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Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...

31/08/2015

Film: Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton – in cinemas now

You might not know this about me but I am a huge hip-hop fan, I’ve loved Dr Dre, Jay Z and the like since I was a teenager. When I heard about the new NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton I knew that I had to see it – so me and my boyfriend went to see it on Friday when it was released in the UK. I didn’t know a lot about the story of NWA as I was only a child when they were at the height of their fame, but I was interested to find out more about Dr Dre in particular.

Straight Outta Compton is produced by Dr Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E’s widow Tomika so I was looking forward to getting a real view of what it was like to be in the band during their rise to fame. Ice Cube’s son portrays him in the film which is pretty cool, he is also quite attractive!

The film was amazing. I cried twice and left the cinema with my stomach in knots – it really was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster! I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it actually was, I couldn’t take my eyes away from the screen the whole time. The story is gripping, I learned so much about the band and the hip hop industry that I didn’t know and I left the cinema wanting to go and listen to the albums mentioned in the film. I enjoyed the ‘cameos’ of high profile artists that were signed to the labels and the development of some of the famous songs.

If you’re a fan of hip hop music you’ll enjoy this film and I would definitely recommend it. I actually can’t wait to see it again.

What was the last film that you saw at the cinema?

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Film: Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton – in cinemas now

You might not know this about me but I am a huge hip-hop fan, I’ve loved Dr Dre, Jay Z and the like since I was a teenager. When I heard about the new NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton I knew that I had to see it – so me and my boyfriend went to see it on Friday when it was released in the UK. I didn’t know a lot about the story of NWA as I was only a child when they were at the height of their fame, but I was interested to find out more about Dr Dre in particular.

Straight Outta Compton is produced by Dr Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E’s widow Tomika so I was looking forward to getting a real view of what it was like to be in the band during their rise to fame. Ice Cube’s son portrays him in the film which is pretty cool, he is also quite attractive!

The film was amazing. I cried twice and left the cinema with my stomach in knots – it really was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster! I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it actually was, I couldn’t take my eyes away from the screen the whole time. The story is gripping, I learned so much about the band and the hip hop industry that I didn’t know and I left the cinema wanting to go and listen to the albums mentioned in the film. I enjoyed the ‘cameos’ of high profile artists that were signed to the labels and the development of some of the famous songs.

If you’re a fan of hip hop music you’ll enjoy this film and I would definitely recommend it. I actually can’t wait to see it again.

What was the last film that you saw at the cinema?

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27/08/2015

Back to Work Wish List

Wishlist

H&M Striped Jersey Top - £9.99 | H&M Pussy Bow Blouse - £24.99 | New Look Floral Dress - £19.99

H&M Superstretch Trousers - £14.99 | ASOS Suede Ankle Boots - £45 | Gok for Tu Houndstooth Skirt - £25

Topshop Red T-bar Shoes - £28 | Converse Leather Low Tops - £54.99 | Tu Black Leggings - £12 | Tu Yellow Cardigan - £7

I work in a school and so I’ve had the pleasure of six glorious weeks off, I go back to work on Tuesday and I’m quite looking forward to starting the new year. I have been thinking a lot about my work wardrobe over the summer and I could really do with an update, especially as Autumn is here on the way. I work in a special educational needs college so the clothes I wear have to be practical, I could be cleaning up vomit one minute then off for a jog up the street chasing a runaway the next. So flat shoes only and clothes that I don’t mind going through the wars a bit, ideally I’d wear jeans but I really don’t feel comfortable enough in them to wear them every day. The look in the middle is my typical work outfit: dress, leggings and boots/trainers. I’d love to wear the third outfit but it would be totally inappropriate for my setting, maybe if we were off out on a trip or something!

Are you refreshing your wardrobe for Autumn?

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Back to Work Wish List

Wishlist

H&M Striped Jersey Top - £9.99 | H&M Pussy Bow Blouse - £24.99 | New Look Floral Dress - £19.99

H&M Superstretch Trousers - £14.99 | ASOS Suede Ankle Boots - £45 | Gok for Tu Houndstooth Skirt - £25

Topshop Red T-bar Shoes - £28 | Converse Leather Low Tops - £54.99 | Tu Black Leggings - £12 | Tu Yellow Cardigan - £7

I work in a school and so I’ve had the pleasure of six glorious weeks off, I go back to work on Tuesday and I’m quite looking forward to starting the new year. I have been thinking a lot about my work wardrobe over the summer and I could really do with an update, especially as Autumn is here on the way. I work in a special educational needs college so the clothes I wear have to be practical, I could be cleaning up vomit one minute then off for a jog up the street chasing a runaway the next. So flat shoes only and clothes that I don’t mind going through the wars a bit, ideally I’d wear jeans but I really don’t feel comfortable enough in them to wear them every day. The look in the middle is my typical work outfit: dress, leggings and boots/trainers. I’d love to wear the third outfit but it would be totally inappropriate for my setting, maybe if we were off out on a trip or something!

Are you refreshing your wardrobe for Autumn?

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26/08/2015

Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Party Invitations

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After getting engaged a couple of weeks ago we decided that we would hold a small engagement party for our families to meet properly. As we are having a ‘long’ engagement tradition dictates that the party should be held between one and six months after the proposal, we are holding ours about a month and a half after. We were going to have a ‘big’ party but we don’t really have enough money to throw at it at the moment so a small affair for just family is what we have decided on. We are going to be holding the party at our house and there will be around 20 guests – not sure where we’re going to put them all though!

I was excited to get crafty and create some handmade invitations for the party, I’m a huge stationery hoarder and have a whole room filled with paper, card and embellishments – now was finally the time to put them to use. I’m also toying with the idea of making my own wedding stationery so this was a bit of a practise run. I knew that I wanted to use kraft cardstock for the invitations and some pearl stickers but the rest was a bit of a mystery. I browsed pinterest for some inspiration and found this pin with the tie-the-knot string detail which I decided to incorporate into my invites. In the end I chose to create some bunting to link in with the string and decorate the front of the cards with this and some stamped letters. I created the insert on Photoshop using some of my favourite fonts and a pale blue polka dot background. I printed these onto white card so that they were a bit more sturdy then snipped the corners with my corner rounder and stuck them inside the cards. I then added the twine ‘knot’ detail to attach the two sides of the cards together – this was a little bit fiddly.

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I’m really happy with how the invitations turned out and all of my hard work has paid off. Everyone has told me how much they liked them, although my Nan didn’t get the ‘tying the knot’ bit.

I am now looking forward to decorate the house for the party, we don’t really have a theme or anything but I’m sure it will all come together. I will do a post on here on any ideas we have next week.

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Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Party Invitations

Blog-Post-Invite

Engagement-Invites-Blog-Pos

After getting engaged a couple of weeks ago we decided that we would hold a small engagement party for our families to meet properly. As we are having a ‘long’ engagement tradition dictates that the party should be held between one and six months after the proposal, we are holding ours about a month and a half after. We were going to have a ‘big’ party but we don’t really have enough money to throw at it at the moment so a small affair for just family is what we have decided on. We are going to be holding the party at our house and there will be around 20 guests – not sure where we’re going to put them all though!

I was excited to get crafty and create some handmade invitations for the party, I’m a huge stationery hoarder and have a whole room filled with paper, card and embellishments – now was finally the time to put them to use. I’m also toying with the idea of making my own wedding stationery so this was a bit of a practise run. I knew that I wanted to use kraft cardstock for the invitations and some pearl stickers but the rest was a bit of a mystery. I browsed pinterest for some inspiration and found this pin with the tie-the-knot string detail which I decided to incorporate into my invites. In the end I chose to create some bunting to link in with the string and decorate the front of the cards with this and some stamped letters. I created the insert on Photoshop using some of my favourite fonts and a pale blue polka dot background. I printed these onto white card so that they were a bit more sturdy then snipped the corners with my corner rounder and stuck them inside the cards. I then added the twine ‘knot’ detail to attach the two sides of the cards together – this was a little bit fiddly.

Invite-details

Engagement-Invite-2

I’m really happy with how the invitations turned out and all of my hard work has paid off. Everyone has told me how much they liked them, although my Nan didn’t get the ‘tying the knot’ bit.

I am now looking forward to decorate the house for the party, we don’t really have a theme or anything but I’m sure it will all come together. I will do a post on here on any ideas we have next week.

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25/08/2015

The Body Shop Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-on

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The Body Shop – Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-on - £15*

The Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-on by The Body Shop is a nifty little product that makes early mornings that bit more manageable. The Roll-on claims to brighten, smooth and firm the under-eye area with it’s lightweight moisturising formula. There is a metal ball applicator which makes the roll-on very cooling and refreshing and easy to apply. The product is indeed very lightweight it’s a gel consistency when applied and it sinks in within a couple of minutes. Perfect for applying before concealer to ensure that the delicate under-eye area is rejuvenated. I find that if you apply too much though that it does take a lot longer for it too sink in meaning that you have to wait a little while before applying make-up. A couple of swipes under each eye is enough to get that rejuvenated feeling.

I tend to keep this product in my handbag to apply on the go when my eyes are feeling a little bit tired, being a glasses wearer I find that if I’ve been straining my eyes all day that they look very dark in the afternoon. A quick roll of this and I feel a bit more awake and the darkness is reduced. This is going to be very handy when I go back to work in September, I might have to keep it in my pencil case to apply in between lessons!

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After using the product for a month or so now I have found that it is perfect for refreshing the eye region when you’ve just woken up or when you’re tired. I have not noticed any difference in the fine lines around my eye but I do like how concealer sits when I have this on underneath. I will continue to use the product until it has run out but I don’t think that I will repurchase it.

Have you tried one of these eye roll-on products?

What did you think?

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The Body Shop Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-on

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The Body Shop – Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-on - £15*

The Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-on by The Body Shop is a nifty little product that makes early mornings that bit more manageable. The Roll-on claims to brighten, smooth and firm the under-eye area with it’s lightweight moisturising formula. There is a metal ball applicator which makes the roll-on very cooling and refreshing and easy to apply. The product is indeed very lightweight it’s a gel consistency when applied and it sinks in within a couple of minutes. Perfect for applying before concealer to ensure that the delicate under-eye area is rejuvenated. I find that if you apply too much though that it does take a lot longer for it too sink in meaning that you have to wait a little while before applying make-up. A couple of swipes under each eye is enough to get that rejuvenated feeling.

I tend to keep this product in my handbag to apply on the go when my eyes are feeling a little bit tired, being a glasses wearer I find that if I’ve been straining my eyes all day that they look very dark in the afternoon. A quick roll of this and I feel a bit more awake and the darkness is reduced. This is going to be very handy when I go back to work in September, I might have to keep it in my pencil case to apply in between lessons!

004

013

After using the product for a month or so now I have found that it is perfect for refreshing the eye region when you’ve just woken up or when you’re tired. I have not noticed any difference in the fine lines around my eye but I do like how concealer sits when I have this on underneath. I will continue to use the product until it has run out but I don’t think that I will repurchase it.

Have you tried one of these eye roll-on products?

What did you think?

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24/08/2015

A Picnic in the Park

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Last Tuesday, my mum, sister and I went on a picnic at our local ‘big’ park. We had been planning the trip for a few weeks as we are both on summer holidays from work and we’d promised Gracie a picnic. We chose the week when it decided to rain. This did not deter us though so off we went in the rain, I think I actually preferred the rain to it being too hot and Gracie didn’t seem to mind. The park has a large playground area with climbing frames and swings and slides which Gracie loved and it also has some big rides which we avoided as it’s a bit pricey. The park is huge and there is also a lake, a train ride and some wild birds to look at.

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We spent a lot of time chasing Gracie about on the playground, she is such a little daredevil that she loved climbing to the top of the biggest slides and zooming down the zip wire. We actually couldn’t get her off the zip wire and she didn’t really like sharing it with the other children. She is a braver girl than I.

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We braved eating our picnic on one of the picnic benches near the train station, it was a bit wet but we got on with it any way. Gracie enjoyed playing with a huge tree trunk that had fallen on the ground and was climbing all over it, she chased some birds and tried to feed them her cake.

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Then we walked down to the lake and the big sandpit which Gracie had remembered from previous visits, she was the only one in there and she was loving throwing the sand everywhere. Me and mum are not the biggest fans of sand so we stayed well away on a bench, but Gracie was doing roly polies and sand angels and all sorts. We spent quite a lot of time at this part until Gracie got bored and started being naughty. We also fed the ducks and swans here, I think Gracie was trying to hit the swans (no fear!) with the bread though. It was lovely to see the cygnets with the grown up swans and all the other ducks. Gracie enjoyed looking at them all and watching them try to eat the bread. When we ran out of bread Gracie decided to feed the ducks Party Rings – they weren’t fans though!

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There are two peacocks that live at the park and we wanted to show them to Gracie so we went on a peacock hunt. She wasn’t too impressed by them though. We found them hiding near a new part of the park which has lots of water activities and wooden play equipment. It was pretty fun and Gracie got soaked! I also had to ride a pretend horse to take her to the ‘shops’. She has such a big imagination now that she’s always inventing a game for us to play together.

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We had to convince Gracie to go on the train around the park with us, she really didn’t want to. I think she was a bit nervous as she hadn’t been on it before. Once she was on it she was fine though, she liked looking out of the windows and seeing the different bits of the park. I really enjoy going on the train as there are some really beautiful parts of the park that you don’t get to see otherwise.

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After the train we headed home as we’d been at the park about 4 hours! We only spent about a tenner between us so it was a fab day out on the cheap. One we will definitely be repeating next year when the weather is hopefully a bit better.

How do you like to spend family days out?

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A Picnic in the Park

Gracie-034

Last Tuesday, my mum, sister and I went on a picnic at our local ‘big’ park. We had been planning the trip for a few weeks as we are both on summer holidays from work and we’d promised Gracie a picnic. We chose the week when it decided to rain. This did not deter us though so off we went in the rain, I think I actually preferred the rain to it being too hot and Gracie didn’t seem to mind. The park has a large playground area with climbing frames and swings and slides which Gracie loved and it also has some big rides which we avoided as it’s a bit pricey. The park is huge and there is also a lake, a train ride and some wild birds to look at.

Gracie-005

Gracie-018

Gracie-seesaw

We spent a lot of time chasing Gracie about on the playground, she is such a little daredevil that she loved climbing to the top of the biggest slides and zooming down the zip wire. We actually couldn’t get her off the zip wire and she didn’t really like sharing it with the other children. She is a braver girl than I.

Gracie-025

Gracie-029

We braved eating our picnic on one of the picnic benches near the train station, it was a bit wet but we got on with it any way. Gracie enjoyed playing with a huge tree trunk that had fallen on the ground and was climbing all over it, she chased some birds and tried to feed them her cake.

Gracie-Sand

Gracie-089

Gracie-088

Then we walked down to the lake and the big sandpit which Gracie had remembered from previous visits, she was the only one in there and she was loving throwing the sand everywhere. Me and mum are not the biggest fans of sand so we stayed well away on a bench, but Gracie was doing roly polies and sand angels and all sorts. We spent quite a lot of time at this part until Gracie got bored and started being naughty. We also fed the ducks and swans here, I think Gracie was trying to hit the swans (no fear!) with the bread though. It was lovely to see the cygnets with the grown up swans and all the other ducks. Gracie enjoyed looking at them all and watching them try to eat the bread. When we ran out of bread Gracie decided to feed the ducks Party Rings – they weren’t fans though!

Gracie-swans

Swans-Signets

Wicksteed-Park-Lake

There are two peacocks that live at the park and we wanted to show them to Gracie so we went on a peacock hunt. She wasn’t too impressed by them though. We found them hiding near a new part of the park which has lots of water activities and wooden play equipment. It was pretty fun and Gracie got soaked! I also had to ride a pretend horse to take her to the ‘shops’. She has such a big imagination now that she’s always inventing a game for us to play together.

Peacock

Gracie-wicksteed

Gracie-108

Gracie-water

Gracie-124

We had to convince Gracie to go on the train around the park with us, she really didn’t want to. I think she was a bit nervous as she hadn’t been on it before. Once she was on it she was fine though, she liked looking out of the windows and seeing the different bits of the park. I really enjoy going on the train as there are some really beautiful parts of the park that you don’t get to see otherwise.

Gracie-155

After the train we headed home as we’d been at the park about 4 hours! We only spent about a tenner between us so it was a fab day out on the cheap. One we will definitely be repeating next year when the weather is hopefully a bit better.

How do you like to spend family days out?

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