Supporting The British Heart Foundation

My Employer supports the British Heart Foundation and every so often, they do something great to raise money to provide support for them. They also match any donations received so we can support the charity to the maximum.

This year, they have organised a bike ride from Glasgow to London and Owain, my lovely boyfriend is cycling  from Sheffield to Leicester.

The British Heart Foundation means a lot to me and not just because my employer is raising money to support them but because my close family has suffered with heart problems so i’m no stranger to pain. My family was lucky but i know there are other’s who aren’t and if any small amount of donations i raise on behalf of Owain’s cycling, i will feel proud to have supported such a great charity which does such good work.

If you can donate, however big or small, then please do – you can do this by visiting our Just Giving page here  – please leave your name and a small message or comment here if you do donate, so i can make sure to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you are unable to donate for any reason, or simply cannot – please leave comments of support for Owain and i’ll make sure it keeps him motivated. 🙂

I’ll also let you know how he gets on, the ride is in September and it means at least if nothing else, i get rid of him for half a day 😉

…x

Hey It’s Okay: To Not Always Do Well

I’m competitive. Not just with other people, but with myself. I always want to out-do myself and be the best. Something though, i’ve learnt that it’s not possible and sometimes you just have to do the best you can.

Take my University Course for example. I’m currently studying Criminology & Psychology at the Open University. My first module started last year and i was achieving Grade 2 passes for most of my essay’s. I was good at that module. It set my aim higher for the next module and i felt unstoppable. I felt like i was good at it and not only that, i pushed myself to do better in every essay than the one before. I finished the module looking forward to the next.

Then came this years module. It’s been harder and more difficult to learn and communicate what i’ve learnt in my essay’s. I started on Grade 3 passes. I know, it seems like not a big difference when i write it down, but to see my scores on screen and written down, it’s disheartening. Especially when my tutor pointed out the fact that while my scores were not the best, i might still pass. That was the worst. I panicked. I’m due to hand my last essay in tomorrow ready for Wednesday and i am terrified i won’t pass.  Im at the point where i could cry and i feel miserable because i’m not doing as well as i wanted too.

But, like everything, you can only do your best and i’m trying to work to that. Handing in this essay won’t set out the rest of my life for me and it’s not the end of the world. I have other things that many may not; a well paid job, friends, family, a place to live and when i discount this University module, i’m actually happy. So why let this get me down eh?

So, as i said – it’s okay not to always do well. Sometimes you can’t, other times you can.

…x

Twinings: Tea

If you know me, you will know i LOVE tea. I used to hate it when i was younger, but i am English and we do love a good cup of tea. So much so, i often choose it over coffee. I am a picky tea drinker though – it has to be Twinings or Yorkshire Tea. Does this make me a tea snob? I’ll let you decide. A close friend recently visited the Twinings shop in London – He loves tea as much as i do and i’ll tell you now – he was like a child in a toy shop. He bought me a present which was some pretty awesome tea (the bag it came in is also pretty snazzy – that’s right, i said snazzy!).

My all time favourite Twinings tea is the english breakfast tea – so naturally, i have some of those but i also have some Assam chocolate tea. Yeah, i was as curious as you are right now. Chocolate tea? Really? But yes, really!

twinings tea

The tea comes in very posh bags – not like those you get from the supermarket. The breakfast tea is as awesome as it has ever been, full of flavour but not too different to what i’m used too – i’m trying to savour them otherwise, they would all be gone by now.

The chocolate tea (yes, i know you’re all dying to know!) doesn’t taste like actual chocolate. It’s more nutty/praline tasting. I first tried it without sugar and i wasn’t sold. It was rather bitter – i think if i change it up and add milk it might make it a bit less bitter but i haven’t been around to try it in the past few weeks. I’m not sure if i’ll stick with this but it’s a great novelty to give to people when they come over!

I’d love to visit the Twinings Tea shop in London one day – I’ve been to London to many times and haven’t even realised there was a Twinings tea shop. I blame Owain.

Do you love Tea as much as me?

…x

Four Things.

 

Ari, over at Comics & Cookies tagged me in her ‘4 things’ post and i love love love reading about other people so i decided to provide a bit more of an insight into the crazy girl behind the blog. (Also, Visit Ari’s site – it’s crazy good!)

Four places I’ve lived: 

  • Scunthorpe when i lived with my mum.
  • Upperthorpe in Sheffield when i first moved to the city.
  • The Wicker in Sheffield – Yeah, don’t ask.
  • & now, Kelham Island, Sheffield!

Four jobs I’ve had: 

  • Staff Trainer at Mcdonalds
  • Lloyds TSB Mortgage Service
  • Santander Collections Complaints
  • Coffee shop assistant when i was a teen!

Four things I don’t eat

  • Sprouts
  • Tomatoes
  • Marzipan
  • Watermelon

Four of my favourite foods

  • Chilli
  • Curry (Korma, i’m no animal)
  • Roast Potatoes
  • Can’t go wrong with a Kebab. (Okay, maybe i am an animal)

Four films I’ve watched more than once

  • About Time
  • Top Gun
  • Love Actually
  • Kill Bill

Four TV Shows I watch 

  • Once Upon A Time
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • House of Cards
  • Game of Thrones

Four things I’m looking forward to this year

  • My 25th Birthday in October – I don’t think i’m doing anything but still.
  • Being back home during the week (i’m currently working away)
  • Finishing my 2nd module of my University Degree
  • Christmas, because who doesn’t?

Four things I can’t live without

  • Tea tea tea tea (Kept Ari’s answer because, she’s totally right!)
  • Cinnamon and Raisin Bagels
  • My Phone (this pains me, i feel so modern)
  • My Bed.

Four things about Owain – My better half.

  • He sunburns BADLY & it’s great (i am no longer alone)
  • He REALLY likes his PS4 & Xbox.
  • He cooks
  • He owns more than 3 coffee machines.

Four places I’ve visited

  • New York, USA
  • Paris, France
  • Nice, France
  • London, UK

Four pet peeves

  • Being able to hear people while i’m trying to sleep.
  • People who think they’re entitled to everything.
  • Nasty People.
  • People who cough without covering their mouth.

Four things I wish I could do

  •  Apply make up better.
  • Drive (LAME)
  • Wake up earlier.
  • Grow my hair.

Four subjects I studied at school

  • Drama
  • French
  • History
  • Dance

Four things near me right now

  • My phone
  • Lemon Bon Bons (YIPEEE)
  • My Watch
  • Owains Ray Bans

I hope you now know me a little better, feel free to steal this and complete yourself!

Leave your comments,

…x

Twinings Detox Tea

I love a good cup of tea (who doesn’t?) but lately i feel like i’ve been treating my body horribly. Granted the ballet workout i’ve been doing recently has helped in terms of fitness and toning but the inside of my body is currently a takeaway infused, sugary drink mess which is taking it’s toll on my face so i figure now was the time to try and do something about it.

While browsing in Tesco (i only went in for 2 things and neither of them was tea but hey, what can you do!) i fell upon the Tea section. So many twinings boxes i didn’t know where to start. They have normal tea, breakfast tea, raspberry tea, camomile tea, peppermint tea, green tea and a shed load of others. So i was drawn to the detox tea.

Twinings detox tea

 

I didn’t want a fruity one as i tend to find them a bit too sweet so i picked up Twinings Detox with Lemon Peel, Lemon Verbena and Milk thistle which are all natural ingredients promising to purify and restore.

Twinings detox tea

 

It comes with 20 tea bags, and i decided to set myself a 20 days challenge – turned into 19 because Owain wanted to try one and i couldn’t stop him. He’s bigger than me.

Twinings detox tea bags

 

I love the yellow!

Now, do i feel any different?

Well, for the first few days i thought the tea was disgusting and tasted like wood. This is because i generally have tea strong and sweet so i wasn’t used to this no milk, no sugar kind of happenings. Once i got used to the taste i realised it wasn’t too bad and i could definitely cope for 20 days.

I didn’t feel much difference in me until around day 7 when i started to feel more awake in the morning and my skin started to look clearer and feel fresher. I do feel more alert. I hate mornings with a passion but they haven’t seemed as bad recently so i think i’m going to stick with this.

One detox tea a day and i might even change it up and try new tea’s!

What’s your favourite detox tea? Have you tried any yet?

…x