Sunday, 25 June 2017

Trips | Majorca

 I was editing my holiday video this weekend and I realised that I had not shared my holiday snaps with you! At the start of the month Tom and I travelled to Majorca (do not worry, Tilly had a holiday at my parents' house!) for a week, which was just what we needed after such a busy year, and we were definitely in need as our last 'beach holiday' was to Lanzarote back in 2014. Those of you who have been a reader for a long time (thank you) may remember my post about this holiday! 
 We decided to choose Majorca because after our trip to Lanzarote I wanted somewhere where the sand did not burn your feet and the sea was warm enough to go in, and Playa de Muro provided exactly this for us. We had both been to Majorca before, but way back when we were children and went with our families/did not know each other! We chose our hotel because it backed onto the beach, it was in a quiet area but close enough to busier towns via public transport. It was the perfect setting for a chilled out holiday where we could have beach days but also visit other areas and eat lots of ice cream! The white sandy beaches were beautiful, the people were extremely friendly and the food was fab. It was definitely a shock coming back to the rain as we landed in Stansted and it was surreal to not say Hola anymore - I would love to return to the island again one day, even if just for the brilliant sunsets. 

Jess x

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Cuppa Catch Up | May

 Let's go back to a classic here; cuppa catch up's. Long-time readers might remember these types of posts from way back at the start of 2016 - I started them but they seemed to fizzle out so I'm here to remedy this! If this is the first time you've come into contact with a cuppa catch up, the premise is very simple: grab a cup of tea (or beverage of your choice) and lets have a catch up about the past month!
 I started scrapbooking late last year, and as this follows a monthly format I thought it would be nice to have some words alongside that I can read in conjunction with the pages. The month started off super sunny and being the crazy cat that I am, I took myself into the city centre to get a second piercing in my ears! This spontaneity is very unlike me but I woke up one day and thought, you know what I'm going to get a piercing today and I did. I felt very empowered to make a decision and follow through with it, and I was brave through the pain! I had the piercing at The Owl and the Pussycat and I felt at ease through the whole process and the lady that did it was lovely.
 Tom and I have come back to Suffolk for a few days before we go away on holiday (which I am very excited for) and this has meant that Tilly has met my parents border collie Max for the first time. I don't think she was too sure about him to begin with but they're getting on really well and Tilly keeps play fighting with him but only if she can lay in her bed lols. We took them both the beach at the weekend during the glorious sunshine (the one thing Sheffield is missing is the sea!), we've been to visit family and I finally returned to The Waffle House in Norwich for lunch!

How was your May?

Jess x

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Third Blogiversary

I can't believe it - my little blog is three years old today! Exactly three years ago I posted my very first blog post 'The One Where it All Begins' and a lot has changed in the past three years. Before I started my blog I had followed various content creators through blogs and YouTube for a few years. Blogging and YouTube were getting more and more popular before I started, and it's just blown up since. Everyone and their dog seem to have a social media account (would you believe how many people's dogs have their own instagram account?) which is amazing as you can connect with people (and dogs - okay I'll stop now lols) from all walks of life and create friendships with people from all around the world. People have been able to create full time jobs out of creating content which no one really saw coming, and I don't know if it will continue expand or whether there will ever be an eventual end point?

In my first post I said that I wanted to document different aspects of my life and I think that I have managed to fulfil this and will continue to do so! My blog has definitely changed and grown with me which I'm happy with and I definitely want to get back into creating content for you more regularly. I know that at one stage I was really on it and would post twice a week without fail (maybe because it was a distraction from uni work?) and this then slipped with starting my final semester of third year. From there a lot was going on personally with moving and finishing uni that my blog was sidetracked. I then started blogging again and wanted to do it on a ad-hoc basis when I felt like it, but I think now a year on since my final semester, I miss the regularity of content and I miss being excited about finding things to blog about. I'm hoping this realisation will get my butt into gear to start posting regularly again and be excited about the content I'm producing; both in the present and when I look back on it in the future.

Here's to my blog's third birthday, and producing more fab content.

Jess x


Friday, 14 April 2017

DIY Easter bunny cards

 Easter is nearly here and so I thought I'd share with you how to make these super cute and easy easter bunny cards! They're a nice little something to give to people, or to have up as a decoration. I found this idea on Pinterest and wanted to share it with you because they're basic to make and look impressive.

You will need:
Washi tape
Black marker pen

To start off fold your card into half. Cut two strips of your washi tape and stick them in diagonals as shown below.

 Cut two smaller strips of washi tape, and cut the ends into a diagonal. Use one of the triangle cut offs as a nose.

Take out your marker pen, draw on some eyes and the curvy bit beneath the nose and you've made your bunny! I've simply written 'Happy Easter' below and I like that you can leave it as simple or make it as decorative as you wish!

I really like this design as it's simple to do yet looks effective. It's also nice to change the card or washi tape colour to create different variations for people. I hope you enjoy recreating this!

Jess x 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Cosy Sundays

 It's great to be out and about at the weekend, but after the hustle and bustle of the week, having a cosy Sunday inside can be just what you need. My cosy Sundays start the night before through not setting an alarm. Is there anything better than going to sleep knowing you can just wake up when your body is ready? After waking up I'll slowly make my way downstairs to give Tilly her breakfast, make my own, and make a coffee. I love having time at the weekend to take my time over making and eating breakfast - this is something I usually eat once I get into work - and sitting down to catch up on some YouTube.

 After breakfast I'll take Tilly out for a walk which I really enjoy, as during the week it's Tom who takes her out in the mornings. It's so nice being able to get out (especially when the weather's good!) and start the day off with some fresh air and exercise.

 Because Tilly's a nagging Nancy I normally have a bath once I get in from her walk rather than before. I would normally have a bath in the evening during the week if I fancied one, but I think it's a treat to have the time to have one during the day at the weekend! I'll find a Lush bath bomb, pop some bath salts in, stick a YouTube video on and have a good soak. Recently I've been using The Body Shop's Ethiopian Honey face mask and my face has really benefitted from it. I like to apply it with an old make up brush as I find this helps me get a consistent layer across my face. I'll be doing a detailed post about a few bits I picked up from The Body Shop a couple of months ago and how I've got on with them soon!

 Following on from having a bath and getting into comfy clothes, I love changing the bedcovers. I absolutely LOVE getting into new sheets with new jammies on at the end of the day. The rest of my day is usually spent either playing Wii/board games with Tom, watching films or doing some baking.

 Things can feel so rushed during the week and I find it's really beneficial to just take a day every now and then to not have any plans, and to just relax. Taking a day for yourself can really help to keep you balanced and clear out the mind of any stresses you're having. I know it's cliché but it's good to recharge your batteries! Why not have a cosy Sunday this week? What do you like to do when you have a cosy day at home?

Jess x

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Trips | London

 *This post was written before the recent events at Westminster - my heart goes out to all involved*

 A few weeks ago Tom and I took a trip to London for a long weekend as a late anniversary getaway. Originally we had planned to go to Europe but flights were too expensive, and then we tried Ireland but hotels were too expensive, disneyland was discussed but that was definitely too expensive, and I was at a bit of a loss of where to go so had a look at London hotels and hoorah we found somewhere! We stayed out at Wembley which was about a 20 minute tube ride away and had a jam packed weekend.
 On arriving we made our way from St. Pancras to King's Cross to have our photo taken at Platform 9 3/4. I was having a crisis in the queue as to which house scarf to choose but accepted my fate as a Hufflepuff and Tom was a Slytherin. I liked that you could take your own photos alongside the professional photographer but we bought a copy of the photo of us both together - look at that wand alignment!

 After making our way to our hotel, we got to sit down for about 20 minutes before we needed to set off to Canary Wharf to meet up with our old housemate (what a fancy man). I felt like I was in an episode of Suits walking around Canary Wharf and I like the idea of working there but don't think I would enjoy the reality! After a meal out together we made our way back, thoroughly exhausted and ready for bed.

 On the Saturday we did some sightseeing in the morning and then went to see Phantom of the Opera in the West End. Phantom is up there with our favourite musicals and it was wonderful to see it live. We popped into the National Gallery afterwards so I could see some of my favourites, and then we went for a meal at Giraffe. Although it was cold out, we sat outside and were wrapped in blankets which I really loved the concept of!

 By the time Sunday came around I was exhausted from the weekend! We took the tube to South Kensington and had a wander round the Science museum and the Natural History museum. I loved looking at all of the townhouses around the area - they're so pretty but I could never afford to live in one of them. 

 It had been quite a while since Tom and I had taken a trip to London and I always enjoy myself when I go. I think it's a great city to visit if you don't want to spend too much because of all the free things there is to do. I love going away and there's loads of choices for weekends away in the UK that more people should take advantage of!

Jess x 
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