Summer Fun!

Summer is finally here!!!!!

I thought I’d share some of my favourite ideas to do during the summer.

  1. Festivals!! Who doesn’t love camping with their friends and listening to some awesome music, so many memories can be made at festivals that you’ll cherish forever. Whilst some can be rather pricey, there are smaller festivals that don’t cost too much and you never know, you may even find your new favourite musician.
  2. Day Trips!! Obviously you’ll hopefully be hitting the beach many times over the summer, but there are other cool places to visit, such as rivers or lakes, you can swim and sunbathe, start a bbq with family and friends and chill out without having to worry about sand getting everywhere πŸ˜‰
  3. Backyard and Chill!! Make your own shelter using some sheets, get a blowup mattress, gather together some blankets, charge your laptop, get some tasty treats and there you have a lovely chilled evening under the stars.
  4. Throw a Garden Party!! There’s nothing like having a few drinks with your friends whilst jamming to some summer tunes, also summer time is perfect to try making your own cocktails, there are plenty of cool recipes online.
  5. Get Lost in Your City!! Take some time to really explore parts of your city, you never know what you might find! Try a quirky café that you haven’t seen before or find a new bar and have a drink you’ve never tried before.
  6. Local Fairs!! At least once during summer there will be a fair, gather some friends and have a blast on some rides, then pig out on bad but oh so good fair food!
  7. Read and Unwind!! Grab a book, whether it’s an old favourite or a new one you’ve not have a chance to open yet and take yourself to your local park to enjoy some alone time and relax.
  8. Water Adventures!! Get yourself to a water park and splash around on all the fun rides or go to an open body of water to go kayaking or paddle boarding!
  9. Outdoor Movies!! See if you can find any places playing movies outdoors, take some homemade cocktails, a picnic blanket and some friends and sit back and enjoy the film!!
  10. Water Fight!! Get a load of friends together, fill up as many water balloons as possible, fill the water guns to full capacity, get some large containers and fill them too, then drive to an empty field and engage in your own water fight!

I hope you enjoy using some of these ideas, and have a fab summer!

Aimee πŸ™‚

P.S. make sure to stay hydrated!!

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My Summer Goals

Summer is fast approaching and I cannot wait! I already have a few things planned but it’s the days that aren’t planned that I’m most excited for, the days where anything could happen and some of your favourite memories are made.

I just want this summer to be filled with laughter, fun, family, friends, beer and dancing!

Those are my summer goals, what are yours?

I’m also looking forward to some summer based blog posts I have in the works!

Aimee πŸ™‚

Switzerland

Finally I am continuing my travel series, this is the second to last blog post that will be detailing my trip, but since the summer is coming up I might do a few advice type posts relating to travelling that I wish I had known.

Anyway onto my time in Switzerland! We arrived late afternoon and as soon as I stepped off the coach my breath was taken away, I have never been to such a beautiful place. The coolness of the air was so inviting and seeing the greenery was amazing, something I had definitely missed whilst visiting all the cities.

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After some dinner, a group of us wanted to explore and take advantage of the fresh air whilst we could, it was quite an eventful walk, one of the guys thought it would be good to jump out on a few of us from behind some trees, I legged it back down a hill because I was so scared, much to the amusement of some others who watched the whole thing play out. It was already getting dark when we set out so after looking at some amazing waterfalls and admiring the night sky we headed back to get a good nights sleep, knowing the next day was going to be epic!

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We had to be up pretty early the next day because we were going to be going up Jungfrau Mountain!! I was beyond excited for this part of the trip, we got a train up to the peak, it didn’t take that long to get up there and the whole way is full of amazing scenery so it wasn’t a dull journey at all.

Once we reached the top we went outside pretty much right away and I had one of the best experiences of my life… getting semi naked at the top of a mountain!

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It was funny because there were obviously loads of other tourists around and many of the older men were very amused at what we were doing, and when a guy friend got completely naked for a photo a few of them had their video cameras out, it was all harmless and pretty amusing.Β However the empowering feeling this gave me was incredible, I’m pretty self conscious of my body but this really gave me a confidence boost that I wasn’t expecting. We continued exploring the mountain, the worlds highest Lindt shop was inside the mountain too so of course we couldn’t leave without buying some chocolate.

We spent the whole day up Jungfrau and it was one of the best days I’ve ever had! Even when we came back down, the great day continued, our room was lucky enough to have a balcony so a few of us got some blankets and just chilled out there for most of the evening telling ghost stories and chatting about life.

I was so sad to leave Switzerland but will definitely return as soon as I can, it has given me such fond memories and my most favourite day and evening took place there.

I hope you guys are having a great week,

Aimee πŸ™‚

 

 

Some Nosey News For You…

I have some news to share… I had some nose surgery!

I want to make clear that this isn’t a typical ‘cosmetic’ nose job, so this blog post will be explaining a small bit of the background of why I had to have nose surgery and all that good stuff.

Okay, so in 2014 I was diagnosed with a chronic illness that actually broke down my nose along with more serious health issues but that’s a whole other blog post! With regards to my nose I completely lost the bridge of my nose, it was as if the tip of my nose just came out of no where and honestly I was always so self conscious of this, it was more obvious in photos that it wasn’t right and for the last 2 and a half years I’ve avoided most photos.

I knew I wanted to have the surgery to fix my nose, it’s the only thing I’ve been certain these last few years, luckily for me my Dad’s work covers the family for private health insurance so we decided for ease to go down that route and my next blog post about that will be my experience of actually getting the surgery and the recovery, I’m currently 10 days post op so will do regular nose updates for all you ‘nosey’ people out there πŸ˜‰

This post is just a quick one, I want to take my time to write about my experience being at the hospital so it may not be up for a while.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Aimee πŸ™‚

 

Honest Update

Hello guys,

So I have been a bad blogger for the last month and I’m not here to make excuses for my lack of posts but I want this blog to be an honest representation of who I am and what I think. So the reason I haven’t been posting is because I’ve been going through some health issues, ones which don’t look like they’ll be shifting anytime soon but I’m praying they do.

Anyway, I’m planning on coming back with a new travel post at the start of April and get back into the swing of things. I also got a job working part time in a cafe which I am really enjoying.

I hope you are all well,

Aimee πŸ™‚

Being Happy Is Hard?

Welcome back to my blog, I wanted to do a more advice type blog post today, I’ve always been told that I give good advice to people so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and feelings about how I stay happy.

I know that being happy can be hard, for various reasons such as mental health or you’re grieving from a loss, there are many reasons why you may not be feeling happy but I do believe we can help ourselves a little bit and contribute to making ourselves feel better.

I’ve had struggles in my life, just as everybody does, where I’ve found it really hard to pick myself back up and put a smile on my face, even if I really didn’t want to. However I’ve always found a way and I wanted to share some tips with you of how I’ve dealt with feeling unhappy in the past.

So my first tip, and some may not agree with this but that’s rightfully your opinion. However I’ve always found that if I can’t be happy for myself then be happy for somebody else, so for me this was my family, I’ve mentioned briefly about my illness but when I was going through that, it was probably the worst time of my life, but I always wanted to remain positive and have a smile on my face to ease the pain for my family and whilst at first this was fake happiness, it eventually turned into feeling real and I did become more positive because of this outlook.

Another thing I like to do when I’m unhappy is pick up a passion, so for me I love to write, I would just start writing random stories about anything and everything, and they wouldn’t be for anybody else’s eyes, only mine. It’s also fun to read them back after a few months and see how much my writing has improved.

Getting out for me is such a healer, even if it’s just a five minute walk to the local shops, the fresh air instantly makes me feel better. Obviously not everybody can bring themselves to leave the house, which is perfectly okay if you’re not ready but instead you could try sitting by your backdoor whilst it’s open or just simply opening your bedroom door to let in some air and hear the birds outside.

Spending time with friends, I’m lucky enough to have amazing friends, they’re always there for me and never fail to put a smile on my face, if I am feeling upset then spending time with them is a distraction for a few hours.

Obviously, there are so many ways you can make yourself feel better but I wanted to share with you some of the ways I help myself.

I really hope that this week for you is a good one.

Aimee πŸ™‚

 

How I Keep My Hair Healthy

I’ve always been lucky enough to have thick hair that always seems to be healthy (at least that’s what my hair dresser tells me haha.) I thought I’d share my haircare routine with you today since I like to read posts or watch videos about these sorts of topics and some might find it useful.

I’d guess I better start with a little bit of a background story about why I take extra care of my hair. During 2014 I was diagnosed with a nasty illness which meant I had to have many treatments, as you can imagine this was a horrible time in my life but what made it worse was the changing in my appearance, one of the changes was the thinning of my hair. On one hand I was so grateful that my hair only thinned and I still technically had a full head of hair but for me it was as if I had lost a piece of myself. I will never forget this one time I was chilling with my group of friends and I stood up and one of them pointed out how I had literally malted all over this pillow, I couldn’t apologise enough, luckily they didn’t care at all and were so supportive, something which I will forever be grateful for. So once I had finally got into remission, I wanted to help my hair grow back. This process was long, it wasn’t until summer of 2016 when I finally felt like it was almost completely back to how it had been before 2014.

So in order to help my hair, I used hardly any heat on it, it was so brittle and weak I just didn’t want to risk it. I would rub coconut oil and castor oil into my roots and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before showering. I really found that this helped with the recovery of my hair and I would highly recommend trying this out. My hairdresser told me to buy some hair masks, which I did and they were also amazing and made me feel like I was finally getting some of myself back.

Obviously my hair then grew back at different lengths, so I had some long and then the new hair was a lot shorter, this was frustrating for me as it looked weird but I persevered and once I felt like the new hair was at a decent length I cut my hair short so it was all a similar length. I’m so glad I did this as it gave my hair a chance to grow together rather than at different lengths.

So the aftermath…

I start my haircare routine in the shower, using shampoo and conditioner – a little tip I like to do is if I want more silky straight hair I leave the conditioner in for longer. I really like using Aussie or Dove haircare products and alternate between the two brands. I tend to wash my hair every 3 days or so as I know overwashing isn’t the best thing for your hair! I still use the hair masks but only if I feel like I really need to, although I should probably start using them more now that I want my hair longer again.

Once I’m out of the shower I use either Pantene Dry Oil or the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. Both of these I love!! If I want straight hair then I’ll use a hairdryer and brush, since I shower at night I don’t straighten until the morning and when I do straighten I use Tresemme Heat Defence. Then I’ll lightly go over it with Josh Wood Radiant Shine Treatment Oil to help with any frizz.

However if I want wavy hair then I’ll skip the hair drying and straightening process and instead just put it in plaits overnight and wake up with nice wavy hair, although if I feel like I need to curl some parts then obviously I’ll use my heat protectant and possibly some sea salt spray, I like the got2be Beach Matt and the Urban Fudge Sea Salt.

And that’s how I care for my hair. I hoped you enjoyed this post, please do let me know if you have any blog post requests that you’d like me to cover!

Aimee πŸ™‚