Sunday, 28 April 2019

Long Haul Flights

So I'm not a huge fan of flying at all but with my job that is something that I do a lot of! Once you've been on one flight you kind of learn the ins and outs pretty quickly, you realise what you should have packed and stuff you packed but didn't really need and if your like me and pack for every scenario thats normally quite a lot!

My first long haul flight was around 11 hours before that I had done a few smaller flights normally no longer than 4 hours and so this was just the same but just a hell of a lot longer!

What do I wear? 

So this is something that everyone finds different but personally I like to wear loose clothing so that I'm comfortable during the flight and don't feel restricted in anyway. I normally opt for leggings and a comfy jumper and underneath a loose fitting t shirt in case I get too hot.

What to pack. 

There are always going to be the same essentials that I take every flight and with travelling in general. Here is my carry on luggage list:

  • Good book to read (everyone has their own preferences and mine would be a good crime book that I can really get stuck into and make the time go that little bit quicker!) 

  • Travel pillow - I can sleep pretty much anywhere but I love to sleep in comfort, I got my pillow from TK Max, its memory foam and the best travel pillow I've ever used! 

  • Snacks - this is a must!! You never know when hunger is going to strike and you need a little something to keep you going. Snacks also covers sweets and gum for taking off and landing! 

  • Scarf - I have one of those big scarfes that open out into the big blanket type and these are my first choice to take! Especially since flights can get quite cold with the air conditioning on all the time. 

  • Throat sweets - speaking of air conditioning I always take some throat sweets and paracetamol as I get such a dry throat from the recycled air! 

  • Computer - Either a computer, phone, Ipod anything with the latest films and music on to keep you occupied! With this Headphones are another must have! 

Tips whilst on the plane. 

I am one of those people that reads multiple blogs, magazine articles about what to do on flights before I go just to make sure I feel prepared and have some sort of plan to keep myself occupied! 

Drink plenty, now I am really bad at this on a day to day basis but on a flight it is so important as the air is very dry and can dehydrate you very quickly. Another top tip is to keep mobile, keep walking around every so often even doing little exercises in your seat can stop you from going stiff and getting the dreaded dead leg after the long flight! 

Take some bits so that you can freshen up, take 5 to 10 minutes to yourself to make yourself feel good again, I always take a mini kit filled with a toothbrush, wipes and just other bits and pieces that will make you feel fresh.... flights can make you feel extremely yucky! 

So there are just a few of my top tips! I'd love if you could share your's in the comments as I'm constantly searching for new things to try!

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Tips for when you are away from home for a while

So I work away for about 10 months of the year, don't get me wrong I absolutely love my job however I always make sure to keep in touch with home and before I go away there are some little bits that I do to give to family and friends. I thought today I would share some of my tips for those of you who are away from home for long periods of time. 

1. Be prepared: 
This is a pretty simple one to do. Firstly I find out the dates i'm going to be away and then I think of any birthdays/ Christmas / Anniversaries and then I write each person a card for the specific occasion this means I can give them their presents to put away before I go.

2. Think outside the box:
So you know that you aren't going to be there for a prolonged amount of time so what can you do that makes it feel like you are? I give the special people in my life notes or little jars filled with memories and then every time they are missing me they can read one! This is possibly my favourite thing to do as its cost effective but means the world to someone when they are missing you. 

3. Keep in touch
Create group chats before you go away and make sure you add everyone to them, this way it means you can keep everyone updated at the same time and saves you a lot of time rather than having to message everyone individually! This is a LIFE SAVER for me, I don't always have time to message everyone but having one place means I can keep everyone in the loop without wasting time. 

4. Make times together special 
Making sure you make time for everyone is another huge thing, when I come home I have about 2 months and so I make the most of it by organising weekends away, day trips, family nights at home. Being away just means that you value the time together more. 

5. Have fun
This is such an important one to remember, its very easy to dwell upon what you are missing at home but you also need to think about all the fun things you are doing and making the very most of it. 

So there we have it just 5 tips that I do that make working away from home that little bit easier, do you work away from home or have a partner that does? Would love to hear what you think in the comments below. 

Sunday, 14 April 2019

These are a few of my favourite things

So I love thinking about things I love and enjoying doing and I thought it would be nice to share some of my favourite things on my blog so you can all get to know me a bit better! I would also love if anyone wanted to do their own and popped me a comment below so I can read yours! 

Spending many a Saturday morning feeding the goats at our local petting zoo is one of my all time favourite things to do, one day I will have my own! 

Bohemian Rhapsody - this has been my favourite song for the longest time, I couldn't even tell you when or where I first heard it but it very quickly become a firm favourite and my go to karaoke song... you've got to do all the little voices too! 

TV show: 

New tricks - So if you don't know what this is, its basically a TV Series (quite an old one now) where a bunch of retired detectives form a new squad in the Met Police... its just so funny and good old fashioned humour! 

Ice cream flavour: 

Mint Choc Chip - Always will be! I am a huge huge fan of Mint Choc Chip ice cream, nothing else will ever compare!


Greatest Showman - I feel like this may be a few peoples favourite film but its just one of those feel good films and I often find myself singing along... okay more than often its all the time! 

Alcoholic Drink: 

Rum and coke - I worked in the Caribbean for over a year and this quickly became my firm favourite from that, before I went I had never even tried it! 

Non Alcoholic drink: 

Pineapple Juice - Seems like a strange one this I feel. How many other people would say pineapple juice? I feel like its not a lot! 


Duck pancakes.... could eat this all day everyday! I also surprise myself, Harry and also my family at how many I get eat and not get bored of it. Give me a plate of duck and a HUGE bowl of hoisin sauce and it would keep me quite for a while! 

Kids programme: 

Tracy Beaker - this was my staple programme before school! I loved it when they brought it back and of course when the new My Mum Tracy Beaker book came out I had to be the first to get it! 


A Vintage Affair - this was another charity shop find and I just love this book, I have read it a dozen times. 


Flannel - this is just one of those words the more you say it the more ridiculous it sounds! 

Cecilia Ahern - Many of you will have probably of heard of or seen P.s I love you, well Cecilia Ahern wrote the book for that. Every story she writes I have to get and find myself constantly getting my nose stuck in one of her books! I've read them all several time and still love them. 

So those are a few of my favourite things! I would love if you did take part and do this on your blog, link it back to me and then I'll be able to have a look and see! 

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Charity Shops Tips and Tricks

So Charity shops are full of hidden Gem's you just need to know what you are looking for and be prepared to have a dig around! A lot of people have a pre conception about Charity shops but honestly they are a great alternative, you get good quality, good brands and best of all you are helping out a good cause. Today I'm going to pass on some of my charity shop tips!

Get rid of preconceptions 

Like I said before a lot of people have pre conceptions of charity shops and think they are full of tatty old things that nobody wants.... it couldn't be further from the truth! There is nothing to be embarrassed about going to a charity shop if anything your going to save a lot of money!

Be prepared to have a good dig around 

There is no point going into a charity shop if your not going to properly rummage, there is not point leafing through a few items and then leaving you need to have a good look!

Pop in regularly

Items are being donated everyday so the more often you go in the better chance you have of finding something! Always remember don't buy anything for the sake of it and also bear in mind charity shops aren't always cheaper.... you need to keep eagle eyed!

Be openminded 
Don't go in with just one item in mind, you might just happen to stumble across something else you have been after for ages or forgot about or even something that would suit you perfectly. There are so many surprises to be found if you just look!

I would love to hear if you have any charity shop tricks! Leave them in the comments below!