Friday, 30 June 2017

HomeStyle - Competition - Win! A tool kit worth £330 from Draper Tools

HomeStyle - Competition - Win! A tool kit worth £330 from Draper Tools

YourHome - Competition - Win one of four Product of the Year 2017 goodie bags

YourHome - Competition - Win one of four Product of the Year 2017 goodie bags

HomeStyle - Competition - Win Mini Moderns goodies!

HomeStyle - Competition - Win Mini Moderns goodies!

Today's exercise efforts - going for it!

  • Biceps and Triceps
    • bicep with bar - 4 sets of 11 reps
    • tricep dips - 4 sets of 11 reps
    • bicep curls with weights - 4 sets of 20 reps
    • tricep raise - 4 set of 11 reps
  • 60 skips with rope. 
  • 150 squats. 
  • 600 abs. 
  • 44 sumos. 
  • 35 kettle swings. 
  • 37 push ups. 
  • 37 triceps. 
  • 24 dog legs. 
  • 24 donkeys. 
  • 15 burpees. 
  • 25 star jumps. 
  • 14 squat jumps. 
  • 50 punches. 
  • 2 mile treadmill – slow jog /walk. 
  • 17 inner leg pulse. 
  • 30 box burpees. 
  • 40 mountain climber. 
  • Double box knee ups – 12 per leg. 
  • 50 butt kicks. 
  • 50 knee lifts. 
  • 12 side kettle reach.  
  • 14 box jumps. 
  • 12 front kicks per leg. 
  • 7 standing / kneeling lunge with weight. 
  • 18 armpit fat raises. 
  • 8 side to side lunge. 
  • 4 plank walks. 
  • 25 second plank. 
  • 11 outer leg raise. 
  • 11 inner leg raise. 
  • 3 deadlifts. 
  • 10 spotty dogs. 

Win dinner for two at any Ibérica restaurant across the UK

Win dinner for two at any Ibérica restaurant across the UK: £150 worth of incredible tapas at one of the UK's leading Spanish restaurants? Yes, please.

HomeStyle - Competition - WIN! A Flymo Robotic 1200R lawnmower!

HomeStyle - Competition - WIN! A Flymo Robotic 1200R lawnmower!

Win a three-night break at The Park, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

Win a three-night break at The Park, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall: This is a great opportunity to stay just five minutes from the South West Coastal Path and Mawgan Porth beach, with its miles of golden sands.

YourHome - Competition - Win three Indesit build-in cooking appliances

YourHome - Competition - Win three Indesit build-in cooking appliances

HomeStyle - Competition - Win a New You Boot Camp Stay!

HomeStyle - Competition - Win a New You Boot Camp Stay!

YourHome - Competition - Win Olympia House & Garden Festival tickets

YourHome - Competition - Win Olympia House & Garden Festival tickets

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Today's mammoth workout effort - max effort!

  • Chest routine
    • Bench press 4 x 12 reps. 
    • 4 x 20 reps with fly raise. 
    • 4 x 12 reps chest killer raise. 
    • 70 skips with rope. 
    • 145 squats. 
    • 620 abs. 
    • 47 sumos. 
    • 39 kettle swings. 
    • 36 push ups + 34 push ups
    • 36 triceps. 
    • 30 dog legs. 
    • 30 donkeys. 
    • 15 burpees. 
    • 37 star jumps. 
    • 14 squat jumps. 
    • 50 punches. 
    • 3.2 mile treadmill – slow jog /walk. 
    • 32 inner leg pulse. 
    • 28 box burpees. 
    • 38 mountain climber. 
    • Double box knee ups – 12 per leg. 
    • 96 butt kicks . 
    • 50 knee lifts. 
    • 23 side kettle reach.  
    • 13 box jumps. 
    • 23 front kicks per leg. 
    • 7 standing / kneeling lunge with weight. 
    • 16 armpit fat raises. 
    • 8 side to side lunge. 
    • 2 plank walks. 
    • 20 second plank. 
    • 10 outer leg raise. 
    • 10 inner leg raise. 
    • 2 deadlifts. 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Today's exercise efforts - I need a lie down now

  • 0.2 mile warm up walk on treadmill
  • Shoulders and Back day on weights:
    •  4 x around the world. 
    • 4 x 10 reps Arnold press. 
    • 4 x 10 reps 90 degree lateral raise. 
    • 4 x 10 reps dumbbell front lift. 
    • 4 x 10 reps military press. 
    • 4 x 10 reps per arm upright row. 
  • 66 skips with rope. 
  • 140 squats. 
  • 510 abs. 
  • 46 sumo squats. 
  • 30 kettle swings. 
  • 35 push ups. 
  • 35 triceps. 
  • 23 dog legs. 
  • 23 donkeys. 
  • 14 burpees. 
  • 18 star jumps. + 15 star jumps
  • 13 squat jumps. 
  • 50 punches. 
  • 0.4 mile treadmill – slow jog /walk. 
  • 16 inner leg pulse. 
  • 25 box burpees. 
  • 36 mountain climber. 
  • Double box knee ups – 11 per leg. 
  • 50 butt kicks. 
  • 50 knee lifts. 
  • 12 side kettle reach.  
  • 13 box jumps. + 12 box jumps
  • 22 front kicks per leg. 
  • 6 standing / kneeling lunge with weight. 
  • 15 armpit fat raises + 12 armpit fat raises
  • 8 side to side lunge + 6 side to side lunge.
  • 4 plank walks. 
  • 18 second plank. 15 second plank
  • 10 outer leg raise. 
  • 10 inner leg raise. 
  • 2.5 mile jog on treadmill

Things to do in June

  • Get your legs out
  • Get your shorts on
  • Dig out your bikinis
  • Shave or wax those pins!
  • Ditch the jumpers
  • Get the BBQ out
  • Spruce up your garden
  • Get some solar lights
  • Head to a festival - Glastonbury, Download
  • Paint those toe nails
  • Slip on the sandals
  • Ditch the foundation
  • Sunbath (with SPF obvs)
  • Go for a picnic
  • Go to the park
  • Go walking
  • Go running
  • Eat Al Fresco
  • Make cocktails
  • Pimms o'clock
  • Eat fruit salad
  • Have a garden party
  • Download some summer tunes
  • Plant your summer tubs and hanging baskets
  • Cut back your spring bulbs and spring foliage
  • Take your dog out for the day
  • Try a different style
  • Celebrate the summer solstice
  • Exfoliate your body
  • Slap on some SPF
  • Visit an outdoor pool
  • Go to the seaside and paddle
  • Try a new sport
  • Watch the sunset
  • Take ice in your drinks to keep them cool
  • Have an ice cream
  • Ramp up the squats and abs
  • Drink lots of water
  • Take showers instead of baths
  • Take part in the Race for Life

Weekly Weigh in - The Results are In!

I set myself a puffickly huh-uge target for my weight loss this week.Well, its week 1 and I always tend to get the best loss in the first week. So I went for it. Then I was a bit offside at the weekend - nothing serious, just dodgy tum - something I ate, didn't eat, should have eaten - who knows! So I thought it might have scuppered my chances, so it wasn't without trepidation that I dragged me feet towards the scales.

So what was the target loss I was aiming for? Well, a huh-uge 10lbs was the goal. So what was the result? I am astounded to say I actually managed it! Well, less about 0.2 of a pound. Wow!

So just 22 more pounds to shift now in exactly 5 weeks! Eek. Anyhoo - got to run - on the treadmill - right now. 5 pounds to lose this week :)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Bamboo Towels Review and Giveaway

Bamboo Towels Review and Giveaway

What I'm Watching this Week


  • Big Brother. Having been off on a short break, I've been watching by bulk on catch up, and seriously, having watched several episodes one after another I think I need counselling. Since when did everyone get so angry at each other over absolutely nothing? That Suki lady said a bag was over her head - er no, it was just about covering your hair. Celebs came in, celebs left. Friends fell out, enemies became close - its the most bonkers yet!! 

  • Banshee. We have just started Series 4, which sadly is the last ever series of this amazing drama. It has it all - love, lust, sex and violence, loyalty, family, betrayal, feuds, murder, retribution - you name it. The main character Lucas Hood, who isn't really who he is, is amazing. His ex / love of his life is the coolest female ever - she kicks ass. As sidekicks go, job takes some beating. The actors, the script, the bad guys - absolutely slick and utterly shocking. Brilliant. 

  • Emmerdale. OMG - someone stabbed Harriet! What will Cain do and will she survive? Some serious nasties in the Dales of late. Those horrible school boys and what they did to Eric, now this? It was quite funny seeing Robert get his own back on Ross, but now this. Dangerous Dales it should be called. Oh and whilst I at it - will someone please sort Pierce out - he is the worst of the worst badies bar one. 

  • Corrie. All bar the baddiest baddie ever - Nathan. Finally Bethany sees it - thank god for Mary. Who'd have thought it would be her that finally got through to Bethany? The Barlows still don't know what Daniel did, and Robert is trying to help him - not sure about Robert. Noone can be all good. As for Aidan and Maria - it looks like the game is up - come on Eva - a woman scorned and all that! 

My baby is 1 year old tomorrow

My baby girl Coco the dog is one year old tomorrow. I can't believe where the time has gone.


She was so tiny - just 10 weeks old when we had her. 


Soon she was off to her first puppy party - complete with dapper outfit!


She soon found her voice though! 



She's grown into a beautiful girl - always finding the warmest spot to lay down. 


Coco comes everywhere with now - the seaside, to the pub, the park, family parties.



This girl is my best friend. I love her so much. We all do - she's changed our world. 

Saturday, 24 June 2017

My exercise challenge - today's program

  • 0.2 mile warm up walk. 
  • 54 skips with rope. 
  • 120 squats. 
  • 460 abs. 
  • 42 sumos. 
  • 22 kettle swings. 
  • 33 push ups. 
  • 33 triceps. 
  • 22 dog legs. 
  • 22 donkeys. 
  • 12 burpees. 
  • 12 star jumps. 
  • 12 squat jumps. 
  • 46 punches with weights. 
  • 1.3 mile treadmill – slow jog /walk. 
  • 16 inner leg pulse. 
  • 15 box burpees. 
  • 26 mountain climber. 
  • Double box knee ups – 10 per leg. 
  • 44 butt kicks. 
  • 44 knee lifts. 
  • 11 side kettle reach.  
  • 11 box jumps. 
  • 10 front kicks per leg. 
  • 5 standing / kneeling lunge with weight. 
  • 10 armpit fat raises. 
  • 6 side to side lunge. 
  • 0.5 mile jog on treadmill. 

Learning Spanish - this week's learning

This week's learning:
  • teeth - dientes
  • father - padre
  • suncream - crema solar

and here is the rest:
  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Exercise program - Friday's efforts

  • Biceps and Triceps. 
    • 4 sets of tricep dips x 10 reps. 
    • Bicep curls – 4 x 10. 
    • 3 x 10 reps of bicep curls with big weights. 
    • 3 x 10 reps tricep raise skull crushers on bench. 
  • 53 skips with rope. 
  • 115 squats. 
  • 445 abs. 
  • 42 sumos. 
  • 20 kettle swings. 
  • 32 push ups. 
  • 32 triceps. 
  • 22 dog legs. 
  • 22 donkeys. 
  • 12 burpees. 
  • 12 star jumps. 
  • 12 squat jumps. 
  • 46 punches with weights. 
  • 1.3 mile treadmill – slow jog /walk. 
  • 16 inner leg pulse. 
  • 14 box burpees. 
  • 26 mountain climber. 
  • Double box knee ups – 10 per leg. 
  • 44 butt kicks. 
  • 44 knee lifts. 
  • 11 side kettle reach.  
  • 11 box jumps. 
  • 10 front kicks per leg. 
  • 5 standing / kneeling lunge with weight. 
  • 10 armpit fat raises. 
  • 6 side to side lunge.

Larger than Life - reminder of why I don't eat like I used to!

Here is me - larger than life!!


Thankfully, I am much less large these days. Having said that, I am heading in that direction again, but I have started my health kick again. I will never get to this stage again!! :) 

Friday, 23 June 2017

75 Singles of the Week

#75 Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
#74 Imagine Dragons - Believer
#73 Kasabian - You're in Love with a Psycho
#72 Coldplay and Chainsmokers - Something Just Like This
#71 Rag 'n' Bone Man - Human
#70 Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
#69 Little Mix - Shout Out to My Ex
#68 Christine and The Queens - Tilted
#67 Calum Scott - Dancing on My Own
#66 Chainsmokers Ft Daya - Don't Let Me Down
#65 Kungs vs Cookin on 3 Burners - This Girl
#64 Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out
#63 Catfish & The Bottlemen - Soundcheck
#62 Chase & Status ft Slaves - Control
#61 Danny L Harle - Broken Flowers
#60 The Last Shadow Puppets - Bad Habits
#59 Jonas Blue ft Dakota - Fast Car
#58 Ex's and Oh's - Elle King
#57 Grace ft G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me
#56 Naughty Boy ft Beyonce and Benjamin Arrow - Runnin' (Lose it all)
#55 Adele - Hello
#54 The 1975 - Love Me
#53 Fleur East - Sax
#52 KDA ft Tinie Tempah and Katy B - Rumble
#51 Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
#50 Example - Whisky Story
#49 Selena Gomez ft A$AP Rocky- Good for You
#48 5SOS - She's Kinda Hot
#47 Tinie Tempah ft. Jess Glynne - Not Letting Go
#46 A$AP Rocky - Everyday
#45 Duke Dumont - The Giver (Reprise)
#44 OMI Cheerleader
#43 Florence & The Machine - Ship To Wreck
#42 Trouble - Iggy Azalea ft Jennifer Hudson
#41 Soak - Sea Creatures
#40 The Avener - Fade Out Lines
#39 Ed Sheeran & Rudimental - Bloodstream
#38 Rihanna, Kanye and Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds
#37 The Prodigy - Nasty
#36 Hozier - Take me to Church
#35 Jamie T - Rabbit Hole
#34 Rae Morris - Under the Shadows
#33 Echosmith - Cool Kids
#32 Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
#31 Take That - These Days
#30 Tom Odell - Real Love
#29 Parra for Cuva - Wicked Games
#28 Ben Howard - I Forget Where we Were
#27 Charli XCX - Break the Rules
#26 DJ Fresh feat. Ellie Goulding - Flashlight
#25 The Magician - Sunlight (feat. Years and Years)
#24 Meghan Trainor - all About That Bass
#23 Ten Walls - Walking with Elephants
#22 Calvin Harris & John Newman - Blame
#21 Taylor Swift - Shake it Off
#20 David Guetta - Lovers on the Sun
#19 Saint Motel - My Type
#18 Zhu - Faded
#17 Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
#16 Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart
#15 Budapest - George Ezra
#14 Little Mix - Salute
#13 Lana Del Rey - West Coast
#12 Indiana - Solo Dancing
#11 Coldplay - Magic
#10 Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home
#9 Katy Perry - Dark Horse
#8 Will.i.am feat Miley Cyrus - Feelin Myself
#7 Vance Joy - Riptide
#6 Gorgon City - Ready for your love (feat MNEK)
#5 Clean Bandit - Rather Be (feat Jess Glynne)
#4 Lorde - Royals - My Single of the Week
#3 Happy - Pharell Williams
#2 Wilkinson - Afterglow
#1 Sail by Awolnation

My New Single of the Week - Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

My single of the week is the very brilliant 'Despacito' and the version from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee - not the Bieber one!

Both artists are from Puerto Rico, and this version is completely in Spanish, making it very unusual. Apparently, its the first mainly Spanish song to hit the top of the charts since the Macarena! Blimey.

What I love about this song, is that its totally summery. Its funky, its sexy, its sultry and despite being Spanish, you can sort of sing along to it, and you can most certainly dance to it. It has a seductive pulse to it, and it makes you feel good.

The video is beautiful - very low key - just a group of them hanging out, looking cool and happy singing away. The girl is stunning - cue making me actually get on the treadmill! Clearly never eaten a pie in her life, hence looking like that. No wonder they are singing to her!

I love the sort of reggae feel to it, though its still a pop song. Its just so different from anything else - I absolutely love it. It does kind of make me feel a bit like its a nod to Santana - who takes Latino cool to a new level. That is a compliment by the way.

Funky, sexy, catchy - what more do you want from a summer tune? I do like the Bieber version, but I prefer this one.

If you have somehow missed this version, go check it out. Let me know what you think. If you want more music then check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)

When things get bad, I remind myself of this:

This is what its all for.  



From this point on, whatever life throws at me, I come home to this. I love this house and nothing will ever change that. 


A lion does not lose sleep over the opinion of sheep

I read this and thought hell yeah!! I have been so worried lately over what people think. Worried about letting people down, letting myself down, procrastinating everything and anything.

Then I read this and I thought - why am I worrying what other people think? I know who I am, and I am good at what I do. I don't need to keep doubting myself. I am a lion.

Lions roar. Lions rule their pride, and defend their own. They stand their ground. They don't have sleepless nights worrying what sheep think of them, or what sheep think, or even whether sheep even exist!!

So, from this point forward I am a lion. I just need to roar!! :)

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Win a large handcrafted Sussex garden trug

Win a large handcrafted Sussex garden trug

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Win a luxury spa break for two at Harrogate’s beautiful Rudding Park hotel

Win a luxury spa break for two at Harrogate’s beautiful Rudding Park hotel

Today's efforts - less than 6 weeks to go

  • Shoulders and Back:
    •  4 x around the world. 
    • 3 x 10 reps Arnold press. 
    • 3 x 10 reps 90 degree lateral raise. 
    • 3 x 10 reps dumbbell front lift. 
    • 3 x 10 reps military press. 
    • 3 x 10 reps per arm upright row. 
  • 52 skips with rope. 
  • 110 squats. 
  • 430 abs. 
  • 41 sumo squats. 
  • 19 kettle swings. 
  • 32 push ups. 
  • 32 triceps. 
  • 21 dog legs. 
  • 21 donkeys. 
  • 11 burpees. 
  • 11 star jumps. 
  • 11 squat jumps. 
  • 50 punches. 
  • 1 mile treadmill –  jog /walk. 
  • 15 inner leg pulse. 
  • 15 box burpees. 
  • 22 mountain climber. 
  • Double box knee ups – 10 per leg. 
  • 42 butt kicks. 
  • 42 knee lifts. 
  • 11 side kettle reach.  
  • 11 box jumps. 
  • 6 side to side lunge. 
  • Freestyle heel digs and front kicks. 
Plus I've stripped and dressed the bed and done a couple of hours of gardening. Phewf!! 

This week's goal is to shift 6 pounds - giving it my all! 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Word of the Week - Sequestration

Sequestration

  • removal or separation; banishment or exile.
  • a withdrawal into seclusion; retirement.
  • segregation from others; isolation: sequestration of jurors during a trial.
  • Law. the sequestering of property. confiscation or seizure.
  • Chemistry. the combining of metallic ions with a suitable reagent into a stable, soluble complex in order to prevent the ions from combining with a substance with which they would otherwise have formed an insoluble precipitate, from causing interference in a particular reaction, or from acting as undesirable catalysts.
  • the trapping of a chemical in the atmosphere or environment and its isolation in a natural or artificial storage area: Carbon sequestration can reduce global warming
  • the process of implementing an automatic cut in government spending across most departments, agencies, etc.: efforts to avoid or delay sequestration.an instance of this: An $80 billion sequestration would lead to massive layoffs.


definition derived from dictionary.com

Its all about the numbers:


  • I am Size 14
  • I want to be Size 12
  • 6 days since Barcelona
  • 41 days to Fuerteventura
  • 30 pounds to lose
  • 187 sleeps until Christmas
  • 415 abs per day
  • 105 squats per day
  • 29 pro points per day

The best food and drink for a BBQ

Summer has landed, so with than in mind, I thought I would come up with my top choices for entertaining BBQ style this weekend:

  • Chicken Satay
  • Beef Burger
  • Pork Sausages
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Jerk Chicken
  • Spicy Lamb Koftas
  • Vegetable skewers
  • Piri Piri Chicken
  • Mini meatballs
  • Chicken Tikka Steaks
  • BBQ naan breads
  • Raclette cheese grills (any cheese)
  • Fried onions
  • Fried mushrooms
  • Lots of sauces - BBQ, tomato, brown, chilli, mayo, mustard
  • Dips and crisps
  • Loads of baps - you can always freeze them! 
So, onto the drink:
  • Pimms o'clock (orange, cucumber, lemonade, strawberries)
  • Vodka mango juice
  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • Chilled bottled beer - Sol or Corona ideally
  • Chilled white wine
  • Chilled rose wine
  • Room temp red wine
  • Whisky or bourbon on the rocks
  • Lots of ice required
  • Gin and tonic
  • Baileys and ice
  • Mojito (lots of mint) 
  • Tequila
  • Malibu
  • Lots of mixers - tonic, diet coke, lemonade, fruit juices
Add music, light the BBQ and off you go. Enjoy :) 

Hottest June day ever - how to keep cool

As the temperatures have reached 30 and over, its time to think how to keep cool. Here is my round up of what you can do to be just like Fonzie:

  • Keep the windows open upstairs to keep air circulating
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Ditch the thick socks
  • Keep hydrated with water
  • Carry a spritz or cool spray with you
  • Keep your feet bare when you can 
  • Keep a hat on - stop that head getting burnt
  • Slap on the sun screen - hot is bad, burnt is worse
  • Turn on the fans
  • Stay in the shade
  • Keep your car windows down a jot
  • Pop your toes in cold water
  • Get your bikini out
  • Slip on your shorts
  • Sleep in the buff
  • Ditch the foundation and go for the tinted moisturiser
  • Put your umbrella up
  • Put your flip flops in the fridge
  • Make some ice cubes
  • Grab an ice lolly
  • Eat salads
  • Use cold flannels
  • Chill your drinks
  • Grab an iced tea

36 Words of the Week

Gregarious
Symbiosis
Incongruous
Lascivious
Negociant
Propitious
Commodious
Veneration
Pulchritudinous
10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial
23 Archetype
24 Pastiche
25 Disquietude
26 Rapacity
27 Metamorphose
28 Auspicious
29 Salacious
30 Chicanery
31 Byzantine
32 Capricious
33 Peregrination
34 Assemblage
35 Indecorous
36 Perturbation

33 Reasons to Stick to my Diet

Number 1
#Reason No 1 - I want to look good in a bikini!! 

This is my intention to think of a reason every day to stick to my diet. 

If I can keep that thought in mind for each whole day, I hope it will be enough to keep me motivated and inspired. 


Number 2
#Reason No 2 - I want to be a Size 10/12

My intention to think of a reason every day to stick to my diet. 

If I can keep this thought in mind for each whole day, I hope it will be enough to keep me motivated and inspired.

Reason Number 2 is that I have reached a Size 12 once or twice, but never maintained it, and I need to be a bit smaller still. So size 10/12 is the goal. 



Number 3
Reason number 3 to stick to my diet: To fit into all those lovely clothes in my wardrobe!!

I have many items in my wardrobe that I can't currently wear. Some are mere pounds away from fitting, some I can barely get up to my knees!! Some do fit, but look awful because they fit in all the wrong places!!

It would be lovely to open my wardrobe and just be able to select an item, knowing it will fit me. It would make packing for holiday a pleasure, not a challenge!!


Number 4
My reason number 4 for sticking to my diet is to look good at work. I am fed up of wearing the same old clothes every day. I want to be able to wear what I want to wear, not just black and grey.

I want to be more stylish, more groomed, more put together. So my fourth reason is to look good at work.

Number 5
Number 5 on my list of reasons to stick to my diet is to have more confidence. When I gain weight, I feel self conscious, and horrible, and grumpy.

When I lose some weight, I have more confidence, I feel happier and better. So that's reason number 5!

Number 6:
I want to be noticed for the right reasons!! I am fed up of walking into bars, restaurants, offices and feeling eyes on me - for all the wrong reasons! I want to be the person that gets looks in a good way. So that is my reason number 6!!

Number 7:
Ok so number 7 is a bit different. This reason is a bit of a phobia I seem to have developed. I have a real issue with facing the mirrors at the gym. When I am working certain exercises, I am supposed to check my technique in the mirror. Not me, no way, never!! I will face the other way, or if I have no choice, I will look anywhere but at that damn mirror!!

So reason number 7 for sticking to my diet is to reach a weight where I am comfortable seeing myself in the mirror when I work out.

Number 8 :
When I am overweight in the summer when its warm, it makes me feel even more hot and uncomfortable. I lose weight to go on holiday abroad, and it feels so good being able to wear bikini's, shorts and skirts.

Unfortunately, when I get home to the UK, I gain weight and then when it gets warm here, I am not able to wear my summer clothes. This is ridiculous. So I am changing the pattern this year and I am going to be slim for the summer here for once!!!

I want to be cool, and look cool, not hot and uncomfortable!!!

Number 9:
Today, I want to get under the stone mark. I am sick of almost reaching goal, then never quite getting under that stone mark!!!!

Number 10:
As a woman, and just turned 40, the area around my middle is a problem. Always has been if I'm brutally honest, but now it bugs me more than ever!!

So, my reason to continue with this intense plan is that - I want that middle trimmed down and not bulging over the top of my waistbands!!
Its also a reason to do a lot of abs. :)

Number 11:
I have never been one of those women that throws on a pair of shorts in summer. At a push, I will don a pair on holiday where noone I know is likely to see me but I don't have the pins for shorty shorts.

I would love to have toned pins so that I can - so that's today's motivation :)

Number 12:
Today's reason to stick to my diet and exercise plan is that I want to see my cheekbones again. I am very lucky to possess good bone structure - I have been told many times.

Many times that is, when you can actually see them, unlike now!! My face is the first place weight seems to go from when I lose it. Unfortunately, its also the first place that it goes back on, which is what I am rocking or sadly not, at the moment.

So, today's reason is to rediscover them bones them bones them dry bones. Cheekbones that it is :)

Number 13:
Today's reason to stick to the diet - lying on the sofa won't make me bikini ready!! And yet I am having one of those days when that is all I want to do.

I just want to put my head in those cushions, lay back, still a film on and be done with it. But I can't. Well, I could, but then there would be no point when I am looking back on holiday in beating myself up and feeling fat. If I choose that option, I deserve to look crap on the beach.

So, today's reason is that lying on the sofa will not make me bikini ready. So that has to be a start to get me up and active today and stay away from the chocolates!! :)

Number 14:
Today's reason to stick to the diet - I want to look good in lingerie.

Yes, its that female enjoyment of wearing beautiful underwear. The problem at the moment, is that my underwear is tending to be functional rather than beautiful. This must change.

I want to wear gorgeous lacy things, delicate items - not boulder holders!! So that is today's reason to stick to the diet. :)

Number 15:
Today's reason to stick to the diet - I am not getting any younger!!

Right - its that old saying that as you get older, you generally thicken out, and gain a few pounds. Now, if this is the case, having just turned 40 myself, it sure is not going to get any easier battling against my body.

If age does slow the metabolism, all the more reason to lose the weight now, before biology starts to tick against me!!

So that is today's reason to motivate me, and as reasons go, this one seems to be pretty powerful!! :)

Number 16:
Today's reason for sticking to my diet - I want toned arms.

Yep, I want rid of the bingo wings and the armpit fat. I'm not really that big - probably somewhere between a size 12 and a size 14 at the present time - a size 13 if you will, if there was such a thing!!

However, I want my arms to be defined, to be toned, to get rid of these annoying flabby bits so that I look nice in dresses and am not worried about the hammy area at the top of my arms.

Diet alone won't shift this so I need to up the ante on the weight front.

Number 17:
Today's reason to stick to the diet - I want to have some wine!!

Yes, when I reach goal weight, or holiday, whichever comes first, I can finally have some wine!! But only, and I repeat, only, if I get under that stone mark!!

So that is today's reason. Bribery. Works a treat with me :)

Number 18:
Today's reason to stick to the diet is that I want rid of the muffin top!!

I am losing weight, I am sticking to the exercise and yet still, that unsightly bulge over my waistband when I sit down remains. I don't know how slim I will need to get to in order to get rid of this damned bit of flab, but I am determined.

So that is today's reason. No more muffins - either the food variety or the overhang!! :)

Number 19:
Yep, today's reason is simple. It is not at all long now until my holiday. I am just weeks away now, and I have to make each day count!!

Tonight, I could easily have given in. The last thing in the world I wanted for my tea tonight was the 3 day diet measly portions. But I have done it. Why? Because I want to be the best I can be when I get on that plane.

Ok, so miracles don't happen, but I can at least be unbloated and more streamlined that if I pig out at this point!!

Number 20:
Today's reason to stick to my diet is that the scales have not dropped on weigh in this morning. I was really fed up. I have been so good, exercised so much, every single day.

The result? Stayed the bloody same!! So, today's reason to stick to it is exactly that - I haven't lost any weight, so I have to keep going until I do!!

Number 21:
Today's reason to stick to the diet - I want to go to posh restaurants!!

What I mean is, that I want to get dressed up in glamorous clothes looking amazing and go out to posh restaurants. I do go out, to lovely places, but I always feel frumpy.

I end up overeating- starters, mains and puddings, washed down with wine. Calorific? Hell yes. Taste good? Damn right!!

The problem is the getting ready and how I feel about me. I want to look nice, to feel confident. I do not want to look like the person who orders everything on the menu!!

So that is today's reason, so that one day, I will look like the person I want to be :)

Number 22: 
Today's reason for sticking to my diet is because I am fed up of being fed up about my weight and my body. I go on a diet, lose a bit, go on holiday or to the wedding - whatever the event that prompted the weight loss.

I pile it on again, and it all starts all over again. I never maintain - I only ever lose or gain. The more fed up I get, the harder I try, but then when I get to the end of the path, I go overboard everytime. I put it on and I feel fed up. I eat what I want, but then I feel fed up when I am fat.

So, that's today's reason - I do not want to be fed up about this anymore. It is just ridiculous and it has to stop.

Number 23:
Today's Reason to stick to my Diet - I want toned inner thighs My legs are toning up a bit, slowly. I am developing some good definition, but clearly, my inner thighs are not being worked in quite the same manner, as they are refusing to change.

My inner thighs are flabby and unsightly, and nothing - not squats, not Zumba, not running, seems to be making a difference. Losing weight will help of course. It won't tone them up, but it will remove some of the fat.

However, in order to accomplish this goal, I need to stick to my diet, every day, and stick to the exercise plan but also add some specialist moves to tone these bad boys up!!

So that is today's reason - if I do not stick to it, I shall have flabby inner thighs forever!! Not having that!! :)

Number 24: 
Today's reason to stick to my diet is that I want to be proud of my body. I am 40 years old, and not once have I felt totally proud of how I look.

Don't get me wrong - sometimes I look ok and I scrub up well, but put me in a bikini or a pair of shorts and panic sets in. I resign myself to how I look thinking "when I reach goal weight" and then it never happens.

Not this time!!! This time, I am going to exercise, I am going to diet, I am going to reach goal and why? Because I want to be proud of my body.

Number 25:
Today's reason for sticking to the diet is that I want to be in control and not my body. My mind needs to rule, not my hunger or cravings.

This is the problem - I get the strongest desire to eat crap and drink wine. Or a lovely cold beer and a burger, or crisps, or cheese or cake. Its never good stuff. I give in and then I enjoy it for a few minutes, and then within minutes, I am feeling fat and horrible, and the impact lasts for days.

I am tired of being ruled by cravings for fatty foods and I want to be in control. The longer I stick to the plan, the more I form new habits to replace the unhealthy ones and the better I feel mentally because then I am in the driving seat and in control.

Number 26:
Today's reason to stick to my diet is how wonderful it feels to lose weight. When you get on the scales, and it has dropped, its a good feeling.

When the pounds start to add up and become half stones it feels great. When you start to drop whole stones and look and feel better, its the best feeling ever.

I need to keep that in mind, as the reverse is also true. When you get on those scales and its gone up, it feels awful.

So, I need to remember how bad it feels when the scales go up and how wonderful it feels when my weight is coming down.

Number 27:
Today's reason to stick to the plan is simple - I will never get my ass in shape by sitting on it!!

What I am saying is that there is no point sitting around, bemoaning the fact that I am not at goal weight whilst spending my time sitting on my backside. If I want a banging body and to reach goal weight, I have to get up and move and work at it.

Number 28:
Today's reason to stick to my diet - I want to be free to have a pint!!

Today was a lovely sunny day, and it killed me not being able to just go to the pub, sit in the beer garden and have a cold pint of lager. I used to do it a lot, but then I realised I was overweight and wanted to not be, so I stopped doing it to lose the weight.

The problem is that I spend most of damn summer trying to lose weight and I never get to have that pint!! So I want to stick to my diet, get to goal weight, and stay there.

Then I can have my pint in the sun!!

Number 29:
Today's Reason to Diet is that I want to enjoy the sunshine not dread it.

It breaks down like this - the sun comes out, I panic. I have a desperate hunt through my wardrobe to find something I can be cool enough it whilst not looking like a hippo.

It gets on my nerves. I should be like "yay, sunshine, damn girl". Nope. It fills me full of fear.

So that is today's reason.

Number 30:
Today's Reason to Diet is that I want to look good wet.

Yep, no matter how much I can hold it in, patch it up and camouflage when it comes to getting in the water, all bets are off. I want to be able to get in that pool, dive in those waves, and come out looking good instead of coming out looking like I have narrowly avoided the harpoon!!

I want to be as glamourous soaking wet as when I am fully loaded with the war paint and spanx!!

That is today's reason :)

Number 31:
Today's Reason to Diet is that I want to show off my belly piercing!! Yes, I finally got it done, so now I need the body to be able to show it off!!

That is today's reason :)

Number 32: 
Today's reason to stick to the diet is that I want to be a good role model. My step daughter loves her food, but I want to be able to encourage her to be healthy and to exercise.

I feel a bit of a hypocrite if I am overweight and not in shape, so that is today's reason :)

Number 33:
Yes, I recently discovered that because I am with a life insurance company who value good health, if I get to target weight and maintain it, I will get a cheaper insurance.

Not only that, but you also get perks like free cinema tickets and discounts on healthy stuff. Fab. What more reason do I need!!

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

  • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
  • crazy - loca
  • girl - niña
and the rest:
  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Day 2 and here is today's attempts!

Each day I am intending to increase the effort and intensity, but as this was just day 2, it was still very hard! Long way to go, but here is today's excertions:

  • Chest exercises – 
    • Bench press 1 x 10 reps, 2 x 20 reps. 
    • Insane turning dumbbell incline press – 3 x 10 reps. 
    • Fly press – 3 x 20 reps.  
  • 50 skips with rope. 
  • 105 squats. 
  • 415 abs. 
  • 40 sumo squats. 
  • 18 kettle bell swings. 
  • 30 push ups. 
  • 30 triceps. 
  • 20 dog legs. 
  • 20 donkey kicks. 
  • 10 burpees. 
  • 10 star jumps. 
  • 10 squat jumps. 
  • 50 punches with weights. 
  • 1 mile treadmill – fast walk. 
  • 6 side to side lunge.  
  • 15 inner leg pulse. 
  • 10 box burpees. 
  • 20 mountain climber. 
  • Double box knee ups – 10 per leg. 
  • 40 butt kicks. 
  • 40 knee lifts. 
  • 10 side kettle reach.  
  • 10  box jumps.
Phewf :) 

My Top 10 Butters


  • Lurpak
  • Anchor
  • Countrylife
  • Kerrygold
  • Yeo Valley
  • Tesco Finest
  • Netherend Farmhouse
  • Rachel's organic
  • Waitrose West Country
  • President

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

My Top 10 Milkshakes


  • Toblerone chocolate milkshake
  • Oreo biscuit milkshake
  • Dairy Milk milkshake
  • Cadbury creme egg milkshake
  • Lindt milkshake
  • Chocolate orange milkshake
  • Snickers milkshake
  • Nutella milkshake
  • Eton Mess milkshake
  • Galaxy milkshake

Monday, 19 June 2017

HomeStyle - Competition - Win an Intempo Tube Speaker

HomeStyle - Competition - Win an Intempo Tube Speaker

My Top 10 Marmite flavour foods


  • Marmite and cheese straws
  • Cheesy marmite muffins
  • Marmite roast potatoes
  • Cheese and marmite pull bread
  • Marmite and mozzarella flat bread
  • Marmite chicken
  • Cheddar and marmite scones
  • Marmite chips
  • Marmite spaghetti
  • Marmite popcorn

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Learning Spanish - this week's full list

  • happy - contento
  • steak - filete
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • horse - cabello
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Friday, 9 June 2017

What's Happening in the World this Week


  • Election fever has broken out. As of fifteen minutes ago, its all over. Now the country just waits to see the result. I won't say who I voted for, only that I did vote as should everyone. One way or another we will wake up to a new world. 

  • #OneLove in Manchester last weekend, and obviously the horrendous events in London. Stunned. And where the hell was Noel then? Seriously. 

  • Summer came, and it went. It feels like winter in England this week - I have the central heating on - in June! Come on weather - get with the picture!

  • The American situation. Trump, Clinton, former FBI chief. Good grief - its like a film script. 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Missing Sleep: Win a Bodyclock LUXE 700

Missing Sleep: Win a Bodyclock LUXE 700: Father’s day is getting closer (June the 18 th ) and rather than have a mad panic about what to buy, I have a wonderful suggestion here tha...

Learning Spanish - this week's full list

  • horse - caballo
  • cough - tos 
  • head - cabeza
  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Single of the Week - Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence

My new Retro single of the week is Depeche Mode with 'Enjoy the Silence'.

Now back in the day, I was quite the Dep Mode fan myself, and 'Enjoy the Silence' was right up there as one of my favourites. In making it my retro single of the week, I listened again, and watched the slightly bonkers video, and was reminded how great this song is even after all these years.

'Enjoy the Silence' was released in 1990, and was taken from their album of that year Violator. It was an iconic image of a red rose on a black background on the album, and this single had the same rose image in white against a blue background. You would have had to look hard to find a corner somewhere back in the 90's where that image was not on a poster or a t-shirt!

Depeche were an English band, led by Dave Gahan on vocals. The band themselves were the very height of cool back then - think black leather, quirky videos and rock and roll personas. We wanted to be like them - personally, I wasn't!

The video seemed a bit odd at the time, but seems even more so now looking back. Basically, lead singer Gahan, dressed in a king's robes and crown, wandering about with a deckchair in various isolated locations like lakes and mountains. Fits the song though - maybe he was just trying to actually find a quiet place to enjoy the silence, as the song suggests.

The lyrics to this song are quite dark but somehow beautiful. "all i ever wanted, all I ever needed, is here, in my arms, words are very unnecessary they can only do harm". Sung in Gahan's deep tones, it sounds sultry.

Depeche Mode were very into the electronic synth sound, but their sound was quite unique and stand out. They were definitely more dark and sinister sounding than many of their bubbly pop contemporaries!

I think this song still sounds as great and as morose as ever. Well worth a listen either to reminisce or to listen for the first time. Let me know what you think.

For more of my singles of the week, retro choices and loads more music stuff, you can check out My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)