Thursday, 29 September 2016

A Boots Haul

Hey...

Is it just me or do all your products always finish at the same so you need to go spend a small fortune on all things hygienic?! Honestly it happens to me all the time. I really needed to stock up on these necessities so a trip to Boots was on the cards and I thought why not share what I got as they do have some great deals on at the moment!


First up was deodorant. I was dangerously low and  needed some asap. I love Dove's Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena scent and knew I was on the hunt for that but when I got to my local store (Buchanan Galleries) there was none of the normal size but they did have some of compressed size cans so I snapped 2 of those up instantly as you can never have too much deodorant! It was also down to £2.00 instead of £3.50 so I saved £1.50!

Next on my list was face wash. I've tried many over the years but I've really enjoyed Neutrogena's Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Scrub. I talk about it more in my Skin Care Routine post so I knew that I was more than likely to repurchase this product. Again when I got there there was deal on 2 Neutrogena products for £5 which is a right bargan as the face wash is usually £4.79 so again I picked up 2! I would seriously go check out this deal as it is on both the pink grapefruit range and the blackhead eliminating range. Plus they have changed the packaging and have these really cute designs on them now.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Scottish Music Scene: Fatherson

Hey Guys,

As a radio student I am always discovering new music and especially Scottish music. Today I'm going to be starting a new series where I introduce you to bands and artists from Scotland that I feel like people are missing out on because they haven't been recognised enough yet.

First up is one of my favourite bands called Fatherson who are a three-piece band that formed in Kilmarnock. They play alternative rock/indie music and have a sound similar to Frightened Rabbit or Twin Atlantic.


Currently they have released two album with the most recent being 'Open Book' which was released at the beginning of June. Not going to lie I have had this album on repeat for a large proportion of the summer! With my favourites being the second single 'Lost Little Boys' or 'Stop The Car' and 'Forest' from the album.

I was lucky enough to see them live on the 4th June at the O2 ABC here in Glasgow and it has honesty been one of my favourite gigs of the year so far, apart from the really tall man in front of me who had a back pack on the whole time. I mean who has a back pack on through a whole concert?! Ross, the lead singer, sounds exactly the same when playing live than he does in a recording. In fact the whole band sound even better live. They got the whole crowd going playing all of the absolute tunes from their new and first albums. I even ended up meeting them after the show by the merch desk when I was buying one of their t-shirts.

This year alone they have played at so many music festivals over the summer like; Bestival, Reading and Leeds, Belladrum Tartan Festival and T In The Park. As well as going on two headline tours! They next play in Glasgow on the 23rd December at the Barrlowlands and they're is still tickets left if you want them!

If you want to go check Fatherson out which I really think you should then I recommend;

1. Stop The Car
2. Always
3. Just Past The Point Of Breaking
4. An Island
5. Home Town



If you are interested then go follow them on Twitter - @fathersonband or on Facebook - FathersonBand

If you do go check them out or decide to go see them live then please let me know!

Catriona...


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Money Saving Food Tips


Hey Guys,

Recently in class I was creating a magazine radio show about Freshers Week and I also did a feature on my money saving tips when it comes to food shopping and I thought why not bring it to me blog as some of you might find this useful.

I use a large proportion of these and they do work! As a student shopping for one gets expenisive but following these tips help with that. I'm no expert this is just what I learned from research and tried and tested so here we go!


My first tip is meal plan, meal plan meal plan! It may be really boring task to do but it will save you so much money as it saves you from accidentally doubling up on items as well as buying everything in sight! If you meal plan you will be able to make a double batch of a meal and you can either freeze the second one for another dinner or keep it in the fridge for lunch the next day! I do this one and it seriously works feel so prepared when it comes to my meals!



If you shop later in the day after 6pm to be exact this is when the supermarkets start to discount their food item prices which are about to go out of date. You can use these items that night for your dinner or even freeze them, if it is suitable to freeze them, while they are still fresh for another day.

Take part in the supermarket taste test and buy the supermarket own brand items instead of your favourites like McVities or Heinz. For example if it has to be Heinz when it comes to you then a Tesco tin of Heinz Baked Beans costs 68p for a 415g tin whereas Tesco's Everyday Value tin costs 24p for 420g saving you 44p! Most of the time it is actually the packaging and brand that you are paying for and not actually better quality food so definitely try these saver items and see it you can actually taste the difference.

'Best Before Dates' are actually a guide as it is about food quality and not food safety unlike 'Use By Dates' which is when food can be harmful. 'Best Before Dates' mean the food isn't harmful to your body if you eat it afterwards as it is about quality meaning that after that date the food might of changed texture and flavour slightly. So remember to look at the dates and always do the smell test to see if you think it's safe or not because it still could be ok!

Finally remember to treat yo self! Eating healthy is great and all but we all love a bar of chocolate every now and again! While writing  a shopping list don't just stick to items for your meals remember snacks as we could all use some study motivation. I love the write a paragraph eat a biscuit one myself!

Do you guys have any good money saving food tips? Then let me know in the comments below or tweet me @catriona_lauder

Catriona...


Friday, 16 September 2016

20 Before 20

Hey Guys,

Can't believe I am typing this but I'm going to be 20 in less than 6 months. In 6 months time I will no longer be a teenager which is absolutely crazy when I think about it!

Today I'm going to write a post about some things I've always wanted to try but haven't so why not make this list to give me some motivation like my Summer Bucket List which you can read here did. So this is a list of 20 things I want to do before I'm 20 in the beginning of March!


A lot of these are food related just a warning.

1. Go out for brunch - This just seems like such a cute thing to do on a Sunday and where my new flat in Glasgow is has tons of cute cafes that I could go to for brunch. Cant wait to have a friend come visit and go out for a wee brunch after a night out.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

My Current 'To Be Read' List

Hey Guys,

Today I am sharing my current To Be Read list with you! I moved up to Glasgow at the weekend (room tour coming soon!) and I knew I couldn't bring all of my books with me so I selected a few that I want to read asap!


I love reading for me it is a way to escape the world and just completely relax.I'm definitely one of those people in a coffee shop by themselves reading! I think it is why I got into blogging as I loved reading blogs and decided that I wanted to try it and two years later here we are!

1. Onyx - Jennifer L Armentrout This is the second book in the Lux Series. I just finished Obsidian the first book and I want to read the sequel as soon as possible. This series is based around a girl called Katy who moves to a new town and becomes friends with the twin boy and girl neighbours, Dee and Damon, but they aren't just any body they are out of this world. I loved the first one as it was such an easy read and I want to see how Katy's story continues.

2. A Court Of Mist And Fury - Sarah J Maas Again another sequel! This book came out in May and it's been in my top 3 ever since I got my hands on a copy! I loved the first and again I'm desperate to know what happens next. This is a fictional novel based around the legend of Fae. Feyre continues her life in the Spring Court but now with the powers of the High Fae while still having a human heart that remmebers all the things she did to say the people from the Spring Court. The second book follows her journey of how she survives the terrible deals she made to live.

3. Lady Midnight - Cassandra Clare I honestly can't believe I still haven't read this book I mean Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite writers and I adore the Shadowhunter world that she has created. Lady Midnight is the first in the Dark Artifices series and follows the life of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn who were introduced in the Mortal Instruments series.

4. Passenger - Alexandra Bracken This book has been so hyped up by the BookTube and Bookstagram community so I'm hoping it is good but it does have a 4.7 star rating on the Waterstones website so I'm kind of expecting good things.  This book has time travel in it which I love as well as a case of miss identity and I can't wait to find out what happens.

There you go these are the books at my top of my TBR list. What are you currently reading are you getting through your TBR list?

Catriona... 

Monday, 12 September 2016

What I Ticked Off My Summer Bucket List

Hey Guys,

Back in July I shared with you my Summer 2016 bucket list and today I thought I would share what I actually ticked off as that's me finally moved back to Glasgow and back to classes. I'm quite please to be honest because a lot of things got ticked off but not all which doesn't bother me too much! If you want to see what my full Bucket List looked like then you can go have a read here.


1. Go on a road trip - I went on a road trip with my friends Sean and Cambeul in July up to Oban to pick up ferry tickets. It was such good fun but also extremely eventful! We had a stop off in Inverary where we had food at The George before heading to Oban. We were hardly there if I'm honest because picking up the tickets took like 5 minutes but when we were about to go home the car broke down and we had to wait for Triple A to come pick us up as the car had to be towed all the way home we definitiely had a story to tell our parents that night!

Friday, 9 September 2016

What I Loved In August

Hey Guys,

I'm back with another favourites post and not going to lie they are extremely random! I am not obsessed with makeup and products so they hardly come into it but I do have a few!

                                   

First off it's the youtuber Will Darbyshire's book, This Modern Love which is basically love letters written mostly by his readers about their crushes, being in love and of course the break up! I just thought that this book was such an unique idea and was a very cute read. You could find yourself constantly relating to it. Everyone's must have coffee table book in my opinion.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Lazy Blogging: What Is It?

Hey Guys!

This month I am going to try and attempt the Lazy Blogging September Challenge which is a  challenge which trys to help bloggers that are quite lazy like me to get into a better blogging schedule!

Lazy Blogging is a twitter account which was set up last month by 3 bloggers; JessKatie and Ella and throughout August between the three of them they published a blog post every single day! You guys should definitely all check out their blogs as they are all so good.


As well as the girls running the Lazy Blogging twitter account you can follow it here they also ran a #TwitterChat on a Friday from 7pm till 8pm and it has quickly become one of my favourites! There is such a nice community feel from the chat as a lot of the same bloggers have been taking part. This chat will be continuing in September and if you run a blog you 100% should come and join in the fun!

Now back to the challenge! It's a challenge to push bloggers into blogging everyday but by taking it in little steps so each week you do a little more work. So week 1 you do two posts (this week) one explaining Lazy Blogging (this post for me) and then another post on any other topic. Week 2 you publish three posts on any genre. Week 3 it's 4 posts on anything you want. Finally Week 4 it's 5 posts! Again on any kind of topic. If that doesn't make sense then here is a photo explaining it!


I love how this challenge goes up in stages and is a little more realistic compared to the let's blog everyday for a month ones as you jump right into the deep end with those ones I feel! I'm going to try my best at this challenge and fingers crossed I complete it but I'm not saying anything as it is also my first month back living up in Glasgow and being back at classes since June so please bare with me!

Currently I have zero schedule for these posts even though I roughly know what every post will be! What I do know is that the posts probably won't be published at the weekend but who really knows!

I really urge you guys to come join me in this challenge and if you do don't forget to tag the @LazyBlogging twitter as well as the hashtag #LazyBlogging with your post for it to be shared by the girls so other bloggers taking part can easily find your posts!

If you are taking part in the Lazy Blogging Challenge then leave me your links below!

Catriona...