Monday, 31 August 2015

Im so excited! |

Hello lovelies
For those of you who read my monthly favourites that went up yesterday, you will have noticed that I mentioned I had quite an exciting week. Well at least I think I added that bit in. Basically while my sister is away partying for the week in sunny Ibiza, I treated myself to a week off work as well. 

This week my dad has planned some great things that he knows I will love, so lets get started shall we. Now today's is bank holiday Monday in the UK and as per usual it pouring down with rain. Today I'm having a doctor who day. I started re watching series 2 yesterday so I have to joy of watching the rest tonight.

Tomorrow we are getting on a train and going to.....the doctor who experience. I cannot tell you how excited I am. I am a massive whovian and I'm so excited to be able to walk round and see all the characters, monsters, props and to go and see tens tardis. I can see the round things up close (Doctor who fans will get that). Now from where I live its going to take about 3 and a half hours on the train to Cardiff. Im planning to take me before you by Jojo moyes because I need something to read on the train and I've wanted to read this for a while now. I'll be taking my camera so I will be doing a whole post on the doctor who experience, so look out for that.


If all the excitement of Tuesday isn't enough, on Wednesday we are having a London day. I've planned it all out down to what tube we are going to get. My dads given me and my sister £100 each (He doesn't do this all the time, he just wanted to give my sister some spending money for her holiday so he gave me the same) so I'm being let loose in the UK's biggest lush store. Yes that's right, this lush addict is going to lush oxford street. I already know I'm going to spend way to much money but I'm prepared. Ill be doing a lush oxford street haul as well. I want to go to primark, Disney store and a few more places in oxford street.


Ive also persuaded my dad to take me and my mum to the crumbs and doilies bakery which I am so excited about. All that cake...I'm going to be in heaven. Onto another food related shop, I've also convinced my dad to take us to covent garden to the magnum shop where you get to choose what chocolate you have on it, the toppings and it will make such a good instagram picture. 

I'm sure we will also go on a bit of a pub crawl in London, get some lunch and just see the sights. If the weathers nice I wouldn't mind going to Hyde park. 

My dads taking my mum away for the night to somewhere that I know she will love. This also means I can do some blog photography with decent lighting. It'll be nice to just leave bits around that house that relate to my blog without my family realising that I have this blog.

We also might be going away at the weekend, we're not sure yet though. If we do it will probably be to Devon.

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Monthly favourites | August 2015

Hello lovelies
can't believe its the end of August! Ive got such an exciting week ahead of me and tomorrow I will be sharing with you all what I'm going to be up to. Lets get on with this monthly favourites shall we.

Beauty product:
This month I had a fancy dress party to go to. It was themed 60's, 70's and 80's so I wanted something bright on my eyes. I used a tiny nit of this accessorize eyeshadow. I know it looks super bright but when only a tiny bit is applied, its looks really light and pretty.


Lush product;
My favourite product this month has been the comforter bubble bar. I have used this when I have been my most stressed and its really helped me relax.


Film;
I started watching Les Mis this week. I didn't watch the whole film but from what I saw of it, I loved. I knowwant to watch the whole film now and I cant wait to watch it this week.


Food:
My aunt went to Dorset on holiday and got me and my mum some fudge. It may sound really odd but I haven't had crumbly fudge like that since we went to Devon about 7 years ago. I even made chocolate and fudge muffins, which you can see here.






TV series;
Casualty has been my top program this month. Casualty is a hospital drama that we have in the UK. So much has happened this month on casualty this month. Zoe and Charlie are in a critical condition at the hospital, a secret was revealed about Louise. I cant get enough of it and I may have to watch all this months episodes again.



Book |
The hummingbird bakery cookbook has been my favourite. I have been getting back into my baking this month and this book is filled with some amazing recipes.




Youtubers;
Sprinkle of glitter |
It seems like Louise is always my favourite youtuber. I have just been loving her content this month. She also announced that she has a clothing range with simply be! I thought she was going to do something like this and I'm so happy she has. I think I've just needed Louise a lot this month. I know I don't know her but when I'm stressed or sad I go to her videos as a comfort because she genuinely makes me so happy.





Take me to Church by hozier. I know I'm a bit late on the hype for this song but I heard it properly this month and I have been obsessed. When I say properly I mean that I actually listened to the lyrics. Sometimes I listen to a song but only her the music, I don't here the words so this song has been a real eye opener to me. 




 
 
Clothing;
My flower crown. I'm going to say its clothing because its the one thing that I have loved for clothing/accessory this month.  I wore this to the fancy dress party and I think its so cute. I got it from primark for £4. I will put a picture of me in the flower crown, although I won't show my face. You can have a lovely view of my awful eyebrows and this pretty flower crown. Enjoy!



Random;
This month I got my iMac and I cant tell you how much I love it. I'm writing this post on my laptop and its so weird using this now. They keyboard seems really difficult to use. I know that sounds silly but I'm used to the size of my keyboard on my mac and my laptop is much slower that the Mac. I love it so much because Ive wanted one for about 7 years and I worked hard to be able to afford it.

Thanks for reading.

Bye for now xxx

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Lush milky bath |

Hello lovelies

Today's lush product is the milky bath bubble bar. This was originally brought out in the Oxford street store and I waited until it went onto the lush kitchen. They now sell in in normal lush stores, I think. Well they sell it in my local lush shop anyway.


This bubble bar has a really subtle scent which is prefect for the days when i have a bit of a headache.   This is just so light in smell and it creates lovely soft bubbles. Here what lush say about it "Don't cry over spilled milk - bathe in it! This comforting little milk bottle bubble bar is filled with uplifting orange oil and skimmed milk to treat your skin to a dose of happiness. A cocoa butter bottle top adds a little bit of extra softness. Simply crumble under running water, for a super bubbly treat of a bath.". 

List of ingredients |

I would say that I got more of a milky scent, which is fine but it only has a little scent of orange. If you weren't looking to smell that then you wouldn't know it was there. I just do a lot of research on lush products to know what types of fragrances are in them. Don't get me wrong, the milky scent was really nice. It smelt a little like Ice cream which is always a winner. It creates really delicate bubbles which actually stayed the whole of my bath. Most bubbles just disappear after about ten mixtures but I found that these bubbles stayed for the whole bath, well most of them anyway.

It is a little on the small side, I thought it was going to be slightly bigger. If you order this online then don't expect it to be as big as the comforter bubble bar. Its about as big as a 50ml roll on deodorant. That was very specific I know but that's the best thing I had near me.

This bubble bar is priced at £3.75 which for me is a tad pricey because it doesn't last for many baths and its not a scent I would use a lot. I'm used to the most fruity scents from lush.

Have any of you tried this bubble bar?

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Friday, 28 August 2015

Film review | Paul

Hello lovelies
The film I'm raving today is Paul. This is a film that shows Simon pegg and nick frost playing the two main characters. This isn't included in the cornet trilogy but I feel like it still had some of the elements that goes well the other three films.

Here's what it says about the film online "For the past 60 years, a wisecracking alien named Paul (Seth Rogen) has resided at a top-secret military base in America's UFO heartland. When Paul decides he has had enough of Earth, he escapes from the compound and hops on the first handy vehicle -- a rented RV manned by two British sci-fi nerds named Graeme (Simon Pegg) and Clive (Nick Frost). With federal agents and the father of an accidental kidnap victim on their tail, the two hatch a crazy plan to help Paul return to his spaceship."


Although I like this film, I don't feel like it lived up to the standard of the cornet trilogy. I know it was a complex different genre of films but I feel like it just wasn't for me. I liked the storyline but I felt like it was quite slow to get going and I feel like it was missing something. I think the characters were good but I found myself constantly comparing them to the characters that I know and love Simon pegg and nick frost for.

The best part of the film for me is at the end when you see what happened after the big event. I don't want to spoil it for you, that's why I've called it the big event. I don't know why but for me I'm so used to seeing nick and Simon in films that have more action or a horror aspect to them. Whether it was the writing or something else, it just fell short for me. It wasn't bad but I definitely wouldn't watch it again just because its not really my type of film. I just don't find alien films funny or entertaining. I know you'll all be like "well you like doctor who" and yes that's a valid point. I feel like aliens and comedy just don't go that well together, and it this film I don't think it worked that well.

Have you seen Paul? What did you think of it?

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Spicy Chicken and bacon pizza |

Hello lovelies
So last week I made a chicken and bacon pizza. This went a little wrong but I managed to make it slightly better after having a massive strop about it. So I used a recipe that was in American cup measurements. Nothing against it but for me I like to know exactly how many grams. Cup measurements just confuse me to much. I asked on two of the blogging communities what you would like to see this week. It was close but in the end the pizza won, doesn't it always? 

Ingredients |
300g strong bread flour.
1tsp instant yeast. 
1tsp salt.
200ml water.
1tbsp olive oil.
Tomato puree.
Bacon.
Cheese. (Whatever you like, I used cheddar).
Bacon.
Hot and spicy marinade.

Equipment |
Sieve.
Mixing bowl.
Spoon.
Over at 220C.
Rolling pin.
Pizza tray (A baking tray will do).

Step 1 |
Sieve your flour, yeast and salt into a mixing bowl. You don't have to do this but I find it much easier and it makes a smoother dough.




Step 2 |
Add your water and your oil and mix it all together. You can use a mixer for this with a dough hook. I  did this by hand but do what you feel is easier. Once its all combined it will look like a really wet dough. Don't add any more flour! Just work the dough until it gets easier to knead. You just need to build up the gluten strands in the dough. 


Step 3 |
Knead your dough for about 8 to 10 minutes. When your dough looks a little like this, then you are ready to let it prove. If you're using a mixer then only mix it for about 3 minutes as you don't want to over knead your dough.


Step 4 |
Get a baking tray, pizza tray or in my case tin foil and put it to one side. Roll your dough out, moving it every few rolls and gently stretch it to the shape you want. Once you have rolled it to the thickness you want, put it carefully on the tray. I then decided I wanted it to be stuffed crust. I got my tomato puree and made an outline of where I wanted to fill with cheese. You don't have to make it stuffed crust, its up to you. When you've put the filling in, tuck the dough over the cheese or filling of your choice. 



Step 5 |
I then put little fork marks in the base of my pizza and put it in the over for a few minutes to bake it before I added my toppings. I baked it for about 7/8 minutes and then got it out. I put my tomato puree on the base. I added a little water to the tomato puree in a separate bowl, I did this because it seemed really thick. I then sprinkled on all my cheese. I finished cooking my bacon and chicken (Which I marinated with hot and spicy sauce) and then scattered it on top of my pizza. I baked it for a mother 8/10 minutes because I like my pizza crispy. Here's the end result.



I know it looks a little rubbish. I mean you wouldn't see Jamie Oliver making anything like this but it tasted pretty good. Next time I don't think I would make it stuffed crust and I would have made the base slightly thinner.

Let me know if you make this pizza, you don't have to stick to the toppings I used. If you do make this then send my your picture on twitter @daydreamawayxx (Nice little bit of self promo there).You could even make a sweet pizza by adding chocolate...Okay that might be a future baking post.

Lots of love,
Chloe

Monday, 24 August 2015

Spending the night in A&E |

Hello lovelies
I woke up yesterday at 5am because I had to be in at 8. I can't begin to tell you how tired I was. I went to work to do the open up. One of the girls I work with called in sick so it was just me and 1 other person for a bit. It wasn't to bad but it got a lot worse later on. I was plating up all the food, which is all kept in a metal ban marie. I was rushing and I smashed right hand on the metal. 

I smashed my finger next to my thumb and was in so much pain. I was almost in tears but I didn't want to make a fuss. We were really busy and I didn't want to seem weak. I finished work at 5, went home and had dinner and because I was in so much pain my dad said I should go to a and e to get my finger looked at.

My mum took me there and we had to see the nurse before going to reception. I saw we because I wasn't going in alone, I may be 18 but I still want my mum in situations like this. The nurse asked what happened and then sent me to reception where I had to fill on all types of forms. I couldn't fill them in as I could hardly hold a pen.

We waited for about 30 minutes and then I was called to go for an X ray. After I had my X ray we had to go back to the waiting room to wait to see the nurse. We waited in there until 9pm and then I was seen by the nurse. She said my finger wasn't broken but I had bad internal bruising. It's odd because my
Finger isn't bruised but it hurts like hell. She said as much as it hurts I need to keep moving it as it could get worse.

On the way back my mum treated me to a mcflurry which was delicious. I felt really bad going to work and telling my manager. I was in agony but she put me on the till for the day. I didn't get much sleep last night so as I'm writing this I keep dosing off.

Sorry for the long and boring post. I just wanted to let you know why there's not a decent post today. I'll see you all on Wednesday for my baking post. This week I'm showing you how I made my pizza. 
My finger even hurts now while I'm typing.
Lots of love,
Chloe

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Lush comforter bubble bar | Review

Hello lovelies
Today I'm finally reviewing the comforter bubble bar. I have wanted to review this one for so long, so I'm happy that I have finally got round to posting this.

This bubble bar is one of my all time favourite's from lush because I think the price is really good and the smell is just so lovely. I can normally get about 7 or 8 baths out of my bubble bar. That might seem like a lot but I like to make my lush products last. Also out of one piece of the bubble bar you still get a great smelling bath and lots of lovely bubbles.



Here's what lush say about the comforter bubble bar "Sometimes you just need to shut yourself off from the outside world under a blanket of fruity foam that will put you back in the right frame of mind to face the world. This bar is supersized, so you’ll only need to crumble half a bar under your tap to make enough bubbles for a long, comforting soak. Cassis absolute gives a distinctive blackcurrant fragrance, while bergamot adds an uplifting note."

Ingredients |
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Cassis Absolute, Cypress Oil,*Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 17200.

I really love this product because it smells like ribena which is a black current drink we have in the UK. It makes the water a lovely soft pink and its the perfect product to help me relax. The smell isn't to overpowering and has a nice balance to it, to make it just right. The other thing I love about this product is that its not a seasonal one. I love that I can pop into lush at any time and get this bubble bar. I hate it when I find a product I love but I'm told its only for Christmas or Easter.

I would highly recommend you all go and try this bubble bar. I guarantee you won't regret it.

Have you tried this bubble bar? Let me know what you think of it.

Lots of love,

Chloe xxx

Friday, 21 August 2015

Film review | I am legend

Hello lovelies
Today I'm going to be reviewing the film 'I am legend'. I really enjoyed this film as I loved the whole idea of it. I think it was really well thought out and it told an amazing story.

Here's what it says about the film on the Internet "Robert Neville (Will Smith), a brilliant scientist, is a survivor of a man-made plague that transforms humans into bloodthirsty mutants. He wanders alone through New York City, calling out for other possible survivors , and works on finding a cure for the plague using his own immune blood. Neville knows he is badly outnumbered and the odds are against him, and all the while, the infected wait for him to make a mistake that will deliver Neville into their hands.". 



This is probably one of my favourite will smith movies because I just think its brilliant to see him on his own and it really reflects just how talented he is. I think the fact that the film is for a good part of it, just him and his dog it shows just how well he can engage an audience. I really loved how about half way through the film they introduced another two characters and its very good to see how he interacts with people after being alone for so long. 



The thing I loved most about the film is how it kept flashing back to the reason why they are in this situation. It shows him and his family getting separated and then his wife and child getting killed tragically in a helicopter crash, I think. I feel like the first hour was the best. As much as I enjoyed seeing another two characters added, it would have still be amazing film without them. The other part of this film that I loved was the relationship between Robert and his dog. I think it shows just how attached someone can get to their animal. I think it shows such a great bond between the two and I cried when (Spoiler alert) he had to kill his dog because it was infected with the virus and it would have killed him.


I'm just really sad that in the end Robert dies. He finally finds a cure for the virus but its to late as he starts to be attacked by the infected people. He gives the women and her child in what I can only think was a bomb proof hide away. She then goes and finds the safe zone where she gives them the cure. So he becomes a legend among those people who were desperate for a cure.

Have you seen I am legend? What did you think of the film? Did it end the way you wanted it to? Let me know in the comments.

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Am I in the wrong? | Home truths

Hello lovelies

You all know that I like to be open and honest with you all. I try to do that with this blog as I like you all to be aware of situations or just little things that go on in my life. Ive been holding back writing this post for a while. Partly because I know that if someone I knew found this, I feel they could get angry about it. With that in mind I feel like I need to get your opinions, you need to know the situation to tell me if I'm the big bad wolf in this situation.

Basically the problem is my sister. Don't get me wrong, I love her with all my heart and I couldn't imagine life without her but...well she's just very difficult to live with. Now I know that most siblings argue a lot but it feels like were on another level. She accuses me and my parents of shouting when we're not. She speaks to us like utter crap in our home. Now my mum and dad have just learnt to live with it. Me on the other hand, well I stick up for myself and my parents. I'm the first to admit that I'm not perfect. I argue with my parents and I go off and slam my bedroom door. But she's on a whole new level. I stuck up for my mum today, my sister accused her of shouting when she didn't. I said to my sister that she was wrong, my mum didn't shout and her response to me was that she didn't care for my opinion told me to f*ck off.

Tell me if you think this is normal. Please bare in mind that she is nearly 22, a full grown adult. My sister is always moaning at my parents, either because my mum didn't put her washing out after its been in the washing machine, or because my dads asked her not to keep leaving the bedroom light on for hours on end when she's not in the room. My sisters response is to be rude to my mum and dad. She's bad with my mum but the names she had called my dad, all for just asking politely not to do something in the home that he is working hard for everyday to provide us. Here are just some of the names she has called him. D*ckhead. Kn*b. She's told him to F*ck off and mind his own business. The worst is when she calls him a c*nt. I think you all know the word I'm talking about. Now to me that's the worst word you can call someone. I don't swear in front of my parents, I do to myself or when I'm on my own but I don't make a habit of it. I think its just so disrespectful to call someone that. Let alone the man who has provided you with everything you needed since you were a baby.

I will admit that sometimes I just get frustrated and snipe at her even if she hasn't done anything. She just gets to me. Its like she has two personalities. One day she will be so rude and spiteful, she'll apologies and the next day act like nothing ever happened. I just see through the fake apologies now. I don't see the point of forgiving her when I know that she will do it again. I find it very hard now, living at home has become a living nightmare at times. I need to know that my family aren't just being over sensitive. The most frustrating part is that she's not like this with other people. They think she's god's gift, a perfect angel that everyone loves. I'm sick of being made out to be the big bad wolf in the situations. It gets turned round on us, even though she's the problem. 

If I manage to get a job that pays enough, or get more hours at work then I'm considering moving out.  I love living at home. Yes it can be frustrating at home but my parents don't ask for much, just respect in their home. I don't know how much more I can take, this is the one thing that I can focus on when she's being like this. Considering that she lives here rent free I think her attitude is just disgusting.

Am I in the wrong? Do you think this is normal or fair that she treats us like this? I know that if she saw this then she would go mad. I'm just sick and tired of being made to act like she's perfect. I need to vent and this is the one thing that I have always kept to myself.

Anyway, I'm sorry that I unloaded all that on you. I just really need to know your honest opinions.

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Chocolate and fudge muffins |

Hello lovelies
You all know how much I love baking. Well I have been neglecting the baking section of my blog for months, that's why from today there will be a new baking post every Wednesday. The Bake off has really inspired me to bake this year. Now today I'll be showing you how I made my chocolate and fudge muffin. The recipe I used only made 5 muffins! Now in my house, cake has to be in quantities of 12 or more so I'm going to give you the recipe that I used and leave you to work out how much you would need for more. There's a nice bit of homework for you all, ha ha.

Ingredients |
125g plain flour.
25g coco powder.
1tsp baking powder.
1 egg.
60g sugar.
2tbsp oil.
100ml milk.
Fudge (As much as you like, go wild!)

Equipment |
Mixing bowl.
Jug.
Sieve.
Oven at 160C.
spoon for mixing.
Muffin tin.
Muffin/cupcake cases.
Cooling rack.
Whisk.

Step 1 | 
measure all of your ingredients out ready and set our oven to 160C. Its easier to bake when you don't have to spend ages getting the scale to work.

Step 2 |
Sift the flour, coco powder and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Make sure they are all combined and that the dry ingredients have no lumps.








Step 3 |
Put the egg, milk, oil and sugar into a separate bowl or jug and mix them together.



Step 4 |
Pour the egg mixture over the dry ingredients and mix really well until you have a smooth chocolate muffin goo (Yes that how technical we are being here. The chocolaty goo is what you should get.)





Step 5 |
Here's where I went mad with the fudge. I chopped up nearly a whole pack (It was only small though.) of Dorset crumbly fudge. Put some in the mix and set some aside to put on the top before baking.



Step 6 |
Now its time to spoon this delicious looking goo into your muffin cases. I actually managed to put it in the cases with it falling onto the cake pan, I know..Mary Berry would be so proud, at least I hope she would. Now sprinkle a little more fudge on top of the muffins.



Step 7 |
Put your muffin in the middle of the over to bake for 20 minutes. If they don't feel firm after twenty minutes, pop them back in until the tops crack slightly. When they are ready get them out and put them on a cooling rack. Try not to eat little bits of the edge of the cakes. I know its tempting but just be patient, its worth it in the end.







Here are some incredibly non arty shots of my muffins. They tasted really good and I feel like you can add whatever you want. You don't have to add fudge but that's all I had. So as you all know, whatever in my cupboard goes into something I bake.

I hope you enjoyed that post. I'm really looking forward to baking each week and sharing my bake's with you.

What have you been baking lately?

Lots of love,
Chloe xxx

Monday, 17 August 2015

The blog tour award |




Hello

 I was nominated to do the blog tour award by the lovely and extremely talented, Lou. Check out her blog because she is genuinely one of the best bloggers I know and her writing is just so amazing.

The Rules:
- Pass the tour onto at least four other bloggers. 
- Give your nominees the rules and specify the Monday in which they should post their nomination answers
- Answer the four questions about your creative process, which allows other bloggers and visitors to understand what inspires you to do what you do. 
- Compose this one-time post on a specific Monday (date TBC by your nominator)


I didn't know if I was allowed to use the picture Lou had so I made my own.....Very sorry if I shouldn't have.

The Questions:

1. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I don't really think that my work differs from others in my genre. To be honest I write about so many things that I'm not really sure what genre I fall into anymore. I like to think that I am a little bit more carefree with my posts. I will post whatever I want regardless of my audience, which is either a good or really and thing. Basically I'm not afraid to take risks with posts. They either work or they don't. I like to think that I take a few more risks where my posts are concerned.


2. How does your writing/creative process work?
My writing process can vary a lot. Normally I will have a massive surge of ideas which I write down and plan out when I'm going to write each post. I keep track of it all in my blog planner which you can see here (Some lovely shameless self promo there, I love it). I also do a rough plan of what each post will include. If I'm not working I will sit in front of my computer for hours just writing out all my posts and I'll then schedule them all.


3. Why do you write and create what you do?
For me its all about individuality. In my house nothings private. I don't have thousands of secrets but its like nothings my own. My blog is the one thing my family have no say in and they don't even know I have it. Its nice to be able to write whatever I want without my sister or parents judging it. I also love writing and sharing my options or creations with strangers. People who don't know me can't sugar coat things. Ill get honest opinions and its a great way for me to talk to people who have the same interests as me.


4. What are you working on at the moment?
Im currently in the middle of writing a lot of ideas for a book. Now unlike Lou, I don't have a set plan yet so its hard for me to commit to writing it. To be honest I'm focusing more on my blog. Im going to be posting baking posts every Wednesday now so its another more regular feature on my blog. I'm also trying to build my audience. Im really enjoying writing and posting at the minute and I would love to share my blog with as many people as possible. So if you want, share this post with whoever you like. Just not my mum, dad or sister. Thanks x


My Nominees:
I tag all the beau bloggers. I know a lot of you have already done this tag so I'll tag you all so if you want to you can. If not there's no pressure.
If anyone who wants to do this could do it by the 31st Augusts that would be great, if not don't worry. Do it whenever you run out of ideas for a post. Much like I did.


Lots of love,
Chloe xxx