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15 Reasons Why Grandparents Are a Gift From God

I have written about my love for my grandparents several times before, in particular in my Travelling Back In Time post, where I showed some beautiful photographs of my grandparents from their youth. It got me to thinking, what is it that makes my grandparents so special? I have many personal reasons, and then it got me to thinking that grandparents, in general, are extra special. There are so many reasons why they are the most valuable family members on earth, and I ended up writing a brief list of things that I love personally about my grandparents, and things which make grandparents amazing in general. So here are 15 reasons why they are a gift from God:

  1. Grandparents tell amazing stories: from being a child and sitting on your grandparents laps, listening to fairytales and fictional fables to being an adult, and hearing stories from your youth or theirs: grandparents are the best storytellers. I personally love reflecting with my Nana about memories from my childhood: trips to the seaside, to Fairhaven Lake, even down to just the rainy afternoons we would spend together watching my favourite childhood films.
  2. Grandparents are always happy to see you: grandparents are always happy to see you! There is nothing greater than the love that you feel from your grandparents, they are always happy when you pay a visit. From visiting as a child and being given all the treats you could possibly think of, to popping home from university now at 21 years old and having a home-cooked meal waiting on the table, there is nothing greater than the welcoming I always get from my Nana and Grandad.
  3. Your grandma’s home-cooked food: speaking of treats and home-cooked meals, there is nothing better than your grandma’s cooking/baking. My nana is personally the best cook that I know, there is nothing that she puts in front of me that I won’t eat, she’s the best.
  4. Grandparents don’t sugar coat anything: when you need someone to bring you back down to earth, to keep your feet on the ground and to be stern with you when you’re in difficult times, you can always rely on your grandparents. My Nana in particular, will not wrap me in cotton wool, if I need a stern ‘talking-to’ she’s the first one to give it to me, and this has always been a positive thing, it’s kept me grounded and helped me get where I am today!
  5. Tough love: this point ties in with the previous, but if you’re wrong: they’ll tell you. If you’ve made a mistake: they’ll tell you. My Nana is the first to correct me when I’m in the wrong, and she’s the first to tell me when I need to apologise. Yet another way that grandparents keep your feet on the ground!
  6. Grandparents always back your corner: having said this, grandparents are always on your side. They are always the first ones to back you up, and the first ones to defend your corner in times of need. My grandparents in particular are always on my side, I can always rely on them to be behind me 100% no matter the situation. There is nothing better than having grandparents who also double as best friends.
  7. Grandparents will never judge you: and whatever the situation, they won’t judge you. No matter what has happened, your grandparents will be there to work through the situation with you. My Nana is the one person on earth I know that I can tell anything to and I will always be 100 percent certain that not an ounce of judgement will cross her mind.
  8. Grandmothers are the best at keeping secrets: this one is particularly aimed at my Nana, she knows so many of my secrets, in fact she knows all of them, and she has never told anybody! Grandma’s are the best to confide in, they are the best secret keepers.
  9. Grandparents give the best advice: if you’ve got a problem, your grandparents will have a solution. This also ties in with my point about sugar coating – even if the solution is a difficult solution, they won’t sugar coat it, they’ll tell you outright! And they’ll support you. My Grandad springs to mind as I write this, he sugar coats nothing, and he’s the best at advising me on exactly what I need to do, or what the best thing to do would be.
  10. Grandparents are the best listeners: Grandparents are skilled at sitting and letting you rant your worries away. There have been so many times that I have sat with my Nana and cried about my problems, and all I’ve needed is for her to listen to me and instantly I feel better (a problem shared is a problem halved!).
  11. Grandparents keep you focused: I personally have worked really hard in my education, I’ve always had dreams of being multi-lingual, of travelling, and my grandparents have been behind me, pushing me every step of the way. Without them behind me I definitely wouldn’t have had the courage to move abroad, or even move up the road to university! There is nobody in the world who will keep you more focused than your grandparents.
  12. Grandparents have faith in you: simultaneously, your grandparents keep you focused because of the sheer amount of faith they have in you. Being someone who struggles with self confidence, without the confidence that my grandparents have in me, I don’t think I would be where I am today. There is nothing greater than making your grandparents proud, by proving their faith in you right.
  13. Grandparents give the best hugs: I feel like this point doesn’t need much elaboration, but there is nothing greater than a Grandad hug. Whether you’re sad, happy, or just in need of one: Grandad hugs fix everything.
  14. Grandparents are the most generous people on earth: I don’t mean this in terms of materialism, although my Nana and Grandad would give me the clothes off their backs if I needed them. I mean that grandparents are willing to give you whatever you need: time, advice, a shoulder to cry on. They are the most giving, generous people on earth.
  15. And finally, some of the best memories are created with your grandparents: when I think about the happiest times in my life, they are always those spent with my grandparents. From pottering in the garden with my Grandad, to making my Nana watch The Princess Diaries for the 100th time to the point where she can quote alongside Julie Andrews. From exchanging books and talking about our favourite fictional storylines with my Nana to having donut-eating competitions with  my Grandad at the seaside (don’t ask, that’s a long story!). From my Grandad making me laugh til I have tears in my eyes, to always tackling the task of putting up the Christmas tree with my Nana every single year. My best memories are always centred around the two greatest people in the world: my grandparents!

Today is Mothers Day in the United Kingdom, and I’d just really like to wish my Nana a Happy Mothers Day, as she is the greatest grandmother, mother-figure and best friend I could wish for!

And, as I post this, on March 26th, I’d really like to dedicate this post to my great-grandad, my Bampa, who we sadly lost 4 years ago today. We still love and miss you always. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

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My Current Skincare Routine

Having troublesome skin, I really try my best to take care of it. It’s taken me a while to settle into a skincare routine out here in Spain, I’ve switched up products numerous times, but I’ve finally got to a point where the products I’m using suit my skin perfectly! I have combination skin, so the products I use mainly target this. Here are the products I am currently using in my skincare routine:

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Removing Make-Up & Cleansing

  • Diadermine / Desmaquillante de Ojos (Eye Make-up Remover): this is designed for all skin types and works perfectly. I wear waterproof liner and mascara every single day, and sometimes wear eyeshadow too, and this always removes every last bit. I have super sensitive eyes and sometimes eye make-up removers can dry my eyes out, or make them extra watery but this remover is absolutely fine. It’s really inexpensive too, I would say no more than €3.
  • Evoluderm / Eau Micellaire Démaquillante (Micellar Cleansing Water): I’ve completely bought into this trend and jumped straight on the bandwagon, I can’t get enough of micellar waters, they take make-up off so effortlessly. I would say that this one is pretty similar to the Garnier Micellar water, which I usually use when I’m in England. This one is designed for oily to combination skin and so doesn’t leave my skin greasy or give me blemishes. This is really inexpensive too, and I usually pick it up from Primor.
  • BodyPlus / Toallitas Desmaquillantes (Make-Up Wipes): I used to be such an advocate for make-up remover wipes before I actually read about how bad they can be for your skin. I only used to use wipes and then I realised that they only remove the surface of make-up, rather than every last bit. They can dry out your skin too. I have these on hand and will use them in combination with my micellar water if I’ve worn more make-up than usual or if I feel like I need extra help. These ones have rosehip oil in them too, so my skin won’t be dried out from them.

Facial Wash

  • Deliplus / Gel Limpiador Al Agua (Gel Facial Wash): when I first arrived in Madrid I was desperate for a face wash, as it’s an absolute staple for me, and I picked this up on a whim from Mercadona because it was cheap and looked simple. It’s turned out to be absolutely amazing, it’s soft on the skin, foams up really well and comes with a pump so isn’t messy at all. It’s perfume free too, so it doesn’t cause reaction in my skin, and it’s made for all skin types, so I think this could work for most people. I swear by it now.

Moisturising & Blemish Control

  • L’Oréal Paris / Hydra Fresh – Triple Ação (Triple Action Moisturiser): I have to be super careful with moisturisers because I find that they usually clog my pores and give me blemishes, but this one is really good. It’s designed for combination skin, and I think this is the reason it doesn’t affect my skin too much. I think a good moisturiser is important, especially if you’re using products that target blemishes like me. This moisturiser has a lovely, clean smell and leaves my skin silky soft.
  • BodyPlus / Gel Antiacné (Anti-Acne Gel): I’ve always suffered from breakouts/blemishes and a good acne gel is an essential in my routine. I really like this brand ‘BodyPlus’ (they made my make-up wipes too), and this gel creates a sheen/film over the problematic area. I usually put this on at night time, and when I wake up in the morning my redness has gone down significantly.

Face Mask

  • KIKO Cosmetics / Shine Refine Mask: I didn’t even realise that KIKO made skincare but as a huge fan of their make-up, I couldn’t help but pick this up. They have a whole range of ‘Shine Refine’ products and they seem to target skin like mine: problematic, combination and maybe even acne-prone. The consistency of this mask is almost like clay, and it is ‘purifying’: after using it I feel like my pores have been completely cleansed and I love it. It’s really good for controlling oil/shine and I’m planning on trying more products from this range. grace-2

 

 

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Blogger Recognition Award

Today I bring to you another post, aside from my wishlist post that went live earlier and I am so happy to say that bellainizio has nominated me for a Blogger Recognition Award, which absolutely made my day: thank you so much!

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story about how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advise to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

The start of my blog:
Being an avid reader of blogs from a young age, and always aspiring to start one, I wasn’t too sure what the crux of my blog would be, what I wanted to write about. I’ve always enjoyed reading blogs, but seeing the hard work and effort/graphics/themes that are included in the blogs that I read, I wasn’t too sure if I could match up to those standards. I tried to blog before, through blogspot and other websites, but each time I felt hopeless and that my blog wasn’t good enough. But someone special to me encouraged me to just make a blog, with no pressure, and see what came of it. So I did, and now I find myself writing about many different things, rather than pressurising myself into choosing a specific theme. Also, I needed a creative outlet, as aside from my academic degree, I’m actually a really creative person.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers:

  1. It takes time: I would definitely say that when starting a blog, you shouldn’t expect too much. Nobody is going to read your posts straight away, you won’t gain thousands of readers in the first week, and you won’t be entirely happy with your blog layout/posts until you’ve been doing it for a while and have learned what suits your blog/writing style. I learnt this the hard way, at first I was frustrated that nobody read my posts, I was frustrated with my posts because I didn’t think they were good enough, and I hated how my blog looked. But as time advances so do your writing skills, style and number of readers. Perseverance!
  2. Engage with other bloggers: It’s important to read other blogs, in a lot of cases you can be inspired by them. Also, I’ve spoken to so many lovely people who have a blog too, and it has been lovely getting to know so many people. I find that the blogging community is a lot more welcoming and kind than other social media platforms, so don’t be afraid to leave comments, like posts and talk to bloggers!

For this award, I nominate:

  1. Some Kind of Beautiful Chaos
  2. Travel and Trouvailles
  3. A Piece of Viola
  4. Plain Debbie
  5. Janah Pinku
  6. Kristina Steiner
  7. Pink For Days
  8. Azra
  9. Don’t Give a Jam
  10. Fumbling Through Italy
  11. Simple Ula
  12. Chiara’s Corner
  13. The Pearly Life
  14. The Beauty Spyglass
  15. Paper Hearts & Pencil Marks

Disclaimer: the ‘blogger recognition award’ logo included in this post was taken from Google Images, I do not own it in any way nor did I create it.

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Wishlist #2

So I made a Wishlist post in early February, and kind of enjoyed sharing the things I was lusting over, you can view it by clicking here. I’ve decided to make it a regular occurrence, so here’s a second wishlist full of things that I’ve fallen in love with over the past month!

  • UO / The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking / £9.99: I saw this on Samantha Maria’s youtube channel (definitely check her out if you haven’t already), and then the hype seemed to spread around this book. Danes are ‘considered to be the happiest people in the world’ according to the synopsis of this book and I am so intrigued to understand their way of living and why everybody is jumping on this bandwagon! Plus, it looks like a gorgeous coffee table book, the cover is beautiful.
  • ASOS / Nike Air Max Thea Trainers in Black and White / £90.00: there is a story behind this. I previously had the grey and black version of these trainers, but I had an accident and  ripped the leather on a night out when I was living in Portugal (sob). I bought some Nike Roshe’s but I really miss my Thea’s. I don’t want to buy the same ones I had previously, so I’ve been looking at these and I really love them.
  • BeautyBay / Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit / £44.00: there will definitely be a recurring theme in this post: I’ve fallen in love with ABH. I’ve been watching MannyMUA and Jaclyn Hill on youtube and they always use ABH, so I was just browsing on BeautyBay and came across this Glow Kit, which I’d already heard so much about. I recently bought Soft & Gentle by MAC and now I’ve joined the highlighter hype, finally. I would literally buy this palette just for the shade, ‘White Sand.’ I neeeeeeed it.
  • CultBeauty / Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette / £41.00: ABH again, but I literally fell in love with this palette as soon as I saw it, it’s like nothing I own. The deep berry shades are unbelievable and there’s so many good crease colours too. It comes with a brush and the packaging is beautiful, too.
  • Brandy Melville / Gretchen Top / £20.00: I’ve become such a sucker for stripes, I wear them more often than not and this top is so simple but so cute. It’d look so good just with a simple pair of Jamie jeans from Topshop, but I really want to wear this with a tailored pair of peg legs and maybe some Vans, or pointed flats depending on where I’m going.
  • Topshop / Textured Peg Trousers / £39.00: speaking of peg legs, I found this pair from Topshop. I actually saw them while I was in England over Christmas, I regret not buying them so bad. They have them in all different colours, but I think these would look so cute with the top from Brandy Melville. They’re so versatile too, I could throw on a white shirt and these and feel like a Parisian dream. I’m going to pop into the Topshop in Puerta del Sol and see if they have these in stock!
  • Topshop / Suede Biker Jacket / £185.00: this is kind of a luxurious want, and definitely not something I’ll be buying anytime soon, but I absolutely love this jacket. I wanted a suede jacket for a long time, and I saw a gorgeous grey one in Zara which kept coming in and out of stock, but I really love the colour of this one! I think it would look so nice with a simple white or black top underneath, yet still look like you’ve made tonnes of effort. I love it. grace-2

 

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10 Random Facts About Me

I was flicking through my blog, looking at some of the posts I’ve written, and I realised that my blog is a little impersonal. My blog is full of my thoughts and ramblings, but lacks any information about me. So, I thought I would write a post with 10 random facts about myself. Perhaps this is a little narcissistic? Either way, I hope this is an interesting read!

  1. My favourite food in the entire world is sushi. I am completely addicted, I think I first tried sushi when I was around 15 years old, and ever since I have been obsessed. I absolutely love avocado maki rolls and salmon nigiri (so simple but so good!)
  2. Since being a child I have always collected books, I cannot use eReaders, or technology to read – I need to have a book in my hands to enjoy it. I have hundreds of books at home, and my grandparents gifted me with a leather bound set of classic novels that have been in my family for generations, and I love them!
  3. I am addicted to tea – milky, black, herbal, iced. I love every single type of tea, when I’m home in England, I drink cups upon cups of hot milky tea, during the summer I drink gallons of lemon iced tea. I just love it so much, there is nothing quite like a good cup of tea and a gripping book to read!
  4. I’m completely fascinated with outer space, the moon, the stars, the planets, the galaxies. I like looking at constellations and I also love astrology. I don’t know why I am so fascinated by it but I just find it so interesting! I’d really like to get a small tattoo of the moon one day.
  5. Anybody who knows me, will know my obsession with Old Hollywood. I love watching films from the 1950’s/1960’s, and my idol and life long role model is Audrey Hepburn. A good portion of my books are biographies, or collectable picture books of her, I just think she was the most perfect person to ever grace the planet. I also love Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Gregory Peck, Betty Grable, Betty Davis, Grace Kelly, Fred Astaire, and soooo many more!
  6. Growing up, I always wanted to be a journalist. This evolved into a general ‘writer’ and then eventually my education took a different path and now I study languages, but I’ve always wanted to write. I suppose thats where the inspiration to start a blog came from!
  7. As I said, I study languages: I study BA(Hons) Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Manchester, and now I would firmly class myself as being trilingual. I absolutely love languages, there is no feeling quite like being able to communicate in a language other than your mother tongue, and I’ve been exposed to so much culture, literature, arts since studying languages!
  8. I have watched and rewatched both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Ugly Betty too many times to count: I can quote my way through almost every single episode, and I absolutely adore them both. If ever I’m sad, my solution is to watch either one of these shows.
  9. Though I’d say my degree is fairly academic, I am quite a creative person. I keep a journal, and I decorate it too. I love to take photographs, and I print them all in polaroid form. I love to draw, although I’m not very good at it! I love to paint, and have painted many things for my grandparents in the past. I try to give myself as many creative outlets as I can.
  10. I live with my grandparents, and they raised me for a huge portion of my life. My grandparents are my best friends, I absolutely adore them. They mean the world to me, and whenever I am feeling sad, all I have to do is think about them and I will feel instantly happy again! In particular, my Nana is my bestest friend on the planet, I don’t know what I’d ever do without her.

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Falling in Love with Madrid

I’ve been living in Madrid, Spain for little under one entire month now. The time has flown by, and with the passing of time has come my infatuation with the city. I’ve never been much of a big-city person, despite living in Manchester when I am in England, which isn’t actually too big or overwhelming. But Madrid is in a league of its own: its busy, always bustling with people and loud, but I love it. It has a certain charm about it which I’ve never seen in a city. I’ve visited London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and other cities which are all equally as busy and bustling but they don’t have the same charisma as Madrid. I found it difficult at first, Madrid’s Puerta del Sol and streams of people in Gran Vía make for a far cry from Coimbra’s quaint river banks and the ever-so relaxed Rua Visconde da Luz, but I’ve slowly become adapted and now I can’t see myself anywhere but here. From wandering through El Parque del Retiro at dusk, to grabbing a quick drink on the rooftop terrace at Plaza de Cibeles. From wandering out of the park to the view of Puerta de Alcalá to watching the world go by in the Plaza Mayor. Even the little things: hopping on and off the metro, hearing Spanish 24/7 and being given tapas every time you order a drink: you really can’t beat Madrid’s quirks. Of course, I’ve been taking photographs at every given opportunity, and so I’ve left some of them below. Hopefully the charisma and charm of this amazing city is portrayed in my photos!

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Valladolid, Spain

Having only been in Spain a mere fortnight, I was nervous to begin ticking off my list of must-see Spanish cities, as unlike Portugal, I’ll be doing it alone. But Valladolid seemed like a good place to start, as my friend is doing an Erasmus placement there. So I took a Renfe high speed train on February 10th from Madrid Chamartín to Valladolid Campo Grande and met my friend when I arrived. It was a great weekend, we went out for a couple of nights to the nearby Erasmus bars and I met a lot of new people, my Spanish was really tested but I enjoyed speaking it as much as I did! We wandered through the Plaza Zorilla, visited all of the pretty churches that Valladolid has and took a bus to Rio Shopping. We had tapas and walked through the Parque Campo Grande, where we saw the bird house and   the many peacocks that wander around the park. The weather was temperamental, some days it was warm and sunny and others it was cloudy, but hopefully you can see from my photographs just how pretty the city is!

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