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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Day 29- B.E.D September 2016 - Planner Sticker Haul

It's the penultimate day of my Blogging Every Day and I can give you a spoiler alert. I've offically done it. The last post is written and scheduled and I've surprised myself. I feel proud that I set myself a task and stuck to it. I planned and prepped and I bloody did it! Yay me.

Planner Sticker Haul

I picked up and planner and then spent a fortune on stickers! I thought i'd share with the the ones I picked up. I have got another set up as that was quite a large order I might save them for another post. 

Planner Stickers Erin Conden

I grabbed these three sheets of Happy Planner stickers and they are really nice quality. I feel like they are a bit big for my planner but I have managed to use a couple of them and I'm sure I can fit them in and make use of them.

I also lost three days looking round Etsy, it is awash with stickers, insert and there are lots of discount codes.

I bought a mix of personal planner (Filofax sized) stickers as well as Erin Condren sized stickers from Kelizabeth Plans and these are really lovely quality matte stickers.

Again they are not a perfect size but I can make them work for my planner. I adore the colours of the September pack and there was more sheets than I remembered but it is right I have double checked.

Etsy Planner Stickers Erin Conden

I don't want to go down the route making no white space spreads. I want my stickers to compliment and not over complicate things but I think they have added to my sticker love.

Do you plan? Recommend me some sticker or planner shops

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Day 28 - B.E.D September 2016 - Washi Tape Collection

For today's Blogging Every Day it's one of those days when you don't realise you have an addiction till you organise everything into one place! 

Washi Tape Collection

If you've been following my earlier posts you will know that I've really got into planning. I've also had a bit of a reorganisation of my craft supplies into easy to access places and I seem to have a bit of a washi tape problem.

Washi Tape Collection, Paperchase, Ikea, The Works, Poundworld

I love buying things then I don't use them because they are too pretty or I just want to keep them forever and look at them.

Washi Tape Collection, Paperchase, Ikea, The Works, Poundworld

I'm trying to make sure I use some each week and trying hard not to buy any more until I get through quite a few rolls!

Washi Tape Collection, Paperchase, Ikea, The Works, Poundworld

I really don't need any more and I'm sure this isn't a lot compared to many people and even if a lot of this is cheap poundshop tape I have to stop keeping it for best and start using it!

I did win quite a few of these rolls, All the thin plane washi as well as the pineapple and bunny tape.

The rest is from a mix of paperchase, pound shops, The Works and a few roll's I picked up in Lanzarote last year.

Washi Tape Collection, Paperchase, Ikea, The Works, Poundworld

Do you love washi tape? How do you use it? 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Day 27 - B.E.D September 2016 - Favourite quote

The end is in sight, I can see it on the horizon and my Blogging Every Day challenge is drawing to a close. October brings, Sun, sea and shopping rather than the usual cold but sunny days, leaves changing colours and the nights drawing in as I'm going on Holiday to Lanzarote.

Favourite quote

This is a tough one for me and is one of the prompts I got from Pinterest. Years ago when I was about 20 my friend bought me a book to write quotes in and I did write lots in it but I have no idea where it is. I did write in it weekly and read over it often. 

I like movies some people think are a bit odd and obscure and I think a lot of people expect me to be a RomCom kinda girl and while I like those my favourite ever film is Buffy The Vampire Slayer followed by Battle Royal way above Bridget Jones Et Al. 

Thinking of movie quotes, one I think of daily and it gets me through dark moment is:

"Hello, My name is Inigo Montoya. 
You killed my father prepare to die"

Princess Bride - 1987
I don't know why this is my go to mantra, it's a bit like Jingle Bells is my default ear worm. I often say this to myself followed by "As you wish".I know they don't go together in the film but they are a default to me. 

Other quotes are a bit of a mash up of lines to make a brand new quote. It's a mix of:
Amilyn: We're immortal, Buffy. We can do anything!
Buffy: Oh yeah? Clap.

and Amilyn's scene over the end credits while he oooo's and ahhhh's for well over a minute. It works in my head

I guess when it come to other quotes, there are lots of classics which can be seen as somewhat cliche but if you like them and they make you feel happy and uplift you. 

 If life gives you lemons and all that jazz, I may have made this one up, or it might be another mashup I made in my head. It also might be one cos I'm a bit lazy and like to think i'm a bit funny! 

Hope you've enjoyed a few of my favourite quotes. I'd love to know yours.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Day 26 - B.E.D September 2016 - Most used Apps

I'm currently Blogging Every Day in September 2016, plugging my way through a set of prompts I've set myself to encourage myself to blog more.

 Most used Apps

I'm not sure where an app starts and a website ends so I'm going with an app meaning the most used things on my phone. These might not be things I like (they probably are). 

I have a nice little pattern. I check in no particular order Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,YouTube. I then do a circuit about 3 times before I settle on one to look at. 

Twitter - In the past I've loved twitter, I love the instant interaction and quick pace but since an update a few times ago where they suggest things they think you'd like and show you stuff from hours ago. I really don't care about that. I want instant up to date data! My Instagram and possibly some blog stuff auto posts but I seem to only open it once a day or if I get a notification. (I do use it for some instant message chats) 

Facebook - Is another love to hate, hate to love app for me. I use it, I scroll, I sometime like things but I've hardly updated it other than things that auto post. I am in a few groups which I do interact on there and when i see my facebook memories, I think I should post more! Maybe I should start interacting on it a bit more. I also want to start using my blog page more.

Instagram - My favourite, I am very visual and I haven't really noticed much change since the algarhythams have changed but I started the account to use in conjunction with my blog but I use it for random pictures of everything. It isn't one of those pretty IG accounts. Its just a true account of my life. I also have a second account which is for my Slimming World stuff. 

I also play candy crush soda saga and pet rescue saga. I'm rubbish at both but they are a bit addictive. 

I might have also had a little dabble with Pok√©mon Go but I've got to level 20 and given up! 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Day 25 - B.E.D September 2016 - Skin Care Routine

Hello, How are we today? Have you been enjoying my Blogging Every Day challenge? I keep saying challenge, is it a challenge? Is it a mission or what is it? I really don't know.

Skin care routine

When it comes to washing my face I'm a little bit over the soap and glory products I've been using for a while. I made an error buying such large products, I've also been mixing it up using some sample size facial scrubs and face washes. I only use these when I have a shower. I'm sure a few beauty gurus will be horrified about washing your face in the shower but it is what it is.

My core facial cleansing staples are:

Ganier Micellar water - I'm almost out of this bottle and I've got a Botanics from boots and a back up. I used to love the Garnier one but this bottle doesn't seem as good as I remember. It almost feel a bit like toner. I was previously using the Botanics one which  I really liked.

My Eye Make up remover is also from Botanics and this is also a repurchase. It's not like me to be loyal to brands but the older I get the loyaler I'm becoming.

I feel like toners have really gone out of fashion and I've been struggling to find one. Have they got a new name? What am I missing? I picked up the Simple Soothing Toner up from Sainsburys and it's not great. It is really gentle, so gentle it feels weaker than the Micellar water but it is refreshing and because it's so gentle when I forget myself and wipe it over my eyes it doesn't hurt.

Skin Care Routine, Garnier Micellar water, Simple Soothing Toner, Botanics Eye Make up remover, Nuxe, Moisture restore

I haven't got a current regular day time moisturiser as I've recently used up one and I haven't dug out a new one. But the night moisturisers I use are really rich and I don't feel like I need one in the mornings.

A long standing favourite night moisturiser is the Ganier Moisture + I've gone through countless jars of this. You can almost always find it half price and I love the texture which is cross between a cream and a gel.

I also use the Nuxe Masque Creme Fraiche  I only use this once or twice a month. I apply a thick layer and leave it to soak in, It sometimes leave a bit of a residue but a quick swipe of toner will clear that. This is my 3rd tube and I love it. It's pricey but I've always got mine in Beauty boxes or as a free gift when buying a beauty box. I would pay full price for it. 

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Day 24 - B.E.D September 2016 - Planner Pen Haul

I have to say I'm really enjoying using my Eccolo Planner but I am using it more of a scrapbook than a diary. Is this the right way to use them? I'm sure there will be more planner related posts as part of my Blogging Every Day journey.

Planner Pen Haul

A good few weeks ago I won a giveaway from Beth's YouTube Channel and she's included some Papermate Flair Pens. I've not used these pens before and I was really impressed with them. 

They are medium, almost felt pen like nib, but with more control if that makes any sense. I popped in to the Arndale after work to raid home sense for any random planner supplies but other than some royalty inspired washi tape which I passed up and stamp related items which I have lots of and don't use at all. (I should do). 

Papermate Pens

I got them from WH Smith and they where £7.99, I also picked up a packet of stickers for £0.99. It says 24 stickers but it also says 3 sheets of 6 sticker designs. I'm not sure how that works as 3 times 6 is 18. Lets not quibble, I'm sure all will be explained when I open it.

The reason I picked these up was because on some of the pen packs it had £7.99 when purchasing anything else in store. I couldn't face getting to the till to be told they were really £16 and panic buying something else and not really saving anything.

One thing I will say is that there was a lot of unnecessary packaging.  I tried to get the box in my rucksack and if I didn't carry half my life round with me. I nipped to Costa in Next and made use of their outdoor tables as a bit of a backdrop.

Papermate Pens

I decided to ditch the packaging in town before I made my way home. I'm now wishing I'd swatched them just in case any don't work!

From the colours I already have I might have 3 duplicates. The orange, light blue and possibly the dark pink, I haven't compared them yet but it's a lovely shade so i'm not bothered, plus I might pass them on. 

What I like about these pens is for the ones I already have they didn't bleed through my planner which hasn't got the highest quality paper. I mean it's not bad quality but don't even think about using a fine sharpie near it! I'm not as confident with the darker colours but as I'm using quite a lot of stickers they will be fine to use on them. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Day 23 - B.E.D September 2016 - Hair products

Day 23 and it's time to talk about hair in my Blogging Every Day challenge.

Hair products

My hair routine is pretty straightforward, I wash it, I brush it, I more often than not tie it up, grip it up or just do nothing. 

I thought I'd talk you through the main products I'm using at the moment. 

My current Shampoo and Conditioners  are the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay combo. If you've watched one of my empties video's I mention the pre-shampoo treatmentwhich turned my hands green. I'd bought them as a three for two but I love these two products. They almost make up for the other one turning my hands green. 

When I first started using them I didn't think much of them, but I didn't have to wash my hair of often and when I finished the first set I missed them. The other shampoo I was using didn't make my hair as clean and I had to wash my hair more often. These are reasonably priced about £4-5 each but as I'm a cheapsake I tend to buy £1 shampoo's or wait for offers. I decided to bite the bullet to get another set and they were on half price in Boots. I love it when I get a bargain without expecting it. 

I'm also using Aussie 3 minute Miracle  the winter edition. This has a different smell than the regular one and doesn't feel quite as moisturising, I only use this one or twice a month but I do like it for the ends of my hair. 
L'Oreal Elvive, Extraordinary Clay, Aussie, 3 minute miracle

Shall we look at styling products next? My saviour now i'm washing my hair less is Batiste. I've tried lost of products over the years but I always go back to it and I have 3 cans of it on the go at the moment. I tend to by the original or fresh scents but I branched out and bought blush. I haven't used it yet but I have used in the past. 

I also picked up a can of the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay dry shampoo which was also half price and I really like it. Maybe even more so than Batiste. I will be picking up more once I've used some of these up. 

The final product is new to me and I bought it as a replacement to a Toni & Guy product i've been using on and off for about 18 month. It is the V05 Plump it up spray. This is somewhere between a dry shampoo and a hairspray. I think it's officially a texturing spray. I've only used it a couple of times but it works for when I do my twisty grippy up to keep it in place without having to use hairspray. 

V05 Plump it up, L'Oreal, Dry shampoo, Batiste

My final two products are used rarely and mainly on night outs which are rare and they are the Batiste XXL which can be messy and hard to use but it good for back combing up do's and the classic L'Oreal Elnette. 

Batiste XXL Plumping Powder, Elnett, Hairspray

What are your hair products of the moment. 

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Day 22 - B.E.D September 2016 - What's in my Bag

One good thing about doing this Blogging Every Day is that it has finally got me to clean out my bag, from random receipts floating round & broken hair grips. I've got rid of the crap but this is everything else I've been carrying round. The only things missing is my book and headphones and I've no idea where either are!

What's in my Bag 

My handbag is now a grey backpack from Accessorise which I picked up from their Harrogate branch back in January. I think I paid £10 in the sale and I use it pretty much everyday. 

It has a couple of zip issues where it sometimes splits but it's easy to unzip and re-zip and I think it's got a bit of life left in it. 

What's in my bag September 2016

It also reduces my need to carry an additional bag for life as it's pretty roomy. Inside it has a large main pocket, a small zip pocket and a pouch with no zip which I thought was pointless at first but I use it a lot.

When I was taking the pictures they looked cute and "organic" but in fact they are just messy but we're going to go with it.

I cleaned out my bag of random receipts and hairgrips and decided it was a good time to share the contents.

What's in my bag September 2016

The one thing that is always inside is my new Vlog Camera, I keep it in this Primark purse and the camera isn't great I need to play with the settings as I think it could be a good camera if only I knew how to use it. I also have a small coin purse from H&M. I was using this as my main purse but I've finally swapped back to a main purse.

What's in my bag September 2016

I always have a Diary in my bag i'm currently using this Stick to Stigu  planner which is great for the most part and I'm hoping the 2017 version has ironed out the kinks of this one. I also have three pens, 2 packs of sticky notes and a weekly / monthly view post pad from tesco which is handy for blog planning and because this diary doesn't have a monthly view i'm starting to use these just so I have can glance and see what i've got coming up.

What's in my bag September 2016

I have some painkillers and coldsore cream as I'm a bit down at the moment and I have a variety if lip products which I usually forget about.

What's in my bag September 2016

Other essentials are my purse which is from TK Maxx and is really soft leather but sadly I think it's ready to expire but we'll plough on with it for now. I also have my locker "key" for work, a packet of tissues. My Tram pass and a random selection of other things, including handcream and 4 lighters.

What do you keep in your handbag? 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Day 21 - B.E.D September 2016 - Most worn shoes

Today I'm feeling frustrated as part of this Blogging Every Day challenge I wrote this post as one of my first. However a couple of days a go I decided to go back through and add tags to photo's and someone I managed to duplicate another post instead of my shoe post. The title stayed the same but not the content. So here it goes again.

Most Worn Shoes

When I find a pair of shoes that fit and are comfy I will wear them until they fall off my feet. I don't do heels, anything above 2 inches and my feet ache just looking at them.

Ballet flats are my go too shoes for work and I picked these up for £3 marked down from around £12 in New Look a few weeks ago.

They are leather and I have a feeling that they had the wrong price on them. They are super soft and despite not being the most supportive they are the comfiest flat's I've had in a long time.

I've been wearing these for about 2 months non stop and I like them for work and with my jeans at them weekend.

They might not be the prettiest but they are my go to shoe of the moment.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Day 20- B.E.D September 2016 - Ladies Who Lunch

 Are you following my Blogging Every Day in September challenge? I really think September was a good month to choose to blog as I've had a lot going on, so as well as a lot of the prewritten fluffy post I've also been able to include some "LIVE" written on the day for the next couple of days posts without feeling rushed.

I still don't really know how people feel about that but I guess unless I'm told I have no idea if a post has just been written or if it's 3 weeks old!

Ladies Who Lunch

Last Sunday I went for Afternoon Tea with three of my friends to The Vintage Cupcake Kitchen in Uppermill, Saddleworth. It's not too far from where we all live and somewhere I've wanted to try for a while. 

The shop has recently been renovated and extended into the next door shop and I think this makes such a difference. Inside is light and bright and I felt like we had plenty of space as we had two babies and buggies with us. 

We started with cold drinks, I had a Strawberry & Raspberry with cracked black pepper drink. I can't say I noticed the pepper but it was delicious. 

Afternoon tea, Vintage Cupcake Kitchen, Uppermill, Saddleworth

Afternoon tea for the 4 of us came out on one big stand which was good as it saved us a bit of space on the table. The only thing I would say is only one of us is vegetarian and all the sandwiches were veggie (egg and cream cheese) but there were pork pies. I'm not sure if we should have had other flavour sandwiches or if this is standard. They were really fresh and tasted nice and we all like these sandwiches but I would have expected ham or salmon sandwiches. Not sure if that's just me. 

Bottom Tier

Egg sandwiches on granary bread, Cream cheese and cucumber on white bread. Pork pies and pickle. White rolls with sun dried tomato and cheese (almost pizza) and very delicious. 

Middle Tier

Lemon loaf, Mini cupcakes with glitter, Blondie Brownie bites and chocolate dipped strawberries. 

Top Tier

Scones with fresh raspberries, cream, butter and jam. 

Everything was delicious but if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be the blondie brownie bite which had big chunks of chocolate closely followed by the sun dried tomato roll. 

It worked out at just under £23 each, in addition to the afternoon tea had 2 soft drinks each and we ordered coffee instead of tea and I didn't notice if we payed extra for that or if it was included in the price. 

From what I have seen on Facebook they now only do afternoon tea at weekends and it has to be prebooked. We didn't see the regular menu but from the tables around us everything looked nice and I'm planning on taking my mum in a few weeks. 

We had  lovely couple of hours putting the world to rights, followed by a walk round a craft fair and a trip to a stop called Authentic where I treated myself to a couple of bits but I'll talk about them in another post. 

Have you been for afternoon tea lately? have you got any recommendations? 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Day 19 - B.E.D September 2016 - Coach Trip to Liverpool

Last Friday I took a day's annual leave and went on a coach trip with my mum and gran to Liverpool. As well as it being a city I love visiting it also provides the perfect opportunity to include it in my Blogging Every Day challenge. 

Coach Trip to Liverpool 

Liverpool is a city that I had only visited a couple of times until last year when I went to two blog events. Then in January I had a 3 night mini break with my mum to start the new year and I have visited twice in less than a week. I'm also going back at least once more this year if not twice. (An event and maybe another mini break) 

 I went last weekend for The Curve Fashion Fest and last Friday I went on a Coach Trip organised by my local news paper. It was £16 each and we had around 5 hours free time in the city centre. 

We were dropped off at Albert Dock and after a coffee we headed to the big wheel. The views are stunning and despite it being extremely rocky  when we were at the top and for a second I though one of us would have to press the RED Emergency "Get me down" button we were fine. It also would have meant leaving go of the seat. The wheel goes round for 3 full rotations and takes around 15 - 20 mins. At £9.00 each I didn't think it was bad value and we all enjoyed it and it made us feel brave. Which isn't a bad way to feel on a Friday morning. 

Big Wheel, Liverpool, Merseyside, Tourist, North West, Family

Big Wheel, Liverpool, Merseyside, Tourist, North West, Family

Big Wheel, Liverpool, Merseyside, Tourist, North West, Family

carousel Albert Dock Liverpool
Once back on on the ground we headed over to Liverpool one via the for a spot of shopping. I didn't really go in that many shops but I did pick up some sales bargains for my up coming holiday. I'll talk about them in another post, but in short I bought from New Look, Forever 21 +,  H & M and Marks and Spencers.  

Art, Liverpool One

For lunch we headed to Weatherspoons for a spot of Fish Friday before another trip to TK Maxx where my gran got herself a bargain pair of shoes. Navy leather court shoes for £16 instead of £62. Ever wondered where I got my bargain hunting nose from well look no further. 

A trip to Liverpool wouldn't be complete without a trip to P&D Deli and a little sweet treat to bolster us for the second half of our day. 

P&D, Deli, Liverpool, Tea, Biscuits, Italian Deli, Liverpool One

Street food vans are all the rage everywhere and if only I'd know I'd have forgone my fish Friday for a cheese on toast from a van! They need one of these in the Castlefeild area of Manchester! (Please)

Food Van, Cheese on Toast, Albert Dock, Liverpool

If we thought it was windy when we were on the wheel, it was nothing compared to 3pm dockside. 

Albert Dock, Liverpool, Mersey,

My gran wanted to wander over to see what was on the other side of the bridge as we've always walked around the square of the dock (Terminology escapes me - Do you know what I mean by that?)

Albert Dock, Liverpool, Mersey,

They both had there picture taken with this horse statue and for once I stepped out from behind the camera.

I also need to give myself some kudos for picking the best outfit for the weather. This shirt from H&M is light and despite the buttons not always staying closed it's really easy to wear and I want it in every colour.

Albert Dock, Liverpool, Mersey,

Love Locks, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Mersey,

Albert Dock, Liverpool, Mersey,

We ended the day in the same place we started it. Costa Coffee to wait for the coach back home. I love spending time in Liverpool and can't wait till I'm back in the city.

Big Wheel Albert Dock, Liverpool, Mersey,

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