Sunday, 12 April 2015

Waxing is quite Taxing!

I decided a few weeks ago that I was done with shaving. I hate putting so much effort into shaving safely (you can trust me to always nip myself somewhere!) and then get stubble the next day. In fairness I am quite lucky because I don't have quick hair growth but still...it's annoying. So fast forward to a weeks back when I decided to start waxing again. I know you can do it at home...but don't be silly I am not inflicting pain on myself. I'd much rather pay for someone to do that job for me. It's much quicker in calmer environment but not so nice on my bank balance. Hey ho...

What I never realised was how much effort has to go into waxing. It's said to be easier to get waxing done but I am not so sure.

1) You need at least a 1/4 inch of hair growth. It may not sound a lot but to me that is still long enough. My beautician says it normally takes 2-3 weeks for that hair to grow. Eww! And guess what?! It is coming up to summer and my PJ's are short or 3/4 length. I detest it when my legs touch and leg hair spikes against each other. It's makes my body wriggle in revulsion...just one of my 'things' I guess. So before I could even book the appointment I needed to grow my leg hair out. *thumbs up*

2) It is recommended to not have waxing done on the weeks leading up to your period and the week of your period. This is because your skin is extra sensitive and as a result it'll be more painful. So hang on, that only really leaves 2- 2 1/2 weeks a month to wax. Which then means you need to start growing your hair out not to coincide with it. This is becoming more of a maths lesson don't you think than a waxing session?

3) You need to exfoliate before having your legs waxed and then once waxed you are not to use any products for 72 hours (apart from aloe vera gel). I am a product queen! After every shower I moisturise so this was a little difficult as my skin just felt dry. You have to agree that's a fair bit of nice preparation for something you want OFF your body?

So next time when I get waxed...I'll make sure to do all those things. Hindsight really is a good thing! I have to say though that I had my legs waxed 4 days ago and they are still so smooth. It's totally worth it!




See you in 4-6 weeks leg hair!

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

I have this thing...

...where I believe I can do any job role at times. It quite often happens when I watch TV and I'll say to my housemate 'I could totally be a weather girl and make telling the weather more interesting' or 'I was born to be a on goggle box!' I particularly feel I can do these roles when something happens I don't agree with. Even at the age of 26 I still have an imagination for things.

I seriously still think I can be a 6th member of the Spice Girls one day.

A girl can dream.

However, one role I know I can perform at (apart from nursing) is being creative. Many of my clinical friends always talk about how they have no artistic flare and cannot see beyond a blank space. One of my friend's, Laura, is getting married. She's a physiotherapist and like many medical backgrounds we tend to think in black and white. We tend to have an answer for everything, so trying to put a twist on things can be difficult. We are currently looking at wedding venues for her and many of the function rooms are plain and not decorated. I LOVE this! I adore having a blank canvas and inputting ideas, unique quirks and styles in nooks and crannies. However, Laura is really struggling and I have really enjoyed giving her ideas on how to put her own stamp on the day.

For example, her mother in law sadly passed away from cancer last year. Laura's fiancé really wants his mum to be involved in the day somehow. So when we were talking about centrepieces Laura mentioned how she wanted hurricane vases but didn't know what to fill it with. I think at this point she was ready to go ARGGHHH!!!! And I suddenly I had this thought. Her mother in law was called Hazel so I thought maybe they could fill some of the vase with Hazelnuts? Laura loved that idea and it's a plan she intends to go ahead with.

Something like this bit with fairy lights instead?

My housemate recently held a baby shower for one of her best friends. I think, like all parties, it can be very expensive when you're hosting so you try to be savvy with money and cut costs in places. I REALLY believe you can do parties without breaking the bank and preventing your dos from looking tacky. I suggested she made a washing line of baby clothes as decoration. All she needed to buy was string and we used clothes my niece had grown out of. I also tried to help her with the shower favours. I suggested she bought the pink drawstring bags and fill them with pink bond bons and little tea lights. Again, not something to break the bank over.


I know there are addictive sites like pinterest which showcase all these ideas BUT a little imagination is what's key.

So if I were to play that game again...I could totally be an events organiser!

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

New Zealand Trip in FULL!

So 3 weeks after returning home from New Zealand I finally found a pocket of time to put a video together. I really enjoyed making it and seeing all the memories I captured. I really do miss NZ! For me it was the epitome of beauty...

Below is the video I made. I tend to make my videos to a song(s) that remind me of my travels. But YouTube wouldn't allow me to use the song I wanted - Foster the People, Pumped Up Kicks. Have a listen it's a great tune.

There is a clip at the end of the video of me talking about what a great time I have had. However, the audio won't work and I have tried so many times to fix it...so I gave up!



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Sunday, 15 March 2015

M is for the way you mother me.

As I was collecting my bunch of mothers day flowers for my Mum today I was scanning through my IG feed. I came across a picture a friend posted of her and her boyfriend with the caption.

'And I'd choose you, in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I'd find you and I'd choose you.'

At first I thought how sweet and then I was caught off guard by the cashier saying 'she's lucky to have a daughter like you to spoil her.' But in all honesty- I'm the lucky one.

I remember when I was little and my mum shouting at me in the car for saying a 'naughty word' and then seeing her cry in the wing mirror from the back seat.

I remember seeing mum in the crowd at sports days watching my attempt at winning with an egg and spoon, despite having done a 12 hour night shift the night before.

I remember her at my graduation taking photo after photo on her digital camera that she had no clue how to use. But she still kept on taking photos anyway.

I remember two years ago when she sat at the edge of my bed rocking me, whilst I told her that life didn't feel like living anymore.

I remember last May when she called to congratulate me on buying/moving into my first house despite the fact her own mother (my Gran) had passed away 2 hours before.

I am so lucky to have a mum who I can ride every emotion with. I am so incredibly blessed to have a mum who puts my siblings and I first before anything else. I am so thankful I have a mum who will take the world off my shoulders so I can see brighter days ahead. I am lucky I get to be her daughter.


Mum, I'd choose you, in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I'd find you and I'd choose you to always be my mum.

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Springing into Hodgepodge!

It has been such a long time since I took park in Wednesday Hodgepodge - but I thought I would for a change this week.


As always, answer the questions and then link back here to see other peoples answers.

1) What's the first image that comes to your mind when you hear the word 'spring'? Which phrase best describes the season of spring where you live right now?

Definitely daffodils! They are coming out in bloom here and I just love seeing them...it's a sign that summer is on its way. I would say 'March flowers, April showers' is quite fitting to the UK. It's the time of year where the weather can be very unpredictable ranging from warm days to drops in temperature. However, the flowers pop open too!

2) Bed, couch, stapler, garage door, computer mouse, recliner, flashlight, door knob...which household item containing springs most needs replacing in your home? Speaking of springs...did you ever own a slinky?

I would say bed. Over the winter I have noticed that my mattress has become less 'springy' so it might be time to get a new one. Of course I had a slinky growing up. In fact my nephew is getting one for his birthday next month.

3) March is women's history month. Share a favourite quote by a woman.

'Be less curious about people. And more curious about ideas.' - Marie Curie (founder of radiotherapy)

4) What's a question that looms large in your mind right now?

I would say I have a lot of questions over doubt at the moment. I really want a change of scenery in my job and I have applied for sponsorships to further my career- but still no word. I keep questioning 'will it happen?' 'will I be stuck in this job I don't enjoy anymore?'

5) Are you a sugar freak? With all the bad press sugar gets these days, have you made any efforts to reduce the amount of sugar you consume?

I do love my sweet treats but I have more of a savoury tooth. In saying that, I am very aware at present about my sugar intake. I am trying to eat more protein and less carbs.

6) Would you rather have less work to do or more work to do that you enjoy doing?

I would rather have more work to do. I thrive on being a little busy and having a little too much on my plate. I really detest complaining about being bored, so I'd much rather be too busy.

7) Ever been to Texas? Of the top ten tourist attractions which would you most like to see- The Alamo, The San Antonio River Walk, The State Capital, The Dallas Aquarium, Padre Island National Seashore, Houston Space Centre, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Six Flags, Moody Gardens or Galveston Island?

Texas is on my to visit list! This is because I have always wanted to see the space station. However, my friend Ali is from San Antonio and she has told me about the river walk so that really appeals!

8) Insert random thought here.

Currently having the bathroom remodelled so having to take shower trips to my parents. It is exciting though seeing it come slowly together. The bathroom is the one room I hated when I moved in. I am not a fan of blue! And the bathroom was covered in blue tiles which were ick. It's time for a change!

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