Monday, 29 December 2014


Heyyyy Everyone, 

This isn't the kind of travel blog I thought I would be writing this week. 
Last week my life came crashing down, all my plans were crushed and my dreams were shattered. 

I was due to be travelling to Canada, but unfortunately without the correct paperwork was refused entry. After being sat through a horrendous 3 hours in immigration I was put on the first plane back. I didn't get a breath of fresh air for 30 hours and spent 21 hours sat on a plane. What didn't help the situation was that I have been full of cold. With a blocked nose, blocked ears, a sore throat and a fuzzy head I just couldn't quite believe the whole situation, I'm still sure now that I'm going to wake up from this nightmare. 

I have been curled up in a ball on the sofa bursting into tears at any mention of what happened, but now I've had time to recover what I don't want to do is dwell on my experience. I have had a few days to get my head around the situation and now I'd like to look towards the future and my next plan. 

I'm a huge believer in 'everything happens for a reason'. I'm not sure what the reasoning for this is yet but there are a number of silver linings just a few of them being; 

1. I'm going to be able to welcome my baby brother into the world. 
2. I've spent Christmas with my family. 
3. I can move some super exciting trips forward. 

I will not change my goal of travelling and seeing the world so it looks like my plans to go to Australia have been brought forward and I can't wait to start planning. 

If anyone has any advice for me on travelling around Australia please let me know in the comments! 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

December 2014: Starter for Ten

Heyyyy Everyone, 

I was really excited to read this book because I am a big David Nicholls fan. It did not disappoint. It is based around a young lad getting through his first year of university. I really liked that it was written from a 'male' point of view, it just made it different to a usual rom com. I wouldn't rant and rave about this book being a 'must' read but if your looking for an easy to read, likeable storyline, it is definitely that. The only thing I struggled with was that it is set in the 80s and there quite a few 80s references I didn't understand.

I've just read online that it was made into a movie in 2006, so I'm going to go watch that now! By the way, if you are going to read this book then don't go and watch the trailer for the film, because it basically gives everything away! 

Next month I will be reading one of my christmas presents. The new Zoella book 'Girl Online'

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

November 2014: We Are Completely Beside Ourselves

Heyyyy Everyone, 

See I promised I would read this one in a month and I've done it! Although I don't quite know how I've managed it because I have been trying to avoid this book. I have to give honest reviews and this book is genuinely not what I thought it would be. And I've struggled to get through it. 

The synopsis made out like it was going to be this big thriller, a girl who tells the story about how and why her brother and sister went missing. But *SPOILER* turns out her sister was a chimpanzee, and her upbringing was an experiment by her psychologist father. I know, it just didn't interest me. I think if you were interested in psychology and testing on animals and that kind of thing you might of found some of the information in it quite interesting but it just didn't float my boat. 

Once I start reading a book I can't not finish it, same with a movie, even if its crap I watch it all the way through. The story did have a nice ending and some funny bits in the middle, but just not enough to keep me hooked. I'm not sure I'll be passing this book onto anyway I'm afraid. Sorry Karen Joy Fowler! 

Next month I will be reading 'Starter for Ten' By David Nicholls. I absolutely LOVED 'One Day', so I am sure I will enjoy this book too! 

Ciao Emma Jessica <3

Friday, 5 December 2014

'Next' Christmas Wishlist

Heyyyy Everyone, 

When I was a kid I used to get the argos catalogue and rip out the pictures of the toys I wanted for christmas. As I got older I moved onto the Next catalogue. This year I thought I'd be a bit more 'up-to-date' and blog my Next wish list! 

1. Every girl needs new Pyjamas for christmas. I usually open mine on christmas eve so I can wake up in them on christmas day! Next always have the cutest PJ sets and this year I am loving this set in particular.. 
(Animal Cuff Pyjamas £25)

I find these style of bottoms really comfy and as I spend most my time in PJs I like sets that I can get away with wearing all day, this set is acceptable right? 

2. Every girl sets the new years resolution to get fit and get rid of that christmas weight, so  of course gym wear is on my wish list, and how funky are these leggings! 
(Animal Side Stripe Leggings £14)

3. It's kind of been a tradition to get slippers for Christmas in my house. And normally by christmas day last years slippers have holes and are very ready to be replaced. So I found these super duper cute Cat slippers for this year, how bloody adorable.. 
(Cat Smoking Slippers £12)

I have limited myself to my top 3 items otherwise this wish list would go on forever, next has some amazing clothes in their winter collection, some next vouchers would be great if there is anyone out there struggling to know what to get me ;-)

Fellow bloggers, why don't you blog your next wish list as well, you'd be in the chance to win an item off your list! The details are all HERE!

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Winter illness

Heyyyy Everyone, 

If you follow me on twitter you will know that I have spent the last few days complaining about being ill! I have felt like death. That first winter cold has hit me and I have gone through every stage at the worst possible levels. Yes, I had days when snot was pouring down my face and there was nothing I could do to stop it, I had days when I was coughing so much I couldn't even hear myself think, and then I had the days that my chest felt like it had been punched by a heavy weight boxer because of all the coughing. Trust me, this year has topped all colds, at one point I sneezed SOOO hard that a bit of sick came up, I know you didn't want to know that but please appreciate how ill I've been and if you want to send me sympathy I'd love that. 

I don't know if 'Spink Health' follow me on twitter and saw me complaining, but right in the middle of my illness I received an email from them saying 'Is your home making you ill?' It got me thinking, I know that its now winter and it's that time of year when most people get ill, but maybe there are more simple things we can do to make us better that we haven't even thought of. 

Spink Health gave a few tips to having a more healthy house that are so simple we such be doing them anyway (but I know if we are being honest we aren't). My favourite 3 suggestions were:

1. Use eco friendly cleaning products - I think this is very important anyway because you don't realise how products can damage the environment with the chemicals they involve. But I also didn't realise that some everyday cleaning products contain chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can be dangerous for your respiratory health. Go eco friendly people! 

2. Consider wood flooring - This has always been an important one for me as I suffer from asthma and carpets can harbour dust, dirt, dander, bacteria and cleaning products which can be hard to get out and release potentially harmful substances into the air, worsening your indoor air quality. I know you can't just change all the floors in your house but next time you are re-decorating just think about wood, lino, tiles, all them kinds of floors. 

3. Take your shoes off at the door - Its so simple and everyone means to do it but there are always occasions you walk in with your shoes on. Having shoes on inside means all of the pollen, dirt, soil etc from outdoors is spread around your home and you don't want that!!! 

It's too late for me, I'm already ill, but I am going to be taking on this advice to fight off illnesses in the future. And I don't want any of you feeling the way I have over the past few days so you do this too! Thanks for the tips 'Spink Health'! 

Be healthy guys! 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3