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5 Ways To Improve Your Home Film Watching Experience

Hey Cats,

We all know I love my films! Especially horror films and these days we can't always get to the cinema to check out the latest movie. If you're like me then you have to watch at least a film a day and that just isn't possible at the cinema just imagine my bank balance. Although when I was in university we did get to have our film lessons in a cinema and lessons were watching films ....I do miss those days. So how can you bring the cinema to your home?

Snacks

Everyone has their favourite cinema snacks and lets face it wouldn't it be criminal to go to the movies without some delicious food to accompany the film. I have always been a popcorn grrrl and the best thing is it is so easy to make at home and you get to experiment with different flavours. I adore cinnamon or even a spicy flavour like chilli. You can have lots of fun with your friends and family experimenting with popcorn and making up exciting new flavours. I know a popcorn machine is on my Christmas wish list for sure!

If popcorn isn't your jam then you can make the ultimate nacho and hot dog platter and don't forget to keep that ice cream chilled in the freezer ready for afters. We even like to break out the cocktails extra points if you can theme them along with your movie like we do.


Comfy

If you have ever visited a fancy cinema lately you get to sit on sofas and reclining chairs but you can make your own sofa super comfy. Splash out on a fluffy throw and some cozy cushions and you can snuggle up with your loved one. You could even throw a blanket on the floor with cushions to sit on and have a cosy indoor picnic. This is my households favourite thing to do and it makes sharing nachos easier and a lot more fun.

Sound

One of the things that makes a cinema so atmospheric for watching films is the sound! The sound of a film can change everything. Just imagine watching a scary movie with the sound coming from right behind you. Well you can if you get something like the Panasonic Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker you will be jumping into each others laps every time there is a jump scare.



Picture Qulaity

Invest in a decent TV! It isn't always about having a huge TV but a good quality picture will really enhance the viewing pleasure. If you have never watched a blu ray compared to a regular DVD then take the step to check it out especially if you have chosen to watch something with epic depth like King Kong or Avatar. Those kind of movies are made to be bold and bright and really can help transport you into a whole new world.


Lighting

So you have your snacks, the film is loaded up ready to go and you have the sound ready too....just one more thing you need to do! Dim those lights down maybe light a candle or two and snuggle down in the dark to immerse yourself in a new adventure!


How do you bring the cinema into your home?

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Stay Safe On Long Journeys #CarSafetyChecklist

Hey Cats,

My little brother is currently learning to drive and recently has someone go into the back of his car on a lesson, It really got me to thinking about car safety and the importance because although this was not his fault I suddenly got worried about all the other dangers cars could have for him. He does have to go to some physio but when he is back on his feet hopefully he will fight back by passing his test and then driving to see me of course.

Now we live a long way from each other as I moved from Birmingham to Derbyshire last year so there is so much more you need to think about before hitting the motorway. Kwik fit asked me to share some of my safety check tips with you guys



Make sure car is within MOT

Making sure your car is in tip top shape ensures you will be in for a much safer journey. You should keep your MOT up to date as it isn't just a chore MOTs were put in place to make sure drivers are safer and your car is working at top performance.  The guys and gals at kwik-fit.com have you covered for this one but if you are running out of MOT get down there and get the car checked over. They are always really friendly and helpful not to mention have some great deals on.

Toolkit

It is so important to have a mini tool kit available for minor mishaps you may have along the way. Pack things such as a spare fan belt, a bottle of water in case your car overheats a jack and spare tyre so you don't end up stranded or having to call roadside assistant for something you can fix quickly and be on your way. What kind of things do you keep in your essential toolkit? Let us know in the comments below.



Check Tyres

Although it is handy to keep a spare you should always check your tyres tread and pressure before you hit the motorway.  You can fill your tyres and check the pressure at most petrol stations and lets face it you will need to make sure you are topped up before you head our so add this to the list. This can help avoid needing that important spare tyre and wont leave you sulking at the roadside.

Winder wiper Check

England is known for its unreliable weather and you may just end up caught in the rain...a lot of rain and what worse than if your wipers suddenly packed up on you. Make sure you check they are working and ready to combat any downfall that may try and interrupt your mission.




#21SelfloveChallenge Let's Do This!

Hey Cats,

You know when something comes into your life and it's like wow this couldn't have come at a better time? That's exactly what happened to me the other day. Lately I have been feeling a bit lost a little misplaced and unsure of who I am and where I am headed. Let me tell you why! 



I have always been secretly shy and massively socially awkward. If you asked anyone they would think you were joking as I have always pushed myself to be louder and funnier but this doesn't always mean that the person who laughs the loudest in the room is the most confident. 

I really felt like I found a place when I started blogging there were lots of amazing Plus Size confident women who looked just like my chubby curves and dressed to kill. I stepped up and pushed myself to share myself more but over the past year I have kind of digressed and  instead found myself sharing less pictures of amazing outfits because well I haven't been wearing them. 

As me and the Mr took the step to become engaged talks of our future and family moved forward including wanting a family and a strong stable home for our children to come. I suffer from Poly cystic ovary syndrome and that means conceiving has been very difficult and meant I took the steps to join slimming world in which I lost 2 and a half stone so far. Amazing right but instead of celebrating I kind of felt like I had to hide it from the blogging world I love. My PCOS symptoms have improved and hopefully we are improving our chances for our future but most importantly I do feel more myself again. 

I have also neglected you guys my readers and not been sharing and blogging enough as I have been focused on my job and not thinking of my career in the bigger picture.



So what happened? I got invited to join a really exciting challenge the #21selflovechallenge from Warren 'Inspire' Ryan an international motivational coach. At first I just thought it would be a list of emails telling me to love myself and that would be it but after only one session so far I am completely blown away. This really is a challenge with a difference the sense of community and involvement is already blowing my mind. There are lots of people taking the same journey and we have been teamed up to help us keep on track. 

We have affirmations to say and tasks to do every day and I am committing myself whole hearted so I can tell you guys if it really makes a difference. 

I will be sharing my journey on my social media and especially Instagram stories. Keep an eye out and join me! 

Have you heard of Warren Inspire Ryan before?


Rocking The New Retro Look: The Essentials

Hey Cats, 

Are your a retro rockin’ kitty? If so, you may find yourself drawn to the old school 50’s rockabilly look, complete with victory rolls and red lips. But are you getting it right? Keep reading to find out.

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Make up

Of course, you need to give any look a bit of your own personality so don't feel like you have to keep to this guide to rigidly. It's just here to help you bring that look together before you give it your own spin.

Now, makeup is a big part of the retro look, it should include a good full coverage foundation that smooth things out and gives you an even base to work with. Then make a big deal of the eyes by following a tutorial like this that includes a good liquid eyeliner flick and some shaded-in brows. Lastly, you don't want to forget a nice bold lip. Red being the traditional choice, but of course feel free to play with the look a little for a more modern twist and by using brighter or more outlandish colour like silver or orange.

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Hair

Getting the hair right is also essential to this look. Luckily, there are plenty of online tutorials to show you how to get a faux bumper bangs al la Bettie Page, or even victory rolls. If you are truly rubbish at hair and want to attempt this look, there are even products out there like this that make doing the whole thing super easy. Just remember that to get it to last and achieve the volume that you need you will need to use a strong hairspray and plenty of back combing. Only smoothing over the top to get a neat finish.

Outfit

Your outfit is also something that needs careful considering when you are rocking the retro look too. You can plump for something super traditional like a -line petticoat skirt and cardigan ensemble. Or, why not rock a modern twist by combining skinny jeans and a retro print halter? Just remember to choose something that makes you feel gorgeous, and you can't go wrong really.

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Jewellery

It's not just your outfit that matters either, but how you accessorise it.  Classic retro looks often include a cute set of pearl earrings, as well as wicker or wooden bag to set them off. Luckily, the very 50s vibe seems to be pretty popular at the moment, so there are plenty of places you can get a retro styled bags online. Unless you want to go for an original vintage piece and then it's best to check out sites like eBay and Etsy.

Shoes

Lastly, you need the right shoe to complete your outfit. Aspiring pin-ups will desire nothing less than some killer stiletto heels to give them that va va voom shape and height, but don't freak out if you are more of a flats girl instead. As a pair of ballet pumps with some cropped jeans or even a petticoat skirt will give the look just the right amount of cuteness as well as comfort so you can wear them all day.

What are your favourite retro must haves?



Quick Ways To Spice Up Your Look

Hey Cats,

Who doesn’t love to discover new ways to improve their look? If you sometimes feel as if you are running low on those, you might start to wonder where to look. The truth is that there are always things you can do to give your look a new lease on life, and most of them are extremely straightforward. But don’t let that fool you - being easy does not mean that they are not effective, and they are always worth taking on board at any time. Without further ado, here are some of the best and quickest ways to give your look a little something else today.




Find A New Scent

One of the easiest ways to improve your look has nothing to do with your look at all! It is often surprising how easily people completely forget about the importance of scent, but it actually happens to be one of the most useful things you can do. If you want to give yourself a new sense of having an upgraded look, it is amazing how much treating yourself to a new scent can help. Spend your time, try and find one that really suits you. Not only does it make a huge difference to how you feel, but it subtly affects the way that others feel around you too. This can add to a look greatly, so it is well worth considering next time you want to give yourself an easy and quick boost. See http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/842255/4-fun-easy-ways-to-spice-up-your-look-this-season for more on this.


Take A Look At Your Nails

Whether or not you are aware of it, your nails can say a lot about you. Few people remember to consider their nails when they are trying to improve their look, but it is actually one of the best ways to do so. Part of the fun of nails is that you can do literally anything you want with them in order to improve their appearance. It might mean choosing a funky new design like the ones at http://www.msmee.com/nail-art-designs/oval-nails, or it could mean just painting them for the first time in years. Whatever you do, paying some attention to the nails can help to really finish a look, and it’s worth bearing in mind if you are at something of a loose end.

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Brand New Hairstyle

When was the last time you really changed your hair? A lot of people get stuck into certain hairstyles for years sometimes, and it can be hard to be brave enough to get out of that cycle. It is surprising what an effort it takes, but it just might be the best move you have made in ages if you really want to give your look a new lease on life. Of course, you don’t want to rush into a completely new hairstyle, but as long as you take your time and find just the right one, it should really help to make you feel like a new person.




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