Autumn Is Here!

October is officially here! Time for my hibernation and happy mode to start!

The next three months are my favourite part of the year, I feel totally at home in the Autumn/Winter season and if you hadn’t guessed from the first line, they make me very happy!
A lot of things are already changing, such as the nights are getting darker, the leaves change colour and starting to fall of the trees and every time I go to the park there are conkers everywhere!


Reflecting On Summer

This summer has been so lovely and an awful lot has happened:

  • We’ve had a heat wave in the UK ☀️
  • I went to 3 concerts in the space of a month 🎤
  • I’ve travelled all over the England 🇬🇧
  • Summer holiday in Greece 🇬🇷
  • I’m happy ❤️

I will always remember Summer 2018 with fond memories, but I can’t wait to experience the autumn months too!


Goals For The Rest Of The Year

There’s a lot going on in my life at the moment, so when I take a break, I really need to do that.
Totally switching off is something I’ve never been that great at, but now I really see the importance of doing it.

I also want to attend and do as much as I can this winter. I have a whole winter bucket list that I want to get through to really help me switch off and get the most out of the upcoming seasons.

Plus these will activities will hopefully make good blog posts!


What do you like most about Autumn and what are you most looking forward to doing?

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September Review

September has been quite a quiet month for me, although its held a lot of changes. I’ve made a few changes in my life recently and I’m extremely happy with their outcomes.

🌍 Places I’ve been this month include:

  • Whitby

📚 Books I’m reading:

  • Dracula! It’s been almost a year of on and off reading but I’m getting there!

🌟 Main highlights this month:

  • Dracula performance at Whitby Abbey
  • Luna Cinema
  • Mum’s birthday

👏🏻 Things I’ve learnt:

  • If you’re not happy, change it.

A Day In Whitby

Whitby has always been one of my happy places as I’ve got such good memories of visiting with my family.
We went to Whitby at the beginning of the month for a day out at a different seaside town.
It took us quite a while to get there, but we had such a lovely coastal view through it that it didn’t both us!

Our first stop was Whitby Abbey, which is a beautiful English Heritage site which towers over Whitby town.
We had really good warm weather and we timed our arrival perfectly for a performance of Dracula. It was a very interactive show, where you followed the actors around the abbey to immerse yourself in the history and by the end you could really appreciate Bram Stokers vision for Dracula!

We then went to lunch at one of the local fish and chip restaurants, everything was cooked perfectly and one of the best things about it was that it was dog friendly – which meant the dog could be with us all day.
If you’re ever in Whitby I highly recommend Abbey Wharf for a sit down fish and chip meal!

After food we wandered around the town and into the sweet shops and finished our day by walking up to the whale bones.


Luna Cinema

The Luna Cinema is an outdoor cinema experience where you can watch a film in a beautiful outdoor setting while either cuddled up in on a blanket or on a camp chair.
We went to the showing of The Greatest Showman at Harewood House and I loved it!

The atmosphere was incredible, and having everyone sing along was a lot of fun!

The bit I loved most was taking a picnic blanket, cushions and blankets and getting all cosy for the film to start – this is something I’ve only ever seen in the movies so experiencing it was incredible!

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My Blog Writing Process

Something I have always admired in bloggers is their ability to put out (at least) one blog post a week.
As a reader I took this for granted and just assumed every blogger was a blogger full-time.
Now that I’m a blogger and have blogger friends I realise this was a very naive point of view.

Blogging is hard work.

I work full-time and I make sure I have one blog post going live every week. Alongside my personal life this is extremely difficult to keep up with.
As I’m not willing to sacrifice anything, what process have I put in place to ensure my blog has a healthy upload schedule?

1) Commit to an upload day

My upload day is Wednesday, and I try to never miss a Wednesday upload, however a blog post might go up on a day instead if that day has a link to the post that is being uploaded.

2) Plan your posts

I have a book that I write down all the dates I am planning to upload and what I am planning to upload on those days.
These gives me an idea on what topics I am planning to talk about and it also gives me head space to plan the images that will do with it. Do I need to outsource photos? do I already have an image that will fit? Do I need to do a photo shoot?
Planning ahead means I don’t have to worry about these questions.

I also make sure I look at my calendar to see what I am doing around that date to see if I can make a blog post out of it!

3) Write your blog post in advance

I get extremely stressed when I realise it’s almost Wednesday and I haven’t written my blog post for the week yet.
To try combat this I’m currently aiming to write blog posts up to 6 weeks in advance. Trying to be ahead of the game means I only worry about blog posts over a month away rather than posts that are due to go up that week.

4) Schedule, schedule, schedule!!

Have a good blog post idea for Christmas but it’s Easter? Write it and then schedule it. Don’t let any of your ideas be forgotten!
Plus regular scheduling means your posts go out at the same time every week, letting your readers know when to expect posts!

On my blog I schedule for 6:30am.


These are just a few things I do to maintain a healthy blog and head space.
Do you have a blog? What’s your blog writing process?

Intermittent Fasting

Over the past couple of month I’ve been intermittent fasting to help aid weight loss and I’ve found paired with exercise it’s one of the best things for me.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to lose weight, depending on the shop I fit in clothes sizing from 6-10, and as rule of thumb I’m a size 8 and I’m so happy with my weight, but I still get affected by bloating and swelling and I use I.F. to help keep this at bay as much as possible.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is changing your eating pattern so that you cycle through fasting and non-fasting.
For example you may chose to eat for 8 hours of the day, however for the remaining 16 hours you can’t eat.

Intermittent fasting is definitely a mindset too, as when you know you are outside your eating window you’ve got to stay strong and not give into the biscuit tin!

Why Intermittent Fast?

Your start burning fat from your body 8 hours after you stop eating. For most people this is while they sleep, and by the time they have woke up for breakfast, they are just out of this window due to late night snacking.

With intermittent fasting you are extending that window by a few hours which means your body burns fat for longer. In my case I fast for 16 hours a day, which means my body burns fat for 8 hours more than it usually would on a daily basis.

How do I do it?

The amount of time you fast is entirely up to you. I’d recommend newbies to fast for 13 hours to begin with, which gives you an 11 hour eating window.
I’d recommend fasting for less time as your first week can be horrific. In my first week I felt tired, lethargic and I had an insatiable hunger.
However, after my first week I felt full of energy, I wasn’t hungry between meals and even started eating less!

Technically with I.F. you should eat two larger meals rather than three. However, as someone who works full time I prefer to eat a small breakfast, a small lunch and a regular sized dinner, and overall I probably eat the same as someone eating two meals. Outside of your window ensure you are drinking lots of water! Yes you will need to go to the toilet a lot more, but your body will benefit from it!

And remember – STAY STRONG! 💪🏻

How do I know I’m outside of my fasting window?

The best way I keep a track of if I’m inside or outside my fasting window is through the app Zero.
I receive a notification every time my fasting window is over. It’s my favourite notification of the day as it means it’s time to eat!
When you’ve finished your eating window, just restart your fast on your phone and let the cycle recommence!
It also keeps a track of how well you are doing so you can see how well (or not so good) you’ve done in the past.

The benefits I’ve seen!

Since I’ve begun intermittent fasting I’ve found that my portion size has been reduced, and although I will be hungry on a morning when I wake up, I generally lose hunger for most of the day.
It’s also helped me lose quite a bit of weight and consequently my abs are very visible!

As I’m not keen on fully transforming my diet in regards to what I eat, I.F became the best option to help weight loss while still being able to say yes to a slice of cake!!


Are you currently intermittent fasting or wanting to start? Let me know your thoughts!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, this is all my opinion and something that have worked for me. Remember that no two people are the same and just because it works for someone doesn’t mean it will work for you.
If you are unsure about any of this and if it is the right thing for you, please consult your GP.

The Best Bath Salts Around

In my opinion!

Have you ever stumbled across a little gem of a shop, bought something on a whim and ended up loving it?
This is what happened to me last year when I walked into The Cabinet of Curiosities for the first time, it is a beauty and bathing that also sells a plethora of unique collectors items and clothing. It really is a peculiar shop!
It’s built-in an old-fashioned pharmacy and they have left the interior as it was and so the shop has such an enticing feel as you don’t know what you will find in there!

When I visited last year I was drawn towards their bathing collection (which they make themselves!) and in particular their bath salts.
I’d never used bath salts before and I liked that these were in powder form. I impulsively bought the 100g version in both lavender and rose.
As soon as I used them I instantly fell in love.
They make the water so silky smooth, give off a lovely scent that lingers on the skin and does have a slight moisturising factor.

Dare I say I even rate them over LUSH bath bombs?!

After my recent trip to Haworth (read about it here) I went back to the shop and this time picked up 400g jar of each! Hopefully this should take me to next year now!
I’m thrilled to have these back in my life and I’m now super excited for my next bath!

Next time you are in Haworth definitely add visiting this shop to your to do list!


You can purchase the lavender bath salts here.

You can purchase the rose bath salts here.

Or visit their online shop to see what they sell!

August Review

The summer month has been and gone, but the sunshine doesn’t seem to be going anywhere!

Women In Tech Meetups:

  • Drinks with some of the ladies in the Leeds tech scene
  • Ladies of Code August

🌟 Main highlights of the month:

👏🏻 Things I’ve learnt:

  • Nobody is worth standing in the rain for.
  • I got as good a tan in the UK while camping, as when I was in Greece!
  • Taking a trip down memory lane is a lot of fun.
  • I need to book more spa days.

Chamboree

At the beginning of the month my Ranger unit and I went camping for a week to Chamboree, a international Scout jamboree held in Cheshire.
It was my first jamboree and I really enjoyed it.

On the first full day we were greeted by Bear Grylls who let us know all the awesome things that would be happening in the upcoming week!

One of my highlights from camp was our sub-camps trip into Liverpool, we went to Starbuck (and sat on sofas!!!! OMG it was heaven!), played mini golf and went to Nandos! We also saw some of the Super Lambanana’s around the city centre, and as a momento, Beki bought me one for my car keys!

We also loved hanging around the main arena on an evening and dancing the night away!

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Photo Credits: Chamboree


WiT Leeds Drinks

About two months ago a tweet was put out about a social for some of the ladies in tech in Leeds for drinks so we can all talk and get to know each other.

Thankfully this was actioned and around the start of the month I went along to The Botanist and met and caught up some of the lovely women of our tech scene. Over cocktails/mocktails and camembert we definitely had a lot to discuss!

It was so nice meeting everyone in such a relaxed environment and just talk about life!!

I’m so excited for the next one!

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Photo Credits: Pauline Narvas


Christopher Robin

Winnie the Pooh is a character that has been part of my life forever. Literally. He was my first ever toy that I’ve had since birth. So when I saw that Christopher Robin was being released in August I couldn’t possibly not go!
As I mentioned on my last monthly review this is a spoiler free zone! So I won’t reveal anything that happened in the film, but all I will say is that the nostalgia is real!

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Photo Credits: EW


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Zoella Beauty: Splash Botanics

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently you will know that Zoella launched her new limited edition beauty line Splash Botanics in the past couple of months.

I’ve been a fan of Zoella beauty ever since it’s beginning in 2014. I remember on release day a friend and I sneaked out of college and into town to get her first scent Blissful Mistful. I was instantly a huge fan of the scent and I still am!

Ever since I’ve bought something from each of her collections (the only one I haven’t was the last christmas collection) so this release was no different.

The scent is proclaimed to be ‘Light, green notes combined with delicate freesia give you the perfect scent for sunny days and long summer nights.’

I purchased three things from the range, the body mist, the body sorbet and the body wash.

I did buy these in the first week of the products being released, however I really wanted to test the products before I wrote a review!

Botanic’eau Body Mist

This scent has to be one of my favourites for a long time! It really is freshly scented – and it definitely has green notes!
I wore this while I was on holiday as it really is the perfect holiday scent, and one of the best things about Zoella Beauty scents is that although they are body mists they are slightly more concentrated so you can wear them as a perfume!

The packaging is beautiful, it comes in the trademark square glass bottle with banana leaf print on the back and leaf printed lid.

RRP £8.00 for 45ml

Quench Me Body Sorbet

I was worried when I bought this that the product my go quickly however I think this is my all time favourite Zoella Beauty product.
The cream is lightly whipped so that it feels… well… light! A little really goes a long way for this!
It’s very moisturising on the skin, soaks in quickly and is not greasy in the slightest!
I do think the scent of the body sorbet is different to the mist, but it is still extremely pleasant and I like the difference!

RRP £7.00 for 200ml

Make A Splash Moisturising Body Wash

This is the product I’m most disappointed with.
The product is beautiful, super creamy and really does moisturise your skin, however it doesn’t seem to have as much product in as the other body washes do.
This is a thicker consistency, so that has to be taken into consideration, but after a month of semi-regular use my bottle is almost empty! A problem I’ve never encountered with other body washes from the brand.

Apart from this it is an extremely good product and I would recommend it!

RRP £6.00 for 160ml


What do you think of the Splash Botanics collection? What is your favourite product?