I'm really in to making bucket lists these days which you will know if you have seen my recent Christmas bucket list post I wrote. It got me thinking about something else I want to do over the coming years which is to explore more of the UK. Considering I have lived here all my life I feel like I haven't visited many different places.

1, Go to London for a weekend and do lots of sightseeing. I haven't been to London properly before I've only really passed through or when I went to Britmums the other year. So I think I am due a visit I would love to save up some money and go for the weekend. Eat out in fancy restaurants, do some shopping and maybe take a trip up the thames.

2, Visit York - York is somewhere I have wanted to go for the longest time but I have never been. I imagine it to be such a pretty place I really must go soon.

3, Go shopping in Liverpool- I have heard that Liverpool is a really good shopping destination and as well as having lots of bars and restaurants. Even though I love shopping Liverpool is somewhere I have never ventured too.

4, Have a mini break in Scotland - Again somewhere I have never been but I have been told there are some really beautiful places and sights but with so many different towns I wouldn't know where to go

5, Visit Chester - I've been to Chester once before a couple of years ago before I had Thomas but it was quite a quick visit so I didn't really get to look around much plus the weather was pretty rubbish from what I can remember so I would love to go again, maybe when the weather is better.

6, Manchester - I have only been Manchester a couple of times but I do quite like it. I'm hoping to visit the Christmas markets this year as I have heard they are really good. I’ve also heard Manchester is pretty good for a night out too. So maybe next year book a room at the Travelodge at  Manchester Piccadilly right next to the train station and then I can see what the night life is like.

7, Newcastle – I am a huge fan of Geordie Shore… Sad I know but since watching that I really want to go to Newcastle. Not only does the night life look pretty good but it looks like quite a nice city with many different places to visit.

8, Lake District- I have been wanting to visit the Lake District for so long and I can’t believe I haven’t been yet. I would love to visit in maybe the Autumn or the Spring and stay in a nice little country hotel. I bet there are lots of out doorsy things to see and do and wonderful views. I am hoping next year will be my year to finally go.

9, Brighton – Again Brighton is somewhere I have never been but would love to, you never hear people say anything bad about it. I’ve seen bits of Brighton on various vlogs on Youtube as it seems to be quite popular among Youtubers these days.

10, Bath – I would love to go to Bath as it seems like quite an idyllic place full of lots to see and do. A little weekend away here is definitely on the cards in the future.



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I love me a bargain website, especially those that sell beauty products at bargain prices. There are quite a lot of these kind of sites around but I recently had the chance to try a site which is new to me which is Direct Cosmetics and after endless browsing I finally picked three products to try out.



Last year I received the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream which I love but I don't think I have actually ever mentioned it on my blog before for some reason. When I noticed an Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour product on the site I knew I had to try it especially when it was only £10.99 and my first impressions are it is really nice and already I have noticed that it is helping my lips. I will do a full review on it when I have used it for a little while longer.

Another Elizabeth Arden product I got was a hydrating face mask which at only £6.99 for a 100ml  product was a complete steal. I'm really getting in to face masks lately and I have gotten in to a little routine of applying one at least once a week and so I can't wait to try this one out to see if it is as good as the other Elizabeth Arden products I have tried. Again I will do a full review of this products when I have used it more. So keep your eyes open for that.

Lastly I chose a completely different product by Skin Doctors which is their Hair No More, which is a hair removal cream but also it has a hair growth inhibitor spray which I was quite intrigued by so I can't wait to see if it actually works, even if it keeps hair at bay for a couple of extra weeks that is a bonus for me. So I shall definitely be sharing more about this product and whether it is worth the £11.99 you can buy it for on Direct Cosmetics.

Delivery was super quick too from this site and I shall definitely be treating myself to more goodies from their after Christmas when I have some extra pennies to treat myself with. 

Last Friday I drove over something at my local Aldi carpark and punctured my tyre which resulted in me having to hurry across to a local mechanic which luckily was just across the road. I should have really called somebody out but I didn't actually have my phone on me! The one and only time I ever forget my phone and this happens! Just my luck.

Whilst I was having my punctured tyre replaced I thought I may aswell get the front two replaced too as the tread on them was getting pretty low and I needed to get them replaced anyway as winter is here just in case we get any snow and ice any time soon.

As well as checking your tyres make sure you check all the levels in your car. Oil level, water level, screen wash level, The last thing you want is to break down on a cold and dark night and be stuck for ages waiting for your breakdown services. Also make sure you have anti freeze in your screen wash the last thing you need is your window screen freezing over.There are lots of guides for getting your car ready for the winterto give you lots of tips for not getting caught out again.

It might be worth keeping a little emergency kit in your car too, Things to include could be a pair of boots, an extra jumper, a torch, a high vis jackets just in case you ever break down and need to leave your car. I think I will also keep a little wallet with break down cover details and I know I will be keeping a note of my local Point S Tyres in Cheadle just in case I ever get caught with a puncture again in the future.



Last Christmas I cam across the idea of book advent calendar on Pinterest but when I saw it I think it was part way through Advent and so too late to start it, so I made note of the idea as a must for this Christmas.

One thing I would recommend when you are buying books for this is to try The Book People or The Works as they often to lots of different deals which can save a lot of money as buying 24 books at £5+ each will get expensive but I got two packs of 10 books for £9.99 on The Book People.

Now I think most people buy 24 books all about Christmas or Winter but I decided to do half and half. Half winter books and half normal books as I wanted to get Thomas lots of new books we can read all year round. I wouldn't really want to read books about Winter in July.


Next was the task of wrapping up 24 books and wow that took a long time nearly 2 hours but it will hopefully be worth it when Thomas and I can unwrap one of the books each night and snuggle up and read them. I'm just not sure how to display them come the 1st December. One things for sure Thomas wont be needing any more books for a long, long time.


I have always thought Bingo was something for old ladies but over past years it is proving quite popular among younger people especially after adverts on the television seem to be more aimed and younger women. I have never actually been to Bingo so i'm not really sure what it is actually like but I know many friends around my age go regularly and get quite lucky when playing. Did you know the average age for  bingo player has dropped from 65 to 42 which just proves it's not just for OAPs

I've never actually played Bingo before but I'm always up for winning a bit of money, I mean who isn't?

I don't much time for going out so I doubt I would actually go out to Bingo so maybe using websites like Paddy Power and I can try my luck with it and see if I can win any extra pennies for Christmas! Considering the highest online payout was from this year and it was £5million! Think of the amazing Christmas and well life you could have with that!

Did you know the first Bingo website was launched in 1996?! That seems mad that they have been going for that long. Check out this fab little infographic for lots more interesting bingo facts
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I once tried one of the original L'oreal Volume Million lashes which I really liked at the time but as with most mascaras I never repurchased as there are just so many out there but I did like it enough to want to try another from the range so I bought this when I first saw it in Boots.

 

First things first I really like the wand it has a plastic brush, which I prefer to the big bulky brushes as I feel like are quite out dated now. The brush is the perfect size and I like how it is kinda tapered so you can get even the smaller lashes in the corners of your eyes. 



I apologise for the photo of the lashes I am still trying to work out how best to take a photo showing the mascara properly as it doesn't look that great on the photo but it really does make your lashes look fuller. My only problem with the mascara is that it does smudge and I am left with panda eyes by the end of the day. Maybe it's because it isn't a waterproof mascara and I find that always happens when I don't wear waterproof. I'm not sure they do a waterproof version but if they do then I would recommend you buy that one instead.


I recently updated my winter wardrobe with a few new items and I thought I would share one of my favourite outfits with you all.

The skirt is from New Look and it was only £12.99 and it comes just above the knee and it is made from quite a stretchy material and I love the print and the fact that you could either dress it up for a night out or you could team it with more casual items for every day wear.


A woman at work told me about this gorgeous blanket wrap from F&F at Tesco and I had to have it. For just £17 it's an absolute bargain. I love how there is fur around the neck and where your arms come out to make it look like the wrap has sleeves. It's really nice and warm and brilliant for days where it's not cold enough for a coat but you need an extra layer for warmth. Perfect for this country as the weather is never able to make it's mind up one day it's freezing cold and the next it's pretty mild for November.

Underneath I was just wearing a basic long sleeve black top and a statement necklace both from Primark.

Now I don't have a pair or shoes on in the above photo but I would wear either a pair of flat patent ballet shoes or maybe a pair of ankle boots.
The Ombre hair trend is a trend that has been around for quite a few years now and I have loved the look of it for a long time but I have held off doing it for a while simply because I was a bit chicken. I’m not really very adventurous with my hair especially colouring it in case something goes wrong and it ends up looking terrible and then it will cost a lot of money to sort it out afterwards.



At the beginning of the year though I did as most girls do following a break up and I decided to change my hair style so I changed from a full fringe to a side fringe again and then I also decided to experiment with my hair colour and to finally try Ombre.
So off I tootled to my hair dressers in the quest of perfect Ombre hair. I started off gradually and then got blonder and blonder each time I went as I still didn’t want to rush in and get a bleach blonde Ombre straight away in case I didn’t like it.

After a couple of times at the hair dressers I was feeling a little braver and I decided to give  D.I.Y Ombre a go so I bought the L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombre in shade No2. I thought as I already had my hair ombre’d I could use that as a guide but make the ends of my hair lighter without another expensive trip to the hairdressers.

The kit worked really well and it was super easy to do you just need to mix the dye up as your normally would when you are dying your hair. This kit comes with a mini brush which you apply the dye to and then you split your hair in to two bunches and then brush the dye through the ends of your hair starting from the back of your head and then make your way round to the front of your hair.

I am really happy with my Ombre hair, I love it! I especially love wearing my hair curly when now it’s curly. It looks nice and summery but it can also be warmed up depending what colours your use for the winter months. I will definitely be keeping my Ombre hair for a long time to come.
Silent sunday  

I was trying to leave it as long as possible before mentioning Christmas on my blog but as it is now November I thought it was now suitable to mention it. So I have created a bucket list to keep us busy over the Christmas season.

1. Wrap all of Thomas's advent books ready for the 1st December 
2. Fill Thomas's normal advent calendar with goodies before the 1st December
3. Finish Christmas shopping by the 1st December
4. Make a gingerbread house.
5. Watch as many new Christmas films as we can.
6. Donate toys to a local toy appeal.
7. Try mulled wine for the first time.
8. Make Thomas a hot chocolate for the first time
9. Make lots of Christmas decorations with Thomas.
10. Listen to Christmas songs in the car.
11. Take Thomas to a Christmas lights switch on 
12. Take Thomas to see Santa
13. Take a Christmas photo of Thomas
14. Buy a Christmas Jumper
15. Leave cookies, milk and a carrot out for Santa and Rudolph
16. Make Christmas cards with Thomas again.
17. Send a secret gift to somebody
18. Decorate the tree whilst watching The Muppets Christmas Carol
19. Build a snowman if it snows
20. Bake Christmas cookies 

Over the past month or so Thomas has taken to looking after me. I'm not really sure why I am pretty capable of looking after myself but Thomas has taken it upon himself to watch what I am doing and to make sure I am doing things right.

Thomas has always helped me to find my shoes when we go out I think he quite likes to pick my shoes for the day, he even places them right at my feet so all I have to do is step in to them. Thomas then though it necessary to start helping me step down little steps he reaches out for my hands like I would for him.

Every time we leave the house Thomas likes to remind me to put my coat on and then just before we leave the house he double checks "coat on mama" Yes Thomas yes I have. When we are out and about Thomas will check a couple of times that I still have my shoes on, I'm not really sure where he thinks I am going to lose them. "Got shoes on Mama" Yes Thomas got my shoes on. "I got my shoes mama" Many time I have caught people smiling at Thomas when they hear our conversations.

Just the other day I quickly nipped outside to take the bins out and Thomas came to the door with me to keep his eye on me and he told me to come inside because it was cold "Oooo cold mama come in ouse"

I think sometimes Thomas likes to think he is the grown up looking after me not the other way round.
As you know I am trying to wear lipstick more often and I am trying to experiment with different colours and formulas. When I noticed the L'oreal liquid lipstick I was quite intrigued to see what it would be like as I don't normally like lip glosses but as this claims to be a liquid lipstick I thought I might like it.



The colour is a beautiful peachy pink nude a very wearable colour especially for somebody who doesn't like really bright and out there colours. but for this type of product it is pretty highly pigmented I was expecting it to be a bit more sheer like a gloss. It has quite a creamy consistency and very moisturing and definitely not sticky like a gloss.

I adore the packaging too it feels quite expensive like the similar to the YSL Glossy Stain.

I apologise that the swatch isn't brilliant but it shows the colour pretty true to life.


These retail for £8.99 I know that is a pretty reasonable price but for me they are a little too expensive so I don't think I would pick up anymore unless they were on offer again like they were when I got this.