Thursday, 24 November 2016

Lifestyle | What Are You Thankful For?


Yes I know I'm not American and we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK but I wanted to spread a little happiness and share what I am thankful as well as other people. I reached out on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook as well as messaging my friends to see what they are thankful for. I left this open for everyone to interpret how they wanted and this is what they said.

Sidonie - I'm thankful for my good health and my super cool boyfriend.

Jenny - Having Ben and Frankie in my life.

Hannah.S - I'm thankful for my good health, especially after this year and getting a new job so I'm not going to be made redundant anymore.

Murray - Thankful for my Sidrome.

Pippa - Family support, friends positivity and blogging opportunities.  I'm also thankful for the confidence people around me give me. Being comfortable in your own skin is helped by the trust and honesty from the people around you and the lack of anxiety in situations. 

Natalie - My nephew being born.

KatyI am thankful that this year I managed to survive! I had a daughter this year (yay) and a really difficult birth. We were both poorly afterwards and the first few months of Motherhood were hard for me. I'm so grateful to have survived. I'm also grateful because I know there is always going to someone out there going through a worse time than me. 

Hannah.CI am thankful because despite being made redundant twice this year, I've now got into a Digital Marketing apprenticeship and I'm loving it! I have a super supportive boyfriend and a new, good group of friends and everything seems to be setting into place - at last! 💗

AbiI'm thankful for the time I had off on maternity leave with my son. I was lucky enough to have just over a year off work, and now I am back full time, it makes me appreciate that precious time I did have with him. I am also extremely thankful for my wonderful husband who has made the transition of returning to work much easier than it otherwise might have been 

ToriI am thankful for my daughter, she was a miracle baby 3yrs ago and I still appreciate her presents every single day. I may of gave her life on the 6th November 2013 but she brought me back to life that day too. 

ClaireI am thankful for being able to take a sabbatical in 2016. My Mum passed away last Dec after a traumatic decline suffering from a brain tumour. My Dad died 3 years prior to that from Motor Neurons Disease. So as a family we have really suffered from debilitating and tragic illnesses. This year I gave up work (temporarily) as I felt I needed some take some time out. I started my blog and I am slowly restarting some freelance work from home. 

Samantha -  I'm so thankful for all my friends and family this year! I had such a hard start to the year but they've made it amazing and I couldn't have got through it without them 😊❤

CharliI'm thankful for my parents for helping me out this year during the tough transitional period from graduating from university into the real world! It's still a struggle but I couldn't have done it without them!

Franthankful to all my wonderful family and friends 🙊

EmmaI'm thankful for all my wonderful friends and family 

Lauren - I'm thankful for making it to Canada!

And finally Me - I'm thankful to have made it through the year; it's been particularly hard due to my Nan having her stroke but I'm taking each day as it comes. I'm also thankful for my friends who make each day easier.

What are you thankful for?
Let me know in the comments below.

Until Next Time...

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Lifestyle | The Week That Was #1

So we are having a bit of a change up from the 5 Good Things posts; I asked on Twitter if I should rename them and the majority of you said yes. I'm just going to talk about my week and what I got up to etc. This week was filled with catching up with friends, new music and a shopping trip. So let's take a look at the week.

After work on Monday I picked Emma up and we headed to Bluewater to meet Kylie & Natalie (our buddies from TrekAmerica) to have some food and a little catch up. Kylie is off to Thailand in a few weeks then onto Australia so we wanted some quality time together. However Emma and I are off to Eastbourne next week for her leaving party so we don't have to say goodbye just yet.

I'm struggling to think what happened on Tuesday! I did go to see my Nan and she was looking a bit better and said she felt a bit better. However she did end up being sick again later that night and we were all on stand by to see if an A&E trip would be needed again. One thing that did make me smile was watching Secret Life of a Four Year Old; this programme is too cute and makes me wish that life could be as simple as when we were four.

A got a Whatsapp late Wednesday evening from Pippa with an update of the house renovations! I'm not sure if I've mentioned fully that at the end of December I'm moving in with Pippa as well as two other housemates. The pictures got me excited and I was totally browsing Pinterest for ages afterwards.

After weeks of saying to myself I'm going to go to B&M to have a look at their Bath & Body Works candle dupes; I finally did. I didn't realise how amazing B&M is and I've now got my eye on a few things for my new room when I move. I did pick up two candles; marshmallow fireside and radiant red maple. They actually smell amazing, even when they are burning and do burn evenly which is always a plus.

First off, my boss brought her dog to her work! This just made Friday even better! However I then got on the train and it took me over an hour to get from Fenchurch Street to Chafford Hundred due to a signal failure! By the time I got home I was so not in the mood to cook myself dinner so ended up going to the fish and chip shop for sausage and chips! Whoops!

I gave myself a lay in yesterday morning and got up around 10am. I spent the morning catching up on YouTube videos and getting ready for the day. I popped in to see my Nan and she was definitely looking a lot better but she wasn't in the best of moods. I quickly went to Morrisons to pick up some bits for dinner; I ended up buying some mugs for moving out as well as a Christmas glass. I also finally got my KoKo Kollection by Kylie Cosmetics from the post office and I'm in love! The colours are just perfection!

I've taken Amie, Emma, Nic and Stacey to Dagenham Market; as we are off to Wales next week we all are wanting some lounge suits for the lazy days we're planning on having. I'm also planning on taking some more blog photos and getting back in the swing of blogging.

What's been the highlight of your week?
Let me know in the comments.

Until Next Time...

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Lifestyle | 5 Good (Well Sort Of) Things #6

I'm not going to lie and say this week has been good; in all honesty it's been a bit of a shit show to put it politely. What with Donald Trump actually becoming President on Wednesday morning; to my Nan having to go to hospital on Sunday, as she caught a bug going round her nursing home. By last night I was just ready to sleep for a week and go into hibernation.

However there was a few little things that did put a smile on my face and made me realise I'm quite lucky to have so many lovely people in my life.

1. Booking A Holiday
We all know I love a holiday; if I had enough holidays at work as well as cash flow I would go on a trip every month. These last two years I've been on quite action packed holidays that are non stop sightseeing and go go go. So I knew that next year I just wanted your traditional beach holiday, where I can lay by the pool with a good book during the day and then get dressed up in the evenings. So Friday, Emma and I finally made a decision to book Gran Canaria for a week in August. I CANNOT WAIT! It's all inclusive as well so I can drink all the cocktails and eat all the food!

2. Friday Night Hang Out
Friday evening a few of us headed round to my friend's Amie and Matt's to have a takeaway and have a chat about our trip to Wales in 2 weeks. We all had a giggle about Donald Trump as well as eating a delicious Indian; it was just a nice cosy evening.

3. Saturday Night Out
Saturday evening I got glammed up and headed out with my two oldest friends from school for a night of drinking and dancing. It was so nice just to catch up with them both as well as have a few drinks. We ended up in Dirty Martini which is one of my favourite places; however a girl did throw up on my foot when I was sitting at booth! So that wasn't too great!

4. The Missing
I'm loving this TV show and last week's episode did not disappoint! We have finally, potentially found out who the abductor/killer is and I was so shocked! I didn't even know who they were at first; however I'm still uncertain if it is definitely him. Only 3 more episodes left to get through.

5. Ordering The KoKo Kollection From Kylie Cosmetics
We all know I love The Kardashians and my fave is Khloe; so when I saw that she was releasing her own collection of liquid lipsticks/glosses with Kylie I had to get my hands on one! I stayed up till 11pm on Wednesday which is a big deal for me as I'm usually asleep by 10pm on weeknights. I kept hitting that refresh button and managed to bag myself one, which I was shocked at as they sold out within 6 minutes! I can't wait for it to arrive now; there will definitely be a review once I get my hands on them.

This week I'm hoping for things to pick up a little; my Nan is back at her nursing home however we're not out of the woods yet. I'm also off to dinner tonight with Emma and our two besties from Trek America. Plans for the rest of the week may involve some cocktails at the weekend as well as a little trip to Dagenham market.

What was your highlight from last week? Any exciting plans for this week?
Let me know in the comments below.

Until Next Time...

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Lifestyle | 5 Good Things #5

Can you believe I've actually done 5 of these Good Things posts now! Woo go me!

Lase week was actually a rather quiet one; other than Saturday evening but that said still a good one. Sometimes it's good to not have much planned and just chill out.

1. Getting Tickets To See The Weeknd.
So Monday morning I woke up and saw that The Weeknd had announced he was going on tour, my friend Nicola and I had been talking about how much we would love to see him in concert as we reckon he would be quite good live. So Wednesday morning Nic actually managed to get us tickets to go see him in March with our other pal Stacey. Now to get learning how to rap all the songs!

2. Baking Time
Saturday morning was spent baking Catherine Wheel cookies & Salted Caramel Toffee Apples for our Firework Party we have every year. I love baking and find it very calming; however this was a bit more of challenge as I had to get swirls into the dough and to be honest the looked a bit shit after being cooked! However my Toffee Apples looked amazing and the caramel tasted pretty good too!

3. Firework Party
Saturday evening we had our annual Firework Party; my mum had made 5 pots of Irish Stew in as many slow cookers. We also had hot dogs and curry; as well as a tonne of drink. I ended up with a fuzzy head and passed out in bed at 1am! However it was a super fun night; even if I don't remember any of the fireworks!

4. The Crown
So Friday evening I got home and put my pjs on straight away as I was so eager to get cosy and watch Netflix's latest offering The Crown. It's the most expensive TV show ever made and it's my dream show! I'm obsessed with The Queen and find that whole world really interesting. So this show is just perfect for me. I'm already on episode 7 and I can't wait for all the other seasons to follow.

5. Hangover Nando's
Sunday my hangover was at a new level - so I decided to head to Nando's to get a takeaway to see if that would cure me. I haven't had Nando's in ages and it was good! Apart from the fact I can't eat gluten anymore so garlic bread was a no no for me; however all the halloumi and butterfly chicken was consumed.

This week I'm starting to get in the festive spirit as I'm off to the launch of Intu Lakeside Christmas Market and Ice Skating Rink; as well as I'm off out on Saturday night with my best buddies from school for a night on the town!

What was the best thing for you last week?
Let me know in the comments.

Until Next Time...
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