HelloFresh Classic Food Box Review

As you all know, I love cooking and creating new recipes but sometimes I lack inspiration (we all do) and wish someone else could create my meal plan for the week. HelloFresh very kindly offered to send me one of their classic boxes to try out for a few days and as I’m on Slimming World, they sent me a low calorie box which was filled with recipes perfect to stay on plan for the week.

HelloFresh Classic Food Box Review

How does it work?

Every week, Head Chef Patrick and his team create new recipes with an easy to follow photo step-by-step guide for you to cook their delicious and nutritious meals at home. The best bit? You don’t have to worry about the planning or creation, just the home cooking. HelloFresh source all of their fresh ingredients from their hand picked suppliers and package them up in the exact quantities you need so you never have to worry about measuring or weighing. They can also deliver your box on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Thursday and delivery is completely free of charge.

HelloFresh Classic Food Box Review

I opened the box and noticed that everything was packaged really well. The food came in a bag with a 100% wool liner which you can send back to be recycled or put them on your compost heap. They also use ice packs to make sure the meat stays fresh which is once again recyclable. My first impressions were good – everything looked really fresh so I put them in my fridge and cupboards and put the meals into my meal planner for the week.

I was sent a box for two people which consisted of three meals: Warm Chicken and Kale Caesar Salad, Prawn and Chorizo Chickpea Stew and Chef’s Tomato Garlic Ragu with Tagliatelle.

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Overall I was extremely impressed by the box and the recipes – I’ve even kept the recipe cards and I will definitely be making the recipes again. Each meal was extremely easy to make following the guides so even if you’re not much of a cook, this would still be easy. The meals were all absolutely delicious, the Ragu was different to any I’ve made before as it used Soy rather than Worcestershire sauce, the Chicken and Kale Caesar Salad would be a perfect summer time recipe and the Prawn, Chorizo and Chickpea stew was packed full of flavour.

The boxes are priced starting around £39 but HelloFresh have kindly given me a code for you all if you use my code ALISONTHURSBY you can get £25 off your first box. This means you will get a box at a bargain price, so why not get yourself one and get cooking some tasty meals! As a side note, if f you are on Slimming World I would recommend opting for the low-calorie option – you can still stay on plan without any guilt.

Why I'm Giving Up Social Media For LentI’ll admit that even though I’m not religious at all, each year I do sit and think about what I could give up for lent – just for a challenge more than anything.

More often than not I struggle so I simply don’t give up anything. One of the most popular choices for others is giving up chocolate or crisps but for me it wouldn’t be much of a challenge as they aren’t kept in my house and not something I reach for. I was in London with my friend a couple of weeks ago and we were talking about giving up something for lent and she mentioned Facebook which got me thinking if I could give up maybe one or two social media platforms for lent.

It’s safe to say that we’re all on social media a lot and I often start my day with a scroll through every social media platform I’m on and then I check my emails even though a lot of them are junk. Having a Apple technology family all of which I use social media on probably doesn’t help the matter as I find that I’m flicking through quite regularly but not really looking at anything in particular. I’ve also been guilty of opening up apps on my iPhone and iPad at the same time. Please say I’m not alone!

Stepping back from social media is something I’ve done for a week or so but never for over a month. After narrowing it down I’ve decided on Facebook and Twitter. I’m signing out of Twitter and Facebook on all my devices so that if I do click on the app by accident, it won’t log me in and apart from pre-scheduled Tweets, not a lot will be on my feed. I think it will be interesting to see how I feel when I go back on.

I’ve also decided that I want to focus more on reading for pleasure while I take a little social media break. Even though I enjoy reading I don’t do it often enough. I’ve downloaded a couple of books onto my Kindle app and I have a couple of books in my bedside cabinet to read as well so I’m going to make a start and hopefully make a small dent in my reading list. I’d also like to take some time away from my emails where I can and not delve into them multiple times a day.

As I’m writing this I’m actually really excited, I think time away from certain platforms will be good for me.

Says it all really, doesn’t it?

Blossoming Gifts

I love flowers and quite regularly have a fresh bunch in my house, they really brighten up my living room. With Mother’s Day round the corner and thinking about what I could get my Mum for the day, I was excited when Blossoming Gifts kindly got in touch with me and offered to send me one of their absolutely beautiful bouquets which would be a perfect gift for your Mum.

It was a tough choice but after about half an hour of browsing I finally settled on the beautiful Brighton Rock bouquet which I thought would brighten up the house. The bouquet is a stunning arrangement of pink oriental lily, Miss Piggy roses, Memory Lane roses, green hypericum berries and green bell. I think it looks like the perfect spring time bouquet and I think it would be great for Mother’s Day or any other occasion.

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I’ve never had flowers from Blossoming Gifts before but can’t fault them for their service or the quality of their flowers. The bouquet itself is absolutely beautiful and within the first week of having them the lilies came out fully and the rest of the flowers are still in a great condition. Overall I’ve been really impressed by my flowers and will definitely be using them again in the future when I’m buying gifts for friends and family.

Blossoming Gifts

Blossoming Gifts have some really beautiful bouquets on the site, not only seasonal ones but ones for any occasion too and they have kindly given one of you the chance to win a bouquet worth £35 or less of your choice. To enter the competition all you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter giveaway. The winner will be drawn and contacted two weeks from today, the 14th of March.

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This post contains a PR Sample or gifted item but all opinions are my own.

Finding My Makeup

When I got really into blogging I was mainly writing about beauty and following beauty blogs but I quickly realised that there was only so much I could write about a new lipstick, eyeshadow or foundation. Let’s be honest, there is  only so much makeup I can put on my face – I only have one face after all.

Over the years I ended up parting with quite a bit of cash to buy a lot of makeup products to add to a collection. Over the past year I have really tried to streamline how much makeup I put into my collection, what makeup I keep and what makeup I think is essential. This project led to a lot of my products going to friends for a good home and, if they were no good, they went straight in the bin.

I own a two drawer acrylic storage system from Muji where I keep my daily makeup. I try to change this every month because I want to make the most of the makeup I do have until it goes bad or gathers dust for months on end. I’ve been trying to really get together my essential makeup products so that maybe one day I can just own makeup to fit into one bag. Who knows, one day I’m hopeful it might happen but recently I’ve been finding a few essentials within my collection.

I delved into my main MAC eyeshadow palette recently and picked out a perfect quad for me which I absolutely adore and have been wearing on a daily basis for the past month or so. It consists of one of my most loved MAC eyeshadows – Patina, and three that were not so loved – Shroom, Woodwinked and Cork. I always go for the same kind of eyeshadows – copper, brown, neutral tones to really bring out the blue in my eyes.

After my beloved Clarins Everlasting foundation kicked the bucket, I went on the hunt for a new base to wear for when I need that bit of extra coverage. I was kindly gifted the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation which has fast became the replacement for my Clarins. When looking for a new base I’ve always been a more dewy, natural finish kind of girl so when I saw that this foundation was matte I wasn’t sure I would love it, but I do. I always think of a matte foundation as cakey on the skin but with this, I can’t feel it at all. It’s flawless and leaves such a nice, natural finish on my skin while providing a slightly fuller coverage for the days my skin needs it.

Talking of matte – I’ve been delving into the world of matte lipsticks recently thanks to my friend Kirsty who very kindly bought me the MAC Mehr lipstick for Christmas. It is a beautiful, wearable red shade which leaves my lips still feeling hydrated even though it has a matte finish. I’ve been a big fan of this one recently and don’t feel so afraid to try matte lipsticks in the future – times are definitely changing!

This post contains a PR Sample or gifted item but all opinions are my own.

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I absolutely love my Leek, Bacon and Potato bake. In fact, I love it so much that I make it on a weekly basis so today I thought I’d share the recipe with you – it’s so simple to make and absolutely delicious and it won’t break the bank. It is a syn free recipe on Slimming World using the cheese as your healthy extra and the recipe is for three portions (I make it for two of us and then have one portion left for my lunch the next day).

Leek, Bacon and Potato Bake

INGREDIENTS

  • 600g Potatoes (I use desiree)
  • 2 Bacon Medallions Per Person (all fat removed)
  • 2 Large Leeks
  • 4 Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 90g Red Leicester (healthy extra or 6 syns)
  • Frylight

METHOD

  1. Firstly preheat your oven to 200°
  2. Then, chop up your ingredients (I always peel my potatoes as well) and whisk the eggs in a bowl adding in a little salt and pepper
  3. Pop your potatoes into a pan of cold water and leave them to start boiling. Meanwhile, take your cut up bacon and add to a pan with some frylight and cook until crispy
  4. Once they have started to boil, leave them for about 10 minutes so they get a little soft. Then cut up your leeks and add them in for a few minutes to soften slightly.
  5. Once the vegetables are ready, drain them off and add to an ovenproof dish adding in your bacon and whisked up eggs  and mix together. Then, take your red leicester cheese and add to the top.
  6. Put in the oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and then serve.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

The new Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette is essentially my idea of a dream come true when it comes to eyeshadows. I’ve never made it a secret that I adore every eyeshadow palette Urban Decay has released so when I heard that they were making an all matte Naked Palette, I knew I had to have it in my ever-growing collection.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

The Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette features a new selection of twelve matte, neutral eyeshadows perfect for many different day or night-time looks. The packaging is probably my favourite design of the palettes so far as it arrives in the most stunning, square-shaped and travel friendly plastic rose gold compact. It has the most beautiful burst design that displays the Urban Decay logo and is raised to give it some texture. Inside there is a really decent sized, high quality mirror along with a double-ended brush that can be used for application along with the twelve beautiful eyeshadows.

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

  • Blow (Light Nude Demi-Matte)
  • Nude (Soft Pink Nude Matte)
  • Commando (Light Taupe Brown Matte)
  • Tempted (Pale Brown Matte)
  • Instinct (Medium Pink Taupe Matte)
  • Lethal (Reddish Brown Matte)
  • Pre-Game (Pale Yellow Matte)
  • Extra Bitter (Burnt Orange Matte)
  • Faith (Medium Warm Brown Matte)
  • Lockout (Rich Neutral Brown Matte)
  • Magnet (Smoky Gray Matte)
  • Blackjack (Warm Black Matte)

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

This palette is the only one I have reached for in the last couple of weeks which says it all really as I usually go for a different eyeshadow look daily. Personally, I think that it is wonderful for a day or night look and as it contains a beautiful selection of warm and cooler neutrals, it is perfect for everyone especially if you are a fan of neutrals.

The eyeshadows are quite tense colours and are packed together in a way that they apply without much fallout (always a pet hate of mine!), they are wonderful quality as always and blend like a dream. I just love them! My favourite combination so far are using a mixture of Commando, Tempted and Faith – they create a beautiful eye look especially with my blue eyes.

Like all of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows, this palette doesn’t disappoint and is something I would definitely recommend you add to your Christmas list if you haven’t already – hopefully Santa will be good to you this year. It’s available now for £38.50 and if you ask me, worth every penny.

What are your favourite eyeshadows?

This post contains a PR Sample or gifted item but all opinions are my own.

Luxury Christmas Flowers From OK Bouquet   Luxury Christmas Flowers From OK Bouquet Luxury Christmas Flowers From OK BouquetWith it being nearly Christmas, having a nice bouquet of flowers delivered as a gift is a wonderful present for friends or family. When I was contacted by OK Bouquet to review one of their beautiful bouquets I jumped at the chance. I went on their website I was instantly impressed by all the beautiful luxury flowers and bouquets they had to offer at really reasonable prices.

It was a tough choice but I finally opted for the Frosty Bouquet which is a beautiful selection of seasonal flowers. The bouquet comes with beautiful Red Naomi Roses (some of which have a little diamanté inside), White Lilies, Red Hypericum, Anastasia Green Chrysanthemums and Frosty Oak Leaf.

Having never used OK Bouquet before I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was overwhelmed by the package that was received. After choosing which bouquet I would like I received an email to say they would arrive a couple of days later. Once I had the dispatch email they arrived safely in a huge cardboard box and packaged well, tied together and ready for the customer to arrange into vases.

The bouquet is available in two sizes – large or deluxe and will contain the best seasonal flowers and foliage available at the time. I opted for the deluxe bouquet which costs £45 and I can tell you that the value for money is phenomenal. As you can see from the photos, the flowers that arrived in this deluxe bouquet had to be split  and arranged between two large vases.

I am happy to report that over two weeks later my flowers are still going strong, the majority of the Lilies have come out fully and the roses still look as good as the day I got them.

I have been really impressed by the service and flowers I received from OK Bouquet and would say that they are better value than some of the other companies out there. I will definitely be a returning customer in the future.

Do you like flowers as gifts? What are your favourite flowers?

This post contains a PR Sample or gifted item but all opinions are my own.

Lab 2 Brushes

Lab 2 Brushes

I’ve never been the kind of person to spend a fortune on makeup brushes. The Real Techniques line takes up the majority, if not all my collection so when I heard about the L.A.B.2 Brushes, I was eager to try them out and see if they can give Real Techniques a run for their money.

L.A.B.2 is an innovative brush line which has been created to inspire makeup beginners and beauty junkies alike. L.A.B.2 prides itself in creating innovative, trend-setting beauty products which are extremely durable and made in a unique way to be soft, but still structured to create a flawless finish.

The I’m Turning Pro Brush Kit features four brushes to create an everyday makeup look. Firstly let’s talk about packaging – the brushes are absolutely beautiful with an all-black, matte exterior. Do I need to say more? They look, and feel sleek and professional and after a few weeks of usage, they still seem to look unused which is a big plus for me.

Now, onto the brushes. They are all  hypoallergenic; dermatologist tested and have no animal-derived components and have wonderful velvet-soft bristles.

Foundation Brush – I’ve never been a big fan of this style of foundation brush, it reminds me more of a paint brush and isn’t something I have ever used as a foundation brush. For me, it works wonders as a concealer brush as the tip is just small enough to get under my eyes and blend the concealer really well.
Buffing Brush – I was most excited about this brush because I wanted to see how it compared to my holy grail Real Techniques Buffing and Expert Face Brush. I would say that this brush is my favourite of them all, it is a great buffing brush and blends foundation in seamlessly providing a full-coverage application and softens harsh lines for a lovely airbrushed effect. Definitely one to pick up!
Contour Brush – I’m not a big fan of contouring so I’ve simply used this for blush and highlighter and it is a really good brush, soft and gives subtle definition when applying the product.
Eyeshadow Brush – I find that this brush is really versatile, it can be used for packing on eyeshadow all over the lid as well as blending. The brush is really soft and overall really easy to work with, I am very impressed.

What is your favourite makeup brush brand? You can find the L.A.B.2 brushes available in Superdrug at the moment and if you haven’t tried them, I would recommend picking them up to try.

This post contains a PR Sample or gifted item but all opinions are my own.

The October Round-Up

October, you have been a very strange month indeed. I left September on a high, feeling ready for the Autumn and Winter but during October something quite big happened in my life which meant that everything kind of went a bit crazy but I can’t really talk about yet. I don’t want to dwell on that though, so on to the positives.

One of the reasons that Autumn is my favourite season is because of the pretty colours of the leaves as they fall – lots of shades of orange, red, green and brown. I just love the colours and also love walking through them kicking the leaves as I go.

At the beginning of October I went for a photoshoot with one of my best friends, Charlie. It was a gift given to me by one of my lovely friends for my birthday and I was so excited to go, especially with Charlie as I knew we’d have a laugh and it would be a good excuse to get a bit glammed up. We text back and forth in the days before to discuss hair, clothes and what makeup we might want. I’m going to review the photoshoot soon but overall I was so impressed with the experience and absolutely love the photos we have from it. Originally we had wanted photos of both of us but when we saw some of them we really liked a couple of individual photos and decided to get them as well.

The October Round-Up

Autumn is also my favourite time of year for food as you can have delicious, hearty and filling meals that are totally syn free – casserole, roast dinners, cottage pie and more. I really ought to do a Slimming World (and life) update soon but I will say that it’s still going really well. Overall, my Slimming World journey is slow and steady and to be honest I’m more than happy with that. I’ve seen a lot of men and women who manage to lose 5 stone in a short period of time and have often wondered why I can’t do that. The realisation that we’re all different and some may lose quicker than others has really helped me along my journey. I do the same thing week in, week out and my new mantra is to work hard and it will pay off later. I know my body will eventually catch up with me during the weeks where I maintain or have a small gain, and I’m fine with that. The photoshoot I had showed me how much of a difference I’ve made to my body and I’m proud of myself. I want to get to my target weight, it’s not a million miles away and although I wanted to achieve it this year I think it’s more achievable for me to be hitting target within the first few months of next year. Target is all about what you want to achieve and not what you think you should be. I know what weight I want to be, and what dress size and I’m working towards that.

The October Round-Up

As you can probably tell, I’ve not been as active on my blog as I’d like to be and unfortunately I think it will be like that for a few more weeks now due to some life stuff, but I do plan on at least posting one post a week – quality over quantity and all that.

I’ve been loving TV recently – Flash and Arrow are back *eek* and I finished Night Of which unfortunately was a complete disappointment in the end (to me, anyway!). Secrets and Lies is my TV recommendation from this month, it’s starting the second season on W and it’s one of my favourite genre of shows – crime mystery. I also saw Doctor Strange which was an amazing film, if you like Marvel you need to go and see it, pronto!

I’ve also been really enjoying Country Music and have had Carrie Underwood blasting out of my iPod every morning.

In November I do have some exciting plans which means every weekend is filled – a fireworks party, a trip to Scotland to see my parents and pup, a girls weekend and some Christmas shopping.

Pizz Express Autumn Menu 2016

A couple of weekends ago my friend Kirsty and I went out for a meal to try the new Autumn and Winter menu at Pizza Express in Coventry Belgrade Plaza. We were both really excited to go to Pizza Express and in our past experience we’ve enjoyed eating there as every dish is always so fresh and extremely tasty! Our visit to Belgrade Plaza was no different this time around and the new offerings on the Pizza Express Autumn and Winter menu are a real treat for any Italian lovers out there.

Pizz Express Autumn Menu 2016

For our starter we chose to share Dough Balls Doppio (£7.60) which was a sharing portion of the famous Pizza Express Dough Balls with a trio of dips. The dips were garlic butter which is always a firm favourite, pestorissa and harissa which is a deliciously spiced tomato dip. The dips and Dough Balls were delicious and we could have easily had more.

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For our mains we went for the Basilicata Romana (£13.20) which is a thin based pizza topped with lamb, mint and chilli meatballs, red onion, mozzarella and garlic oil placed on a capia pepper and tomato based finished with rocket, shaved Gran Milano cheese and basil pesto.What a treat indeed! The other main we chose was the Pennette Bolognese (£10.65) which was also absolutely delicious and nothing like your typical bolognese. It had a gorgeous rich beef, porcini mushroom, tomato and garlic bolognese sauce with pennette pasta and then finished with some Gran Milano cheesy goodness and some lovely fresh pasta. The mains certainly didn’t disappoint and left us full but we still had room for some pudding, of course.

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The puddings certainly did not disappoint. We went for the Chocolate Brownie (£5.60) which was a sweet but not too sickly brownie made using gluten-free flour, services with vanilla gelato, strawberry, fresh mint and icing sugar. The other show stopper had to be the new Chocolate Fondant (£6.60) which was simply divine and for someone who doesn’t usually go for a chocolate pudding, I would recommend this to anyone. It was a lovely rich and intense warm chocolate cake with a soft melting centre, served with vanilla gelato, fresh mint and icing sugar.

We both couldn’t fault our visit to Pizza Express and their new menus never fail to keep us interested and wanting to go back again soon for some more delicious Italian food.

View the full menu and book your table at Pizza Express on their website here!

Have you tried anything from the new Pizza Express Autumn and Winter Menu yet? Which new dish would you go for?

I was kindly offered a meal at Pizza Express free of charge for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own

September Round Up

September will always be my favourite month as it’s my birthday and September normally means that I’m going on holiday and spending my birthday in the sun.

I feel that this year is going by at lightning speed, I genuinely can’t believe we’re in October already.

Overall September was one of the best months this year. As it was my 30th birthday my lovely work colleagues decorated my desk and bought me a cake with the most amazing New York themed topper they had custom made, Prosecco and some beautiful earrings.

September Round Up

I then jetted off to New York for a week to celebrate my birthday in style and have a much needed holiday and break with my boyfriend. We had the most wonderful time and New York is fast becoming one of my favourite cities and I will definitely be going back there in the next five years. We spent the week walking over 73 miles, using the subway, sightseeing and visiting some amazing places such as One World Observatory, Top of The Rock, Central Park, The Empire State Building and we also went on a sightseeing cruise which was fantastic as you could see amazing views such as the Manhattan Skyline, Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Honestly, I had the most amazing birthday and visited Central Park Zoo and in the evening we went to the Rainbow Room for dinner and celebratory cocktails and Prosecco where we had a phenomenal view of the Empire State Building and Central Park. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday but little did I know that my celebrations were going to continue weeks afterwards.

September Round Up

A week after I got back a group of my girl friends surprised me with an amazing afternoon tea where one of my best friends did a lot of home baking and one of them had booked for me to do a photo shoot which I did this weekend just gone, it was a lot of fun. I have absolutely wonderful friends, boyfriend and family who all made my birthday simply unforgettable.

What else have I been loving this month?

I tend to have a period over the summer where barely anything I want to watch is on TV. I tend to find that everything starts again in Autumn. For September I’ve been really loving The Night Of which is a crime, mystery miniseries based in New York and kind of reminds me of Broadchurch. I haven’t finished it yet but so far there are plenty of twists and turns to keep me hooked. And of course, September was the start of Strictly Come Dancing which I love, it always makes me want to dance. In October some of my other favourite programmes start up again, I’m so excited!

What have you been up to this September?

My Thoughts On Being 30I am now a 30 year old. Eek! I wanted to write this post before my actual birthday but because I ended up ridiculously busy right before, I had to leave my blog to one side for a couple of weeks, sorry about that.

I know we all say it every single year but I really feel like this year is going by at a stupidly fast pace, it’s officially Autumn which can only mean one thing – my candle collection is coming out. I can’t believe that I am now 30. I had the most amazing birthday and was lucky enough to be celebrating it in the city I’ve always wanted to go to – New York. It was one of the most amazing holiday’s, ever and both my boyfriend and I loved it. A lot of people seem to dread the big 3-0 but I was more excited than anything else.

I wanted to write this post to share how I feel now that I’ve turned 30 and how I’ve changed over the last few years as I feel that I’m a different person to who I was last year, let alone the person I was in my early twenties. I am honestly so excited about being my 30’s – bring on the good times!

1. I am a lot more happy in myself and confident – I’m definitely more of a happy person these days with more confidence than I have had in a long time. I spent most of my twenties feeling really uneasy and unhappy in myself.  Although I do try and keep myself to myself and some people may think I’m quiet (I’m not when you get to know me!) I am able to speak out when I need to and more and more I will stand up for myself which I think is a good quality. I’m also more confident in my body and appearance which I haven’t been in years and although I’m not at my target weight yet, I’m getting there.

2. I’ve finally learnt that quality is better than quantity – This was something I started learn a few years ago and it pretty much applies to everything in my life, especially friendships (and chocolate, of course). I have had a number of friends over the years some of which I’ve known for a very long time, but now I’m left with a handful of friends that I keep close to me and class as my best friends and I honestly wouldn’t know what to do without them. None of them are toxic people, they are all lovely and I know would do anything for me which means I am now surrounded by a small group of people who I trust with everything.

3. I know how I like to spend my time – I feel that I know who I am, what I like and how I like to spend my time. Time is precious and my absolute favourite way to spend my time is with the people I love the most – my boyfriend, family and friends. My perfect evening in would be with friends, Gaz or my parents, a DVD and some popcorn to snack on. I’ve never been a huge fan of going to a club or going out-out constantly, but I really enjoy a nice meal out with a few glasses of prosecco, gin or even some delicious cocktails. I also like to give myself a bit of me time which will often happen while my boyfriend plays on Fifa and usually involves having a bath and watching YouTube, Netflix or spending my time writing my blog posts and pinning on Pinterest. Sometimes me time will also be in the kitchen, cooking a nice meal while I watch the iPad. I am so cool, I know.

4. I would rather spend my money on living life than a lipstick – In my early twenties I tended to be a bit more frivolous with my money and spend it on whatever I like whereas towards my late twenties and now, I’m a bit more realistic and don’t like to throw my money away. A lot of people laugh at me but I have a finances spreadsheet and I set aside a certain amount each month for myself and most of that is spent on doing things. I’ve realised that I would rather spend my money on doing things, going out with my friends, organising trips to London, booking theatre and ballet tickets, having a meal out with my boyfriend, visiting my parents etc. I used to want to buy loads of makeup but now I’m not so fussed. How life changes!

5. I’d rather have a quiet life than one filled with drama – Drama, gossiping and bitchiness will always happen but I feel like I spent a lot of my twenties in the middle of one massive drama but thankfully now I am completely out of that. Now that I’m 30 I definitely want more of a quiet, simple and drama free life. I have learnt to walk away from drama and gossiping and have no interest in anyone looking to create drama. Once I learned to let go of the people causing it, a weight was lifted off my shoulders.

6. My fashion sense has changed – Yes, it definitely has. I don’t feel the need to buy an excessive amount of clothes to fill my wardrobe and I would much rather spend a little bit more money and have a few nice pieces I can wear in different combinations. My favourite clothes to wear are my jeans with a nice top or a comfy jumper. I also live in my favourite Doctor Who hoody.

7. Sometimes it’s good to step back, take care of me and relax –  I’ve learnt a lot that sometimes life can just get too much and that I need to take some time out for me. Sometimes I find myself exhausted from work or life in general and I hit the point where I know I need to take action – this usually involves a break from social media and just enjoying my time offline a bit more. Sometimes I also get fed up with blogging so I have a bit of a break because I find that if I’m churning out content I’m not really bothered about, no one will want to read it anyway. I know the tell-tale signs to needing a break so I always make sure I have one, whatever that may involve. It’s good to listen to your body and know what’s best for you.

Have you recently hit a big birthday? Do you feel like your life has changed? I’d love to hear.