The Christmas Tag

It’s the best time of year and the Christmas tree went up today and I’m feeling very festive so I thought I would give the Christmas tag a go! So, first of all, I’m going to tag Poppy and Jas (A fellow Jasmin and I love reading her blog and you will too)!

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What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
ELF, it’s my all-time favourite Christmas film. I watched it today, it just cracks me up and never fails to make me laugh.

Have you ever had a White Christmas?

Not on Christmas day that I can remember, we sometimes had snow a few days before Christmas or in January.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

It’s a mixture, I have family all over the place. Usually, Christmas Day is spent with my Mum and Brother and Boxing Day with other family members.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

All I want for Christmas is youuuuuuuuuuu! It’s just so catchy.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

One, I think you should always have a Christmas Eve present.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Rudolph, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, I can’t remember the rest…

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

Falling asleep on Christmas Day after eating lots of treats and roast dinner!

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake, real ones aren’t very good for the environment and the needles get everywhere.

What’s your all-time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?

Cheese, lots and lots, and lots of cheese. Cheese boards, crackers, caramelised onion chutney, camembert, Wensleydale with cranberry, some more cheese.

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Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

Giving! I love the entire process but I do think there’s sometimes a big expectation to impress. It can sometimes be a little worrying if you haven’t got the right thing.

What is the best Christmas present you have ever received?

This is quite a difficult one, I’ve had some lovely Pandora charms given to me over the past few years.

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

NEW YORK. Without a doubt, it’s a bucket list trip. Ice skating, all the Christmas decorations up… Dreamy.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

Professional, in one of my previous jobs I worked in a toy shop and my lovely boss Luan taught me to wrap like a pro.

Most memorable holiday moment?

Last year we played that splat face game with the family, it was hilarious.
What made you realise the truth about Santa?

The truth about Santa, what do you mean?!
What makes the holidays special for you?

Being together with my family and friends.

 

Simple Ways To Help The Environment

If you’ve been watching Blue Planet II over the past few weeks, you may have seen one of the most recent episodes where a baby pilot whale died due to plastic pollution in the ocean. The Mother carried the dead whale for 2 days until eventually giving up.

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This happens often and animals often consume plastic that’s floating around in the sea. The episode also showed smaller animals like turtles becoming trapped in floating debris and plastic.

Here are some very simple ways to reduce waste and become more mindful every day.

  1. Carry your cups. Buying a reusable cup to pick up your coffee and hot drinks can make a big difference. Some places even give you some money off for using one! If not, try and drink your coffee in to save that waste.
  2. Buy loose fruit and veg, tea and look for food with minimal packaging when shopping. It often can be cheaper and will reduce that extra plastic being put into the oceans.
  3. Reuse those takeaway boxes! If you do have to get some plastic for example when you order a Chinese try to reuse the boxes throughout the house.
  4. Grow your own, if you can! If you have the space growing your own fruit and veg can really help the planet.
  5. Carry a reusable plastic bag, it saves those 5ps and helps the planet.

What do you do to be more mindful? Comment below!

 

Jas x

My Favourite Lush Products

Lush is one of my favourite shops not only because they’re ethical but the products they create never seem to disappoint me.

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The products I wanted to talk about are all in this lovely copper basket from Primark which all bloggers seem to have! There are no bath bombs in this post as I’ve run out so I need to pick up some more.

Sleepy is probably my favourite of all the Lush products, I put it on every night before I go to bed. It’s filled with Lavender and gets me to sleep instantly. It’s £7.95 for the pot that I picked up but a little goes a long way so the smaller pot lasts a really long time.

I also put it on my pillow cases which stays on around 3-5 days so it really helps put you in a deep sleep.

I’ve been wanting to try the Twilight spray but I can’t justify the price. The cost of Twilight is £20.00 which I think it’s quite a lot for Lush.

Snow Fairy is one of my favourite scents and it’s a shame it’s only available at Christmas time! I got the shower gel, bath bomb and the body conditioner and I try to pick it up every year if I can. It just smells like a swirl of candy floss and it almost makes my skin feel so soft.

No Drought dry shampoo is £4.95 and is a saviour for when you are in between hair wash days and need a little boost in the morning. It absorbs all of the excess oil and smells like Grapefruit and Lime. Massage it into your scalp and brush out the excess and your hair feels refreshed.

Last but not least, T For Toes. I use this stuff in my gym shoes and on my feet when I come out of the shower. It’s moisturising and really helps with any unwanted smells!

I really hope you enjoyed your post. Are there any other Lush products I should try? Tweet me or comment below!

Jas x

 

 

Vogue 73 Questions Tag

I’ve seen the video’s that Vogue put out on their social media channels, firing questions at celebrities and influencers. However I didn’t realise it was a tag going around the blogging community! The lovely Poppy Raptor tagged me in this and I’m looking forward to answering lots of questions. Visit her blog!

This is completely new for me as I’ve never done this kind of thing on my blog before! I hope you enjoy.

I tag Liam, Lauren and Michaela!

What’s the best thing that has happened to you this month?

I’ve spent time with my Grandparents and I always value the laughs we have.

What’s the best thing that has happened to you this year?

This year, 2017 overall has been pretty crappy. I guess I started third year of university…

I’m definitely looking forward to The New Year

What’s the best thing ever?

Pj’s, candles and a good Netflix show. Perfection.

What’s your favourite season?

Winter, obviously. Especially if it’s cold, there’s something about getting in on a cold night and having a cup of tea and wrapping up in a blanket. Christmas and my Birthday are in December too, so very important things.

What’s your favourite holiday?

Christmaaaaaaaas.

Would you ever live in a big city?

I live in a small city currently but I can’t see myself living in a big one. Maybe in a rural place with access to a city?

What’s your favourite ice-cream?

Mint Choc Chip.

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

No, I’m lazy. I just slide them off but it does ruin the back of my shoes sometimes.

What’s your favourite dessert?

Chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream.

Cake or pie?

Cake, always.

What’s your least favourite food?

Mac & Cheese is some sort of devil food. Or quiche, I despise quiche.

What’s your favourite condiment?

Salad cream.

It’s brunch, what do you eat?

I’m either an English breakfast or an avocado on toast kinda gal, depending on the day.

What’s your favourite colour?

Purple.

What colour dress did you wear to your prom?

A light pink at high school and a red one to my sixth form prom. Didn’t really like either of them.

Blow dry or air dry?

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Air dry always, whenever I blow dry my hair I end up looking like one of those trolls that you had as a kid.

Do you think you’re strong?

I think so. I’ve been through a lot of shit and I suppose you have to be strong.

Who’s a person you’d love to have a coffee with?

I’d really love to have a coffee with Rae Earl. She’s from Stamford so we could go to coffee in town. I’d just love to have a chat with her and hear more about her life plus I love her books!

When was the last time you cried?

Today, sometimes you just have to cry.

Who’s the last person you texted?

My Aunt Delia

Twitter or Instagram?

Twitter, always.

Who should everyone follow right now?

Grace Victory, her content that she produces and tweets is fab.

Have you ever had anything stolen from you?

I hope not?

Favourite country you’ve visited?

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I haven’t had much experience with travelling. Portugal has to be the best country I’ve visited so far.

Last country you visited?

England, that’s because where I am. Abroad would be Portugal.

Country you wish to visit?

Germany! Especially at Christmas.

First pet?

My cat Snowy!

Favourite Disney animal?

The squirrel from Ice Age, I don’t think thats Disney though. It’s all I could think of.

What are you doing tomorrow?

University lectures

What are you most excited about in life right now?

The Christmas break and holiday.

What book are you reading right now?

How To Stop Time – Matt Haig

A book you read because everyone else was reading it?

Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

It didn’t impress me as much as everyone else.

What are you completely bored of right now?

My university course. It just doesn’t interested me anymore unfortunatly.

What’s your favourite beverage?

Coffee, specifically Hazelnut latte.

What’s your favourite cocktail?

Pina Colada

What would you order at a McDonalds drive-thru?

BBQ Chicken wrap, chips and a vanilla milkshake.

What’s one thing you still have from your childhood?

I’m a bit of a book hoarder so I have the majority of my books that I read when I was younger.

What’s your current favourite TV show?

Jane the Virgin.

What’s a movie that made you cry?

I can’t remember. TV shows, I cried when Poussay died from Orange is the New Black.

What do you miss the most?

My Best Friend, Ellie Bastian.

What’s something you can’t do?

I can’t seem to stop buying stripy clothes.

What are your nicknames?

Jas or ‘Jazz’ if we’re friends.

What makes you laugh a lot?

Those awful Facebook videos you end up scrolling and watching late at night. Specifically the Irish family trying to get the bat out of their kitchen… CATCH HIM DERRY. I will link it here for those of you that haven’t seen this beauty. 

Heels or flats?

Flats, I’m the worst in heels. I just complain or fall over.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I did an indoor skydive the other week.

What’s one thing you wanted to do but been scared of?

An actual skydive.

What’s the thing you’re most proud of?

I’m proud of myself of how far I’ve come in my life and how much I’ve got through.

What did you want to do with life at age 5?

A pilot. Until I watched a TV programme of a plane crash and I instantly changed my mind. I think it was a Neighbours episode.

Dogs or cats?

Cats. I have a cat tattoo!

What’s the most important thing that someone can learn?

To be kind.

Bath or shower?

I love a bath, they’re so relaxing.

Mountain hideaway or beach house?

Mountain hideaway, filled with books and a hot tub.

What’s your favourite scented candle?

Cinnamon.

If you could spend 3 months anywhere, where would it be?

Australia.

Are you messy or neat?

Bit of both. I can be clean and messy.

What’s the first thing you do each morning?

I go downstairs and get myself a coffee.

What do you have for breakfast?

Toast.

What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?

Mindfulness using the Headspace app.

What’s one skill you wish you had?

I wish I could do Maths. I am the worst at Maths.

What’s your favourite pizza?

Texas BBQ from Dominoes.

Describe your ideal partner in 3 words. 

Kind, understanding and ambitious.

Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

Ryan Pointon, asking him if he was attending our lecture.

At what age were you at you happiest?

Probably when I was a toddler, oblivious to things.

What’s the last thing you ate?

Subway, 6 inch. Italian Herbs and Cheese, BMT, lettuce red onion and sweet onion sauce

Where do you go when you need to be alone?

In my room, against my radiator

What’s the biggest thing on your mind right now?

University work

What’s the best activity to do at home on a rainy day?

Reading of course, I literally love the rain.

What are you listening to right now?

My ‘Chilled’ playlist on Spotify.

On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with life right now?

Solid 3/10

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

I’m not sure on this one actually. I find black pudding weird.

Starter or dessert?

Starter, always.

Is there a dessert you don’t like?

I’m not a fan of tiramisu really

What’s the furthest you’ve been from home?

Apart from holidays, I guess moving to Lincoln was quite far from where I lived.

 

W7 Delicious Review

When I saw this palette advertised, I noticed straight away that this is supposed to be a dupe of the ABH Modern Renaissance palette. From the colours, to the matte and shimmer shades it’s almost directly the same, just cheaper!

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The cost is £12.95 which is very reasonable for an affordable brand. However it’s slightly pricey compared to the usual W7 prices. Usually you can pick up one of their palettes for around £4.00 from Savers.

I’ve tried several W7 palettes and I can see why this one is slightly more expensive, it’s got better pigment and even the brush that came with the palette is of really high quality.

Some of these shades are completely new to me. There are some safe and neutral shades in this palette but also some vibrant pinks and autumnal oranges which I was excited to try.

I admit the first few times I tried to use this palette I felt a little bit silly as I hadn’t used such bright colours before but after a few Youtube tutorials and a bit of practice these are now some of my favourite shades to wear.

Have you tried this palette? Tweet me! @JasminWoodward

 

 

#WorldMentalHealthDay

“Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.” – Mind.

Today is World Mental Health Day and I think it’s important to speak up about Mental Health to reduce the stigma and raise awareness.

Opening up is something I have learnt to do over the past year. Speaking to friends and family about my ongoing mental health problems was a big step for me.

I’m very lucky to have such supportive people around me and you know who you are – thank you.

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Depression and Anxiety – A label. 

If you’re looking for a label, this is mine. Well one of them. For the majority of people who know me, they know that I have suffered with severe depression and anxiety for a long time. I’m not going to write in detail about my life and problems but I want to speak up about it as part of the #WorldMentalHealthDay

I try to come across as happy and ‘together’ as much as possible but deep down, often I’m not. It effects every aspect of your life. Your day-to-day happiness, your friendships, relationships, education and work. The majority of days I want to pull the covers over my head and hope that the bad thoughts go away. They usually don’t. If I don’t force myself up in the mornings then my life would truly be a mess.

Some days I feel as I can’t leave the house and others I feel on top of the world. But it’s important to take each day as it comes.

Bloggers such as Grace Victory, my friend Poppy and many others are beginning to write about their mental health on their blogs. I’m hoping this is the start of me being more open and the world being more understanding.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, every 1 to 6 people in the UK suffer from a mental health problem. Check on your friends and family, ask if they are okay. They might just open up.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Jas x

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Different Kind of Sunday Summary #1

I’ve previously written a Sunday summary on my blog before, speaking about my week and what I’ve done. Instead, I wanted to give a different kind of summary each week of the issues and topics that have caught my eye.

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I try to pay attention to politics and current affairs as much as possible. I wanted to write these posts to give my own personal view on the topic and if you disagree, please feel free to comment and tell me!

The first thing I wanted to speak about was Theresa May’s decision to listen to young people and change the conservative direction. Hearing that my tuition fee isn’t going to be raised any further and I will not have to start paying back my fees until I earn over £25,000 per year allowed me to breath a sigh of relief. Personally, I believe the fees are still too high however it’s a start to the conservatives listening and us millennials seriously. At the moment, my heart is still with Corbyn but I am hoping this is the beginning of a brighter future.

The government also made the decision to continue funding the search for Madeleine McCann. So far, 11 million has been spent on looking for her which I believe is an extreme amount of money. People on Twitter have shared their opinions with one person saying ‘You can’t put a price on life.’ Actually, you can. It’s devastating but people go missing all of the time and why should one person receive so much funding? Social care, services and the NHS are all suffering the cuts but the government have money for high profile cases.

Speaking of cuts to our services, that brings me to my final point of today’s post. If you haven’t watched the programme Ambulance which is being shown on BBC1, you should. It really highlights the pressure that our services are under across the country. There isn’t enough police officers, ambulances and services on the streets and why? There isn’t the funding for it.

In the most recent episode, a woman called Josephine made several calls to 999 each day. It was clear that she needed more intervention from social services however the lack of intervention from them put pressure onto the ambulance services.

These are things to think about. There is no quick fix but this is my Sunday Summary.

 

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Jasmin