Friday, 22 May 2015

What's happening, Glasgow?

T.G.I.F! First of all I wanted to thank you all for your reaction to my last post. I really appreciate all comments and feedback, and its reassuring to know that I'm not alone in how I feel when it comes to everything I was discussing. On Tuesday I head up to Shetland with work for two weeks, so rather than being sad or anxious about being away from home and the job being quite tough, I'm going to try and put a positive spin on it. I can take all my 'life admin' stuff with me to get sorted, my camera and laptop for blogging, a couple of books, and hopefully on my day off I can go explore some of the island. It will be strange having evenings to myself, and no cats or Pete to entertain! So I guess I'll just need to make the most of it - have lots of bubble baths, paint my nails and indulge in some cheesy shows on Netflix. I'll hopefully be home in time for my 26th birthday, then I'll only have a month of the job left and will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I shared a little bit of my love for Glasgow at the end of the last post. There are so many fun things happening in the city over the coming weeks and months, I thought I'd share a handful of the events I am looking forward to (skipping straight past the Brand New gig the first week in June... which I am now going to miss, sob!)


Friday I'm In Love - Saturday 23rd May

 
Friday I'm In Love is a club night where a live band plays pop, indie and rock anthems and the crowd sings along guided by lyrics on big screens. It's not Karaoke, it Massaoke! - where the crowd sings as one. So if you love singing your heart out along to songs when you're night out, then this communal experience is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. If you'll miss it this weekend then that's okay, they're gonna be at the Edinburgh Festival at the Gilded Balloon nightclub from 7th - 30th August.

  Topshop X Blow - Saturday 23rd May



Two of my favourite things, clothes and hair, join forces tomorrow at Blow in Finnieston for a day of all things summer (You may recognise that gorgeous second picture above with the glittery roots? It's one from a Blow photo shoot which almost broke the internet pretty recently!) Personal shoppers from Topshop will be on hand tomorrow to give advice and show examples of this seasons trends, and give you some inspiration if you've got holidays, festivals (and general summer debauchery) to attend. Blow's new braid bar will also be in full swing, so you can get some complimentary braids while stocking up on personal style advice for Summer. They're open from 10am-6pm, so head down for a free cider and some grub from Gusto! And there's also 50 luxury goody bags being given away too.





A couple of weeks ago I gathered a team of detectives together (Uncle Greig, Pete and Claire) to join me in a real life escape game,  Tick Tock Unlock. The goal is to escape from a locked room in 60 minutes, otherwise you are trapped in there forever (obvz...) You need to solve a series of puzzles and unravel clues to solve the mystery before the time runs out. I won't reveal too much, so that you can go along and try it for yourself, but I must admit it was pretty damn hard! Each member of our team definitely brought a different skill set to the task at hand, and we worked together pretty well. We managed to escape with 7 minutes left, but heard afterwards that only 50% of people manage to escape before the time is up. Tick Tock Unlock has been a big hit in Leeds and Liverpool, and has just arrived in Glasgow. Let me know if you end up going and if you manage to solve the mystery in time.

 The Color Run - Sunday 21st June


I am so excited that The Color Run is coming to Glasgow in June. It's a 5k race and at every kilometer runners get covered in coloured powder, similar to that of the Indian Holi Festival. So you start off in a clean white t-shirt and end the race resembling a mini rainbow! The Color run raised more than £140,000 last year for their charity partner, and I was pleased to hear that this years partner is NSPCC. This will be my first 5k, and I'm definitely comforted by the fact that their tagline is 'The happiest 5k on the planet'.



It feels right to end all that singing, styling, running and mystery solving with some relaxation. Last friday my friend Ashley and I took advantage of a deal at the Blythswood Square Hotel spa for an afternoon of indulgence. This Spa is my absolute favourite and I've ranted about it a few times on the blog already. We had a couple of hours chilling in the thermal experience, followed by an hour long treatment and then afternoon tea. Ashley went for a hot stone massage and I had the Elemis face and body sensation, which was 30 mins of a facial and 30 mins of a neck back and shoulder massage. We both left feeling rather sleepy but also like new women! I honestly see this sort of relaxation and pampering as pretty important self care. Okay it's an expensive treat that you probably couldn't justify doing regularly, but I felt so content and in complete Zen afterwards. I hopefully don't need to leave it too long until the next time.

So if you're looking for things to do in and around Glasgow over the next little while, I hope this post has helped! Are there any events or places to visit that you'd like to share with me too? Seems like it's gonna be a busy summer - and hopefully a sunny one ♥


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sunday Best

I can't remember the last time I titled a blog post with Sunday Best. It makes me nostalgic for my early days of blogging, when this was a very personal diary with not many people reading it, google reader was the way to catch up on blog posts, and blog comments were much more of a regular thing (I mean leaving them as well as receiving them) Blogging has changed so much over the years and in all honestly I've found it really hard to keep up. I love the people I've met and the friends I've made. I love working with some of my favourite brands - and I promise you that I wouldn't do it if I felt like it compromised the heart and soul of this blog. I could never not be true to myself or you guys either. My blog has always been quite a slow burner, and I've come to accept that it will probably continue to be that way. I write what I want and when I can, but I still feel the pressure and comparisons creeping into my brain (of other blogs that started out around the same time as me, but are now massive!) They say you get out what you put in, and I guess that is true. I just feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to do, with regular blogging being one of them. My full time job is so hectic that I am considering a change in career once this 5 month TV job is finished. It's just not giving me the routine or lifestyle that I want anymore, which saddens me because I love the core of what I do, but I feel like my life and personal priorities have changed and my job makes me compromise almost every aspect of my life.

I don't quite know what I am trying to say, or if any of that makes sense. I feel like my thoughts right now would take a proper essay in order for me to fully communicate them. I turn 26 next month and something has changed in me, and my priorities are slowly changing (quarter life crisis, alarm bells ringing?!) I'm not the person I was last year, or even 5 years ago when I made a lot of life/career/etc decisions which have brought me to where I am right now. I am the happiest and the most 'me' I have ever felt, so maybe that's why I am itching and craving for change. I know what I like, and I sure as hell know what I don't like. It all seems to be career orientated, so that's where I need to have the biggest brainstorming session once I finish this job. My anxiety also seems to drive a lot of the thoughts and ideas that I have, and I am working carefully to suss out when it's my anxiety talking, and what my inner voice REALLY wants and needs. Some days I will completely pick my life apart and analyze absolutely everything, and then other days I literally just think 'fuck it' - everyone is making it up as they go along at some point eh.

Recently I have been focusing on the mantra 'Not every day is good, but there's something good in every day' - and it works really well when I am feeling deflated, defeated, or generally a bit down in the dumps. You should try it, some days it has helped me stop the very reddest of mists from descending! Here are some things I am grateful for recently:

This guy


Probably best to get the mushy stuff out of the way first. At the end of last year I met Pete, and now I genuinely can't imagine my life without him in it. He is my best friend and my soul mate (the closest phrase I can use to describe/understand how much he means to me) and although us moving in together might seem a bit fast from the outside, we both know what we want - so why the hell should we wait. Pete keeps me sane on a daily basis, and by sane I guess I mean he embraces my crazy and the rawest form of 'me' - which makes me feel not so crazy after all. Plus we laugh, a lot. I couldn't tolerate life without laughter. Whether he is laughing with me, or at me... it makes me so happy that my little heart could burst.

Fresh flowers


A simple thing like having beautiful fresh flowers around the house does absolute wonders for my mood. I separated this beautiful flower delivery from Appleyard London into two smaller bouquets, one for the kitchen and another for the bathroom, as the original bouquet was absolutely huge and I couldn't fit it all in the one vase I own. I really need to invest in more unusual vases like I am seeing all you trendy folks doing recently (milk jugs, watering cans etc!) I've used Appleyard before for their next day flowers as a bit of a pick me up. I used to love lillies but they are poisonous for cats, so in recent years I've been exploring other options and trying to find a favourite. Dexter doesn't bother with them at all but Binx is quite inquisitive, and I'm hoping once he's not a kitten he will grow out of it. Pretty much every plant in my house has a few sneaky teeth marks on it. If you're looking to treat yourself, you can get 40% off with the code BLOG40 (unfortunately this doesn't include the flowers by post range)

Baths


You'll probably know that the one thing I was most excited about in my new flat was having a bath. I loved my massive shower room in the old house, but it's just not the same as coming home after a long days work, lighting a few candles, putting some music on and soaking in the tub. I've been abandoning the mega bubbles recently and using this Lavender and Black Pepper mineral soak from Arran Aromatics. Lavender makes me rather sleepy, so it's perfect for just before bed time. It smells amazing, and is ridiculously relaxing. A little goes a long way too! When it comes to a bath, I need to make sure I have locked the door properly otherwise two little furry felines like to come in and keep me company. I don't mind so much (apart from their big staring eyes being the tiniest bit creepy!) But more and more now they seem to be tightrope walking along the side of the tub, and I am just waiting for the day when one of them misplaces a paw and falls in. Then it won't be such a relaxing bath time as I'd have normally hoped haha.

My talented Mum


Apart from being my rock, inspiration and generally the most fantastic person I have ever known - my Mum is also the queen of hair! She manages to fit me in between teaching and busy days session styling on shoots, to work my hair from awful dark brown to this. I am heading in a more copper direction, and it's taking a bit of time considering my hair history in the past year (sorry Mum) but we are definitely getting there. My time hop right now is full of blue haired pictures, and as much as I miss it I'm glad to be moving onto something else and for my hair to still be in a decent condition. If you ever have any hair or colour related questions be sure to have a chat with my Mum on twitter ( ) She's also a serious foodie, so don't go over for a look at photos and such if you are hungry in the slightest.

Weekends off


As crazy as work gets, I am so grateful to have a day off at the weekend (which will soon turn back into two) The first things I want to do are normally eat and sleep, and not leave the house for the entire day. But once I do drag myself out I'm always relieved (not initially, mind you) I feel so bad at the moment that I haven't been able to properly see my family and friends, but luckily they are all really understanding of my antisocial work schedule, and know I'll be back on the radar in a couple of months time. Hopefully just in time for summer, and the good weather, and lots of adventures. Plus a holiday to the Algarve in August! Which can't bloody come quick enough. The photo above was at an engagement party back home a couple of weekends ago. Despite feeling tired I donned my fake tan, lashes and new dress from Spartoo and hit the town. After the party me and Pete walked round to my Mums for a gin, phoned a taxi into Glasgow and ended up dancing around the ABC until the very last song of the night, just the two of us. I'm quite bad for letting myself mope around in my pj's when I'm in the mood for being a hermit, but sometimes it's good to push yourself out of your comfort zone, because once you get there you will end up having fun and be glad that you did.

Home
 

Despite how anxious, or lost, or needy, or uncertain I feel about life, I always come back around to the fact that I have a home, Glasgow, and I love it here. The fear of the unknown is always washed away knowing that I have a warm and safe place to lay my head, with my boyfriend under the same roof, and that most of my family and friends are no more than a 20 minute drive from where I stand. My dreams for the future will always feel within reach, knowing that I have this strong support system around me, and also by the fact that my own heart and head grow stronger every day.

Have a wonderful Sunday no matter where you are or who you're with. And however you feel right now, know that you are never alone ♥


Monday, 11 May 2015

When fitness is fun

I really envy those of you who actually enjoy going to the gym and fitness classes. They say three to four weeks is all the time you need to make a habit automatic, and despite being a member of my local gym for over a year now, I wouldn't quite call my frequenting of it a 'habit'... Today I thought I'd share a few sports I've taken part in over the years which are brilliant for burning calories without even realising you are working out. This sort of fitness is the most rewarding for me, when it's fun too and doesn't feel like a chore!

1. Surfing


The average person burns around 400 calories an hour while they surf. It's a great cardiovascular activity that keeps your heart pumping fast for the duration. A big part of surfing includes paddling out before you catch a wave, so you get a good upper body workout too. Once you do catch a wave, your core strength comes into action as you are constantly adjusting for balance. I love being in the water, and the calmness between sets of waves when you're sitting bobbing in the water on your board is an amazing feeling. I've surfed during thunderstorms, sunsets, and in complete darkness. I haven't been in years now but I would love to get back into it - there are some amazing surf spots in Scotland, which are a bit on the chilly side as you can imagine. But completely and utterly worth it.

2. Motocross


I was 15 when I got into Motocross, so don't have many photos (one being this absolute cringe with my little sister Tyler posing on the bike, she's so tiny!) Motocross is a pretty physically demanding sport which requires good all round fitness and stamina. My YZ85 was a small wheel bike, but I could still only put one foot on the ground when stationary. Lugging around this 200lbs plus piece of machinery uses almost every muscle in your body, as you balance and shift your body weight around quickly to navigate the bike over rough terrain, loose ground and often dramatic changes in track elevation. You can burn around 500 calories an hour while riding motocross, and the adrenaline rush is a hard one to beat.

3. Snowboarding


My third and final favourite sport is the one I do most often now, where I can burn up to 600 calories an hour! In Scotland we are blessed with some amazing mountain ranges and perfect conditions almost all season, most only a couple of hours away. During snowboarding you use your quads, hamstrings and calves while steering the board, and your core for balance. It's also a pretty good upper body workout too as you need to engage your arm and shoulder muscles to maintain balance. I learned pretty quickly that no matter how good you think your balance is, falling on your bum happens ALL THE TIME.

 When I don't have time to drive up north I head to our local indoor slope in Glasgow, Xscape. I've had the same board, boots, trousers and jacket for years now, but I'm looking into buying new ones of each as a little incentive and boost to keep me going more regularly. A girls got to look decent and feel comfy while she's on the snow! My board is a Salomon Radiant 143, boots are from ThirtyTwo, trousers are by Roxy and my new snowboarding jacket is from Trespass. The jacket was so toasty that I actually ended up too warm, and had to take it off! Will be perfect for on the chilly mountainside though, as the Scottish weather can be pretty unforgiving. I don't own any proper wet weather gear for work either, so have been wearing this for cold and rainy days filming too. Don't think I could get away with those waterproof trousers on set though, they look too much like pj's! Hoping to buy new trousers next as these ones are far too long for me, and hopefully a shiny new board after that. I'm so glad that Leah can snowboard now too, as it's much more fun doing it with a buddy. Leah if you're reading this, it's time for surf lessons next.

Are you a loyal member of the gym? Or do you have one particular fitness class or sport that you absolutely swear by? I'd love to hear how you make fitness fun ♥


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sunday cookfest

I love food. Moving into my new house with a massive kitchen has been an absolute godsend when it comes to preparing and cooking meals. I don't get much time during the week to cook big feasts from scratch, but at the weekends I have started to enjoy spending time making nice meals. I'm not the best chef, and don't like being rushed... but I'm getting better (baking will still always be my forte!) A couple of weekends ago Pete and I had a go at a Scandinavian dish from the Transun blog, rather than our normal hungover Dominos order. Here is our attempt at Langoustines with smoked potato puree and soured cream:



For the Barigoule:
50ml Olive Oil
1 Carrot
1 Brown Onion
3 Garlic cloves
2 Bay leaves
2 sprigs Thyme
1 tbsp Fennel seeds
100ml White wine
100ml White wine vinegar
200ml Water
1 Lemon (in halves)
5 Small parsley roots
300g Fennel

Peel the carrot, onion and garlic and chop into smaller pieces. Fry them in the olive oil together with the bay leaves, fennel seeds and thyme for about 3 minutes. Add all the fluids and the halved lemon. Season with salt and pepper. Split the parsley root and fennel lengthwise. Simmer in the broth for 20-30 minutes, until soft. Then allow to cool in the broth.

Smoked potato puree:
300g Potatoes
50g Butter
100g Crème fraiche

Peel the potatoes and boil them gently in salted water until soft. Remove the water and pass the potatoes through a sieve. Add the butter with a spatula and add crème fraiche until you have achieved a smooth and creamy texture. Add salt to taste. Smoke according to instruction.

Langoustine broth:
Shells from the langoustine
300ml of the barigoule liquid
5 red cherry tomatoes

Roast the langoustine shells in the oven for approximately 5 min at 150°. Place in a saucepan with halved tomatoes and strain the Barigoule liquid into the pan. Bring to the boil and steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a clean saucepan. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Champagne cream:
200ml Double cream
2 tbsp White wine vinegar
Mix vinegar and double cream, add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Let steep for 5 minutes, then whisk lightly. Cool until serving.

The other ingredients:
10 Langoustines
100ml Panko
100g Butter
10cm Leek (the white part)
2 tbsp Leek ashes

Shell the langoustines according to instruction, place in fridge. Slice the leek so all guests get one slice each, steam for 5 minutes. Warm leek with parsley root and fennel in the oven with some Barigoule liquid. Bread the backs of langoustines with panko, fry gently in browed butter on the back only. Remove tails from the raw shrimp. Garnish with leek ash over the top.

We followed the recipe in that order to start, but then it included a bit of chopping and changing, looking ahead and keeping an eye on a few different sections at the one time. Unfortunately we didn't manage to make the leek ashes, or have such lovely presentation as the Aveqia chefs do!


Okay, when it comes to presentation I have to laugh because as quite a creative person I could not make this dish look pretty at all! Pete tried one plate and I did the other. Mark and Emma over at Food and Drink Glasgow blog did an absolute stellar job on presenting their dish. I need to learn a few lessons from them for sure. We snapped a few quick photos then got tucked in, and it tasted absolutely divine. The langoustines themselves in the panko breadcrumbs were delicious, and I would definitely make them again along with the potato puree. It was the barigoule that took the most time, and although it tasted amazing it's not the sort of thing you want to start making from scratch when you are starving and feeling impatient. The whole dish took an hour and a half from prep to plating up. I am a big fan of seafood, and although de-shelling the langoustines was time consuming (and ugly, hello little alien prawns) it was totally worth it.

What sort of meals do you like to cook from scratch at home? I want to make more time for cooking, and take it as a relaxing and enjoyable experience rather than a stressful or rushed one. Definitely need to get back into baking again too. I've had the thought of Nutella Cupcakes floating in my brain for months now...


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Somewhere in between

It's got to that point in the year for me where I am craving an image refresh in time for Summer. I have been so busy on this 5 month TV gig that I've not really had the chance to look after myself much. My skin has broken out and won't seem to clear up, my hair majorly needs done, and my mind and body are desperate for a holiday! Did I mention my nails are a mess too, and I've put back on all the weight I lost last year? Yeah... this girl needs to get her shit together - putting it politely!


The skin breakout only seems to be on my forehead, and a shame I don't have a fringe to cover it with anymore! I have been using the new Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue recently as to not irritate my face any further. Most days I try to not wear any makeup at all, but when I do I use this as it's light and hydrating with a nice coverage. Definitely perfect for summer! You can still see my blemishes through it but I'm not so fussed as I don't want to overload my skin, even though you can build this up in gradual layers quite nicely for a heavier coverage. Any ideas or nice products you could suggest in zapping these and getting my clear skin back again? I would prefer one angry spot over a rash situation like this. It just doesn't seem to be budging! Most mornings before work I have been favoring an extra 20 mins in bed over a face full of makeup, but when I can be bothered it usually consists of this quick and easy magic 10:


BareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla 02
Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Moisture Lotion
Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Powder in 2.0
Mac eyeshadow quad containing Prized, Burmese Beauty, Skintone 2, Showstopper.
Mac Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare
BareMinerals Stroke Of Light
BareMinerals Lash Domination in Intense Black
Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel in Glimpse
Mac Lipstickin Bare Again
Clinique blusher in Bashful Plum

I am wearing everything above in the first photo. Special mention to the Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel. I finally bought it the other week and it is such a nice product. Goes on really smoothly and easily, is long lasting, and if it doesn't start to dry up in the jar after a couple of months (which every similar product I've bought in the past has done) then it will receive a strong 10/10 from me!


Now onto my hair. As most of you might know, I had blonde, pink and then blue hair last year. I have given my locks an absolute beating so decided it was time for a break. I went dark brown over the blue as it turned out to be the only safe way to get rid of it, and now you can see how much my natural colour has came in since I used that brown dye.


I have been using these absolute saviors from Bumble and Bumble to prep my hair for it's next dye session after the break I've had. The Creme De Coco Shampoo and Conditioner make my hair feel so clean and moisturised, not to mention they smell absolutely amazing (do you like pina coladas?!) I've only been using these for a couple of weeks, but a little bit goes quite far and it lathers up rather nicely (I am quite a naughty person who washes my hair every day) I am keeping my natural colour as a base for the direction I want to go in, and since taking the photos for this post my Mum had a go at lightening up the ends of my hair at the weekend. It went pretty well and lifted a lot better than what she thought it would! With my hair still being in good condition thankfully. I'll share photos of my new colour soon, I'll probably need one or two more visits to get the result I am looking for. In the meantime I'll keep on using this shampoo and conditioner combo to hopefully maintain healthy hair while I get back on the hair dye wagon.


Apart from work being stressful, and me looking like I have rolled out of a hedge into work every day, life is actually pretty good. I finally changed my room around after showing you the first photos a few posts back! My dust sheet curtain is no longer, and I picked up this teal coloured set from Tesco. I had been eyeing up all the beautiful fabrics from Hillarys Blinds after I was invited to their Craft Roadshow a while ago, but hopefully I can update little aspects of my house when I have more time and money. My boyfriend has just moved in with me too, so we are in the process of having a massive spring clean and shuffling the contents of cupboards and rooms about. I finish this job mid July so we have been looking into a couple of weeks in the sun to celebrate. My ideal location would be somewhere tropical like the Caribbean (hello Barbados!) Majorly jealous over Rosie's amazing honeymoon in Bali right now. My Uncle has just moved to Singapore too, so we were talking about a big holiday like that for next year. I think in August we will end up in the Algarve at my Aunty's flat in Alvor. I can't think of anything better right now than lying on the beach with a good book, swimming in the sea, eating fresh seafood and not having to worry about anything else.

The weeks and weekends are flying in so quickly at the moment, which is great as I only have 3 months left on this job, but also quite scary as I feel like life is flashing before my eyes. I definitely need to factor in some more 'me' time, and look after my body and mind a little better as I have been quite complacent lately. Sticking in at the gym, more sleep, eating well and switching off from 'work mode' when I am spending quality time with friends and family are at the top of my priority list at the moment. I am a happy little lady, I just wish there were more hours in the day to achieve everything I want to do. Or a Bernard's Watch, for those who remember the show? That would do rather nicely right about now.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Thackery Binx, what took thee so long?

Feels like it's been a while since I updated you on the newest member of my household (named after the little boy/black cat from Hocus Pocus, if you could guess by the title of this post...) Binx! If you've followed the story from the start, Binx was a wild cat I rescued last year. He came into mine and Dexters life rather unexpectedly, but has been welcomed with open arms despite how down right crazy he is. My pals over at More Than were asking about some animal stories in their #PawHumour campaign, so I thought it would be a good excuse for Binx to take the spotlight! He is the absolute LOL of my life (I mean, this boy really cracks me up, every single day)


The first photo is Binx today, versus when I brought him home as a tiny baby. He is absolutely huge now, almost as big as Dexter, and his eye colour has changed from blue to green.


Tiny baby vs rather large kitten! I can't believe sometimes that this is the same cat. The vet said judging by the length of his tail (it's a rather bushy one at that) he is going to be a big strong boy!


Some of Binx's favourite hobbies include sitting in bags, playing fetch with his light up bouncy ball, and watching me take a bath. Creepy, huh. He really doesn't have any idea of personal space. Straws are also a firm favourite, and despite giving him a whole bag of his own straws to play with, he will disregard them ALL for the one in your drink. It made my flat party a bit of a nightmare as no ones drinks/straws were safe!


The best thing that Binx does to make me laugh is this sticky out tongue face. I've no idea how it happens, but when it does he just sorta forgets it's out there. The bottom right photo has to be the most kawaii looking picture of him I've ever taken! Not to mention him looking quite like a soot sprite from the Studio Ghibli films...

As far as friendship goes, these two like to act up when I'm home and chase each other about. However a couple of times I have caught them unaware having a wee cuddle on the couch together! Dexter has been a very patient and kind big brother to Binx, who is a crazy ball of energy and extremely feisty. I often forget now because of his size that he is still just a playful kitten. Would love to hear how anyone else reading this has got on, introducing an adult cat to a crazy kitten. My boys are both house cats, and after Dexter's unicorn hair trauma last year I have pet insurance for them both, and a very supportive Vet who I can always rely on for advice. Binx recently got the snip and I was worried, just after what I had been through with Dexter. Of course, in true Binx style the operation was not straightforward and it turned out one of his you know what's were missing! So they had to perform a full operation on him to go find it. Luckily, it was only hiding high up towards his stomach and they were able to remove it safely.


I know this post has been totally kitty related, but if you are a dog owner then it's pretty important to insure your dog or puppy too. If you choose to go with More Than, they are donating £20 to the RSPCA for each policy sold - which will go towards helping unwanted and neglected animals in England and Wales. Up here in Scotland we have the SSPCA, and it would be amazing if More Than decided to work with them one day soon too (hey, we feel all left out over here!) 

I plan on visiting my local Cat and Dog home in Cardonald this week, as my boyfriend has got a load of old blankets and duvet covers he was going to bin after doing a clear out at the weekend. Cat and Dog homes take these sort of 'softs' as donations. I'll be honest, I can't quite remember what they do with them and I keep meaning to ask (I assume they use them in cages and for bedding) I was working on a tv show a few years ago and the prop buyer asked me to drop off a load of blankets to one, and it's something I've always done ever since! So if you have any old duvet covers, blankets or pillow cases then I'm sure your local Cat and Dog home would appreciate you doing the same ♥