**THE LUMINEERS ARE BACK. I REPEAT. THEY ARE BACK. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.**
After a 4 year gap since their last album was released, The Lumineers are back with their newest single “Ophelia” and news of their second album & world tour! *screams* Words cannot accurately describe how excited I was last night when I saw their post on Facebook after stalking their page for months eagerly awaiting some news. I may not have mentioned it yet in my blog but from this post I guess you can tell…… I’m a huge fan of their music! I went to see them the first time they were here in Ireland a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s safe to say my first concert experience was amazing, thanks to them and my persistence to drag my friends to the front of the crowd that night to have a front row experience, pushed right up against the barriers. Thinking back to that night makes me smile as I type this.
Does anyone else happen to love them as much as I do? Let me know in the comments if you do as I jam to “Ophelia” on loop for the next few months!
Hello everyone! 🙂 On this surprisingly bright & sunny day here in Ireland my Mom and I decided to go to town for what was supposed to be a few things……which was working out quite okay for us…until we reached Penneys (Primark in the UK). I’m sure many of you guys can understand the terror that my wallet faced next! Here’s some pictures that will do the explaining 😀
The tracksuit bottoms were on sale at €5 down from €12 which I was quite happy with, even if they are just for wearing around the house & I got simple, long sleeved crop tops (the blue & khaki green ones above) which would be perfect with some of my skirts or some high waisted jeans. At €5 each they are a perfect dupe for a different colour top rather similar that I bought in New Look for nearly €20!
*Sigh* I am always a sucker for Harry Potter clothing….damn you Penneys! Today was no different when I spotted this t-shirt (look below ^.^).
In the homeware section I picked up this little set of copper wire fairy lights for €3 and this candle for €4 which can be used as a mug once it’s all gone.
I also picked up a few little bits in Dealz & a euro store, my favourites being this colouring book and the BB-8 mug, because who doesn’t love BB-8!
Overall I have to say that my favourite buy today was these 2 books I picked up in a charity shop in Wexford. I love Cecelia Ahern and have a few of her books already so when I spotted these through the window I just had to go in and grab them and turns out they were only €1 each!!
So I guess you can say we picked up a little more than just a few things today…oops! Ah sure, it happens to the best of us! Thank you for reading 🙂
Staying positive at any time of the year seems to be a challenge for many. But I myself have found that in the height of winter’s dark days and underlying gloom, it can become even harder. During the winter months we tend to be also at the height of our work load, with Christmas approaching, exams looming and the days getting shorter. Overall this equals lower moods and heightened stress levels. It’s no wonder that depression and suicide rates reach all time highs at this time of year. With this in mind I think it is important to highlight the need to take care of not only ourselves but those around us especially at this time of year.
This year one of my (long overdue) resolutions is to work on my mental health and the first step I am taking is to be more positive in my everyday life. I personally think that a positive mindset is the key to good mental health and am willing to prove it to you by the end of 2016 when I hopefully will have reached my goal. So stay tuned!
I’m leaving below a little list of things I’m going to do for this month and each month I will add more things to the list and post a little update on how I’m doing so that by the end of the year I will have changed my lifestyle in little ways that will effect my mental health in a huge way.
Staying Positive January Goals & Tasks:
- Continue writing my “What Made Me Smile” posts every week.
- Pick a quote each day in order to inspire myself and apply it to that day.
- Donate money and help others whenever I can.
- If I make mistakes (which I do all the time), take a deep breath and learn from them.
These are my January goals & tasks! Will you be joining me in my journey to good mental health? Leave your own ideas on being positive below for everyone to see! Together we can do this 🙂 ❤
SUNDAY: I woke up to some lovely comments on my posts from my followers. It really brightened my day. I love you all! ❤
MONDAY: Had lunch with my mom in town – some quality time was well needed.
TUESDAY: I won a little instagram competition for my posts about @missfitskinnytea. You could say very excited about this.
WEDNESDAY: Got my brothers ready for school and they both hugged me really tightly before leaving. My neighbour brought more baked goods!
THURSDAY: My tea came in the post!
FRIDAY: I reached 100 followers on this blog!
SATURDAY: I am currently babysitting 2 of my cousins and having a Disney movie night with them 🙂
What made you smile this week?
(I may be a slight bit late with this post since it’s the 9th of January now, but better late than never since I’m only deciding on resolutions now!)
Every year most of us try to make resolutions that we will stick to. Whether we do so or not, that’s another story. But never the less, the intention is there. I myself, have never been good with sticking to them, but this year I will try again. 2016 is a year I am really looking forward to. I’m going into semester 2 of my first year in university, I’m surrounded by friends and family, I have lots of concerts and trips planned already and I’m visiting my very best friend in the whole world in March (she moved to England a few years ago). Overall I have a feeling that this is going to be a good year, but of course it is up to myself to make sure it is. I quite enjoy new years I have to say, in the same way that I enjoy new weeks or new days. Each of these to me is a new beginning, another chance to wake up clear headed and face the world. So here are my new year resolutions:
- Be healthier, fitter & stronger // Detox my body
- Continue blogging, improving & learning more about it
- Read more books & keep a record of the books I read (at least 2 books every month)
- Spend more time with friends & family
- Plan lots of trips & adventures (So far this year I’m going to 4 concerts, 2 shows, London and Prague!! I’m very excited for 2016)
- Work on my mental health
- Start saving a small amount of money, every week that I can only spend on what I see fit to in the next new year – 2017
I could probably make more resolutions than this, but I’m gonna stop for now. I might actually do a monthly update on these resolutions to help with keeping them. Let me know if we have any of the same resolutions or if there’s any big ones you’re really focusing on yourself this year. Thank you for reading!
To my wonderful followers,
Lately I haven’t been feeling the best which is why my posts have been less frequent. I’ve been extremely tired and sluggish, have had back pains and weird itchy hive-type things covering my legs. I thought it was time for a detox, or a”teatox”, something I had honestly never tried before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had however heard that they were really good for giving energy and removing that bloated feeling, as well as getting rid of sugar cravings (that I wanted to see!). As a follower of fellow Irish blogger FacesByGrace on snapchat, I knew the risks associated a lot of those skinny teas out there, mostly those containing Senna leaves and other laxatives as it stops the absorption of the contraceptive pill – a big no no for many of us women. Following Grace’s recommendations I decided to try Miss Fit Skinny Tea, an Irish company that prides itself in the results it delivers but also in the fact that it contains no laxatives, making it possibly the safest option on the market regarding skinny detox teas. The company’s founder and creator Ruth was quite a pleasure to do business with. She was very sweet and helpful when I messaged her on Facebook to talk about her tea and you can tell that she really cares about her customers and the quality of the product they receive.
So anyway I decided I would start with the 14 day package which was 24.99 and also bought the adorable little strawberry tea infuser which was 5. Postage was fast which is always a plus to buying things online. I ordered it on a Sunday and it arrived the Thursday to my delight.
Here’s what I received in an adorable pink envelope with white polka dots ^.^
I’ve really only started drinking the tea today so I can’t give much of an opinion on if I feel different or anything yet but it does have a nice flavour. Kinda reminds me of green tea which I love! Ruth recommends drinking 3-4 cups a day but I have definitely drank at least 5 so far…and may have another one before I finish typing this. I really hope it does make me feel better soon. Onwards and upwards as they say!
All my love,
P.S. There are now over 100 of you following me! How freaking amazing is that. I am honestly so happy and grateful for your presence. Will be holding a small giveaway soon as my thanks<3