Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas tree reveal!

Hello everyone! 
Today I have decided to reveal our Christmas tree yaaaaay! We finally have it up and I was so so excited to decorate it! 
So we woke up early this morning to go and pick the tree it wasn't a big one just a little 5 ft pine tree but it smells so Christmassy. Me and my mother recently bought some very pretty Christmas decorations and yes we did have a theme, our colour scheme was gold, white glass and mauve which is a purple colour and some older decorations that we put up every year. These are some of the baubles we got for the tree: 

So these were some of the baubles that we got, the majority of them are glass which I think adds a little bit of a classy vibe to the tree! We also added some yellow tinted lights to it and it just sparkles so well! In the process of tree decorating my sister always has a way of making me laugh! One of which was when she tried to pick up the tub of baubles and the ironing board fell on her I just think that it will put a smile on your faces to see it! 
And here are a couple of photos that I really love from today 
And here is the final image of the tree once we had finished!! 
So there is my little Christmas tree and I know it's not as good as some peoples but it's the best we could do on a budget! I would love to see what Christmas trees you all have so leave some pictures in the comments or send them to my email :) 









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Saturday, 5 December 2015

My winter pamper night routine

Hello Everyone!

So today's post isn't really Christmas related, but it is winter related, so kind of the same thing! I know that towards Christmas time the weather can be cold, damp, icy, windy and this can result in dry skin, illness and can make you feel rather groggy especially if you have had a long day at work, school, college and so on! So I thought I would share my winter pamper routine that brightens my evening after an eight hour shift at work, and makes me feel super comfortable and cosy!

First I throw off all of my clothes and chuck on some scruffy pyjamas! I sort my work clothes into washing piles and tidy up my bag, then I run a bath. I have been loving Imperial Leather's "Field of dreams" moisturising bath cream, it smells amazing and leaves your skin super soft in the bath, also it makes the best bubbles!



Once the Bath has run I take my simple Skin care make up cleansing wipes and take off all the make up from the day. You should never get into a hot bath with make up on it is NOT good for your skin. 


I then tie back my hair and pin back my fringe or Bangs as some people call them, and take off my make up. After I have done this I then get my Clearasil superfruit face cleanser and, cleans my face with warm water before hopping into the bath, just to make sure every inch of make up has been removed from my face. This facial cleanser smells incredible, just like grapefruit and apples, it is also super refreshing and wakes you up a little!



After I have cleansed my face I get into the bath and relax, I usually take my phone into the bath and catch up on the latest blog posts and twitter chats, also catching up on YouTube videos from my favourite vloggers! Recently I have been LOVING Spa Sanctuary's Glacial scrub, it is super ex-foliating and leaves my skin really soft and smelling fresh.


Once I am out of the bath I moisturise my skin just to make sure that it stays hydrated in the cold weather, so another thing from Sanctuary spa that has pulled on my heart strings is the moisture spray, normally with moisturisers I find that my skin feels too wet afterwards and I kind of have to air dry before putting on my pyjamas but thank the lord for this little gem! It is a spray as oppose to a cream and you just spritz it onto your skin and rub in quickly, it leaves your skin soft and hydrated but there is no wetness left afterwards! For £2.50 you can't go wrong!


Once I have moisturised I find the cosiest onesie I can find and chuck it on! My penguin onesie is one of my favourites and I just find it soft, cosy and super cute!





After I have got all cosy and chucked my slippers on I always head downstairs and make a good cup of tea in my festive mug that Starbucks generously gave to me! 


And I sit by the fire and watch TV and who better to snuggle up with than my little wiggle butt Belle!!


So here that is basically my winter pamper routine! Let me know what you do to unwind in winter and get all cosy!


























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Friday, 4 December 2015

My Christmas Traditions

Happy Blogmas Day 2! 

Every year I go through the same old traditions that NEVER get old! Christmas is my favourite time of year and every year I look forward to going through the same Christmas rules and traditions of my household. 

Christmas shopping for the pooch

On the 1st of December every year me and my mum have made the tradition of going shopping for the dogs, we class the dogs as part of our family and we wouldn't have it any other way. We shop for a Christmas stocking, some dog friendly chocolates for fillers, bundles of toys, an advent calander and chewies and finally a lovely soft and festive dog blanket. They will all be wrapped in huge amounts of wrapping paper so that the dogs can rip them open (Their favourite part). Unfortunately this year we lost our beloved big bear KO but we still have Belle so we have to make sure she gets lots of attention as it will be her first Christmas without her fellow fur friend. I also saw a gorgeous Festive jumper for Belle and couldn't resist buying it for her to wear throughout December!

Doesn't she look ADORABLE!!



Christmas Movies

Since my sister was little I decided I would make my own tradition for Christmas with her, so she had something to look forward to! So I decided that every night up until Christmas Eve we would watch 1 Christmas movie, this included festive pyjamas, a soft fluffy blanket or throw, hot chocolate with some fruit (My mum never allowed sweets and as we got older the fruit kind of just stuck) and we would snuggle up and watch Christmas films. Not an amazing Christmas tradition but I was 10 years old at the time and wanted to make sure my sister was happy, she is 14 now and still LOVES it.


Muppets Christmas Carol

This tradition was made almost 4 years ago when me and Batman first got together. Every Christmas eve we would watch the Muppets Christmas Carol and wear our onesies snuggled up in the bedroom, we would take ridiculous photos and just have a fun time! Again  not an exciting tradition but one that has just stuck!


Boxing Day

Foe years in my family my nana has created the tradition that boxing day she would host her very own Christmas Day. Since the majority of my immediate family are in the forces they never made it home for Christmas day, but almost always came home on Boxing day, so my nan would put on a huge spread boxing day and give our her presents to each of us all together. This is my favourite Christmas Tradition because it means I can spend time with all of my family together since I don't get to see them often. But it is also the little things I love. Being a part of a military family can be difficult, stressful and worrying but getting to see them safe and sound on Boxing day is something I LOVE!

My immediate cousins and my sister (I'm the one in the blue top) My sister is on the end. As huge and hideous as I look I truly love this bunch of good looking idiots! 


So there are some of my Christmas traditions let me know what yours are and why you love them in the comments below! 


Merry Blogmas! 

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

It's BLOGMAS!

So I have only been blogging for 3 months now but I am so excited to do Blogmas! I will be posting everyday until the 26th December, the reason I will be posting until boxing day as oppose to Christmas day is because Boxing day for my family acts as a second Christmas, we all gather together over one of our houses (We change hosts every year) and exchange gifts an have a party.
My blog will be filled with Christmas photos, gift ideas, hauls and so many more festive things! Since this is my first Blogmas post I will be listing all of the things I look forward to and love about Christmas! 


1. Christmas scented candles (A personal fave is festive spice from Next)

2. Tacky Christmas jumpers

3. Festive flavours in Starbucks (Honey and Almond YUM)

4. Christmas Stalls in the City Centre

5. Going out and choosing the Christmas tree

6. Buying the decorations and decorating the tree

7. Shopping for gifts

8. Your never too old for a good old advent calendar

9. Fairy lights

10. Muppets Christmas Carols!!!!

11. My nans home made Christmas walnut cake!

12. Sending Christmas cards

13. Christmas Eve Onesie tradition

14. Fluffy festive socks

15. Exchanging gifts on Christmas day

16. Taking Belle for a Christmas day walk with Batman

17. Obviously Christmas Dinner at my nans house!


Let me know in the comments what your favourite thing about the Christmas season is! Look forward to hearing your reasons!




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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Boots and Home Bargains Haul

Hello everyone!
 I am sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I had some mental health issues that I needed to sort out with myself before I could get back into writing. But I am better and I am back with my very first Haul post! 

I think I am going to make this a regular post because I had a lot of fun taking photos and it's nice to share my shopping with people! So without rambling on too much here is my haul!

Boots

Collection - Blush and Glow
Collection - Conceal and Light like a pro
Collection - Eyebrow kit
Collection - lasting perfection foundation (Porcelain 1)
Collection - illuminating touch (Ivory 2)
No7 - Eyelust mascara 
No7 - eye shadow blending brush
Garnier Micellar water
Palmolive - Shampoo
Sanctuary Spa - Cooling glacial scrub
Sanctuary spa - feather light moisture spray


Home Bargains

Wickford & Co - Mulled wine candle
Clearasil  - daily clear superfruit wash
Relax and revive - rose and lavender bath bomb
scent chips - mixed scents
Stationari - London notepad
Teeny tiny little milk bottle 


I don't know exactly how much each individual item was but I do know that overall my total bill came to around £60!! But for the stuff I have and the quality of it I really don't think it's that bad! 
This is only a little blog post I am still getting back into the blogging thing, it seems strange that even just two weeks of being away can feel like starting all over again!

You are all beautiful, don't let anyone ever tell you differently

Little Ren xx





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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

My life planned out

Some people can wing it in life without any real plan of what they want, they prefer to take each day as it comes and what will be will be. Others such as myself prefer to have some sort of idea where my life is going, some sort of plan so I can make sure I achieve what I want. I hate flying blind!

So I thought it would be fun to share my life plan with you, I have had this list written down since I was 17, I never put a time limit on any of them, if they happen then I simply cross it off! 

1. Go on at least one date with a guy I really like

2. Have a relationship longer than 4 months

3. Pass my A levels

4. Have driving lessons

5. Get a car

6. Pass my theory test

7. Pass my driving test

8. Get a temporary part time job 

9. Get accepted at university for Midwifery

10. Graduate

11. Rent my own house with my boyfriend (If have one)

12. Get a job in a hospital

13. Get pregnant after two years of being a midwife

14. Buy my own home

15. Buy a new car

16. Get engaged (Obviously I can't plan that)

17. Get married 

18. Have a honey moon conception

19. Have second child

20. Be the best damn midwife you can be and enjoy life with amazing family

21. Potentially emigrate to Australia and get a job as a Midwife 


Does anyone else have to plan out their life? Or is it just me? Obviously I cannot do it all in order because life throws obstacles at you and you can not fully predict what's going to happen and when. But this is what I would LIKE to happen, maybe not in that order but at 17 I thought I would have graduated by now and become a midwife already, that didn't happen but I am trying to get into university for a second time, and I like my chances. So it doesn't matter when it happens, as long as I try my best to make sure it does!!

Little Ren x

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Monday, 16 November 2015

My lipstick collection

Hello Everyone! 

I have accumulated a few lipsticks over the years, some I chuck away but my favourites always seem to stick by me! These are just a few of my favourite lipsticks.





(Photos from first to last)

1. Avon - Rain kissed rose
2. Avon - Endless 
3. Avon - Bronze flame
4. Avon - Provocative plum 





5. Revele Eclat - Brun 
6. Revele Eclat - Caresse
7. No7 - Barley plum



I adore all of these lipsticks, and have always found that Avon do amazing ones. As you can tell I am more of a neutral/dark lip kinda gal! You can also see that I prefer a shimmery lip over a matt, but matt is growing on me I have to be honest. 

Does anyone else adore Avon lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!

Little Ren x



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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Saturday Inspiration

Hello Everybody! 

Do any of you get inspired by something new every week? Even if it's something as simple as making you want to go for a walk, or tidy your bedroom? Then me and you have a lot in common! Suffering with anxiety can be a bummer! So for me finding inspiration is something I do on a daily basis so I can feel more productive throughout the week. Recently I have found that I am inspired and motivated by something or someone new every week, so I thought it would be fun to put these into a blog post, every week to share with everyone!

1. Girl Online/Girl Online On Tour


I know that the first book has been out for a long time, but after paying bills, rent and other essentials I never had enough left over to spend on luxuries I wanted, until recently! After finishing the first and second book within two weeks I really felt like I could accomplish anything! I find that 'Penny' is a character I can relate to on so many levels, and even though she is a fictional person, I see much of myself in her. If Penny can do the things she does with anxiety and panic attacks then why can't I?


2. Roman Atwood

(Google Image)

This week I came across this Vlogger in Alfie Dayes (PointlessBlog's) Videos. So I went on over and checked out this YouTuber who I have never heard of before, and instantly loved him! His motto Smile More makes it even better, I love that their little family have so much love for each other, and it just makes you want to smile, Roman always has such inspirational words to say and you can tell he adores his fans and gives them all the appreciation! The reason this vlogger has inspired me is because from watching his videos I have been able to smile more even on the worst possible days where my anxiety seems to be more difficult than I can handle. 
You can check out his vlogging channel HERE


3. Olivia Cheryl

The last person who has inspired me is a good blogger friend who I started talking to when I first started blogging about two months ago! Olivia Cheryl! I adore her blog and everything she writes about is always something I can relate to, agree with or just enjoy to read! She has helped me a lot when I have been feeling upset or anxious and I couldn't thank her enough for just being a friend. She was the first real blogger friend I had and I am very hopeful that one day we will meet up! Everyone should have at least one friend who understands what you go through and doesn't judge you for needing help! Olivia has a YouTube channel and a Blog and you can find them both by clicking on the links!

So those are the things/people who have inspired me to basically get up off my ass and do something! But also who genuinely make me happier and feel like I have one up on my anxiety! 
What inspires you to be productive? Let me know in the comments!

Little Ren x



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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Childhood Memories

Hello Everybody! 

We all have those memories in the back of our minds, before the internet, before iPhone, and before we went through that horrible time at comprehensive school and puberty!! 
Childhood memories!

looking back on old photos really makes me smile, because it reminds me of a time where I didn't have to worry about anything, I didn't care what I wore, I didn't care how muddy I got, I wasn't a girl, I was more like one of the boys! My family has always been close to one another, especially on my mother's side, me and my cousins practically grew up next door so we always saw each other, and we were all close in age too so we got along amazingly!
My childhood was extremely happy, growing up with a big family, a close family, kind of makes childhood a lot more fun. your with someone all the time, and in reality they were your first ever best friends and you can never forget that.

One of the main reasons I do like to dive into photos of my childhood, to fearless times is because I think I am terrified of adulthood, they say in school that it is not only to help you learn but to prepare you for adulthood...I don't think that's the case at all! School doesn't how you how to pay bills, or tell you exactly what bills you will have to pay, school doesn't train you in money saving, or how to deal with the pressure of needing to know what to do in life. So sometimes I try and relive my childhood days so I can basically become a free spirit again!
(Wasn't I a cutie!)


One of the best memories I can remember is being over my cousin Georgia's house. Her dad had this little bunker type building around the back of his house, inside was a huge whiteboard and markers, as much paper as a child could hope for and lots of hiking equipment. Me and Georgia would call that our "Headquarters" We would pretend we were spy's who work for a huge undercover company and used to go on adventures in the garden! 
I sometimes wish I could go back to that memory just one more time! Where a rock was a bomb, a bug was a spy cam and glasses were night vision goggles! It seemed so simple back then, do you know what I mean?


Another memory of mine from childhood is Sunday's at my great nan's house. Me and my cousins Nicky & Nathan would go over and my nan used to have these glass animals that we were never allowed to touch! They were in this big cupboard and whenever the adults went outside for a cigarette we would quickly take them out to play with and put them back...To us back then they were like gold! The suspense of getting them back on the shelf in time was so exciting at that age, and we never got caught!

One of my most memorable times from when I was a child was my relationship with my Auntie Mandy, unfortunately she past away a few years ago at a very young age, my auntie was only in her 40's and a chest infection turned into pneumonia. She was the best person in my life, I could talk to her about anything and everything and she treated me like her own. She always gave me amazing advice and was there for me every single day. When she passed it really hit me hard, I had lost my friend, my mentor, and my role model so I do wish that I could visit those particular memories I have In a way I am glad I was a little older when she passed, because it meant that I still have those memories, If I was younger I may not have remembered her! 

(Me, Mandy and teeny Tiny Molly) 

What are your favourite childhood memories? 

Little Ren x

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

20 Facts about me

As most of my readers don't really know me, I thought I would do the 20 facts about me tag! 
I must warn you I am not that interesting but I'm going to tell you anyway (: 

1. My full name is Ashlee Renee Grove but I prefer the name Renee

2. I have been in and out of college for the last 6 years because I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life

3. When I was 2 I climbed into my dads scolding hot bath and fell in, I still have the scar on my leg but you can only see it when I have a tan! (Which is never)

4. I prefer my dog's company over people, she doesn't judge my life

5. When I was 9 my ambition was to become a spy

6. I still have the original hardback storybook of Winnie the Pooh by A.A Milne. It's still in mint condition and I refuse to let my mum sell it!

7. Because of my family's military background, and the fact some of my relatives are still in the forces, any books or films that involve war stories I will watch or read! Fiction or non fiction

8. If a dog is in a horror movie I pray to all gods that the human die instead! 

9. I have 8 years of experience in Thai Boxing and got to my brown belt but then I quit, that's when I piled on the weight.

10. My favourite book series is the Demonata series by Darren Shan, if you love horror books then these are a must have!

11. I had 4 relationships in my life, 3 of those cheated on me, but I am lucky to still have the forth with me...Wouldn't change my batman for the world

12. Sometimes I sit and cry but I get confused because I have no idea what I am crying about

13. I have an obsession with peanut butter! Smooth not crunchy

14. The labrynth is my all time favourite movie!

15. Every Christmas eve I have to watch the Muppets Christmas Carol...It's tradition

16. I didn't learn how to do make up until I was 15

17. I suffer with anxiety and panic disorder, it gets worse if I feel like I am in an uncomfortable situation

18. I was on Got To Dance with my old street dance team...We didn't get through

19. The very first YouTube video star I watched Was Danisnotonfire 

20. My life goal is to become a midwife

These are my 20 facts about me! Not very interesting I know but this is my life! I do hope to become more interesting in the future! 

Little Ren xxx
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Monday, 9 November 2015

Story Time : I'm feeling optimistic

Hello Everyone!

When I first started blogging I was adamant I wasn't going to be a blogger who broadcasts her feelings, life, personal stuff etc! But as I have been blogging for about two months now, I know that story time blogging is a must have part of my blog...because it's who I am!
Sorry for the readers who don't like lifestyle posts and prefer reviews and such, but it's what makes my blog mine, and if you don't like it don't read it...I'm sure there are thousands of other blogs you could read with topic related posts! x

Anyway This morning I woke up feeling super anxious, reason being I had a biology exam today, and after a LOT of revision but no memory I was sure I would fail! From 9:30 this morning until 1pm I crammed in as much revision as I possibly could. Looking over at my classmates who were chatting instead of revising I thought to myself "Omg! They must be super confident, what if I am the only one who needs to revise? What if they already know everything and I will be the one to fail?"
My brain does that to me more often than I like to admit, all day I was thinking that if I was the only person revising, then obviously I was going to be the only person who would struggle in the exam. Does anyone else ever get that feeling?

Our exam started at 1.05pm, our lecturer told us to get some fresh air for five minutes since it was a two hour exam and to grab a bottle of water or whatever else and return to the class room. Five minutes went by way too quick in my opinion.
After some last minute skim reading, and some very dee breaths! The exam started.

My anxiety plummeted as I opened the papers expecting the worst possible questions that I would be unable to understand or write! The kind of questions you can answer in your head but not on paper, so you end up writing some random shit and you can't even understand your own writing! Being an anxious person I started to panic so downed almost a full bottle of water. Finally I look at the first question...Oh I know this

Second Question: Oh thank god I revised this today!

Third Question: OMG I can actually label everything in the heart...How is this happening?

forth, fifth, sixth etc.....

I knew the answers to EVERY SINGLE QUESTION!!

After spending the first hours spilling my brain out all over the paper, I stopped to uncramp my hand and had a quick glimpse around the classroom...I could see some people shaking their heads, staring at the same question for Ten minutes, and some just tapping their pens on the table...Obviously they underestimated the power of revision, and in some sort of selfish way, I felt good about that! Who is the foolish one now? And why was I even worried. I could see some people handing in their papers with some questions going unanswered, and at that point I felt pretty damn optimistic that I had passed this exam. And it just goes to show that even if you think you know something you should still revise just in case!

So today overall has been a very good day, now I just need to sort out an assignment that needs to be in on Thursday and I am set for this week! I think I will do just fine!

If anyone has exams or coursework or even mocks, don't stress about them! Just make sure you revise and you will be fine...and remember deep breaths!


Little Ren xxx


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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Belle of the Ball

Hello Everyone!

I am once again procrastination away from revision to write another blog post! I have an exam tomorrow morning, I should be worried but I'm not (oops).
If you follow me on instagram, you will know that I upload a LOT of photos of Belle, my four year old boxer dog. A lot of people think that a dog is just a dog, but to me she is family. 
Before I was 18, my mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday, at first I really wanted a huge party at a nightclub, with a massive cake and enough alcohol to drown Wales. But after a while, seeing how my mum bonded with our older Boxer KO (R.I.P Big bear) I really wanted a bond like them, so I asked my parents if it was possible to get a puppy. They thought about it for a while, but eventually they said yes, YAY I am getting a puppy...But what puppy do I want? I used to have 2 Staffordshire Bull Terriers, but my mum said that after the last two we wouldn't have another because they were loved so much that they could never be replaced...understandable.
Then I was thinking of a pug, but I really wanted a medium to large sized dog! I am not a little dog person at all! 

My boyfriend at the time had a friend who's grandparents bred boxer puppies....of course! Why I didn't think of having another boxer is just beyond me! But I eventually said to my mother that I wanted a white boxer puppy, and she agreed. We went to meet the puppies and I was so excited I almost threw up! There were five white boxer puppies and one little one called Patsy caught my eye, she had a little black patch on her ear and eye and she was beautiful, but even though I really wanted her, I didn't feel an immediate bond that my mother said she felt when choosing KO, I didn't know what was wrong, but I wasn't super excited to bring her home, I found it strange.

Once I had picked my white puppy, my mother had asked if she could see the other puppies, the man agreed and brought in six red and white boxer puppies and they were beautiful! But there was one puppy that I couldn't take my eyes off, her name was rosie, she was all red with a little white face, a white tip on her tail and a tiny little white tip on her tail, she wiggled over to me and started biting my shoe, so I picked her up, I had her at eye level, and she just stared at me. At that moment my belly went all funny and I started crying (Don't ask me why) But the man walked over to me and said "If you cry over a puppy, that puppy should be going home with you". 

so she did! I renamed her Belle (Pedigree name being Belle of the Ball) and ever since we have been inseparable, she has helped me with my anxiety and helped me over come the panic attacks loads of times, she is big and beautiful, goofy and sweet and I wouldn't change her for the world. For all of the people who say "It's just a dog" has obviously never felt the love of something that loves you more than it loves itself! 

So here a few photos of me and Bing Bong! I'm sorry this was such a soppy post over a dog, but I felt that since she is such an important person in my life, she deserves a mention! 



  





This photo is of Belle and KO, he unfortunately passed away two months ago and I will never forget the amazing 10 years I had him! Love you big bear!

Little Ren xxx

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