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Morecambe with the Family

Morecambe with the Family

On bank holiday Monday, I messaged my mum to see if she wanted to do anything for the day as the weather was still beautiful and it would have been a shame to sit in the house all day while Jake was in work.

My mum came to pick me up early that morning and took me to back to her house where my little brother and my dad were having breakfast. They packed some snacks into a backpack and told me that we are going to Morecambe for the day! Morecambe is a lovely little seaside town with lots of little cafes, pubs and arcades to enjoy.

We all went in my dad’s car so we could drive with the roof down. My hair became all tatty and tangled in the wind, but it was such a nice breeze and we had the music blasting through the speakers as we sang along. The car journey took about an hour. When we got there, we parked up the car and headed towards the beach front. We walked along the front until we reached the pier and decided to walk down to the end.

The sky was bright blue, with seagulls flying high over the water. There was a strong breeze in the air, keeping us cool as the sun beamed down. The walk down the pier was lovely, with the water either side of us calm and still. There were people fishing from the sides of the pier, people walking their adorable dogs, children running around with their siblings and friends, everyone was smiling and enjoying the beautiful day.

Along the pier, there were various statues and games for people to interact with. There was a flat maze on the ground and a father and daughter were racing each other to see who could make it to the centre first (the father won, celebrating like he was a child himself). There was ‘magpies hopscotch’ with rules written in stone explaining how to play with multiple players. It was very unique!

After walking to the end of the pier and back, we decided to follow the promenade around to see where it leads. It was a decent walk but a pleasant one. We came across an outdoor paddling pool with little fountains throughout it. There were quite a few children and families playing in it and I could not help but join in! I took my shoes off and stepped into the water. It was much colder than I expected it to be, but it was nice and refreshing. My little brother decided to join me in the paddling pool too, splashing me in the process. There were so many puppies around, little baby labradors, staffies and dachshunds enjoying the sun and playing in the water.

Once we had had enough of the water, we put our shoes back on and headed back up the promenade towards the main shops again. There was a mini fairground on the grass and my little brother wanted to go on ‘The Hearts and Diamonds’ ride. He would not go on it alone so of course I was nominated to go on it with him! We got on the ride and picked a space to stand and whilst we were waiting for it to start I felt something crawl up the sleeve of my t-shirt. My mind instantly told me it was a spider, so I was trying to brush it out of my sleeve with my hand over the top of my clothing as I was too scared to look and see what it was. Then I feel a sharp sting on my shoulder and realise it is not a spider or a bug… but a damn wasp! Once it has attacked me, it flew out of my sleeve and went on its way to find its next innocent victim! Other than being stung, the ride was fun!

After the ride we headed to Costa for a drink, my mum and dad both chose a flat white, my brother chose a bottle of coke from the fridge and I chose a peach iced tea! It was so refreshing and it made those summer vibes that little bit stronger! Cold coffee and iced tea are perfect for when the sun is shining. Still getting that much-needed energy boost whilst keeping cool and refreshed.
Once we finished our drinks, we started walking back towards the car, stopping off at a little shop for some bite and sting cream for my shoulder!

Overall, we had a lovely family day out. We do not go out much with all of us together, so it was nice to spend time with everyone as well as enjoying the sun and taking pictures together.

 

 

 

Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest is a 40-minute drive from my hometown yet I very rarely visit. It is the largest woodland area in the country, full of beautiful trees, picnic areas, cafes, walking routes and a glistening lake. 

On Easter Sunday, me and Jake decided to take a trip to Delamere to enjoy a picnic and lap up the beautiful sunshine. We decided to invite some of our friends to join us on our little adventure, so we asked Anthony and his girlfriend Bekka and ginger Anthony (AKA Dexter) if they wanted to tag along. They all said yes, so we picked them up at 12 and we went on our way!

When we arrived we set off into the woods, not taking any particular walking route. It was already lunch time when we got there so we found a nice little picnic bench to have some food. Before we could sit down, Jacob tripped over the smallest rock in the woods and tumbled over and rolled across the ground as if he was doing a commando roll! Everyone laughed until they cried and then laughed a little bit more. Jake was fine, a couple of scratches and scrapes on his leg but nothing lethal!

Lunch was nice and refreshing, I enjoyed a pot of fresh fruit which went down a treat in this weather. Some of the others had sandwiches and other little snacks. It wasn’t long until we were back on our feet again. Further, into the woods, we went, following the paths and randomly choosing our direction when faced with crossroads!

We had absolutely no idea where we were going, but we were all happy and content in our exploring. We walked for an hour in various directions, up little dirt tracks, across small wooden bridges, up hills, down hills and across fields. Jacob managed to fall over again within this hour which definitely brought more laughs! Then the boys headed over to a large wooden gate where they stood and talked while enjoying the view… it was the perfect photo opportunity. 

The weather was 24° but the shading from the trees kept us cool. After some time, we found ourselves back where we started! Which was a relief as we thought we would have to go back the way that we came in order to do that! Once we reached the car park, we decided to stop and take a look at the map. There were a number of walking routes that we could take and the forest continued across the other side of the road. We decided to make our way to the information centre where one of the cafes are located.

Funnily enough, it took us 15 minutes just to get out of the car park after debating what way we were meant to be heading. The boys decided to cut through all the grass, thorns and nettles, me and Bekka did the sensible thing and walked around to the path. We made it there first and had the joys of standing and watching the boys struggle through their chosen route. Anthony and Jake went one way and Dexter went the other… Dexter came to a fallen down tree and stepped up onto the trunk. While he was observing the floor in front of him, deciding where to put his feet, he started to lose his balance. He grabbed onto two branches in front of him but they were not strong enough to save him and they snapped, leaving him to fall backwards off of the tree trunk, resulting in him disappearing into the nettles and bushes beneath him. Safe to say we almost wet ourselves with laughter. Dexter was fine, minus a few scratches and nettle stings! Once the boys had all made it to safety we continued on our travels. There was a lot of friendly arguments and banter along the way in regards to which way we needed to go. In the end, we split up, me, Bekka and Dexter went one way and Anthony and Jake went the other. Despite Jake calling me to say they found a cafe and beat us there; when we arrived we saw them walking towards us, therefore we made it first! It was not the cafe we intended to find but it was close enough. We stopped for a cold drink and an ice cream before continuing our walk to find the ‘viewing point’.

We walked for a good hour and a half, having to backtrack our steps a few times due to mistakes in our directions. We were going to give up, but the weather was still glorious and we had all the time in the world, so we pushed forward.

We walked up crazy steep hills, climbed over stiles, and walked along thin twisty paths, but we made it to the viewing point in the end and it was beautiful. We sat at the top for a little while, catching our breath and taking in the view that surrounded us.

We had such a beautiful day, tiring that’s for sure, but I didn’t stop smiling.

When it was time to head back down, we took a different route again, walking past a field full of cute little sheep and their baby lambs! We couldn’t help but stop and take pictures of them and watch them for a while. Within 15-20 minutes we found ourselves in a familiar place… the cafe where we had milkshakes and ice cream earlier! It was a 20-minute walk to the viewpoint and it took us an hour and a half to make it up there! We couldn’t help but laugh at ourselves. At least the views we saw along the way were worth it!

By the time we got back to the car, it was 7:30pm! We had spent a good six hours here. The day went by fairly quickly, but the memories we made will definitely stick around. We had, good company, beautiful weather and stunning views, what more could you ask for?

 

Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend

I don’t usually do much when it comes to Easter Weekend, but this year the weather has been incredible and I had the full weekend off of work, so it would have been a shame to waste it! 

On Good Friday, it was also my little cousin Lily’s 8th Birthday, so me and Jake went to her house for a BBQ and a couple of drinks. It was nice to see everyone and it was lovely seeing the kids enjoy the hot tub and party games. My baby cousin Rosie was also entertaining to watch as she ran around the garden in her beautiful new shoes and played on the slide and with the balloons (which were bigger than her!)

When we got home from the party, we were greeted by Jakes auntie Sara and her partner shouting us from their garden, telling us that Jakes mum was injured and was at their house. So instead of going into Jakes, we headed straight over to theirs. When we went in, everyone was sat in the garden and Jakes mum Kate was sat with her foot up on a stool with an ice pack over it and a cold glass of pink gin in her hand! She had fallen down the stairs earlier whilst getting ready for work and thought her ankle was broken… but who needs a hospital when you can take away the pain with gin and lemonade?

We stayed and had some drinks and lots of yummy food before heading back to Kates house later that evening. It was not until the next morning that Kate realised how bad her ankle was and decided that a trip to the hospital was definitely needed!

Whilst Kate was waiting in the hospital walk-in centre, me and Jake had a lovely walk around the little town centre and had a nice iced mocha to pass the time. When we went back to the hospital, we were informed that Kate’s foot was broken and she had an Avulsion Fracture, meaning she has to wear a boot and will be unable to work and drive for the next eight weeks! She will have to go back to the fracture clinic next week to have it checked again as there is still a chance that it will need to be put in a plaster cast.

Easter Sunday arrived before we knew it and the weather was getting better and better! So instead of sitting around the house all day, we decided to take a trip to Delamere Forest with a few friends. We arrived at 1:30 in the afternoon and we were there until 7:30 in the evening! We took a little picnic with us and enjoyed exploring the beautiful woodland areas. We managed to get ourselves lost a couple of times, but the weather was too nice to care. We laughed until we cried and I enjoyed every second of this lovely day. We even managed to take lots of beautiful pictures of the scenery around us. I will be posting a full detailed post about our trip to Delamere with more photographs!

It was a long and tiring day but one that we all enjoyed!

It is safe to say that I had a lovely weekend with friends and family, with lots of pictures taken for my scrapbook to remember forever.

 

I hope everyone had a lovely happy Easter and that you have all made the most of the beautiful weather!

Lush Shampoo Bar (Seanik) – A Review

Lush Shampoo Bar (Seanik) – A Review

Those who know me will know just how much I adore treating myself to some Lush products from time to time. A couple of weeks ago, Liverpool opened the worlds largest Lush store and I just had to go and visit! It is safe to say that I was not disappointed. 

The new store in Liverpool is incredible! With an array of beautiful products such as shower gels, shower bombs, bath bombs, bubble bars, body lotions, hair products, perfumes and so much more… not to mention the Lush spa, hairdressers and flower stall… you can imagine the combination of sweet fragrances filling the air.

The layout of the store is also amazing, despite the store being extremely busy during my visit, I felt calm and content whilst browsing and there was plenty of staff on hand for information and advice!

 

During this visit, I managed to control my spending and only purchased some necessary items. My purchase included their well known and much-loved ‘Sex Bomb’ bath bomb, a beautiful shower gift set for my mum (as it was mothers day weekend!) and my first ever shampoo bar, in which I chose their Seanik bar.

When I saw the shelves in the store filled with these cute macaroon shaped bars I could not resist taking a closer look. When I read that these little round bars were solid shampoos, I was very intrigued to know more. There was quite a variety to choose from, but I decided on the Seanik bar as the write-up for this product said that is was a great way to give your hair a natural beach wave look and my hair is naturally curly and frizzy, so I was hoping that this little bar would take away some of my frizz.
However, before purchasing this subtly scented bar of bubbles, I wanted to know more about them, so I went to find a member of staff to answer some of my questions. Finding a member of staff was very easy and I was greeted with a very friendly hello and warming smile. I asked the lady how the shampoo bars work and how long will they last… in response I was told that you simply run the bar under the shower and rub it between your hands before applying the substance to your hair, or you could wet your hair and the shampoo bar and rub the bar directly onto your hair and then use your hands to lather up the substance, I was also told that a little bit goes a long way. Then the lady looked at me and she said that these shampoo bars last the same time as almost three bottles of shampoo! Giving you between 80-100 washes! My eyes widened and I stared at the palm-sized bar in my hand… how could this small bar of soap wash my tatty curly mane that many times? I have to admit I was a little bit sceptical.

Despite my minor doubts, I headed to the checkout counter with my products, satisfied with my mini-haul.
The shampoo bar cost £7.50 and came completely unpackaged. The lady who served me at the till asked me if I had used the shampoo bar before, to which I admittingly said no. She then informed me that you can purchase storage tins for them at the small cost of £2.50, so that the residue from the bar stays in the tin and you can get as much use from it as possible. I kindly declined this offer as I have a little glass dish at home to keep mine in for the time being; however, if I like the product and decide to buy more in the future, then I will definitely consider buying the storage tin.

Overall I spent approximately £30 on my lovely Lush products, quite the bargain if you ask me!

When I got home that evening I switched on the shower and decided to give my Seanik Shampoo Bar a try.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much this bar lathered up on my hair (I definitely used too much this time around!) I rubbed the soapy bubbles into my hair, enjoying the beautiful scent before rinsing it out. Whilst rinsing, I have to say I felt as though it was going to leave my hair feeling dry, but once it was fully rinsed and I conditioned my hair, it felt super soft!
When I got out of the shower, I towel dried my hair and left it to dry naturally (hair dryers turn me into a lion…)

When my hair had fully dried, I went to my mirror to investigate. It looked lovely and shiny and felt very soft… it also looked a lot less frizzy than usual! SUCCESS!

It has now been a month since my purchase and my shampoo bar is still very full, I definitely see it lasting another 2 months (if not longer!), I am very impressed and I cannot wait to visit the store again in future and purchase more of these lovely little bars. I already have my next two scents lined up to try (the ‘New’ shampoo bar and the ‘Soak and Float’ bar). I am also intrigued to try their solid conditioners too!

I would highly recommend these shampoo bars to others, each bar has different qualities and claims to do various things for your hair so I am sure you can find one best suited to your needs!
To top of these wonderful bars, they are not tested on animals and they are extremely friendly for the environment as they come naked, meaning they have no packaging whatsoever! They last as long as 3 bottles of shampoo, so they are definitely worth the price. They are also great for travelling as they take up virtually no space in your suitcase!

You can check out the other Shampoo Bars from Lush on their website here!

Have you tried Lush shampoo bars? Which ones are your favourite and why? Let us know in the comments below! 

 

Our Lady of Paris

Our Lady of Paris

I am devasted by the news of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire which occurred on Monday evening (15/04/19) and I cannot begin to think of how the people of Paris must be feeling right now. Our Lady of Paris is a beautiful piece of history, over 850-years-old. It has survived World War One, World War Two and The French Revolution. It brings not only beauty to the city of love, but also radiates faith and love as well as being filled with many incredible ancient artefacts.

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Doctors Appointments and Uncomfortable Tests

Doctors Appointments and Uncomfortable Tests

So, I don’t often write personal posts like this on here and some may think that I am sharing too much information… but I feel as though this is something that needs to be shared. This could help someone else who is in a similar or worse situation to myself. I also need to get this off of my chest… so here it goes.

I had a doctors appointment yesterday for a cervical exam. I am 23 years old, so not quite old enough for a smear test. A couple of months back I was experiencing bleeding after intercourse, not every time, but it was still apparent. Then, at my next pill check, the nurse asked me if I had been experiencing any symptoms that I was concerned about… and so I told her. She advised that I book in for a cervical examination, however, no matter how many times I called the doctors surgery I could not get an appointment. In the end, I gave up trying. The bleeding stopped happening and so my worries went away.

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Spring Poetry Competition 2019

Spring Poetry Competition 2019

This year our Spring Poetry Competition will be running from the 10th April until midnight on the 30th May!
The theme this year is ‘family’

Last year we received a lot of amazing poems in a variety of styles, from a variety of people, so we are hoping to receive the same this year! The theme is Family, this can be interpreted in whichever way you like, negative, positive, a mixture of both? It can be a 3-page poem or a 3-line poem, there are absolutely no restrictions here.

Here are the rules you need to know! 

  • The poem must fit in with the set theme
  • There is only ONE entry per person
  • All ages and writing abilities are welcome
  • All entries must be submitted via email before midnight on 30th May (contact@seetheuniverse.co.uk)
  • Use the subject ‘Poetry Competition’ at the top of your email
  • Please include your name (age is optional but encouraged)
  • Ensure that you use an email address that can be replied to – THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT!

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Fact File

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Fact File

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects approximately 4.4% of the world’s population, this is around 320 million people. It can affect people of any age, gender or background, although a lot of people think of soldiers when it comes to PTSD. Yes, it is more common for war veterans to experience PTSD, but the condition is in no way limited to this one specific group of people. 

Causes of post-traumatic stress disorder:

Due to the fact that we are all individual human beings, with various personality types, we are bound to find different situations more or less traumatic than other people do. Something that I portray as being traumatic, may not affect you in the same way and vice versa.
Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after a person has experienced an event that they perceived as being traumatic, distressing or fearful. Such incidents include:

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Stress – Fact File

Stress – Fact File

We are all bound to experience some form of stress at some point in our lives. Stress can occur in various situations, both negative and positive ones. However, it is how we deal with that stress that is important. 

Stress can affect how we feel emotionally, mentally and physically. It can also affect the way in which we behave. Below I have listed some of the various symptoms related to stress:

 

Emotionally:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Being irritable or feeling ‘wound up’
  • Feeling anxious and/or fearful
  • Lacking in self-esteem
  • Feeling depressed
  • Feeling as though you are a burden
  • Being unable to enjoy yourself
  • Being uninterested in life
  • Feeling a sense of dread
  • Feeling as though you’ve lost your sense of humour

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Terminology and Mental Health

Terminology and Mental Health

I recently received an email in regards to my mental health posts. The lovely lady who emailed me said that she fully enjoys my blog and that my mental health posts have been very helpful to her… however she did not like the term ‘Mental Health Problems’ and would prefer to read ‘Mental Health Disorder’ or ‘Conditions’ as these are not as negative. This is something that has never really crossed my mind, partly because it is something that has never bothered me personally. Though I have to admit that it definitely got me thinking! So I decided to run a Twitter poll to see how other people felt about the terminology that is used when it comes to mental health and whether they find certain phrases offensive. 

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