A little bit of everything

Friday, 29 December 2017

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella | Book Review

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and that you have a happy new year. My Christmas day was spent relaxing, eating lots of turkey and cranberry sauce and watching Harry Potter. I also may have had a nap too! I can't believe how quick it's already over, although, it's still technically Christmas. To me it is anyway. We've still got all of the decorations up and the Christmas blog header is staying up a little longer yet! 

Todays book review is My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. I didn't really know anything about this book before purchasing it, but as soon as I read the description, I just had to get it. I actually got this from the airport before going to Mexico, as I didn't bring a book with me and really wanted one to read on holiday. I am so happy that I got this book as it's on my list of my top favourite books of 2017. I absolutely love this book and it was such a joy to read and is brilliantly written. I just love it when a book I've read really sticks in my mind for ages after reading it, when that happens, you know it's a good book!


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Sunday Thoughts | What I Love Most About Christmas

There are so many things I love about Christmas. It's such a magical time of year. I still get so excited about Christmas day and wake up about five in the morning! When I was younger I would always wake up really early and go straight to the landing, where there would be balloons waiting for me. That's how I knew Santa had been! I would then go downstairs and look to see if the mince pie and carrots had gone, that I left out for Santa and his reindeer. Then I would head straight for the living room to see what Santa had brought. It's the little things like that, that I used to love the most. 

There was also sometimes a handmade card left from Santa thanking me for the treats I left out! My Christmas day usually consists firstly of, giving and opening presents, followed by watching whatever Christmas programs and films are on TV. Next it's time to get ready and start preparing dinner. My favourite part is spending it with family and also eating the leftovers of course! Below I have listed a few of my most favourite things about Christmas.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree with Simply Be

If there is one item of clothing that I love to wear the most, it's a dress. I love that you can style a dress for any season and you can wear them day through to night. My collection is continuing to grow in my wardrobe. I especially love floral dresses and patterns on. As soon as I find a dress I love, it’s literally all I want to wear! I love to own items of clothing that can be worn anytime of the day and will go with almost anything. The main reason I love dresses is because you can either wear them with or without tights, high heel shoes, boots or flat shoes, a cardigan or jumper over top or a nice jacket. The options are endless.
I recently received these beautiful dresses from Simply Be from their Partywear section and I am really loving them so much. They are the perfect dresses to wear during the day and to go out in at night. Also at the bottom of this post, is some loungewear items too, for when you get back home after a busy day or an evening out, and want something comfy to get in to. I love comfy clothes, and believe me, they are so comfy.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

6 Things I Like To Do When I'm Not Online

It's less than one week until Christmas! I mean, how has this even happened! I had it all planned, I was going to be all ready for Christmas ages ago. Kind of hasn't worked out that way, I still need to do some Christmas shopping, oops! But I'm going to get it done, just a little bit later than I originally planned. At least the decorations and Christmas tree have been up quite a while. Usually it can sometimes be a last minute thing, but my mum and I made sure that we at least had the tree up early, before anything else. I also started the Christmas songs early too, just to get in that Christmassy mood.

Although I absolutely love going online, when I'm not online, there are a few things that I really like to do. It's nice sometimes just to take a little break and relax and do the things that I love the most, that doesn't involve staring at a computer screen. It's so easy to just sit at my Macbook and when I next look at the time, the whole day has gone by! So I kind of like to take, even if it's just for an hour say, some time to do other things. Below I have listed 6 things that I like to do when I'm not online.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Mini ASOS Haul

I think I'm slightly obsessed with trinket dishes! When I go on a site, I have to look to see if they sell them. You may have seen these ones in the photo above featured in some of my blog posts and Instagram photos. I thought that it was about time that I did a little post on them, because I absolutely love them so much. Not just because they look good in photos, but because they are really handy to put jewellery on and look great on show. But they do look so cute! 

I love looking on the ASOS site, but I've never really actually got anything much from the site, so when I saw these little dishes, I just had to get them. They were a great price too. I haven't looked to see if they are still on there, but I am guessing they are. These three ones are all by Sass and Belle. Highly recommend checking their website out if you haven't already. So many amazing and cute things on there. So many more adorable trinket dishes! I really want to go to London and Brighton just so I can look in their stores!


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Sunday Thoughts | Jay and Jane Homeless Spalding Appeal, Update

I hope you are having a lovely weekend and a great Sunday. Only one week tomorrow until Christmas day! It's come round so fast. For today's blog post, I wanted to do a little update on the Jay and Jane, Homeless Spalding Appeal. You may remember my previous blog post, where I write about the fundraising we were doing to raise £5000 to get Jay and Jane a roof over their heads for Christmas. I'm so happy to say that we reached our target and Jay and Jane are now in rented accommodation. In just a week, we reached beyond our goal of £5,000 and raised a total of £5,105. The funds have now reached the Lloyds Bank Treasurers Account. From the £5,095 which were donated on the JustGiving page, JustGiving has taken out their fees of £318.44, leaving a total of £4,776.56. There has also been an additional £20 which has been deposited at Lloyds, taking the total to £4,796.56. We are so thankful to everyone who has donated money and given help to Jay and Jane, without the compassion and help from everyone, none of this would have been possible. They have now already registered at a doctors practice and are also presently trying to find a dentist they can register with.

Friday, 15 December 2017

The Crohn's and Colitis UK Membership Pack

I recently subscribed to become a member of Crohn's and Colitis UK and I received a membership pack which arrived in the post. Since being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, I have found the Crohn's and Colitis UK website to be extremely helpful. I have been able to learn so much and also gain further knowledge about Crohn's Disease. Although I had got some knowledge of Crohn's, I have family members who have it, I didn't really know that much about it. There is so much helpful information and updates available on the website, which has helped me to find out as much as I can. I really wanted to write and share about the membership pack, as I feel that it is so helpful and I am so happy that this is available. It's great to be able to have something you can read and learn lots more from. 


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Chicken and Pasta with Yogurt Dressing | Dairy, Wheat and Gluten Free

I'm really excited to share with you today another one of my most favourite meals. You can find my previous recipes for chicken and mash, here and my homemade rice pudding, here. I absolutely love pasta, it's one of my favourite ingredients to use. Literally just about anything can be put with it. This quick and easy recipe, consists of just three ingredients and a little seasoning. Also a little garnish on top of you want to add something extra.


Monday, 11 December 2017

My Favourite Lipsticks

I have a huge love for lipsticks. Ever since I was little I remember I was always really intrigued by lipsticks and I would borrow some of my mums to try on. I think I ended up getting most of it on my face rather than on my lips, whilst licking most of it off! But from them on I have always loved a good lipstick. Over the years I have found out which shades seem to suit my skin tone best and which ones don't. I've found that really pale shades, don't seem to suit me as much. I do love a nice pink colour and coral too.

Whenever I go in to either Superdrug or Boots I just have to go look at them. I've put together a post of a few of my most favourite ones that I own and are always my go-to lipsticks. I will admit though, that when it comes to choosing a lipstick, I do tend to go for the same shade of lipstick. But I am going to try and break that habit and try out some different shades. It's only recently that I have started wearing red lipstick for instance. But I absolutely love it.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday Thoughts | Clem Loves Is 5 Years Old!

It's only just over 2 weeks until Christmas day! I still need to do some Christmas shopping and get some Christmas cards! But it's on my to-do list for this next week. There is already some houses near where I live that have got their Christmas lights on and they look so pretty. I always used to love going for a drive and looking at all of the lovely Christmas lights and decorations on houses. It just adds that little bit of magic to the air. 

As you may have read in the title,I can't believe that my blog is now 5 years old! I still remember creating my blog and writing my first posts. I had however been blogging long before this one, I had a few websites that I created from a young age, but I am so proud of my little blog. It's amazing looking back and seeing how far I have come from my first posts on here. There were a few others, but I deleted them, oops! But you can check out the first post that is published on here still, here. I've also just realised how short my posts used to be!

I feel that the two main things that have improved over the years is my writing and photography. I love taking photos and I have learned so much over the years to improve my photography, I'm still learning even now. I will be doing a post very soon on how blogging has helped me, as I feel it's very important for me to recognise how important my blog is to me and how it has helped me greatly over the last few years. I've never really celebrated how old my blog is each year, but I just think that 5 is an awesome number and I have worked with some amazing brands over the last few years and I'm just really excited to see what is next for my little space on the internet!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Chocolate Brownie Christmas Pudding | Dairy, Wheat and Gluten Free

One thing I have never been too keen on is Christmas Pudding. I'm just not a fan of it. I always opt for something different when it comes to dessert at Christmas. I am however a huge fan of chocolate brownies, so when my nan gave me a kit to make your own chocolate brownie Christmas pudding, I was so happy! It is Dairy, wheat and gluten free and you can get it from Tesco. It comes in a box with a packet of brownie mix, a packet of icing sugar and a small pack of holly and berry confetti shapes. The pudding is really quick and easy to make and tastes delicious.

I really love that more supermarkets are catering more for people who can't have dairy, wheat and gluten. Tesco is also doing their free from chocolate selection box again and Morrisons have brought out some free from boxes of chocolates for Christmas too. I've also noticed that the free from calendars have gone really quick this year too. It's nice to be able to have a wider variety of food to have at Christmas. Usually, I would most likely end up having what I would have any other time of the year, but it's nice to be able to eat more Christmassy things. I also picked up a while back a free from selection box of crackers from Morrisons, which I am really excited to try. I do love some crackers with dairy free cheese!


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

It's Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week

From the 1-7 December, it is Crohn's and Colitis Awareness week. You may have seen that in some of my previous blog posts, I have recently been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, Crohn's Colitis. I was very poorly and was admitted by my doctor and had to spend some time in Peterborough City hospital, but I am so thankful for all of the amazing care I received whilst in hospital. I was able to get my diagnosis and given medication. I am now making a steady recovery at home. 

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are often viewed as invisible illnesses. This Awareness Week, it's time to make #MakingTheInvisibleVisible.

It is so important for people to know about and understand more about Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Before my diagnosis, I myself didn't really know much about it. I have learned so much over the past few weeks from the Crohn's and Colitis UK website, there is so much information to look at. If you are looking to find out more, I highly recommend visiting their site. You can also follow Crohn's and Colitis UK over on Twitter. I have also recently subscribed to their membership pack which arrived in the post a few days ago. I will be doing another post very soon on this. I have also joined the Crohn's and Colitis UK forum group on Facebook, which I have found really helpful. 


Monday, 4 December 2017

Who's Doing Blogmas This Christmas

I hope you have had a great weekend. Head over to yesterdays blog post to see what I've been up to. I'm currently sat in my PJs watching the X Factor! I can't believe that it's only 3 weeks left until Christmas day. I'm so excited! One thing that I am looking forward to is watching lots of Christmas themed shows on TV. I love Christmas TV. I'm also planning to watch some Christmas films too. On my list to watch so far is Love Actually, I haven't watched this film in so long. I also really want to watch Elf and Home Alone. What are your favourite Christmas films? 

For today's post, I am sharing with you a list of bloggers who are doing Blogmas this year. I love reading Blogmas posts. This year I have decided to not do Blogmas myself, but instead, I will be doing a few Christmas themed posts, rather than blogging every day. I absolutely love this time of year, especially when all of the Christmas blog posts come out. I love reading them and looking at all of the Christmas photos, it really makes me feel all Christmassy and gets me in a festive mood. I've already started watching some Vlogmas videos too. I just love them so much. I am really enjoying watching Zoella's Vlogmas videos at the moment. A few of my other favourite YouTuber's are doing Vlogmas too, so I am really excited to watch theirs. I would love to know if you are doing Vlogmas? 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday Thoughts | It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

It's December! It's Christmas and I'm so excited. I love this time of year. I've already been wearing my Christmas jumper and listening to some Christmas songs! I've also really been enjoying watching Kirstie's Homemade Christmas on Channel 4. You may have noticed that my photos have got a little bit Christmassy too and over on my Instagram. It's definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I was so excited that it was snowing a couple of nights ago. I woke to find my car covered with snow. Unfortunately, it soon melted, but I see photos of other places that had snow. Snow always looks so magical.

This week I have mostly been taking photos again for my blog, I'm currently testing out some new spaces in my room to take photos. As there hasn't been much sunshine I've been moving around my room looking for the perfect spot. I think I may have just found it! I managed to take a few photos for an upcoming post that I am so happy with. It's just little things like that, that really make my day. I've also been looking at softbox lights, if you have any or recommend some, please let me know in the comment section below.

Also this week I did some more cooking and there will be two new recipe posts coming on the blog very soon. I've also got a Christmas themed recipe that I plan on doing this next week. I'm so excited to eat it make it. I would love to know what your favourite things to bake/cook for Christmas are. I've really been enjoying watching cooking shows on TV lately and getting a few ideas.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Whats On My iPhone

It's December 1st! I hope you are having a great day and feeling all Christmassy. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen that I have decided to not do Blogmas this year. Instead, I will be doing a few Christmas theme posts instead of doing Blogmas every day. But I will be sharing with you a post very soon on bloggers who are doing Blogmas this year. I love reading Blogmas posts, if you are doing it this year, please leave me your links in the comment section below. 

For today's post, I thought that I would share with you what is on my iPhone. I love being nosy and reading these types of posts. You never know what new app you might find. I mostly go to the social media apps on my phone. They are definitely the most used apps! I also have a few games that I love to play too on my phone. Below I have listed my most used apps and ones that are my absolute favourites.

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