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  • FloridaTix Birthday Event – #..

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    Last week I was invited to attend the #FloridaTix1oth event in Birmingham. The event, as you might have guessed from the name of it was to celebrate the company FloridaTix’s 10th anniversary of business.

    The event was held at Island Bar near the Mailbox in the centre of Birmingham and all evening I had the Disney song “Tiki Room” stuck on repeat in my head, because it was, a tiki room, it was like going to a bar on holiday, I absolutely loved the decorations.

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    When I got there I was welcomed by Cindy who had got in touch about the event and she introduced me to a selection of the others that were already there which was lovely seeing as I had gone on my own and didn’t really know anyone. We had an opportunity to mingle and get to know one another and grab a drink from the bar. As I was driving I had a non-alcoholic beverage but it still looked just as awesome as one of their cocktails as it came in a mason jar glass.

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    Having got settled we were then drawn together to attempt a #supersnapeselfie with all of us there including the FloridaTix employees who were in on the fun too, as a homage to the Oscars selfie.

    We then had the chance to wizz around the room to find the “hidden mickeys” a game that you can enjoy whilst in Disney parks which I thought was great fun and bought out the inner child in me. I managed to find them all which I was rather proud of too.

    We were then given a talk about the company by Simon one of the Directors at FloridaTix and told about how and when it had started and what it is that they do.

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    Following on from that was the official cake cutting ceremony which seemed a shame because it was awesome! They called it a “cake boss” cake and it sure was, a lot of skill went into it I’m sure. It did taste as good as it looked too.

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    Having filled ourselves up on cake and buffet food we were then set for the main event. The quiz.

    I was in a team with Chris and Joy and we’d already set our sights on the booby prize of the stickers but there were awesome prizes up for grabs for the winners. I’m not going to lie, the quiz was pretty hard, I didn’t know nearly as much as I thought I did about Universal and Disney, I did however know more about Florida itself which was quite nice, I think we redeemed a few points there and again on the music round, although that was pretty hard too!

    In the end, we came last but we still had a good time and a laugh whilst playing along. Plus it wasn’t likely that we would win anyway because there were some real hardcore Disney fans there who did extremely well.

    After the quiz we had a bit longer to chat and people started to disperse on their journeys home.

    We were lucky enough to be treated to a pretty amazing goodie bag too which had all sorts of treasures in it from Disney, Universal and Busch Gardens all of which will get you started for a trip to any of the parks.

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    I had a wonderful time and I am grateful for being invited to the event. I was also a very lucky girl by winning a prize for finding all the hidden Mickeys and also for having the best Snape selfie!

    I want to thank Cindy for organising the event and the rest of the FloridaTix team for helping make the event so much fun. I look forward to the next one! ;).

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  • #Nottsmeetsep14 – 20.09.2014

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    This post has been a LOOONNNGGGG time coming.

    During September I had a wonderful opportunity to go to a local meetup. I feel like I’ve not been to one for ages!

    This one was run by Leah & Gemma both whom I have met before at previous events/meetups.  It was also great to see other girls that I’ve met before and get to speak to them at least a little bit during the day.

    The meetup was held at Sobar, an alcohol free bar and restaurant that also helps recovering addicts by giving them a place to work and get experience and help that they may not do otherwise.

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    We were a few minutes late getting there but as we did they were prepared and were already bringing food out. I had the pulled pork pizza which was so yummy, it was a perfect size just for a mid day meal, not a huge pizza that you then don’t need food for the rest of the day. After food there was chance to chat to Amber who also joined us on the table and say hello to other girls that I’ve previously met at other meetups.

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    Having paid for our food we headed upstairs to a private room that I presume they use for meetings with addicts we were sat around a table and given a Talk from Suzie from Xenca which was really interesting. She gave us a presentation on all the products and an in depth explanation of the company and then followed up with a tester of all of the Perfection makeup range and the supplements that help your well being from the inside out along with the skincare range. Afterwards we were all treated to the choice of makeup product from the brand, I picked the Mink eyeshadow.

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    Once we’d had a play around with the products we had a raffle where the money raised was going towards Schools For Parents. I was super lucky enough to win three prizes! It was my very lucky day.

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  • Oh Hi There…

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    Long time no see! How have you been? Glad to see you here again.

    It’s been a while eh, and a lot has changed in the last year (almost) personally anyways.

    I’m back, maybe not regularly but I’m back, and I want to get my mojo back, this blog is something I’ve always loved and been proud of. I’ve just had to take some time to myself and get my life back on track. I’m still not quite there but lets just say I am a LOT happier than I was back in October.

    Over the next few posts you’ll get some past posts that never got posted, mainly event ones that I went to in 2014 but I want to share my experience of them and show my appreciation for the hard work that goes into organising events and meetups. You will also see posts from my travels from America that I went on almost a year ago! Time flies, it really does.

    I look forward to getting back into it and being more present on my little old blog. I’m also looking into having a re-design cause I feel like it’s time to clean up and start a fresh like I have done in my life.

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  • Sunday Fundays – Twycross Zoo..

    SundayFundaysI thought I’d do a new feature on here for a bit.

    I’m calling it Sunday Fundays because Harvey and Myself have started to make plans for Sundays because now he’s got regular hours at his new job he always has Sundays off so it’s nice to make the most of them rather than sitting inside all day.

    I thought I’d catch you up with the first two Sundays we’ve spent together.

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    The first trip we took was fairly close to home, it was actually Harveys idea to go to the zoo that weekend and I was happy to go to Twycross zoo. I have so many memories from from this zoo, my Grandma used to take me and we would have such great day trips bonding over our love of animals. Although the Zoo itself has changed a lot I still had so much nostalgia being there and remembering past trips.

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    Woodhall Spa –

    The idea to go here came to me thanks to Groupon. I saw an offer on one of the many emails you get from them for a maize maze and I loved the idea of it. I thought it’d be a large commercial maze but actually, it was just in the middle of a field run by some people in a portacabin. It was so much fun and we spent quite a long time wandering round it trying to collect the letters to work out the answer to the question they gave you before you headed in.

    Afterwards we drove up the road and into the woods to find the Kinema in the Woods, which is a really old, tiny cinema in the woods would you have guessed it. They play all modern films that you’d find in the cinema but they have an interval in the middle and they have someone on an old fashioned organ come up from the ground & play a half time song. We didn’t actually go in but it was cool to see and would be a good idea if we were heading that way again. We did however go sort of next door to the Tea Rooms in the Woods for some lunch, it was quaint on the outside but like a proper restaurant on the inside. We were really lucky with the weather and it was good to go on a bit of a road trip.

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    I’m really looking forward to future Sundays that we spend together.

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  • Room Tour


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    It’s been over a year since I moved out of my flat and back into my parents and I thought it was about time that I did a room tour.

    Before I moved home I made sure that my dad helped decorate my room for me, I chose to keep it light and bright so went with a really pale grey shade for the walls and then a bit of accent wallpaper for under the built in wardrobes, it’s from Laura Ashley and I absolutely love it plus I’m so impressed we got the paint and wallpaper such a close colour match.

    Slowly but surely I’ve been adding bits to my room to make it feel more homely and I thought I’d share with you my favourite bits.

    I have to admit, I think the shelf above my bed is my favourite part of my room. I feel like it brings a bit of personality to my room. Here I keep all my books, mainly self help and religious books, aside from Mockingjay and The Wolf of Wall Street. I also have my Mini Dianna camera because I’m yet to actually put film in it and take it out for a play so while it’s not in use it’s a nice little decoration. Two personal items on my shelf are the Card that my parents got me because I always joke that my sisters the favourite daughter so they saw this and thought of me, and also the bottle of coca-cola, anyone that knows me knows that I used to be an absolute fiend for the stuff but I’d given up drinking it by the time that the named bottles came out, but when my sister found one with my name on she saved it for me. Goodness knows how flat it is now but I like it as decoration, is that weird?

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    If you follow me on instagram then you’ll probably be familiar with the above view of my bedroom, but below is the other end where most of the furniture is.

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    Here I have my skincare cabinet that I bought for £10 from the British Heart Foundation, yes, three shelves of skincare and no I do not need all of it but I’m working my way through it all I swear!

    I also have all my entertainment bits like my PlayStation and my Now TV box along with the TV that I used to have in my lounge at the flat that I fought to have in my room because it’s so big. It’s been there so long now I don’t even think it’s that big any more. I also keep my hair grips, cotton pads and cotton buds in little glass jar type things along with a tray to keep the jewellery I wear most often in.

    Above the TV I have a shelf where I keep my spare candle, my jewellery stand and two candle holders that I use for decoration which I got years ago from a Jamie Oliver party, your modern day Tupperware party.

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    The chest of drawers under my TV is where I keep all my makeup in the top draw and then t-shirts and shorts/leggings in the other two drawers. Again, it does seem mad that I have a whole drawer full of makeup but I do love the stuff!

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    On the other side of my room I have my dressing table/desk where I do all my makeup. This part of my room has changed a bit because I’ve actually moved my makeup brushes over to some pots that I’ve saved from my Grandmas belongings.

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    desk_detailsUnderneath this is my least favourite part where I store all sorts of bits and bobs, it always looks a mess but I can’t seem to make it look organised. Any tips for making it look better would be much appreciated.

    Overall I’m so happy with my room, I keep adding to it and changing bits that I’ve accumulated. I’m usually told off by my dad for spending too much time in my room but I always say he shouldn’t have made it so nice to be in!

    Is your bedroom your safe haven or is it a space you just sleep in?

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  • New Month New Start.

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    Look who’s back, back again.

    Well that was a longer break than expected, but I needed it, no one wants to read blog posts that have had no thought put into them.

    It’s a new month so I’m starting a fresh and starting to get back on track with things.

    Look out for lots of new posts over on here, it feels good to have things going again.

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  • How I prepare for Holidays – ..

    Hello, if you haven’t met me before I’m Aimée Belle, I normally blog over here, but as both myself and Sally have some holidays coming up, we agreed to shake things up a  bit and guest post for each other. Make sure you keep checking my blog to see her guest post. 





    Today I’d like to talk to you about holidays. We all love them, right? But there’s a LOT of preparation that goes into them. First you need to save so you can afford one, and when there’s so many tempting new beauty releases this in itself can be quite hard. But once you’ve actually booked it there’s still so much to do. I’ve been planning mine for months now, and the topic has come up a few times on my blog too. I’m going to Tunisia and as it’s my first ever beach holiday there’s a lot to sort out. So what am I taking? Well, here’s my ever growing check list:


    Bikinis, at the moment there’s 3 but this may grow
    3 Sarongs
    Sun Hat
    Beach Bag, this is doubling up as my travel handbag
    Sunglasses, a prescription pair, and 2 or 3 non prescription pairs
    Lenses, spare lenses and lense solution
    White linen trousers
    3 or 4 Lightweight tops
    2 Maxi dresses
    2  beach dresses
    A short day dress
    Wedge sandals
    Flat dressy sandals
    Flip flops





    Toiletries, Make Up and Medicine – that  has taken up a blog post in itself. 





    But that doesn’t really seem like enough….


    Anyway, it’s not just packing to consider. I need to get myself prepared too. This has taken a bit of doing. It’s meant diet time. Cutting out things I love and factoring in a lot more exercise. As it’s just under 3 weeks until I fly, I’m now exercising daily, be it Zumba, Weights, or Pole. And I haven’t eaten cake in MONTHS!! (you might not know this but I love cake). Alcohol intake has been reduced. And the fruit and veggies are on the menu a whole lot more. I’ve been trialing various hair removal techniques. Sugaring/Waxing is not for me, so it’s back to the trusty razor. I’ve been attempting to limit my spending in order to have some spending money for while I’m away, but at the same time, as it’s my first beach holiday there’s a lot of things I need that I simply don’t have. I’m planning on keeping my make up to a minimum while away, but I feel naked without mascara, so I’m having some eyelash extensions next week. And then, there’s things like upping the exfoliation, and putting on way more mosituriser than I normally do – particularly the ones that target cellulite! I need to sort my nails out, hands and feets. I need to remember to give my eyebrows a pluck before we go. I’ve even had a go at teeth whitening!


    Then there’s the sensible stuff, the checklist, I’ve found a wonderful post that I’m tempted to print off to ensure I’ve done all it suggests. It’s written by Jay, and you can find it here, it really is an essential check list. Phew! After all that I think I need a holiday!!

     

  • Liebster Award

     

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    There’s something really thrilling to see a comment pop up from another blogger saying they’ve nominated you for an award. It really sends a warm happy feeling through your body. I was nominated for a liebster award a while ago now and I was lucky enough to be nominated by two people, the most recent one being my good friend Mel.

    I’m just going to use the questions from her post for ease.

     

    The rules for this award are as follows:
    – Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award.
    – Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.
    – Give eleven random facts about yourself.
    – Nominate five to eleven blogs that you think are deserving of the award, however they must have less than 200 followers.
    – Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
    – Give them eleven questions to answer.




    I was asked:
    What 3 things would you take to a Desert Island?
    I’d take sun-cream, of course. Got to make sure that I don’t burn to a crisp and to protect my skin.
    My iPhone, it may not work internet wise but at least I’d have my music to keep me sane.
    And I’d also without sounding too vein I’d take a sports bra so I could work out on the beach to look good with a tan!
    What song never gets old?
    I think Prettiest Eyes by The Beautiful South (hard choice, could be any Beautiful South songs). It’s such a good song and it’s great when you listen to the lyrics.
    What is your favourite thing about blogging?
    My favourite thing about blogging is that it’s my space to do whatever I want with it and it’s always great to put up posts that I’m proud of and that might help other people that are reading them. Not in the emotional help sort of way, but deciding whether or not to buy the lipstick kind of way.
    Dead or Alive if you could have dinner with anyone who would it be?
    Well of course after everything that’s gone on recently, I’d chose to have dinner with my Grandma. I’d love to just talk to her one more time. We wouldn’t have a fancy dinner, we’d have a McDonald’s takeaway and we’d just talk.
    Who was the first blogger you started following?
    I’m pretty sure the first real persons blog I first started following/bookmarked was Corrie from Dizzybrunette, although I think TheBeautyDepartment was the first beauty blog I found but that’s a bit corporate.
    Do you still read them?
    Yes, I do still read both. Corrie will continue to be a favourite of mine, she’s such a lovely down to earth girl.
    What’s you spirit animal?
    I don’t really know how to answer this question, so I took a quiz. I got an Owl(<click for link for description)
    Have you ever hidden your blog from anyone?
    Yes I still try and hide it from people that actually know me but more and more of them seem to have found it. I’m growing in confidence with it through so it doesn’t bother me as much as it used to.
    Which ‘Friends’ character are you?
    Again, I decided to take a quiz! I got Rachel.
    Where is next on your destination list?
    I’ve got plenty of places on my list that I dream of going at some point in my life, but if I was given an infinite amount of money and could go tomorrow it would be Canada.
    Hopeless Romantic or Realist?
    Hopeless romantic, always have been, always will be.

     

    11 facts about myself:
    -I’m never happy with my hair
    -I very rarely paint my nails
    -I need to learn to use products up before buying new ones
    -I hate being made to feel like I’m being patronised
    -Over the last 6 months I’ve been wearing as little makeup as possible
    -I will never be too old to play The Sims (bring on Sims 4!)
    -I’m always thinking about food
    -At the age of 23 I’ve just learnt how to do a French plait on myself
    -I used to be a hoarder of underwear
    -I love the smell of fresh sheets and cleaning products
    -I’m currently dreaming of a shake up in my life and I will find a way to make it happen

    Blogs I nominate:

    To Become Mum
    Frugally Peachy
    Amanda In A Teacup
    Seriously Shallow
    House Of Bargain
     

    Questions I’d love you to answer:
    -Tea, Coffee or Other?
    If you could change your natural hair color, would you? To what? 
    City or country person? 
    Have you ever used something other than “makeup” as makeup? (Like paint? Pens?)
    -Do you have a talent?
    -What’s your favourite pizza topping?
    -Would you rather trade some intelligence for looks or looks for intelligence?
    -If there is one thing you want to be remembered for, what it is?
    -What’s your favourite pudding?
    -If you could learn one language, what would it be?
    -What’s your perfect date?


    I just want to thank the girls for nominating me, I really appreciate it and I want you to know how happy and proud of my little blog it made me.
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  • Easter Holiday In Derbyshire

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    It’s been a while since I actually went on this holiday, but I still wanted to share it because it was so nice to get away over the long bank holiday with the majority of my family. And I wanted to show you how amazing new places can be when you only travel less than an hour away from home.

    For the last however many years, more than I can remember when I was a child! I have been going on family holidays with my parents, my sister, my dads parents, my Auntie and Uncle and my two Cousins. The last couple of years since the younger members of the family have got jobs it has dwindled or maybe cut down to just the weekends rather than the whole Easter week that we were blessed with as school holidays.

    This year we travelled not too far down the road to Youlgreave in Derbyshire. A beautiful, very tiny village with not a lot going on but amazing walks on some amazing countryside tracks.

    Because we farted about we ended up getting a cottage just for myself, Harvey my other half and my Sister Lucy which had the most incredible view (see above), which made my parents and Grandparents green with envy. Harvey and myself travelled up on the Friday and my sister joined us for the rest of the weekend.

    On the Friday we just spent the time exploring the village and making the most of the beautiful weather by sitting out in a pub garden having a few drinks and enjoying the pub grub that was on offer.

    The rest of the weekend was spent wandering round Bakewell and going on an epic walk along the High Peak Trail which is a beautiful walk along an old train line.

    I had a great time and it was great to spend time with the family at such a hard time. I hardly wanted to come home, there’s something refreshing being out of the loop and out in the middle of no where. Below are some of the photos from that weekends escapades.

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  • Ox Pasture Hall Hotel – Scarb..

    oxpasturhallhotel_entrance A couple of weeks ago myself and Mel travelled up to Scarborough to meet up with some other fellow bloggers and be treated to afternoon tea followed by a tour of Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. oxpasturehallhotel_frontIt was one of the most glorious days and pulling up to the beautiful grounds you’d be forgiven for thinking you were miles away from anything, whereas actually, you’re only a 15 minute drive from the actual seafront and a maximum of 5 minutes from the local village down the road.

    After a very warm welcome from Lynsey, we were shown through to the restaurant which was equally as beautiful as the exterior, where we were introduced to some lovely bloggers we hadn’t met before and the always lovely familiar face of Joanna.

    We were treated to a selection of handmade sandwiches, scones that were still warm and the most mouthwateringly beautiful selection of puddings, which of course immediately caught mine and Mels’ eyes. afternoon tea

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    Following our afternoon tea and chat we were then given a tour of the accommodation. To start with we were shown round the original rooms of the hotel, these being around the perimeters of the beautiful courtyard.

    oxpasturecourtyardoxpasture_bedroomsAll the bedrooms in this area were decorated with a warm homely feel with old looking four poster beds and the bathrooms were all to the same newly finished style. After viewing these rooms we were shown to the new building of the business which would be perfect for if you were to have a wedding there you could have accommodation for all the people that needed it and you could all have breakfast together. One of the rooms was perfect for hen parties, there we two huge beds and two collapsible single beds in a sort of apartment style room (see top & bottom left photos below).

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    It was wonderful to get to visit Ox Pasture Hall Hotel and I would love to go back again for a weekend break with Harvey sometime. And the fact that they are completely pet friendly is a great thing because I know family and friends that struggle to find places to stay if they have pets, and me and Harvey could go there with one of the families dogs if we wanted to make the most of the beach and countryside.

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