31 August 2014

hamster accommodation

As some of you may know I have a hamster, I did the 'furry friend tag' about him that you can read here if you missed it, but today I wanted to talk about his housing. I think his cage is pretty spectacular for a hamster in my opinion and I think every hamster deserves the same! 




Cage
Ted used to live in a fireplast small cage which I don't think is suitable for Syrian hamsters it just seemed too small to me. I got it from Pets at Home at the same time I got him and this was the biggest one they had instore! I knew it would only be a temporary measure for him to live in and I got looking at alternative ones straight away. While searching the web I couldn't find any that I thought were big enough, until I saw this one from the Pets at Home website. It is called Hamster Heaven and it is 50x80x50cm, which is like a mansion for him!


It technically has 3 floors, a bed area, two levels and a base floor. The top level is his bed, to get to this area there are supposed to be tubes going from the right hand side up and out of the cage over to the left hand side then back in the cage and leading up to the bed. I think that is so pointless, and ted couldn't figure it out I think he was quite scared as the tubes were completely in the open and he felt exposed. (You will be able to see what I mean on the PAH website about the way the tubes were.) So to make it easier for him I closed up the two holes and just put the tubes inside his cage leading on to the green level. This is much easier for him and makes it much faster for him to take snacks up to his bed! When he first moved into this house he would chew on the bars in his bed so I attached a carrot chew onto the bars to see if he would gnaw on that instead. The bed area was still quite exposed so I put this hamster hammock over the top of it to protect him from direct sunlight. That hamster hammock doesn't fit in his house believe it or not as it is too big so it does good as a cover.


The green and pink level are not close enough for him to climb over onto each other as the idea is that he should go down the stairs to the bottom level then up the stairs on the next level to get there, this is slightly better for him getting more exercise but he never used the stairs and would just catapult himself off the edge of each which I didn't think was very safe. So I bought a load of these 'nobbly gnawer' wooden toys and attached them onto the bars to create a floating stairway type effect. Along with these I bought him a 'lookout ledge' which is intended for chinchillas but it fit perfectly into the corner next to the stairs. There are two sizes of the lookout ledge and Teddy has both, the large one is next to the blue stairs and the small one is to the left hand side which I will explain shortly. These toys altogether create a easy way for him to get across from the green level to pink level. 


Accessories


Underneath the pink level Teddy has a little wooden hide away house. Ted doesn't really use this, he occasionally will go in there just after he has woken up to clean himself and he used to sit on top of it but he doesn't really go near it anymore (well not that I know of, for all I know he could go in it at night).


I've also added in a kitchen roll tube in for him to chew on which I will sometimes hide treats in. He has a 'cozy pocket' which I've never seen him go in.


Ted doesn't have a typical hamster wheel, as the wheel that came with this cage won't stand up properly, it keeps falling over. So instead Ted has this hamster ball, one of the sides is open so he can go in and out when ever he wants to. I think these are much better than wheels as it is quite big. Although this at first is silent, after about a month it starts to make noise, so I just keep replacing them with new ones. Ted also likes to go to the toilet in here so its best for me to just keep getting new ones when they start to make noise. I do clean it all the time but it is an absolute nightmare to put together which is another reason I replace them often.


Underneath the green level Ted has a wooden coconut hideaway which I don't think he can fit in anymore, a wooden tube and some wooden play sticks. These are great for him to chew on and wear his teeth down.


Above the green level Teddy has the small chinchilla lookout ledge that I mentioned earlier, he has a wooden toy with a bell on the bottom which I think is probably for birds but he likes to chew it, I also attached a wicker ball onto some string and hung from the bars at the top of his cage. Behind the lookout ledge, there is one of the small carrot chews the same as in his bed area, this acts as a step up into the blue pod. (I can't find a link to this but I got it from Pets at Home) In his old cage Ted used to go in this all the time but I don't think he does anymore unless I hide a treat in there.


Bedding

The bedding I use in Teddy house is from Pets at Home again and it is their safe paper bedding. I hate wood shavings and they're not the best for small animals as they can cause respiratory problems so I don't use this in Ted's house, they are also extremely messy so I prefer to use paper bedding.

Now you've seen every inch of Teddy's house! I hope you enjoyed this different post, I am really wanting to start posting about my animals a lot more as it is what I am interested in the most. Let me know what you thought and some time soon I will do a post on what I have for him for when he is playing out, as he doesn't stay in his cage at all times. If you have any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments below or I will answer them in the next post about Teddy.



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29 August 2014

what I did this summer

Summer is my favourite time of year, partly because my birthday is right in the middle of it, but mainly for the weather. Not that in the UK summer weather is particularly spectacular but life just seems to be a little bit more jolly when you can actually get away with not wearing a huge coat everywhere!

This years summer has been unusual as I didn't go abroad with my family. For as long as I can remember we have been on a family holiday every summer, so not going on one this year was quite strange. I did however go on my first holiday with out my parents, I went to Majorca with my cousin Devan, we went to Palma Nova for a week and it was fab! I absolutely love going away to hot places especially around the Mediterranean. Below are some photos from my holiday.



As I said my birthday is in August and this summer I turned 20, which is pretty scary, I absolutely hate growing up and getting older, sometimes I wish I was still 17 that seemed to be the best age for me. I may be over exaggerating with the wishing I was still 17 but its just scary to think that I am 20! No way did I think I would still be living at home at this age, not that this is a bad age to be living at home, I just always imagined I would have moved out by now. Below are just a few photos from my birthday etc. 


The rest of the summer has been pretty relaxed and the main things I have been doing is watching endless episodes of Gossip Girl and going to the RSPCA to walk dogs and socialise cats, it has been a nice change just staying in the house and relaxing, not having to worry about college work. Even when I have been leaving the house to go to the RSPCA I have been wearing sweatpants and jumpers (so the animals don't ruin any good clothes) and it has felt so good! I also organised my room and got rid of loads of junk and clothes that I don't wear anymore, that was really soothing for me as I hate clutter and I have just kept the essentials. I do think I could do with some new autumn clothes to replace the clothes I have got rid of though ;)

What have you done this summer? I would love to hear about it!
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27 August 2014

charles worthington - sunshine protector


charles worthington - sunshine protector

In July I went on holiday and when I was getting all my mini essentials to take away with me, I came across the Charles Worthington Sunshine Protector collection. As I went to Majorca and it is very sunny this time of year I thought these would be perfect. Somehow when I went to wash my hair for the first time since being away I noticed then ends of my hair were incredibly dry and damaged, this is was probably off the sea and pool. When I was brushing my hair before washing it, there was lots of hair coming out, more than usual, I was tempted to use the moisturising shampoo and conditioner I also brought but I used this instead. Even when I was still in the shower and washing the shampoo out, my hair felt instantly better! I usually don't notice a difference until I have put conditioner on but even this shampoo is super hydrating. The conditioner obviously still makes a huge difference and the ends of my hair looked so healthy when I had dried my hair. I didn't really see a difference when I sprayed the leave-in spray in my hair as the shampoo and conditioner already did a great job but I still used it just for some extra protection. I did notice that the leave-in spray was really good at detangling my hair as my hair can get extremely knotty. These products have moringa seed oil in them which is probably why it makes your hair feel super soft, and I'm sure over time this will help replenish your hair. Using all of these products all together really transformed the look of my hair for the better, it has never felt so soft and looked so healthy in a long time. When I got back off holiday I purchased some more as I loved it too much! I assume this is a limited edition formula as they only sell them in small sizes, but I really wish they would make them in full size because they are incredible and I would use them all year round if I could! Even if you're not going on holiday this year I strongly recommend trying these as I'm sure you'll love them too! I'm always interested in trying new shampoo and conditioner so if you have any recommendations to ones you like, I would love to know what they are! 
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25 August 2014

autumn pastels


(please ignore the camera remote in my hand :))

Vest top - Primark
Jumper - H&M
Joni Jeans - Topshop (I ripped them myself)
Bag - New Look
Watch - Ted Baker

Hello everyone, long time no speak, I was planning on relaunching my blog when I finished college which was in July but somehow time has passed and only now am I thinking about it. You know me the ultimate perfectionist, I have took photos for reviews etc but I didn't think they were good enough so I didn't post them which is why you're only just getting a blog post now! Even these aren't to my standard as I had to cut my face out of them.

Anyway enough complaining, its been a very long time that you would have seen an outfit post on here, and yep I still class my style as incredibly boring but I recently purchased this 'leather' (not real leather) jacket from Topshop to replace my last one which has a huge hole in the armpit, and felt the need to share its beauty.  I don't know what I did with out my 'leather' jacket I just feel like no matter what I wear it makes me feel much better, so I had to replace my worn out one. This was £58 which I think is reasonable as my last one lasted me about 3 years. The material is quite thick which will be good for when the weather starts to get colder. It has a faux fur collar which is detachable but I never took it off my old one as I liked how it looked more with it, than with out.

Every year in late August I seem to have a load of summer clothes that I have bought for going on holiday and only get to wear when I'm actually abroad, so this year instead of putting them to the back of my wardrobe for next year I am trying to incorporate them into my outfits. I love this pastel vest top and theres no way I'd be able to wear it on its own right now so I think wearing it under a thin autumny coloured jumper it mixes the two seasons perfectly. I really don't like this phase where its not warm enough to wear summer clothes but its still too hot for winter clothes, so I tried my best to mix in the two to create an outfit that would regulate my temperature appropriately and I think this worked as well as mixing colours and textures. Hopefully this gave you ideas about how you can mix in your summer clothes into your autumn wardrobe and prevent you from feeling like you have nothing weather appropriate to wear.

I'll hopefully speak to you all soon, don't forget to follow me on instagram and twitter for more regular updates!
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