Tamzin Lena

beauty | mental health | food | travel

Making the most of Spring

It is kinda ironic that the day I have finally been able to write up this post, is the first day it has rained in ages. 



The weather has been amazing recently, high temps and sunny days have been what we have seen for the past few weeks. I think it's due to pick up again this weekend, in time for bank holiday, so we shouldn't have to worry about the sunshine disappearing!

I love Spring. It is probably my favourite season. I love that the birds are back out and singing, the air is fresher, the plants are blooming and the blossom is growing. I love the longer days, the crisp but golden evenings and the peace that seems to fill the air. I also love that it involves my birthday (which was last month now) and overall exciting times. I love that everyone seems to be chirpier, just like the birds that are up in the trees, as Summer draws closer.

I used to say I preffered Winter, but really, it is quite miserable. (Excluding Christmas/The build up of course) the dark Novembers and the gloomy January's can't beat a warm Spring day by the lake with a picnic.

I actually did a blog post all about Spring a few years ago that you can see here. I do like that blog post, but looking back it does make me a little sad when I reflect on the memories from the day that was pictured within it.

I also did a blog post about it finally being spring this year, which you can find here.

This post will hopefully just act as a reminder to make the most out of this Spring, before Summer comes upon us before we know it. I am so looking forward to this summer, but I am really trying not to wish the time away. Let's be present and love the here and now. Let's make the most of Spring.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

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Why Center Parcs is my happy place

If you didn't already know, I have now been to Center Parcs over 10 times at least. To be honest, I have lost count. It is my favorite place to visit, and I recently went again for my 18th birthday. There are so many things I love about this place, so I thought I'd share a few with you. On a side note, this post is not sponsored by or in affiliation with Center Parcs. I wish. Center Parcs, hit me up, if you feel so way inclined. It would be a dream collaboration.


Waking up in the forest is magical. There is something so peaceful about staring out of the rather large windows and into the depths of greenery that are just outside your villa. You feel instantly at ease, like nothing could bother you in that moment of awe. It's a feeling of content, a feeling of peace. I crave that feeling when I am not there. That Center Parcs Feeling. 

Let's go through a few of my other favorite things about this place. 

1. The wildlife 

You really feel like you're living among the animals, in the best way possible. Obviously being in the forest, you are surrounded by birds, squirrels and all sorts of different animals, including bunnies! Check out the screenshots from my vlog below of the friendly squirrels that always visit our villa. 





2. The bubble 

I think you may only understand this if you have ever been to Center Parcs or somewhere similar, but it really does feel like you are staying in a bubble. Like ultimate happines, tranquility, and like nothing could bother you. It's rather serene, and again alludes to that Center Parcs feeling. 


3. The quality time

The quality time spent at Center Parcs with loved ones is really time well spent. Staying in the villa is the ultimate cosy getaway, and I always feel like we have much needed, and very appreciated family time when we go. We do activities together, and enjoy each other's company. It really is the perfect place to get together. 


I hope you enjoyed this post and liked seeing a snippet of why I, along with my family, love Center Parcs so much!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx


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Is Puppy Essentials worth it?

If you aren't already aware of Puppy Essentials, they are *essentially* a monthly subscription service, for your dog.


I have been recieving their boxes since last year, and month on month I am impressed with the content and the awesome products that always arrive.

And of course, Max loves them too.

I work with Puppy Essentials on an ongoing basis to make content for them, as well as try ot their latest goods. They are excellent at accomdating your dog's needs. This became apparent when Max had to go Hypoallegenic, and the team at Puppy Essentials switched all his monthly treats to ones he could have. i think that is so cool, and I have to say when that brown box arrives, Max certainly knows what is inside.

Each month you get around 5-6 products, and they are always a mix of edible and no edible goodies. Some toys, some food, some random, but always well recieved.

In the picture you can see above, we got a real good mix. Also in that box was a chewy bone, but Max nabbed that before I could get a picture. They are only £19 a month for the subscription, or you can buy one off boxes for special occassions.

I would really reccommend checking them out and supporting their awesome brand. They are great value for money and an excellent treat for your pups. Like I said earlier, they are so accomndating, you even supply them with info about your dog's age and breed so they can make sure the contents are just right. I would say they are worth it for sure.

You can watch the videos I did for them here too - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCafp9q6vF0-iVSR7M9HxbsQ/videos

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*this product was sent to me free of charge. In no way does that shape or form my opinion! :)
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Why I didn't talk about #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

This is going to be a hard one to write.

There are several reasons why, I, someone who claims to blog about and be an advocate for Mental Health, did not talk about it last week at all.


Here are the 3 main reasons why I didn't.

1. It's triggering for me

Right now, I am in a werid headspace. I am feeling good and I am trying to focus on all the wonderful positives in my life, which there are many of currently, thankfully. I was really excited about #NationalVegetarianWeek last week, so I wanted to focus all of my energy on that. It's hard to talk about talking about mental health when you don't feel like talking about it. One thing I hate in this world is hypocrites, and I couldn't bring myself to talk on about MH when I didn't know entirely what to say, or what advice I should offer.

2. It's triggering for others

For many people affected by mental health, it is hard for them to see it everywhere. You may say this is "selfish" of them, but one of the main ways I cope is to ignore. Yes, not the best thing to do, and by ignore I do not mean surpress, I mean to focus my energy elsewhere, and really put my all into the good in my life. By constantly seeing and hearing about sensitive matters, it can really trigger people and put them in an uncomfotable situation. It's like watching 13RW without the trigger warnings. It can get really intense.

3. Let's talk about it all the time, in an unpressurised way

I like to incorporate mental health into my blog on a regular basis. I talk about it often, but in a way that doesn't overwhelm (hopefully). I like to normalise it, and make it seem like not such a taboo subject, something people should chat about. I am not a massive fan of preachy posts about the topic in all honesty. They make me feel worse. Like why can't I feel better? Like why can't I think like this? Instead, I like people to talk about it in a matter of fact way - bluntly as such. Not flowery, not with sunshine and rainbows thrown in. I know it's different for everyone, and great if that is you, but for me, I don't feel that way, and I don't want anyone else to feel how I feel. I am trying (continuously) to find a way to talk about it in a more appropriately.

You can find posts that I have done about mental health here:

Travel Anxiety
What makes a successful relationship?
Why stepping away is important
Two thousand and seventeen
Let's talk about content creation on holiday
5 ways to relax in an anxious situation

If you do need help, please contact the below.

Samaritans - 116 123
CALM (for Men) - 0800 58 58 58
Papyrus (for people under 35) - 0800 068 41 41
Childline (for people under 19) - 0800 1111 (the number won't show up on your phone bill)
The Silver Line (for older people) - 0800 4 70 80 90

Just know, I still care greatly and will continue to talk about all passions of mine, sometimes, it is just best to step away.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

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My top Vegetarian Foods/Meat free alternatives | #NationalVegetarianWeek

Something that I have heard a lot since following a meat free diet and eating alternatives instead is "You may as well eat the real thing."


Why is that? When there are great "meaty" alternatives, what is the benefit of eating actual meat? I feel less guilty when eating faux meat for one, and there are plenty of reasons why people choose not to eat the "real thing". I won't go into them now, but instead I thought I would share my favourite meat free "meat".

I am going to focus on 3 brands for this post, and talk about 3 products from each that I love so very much. The 3 brands are; Quorn, Linda McCartney and Cauldron. There are many others but these are the 3 I have the most "experience" with.

Quorn

My top three foods from Quorn are their "Chicken" Nuggets, Hot Dogs (Great for BBQ's) and Mince (as it is so versatile!)

The nuggets taste so much like a Chicken version, and the hot dogs are great too. I love using the mince in pasta or chilli's. You just have to take a quick glance at Quorn's website to see how many options they really have.


Linda McCartney

My top three foods from Linda McCartney are their Mozzarella Burgers (even if you are not veggie, you need to try these. They are so so so yummy!), Sausage Rolls (so close to the classic) and the classic Sausages, which again are very "sausagey" tasting.

I think Linda McCartney are the best for the most "meatiest" tasting. I honestly don't know how they do it, their food is bloody amazing. It is slightly more expensive than Quorn, but a lot of places like Iceland sell it at a reasonable price.


Cauldron

Cauldron is mostly Vegan which is great, and my personal favourites from them include their Falafels, Koftas, and the Bean Melts. They do sausages and burgers too, but they tend to focus more on authentic, vegetable based products.


I hope you liked this post. It is always great to spread awareness of great Veggie alternatives, to show that you do not need to have animal meat in order to enjoy a delicious meal!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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Veggie-Friendly Fast Food | #NationalVegetarianWeek

Fast Food. Not the healthiest, but still great all the same, ha-ha. the Fast Food market is always changing, with new chains of restaurants popping up everywhere and new meals and foods becoming available. I thought that in today's post I would share meat free meals that you can get in a range of UK and US food chains. (I am from the UK but researched US ones for my upcoming trip!) There may be some crossover, as there's a Mcdonalds in the US for example, but it is not guranteed that they have the same options.


UK

Mcdonalds

Breakfast - Pancakes + Syrup, Porridge, Toasted Bagel with Cream Cheese, Hash Brown, Dessert Muffins, Egg/Egg and Cheese Mcmuffins

Non Breakfast - Vegetable Deluxe Burger, Spicy Vegetable Deluxe Burger, Side Salad, Fries, Carrot Sticks, Cheese Melts

Burger King

Breakfast - Warm Belgian Waffle, Hash Browns, Mini Pancakes + Syrup, Porridge, Dessert Muffins

Non Breakfast - Veggie Bean Burger, Side Salad, Emmental Bites, Mozzarella Sticks, Chilli Cheese Bites, Fries, Onion Rings, Apple Fries

Subway

Breakfast - Egg and Cheese Sub

Non Breakfast - Veggie Patty Sub/Salad, Veggie Delite Sub/Salad, Melted Cheese Nachos, Cheese Toastie

Greggs

Breakast - Egg baguette, Egg roll, Egg wrap, Sweet Breakfast Pastries, Different variants of Porridge

Non Breakfast - Cheese + Onion Sandwhich, Cheese roll, Egg Mayo Sandwhich, Cheese + Onion Bake, Three Cheese Pizza, Soups, Salads, Crisps, Popcorn, Nuts, Seeds, Fruits, Yoghurt and Granola, Carrot Sticks

Five Guys

Non Breakfast - Veggie Sandwhich, Cheese Veggie Sandwhich, Grilled Cheese, Five Guys Style Fries, Cajun Fries

Taco Bell

Non Breakfast - Fajita Quesadilla, Cheese Quesadilla, Bean Burrito, Seven Layers Burrito, Fries, Cheesy Topped Fries, Nachos, Nachos Supreme

US

Chipotle

Non Breakfast - Sofrita (Tofu) Burritos/Bowls/Tacos/Salads (Plus the beans/rice/veggies), Chips and Queso/Guac/Salsa

Wendy's

Breakfast - Homestyle Potatoes, Apple bites, Egg Sanwhiches/Biscuits (Not on the menu but they do sausage and egg/bacon and egg so you could just ask!)

Non Breakfast - Garden side salad, Fries, Sour cream and Chive baked potato, Cheese baked potato, Plain potato (No "burger" options by the look of it!)

Chick-fil-A

Breakfast - Buttered Biscuit, Sunflower Multigrain Bagel, Hash Browns, Greek Yoghurt Parfait, Fruit Cup

Non Breakast - Waffle Potato Fries (That's it lol)

In and Out

Non Breakfast - Grilled Cheese, Animal style Fries (Chips with Cheese and Onions)

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful, whether you are in the UK or the US. Some places have better options than others, and it is always nice to know what is available and where you are best heading.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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Vegetarian options they have in every kind of restaurant | #NationalVegetarianWeek

You know the drill. Someone asks you out for food. And the panic sets in. You scour the online menu to see what they offer. You get stressed, what am I going to have?

Being a big foodie myself, I was worried about not being able to enjoy a meal out the same as I did when I ate meat, when I transitioned to being a Veggie. Thus, it is somewhat comforting when most restaurants offer alternatives. Yes, most of the time they are pretty generic, but at least we know there will be something that we can rely on. I thought I would share 5 Veggie meals you will typically find in different kinds of restaurants to make you aware of the kind of options you can often rely on. Hopefully this post will act as some kind of inspo, or an idea of what you can always expect when eating out.

1) The Bean/Veggie Burger | American grills, Pub classics

In any kind of American style restaurants, they tend to have a Bean Burger of some sort. Burger restaurants will for sure, but even places like Frankie and Benny's, TGI Friday's and others have different variants on the classic bean, with some serving mushroom burgers or good ol' faux mince ones.


2) The Aloo | Indians

If you are not a fan of the classic Vegetable curry, most Indian restaurants serve some kind of Aloo. Whether it be a Saag Aloo, Bombay Aloo or Lentil Aloo, most of them do not include meat. Order one of these with a side of rice and naan and you will be sorted. It usually comes as a side, so don't forget to look there. You can always ask for a larger portion!


3) Pizza | Italians

A more obvious one, but if you're off to an Italian, you can always rely on a lovely pizza! Many Italian restaurants nowadays don't just limit themselves to a four cheese. In many places, you'll find different variations of the classic, such as Caramalised onion and Goat's Cheese, or Spinach and Egg. You may also find Pizza's at pubs or more "generic" restaurants - similar to the American style ones.


4) Salads (&Pastas!) | Anywhere

A more boring option in my opinion, but looking at the Salad option may be worth a shot if there is nothing else you fancy. A lot of places do a house salad that you can customise without the meat. The same goes for Pasta's too, just ask for it without the animal!


5) "Sausages" n Mash | Most places

A bit random, but have you noticed how many restaurants serve Veggie Sausages and Mash? I guess it is because Veggie Sausages are easily come by and not an expensive thing to have on tap as such. They can be used for breakfasts as well as the other meals, so most places wll stock them as they are a common veggie item. The best veggie sausages I had are below, they were from a pub in Hathersage in Sheffield. They came with a cheesy mash and onion gravy. They were more like fried bubble and squeak (definitely homemade, not Quorn in this instance) but they were so good. I know for sure that the chain "Farmhouse Inns" do lovely a lovely meat free sausage and mash too.


To be honest, with more people becoming Vegetarian and Vegan, the choices in restaurants has greatly expanded. There is usually a disclaimer on menus now too, where they say even if there isn't something on the menu that suits your needs, they can create something just for you. Most restaurants are open to adapting exsisting meals, and even a veggie cheeseburger can often be made Vegan when removing the cheese. Don't be put off by a small thing like that which is easily resolved!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

Previous #NationalVegetarianWeek post: http://www.tamzinlena.co.uk/2018/05/the-best-chain-resturants-to-eat-at-as.html
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The BEST chain restaurants to eat at as a Vegetarian/Vegan | #NationalVegetarianWeek

So as you know from my previous post, I recently went Vegetarian. You can see how I did that by clicking here.

When I first went Veggie, I thought one of the biggest struggles would be the eating out part. It is easy to cook without meat or with alternatives at home, but when it comes to eating out there isn't always that much on offer, especially at mainstream restaurants. Today, I thought I would share with you 5 restaurants that you may have not expected to provide excellent Veggie meals.

1. Wagamama

I feel like this one is more obvious as it is spoken about a lot, but Wagamama is absolutely amazing for meat free and Vegan options. They serve many of their dishes with tofu, menaing that you are not just stuck with the Vegetable option. Now, I am a Vegetarian, but I am not a massive fan of all Vegetables, meaning I am unlikely to opt for an all Vegetable dish when eating out. I love it when resturants include Quorn or Tofu for this reason! Wagamama also recently launched their Vegan Katsu Curry, which I am yet to try, but definitely can't wait too.

Check out the menu here, and learn all about their Vegan choices here.


2. Wetherspoons

Wetherspoons, everyone's favourite place to get cheap drinks, is also amazing for food in general, but with it's abundance of Veggie and Vegan options, it's not one to forget about. My personal favourite is either the Sweet potato, Chickpea and Spinach curry (Vegan!) or the Grilled halloumi and Sweet chilli wrap. Both are so tasty and not comprised on flavour at all.

Check out their menu here.


3. Cielo Blanco, Leeds Trinity

I was going to not include location specific places in the post, mainly because I want it to be acsessible to all, and I am planning on doing a Sheffield specific one anyway. However, I just had to tell you about Cielo Blanco. It has been one of my favourite restaurants for the longest time anyway, their food is so delicious. I went recently for my first time as a Veggie, and the cheese quesadillas were so yummy, along with their infamous sweet potato fries. Their sweet potato fries come with a JalapeƱo dip which honestly, I could eat bucket loads of. 

Check out their menu here



4. Nandos

Nandos?! Nandos?! The home of chicken? Well you'll be pleased to know that the firm favourite does actually have some Veggie options! These include Halloumi sticks, Sweet potato and Butternut wrap/pitta/burger, Supergreen wrap/pitta/burger, Portobello mushroom and Halloumi wrap/pitta/burger, Beanie wrap/pitta/burger, the Veggie Cataplana, Supergrain salad, Quinoa salad, Mediterranean salad, Mixed leaf salad, Spicy rice, Spicy chips, Mash, Sweet potato wedges, Chargrilled veg, the list goes on... They accomadate way more than I thought and expected, and I think all the indivual items on the menu are interesting and not generic Veggie dishes. Kudos! Quite a few of the meals mentioned above are Vegan too.

Check out their menu here.


5. Pizza Express

Even though I feel like this one is quite obvious, you could just get a plain cheese or Vegetable pizza afterall, it is worth noting Pizza Express' recent incorporation of Vegan dishes. They serve a Vegan pizza at the majority of their resturants I believe, and if not, they allow you to take your own dairy free cheese for them to make it for you. I think this is a step forward, and something cool to consider. They offer a wide range of different kinds of Veggie pizza, not just your typical Vegetable supreme. Not only this, they have other Veggie dishes such as a Lasagne, Cannelloni, Rigitone and a superfood salad.

Check out their menu here.

Here are a few more places that do great Veggie/Vegan options:

Byron Burger


Zizzi
Itsu
Pizza Hut
Las Iguanas
Giraffe
Leon
Yo Sushi
Ask Italian
Bella Italia
Mcdonalds
Burger King (I may do a whole Fast Food post?! Subway and so many others do good options)
TGI Friday's

And so many more!

It was hard limiting myself for this post. There are so many other places I could have included, if you know any more let me know!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

Previous #NationalVegetarianWeek post: http://www.tamzinlena.co.uk/2018/05/how-i-started-to-phase-out-meatgo.html
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How I started to phase out meat/go Veggie | #NationalVegetarianWeek | #MeatFreeMonday

This week, May 14th - 20th, is National Vegetarian Week. An annual celebration of all things Meat Free, but the first time I have actually been vegetarian. If you didn't know, I recently cut meat from my diet, and started to live as a Vegetarian as such. It has been a great experience so far, so I thought that throughout this week, I would share with you some of my experiences, tips and tricks for being a new veggie.


I have been Vegetarian for about 6 weeks or so now - properly. About a month before that I had made the consious decision to eat less meat and reduce my consumption massively. I did this in two ways.

1) I stopped choosing meat.

Living in a household of a vegan and 3 meat eaters, it was always a mix of food at the table. Being one of the meat eaters, my mum would cook a meal for myself, my brother and my Step dad which typically would involve meat, and eat plant based herself. When I first started eating less meat, I would still eat whatever she cooked whilst I was experimenting. This was because I wasn't sure if I wanted to cut meat out completely, and I wasn't committed yet in that sense. So instead, I stopped choosing meat at other times. I would have a meat free breakfast and lunch, and if my mum cooked meat for tea, I would have it, which ties into my next point.


2) If I was eating meat, I'd only have it in one meal a day.

At the very beginning, and a way that I got used to it, I only would have meat in one of my meals. So if I had it for lunch, I wouldn't have it for tea. You get the point. So if I really wanted something, I restricted myself to just having it once. This way I could judge how much I wanted / "craved" meat, and it gave me an indication of the kind of diet I would lead if I went full on veggie.


I want to disclose - before I went Veggie, I was a huge, HUGE meat eater. Not something I am proud of now, but that's for another day. I just ate alot of meat ok - and my mum in paticular was so suprised that I actually made the decision to cut it out. Let me say, it is much easier than I ever thought it would be. The amount of veggie choices and meat alternatives now is incredible (another post coming soon) so I am not feeling like I am missing out at the mo.


I am going to leave this post here for now as there is a lot else I could say, but I wanted to keep this post to just how I began to phase out meat. The next few posts will involve my favourite things to eat now, how it works with my lifestyle, places to eat out as a veggie etc. I really hope these posts will give you an insight. I may do a post as well about why I am veggie, as I have a few reasons, but I don't want any of my content this week to feel pushy or too intense. I simply want to provide info and hopefully be interesting.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

All pictures are yummy veggie meals. :)
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Self care, Self love and finally getting my nails done | Pastille Beauty Bar Leeds

Something I have never done before is get my nails done professionally. I rarely used to wear nail paint even - let alone have someone else do it. I think it was a mixture of me hating my hands, as well as the fact I was a serial nail picker. A not nice habit to have, but with how anxious I get sometimes I just can't help it! I think looking after your nails, whether that be by getting them done at a salon or painting them at home, is a real act of self care and can work as a great pick me up. Having pretty nails made me not pick them, and I felt so much better about my hands afterwards. 

A few weeks ago, with my 18th birthday approaching, I wanted to do some things I had never done - one of which was getting my nails done. A complete newbie - I didn't know what to do! I was scared it wouldn't be possible as I have short nails and to be honest, I didn't want incredibly long ones either. I like wearing false nails every so often, but I didn't want to commit to having acrylics or anything. 

I was introduced to Pastille Beauty Bar on Instagram and Twitter and instantly fell in love with their whole aesthetic and vibe. They very kindly invited me up to Leeds to try out their service for a review, and I immediately starting planning what I may get done...  


I ended up going on the day with no clue of how I wanted my nails ha ha. I knew I wanted something sparkly and influenced by the fact that my birthday was coming up, but apart from that I had no idea! Liv, the kind lady that did my nails, was so accommodating and let me peruse the different styles, colors and textures for a while. And oh, let me tell you, there were so many! The choice was unbelievable.

We started off by cleaning up my nails and cuticles, which included pushing my nail beds back slightly to reveal so.much.more.space! I thought there was no way I would have that much room before, but by doing that simple trick, there was and is now so much more space to play with! We then applied the base gel - I haven't mentioned yet that I had a Gel manicure. We then opted for a pink base with a iridescent glitter over the top. The way is looked in the light was simply stunning! In natural daylight, when the glitter caught the sun, they shone like nothing else!


The doughnut really brings out the rainbow sparkle.


Above is a screenshot from Pastille's Instagram. I would really recommend following them for all the nail inspo you could possibly want! Their Instagram is @PastilleBeauty or you can click here.

And of course, if you live in or around Leeds, or are just visiting, be sure to make an appointment and go to Pastille! It is so worth it, the vibe is lovely, their Independent Women playlist is motivational and their salon is beautiful. You can make appointments online here or call 01132 460700. My nails lasted for just under 2 weeks. This can vary depending on your nails and how long you leave them before they start coming up at the edges slightly. I know they can last as long as 5 weeks, so I guess it depends on the individual!

Let me know what kind of nails you would get - what's your favorite color to wear?

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*this service was provided to me free of charge. In no way does that shape or form my opinion! :)
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Better days with Baker Days

I recently celebrated my 18th Birthday and I had a blast. I am continuing the celebrations as long as I can, trust me, it's been my birthday for almost a month now! I will talk more about what I got up to in another post, but for now, I wanted to share with you something special from the brand Baker Days.

I have worked with Baker Days before, but if you are unfamiliar with their concept, they design and bake custom cakes for any occasion. You have an idea, they will make it, not only this, they have many different flavor and allergy options, making them accessible and perfect for anyone in your life, no matter their needs or desires. You can see the cake they made for me previously here.


This time I opted for a cocktail themed cake as I thought it was appropriate being 18 and all. I love the design, and I think the packaging (including the tin and card) is fab. It comes in a box small enough to fit through a letterbox, and is the perfect size, not too big or small.

If you are interested in getting a cake for yourself or someone you know, you can use the code TAMZINLENA15 for 15% off. These are amazing gifts, for birthdays, Christmas, thank you's, leaving do's, you name it.

I hope you enjoyed this post and are looking forward to more content coming on the blog this week.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*this product was sent to me free of charge. In no way does that shape or form my opinion! :)
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18 things to do before I turn 18 | Revisited

A few months ago, I did a blog post called "18 things to do before I turn 18" where I spoke about things that I either wanted to do, go to, or overcome by the time I turn 18. I turn 18 on Saturday, so I thought it would be fun to go back and see which of those 18 things I have actually accomplished. 


- Have a social media detox (I did do this for a few days. Didn't notice much of a change. Was kind of frustrating if anything as I still had to use it for work.)
- Do some sort of fun run (Run, me? What was I thinking? I've done a few walks but I haven't done a fun run in a while...)
- Get over it (I would say, I am semi over it.)
- Save money for summer (I have done this actually, and I have saved a substantial amount so I am very proud!)
- Learn how to do laundry properly. I always forget how to use the washing machine. (I did it guys! I did it!)
- Re connect with people from my past (I have done this also. Sometimes it backfired. Other times it was the opposite.
- Go to a theme park (Not yet, but I am planning to do so soon!)
- Read a fricking book (Nope...)
- Go to Lucky Fox in Sheffield, I've been dying to try that place for ages (I haven't! I have actually gone Veggie so that may be harder now.)
- Get fit (Yeah, no)
- Do a few more "blogger" shoots with my friends (I haven't had chance sadly, but hopefully soon!)
- Have my nails done professionally (never had them done before!!) (I DID! Just. And I love them!)
- Cook a really good meal for my family (I have cooked here and there but not to the extent I have wanted to for a while.)
- Achieve 1,000 subscribers on YouTube (I am on 882, so not quite!)
- Achieve 100,000 blog views on my blog (WOOO! I did this! Hell YASSSSS)
- Find my style more (I would say I am deffo on my way there.)
- Watch at least 2 of the Netflix series on my list (Yeah, no. Time issues.)
- Be happy (I would say so.)

I hope you liked seeing what I have actually managed to do! I think setting goals is a great thing to do as they give you something to work towards. Let's see if I can squeeze in any of the outstanding ones before Saturday. 

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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