Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Travel Tips- Flying

Hello beauties

I can't believe it's been nearly a month since I got back from America and now Andy is off for the month on Sunday (I'm obviously not going to mope...) so it's got me thinking about what my top travel tips are. 




So today I'm talking about top tips for flying: 


Buy a hand luggage bag with pockets-  we bought an amazing bag in terms of size. The problem was it's got no pockets so it made accessing anything quickly quite difficult (it did mean I got free wine on my flight though) 

Put urgently needed things in a separate bag- This was my solution to the no pockets drama. Things I knew I'd need to access quickly: i.e. my travel docs, wallet and phone I put in a shopper bag near the top of my hand luggage.

Keep your documents together and easily accessed- I can't stress this enough. Don't be THAT person!! Andy bought me a document holder. It's not that pretty but it held my passport, travel money, flight information, travel insurance details and ESTA altogether. 

Sort your hand luggage out before security- again, don't be THAT person. Get your laptop/I-Pad etc out beforehand and have bottles/liquids etc in a plastic bag ready to go!

Wear easily slipped off shoes- I wore hi-tops and then had to quickly undo alll the laces. But also don't wear flipflops or anything like that because your feet will get cold. 

Pack a cover up- The plane will get cold. The blankets are meant to be kind of gross (I bought my own) and they're also small! Even if you're flying from/to a warm place. Ensure you have some kind of cover up with you. For me it was a light weight shirt other people pack big scarf/pashmina things. Whatever works.

Take a pen- You might fill out a form or need to note something down or something. Keep a pen handy. Plus even if they provide one you can be super smug about having your own. 

Get stuff out that you'll use on the plane- Part of my hand luggage was extra stuff that wouldn't go in my case but not necessarily stuff I needed on the flight. Before we had to be seated I grabbed the stuff I knew I'd want during the flight made sure that was handy then put the rest in the overhead/under my seat. This meant I wasn't scrabbling around for it and annoying my fellow seat buddies!

 Research the airline- Try and find out if they charge for drinks on the flight, if they accept cash things like that. Worth knowing and planning ahead for. 

Next time I'll be talking about my top travel tips for packing. 

What are you top travel tips?

Until next time.....


North West Blogger Meet Up- Update





Ladies & Gentleman of the blogging world.... 


You are cordially invited toooooo THE NORTH WEST BLOGGER MEET UP!!!

The rough details so far...


When? Saturday 16th August
Where? It's looking like Chester at the moment but that's flexible
What? Lunch and chatting. Nothing too formal just making new blogging friends and learning more from eachother. Perhaps putting some future dates in the diary.


Sound good?

If you want to come I'd love to see you! The more the merrier! So either comment below to RSVP or tweet me (@lmgeorge). Let me know where you think is best to meet and if you have any particular food preferences. and please pass on the information (just give me notice to book a table somewhere)

I'm so excited!


Join in the conversation #NWBlogMeet 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Blog Chat Tuesday- Olive Apple

Hello Lovelies
How are we?

It's Blog Chat Tuesday again. Now this is my third blog chat in a row with a "smart twenties" blogger. What's that you say? That is a rather lovely facebook group of around 15 "twenty something" bloggers. I love being a part of such a supportive, encouraging and hard working group of girls. 

This week I'm chatting with Carolin who blogs over at Olive Apple (the CUTEST blog name!)





1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

My name is Carolin, I’m 25 years old and I live with my boyfriend and tomcat in a small town in the South of Germany.
I love muffins, nutella, beaches, smoothies, cats, walks with the dog, writing and photography. I’m not the greatest sports person, but I’m trying to move as much as I can. I’m vegetarian, and I like it :)

2. Can you tell me a little about your blog?

I started my blog as a way to combine my hobbies writing and photography. It all started a few months back, with a focus on beauty, a few recipes, and not that many lifestyle posts. But with time my blog developed in more of a lifestyle-ish kind of blog. There are still beauty posts, but my focus turned more on lifestyle. So I’m writing about little personal projects, about my latest loves, about my favorite recipes and products, and about books that I loved.

3. What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

My favorite thing definitely is being creative! Besides that I love that there are so many nice blogger-collegues that support each other. I just feel very welcome in the blogging world.

4. What’s your least favourite thing?

I suppose the fear that a blog post or a series of posts that I wrote and adore doesn't get good feedback. And I fear haters. Luckily I didn’t get any bad comments so far, but I really fear them, considering the fact that there are so many people out there mocking other bloggers.

6. If you could write any other type of blog what would it be?

I think it would be a fashion or an art blog. I love reading fashion blogs, and art blogs, but I’m just not that fashion-y and way too photo-shy for fashion blogging.

7. What three things would you say to wannabe bloggers?

First of all: don’t be afraid, because there are already a lot of other bloggers out there. Just do your thing and if you feel like starting a blog, go ahead and just do it! 

Secondly: Try to be yourself! Being yourself means being unique, and that’s what other people are interested in! 

Thirdly: Don’t focus that much on followers. If you do what you like and you love it, the rest will come with time. Just be patient.

8. Anything else you’d like to add?

I’m so very happy to have started this blog. So far it has given me much more joy than frustration. I’m happy that people are so kind and lovely. I’m also very thankful to be part of this blog chat tuesday :) So thank you Laura, for letting me be part of it!


xx Carolin

Thank you Carolin for being a part of Blog Chat Tuesday! I would totally love to see you in some fashiony posts!! 

Want to catch up on all the Blog Chat Tuesday posts? Here you go


Until next time.... 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

This Weekend we went to... Alton Towers

Morning Lovelies

Happy Saturday. Are you enjoying the sunshine?

Can I blame the sunshine and a busy week for being a lazy blogger?

Anyway last weekend my lovely twin sister, Chloe and her boyfriend, Duncan came up to visit. Chloe had already arranged to come up but then as I was sorting out my room a few weeks ago I found four free tickets to Alton Towers that I'd won on twitter last year! I'd 1) forgotten about them and 2) thought they'd be out of date by now! Anyway it was decided we'd go last Sunday.

The drive to Alton Towers from Chester is pretty easy although the SatNav takes you through a ton of Staffordshire countryside to the point of about 4 miles away me saying "are you sure this is right? We haven't seen signs in a while". So we got there and here's something we didn't know... parking isn't free! This mattered less to us because we had free tickets and we'd bought a packed lunch but an extra £6 on top of tickets (which are realllly expensive as it is) is pretty steep! 




Our free tickets should have included unlimited fast pass for the Smiler ride but they only gave us singles which was ok, honestly, given that we got there as the park opened and left after it closed we still wouldn't have had time to go on again. 

So without boring you tooo much here are some of the rides we went on:

Smiler- their newest ride. It's the World's first 14 loop rollercoaster. It was pretty good. Apart from poor Andy freaking out next to me (rides are not his thing). I'm not going to lie by the end of the day I'd pretty much forgotten about the experience so I can't say it's the best ride ever.




Oblivion- Here's a side note about Oblivion. Riding Oblivion is like completing a childhood ambition. We last went to Alton Towers in 2001 - we were 9 and short. Slightly too short for Oblivion. So whilst Mum and Sam (older sister) queued for and rode Oblivion we went on the pirate boat and swan boats with our grandparents. So this was like ticking off my last act of childhood!! and I LOVEDDDD it! This was the only ride we went on twice. 




Hex- Completely bizarre. Like a virtual/simulation/acting experience with a ride inside the towers themselves. Came out not really sure what had just had just happened. 

Rita- Takes off realllly fast. That's actually all I can remember. 

Th13rteen- Oh my gosh!! Noone warned me. I had a guy who worked for Alton Towers sat next to me who just said "I won't tell you what happens" and for those who've not been.. I won't tell you either. But it involved me saying "OH WHATTTT?"

Duel- One of my favourites. Haunted house/laser quest styley. It was a lot of fun but be warned stuff jumps out at you! And I beat Andy so that's the most important thing. 




Flume- Actually one of my favourite. Partly because Andy came on. There was one unexpected drop in the dark which confused us all. And we did get VERY wet (but it was a lovely day, so no drama). 

Also best photo of the day:





Ice Age 4D- Again, this was sooo much fun. Although the glasses wouldn't stay on my face over my normal glasses! Made me want to watch alll the Ice Ages. 

Nemesis- Good, bit anticlimactic. I think I prefer Nemesis Inferno at Thorpe Park.

Air- Noone told me you lay forward on this!! (Ok I vaguely remember the advert). I didn't enjoy this.. wayyyy too close to everything. 

The Blade- Pirate boat style ride. My stomach didn't love it. I did. Ohhh we rode this twice actually because there was no queue. 

Sonic spinball- Good, but again not really great. Can see why it'd be good for kids too small for the big rides.

All in all it was a realllyyy lovely day. Alton Towers itself is really pretty as are the grounds. Three rides (Oblivion, Sonic Spinball & Rita) broke down whilst we were queueing- actually Oblivion broke down after we got off, with people stuck at the top. But they were fixed quickly and I'd probably have been more bothered if we'd paid for the tickets. The only problem with rides breaking down is unless everyone chooses to stop queuing you're kind of stuck!! Also the announcements are realllyyyyy quiet. 

We decided to get dinner on the drive back to Chester. Again here's a tip. ALLLLL the pubs nearby stop serving food at about 6 on Sundays- which seems silly to me given anyone driving North of Alton Towers will pass them by. Worth knowing if you ever visit..

Have you ever been to Alton Towers?

Until next time....

*All photos (except the Flume) are taken from the Alton Towers website.

Friday, 25 July 2014

The Liebster Award

Hi Lovelies

I totally want to tell you allll about our Sunday at Alton Towers and just update you on life generally. But I'm a lazy blogger right now!! So instead Claire from 24 hours from home, one of my best blogger friends (remember her blog chat Tuesday?) nominated me for "The Liebster Award". 

Now you don't get a medal or anything when you get nominated for this award (pity). But here are the rules:

THE RULES:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Answer the questions they sent you
- Nominate 11 bloggers to answer your own set of questions (under 200 followers)
- Contact them, by commenting on a recent post


So here are Claire's questions for me: (you can see her original post here)



  1. 3 desert island items
    Tea bags, kettle, milk (I'm just sooo practical).
  2. If you could take a flight anywhere tomorrow (money is no object), where would you go and why?
    Italy or Antarctica or Australia. EEEEEk. I don't know!!
    Italy because I'm desperate to visit. Antarctica because it would just be amazing to visit but probably not somewhere I'd pay to go and Australia because it's on my bucket list but it's crazy money.
  3. Your greatest holiday
    Tough call. I'm still on a high from America '14. Crete last year was amazing and Florida exactly 7 (?) years ago was amazing!!!

  4. What is at the top of your bucket list?
    Ooooh. Get married?? Despite referring to a bucket list earlier I don't actually have one!! I do have a 25 before 25 though. 
  5. If you could invite 3 celebrities (living or deceased) to dinner, who would you invite and why?
    Me and Andy spoke about this yesterday, again, a tough question (so much for this being the lazy blogger option)

    Audrey Hepburn- I admire her style, poise and just her in general
    Beyonce- Because well, duh!
    Prince Harry- I loveee him. Also it's very female dominated right now.

    My answers are kind of lame for that question, sorry!
  6. Why did you start blogging?
    I'm actually meaning to write a whole post dedicated to answering this question. Why? I had too much on my mind and I wanted it shared. I was also writing a youth worker blog at the same time. But I'll talk about this more in a post probably later this week. 
  7. Favourite lip product
    I don't have a specific product. But I love a good red lipstick.
  8. Favourite food
    Chicken! Ideally a good roast dinner with mash, gravy and stuffing.
  9. What was/is your favourite subject at school?
    I always said if I hadn't done youth work at university I'd have done History. I also loved religious studies, English Lit and Food Tech.
  10. Best animal (most important question)A dog or a leopard.
  11. Your favourite outfit when you’re on vacation
    A bikini, obviously. (Or a cute bathing suit- see my post on Bettylicious swimwear) and something easy to throw over.. probably a super floaty maxi dress. and flipflops. 
These are my questions:
1. If you went on come dine with me what would you cook?

2. what's your most favourite city in the world?
3. Which is better twitter or facebook?
4. Are you going on holiday this year? If so where?
5. Top 5 songs ever. 
6. If you could change your name what would you change it to and why?
7. How do you take your tea?
8. What are some of your favourite blogs?
9. Did you have a favourite childhood toy? If so, what? and do you still have it?
10. What is your favourite app?

I nominate:

Looking forward to your answers, lovelies.

Until next time....




 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Blog Post Tuesday- Ada

Morning beauties.
Happy Tuesday! After a bit of a break last week I'm back with another blog chat Tuesday!!!

Today I'm chatting with the beautiful Ada from Adatude. Not only is she a lovely blog friend but I recently won a contest she ran and got the most amazing beauty goodies (some of which I'm going to review realllyyy soon). Also spooky coincidence we were in Lexington at the same time in June!!




So here we go....

1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself? 

People call me Ada for short. I was born in Bosnia, moved to the US during the genocide in the '90s, lived in Philly for a few years, grew up in L.A. and now live in Tucson. This is my life story in basically 10 seconds. I love hiking, running, and walking (although not so much in 110 degree weather). 

2. Can you tell me a little about your blog? (i.e. whats it about, how did it get started etc?)

I started this blog as a school project to document my thoughts and experiences with electronic dance music and different electronic events I attended. Since then, it has evolved into a lifestyle and beauty blog which includes my travels, beauty, books, and so on. I started the blog back in January of 2013 so I've been blogging for about a year and a half now!


Monday, 21 July 2014

Stop. Rebrand.

Hi Gorgeous, 

Remember how I said at the start of July that I had exciting blog news? Well I'm going to share it now. Are you ready? Ok...

I'm Rebranding!!




Thursday, 17 July 2014

Our Story

Hi Beauties

How are you? Happy Thursday!!! It's nearly the weekend.

Today's post is a different one. I write about Andy a lot in my blog and he's my most dedicated reader (and proof reader). So since he seems a permanent fixture I thought I'd write a little about our story.




December 21st 2013 I'm sat at home in Bournemouth we have family staying for the weekend and I'm fed up. I know the relationship I'm chasing is going nowhere and I decided I deserve a nice couple of dates. I'm genuinely not expecting anything just dinner and drinks.. being treated! So I signed back up to Plenty of Fish.


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

North West Blog Meet Up

Hello darling

Happy Hump day!! It's my day off. Woohoo. How should I spend it?





So remember at the start of July I said I wanted to organised a NW blog meet up?? Well here's my thoughts.

This first came out at the end of #BEDM when I couldn't find ANY North West bloggers!!! Then all of a sudden they appeared out the woodwork and I wanted to meet them all. 

So I thought I'd just ask a few questions and if you're a NW blogger you can respond with your preferences and if you're not you can just help me out! 



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

What Next?

Source



Yesterday my friend Esther shared a beautiful post updating her life and that of her husband, Matt. It made me well up. I've chosen not to share it directly from here, because it's not my place to. But perhaps Esther will share it below. I was so inspired by their grace and perseverance despite not being able to answer the question: what next??



And that's kind of the situation I'm in right now. The difference being I haven't responded with the same level of grace, perseverance or in fact, prayer as they have.  In fact, I've been in a funk recently. I don't tend to talk about my struggles with depression on my blog, not intentionally it's just never been a topic that's really come up. But I think for a lot of graduates depression is something that frequents this time of our life. More so if it's an illness your disposed to. Because right now, for many, its quite anticlimactic. 

I've always been a plans girl. I had my gap year sorted two years ahead, my UCAS deferred a year and I'm rarely seen without my filofax. To not be able to answer the ever frequent question of 'what's next?' was quite difficult for me. It got to a point before America where I stopped asking people because I didn't want to answer myself. 

Now I'm back I've started my new job. I enjoy it, the people are nice, the hours are ok and it's paying the bills and chipping away at my debt. However... I've always been a heart girl. My recent decisions have had to be from the head. Choosing to get rid of my car instead of forking out the £500+ to fix it, taking a job that isn't relevant to the degree I've been working there years for. Choosing to move in to Andy's mums house- which although I'm excited to be with my boy every night is not exactly what I'd hoped for and I'm super stressed about fitting allll my stuff in!

But if I'm honest part of my hesitancy is that I don't know what I WANT to do. I've gone for jobs which on paper should be my dream job. Only to not be too devastated when it didn't work out. In my head I want to be doing something with social media, blogging, weddings, I love working with children- I've looked at nannying etc. and also I miss teaching sex and relationships education in school. I know if CSCW had offered me a job at the end of my placement I would have jumped at the chance, unfortunately right now it's just not a possibility. 

So What's next? I keep working, I keep looking at possibilities, I keep doing Fridays nights at the youth club and I use my days off to do things I love: blogging, crafting, pinning wedding bits on pinterest. Putting my all in to my new job: learning lots, developing myself and making new friends.

And I'm going to keep praying, holding out and listening to God and I'm going to keep dreaming.

Until next time.... 



A Harvest of Blessing

Monday, 14 July 2014

Money Monday- W/B 14th July

Hello beauties,

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

We had a relatively chilled one. On Saturday we sorted out the spare bedroom at Andy's because I'm moving in there in September (well the spare bedroom will store my stuff) we found a receipt from 1992!!

Thank you sooo much to all those who read my first Money Monday post last week- it was my post popular post of the week! and thank you for all your support, tweets and messages.. So how was my week?



Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The BEST Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Hi beauties
So one of the best things about America was the food! Pretty early on to being here we went to Saul Good and had the most amazing Portobello mushroom burgers. 

Wellllllll we decided to try and recreate them and then I thought I'd share the recipe with you. We did a TON of research so we can't take all the credit for these recipes.


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Blog Chat Tuesday- 24 Hours From Home

Hi Lovelies,

I'm so excited to be back for the first blog chat Tuesday in 4 weeks! This week I'm chatting with the beautiful Claire from 24 Hours From Home. I know if she wasn't emigrating to Australia she probably wouldn't be blogging but I kind of want her to stick around so we can hang out!



Monday, 7 July 2014

Money Talks - W/B 7th July

Hello You!
You're looking great! How is your Monday going? 
I start my new job today and also healthy eating.
To follow my progress (which I'll also blog about) you can follow my Instagram

I'm also starting a new weekly series about money. If you want an idea of why... check out my first money talks post. 

So here's the deal. I have just finished university and I've got a bittt of debt and starting employment I need to think about budgetting, paying off debts and hopefully getting some savings together. 


Saturday, 5 July 2014

July

Hi Beauties
Happy Saturday!

I'm actually not going down the blogger cliche of "didn't June go fast?" because June felt like the perfect length of time for me!
At the start of June I visited my family in Norfolk for my cousin's 30th birthday and also to see my goddaughter (her twin is Chloe's godaughter, twins for twins!) just before their 2nd birthday! It was also an opportunity to introduce Andy to my extended family- they liked him!

After that I stayed a few days in Witney, Oxfordshire with Chloe and it was so nice to just chill out and not do a lot after finishing uni. Plus I always love spending time with my twin sister. 

America was incredible. The perfect length of time to make the most of it but also enough time to be ready to come home. You can catch up on all my news from June here


Friday, 4 July 2014

American Adventure- Highlights

Happy Fourth of July Y'all 

I am still jet lagged and working from 11.30 pm tonight. Bleugh.. I'm also nervously waiting for my results to come in from uni. EEEK.

But whilst I wait *refresh obsessively* I thought I'd recap some of the highlights of my American adventure that I didn't already talk about. I did an awful job at remembering to journal so I'm super thankful for my blog! Remember if you haven't caught up you can do so here.


Thursday, 3 July 2014

American Adventure- The Journey Home

Hi Beauties.

I am sooo jetlagged, it actually hurts. I also have an interview at 3.30 today which I'm excited for but nervous that I won't be at my best self. But you can only do what you can right? 

But I am HOMMMEE!!! Andy picked me up from the airport and I was gifted with this:



Tuesday, 1 July 2014

American Adventure- Bourbon Tasting

Hello

Today is my final day and I'm sad to leave and say goodbye to my best friend for probably 18 months but I'm also really excited to be back on home soil and start the next steps of my future! 

I also feel like I've had the full Kentucky experience: Visiting the First KFC (here), visiting Horse County (here) and yesterday.....Bourbon tasting!! 

We visited Woodford Reserve which is one of the eldest Bourbon distilleries and is in the most beautiful area, lots of fields and farmer county! The tour & tasting was $10 which is not bad at all hey?



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