Life and all that jazz

Appreciation post – Ariana Grande

WOW. Is there anything Ariana can’t do?

The amount of support this 23 year old has gathered in a short time frame, just shows what strength humanity has when it seems to many that all is lost, that actually we have everybody’s back and everything will Be Alright.

No matter the amount of acts, terrorists will try to use, to intimidate or make nations think they should wholly fear them, her actions from the word go after the Manchester attack show that evil never wins. Ever. When they try to scare the public and manipulate those in power to their will through such cowardly acts, what do they presume will be the outcome?! Ariana like many others in this country and beyond, proved to those who commit such actions, that our souls will not be broken or damaged as they desire, but instead we will rise up and let the fire of love, compassion and nurturing Break Free among everybody because we refuse to let them win, we come back stronger and more determined.

The number of people coming together in the name of love and making the best of a bad situation is truly heartwarming to see. Everybody has so much to offer. From the medical teams who have worked hard to save those affected by the attacks, have worked some real wonders at hospital; likewise the police force quickly responding to the situation, to Steve the homeless man providing comfort and reassurance, city folk offering up places to stay for those who were lost or had nowhere to go, cafes offering free meals, celebrities and artists paying tributes, music joining everybody together, red cross immediately raising awareness and providing help.  the dancing policeman providing joy and laughter to those at the benefit concert.

To all the families who have suffered at the hands of IS and felt the world crumbling down around them – Ariana’s quick response to the attacks with her determination and passion to do something big about it,  has given something back to those families and individuals who won’t have quite the same life again as before the attacks. It won’t take away the hurt and the pain of a lost soul, but it shows that even in the toughest of times there is always hope for positive things ahead. Even if your current situation has caused you to fall and hit rock bottom, you will in time be able to stand up again.

Those families and friends  affected will not be beaten and stay there. Instead, they are fighting back murder with love for others and getting back up from the floor with huge amounts of support, donations and show-stopping performance’s at Ariana’s One Love Manchester benefit concert. It really is a large hat’s off ,to such a young woman in the music industry to show lost loved one’s a party from heaven, with a night dedicated entirely to them listening to the beautiful songs from up above One Last Time. Thank you, Ariana.

 

Don’t let them divide us, we all stand together in love.  ” The Lord is my strength and my song” Exodus 15:2

 

Keep being you,

love from Lottie x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and further to the point our hope for the nation to become even stronger together with all our differences

Books, Life and all that jazz

LONE WOLF – book review

Hi there again,

I must apologise, ILone Wolf‘ve been gone a little while as I wasn’t too well, had a  fever and shaky times, but good now!!

I wanted to tell you about one of the books I’ve read recently which is quite different to any others I’ve tried before. As you’ve probably guessed from the title itself – spoiler alert – the book does involve wolves,  but yes it is a cracking piece of fiction also in relation to the human world so let’s go!

Title: Lone Wolf

Author: Jodi Picoult

My thoughts upon reading this book: 

At first I wasn’t totally gripped by the beginning of the story if I’m completely honest it didn’t take my breath away in the first few pages,  but I was intrigued enough to continue reading. Then decided it was definitely going be a treasure so began reading this more frequently as the plot became more complex and you could see fractions of the puzzle starting to come together.

One of my favourite things about Jodi’s writing is how she effortlessly manages to become each character in the story, writing volumes of detail about each of their thoughts . Similarly,  how aware she is of how one character may be feeling inclined towards another and express it so smoothly to her audience, transitioning tones between such gripping situations with both sensitivity and complete defiance, depending upon the characters role helping feed into the plot.

General summary:

A father is lying is his hospital bed in a bad state, his previously fresh bill of health now left reeling from a severe car crash, from which he was lucky to be saved.  As he lies in a coma his daughter and son are left to come to a decision about his life support. However, the family broke down many years back, so all is not out in the air regardless, especially trying to come to a critical conclusion together for the sake of saving/ not saving a life.

Her brother has been living in a different country for several years with next to no contact, although nobody knows quite why he picked up and left that day, when he spoke to Luke their father and claimed he was not returning home. Does he have something to say the others should know of?

Cara the daughter herself, is living between both her Mum’s new family and daughters before heading off to live with her Dad for a while and his pack of wolves. She knows all about being headstrong and learning to adapt to new places and people and could tell you the different members of a pack in under a minute. She can also see how dearly her Dad loves his job outdoors and wouldn’t seemingly want to live a life stuck in a bed all day unable to be with his pack or nurture young animals back to health.

What does Georgie his ex-wife have to say about all this? How is she going to try and keep both her daughter and son happy if they both have different opinions? Hadn’t she just settled into her new family life, before this situation bulldozed into her recent few years of newly married bliss?

With tension building as the past catches up with everybody, there’s bound to be some twists and turns in the road whilst their Dad is still sleeping, but what will the outcome of it all be?

 

You can purchase the book here from the links below:

 

https://www.waterstones.com/book/lone-wolf/jodi-picoult/9781444729016

 

Let me know if you have any book recommendations to try and if you have any I should definitely read this summer!! Also if you like this review style and would like to see more please like and share with family and friends. I’m also more than happy to hear your feedback to improve my posts from beginner, so just let me know and I’ll be glad to hear from you!!

Best wishes,

love from Lottie x

Writing/reading about happiness

Shots of happiness | Flowers edition

I don’t know about you but I just love spending time outside whether that’s; out in your garden, at a lakeside, in a forest, at a reserve or on the beach. There’s something just so refreshing about the cool air blowing against your cheeks, or the soft pitter patter of raindrops upon the ground – likewise a gorgeously sunny day setting off a scenic area, making it look more picturesque than ever.

This week hasn’t been particularly sunny in England , but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still beauty surrounding us even just a few footsteps outside of our door. So here’s some flowers I liked to look at this week, we mustn’t forget that there’s beauty in everyday although the news mostly shows us otherwise. Please don’t forget to take at least 20 mins each day, to really thoroughly live in the present moment and have a good look at what’s around you.  Hope you all have a fab week and let me know your favourite places to spend time in the outdoors!!

 

Don’t forget to follow back ! 🙂 Let me know which other ‘shots of happiness’ you’d like to start seeing and I’ll do my best!

See you again soon!! Love from Lottie x

Life and all that jazz

8 tips for winding down at night to get that much needed zzzZZZZZ

sleep

So you’re probably already had your tea, finished some work/assignments for the week, or been thinking over what’s gone on at work , then you’ve been scrolling through your social media feeds seeing what’s going on or watching TV. Stop and give yourself time to wind down for a nights restful sleep, your body will thank you for it. More often than not and I’m certainly guilty of it, we don’t give ourselves the required sleep time to fully rest our bodies for them to work at optimum level the following day to be our most productive self. Whether it’s because you’ve procrastinated and needed to finish something til midnight or past then….. /or you’ve been out with friends for food and drinks and got back late in the week (naughty naughty) or simply got caught up in some episodes watching one after the other until your series finishes and you realise you NEED to go to bed asap, where did the time go ?!?

So here’s some tips to try and ease yourself into a healthy bedtime routine, you could pick a few ideas or just one per night for when you’re struggling to get to sleep. Here we go ↓

  1. Eliminate as many backlit electrical items as possible, an hour before you go to bed or turn the brightness down as much as possible.
  2. Put on a relaxing playlist to soothe all the buzz of the day in your head or white noise can be a lovely alternative if you don’t want any lyrics.
  3. Clear your space to make it a relaxing area  (I’m not great at this, if I’m honest).
  4. Take a warm/hot bath with as many or as little added features as you would like – foaming bath soak, a book if you only have this period as your quiet time, a cuppa (yes I do this for real haha). If you’re feeling super fancy mode,  you could light some scented candles , add a red wine glass into the mix and treat yourself to a bath bomb .
  5. Read a good book for enjoyment or alternatively one that’ll bore you to sleep.
  6. Could try the counting sheep method – not that it works every time I just start getting mixed up the more tired I get and get annoyed at myself for miscounting :’) .
  7. Spritz a lavender pillow spray such as  and air it for a few mins before putting your face next to the pillow. Here’s my personal fav http://www.marksandspencer.com/sleep-pillow-mist-150ml/p/p22460183?&pdpredirect .
  8. Have a hot milky drink such as horlicks or hot milk as the delight it it alone! 

 

So give these a go and let me know what you think!! 🙂  Please bear in mind though these can help, but not be a replacement for professional medical help with insomnia which would require further advice and support from your GP or local practitioner.

Sweet dreams,

love Lottie x

Life and all that jazz

Mental health awareness week

So this year from 8th to 14th May, this week is given dedication to the increasing issues of mental health throughout our society and many other places in the world. The theme picked this year by https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/mental-health-awareness-week-preview  is based on ‘thriving or surviving’ aimed to make people think about where they are standing with their mental health, or if they have concerns about other individuals they know.

As you will most likely be aware, there are plenty of different mental health conditions out there including; anxiety, bipolar disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, dissociative disorder, eating disorders, hypomania, PTSD, schizophrenia and more.

Yet, it’s such a shame that so many people feel they cannot say anything to others purely because of the stigma created around these ‘imaginary/time consuming’ issues as some people like to call it. The type of individuals who only see a broken leg or something similar as a ‘real’ injury or damaged area in the body because they can see it in front of their own eyes, that that specific part of the body is not fully functioning to it’s optimum level because it requires care to the wound  – surprisingly much like the organ our brain for people with a mental health condition would you guess ???  This type of ignorance and lack of involvement; or driving up the wrong street with a conclusion of their own on a contradictory level, will only  further lead to other symptoms of depression for individuals such as –  those people feeling unsupported, having no sense of direction or purpose, losing interest in things they usually like doing and acting differently around those they know, eating differently, sleeping less/more ( and plenty others ) .

mental health brain

Statistics from www.mentalhealth.org.uk  show us that only a shocking 13% of people reported good mental health this year, over a quarter of people having experienced panic attacks but feel free to go and look for more stats yourself.  Good mental health is absolutely vital for the wholeness of individuals and society as mentioned below ↓

mental health

 

This is very important that we most importantly understand, but also play a large role in our own mental health to help it flourish and grow, and to help others as much as we possibly can without impeding or giving too much of ourselves that we burn out and are unable to help either.  I myself am very familiar with different types of mental health disorders as many of my family and friends have been affected by a variety of these from milder to severe, so I do understand how different each type of condition can cause numerous symptoms you may not have recognised in someone else, I have also personally struggled with 2 of these conditions myself so I am not writing this from an outsider’s viewpoint. If you yourself are reading this and feel you don’t know what to do, or are worried about someone – send me a message and I’ll try to help as much as I can. Not getting the help you need and rightly deserve will only make things worse, make mental health your priority just like heading to your GP about any other problem that’s bothering you, make time to help your head, it will be worth it in the long run!

But for more professional help and medical support here are a few websites below you can check out for in depth info and tips on finding out about and dealing with mental health disorders, or taking some tests to see if you need to take a trip to your doctors, they are there to help support you with your health after all and will surely do what they can to try and find different types of treatment for you, whether that be a type of talking therapy, or a medicine to help you balance your day to day life a little easier .

Now for my extremely cheesy sentence I have just partly stolen……. don’t just survive, help yourself and others thrive! 

https://www.blurtitout.org/

https://www.mind.org.uk/

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-and-stigma/types-problems

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth/Pages/Mentalhealthhome.aspx

http://www.samaritans.org/

Lots of love from Lottie x

Life and all that jazz

My April favourites

The months seem to be whizzing past don’t they? It doesn’t seem like we’re 5 months into 2017 does it, or is this just me? So why not share a few tidbits from each month as they pass us by with each other?

Here are a few of my faves from April ( in no particular order ) you may already have seen/ tried for yourself. So let me know what you think, or comment below if you have any favourites from the last month you’d like to share 🙂

Sanctuary Spa body scrubLemony vibes  - ForsythiaNew addition to my coasters :)Pom pom for my bagLilac rockstar shellacAnd again...

 

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a fabulous week!!

Love from Lottie x

Spread your wings and explore, Travel

Marbella baby ( 4 days )

Day 1.

Wake up get sleep out of eyes, quick shower, clothes and shoes on √
Suitcase and hand luggage 100% sorted √
Passports are deffo still in the bag and haven’t ran off to somewhere else in the house √

All our bags are packed in the car, then we head out of the village for the journey to the airport, I’m partly asleep but still excited for a few days away so woop woop!! I watch out the window for the majority of the ride and close my eyes for 10 mins in an ‘attempt’ to reduce the bags under my eyes :’) but then again this is the airport not some going out occasion so you don’t need to be on top form really, it’s not the Oscars.

Next we drop our suitcases at the check-in desk and head over to security, no surprise that I end up with the full body scan then the pat down, just my luck to actually look suspicious :’)  Next we move towards the shops and restaurants area and head over to Giraffe for a much needed breakfast. Here, I happily chomped down the smoked salmon and scrambled egg bagel with vine tomatoes , washed down with the hippy hippy shake. If you want to see how to make this smoothie for yourself at home, then you can find the ingredients over here on http://www.giraffe.net/menus/drinks I can assure you it was very refreshing! Next stop, the toilet to ‘lower the water table’ as my Grandad likes to put it, then popped to WHSmith for a pair of cheapish earphones as I had forgotten mine *well done Charlotte you silly billy* . Next, naturally had a wander through the beauty areas and looked at a few tempting tops but managed to restrain myself from any other purchases – v proud!!!

Our flight is being called to the boarding so we all walk in an ant like sense with the other passengers, everyone trying to calmly but firmly move quicker towards the front line to start boarding quicker as the plane was very full on this particular day. After some time, we get on the plane – book out, jacket over my lower legs to keep warm and belt on, hit the runway and fly away! 🙂  Coffee and twirl at refreshment time, then continue with my book and watching the scenery change outside.

Wheels on the ground just after lunchtime (in Spain) , aeroplane engine off and we’ve unbuckled our belts heading off to the passport control, then next stop baggage area.  Taking my suitcase off the  cargo belt, everyone else with theirs in tow, we move through arrivals and meet the taxi driver ( with a good playlist ) for our transfer to the hotel watching as we whizz past the shoreline and the rugged sides of the hills.

Once at the hotel, taking our luggage up to reception I am somewhat confused by the outside architectural design from the outside of the hotel (looking part hotel/part hospital with the brick style)  in comparison to the theme of the interior. But love the Moroccan themed walls and artwork displayed throughout the hotel along with the sitemap of its facilities. Esp the balcony –  which would be second of my fav places to sit and write/type poetry or anything else I fancy :’) or listen to some tunes, whilst watching the world go by and listen to the birds singing in the nearby tree!

We go for a quick wander round to get our bearings, figure out who’s sleeping in which  room, then decide to rest for a few hours before tea as I hadn’t slept much the previous night. Quick get ready for tea then we have a hot choc to finish the day, goodbye world!!


Day 2.

Knocking at the door, me on the toilet but dressed in my day clothes, having just woken up only 10mins before  ( as I’d forgotten to adjust my alarm to fit one hour forward)  one of my sisters shouts through the door “come on, time for breakfast now! ”  Chill, Miss Trunchball there’s still 5 mins until the agreed time we all have breakfast. Quickly brush my teeth, grab my sunglasses, shoes on and breakfast time AHOY!

Breakfast over, quick return to room before heading out to town. It was lovely to see such beautiful tile work on some of the buildings even on some steps, there is a lot of intricacy put into the design of some houses or even simply the décor of simple pottery pieces on the walls.  We pondered around some of the shops – me seeing some nice ones about to try them on only to realise they’re way above my price range so it’s a nopeeee and goodbye glance. I was hoping to see the castle but some individuals weren’t having any of it   ……….yes E+J I mean you……… :’) so we strolled along the promenade on the front, mixing in with the buzz just upwards of the beach and admiring the views across the yachts and out to the waters.

Next, we bought some baguettes and bits to have for lunch then came back to the hotel. Spent some time out by the poolside, reading and watching the world go by. Then I facetimed Mum, who couldn’t contain her excitement of being able to now flip the camera round so she could show me our pets as I called to them.  It was really lovely to hear her voice as it’s always so bubbly and upbeat and then I went for what was possibly the world’s longest shower to re-shave and prep for dinner *smacks hand for wasting too much water* . I make a quick cuppa ( don’t you just loveeeeee making hot drinks from the comfort of your own room, I get so overly excited it’s actually sad haha )

Outfit on, shoes sorted and the buffet awaits us! MMMMMMMM TASTY. We head over to the hotel bar afterwards to order a hot choc for myself and Jess, coffee for Dad and orange juice for Ella.  Music  and some pics later then we all head back to the rooms. Cleanse, moisturise and a quick read before bed ( can’t very well betray the characters before I hit the hay now, can I? ) Quick power prayer for people , then off to sleep and hoping not to wake up with my chesty cough before tomorrow – 3 am rudely awakens my sleep before I glug down some water and paracetamol  – then wake up to the birds singing outside which reminds me of home *cheesy, over zealous grin inserted here* .


Day 3.

HOLA! It’s bright and breezy as I open the curtains to reveal beautiful daylight, as it pours into the room and sets a sunny start to my day. Breakfast time rolls around then it’s off to the pool for part of the morning then we head back into the central for a bite to eat at lunch and some fresh oj.

Having a nice wander around the bustling streets, we come across MANGO, so of course we had to pay a visit and see what’s in-store. In the end I opted for these two lovelies

Mango topMango trousers

for a relaxed look on the flight back home as I’d figured it was gonna be too cold for my leggings to cut it – with the weather upon our return to not to sunny Britain, t’was a very happy purchase! After some more trotting around, we decided to call the afternoon off and headed back to the hotel. Here, we headed down to the beach bar where I was treated to a lovely Hendrick’s gin and tonic. It was so lovely to watch the children playing in the sand carefree and smiling; others laughing gleefully, as the waves crashed into them slightly knocking the children off their feet into the shore on their bottoms, finding it far more hilarious than their parents watching eagerly from their sunbeds. I left the barside for a little, the others quite happy in their company and walked into the waters enjoying the lapping of the cool waters around my ankles and the refreshing sea mist drifting upwards and mingling with the ‘holiday scent’ of suncream and smiles.

Off next for teatime to fill up ma belly, pop a dress on back at the hotel then good to go! Today’s dining theme is Italian based, the previous night being focused on Traditional tapas style both of which were equally tasty – but although I can’t quite remember the themes beforehand I’m certain they were all delicious too!  Afterwards we grab a hot choc and I get increasingly excited as I come partially towards the end of my new book, ‘Lone Wolf’ by Jodi Picoult. My bed calls me and I respond by falling into the cosy covers, tucked up and having a scroll through some Pinterest feeds. Scrolling over and I close my eyes as the day comes to an end.


Day 4.

Morning comes around and it’s time for a mini packing session before breakfast to finish bits and bobs for leaving later on.  Off for breakfast to fill up for the morning then hop over to the pool to catch some last morning rays and I start my new book ‘ The Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick Warren.  An hour left, we have a last wander to the beach and drink at the bar before heading back and wheeling our cases to the awaiting taxi at the front. Bags loaded, we turn out onto the main roads and to the airport where we check in and wave bye to Dad(staying for a bit longer) . Next up security, then lunch and a meander around some shops before heading to our gate and waiting for what seemed like forever to get on the plane as it was packed. Take off and landing all good and dandy! Back through the systems at Manchester then in the arrivals area is Mum grinning away/half tearing up at seeing us and comes over to give us all a hug 🙂  Time to head back home now and have a bath then unpack ( it was more like 5 items if I’m honest I did the rest a week later…… ) so there’s that!

Thank you for reading I’m aware that it’s a lot to digest in one sitting unless you fancy grabbing a cuppa partway through, but this is just a first go at a not so detailed travel post. I haven’t written all details of the hol as I like to keep some things personal still but I hope you like it. Let me know what you think and there may be a mini video soon to watch if you’re following me on Twitter @smileeachnewday 🙂

Hope you’re having a fab week, thank you!

Lottie x

 

 

 

Artsy

Follow Jade Francesca’s MUA insta | Her make up looks on me!

Earlier this week, I met up with the fabulous Jade to be one of her clients for her Level 3 Fashion and Photographic make-up course at The Makeup Academy Liverpool. For this particular part of the course;  Jade had to create a bridal- look for her portfolio, so was looking to use romantic tones on the eyelids, and nude type colours on the lips.

The first of these pictures is from the trial bridal- look (excuse the frizzy hair) which was fun in itself for me learning new techniques, whilst being treated to a beautiful, relaxing makeover from the one girl wonder herself. Throughout both of these sessions Jade worked in a very friendly, yet professional manner – cracking jokes for a bit of light entertainment, also quietly focusing on detailed areas when appropriate and talking a few mins later.

Bridal make-up trial

 

Bridal 💄👰🏼 on lovely Lottie xx

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Next is the actual evening of the assessment so I wore my white top to help create the bridal effect 🙂  Jade brought some jewellery along with the white hair clip she popped into the side plait she’d styled for a Gatsby look on the bridal theme.

 

Bridal make - up assessment
Ignore my face on the 2nd shot trying to suppress a cough :’)

 

😍 #bridalmakeup

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So there we go!!!   I really enjoyed my time with Jade as she made me feel very welcome 🙂 She was very impressive and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a make-up artist in the North West area 🙂 So go follow Jade on instagram at jadefrancescamua to see more of her work!

Thank you very much again,

love Lottie x

Life and all that jazz

Thank you to Lindsayrose for my Liebster Award!

Boo it’s me again!  Today I just wanted to say a massive well done to https://lindsayrose2.wordpress.com/ on gaining your Liebster award that’s great!! And another mahoooosive thank you for my nomination to receive the Liebster award!! Thank you so much, I really appreciate it 🙂

Liebster award

From my understanding The Liebster Award exists online, given within the blogging community and from what I’ve read the word has German origins meaning – beloved, sweetest, affectionate, loving etc, to pass around an award of kindness and appreciation to others recentish to blogging for their different niches which is lovely.

So in line with the rules of the award I will post eleven facts about myself, then answer the questions chosen by my nominee. After that, I will choose 11 nominees for myself and 11 questions they can respond to if they choose to take part, in order for this reward to continue being passed from one to another ” on that there tinternet ” as my Grandad would say.

Here are 11 things about me in no particular order 🙂

  1. I love smelling fresh flowers and newly cut grass
  2. I frequently embarrass myself in day to day life – ask my friends
  3. It annoys me when people don’t use their manners
  4. I find baking relaxing when I have spare time
  5.  I love sitting watching the water – whether on a bench at a lake or a pebbly beach next to the sea
  6. I love to travel and see new places/ meet new people
  7. A good cuppa tea is probably what I consume most of other than water, then fruit juice comes along etc
  8. I like people who make me laugh/smile whenever I see them 🙂
  9. I’m a fan of poetry
  10. I like all unicorn related things
  11.  I love seeing musicals

These are the questions for me to answer from my nominee Lindsay! 🙂 So here goes…

  1. Favourite holiday destination?  This is really tough as I love so many different places for a variety of reasons, but I’d probably have to say it’s between Venice and Guernsey.
  2. Favourite Food? OOOOH some of me wants to say pasta, the other is saying strawberries hmmm.
  3. What is your most last minute decision you ever made?   Not totally sure what to pick if I’m honest, I am guilty of making  last minute decisions definitely not hiding anything, I just don’t know what to pick :’) 
  4. Where do you live? In the North West of England with the chippy tea population :’)
  5. Phone or lipstick? Phone not so much for using data or calling, more the looking through photos and videos as I’m quite a sentimental person  who could spend hours looking through bits and bobs , plus I’d be gutted if I lost them rather than a lippy :’) 
  6. If you had one wish what would it be? To have a chance partway through life to ask God what the plan is for my life – but then again it’s all about finding out life’s pathway for yourself with help from the big man and of course family and friends/ alternatively I would have liked to have asked my Great Grandma more about being one of the WRENS.
  7. Do you have any siblings? Yes, I have two sisters Ella and Jessie.
  8. What is your number one TO DO on your bucket list?  Not so much a no.1 as I want to do them all as much as my other ideas :’) but I do quite fancy going to The Great Wall of China at some point in life or Niagara Falls would be really cool.
  9. What is your earliest memory? My earliest memory that I can remember (without putting my mindset and self in the frames of baby pictures ) would probably be walking through the woods with my Grandad, Mum and sisters for an afternoon wander, then going to get some food.
  10. How much sleep do you usually get? ERMMMMM, varies a lot haha. I would prefer it to be 9 hours per night but typically 6 – 7 and 1/2 or sometimes 3 on a night ‘out out’ but thank fully I don’t do that every week haha otherwise I’d be a sunken ship.
  11. Bath or shower? I’m a sucker for a hot bath at the end of a long day if I just want to sit down and chill for a bit with a good book. I wouldn’t knock a shower though, as it’s definitely a more refreshing option for waking yourself up quicker in the morning 🙂

So now is the part where I’ll nominate 11 people for the award too 🙂

  1. helloameliajane.wordpress.com
  2. melaniegrandidge.wordpress.com
  3. http://brushandneedleblog.wordpress.com
  4. http://onewaytohealth.wordpress.com
  5. https://singsongblackbird.wordpress.com
  6. http://bigreadinglife.wordpress.com
  7. http://pursuitpanda.wordpress.com
  8. https://equinoxio21.wordpress.com
  9. https://alexiskanda-olmstead.com
  10. https://sbdmb.wordpress.com
  11. https://icooktheblogs.com

 

My 11 questions for you to follow up or not are below 🙂

  • Do you prefer the warmer/ colder months?
  • What’s your favourite destination within your own country?
  • If you could eat dinner with a celebrity (present/past) who would you choose?
  • What’s your favourite animal?
  • Most recommended restaurant you’ve mentioned to others?
  • Are you more of a wordsearch or suduko person?
  • Have you got a special talent/skill?
  • Do you prefer towns or the country?
  • Creative/ analytical?
  • Are you an animal person?
  • Tell us 1 piece of life advice given to you which you have always remembered

 

Have a fab evening everyone!!

Love from Lottie x

Life and all that jazz

10 rainy day activities

As the sing song goes  “it’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring”  I’d say this has been most apt for today’s weather in the North West! However, just because the clouds have opened and decided to have a downfall does not mean you can’t still have a fun filled day! So here are a few suggestions, if you’re twiddling your thumbs for things to do when you wake up to bouncing droplets outside your window pane! 🙂

  1. Get stuck into some baking/cooking you love – you could even drop some of your recipe off at a relatives/friends house nearby, to remind them through some delicious food you are thinking of them.
  2. Re-connect with individuals you haven’t spoken with in a while whether that’s through a letter, phone call, a meet up, e-mail etc.
  3. Make use of your creativity skills – could do some card making, create some decorations for your home, take some photos and turn them into collages, make a bird feeder, .
  4. Cut some shapes to your favourite music or on the wii to a dance set such as  https://just-dance.ubisoft.com/en-gb/home/    .
  5. Have some quality ME time if you’ve been running around like a headless quicken recently, a bit of pampering will do you the world of good!
  6. Go outside :0 just because it’s raining cats and dogs outside doesn’t mean you can’t still get out there for a wander down the lane with whoever, or pop to the shops for any extras you may need – after all it could give you the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a lovely hot bath when you get back and a nice cuppa!!
  7. Tidy up your home space ( I don’t do amazingly well at this ) but if you’re feeling super motivated for a clean and tidy then go for it, certainly wouldn’t be wasting your time.
  8. Write/read for leisure purposes or get some college/uni work done in chunks to keep your brain active and exercised throughout the day.
  9. Whip out the board games, twister moves, jigsaws and the likes, you could start a tally between family/friends who play.
  10. If you have extra family members of the animal world in your home , spend some extra quality time with them cause who doesn’t like talking to animals? 

     

     

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    So bye from Charlie (the happy chappy)  and I for today, hope you’ve had a good week and that you have a fab weekend ahead of you.

 

Lots of love for everyone, Charlotte x