Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Selective foods for Guinea Pigs*

The dietary requirements for Guinea Pigs can be quite overwhelming when you first start to read into it, but it is of course extremely important that you do research before feeding them as you could be feeding them something potentially life threatening. Vitamin C is a major component needed within a piggies diet as their bodies don't manufacture any - so lots of leafy greens and pellets rich in Vitamin C are ideal.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Cohorted Beauty Box: December 2016

I definitely feel as though the weeks in beween Cohorted beauty boxes need to go a little quicker because basically I just can't handle the excitement for getting them. This months box arrived a little later than usual, but that was delayed when I missed the parcel and had to wait until yesterday to pick it up too (sad times I know), anyways, the box itself was a little underwhelming if I am completely honest. 

Sunday, 18 December 2016

10 Things I'm looking forward to this Christmas

Christmas is pretty damn close now so I thought i'd compose a little post of 10 things that I look forward to doing over the holidays pretty much every single year. Just writing it down makes me squeal with excitement and become all giddy inside eeeeeek!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

Are the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks worth the hype? 
My opinion... Hell. Yes.

Monday, 12 December 2016

A Guinea Pig Essentials Checklist

Pets are for life and not just for Christmas! Its important to have a checklist to make sure that your piggies/pet have everything they need to live a happy and healthy life. I've compiled a list of all the things I have for my piggies, that may come in useful for you guys if you have a piggie of your own or you're thinking of getting two (they need a companion remember!).

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Guinea Pig Cage Liners

It's crazy how much my life now revolves around my two little Guinea's Rex (pictured) and Spud, and of course I want them to be spoiled and be super happy piggies so I've recently been looking into various bedding options for their cage - which is when I came across the idea of cage liners. 

Sunday, 27 November 2016

20 Things to do when you're feeling bored

Don't you just hate it when you have the day off but have no idea what to do with it? 
If you're like me then you'll just tend to sit around for hours bored, and twiddling your thumbs trying to think of things to do. Well... stop twiddling those thumbs guys as I have came up with a list of 20 things to do when you too are feeling the boredom. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Cohorted Beauty Box: November 2016

Beauty boxes have definitely became a little obsession of mine over the past couple of years. But as you can probably guess I had to cut down on the spending when we bought a house so i've sadly limited myself to just the one box per month now. As you may have guessed, my beauty box of choice was the 'Cohorted' beauty box which is priced at £35. This box has definitely proven to be great value for money with this months products costing a whopping £98.95 when bought individually.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

My Reverse Bucket List

Making a bucket list is a great idea, setting out to achieve all those things you want from life and marking it off along the way. But instead of looking ahead, why not look back at all of those amazing things you have already achieved? Today's post is a reverse bucket list, looking back on all those things from my past that I am proud to have achieved.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

My Tips for Staying Happy, Positive and Motivated...

Life has been a bit of a struggle lately. I'm not going to share all the negative things which have happened, but overcoming them has been hard. So I've decided to write this post not only to encourage happiness and positivity in myself, but hopefully within you guys too.  

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Life Lessons

I guess everyone would love the opportunity to go back in time and tell their younger selves the right pathway to take when it comes to certain situations. Today's post features three points which I personally would love to have known during my teenage years..

Sunday, 30 October 2016

My Top Tips for the House Buying Process

I never thought it would be easy when it came to buying a house, never mind the fact that it'll be our first house. Even though we haven't actually officially bought our house yet we have still had some experiences which I thought would be quite useful to share with you guys, just in case you're in a similar situation or plan to be in the future.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Tanya Burr Cosmetics: Big Kiss & Pink Cocoa Lipsticks

Tanya Burr recently introduced six new lipsticks in her Autumn 2016 cosmetics collection - Big Kiss, Pink Cocoa, Central Park, Wild Safari, Happily Ever After and Birthday Cake which range from deep red through to bright pink through to a subtle nude. The lipsticks are packaged in a shiny gold casing which definitely adds the feel of luxury to the £6.99 product. I was able to pick up two of the six shades during the week of release - Big Kiss which is a beautiful deep red shade and Pink Cocoa which as you can imagine is a stunning pinky-brown shade.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Beauty of Berlin

Germany is definitely a country that I had always wanted to visit, and this year felt like the perfect time to finally go. It was mine and Andy's seven year anniversary back in August so we thought heading away for a couple of days would be a great way to celebrate.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Stages of Buying A House*

Buying a house is no walk in the park let me tell you. We had many, many house viewings before we thought we had found 'the one'. Sadly that wasn't the case as we had to pull out after having the homebuyers report completed; cutting a long story short the chimney stack was falling down and roof needed completely redoing (yep, the alarm bells started ringing when we saw that as there was no way we could afford the repairs). Thankfully we were able to pull our offer, and continue our search. We found our house a couple of weeks later, we had put an offer in on 2nd February 2016 and all legal work was completed for 26th May 2016, for a move in date 1st June 2016 - and we've been living happily ever after since!
This post is basically a summary of the stages we went through for the purchase of our house, 
Baring in mind I am no expert on the house buying process, I am simply sharing my experience of the process. 

The Stages

Find out how much you can borrow from the mortgage lender - Obviously this is quite important to do before you start your search so that you know what your price range is. You don't want to be looking at houses worth millions when you can only borrow £100,000!

Start your house search - This can be both really fun and really daunting. We must have looked at over 20 houses before we found ours. Stay strong people, you'll find it eventually!

Get an agreement/decision in principle - Basically this is a statement from the mortgage lender stating they are prepared to lend you the money for the house. You will need to obtain an agreement in principle to prove to the estate agent that you can actually afford to purchase the house once you have put an offer in. 

Put an offer in - For me this was the most nerve wracking, yet exciting part. We had to email our offer to the estate agents who then passed it along to the seller. As you can probably tell we were eagerly awaiting their phone call to tell us they'd agreed on the price. Our offer was subject to survery, meaning we wanted to purchase the house but could pull out if required depending on the results of the survey. 

Find a conveyancer (solicitor) - This is basically your legal representative for the whole process. They will deal with all of the paperwork side of the purchase, and will complete all of the relevant searches on the property. Its important to do your research for this part and compare conveyancing companies. I found it super easy to compare conveyancing quotes here

Have a survey completed - I couldn't stress the importance of this stage enough. This was an essential step for us during both attempts at purchasing. Thanks to this report we had found the faults of the first house before we had purchased it, and were able to pull out before landing ourselves with thousands of pounds worth of debt. The report on the second house (or our current house should I say) has given us an idea of what we need to get looked at over time, and has allowed us to get some problems fixed already. 

Finalise the mortgage application - This part involves its adding in all of the important information such as your employment and outgoings information, the estate agents and conveyancer's contact details, and bank account details for the person who will be paying the mortgage. 

Fixtures and fittings report - This is a form which will be filled in by the seller and sent through the solicitors for you to look at. It is basically a list of all of the fixtures and fittings within the house - it will state what the seller is taking with them, what they are leaving for you, and may even feature some items that they are offering up for sale (of course you don't have to purchase them!)

Legal Searches - This is the stage that took the longest to be completed for us, it must have been at least 2 months to get everything back. Searches included a land registry search, water and drainage search, local search, a flood risk report (etc... I'm guessing you catch my drift, all really interesting documents!). Of course the searches are really important for the purchase of the property, but I guess we all get a little impatient sometimes. 

Paying deposit and solicitor fees - Yep, so that big chunk of money you've been saving for what seems like forever.. send it right over to the solicitor! I have to admit it was a sad moment to see it go, but a bit of a relief to know we had nearly finally made it to the end of the process. 

Exchanging Contracts -  The most important stage of the process. Finalising all of the details and signing it all off. We surprisingly received the contracts for the house in the post to sign and send back. I was fully expecting to get called in and have to rush down after work one night to have a big meeting with us on one side and the seller on the other, but no. A simple signature and we were home owners! Pretty great if you ask me. 

Get the keys and move in! - Breathe that big sigh of relief because you can finally settle in to that wonderful new home of yours! I've got to admit it is a pretty great feeling knowing you actually own a house. I will never forget my first night staying here - sleepless, lying on the floor with no internet, food or lights for that matter, but I felt right at home. 

I hope this helps with your understanding of the whole process if you're looking to buy!

*In collaboration with HomebuyerConveyancing.com

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Meet My Guinea Pigs!

If you read my 'A Fresh Start' post then you'll know that I recently got two beautiful american guinea pigs called Rex and Spud. I've never had pets before so you can imagine my excitement when we finally went to pick them up. Rex (who is the larger tri-coloured guinea) appears the be the more dominant of the two, stealing the food and absolutely loving any attention he gets. Spud (who is the smaller brown guinea) on the other hand is the complete opposite, hes very shy and scurries away at the sight of us entering the room. I have to admit its been a bit of a learning curve finding out what they can eat and can't eat, trying to litter train them (yes who knew that was actually a thing!) and getting used to those little squeaks, but I definitely couldn't ever go back to not having the little guys around. 


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Zoella Beauty Scooper Dooper Bath Soak

I'm a huge fan of the original Zoella Beauty scent (the others not so much), so when I heard she was bringing out some new products for the collection I knew I just had to try them out. The weekend arrived so off I went to raid my local Superdrug for the products, but to my dismay they were nowhere to be seen... they had sold out already. You can imagine how saddened I was by this. So sad in fact I had to place an order online instead, and even had to treat myself to some of Tanya Burr's new lipsticks to cheer myself up (every cloud has a silver lining!).

Friday, 1 July 2016

A Summer Homeware Haul*

As you can imagine, buying and furnishing a home can be quite expensive; let alone adding those little finishing touches to the place! Ocean Loans kindly gifted me £50 to spruce up our home for the Summer months, so for this post i'll be showing you guys what I picked up.

Monday, 11 April 2016

A Drugstore Haul

Buying new makeup is one of the most satisfying feelings that ever existed. Even if I already own the product, buying a new one makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Maybe I have a little spending addiction, but I like to think of it as a hobby. Some people collect stamps, I collect makeup!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

What I got for my 24th birthday

Well it finally happened guys. I turned 24 years old last week, and I have to admit its a scary thought. It only feels like last week I was turning 19, and heading to Chester Zoo to celebrate before a night on the town. If anyone knows where Bernard's watch is please let me know!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

What's in my drugstore makeup bag?

I'd say that my weekday makeup definitely lacks in the 'wow' factor. Frankly, the thought of getting up early to apply more makeup sends a little shiver through my body, give up on extra sleep?! Yikes. My typical weekday makeup consists of the basics - primer, concealer, translucent powder and mascara. If I didn't have my cholesterol marks I probably wouldn't bother with makeup at all, crazy right?! So some of you may be wondering why there is so much makeup on the pictures above, well.. that is pretty much my weekend face minus the lipstick and eyeshadow (which gets added when i'm making a bit more of an effort). 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Quick and Easy Apple Pie

Baking, or come to think of it cooking in general has never been a strong point of mine.
So this year I hope to improve on that by setting myself little cooking goals for throughout the year. I started my baking adventure off with an apple pie just before Christmas. Granted this is quite a simple apple pie to start me off with, but if you're new to this whole cooking malarkey or just want to make something fun then this quick and easy apple pie is definitely worth a try. 

Ingredients used
Princes Apple Fruit Filling
Jus Rol Shortcrust Sheet Pastry
1-2 teaspoons of Sugar
Pastry Brush
Sandwich Tin
10ml Water

-Leave the pastry out of the fridge for 45 minutes before use or microwave for about 1 minute before use to soften it.
-Preheat your oven to 200ºC (180ºC fan assisted)/400ºF/Gas 6
-Unroll your pastry very carefully, ensuring no cracks appear in it (if any cracks do appear then simply wet your finger with water and dab the cracks to smooth them out) 
-Cut out your pie base using the outside rim of the sandwich tin as a template, push the pastry into the tin and fill with the apple fruit filling.
-Cut out strips of the remaining pastry to create the lattice pattern on the top of the pie, once they have been placed across the pie push them down at the corners ensuring that the edges of the base meet the lattice strips. 
-Dip the pastry brush in water and lightly coat the top of the pie before sprinkling 1-2 teaspoons of sugar over
-Place in the oven to cook for 20-25 minutes until the pastry has turned golden brown.