Shit You Should Know: A Guide for Girls Part Four

Your Body: ‘Hip Dips’

Writing this as a 22-year-old, I can tell you my body has changed so much over the past 10 years it’s hard to believe there’s more to go. Your body is changing all the time as you age and live and so it’s totally natural to find a dark hair that wasn’t there the day before or realise you have a lost/put on a little wight. I am going to talk about things that you may be insecure about or not even know because I think it’s important to be educated about your body and know that you are not the only person experiencing the things that are happening to you.

This is a public PSA to tell you that you don’t need to share those pictures saying hip dips are normal, there is actually no such thing as hip dips. It’s just the way your pelvis is shaped. I could not name a single woman (except maybe the Kardashians/Jenners) that don’t have ‘hip dips’.

So, when I say there are no such thing as ‘hip dips’ I don’t mean they don’t exist, I mean it is a naturally occurring form in your body due to the shape of your pelvis. It’s not because you have put on a little wight or don’t do the right exercises, it’s because that’s just the way your body is shaped. It is a common misconception that not having them is a sign of how healthy you are but it is nothing to do with that. Yes, the amount of fat you have can make hip dips more prominent but they aren’t something you should be embarrassed about.

I know a lot of girls get embarrassed about having ‘hip dips’ and try to get rid of them through diet and exercise which might help a little but you cannot change your bone structure which is what creates them in the first place. Building muscle on your hips can make them less visible but there shouldn’t be this stigma around real women’s bodies and how they look.

Thank you so much for reading! I am not an expert or a doctor and don’t claim to be but if you have any questions or insecurities you would like me to talk about in the future feel free to get in contact. This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Best True Story Movies’.

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Best True Story Movies

The Impossible

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of a tsunami. Based on the true story of María Belón and her family when they fell victim to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Based on the true story of Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines and Lee Weiner and their involvement in the Vietnam war protests of 1968.

I, Tonya

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. Based on the life of Tonya Harding and her involvement in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan in 1994.

127 Hours

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. Based on the true story of Aron Ralston.

The Dirt

An unflinching tale of success and excess as four misfits rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame. Based on the bestselling autobiography from Mötley Crüe.

Bohemian Rhapsody

The story of the legendary British rock band Queen leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). Based on the life of Freddie Mercury and the members of Queen.

The Wolf of Wall Street

From his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort.

Deepwater Horizon

The offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon explodes, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history. Based on the true story disaster in April 2010.

Pain & Gain

A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo, Adrian Doorbal and Paul Doyle.

Thank you so much for reading! Please like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Shit You Should Know: A Guide for Girls Part Three’.

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Shit You Should Know: A Guide for Girls Part Three

Your Body: Breasts

Writing this as a 22-year-old, I can tell you my body has changed so much over the past 10 years it’s hard to believe there’s more to go. Your body is changing all the time as you age and live and so it’s totally natural to find a dark hair that wasn’t there the day before or realise you have a lost/put on a little wight. I am going to talk about things that you may be insecure about or not even know because I think it’s important to be educated about your body and know that you are not the only person experiencing the things that are happening to you.

Breasts, boobs, jugs, melons, whatever you want to call them, they are wonderful. They come is every size, shape and colour and so the thing you are probably insecure about isn’t even an issue. I think this is mostly evident when someone with larger breasts is jealous of someone will smaller breasts and vice versa. Once again it doesn’t help when we are bombarded with images of models with the ‘perfect chest’ or have breast enhancing products, tips and tricks shoved in our faces.

Your body will develop based on genetics, hormones and lifestyle but sometimes it’s a free for all because my mum and I have totally different bodies. As you can probably see just from meeting other women, everyone’s breasts are different sizes and no there is no need to be insecure about the size of yours. When I was a teenager, I was so jealous of everyone with larger breasts than me but I was just unaware that I was basically still a child and needed more time to develop. Your breasts will change size, shape and texture as you grow older let alone if you become pregnant.

Also, women get ashamed of the shape of their breasts but once again, everyone is different. There is Archetype which are round and full with a point at the nipple, this is the shape bra companies model their designs around because it’s the most common (that doesn’t mean it’s what yours should look like!). Asymmetrical is the shape where your breasts are two different sizes which is actually really common, they are normally uneven by about a cup size. Athletic is when your breasts are wider with less breast tissue and more muscle. Bell shape is when they look kind of like a bell with a narrow top and rounder bottom. Close set is when your breasts only have a small gap or no gap at all between them and have a wider distance from your underarm. Conical is when they are shaped like cones rather than being rounder which is common for people with smaller breasts. East West is when your nipples point away from the centre of your body. Relaxed is when the breast has looser tissue and the nipples tend to point downward. Round breasts are full at both the top and bottom. Side set breasts have more space between them. Slender breasts are narrower and long with your nipples pointing down. And finally, teardrop is round with the bottom being a little fuller. Now you might read those and think yours don’t fit any of those descriptions which is totally fine, those are just the most common ones but everyone’s breasts look different.

Just like everyone’s shape being different, your nipples will look different too. The colour of your nipples can range anywhere from dark brown to pink and that is normally dependant on your skin tone (the colour will change when you get pregnant as well). I was once told that your perfect nude lipstick is the same colour as your nipples so next time you’re buying some, whip them out. Your nipples will also look different depending on your cycle, the temperature and how you’re feeling.

There are some things you need to watch out for though such as a lump, area of thickened tissue, change of size or shape, discharge from your nipples, swelling, dimpling, rash or change in the appearance of your nipple. You should make sure to frequently perform self-exams by feeling on and around your breasts and underarms, I do mine in the shower because I read it was easier to spot differences when your skin is soft.

Thank you so much for reading! I am not an expert or a doctor and don’t claim to be but if you have any questions or insecurities you would like me to talk about in the future feel free to get in contact. This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Five Looks With One Pair Of Jeans’.

Jocy.

Shit You Should Know: A Guide for Girls Part Two

Your Body: Hair

Writing this as a 22-year-old, I can tell you my body has changed so much over the past 10 years it’s hard to believe there’s more to go. Your body is changing all the time as you age and live and so it’s totally natural to find a dark hair that wasn’t there the day before or realise you have a lost/put on a little wight. I am going to talk about things that you may be insecure about or not even know because I think it’s important to be educated about your body and know that you are not the only person experiencing the things that are happening to you.

Everyone has hair… EVERYWHERE! Well, not on your lips or the palms of your hands/feet but no matter your gender or age your body is covered in hair and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. For women there’s this overwhelming pressure to be hairless from the nose down and I think it’s time we all finally realise it’s our choice and we should just do what we are comfortable with. If you want to have leg hair or forget to shave your armpits then that’s fine. Celebrities who don’t remove their hair get praised for being ‘brave’ or ‘confident’ but that shouldn’t be the case for just rocking your natural look. A woman averagely spends £6,500 on home hair removal products a year! Personally, I like to remove my hair but if I forget or just can’t be bothered then that shouldn’t be such a big deal. I have seen a rise in women removing hair from their whole body such as on their arms, abdomens and their whole face but you shouldn’t feel you have to.

Crazily, you have hair for a reason. The hair around your vagina stops friction, protects you from bacteria and pathogens and may even be there to keep you warm. It aids to protect you from cellulitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs – it doesn’t stop them, use protection), urinary tract infections (UTIs), vaginitis and yeast infections. Woman start to develop armpit hair younger than men and it also has benefits to your body. It traps odour, reduces friction and is good for pheromones so can actually help you attract a partner.

We all see those ads or magazines that show a picture-perfect woman with a hairless body but real people don’t look like that. Its normal to have razor bumps or prickly legs. When I was younger, I felt really self-conscious about the amount of hair I had and how dark it was and so I spent hours torturing myself googling what was ‘normal’ and staring at pictures of other women’s hair and it unfortunately took until now to realise everyone is different when it comes to these things and everyone probably felt the same as me. So, if you want to be silky smooth or live life natural it’s honestly up to you, just know it’s nothing to be embarrassed about and it’s YOUR decision.

Thank you so much for reading! I am not an expert or a doctor and don’t claim to be but if you have any questions or insecurities you would like me to talk about in the future feel free to get in contact. This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Self-Care Tips’.

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Self-Care Tips

Body

Firstly, you need to exercise regularly. You need to make sure to keep yourself healthy because it will affect every aspect of your body, skin, hair and even your mind.

You should also shower at least once a day, twice if needs be. Don’t be one of those people that don’t wash their legs or feet, it’s important to use soap to wash every part of yourself.

Warm water is good for you as it opens up your pores and is more effective for cleaning but you shouldn’t have the water too hot, it will actually cause more damage.

When you’re in the shower you might exfoliate but you should only do this once or twice a week. If you don’t give your skin a chance to replenish and give you dead skin cells to scrub off then you will just damage your healthy cells.

If you’re a fan of hair removal then you probably know about those razor bumps you can get or sometimes a rash that will appear after shaving. The best thing to do is use Aloe Vera gel on the places you shave.

Also, every morning and night you should moisturise your entire body. Your skin will thank you and will also help to stop it getting dry and damaged.

Wear SPF every day! No matter if it is cloudy or really sunny, you should protect your skin. The harmful UV rays from the sun will damage your skin and age you prematurely.

Face

You should wash regularly with gentle soap and if you wish a gentle cleanser. You don’t want the oils on your skin to build up and also through makeup, eating and other products/substances that touch your skin so it’s important to wash them off.

Once again you should only be exfoliating your face once or twice a week. Not only is there the issue with damaging your skin cells but you will cause your skin to over-produce sebum meaning your face will become oily more often.

It is also best to splash your face with cold water after washing so you can close your pores helping to stop products and makeup entering them when they shouldn’t be.

You should also remove your makeup before exercising or sleeping. As a teenager I slept quite a few times with makeup on and it did so much damage to my skin. You can get infections and acne along with other adverse effects.

When you are doing skin care its not best to use facemasks more than once or twice a week. Some can do damage by stripping natural oils and causing acne through over cleansing.

Again, wear SPF every day! No matter if it is cloudy or really sunny, you should protect your skin. The harmful UV rays from the sun will damage your skin and age you prematurely.

Finally, don’t pick or squeeze your acne if you can. You will cause scars, the bacteria from your spots will spread to more areas of your face and you can even get infections.

Hair

Don’t wash your hair every day! Just like over cleansing, you will strip your hair of its natural oils making it dry and dull and to try and stop this your hair will over-produce oils giving you the ‘greasy’ look.

You should also read the indigents of all hair care and products you use in order to make sure you don’t do anymore damage. You should be making sure that you only buy products that tackle specific problem areas you have.

Try not to brush your hair when it is wet. The heat from your shower will give your hair a sort of elasticated quality so when you brush it, it pulls the hair, breaking it and springing back up.

To help combat the elasticated quality and improve your hair health, you shouldn’t have your shower too hot. You should also not use heat on your hair as often as possible. Burning your hair will make it broken, dry and dull but if you do use heat then at least use a heat protection product first.

Mind

What is the point of doing self-care if you still feel terrible after? To help you should try keeping a diary. It doesn’t have to be an average day to day diary but it could just be a place to write feelings, write things you’re thankful for or write down things that make you happy.

Meditation is also a great way to clear your mind and help you focus on what’s important. You can find free mediations through podcasts or YouTube that specialise in motivation, quitting bad habits, confidence or just de-stressing.

Reading is a great way to calm your mind while also exercising it. Spending time each day read is shown to improve happiness and brain function.

One of the best ways to look after your mind is to spend time away from technology but I know that is hard in our modern world so just try to go an hour without your phone every day. Every morning I don’t touch my phone for the first hour and I feel so much better than I did before.

Thank you so much for reading! The products in this post are ones I personally use but may not work for everyone. Please like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Shit You Should Know: A Guide for Girls Part One’.

Jocy.

Shit You Should Know: A Guide for Girls Part One

Your Body: Cellulite

I have been trying to find something to write about for a long time now, nothing inspired me but I am starting a new series I am really excited about. I am starting a series called ‘Shit You Should Know’ and the first season if you will, is ‘A Guide for Girls’. Writing this as a 22-year-old, I can tell you my body has changed so much over the past 10 years it’s hard to believe there’s more to go. Your body is changing all the time as you age and live and so it’s totally natural to find a dark hair that wasn’t there the day before or realise you have a lost/put on a little wight. I am going to talk about things that you may be insecure about or not even know because I think it’s important to be educated about your body and know that you are not the only person experiencing the things that are happening to you.

Cellulite also known as Adiposis Edematosa, Dermopanniculosis Deformans, Status Protrusus Cutis, Gynoid Lipodystrophy and Orange Peel Syndrome.

Cellulite is a totally normal thing that almost every girl I know has. It is the herniation of subcutaneous fat which appears on your skin as dimples. It is most common on your legs, bum, pelvic region and abdomen. When I say it is common, I mean it occurs in 85%-95% of women! So, it is totally normal and no-one should feel ashamed of having it. Even though up to 95% of women have cellulite it is still caused by different things such as hormones, genetics, predisposing factors and lifestyle.

As it is a multifactorial condition it is mainly resistant to treatments and honestly there is no need to get rid of it but if you are self-conscious about your totally natural dimples, then there are some things that might help. There is a wide range of creams and ointments that claim to get rid of cellulite but most of them don’t actually work, you can even have injectable treatments but you honestly shouldn’t be injecting anything into your body unless it’s for medical reasons. There are non-invasive treatments such as mechanical suction/massages, radio frequency, ultrasound and laser treatments but most people have to use a combination of these treatments to see a result.

I know it is easy to look at your cellulite and feel self-conscious but there is no need to be. It is edited out of pictures and films to try and show us this idea of a perfect woman but no-one (including the people they show you) actually looks like that. Embrace your feminine body.

Thank you so much for reading! I am not an expert or a doctor and don’t claim to be but if you have any questions or insecurities you would like me to talk about in the future feel free to get in contact. This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘2021 Resolutions’.

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2021 Resolutions

Last year was a total shit show. We all want this year to be different and I know there are definitely some things that I should be doing different to help improve myself. I make resolutions every single year and I normally stick to one or two but end up forgetting about the rest. I think this happens because most of the time I set completely unrealistic goals for myself. For example, last year I thought I would have learned to drive by the end of the year but I didn’t have the funds to even start let alone own a car. This year I am making sure my goals are more obtainable.

Read at least one book a month

I have about a million books and I haven’t even read half of them. So, this year I am setting myself the task of reading at least one book a month. I might fall behind a little but as long as I am actually getting through my collection then that’s fine.

Regularly exercise

I don’t relate at all with the people that got in shape over lockdown. I did the exact opposite and ate everything in sight while not exercising. I am starting to see the effects of that bad habit on my body and so this year I am going to get back into shape.

Start saving money

If I plan to learn to drive and move out by the time I turn 30 then I need to get serious about saving money. I am not going to set any saving goals or anything but just put money when I can away for a later date.

Learn to drive

I see posts all the time about how you either learn to drive as soon as you turn 17 or end up putting it off until your in your late 20s. This goal was unrealistic last year but this year it can actually be possible.

Regularly keep a diary

I tried this last year but there was hardly anything to write about when I spent everyday in the house doing nothing. This year I’m going to use it to write about my feelings and emotions because I’ve heard that somehow having an outlet for feelings is actually a good thing, who knew?

Thank you so much for reading! This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Year In Review’.

Happy New Year!

Jocy.

Year In Review

So… 2020. What a year. This has been the weirdest year of my life. Never did I think I would be wasting a year of my 20s stuck in the house because of a global pandemic. I don’t really know how to describe 2020.

There have been some bad things to happen this year. Obviously, all our lives have been changed by the spread of a global pandemic which has affected every aspect of life. We have all had to cancel plans, put off big events and defer decisions that could have made 2020 a great start to a new decade. This year I have missed concerts and weddings that I was meant to be apart of but ultimately it has all been for the greater good. This year has been filled with personal difficulties such as loosing 3 family members we never had the chance to say goodbye too and trying to navigate normal life under strict restrictions. I had so many plans for this year, I was going to start saving for a house of my own and learn how to drive but fate obviously had other plans.

Although this year has been hard and filled with disaster, there have also been some great things to happen. Some of my best friends became parents for the first time, I am starting a new career and my family have been blessed with jobs that have supported us through some terrible times. When I look back at this year, yes, I will remember the losses I’ve suffered and the time I spent home instead of out enjoying life but I will also remember so many other things that will bring a smile to my face. I was able to spend extended time with my parents and sister, we could play games and watch movies and use time that we wouldn’t have normally had together. I was able to start this blog, read books and do projects I had been putting off due to lack of free time.

So, as a new year begins, I think we should all be looking forward and thinking of the positive. Lets just all make a silent agreement that 2021 might not ‘be our year’ but we should be making the most out of the situations we find ourselves in. So, lets say goodbye to 2020 and look forward into 2021.

Thank you so much for reading! This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘How I Celebrate Christmas’.

Happy New Year!

Jocy.

How I Celebrate Christmas

My family loves Christmas and just like every other family, we think we do it best (because we do). It’s the best time of year and I want to tell you about how my family celebrates. Every year on the first weekend after the 27th of November (my Dad’s birthday), we put up the decorations as a family. I put on some Christmas music, we put one of those Christmas scenes on the TV and we drink Glühwein while decking out our house in lights and Santa’s. I think the only room we don’t decorate is the garage. We also start watching a one Christmas movie every night leading up to Christmas and because there is so many to watch we have to start like mid-November. Once it finally hits December 1st, we start opening Christmas calendars. Mum and Dad usually have a chocolate one each, the dogs have a treat one each and my sister and I have a makeup one each. We spend the rest of the month watching crimbo movies, listening to music and planning out Christmas dinner. We also get the TV guide and mark all the shows and movies we are going to watch.

On Christmas Eve we spend the day getting ready for a day of doing nothing except eating and drinking. We clean the house so we don’t have to worry about anything on the day and put the final presents under the tree. It’s a Christmas tradition that in the evening we each go for a shower and then find brand new Christmas PJs on our beds. We put on our PJs and go back downstairs to drink hot chocolates and watch the same two movies we watch every Christmas Eve, Love Actually and The Polar Express. I know most people my age go to the pub on Christmas Eve but I couldn’t imagine not spending it in my PJs with my family. Also, I get wicked bad hangovers and wouldn’t be able to stomach my Christmas dinner. Once we have watched the movies my sister and I go to bed while my parents put the rest of the presents under the tree. I am honestly a big kid and can’t get to sleep because I’m excited.

Still being a big kid, I’m normally the first up. I go wake up my sister and then we bounce into my parents’ room to wake them up too. Once they pry open their eyes, we then do our stocking still sitting in their bed. After we have finished, my Dad goes downstairs to sort out the turkey and check that ‘Santa has come’. He calls us down with a glass of prosecco and orange for us each to drink and we sit around the tree to open our presents. We normally give the dogs their presents first so they can go play or eat something otherwise they would be sat on our laps excited to help open the presents. Once again with Christmas music playing and a scene on the TV, my Dad hands out the gifts and it’s always so amazing, they really go all out when they don’t need too. I LOVE giving people presents so that’s my favourite part. After all the presents are done, we finish our drinks and take our gifts upstairs so they aren’t crowding the living room. We each put on our Christmas outfit, do our hair and makeup and normally have something small like a bacon butty and a million chocolate bars for breakfast. We are always super chilled on Christmas. My Mum and Dad have perfected their timings when it comes to Christmas dinner so every now and again one of them will pop into the kitchen to check on the food but apart from that, we all spend the day on the sofa watching TV and Movies or trying to figure out how to get something we got for Christmas to work. Our Christmas dinner is amazing. We all sit at the decorated table and eat our starter of prawn cocktail with lobster and crab before opening our Christmas crackers. We don’t buy actual Christmas crackers because they are bad for the environment and normally have something shit inside so instead, we have small boxes that we each fill for each other with a joke, something nice, something funny and something you can eat/drink. We do it like a secret Santa so no-one ends up with an empty box. Then its turkey time! We have Christmas music playing in the background as we dig into an absolute feast. Once we are all stuffed and can hardly move, we somehow drag ourselves back to the living room and watch all the Christmas specials (except Doctor Who because it was stupidly moved to New Year’s). Somehow, we always manage to fit second and sometimes third helpings of dinner and drink until we are almost falling asleep on the sofa. Then the perfect day is over and we go to bed.

Boxing Day is a lot like Christmas but without the presents and we don’t change out of our PJs. We spend the day eating and drinking anything leftover and watching TV and movies. It’s the perfect day because no-one has work or responsibilities and we can just waste the day away laughing and stuffing our faces. I always make my signature Boxing Day sandwich which includes turkey that was soaking in gravy and juices all night, beef, pork, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and a little mayo all stuffed between two slices of my Dad’s freshly made bread. My mouth is watering just writing about it. Every year my mum gets us a new game to play as well so in the evening we have some drinks and play the game of the year along with Cluedo, Uno, Mario cart and some Wii games.

The days after Christmas are always a haze of eating and drinking and not knowing what day it is. I think I eat more in that week than I do the reast of the year combined. We are obviously celebrating New Year’s this year from home but I am fine with that because we normally aren’t all together to ring in the bells.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you all have an amazing Christmas! This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Christmas Drinks’.

Merry Christmas!

Jocy.

Christmas Drinks

Classic snowball Recipe by Miriam Nice

Ingredients – 10-15ml lime juice or lime cordial, 50ml advocaat, 50ml sparkling lemonade, ice, 1 maraschino cherry

Method – Fill a glass with ice and if using, add up to 15ml of lime juice or lime cordial (or to your taste). Pour the advocaat and lemonade over the ice and stir gently until the outside of the glass feels cold. Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

Classic eggnog Recipe by Miriam Nice

Ingredients – 1 vanilla pod (split and seeds scraped out), 4 eggs, 100ml sugar syrup, 100ml double cream, 500ml whole milk, 100-150ml brandy, Ice

Method – Put the vanilla seeds in a large bowl. Add the egg yolks and sugar syrup, and beat with an electric whisk until pale, about 2-3 mins. Add the cream, milk and brandy, and beat again until just combined. Strain into a punch bowl. Clean the beaters, then beat the egg whites in a clean bowl to soft peaks. Fold a third of the whipped egg whites into the milk and cream mixture in the punch bowl, then add the remaining whipped egg whites. Gently fold these in until the eggnog is fluffy and smooth. Chill until ready to serve. Will keep, covered in the fridge, for up to a day. Just before serving, add plenty of ice, then stir gently and ladle into tumblers.

Christmas punch Recipe by Miriam Nice

Ingredients – a bunch of red grapes, 750ml prosecco, 1l cloudy apple juice, ice, 250ml sloe gin, 50ml herbal liqueur, 1 ball stem ginger, 3-4 sprigs rosemary, 1 clementine

Method – The day before you want to serve, put the grapes in the freezer for around 8-12 hrs or until frozen. Chill the prosecco and apple juice in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, put the frozen grapes and a generous handful of ice in a large 2-3 litre punch bowl and pour all of the remaining ingredients on top. Stir gently to combine, then serve. Sits well for up to 3 hrs before putting the ice in.

Festive negroni Recipe by Esther Clark

Ingredients – 3 cinnamon sticks, 4 whole cloves, 2 star anise, 2 cardamom pods, 1 tsp black peppercorns, 200ml gin, Ice, 100-200ml vermouth, 100-200ml Campari, orange slices and fresh bay leaves

Method – Put the cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cardamom and peppercorns in a dry frying pan, and toast for 5 mins, or until the spices are just fragrant. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Tip all the toasted spices into a medium jar and pour over the gin. Seal and chill for 48 hrs to infuse. Strain the infused gin through a fine mesh sieve, and fill four to eight glasses with ice. To mix the cocktail, tip 25ml each infused gin, vermouth and Campari into the glasses, then garnish with orange slices and bay. Any leftover infused gin will keep, sealed in a cool, dry place for up to two months.

Mulled gin Recipe by Miriam Nice

Ingredients – 100ml gin, 400ml apple juice, ½ lemon, 1 bay leaf, 4 cloves, 2 cardamom pods, 1 small cinnamon stick, 3 juniper berries, ½ tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp runny honey, 4 bay leaves, 2 lemon slices

Method – Divide the gin between four small heatproof glasses or teacups. Tip the apple juice into a saucepan with the rest of the ingredients. Heat gently until simmering, then strain into a jug. Pour the mulled apple juice into the glasses with the gin and stir gently to combine. Garnish each glass with a bay leaf and half a lemon slice and serve warm.

Thank you so much for reading! Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Christmas Snacks’.

Merry Christmas!

Jocy.

Christmas Snacks

Reindeer & Snowman Chocolate Bark Recipe by Lulu Grimes

Ingredients – 100g milk chocolate, 100g dark chocolate, 7 red Smarties, 8-10 small pretzels, 22 white mini marshmallows, 1 red jelly shoe lace, sprinkles and stars, black food writing pen

Method – Line a baking tin with baking parchment. Heat both chocolates in separate bowls in the microwave in 30-sec blasts, or over pans of simmering water. Pour the dark chocolate into the baking tin, then pour the milk chocolate on top in a trail. Spread the chocolate out to make a reasonably thick slab. Arrange the red smarties over the slab at intervals – these are the reindeer noses. Cut a marshmallow in half and press above the smarties to make eyes. Snap a pretzel in half for each set of antlers, snapping off any excess pretzel, then push into the chocolate near the noses. To make the snowmen, arrange the rest of the marshmallows in lines of three. Use pieces of pretzel for the arms and a piece of shoe lace for the scarf. Sprinkle over the stars and sprinkles, then leave the chocolate to set completely. Once the chocolate is hard, use an icing pen or small brush dipped in black food colouring to add pupils to the reindeer eyes, and faces and buttons for the snowmen. Use a knife to cut the bark into pieces around the reindeer and snowmen.

Mince Pie Baklava Recipe by Sophie Godwin

Ingredients – 1 x 411g jar mincemeat, 100g pistachios, 100g ground almonds, 1 orange, 150g butter, 2 x 270g packs of filo pastry, 150g granulated sugar, 2 tbsp Grand Marnier or brandy

Method – Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Mix the mincemeat with the pistachios, almonds, orange zest and a good pinch of salt, then set aside. Melt the butter, then use a little to brush the bottom and sides of a 20 x 30cm baking tin. Cut the sheets of filo so they’re the same size as the tin, then cover with a damp tea towel to stop them from drying out. Press one sheet of filo pastry into the tin and brush with the melted butter. Continue to layer the pastry in this way until you have used up one pack of pastry (around 10 sheets). Evenly spread the mincemeat mixture over. Top with the remaining pastry, continuing to brush the layers with melted butter as you go. Brush the final layer generously with melted butter. Using a very sharp knife, cut deep, diagonal lines all the way through the pastry to form a diamond pattern. Bake in the oven for 1 hr until golden. Meanwhile, make the syrup. Put the sugar and 75ml water into a saucepan, and cook over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer until the syrup is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and stir in the Grand Marnier or brandy. Once the baklava has baked, remove from the oven and increase the temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Pour the syrup over the baklava, then return it to the oven for 5 mins or until the syrup has been absorbed. Leave to cool completely in the tin, then slice into pieces along the diagonal lines. Will keep for up to one week in an airtight container.

Snowball dippers Recipe by Sarah Cook

Ingredients – 150g bar dark chocolate, 10 fat white marshmallows, white hundreds and thousands, lots of milk, 10 lollipops or cake pop sticks

Method – Bring a pan of water to a simmer over a low heat. Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and sit it on top of the pan, making sure that the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl, and gently melt the chocolate. Push a lollipop or cake pop stick into each marshmallow. Check the chocolate is melted completely by giving it a stir, then scrape it into a smaller bowl. Tip the white sprinkles into another small bowl. Put a wire rack next to the bowl of chocolate and a sheet of baking parchment next to the bowl of sprinkles. Holding the end of a stick, dip a marshmallow into the chocolate so that it is completely coated. Lift it out, but hold it over the bowl to allow the extra chocolate to drip back in, then put it on the wire rack. Dunk the marshmallows, one by one, then line them up on the wire rack in the order that you dunked them. Pick up the first marshmallow you dunked and dip into the sprinkles to completely coat. Sit the snowball marshmallow on the baking parchment. Continue to dip and coat the marshmallows, working along the line so that you cover them in sprinkles in the same order that you dunked them in chocolate. When all the marshmallows are covered, leave them on the baking parchment until they are set. You can now wrap the marshmallows in cellophane and tie with ribbons if you’re giving them as a present. Alternatively, if you want to enjoy them right away, warm 1 mug of milk – in a microwave or saucepan – per snowball. Use your snowball as a stirrer in each mug of milk and keep stirring until all the sprinkles, chocolate and most of the marshmallow have melted. Check the milk is not too hot, then drink up. Will keep for up to 2 weeks in cellophane bags.

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Ultimate Christmas Playlist

All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

Angels We Have Heard on High – Lea Michele, Cynthia Erivo

Baby It’s Cold Outside – Paloma Faith, B.B. Bones

Believe – Josh Groban

Bring Me Love – John Legend

Bring The Snow – Sam Palladio

By Christmas Eve – John Legend

Candy Cane Lane – Sia

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love

Christmases When You Were Mine – Taylor Swift

Christmas Eve – Kelly Clarkson

Christmas in New York – Lea Michele

Christmas Is – Run-D.M.C.

Christmas Is – Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus

Christmas Is Going To The Dogs – Eels

Christmas Lights – Coldplay

Christmas Love – Justin Bieber

Christmas Must Be Something More – Taylor Swift

Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) – The Darkness

Christmas Tree Farm – Taylor Swift

Christmas Where We Are – Dolly Parton, Billy Ray Cyrus

Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

Cozy Little Christmas – Katy Perry

Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas – Dolly Parton, Michael Bublé

December – Ariana Grande

Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid

Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid 30

Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea

Everyday Is Christmas – Sia

Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas – Eels

Fairytale of New York – The Pogues, Kirsty MacColl

Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano

Give Love on Christmas Day – John Legend

Gilttery – Kacey Musgraves, Troye Sivan

A Hand For Mrs. Claus – Idina Menzel, Ariana Grande

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon, The Harlem Community Choir, The Plastic Ono Band, Yoko Ono

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Christina Aguilera

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith

HERE (For Christmas) – Lukas Graham

Hey Sis, It’s Christmas – RuPaul, Markaholic

Ho Ho Ho – Sia

Holly Jolly Christmas – Michael Bublé

 Hot Chocolate – Tom Hanks

How I Know It’s Christmas – Hudson Taylor

I’ll Be Home – Megan Trainor

I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Michael Bublé

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Mabel

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Demi Lovato

I Need You Christmas – Jonas Brothers

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas – Michael Bublé

It’s Christmas Time – Macklemore, Dan Caplen

It’s Not Christmas Without You – Victorious Cast

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

(it wouldn’t be) Christmas without you – Wrabel

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard

I Wish It Was Christmas Today – Julian Casablancas

Jingle Bell Rock – bobby Helms

Jingle Bells – Michael Bublé, The Puppini Sisters

Joyful, Joyful – Pentatonix, Jazmine Sullivan

Last Christmas – Wham!

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Dean Martin

Like It’s Christmas – Jonas Brothers

The Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby

Loneliest Time Of Year – Mabel

Lonely Christmas – Scotty Sire, Heath Hussar

Lonely Christmas – Now, Now

Lonely This Christmas – Mud

Lonely This Christmas – The Academic

Make It To Christmas – Alessia Cara

Man With The Bag – Jessie J

Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord – Boney M.

Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens

Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

Mistletoe and Wine – Cliff Richard

My Old Santa Claus – Sia

My Only Wish (This Year) – Britney Spears

Naughty List – Liam Payne, Dixie D’Amelio

Not Another Christmas Song – blink-182

Not Just On Christmas – Ariana Grande

O Holy Night – Lea Michele

One I’ve Been Missing – Little Mix

One More Sleep – Leona Lewis

Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas – Justin Bieber

Perfect Christmas – S Club 7

Please Come Home For Christmas – Adam Lambert

The Polar Express – Tom Hanks

River – Sam Smith

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Miley Cyrus

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Mel & Kim

Run Rudolph Run – The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Santa Baby – Ariana Grande, Liz Gillies

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – Michael Bublé

Sanat Claus Is Coming To Town – The Jackson 5

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – McFly

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town – Bruce Springsteen

Santa’s Coming for Us – Sia

Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande

Shake Up Christmas – Train

Silent Night – Lea Michele

Silver Bells – Lea Michele

Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes

Sleigh Ride – Miley Cyrus

Snowflake – Sia

Snow In California – Ariana Grande

Snowman – Sia

Someday At Christmas – Justin Bieber

Somewhere Only We Know – Lily Allen

Spirit of the Season – Alan Silvestri

Stay Another Day – East 17

Step Into Christmas – Elton John

Stop The Cavalry – Jona Lewie

Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen

This Christmas – John Legend

This Time Of Year – Rhys Lewis

Underneath the Christmas Lights – Sia

Underneath the Mistletoe – Sia

Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkson

Under the Tree – Sam Palladio

When Christmas Comes to Town – Matthew Hall, Meagan Moore

When I Get Home for Christmas – Snow Patrol

Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill

White Christmas – George Ezra

White Christmas – Michael Bublé, Shania Twain

Winter Things – Ariana Grande

Winter Wonderland – Robbie Williams

Wit It This Christmas – Ariana Grande

Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney

Xmas Time of the Year – Green Day

You Make It Feel Like Christmas – Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton

You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Tyler, The Creator

You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft

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Christmas Movies

I absolutely love Christmas and love watching Christmas movies. My families watch a Christmas movie every night leading up to Christmas and thought I would share our list to give some inspiration for everyone else.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square

An embittered “Scrooge” of a woman plans to sell her small town, regardless of the consequences to the people who live there.

The Princess Switch & The Princess Switch: Switched Again

The Princess Switch – Competing in a Christmas baking competition in Belgravia, a Chicago baker bumps into the prince’s fiancée–who looks just like her. They switch lives for two days.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again – When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with Kevin, it’s up to her double Stacy to save the day before a new lookalike, party girl Fiona foils their plans.

The Holiday Calendar

A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?

Operation Christmas Drop

Congressional aide Erica forgoes family Christmas to travel at her boss’s behest. At a beachside Air Force base, she clashes with Capt. Andrew Jantz, who knows her assignment is finding reasons to defund the facility.

Let It Snow

In a small town on Christmas Eve, a snowstorm brings together a group of young people.

A Bad Moms Christmas

As their own mothers drop in unexpectedly, our three under-appreciated and over-burdened moms rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for mothers: Christmas.

Office Christmas Party

When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand…

Gremlins

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Die Hard

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Krampus

A boy who has a bad Christmas accidentally summons a festive demon to his family home. (2015)

Nativity 1, 2, 3 & 4

Nativity! – An uptight but secretly heartbroken primary school teacher’s little white lie about Hollywood coming to see his class’ nativity play grows like wildfire in his rag-tag school low on self-esteem.

Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! – A worried new teacher has to juggle a pregnant wife and a class of children on a road trip to the National ‘Song for Christmas’ Competition.

Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! – The pupils of St Bernadette’s and the madcap Mr Poppy are back! When their new teacher Mr Shepherd loses his memory as well as Archie the Donkey, it’s up to them to save the day and reunite him with his fiancée Sophie in New York.

Nativity Rocks! – The staff and students from St Bernadette’s Primary School in Coventry audition for a place in a rock musical competition.

Happiest Season

A holiday romantic comedy that captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.

The Holiday

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Bad Santa 1 & 2

Bad Santa – A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid.

Bad Santa 2 – Fuelled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

A college student faces an impossible journey when he is left stranded in the desert, thousands of miles from home, with no money and only a few days left until Christmas.

The Grinch

A grumpy Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

The Night Before

On Christmas Eve, three lifelong friends spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.

The Santa Claus 1, 2 & 3

The Santa Claus – When a man inadvertently makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

The Santa Claus 2 – Scott Calvin has been a humble Santa Claus for nearly ten years, but it might come to an end if he doesn’t find a Mrs. Claus.

The Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause – Santa, aka Scott Calvin, is faced with double-duty: how to keep his new family happy, and how to stop Jack Frost from taking over Christmas.

Home Alone 1 & 2

Home Alone – An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Home Alone: Lost in New York – One year after Kevin McCallister was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself stranded in New York City – and the same criminals are not far behind.

Elf

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

Four Christmases

A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas.

The Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2

The Christmas Chronicles – The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

The Christmas Chronicles 2 – Kate Pierce, now a cynical teen, is unexpectedly reunited with Santa Claus when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas – forever.

Last Christmas

Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Working as an elf in a year round Christmas store is not good for the wannabe singer. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.

Jingle All The Way

A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.

Deck The Halls

Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.

Christmas With The Kranks

With their daughter, Blair, away, Luther and Nora Krank decide to skip Christmas all together until she decides to come home, causing an uproar when they have to celebrate it at the last minute.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

Klaus

A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg’s new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

Arthur Christmas

Santa’s clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with Grandsanta to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than two hours.

Love Actually

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

The Polar Express

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Thank you so much for reading! Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Best True Story TV Shows’.

Merry Christmas!

Jocy.

Best True Story TV Shows

I absolutely love to watch TV shows and movies based on true stories. I know a lot of them get facts wrong and over dramatize things that have happened but knowing that it is based on a true story just makes it a million times better. These are some of the best true story TV shows I have watched.

The Act

Dee Dee Blanchard is overprotective of her daughter, Gypsy, who is trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her mother. Gypsy’s quest for independence opens up a Pandora’s box of secrets, which ultimately leads to murder. Starring Patricia Arquette, Joey King, AnnaSophia Robb, Chloe Sevigny and Calum Worthy.

The Crown

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century. Season one and two starring Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby. Season three and four starring Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter, Gillian Anderson, Josh O’Connor, Charles Dance, Emma Corrin and Erin Doherty.

Narcos

A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years. Starring Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Halbrook and Alberto Ammann.

American Crime Story

Several historical and high-profile murder cases are re-enacted with proper factual evidence, official records and background information that gives a different insight into the famous murders. Season one named The People v. O.J. Simpson starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer and John Travolta. Season two named The Assassination of Gianni Versace starring Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin and Ponolope Cruz.

Des

In 1983, Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen is arrested after the discovery of human remains which have blocked a drain near his London home. Starring David Tennent, Daniel Mays, Jason Watkins and Ron Cook.

Chernobyl

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world’s worst man-made catastrophes. Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson.

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When I Had My Tonsils Out

**WARNING** This post contains pictures and descriptions of blood, hospitals and other situations that some people may find disturbing.

All my life I have suffered with tonsilitis. When I was younger, I would get it every couple of months but as I grew older it would happen more often and get worse every time. When I was 21, I decided that it was finally time to get my tonsils out. I had enquired about getting them out before but between school, college and moving every couple of years it never fell in the right time.

I visited my local GP to talk about my issues and was asked how often I had tonsilitis. When I told her it was almost every month, she immediately referred me to get the surgery. To help my case though, I had to make sure I visited the doctors every time I got ill so there was a record of the frequency of my infections. A couple of weeks later I had an appointment to visit my local hospital for a check up before getting a surgery date. I had blood works done, a urine test and a general physical. A week or two after that I received a phone call telling me the waiting list for surgeries is long but as I was getting sick all the time, I was referred to a private hospital in Glasgow instead. I had to visit the private hospital for another check up and to sort out the paperwork for my stay. I was obviously informed of the risks, recovery and details of the surgery and asked if I was still ok with going though with it. To me, getting your tonsils out was a minor thing that most people had done as a child so it didn’t seem like such a big deal, even if I was informed that the risks where higher for adults and the recovery was harder.

On the day of my surgery, my mum and sister drove me to the hospital. I was astonished at how different the experience in a private hospital was. I have had surgery previously, but it was in a general hospital. I was shown by a nurse to my private room that had a TV, en-suite, wardrobe, large windows, very comfy bed and plush chairs for guests. I was given my gown and compression socks to change into and a nurse visited me to get me to sign some paperwork and talk through the surgery one more time. A little while later the nurse came to take me down and my mum and sister left. The hospital was so quiet and looked so different to any I had been in before. When I was taken down to the anaesthesia room, there were only 2-3 other patients waiting. A nurse came over to look at my paperwork, put some needles in my arms and hooked me up to some machines before asking me to breath deep while she put me under. I woke up with a very sore throat back in my room. The doctor came to talk to me about the surgery but it was hard to pay attention to him as I was so tired. I was brought a tray with coffee and toast with a large jug of water to have while I just chilled out and watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I was discharged a couple of hours later with a large bag of medication, a brochure about recovery and feeling very tired.

A while after getting home I started to feel a lot of pain, this was expected though as my medication was wearing off. I didn’t do much over the next couple of days except take pain meds that sent me straight to sleep. Whenever I was awake though, I found it hard to drink or eat and I was in a lot of pain. My face felt swollen and it felt like having tonsilitis but 10X worse. I had been told by some nurses that the recovery would hurt a lot and so I didn’t think anything was wrong. A week after my surgery I was feeling very sick and weird. My sister was at the cinema with her friend, my Dad was at an event and so I was having a movie night with my mum. In the middle of watching Harry Potter, I needed to spit in a cup as I found it hard to swallow and noticed that there where specks of blood. I was told if I started bleeding, I had to call an ambulance but it was only tiny specks and so we called the NHS helpline. They asked how much blood it was and suggested we go to the hospital, I put some clothes on over the top of my pjs and we drove to A&E.

When we got to A&E, the helpline had phoned ahead to let them know we where coming. It was a Saturday night so there were quite a few people there (some very drunk) but we just sat on those uncomfortable plastic chairs waiting for my turn. We sat waiting for well over an hour before being called into a small office where they took some details and then sent us back to the plastic chairs. I was very tired, in a lot of pain and starting to grow concerned that I had now been bleeding for over two hours. When I spat there was still only tiny specks but I would prefer there to not be any at all. Finally, I was called into the treatment area. It was small rooms separated by walls and curtains and I was put in the first treatment bay to wait for a doctor. I waited there for another hour or two before a doctor came to see me. She put come needles in my arm and took a look in my mouth. She confirmed I was bleeding and made me do a chemical gargle to stop it. After a few attempts, the bleeding stopped. I felt so relieved that it was over and it had not been any worse. I was told I would have to stay overnight for observation but needed to be moved to a different hospital and so I told my mum to go home and get some sleep while I waited for an ambulance to take me. Nurses came to check on me every once and a while and one told me all about how she also had her tonsils out at 21 and knew how painful it was while she basically tucked me in to get some sleep.

About 30 minuets after the last nurse came in, I felt like something was wrong. It felt like I had taken a swig of water and I started to choke a little on what I thought was saliva. I ran to the sink and spat out a mouthful of blood. My bleeding had started again but much worse and the pain was unbelievable. I panicked a little and ran to press the call button for a nurse. I spat out another mouthful of blood and decided to run to the reception area and shouted ‘I’m bleeding’ at one of the nurses, she asked me if that’s what I came in for and I nodded as blood started to come out of my mouth. I ran back to the stink to spit again and turned around to see 6 nurses all in the room. They guided me to my bed and wheeled me into the resuscitation room. I had never been so scared in my life. I asked them to call my mum while they started attaching me to machines and drips. They made me do the chemical gargle a couple of times and put an adrenalin swab at the back of my throat but I kept coughing it back up along with a lot of blood. After a minuet or two, I threw up pure blood all over myself. The nurses cut my clothes off and put a hospital gown on me. I spent the next three hours bleeding and throwing up. When my mum came in, she was crying and later told me that before she walked in a nurse told her to be strong as they don’t know what’s going to happen. I feel so bad my mum walked in on me like that with multiple buckets of my blood sat next to me. They called a doctor to come to the hospital that specialises in throat surgery and when he arrived, he confirmed that I would be going in for an emergency surgery. We had to wait another hour for an operation suite to become available and the nurses had to keep shaking me awake because I was exhausted. When it was finally time, I was wheeled straight into the operating suite and lifted onto the table. It was really weird because you are normally put under before you go into the room but I now lying under bright lights with a surgeon putting his gloves on next to me, it was like something out of the movies. I had to sign some paperwork quickly giving my permission to have a blood transplant if I needed before they put me under.

I woke up on an empty ward with two nurses. Not many people are waking up from surgery at 7am so it was very peaceful. The nurses sat talking to me asking how I felt and saying it was ok if I felt bad because I had been through a very stressful night. I honestly felt kind of numb to the whole situation and couldn’t believe what had just happened. I was told I was in that very unlucky 0.5% of people that have to have a second surgery after something so simple like getting your tonsils out. Even though you aren’t meant to have guests on the recovery ward, they went to get my mum. I felt a lot better having her there holding my hand. After a while I was moved to a privet room while I waited for an ambulance to transfer me to a different hospital. I was told I wasn’t allowed to stand up and so had to use a bed pan which was incredibly awkward but I hadn’t had the chance to pee in almost 12 hours so I had to go. Not long after, two paramedics came to take me to the other hospital, I was put on a stretcher and put in the ambulance. It was my first time in one and I’m in no hurry to get in one again. My mum drove to the other hospital in her car and was actually stood there waiting as they opened the doors to take me out. I was taken up to the ward where I shared a room with 4 other people. As it was a ward that specialised in throat issues I had to listen to a lot of coughing and wheezing. My mum stayed with me all day and my dad came as soon as he could bringing me some pjs, clothes and some things to entertain myself with. I had to stay overnight and most of the next day.

I was discharged with another big bag of medication and feeling even worse than the time before. I couldn’t walk very fast and the blood loss had left me pretty weak. When I got home, I think all of it hit me at once and I cried a little but I am incredibly lucky. A week later I had an appointment with my GP to check up on everything and make sure I was healing well. Turns out I had an infection in my tonsils that caused the bleeding and entered my blood stream. Once I finished my anti-biotics the pain was basically gone and I felt amazing compared to the previous couple of weeks. For a while after I felt tired and couldn’t do much but I was told that was just because of the amount of blood I lost.

This was honestly one of the scariest moments of my life, at one point while lying in resuscitation I felt like I was dying but I am so lucky I had some great people looking after me. This doesn’t happen to everyone and I don’t want someone to get sacred of having a surgery because of this, I just think it’s important to share stories like this so people have a true understanding of the risks. Even though all this happened, I have spent the past year not being sick all the time. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat over having tonsilitis constantly.

Thank you so much for reading! This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Remembrance Sunday’.

Stay at home, wear a mask,

Jocy.

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Day is a Memorial Day observed every year since the end of the First World War to remember those who died serving our country. The tradition was inaugurated by King George V in 1919 and at the 11th hour we observe a minute’s silence. The tradition of Remembrance Day evolved out of Armistice Day. The initial Armistice Day was observed at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a Banquet in Honor of the President of the French Republic on 10th November 1919. The first official Armistice Day was subsequently held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace the following morning.

I am so incredibly proud to be the daughter of a solider and I am also incredibly lucky that my dad came home. On Sunday and Wednesday we remember the ones that weren’t as lucky. We remember the freedom we take advantage of and the price they paid for it.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row, that mark our place; and in the sky the larks, still bravely singing, fly scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago, we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, loved and were loved, and now we lie, in Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

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Bonfire Night

Remember, remember, the 5th of November, The Gunpowder Treason and plot; I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason, Should ever be forgot. Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ‘Twas his intent. To blow up the King and the Parliament. Three score barrels of powder below. Poor old England to overthrow. By God’s providence he was catch’d, With a dark lantern and burning match. Holloa boys, Holloa boys, let the bells ring, Holloa boys, Holloa boys, God save the King! Hip hip Hoorah! Hip hip Hoorah! A penny loaf to feed ol’Pope, A farthing cheese to choke him. A pint of beer to rinse it down, A faggot of sticks to burn him. Burn him in a tub of tar,’ Burn him like a blazing star. Burn his body from his head, Then we’ll say: ol’Pope is dead

This Thursday is the 5th of November which means that for us British people, it’s Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night. On the 5th of November 1605 a man named Guy Fawkes was a member of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the House of Lords. He was arrested while guarding the explosives that has been placed. To celebrate that King James I has survived the attempt on his life, across London people lit bonfires. A few months later, the 5th November Act was enforced making the day a public holiday and day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure. Today, people celebrate at home or at public gatherings by placing a dummy of Guy Fawkes that children make in school on top of a large bonfire which is then lit as a fireworks display goes off.

Normally I would attend a public gathering but as lockdown is somehow still happening, I will have to celebrate at home. This year my family and I are going to light a fire, cook some marshmallows and watch other people set off fireworks in their gardens.

I know it is starting to get even harder to stay away from people and follow the rules now that the holidays are starting but it is so important. It is selfish to complain that lockdown is still happening and then not follow the rules. Buy some fireworks, light a fire and celebrate at home. Be safe.

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Jocy.

Halloween Drinks

So, it seems this year we will be celebrating Halloween from our homes, but that doesn’t mean we have to change what we do much. There are loads of ways to get spooky at home and making themed drinks is one of them.

The Jack-O-Lantern (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 1 1/2 ounces cognac, ½ ounce orange liqueur, 1-ounce orange juice, 2 ounces ginger ale (to fill), Garnish: orange wheel and lime twist

Gather the ingredients. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the cognac, liqueur, and juice. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger ale. Float an orange wheel with a lime twist poked into the top. Serve and enjoy!

The Candy Corn (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 1 (750 ml) bottle gin, 1 cup popcorn, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup pomegranate juice, Skin from 1 orange, Skin from 1 lemon, ½ ounce Moscato wine, ¾ ounce citrus peel grenadine syrup, 3 candy corns

Popcorn Gin – Pour the gin into a container with an airtight lid and add the popcorn. Save the bottle for the finished infusion. Allow it to infuse for approximately 24 hours. Fine strain the popcorn and rebottle. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Citrus Peel Grenadine Syrup – In a saucepan on the stove, dissolve the granulated sugar into the pomegranate juice over medium heat. Once dissolved, add the citrus skins and simmer for 10 mins. Remove the skins and chill the syrup. Bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Cocktail – In a cocktail shaker, combine the kettle corn gin, Moscato wine, and citrus-infused grenadine. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the candy corn. Serve and enjoy!

The Halloween Hypnotist (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 2 ounces Hpnotiq Liqueur, 1-ounce ​vodka, 1 splash lemon juice, Glow sticks

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the Hpnotiq, vodka, and lemon juice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lit glowstick. Serve and enjoy!

Vampire Kiss Martini (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 1 ½ ounces vodka, ¾ ounce ​raspberry liqueur (Chambord), 1 ½ ounces ​sparkling wine, Red sugar.

Gather the ingredients. Rim a cocktail glass with red sugar. Pour the vodka and half of the Chambord into the glass. Top with Champagne. Pour the remaining Chambord over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the drink. Serve and enjoy!

Swamp Water Surprise (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 1 3-ounce package gelatine (any flavor), 1 cup boiling water, ¾ cup ​vodka, 2 ounces rum, ¼ ounce ​curaçao (orange or blue), 1-ounce ​orange juice, ½ ounce lemon juice

Plasma – Gather the ingredients. In a mixing bowl, dissolve the gelatine in boiling water. Stir in the vodka and set the bowl in the freezer. Just before the gelatine sets up completely, whip it with a whisk to form lumps. Let it set for at least 5 minutes.

Cocktail – Gather the ingredients. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the rum, curaçao, and lemon and orange juices (If you want to add to the murkiness, use orange juice with a lot of pulp for the cocktail). Mix in shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Carefully spoon the plasma into the glass. Serve and enjoy!

The Black Widow (Recipe by Colleen Graham)

Ingredients – 2 ounces black vodka, 3 ounces cranberry juice

Gather the ingredients. Pour the cranberry juice into a highball glass filled with ice. Float the vodka on top by pouring it over the back of a bar spoon to disrupt the flow. Or you can slowly drizzle the vodka onto the cranberry juice for a swirling effect. Serve and enjoy!

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Halloween Movies

It’s October, so that means its time to get spooky. Every year I spend the month watching movies that get me in the Halloween mood. I love watching movies and TV shows to help me get excited about different holidays and Halloween is one of the best, curling up with a hot drink and watching a scary movie is the best for this time of year.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus (1993). A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Hocus Pocus 2 (Unknown). Sequel to the 1993 Halloween comedy ‘Hocus Pocus’.

Monster House

Monster House (2006). Three teens discover that their neighbour’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Scream

Scream (1996). A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Scream 2 (1997). Two years after the first series of murders, as Sidney acclimates to college life, someone donning the Ghostface costume begins a new string of killings.

Scream 3 (2000). While Sidney and her friends visit the Hollywood set of Stab 3, the third film based on the Woodsboro murders, another Ghostface killer rises to terrorize them.

Scream 4 (2011). Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Scream 5 (2022). A new instalment of the ‘Scream’ horror franchise will follow a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.

The Babysitter

The Babysitter (2017). The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.

The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020). Two years after Cole survived a satanic blood cult, he’s living another nightmare: high school. And the demons from his past? Still making his life hell.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again (2016). A straitlaced, square couple, seeking shelter from a storm, find themselves in the castle of a transgender alien mad scientist intent on creating a buff bodybuilder.

The Addams Family

The Addams Family (2019). The eccentrically macabre family moves to a bland suburb where Wednesday Addams’ friendship with the daughter of a hostile and conformist local reality show host exacerbates conflict between the families.

The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion (2003). A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected.

Coraline

Coraline (2009). An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Scary Movie

Scary Movie (2000). A year after disposing of the body of a man they accidentally killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer.

Scary Movie 2 (2001). Four teens are tricked by Professor Oldman (Tim Curry) into visiting a haunted house for a school project.

Scary Movie 3 (2003). Cindy must investigate mysterious crop circles and video tapes, and help the President in preventing an alien invasion.

Scary Movie 4 (2006). Cindy finds out the house she lives in is haunted by a little boy and goes on a quest to find out who killed him and why. Also, Alien “Tr-iPods” are invading the world and she has to uncover the secret in order to stop them.

Scary Movie 5 (2013). A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their lost nieces and nephew home. With the help of home-surveillance cameras, they learn they’re being stalked by a nefarious demon.

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters (1984). Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Ghostbusters II (1989). The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021). When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

I hope these movies get you as much into the Halloween spirit as me. I love this time of year and love Halloween though as I get older it seems to be less and less exciting. Obviously, I’m too old to be trick or treating but if only I could. It seems there won’t be much to do this year due to the virus so maybe a movie marathon is the best thing.

‘It’s as much fun to scare as to be scared.’ ~ Vincent Price

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Jocy.

Things To Do In Glasgow

It’s always hard to figure out what to do for the day so I thought I would write another post about things to do but this time for Glasgow. I spend a lot of time in Glasgow and it’s getting difficult to figure out what to do on my days out there. I know we are on the brink of another lockdown but we all need ideas of for when this is all over and we are back to normal, plus it is important to help these places get back to business.

Ghetto Golf

Although it isn’t open yet, Ghetto Golf is definitely on my list of places to visit asap. I love a good game of mini golf but sometimes it can get boring, unless it is themed and styled to make the experience even better. I have been to themed golf venues before and always enjoyed myself so much. Ghetto Golf is apparently going to have food trucks and a bar and many more things to make it a great day out.

Axe Hurling

This is another thing that I haven’t done yet but am very excited to try soon. I have seen loads of videos and posts about things like axe throwing and have always wanted to give it a go. When I was looking for axe throwing in Glasgow, I found a few different venues but Axe Hurling seemed to be the most reviewed and popular.

Escape Reality

The past couple of years my family and I have completed every escape room in the Escape Reality venue and it is honestly so much fun. Trying to figure out puzzles and escape different situations such as solving a murder, escaping prison and surviving a jungle is thrilling and is made so much better by a clock counting down. We even held the record for fastest time in the most difficult room at one point. I absolutely love doing them and am keen to do more.

Sight Seeing

I think if you are visiting any city you should learn a little about the history. I have done sightseeing in nearly every city I have been too and highly recommend doing so, especially in Glasgow. I have been going to this city regularly for over three years and didn’t know half the things I learned while riding the sightseeing tour bus. The bus is also ‘hop-on, hop-off’ so you can get off wherever and get back on when you are done.

Science Centre

Last time I visited the Science Centre was when I was almost 10 years ago so I suspect it has changed a lot but I think I would enjoy it just as much now as I did back then. The center is made of multiple rooms full of interactive and educational exhibits that are fun for the whole family.

Botanic Gardens

For a chilled day out, the botanic gardens are perfect. Walking around some gardens and green houses looking a cool plants and trees is pretty fun. The botanic gardens in Glasgow are beautiful and walking around makes for a really lovely day out. It is also free and so is a perfect day out on a budget.

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Jocy.

Benefits Of Drinking Green Tea

This past year, I have made the switch from coffee to green tea. I still like and sometimes drink coffee but I discovered how good green tea is for you. I originally started drinking it to cope with acne but found out all the amazing things it can help with as well. At first, I didn’t like it at all and was basically forcing it down but now I actually crave it and feel better starting my day with it over coffee. Because of my still growing love for it, I thought I would share all the reasons why green tea is good for you.

Weight Loss

Drinking green tea actually helps to increase your metabolism. It helps to increase weight loss when you are working out and also burn natural fats. Don’t expect it to make you skinny overnight but it does give a helping hand along the way.

Diabetes

According to some studies, it helps to regulate the glucoses levels by slowing the rise of your blood sugar after you eat. It also helps to prevent high insulin spikes.

Heart Disease

A lot of scientists think that it also works to help keep the lining of your blood vessels relaxed and capable of withstanding changes in your blood pressure. It also helps to protect against blood clots forming which is the main cause of things like heart attacks and strokes.

Oesophageal Cancer

it helps to reduce your chance of getting Oesophageal Cancer and it also thought to help kills cancer cells in general without damaging healthy tissue. It is thought to target the cancerous cells without causing damage to healthy ones which is something regular cancer treatment has trouble doing. Drinking green tea wont cure cancer but it gives small help in preventing it.

Cholesterol

It also helps to improve your cholesterol. It reduces the bad cholesterol in your blood and improve the ratio of good and bad.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Amazingly, it is also said to delay the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. through studies on mice it showed that green tea helped to protect the cells in your brain from dying and actually restored some of the damaged cells.

Tooth Decay

If genetics (or lack of hygiene) have left you with teeth trouble, drinking green tea can actually help. Studies have suggested that the chemical antioxidant found in green tea helps to destroy bacteria and viruses that lead to things like throat infections, dental caries, bed breath and loads of other dental conditions.

Depression

Theanine is found in tea leaves and is also thought to provide relaxation and tranquilizing effects that help with mental health.

Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial

Green tea is also antibacterial and can help with treating many different illnesses, serious or not. It has also been shown to stop the spread of many different diseases.

Skincare

The reason I started drinking green tea was due to skincare. It apparently helps with wrinkles, signs of aging, acne and sun damage. This is due to it antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Brain Function

Along with keeping you awake and alert, it is thought to actually improve the function of your brain. It doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee and you can by decaf but it has enough caffeine to cause a response in your body without the bad side effects.

Those are just some of the many benefits of drinking green tea. I read that you have to drink it 3 to 5 times a day in order to get the full effects so I normally drink it with my breakfast, lunch, dinner, when I’m getting ready for bed and then extra cups if I fancy them. I hope this will convince more people to try drinking green tea and give information to people who already want to drink it.

‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’ ~ Hippocrates

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Places To Drink In Edinburgh

I like a drink and I definitely get bored of going to the same places over and over. Edinburgh is the perfect city to never visit the same bar twice. I have already written a post about things to do in Edinburgh but I purposely stayed away from food and drink so I could write separate posts about my favourite places to go.

Frankenstein

I’ve been going to Frankenstein’s for a long time now. I always enjoy my time there. It has a good atmosphere, good music and good drinks. It has a horror theme focused around Frankenstein’s monster and sometimes the monster is lowered down from the ceiling to rise once more. They have a main bar that includes balcony seating and multiple rooms for gigs and comedy acts. They also have large projectors playing movies (normally Frankenstein) and once a week do a Rocky Horror Night where people get up onto the bar and perform the songs.

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters is a great place to go for a drink. They have a huge outside area with bars and food trucks along with an inside bar and multiple rooms for gigs and comedians. I normally go there during the Fringe to drink in the courtyard and see shows. They also have very large outside screens that they show movies and sports on. At Christmas and Halloween, they usually host outdoor movie nights.

Stramash

Nearly every time I go to Edinburgh, I end up going to Stramash. It’s a great place to have drinks and listen to music with a stage for live bands and performers. There is two layers just like Frankenstein with one layer being a balcony. It is always packed when I go in there and I have met some amazing people there as well. It is always good fun and I recommend going there during the Fringe especially.

The Pop Up Geeks

The Pop Up Geeks is a bar I recently discovered. It is a bar that changes its theme to different ‘geeky’ TV shows and movies. They have done Game of Thrones, Star Wars, The Walking Dead and many more. For anyone that loves to geek out and get a little merry at the same time then this bar is definitely for you. I am really excited to go as soon as I can.

The Banshee Labyrinth

For any thrill seekers, this is apparently the most haunted pub in Scotland. It is a family run business for alternative entertainment that has seven rooms including three bars, a pool room, a gig room and a 50-seat cinema. They are constantly having events, gigs, movie nights and much more claiming you will defiantly remember your visit. They also take bookings for functions.

Hopefully these suggestions will get you out of boring pubs like Wetherspoons and give you experiences you will remember forever. Life is all about experiencing new and exciting things, there is no point doing the same thing everyday going to the same places every weekend when you could be out living life to the fullest every chance you get.

‘Get busy living or get busy dying.’ ~ Stephen King

Thank you so much for reading! This post is about my personal experiences/opinions and may not apply to everyone. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post. Check out my last post ‘Eating Like Kylie Jenner For A Day’.

Wear a mask and drink responsibly, 

Jocy.