9. Go for a walk in a forest - At least if it's raining you've got some shelter, I just generally feel an urge to get out and about, anywhere will do.
    10. Do some baking - The British bake off is back on 5th August, so I'm inspired to do some baking.

    Have you got any plans for the summer?
    Sam

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