Friday, 30 May 2014

BB: Beat Bullying and Combating the Problem

 I was lucky enough to be involved with the "Beat Bullying" campaign, and even trained to be a cyber Life mentor. Beat Bullying is a fantastic charity that helps thousands of people each day.

 Bullying is sadly extremely common these days. Meet anyone, and 99% will tell you they feel they have been the victim or bullying or some sort of cruelty in their life. But this got me thinking. If most people are claiming to have been bullied, who is doing the bullying? If so many people are against bullying, why does it still happen? I have never met anyone who has told me they are FOR bullying.

 I have been thinking about this for a while now; and have come to the conclusion that bullying starts from us. Yes, you and I. If you are someone who believes they are not contributing to the problem, stop reading now. And well done on being so lovely, amazing and perfect. Well done for never saying a bad word about anyone or anything unprovoked. Well done for not slating someone to a friend for no particular reason. Well done for sticking up for someone who you feel is being wronged when it's right in front of your face. 

  I hope I don't come across as arrogant when I say that. But I think the first step is people admitting more needs to be done and we need to start with ourselves. (Yes, myself included. I am definitely not up on some ivory tower here.) I think we can all say we have said something bad about someone at one time or another behind their backs. I think the worst thing about bullying is sometimes, some people don't even realise they are doing it. And this is where things need to change. 

 The next time you feel you are saying something about someone who has not done you any harm, think to yourself- why? Is it kind? Would you like someone to say it about you? If it got back to the person, would it hurt them? And more importantly, why do you want to hurt that person? If there is no real reason, I suggest you think about your actions.

 Of course, as humans we annoy each other now and then. This is completely normal! But at what point does it become victimising and just not necessary? I feel we need to become more aware of our actions and words.

 Don't get me wrong. There are some people in life who are cruel and unkind. Some people are bullies. 100%.  And no one understands why. I am completely aware that people have undergone some absolutely cruel victimisation and in the worst case- bullying that has led to suicide. I hope no one ever feels they are alone and isolated. I hope no one ever feels that there is no one there to help- there is. I promise you. People do care.

 Never feel your problem is too big or too small. Every problem matters, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is. 

 This is where Beat Bullying comes in. Beat Bullying has reached out using a tool that most people use today- the internet. They offer help and support in the form of fully trained, lovely online mentors and counselors in a pretty awesome chat room. They want to help. If you're having a bit of a bad day, or you don't know who to turn to- speak to them. They even help if you're worried about someone else! Simply visit the Beat Bullying chat room here:

Don't worry about people knowing it's you- it's anonymous!

If you have a bit of free time on your hands, why don't you sign up to become a mentor?!

All mentors are fully trained. Sign up here for any information on training sessions that may be in your area soon:

Mentors are aged 11-17 and have been trained by BeatBullying staff to support and help other young people.  They can help by chatting about general stuff, or by talking about something that’s worrying you. They can also tell what sections are where on the site.

LifeMentors are just like mentors, except they are aged over 18. They can remember what it feels like to be a young person and are great if you want to talk to someone who’s a little bit older.

PS before you go, do something positive! Check out the Beat Bullying Big March here:

Let's put an end to bullying.

Opinions are my own and in now way affiliated with Beat Bullying Charity.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Delicious Home Made Pizza

 Today I was naughtily craving pizza. Things got worse when the post came, and a long with it came a flyer for a local take-away pizza outlet with discounts. I swear some days the world is out to personally get you.

 I decided to combat the naughty and (still with discounts included) over priced pizza staring back at me and headed into the kitchen to make my own delight. 

Mine may not look as perfectly round as I made it by hand- but let us just call it quaint. It still tasted delicious.

 This pizza is quick and easy to make, and you can use up random ingredients you find in the kitchen for the toppings too- bonus!

Flat bread base:
  • 350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting (I 260g as it was just me!)
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150-200ml/5-7fl oz warm water

  • (You can personalise this to your taste!)
  • Tomato purée
    Touch of ketchup
    Mature cheese
    Frozen prawns
    Sweet corn
    Salt and pepper 

 I simply made the base, spread it out into a rough pizza like shape. You can spend more time on this if you want something a little more aesthetically pleasing. Alas, it was just me I was cooking for so I wasn't that fussed...

 Place the dough on a non-stick baking and place in a pre heated oven. I cooked this pizza by eye as I wasn't really following any recipe. I left the base in there for about 8-10 minutes. I then took it out and added the toppings (apart from the rocket). I place it back in the over for another 8 or so minutes, keep watching, took it out when ready and added the rocket- voila!

 My home made pizza was complete. And completely free.

Give it a whirl... 

 I apologise for my lack of detail, but it was literally this simple.


Monday, 19 May 2014

Hello Sunshine, Hello Barbecue

 The moment the sunshine comes out in the UK it seems so do the barbecues. Everyone loves a barbecue! My favourite thing this summer will definitely be barbecued chicken with peri peri rub. It tasted amazing! Here are a couple of pictures from my Saturday cook off. 

 I am definitely excited to experiment lots more- hopefully we get a gorgeous summer here!  

Friday, 16 May 2014

Revolution Plymouth- Foodie Friday

 Revolution is not somewhere I'd usually consider having a fabulous meal at; but recently in Plymouth it has undergone a revamp. Sleek yet comfortable, this is definitely a new hot spot for cocktails and yummy food galore. 

Friday came and so did the opportunity to indulge myself in a few much needed cocktails; hello the month of university deadlines and naughty food. 
 We were greeted by an extremely friendly and helpful waitress. 

 I arrived during happy hour- bonus! The cocktail menu is small but it does the job. It has every well known cocktail on it with a few extras. I started off with a "Bubblegum Sour" and added a "Manhatten"...I'm not going to turn down happy hour, am I?! 

 Bubblegum Sour is a new favourite. I could indulge in those all night! 

 We then spotted 3 "small" dishes for £10. What a steal. These would be perfect paired with a few cocktails or in our case; a pretty impressive shared starter. We went for the garlic flat bread, goats cheese bon bons (wow) and chicken skewers with herbs. 

 Delicious! These are definitely something I would love to try more of; and will be the next time I go for a few cheeky drinks. 

 It was time to order our mains. They have a great range to choose from; including some pretty impressive pizzas and sides. I opted for the blackened chicken burger and my companion opted for a "Sloppy Joe" pizza. No meal was over £10 from what I saw, and the food was better than I expected for what basically are pub food prices. 

(Check out those cute mini pizza cutters!) 

 The pizza was traditional, crisp and with ample toppings. Servings are generous and will even leave the biggest appetites satisfied. My highlight was definitely the beautifully cooked fries and "home made" styled coleslaw! 

 All in all I was impressed. This beautiful venue will definitely be on my go-to list in future for any fun and frivolous outing I may have the urge for! 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

GET THE LOOK for under £20!

 We all know that being a beauty lover can be expensive, but check out the essentials for a gorgeous look you can create; and it all costs under £20! What are your favourite bargain beauty essentials?

Undress Your Skin - £5 (Superdrug)
Collection 2000 Quick Stroke Waterproof Black liquid liner - £2.99
Rimmel Mascara "Extra Super Lash" - £4.99
Primark false lashes with glue - £1
All Over Cover Stick by ELF cosmetics - £1.99
Natural Collection Black Eyeshadow "Midnight" - £1

Total: £16.83

Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser Liz Earle

 I have to admit, I am slightly late to this party. For years now, I have heard nothing but good things about this cleanser; but the price has always put me off slightly. My regular cleanser is around £6 and it does the job. I always have been cynical about over priced creams and cleansers- ever since I kept reading articles about them all being basically the same thing and them all having the same ingredients.

 After having some skin trouble over the winter period, I was on the look out for a new skin product to sort it out. I have combination skin so I don't exactly go for targeted products. This cleanser is the most awarded cleanser in the UK so I thought I'd bite the bullet and just go for it. And I am happy I did! 

Naturally active ingredients include eucalyptus and cocoa butter for smoother, cleaner skin.
Suitable for all skin types

 The cleanser is a hot cloth cleanser which is incredibly soothing. It has a herbal smell to it which also relaxes me. It comes out as a soft, cream which you rub onto your face directly in circular motions and use the muslin cloth to remove the product. I was left with fresh, soft and deeply cleaned skin.

 The cleanser is plant-based and boasts it's abilities at taking off even stubborn makeup. I can vouch for that. I actually enjoy taking my makeup off with this product; which is a first.

 100ml cost £14.75 which really isn't that bad for such a quality product. It does last a long time too. If you are thinking about getting this product and are slightly unsure- I suggest you go for it! I hope you love it as much as I do.