A few weeks ago I fell in love with this coat from Ark, now sadly Ark has gone in to Administration and so my local store was having a closing down sale and when I went out for a meal a couple of weeks ago with the lovely lady that looks after the marketing for intuPotteries she was wearing this coat and I knew I had to have it.

As soon as I got home I went straight on to Ark's website to look for this leopard print coat but they only had a size 6 which I am definitely not! The next day I went back to town to have a look whether still had this coat in the store and they didn't I was gutted.

A few weeks later I decided to nip in again to see whether they had any and they did! Just one coat left in a size 8 I knew I had to get it and it was a bargain at just £12.50 down from £50. I't quite an over sized coat so even though i'm normally at 10/12 it fits me beautifully.

What do you think? I'ts not to everbody's taste my sister hates it but I love it. It's very out there and quite out of my comfort zone but I love it. Even though I love the pink fur I think that's what drew me to the coat to begin with, it is detachable. I think it will fast become my most worn coat.
A little while ago I was asked if I would like to review a bouquet of flowers from Blossoming Gifts of course what woman doesn't like to receive flowers.
After looking at their website I just couldn't decide which to pick so I asked them if they could surprise me and what a beautiful surprise it was.

I received a beautiful bouquet of avalanche roses, antique carnations and lillies as soon as I opened the box I was hit with a lovely floral scent and I was also very impressed with how the flowers were packaged. I've never actually received flowers this way before so I didn't know what to expect as I know postmen aren't that careful when handling boxes and packages but the flowers were in perfect condition.

What also strikes me when looking at the other bouquets on the website is how they have quite a country chic feel to them with the colours that are used and how the bouquets are arranged they are just so pretty.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner I definitely recommend sending your mum a beautiful bunch of Mother’s Day Flowers from Blossoming gifts and I also have a code which gives you 33% off using BGIFTS33 the only flowers that are exempt is the flowers by post range.

Blossoming Gifts don’t only do flowers they also have a wide range of hampers for everybody’s tastes, wines and personalised gifts it could become your one stop shop for birthdays and other special occasions.

Today I thought I would share a few of my favourite photo editing that I use quite often to edit the photos that I take on my Iphone.

I have all of my photo editing apps grouped together in a photography folder as I can't bare to half apps just mish mashed all over my home screen.

So firstly I have the layout app which does exactly what you would think you can use it to create collage photos. It's a pretty basic app but it does just what you need it to.

Next I have ABM which is A Beautiful Mess it's quite an old app now but I like to us it to add words or symbols over the top of photos.

One of my favorite apps is Big Lens which you can use to create DSLR style photos. Basically you take your photo and you trace around your subject like I have done with Thomas in the example below

And then there are different filters that you can use, You can make the photos more vivid, you can warm them up or cool them down and one of my favourites is turning the background greyscale whilst keeping your subject in colour. I would definitely recommend you download this app I think it cost about 79p but I think it's well worth the money.

Rhondda Designs is quite similar to ABM in as much as you can add text, banners, symbols ect to a photo I find this one has a lot more choice than ABM.

Picfx has been around for quite a while now it was quite popular a while ago it has lots and lots of different filters and effects that you can add to photos as well as different bokeh effects. Can you remember a couple of years ago when everybody use to have the little hearts all over their instagram photos? Yeah that.

Pro HDR is again another app which has a lot of filters but you can also mess around with the filters as well so you can change the contrast, brightness, saturation ect, ect. I don't tend to use this app that much but it is still quite handy to have.

Finally on to the bottom we have some apps that I have only recently started to play with. Mirror is an app you can use to create mirror images of photos like I have below (How brilliant is this coat btw) and you can flip the photos all different ways and then add filters and frames.

PS Express or Photoshop Express is a very handy app to have you can basically do anything with this app, Add filters, crop photos, flip photos around, Sharpen change exposure, ect. You can remove red eye and even sort out blemishes. If you only download one photo editing app make it this one.

Do you have any other photo editing apps that you recommend? let me know in the comments

A couple of weeks ago I was browsing Pinterest which I am completely obsessed with and I spotted some pins about Bullet Journaling. After getting completely lost on Pinterest I knew I had to get myself a little note book to have a go at Bullet Journaling myself.

Now when you look at Bullet Journaling on Pinterest you will see that a lot of people choose either a Moleskine or leuchtturm1917 notebooks but for somebody who is just starting out with this kind of thing I didn't want to spend that much money for something that I might not stick to. So instead I chose a basic pink NU A5 case bound notebook which was under £5 and I found it in Wilkos but I think you can find them in any supermarkets or stationary shops.

The Basics

To me Bullet Journaling is all about creating a journal/ planner that suits you own personal needs. There are so many planners that are on the market but they can be a little pricey for people living in the UK as planners seem to be a big thing in the USA and are practically non existent in the UK.
When I was reading up about Bullet Journals I made lists and pinned lots of ideas and things that I wanted to include in my journal that I thought would be helpful for me

The Key

When planning my week out I use a key for my tasks, events and appointments which I already find makes it easier to see what I have got on for the week

Setting out my month

Okay so I have only been using my Bullet Journal for a couple of weeks but this is how I set out my February  month plan. On one page I have done a quick month to view list which just shows a very basic list of what I have going on in my month.

I also have a monthly goals lists... Lets see how we get on with this part I'm not really that good at sticking to goals. I have also added a monthly to do list which I like as it shows me what important things I really need to get done in the month.

Setting out my week

At the minute I am playing around with the different weekly layouts which I quite like. I have been looking on Pinterest for different layout ideas and I am enjoying getting creative. But I think I may start adding a weekly to do list every week as I have found that comes in quite handy.

Things to add

I already have ideas about what I am going next month.

Monthly blog planner - Okay so I am getting back in to blogging again so I have been thinking that creating a monthly blog calendar may be a good idea so I can make a list of post ideas and then a calendar or when posts are going up.

Monthly spend/ save chart- I really need to start cutting down on my spending and start putting money in to a savings account to that I can actually have a holiday this year so this needs to be done so I can see exactly where I am wasting money.

I will post an update of my Bullet Journal after a few more weeks use to show how I am getting along with it, hopefully with better photos too!
A few months ago when I visited my hairdressers they had a new toy which was the GHD Creative Curl Wand which my hairdresser tested out on my hair and I instantly knew I had to have it.
I have a love/ hate relationship with wearing my hair curled, I love having my hair curler but I hate curling it.

I have tried quite a few different curling tongs and wands my favourite of which prior to the GHD wand was the Enrapture Totum Syler which I reviewed here but after it broke I needed to get something new.

I already had a pair of GHD straighteners but I just can not curl my hair with them, I have tried and tried and watched numerous tutorials but I just can't do it. So I decided to invest in the Creative Curl Wand as I loved my hair when the hairdresser used them.

Okay it's love
It was love at first use
I love how quick and easy this is to use, before I used to have to hold my hair on curlers for quite a while to make sure that it curled properly but with this because it is has an advanced ceramic coating it curls your hair beautifully in just a few seconds.

In the past I have always had trouble in getting my hair to stay curled no matter what hairspray I use, in fact that normally makes my hair drop quicker but with the GHD wand I find that my hair does stay curled a little longer. This has definitely been the best hair tool I have ever used.

I have been living on my own (Well just me and Thomas)  now for just over 2 years although it does feel like a lot longer now as when I was with Thomas's dad it felt like towards the end I was practically living on my own. Even though it's only been 2 years I already can't remember what it was like to live with somebody and what is even scarier is that I can't imagine living with somebody again.

You control the television. Need I say more? No more watching sport.

Using the bathroom without closing the door. We all do it and there is no need to deny it.

Singing and dancing whilst nobody watches. I particularly like to sing as loud as I can to the most cring-worthy songs in the shower and I really like to dance in my kitchen whilst cooking tea and the only person who can see is Thomas and he joins in so it doesn't bother him

The fridge and cupboards are filled with food only you like The only downside to this is there is nobody else to blame if you don't have anything in you actually fancy eating

When you don't feel like talking, you don't have to We all have those down days where we just don't feel like talking or being a people person and living on your own is perfect for those days and you have nobody complaining that you are being miserable.

Want to spend the morning slobbing in bed... you can Okay so this only happens about once a fortnight when Thomas is with his dad but I love it. I can snooze until whatever time I please make myself a cuppa and then get back in to bed and just slob. I actually think this is good for you.

You can decorate exactly how you want. If you want hearts and candles and pretty girly things all over your home you can

Your house your rules. There's nobody to answer to, nobody to tell you what you can and can't do

You can have friends around when ever you want without having to check with anybody. If I want a girly night in with a friend I can whenever I want without having to worry about checking if it's okay with anybody else

You don't have to be tidy all of the time. Can't be bothered to do the dishes right after a meal.. meh it'll wait there's always tomorrow. Clothes been folded on the side for a few days now... who cares they will find their way upstairs before anybody comes over.

There's nobody to think you're weird if you talk to yourself. I do this all the time and do you know what sometimes I even answer myself do I care? Nope

You don't have to worry about waking anybody if you roll in at 2am drunk. Obviously this only happens if it's a Thomas free weekend. I can have a night out with the girls and come home with donner meat and chips and get in bed and watch old episodes of Geordie shore without a care in the world and there is nobody there to stop me.

You can walk around in the nude without a care in the world Again it's something that we all do and yes there are times I walk around my boyfriends house starkers but you are always wondering what you look like from behind. Does my bum wobble as much as I think it does when I walk?
But when you are in the comfort of your own home with the curtains closed of course you can walk around completely naked without giving a monkeys what you look like from different angles..

I'm sure there are many more reasons why living on your own is great I would love to hear your reasons.
Of course there will come a day when I will live with somebody again (hopefully anyway) but for now I am loving having my own freedom but of course I would love to be able to teleport my boyfriend over whenever I wanted snuggles or a bit of company though.

Do you love getting engrossed in to television series? I do, but once I start I can't stop until it's finished and it is the only thing I will watch until I have finished it. I have a couple of different subscription services I use which are Amazon Prime, Now TV and my boyfriends Netflix. So I thought I may share 5 of the series I have been engrossed in lately.

If you haven't heard of Making a murdered then where have you been for the past few weeks? There has been a huge buzz around this Netflix original documentary series about a man from American who was convicted for 18 years for a crime but did he commit it? I loved this I was gripped right from the beginning after my boyfriend told me to start watching it. It was the most frustrating thing I have ever watched. If you haven't already watched it then you need to.

Luther is a new one for me I've only recently started watching it over the last week but I am hooked already. If you like crime drama and Idris Elba then you must give this a go.

I put off watching Stella for quite a while as it didn't really look like something I would enjoy. I recently signed up for a free trial on Now TV and thought I might as well give it a go. I LOVE it! Ruth Jones is brilliant and it was so funny and plus I love the welsh accent so it's a good all rounder for me.

Oh Walking Dead, I love The Walking Dead. I hadn't watched anything about Zombies before and to be honest I didn't think I would like it but I kept hearing people talking about it so I decided to watch the first few episodes and I fell in love with it. I watched all 6 seasons in a couple of months and it starts back on Valentine's day and I am even more excited for that than I am Valentine's Day.

Finally an old favourite of mine, Pretty Little Liars I first started watching this I think May time last year and loved it. Every episode is a cliff hanger so you keep thinking I will just watch one more then Oh my god I need to watch the next and before you know it, it's 2am. The mid season break has felt like it'd gone on for months and months but it's finally back and I can't wait to see what happens next.

What series do you recommend I watch next?
Laser Treatments and Other Anti-Aging Tips The aging process can be stressful, especially the impact that it can have on your skin. After all, we all want to look our best at all times, right? That's why it's so important to understand all of the options you have for keeping your skin healthy. So, here are some anti-aging tips to keep your skin looking

Make Your Skincare a Daily Priority 

First of all, you need to understand that your skincare should be a daily priority. It's much more difficult to treat a major skin problem later in life than it is to prevent it by doing simple things to protect your skin each day. For example, always protect your skin from the sun. An easy way to do that is to use a daily moisturizer or cleanser that is SPF rated for sun protection. Even when it's cloudy, the UV rays from the sun can easily damage your skin. You can't see the damage that day, but it definitely adds up. Of course, no matter what you do it may not be enough to keep wrinkles and other skin problems away forever. Eventually they are bound to pop up, but a good skincare routine can delay the process. And the even better news is that there are different treatments you can use once those problems do appear.

Understand All Aspects of Your Skin 

You need to understand all aspects of your skin before you can treat the issues that you have. All skin is different. Even siblings have skin with different properties. For instance, how oily is your skin? Maybe it's not oily at all. It could be too dry instead. Also, are you prone to acne outbreaks, redness, or other skin irritations? Those are all things you need to take into account before you have any clinical anti- aging treatments, such as fixing your skin problems with medical laser equipment, Botox injections, or chemical peels.

There is No Perfect Answer 

 When it comes to anti-aging treatments, there is no perfect answer. If there was, there would only be one universal treatment. Instead, there are many different options you could try. That's because every situation is different, and so is every treatment. For instance, laser devices are often thought to be best for those who have light colored skin. They can also be bad for anyone whose skin produces too much oil. However, IPL and other treatments might work well for those with dark skin, depending on the issues they are trying to treat.

Finding Your Own Perfect Skincare Answer

The good news is that there may be a perfect answer for you, at least as far as a short-term treatment goes. Finding the one that works best for you should be easy when you ask an expert for help. They can compare your skin color and type against the different options available and come up with an optimum solution. Although, most clinical solutions, including laser treatments, will need to be repeated if you want to maintain the results and not have your wrinkles or other skin issues come back.

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This year I never made any resolutions simply because I know that I never stick to them so I thought what was the point? Instead this year I am going to try and write monthly goals at the beginning of each month and then at the end of the month I am hoping to do a monthly round up.

1, Carry on blogging - I feel like I am slowly falling back in love with blogging so I am hoping to carry on blogging through the month as at the moment I am feeling really inspired again.

2, Read at least 1 book - I can't actually remember the last time I read a book I think it may have been last summer which is really bad for somebody who used to love reading so I am hoping to start having at least 2 nights a week where I get in to bed early and read.

3, Get up to date with Project Life - I have fallen quite far behind with my Project Life I think I am currently at August time! which is terrible but I have just had a load of photos printed off so I am hoping to get up to date pretty soon.

4, Engage more on Twitter - I used to be obsessed with Twitter but haven't really used it in the longest time and I have lost touch with such a lot of people I used to speak to on there so I really need to start using it more.

5, Eat better - Over the past couple of months I have put on a bit of weight and I can definitely tell, I feel really sluggish and uncomfortable in my clothes I want to start eating better more fruit and veg and I want to make a conscious effort to drink more water too.
Now that January has come to an end and we are over the longest month of the year it wont be long until Spring is upon us. Especially now that it is nearly half term once the children go back to school it will be practically March. It’s got me thinking about Thomas’s wardrobe at the minute it is full of big thick jumpers and cosy thick coats, hopefully it wont be long until the weather starts to get a little warmer and we can start to wear lighter clothes

I have been looking on the Joules website  for some ideas and inspiration for some Spring/ Summer clothing to update Thomas’s wardrobe with. I order some bits from Joules a couple of months back, one of which was a lovely fox jumper for Thomas it is such good quality and it washes really well which I get a little worried about when washing woollen jumpers. So I wouldn’t hesitate purchasing Thomas more clothes from Joules as I know even though it’s a little more expensive you can definitely tell that the quality of the clothing is better.

Even though the weather supposed to get warmer during Spring Thomas will still need some jumpers and I love the colours of this crew neck sweatshirt even though the colours are great for Spring it will also keep Thomas warm.

How cute it this dark blue rocket print t-shirt I love it and I think any little boy would think this is so cool!

Finally as the weather gets slightly warmer it will be time to swap Thomas out of his big thick winter coats and in to a lighter coat and this showerproof would be perfect to keep him sheltered from wind and rain but without making him too hot. 

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A couple of days ago I took part in a Valentine's Evening at intu Potteries with 2 other bloggers Charl and Terri which you can read about here. After we had finished our shopping task we had a table booked at Coast To Coast a new restaurant that has opened in The Hive which is part of intu Potteries where the restaurants and Cineworld are based.

Stoke to me has seemed like it has been stuck in the dark ages for a while, it has always lacked different places to eat. During a shopping trip you are seriously limited if you want to take a dinner break you only really have McDonalds, Weatherspoons and a couple of smaller places none of which really appeal to me. If you wanted to go out for a meal at night Hanley was a bit of a no-no.

Now we have The Hive hanley is suddenly back on the map we now have a Nando's, Pizza Express, Frankie and Benny's, Bon Pan Asian, Chiquitos, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and of course Coast to Coast which is where we chose to go. You may see this list of restaurants and think they are old news now but for Stoke on Trent to get these new places to eat is a big, big thing and long awaited.

I was instantly impressed when we arrived at Coast to Coast the staff were very friendly and welcoming. It's a very good job we had booked a table as it was heaving with a constant stream of new customers arriving there was definitely a buzz about the place.

The drinks menu was brilliant I was definitely spoilt for choice on the cocktail front but I decided to go with a cocktail called Coast to coast. Which was very yummy and refreshing if I wasn't driving I would definitely have tried more.

Everything on the menu sounded so good I was spoilt for choice again. After checking out the menu earlier in the week I was going to order the meatball pasta bake which sounded delicious but then I noticed the Cajun chicken melt which was served with crispy bacon rashers, melted cheese, onion rings, fries and a corn on the cob.

The food was absolutely delicious, I had heard a couple of negative reports from a couple of people who had visited Coast to Coast shortly after it first opened but after visiting myself now I am guessing they were just teething problems as I haven't a bad word to say about the place. For a very busy Friday night the service and food was great I shall definitely be returning once I have tried all of the other restaurants the Hive and intu Potteries has to offer.

Last Friday I was invited to my local shopping centre which is intu Potteries with two fellow bloggers from Stoke. Each of us were given a pre loaded gift card with three different amounts on them £15, £35 and £50 and given the task to buy a Valentine's gift for either ourselves or our partners. Of course we all chose ourselves (Women huh?)

Luckily I picked the £35 voucher at random so I was immediately thinking what would I like to receive for Valentine's day which was kinda difficult I have never been in a relationship where we have made a fuss of Valentine's day if truth be told so I don't really have much experience of giving or receiving presents.  I thought about what I needed which is what I would appreciate for Valentine's day and that is new perfume. I am running rather low on my two favourite Jo Malone perfumes so I am trying not to use them as much.

I visited Debenhams first and had a little mooch around there perfume section which is really good they have all the top brand perfumes which you would expect to see. However I wanted to get a gift set as I think when you are giving presents perfume looks better as part of a gift set. So I went to have a look in The Perfume Shop. I instantly spotted the Marc Jacobs Daisy gift set which was priced at £29.99 which when you look on the website it is still marked up at £51!

As you can see the gift set comes with the usual shower gel and body lotion which I shall be keeping in my bathroom. 

I love this fresh smelling scent it's perfect for spring, I like to switch around my perfumes throughout the year and I leave my deeper scents for winter time preferring a lighter fragrance in the spring/ summer months.

I love the bottle too, I mean how cute is that lid! It looks beautiful on a dressing table but maybe not that great for keeping in your handbag.

What would you choose as a Valentine's day treat for yourself?

After our little shopping trip we had a table booked at a new restaurant in the newly opened Hive which is part of intu Potteries which I shall be talking about here on my blog very soon.