Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Some exciting news!

Now, I'm not sure if you guys will be as excited as me right now, but I just had to let you all know that I'm finally moving! On Monday! That's five days away! It's totally crazy, but we managed to snap up half price fees if we moved in during June, and so we shall move in to our new place on 30th June. 

If you've been reading my blog for a while - or follow me on twitter - you might know that I currently loathe where we live at the moment. It's rather dark and dingy, wood chip wallpaper, no garden for Dylan to really play in, no bath for me to blog about Lush bombs in, and I just basically hate it, ha! Of course, the new place is bright and airy, with a lovely bath and a secure garden for us to get a slide or swing set for the Dylber.  

Dylan decided to help me pack, or something...
So, yeah! Basically, I just wanted to tell you all that things might be quiet here whilst I pack away all our things and then unpack them. I also need to sort out having internet and stuff in the new place, as everything is kind of last minute! 

Hope you all have a good week planned! 

Chelsea xo

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Book Club #5 - Eleanor & Park

I am becoming a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell's writing. After reading Fangirl, I couldn't wait to get my hands on another book of hers and pleasantly found myself with Eleanor & Park. I'm sure a lot of people would agree with me, when I say that Rowell is really in tune with the feelings of a teenager. When reading Fangirl, I could relate to the whole, 'being obsessed and writing fan fiction' - you guys don't wanna know about the sordid tales I wrote about Matt from Busted back in the day - but I think Eleanor & Park just took it up a notch for me. 

Eleanor & Park is based on the relationship between two school students - and outsiders - Eleanor, who's just moved to a new school, and Park, a boy who's tried so hard to blend in due to his exotic heritage making him different to everyone else. Their friendship is slow starting, but it truly grips you as it grows. 

It didn't take me long to read Eleanor & Park, despite being over 300 pages, and I think this is a really good sign. I've been struggling to read 'for fun' recently, due to my sheer amount of uni deadlines and allotted reading, but as soon as I started reading Eleanor & Park I just didn't want to stop. I liked that the chapters were split for Eleanor and Park, as this helped to show the emotions of the characters a bit better. 

If you're a fan of Rowell's writing, or you just fancy a read of a really good Young Adult novel - in which all the characters aren't fighting to the death or 300 years in the future, I can spot a trend or two - then please try this one out! I'd love to know if you've read this, or any of Rowell's other books! 

Chelsea xo

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Fairytale Tag!

I was tagged by the glorious Leona to do the Fairytale Tag, so naturally I rushed to do it as quickly as possible. Turns out, I also decided to do some extra shifts at work so 'as quickly as possible' ended up as 'a week or so after everyone else' so I do apologise if you've already seen a dozen answers to this tag!

Hey look, here's a candid photo of Joe and I... right?
Snow White - Do you consider yourself beautiful? 
Oh wow, off to a good start. Im going to have to say no to this one. Sometimes, I think Im having a good face day, but more often than not I think I look like a skin-coloured frog or someone with the plague. Its a fun life.  

Sleeping Beauty - How many hours do you sleep at night? 
Recently Ive been going to bed super late because I simply must watch another episode of The Office US. I love it more than life. So about, six or so hours. I dont think I sleep very well, but I keep forgetting to set the sleep-cycle thing on my phone. 

Cinderella - Do you have a curfew? 
No, and I don’t think I ever did have one, not really. I can always remember being in like, year four or something, and boasting about how late I went to bed and someone said “3am” and it was just the coolest thing ever. Now I dread staying up that late, my bed is just too comfy.

Rapunzel - Do you love being outside? 
Yes, but you wouldnt think it if you looked at me.

Red Riding Hood - Do you trust strangers easily? 
I wouldnt say I trust a huge amount of people, but Im generally always nice to strangers. 

Beauty and the Beast - What makes someone beautiful in your eyes? 
If you read that line and went THATS WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL, jokes. Someone with courage - even if they dont realise it -, being funny, an open mind and caring. Its good to care. Now, lets hug.

The Little Mermaid - What would you sacrifice for love? 
Definitely not my singing voice, girl. I dont think you should sacrifice anything, but be willing to compromise. Thats how I think about living in Somerset. Sure, it isnt Bristol or The North, but I met my new life-partner Leona and thats cool with me.

The Frog Prince - What do you find disgusting? 
Our government. 

Jack and the Beanstalk - What plants do you have? 
Joe has some herbs, but Im not sure if that counts. Im always happy to take in some new blooms, though.

Puss in Boots - Do you have pets? If not, do you want them? 
I have a Monty, and I also want more of him. 

Pinocchio - What is your biggest wish? 
To always be in love.

Peter Pan - What is your mental age? 
It depends, I guess. Sometimes I just cannot fathom the fact that Im 22 and I have a small family. But then at times I feel like Im too old to be a student. Its weird. 

The Snow Queen - Who is your best friend and what would you do for him/her? 
My best friend is Joe (how lame) and I would do anything for him. But I wont do that. Thats just me being hilarious. I wont take out the bins, sorry love.

The Princess and the Pea - Are you sensitive? 
Hells yeah. Im so soft, its ridiculous. I once started to cry because I got told off for walking down a one-way corridor system at school. When I was 15. 

The Brave Little Tailor - Do you consider yourself brave? 
Um, in a way, I would say so. I think starting life over is pretty brave. But also, Im a bit of a wimp, so maybe Im not so brave after all. 

Have you done the fairytale tag? Send me your links if you have! If not, feel free to copy this out and do it too! :) 

Chelsea xo

Thursday, 19 June 2014

A Moroccan Dream

When I heard about the Cunard cruise competition to win a £1000 John Lewis voucher, I couldn't believe how perfectly timed it was. With us hopefully moving at the end of the month, £1000 worth of John Lewis vouchers would make a huge difference for us! The house we're hoping to move into has a dining room AND a proper bath room - two luxuries we don't currently have, so we'll be needed to kit those out! 

So, you probably want me to stop blabbing on and tell you how you can enter the competition, right? It's pretty simple, actually. All you have to do is check out the Cunard website, and pick out your favourite Mediterranean port of call. This took me ages to decide, but once you do, you then go on to every blogger's favourite Pinterest and make a board based on your chosen location. The board has to show how you would bring your slice of the Med into the home. 

I picked out the Moroccan port of Agadir and here's a few examples from my Pinterest board. 

I chose Morocco and the Moroccan style as I really love the intricate patterns and use of colour. I've been wanting to have an orange bedroom for a while, and I think Joe might be more willing if I stick to a mostly white base and little hints of orange and teal, rather than an orange wall or three. I included the image of the plates, as I'd love to have something like that hung on the wall in our dining room. I've wanted to visit Morocco for such a long time as I've always been interested in the country's history, and their rich culture. Everything from the food, to the buildings, to the beautiful landscapes, Morocco seems to be the country that has it all. I'm determined that one day Joe and I will go their, as I'm sure he'd love to get his hands on the myriad of spices they have available. 

There's still time to enter the competition as it ends tomorrow (Friday) at midnight! The rules are all here so make sure you give them a read before you get started. I hope you liked my entry and take a look at my board for any inspiration! 

Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Movin' On Up

If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed that I've been looking for somewhere new to rent. After nearly two years in this house, I am so excited to see the back of this place! I've got all my fingers and toes crossed that we hear some good news soon about our application, but until then I thought I would show you a few things I've got stored on my homeware wish list! 

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5
After pinning ladder-style bookcases on pinterest, I decided to have a look and see what I could find for the house. We don't currently own any bookcases, but we have a crazy amount of books so I definitely want to get one. The one pictured is a bamboo wood, but I'd probably want a white or dark coloured one, depending on what room we would have it in. Our bedroom furniture is dark, whereas I'd like white for the living room. This one is from amazon, but there are so many out there to choose from! 

I love browsing the H&M home section, and was pleasantly surprised to come across a copper range. I love the rosy colour, and this picture frame is top of my list for things to buy. We don't really have a lot of pictures on display, but I really want the next place we live to have a proper homely feel to it. I also love the glass vase, which has the milky white inside. I think this would look quite attractive with some super colourful blooms poking out of the top. The third H&M item on my wish list is this patterned glass jug. It's quite bloggy to have flowers in jugs and the like, and this patterned one just looks a bit special. I've got all three of these things - and a whole load of dresses - saved in my online basket, but H&M delivery waiting times always put me off so I might try and get to a store which a home section instead. 

Lastly, I found this oval jewellery tray on the Next website. Is it just me who finds their slideshow style website annoying? Why can't they just list their products like a normal shop?! Anyhoo, that's neither here nor there. We live near a big Next so I'm looking forward to browsing around and seeing what other home bits I can find. I think a tray like this would look lovely on a bedside table or dresser, with my pretty Marc Jacobs fragrances on them. Maybe a candle? Or jewellery, like Next intended... Who knows? The possibilities are endless! 

I thought five items might be enough for this wish list, as of course, we haven't actually got the house yet and I'll be too depressed if I've fallen in love with a million items and no where to put them! Have you seen any nice bits recently? What do you think of my choices? 

Chelsea xo

Sunday, 15 June 2014

One Fine Day

I'm about 80% sure that I haven't used the title One Fine Day before, but let's just let that slide. It's stolen from the film of the same name, and features the ever-dreamy George Clooney. But sadly my post isn't about ol' George. It's about my day with Leona! Yay!

Leona's such a babe. I look as hot and flustered as ever. 
After meeting for the very first time a few hours before we saw the awesome McBusted, we decided to meet up again a few weeks later. That was on Saturday, and boy, was it a good one. We met up in Exeter, as a sort of half-way point between us - via public transport, anyways, I'm sure it isn't exactly half-way, but whatevs - and I ended up taking Dylan along with me for the ride. Turns out that Dylan is a well-travelled toddler, who'd have thunk? 

Luckily, the weather was glorious and we decided to have a make-shift picnic by the cathedral. Naturally, we picked the one day a year of a big school fair and the green was absolutely packed! This didn't phase Dylan in the slightest, as he ended up befriending a small child and climbing a statue with him. Oh, to be two. 

We had fun though, and ate melting chocolate donuts and sipped on our fancy drinks from the nearest tesco metro, before wandering around Exeter searching for a Father's Day present for Joe's daddy. I picked wine, because it's wine, and I think my in-law will be pleased. As he'll be babysitting Dylan for a few hours tomorrow, I'm sure he'll be more than happy for some light refreshments! 

Sadly, after a while it was time for us to depart and catch our trains. We decided to have a quick pitstop at the nicest Wetherspoons I've ever visited and sat in the beer garden drinking J20s and lemonades. So hardcore. Dylan, again, befriended some small child and they ended up rolling about together in the grass and play fighting over a wannabe makeshift Iron Throne. Obviously. 

I can't wait for the next opportunity to meet up with Leona again. We were discussing how there should be a small scale meet up with some other lovely bloggers, but that's definitely for someone else to arrange! 

Would you be up for a meet up? Have you met any blogging friends?

Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

101 things in 1001 Days #4

So proud. My defining moment.
1. Finish my second year of my foundation degree and upgrade to a real degree!
This was a work in progress on my last update, but now I can safely say that I did it! I'm still waiting on a few marks (and my overall grade) but I've definitely got a place for final year, and I've picked some pretty exiting modules! 

5. Have some work published
Yeah, so I totally have an article about Justin Bieber published in an actual student magazine. And his continuing to be a total twatbadger is keeping it relevant! Yay!

65. Write a song about Pointless
After watching Eurovision 2012 and hearing that a song about Facebook had to be changed in the live shows (as not to promote it) I decided that I would write a song about TV show Pointless and enter it into Eurovision. It may be two years later, but good golly, I did it! Now, who wants to help me record it and reach European stardom? Anyone? 


So, I have a kind of dilemma. I'm really struggling to achieve anything from my 101 in 1001 list. A lot of the things I've put on there can only be achieved after I've completed an existing goal. Such as 'make three things using a sewing machine'. I know, I put in my June mini-goals thing that I want to buy a sewing machine (and it's also on my 101 in 1001 list) but, until I have a sewing machine, I can't sew. Another example I've put is going abroad to five different places. I don't even have a passport, so until I do that and then save for a bunch of holidays, then they can't be achieved. 

I kind of feel like I've set myself up for a fall, and it shouldn't be like that. So reader, friend, I want to ask you this - is it too late to start over? Am I allowed to do that? I feel like I'm letting myself down, but I know I'll be upset if I only achieve 20 things... 

Chelsea xo

Monday, 9 June 2014

Just another Mathy Monday

I've seen this sort of post on Michelle's bloggy blog, and felt like I might borrow the idea. You know, until she wants to do it again. Michelle's nice like that. If I've not lost you already to the mention of maths in the title, basically, I'm going to do some crazy algebra-style equations to sum up my day. Sounds nifty, right? I don't often write out numbers under ten - thanks, Guardian style guide - so this has been a nice post for me to jot down.

4 trains + 2 hour chats discussing projects, books and Moshi Monsters = typical afternoon in Bath
2 letters to post + 1 energetic toddler + 4 falling-overs = an eventful trip
1 flat white + 1 latte + 1 macchiato = a coffee-fueled Chelsea
1 Boots voucher to use up + 1 amazing nail varnish = pretty fingernails, until the inevitable smudge
2 hours on the train + 15 minutes waiting outside a coffee shop in the sun = 1 finished book
1 set of new pillow cases + 1 toddler needing attention = 10 minutes jumping on the bed

So, that's my day so far! Joe's got the day off work so he's been busy making pizza dough which is super, super exciting! (Let's all ignore the fact I was going to start eating healthily today, please) 
How has your day been? 

Chelsea xo

Thursday, 5 June 2014

"I Get By With A Little Help..."

"From my iPad..." That's how the song should go, amiright? I know, I know, some people would frown at me, but I am definitely the bribing kind of parent. When I had no choice but to bring Dylan with me to Bath to hand in my final uni pieces for the year, I was instantly filled with dread. It's over an hour on the train, and then we'd have to wait on platforms, go to the printers, get a bus, and wait in a busy computer lab while I printed off a few extra things for my sketchbook. Then we'd have to repeat the journey to get home. Dread. 

As much as I love Dylan - and really, I do - he's still a toddler, and we're not really a 'going on trains' family, despite the fact I seem to spend half of my life on them! However, I was pleasantly surprised at home easily I managed to bribe Dylan into being good. I'd brought my iPad along - he isn't allowed to touch it at home, so you can imagine how amazing it was for him - and let him watch some weird 90s Hulk cartoon. He loved it. Sure, he got a bit restless at times, and wanted to run about, but he's two, and did manage to let him free for a little while. It was a good balance. 

So, after this successful trip, my uni friends suggested that I bring him for our farewell meal on Friday. In Bath. In Jamie's Italian. I had wanted to do a little review of the place, but it was just too difficult. Instead, I tried my bribing method again and somehow ended up with over 200 photos from the two hour lunch. I've picked a few of Dylan's best shots to share with you all... 

Hi Dylan's face! *waves*
Somehow don't think he'll be a master photographer any time soon...
So yeah, instead of a restaurant review, we have sections of Dylan's blurry face. You're welcome! As I'm clearly a glutton for punishment, I've also decided to bring Dylan to #SWBlogSocial this Saturday. Let me know if you're coming and I can make you a babysitter we can chat! 

Chelsea xo

Sunday, 1 June 2014

June, too soon?

It's June. The sixth month of 2014, and the start to my summer holiday from university. Wow, that's flown over, hasn't it? I thought I'd share with you a few little goals I'd like to do during June, as I should have a lot of spare time on my hands. My last update was in April, and I managed to tick off all the important things I needed to do. Yay me!

Go on at least two 'dates' with Joe
This can be anything, really. A meal, a trip to the cinema, a walk out somewhere nice - just as long as it's time we can spend together. As much as I love that Joe was recently promoted, it means that a lot of his shifts have been extended - an hour or so, here and there - but it's really made an impact on how much I see of him. Sadface.

Try to acquire a sewing machine
I want to make a patchwork quilt, and for this, I need a sewing machine. Can you imagine how much of a faff that would be to do by hand? No thanks! My uni friend made one last summer, so I think I shall do one to keep me busy. It might be a nice thing for me to start while Dylan still attends childcare over the term time. This would also help me do a few more things on my 101 in 1001 days list, which hasn't been updated recently.

Take on as many shifts at work as possible
I've decided that I want to work on lowering my overdraft this summer. By taking on extra shifts, I'm going to put any extra cash I make straight into my account and lower my limit by £100 every month. Of course, this might be tricky if I don't do £100 worth of overtime, but at least it might make me think twice before buying myself the odd treat here and there.

Only drink water
Inspired by Tilly, I'd like to make June a water-only month. I know the benefits of water are tremendous, but I *always* make an excuse to buy a bottle of fizzy pop or tell myself that I deserve a bottle of cider, when really, no I don't. I'm one of those people who doesn't really like the taste of water, but June will be the month in which I make myself like it. I've got to say, I'm going to really miss my morning cup of tea.

Read three books
Three isn't an earth-shattering amount of books to read, but if I read three 'big' books, then I don't mind. It's such a novelty to be able to read books for fun again, now that uni is finished for the year! 

Meet some bloggers!
Possibly the most exciting goal, is that I'm going to the #SWBlogSocial on Saturday! I'm hoping to meet a lot of my favourite South West bloggers (and a few from other places, I guess!) and see if they're anything like I imagined! June also sees me having my second date with Leona, which I am more than excited for. So many babes, so little time... 

Do you have much in store for June? Are you going to the #SWBlogSocial?

Chelsea xo
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