Friday, 19 December 2014

Reflecting on 2014

yorkshire sunrise

Oh 2014, you have been a weird and wonderful year.
And only 12 days of you left.

I went from being a in a job I hated to being asked back to the job I was made redundant from. I finished my NVQ level two in Hairdressing - Something I thought I would never complete. And perhaps the biggest change of all - I have arranged everything for my move to Australia after it being in the making since 2011. I've also gotten a lot closer to my family (especially my sister) and really hope I can keep that up in 2015.

Over the coming new year I just want to have a good time and make the most out of my time in Oz.
What have you got planned for 2015?
(More to come on my 2015 resolutions!)

Monday, 15 December 2014

9 questions all 20 something girls dread

cast of friends

1. 'Oh you're single?' OR 'When are you getting married?'
How about keep your nose out bitch?
2. 'When are you going to start having kids?'
When hell freezes over.
3. 'How much money do you currently have in your bank account?'
Shhhhh it might hear you.
4. 'Do you want to look at the dessert menu?'
Does a bear shit in the woods?
5. 'Do you want to double up for a pound?'
Well as you offered....

6. 'What do you want to do with your life?'
I just want loads of cats, is that too much to ask?
7. 'Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?'
Please see answer for 6.
8. 'Are you sure you want to carry out this transaction?'

9. 'OMG I love that skirt/necklace/eyeliner where did you get it?'
Okay does she really like it or am I being Regina George'd?

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

24 Christmassy Best Bits

'It's the most wonderful time of the year!'

Mummy bear's 7ft monster of a Christmas tree!

- All the Christmas tv specials that crop up. 
- Choosing wrapping paper. Paperchase is my personal fave. 
- Yorkshire Puddings. Nuff said.
- And Pigs in Blankets *Drools*
- The hope of snow. And the light drizzle of rain we get instead.
- Christmas lights twinkling away. 
- Buying presents for my favourites.
- Spending Christmas Day playing games with my mad family. Full blown war zone.
 - MTV Xmas playing all the classics.
- Then singing said classics all day every day until January 8th.
- Seeing my dog dressed as a reindeer - super cute.
- Monster tubs of chocolate. On sale.
- Crap cracker jokes i.e What do you call a blind reindeer? No eye deer.
- Going to the Pantomime (Family Tradition!)
- Cuddling up on the sofa with the quilt and a mountain of pringles to get through.
- Wearing all your new clobber on Christmas Day.
- Helping Momma decorate the tree (even though she still changes it when we leave)
 -  The annual buying of a new beanie hat.
- Watching The Grinch, Home Alone, Love Actually and more.
- Still getting giddy over the prospect of a stocking.
- The annual fried breakfast on Christmas Day.
- Feeling the fuzzy lovey dovey festive warmth in your bones.

What are your favourite parts about Christmas?
Love Jess


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Advent Musings...

alpaca mem
December you sly son of a bitch.
Even though you roll round every year, you have once again shocked and terrified us all by coming around even faster than usual. Bang on schedule I've developed a snotty nose and sore throat and the weather has become bitterly cold.
In 26 days I will be on a plane to Australia, on my way to start a new adventure. Deciding to apply for our visa's and take the plunge feels like it only happened last week (when actually it happened in January!) and the clock is quickly ticking away the last couple of weeks I have in the Uk.
Being the super organised penguin that I am, I've got all my Christmas presents sorted, everything is ready for Australia (bar my bag) and now it is just a waiting game.

It's going to be a busy old month me thinks!


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Christmas Tag

christmas in scrabble letters

Who doesn't love Christmas? Seriously? 
It's easily my favourite time of year, everyone is so happy and upbeat!
As it's the first of December I thought this tag would be a perfect way to get into the Crimbo spirit!

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Quite literally the hardest question ever! I love, love, love Elf, it reminds me of my mum and sister because we always used to watch it together. I love the first two Home Alone's and Love Actually aswell. Oh and the Grinch..There's a few faves.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
I normally get a peek in my stocking Christmas Eve and open my presents in the morning. Jody has to physically restrain me from opening any on Christmas Eve if I am going to be honest with myself.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
When we were little my Dad used to always go downstairs to put the heating on and make sure 'Santa had been'. My brother is 5 years older than me and he used to have the loft room and he used to swear that he'd heard Santa and his reindeer on the roof. I always liked helping mum decorate the tree aswell, even if she did change it all once we had gone to bed!
4. favourite festive food?
Pigs In Blankets every single time. And my Nannie's gravy - it's so thick and scrummy.
5. Favourite Christmas gift ?
 When I was two my Grandparents got me a Simba stuffed toy ( I was OBSESSED with The Lion King) and I was made up - he is coming to Australia with me even if it means I can't take some clothes. 
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
I love the smell of Cinnamon, Christmas Trees and the smell of the Christmas Decoration Box (weird I know but it reminds me of being a kid!)
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I usually do the rounds - We go and see all my grandparents, Jodys Grandparents, both sets of Parents and then we usually go back to my nannie's for some grub and some drinks.

8. What tops your tree?
As we live with Jodys parents we don't really do the tree decorating but I like stars and funky modern angels.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
To be honest, I was really lucky and I'm pretty sure me and my sister ALWAYS got what we wanted (thanks mum and dad!). My mum still hurts from never getting a Mr Frosty though.

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
I love everything about it. I love the atmosphere, I love the colours, the lights and the decorations. I like the shopping and the music and the food. I love choosing and giving presents. Most of all I love seeing all my family :)

18 signs you're getting older.

1. Kids. People are having kids because they want them, What?

2. When someone cancels on you, you are secretly relieved because you can binge watch Breaking Bad.
3. You can go out for a couple of drinks and actually go home after a couple of drinks.
4. Watching The X Factor and ordering a takeaway is your idea of a wild night in.
5. You don't understand the fashion in Topshop or River Island anymore.
6. And another thing Topshop..DJ's in shops? Eh??? (Contributed by Jody)
7. You find yourself looking at the calories in food..If you haven't started doing this yet then don't. It will haunt you.
8. Your friend's go out for meals for their birthdays instead of having a RAGING piss up in the pub.
9. Radio 2 is your radio channel of choice. Radio 1 makes your head hurt.
10. You just can't justify a £100 dress anymore. That's a big food shop right there.
11. No longer can you go out 3 nights in a row..Or 2...Or even 1....
12. Nor can you stay out partying until the birds wake up....
14. Going into a nightclub is like going into a creche. Drunk 18 year olds know what I'm saying? *shudders*
15. To be honest anyone under 18 does your head in. Was I that annoying?
16. It makes you sad to see Fireman Sam and Postman Pat in all their CGI glory. What happened to kid's TV anyway?
17. You now understand why your parents shouted at you all the time and why they
were always so stressed. Working 37.5 hours a week is hard.
18. 'I'm skint' is a regular phrase in your vocab.
I know, I know..At 25 I am not considered OLD - But the point I'm trying to make is that I can no longer spend all my wage on Smirnoff or in Topshop. 
Sad Times.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

14 things I've learned from being in a LT relationship

jody and I at leeds fest

These two complete idiots would be myself (Hi) and Jody. It was taken at Leeds Fest 2014 and it sums us up pretty well. We don't take ourselves to seriously and we nearly always have fun. We are pretty much BFF's.

In March 2015 we will have been together 5 years and in that time we have rented one house, been on 2 holidays, 3 mini breaks, been to 6 festivals and had a lot of arguments and a million more laughs.

Soooooo what have I learned from being in a long term relationship of five years?

1. Sex is a weapon on both sides.
2. Wrestling is a perfectly acceptable way of resolving an disagreement.
3. Shaving gets put on the back burner.
4. I have become a master of compromise
5. And I could also become a Buddhist with the amount of patience I now have
6. He has learned to love GBBO, I have *sobs* learned to love football.
7. Don't watch something you both love without the other - it should be a crime punishable by tickling. Just don't do it.
8. A man's 'I'll be home in 5' is a woman's 'I'll be ready in 5'.
9. No matter how long you've been together, sharing food is hard. (Think Joey in Friends)
10. You will always argue/debate over who is going to the door/the shop/the kitchen. Always.
11. You won't always agree on everything, but that's okay.
12. Holding conversations whilst one of you is in the Bathroom will become the norm.
13. Noone will get your couple banter and noone will make you laugh as much as your idiot does.
14. You slowly become Partners In Crime.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The JL Christmas Advert Countdown

When it comes to the annual Christmas adverts, for me there is only one winner - John Lewis.
Every year they pull something new and fun - and cute- out of the bag and I look forward to it every year.

With the John Lewis ad's, there are two types of people:
The 'Awwww I want a penguin/hare/real life snowman' people or the 'What a load of old shit' people. I fall into the 'Awww' category whilst Jody falls into the 'Shit' category. (I even featured the penguin ad on my Happiness is post here)

For me personally the ad's give me that warm, fuzzy, festive feeling and for ten minutes they genuinely make me super happy and make me feel good about the world. For a few moments you forget about all the bad and you are completely suckered into the character's show of love..They make you want to go out and give all your family a big hug. 

As a person with a heart made of stone (Seriously..Ask my dad/bf/friends) the fact that an advert can make me feel is a big deal...Okay, in reality they're made to sell, sell, sell but something that makes you feel THAT happy can't be a bad thing really can it?

As the adverts bring me so much joy, today I bring to you my JL Christmas Ad Countdown!
John Lewis have been spreading the Christmas joy since 2007 but as I have a Dory style memory I can only remember from 2010, so please forgive me!

trying to wrap presents

No 5. 2010's 'A Tribute to Givers'.

Ellie Goulding's cover of the classic 'Your Song' accompanied this ad which revolved around various people sneaking around trying to make Crimbo extra special. As I don't really remember the ad, except for the cracking song, I had to place it at 5 as it obviously wasn't that memorable!

the nativity

No 4. 2011's 'The Long Wait'.

Slow Moving Millie covered The Smiths for this super cute ad featuring a super cute little dude who just can't wait to give his mum her pressie. It moved me a tiny bit but as a person with no maternal instincts, the wee lad didn't tug on the heartstrings as much as a penguin would.

penguin eating fish fingers

Leading me to No.3, this year's effort 'Monty the Penguin'.

I love penguin's, like really, really love them so when I saw this year's Ad I melted. Now all I want for Christmas is a pet penguin (Jody if you read this, a cuddly one will suffice). The only reason this is at number three is because of Tom Odell's cover of  The Beatle's 'Real Love' - I just think it's a bit poo.

the bear and the hare

At No.2 2013's 'The Bear and the Hare'.

A bear who misses the festive season every year is given an alarm clock by his hare buddy so he can finally see Christmas. The look on the bear's face when he see's the tree for the first time get's me every bloody time. The song 'Somewhere only we Know' is pretty good too (Originally by Keane, covered by Lily Allen).

the snowman

And finally at No,1 - The Journey
The snowman braves all sorts of crap to go get his snow girlfriend a hat, scarf and gloves - He returns triumphant and wins her heart..Who wouldn't be warmed up by this chilly love story?
With a stunning soundtrack by Gabriella Aplin, (A cover of 'The Power of Love' by Frankie goes to Hollywood), The Journey is definitely my favourite. I think everyone in the UK felt a bit sad when they went past sad, half melted snowmen that year.


Thursday, 6 November 2014

A Few of My Favourite Things Tag

disney fireworks
I saw this tag over on sailboat and decided to have a go myself. The idea is to answer with the first three things that come to mind! I love reading things like this because in all honesty, I am super nosy!.
1. Products/things: Links of London Friendship bracelet, Alexander McQueen Scarf, Coconut Body Butter
2. Foods:  Garlic Bread, McCoys Crisps, Bourbon Biscuits
3. Places: My Mum and Dad's house, The Natural History Museum, Orlando Florida.
4. Things you'd miss if you didn't have them: My family, My dogs and my Engagement Ring

5. Things you do when you're bored: Read, Eat, Blog
6. Things you enjoy when it's sunny: Twister Ice Lollies, Walking, Wearing Shorts
7. Films: The Madagascar series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Wolf of Wall Street
8. Songs: Slide Away by Oasis, Many of Horror by Biffy Clyro, Blank Space by Taylor Swift
9. Brands: Urban Decay, Topshop, Barry M
10. Outdoor things you like: Fireworks, BBQ's, Water Parks

(FYI, I got this pic from Google. My Wishes pics were terrible).
11. Events: The Lead up to Christmas, Christmas,Leeds festival
12. Cartoons: The Simpsons, Recess and Dexter's Lab
13. Buildings: The Sagrada Familia, Wonderworks in Orlando, Parent's House.
14. Anything in everyday life: Laughing at some thing silly with Jody, Dogs, Starry Nights
15. Traits in a person: Sense of Humour, Honest, Interesting to talk too.
16. Influences: My Mum, David Attenborough, Leonardo DiCaprio
17. Drinks: Hot Chocolate, Pepsi, Apple Juice
18. Experiences: Going to Florida for our first proper couple holiday, Finishing my NVQ, Moving to Australia
19. Things to watch: Vikings, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad
20. Youtubers: Sorry but I don't go on youtube!
21. Blogs: Milk Bubble Tea, Zoe London and Hannah Gale
22. Books: Harry Potter, The First Last Kiss and Bridget Jones

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

My Alphabet Scarf

alder hey alphabet scarf

The temperature's dropping the night's are getting darker and Christmas is starting to rear it's head.
I LOVE winter woolies and every year I tend to get a new hat or scarf. This year I saw am article on the Metro website (here) about these alphabet scarves.
Advocated by Jessie J, Keith Lemon and Jimmy Carr, these beauties are from Matalan and come in a variety of colours and (of course) all 26 lettets of the alphabet.
And the best part?
At £10 some may fine these pricy compared to scarves from Primark BUT the whole £10 goes to the Alder Hey Children' Charity. You can also buy a children's size for £5 (Bargain!)
Alder Hey and Matalan are working together to raise money to provide the lastest in technology, equipment and facilities so children can be given the best possible healthcare available.
The scarves are super long and snuggly and they are beautifully made. I personally think they would make a wonderful christmas gift and you can sleep easy knowing you have done a small thing that could make a big difference.
Find the scarves here.
Let me know if you decide to buy one!

Friday, 17 October 2014

My Wanderlust List

I'm pretty sure everyone in the WORLD has a bucket list. It's not a very original subject to blog about but personally, I love reading about what other people want to get up to during the course of their lives.

My upcoming trip to Oz has got me thinking about what else I would like to do so here is my little list for your reading pleasure, what would be on yours?
swedish ice hotel

Stay in The Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden.
This is a room from the newly carved Ice Hotel - It takes 8 weeks to build and 12 weeks to melt.
I've wanted to go ever since my Nannie went when I was younger and said how incredible it was. so much skill and care goes into something so temporarily beautiful. How could you not want to spend a night here?

Get a traditional bamboo tattoo.
As a big fan of body art (I need to get more!) I would love to get a traditional bamboo tattoo done. This 3,000 year old method looks painful but I think the end result is so elegant and wonderful!

banff national park

Visit Canada.
Just looking at this picture of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada sends shivers down my spine. Such a beautiful, clean looking country with so much wildlife! I would really like to see wild Killer Whales and Polar Bears so Canada would be ideal.

Pretend to be a gladiator in Rome.
Well go see all the sights and museums anyway! As a big history art nerd Rome/Italy has always been on my hitlist.

las vegas neon sign

Get Married in Vegas.
I have never ever dreamed of a big fairytale wedding and I hate being the centre of attention. J have always talked about having a small weekend but this year we finally decided we would go do it in Vegas just us two - he vetoed an Elvis Minister though.

Cuddle a tiger cub.
I am animal obsessed. I know that baby tigers aren't meant for cuddling but it would only be for 5 seconds then I could put it down...Maybe.

Go to a proper Spa.
I've had neck and head massages done a couple of times due to working in an Aveda Lifestyle salon but I would love a fully body massage, facial, the works one day, Preferably with a vodka in one hand and the beach less than 100m away,

baby orangutans

Volunteer at an Orangutan sanctury.
Orang-utans are incredible. They look so soulful and chilled and it makes me sad to think that illegal loggers are ruining their homes and decreasing their numbers. I would love to help at a sanctuary or even just go see them in their natural habitat.

Go to a Damien Hirst exhibition.
Some people are fans of his, some people aren't. I am. I would love to see everything close up. This would defo be a solo jaunt without J because he falls into the 'I don't get it category'.

lion cub

Safari in Africa.
Can you tell I'm an animal person yet? This one you can blame on being obsessed with The Lion King from the age of two.  Ideal scenario - Safari, Balloon ride over the Savannah, sleeping in a treehouse. Perfect.

Volunteer at La Tortuga Feliz
La Tortuga Feliz is an organisation in Costa Rica who help patrol beaches, protect baby turtles and look after ailing turtles. Seeing the baby turtles make a bid for freedom and help them get to the sea safely would be amazing. And whilst in Costa Rica I'd go check out some sloth sanctuaries too.

venice canals

See the Venice Canals and the Murano Glass blowers.
Again Venice appeals to the inner art history geek inside me. J is in total agreement about going here with me, regardless of the citie's supposed smell. Glass Blowing fascinating so to go to the Murano Glass workshops would be pretty sweet. 


Fucking Bruges.
Chances are if I didn't love the movie In Bruges so much, I'd have never even known it existed. I like seeing places where films were made and Bruges looks quite picturesque. Boring though if you go by Colin Farrell's character in the movie's judgement.

Celebrate New Year in another country.
This one is going to be pretty easy seeing as I arrive in Perth, WA on the 29th of December! Hopefully we will see the new year in on the beach.


Visit Ireland.
To say it's only over the pond, I've never made it to Ireland..It just looks so green and lush. Perfect for a walking kinda holiday.

Live in a camper van.
Okay this one is a possibility if we do decide to go full on travelling in Australia when our visa is nearly finished!
findland hotel

Stay at Kakslauttanen Hotel, Finland.
Igloos with glass roof's so you can see the Northern Lights. Everything about that sentence is perfect. Throw in a husky sled ride and I'm sold.
bora bora overwater bungalow 

Spend a week in Bora Bora.
After seeing Couples Retreat J's dream is to spend a week in Bora Bora. I wouldn't mind either! It's mega pricey but from what I hear, it's worth every penny. 

hobbiton new zealand

Visit Hobbiton.
The best thing about The Lord of the Rings films are the stunning locations used. While we are in Oz we are hoping to visit friends in NZ so having a tour around Hobbiton is top of my list.

Try some new dishes.
I'm quite adventurous when it comes to different meats (maybe not so much veg) and I really want to try some exotic meats - Kangaroo, Shark, Snake, etc. Getting used to spicy food is something I want to try aswell.

christmas lights in new york

Spend Christmas in New York.
After growing up with films like Home Alone 2 and Elf, who wouldn't want to go to New York at Christmas time? The ultimate dream is to see all the window displays and go ice skating at the Rockerfeller Centre like they do in the films. J hates big cities but I'm sure I will talk him round everntually!

Run a marathon.
As I don't run AT ALL this one is a long, long way away..If it ever gets ticked off at all. But it's good to have goals even if the farthest you get to completing them is watching other people do them on the tv right?

gringotts dragon
See a Dragon.
Okay not just any dragon, The GRINGOTTS dragon. I went to Florida last year and it was the best holiday ever - Unfortunately Diagon alleyway was still under construction so we didn't see it, but it just means we have a reason to go back!

Route 66

Go on a Road Trip.
After a great big Aussie adventure we plan on touring America. We fell in love with the place after going to Florida and seeing as we want to go back to Universal studios and get married in Vegas, We may aswell do as much of the country as possible!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Why Australia?

Okay if you saw one of my previous posts - 6 Irrational fears about moving to Australia (Click Here to view!) then you will obviously have gathered that I am going on a Working Holiday Visa to Australia at the end of the year.

I'm headed to Perth,Western Australia and plan on having a decent chunk of time off just to enjoy the beach and adjust to the new lifestyle (and the heat!). After around a month the job search will commence..I'm hoping to get back into hairdressing as I miss being in a salon so much!

But why did we pick Australia instead on NZ or Canada?
(It was a toss up between the three)

map of australian states

1. We have friends in Perth, WA
Travelling is always easier when you already have somewhere to stay. Luckily for us our friends there have their own pad and are letting us crash there while we settle in. We are more than welcome to stay with them but I think after two and a half years of living with J's parents we are ready to live alone, just the two of us!

australia meme

2. The Adventure.
We are going into this with no idea of the outcome. We could get sponsored, we might wanna come home after 3 months. We might stay in Perth, we might not. Australia is big and vast and has a lot of variety so it's definitely a big old adventure for us.


3. The Wildlife and the Scenery.
Jody wants to go shark diving and I want to make friends with koalas/quokkas/wombats and any other animal I can possibly see. It's got a massive diverse range of creatures and we wanna see em all.

australian beach

4. The Beaches and The Sunshine.
As we all know the Uk isn't famed for it's weather. We arrive in Perth (which is meant to have the best beaches) at the height of summer and can't wait to lounge around for a bit..With factor 50 on of course.


5. The Lifestyle.
Everyone has head of the chilled out Aussie lifestyle. Who wouldn't want a piece of that?

6. Getting Away from our Hometown.
I love North Yorkshire. I am so proud of being a northerner and how beautiful the county is...But I need to get away. I need to leave Js family home, have a career change and a bit of a lifestyle overhaul! I feel stuck in a bit if a rut I suppose.

And the main reason?

7. If we don't go somewhere now we might not have the chance again.
Once you hit your twenties time seems to fly and before you know it you have a mortgage, a people carrier and 2.4 kids. I don't want to have any regrets!

All in all I can't wait and things are starting to get very real now...82 days to go!


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Pros and Cons of living with a boy

So you've been with your boyfriend for a long time and moving in together seems like the next logical step in your relationship. Living between two homes is tiring and you spend practically every waking minute together anyways so why not? 

I've been living with a partner for a very long time now and it's great...although there are a couple of con's that I feel I better warn you about before you take the plunge.

Are you ready?

I'm pretty lucky as J is fairly clean but I think his boxers and socks must be allergic to our washing basket. Get used to a little trail of undercrackers.

 - THE SMELL. Yep even the cleanest, most hygienic men have an odour to them.Especially their bottom burps. I think I should have shares in Yankee Candle the amount I hav ebought over the years.

-SHARING A BED. Snoring. Fidgeting. Different bed times. Sleep talking. Okay I'm guilty of them all aswell but imagine two fidgety, snorey nutters sharing a bed...NAH.

- MORNING WOOD. It gets in the way and men think it's funny to poke you with it. It's not, go back to sleep. (Sorry bit grim that one)

-SHARING YOUR SHIT. I'll come home and my toothbrush will have been used (Pet Hate), my face wipes will have been used to clean the room and my hair scissors will have been used to cut paper. NO NO NO.

-BOGIES. NAILS. CRUMBS. GROSS BOY STUFF. You name it, you will find it in your bed at some point.

It's not all bad though as living with a partner is actually pretty great...

- A BEST BUDDY/TV PARTNER. Make sure you like all the same stuff and you may never have to leave the house again. #BingeWatching

- A HEATER. Cold winter morning? No probs, you have your own radiator in your bed with you. 

-AN ALLY. Someone who will always have your back no matter what. And will run you a bath when you finish work late.

- AN EXPLORER. I've found that since J and I have been together we have gone to soooo many places compared to how many we would have gone to without each other. 

- A COMEDIAN. J has brilliant banter and I love his humour. Living with him is quite fun..most of the time 

-A COMPROMISE. Don't want to clean the bog? Well you do his washing up this time and he will do it for you. Teamwork.

- A CUDDLE MONSTER. Feeling Low? Having. a bad day? All of this melts away when you get home and get a hug. 

- A PIC. A Partner In Crime.

So there you have it, the Pros and Cons of living with your partner.  Do you cohabitate or are you happy as you are?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


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