Spring refresh with Home Bargains & tips for Spring cleaning!

In the last year, I’ve gone from a pretty standard, kinda boring and average 25 year old to a 40 year old woman. I watch Louise Pentland (otherwise known as Sprinkle of Glitter, for anyone who doesn’t know) on YouTube doing her laundry and speed cleaning her kitchen on the regular. And I love it. My YouTube tastes have gone from watching fun, holiday vlogs and make-up hauls to watching someone clean their house. And you know what? I am totally down for that. I love cleaning. I love organizing things, sorting things out, making sure things look nice and hoovering… don’t get me started on how satisfying I find hoovering. 

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The thought process of a Sims addict

Ah…. The Sims. One of life’s literal greatest inventions. I truly mean that – The Sims has provided me with hours and hours and hours and hours and days and probably months of entertainment. It’s given me an escape from real life where everything is pretty mundane to my Sims life where I can do whatever I want, whenever I want and achieve things beyond my wildest expectations (but really I’ll probably just spend 13 hours a day playing chess on the computer to try and get that logic skill up). I’ve been a die-hard Sims fan since the days of Mortimer and Bella Goth and literally not being able to leave your own neighborhood until the ever-so-advanced Sims 4 (which I didn’t actually like, so I play number 3) where your Sim looks more human than you do. I’ve played with all the cheats in the book, had families of Aliens, Zombies and Plant People and experimented with every career in the local newspaper. Honestly, I bloody LOVE The Sims. And if you do too, you’ll probably relate to the following thought process.

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How I deal with headaches

I’ve always suffered with headaches. They started when I was in my teens and have differed in frequency but all in all, I’m just a headachey person. It’s mostly stress or tension and now, having anxiety, you can imagine I stress and tense quite a bit. Headaches are a strange thing because they can stem from almost anything; mental or physical stress. DID YOU KNOW that once I had a boyfriend that gave me headaches. No… Literally. I had a headache almost every single day that I was with him and I bet you can guess what happened after we broke up? That’s right, bye bye headaches! So if knowing the fact that boys can literally give you headaches is the only thing you take from this post then I’m happy.

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Severn Valley Railway: Spring Steam Gala 2018

You might look at me and think I don’t look like the sort of person who is interested in steam trains. And you’d be 100% correct – I’m not. But last year, I enjoyed my weekend on the Severn Valley Railway during their Autumn Steam Gala in September so much that I knew I wanted to go again this year, for their Spring weekend. Spring it was not as we were inundated with snow and icy temperatures for two of the days but it was a lovely weekend nevertheless. Although the engines are pretty impressive and yes, you feel like you’re on the Hogwarts express, I just think it’s a really nice, relaxing weekend and a chance to get away from the norm. 

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Binge-worthy series for a cosy night in

I think you’ll agree with me when I say the ‘cosy night in‘ the new ‘big night out‘. I’ve been championing the ‘night in‘ since I hit my 20’s when I realised I’d much rather be in my fleecy pyjama bottoms, eating a pizza and watching my favourite shows rather than getting pushed and shoved around in a hot, crowded club where your shoes get stuck to the floor amiright? Why would you when in this age of technology we’re in now, there’s so much going for the night in. Food can be ordered on our phone at the push of a button (or 12, if you’re me ordering from the Domino’s website and want all of the sides) and our favourite movies and shows can be watched on TV’s such as the 4KTV Panasonic in such high quality we may as well be at the cinema.

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The importance of looking forward to things

There was a time in my life where I felt like I was looking into a black hole of nothingness. I wasn’t depressed (at least, I don’t think I was) and I certainly wasn’t suicidal. It was a time where my anxiety was at it’s absolute worst. Not too long after it started, when I didn’t know what it was or how to cope with it. Besides, before October 2011, I didn’t even know what a panic attack was. I didn’t know what anxiety was, let alone what it felt like. I was a girl who pranced through life, going out as much as she possibly could, meeting people and literally – literally – didn’t have a care in the world. 

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Back to basics with the Old English Company

Let me list a few things that I like; stationery, homeware, quotes and typography. I mean of course I like more than just those 4 things but for the sake of this post, let’s just stick with those four. So when Old English Company reached out to me about a potential collaboration, a company who specialize in home-wear and stationery which – and get this – are embodied with beautiful hand lettered quotes, you can imagine I said yes fairly instantly. Otherwise, this post would be pretty damn short. 

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My favourite Disneyland Paris attractions

Last month, I really enjoyed working on more Disney related posts such as What Disney Means to Me and My Favourite Disney Items. Disney has always been a huge part of my life ever since I was little, I have a Disney category on my blog but I rarely post anything in it so I’ve worked hard on turning that around and going forward, I would love to feature Disney related posts much more regularly. Disneyland Paris holds a very special place in my heart. It was my first holiday ever when I was 5 and I’ve been twice since then. I’m dying to go back which I have faith that I will do soon but for now, I’m talking about my favourite Disneyland Paris attractions!

* Apologies for the slightly dreadful quality images in this post. These were all taken on an old camera back in 2011.

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How to achieve a minimalist home interior

I’ve been re-decorating my bedroom since more or less last September. I re-painted my walls; got rid of this awful, stained, grotty pink I had on my walls for what felt like forever (I sound like I live in a swamp Jesus Christ) and painted them a simple off-white (against my Mum’s judgement who insisted it “wouldn’t look right”. It did. Sorry Mum but you’re wrong on this one). I got rid of all my “tat”. I hate clutter as it is so I’m very happy throwing stuff away and I got a more simple style of bedding. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been drawn more and more towards minimalism. In my life and in my home decor. Although I’m still not entirely happy with my bedroom and I’m still working on making it that perfect, simplistic place for me to have my safe haven, it’s certainly getting there and I have a much clearer mind of the type of style I want. And the type of style I’d want in the future when I hopefully have my own place.

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