What Being Fired Taught Me

Monday, 30 January 2017

What Being Fired Taught Me  

Some of you may never have to experience the feeling of being fired, sitting there opposite your boss/people you work(ed) with and getting told that they won't be keeping you on or they don't think your the right fit. It's rubbish, it really is the worst feeling in the world and the emotions you feel during it are indescribable. So today I wanted to share what my time of unemployment taught me about myself and about life. 

Money & Budgeting 

This is going to be an immediate concern of everyone's when it comes to being fired, and unless you've got a leprechaun sitting in the bottom of your cupboard your going to panic. Alongside hustling for funds in all little hideaways and not knowing where my next paycheck was coming from budgeting becomes your best friend. I budgeted for food, rent, car/phone/gym payments, everything!! I even had to put my credit card payment on minimum payment for a while too and budgeting has showed me how little money you have can suddenly become so much money to play with. 

Exploring Your Hobbies

My new found unemployment has allowed me to pour so much time into my blogging, not only to work on the blogs' layout but to think about what posts I want to write, how I want to write them, what kind of theme I want to create working with brands and how I want to portray them. It's really enabled me to get my creative juices flowing again and getting my blogging mojo back. 

Stick to a Schedule 

During my early panic phase, I started to wake up later and later past my normal working alarm and I began to loose routine!! I quickly discovered that I crave structure in my life, and for this you'll find your own groove as we all do but I personally found that getting into the gym for 6:30am and getting out by 8:00am helped me feel to have some more control over my life. 

Take A Trip, or Two 

This might see completely counteractive to the previous comments but travelling for many of us is a time restricted luxury, and when employed your normally restricted to what days you can take and when you can take them but when your unemployed your free, you could go tomorrow. What's stopping you? Go!! Explore, Learn, Nurture your explorative side! 

Remember, Your Not Defined by your Job 

You, I, We, Us as a collective are not defined by the jobs we do. They don't define us and being fired does not define the person we are. 

So, what have you learned through being fired?

Emma x

Five Things To Be Happy About Everyday

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Five Things To Be Happy About Everyday 

I know your sat with a cup of tea and a few biscuits, or your on your lunch break at work, or you've just put your child down for a nap as you read this post and your probably not really thinking your just existing and not seeing what is around you is incredible. So today I wanted to talk about self appreciation and spacial appreciation in a way that we can ALL relate too. 

NUMBER 1 You are alive. No matter what your situation, what your health issues or what's happened today, be happy that you have the opportunity to make tomorrow a better day than today. 

NUMBER 2 You choose the people you surround yourself with, so if there making you unhappy ... leave. You are in control of your own happiness and that is the most incredible super power. 
NUMBER 3 The thing about life is it’s completely unpredictable. Any of us could wake up tomorrow and lose our job or lose someone we love the point is, you never know. So don’t wait until tomorrow to be happy. Choose happiness today and enjoy every single moment you have.
NUMBER 4 You influence someone every single day. Whether that's because you opened the door for someone or smiled and said thank you to the guy at the shop, your positive actions influence everyone. And do that is an incredible achievement. 

NUMBER 5 There's always a sale going on somewhere in the world. 

It's never too late to start over. If you weren't happy with yesterday, try something different today. Don't stay stuck. Do better.


Good For You Treats | SCI-MX Nutrition Launches *

Monday, 23 January 2017

Good For You Treats | SCI-MX Nutrition Launches 

SCI-MX Nutrition have hooked me up and have sent me there new launches, which in it's self is super exciting! So this box contains the best naughty treats that are actually going to aid your training but satisfy that sweet tooth, so lets take a look ... 

The Oat Bakes are the most filling things you'll ever eat! There's the Cookies & Cream, which is so so good for a real treat and the Strawberry Cheesecake for those of you who don't like chocolate or would prefer something a bit more sweet. Cookies & Cream is a very sweet soft and chewy bar that has a huge 15g of Protein and is low in sugar, whereas the Strawberry Cheesecake is sweet but to me is more savoury so is perfect for a mid morning snack and this also packs a massive 15g of Protein and is low in sugar! 

* These Oat Bakes will have launched on 16th January 2017 * 

You all know the Strawberry shakes are my all time favourite! But the cookies do come in a close second and now that there's the mini cookies it's like an even better good for you naughty treat. These cookies have 15g of Protein per 50g Mini Cookie and are low in sugar which is so good for people that want to make a more conscious treat decision. 

* These Oat Bakes will be launching on 23rd January 2017 * 

Will you be trying any of the new releases? 

Emma x

Natural Collection Brow Gel | The Dupe

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Natural Collection Brow Gel | The Dupe

We're all on the hunt for perfect brows, that stay in place all day and look fierce as. Personally I'm a huge fan of the Benefit brow range but when I saw this little number in Boots I knew I had to try it because £1.99 sounded too good to be true, and if you can dupe a higher end product and save some money who wouldn't!

This is the Boots Natural Collection Brow Gel in Dark Brown, first up Dark Brown was not my best life choice... This is brow gel aims to slightly tint your brows, hold them in place without making them look crispy or crunchy, which for me is a pet hate. The actual product is incredibly pigmented and maybe I should of gone for the lighter option as this product does come out very thick on the applicator and can be slightly too much without wiping onto a tissue first.   

The applicator on the brush is much larger than your usual eyebrow spoolie and is more like a small or mini mascara brush, now this can hinder your application as a lot of product gets applied to your brows without building. I've found this is best used with an angled brow brush or smaller spoolie and swooping it through the brows, for a sharpened more defined stay all day shape. The consistency of the product is very loose and liquid like, and not as thick as you'd expect which means when you first take it out it does splatter onto your hands a bit. The gel does make your brows stay in place all day without budging but application can be a faff for people in a rush!

Have you tried the Natural Collection dupe?

Emma x

Saving for a Home | My Top Tips

Monday, 16 January 2017

Saving for a Home | My Top Tips 

Saving for a home? Finding it as difficult as I am? Well today I wanted to share my top tips and money saving tricks to help you get there faster and in a more financially secure way, plus these tips will save you money in the long run too, er hello bonus.

Start looking to government schemes, there's tones of schemes available to first time buyers provided by the government to help you get your dream home and some of them are ridiculously good! 

Create a 'bottom draw', find a box and every week or every month start adding to it. This could be a cutlery set, a potato masher, some cleaning clothes, body wash, a tin of beans, all the little things that you probably won't realise you need until you need it and all the shops are closed. Trust me, this will save you an expense when you go to buy your first home!

Put a little away every payday! Whether that's weekly or monthly take as much as you can afford to take out and put it into a savings account.

Save yourself some yearly money by buying  presents for Christmas in advance, Boots always have a fab sale on and you can get tones of gift sets in advance.

Get a bonus card, myself and my partner have an Iceland Bonus Card this enables us to load money onto the card every payday and by doing a little every month we can have a couple of months shopping already paid for!

Use birthdays and Christmas to your advantage, I know you want that Prada handbag but could you maybe do without that and ask for those Nothern Nights bed sheets instead? You only have to sacrifice a little to gain a lot. 

What are your top money saving tips for first time buyers?

Emma x

Better Hair Days Forever with the TYME Iron

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Better Hair Days Forever with the TYME Iron 

Say hello to your new best friend! Today were giving full admiration to the TYME Iron styling tool and my new best friend for those Victoria's Secret curls. Also the most Instagram-able styling tool you'll own, plus it works like a dream! It glides through the hair and makes even the most unpracticed look like pros. 

The TYME Iron is a revolutionary hair tool that allows you to curl and straighten your hair thanks to it's unique design. This tool has gold plated titanium plates, heats up to 400° Fahrenheit / 204° Celsius, and has rotating swivel cord with a combination EU & UK plug, so no matter where in the world you are you have two tools in one.  Each TYME Iron comes with an awesome TYME traveler that keeps the tool free from scratches or snapping and also makes it super slim.

The TYME Iron’s unique yet odd looking design allows you to create the looks which used to be exclusive to a curling iron, curling wand or traditional flat iron, and to achieve these looks you'd have to use each tool individually. With the TYME Iron, you can now create more beautiful and longer-lasting curls, sleek shiny straight hair, or even tighter smaller curls. The TYME Iron is your all-in-one, professionally crafted piece of kit and with the Iron, you can now smooth and curl at the same time which stops your hair getting as damaged. 

To use the iron for curling your hair you need to keep the funny look edge to your head (this is the side with the brown stripe down it), and to straighten keep the gold titanium plates towards to your head. Now, you will get into such a mare using this for the first time because if your like me you won't believe it works but once you put some time and trust into it, this piece of kit is amazing! I can curl or straighten my hair with this tool and it looks like I've just stepped out of the salon after having a styled blow dry. 

Will you be taking the TYME Iron for a spin? 

Emma x

AVON Nutra Effects Miracle Glow Facial Oil

Monday, 9 January 2017

AVON Nutra Effects Miracle Glow Facial Oil

I know what your thinking, oil on your face ... won't that make it even more oily, and for you oily skinned gals and guys I bet your thinking I'm showcasing your worst nightmare but you'll  be surprised when I tell you that this is the first oil that will revolutionise your skincare!

This is the AVON Nutra Effects Miracle Glow Facial Oil it's formulated with a blend of seed oils to nourish and smooth away any fine lines and wrinkles, drop by drop. Unlike most other facial oils it isn't filled with any nasties and chemicals but it is filled with goodies like Babssu Seed Oill - to help increase collagen production, Green Coffee Seed Oil - to help boost protein, important for skin hydration, and Passion Fruit Seed Oil - an antioxidant-rich to help boost elastin production which will help increase skin's firmness.

This oil, for the price, comes in very sturdy clear glass bottle with screw cap and with a clear glass dropper. Now personally the fact that it comes in glass packaging to me, makes it feel more luxurious and very strudy. And using this facial oil couldn't be any easier, simply use the droper to add 2 - 3 drops into the palm of your hand, get rubbing and warm it up between the palms/fingers and simply press into the face. Focusing on areas on like your forehead, upper and lower cheeks, chin and décolletage

I can honestly say after just a few weeks using this oil it really has made a difference, my skin feels smoother and looks much brighter and radiant, my complexion seems to be more even and areas where I've felt looked a little sallow or aged already appear smoothed. My make up applies beautifully and with no patchiness and I feel overall my appearance looks more confident, so for a cheap face oil this stuff is a miracle product. 

Will you be braving the buy and trying an oil?

Emma x

The Post-Christmas Detox Plan

Thursday, 5 January 2017

The Post-Christmas Detox Plan 

So, Christmas is over and yes you may have over indulged just a little but hey, that's life and now your thinking new year new me, am I right? Well, before you go speeding off to join that gym and only end up going for 2 months let's try some post-christmas detoxing. You'll be surprised what it'll do for your body and mindset. Let's start with eliminating the negatives...

Wheat & Dairy: This week, remove wheat and dairy foods from your diet. These are two of the most common food allergens which - without you even realising it - could be leaving you feeling bloated, fatigued and even contribute to food cravings. Wheat-based foods such as breads, pasta and some breakfast cereals can easily be replaced with wheat-free alternatives: rice cakes, rye and corn-based cereals and porridge oats.

Refined Carbohydrates: Cut out cakes and/or biscuits and any other 'junk' foods you are partial too. Try to snack on fruit, vegetables and add plenty of steamed vegetables to your meal choices to fill yourself up. This will also be super beneficial to your skin!

Saturated Fats: Butter, margarine, all fried foods, mayonnaise and crisps are off the menu while you're detoxing. You should use a little olive oil or flaxseed oil (available from healthfood shops) to dress salads and cooked vegetables.

Additives: Avoid all artificial preservatives and additives including sugar. In fact, to make life easy, avoid all ready meals and packaged foods for the duration of your detox. Wherever possible choose organic products this will not only support fair farming but also aid your digestion. 

Drinks: Avoid tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, full-strength fruit juice and squashes. Instead, drink a minimum of 2 litres of room temperature water throughout the day, plus dandelion tea, herbal teas, diluted fruit juices, and cleansing apple cider vinegar in warm water if you feel like it.

Detox Booster Tips!

Have a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon to cleanse your system.

Take 1tsp of milk thistle complex (available from health food stores and herbalists) in half a glass of room temperature water to stimulate liver function and control cravings 15 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Take 2tsp of psyllium husks (also available from health food stores) in a large glass of water to aid the detoxification process and improve bowel function. Now wait 15 minutes before having breakfast.

Have two pieces of fruit mid-morning.

Mix 2tsp of superfoods greens powder (available from the health food storeinto apple juice and water, drink mid-afternoon to aid detoxification and provide valuable nutrients.

Try to have two servings of fresh, stewed or baked fruit after dinner.

Emma x

The Best PJ's you Will Ever Buy | YAWN London

Monday, 2 January 2017

The Best PJ's you Will Ever Buy | YAWN London 

These are quite possibly the most expensive pyjamas i've ever seen but also the most comfy! This the YAWN London 'Lovebirds' set and although they do come in quite high in price range, they exceed the goal when it comes to ultimate comfort. 

This set comes as a two piece and has a matching classic top to loose leg bottom, the top is a button up design and the bottoms have a drawstring loose leg design. The print is very british and makes you feel very suave when wearing the set. This is a 100% cotton material so you also have the peace of mind knowing if you get this as a gift, hint hint, then there will be no irritation to the skin. Even for the most sensitive soul! 

YAWN London's print 'Love Birds' is exclusive to Yawn and was designed by the team in London. Close up you can see two birds cuddling close and from a distance it could be hearts.This Classic Pyjama set is in the ighter weight luxury cotton sateen to combine comfort and character for the perfect relaxation wear: Unique hand-drawn print, the softest cotton and Yawn's signature relaxed cut. With thoughtful details like a soft waistband, drawstring, four generous pockets and collar button for when nights get chilly. Plus Machine Washable.

Phone off, Kettle On, Pyjama time ... 

Have you ever tried the YAWN London pj's?

Emma x