Friday, 9 November 2018

The Benefits Of Being Shy

Before I start, I just wanted to mention that this post is sponsored by Elysia Allsopp at who creates the most beautiful pieces of art and takes incredible photographs. Also an introvert, she has a mindful series of art that I recommend you check out! More information will be at the end of the post so be sure to check it out! Now on to the post.

Everyday shyness that does not prevent you from achieving your goals or participating in life can have its benefits. You may be thinking, how could there possibly be a benefit to being shy and reserved? But trust me, once you read this you will soon realise that there are infact a few benefits to being shy.

One main benefits of being shy is that you generally have deeper and long-lasting friendships due to being more reserved and finding it harder to talk to more people and make friends. We shine in small circles. Since making friends is not easy, you place more value on the friends that you have and your tendency to avoid small talk means that your friendships are not likely to be superficial. You have less friends but more best friends who you are extremely comfortable being with and around and you are able to open up to them.

We all know people who have more drama in their lives than Eastenders, right? Well, being shy, you dont have to worry about drama as much. Less friends means less drama. But if you're forced to be surrounded by people you are not comfortable with, you get to hear all of the gossip because you're quiet. People tend to gossip with you around as if you're not there so you get to know the ins and outs of other peoples lives.

Being shy, you may not be a good talker but you sure are a good listener. Since you are not the first to tell everyone's secrets or brag about your accomplishments, to others you appear more trustworthy. You may appear as though you have nothing to say but the fact of the matter is that there are hundreds of words wanting to come out but it just takes some time for the best ones to come out. Just because I dont always have something to say, it doesnt mean I dont care. I care a great deal.

We all spend years trying to get to know ourselves fully, but being shy enables you to get to know yourself really well and much faster. You spend so much time in your own company that you know the real you, your moods, situations you work well in, your limit and your likes and dislikes.

It seems as though shy people are more creative than the outgoing and loud people. Finding other ways to express yourself through creativity without words is often helpful for the shy people in this world. Reading, drawing, writing and so many more different creative activities are what shy people thrive in, but outgoing people too!

You are the one who spends the most time with yourself, but who else knows the real you? Being shy means that you might not show your true self to just anybody. Only people you know very well and who you trust know the real you.

See, I told you there was a few benefits of being shy! But being shy, the one thing you always wish for? More confidence.

Elysia Allsopp is also a fellow blogger over on where she blogs about all things art, travel and so much more. Elysia has an online shop on Etsy where she sells some of her incredible work. You can find it here: be sure to check it out and make a purchase! The beautiful piece below is something you can find on there.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Parent Bear

So, do you have a baby in your life? Have you started your Christmas shopping? I know something that would look very cute on a little baby, dont you? Are you thinking what I am thinking? A baby body suit!

I recently discovered the cutest online shop for babies clothing and for the mums and dads. Parent Bear. With a special collection out just in time for Christmas it is definitely worth a look. Is it bad that looking at these tiny body suits make me want a baby? Okay, moving on. 

What I love most about Parent Bear are the little bodysuits/onesies. The t-shirts for Mums and Dads are funny but for me, it is all about the baby outfits.

Look at this body suit below! This is 100% my favourite thing on the whole website, isn't it just adorable?
This is literally the cutest thing I have ever seen.

Most items are available in a big range of colours like pink, white and black, but many more are available, so there are colours for every occasion, gender and so on! 

It takes around 4 working days to produce your order. If you're in the UK, it then takes another 2 to 3 days to reach you, so make sure you order within enough time! If you are outside the UK, product travel time is around 1 week for places like the US and Canada. For customers who live in Africa, Asia or South America, shipments average a longer travel time, typically between 10 and 15 days.

This is cute and funny all in one!

You can pay by card or PayPal. To pay with a card, proceed with PayPal from the checkout page. It will give you an option to create an account. You will not need to create an account. However, you need to click on that button and then you will be given the option to make a purchase as a guest. 

I love the pink with the gold writing, so cute.

Shipping on orders over £50 is free. Orders below £50 are only £2.49 for the UK, £3.49 for Europe including Russia, £3.99 for the US and everyone else is £5.99, so cheap too, right?

And what is even better? Starting on the 1st of November, there will be 50% off everything on the website, so you definitely wouldn't want to miss out on the perfect Christmas gift or the most adorable outfit for your little one in the Christmas period. The sale lasts until cyber monday aka the 26th of November, so be fast!

This is so subtle but adorable.

The Christmas collection has a massive range of different designs so you are bound to find one that you love. Oh and by the way, did you know that Santa's not allowed to go down chimneys this year? It was declared unsafe due to Elf and Safety regulations. I saw so many cute designs on this website, that genuinely made me want a baby, a few of my favourite ones are spread about on this post, if you see one that you like you can purchase it on the link on the bottom of the page!

Can we please have a white Christmas this year? Just not too much snow, please and thank you.

Fell in love with one of these items? Purchase one below or browse through all the other designs and colours on the website.

Dont forget about the black friday sale which has started now, where prices on everything will be dropped by 50%! This finishes on cyber monday, aka the 26th of November. 

Where can you find these cute baby body suits?
Parent Bear Website
Parent Bear Twitter
Parent Bear Facebook
Parent Bear Instagram

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Stratford Butterfly Farm

Rain or shine, you can visit this truly beautiful place. With butterflies, fish, reptiles, birds, beatles and so much more, in an exotic environment of tropical blossom with splashing waterfalls and busy pools, it is a place you definitely have to visit and it is my new favourite place.

The butterfly farm has 3 areas. Discover the link that Stratford Butterfly Farm has to the Rainforests of Belize and the ancient Maya civilisation whose artefacts have been replicated and are now on display in the flight area.

In the discovery zone, find out about the plants they grow at the butterfly farm and see some of the world's largest and most camouflaged caterpillars on show with cocoons, giant silk moths and shining pupae hanging on the plants. See the amazing lifecycle of a butterfly within our Emerging Cage where you will find butterflies hatching from their chrysalis.

Observe the fascinating and strange in Mini Beast Metropolis where stick insects, beetles, leafcutter ants, some of the worlds largest tarantula spiders and many more remarkable creatures are to be found.

The best part about this place? It is accessable for all! All displays in the butterfly farm are fully accessible. There are 3 disabled car parking spaces on site, which are strictly reserved for blue badge holders. All other parking, including more disabled spaces, is in the pay and display car park opposite the gates. Guide dogs are welcome, however they cannot enter the flight area due to it being an unsuitable environment for them.

I would love to visit Stratford Butterfly Farm once more, I genuinely think it is my favourite place now, there is so much to see and do and it is so beautiful and well set out. I would actually recommend it to anyone, the 1 hour 40 minute drive was so worth it and I hope I get to do it again at some point in the near future.

Contact - general and work experience enquiries - educational visits and group bookings - all orders and pupae enquiries - all sales and account enquiries - merchandising enquiries - advertising and media requests facebook

Macdonald Alveston Manor in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Located in the historic town of Stratford-upon-avon, the Macdonald Alveston Manor Hotel is a little bit of luxury for everyone to enjoy. With a traditional tudor look it fits in well with the town itself. It is one of the finest ­­­4 star hotels in Warwickshire, offering great luxury accommodation in one of the most beautiful and historic parts of England (at least this is what I discovered anyway!)

With many things to do for all ages within walking distance of the hotel, it is in the perfect spot. It is the ideal base for Shakespeare enthusiasts with the Shakespeare Houses and Royal Shakespeare Theatre both within close proximity.

The hotel is a perfect venue for leisure breaks, romantic weekends,business meetings, weddings and special occasions. They have excellent accommodation, meeting rooms, event suites, stunning gardens, a great restaurant, bar and a luxurious spa.

With 113 well appointed bedrooms with everything you could need, it would be silly not to. Complimentary water, tea, coffee and shower products, an iron, hair dryer, kettle, coffee machine and so much more.

Only a 5 minute walk from the town centre it is a perfect location for an evening walk or a visit to their on site award winning restaurant. You'll experience fine dining in a warm and traditional setting with attentive and friendly waitress service. The Manor Restaurant is perfect for any occasion, boasting original features including beautiful oak beams and mullioned windows.

The food in the restaurant was lovely, so beautifully presented and tasty. But the pudding, the pudding was completely something else, I could have ate it over and over.

Breakfast is also offered in the hotel which is also incredible. Need to catch up on work in your room? Fancy a lie in? No problem. Have breakfast in bed for only a £5 tray charge. It is 100% worth it.

Find out more on their website:

Thursday, 4 October 2018

My 5 Favourite iPhone Apps

I think we all have many, many apps on our phones but what are your top 5 that you love to use? Here are mine!

My favourite app you ask? Twitter. Since I got it in 2009, it always has been. Twitter is where I have found the majority of my friends, where I talk to and tweet my favourite celebrities and where I share my blog.

 Facetime obviously has to be one of my favourites because it connects me to my favourite people. You really dont appreciate the app enough until you are missing someone badly.

 I only recently started using Timehop and I am so glad that I did. All my friends have been using it for a few years now, so I am not sure why it took me so long to join! But I love looking back at memories so much.

 I love this app purely because it helps me keep track of my life. It allows me to put all of my upcoming events into it with a countdown to each one, so it helps me with things to look forward too as well!

Come on, everyone loves a scroll down their Insta feed right? Admit it, we all do. I have way too many Instagram accounts and I shamelessly stalk people but thats the fun of it.

Friday, 28 September 2018

The Willerby Arc Lodge, Tattershall Lakes Country Park, Lincolnshire

The Willerby Arc Lodge is a beautifully furnished, large lodge at Tattershall Lakes, Lincolnshire. It is the only lodge of its kind on Tattershall Lakes which sleeps 2-7 people! Situated around a small lake, the lodge offers scenic views from the comfort of a sofa, bed or even better? A hot tub.

Outside of the lodge

 What’s included in the lodge you ask?
The essentials:
Crockery, cutlery, glasses and utensils
Microwave, kettle and toaster
Cooker and oven
Fridge with freezer compartment
Pillows and linen included
Beds made on arrival
Bathroom and en-Suite

Beautifully set table

And the awesome bits…
Private hot tub
King size bed with posh fogarty duvets and bounce back pillows
His and her basins and a double shower
Welcome pack
Park information pack
60” TV with Freeview & DVD Player
Sound bar with Bluetooth
Decking OR patio and outdoor furniture
TV’s in all bedrooms
Complimentary toiletries and towels included
Guaranteed allocated parking
Heated and double glazing
Check in from 3pm 

Complimentary shampoo, conditioner and shower gel

The owners of the lodge are very friendly and do everything to make your stay incredible. The personal touches that they do to the lodge for your arrival just tops off the experience. Snacks, names on labels, a letter in a photo frame and so much more, it just makes it so much more special.

Bath robe, slippers and gifts

Check the fridge... Prosecco!

Just one of the special touches left for us

The lodge is just about ready for you to move into! The beds are made so there is no need to bring bed linen, the table is set and the hot tub is warm- all that is left is to unpack your clothes and chill! You can start your break straight away!

Ready made bed so no fuss!
Large kitchen so you can feel at home

The lodge is not only beautiful but exceptionally clean too. There wasnt a speck of dust or rubbish in sight. Everything was arranged beautifully and nothing seemed out of place. I loved the colour themes which greatly suited the lodge and its surroundings.

Sweet cushion and colour themed sofa

Large indoor seating area for many people

 Not only is there all of this in the lodge itself but there is a large amount of activities to do in the actual park too. There are jet ski's, water ski's, a swimming pool, a playground, an inflatable course on the water, a splash pad, mini golf, bikes and so much more for all ages.

Inflatable course and fun on the lake

The lodge is in the perfect area but if you're looking for a day out, there are plenty of places to visit within an hour or so from the lodge. Lincoln is a beautiful city within an hour away where you can shop, go on a boat trip, take photographs or a range of other things. Grantham is also less than an hour away which is also worth a visit.

A beautiful canal in Lincoln

And my favourite part about the whole break? The hot tub. A hot tub is such a luxurious touch to the break. It offers such a relaxing time whilst still spending time with others. 

Why do feet and hands look so strange under water?

Enjoying the hot tub

Making memories

So, if you're interested in booking this lodge/enquiring about prices, where can you find this lodge? Find out below!
Watch my video of the 2 days to see the full lodge and what else we got up to 
Call 07738 215372

Saturday, 22 September 2018

We Went To Matlock!

With Emily not being from around where I am, she had never heard of Matlock Illuminations, let alone been to them. So when we found out that it was Matlock Illuminations, we had to go.

Matlock Bath always reminds me of a little sea-side type town with its arcades, candy floss and slushies, boat rides, ice cream shops and most importantly, fish and chip shops. Getting fish and chips when in Matlock bath is a must. And at Matlock Illuminations? I have heard that its a new rule that if you go to Matlock illuminations that you have to get fish and chips.

I recently made an incredible discovery in Matlock Bath. An unvisited gem for myself. Tucker's fish and chip shop. One word: amazing.

The staff are friendly, exceptionally helpful and very polite. The owner is so lovely and nice to talk to.

The overall look and layout of the shop is great. I love the green/blue theme and all the art work around on the walls. There are many tables/booths (however it is a very popular place so many of the tables are often full!) inside and outside. The tables are spacious and tidy. They even

The shop as a whole is immactulate which you generally wouldnt expect from a fish and chip shop. We couldnt fault it what so ever.

And the food? The food was on another level. I genuinely dont think that I have ever been to a nicer chip shop, seriously. It was the nicest fish I have ever had and some of the greatest chips that I have ever had. They were not greasy as you would expect from the typical fish and chip shop, which I think is what makes Tuckers stand out above any other fish and chip shop.

Also the drinks come in a fancy plastic cup and the food comes on top of some 'newspaper' which I think are just 2 things which makes Tuckers unique and my favourite.

It is safe to say Tuckers fish and chip shop in Matlock Bath definitely exceeded our already high expectations and we will most definitely be visiting again in the near future. 

The delicious fish and chips were followed by a walk by the river, a slushie, sweets and the illuminations.

THE nicest sweets.

The fireworks following the illuminations just topped the already perfect night off. 


How can you find Tuckers fish and chip shop?
01629 57306