Happy Mother’s Day!

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First of all: Where does the apostrophe actually go in Mothers/Mother’s/Mothers’ Day? Has anyone ever definitively answered this questions? I think it’s technically supposed to go before the S but in my opinion, it makes more sense to put it after – the day is for all mothers, not just my mother (although she definitely deserves a day all of her own.)

On that note, I want to dedicate this post to my mum, who I love and miss a lot. I think mums almost always end up being our best friends once we emerge from the awkward, awful teenage years of disagreeing about everything. That’s certainly the case for my mum. Nobody will ever come close to knowing me as well as she does, helping and supporting me as much as she does, and sharing so many moments with me, the big, important moments and the little everyday things.  Continue reading

Packing 101: Capsule Wardrobes and Kindles

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I think packing a suitcase for most people goes a little something like this:

  1. Open suitcase.
  2. Empty entire wardrobe onto bed.
  3. Go and do something else.

Nobody enjoys packing for a trip of any length – why is it so difficult to fill (not overfill) a suitcase? Why is it that, regardless of how little you actually need, you always end up sitting on the damn thing trying to get it closed? And why is packing so boring/tiring? I don’t know.

But I will say this: you absolutely don’t need to do what I did and bring enough beauty/haircare products to last an entire year. That’s how you end up paying for an extra 5kg of luggage. Continue reading

Contrast and Compare: City Life

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I can’t really imagine living anywhere except in a city. I like the countryside (sometimes) but only for short periods of time, to relax and decompress. Mostly, I like having everything I need and want within walking distance of my house – I like to be surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants, libraries, schools and universities, and people. But, I’m also picky about the cities that I like. They have to be big but not too big – I want to walk everywhere and not rely too much on buses, trains and undergrounds. Even though I live in Guadalajara now, and I love this city, Manchester is still my favourite.

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Springtime Crafting

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When I was a child I used to make things. All. The. Time. I never really lost my love for making art and crafts (and a huge mess) but as I’m sure many people find, adult life kind of takes over and we have other responsibilities that we have to take care of before we put time into our hobbies. Usually when I finish working I don’t want to do anything except sit at home in my pyjamas, eating and watching Netflix, but guess what? Now I’m a primary school teacher. I have two classrooms full of 7-9 year olds who I’m sure love making things as much as I did when I was their age. And, it’s spring, coming up to Easter, so I’m scouring the internet for ideas of fun, crafty things we can do. I found a few that I think are great for both kids and grown-ups (and people in the weird in-between stage like me.) I hope I’ll get to try some of them in the classroom, and some of the others during the Easter holidays!

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Spring Reflections

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No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. – Hal Borland

Finally, winter is almost over and spring is just around the corner. Although, I’ve been in Mexico for a month so it feels to me like winter ended a while ago! But, hopefully back home the weather is about to (miraculously) improve and everyone’s spirits will be lifted a little bit.

It’s not my favourite season, but whilst winter is (in my opinion) time to rest, recuperate, be comforted and cosy, the start of spring is the perfect opportunity to start over, clean up everything and, like everything in nature, start to grow again. Continue reading

Now Writing from Mexico!

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If anybody followed my last blog (Love Travel Revive) you might know I studied for a year in Guadalajara, Mexico. A lot has happened since then – I graduated from University, moved back home, got a job in my hometown, started writing for Pink Pangea and got a puppy. But the most exciting thing that came my way was a job offer from a primary school in Mexico. It was a long wait, a lot of visa stress and doubts about where I would live when I got here (and if it was what I really wanted to do) but finally, five months later, I’m back in the land of tequila and tacos. Continue reading

Favourite LUSH Facial Cleansers

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Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows that I LOVE Lush. I don’t have many beauty products that I buy regularly – I experiment a lot to find things that really work for me, but some of Lush’s facial cleansers are, or have been, totally indispensable. I’ve also tried a few which I’ve liked but not repurchased, mostly because they were outshined by a different cleanser, but I’ve decided to review them anyway – I would honestly recommend everything I’ve ever tried from Lush.

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Best For: Sensitive Skin

This is the first cleanser that I tried from Lush. I think I was mostly attracted to the name, but after reading some reviews I decided to try it out, liking the idea of natural ingredients that would care for my skin. I ended up using it every day for quite a while, and I still love to use it from time to time when my skin needs something gentle and calming. Angels on Bare Skin is a little bit exfoliating, which is great, but the real benefit is the balancing, calming and restoring. I’m also crazy about rose oils at the moment, which Angels On Bare Skin contains, along with lavender. Surprisingly, it doesn’t smell great, but that doesn’t take away from all the good it does for your skin. Continue reading

2017 “Booket” List

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I’ve got to admit, I love making New Year’s Resolutions. I tend to have so many good intentions but at the end of the day, most of them turn out to be too much effort or not much fun (looking at you, diet and exercise.) But the one resolution I consistently make and fully mean to stick to is to read more. I love looking at books, hearing about books when people recommend them to me and even buying books, but they usually end up in a sad, ever-growing pile on my shelf. However, at the end of last year I sort of got into a reading habit, I’m enjoying it, I feel good about it, so hopefully I’ll stick to it! So, I’ve compiled a list of books I’ve been hearing about and really want to read this year. Here they are!

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How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran

I have just finished reading How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran (which I bought when I was looking for How To Be A Woman) and was surprised by how much I got into it. I have been wanting to get hold of How To Be A Woman for a while having heard that it’s funny, relatable reading with a strong feminist message. Amazon describes it as “part memoir, part rant,” so I think and hope it might help me out with my own rants.

 

 

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is another author who has been on my list for a while. I’m quite ashamed that I have never read anything of hers as she was and is such an influential voice on the subject of equality, both for women and people of colour. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is the first book in the series that makes up her autobiography, so I think it’s a good place to start.

 

 

 

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Dear Crafters…

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This post is dedicated to my good friend Alice who has been hard at work creating her own business! Her online store finally launched a few days ago and I am IN LOVE with her gorgeous yarns and knitting and crochet accessories, so I just had to try and spread the word.

A while ago on my old blog I wrote about how happy I was that knitting and crocheting are back in fashion and I still am. Crafts are such a simple and universal pleasure, even if you think you’re not good at them, everyone likes cutting and sticking and everyone can learn how to knit a simple pattern. And, everyone needs a break from staring at a computer or TV screen to do something creative. That’s why I was so excited when Alice first told me about her plans to start up a craft company. What a great way to encourage people from all walks of life to come together and forget about the stresses of the modern world.

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Review: Panic! At the Disco, 17/11/16

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People who know me know that I never really grew out of my 2006 emo phase. Yep, it’s 2016, I’m 23 and my favourite bands haven’t really changed in 10 years. My biggest regret in life is having not seen My Chemical Romance in concert, which is why about 2 weeks ago I threw caution to the wind and spent about half of my month’s wages on tickets to see Panic! At the Disco in Manchester. Continue reading