Friday, 18 August 2017

It's okay, not be okay.

I've gotta be honest with you guys, this year my mental health has been one of the worst it has been in my 22 years on this planet. My anxiety seems to amplified by 100 and I find each day that bit more challenging. I am forever wondering if it is because I am no longer a student and now work full time, and before that was an emotionally abusive 'relationship' (if you're curious you can read more here.) Although working gives me a purpose which I never had when at university as I was stuck in a degree I hated more than anything and despite managing to complete it this year, go me! My anxiety refused to let me go to graduation, which again was a huge disappointment not only for me but for my family too. A week later I managed to get over my anxiety and pass my driving test, something I genuinely thought I was going to take the most attempts in the world to pass, but I did it on my 5th attempt, quite a few attempts for some, but I did it and that makes me proud. Everyday I suffer with the feeling that something isn't quite right with mental health, I have been given a diagnosis of PTSD ever since I entered the world of getting help for the way I feel, however it just feels like it doesn't feel right, like there is more yano?

I went back to the doctors a few weeks back and was put on Sertaline, my 5th type of antidepressant as usual I wonder if it will do anything at all. I suffer with these moods, these moods which can often have me feeling incredibly low, but also out of this world happy. This worries me. My doctor advised at the mental health service he has re-referred me to should be able to help me seek the correct diagnosis. I struggle like crazy some days to get up, but remember I need to go to work, my managers are super supportive which helps for sure. But I still sometimes struggle. `

I often beat myself up for the way I am, wishing I was someone else and didn't suffer with this condition, which nobody else can see. I wish I was able to control my own moods. However I realise I can't and until I manage to get this under control a little more I may not be able to. So there is only one thing left to do, realise it is okay, not be okay. I am coming to terms with the fact, my condition makes me feel this way, and I shouldn't feel bad or disappointed in myself when I struggle to do things like go out with friends, do certain chores or even when it is really bad go to work. We are all human and I have to say living with a condition that controls your thoughts and feelings is a tough one. So I should keep feeling proud of how well I do manage to cope and keep staying strong.

For all of you out there who are struggling with feeling not good enough, your low moods or anything which isn't your fault REMEMBER this, you are a badass.


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Glendower Hotel Review- St Annes.

A last minute trip to Blackpool for a few days in my week off brought us to the Glendower Hotel in St Annes, a 20 minute car journey away from Blackpool. I was excited to go to Blackpool and stay at hotel which the internet describes as clean, luxurious and welcoming. Upon arrival we were greeted at reception went through all of the little details and were shown to our room which was room 116, I first noticed in the corridor outside of the room there was a huge brown piece of wood as they were doing some renovations of the rooms in our corridor, however once we walked into our room that was all forgotten. First greeted by a beautiful looking double bed (which may I add, was SO comfy) on the site there was an assortment of coffee and teas which is always good and a couple of glasses for water, along with a hair dryer (the one time I bring mine of course!) following this I went and checked out the bathroom which had such a lovely looking sink, a bath and an array of complimentary soaps and bath items. Me and Will also noticed the bathroom had an amazing light on the mirror perfect for taking selfies. 

When looking around the room we noticed the book of information and the hotel has gym facilities along with a beauty room and for anything extra you may need you can call reception including room service, however when we went to call them for a fan we noticed that the phone wasn't actually working due to the wiring hanging out the wall. This was when we decided to test the other electrics as well, however the main lights were not working either. Due to this we went down to reception to advise, and they came up to have a look, they said as were only staying one night there wasn't much they could do about the phone however for the lights you just had to make sure the other switches were turned off, it was a little annoying they didn't seem bothered by this however with such a nice room and it only being one night we decided to let it go and not bother us. Following this we went out for the rest of the day, came back to the hotel and I had a lovely bath, followed by the BEST sleep. 

In the morning I woke up ridiculously early due to my routine from work, so we decided to go get breakfast at 7:30am, which I am glad for as there was so much choice at this time. We were greeted by a lovely waiter who took us to a table and explained how it works. Buffet breakfast followed by a hot breakfast which I was pretty impressed by. Round the corner there was a variety of cereals, fruit, pastries and finally my favourite thing ever- cheese (including babybels!) In the section after this there were two big containers of fruit juice, orange and apple which were both so yummy. Then on the back wall were two coffee machines a huge variety of teas and a machine to make toast with plenty of bread choices. For my hot breakfast I had the vegetarian breakfast which was deep fried halloumi, hash brown, egg, beans, fried bread, veggie sausage and a big mushroom. Which I also had with two rounds of brown toast, yummy. Will decided to have some crumpets followed by many bowls of cereal and some toast. 

As it was still so early once we had finished we decided to walk around the hotel, as it is very open and there are loads of comfy seating areas, perfect for reading or a great view. At the bottom of the corridor we found the gym which was INSANE better than a lot of the gyms I've been to and it was in the hotel, it had a variety of weights, choices of machines for pretty much everything, treadmills, steps and lots of other things, it was super clean, spacious and as it was so early it was empty so we made the most of this. We spent around an hour in the gym, before going back to our room and showering before heading out.

Overall my stay in the Glendower Hotel was fabulous, with a great selection of breakfast items, a lovely looking room, a great gym and free wifi. 

Visit the Glendower Hotel: North Promenade, St. Annes-on-Sea FY8 2NQ.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Taffy Mail haul + giveaway and discount code!

Taffy mail are no strangers to Dungarees & Donuts, back in 2015 I worked with them on a variety of reviews including a variety of American candy hauls, you can view them here American candy haul #2 and #3 here. First things first, I want to apologise for the lighting in this post, it was a super lovely day after work so I decided to snap some pics of the items in the garden! 

A variety of items arrived on my doorstep including Lays Stax, Peeps Oreos and some of my favourite skittles of all time the American mix. Honestly opening a box full of amazing and brightly coloured food items (mainly sweets may I add, get in!) was exciting and made my day. 

So Taffy Mail offer 3 subscription boxes one to suit almost every budget, lite for £7.49 containing 4-5 items, classic for £14.99 which includes 10-12 items and a can of American soda and then £24.99 for up to 20 items and at least one can of soda. To view the subscription choices you can here. For your first 3 months you will get 10% off with code 'DONUTS10'. You're welcome! (Stay tuned to the end of the post to win yourself a random candy box from Taffy Mail) 

Now on to the box, included in the box are the following items:

Milky way, Laffy Taffy x2, Dots, Skittles, Airheads, White Kit Kat, Dad's root beer, Snyders pretzel pieces, Applehead, Lays Stax, Fun Dip, Oreo brownie, Milk duds, Peeps Oreo.

I am going to put this out there right now, peeps Oreos are the best damn thing in the world, I mean a) pink Oreos and b PEEPS! If you haven't tried these you are missing out big tiiiiime. The Skittles are honestly life, I bought 5 packets of them when I was in the States because of the flavours sounding interesting and I was not disappointed and I'm not even going to lie, as soon as I finished taking photos I demolished the packet in about 3.5 seconds (possibly a little bit of over exaggeration) I found eating the milky way a little bit weird as it is nothing like the ones we have in the UK, it's actually more like a mars bar as opposed to the milky way, but that might just be due to the caramel and the texture. As for Airheads, those of you who read my blog regularly will know I am little bit obsessed with them from this post. So was happy to have another my stash is running a little low! Apart from the KitKat which is actually SO good. I am yet to eat everything else, but I am sure it'll be amazing! I would totally repurchase this box due to the quantity of items you get and I am always one for sweets as I have a massive sweet tooth! 

Now on to the giveaway! To win yourself this months Taffy Mail box in size extra (their largest box!) all you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and then Taffy Mail will send it out to a random entrant. UK only sorry! This will end 7 days from today (21.08.2017) there will be no alternative prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck all!  

*Contains PR samples

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Ways to save money online!

Happy Saturday all, and for once I am actually off on a weekend which is a great feeling. I was supposed to have this post up for you yesterday as you've probably noticed Saturday is not a usual post day of mine. However being in Blackpool and taking a while to get home yesterday pushed it back a bit to today! Anyway enough of that and on to the post, today I am going to be talking about ways to save money online, these are tips that I have mostly used myself and so know they're all effective. I would love to know any of your money saving tips in the comments!

1. Getting cash back. 
This is a fairly recent find of mine, and is a legitimate thing that happens if you go through the correct sites. So essentially the way in which it works is, you click through that website and they have offers for choose from for particular online shops, like Asda, Debenhams and loads of other well known ones. As long as you follow the T&Cs correctly you should get the cashback. The only thing to have in mind is it can take a while for you to get the cashback yourself, but it is worth it due to the fact you do get money back for doing nothing. The website I use is TopCashback, however there are others.

2. Comparison sites and apps. 
Comparison sites are something a lot of us aware of us, mainly due to TV adverts like the Go Compare one (with that super annoying Go Compare man) however in recent years there has been a surge of comparison websites for other things including finding the best phone deal and contract which can be done through Mobile Phone Checker great for those looking for something in particular, as a blogger I use a lot of data, therefore would want a phone with a lot of data as well as something with a good camera. So usually I would take the time to look into the phone, then decide how much I'd want to pay and then search for the best deal. However this cuts out all of the annoying stuff in the middle and does it for you.

It is also a great idea to use sites like this for you gas and electric, I have found myself saving huge amounts from just comparing the prices of what is out there as well as looking into smaller companies, although they may not have as good customer service (e.g. live chat, long opening hours) you tend to save a LOT of money, instead of going direct.

3. Discount codes. 
This is the most obvious one out of the three. One of the best ways to save money online is look for discount codes, if you want something in particular a great way to find out what discounts are being offered as looking on that particular shop, signing up to their newsletter etc, and then you will be sent them out to you. However you can Google search what you are looking for and sometimes it brings back some great offers for you. If you're a student I would 110% recommend using sites like Unidays and Student Beans to find out the best discount codes, some of them can be really worth it! 35% off Dominoes from Student Beans got me through my uni life, that's for sure!

I hope you found these tips useful and if you'd like to see a part two to this post let me know in the comments! 

*Collaborative post 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

How to maintain a healthy work and home life!

I don't know how but today is the 3 month anniversary that I started at my first full time job, it feels so surreal that I have worked for 3 months, 5 days a week. To a lot of people that might not sound like a big deal, but to someone who struggled to leave the house at all a matter of two years ago, getting my first full time job was a big deal to me as it would be to most! It's been difficult some days don't get me wrong, but I've found having a healthy balance between home and work life has really helped me. So I thought I'd share with you some of my tips for managing to keep this balance, and hopefully it will help some of you to do the same.

Leave work at work. 
First things first, as difficult as it may be in some jobs it is important to leave work at work, I remember when I was working in healthcare, I would go home and spend hours thinking about clients wondering if they were ok etc. It wasn't healthy, I couldn't do anything about it and as much as it sucks sometimes, you need to put yourself first, take some time away, forget it all for the night.

Take YOU time. 
Often we do not realise how bad we need time for ourselves until it becomes too much, the aim of this is to take some time for yourself each night, whether that be an hour of tv, or a half an hour gym session or even a night of blogging, whatever helps you relax, you do that! I often find a face mask, a couple of episodes of my favourite show- I'm into my crime docs at the moment and an early night helps me.

Try to avoid stress. 
Easier said than done right? Work can be a very stressful place, especially when you are there more than you are at home (most of us right?) but it's important to try avoid piling extra stress on yourself to help you maintain a healthy balance. Organisations like the FSB help with a number of business issues but what else can you do to balance your work and home and home life properly? 

Have fun!
When you work a lot it is often easy to neglect your social life due to being a tired a lot, but it is important to still see friends after work/on the weekend. Go out for a drinks and have a good time, laughing is a great way to reduce stress in your life and make you feel better. (P.s. don't have too much fun on a work night, ha ha) 

It's ok to say no. 
Your manager asks you to do overtime for the 3rd night this week and you just don't want to, it's okay to say no and not feel about it. You are allowed to say no to extra work if it is not part of your job role, you do not need to feel guilty for not wanting to say behind, you can do what you want to do. YOU are important. 

Get plenty of rest. 
Another one that I really struggle with, getting enough sleep at night. If you have a good nights sleep it is more than likely you will be better at work the next day, I know when I've had a poor nights sleep and go to work it's hard to focus and you feel awful and it just drags you down. Try to remove yourself from all devices at least an hour before bed and give yourself time to wind down.

What tips do you have for maintaining a healthy balance? 

*Collaborative post 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

4 things to do in Orlando!

Happy Wednesday all, another travel post for you today about one of my favourite places in the world which I visited back in 2014, which is Florida especially Orlando as I've visited there myself. The post today is going to be 4 things for you do whilst in Orlando Florida! Dependant on where you want to stay there are so many cool places to stay, whether you stay in a Disneypark, in a hotel or even choose a package holiday from a company such as TravelPlanners who have some fabulous deals in Orlando who have some amazing places to stay in Florida! Let me know in the comments if you've been to Orlando before and what your favourite things were to do there!

1. Visit Universal. 
When in Orlando one of my favourite places I visited was Universal, Universal similar to Disney is made up of many parks, however I only visited the main one. During my time in Universal I saw many cool things including a transformers ride, a hurricane simulator, all things Harry Potter and a horror special effects show. My favourite thing about the day was the Simpsons Ride, the queue was HUGE but was worth every second. It is a simulator but it makes you feel like you're falling and huge rides, I felt so sick after I am telling you. I took loads of pictures of the day and had tons of fun.

2. Go to Disney World Florida.
Of course, if you are going to Florida you are going to visit Disneyland, there are some seriously amazing things to do at Disneyland, including meeting some amazing princesses! There are now I believe four theme parks to visit, magic kingdom which I visited along with Epcot and also there is the animal kingdom and Hollywood studios! One of the coolest things about Disney I found were the many different choices of places to eat, we ended up eating in the liberty tree tavern. But in all of the parks there are over 300 choices of food which is pretty insane. Now on to the rides, my favourite rides in the park were it's a small world, space mountain and Buzz Lightyears space range but there are lots of others which you can view here. Finally if you get chance I would totally recommend checking out the swiss family tree house.

3. Visit the Wonderworks!
If you haven't heard of the Wonderworks then you're in for a treat. When enter the exhibit everything is upside down, which honestly is so weird and experience in itself. Following this you can enter one of 6 zones. My favourite one was the far out gallery filled with cool art including 3d art. The other zones are natural disasters, physical challenge zone, light and sound zone, space discovery and imagination lab! I visited a few years ago so I believe it has changed a fair bit. Once you have finished with this there is an AMAZING indoor climbing course which is super scary and I ended up chickening out, but it looked so fun! As well as an arcade, 4D motion theatre which is super weird and a completely new experience and finally laser tag woo! To view their site click here.

4. Go shopping in the malls!
When I visited Florida I was so excited to go shopping, me and my boyfriend at the time saved so much money before hand so we could go a little crazy. On my first day I blew $150 dollars in walmart on food and make up. There are some super cool malls and the perfect location for any bloggers who want to go shopping! The best malls to visit are the mall at Millenia and also the Vineland premium outlets. At the outlets there are some seriously cool discounted stores including Kate Spade, Nike and Vans! Would recommend checking out both places for that full shopping experience!

Let me know in the comments if you've been to any of these places! 

*collaborative post

Monday, 7 August 2017

City breaks: what do you pack?

Beach holidays are easy to pack for, as long as you’ve got a bikini and a pair of flip flops, then you’re sorted. What else do you need? City breaks however, not so easy. Madrid, Rome, Barcelona or Prague, what do you pack? City holidays need a carefully considered wardrobe. With the wrong clothing and your trip can be a disaster — blisters and sunburn whilst exploring a new city anyone? Thought not! Daniel Footwear is here to help — take a look at our essential city break packing checklist.
Cities are full of culture and history that is waiting to be explored by you. Whether it’s ancient cobbled streets or long days spent sight-seeing, there’s only one thing for it: trainers. Thankfully, we’re in the midst of a 90s revival, meaning our trainers are bang on trend, as well as super comfortable. For a glam edge to your everyday style, we love our range of Michael Kors trainers.

After a day of exploring, you’ve definitely earned a cocktail or two when the sun sets. You might want to add a touch of glamour to your evening outfit. Depending on what you have planned, you may want to take some heels with you — you can always take a taxi if it’s a long way away. Wedges are a popular choice, and they look great with both jeans and dresses.
Heels and wedges aren’t for everyone though. 

For those of you who prefer flat shoes, we sliders or Fitflop ballerina shoes, and a pair of embellished sandals too. Embellished sandals are a stylish alternative to heels, perfect for channelling that beach-to-bar look, while their added glitz adds a dash of glamour that every summer night needs.
Don’t forget to pack a pair of sunglasses – especially when you are travelling to those typical hot climates. They help you look stylish whilst protecting your eyes from the sun rays. Who doesn’t love a big pair of sunglasses? It can get extremely hot when you are out exploring a new city, partner your sunglasses with a sunhat for an instantly glamorous look. A sunhat is a timeless accessory that will shield your face from the mid-day sun, whilst making you look very chic.
For an evening, don’t forget to pack some statement jewellery to finish your look. Bold jewellery will mirror the glitz and sparkle of your embellished sandals.
Maxi dresses are a great city break staple that are cool and stylish by day, and totally glamourous by night when partnered with a pair of wedges and a chunky necklace – very boho.
When you are exploring in the midday sun, it can get extremely hot so you’ll want to dress to keep yourself cool. Something light and floaty is ideal. Cami tops, kaftans, floral playsuits and tea dresses are perfect, and totally on trend. They’ll even look great with your trainers. Fashion that’s comfortable, who would have thought it?
We also recommend packing some t-shirts to pair with some frayed denim shorts just in case you burn your shoulders. They cover up those sore burnt bits, whilst keeping you cool when you explore rest of the city.
Sun cream
The most important item in your case: sun cream. Whatever you do, don’t forget your sun cream. It can get very hot when you are out and about during the day doing activities, and you might not realise the strength of the sun’s rays. Pack a high factor to protect yourself. You don’t want to ruin your strip with sore sunburn, or even sunstroke. Be safe and apply plenty before you head out into the sun

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

First Impressions: Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Out of all of the Naked palettes this one caught my eye the most and when it appeared through my front door on day of release I was made up. I always to Urban Decay for my eyeshadow palettes as they are always on top form. I am more of a bright eyeshadow person with their spectrum an Alice palettes being firm favourites of mine. But for work I have been looking at creating more toned down looks, however I still an element of 'me' and I feel like this palette creates that. So more about the palette. I received this a little over a week ago, and I wanted to try it a fair few times before writing this post.

So the palette is full of 12 all new shades which is pretty cool. Although it is the heat palette I think it will make some damn awesome autumn looks. The colours in the palette are gorgeous deep reds, browns and beautiful orange shades. The shades are described the UD site as the following:

Ounce (ivory shimmer)
Chaser (light nude matte)
Sauced (soft terra-cotta matte)
Low Blow (brown matte)
Lumbre (copper shimmer w/gold pearl shift)
He Devil (burnt red matte)
Dirty Talk (metallic burnt red)
Scorched (metallic deep red w/gold micro-shimmer)
Cayenne (deep terra-cotta matte)
En Fuego (burgundy matte)
Ashes (deep reddish-brown matte)

First things first with this palette, the pigmentation is out of this world as well as this being super easy to blend and you are able to create a variety of looks from this palette. I think this palette is also great due to the warm tones within, making it easily for people with a variety of skin tones to use. I found the box it came in really cute as well with the burnt matches in the inside of the box. The same as all of the other Urban Decay palettes there is a mirror within, making it easier for those times when you don't have a mirror available. I found the palette itself a little bit chunkier than usual so maybe not perfect for travelling etc. However I do enjoy the overall feel and look of the box itself.

My favourite shades of the palette are dirty talk, scorched and ember as I feel they are the most stand out shades of the palette, perfect for creating those looks that catch your eye (excuse the pun ha ha).

Also like all of the urban decay palettes it comes with a double sided brush which is great to keep in the palette for on the go, however I would usually use different brushes on a daily basis. I would recommend this palette to anyone looking for some colours to create awesome autumn looks with, anyone who likes bolder looks than more neutral colours OR just to anyone who loves Urban Decay and wants all of their palettes. 

Available from Debenhams for £39.50, but sold out from Urban Decay online. Sad times.

Have you purchased this palette yet, what are your thoughts?

*Post contains a press sample.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

What my favourite things say about me!

Happy hump day all, half way to the weekend, we can do it! Today I am bringing you a little bit of a different post (I swear I say this all of the time, ha.) but bare with me on this one. Most of us have been up at 3am unable to sleep right? So we go on to Facebook and just scroll which feels like it never ends, even after you've seen the same stuff you've already seen ten times over. Then you stumble upon a quiz which sounds completely random but you decide do it and before you know it, it's been 2 hours and you know now what your favourite food, colour, flowers and animals say about you. So I decided to share my results with you today and what I think of those results. 

My favourite food-
My favourite food is Pizza, you will all be shocked to know. So according to my answers of food choices, I am a careful introvert. Which according to the quiz means the following:
"You are very detailed-orientated and you always think things through thoroughly. You are analytical and contemplative. Your approach to eating, and life, is quite methodical. You are a strategic, task-focused planner. You are disciplined with a border-line stubborn tendency to complete on task before moving on to another. In regards to food, you tend to be a picky eater. You also do a lot of food-prep, you pay attention to nutrition, and are the type who eats one item of food in its entirety before moving on to the next."

For this I would actually agree for the most part, I do like to plan things and find myself a person who likes to strategically do things. However I am not one for meal prep, as I always like to decide on day what I want to eat, although I should probably get into this. 

My favourite flower-
So when looking for different 'favourites' of me I searched what my favourite flower says about me and found this fabulous infographic from Flying Flowers and my favourite flower is a sunflower after looking into it they represent happiness and here is some more about sunflower means-
"Whilst all of its emotions are positive, our results shown that happiness isn’t one of the positive emotions sunflowers evoke. The sunflower represents longevity, adoration, and loyalty. A huge 87% agreed that sunflowers evoke positive feelings, 55% of which voted for happiness. Sunflowers might make us feel happy, but it’s not necessarily what they symbolise!"

I feel sunflowers definitely make me happy, and I love the fact that they symbolise loyalty and adoration. 

My favourite animal-
My favourite animal is a dolphin and always has been, I think they're such beautiful creatures and find them fascinating.  Based on the dodo this is what they symbolise-
"You are a social butterfly. You have a playful, easygoing personality, and there isn't anyone that you feel uncomfortable talking to or befriending. Strangers are always welcome into your circle of friends - the more the merrier is your favourite motto."

Out of all of ones on here I feel like this is the least true, I don't feel like I am a social butterfly and I have a hard time befriending people. However I do feel like I have a playful personality and try to be easy going. 

My favourite colour-
So my favourite colour is pink which seems to shock a lot people and I am interested to see if it is different to what my expectations of pink would be. 
"You are the heart of all colours.  You are loving, soft, kind, sensitive and warm. You are the nurturer; always giving more than you are receiving. You are romantic and sensual and you have idealistic standards. You are sweet and charming and always know how to deal with everyone in a way that comforts them. You are delicate and may have a naive or child-like side to you which makes you even more lovable."

I actually like this one, I was expecting it to be all about being girly. I feel like I do have a naive side to me, which I've always seen as a bad thing. I love it when I am told I am kind so this is something I like.

I would love to know what your favourite things say about you! 

*collaborative post

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