The Blog Brew – My New Adventure Book!

So I guess you’re wondering, what is The Adventure Book? I am here to tell you!

I would also like to confirm I was not asked to post this, this is something I wanted to share with you all as I feel its such a great creative outlet and also such a cute idea, it kept me busy for a while and I wanted to share as part of my blog brew collaboration as I’ve really gotten into it and I think others will enjoy it too.

So this book originally came up on my Instagram feed as an ad, I already have 3 scrapbooks, 5 photo albums, one bullet journal, surely one more creative outlet can’t hurt? Especially because it was travel related and I love documenting all my travels, so this just seemed another great way to do so. The book is really well priced including shipping from the Netherlands and created by a couple by the names of Nicole and Robin! Their aim is to have all your memories in one journal on one page!

So as you can see from the instructions there’s a page for all 196 independent countries so that means SO MUCH ROOM FOR ACTIVTIES, and also your creative side. I can’t wait to fill in the multiple places with pictures, money, paint and washy tape galore. I have a lot of washy tape, its my favourite part of my arts and crafts box.

The best part is at the start of the book you can colour in the world maps of where you’ve been, you can also tick the checklist of countries where you’ve been, which is great for planning which countries you need to edit and do in the book! Ive got quite a few to get started on;

Spain, South Africa, America (they have half a page for each state), Portugal, Iceland, Hungary, Norway, Sri Lanka, France, Turkey and more!

So not only do they have these checklists and world maps to colour in of course they have a section for each country. They’re really good size, enough for some key memories and bits & pieces.

They also offer on other pages through the book stamp pages, where you can out the stamps from that country (postal stamps) but they also have a passport stamp page! They also offer a ‘Surprise’ page where it tells you to go to the airport with no destination in mind and choose the first place on the list and go. In the book you’ll write the details of where you went and all! They also offer travel bingo pages, you can colour in all the flags of the countries you’ve been too (which isn’t as easy as it sounds) and just so much more.

It’s been a really good pass-time especially with Lockdown and isolation taking a toll on everyone. I was really glad I went ahead and got it because I miss travelling so much, it was just another way to reminisce and remember just how much fun I’ve had in the past going to different countries and having huge adventures with my friends and family.

Its a really good gifts for friends and family who love to travel and its also really well sized, not to small not to big! So you can totally carry it with you too! I just don’t think it would be as easy to carry all your arts and crafts stuff with you to do it, haha!

I highly recommend it for all travel lovers! I’ve really enjoyed the purchase and I’m glad I did it! This post was a part of the Blog Brew Collaboration, for the other girls blog posts and websites head to the links below!

July Collab – Head Over to Chimmyville.com

July Collab – Head over to Introverted Creativity

July Collab – Head over to Perselem

July Collab – Head over to Wanderer and Traveller (THATS ME).

July Collab – Head over to Tales of Belle

July Collab– Head over to Kirsty Marie

July Collab – Head over to The Makeup by Beth

July Collab – Head over to Mrs Slee-Jones

July Collab – Head over to My Breaking Views

The Blog Brew – Drowning Prevention Week: How to be safe in the water.

And we are back with another month of Blog Brew collaboration posts from the girls! This month we are focusing on Awareness days/weeks!

Drowning Prevention Week, How to be safe in the water.

Drowning prevention week is something that is very important to myself. I have always lived by the sea all my life, been a water baby and for 4 summers I was an RNLI Lifeguard for my local beaches. I understand how important it is to be safe when swimming in the ocean and you should too. I will be writing from the perspective of being careful in the sea but this also is the same for swimming pools and any body of water you want to go in so you can #BeALifesaver, the official RLSS Drowning Prevention Week hashtag!

Did you know it takes only 3 minutes for you to drown?

Over 700 people drown every year. Here is how you can swim safely!

Look out for lifeguards.

They are here to help! Most importantly make sure you SWIM BETWEEN THE RED AND YELLOW FLAGS. These flags are there for a reason, it is the safest place to swim on the beach and that area is also being monitored by the lifeguards so if you do get in any trouble for whatever reason they will be there to lend a helping hand. Its the same at a swimming pool, the lifeguards are there to help. If you are swimming in an area where lifeguards do not operate ensure to keep an eye on the points below and be careful.

Its Colder than it looks.

Cold water shock. You know when you run, jump or dive into some cold water and it takes your breath away? That is cold water shock. The shock of the cold water on your body can prevent you from being able to draw breath and this can prevent you form being able to swim or help yourself.

Don’t go too far.

If you are out of your depth and unable to stand you may find the currents are stronger than your swimming ability, which brings us to the next point…

Its stronger than it looks.

Some currents can be so strong it could sweep you away within seconds. Never underestimate and undercurrent. You might not be able to see it but if you can see you’re moving along the shoreline it’s definitely there. A prime example is rip tide. If you swim into a rip tide this will pull you out to sea. If you feel you are being pulled out tot see and unable to swim against this current SWIM SIDEWAYS. A rip current is almost like a funnel of water. If you swim left or right of this funnel you should eventually reach the outside area of the rip tide. Although you are till not save once outside the rip. which bring us to the next point of….

Bringing a friend!

Make sure if you are not a strong swimmer or you want to feel that much safer always ensure to bring a friend and don’t swim alone. Especially if you aren’t confident, if you are then ensure you are nearby lifeguards so they may assist you if you need help!

If at a swimming pool, FOLLOW POOL RULES.

These rules are there for a reason. To look after yourself, your family, your friends and everyone around you. Ensure your own safety and others, make sure to notify the lifeguard if you have any issues.

#BEALIFESAVER this year.

With our beaches having a limited lifeguard presence this year due to Covid-19 remember to swim and stay safe where and when you can, head to the link below to stay safe in the water all year around in pools, open water swimming and the ocean.

https://www.rlss.org.uk/Pages/Category/water-safety-information

BLOGGERS TAKING PART IN THIS COLLABORATION

6th  June – Head over to https://introvertedcreativity.com 

8th June – Head over to https://chimmyville.co.uk

10th June – Head over to  https://perselem.blog

14th June– Head over to https://wondererandtraveller.wordpress.com

14th June– Head over to https://mybreakingviews.com

17th June – Head over to https://talesofbelle.com

18th June – Head over to https://kirstymarie.co.uk

24th June– Head over to https://themakeupbybeth.com

27th June – Head over tohttps://mrssleejones.com

The Global Quarantine Diaries – An Introduction

So as we are all aware the Covid-19 Pandemic that is upon us all quickly spread global. Countries were put into quarantine, lockdown and isolation, shops, restaurants, all non essential businesses were closed, no unessential travel, the list goes on. With all this in mind I decided to reach out to some of my girlfriends in Canada and America to ask how their quarantine and isolation was wherever they are!

In this blog collaboration we will hear from 5 girls (including myself) and how they have been keeping busy, what the rules and regulations are like where they are and what they girls miss most and will do first when this all comes to an end! I ask the girlies 5 questions to expand on and then go from there with their own creative minds!

So let me introduce you to the lovely ladies in question and their post links will be on The Global Quarantine Diaries tab underneath Blog Collaborations! I will also be sharing their socials in their posts so if you want to follow the girls you are more than welcome too!

Becca

Abbie

Majelle

Myself (Jessie!)

Lulu

These beautiful girls have each guest written a post for this collaboration and I will be posting each of their instalments over the next week! So stay tuned to hear about how these girls have found their quarantine and isolation in the Global Quarantine Diaries!

#Throwback Sri Lanka 2019 – Our top 20 pictures!

Myself and another one of my best gals Mel went to Sri Lanka in February 2019 with our University and it was an amazing trip that you can read all about here!

So I decided what better way to reminisce, especially during lockdown and everything going on in the world, than our top 10 pictures each from our trip! I pinged Mel a text and she was all down for emailing me those beautiful pictures!

So without further ado, here are my top 10 pictures and below mine are Mels top 10!

My Top 10 Pictures

Mels Top 10 Pictures!

Sri Lanka – Experiencing the Train from Kandy back to Colombo!

When we were ready to leave Kandy and head back to Colombo we were getting the train!

This was something we had all been really looking forward too as for starters it wasn’t the coach! And it was a long old coach ride back, so to get the train was a nice refresher.

The journey was about 3/4 hours long and was one long journey straight into Colombo, although we got off at a station before and got on the coach from there which made sense as that train was BUSY.

It was definitely an awesome experience.

Being 20+ students we did our best to not be seated together, although 12 of us girls decided to sit together in once space. As we were getting on at Kandy we all managed to get a seat, it was bliss, books out, eating our food.

Mel and myself even brought chocolate milk of one of the vendors walking down the isles of the train pushing through the masses of people that eventually got on the train.

Being comfortable and spacious went from being crowded, hot and cramped very, very quickly. I practically had a woman’s child sat on my knees at one point. Although it was a great experience, people hanging out of the doors whilst the train was moving. The seats were comfy and I wasn’t in any discomfort minus the heat the entire trip! Definitely worth it!

Just to get off the train I had to push myself through the masses and masses of people, clinging on to my stuff for dear life. El lost her shoe down the side of the train at the station so we had to wait for the train to leave and someone retrieved her shoe for her!

It was a really fun experience and you can see all the footage here!

Sri Lanka – Saree Fittings & Mahaweli Reach

This day was a free day and we very much enjoyed relaxing and it was also SAREE DAY!

I had been so excited for this day the moment I got my Saree at the start of the trip. My Saree was light and dark blue and made of the most beautiful silk. I had a nice blue crop top to put underneath my top half and a mesh skirt to wear underneath by skirt!

The ladies arrived and it was fitting time!

We were brought into one of the rooms in the hotel and with our saree’s in hand it was hair pin and safety pin time! They used so many safety and hair pins to keep my saree secured and in place and I felt so elegant and beautiful once I was all dressed!

Once everyone was in their saree’s it was time for our final dinner of the trip!

We headed down to Mahaweli Reach for dinner!

This hotel is a beautiful 4 star hotel who hosted us all. A buffet dinner with Sri Lankan cuisine as well as english cuisine on offer for the buffet. There was also a singer for some live music, we are served wine and juice and it was all laughs and bliss.

There was many photo opportunities between us girls and It really made me excited and realise that I had been the whole trip surrounded by some of the most beautiful people I have been so lucky to learn and grow with since starting university. I couldn’t be more grateful for a beautiful bunch of girls.

Enjoy some saree pictures from our last night!

Once the dinner was finished it was TO THE BAR.

Licence to Grill where we had visited beforehand had said the would host us for a party with alcohol even though it wasn’t allowed to stay open past a certain time nor serve alcohol! Every time the police came past the lights were turned off and the music was turned down it was great fun.

As we trekked to the top floor bar and restaurant we were ready to go and enjoyed some drinks and music on the rooftop on our last night. The right way to spend the last night.

Train Journeys Back to Colombo and unfortunate final goodbyes in the next blog post!

Sri Lanka Youtube Series – Part 3

In this video we conquered Sri Pada, or Adams Peak! And then we got a train back to Negombo which was an experience and a half!

Please do enjoy the end of our trip below!

Graduation

Graduation was the most memorable day of my life so far, It will take a lot to beat it!

If you read my new beginnings post you know I graduated with some beautiful ladies, was lucky enough to have my entire family there and partied the night away with my nearest and dearest. Not to mention Graduation ball 2 days later with MORE Alcohol.

For starters, to the girls if they’re reading this, WE FUCKING DID IT. I am so proud of us all for working so hard through all the tears, horrible lecturers, assignments that went on for weeks, GROUP WORK (EW) and every other wall we have had to smash through or climb over. How did we manage it many boozy nights later I will never know, but we did. And for that I am eternally grateful for you all.

Brad & I met our families at the top of the city of Lincoln’s Steep Hill! Our gown hire, photography and general drinks and sign in was in the Lincoln Castle Walls and our actual graduation ceremony was in the Lincoln Cathedral!

We went for dinner at 4pm to a restaurant called Cafe Zoot. The food was AMAZING, so tasty and filling. I had the chorizo and chicken paella and lord I never wanted it to end! Once our tummies were full Brad and I left the family to join us in the cathedral at 5:30pm as our ceremony was at 7:30pm but we had to head in to get seated at 6:30pm!

It was all very civilised and organised. I had a gentleman fit my cap and gown for me and pin my cap to my head so it didn’t wobble or fall off, our colours to graduate were yellow and blue! I had to re-fit my cap with Mel about 60 million times throughout the ceremony. Imagine how much my jaw dropped when I saw Brad in his graduation gown, Gorgeous. We were so lucky to get to graduate at the same time an he same day!

The family appeared and it was PICTURE TIME. So many photos but standing so proud in our gowns. Photos with Brad, with my family, with Mel and Stan, with the girls. Man, the list goes on. Not to mention the professional pictures we had once we got gowned up!

The ceremony was beautiful. Us students were at the front of the cathedral and the parents, double the amount of students, were sat behind us! The Pro Chancellor of the university, all our lecturers and many more very important people were sat on the stage in front of us all to take the graduation ceremony.

There was music from trumpets as 6 uniformed men walked down the centre of the Cathedral for the Chancellor’s procession before they were seated. Afterwards there were a number of speeches and awards and finally, our names were called.

Mel and I were lucky enough to be sat with each other which was one of the highlights of the day, we were so overwhelmed and excited we couldn’t wait to get up there and accept our degree!

When they did call us up we were nervous, they made us sit at the side of the hall as they had 2 speeches to do before our course was announced! We were SO NERVOUS. When you walk on stage you are too salute and shake the gentlemans hand, that was it, but it was SO nerve racking!

Brad was fairly close to the front so the whoops and cheers I made when he graduated were loud and proud, he walked and he Graduated! Then it was our time, I don’t remember going up but I know it happened. I do remember going up I just think my mind blacked out during it

It was surreal when my name was called and I walked, I graduated. When Mel’s name was called behind me, she walked and graduated. We met at the bottom of the slope of the stage and arm in arm with our degree’s we walked back to our seats with smiles so large you couldn’t miss them from the other end of the cathedral.

When the ceremony had ended the uniformed men with their trumpets had returned, followed by the Chancellor’s procession, and Us. The Graduates.

I will never forget the feeling walking down the centre of the cathedral, Mel in front. Parents cheering, clapping, the music playing out through the cathedral and holding my degree to my chest. I could’ve and nearly did cry.

WE HAD GRADUATED!

Afterwards, this was a cause for celebration.

We met our friends at the top of the hill and that was when all our families came together in The Magna Carta pub chatting and laughing.

Lets just say we ended up in Walkabout Australian Bar until the lights came on at 2pm with My mum, sister, Brad and his whole family, Mel and her whole family and our closest friends too.

I could not have asked for a better day, nor had I ever felt so proud. My heart is full.