The Sunday Post: O2 Customer Service, Cinema Dates And A Touch Of Anxiety

The Sunday Post: O2 Customer Service, Cinema Dates And A Touch Of Anxiety

The greek-style weather has temporarily disappeared so I am currently sitting outside with my warmest hoody on in the back garden wondering where I should begin. For those of you who haven’t realised, I have taken an unintentional two week break from blogging everything. I didn’t really know why but now that I have sat down to write this post with a box of strawberries by my side and A Head Full Of Dreams blasting away, I can think of a number of reasons. Shall we begin with the positives? (I would also recommend grabbing your favourite blog reading beverage and snacks as I think this may be a long one.)

Firstly, I haven’t had a phone for a whole week. Considering I am the type of person who breaks their phone within the first month of my contract, I was surprised that after seven months I dropped it for the first time ever! Luckily enough I pay £5 towards insurance a month which covers everything including water damage. So with an extremely cracked screen, I contacted O2 and they were able to replace my phone the following Tuesday. I sent it off on Wednesday afternoon, for those who are interested. I managed to bag myself I completely new phone and can still claim again if anything else happens. Thanks O2, your amazing!

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After much thought, I decided to head off to Langely Castle with Edd to his friends’ wedding last weekend and I am so thankful that I went. Overall it was a really lovely night and I think I bonded a bit more with his friends. Well, I hope so. The part which I really wanted to talk about was how anxious I was. For a good month or two before, I had many sleepless nights worrying about what will happen. You would only need to ask Edd how sick he was of me changing my mind so many times. It was probably about 20 to 30 times…however it has taught me that I need to say ‘yes’ to a lot more things even if your unsure about it at first. Whether it’s as simple as going out for a walk somewhere different or attending an event that was full of a lot of people that you don’t know. I was only there for the evening part but I found this relaxed maxi dress from Sainsbury’s to be extremely comfortable. The night before was another friend’s gig. It was actually his last one before he cycles round Europe for the next five months, lucky him! Again, it was such a lovely night and I am so glad that I went.

On the other hand, there has been many events that I have turned down over the past two weeks because my anxiety has been so bad. For example, I was invited to a lovely tasting session at Harissa’s Kitchen in Newcastle which sounded brilliant but over the past week I have been so anxious and panicky about things that it has been a real struggle to go to different places by myself. I still feel so disappointed about not being able to go even though it’s nearly a week after the event. Part of it maybe due to the amount of job interviews I have had recently, which is obviously a positive thing but maybe it’s just all due to the amount of pressure to do well that I just want to snuggle in bed and not need to think about other things. Another part of the anxiety is how easily frustrated you can get at certain situations and recently that has been causing many arguments between a lot of the people I love which has also left me feeling a bit rubbish.

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This past week, Edd and I have seen Batman: The Killing Joke which was a ‘one night only’ event across the Vue Cinemas where the comic book was turned into an animated film and it included a bit of a documentary style part which told you a bit about the film. It was something completely different to what we usually go and watch but it was probably one of the best films that I have ever watched and that’s saying something! We had also used our Sainsbury’s vouchers to see Finding Dory which I highly recommend you watching as it was so fun. Definitely worth dragging your secret disney-loving boyfriend/girlfriend along too, trust me. How cute is baby Dory though?!

In other news, I have tried to stay away from social media recently and I can honestly say that the break away from everything has done me the world of good. I have been able to concentrate on living in the moment rather than worrying about capturing the perfect picture for Instagram or updating Twitter about what I have been up too that day. I have been able to write blog posts without feeling the pressure of having nothing to put up on a Saturday morning after a busy week of enjoying my time with family and friends. For this reason alone, I am going to go back to writing three in-depth posts about whatever I fancy a week instead of forcing a forth out which I am not particularly that proud of.

How have you been? Are you okay? Are you planning on trying anything new this summer? What’s your thoughts on Finding Dory? Let me know in the comments or you could always tweet me.

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The Sunday Post: O2 Customer Service, Cinema Dates And A Touch Of Anxiety

The Sunday Post: Seven Stories

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As part of my birthday celebrations at the start of the month, I wanted to return to Seven Stories. It is the National home of Children’s Books where there is usually exhibitions and events to celebrate books and reading. When I was younger, I can remember going a lot with my mum and then stopped once I started finding reading difficult. I was later told that I had dyslexia and since then I have been trying to rekindle my love for books and reading.

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The main exhibition that they have on at the moment is Michael Morpurgo – A lifetime of stories. As an author, he holds a special place in my heart as Kensuke’s Kingdom was actually the first book I read cover to cover after being diagnosed with dyslexia. Since then I have read many of his books as I find they are really interesting and rather creative. I loved being able to have a look at the exhibition and all of his illustrations. The exhibition also includes a lot of his original drafts, adaptations, scripts and unpublished manuscripts of his classic and most famous books.

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One of the main parts of the exhibition was showing how the story, War Horse, evolved from the first draft to publication of the book. Personally I haven’t read this one to date but I have heard it includes a lot of information about World War 1 and about Joey, the young farm horse which was sold to the army in the midst of the war. The exhibition includes props from stage and film including a goose puppet from the National Theatre, a maquette of Joey and a World War 1 painting inspired by War Horse.

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Kensuke’s Kingdom was also included in the exhibition. The story is about Michael struggling to survive on his own after being washed up on an island in the Pacific. He has no food or water with him, until he wakes up and find a plate of fish, fruit and fresh water. It is all about being finding out who he is on the island with. The exhibition also included a prop of the boat and waves in order to help explain the story, again using first drafts and unpublished manuscripts.

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Rhyme Around The World is another exhibition that is being held at Seven Stories. This explains the history behind nursery rhymes and how they are told across generations in different parts of the world. There was many props and dress-up clothing that the younger children could play around with to keep them entertained.

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Based in the Gillian Dickinson Gallery and Learning Space is the Edward Ardizzone: 80 Years of Little Tim exhibition. This was to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Edward Ardizzone’s first Little Tim book – Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain published in 1936. The exhibition has many of Edward’s original artwork, some of it on show for the first time and draft material that includes single illustrations, and printed books and letters. Personally, I have never heard of Edward’s collection of books until I saw the exhibition and although it was aimed towards younger children I found it extremely interesting.

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They even included cloaks and a replica of the famous chair in Harry Potter in the attic where storytime is held daily whilst at the centre. Overall, as an older reader I loved being able to find out more information about some of the classics read in my childhood. At the centre, they have a bookstore and a cafe which sells all different books suited to all ages. I was lucky enough to pick up a signed copy of Michael Morpurgo’s Such Stuff A Story-Maker’s Inspiration which explains about the dreams and tells a little bit about the stories he has written.

Have you ever been to Seven Stories before? What are you favourite types of books? Have you got dyslexia? Let me know in the comments.

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The Sunday Post: O2 Customer Service, Cinema Dates And A Touch Of Anxiety

Three Lush Reviews

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The other day I popped into Lush and picked up a couple of bits that shockingly I have never tried. I thought instead of writing the usual haul where I just show you what I thought and mention them in a favourites sometime in a couple of months time, I have waited until I have used them and feel as though I can write a thorough review of my thoughts.

Lava Lamp Bath Bomb

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Lava Lamp is a new product that was released at the start of June. Firstly, I love the bright orange and purple ball of goodness. It smells amazing but the scent really does come out when you have actually thrown it into a bath full of warm water. The scent fills the bathroom with a scent of an orange Calippo ice lolly and immediately uplifts your mood when your feeling rather down. The purple spots are made with cocoa butter which is super softening on the skin and extra virgin olive oil that helps to moisturise the skin. When you first drop the bath bomb into the water, it makes it look as though it is the blobs of colour you would usually find in a lava lamp. It includes Sicilian mandarin, tangerine and orange flower to give it the summery scent. *since writing this, I have actually brought five other lava lamps because I love it so much*

Big Blue Bath Bomb

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I have known about Big Blue ever since I started shopping at Lush but never really looked into it closely. I saw an employee demonstrating it in store to a group of customers and instantly fell in love with the seaside scent. Personally, I live two streets away from the coast but having anxiety means I rarely go out and just sit on the beach so this was perfect for me to be able to just sit in the comfort of my own bath and for it to still smell amazing. The black bits are actually arame seaweed which is great for softening the skin but also regulates your metabolism which is pretty cool. The bath bomb also includes sea salt which aids with the skin softening factors of the formula but also helps remove dead skin cells. It also has white lemon and lavender oils which help relax the mind and body. I used this just before I went on a date night with Edd last night and it made me feel so calm and relaxed.

Dirty Springwash Shower Gel

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Finally, Dirty Springwash is a shower gel that has been on my wish list for a while now but I’ve never picked it up. Anyone who follows me on social media will probably know that I am a sucker for the shower gels that Lush create. I opened the lid and haven’t smelt anything like this before. It smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! If your the one for minty, refreshing scents then you will probably love this one. I’m usually all about the citrus scented products but the spearmint and menthol stimulates your mind and leaves your skin feeling cool. I can imagine it would be nice to use on holiday after a day in the sun or a rather sweaty gym workout – if that’s your thing cause it’s certainly not mine. Like all of the Lush shower gels, it lathers up really nicely on the skin.

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The Sunday Post: O2 Customer Service, Cinema Dates And A Touch Of Anxiety

York Cocoa House Review

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When I had a day trip to York with my sister and baby nephew, we stumbled upon the York Cocoa House. A quirky and extremely unique place offering unusual recipes and amazing service in the heart of York’s town centre and as we walked along we knew it was a must for lunch. I just couldn’t wait to share it with you.

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As I walked into the cafe, it reminded me of my school visits to Beamish. They had lots on old fashioned images and articles of different chocolate, including framed jigsaws with the old fashioned wrappers. They had an area just for workshops where you can make your own lollipop, chocolate bar or truffles and they even hold chocolate tasting events. Unfortunately we weren’t in York long enough to participate in one of these delicious sounding events but it is definitely on my list of things to do next time I’m in York. We ended up siting next to two bookcases full of recipe books that contained anything to do with chocolate which was rather interesting.

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There was a wide variety of options to choose from as far as food is concerned but in the end I went for grilled goat’s cheese & red onion on toast. It came with green leaves drizzled with their signature rosemary, red onion and dark chocolate sauce which tasted equally delicious. My sister chose the vegetable chilli with nachos which was a huge portion. It was so unusual but tasted amazing! Our tummies was so full after lunch but we both knew the trip wouldn’t be the same without trying a piece of cake. We opted for the Salted Caramel Torte which was out of this world. Personally, I think anything that we chose would have tasted amazing and completely different to anything that is around Newcastle or Manchester. For drinks, I had a Terry’s Chocolate Orange milkshake which again was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before!

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Overall the service was better than anything we could have asked for, especially with a 6-month old baby in our company. They were very polite and served our food promptly. The lovely girls made us feel very welcome and at home. If your taking a trip to York soon, I would highly recommend having a look at the York Cocoa House and at least popping in for one of their delicious milkshakes.

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Four Little Things #012

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Confession: there was meant to be a pretty, informative beauty post going up about what I brought from town last week however your getting this because I thought this might be helpful to any of you going through a rubbish time or those in need of a pick me up. It’s only Tuesday Wednesday as well which makes things even worse! I was meant to post this yesterday but I was feeling super poopy and did’t want to portray this on my happy place. There’s four specific YouTubers that I have turned to recently who constantly cheer me up. I thought I would share them with you.

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Rhiannon Ashlee is someone who I have been watching ever since she published her first video five years ago. At a similar age to me, I feel as though I have grown up with her and can’t wait to meet her baby girl. You probably have all heard of Rhiannon and may even watch her videos yourself but I feel as though she is so relatable and if we ever ended up meeting she I reckon we would get along well.

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Brogan Tate is another YouTuber who I have watched consistently since she started her channel. When she opened up about her rocky relationship with her mum, it made me feel as though I was not alone. The one thing I have taken from her is everyone has their good days but everyone also has their bad days too. We all go through arguments with parents, dating catastrophes, finding out certain aspects of ourselves, hating jobs and feeling lost in life – it’s not just me, it’s not just Brogan but it is all of us.

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Ellie is my next favourite. I found her channel, NinkComPoop, quite recently and I am so happy I did. I have never watched someone so happy, positive and full of light. I even spent an entire day binge-watching all of her videos back to back in the hope to cheer me up and by 4pm I was singing round the kitchen feeling a little bit more positive myself. She is so down to earth and will always bring you something interesting to watch.

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My last favourite to watch when I am feeling down is Dodie, in particular her blogging channel – doddlevloggle. Anyone else who watches will probably understand that her vlogs are addictive and 100% unique to her.

Who do you like watching when you need cheering up? Is there anything else that you do to cheer yourself up? Let me know in the comments below.

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