Adding some colour to your home with Debenhams Flowers

If like me you love flowers than well you're on the right blog. I don't know when my obsession with all things florally and pretty began but I know it's become somewhat of a spiralling crazy addiction that I can't control. I don't tend to buy flowers that much, so when Debenhams Flowers got in touch with me asking if I'd like to review a bouquet from their new Summer collection I couldn't say no. Even better, if you wish these flowers can be sent to you via their next day flowers service, which is perfect for anyone looking for nice fresh flowers pretty quickly. The next day delivery even coincided with my birthday so it was a lovely little gift to receive.

There are so many bouquets to choose from it was so hard to decide but in the end I chose the beautiful 'Peony Perfection' bouquet which I absolutely adore! The d├ęcor in my bedroom is pretty bland and adding such a lovely burst of colour into the mix has made it that little bit more pretty. These flowers will be so beautiful once they have bloomed completely, they still look brand new after 4 days of having them. If you're looking for something a little extra not only do they have their Summer Collection to choose from but they also have a beautiful range of Luxury flowers for those looking for something a little more elegant and even more special. 

I'm lucky enough to be able to offer all my lovely readers a 25% discount code if you wish to buy your very own bouquet or maybe as a gift to a loved one. Just think with 25% off, that leaves more money to indulge in adding a box of chocolates to your order, we all need to treat ourselves from time to time don't we! 


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Lush Oxford Street review

If you follow me on any of my social media accounts you will know by now I LOVE Lush. Some don't understand the obsession with it, but I don't know how you can't love almost every single one of their products. I've had 2 trips to London recently and both visits of course meant going to the Lush store on Oxford Street, it is probably the best one I've ever been to. 3 floors of absolute heaven! 

It was really difficult to get photos as the store itself was so busy, lots of people just like me rushing to get all the exclusive Oxford street products, I can tell you now it did not disappoint. As I walked into the store I was greeted by one of their many lovely staff members, that's definitely one of the reasons I love Lush. I have never before walked into a Lush store and been greeted with a miserable, unhappy worker they are always so happy and willing to help you if you are looking for something specific or just want a general chat about new or even old products. 

The third floor is what seemed the most popular and definitely my favourite floor out of the three. This is where they had all of the amazing bath bombs! Walking up the stairs on my first visit there I was almost like a child in a sweet shop, I had never been so happy. All I could see were brand new products, it was kind of grab everything you can, as fast as you can and look at it all properly when you're home. 

The thing I love about this store is that it's so big, it's even kid friendly too. Upstairs there is a shape cutter/moulding section so you can try out different 'Fun' bars before buying them which for a child it will probably keep them entertained for a while. I'm not sure if other stores have them yet but they even had amazing new 'Fun' bars that I've not seen before, my favourite being Mermaid which I stupidly didn't buy. As well as it being kid friendly there are even plenty of chairs located around the store, for the people you manage to persuade to come along with you but don't share quite the same excitement as you do. 

Throughout the store there are so many of their lovely staff members walking around, talking to you and they are genuinely just as excited about products as you are buying them. My first visit there it was my birthday and lots of them wished me a happy birthday and just made the whole experience that tiny bit more special. I'm a little bit gutted that I don't go to London that much, meaning I probably won't visit the Oxford Street store as much as I'd like to, I am far to loyal too the Southampton Lush store. But if you find yourself in London I definitely recommend visiting Oxford Street just so you can take a look for yourself and of course buy yourself some goodies. 

Have you visited Lush on Oxford Street? I'd love to hear what you thought of it. Or if not, will you be visiting after seeing all my amazing new bath bombs.

Managing a blog whilst working full time

Let's just get straight into this one shall we, this isn't going to be a 'how to' post but me telling you how bloomin' hard it can be running a blog whilst working full time in a job that's worlds apart from blogging.

Now I'm not one of those bloggers that schedule posts *other bloggers reading this in horror*. But honestly, I just can't commit myself to blog 3, 4 even 5 times a week, there is just no way. I don't work the average 9-5 Monday to Friday job, instead I do 12 hour shifts, other weeks I do nights. My work pattern is never the same making it somewhat difficult to post anything, let alone scheduling. Although, I definitely see its benefits as I promised myself I'd schedule one month worth of blog posts during August and surprisingly I actually did it! Not sure how long this motivated, on the ball blogger will last. A little hypocritical of me here as I'm hopeless at it, but I definitely recommend scheduling at least one month worth of posts and see how it benefits you. 

I know what you're thinking right now, you decided to start a blog so surely I should take the pressure that comes with having one. But really, should I? Ultimately I started this blog for fun, I don't want to lose the fun that comes with blogging, its the best damn feeling. I remember having those 'new blogger nerves' when I first started this blog and I really thought I was better off quitting before I even got going and what a huge mistake that would have been. I know they say to be a successful blogger you must be getting your content seen daily, but I blog firstly for myself and secondly for my readers. Is that selfish? I blog in hope that someone somewhere reads my posts such as 'The Stigma surrounding mental health' and 'What it was really like accepting I was gay' and I can in some way help them. If I can help just one person, then isn't my blog living up to what it's supposed to be about. Like I said I blog for fun and well if anything more came out of it that would be bloody amazing, but if it doesn't that's fine too. 

Blogging is flippen hard work, at times it almost feels like you've taken on a second job. I mean would you believe me if I told you I was sat typing this post up on my phone till gone midnight knowing full well I had to be up at 6am the next morning. Blogging is just something you can't switch off, you could have a million things on your mind regarding life, work, yet blog ideas will steadily creep in and suddenly you've delved 2 hours into a new blog post and its 2am. I'm sure so many other bloggers can relate to this when I say suddenly you find yourself dreaming, breathing, EVERYTHING blog related. A blog almost becomes your baby, sorry guys it's true! You become fiercely protective over it, I appreciate that may be a strange concept for those who don't blog themselves but it becomes so addictive. 

I would never say blogging is easier for those who don't work because that would be the most inaccurate and a rather stupid opinion to have. Blogging is difficult regardless of your job status, we bloggers work equally hard as one another ensuring our blogs are the best they can possibly be. We really need to praise one another more for that! Whether it be your job, kids, life in general we all have things that we need to balance when it comes to blogging, it's just finding the right balance for you. 

I'd love to find out what some of you lovely people do for a full time/part time job ect? How do you manage to find the time to blog, even if you don't work! I'd love to know more. 

Glossybox July 2015

Hey you lovely people, I'm back with another Glossybox review. This month I received my second ever box and it has definitely upped its game from June. The actual packaging was probably the thing I loved most about July's edition, it was so well designed and truly beautiful! July's edition was inspired by all things French, which when I read that, I was already excited. After their Festival edition box last month, I was left a little disappointed, but as it was my first box I decided to keep my subscription in hope July would bring something better. 

Every month it comes in a small box, wrapped nicely with ribbon and two cards. One card telling you about the inspiration for this month's box and the other with a list of the products you've received. I thought this month's card about the designer of the box was so sweet, the drawing on the front is also amazing. 

The products I received this month are things I will actually use, hooray!!  

* Noxidoxi Enhancing serum base sample. (Full Size £33.46)
* Lollipops Lip Balm (Full Size £4.15)
* Teoxane Cosmeceuticals sample (Full Size £70)
* Yves Rocher sample (Full size £24.50)
* Glossybox Exclusive travel pouch (£3.99)

So far I have already tried the Noxidoxi Serum base which you apply morning and night before applying moisturiser and the Teoxane Cosmeceuticals Perfect skin refiner which should be applied every other night. I can honestly say that I will try anything when it comes to moisturising and keeping my face feeling fresh and clean. I'm always so scared about trying out new products as my skin at times can be really sensitive to some products and just leave me with so many red horrible dry patches. I can't say either of the products are the best I've ever used and I'll always use more known brands when it comes to moisturising my face but they are great little samples to try out. They haven't been too harsh on my skin and I've used them both for the last 3 nights. I love discovering new things.

The next product I tried, which I was a little unsure about as I can be super fussy with perfume was the Yves Rocher L'Eau De perfume. It's only a really small sample and it probably isn't a scent I'd go for if buying perfume but again it's nice to be able to try something a little different, something you wouldn't necessarily buy yourself. For a perfume sample, I'd say I love it. Full size, probably not so much still lovely but not entirely for me. 

The other two products being the Lip balm and Glossybox travel pouch I am yet to try. I don't think the pouch will be used that much but it's a handy bag to have if you was going away for a night or two and didn't want to take your whole make up bag or maybe just for carrying around a few essentials during the day. I should probably start using the lip balm as it's supposed to protect your lips from UV damage as well as soften your lips, summer will disappear before we know it, I best get all the use out of it as I can.

So overall I guess you can say July's edition has been a pretty successful one, I absolutely loved the theme this month and hope Augusts edition is just as good. As we're are on the subject of subscription boxes I've also just subscribed to 'My Little Box' which consists of beauty, fashion & lifestyle accessories you even get a few other little surprises so be sure to check out my review on them next month. 

Do you have any subscription boxes you are currently loving? I'd love to hear about others, although I need to resist subscribing to anymore.

10 initial thoughts I had when starting my first 'real' job.

So like many others between the ages of 16-19 give or take a few months I went through retail job after retail job absolutely hating every single one but having no choice because I needed the money. I only managed a few months in each job because well let's just say customers coming in complaining about their new purchases just really didn't do it for me. So retail workers, I respect you massively! Last March I got what I like to call my first 'real' job (as in I'm finally grown up!!). Well, it only really dawned on me in the last few weeks that I've been in my job for almost a year and a half now, when I look back on the first few months I have no idea how I survived. I was so slow at everything and I probably annoyed everybody asking so many questions. 

I remember my very first day at the hospital walking onto my ward and well to put it simply I was absolutely scared shitless! It went a little like this waking up on the first morning,

Followed by all of these thoughts when I got there,

1. SHIT!! I can do this, I can do it.

2. NOOO, no I can't! Get me out of here quick. 

3. Oh no, oh god they hate me already. Somebody help!

4. I'm in, I made it. What are they talking about? I don't understand

5. The boss is here, keep calm, don't say anything stupid, please just don't say anything stupid.

6. What am I doing, what is this? What do they use this for?!

7. Okay, I'm fine everything is fine.

8. I've lost my mentor, oh shit where are you. Please come back.

9. She's back, phewww now what do I do? What if they think I'm lazy or stupid I don't know what I'm doing?

10. Clock watching, just another 7 hours to go... 5 minutes later STILL ANOTHER 7 HOURS TO GO!!! 

I guess I wanted to share this with you all because it doesn't matter whether you have experience in the new job you are about to start or just beginning, those first day nerves happen to the best of us especially me the most awkward person you'll ever meet. Well for the first few times anyway! I bet my colleagues at work now wish they could shut me up some days, in the nicest way possible I'm sure. First day nerves are understandable, remember we've all been there at one time or another.

Do you have any funny first day at a new job stories? 

5 beauty products I couldn't be without.

There are just some things in life where you think thank god they created this, I usually find myself saying these things when it comes to make up and beauty products of any kind. I have gone through brand after brand trying to find the right foundation, nice primer or good eyebrow kit. Some of what works for me could be completely wrong for someone else, but currently right now Benefit is my saviour. I thought it would be nice to share with you all what 5 things I couldn't be without when it comes to make-up and hair. 

So far for me this is the best foundation I have found for both the type of skin I have and my skin tone. This is the closest I've found when it comes to skin tone and it seems to be working miracles on those dreaded dry patches that creep up on my face when it's the most inconvenient time for them to appear, it's always the way. I've only had one bottle of this foundation so far and it's lasted pretty well. The consistency is quite watery but for me that works better because when foundation is too thick it looks so clogged up all over my face, not a great look. Definitely recommend this!

2. Real Technique make up brushes. (Can be bought from Boots)

I am absolutely dying to try the bold metals collection from Real Technique but haven't got round to buying any yet. But this foundation brush and stippling brush have only very recently been two things I've found myself relying on more and more. I always used the Mac 190 foundation brush for quite a while but considering the real technique brushes are cheaper, I've definitely found them a lot better than my Mac brush. Just because something is more expensive doesn't always mean it's better. 

Another recent product I've been using more and more is this Prep & Prime from Mac. I don't know how or why this works for me because I really thought it would be the opposite from kind to my skin but it really does. It looked so thick and heavy I thought it would leave my skin looking caked but it doesn't at all and even better I can see it lasting a very long time! One of my favourite products from Mac and I will definitely be going back for more once I've used this one up. 

4. Benefit Brow Zings £24.50 

Sorry for the right photo, its been used lots of times already!

As sad as this sounds I really don't know what I'd do without this eyebrow kit now I've got it. It's been a long tough search for the perfect one but I found it at last!! It's opened my eyes to good eyebrows and getting that almost perfect shape, I mean nobody can do it as good as when you go to get them done at a beauty salon but this comes pretty close. It may be a little pricey but I have to say it is well worth the money and it's a long lasting product. I think everybody needs a good eyebrow kit in their make-up bag. 

5. Tangle Teezer £10.99

Not make up related but I had to chuck this in the list because it is definitely something that I could not be without now I have it and that is my wonderful Tangle Teezer! I remember seeing this when reading a post on Hannah Gale's blog and immediately went out and bought one, I am so thankful to her for introducing me to it, it is AMAZING. I have really long hair so after it's been washed it is an absolute nightmare to brush, but with this it's easy and gets all the knots out really quickly. It's even better because it doesn't pull half my hair out and I hear it's a winner when brushing kids hair because it's really gentle on the head and hair. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what products I couldn't be without, do you have any favourite products you'd struggle without? 

8 Photos of Happiness tag

I was tagged by the lovely Sarah over at Sarah in Wonderland to take part in the 8 photos of happiness tag. Thank you Sarah, I think this is my favourite post to be tagged in so far!

Rules and Explanations of this tag

-Thank your nominator/s and link them in your post.
- Link the creator of the tag who is, Ariel's Little Corner of the internet
- Post your 8 photos of happiness, the photos can be anything that represents a moment, object, place or feeling that makes you happy. 
- Put a brief description of the photo, why you chose it, or let the photos do the talking. 
- Lastly, spread the happiness and tag other bloggers!

My 8 photos of happiness


I chose this photo because it's one of the very few I have of me and my Nan. She passed away when I was 11 and I have so many amazing memories with my grandparents and cousins. We always went over to their house after school on a Thursday and she'd cook us dinner. Thankfully I still have my Grandad around, this photo holds a special place in my heart. 


I love, love, love this photo mostly because we don't seem to take a lot of photos in my family! I think I'm the keen photographer. This was on my mum's 50th birthday where I, my brothers and my brother's girlfriend surprised her with a limo and nice dinner out with all of the family. She had no idea and I think it's just lovely family photo.


This is a fairly new photo, but it always makes me laugh. I took my niece to Marwell Zoo and of course I couldn't resist taking a photo with her with the meerkat photo board, the photo will remind me of lots of good memories from the day. 


This photo was taken on the morning my nieces little sister was due to be born! She had a sleepover for two nights over my house whilst my brother's girlfriend went off to the hospital to be induced. It was all very exciting, although we had to wait till almost midnight to hear Ava had been born. 


This is probably my favourite photo ever and makes me SO happy. My two beautiful nieces Amelia and Ava. This was Amelia's first time meeting her new baby sister. I bought her the Simba teddy bear from the Disney shop and she was adamant Simba was going everywhere with her no matter what. 


Can you see the pattern? Yes my nieces make me the happiest. I was meeting Ava who was less than 24 hours old in this photo. So much cuteness!


This is another special photo that I will keep forever, me and my lovely Dad. This was taken at my step sister's wedding, I definitely didn't want the photo taken but it turned out quite nice and I don't have many of me and him now I'm older. 


My last photo of happiness is of me and my best friend Louise. We decided to go to Magaluf in 2013 and this is the first night there. It was honestly one of the best holidays I've been on. I celebrated my 19th birthday out there, so it's full of lots of amazing memories. 

Well there we go, that's all of my 8 photos of happiness. It was so hard to just choose 8, I have so many photos I could have chosen. I hope you enjoyed :) 

Bloggers I nominate, 

- Sophie over at Cotton Cloth Eco
- Amy over at The creative fitness channel 
- Lisa over at It's a blogs life 
- Katie over at Life of a daydreamer 
- Vanessa over at Vanessa's Makeup & Beauty 
- Charlie over at Styled by Charlie 
- Estelle over at Estellosaurus 

A letter to my future self.

I had so much fun writing my 'A letter to my teenage self' that I thought it was only right that I done a letter to my future self. This could get deep, way too deep. 

Dear future me, 

This letter seems so much harder than my previous teenage self letter. I guess that's because I'm not entirely sure how you write a letter to the future. 

I'm not sure what age I'm writing to, I just hope that by now you are looking back on your life feeling proud and happy. Writing this as a 20 year old, very soon to be 21 I am still unsure about what's ahead of me. I have all of these goals and ambitions regarding life, career and my blog and I just hope all of those things happened for me. 

I don't know what you're doing now, whether married or even have children, I really really hope so. PLEASE say by now I'm full time blogger living the life of luxury, haha joking that would be pretty insane, although blogging is god damn hard but I love it and I hope you still have the same passion I do at this age. Maybe you won the lottery?!! now that would be pretty great. My biggest goal currently is working hard to get through my NVQ at work to enable a better future, being able to go further with my job, maybe move on to bigger opportunities. Let's just hope something actually come out of all this. 

I guess all I can really ask for is that you are happy and healthy in life, but more than that happy with who you are. I hope you still have the same amount of passion for the important things in life, standing up for what you believe in and at times still probably making a fool out of yourself. I really hope those wishes of travelling around the world a little come true, even if you just visited those places for a holiday. New York and Australia best be ticked off of that bucket list by now!!!

I hope by now you've learnt to not waste money on stupid things, obsessive buying of things you'll never need or find any use from. But I'll take a guess and say you're still doing this. I bet you are still rubbish at saving aren't you? Also if you haven't passed your driving test by now, what are you doing? Get your ass into gear and go pass already!! If you are relying on public transport still then ask someone to gently slap you and maybe you'll get on with driving.

As they say another year older is another year wiser, I hope you carried that saying with you throughout life so far because it's true. Right now at 20 I have lots of plans and wishes, maybe right now they don't seem the sensible thing to do. I hope they turnt out to be the best thing I could of done and all my wishes so far came true. Again I only hope that you continue to have a positive attitude towards life and know that you can only be YOU nobody else. With any luck you learnt that getting attached to people too quickly only ends in disaster. If you're married, than maybe this worked out well for you. I'm impressed.

So yeah, you best be happy and living a life you hoped for all of those years ago.

Yours sincerely.

5th July 2015.... (18 DAYS TILL MY 21ST BIRTHDAY!!!! I bet you don't get as excited about birthdays as I am for this one.)  

P.S. YOU BEST STILL BE BLOGGING, it's the best thing for you. 

Do you have any dear future me letters? Link yours I'd love to read them! 

The Liebster Award

I know I done a similar post to this last week which was the Eleven Things tag but I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Colette at Eat Drink Cook, so thank you for the nomination.

The Liebster Award is a great way to connect with other bloggers, share a bit of love and in general help your readers get to know you better. 

The Rules: 

- Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
- Answer the 10 questions given by the nominator.
- Nominate and link 10 bloggers (with less than 200 followers BUT if there aren't enough people to nominate post this anyway and tell everybody who reads can tag themselves).
- Notify all the bloggers you've nominated. (If you've nominated any)
- Create 10 new questions for your nominees to answer and write your own post about it.

Here are my answers to the questions I received, 

1. What do you most enjoy about blogging? I think it would have to be the freedom and meeting new people that you wouldn't necessarily meet day to day. Blogging creates so many wonderful opportunities! 

2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of? I have a few that I'm really proud of, not because they had the most views or the most interaction. I'm proud of them because they are really important to me. These posts are, 
3. If you were going to write a book, what would it be called? Am I copping out of this question by probably saying I'd just name it the same as my blog. Well that's if the book was about me and my life. 

4. What's your favourite thing to make in the kitchen? This question is totally not suited to me mainly because I still live at home and my mum does the majority of the cooking, if not all of it. I'm not the best chef, lets just say that. 

5. Starter or Pudding? Pudding all day everyday. 

6. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing that you'd buy? I'll be mature about this and say a house. Although the first thing I'd probably do if it was reality is book a flight to New York straight away. That's one of my top places to visit in the world, it's probably number one on the list! You can see the other places over on my post 7 places around the world I'd love to visit

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully still blogging, perhaps in a different job or maybe the same just in a different area. Moved out, settled down with someone. Who knows, life is full of surprises. 

8. What fictional character would you most like to be? This is easy, Piper, Alex, Crazy Eyes, Poussey, Taystee. ANY of these! Imagine.

9. Cats or Dogs? Dogs always.

10. What would your superpower be if you could pick one and why? Hmm this is such a hard one! I reckon invisibility would be pretty cool or is that a really shit one haha. Oh god I just don't know. Can't I have a superpower that allows me to have all the superpowers in the world? that works for me.

My questions for you if you wish to take part in the Liebster award...

1. What got you into blogging?

2. What is your all time favourite film and why?
3. What's the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
4. If you had to choose to give up something you love for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

5. If you could only eat one type of food for 1 month straight, what would you choose? 
6. Who are your favourite bloggers currently and why?
7. What or who inspires you in life in general and blogging?

8. What are your blogging goals for the future? 
9. List 5 things that make you happy and why?
10. What are some top tips you've used to make your blog better?

Tag me in your posts if you answer any of my questions, I'd love to read some.