- When I put the dishwasher one evening so that I could empty it, since we had ran out of clean cups. My dad comes home and asks me why I’ve put the dishwasher on since he’d already put it on this morning when he left for work and I failed to notice all cutlery and items in said dishwasher were completely clean.
- When I attempted to take some washing out of the washing machine to put it on to dry, my dad told me I should give it another spin. To which I replied ‘what, manually?’. I hand on heart thought he meant I should stick my hand in and rotate the inside of the washing machine myself for a final wash/spin. He was not amused. What can I say, up until recently I’d never done my own washing since using the Panasonic washing machines at uni…
- One time when I was younger, I decided to make those microwavable noodles I was obsessed with. All was well until my mum starts screaming, runs into the kitchen and switches off the microwave. Then she pulls £500 out of it (only mildly burnt) which I didn’t see because a) the microwave was high on a shelf and I couldn’t see inside it and b) who the HELL hides money in a microwave anyway?! Now it’s a common story in my family about how I almost burned £500…
- When I opened a cupboard one time and a jar of jam just fell out and smashed the plate on the side, sending bits of china all over the kitchen and narrowly missing myself and my dad. Please don’t ask me how this was my fault, but apparently it was.
- I also tripped down the stairs once because I have these slippers with a long tassel and a little cotton ball on the end and they got tangled as I walked down the stairs and tripped me. It was then that I realized I had them on the wrong feet and the tassels were supposed to be on the OUTSIDE not on the inside. Which makes complete sense if you think about it..
Tweede Leliedwarsstraat 5, 1015 TB, Amsterdam
There are tons of canal cruises you can go on in Amsterdam and if you don’t go on this particular one then I’d recommend that you at least go on one canal tour. It’s a fun and alternative way to see the city and Amsterdam is well known for it’s beautiful canals. This particular tour we took in the evening – the best way to see the colourful light installations – and it was terribly seasonal. On the dock there was a bar selling hot chocolate and mulled wine and the bar was surrounded by fairy lights. The tour itself was lovely and took about an hour and a half. It was interesting too because at one point I thought we were just going to turn around and go back the way we came but somehow despite heading in that direction, we ended up doing a round trip down some new canals. It was confusing. But definitely fun.
Though this is a tourist attraction that EVERYONE visits when visiting Amsterdam, it is definitely an oddball one. Since we’d already decided to visit another sex museum (see below), we were going to skip this one but we passed it one evening when it was raining and realised since it was so cheap to get in, we might as well kill an hour or two mooching around out of the rain. It was definitely weird and although we spent most of the time giggling away, it was impressive. Who knew sex had such a rich history?!
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60H, 1012 DP Amsterdam
They have these in almost every major city and I loved going on the one here. We managed to see the city, learn some history and add new places to our ‘must visit’ list for the next time we visit Amsterdam. There’s not much to say about this really – it is just a tour bus but with the added entertainment of learning about the history of the city whilst being warm and not getting rained on.
The City Sightseeing Tour Bus has stops throughout the city, the first stop being just outside Central Station.
Okay, so it’s not an attraction, but on one sunny day we jumped on the tram that takes you from one end of the city to the other and decided to just stay on. Since we had a travel card, we thought this might be another way to see the city and not just the tourist parts. I had a giant bag of Doritos (or at least some foreign version) and we sat right at the back with a great view. It was really fun and probably one of my favourite (as well cheapest) days of our whole trip.
Going clubbing/drinking certainly isn’t a necessity in Amsterdam but if you do, these are the places I’d recommend. Studio 80 is fun and definitely the go-to place, but as it only plays house music, the moment you walk in it’s pretty obvious everyone in there is off their heads on drugs. A great place if you’re into that type of music and definitely popular, but there are also better places to go. Another great bar was Smokeys which had a really cool atmosphere and played typical English clubbing music which again, is great if you want to dance to some stuff you already know. These two clubs are in one of the main squares which are filled with the most popular clubs and bars so flitting between these two or staying in this general area is ideal for a night out and you’ll without a doubt find yourself somewhere which is busy and upbeat. We also loved Club Up, a club that seemed to have a million different floors (though now that I think about it, only had two I think). Amsterdam seemed to be filled with lots of cool bars (many were Irish!) that you could just duck into and party too, so I’d say it isn’t necessary to plan exactly where you want to go and that you can easily find somewhere cool on a night out.
We booked this attraction along with the sightseeing tour bus and although I enjoyed this, I wouldn’t say it was a must visit being that many places offer ice bar’s these days – there’s even one in London. It was really fun but it’s obviously not the type of attraction you have to go all the way to Amsterdam to experience. Saying that, we could stay in the actual ice bar for as long as we wanted (which wasn’t all that long because – and I know this is going to sound stupid – but it was REALLY cold. And I mean colder than you’d expect). The price included two free drinks in the ice bar and then a cocktail in the normal bar too. The normal bar was quite snazzy and the location of this attraction was pretty cool too with lots of pretty canals to walk along nearby.
I also had the pleasure of trying out one of the massage bars and got a mini arm/hand massage by one of the lovely ladies (who’s name escapes me right now!). As she talked through the different products and their uses, I felt myself growing more and more relaxed as she used Wiccy Magic Muscles (btw have I mentioned how much I LOVE Lush’s product names?!) on my skin. The blend of cinnamon and peppermint oils in the bar left my arm feeling much less achy and tense (I had been at work all day) and the knobbly aduki beans massaged my skin and felt AMAZING.
She also told me about another one of their top products for Valentines, which was the Dirty Massage Bar. You can use it alone or with a partner and it can be used as a massage bar but, the chocolate in the middle is actually edible! So if you’re into that type of thing, you can use the bar on your partners skin and lick off the vegan chocolate in the middle!
Throughout the evening we also had the chance to ask any questions and talk about our favourite products, as well as having more demonstrations. I had a lot of fun just mingling and chatting with the lovely staff and other bloggers; our conversations varying from the products (obviously), the days of MSN, our favourite rock bands, our favourite Vloggers and, er, Sims going wrong and our favourite ways of killing off unwanted Sims characters when we were younger.
I also got the experience of trying the Emotional Brilliance colour wheel which was super interesting! Basically they spin the wheel and you pick out three colours – the ones that speak out to you the most. The first represents your strengths or weaknesses, the second your subconscious and the third your aspirations. I got control, fantasy and believe. In the end we decided this referred to control being a weakness in my love life (I can never control my own feelings and hate it!), fantasy being my wild fantasies of writing a book, marrying a rockstar and touring the world with him and believe being that….I should believe I can achieve my fantasies and gain control of my feelings haha!
I loved mooching around the store after hours and finding previously undiscovered products that I’ve never seen before (as I always seem to be in a rush when I shop in store!), including these amazing dry toothpastes, perfect for gigs! Look how cute they are!
On top of that, there really are some really funky products just for Valentines. It’s great that there are products that can be used as a couple rather then alone and I love how it’s not just a bunch of bath bombs to use just in the bath for Valentines; there are massage bars too and more.
It was a beyond lovely evening and I really enjoyed the whole theme of the night. It was so laid back and chilled, and rather then just listening to the team talk about their new products, we were encouraged to try things, ask for demonstrations with different items etc. It was so nice just being able to chat to everyone as well and as such a small group of us were there, it was a lovely atmosphere. I’m very appreciative of Lush for the invite and left with a huge smile on my face and a few gorgeous freebies too.
|Lolz. This still continues to make me laugh far more than it should.