11 Things I’ve Learnt After My 1st Year Of Driving

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Driving was such a massive part of my life last year, and the freedom of finally being able to drive myself around and have my own independance has been a massive part of my life ever since. So, as I recently celebrated driving for a year, I thought I would share 10 things I’ve learnt over the last year of being on the roads.

1. Learn how to drive when you’re as young as possible as you have the time and the brain quickness to be able to pick driving up easily. Even though when I learnt to drive I had work, A-Levels and driving as well, i’m still so glad I did it then as I  would’nt have the time to do it now. It’s given me so much more freedom and has helped me transition into adult life.

2. There are so many crazy drivers on the road, and people that make stupid decisions it’s unbelievable. You really do have to have eyes in the back of your head and watch out for everyone, at all times and predict what they might do, and even then sometimes you can’t believe the decisions people make on the roads.

3. Having a car is at times like having a baby, as it constantly needs attention and love. Whether that’s keeping it clean, putting oil and water in it, paying for petrol and then any repairs that need doing along the way. However, if you buy a car that’s a bit newer you can avoid a lot of random big repair costs and save money in the long run.

4. Nine times out of 10 things that happen aren’t your fault, like someone scratches your car in a car park, or someone swerves into your lane. So, if you ever do have an accident don’t automatically take blame just because your a new driver. Remember your young and have quick reactions, and also you’ve had the newest training as older drivers have got into bad habits and don’t always do everything right.

5. Black boxes can be really annoying, especially when you’re running late or having someone right behind you as you’re doing the 30 speed limit. However, they are so worth it when after a safe, accident free year of good driving your premium can go down by 500.00.

6. Motorways really aren’t that scary as they seem, as long as your savvy about how you drive on them. Lets face most new drivers have to stick strictly to the speed limit so that means that we have no chance of competiting against the cars that have power and can do well over 70mph. So, stick to the left lane when you can and think about where you’re going and what lane you need to be in, and you should be all good.

7. Going on a road trip is one of the best things you can do in your first year of driving, as you can put your skills into practice once you feel confident on the roads. The best way to do it is to get one person or a group of friends you love to spend time with, make a really good playlist to listen to and some snacks and your complete. Oh and also a sat nav so you don’t get lost and stressed out too!

8. Be savvy about where you buy petrol from and which garages you get repairs done at, as not everywhere charges the same for the same thing. I always go to Sainsbury’s for petrol, if i can, as it’s cheap and lasts a long time, and with garages I always get at least two quotes for a repair before I choose which one to go for, as you can save so much money.

9. You will get prejudice as a woman when you have a car, as some men assume you know nothing. So expect looks when you go and fill your car up with fuel or your water washers at the petrol station. However, i would always recommend you take someone with you when you go to a garage for the first few times, as you may be charged more or taken advantage if you don’t know what you want. So make sure you’re clear and know what you want and you’ll be fine.

10. Having a stable, steady income every month makes it a lot easier to pay for your car and your bills to do with it. I have a part-time retail job, and I work set hours every week, so I know when i’m working. That helps me to budget for the month and know that all my bills are covered.

11. It’s the best thing you can do and it honestly has given me so much more freedom. It  makes life so much easier and even though it is expensive, its worth every penny to have a car and i feel so lucky everytime I drive it.

Are you learning to drive? What things have you learnt since driving?

Rachel x

Easter Rocky Road Recipe

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Baking is something I really love to do to relax and spend time being creative in the kitchen. As easter is coming up and it’s all about enjoying the sweet treats, I thought I would get baking and make some of my own. So, i’m sharing a super yummy and amazingly chocolately rocky road recipe, which is an easter themed version of the lovely Tanya Burr’s recipe.

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What You Need:

– A Saucepan    – A Spatula or Wooden Spoon    – A Glass Bowl    – A Square Tin    – Grease Proof Paper or Tin Foil    – Weighing Scales    – A Rolling Pin            – A Sandwich Bag

For The Rocky Road:

-150g Butter    -350g Dark Chocolate     -4 Tablespoons of Golden Syrup    -250g Plain Digestives

For The Topping:

-100g of Mini Marshmellows     -90g of Mini Eggs    -50g of Melted Dark Chocolate    -3 Cream Eggs    -Small Bronze Honeycomb Decorations


1.Line a square tin with grease proof paper and measure out all of your ingredients.

2. Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup together in a bowl, over a saucepan of boiling water on a low heat.

3. Put the digestives into a sandwich bag and bash them with a rolling pin until there is a mix of crumbs and pieces of biscuit left over.

4. Pour the biscuits into the chocolate mixture and stir in the mini marshmellows.

5. Pour the mixture into the tin and make sure it’s completley even.

6. Cut the cream eggs in half and position across the top of the rocky road, as well as the mini eggs and any other chocolately decorations you want to add.

7. Melt the 50g of chocolate in a bowl above a saucepan of boiling water on a low heat, and then use a teaspoon to drizzle the chocolate on top of the rocky road.

8. Put the rocky road into the fridge for at least 2 hours, however leaving it over night is also a really good idea.

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Are you going to be doing any easter baking this weekend?

Rachel x

9 Date Ideas To Do As A Couple Or With Girlfriends

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Going out on date with Ed is one of my favourite ways to spend a day. Whether it’s going out for a coffee, shopping or heading to do an activity for the day, it’s a great way to spend time together and just catch up on everything that has been going on. I also love going on girly dates too with my friends, as its such a good way to have a good gossip and have some girl time. So, I thought I would share 10 date ideas with you, that you can either do with your girlfriends or someone you love this spring…

1.Going for Coffee 

This is one of my favourite things to do because I love a good cake and coffee, or a hot chocolate if I’m feeling like I need a bit more sugar in my life. It’s the perfect way to just have a quick meet up, and catch up in a really relaxed and chilled environment. My favourite places to go is local cafe’s,  that are independent and have some amazing cakes and food.

2. Having a Film and Takeaway Night 

This is one of my favourite at home dates, that are perfect after a long day at work or after uni. I love ordering a Chinese takeaway, having a real pig out on food and watching a really good film. They are the best with a group of friends, and me and ed usually have a big group date at one of our houses, at least once a month.

3. Go to a Trampoline Park

I love going on active dates with Ed as these are such great ways to bond and create amazing memories. The trampoline park is one of our favourite ones places to go, as we can go and exercise, have fun and challenge each other on the trampolines, in the foam pits and on the balance beams.

4. Go for a Walk

We actually went for a walk in our local country park as our first date, and we love to do it now as it brings back a lot of good memories. Its the perfect way to just have a catch up and spend some time away from our phones and the internet, however you do need good weather for this one, which we don’t get that often in the UK.

5. Go on a Shopping Spree

I love doing this with my girlfriends as its a great way to buy some new pieces for my wardrobe, have a look at what’s in the shops , and also just have a good gossip. You get to plan outfits together, show each other what you’re loving at the moment and your favourite places to shop. However, I also love doing this with Ed and styling him up, getting him to try on new pieces and creating outfits for him.

6. Go to a Theme Park or a Water Park 

This is something that I still haven’t done with my girlfriends or Ed, but something I can’t wait to do. It will be such an amazing day out of just having fun and making memories and something we’re hopefully going to do for either one of our birthdays or just as a summer activity.

7. Go for a Weekend Away 

This is a bit of a cheat because it’s not just a date but a whole weekend full of one, but it’s a great way to spend some time alone, make memories and visit a new place. When a went to a festival with tow of my bestfriends it was such an amazing experience and so much fun. But also going on one with Ed allowed us to spend time alone together and just chill out and relax without the pressure of work, uni or just life in general.

8. Go Out For Dinner

Going out for food is one of my favourite things to do for a special occasion or after a day out. It’s so nice to just sit at a table, have a catch up and choose some food you wouldn’t have on an everyday basis. I really love going out with all my family to celebrate a birthday, as you get to see everyone and find out what they’ve been doing lately.

9. Have an at Home Dinner date

We have these quite a lot, as there’s no stress of finding a place to eat, not being able to drink or getting home, so it’s so much easier. Usually Ed cooks the food as he’s a lot better chef than I am, but to make it easier we usually go for Dine In 2 for 10.00 from M&S. There’s usually such a good choice of food, it tastes amazing and is also super easy to cook.

Who’s your favourite person to go on a day date with?

Rachel x

7 Things I Learnt From My First Holiday Alone

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Going on holiday for the first time without your parents is always something you look forward to, however it can also be quite daunting. Knowing that you have sort everything out yourself, be responsible, pay for everything and still have a good time, is a lot to take on all at once. So, as back in February me and my boyfriend Ed had our first ever holiday alone together, I thought I would share 10 things that I learnt along the way…

  1. Do Your Research – Research the place or area you’re going to, so you can know about the best places to go and visit. You don’t want to miss on going somewhere that’s really interesting or beautiful, and by doing your research hopefully that won’t happen.
  2. Planning Is Key – Making sure that you know what you’re going to do every day on your holiday, plan meals, arrival times etc. This will make your life so much easier. It makes you feel so much calmer and like you’ve got your sh*t together on your first holiday.
  3. Small Holidays Are A Good Start – If you don’t feel ready for a full week or longer holiday alone, then just go for a short staycation at first. This isn’t so daunting and makes it feel more manageable, especially as you don’t have to worry about airports and any real travel times.
  4. Make The Most Of Everyday – When you go holiday, especially a long weekend, you’ve taken the time off work or uni to go, and so you want to make the most of everyday, even the travelling ones. We went to Bath on the way home from our holiday in Wells, as it was a break in the journey and was also a place we really wanted to visit.
  5. Take Chocolate Snacks and Bubbles – These were two things we loved to tuck into after a day full of exploring, and was a nice holiday treat to have.
  6. Create A Holiday Playlist – This was one of my favourite parts about the holiday, as we had a huge playlist to listen to and sing loudly to in the car as we went on our 3 hour journey. It made the journey so much more fun and was a good start and end to the holiday.
  7. Go With People You Love To Spend Time With – You’re going to spend a lot of time with this person or these people, whilst your on holiday, so make sure you go with people you love to spend time with and that like doing the same things as you do. It makes your holiday so much more enjoyable and easy!

Have you been on your first holiday alone yet?

Rachel x

Let’s Celebrate Being A Woman

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Being a woman in this modern world means so much more than it did 100 years ago, when women finally won the right to vote in 1918. Since that point women’s place in society has grown massively, and we are now at the point were we’re equal to the men that stand beside us. For me, being a woman in 2018 means having a unity between a man and woman and working as one unit to achieve one goal. Not degrading each other’s sexes, but instead building each other up, and also building up the women around us. Being a woman is about being strong, independent, working to smash our goals and to have the drive to achieve what ever we want to in this world.

To celebrate the recent International Women’s Day, I went to some of the wonderful women in my life to ask them what they thought being a woman was all about;  and they came back with some amazing responses….

The quote on the left suggests that we should take inspiration from the pure drive and determination of the women back in 1918, to push ourselves to achieve in 2018. We should be so grateful for how well women are respected and treated in our modern day society, and should never take that for granted or forget how far our sex has come. This is one of my favourite out of them all, and one that I’m going to keep as motivation to forever keep pushing to achieve my goals.

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The quote on the right looks at how being a woman means you have to make a lot of sacrifices in your life, especially for your family. Even though it’s now a modern world where there is a large majority of women that work and also have a family, they are still juggling that life and making sacrifices so that they can have good family life. Whether that’s taking a few years out without a career progression to have a child, or sacrificing your own personal time to spend that with your children and your family.

This quote on the left is another one I really love, as it shows how much of an impact women are having now, as we act as role models to both younger men and women around us. It shows how determined we are to succeed in life and that we can also have careers and progress in life, just as much as men can and are now no longer limited by our sex.

So, let’s celebrate being a woman, and someone who is not long limited by their sex and can have a future and a career, not just a family, just as much as man can. It’s about equality between men and women and creating a powerful team that nothing can break down.

Rachel x