5 tips for living with your S.O…

God love him….

He is an angel sometimes. No, I really mean it! Don’t get me wrong I bring my own qualities to the party. I’m loving, caring, patient, homely, attentive. Modest lol.

However I can be a NIGHTMARE to live with. 

I moved in with James about 6 months ago now and we have been together nearly 5 years. It’s a long time I hear you say? 

Yes it is but living together is a whole other ball game. For someone who is/was so fiercely independent as I, it’s been a bit of a learning curve! 

Here’s my ten tips to avoid arguments (which we have had plenty of) and to live in peace or at least until he leaves his socks on the floor… Again. Here’s us 😍  

 

1. Let him have his space. So he wants to sit on the computer all night or play video games. Before you arrived sister he was doing it 24:7 so let him have his 2 nights a week or whatever. Don’t feel neglected and trust me I have have said (loudly) when I am feeling like I would have been better off if I was the shape of a screen with boobs. 
2. Be patient! We all have to compromise, he may not want to watch what you want and I may feel like it takes him a bloody age to do the washing up. But at least he’s doing it right? Lol. My own paitence is really tested when we are getting ready to go out and he sits with one sock on for 15 minutes until he can muster up the energy to put the other one on! Bahhhh! 

3. Remain independent. Do not, I repeat, do not spend all your time in your new abode together and forget about the outside world. It’ll drive you nuts! Keep your own friends it has worked for me, I still see my friends a lot and these aren’t mutual friends these are mine. One on one girly time, it keeps me sane. James has his own vices the gym, cars and so on and he also still has friends that are only his. 

4. Manage your mood. Okay easier said than done but I can turn full psycho bitch over something as simple as a bin! Long story…. I do however understand that sometimes I let the little things grab hold of me and my mood affects the whole atmosphere of our little household. Go for a drive, works for me, have a bath alone with the door shut, go to bed on your own a bit earlier and watch some trash while he is still up, get your starfish on girl! Now I’m not saying everyone is like me but if your having a bad day recognise it, own it and I’m sure he/she will do the same for you and say ‘I’m sorry I’m being moody, I’m having a bad day’ that’s all it’ll take to diffuse it half the time. 

5. Finally, be kind to each other. Duh? I know sounds silly but you get so used to living together you forget to do the little things for each other you once did. For me it really doesn’t take a lot romance in my eyes is doing the washing up and putting away and telling me to have a nice hot bath and relax! I might buy him his favourite dinner or recognise he is running low on socks it doesn’t take much to show your S.O you are thinking of them. 

So there it is, my tips on living with your S.O. Hope you enjoyed this post! 

Any advice, tips or opinions are always gratefully received trust me lol. 

Libby xoxo

(The girl who never wears white)

How do you like your coffee in the morning…

I like mine in a face scrub! Word up guys this stuff is AMAZING! 

I first saw this product from someone I follow on Instagram, had a nosy around the Bean Burst website and I thought this looks like a bit of me. An all natural scrub made predominantly from coffee seed powder.

I can’t use anything with too much perfume in or what I call ‘fake’ ingrediants so this looked perfect.  At £15 for 200g I think it’s great value for money. 

 

The first ingrediant is coffee- naturally, then pink Himalayan salt followed by various natural oils. This is the grapefruit mix so the grapefruit oil gives it a great smell. It does smell heavily of coffee on a first whiff which I LOVE but if your not into coffee then it might not be your thing.

The texture is coarse which is what I would expect from a good face scrub, I can’t stand scrubs that ‘fall apart’ as soon as you get them wet! 

Bonus! You don’t just have to use it on your face, you can use it all over. Apparently it works a treat for cellulite and stretch marks too. You can read here how each oil benefits your skin. 

To use it, first, I got my skin quite wet and took a small handful. Spilt the mix between my hands and just started working over my face and neck in circular motions. You can wash it straight off but I left mine on for 5 minutes while I made a cuppa. 

I rinsed off and towel dried as recommended. Voila silky smooth skin! Redness in my cheeks was reduced and the dry patches of skin round my nose now feel super moisturised. 

I’m just off to buy the other two blends, orange and peppermint. All in all a massive 10/10

#getdirtytofeelsmooth

   
 

Let me know what you think if you have tried it lovelys and if you have any scrubs that you are really impressed by. 

Libby xo

(The girl who never wears white)

Lift me up…

Another recipe for you guys today and it’s an Italian classic that I love. I’ve just put my usual twist on it to make it how I like it.

So I’m making Tiramisu, which in Italian apparently means ‘pick me up’ or ‘lift me up’, so perfect for making if you need a little lift. With this weather I think we could all use it!

I made this one for James’ grandad’s 80th birthday party and it went down a treat. I was really impressed with how it turned out, so here’s the recipe for you guys…

  • 568ml pot double cream
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 75ml Disaronno
  • 5 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 300ml strong coffee, made with 2 tbsp coffee granules and 300ml boiling water. I used my costa coffee and brewed it first in a cafetiere.
  • 175g pack sponge fingers
  • 25g chunk dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

First I put the cream, mascarpone, sugar and liqueur in a big bowl and give it a whisk until it has the consistency of thick whipped cream-see picture on the left- You want it so you will be able to spread it over the sponge fingers later.

Get your serving dish ready, you don’t have to grease it or anything! Pour your brewed coffee into a shallow dish and dip in a few sponge fingers at a time, turning for a few seconds until they are nicely soaked, but not soggy.  If they’re soggy you will end up with a mush when you try to serve 🙂

Layer these into your dish until you have used half the biscuits, then spread over half of the creamy mixture. Using the coarse side of the grater, grate over most of the chocolate. You can always use more chocolate if you have a real sweet tooth.

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Then repeat the layers (you should use up all the coffee), finishing with the creamy layer.

Cover and chill for a few hrs or overnight. This can now be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. To serve, dust with cocoa powder and grate over the remainder of the chocolate.

Here’s a few pictures from the bash 😉

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you give this a go, post a picture in the comments or send it to me on Twitter. You can follow me there or on Blog Lovin’ I would love to hear from you…

Libby xo

(the girl who never wears white)

Well, hello there…

I have wanted to try this for a while, so here goes! Bear with me and be patient, I’m not that great at it yet. Blogging is one of those needs that I’ve had for a while just to you know, get myself out there into the world. A little piece of the internet, just for me. So, I’m figuring out what to write as I go along and hopefully you will want to join me.

Libby xo

(The girl who never wears white)