Random facts About Me

I first published this post back in 2016 over on my original blog, but I thought I’d give it an update and refresh the photos. I enjoy finding out little snippets of information about people and thought it would be nice for you to learn more about me. You may already know some of it if you follow me on social media, so sit back, grab a cuppa and read on to find out more about me.

Random Facts About Me

  • My first Saturday job was working for Superdrug to earn some extra cash while I was at college
  • I have a rare neurological disability which got worse after a very bad relapse in 2004 and now I cannot walk or stand at all, I have very bad seizures, spasms, pain and various other symptoms. I’m also registered blind, although I do have some sight, not all people who are registered blind have complete loss of sight.
  • I don’t like posting photos of me in my wheelchair, I’d like people to see me, not a set of wheels and an illness, it doesn’t define who I am.
  • My favourite Disney films are Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty, I love them both
  • I am 5 foot 7 1/2 inches tall (the half is very important!) and a shoe size 5
  • When I was 18 I went through a faze of wearing tie dyed skirts and DM boots
  • When I was 20 I used to be part of a pit stop crew for a bike drag racing team at Santa Pod

Random Facts About Me

  • I am an only child by my parents but have a half sister from my dads second marriage, I’m from his third marriage.
  • I don’t have any tattoos and only have my ears pierced once
  • I’ve had a nerve operation on my left ankle which has left me with a scar and a lump around that area
  • I collect thimbles from places we’ve visited and commemorative mugs
  • I hate the smell of fried food and garlic
  • My dream holiday would be to visit Australia, but I’ve never been abroad. I’d also love to visit New York and Paris, the city of romance.
  • I can’t have children thanks to having Endometreosis and a number of gynaecological operations, before my operations I had two miscarriages, one was quite late on in my pregnancy. I’m lucky I have loads of relatives and friends with children so I’m able to love and spoil them.

Random Facts About Me

  • My favourite colour is pink, my favourite flowers are roses and lilies.
  • I love porridge with blueberries and almond milk for breakfast
  • Apart from my cat Pepper, who I have now, I’ve also had two dogs Sandy and Cassy, plus another cat Munchkin
  • I passed my driving test first time when I was 18, but I’m not able to drive now thanks to a disability
  • Adrian and I had a small wedding in a local registry office
  • I didn’t go to Uni, after leaving school I worked as a Nanny for a while and decided to do a Business Studies course at College
  • My first full time job in retail was for New Look which I absolutely loved, I’ve also worked for Next and Orange/EE Mobile.

Random Facts About Me

  • I worked in a pub in the evenings for about 3 months while I was studying but absolutely hated it.
  • I love learning new things about our history, I’ll read books, watch documentaries and read stuff on line. It varies from social history to the history of art and fashion.
  • I am scared stiff of spiders and clowns and will scream the place down at the sight of them
  • I love being snuggled up under my duvet and listening listening to the rain, it’s so relaxing
  • I cry at everything sad in a film or TV program, one bit of sad music and that’s it, I’m off
  • My favourite feel good films are Clueless, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman and Bridget Jones, as for TV shows, well that ranges from Sex and the City, Friends, The Walking Dead and any of these box sets I enjoy watching. Recently I’ve been gripped by The Bodyguard and The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • I have an obsession with hats, shoes and jewellery
  • My nose got broken when I was a child and has been slightly wonky ever since
  • My father died when I was 2, so I never got to know him and I spent time growing up with my Nan, Aunts and a foster mother
  • I did ballet when I was at school, I wasn’t very good at it thanks to my disability which wasn’t that bad when I was very young. I still enjoy watching a ballet on the TV or at the theatre.
  • A guilty pleasure, well it’s quite embarrassing but here goes…..I love listening to Abba ( please don’t judge, haha!)

Well, there you go, a bit of random stuff about me. You might also like to find out what I enjoy doing when I’m away from the internet.

Do you have a guilty pleasure? Let me know a random fact about you, I’d love to get to know you more.

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Things I Want To Do This Autumn

Blimey, it honestly doesn’t seem a whole year since I was last thinking about everything I wanted to get done during Autumn, where has time gone? I don’t know about you, but  the Autumn is my favourite time of year, I’m sure I say that about every season but right now it’s Autumn. I love everything about it. yet there doesn’t seem to be enough weeks to enjoy everything I want to do. Just like  my Autumn Bucket List from last year, I’ve written down all the things that get me super excited for the season and I plan on having loads of fun over the coming months.

What better way to tick off a few things from my list than while my sister is staying with us, all the way from Canada. Perfect timing.

My Autumn Bucket List

Make The House All Cosy

A simple way of getting myself in the mood for the season is by making my home a little cosier, just in time for those colder temperatures. Drape a fluffy blanket over my sofa, and squishy, soft cushions everywhere. I want to stock up on candles that smells like apple and cinnamon or gingerbread, or maybe have a go at making my own potpourri using cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with dried flowers and orange peel. Then display it in a pretty bowl with items I’ve collected from a woodland walk, like acorns and pine cones. This year I also want to hang an Autumnal wreath on the front door.

Cook From An Old Family Recipe

I do miss my grandmother’s home baked apple pie and biscuits. I’m sure my Aunt has some of her old recipes written down in a book, and I’d like to have a go at making some of my own just the way she used to. I’ll be sure to invite family round for a tasting session and they can give me their honest opinion. I also want to make a stew from scratch and start using my slow cooker, can you imagine how divine the house would smell when I come home that day.

Enjoy Pumpkin Spice

I’ll admit that I’m a true convert to the seasonal pumpkin spice latte (be right back after I’ve just popped to Costa!) For breakfast I’ll be swapping granola for a bowl of hot porridge made with almond milk, berries and bananas and a hint of pumpkin spice, believe me it tastes so gooood. It wouldn’t be Autumn without having made enough pumpkin spice muffins to feed an army. Oh this is making my mouth water.

Attend An Autumn Fair

We have quite a few held in Church Halls near where I live and they are a great place to find unique gifts for Christmas and Birthdays. The stall holders sell items they’ve made such as jewellery, ceramics, modern and classical art, glassware, haberdashery and clothing, I’m sure I’ll even find a section for homemade jams chutneys and cakes. I love to have a good natter with local people over a steaming hot cup of tea.

Stock Up On New Season Makeup

There are so many new Autumn makeup launches I have my eye on right now, they have got me rather excited. This time of year I live for Berry, Plum and Burgundy. I’m just about done with pinks and peaches of Summer and ready to wear a bold plum lipstick, a smokey eye look or a beautiful burgundy nail polish.

Go To The Seaside

This may sound a bit strange but I’d love to stroll by the sea on a chilly day, with the wind blowing the cobwebs away, snuggled up in a cosy coat and jumper, eating chip shop chips and freshly made donuts with a hot mug of tea. Finishing the day by watching the sunset over the sea, getting some amazing photos.

Visit a Local Market

These are the last few months to enjoy seasonal, locally grown food from a market. When I get home I’ll aim to be creative with apples, beets, leeks, parsnips, and mushrooms and cook something amazing for all the family. Well, wish me good luck.

Pick My Own Pumpkin

I’d like to find where the best pumpkin field is near me and bring home one I’ve literally handpicked. I’ve never done this before and it always looks great fun, have I left it too late? Maybe I’ll have to buy one from the shops again this year, either way I want to make the traditional jack-o’-lantern, or have a go at carving a unique picture into my pumpkin just in time for Halloween.

Make Caramel Apples

Autumn is definitely apple season, making it the perfect time to enjoy some sweet, sticky caramel apples. I’ll have a cosy evening in with some friends and set up dishes with toppings such as crushed peanuts, granola, chocolate chips, and marshmallows ready to dunk them in. It could get messy, but an awful lot of fun and we’ll have something really tasty to eat.

Play In The Leaves

I plan on for a long woodland walk, collecting leaves and conkers. I love watching the leaves change to their bright autumnal colours and the crunchy sound they make.  I want to rack up huge piles just to have a kick about and yes, I will be letting out the inner child in me, but who cares, it’s all great fun. Autumn is such a colourful season, it smells different too, there’s more of a crisp, earthy smell or as I used to say when I was younger “It smells like potatoes!”

Make Leaf Art

I’ll hold my hands up, I am the least creative person when it comes to art but even I can manage to make something with all the leaves I’ll have collected on my walk. Possibly pressing and painting a couple in a frame that I could mount on the wall to make an autumn inspired artwork that I’ll be able to keep forever.

My Autumn Bucket Lis

Watch A Scary Movie

Until recently I had a huge fear of masks so I couldn’t celebrate Halloween. Thanks to therapy I had to help me over that fear I’m able to join in with everyone else. This year I want a full on scary movie night, with the lights turned off and huddled under a blanket. I’ll also be decorating the house with all things Halloween to really get us in the mood.

Stock Up On Halloween Treats

I may be be too old to go trick or treating, but I’m definitely not too old to enjoy sweets. Watch out Poundland because I’ll stocking up with all the jumbo bags of treats ready for our Halloween movie night. I could quite possibly end up on the biggest sugar high ever.,

Dress Up For Halloween

I’ve been invited to two parties this year and I can’t possibly go in the same outfit twice, that would never do. I’ll need to get a move on if I’m going to sort out two Halloween costumes, last year I dressed up as Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family and so many people didn’t recognise me.

A handful of conkers over autumn leaves

Start A Gratitude Journal

Although we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the the UK, there’s no better time to appreciate everything I have to be thankful for. I want to get into the habit of acknowledging something I’m grateful for every day of the year, and record it in a journal. Then I’ll be able to flick through whenever I’m feeling down.

Enjoy Bonfire Night

I am so excited to for 5th November, getting all cosy round bonfire with our friends. We’ll be roasting jacket potatoes and marshmallows, and telling stories while we gather around the flames. There’s bound to be loads of laughter too as they’ll most definitely be alcohol involved. It may be freezing cold, but that’s half the fun and I’ll be wrapped up in my thickest Parker (ok, more like a duvet!)

Celebrate Adrian’s birthday

It’s 24th November (in case I forget) and I hope to get all the family and his friends together for one big party. I already know what I’m getting him this year, it’s been something he’s wanted for quite a while.

Do you love Autumn? Have you got any plans for this year?

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Highlighters For Ever Budget

We’re coming up to that time of year when our gorgeous summer glows start to fade and our skin begins to look a bit dull. There are some incredible highlighters out there, you don’t have a spend a fortune on to get a gorgeous glow. It was one product I used to skip, but since trying out a number of brands I’ve found a few that I totally love and couldn’t be without.

Here are some of my absolute favourites, from powders to liquids, they can all be used to enhance a summer tan or add some warmth to winter skin.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Liquid Highlighters

It took me a while to get into liquid highlighters but then I discovered GOSH Lumi Drops . These are so easy to use, just add a small amount to the back of my hand, then using my finger tips I apply and blend the highlighter to the tops of my cheek bones and along my brow bone or mix it with my foundation for an all over radiant glow. I expected it to be be a runny consistency, but it’s more like a gel, so they’re a lot easier to handle. I have the shades Peach and Rose Gold, which are absolutely stunning, they look a lot darker in the bottle, however they are both light, pearly colours and look beautiful after I’ve blended them in.

Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops are absolutely incredible, they’re in a glass bottle with a pipette applicator making it easy to use. I apply these the same as the GOSH ones, blending it in with a beauty sponge. It dries quick, giving off a stunning glow, making it quite possibly one of the best highlighters I’ve ever had. They’re available in 5 different shades and cost £6.99 each, so super affordable.

After cleansing and moisturising my skin I applied a small amount of Boots No7 Skin Illuminator all over my face. I’ve literally been obsessed with this product ever since I discovered it last month. It instantly enhances your complexion for a natural looking radiance, it has an iridescent shimmer that reflects the light to give your skin that perfect healthy glow. It can be used in 3 different ways, as a primer before your foundation, mixed in with your base product or used as a highlighter on your cheeks and brow bones. It’s not glittery, so ideal for using during the day, whatever time of year it is.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter as it’s a multi purpose product. The liquid is highly concentrated, so you’ll only need to use the tiniest amount. It can be added to your foundation or skincare for an all over natural glow, or used to highlight specific areas. I wasn’t too keen on this one when I tried it all over my face as it’s a really glittery highlighter, but it does give such a pretty glow. I much preferred dabbing it across my cheek bones for a much more subtle look.  I think I’ll be saving this one for an evening out, plus it would look incredible at Christmas.

Highlighters For Ever Budget

Highlighting Palettes

I’m still obsessed with Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette. For an everyday glowy look I use the golden peachy blush shade on my cheeks just to add a natural hint of colour and using a fan brush I’ll sweep the highlighter shade over my cheek bones, as it gives just the right amount of shimmer when the light catches it. It’s such a pretty cheek palette, the powders are incredibly soft, blend in wonderfully and the shades are super pigmented. This one came in my travel bag when I went away for a few days last month. If I’m going on a night out and I’m after a more intense highlighter then I’ll reach for the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting palette, which gives the most incredible glow..

Revolution Renaissance Illuminating Radiant in the shade Rose is a pretty amazing drug store palette that really packs a punch. It’s an absolute bargain for only £8. There are three rose toned pressed shimmer powders that can be used as blusher, highlighter or eyeshadow to give skin incredible glow. You can swirl them together or use them individually. The packaging is gorgeous, a beautiful rose gold compact that slides into a soft pink velvet sleeve.

No7 Shimmer Palette is a fab one, it’s perfect for an all year round glow it’s made up of shades to flatter any skin tone, giving an extra lift to your complexion. The mix of colours mean it can be used to enhance a summer tan or add warmth to winter skin.

Powder Highlighters

Tanya Burr Illuminating Powder

I first fell in love with the shade Peonies Please after seeing it on YouTube, so I was determined to hunt it down. Honestly it is so pretty with a soft baked feel and an almost marble effect to it. This Illuminating Powder is probably more of an all over cheek product as it adds a rosey colour as well as highlighting. I apply it with a fan brush as it’s extremely pigmented and this allows me to build up the colour gradually. It’s perfect for adding a healthy glow without being too over the top glittery.

Makeup Revolution Sun Kiss Highlighter in the shade Champagne Kiss, and this has to be my most favourite thing from this haul. I mean, it looks incredible and I can’t get over the size of it, it’s huge. I love the rose gold packaging which makes it look much more expensive that it actually is. The highlighter is super intense, I started of just using a small amount on my brush and gently blending it in. The colour looks so pretty, it’s perfect for any time of the year.

Do you have a favourite highlighter? Have you tried any of these?

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Sandringham

Sandringham is one of my favourite places to visit. It’s about an hour and a half’s drive from where I live, so Adrian and I decided to go up there last week and take a tour round the house, gardens and museum. We also had a delicious picnic on the Queen’s lawn, unfortunately she wasn’t at home on the day we went but I’m sure she wouldn’t mind us having tea and sandwiches in her back garden. I would loved to have bumped into her and caught up on family gossip.

Sandringham House is the Queen’s country home and is situated in North Norfolk, about 20 minutes away from Hunstanton (which, might I say, is the windiest seaside place on the planet!) Sandringham House has the most amazing gardens and woods where you can walk round, it’s filled with beautiful flowers and statues. If you don’t fancy walking all that way, there’s even a shuttle that will drive you round to take in all the wonderful sights.

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

We didn’t go inside the house on this visit as we’ve been in many times before. There’s a section that is open to tourists and a tour guide will show you around each room and talk you through some very interesting facts. The bronze statue of the horse Estimate is a new addition since we came last, it stands right outside the main entrance to the house. The Queen is the first reigning monarch to win a Gold Cup when her horse, Estimate, won in 2013. You learn something new every day!

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

I had to do it, didn’t I? If there’s a place to have a slice of cake then you can guarantee I’ll be there. We went into the Stables Tearoom, which has a wonderful selection of cakes and sandwiches, I naturally choose the chocolate cake and it was absolutely delicious, I’m surprised it lasted long enough for me to take a photo. There’s also a restaurant that sells home cooked hot and cold meals, but it was extremely busy on our visit, plus I think we’d already eaten enough from the picnic we’d brought with us.

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

There are so many hidden little places at Sandringham, it’s such a beautiful place to sit and relax, enjoy a picnic and take in the scenery. It’s an extremely popular place for tourists but the further into the woods you go, the less chance you’ll bump into crowds of people.

I had to have my photo take outside York Cottage, which is on the other side of the lower lake at Sandringham and will be the country home of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I did wonder if Harry and Megan were in one of the upstairs rooms measuring up for nursery furniture, but no, there wasn’t any sign of them. Oh well, maybe next time.

Just a bit further up from York Cottage is Queen Alexandra’s Nest over looking the picturesque view across the lakes, this charming summer house was built for her in 1913. Sadly I couldn’t get up any closer as it’s not wheelchair accessible, it would have been the perfect place to chill and listen to the sounds of nature.

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

We must have walked round every inch of the stunning gardens, one of the prettiest and most interesting areas was the North Garden, where you’ll see a statue of Father Time, the Buddha Statue, colourful flowers and beautiful box hedge lined walkways. You could literally get lost in there, it’s almost like something out of a fairy tale. Whatever time of year you visit the gardens look amazing,  Spring leading into Summer is probably the best time as the displays of rhododendrons are quite simply breathtaking. On a sad note, somewhere in the grounds of Sandringham I lost one of earrings that Adrian bought me for our wedding anniversary in 2011, I didn’t notice until we got back to the car.

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House is absolutely amazing with the most spectacular views of the house, woods and gardens, as well as inside the house and museum. There’s also a gift shop where you can buy something to remember your visit including jams, cookies and little trinkets. I bought my Aunt a jar of Sandringham Strawberry Preserve as she loves some on her toast in the mornings, and for myself I picked up another thimble for my collection. Next door to the Gift Shop is an outdoor clothing shop, you could always pick up a pair of walking boots if you fancy an extra long walk round every inch of the woodland. Inside the museum there are all kinds of items that have belonged to various generations of the Royal family. One I found particularly interesting were these wheelchairs that belong to Queen Victoria, I’d quite like mine to have a plush royal red cushion.

I love coming to Sandringham House, it’s such a beautiful place. Each time I’ve come there’s always been something new to learn or different to see. I’ve been a few times but still haven’t quite made it to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, it’s right next to Sandringham and is used by The Queen and members of the Royal family. You’ll be able to watch them walk from Sandringham House down to the church on Christmas Day. I’d definitely recommend Sandringham to anyone, even if you’re not a royal fan, it’s such a stunning stately home with amazing architecture and a wonderful history. The gardens and woodland are quite simply beautiful.

I can’t wait to come again soon.

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

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Hempz Aromabody Milk And Honey Body Moisturizer

I tend to spend as much time looking after the skin on my body as I do my face, especially now we’re going into the colder months. I switch to something a little richer and more creamy to keep my skin soft and nourished. A body moisturiser that does what it says on the tin and gives me all the feel of Autumn is bound to be a winner. It’s going to be one that I look forward to using every single day.

Hempz Milk And Honey Body Moisturizer is from their new Aromabody range and is aimed towards extremely dry skin. If you’ve not heard of Hempz before, they are a vegan skincare brand and their products are all paraben free and gluten free. They sell everything you need for healthy skin and hair, all the products contain 100% natural hemp seed oil and are rich in vitamins. You will be spoilt for choice from the delicious range of beauty treats which include body washes, moisturisers and lip balms. I first discovered Hempz back in January, I’ll leave the link to my review in case you want to find out what I thought of their body wash and lip balm.

You know I’m going to mention the fragrance first, right? Let me tell you it smells amazing, with a warm comforting feeling as soon as you massage it into your body. Ok, so it doesn’t exactly smell of milk and honey, it reminds me of that home baked smell that wafts through the house just after you’ve made a batch of muffins. I promise you it smells good enough to eat.

It comes in a sturdy 500ml bottle, which is a decent size and will most likely be enough to last you all the way through til the Spring. I’m glad it has a pump as this makes it so much easier to dispense to moisturiser compared to a squeezy bottle. It looks pretty good standing on my bathroom shelf, although I’m seriously thinking of putting it under lock and key to stop other family members from helping themselves.

The moisturiser has a thick creamy texture and is almost like a gel formula. As it’s quite a heavy cream I was expecting it to take ages to be absorbed into my skin and I’d have to wait forever to get dressed. To my surprise it doesn’t sit on the skin and melts in really quickly. Oh boy, this is one of the most nourishing moisturisers I’ve ever used, my skin felt soft, hydrated and velvety smooth after I had applied it. Anyone with dry skin, then this is the one for you, it even helped on the drier areas like my elbows and knees. And like I said, you get a warm comforting feeling from the delicious fragrance the moment you put it on, the smell does linger for a while but it’s a small price to pay for a little indulgence after your morning shower or evening bath routine.

One of the main ingredients is Pure Hemp Seed Oil and is a great source of vitamins, including Vitamin E, and essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6. It’s also packed with other key ingredients including Agave Extract, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil. Cocoa butter and Shea Butter, all designed to soften and hydrate your skin. Shea Butter provides heavy moisture and essential nutrients to the skin, helping to protect against free radical damage and daily elements. Plus the antioxidant properties help to nourish your skin and keep it look and feeling it’s best. All this while smelling deliciously yummy.

Other products in the Hempz Aromabody Milk & Honey* range include an Exfoliating Herbal Body Whip, a Herbal Body Wash and a Herbal Hand & Foot Creme.

Have you tried anything from the Hempz range? Do you switch up your skincare depending on the seasons?

*This post includes PR samples

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