Beauty: Simple Hydrating Gel Booster

Saturday, May 19, 2018

I'm going to rightly admit that when it comes to skin care, I have all the gear but no idea. It's true!
Even when I'm staying at a friend's house I will take wipes, lotions and potions so it looks like I know what I'm doing and that I look after my skin. However, when I'm home it's a different story and all I want to do is get into bed quickly.

In all honesty though, I have been incredibly lucky with my skin. I would occasionally have a spot or two, but apart from that I wouldn't experience any oily t-zones or dry patches. My skin was as soft as anything. But in the last three years or so, this hasn't been the case and I've noticed dry, flaky and also oily patches.

Because of this I did the stupid thing of self diagnosing myself with our lovely friend, Google and nearly every site told me that I had combination skin - whether this is true or not I don't think I will ever know!  Since then I've been using Clarins Matte Lotion but this wasn't doing the job fully and I was getting more and more self conscious with my skin.

I had heard about the Hydrating Booster range from Simple, especially their gel booster which is supposed to give you this added extra protection so to speak.

I bought the product in my local supermarket (I know, not exactly Selfridges) for £6.95. What completely threw me was the size of the bottle, only 25ml! I tried telling myself that if it's a booster than I'll be using just a small amount so it should last me a reasonable time, right?

Anyway, the Simple Hydrating Gel Booster can be used in three ways; as a primer, a moisturiser on its own or a booster underneath your own moisturiser.
I decided to go with the latter and try underneath my moisturiser. I must admit the actual product reminds of Calpol - the colour and consistency, not the flavour!
I used a small pea size amount and applied to the areas that really needed it. It went on as smooth as anything, no stickiness, no greasy fingers. It just glided on and you really felt like your skin was taking it in, feeling hydrated.
I applied my moisturiser and went about my day.

I'm happy to say that after a full nine hours at work my skin was not flaky at all and after a month of using it when I needed it the most, I love this product and would highly recommend to people who need that little extra boost of hydration. It's become a staple in my makeup bag.
It may be a small bottle and it will be interesting to see how long it lasts with me, but it really does what it says.

Have you tried the Simple Hydration Gel Booster? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below.

Becky Types

What's happened to the Blogging Community

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I want to cast your mind back to around four years ago. The year when Flappy Bird was removed from the App Store, How I Met Your Mother aired for the last time, and one of the best actors from my childhood Robin Williams, died following his struggle with Lewy Body Disease and Mental Health.

Amongst all of the above, it was only four years ago that I was in a blogging community that was super supportive. Our Twitter feeds would be covered in bloggers nominating fellow bloggers with the Liebster Award, Sunshine Award, virtually any award or tag that was going at the time.
Back then I blogged each week as part of Weekly Wishes - a post where I would set myself five goals to accomplish in a week. You would then upload your link to the hosts website with the idea of sharing and commenting on the other bloggers posts. It was great fun and a great way to meet others.

If you published a post about how pissed off you were with your boyfriend or what you got up to over the weekend, you can guarantee that your post would be shared, liked, retweeted and commented on numerous times.
We were supportive of each other.

Each week, there was a certain chat that you could join in and meet other bloggers from all over the world. Yes, ok there are still chats available but I just find it incredibly confusing that there are so many of them now, plus I have that niggly question in my mind on "Can I take part in this chat? I don't blog about beauty but it seems to be popular chat."

We didn't have to fit into a certain niche or publish blog posts on certain days. We could write about what we wanted, when we wanted and I miss that!

In fact I would enjoy getting in from work or having days off to write. I would make up any excuse to get on my laptop and just write to my hearts content.

So what has happened to the blogging community?

Well, it hasn't completely disappeared. As mentioned above there are still the daily chats available and I've just seen the Liebster Award pop up on my Twitter feed. Just like we've all had to adapt to Instagram's algorithm, we've all had to adapt to the new blogging community.

A community that I feel you have to bombard your Twitter to make your blog post get noticed and even then you get about 40-50 views (this is my actual average FYI).  A place where it feels like competitiveness seems to be the common theme, who is working with the better brand and how come they earn more money when I've blogged longer than them.
What happened to blogging because this was a hobby we enjoyed and not based on how much money we're making.
When a "blogging drama" appears I now tend to shy away and ignore rather then give my pennies worth because I feel if I do, people will dislike my thoughts and opinions and turn on me - silly I know.

I really do miss the blogging community, a one without all the bitchiness and shadiness. However, some may say that this has always been amongst us and I've just kept myself to myself in my own little bubble.

I miss where everyone was supportive and that's why I continue to do what I did all those years previous. I comment on posts that I enjoy and share them. That little feeling that I've helped that bloggers post reach a wider audience.

I've joined on Facebook blogging groups such as the East Midlands Bloggers and The Uncool Club, a place where you can share your post links and ask blogging related questions. I've virtually met lots of new bloggers and I love the new content that I'm coming across.

My final words on this post is that the amount of bloggers have probably quadrupled, and those that probably started off four years ago have ceased their website because they are struggling to get engagement and views. The community is heavily saturated and that's great, it really is. But we need to continue helping each other out.
Therefore my ask to you, is to comment on this post and let me know what you miss from the blogging community.
Once you've done that go and comment on the next post that you read.

Actually, if you're looking for a post to read take a look at Emmie's. She too has talked about her bug bares on the blogging community.

I promise you it will make any bloggers day if you engage with their posts.

April Favourites

Saturday, May 05, 2018

April has to be one of my favourite months, not just because it's my birthday but because it's the start of spring — well should be, as I write this it feels like -2 and is currently raining cats and dogs!

But in all seriousness, April has been a wonderful month for blog posts, especially when I've been returning from a break of over two years.  A part of what encouraged me to return, was the amount of posts out there that give you tips on improving your small space of the internet.

I thought I would compile my favourites for this month's favourites.

How To Take Your Blog To The Next Level; Lauzrah
This was just one of the posts that made me open up Blogger and really sit down to write. I needed to take my blog to the next level and this included buying my own domain. If I was going to get serious about BeckyTypes then so did my domain.

Time-Saving Tips For Bloggers; Lauzrah
Another brilliant post by Laura, this time she shares her time saving tips for blogging. From keeping an editorial calendar (which I'm still trying to get to grips with) to putting together a system that works for you, which I actually feel I have got down to a fine art and never feel pressured to write a post each week.

Sort your SEO 5 day email challenge; Jasmin Charlotte
If it wasn't for Emmie at Carpe Diem Emmie, I don't think I would've come across Jasmin and her blog post about her SEO Challenge.
Covering five days, you are sent daily emails which educates and helps you improve your SEO on your blog.
Obviously you won't see results straight away but I found the steps so easy to follow and liked how they were cut down in small chunks.
Jasmine also has many posts to read up on from more blogging tips and my absolute favourite topic, travel.

How To Pitch to PR For Brands Collaborations; Beth Sandland
I must say that this is really the perfect post to read when you feel that you're ready to take the second next step and approach brands for collaborations. I haven't yet plucked up the courage, I get as far as writing the email and then pressing save.
But one day it will happen and it will be down to Beth's post that has helped me.
She even gives you help on building relationships, writing the emails and making sure that you know your audience.

Carpe Diem Emmie;
Ok, ok so when I am trying to research blog based posts, I will always get distracted - who doesn't?!
The blog posts that I have been really enjoy reading is Emmie over at Carpe Diem Emmie.
There really is too many to choose from but I managed it, see if you can see a theme here...

Burleigh's Gin Distillery Tour - If I went on that tour, I'm pretty sure I would find myself bathing in the 450 litre Copper Pot, also look at the colour of the different bottles!

Flavourless Craft Gin Club - So if I wasn't living on a tight budget I would most definitely be signing up for this! A subscription box where you get sent gin, er yes please!

Gin Festival 2017 - This made me want to go to the next Gin Festival in my area, but I feel I may need a hotel when I do!

So these are the blog posts that I've really enjoyed reading, you may notice that they may have not been written in April, but so what they're still relevant and interesting to read.
Make sure you visit these bloggers and show them some love on their posts!

Becky Types

How your Instagram photos are killing off the bluebells

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Bluebell Season, a truly magnificent sight to see at least once in your life and the smell is just incredible on a warm day - unless you suffer from hay-fever like me!
But before you read on and I explain why I'm writing about this wonderful flower,  I want to ask you a question:

You and your friend are walking through the woods which is covered with a sea of bluebells as far as the eye can see. 
For that perfect blogger photo, you want a picture of you in the bluebells, do you: 

A) You come off the path and walk through the flowers until you come across a log, you get your friend to take some photos. This will look great on Instagram!

B) You stand on the thin path while your friend stands behind you to take the photo. One of those, follow me down the path photos you see on the traveller blogs.

C) You see about two foot in that there's a patch of flowers that have been disturbed, you decide to go over and lie in them. The flowers surrounding are still standing, so this will be perfect!

Which one did you go for?
If you went for A or C, then did you know that you would be contributing towards the decline of the native bluebell and you're actually killing the protected spring bloom?

There are two types of bluebells, the English which is a native species and the non-native, evasive Spanish.
You can tell the difference with the below picture. While the English has a droopy stalk because the flowers form on one side, the Spanish stalk is a lot firmer and stands tall with flowers covering all areas.

Source of photo

Each year hundreds, if not thousands of people descend on their local woods to visit the blue carpet that appears for a short period of time. If you haven't experienced this, I would highly recommend going and you can find a link to the best bluebell walks at the bottom of this post.

English Bluebells

One of the most important jobs of the English Bluebell is that they, along with other flowers are a good indicator of where ancient woodland stands. However, due to the increase of the Spanish Bluebells invading the English and to the amount of people standing on them this indicator is dwindling and soon will vanish in years to come, despite the English Bluebell being a protective species.
I'm afraid that some people think that even if it is a second that they are standing on the flower, that no permanent damage is caused, but they're wrong.

Unfortunately the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 only protects the bluebells from people digging them up with the idea to sell and not from people choosing to walk, sit, lie or even pick them.

So why are you making such a big song and dance about it?

Because once a bluebell is damaged, including its leaves the bluebell will struggle to grow back. Even research studies have shown at Moulton College, that once damaged the flowers will need around five years to recover as long as they are not continually damaged. Around 96% of bluebells are damaged from trampling and it stops the species from spreading their seeds and ruining a habitat.

The below photo has been taken from the Heartwood Forest Blog which is updated by the volunteers. Owned by the Woodland Trust, Heartwood Forest can be found on the outskirts of St. Albans and is a mixture of newly planted woodland and pockets of ancient woodland. Every year, those areas of ancient woodland are covered in bluebells, mainly the native English.

The below photo is just one of the few paths that have been set in Heartwood, a nice narrow path that winds further in. The second photo is a photo of a different path which is a lot wider but would have been a narrow path a few years previous.

Over the years, the increased amount of people standing on the edge of the path for just a second has resulted in the path getting wider and wider. As you can see, ropes have been installed to stop any further damage occur.

A narrow path through the woods
The result of many years of damage, the path widens

People still feel the need to make their own paths (the browning of dead leaves) despite a rope stopping them.

If left to their own, the bluebells will be visible for all future generations

A path which has been made over time. This would have been covered in bluebells.

The next two photos were taken from the Heartwood Forest Blog and is evidence what trampling can do to the woodland grown. Even after two years of recovery by stopping visitors walking this route, the ground is still full of great leaves and not the purple flower as the bulbs are still recovering from damage and will need more time.

Heartwood Forest Blog

Every year Woodland Trust volunteers take shifts, come rain or shine, throughout the Bluebell Season to speak to visitors and educate them into how and why we should preserve them. This is called SOB or Save Our Bluebells campaign.  If people continue to trample on them, the bluebells will continue to deteriorate and eventually disappear all together.  This is an English beauty that we should be saving.

Wow, I didn't realise any of this. Is there anything I can do?

Yes, carry on visiting the woods and take your photos but stick to the paths that are already set, don't make your own. 

As much as the photos of bloggers, models, children and dogs are lovely all I ask along with many others, is to leave only footprints on the paths provided and don't stray.

If you find a log within the bluebells and also a log that's on the edge of the path, chose the latter. It has probably been put there for that very reason, a photo opportunity.

If you are walking dogs through the woods make sure they stick on the path too or put them back on the lead until the bluebells are gone.

Recently I've also seen photos of horse riders taking their horses through the bluebells, this will equally damage them more! Again, stick to the paths.

If you see someone doing something they shouldn't don't hurl abuse, just politely inform them that what they are doing is actually damaging the woodland floor and they should stick to the paths. Remember, not everyone is aware of how delicate and short numbered these flowers are. 

Finally, Bluebells are actually poisonous to humans and animals if eaten and also cause a skin irritation to some, so I really wouldn't recommend lying in them.

Remember, if we keep damaging the bluebells year by year, they will disappear.

Each year, the Woodland Trust hold a Bluebell watch on their website, this is a place to record where you have spotted the Native and Non Native species. Join in with the Bluebell watch and find out more on Bluebells

Looking for a bluebell woodland walk near you? Check out this link here.

**If you enjoyed reading or learnt something new, please do share this post. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram anyway to raise awareness. **

Becky Types

How To: Get out of a blogging rut

Saturday, April 28, 2018

I think it is safe to say that we have all been their at least once in our blogging lives.
The moment where we have all these wonderful ideas to get down on the screen, but when we return home from work we just want to relax in front of the TV or even have an early night.
And on the very rare occasion, you have all the motivation in the world but with no idea what to write about.

As you may have realised, I've not exactly been the best or most consistent blogger in the world. I kept my blog running in the background just incase I got the push I needed, and I did - two years later!

Since 2016 I was visiting all these places, taking photos and wanting to post but I was getting in from work so tired or not having time to write. As well as feel scared that no one would read or like the content.

Until this year, I made that all change.

Here are my tips on how to get out of a blogging rut.
**I'm not an expert in this field, but this is what worked for me.**

Get Reading

This could be books, magazines, news articles, anything that will get those writing juices flowing.  Reading other people's posts is also a great way to get inspiration. I'm not saying copy content, far from it, but maybe you have a different view on a makeup brand, book or location.

Comment, Like, Share

Once you've read a bloggers post, do your bit to share it even more or comment on to praise the writer.
Just like you will one day, they have spent potentially hours researching, visiting, writing and editing posts and accompanying photos. Even if it is a simple 'I love this post, great work', I guarantee the blogger will be smiling.
Before I got back into my writing, I would read lots of posts and them comment, like and share. I still aim not to read at least three posts a day. Let's support each other.

Got the motivation; get typing

Isn't it funny that motivation or ideas to write come at you in the most inconvenient times?! At work, in the shower, even when I'm trying to doze off. Because of this I now keep a notepad next to my bed just so I don't lose the idea. I can then quickly jot it down and take a look at it later on, when I'm slightly more awake!
When I'm on my laptop and an idea comes to mind, I will now open up Blogger and pop the idea down as a title. I don't publish (obviously) but it's there, just like the notepad to remind me.

Write, but don't publish

When that motivation hits you, let it flow. Get writing whether that be on a laptop, notes on your phone or an old fashioned pen and paper. Don't fight it.  I have lots of draft posts which have bullet points for my to expand on at a later date. I will even look at two or three posts within my drafts at the same time, because that's the way my mind works.

Don't give a fuck

I'm still finding this the hardest thing to do, but I'm getting there. The main reason I stopped writing was due to the pressure that appeared within the blogging community. The pressure to create amazing content for someone to even acknowledge my post, was incredibly high.
It soon upset me that no one would comment, like or share my posts. Posts that I had spent hours writing.
But not anymore, I've decided that if I don't get any of that, it doesn't matter.. as much.
If I get one like, I will be happy.

Finally, just remember that Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was engagement on a blog.
Just keep at it and if you want a break from blogging, then do it. Sometimes a break is all you need and you may just get your mojo back.

Do you have any great tips to get back into it? What has worked for you?

Becky Types

What I want to achieve in my 27th year!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

On the 20th April I have been on this planet for 27 years. Can you believe it?!
I don't think I do, nor do my parents!
I really do wish I was seven again, having no cares in the world except which Spice Girl doll I wanted - I opted for Posh in the end, FYI!
Now, I'm 27 and having to budget every week, pay bills, pull weeds up in the yard. Adult stuff.

Every year on my birthday, I guarantee I will take a couple minutes to reflect on what I have achieved in my life, and to be honest it always gets me down because I feel that I haven't managed anything. Anyway, enough of that because this is why I am creating a list of things I want to achieve before my 28th birthday, a whole 365 days to go!

Being consistent on my blog

Even though I rebranded my blog (new name and all) in 2016, I had actually started four years ago this month! Back then, I was pretty consistent with my writing and would just talk about anything and everything, right up until I got a 9-5 job. Soon I found myself coming in from work, plonking myself in front of the TV and occasionally fall asleep.

If anything, since being with Andy and telling him how I use to love writing on my blog, it was he and my mum who told me to get back into it. I'll write another post about how I got back into it, as I hope it will help others.
This year I want to post every Saturday and at this present time I have more drafts than published, so I think that's a start and this will be my third consistent post!

Get back into Yoga

One of my New Year's resolutions was to start Yoga at home. Previously I had experienced Yoga within a field surrounded my trees and the rain and also at a staff conference.
At the moment, I feel much more comfortable in my own space following a YouTube tutorial. However, I have this feeling that sometimes I have no idea whether I'm doing it right, so eventually would like to join a group once I've mastered the basics.

Throughout January, I managed to do unwind for bed every Tuesday by completing five minutes of Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. When the cold weather in February arrived, I was choosing the warmth of my bed over a yoga mat on the cold floor and by March I was on the road for work.
My aim for this year is to get back to doing my Yoga Tuesdays.

Go on Holiday 

Even though I've had mini city breaks (York, Bath, London) with Andy, a true holiday is one abroad, right?  The last time I was in a hot country, relaxing by the pool was to Ibiza in 2015, before that it was 2009! I very rarely go away.
I would love to go abroad somewhere warm this year, even if it's for a couple of nights in Europe. Money is a bit tight at the moment for me, so this isn't a priority on my list of achievements at the moment.

I can only yearn for this type of view again - Ibiza, Spain.

Learn a new craft

I like to think I'm a creative person - drawing, pottery, traditional stain glass, sign writing (not blowing my own trumpet or anything), but there is one craft I've not quite grasped the love for. Knitting/crocheting.
Last time I attempted to knit, I tried to make my own chunky snood with the help from mum. However, I was getting frustrated when I kept dropping a stitch but not realising until it was too late...

Last weekend, Andy's sister-in-law was showing me the blanket she was crocheting for her lounge.
I was fixed and she made it look so easy! Didn't help that she had never crochet in her life and simply watched a video on YouTube! I've been looking for a blanket for my lounge recently, which is chunky knit and in a certain green which will tie in with the curtains.  I've looked at every shop I can think of and some of the prices of the blankets are... high.
Do you have any recommendations on guides I can follow?

Finish reading at least one book

For a book lover like myself, I'm incredibly bad with not finishing a book. I suppose it's because if I like a story so much, I just don't want it to end so I stop reading.
But when I've counted at least 14 books which have book marks in the middle, it's quite silly and I've not even counted the books on my Kindle!
My aim this year is to finish these books, even if it means starting again and for every three finished, I may treat myself to a new book that I can stop in the middle of.

Get back into my photography

As well as my blog taking a hit since leaving the hotel industry (I loved having the odd days off rather than a weekend), my use of the camera slowly deteriorated to a point that the camera spent more time in its bag than out of it!
But I want that to change and recently my confidence has increased for me to feel comfortable in using it in public, even Andy tells me to bring my camera if we're going somewhere for the day.
Now that my mojo for blogging has returned, I will need to use the camera more for the photos.
A win-win situation!

Get one room finished in the house

I've lived in my house for five months now, owned for over a year and there are still small things to do. Painting the kitchen table, put in a shower curtain so I don't flood the bathroom and change a door which has the bottom missing, amongst a few others.
I want to aim to get at least one room finished this year and it shouldn't take that long as there are only three rooms in this tiny home!

There we have it, have you got anything you want to achieve this year? Maybe you have recommendations for some more books I can add to my collection.

Becky Types

National Trust: Southwell Workhouse

Saturday, April 14, 2018

As you slowly walk up the path towards this baronial building within the town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire it's hard to imagine how the people who lived here felt. Imagine walking through the doors, knowing that you would never be able to speak, see or hear from your family members again.
Mothers separated from their children. Wives separated from their husbands, including those who were elderly and infirm.

Southwell Workhouse, Nottinghamshire
Southwell Workhouse, Nottinghamshire
Southwell Workhouse, Nottinghamshire
In 1824, local parishes surrounding Southwell sent in funds to build a workhouse which would house the destitute rather than each parishes providing individual support for the poor.  The Workhouse  then in turn influenced the New Poor Law of 1834.

It was built for around 160 inmates where they lived and worked in a strict and segregated environment. The workhouse founder, Reverend J.T Becher, ran the rural workhouse to run a harsh regime which was aimed to act as a deterrent. However, Becher also had in min the moral and temporal welfare of the community and therefore helped them equip themselves, the inmates, for a better life outside.

The New Poor Law was disbanded in 1929 and the workhouses were handed over to the local authorities, subsequently Southwell was used to house the poor, homeless and elderly. It was then used as a residential home for the elderly until the National Trust took ownership.

I'm currently in the process of tracking the history behind my cottage. I discovered that when the prison at the village I live in closed, the inmates were sent to Southwell.

When you first walk round and see the empty, cold rooms it really makes you sad that there were no comforts. No pictures, blankets or personal belongings. Inmates even had to share bedrooms, up to 20 per room. Inmates had a bed and a peg for which they hung their uniform on and that was it.

Daily chores included laundry, stone breaking and string pulling to name a few and you would not get paid for this.
If you were caught playing cards, you would miss out on a meal of gruel and bread.
It sounds incredibly tough but if anything, they were teaching you skills which could in turn help you gain employment in the world. That was the aim of Southwell Workhouse.
They would take the destitute in, train them and send them back out for a second chance, even children.

We all know the Victorian era where children were sent to work in the mills, collecting scraps under the chunky machines, to me the workhouse at Southwell would be much better than that.

Within a dormitory at The Workhouse

The Kitchen within the Women's quarter

Throughout the rooms, Southwell currently have a display on. Struggle for Suffrage: Workhouse Women and the Vote, is on display until Tuesday 30th October 2018 and is celebrating Women and Power and is a textile response to the stories of women who lived and worked at The Workhouse and the Suffragettes 1918 Votes for Women. The pieces were created by the local community textile group. Some of the pieces were incredibly moving, my favourite was the one in the laundry room.

Old fashioned laundry mangle

Textile piece for the Struggle for Suffrage display
I would really recommend visiting Southwell Workhouse if you're in the area. Just like any other National Trust house, they also have a children activity so that they can understand what life was like in the Workhouse, including a dressing up room.

Tips for visiting

If you do visit, don't forget to visit the coffee shop which can be found round the back of the Workhouse. They do a range of cakes and sandwiches and you can also purchase The Workhouse crockery.

Enjoying a cuppa
The first room you go in a video plays, this will help explain the New Poor Law of 1834 through the eyes of The Workhouse owner. Your journey will then continue to the Laundry room where a volunteer will explain the layout of The Workhouse.
Take your time with your visit and never shy away from asking the volunteers questions, they have a passion to be there and stories to share.

Have you visited Southwell Workhouse, what did you think? You can find more information, including events happening at the property on the National Trust website.

Becky Types

First Spa Day: My Top 6 Tips

Saturday, April 07, 2018

A spa day.
A well deserved, in my case, relaxing day. A whole day to sit back and let someone push the knots out of your back. No stress, no interruptions.

However, when you haven't been to a spa day before, i.e. me,  you end up stressing prior to going because you have absolutely no idea what to expect or take.
So you end up turning to your good friend, Google. You know that despite you being in your 20's, the internet won't know that this is your first time. It won't judge you, but my God was it useless!

I searched for absolutely hours, nothing.
In the end I turned to someone I trusted and knew, who had been to spa.

Once I had gotten over the initial nerves, which was helped by the copious free servings of mint tea (this is the only tea I know which calms me right down) it was such a lovely experience.

In all honesty, when we arrived it wasn't as bad as I thought but while lying on the bed it made me think. Let's make a list of everything I wanted to know, to help others and put them at ease.

What to wear
This was the first on my mind and actually it's quite easy.
A swimming costume or bikini will do, as long as your comfortable and you're given a robe when you arrive. You will need some flip-flops or sandals to walk around the building, and some places sell these if you don't have any.
I noticed some people had a spare costume to change into, which I would highly recommend. You don't want to be lying in a wet costume on a massage table.

Don't take a big bag
Because I had no idea before hand what to take and I also had this brilliant idea that I would go to the gym, I took a huge bag with me.
This wasn't a problem for me as I like to be prepared for all eventualities, but what I did't think about where the locker sizes.
Imagine, a huge bag (one you would use for an overnight stay) stuffed, along with boots, a big handbag and my coat and scarf... I felt like I was stuffing a sleeping bag into a small hole. Playing Tetris with my things.
So, do think about what you will need and pack light and small!

Do a tour of the Spa.
You may not want to do this when you first arrive. You just want to get into the day, but I would highly recommend this especially if you've never been to the spa before.
This was an option for us but we didn't go for it nor was it offered on our arrival. However, just as we were leaving our last treatment, the therapist pointed out an area of the Spa we didn't even know existed! We were honestly gutted as it had heated pool beds, warmth!
Take that quick tour so you can get the most out of your day.

Stay hydrated
This may sound like an obvious one, but it is so easy to lose track of how much you drink especially in between treatments.
When you go from sauna to pool to treatment, your body is losing a lot of water due to the sweating.
Yuck I know, but it's good to sweat!
Some spas will have water available, maybe even some fruit tea and water on hand but take a water bottle with you.
We noticed that the water coolers in the spa where incredibly warm and not refreshing in the slightest.

Take a book
In between treatments, this is your time to relax even more.
Leave your phones locked away in your bag and take a book or a magazine. Something to take your mind into another world.
I've been struggling to get back into reading recently and I knew that if I had time by the pool, I would use this time to read.

Stay over
When you find out you have to be at the hotel for 9am, it's a good idea to book a stay the night before especially if you have a long way to travel.
I would also recommend seeing if you can stay either at the spa or locally. When you're that relaxed, you will feel incredibly tired as well as refreshed. Also, if you're a resident you can stay long in the pool!

Well, that's all that I have to share.
Now that I have been and experienced a spa, I would love to go back and I feel that I now will be more prepared for it.
I hope you found this useful, do you have any tips for a spa day? I would love to hear them!

Becky Types

March Favourites

Saturday, March 31, 2018

It's been a while since I did a monthly favourites, in fact I don't think I've done one since rebranding.
However, it was The Prosecco Diaries who mentioned on Twitter that by doing favourites, lists or roundup posts it will help me get back in to the swing of all things blogging, which I really want to do!
So without further ado, here are my March Favourites.

Warburtons Giant Crumpets
I'm probably pretty late to the party, but my word these things are amazing! I never use to like crumpets and found the texture quite.. spongey and weird.
But after coming across these large crumpets at work, I am now converted and look forward to smothering Nutella on them at the weekend!
Depending on what supermarket you shop in, they are currently 70p-80p.

Jane the Virgin
When it was first aired on E4 Jane the Virgin was one of those programmes that was also my guilty pleasure. Though at the time I wouldn't be too sad if I missed an episode, no would I go out of my way to catch up.
However, when I had more time on my hands looking for a job, I came across the satirical romantic comedy on Netflix. Since then I am the complete opposite and look forward to my Saturday evenings. Catching up with the goings on of Jane (played by the lovely Gina Rodriguez) and her fashion style is one that I'm particularly jealous of.
I love how this is based on a telenovela and really makes me want to find a real Spanish Telenovela!

If you have't given this programme a go, do it! I've read somewhere that the book Jane writes in the programme can actually be purchased from Amazon. Have you bought it? Let me know!

There are many new artists coming to light in the music industry but sometimes, actually no. It's ALWAYS great to hear classics that take you right back to your childhood.
I managed to grab hold of the latest MTV Rocks CD at my local Tesco for £10 and I have not been disappointed! Three CDs of Pop Punk tracks from Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Blink 182.
Even Check Yes Juliet sung by We The Kings is on there and took me right back to my MySpace days.
Since then, I've been belting it out in the car recently.

There we have it. It's not a huge list but it's a start and will hopefully get me motivated to write more.
Let me know what your recent favourites are, maybe you have a new topping for the crumpets for me to try?

Becky Types

English Heritage: Stonehenge

Saturday, February 24, 2018

It is believed to be one of the wonders of the world. Constructed around 3000BC and standing at 13 feet tall, it is no surprise that it is visited by 800,000 people a year! Located in the hills of Wiltshire, Stonehenge is now owned by the English Heritage and is one of the most famous landmarks in the UK and a British Cultural Icon. 

Five years ago I was working in a small village in Wiltshire and promised myself that I would one day return to visit Stonehenge.
Fast forward to November 2017, and I finally got the opportunity while also visiting one of my favourite UK cities, Bath.
Even though it is solely owned by the English Heritage, the surrounding fields are owned by the National Trust which in turn allows members of the Trust, free admission to the site - bonus!

When we arrived, we had the choice of either going into to the visitors centre or head straight up to the field. We chose the latter, as we could see that rain clouds were forming and wanted to get up there quickly. Thankfully there was a shuttle bus to take us up, didn't fancy the long walk in the cold, well.. 1.5 miles to be exact.

After a short drive we arrived at the top and realised how incredibly windy it was, but this didn't deter the visitors and if anything it felt less busy than we expected it to be. Great chance of getting photos without people getting in the frame.

We then caught the shuttle bus back down and popped into the visitor centre which was lovely and warm.  It was really informative and fascinating to see the artefacts that they found on the site during the excavations. There was a virtual room which made you feel like you were in the centre of the monument, it was great and the guides are really helpful and passionate when sharing their knowledge.
I would love and hope to return in the summer or even for Summer Solstice, just to see the sun align with the Heel Stone - I can only image that this would be an incredible experience.

Thinking of going?
Here are just a few tips for your visit:

  • Pre-book your tickets. This will guarantee your visit and you also get an online discount!
  • Majority of the site is outside, so wrap up warm in the winter.
  • Take full advantage of the shuttle bus - If you don't fancy the long walk a shuttle bus is available.
  • Your ticket includes a look into the visitor centre - have a look at some of the artefacts they found!

Fancy it? You can find more information and book tickets on the English Heritage website.

**I would like to lastly mention that I have not been endorsed to write this post, I have done this on my own back as I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and wanted to share this with you**

Becky Types

2017; Recap

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Tring Park; Illuminating the Lime Leaves

In the last few days of 2017, many people shared their highlights of the year on Instagram.
It's very easy to think, especially when a lot of negative things have happened, to think that you haven't really done much in the last twelve months. So I was pleasantly surprised while going through my phone how many positive moments actually happened and I thought I would share with you on here, as this will last longer than Instastories - but don't worry I've only included the main bits.

Working on the House
Throughout the year my dad continued to work on the house and I am still internally grateful that he did majority of the work. A full update on the house can be found here and eventually when I feel happy with each room I will do a separate post for each.
There is still a few things to do and currently my mum is making my curtains for me, but I'm just looking forward to making the house cosy and, well.. home. 

Woodland Trust Opportunities
One of the big highlights of my year were the continuous great opportunities that I had with the Woodland Trust. From summer family festivals to helping at CountryFile Live, I continued to travel the width and breadth of the UK to plan events to engage and make people aware how they could help such a worthy cause. 
However, just as I was starting to enjoy my position and really become passionate. The job was taken away from under my feet (fixed term contract and I did apply to stay with a permanent position) and I found myself applying for any job going.
Unfortunately I didn't find a job in time and I was jobless for 3 months.
I made some great friends there and throughly enjoyed my time, and maybe, just maybe, one day I will return.
At CountryFile Live

Mini breaks
As part of our 2016 Christmas present, Andy and I travelled to London to see the The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in March. We also managed to spend the day at the Tower of London, something that I can remember going to as a young girl. Oh and we also saw Dara O Briain!
May saw our one year anniversary, of being together, coming up and at first when Andy asked if I was free I thought we would be going way.  I still laugh as actually it was his cousin's birthday! However, we made a weekend of it and visited Colchester Zoo. 
Finally, in November we had a lovely festive city break in Bath after a stressful few months for myself. We originally decided that we weren't going anywhere as I was jobless and had no income coming in, but soon changed our minds. We needed a break to relax! 

 I love the colours in this photo

Finding a new Job
Not everyone can survive on savings and I had only planned that I had enough for a month. With that in mind I applied for many jobs. I had interviews in Essex, Birmingham and more local to where I currently live. Basically I wanted to continue my career in event planning and management. In October, I was finally offered a job as a Marketing Communication Assistant. It has a small part of arranging stands for the large agricultural shows, but my main responsibility is to look after the companies social media page and also their internal comms. I'm slowly learning the ways of farming while settling in but I will get there.


So, that is the bulk of what happened in this quite, slow running year. What have I learnt? Nothing to be perfectly honest, nothing at all.
However for 2018, I have already decided that I want to start doing yoga at home, once a week - do you have any recommendations on where I can start?
Ideally I wanted to go to a class but first I need money and secondly, my anxiety isn't up for it... yet.

Wishing you all the best for 2018 and hopefully I will slowly be returning to this lovely community.