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National Vegetarian Week With Haribo.


Vegetarian Haribo
*This post contains gifted items, however, this does not impact my opinion on this post or the items which were gifted to me* 

May 13th-19th is National Vegetarian Week as well as Mental Health Awareness week, two things which are close to my heart. Being a vegetarian for the majority of my life and seeing the huge shift in the opinions of those around me who are also now living or trying to live a vegetarian life. So this week is about celebrating us vegetarians and embracing the lifestyle. In recent years I've seen the number of vegetarian options in restaurants soar from 1 or 2 basic choices (it's always the veggie burger) to a massive variety, some places even offer a menu packed full of goodness. It's not just restaurants who have upped their game either. 

There are plenty of companies who are taking the step to offer meat alternatives, most supermarkets now have their own range of vegetarian/vegan food, some of the bigger chains are stepping up too and offering meat alternatives to their well-sold meat products. I'm sure most of you know about the Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll that took the nation by storm and even had Piers Morgan 'throwing up' in a bin *eye roll*. Quorn who has been the meat alternative from the start have started offering so many more products than their sausages and mince, they're offering bacon, scotch eggs, chicken nugget and many more alternatives which is amazing. 

Vegetarian Haribo 2019
Vegetarian Haribo 2019

Recently Haribo has released a huge range of vegetarian sweets! When I think of sweets my brain instantly goes to gelatine and for those vegetarian sweets on the market they just don't have the same taste as their non-vegetarian siblings. However, Haribo has managed to change this, I wouldn't have believed it either without trying them. But I'm actually shocked how good they taste and you'd never be able to tell the difference. Haribo have offered Strawbs for a long time which I didn't realise were vegetarian either, but with a ton of new exciting options in their collection what will you pick. With everything from mini strawbs, to new and exciting flavours of Jelly Beans and a twist on their classic star mix, which they have named their funny mix.

I'm excited to see what is in store next for Haribo and their vegetarian range as it keeps extending to new products and also improving previous products. I appreciate being able to enjoy more sweets now as the range was super limited prior to this. My favourites are the Jelly Beans as they have some amazing flavours such as candy floss and popcorn, yum.

Vegetarian Haribo  
Vegetarian Haribo Funny Mix

Thanks, Haribo for sending me these goodies, I am enjoying munching my way through them whilst writing this post. I am loving the miniature versions of their vegetarian sweets too, it allows you to snack easier whilst on the go. I'd love to know in the comments if you're vegetarian and what your favourite meat alternative is.

55 Blog Post Ideas For When You're Stuck In A Rut in 2019.

The longer you've been blogging, the harder it can be to think of content ideas. I remember when I started blogging in 2013 there were always chats and a community to share inspiration with and the posts were a lot more simple back then. It was all about reviewing a product, taking some pics and sharing it with other bloggers for most. Since then, blogging has come a long way and although I still love to create content there have been times when I've got into a rut and not known how to get out of it. I made a list of blog post ideas for when you're stuck in a rut in 2015 and also 2017 but I feel even since then a lot has changed blog-wise. Some of these posts I've written myself which I will highlight so you can click on those for inspiration if you fancy, but a lot of them are brand new ideas. At the bottom of the post, there will be a version of the which you can download and keep handy for when you're lacking inspiration. 



Lifestyle post ideas: 
1. Top 5 podcasts 
2. Introducing your pets
3. How to shop on eBay/Ali Express/Shein/Wish. 
4. Pop Vinyl Collection
5. 5 must-see documentaries
6. Films every Disney lover needs to see. 
7. 15 facts about Friends/ (other TV show of your choice) 
8. How to dye your hair bright colours 
9. 10 creative fonts 
10. Favourite products / least favourite of the month/year
11. Your favourite films of all time
12. Photography tips 
13. How to get over a friendship break up 
14.Ways to seek help when you're struggling
15. Top tips for freshers 
16. How to survive a breakup.
17. How to make friends as an adult (I did a post about Bumble BFF)
18. Self-care ideas 
19. 5 beauty hacks 
20. 10 tips on how to study better. 
21. Ways to feel inspired
22. How to tackle Pinterest
23. How to get over a friendship break up 
24. How to write a great CV
25. Tips for caring for a pet

Food post ideas:
26. How to make galaxy food (I made galaxy pancakes)  
27. Best restaurants to visit when you visit (insert place here)
28. 10 easy snack ideas
29. 5 tasty meals on a budget
30. How to make the perfect cupcakes
31. A review of your favourite restaurant 
32. My dream menu



Fashion post ideas:
33. Shop my style 
34. Who inspires my style?
35. 3 ways to style your favourite item of clothing
36. Perfect locations for outfit posts you may not have thought of. 
37. Tips for getting the best outfit pictures 
38. Wishlists. 



Travel post ideas: 
39. 15 unusual packing hacks
40. 9 reasons to visit a place (I recently wrote about Florida) 
41. The ultimate travel must haves 
42. 10 places to visit on a budget 
43. 5 of the most romantic places to visit 
44. 15 iconic locations to visit
45. Travelling with anxiety
46. Hotel reviews 
47. Best places to get currency 

Beauty posts: 

48. Summer inspired makeup
49. How to make your own face masks
50. My skincare routine 
51. How to do the perfect winged liner. 
52. Testing a range of products (I reviewed MUA Pro Base and JOICO recently) 
53. Festival make up looks 
54. Makeup bag essentials. 
55. How to have a spa day at home. 


I hope you've enjoyed this post and are now feeling inspired if you end up using any of these ideas I'd love for you to share your posts with me. 


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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.

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.



What thoughts do you have whilst playing the Sims? 

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

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.



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."

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

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! 

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? 

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

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

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

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!)


Staying Healthy In The Winter Months | Lifestyle

Winter can often be a time where our motivation levels are at their lowest, and the temptation to indulge is often at its highest. This can often be caused by the darker nights and colder weather. However, it's vital that you keep your exercise regime on track during the winter. Otherwise, you risk undoing all of the progress that you made in the early parts of the year. If your motivation to stay healthy is falling, make sure you follow these tips to help you get through it.

Look at YouTube videos
If the dark nights and poor weather are putting you off going outside, then why not look at some video workouts on YouTube? You don't even need to leave the house for this, and you can often use items you have lying around to complement your routine. There are millions of workout videos on YouTube, and some even come from the finest personal trainers in the industry, meaning that you're sure to find an exercise style that suits your fitness level.
Go ice skating
This is a great way of embracing everything that winter has to offer. You can also bring the kids along. It's estimated that ice skating burns as much as 387 calories per hour for an average-sized woman who is travelling at normal speed. This is an incredibly high amount, and you'll have a lot of fun doing it, too. What's more, with Christmas not too far away, you can expect to see ice rinks popping up all over the country so you won't have to travel too far to get your fix.
Enjoy a luxury boot camp
What better way to escape the cold weather than by jetting off to some of the finest locations in Spain and Portugal and taking part in a fitness and nutrition boot camp that's lead by some of the finest trainers in the industry?  Not only will you take part in inspiring, fun and challenging exercises, but you will also have access to a vibrant, healthy menu that is sure to get your taste buds tingling. All of these activities are set against some of the most stunning coastlines these countries have to offer. Keeping fit in the winter can often be a chore, but this will not be the case if you book one of these retreats through Prestige Boot Camp.
Change your clothes

If you're still using the same shorts and t-shirt combination in the winter that you used for jogging in the summer, then it's no wonder your motivation levels are dipping. Your summer clothes are not designed to handle the harsh winter elements, so make sure you buy some clothes that are. Under Armour is a great base layer to fit underneath a fleece, so why not add to your look with a pair of sports leggings with some shorts on top of that? Finish the whole thing off with a good pair of gloves and a hat. If you're well prepared to handle anything that winter throws at you, outdoor activities like jogging will seem less daunting.