March Round-up & Link Share

March has been a weird mixture of a month for me, part staying in, part socialising, part serious, part silly.

I’ve been feeling much more upbeat and optimistic this month for some reason. I think it’s to do with seeing all of the bluebells and daffodils springing up everywhere and the Collard Dove couple who we feed on the window ledge have had a new ‘Egg’ which we are really chuffed about. It keeps scrabbling at the glass and trying to join us in the living room, aaaw!


For Mothers Day I helped my Mum get into cruelty-free skin care by introducing her to The Body Shops aloe range, which she was really pleased about after feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect. I learned via Facebook (of all bloody places) that one of my mates is unexpectedly pregnant – unexpected for me at least!

I went to cancel my Graze box subscription (after running out of special offers etc.) and they offered me a box half-price and the inclusion of just my favourite snacks. Oh go on then, just one more. I got offered 20% off the March Souk Souk beauty box, so me and my Ma decided to go halves on it. Product reviews to follow…

Souk Souk March Beaty Box products

I attended a friend’s daughter’s 21st birthday party. Nothing like someone’s 21st to make you feel ancient! It was a great house-party though which included all ages but I felt awkward dancing with the tweens and teens (what is the appropriate way to dance with 12-15 year old’s when Missy Elliott is on? Not the way I would normally would dance to it in a club, that’s for sure.) but also a little bored at the beginning chatting with the adults about house prices and good schools ect. At around 1.00am after the people who’d had too much ‘fun’ had been put to bed or been taken home in taxi’s, us hardcore oldies all started dancing to Abba. Turns out that is my idea of a good time!

I’ve been after a rubber iPod case for a while, to stop my iPod constantly slipping out of my grasp when I loose concentration. Ok when I’m sitting on the couch but disastrous when I’m out and about. Luckily, I found this adorable little dude on a Market Street stall for a fiver.


His little wings hold onto my hand!


Like an idiot I lost my debit card, cancelled it and then found it again a day later, doh! This month I’ve received duplicate appointment letters, had some appointments cancelled and re-arranged and been given an extra random appointment by my specialist’s dizzy secretary. Rather bizarrely I received a letter dated over a year ago from one of those bobbins job centre/work program companies, who’s incompetence’s you often read about in the news.

Hopefully (if my application is accepted) I’ll start volunteering at Barnado’s charity shop in town soon, which will remind me what it’s like to be a responsible adult again.

Here are my fave posts on the blog this month incase you missed any:

Where To Buy Cruelty-free Everyday Items On The UK High-street

Simple Nail Art: The Real Teal

Spring/Summer Body Bearing Essentials

As always, leave a link to one of your own favourite March posts in the comments if you like.


January Post Swap Party & Round UP

What I’ve Been Up To This Month

Well I’ve made it through another month without any disasters, unless you count my attempt at frying 2 eggs, which resulted in a big rubbery pile. I’ve gone out with The Bloke a few times for a mosey around town. I highly recommend a pint of Old Rosy cider (pretty strong and not cheap so just one pint for me) from The Waterhouse next to the town hall. Upon visiting our old fave The Bank on Mosley street, I treated myself to the Veggie Wellington (a gorgeous mix of melted brea and spinach in light puff pastry, alongside the creamiest mashed potato like my Ma used to make and al dente veggies), so tasty I forgot to take a picture! Me and The Bloke ended up having a spontaneous little house party one night. I met up with old friends one Saturday night in a soulless local pub but we still wet our selves laughing, until it closed, at 10.30!

Blog Related News

I’ve clocked up a lot of beauty product reviews, which I really enjoyed doing so that’s probably the reason for so many. I’m glad I discovered an old folder of street-art shots that I’d previously forgotten to post. I’ve been interviewed by the lovely Rebecca Brown for The Blogger’s Lounge website, I’ll post a link to it when it goes live.

Three blogs I’ve got into during January are Honk If You’re Vegan (The Bloke pointed out it’s tittle could be interpreted very differently in the UK than in the US, haha!) which is a fantastic vegan lifestyle blog full of helpful ideas, Bewitchery Blog a style and lifestyle blog by Naomi which features the most awesome make-up shades and cool alt style, and Head Like Soup a thoughtful, personal blog about anything that comes into Eva’s head.

Post Swap Party. I got this idea from the ace Suzie who’s blog Suzie81 I’m always reading. The idea is at the end of the month you hold a post swap party and share links to your 3 best posts – or a few for specific reasons (this is my deviation to the idea) – from over the month and invite everyone to leave a link to their chosen post in the comments section. Great idea!

Here’s mine:

LUSH Curly Wurly Cocounut Shampoo and LUSH Retread Conditioner This combo has transformed the actual texture of my coarse wild hair, so I had to share!

Suddenly Geek Is Chic I loved writing this post about the irony of how things that would have been considered seriously dorky a few years ago have suddenly become main stream, trendy even. Hipsters. There, I couldn’t really avoid saying the H word now could I? I’m a proud geek and can identify with everything in here, almost – socks with sandals anyone? No, thought not – but also because I really enjoy making random list, like I said, geeky!

Comment with a link to just one of your posts (otherwise the spam filter will gobble them up), something you’re proud of or one that you just HAVE to share with everyone (nothing heavily PR based please). Have fun reading and commenting on each others posts and invite a plus one! I’ll be over by the chocolate fountain… With a ladle.