Thursday, 30 May 2013

#StayFlawless!

Any beauty blogger with their wits about them will be aware of the brand Benefit. In fact, I'm guessing pretty much every blogger in the universe has a favourite Benefit product, I know I have! Despite not considering myself to be a beauty blogger, it is something I would like to try my hand out so let's have a look at what I found out from their event in Bristol.


15 hour primer, now that's what I'm talkin' about! As a parent/student hybrid - heck it, even as just a girl in general - something that is really important to me is a good base. I need something that will make my horrible patchy skin look immaculate and ensure that any foundation I put on isn't drawn to the dry patches or makes me look flaky. Going back to the parent/student hybrid, I am currently writing this post at 6.47am as I was rudely awoken at half five and couldn't get back to sleep. This girl's face has things it needs to hide!

To me, primers are still quite new to the beauty world, and I only tried my first primer last year, but now I wonder how I went through my life without one. I'm hoping to give you all a proper review of the primer once I actually put some make up on, it's still way too early and I'm not even considering having my morning cup o' tea when I have the day off. So for now, I'm gunna talk more about the event.



This was my first event as a blogger, so I was quite nervous to say the least. Even though the event didn't start until 6pm I needed to get the train at 4.20 as my trains are hourly and I would have been terribly late if I got the later train. I didn't mind though, as I'd never been to the venue and wanted to make sure I had enough time. The venue, The Living Room was perfect. I wish I had thought to take pictures of the place, as you can see from the above photo, the exposed brick walls were adorned with framed prints and I feel that it fit well with the Benefit style. 


Once all the blogging girls had arrived, the Benebabes got on with the show. They told us a little bit about the history of Benefit and introduced themselves. I found it really nice that they seemed to genuinely like each other, and that they were having as much fun as we were. I think that's quite important. The food they had prepared for us was truly amazing, and although I'm quite a fussy eater, I was more than pleased. I did take some photos but they were less than impressive - still getting to grips with my camera settings! 


Now, I don't wanna brag, but my catlike reflexes bagged me two - yes, TWO - make up kits. On top of already receiving some Hello Flawless foundation, the new-not-even-in-stores-yet Stay Flawless Primer and a foundation brush, it's safe to say that the people at Benefit are more than kind. I thought we might get some little samples to try, seeing as it's not even available to buy yet, so I was pleasantly surprised. 

The foundation was colour-matched, and I ended up being colour-matched twice as Lisa the Head Make up & Trend Artist & Brow Expert (job title and a half!) thought that my first matching could be a liiiittle bit better suited, and I'm so glad I followed her advice and swapped. I was initially given an Ivory shade, which I have had found to be the case with other make-up brands (sorry, Benefit!) so I didn't really question it. 

However, I am one of those lucky people that always seems to have a red face, no matter how much make up I've caked on. Lisa knew that I needed a foundation that would counteract the redness and swapped my ivory for Champagne. I don't know about you, but give a girl Champagne and it's a done deal! I tried it out a little once I got home, and the difference was outstanding. Literally the smallest dot blended in perfectly to make me look like a real girl!

Thank you so much for hosting an amazing event, Benefit! I look forward to testing out all the kit and hopefully reviewing it on here!

Is anyone else going to a #StayFlawless event? I'd love to see your night went!

Chelsea x

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

All's Well That Ends Well

It always really surprises me how quickly the weather can change from being glorious and sunny to wet and wild. It's been bucketing down with rain all day, so hopefully the summertime will come back soon! As it was Bank Holiday Monday yesterday, we decided to take a trip to Wells and see if their cathedral could rival Durham's.



It really felt so serene to walk around the grounds, with not a care in the world before heading inside to look at all the intricate work. I didn't manage to get any photos of the inside as my camera batteries ran out of power - doy - so have a look at this instead...

SO CUTE!

Hope you had a great Bank Holiday weekend
Chelsea x

Monday, 27 May 2013

A Fish Named Dylan

Hello! Just a short post today. 
The weather was glorious yesterday, so naturally I had to dress up Dylan and have some fun in the sun.  I am so good at this parenting lark, I'm sure these photos will haunt him in years to come!


Isn't he just the cutest? It's the first time we've had the little paddle pool out, and he seemed to enjoy watching it fill up with water and splashing his hands in it. He also chucked his shoe in at one point, but that's probably as exciting as shoes get for a toddler.

It looks like the sun is trying to get out today, so we're hoping to have another nice day out!
Have you got any plans for the bank holiday?

Chelsea x

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!

I really shouldn't be in such a chipper mood, but I'm feeling all bounds of happiness today. I handed in my final piece of work at uni yesterday, so that's me officially off for four months! I honestly have no idea what I will do instead, so I'm on the hunt for a job. To celebrate getting through the first year, we had the most excellent Friday, certainly the best one we've had in a while. 

As it was Joe's uncle's birthday, we all went for a meal and it was so lovely. I ended up drinking half a bottle of wine and a gin & tonic - I normally can't see after two glasses of wine, so how I managed to make it to the Cosy Club for cocktails I'll never know. After that, we ended up going to a drum and bass night (which is hilarious as I can't really say I'm a fan of that sort of thing) and it was so funny watching everyone attempting to dance to it.

So yes, a good night all round. Now, let's get to the actual reason for this post. You may have noticed that I have a little '2013 Hopes' section on the tab thing, and I realised that I've finally ticked a few of them off! I feel so proud of myself! I realise that it is half way through the year and I've only ticked off three things, but I hope I'll be able to tick a few more off during the summer holiday. I'd love to take Dylan to the zoo and see an exhibition at the V&A. We're going to London in June, so hopefully we can squeeze that in!

Have you got any plans for the summer? I'd love to hear them (and maybe get a few tips!)

Chelsea x

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Thankful Thursday

Hello! 

I haven't done one of these for a while, so I thought now would be a good time to get back on it. If you're unfamiliar, Thankful Thursday is a thing Lisette created to help her appreciate the good things in life and I really think it's something we can all hang on to. I can't tell you how many times I tweet about the weather, or that I have a headache or I'm bored or something, and it's just silly.

I've had quite a hectic few weeks, with lots of deadlines rolling into one huge deadline (or so it seemed!) and I also had my driving theory test! I've also been trying to find myself a little summer job so that I don't fall into a coma here in the South West!

Matching my outfit to my mug...
So, this week I am mostly thankful for:
- making all my deadlines, and feeling pretty proud of my final pieces
- getting my phone back after 5 weeks away
- the magic from a cup of tea!
- having a ridiculously cute child. I'd love him regardless, but his cheeky face makes my day
- my uni friends! I'm really going to miss seeing them all over the summer
- passing my theory test woooo!!
- finding a pretty photo album for Joe's nana, she's such a sweetie

I hope you've all had a great week, and I'd love to hear what you're all feeling thankful for!
Chelsea x

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

My Dream Job.

Okay, this is a strange start to this post, but bear with me. When I was little, I wanted to be the usual things, like a princess or a ballerina like most girls, but one day we were invited to a family friends house when I was about six. We were visiting one of my dad's friends, and he was showing off his new girlfriend. Not to me, obviously, six year olds don't really care about that sort of thing. I think she was called Sammy or something, but she had a pony, a pink car and her dog would dance along to the Spice Girls. She instantly became my favourite person ever, and I wanted to be like her. Can you guess what her job was? That's right, she was a 'glamour' model. Cue me at school telling my teacher I didn't need to go to school to be a model and my dad being called in... Those were the days.

Since then, I've stopped wanting a dancing dog and a pink car - I still always ask my dad for a pony on my birthday though - so my dream job has changed, thankfully. At school, I wanted to become a History or Maths teacher as it just seemed really fun and engaging. I think it helped that both my teachers was a brilliant, intelligent women. However, at college my experience of history and maths was less than I expected, and I changed my mind again. I wanted to work in psychology and change the world, one person at a time. I went to London to uni and that just didn't work out. 

Then, one day in February 2012, it was decided that we might be moving to Somerset. So I had a look at what courses I might be able to do with the grades I already had. I stumbled upon a Publishing course, and it just sounded brilliant. I honestly love this course so much, and it has helped rekindle my love with books. I hope to one day work at Penguin and I'd love a placement in New York if that could happen - wishful thinking, slightly. I'm still not sure what area of publishing I'd like to work in, so many areas fascinate me. I'm not a very 'designy' girl, but I really enjoy that. My spelling is appalling, but I love finding little errors in shop signs and leaflets. 


I love how iconic the Penguin design is, and I even have a book about how it has changed over time, I'm such a Penguin fangirl! I would love a chance to work there, and I hope to one day make that dream come true. 


Saturday, 18 May 2013

Friends, alalapupulala.

Aw, this is going to be a bit of sentimental post, I reckon! Since moving south in September, I'm sure my northern friends were worried I'd replace them with farmer versions of themselves, but that isn't the case. Not because I haven't tried, though haha!

I don't have just one best friend, as I like to spread myself around a bit (classy, Chelsea) and share the love. My best friends are Joe, obviously, Anth, Cally and Abi. I have known them all various amounts of times, and I think I've fallen out with all of them except Cally, so she should probably be my best friend if that's the case.

Me & my man.
Isn't he bloody handsome? Ah, those eyes. *ahem* Before we were together, we were friends at college. How romantic, I hear you cry. When we first met, we bonded over a shared love of Prince, The Smiths and Daft Punk, and then we bonded over things like Flight of the Conchords and the jumpers his nana knits for him. His friend started dating my friend, and then we started hanging out a bit more. We had a free lesson together, so we would either go for a walk somewhere, or I'd make him buy me a sausage roll - see, this is how classy I am. I denied for ages that he fancied me, or that I fancied him, as I just didn't think it was possible. But alas, we ended up together and it's the happiest I've ever been. I've got a lot to thank him for, and I hope I make him half as happy.

Me, Cally and Anth
I cheated a bit and found a picture with the three of us on it. I met Anth and Cally when I moved schools in year 10. Well, that's a lie actually, as I'd met Cally a few years earlier when I was 10 or something, and Anth didn't even go to my school. Anyways, we all lived in this rather rubbish village in the North East and I'm not entirely sure what made the three of us best pals. Cally loves welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers, and Anth loves Girls Aloud. I reckon I must be the glue that holds us together as I love them both :) Through thick and thin, we've stuck together and I cannot wait for them to come down and visit me as I'm tired of doing the 12 hour round trip up to them! 

Abi and I
Ah, my longest serving friend. We became best friends in year five, and since then I don't think I've ever met somebody who I can talk so freely with. We've had some quite electric falling-outs, but I'm so glad we always managed to patch things up again. We have a lot of those "do you remember that time..." stories and they still make me laugh. I also love how despite the fact we hadn't seen each other in a few years, we instantly went back to how it should be. That's true friendship, that is.

I have to warn you, this song lives constantly in my head so it may take over yours!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Strolling along...

This is quite a photo heavy post, so I appreciate if you wanna skip this out.

Usually on a grey, miserable day I tend to consider the day to be an opportunity wasted. Oh, if only the sun had shone! Well, despite the weather feeling a bit grisly, we decided that we'd take a nice stroll along the canal. I would love it if we spent every Sunday doing this, as it was just really nice and quite relaxing. I finally managed to take my camera out in its temporary bag - I've ordered a snazzy one from that ol' vintage shop you may have heard of ebay - and took a few snaps. 




Dylan, Nana and Monty





A bunny! I must sound like a bunny obsessive by now. We used to have a little rabbit named Thumper, so I love seeing them hopping around. The little duckies must have been about a day old, they were rather wonderful, just following mama duck around. 



As you can see, it was still quite a grey day, but it was lovely nonetheless.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

One lesson at a time

I'd say throughout the course of my fairly short life, I've learnt quite a few lessons. It's difficult picking the one that has shaped me the most, or the one that I try to live my life by. I also think there are a lot of lessons that we learn but are more than happy to forget about. When I was growing up, and I'd say pretty much up to the age of 18, I felt I had my whole life ahead of me.


I wanted to travel, I was moving to London and I wanted to find out who I really was. I'd just started a relationship, but I wouldn't let that dictate who I would become, and I would just take it easy. I got a tattoo, I dyed my hair blonde and I just enjoyed life as much as I could. 

Moving to London was hard. So truly difficult. The person I was sharing with was awful, I've no idea why they wanted a room mate to begin with when they were so obviously uneasy with my presence. They didn't even tell me where the boiler was, so I couldn't turn on the heating or hot water. They were vegetarian, which I respected, but they would take all my 'meaty' items out of the shared freezer and allow them to just thaw out. I wasn't allowed anyone to visit, but of course they were. To be honest, it really broke me. I wanted to move back up North and I didn't want to leave. I quit university and I moved back. I fell pregnant. 

This is when the real change of my life happened - this is the greatest lesson I'll ever learn. Life is unpredictable. I still want to travel, and I still feel like I need to discover who I am. But as well as this, I want to be the greatest mother and the kindest wife. I want to provide for my family and I want to feel so much love every day that I think I might explode. I honestly never thought I would become a parent, it just didn't interest me, but I am so glad I did. It wasn't planned, but I've never been happier than when Dylan looks up at me or giggles. He is the sweetest thing.

I'm back at university, although it's a different institution and a different course. I really love it. I'm so glad I changed my mind and, in turn, my career. I had wanted to study psychology, but being a parent changes your mindset a little bit. I get far too emotional, and although I would have loved being able to help people, I think I would have crumbled. Now, I hope to work in publishing and really succeed in that field. 

My dad always told me that life is like a train journey, you might know where you're headed but there are still so many different possibilities. People may get on and people leave the train at different stops. The train could be delayed, but you will still get to your destination - it's just a matter of waiting.


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Food glorious food!

For a long time I had a love/hate relationship with food. As a child, I the worst experiences with food as my dad was a rubbish cook. This meant that mealtimes would consist of something he could just stick in the oven and forget about for half an hour. As I grew a bit older, I became more reluctant to try new foods, and this led me to becoming stuck in a rut with my eating habits. I'm not entirely sure what caused the change in my life, but I am so glad it happened!


It might not sound amazing, but my favourite food has to be pie. Until last year, I had never even had gravy before, so having homemade pie was something of a triumph for me. My loving other half makes the best pie, and we've been toying on the idea of opening up a pie and cake show - haha! He seriously does make the best Steak and Ale pie. 

This is what happens when I get really random cookie cutters!
Joe really is one of the greatest food-inspirers (is that a thing?) in my life. He bakes bread, does the most amazing pulled pork and he lives with me! It's like having my own personal chef, and I realise I am very lucky to have him. Without him I'd have never tried a moroccan style tagine, or my beloved pie! The list goes on, really.

As you may know, I love baking. I really wish I had more time to bake things, but for now I bake every other week or so, unless it's a special occasion. I'd really love to work on my cake decorating skills (or lack thereof) but it seems like a bit of a waste when it's just me and Joe who get to enjoy them.

Do you have any suggestions of food for me to try next? 
Maybe something a bit more exciting than pie, haha!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Collections

As I mentioned in my last post, I was quite obsessed by Peter Rabbit. I have rabbits in various sizes, all adorning his iconic blue jacket. I had a musical porcelain figurine that lulled me to sleep. I had a huge collection of the stories, I had a boxset of the stories, the list could go on.


After that, I tried collecting key rings. Wow, my childhood was so wild. I don't even know how this started, I wasn't old enough to have my own set of keys, but there we go. I can remember I wanted this truly hideous 'glamour puss' keyring, which was a black cat with pink fluffy bits around its neck and paws. Jesus, I hope my taste has improved somewhat since then! Sadly, I don't have a picture of this, I bet you're devastated to hear that! 

Now, I suppose I collect nail polish. Hardly the most exciting thing, but I find so much pleasure from it.   I love being able to perk up my mood with a splash of colour. I'd really love something pretty to showcase them, as at the moment they're living in various boxes. Once our bedroom has been properly decorated, I'd like to have a nice little home for them on top of a bedroom cabinet.

Source
Do you collect anything? 

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Reading time.

I love reading, I always have. When I was little my favourite books were The Tales of Peter Rabbit (and the rest of them) by Beatrix Potter. The stories were just so beautifully written, and I felt like the drawings were specially drawn for me. Obviously, as a wee nipper I didn't really understand the mass publication side of books, but I felt special reading them. To be honest, I was probably a bit obsessed with the books, I still have all my Peter Rabbit teddies, and I used to have bedding and a matching bean bag chair. So cool, so 90s.


I still love Peter Rabbit and I hope I always will.

As I got a bit older, I started reading The Chronicles of Narnia. I'll be honest with you and tell you that I refuse to watch the films. They didn't even start with the first book! I did, however, watch a really old BBC adaptation when I was about 10 or so, and that is what made me want to read the books. I'm so glad I did, as they quickly became my favourite collection. I don't even know how many times I've read then, but I'd recommend them to everybody. 

The imagery of Narnia is so vivid, and certainly in the later books, it provokes my memories of Turkey. If you've been to Turkey and visited some of the less 'resort' places, you will know what I mean. I think this is what links me so strongly with the books, as it reminds me of some of my favourite places to visit. Of course, you might know that Aslan is Turkish for lion, or that there is some reference to Turkish Delight in the books, but it really does stem much further than that for me.

Clearly the ruins of Charn!

Another thing I love about them, is that it reminds me of my Grandad. When reading The Magician's Nephew, I asked my mother about when it was set. Even at an early ages, I like getting myself truly involved with the characters. She told me that it was around the same time that my Grandad was a little boy, but I imagine it was probably earlier than that. Despite this, whenever the children are mentioned in the book, it always reminds me of him and it's such a wonderful feeling. I hope my grandad wasn't that wild and adventurous, but who knows?

Even now, if I'm stuck for something to read, I'll pick up one of the books and let it take me away to a far off land.

What are your favourite books? Anything you think I should read?


Travelling dreams.

Oh yesterday. I should have wrote about how much I love twitter, but instead I had a bit of a breakdown. It feels like all of my deadlines have come around faster than I would have liked, and I just felt a bit helpless. I'm hoping that I can get a huge chunk done this weekend as all our friends and family are busy so no fun days out planned!

I'm taking a break from uni work right now, as I have a driving lesson booked in 15 minutes. Rather silly to have driving lessons and theory tests planned at such a hectic time - I'm hoping I come out of it all unscathed!

So, back to today's BEDM topic, travelling. I always imagined that I would travel the world before I settled down, but that was not meant to be. When Joe and I started dating, we did do quite a lot of travelling around the British Isles, but that wasn't exactly what I had in mind. 

I'd love to go to Paris for a nice romantic trip, and I'm hoping that we can do that this summer for a weekend or so. I've always wanted to go to Disneyland Paris, but I've decided to wait until Dylan is a bit older so we can go for their 25th Anniversary celebrations!

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Another place I'd like to visit is Morocco. It just seems so vividly beautiful, and I imagine it would just take my breath away. And the food! Joe makes an excellent tagine, but there's only so many spices we can get over here so it would be nice to have a 'real' one.

One thing I always planned on doing, was taking city holidays instead of beachy ones. I really want Dylan to grow up interested in the beauty and history of the places we visit, not demand another ice cream every time we go to the pool. I went to Valencia a few years ago and it was so nice to not be in a huge tourist place such as Benidorm or somewhere.

Valencia is so beautiful.
So there's a few of my holiday wishes. It's starting to look like we won't be able to travel this year which makes me feel totally sad. Ah, well, maybe next year.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

My First Job

My very first job, if you can call it that, was a paper round. I had the most difficult round, as it was before school and I had to wake up at 5am. I managed to convince my dad into buying me a bike so that I could finish my round quickly (and have a bit of a snooze before school) and this made it a bit easier. I used to take my walkman and listen to my own cd mixes, which featured the likes of The Futureheads, Police, The Smiths and *cough* Razorlight *cough*. I love it when the weather was nice, there wasn't anything better than watching the sun rise. However, on bad weather days, my poor dad got roped into doing it for me - well, he could drive, after all. I got £10 a week, and it was the best thing to happen to me at 14. I really wish I'd stuck at it a bit longer, or was a bit more money savvy, but I guess at 14 I was just more than happy to buy Bliss magazine and get some sweeties.

My first 'real' job couldn't be more different. I hated it. I didn't like the majority of people I worked with, and they didn't like me. I started working at a fast food restaurant in November 2009. I only wanted to work a few hours a week as I was at college and I just wanted some extra cash. They kept messing my hours up and would then punish me if I didn't turn up during lesson times. When I (briefly) moved to London in 2010, they kept me on the books and kept ringing me to cover shifts. I lived 200 miles away, how on earth was that supposed to work?! This was nothing though, compared with when I fell pregnant. 

I wanted to keep working as long as possible, so that I could use my maternity once my child was born. It seemed pointless to take the time off before. I had to fill in a little health and safety questionnaire with one of my managers, and this meant that I wouldn't be able to work nightshifts or lift heavy boxes or whatever. This was all fine for a couple of weeks, until I checked my timetable. I was given one eight hour shift - nightshift. I wasn't happy about this. I was renting my own place, so how was one shift going to cover my rent and bills? Food? Hello, pregnant ladies are allowed to eat for two, you know!

I brought it up with a different manager, and it was ignored. I was told to find someone else to cover it or to do it myself. As no one would take it off my hands - and give me a shift in return - I had to do it. I turned up on the evening, and the group were disgusted. They asked why I was doing a nightshift, and I told them I had to. I hindered the whole evening, unable to clean the heavy metal equipment and unable to restock.

Another problem I had with them was clothing. We were given a uniform, and mine was never adjusted. I'm sure you've seen what happens to pregnant ladies, they get a bump, they get bigger and they can't really be on their feet for eight hours at a time. I wasn't given pregnancy clothing. I had to wear the same clothes I'd been given, and when I asked for new clothing, they told me that it would take too long to order them.

The worst thing though, was that during a rather busy summer day, I was working in the kitchen. One of the managers had let all of my side go for a break, leaving me by myself to continue with the orders. I don't really remember much of what happened, but I woke up outside with someone feeding me water. I had fainted in the hustle and heat. The manager, who stood in the doorway looming over us, barked at my friend for being outside. She came over, put her hand on my shoulder and then asked me if I was feeling any better. I nodded, so she told me to get back in the kitchen. I was pregnant, and she acted as if I was just messing about.

Once my maternity ended, I didn't go back. 

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Pets

Okay, so I've been a bit rubbish and missed out a few days of BEDM already. I really am terrible, and I imagine that something drastically bad will happen to me for doing so. To try and fix this, I thought I had better carry on with it, and today's task is about pets.

I can't remember a time when I haven't had a pet, but sadly I don't seem to have many photos of them - ultimate sadness! I do have quite a bit of Monty though, so let's just talk about him.

Seconds after this, Dylan decided to 'chalk' Monty.
Monty, Monty, Monty. Where do I start with this hairy chap? I got Monty in March 2011, when an animal-loving friend of mine found out that he was going free to a good home. Unable to have him herself (I can't even count how many pets she has), she asked if I was interested. I was. I'd only been told that he was a sausage dog, so when I saw him I was a bit surprised. I didn't even know long-haired sausage dogs existed, but I'm glad I didn't let that put me off.

Monty is the sweetest little thing. His previous owners seemed like they didn't care much for him, and made a handful of different reasons why they wanted to get rid of him. Something didn't sit right, so we happily took him home. It turns out that he was a pedigree, and this meant he would have been 'studded' to lady pedigree sausage dogs and have pedigree puppies. However, Monty had boy-doggy cancer (the technical term) and this meant he needed his bits removing. Without these, he couldn't produce puppies, and therefore he was worthless to them. 

As Monty is a pedigree, his 'official' name is something like Prince Montague VII and because of this, we always imagine him to be rather posh. Which is quite funny, when you're me. Dylan loves him a bit too much, as toddlers tend to do, and is slowly learning the difference between patting Monty on the head, and smacking him in the face. Too slowly, if you ask ol' Mont. 

I love him with all my heart, and he is quite affectionate - I'm clearly his favourite. I'd love to get another sausage dog, but for now I'm more than happy with this guy. 

 

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Top Five.

Today's task for the Blog Every Day in May challenge is to list five blogs that are the bee's knees. This should be an easy task, I imagine, but I'm finding it hard to narrow it down. So, I have enlisted the help of my trusty sidekick - Abu. Now, I'm not entirely sure how his special skills will help me, but let's see the results - in no particular order...

He loved all your blogs, honest!

The only tumblr blog I follow, but damn is it good! Danniella is so hilariously funny, and she always adds a lighthearted side to her blogging. Full of beauty tips and advice, I always feel like I can trust her reviews because of how real she seems. She is also great at twitter, you should all follow her.

You all already follow Becky, right? Right?! You should. From book reviews to words of the month - it's cooler than I'm making it sound - she always has an interesting post up. Plus she blogs pretty much every day, so if you're an impatient so and so like me, she usually always has something new to look at. 

Okay, I need to be honest here - I get huge face/hair envy when I visit Lisette's blog. Not only is she a beauty, but she has the kindest soul. Sparking off Thankful Thursday's on blogs aplenty, this girl always sounds so upbeat and positive. She also isn't afraid to show herself off in some 'unforgiving' posts, I'm talking a face full of homemade scrub and gunk. 

I feel a bit like I'm cheating with this one, as I knew Kloe long before I knew she had a blog. Nevertheless, I love how honestly she blogs and she often has me in hysterics with her frankness. She isn't your average beauty blogger (haven't seen many others with a Stephen King obsession), but I love hearing what she has to say.

Amy is the sweetest blogger out there, and as a fellow mummy, I always feel drawn to her posts. Don't worry if you're a bit on the childless side, as she tends to post blogs on a huge variety of things which are bound to entertain one and all. 

So that's my top five. It took me quite a while to narrow it down, and as I said, Abu had a lot to do with it - he's a bit of a ladies monkey.

Are you doing the Blog Every Day in May challenge? Let me know who your top five are!


Friday, 3 May 2013

Day in the Life

Okay, so I'm going to be honest and tell you right away that I didn't take my camera with me today. As I was at uni, and I don't have a camera bag, I was very worried about accidentally bashing it or something. Honestly, that would kill me. If you've got any recommendations for a cute, not boring bag that would suit a small D-SLR, give me a heads up!


Right then, on to my day. On uni days I have to wake up at 6AM which is a nightmare. I need to creep around the house so that I don't wake everybody up, and sadly the pipes in this house are ancient, so I'm always surprised that they don't wake everyone when I turn on the shower or heating!

After that I get dressed, obviously, and then potter around the house for a bit with a brew. This time is usually spent preparing my bag if I didn't do it the night before, or checking bloglovin'. 

Definitely need to clean my desk off!
After spending an hour on the train, and then so many hours at uni I do the unthinkable - that's right, I get on another train. As I didn't take my camera I've skipped this bit out, but I reckon you've all been on a train before.

Once I'm home, I like to chill out a bit by playing with the little one and annoying the dog. Depending on how late it is, we sometimes take Monty for a walk to the nearest field and let him run free. He doesn't go far due to his stubby legs, but he enjoys it all the same. Sadly, we didn't got for a walk today, so have a blurry picture of Monty getting over-excited about dinner instead. As you can see he's licking his chops in anticipation.

This is the still-est I could get. Silly dog.
After that, I arranged some flowers. Aren't they pretty?


That's pretty much all the excitement to my Friday so far. I've tidied away some toys, which were then chucked back out of their places, and had some food. I won't tell you what I had as I'm twenty-one and my dinner was more suited to a five year old. I don't have any plans for this evening, but hopefully I'll have an action packed weekend to make up for it!

How's your day been? Are you doing the BEDM thing? Send me your links! 

Spring is here! (Belated)

I am so rubbish. I wish I could say I was really busy yesterday but I spent most of it in the garden. I did also go to uni, so I guess I can blame that for my tardiness for the Blog Every Day in May embargo. The second topic is Spring, which is nice as it seems to have finally sprung.


I'm hoping to take full advantage of the weather and this week we've got a picnic planned and hopefully a trip to the seaside! When we moved to Somerset I assumed that the sun would always be shining, but boy, was I wrong! It feels so good to get up on a morning and for it to be nice and bright, instead of dull and drab. Plus, Somerset looks beautiful in the sunshine!

built-in bench at Kilve
Today's task is a 'day in the life', so I'm going to take my camera with me and hope that I can manage a few snaps.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Five Lines

So I decided that I wanted to take part in the Blog Every Day in May thingum. I still consider myself to be fairly new to the blogging world, so I thought it would be a nice way for you to get to know me a bit better, and maybe I'll learn something about myself along the way - how deep! 


Day One: "Introduce yourself or sum yourself up in just 5 lines. Include a photograph that you are proud of."

Well, I'm Chelsea and this is my slice of the web. I live in Somerset, after moving here for Uni.
I'm married and have a rather active 19mo little boy, and a sausage dog who isn't so active due to his stubby legs. 
I am forever trying to grow my hair past the awkward stage, but I keep getting it cut in pure frustration. 
I love music and I'd like to say that I'm quite open-minded. 
I reckon I'm a bit of a feminist but I think I'd be suited to a 1950s lifestyle.

Look at that chubby face, aw!

Chelsea x

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