What I take dog walking...

Thursday, 27 November 2014
It's no secret to the world that I love dogs and I'm sure you all know that a few months ago I was inducted to be a volunteer dog walker. I won't lie and type here to say that I was ready for what faced me on walks, as someone who doesn't own a dog I didn't really know exactly what I would need. I'd only ever been on walks with dogs who are owned by friends or family. Therefore they are pretty well trained and no real effort to walk. Plus the owners were always responsible for all the "equipment needed"!

I'll give you an insight into the first few walks I ever did. Let's just say I knew I needed to invest in a few items before walking another dog!!! Obviously I knew to wear old clothes, that was a given. However I didn't have any coat with a hood, or one that was waterproof for that matter. Even though you can see above that I picked up a waterproof coat and it's even the same colour as the charity clothes - it didn't have a hood. Which I found out mid walk, whilst it poured down with rain. On my head. 

I picked up my own lead straight away, the charity uses slip leads so I picked up this one from Pets at Home. Since then I've picked up another one which is a thicker rope for the pully dogs. It's just a bit easier on my hands. I'm considering buying a harness for myself so I can put it on any dogs that I walk who pull so much they almost pass out!

The final piece to the dog walking puzzle for me was when I realised I really needed a rucksack to hold all this stuff rather than trying to walk with a handbag. Due to my anxiety I have to have to have a few things always on me so I feel calmer and a bit more prepared. Namely these are a bottle of water, a carrier bag and a selection of tablets... odd I know. I found this one in Matalan for around £12 and I love it. Although after a couple of months of using it it has faded which I'm not too impressed with. I'm also a giant idiot as the bag isn't waterproof, so this will be my summer dog walking bag. if anyone knows any good places to buy a waterproof rucksack please let me know. 

I'm loving being able to shop in the dog aisle now, treats galore! 

Also, poo bags. Because - poo.

Clogau Xmas Kissses...

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Last week I paid a visit to Clogau Gold's Christmas evening where the shop was decked out in mistletoe and Christmas decorations. We snacked on salmon bites, drank champagne (I drank orange juice) and chatted among the awesome gold jewellery. We even tried on a ring that was worth over £12,000 - hey a girl can dream. 

As part of the evening we all got given a voucher, whilst I can't afford to splash out on the jewellery even with a voucher I'm going to put it towards some perfume which I've heard great things about.

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An Introduction to Paul Mitchell...

Monday, 24 November 2014
A couple of weeks ago I headed to the St David's Hotel in Cardiff to spend an evenig with the guys from Paul Mitchell. I've never really dabbled into the brand so I had a nosey on the website before heading over and what I was reading really intrigued me. Paul Mitchell is against animal testing which I know will be great news for a lot of people who read my blog, but also has a lot of company values that I admire - it's nice to see these haven't been lost. You can read more of their values here there are so so many. 

On the night we had the chance to have our hair done. Amy (http://www.floraandflynn.com/) had the most awesome quiff created. It was so tall but looked awesome and surprisingly wearable. I had a fishtail plait done and I LOVED it. I can't do them.. yet, I'm still watching youtube videos so I can master the art of it. I also kept the plait in for three days afterwards. Thank goodness for dry shampoo. 

I spoke for ages to the staff about my hair woes and it honestly felt like a catch up with friends. My favourite type of event, so relaxed and chatty. I took home a pretty hefty goody bag and I can't wait to use and write about all the products. 

Oh and here's cowbiscuits. And she's now on youtube too. 

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Today was dog walking day. We took Harry out from his kennel and had adventures with Trevor. These are my favourite types of adventures.

I felt like the luckiest girl in the world yesterday. I have always wanted to watch New Zealand play, especially at my home stadium. It was an amazing day all watched from amazing seats. Whilst Wales didn't win, I still loved it.

Matt and I have joined a new gym, which has been opened by someone I used to work with. Hopefully this is the corner I needed to turn to get my fitness and motivation back.

It's almost Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've been researching the best things I can use to kit out Basil and Rocky's cage. I want things that will stimulate them but things that will also stay clean. I've decided I will keep them on fleece blankets with a whole host of puppy pads and towels underneath. I have a couple of huge orders on their way to me, so will post about what I decided on. 

Coffee. Always coffee. 

Thornhill Farm Shop...

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Saturday morning was done properly this weekend, I took my Nan out for breakfast at our local farm shop. We had a perfect morning where we caught up over a bacon baguette and a latte. 
We chatted for a good hour, watched the animals from the window and lapped up the delicious grub. I couldn't resist getting my camera out and heading down to the animal pen. In the cold morning air I had a lovely 5 minutes snapping away. the small things were appreciated. From the Farm Shop there are amazing views over Cardiff and I really had chance to gather my thoughts in the peace and quiet.

MAC Morange...

Monday, 3 November 2014

A long while ago Debenhams had an offer on where there was £5 off any lipstick. Pretty much one of the best offers around, no? I had decided that I had been far too good with not buying any lipsticks in AGES so I thought I would have a nose and see what was still in stock. 

I knew I wanted to pick up another MAC lipstick because they are ones that I would never pay full price for but would happily pick up on with an offer. 

I'm so not one for nudes and neutral colour lipsticks and I'd spied MAC Morange on so many blog posts that I'd decided I needed it. Especially for my holiday to Egypt - this colour with a tan is just perfect. Even though I don't have a tan really anymore I still love how it looks. It's so orange which is a lipstick colour I haven't really had before. I've had reds that are a little orange but never pure orange (ok well it's a teeny weeny bit red) - and I love it. 

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Sunday, Sunday...

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Oh Sunday how I have loved you. Even though I was up early I managed to clean all my makeup brushes by 8am, which I was pretty chuffed about - especially as they are still drying. I was even all cleaned, polished (the flat) and pretty much all my chores by 11. To be honest the rest of the day has flown past and right now, from the darkness that has engulfed my bedroom in the last 30 mins, I feel like I should be trotting off to bed. Except I have one boyfriend asking to be fed and a pile of ironing glaring at me. 

My skin really needed a face mask today, I slept in my makeup last night - whoops. I used the pore penetrating one from Avon, I've had this for ages and pretty much just want it gone now. It's a decent mask but nothing about it wowed me enough to show it any loyalty. 

I had the urge to use up this hair mask from Lush, I wouldn't even know how to pronounce it! Short story is - it works but your hair will smells like damp clothes for the rest of the day. Surely in this day and age products don't have to smell horrendous?!

Look how beautiful this little man is! He is Squidge, the most adorable son of Georgina (aka Makeup-Pixi3) and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon of tea, homemade orange drizzle cake (YUM) and snuggles with this one. It's so amazing to see someone become a mother and how they interact with their baby (with oodles of love), it really warmed my heart. Soppy as it sounds, I really mean it.