Sunday, 21 August 2016

Chelsea's London Hen Do

Having hit the grand age (pfft!) of 24 now, I'm starting to notice more of my friends on Facebook are getting engaged and married. I'm not a romantic person, and, sadly, I'm not someone who gets too excited when someone I went to school with, but no longer speak too, gets engaged to someone I've never heard of. But, when my bestie, Chelsea, announced that she was engaged, that was a different story! Especially when she asked me to sort out the hen do, which was this weekend. Before we start, excuse the blurry photos at times... there was Malibu involved.

I sorted out our hen do through a hen do-organising company, which sorted out a stay in a 5 star hotel in London, a trip on a party cruise, and entry to a club. I've spent weeks thinking of ways to decorate the hotel room to make it more hen-do-ish, and more fun than just a hotel stay. And this is what I found...


Any trip to London to have a catch up with Chelsea is lovely, but this was one of my favourite visits so far.

And I thought I'd finish on this lovely photo... please note the total eyelash disaster going on on my face in this, which was soon resolved by a fake eyelash removal!

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to bed to have a very long catch-up sleep! More posts to come this week, and I'm planning on a little week-long blog diary soon, so keep an eye out for that!

Nighty night, 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Porcupines, Bat Poo, and a War-Horse Lion

A while ago (a year ago, in fact!) I wrote a little Longleat post (see it here...), mainly about how I could remove Lorikeet poo from my coat. This week, my dad was off from work and I had a day off too, so we packed a picnic and headed back to Longleat for another day out. At the moment, Longleat is celebrating their 50 year anniversary of having lions, so everyday there's a parade through the park with dancers, floats, mascots, and a lion puppet made by the same people who made the horses for the War Horse play. It was amazing, definitely worth waiting all day for!

We skipped the safari and the boat ride, we'd done them last year and the queues were huge. But we squeezed in all our favourites, the butterfly house and smaller animals. I love seeing the little animals, they're all so cute (except the snakes, they don't do it for me at all!). 

I love the butterfly house. It's lovely and warm, and the butterflies are beautiful. We also went in the bat cave... and to explain this post title, a bat pooed on my dad, and it was the funniest part of the day... for me, not so much for him!

After a day out, I'm sat at home now catching up with all the Olympics, primarily the rowing (Go on Team GB!). The blog is a bit on the quiet front this week, I'm still getting back into working ten hour days and coming home knackered out, so hopefully I'll be back on it soon! 

Until next time,

Monday, 1 August 2016

5000 Page Views!

I logged onto Blogger the other day, just to check, as I often do, how my latest post was going, and I noticed that I'd hit 5,000 page views! I was so excited, I ran downstairs, shouting to my mum about it. In January Katy Louise hit 2,000 views, which was an amazing milestone. Then, in February the blog turned one year old, which was a lovely treat for me, and a proud moment to think that I'd managed to keep up blogging for a whole year! 

So, I'm so happy and excited that, when it took nearly a year before I hit 2,000 views, in six months I've had over 3,000 views! I get so excited when I hit 20 views in a day, so this is really lovely! I just want to write a big, huge, massive thank you to everyone who's stopped by my blog, everyone who's taken the time to leave a comment, and especially to everyone who's been back two or more times! 

Here's to 10,000 views!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Summer Bucket List Update

I can't believe how long ago it was that I sat down and wrote my Summer Bucket List (see here). One week in May I looked out the window, saw it was sunny, and felt instantly inspired to write a Summer to-do list for myself, and now, without even noticing, we're midway through Summer! So, here's a little update on how I'm doing with my Summer Bucket List. Next week, I may look at it again and add a few more bits and bobs (and maybe take a couple off, but we shall see)... 

2. Have a Pitcher of Pimms
I didn't have a whole pitcher to myself, but at my mum's birthday BBQ I made some fruity Pimms, and it was delicious! Isn't Pimms the perfect summer BBQ drink!

3. Go on a Summer Holiday
In my last few posts I've been sharing my Cornwall Diaries (see Day 1 here). It was so nice to get away for a week, I haven't been on a holiday in 3 years, since I started uni, so it was amazing! 

4. Do a Colour Run
I did it! I ran a 5k colour run at Wembley and it was so much fun! I was raising money for Climb, a charity that helps support children living with inherited metabolic diseases, with my bestie, Chelsea, and her fiance. You can see all my photos from it here.

5. Eat a Burger that's been Cooked on a BBQ
Done and done again!

7. Wear a Bikini on the Beach
Luckily it was hot enough to don a bikini, and...

10. Get a Tan
Briefly, at least. 

9. (Bit out of order now) Go to a Festival/Summer Ball
I went to my uni Summer Ball, dressed this year as a Hula Girl. It was so much fun, I didn't enjoy it quite as much as last year's Summer Ball, but I always love Summer Ball. 

11. Swim in the Sea
My mum and I bought wet suits and body boards when we were on holiday, and braved the sea.

12. Try Vlogging
I've been dabbling in and out of YouTube a little, I'm still not sure on it, I think it'll take a lot more work. Blogging is still my fave at the moment!

And that's that so far. This was just a quick update post, as I say, next week I'll have another look and a little bit of a rethink on the list - we still have a bit of Summer left, and I'm running out of list!

Look out for that,

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

What it's Like to Volunteer for Charity for a Year

I've mentioned my placement a few times, but I've always been quite vague about it. I've finished my full year now, and I thought it was time to tell you about it, why I enjoyed it so much, and why everyone should have a go at volunteering for a charity...

I'd never thought about working for a charity before, as I didn't have a lot of money and not a lot of time to dedicate to something for free - and, let's be honest, if you can get paid for work you would. So, while struggling to find a placement that I was happy with, I found a choice of three. Two were paid, but didn't offer a lot of different event experiences, they were mainly weddings and Christmas events. And the third was with Dorset Blind Association, unpaid, but with a lot of events in the job description. 

I applied for the job, not expecting to get a response because of the experience I thought you'd need, but heard back, had an interview, and a tour of the office. I left knowing that it was wear I wanted to spend my placement year. 

The main reason I'd wanted to stay in Bournemouth for my placement year, rather than go home, was so that I could stick with my rowing, but I also loved the town (and still do!). Dorset Blind Association was a fifteen minute drive from where I was living, and a five minute drive to Bournemouth. 

When I started I met a great bunch of people, who I'd be working with for the next year. I was also working with two other interns, working on the marketing, which was nice. I also met lot's of lovely volunteers coming in and out of the office during the week, who are great. 

The events were fab, especially for an events management student looking for event experience. I found with companies and businesses, the events they were offering were so samey and not really what I was interested in, but with charity they offered lot's of different events, and I was even given the chance to come up with my own event ideas. How many people can say that happened on their placements, I wonder! 

I met a lot of the Dorset Blind Association members, who are blind or visually impaired, and they were all great. Losing my eyesit is literally the worst thing I can think of... imagine not being able to see pretty things, like the stars, or a beach, or your pet pooch! Even things like flicking through Instagram, things which don't seem like the end of the world, but I do constantly.  

The most rewarding part of my charity placement was the feeling after I'd completed my year. I raised a lot of money for charity (I won't be braggy and say how much), and was worked out at enough help support over 30 of our members for a whole year, which is the best feeling ever! This meant so much more than the experience I'd gained (which was also amazing!), especially after meeting the members I could be helping, and made all the unpaid, hard work so worth it!

I really recommend doing something for charity this Summer, even if it's something little. There's tons of chances around, and it really gives you a warm feeling in your tummy afterwards. And a lot of them are not just money based, a lot of them appreciate your time or something you can do for them. 

This post was just a little bit of a indulge for me, and to sum up my placement year. I thought I'd mentioned it a few times, but hadn't really spoken about it in detail, and something that's taken up so much of my time deserves a spot on the blog! 

Here's to the next adventure,

Monday, 25 July 2016

Cornwall Diaries: Day 4 & 5

Day 4 and 5, and the last blogged days of Cornwall - day 6 was a rainy day spent in the caravan, and day 7 was spent in the car for three hours to get home, so no blogging there. We spent ages trying to decided what to do with ourselves, and finally settled on the Seal Santuary in Gweek (the place isn't relevant, but how cool is the name Gweek?!). 

The next day was just a walk around the nature walk on the campsite with the pooch.

 How pretty is this photo? Maybe a new Summer blog photo I feel. And that was that! 

I'm back home for the Summer now, in Wiltshire, and I'm so excited to have a couple of months off from uni life... uni life is great, don't get me wrong! But Summer at home is always a nice break. 

See you through the Summer, 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Cornwall Diaries: Day 2 & 3

I have never been so hot in my life! It's been hitting 35 degrees here at points today, it's boiling! I even had a siesta this afternoon because it was too hot to do anything else! Crazy! I managed to get down to the club house of our campsite yesterday, but hadn't edited the photos from the day yet, so I've merged them together with today's post as well. I apologise for the lack of excitement, but, as I said, it's just been way too hot to do anything today!

Bikini (bottom and top): Primark

Mum and I plucked up a bit of courage and bought ourselves some wetsuits and bodyboards. We found them from a little local surfing shop in Bude, and immediately felt like imposters next to all the proffessional looking surfers with their proper boards. It was fun though, I enjoyed just floating around on the waves as much as gliding in on them.   

I thought I'd include a few photos of the caravans (or type of caravans) we're staying in. Ours is in a particularly un-picturesque position, so I took advantage of the beautiful twilight sky last night and got the camera out. How beautiful do these photos look?!

Today we headed into Bude again, just to get some bits for our picnic lunch (which we had in our cooler caravan in the end), so I took a few photos around and about the town. 

 And then back to the caravan for our siestas and afternoons of reading James Bond on my Kindle.

It's not been a very lively holiday blog-wise so far, but it's nice to get away for a while - not sure if I mentioned it already, but this is my first holiday in three years. So it's nice to take it a bit easy. 

It might be time for my second siesta of the day... and I'm starting to feel a bit awks as I'm using the wifi but haven't bought a drink. So, see you again some time!