Thoughts on Darceys Candles

I am always a bit unsure of these new products that reps sell online because there are never really any real reviews and I don’t like that. However, I believe that Darceys Candles are a product that are worth a try. My friend has recently become a rep for them and I decided to flick through her brochure and see what Darceys have to offer.

Their range is quite extensive and you certainly stop and look at every single page in the brochure. What makes Darceys stand out is their selection of scents. As I said previously there are scents that you would probably want to eat. Without naming all of them here are two examples: Rhubarb and Custard or Drumstick Lollipops, every sweet tooths favourite.

I decided to try the Relaxation Candle as I often struggle with stress and wanted to try different ways of reducing that. I hadn’t come across a sample of this one before so I was like you, I didn’t know what to expect. The scent is not over powering but it is one I could have lit all of the time. It’s a soft smell and doesn’t trigger my asthma. By inhaling and exhaling with the candle lit, I could feel myself feeling calmer. I doubt that is solely from the candle but I felt relaxed.

The Relaxation Candle is made from soy wax which means it has the capability to last much longer than other candles. So far I have been very impressed with the candle and would like to try more from the range.

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I do believe Darceys Candles are a little expensive and I haven’t ordered any other products from them so I can’t comment on those. This is a downfall for me because £9 for a small jam jar size candle is a little too much. I guess it depends on how much you like candles! However, I do want to try some more so we’ll have to see what they have to offer.

How does it feel turning 25?

So my 25th birthday was approaching and it was the day I was dreading. The day when you can no longer tick 18-24 boxes, you’re in your mid twenties and what you’re 25 and still live at home? Happy 2nd February for me! It is daunting because I always said I would probably have children by the time I was 25 – oh how I laugh at myself now. That’s not going to happen any time soon as I feel like I still have so much to do in my life before I can no longer be selfish. When I say selfish, I mean an adult.

There are quite a few negatives to being 25 (mainly the tick boxes issue) but let’s look at the positives.

I have always wanted afternoon tea because it is more sophisticated and ‘grown up’ so that’s what I decided to do. I absolutely loved afternoon tea at the Lakeside Bistro and it was only £13.95 each! It was nice to do something completely different and the food tasted great minus the egg sandwiches. It was a shame the table was set out in a line because it made it quite difficult speaking to people. So apologies if I didn’t get to speak to you that much!

What are the bonuses of being 25?

  • I’m no longer classed as a young driver so my insurance should hopefully drop for the summer!
  • People take you more seriously, you’ve got a few years of experience behind you so you can tackle things.
  • Your friends are starting to get married – weddings galore yay!
  • It is okay to stay in and watch Netflix because you can’t handle it like you used to.

I am struggling to think of more so if you’ve turned 25 what have been your highlights?

Letters to Eloise by Emily Williams

Letters to Eloise is a heart-wrenching story that is extremely well written and had an unexpected ending. The style of the book was unusual as I’ve never read a book that’s written as a diary/letter entry before. I thought it was a nice touch to be honest and makes you as a reader connect with the book more.

I don’t know where to start with how much I enjoyed this book because I think it has such high potential with character development. Flora is a great character and you seem to be willing to learn more and more about her with every page turn.

The back story between River and Flora made me envy their relationship in a way but they are also extremely normal. We all have our fallings out with one another but River didn’t give up, he believed in what they both had. Tate however really grated on me. He was written exactly how he needed to be so you grow mixed emotions towards him. For me, he was as horrible and I disliked his character more than I do cheese and onion crisps.

It was important to have various main characters in this book especially because Emily writes about real situations during pregnancy. Everyone needs a friend like Brooke and what happens between them might be expected to happen between two friends in the real world.

There were some parts which I thought could have maybe been shortened but it didn’t make me dislike the book in any way. I think I struggled the most with trying to understand Flora and Tate’s relationship and what Tate was trying to get out of it – especially with the skiing part.

I have always said in my book reviews that I hate giving spoilers away so I tend not to speak about the book too much but this is a must read. I was finishing the book on the train and as soon as I read what I did I put my hand over my mouth. Please make sure you read this all the way through as you will not be disappointed.

*Emily Williams gave me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Avon’s Foot Restoring Soak with Epsom Salts

I suffer with Restless Leg Syndrome which means my legs feel irritated and they can’t stop themselves from twitching. I have never been sure why it happens but I’ve noticed it’s usually when I’m tired or if my legs are too hot.

From flicking through the Avon brochure I came across a Foot Restoring Soak with Epsom Salts and decided to order it for £2.50. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect from this product as I’m usually a bit skeptical about things I haven’t used before but last night I decided to give it a whirl.

My legs thought they were doing a marathon last night, I couldn’t stop them from twitching so I decided to have a bath – I hate having baths. Using Avon’s White Lily Bubble Bath and the Foot Restoring Soak with Espom Salts, I felt like I was bathing in a dream. The epsom salts smell incredible, they smell like tea tree products and are very relaxing. You only need to apply a small amount to your bath to feel the results.

I haven’t used epsom salts before so I don’t have any previous experience with how they work but the results from these were great. After about 20 minutes I stepped out of the bath feeling like a different person. My legs felt a lot better and the pain had subsided.

Overall I would give this product five stars because it took away the pain and the twitching and I was able to sleep throughout the night. Have you ever used epsom salts before?

When you’re feeling inspired by others

Recently I have taken a little more time to sit back and read people’s blog posts rather than sitting here waiting for people to read mine. From this it has given me a positive outlook on what I need to do to benefit myself. Yes it has been a tricky few months for me as you will have seen in previous posts but it is time to turn that around and learn from it.

So far I have two weekends away planned, I’ve finally got weddings to go to as well and not just one, I have three (one I’m a bridesmaid)!! This year I am aiming to go camping a little bit more as it is a fantastic escape route even when it is raining.

I would love to move out – sorry parents but it is time I got my own space so I can decorate it with things I will stare at but will never use. I keep thinking I want to move to a city, probably Nottingham in the end but right now I am going to stay put. The thought of moving out scares me a little but it’s also an exciting adventure and it’s my adventure. There are always a lot of pressures for people in there 20s as Tiffany has pointed out in her recent post and it’s true. I have been in my relationship for four and a half years but so many things have happened during our relationship that has made it impossible for us to live together.

People’s progression through life whether that is work related, adult life related or even a trip abroad has inspired me to look for more. It is often I settle for what’s around me and I shouldn’t. Seeing people travel here there and everywhere makes me want to do the same thing but I stop myself. Why? I think it’s because I fear change and don’t feel like I could adapt in a new job right now. Plus I don’t have any savings anymore thanks to my lovely Kia Ceed car!

I have finally gone back to the gym after kicking myself off my bed! I am so pleased I’m getting back into it and I won’t give up like I have given up with everything else. Here is to a much brighter 2018 and one filled with positivity!

How is your 2018 going so far?

My resolutions for 2018

2017 was a pretty crazy year for me with ups and downs every week. I can’t say I did anything outstanding (I actually bought my own car) but I took a few trips here and there and slept in a tent through Storm Brian! It was a fun year, I got to attend my first blogging event which was brilliant as I have met so many wonderful people from it. The list could go on about what I did last year but it’s time to focus on what is happening now.

For this year I want big things to happen for me and when I say big things, I mean adult things! So what are they?

  • It’s time to move out so renting will 100% be the answer to this
  • Renew my National Trust membership and make the most of it
  • Giving up alcohol until January 1st 2019
  • Lose weight (every year)
  • Camp a few weekends over the summer (two trips booked so far)
  • Meet more friends using the Bumble app
  • Socialise a lot more
  • Taking trips to cities as I don’t explore them enough
  • Learn to play my ukulele
  • Improve my French
  • Read and review lots of books (Goodreads target is 25)

There are probably more to think of but I guess these are maybe seen as goals rather than resolutions. I am quite excited for what this year has to offer and I will be becoming more organised to achieve it all. No more sitting around staring at a blank TV, let’s get my act together and do this!

What are your plans for this year? 

Peter Pan – Derby Theatre

Peter Pan is one of my favourite Disney films so when I saw the opportunity to go and see it at my local theatre I jumped at it. I hadn’t been to Derby Theatre before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this performance but let’s fill you in on how it went.

We all know how the original story goes whether that’s Disney’s animated version or everyone’s favourite with Jeremy Sumpter. Peter Pan pretty much sums up how growing from a teenager into an 18-year-old is scary, we’ve all been there.

Peter Pan's composer Ivan Scott plays the little old man in 'The Gingerbread Man'

With this Christmas production adapted by Mike Kenny and directed by Sarah Brigham, we are told the story through the Losties who then become the Darlings. I liked this, they made use of one another and it was different to the films. It was a great way to learn about the actors because it almost felt real, it felt like they completely changed into the Darlings. That may sound strange but you need to see it to understand.

I was extremely impressed with the energy and the vocals from Peter Pan played by Jack Brett. He filled the stage with enthusiasm and his voice was fun to listen to. Also, I think there are only a certain amount of people that could pull off those trousers! For me, I could really tell he loved performing and that’s what you want to see when you watch a theatre production.

The set design was simple yet so effective (Neil Irish). The colours for some of the staging were brilliant, my eyes were drawn to absolutely everything. The laughs from the audience when the crocodile appeared had me in stitches, no-one was expecting that one.

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I really enjoyed this production because of the cast. The fact that they can all act, sing and play instruments made this one of my favourite performances I’ve ever seen. Everyone loved what they were doing and if something had gone wrong, we would not have known.

Wendy was played by Sally Ann Staunton and Neal Craig played a fabulous Captain Hook! Overall this production has a very talented cast and they deserve a lot of credit for their performance. I would like to comment on how every character was portrayed in a fantastic way but this post would get a little long.

All of you were brilliant and you have until 6th January 2018 to go and see this. It is a must! I look forward to seeing what Derby Theatre have on throughout the year.