Monday, 25 September 2017

3 Goals Which I Would Like To Achieve At 30

Last night it suddenly dawned on me that at the end of January in a few months time I shall be turning 30 years old.
This may seem like a celebratory birthday milestone but in my mind what hangs over my head is a feeling of dread.

Why do I feel this way? well, when I was 18 years I had a vision that by the age of 30 that I would have my dream job and be in the right relationship with the right man. Life hasn't turned out how I expected it to and this gives me a feeling that I've not measured up.

Can all of my desires and goals still happen? of course, they can. I'm trying not to feel discouraged because I'm not where I want to be. Timing is everything. My time will come.

Despite how crap I feel sometimes I can see the positives to where I am in life. I have the opportunity to be able to drive my life in whatever direction that I want it to.

So how do I deal with approaching 30? well, I have an attitude of gratitude and think about everything which I have achieved so far in my nearly 30 years of being on this earth. I can see the growth within myself and take all of the experience to learn from. I let go of the old expectations of where I should of been and create new goals of where I want to be.

I'd like to share with you 3 goals which I would like to achieve by the age of 30

3 Goals I Would Like To Achieve At 30

1. Learning How To Drive
I would love to pass my driving test. I've had lessons on and off over the years but it would be amazing to pass my test to be able to get into my own car and drive. I have researched what car I would like and how much MOT and insurance is going to cost. It's all prepared in my mind but it's just at that stage where I'd like to put it back into action and get back into the driver's seat. I can stop borrowing my friends car for selfies after I have passed my test. haha :)
2. Attending More Social Events
I'm getting to a point where I'm no longer Hayley the social butterfly who enjoys passionfruit margaritas, putting her false lashes on and dancing the night away. I've turned into Hayley the hermit crab who doesn't go out and prefers to wears no makeup and cozy pajamas at home. Quiet nights infront of the TV are more appealing to me right now and that's OK (I'm absolutely loving Great British Bake Off).
However my lack of social interaction can be a cause of concern sometimes. If anyone else is like this then please leave me a comment below :)

I'd like to attend more social events even if I have to physically force myself out of the house. I'd like to be Hayley the social butterfly once again because I do like socialising when I get out. I love attending blogger events and hopefully, in the future, I will be asked to many more.

Watch my most recent vlog of what I have been up too below.
3. Indulge
I'd like to indulge and treat myself more often. I'd like to eat out at restaurants or stop by a cute little coffee shop which I always walk past but never go into. Life is meant to be enjoyed and a bit of indulgence in a treat does you good.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

5 Reasons Why I Love Spirituality

Hi everyone
Today's blog post is a rather personal topic. I wanted to share with you 5 reasons why I love spirituality.
I've mentioned on my YouTube channel that I'm an empath, an HSP, and an outgoing introvert but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
I haven't spoken about my spiritual side much on BunnyMoonstone because I wasn't ready to open up and talk about it. But now I feel like I'm ready to share :).
1. Identity
My spirituality is a strong part of my identity. The more that I accept my identity then the more I love myself.
My spiritual path has helped me an enormous amount of self-love which then has resulted in a massive boost of confidence and assertiveness. In the past, I was a giver with no limits. I gave all of my energy and time away without thinking about myself. This would lead to exhaustion and anxiety.

I've learned that I can be the sensitive, big-hearted soul that I always have been but I don't have to be a pushover. I can do whats right for me without feeling guilty because I am my own best friend. I've set healthy boundaries so I don't give all my energy away freely. If you respect yourself then so will others around you.
Doreen virtue's book "assertiveness for earth angels" book helped me and I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling with assertiveness or feeling as though you give too much to others.

2. Growth
I find it truly fascinating to reflect how much I've grown as a person in knowledge, physically and emotionally over the years. Spirituality teaches me that growth is essential to become a better person. Each day I try and be a better person than I was yesterday. I've made mistakes and I continue to make them because it's apart of the human experience.

Spiritual growth has helped me to become more conscious about what I put in my body to consume and also for beauty purposes. I switched slowly to cruelty-free beauty last year in April and it took me a year to slowly change over my makeup whilst learning about companies who do and do not test on animals.
Click here to read the blog post when I stared my journey or watch the video below about my cruelty free make up collecton.
Recently I purchased a Salt Of The Earth Travel Size Unscented Deodorant because I was watching videos about harmful chemicals in standard deodorants. This is why I decided to switch to a natural one.
As you are reading this blog, i'm looking into transitioning from cheap sanitary towels for natural chemical free versions as I'd like to go more natural with my menstrual cycle. Reviews of what I decide to purchase will be coming soon.
I do the best that I can with what funds I have. I make little changes which all add up to make a big impact. I live by my own rules because it makes me feel better and happier.

3. Gratitude
Today is 21st September which means it's World Gratitude Day. What are you grateful for? leave me a comment below :)
To have an attitude of gratitude has changed my life for the better. I've learned about gratitude and about how important it is.
Taking a moment each day to stop about how you have a roof over your head, food and water in your belly and everything you have. Stopping to thank people who make a difference in our lives. It's not happy people who are thankful but it's happy people who are. I'm glad that my spiritual path has shown me gratitude because I think that it keeps me focused on the positives in life.

4. Relaxation
Meditation helps me to relax and to sleep better.

5. Everything Happens For A Reason
Spirituality has shown me that everything happens for a reason which is the good, the bad and the ugly.

Let me know in the comments below what you love about spirituality and how it's helped you.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Monday, 4 September 2017

Salt Of The Earth Natural Deodorant Review

Hi everyone
I decided to try Holland And Barrett's Salt Of The Earth Natural Deodorant Unscented Stick in travel size. This is 50g of product for £3.50. It's a perfect size to pop in my handbag and I wanted to see if I liked it before I purchased a full size product (90g for £4.99).

I really like it. It's a long lasting deodorant which causes no white marks on clothes. It's suitable for vegetarians and vegans, unisex and not tested on animals.

This deodorant is potassium alum which is a natural mineral salt.

The directions of use is you apply it to damp skin after washing or you can wet the stick and apply it to dry skin. If you allow this product to air dry then it will last longer. It's very easy to use and applies smoothly.
I really like it as it contains no aluminum chloral hydrate, no alcohol, and no parabens. The deodorant is potassium alum which is a natural mineral salt. It's kind to the skin.

My underarms are very sensitive and I can't use any fragranced products in that area as it cuases irritatation.

After I shower I apply The Salt Of The Earth deodorant stick under my arms. This product lasts the entire day. I don't smell of body odor at the end of the day. Recommended :)

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any natural deodorants before.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Body Shop Bloggers Event. Nottingham

Hi everyone

On Tuesday 29th August at 6:15 pm The Body Shop (Bridlesmith Gate store) held their first bloggers evening.

I really love The Body Shop because of the ethically sourced ingredients and they use their influence in the beauty industry to change the world for the better. An example of this is at the moment they are campaigning to ban animal testing all over the world. I love when beauty brands use their power to change the world for the better. I've signed the petition online. You can too by signing the petition here.
I switched to cruelty-free beauty in April 2016 and it's been the best decision I've ever made. Click here to read my blog post about why I decided to make this change. I enjoy being conscious about what I buy because money is an influence. I think that what I am putting my money towards is funding the cruelty-free beauty brands who can grow and continue to do more good work.
We were welcomed by the Body Shop staff with a fizzy summer fruits drink. The cups which they were served in had different coloured stars underneath. If you had a coloured star then you won a prize and unfortunately, I didn't win. Better luck next time :)
We got 40% off for this night only. I treated myself to 2 products which were the Mango travel size shower gel £2.00 and a eyeshadow in the shade 205 SIENNA DUST £5.
It's a beautiful nude beige shimmery shade. Perfect for the autumn season which is approaching us.
With my purchases I got given samples to try. 
- Oils Of Life Night Cream
- Oils Of Life Facial Oil
- Japanese Matcha Green Tea Facemask
- Amazonian Acai Facemask
- Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask
I'm excited to try the Japanese Matcha Tea facemask as I've seen it plastered around social media. I'll be sure to let you know my thoughts on all of the samples either on my blog or Instagram story.

Watch the vlog below :-
You can find The Body Shop on

Nottingham Bridlesmith Gate
18 Albert Street
Nottingham
NG1 7DA

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

JustCoco Coconut Oil Review

Hi everyone
In today's blog post I am reviewing a product which is the just coco coconut oil for hair & scalp, face & body 125ml which is retailed at £1. I brought it from Home Bargains.

I'm thrilled to share with you this cruelty-free budget friendly coconut oil as I have been using it for the past month and I'm impressed with the results.

I like it because it's affordable and can be used to moisturise the body and hair. The coconut oil is solid at room temperature but it will melt when you first touch it and rub it in between your hands. To apply to the skin massage it in until it's absorbed. 
At 125ml in size it's travel-friendly and ideal to put in your handbag on the go. The subtle smell of coconut is lovely.

For hair you can use it as a conditioner by massaging a small amount by rubbing your hands together and applying to wet hair ends avoiding the roots.

You can also use it as a scalp and hair mask by massaging your scalp and hair in the product for at least 5 minutes. It's best to leave it for 2 hours or overnight (depending on how dry your hair is)  Then wash it out with your normal shampoo. My hair is very long and the ends get dry. The picture below is after I had used the product. My hair is soft and shiny again.
Justcoco products are not tested on animals and suitable for vegans. I love finding cruelty free beauty products which are budget friendly. 
Justcoco does a range of shampoo, conditioner, oil and body sprays. Check here to be directed to their website.

If you try this product then let me know in the comments below :)

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Notts Tweet Up

In my 5 problems with social media blog post a few months ago I discussed the negative side of social media. One of the problems being social isolation.
NottsTweetUp is a perfection solution. It's a profile on Twitter which invites local tweeters to a different venue every month to meet in person. It's a great way to socialise and meet people behind their social media profiles.

It's informal and free to attend. It's organised by @adamhayes900 and @deborahstar.

If you are from Nottingham and are self-employed, run a business/charity, work in social media, digital marketing, blogger, vlogger etc. This event is perfect to network and socialise. A chalkboard is provided to write your twitter handle on. Everyone will follow and support each other. This meeting is not about the size of your audience but it's about sharing your passion and networking with other people .
I think that it's incredibly easy in today's society to stay in the comfort your own home and do everything online from your computer. But personally, this isn't how I want to live my life. I'm a outgoing introvert so I like a balance of relaxing at home and going out.

Why not join us at the next meet up? Keep an eye on NottsTweetUp's Twitter for the next date and venue.

I attended my first Notts Tweet Up #TacoTweetUp on the 28th July at Revolution De Cuba. We were provided with free tacos and vedett beer. I'd like to thank Adam for inviting me.
Watch the short vlog below of when I attended my first Notts Tweet Up #TacoTweetUp and went to the Mojo's launch party.

Enjoy!:)
Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Around The World Summer Cocktail Launch Nottingham

On the evening of Thursday 27th July. I was invited to sample the new Summer Cocktail lauch at All Around The World with Notts Local News and fellow Nottingham bloggers. 

This amazing bar is in the Bierkeller Entertainment Complex on Friar lane.

This is the first time that I had visited since it used to be Walk About and it has been totally transformed. It's a beautiful venue with 3 sections Shooters Sports Bar (Top Floor), All Around The World (Ground Floor) and The Bierkeller (Bottom Floor).  
All Around The World's new cocktail menu is my definition of summer because nothing says summer to me like a fresh fruity cocktail in a glass. All Around The World has added 18 seasonal cocktails to its list of classics and favourites. I'm here to share with you in this post my thoughts and my personal favourite cocktails from the new menu.
What I love about cocktails from All Around The World is that they are all made fresh and right infront of of your eyes. They are made from fruit purees and vodka, whiskey and rum blends. 
Bar supervisor Dan Watson says the key to making the perfect summer cocktail is getting the balance of sweet and sour just right, and mixing up vibrant colours to recreate a sun-soaked holiday vibe.

“We look to create a contrast because you can’t just have sweet sweet sweet, that’s not a good combination. We only use fresh purees because they taste much more natural than regular juice, they give the cocktails texture and they look nicer because the colour is stronger.”
Dan says the summer menu was put together after a series of tasting sessions.
“We’ve got 18 new ones which made it onto there, but we rejected a lot more than that,” he explains.
“We sample in groups because it’s important to get a lot of people who like a combination, one opinion isn’t enough, so a lot of it is trial and error. Something can look amazing but taste awful and then it’s back to the drawing board"
General manager Sean Cullen says that cocktails are now a favourite with both sexes, and men are increasingly ditching beer to try them.
“Cocktails are really popular with everyone at the moment, and a lot of guys who a couple of years ago wouldn’t have touched them and would have gone straight for a pint, are now thinking, I wonder what that’s like? That’s a good thing because, especially in the summer, a refreshing drink is just what you need.”
Gemma (TheGemAgenda) and me sampling cocktails
The new menu includes Passion Fruit Margarita, Strawberry Mojito, Coconut and Lime Daiquiri and an English Country Garden made with Hendricks gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon and topped with prosecco.
My personal favourites from the menu were Passion Fruit Margarita, Strawberry Mojito, Coconut and Lime Daiquiri. All of them were tasted fruity, fresh and delicious. I will definetely be returning again for a visit in the near future.
We got very spoilt with all of the cocktails to taste and give feedback on. We were served a wide range of food to eat from mini pulled pork burgers, smoked salmon and cream cheese canapes, mini meat balls covered in cheese, mini fried chicken with a choice of dips to nachos. 
All dietary requirements were taken into consideration. Meat lovers, vegetarians and gluten free. I felt like such a VIP with the special treatment that I had received. I had way too many cocktails because I was having a fantastic time. It's great to let your hair a little down at events like this.
The venue would be nothing without the wonderful staff who cater to your every need. Izzy served our table. She is very sweet and a hard working waitress. She handled a large group of me and my work colleagues very well. 

I'd like to thank Paul for inviting me on Twitter. The Bierkeller Entertainment Complex for having me and the wonderful hospitality from all of hardworking staff.
Try Around The World Summer Cocktail Menu at

The Bierkeller Entertainment Complex
15-17 Friar Lane
Nottingham
NG1 6DA

Telephone 0845 533 3000

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Images in this blog post are courtesy of Adam Johns Photography. Thank you :)

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

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Hi my name is Hayley. I'm from Nottingham in the UK.I like to write and share my thoughts in this blog about my adventures, cruelty free beauty products and art projects. I also have a YouTube channel which i upload regular content onto :)