Board Games for the Families without Kids!

I don’t know about you, but my family is notorious for spending our time together playing games. Not the fancy techy games that are out nowadays (although we did have a few DVD games, like the Interactive Cluedo…. Anyone else remember that one??), but board and card games like when we were younger. They’re fun, they can be competitive or cooperative, and they always end in hoots of laughter! And one of our Christmas traditions is to all sit down in the living room after Christmas dinner with our cups of tea and coffee, After Eights, Turkish Delight and Snowballs, and get stuck into a good game. And it’s better if it’s weird! Don’t get me wrong, I love Cluedo and Monopoly, but it’s great to pick a game that’s not quite so common as you can find some amazing games that are just a little bit different! So I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite slightly more unconventional family games! Although the slight twist is that these games are not for kiddies! My family doesn’t actually have any young ones in it at all. There’s some younger ones on Rhys’s side, but because his family is all spread out across the country we tend to just have Christmas day at my family’s in Scotland. My sister and I are the youngest of the family at 23 and 25, and neither of us are planning our own children any time soon! But that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy games! Most of these games in my list are 12+ or 15+, so if you have teens then *most* of these games would be suitable! Plus you get the bonus of being able to play the rude games when there’s no kids about! Let’s get to it!

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Date Night GRWM

Date Night! It’s been so long since I’ve been able to say that. Rhys and I haven’t had a proper ‘dress up date night’ in what feels like forever. But on Wednesday, it was our six year anniversary. And our first anniversary as fiances. And if that’s not a cause for a fancy date night, what is?! Ok so it maybe wasn’t fancy-fancy. We definitely don’t have the money to be splashing out on super fancy nights. But we decided to go to our local Thai restaurant, Nadon Thai. Rhys was working that day so I was lucky enough to have the house to myself to get ready before he got home!

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Testing ‘I Heart Revolution’ Nudes

So, if you got here through my Instagram post, you’ll know that I’m trying to get a little bit more confident with using makeup. I always see all over Instagram and YouTube these makeup pros; girls that are super confident with using makeup, can expertly apply beautiful bright colours and somehow end up with a flawless look that looks like it’s been applied by a professional MUA. And they look amazing. If I tried that, I’d probably look like a box of Crayola had exploded all over me. You rarely see the ‘normal’ girls like me, who aren’t particularly confident at applying makeup, or deciding which colours would go best, or familiar with all these fancy techniques. So, normal girls, this is for you! I love trying out new makeup and my current favourite brand is I Heart Revolution. I think I may have a slight obsession to be honest! They have a great range of products, with beautiful colours and come in super pretty packaging. I’ve gone for the Nudes range today… we’re starting off simple, ok?!

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Book Review 2018: Part Two

Second half of my 2018 book review already! It’s gone so fast, and my fiance Rhys aka my book selector and buyer, has had to tell me to chill with the reading as I have just been ploughing through the books the past few months! Can’t blame me really! The evenings are getting shorter and colder, and there’s nothing better than cosying up with a cuppa and a book in your pj’s and fluffy socks. And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book I’ve read…so this is more of a book recommendation list than a review as I’ve loved them all! I’m really lucky as Rhys is a bookseller, so he knows the kinds of books I like, so I just tell him what I’m in the mood for and he delivers! I would definitely recommend speaking to booksellers in your local bookstore if you’re not sure what you fancy: they really are very knowledgeable and could even just recommend certain authors that you might be interested in. Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you think!

 

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Planning a Wedding: Where the Hell Do You Start?!

Congratulations! You’re engaged! Now comes the fun part…the planning! Or…is it?? Where on earth do you start? What should you do first? You make a list of everything to think about and the list just keeps going and going. And suddenly, it doesn’t look like so much fun anymore! My fiance and I got engaged at the end of last year, and have just decided to make a start on our plans. And I’m at that age where I’ve seen so many people going through with wedding plans over the last couple of years, and the majority of them posted multiple Facebook statuses where they were ready to tear their hair out! That’s the last thing I wanted to happen for us! I wanted it to be as smooth as possible, and as stress free as possible. So I sat down one day and I’ve made us a plan of where to start with our plans. Obviously, we have not yet gone through this entire process yet, but I want to share this with you to see if it helps others, and possibly find other people to share this journey with me!

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Coastal Chills in Amble

Uk holidays. Who else thinks that holidays in the UK can actually sometimes be way better than going abroad? Don’t get me wrong: I do love a good beach holiday, chilling by the pool with a cocktail in hand frying in the heat from the sun that so often seems to stay hidden in the UK. But sometimes it’s nice to just skip the whole airport stress and just take a short drive somewhere not too far from home and explore areas you never even knew were there. My mum decided to come down near to where I live in Morpeth, and spend a Monday to Friday in a little coastal town called Amble about a twenty minute countryside drive from my house. Although I will admit our first day was a bit of a disaster! We had booked a little place through Sykes Cottages and stayed in a seaside self-catering flat at 23A Gordon Street. To cut a long story short, the place hadn’t been cleaned in between us and the previous guests, and according to the cleaner (and Tripadvisor review we later discovered) this clearly wasn’t the first time it had happened. Eventually we got it sorted, but I would definitely make sure and check reviews on multiple sites before booking any accommodation! If it had been kept in better condition, it could have been a gorgeous little place. But, hey-ho. We didn’t spend too much time there anyway!

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Oriental Dining at Chaophraya, Newcastle

Asian cuisine is by far my favourite type of food. I could live on Chinese, Thai and Indian food with absolutely no problems at all. I could even happily have an entire bowl of plain rice with no complaints whatsoever. So when a new Thai restaurant called Chaophraya opened in Eldon Square in Newcastle where I was living, I believe in 2016, I was super excited. However, it’s a tad on the pricier side for a stingy Scotswoman like myself, so we decided to save it for a special occasion. And ended up never going. Typical. We moved out to Morpeth in July this year, and vowed to have a day out in Newcastle and try out the restaurant. The 6th – 12th August was Newcastle Restaurant Week, where lots of restaurants have brilliant deals on, and I only realised this the day before the event ended. As soon as I saw Chaophraya was doing a deal of 2 courses for £10 I was sold. I booked a table there and then and told Rhys later! I had a quick look over the set menu online and it looked amazing, so I couldn’t wait!

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Tea & Scones at The Chantry, Morpeth

If someone told me I had to live on nothing but tea and scones for a month, I would not be disappointed. I’d be jumping for joy. There’s nothing better than a freshly home-baked scone just out the oven, all warm and steaming and soft, slathered in butter and jam, accompanied by a lovely hot brew. If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you’ll know I was living near Newcastle city centre, and have recently moved to a market town called Morpeth in Northumberland. One thing I always found the city lacked, was good tea rooms. It was all big brands, and there was very few places you could go for a nice cuppa and some proper home-baked cakes and bakes. So moving to a nice little market town was like Christmas for me! It’s got plenty of smaller restaurants and coffee shops, and when I moved here I heard great things about a tiny little tea room called The Chantry Tea Rooms which, conveniently, is about a sixty second walk from my house! I tried it out last week. And then went back again at the weekend! Both times I had tea and scones. Naughty me not trying something new! But was it worth it? 100%. Read More

My Hot Weather Make Up Faves

Is anybody else absolutely fucking dying in this heat? Everyone keeps saying to me how they hope I’m loving this weather and making the most of it. No. I’ve spent more time sat on the sofa in nothing but my knickers with our newly purchased fan pointed straight at me and the curtains closed trying to block out as much of this unbearable heat as physically possible. I feel like I’m almost a fully fledged hermit. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of good weather, but this has just been a tad on the excessive side for me! Roll on the crisp Autumn days! One thing I always hate about these super duper hot days is having to put make up on. Most of the time, I do just go barefaced, but sometimes if I’m going to be out for quite a while on a hot day I prefer a light layer just to help even out my skin tone since it just tends to turn into a red blotchy mess in the sun. Make-up can be a nightmare in these scorching temperatures, so I wanted to share with you the drugstore products that I like to use during a heatwave!

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Book Review 2018: Part One

 

This year seems to have been the year of book sequels for me. I’d been patiently waiting on three sequels of books I have read in the past year or so to come out and, suddenly, the whole bloody lot appear at once. Slightly overwhelmed with my array of books to choose from, I eenie-meenie-miney-mo’d them (grown up people still do that, right??) and selected them in order. I had them all read within less than two months. Oops. Thankfully, my bookworm fiance, who somehow just knows exactly which books I will enjoy, had already picked me out a new one for when I finished those. ‘The Terror’, by Dan Simmons. And oooohh boy, am I loving it! I’m only about a third of the way through, so you might have to wait a while until I’m done to find out whether I continue to enjoy it all the way through! But I thought I would share these other books with you so maybe you can enjoy them too! Since a few of these are sequels, I’ll talk about the first book/books in the series as well so you can start from the beginning!

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