Saturday, August 19, 2017

FIVE GOOD THINGS #1.

I've seen these kinds of posts around for a long time, some of my favourite bloggers post them, and I absolutely adore reading them. I'm at a point in my life where I'm trying to be positive and see the good things in whatever I can and I'll tell you...it's not easy. Especially lately. I've been in a hole for a long time and it's hard finding good or happy things in everyday life, but I'm trying to get myself out of it and enjoy things more. As a person, I'm very much an introvert, I tend to keep to myself and not really speak to many people, so it's hard to experience new things and see the good. BUT, like I said, I'm trying. So I thought I'd start this little bit on my blog and see how it goes....



#1. Meal out for Chloe's Birthday.
My boyfriend's niece turned 15 last week and we all went out for a meal at TGIF's. I've never been there before but it's a place I've always wanted to go, so a group of 8 of us all went to celebrate Chloe's birthday. The food was delicious! I can't believe I've known the little beaut since she was 8!

#2. Let go of things that hurt.
This one has been a tough thing to deal with and really hard to stick to, if i'm honest. Basically I have stopped talking to my dad. To some, this wouldn't be a 'good thing', but ever since my mum died our relationship hasn't gone how I hoped it would and he just tends to upset me whenever I'm with him. So I haven't seen nor spoken to him in about a month now. It's hard and I wish things were different, but for now, this is how I need it to be.

#3. Read more books.
This year I set a challenge for myself to read 12 books. I'm a slow reader so I set myself a realistic goal for one book a month and I am almost done with it already, woop! I'm currently on my 10th book of the year. So I'm super proud that I've stuck with it. (You can add me on Goodreads...if you want....here).

#4. Bullet Journal.
I started a BuJo about a month or so ago and I'm really enjoying doing out the pages and creating colourful designs. I'm not really creative naturally so I've followed a few Instas for ideas and I'm loving it. My last page was a 'What I Want To Buy' page for the big things that I can't afford all at once....I think we all need one of these pages!

#5. Bones.
I have been re-watching Bones for several months now and I am finally onto the final season, which I haven't seen yet. I adore Bones. I've watched it since it started back in 2005...so when I was about 12-13. It's a bittersweet feeling reaching the last episode, I'm glad to finally see how it all came to a close but sad that there'll never be any more meetings in the Royal Diner or toasts in the Founding Fathers.

What have you been liking this week? Anything good happening in your life?
Laura x

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What I Watched: July 2017 ★


What I Watched in July 2017.
Despicable Me 3.
I know these movies are made for children, but c'mon, they are fab little movies! I paid for Alex and I to go see this at the cinema and we loved it. Alex and I's first 'date/outing' together was to see the first movie when it came out, so we've followed the Minions ever since. This one isn't my favourite of the franchise, but it made me chuckle. ★★★

Logan.
I have never watched an X-Men movie in my life, but Alex was wanting to see this when it came out, so we eventually sat down to watch it and, although I hardly knew anything about the first movies, I was able to follow it easy and ended up really enjoying it. Hugh Jackman is amazing! ★★★★

Sing.
Now this is a movie I wanted to see when I saw the trailers at the cinema. I know I'm 23 years old, but animated films are just amazing and I love watching them. I really enjoyed this movie. Even though it's not the best story (it is for kids remember), the music is my favourite part. ★★★

Leap year.
This is one of those movies which I can come back to it time and time again and still enjoy watching it and seeing it play out. It's a lovely, feel-good movie that I think everyone should give a watch at least once. It has Amy Adams in it, which is good enough. ★★★

Wild Child / Nancy Drew.
You know those days when you literally can't be arsed to get out of bed? Well that was me last month, I put Nancy Drew on as 'background noise' for when I was dusting but ended up watching it all. That then led me to Wild Child which also stars the fabulous Emma Roberts and that was that....my plans went to shit. Ha. I love both of these movies. They are the perfect films for chick-flick lovers. ★★★

Lesbian Vampire Killers.
I ended up watching this on a whim because I just couldn't be arsed looking for anything else and this was on after something I'd watched. I sort of wanted to watch this when it came out because I quite like James Corden and from the trailer it looked funny....I didn't really think much to it, to be honest. It had few silly gags in it, the story was silly and the effects was worse. BUT it's not bad if you just want something to watch. ★★

Hitchcock.
This one was a pick by Alex. I don't know much about Alfred Hitchcock besides he directed Psycho, so this was an interesting watch. Anthony Hopkins is amazing as the lead and I think he and Helen Mirren together made for a spectacular pairing. ★★★

Saving Mr Banks.
This is another movie that I knew nothing about when I went into watching it. Unlike most, I have never seen Mary Poppins and I know very little regarding it and Walt Disney, so again, this was a very interesting watch. I think Emma Thompson is such an amazing actress and this movie just made me love her more. Obviously Tom Hanks was fab, too. I mean, he always is. ★★★★

A lot of these movies were Alex's choices and good choices they were. I can never just simply pick a movie, I have to know about it and read reviews etc, so most of these were pleasant surprises!

What have you been watching lately?
Laura x 

Saturday, August 05, 2017

O'Keeffe's Working Hands & Healthy Feet Review*

A couple of months back I was emailed by the lovely folk at O'Keeffe's asking whether I would like to try their hand and foot creams and, of course, I said I would be honoured to give them a whirl. 

When they arrived I was very surprised by the packaging. Not a lot of moisturises that I've seen comes in such attractive little tubes like these. I mean, look at them. Lime green and blue just happen to be two of my favourite colours so I would most definitely be attracted to these if I saw them in a store and I think a lot of other people would be too. LOVE THE PACKAGING.


I didn't know about The O'Keeffe company before I was contacted, so I did a bit of research and found out that the company began over 20 years ago by a rancher named Bill O'Keeffe and his daughter, Tara. After all the years of hard work Bill had done he was always in pain with chronic dry skin on his feet and hands and after being diagnosed with diabetes his daughter, who was a skilled pharmacist, decided to put her knowledge to work and, along with her father, created the formula that is now known as O'Keeffe's. 

*O'Keeffe's Working Hands is an unscented, non-greasy, hypoallergenic cream that was formulated to give 'guaranteed relief' for extremely dry, cracked hands. When used daily it is clinically proven to instantly boost moisture levels in the skin and provide a protective layer on the skin's surface which will help to prevent moisture loss and keep the hands soft.

This cream is lovely. When I first applied it I was very surprised at how fast it sunk into my skin and made my hands feel really soft. I don't necessarily have the hands that these creams were developed for but I can say that it make my hands feel super soft and that hint of roughness that I always have goes in a flash. 

*O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet is also unscented, non-greasy and hypoallergenic. This one was formulated to give 'guaranteed relief' to extremely dry, cracked feet. This one, when used daily, also helps to boost your skin's moisture level and provides a protective layer to prevent your skin from losing moisture.

This cream is my favourite of the two. It is amazing! Unlike the hand cream, which I can't really give a proper review of, the foot cream is a god-send. I am a heavy footed person which results in the skin on my feet becoming very rough and hard when walked on (which obvs is all the time) so when I applied this cream I didn't expect much considering all the other creams I've tried. BUT when this cream sunk into my skin I was blown away by how quickly my feet went from rough to soft and smooth. It is bloody amazing! 

Both of these creams are amongst the best I've used. I think their claim for 'guaranteed relief' is absolutely true, the creams work fast and, when used daily, give you THE softest skin. I don't think I'll ever use anything else now, particularly on my feet. I love this brand and I think if you suffer from dry/rough skin these would be a godsend to you because they actually work and do what they promise. They are also great for diabetic skin too, so if you know someone suffering with dry skin brought on through the diabetes definitely recommend it to them! If they're not happy O'Keeffe's offer you 100% money back, that's how confident they are in their products!

Have you tried the O'Keeffe brand before?
If not check out their website here!
Laura x



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