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Get to know me

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Hello everyone and welcome to my very first post here! I have some really exciting ideas for this space but I thought what better way to start than to get to know me a bit better so here are a few facts about me.

My name is Kelly (in case you couldn’t tell from the title) and I’m currently 24 years old. I’ve been a blogger on and off for the past six years but earlier in the year decided to close my main blog down as I had fallen out of love with it and found I was just doing content for the sake of it. I very much fell into the “blogging made me do it” category which was not only time consuming but expensive too!

For the past four years I have also run another blog which focuses solely on history. Whilst it was a challenge at times running two blogs, I felt it was important to keep them separate because they have two completely different types of audience.

I’m obsessed with shoes and have so many pairs, some of which I am ashamed to say I’m yet to wear. I’d love nothing more than in the future to be able to display my shoes in cute cabinets for all to see. For now though, they are scattered everywhere and anywhere. I’m also obsessed with butterflies and love wearing tops with butterfly print on, inspired jewellery and always stop to watch them as they fly past too!

Talking of flying, I’m also obsessed with aviation and for quite a while, wanted to be air cabin crew. I decided against this in the end when I realised how hard the training was and how much you had to remember on a daily basis. I do however still love taking IMG_8633photographs of planes and attend many airshows throughout the summer months.

A couple of years ago, I bought a better camera to help me take photos and have since been learning how to use it. I’m hoping that as my blog progresses, so will my photography.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit some amazing places over the years and can’t wait to share my experiences and tips with you on this blog. Whether its days out, weekends away or holidays in some amazing countries, I’ve loved every minute of it.

I have a dog named Trixie who is now five years old and I absolutely adore her. She is a Patadale cross Jack Russell who loves nothing more than long walks in the countryside followed my snuggles on the sofa when we return.35508636_10209415620266561_4646815144351891456_n

I’m very much a shopaholic and can be very impulsive. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve bought something, to then wonder what on earth I was thinking when I got home. This is definitely the case with make up! I’m forever buying new pieces of make up to try and yet, whilst I enjoy experimenting with make up, I don’t wear it everyday.

I’d much rather enjoy a cosy night in with a takeaway and a film rather than a late night out somewhere drinking. I’m very much that person that by nine at night, the pjs will be on. That’s probably also the reason why I own more pjs than any other item of clothing!

Cosy nights in wouldn’t be complete without my amazing boyfriend Andy, who also happens to be a great photographer, so any outfit shots you see on my blog will probably be thanks to him. 41479908_10209889031421544_4602219579794522112_n

So that is just a few facts about me that I wanted to share with you to get me back into blogging. I’m not entirely sure what my schedule will be yet as I think I’m just going to take it as it comes and write when I’m in the mood to.

I’d love to know something interesting about you so leave one fact in the comments below.

Bye for now

The Kelly Diane Report

 

Books

Hinch Yourself Happy book Review

Firstly, if you don’t know who Mrs Hinch is, where have you been hiding? Her name is everywhere at the moment and even more so since her book came out. Even my partner Andy knows who Mrs Hinch is and can recognise her voice instantly.

I asked my mum to pre-order the book as a birthday present and once the book arrived, I read the whole book in less than a week, which is something I haven’t done in years.

The book itself is split down into five key sections – The first section is “Home is where my heart is”, the second is “welcome to my Hinching world”, the third is “a bit about me”, the fourth is “grab your Minkeh we’re going on a cleaning adventure” and lastly is “let’s de-clutter our lives”. Each section is easy to read and also had at least one page called diary where you can answer some questions such as what is your favourite tunes to clean to. At the back of the book, there is also some check list pages where you can right down the things you want to clean.

One of the main things I loved about reading the book was the fact that Mrs Hinch spoke about herself more than on her Instagram account, where she talks about how to clean things and also about what eBay bargains she has bought, so we were able to get to know her.

Rather than just seeing the face of a great Instagram account, you can read about her childhood, health struggles, meeting and marrying Jamie and a whole lot of other things in between. I particularly loved reading about her reaction to reaching 1 million Instagram followers because it was just so normal and exactly how I would probably feel too.

As much as I love watching Mrs Hinch on Instagram stories, there were some parts of her cleaning that I just didn’t understand but this is where the Hinchionary part of the book is perfect because it tells you the names of the cloths she uses and also the story behind her favourite words and sayings, for examples.

Further on past this section is all about the “Hinching family” and her favourite products to use. Rather than just naming a load of products, Mrs Hinch has written her tips, tricks and routines to follow to make cleaning less of a chore and more manageable. I have since bought a few products that I previously hadn’t tried but now I love such as the Pink Stuff and Elbow Grease.

If you’ve ever wondered how to clean quickly but efficiently, this book is for you. You can try various methods such as just room by room, Hinch half hour, the clockwise clean or fresh’n up Friday, all of which are explained in the book.

Overall I’m absolutely obsessed with this book and if I forget anything, I can refer back to the book when I’m cleaning. I’m also more productive at cleaning because I now target certain areas at a time rather than trying to do it all at once.

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Professional footcare with Dr Anders Podiatrist

For people like me, who spends a lot of the day walking around at work or stood up, can often find that their feet become aching and sore, with complaints of dry, cracked or hard skin. There are so many different products on the market (many of which I have tried over the years) that claim to solve these issues. However, past experiences have taught me that a lot of these products are only a quick fix and that is because it usually just leaves a layer of grease on your skin, which doesn’t last all that long.

What I wanted was something that I could use daily, that would not make my feet slippery (especially during sandal weather!) but would care for them and bring my feet back to looking how they did when I was a teenager. Its not too much to ask or is it?

When I saw Dr Judith Anders advertising some of her products on Twitter and portraying the benefits she felt they gave, I was interested to find out more. As soon as I found out she was an professional podiatrist with over 20 years experience, I felt that her products would have some scientific research behind them than the average drugstore brand, at least you get to see the ingredients used and there benefits unlike other brands who just list ingredients because its a legal requirement. When Dr Judith asked if I would like to try a couple of her products, I jumped at the chance and started trying the products as soon as they arrived.

I was very kindly sent three products, two of which I have tried and one which I will be gifting to a member of my family which I will explain which product and why I didn’t want to use it.

The Conditioning nail treatment, which I didn’t use has a formula which contains sodium thiosulphate which are said to help combat nail hardness whilst the oils that are also in the product are said to help improve the overall condition of the nails. Dr Judith believes that with regular use, this product should improve the appearance of your nails as well as reduce the thickness, making them softer and easier to manage. This is why I haven’t tried this product, because my nails are already very soft and quite flexible and so I don’t think this is the product for me. However, as I mentioned above, there is a family member that I know would benefit from this product.

I’ll start with my first impressions of the packaging which looked professional, the design was kept throughout each product and the product size itself was a generous amount. Meanwhile the white packaging of the products gave it a more high end, polished look.

Dr Judith claims that the products contain “the purest naturally derived ingredients and are free from harmful toxic chemicals. The range has been expertly formulated to feel luxurious and to deliver exceptional benefits and is suitable for all skin types including people with diabetes” Dr Judith also stated that none of her products have been tested on animals.

The first product I tried was the “Intensive rescue balm” because I thought this would be a great way to start my testing and to see if it gets my feet to a healthier condition. The aim of the balm is to hydrate the skin whilst absorbing quickly so that it is non-greasy. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to wait 30 minutes after applying the balm for it to soak into your feet. Up to 10% of the formula of the balm contains urea which is said to both nourish and break down hardened, callused skin whilst also eliminating cracks. The balm also contains ingredients that has antifungal and antiviral properties which is exactly what our hard working feet need.

The second product I tried was the nourishing daily therapy which comes in a spray bottle. The formula is made up of coconut, olus and tamanu oils which are said to be highly effective at hydrating your skin and leaves it soft and supple. As with the balm, this spray also contains anitfungal and antiviral properties. Unlike other brands on the market, this spray has been designed to be used at any angle, so its perfect for anyone older or who just can’t reach their feet easily. I found when I used this product, it took about five minutes so soak into my feet. However, I tried it on my partner Andy and he found it took much longer and also his socks kept slipping down.

Overall I would say that I really like both of the products I have tried so far this week. I’ve been using the balm after getting out of the bath and the spray daily before going to work. I personally think the balm should be used no more than a couple of times a week. The fragrance is absolutely amazing and is suitable for both male and female. It was nice to use a foot product that didn’t smell of mint which so many other brands do. They feel really luxurious on my skin however, unfortunately, Andy wasn’t keen of the feel on his skin.

Alongside the product range, Dr Judith has launched a forum on her website (see link below) which she hopes will “drive change and encourage conversations to transform the attitudes we have towards our feet, so people no longer feel worried or ashamed about their feet”.

For more information and to purchase any of the products mentioned, visit Dr Judith using the following Feel Your Feet

*Some products mentioned above may have been gifted to me, however any opinions I have given have been what I honestly think.

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Andy strikes again

So if you don’t already know, Andy is my partner. I’ve featured him on here a few times now, from The Boyfriend Tag to not one but two posts where Andy has conned me (I Was Conned & Andy Cons Me Again)

In the latter two posts I vowed to get my own back but whilst I have a couple ideas up my sleeve, I’m biding my time until he least expects it. Having said this I did unfortunately fall for another one of his tricks and I had a huge blonde moment.

We were enjoying a day out with my family at the beach and were walking through the boat yard when Andy pointed up to a post with a white box on the top of it and what looked like a camera. He asked me what it was to which I replied I didn’t know. He told me it was a speed camera for boats and I fell for it hook, line and sinker, replying really? I never knew they did that. Morale of the story, think about what Andy says before you say your reply.

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An update on Trixie with Top Collar

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For those of you that don’t know, Trixie is mine and Andy’s Jack Russell X Patterdale dog who has recently turned six. She is very much our baby and we love going on adventures with her. A couple of months ago, we decided to set Trixie up with her own Instagram page to share what she has been up to which can be found HERE . Its been doing so well that she in catching me up in terms of followers and so I was very pleased when we were asked if Trixie would like to try some dog treats from Top Collar.

So who are Top Collar?

They are bakers of fresh dog treats which are sent through the post in terms of a twice a month subscription box. On their website, you enter in details about your dog so that they can customise the treats for your dogs needs and you can even add a photo of your dog which arrives on the box itself. The company states that it uses natural ingredients and is also gluten free so they can be a lot healthier than other treats that are available in pet stores.

All of the treats Trixie has received have been in cute heart shapes and the flavours sound yummy even to me. So far, she has received fish cakes, Easter roast, pork burgers and peanut butter and coconut. We know she finds them yummy because as soon as we give her one of the treats, she eats it straight away and is then looking for a second one.

The best thing about Top Collar for us is that they are hassle free. We no longer run out of treats for Trixie and she has more of a variety of flavours than she used to. The boxes cost £5.99 a pack and come out of our account automatically unless we pause or stop it. They are also sent in letterbox friendly packs which mean that even if we are out, we’ll still receive the treats. At Easter, she also received a cute Easter biscuit as an added extra.

*The first packet from Top Collar was very kindly gifted to Trixie to try but I’ve since been a full paying customer. All opinions about the products are my own and whilst they are natural treats, they are to be given in moderation and always with water nearby.

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A to Z of Me

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Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!

Recently, well quite while ago I was kindly tagged by a couple of bloggers to do the A to Z tag and I’ve finally got round to doing it, so here’s my A to Z.

I hope you enjoy it and find some things out about my interests, hobbies, general life or shall we say me!

A – Aviation. This plays a huge part in my life, going to my first air show when I was just six weeks old. As I’ve got older, its become more of a hobby for me and I try to plan the summer months around the airshow season. I’m lucky that my other half Andy also likes aviation too.

B – Books. I love reading and try to read a little everyday. My favourites range from romance to saga, although I’ve also been loving the Sarah Knight books too.

C – Cleaning. I wouldn’t say I’m OCD about it but I absolutely love cleaning and find it so therapeutic. If I’m annoyed or upset, I’ll take it out on the cleaning and of course, I’m obsessed with Mrs Hinch.

D – Dungarees. I absolutely love them, jean versions, skirt/dress versions and shorts! you can wear certain type and brands pretty much for all occasions, i even have a pair of trouser style ones that to me look posh, i feel i could wear them to a wedding, although it would be unlikely, you never know.

E – Embroidery. I have a huge obsession with embroidered clothing. Big cosy sweatshirts or slouchy jeans with embroidered detail look so simple yet pretty.

F – Food. I love my food and I’m always thinking about what meals each day to have with Andy, although i do try and get him to suggest. His typical reply is grass, bread and butter!

G – Grumpy. I am the first too admit that I am so not a morning person and be so grumpy if I haven’t had my cup of tea and I’m sure Andy would agree with me.

H – Hearing. Over the last few years I’ve noticed my hearing has got worse and a lot of the time, I don’t realise people are talking to me. I finally plucked up the courage with Andy’s nagging to speak to somebody about it, and, after a long process, I now wear hearing aids. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest because I’m no longer missing out on what people are saying.

I – Italy. I really want to go to Italy so bad, its top of my current travel bucket list. I just want to go there, eat all of the food and see all of the sights. Although in typical Andy fashion he said he’d take me to an Italian restaurant with a back projection of Rome on the walls!

J – Jellyfish. I love how pretty they look and could spend hours in an aquarium just watching them float around.

K – Kindness. I’m a big believer of being kind. It doesn’t cost anything and yet random acts of kindness can make someones day. If everybody was kind, the world would certainly be a much better place.

L – Liquid Lunch by Caro Emerald is one of my all time favourite songs.

M – Malta. I absolutely love the island of Malta. It has always been my favourite holiday destination and I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been back there. It was also the destination of my very first holiday abroad which was many years ago now.

N – Northern Lights. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with the Northern Lights. I love how pretty they are and can’t wait to book a trip to go see them. I did think about going to Finland to see them but I need to save a lot of money because the place I want to stay is expensive.

O – Organisation. I love being organised and have lists everywhere of things that I need to do and want to achieve. If I didn’t have those lists, I just don’t know how I would cope and I’d probably be in a right panic.

P – Pets. I love animals and currently i have a dog. I’ve mentioned her before my six year old Jack Russell cross Patadale named Trixie. She brightens up my day and is always there for a cuddle.

Q – Quiz. I love quizes whether its watching them on the tv or going on a quiz night, I love them. I might not be very good at them and might not get many answers right but I still find them a great way to pass the time and always learn something new too.

R – Ribblehead viaduct. If you don’t already know, Andy is a train driver (you can read all about him here). Over the last year he has been introducing me too all things train related and recently took me to see the famous Ribblehead viaduct which was such a pretty place.

S – Shopping. I’m definitely a shopaholic. I love shopping and will admit I do it every single week, despite not actually needing anything. My weaknesses are definitely shoes and anything from Primark.

T – Tattoo. I currently have one tattoo which I got a year ago. Its a heart with a Spitfire attached. Not only is the Spitfire my favourite plane, it was a fighter in its day and it always reminds me to fight for what you want, but more importantly if it wasn’t for Spitfire’s and other types around that time, we wouldn’t likely have the freedom we have today! its disheartening when you hear young girls walking past a airfield when we wait for a take off and hear them say “whats all the fuss about, its only a plane” for me, keeping my mouth shut wants to say that plane is probably why your here today and show some respect!

U – Unpacking. If I’m staying in a hotel, I have to unpack everything so that it feels like home. I definitely can’t just live out of a suitcase.

V – Vintage. I love vintage looking things as well as attending vintage inspired events. My favourite era has always been the 1940s and I love the glamour of the hair and make up of that era.

W – Wales. I’d love to explore some more of Wales. It’s part of my history because it’s where my dad’s family are from.

X – Xray. Whilst I’ve had quite a few xrays in my lifetime, I have thankfully never broken a bone.

Y – YouTube. I’ve always loved watching YouTube videos and always have them on in the background. There’s so many channels that I love but my current favourites are It’s Em, Laura Byrne, Miss Budget Beauty, Fleur De Force, Lydia Elise Millen, Nikki Ryan and The Elle Next Door.

Z – Zoo. I love nothing more than visiting a zoo for a day out and usually end up going to a zoo for my birthday. They are perfect for any age and I love that you never know what to expect. I’ve had many a good laugh when at a zoo and an animal is behaving badly!

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Top essentials for a perfect evening at home.

I’m not sure if its the constant changing in the weather or if because I’ve recently changed jobs, but I’ve found myself wanting to be at home more and having cosy evenings in rather than going out… maybe I’m just getting old! Or just feeling old. With this in mind, I thought I would share my essentials for a perfect night in.

  • Good company – having an evening in doesn’t mean you have to be on your own. Being with someone who makes you laugh and has similar interests can make such a good evening. Some of my best evenings in have just been me and Andy clowning around.
  • Relaxing Candles – I love scented candles in general but was recently sent some to try from All Candles Wholesale. I chose a set of 3 different sized ones from “The Homely Collection” because they suited my style and although I’m yet to burn them, they look great as decoration in our living room.
  • Good food and snacks – personally I love a good takeaway because it means nobody has to do the washing up or cook, although others may enjoy cooking and washing up together. As for snacks, this is usually where the crisps and chocolates come out.
  • Comfy clothes – Just because you want to feel comfortable wouldn’t mean you can’t still look good. People always say if you look good, you feel good and I think this is so true. You can see some of my outfit ideas in the fashion section of this blog, and hopefully I will add more outfit ideas in the future.
  • Something good on TV or a board game, or even a game of cards – I personally don’t enjoy sitting down to a film so instead I’d choose something on the TV. I’m currently hooked on Four in a bed and First Dates Hotel. If there is nothing on the TV that we fancy watching, we get out a board game or cards instead. Andy has recently been teaching me to play “The London Game” which I’m enjoying, he’s also taught me how to play his work version of “Rummy”.

Do you have any other essentials for a cosy night at home? or have you tried any of the ones mentioned above? Let me know in the comments below!*This post contains a product from All Candles Wholesale which was very kindly gifted to me, however all opinions about the product are my own.

Beauty

Procoal London Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Face Scrub (AD-GIFTED)

Hello everyone.

I hope you are all keeping well?

A couple of weeks ago I was very kindly sent some exfoliating face scrub to try from Procoal London. Over the last couple of months, I have been trying to find a skincare routine to help improve the overall look and feel of my skin which, if you haven’t already read it, I wrote about here.

What I have found to be working relatively well has recently caused me to have a few break outs, possibly from hormones or stress or who knows, it might even be my skin not happy. But this is where I’m seeking new ideas to prevent it from happening so I thought I’d give Procoal London a try.

So who is Procoal London (PL)?

PL is a company started by a husband and wife duo who had a vision to create ethically-made products. They strived to create products that were created from natural ingredients (see below) and also where they have used synthetic ingredients it has a proven history of safe use and their website states it has never been tested on animals. As well as skincare products, PL also have teeth whitening kits, shampoo bars and body care products available to buy on their website.

The face scrub that I was sent to try contains four key ingredients which I will go into detail shortly, but for me I hope the face scrub helps exfoliate, cleanse and detoxify my skin in a gentle but effective way.

The activated charcoal helps to clear deep seated pores, removing pollutants to purify your complexion, whilst the Calendula oil helps to restore your skins water balance and improves moisture retention over time. The third key ingredient is pumice, this helps to gently exfoliate dead surface skin cells and unclog pores, whilst lastly, the Allantoin helps to reduce skin irritations and stimulates the growth of healthy skin tissue.

As well as cruelty-free, it is also free from parabens, SLS (Sodium lauryl sulfate), mineral oil and paraffin and is currently developed and formulated in the UK which is great for the UK economy.

I will admit that because I don’t always get on with face scrubs as I feel a lot of them can be harsh on my skin, however, my first impression of this product was how gentle it felt on my skin. After dampening my skin, it was recommended I use my fingers to apply the product in small circular movements, which I thought might be a bit messy but surprisingly it was really easy and not that messy. The colour of the product when squeezed out of the tube is a white based colour with a paste texture but has flecks of charcoal in it which mixes together when you massaging it into your skin. One thing I usually worry about, is when I remove facial products, making sure I don’t any behind as the last thing I want to do, is end up walking around all day with what could look like a dirty mark. This wasn’t the case at all, I just simply used a cloth and warm water and it came off with no fuss at all.

After using this face scrub for a couple of weeks, I must admit I have really noticed the difference. I feel my skin is a lot softer and the break out that I had described earlier has pretty much gone. I am now hoping this product is the reason behind this.

So to sum up and conclude, PL was hassle free to use and has now encouraged me to continue using it and consider trying out other PL products. Do you use facial scrubs? If so you might want to check out the PL “Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Face Scrub” if you do, let them know that you’ve tried it on my recommendation and it would be great if you could perhaps let me know how it works for you.

*This product from Procoal London was very kindly gifted to me, however all opinions about the product are my own and all results described above are purely based on my own use as I have not tried it on any member of family, although I am tempted to see if my partner would like to try it to see what results he gets compared to me.

PS, I’d be annoyed if it works better for him than it does for me.