Seahouses & Bamburgh Castle.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Its been a whole week since our whistle-stop tour of my childhood, and I still feel humbled by it. My family got back to Yorkshire on Friday, so the magic of Northumbria is well and truly at an end - but I still have a post to go so I'm lucky I can hold onto that magic for just a little bit longer. Our day wasn't quite ended when I finished my last post which you can view here. After Lindisfarne, we got back into the car and took the coastal road - to Seahouses.

My Hair Saviour - Milk_Shake Incredible Milk

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Since going blonde, I've battled the ever-drying effects of the weather/straighteners/being blonde, every single day. It really is something I struggle with as having a fringe, oils tend to make it a little 'gappy' and greasy very easily and that isn't the effect I really want when trying to look after my locks!

The award winning Milk_Shake incredible milk.
A long while ago, someone mentioned the milk_shake brand to me and I decided it was time to 'bite the bullet' and invest a little love into my tresses. The trip to Northumberland, the incredible heat we've had lately and me generally feeling too tired to commit to a proper hair care regime when I need to go to work (if I go without straighteners, I have to tie it back..) really have taken their toll on my hair and it's rather lacklustre.

Sun, Sea and Sand at Formby Beach - a Vlog!

Monday, September 19, 2016



We vlogged about our day at Formby Beach! Featuring Tris, Meg & the ocean it really isn't to be missed and I hope you enjoy, like and & subscribe!

Berwick-upon-Tweed & Lindisfarne.

Monday, September 12, 2016

My Grandmother - someone who I covet, and whom I owe most of my being to - is from a small town called Belford which is on the Northumbrian coast. My family went on holiday for a few weeks this September and when they invited myself and Mike up to join them I knew I couldn't turn it down. Northumbria is one of my favourite places, and I got the chance to visit some of my favourite childhood memories as an adult - not many people can do that and I feel incredibly blessed that my childhood, my family and Mike came together so perfectly.

A photo of Bamburgh Castle taken from the beach. My favourite place in the entire world.
Our first stop (literally, it was where our train journey ended..) was Berwick-upon-Tweed. This town was the first stop when I was on these trips as a child, as we used to stock up the family caravan by shopping here. It always looked massive as a child, and the fact its a walled city always enchanted me - I didn't see the cannons fire this visit, but I have incredibly vivid memories of walking the walls hand in hand with my Grandmother before I was tall enough to see over them..

Why I Use Scents In The Home & My Favourites!

Monday, September 05, 2016

I'm a huge advocate of scents being used around the home. Not only around the home but in work and schooling environments ideally, but lets just start at the home. They make a huge difference - and not one that is often praised or noticed very often.

When buywaxmelts.com wanted some bloggers to review their scented products, I knew that I'd love to be one of those bloggers who had the chance to do it - and I was! The brand (an offshoot of the wonderful Adam & Eco brand) stand for so much I appreciate, such as a vegan product run by family who want to have a close relationship with its consumers.

Right now the harmony in my home is complimented by some beautiful scents, and I'm going to explain which ones I went for and why - the choices are extensive on the site and while its an easy to navigate site which offers a no-fuss experience I want to share the scents themselves because they're certainly something special.

I'm a huge fan of the no-fuss packaging, less waste and incredibly practical!
I've actually backed off a little from the use of wax melts and burners as I tried another brand of melts when I was in the city apartment in Bradford and they really disappointed. No longevity, no really strong scents and generally expensive for what I really got from them. When the package from buywaxmelts.com arrived I was really happy that instead of wrapping the melts in tissue paper, glitter and the pelt of a unicorn they'd gone for no fuss cardboard packaging. The melts arrived in perfect condition and still smelt gorgeous - my postman even commented that his bag smelt amazing now.

A selection of the melts I chose on buywaxmelts.com.
Which scents did I go for?
First up is Lavender. Self explanatory, no? Lavender is one of my favourite scents and it is a staple of my home. From sleep balm to pillow spray, lavender is the one scent which I find relaxes me enough to wind down if I'm feeling stressed. Complimented with a camomile tea, I'll be in the best mood to catch some z's if the scent is authentic and strong. I wasn't disappointed when I added my melt from buywaxmelts.com into my burner. Strong and simply of lavender, there were no 'filler' scents added in to bulk out the strong smell which filled my bedroom. I've had this melt on for three days so far and while the smell isn't as strong as on the first night, its certainly not done yet!

The Flower Fairy Garden melt is the scent currently permeating my front room. It smells like a summer walk in the country, and it isn't so strong that you feel overwhelmed by it its soft enough to keep you reassured that you have a melt burning. This is great when the children are here as they're much more sensitive to smells and floral scents can be incredibly strong to them, this one is a pleasant alternative which still fills the room with soft tones of summer.

The last one I decided on I haven't had on my burners yet but I have stored these in the linen cupboard to make it smell wonderful.. The Peony melt. These are quite strong, hence why I'm storing them in the linen cupboard until I use them - the bed linens smell amazing and why not? I may as well get the most out of my melts!

Long lasting, wonderfully scented melts which don't break the bank. I can't recommend buywaxmelts.com more.
All in all, a huge success for me at the moment. I can't wait until I raid the buywaxmelts.com stock again and get to choose some new favourites! Let me know if you have any melts of your own, I'd love to know!
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