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Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again 

First of all I’ll hold my hands up and say I’ve been here a fair few times. I’m not ashamed to say it as I want to help those who feel in a spot of bother and need that helping hand.

Feeling like your not worth anything is one of the worst feeling in the world, but with strength and determination, you can get back to being a happier positive you.First things first you have to remember you are the only one in this race and there is no comparing yourself  with anyone else.

Don’t think about how other people see you it’s how you see you and once you start believing you can move mountains others will see that too and you can give yourself a pat on the back or a self 5.

Everyone has goals they just don’t broadcast them you can chose to shy away and conquer them quietly or do them loud and proud. The choice is yours.

Grab yourself a notebook and jot down things you want to accomplish, make bullet points on how to achieve it and one point at a time you can tick it off. Put your mind to it and you will succeed.

To help you on this positive journey think about all the tiny things you did today, this week or this month. Whether you helped someone else or yourself.

Even if you managed to do some ironing that has been piled sky high since goodness knows when or maybe it was that 20-minute walk you wanted to build up to do.It’s something you’ve managed to put your mind to and do. You need to give yourself more self-praise.
Last but no means least you need to start loving yourself for the wonderful person you are.  Yes I’m on about you.

Making a list of 10 things that you think are good qualities about yourself will definitely perk your self-esteem and I bet you could go beyond the 10 things.

Life is for living, so pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again.

Moving House ~ Be Back ASAP

Hey Followers new and old.

I am in the process of moving house in the next week or two so I won’t be able to blog as I’m needed for packing up all my rubbish I’ve accumulated in the past 7 years.
Hoping our internet isn’t off for too long I’ll be back before July is out. Please bear with me, I’ll be back as soon as I can 
Much loves 
Me 😘

Excuse My French…Manicure  

Check out these beauties…


I wanted something that reflected my personality so I went for some super girly colours. I also cut about half an inch off them as they were getting way too long.

To get the base colour I used one of my favourites:  Rimmels Go wild-er-ness by Rita Ora. This time of year I love pastels. It gives amazing coverage and you only need one coat of it too.


For the French tip look I chose Rimmels Lycra Pro Professional Finish In Pop Rose.  Without a guide for my tips I think I did ok.

Here is my nails after 10 days. Baring in mind I’ve been packing boxes as I’m in the process of moving I don’t think that they’ve took too much of a bashing.


They can be found at your local Boots or Superdrug or you can find them online.

Amazon do some amazing nail polishes  from different brands at affordable prices.

What’s your favourite shade of nail polish?

When you’re having a crap day: How to get through it 

Well as I am having one today I thought I’d share with you what I feel helps me not feel so shite.

I grab my sketch pad and pencils and get lost in what I’m drawing. As you can see I’m not that good but it makes me a bit more relaxed. You should definitely give it a try it’s a well cheap hobby.

I’m not ashamed to say I own a few self help books especially ones that have interesting questions and quotes in like this one. We all need a bit of guidance from time to time, right?

Writing in a diary helps me get whatever thoughts about the day out and onto paper. It definitely helps the stress levels.

Music is what keeps me going whether it’s a good day or a bad one. I have found acoustic to be quite soothing.

With the power of Spotify it can relax my body and mind and maybe have a snooze which never hurts anyone.

Pick your favourite films, mine are nostalgic ones when I’m having a bad day and they are an instant mood lifter

Bridget Jones is a legend and Colin and Hugh are the eye candy…Happy days 

So many memories flood back watching this film it taught me things I didn’t know when I was 12 and I remember watching it at my mates sleepover on video. Oh my how times have changed.

Demi Moore, Christina Ricci and Thora Birch make this film what it is. I love it.

I grab my hot water bottle, one of many…

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and my eye mask, shut my peepers and hope for a better day tomorrow.

Remember:

Don’t ruin a good today because of a bad yesterday.

 

Eye Eye – look of the day

Here are the make up products I used to get the look below

First of all I applied seventeen falsify HD mascara to my lashes, I actually think this one is a must if you can’t afford high end ones and its tear-proof… tested by me. I put two coats just to make sure each lash has mascara on it

I took a blending brush and the makeup revolution electric dreams pallete and worked it across both lids not applying it too heavy so it still looks subtle but eye-catching.

After that I applied the Malani eye tech perfection liquid liner to my top lash line to give it a bit more edge. Then as always my signature thing under the eye liner. I find that a gel one always stays put and goes on smoother so I used Maybelline lasting drama gel liner.


I loved this look as purple brings out the green in my eyes. I am not one to experiment with eyeshadows but I think I may do now in the future.

Time to unwind 

Here’s a few things to to to help you relax unwind and give yourself a bit of me time.

 • Set the mood – draw the curtains, put on fairy lights, light a scented candle or put an oil burner on • Choose a playlist that is going to chill you out, so maybe acoustic, panpipes, instrumental, love songs, whatever gets you into the zone.

• Whether it’s a shower or a bath you enjoy, take some me time and lather yourself up in your favourite body wash or emerse yourself in a bath full of bubbles.

• Grab a book you have been reading or meaning to get started on, or a magazine maybe a glass of your favourite tipple.

• Pampering yourself helps ease stress and worries so a face mask, body scrub, self tan, mani and pedi. Trying out new hair dos you’ve been meaning to give a try

• Meditation / yoga is not just for the zen people of the world. Trust me it works miracles when you are super stressed. Concentrating on your breathing or taking your mind off to somewhere nice is so relaxing and will help your body at the same time as your mind. It’s easy to learn and practising makes perfect.

• Watching your favourite film, or tv series will not only make you relaxed but happy at the same time

• Give yourself some me time at least once a week you deserve it.

5 Truly Delicious Desserts

i have a seriously sweet tooth so i thought why not find some of the desserts that i’ve grown to love over the years. Thank you to BBC food for the findings.

Creme brule

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Ready in around 1 hour 30 minutes

More effort

Serves 4

  • 2 cartons double cream, 1 large (284ml) plus 1 small (142ml)
  • 100ml full-fat milk
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 5 large egg yolk
  • 50g golden caster sugar, plus extra for the topping

Find cooking method @ http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2745/ultimate-crme-brle-

Rocky road chocolate crunch bars

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Cook: 5 mins Prep: 20 mins plus chilling

Easy

Cuts into 12

  • 100g butter
    , roughly chopped
  • 300g dark chocolate (such as Bournville), broken into squares
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 140g rich tea biscuit, roughly crushed
  • 12 pink marshmallow, quartered (use scissors)
  • 2 x 55g bars Turkish delight, halved and sliced (or use Maltesers, Milky Way or Crunchie bars)

Find cooking method @ http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/8003/chocolate-crunch-bars

Strawberry cheesecake

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Prep: 30 mins Plus 1 hr and overnight chilling

Easy

Cuts into 12 slices

  • 250g digestive biscuit
  • 100g butter
    , melted
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 600g soft cheese
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 284ml pot double cream

For the topping

  • 400g punnet strawberries
    , halved and stoned
  • 25g icing sugar

Find cooking method @http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4653/strawberry-cheesecake-in-4-easy-steps-

Battenberg cake

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Prep: 2 hrs Cook: 1 hr

Easy

Makes 2 cakes, each cuts into 10 slices

For almond sponge

  • 175g very soft butter
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 medium egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp almond
    extract

For pink sponge

  • 1 x ingredients for almond
    sponge
  • pink food colouring, we used ½ tsp Squires rose food paste

To assemble

  • 200g apricot jam
  • 2 x 500g blocks white marzipan
  • little icing sugar, for dusting

Find cooking method @http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1120657/battenberg-cake

Bread and butter pudding

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

Easy

Serve

  • 250ml full-fat milk
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved and seeds scraped out, or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 whole large eggs
    , plus 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 8 slices of day-old white crusty bread
  • 50g slightly salted butter, softened plus extra for greasing
  • 75g mix sultanas and currants or other dried fruit
  • zest ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar

Find cooking method @http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/bread-butter-pudding