COOK BOOK HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

I recently purchased a few new cook books from The Works and thought I’d show you. If you’re not in the habit of frequenting The Works, I really urge you to check it out on a regular basis because they always have some amazing deals and sales on.

I always find it too easy to fall into the same cooking patterns recycling the same recipes over and over again, so I’m really looking forward to trying out some new recipes from these books. There’s so many yummy recipes out there I just need to make more of an effort to try them all. Which makes me think… Has anyone ever watched Julie & Julia?! It’s about a woman named Julie who decides to cook every single recipe from Julia Child’s cookbook in a year and blogs about it. I’ve always wanted to do that haha a day although it’s never going to happen, the idea of actually cooking every single recipe in a cookbook is kinda cool. I’d love to achieve that, I mean who knows what delicacies we’re missing out on by not trying more recipes!

Anyway here’s the cook books I just added to my collection and I can’t wait to read through them and try some new recipes out!

I’ve already got one of Aine’s cook books but for a fiver I couldn’t complain and the more new recipes for inspiration the better. Then I also liked the idea of discovering some raw food ideas, as I’ve heard lots of positive things about a raw vegan diet. Oh and the last book I guess isn’t a cook book, but a book about vitamins and minerals which I thought would be a very interesting and hopefully informative read. Being vegan now has opened my eyes more to making sure I’m receiving all the nutrients my body needs; and this is not due to the ever present stigma that vegans struggle to get all the nutrients their body needs (a rant for another time), but rather because the whole vegan lifestyle for me is about starting to take better care of my body. So I’m looking forward to educating myself some more!

Now I’d love to know if any of you already own these cookbooks and if so what are your favourite recipes?!

Love Carina xo

SALES HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

I finally had the chance to look around some shops the other day and allowed myself to pick up some treats with my Christmas money. The best thing was I managed to get one or two things which I’d been eyeing up for a while but that were now on sale; one being a ring from Accessorize and the other a backpack from New Look. The best thing was that New Look had another 20% off sales items too so I got some really good bargains!

Here’s what I got:

New Look Backpack £7.20

New Look Jumpsuit £8

Accessorize sunglasses £4.20

Accessorize Ring £5.70

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New Look Boots £11.20

New Look Bralette £3.20

Hope you all managed to grab yourself some sales bargains too!

Love Carina xo

LUSH HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

Firstly I just wanted to apologise for not posting my weekly Dear Diary post on Sunday. It was a super long busy day at work because it was our Christmas Special event and I pretty  much went straight to bed when I got home as I was so exhausted.

Anyway, let’s get on with today’s post – my lush haul!!! A while ago I made a trip to Newcastle with Jessica and having recently depleted my basket of Lush goodies it was time to re-stock my favourite bath products. I wish Durham had a Lush, but maybe it’s a good thing it doesn’t because otherwise I would spend far too much money! I just love shopping in Lush; the first thing that hits you is the overpowering wave of smells that accost your nose before you even enter the lush store. The next thing which jumps out at you are all the bright colours and temptation in every corner. The staff are always very friendly, although I have to admit that this time they were too overbearing and almost ruined my shopping experience by not leaving us  in peace to have a browse. Anyhow, here is what I purchased in Lush:

The Christmas Sweater £4.50 –

It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your Christmas jumpers and socks and jump into a steamy bath! After a busy day of shopping and carrying around all those presents, drop this hot and spicy bomb into the water for some fizzy-ho therapy. Sicilian lemon oil with mustard and ginger powders will ease muscles and warm you to your soul. Coriander seed and clove bud oils are sure to spice up your wife and hygge your husband!

How cute is this festive bath bomb!?! And it’s full of surprises – I used this the other day and the bath turned a pretty swirly orangy red.


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Snow Fairy £4.95 –

Sail away on a bubblegum sea in a boat made of candy floss and fairy dust. Get in the bath and cast this jelly bomb into the water, watching as clouds of skin softening jelly swirl around you like enchanted snow drifts. Soak in the sweet pink waters and float away to Neverland.

I feel like this is one of the nations favourite smells right?! I find it somewhat sickly sweat, but I kinda like it all the same, so I can’t wait to use this!

The Comforter £4.95 –

Sometimes you just need to shut yourself off from the outside world under a blanket of fruity foam that will put you back in the right frame of mind to face the world. This bar is supersized, so you’ll only need to crumble half a bar under your tap to make enough bubbles for a long, comforting soak. Cassis absolute gives a distinctive blackcurrant fragrance, while bergamot adds an uplifting note.

The Comforter is one of my all time favourites. I have tried other bubble bars and I do really like candy mountain too, but I keep coming back for the comforter. It lasts me a good 5-8 baths depending on how much I crumble in with whatever bath bomb I decide to use.

Lord Of Misrule – (sorry guys, this one doesn’t seem to be online)

I had to get another Christmasy bath bomb of course and this one just smelt divine!

Shoot For The Stars £4.50 –

Honey-scented sparkles of Brazilian orange and bergamot waltz with swirling, golden stars, creating a world of cobalt colour. As the calming blanket of shimmering, midnight blue unfolds, Brazilian orange and bergamot oils combine to send your mood rocketing up to the stars.

I’ve never tried this one before, but we got a demonstration in the shop and it looks fab – the little stars pop out and float about slowly melting into the water. I’m only a little worried about the glitter on the stars; I mean it always looks pretty but is a nightmare when it sticks to everything.

So that’s my Lush haul. It’s not huge haul, but it will last me for ages because when it comes to Lush I have to admit that I am a little stingy – I never use a whole bath bomb for just one bath – I just can’t justify it haha! I always split the bath bombs in two at least, or sometimes even in three if I mix a bath bomb with the comforter bubble bar for example or add other bath products like my Faith in Nature foam gel. Does anyone else do this? Well now for a nice long soak and I think I’ll start with the Christmas sweater bath bomb. Have a lovely evening guys!

Love Carina xo

CHRISTMAS HOMEWARE HAUL

Hey beautiful souls,

I have been so excited to share this blog post with you! I am obsessed with homeware and just love decorating the house, so of course I get very excited about Christmas and can’t wait to make the house all festive. I do have a rule though that Christmas decorations can’t go up until December, however as I am now currently in northern Ireland, I did make an exception to this rule and started a little early.

The milk bottle ghosts and pumpkins have been taken down and the Christmas candles and decorations are slowly being put up. Here are some of the Christmasy bit’s and bobs my housemate Jessica and I picked up on our trip to Newcastle the other week:

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Star tealight holder £5 Wilkos – Red Display plate £1 Wilkos – Bath bomb £1 Wilkos – Candles £3 Primark – Room spray £3 Primark

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Tealight holders £1.50 each Tiger – Cookie tin £3 Tiger – Napkins £1 Tiger

These are only the first few Christmasy decorations we bought and I can’t wait to buy some more bits and bobs, put the tree up and finish decorating the house! Have any of you started decorating yet??

Love Carina xo