Weekend in London

Last weekend, myself and Marek went to London as we both had the weekend off in order to prematurely celebrate his birthday.

It was such a lovely weekend, even with the EXTREME pain I endured from the stupid shoes I wore. Why are all pretty shoes painful? Like, how in any way is that fair?

We took a ride on the London Eye,  Popped by Queen Lizzys, and visited a museum involving planes where at this point I was a *bit* concerned I wouldn’t ever be able to make Marek leave from the excitement that he almost burst with when we first entered the room. The nerd is strong in this one.

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We were ever so kindly upgraded to the honeymoon suite by the hotel when we arrived, which was GORGEOUS. I would 100% recommend The Blakemore Hotel if you’re looking for a nice place to stay.

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The second day consisted of us shopping until we literally dropped. And anyone who happens to work in the oxford street Primark, I salute you and pray for you guys. It’s MENTAL in there. I don’t know how staff do it.

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Everything You Need For Moving In To Your First House

 

I’ve been moved out for around 7 months now, so I feel like I’ve got a good sense of all thing home by now. I remember a week before we moved in, I freaked out because I had no idea what I needed and forgot everything that you’re supposed to have in a house.

obviously living at home before, my parents were the ones that always bought things, so it was essentially a lot of silly things you don’t think about because it’s just ‘there’ all the time.

Thankfully I was lucky with my rented flat as it was pre- furnished, but I’ve also included furniture too because y’know, probs going to need to refer back to this at a later point in life when I move.

So any first time movers out there, do not fear! For I have all the items you need and also some recommendations on some places to buy for anyone with a budget.

Hallway/ Entrance

  • Door Mat
  • Coat Rack
  • Shoe Rack

Living Room:

Living Room

Side note- this room in the house has so many different names its a joke. I speak to people who call it all different types if things; family room/ lounge/ front room/ living room. why is that?

  • Sofa/s
  • Cushions
  • Blankets (necessary for binge nights and cold winters!)
  • Coffee table
  • TV Cabinet
  • Dining Table
  • TV
  • Lamp/s
  • Clock
  • Curtains/ Blinds/ Net Curtain
  • Shelving
  • Coasters
  • Dinner Mats

Kitchen:

I genuinely didn’t realize how many kitchen items I’ve accumulated over time (mostly unnecessary things like sundae/ milkshake glasses) But you have no idea how many things you forget you use on a daily basis until you’re about to serve your pasta and realize you don’t have a colander to drain the water with. 🌚

  • Microwave
  • Fridge/ Freezer
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing Machine
  • Tea/ Coffee/ Sugar Pots
  • Bread bin
  • Dish rack
  • Cutlery Storage
  • Tumbledryer (not essential)
  • Dishwasher (Again, definitely optional)
  • Plates/ Bowls
  • Glasses (normal/ wine/ champagne)
  • Knifes/ Forks/ Spoons
  • Cutting Knifes
  • Cutting Boards
  • Colander
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Baking Trays
  • Wooden spoons/ Spatula/ Ladel/ Wisk
  • Tongs
  • Can/ Bottle Opener
  • Rolling Pin
  • Pots/ Pans/ Wok/ Frying Pan
  • Food Scales
  • Measuring Cups
  • Bin (preferably two for general waste/ Recycling if you have room!)
  • Scissors

Bathroom:

Clean Af Mat

I feel like this is most self explanatory, however I did forget recently to buy toilet paper for almost a week and a half  (dw, we were borrowing rolls from Mareks mum who fortunately lives very close, as to avoid leaving pee trails everywhere we went.)

  • Shower Curtain
  • Towels/ Hand Towels/ Face Cloths
  • Bath Mat
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothbrush Holder
  • Soap/ Dispenser
  • Toilet Rug? What are they even called?!
  • Medical Box (Pain Killers, Plasters, Savalon, Bandages ect.)
  • Small Bin
  • Storage (for pads, tampons, extra razors ect.)
  • Plunger
  • Bleach

Bedroom:

My favorite place because bed=life, so invest in that shit. Let it feel like you’re falling into a cloud every time you climb into bed. You deserve it.

  • Bedframe
  • Mattress
  • Pillows/ Duvet/ Bedding
  • Drawers
  • Wardrobe
  • Hangers (LOTS)
  • Bedside Tables
  • Lamp/s
  • Mirror
  • Dressing Table (if your lucky enough to have room)

 

Other:

This is all the other things I believe are essential moving in, but I didn’t know what other category to fit them in.

  • Hoover
  • Clothes Horse
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Mop
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Laundry Bin
  • Extension Leads
  • Tools
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Antibacterial Wipes
  • Window/ Glass Cleaner
  • Sponges

I feel like I’ve still forgotten things so if I remember I’ll update, but most of these things can be found for relatively cheap prices in places like Ikea, Matalan, And Wilko, all great quality!

Things I’d suggest investing a bit more in would be things like your pots/ pans/ wok/ frying pans, and your cutting knifes, because it starts to show fairly quickly if they’re not made to last.

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Spending Money And Not Feeling Guilty About It

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In the wise words of the infamous Tom Havorford & his partner in crime Donna, “Treat yo’ self.” Which is something I’ve been trying to drill into my brain for a while now.

I grew up in a family who could pay bills, buy food and that was about as far as income would stretch. I learned that you had to plan your budget carefully, and luxury’s were something you either saved for or couldn’t have.

I appreciate this way of life very much so, as it’s helped me to be very frugal with my money and I always have everything paid for and accounted for no matter what.

(p.s.  the word ‘frugal’ always reminds me of the trait you can give your sims which is where I originally learnt it 😂)

However, this way of life has also made me very reluctant to spend money on almost ANYTHING other than what I consider important like bills. I was literally forced by Marek to buy new underwear and socks because he couldn’t stand the sight of how worn out they were any longer.

I even felt bad buying pyjamas, but I was sick of feeling gross in old stained t-shirts and wanted to have cute cool ones like I see all over instagram, so I sucked it up and bought a few pairs.

And you know what? I feel so much better.

I even pulled a bit of an ol’ rebel move today and bought a keyring from skinny dip I’d been eyeing longingly for ages, literally the second I got an email saying it was back in stock, instead of leaving it in the ‘saved items’ section of the Asos app until the end of the universes’ existence.

So here’s to being nicer to myself! Stay tuned for the probable part 2: I Cant Stop Spending once I get too comfortable. *sigh*

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I’m ‘Boring’ And Why I’m Okay With That

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Today, I am having major holiday blues. Facebook did that fab thing where it reminds you what you were doing “this time a year ago” and up popped a photo of me and Marek chillin’ on the beach in Mexico.

I’ve low key been sulking all week about it as it is tbh, because it was one of the rare times I did “do something”  and yet this year, I am sitting in bed, in England, waiting to leave for work. TRAGIC.

However, I also remember, that I LIKE being at home. And even while I was in Mexico, I was 100% ready to come home like a day before my holiday ended. I know at this current moment time I do wish I was almost 5000 miles away on a beach in the sea (YES I googled how far away it was) but the difference is, whenever I get upset because I see people on social media out every night somewhere exciting or on holiday every 3 weeks, I try to remind myself I’d hate that. I’d be EXHAUSTED.

I’d much rather spend my days off literally just slobbing it out at home in front of the tv, a big ‘ol cup of tea in hand, binging a tv show or playing a few games (Breath Of The Wild is my current ❤) than having a packed weekend full of socializing with different people. And that’s okay.

I always feel embarrassed when I book a week or so off of work, and people ask what I did and I say “not much really” because I feel like people think i’m about as fun as a led balloon if I don’t list them a huge list of things I did like, bungy jumping off of Big Ben or swimming with sharks, but if I enjoyed myself “doing nothing” what’s the problem?

I think, sometimes it’s what puts me off of blogging too, because I don’t have something to brag about every post, I feel like there’s nothing to write about, so I’ve decided to give myself a break. This is my blog, so even if I feel like it’s boring af, I’m going to post it, because it’s interesting to me.

#beyou

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#WhatIWatched | February ’17

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This month isn’t a long one, as I actually didn’t find myself sitting down watching something everyday, due to life simply being a bit, well, busy. So y’know I apologize for the fact that this post is so late into March.

TV:

Sneaky Pete

This show actually surprised me, as initially I didn’t expect it to be something that held my interest. I was wrong. The show is incredibly enticing with all of the mischief “Pete” gets up to, it really puts you in a good few nail biting/  ‘HOW did he do that?’ moments. Not to mention the “bad guy” role is played by none other than the fabulous Brian Cranston. Think Walter White, expect with more style, charm and a young pretty lady on his arm. The show could have ended at the end of the series, however the cliffhanger its left on seems equally exciting and I can’t wait to see the new set of problems ahead.

Bates Motel

I love this show. A “prequel spin off” of the 1960’s Classic Film Psycho, Bates Motel shows us the childhood of main character Norman and his life growing up with his mother Norma, how they first started up the business, and the story of Norman’s slow decent into the disturbed character he portrayed in the film. The show is so gripping, you really find yourself becoming emotionally invested in so many of the characters. I am yet to start season 5, as I want to binge them all at once without having to wait a week for the next episode, because I am the worst and have 0 patience.

Film:

The Girl On The Train

Wow. This film was incredibleeee. The twists and turns this film takes is thrilling. While at first disliking the main character, as the story develops, you begin to feel bad for hating her so much. I experienced a lot of stressful shouting moments throughout this film and it’s safe to say I could have done with a drink at the end LOL. This film really highlights the ugliness and toxicity of what some relationships can be. A must watch.

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Diary | The Very Tired Girl

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 These last two weeks seem to have blended into each other for me, I feel like I’m in a weird movie montage where there’s just loads of little chopped up clips of my life, and at the end there’s just a shot of me collapsing on a bed.

Last week I went to the dentist, to get a full checkup and x ray of my arsehole of a wisdom tooth that started growing through, which turns out is slightly impacted, so if I happen to start getting infections, it will have to come out. Sick.

While I was there I also had to get a filling, which cost me FIFTY THREE POUNDS.  On the same day as my brothers 16th birthday, who literally minutes before the appointment, I had stuffed a load of cash into his card. This left me poor for the remainder of the week.

Look after your teeth kids, shits expensive. And painful. V painful.

The rest of the week, I was lucky enough to get in a bit of visual training as a few of them were off work, which I won’t lie, I had no fucking clue what I was doing as it had been so long, and the first day I was slower than a snail at everything, but I learned how to dress and style mannequins, and folded a tables that took me HOURS that was later destroyed by evil people who want to watch the world burn.

SERIOUSLY THERE’S SIZE TAPE FOR A REASON GUYS.

Why cant people just neatly lift the pile for the size they need and then put it back? *sobs* WHY?!

Also, lifting and dressing 9 adult sized mannequins? IT HURTS. The day after I woke up and felt like I’d fallen down at least 45 flights of stairs.

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Valentines day, Marek made dinner, and I followed up with some “Valentines Sundaes” which was essentially some good ol’ Haagen Dazs, strawberry cheesecake flavoured, with some whipped cream and strawberry sauce. And not to brag, but daaamn it was good.

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The rest of the week I went back to shifts ending at 7/7:30pm and on my sixth day in a row at work yesterday, I honestly don’t know how I made it through the day without killing someone or crying tbh.

Anyone wants me? I’ll be in my bed for the rest of the weekend making no noise and pretending I don’t exist.

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Valentines Cards For The Non- Soppy Couples

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As someone who is in a relationship myself, but still feels like all that mushy lovey dovey stuff they have around for valentines day will make me vom, I’ve decided to make a collection of cards for people who feel the same, but yet still want to give something to their significant other to show love without being so cringey its illegal.

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Your side, my side joke card

No one I’d rather lay in bed and look at my phone with

Thank you for loving no make up me

no one else I’d rather annoy the shit out of

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I love all of these so much I wish I could buy all of them at once. I wish I was witty enough to make my own cards like this. I’d be a millionaire mate.

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