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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

I’m really getting into the Christmas spirit this year. I spent yesterday cleaning, don’t worry I will never show you cleaning products as I hate cleaning, I did get the Christmas tree up.

This year we needed a new tree, of course I decided we needed new decorations too, any excuse to go shopping. I ended up getting all the decorations in penneys/primark 40 baubles for €9 you really can’t go wrong.

As you can’t really see the baubles when the lights are on.

Happy shopping

Lots of love

Carol

xxx

Posted in Life, My week

Afternoon tea at clontarf castle 

Last week I met the girls for afternoon tea in clontarf castle.

The afternoon tea is held in the reception area, now  you don’t feel like you are on top of each other but you it very busy with people checking in and out thich in the winter you would be very cold with that door opening.

Our waitress went though each tea with us and explained there afternoon tea is a little different. It comes in two sections the bakery and than the cake shop. I was a little boring and stuck with coffee.


The bakery came first with a selection of Sandwiches, now these wore not normal sandwiches each one was not just different but on different breads. My favourite was the the sirloin grilled and served on ciabatta with sticky onion jam.


It’s hard to believe after that you have any room left but when you see the cake shop you just about manage to find a second wind.



Again it was all very tasty the scones were perfect but my favourite was the shortbread with cream and strawberries.

Our waitress, was so friendly and checked if we had enough tea and coffee. We also all left with a little doggy bag for later. I have to say this is a perfect for a girls day out or even a romantic treat with your other half.

Afternoon tea is priced at €36.95 Click here for more details.

Lots of love

Carol

Xxx

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Afternoon Tea at the Westin 

As far as I am concerned, The Westin is the best place in Dublin to have afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea is served in the Atrium lounge which is such a pretty setting, it’s hard to believe you are in the heart of Dublin City centre. Afternoon tea is priced at €34 per person.


This place is perfect for a special occasion, the staff are so friendly and couldn’t do enough. 

Of course I did get a little dressed up, I decided to go a little summary and wore gingham culottes from Penneys/Primark, I think they are €15 and white tiered sleeve top from Boohoo €10 and my YSL handbag.



Hope everyone had a great bank holiday

Lots of love

Carol

Xxx

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Easter Treats 

I love Easter, I always make up Easter basket for my god daughter and this week Primark/Penneys have started getting in Easter treats.

Bunny ears and mini chocolate eggs €3.

Easter cup perfect for a teenager or someone who just loves Easter €2.50


Egg cups perfect way to make Easter morning breakfast that bit special €1.50

salt and pepper shakers €3

Happy Easter decoration this would be perfect in a Easter basket €2

Easter wrath for your door or in a basket and get a yellow duck teddy and put it in the middle €5.

For little mini decorations head to the pound shop these are perfect.

                      Happy shopping

                         Lots of love

                             Carol

                              xxx

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Gift ideas for Valentines Day

It’s Valentines Day very soon and if you are stuck for idea’s what to buy the lovely lady in your life or even a present for yourself if your single.

These boots are top of my list, they are are great buy and are on sale at the moment they wore £84 now £64 buy in pounds its cheaper, click here to buy .

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If your partner is all about her hair what about Trevor Sorbie smooth and sleek styling kit it is also on sale it was €112 now €33.60 click here to buy 324009700960

If your partner is a fashionista this bag from River Island is perfect,embroidery is a big trend this season and its priced at €35 click here to buy 

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If she is more of a makeup girl you cannot go wrong with Mac makeup,this Chinese New Year eyeshadow palette is perfect and packaging is red.

If you are on a budget but still want to spoil her or yourself, Lush is the place to go and they have Valentines bathbombs they start at around €3.50.

Another budget friendly place is Dealz everything is €1.50 so you can have your date night in style with popcorn holders with a champange in a champange bucket and a box of chocolates all priced at €1.50.

I love this message in a bottle, you can write her a poem or a little message and its only €1.50.

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Lots of Love

Carol

xxx

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My week

The first week of 2017 is already over, it wasn’t a bad week getting back into work was hard but not too bad maybe because I started back on the Tuesday and only had four days, which helped.

This year I am trying to blog more as I feel I’ve lost the love of it just a little, I have been thinking why I started it in the first place, it was because I wanted an escape route as I was in a very unhappy place. I hated my job and I was being treated horrible by a manager and it was killing me each day so I started blogging as a way to escape at times.
Thankfully I decided to get myself away from that situation and I’ve become a happier and healthier person for it. It’s amazing how a bully can have such a horrible effect on your life even as an adult.

Over the last week I have been thinking what I want out of 2017 and I want to be happy which I am at the moment, healthy somewhat at the moment and have savings which I use to have, Since  I started working in town (I am around the corner from Penney’s) I can’t seem to save at all.
This year is going to be about saving and trying to cut down on how much I spend in Penney’s and shopping in general.

Last week I did thing’s for myself that I enjoyed doing and took time for myself instead of sitting in front of the T.V.
January is a depressing month so I spent Wednesday evening pampering myself having a bath, face mask, eye mask which came in a hamper, my Mam got me for Christmas. I also got a white fluffy dressing gown and white slippers to make it feel like a proper pamper session.

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On Friday evening I finally used the new pyjamas I picked up in Penney’s/Primark last year but left them in work over the Christmas so finally got to use them, there is just something about new pyjamas that always makes me happy.

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The weekend was very lazy weekend mainly because I have no money so Sunday we brought the dog to Dollymount beach to go for a walk.
We got a new dog three months ago I really believed after are last dog died we would not be getting a new but after 5 months we realised the house didn’t feel the same. I was thinking of buying a dog as I would love a Basset hound or a French bull dog but we have always rescued dogs after really thinking about it I knew I couldn’t purchase a dog. Our search for a dog began now of course I wanted a puppy and I also wanted a female dog as I have never owned a male dog before. So of course I didn’t get a puppy I got a two year old boy dog, which has worked out perfect he has fit right in and has a great personality and loves a cuddle.

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Lots of Love

Carol

xxx

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Penneys/Primark Stocking Fillers 

Stocking fillers or secret santas can always be a little tricky especially if it’s for a teenage girl or even a grown adult. 

Penny’s have some great selections for all budgets here are a few I picked up. 

First up was the most expensive, I got two of these one is for a nine year old girl and the other is for a six year old boy who wants to be like his big sister. It’s a cup with a handle a hot chocolate mix and candy cane and it’s €7. 


Stationary is another Christmas favourite with me, I picked this up again for a nine year old girl donut note book and matching pen this is €3.50 


This one is for me and it’s a weekly planner with notebook and pen but it would be perfect for anyone with exams coming up and it’s €5 


Happy Shopping 

Lots of Love 

Carol 

xxx 

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Paris Day One

A few months ago I managed to get tickets to Paris for €20 return, flying out on a Monday and returning on a Thursday, flying from Dublin to Beavais, which is about 80 minutes from Paris.

The flights wore the only thing I managed to get cheap, I decided I wanted to stay in a nice hotel so I spoke to a friend who regularly goes to Paris and he suggested Terrass Hotel in Montmartre.
I would like to say I was organised for this trip but I really wasn’t, in the airport I finally picked up a book about Paris to read on the plane. I did book a few things beforehand but I was unorganised mess.

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Our flight to Paris was at 6am which meant we had to be in the airport at 4am so of course I got a little bit excited the day before and got about an hours sleep. The flight itself was quick and I didn’t manage to get any sleep.

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As I said I was a little organised and decided to book a shuttle service from the airport to the hotel, this is a shared service your driver is waiting for you in arrivals with a sign but you than have to wait for other passengers, the limit is 8 people and the service drops you to the door of your hotel.
We wore left waiting about an hour which was a little annoying and it was also very cold, I was so glad I packed a warm coat but we wore dropped off first.
The shuttle service cost us a total of €141 for two people return with Super Shuttle  

From the outside the Terras Hotel didn’t look great but as soon as you walk into the hotel you notice all the small touches and our greeted warmly by all the staff. Our check in was fast and our room was also ready, we wore also given a map on the city which was our lifeline for our stay.

We headed straight up to our room which I’m not gonna lie was a little disapointing it was on the small side but as I have been told most Paris hotel rooms are.
The reason we booked this hotel was because of the view but again it was disapointing our view was of a wall. I know this all sounds very bad and on my first day I was exhausted so all I could see was the negatives.

We left are bags in and headed straight out, we dedcided we would go straight to The Lourve and went to reception with are map and asked the best way to get there, we wore told to get the 95 bus and get of at The Lourve stop and it would cost €2 per person and the bus stop was across the street.
Anyone who knows me well knows I get lost very easy so managing to get to The Lourve with out getting lost is shocking.

When we arrived it was about 1’o clock and we needed food badly, I didnt take any pictures as it wasn’t great as soon as we wore finished we headed into the The Lourve there is two enty points we decdied to use the Pyramid entrances which there is always a que but it was quick so if you want to miss the que enter the shopping mall entrance.

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Now security is tight but you expect it to be someone looks in your bag and than you go through a metal dector, we didn’t buy tickets before hand so we had to que to get tickets which was very quick and priced at €15 per person, we did get mixed up and ended up back in the shopping centre which I didn’t know was part of the Lourve, as i said my reseach on Paris was hardly anything at all so we had to go through security again.

We finally managed to get into the Lourve which is so big. I did know this beforehand, I am not that bad. I should of planned what I wanted to see before hand I think that is your best bet but of course we didn’t.
We went in a little blind to where we wore going, we just knew we wanted to see The Mona Lisa.

I’d say it took us about four hours to find her, but The Lourve is amazing place and I do wish I wasn’t so exhausted that day. I don’t think you could possible take in everything in one day apart from four hours.

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We finally found the Mona Lisa, again i knew this painting would be small but because there is so many people around her you can’t really take it in. Its also very uncomfortable in this section as people are pushing to get to the front.

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As you guessed I wasn’t a fan of the Mona Lisa to me there is so much more to see of The Lourve than just this painting.

As soon as we wore finished seeing the lady herself we decided to get out before we dropped and headed for the exit now we found are away out of the museum with no issue and headed into the shopping centre and grabbed a quick coffee.
This is where the fun began we couldn’t find an exit so I learned the most importmant word to know when in Paris is Sortie which is exit.

Again the public transport was no issue we hopped on to the 95 bus and headed back to the hotel where we ended up in bed at 9 we wore so exhausted.

Lots of Love

Carol

xxx

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Cassmadabout Halloween

So it’s October and that means its Halloween, which is my favourite holiday.

I always loved Halloween even as a child collecting wood for the bonfire, As I got older it became more about getting dressed up to head on a night out with friends.
Our Halloween planning normally starts in August deciding what costumes we are going to wear, as always I have mine planned but, I’m not so sure about it now this happens every year.

Over the last week I have been having loads of fun playing with make-up, I think that’s why I love Halloween so much.

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Also picked a few items up in Dealz everything is €1.50, I have only decorated the inside as it’s a little early to do the outside, just yet.

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Lots of Love

Carol

xxx

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Mad About Stationey

I love new Stationery and went a bit mad this month, August is always the best time to buy as all the shops have new notebooks in for collage and school.

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The first place I want to was Penneys/ Primark.

 Marble notebook , love the quote on the front I knew it would be perfect and it was €2.00

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They also have a matching to do list which is €1.50.

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The next notebook which is my bullet journal and its €3.00

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Colour pens €1.30

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Mini highlighters €1.30

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I also picked this banna notebook €3, to do list €1.50 and mini note books a few months  €1 but never showed you on her.

Than I headed to Dealz

I picked up more bits for my bullet journal

Sparkle tape €1.50

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More colour pen €1.50

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Butterfile stickers €1.50

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Happy Shopping

Lots of Love

Carol

xx