27 November 2015

N:rem Foam Tablet Trial

I don't sleep well at all. In fact I'm pretty sure sleep hates me. I take forever to get to sleep and wake up a billion times during the night. Any sleep I do get is poor quality and not in the slightest restorative. Just one of the beautiful side effects of my chronic illness. For those of you who don't know I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Fibromyalgia and my body is just a bundle of pain (with a hint of glitter).

I was contacted by N:rem asking if I wanted to give their 10 day foam tablet trial a go. As my sleep is so awful and I have tried every mattress in our house (we have a lot) and still can't get comfy there wasn't much to lose giving this a whirl.

The N:rem comfort trial* is for 10 days and consists of 5 tablets of different densities which include Firm, medium, soft & super soft. You then arrange these under your sheet depending on your needs.

NRem comfort topper

24 November 2015

Film Review // Hotel Transylvania 2

If you read my Spectre review you will know that part of my disappointment was that I had really wanted to see Hotel Transylvania instead but it was sold out. Then Spectre let me down and my day was ruined (slight exaggeration).

Well you will be pleased to hear I finally got to see Hotel Transylvania 2 and it was soo much better than Spectre.

Hotel Transylvania 2 review

"Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel."

Hotel Transylvania is one of my favourite films and even made it onto my Top 10 non Disney animated films

I was so excited for this one to come out and like the child I am I stropped when I didn't get to go. Luckily my brother is just as much of a child as me so we had a cinema day last weekend.

This definitely lived up to expectations and I laughed so much. Dennis is such an adorable half human half vampire child and him & Winnie are too cute. Seeing how far Dracula will go to bring out the fangs in Dennis is hilarious and I loved the adapted version of twinkle twinkle little star. 

Drac also busts out some epic moves again and Dennis may actually top him in dance ability. 

Getting to see Mavis in the human world is also so funny. Although to be fair, I get that excited about different flavour slush puppies too. 

Have you seen it yet?
What did you think?


20 November 2015

Welsh Girl Problems

First of if you're welsh (and even if your not) you need to be following Welsh Girl Problems on Twitter. Seriously she is a babe and so funny. Also if you ever need to keep up with the Rugby she's your girl. 

I was lucky enough to meet the babe behind Welsh Girl Problems at the #PartyAtTheAngel blogger meet a few months ago. So obviously I had to treat myself to some of her lush products. I mean how awesome are these.

This mug may be my favourite ever mug and I love getting this mirror out to check my lippie. YOu need these in your life and you can get them all in the fab welsh girl problems shop.

18 November 2015

Kitchen Essentials

I'm not allowed in the kitchen very often because that place is dangerous. So many things to injure myself on. Way too clumsy to be allowed in there. Buut there are a few things that I can use safely and mean I can actually eat if I'm ever left alone (not very often. I might starve to death or fall & die).

So I thought I'd share some extremely helpful kictchen stuff which is soo helpful for my fellow chronic illness warriors but also great for healthy people who just want an easier life.

kitchen aids

Microwave Rice Cooker - Who can cook rice perfectly in a pan? Like is that actually a thing? I cant lift pans so thats my excuse for not being able to use them. Cook too much? Get stodgy rice? Cannot get it perfect? (Do I sound like a commercial yet?) This little pot of magic will save your life. It telss you how much rice and water to add & how long to microwave it for perfect rice. Its sooo easy even I can do it (although my flatmate did get it wrong once & we have no idea how). Now even if I've been abandoned and am too low on energy to life I can at least bung some rice in the microwave. 

Electric Tin Opener - If you don't have one of these in your life WHY NOT. Who has time to wrestle with manual tin openers. Do people still buy them? Is having enough grip to be able to use them humanly possible or just for gorillas? I took mine to uni & everyone used it, even the weird guy that never spoke to us. It took a while for them to understand it & trying to teach them was hilarious. It's not even difficult. Anyway I digress. Just get one. Change your life. 

Smoothie Maker - I go through periods of time where eating just doesn't happen. My stomach kicks up a fuss and refuses food because it's an angry lil shit. I'm pretty sure everyone & their gran has one of these now but they are so easy. Just whack in some frozen fruit & some liquid, blitz & then you have a kinda meal for when your stomach hates life. 

Microwave Egg Poacher - I've only recently started eating eggs in any way other than scrambled (and in cake obvs). But I am now in love with poached eggs and this little contraption means I don't have to stand by a pan and by me I mean my mum (love you mum). Just crack some eggs into it, microwave and ding poached eggs with zero hassle.

Soup Maker - If you saw my beautifully written Butternut squash soup recipe the other day you will know how much I love this machine. Seriously the best present I have ever got my mum. I am obsessed with soup at the moment. I have it nearly every day and I am still so in love with it. With this magical machine, you just chop up your veg, chuck it in with stock & turn it on. Then 21 mins later you have hot and smooth soupy goodness that is just delicious. Seriously I cannot big this machine up enough. My mum chucks it on when she's getting ready for work & then she takes hot soup with her for lunch (and puts mine aside for when Im actually wake isnt she a star). My only issue with it is its quite heavy but no ones perfect.

Helen also has a chronic pain cookbook which has so much helpful information  as well as easy things to prepare on bad days so you should definitely go and check that out.  

What are your must haves in the Kitchen?


16 November 2015

Aloha Lola Cards

If you haven't see Aloha Lola Cards on Twitter have you been living under a rock? The adorable caricatures of bloggers have taken over twitter and such a lovely person behind the twitter account. She understood my despair over the lack of unicorn emojis when my phone wouldn't update and we had an in depth conversation about our love for Dominos. Mmm pizza

I am so in love with my caricature. Like seriously, how awesome is this?

aloha lola caricatures

You can check them out on Etsy where you can buy personalised cards for every occasion and your own caricature. If you are looking for a unique card for a friend then you need to check them out. Also treat yourself to a caricature. You know you want to. Buy yourself a card. Treat yourself

Ohhh and you can also follow Aloha Lola on Instagram to see all the adorable creations.

15 November 2015

Butternut squash Soup

I am seriously addicted to home made soup at the moment. Like a little bit obsessed. I think I've had it for lunch almost every day for the last 2 weeks. It is so easy and tastes so good and soup and Autumn are such a beautiful pairing. Butternut squash soup has to be one of my favourites. It's just so good and you can add so many things to it.

Butternut squash soup

To make this an even easier meal I got my mum a soup maker for Christmas last year because I am a top daughter. You need one in your life (a soup maker not a daughter)

Serves 4

1 Butternut Squash
Red Onion
500ml vegetable Stock
smoked paprika
chilli powder

Now me and my mum are not great at measuring as you can see by my ingredients list. We just whack it all in and hope for the best. So far so good though. With the handy soup maker, which I recommend for all of my fellow sick people - it is soo easy, you just chuck everything in put the lid on & turn it on. Then in 21mins you have delicious hot soup. Magic.

However you can make it the good old fashioned way and just cook your veg & then add the stock and bring to the boil and simmer for a bit. Then you just blend it all up to delicious soupy goodness. Seriously does it get any easier

Then you can add whatever seasoning takes your fancy. I am obsessed with Smoked Paprika at the moment. I use so much of this stuff and it is soooo good in this soup. Heaven in a bowl. I also like to add some chilli powder for a bit of a kick. I only add it to my bowl though because my family are such babies (soz mum).

And that is the end of the least detailed and probably least helpful recipe you have ever read. Seriously just bung it all in, blend and season. Make it up as you go along. You can also add celery (vom), potato, pepper. The choices are endless.

Go make all the soups. 


13 November 2015

Milestone Giveaway

I've been meaning to put this up for a while but life just got a bit hectic. I recently reached 200 followers on Bloglovin which means the world to me. Then in the same week I hit 1,500 Twitter followers and 550 instagram followers which was clearly a sign I needed to do a milestone giveaway. My first ever give away. Im excited.

So I decided to do a random bundle of goodies of things I've been loving at the moment.

Whats in the Bundle

  • Unicorn Ring Holder - I am obsessed with unicorns and this is so cute and looks great on my dressing table so I had to get one for this
  • I Wish This Was Wine Mason Jar - If you read my cute cups post you'll know I have a lot of these kind of glasses and they're so handy
  • Yankee Candle Cassis Votive - I mean who doesn't love candles
  • Gold Star Midi Ring - I am in love with midi rings and wear 2 constantly
  • Prairie Charms Hair Bands & Unicorn Bow 
  • Gold Notebook - Every bloggers essential and instagram worthy
  • Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Rhythm & Blues - I am addicted to dark nails now that its colder
  • Collection 2000 Nail Polish in Bongo Beat  - Everyone needs mermaid nails in their lives.
  • Colourpop Matte Liquid Lipstick in Midi - I made a colourpop order using a mail forwarding service and couldn't not get something for this so I went for a nude.
  • DorkFace Customised Card - I am so in love with Jemma and her art and wanted to make sure someone else got to experience her amazingness. I am still so obsessed with my mermaid in disguise card (Not Pictured).
Terms & Conditions
  • UK Only (sorry postage)
  • The giveaway will run for 3 weeks starting 13/11/15 12am - 4/12/15 12am
  • The winner will be contacted through Twitter & if there is no reply in 48hours another winner will be drawn

Good Luck 
And Thank You so much for following my ramblings and sporadic blogging
You guys mean the world to me

10 November 2015

Film// Spectre Review

I went to see Spectre last week and I was so disappointed. I love a good action film and even though Im not Daniel Craigs biggest fan James Bond usually delivers.

It doesn’t help that I was all psyched up to see Hotel Transylvania 2 but I forgot it was half term. There were screaming children everywhere and the next 3 screenings were sold out *sob*. Damn children ruining my life. So spectre it was.

spectre review

The main thing I can say about this film was it was just Boring. Like fighting to stay awake boring. There were 3 maybe 4 main scenes which had a load of action and then I can’t really tell you what happened in the in between bits because I honestly can’t remember. Maybe my expectations were just too high. 

It seems like they didn't really think through the whole story line. 

I hated the fact that the Bond girl went from hating Bonds guts and being all feisty to being head over heels declaring her love for him in about 2 secs. I mean really? They'd only known each other for a day if that. She did rock a red lip though.

Also what the hell was that helicopter scene at the beginning? Thaat was just ridiculous. And Daniel Craig Im sorry but you are looking olllld. Also that girl was young enough to be your daughter. You should be ashamed. 

Maybe I need to watch it again with lowered expectations. 

What did you think?

8 November 2015

The Dead Letter Review

I had never heard of Finley Martin before receiving The Dead Letter* to review but its safe to say I will definitely be checking out more of his work. I really enjoyed this book and if you are a fan of the crime/detective genre then I definitely recommend it.  

2 November 2015

Kiss Cosmetics Colour Switch

Kiss Cosmetics is relatively new to the scene of makeup but they are doing great things.  One of their most innovative products is the Colour Switch*. The aim of the Colour switch is to at least double your lipstick collection if not more depending how much white is used. You can have all the colours. It would also be good for minimising how many lippies you need to take whilst travelling (No Beth you do not need 10 lipsticks for a weekend away). 

kiss cosmetics colour switch