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My Bucket List (A Girl Can Dream)

Hey Lovelies!

.I noticed quite a few other bloggers are publishing their bucket list and it has inspired me to add mine. So, without further ado, here are the top 7 things I would like to do before it’s lights out. N.B swimming with sharks is not in the list!

1.Become A Storm Chaser

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Yes, I know to some this might sound extreme, but it remains to be one of the biggest dreams of mine. Sadly, reality dictates this to stay in unobtainable dream world – at least until my two children are old and wise enough to manage without me for a few months. By which time, I highly suspect this will no longer be a much sought-after desire (given the whole age-related obstacle thing). But who Knows?

Taking a trip to Tornado Valley and chasing storms is an ultimate goal. Therefore, I am not quite ready to put this dream in its box.

2.Helicopter Over Niagara Falls

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Visiting Niagara Falls would be incredible. Taking a helicopter ride over Niagara Falls would be out of this world.

3.The Dead Sea

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Floating in the Dead Sea – no floaty required – how awesome would that be? Being a beauty fanatic, the concept of relaxing in the best, most natural health and beauty spa In The World would be incredible. Not only that, I am not too many hours away from another goal of mine – visiting the pyramids!

4.Learn To Fly An Aeroplane

What can I say? Who wouldn’t want to do this?

5.Star In A TV Series or Film

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No, porno’s are not on the list. I’m thinking a cool part (preferably with Ryan Reynolds, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp) I’m not fussy. Seriously though, my dream of being an actress has remained unwavering since the age of 10.

6.Write For Marie Claire

The obstacle is that most of the positions are in-house. Living too far away to deal with a daily commute (like 4 hours) means that I am one of many on their database awaiting a contributor vacancy to arise. Given I have found several extremely similar articles with my coined phrases (published shortly after mine) by another mainstream magazine shows I have everything such magazines are looking for. It is also incredibly frustrating as this (next to acting) is an ultimate dream.

7.World Domination

Just kidding…

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6 Very Good Reasons For Wearing Sunscreen Every Day

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Are you one of those people who rushes out to buy some sunscreen the moment the summer season commences? If so, it’s time to change. Your skin will thank you for it later on in life. Sunscreen provides that vital protection your skin needs throughout the year. Here are 6 reasons sunscreen should be a part of your daily skincare routine.

1.UV Rays

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Many people believe (like I used to) that the sun is only harmful during summer months. So wrong! In fact, the sun’s rays are just as harmful in spring as they are in the middle of August.

2.Prohibits Skin Cancer

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With 50% of all people set to encounter the C word (in some form or another) by 2020, there has never been a better reason to rush out and equip yourself with some SPF. There are a variety of skin cancers waiting to pounce – so don’t give them the chance.

3.Prevents Premature Skin Aging

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Okay, so this is a puppy which reflects the opposite of aging. However, it’s too cute not to include and has wrinkly skin, so it kind of demonstrates my point. Think of sun cream as your secret weapon in the fight against those dreaded lines and wrinkles. Wearing it every day will stave off the years from mapping themselves across your face too soon.

4.Discoloration

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If you want to avoid a face full of discoloration and dark spots (HELL, yeah) then sunscreen is imperative.

5.Blotchiness, Red Veins – No Thanks

The same can be said for preventing the onset of unwanted blotches that never seem to go, like – ever, and red veins that without the help of some expensive laser treatment will definitely never go. It’s far easier to slap a bit of sunscreen on your face.

6.Sun Burn

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Granted, this is the UK – but miracles can happen. And with the population biting chunks out of the ozone layer like it’s a Michelin-starred chef’s signature chocolate desert, sun burn is ever-more likely.

In short people, wear your sunscreen. Like, every day people.

 

Celebrate World Laughter Day With Hilarious Gifs And Movies

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This Sunday is World Laughter Day. Taking place on the first Sunday of May each year, the day was founded by Dr. Madan Kataria (founder of Laughter Yoga). The purpose of World Laughter Day is to promote world peace and positivity, bringing happiness and friendship through laughter. With so much negativity spurting out from the news and across social media, it will be a weight off to be involved in this incredible day.

Whether you are planning on meeting strangers and making them smile, going to an event or just laughing with family and friends – here is a mix of funny movies and gifs to help you to get in the right frame of mind. Hopefully you will find these as funny as I do!

My nan was right – laughter really is the best medicine.

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1.The Hangover (2009)

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Starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha and involving an insanely funny plot based on a Bachelor party (and the aftermath), this hilarious movie never gets old.

2.A funny Gif

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3.Meet The Fockers (2004)

There’s nothing funnier than when Ben Stiller’s character meets his father-in-law (Robert De Niro) and accidentally gets his foreskin well and truly trapped in his zipper. Classic!

4.April Fools Joke Gif:

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5.There’s Something About Mary (1998)

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I absolutely love this film – if you haven’t seen it, put it on your high priority list. Starring Ben Stiller again, Cameron Diaz and Matt Dillon (to name a few), the film is based on ridiculous antics of the love rivals, in an attempt to date Mary (Cameron Diaz)).

6.Another Funny Gif

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7.Deadpool (2016)

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Ryan Reynolds plays a bad-ass, bad-mouthed superhero who kills everyone in his path in the funniest way possible. I have literally seen this film 9 times – and I would watch it again!

Check out some more funny gifs here

Hope this put a smile on your face. Have an awesome World Laughter Day people xx

5 Family Easter Activities For Under £20

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Should you have little ones, by week two of the Easter holidays you will probably be going slightly mad. If climbing the walls trying to find something for your children to do (that does not continually break the bank) sound familiar – don’t panic! Here are some excellent ideas for things to do, ensuring Easter break is fun.

1.Geocaching: Cost: Totally FREE. Location: Anywhere. www.geocaching.com

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For those of you who aren’t in the know, Geocaching is like a universal treasure hunt. People hide short messages or their names on a piece of rolled up paper in all sorts of locations, such as under benches, at churches and so forth. Simply add the app, sign up and follow the clues. Although the treasure isn’t awesome, the process of going out and searching is a great way to bond, have fun and get some exercise – the best bit being it’s absolutely free to do, and your children will love it!

2.Cadburys & National Trust Easter Egg Hunt, Prices Depend on Location, (Over 260 Hunts Across England, Wales and N. Ireland), www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Combine fun facts about wildlife, solve clues and puzzles and grab yourself an egg! The National Trust and Cadbury’s have teamed up this Easter and are offering various nature trails brimming with adventure, of which end with the discovery of a yummy chocolate egg! The prices are generally quite affordable (£20 for a family on average, which includes the egg hunt price £2 and the cost of admission). For this you can enjoy an entire day of adventure. Should your little ones still appear to have masses of energy following the hunt, many places will also offer an array of activities and games – so there is no chance you can’t all get a good night’s sleep (and the grown-ups can enjoy a lie-in)! N.b: Different locations will have varying admission prices.

3.Trampoline Park: Approximately £7 Per Child, Various Locations, www.jumpwarriors.co.uk

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Let your little ones jump off some steam while you sit in the viewing bay with a latte and your fave magazine. Some of best memories from my childhood are ones when my nan took me to the local trampoline park. These places have come on leaps and bounds since then (pardon the pun) and is one of the best past-times for my son. You can’t go wrong!

4.The Movies

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This is always a great way to spend a rainy afternoon – and I do believe the next Marvel film, Endgame (starring a man who actually is perfect, Chris Hemsworth) is soon to be released. However, i think it isn’t out until 25th of April. Still, in the meantime there are some funny movies for all of the family to watch. Surely nothing will be as bad as The Emoji movie!

5.Create Your Own Easter Egg Hunt, Cost: How Much You Spend on The Eggs – Lidl’s?

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Get your children involved in creating an Easter egg hunt. Whilst you are thinking up your Easter hunt clues, let your child do their own. This allows them to get totally creative, involved in something fun – and most importantly – off the Xbox!

Do you have any Easter activity ideas to share, or have you done any of these? I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a message in the comments below – and have a fantastic Easter people xx

Discover The Best Luxury Easter Eggs, 2019

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It’s almost all chocolate fanatics’ favourite time of year. Don’t miss out on some of the best luxury Easter eggs of 2019 – check them out here. You are totally welcome!

1.Friars Luxury Baileys Easter Egg, £24.99, www.friars.co.uk

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OMG! This year it’s as if someone has asked me what I love most and then gone and created them especially! Aside from the beauty eggs (read here), I now have my dream drink, egg and truffles in one irresistible package. Behold the Luxury Baileys Egg, including:

Baileys Irish Cream (5cl)

Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg (170g)

Irish Cream Truffles (50g)

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Egg (Okay, I can give this bit away)

White Chocolate Vanilla Truffle Egg

Death by Chocolate Truffle Egg (Eating this first)

Milk Chocolate Duck (My son will love)

All I need now is for a good movie starring Brad Pitt and Chris Hemsworth to be released, some scheduled me-time and life will be complete.

2.Pierre Marcolini Big Lovely Heart Egg Milk Chocolate, £49, www.eu.marcolini.com

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Fancy an egg created by a world-renowned chocolatier? Dumb question! This beautiful egg designed with oh-so-sweet white chocolate hearts and brimming with mini eggs will not disappoint.

3.Marvellous Magnificent Easter Egg, £20, www.thorntons.co.uk

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Thornton’s chocolate never gets boring, even when there’s vanilla involved. Check out their spectacular Easter egg, of which is not incredibly delicious, but also comes with a personalisation option to boot! The problem is, once you’ve had it personalised, you are probably going to want to eat it even more. Thornton’s has thought of that and are offering 2 of these for £30. Wait – I couldn’t eat 2, could I?

4.Heston From Waitrose The Chocolate Teapot (320g), £20, www.waitrose.com

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What an awesome idea! My nan (who is also a serious chocolate fiend) is going to love this chocolate Easter teapot.

Created by the inventive and much sought-after chef, Heston Blumenthal, this fabulous teapot includes cocoa nib ‘tea leaves’ and ‘sugar cube’ chocolate truffles. This would be one afternoon tea to remember!

What are your favourite Easter eggs of 2019? Leave me a message in the comments below and have the yummiest Easter yet! xx

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Amazing Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (That Show You Really Care)

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas (That Show You Really Care)

Hey Lovelies!

If you are anything like me, you will have had many good intentions of buying that perfect Mother’s Day gift – but somehow, the day is almost here and you have nothing (scream). Fellow disorganised people – here are some amazing last-minute Mother’s Day gifts that will show her you really care.

1.For New Mums Try: First Mother’s Day Personalised Book by LETTERFEST, £22, www.notonthehighstreet.com

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Should you be the partner of a new mum, listen up: the first Mother’s Day needs to be memorable – and nothing says thoughtful and precious like this gorgeous book.

The story, written on behalf of baby, thanks mum for everything she does. Simply include the details of the baby’s age, name and your personalised message and LETTERFEST will do the rest. This keepsake can be treasured for many years to come.

2.For Young Children Opt For: Why I Love You Mummy Poem Print, £14, www.notonthehighstreet.com

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How sweet is this? For Mother’s Day a few years ago, I received a loving poem from my child and it made my day. This poem is a definite tear-jerker and winning formula for a magical Mother’s Day. The poem, written by Joanna Miller is available in 2 colourways and for an additional fee, a short message may be added at the bottom. So adorable.

3.For Teenagers Try: Sound Asleep iMusic Pillow, £14.99, www.prezzybox.com

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Teenagers will undoubtedly veer towards the cooler gifts – and nothing seems better than this iMusic pillow (particularly for the sleep deprived adults out there). The speakers are contained within the pillow, so mum can chill out to meditation sounds or drift off to sleep with some relaxing music. If the TV is more her thing, this pillow can even be set up to listen to her favourite shows instead. Job done – just don’t forget a hug!

4.For Grown-Ups Try: Chill Out Day With The Escape At Hilton for Two, £99, www.prezzybox.com

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Why not treat your mum to the perfect escape from life’s stress with this must-have pampering present? Included in the price is a delicious afternoon tea for two as well as a 50-minute treatment of their choice. So, if a swim, sauna, followed by a facial or back massage sounds like something your mum would truly appreciate, go ahead and spoil her. She deserves it.

5.For Your Nan Try: Personalised Key Ring – Silver Plate Rose, £14.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

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This wonderful gift will remind nan each day just how much she is loved. The stem and leaf are silver plated. Simply add the message you wish to be engraved (up to 36 characters). Your nan will adore this!

Have you bought something different for Mother’s Day? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a great day xx

The Best Vegan Dry Shampoos Under £11

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Upgrading your beauty routine to include vegan products has never been easier. Dry shampoos are an absolute Godsend and can save your look (and smell) on the days the alarm breaks (ahem), forcing you to leave the house looking less than your best. Quick question: Why is it those days that we bump into the hot guy we haven’t seen for weeks?

Thus, I have reviewed and compiled a list of my favourite vegan dry shampoos. Read on:

1.Naturtint Dry Shampoo, £9.99 (20g), www.hollandandbarrett.com

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I LOVE this vegan and cruelty-free dry shampoo. Naturtint has combined natural ingredients such as rice and barley starch that absorb any excess oil, whilst really making it look and feel silky soft. My hair frizz is greatly reduced, making it easily manageable.

Better yet, this product also contains oat extract which offers moisturising properties for the hair and scalp! Naturtint achieves a lovely fresh scent that is not overpowering, and you will be pleased to know you won’t be discovering any nasty white flaky residue. Phew.

2.Love Beauty And Planet Volume And Bounty Dry Shampoo, £6.99, www.ocado.com

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This has to be one of the best vegan dry shampoos. Not only does it tick all the vital boxes (no white residue, absorbs oil, freshens and softens), but this super-light formula seems to instantly vanish into the hair with minimal effort required. One of the best things about this dry shampoo is that it transforms fine hair, giving some much-appreciated volume. Expect to breathe in a gorgeously uplifting citrus scent for added boost! Also available is their Green Tea Dry Shampoo for particularly greasy locks.

3.Bleach London Too Posh To Wash Dry Shampoo, £6, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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There’s no need to wish for your fairy Godmother to appear and magic your hair woes away when you have this cruelty-free and vegan dry shampoo. The formula instantly transforms your hair into beautiful locks that smell super-clean and fresh. Prepare to feel pampered.

4.Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo, £13.95, www.zabanaessentials.com

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Zabana Essentials provide 3 beautiful vegan dry shampoos: Dry Glow Shimmery,  Lavender Citrus Mint and Sage Blood Orange. My personal favourite has to be the Dry Glow Shimmery as it gives some serious shine. This product combines superior natural ingredients such as essential oils, minerals and plant extracts, to further strengthen and protect your transformed tresses. I am totally smitten with its irresistible coconut scent (to the point where I haven’t washed my hair for 3 days – gross, I know).

Have you tried any of these vegan dry shampoos and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below – and happy Friday people xx

6 Signs You Will Be Fighting Over The Bathroom

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I hope you are all having a good week. We all know and hope equality should extend to all areas in men and women’s lives – but if we are honest, do we really want total equality when it comes to bathroom usage? We love the fact that men are taking care of their skin like never before. However, does anyone stop and think about the constant battle over will bag the bathroom first each day? Should you be about to take the next big step and move in with your man and are worrying that their self-preening may overtake yours, read on. Here are 6 warning signs there may be problems afoot:

1.He “Borrows” Your Moisturiser

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According to news reports, Ryan Reynolds recently prepared for the Golden Globes with a variety of skincare products, including lip balm, toner and MAC Set Powder. Now, if they are bringing their own to the table, that’s probably okay (if in doubt, see above). However, I don’t know about you, but my moisturiser and serum are 2 of my most treasured possessions and at risk of sounding selfish – I won’t share them. If your fella is borrowing your skincare products, this may be a sign of things to come.

2.His Eyebrows Look Better Than Yours

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He may just be really lucky in the looks department, but when it comes to eyebrows, the general rule is that some amount of effort is needed – particularly if his eyebrows are appearing neater and prettier than yours. Serious bathroom time, people.

3.Always A Bath, Never A Shower

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Does he frequently refuse a shower in favour of a bath?

If so, logically speaking this is going to take a big chunk of time (possibly every day) even before the mirror time takes place. That is unless your fella is like mine and literally does everything (EVERYTHING!) in the bath.

4.You Already Fight Over The Bathroom

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If you are about to take the plunge and move in together, my guess is you have probably spent a few nights at each other’s houses. During these times, cast your mind back to whether or not you have had to stand with your legs crossed waiting for him to vacate. There’s only so much time someone can spend on the loo, surely? Red flag, ladies.

5.He Knocks On The Door

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When you are in the bathroom, does he knock on the door impatiently? Do you have to rush? #Bigclues!

6.If You Set Your Alarm Early And Still Have To Wait

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On the occasions that you spend together, you decide to set your alarm so that you get bathroom time without stress, only to discover your guy has also read “The Three Little Pigs” and got there earlier still.

Should any of these signs be familiar, you may have an insight into what the future holds. If you happen to be someone who isn’t that fussed if you leave the house looking the worse for wear, whilst your other half appears so sparkly, he could be off to a modelling shoot, you may want to revise the living situation (or at least make sure your new place has two bathrooms).

Happy Friday people xx

4 Ways Geranium Oil Can Transform Your Skin

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Review: Geranium Oil

Recently, my skin has really struggled (I’m blaming the winter and central heating). It’s as if the universe hates me as somehow, I’ve managed to accomplish dry areas AND oily zones with the added bonus of spots. Great, huh? Cue the magical properties of geranium oil. I tried this remarkable overlooked oil on my skin for 2 weeks and I can now look in the mirror and refer to my face as not just a complexion, but a radiant one (instead of an insanely good impersonation of moon rock).

Geranium oil actually works little miracles for many conditions. Should you be struggling to get your complexion in check, on feel your hair has a higher resemblance to straw, read on. The best bit is that it only costs a few pounds! Now that’s my kind of skincare.

1.The Healer

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Geranium oil (sourced from the geranium flower) offers many healing benefits (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic) which can be used to treat cuts, scrapes and even old scars.

2.Anti-Aging

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Combining essential fatty-acids, this oil will go a long way to ensuring the skin is in optimal health, which in turn will keep your skin looking radiant and youthful. Furthermore, it’s incredible astringent qualities aid in firming and tightening of the skin. Take that, fine lines!

3.The Dreaded Spot

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Are breakouts getting the better of you? Fear not, because this little gem boasts a supercharge of antibacterial and antiseptic properties that thwart those nasty spot-forming bacteria from even getting a look-in.

4.It’s The Hormones, People

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An imbalance of hormones can cause all manner of problems. This oil is highly beneficial in restoring hormonal equilibrium and therefore, a brighter, clearer and more luminous complexion. Hooray!

Geranium Oil is priced at £4.70 and is available from Sanevera.co.uk

Have you tried geranium oil and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message I the comments below – and happy Friday people xx

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