Weekly Round-Up: #41


I’ve had a rather mixed week. I am still not at work as my mental health is not good and all I want is to get back and be the great social worker I know deep down that I am. But on my bad days I can’t see or feel anything other than guilt, worthlessness and incompetence. I know the recovery road will have many bumps, twists and turns but I didn’t realise quite how hard it would be. If only we could switch off our thoughts sometimes! I can’t run away from my head. I have been able to do a few things this week, so let’s dive in.

Beauty: Maybelline Eyeshadow Palette & Eye Candy Nail Wraps

This week I have posted two reviews  which have been well received. The first being of this stunning The Nudes eyeshadow palette from Maybelline. If you missed my post then click Review: Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette.

My second post was of these pretty striking nail wraps I received in February’s Nailbox. This was my first attempt at using nail wraps and I have to say I’m converted. Check out Review: Eye Candy 3D Nail Wraps. 


Creativity: Acrylics on Canvas

I have also been quite inspired to paint this week. It has felt great to be able to reconnect with my creative spirit and see where it takes me. I’ve been using acrylic paints on canvas and in this piece I used two layers of acrylic paint to get the really opaque full colour finish. I’m not sure where this will hang in our house. Now…. What to paint next?


Food: Home Baked Salmon & Harvester

I have continued to enjoy experimenting with cooking this week and have made a slow cooked beef casserole and this absolutely delicious salmon dish. 


I topped the salmon with garlic & herb cream cheese before baking in the oven. I served this with stir fried courgetti and oven baked mushrooms. So so tasty. Yummy.

On Friday Dave took the day off and we went out for lunch at the Harvester. It’s been a while since I’ve visited a Harvester and their menu had changed which was a welcome surprise.


I ordered the sausage whirl with baked apple, sweet potato fries and buttered green beans. This was a new addition to the menu and the sausage was slow baked and really satisfying. The sweet potato fries were however rather bland and the green beans were overcooked and soggy – I like my veg crisp and crunchy! The unlimited salad was nice though so I stocked up on veggies that way.

Throwback: The Awkward Teenage Years

When I was sorting through some of our boxes I stumbled across some old photos of me when I was 16/17 and in the last year of high school and first year of A levels at sixth form. This was in 2000/2001 and I was well and truly into my rocker/goth phase.


I think I was 17 in the above photograph and this was my staple wardrobe; wide legged baggy skater jeans, Nirvana hoody and my beloved Barbie lunchbox which I customised with pink glitter glue designs to use as a make shift bag! Oh I thought I looked so cool!


The above photo is me as a fresh faced 16 year old. This was taken during our year 11 French revision trip to Boulogne. I adored wearing plastic brightly coloured bead bracelets stacked high on my wrists and I am rocking the Nirvana hoody again; this time pairing it with my beloved Hole t-shirt. I was such a quiet and shy teenager (still am very quiet and introverted) but I found freedom in very loud grunge and rock music. Still do! 

This was a lovely trip down memory lane. What struck me about these photographs is that at the time I thought I was ugly and fat. Looking back I think I looked perfect and I wasn’t ugly (well… apart from the severely over plucked eyebrows!). If only we could go back in time and build up the confidence and esteem of our younger selves!

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks round-up. Let me know if you have tried any of the beauty products mentioned and let me know what you looked like and were into in the early 2000’s. Thanks for reading and look forward to reading and replying to your comments. 


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6 responses to “Weekly Round-Up: #41

  1. Such a creative week for you Em, how beeeeautiful is that canvas?! The colours are fabulous… reminds me of Monet’s use of colours, who happens to be one of my fav artists ๐Ÿ™‚
    Loving the nail wraps huni, I got a little tester from Jamberry ages ago and adored them – they are so handy and last for ages… so much better than polish in my humble opinion! Glad you like them too. Awesome round-up Em โค Karen XXX

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