Music, Culture, & Goals

Hello my fellow Randomers!

How are we all? It’s getting a bit chilly here in the UK with everyone and everywhere starting to feel rather festive. As much as I’m feeling the Christmas cheer I haven’t forgotten about my own goals and achievements! So here’s a little update in picture form of a few things I got up to over the summer and autumn months. You’ll see that I’ve ticked off a few things from the list too!

 

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Godiva 2014

 

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Alton Towers

 

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Cooking up some mew recipes with Benedicts Bakery

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Salon International 2014

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Homemade Goodies

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Small update on my half sleeve!!

The Book Of Everyone Review

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The book of random thoughts!

 

A little while ago I was asked if I would like to try out a digital version of The Book Of Everyone for free in order to promote their special Christmas edition but to also spread awareness of a charity I think we all should know about here in the UK. I was able to personalise the majority of the pages and within ten minutes I had an email to confirm that my digital book was ready to be downloaded! Since downloading my ‘book’ I have enjoyed reading through the pages feeling very nostalgic, enlightened with quirky facts and had quite a few giggles. I can thoroughly recommend this as a gift for Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary or wedding gift idea for absolutely anyone!

 

So what is The Book Of Everyone?

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The snowflake is so cute

 

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My human being number

 

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oooo banana!

 

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What a lovely quote

 

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Carla likes warm hugs!

 

The prices    DIGITAL: £7.50   SOFTCOVER EXPRESS: £19.50  HARDCOVER: £29.50  DELUXE EDITION: £49.50

By purchasing any of their books, including the digital versions, this Christmas time you will also be helping out the amazing charity that is Age Uk.

This Christmas around 500,000 elderly people will spend the festive period alone. That’s a number that really doesn’t sit right with me, can you imagine all our elder loved ones on their own? Neither can I. The awesome people at The Book of Everyone have come up with a heartwarming idea by supporting Age UK with their People Are Amazing campaign. On top of sharing their campaign profits with Age UK, every Book that is bought on the run up to Christmas will go towards another personalised book celebrating the life of an elderly person. These books will be tailored with stories and pictures from that individuals life and will be delivered to them in person during the Christmas holidays. So not only will you be purchasing and building a book for a loved one, which I can say would be a brilliant personalised gift for anyone, you will also be gifting and helping to make an elderly persons Christmas seem that little less lonely whilst making them feel just as special as they should feel.

Who are Age UK?

Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping folks make the most of later life. Through a friendly network of over 170 local centres, Age UK supports elderly people and their families by providing:

Day centres and lunch clubs, Home help and ‘handyperson’ schemes, Training in IT and other skills, information, advice and advocacy services.

Age UK is also the only charity to fund research exclusively focused on tackling the diseases and disabilities associated with growing older and the consequences that they can bring about, such as social isolation, anxiety, frailty and loss of independence.

Be sure to check out both Age UK and The Book Of Everyone online and if you can please try and help out an elder neighbour this Christmas I am sure they would appreciate it immensly. No one deserves to be alone at Christmas.

Carla

#RandomChristmas

 

We are all inspirational

I have been so busy as of late and I am really not sure I can keep up the pace! From day trips to London for Mumsnet Blogfest to revision for my college course exams, appointments to get my C.V up to date, taking part in being an audience member at the Bedford TEDx conference to simply catching up with the housework. I’m shattered. I fear that my brain might explode from information overload. I haven’t been able to prioritise things well and many a project have sat on the backburner while I try to sort out long term plans and commitments. I have met so many new people over the last few months and learnt so much about the world around us but also I have learnt so much about myself.

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Uk blog awards 2015

Evening everyone!
If you follow me on my twitter or facebook page you may already be aware that my little blog is an entrant in not one but two categories in the UK blog awards!!! Voting ends soon but if you do love this blog as much as I do I would really appreciate your votes!!!

You can vote for it in the Under 25 category:

http://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/candidates/random-thoughts-of-a-twenty-something/

Or the Lifestyle category:

http://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/candidates/random-thoughts-of-a-twenty-something-2/

Thank you so much for reading my ramblings I adore all of you! With every new page view and follower I gain more confidence and it makes me so proud of what RTOATS has become!
As ever keep calm and stay random!
Carla

Live love & create review

I’ve been so behind on writing which isn’t so good when there’s so much I want to write about.
Anyway enough moaning from me! I was approached by Sarah and Craig from Live Love & Create a little while ago to see if I’d be willing to help promote their products and services. After some research I decided this was a great opportunity for them and I after finding out they had a love on handmade sentimental things just like me!

So who are Live Love & Create?

“Situated in a grade II listed building in the historic market town of Brigg, Live, Love & Create is a unique and exciting space for celebrating, promoting and encouraging greater participation in arts and craft for everyone. We are committed to providing a fun, safe and creative family venue, which offers a varied range of exciting activities. Take time out to explore and be creative in our friendly, supportive and well equipped studio. A visit may simply provide a moment’s relaxation or escape, but it can often be the first step on a much longer journey of discovery.”

 

Not only do they have their lovely own studio they also take orders online here. I am so in love with their Christmas bunting with the Nordic Fabric Fairy Light Bunting Garland in particular for only £15 and I may just have to get some for my home to help the place feel more festive!

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Live Love & Create

  I was asked if I would like to trial out one of their products for free, a carbon copy of my childrens drawings on a tile to be precise. Obviously, I grabbed up the opportunity with both hands, pencils and paper! as it would be an amazing gift for my children and I to look back on as we grow older. I also figured it would be a lovely home made gift to cross off my list. Me and the children decided that we would draw a picture of our faces and write our names combining a quirky little quote!!! Both Sarah and Craig were really patient with us and gave us all the information we needed to make our tile unique and also any details I needed be able to send over the picture via email so they could print out the picture on to the tile. After a short wait the tile arrived in the post and was heavily wrapped in bubble wrap to my relief! Within the box was the tile and little note from Sarah and Craig and four little rubber ‘feet’ to pop on to the underside of the tile. The tile is 20cm by 20cm and is of brilliant quality, not as thin and fragile as I was expecting and for only £26 it is a brilliant little keepsake for anyone. How perfect would it be to receive something so personal and creative like this for Christmas or a Birthday!

Do check out their websites and find them over on Twitter at @LiveLoveCreate1 They also have a Pinterest and Facebook page.

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Look at the detail!

Look at the detail!

What do you think to our tile?! I am so pleased with it! It’s going to be a fab Christmas present for my children.

Until next time, keep random,

Carla

#RandomChristmas

 

Benedicts Bakery Review

Hello!

Just a quick post for now but I really wanted to share something with you now that the dreaded C word is upon us! A little while ago I was offered the chance to try out two pre-mix jars from the lovely Benedicts Bakery for half price! I love baking and trying out new recipes but sometimes it’s a little bit of a faff going to the shops and trying to justify buying a massive bag of raisins when you only need 20grams worth for a new bake you’re not even sure you will enjoy eating once baked.

So what and who exactly is Benedicts Bakery I hear you shout?

Benedict’s Bakery is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. We are a family business who are passionate about baking! We will always put our customers first and be flexible to any needs.  We are affordable and reliable when bringing you cute baking gifts!

Products range from pancake mixes to cookie mixes, including gluten free jars. I was lucky enough to try out the fruit & nut flapjack mix and the chocolate chip cookie mix! The products were delivered in the post promptly and were very well wrapped to prevent any breakages which I was a bit anxious about. Both mixes were incredibly easy to use with an instructions label and an ingredients label attached  with a cute red ribbon. Once cooked both cookies and flapjacks were demolished in barely any time at all; I think that speaks for itself really!

In the true spirit of making do and mending the ribbons were re-purposed as hair ribbons for my little lady and the jars are now used as storage jars for button and beads!

Be sure to have a look over on their website as I really think these cute little jars would be perfect as Christmas presents but do make sure you order with enough time to spare for delivery before Christmas!

http://www.benedictsbakery.co.uk

If you’re on the twittersphere find them at @benedictsbakery and say hello

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Tasty goodness!