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Catch Flytes not Feelings | Clean Energy Drinks

Sometimes you just need a "pick me up" to get you through the day. Often, in times like this, we will grab a high sugar, chemical fuelled energy drink. One where we have no idea what is in it, and one where it will probably doing more bad than good. We have all experienced "the crash" whether that be from Coffee or other caffeine sources. You know the one where you have a great spike of energy for a while, before you crash back down to ultimate tiredness. 

Flyte is different. I will allow them to explain as I am sure they know more about themselves than I do! 

"Flyte is an energy drink that works like your regular energy drinks but without the copious amounts of sugar and chemicals! All our ingredients are sourced from nature. Even our sweetener is extracted from the Stevia leaf. With less than 60Kcals in each bottle you can feel great that Flyte looks out for your waistline too! Flyte has 100mg of organic caffeine extracted from green coffee. You could say its a refreshing alternative to a double espresso! You'll be safe and sound if you drink FLYTE (if you're over 18 and not pregnant)! As FLYTE has caffeine, we recommend that you drink up to 2 bottles a day. Experts say 6mg of coffee per kilo of body weight is safe."

You can find out more via their FAQ's here

I tried Flyte for the first time yesterday and I really enjoyed it. The Red Berries is my favourite flavour, it's ultra refreshing and best served chilled. For some reason, I kind of expected it taste like coffee, which it doesn't at all. They are fruity and delicious and light, with a slight fizz. It definitely spiked my energy levels in the afternoon. I usually have a nap before I go to work in an evening on a weekend, but I didn't do that for once. This may or may not have been down to Flyte, but it was the only thing I did differently! 

If you want to try Flyte for yourself, you can pick up a free taster pack here

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*this product was sent to me free of charge. In no way does that shape or form my opinion! :)

5 things to take in your hand lugagge that you may not think of

I fly to America in less than 3 weeks now, and even though I have plenty of time, I am organising myself pretty early to avoid any last minute stress. I haven't packed yet, no, but I have made "piles" of stuff in my room to make myself feel more at ease.

Today I thought I would share with you 5 things to take in your hand luggage that you might not of thought of. Often when packing we can get so caught up in the essentials, such as passports and passes, that we forget the smaller things that may actually make the journey run slightly smoother.

Talking of making things smoother, hand cream. Hand cream is not only great for your hands, it can be used as a general mosituriser to keep your body hydrated. Think of it as a multiple purpose cream, you can use it on your feet, elbows and face. Hand cream is very rich and thick, meaning it is the perfect product to use when your skin is dying for a drink. The one in the photo above is from Soap and Glory.

A change of Underwear. And a change of clothes too. (If they can fit) You may loose your main luggage, but you can't loose your hand luggage as it is always with you. Because of this, you should always carry a change of underwear, and a change of clothes too if you can. This means that in case your checked luggage gets lost, you will still have something to hand. My mum always says you should take a bikini in your hand luggage too, you know, just incase you need to go for a swim before your bag arrives.

Wipes. As Caroline Hirons once notoriously said, face wipes are for Fannies, Flights and Festivals. Side note: I hate that first word. It makes me cringe so bad. You know how some people hate the word moist? Well that first word is my least favourite word EVER. I use face wipes for my face often actually, as a first step in a cleansing routine. However, Caroline says that they should only be used on the three occassions above. Flights is an important takeaway from that I think. A good face wipe on a plane is needed, if you want to take off your makeup or freshen up in between connections. They are also handy for wiping down seats (plane seats carry a lot of germs) or wiping kid's hands if you are flying with a family.

A scarf. A scarf is such a handy thing to take on a flight, even if you are jetting off to a hot destination. They can be used as pillows on the plane, or blankets as it can actually get quite cold up in the air. As they are so multi use, it is really worth packing one. Well, you don't even have to pack it, as you can just wear it through security! You could take an oversize cardigan instead, as these are super cosy as well!

Something you can write with. So a pen or something. This is a must for long haul flights as apparently (especially with me going to America) there are quite a few forms you need to fill in prior to landing. I will be sure to chuck one in my bag just in case!

Let me know in the comments if I missed anything. The countdown is now on until I fly, and I really don't want to miss a long haul essential! I haven't lown long haul since I was 12, so it has been quite a while!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

Long Distance Friendships

I have several "Long Distance Friends". Some of them I met "In Real Life" first, and they moved away, and some are "Online" friends that I have met since beginning to talk to. Let me say before we divulge into this post, that my "Long Distance Friends" and some of, and if not are, my best friends. Here's why.

You treasure them.

You treasure all your friends, of course. But there is something special about being friends with someone that you may not talk to everyday, but you hold so much trust in them, that you know they will be there, for you, regardless. You also know that when you are to see them again, nothing will have changed. Your friendship contains so much excitement, because you don't get to see them IRL very often, which means the time spent with them physcially is so special.

I have 3 close LD friends that I thought I would tell you about today. I thought I would tell you how we met, and how we stay great friends, even if there are a lot of miles in between us.

1. Imogen

Imogen was my first online friend. We began to speak in early 2015 when I joined twitter to engage with YouTubers that I was watching at the time. I started watching YouTube the year before and felt that I needed to join Twitter so I could be a part of the online communities. Within a very short space of time after opening my account, I joined a group chat with a few other girls. I was in it for a while, and so was Immi, but she decided to message me privately as she felt we had a lot in common respectively. And she was right. We began chatting almost every day, constantly messaging, facetiming, tweeting, you get the jist. Of course, you get the comments "how did you know she was real?!" I am not stupid. You constantly get told about online catfishes etc, which is fair, and understandble with the height in online fraudsters. But it's not all bad. Once you meet someone you get along so well with, and click, it's worth savouring that friendship. So ignore the haters, please do. Immi and I met for the first time IRL in December 2016, over 18 months after we first began to speak. Now almost 2 years on from meeting, we don't speak as much as we used to, but we are defo still amazing friends, and I still hold amazing memories from being with Immi that Christmas and all the other times we have shared, whether that be over the phone or face to face.

Here is what she had to say about long distance friendships:

2. Alex

Alex was one of my very first best friends in the whole world. We met when we were around 2, and we're 18 now. Alex moved to America when we were 16, and despite this, we have stayed in touch every day since. He is such a wonderful friend of mine. He's the kind of deeply caring, considerate and lovely people that you just really want and need in your life. He always make me smile, and I'd say he is one of the few people that really truly know me. I cried (a few times) when he left, because obviously I was worried about how it would affect our friendship. But I shouldn't have had any fear, as we have probably grown closer since he moved.

Here is what Alex had to say about long distance friendships:

"The things about having friends far away is that, if they're true friends, when you see them it's like you never left. You don't have to see people all the time to know your friendship means something. I actually think it makes it better in some ways because the time you do spend together is so much more valuable. You never lose something to talk about. I also think distance does an incredible job at weeding out the people in your life who are just there for convenience. Some people are just friends because they live near you, or are in the same classes. These kind of people disappear and make room for better friends. I feel like before I moved I had 50% proper friends and 50% convenience. Then I moved and now I have lots of incredible friends all over the world that I can visit any time. Currently, all my friends are moving away to uni. They're spreading all over the states. My best friend just moved to El Paso yesterday, 14 hours awake from Bentonville. And I'm moving home to the UK in September. But that kind of distance doesn't scare me anymore because I know I can see her whenever, all we have to do is put in effort. And that effort will make seeing each other so much more special. And besides, Skype/Facetime are incredible, you never really have to move away."

3. Andrea

Andrea was my first YouTube friend, my soul sister and BFF of course. We made friend's in Fleur De Force's comment section back in June 2016, and we have been close friends ever since. Both having blogs and YouTube channels, we would interact via them, before it changed to talking on social media, and now Whatsapp. Andrea and I met for the first time "IRL" in November 2017, in London, when she came over to visit her favourite city. I had to take the opportunity to go and meet her, as we got along so well online. It couldn't have gone any better. Andrea mentioned in one of her vlogs that she was apprenhensive of meeting YouTube friends because she was worried about what they would be like in person. I said the same, there is always that chance you don't click with someone when you come face to face. Kind of like when you go on a first date (I have been on a couple) and it seems great on text but then when you meet up, there isn't that connection. I shouldn't have been worried, and Andrea agreed. We got on like a house on fire. We had and have so much in common, way more than we even first thought. Even though we may seem like 2 completely different people living two completely seperate lives, our paths have intertwined and crossed and it was totally meant to be. I can't imagine my life without Andrea, whether that be via text or physically in person. I am flying out to Arizona to see her next month and I couldn't be more hyped for it. I just can't wait to spend 2 weeks in her company. I miss London with her so much, so this is 2.0.

Side note. I smile so much whenever I watch the vlogs above or look at the screenshots. I was so happy whilst I was in London. You can read a bit about it here, and hear about my experience with Travel Anxiety. I was so so content in London. Down to the fact I was so proud of myself, excited to see Andrea, and overwhelmed at how well we got on. 24 days and Counting. USA here I come!

Here is what Andrea had to say about long distance friendships:

"Long distance friendships are hard, but they’re the strongest. Tested by time zone differences, miles and sometimes oceans between you, absence from daily coffeeshop chats or birthday dinners, long distance friendships are tested in ways other friendships aren’t. But because of that they’re the best friendships of all. Only two of my best girlfriends live in the same town as me. My other best friends live in Michigan, England, and China. Some of them I only see in person every year or so.  Some I text and FaceTime almost daily or chat with them on social media. Others, like my friend in China, we hardly speak in between her visits in the summer and at Christmas. A 15 hour time difference and her internet difficulties make video calls and social media difficult. But when she comes home to visit we pick up exactly where we left off. Only the truest and best of friends can manage that. One of my friends in England, I see once every year or so when I visit and usually every few months on FaceTime. She has three kids and there’s an 8 hour time difference and she’s not on social media, but when we catch up it’s the best thing and I know that if I have good news or bad news she’s always there to listen. My other UK bestie, is one of my newest friends but it’s literally like we’ve known each other forever. Despite the distance of time and miles we seem to be constantly chatting on WhatsApp or Instagram DMs, sometimes managing multiple conversations on multiple platforms at the same time lol. At the end of the day, despite all the difficulties of long distance, these are all the women that I turn to to celebrate my wins or when I need a virtual shoulder to cry on. I talk to them more than I talk to friends who live in the same town as me. Each of these women met me at a critical time of my life and we formed an instant connection. A connection that couldn’t be broken because they moved away. So while it’s hard to be away from them, and while I often wish they were here or I was there, I would never give up any of my long distance friendships, because I honestly don’t know where I would be without those women."

I love my best friends a lot. Of course I have other best friends who live close to me, and aren't long distance currently, but with moving out to University soon, I am aware my situtation and friendship with them will change - or just adapt. As all of my friends mentioned above, you know a friend is a true one when you see them again after so long, and nothing has changed at all. Writing this post has made me choke up several times. I miss my friends, and yes I am slightly worried about moving away from my other friends, but I know how amazing my LD friends are, so I am not scared about having some more. 

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

200 Degrees Blogger Launch in Sheffield

On Saturday, I attended the Blogger's sneak peek/opening of 200 Degrees in Sheffield.

If you didn't already know, 200 Degrees is a chain of coffee shops throughout England.

They roast their own coffee and sell it fresh instore. And trust me, you need to try it.

Not only do they sell their wonderful varieties of coffee, they also sell an abundance of sweet treats and yummy sandwhiches. I got to sample a few (many) of their cakes and a couple of their savoury options too.The falafel wrap was gorgeous and the potato salad was to die for! I repeat, to die for. You need to try the potato salad. Yes, I will keep typing the words potato salad so that you actually take my word for it. I also sampled the hummus and beetroot sanwhich which was very tasty too, but I have to say my heart belongs to the desserts. I can't decide whether I preffered the honeycomb (!!!) rocky road or the salted chcolate bubble. They were both so delicious!

I also got to have a good ol' chinwag with Natalie from A Lot Of What You Fancy. We spoke about blogging, YouTube, careers, Astrology and so much more, and it was so so lovely to be able to speak to someone who does similar things to I. You can see her blog post about the launch here.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you will check out 200 degs too. You can follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook via the respective links. The atmosphere in the shop was so wonderful. The staff were so welcoming and really accomdating. The decor is beaut, and the shop has the right balance of cosy, without being too on top of each other. You can have a private chat, or get some work done, without feeling like someone is listening or paying too much attention.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*press event (includes free samples, opinions are my own)

Turtle Bay Sheffield Launch Event

Last night I attended the launch party for Turtle Bay's brand new resturant in Sheffield.

I thought I would show you some sneak peeks of what we got up to, and what is inside the resturant before it opens to the public on June 3rd.

We had so much fun at the opening party and I can't wait to go back to try the food properly. The cocktails and the food we did get to try were so yummy, so I am more excited than ever to sit down and experience the reggae joy all over again!

Me and my friend Alex also went on the Sheffield wheel afterwards which was so enjoyable too. (This wasn't a part of the event)

Have you ever been to a Turtle Bay? If so, which one?

I need to eat that Halloumi burger again. You know me and Halloumi. I am obsessed. But the sweetcorn fritters too. They were on another level.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*press event (includes free samples, opinions are my own)
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