Writers Block – A Poem

Writers Block

She sat down and she tried to write,

She tried to be creative with all of her mite.

She wrote lines after lines of delicious descriptions,

But nothing would ever come, even close, to fruition.

It has been so long since she had activated her brain,

And it was only herself that she had to blame.

It was at the darkest of night that the words came alive,

And so it was then that the stories began to thrive.

As soon as the sun rose over her head,

The weary creator got out of her bed.

All the takes of drama, excitement and woe,

Were nowhere to be seen, she had nowhere to go.

And so she sat down and she tried to write.

She tried to remember with all of her mite.

She wrote lines after lines, not knowing where she was going,

And all she ended up with, was this terrible poem.

Becoming Mrs G…. The Beginning

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Today is Thursday 28th September 2017, a mere twelve days since our wedding day and it already feels like forever. It was an incredible day and I wish we could do it all over again. Instead, I am tucking away bits and pieces, pressing flowers, trying to encapsulate and physically contain parts of the beautiful day that marked the beginning of our future. OUR future. No longer am I a singular but rather part of a (now official) team. Not that we have really been singular for a long time now. The OH and I have been together five and a half years, and living together for two. It’s legal and everything, we have a bit of paper.

Personally, for me I feel like this marks a step into proper adulthood. (Although according to officials I am WAY PAST going into adulthood). It’s a bit terrifying, but really exciting. I am so excited for the future, and to be spending it with my favourite.

So we find ourselves here, looking forward onto my journey as Mrs G.

Mrs.

That’s bloody grown up.

Random thing I have loved in… March

Wibble wobble wibble wobble jelly on a plate.

Mandarin Jelly. Om nom nom nom nom 😍

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I seem to have rediscovered my love for jelly in March! In particular orange jelly with mandarins. It is just so good! I blame Sainsburys for this months not just thing I have been loving, but obsession! Their mandarin jellies are divine. (You can find them in the section with the sandwiches).

The number of these I was consuming had started to make quite a large dent in my money so I had a go at making my own.

I added peaches and mandarins to these.

I added peaches and mandarins to these.

I forgot how good jelly was! Now I cannot get enough. I may have gone a little wild on my last food shop and bought lots of different flavours. I am now very much looking forward to making my way through all of them. The best part is that these ones are sugar free, so not that bad for you! I can eat as much jelly as I wish and not feel bad about it.

WOOHOO! Jelly is the best! Om nom!

Harley's Sugar Free Jelly

Do you have any jelly suggestions? What is your favourite flavour?

Random thing I have loved in… February

I have always been obsessed with anything lavender scented. There was a plant outside a house on the way to my Nan’s that had this HUGE lavender bush and I always used to squish the little purple flowers between my fingers so I could smell like them. My bedside table is littered with lavender lotions, potions, sprays and my latest obsession, this essential oil roll on from Tisserand.

Tisserand Lavender Sweet Dreams

Tisserand are a well known brand of essential oils. Last summer I bought a three pack which included “De-Stress”, “Energy”, and this one “Sweet Dreams”. It has lavender, sandalwood and jasmine oils, and it smells divine. Just the perfect delicious, relaxing scent for bed time.

Tisserand Sweet Dreams Box

The roller ball design is so handy for quick and easy application to your pulse points.

Tisserand Roll On Sweet Dreams Lavender

I have been using it every night, and cannot get enough of it. Finally it is running out so I bought a new one from Amazon for £5.95. Considering this one lasted me from August last year up until now I think that is a pretty good price.

Only draw back of searching “Tisserand Sweet Dreams” on Amazon was the realisation that they do a pillow spray, and a large oil, and a bath oil and…. goodbye money.

Lush Haul – Valentines 2017

It’s that time of year again when I have to rush to Lush to get my grubby paws on their limited edition Valentines themed things.

Lush Amynoos

I popped down to my local branch in Brighton recently and yet again was overwhelmed by all of the beautiful lovely things, superb friendly and approachable staff. Spot on, well done again Lush.

Ladybird Bubble Bar Lush Amynoos

This is the tremendously cute Ladybird Bubble Bar and at £3.95 is one of the more affordable items. I adore the bubble bars as you can get so many uses out of them. The assistant in the store said you could get two uses but I bet you can get more. I guess it is how many bubbles you want! The Ladybird has sweet geranium and peppermint oils. Everyone in the store swooned over my choice in this little fella so I can’t wait to give it a go.

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar Lush Amynoos

These are the main reason that I had to get down to Lush for their Valentines day items. These beautiful Unicorn Horns have a cult following and are one of the best selling items. These are my absolute favourite bubble bars of all time (hence I got two!) They use two of my absolute favourite fragrances lavender and neroli to make this blissful pretty bubble bar. I adore it! You can also get a lot of uses from each bar which I love. These are £4.25 a piece.

Lover Lamp Bath Bomb Lush Amynoos

Over to bath bombs. I had one of these Lover Lamp bath bombs last year and it was so lovely I had to get another one this year. Cocoa butter, vanilla absolute, Brazilian orange fizz away releasing the cute little red hearts into your bath water. It is just so pretty. This is £4.25.

Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb Lush Amynoos

This is not one of the Valentines day ones but I caught a wiff and I couldn’t say no. This is the Rose Bombshell. I have had one of these before and it was delightful. It is rose scented and as it dissolves in your bath water it releases petals. My only gripe is that I hate getting the petals out the bath after, but this one smells so good I am willing to over look that. This is £4.25.

Cupid Bath Bomb Lush Amynoos

Last but not least is the Cupid Bath Bomb. This one is only £2.95. This has rose and bergamot is in the shape of a heart with an arrow. I think this one would make a very cute gift for someone.

What has been your favourite Lush Valentines product this year? Any I have missed? :)

Random thing I have loved in… January

Each month I am going to pick one, just one thing that I have been loving in that month. It can be anything, food, make up, entertainment or like in the case of this month, this random doohicky.

Phone Ring Amynoos

I got this phone ring for Christmas. I have a “phablet” …or in plain ol’ English, a blooming big phone. I had got really good with my previous “regular” sized phone at using it with one hand but have struggled with my current phone. This simple little gadget certainly solves that issue.

I stuck it onto my gold glitter cover, and as it is slightly gold toned and I think they look really good together.

Phone Ring Amynoos

You can also use the ring as a stand, which is brilliant for when you are watching Youtube videos!

I really have loved it because my phone now feels secure again. I was always terrified of dropping it when using it one handed, but with the ring I know I have a good grip. It also comes with a hook that you can loop the ring over. I have not used this yet because I am not sure where to stick it. I imagine it would be quite good to use in your car, or if you regularly use your phone as a music or video player somewhere to stick it there. I just haven’t found the correct spot yet.

Phone Ring Amynoos Phone Ring Amynoos

I would definitely recommend getting one if you have a larger phone and struggle with holding it.

Phone Ring Amynoos

It is currently only £4.99 on Amazon. 

 

5 Things I lied about in 2016

It occurred to me the other day whilst I gave a little white lie to someone about how I was, that the human race, even though we will deny it, lies a whooooole bunch. Maybe not big lies. Y’no the “I once went on a date with Tom Hardy” kinda lies, but the little ones that we don’t even really consciously think of as lies. This got me thinking, and I thought it would be funny to admit 5 “little white lies” that I told last year. Here goes

1. “I am so sorry, I already have plans with my other half” 

Birthday Cake Amynoos

To someone I do not know very well upon being invited to her birthday drinks

2. “Oh thank you so much, it looks wonderful, how lovely, how kind, thank you”.

To a student offering me a “treat” they had bought from their native land. It did not look wonderful. It went in the bin when they left the room.

3. “Oh this t-shirt, yes I have had it a while.”

If by a while you mean since yesterday? Yes.

4. “I was really good, I just had soup for my lunch.”

Soup Amynoos

And a bread roll the size of my head. And a bag of crisps.

5. “Oh only about £20”

When asked about how much I had just spent in Lush.

£45. I had spent £45. On bath products.

Have you told any good little white lies? Please share them below in the comments!

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017 Amynoos

Where the bloody hell have I been? I am not sure to be honest. Where HAVE I been? At home, trying to think of clever and witty things to write and then I see something shiny/fluffy and I am off…… attention span of a small child!

Anyhoo…

Here we are,  I am here,  Here we go, another year.

2016 was a year wasn’t it. I think it’s going to go down in infamy like the heatwave of 1976, but different because it was an entire year, and it was shit.

It wasn’t all shit.

Quite a lot of shit.

The global shit I will not go into because this is the internet and I think that has probably been covered.

Personally for me it was a bit of a mixed bag. There were some super shit things that happened, but also a lot of good. I also seemed to have a bit of an epiphany last year, maybe epiphany isn’t the right word, realisation….I am still figuring out that stuff so more on that in a later post.

Anyway, it’s done. We are no longer there. We pick ourselves up and we move on. We came out unscathed. Well…. kinda…. #brexit #potus

2017 is exciting. Change is afoot.

Jezz and I are getting married. (HOLY CRAP BAGS) It’s going to be a busy year.

As always, I go into this new year with a renewed hope that I will blog more…. but if my post history is anything to go by…*cough* 😉

For sticking with me this far here is a little video treat of my Christmas. I am hoping to do a few more videos this year so please do keep an eye over on the Tubes of You for my little face popping up.

Here is to a better year.

<3

Amy

Diamonds Fall by Rebecca M. Gibson – Book Review

Annabel Maria Hoddington is a young woman of high stature on the approach of her 18th birthday. Betrothed to a young man of similar high stature, she is on her way to meet him for the first time when we join her story. She is beautiful, wealthy, spoiled, and rude. On route to meet the man to whom she has been matched, she is kidnapped and forced into captivity. Experiencing a world she never knew existed, a life of poverty and violence, we see Annabel begin to change.

Diamonds Fall - Rebecca M. Gibson

The characters in the book are captivating. I found myself not only falling for Annabel, but also the characters she finds herself surrounded by in the village. Rebecca M. Gibson has created a world of such dark and light contrast, reflected in the characters themselves as well as the very different worlds of class that Annabel finds herself in. Gibson has a beautiful way of describing which really transports the reader to the situation. I found myself really almost being able to feel the fabrics touching their skins, being able to smell the smells, or feel the rough calloused fingers of the characters on my own skin. The story takes many twists and turns, and a times an overwhelming sense of brutality both physically and mentally. The story made my heart ache, and also sing with joy in the same chapter.

Diamonds Fall is a page turner, I read this book in just 3 days. It is not the genre of book I would normally find myself picking up. I am not one to usually be drawn to period pieces, and certainly not romances, however I was really captivated by this novel. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a tale of personal discovery and development set it a world where your class and stature means everything.

Diamonds Fall is available for Kindle or in paperback here on Amazon

I very kindly received this book free of charge in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Snowdogs by the Sea

When it was announced the Brighton would be having a public art trail called the Snowdogs by the Sea I didn’t think much about it to be honest, it kind of passed me by and I didn’t pay much attention. I had heard of such things being held before, but never has anything appeared in my hometown.

I grew up with The Snowman, it always had a bit of a special squishy place in my heart because it featured Brighton. Raymond Briggs has lived in Sussex for a long time, and a nod to this can be seen in the famous scene when The Snowman and the little boy are flying in the sky where you can spot the famous Brighton landmarks of the Royal Pavilion and the Palace Pier.

(AND EVERYONE THAT GIIIIVES US PIZZAS AS WE FLLLYYYY)

On 24th December 2012, the Snowman and the Snowdog was aired. I immediately set it to be recorded and it became a permanent feature on my Skybox (until I moved and had to get rid of Sky…sad face). It was just the cutest thing. The Snowdog was everything I dreamed he would be, stupidly cute, frozen and magical. If you haven’t watched it do it… its just too lovely.

Snowman and Snowdog

The Snowdogs by the Sea art trail was announced in early January 2016, and would run from 24th September until 27th November 2016. If you are reading this not long after I have posted it you still have time to go and spot them!! They are placed all across Brighton and Hove. The furthest points being Hove Lagoon, Hove Park, Preston Park, Amex Stadium, and the Marina.

Oh and one all the way over at London Victoria just to be difficult 😉

I am obsessed.

I have been annoying everyone I know with talk of Snowdogs, and flooding social media so now it is your turn!! Moowuhahahaha!!!

The first dog I found was Blot the Dog, positioned outside Churchill Square, if you are local you might recognise his distinctive markings! There is a bus with similar inkings as well as many pubs, bars, shops and art drops around the city. These were all created by local artist #iownthisart, otherwise known as Jason McQuillen.

Blot the Dog #iownthisart

My photo was taken, and I was immediately obsessed with these gloriously decorated dogs and wanted to see them all!

Dave the Dog is positioned on Palmeira Square, and has quickly become one of my favourites. Perhaps because he is shiny, perhaps because I see him most days as he is about 10 seconds from my work. But look at him!

Dave the Dog

A trip to London to see friends at the beginning of October meant I could get the one positioned all the way in London at Victoria Station. Brighton Belle.

Brighton Belle

A couple of special lunch break missions were had to fetch the ones in the far corners of Hove.

A trip to Hove Park uncovered Marty, by artist David Halliwell, and then down to Hove Museum for Max, by artist Sarah Artnett.

Marty Snowdog Max Snowdog

Another mission over to Hove Lagoon on one lunch break to get Boomer who is safely tucked away in the Big Beach Café (otherwise known as Fat Boy Slims café) then a glorious walk along the beach to find The Snowbrador, by Ruth Cooper, on Medina Terrace.

Boomer The Snowbrador

By this point I had seen 16 of the dogs! There were a total of 45 to collect. I had come this far…..

I had the day off after my birthday so off I set on my epic Snowdog adventure. I set off at 9.30 am and had completed the remaining 29 by 3.00 pm. The final dog was Rose all the way up at the Amex Stadium. (I got the train all the way from Brighton to Falmer, got the dog, and came back again! Haha!).

BeFunky Collage 1

I had a glorious day, but was exhausted.

You can see all of the Snowdogs online here and you can find the trail map here

So what is all this in aid of?

The Snowdogs by the Sea art trail is a Wild in Art event in support of the Marlets Hospice. The Marlets will always have a special resonance with me, as they are the amazing people who helped to take care of my Nanny during her final weeks. She passed away earlier this year. While visiting there it struck me how normal things felt. The building was very warm and welcoming, decorated with flowers and pictures. The staff were approachable and friendly. The patients were of all ages, and all walks of life. The staff were wonderful, and even after my Nan passed away the support for the family was amazing. They do an incredible job, and I take my hat off to them.

How can you donate?

There are many ways you can donate! If you love the Snowdogs as much as I do you can even buy one to take home (just a bit smaller) from their store on George Street, Brighton or their pop-up shop located at Churchill Square Thursdays – Sundays. A percentage of all sales go to The Martlets.

You can also purchase them online here

Here is my beloved <3 I kind of want them all!

Winter Lily Snowdog

You can also donate £3 by texting “SDOG16 £3” to 70070.

Donate to The MartletsYou can also donate online; click here

If you have enjoyed the dogs even a teeny weeny bit please be sure to donate to this very worthwhile cause.

Thank you for making it all the way to the end of this post!

If you would like to see more of my photos from the dog trail be sure to go and find me on instagram.

<3

Amy

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