Being Single.

Holla! Happy NatsChatsTuesday Peeps! Hope the last two weeks have treated you well. I’m in an oddly good mood right now and so I though I would touch on fairly sensitive subject. This topic either boosts my confidence and makes me feel like a cool, crazy, independent woman who “don’t belong to no city, don’t belong to no man” and other times i’m crying because i’ll be forever alone and no one wants me. There is literally no in between. But why I’m still in the first category I though Id reach out to my fellow Pringles and show you it ain’t all bad. Yes, i’m going to be talking about Being Single.

I know all those empowering quotes you find on pinterest mostly just wanna make you throw up so my first rule is: DONT RELY ON WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY TO CHEER YOURSELF UP! This applys to all aspects of self confidence.

The next thing is so, so important. I imagine whilst scrolling through Instagram you’ve seen the phrase “whats a queen without her king”. the thing I think all of you need to realise is that a queen without a king is still a queen. In modern times a woman can rule the world without anyone “by her side”. She’ll be doing the same amount of work without any help from a man (or woman). So if you are single you’re just proving to the world that you dont need anyone, and can live perfectly well on your own (btw thats what your are doing right now – if your reading this you are living).

Now the question lots of people will be wanting to avoid once you realise the single life isnt actually bad atall is when people ask “why are you single?”. When people say this just laugh or walk away. You dont ask them why their in a relationship so they must be making some joke that wasnt as funny as they thought. One of my favourite quotes is:

Because its so much better to live your life solo, than settle down!

And my favourite point to share with you, is that the single life lets you spend time with the most amazing, gorgeous person in the round, yourself. This person should be your number one priority as your stuck with them for all eternity. So please my peeps love yourself as much as i do, you are so worth everything you want, and if it dosent work out, it clearly wasn’t worth you! I LOVE YOU!XX

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Songs I’m loving #2

“IT’S NATSCHATS TUESDAY AND ITS ACTUALLY A TUESDAY!”

Remember that series of blogs I started where I would tell you my favourite songs i’m loving right now, new and old? Yeah me neither. Thats because I published the first post over a year ago!!! Jeez how time flies. Anyway here is your update of my favourite songs i’ve been listening to a hella lot recently:
“Work This Body” WALK THE MOON – this is such a dancy upbeat song that you could do some serious interpretive dancing to. It also love the cheeky french lyrics thrown in there.

“Geronimo” SHEPPARD – Catchy af (SAY GERONIMO!)

“You Da One” RIHANNA – Aww come on we all need some love in our lives

“Thirsty” Daya – OMG literally the sassiest song ive heard in so, so long. When you wanna fend off a F*ck Boy and embrase the beauty of single life. Sing this on a girls night and it is garunnteed to go down well with all your friends giving you the “OML YAAASSSS GURRRLLL” look.

“If I believe you” THE 1975 – I had a revelation (AAAAHHHHHH!)

“Castle On The Hill” Ed Sheeran – See I can be up and coming too! This song made me smile from the first time I heard it. Its so nostalgic and im sure anyone can relate to it from their childhood and old friends.

“Crazy Crazy Nights” KISS – Massive Throwback but such a good song. You literally cannot helo but sing alont no matter what age you are!

“Icarus” BASTILLE – You have to sing it passionately so I suggest maybe not listening to it in public. But when your driving in the car would be perfect (just please keep your eyes on the road).

I hope you enjoyed that little update into a big park of my life, music. If you would like to see what else im currently listening to my spotify is: https://open.spotify.com/user/natnats14. I hope to see you all next week and please do give me any suggestions from your personal music faves. Keep Jammin! Xx

Superdrug Face mask Review

Please ignore the fact I have been A-WALL for nearly a month, I am a very busy person and I will not bother you with the reasons why, just know i am very sorry and embarrassed.

But today I though i would do a cheeky review of some products even though it isn’t NatsChats Tuesday. Today i will be reviewing some of the Superdrug face masks which are normally £1 each which i will say right now is an absolute bargain. I love Superdrug as i feel like I can always trust their products plus they often have many deals and sales on which means i am always picking up my old favourite and new experimental beauty bits.

The three Superdrug Face masks were:

  •  “Superdrug Cooling Cucumber Face Mask” ideal for Sensitive Skin
  • “Superdrug Dead sea purifying Face mask” ideal for Oily and Blemish Prone Skin
  • ” Superdrug Tropical Cocktail Peel – Off Mask” ideal for all skin types.

Up first is the Cooling Cucumber. It says in the description that it refreshes and cools skin which i must say is exactly correct. I only washed this one off about 10 minutes ago but my face is still cool. Its quite an odd sensation actually, it feels like I’ve got cold slime on my face (but obviously just feels like soft skin to the touch. One problem i did find however was the fact that it made the blackheads on my nose GREEN! That has washed off now but if you didn’t wash your face properly after I am afraid you may be walking round with a small resemblance to Shrek!

Next is the dead sea drama. Don’t be put off my the menacing name, the only slightly fishy ingredient in it is Dead Sea Salt. I didn’t know salt could die but I guess you learn something new everyday! It smells wonderful but it does say its meant to stop breakouts which I’m sad to say it hasn’t. I’m still getting spots in the usual places however i will say it helped the spots i already have go away.

And last but certainly not least we have our Tropical cocktail. i am a tad biased towards this one as I definitely prefer peel – Off masks as you can literally see the gunk leaving your face (grim I know). But yeah I really enjoyed using this one as it again smelt amazing (very summery) and appeared to fully clean out my pores. Obviously my pores did not stay clean for long but it was nice while it lasted.

My perfect face mask would be one that cleaned out your pores and them shrunk them up because mine are getting pretty chunky in some places! So if you know any masks like that please do let me know. I hope you enjoyed this little review and may I say again how much i highly recommend this brand of face masks. they do not test on animals and contain a lot of natural ingredients and so I’m nearly 100% sure they are all vegan and vegetarian friendly (at least most are)!

See you soon Chums!

Xx

My Top Beauty Tips (that actually work!)

Good Day my lovely ladies, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Also Happy Birthday to me as the world was blessed with my presence all those years ago when I pooped out at 8 pm on the 14th of February…soz mum. Today I wanted to share with you my all time top beauty tips that actually work and I use most of them on the daily! They just make life  a whole lot easier for those make up fanatics among us. And as It’s valentines day I know a lot of you will wanna get all glammed up so you can spend time with BAE… be that your “special friend”, friends or simply yourself. I will be spending the day with my family as it is my birthday but tbh if it wasn’t i would probably be spending valentines day eating chocolates and watching rom-coms whilst trying to get over the horrible cold i have atm. Anyway down to business:

TIP NUMBER ONE: (the most well known) 

Cutting up your fake eyelashes before applying. 

So many of you may have heard this tip before but im here to tell you IT ACTUALLY WORKS. Those pesky eyelashes you buy are always way too long which makes them even harder to put on than it already is. BUT, if you trim them to your desired length and then cut them into 1/2’s, 1/3’s or even 1/4’s you’ll find it much easier to put on your eye. This is because you can put them in the correct place easier which means flirtatious fluttering eyelashes for all – so even if you dont have a date you soon will do!

TIP NUMBER TWO: (the clever one)

Painting under your fake nails

Now the title can be a bit misleading but all it means it, before applying fake nails (if you do them at home) paint a similar colour on your nail first because then if they fall off (which they always bloody do!) no one needs to know because unless they look really blooming close no one will even flicker their voluminous eyelashes.

TIP NUMBER THREE: (the lazy one)

Baby Powder Everything!


Baby or Talc Powder is literally God’s gift for lazy people like me, it can be used for anything. You may know its great for “baking” (whatever the hell that is) but it can also be used really well for contouring so you can get dem defined cheekbones (or collorbones or thighs…or whatever the next contour trend is). PLUS: (A CHEEKY HAIR TIP) it’s also a great alternative to dry shampoo. If its been a while since your hairs seen the warmth of a shower simply rub a bit of baby powder in and no one will know. Just make sure you really rub in a small bit or your hair will go grey! I havent bought dry shampoo for about 5 years because of this – it’s amazing!

TIP NUMBER FOUR: (the utterly fabulous one)

Cheap Makeup


This is my Valentines gift for you my lovelies! Not many people know but a lot of makeup brands come from the same company and so if you order makeup from the primary company it is often discounted as it never hits the shops. For Example REVOLUTION (Makeup Revolution London) is owned by TAM Beauty (https://www.tambeauty.com/en/gb/Home.aspx) so hop down there for all the discounted makeup your little heart could desire and treat yourself this valentines day!.

There you go my darlings, I hope you have a fantastic Valentines Day no matter what you’re doing (please do let me know as a little birthday treat cause Im a nosy cow) at least now you can look great whilst doing it and can upload a flawless selfie (not that you need any of these tips for that you beautiful beings), love you lots! Xx

Not so New – One of the first stories I wrote

Good day my little munchkins. I am so sorry this post is a day late but i couldn’t upload last night cause my internet is being very slow at the moment. Today I thought I’d do something rather embarrassing and show you one of my first short stories. This is was (and still is) published on an amazing little site called MOVELLAS, which I would highly recommend to anyone (more for the younger people) who love writing stories. This was first “published” on the 10th of February 2014 (nearly 3 years ago today)! It’s cringey as anything but is one of my most popular stories so I hope you enjoy it! It’s not finsihed because I kinda gave up cause Im a lazy B**** but it’s called Not So New if you’re really that interested!

1. The morning. 

The alarm goes off, shrieking at me to get up. But I know it won’t work, I’m lying in one of those positions that you just don’t want to leave. So I just lay there savoring those last few minutes I have before I really am running late. But of course as per usual I don’t just lay, I sleep there. When I eventually do pull myself away from my peaceful haven I can tell I have hardly anytime left so I cross the ‘No so important things when you’re running late’ off my list of things to do in the morning. This includes; washing my hair (you can always use dry shampoo), tidying my room (at least I can walk though the piles of stuff) and finishing my book report (I’ll do it in class. So my first task to tackle is breakfast.

I trail downstairs dressed in my PJ’s and a half eaten/attacked by my cat, Tabby dressing gown. I enter the kitchen and am instantly targeted by the feral beast I call a pet. She’s obviously hungry, I am too. I know mum’s weekly shopping trip is due today so there won’t be much to choose from. She doesn’t make my breakfast as she has no other reason to get up till 8. But to be fair its 7:55 now and I know she probably won’t get up within 5 minutes. I’m betting half an hour.

So I’m here alone in the kitchen rummaging around in the cupboard for something to when I find… and empty packet of pop-tarts. Great! I put them back, I’m really not up for tidying. I eventually settle for a bowl of dry (we have no milk) special K. Yum! Then, realizing I have 10 minutes till I have to run for the bus, scurry upstairs and into the bathroom. I wash my face nearly free of spots and dirt. It’s kind of weird how girls scrub of basically a hole layer of skin the apply an inch of makeup – which is pretty much more dirt. I put of foundation and then grab my eyeliner realizing too late that its blunt. I now look like a Goth/panda – and mascara. I then run to my room where my pile school uniform/bed sheet pile awaits me. Our school uniform isn’t actually that bad compared to some peoples. All we have is a plain white shirt and black skirt finished off with a overly sized blazer and awkwardly shaped tie.

Then it’s time to tackle my hair. I don’t even know what to do with it anymore. It’s just so ugh… I run my brush thought it a few times (wait, I think run is a bit too soft a word, more like shove!) and watch it get bigger and bigger. I swear it looks like a slow motion explosion. Well to calm myself down I put the radio on. ‘You love me like XO’ yeah, not today. ‘I’ll be thinking about you!’ No thank you! ‘DIANA! Let me the one to put a fire…’ Yeah…no! ‘Our love was made, made in the USA!’ I think I see a resemblance here… Oh wait! I run over to the calendar which was kindly decorated by my 3 year old cousin – not a good look! The 14th of course, Valentine’s Day! That’s good the book report isn’t due in till the 17th!

Anyway back to my hair.

2. Pretend to know him! 

I’m half way down the road when I sense that today is going to be a weird day. I mean I walk on my own to school because all my other friends either get a lift to school or live in the opposite direction. It’s not as though a zombie apocalypse is about to happen or something it’s just that I literally am the only person walking on their own. Everyone else is either skipping hand-in-hand with their boyfriend/girlfriend or walking with their friend and stalking their prey a.k.a the group of boys/girls in front of them. Seriously I don’t know what it is but on this day everyone seems to get hyped up about the idea of being in love. Everyone gets sad about being alone on V day, but what about the other 364 days of the year?

I notice that on the other side of the road is a boy I’ve not seen before. Surprisingly he’s actually walking on his own. But there are 3 girls galloping behind him giggling every time he looks wearily behind him. He suddenly catches me looking at him and starts to wave. Oh no, I think do I know him? I hate these kinds of moments. I decide to pretend I know who he is and smile back. Bad move, after I smiled at him he suddenly ran across the road towards me! Oh dear, what do I say I can’t even remember his name!  When he reached he pulled me into an embrace. Panicking, I just went mute for a moment and said nothing. I was wondering what to do when he whispered in my ear ‘Hey, sorry about this but can I pretend I know you to get away from them girls over there.’ I look over his shoulder and see the 3 of them standing there looking puzzled.  ‘Oh!’ I say realizing what he had been doing. ‘Hey… um.’ I still don’t know his name. ‘Daniel.’ He whispers. ‘Oh yeah, hey Dan! How are you?’ He suddenly smiles and I don’t know why. But, it feels me with that weird gooey feeling that some girls say they get. And I swear his smile is contagious as I suddenly smile back and then for some unknown reason, burst out laughing. Not the small, cute giggle your meant to do around boys. A huge idiotic rumble. He gives me a odd look then joins in and for about 5 minutes the two of us are nearly rolling on the floor laughing.

After that random attack of hysterics I hear the school bell ringing just up the road. This not only means we’re late it means that we’ll get a detention after school because it’ll take over a minute to get there if we run now! ‘Oh great, late on my first day!’ He says. ‘It’s your first day, I thought I hadn’t seen you before?’

‘Yeah, and it may not mean much to you, and it normally wouldn’t to me either, but I don’t want to be late so I think it’s time we started running.’ So we start scrambling down the road desperate to get to class. WE reach the gates and before I know it we’re powering through the corridors. I can’t believe how quickly people have got to class when I remember. ‘WAIT, It’s Friday!’

‘Yeah, so?’

‘We have assembly on Fridays!’ Knowing we have to get to the other end of the school in under 30 seconds I suggest we think of an excuse. ‘I know!’ he says ‘We could just say that I got lost and that you were showing me the way.’ I think to myself a while then decide its better than: sorry miss we started laughing for no reason. But as we get closer to the hall doors I can’t help but hope that school was cancelled today even though I’ve already seen everyone go to school. 

3. Assembly 

‘Late on your first day I see!’ My thoughts ae broken by the booming voice of our head teacher, o’dear. Well her name actually miss o’hear, but since she was introduced my my form tutor as miss o’daear (she hicuped) it just stuck! ‘Sorry miss,’ Dan replied ‘I got lost and…’

‘No excuses, I’ll see you at detention, you too Anna!’ Unlucky for Dan there is NEVER an excuse when it comes to our headmistress.

When I reach my seat in assembly I’m instantly baffled with questions about how I know the new boy. I just mumbled something about our parents and began speaking to my best friend Tris. ‘So,’ she began ‘Get any Valentines card this morning?’

‘What do you think?’ I asked. It’s not that im unhappy about it or anything. I just don’t see what the big deal is although I guess I’ve never had a real boyfriend so wouldn’t know what it was like. I cant help glimpsing up at Dan across the hall through the constand sound of miss o’dear barking about the importance of respect in the school. Once he looked back and I caught he’s gaze. It was only quick but I got the melting chocolate sensation again. I didn’t loo up again after that as I knew I would just end up going bright pink or something cringy like that!

4. School then DETENTION! 

Through the day I couldn’t help but look up at the clock longing for the day to end. It’s not that I want to go to detention it’s just… I really wanted to see Dan again. I had looked out all day but didn’t get so much as a glimpse of his tangled brown hair.

After school I pretty much sprinted to the toilets and looked at myself in the mirror. After applying more mascara and lipgloss I ran back down the corridor and into the detention room. Unsurprisingly me and Dan are the only ones to turn up. Everyone else probably wants to get home on a Friday – weird right? So I was basically made to sit there for an hour or so. But after half an hour I think Mr. Davis got bored cause he sends us home with a ‘Don’t do it again.’

5. Going home – alone? 

So it’s just me and Dan walking home. I think that I should feel awkward, but I don’t. We talk all the way to my front door before I realize he’s walked me home. ‘This is gonna sound a really weird but, do you wanna come in?’ I ask him.

‘This is gonna sound even weirder but, ok!’

I only said this cause I know mum wont be back till 5 and it’s 4:15. Why am I so comfortable around him I literally met him about 8 hours ago. ‘So,’ he asks me. ‘Who’s your valentine?’ Thinking it was a weird question I respond with ‘No one, i don’t have a boyfriend, you?’

‘No I don’t have a boyfriend either,’ he says smiling at me ‘or a girlfriend!’

‘Yeah that’s what I meant!’ After half an hour of a house tour, endless questions and quirky laughs He tells me he has to get back. But as I lead him to the door he says ‘Um….Anna? Do you wanna go out with me tomorrow?’

‘Yeah, ok. I can show you around and stuff.’

‘Yeah, I’ve actually lived here all my life I just moved schools so I just wanted to spend time with you.’

‘umskuraflen!’ I was completely gob smacked so didn’t know what to say! But luckily he somehow got what I meant and smiled then left. Not before letting me give him my number though.

I watched him leave and ran up to my room and collapsed on my bed. The chocolate in my stomach had somehow turned into fireworks and were exploding all over the place. I ant believe it! Does this mean that I’m going on a date? When will he call me? What should I wear? All these questions were fizzing round my head so fast I didn’t hear the door bang and my um come up stairs. I was jumping around my room when she came in. ‘A boy?’ She asked. I don’t know how she knew but when I smiled brightly at her I think she knew she had guessed correctly! After she tells me dinner’s at 6 I throw myself on the bed and just lay there recapping every bit of him and the day. I then text Tris telling her that I’m going out with him tomorrow. Just after I put it down it bleeps. Expecting it to be Tris I pick it up. But on the screen saver it says 1 new message – unknown number. I guess I didn’t have to wait long at all then…

6. Texting…A lot!

Me and Dan have been talking for a while now. It’s amazing how much you can learn about someone in the space of… 6 HOURS!!! Oh my god! Its 1:30 in the morning! And when I say 6 hours I’m not including the 1 hour before dinner and 2 hours on Facebook. Wow I need to go to sleep otherwise tomorrow will be a complete blur, well let’s face it. It kinda is anyway. Any day at scho… oh hand on its Saturday tomorrow! Thank the holy pancake! I love lay-ins! I’ll just tell Dan what I just thought…wait why would I do that, I barely know him and besides I’m really tired. Oh no too late I pressed send. Looks like I’ve gotta stay up to wait for his…. Re…ply…

I awaken to the sound of the Hoover. OH NO I fell asleep. I check my phone to see id Dan’s angry at me. Why would he like me now – he probably thinks I’m a lazy, disgusting, stu….Oh hang on. Awwww. He realized I had fallen asleep and said ‘sweet dreams beautiful xxx’. I can just feel that chocolate butterfly sensation bubbling up inside me! Oh hang on I’ve got another text. It’s from Tris. She saw me walk home with Dan yesterday and wants to know all about it. I text her saying to meet me at Costa in 30 mins, realizing it’s already 11:30, and rush to get dressed. I’m not the kind of girl to spend ages perfecting my hair and makeup, but I have this really annoyingly frizzy hair that always seems to make me look like a lion after it’s brushed! So today I decided to pull it into a ponytail and throw on a off the shoulder tee and jeans. I run down stairs and nearly run strait into my mum. My dad’s off on another work trip probably in grays. ‘Where are you off too in such a hurry? Not seeing that boy again are you?’ I gave her a glare and said I was just off to see Tris. ‘But I might be going out with him a bit later, if that’s ok.’ She looked at me for a while – like she was studying me and then said ‘Under one condition – I get too meet him first!’

 7. Tris

Perfect, no really it is. Who wouldn’t want their ridiculously embarrassing mother to meet the hottest boy in school? Oh yeah I know – me. But I don’t have time to worry about that I’m meeting up with Tris soon and I need to work out what to tell her. I kind of ditched  her yesterday after sitting in detention with Dan. Oh and that’s the other thing I should really tell her about…Dan.

I’m sitting at a table next to the window so of course Tris sees me straight away. ‘Well hello there little miss trouble!’ She says as she enters the café. Man, she’s annoying. I smiled at her and she sat down on the chair opposite me. ‘so tell me about Dan.’ Uhhh…’How do you know about tha-him?’                                  

‘I have my ways…’ She sees me looking at her with my really look and know that’s not gonna fool me. ‘how do you not know? The whole school’s been talking about it. I mean no-offence but your not the type to normally go out with the hot ones?’ I am a little hurt but I let her get away with it this time with a little kick of her shin under the table. ‘ow!’         

‘You deserve it – WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME EARLIER? This is so embarrassing…’                                                                                         ‘How?’                                                                                                         

‘Cause everyone’s talking about me. You know I hate that sort of attention.’                                                                                                     

‘Well I personally would love it! Everyone talking about if my relationship would last, where I’m going for my next date. It would be like being a celebrity!’ Of course this sort of life would be perfect for Tris. Ever since primary school she’s wanted to be a famous actor or singer. She even went thought the dancer stage but she decided to leave that to me. That’s the one and pretty much only thing I’m known for… dancing. But I don’t want to take it up as a career. Being a dancer is a lot of tuff work and it’s not normally long lasting either unless you teach it. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it. I love it really, even if I am the centre of attention. It doesn’t matter where I am; when I’m dancing I can just let myself go… ‘Well I’m not a celebrity. I’m a normal teenage girl trying to have a normal relationship with a normal teenage boy!’

‘I know, I know… shall we change the subject? How’s your parents and Taylor..oh and the snails?’ My older brother Taylor is obsessed with science, nature and weird animals. 2 years ago he bought some giant African snails but then he went to university and he’s new house mate thought they were stupid so he left them here. Which means Tabby has 4 new toys to play with oh and their thousands of babies!

‘Their fine, but. Oh Tris what am I gonna do?’

TA DA! What do ya think? Embarrassing? I told ya so. Anyway if you made it through the whole story thankyou, i hope you have a lovely day. See you next week! Xx

pet peeves: talking in the cinema

OML I nearly forgot. I really need to set myself weekly reminders! But anyway happy NatsChats Tiesday, I hope your week is going well so far. Mine isn’t if I’m honest, I was having a bit of a happy streak and then it all came crashing doe on Monday. Literally everything that could’ve gone wrong, did! But anyway today was a little better so you know, always look on the bright side.

Anyway today my little muchkins I would like to share with you one of my all time pet peeves: people talking I. Cinemas.

So you can imagine what happened, I was in the cinema with the fam about to watch LA LA Land (I was so excited since everyone had said how good it was). But there were 4 girls behind us that were about 12 or 13 and they WOULD NOT. STOP. TALKING! Look honestly I’m fine if you’re with your friends and you wanna make the occasional comment or laugh when something’s funny or whatever cause it’s a film it’s made fora response but if you are rude enough to talk out loud and ruin the experience for everyone. The cinema we went to was cheaper than most luckily enough but can you imagine spending a good £12 on a film per person and your money being wasted because you can’t even hear the bloody film. If you want to talk through the whole film then feel free to buy the DVD and watch it at home.
This is also pissed me off even further because I was really excited to watch the film and could hardly concentrate for the first hour thanks to that group of girls. Ughhhhh. It was alright though because (if you’ve watched La La Land you’ll know) it’s a long ass film so I had to go to the toilet half way through (which I would never ever do cause I don’t want to agitate other people and probably wouldn’t notice as I would be so sucked into the film to realise I even, sorr needed the toilet. But so did a lot of others so I didn’t feel that bad. But when I was coming back out of the toilet the 4 girls came in (and didn’t say anything when I reld the door open for all 4 of them May I add) but they didn’t come back to the screening so I got to enjoy the last hour (ish) in piece.
I know that I am not the nicest person in the world and sometimes I can do or say horrible things but under no circumstances will I ever accept people being rude. There is literally no need for it. I think that you should show respect to all people no matter who they are.

But anyway that’s my rant for this week, sorry if you prefer my other more structured blog posts they will be back next week. But while where on the topic of you have any ideas of blog posts you’d like to read from me please do tell me. I think I will pretty much do anything. I was thinking of also doing a “my makeup routine” aswell so let me know by dropping a comment if you’d like that or what not. Also feel free to share your pet peeves with anyone so we can all grumble together haha!

See you next week! Xx

: new Years Resolutions and Newness

Welcome Back Everyone! I hope you all had wonderful Christmases and New Years! I know I’ve taken a bit of the break since Blogmas but I just haven’t really had the time with all the other work and such I’ve been doing.

To start of this post I’ll just keep you up to date with what I’ve been doing since we last spoke:

  •  My Christmas was pretty good but I feel like it all went way too quickly. Plus working over Christmas kinda bought down my festivities a bit but oh well. I got loads of lovely presents which may not have been particular luxurious of expensive but were just perfect fir me really as I didn’t really ask for anything so just received a few bits an bobs including some adorably little desk lights. I may do another (very belated, I know) blog post on some favourite Xmas prezzies i received if you would like that.
  • My contract ended with my job and (because they’re pretty stupid and overstaffed at Christmas) they didn’t keep anyone on But oh well, plenty more jobs I can try.
  • I had an amazing NYE party which even included a cheeky sleepover that night. In the morning our hung over selves watch The Princess and The Frog because we woke up at about 6/7 am. Yeah very little sleep was experienced that night.
  • I made and uploaded to YouTube a “My 2016” video showing all the highlights in chronological order.
  • I have done a lot of January Sales shopping and this past Saturday I bought 2 dresses from New Look (one of which was £1!)
  • I have had to do a lot more revision for my exams and am currently taking a few mock exams.

Next off I’ll tell you my new Years resolutions for this year (as some of you may know I did pretty well in my resolutions last year so lets see how this one goes):

  • This year I only have one resolution. To do more! I know that I did in fact get up to quite a lot last year but I felt like I spent most of my time sitting around doing nothing. I want to change this so I’ve decided to try and say YES more. This resolution has already come into play as I have agreed to go out to places more and I have already found that when you go out on a Friday (after work or school or whatever it is you do) it makes your weekend last a whole lot longer! Like I’ve found that if I do something on a Friday night the next day I assume its Sunday when I have a whole other day more to go before its back to work on Monday. Since the beginning of the year I have also decided to re start a diary/journal type thing. I am writing in it every few days and although I have never been able to stick to one before I hope I can change it around this year!

Now for the Newness:

I was quite proud of myself for my Blogmas (even though I did mess up a few times) and I do really love Blogging and Vloging and so I have made the courageous decision to upload more. So may I introduce to you… NATSCHATS TUESDAYS! From this day forward I will upload a Blog post every week on a Tuesday (at roughly 5pm GMT – 9 am PST). I know this doesn’t seem like an amazing breakthrough or anything but at least this way I’ll be a bit more organised and have something to aim for. I hope that you will all join me on my weekly entries as I really do appreciate every single person that reads this. Though we may be few, we are mighty. Or we mighty few…im sure that some kind of famous quote. I will warn you now, I am a very reliable person in real life but I have a horrific memory (believe me I take psychology) but that is no excuse as what we have here on NatsChatsTV is a family and of course FAMILY COMES FIRST so I am giving you full permission to nag me and shout abuse at me if I neglect you and/or forget a blog post. Literally if anyone Tweets me or comments on my Instagram or even slides into my DMs and mentions my blog post for this week I will get straight back on it I promise!

Speaking of which if you want to follow or add (or whatever you kids do these days) my social media links are right here (#selfpromo)

Instagram: @nats_my_name

Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/natschats/

Blogger: http://natschatstv.blogspot.co.uk/

See you soon! Xx

Blogmas Day 24: Introducing my favourite being

OMG ITS CHRISTMAS EVE!!!

HOW?!?!

My, the time has flown, It is now the night before Christmas (apart from there is a lot of stirring in my house at the moment).

Today as it’s a very special night I wanted to introduce you to someone very, very special to me…

My Dog, Cookie:

Yeah alright, I can already tell there’s going to be a split between the disappointed (those who thought id actually got a boyfriend LOL) and the pleasantly surprised (the dog lovers). I just thought that as Christmas is a time of love you might want to meet the person…well animal I love. I cannot express how much she means to me but she is my equivalent to a daughter. I treat like the baby I never had (I don’t plan on having for a long, long time – before questions start being asked) and love her to bits. So Im basically just gonna tell you a little bit about her.

She was Born in September 2011 *Cue adorable puppy photo*

(Thats my nan by the way, who is an absolute legend!)

She was bought off some slighty dodgy people who lied about her age (she was only 6 weeks when we got her) and most likely mood. She was meant to be a Cocker Spaniel but I mean…

 

There are quite a few differences…also the vet called her deformed because she has 2 more nails than she should (p*ss off)!

We named her Cookie (because come on look at her, she is a little biscuit) and she suits the colour pink (for some reason) which is why all her collars are baby pink.

As it is christmas here is her 2 years ago sporting some very festive gear:

She does have some slight mental issues (I wont go in to it) but we love her and I hope you do too. I aim to keep her as happy and healthy as possible and she always is, like she literally smiles at you, which can be a bit unnerving for some:

But come on look at that face, who could say no?

I hope you enjoyed this little look into my love life (sad isn’t it?) and please do remember a dog is for life, not just for Christmas. I also really hope you have enjoyed this years Blogmas, to commemorate the end I uploaded a video to my YouTube Channel (NatsChatsTV) answering some more christmassy questions and now it just leaves me to say. Merry Christmas and I hope you have a magical New Year! Love you all – Natalie

Xx

Blogmas Day 23: Memory Log Tip

Omg it’s Christmas Eve Eve already! How? It seems like only the other day we started Blogmas and now we’re nearly at the end. You know what, even though I did find it annoying having to come up with a new idea to blog about each day and having to actually get off my lazy ass to write something, I think I am actually going to miss you. I know it’ll only be a few days before I start blogging again (most probably in the new year) but just think that’s NEXT YEAR!!!

Anyway for today’s blog post I wanted to give you a little tip which will help to make your life seem that little bit better. This is a great idea for when your feeling down or hopeless as every time I read mine it completely boosts my mood (which can seem like an impossibility at times). It’s also incredibly simple as all it requires is a pen and paper (or ya know the notepad of your phone).

I call it my “moments to remember” page but you can come up with a much more personal or creative name if you see fit. Basically all you do is bulletpoint little moments that made you smile. This could be anything from seeing an act of kindness to experiencing a favourite activity. As some of you may still be a bit confused I have listed some of mine below, I don’t have many but that’s fine as the list will grow as you get through life which is what makes it so magical:

  •  How excited the male Stuard was when you got off the plane in Hollywood (2015) and he said “that’s where he (Tom Hiddleston) sat” – October 26th 2015
  •  My A Level psychology teacher asking to see my dinosaur socks on Breast Cancer Awareness Day (we had to dress pink), I talked about wearing them the day before, so I had to take my boot off in the middle of a lesson – October 21st 2016
  • Putting my stocking on Christmas Eve eve 2016 and checking inside (for some reason?!?) and finding a “simple pleasures” lip balm in there – December 23rd 2016

For those of you able to read dates you will discover that, that last one was made just today about 30 mins ago which is what inspired this post. These moments may not mean anything to you and you may be wondering what makes them so special. But that doesn’t matter. In your list you are going to be the only person reading them. This is fantastic as it shows that you alone have control over your mood and your life which may just give you enough confidence to accomplish what you need to that day.

I hope this little tip in some way helps you. And if it does LET ME KNOW. You know how much I love hearing your views (no matter how mad you may think they are).

Merry Blogmas!

Xx

Blogmas Day 22: Fantastic Beast’s and where to find them review

I literally got back from watching “Fantastic Beasts and where to find them” about an hour ago which is why this blog post is up a little later that usual. I thought that I would share with you my view of the film and so obviously I’m warning you now that it will contain some spoilers so TURN BACK (if you haven’t watched it yet)!

So a little back story. I grew up with the Harry Potter films but haven’t actually read the books so some may say I’m a fake fan. I do love the story though with a passion and have always loved the magical world they live in and the fact it is in our everyday world… But most of us don’t know about it. It’s such a gorgeous storyline (in the beginning atleast) and I actually just love all the characters. My favourites probably being; Dobby, Snape, Neville and Luna (to name just a few) and of course the 3 main stars.

I walked into the film with not much hope for this new film entering the wizards for world though I’m afraid. I was worried because Harry Potter has always been a very British film and didn’t want America ruining the whole thing. Luckily for me though the whole story line hardly touched the original plot as they were Infact in New York the whole time.

Now is when I get very critical in my film analysis, please don’t hate me too much.

The positives were that the graphics were amazing and I absolutely loved all the creatures and their little homes in Mr Scamanders suitcase. I though the sheer size of it was a bit over the top at first but it does add an element of sweetness and adds to the fact that Newt is trying to save and protect them. The beasts themselves were very creative (and some of them were awfully cute too) and I loved the fact that each one had their own weaknesses (Niffler – stealing shiny things). I especially loved Pickett the Bowtruckle who has attachment issues and is treated like Newts son. Although the Bowtruckles did remind me of groot from Guardians of the Galaxy but that’s probably just because they’re both plants.

One thing I didn’t like about the film was the love story between Newt Scamanders and Porpetunia Goldstein. I found it unnecessary when we already had the adorable relationship between Queenie and Jacob (which I did like). I think I would’ve preferred them to remain “work” friends instead of the awkward flirting at the end of the film. The problem is that Hollywood find it hard to believe that they can create a film with two characters of opposite gender and not have them fall in “love”. What is Newt was gay? Hmmm? Maybe this is just me being picky because I think Eddie Redmayne is just amazing (even though he plays the same part in every film – another bad trait of Hollywood actors).

This was just me quick review of the film I watched. Overall od rate it 6.5 or 7/10 because it was a fine film but wasn’t really my cup of tea. But to be fair to them, following Harry Potter will never be an easy task for anyone. I think they accomplished their aims of the film and just hope that the story gets a bit more exciting as they continue the films (which lets face it they defo will) because if I’m honest I was not leaning at the edge of my seat even though there were some shocks and reveals (more like Scooby Doo reveals than Star Wars though).

Of course these are just my own opinions and of course I may have been a bit harsh in places but I included both positives and negatives. If you would like to offer your own views on the story or film please do feel free to.

Merry Blogmas

Xx