Age Confusions

Okay guys..

I am 20 years old, and the people who know me say I act like I’m in my late twenties but look 17.. Unfortunately I do have the typical ‘baby face’ but then some people I don’t know that well, think I am 6 years older, because my boyfriend is 26 and they just assume we are the same age.

But what I can’t get my head around is.. Why do I keep getting mistaken for my sisters mum?

Okay so there is a 9 year gap between my sister and I. I was only 10 when she was born, from the age of 15-16 whenever I take her out, I seem to be thrown disapproving looks; and on several occasions I have had people say to me either ‘too many kids having kids these days’ or ‘wow you must have had really bad parents, if you’ve had a kid so young’

Seriously?

How can I look like her mother? I have such a baby face and am not in any way ‘mother like’ are these people delusional? How can they make this mistake?

The fact this has happened so many times really shocks me.

Me and my sister look nothing alike and it is physically impossible for me to get away with being her mum. What I fell pregnant at the age of 9? Come on people. 

Not many people believe I am older than I am because I look so young, so how people can keep making this mistake is beyond me.

Another thing that I find quite funny is that I can’t go out with my dad without people assuming we are a couple.

My dad is in his early fourties and we will meet up for a drink every other week, and I can guarantee that every time we go to a pub, someone will make the assumption we are a couple. For example we met up at a pub just last week, and a guy came over and asked if we would play pool with them as they wanted to play doubles. Without even thinking they guy just said ‘would you and your wife like to play with us’

Excuse me?! 

Me and my dad looked at each other, and burst out laughing. The element of shock went out the window a long time ago, because as I said, this has happened before. My dad then told the guy that in actual fact I was his daughter, and the guy had to pick his jaw up from the ground. He couldn’t believe it. He apologised over and over and said he just assumed we were a couple because we were on our own having a drink.

Holy moley!

I am beyond confused..

My Ultimate March Playlist!

I am a huge fan of dance/trance tracks, and often burn my own CD’s to play in the car.

Here is a list of my all time favourite tracks that I have come across in March 2015.

If you haven’t heard these yet, I would recommend giving them a listen!

1. I Can’t Stop Drinking About You (Chain Smokers remix)

2. Faded – Zhu

3. Julian (Chain Smokers temix)

4. Wasting My Young Years (Sound Remedy remix)

5. I Loved You – Blonde ft Melissa Steel

6. Cast A Spell – Blonde vs PianoMan

7. Rumours – Pep and Rash

8. Can’t Stop Playing – Oliver Heldens

9. They Don’t Know – Disciples

10. King – Years And Years

11. GDFR – Flo Rida

12. Sleep (Conrad Hills remix)

13. Pray To God – Calvin Harris

These are awesome tunes to play in the car, and to listen to when your out and about!

Dead Sea Purifying Clay Face Mask Review

I recently went to Superdrug as usual.

I  literally go there every week now and spend loads of money on their products, as they are amazing!

I fancied treating my skin and getting a face mask to use one evening whilst relaxing.

I chose the Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask as it is designed for blemish prone skin, which I suffer with.

After a long and stressful day at work I decided that tonight would be face mask night, to help me relax and leave my skin feeling refreshed.

I massaged into my skin and left on for 10 minutes. I always find it difficult to avoid my lips and eyes, and can never apply it without getting it in my hair and all over my mouth, but never mind!

The mask smelt like lemon, and after washing it off, my skin felt moisturised and fresh and I kept looking in the mirror as my blemishes actually seemed to die down instantly and were much less visible!

This face mask was Superdrugs own and was an amazing 99p but to make it even better it was on a 3 for 2 offer so I also picked up two other gorgeous face masks!

I am such a fan of these masks as they smell absolutely amazing! And I can always see such a visible result straight after use. They also always leave my skin looking and feeling amazing for days after.

It is nice to use a product which actually lasts for a while longer, and gives you such great benefits.

Look out for these masks when your next in store or purchase my latest try – Dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask

Thanks Superdrug!

Feeling More Comfortable With Strangers Than Friends

I would like to know if anyone shares the same opinion as me on this topic. Sometimes feeling less awkward and more confident with strangers than people you know.

I model part time, and spend my weekends travelling to meet new photographers and spend the day doing a Photoshoot. Even though I consider myself quite socially awkward, when it comes to being in front of the camera, I am not shy or uncomfortable at all. 

But if a friend or a family member was to try and take a photo of me, I would immediately cover my face and feel really uncomfortable. 

I’ve never quite figured out why this is.

The only suggestion I came up with, is that when I meet new people such as photographers etc.. I know that it is not likely I will see them again, so I make the most of the time I have and try to get the best out of the shoot. I don’t worry about feeling judged because I know they are looking at the way I am presented and not my personality. 

But when someone I know goes to take a photo, I think ‘am I coming across too confident?’ And fear that they feel I am vain.

With people I don’t know, I don’t care what they think as much, because they don’t really know my personality and can’t sum me up in that one day.

I feel that the people close to you may hold grudges and every action you do will be remembered.

For example I once witnessed a friend who is usually quiet, flip out and get really angry, and now I do everything I can to make sure I don’t upset them, even though they are a lovely person. 

Sometimes once you have seen a different side to someone you know, you associate that with their normal behaviour and it will always stick in your mind.

With strangers, you don’t know them well enough to judge them, so can be yourself.

My Super Healthy Lunch 

Good afternoon all!

I am pleased to say I am sticking to my promise and am eating extremely healthy still!

Yes I know.. (Well done me!)

I have found that now I have cut out all the junk and sugar, I no longer crave it, and can enjoy a cheeky slice of cake or a glass of Malibu and coke occasionally without feeling too guilty about it!

So far today I have had:

A banana

A potato and egg salad with a dash of salad cream

A medium bowl of raspberries

2 litres of water

And for dinner I plan on having a chicken and vegetable stir fry.

I can tell this change of diet is having a good effect on me, because I now get excited about having these foods, and it has many benefits.

When I was eating 5 chocolate bars a day and a few cans of fizzy drink, with no water and no fruit or veg, I just did it without realising the effects it had on my body and my mind. 

Now I genuinely feel more refreshed and active. Also I have found my depression has lifted quite a lot! 

 I am proud to know I am making a big change in my life!

Blog Post Ideas

Have you ever had trouble thinking of a new post to write?
You want to connect and share with your fellow bloggers and capture people’s attention, but what could you possibly blog about?

I have had this feeling before and here are 16 of the ideas I came up with:

1. Share your personal review on a new product you have tried. Be it a drink or a food that you have never tried before, a new make up item or hair product, or a new brand you have come across. Or have you just bought that amazing dress or pair of shoes you have wanted for ages? Snap a photo and post it on your blog with a review and where you bought it from. Share with others and leave them feeling inspired!

2. Do you regret doing anything in your life? Or do you regret not doing something? Think about this, and maybe by sharing your story you can reach out to others and make them question their own lives and give them the inspiration they need to make changes.

3. Have you ever looked back on your childhood or your teenage years and wish you could tell your younger self a thing or two?
For example, you may not have paid much attention in school and are paying for it now. Write yourself a letter to the past, of what you wish you had done, amend what changes you can.

4. What do you miss? Are you bored of working a full time job that doesn’t interest you in the slightest? Do you miss school? Friends that you have drifted apart from? Or a TV show that you loved? Share your missed treasures with others!

5. Are there any tips and useful hints that you have picked up on over the years? Such as a healthy diet, a good hair treatment, or things to keep your smile a shining white? People are always looking for cures and remedies for everyday problems. Me especially! Helps others out by sharing your wisdom! I’m sure people will greatly appreciate this and may recommend your posts to friends!

6. Have you had an interview that went horrifically wrong? Or an event that didn’t entirely go to plan? Is there something that seemed awful at the time but you can now look back on and laugh? Give people something to read, and I’m sure there are people out there who can relate to your experiences!

7. Write a diary entry or a letter to your future self. Include your goals and expectations and where you think you will be in 10 or so years to come. You can look back on this when the time comes and see if your life turned out the way you thought it would.

8. Is there a shop that you absolutely love and you buy pretty much everything from? Give them some love! Write a blog post expressing how much you love and appreciate this shop! Share some photos of you with your new items, such as you wearing a new top etc.. Email the company to let them know about your blog post and your recommendation, and who knows.. You may get a voucher or a freebie from them!

9. Write a ten or twenty something list. These have proven popular with me. For example you could write a list on ’20 things that happen as an early teen’ or ’10 thoughts you had when starting a new job’ these types of blog posts, get people’s attention because they can be easily related to. People of a similar age to you can come across it and think ‘this is so me!’ They will then share the link with their friends, and then your post will gain more and more views.

10. Think random! Write a post which is weird and wonderful, such as ‘if you could be any animal for a day, what animal would you be?’ Explain your answer in detail, and ask readers to comment what their answer would be. This will start up a discussion, and you can meet new bloggers!

11. Write a guide to post. I have previously written a post called ‘Your Simple Guide To Happiness’ this guide included things that you can do to help make you happier. These are things that I do often and have worked for me. Make your own guide. It could be from ‘A guide to getting through uni’ to ‘A guide to fulfilling your dream’ make it your own!

12. Is there a fellow blogger who you check out for inspiration? Or someone that you never miss an update from? Write a post saying why you like this persons style and link to their blog. This person may re-blog and link back to your site, and you can gain views from their followers.

13. Are you a master of applying the fiddly pests which are false eyelashes? Or can you put liquid eyeliner on perfectly first time? Well I can assure you I can do neither! Bit if you are lucky enough to be perfect at this, take a before and after photo explaining how you did it. People are always looking to master the art of make up; and are searching for quick tutorials on the web every day.

14. Or better yet! Why not make a vlog? I think that’s what it’s called.. Isn’t it?
Make a short video of your tutorial. Show how you put on your foundation evenly and make your skin look flawless. Believe me, this is what people want to see.

15. Come across a quote that really inspired you? I come across new quotes every day, and it’s only the rare few that I take in and fall in love with. My initial thoughts are then – what can I do with this quote? Add it to a photo? Print it out? Stick it on my wall? Share it on twitter? I just know I need to get it out there. Look for new quotes or if you come across a great one, then be creative with it!

16. Heard something funny recently that tickled you so much, you nearly laughed your pants off? Share the laughter. Explain how you came to hear something so funny, and bring a smile to everyone’s faces.

Think about things you search the web for, and how many posts come up with brilliant tips and advice.

Make your own posts, as there will always be many people out there that need your opinion. If people agree with you and your opinions, then they are more likely to come back again and view your latest posts, as they will take a liking to your style. Get your personality seen through the way you write and you are guaranteed returning bloggers!

Colour Me March

What is Colour Me March?

“In 2015 Cheltenham Racecourse is looking to bring colour to The Festival. From hats to shoes, to scarves to nails, it’s all about colour on Ladies Day. For the first time ever colour at The Festival will be celebrated and judged via social media only.”

I am so excited that the weather is getting warmer, so I don’t have to wear a million and one layers now!

Unfortunately due to work I can’t attend this event which I am gutted about!

But if I did attend this is what I would wear:

These items are from H&M which I am a huge fan of!

I would complete this outfit with a pair of brown jewelled sandals and a cute little shoulder bag.

You can find out more about his awesome event here!

You can also follow #ColourMeMarch on twitter for the latest news and updates and even find inspiration for your own outfit!

Remember this event is on the 11th March! Why not check it out?

Whilst I’m here, I may as well share this site that I came across recently – innovative licensing & promotion, inc. They have great tips and advice for selling your invention and methods of marketing and I found it really useful!

The Obsession With Video Games

Video games are an unhealthy part of our entertainment and the popularity of it, is rapidly increasing. 

How many kids do you know, lock themselves away in their room to play video games? And aren’t at all bothered about the lack of social interaction that they are missing out on.

I have never owned an Xbox or a Playstation, but I did own Gameboys and a Nintendo DSI. 

By using these devices constantly I also used to hide from social interaction, and missed out on a lot of things because I couldn’t take my eyes away from the screen. It is a very unhealthy addiction.

Then again it is typical for teenagers.

Some people grow out of this, and eventually lose interest, but others carry it on into late adulthood.

My partner has always been a fan of the Xbox. I count myself lucky though as he doesn’t have his eyes constantly glued to it, and only plays it when he has a day off, if I am working. 

He is a fan of Assassins Creed, and Grand Theft Auto.

Both these games actually interest me and I can sit and happily watch him play without being bored. I do see the attraction to playing these video games, as the graphics are pretty amazing, and the storyline and aims of playing are pretty awesome. 

What I don’t understand is how people completely cut themselves off from daily life, and miss going out and socialising with friends and family, to sit at home playing a game and ‘socialising’ with virtual friends.

That’s what puzzles me.

I guess this is how depressives can be seen, by not enjoying real life interaction, and isolating themselves from the rest of the world. 

But then again I’m sure many people who are addicted to video games are quite happy, and still have constant and positive interaction with others. 

My partner is 26 today and he has been kinda brilliant lately. He recently said one day he will treat himself and buy an Xbox One. He has also been talking non stop about a game called ‘Ryse’ don’t ask..

I have been shown the trailer at least 50 times, and whilst I must admit that the graphics in this game are pretty damn amazing! It is not something I would sit and play myself.

I thought instead of doing the usual for his birthday, which would be a meal and a hotel for the night, and buying aftershave and loads of clothes that he’ll probably never wear; why not splash out and get him something he wants more than anything. 

Aww bless, it’s like he’s a kid all over again!

So being the awesome girlfriend I am, I went out and bought him an Xbox One and that bloody game..

Ladies and gents, don’t tell him I told you this, but he cried. 

He sat there for a good ten minutes with a look of shock on his face, then hugged the xbox, and started jumping around holding the game; and he then threw his arms around me and nearly suffocated me!

I think I can safely say he is extremely happy!

Now I better have some peace and quiet for the next few months at least!

20 Things Girls Say VS What They Actually Mean

Lauren Says It All

We women are confusing creatures. We are not simple and can be annoyingly difficult.
It is hard for men to understand women an awful lot of the time, due to men not always being able to pick up hints that we think we are dropping. Sometimes we think that men should know what we are really thinking, even if that is the opposite to what we are saying.

For example if I say to my boyfriend ‘you can have that last slice of pizza’ what I really mean is – I really want that last slice, but I don’t want to seem greedy and I am trying to be nice, please say no and insist on me eating it. True story.
Sometimes it is easier for us to beat around the bush, rather than coming out and saying what we are actually thinking, as we worry about the reaction we…

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Why Do We Say Bless You?

Here’s another strange post for you wonderful people.

Something I have been thinking about today, is why do we say bless you when someone sneezes?

We don’t say cough you when someone coughs (well I do occasionally if I’m a bizarre mood) or anything when someone makes another noise such as blowing their noise or burping.

So why do we say bless you when someone sneezes?

If I am out in public and a person standing close to me sneezes, then I automatically say bless you as I would feel extremely rude not too.

Thinking about it, this is really strange.

I have researched the reasoning behind this, and found that sneezing was associated with ‘illness’ meaning when someone sneezed you wouldn’t ignore this as it could be a sign of bad health. This is going back many years ago, when it was a sign to worry, but now we know that sneezing doesn’t mean we have to worry. For example it is common to sneeze after smelling a scent, as we can react to the particles that enter our nostrils. 

Now saying ‘bless you’ is just common courtesy, and this tradition has never really ended.