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Feel Better With Holland And Barrett | Lifestyle

Feel Better With Holland And Barrett | Lifestyle


 It's always at the start of the year when people decide to make changes to their lifestyle, whether that be to loose weight or just to live a healthier lifestyle from one time to another we have probably all tried something along those lines. It's now quickly approaching March, and I can't believe we are going to be into the third month of the year already. Recently the lovely people at Iprospect got in touch about a campaign they were running with a company you've probably all heard of Holland and Barrett. If you don't know who Holland and Barrett are, they are a company who specialise in vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements (in other words, all of the good stuff you need).

Holland And Barrett Chia Seeds

The idea behind the campaign is to follow a meal plan which a nutritionist has written for a week and then to make long lasting changes to your diet to make you feel better on the inside and even work towards other goals like loosing weight. I was sent a huge variety of products including Chia Seeds, Nakd Bars, Manuka honey and plenty of other stuff. The first thing I had to do with the plan was change some of the meals so they fit my vegetarian lifestyle as the original was for meat eaters.

My thoughts on the plan: 
The plan provided so many different snack alternatives which were super healthy which I loved to try out as I am usually one of the people who ends up snacking on crisps and other unhealthy alternatives. I was over the moon to find out that one of my favourite meals was included in the plan, spaghetti bolognese and I even got to make double portions for the day after, win! The things I found hardest about the plan were the fact that it include a lot of dairy or dairy substitutes and I am not a huge fan of dairy/milk so I wouldn't include those into my daily life. But I found some new products which I can use in other things like Chia Seeds and Cacao Power and as well as some very tasty snacks. I found it fairly easy to stick to and I would take the outline of this plan and make it more me, but include lots more healthy products into everyday as I found it made a huge difference to my energy levels and the way I felt everyday.

Holland And Barrett Cacao

Future ideas: 
For future ideas I had the idea after looking through Pinterest is to get some cacao powder to make protein balls out of and these make amazing snacks before or after the gym as they're full of energy and taste pretty good too. I like idea of cooking with coconut oil instead of regular oil as it's a healthier alternative and also tastes yummier. For one of the meals included in the plan coconut oil was used and made the meal itself 100x more tasty which is what people who want to loose weight want as a lot of 'diet' food is seen to be boring and bland. I will definitely be including cashew nuts into my daily diet as they are fab for a snack and are hardly any calories. Finally I found some amazing on the go lunch plans on Nic's Nutrition site and if you fancy checking that out you can do here.

Holland And Barrett Curly Cashews

Nakd Bars

While taking part in this experiment I found myself lots of new healthy and fun ideas to include into everyday life, what do you want to make healthier in your life?  
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Things I'd Do If I Won The Lottery #2 | Lifestyle

Things I'd Do If I Won The Lottery #2 | Lifestyle


Back in March I wrote a post all about the things I would do if I won the lottery and it went down seriously well so I decided I would create a part two of this post! If you wanted to read part one you can do by clicking here. This post is just a bit of fun and I enjoyed writing the first one so much I really wanted to do a second part, let know in the comments what you'd do if you won the lottery.



Go Travelling: 
One of the first things I'd want to do is go travelling around America, going to visit lots of different states and experience all of the different foods as well as the lifestyle over there. It's something I've always wanted to do so it would make sense to do so.

Buy A Beach House: 
I'd love to have a house near the beach in a different country with lots of rooms, aircon, pretty bathrooms and lovely doors that lead out on to the beach like the ones they offer on Quickslide. I'd love the house to be full of pretty paintings and have a hot tub!

Try To Change The World: 
A bit of a long shot but I would do some things which would do some good in the world, whether that be donating to charities, helping people out or just something which could do some good to somebody. I feel like a lot of the problems in the world are due to money so putting some money somewhere could help.

Treat My Friends And Family: 
I'd obviously want to help out my family as they have done so much for me in the past, it would be important for me to give something back to them. Whether that be money or just gifts, I'd do whatever I could to help.

Get A New TV:
There are SO many cool TVs around at the moment, I have recently heard of the Panasonic HDR 4K TV which looks insanely good and is massive. The perfect addition to any room to create a cinema styled room. I also love the idea of 4K as it is where the future of TV is. With a boyfriend who works with electronics, this is his dream TV.

Buy ALL Of The Shoes: 
I had to have something a little bit shallow on here of course, I would love to create a massive converse collection as well as adding some staple designer shoes to my collection, who wouldn't this though?

Sell Doughnut Merch:
I would love to be able to sell my own doughnut merch at some point and I think this would give me the start I need as well as the funding! Would be something I've wanted to do for ages so it would be perfect to finally make my dream a reality.

What would you do with your lottery winnings? 

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3 Ways To A Healthier Life | Lifestyle

3 Ways To A Healthier Life | Lifestyle


Today it is Thursday and if you're a regular reader of my blog you will know I don't often post on Thursday but over the next few weeks I've got some extra content so I will be posting on Thursday as well as Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Today I am bringing you a post on how to enjoy a healthier life with three small changes, so small you won't even notice you're doing them. I hope you enjoy this post and I would love to know what you think makes for a healthier lifestyle.


1. MORE sleep:
This one may seem like an obvious one and I suppose it is, but it isn't always the top of our lists when we are busy and it is often sleep that suffers the most. I know when I am busy I will be working all hours of the day and neglect sleeping at night, I can often end up getting less than 5 hours sleep. Get an app that tracks your sleep and helps you keep control of how much sleep you are getting and you can form a pattern of what you are doing on the days when you get less sleep. You'll feel better and have a ton more energy. 

2. Vitamin D supplements: 
Did you know a lack of Vitamin D can cause muscle problems and brittle bones? For those of you who don't know much about Vitamins, we get Vitamin D mostly from the sun (us Brits are a bit let down by that) and also in certain foods. It has recently been advised that all of us should take Vitamin D supplements (you can read more about it here) taking the supplements will help keep your bones and teeth healthy! 

3. Drink all of the water:
Okay so don't literally drink all of the water... but it is a must that you drink more water to maintain a healthier body. Water keeps your body hydrated which helps you function better, as well as providing you with better skin, and overall just feeling better. Without it we cannot function and I know my skin looks gross when I don't drink a lot. 

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Things to consider when starting a blog | Lifestyle

Things to consider when starting a blog | Lifestyle


I have noticed an increase of new bloggers around which makes me super happy, as it's always to read new blogs and talk to the bloggers behind them. A few of my friends I have recently asked me a few things about blogging and how to go about it, and anyone who asks me I'd tell them to do it. I love what it has done for my life and I know it can do the same to plenty of others. First off though, if you are considering starting a blog for the freebies, I wouldn't bother as they don't come overnight. So when starting a blog, my first start point would be to think of a name whether that comes to you tomorrow or in two months, you'll know when it's the right one and it's totally worth finding one out before you start everything up. I would totally advise buying your domain as soon as you start as a lot of companies now look for DA and if you want to work with companies, it's worth building it up as soon as possible.


 Blogging does take a lot of time up, so if you are very busy person (not to say busy people can't blog) it may not be for you. Blogging consists of photos, writing, editing, blogger chats, events etc, which are very time consuming and a lot of people struggle to keep up with everything which is going on, so sometimes a busy schedule blocks you from blogging. My next piece of advice would be, you don't have to have a niche, people make out that you need to know exactly what type of blog you're going to run e.g. beauty, but honestly I don't think people know for a while what they plan on doing, I started out beauty focused and now I am more lifestyle than anything, sometimes blogging itself helps with that. I will confess that when I started my blog I was hoping for a huge following within weeks, and lots of views and it doesn't work that way, it takes time, but that's okay and it's totally worth it. A blog layout is well worth investing your money into, you may have the best writing in the world, but if your layout is off, people will be turned off reading, boo. So to fix that problem, get a nice and clear blog layout ready for reading.

If you stop loving blogging, just take a break, people assume taking a break means you're not passionate about blogging anymore, but it totally doesn't mean that at all, it just means that you need a break which is totally okay. I think it's important to have inspirations and admire to be like them but do not copy that person, you won't be that person and copying won't get you anywhere, be yourself, everyone else is already taken. Last of all, have fun with it! It's your space on the internet to do whatever you want to do with it, why not make it into something awesome.
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Vitalfootprint Mindful Eating | Health

Vitalfootprint Mindful Eating | Health


Some of you may know, yesterday I started Slimming World which I am over the moon about as it's about time I started to take control of my food choices to enable myself to have a happier and a healthier life (no more Dominos!) I have heard many amazing things about Slimming World as opposed to other 'diets' and you never go hungry so I am excited to get into this and will be posting weekly updates of my food and also my weight loss achievements. With this said today I have a guest post for you, about Mindful Eating from Vitalfootprint and the article is so helpful and a great read, so I hope you enjoy.


More and more people are becoming conscious consumers. We are moving away from an endless stream of ready meals and takeaway coffees towards a heightened sense of awareness about the origin, contents and quality of the food we eat. In a recent survey by Allegra Food service and The Sustainable Restaurant Association, 95% of respondents stated that they want a healthier lifestyle. In addition, 87% want the issue of food waste to be addressed and almost two-thirds want their food to be locally sourced. This goes to show that health and nutrition, responsible sourcing and sustainability are high on people’s list of priorities when it comes to the food they eat.



WHY SHOULD AN INDIVIDUAL OPT FOR CONSCIOUS, MINDFUL EATING? 
Conscious and mindful eating are not the same thing, but share similar principles. A conscious consumer wants to know where their food is coming from and rejects unnatural products. A mindful eater retrains their mind to consider the benefits of food as they consume it, leading to better diet choices. To get the most from your food, you can combine the two ideas and redefine the way you eat. By doing so, you can enjoy the following benefits:

- It can help prevent type 2 diabetes. In a study, fast eating was found to aid the development of type 2 diabetes. Mindful eating slows you down and makes you question your eating style.

 -It prevents binge eating. Conscious, mindful eating helps stop binge eating,  a habit that can lead to obesity — in its tracks.

-It helps avoid overeating in restaurants. Mindfulness from a consumer perspective can reduce feelings of guilt and bloating too.

-You’ll stay trim. Eating when you’re hungry — a key principle of mindful eating — helps you stay lean. Researchers in New Zealand studied 1,600 women and found that those who ate only when hungry were healthier than those who paid little attention to hunger cues.

 -It prevents dietary complications. If you avoid binge eating and select your food carefully, you’ll know where your food comes from and be able to recognise your own allergies. You can select healthy options that will leave you feeling satisfied and energised.

WHAT AM I EATING? 
 In an age of sensibility, individuals should be up to date with conscious trends so they can benefit from better eating habits. Try incorporating the following questions into your lifestyle: It is easy to eat food without considering what you’re putting into your body. In many cases, packaged and processed food is full of ingredients you’ve never heard of — most likely artificial. To get started: Begin by selecting food with less than five ingredients in it. This will limit the potential for unhealthy, unnatural additives. As you grow used to filtering out additives and unnatural ingredients, you can make a more permanent shift towards avoiding packaged meals entirely.


WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE FOOD?
Generally speaking, food that comes directly from nature is far healthier than processed food. While there is a wider argument surrounding the passing of energy in natural food, you can get by with a simple thought exercise — would you rather eat something that grows in the wild as part of a natural eco-system, or something that has been manually designed by humans and uses artificial ingredients? To get started: Visit local markets and fresh produce sections in supermarkets to gradually cut down and eliminate processed meals from your diet.



WHY ARE WE EATING IT? 
A big principle in mindful eating is to ask yourself why you’re eating. This helps identify food habits. Are you binging on a takeaway because you feel upset? Are you craving carbs after a hard workout, or shovelling spinach down your throat to preserve that post-exercise happiness? Eating as an event is another issue for most individuals. For example, arranging to meet a friend usually involves dining out. When you’re eating, try to consider the purpose of the meal. There’s nothing wrong with eating for pleasure but try to limit the bad stuff. To get started: Assess your hunger levels before you eat. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10, where 1 means you’re not hungry at all and 10 means you’re full. If you’re less than a five, you’re probably eating for a reason other than hunger. A food diary is a great way to keep track of how you feel before you eat too.

HOW WILL EATING MAKE ME FEEL? 
 Mindful and conscious eating is largely a mental activity. Before you eat, you should consider how the food is going to make you feel. Be realistic — will sugary foods provide a quick boost before making you feel guilty, sluggish and bloated? If you’re honest with this question, you can avoid many poor food choices. This is also a good way to discover food allergies, as you’ll be able to identify which food makes you feel unwell. To get started: Keep track of how food makes you feel. Note down any feelings you have after eating and consult your notes before you next eat. You can then work with a doctor or dietician to eliminate the foods that are harming you. The above questions are simply starting points for slowing down your eating habits. If you can answer these with integrity, you’ve taken the first step to practicing mindful and healthy eating habits. Prepare your food mindfully and you’ll be eating better than ever before without resorting to restrictive diets.
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Blogging on a budget!

Blogging on a budget!


A few people I've spoken to when asking if they have blogs have come out with 'can't afford one' which shocked a little as when I started my blog I had 0 money and was blogging about make-up I already owned or writing about random different pieces. When has blogging become a thing which you need money to start up? I guess to extent if you plan on reviewing a lot of restaurants or high end beauty then yes you will need a budget to blog but for most blogging is an escape or simply looking to build something from it. I decided to write a post about how to blog when you're on a budget and still have a fabulous blog!


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LIFESTYLE// Making the most of social media!

LIFESTYLE// Making the most of social media!



Being a blogger isn't just as easy as writing a few words on a webpage and taking a few pictures of the latest lipstick release or of your new outfit, there is so much more to blogging than meets the eye. Social media is something that is a part of most peoples everyday lives whether you use facebook, twitter, instagram or pinterest they all have their positives and negatives.When it comes to your blog what can you do promote yourself and your blog through these websites?
 
 Twitter: is the main one I use for blogging, I use it to promote my new posts and to talk to other bloggers who are just like me, it's a great way to get in touch with companies and set up relationships with them. When promoting your latest posts make sure you hashtag the relevant tags to your post e.g. #bbloggers for all things beauty, #lbloggers for lifestyle things & #fbloggers for those cheeky OOTDs. They create links to your post and help you get views! 

Facebook: this isn't something I really use for my blog but I can see why people do use it, it is great for making a page of your blog and sharing all your new posts with your likers and they can keep up to date with ease, facebook is great for sharing your blog pictures also.

Instagram: is a great one for taking pretty pics and I am one of those bloggers who do think of Instagram in my mind when I get a new lipstick or a lovely drink but it is also great for using a picture from your new blog post to promote it to a different audience, similar to twitter it is important to hashtag what you are looking to aim at, for example #beauty, #summer #life etc and it'll reach a wider audience if you comment under the photo your blog link although you can't click the link it still promotes it back to your blog and if your photos are good it is going to make people want more. 

Pinterest: although I don't personally use this on my blog I think it makes a great place for inspiration whether it's nails to cakes they are all super inspiring when it comes to writing a blog post of your own it gives you ideas of new things to write about or different backgrounds you could use for your photos, I am addicted to staring at all of the pretty nails I can find, so many different pretty ones!
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Lets talk about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Lets talk about Seasonal Affective Disorder.




Hello November. Goodbye Sunlight. 

The day of the year I dread more than most the day the clocks go back and this year that was on 28th October, I didn't mind the extra hour in bed, or that day, in general. It was a pretty good Sunday, but the loss of light which was ahead was stuck in my head. Knowing that it wouldn't be until March when those long nights became longer days all over again. Sat my desk that day, knowing when I started it was only just getting light and when I finish the light will be completely gone. Limiting myself to going out in the evenings because the dark is something I fear. The person I become not having those extra hours of light struggles through the next few months. SAD also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression which comes and goes throughout a seasonal pattern. Most of us struggle with change which is out of our control, but this goes deeper than that. The change for most of us who struggle with SAD is unbearable. The lack of light makes us a shadow of who we were in the summer. SAD doesn't just affect people who struggle with the winter months, it can be the same for the summer months too. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder brings out the worst parts our depression and there's nothing we can do about it. For me personally, it makes me want to hide out in my bed a lot more, as the idea of going outside is not something I want to contend with. Getting up and going to work seems to become more of a struggle each and every day. The energy I had in the other 5 months of the year, zapped from within me. Looking forward to the months of being able to open the curtains and feel happy to be awake. SAD can often make us feel like we want to hibernate and not see our friends, not go out, and finding it hard to sleep at night and then almost impossible to stay awake in the light. One of my bad bouts involved me failing to sleep at night due to constantly waking up, then sleeping all day until it was dark again. I think I went 4 days without seeing any natural light and it made me feel so ill, but I couldn't overcome it. 


Despite this, Christmas is still one of my favourite times of the year, and this is something which helps me to get through those really bad days. The upcoming excitement of the streets being covered in lights, a huge tree making its way to the middle of the town, my house being filled with bright and quirky ornaments and of course the best Christmas songs and films around. The spirit of people coming together churns out some of the person who has been hiding inside. I find it a lot easier to cope on days when I feel like I have things to look forward to, and as much as I hate to admit it on the days when I eat better, I do feel the benefit. Taking those daily vitamins is a great way to boost your mood from within also, I often don't realise how much they do for me until I stop taking them. Vitamin C and D are my best friends for giving me an extra boost.

Until recently I had suffered in silence about Seasonal Affective Disorder and when a work friend and I started to discuss how every single morning at work felt like we had to wade through water whilst feeling like we have weights on our ankles which was pulling us back down, no matter how hard we tried to stop it. He told me about SAD lights and what a difference they make to each day, this is called light therapy. Most light boxes emit 10,000 lux, which boosts the serotonin in your brain and helps you cope day to day during these times For someone who didn't even know these existed, it was a huge relief to learn such things are available in these bad times. This year, I've started to research in purchasing my own lightbox. Sad.uk who sell these lights also have a huge section of information on their site about the different types of light boxes you can get to suit your lifestyle as well offering information on SAD itself, which can be useful to share with friends and family. Sad.uk also recommend getting light in as early as possible to boost your energy throughout the day. 

For now, until the sun returns for another summer ahead, I will try to make the most of the light around me, whether that is real, or artificial. It all makes a difference.
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25 thoughts whilst playing The Sims | Lifestyle

25 thoughts whilst playing The Sims | Lifestyle


So I found this post in my drafts and from months ago and it made me laugh so much I thought you guys needed to read it. The following post is just a bit of harmless fun and my own personal thoughts which I've had during times of playing The Sims. Let me know in the comments what thoughts you have whilst playing The Sims.


1. Why does work always come around so quickly? Let me stay at hoooome.
2. You need food AGAIN. Are you me?
3. Why do you smell so bad that green stuff comes off you...
4. Why is it so quick and easy to have a baby?
5. I need to hire me a live in butler, like now
6. I wish shopping was this easy in real life
7. Why does kissing more than one person make you have a reputation?
8. Where do they wash their clothes?
9. Lifetime wishes are a nightmare!
10. Sims sleep far too much

11. Stop putting your child on the floor in the park.
12. Why do you want to skinny dip so much??
13. Why does EVERYONE ask you if you want to go on dates?
14. Relationship, Engagement, Marriage, Child all in a few days... go for it!
15. Why isn't my house this nice?
16. I want to be able to go up to everyone and talk to them, pls!
17. 434 simelons an hour!!! Make it pounds and I am so down.
18. How do they get raises so easily, give me a raise!
19. Which expansion pack to buy next?

20. It's got to be pets right?...
21. Who even buys the town one?! OH yeah that's me... ITS AWFUL.
22. Who knew thinking of names was so haardddddd.
23. What on earth are these graphics?
24. Oh hai, Grim Reaper nice to meet you.
25. YES I AM A CELEBRITY.



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5 Lifestyle Changes To Feel Better!

5 Lifestyle Changes To Feel Better!



1. Getting more sleep 

This is one I definitely need to do more, I am forever going to bed late and getting up super early for work. Getting more sleep helps the body feel refreshed and I am always more productive on a better nights sleep. *A lot nicer too* Soz work colleagues.

2. Working out 

Working out used to be my nightmare situation, the idea of getting sweaty in a public place and putting tons of effort into working out. I used to give up going so easily but I started to think about it a new way. So I turned into something for me, it's time for me to put my headphones in, focus on myself and zone out for a while and that is a great feeling and when you start to see small changes it all becomes worth it.

3. Take time away from being 'online'

Last summer I wrote a post about taking a digital detox which shared some super cool facts from It's Time To Log off who talk about the benefits of taking time away from your devices like laptops and phones including things like being able to get a better nights sleep if you don't use your phone an hour or so before going to bed, giving your brain time to switch off and other health benefits like also you are less likely to develop eye problems over long periods of time from using your digital device so much. A digital detox/ spending less time online is something I've wanted to do since I heard the spoken word film 'look up' from Gary Turk in 2014. However being a blogger and speaking to most of my friends online makes it harder to give it up.

4. Quit smoking

This is one a lot of people do, and it is a pretty big change to make and that is quitting smoking, and a lot of people are finding it easier with vaping or other aids. A study suggests that people who vape instead of smoking stated:

"After six months, people who switched from real to e-cigarettes had far fewer toxins and cancer-causing substances in their bodies than continual smokers." 


Vape AYR offer many amazing vape flavours including Vanilla Sky and Apple Crunch! As well as quitting smoking being great for your health it is also amazing for your wallet! Win. 


5. Make more time for people

Since starting a full time job, I am so guilty of this. I always struggle to find time for my friends, after work all I want to do is eat, shower and sleep. When in reality I should make time to hang out with my friends, even if all I manage is a few hours with a friend. Spending time with people boosts your mood and makes you feel less lonely, yay.



What changes do you need to make to your life? 


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Things I am loving this March | Lifestyle

Things I am loving this March | Lifestyle


It doesn't seem five minutes since we were all tucking into our Christmas dinners, but we're now a quarter of the way through 2017, which has already been an eventful year. March is known as the month of madness, and this year has been no exception. Today, I'm taking a look at some of the highlights of what has been an action-packed past few weeks.

March Blockbuster Madness 


This month has played host to a number of new film releases, from independent flicks to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters. I am loving quite a few of the latter, from the dark intensity of Marvel's Logan, to the larger-than-life character of Kong in Skull Island.
There's also the action-packed Ghost in the Shell, and for those who like nostalgia Saban's Power Rangers. Of course, let's not forget Disney's magical-looking live action version of Beauty and the Beast, starring Harry Potter veteran Emma Watson. While the box office might have been left a little crowded as a result of such a prosperous month, it's good news for us customers, with many, many movies to choose from to suit virtually every taste!

Nintendo Switch
Source: Nintendo Switch via Facebook.
March also saw the launch of the latest video games console, as Nintendo released its Switch on the third of the month amidst widespread consumer hype. Although the Japanese gaming giant's previous console, the Wii U didn't manage to grab our attention for long enough, the Switch is interesting because it's the first hybrid home and portable console of its kind. It allows players to play the same game at home and effortlessly continue where they left off on the go! Which sounds great to me!

This is an especially great feature for people, like me, who lack a little self-control and can't quit their favourite title. You can now stop putting off going out the front door because you can just take your game with you! With a stellar launch line-up including the always popular The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the Switch looks to have a more promising future than Nintendo's last effort. While the £279.99 price tag might put you off, a study by Voucherbox suggests that Nintendo have a tendency for quickly reducing the price of their new consoles, so I may hold off until it maybe hits the £200 mark.

This Viral Video 
While you can barely sneak a peek on Facebook these days without being flooded with countless viral videos, March saw the birth of a 44-second clip that is sure to remain enduring in the months and years to come; we'll still be looking back on the video at the end of the year with amusement and fondness.

If you haven't seen the video in question yet, then where have you been? In this adorable clip, Professor Robert Kelly's attempt to be interviewed by BBC News about South Korea is interrupted by his children. This video has everything: it's both heartwarming and hilarious in equal measure, reminding you of either your own younger carefree days or those of your kids. It's also left may of us wishing we had the staggering confidence of the child the internet has dubbed "BBC girl"! I also heard some say that he probably didn't get up to help because he was naked from the waist down, but I think he was just in his pyjamas - not a good look for BBC News anyway.

Pi Day
Source: Math Geek Mama via Pinterest.
Did you celebrate Pi Day 2017? Whether you love maths or pie, March 14 is always a great day to celebrate both, and this year was no exception. While the day itself is supposed to be in recognition of the mathematical constant approximated to 3.14159, many choose to take the opportunity to celebrate the sweet treat that shares its name. I did, for sure.

As I'm sure you'll agree, the mixing of two slightly niche interests leads to much more interesting results, with schools, offices and social groups around the world partaking in the tradition. If you missed Pi Day, however, don't worry: there are still plenty more fun themed days coming up this year: Talk Like a Pirate Day, anyone?

So what do you think – what are your favourite March memories? Let me know in the comments below.

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Taking Back Control.

Taking Back Control.




It's always daunting coming back to your blog after being away from it for a few weeks and it has been a good couple of months since I've been able to sit down with a clear head and actually want to write posts. I've gone from writing four posts a week to struggling to do four a month, but I guess that's one of the annoying things about mental health, it can take over your entire life, seize you it's grasp and not let you go again. It's even worse when someone manages to get into your head, change everything about you that you once knew and then drop you like they didn't even care. At all. I ended my previous relationship late last year and did the usual, "oh lets join dating sites; if something happens it happens and if it doesn't that's ok too". But then, I met someone and I was happy.

It burnt out very quickly, we stopped talking. I assumed that was the end. Until we decided we could be friends. I wanted new friends and I enjoyed the life he lived so I went for it, why not? Over the following weeks, we tried the whole friends thing, but it was clear quickly it was way more than that. I wanted to give it ago more than anything. I wanted it to work and I would of done anything for him. I put myself in some stupid situations, I sacrificed my friendships  for him as I knew my friends didn't like him. I gave up caring about myself and my mental health was deteriorating. Neither of us would sleep at night as we both had issues with sleeping during the night, so we were sleeping all day. I wasn't even seeing any light apart from when I was falling asleep. This was pretty much everyday. My mood was dropping. Despite this I somehow managed to push through my dissertation and ended up with a 2:2 which I'm so happy I did.

It wasn't until I stepped away from the situation, that I realised it was poisonous from the start, he would never even want to admit he was associated with me in public. He would act like it was all in my head, then when we were alone, he would act like he loved me, telling me he was falling for me, treating me like I was the only girl in the world. In front of others he was constantly checking dating websites, talking to girls and making feel like I was nothing to him. I was supplying him with the lifestyle he wanted, funding everything he wanted. Treating him like he was the best thing in the world, because to me he was. I didn't understand at the time but I honestly felt like it was more like an abusive relationship, it was never physical, but the mental abuse I suffered was not okay. No one deserves to get torn down every single to the point where they don't know who they are anymore, they feel so empty and alone that they don't know how to cope. Made to feel like they are worthless.

Then one day, after he admitted he actually had feelings for me and wanted to give it ago, he started being weird with me, and you know, when something doesn't feel right? Yeah that. I was sat in his flat and he disappeared for hours, came back and something still wasn't right, and it got to the point where he stopped talking to me all together despite being in the same room for 12 hours. I left his flat the next day and he deleted me off everything. He stopped replying to my messages, it was like he was gone without a trace. That hurt.

The next few days were tough, I spent two months of my life trying to make someone so happy, I had forgotten how to care for myself. My mental health was poor and I was giving everything to a guy who frankly didn't care. I didn't know what I'd done to him so my anxiety went through the roof. I felt like I was a bad person, like I'd done something unforgivable. But worse, this guy who you'd given everything to just cut you out, just like that. You hear from people in your life he's been telling them he cut you loose and that he only stuck around for the money benefits I was offering. It hurts being used. Honestly it does. It was only a few days ago when I finally realised I am SO much better off without someone who is that much of a low life and I found this AMAZING article, which I read about cutting toxic people out of your life (you can read it here) it changed the way I was looking at things, I started to wonder what if I had actually done anything wrong, and it occurred to me I did everything for that person, and that person had let me down. I am still trying to rebuild myself up now, and I am going to find it SO hard to trust again, BUT, I will trust again.

I will find someone who doesn't make me feel awful for wanting to hug them, or for telling them they look good. I will find someone who actually makes me feel good instead of putting me down, I will find someone who wants me around and appreciates what I do for them. I am worthy of that, I know damn well I am. For those of you stuck in a toxic situation, remember it's not your fault and as hard as it may seem, you can get through it, I promise. It may not be easy to get out of, it may take weeks, months or even years to get out of it, but remember you're not alone. Surround yourself with those who make you feel worthy, you need those people in your life.

"To the wrong person, you'll never have any worth. To the right person, you'll mean everything."
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Luxury For Less - 4 ways to cut the cost of a luxe break.

Luxury For Less - 4 ways to cut the cost of a luxe break.


If you’re longing for a high-class getaway but your belt is still firmly tightened following the Christmas season, you’re not alone. There’s no need to scrimp on luxury though, even if you’re trying to be a little more economical when booking a holiday this time around. Destination2 has a little advice for any traveller who fancies a stylish, upmarket break without the expense.



1. Prioritise
What is it that you want out of your holiday? Once you have decided on the type of experience you want, this will help you to discern which areas of the trip will cost more, and where you might be able to cut corners comfortably. If independent sightseeing is more your sort of thing, perhaps opt for a package that includes all meals so you’re free to splash out a little more on the internal travel element. However, if your dream holiday resembles more of a taste-tour and you’re itching to try a different restaurant, bar or eatery each night, perhaps book a hotel in a central location so that travel costs you very little. Many resorts even offer free shuttle services within your city, and some will even whisk you off to destinations quite a way away! Speaking of free services…

2. Find the freebies
You’ll be surprised by the offers you can uncover if you do your research in advance! Some major cities offer discounted entry to popular landmarks and even money off meals in particular eateries if you apply for a special card before you travel. There are also a number of highly enjoyable experiences you can enjoy free of charge all the year round in a vast number of cities, such as visits to museums and galleries, festivals, parades and galas, walking tours and trips to beauty spots such as beaches, national parks and nature reserves.

3. Dodge the rush
There are a huge number of holiday destinations that are just as enjoyable - often more so - when you opt to miss their annual tourism peak. Prices are often bumped up at these times, and the best hotels fill up very quickly. Travelling in April rather than August can mean savings of hundred of pounds, on both flights and accommodation, and that is not to be sniffed at! Research your dream escape to discover their most popular months, but just be aware that there may be a clear reason why particular seasons are quieter - many countries have periods of rather extreme weather, so be sure to learn the times you ought to avoid.

4. Go all-inclusive
In the past, an all-inclusive holiday simply suggested the following: flights, hotel room, three meals a day. However, tourism is an increasingly competitive market, and the jetset lifestyle is quickly becoming the norm for a large number of people. You’ll be astonished at the extras and add-ons that can be thrown in as part of an all-inclusive holiday in order to secure your booking. From bar tabs to spa access, experiences that might otherwise set you back a fair amount of money often come part and parcel when you book with particular resorts or hotels, so get searching and see what treasures you can unearth!

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30 blog post ideas

30 blog post ideas


Hi all, happy Friday! The weekend is upon us once again, which for a lot of us means blogging! I decided to bring you a post which I've had in my drafts for a while now, 30 blog post ideas for those who are struggling with inspo. I did one a few years back and it is still one of my most viewed posts. If you fancy viewing that one, you can do here. I'm hoping this post is better than the last one as I have written many more blog posts since that one, which have filled me with inspiration. Hopefully you enjoy this post and get some ideas for your own blog posts!

Fashion 
1. Shop my style (Share your outfit inspo like this)
2. Fashion Wishlist
3. Outfit of the day
4. Dress for the season (Some ideas are like this and this)
5. What I've Bought Lately.

Beauty
6. Shop my makeup stash
7. Easy makeup looks
8. Beauty wishlist
9. Introducing a brand (This is my favourite beauty post to do, I did one for Soap and Glory here)
10. Haulin' (One of the most popular beauty posts! I've got a Colourpop haul as an example.



Lifestyle 
11. Favourite films/tv shows.
12. Advice posts (e.g. moving into your first home, being a student)
13. Home hauls (I did a fabulous one with Sass and Belle!)
14. Talk about issues which are important (I've wrote posts on discrimination and sex ed in schools)
15. Show off your collections! (I did a tsum tsum haul which is super popular!)
16. 30 facts about me
17. Why did you start blogging
18. Book reviews, what have you been reading lately
19. Bloggers who inspire you.
20. Your top blog posts that you've done.



Travel
21. Talk about your local city/town and things to do.
22. Places you want to visit on your bucket list. (I did one here)
23. A post about a place you've visited and make it picture heavy! (Here's one on Brighton I did)
24. Exploring the UK, talk about places in the UK to visit.
25. Best places to shop.


Food
26. Review restaurants you've visited. (I did one on Jamie's Italian and The Verano Lounge.)
27. Top food places to visit in your area
28. How to eat healthy, some meal ideas.
29. Eating on a student budget. (I did a post in collaboration with the Co Op on this.
30. Throw a dinner party and write about your experience. (I did a come dine with me blogger style)

I hope you managed to get some inspiration from this post! Let me know if you enjoyed it in the comments below! 

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4 Things You NEED To Watch Now! | Lifestyle.

4 Things You NEED To Watch Now! | Lifestyle.


I have recently submerged myself into watching so much TV, I cannot stop watching it. I am making my way through full series in a matter of days at a time. I couldn't imagine not having Netflix, Iplayer and 4 on Demand in my life, they are my saviours. I could do with a bed from Adjustamatic to relax in whilst watching my favourite shows A while back a did a few posts on my favourite documentaries and films and you guys really enjoyed them and I've been watching some AMAZING stuff lately so I decided I would share my top 5 favourite things I've watched recently and I hope you enjoy!


Orphan Black:
Around Christmas one of my friends recommended me watching this and I was a bit hesitant as it isn't something I'd usually watch but decided to give it ago anyway, and after one episode I was hooked. I am now on the last two episodes of season 4 and literally recommend it to anyone. I'd say it's a sci-fi thriller, always keeps on you on your toes and requires you paying attention constantly as it moves so fast. It definitely takes you through all of the motions.  

Audrey and Daisy:
I watched this documentary and couldn't stop crying throughout, it's a beautiful but sad look into a girl who killed herself due a sexual assault and it shows the story of another girl called Daisy and what she went through when she was sexually assaulted too. A gripping and eye opening look at what people go through and how they overcome what has happened to them. I honestly wanted to hug every single girl in this documentary. 

Playhouse Masters:
A bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, but I'm not even sorry. It's on TLC and is amazing to watch. It is about a couple who own their own business creating playhouses, and my god, some of these playhouses are better than my actual house ha. They are amazing to look and always have me in awe of how they create such amazing ones. 

Drugs Map Of Britain: 
A BBC Iplayer documentary series look into drugs and what drugs are most popular in parts of England, it is on going series which started in September. There has been one on Black Mamba, Heroin, Ecstasy, Alcohol and a few more. It's an eye opening look into how badly drugs effect the UK and it's residents and what people are like who are suffering with a full blown addiction to the drug. 

I hope you enjoyed this mixed bag of things I have been watching lately, what are you enjoying at the moment? 
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Guide For Surviving Student Life! | Lifestyle

Guide For Surviving Student Life! | Lifestyle


It's official, I have submitted my dissertation which means I am finished with university, after 3 and a half gruelling years of assignments, presentations and reports. I am done with university. Although because of my course length being super weird, I do not officially graduate until the summer. With this is in mind I thought I'd share with you somethings which I've learnt whilst being a student, hopefully those of you who are currently students or going to be in the near future find this post somewhat helpful. Obviously these are just my own opinions and tips on how to make university life that little bit easier.



Shop online: 
Of course I would start this post with something food related, it's me! I noticed when I first moved into my own place I was spending a lot of money just buying random bits of food from Asda as it was down the road. Or I'd spontaneously buy random bits and never check what I had in to start with. When I started to shop online and the minimum spend was £40 it was a lot easier to keep track of what I was buying as well as plan meals whilst I was doing it. Although I also realised buying fresh stuff didn't really work for me and I would often find it went out of date, freezer stuff like vegetables, pizzas and then cupboard stuff like soup and pasta sauces worked well for me.

It Is OK to borrow money sometimes
When you're a university student getting a job is always a plus, being a student is super expensive and there is a reason why students have the broke title because we basically always are. Sometimes even with a part time job, living can get in the way. I remember in my old house massive electric bills would come out at the worst time. When you really need to money for a bill or something urgent and you know you are getting money relatively soon, it is ok to borrow money from places like Quick Loans or Auto Advance. Borrowing money from short term lenders is something that can actually help when you're in a sticky situation. Obviously you have to have some kind of earnings in the first place to be accepted. But having a part time job and being student isn't always enough to cover the bills especially when it is an excepted one and you know it's a few days until your student loans/pay. Check out The Money Advice Service for more info on Payday loans.

Assignments first, fun later:
This is a big one for most university students, and I am one of the worst for doing this, but as great as having a social life is, it is important to get your deadlines done first. I am honestly one of those people who would go out have a good time before my deadlines were handed in and then would spend the next few days in proper panic mode and although my work did well, it was still an extra stress I could of avoided by taking more time to focus on my work in the first place!

Living with people is hard: 
Honestly being a student has put me off ever living with my friends again, living with my housemates last year there was 5 of us, in a house not big enough for 3 of us. We got on each others nerves like no tomorrow even to the point where I don't speak to one of my housemates at all anymore. Although I nearly lost my best friend at the time it has made us stronger than ever before but living in that house made us all a bit crazy. Although it can be done, it is important to remember personal space is key and make sure the house is big enough for all of your needs.


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5 Things I Want To Achieve in 2017 | Lifestyle

5 Things I Want To Achieve in 2017 | Lifestyle


Happy hump day all! How are we doing? We are almost a month into the new year, and 2017 seems to be going significantly better than 2016. Lets hope it stays this way. So far this month I've mainly focused on fashion based posts to get me back into blogging. Today I am bringing you a post about what I want to achieve this year, I decided I would share five things I want to achieve and then talk a bit about why. I hope you enjoy this post, I know you lot seem to enjoy my more personal ones so hopefully this is a hit!



1. Get my degree!
I am only a matter of a few weeks away from finishing my degree, my course has been a strange length running for three and a half years. I am in my final few weeks and I just need to get my dissertation finished and then I am done. I will officially graduate in the summer and I am super excited to do so. Getting a degree is one of the hardest things I've had to do and I've wanted to drop out so many times, but I am proud of myself for sticking with it.

2. Pass my test and get a car! 
I started to learn to drive a few years back and I've been learning/doing tests on and off since. I took my last test in September of last year and then for some reason gave up again. This year I will get a license, whether it takes the whole year or just a month, I will do this! Once I finally manage to pass my test I plan on getting car, I've been looking into my options and found that Moneybarn who offer car finance calculator also offer finance to help you purchase a car. It's a great way to get a car and be able to pay back the payments monthly.

3. Go to a festival 
It's been about four years since I went to my last festival and I enjoyed it so much, I would love to attend another one this year, I got invited to go to Bestival last year but was working *sad times*. I plan on using a lot of my holiday from work this year to be able to go to some festivals over the summer!

4. Get a full time job
During my time at university I've been working on the weekends in a call centre for a healthcare company, and I love it so much but I want to get a full time job this year, hopefully get some more stability into my life as well being able to save up to eventually buy my own house.

5. Better my mental health
Over the last few years I've worked towards bettering my mental health, and although it's going well considering how bad it was a few years ago, I know I can do more to make myself healthier. I am getting therapy and hopefully by the end of the year I will feel like my old self more.

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What I've Been Loving Lately #2 | Lifestyle

What I've Been Loving Lately #2 | Lifestyle


Hi lovelies, happy Wednesday how are you all doing? I hope you're well. I am so snowed under with my university work and social life, I've been lacking a little bit on the blog posts but I promised you guys I would attempt two a week, and this week I am having this one up today and then one on Friday too! I am excited for it to be Friday as it is my birthday, yay! I will be 22. I plan on playing the Taylor Swift song 22 for the most of the day too. I decided I would create another what I've been loving post as you lot seem to love them. If you missed my first one it is is here for you to catch up on.



Rejuvenating Frankincense Face Wash:
I'm so in love with this product at the moment, it is improving my acne by like 90% and makes my face feel fresh and clean in the morning. I couldn't imagine kick starting my day without it anymore. I also use it when I am using my Foreo as it gives the skin a deeper clean.

Sass and Belle Stackable Mugs:
Honestly the CUTEST set of mugs I have ever seen, and even better that they stack. Perfect for any kitchen. I love the little faces, they're so adorable! I would love to add these to my quirky kitchen stuff.

This is a long time favourite of mine, but I thought it's worth a mention as you are able to now buy it in the UK from Debenhams. It's the best pen liner around and it'll give you the most 'fleeky' liner around. It's easy to use and comes out really black which is amazing. 

I honestly have not spent as much time in any pair of shoes as I do in my Dr Martens, and it is about time I invested in another pair, I love the colour of these boots and they look like they'd be a gorgeous pair to wear. Mine are a little worn now, as I bought them two years ago, although I will still be wearing my current pair I would love to invest in another pair. 

I often share with you that one of my favourite places to shop all things weird and wonderfull is Dollskill, they have the BEST bags by a mile and they're always super quirky and fun. I love this bag because it's a perfect everyday bag. I plan on getting it with my birthday money. Yay! 

What have you been loving recently? 


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New Year, New Me? | Lets Talk

New Year, New Me? | Lets Talk


It's me, Olivia. I am back. In case you've forgotten who I am, it's been a while. I lost all of my willpower to blog, I started to hate my photos, my content and I couldn't even face logging in to Twitter. I went through something similar back in 2014 and I gave up blogging for a few months and I didn't want this break to get that bad so I knew as soon as it started to feel like something I 'had' to do instead of what I wanted to do, I took time away and now I feel ready to come back. I apologise to you lot for the content I put out over the last couple of months because it hasn't been my best, but I am going to keep trying to bring you new and fresher content. I plan on having a re-brand over the next few weeks so prepare yourselves for that. It will still be the same Dungarees & Donuts name which you've all gotten to know and love just more of me, I started my blog when I was still in college and I've grown a lot as a person since then. I love to blog about lifestyle and beauty, but I want more for my space on the internet, as you all know I am a huge advocate of mental health and taboo subjects and I want to keep talking about them, I want to keep breaking down the stigma and I will continue to do that. Dungarees & Donuts has always been my space where I can talk about what I want and nobody really has a say about what I can/can't write. I hope when I finally get my plans into motion you all enjoy what I have to offer. For the time being I plan on only putting out one or two posts a week because 3-5 can be seriously soul destroying and they do say less is more.



As far as me as a person goes, I am not one for the whole new year, new me stuff. But I am hoping to make 2017 a year I am proud of. I have been struggling with my mental health over the last few months more than I like to admit, I've been struggling to do anything other than get out of bed at a stupid time, go into work on some days, I am not enjoying who I've become. I feel like I am a shell of the person I was a few years back, but in other ways I feel stronger and ready to take on the world. I am ready to take the time to get better and work on myself. Later this month I will have finished with my university course and I will finally be able to take the time I need to figure out what I want to do with my life. I'm sure that will come with time though *I hope* 

My final request is something along the lines of let me know what you want to see more of on my blog and how I can improve, I want to keep progressing and making my blog the best it can be!

Over and out, 
Love Olivia!
(I have not signed out of a blog post in a long time!)


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