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TRAVEL // Dolgellau

Have you ever been somewhere that you couldn't describe because the scenery was so spectacular? The area we stayed in Wales this bank holiday weekend was just that. We stayed in a lovely little house in Dolgellau that was nestled in the woods outside some amazing mountain ranges and I can honestly say I had the best break I've had in ages. 


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BOOKS // Book Haul, May 2015

I haven't popped into Waterstones for a really long time so when I was visiting Shrewsbury this weekend, I forced took Nick with me to do some book shopping. I picked up four books and thought I'd share them with you in case you need some new reading inspiration!


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BEAUTY // My Hair History [Part Two]

My hair has had a lot of variations over the years. It started at the tender age of 15 years, with some neon pink highlights, and my hair has been subject to change ever since. If you saw my Part One of my Hair History, then not only have you been treated to some AMAZINGLY cringe-worthy childhood selfies of myself but you will know that I left my hair journey at a bad place... black hair dye. Where on Earth will I go next?! How did I get my hair the colour it is today?! You'll have to keep reading to find out...


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BOOKS // 'The little book of Mindfulness' by Tiddy Rowan*

The Little book of Mindfulness, edited by Tiddy Rowan, was recommended to me by the lovely Sarah at Blloon. She had seen my rather stressed out tweets recently and said why I don't I try out this short book that was available on the Blloon app? Anything to relieve stress is good by me so I went ahead and downloaded it straight away.
Photo credit: WHSmiths
Mindfulness is a practise in which you live in the moment and almost throw away any lingering worries that you can't shake off. It' about finding peace in the stressful lives we lead and it's something I'd not come across before so was curious to see what the book could offer me.
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BEAUTY // My Hair History [Part One]

A lot of my friends know me for my ever changing hair styles. I have been most colours possibly and I'm not afraid to try something new with my hair. I love the freedom of being able to switch hair styles up and, because of this, I have had many many hair styles over the years. Some looked amazing, Some.... not so amazing. I've put together a collection of my hair styles over the year so you can see what crazy things 've done with my hair! This is part one of this Hair History series as I have had so many changes, but I promise it's worth the read to see all my awkward and embarrassing selfies over the years!

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LIFE // Why I am a Vegetarian

Not many people know this but I have been a vegetarian all my life. Growing up, it has always been an embarrassment to me and most people I know don't realise I'm veggie until we go out for food because I hate telling people I don't eat meat. In fact, it's almost a burden to me yet I still stand by my not eating meat. The most frequent vegetarian question I get is 'Why don't you eat meat?' usually followed by despair and complete bewilderment of the person asking. Well, it's a really really simple answer.

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REVIEW // got2b Mind Blowing Xpress Dry Styling Spray

When I spotted got2b Mind Blowing Xpress Dry Styling Spray on the shelf at my local Superdrug I thought I had hit the jackpot. A heat defence hair spray that speeds up hair drying time? Yes please! I'd never tried a product like this before but I had used other products from Schwarzkopf's got2b range and been happy with them. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same thing about this one.


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LIFE // West Midlands Safari Park

It's been years since I last visited West Midlands Safari park so, as the weather was so lovely this weekend, Nick and I decided to head down there for a little day out. I didn't realise how much freedom the animals have... it's quite scary as they come in your windows and your trapped in the car haha! 

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LIFE // Things I Wish I'd known before American Summer Camp

A few years ago, I had the chance to work at an American Summer Camp as a Ranch Instructor teaching horse riding. Summer camp was possibly the hardest thing I have ever done, I was only 19 when I went, but I learnt so much about myself and life in general it was worth it all.



Before I went I tried to research as much as possible but couldn't find many first hand accounts of people actually going. When I did go to camp, I was kinda shocked at some of the things and wish I'd been more prepared! As Summer rolls round again I know lots of us Brits will be looking forward to leaving here to have a summer in America so I thought I'd make up a guide for all those going to a Summer camp this year!
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BOOKS // 'Mockingjay' by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay is the final part of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. This instalment follows Katniss as she decides whether to unite the districts of Panem and essentially agrees to leading the rebellion against the Capitol.



To be honest I haven't quite finished this book... I'm only a couple of pages from the end though so decided to go ahead and give you my thoughts on it because I have a lot of opinions on this one...

*Little Note: I have edited this post since publishing it because I wasn't happy with the review. So if you read the old one and wondered why it's changed, there you go! 
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LIFESTYLE // Grand Designs Live 2015

If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll know I'm an absolute sucker for homes and interiors. When I was offered tickets to Grand Designs Live, a huge show and exhibits based on the Channel 4 design show, courtesy of the lovely people at Hillarys I jumped at the chance to check out some interior design delights for myself!


I took my Mom along as well because my parents recently bought an old house that needs completely renovating and I knew she'd quite like to check it all out too. So, what did we find there? (Well... I found a TONNE of Pinterest-able things so apologies for the picture heavy post)

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BEAUTY // Lush Cup O' Coffee Exfoliating Mask

I have been waiting for Lush's Cup O Coffee face mask for almost a year. They teased with the coffee-packed product in their last issue of the Lush Times (their catalogue of the shop) and since then I've been itching to try it out. But, it never came out in stores leaving many of us confused and disappointed.


Well better late than never, the face mask was launched at their new Oxford Street store and I grabbed the biggest size possible!
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BLOGGING // How I Improved my Bounce Rate

Bounce rate is the percentage of visitors to a website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page. So, the higher the Bounce rate percentage, the higher the number of people exiting your page after only seeing the home page. 


A high bounce rate for a blogger can be a problem; it means that people aren't hanging around on your website to read more of your blog posts. If you have the 'Read More' option on your post it means that people aren't even sticking round to read the entire blog post! There are ways we can improve this and I was surprised how easy it is to quickly reduce your bounce rate percentage.
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BOOKS // 'Catching Fire' by Suzanne Collins

As I mentioned in my previous Hunger Games review, I'm currently working my way through the Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins, and I have just finished the second instalment, Catching Fire.


Catching Fire follows life for Katniss, the book's protagonist and narrator, after she has become the victor of the previous Hunger Games. Her life is basically turned upside down but not for the best, despite the fact she has assumed she would have a nicer life after the games, because the Capitol saw her victory as a sign of defiance against them. This book was considerably better than the film in my opinion, and I could not stop reading it.

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LIFESTYLE // Songs to listen to when Breaking Up

Going through a break up is something that the majority of people have been through and the biggest temptation, but possibly worst thing to do, is whack on an Adele album and weep until your eyes are bulging and red.


Having been through break ups, not just from boyfriends but general break up of relationships and friendships, the first thing I normally turn to is music (and hair dye, but that's an entirely different story all together) so I know a fair few albums and artists that can help heal your soul and get you on the way to being happier!
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BEAUTY // Lush Intergalactic Bath Bomb (Oxford Street Exclusive)

Lush Oxford Street have managed to create some stunning new bath products that I managed to pick up on the launch day. I didn't think I'd ever be so amazed by a Lush bath bomb but Intergalactic blew me out of the water (yay for puns!) with how utterly fantastic it was.


Intergalactic, an exclusive bath bomb to the Oxford Street store, is a minty fresh, bright blue bath bomb with glitter and popping candy in it. I love minty fragranced things so was excited to try it out but, having used every bath bomb at Lush, I wasn't expecting to be that blown away... I was wrong!
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