New Year, New Me? 2015


It's come to that time of the year again when we are all starting to think about the whole New Year New Me thing! 

Although I'm happy as me there are still some things that I would like change in my life...

So here goes with the New Year plans

1) To start working on my page more, yes I've had a hectic few months as of late, however I really want to start focusing more on my posts and what I'm writing about. I finally want to start getting in to some sort or routine and organising my time a lot more efficiently. I have decided that easiest option of achieving this is by writing a number of blog posts on one day per week so that they are ready to upload throughout the week or if I purchased an organiser to give myself 3 set days per week when I do one blog on each of these days so for example Monday, Wednesday and Sunday.
What sort of blogging organisation do you have to make sure you fit your posts in?

2) To have minimal stress in my life. My life really isn't that stressful yet I seem to let the smallest of things stress me out on a daily basis. I need to start realising that I can't please everyone all the time and all that I can do is my best. I think I just need to relax more and enjoy life.

3) Okay so I realise this is a total cliche but I really want to lose weight in the New Year. I appreciate that it shouldn't really take the turning of a New Year to make me realise this but it always seems like a fresh start doesn't it. I'm not saying that I'm going to give up every treat, although I'm going to try my hardest, still going to drink my Diet Coke though, that's one thing I won't give up.

4) To go along with number 3 I'm hoping to join the gym in the New Year, I'm not to sure whether to join it first thing in January or wait until February. Rather than the gym I have thought about maybe trying an alternative like GoCommando Bootcamp, this is an outdoor fitness provider so something a little different. The prices are really reasonable and there are various locations across the West Midlands.

5) Look for a place of my own to live... I have already started looking but ideally I would like to have my own place towards the beginning of 2015.

6) I'd like to attend more blogging events, I found it really difficult this year to go along to all the ones I wanted to and I unfortunately had to cancel some. Hopefully in 2015 I can attend more and meet more fellow blogging friends. 

What are your New Year's resolutions, do you have any?
Please leave me a comment and let me know...

Boxing Day Sales

So the time has come to get writing again. I really feel like it has taken a reverse seat as of late, therefore as part of my New Year pledge I am going to try my hardest to maintain this page as well as I can.
Along with trying to put every effort into this I really want to start relaxing more in general and go on a diet... Hopefully I can really focus on these goals and succeed, wish me good luck!!
I wanted to start off with a write of what I got at the Boxing Day sales, I actually love the sales and it has started to become a little bit of a ritual that me and my mum got every year and of course before the break of day, can you hear me crying, 05:30 I woke this morning with minimal sleep from the night before. 
We arrived at the shops at around 07:00 in the end due to a traumatic time with me trying to find a petrol station, seriously why aren't any open it is Boxing Day! 
Anyway first of all we headed to River Island, this is usually one of my favourite shops although I couldn't really say I rated it, despite this I still managed to get my hands on a coat, due to the fact that I have managed to misplace one, so I'm wondering around freezing most of the time. My mum actually brought this for me at a fraction of the cost of £30. 
The exact one I purchased doesn't seem to be available online so I have added in a link for an alternative option Coral over-sized coat reduced from £80-£30.

 We then headed to yes you got it Boots, this was really the only reason why I got up for the sales. Boots is always pretty decent as all the gifts are half price, despite this I still purchase gifts for my friends and family then see them at a fraction of the price the day after Christmas, little bit annoying yet I always get distracted with things that I want for myself and I always go with my £30 voucher in hand from my best friend, she  always gets me the same thing for my Birthday and Christmas and this is probably because I always ask for the same.
I had decided before I left for the sales this morning that I wanted to buy some perfume, I headed off to the celebrity perfume section in search of some of Nicki Minaj perfume, I opted for Minajesty Eau de Parfum at the reduced price of £12.50, this comes as a gift set so you get the 30ml EDP, 50ml Body Cream and a 5ml EDP Rollerball perfect for travel. I decided to go for this gift set as I have really like the Nicki Minaj range in the past so I thought why not go for it again, plus I really like the packaging and for half price you won't go far wrong.

 After that I headed to the perfume gift section to see what I could spy, these are usually super popular with bargain hunters so don't last for long on the shelves. I spotted a DKNY mini gift set, it is DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom the link is for the individual Eau de Parfum 30ml however I managed to get it with the Body Lotion included, I don't seem to have the receipt anymore, I got it at a good deal though and less than the one Eau de Parfum as included.

 I love the Ted Baker range so I decided that I had to have something from there... 
I managed to get a little set for £5.00 the Ted Baker London Beau Box Bathroom Set Mini Hat Box it is all SOLD OUT online although you maybe able to get this in store still, it includes the following mini products Body Wash, Body Souffle, Bath Foam and Body Spray, the box is also super cute so I will probably use it for storage purposes.

 Next I got some random items including... the Handy & Useful Gadget Holder for Phone/ SAT NAV, this was reduced to £5.00 half price, unavailable online.

 Then I couldn't help it, I had to get some Truffles at £2.00, I opted for the Mint ones, I can't seem to find any of the Monty Bojangles Truffles available on the Boots website, however I have linked in the actual brand website as well Monty Bojangles, just to mention I took these to work with me and left them under the heating and they melted...gutted!

 I then headed to New Look, I needed a new scarf to go with my coat that my mum got me from River Island, the one I got for £9.00 is not available online anymore but I have linked the selection of New Look Scarfs, I think I found one that compliments the coat, it is also very long and warm so a winner. 
Then I had a little peek at the jewellery I managed to find this star necklace in the sale by ROAM, I'm a little obsessed with stars so I had to get this especially at the bargain price of £2.75, I have included the link for New Look Sale Jewellery.

 I did pop in to Currys and got some none sale related items so I'll miss that out, then I went to Next at Home, I passed on waiting in line for the main Next store as it was just madness. But I did managed to get a nice throw to keep myself warm in the Winter months with... I got a throw for £10.00 and again I can't see it online but have linked the Next website for reference

 So that's everything sale related this year until 2015, I hope you enjoyed this post and please leave me a message if you have managed to get any bargains... 

As I mentioned with the New Year beginning I am really going to try to make more of a conscious effort on all aspects of life!

What Have I Been Doing?

I just wanted to do a small post just to let you all know I haven't stopped this page. 

I have just had a manic time as of late with work and Christmas etc, etc.

I will hopefully have some posts for you within the next couple of weeks, however in the New Year I am looking at focusing more time towards this page, improving it and getting organised with what I write...

I have a lot to write, I have such little time it seems at the moment, like I said onwards for the New Year a more focused me, not just for my page, I mean life in general.

I think a good reflection on this year gone would relate well to a post on New Year resolutions and changes, so I'm going to try to make that a future post in the next few weeks.

What are your New Years resolutions, are there any changes you are looking to make in your life in the future, what are your goals for 2015... 

Thank you for reading this really was just a short message to say I am still here.

Coventry Lush Meet

Last Friday I attended a Lush meet in Coventry, the lovely Emily from drainedbeauty organised the event for us all, and it was a first for Emily organising this event and she did wonderful.
Me and some other ladies joined outside Lush Coventry at around 19:00 on Friday all looking forward to get inside to view some Lush loveliness, once inside we got the chance to have a look around and have some demonstrations of some of the most popular products of the moment, a personal favourite of mine is the Northern Lights £3.50. The Lush team talked us through this years Christmas gifts and we even had the chance to create our own Cinders, I had to contain the excitement. 

I did go a little mad with the purchases, this was a result of me seeing the Christmas range for the first time this year, finally, so I had to get a few little treats...

 So I got Farther Christmas Bath Bomb £3.50, Sweetie Pie Jelly £3.50, Snow Fairy Shower Gel £3.75, Montalbano Shampoo Bar £5.75, Shampoo Bar Tin £2.50, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb £3.75, Norther Lights Bath Bomb £3.50, Star Light Star Bright Bath Me £3.50 and a Cinders Bath Bomb £2.50 that I created myself.

 All items are available from Lush Online, we also got given some little gifts from Lush including Bûche de Noël £6.50 and Baked Alaska Snowball Soap £3.25.

 Some treats got given to us curtesy of Emily, included in our #dbbloggermeetup bags we had some Propercorn Sweet & Salty popcorn, Nail HQ Ridge Filler, Yu! Fruit Strawberry Mini Chews, Crabtree & Evelyn ultra-moisturising hand therapy in Iced Rose, Skinetica anti-blemish super toner and a marsh mellow created by boomf.

 I'm off to Birmingham on Friday for a meet which I can't wait for, I'll have to keep you up to date on how that goes, I hope you have enjoyed this little read, I'm so glad that more meets are happening closer to home, we have a lot more going on in Birmingham and Coventry which is really great.

America Haul

I'm finally getting around to doing my American haul...
Since I returned home from the States I haven't rested, I had another holiday to Futerventura which was great although I got home and it was Winter, and although its my favourite season I still hate the weather, nevertheless it just means I'm allowed to get a little excited for Christmas.

Anyway on with the haul, first of all I just want to point out that I had of course been looking forward to visiting Bath & Body Works oh please come to the U.K and Sephora least I can purchase online, however I was really restrained and just purchased the things that I really liked and that I thought I would us... 

Lets get on with the good stuff then, the pictures, just to point out that I haven't used any of these items yet apart from a body mist I purchased so I need to write about them so I can start using them.

 Tarte Amazonian butter lipstick in poppy €16 and Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in true love €26 from Sephora

 Sephora Favourites including Mark Jacobs 302 Kissable, Bite Beauty Meritage, Urban Decay NAKED, Smashbox Pout, NARS ORGASM, and BUXOM White Russian all €25

 MAC lipsticks Viva Glam Rihanna £15.50 and Viva Glam I £15.50, I'm not sure how much there cost, I got the, from the Orlando Airport, they are available from the MAC Cosmetics UK website.

Anti-bacterial hand gels Bath & Body Works in Strawberry, Pink Chiffon, Florida Orange, Iced Blackberries and Paris Amour all for €5

 Wet n Wild 5 shadow palette in 392A Tunnel Vision €3.99, Wet n Wild 334 in I'm Getting Sunburnt €2.99, eos lip balm coconut milk €3.49 and CoverGirl Bombshell Volume by lashblast mascara in Very Black 800 €11.99 all purchased from Walgreens

 Velvet Sugar body lotion €12.50, Velvet Sugar shower gel €12.50 and Velvet Sugar body mist €14 all Bath & Body Works Mix & Match buy any three and get two free

 Harvest Plum Moscato & Almond body lotion and Pumpkin Sweet Cinnamon body lotion both now €6.25, Bath & Body Works

 Fresh Sparkling Snow nourishing hand lotion €5 available from Bath & Body Works

Which products do you like the look of? Are there any you would like full reviews on? And have you picked up any beauty treats on your travels recently?

American Treats A Giveaway **CLOSED**

It's giveaway time people...
I recently returned from Orlando Florida and I wanted to do a giveaway for my readers. 

It's really simple to enter and all the details are included here: -

Terms & Conditions

**For UK readers only

**The winner must be able to provide a valid UK address

**To be in with a chance of winning all you simply have to do is follow me via Bloglovin and leave me a comment telling me what your ideal holiday destination is and why, I will then select a winner at random and contact them once the giveaway is closed

**The closing date is Saturday 15th November 2014

**Please be aware that of you are a company your entry unfortunately will not count

I will also pop in some other little goodies for the winner along with the main prizes. 

Prizes consist of the following: -

Wet n Wild megaprotein Mascara C137 Very Black
Wet n Wild Mega Rocks Glitter Nail Colour in 493C Slap the Bass
2 Wet n Wild Lipsticks (528C Pink Ice and 521A Fushsia with Blue Pearl)
3 Wet n Wild colouricon (336 Spoilt Brat and 380B Walking on Eggshells these are the trio pallets)
(5 shadow pallet 393A Floral Values)  

Thank You for reading and for your support along the way, Good Luck!!

Kirsty x

Florida Day #6 Festival of Fantasy Parade

Today I wanted to do a little post on one of the parades that takes place at Disney's Magical Kingdom named the Festival of Fantasy Parade. It features lots of different Disney characters including Snow White and the Seven Dwarf, Ariel and Olaf from Frozen, could I have felt more happier, the answer is nope! 

So the Festival of Fantasy parade is a new addition for 2014, I had never seen it as the last time I visited Orlando Florida was two years ago. On this occasion it was coming towards the end of the holiday and we decided to revisit the Magical Kingdom as it had been one of our favourite parks and we wanted to experience it again. I think we actually were about to leave the park as we'd picked up all our oldish Disney shopping and were finished for the day that was until we heard the parade was going to start soon so naturally we had to sick around for it.

 I'm hopefully going to do my American Treats Giveaway this week, I will post the link on various sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
I'm going to keep the giveaway really simple and all you will need to do is leave a comment on what your dream destination would be and to follow me via Bloglovin, smile to enter. When I post the giveaway I will include all the details for you, I hope that you enjoy the items that I have purchased and I am looking forward to doing another giveaway.  

I did take a lot of pictures of the parade and I wanted to include some on this post for you so I hope that you enjoy it. Do you have a dream destination that you would love to visit? If so please let me know with a comment.

Florida Day #5 Universal Halloween Horror Nights 24

After visiting Florida two years ago and going to HHN22 I just knew that I had to return this year and take my mum with me. 
So just a little information, Halloween Horror Nights runs from September 19th-  November 1st. For 2014, it's only on selected nights and you can find out more information in regards to that at the Halloween Horror Nights Orlando website selected attractions are also available to ride if you wish along with the main Halloween Houses however because I'd already visited the park earlier in the week all I wanted to do was experience the houses.

 We got to the park early so we cold have some lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe them headed off inside to have a little look in the merchandise shops. I think at around 16:45 we went in to the holding area, from what I've heard there are round 3 holding areas in the park for HHN and this is just somewhere to wait whilst the staff get everything ready for the night and it saves you the hassle of having to leave the park to come in again. The issue was that it did seem like a long wait until 17:45 when we got let in I think it was only made worse from the heat as it seemed incredibly hot,that evening. That aside we got let in earlier than what it actually says on the flyer as it states 18:30 so a bonus there for waiting in the holding area.

 We headed straight for the AVP: Alien Vs. Predator as I speculated that this would turn out as one of the most popular houses and it was, later than night the waiting time was 70 minutes. 
Just to point out we also opted to get the additional Express Pass for this night, I thought this was the a good idea as when I came two years ago I didn't manage to do all of the houses due to time and this year I really wanted to experience them all, the Express Passes vary in prices depending on what night you go, find out more costs at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Express Pass.

First of all as I said AVP house, I love the Alien and Predator films so I thought yes I'm going to love this, so feeling a little nervous and scared I headed on inside. I'm going to put this down as a house you must do if you visit HHN24. I loved the set up of it all inside the house in particular the part towards the end where we had to crouch down to go out towards the exit, that just added a little something different that I have not experienced in any of the other houses, it gave a little extra to the scare factor as it encouraged us to rush on through that particular area. The costumes were the highlight of the Horror Nights for me. Although it did lack in a final showdown of Alien against Predator this still didn't lack any of the enjoyment I had. This house scared me the most out of all eight, I think due to a combination of the costumes and the Alien heads jumping out from the windows throughout the house it all got me. Leaving the house I was a total nervous wreck and shaking, I'd rate this a massive 9/10. 

Then it was on to Dracula as it was located near to AVP and again towards the later hours of the evening the waiting time got looooong! Don't get me wrong I understand why this house has a place in HHN24 this year due to the film release however I just wasn't feeling it. It didn't really have a scare factor for me, a few minor jumps here and there but apart from that not a lot else. The costumes as you would guess aren't that great I mean you don't need that much to give the impression of Dracula, overall a rating of 4/10.

Heading on through the park and through some scare zones we got to Roanoke Cannibal Colony. You know what I can't really remember a lot about this house, which is disappointing as upon exiting I'm almost sure I said how much I had enjoyed it. I did like the fact that the actors reached out to you as though to get a hold of you, that always freaks me out. On thinking more I did like the whole set up of the house, lots of opportunities for people to jump out and scare the pants off you and also I liked the effort that had gone in to creating the looks for the actors and actresses, overall rating 6/10.

Dollshouse of the Damned followed, I liked the whole outside of the house prior to entering as it was a Dollshouse. Inside the props in there really made is special and I found it more funny than I did frightening yet I still loved it. Walking through the house at one point was the stink of dirty nappies and although it did not smell pleasant it was a cool addition to the house. I liked the dressing up of all the people in the house as dolls and thought it was something different, overall rating of 7/10.

 Yes on next to the Halloween house, a true treat for fans of the movie. Again as with the Dollshouse of the Damned it had a themed outside a copy of the house from the Halloween films, I was sold on this house from the go. Lots of Michael Myers actors stepping out to spook you and I liked this house a little more due it telling a story throughout and the actors playing this out. Plus as we left the house a Michael Myers got us a treat jumping out... Oh the laughs, overall rating 8/10.

 Giggles and Gore Inc, first of all lets just say clowns... I thought this could have worked out as a total scare overload for me with the clowns, however it just didn't work for me. I imagined IT the Clown and it didn't give me it, damn! I liked the whole thought of the house and I think with some little additions it could have had a massive impact and worked out well, overall rating 6/10.

From Dusk Till Dawn, this surprised me as I did not have a clue as to what this house would involve... And despite that I loved it. Entering the house it seemed to have a Wild West theme to it, I loved all the props and the effort that the people inside the house made to enhance the story throughout. It was more than just people jumping out in front of you it had a lot more to it and something that you could see had a lot of time put in to it to produce something complete different to the other houses this year. Very well thought out and I liked the additional things like the actor on entering the house and the girl dancing on a pool table at one point. Overall rating a strong 8/10.

The Walking Dead End of the Line was the final house that I went to, I was so thrilled to have visited all eight houses and hence why I purchased the Express Pass. I'd previously been to one of The Walking Dead houses two years ago and from what I understand there was one at HHN23. It did surprise me that Universal had included this again for a third year but they really out did themselves. On entering the house the whole outside of the building looked brilliant and they had themed it so well. The house was very long so you did spend a good amount of time in there to enjoy it. Lots of zombies inside trying to get a hold of you and lots of jumps and scares galore which I loved. Really a great house from start to finish so I'm glad that I did it, overall rating for this one would have to be a 9/10, it just misses out on 10/10 due to the repeat of The Walking Dead.

 Scare Zones this year included The Purge, Face Off, MASKerade and Bayou of Blood. My favourite of all had to be Face Off, good photo opportunities and it provided me with some real scares. I did like the costumes of the MASKerade theme although they didn't really seem to have the scare factor, The Purge, more actors please not enough going round, finally Bayou of Blood, I liked it, some good scares and the fog added to that nervousness I was feeling.

 The Bill & Ted Show is a must, we passed on the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bill & Ted was hilarious though, I would recommend you go and see this show whilst you are at HHN24.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this review of HHN24, if you have visited please leave me a comment with your thoughts.

Florida Day #4 Animal Kingdom

Post 4 and we are on to the 3rd Disney Park which is Animal Kingdom.
I just want to mention that I did visit Epcot a few times only for a short period though as it isn't something that I have a massive interest in, however I am going to link in a couple of pictures in this post as what I experienced there I did like so it seems a shame to miss it out.

 Arriving at Animal Kingdom I was excited for the Lion King show, it is a must. Lots of sing, dancing, acrobats and of course one of my favourite Disney characters Pumba. 
By this point in our trip the weather had been pretty crazy with glorious sunshine one moment to absolute downpours the next, not a problem though as we came prepared every day with our rain mac ponchos and we really did need them that day as it seemed to rain none stop... until we left the park at the end of the day that was, pffffft how typical is that I ask you, never the less we didn't let this spoil our day and carried on.

 The best ride of the day had to be the Kilimanjaro Safari, you head out in a Jeep like truck and get to see all the animals roaming free in the land. We managed to spot most of the animals living there despite the rain and got close to a zebra which I managed to take a great photo of, see underneath.

 Expedition Everest was hilarious, it almost has the feel of a runaway train however you go backwards. I don't think my mum appreciated it that much but I did and it made it even more funny the fact that we got wet from the rain. 

Once we had finished in the park we went to the Rainforest Cafe which is located at the front entrance of Animal Kingdom on the left as you walk in. We'd actually visited the Rainforest Cafe at Disneyland Paris a few years ago so we had planned to go to the one in Animal Kingdom. The unique thing about this place to eat is that it had a theme inside of a rainforest it's so great. I would highly recommend this place to dine at for something a little different and a nice proper meal rather than just snacks. We just decided on something smile the Rainforest Burger, you can see the full menu over at Rainforest Cafe Menu.

 Because we finishes early at Animal Kingdom we went over to DownTown Disney, is is a great place to shop and eat so when you visit the parks be sure to head over there. To get there head on one of the Disney buses to the Pop Century hotel and then get off to transfer to DownTown Disney then the same again to return back to one of the main parks.

 As I also mentioned before a great thing to get before you go is to download the Disney World app. It's really good to plan out your day at each park, you are able to do a number of things on it to make your visit that much easier including Fast Pass access for three rides at one park per day, maps of the parks, waiting time of rides, restaurant bookings the list is endless. 

Here are some pictures I took from Epcot, they have the International Food and Wine Festival 2014 going on at the moment however like I said I did punt really spend a lot of time around Epcot, if you've visited the International Food and Wine Festival this year please leave me a comment about it.

 More information available at Disney World