Thursday, 17 December 2015

Lush Spa Goody Bag

Hello Spookies! You may have noticed (due to me refusing to shut up about it) that I was lucky enough to win a treatment at the Lush Spa in Liverpool. I chose to have The Sound Bath treatment, and it was ah-ma-zing. You can read all about the experience here. That post does contain spoilers and photos about The Lush Spa, and I know some people love the mystery around it, so you have been warned! This post however, is Spa spoiler free! They were super kind and generous and gave me a wonderful goody bag after my treatment, packed with exciting products which I'm thrilled about!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Christmas Traditions

Hello Spookies! The festive season is definitely a time for traditions. Be it with family or friends, traditions seem to just happen over time and it seems everyone has their own unique ways of celebrating, aside from the usual stockings and advent calendars and all. I love hearing about other people's little routines and traditions at Christmas so I thought I'd share a few, but not all, of mine!

a fuzzy ol' picture

Monday, 7 December 2015

The Stress Incident // An Anecdote

Hello Spookies! This weekend was meant to be a super fun weekend, or so I thought. I was indeed, very wrong. I'd had such a stressful week with university work and was planning on going to The Clothes Show in Birmingham on Saturday, and to the Just Bella Fashion and Beauty Event in Liverpool on Sunday. I was really jazzed about going to these events and happy that I'd have really fun stuff to blog about, although a little nervous about going to Birmingham and back alone.

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Prairie Pizzazz Enchanted Box!

Hello Spookies! Apologies for not posting on Monday - university related stresses got the better of me and that has to take priority (as tempting as it is to only do the fun stuff in life!). My Prairie Pizzazz box from Prairie Charms arrived quite a while ago, honestly. My SD card went walkies after I'd taken all of the pictures and I ended up having to buy a new one and re-take lots of blog photos - quite the palaver! I absolutely adore everything in this fabulous box, so without further ado - here's what was inside!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Sound Bath at Lush Spa Liverpool

In case anyone missed it (which I highly doubt as I've been telling anyone who'll listen), I was lucky enough to win a treatment at Lush Spa Liverpool* in a charity raffle at the Liverpool Blogger Event! A few days after the event, the lovely Megan called me and we arranged my appointment. She recommended either The Spell or The Sound Bath treatment for me, and I opted for The Sound Bath as it sounded totally unique and really peaceful (and it was!).  This post is going to be quite photo heavy and contain details about The Lush Spa, particularly The Sound Bath treatment so if you want to keep it all mysterious and a surprise then scroll no further!

Monday, 16 November 2015

A Very Festive Disney Haul

Hello spookies! On Friday night I went to the #OneBigTree Liverpool One Lights Switch on and had a whale of a time! It was really good fun and a truly lovely atmosphere and I really love the tree, even if it has divided opinions by being a bit non-traditional. Anyway, all of the shops were open late as part of the festivities so I couldn't not pay the Disney store a visit. I'm going to quickly apologise here for the not-my-best photos as I had a memory card emergency so had to take them quickly in kinda bad lighting, agh!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Liverpool Blogger Events // The Goodybag

The goodybags we received at the end of the Liverpool Blogger Meet were so generous and cool! Of course, goodybags aren't the reason for going to events as nothing is quite as lovely as getting to meet so many fabulous bloggers, but it's still really fun getting home and looking through them! Who doesn't like being given nice things?

Monday, 9 November 2015

Liverpool Blogger Events

On Saturday I was lucky enough to go to the Liverpool Blogger Event. I can't believe I almost didn't buy a ticket, so thank you Codie for persuading me - I am so glad I came along!

Monday, 2 November 2015

October Favourites

Hello Spookies! November has come around waaayyy too quickly! That means it's time for a favourites post (naturally). I'm excited for all things Christmassy but a little sad that Halloween was over so quickly so it's nice to look back over the last month of spookiness.

Monday, 26 October 2015

A Little Natter

Hello spookies! I thought I'd do a little chatty post tonight because I've been horribly busy with a never-ending to do list so haven't had much time for making a wonderfully planed-out post. This means you're stuck with my ramblings for tonight - lucky you!

Some lovely Boots/Superdrug bargains made a fab little cheer-up :-)

Thursday, 22 October 2015

The 11 Things Tag

Hello spookies! The lovely Hannah tagged me to do the 11 Things tag. I really enjoy reading people's answers to tags, and they always remind me a little of the days of 'Facebook notes' quizzes (only much less cringey!). I've had a busy, kinda stressful week with not much exciting to chat about so have some tag answers!

Monday, 19 October 2015

St. James Gardens, The Welmsford, & Cathedral

 Freddie and I decided to go to Liverpool and spend some time at the Anglican Cathedral and St. James' Gardens - two very beautiful places. After a stressful start to the day, we got to Liverpool a little later than planned but ended up having a really nice time. Warning for this post being really rather photo heavy!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Sweater Weather Tag

notebook: Caroline Gardner* / pencil case: Mantaray

It's definitely no secret that I adore Autumn and literally everything about it. When I saw that Hannah had done the Sweater Weather Tag, I simply had to pinch it. The questions are just so cute!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Top 5 Spooky Movies (Ode to Tim Burton)

It's October, which basically means a month-long celebration of all things spooky, ghouly, and strange (it does to me, anyway!). Naturally, this means a month full of creepy movies, sugary snacks, and the purchasing of all things ghostly. Of course. As much as I personally love horror, it's not for everyone, so here are my top five spooky movies for Halloween.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

A Sugary and Spooky Dorkface Shop Haul

When the amazing Jemma, who not only has a fabulous blog, but is also a truly brilliant person, opened her Etsy store, I was super excited. When she then filled it with gorgeous spooky and kawaii goodies, I could not resist buying a few lovely bits and bobs.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Unique Juices & Nutrition Launch Party

I was lucky enough to be invited by Chic PR to the launch party for Unique Juices & Nutrition - a new juice bar and nutrition restaurant in Liverpool. Of course I was very excited, as I adore lovely health food, even if I'm not the healthiest of eaters most of the time!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Mini Haul // Yankee Candles

After watching Zoella do a candle haul recently, I was immediately gripped by candle-envy. Despite already having an unnecessarily large collection, I leapt right on to the Yankee Candle website to choose some autumn and Christmas winter candles. I'm actually pretty useless at describing smells though so bear with me here!

Monday, 21 September 2015

10 Reasons Why Autumn Is The Best

I absolutely love Autumn and Winter, and it's hard to choose which is my favourite. This post is all about the joys of Autumn though, so let's stick with that. What makes autumn so special?

Saturday, 12 September 2015

#NWmeet Part 2 - What's in the Gift Bags?

As if #NWmeet wasn't wonderful enough (you can read all about it here) - we were all lucky enough to be given the most amazing gift bags full of treasure and loveliness. If you're a wee bit nosey like me and want to see exactly what was in them then this is the post for you!

Everything was given to us in these adorable bags from Tailored Chocolates and Gifts - the little sun is so cute and the personalisation is just lovely. You can find The Recovery Bag Project here.

Monday, 7 September 2015

#NWmeet - My First Blogger Meet

I was lucky enough to attend my first ever blogger meet up, #NWmeet, on Saturday. I was so happy to be invited, especially as my blog is pretty new! It was hosted by Katy and Sammy in aid of The Recovery Bag Project, an extremely important cause. It was such a wonderful experience, which I am so grateful for. I warn you now, this post is going to be rather photo-heavy!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Dogs Trust Fun Day!

Yesterday, Freddie, his dad, and I took his dogs to a Dogs Trust fun day in Hutyon. Obviously I was bursting with excitement over the promise of doggies, cute little stalls, and other dog-themed activities.

The weather was beautiful and there were so. many. dogs. I was in dog-petting heaven. I think I petted at least 40 different dogs. We entered Freddie's dogs into one of the light-hearted dog shows that were on throughout the afternoon - the most handsome dog class. The adorable Patrick won fourth place! He was also rather good at the have-a-go agility course, which was hilarious to watch.

Here he is looking rather proud of himself!

The stalls were lovely, with lots of tombolas, lovely independent pet companies, including a doggie graze box company which I thought was really cool. We bought some dog lucky-dips for Patrick and Morse, and I ended up buying myself a Dogs Trust bag and mug, and a Jack Russel calendar. I just couldn't resist! I also got to hold some ferrets named Ronnie, Muffin, and Flossy and I think I fell in love. They were so cute and just wanted to snuggle into my jacket and fall asleep. I definitely think ferrets are hugely underrated now.

Ronnie, my new, true love <3

The most important thing to remember is what an important cause the day was in aid of. Dogs Trust ensure that healthy dogs in their care are not euthanized, and provide permanent homes for dogs that can not be re-homed*. The care and re-homing of dogs, which are sometimes troubled from unpleasant experiences, is a huge job yet they do this and so much more! As a charity, they depend on the public to help them raise the funds to do this wonderful work. They're a cause close to my heart as my sweet Cally was a rescue dog, as are Freddie's dogs. The thought of any poor animal being abandoned breaks my heart, so it's comforting to know that Dogs Trust are there to give them brilliant care until they find their forever home. If you're getting a dog, please consider adopting rather than buying from a breeder. There are so many lovely doggies in rescue centres full of love to give you!

You can find out more about Dogs Trust and everything they do here, including adopting or sponsoring dogs.

- Kiah xxx

* Points 1.3.1 and 1.3.2 of their constitution, which can be found here.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Student Food: Vegan Chili

Before we start, you should probably know I am less an amazing chef, more a lost and hungry student, and I tend to make this stuff up as I go along - a habit I apply to most aspects of life. The good news is, this means there's no measurements to complicate things, so you can make it to your taste (yay!). Use as little or as much of each ingredient that you want, within reason.

So, for a delicious vegan chili, you will need the following:

- Water
- Rice
- Onion
- Garlic Clove
- Mushroom
- Pepper
- Olive or Sunflower Oil
- A Vegetable Stock Cube
- Tinned Chopped Tomato
- Tomato Purée
- Tinned Kidney Beans
- Chili powder (of course)
- Mixed spices

Got all that? Let's make some chili!

1. Set the rice simmering in a saucepan with water. The rice will take around 10-15 minutes to be ready. Keep it on a low heat or you'll burn your first two attempts like Freddie and I did. I told you I'm no culinary genius!

2. Chop your onion, garlic, mushroom, and pepper. Fry it all together in a pan with a little oil.

3. Boil some water in another saucepan (I'd recommend only a couple of centimeters deep), and add your stock cube, tinned chopped tomato, and a squirt of tomato purée. Drain your tin of kidney beans and add that in too.

4. Then pop in everything you just fried. Stir it up!

5. Time to add spice! Add in your chili powder and mixed spice to your taste. I'm a wimp with spice so I'd probably only use a little sprinkle of each.

6. Stir it some more and keep it going until it reaches a consistency you like. The longer the water is steaming off, the thicker it'll be - but don't overdo it!

7. Serve it up with your (non-burned) rice and enjoy.

The plate is a lie - no pasta here!

Hope you enjoyed!

Kiah xxx

Thursday, 21 May 2015

A Slice of Internet

So, this is a first blog post, I guess. It's now my summer break from university and in a vain attempt to put off updating (read: writing) my CV and applying for more part-time work, I've finally made a blog. I'm Kiah Page and I'm a 20 year old who is very much still in denial over the lack of 'teen' at the end of my age. I like animals, food, make-up and documentaries. I've just finished my second year of a psychology degree, and I'm hoping to work with animals (less like the dog whisperer, more like Jane Goodall if all goes to plan), but that's all in the big, scary, adult, future. For now, I'm just working hard and spreading positivity wherever I go. Welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy your stay!

Kiah xxx