Are Your Make Up  Choices Stuck In A Rut? 

Strange question I know but do you always pick the same brands or like me mix up brands but pick the same colours every time?
Retake with body shop lipsticks. 

Let’s talk about lipsticks. I’m very picky about my lipstick colour. I don’t like a bright lipstick which usually puts most reds and pinks out of my comfort zone. But then I don’t suit peach tones either. This leaves me with muted pinks and nudes. My preference being a nude lipstick. 

Now there are plenty of nude lipsticks out there on the market, all slightly different in shade, ranging from dark nudes to lighter natural nudes. But what do I pick? Literally the same shade but from different brands every single time. 

I decide I want a new lipstick and think I purchased X brand last time lets buy a lipstick from Y brand this time. I spend forever looking at shades and settle on my favourite. I get home and it’s the exact shade as the one I last brought and decided I needed a change from. 

Take these three lipsticks; Bare Minerals, Next and Clinique. 

Can you spot the difference?  They are literally the same colour!

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?

#GreenTeaMonkey Does London

It’s fair to say I like tea. I drink it by the bucket load. Even this blog is named after my tea obsession. You only have to look at my Instagram feed to see my constant posts of mugs of tea. Tea is simply my favourite drink. Nine times out of ten those many mugs of tea contain PGtips. It’s by far my favourite brand. A lovely mug of strong sweet builders tea always sets me up for the day. I’m also a big fan of green tea as having IBD it does help ease some issues I have.

#PGtips

When PGtips asked me if I would like to take a trip to London and go on a river cruise to try some of their new fruit flavoured green tea I just had to jump at the chance!  I had a fantastic day in London and was accompanied by monkey on my adventures. We spent the day doing the tourist sights of London.

First stop was the river cruise where I met Monkey.

#greenteamonkey

Then cruising down the Thames we went tucking in to some yummy food and drinking plenty of PG tips’ fruit flavoured green teas while sat in the beautiful summer sun.

Green Tea

#greentemonkey

#greenteamonkey

#Greenteamonkey

Green Tea

Taking in all the sights along the river.

PG tips Monkey

#greenteamonkey

Close to Westminster we met a special friend of Monkey’s!

PG tips

After the cruise Monkey and I went sightseeing:

#greenteamonkey

#greenteamonkey

#greenteamonkey

#greenteamonkey

#greenteamonkey

#greenteamonkey

#greenteamonkey

#greenteamonkey

Monkey would like you to know the new PG tips green tea comes in the following delicious flavours:

  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Raspberry
  • Jasmine
  • Mint
  • Lemon
  • Lemon Pie
  • Orange
  • Smooth Green Tea

During the cruise I had the opportunity to try some of the flavours and they are all delicious.  The lemon flavour was chilled and served as a mocktail with ice, lemon and mint.  It was lovely to sip in the beautiful sunshine. By far my favourite flavour was the strawberry shortcake!  So delicious and refreshing and a firm favourite with a lot of others on the cruise too.

After a fun day out in London, monkey arrived back at the train station tired and made his way back to his new home in The Midlands where he is already very loved.

#greenteamonkey

#greenteamonkey

In exchange for writing this post I received some Tea to take home and a lovely boat trip down the River Thames.  I was also lucky enough to adopt Monkey!

Things I Love (April 2016)

April was a month of ups and downs.  A month full of good times and a month filled with things I didn’t particularly like.  My health hasn’t been good.  There have been a number of days and nights were chronic pain has won.  I don’t like the times it wins.  Those aren’t good times.  Despite these down times here are a few things that have I have been loving and made me happy.

Daughters Bedroom

My ‘little girl’ turns 13 in a few weeks time.  Its the right time to loose the bright pink and lilac colour scheme and have a bedroom that a little more grown up.  We’ve gone with a coral/salmon and grey theme with flamingos featuring on the bed wall.  This wallpaper looks stunning on the wall.  The other 3 walls are being painted a lovely coral colour with grey and coral room accessories.  It’s going to take a few months to complete but will are hoping to have it finished for her birthday.

Teen Bedroom

Notebooks

I love stationary.  Notebooks, pends, pencils.  Just adore them all.  I’m loving this notebook I picked up in Home Bargains and this pens, which look like pencils are a perfect colour match.  Not surprisingly there is a little young lady round here you is trying to claim them as hers!

Notebooks good times

Cats

This is Marvin our gorgeous boy cat.  Cuddles from this affectionate boy always mean good times.

Cats

Sunny Days

During April we had a few days with some lovely weather.  I manged to take a very short wall around a local home.  This is Himley Hall and the former home of the Earl of Dudley.  It is now owned by the local Council and the grounds are open daily to visit.  Such a fantastic place on a sunny day.

good times

Tulips

I love fresh flowers especially when they are seasonal flowers not artificially grown or flown all around the world.  My favourite really are tulips and I’m loving having a new bunch every week.  I know I’ve not got long and then the good times will end for another year where my love of tulips is concerned.

Tulips

What things are bring good times in to your life right now?

A Day Trip To Cambridge

It’s been a month now since I took a trip to Cambridge for my birthday yet it seems like only yesterday. We picked the perfect day to visit with the Spring sun shining down on us. Cambridge wasn’t busy which was lovely to not have to battle crowds of people.

Cambridge

I would have loved a trip down the river but I was realistic in that with my rheumatoid arthritis there was no chance of my being able to get back up out of the boat. I think I would have been able to get in to the boat but there was no chance of me being able to get out as the seats were low and nothing to hold on to. I just wish that my friends had gone as they so wanted to but were too kind and said if I wasn’t going they weren’t. As much as I appreciate this kind gesture I really hate how my illness impacts on others.

Cambridge

Cambridge

Everywhere we went there were bikes. Just propped up against railings, walls you name it. None of them chained up. It’s lovely to see such trust and see that your property won’t be taken either.

Cambridge

The sun just shined down on us and the gorgeous architecture. This round church was such a stunning sight.

cambridge

The courtyards of the different colleges were stunning. Everywhere you looked had such history. Unlike many places the streets were litter free, no graffiti and everywhere was just so pristine.

cambridge

 

Cambridge

Trees were starting to bloom and everywhere looked so tranquil in the spring sun.
Cambridge

Cambridge

Everywhere we looked stunning architecture that has stood here for hundreds of years.

Cambridge

Cambridge

All lite up by the glorious spring sun.

cambridge

cambridge

This was my first trip to Cambridge and it is certainly somewhere I’d like to return to. Have you visited Cambridge?

Things I Love (March 2016)

I can honestly say March has flown by and I have been lucky to have a few things in mt life that I love.  It was full of ups and full of downs.  These are the five things I’ve loved this month. I’ve loved:

Pretty New Stationery 

stationery

This month I’m putting this lovely new blog planner to good use. To put it to really good use I could do with another 6 hours a day. I’m sure you know what I mean.

 

I wouldn’t use this time to do things, to work but instead to rest. I’m shattered right now. Chronic illnesses are taking their toll. I’m totally exhausted yet unable to sleep due to extreme pain. I just can’t get comfortable. I’m painting a smile on and I can honestly say I’ve never used so much foundation and concealer in my life. I’m literally putting it on with a trowel in order to look human. I’m so tired. People I’ve known for years say they have never seen me look so exhausted but no matter how hard I try I just can’t sleep. It’s really becoming past a joke now.

New Crockery

crockery

Pretty pretty crockery. I’ve been building up crockery and photo props for this blog and also my foodie blog for a while now. I just love these pretty sets both from Wilko’s and both brilliantly priced.

crockery

 

 

Days Out In The Spring Sun

Cambridge

 

I love when spring appears. When the clicks change and the sun starts to actually shine and bring warmth. This month we had s lovely trip to Cambridge as a birthday treat.

Birthday Treats

cath kidston factory shop

Think it’s safe to say I am a big Cath Kidston fan. Just love all the bags and kitchen goodies. For my birthday we took a trip to Cambridgeshire to the Cath Kidston Factory Shop. It was heaven!

cath kidston factory shop

 

Goodies and bargains everywhere!  I had a few treats for my birthday. After lunch we went in to Cambridge for a lovely walk and a visit to the Cath Kidston shop where I picked up a couple of things. I just love this Highgate Rose collection. I have the whole range on my wish list.

Cath Kidston Shop

 

Every last little item I would love to own!

Cath Kidston Shop

 

Baked Goodies

Cola cupcakes with Salted Peanut Frosting

Who can say no to cake?  Not me that’s for sure. This month I’ve had fun trying out new cupcake recipes.  This cola cupcake with salted peanut frosting is lovely.

Cola Cupcake with salted peanut frosting

 

What are you loving right now?  Have you got any specific favourites?