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

Chit Chat – Rediscovering things

I have spent this past week in one of those weird foggy sick hazes. It was threatening all of the previous week. After having to ascend the 193 steps from Covent Garden tube station last week I developed a hacking cough for an hour, further cementing the fact I was getting sick and also that I am horrendously unfit. It’s one of those weird ones where you spend a few hours feeling like you might die, then you think you are okay for a bit and do something strenuous, y’no like have a bath, and then you feel like you might die again. Great.

Lemsip Face

I thought I was okay yesterday to go back to work however after venturing to the outside world to run a wedding related errand I rapidly realised that I was the only one that was sweating and swaying in public, and I probably needed to go back to bed. Fast forward to today, I have managed to drag myself out of my pit of despair and to the sofa. Progress is being made.

Anyway, I wanted to do another of those posts where I essentially blabber on about some rubbish about “life” and this bloggy little website I have got myself. So here goes;

I have been working on various bits for this blog and I feel like it needs a bit of an introduction, as it’s something that you haven’t seen on the blog before and you might be a bit confused about an apparent change in direction. I am not changing direction, just throwing something new into the mix.

Ever since I was teeny weeny I enjoyed writing. I used to walk around with a note pad making scribbles which was doing “writing”. One of my Mums favourite stories to tell is about how I came back from my first day at school complaining that I hadn’t learned to read and write. Haha.

I loved doing creative writing at school. In my early years at secondary school, encouraged by my English teacher, I formed a creative writing club. I had reams and reams of stories that I had written. Alas as technology moved and so did I, things got lost. I am sure there is a zip drive somewhere… probably in my possession I just cant find it. Probably for the best I bet they are brilliantly embarrassing!

As I grew up I lost it. Well, I don’t know if I lost it, I just stopped writing. So here I find myself, trying to rediscover what I used to love and so I have started some creative writing again.

I have to give a huge thank you to my wonderful friend Beth, (whose brilliant website you can find here), who has helped encourage me and helped me to activate the part of my brain I turned off. The switch isn’t fully on yet but we are getting there, it’s a dimmer switch.

Anyway, I feel a bit like this is a very long winded way of me telling you, that you have some poems and stories heading your way in the next few months. Please be gentle with me, I am using the blog as a big brainstorming board, a giant notebook if you will, of me trying to get my brain working again.

I have also really enjoyed doing my little holiday videos. I did a huge amount of editing at Uni so it’s fun to get to grips with that again. I am also hoping to throw more of those your way soon.

Speaking of which, here is another one for you! (Nice, see what I did there? Smooth.) In September a group of chums and I went to the New Forest for the weekend. I made another video of our adventuring! Please excuse the terrible video quality, I am hoping to get my grubby paws on a new camera soon :)

That’s all for now. I am off to put the kettle on for more lemsip, throw away the sea of used tissues I am surrounded with and probably watch Mean Girls. I know how to live.

Halloween Lush Haul

My obsession with everything Lush is quite serious. My poor OH has stood outside many a store because he refuses to go in while he waits for me to sniff everything and touch everything and spend a small fortune.

Halloween Lush Haul 2016

Last week saw the launch of the Halloween items and I could not go without sampling at least one of them. So when pay day arrived, off I went to my local store. I pretty much bought one of everything.

Oopsie.

Everything smells amazing so I thought we could do a little show and tell, because frankly this stuff makes me freaking happy, and I want to tell you about it!

Pumpkin Set Lush 2016 Halloween

I don’t usually buy the gift sets, but the packaging of this was just too cute to pass up!

Pumpkin Set Lush 2016 Halloween

In includes 4-items, 2 bath bombs, a bubble bar and a bath oil all very cleverly wrapped in this brilliant cloth to look like a pumpkin. It would make a brilliant gift for someone (or in my case for myself). It cost £20.95.

Pumpkin Set Lush 2016 Halloween

Everything was very securely packaged in the parcel, all packed with biodegradable packing peanuts which I am a massive fan off. I DESPISE polystyrene, awful stuff. Anyway I digress….

Pumpkin Bath Bomb Lush 2016

First out of the package was the pumpkin bath bomb, available to buy on its own for £3.95. This is described on the website as “sweet, comforting vanilla and spicy cinnamon” I was a bit dubious about the smell of this one when I heard how it was described as I am not a huge fan of these sort of smells for baths but it is a lot more subtle and actually really nice. It produces what I can only describe and a more ferocious fizz than some of the other bath bombs (think Sakura) so the “pop fizzle” is over pretty quickly, but leaves your bath water a delicious warm orange colour. Not sure I would rush out and get this again, but it was great to try.

Boo Bath Melt Halloween 2016 Lush

Next out was this cute little fella, the Boo bath oil. I have been interested in trying the bath oils for a while, but have been a bit put off by the fact that they make everything they touch oily. I didn’t really like the lava lamp bath bomb for this reason, cleaning the purple tide mark from around my bath after a nice relaxing soak wasn’t ideal. However I figured this one is white so no stains (I hope!). I have not used it yet, so we will see. It is available on its own for £3.50 and is described as “mimosa and warming ginger” which sounds delightful.

Lord of Misrule Bath bomb Lush Halloween 2016

I have a feeling this Lord of Misrule bath bomb is one they have done before, I was immediately drawn to this on the website because of its pretty colours. It is described as “patchouli and black pepper oil”, and “has a deep green exterior that slowly froths away to reveal a rich, wine-coloured centre”. That description alone made me to that weird deep throaty gargle noise that Homer Simpson makes. It smells incredible. It is available to buy on it’s own for £3.95.

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar Halloween Lush 2016

This is the “Glittery Pumpkin” bubble bar. Now, I freaking love glitter. I do not love cleaning freaking glitter out of my bathtub. However the total pixie in me cannot resist any Lush sparkly goods so like a magpie I was drawn to this. Again, like the pumpkin bath bomb I was a bit dubious about the potential “pumpkin” scent which I am not always a fan of. But after giving it a good sniff (snorting half the glitter, fairy sneezes for the rest of the evening thank you Lush) I decided that this smelt AMAZING. I am willing to look past the fact everything I touched afterwards, was glittery. I am still to work up to the golden egg they do at Easter… it’s so pretty but the prospect of cleaning that crap out my bathtub feels me with woe. Luckily the OH seems to either not notice the sparkly bathtub or he doesn’t care. This is available for £3.95. I always love to get a bubble bar because I feel like they are the best value of the bath products as you can get a few uses out of them. Depending on how much you crumble into your bath, I reckon you could get at least 3 good baths out of this one, maybe 4.

Monsters Ball Bath bomb Halloween Lush 2016

Moving onto the two extra items I bought. I actually wanted to try these the most so I couldn’t walk away without them! This is the Monsters Ball Bath Bomb which sells for £4.25 (the most expensive of them all!). I was immediately drawn to the cute little face. This smells quite fresh with lime and neroli oils. It is hard to describe. I have not yet tested this one, but overheard one of the Lush workers telling another customer about it and how much she loved it. Apparently towards the eye is the last thing to dissolve so you just have a funny little fizzy eye floating around your tub which I think it quite fun! I think it has more of a slow dissolve (think dragons egg/yoga bomb) which are my favourites. I love to sit in the bath and prod and poke them watching them dissolve. Never too old for some bath time fun!

Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb Halloween Lush 2016

Last but not least is the Autumn Leaf bath bomb, which sells for £3.75. This was the one I was most excited for, I really loved the colours and the way it was described “The scent of fresh grass evokes the crunch of crisp leaves underfoot as the last remnants of summer are stolen away”. What a delightful description! The smell of this reminds me a lot of the Experimenter bath bomb which is one of my favourites. It has quite an earthy musky smell which I find very warm and comforting, and I think is perfect for something designed to reflect an autumn leaf. This has quite a slow fizz which fills your bath with greens, oranges and red, the colours of summer into autumn and leaves your bath a lovely burnt orange colour. If ever there was a bath product to reflect autumn, to me, this is it.

Wow, if you made it all the way to the end of this 10 glittery lush stars to you! I will try and be a bit more restrained with the imminent Christmas product launch but if instagram is anything to go by, I might need to sell a kidney and you might get a blog post edition the size of war and peace!

30 things I have learned in my 30 years.

30 Things I have Learned in 30 years

Since my last post was a little more on the ranty side, here is a more light hearted little number for you all.

As my 31st birthday rapidly approaches here are 30 things I have learned in my 30 years:

  1. My mum was right about pretty much everything. Apart from the fact that brownies are gross, because it is a well known fact that they are not.
  2. Keep your sugar and salt marked very clearly, and very far away from each other. This will prevent any disturbing coffee traumas.
  3. Take your make up off before bed. Your skin will thank you.
  4. Do not kick a curb in a fit of rage when you miss your bus. You will not win in a fight against concrete.
  5. Lashings of butter should be added to mash potato. Otherwise it tastes like sadness. You also cannot cheat and make mash in a blender. You will get wall paper paste.Mash Potato
  6. Drink lots of water. Especially if you are going out boozing.
  7. Also, in relation to above. Eating is NOT cheating. Have some bloody dinner before you go out.
  8. Do not put furniture polish on your wooden flooring, unless you are trying to make it into an ice-skating rink.
  9. Cook rice on a low heat. This will prevent you destroying every pan you own.
  10. Do not cut your own hair. Unless you are a hairdresser. Or a small child.
  11. Take your hands out of doors/drawers/cupboards/gates before closing them.
  12. Skiing is like playing Russian Roulette. At some point it will literally break you. For me, it was emotionally.Me Skiing
  13. Sudocreme is magic. For everything. Apart from on your toast.
  14. Broccoli does taste better when you are an adult. This is why your mum made you eat it as a kid. Oh that, and it’s good for you.
  15. Making it “rain” in your own house with prawn crackers will come with it’s regrets the next day.
  16. Do not check your electric hob is on by touching it. This will remove your finger prints.
  17. At home waxing is a stupid idea. Don’t even bother. Get a professional to do it for you. Unless you enjoy being covered in sticky lumps of your own hair and tears.
  18. Being kind is a simple, yet stupendously effective thing. It will also make you feel awesome when you do something good for someone else.
  19. Cheap raincoats are a waste of time.
  20. Microwave popcorn can and will catch fire if you take your eye off the microwave for a second.
  21. Primark leggings should not ever be worn as trousers, they are see-through. I can see your pants.
  22. Do not buy smart price/essentials/the cheapest bin bags. Your rubbish will leak, and you will say some curse words.
  23. Take a minute before responding to something that has made you angry. You cant take back words once they have been said.
  24. Shots are never a good idea.kermit-1651325_1920
  25. To get rid of hiccups, take the deepest breathe you can and hold it for as long as you can. Until you feel like you might pop. Start breathing again before you pass out though eh?
  26. Time will legitimately go faster as you get older. That or I am being abducted by aliens. Repeatedly.
  27. Cacao and Chia seed pudding does not taste like chocolate mousse. Anyone claiming this is a liar.
  28. Don’t worry too much about how you look in a swimming costume. Chance is everyone else at the pool is too busy worrying about themselves too much to even notice you.
  29. Check the chair is actually behind you before you sit on it.
  30. Throw your hands in the air, wave them like you just don’t care. But be cautious of people around you because you might punch a drink out of their hand or them in the face. My bad.

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