Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Songs Of The Month | March

Hello guys!

So, for those of you that don't read my blog and are just here for this post I have been doing a list of 5 songs that I've been loving every month since the start of the year! Music is an absolute passion of mine and has helped me through so much so this is definantly one of my favourite posts to write.

If you want to listen to any of these songs give the picture below the writings a little click - you are welcome!

Anyway, enough with the jibber jabber fool! Let's get on with the songs!

1. DNCE - Cake By The Ocean

Ok, if you haven't heard this song then you have for sure been living under a rock! I've heard it constantly on the radio & TV and I am not joking when I say that I am still not sick of it! It's such a good song that I could imagine listening to on a nice hot day with a cold beverage and maybe some cake... See what I did there? 

Not only is it catchy as hell but I am not going to say no to a little viewing of Joe Jonas - AM I RIGHT LADIES!?


2. Daughtry - What I Want

So, Daughtry have been one of my ultimate fave bands for as long as I can remember and seeing them live always turns me into a giddy little child. I recently received an email saying that they where touring again and I bought my tickets as soon as they came out so I have been listening to some of their old stuff to get myself all excited.

As soon as 'What I Want' came on a huge smile creeped up onto my face. All the feels came back from how much I loved this song and since then it's been on repeat. It's such a heavy song with powerful vocals - EVERYTHING I LOVE IN A SONG.

I actually got my boyfriend to go through all of their albums so that I could show him I could name all the songs within a minute and I actually did it - totes super fan over here guys. Not sorry. Not sorry at all.



3. Justin Timberlake - Strawberry Bubblegum

I know you're probably having a WTF moment right now so this is my warning before you carry on reading - I do love every single type of music. I can go from listening to something as heavy as slipknot to something as mellow as Ben Howard and that is exactly how I love it. I just thought I would make that clear as I do know I choose random song selections but that is the beauty of music!

Not only do I fancy JT more than words can describe but I absoloutley love his music. This song is my ultimate chill out song. Perfect for listening to in the bath or in bed. So mellow and lovely. Who doesn't want JT singing you to sleep!?

I have also seen him live and he stood about 2 inches away from me and I almost died - HE IS EVEN MORE PERF IN PERSON, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE!?



4. Deftones - Sextape

Deftones are another band that have been a favourite of mine for a long, long time. They have just recently announced that they are releasing a new album in April so I have been listening to a lot of their stuff to get me pumped for the album release.

Sextape has always been one of - if not my all time favourite song of there's. I love the fact that they can contrast from a song thats heavy to a song like Sextape that is like a little lullaby to the ears. I love the lyrics, the track and the vocals. Everything about this song is perfect in my opinion. I strongly suggest giving this one a listen.





5. Fifth Harmony - Work From Home

I have absoloutley been loving this song lately. It is the perfect song for a summers day and it ironically makes me want to be like F*CK WORK TOMORROW LETS GO ON HOLIDAY.

It's super catchy and the perfect summer jam. Something tells me this song is going to be huge!


That's the last for my favourite songs of march, what are your favourites at the moment?

Thank you for reading,

Katie Ellen. xxxx
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Friday, 18 March 2016

Why Can't We Just Be Happy?

Hi Guys!

I had one of those days today where I was overly happy for no reason at all and it made me realise how little those moments actually happen and even then there was something inside wondering how I could be so happy.

How often is it that we have nothing to worry about?

I know exactly what you're thinking, never, right?

In today's society we always find something to worry about. I've even realised that most of us will start to worry about other people's lives when we run out of things to worry about in our personal ones. It's kind of sad, really.

We look in the mirror and we're not society's version of beautiful and even if we are we will still never fully love the way we look. We can't afford the things we wish we could have and if we can then we always want more. We work long days and feel like we get paid so little and if we do we feel judged for earning more money than others. We never feel good enough. So how is it even possible to be happy.

Maybe it's because I'm growing up that I've been thinking about these things more and more.

First of all let me begin with the first thing I mentioned - society's version of beautiful. Now, let me start by saying that this is in no way slating thin and toned bodies. I think they are just as beautiful as every other body type. However, this is just from my point of view. I have always been around a clothes size 14-16 and was a 10-12 at my very lowest weight. I lost a lot of weight because I thought that would help me learn to love myself and guess what? I still didn't. I just found that no matter how much weight I lost I still didn't see myself as an acceptable size and I think a lot of people can relate to that.

This made me realise that just because I am a heavier girl, losing weight cannot solve all of my problems. I've come to realise that I live this life as me one time and I am not spending another minute worrying about who finds me beautiful because, well, I don't care. Life can end at any moment and when it does.. do you think your body will matter so much? Will it matter more than all those experiences you missed out on because you felt you weren't good or pretty enough?

Let's take a step back. We're here, we're alive and we deserve to love ourselves no matter what our insecurities are. Everyone has them.

I feel so drained of how negative we have become as a whole society. We're always looking at the negatives, judging people and bringing people down. It's tiring to see and annoying to hear. I'm done with living the way I feel I should. I'm no longer listening to negativity, I'm not judging people for being who they are and I am no longer worrying about the things that don't matter / can't be changed. Jealousy is a natural feeling but along with it we can still be happy for those succeeding. If we spent as much time working hard as we do complaining about people with more than us then we could be exactly where they are.

I want everyone who reads this to join in with me. Let's show people that we can spread happiness and positivity.

I would be so grateful if you could leave me a comment or tweet me @KatieEllen201 letting me know 3 things that made you happy today or just sending a compliment to someone to help them feel more positive and happy too.

The things that made me happy today are:

1. In general I had a really happy / great day.
2. My puppy being strange.
3. Going for dinner with my boyfriend and our friend Simon.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you very soon.

Thanks for reading,

Katie Ellen xxxxx




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Sunday, 13 March 2016

Hudson Smokehouse Review

Hello my little loves,

Today I have decided to do something a liiiiitle bit different than usual.

Yesterday me, my sister, her boyfriend & Karl (my boyfriend!) decided to have a little trip to the new Smokehouse restaurant that had opened in a town close to us. I had heard people saying great things about this place so obviously it was crucial for us to have a look ourselves.

We walked in and I knew immediately that this was my kind of place. It had a very Texas vibe which I love so much and it is very unique compared to the other restaurants that surround it such as Nandos & pizza hut.



We where greeted, seated and served by a very lovely young man who's name I completely forgot to ask for (DOH), But he was extremely professional, enthusiastic and polite so that started the experience off really nicely.

After much examination of the menu we had all decided what we wanted to eat. We placed our order and was told the food would be with us in around 20 minutes. I loved this because something creeps me out about those restaurants that have your food with you within 5 minutes of ordering - I know you're hiding 20 microwaves back there!

We had all ordered standard cokes apart from my boyfriend who went for the cookies and cream milkshake which you can see below. He said it was one of the best he has ever had which must be true as he had almost drank it all before our food arrived!


Now, onto what you really wanted to hear.

So, what was the food like, Katie? I hear you say..... Let me tell you.

Firstly, I had ordered 'The Hob Father' which is layers of pulled pork, crispy bacon and rib meat on a bun and for a side I chose sweet potato fries which you can see below.



I'm not a huge meat person I will be honest. I always stick to chicken and never really experiment but this time I decided that since I was doing a review I would try something a bit different and holy sh*t did it pay off! Everything was perfect and at one point I remember saying it was so nice that I couldn't breathe. Everything from the meat to the fries was cooked to perfection and I can say it was honestly one of the best meals I had ever had and the rest agree'd with me too.

I won't bore you with descriptions of every meal so here are pictures of their meals below.


Brisket


Rump Steak

All in all I would give the Hudson smoke-house a clear 10/10 for customer service and food. I will be sure to visit again soon and would definantly recommend that you do the same.

I would also like to say that these opinions are 100% my own. I did not get paid or asked to do a review by this restaurant.


Thank you so much for reading,

Katie Ellen xxxx




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Saturday, 5 March 2016

Why I Dropped Out Of University

Hi Guys!

I done a little twitter poll to see if you lovely lot would like me to blog about gaining weight or why I dropped out of University and a lot of you wanted to see the Uni option! But don't worry if you chose the other I will still be doing that for my next post!

So, where to begin.

Firstly, for those of you who suffer from anxiety you will know that being thrown into a very social environment is super daunting. I went from being in a college class of around 10 or less people to a class of 70+ and most of these people already knew each other. I remember leaving early on the first day because I was so overwhelmed that I felt like I was going to vomit. 

I know now that at that point I should of decided to call it quits but I wanted to try to stick it out. I began making friends but still couldn't shake the feeling that I felt extremely out of place. I began having so much anxiety going to University that sometimes I would get off of the bus half way there and come back home. I had been dealing with severe depression long before going to uni but it seemed to trigger more bad thoughts inside of my head. I thought that if I left I would let down my family, I would be a failure and I would never be able to get anywhere in life.

I wrote to my personal tutor and the leader of the course about my mental health and I didn't feel like I was supported. Although they apologised for what I was dealing with they told me that if I didn't begin attending University more that I would be kicked off the course. It was a huge deal for me to open up to them the way that I did and I wasn't offered any help from a campus councillor or anything which sort of made me feel like they already thought I was lost cause.

I now know that isn't true.

Eventually I stopped attending. I figured that I wanted to get leaving university over with as soon as possible. I was not in the right state of mind to put myself underneath the pressure of assignments and also control my mental health.

So, what has happened since leaving Uni?

Well, first of all I want you to know that if you are thinking of leaving University that it DOES NOT make you a failure. You still have every chance to succeed in life no matter what degree you do or don't have.

Since leaving my mental health has eased a lot. I feel better within myself and I finally feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I have also just gained a job at a solicitors and I feel like leaving University was the smartest thing I have ever done.

I would like to add that this is just my experience. There are so many people who love University and so many that hate it, too. I am no way trying to put anyone off of going to University.

I would love to hear your views on University. If you're there are you enjoying it and if not, why? Or why you too decided that University wasn't for you.

Thank you so much for reading,

Katie Ellen. xxx


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