Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ketchup Clouds By Annabel Pitcher Review

Ketchup Clouds By Annabel Pitcher Review

I've just finished reading Ketchup Clouds, and seeing as I loved it so much I thought a review was in order! 
Its a great book about a girl named 'Zoe.' The story is told in a series of letters she writes to a man she does not know who has done similar things to what she has done. The story is based around love and lies, Zoe falls in love with a boy called Max and then meets his brother and ends up falling in love with him, but she does not admit to seeing them both and it all goes upside-down. 

The way the book is written, in a series of letters, does make it hard to understand at the beginning but I soon got into the book and could not put it down! I really recommend it for ages 11-20, but no younger. 
I think it worth reading and the ending made me cry! 

5/5. Go on, buy it. I hope to read Annabel's other book 'My sister Lives on The Mantel Piece' next but am half way through 'The fault in our stars' By John Green, although i'm not really enjoying it as much as everyone else is, but we shall see.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

My favorite folk/pop bands

My Favorite Artists and songs

Lately I've been listening to more and more music, I can't do anything on my laptop without something playing in the background. The five artists I'm absolutely loving at the moment are:

Especially counting stars and Something I need, I think music just does not get better than One Republic, they never fail to make me happy, they're songs are very easy to rave too! My advice, if your listening to them turn your volume up high and dance. It will make you feel 10x better after a rough day!

I'm a bit of a new fan to Arctic Monkey's but after going to a friends house and having it turned up highest possible on repeat for a long time, I turned to love them! My favorite is 'Do I wanna know' It isn't the happy-est of songs but I absolutely love listening to it, it's well worth it!

I haven't listening to many of they're songs but am in love with 'Chocolate' By them. This song is mostly about sex and drugs, but the songs still worth listening too! Don't judge it, it's not that depressing!

I love they're guitary/folky style and all there songs never fail to impress me. They're hard not to love really. 

My favorite is by far, 'I will wait' It's a folk song, which is very well known and well worth listening to.

These are my top 5 favorite bands, I really recommend listening to them, thank you for reading leave your fav bands in the comments below! 


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cycling across Ireland and back. Our Summer.

Last Summer

Our Cycle trip across Ireland and back...Be Inspired.

With winter not passing by, I have been constantly wanting summer again, to be able to wear normal clothes again, to be able to relax without shivering and to go on holidays again! Last Summer was the best yet, every year we tend to go on a big cycling trip. In 2012 we travelled to Germany and did the Danube cycle way, it was absolutely beautiful and so much fun, every day for three weeks we would cycle then camp and see where we ended up, we were just short of Vienna when we had to leave. 

Last year (2013) we went to Ireland to begin on another big trip. We cycled from Rosslare all the way across Cork, and up to the Ring Of Kerry, circled it, came back down to Cork and back to Rosslare all in 2 and a half weeks. But before you think i'm some kind of cycling pro, we have two tandems which mean I don't have to do most of the work! 

Ireland was one of the best places I have been too, there were such lovely towns and people (one man even let us into his pub, when it was closed, even gave us a free cup of tea!) Cycling non-stop every day does have it's downs though, especially on those rainy days, when we've just got our heads down,cycling on busy roads and in the pouring rain, whilst wondering what on earth we were doing on holiday here.

Being a family we weren't capable of doing loads of miles a day and averaged on around 40 miles, which is plenty for me! However there was those days when the campsite was so far away you had no choice but to peddle and peddle and peddle. 

On our 13th day we woke up at 7:30, and had no idea what the day was to bring. We quickly packed up our smelly tent attached all our panyas to the bikes and tip-toed past all the snoring campers, and left. Our plan for the day was to get from Cork to Tipperary, should be a short day of cycling. We went to the bakery to get our daily bread, which had become quite a luxury for us, today's bread was potatoe bread! As we were planning our route as we were going, we had no proper idea as of where the next campsites were and how long it would take to get there, so we went to the tourist info centre and asked if there were any cycle routes into Cork. She replied, "Oh no, you'll have to take the R600 main road, it's very busy though, I've cycled it before, and would most definitely not want to do it again." Such a reassuring sentence really. 
Well, being the live-life-on-the-edge people we are, we said "yeah, they all say the roads are busy, puft." And plodded off to a cafe. And for your information the cafe was called "The MILK market," which if you ever do happen to visit it be aware they do not sell MILKshakes. Ironic really. 

I couldn't really eat my massive piece of Chocolate cake realaxed, knowing that we had a busy road ahead and were going to have to catch the train in the MIDDLE OF CORK. Catching a train was my absolute nightmare, when you have two huge tandems that you need to take all the luggage off and put onto the train, all before it leaves. (Tandems, if your wondering are two seated bikes, so you can image how long they are!) 

We had to cycle along a very busy road, which is never a nice family bike ride, but there was no choice. I was desperate for a wee, food and sleep. After zooming though a ghost town we found the campsite, it didn't look like a campsite though... we asked a man who was taking his daughter in if we could camp there and he replied, "sorry, no chance it's a private campsite, but there's one back there i'm sure there let you in." Just typical our longest day yet of cycling and the campsite doesn't exist. It was already 5:30pm! 

We eventually, after a eventful day of 52 miles arrived, and had our usual dinner of pasta, which we had had since we began, 13 days in a row of pasta! 

Looking back now through the diary I wrote of every single day do I realise how much fun it was. I think anyone can go on a cycling holiday, we had not trained at all for a 2 week non-stop cycle holiday but after the first few days you get used to it. It's so nice being able to travel by bike because you never miss a thing, it means you can take in all the beautiful sceneries and meet such lovely people!

I hope this post could inspire you, perhaps if you like this post I can do more diary entries from our trip! Also please be sure to join my blog via google, on the side there ----> It means the world to me, and I will be happy to give you/your blog a shoutout! 

Thank you, Hannah.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Batiste Dry Shampoo Review!

Batiste Dry Shampoo Review!

Dry shampoo is something I need daily, with school being so dam early I don't find the time to wash my hair in the morning, so if I have a bad hair day dry shampoo is the way forward. I have had the Batiste dry shampoo "cool and crisp" version for a very long time now and have been on and off using it. 

Dry Shampoo didn't appeal to me, because of course, washing your hair is always going to have better effects, but as the product was very well-recommended I went for it! At the time the choice of "smells" was limited so I decided to go for the cool and crisp.

 Does It work?

I'm not too keen on it in my opinion. It does work but the effects don't last for the whole day, I suggest though if you do want it to work for a longer period of time that you use quite alot of it. 

On the bottle it does says to spray it 30cm away from your hair and on the under layers of your hair too, however if you do spray it too close to your head the spray stuff can't spread out enough and it makes your hair white, it's also quite a nuisance to get out, unless you use water. It does make your hair smell good though, but it doesn't last for the day. 
I don't particully like this product and don't think it works that well, but it does change the way your hair feels and does make it softer, but not for long enough! 

If your hair is greasy and you do have time to wash it then obviously that is always going to be the better option but if you have no time then I would recommend it just in case you need a freshen up. They have also brought out a cherry 'flavoured?' dry shampoo, which seems pretty cool, so i'm hoping to try that, maybe with more success! If you are interested in the Batiste products then click HERE to go to their website, but first leave comments and follow me!

Thank you for reading hope it helped:-)