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Why I loved the Kissing Booth so much

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On Saturday Night, I watched the movie "The Kissing Booth".

I then watched it again on Sunday Night. And I have watched my favourite scenes several times since as well.


Here are my top 10 reasons why I love the film so much.

1. I love that Elle and Lee’s relationship is completely platonic. They are simply best friends, and it doesn’t matter that they are Male/Female. I really appreciate this representation in film. More often than not, movies show two people who start out as besties and end up becoming lovers. It’s rare we actually just see a really great female/male friendship dynamic.

2. It’s everything I ever wanted in a romance film. It has the perfect level of cringe and cheese - nothing over powering but just the right amount to warm your heart.

3. Noah is very attractive.

4. It was written by a 15 year old girl who published the story initially on Wattpad. It was then made into a physical book, which has then been made into a Netflix original. How crazy and cool!

5. …

Reflection | Association

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To think deeply or carefully about. 

Isn't it crazy how one place can hold so many memories, both good and bad? 
Isn't it crazy how one place can be so happy, when it has also been so sad? 
There's this place, near my house. It is essentially just a field. Surrounded by trees and woods and nature. It's peaceful. Blissful. Somewhere to escape too. I often go down there when I feel like I just need time to reflect. It's lovely to walk around, and even lovlier to just sit. I used to come here a lot with an old friend of mine. When we were really little, we'd play in the seemingly endless stretches of grass, and down by the stream that trickled through the bushes. We'd play hide and seek, we'd race from one gate to another, we'd sing and make up silly songs and we'd crash and eat a "picnic" that we'd thrown into our bags. 
As we grew older, we'd still go to explore. We called it the usual place - one a playground, then a meeting sp…

Making the most of Spring

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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 th…

Why Center Parcs is my happy place

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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 an…

Is Puppy Essentials worth it?

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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 be…

Why I didn't talk about #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

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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 t…

My top Vegetarian Foods/Meat free alternatives | #NationalVegetarianWeek

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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 minc…

Veggie-Friendly Fast Food | #NationalVegetarianWeek

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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, Fri…

Vegetarian options they have in every kind of restaurant | #NationalVegetarianWeek

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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 Benn…

The BEST chain restaurants to eat at as a Vegetarian/Vegan | #NationalVegetarianWeek

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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 V…

How I started to phase out meat/go Veggie | #NationalVegetarianWeek | #MeatFreeMonday

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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 exp…

Self care, Self love and finally getting my nails done | Pastille Beauty Bar Leeds

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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 havi…

Better days with Baker Days

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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 inte…