Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Heyyyy Everyone,

I've got a question for my readers this week, I need your help on something.. Does distance really make the heart grow fonder? 

I have always thought that it does, my best relationships have been when I don't even live in the same city as my other half. You treasure your time together more than you would if they are just two minutes down the road. You do more exciting things together to make the most of the time. And you are constantly on a countdown until the next time you are going to be in their arms....However, is there a limit to this? Can you go so long without seeing each other that it turns more into 'out of sight out of mind'?

Maybe everybody is different and it depends on the person? Maybe it depends how much love is involved? Or maybe, just maybe, it is all in our heads, and the outcome is what we make it?

You must be thinking, why you asking us? Basically, I am planning a trip away for 6 months to the other side of the world and my 'special someone' and I have different views on how well it will go. I am overly confident that time will fly, our hearts will grow the most fondest of fonder, and there is no reason why we can't get through it. I'm not saying it'll be easy and I can guarantee tearful phone conversations but I've seen people do it before for longer, but maybe it is easier for me because I am the one going on my jolly holidays. He is not so confident, he doesn't think he can go 6 months without a cuddle and he questions what would happen if something happened to one of us and we couldn't be there to support each other. So that's why I've come to my blog for help, we both need reassurance that it is possible or maybe even your advice on how to make it more bearable.. HELPPP?? 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Stamp Out Negativity

Heyyyy Everyone, 
This past week I have been in a very loving mood. I have loved spending precious time with my family, friends and special people and that has made me very happy. Don't get me wrong, it hasn't been all sunshine and smiles, in fact it actually hasn't been the easiest of weeks. A lot of things have happened that have caused me to be anxious, stressed and therefore upset. But it's spending time with the people I love that makes me feel so much better. The point that I want to get at in this blog is 'do not let people or little things get you down'.  

What a lot of people tend to do is go in a bad mood as soon as something goes wrong. That then leads to more things going wrong, even if they are really small like spilling your drink or missing a call, but they will seem like big things and they will start to make your day go worst. If you get in this negative mood your mind will start to over think little things that are going to get you even more down and you'll be stuck in a negative rut! All you need to get you out of this negativity is to talk to someone you love, they can change your attitude in minutes. When things have gone wrong this week for me I have text my cousin who always knows what to say to make me feel better, or I have played with my little brother because his cheeky laugh could put a smile on any grumpy person, or I have simply hugged a loved one and felt safe in their arms. All very small things that turn my mood straight away. 

What I have probably done here is go the long way around basically saying, don't dwell on the bad things, go and hug that special someone that can immediately put a smile on your face and put that negative attitude at the back of your mind! Negativity is a horrible cycle that you get stuck in, don't let that small thing ruin your day! 

I found so many quotes for this blog that I felt were fitting, these are just a couple! 

Tell me in the comments what helps you get out of a good mood, and just remember guys, keep smiling! 

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Travel on a Budget

Heyyyy Everyone,

As you will notice from my blog or if you follow me on twitter or Instagram you will know I have done a fair bit of travelling over the past 8 months. Your probably thinking I'm made of money being able to go on all these trips, but I can assure you that is not the case. In fact I have to be very careful with my money to make sure that I can continue to travel whenever I want to. I thought I would give you my top 5 tips on things that I do to make travelling cheaper!

1. Stay in a Hostel - I think this seems like an obvious one but to be honest sometimes hostels don't work out massively cheap. With all the hotel sites you can go on these days to get mega deals, sometimes when your splitting a hotel room with a friend that seems like the cheaper option. HOWEVER, even if your going to save £10/20 on the hotel think about what money you will spend whilst your there. One of the major money savers at hostels is the kitchen. Almost every hostel will have a kitchen where you can cook your evening meal, saving you massively on restaurants. A lot of hostels are also now offering you breakfast included in your price, which makes it even better. Free breakfast, treat yourself to lunch and have a cheap supermarket dinner.

2. If you do end up staying in a hotel use the room fridge - This one is not possible everywhere, sometimes there is no fridge or maybe the fridge is full of 'room service' and you can't get into it. But, if you are lucky enough to get a good fridge buy yourself a bottle of milk and some cereal for the week. I always travel with a knife, fork and spoon, and I normally use the hotel mugs to eat my cereals out of! If you want to go all out, you could also buy sandwich fillings and bread to make pack up lunches!

3. Travel during the night - Travelling during the night means you have one less night of accommodation to pay for. All forms of transport are near enough 24 hours, whether your getting a bus, train or plane, get it at night. You can then arrive at your hostel the next morning, they will happily store your luggage, and you have a full day wherever you are!

4. Walk everywhere - It might seem cheap hoping on the bus to get across town for a couple of dollars/euros/pounds, but that all adds up when your having to get the bus numerous times in one day. If you look on Google maps it will tell you how long it takes to walk to a place and I will only ever resort to public transport if the walk is over an hour. I am saving myself money but also getting to see where I am, sometimes I stumble across some fantastic things on my walks and I have also become an excellent map reader!

5. Stick to local specialities - Whether it be food and drink or local beer and spirits, no matter where you go the local specialities are always cheaper! I have managed to half my spending on a night out by drinking the local beer rather than expensive imported beers! You get to try some weird and wonderful things and save money in the process.
I hope these tips help and you will consider them on your next travels. If you have any good tips for me please comment below!
Ciao EmmaJessica <3 

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

July 2015: Numbers

Heyyyy Everyone, 

I smashed this book in about 2 days. Like I said in my last review, my mum gave me this book and as I totally trust her judgement on books I decided to read it without even reading the synopsis. I fully recommend doing that, if you are recommended a book by someone you trust just go for it without knowing anything about the storyline, it makes reading it even more exciting! That’s why I try not to give too much info away in my book reviews so there is still an element of surprise when you read.

So just a little hint about this book; it is about a girl that sees peoples ‘numbers’ when she looks them in the eye. She realises the number she see’s is the date that that person is going to≈ die. That’s all I’m going to say, there’s a bit of a love story in there and there’s a lot of drama. When I first started reading it I felt like it was a book for teenagers, which it probably is, but the storyline is appropriate for any age! Fully recommend it!

Next month I am going to be reading 'Grasshopper Jungle' by Andrew Smith. Another book that I have no idea about, it was a freebie so I thought I would give it a go! 
Ciao EmmaJessica <3