My First Time at Five Guys


We all love a good food hype, right?

Well I’m small-town (relatively), and with the exception of on occasional trips to London, I’ve always been miles and miles from one of the latest hypes from the last year or two: Five Guys. Yep, that’s right, I’ve only just been for the first time.

However, on our trip to Manchester last weekend, Matthew promised to take me for my first ever Five Guys at the Trafford Centre, and it went a little something like this..


First up, Matthew advised me to order the ‘little’ options on the menu, so I chose a little bacon cheeseburger and a little fries. Now I’m not a fussy eater, but I often find that in most burger places I end up picking out half of the junk they stuff into the bun, so when I realised that I got to choose exactly what went into my burger, it made my little heart so happy! There are 15 different extras available, from lettuce, onions and tomato to different sauces, so you can build the exact burger that you want without the worry of pickles hidden under the cheese or looking like a fuss-pot when you deconstruct your burger just to remove that pesky tomato. Goodbye unnecessary food waste!

Drink-wise, I had to go for the refillable Coke machine option, and I swear my mission in life from now is to try as many different combinations of fizzy drinks as I possibly can. I settled on a peach flavoured Sprite, quite honestly because I love anything peach flavoured, but it was delicious and I 100% feel like it should be offered as a standard Sprite flavour..


The wait for the food to be ready was a little longer than some fast-food places, but I’ve waited longer in McDonalds at times, and trust me when I say its well worth it. A brown paper bag and foil wrapped burger may seem humble as its passed over the counter, but don’t be fooled by a plain appearance.


It was so nice to eat a burger that not only was perfect in terms of its contents, but the bun didn’t go soggy or disintegrate in the time it took me to eat it, and the fries weren’t cold by the time I got to them. While its a little pricier than a Maccys or BK, I’ve paid more for burgers I’ve liked less, and compared to these ‘gourmet’ burger places out there, I’d say my little bacon cheeseburger shone out above these. Not a single chip was soggy, or burnt, and they too were delicious. Also, despite all my portion sizes being ‘little’, I was STUFFED at the end of it, and actually left some fries behind because I couldn’t manage them all.

I’m not gonna lie, I actually haven’t stopped thinking about Five Guys since, and now I have to wait an agonising few months because Five Guys is coming to Bournemouth, but not until the summer, waaa! However I’ve heard a rumour that they’ll be on Deliveroo when they do open, so that could get dangerous.. Also I’m dying to try one of their milkshakes!

I can’t wait for another brown bag of burger goodness, bring on the Bournemouth opening!

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My Lush Dislikes

My Lush Product Dislikes

When you discover a brand that ticks all the boxes for you, its very easy to fall in love with every product that hits the shelves, and this fact doesn’t get much more accurate than when it comes to Lush. Every new shower jelly and bath bomb that drops instantly becomes a new obsession, and I don’t think I can be the only person who defines the seasons based on whether I’m stocking up on Snow Fairy or Unicorn Horns.

Personally, there’s nothing I love more than trying out as many different products as I can, but over the years, there have, controversially, been a few products that just haven’t met my expectations..

Prince Charming shower cream

This pretty pink Valentine’s Day exclusive is something that I bought for the first time a few weeks ago. I’ve seen it featured in favourites posts of many bloggers, so I figured why not test it out – I mean, its pink! To be honest, the scent just doesn’t do that much for me, and I’m sorta glad I only bought the smallest size of bottle..

Honey I Washed My Hair shampoo bar

As a person who swears by shampoo bars, I was really disappointed in my experience with this one. Admittedly, its probably just due to my hair type, but for something that smells SO GOOD, I was sorta hoping to love it.

Twilight bath bomb

I know that this is a classic for many Lushies, but I CANNOT stand lavendar..

Love and Light hand cream

I got this as part of a gift box, and its definitely not something that I’ll be buying myself. Could just be my skin type, but it leaves my hands feeling quite greasy and oily, and the smell doesn’t really do it for me either.

D’Fluff shaving soap

I want so badly to like this product, I just don’t.. Maybe I had a duff batch, but the consistency doesn’t seem right and its almost impossible to apply, and only seems to making shaving my legs more of a chore than it normally is!

Are there any products that don’t do it for you? I’m curious!

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Thoughts I Had During Rogue One

Rogue One Spoiler Free

Once again, the movie gods saved all the major films to the end of the year, and in my eyes, the whole of 2016 has been leading up to the moment that I got to see ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..’ on the big screen once more.

Not seen it yet? Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here!

DUNNNN DUN DUN.. What?!

So I decided that I liked the opening how it was, but I kinda really wanted that theme tune blaring out..

I am loving all these new places

Its so nice to not see the same planets cropping up all the time, and also to see the diversity of climate on different planets and moons

Is this Poe’s Mexican cousin?

Do I like him though?

That is one sassypants droid

K-2SO makes this film!

What’s this, another desert-ish planet?

Surprise surprise, there’s sand again..

This blind guy is BADASS

Yes the force is with you, you crazy awesome dude

I’m gonna need to watch this a second time to work out everyone’s names

There are a lot of names flying around, and I’m not entirely sure who’s is who right now..

Ok, I like him now

Poe’s Mexican cousin has redeemed himself in my eyes

I AM LOVING THIS

Its Star Wars, but not Star Wars and I can’t keep my eyes off the screen and I already want to see it again and its not even over

Were R2 and C-3PO really necessary?

I love a cameo, but I don’t know if that added anything

Scarif looks like a pretty place for a holiday

If I was the Emperor, I’d build a base there too just for those beaches

I’m not crying, you’re crying

I am one with the force, the force is with me. I am one with the force, the force is with me..

THAT ENDING THOUGH

AHHHHHHHHH

I loved it, I really did. I’m so glad I didn’t watch any of the trailers for it as I wanted to go in with a totally open mind, and I think that was for the best. I’m also really happy that they didn’t keep it too Star Wars – the soundtrack was perfect and the casting was spot on as always, just with its own little unique quirks.

I think if I could say one bad thing about the movie, its that I don’t really think its suitable for children as much as the other Star Wars films, which is a shame as a new generation of Star Wars lovers was created last year, and I imagine a lot of children would be wanting to see this film as a result, but without spoiling it, I’d probably advise that parents see it first before taking small children!

Have you seen it yet?

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Things I Didn’t Like About The Gilmore Girls Revival

There are a few spoilers here

Things I Didn't Like about Gilmore Girls

Its been two weeks since the Netflix release of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, and I’ve been struggling over what to write ever since.

I’ve always been a huge Gilmore Girls fan, so this revival was a huge thing for me. I watched all four episodes back to back on the day of release, and was left with my mouth hanging open at that cliffhanger ending (which I had no idea was coming, despite the fact that my mum wasn’t in the slightest bit surprised). I had mixed feelings about the whole thing; there was a lot that I loved about it, but there were also some aspects that I really didn’t, and while I like to keep myself positive, its much easier to write about the things that I didn’t like, so here goes!

Rory’s attitude to guys

I was really surprised to discover Rory had a boyfriend, but what surprised me more was her attitude to him. We’ve always watched Rory 100% commit to her relationships, so for her to have a guy that not only was she not really into in the slightest, but also frequently forgot about and strung along the way she did really bothered me.

Also, I know that Rory has been the ‘other woman’ before, in the case of Dean and Lindsay, I didn’t like that she ran back to Logan, despite his engagement. I know she called it off herself in the end, but I still lost a little respect for her.

Lorelai’s scene after the funeral

I know its a reason for Lorelai and Emily to fall out, but the way that Lorelai acted after her father’s funeral was just not ok. I didn’t find it funny or necessary, and they could have found another reason to add in the scene at the end of the whole ‘Wild’ moment.

Stars Hollow The Musical

The idea was cute, but the show itself was way drawn out..

The unnecessary cameos

Don’t get me wrong, I loved that they included so many original characters, but they didn’t need to fit in everyone, and when they couldn’t book Chad Micheal Murray, they could have cut the Tristan bit, instead of showing the back of some random guys head from a distance..

Weird musical numbers

Stars Hollow The Musical aside, I didn’t really see the point of any of the long soundtrack scenes. Take the Life and Death Brigade bit for example: yes, I liked the fact that they brought the guys in and spent a night doing goofy stuff, but the blaring background music did nothing for me and I thought the whole thing was way longer than it needed to be.

A lack of Sookie

Because she was featured in the teaser trailer, I was fully expecting Sookie to be present throughout all the episodes. Now I get that Melissa McCarthy is a much bigger star than she was when the series began, but she was really integral and it made for all those bizarre ‘pop up chef’ scenes.

The ending

That cliffhanger had me in shock, and I ran around the house freaking out because it was such a huge announcement. But the more I’ve had time to think about it, the more I think I wish they hadn’t done that. We all know it must be Logan’s, but if the whole ‘full circle’ idea continues, he won’t be around – I mean, he’s engaged and all. The only vaguely rectifying thing is that I hope that Jess becomes Rory’s Luke, and those two finally end up together. I’ve always been Team Jess.

Despite this outburst of negetivity, I did like the revival, but not as much as I always loved the original show. I really hope they don’t just leave it as it is and that they do pick it up for more Stars Hollow madness, but I don’t think I’m gonna be pining for it too much.

What did you think?

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Reasons Why I Loved Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Its the movie Potter fans have been waiting for; a prequel like no other.


Like any good Hufflepuff, I was pretty excited to see my house being represented well, and apparated down to the cinema on the day the film was released, and here are a few of the things that I thought made this movie properly magical – don’t worry, its spoiler free!

It wasn’t Harry Potter

While my excitement for this movie came from my love of the Harry Potter, this film felt nothing like a classic Potter.

There were no ‘for the sake of it’ references

You know how when you get sequels/prequels that are set in totally different times, one of the writers decides to put in a bunch of references to an original character that isn’t really necessary and you know they’re just trying and failing to be ‘relevant’? Nope, there was none of that and it was fab.

New vocabulary

Again, rather than just sticking to all the wizarding terms we’re grown to understand, there are a lot of new phrases and references that we’ve not heard before, which given how most language changes over time, is perfectly understandable given the date of this setting vs the Hogwarts years we know all to well

Eddie Redmayne

He just plays the part so well. A number of actors could have produced a number of different portrayals of Newt, but boy does Eddie hit the nail on the head!

Magical effects

With technology as it is these days, its easy for film makers to fall into the trap of overdoing their special effects, which results in unnecessary and unrealistic scenes, but while this film is packed with magical moments, at no point so any of these spells look out of place.

The beasts

Its quite easy to fall in love with adorable creatures in films, but when they’re also magical and full of personality, I defy anyone not to walk out of the cinema not wanting a niffler.

It gives you all the feels

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll gasp out loud.. You’ll love every second of it.

Have you seen it yet? Let me know what you thought!

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Elete Holistic Hydrate Review*

Elete Holistic Hydrate

One huge aspect of healthy living that is overlooked by so many people is hydration. It takes little to no effort, but the benefits range from better skin to reducing bloat and helping with weight loss.

Keeping hydrated is something I feel strongly about, so when the guys at elete Holistic Hydrate got in touch and asked me to try their Electrolyte Hydration drops, I was really interested in how I could potentially up my hydration game.

In recent months, I’ve almost entirely cut out fizzy drinks and made a concise effort to reduce my squash intake, so I primarily just drink water or fruit tea, so it was really important for me that the eHH add-in drops were as tasteless as they claimed to be. At first, I was super careful in measuring out the correct amount needed to add to each drink I made, but it soon became clear to me that I really couldn’t taste any difference, so I became a little more relaxed with my measurements – a short squeeze into my water bottle before workouts did the trick just nicely!

So what are the advantages of eHH over branded sports drinks?

Well, your average bottle of Lucozade Sport contains around 30g sugar, which yes, is great for energy, but they also tend to be loaded with artificial sweeteners (especially the low-cal versions), which quite frankly go straight through you, so yes you’ll be running faster, but only really in the direction of the toilet.. Hydrated? I think not. eHH is 100% sugar and calorie free; its completely natural. It also helps you hydrate faster, reducing the amount of fluid needed to get rid of that thirsty feeling, which your body often confuses as hunger.

Considering I’m a person who doesn’t believe in ‘artificial’ fitness supplements, eHH has got me pretty excited to be adding a natural product to my regime!

PS: You can get 10% off online using BLOGGER DISCOUNT!

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Five Things that Happened While I Read The Cursed Child

This post contains mild spoilers!

The Cursed Child

When The Cursed Child was announced, I had mixed feelings. I avoided spoilers (which is a real talent of mine) and thought long and hard about whether or not I’d want to read the book based on some of the thoughts and feelings I had seen on Twitter.

I heard complaints about the format of the book as a script, there was moaning about the fact that JK didn’t write it herself, and of course there are people absolutely refusing to read it until they’ve seen the play, and there was me in the middle of it all. If I’m being honest, I didn’t really feel all that into the idea.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Potter fan and always have been, but for some reason The Cursed Child didn’t fill me with any excitement, until I opened the cover..

1. I felt the joy of returning to Hogwarts

From the opening scene I felt like I’d been transported back to my childhood, where starting the next HP book gave me uncontrollable feelings of excitement.

2. I felt my heart break

As the years flash by and we watch Albus drift further and further away from his family and the situation spiralled into unhappiness, I honestly felt for the poor guy..

3. There was audible gasping

Plots twisting more than the Whomping Willow, shock revelations.. On more than one occasion there were verbal reactions.

4. Major anxiety 

There is nothing that stresses me out more than uncertainty of outcomes, and I was totally incapable of putting the book down until I knew everything was going to be ok.

5. Tears, just so many tears..

That ending. I was sobbing..

I read the whole book in two sittings: part one and part two. In fact, I’m almost certain that had I not needed to be up for work early the morning after I started it I probably would have stayed up all night to finish it in one go. The layout of the story didn’t bother me in the slightest; the fact that it was set up like a proper script didn’t make the reading of it any more difficult so I don’t really understand why some people had problems with it. I had no prior expectations of the storyline, so I could completely immerse myself, and the fact is, I thought it was brilliant.

Where do you stand on The Cursed Child?

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