DIY CEMENT POTS

Friday, 21 April 2017
It has been ages since I have had the time to really craft and make something; I had the idea of making cement pots last year, buying all the materials I would need and even making a tester pot to see if it would work. I ended up making the pots a couple of months ago but wanted some cactus to plant in them so avoided writing up the post until I felt they were finished. So today my mum finally found some cactus and I think they look quite pretty in their pastel, vintage colour pots. If you would like to make your own read on. 
cement planters diy

LIVING AT HOME IN YOUR TWENTIES

Thursday, 13 April 2017
Do you remember when you were a child and you used to think that anyone above twenty was an adult; then you get to that age and the next minute you are almost thirty (well in four years time) yet you still do not feel like an adult at all and still feel like that child thinking about what it is like to be grown up. That is how I feel. I am twenty six and still live at home, if you had told me this when I was sixteen I more than likely would have laughed, I had big dreams of moving out as soon as I turned eighteen, my own house, all independent. The reality? I can't even begin to imagine ever being able to afford my own house, right now I don't think I could even get by renting somewhere (although I will be moving out in September due to going to University, which without a student loan I would not be able to afford.)

For me, something that I really hate about living at home is the lack of feeling independent, I feel stuck somewhere in-between being a child and an adult. I want to feel in charge of my life, to be able to make my own life choices without being frowned upon, to not always have to explain my actions. Living at home you always have your family watching over you, analysing the mistakes you make, there are things in your life that you might not always want to share with your family, to keep it to yourself, living at home that isn’t always possible. Every time I go out I am met with questions: Who are you going out with? Who are they? Where do I know them from? The list goes on, I know on part this is a way of my family showing an interest and that they care but it would also be nice to leave the house without having to answer to someone. God forbid, I mention a male name, conclusions are jumped to and I have to explain that yes females and males can be just friends.


SUGRU - CRAFT AND CREATE KIT*

Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Sugru is a brand I discovered a couple of years ago when they kindly sent me some to sample, which I ended up using to create this Japanese inspired bookmark. (Apologise for the photo quality, I still suffering from broken images on many posts and others looking very blurry.) 

If you haven't heard of Sugru before, it is a rubber/mouldable glue designed for fixing, making and improving existing products. You can find out more here. Sugru are ready to launch a create and craft kit which will be available from Sugru from the 1st May, retailing at £10. The product is aimed at both seasoned and first time crafters. sugru create and craft
The product comes neatly packaged in a little box which tells you all about Sugru, what it is, ways to use it etc. The kit itself comes with four single use packets of Sugru, a storage tin, a thimble thumb grip, a texturised brush and booklet filled with craft and DIY ideas. 

DAYS OF IN COSTA RICA.

Friday, 31 March 2017
As must as I enjoyed volunteering in Costa Rica, I wish I had more time to explore the country. Thankfully, at the centre you have one day off a week since I was there for two weeks I had two days of to go and explore. Although in a very central location, days out involved getting a taxi (depending on where you want to go, there are busses) which can be costly, all my trips were done in groups which saved A LOT of money and I was fairly easy and where I went (basically went with the flow.)

My first trip was to Poás Volcano and San Jose.
Early in the morning we left the rescue centre to take the drive to Poás Volcano, I’m not entirely sure how long the drive was. We kept going up and up, surrounded by the most stunning scenery, honestly Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to, jungles and rainforest, mountains and blue skies in every direction you could look. However, the further we got up the cloudier and wetter it got, hopeful however we still went ahead and purchased tickets into the park. Well, the weather and luck was not on our side and we were greeted with a thick blanket of cloud over the volcano. It was slightly disappointing but just like animals you cannot predict the weather, so I tried not to let it put a downer on the day. 






On the way back from the volcano we were dropped off at a little shop, although I cannot quite recall the name, we were greeted with strawberries, cheese and wine to try and another handful of food samples in an attempt to make us buy something. It was a nice shop however filled with typical souvenirs and sweet treats.

la paz costica rica
la paz costa rica
La Paz waterfall gardens was next on the agenda; however, we didn’t go into the gardens themselves you can see the waterfall from a road. A very loud and thunderous waterfall, a few snapshots later we were back on the road. 
san jose costa rica
Between us we decided to head into San Jose and have a look around, I guess it would have been wrong of me to come to Costa Rica and not see San Jose. Two of the girls we were with had been living in Costa Rica for the last 6 months so they showed us a few of their favourite spots. We went round a market packed to the brim with handmade items, souvenirs etc. I picked up a feather which had Scarlet Macaws painted on them, I never tend to buy many things when I am away but I do like to have at least one thing to remind me of my time in another country. We went into a little bar to have some snacks and I tried my first and last chilli-guaro shot, it was the vilest shot I have ever had in my life, it really was not good. Chilli and alcohol should not be a thing. We wrapped up a very long day eating food in an Irish pub before heading back to the centre.
My second day trip was to Manuel Antonio.
costa rica
The drive to Manuel Antonio was not pleasant, going through rolling hills and roads made my stomach feel so nauseous that I just wanted to sleep. We ended up stopping for breakfast and I was so relieved to be out the car. Although being a vegetarian the options was slim so my food of choice was toast and a smoothie. Not far from where we had breakfast is a bridge over Rio Tarcoles known as the ‘Croc Bridge.’ 
croc bridge costa rica

Evidently, you can see where the bridge gets its nickname from, there were so many Crocodiles underneath, all basking in the morning sunlight. I love watching animals and even though they were still whilst we were there I could have watched them for hours just to see if anything else would have occurred.  
manuel antonio

Manuel Antonio National Park is renowned for its diversity of plants and wildlife, with rainforest, white-sand beaches and coral reefs. Within seconds of walking into the park we were greeted by so many animals, capuchins, frogs, sloths, racoons, a porcupine… there was animals everywhere! To say my trip was all about animals, I feel so lucky that I got to not only work with so many species but saw such a vast amount of them in the wild. 
manuel antonio

I wasn’t entirely sure of what the plan was here, if we were going for a hike or whatever, turned out most people wanted to spend the day on the beach; I am not a beach person I would have preferred hiking but since I had brought a swimming costume with me and had still yet to use it I couldn’t wait to go swimming in   ocean! The ocean was warm, but choppy with waves you had to tread water to keep above them. There was few yet scary moment when a few of us got caught under the waves; I remember being caught in a wave when I was a kid and it was one of the most terrifying moments of my life because I genuinely thought I was going to die, so I feel slightly mean laughing at it happening to someone else.



Once we had dried off and got changed we exited the park and went round a few markets. Then we went on a hunt for food, this took a while since it was extremely hard to find a table for all of us. This area is full with a lot more tourists than anywhere else I had been in Costa Rica previously. We finally settled on a restaurant which has amazingly good food and an incredible view of the ocean with toucans flying around and iguanas basking on roof tops (they also had two adorable dogs to pet but really they just wanted you to give them your food!)

Rather than heading straight back to the sanctuary we decided to stop of in Jacó to watch the sunset on the beach, we arrived just in time to see the sun setting in the car and caught the last part of it on the beach. Jacó is another tourist spot famous for its beaches and nightlife. It was a nice little town, full of restaurants, shops and tattoo parlours, which we all contemplated doing but the prices started from $70 plus. Instead, we went to a bar and I purchased the  largest smoothie ever and we all swapped social media details. I feel so lucky to have spent a month in such a wonderful country, met some amazing people, got to work with some animals I never thought I ever would and got to see so many in the wild. 

I hope I get to go back to Costa Rica one day in the future but for now I am looking forward for this year’s adventures, do you have any travel plans for the year?

AA SKINCARE FRANKINCENSE AND ROSE GIFT SET*

Thursday, 9 March 2017
It’s nearly that time of year again where we treat our Mums for Mother’s day. I don’t know about you but I like to give practical items, thing that can be used. Along with other small gifts and days outs. One thing I like to receive as gifts is skincare products, mainly because skincare are products I get through so quickly that it is nice to have a little stock of them. If you are into natural beauty like me then maybe this hydrating and toning face kit from AASkincare would be perfect for your mum! With key ingredients of frankincense and rose amongst 20 other natural ingredients it will leave skin feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and soothed.

The kit comes neatly packaged in a gift box with the following three products, face cream, gel and toner. I have used some of these products previously on myself and they have worked wonders for me, I am forever grateful that AA skincare have been a brand that has gifted my many items but it is one I choose to buy from as well. I really cannot say it enough, but they are one of my favourite brands. 

This gift set is perfect from aging skin as the director of AA Skincare, Woody Evans says ‘Rose Damascena brings calming and fortifying qualities, combined with soothing Frankincense - highly regarded for its ability to soothe and prevent fine lines, small wrinkles and other signs of ageing.  Our new Hydrating & Toning Face Kit is perfect for rehydrating skin prior to moisturising in the morning or evening.

I have mentioned before that AA products are free from parabens and artificial ingredients, vegetarian and many products vegan with only natural and safe ingredients.
So if you are looking for the perfect skincare for your mum then look no further!

Visit www.aaskincare.co.uk to view their huge collection of natural beauty products.
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