79 Thoughts I had while watching #PLL Mid-Season Finale

  1. “It’s not too late” hahaha okay Aria
  2. Earlier that night…
  3. I don’t trust her.
  4. Nice hair though
  5. Red coat!
  6. Okay there is always someone there Hanna, how have you not learned that by now?
  7. Freaky mask!
  8. Oh, Mona…
  9. Oh…what’s this?
  10. Who’s that?!
  11. That’s your man! Isn’t it?
  12. How is she only noticing him now?
  13. Yep, definitely don’t trust that one.
  14. Whaaaat….
  15. A’s brain?!
  16. Emily looks a bit like catwoman.
  17. Oh that guy was Jason.
  18. Ahhhh….
  19. Knew she’d be back.
  20. Another sibling?!
  21. “She is a she…?”
  22. What
  23. Who’s that?
  24. Oh no…
  25. Oh no…
  26. Okay so where exactly was the father when she was crying?
  27. Ah now, that’s a bit much.
  28. Oh, so that’s what it’s about.
  29. I definitely never guessed that!
  30. Who’s that one?
  31. Bethany!
  32. “Fabulous and devastating at the same time”
  33. What the hell?!
  34. That was unnecessary.
  35. “Literally” – ew…
  36. Love Mona’s lipstick.
  37. Red coat!
  38. That’s not trash…
  39. Omg she’s looks so different.
  40. Jason…
  41. They dated?!
  42. Alison’s face lmao
  43. Ok that’s kind of messed up.
  44. Really messed up, actually.
  45. Oh she hates him.
  46. Not a fan of Alison’s eye make-up.
  47. Yeah Bethany needed to go.
  48. Honest mistake, to be fair.
  49. This actually explains it, omg!
  50. How does that creepy blue-eyed lady come in to it though?
  51. What’s up with Mona?
  52. Oh.
  53. Ugh Wilden.
  54. Poor CeeCee…
  55. Ok but he looks exactly like Jason?
  56. Red Dressing Gown lol
  57. Mona was in that car? Did they know that?!
  58. Her Ali impression is pretty good.
  59. That mask is so freaky.
  60. Ah knew it, never trusted her.
  61. Way to justify the attack…
  62. Ok but they’re not actually your dolls?
  63. Who is that?
  64. Oh dark hair.
  65. Emily?! Wait, what? Oh yeah…
  66. Those shoes…!
  67. Mona so crazy
  68. So who actually killed this one?
  69. Gah!
  70. Don’t…
  71. Hahaha
  72. Yay!
  73. My heart…
  74. Is it over though…is it?!
  75. Oh…
  76. I can’t believe it either, Aria…
  77. WHAT?!
  78. Omg that fringe.
  79. IT NEVER ENDS!

My Sims Legacy: The Final Chapter

I fully intended on posting the final update of my Sims legacy at the end of June. As it’s turned out, however, this summer has been crazy busy so I’m only getting around to doing that now. I’m so excited to finally get to post this last piece!

If you haven’t been following along and you want to catch up, you can find part one here, part two here and part three here!

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The last instalment ended with the arrival of the ninth generation. Isaak and Isobel are both whiz kids who excel at school. Isaak shows a creative flair as well and shuns the traditional programming career of his predecessors to become a somewhat decent artist.

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On the lookout for inspiration, Isaak meets Myra in the park and marries in typical quick Beauvoir fashion. A family-oriented but hot-headed Sim, it’s immediately obvious that Isaak’s new wife is going to be interesting! Mini-Myras Juliet and Jill arrive soon after, much to the delight of doting grandparents Hunter and Donna.

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Sadly grandma Donna doesn’t make it to the birth of Jacob the heir. After her death, Hunter and Isobel move out of the home…and that’s when the problems begin. Myra quickly begins to resent all the time Isaak is devoting to his art. The kids are growing up and wanting to spend less time with her and, as she’s left to cook and clean on her own every day, she grows madder and madder. Arguments and insults become a daily occurrence. Isaak then unsuccessfully attempts to have an affair and it seems a divorce is imminent. Before that can happen, there’s an unexpected accident. Little Jacob is playing with his favourite science set one day when he accidentally starts a fire. Devoted mom Myra rushes to his aid and tragically gets caught up in the flames.

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Like his grandfather Gabriel, Isaak has to step up to the task of becoming a single father. He would undoubtedly have done a pretty good job of it except…

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A problem occurred on my end. When I got The Sims 4 way back last year, I had to install it on my fiancé’s laptop because it just wouldn’t run on mine. At the weekend, he had to do a BIOS update…and it completely wiped everything. We’ve since reinstalled the game but unfortunately there’s not a single trace of the Beauvoirs :-( They’ve completely disappeared and I’m fairly annoyed because I was so close to completing my legacy! All I needed was for Jacob to become a teen and then a young adult and that would have been it. It’s a shame but sadly there’s nothing I can do about it…

I’ll be taking a break from The Sims for a little while but I really enjoyed playing this legacy challenge and it would definitely be something I’d be interested in doing again. I still can’t believe how close I came to completing it but it’s really not that big of a deal — it seems like the Beauvoir legacy was just never meant to end!

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Insta Lately

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  • Since announcing our engagement in June, we’ve received some beautiful cards from our loved ones. They’re currently lined up in our sitting room and I’ve decided I don’t ever want to take them down!
  • I love to see fruit growing wild — we used to go berry picking when we were kids so this left me feeling a little nostalgic!
  • The famous French skincare brand Bioderma arrived here in Ireland earlier this summer and I’m finally getting to try out some products! I picked up a cleanser and some lip balm and I’m looking forward to seeing what they’re like.
  • L’s youngest sister and I spontaneously decided to get our nails done together one afternoon — it was really fun and I think this baby pink colour is so pretty!
  • Probably my favourite hand cream ever — I’m a big L’Occitane en Provence fan in general.
  • I can never resist a slice of simple, classic, indulgent vanilla cheesecake…so good!
  • My first bridal magazine! I leafed through it with a side of pick-n-mix — I need to make this a regular thing!
  • Sweet Belgian-style waffles and a super pink smoothie makes for one beautiful breakfast!
  • I have to admit that I love the cocktail-in-a-jar trend. We found these in Tesco — they don’t have much alcohol in them but they were fun and refreshing to try!

Dinner Date

Later this month, we’re having a small party to celebrate our recent engagement. We’ve booked a table at our favourite restaurant and invited both of our families. Even though L and I have been together five whole years, our parents and siblings have only met each other in passing so we thought this would be a great opportunity to get everyone together at last! I’m really looking forward to the event and this weekend, I’m planning a little shopping trip to find the perfect dress for it. I’m looking for something pretty and simple and these are some pieces that I’ve come across that I really like so far:

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Oasis Black Lace Patched Dress

Dorothy Perkins Chi Chi Floral Dipped Hem Dress

Warehouse Green Formed Linear Prom Dress

New Look Mela Navy Paisley Print Dress

River Island Light Pink Faux Suede Skater Dress

Topshop Tile Print Tunic Dress

Triple Chocolate Surprise Inside Cupcakes

I hadn’t done any baking in the longest time so I decided to make some cupcakes for the weekend. We’re going to my boyfriend’s fiancé’s family home to celebrate his mum’s birthday and I thought I should bring along some treats!

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I’ve been wanting to try out Dr Oetker’s Surprise Inside range so this seemed like a perfect excuse to give it a go! Available in chocolate, salted caramel and lemon flavours; they come in pouches with nozzles designed to fill cupcakes with a sweet and gooey centre.

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With mine; I made some regular chocolate cupcakes and allowed them to cool for a few minutes once they came out of the oven. While they were still warm, I inserted the nozzle of the pouch and attempted to fill each cupcake as evenly as possible!

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Each 140g pouch is meant to fill up to 12 cupcakes — although I did find it a bit hard to tell how much product to put in each one and ended up filling 15.

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I carefully followed the instructions for these, inserting the nozzle completely in to each cupcakes. Once they had completely cooled, I added frosting and sprinkles for a cute finishing touch!

Once the cupcakes were cut open, the results were mixed. I baked half the batch in a shallow ‘bun’ tin and the other half in a deeper ‘cupcake-style’ tin. Initially, I thought that those made in the bun tin turned out better simply because the cakes were shallower which made it easier for the filling to reach the centre. However, as people were eating them, I then noticed that some of those baked in the cupcake tin also had a really good gooey centre too! In the end, it seemed the majority of the cupcakes turned out really well with a perfect chocolate-y middle. It was only with a few that the filling didn’t quite reach the centre.

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However they looked though, they all tasted equally delicious. The chocolate filling is rich and indulgent and adds a fun twist to the classic cupcake. I can see myself using this again in the future to come up with some yummy combinations….I’m thinking strawberry cupcakes with a chocolate centre, vanilla bean with salted caramel and lime with lemon might all be to come!

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Ed Sheeran at Croke Park

This weekend we were amongst the tens of thousands of people who descended on Croke Park to see Ed Sheeran for his two sold-out shows.

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We had pitch standing tickets for Saturday and since we arrived early enough, we managed to get up pretty close! There was a VIP section at the front so we weren’t able to get right up to the stage but we still had amazing views. As time went on, we could see the whole venue fill up more and more behind us — in the end, over 80,000 people showed up that night!

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Things kicked off early enough as support act Jamie Lawson took to the stage at 6pm. Although we weren’t too familiar with his music, we still enjoyed it and since he’s the first artist signed to Ed’s own record label, I’m sure we’ll all get to know him soon enough!

Shortly afterwards, Dublin group Bell X1 came on. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t realise they were still together. Back when I was a teen, I had a few of their songs on my iPod and they’re really good — the kind you remember, as it turned out, the second you hear them years later!

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By 8pm the stage was empty and the stadium was almost full. As the minutes ticked by, you could just feel the anticipation growing. At exactly half eight, the screens lit up with a fast-paced montage of pictures of the main act from childhood to present day. Then he walked out on stage and the crowd went crazy :-).

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As soon as he started to sing, thousands of people were joining in. As he spoke, every sentence was greeted with cheers and elated screams. With promises like “if you’re prepared to lose your voice, then I’m prepared to lose mine” and strong encouragement to sing and dance like idiots, Ed had our full attention for the night.

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Some of the songs in the first half of the set included the classic Small Bump; his most recent release Photograph and the hauntingly beautiful I See Fire (which was hands-down my favourite song of the night!).

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Then, like had been done when Ed first came on-stage, the crowd erupted all over again as Dublin band Kodaline appeared. They performed their massive hit All I Want to a completely enthralled audience. Then Glen Hansard joined in. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t immediately recognise him and when I did figure out who he was; I only knew him from the film Once. To be fair, I’d say when it came to knowing who he was, it was 50:50 with the crowd — Glen himself joked that someone had asked him if he was Ed’s granddad! All three acts then performed Molly Malone and The Auld Triangle together. It was brilliant and the surprises didn’t stop there as Kodaline’s bassist called his girlfriend on to the stage and got down on one knee! I have a little video clip of the big moment on Instagram if you’d like to check it out.

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With the stage back to himself, Ed broke in to Thinking Out Loud. This single has broken records for spending over a year in the charts. Some say it’s overplayed and people bemoan that it’s the only song couples want for their first dance but really…it’s just so beautiful! When you hear it sung live, it’s even better (L and I are seriously considering having it for our own big day!). Several other tracks including A-Team followed after. He also did some seriously impressive rapping, sampling the likes of 50 Cent, Iggy Azalea and more.

Towards the end of the show, Ed disappeared off stage and returned sporting a Wexford GAA jersey. His final performance of the night was his 2014 hit Sing. He introduced this song as being one he wrote specifically for Croke Park so that unsurprisingly went down pretty well!

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All in all, it was an incredible show. Ed already has a well established reputation as a nice guy but I still couldn’t get over how humble he seemed and how he was so clearly happy and grateful to be up there on-stage. He has so much talent and it’s really lovely to see him being so well received. I’d happily go to see him again — and I think that the 160,000 plus fans that saw him over this weekend would say the same!

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Essie Brides to Be

I couldn’t resist. I’ve always said I’m a sucker for cute things. When I was browsing in my local pharmacy and I saw the Essie 2015 Bridal Collection, I just had to stop and stare.

The colours in this range are so beautiful. There’s the palest purple, the punchiest pink, a stunning red-orange…I limited myself to just one: a nude shade called Brides to Be. I got engaged last month and I’ve never been so conscious of how my hands look — so that was how I justified this particular purchase!

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I’m such a big fan of nude nails — I always think they look so pretty, clean and elegant. They work at any time of the year but seem particularly lovely in the summer months. Brides to Be is a darker type of nude colour, almost like a warm sandy-beige.

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This is the third Essie nail polish I’ve ever bought…and I think it’ll be the last too. I have the same problem every time — the formula is just far too runny for my liking. In the past, I’ve wondered if I’d picked up a dud bottle or that I’d not paid enough attention during application. I allowed myself to be drawn in with the beautiful colours but the reality is that these polishes just don’t work for me! The formula is so incredibly thin and I’ve been left with air bubbles and an uneven finish. I can just about get decent results with two light coats but really, it’s not good enough.

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Like I said, I adore the colours in the collection. Essie, in general, have some of the nicest shades out there. I’m disappointed with the quality though. As well as that, they cost €10 a pop and I could easily pick up a Rimmel polish for half that price and more than likely be pretty happy with it. So — unsurprisingly — I really can’t recommend this. Have you tried any/many Essie nail polishes — how do you find them?

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