April 2017 – World Stationery Day

As most of you will know, I am a massive stationery fan! I have so much that I am never at a lost for notebooks, or anything stationery related for that matter. Recently I found out that today, Wednesday 26 April 2017 is World Stationery Day, I swear there is a National Day for anything and everything now a days. I jumped at the chances of celebrating this day as I am a stationery addict.

I am sure you are all thinking what exactly is World Stationery Day, what is the point of this celebration? Well, after some careful research on their website, I have learnt a lot about the day. It is a day of celebration for the written word and all things stationery. Their aim, to get people all over the world talking and writing about stationery as well as speaking about why writing by hand is important.

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5 Things I Love About The Body Shop

Recently I’ve become addicted to browsing around The Body Shop and looking at all their different products, they have soo much on offer for different people with all kinds of skin conditions. It’s stretched so far that even the partner has fallen in love with their Body Butter and is always smelling of a different fruit!

I thought I would share with you today why exactly I love The Body Shop, so without further ado let’s begin.

1.Varitey of Scents

There is soo many different scents, it’s unbelievable how many they’ve got to offer! I’m pretty positive there’s at least one you’ll love. I love that you can get the same products for every scent, so you can pick up a Soap, Shower Gel, Body Butter, Hand Cream, Body Mist and even more! My favourites are Mango, Peach, British Rose and Strawberry.

2.Loyalty Card

They have their own Loyalty system called Love Your Body Club, they push massively for people to join their club which I love as there’s lovely bonuses! For every £1 you spend in-store or online, you receive 10 points, when you receive a total of 500 points you’ll get a £5 voucher, how amazing is that!

For your birthday, you also receive a £5 birthday, so you can buy yourself a cute present for yourself. Both vouchers are live on your Love Your Body Club card for 3 months, which is brilliant as you don’t have to rush to use them! I know vouchers from Argos are only valid for a month, doesn’t feel long enough!

3.Free Samples

If you follow The Body Shop on either Facebook or Twitter, you’ll know that sometimes they’ll give out free samples! This is an amazing opportunity to try a product without having to buy the full size item, it’s annoying when you buy something and it isn’t what you thought it would be!

4.Helpful Staff

I can’t talk for all stores across the United Kingdom but for all The Body Shop stores I’ve visited, the staff have all been really friendly and helpful! I don’t always need help, as it’s mostly just picking up a new Body Butter but when I visited the Exeter store and looked at their skin care range, the consultant was very helpful!

I explained to her what I required and she pointed me in the direction of the Tea Tree Oil skin care range. I fell in love with this range, after it worked really well with my skin, you can read more about the Tea Tree Skin Care HERE. After using these products for nearly 6 months now, I can see a difference and I won’t be going back to my old routine.

5.Their Commitment

The Body Shop was founded by Dame Anita Roddick in 1976, their story started with the belief that business could be a force for good. They are against Animal Testing and have campaigned a lot to end Animal Testing in the cosmetics industry. You’ll be amazed at how many companies test on animals.

They are also commitment to trading fairly with suppliers and in 1998 became a founding member of the Ethical Trading Initiative. It’s amazing how much The Body Shop supports everyone to be a force for good. If you wish to know more about their commitment, head over to their website HERE.

Well guys, I hope you have enjoyed my reasons for loving The Body Shop, it has made me want to venture in and pick something up! Let me know your reasons for loving The Body Shop, does anything stand out to you. I cannot wait to read your thoughts.

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The Star Seekers

On Wednesday evening, I had the amazing opportunity to watch The Star Seekers presented by Wardrobe Ensemble at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. This opportunity was made possible because I am on the Bloggers Scheme at the Theatre, if you don’t know what this scheme is about, read my short announcement for it here.

I was pretty excited for this performance and I am pleased to say I was not disappointed. Even though this performance is aimed at children, I absolutely loved it! You meet Alph (Ben), Betty (Jessie) and Gammo (Jack) three astronauts, who are sent on a mission by Doctor Doctor. They must find the three missing orbs to fix the Infinite Energy Fusion Drive.

Each orb is located in a different part of the galaxy and with your help, they must find the three different orbs, Red Glowing Plasma, Blue Glowing Bridge and Green Glowing Uranium Orb. They only have half an hour to fix the Drive before it is broken forever. Before I had even walked into The Drum the actors were interacting with the audience, outside you met Betty and Gammo who welcomed you as a Star Seeker.

When you walked in, Alph was asking the audience questions and interacting with the younger audience. I loved this as it got the children thinking about what they were going to be watching, this immediately set off my love for the performance. The whole way through it was all about interacting with the audience, for the cast the shows are different every time.

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The first question they asked was what you would take with you if you went into space. This sparked the children’s imagination, if you was an astronaut what would you take with you, in the end, it was decided that we would take a sleeping bag, a torch and a jet pack on our space mission. I would have loved to watched something like this when I was younger.

As it sparks the imagination of children through this unique theatre experience. I love the whole performance and it was lovely to see the participation from the children and the adults. Throughout the performance, I felt like a big kid and I loved every minute of it. After the performance, there was a short Q&A with the cast, this is where we met Helena the Director.

She had the fun job of pressing different buttons for the lights and sounds, I was very impressed with the questions the children were asking. The performance had definitely sparked their imagination as they were asking some very technical questions, the cast did an amazing job at answering them. When Wardrobe Ensemble first started The Star Seekers, they didn’t have very much money.

To build their space station, they used parts that people had thrown away. A lot of the parts you could tell what they previously were, like bottles and their lids, a keyboard and even the back of an old television! It was amazing to see the creativity that went into the creation of the space station. Despite it being aimed at children, I loved every minute.

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*Theatre Royal Plymouth invited me to the performance The Star Seekers through the Theatre’s Bloggers Scheme. All thoughts are honest and my own, for more information please see my About Page.

March Favourites

I can not believe how fast 2017 is going! One minute it was 1 March and now March is finished and April is in full swing. That means a wrap up of my favourite things from March. For me, March was pretty busy as I traveled a lot during the month, first I went to London for an interview for a Magazine Training Course with Press Association.

I had a lovely time in London, I was only there for a day but as the interview was in the morning, I was able to spend the afternoon sightseeing! Which I loved as I haven’t had a stroll around London in a while, when I went for my Autosport interview for the Junior Programme I was busy all day. Press Association is based a ten minute walk from Buckingham Palace, so I jumped at the chance to visit there.

The first and only time I’ve visited the Palace was when I visited London last year but was late at night so I didn’t see any of the guards. This time around, the Palace was bustling with life as the guards were standing outside and tourists were all admiring the Palace which I loved! From here, I went and visited Big Ben/Westminster.

I love visiting this part of London as all my favourite monuments are within walking distance. As I was able to take a nice stroll from Westminster to Trafalgar Square, it’s lovely to see so many people admiring all the sights in London. I don’t know how far I walked but I bet it was a lot! Time surely does go fast and before I knew it, it was time to start traveling back home to my Uncle’s, my day in London came to an end.

If you follow me on my social media platforms, you’ll know that I am a massive motorsports fan! I was lucky to attend the Britcar: Endurance last year at Silverstone as Media, this year I’ve done one better. I managed to attend the Season Launch of the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park as media, a dream come true!

This was an amazing experience as I was able to go trackside at a circuit that I’ve never been too, along with meeting up with my photographer friends again. The Season Launch kicks start the new season for BTCC, this is a day of testing along with driver and car reveals. There are some gorgeous cars this season and I was soo lucky to take photos of them!

I also said hello to my good friends over at Team HARD who continue to grow as a team. I’m looking forward to the BTCC season, especially as I’ll be attending Rounds 25, 26 & 27 at Silverstone in September. This was a massive experience for me as BTCC is much bigger than Britcar and I know a lot more of the drivers and teams.

I also learnt a lot in regards to photography as my dad brought a new lens for his camera so this was the perfect opportunity for me to practice with this lens. It was super easy to use, left my arms dead as it was super heavy! As I spent the day with Ian Cutting from Ian Cutting Photography, who was taking photos for Essaar Motorsports, if I had any problems, I would have been able to learn from him.

It was Mother’s Day at the end of March, also known as Mothering Sunday, so I spent the day with my mum and two sisters. We went to Frankie & Benny’s for lunch, yumm! Afterwards we watched Beauty & the Beast, I’m still not sure about this movie as the animated film is one of my favourite Disney films, but after hearing a lot of good things about it, I thought I would give it a try.

It was lovely to spend some quality time with the family, everyone must have had the same idea as everywhere was super busy! Beauty & the Beast was a really good movie, there seemed to be a lot more singing and dancing though, it’s amazing what they can do with special effects. I loved that everything was a lot more French orientated, the animation it wasn’t as grand.

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I love doing these favourites as it makes me re-think about everything I’ve done during the month. I really struggled in the beginning with ideas for March’s Favourites, as I feel that I haven’t done that much, anything interesting at least but then I look through my Instagram and realise I’ve been really busy. It’s crazy how fast March has gone, I really hope that’s not the same for April!

I hope you have enjoyed what you’ve seen here, April is going to be a very busy month for me as I’m traveling to Italy at the end of the month, so look out for those photos!

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March #Paperhaul Subscription Box

I am very excited to show you something that I recently received, I was luckily enough to receive March’s #Paperhaul, a monthly subscription box by Crafty Creatives. I’ve seen this box for a little while now, but never got my hands on one until now. I have heard a lot of good things about #Paperhaul and I was not disappointed when I opened the envelope!

#Paperhaul is an exciting stationery subscription that celebrates great design and high quality stationery. Contents of the box will vary each month, but you could expect, greeting card, postcards, sticker sheet, notebook, mini notebooks and wrapping paper. The subscription box is delivered monthly and costs £10 plus £2 postage.

On the front, there was the first clue for this month’s theme, a sticker that matched the design and theme inside, and stated ‘your #Paperhaul is here’. I was in awe when I looked at the different stationery items I received. What I loved most is that because it’s in a hard-backed envelope rather than a box, it fits through your letterbox!

This box contains:

  • One large greeting card with envelope
  • Three postcards
  • A ruled notebook
  • Three mini notecards with envelopes

The designs are amazing, I love the bright and vibrant colours, they are all very floral which I suppose is very fitting for March as the first day of Spring was Monday 20 March. These have definitely cheered me up and made me excited for Spring/Summer. I love that they’ve chosen a design to match the month. Along with the floral designs, there is little quotes on everything which I love!

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There’s a card for different occasions and I can not wait to send these to my friends and family. I’m sure they’ll be a lovely pick me up for anyone! I’m really glad I received this box, as I love my stationery I can really see myself using it. Especially the ruled notebook, like how adorable is that! It’s perfect for little notes, I might just leave this on my desk for important dates/notes.

I hope you have enjoyed this post! If you’ve liked what you seen, you can get your hands on April’s box HERE. I am definitely thinking about subscribing to this box as I have loved what I received this month and I was not disappointed!

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Those Who Lie Blog Tour

A special post for today, firstly a Happy Mother’s Day to all those mummies out there, I hope you’ve all had a lovely day! For today I am going to be sharing with you my thoughts on Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey. Hosted by the amazing Neverland Blog Tours, I am the seventh stop on the amazing Those Who Lie Book Tour.

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Those Who Lie? Let me tell you a little bit about it;

Emily Klein doesn’t know she has killed her husband until the day of his funeral

At first, signs point to a tragic accident. Yet, as Emily pieces together the events before his death – events which led to her own memory loss – she begins to suspect that her husband’s death may have been the result of more than a terrible twist of fate…

But the accident is only the beginning. Because while Emily’s physical scars will heal, the trauma of the accident has awakened old ghosts. She hears strange sounds, catches things that can’t possibly be there in the corner of her eye. Before long, everywhere she looks, she seems to see her husband.

And suddenly, Emily finds herself asking the most dangerous question of all.

Can she really trust herself?

At first I was a little unsure about the book, as it’s not my style of reading but I thought I would give it a go! I actually fell in love with it and couldn’t put it down, there is so much suspense throughout the book, of course you don’t know much more than Emily knows. It’s amazing the changes you read, first it starts off being a murder mystery but then turns into something frightening, with murder, stalking and harassing.

I just couldn’t put the book down, I love Emily as a character, she truly doesn’t know what is going on in her life as everything keeps changing. There’s so many questions going around in her head, is it actually her husband she keeps seeing and who’s the one that is sending her mystery text messages. Of course the questions all get tied up in the end and I’m actually surprised!

As the reader you never received the full story, with things being hinted at but never confirmed. I loved the idea that you floated between the past and present, it helped you to understand why certain things was happening, it tied up all the lose ends. With Emily not understanding what was going on, it was hard to create a relationship to the other characters, as it seemed they were all some part of the mystery.

How about a little about the author, Diane Jeffery;

Diane grew up in North Devon. She lives in Lyon, France with her husband and their three children, black Labrador and kitten. Those Who Lie is her debut psychological thriller. Diane is an English teacher. She hates marking and Mondays. Above all, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

You can follow her on Twitter or on Facebook.

Those Who Lie Giveaway!

Want a chance to read this book yourself? Or just win some goodies? Have a look at the giveaway below!

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1st prize: eBook of Those Who Lie

2nd prize: Teddy and chocolates

3rd prize: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland notebook & chocolates

Enter here: Rafflecopter

I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I would love for you to go and give some love to Diane and if you fancy reading Those Who Lie for yourself you can grab a copy on Amazon HERE! I would recommend it to all those who love a good thriller.

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*Thank you Neverland Blog Tours for hosting the Those Who Lie Book Tour. All thoughts are honest and my own, for more information please see my About Page.

Infinity Crates February 2017

February’s Infinity Crates has been shipped and it’s finally here! This month’s was a surprise, after I didn’t receive any emails to say when I might receive it.

Infinity Crates is a United Kingdom based monthly subscription box that offers a new theme every month. There are four different crates on offer, Classic Crate for £16.99 plus p&p, Premium Crate for £23.99 plus p&p, Kids Crate for £16.99 plus p&p and T-Shirt Only Crate for £7.99 plus p&p. Every box is guaranteed a POP! Vinyl figure and a T-shirt.

The exclusive theme for this month’s crate is Power.

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The Wrong Side of Prohibition

I was kindly invited by Thespis Project Theatre Company to attend their performance of The Wrong Side of Prohibition with a few other bloggers from Plymouth. This was the first performance by Thespis that I have watched and it didn’t fail to amaze me. The performance explores the lives of gangsters in 1920s America.

An era that I’ve always wanted to know more about, as after watching Vampire Diaries I fell in love with it. Anastasios Chalas portrayed the club owner Tony, who showed good interactions with the other characters, despite acting like a strong character there were those moments where you sympathized for him. He had an amazing bond with all the actors and their characters.

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Sudocrem Skin Care Cream Review

When I was growing up Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream was one of those things that my mum always reached for, you know the cream in the tub. It was the all over problem-solver cream, from nappy rashes to playground falls and of course, even sunburn. This is a cream that I’m sure all your parents have used, I would say it’s a British favourite.

As I started to grow older, I used this on my blemishes, as it was very good at healing and clearing my problematic areas on my skin within days. With having long nails, it made it especially hard to use the cream, as it would always get within. To me I will always remember Sudocrem as being in a tub, it’s just a signature right!

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Something has come into my life that has made my very happy, last month I was sent the Sudocrem Skin Care Cream* to try out. No more cream stuck in my nails with this handy 30g tube, how amazing! It’s been designed for those of us past the nappy-wearing stage to tackle skin problems. It uses the same key ingredients as the original formula but in different proportions.

I will admit, doesn’t seem as harsh on the skin. I use this product exactly the same as I did with the tub, after washing my face in the evening time, I apply this directly to my problematic areas. I have seen a massive improvement, from only using it just over a month. What I love is that this has been created with teenagers and young adults with spot prone skin in mind, to me that’s amazing.

I have loved the results I have seen so far, it will continue to be a part of my daily nighttime routine. If you would love to get your hands on the Sudocrem Skin Care Cream, you can at your local Boots or Superdrug! I would definitely recommend it if you are struggling with spot-prone skin.

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*Thank you Miriam Brown from Satellite PR for sending me the Sudocrem Skin Care Cream. All thoughts are honest and my own, for more information please see my About Page.

Danza Contemporánea de Cuba

Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to watch Danza Contemporánea de Cuba presented by Dance Consortium at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. This opportunity was made possible because I am on the Bloggers Scheme at the Theatre, if you don’t know what this scheme is about, read my short announcement for it here.

We were in for a treat as before the show, we had a Q&A with three of the performers, Laura Rios Curbelo, Claudia Rodriguez Pozo and Norge Cedeño Raffo. It was lovely to meet them, as we got to ask them some interesting questions to know more about them and what they do with Dance ConsortiumDanza Contemporánea de Cuba was founded in 1959, they have become the nation’s flagship contemporary dance troupe.

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