Things I've Been Told As A Non-Drinker

I don't drink. Well, I do (obviously), just not alcohol

There's no specific reason why I choose not to drink, I just don't like the taste and honestly, I've just never been bothered. However there is a possibility that being the designated drunk sister looker after-er when I was younger could have swayed me slightly, but we won't go into those traumatising stories!

I still love going to pubs with friends who drink and I'll enjoy myself just as much as everybody else, the only difference is that I'll be drinking a pint of coke instead (and probably driving us home).

Over the years when I've told people I don't drink I've been looked at like I've just grown another head and had my fair share of comments, these being the most popular...

1. "You don't know what your missing out on"
This is something I've been told over and over again, Seriously it's as if saying you don't drink translates to 'I don't go out'. Like I've just said I enjoy going out with people who drink and just because I choose to spend my money on other things food, I still know what pubs and how to have fun.

2.  "You're strange"
I've been told this by people who barely know me before and it's kinda rude! I'm still trying to work out why not drinking makes you strange, it's my choice thanks, not yours. Also, I wouldn't turn around and tell somebody they're odd just because they're not into photography or because they like to knit jumpers for chickens! (I would totally buy one FYI, my Henriettas losing her feathers in her old age and she would look so cute).

3. "I'll take you out and get you pissed"
Oh no, no you won't. I always remember somebody I used to be friends with saying this to me once and I just laughed. Do you really think somebody who doesn't drink a drop isn't going to notice when you hand them a vodka & coke instead of their usual? I remember mixing up my dad's rum & coke with my coke one time and oh my god I could have died. So yeah, I'll probably notice.

4. "Try this, you'll like it"
Like I said, I don't like the taste of alcohol so it's unlikely that I'm going to like the drink you're offering me, as nice as that is! Personally, I think the majority of people who say this are trying to make me feel more included, but I am more than happy with what I'm drinking, so just relax and let me enjoy my pop and crisps night at the bar!

Are you somebody like me who prefers to stay away from the booze? Or know somebody who does?
Let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Sally x

20 Things To Do On A Summers Day

When a sunny day comes along, especially in England. It's a shame to not make the most out of it. So I've put together a list of some of my favourite things to do when the weathers at its finest and hopefully you'll take some inspiration from them too!

1. Go for a walk & If you have a dog why not take them with you!

2. Have a pub lunch & relax in the beer garden

3. Have a BBQ

4. Head for a day out at the sea side

5. Throw a garden party

 6. Go swimming at your nearest outdoor swimming pool!

7. Have a picnic in the park

8. Get together with friends and play your favourite sports!

9. Go for a bike ride

10. Go to a zoo/farm

11.  Do some gardening, if your wanting a tan this is the way to get one!

12. Take some pictures, the lighting will be perfect haha!

13. Do some reading whilst lounging in the garden

14. Check what events are going on in your local area. At this time of year, there are galas and fairs going on everywhere!

15. Sit outside and eat your weight in ice cream. Something that I've done far too many times.

16. Relax and listen to your favourite music

17. Have a water fight

18. Go sight seeing

19. Go for a day at the theme park!

20. Go to your local car boot

What are your favourite things to do when it's lovely weather?

Sally x

Easy Money Saving Ideas

Saving money is one of the things I'm rubbish at, if I put a chunk away at the end of payday it's spent within a matter of days. Over the past few years, I've found a few fun little ways that have helped me save up for that spontaneous shopping trip or those tickets for a concert that I've wanted to go to, so hopefully, they'll be able to give you some ideas too!

Save your £2 coins
This is one of the best ideas in my opinion. A year or so ago each time both me and my mum got a £2 coin in our purses we put it in a piggy bank to save up towards Strictly Come Dancing tour tickets. We started fairly early in the year and by the end, we were able to buy great seated tickets and had a fantastic time!

Put £5 away each time you finish a book
You can save more or less each time you complete a book, it's up to you. But just think, if you start in January and were to read one book each month, by December you've got £60 for a nice little Christmas treat or some money towards Christmas shopping.

Save those coppers
I highly doubt it's just me whose purse weighs a tonne because of a number of coppers its got rattling around inside of it! So why not put them to one side in an old jar until you decide you have enough to go cash it in at the bank!

 Another option you have is to cash it in at supermarkets using the Coinstar machines, treat your self whilst you do your shopping or why not pick up a skincare/beauty product and review it for your blog!

Sell old makeup at the car boot
The amount of makeup and other junk I have lying around that I've never used or only used once is ridiculous, so why not make a few quid by clearing it out and selling it at a car boot sale? It's guaranteed that you won't get what you paid in the first place but if you're not going to use it, it's going to go to waste altogether. Stick a price of 50p or £1 on your items and watch people snap up your bargains!

Do you have any ideas on how to save money?
Be sure to share!

Sally x

21 Things Before My 21st

With my 21st birthday approaching this coming Sunday and a blogging break that let's just say.. lasted too long. I thought I'd make my first post back a positive one by listing 21 things that I've done/achieved since my 20th birthday that make me happy!

1. Went to see Bastille in concert! 

2. Country walks.
Oh, I bloody love them now! I don't know if it's me getting slightly older or just less lazy, but I've found a whole new love for going outdoors and exploring new places, especially taking my camera and a dog with me.

3. Made new friends

4. Traveled more
This makes it sound like I've been swanning off to exotic places like the Caribbean, but trust me I haven't, just Nottingham.

5. Passed My Business & Administration courses at work!

6. Quit the gym, hahaa.

7. Got my dream car
It had always been my goal, even before learning to drive to one day own a Mini. But taking into consideration, insurance, tax and the actual car itself, I knew it wasn't going to happen overnight. Over the last few years, I started off with Connie the trusty Corsa and then upgraded to Fiona the fiat 500, before eventually being able to sell Fiona and upgrade to my dream little Mini!

8. Discovered Zizzi (Italian restaurant)
Dough balls, dough balls, dough balls

9.  Become more confident

10. Figured out how to do my eyebrows so that they look fairly, OK.

11.  Made a Youtube video
Not that I ever uploaded it, haha!

12. Learnt more about and improved my photography!

13. Learnt how to sew!
It may only be simple little things at the minute but it's so enjoyable. Unless you keep sewing things the wrong way, which I have a slight tendency to do, whoops.

14. Attended my first blogger event!

15. Experimented with the style of clothing I like

16. Laughed more

17. Read more books!

18. Tried new foods
I am one of the fussiest eaters going, so this is something I'm proud of!

19. Spent more time with the people I'm closest to!

20. Put a stop to things that made me unhappy

21. Started looking at courses for what I want to do in the future!

I'm so happy with the things that I've achieved this year and I can't wait to see what my 21st year brings! Hopefully more blog posts hahaha.

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