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My 2016 new finds, old faves & highlights

Yeah yeah, I know 2016 is rapidly becoming a distant memory for most of us but before it completely disappears from our thoughts, I wanted to go through some of the things I loved last year, some are new finds & some are old faves. I wanted to add in some highlights from 2016 that I failed to mention in one of my last blog posts – 2016 ~ Worst & Best

I’m very much a visual person, so this post is going to be mainly in photos but I’ll be adding links that contain everything I’ll mention for you to have a nosy through.

In no particular order, here we go –

Toiletries etc –

In 2016 I had a new love for the bath bomb, the others I feel are definitely old faves. The Wilko hand wash really does smell like rhubarb & custard & that So…? For Me body spray – OH MY WORD!!!

Here’s a few posts for you to check out with either my thoughts about the products or their website –

My Winter Scent ~ You’ve seen it before!

*I love to love these things* ~ Part 2

*I love to love these things ~ Part 3

Beauty –

I really enjoyed wearing a dark lip for the 1st time in 2016, I was always to worried I was too old to wear a dark bold lip colour but now, I don’t care, I really enjoy wearing it! I fell in love with that nail colour the 1st time I wore it & I’ve decided that I’m going to wear nail varnish more often. I only found the lip gloss in December 2016 but I’ve worn it lots since then.

Here’s a few posts for you to check out with either my thoughts about the products or their website –

I like all 4 but this one’s my favourite!

What I thought of my December 2016 Birchbox & freebie.

Blogtober ~ Halloween Fun

Yum Yums –

I feel like 2016 was a good year for finding new flavours & food/drink for me.

If you’re lactose intolerant like me, you’ll know just how frustrating it is when you want something but can’t cause it contains milk products or when they don’t contain milk products, they contain a soya product which I’m trying to stay away from because  it’s reported that soya can interrupt your hormone function & that’s the last thing I need! I finally found a lactose free custard that doesn’t contain soya. Yay! I found a new love for porridge & I love coconut yoghurt with berries, granola & honey. I also found some new glorious flavoured coffees in 2016 – a brand called LITTLES make some amazing flavoured coffee, the chocolate orange one is amazing. For Christmas, I got us both a Jelly Belly bean advent calendar & loved it (everyday a different flavour, nom nom). I fell in love with fruit smoothies in the warmer months & that’s one of the reasons I can’t wait for spring & summer. Tea pigs Winter Spiced tea is deliciously Christmassy. I love any excuse for a BBQ but I much prefer the coal cooked method, definitely my best way to cook – well, eat food! Hehe. I don’t actually do the cooking on the BBQ, Richard does that. I tried tacos (well, soft tacos) for the 1st time in 2016 too & enjoyed them.

Here’s a few posts for you to check out with either my thoughts about the products or their website –

A taste for a Smoothie………….Berries go Bananas

An amazing breakkie for the colder months

Blogtober ~ Week 4

Blogmas ~ Our advent calendars

Blogmas ~ Week 1

Littles Flavoured Coffee

Fun Stuff –

I absolutely love Yankee candles. Last year was the 1st time me & Richard did pumpkin carving together, we had a right laugh! Hehe. Loved the photo booth we had for our works dept. christmas party. I’m loving the new book Richard got me for christmas. I loved doing the Disney advent calendar for Richard, I wrote a little note in each day, some were notes of love & some were activities.

Here’s a few posts for you to check out with either my thoughts about the products or their website –

The Little Book Of Hygge: The Danish Way To Live Well

Blogmas advent calendar link is above.

Yankee Candles

Blogtober ~ Halloween Fun

These made my life so much easier in 2016 –

The aloe heat lotion is amazing for aches & pains, honestly, it isn’t just another fad product, it genuinely works wonders, obviously, it’s not going to cure your arthritis but it’ll definitely ease the pain you’re in. I went to a festival in August & burnt my face a little & my lips (which I’ve never done before), the aqueous cream & aloe lips were amazing for my sunburn! Burt’s bees lip balm is my new fave lip balm (however, not the best to have in hotter sun than you’re used to). My new phone, wow, where do I start with this one?? My old phone, which was an older version of the Huawei was soooooo bad by the time I’d got my new one, I wanted to smash the old one! Hehe. (I still need to do a full review on my new phone but trust me, it’s amazing). We use our food warmer for every party, BBQ, gathering, family lunch or dinner we have, it’s saved my life so many times because I’m so rubbish when it comes to cooking timings!

Here’s a few posts for you to check out with a little more info about the products –

Still loving Aloe Heat Lotion

Aqueous Cream

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm – Vit E & Peppermint

Blogtober ~ Week 4 is when I got my phone – linked above. A website for you – The Huawei P9

I really need sunburn relief right now

Our christmas day lunch – Food Warmer from Ebay

Things that made me smile –

I loved our christmas tree last year, it was our best yet in my opinion, although Richard missed the tinsel! The santa mugs were a pressie from a friend at work for me & Richard. The basket with the Yankee products in was a pressie from my best friend for me & now I use the basket for all my Yankee stuff! “My” tree is on campus, I see it every day on my way to work & I love seeing it change through the seasons – my Blogtober posts see it change throughout the whole of October.

A little note – you know, I was convinced that 2016 had been a really bad year but actually, I don’t think it was all that bad, I started this blog in February 2016 & doing this blog has enabled me to look back on the year with much more positivity & with a smile.

I hope you had an amazing 2016.

Bye for now.

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Festival Packing List, Foods, Packing List, Personal, Things I Love

What I took with me to the festival & what ACTUALLY got used!

We all get a little over zealous when packing to go away anywhere, we tend to have a ton of ‘just in cases’! I’m no exception!

 

The following is a list of the things I took with me to the festival & the ones I’ve highlighted in red are the things that actually got used……………..

Toiletries etc………………….

  • Scrunchies
  • Hair grips
  • Hair serum
  • Diarrhoea tablets
  • Tummy tablets
  • Pain killers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Aloe Heat Lotion
  • Citronella candles
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Tissues
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Roll on
  • Spray deodorant
  • Make-up
  • Face wipes
  • Eye cream
  • Night face cream
  • Beecham powder (I take it for toothache)

Drinks………………

  • Water – which I froze
  • Lemonade
  • JD honey put in a plastic bottle
  • Pimms put in a plastic bottle
  • Coffee
  • Milk (I used to take the Beecham powder)

Clothes etc………………..

  • Socks
  • Wellies
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Top
  • Panties
  • Flip flops for the campsite
  • Sandles
  • Pj trousers & tops
  • Towels
  • Cardi

Food………………..

  • Plastic bottle brown sauce
  • Bacon
  • Sandwich Thins
  • WW crisps
  • Super noodles

Misc etc…………….

  • Paper plates
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic Cups
  • Torch
  • Bin bags
  • Tent
  • Picnic blanket
  • Sleeping bag
  • Fleece blanket
  • Pillows
  • Air mattress
  • Luggage locks
  • A cooler
  • Lawn chairs
  • Brolly
  • Twine. Can come in handy in so many different scenarios
  • Disposable BBQ
  • Sunglasses
  • Nail varnish
  • Washing up bowl
  • Washing up liquid
  • Camping stove
  • Gas canisters
  • £1 shop long lighter
  • Cooking pans

 

It might be worth noting that we only went for the weekend!

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The following is a list of things that I wish I’d taken……………..

  • Small head torch
  • Shower bag (waterproof), although, I could use a carrier bag
  • Shower gel
  • Dressing gown or something to walk back from the shower block in
  • Hat
  • Good quality sunscreen
  • Sunscreen for my lips
  • Day face cream (I forgot it & I’m sure that’s what contributed in getting me so sunburnt on my face)!

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Because there were 3 tents worth of people sharing the same little camping area we all muddled in together, sharing gas canisters, sauces, pot washing facilities, gas stoves, cooking utensils, cooking pots, sunscreen & probably other things which I’ve forgotten.

 

What’s your must pack items when you go to a festival or camping in general?

 

Bye for now.

Love Sarah Mx

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I went to the 80s, 90s & 00s Music Festival…………………

I recently went to a music festival & it was a 1st for 2 things for me – going to a festival & camping…………………turns out, I love them both!

Why I was so anxious about going………………………..

I’d never been to a festival before & heard horror stories about the toilets at festivals (I’ll NEVER go Glastonbury!) & I’d never been camping before either, well, apart from in mine & a friends back garden as a child but that don’t count! Richard & my dad came with me to put the tent up & I made a point of telling Richard not to put me ANYWHERE near the loos, I didn’t even want to be within queuing distance of them, I’d have been happy on the other side of the field from the loos! Well, he didn’t do that, we could see the loos from our little camping area, Richard & dad were the 1st ones in out of our group, so they picked the site for all of us. Turns out, the site they picked was, in my opinion, the best on the field (well done to them) & I worried for nothing, even though we could see the toilets, we couldn’t smell them from where we were! BONUS cause they smelt baaaaad on occasion! I worried about the loos for nothing! I was also anxious about leaving my belongings for hours on end unattended inside the tent, so, I padlocked the tent…………cause that’ll stop anyone who wanted to get in a tent wouldn’t it??? An enclosure made from material (IDIOT!)! Again, worried for nothing, no-one was interested in anything other than enjoying themselves.

The atmosphere was electric, everyone was having a laugh & enjoying themselves, the only thing we needed to seriously worry about the heat – it was HOT, HOT, HOT!

I shared a tent with one of my sisters, we shared a little camp area with 2 of our nieces, one of their friends, our future sister-in-law & 2 of her friends, I couldn’t have asked for a better group to go camping with & the weather was amazing (even if I did get sunburnt)!

 

Here’s some pics of our little gang…………..

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We enclosed ourselves in with bunting! Hehe.

 

I didn’t know them but I just had to get a pic of these 3………………..Can you guess the characters???

 

 

It rained on the 1st night but that still didn’t stop us……………….

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Here’s a few pics of some of the acts that played at the festival…………….

Sonia from the 80s…………………..

Chesney Hawks from the 90s…………………

Vengaboys from the 90s – they were amazing……………….

Baby D from the 00s………………….

S Club from the 00s…………………

 

We had an amazing weekend. It was the 1st one of these festivals at Cattows Farm in Leicestershire & I’m pretty sure they’ll be another one next year about the same time (I’m assuming).

The atmosphere was fab & although the main food on offer was sausage related (good thing my favourite meat is pig!), it was delicious, even if a tad pricey (£6 for a sausage & salad wrap), they did have other flavour sausages available & vegan options!

The drinks were a tad over priced in my opinion although probably not as expensive as other festivals!

Festival ticket prices ranged from £29 – £89, I got mine off Groupon for £29.

 

Here’s a few more pics……………………….

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If there is one next year, I strongly recommend you go, you’ll be glad you did! They do hold this festival in other places around the country.

 

If you’re reading this & you were one of our little camping group, REMEMBER where we were for next year cause it’d be amazing if we could get the same spot & the same set up as this year!

 

The included pics were taken by me & 1 of my nieces.

 

Bye for now.

Love Sarah Mx

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