I am so pleased that we had finally gotten around to using our voucher for a Meerkat experience. Emma had received this for her birthday back in December. It took us absolutely ages to get it organised and booked. The voucher included having an encounter with the meerkats, as well as being able to feed them, at the falconry at Millets Farm Centre.
A bit about Millets,
I had never even heard of Millets Farm Centre before, and I didn’t really look into the place before going. I just knew that we were feeding Meerkats in Oxfordshire, which of course was pretty exciting.
After taking a short 2-hour car journey, we had arrived not really knowing what to expect. Before we even got out of the car I was already appreciating the beautiful area. We were so lucky to have randomly picked a day where the sun and sky were absolutely glorious! with no clouds in sight.
When we arrived at Millets
Upon arriving at Millets Centre you are presented with adorable farmhouse buildings. The site is quite big and there was so much too see including. A large play area for the little ones, with so much, space. A cute farm shop next to a beautiful garden centre. A farmhouse restaurant, which we really enjoyed. Millets have an animal walkway, with tons to look at. A huge maze, for family activities. Then, of course, the falconry. With so many beautiful bold birds and so many other things to see and experience.
We started our day by taking a slow stroll down animal walkway, where we were able to meet some awesome creatures.
After, we headed over to the falconry where we took a lovely slow stroll around the many birds. The falconry is also where the meerkats live and where we needed to be. My favourite animal. Well, one of my favourite animals, I love them all.
There were so many different types of falcons, owls and eagles. One thing I would say about these birds is how bold, and strong looking these creatures portray themselves as. They are very stunning things. Especially the American eagle.
The Millets meerkat experience…
The experience included Emma & me along with 4 other members of the public. We were invited into the meerkat enclosure where we were able to take a seat on a bench. All of the staff at Millets Farm Centre are so friendly. We had a girl called Becky who works in the falconry then gave us an impressive talk about the meerkats. This being whilst providing us with raw chicken on tongs to feed the meerkats with. The 30 mins went so quickly because every minute was so much fun. The meerkats had been climbing all over us. It was insane being able to stroke their fur whilst feeding them. Amazing! I always thought they had rough fur. Even though it doesn’t look like it, the fur is so soft and cuddly feeling.
It was honestly so exciting and surreal to be so up close with them, I really did feel in my element all morning! I would really suggest Millets Farm Centre to all of my friends because it is genuinely such a lovely place to go too.
We couldn’t leave the centre without taking a walk around the shops there. I really thought the farm shop was so cute and really did have a variety of things that we wouldn’t normally see in the normal shops. Obviously, we had to buy something so we got some really nice looking cheese and dips for our next Camembert lunch we have with friends. Honestly, we couldn’t resist. Everything in the shop looked so lovely. But, of course, being a farm shop some things were very pricey.
We really enjoyed our experience at Millets Farm Centre and would happily travel there again one day. Such a lovely place to be.
I would highly recommend any of you to take a trip there. Especially booking to see the meerkats, as it’s an utterly amazing experience.
I would love to hear your thoughts on our experience, maybe you have had an experience with Millets, Comment away below.
If you would like to get to know me better, how about reading the A-Z of me.
I recently wrote a post about what’s on my desk, and as I plan big things for the future. My life has been pretty hectic. I thought that now would be the perfect opportunity to talk about the greatest art of them all. Keeping organised.
Are you like me with a thousand things going on in your mind right this second. Then you have about a hundred different things that you really need to do? No matter how hard you try sometimes it feels like you are never going to catch up! like all that life stuff just seems to get in the way of just everything that you need to do! Maybe you have too many plans and there is just not enough hours in the day. It can literally feel like a rollercoaster that you are stuck on. No brakes, and no way of getting off. Scary hey? but you are not alone. Literally there are thousands of people exactly the same right this minute! Even the most organised can have moments where life is mental as hell and cannot get all their shit together.
Let us be honest. Life really can be a bitch at times. Life is so busy at times that it is hard to get a break from it. Catching up can seem like mission impossible. So what can we do to get ourselves to keep going? and feel like we are heading in the right direction again?
Stop and breathe!
Honestly, this is probably one of the most important steps to getting yourself in a calm and organised. I know that if you are reading this, you are wanting to get organised and productive. You probably feel like you must do it all and do it all now. So we need to learn that it is so important to stop. Take a breath. Don’t panic. Being unorganised and having a lot to do is stressful but if you can just take a minute. Gathering your thoughts will be a massive game-changer for you. what I mean is, by taking it slow fewer mistakes will happen. Being in control of what it is you have planned. You are going to feel less of a want to give up before you have even begun.
So now that you are calm and you have taken a break, let’s think it all out! It may sound pretty cliche honestly, but I do believe in to-do lists. Even if they never seem to end. Sit down and recap everything. This helps you work out the most productive way to do things. Anything to be able to save a bit of time. As well as making it possible to remember everything you need to do!. A brilliant idea would be to keep an active notebook with an ongoing list. You can add to whenever you need, at whatever time. The feeling of crossing an item off the list when it has been completed is quite satisfying.
Also by making a list, you can priorities what actually needs to be down first and what can wait. Meaning you will not need to stress. You will be able to confidently work to deadlines, knowing you have completed your ‘To-Dos’ efficiently. Pretty awesome hey?
Use your phone
Honestly, how many times in life can you say that you do not carry your devices around with us 24/7? We literally have this amazing device that we do so much with. So why not use your smartphone as your personal PA? It is the ideal way of constant reminders and keeping yourself on the ball.
You can sort yourself so that all of your important dates and appointments in your calendar on your phone. Then set your phone to remind you with an alert. I find it really useful as well that you can even share an open calendar with loved ones. So not only are you reminding yourself, you are making sure everyone else is on point too.
I literally have 100 reminders set to go off to remind me at times to do things. That is how I roll! and it works! When something comes up it really does push me to get up and get it sorted. It really is the things that I have not added, I forget.
Organise with Planners
A Planner is my favourite purchase of the year. At the moment I am a proud owner of a Mambi Happy Planner, I absolutely love it. My planner is another creative space for me with all my upcoming adventures and chores written in. I have been using one for 2 years now. As well as a standard planner. I would suggest to anybody, especially anyone who has a love for stationary. I’m thinking of even trying a different style next year and getting the Erin colder life planner.
But don’t get me wrong. You don’t need a fancy planner. A basic one will do just fine as long as you stick to writing everything you basically need too.
Find your Zone
And by Zone, I mean your own space! like a little corner of your room or house, that is completely yours for getting stuff done! It’s such a good idea since I have my own desk the way that I work has changed so much. I almost never have my laptop on the bed anymore! Being able to happy to sit in my ‘zone’ which I have personalised to be a bit of me. I am able to craft and create for hours at a time without any distractions or excuses. Even if you can’t have an office like set up or anything like that. I would still suggest you have an appropriate space where you can get shit done. It is such an amazing tool!
Sticky notes are your organising friend!
So speaking of sticky things… I have always had a massive love for sticky notes. I can quite easily have them everywhere. Full of reminders, info or just a few doodles and inspirational phrases. Plus leaving messages for yourself on pretty and coloured paper can really brighten up a room.
Another really important factor for the skills of being organised. Time management. Ensuring that you are able to give yourself enough time to complete tasks. Being able to take your time on whatever it is you are doing. is so so important. Don’t set yourself a task that is going to take you 3 hours, when you only have 1 hour free. That is just setting yourself for failure. You will be less likely to complete what it is you are doing, and that would just suck wouldn’t it? no one likes too many open projects at one time hey?
So what keeps you organised?
These most important factors that I can think of. Methods that I actually use to keep myself organised and on the right path! I would always encourage all of my friends to try these ways of getting back on track! and never giving up, you can do whatever you put your mind to.
So guys. What are the methods that you guys would suggest? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions below! so I look forward to hearing from you all.
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Hello, my lovelies! I thought it was about time I checked in with you all with another blog post actually about my life shinanigans. More importantly my world right now with my positive glasses on. I’m not gonna lie that this summer has really had some real lows for me and my health has been constantly shite. So I really wanted to take the opportunity to focus on anything positive, and what better way than to share the 5 most positive thing going on for me This summer because who really wants to be sat there hearing me moan on about the negative crap.
Spending well deserved time with my family and friends.
This year I’ve been massively lucky to be spending so much more time with my family and friends. It has been so lovely to be able to freely spend time together with friends mixing with family on lunching and adventures.
Myself and Emma have been massively lucky to be so involved with one of our best friends weddings. We have spent so much time together helping her with making things, painting things, decorating things and getting prepared to have the celebrations held here on the farm. The week of the wedding was the busiest week of madness every part was new memories made.
I have a newfound obsession and love for vinyl and personalising everything.
So back in February on our trip away to Disneyland, our return journey home with my newly named Fiancé (Yep I still get a buzz from saying it) we experienced some real lack of safety on an elevator in the train station we were at in France, causing injury to my poor Em and damage to our newly brought suitcases. So after months of writing back and forward letters of complaints (in french I might add), Em finally received compensation for what happened.
Em being as amazing as she truly is has treated me to something I have wanted for absolute years, the Cricut Explore Air 2. Oh my gosh, I am so lucky! If your reading this and thinking what on earth is a Cricut, well basically it’s a machine I can use to cut many different designs, shapes, etc on to vinyl, paper, card, all sorts! But my biggest love for the Cricut is VIYNL. I am labelling and decorating everything in sight right now! And the more I get into it the more complicated designs and projects I am wanting to have a go at. If you want to see exactly what is on my desk, check it out here.
Meet Bella…. our 8-week old pup.
Yes, that’s right. I have the most exciting news. It has finally happened. We made a family today, with the addition of this beautiful pup. We are proud fur baby mummies, and yes I am loving it already. Yay.
Having spent a week puppy sitting a beautiful Frenchie dog, Lola. The heartbreak was really saying goodbye to her as she went off home. We decided we needed a puppy in our life so much. It has been a very long term goal for us anyway so it was going to happen sooner or later either way.
Bella is tiny and weighs a measly 900kgs at the moment. She is the same size as a Sky TV remote. That is proper titch like I keep panicking when I can’t see her and she’s always in an obvious place in the end!
I promise you now Bella is going to be the most spoiled puppy ever. She currently has coordinating everything right now!
I apologise now for the influx of puppy pictures you will be receiving from me from now on.
So now I am Looking forward to the adventures to come…
We have had some great things to be positive about. I am more and more determined every day to not let pain get the better of me. We also have so much more to come. We’re be spending a day feeding meerkats soon. Going to the beach and focusing on life a hell of a lot more. Since life is for living after all. Next year we’re be getting married so will have lots of things that we will need to do for our big day. So I’m looking forward to the new challenges and adventures to come.
The last few weeks I have been absolutely none stop with wedding things for our best friend who married her love this Saturday. It has been amazing! but I am finally back to normal (be it extremely exhausted, let alone still ill). If a desk and stationery are not your things, how about reading Why I blog? Instead, here.
let me let you into a little secret… I have always been super jealous of those people who post pictures of their desk set up, the place where they work, craft, blog etc! I pretty much have a dedicated Pinterest board of all the 1000’s of things that I want to do when we have our own house one day. SO… I am super excited about this post. why? Because I finally own my very own desk, which means I totally have my own personalised working space right now and I am completely loving it.
For the last couple of years, the bed has been my creative space which of course causes obstacles when it comes to things like crafting! So when my wonderful girlfriend spent some of her compensation money on me for a Cricut machine, a desk became a rather Nesacary piece of furniture to own and of course we got one each! YAY.
So what is actually on my desk?
Having a proper desk to sit up at is a complete game-changer for me! I love having space to be organised and properly creative. So here you go. What I keep on my desk …
Cricut Explore Air 2
There is so much I can say about the Cricut, But I will be posting a review soon on my thoughts so far! let’s just say for now! I LOVE IT.
My Laptop (MacBook Air)
I mainly work from my laptop whenever possible I am currently running a few projects from the comfort of my laptop right now!
Well Since I own a million pens! I needed an extra place to have some more.
My bendy light is a lifesaver for me when I’m crafting particularly, especially for fiddly things.
Every desk needs to be personalised with photos and things right?
I’m still personalising my space at the moment. So I would love to hear and see what your guy’s spaces look like! leave me a message below with what you think I should be adding!
Firstly a very big thank you to BlueHillB at BlueHillBlogger for nominating me for the Blogger recognition award. I really appreciate the nomination, and it just goes to show how supportive the blogging community are, especially on twitter.
I recently wrote a post contributing to the Sunshine Blogger award, Which you can read here.
About the Blogger recognition award
The blogger recognition award is an award that is given to bloggers by the bloggers. This helps the fellow bloggers to get their work the recognition it deserves. It’s a really good way of helping each other out. It aims to help blogger get their work recognised and promoted to other bloggers.
These are some rules the nominees must follow for the Blogger recognition award.
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog 2. Write a blog post on your site displaying the award and describe why you started your blog. 3. Write two pieces of advice for the new bloggers 4. Nominate and notify 15 more bloggers.
Why I Started Blogging…
When I started my blog I wanted to find a creative space where I could express myself and get my crazy thoughts out there. I had always been very shy and really unconfident. I really believe that by starting my blog I have really grown in myself. I’ve made so many friends and learnt so many new things. I have a place I can really show who I am. This is all because I started my blog.
Advice For New Bloggers
My first bit of advice to anyone who is starting out as a blogger, be your self. It can be a pretty intimidating world out there on the internet and sometimes it is so hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers and influencers out there. If your looking for your blog to be successful, don’t for one minute think that it is going to happen overnight. It really doesn’t work like that. The more hard work you put in the more you will strive as a blogger.
Secondly, be creative with your posts, make sure all your content is as original as it can be. To be able to stand out from the crowd, you need to show your unique style. However, It can be pretty tough, especially when it comes to thinking of constant and consistent ideas. It is very worth the efforts. I would suggest keeping a notebook. That notebook will be a lifesaver. I literally can be in bed and scribble a few lines in at 3 am with an idea for something.
Starting a blog feels crazy. It is the minute you became a writer. I bet you any money your mind had been filled with a countless ideas and expectations for your blog. Your enthusiasm at this point was at its very peak. I’m describing myself here that is exactly what I was like. I had a thousand and one ideas for what my space on the web was going to look like! I knew exactly what I was gonna be posting. Well, Kind of. I did make the mistake of not keeping notes in the beginning, but I have learnt from that! believe me!
When it comes to running a blog it definitely brings you new challenges and obstacles to overcome. Honestly Becoming a blogger can be a pretty tough world to Step in to at times. Let’s face it, it is all about being a writer. But no matter what those challenges are it’s an amazing passion that many of us share. However so many things in life it can be pretty difficult to be 100% motivated and engaged at all times, right? For a blogger, we call this writer’s block. I call it a lack of Mojo. It’s not really the most ideal feeling to encounter for yourself or your writing.
So it is really not always easy to have a constant flow of words, and this makes creating decent content extremely hard. I have not met a single blogger or writer yet that has said they have never encountered writer’s block! It seems to be a demon for everyone! and worst yet, you never quite know when that demon is gonna creep up on you.
So what can you do to beat the beast? I have listed my ways of overcoming writer’s block and keeping my content coming!
It’s so important to know when to take a moment away from the screen, even better get out of the house if you can. The more time you spend living the more you will find things to write about. Seriously! with every experience, you encounter your ideas will blossom naturally.
Jot ideas down
That’s right! Grab a pen, find a notebook and sit and jot down all the ideas for blog posts you can possibly think of. No idea is too small!
It’s adamant that you will come up with ideas when you least expect it. So where possible write it down as soon as possible and if you are out? I find useful is having an electronic notebook on my phone. I use OneNote and then copy it into an actual notebook later.
Read more blogs and do some research.
Connecting with writers, engaging with the blogging community and reading the content that is already out there is honestly such an amazing way of finding inspiration for yourself when you are feeling a bit stuck for blog posts. Do as much research as you can about a subject and be inspired just by visiting you friends pages. It’s such a simple method of finding inspiration.
Oh! And definitely check out Pinterest for ideas. There are so many people out there sharing their blog post ideas that can really help guide you when you completely stuck.
Don’t force it!
This may sound a bit daft but I honestly believe you shouldn’t be forcing your content. Do not get too worried about how long it has been since you last hit publish. It is so much more important to make sure that you are writing about things that make you passionate in life. When you have something you will just know because of how you feel, confident in your work.
Keep positive and never give up.
Struggling for ideas, not feeling motivated, having a little plan can be so disheartening and if you let it can take control, so think about the reason you first started writing, the first-ever blog post that you sent available to the world to see. Why did you do that? It is so useful and inspiring to remember the reason you started doing what you do! You can inspire yourself, even more, to be as amazing as you are.
No matter where you are in the writer slump doesn’t ever give up. Take care of yourself before you continue to work on your blog space.
I would love to hear your ideas about how you keep yourself motivated and inspired as well as how you beat writer’s block. Leave your comments below.
I am really pleased to have been tagged by Cassie at zombiegoddessbeauty.com to do this lovely anti favourite tag. I am quite excited, because I always seem to be talking about my favourites and what I like, that I pretty much never share my dislikes and anti favourite things! so what a fantastic tag to be taking part in.
1. What is your least favourite lip product?
I really have a particular dislike for clear gloss, and I literally mean the gloss that is scentless, colourless and does not even have a nice shine to it. I just a sticky mess on your face, what is the point of that? If I want a coloured gloss I would buy a coloured gloss, not paint over lipstick with clear goo.
2. What is your least favourite makeup finish?
When it comes to applying my makeup, I prefer a natural look. I don’t like anything that’s going to make my face look to over the top. To be honest I swear it is a confidence thing. I prefer to use Matte products like a matte mouse, as otherwise my face just looks an oily overdone mess. To much shine and too glossy is my Anti Favourite! I don’t fancy looking like a barbie really.
3. What is your least favourite beauty product(s)? (Like highlighters, glitter, primer, Oil cleansers, hair masks, etc also be specific if you want)
Liquid eyeliner is a big anti favourite of mine. I mean I love the theory of liquid eyeliner but it really is just not for me, I can literally never get it to look good on my face, I always mess it up application every time I attempt it, I mean it normally results in massive panda eyes, or worse than that, Clown face from a creepy horror film! So I now just refuse to buy it or even try to use it.
4. What is your least favourite beauty trend? (Spider Lashes, Over Plucking Brows, Sharpie Brows, wavy lips, etc)
So there seems to have been this whole massive craze where it is really cool to have massive huge eyebrow’s like they are literally being drawn on double the size of their actual eyebrow. Um… woah do you really need your eyebrows to cover the whole of your face? no this is not cool. I don’t understand how this is not in everybody’s anti favourite list. However, I am not saying that they should be plucked to fuck, but really the more natural the look the better I think.
5. What is your least favouritecolour to wear on your lips?
I’m not sure that I have a least favourite colour impartially. However, I definitely prefer lighter or even brighter colours. I do not like to be too dark with my lip colour, so definitely no blacks, blues or dark purples. In fairness, I wouldn’t say that I have ever been too adventurous when it comes to colour either. I own a lot of nudes and a lot of pinks.
6. What is your least favourite product(s) in your collection? (Like product regrets)
Ok, I probably will sound really contradicting here because it truly is a love-hate relationship for me but when it comes to Primer. The only decent way of applying it is with my hands, and then they are left feeling oily, and icky, so that is why I would call Primer my least favourite product. However, that being said, I can not be without Primer, so really it is winning against me there.
7. What is your least favourite technique/step you skip?
Lip Liner. I have never really seen the point to line my lips when doing my make up. Ironically I own tons of lip liner pencils, but mainly as whenever I have ordered Avon, they have come as a gift. I guess I don’t really see the point in the outline when you can do this with your lipstick, and your lip colour will cover the liner anyway. I am also pretty sure plenty of perfectionists will tell me I am wrong though.
8. What is your least favourite product you’ve ever tried?
This was a hard one, I had to think before I could answer this one. My collection is so random and broad that I do not even remember half the stuff I own. Pretty certain I have an addiction to shopping, and bargain finds! There was a Crackle nail varnish that I once Brought and I hated that. It just made my nails look cheap and tacky, and I hated how rough it made my nails feel. It did not come out like advertised at all! so not for me!
9. What is your least favourite/banned brand(s)?
Actually feeling very defeated on this question! Because I don’t think I have a specific brand that I particularly dislike for any major reason. However, there are plenty of brands that I love! which is not the point of this post. I’ll save those for another day.
10. What product is at the top of your Anti-Haul (will not buy) list?
I am a strong believer that all my makeup and beauty products should be cruelty-free, and not have been tested on animals, therefore I will not buy anything that has been tested on animals. I’m quite optimistic and will try most things, just within reason.
11. What is your least favourite TV show/TV show you are not interested in?
Medical shows! not one any particular program, but I really hate some of the medical shows shown on TV, I end up turning these off pretty quick. Like the latest ‘The toe bro’ I really can’t stomach watching peoples cheesy feet. I find it hilarious that they have made these into TV shows as well!
12. What is your least favourite movie/movie you are not interested in?
‘realistically recorded’ horror films. These really grate on me. I literally can not watch the Blair witch project without cringing so badly and needed to turn it off within 5 minutes. I also really can’t understand how this film was so popular, It wasn’t realistic at all. It was cheesy, and not at all scary! I love horror, I just hate that style.
13. What is your least favourite book or book series/book or book series you are not interested in?
Oh crap! I really don’t think I can answer this one! Can I? Um, I like so many different styles of writing, I love most fiction and non-fiction! I do not think I have found a book that I’ve disliked yet!
14. What is your least favourite genre of music?
Heavy Metal or Hardcore Dance music! I really couldn’t listen to anything heavy like that. For instance, I love easy listening, like acoustic stuff, as soon as I hear anything that is metal or hardcore I feel on edge! It feels more like a noisy mess, than music to listen too and it is just not for me. Enough said really.
15. What is your least favourite food?
It has to be tagliatelli, I’ve never been a fan of it. My brothers favourite meal and when I lived at home with my parents I would literally dread tagliatelli night.
16. What is your least favourite social media platform?
I swear I have a love-hate relationship with social media, as it is. Having recently wrote a post about asking, are we becoming too addicted to social media? I think my least favourite has to be Facebook, I seem to just have Facebook these days because I do. I don’t have a massive urge to post on Facebook ever, but I like the groups and networking it can bring, so I use it, I just don’t love it. For me, it is all about Twitter and Instagram, I actually enjoy using those apps.
Have a go at the Anti Favourites Tag…
If you would like to have a go at the Anti Favourites tag, here are the questions for you <3.
What is your least favourite lip product?
What is your least favourite makeup finish?
What is your least favourite beauty product(s)? (Like highlighters, glitter, primer, Oil cleansers, hair masks, etc also be specific if you want)
What is your least favourite beauty trend? (Spider Lashes, Over Plucking Brows, Sharpie Brows, wavy lips, etc)
What is your least favourite colour to wear on your lips?
What is your least favourite product(s) in your collection? (Like product regrets)
What is your least favourite technique/step you skip?
What is your least favourite product you’ve ever tried?
What is your least favourite/banned brand(s)?
What product is at the top of your Anti-Haul (will not buy) list?
What is your least favourite TV show/TV show you are not interested in?
What is your least favourite movie/movie you are not interested in?
What is your least favourite book or book series/book or book series you are not interested in?
What is your least favourite genre of music?
What is your least favourite food?
What is your least favourite social media platform?
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