Friday, 16 March 2018

American Sweets UK Review

It all started with me watching Catfish on MTV, and suddenly really wanting some Junior Mints. I didn't have any in the house, so I began looking online, and stumbled upon American Sweets UK. They have a pretty large range of all sweets, chocolates, cookies, drinks, and other assorted goods.

Plus they had my Junior Mints.

I ended up picking a load of things out for my basket, and this is just a little haul to show you some of the things they have on offer!

Everything I purchased is listed below:

  • Wrigleys - Winterfresh Chewing Gum - 5 Piece £0.45
  • Trident Gum Perfect Peppermint 14pc £1.49
  • Trident Gum Bubblegum 14pc £1.49
  • Wrigley's - Alert Caffeine Gum Mint Flavour - 8-Piece (Sugar-Free) £2.99
  • Trident Spearmint Gum 14pc £1.49
  • Tic Tac Gum Freshmint 0.95oz - 56 Pieces £1.19
  • Junior Mints Theatre Box 3.5oz (99g) £1.99
  • Espeez - Money Mints Roll 0.405oz (11.5g) - SINGLE £0.20
  • Tic Tac Wintergreen Flavour - Big Pack £1.09
  • Life Savers Pep-o-Mint Roll 0.84oz (24g) £0.89
  • Jolly Rancher Sour Surge - 1.5oz (42g) £1.19
  • Wonka Nerds Rainbow Theatre Box 5oz (141.7g) £1.99
  • Sour Patch Extreme 1.8oz (51g) £0.99
  • Warheads - Sour Chewy Cubes Theater Box 4oz (113g) £1.89
  • Meiji Yan Yan Strawberry Biscuit Snack 57g £1.19
  • Chips Ahoy Chewy Mini Bag 3oz (85g) £1.49
  • Meiji Yan Yan Vanilla Biscuit Snack 57g £1.19

Along with shipping, this came to just under £27.

From the top image, I've tried the Jolly Ranchers and Warheads for the first time... Can't say I'm a fan. They taste very artificial and plastic, that it's very off putting when eating them! I gave the Nerds to my sister as she's loved these for years, and the Sour Patch Kids were shared out between the three of us, as we all like them.

I've not yet tried the cookies from the middle image, but I think they'll be amazing, as I was hooked on the Chips Ahoy thins while I was in Florida! I gave the Meiji biscuits to my sister and her boyfriend, as they both love this brand, so I buy it for them whenever I spot it.

As you can see, the mints section was my biggest purchase. I am a mint fanatic, so I like to try our different ones to see what I like. I was also sent two samples of the Grenades chewing gum, and so far - delicious! The Tic Tac gum is a new experience for me, and is actually really nice. However, the Wintergreen Tic Tac mints are an odd taste, and remind me of the mouthwash the Dentist gives you!

I'm hoping next time I have a look at their site, they'll have Cheetos and Dove chocolates on there, as we all loved them in Florida, and would love to be able to get them here without the chronic import charges.

Do you like any of the above selection? If you've tried American Candies before, let me know what your faves are so I can give them a try next time! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Orlando Holiday Diary: Day 11 - Islands Of Adventure!

Waking up to air con and power was a welcome relief after the hurricane had knocked it all out. Thankfully it remained on all night - and didn't got back off for the rest of the holiday. The day was all set for us to head back to Universal's Islands of Adventure, as we wanted to do both parts of the Harry Potter sections in one go.

We headed to the parks, and walked past the Simpsons area, as it was the least crowded route. It's a slightly longer walk, but we were able to skip past all the crowds bustling for the same section.


As soon as we entered through the brick walkway, we headed straight to the Escape from Gringotts ride, which was already at a 15 minute wait time. It was actually only about 8-10 minutes that we waited, and that was with me stopping to snap a few pictures and a video of the queue line!

It was an amazing ride, and I highly recommend it. My dad really liked it to and said 'it wasn't like any other ride' that he's been on! Big praise there from Pa Pryer!

By the time we had come off the ride, it was at 30 minutes, so getting there early helped for sure. We then explored all of the shops, along with Knockturn Alley, before we headed to Kings Cross Station to catch the Hogwarts Express to the other park.

The ride there is amazing, and is different both ways of the ride. Once in Universal Studios, we had an explore down Hogsmeade, and then lined up for the Forbidden Journey ride. This was thankfully only a 10 minute wait time! It was just as good as the first time I went on it. We then grabbed a bite to eat at the Three Broomsticks, before going off to explore some other parts of the parks.

Jurassic River Adventure was closed this day, so we would have to go on it another time! Dad really wanted to go on the new King Kong ride, so we basically walked right onto the ride. It's a 3D one, so me and my sister got a little nauseous from it, but it was still pretty good, and had a few jump scares!

I then dragged my dad and sister onto Rip Saw Falls, and Bilge Rat Barges, to which we all got soaked to the bones, and they were cussing me out for the next hour while I was laughing at how wet we all got! From here, we went to get a drink from the Comic Book Cafe, and then while still soaked, we squelched back to the car and headed home. Dad and I spent the evening finishing off the puzzle we started during the hurricane - and promptly went to bed!

Today was an amazing day, and I bought way too much Harry Potter merchandise! What part of the parks is your fave? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Monday, 12 March 2018

March Playlist

I've been listening to a lot of music over the past month so thought I would create this little list off all the songs I am loving right now! Click any of the titles to get taken to a YouTube video, so you can check them out for yourself. Hope you like them!

And yes, most of them are still from the Greatest Showman, but it's amazing, OKAY
Had another month of being obsessed with all of these songs!! Like any of the songs above? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Friday, 9 March 2018

5 Reasons Why I Love Being A Blogger

I've had this little slice of internet for almost 5 years now, and I can honestly say that becoming a blogger, was the best thing I've ever done. It started as an accidental hobby, and has flourished into something I'm really passionate about. Plus, I enjoy nothing more than sitting curled in bed and typing up all these posts!

I've had some pretty good moments since starting this blog, and also some lows. However, today I wanted to share with you some of the reasons I love doing this so much.

I've met many people over the last 4-5 years. I've had a few people who were very helpful at the start who helped me with some simple blog tips and layout tips for me. I've yet to do a blogger meet up or event, as I am chronically shy with that sort of thing - but I hope to get to one some day in the future. There are some really lovely bloggers online, and you'll find a load of them on Twitter, promoting their blogs, just like me!

Granted, my picture taking skills haven't got a lot better over the years, but I've got a lot better with flat lay images, and very basic photoshop skills. It took me 2 years of blogging to even edit a picture. These days, they're a lot brighter and 90% of the time, they're a clean image and not blurred! I've got a lot better at framing subjects as well.

I didn't know that blogging was something that companies even knew about back when I started in 2013. Since then, I've worked with a small handful of companies, and have been very kindly gifted some items to review. I've also got an on-going relationship with a publisher company which is something I never thought this could lead to.

Social Media Know-How
Back in 2013, I'd had Twitter for 4 years, and a Facebook for 5 years. Instagram wasn't a big thing back then, so I was still learning how to use them to my advantage. Since then, I've got the hang of Twitter and Pinterest - but Instagram was one of them until that stupid update. What was the days of 100+ likes an image has sunk to a sad 30+ if I'm lucky. All my other social media has thrived as I've learned how to use it to my advantage!

Writing Skills
As someone who loves writing, I was still getting used to writing long ass blog posts for 5 times a week, but have settled on a happy 3 day week now. I've become faster at typing, and my spelling has somewhat improved a bit over time. I still make typos, like a lot of us do, but this has helped me whack out a few posts per day, so they're ready to be scheduled.

If you're a blogger, what are your reasons? And are they similar to mine? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Health & Fitness Planner

I've been getting a bit bad with my food and drink habits over the last year - and although I done a 30 day fizzy drink ban, I fell off that wagon and haven't managed to hop back on it. After browsing around Hobbycraft's locale store a few weeks ago, I found this Health Planner. For only £15, I thought it was a good price for what was inside, so I instantly purchased it.

The journal itself is a sturdy ring journal, with hard front and back covers. I love the colours of this, as it's nice and bright - plus the writing on the front isn't obvious for what's inside it. It has an elasticated silver band to keep it bound together - a touch I like, so it doesn't spring open in my bag. it also comes with 90 stickers at the front of the journal, so you can have a little bit of decoration for your pages.

The first page is a pretty standard one. You just fill out the details and the minimum goal you want to achieve, and the different percentages you'd like to get down to. I've blurred out my details for personal reasons, but I might show it one day when I hit the goal.

Inside you also have a:

  • Monthly targets page
  • Weekly check-in
  • Exercise Log
  • Event Planner
  • Weekly Meal Planner
  • Recipes
  • Notes

I can't see my using the events pages, as I don't plan on doing any marathons or fun-runs any time soon, but they're good for people who are working towards a target with smaller events. I love the weekly check in, as I can fill in my water and fruit intake for each day, to see where I can improve. My recipe pages are blank so far, as I'm not cooking anything from complete scratch, and if I do, it's something I know off by heart.

I've been doing this for 3 weeks now, and have lost just over 3lbs in weight, which I am really happy about.

Is this something you'd be interested in using to track your health and fitness? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Monday, 5 March 2018

A-Z Fave Characters

As you may have noticed, I've been doing quite a few A-Z posts on my blog over the last year. Ranging from my fave movies, and an about meCassie loves the A-Z posts I've been doing over the last year, so she actually came up with her own category, so now I'm pinching the idea - with her permission - to do this A-Z of my fave characters! You can check out Cassie's post here.

A - Annalise Keating
B - Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz
C - Cisco Ramon/Vibe
D - Dean Winchester
E - Ethan Choi, Dr
F - Frank Delfino
G - Grey, Meredith
H - Harley Quinn
- Iris West-Allen
- Jake Jensen
K - Kelly Severide
L - Lorelai Gilmore
M - Melinda May, Agent
N - Natalie Manning, Dr
O - Olivia Pope
P - 'Papa' Pope, Eli Pope
Q - Quentin Lance
R - Rapunzel
S - Sam Winchester
T - Tyrion Lannister
U - Uhura, Nyota
V - Violet Parr
W - White Canary, Sara Lance
X - X-Men
Y - Yondu
Z - Zola, Arnim

This took me so long as I really struggled choosing just one person for each letter! Who would make your list? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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