Last week I turned 30 and I think I have just about recovered! Not that it was a boozy affair, more so that it was just mega tiring (maybe a sign of getting old!). 

I’ll be honest – in the last few years the thought of turning 30 had terrified me! It just felt old but in the last few months I really started to look forward to it. Leaving my twenties behind, the years where I made some stupid mistakes but also some of the best decisions of my life (see wedding post! ๐Ÿ˜), now seems like an opportunity for a new era. I can’t wait for the next chapter in my life that will hopefully centre around more adventures with the hubby, a growing family and a happy career now that I am back on an even keel. 

The celebrations started with two numbered envelopes that led to a meal and comedy show before being whisked off for the weekend with my hubs. His idea was 30 presents throughout the weekend ๐Ÿ˜

  

Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay are two of my favourite places as I have brilliant childhood memories from visits as a kid. I loved the fact that it became a family affair with the surprise (that may or may not have been let out the bag by more than one person!) arrival of the extended family.

   
    
Boat trips, long (and steep) walks with some amazing sites and lots of food made for an amazing weekend. This was all topped off with a little get together once we got home with some amazing cake and pressies. 

   
        
I felt a little tired and overwhelmed by the end of the weekend and may have ended up a little snappy but I hope my family know how much I loved the weekend and appreciated the effort in organising it all!

You never know what life will throw your way and I can’t wait to find out what the next chapter brings ๐Ÿ˜Š

Becky xx

Last weekend the hubby and I decided on a day out. After not feeling my best over the last few months it’s been easy to stay in and wallow but I have finally convinced the hubby that we need to get out more so off we went! 

We decided that a day in York would be a nice start as not too far down the A1 and I have great childhood memories of days out there. We didn’t realise that it is actually very similar to the little city we call home, but we enjoyed it all the same. 

After parking in a massive car park in the middle of no where we caught the park and ride bus and got to see the city sights as we wove our way down to our first stop. The hubby is such a rule breaker! 

   
  
We then enjoyed a little walk through the town and down The Shambles. 

   

  

  

 

Before the obligatory pub break where we watched a bearded, fire eating street performer wearing a tutu and workman boots! (Sorry no pics of this one guys, you’ll have to use your imagination!)

   

 

We then walked up to York Minster and didn’t pay to get in (paying to get in a big church ๐Ÿ˜ฎ) but stood and looked at the burning candles and windows. Such a beautiful building.

   
      
After a bit of rain that led us in to a fish and chip shop ๐Ÿ˜‹ we headed of to the outlet centre where I spent too much on some trainers, a skirt, top and scarf! 

We had such a great day together we are planning more adventures soon. Where is your favourite day out? Give us some recommendations below that I can add to our list! 

Becky xx 

I love reading blogs, watching you tube videos and, my personal addiction, scrolling through pictures on Instagram. One of the things that always catches my eye is how people have their dressing tables set up. I have major dressing table envy when I see the beautiful set ups others have so I decided I would use my last week off work to get myself a stylish set up of my own!

Before:ย 

Like a pro I completely forgot to take a picture of what I had before! I’d be dangerous if I had brains! ย My before set up was a real mishmash of plastic drawers, a dark set of drawers with see through plastic front and a long mirror propped on top. In all honesty it looked a total mess – probably why I have no photos of it!

The plan:

I decided to look for a dressing table on eBay that I could paint up as I now have the Annie Sloan bug after painting up an old chair recently…

 

 

After searching for a while I found an amazing 1950s style dressing table that I ended up getting for the bargain price of ยฃ6.50! Got to love ebay ๐Ÿ˜

Making it mine:

Once we had collected the dressing table I was in love, but wanted to make it more my style. I chose to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint inย Duck Egg Blueย to give it a grey/blue finish. I also picked up some large pink coloured rose handles to use from TK Maxx.

The painting was so easy! With chalk paint there is no need to sand or prime, you can just slap it straight on – perfect for me as I’m so impatient!

After painting I needed to wax it. This but took the most time and effort and after struggling to get the technique at first I found my rhythm in the end!

All done:

I’m so in love with the finished dressing table. In the end I decided to stick to the original handles as I felt the others were a bit too bulky. No more dressing table envy for me ๐Ÿ˜„

Becky xx

I have literally found my hand and nail saviour! After a recommendation from my friend Sophie, I tried a tube of The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector and am so glad that I did.

 

The smell took me a little while to get used to but I now really like it – it’s quite earthy but not too strong. I use it every morning and night after my skincare routine and my hands are now super soft. Even the hubby has noticed a difference! I can’t stop rubbing my hands together to feel the softness – I must either look like some weird pervert or super villain. I can clarify I am neither! I just really like the feel of my hands! 

The biggest thing I have noticed is that my nails are now really strong. My nails were so brittle and broke all the time but they now feel much harder and a lot less bendy. Since ruining them with the removal of a gel polish after my wedding they seem to be even better than they were before. 

If I could recommend one product for all those who love looking after their hands and nails this would be it. 

Becky xx

It’s been a while lovelies but I’m back. After my last post, where I spoke about being unwell, life gave me another blow as I found that I had lost my job. After being someone who has had a job since I was 16, it was a real knock to my confidence to be starting again. I’m now on the up and beginning to feel much better about things. As people keep telling me ‘everything happens for a reason’ and I have to hold on to that and know bigger and better things will be on the horizon! 

Because of this my spending has had to be really controlled lately but after getting an email from Voucher Codes for 40% off and free delivery at Body Shop I thought I could afford a little treat ๐Ÿ™‚ The 40% seems to have finished now but if you check Voucher Codes they have a 30% off here

 As a teen I used to LOVE body shop but I found that when I got to Uni and discovered Lush I lost my love for it. After a trip to Leeds with Sophie from SophieNicsBits, who loves a bit of a Body Shop, I thought I’d give it a go again. On our trip I picked up the Hemp hand cream and hand wash (buy one get one half price) after Sophie raved about how it is her hand saviour – see her post on it here

When I got the voucher through I thought it was a great opportunity to try more products so I headed online to see what I fancied. 

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I went for an old favourite, the Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream. I tried it a few years ago but stopped using it as sometimes it made my skin feel a bit tingly and sensitive but it does give a really good finish to the skin and matt base for make up. My skin has calmed a lot recently after a new skincare routine so thought o would give it a go again.

I also decided I needed some eye cream as my eye area can get quite dry and flaky on the lids, with dark circles underneath. As I am a big Lush fan, I was interested to try the Nutriganics line as it boasts 98% natural ingredients. After trying out I am not too sure on the smell but it seems to soak in to the skin well. We will see if it makes much of a difference to my eye area! 

I also wanted to try some of the hair care products. I suffer from a really dry, flaky, itchy scalp and use Head and Shoulders but I don’t find it gets rid of my flakes. When I saw that Body Shop have a Ginger Shampoo for a dry, flaky scalp I was really excited to pick it up and see if it makes a difference. It also smells amazing and reminds me of my favourite ginger beer! 

I also went for the Banana Conditioner, as after reading a few reviews it seemed that it would be very moisturising and smell great. When it arrived it looked quite different to the picture with a bright yellow colour and a very sickly sweet smell. Hopefully it will work well on the hair. 

What are your Body Shop faves? Do they have one product you couldn’t live without? As always let me know below. 

Becky xx