ORAL B PRO 2000 // REVIEW


I’ll start off by saying I’m not all that clued up in the world of electric toothbrushes. I’ve had some in the past but that was waaay back; instead I’ve opted for the good old cheap manual brushes. 
Anyway, a couple days ago I finally got round to seeing a dentist since moving. My last visit was probably a good 2 years ago and I’d been having some pain so figured I should stop being lazy and get it checked out. Thankfully my teeth are in pretty good shape (apart from an impacted wisdom tooth that needs removing) but no fillings required so I’m happy! The point of this dental life story is the fact that I went and bought an electric tooth brush (hold the applause/contain your excitement please) as recommended by my dentist. I also figured that whilst I’m still pretty young I should make sure I look after my molars and a fancy tooth brush seemed like a good place to start.

SO, onto the review. I LOVE THIS TOOTHBRUSH. I hadn’t really done a lot of research, I simply walked into boots and stood for a while trying to decide between the pink one and the blue one. The blue one was cheaper but the pink one was cuter so guess which one I got? Also, it was £70 down to £35 so I felt like I was getting more super cool technology for my money. 

RATING: ★★★★★

PROS: Your mouth feels sooo fresh after using this. Teeth feel a whole lot cleaner and in a lot less time than a manual toothbrush (kinda obvious, I know). There are lights that flash if you’re brushing too hard and snazzy vibration timers to tell you when to move to a different part of your mouth. Overall, if you’d like to feel as if there’s a whole new world of teeth brushing you’d never discovered, this is for you. Also it looks really cute in pink. 

CONS: This isn’t a real con for me as yet because I haven’t had it long enough to experience it but some people say the battery life isn’t great. In all honesty, if this is the case, it’s not a massive problem as Ed is still being old school and manual leaving me with fullllll access to the charge 24/7. Also, considering I got this on offer, it’s something I can overlook. 

Ps anyone had a wisdom tooth out? Tell me your (good) stories please as I’m clueless about it all. Get in touch, as always I love to hear from you. 

Soph x

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GAINING WEIGHT

I’ll start off by saying I’ve always been slim. Genetics have ‘blessed me’ with a fast metabolism meaning no matter how much I eat, I really struggle to gain weight. To some people, this may sound like heaven but it’s something that I’ve always reeeeaaally hated about myself. Being relatively tall (5ft9) and lacking any real body fat or muscle gives me a lanky pole type figure (see pic below); fine when you’re a child but as you grow into a young woman you start to crave the curves and feminine bodies all your friends seem to have. I was told constantly by doctors that I needed to eat more but no matter how much I tried, I remained super slim. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to research how to seriously gain weight and really committed to it. Looking back, I realised I’ve learnt so much and it’s kind of become a lifestyle more than an empty goal. Since moving into my own place, I’ve been able to control everything I buy and eat (which has helped a lot) as well as taking over the entire apartment with my workout routines.  It’s only been a couple of months so of course I won’t see any proper results yet but I feel so much stronger which gives me the motivation to carry on. I’ve also managed to gain (and maintain) around 6lbs which is a pretty big deal for me. Putting effort into changing my lifestyle and improving my health has also made me a lot more confident and although people feel the need to make rude comments about my size (apparently I only eat once a day???) I am learning to channel negativity into motivation to achieve my own personal goals.  

Anyway that was a loooot of rambling but it would be great to hear from people on the same kind of journey trying to gain weight/curves/muscle so please get in touch and share any wisdom you have. Hopefully this will be the start of documenting my road to a stronger and healthier me so I will try and post an update once a month or something. Get in touch! Soph x
 

Ps In case you’re interested, here’s a pic of me looking sassy from about 3 years ago. I’ve gained some shape since then but this is very much the beginning 🙂

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WE FINALLY MOVED

Having first viewed our flat in August 2016, the long six months of endless complications that followed seemed to go on forever. When we finally received the keys last month, the stress was forgotten and we were ready to move in there and then. That was until we put the key in the door and realised the hard work had only just begun…if you’re moving into your first place, get reading and let our misery be beneficial to at least one person…

#1 Take off those rose tinted glasses. We viewed our flat twice and made an offer after the first viewing. Being very new to it all, we definitely fell head over heels the moment we walked in and our vision was clouded to all the potential problems. We took this into account though and went in with a more critical eye for our second viewing…’more critical eye’. The excitement of walking into a home that would one day be ours seemed to take over us and once again we failed to acknowledge the ruined carpets (ridden with cigarette burns) and stained flooring. (Might I add that the seller had everything positioned to hide these so we weren’t quite as naive as it seems). But still, had we been a little more eagle eyed we could have spotted these things and asked for a reduction in price as in the end we were left to replace the carpets for the whole flat. 

#2 Don’t expect to move in straight away. We had a loooong wait between putting in our offer and moving in so when the date finally came around we were ready to move in as soon as possible. Unfortunately this didn’t quite work out…upon turning the key in our very own front door we were greeted with worn, dirty carpets, a dirty greasy kitchen and scruffy walls to match. We tried to put on a brave face for eachother but ultimately, we were gutted. We knew we couldn’t move in with it in the state it was and agreed to spend the next few weeks getting it perfect.  So even if you think you’ve spotted everything on your viewings, always be prepared for things you might not have noticed like carpet stains covered by furniture and your seller leaving the place absolutely filthy (thanks, bud). 
#3 Get all the surveys carried out. I’ll be honest, handing over more money for extra surveys to be done was not my biggest priority so we opted for the standard surveys that are required. This is me telling you pay for all the surveys. I know buying a house is incredibly pricey and fees for everything under the sun seem to be thrown in but please put aside a little extra money to pay for these. They are worth it and can save you a lot of extra money down the line. There were some things (luckily only minor) that an additional surveyor could have picked up on, saving us time and money. It’s always worth getting a new place checked out so you can haggle on the price or walk away if there is something major.

What are your top tips for moving or things you would have done differently? Let me know in the comments below!

 I will also be posting some before and afters of our home very soon so don’t forget to check back! 

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

Here’s to being #BoldforChange  for women all over the world.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind you that we cannot achieve equality when women do not support other women. Being told by three older female colleagues that I wouldn’t really count as a woman (more a girl) having ascertained my slim body was not ‘womanly’ enough, I was some what pathetically hurt. I am 21 and work a full time job; my body type does not define whether I am a girl or a woman. Accept other woman for their place in society and their workplace and not for their appearance. Judgements like these only prove that gender equality is harder to achieve than ever when women celebrating this day have such a warped mindset. 

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I COOKED SOMETHING EDIBLE

I love to try new recipes and I love it even more when they end up tasting good. As Edward and I continue on our journey to health and prepare for freedom in our very own home, we’re building up a stack of meals that are quick and easy to prepare. Tonight we tried out Joe Wicks’ (Lean in 15) breakfast pizza recipe. This was actually a video recipe I came across on his Facebook page and I’m so glad I did. When you get out of work, the last thing you want to do is stand in the kitchen all night preparing food so the fact that this took around 20 minutes in total is a definite bonus (that and it was super tasty). Take a look at how it turned out and be sure to share you fav recipes in the comments below! 

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NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

I know what you’re waiting for, the dreaded “New Year, New Me” speech as I reel off all the fantastic  changes I’ll be making in light of the new year…not quite. 

However, I do see the appeal in setting goals when you’re given a brand new year to begin from. A set of 12 fresh new months lying ahead of you give you that sense of motivation and positivity to make them better than the last, and I strongly believe we should embrace this. Life is full of ups and downs regardless of how we try to shape things; ultimately some things are just out of our control but it doesn’t mean we should knock the idea of trying to better ourselves. As a mental note for myself (or future blackmail) and to share with you, here are a few of my new years resolutions…

  1. Travel more: be it a 10 hour flight to explore a Caribbean island or a 40 minute drive to discover the hidden gems of England, travelling more is at the top of my list. Unfortunately I don’t have a never ending fund of money for these things but my aim is definitely to get out a bit more and see the world. 
  2. Use my phone less: The amount of times I find myself scrolling through social media sites is incredibly depressing yet there’s something quite addictive about it. It’s not at all productive and sometimes leaves me in a bit of a rubbish mood as I swipe through the seemingly incredible lives of others. This is something I will definitely be ditching. 
  3. Keep gymming: this year I joined the gym (applause please) in an attempt to get fit and healthy but also as a mood booster. I’ve really loved seeing the benefits of going regularly and this is something I definitely want to keep up in the new year. 
  4. Look after myself better: sometimes I’m a bit rubbish at recognising when I need a lie in or a chill day or some good wholesome food. I always feel the need to push myself and seize the day despite it not always being what’s best for me, so recognising what I need sometimes is a small but important resolution of mine. 
  5. Save money: Ed and I will be moving into our new flat early next year so this is kind of a necessary one. Being savvy with money so we can still enjoy going out and socialising is a must. 
  6. Stop putting things off: I do this, a lot. I’m not as bad as I used to be but it’s certainly something I still want to improve on. Let’s just say I filled out the forms to register at the doctors 6 months ago and I still haven’t got round to dropping them in…you see my problem?
  7. Meditation and mindfulness: this is something I got into this year but kind of lost touch with. I found it really beneficial and incredibly interesting to read and practice different techniques on the path to mindfulness and contentment, so this is something I really want to focus on.

And there we go, those are my general aims for the year in an attempt to make it rich with success, health and happiness. What are your new years resolutions? As always, let me know in the comments below x

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MONEY MONEY MONEY

With the joys of Christmas slowly coming to an end, it’s time to face the reality of a dwindling bank balance and the extra long stretch til pay day. With a new year on the horizon, I make it my top priority to get organised and get in control of my money (for however long it may last). Here are some ways I like to stay on top of my finances without that FOMO feeling…

Set a budget: Honestly, I feel boring and clichè writing it but it really is the very best place to start. Work out your actual income and outgoings every month and then you can see what you’ve got to play with. Once you know what you have left over, calculate how much realistically you can put into savings (it’s always good to have a backup) balanced with how much you will be spending on actually enjoying life (v important)

Shop around: I’ve never been all that good at shopping around for a bargain…when I see it, I want it and if it’s right there, the effort of searching stores and the internet for a cheaper price is all too much. This, however was in my teenage years when the money was coming in and I didn’t really have any financial commitments. Now I’m a little older, the familiar saying “saving the pennies so the pounds will save themselves”  is one I often find echoing in the depths of my mind as I dive into the shops. The prices of products vary massively between stores, so it’s always worth doing a quick check online as you never know when a fab deal will suddenly appear. (Plus you get that smug feeling of saving £3 which never gets old).

Banks: They’re pretty useful. Whichever bank you’re with, they’re likely to have a few benefits you can make use of which will help you save those all important pennies. I’m a little late to the game, I’m sure, but I recently discovered the joys of cash back with my bank. They have 30 participating stores and restaurants to choose from which you load to your card. Participating companies change regularly and offer from around 3% to 15% cash back for simply using your card to pay. This is in no way a massive money maker, but seeing a few extra £££s entering your account every month (for spending money as you would normally) is always welcomed. 

Food glorious food: Saving money is important but so is food. Need I say anymore? A great way of spending time with friends and family or rekindling the spark with a loved one is going out to eat, (and even better), it doesn’t need to be expensive. Always check out what deals restaurants have before you decide on where to go as you may be surprised. The best thing is, it doesn’t even mean compromising on going to a different restaurant over your fav; visiting on a weekday evening instead of a weekend can save you a whole heap of money. Oh, and don’t forget those good old lunch menu deals!

What are your top tips for saving that all important moolah? Get in touch in the comments below x
 

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