Monday, 27 October 2014

XTREME SCREAM PARK FUN AND YUMMY PUMPKIN PIE!


Last week I got the chance to go to the Xtreme SCREAM park in Melton Mowbray. If you haven't heard of this before, it is basically a park with several different "scary" attractions for all you thrill seekers! These attractions are basically mazes which you have to find your way through. Other than finding your way out in pitch black, you have "actors" scaring the crap out of you. All fun, I say!


Xtreme SCREAM park in Melton Mowbray has 5 frightful attractions:

Stilton Hall Hotel & Spa- New for 2014. Inside there is over 50 rooms you get to explore. The spa room was probably my favourite. I needed a good massage ha! As written on the website, "Escape and feel the pleasure, we will transform you, beauty or beast? Prepare to experience relaxation beyond your worst nightmares."

The Pie Factory & Pig Man's Paddock- New again for 2014. This was one hell of a scary attraction. Chain saws rawr-ing and claustrophobic inflatable walls where you couldn't see the end! As said on the website, "Step inside the doors and make your way through the complex of scare maze horror attraction to discover the gruesome process of slaughter in a hell that extracts human flesh of the finast quality."


Dungeon-  "The undead have been released, centuries ago buried alive in this dark horror maze the bells of the long forgotten Zombie monsters of the dark are ringing, they have been unleashed, at night they hunt for food. Human Flesh."



Curtain Chaos- This one was probably one of the nicer attractions of the night. Not as scary and as we went on this one first, I felt it was a build up to the more scary ones. "The Oxford Dictionary states that Coulrophobia is the irrational fear of clowns. Once inside this labryinth of colour and noise you will discover that this phobia is not so irrational. Curtain Chaos scare maze is a sick and twisted fantasy overrun by rogue clowns." If you have a fear of clowns..this one is not for you. Ha!


Farmhouse of fear- "Brave the claustrophobic corridors and dark passageways of the ancient Melton Mowbray's farmhouse haunted Halloween scare maze. The Leicester farmers are here to bring back those childhood nightmares. Experience strange haunted happenings, you never know who you will bump into at every turn in this fun and frightening Halloween scare maze."




Overall I had such a great night being scared the hell out of. Weird idea for some. However if you are a thrill seeker and want to go to this particular one. Here is the website!

I thought as this post is all Halloween themed, I would post a little gluten and dairy free pumpkin pie recipe. It didn't come out of the oven looking as appetising as I would have liked, but it does taste slightly good hah!



Recipe adapted from "Gluten Free Home Maker" which you can find here.

Ingredients:
1 pie crust recipe with gluten free flour
1 small pumpkin or puree
150g sugar
2 eggs
115 ml almond milk or any dairy free milk. (coconut milk would work great!)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

1. Prepare the gluten free pastry and blind bake for 15 minutes in the oven at 170 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients together and mix with a fork.
3. Roll the pastry and add to a 9 inch pie tin
4. Add the filling carefully into the pie tin.
5. Cover the whole pie in foil being careful not to let the foil touch the filling.
6. Bake for a further 40-45 minutes.
7. Let it cool and enjoy with some whipped cream.



Hope you all have a lovely Halloween!

Friday, 24 October 2014

What is Happiness And How Can I Achieve it?

"Thousands of Candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."

-Buddha


How would you describe happiness?

What does it take to be happy?

I feel that these questions are difficult to answer, in fact maybe impossible. When is "happiness is a choice" ever enough. Happiness doesn't have a time scale and people go through very tough times in their lives whether it is a few days or even years. We all have our own definitions for happiness, but how can we be happy?..right now..right in this moment. We need to stop thinking happiness is based solely on achievements or posessions. Here are 7 ways you can choose happiness.

1. Being grateful. Focusing on the positive things that are happening in your life rather than the negative, can really help you realise what is more important. These grateful moments could be as big or as small as you want them to be. Write them down in a book and look back at them!

2. Treat others with respect. In other words, "Treat those how you would like to be treated." If you do nice things for people they will do nice things for you. Giving is just as important as receiving and this brings out joy in those who do.

3. Smile

4. Exercise, meditate and eat healthy. All these things can make you feel so much better about yourself. Going for a run or walk first thing in the morning can help clear your head especially when you are going through a stressful time.

5. Look forward to every day. I have recently read this blog post from Tiny Buddha, and it is all about living in the moment and looking forward to the next day. One note I have took from the blog post is to forgive. Forgiving everything can be so difficult. This is something I obviously need to work on. But doing so can put things in the past, making living the next day easier and therefore you being more happy.

6. Hold back on starting an argument. This is something I am pretty bad at. I am not saying keeping your feelings in are the best thing to do sometimes, but choosing not to create an argument can make you feel you are better!

7. Don't worry. I know pretty well how worrying and being anxious can cause us to feel overwhelmed and even stop us from doing things we want to do. I heard a while back "99% of the things we worry about, never happen", I say this every time I start letting anxiety get the better of me. Trying hard not to worry about the little things can make us feel happier within ourselves and have a more positive outlook.

Sorry for the soppy blog post. I was inspired by many blogs recently to write up a happiness post. Other than people (you) who are reading this right now, I feel like I can keep looking at this when things are getting a little rough. I hope you have enjoyed. :) If you liked this post, I have recently wrote one on ways to relax. You can view it here

What things make you happy?

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Perfect Autumn/Winter Scent?




It has come to that time of year again, when you are on the hunt for a perfume more suited to the Autumn/Winter weather. I think this perfume "Intense" by Dolce & Gabbana could be my favourite A/W scent I have ever layed my nose upon. 

I first saw this perfume around about this time last year and instantly fell in love with the smell. It has such a night time mature musky scent about it, yet still so wearable in the day due to it's other fruity notes. Dolce & Gabbana describe "Intense's" different notes on their website which you can view here.

Top Notes:
Oriental floral notes ignite the senses with subtle hints of Neroli and Green Mandarin. 

Heart:
The top notes yield to a rich and intriguing contrast of two noble white flowers, Orange Blossom and Tuberose, giving an intense full-bodied signature to the perfume.

Base Notes:
The warm resinous Sandal wood and the sensual musky notes that blend with the creamy addiction of the Guimauve define a powerful presence of captivating sensuality.

Oh don't D&G know how to wow you with their beautiful descriptive words?

Other than it's beautiful warm scent, the bottle is simple yet stunning. The bottle is an Autumn-y burgundy shade which is slightly opaque. It isn't the most complicated design out there but looks so elegant, along with it's elegant scent. 

I advise you all to go smell this bad boy in shops and consider it on your Christmas list. Am I the only one who has started one of those already? ha!