Bucket List

The good old bucket list. I created mine a few months ago. I haven’t ticked any off yet but I will soon.

Here are my top 10.

  1. Write a book
  2. Visit Canada
  3. Live in Italy for at least six months
  4. Be mortgage free
  5. Learn to knit
  6. Visit Scotland
  7. See the Northern Lights
  8. Go zip lining
  9. Read all the classic novels
  10. Walk the Great Wall of China

Obviously most of these will not happen overnight. I like setting goal for the long haul. I’m a big believer that most things you want in life do not happen overnight and you have to have patience and work for them.

These are my top o however my main life goal is to share and experience as many happy times with my family and friends as possible. I will never truly complete my bucket list because of this and I’m ok with that.

I would love you hear your bucket list 🙂

X Kaylz X

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Hairbrush Straightener Review

When I first saw this brush advertised on T.V my first impression was not positive. I thought the brush made the girls hair look greasy and frizzy. It didn’t look like it straightened hair very well.

Overall I thought the advertisers did a poor job as I was not interested in buying the brush at all.

Then along came Christmas where I got the brush as an Christmas present. It looked a lot better in my hand then on T.V. so I thought I would try it out.

The result:  I love it!!!

It is a really good brush. It straightens my hair just the way I like it. It heated up fast, it has an adjustable temperature for different hair types. Mines set at 210. The way the brush has been designed means that I cannot burn myself which I love. It all so turns it self off after half an hour automatically so no more worrying about leaving the straighteners on when you go out.

The straighteners are 100 times better then the adverts let on and I’m very grateful that I had one in my stocking.

 

P.S. The model hair straighteners I had were Bestope

X Kaylz X

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My 5 New Years Resolutions

I understand that 2016 was not everyone’s year however for me personally it was amazing. Mainly because I have become a mother which has flipped my life about in the most magical way. I all so learnt to cook which is a skill at 27 years of age thought I would never bother learning.

Surprise, Surprise I love it. Why it took me so long to lean I’ll never know.

I actually starting writing my first novel- and told people about it. Like actual people who were not my cat, that took guts for me.

Last but not least I became tea total and quit smoking.

For 2017 I want to build on all the positives that happened in 2016.

  •  Number 1 = Be Positive.

I believe that hard work, motivation and a positive mental attitude can get you anywhere in life. For me positivity is the key to happiness.

  • Number 2 = Ditch The Black Syrup

I am more then slightly addicted to the sugary black stuff – coca cola. As a result I had my first ever filling in 2016. I do not want another one. By the end of 2017 I want coca cola along with all fizzy pop out of my life.

  • Number 3 = Finish

Finish the book. I am very close to finishing my first novel.  2017 will be the year I release it to the world.

  • Number 4 = Time Management

I am good at keeping appointments. I’m never late for those. e.g. If I say I’ll meet yo at 7 I will be there at 6.55. Otherwise I am bad at time management. Just because I got there on time does not mean that I am prepared. I will have forgotten half the stuff I am supposed to bring with me as I was in to much of a rush getting out the door to check. I will leave everything until the last minute and that includes messaging you back.  I do not want to spend 2017 rushing around like a mad women trying to cram 4 hours work into an hour.

  • Number 5 = Vlog

I really enjoyed vlogging in 2016. I had to quit because my crappy time management skills meant I did not have time to vlog once a week like I want to . With a bit more positivity and better time management I will start back up my weekly vlog.

I would love to hear your New Year Resolutions

X Kaylz X

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Blogmas, All About Christmas

I had no idea blogmas was a thing untill a the other day. I will do it daily next year but i am a bit too late to start this year so instead this blog post is all bout Christmas.

I enjoy being happy and positive which Christmas amplifies.

There the cute Christmas markets with the Christmas lights.

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reindeer outside a castle

The food.

It is a chocoholics heaven this time of year. You are given the excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast in the form of an advent calender-fabulous 🙂

The family gatherings.

For me this only happens once a year. We do see each other throughout the year aswell however the only time we are normally all together at once is Christmas, we make a big deal out of it. There is plenty of food, drink (soft and not so soft) complete with paper party hats and board games. The board games are allways boys vs girls, the boys normally win as they cheat. There are no arguments and it is something that we all look forward to.

The tree

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Christmas tree at winter wonderland

I love Christmas trees. They are so pretty. I used to love decorating mine, then I got a cat.  Cats and plants do not mix. Every year without fail Sookie destroys my tree. It is hardly ever standing, the baubles break plus she likes to sleep in it which makes my tree produce a gap in the middle of it. I of course forgive her every year as she is incredibly loveable and sweet.

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Sookie in my Christmas tree

 

Merry Christmas

X Kaylz X

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My not so vegan butternut squash curry

I adore this curry. I first saw it on Lorraine four years ago and I have made it ever since.

YouTube link

My spin on this curry is slightly different to the one shown on Lorraine four years ago.

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash
  • spinach
  • 2 large onions
  • basmati rice
  • chicken stock
  • Greek yogurt
  • soy sauce
  • tobacco sauce
  • olive oil

Spices

  • ginger
  • chilli flakes
  • paprika
  • garlic
  • salt
  • pepper

How to

I prefer to use a wok for this recipe although a saucepan would work too.

  • Chop two onions and put them into the wok.

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  • Drizzle olive oil and chilli flakes
  • Heat until onions are golden brown
  • Peel butternut squash using peeler
  • Cut in half then cut in half again
  • Use large spoon to scrap seeds out
  • Chop into sections then add them to the wok

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  • Add 500 ml of chicken stock ( I use knorr)
  • Put on mid heat and simmer for fifteen mins
  • Every four mins add more chicken stock until an extra 300 ml has been added then take off heat

At this point the curry will not look to nice but this will change

  • Leave to cool for five mins
  • Use a hand held blender to blend a thirs of the curry. This will give it a nice orange colour
  • Add the rest of the spices to your own taste.

I use

A sprinkle of

  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. paprika
  4. chilli flakes

Half a tablespoon of garlic

A dash of soy sauce with a lot of tobacco sauce

Make sure you taste as you go remembering it is better to use too little then too much.

  • Lastly add the spinach
  • Heat until spinach has whittled down ( doesn’t take long)
  • Boil basmati rice
  • Serve

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Yummy 🙂

X Kaylz X

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My favourite Instagram pics

I’ve allways been a lover of nature. This is the first year I have decided to photograph it. Here are my favourite.

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This is the waterfall in Penllegaer Woods. The woods are being done up by volunteers so every time you go there something is different which is a joy, I have been one of those volunteers before, its how I found out about the woods :).  This was the first time I saw the waterfall in all its glory.

 

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This is the most recent Instagram on this list. It is my image of autumn. The leaves cover the floor like a blanket. The image is taken at fendrod lake which is somewhere I walk quite often as it is surprisingly in the business section of town where I work. It is a pleasant way to spend an hour out of the office :).

 

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This is another from Penllergere Woods. When I volunteered there was no lake in the woods. It was a very nice surprise to find a huge lake there with these adorable benches overlooking it. It was one of my best walking surprises so far this year.

 

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This was taken at a bird reserve. This is the only one I do not know the name of. It was taken on a walk when visiting family. It was one of the first photos I took after I decided to document my walks in photos.

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This was taken at Swansea Bay. I have not been to the beach enough this year. I will be making up for that next year. However I did manage to go once or twice and snapped a few pics along the way. This one is my favourite as I got the rough dunes in with the lovely clean beach in the same shot.

 

X Kaylz X

All photos are on my Instagram.

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My Top 5 Reads

I am a massive book worm so I thought I would share my top five book series with everyone

Enjoy:)

Number 5

The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan.

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There is a prequel to this series called The Magicians Apprentice however I would recommend reading this series before the prequel as it introduces you to the world and the guild beautifully.

It is about a poor slum girl call Sonea. She unintentionally discovers she has magical abilities which lead her to join the magicians guild. There she ;earns a secret that collides her old world with her new world. It is a fantastic read that had me hooked from start to finish. It is full of action, adventure, magic and survival.

 

Number 4

The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

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It is an exciting read full of action. It is about how a boy becomes an assassin. If you are a fan of the assassins creed games then you will love these books. I was hooked as soon as I read this line “The perfect killer has no friends, only targets”

 

Number 3

The Gone series by Michael Grant

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I have no idea why these books have not been turned into films, they are so good. There are six books in total. It all starts when one day everyone over the age of fifteen disappears. It is about how these young kids cope on their own, the mystery and all so survival challenges they face. There is some mutant magic thrown in to add to the fun. I loved them.

 

Number 2

The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling.

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There should not be any surprise why these make the list 🙂

 

Number 1

The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

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The Name of the Wind and The Wise Mans Fear are my favourite books of all time yet they all most didn’t make the list because they are unfinished. A third book is still in the making.

Even though the series is not complete I would still recommend that you read them as they are the most beautifully written books I have ever read, and I’ve read a lot of books.

It starts when a bar tender gets recognised as Kvothe, who is a legend in his world, by a very persuasive man.  This man is determined to write a book about Kvothe that separates the fact from fiction.

The two, hopefully soon to be three, books are Kvothe telling his story to the man in the bar. It is an amazing read full of adventure, mysteries, magic and legends. I could talk about these books all day but I won’t as I don’t want to spoil the story. I would recommend you to read these books.

Happy Reading

X Kaylz X

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