The last of the summer days and the little things

I’m really excited for Autumn but summer is near to its end and I must admit, I’m getting a little sad it’s almost over.

So I have to tell you about the day I had the other week. We sat in the sizzling sun, had mountains of Costco brought salad and topped it off with a make shift pool side BBQ, making smore’s. Yum.

I was in my element. With family, the sun and ‘food glorious food’.

My post today is about the little things in life and how we should embrace life and appreciate these little things.

I often forget how lucky I am. To have a wonderful family, amazing friends, a secure job, a healthy/ balanced diet and a roof over my head. It’s days when it’s raining and you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed that sometimes you forget about these wonderful simplistic things.

So when your next feeling a little down, or your day might not be going to plan. Remember to tell yourself how great you’re doing. You’re not failing. And the life you’re living at the moment is filled with so many amazing things.

Remember, that your family love you. Your job let’s you learn everyday. You have a roof over your head. And tomorrow is another day.

So how did your Sunday go?

Today or tomorrow, when you get out of bed and you’re not feeling 100% positive. Remember that you are great and you are amazing. If today is a bad day don’t worry. Because tomorrow will be better. Give yourself your own confidence boost.

Sometimes I worry about what I look like and stare aimlessly into the mirror. I look down at my bloated stomach thinking, “that’s it, I’m so unhealthy, I must go to the gym EVERYDAY or I’m going to die”. (Sorry.. Who invited the drama queen) Everyday which gets thrown at you just learn to embrace it! We all have bad days but these are over ridden by the good days.

I know this post is super SUPER cheese but I wanted to remind everyone that we are all in the same boat. I hope this post reaches out to you. Some of us might panic and think we haven’t got a life plan, we have no savings, or simply we feel like we have failed.

Ladies and Gents. None of us have! I met a girl the other day who reminded me that we are all still so young and that the world really is your oyster.

So don’t forget. When you have one of those bad days, remember what I said! Get up and keep going.

Lots of love Sheps x

Summers calling 💦🌴🌼

Are you prepped for summer?

NO! When am I ever prepped for summer!
So today has been super sunny right? All of a sudden I’m already thinking about my plans for summer and what I can do to make the most out of it.

Do I book a festival? Book a holiday? Do I do another sky dive? Is my body in shape?

Enough questions because the truth is you need to do all these things but continue them throughout the year because it isn’t just about having a good summer, it’s about having a fabulous year!
I’ve been finding it a lot harder this year as the word “saving” has hit me big time. However, I want to make the most out of 2017 AND save so I’ve had to be super nifty with my money saving skills.

A Summer holiday: Now I happen to have booked this in January as I was far too keen to start worrying about last minute costs and where I was going to go. So I’m jetting off to Thailand for my second time! I’ve always left booking a holiday until last minute and ended up paying a fortune for flights. But I’ve managed to get my whole holiday to under £1000 including flights, spending and hotels! Bargain! If anyone has any recommendations on what I should do in Thailand please do holla!
Festival: Yep! I need to go to one considering I failed last year and the line up for festivals this year is amazing. Can someone find me Elrow tickets please? 
That summer body? Keep it up all year! I suck at keeping fit but this year I made a promise to myself I wouldn’t just keep it trimmed until the summer and then let it flop as soon as “deck the halls” comes onto the radio… It’s tough as I work 11 hour days and don’t always have a Saturday. Setting myself a routine each week has finally set in stone and even doing 30 minutes each day really makes the difference. 
Stocking up on Suncreams, multivitamins and other beauty products to keep me sparkling is another thing which only seemed to make a seasonal appearance. Obviously I’m not going to be lathering up on factor 30 before I set off to bonfire night but you can get some good deals if you buy this stuff out of season! Amazon and (don’t judge) B and M bargains do some serious discounts on brands like Piz Buin and Australian Gold. 

See it’s half price! You’ll thank me later when wanting to order an extra cocktail at the bar on holiday.

What can I do which will totally freak my mum out? Ok so I tackled a sky dive last year so I’m needing suggestions on what to do this year. Whether that’s in England, Thailand or Australia, it needs to give me adrenaline and a story to tell the grand kids if I ever have them! I’m thinking a bungee jump, maybe cage shark diving or another Sky Dive but if you have any other exhilarating suggestions I would love to hear your thoughts!

A decent Summer Wardrobe: I never get this right. I’m always wearing last years trend so I’ve given up caring and just go with what makes me feel comfortable. This tends to be something colourful or out of the Zara catalogue. Also, having some summer essentials which you can bargain buy, but the price tag is a secret, always comes in handy when trying to save! Primark is always good for sunglasses, hair bands, towels, accessories, shorts and basic Tees… Zara also has some amazing little outfits for usually just £25.99 a piece and some of my favourite bikinis come from Misguided online or H&M at just £15 for the set.

Anyway, I feel like I’ve drained myself talking so I might carry this one on later and considering I have an 11 hour days at work tomorrow, I better get some shut eye! Goodnight beautiful people.

Love Lauren X 

Ten things I wish I was told before heading into my 20’s:

So I was sat in bed with a hangover trying to figure out my next blog post ready for this morning and then I thought, I was never told that going into your 20’s would be such a learning curve, knowing what to expect would have helped and certainly knowing some of these life hacks would have been really useful Good thing I’ve still got 7 years in my 20’s left to make good use of what you’re about to read!

Anyway, here they are, all ten things I wish I was told:

1. Put your phone away. It seems like todays millennials are really good at spending too much time on their phones. Last year I was sat around the dinner table with a group of friends and everyone was on their phone for at least an hours worth; Including myself. It made me think, why not try putting your phone away on just one day a week. My choice was Sunday so I put it to the test. Sunday, being a day of rest, made me feel so refreshed and actually distressed me which really helped seeing as I normally start panicking that I have a full week of work. So, give it a go for a few days, let me know how you feel in the comments page and I promise you will feel different. Not to mention you appreciate everything around you more!

2. Do not get a credit card if your going to treat it like it’s your money. ERROR ALERT! So two years ago a decided I’d apply for a credit card. I was accepted for credit and slowly, month after month, my bank balance grew into the minus… Haha funny. I was stuck in an ever lasting rut of paying the minimum fee each month and ended up with a £3000 debt bill. Cheers. Finally, after A LOT of budgeting I am going to be paying it off next month. My goodness, if my mother reads this post, she will most certainly give me a pep talk. But it’s paid off and I’ve learnt my lesson! So please, don’t get yourself a credit card unless you really need to. Use it wisely too better your credit rating but don’t go and purchase yourself a nice new Apple MacBook Pro. Kapeesh?

3. Never say no. There are so many adventures and opportunities that I have turned down in the last 3 years where I think to myself now, what would have happened if I had just said yes… It could be from the smallest of things like going on a date your friends set you up with or it could be not coming home from your two week holiday and just continuing to travel. So, if it’s not dangerous or harming to you, I advise giving it a go. Oh and take a leaf out of Forest Gump. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you’ll never know what your gunna get”

4. Don’t just eat pasta every night. Yes, pasta. It’s easy to make but get yourself learning some simple recipes. If your still living at home, watch how your parents cook and get yourself more involved in the kitchen. Although it seems like a chore, it’s worth while and you’ll leave home feeling like Jamie Oliver… Well not quite but you get the gist of it!
5. Save for a rainy day. When you get your first pay check, put money away each month and set a budget. It becomes easy to live within our means and everyone is guilty of spending a bit too much on self indulgence. Stop and think before you over spend in one week. If you sacrifice a few nights out you could easily save enough in the long run for something more exciting; like that unexpected trip away with your friends.

6. Don’t be in a relationship if you’re not happy. We spend our lives waiting for the right person but sometimes we just settle for someone just because we worry we will never find love. But what is love without happiness. If your not in a healthy and happy relationship, don’t wait around for it to get better. The most important thing is to be selfish – Make yourself happy first before relying on anyone else doing it for you. Once you have mastered this, you will find that a happy relationship will come to you. 

7. “Oh my goodness, I totally regret doing that last night” Well you did do it so stop moaning- embrace it! There’s no point regretting things in life. Take it as a learning curve, embrace those moments and laugh about it. It’s better to look back in life and say “I can’t believe I did that”, than to look back and say. “I wish I did that”.

8. Excersize and Healthy eating. It really is the key to happiness. Once you have a routine in place, stick to it. You don’t need to spend wads of cash on a weekly shop at the whole foods market or tie yourself into a swanky gym membership for a year. Find a type of exercise you enjoy, do it with friends and release those endorphins. Our bodies are still developing and keeping your fitness up in your 20’s will be your most active adult years. Try making prep meals for an hour on a Sunday as well! Having all my meals for lunch ready for me means I’m stress free and not snacking on rubbish food during the week. I will be posting a blog soon with a few meal prep ideas.

9. You don’t need 2000 Facebook friends anymore. Growing up you’ll soon realise you have a small group of extremely close besties. Keep these ones close and put as much time and effort into them. You’ll find these friends will be with you now for life!

10. My last top tip is probably the most important. Now I don’t know about you but when I was younger I wouldn’t be too keen on spending much time with my family. It was embarrassing being seen shopping with your mum and she used to dance down the street right? “Mum you’re sooo embarrassing”, I would say. As you get older you will find that you treasure these moments. Keep your family closest to you and never miss an opportunity when the family is together.

So there you have it! My top 10 things I wish I was told before heading into my twenties. I hope you enjoyed reading. Any comments and feedback would be super amazing.

L xx

Buying a property or Travel the world you asked.

Is buying a property worth it?


So being a young person myself, I always question is it really worth buying my own place at such a young age? I have worked in the business for 6 years now so answering the question myself has been a hard one to answer. Being young you have so many plans and ambitions and you feel almost nerve rockingly anxious to compete all your goals by the time you hit the big “Three Ohh” and most certainly buying is one of them.

But should stepping onto the property ladder be one of them? Everyone will most certainly have their own answer to this and I can most certainly vouch for most of your parents saying YES buy as soon as you get the chance.

The longer you wait to buy a property, the more costly it will get in the long run. The market has almost doubled every ten years since WWII. Wow… that’s a lot! And population grew by 5.7% between 2011-2015 (The Guardian) so the government needed and still need to build a lot more housing for us all but of course not enough supply means more £££.

But don’t forget about that bucket list you’ve got scribbled down in an old 2015 journal with endless cut outs of Peru and Machu pichu. Forbes posted an article stating that 20% of international travelling is done by young people. They call our generation the Millennials and it is becoming one of the most popular thrilling adventures that any young person can go on.

I plan to go travelling in 2020. A long time away but it will certainly creep up on me soon enough. I’ve worked out I can save just £250 per month and save just under £10,000 for a 6 month travel sensation.

£10,000… that’s a lot of money in the scheme of things and my parents will probably beg me to put that into property.

When buying a property in our generation, most of the young generation can’t afford to purchase a property in this day and age without having a little help from family or the help to buy scheme where you can put down as little as a 5% deposit.

That gets me too my conclusion. We all live one life. That one life we spend going to work and saving our money but for what? To take a loan from the bank for some bricks and mortar? So I can by that groovy wallpaper and call it a home.

Yes! Buy a property but complete your goals which won’t tie you down first. If you want to travel around the world do it young. Work abroad, meet new people and explore new places. Buying a property will come but don’t tie yourself into a thick career until it’s all out of your system.

At the end of the day, if your careful and clever with your money saving skills, you’ll most definitely be able to complete anything and everything if you put your mind to it!

I started work at 17 and I’m 24 this year. My career is heading upwards but there’s one problem. I want to travel. So I urge you to all do it now and before you knuckle down. You have your whole life ahead of you so make every moment count.