Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Kids Films I Won't Grow Out Of

Films I Won't Grow Out Of- The Princess Diaries, Bee Movie, Chicken Run, 101 Dalmatians, Matilda


Watching a film that had an 18 guidance rating always terrified me when I was really young, I remember I looked at that little red circle thinking that must be a really scary film. Since being an adult, officially six years ago it means I can watch any film I want to. That is great but sometimes when you are watching films that are for adults, you realise a lot of it is filled with downsides of being an adult. Suddenly watching violence and murder is a common occurrence in these films, sex, drugs, alcohol all become familiar to us because we are so used to seeing it, we kind of expect it. These films are all targeted towards adults because we are old enough to understand and be aware of it. But sometimes I just want to go back to being a child and watch a film without hiding under a blanket or cringing at how explicit it is. Therefore I have a few films that I always like to watch and will never grow out of watching.

The Princess Diaries
Anne Hathaway in her finest days of acting if you ask me. I mean it is a pretty solid far-fetched idea of a normal girl called Mia just suddenly finding out she is a princess, but that is why I love it. Watching this young girls life change from being an average kid who gets ignored to suddenly being told she is a princess and her life completely changing. The one reason why I love this film is the comedy in it, I find it so funny and honest. The scene in which she is told she is a princess by her grandmother is one of the funniest, Julie Andrews is the perfect person to play a Queen. Mia's adjustment with her new life and learning how to become a princess feels like an honest performance. It deals with the typical friend issues, boy issues, growing up issues you would expect from any teenager but the concept of it all is just a bit of fun.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Having Fine Hair- Problems and Tips



Having a moan about your hair once in a while is completely understandable, it looks a mess, it is not cooperating when you want to try out a new hairstyle or it simply just looks dull. Granted we all are aware we have different hair types and therefore just have to put up with what we were born with and embrace it. Therefore meaning you need to know what works best for your hair for it to get the desired look you want. I am no different I have massive rants sometimes about my hair being fine and get serious hair envy of people with such long thick hair and think lucky them. Even when I watch the Disney film Tangled  I am so jealous of Rapunzel's long thick blonde locks. But it works vice versa like I said everyone has a moan about there hair, meaning that everyone with different hair types has the occasional irritation with there own hair and wish for someone else's. Calling all fellow fine hair people here are a few little tips/annoyances that I want to share with you.

Dry Shampoo Is Your Best Friend
Inside information into the life of me, I used to wash my hair every single day because I absolutely hated the feeling of second day hair. This always seemed to be incredibly bizarre to my thick haired friends who can literally go nearly a week without washing there's, but fine hair turns into a horrible flat pancake on my head. I understand that apparently that is not great for your hair, you are stripping the hair oils from your head and blah blah blah, but it made me feel gross. You know that amazing fresh feeling you get when you have washed your hair, it is voluminous, bouncy and obviously clean. Next day after me constantly fiddling around with it all day previous due to it slipping down in my face constantly or falling out of the hairstyle it was in, is now kind of verging on greasy. So I would then have flat hair (thanks to sleeping) and greasy hair after one day of it being cleaned. It meant I would have to wash it because it felt disgusting and was completely uncooperative. Nowadays because of dry shampoo I can go 2 possibly 3 days if I am just being lazy with not washing it but no longer (lets not go crazy). I apply it to my roots because that will be the flattest area and kind of massage it into my scalp to get that bounce back. I am currently using a Dove one, but the whole Batiste range is also very good and available in different scents. But in reality fine hair people will suffer more with the greasier it gets because it makes your hair limper and even more flat, a good wash every couple of days really is not that bad for your hair. I also use a product from Living Proof which is a Prime Style Extender, meaning that you can extend the amount of time your hair needs to be washed. I love using this before an event I know I want my hair to stay in a style for a long period of time and it works like a dream.
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Monday, 15 September 2014

Walking Up A Mountain On A Saturday Afternoon

mountain

I have never been someone who is keen to work out and exercise. At school I usually tried to skip the P.E lessons with a sick note or time of the month problems. Then at the gym I feel like I stick out like a sore thumb because I am so rubbish at working machines and go as red as a tomato after 5 minutes of running. The type of exercise I have always enjoyed is the kind you can do by yourself at your own pace, where you can pop your headphones in and listen to whatever you want, that is why I love walking. Now you might be thinking well most people walk, but a lot of people either get public transport, are working in an office all day or simply just do not have the time. Going for long walks was something I really wanted to make time for, hence why I wanted to walk up a mountain. I cannot just count a shopping day as a healthy walking day, even though it is tiring, it is usually because of the amount of purchases pulling on my arms. So on the weekend I decided to go walking up a mountain and decided to take a few pictures along the way. Let's Go.


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Friday, 12 September 2014

A Green Smoothie I Love Recipe

mango, avocado, banana, spinach

For all of you on a health kick, I could not resist posting this up, or just for those who love a good smoothie I thought I would put up this recipe. The simplicity of this smoothie and the fact it gives me a boost of energy is why I constantly want to keep making it. The best bit is it contains 4 ingredients (well 5 if you count water as an ingredient?).

This recipe serves 2 people (or one really thirsty smoothie loving person):

You will need:

1 Avocado
1 Mango
1 Banana
1 Handful of Spinach
Water

So to begin, peel and slice your banana. I use a banana as part of the sweetness for the smoothie, so you do not need to add any sugar. You do not have to use a knife for this, you can always just break the banana up, but I like to think I am some sort of professional chef (definitely am not) who then makes little smiley faces with the fruit.



Then moving onto your avocado. I use avocado because not only do I love the taste, it makes the smoothie thick and creamy. So it basically acts as a thickener making your smoothie really filling, which is great if you want to cure any hunger pains you might be having. Your avocado should be fairly green and soft when it is ripe, any grey bits, get rid. All I do is cut it in half and get rid of the huge round seed/pip inside. Scoop out the green flesh (hate that word) with a spoon.




Then on to the messiest part, cutting up the mango. I must mention always be careful using a knife, I know stop being a fussy old woman, but I do care and would hate anyone to hurt themselves. It is up to you really how you want to cut up a mango, you can peel it first and then slice it up (like my mum does). Or you can cut it in half and then do the cuts in the mango up and down to create a hedgehog effect and then slice the fruit off the skin. Unfortunately with this mango it was so so juicy (which is actually a nice thing) that it was a messy experience, just make sure your careful of the big ass fruit stone in the middle and try to get as much fruit flesh (ugh again that word!) off the stone.




Then for nutritional goodness (and to make the smoothie green) you need a handful of spinach. I just have a small bowlful, which is pretty much half a packets worth. All I do with this is just thoroughly wash it.




Then all you need to do is put all of these ingredients into your food processor, blender, smoothie machine, whatever it is you use to whizz everything up. I use a Nutribullet which is designed for making juices and smoothies, so it gives me a clear guideline of how much water I need to add to the ingredients. But for other machines, I would say about a cup of cold water is how I would prefer it, but you can add more to make it more thinner, just be careful it does not over spill onto your work surface. Nobody wants to clean that mess up, even though just thinking about watching someone else do that would be pretty funny.

Before the blending:



After the blending:



Then all you need to do is pour it into a glass or drinking device of your choice and enjoy!



Hope you enjoyed the post, this is a drink I will make numerous times throughout the week because I love it so much and wanted to share it with you. Obviously you can interpret from it what you want and make your own if you do not like a certain ingredient. I basically just mixed some of my favourite fruits and vegetables together and it created this.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite smoothie is? as I would love to try them out for myself. Are you into this latest juice craze that is going on?

Have an amazing weekend!

Elle x


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Thursday, 4 September 2014

September To Do List

The September To Do List

When a new month starts I feel empowered to get certain things done. It is a feeling of renewal and the fact you can start again, like keeping a resolution. If you are like me you might have a list of certain things you want to get done that month and want to achieve them. I feel like this post is a little memo for me on what I need to get done this month and then ultimately at the end I will be able to know how many (hopefully all) I have ticked off.

Write Blog Posts In Advance
Considering I tell myself I am so organised I always seem to leave writing a blog post to the last minute. Photos I am fairly good with because I know in advance what I want to post about, but when it comes to typing up the post I always like to write it in a particular moment and when I can focus my attention to it properly. Sometimes that means though that I do not get the post up when I want. My aim this month is to maybe find more time to get the post written before hand so that I can just publish it on the days I want to. You never really know from one day to the next if you might have a busy day and your plans of writing a blog post might be disturbed. Therefore if I have at least one written and ready to go I will feel more on top of things, rather than feel completely unorganised. So for the future (apart from today) I will be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. I just need to stop watching so much Netflix and focus.

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A Day Out To Brecon


Brecon is a market town in Southern Powys in Mid Wales. The main reason a lot of people go there or stay is because of the Brecon Beacons nearby which you can see dotted around the town in the distance. You can walk up the beacons and surrounding area, but always be prepared because it is hard work. 
On the day I went I was really lucky with the weather so it was such a beautiful day. I thought I would just take you along on the path I took when I went there.

So beginning with the classic river view, whilst walking over the main bridge to walk into the town, you get to look at this lovely view. I always like to look below at the ducks who are swimming around.




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Taking a stroll along the riverside, you finally end up at a little amusement building that has different games and a park nearby. You can also hire out pedal boats here which I absolutely love doing, it is a great way to have fun whilst working on the thighs.




This is one of my favourite places in Brecon near the river, because you get a beautiful view and you can just see in the distance part of the Brecon Beacons. I could honestly sit on the bench for hours and just stare at that view. Due to it being a town it does not have that overbearing hustle and bustle noise, so you can definitely get some peaceful moments away from the main town.


After staying here for a while, my main focus was to go back into the town and have a look around. Below you can see part of the old Castle they still have there which usually has something going on, antique events mainly held there.



Then it was my favourite time of the day, getting an ice cream.


It has quite a well known ice cream shop called Llanfaes Dairy which make so many different flavours of ice cream they all just look so yummy. I have been coming to Brecon every so often since I was a child and my ultimate flavour and always will be is Mango Yoghurt. So to me there never was much of a decision to make I already knew.


For me I do love going to cities and having a look round, but main bulks of it are always filled with shops or restaurants meaning it is pretty impossible to do it in a day trip. Visiting a market town like Brecon is perfect if you want to explore, shop and just have a chilled out atmosphere. I would really recommend it if you are interested in antiques too, because they have so many different antique stores I always find hidden gems tucked away.

Have you ever been to Brecon before? Is there a town you would recommend to go and visit as a day trip? Let me know in the comments

Have a lovely Tuesday

Elle x

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