Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Lush - Pumpkin Bath Bomb

Hello lovelies,

I'm sure if you've been a follower of my blog for a while, you'll know I have a slight addiction to Lush, especially when there is an occasion around the corner..

I never used to bother about celebrating Halloween. I never went trick or treating, I'd be the one wrapped up in the warm, looking out my bedroom window, waiting for others to come to my house! I always made my mum open the door as I was too scared to greet anyone! Now I'm 25, I think I'm more obsessed than ever..

I've already started buying a few decorations for our house & for work this year (we are dressing up on the 31st on box office!) If you're looking for cheap decorations, I can't recommend Poundland enough. I get all my decorations from there & I seriously wouldn't consider going anywhere else.  

Anyway! I actually wanted to talk to you today about one of the beautiful products from Lush's Halloween range this year, the Pumpkin Bath Bomb.

This little guy caught my eye when watching the Halloween product reveal a while back. I did think about purchasing his sparkly bubble bar friend, but I remember using it last year & having to scrub glitter from the bath tub for days..

This little guy though is so adorable & the scent he produces is delicious. I had to stop myself from licking him.

Lush describes the bath bomb like a "slab of sweet pumpkin pie" which I couldn't agree more on. It contains vanilla absolute & cinnamon, which come together to give you homely biscuity scent. Now I couldn't smell biscuits, but it defiantly reminded me of baking at home on a cold Autumn day.

When I placed the bomb into the water, it reacted instantly! Fizzing around & turning my bath a bright orange colour. I was half expecting there to be a green colour inside, which I thought would have been a nice touch. However, it quickly dissolved, leaving my bath smelling deliciously sweet.

My skin felt extremely soft & moisturized after my bath, one thing I can never fault Lush on. I always feel like I've had a treatment after using their products.

I also picked up the Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb from the range (review coming soon!) as the colours fascinated me, however I wasn't keen on the scent. Hopefully I'll change my mind when I use it in my bath. It's quite common for me to go into Lush & sample something & not like it but once I'm home & can smell it without mixing with other scents, I tend to really like them! Does that happen to anyone else?!

There will also be a review on two of the bath bombs from the Christmas range (So White & Never Mind The Ballistics) coming soon! So keep your eyes peeled for those. : )

Have you tried any of the Halloween range from Lush this year? Is there any other ones you'd recommend for me to try?

*Please note this was not a sponsored post & all views are my own.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Life Lately #114

Hello lovelies,

At the end of September, Cathy invited the girls round hers for a three course meal. It was absolutely delicious. This was one of the puddings; a banoffee pie. Just look at those strawberries! (That was my contribution, I cut the strawberries up!)

James & I popped into Bills for breakfast last week on our way to paying in the money for the work Christmas meal. It seems crazy to be organising Christmas already, but places get so booked up so early, we had to reserve an evening asap. We also had a day of shopping. I managed to pick up a few exciting bits from Lush, so keep an eye out for my reviews coming soon!

Last Monday, James & I went to Chessington to feed the giraffes he works with. We had over an hour of traffic to get through & missed our time slot which was gutting, but we explored the local area & discovered this beautiful garden centre down the road from Chessington. They have some adorable animals plus one of the best cafes I've been too. They have different stations to go to; hot breakfasts, pastries & cereals & they open up the soup kitchen & pizza station at lunch time. I'd highly recommend it if you're in the area.

So Tuesday, we set off again (extra early this time!) & managed to get there with over half an hour to spare & I got to meet his 5 giraffes. They are absolutely beautiful. Giraffes have always been my favourite animals (as I'm sure you guessed from my Longleat post) so I was majorly excited to meet them all.

On Wednesday it was Honey's birthday! She was 7 can you believe.. I seriously can't. She got some new toys & a new jacket - make sure you add me on Snapchat to see more of her!

On Thursday I met up with Lorna & we went to Costa. She'd been recently & recommended one of their new drinks for the Autumn season, the Toffee Apple Hot Chocolate. It was so delicious & we got to have a lovely catch up in the warm.

Finally, last night I took mum as an early birthday present to see Belinda Davids perform as Whitney Houston. It was one of the most amazing shows I've seen. If you close your eyes, you would actually believe it was Whitney on stage. It was incredible.

How has your month been so far lovelies? : )

Monday, 10 October 2016


Hello lovelies!

This is the final instalment from our time away in Somerset at the end of August. Sorry its taken so long for me to write up this post!

So as you've probably seen from the title, this post is all about Longleat. There are actually no words for how special this place is to me, but I'll try & explain as we go along!

Let's start with the drive-through safari. James & I arrived at Longleat at 10am when the park opened & trust me when I say, there is so much to do, you need the whole day to really appreciate everything it has to offer.

The first part of the safari is through the African village, which you are able to get out of your car & walk around with the animals. There is a lemur & wallabies walk-through & you can get up close & personal with the giraffes. For £2 per person, you can feed them! For people who know me, this was the most exciting thing ever! I've always loved giraffes, they've been my favourite animals since I was little, so being able to feed them was such a special experience.

After seeing the giraffes & zebras, you jump back into your car & start the drive-through safari. From this point on you must stay in your car & each section you go through informs you whether you can have your windows closed or not.

Here's a few snaps of the animals we drove through;

Weirdest thing ever is when you have to stop the car to let a camel cross the road..

Ok, so another highlight of the safari, was feeding the deer. I love deer. Like, really love deer. I do get to see them a lot as I live in the countryside but they fascinate me. They are just such beautiful animals & the fact we were allowed to feed them (only realised this as we got closer) made me squeal a lot. I might have deafened James a bit..

After the deer we headed past the monkeys (James insisted we skip this enclosure & I have to say, it was probably for the best. We did see some cars missing number plates & windscreen wipers a bit further round the track..)

We then headed into the big cats area (windows up!) & managed to spy some lions, wolves & tigers!

There are two packs of lions, one pack was really near the road as we drove through so I got some gorgeous pictures of them all sunbathing.

& finally I couldn't not mention Anne the elephant. When we drove through her enclosure, she was in her house to keep cool as it was a very hot day, but her story is simply heart-wrenching. Please click on the link to read all about her as she's had a tough life & Longleat have helped her in so many ways.

Ok, so that's the safari done! Next stop, walking around the zoo & taking a trip to Gorilla Island. As soon as you come out of the wolves, you are directed to the parking, which takes you right next to Longleat House. Our tickets covered everything that the park had to offer, so we had access to the house as well as the rest of the zoo. We decided to explore the rest of the animals before entering the house & grounds.

We visited Penguin Island, Monkey Temple & another of my favourite places, Ray Bay. Ray Bay is special because you get to stroke the rays in their little pool. What I love about it, is they adore being around people. They happily come to the surface & swim near the edge for people to take photos & play with them.

We also went on the Jungle Cruise, which takes you around Gorilla Island & alongside the hippos & sea lions. I never realised how excited sea lions get when they see fish..

& finally we explored the house. Unfortunately you can't take photos inside so I wasn't able to take any snaps but I'd highly recommend going in. James & I aren't massive history buffs but we could appreciate how amazing the house's history was.

Another main feature of Longleat is the maze, it's one of the biggest in the world! Perfect if you want to have a sit down & let the children lose for a couple of hours, haha!

Oh & I can't not mention the gardens & little cafes dotted around the park. They are simply stunning. I dread to think how many hours daily go into making them look the way they do.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I can't stress how amazing this park really is. It's an unforgettable experience & I'd highly recommend visiting!

Have you ever been to Longleat?

Remember you can check out my posts on where we stayed & exploring Bath the following day too if you like : )

Thursday, 6 October 2016


Hello lovelies!

This post follows on from my review on the lovely B'n'B James & I stayed in at the end of August in Beckington. While we were there, we explored the nearby city of Bath.

I've always wanted to go to Bath. I don't know what it is about the city that appealed to me so much. Maybe it was the old Roman Baths, the cobbled streets or just because it was a new place to explore. Whatever the reason, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to go when we were so nearby.

Unfortunately, the day we went was very miserable weather, it was raining & extremely muggy! I wanted to go to Alexandra Park as I'd heard it was a fantastic view point. (I'm sure it would have been too if we could have seen through the rain clouds!) It was still a lovely drive up to the park & we managed to spy a few glimpses of the city through the haze!

We then drove to the centre & had a walk through the shops to the abbey. I would have loved to have gone in the Roman Baths, but it seemed so expensive & we didn't have enough time put aside to spend a valuable amount of time there!

We also walked down to the River Avon where we saw a horse drawn carriage & some street performers.

What I'm wearing; Top - New Look / Jeans & Shoes - Primark

What I loved most about Bath is it felt like home. I know this probably sounds silly, but in my home town I can happily walk through it without a care in the world & just feel, well.. safe. And that's how Bath felt to me.

I would love to go back again soon!

Have you ever been to Bath?  : )

Friday, 30 September 2016

The Woolpack Inn

Hello lovelies,

At the end of August, James & I spent a few days exploring Somerset & Bath. My parents had kindly bought us a two-night stay at a B'n'B in Beckington & tickets to Longleat. I wanted to share with you today the lovely B'n'B we stayed at called The Woolpack Inn.

We arrived quite late in the evening on 23rd August, as James had work till 7pm that night. Travelling from home, it took us around 2 & a bit hours, so not too bad. The B'n'B is also a pub, so it didn't matter about our late arrival. We checked in & headed up to our room, which was a superior double.

It was such a stunning little pub & our room was beautiful. It was on-suite with a small sofa area. It looked out onto the main village road, but there was hardly any traffic & it wasn't unusual to hear horses trotting past in the morning!

Breakfast was between 8-10am in the morning & no need to book, so you walked down to the breakfast room at your own leisure. We wanted to leave the pub quite early to get to Longleat at 10am, picking up lunch on route, so we headed down on our first morning around 8.30am & the second around 9.30am.

There was a lovely selection on the menu, including a full English, scrambled egg on toast or you could help yourself to the breakfast buffet, which included cereals & muffins & a wide selection of juices.

We then headed to Longleat (separate post coming soon!) & decided to have an evening meal back at the pub.

James & I decided to share the garlic bread for starter, I had fajitas for main & James had a burger. Our main meal was very nice & service was fantastic throughout, but we weren't keen on the garlic bread. It was covered in a very odd sauce, which neither of us were amazingly fussed on, but overall, it was very good value for money, as we did have wine too!

We went for a walk after dinner that night & found ourselves walking around the quaint little village in the rain, but it was too good not to explore, despite the fact we got wet!

I can't rate this pub enough, we seriously had such a wonderful stay & the staff were lovely. Beckington is the perfect place if you want somewhere quiet & away from a main town to stay, but only a short journey into a main city.

Have you ever visited Beckington or Somerset?

Make sure you pop back soon to check out our adventure at Longleat! : )