Lush Kitchen Haul

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Lush Kitchen is probably one of the greatest inventions to man. The Kitchen releases a special menu for the week ahead each Friday (at around 3 o’clock.) On each day there are different products for sale, and these are very limited, exclusive goodies which can sell out in a matter of minutes.  Some of the products are discontinued whilst others are seasonal. I only discovered the Kitchen a matter of months ago but have been absolutely hooked since.

The past few weeks have been particularly good and I have found myself splurging a little more than I should! I’m not going to detail prices as most of this stuff is completely sold out now but, here’s what I’ve been buying:

Rose Jam Body Spray

It was only fairly recently that I discovered the Rose Jam scent. As I’ve mentioned before, I have never really been a fan of floral scents. But this scent is absolutely divine and very sweet. When I saw that it was being released as a body spray there was no question in my mind I had to have it. The body spray is absolutely wonderful; very strong and of a good quality. I think it smells like an expensive perfume, and it is very long-wearing also. Now all I need is for Lush to release a Honey I Washed The Kids body spray and I can die a happy (and incredible smelling) woman.

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Twilight Shower Gel

Twilight is another one of those scents that I have only recently started to really enjoy.  Sleepy body lotion smells absolutely beautiful to me. The Lavender combined with the tonka is very sweet and dusky. Twilight and Sleepy share the same scent so, when the Twilight shower gel became available in the Kitchen I knew instantly it would become a favourite. This particular shower gel is very coveted among Lush fans and sold out in a matter of five minutes, crashing the site in the process! I was lucky enough to get my hands on two 250g bottles.

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Candy Fluff Dusting Powder

I have never tried a dusting powder from Lush before but when I read that Candy Fluff shares the same scent as my beloved Snow Fairy I definitely couldn’t pass it up! This powder smells absolutely edible and I can’t wait to try it out! The bottle is quite small at 50g so I’m not sure how long it will last. I wish they had made bigger bottles as I can already tell I’m going to love this product.

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Ma Bar Bubble Bars

Another new to me product, the Ma Bar shares its’ scent with my all-time favourites. Honey I Washed The Kids is a honey/toffee/pudding scent that is truly mouth-watering. I love the cute design of the Ma Bar and have read many good things about it. I love bubble bars anyway so I know I’m going to love this one. I purchased three but I’m already regretting that decision and wishing I’d bought a couple more to stash away!

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Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb

And last but not least – one of my all time favourite Easter products, Fluffy Egg! You may have read in a previous post that I was quite disappointed to find that Fluffy Egg had been left out of the seasonal line-up this year. I have been buying Fluffy Egg religiously every time Spring rolls around for a good few years now. This cute little egg is Snow Fairy scented and creates an absolutely beautiful bath. I only purchased one as I had been seriously splurging in the kitchen! But again I’m already regretting this decision!

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What have you been buying in the kitchen lately?

Top Ten Favourite Lush Products

Let me preface this post with a warning; I am a horrible, horrible liar. Try as I might I just wasn’t able to pick only ten products to rave about. That means this catchily-titled top ten is actually a top 11 (I just couldn’t bring myself to call it a top 11 because really, who does that?)

That off of my chest, I’d like to tell you about my all-time favourite Lush products. It’s kind of hard to pick when everything is so wonderful but there are definitely some things I hold above all others. Weirdly writing this list has shown me I have a preference for sparkly glittery things (I’m really a magpie) and seasonal goodies that are impossible to hunt down during the warmer months (cry!)

Anyway, here’s what makes my heart beat faster…

Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb £4.25

Sharing the ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ scent, this toffee/honey/pudding scented bath bomb is one of my all time favourites. Firstly; it smells amazing. Absolutely mouth-watering! (Which isn’t something you can say for every bath bomb.) Secondly, it looks incredible in the tub. The bomb itself contains cocoa stars which melt in the water leaving it super-soft and moisturising. It leaves the water a deep, inky blue colour which when combined with the mounds of gold glitter, leaves you feeling as if you’re bathing in a midnight sky. The whole experience is beautiful and very comforting. I wish Shoot for the Stars was a regular line but unfortunately it only comes out around Christmas time. I suppose in a way this makes it more special but I do always have the fear it may not come back! I have three of these horded away in a stash waiting for a very special occasion.

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Scrubee body butter £6.95

Another honey-scented and seasonal product that I adore is Scrubee. This body butter is shaped like an adorable bee, is packed with ground almond and coconut shells and smells yummy. This is a product that can be used in the shower or bath and leaves your skin feeling so soft that there really is no need for additional moisturiser or body oil once you’re dry. I am so sad that this is not going to be kept on as a permanent all year round product because it does wonders for my skin and I really feel there is a gap in the market for it. For now I have been stocking up on as many as possible and hoarding them away as I don’t know how I’ll cope without this little guy.

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Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt £3.95

So by now you’re probably catching on to the theme; I really like honey scented products. This isn’t even the last honey-scented product on the list (sorry!) Anyway, Golden Egg is so fun and I always look forward to Easter every year because I know it’s going to be released. This toffee/honey smelling egg is super sparkly with lots of golden glitter that swirls around in your bath. It’s a combination of a bath bomb and a melt so it’s pretty unique and leaves your water really soft and moisturising. It’s also a measly £3.95 so amazing value for money. Another product I stock up on.

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Honey Bee Bath Bomb discontinued

As much as it pains me to say it, one of my all time favourite bath bombs from the regular range is something that has been discontinued (sobbing.) However I recently discovered that it is still being sold in the Blooming Beautiful gift set (alongside Rose Jam.) So if you’re willing to splash out £10 every now and then for this beautiful bath bomb then you’re all good. It also appears in the Kitchen from time-to-time but I haven’t been lucky enough to catch it. Anyway, this bath bomb smells incredible. It smells of honey but it’s quite fresh and very sweet- it doesn’t share the same scent as the items above. It contains rhassoul mud also so it does great things for your skin. This was always my go-to treat or bath bomb whenever I visited Lush. Now my go-to bath bomb is…

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Avobath Bath Bomb £3.50

I always feel that Avobath is such an underrated bath bomb. Rarely do I hear people rave about it and I suppose that’s because it’s kind of ‘no thrills’. And by that I mean, it doesn’t spew out a rainbow whilst popping candy crackles and a little note floats out from the centre (but believe me, if that’s what you’re looking for Lush has a bath bomb for you.) No, Avobath is just a nice simple bath bomb that leaves your water soft and green with a tiiiiiny bit of lustre. What I really love about it is the smell; it smells wonderful. It contains avocado, lemongrass oil, bergamot oil etc but the overwhelming scent for me is citrus. It’s a really fresh, fruity and moreish type of smell that I love. Avobath is great for when your skin is feeling dry or dull or in the morning when you need to wake up. I think these types of bath bombs are overlooked because of how simple they are but, Avobath is a true staple for me and it’s one I will always pop in my basket.

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Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar £3.65

I don’t want to go around making bold statements that aren’t true but…I really think this might be my all time favourite Lush product. There, I’ve said it. And it still feels right. Another seasonal product (sigh) Sparkly Pumpkin does what it says on the tin. It’s shaped like an adorable little pumpkin – and it’s covered in glitter.  It makes the most amazing mound of soft bubbles, turns the water a vibrant and a glittering orange and it smells like…well, I’m not quite sure. It contains lime and grapefruit oils but I wouldn’t say it smelt overly fruity. To me it’s sweeter – actually very similar to a bag of sweets. The scent is probably my favourite part of this bubble bar but really it’s a fantastic all-rounder. It’s a part of the Halloween range which I always highly anticipate and shares its’ scent with Mr Punch soap. I find that frustrating because this small scent family means I’m literally never able to bathe in the glorious smell until Halloween rolls around. I only have one left in my stash which is pretty heart-breaking, and it’s definitely not looking in its’ prime. I think I will hang on to it until a very special occasion arises (like perhaps Halloween next year.)

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The Magic of Christmas Bubble Wand £5.95

I purchased the Magic of Christmas bubble bar online based on looks alone.  The design is incredibly festive with a  star-shaped bubble bar studded with dried anise and cloves, brushed with silver lustre and attached to a chunky stick of cinnamon. Oh, and there’s a ribbon and bow thrown in for good measure. I happen to love bubble bars and this one is reusable so even without smelling it it ticked all the right boxes. I was so surprised by just how much I loved it when it came through the door though. The scent completely encapsulates Christmas for me. Orange, cinnamon and benzoin mix together to create a yummy cake-like scent. Last year was the first year that I tried Magic of Christmas and I only purchased one (d’oh!) but I’m so hopeful that it will be back this year because it’s so lovely and perfect for cold winter nights.

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The Comforter Bubble Bar £4.95

Another bubble bar on the list, the Comforter is my regular line go-to. This bubble bar is hefty in size and I find I can get around four very decent bubble baths from it. The scent is also very strong and leaves your skin smelling positively edible (but that would be cannibalism so let’s not, please.) With a fruity aroma of blackcurrants, this bubble bar is a firm favourite among many seasoned Lushies.

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Sleepy Body Lotion £7.95 for 95g

Sleepy was the biggest surprise for me. I have never liked that floral scent that lavender gives off.  Well not the kind that appears in lots of bath products anyway (fresh lavender is another thing altogether.) So I didn’t expect to like the lavender-heavy Sleepy. I got a small tub of it in a Christmas gift box from my boyfriend so it was kind of thrust upon me. I am so glad. Sleepy is packed full of tonka and oatmeal and it is a very sweet smelling lotion. (Think Twilight.) The idea is that you smother it on your skin after a bath and before bed to send you off to the land of nod. I really do think it works and the scent- wow. I don’t know if this will come back but I hope it does because it’s a fantastic product and I only have one 215g tub of the stuff left!

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Snow Fairy Shower Gel £3.75 for 100g (but you’ll want the 1kg bottle)

Snow Fairy is one of my all-time favourite scents from Lush and to me a whiff of the stuff brings back happy memories of Christmases past. Some people think that spotting the Coke lorry is the herald of Christmas but for me it’s when this amazing pink shower gel appears in the Lush shop windows. Luckily for me and the many other Snow Fairy shower gel fans, this scent comes in many different formats and flits in and out of the shop throughout the year. Of course, nothing quite matches up to the shower gel so it’s always good to stock up during the boxing day sales.

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Yummy Mummy Shower Cream £4.95 for 100g

I only recently got turned on to Yummy Mummy shower cream during a bloggers event at my local Lush. Prior to that event I hadn’t smelt Yummy Mummy and I wasn’t overly bothered about it (despite the fact the brilliant purple is very appealing.) But when I got to rub the stuff over my hands during a demo I realised that it truly is the work of the Gods. And once again, this is a seasonal product that only comes out for Mothers Day. Sometimes I really could sit down with Lush and have a stern word! Anyway, Yummy Mummy smells like strawberries and cream so as you can imagine; delicious. There are lots of other products with a similar scent (all of which I have stocked up on) but the shower cream really is the best.

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Now you’ve read my list, what are your favourite Lush goodies?

 

 

 

 

 

New Colour Variant for Pretty Little Finch

Hi guys, I just wanted to share a suuuuper quick post with you today to let you know a new pin has landed in my Etsy shop! The pin is a colour variant of the original pastel blue tit pin and has an adorable pink belly instead of the standard purple. When I drew this design it did actually have a pink belly so this new pin is a lot closer to my original vision. I’m really happy with how this little guy turned out! If you would like to purchase this or the purple pin please feel free to pay my shop a visit. It can be found here!

Just as a side note, I’m open to pin swaps if you’re a maker with a cute design. I support small biz now and forever!

Thanks for checking this post out.

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A Trip to Hever Castle

I have always thought that it is difficult to take photographs of beautiful things; what you can capture with the camera lens is invariably different to what you can see with your own two eyes. I actually find it a lot easier to take ordinary or even ugly things and snap them in a flattering light. Anyway, I knew this would be the case when we visited Hever Castle because quite frankly the place is amazing.

Childhood home to Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle is situated in Hever, Kent and stands proudly on 125 acres of grounds and award-winning gardens. It was actually the latter that attracted us to Hever Castle in the first place as we both love to walk through manicured gardens and I adore looking at flowers. On Sunday the sun was shining and it was incredibly warm for so early in April; it was the perfect day to pay a visit.

Entrance in to the grounds and castle is quite steep at £16.90 per adult but let me be upfront about it; it’s so worth it.

Entering the grounds I was immediately enamoured with the gardens. Even so early in to Spring such a lot of work had gone in to them. Tulips bobbed in the breeze, roses were blooming and the air was thick with the scent of lavender. Upon entering we walked through the walled gardens which were immaculately kept and very impressive.

 

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We walked through these gardens for a little while, taking in the surroundings and marvelling at just how nice everything was (me desperate to capture a shot of a bee.)  On our walk we discovered that there archery lessons going on in one of the fields. There is a small fee for those who want to take part but you choose how many arrows you want to pay for and it’s very reasonably priced. Naturally Gareth wanted to have a go at this despite my protests about my lack of hand/eye coordination. In the end I relented and it was a lot of fun (even if I was utterly hopeless.) One of the great things about Hever Castle is that there is a lot to do with mazes, archery, craft activities and more to keep you occupied for the whole day; it’s a true family day out.

Afterwards we stopped for lunch at the one of the restaurants. I believe there are three of these, each serving delicious food from stone baked pizzas to handmade sausage rolls, sandwiches and cold lemonade. We ate on the grass in the sunshine.

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Later we explored the water maze which was a really fun little attraction that seemed to amuse all the children; Gareth and myself included. We were definitely giggling as we tried to avoid the spouts of water that jetted up randomly as we navigated our way to the centre and safety. I’m proud to report that we remained completely dry.

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Finally we stopped for ice creams (our first of the year; mine wild strawberry and cream his chocolate) before heading inside the castle. At first we were not sure if we should skip it, having spent a long afternoon walking through the gardens. Eventually we decided to venture inside as we had paid for it and didn’t want to miss it if it was particularly stunning.

The castle has a rich history spanning over 700 years so it is definitely not one to miss.  Inside the castle walls are beautifully decorated bedrooms, elegant libraries and dining rooms. There is definitely a feeling of opulence about the place but that aside it’s just really interesting to imagine Anne Boleyn growing up in a space like that (and then imagining yourself growing up in a space like that.)

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Overall we had a fantastic day at Hever Castle and I can’t recommend it enough. From the vibrant flowers bordering the gardens to the magnificent castle and all the interesting activities to immerse yourself in; there truly is something to please and delight everyone. I can’t wait to pay another visit to this wonderful place.

A Spring Walk at Weald

Weald is one of my favourite country parks and for good reason; whether you’re walking in Autumn, Winter, Spring or Summer it’s really beautiful and there’s plenty to see.

On Sunday I found myself home alone and without any plans. I hadn’t visited Weald this year and with the sun shining down I decided it would be a good time to take a walk.

If you have read my Spring Appreciation Post you’ll know that this season is one of my favourites. I just love all the flora and fauna that’s around this time of year. I knew that Weald would be just lovely.

With the sun warming my skin I walked down towards the deer enclosure and the vast lake at the bottom of the hill. I always like to visit the deer when at Weald as they are such sweet little creatures. You can actually buy food to feed them with at the cafe. Lots of families had spent the morning feeding the deer though, so instead of desperately seeking out the pellets in visitors hands, the deer basked in the warmth- clearly overfed! (So I didn’t bother to buy any deer food on this particular trip.)

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After spending some time watching the deer and the ducks I decided to head back up the hill to the little cafe and get myself something to eat. The cafe sells lots of goodies; soft plush animals, books and pin badges. I purchased a cup of sweet tea and a generously sized scone with butter and jam. I took my food outside and ate at one of the benches as the weather was so pleasant.

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Weald is composed of many rolling hills and hollows, meadows and woodland. After eating and still clutching my cup of tea, I trundled up another hill and some concrete steps to reach a wooded area where the floor was littered with buttery yellow daffodils and soft green moss.

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Weald was very busy with families playing football, flying kites and picnicking. Laughter and children’s excited squeals were carried on the gentle breeze and I could feel my mood lighten as I took in the scenes unfolding around me. Blossoms had started to bloom and Weald was a riot of colour once again.

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As I mentioned earlier, there is plenty to see at Weald; all that’s required is a keen eye. I spotted lots of different types of fungi, flowers and plants. As I stooped to snap a cluster of mushrooms a young child approached me and asked me what I was taking a picture of. As I pointed out the mushrooms the child exclaimed in delight “I’ve never seen mushrooms outside before!” His mother helpfully reminded him that they weren’t edible (thank God for responsible adults.)

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I walked for around two hours, taking time to sit and soak in my surroundings every now and then. I left Weald feeling much happier and positive. More Spring walks are definitely in the pipeline and I can’t wait to get my picnic basket out again!

March Lust List

As March nears its’ end I thought I’d take the time to do my usual thing and look back over what I have loved this month. March has been a weirdly tough month for me so I can’t say that I’m particularly sad to say goodbye! I look ahead to April with great anticipation though.

Apologies for this post arriving slightly earlier than it might usually however I am aware I’ve been posting a lot of review-type posts lately and I want to start writing some more days out/adventure/inspirational posts so I’m just freeing up some time for that. (Keep your eyes peeled.)

Lush Cosmetics Kisskin Bubble Bar £4.29 from the Kitchen

I have always wanted to try the Lush Mumkin bar but have never managed to snag one. For the last few weeks I have been requesting their appearance in the Lush kitchen. Imagine my delight when they announced they would be releasing Mumkin’s super-rare cousin Kisskin in the kitchen. I put the date down in my diary and luckily snatched up four before they all sold out online. (In a matter of five minutes I believe!) I was super-excited to receive them in the post. Unfortunately three of my Kisskins were a little worse for wear with pieces falling off of them but one of them arrived in tact and that’s the beauty you see photographed here. Kisskin smells strongly of raspberries and the design is super-cute albeit fragile. This bubble bar produces really soft mounds of bubbles and a pale pink water that’s quite pleasant. The scent is really strong which was a plus for me so I’m happy to have some tucked away in my Lush stash.

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The Ladykiller book by Martina Cole £9.99 from Waterstones

I recently wrote a blog post on my Top Ten Crime/Thriller Fiction Reads  and this featured on that list for good reason. If you want to know why I loved it so much, go read that post! Martina Cole has a real skill at developing her characters and creating believable yet horrifying storylines. It did take me quite awhile to get through this book but it has definitely been the best I’ve read this month and for that reason I recommend you check it out!

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Lush Cosmetics Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt £3.95

Of course in a post of March favourites I couldn’t miss out on Lush’s amazing Easter collection. I absolutely love everything and am so impressed with both the designs and the scents of this years collection. The Golden Egg still remains a firm favourite for me though and I will continue to stock up on this until it sells out. With a wonderful toffee scent and all the glitter a girl could ever want, the Golden Egg produces the most opulent bath. Make sure you grab yours before the season ends!

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Lush Cosmetics Vanishing  Cream Facial Moisturiser £18.95 for 45g

Another Lush item on the list (sorry!) is Vanishing Cream facial moisturiser. I really didn’t want to make this list all about Lush but there’s no way I could leave this one off when it’s pretty much saved my skin from total meltdown. I purchased this after receiving a sample and falling in love (proof that the samples really do work.) My skin is super oily so for a long time I have forgone moisturising it. I realise that sounds pretty bad but even a smidge of moisturiser leaves my face shiny and wet. Vanishing Cream however, soaks in to my skin leaving it grease-free and lovely. It also seems to have a slight mattifying effect and has done numerous wonderful things for my skin. For a start it is already starting to improve small scars and weird discolouration on my face and weirdly cleared up a really bad breakout I was going through. I just love it and can no longer imagine a skin routine without it. I’m actually in the process of switching all my skin care products over to Lush now because they are really fantastic. Vanishing Cream is quite pricey but a tiny amount goes a long way so it’s actually surprisingly good value for money.

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They Walk Among Us Podcast

If like me you’re a dedicated listener of crime podcasts, you will absolutely love They Walk Among Us which you can find here! I would say there are about five crime podcasts I listen to regularly whilst I work. In my professional career I am Copywriter and weirdly I find that listening to podcasts helps me to get through my workload (but music completely distracts me!) Sword & Scale is a staple for me, as are The Generation Why and Vanished. But between the releases of fresh episodes I become frustrated and hunt for new material to listen to. My boyfriend was the one who suggested They Walk Among Us (although he hadn’t listened to it.) I can’t get over how good it is! They Walk Among Us is a podcast dedicated to true UK crime and it covers some high-profile cases. It is so well produced and interesting; giving me so much more insight to the crimes I had heard about in the news but hadn’t given much of an afterthought to. I’ve already listened to everything several times over and I recommend this if you’re in to crime. But please, steer clear if you’re of a faint disposition!

 

Quails

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Last but not least I’m loving our new quail chicks! We were devastated to lose our beloved Omelette at the end of last month and we were worried about how Fudge might find life as the only Japanese quail in the household. We made the decision to purchase two more Japanese quail to keep her company and bought them from a dedicated farm. This time we decided to get our quails at a younger age so that they would acclimatise better to life in a busy household; it was the best decision we ever made. At just two weeks old the quails were still coated in a fine layer of fluff and enjoyed snuggling up on our laps to sleep. Three weeks later and our quails are almost fully grown but still enjoy snuggling up with us in the evenings, opting to jump up on to the sofa or fall asleep in our laps during their time out of the cage. They are so friendly, lovely and full of character that I must admit I have fallen completely head over heels for them and cannot imagine a life without them.

These pictures were taken a couple of days after we got them – they are much bigger now!

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What having you been loving this month?

Top Ten Crime/Thriller Fiction Reads

Since the middle of last year when I took up reading again (I’d gone through a dry spell), I have been hoovering up all the crime and thriller I can get my hands on. I’ve come across some truly terrible books, but also some wonderful ones that I couldn’t put down. Goodreads has become a friend to me; I literally wont buy a book unless I’ve read the reviews on there first! And I’m always looking out for inspiration. I thought I’d compile my top ten of thriller/crime books as a little guide to get you started (or help you find your next read!) These are in no particular order as it was hard enough identifying (just) ten favourites to begin with!

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Lush Mother Earth Bath Bomb Review

When I first spotted mother Earth in the Lush Kitchen I thought to myself: “Why on Earth is this bath bomb so expensive?!” Priced at £7.95 I couldn’t work out what was so special about it if I am being honest. It looks nice sure; with its’ blue and green swirls it looks just like a mini Earth. But I didn’t think it warranted the price tag. That was until I did some serious Googling.

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How to lie on the internet

We are all guilty of it to some extent; curating our own lives and serving up only the very best bits to our friends and family. I guess it makes sense; who really wants to open up Instagram and browse hundreds of pictures of the daily commute, that shameful microwaveable meal you bought last Monday when you were too bloody tired to cook something wholesome or that crying in the shower selfie.

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Spring Appreciation Post

Sunlight filters through lush green leaves and the sky is a brilliant blue,  dappled with soft, lazy clouds. The scent of lavender hangs on the crisp air and birds can be heard singing and chirping from high above. Everywhere you look there is life and colour; Spring heralds a new season and new beginnings.

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There’s something about the seasons Autumn and Spring that speaks deeply to my soul. One brings death, the other brings birth; both bring a spectacular change in the flora and fauna around us. Both dazzle me with their beauty.

And there’s something about Spring that always makes me feel like I have a fresh start. A fresh chance to take adventures, appreciate natural beauty and find inner peace. March through to July are happy, calm months for me. I enjoy sitting outside in the comfortable climate and soaking up my surroundings. Walks in the countryside are particularly pleasing; I still feel a thrill every time I see a white cotton tail darting out of sight or spot some delicate crocuses pushing through the soil to soak up the sun.

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The moment I spot daffodils I feel that Spring is on its way in. The buttery yellow flowers are symbolic of the changing of seasons to me, and I love how cheerful and bright they make everything seem. I love the flowers that begin to bloom as it gets warmer, and the heavily scented blossoms that hang from the trees.  I love to watch the butterflies finally emerge with their powdery wings, and the bees buzzing between the flower beds and borders of a beautifully manicured garden. Most of all I love to watch the birds collect twigs and straw to make their nests, raise their young and start to fill the mornings with their beautiful song.

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Spring feels like a gasp of fresh air after the dark nights, stark trees and bitter chill of Winter. It is a beautiful season and it is almost upon us. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how wonderful that is?

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February Lust List

We made it through January, hurrah! The romantic month of February was cold, damp and a little miserable but March is finally here and I’m super excited for Spring. Anyway, here’s a few things that set my heart racing this month.

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Self Care Sundays

I will admit I’m an anxious person prone to bouts of stress, depression and self-doubt. Sometimes I feel like I’m trying to do too many things at once, cramming as much as I possibly can in to an already very packed schedule. It can be really difficult for me to sit still and just relax. This means I’m not always the best at self care or looking after my own mental health. I have come to realise though that it’s so very important to take time out for yourself to relax and de-stress.

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