What is in my Autumn Playlist?

Hey!

I wanted to share my fave Autumnal songs, or what I think are Autumnal. I have an extremely varied music taste however at this time of year, I find quite mellow music, a bit of rock and a bit of indie just sounds like it works for the season. Just me? Maybe!

  • James Blunt – Bonfire Heart. The ultimate Autumn song!
  • Artic Monkeys – Arabella
  • Artic Monkeys – I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
  • Little Mix – Black Magic
  • Little Mix – Change Your Life
  • Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • The Cranberries – Zombie
  • Paramore – Decode
  • Paramore – Misery Business
  • Oasis – Wonderwall
  • All American Rejects – Move Along
  • Green Day – Wake Me Up When September Ends
  • Green Day – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  • The 1975 – Chocolate
  • The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way
  • Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict A Riot
  • Lorde – Royals
  • Lorde – Team
  • Lana Del Rey – Video Games
  • The Shires – Nashville Grey Skies
  • Alanis Morrisette – Ironic
  • Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell
  • Greatest Showman Soundtrack – Come Alive
  • Greatest Showman Soundtrack- From Now On
  • Train – Drops Of Jupiter
  • Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
  • Ed Sheeran – Autumn Leaves
  • Guns n’ Roses – November Rain

So here we are! What would you put in your Autumn playlist? Let me know in the comments! X

Miche xx

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October Goals

Happy October!!

I am loving Autumn so far, and now we have one of the best months ahead of us! As such, I just had to start off what I hope will be a successful Blogtober with my October goals. I have some goals for my blog and goals for myself too.

Blog goals:

  • To reach 600 followers/subscribers on my blog
  • To complete Blogtober to the best of my ability. I know you’re supposed to post every day, which may be difficult, but I’ll try and post as much as possible.
  • To follow more blogs
  • To reach 1k followers on Instagram.
  • To reach 1.2k followers on Twitter.

Personal goals:

  • To read at least two books (one being my book for my mobook monthly Book Club)
  • To save money for Christmas presents
  • To make my own lunches at home rather than buy food at work or on my lunch break.
  • To see my close friends more
  • To put my clean washing away as soon as it is done (rather than leave it in a tote for ages).

So there we go! What are your goals this month? Let me know in the comments!

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Ten reasons why Autumn is the best season ever!

Autumn/ Fall is my favourite season and always has been, so trying to condense the reasons why I love it that down to just 10 things is so difficult! There is just so much to love about it!

So here we go, in no particular order:

  1. The Colours. There is nothing like going for an Autumn walk and strolling through hues of oranges, browns, red’s and yellows. There is something so beautiful and cosy about them. It generally just promotes my happiness and I love mmirroring these shades with what I wear too.
  2. Halloween. Of course. Halloween is so much fun! Of course, it’s much bigger in the USA than here in Britain (I’m so jealous of you Americans), but it is growing! I love having my own house in a little village because I get to decorate it inside and out, and all the village children come trick or treating which is so nice. I love everything witchy and magical. Dressing up and doing Halloween makeup too. Halloween is definitely my second favourite ‘holiday’.
  3. Bonfire Night. If you’re not from the UK you may not be so familiar with this, however Bonfire Night commerates the anniversary of the failed gunpowder plot to blow up the houses of parliament in 1605 by Robert Catesby, Guy Fawkes and co. Yay history degree kicking in there. I find the history fascinating but I love that we have fireworks displays all around the country and bonfires, often accompained by mulled wine (close to Christmas after all), hot chocolate, and a hotdog or two! And don’t forget the toasted marshmallows! It’s great to get wrapped up and get outside!
  4. Michaelmas Fairs. Namely my hometown’s annual occasion – Abingdon Fair. It is the longest street fair in Europe and it’s so much fun! As a child I loved the rides, as an adult I love that there are many pubs along the way (it is basically an excuse for a pub crawl not going to lie) stalls and games, doughnuts, candyfloss and an absolutely wonderful bustling cheeful atmosphere!
  5. Cosy Nights In. Who doesn’t love to get into their warmest pyjamas, fluffy socks and settle on the sofa with a hot chocolate or cup of tea ad a nice book? I seem to read more in the Autumn, its just so chilled and peaceful.
  6. Hot bubble baths. Before you get into those lovely pyjamas, the hot bubble bath (with a cheeky bath bomb thrown in obviously) makes it perfect! Of course you can do this at any time of year, especially in the depths on winter, but it’s nicer in my opinion when the nights are drawing in than after the shortest day when the nights are getting slightly longer. Dont ask me why! I guess we’ve had the heat of Summer when I don’t usually have baths when it’s hot, therefore I’ve missed having a relaxing bath and I enjoy it more!
  7. Wholesome and warming Food. Like above, you have have these sorts of meals any time of year, but the nights drawing in is an encouragement and kind of makes the food even nicer! I’m talking about stews, soups, casseroles, etc, those dinners/ teas you have after a cold day which warm your bones! Just me? Perhaps!
  8. The Fashion and clothing. I love putting away my shorts and summer dresses for another 6/7 or so months, and digging out the warm and cosy clothes! Warm chunky knitwear? Ohh heaven! Autumn hues? Yes please! New pair of boots? You just try and stop me! Autumnal fashion is the best.
  9. PSL time. Yes I am talking about the fact that it is Pumpkin Spice Latte season people! The best, most delicious, most warming, most happiness-inducing drink the exists on the planet is very high on my list of the best things about Autumn! Very unhealthy but whole cares, its Autumn now! I could actually live on PSL’s, I’m such a basic b**** but I love it!
  10. Countdown to Christmas! Now as I write this on September 26th, we are 90 days away from the big day! Christmas is my favourite holiday and I’m such an Elf. I love everything about it! The lights, decorations, joyful spirit, family time, amazing food, shopping etc… and it’s like the prize at the end of the season of small prizes! The ‘ber’ months are what makes me happy!

Well there we go! Do you likemany of these aspects of Autumn? What are your favourite things about Autumn? Let me know in the comments!🧡

Miche xx

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Sundose Supplement Review

Hi guys!

Here is my review of Sundose. I was very kindly sent a course of these supplements which we tailored to suit me, however as always my review will be completely unbiased.

Sundose create personalised supplements tailored to your individual needs that contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, probiotics and adaptogens.

The right nutrition can be beneficial not only for hair, nails, and skin condition but also can improve mood and stress levels.

Here’s what I thought:

I love the fact that the product is made especially for you. When you are looking to buy the product, you just have to answer a few short questions which enables Sundose to tailor the products specifically to you. It is then created from scratch for you and sent. The shipping was really quick too. I would say though, that it would be great to have a leaflet inside detailing what the vitamins contained; this was on the outside of the box and the print was rubbing off a little from transit. It was still readable though! The supplements contain many active ingredients, such as Vitamins C, D, E, B6, B12, fish oil, zinc, magnesium, calcium and many more, all individualy tailored to your needs.

You recieve 30 days of products, which consists of 6 tablets and a sachet which you mix with water. I was a bit worried about the sachet tasting awful, but it isn’t bad at all. It has got quite a sharp taste but still does taste of orange juice. I did find that the powder didn’t fully dissolve so did have to keep stirring it, but other than that I had no issues. Of course if you aren’t keen on taking tablets then taking 6 tablets a day may be a bit more difficult for you. I found I was able to take them without any difficulty.

Now, we’ve all heard stories of different vitamins making you look and feel better and if you’re like me who takes so many vitamins usually with no effect, you’re going to be sceptical of this product. However, I can honestly say that after taking Sundose for 30 days, that I did really notice a difference! I’ve felt more ‘awake’ and brighter, and my skin has been so much clearer; even my husband remarked that I had acquired quite a healthy glow. My hair seemed to get greasy less often too, so I’d say that’s a win win!! I also felt more active and refreshed. This was perfact as I completed the 30 day course just in time for my wedding day! My nails have been stronger and I was feeling super happy, although was getting excited about my wedding day! Overall I am really happy with this product and I’m very grateful to Sundose for allowing me to sample it!

I would definitely take Sundose again and I am really happy with the results. You can order and tailor your own vitamins on the website here, or check them out on Facebook, or via the app store as in the above photo.

Thanks for reading!

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My Homemade Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Hi lovelies!

I’ve made this recipe about five times in the last week so I thought I’d share it in my blog. This is my own recipe so may not be exactly how everyone else makes brownies but my husband-to-be (and chief guinea pig) absolutely loves them so they must be ok!

Ingredients:

  • 150g plain chocolate
  • 80g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 75ml vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites (from medium sized eggs)
  • 180g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius/ 350 degrees farenheit/ gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof baking paper. Heat a saucepan of water to boiling on the hob and then set to a medium heat.
  2. Put the chocolate, butter, oil and sugar together in a mixing bowl and place the bowl on the saucepan of water. Melt the ingredients together, stirring frequently, until the ingredients are blended together. Remove from heat.
  3. Add the egg whites and stir. Add half of the flour, stir in until completely mixed, then add the other half and repeat.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients one at a time, stirring each time.
  5. Pour mixture into the baking tray, ensuring that the mixture is spread evenly. Place in the middle of the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool. If you you try to cut the brownies whilst still too hot they will crumble. Cut into squares.
  7. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!

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Book Review – A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Hey lovelies!

I have been meaning to write this post for a while. It’s been a long time since I posted a book review. I do struggle to find the time to read books, so I’ve just joined the book club in my village and my first meeting with them is tomorrow (20/05/19). I’m hoping that as a result I’ll have to ensure that I make time to read and therefore can write more reviews on this blog.

Anyway, let’s get to it! Today I’m going to review A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

Why I chose to read this book:

I first watched this as the series on Sky (I think it was Sky, might be wrong) back in October and absolutely loved it so I had to read the book. There are two more in this series; the trilogy is called All Souls and I am definitely going to get reading the next one as soon as possible. The next two are called Shadow of Night and The Book of Life.

My thoughts on the story:

I loved it! One of the best books I think I’ve ever read. Certainly better than the series as all books are but as I loved the series so much I was rather intrigued if this would still be the case. I think that this book is beautifully written, and captivates the reader constantly; the story just flows seamlessly. I love the fact that Harkness has used these mythological creatures and turned them into her own excluding the common stereotypes. For example, a good witch with remarkable powers that she does not wish to use, a vampire that can still go out in daylight and doesn’t fly, and especially a daemon who’s characteristics are predominately that they are highly intelligent and diligent. I also love the idea of vampires using modern technologies such as mobile phones; I found this somewhat amusing.

My 5 favourite characters:

  • Diana Bishop – The protagonist. I really like Diana. She’s a strong, independent, stubborn and intelligent woman and really likeable. Even when being protected by vampires she still holds her own, and her character doesn’t allow herself to be controlled or protected to a certain extent, despite the danger she is in. Although Matthew does his best to look after her, she is still resilient and able to make up her own mind. I also like that she likes to eat, talk about relatable!
  • Matthew – I also really like Matthew. Although it seems like he underestimates Diana a little, it is clear that this is because he really cares about Diana, and I think he finds the fact that he cannot control everything she says or does attractive, because he is so used to people doing whatever he wants and finding his vampiric beauty and charisma difficult to resist. I feel that his character may change slightly in the next two books, as hinted by Hamish when he warns Diana ‘he wont be the same Matthew where you’re going’, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out through the series.
  • Ysabeau – Although at first Ysabeau is less than warm and friendly, I liked her from the off. She is truly a caring mother for Matthew and is certainly wary of Diana which is understandable given the circumstances of her husband’s death. I do nevertheless like the fact that she warms to Diana when she sees how much Matthew loves her and becomes really concerned and caring for her.
  • Sarah – I’m slightly biased with this as I know that Sarah was portrayed by one of my favourite actresses, Alex Kingston, in the series, however I think that character of Sarah is brilliant. There are many similarities between her and Ysabeau, both are protective of their family and wary of outsiders. Sarah is sassy and straight talking and is not afraid to stand up for her beliefs. She’s also very fond of coffee so let me tell you I can totally relate girl.
  • Sophie – although Sophie only appears near the end of this book, I think there is plenty of time to show her characteristics. She is seriously kind hearted and can see the good in everyone. She is not bothered by anyone else’s species and treats everyone with respect. She’s a total dreamer which I love, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Harkness develops her character and how it pans out with her child in the next two books.

What rating would I give?

5 out of 5. There is nothing that I do not love about this book. Harkness is incredibly talented and I’m so excited for the rest of the trilogy. I’d 100% recommend this to anyone looking for a fabulous modern fantasy novel.

Thanks for reading!

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100 days to go until my wedding!! What’s left to do and honeymoon plans.

Ok I should start this off with an edit. I wrote the majority of this when it was 100 days to go, but forgot to publish it like the wally I am, so it is now 98 days from today! (18/05/19).

Hey lovelies!

So I am overly excited and I think the title of the post pretty much sums up why! In 100 days I will be a wife! I can’t believe how quickly it has come around, it’s been two years this week since we got engaged and that seems like only yesterday! I thought I’d do a post about everything we’ve got left to do and what we’re doing on our honeymoon as I can’t shut up about it.

So for the wedding plans, we have pretty much everything major sorted. I have my dress, which my amazing best friend and maid of honour is tailoring for me as she’s a bridal seamstress (isn’t that perfect, didn’t I do well!!), bridal shoes, hair and make up booked, bridesmaid dresses, flowers, church, venue, food, day invitations are sent out, suits are booked, rings have arrived, DJ, cake favours, car is booked… I think that’s everything!

Still to do/buy:

  • Bridesmaid’s shoes
  • Flower girl’s dress (she’s our beautiful little niece and only 10 months old at the moment so still growing lots, don’t want to buy her dress too soon but I know what to get her).
  • Games for outdoors for kids and big kids, e.g giant jenga, snakes and ladders, ball games, skittles
  • Toiletries for bathroom baskets. (My maid of honour’s sister got married last year and they had the idea of putting a basket of toiletries such as combs, hairspray, gel, deodorants, perfumes, tissues etc. In the bathrooms so I have stolen this, shoutout to Kate)
  • Jars and sweets for a sweet table, I’ll probably be there half the time
  • Framed photos of our grandparents who sadly aren’t with us anymore
  • Evening invitations and standby day invitations

I THINK that’s it! I’ve probably forgotten things, if you can think of anything or have any more ideas please let me know in the comments! We’re getting married in our village church and having the reception in a manor house nearby.

Now, the honeymoon! I’m so excited for this! We’re going two weeks after the wedding, on September 5th. We wanted to do something relaxing and new. We’re the type who are always doing something adventurous or active on holiday, always on the go, we aren’t too into the chilling part but wanted to try and do something a little more chilled than usual as it’s our honeymoon. So, we thought we’d try a short cruise! I’ve never really been to bothered about the idea of a cruise but after looking into it we wanted to give it a try, but only going on a short one so that we can see what it’s like. We’ll be flying to Miami on September 5th ready to embark on the ship on the 6th, we’re on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. We’ll be heading to the Bahamas and stopping at Nassau and Coco Cay and I am beyond ecstatic! We’ll be doing a bit of chilling but also have a few excursions lined up, such as an island tour of Nassau and a glass bottom boat tour of Coco Cay (always wanted to go on a glass bottom boat). The ship looks amazing, it has loads of places to eat and drink, pools, casino, shops etc. I’m sure we will love it.

Then, we’re doing something we know we love; we’re flying to Las Vegas where we’ll spend a few night before heading off on a road trip around Arizona, my favourite State. We’ll be heading around Sedona, Tuscon, Phoenix, Tombstone, the Grand Canyon and heading into a few national and state parks. I’m super excited, I think I’ve said that so many times but I am already bouncing off the walls!

Hurry up August and September!

Are you getting married or are married? What have you got left to do and what are your plans? Where are you going on honeymoon? Or have you any advice for a first time cruiser or been to any of the places? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading!

Miche xx

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