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One of my favourite things in the house is our bar cart, although someone on my Instagram a few months ago said 'is there any youtuber without a light box and bar cart in their house?' And to be honest, the answer is 'probably not, no.' Anyways, our bar cart does have quite a special meaning to us, as it was Henry's Nan's, although I can confirm that she didn't use it for booze like I do, instead she used it for a much classier afternoon tea. I love it though, and love decorating it.

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As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I'm going to on holiday to Orlando at the end of this month, and of course like everyone knows, booking a holiday means one thing... buying a new holiday wardrobe! Well it does in my book anyways. For the first time in ages, I've treated myself to a few new summer wardrobe additions and I have to say that the shops are full of some really nice things at the moment. I could have gone a bit crazy, but I have been quite well restrained so far... kind of!

Anyways, today I thought I'd share some of my fave current picks, and next week I'll be doing a big pre holiday haul, so keep your eyes peeled for that! Also, I've listed down below, any discount codes that I could find online, because let's be honest, online shopping is always better when you have a discount code. I've been adding a bit of colour into my wardrobe this Summer, as well as some prints too, I've been loving red and even yellow (who am I?) and also polka dots are my new fave thing right now.

Discounts : 

H&M - 20% off - Join the H&M Club 
Mango - 10% off when you sign up for the newsletter
ASOS- 20% off Holiday Threads 
ASOS - Students get 10% off using UNIDAYS
Missguided: 20% off your next order with the code : hello20
Missguided: 10-30% Student Discount with UNIDAYS 
Topshop : 10% Student Discount
Topshop: 30% off selected items 
Urban Outfitters : Free Delivery over £30 
Urban Outfitters; 10% Student Discount With UNIDAYS

Let me know where you're loving for Summer clothes right now!

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How are we a week into June already? I mean, it's blowing my mind how fast time is going at the moment. It will be Christmas before we know it. Yes that's right, I just went there. I'm sorry! I wanted to sit and have a catch up with you all today, I do like to do this every month if I can, and today I thought right let's do this post, and we can have a natter. I realised I don't really have an awful lot to catch you up with, so instead I thought I'd talk about some things I'm looking forward to this month. I'd love to know if there's anything you've got coming up on the horizon too!

1. Going On Holiday!

June is very exciting for me, because we have booked a holiday! So excited, as this will be our first holiday in a couple of years, and our first holiday just the two of us since 2013. We were umming and ahhing whether to go away this June, as part of us was like 'oh we should probably be saving for the wedding' and then the other part was like ' we really need a break.' After being responsible adults for the past two years, I decided we needed to get away and we've booked to go to Orlando at the end of the month for 10 days. We were just going to go on a chilled beach break somewhere, but I couldn't find anywhere that was within our budget and that looked nice, we've become quite picky with holidays and nothing really grabbed us. We found some cheap flights to Orlando, and we've booked everything on a budget (post coming up when we're home about doing an Orlando holiday on a budget) we're going to be away for my birthday, and I couldn't be more excited to spend 10 days essentially acting like a big kid.

I can't wait to do some updated Orlando vlogs like I did back in 2014, hopefully with better editing this time! I'm so excited to visit the parks and see some sun, although I think it's going be super hot, but hey ho. If you have any Orlando recommendations, please let me know, we're going to be either staying on International Drive or at Lake Buena Vista, just waiting on hotel confirmation, so any recc's for anywhere near those places would be amazing. We've been a couple of times before but always looking for new places to try.

I think this will be our last trip to Orlando for a while, as much as we love Orlando, there is a huge world out there, but the prices were so cheap, we were like stuff it. It's not going to be a relaxing beach holiday, but we're hoping to have a couple of days which are more chilled at the water parks. I've been planning all of my holiday outfits (holiday haul coming your way V soon) and yeah I'm just really excited to get away and have a break. Although the thought of the airport and flying is making me feel SO anxious, fingers crossed though everything will be fine, and I'm trying to not freak myself out too much. But apart from that, really really excited! I think I've probably said the word excited about 2732362 times.

2. My Birthday

I'm not usually a fan of my birthday, but I am really looking forward to it this year. I'll be in Orlando, which I've always wanted to do for one of my birthdays, and I've pretty much planned the day to the hour haha. It might all change however, but I'm hoping it'll be a really lovely day. Although I'm sad that my Mum and sister won't be with us, I'm sure me and Henry will have a nice day. I've already planned what we're having for dinner and I am already so excited haha! I just need to find the perfect birthday outfit and I'll be sorted!

3. Summer Finally Being Here:

After what seems months of grey days, Summer seems to be making an appearance finally. I've been treating myself to a few new things for my Summer wardrobe, as it seems the shops are really on point this year with their summer clothes. Zara, Topshop, H&M and ASOS have all been making a bit of a dent in my bank balance. Oh well, I've not treated myself to any new clothes in ages it seems, so why not! I've also been loving the lighter evenings, and of course it being officially peony season #clicheblogger

4. Wedding Planning Is Go Go Go :

May saw us approach the one year countdown for our wedding, it's crazy to think it's less than 12 months now. We booked our wedding venue back in April 2016, with two years to go, and now we're whizzing through the months. I think once we get back off holiday, I'll be back onto proper wedding planning. We had a bit of a shock in May, when we realised our food and drink was going to cost more than we hoped. I won't lie, I had a meltdown haha anyways, it just means our budget will have to be tightened in other areas, and I'm going to have to get my DIY hat on. I went wedding dress shopping the other day with my Mum and sister, and did find two lovely dresses which could be a possibility, however, it was the first shop we visited so I want to go and try more on. I don't feel ready just yet to make a decision. However, I now have a very clear idea in my head of what I want, so that's good! I know what suits me now, so that's really helpful. If anyone has any wedding dress shop recommendations for the West Midlands/Shropshire, please let me know, as I'm struggling to find different shops, and would love to know if any of you had been to any :)

5. Having A Digital Detox & Hopefully Getting Back On Track:

Although I'll be vlogging and posting whilst I'm away, I'm excited to have a bit of a break from being on my phone/laptop all the time. I will be taking a bit of a break I think, and only checking in to post pictures and what not. My brain has been feeling foggy for a few weeks now, and I've been struggling with my motivation, so I'm hoping a good break will do me the world of good. I always like Summer for creating blog posts and videos, so I'm hoping I'll come back inspired and motivated. I got a new blog design the other week, which I'm much happier with, I feel like it looks a lot more sleek and organised now which is good, and I have lots of summer post ideas. As always if you have any requests for anything just let me know!

Anyways, I'm going to go now, I think I'm going to possibly pop to the gym maybe, after I've written a few more posts! I hope you all have a lovely evening and let me know what you're looking forward to this month!

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It's sometimes very easy to forget the 'behind the scenes' when it comes to blogging and social media. Even though I blog, and post on Instagram and know full well that sometimes, not all is what it seems with what you post online, I do sometimes forget this. I've sat and felt rubbish when looking at my Instagram feed, or found myself on someones blog wondering how their pictures are always so perfect and their writing is so funny and witty. Sometimes, it'll leave me feeling about as funny and attractive as a chicken pot noodle.

So, I've been having one of those weeks recently, one of my unmotivated weeks, and I've been sat comparing myself to every other blogger out there. It's no fun, and I'm sure we've all been there. So today, I thought I'd share some of my behind the scenes. Over the past few months, when I've taken my blog pictures, I've taken a couple of pictures of my surroundings to show that although pictures like flatlays may look perfect, they show a small snippet of what's really going on.

Flatlay 1

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Let's start with this picture I took back in January. This flatlay is one of my most popular pictures, the final picture has had over 2.3k repins on Pinterest, which boggles my mind a bit. However, look to the side and there's Henry's trainers, and I took this on a wallpaper sample from eBay, not some fancy floorboards. To get my hands in the shot, I had to climb under my tripod like I was GI Jane, and crouch down, I got about two successful shots without my head in!

The Final Result:

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Flatlay #2

Next we're going to throw things back to Christmas. I took this Christmas present wrapping photo on a Friday afternoon, which was very grey and cold. I also wasn't feeling 100%, so I was in my pyjamas and wrapped these presents whilst watching Nativity (not the worst afternoon I've had!) I am the worst person at wrapping presents (ask any of my family) so I had to try really hard to make these look presentable and not like a 2 year old had wrapped them! I was pretty pleased with the post though, and rewarded myself with a baileys hot chocolate after taking these!

The Final Result: 

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Flatlay #3

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Whilst we're talking about seasonal photos, let's look at this Easter flatlay that I took for Instagram. I snapped this on Easter Saturday after coming home from the gym. I wanted to include as many Easter chocolates as possible, so I used not only all my Easter chocolate but also Henry's and then what I was giving my Mum and Sister too! Also see how Henry's trainers are never far away from my flatlays, in fact, one of them is acting as a prop to hold my background haha! Also two more things; 1. I should buy mini eggs as props more often and 2. All of those gold eggs were eaten as soon as I was happy with the photos haha!

The Final Result: 

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Flatlay #4 

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So this is a regular occurrence when I'm taking photos, Frank coming for a nosey. He's been known to walk all over my flatlay, or try and eat my props. I once had some macarons for a flatlay, and I caught him licking one! I think he'd been watching too much Gossip Girl, clearly thought he was Blair Waldorf.

Flatlay #5

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So I posted this flatlay on Instagram the other night, and I took this last week during the heatwave we had. It was super hot, and I'd had to wait for the sun to pass so there was no shadows when i took these. I'd been taking a few photos, so all the previous props were just sitting to the side, usually the sides of my flatlays are a complete mess!

The Final Result: 

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Lifestyle, Photography, Blogging, Flatlays,how to take flat lays, blog photos, behind the scenes of flat lays, what goes into taking a flat lay, real life blogging

I'm not sure if this post worked as well as what I thought it would in my head, but my main goal was to show that pictures aren't perfect, and what you see is a tiny snapshot. Flatlays may look perfect, but think of all the work that goes into one shot, the planning, the buying of the props, getting the camera angle right, then the editing. Something that I need to remember sometimes too. 

Try to not compare yourself to other bloggers, although I know that's easier said than done! 

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post and seeing a bit of behind the scenes of my blog photos, I'd love to know what's in your behind the scenes of your blog!

A few weeks ago, I posted about the things I've learnt since having a dog, with some realities vs expectations. However today, I thought I'd post about the best things about having a dog. Although having a pet is hard work and a huge responsibility, it's incredibly rewarding. Recently I've been really appreciating Frank and how I don't know where I'd be without him. So when I was thinking about how rewarding being a dog owner is, I thought I’d write a post on it, and hopefully one of you will be as crazy dog lady as me!

1. They're Always Happy To See You: It doesn't matter if you've been away for 5 minutes to pop to the shops to get some milk, or been on a 3 week holiday, as your dog will always be happy to see you. Frank bounds down the stairs, and can't control himself, it never fails to make me smile. He sometimes even does it when I've been upstairs for a couple of minutes, it's like he's always happy to be back in the same room as me. It melts my heart and you'd never ever get that same response from a human!

2. They Don't Care What You Look Like: 

It doesn't matter if you're in your slouchiest clothes or have had a bit of a disaster with the fake tan. Your dog will always be there to love you no matter what. They don't care what you look like and they're so incredibly loyal. I often think that I could learn a thing or two from dogs, as they really do unconditionally love you. Okay sorry that's really soppy I'll stop now. 

3. They Will Always Think They're A Puppy: 

One thing I love about Frank is that I think he thinks he's still a puppy. He'll sit on my lap even though he's basically the same size as me, and loves nothing more than cuddling into you. I always feel so content and happy when he's sat with me, and I'm happy for him to sit on me and give my leg cramp all day long if that makes him happy. In fact I get disappointed when he doesn't want to sit with me hah! I'm such a needy dog mum. 

4. The Responsibility & Hard Work Of Having A Dog Is So Worth It: 

Having a dog is a huge responsibility and your main priority as their owner is to keep them safe and healthy, and the hard work is 100% worth it. From over the past four years, we have realised that although at first, having a dog may seem a daunting task, you soon find ways that mean being a dog owner doesn’t need to be that hard. There’s little things you can do to keep your dog healthy. From keeping up to date with worming and flea treatments (vets and pet shops do subscription services so you don't have to worry about falling behind with treatments) to finding a really good vets for their yearly booster jabs, to keeping on top of their dental health. 

If you have a dog like Frank who is a bit of a monkey when it comes to sitting still, then things such as Pedigree Dentastix's are your best friend when comes to keeping their teeth healthy. You may not think that dog dental care is a priority for  our pets but it really is. Although they don't need to worry about whitening their teeth, or anything like that, keeping their teeth and gums plaque free is incredibly important. Dentastix are like a treat for your dog, so they’ll enjoy them whilst they're actually good for them too. Frank loves sitting on the sofa with one in his paws. Dentastix have been a regular buy in our household since Frank was a puppy. You can two flavours too, a regular version and a minty one too, Frank loves both flavours and we try to give him one most days. 

The Dentastix helps to keep his teeth, gums and mouth healthy. Their gentle abrasive texture combined with the active ingredients work with your dogs saliva, which then helps reduce the build up of plaque and tartar. I never really knew how common gum disease is in dogs, so when I did some reading up, I knew I had to be better with Frank’s dental health as I always want to ensure he’s healthy.

 Dentastix are also low in fat, have no added sugar, and are free from artificial colours and flavours. The sticks are scientifically proven to reduce tartar build up (which can lead to gum disease) by 80% when fed daily. It also helps to freshen their breath which can be a little *pongy* at times, I mean we've all heard the phrase dog breath! It's one of the easiest ways to look after your dogs teeth, and because Frank actually enjoys them, it’s completely stress free, which means it keeps me a happy owner too haha! 

5. They Help With Your Mental Health 

One of the main responsibilities about having a dog is walking them. Sometimes I’ll look out the window when it's raining, and going for a walk is the last thing I want to do, but I know I have to do it. However rainy walks aside, my daily walks with Frank have actually been a great help some days when I’m having a bit of a rubbish mental health day.  Getting outside, saying hello to people and other dog walkers, actually many times, has improved my mood. Perhaps if I’m having a bit of a bad day, or feeling a bit anxious, it’s amazing what going for a walk can do for you. I also find that sometimes when I’m feeling stressed, or again anxious, sitting with frank can help to calm me down. Experts have found that stroking/petting/being with your dog can release feel good hormones such as serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin which does have an effect on your happiness and stress levels. So basically having a dog is good for you! 

6. You Never Feel Alone: 

I work from home, and that means that things can get a little lonely from time to time. However, with Frank I never feel like I’m totally on my own, and although he can’t talk, just him being there can make me feel better. Though, I sometimes have to be careful as I do find myself talking to him like he’s a human, and I bet people on our walks think ‘is she really talking to her dog like it’s a person?’ and the answer is yes, yes I am. And I bet you do it too!

7. They make you appreciate the little things in life: 

When I asked Henry, ‘what's the best thing about having a dog?’ He said that it was the joy that such simple things brings Frank. For example, just throwing a ball makes him so happy, or a run in the field. It makes you realise that the littlest things are the most important, and seeing your pet happy, makes you happy. Dogs make you realise, that life doesn't always have to be full of big movie moments, but sometimes the simplest things can bring a smile to your face or make your day. Though I have to admit, I don’t know if I’ll ever be as happy as Frank is when I throw a ball for him. 

I would absolutely love to know, what you think is the best thing is about having a dog, or a cat, or whatever your pet is. Is it their happy face when you come home, or the fact they always seem to know when you’re sad? Please let me know :) 

I am off now to go give Frank a cuddle, and continue to be a crazy dog lady, please tell me it’s not just me who’s obsessed with their dog? 

This post has been sponsored and is a collaboration with Pedigree, but all thoughts are my own. For additional dental care information you can read the following Pedigree Reviews article for tips and advice. 
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