Lifestyle

Personalised Power Banks With USBMakers

These were gifted to me in return for a blog post review. This in no way influences my opinion.

You know when you’re contacted by a brand and they are just the sweetest? Yeah, well that happened when I was contacted by USBmakers who offered to create ten custom USB sticks or power banks for me to review for you lovely lot. I chose the power bank that I wanted and they were super happy to make it for me. They even included a chocolate bar in the package which was super sweet.

USBmakers have a range of different power banks or USB sticks that you can design. Simply contact them with the logo that you wish to have included and they will design it for you. They came back to me with the finished design in a matter of minutes and they shipped out the power banks the very next day.

The design I chose was a lovely illustration that someone did of me a few months ago. It looks so good to see it on a power bank and now I can display it when I’m out and about.

Each power bank comes with a little charging wire and an instruction manual which isn’t actually needed because the power banks are so simple.

Overall, I am super happy with my power banks and will definitely be using them when I need to charge my phone. I’ll keep on in my handbag and then I’ll be fully charged at all times.

If you want to get yourself some power banks or USB sticks then head over to USBmakers and they will be super happy to help you make the perfect design. Prices are super affordable and shipping is amazingly fast! Definitely worth checking out.

Lifestyle

April Goals

Back when I used to write on my old blog, I would write this style of post all the time. I think it’s fun to set goals and sharing them with other’s is an extra boost to actually accomplish them.

April is a great month because it’s Simon’s birthday so we will be celebrating by spending the day in Liverpool, doing some shopping and eating ALL THE FOOD!

Get Back Into Using My BuJo

I love journalling. I haven’t actually touched my bullet journal for a while though as my depression has sort of taken over and I don’t have the motivation to do much. This is something that I want to change though. I want to push myself to get more creative again.

Sort Out All My Plushies

If you didn’t already know, Simon and I collect plushies. We have around 500 in total (possibly more) and it’s getting to the point that they are taking over. We have some on the sofa, some on the bed and some in storage. I want to get them under control and find then all a nice home.

Prewrite Some Blog Posts

At the moment, all my posts are being written and posted on the same day. I need to get back into the blogging game and actually have some post for when I’m not around or if I’m in a slump.

Spend Some Quality Time With Simon

As I mentioned, it’s Simon’s birthday in April. I want to make it special for him so we are getting a cake, heading shopping and he will probably buy another build-a-bear while we are in Liverpool. We are also going out for a meal together so that should be lovely!

What are your goals for the month of April?

Fashion · Lifestyle

Top Tips For Buying Second-Hand Clothes

There are plenty of reasons that someone would want to shop second hand. Maybe you are buying things for yourself or maybe you are buying to sell on and make a profit?! Either way, there’s a few things that you should consider buying spending your pretty pennies on those items.

If you’re looking to start shopping second-hand then check out your local charity shops, car boot sales, eBay and even Facebook marketplace. So, if you plan on hitting those places then here’s my top tips for you so you can grab yourself a hidden gem.

Perseverance

This is probably my number one tip. Sometimes, clothing items can be put back in the wrong place in charity shops which means that it’s worth checking every single rail in the shop if you’re looking for a complete bargain. You’ll find men’s in the women’s section and kid’s in the men’s section. It just happens in charity shops. That is why you really need to search through every item on every rail.

I often find that when a customer uses the changing room in a charity shop, they just dump everything on the nearest rail when they are done. This is where you’ll find those hidden gems. Of course, people don’t want to buy horrible, over-used items so if you look through things that someone else has already tried on, you’ll find some good stuff.

Check for imperfections

If you’re looking around a shop and find the perfect item, you’re not going to notice that little hole at the bottom. Charity shop staff and volunteers try to go through all the clothing and get rid of the not-so-good stuff but sometimes, they miss things. Snags, tears and holes in the fabric are big things to look out for as these may not be obvious straight away.

Other things to look out for are broken zippers, stains, missing buttons and alterations (which are sometimes good and sometimes not). If you’re looking to resell then you want your clothing item to be in pristine condition.

If you are buying clothing for yourself and you are handy with a needle and thread, take into consideration that you could repair an item yourself if there is an imperfection. Small tears in fabrics such as cotton, linen and denim can easily be repaired with a few quick stitches and means that you don’t have to leave that item you fall in love with on the rail.C

Keep going back into the shops

To get the absolute best of what your local charity shops have to offer then keep on heading back. New clothes will always be coming into the shop as they receive donations and stock rotate. Popping into the shops regularly will also mean that you’ll get to know people and they might even offer your further discount or let you see items that haven’t even reached the shop floor yet.

Have fun!

The most important thing about second-hand clothes shopping is that you have fun. It’s not meant to be tedious, it’s meant to be fun. You’re getting a bargain and also supporting a great cause. What’s not to love?!

Lifestyle

A-Z Of Me

I realised recently that since starting this new blog, I haven’t properly introduced myself yet. So, I thought, what better than an A-Z of me post!

Autumn. My favourite season.

Blogging. A hobby and hopefully my future career.

Coca-cola. I was once addicted to the stuff.

Disneyland Paris. I am a huge fan of Disney and have been to DLP twice now with my third trip booked already.

Eleanor. This is my name for those of you who didn’t know.

Friends. I don’t have any real life friends but I do have plenty of internet friends who are completely fabulous.

Geek. Just me.

Home. My favourite place.

Inpatient. I am rubbish at waiting for things. I love everything to happen straight away as I hate waiting.

Japan. My dream travel destination.

Kawaii. I love anything cute.

Llamas. Aren’t they adorable?!

Mental illness. A thing that I struggle with daily.

Naps. Something that I wish I had more time for.

Organisation. I love planner and storage boxes and anything that you can use to keep things organised.

Pastels. My favourite kind of colours.

Quiet. You probably wouldn’t know this but when you first meet me, I’m very quiet and shy.

Rain. I love watching the rain from inside my nice, warm home.

Simon. My favourite person!

Traveling. My favourite thing to do.

Underwater. I love being underwater. Swimming is one of my favourite things to do. I just love how quiet and relaxing it is.

Vlogger. I love documenting my life on YouTube.

Witchcraft. I find witchcraft so interesting.

X-Rays. I’ve had way too many of these in my life since I always seem to have something wrong with me.

Yellow. Pastel yellow is one of my favourite colours.

Zoo. I am a member of Chester Zoo and really enjoy going.

Lifestyle

How To Plan For A Road Trip To The Beach

The items mentioned in this post were gifted to me in return for a review but this in no way influences my opinion.

The warmer weather is approaching which means one thing; trips to the beach!

For some people, the beach can be just a walk down the street but for others, it can be a huge day trip. Personally, for me, a trip to the beach is at least at hour in the car if not more. But with warmer weather on it’s way, we should all be getting ready for our beach trips.

First of all, grab a blanket. You’re probably wondering why you need a blanket. Allow me to explain. The blanket is for the car journey. It might be a warm day but you still want to be comfortable on your long journey.

My choice of blanket is this lovely blanket from Character World. If you didn’t know yet, then I absolutely adore My Little Pony. So this adorable My Little Pony blanket is absolutely amazing. It isn’t too heavy and is soft enough to keep you warm but cool at the same time.

Next to grab is the obvious; a beach towel. If you’re going to be sitting on the beach, you’ll want a towel to sit on so that your clothing doesn’t get absolutely covered in sand (unless you’re into that).

Once again, mine is My Little Pony themed. It;s a super cute beach towel and captures the warm vibes perfectly.

Don’t forgot snacks. You’re going on a road trip to the beach so snacks are super important. You’ll want snacks for in the car and snacks for on the beach. Don’t get sand in your food though because that does not taste good, trust me.

If you’re after a beach towel, blanket or anything of the kind, head on over to Character World to pick yourself up some great quality beach trip supplies. They have everything from My Little Pony, Pusheen, Pokemon and Disney!

Lifestyle

Why You Should Watch Hilda If You Like Gravity Falls

If you know me then you’ll know that I love Gravity Falls. Sadly, I’ve watched all of Gravity Falls a lot of times now so I’m always on the hunt for similar things to watch.

I was scrolling though the internet when I noticed a show that was similar to Gravity Falls. That show is called Hilda!

I decided to throw myself into the show without watching the trailer because I feel like trailers often ruin a show for me.

Hilda is based off the graphic novel series by Luke Pearson. Both the graphic novels and the show follow the story of Hilda; a fearless girl who lives with her mum and her pet Deerfox names Twig. Hilda and her family lived in a forest cabin. That is until certain events happen which force Hilda and her mom and a little elf named Aulfur to move to the city of Trolberg and the show follows Hilda as she learns to adapt to city life, meet new friends and discovers all sorts of weird and mysterious things along the way.

Sound familiar? If you’re getting Gravity Falls vibes I do not blame you!

Hilda is being compare to Gravity Falls by many. Hilda herself is in a way, a mix of Dipper and Mabel. She has Dipper’s interests in the wilderness and the unknown. She also gets along with people and has a personality that is just like Mabel’s when it comes to being caring to others.

But as you all know, Hilda is a whole other show and sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t be comparing all shows to Gravity Falls. While it is nice to compare the showers, I feel like you should watch tv shows as if Gravity Falls never existed.

Not only does Hilda have great characters but it’s visually breathtaking. The animation flows beautifuly, the backgrounds are stunning and the scenery is perfect.

Hilda has me sat watching with a huge grin on my face. Hilda’s humour is pretty straight up and sophisticated. The humour is very ‘British’. The show is absolutely full of tea jokes.

Out of all the animation shows that I have watched thanks to Gravity Falls, Hilda is a person favourite. It is even pretty close competition with Gravity Falls for my all time favourite animation show. It’s full of nostalgia, pretty visuals, fun characters and amazing stories to top it off.

If you’re in need of something to watch and you’ve already watched Gravity Falls, I definitely recommend that you check out Hilda. It is worth watching even if you didn’t like/haven’t seen Gravity Falls.

Lifestyle

Will Going Vegan Work For Me?!

If you follow me on Twitter then you will know that I took a huge step in my life and went from being a meat-eater to a vegan.

A lot of people start their vegan journey by going vegetarian and then going vegan but Simon and I decided to throw ourselves in at the deep end and go full vegan straight away.

The Why?!

You probably want to know why I decided to go vegan. I have a few answers to this to be honest.

  1. the animals.
  2. the health benefits.
  3. more ethical.
  4. save the planet, one person at a time.

The How?!

To start with, Simon and I needed to swap our milk. We drank a lot of milk so soya milk was something that we needed to get used to. I adapted to it rather quickly but Simon seemed to struggle. I actually enjoy the taste of soya milk now and think it’s rather tasty.

Simon ate a lot of eggs in the part so he needed to cut them out too which meant finding a new breakfast for him. We did this by finding a vegan cereal such as Shreddies.

Next, we removed all the meat from the home and replaced it with mock meat. We bought a lot of vegan Quorn and foods that looked like chicken but wasn’t. We noticed that Linda McCarthy burgers are absolutely disgusting so we won’t be buying those again. They actually taste like mud.

The final step was doing a fully vegan food shop. We bought a bunch of vegan products and honestly, I liked the majority of them. At first, we found it difficult to find products that were suitable for vegans which meant that we were in Tesco for a looooong time but I actually found it pretty fun.

The Results?!

Well… it hasn’t been very long but I will keep writing vegan updates and let you know how it goes.

So far, I don’t feel any different but I know that I’m making a positive change so I will keep on going!