Monday, 31 July 2017

YourHome - Competition - Win a Leisure Chefmaster range cooker worth £900

YourHome - Competition - Win a Leisure Chefmaster range cooker worth £900

HomeStyle - Competition - Win a Hoover cordless

HomeStyle - Competition - Win a Hoover cordless

48 hours to go

Let's face it, 48 hours isn't long. I'm not going to lose a stone, or suddenly become a fine tuned beach bunny.

However, 48 hours does give me time to do the following:

  • Lose a pound or two (hopefully)
  • Get rid of the bloat (stay off the bread and the carbs)
  • Drink lots of water to flush my self out (clear skin, always a bonus)
  • Cut out the alcohol (helps keep the will power, and doesn't make me as hungry)
  • Get another PT session in
  • Get everything waxed (believe me when I say I will be glad when that's over)
  • Get a spray tan (always feel more confident with a tan - fake all the way for me)
  • Get my nails done (lovely holiday talons)
  • Do a mini pedicure at home (no point wearing nice shoes with trotters for feet!)
  • Exfoliate, a lot, prior to the spray tan
  • Do my eyebrows
  • Have very light meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner for 48 hours
Basically, its enough time to slightly improve my body, but the main focus being to make the very best of what I have. Which is ok - holidays are meant to be enjoyed after all. 

48 hours is also not so long not to have a glass of wine or a cheeky voddy, and not so long to feel a little bit hungry. I can handle 48 hours!! 

Going to get plenty of sleep too. I will need it! ! So looking forward to it now :)

My Bucket List keeps on growing !!

  • Write a novel
  • Learn another language fluently
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Pay off my mortgage
  • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt 
  • Own a place in the sun
  • Own an apartment in London
  • Ride a horse across a beach
  • Go skiing
  • Learn to cook Sushi
  • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
  • Have no money worries
  • Live abroad for a few months 
  • Go on a round the world trip
  • Own a horse
  • Go the races
  • Go on a theatre break
  • Learn to ride a motorbike
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Travel the world
  • Be in a play or a film
  • Change career
  • Get a degree
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Shark cage experience
  • Skinny dip :)
  • Formula One experience
  • Go to all the continents - 3 to go - Antarctica, Asia and South America
  • Have a sailing lesson
  • Have a flying lesson
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Go camping / glamping
  • Stay in a log cabin
  • Be published
  • Get married
  • See The Northern Lights
  • Ride a Gondola
  • Ride a motorbike
  • Niagara Falls
  • Wimbledon
  • Watch an F1 race
  • Visit a pink beach
  • Fly in a Chinook Helicopter
Pinterest Board - My Bucket List

My Top 10 Milk Tray

  • Salted Caramel Charm
  • Orange Truffle
  • Strawberry Temptation
  • Apple Crunch
  • Fudge Duet
  • Truffle Heart
  • Perfect Praline
  • Surprise Parcel
  • Hazelnut Swirl
  • Caramel Softy

What I will do when I get to goal weight :)

I live in a world of lists. Yes, I am that person. The compulsive list writer!!

I have Comping wishlists - check it out here.  I have written wishlists here on my blog here.

I record the films I have watched to find out how many I have seen. I list my travels, where I have been and where I want to go.  Lists for to do, to get, to have, to try!!

So, I decided to write a list of what I will do when I actually do get to goal weight: So here we go with another list!!

  •  Buy all new lingerie
  • Get a suit made to measure
  • Buy a designer frock
  • Get a really elaborate bikini
  • Treat myself to a spa break
  • Strut my stuff in new gym gear
  • Wear heels all the time!!
  • Wear bright colours
  • Get a great coat
  • Smarten up my work wardrobe
  • Buy a great pair of jeans
  • Have a slap up meal
  • Get my eyelashes done
  • Get my nails done
  • Get a spray tan
  • Get a pedicure
  • Get a massage
  • Wear the shortest shorts! 

Sunday, 30 July 2017

My round up of the most bonkers ways to lose weight


  • The Apple diet - literally you just eat apples.
  • Only eat with chopsticks !!
  • The clingfilm wrap - yep - you wrap yourself in it and work out!! 
  • The cabbage soup diet - yuck!! 
  • The maple syrup diet
Not sure I like the sound of any of these!! As I come across others, I shall add them to the list :)

My new Retro Single of the Week - The Killers - Mr Brightside

This week I have chosen the fantastic 'Mr Brightside' from the Killers as my retro single of the week.

'Mr Brightside' was the debut single from The Killers. It was the first single from their debut album 'Hot Fuss' which was released in 2004.

The album smashed to the top of the UK album charts, and this single peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart.

This is such a brilliant song. I haven't heard it for some time now, but its one of those songs that still sounds distinct, recognisable and fresh. Its a song that also won lots of acclaim and recognition - its won awards for the best song of the decade, best track and been recognised by XFM, NME, various radio and TV to name but a few. Yes, its that good.

'Mr Brightside' is a rock song. It kicks straight in with that distinctive piano/keyboard tinkling that continues through it. The guitars kick in, then the drums and builds as Flowers vocals come in with the fabulous lyrics "coming out of my cage, and I've been doing just fine".

The video, well one of 2 videos this being the official one, is all ladies made up like madams a la Moulin Rouge style. They dance whilst the men look on, including Brandon who is watching whilst singing. Clearly this song is about being unfaithful, as this plays out with none other than Eric Roberts starring as the other man, whilst the lady flirts about between him and Flowers.

Apparently the song is based around an unfaithful ex of Flowers. The lyrics continue "It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this". My particular favourite is the line "jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis". Its just so clever, and he sings it with such force, such angst, it just sweeps you up.

This song truly put The Killers on the map. For a debut single, its just perfect, and I don't believe it could have been bettered. It still sounds absolutely amazing.

I suggest you go and take a listen to this, and play it loud as its just about as good as it gets this one. Let me know if you enjoyed it, and happy listening. :)

You can find more singles of the week, retro music and loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

More for my wishlist

Here are my new wishlist items:
  • Sleepeezee mattress
  • Spin bike
  • Weight set
  • Cross trainer
And here is the rest of the (very long) list: 
  • City Break
  • Loft conversion
  • Velux windows
  • Degree course
  • Suitcase
  • 4 man tent 
  • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
  • Apple TV 
  • Backless dress 
  • Ballet pumps 
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Barefoot Sandals 
  • Bathroom 
  • Beach bag 
  • Bedding 
  • Bicycle 
  • Bikini 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Body butter 
  • Campervan 
  • Caravan 
  • Carpet 
  • Chaise longue 
  • Champagne 
  • Chanel No 5 EDP 
  • Chanel tote 
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
  • Clarins treatment 
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP 
  • Colouring fine point pens 
  • Comedian tickets / show 
  • Converse 
  • Corset 
  • Cottage break 
  • Courvoissier 
  • Crystal glasses 
  • Cuddly Toy 
  • Curtains - made to measure
  • Designer Watch 
  • Digital photo frame 
  • Dining Table 
  • Dress 
  • Egg Chair 
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules 
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 
  • Elemis treatment 
  • Faux fur jacket 
  • Festival tickets 
  • Garden statues 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Gig tickets 
  • Great red lipstick 
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
  • Handbag 
  • hardbound notebook 
  • Hobbit house 
  • Holiday 
  • Hot Tub 
  • House extension 
  • Hunter Wellies 
  • J'adore EDP 
  • Jaguar 
  • Jeans 
  • Jodhpurs 
  • Land Rover 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Light fittings throughout 
  • Lingerie 
  • Luggage 
  • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro 
  • Manolo Blahniks 
  • Motorbike 
  • Motorhome 
  • New Kitchen 
  • Nutribullet 
  • NYC Trip 
  • Pandora charms 
  • Patio Heater 
  • Pearl necklace 
  • Pedicure 
  • Picnic Basket 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • PJ's 
  • Plastering work 
  • Pop up tent 
  • Posh shower wash 
  • Range Cooker 
  • Range Rover 
  • Rattan furniture set 
  • Riding Boots 
  • Shoes 
  • Shower unit 
  • Slippers 
  • Solar lights 
  • Spa Break 
  • Spa facial 
  • Sport tops - Size M or 12/14 
  • Spray tan 
  • Stationery 
  • Stone bench 
  • Storm Lanterns 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
  • Swarovski Jewellery 
  • Tartan skirt 
  • Tefal Toast N Egg 
  • Treadmill 
  • Trip to Australia 
  • Tumble drier 
  • TV - curved
  • Veneers 
  • Vespa 
  • Vintage luxury chair 
  • Weekend away 
  • Wellies rack 
  • West end show 
  • Whiskey 
  • White suit jacket 
  • Wine Fridge 
  • Winter coat 
  • Yankee Candle 
  • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
  • Silver cutlery
  • Microwave
  • Cosmetic treatment
  • Expensive shampoo and conditioner
  • Wrought iron radiators
  • Diamond jewellery
  • Board games
  • Double Oven 
  • Roll top bath 
  • Electric shower 
  • Shower cubicle 
  • Sink drainer 
  • Kettle tap 
  • Slim Dishwasher 
  • Towel Radiator 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Spa massage
  • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
  • Copper saucepans
  • LED projector mobile
  • Water Feature
  • Table lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Art - canvas
  • Gym bag and towel
  • Sink unit and drainer
  • Induction hob
  • New toilet and sink
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Kitchen tiles
  • Kitchen units
  • American fridge freezer
  • Flip flops
  • Wine rack
  • Craft Stuff
  • Dinner Set
  • Funky Socks
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding Dress
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian
  • Nissan Navara
  • Wine subscription
  • 3D printer
  • Silk shirts
  • Tunic dress
  • Fire Stick
  • Bali Beach Beds
  • Solar charger
  • Dog bed
  • Dog toys
  • Beach towels
  • Sewing machine
  • Good scissors
  • Cami set
  • Playsuit
  • Inflatable drinks holder
  • Bling jewelled bikini
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist
  • Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Body Cream
  • Coco Mademoiselle Foaming Shower Gel
  • Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream
  • Segway

My Top 10 Mexican Food

  • Tacos
  • Quesadillas
  • Burritos
  • Enchiladas
  • Frijoles
  • Churros
  • Tostadas
  • Taquitos
  • Chilli
  • Guacamole & Salsa

Saturday, 29 July 2017

What a fabulous idea - Adult colouring books!!

This evening I have stumbled upon something I had never imagined. Adult colouring books!!

Here is the link for adult colouring books prize. This is what I found but the more I think about it, the more I love the idea!!

Who didn't love colouring in as a child? correct. Noone. Everyone loves colouring when they are young.

But just for a moment imagine rather than pouring a glass of wine (or maybe as well as) you whip out your adult colouring book!! I don't mean adult as in X-rated either. I'm not talking about pornographic or sexual here.

I'm talking felt-tip pens and lovely pictures!! Yay!! Now I just need some lego to play with and I will be happy :)

Things to do in July


  • Chill in the hot tub
  • Have a cool drink in the beer garden
  • Pack a picnic and get outside
  • Pick some flowers
  • Sing in the garden
  • Go to a forest music gig
  • Go to a drive in movie
  • Attend Latitude festival
  • Take your exercise outdoors
  • Enjoy an outdoors swimming pool
  • Get the BBQ out
  • Watch Wimbledon
  • Make some Pimms
  • Eat strawberries and cream
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Go to a flower show
  • Have a garden party
  • Celebrate American Independence Day
  • Sunbath - with SPF of course
  • Rock a straw hat
  • Get out the maxi dresses
  • Pop on a bikini
  • Get a pedicure - flip flop ready feet
  • Paint your nails in summer colours
  • Wear flowers in your hair
  • Make some pretty coloured ice cubes
  • Celebrate Bastille Day
  • Try a new wine
  • Water the plants
  • Have a water fight
  • Shave or wax those pins
  • Ditch the foundation
  • Download some summer tunes
  • Make a summer playlist
  • Make a daisy chain

My Top 10 Sandwiches

  • Cheese Ploughmans
  • Egg and Cress
  • Cheese and Onion
  • Chicken Salad
  • Roast Chicken
  • Chicken Tikka
  • Turkey Rashers
  • Barbeque Chicken
  • Cheese Salad and Pickle
  • Pineapple and Cottage Cheese

Friday, 28 July 2017

My Top 10 Dips






  • Houmous
  • Tzatziki
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Pesto
  • Yoghurt and Cucumber
  • Onion and Garlic
  • Cheese and Chive
  • Creamy sweet Chilli
  • Thursday, 27 July 2017

    Looking back - favourite pics

    This is one of my favourite pictures of me (I usually hate photo's! )


    This was taken 7 years ago in Egypt. I don't really know what's happening with my little finger there - randomly sticking out like a secret sign that I am an alien or something, but other than that, I love this pic. At the time, I remember feeling really frumpy. 

    Now, looking back at this photo, I wish I could go back to that moment and have a word with myself!! 

    Lesson learned - I need to appreciate things. Fast forward 7 years, and I may look older, but I am wiser :) (hmm - maybe not eh!)

    It isn't just about the scales you know

    I get a bit obsessed with the scales when I am trying to lose weight. Perfectly understandable, but then I have to remember that its not just about the scales. There are lots of other ways to measure the changes I am making to my body as I progress.

    Such as:

    • my clothes getting bigger
    • my belly getting smaller
    • my face getting more shape
    • cheekbones reappearance
    • more energy
    • feeling stronger
    • seeing muscle tone
    • feeling my legs tighten
    • seeing my arms get leaner
    • being able to do a full push up
    • getting into a smaller clothes size
    • sleeping better
    • better endurance
    • clothes fitting properly
    • changing the clothes I wear
    • feeling healthier
    • losing inches
    • thinner fingers
    • smaller feet! 
    These things are so important. I need to remember that these things matter as much as if not more than the number on the scales. 

    Places we want to go in 2017

    • York
    • Lake District
    • Liverpool
    • New York
    • Glasgow
    • Aberdeen
    • West End Show in London
    • Cornwall
    • Nottingham
    • Gran Canaria - already been - whoop!!
    • Eden Project
    • Scotland
    • Blackpool Illuminations
    • Spa break
    • White water rafting - purchased
    • Barcelona - already been - yay! 
    • Fuerteventura - booked! 

    A week to go - today's exercise despite being sooo tired !


    • 50 push ups
    • 30 dog leg raises
    • 30 donkey rear kicks
    • 50 tricep dips
    • 1 mile brisk walk on treadmill
    • 60 chest press weights
    • 40 bench press with bar
    • 20 front kicks
    • 50 squats
    • 25 inner thigh raise
    • 25 outer thigh raise
    • 15 kettle bell swings
    • 50 knee lifts
    • 50 punches with weights
    • 14 lunges per leg
    • 690 abs
    • 25 inner thigh pulse
    • 20 side reach with kettle bell
    • 46 spotty dog jumps
    Not the biggest workout, but worked the parts that count! The thing is - I did it, and I did not want to = better than sitting on the sofa :) 

    Learning Spanish - This week's learning

    This week's learning:

    • thigh - muslo
    • donkey - burro
    • warm - calentar

    and here is the rest:
    • drink - bebida
    • what - qué
    • lemon - limón
    • garlic - ajo
    • forty - cuarenta
    • tree - árbol
    • teeth - dientes
    • father - padre
    • suncream - crema solar
    • 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

    My Top 10 Italian food

    • Crespelle ai Funghi e Ricotta - pancakes with cheese and mushrooms
    • Bruschetta
    • Gnocchi
    • Spaghetti Bolognese
    • Lasagne
    • Risotto
    • Pizza Quattro Formaggi
    • Antipasto
    • Ravioli
    • Garlic dough balls

    Wednesday, 26 July 2017

    More for my Wishlist :)

    Here are my new items I am lusting for on my wishlist:
    • City Break
    • Loft conversion
    • Velux windows
    • Degree course
    • Suitcase
    And here is the rest: 
    • 4 man tent 
    • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
    • Apple TV 
    • Backless dress 
    • Ballet pumps 
    • Barbour Jacket 
    • Barefoot Sandals 
    • Bathroom 
    • Beach bag 
    • Bedding 
    • Bicycle 
    • Bikini 
    • Black Ugg Boots 
    • Body butter 
    • Campervan 
    • Caravan 
    • Carpet 
    • Chaise longue 
    • Champagne 
    • Chanel No 5 EDP 
    • Chanel tote 
    • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
    • Clarins treatment 
    • Coco Mademoiselle EDP 
    • Colouring fine point pens 
    • Comedian tickets / show 
    • Converse 
    • Corset 
    • Cottage break 
    • Courvoissier 
    • Crystal glasses 
    • Cuddly Toy 
    • Curtains - made to measure
    • Designer Watch 
    • Digital photo frame 
    • Dining Table 
    • Dress 
    • Egg Chair 
    • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules 
    • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 
    • Elemis treatment 
    • Faux fur jacket 
    • Festival tickets 
    • Garden statues 
    • Gas BBQ 
    • Gig tickets 
    • Great red lipstick 
    • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
    • Handbag 
    • hardbound notebook 
    • Hobbit house 
    • Holiday 
    • Hot Tub 
    • House extension 
    • Hunter Wellies 
    • J'adore EDP 
    • Jaguar 
    • Jeans 
    • Jodhpurs 
    • Land Rover 
    • Lawnmower 
    • Light fittings throughout 
    • Lingerie 
    • Luggage 
    • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
    • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro 
    • Manolo Blahniks 
    • Motorbike 
    • Motorhome 
    • New Kitchen 
    • Nutribullet 
    • NYC Trip 
    • Pandora charms 
    • Patio Heater 
    • Pearl necklace 
    • Pedicure 
    • Picnic Basket 
    • Pinot Grigio 
    • PJ's 
    • Plastering work 
    • Pop up tent 
    • Posh shower wash 
    • Range Cooker 
    • Range Rover 
    • Rattan furniture set 
    • Riding Boots 
    • Shoes 
    • Shower unit 
    • Slippers 
    • Solar lights 
    • Spa Break 
    • Spa facial 
    • Sport tops - Size M or 12/14 
    • Spray tan 
    • Stationery 
    • Stone bench 
    • Storm Lanterns 
    • Sunglasses 
    • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
    • Swarovski Jewellery 
    • Tartan skirt 
    • Tefal Toast N Egg 
    • Treadmill 
    • Trip to Australia 
    • Tumble drier 
    • TV - curved
    • Veneers 
    • Vespa 
    • Vintage luxury chair 
    • Weekend away 
    • Wellies rack 
    • West end show 
    • Whiskey 
    • White suit jacket 
    • Wine Fridge 
    • Winter coat 
    • Yankee Candle 
    • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
    • Silver cutlery
    • Microwave
    • Cosmetic treatment
    • Expensive shampoo and conditioner
    • Wrought iron radiators
    • Diamond jewellery
    • Board games
    • Double Oven 
    • Roll top bath 
    • Electric shower 
    • Shower cubicle 
    • Sink drainer 
    • Kettle tap 
    • Slim Dishwasher 
    • Towel Radiator 
    • Underfloor heating 
    • Spa massage
    • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
    • Copper saucepans
    • LED projector mobile
    • Water Feature
    • Table lamp
    • Floor lamp
    • Art - canvas
    • Gym bag and towel
    • Sink unit and drainer
    • Induction hob
    • New toilet and sink
    • Bathroom tiles
    • Kitchen tiles
    • Kitchen units
    • American fridge freezer
    • Flip flops
    • Wine rack
    • Craft Stuff
    • Dinner Set
    • Funky Socks
    • Honeymoon
    • Wedding Dress
    • Mitsubishi Barbarian
    • Nissan Navara
    • Wine subscription
    • 3D printer
    • Silk shirts
    • Tunic dress
    • Fire Stick
    • Bali Beach Beds
    • Solar charger
    • Dog bed
    • Dog toys
    • Beach towels
    • Sewing machine
    • Good scissors
    • Cami set
    • Playsuit
    • Inflatable drinks holder
    • Bling jewelled bikini
    • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist
    • Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil
    • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Body Cream
    • Coco Mademoiselle Foaming Shower Gel
    • Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream

    PelvicToners

    PelvicToners

    My Top 10 Jelly

    • Blackcurrant
    • Raspberry glitter jelly
    • Strawberry 
    • Orange
    • Black Cherry
    • Lemon and Lime
    • Pineapple
    • Apple
    • Cranberry and Raspberry
    • Mango and Passionfruit

    Tuesday, 25 July 2017

    And they call it puppy love ...

    Back in September, the other half talked me into going to look at some puppies.

    We had been having discussions about having a dog for, well, like for ever!! I had resigned myself to thinking that it would never happen. Then the other half started to talk about having one, and we finally agreed what breeds we both liked.

    Not too big, but not too small. Not really hairy, but still lovely and soft to stroke and cuddle. In the end, we whittled the list down and after a bit of persuasion, we toddled off to look at a boy. When we got there, the boy had gone, but there was still a girl. I made the mistake of picking her up and that was it. There was nothing that would or could ever have parted me again.

    I walked around with her in my arms, never put her down. She snuggled into me and it was love at first sight. My little girl came home with us that day.


    We had nothing for her - we had to do an impromptu visit to the pet store to get her a lovely pink bed, food, toys. She immediately made herself at home!! No fears for our little girl! 

    Straight away this girl had personality. That first night she let us know exactly what we were in for. She found her voice and she howled but it was short lived as she fell asleep after a few minutes. 

    As with any puppy, house training is tough. we persevered, and now we are virtually there which is great. Even when she was teeny - just 10 weeks when she came home with us, one look at her cute face and she could get away with just about anything! 


    She needed a name. It took us three days to agree and we called her Coco - after Coco Chanel of course. We got her a pink collar, then it was off to the vets to get her chipped and get her jabs sorted.

    Coco was a bit nervous in the car at first, but that soon wore off. This girl is scared of nothing. We took her to her first puppy party and she ruled the roost.

    At first, she wasn't allowed upstairs or on the furniture - that didn't last long. She is a very good girl though - she can do both paw shakes, she knows sit, stay, leave, lie down. She is still only a baby, but she's a clever little thing.

    Taking her for walks takes a lot of time. We are stopped every few minutes by people wanting to fuss her. Being a Staffy, they have such a bad reputation but its the way they are raised that makes the difference. Our girl is a big softy.


    Now we have her, I wonder how we went for so long without her. She fills the house - not just her toys everywhere, but its like having a little shadow as she follows me everywhere. She makes us laugh, she's so funny and the things she does keep us entertained for hours!! Looking back she has grown so much - she's quite a big girl now compared to the tiny thing we bought home. 

    Coco has a big heart and an even bigger personality and we are totally in love with our puppy. I had no idea how much I had missed her until she arrived and now I literally count down the minutes when I'm away from her. She's my baby :) 

    She loves the camera:


    She's never happier than when she's cuddling up:


     And she loves her creature comforts:


    Step away from the cake - just say no :)


    Places I want to go

    I want to go:
    • The Caribbean
    • Italy
    • Cuba
    • Med Cruise
    • Iceland
    • Denmark
    • Bruge
    • Switzerland
    • Australia
    • Hong Kong
    • Thailand
    • Peru
    • Brazil
    • Florida
    • New England
    • Chicago
    • Washington
    • Goa
    • Norway

    Top 10 first songs :)

    My other half's ten year old daughter asked me what sort of music I liked when I was young. When I stopped sobbing, having turned 40 this year -  I thought about it.

    Here are my top 10 songs from when I was mainly in single digits:

    • Summer Nights (yes from Grease!)
    • NKOTB - The Right Stuff
    • Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
    • Every Breath She Takes - The Police
    • Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
    • How Soon is Now - The Smiths
    • Push It - Salt N Pepa
    • Get into The Groove - Madonna
    • The Boys of Summer - Don Henley
    • True - Spandau Ballet
    Actually not the most embarrassing list (bar the odd one in there!). It was quite fun thinking back to come up with my top 10. 

    So what was the first song you really remember loving, and what is your top 10? 

    Do we all have a novel in us?

    Along with, oh, I don't know, most of the population of the world, I always felt that I had a novel in me. They say we all do don't they?

    Is that actually true? How do you start? Where do you start? One thing for sure - damn well going to find out!!

    New items for my Wishlist

    Here are my new items for my wishlist:

    • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist
    • Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil
    • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Body Cream
    • Coco Mademoiselle Foaming Shower Gel
    • Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream
    And here's the rest : 

    • 4 man tent 
    • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
    • Apple TV 
    • Backless dress 
    • Ballet pumps 
    • Barbour Jacket 
    • Barefoot Sandals 
    • Bathroom 
    • Beach bag 
    • Bedding 
    • Bicycle 
    • Bikini 
    • Black Ugg Boots 
    • Body butter 
    • Campervan 
    • Caravan 
    • Carpet 
    • Chaise longue 
    • Champagne 
    • Chanel No 5 EDP 
    • Chanel tote 
    • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
    • Clarins treatment 
    • Coco Mademoiselle EDP 
    • Colouring fine point pens 
    • Comedian tickets / show 
    • Converse 
    • Corset 
    • Cottage break 
    • Courvoissier 
    • Crystal glasses 
    • Cuddly Toy 
    • Curtains - made to measure
    • Designer Watch 
    • Digital photo frame 
    • Dining Table 
    • Dress 
    • Egg Chair 
    • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules 
    • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 
    • Elemis treatment 
    • Faux fur jacket 
    • Festival tickets 
    • Garden statues 
    • Gas BBQ 
    • Gig tickets 
    • Great red lipstick 
    • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
    • Handbag 
    • hardbound notebook 
    • Hobbit house 
    • Holiday 
    • Hot Tub 
    • House extension 
    • Hunter Wellies 
    • J'adore EDP 
    • Jaguar 
    • Jeans 
    • Jodhpurs 
    • Land Rover 
    • Lawnmower 
    • Light fittings throughout 
    • Lingerie 
    • Luggage 
    • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
    • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro 
    • Manolo Blahniks 
    • Motorbike 
    • Motorhome 
    • New Kitchen 
    • Nutribullet 
    • NYC Trip 
    • Pandora charms 
    • Patio Heater 
    • Pearl necklace 
    • Pedicure 
    • Picnic Basket 
    • Pinot Grigio 
    • PJ's 
    • Plastering work 
    • Pop up tent 
    • Posh shower wash 
    • Range Cooker 
    • Range Rover 
    • Rattan furniture set 
    • Riding Boots 
    • Shoes 
    • Shower unit 
    • Slippers 
    • Solar lights 
    • Spa Break 
    • Spa facial 
    • Sport tops - Size M or 12/14 
    • Spray tan 
    • Stationery 
    • Stone bench 
    • Storm Lanterns 
    • Sunglasses 
    • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
    • Swarovski Jewellery 
    • Tartan skirt 
    • Tefal Toast N Egg 
    • Treadmill 
    • Trip to Australia 
    • Tumble drier 
    • TV - curved
    • Veneers 
    • Vespa 
    • Vintage luxury chair 
    • Weekend away 
    • Wellies rack 
    • West end show 
    • Whiskey 
    • White suit jacket 
    • Wine Fridge 
    • Winter coat 
    • Yankee Candle 
    • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
    • Silver cutlery
    • Microwave
    • Cosmetic treatment
    • Expensive shampoo and conditioner
    • Wrought iron radiators
    • Diamond jewellery
    • Board games
    • Double Oven 
    • Roll top bath 
    • Electric shower 
    • Shower cubicle 
    • Sink drainer 
    • Kettle tap 
    • Slim Dishwasher 
    • Towel Radiator 
    • Underfloor heating 
    • Spa massage
    • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
    • Copper saucepans
    • LED projector mobile
    • Water Feature
    • Table lamp
    • Floor lamp
    • Art - canvas
    • Gym bag and towel
    • Sink unit and drainer
    • Induction hob
    • New toilet and sink
    • Bathroom tiles
    • Kitchen tiles
    • Kitchen units
    • American fridge freezer
    • Flip flops
    • Wine rack
    • Craft Stuff
    • Dinner Set
    • Funky Socks
    • Honeymoon
    • Wedding Dress
    • Mitsubishi Barbarian
    • Nissan Navara
    • Wine subscription
    • 3D printer
    • Silk shirts
    • Tunic dress
    • Fire Stick
    • Bali Beach Beds
    • Solar charger
    • Dog bed
    • Dog toys
    • Beach towels
    • Sewing machine
    • Good scissors
    • Cami set
    • Playsuit
    • Inflatable drinks holder
    • Bling jewelled bikini
    Pinterest Wishlist - click here 

    Win a Fridge

    Win a Fridge

    My Top 10 Omelettes

    • Cheese Omelette
    • Spinach, garlic and cream cheese
    • Chilli and Cheese
    • Soy chorizo and Cheddar
    • Mushrooms, bell peppers and cheese
    • Smoked mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, basil pesto
    • Potatoes and fenugreek, Indian-style
    • Sausage herby omelette
    • French omelette
    • Potato omelette

    Monday, 24 July 2017

    How to Make More Money ??

    I am sitting pondering this point.  I am steadily getting rid of stuff I no longer need or want on ebay, which is accomplishing getting me some more pennies and decluttering the house.

    But that got me thinking - is there a way to pay off your mortgage early? Am I missing something with regards to getting some extra £'s?

    Here are my ideas so far:

    • Loyalty schemes - I use some, but I am going to explore this more
    • Coupons - not something I really explore - I am going to
    • Cashback - I dabble, but it seems that this can get you some good discounts etc.. 
    • Competitions - again, I dabble, but I do not have a system - work in progress
    • Ebay - already doing this, but is there a better way?
    • Second job - I could consider doing something additional maybe from home?
    • Online surveys - not sure if this is worthwhile, but I could give it a go
    Anyone got any good ideas? Please feel free to share them. 

    I want to be like this again !!!



    Marrakech 2015




    Tunisia August 2014


    Tunisia 2014

     
    May 2014 - Gran Canaria


    Menorca 2013


    Menorca 2013

    Things I still want to do after 40 :)



      • Have regular massages 
      • Have a bikini bod (lots of squats and work required)
      • Maintain my weight - once I get there
      • Go see a show at the theatre
      • Go to see an opera
      • Have a coat for every occasion
      • Get some glamourous 1950's vintage style dresses that make me rock!
      • Be manicured and pedicured always
      • Wear very short shorts in the UK (never done this ever)
      • Get killer abs
      • Go to a very expensive restaurant - just the two of us
      • Stay in Chester overnight
      • Go on regular spa breaks
      • See more of my friends
      • Make more effort in general
      • Make time for me and mum
      • Learn another language
      • Go to the cinema, alone
      • Scuba dive
      • Go to Wimbledon
      • Get to the gym / exercise 4 times a week, every week 
      • Start to write a book / novel
      • Get everything organised
      • Update my wardrobe style - work in progress
      • Go to one more new place and do one thing new every week
      • Get under the 11 stone mark
      • Get rich! 
      • Get a new job
      • Pay off the mortgage early

      Saturday, 22 July 2017

      Work out like the world is watching - give it your all

      I read a quote that said dance like noone is watching. Great advice that - just let it go, let your hair down, shake it out.

      However, the same does not apply to the gym. My quote - work out like the world is watching - give it your all. What's the difference you may ask?

      I shall tell you. Dancing is more energetic when you do not care what you look like, whether you have rhythm or whether you have two left feet.

      The gym however, is where just going through the motions kidding yourself that a slow plod will work wonders is not going to get you results. Since having a PT, I now realise that you have to push yourself.

      So my advice is this - work out like you have your PT standing over you, and you are showing the world what you are made of. Don't spend your precious hour gossiping with your mate - you can go for a coffee, shopping or drinks to do that.

      I'm not saying that a brisk low impact walk is bad for you, but I am saying that you get out what you put in. You've done the hard bit getting to the gym in the first place, so workout like the world is watching once you are there!! Give it your all!! :)

      I am always amazed by what my body can do..........

      I don't have a gym body. I don't look like a Victoria's Secrets model. However, I am in "the zone" if you will at the moment. I hope it lasts, because I am suddenly seeing my body doing things I never thought it could.

      You see I already know what giving up feels like - I've trod that path a far few times. A lesser known route, at least to me, is what it feels like to succeed. I want to see what happens if I don't give up.

      I have a choice each day. I can choose to eat crisps, dip them in houmous and drink wine. Then when it comes to holiday, or going to the pub or out for a meal, I get that horrible "what can I fit in" or "what will hide my bulging middle" feeling of dread. Or I can choose to get off my backside and workout, watch what I eat, cut out the crap and then feel if not perfect, then at least confident.

      I remember getting close to goal a few times, then stupidly celebrating that achievement by you guessed it, eating crisps and drinking wine and bang - goal slipped further away again. Damn it!

      This time, quitting is simply not acceptable. I might be aching everywhere. It might burn. I might be exhausted, tired, sore and ready to cry, but its better than quitting. I need to relish the feeling because its a step closer to where I want to be.

      I have started quite a challenging program, which builds in intensity and effort. It includes some exercises I love - abs mainly, weirdly, and some I hate with a vengeance - yes burpees, I mean you! They are the devil, seriously.

      Each time I incorporate a new exercise, or try a heavier weight or a higher jump, my body can actually, amazingly, accomplish it. Its quite fascinating because I never knew it could do that. Whether its skipping, jumping, running, weights, abs - you name it, my body is capable of it.

      That's the most frustrating part really - if I can do all that then why have I not been doing it all along? Beats me. Don't get me wrong, its damned hard work, and it hurts like hell, and I find myself making all manner of noises - grunts, squeals, what sounds a bit like I'm growling even! But the point is - I can do this.

      I have to make that choice. Every day. Do I want this body I see in the mirror forever? Or do I want it to be all it can be. Surely the best reward for how amazing my body is, is to treat it kindly, to cherish it, and to make the most of it.

      So this time, I am going to make my amazing body an actual amazing body inside and out. Trainers at the ready :)


      My Wedding - possible locations

      Possible Locations:
      • Cyprus
      • Greek Island
      • Caribbean
      • Mexico
      • South of France
      • Canary Islands
      • Kefalonia
      • Italy
      • Cuba
      • Santorini
      • Zante

      The Perfect Picnic


      • wine - pinot grigio or prosecco
      • cheese
      • crisps
      • houmous
      • bhajis
      • cheese and onion sandwiches
      • potato salad
      • sausage rolls
      • pizza breads
      • dough balls
      • mozzarella sticks
      • cashew nuts
      • pasta salad
      • garlic, feta and olives
      • quiche
      • sour cream

      Friday, 21 July 2017

      My Favourite Places - Abroad


      • Gran Canaria
      • Barcelona
      • Mexico
      • New Zealand
      • Fuerteventura
      • Menorca
      • Crete
      • Marrakesh
      • New York
      • San Francisco
      • Majorca
      • Fiji
      • Egypt
      • Tunisia
      • LA
      • Lanzarote
      • Belgium
      • Brittany, France
      • Jersey
      • Rhodes
      • Zante
      • Banff and Lake Louise, Canada
      • Arizona
      • Las Vegas

      My Bucket List - Ticked Off Done

      • Swam with dolphins - Mexico
      • Jumped out of a plane - tandem skydive - NZ
      • Sang Karaoke - several times
      • Been on stage in a show
      • Flown in a helicopter
      • Grand Canyon
      • NYC - Empire State Building
      • Wine Tasting - Marlborough - New Zealand
      • Won a competition
      • Hiked a glacier - Franz Josef - NZ
      • Stayed in a hostel
      • Spa break
      • Flew across the world solo - UK to NZ
      • Island Hopping - Fiji
      • Jumped off a boat into the sea
      • Been the only person on an island - Fiji
      • Whale Watching - NZ
      • Mountain hiking - Canada
      • Arrived in a country with nowhere to stay
      • Done a charity fun run - Race for Life
      • Seen an octopus up close - Egypt
      • Seen a shark in the water I was in - Egypt
      • Visited Alcatraz - USA
      • War Rooms - Jersey, Channel Islands
      • Tower of London - UK
      • Cruise ship to New York - QM2
      • Guinness Factory - Dublin
      • Giants Causeway - Belfast
      • Been to 4 of the continents - Africa, Europe, North America, Oceania/Australia
      • Rode a horse
      • Rode a camel - Egypt
      • Got engaged to my soul mate
      • Zip line over a deep gorge - NZ
      • Seen salt lakes at dawn - Tunisia
      • Been to a festival (4 times V Festival) 
      • LA - Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Anaheim - Disney and Universal Studios
      • Met someone famous up close - Kodaline band
      • Times Square - NYC
      • Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco
      • Been to Alcatraz - San Francisco
      • Stayed in a travel hostel - NZ
      • Stayed in a luxury hotel - Canada
      • Stood at the top of a mountain - NZ & Canada
      • Been up a volcano - Timanfaya, Lanzarote
      • Crossed a desert - Tunisia
      • Desert Caves - luna - Matmata Tunisia
      • Bought my first (and second) home
      • Passed my driving test
      • Harry Potter studios - London
      • Tower of London and London Bridge experience 
      • Jet boat experience - NZ
      • Seen a Giant Redwood up close
      • Been on a cruise - QM2 to New York
      • Flown solo - UK to NZ, Cyprus to UK
      • Fjords - NZ
      • Luge on a mountain top - Queenstown, NZ
      • Played in an orchestra 
      • Learned how to play an instrument - trombone / recorder
      • Seen a barracuda - Mexico - Cancun
      • Flown on the Dream Liner
      • Stood on Concorde
      • Seen a shark close up in the sea! Egypt
      • Seen underwater statues - Cancun, Mexico
      • Sunbathed on the roof of a building 
      • Get a tattoo
      • Barcelona City Break
      Pinterest Board - Bucket List Done

      My Wedding Wishlist

      Wedding Wishlist:

      • The dress
      • The shoes
      • Jewellery
      • Luggage
      • The rings
      • Suits
      • Honeymoon
      • Spa treatments

      My New Bucket List

      • Ride a horse across a beach
      • Write a novel
      • See The Northern Lights
      • Christmas in New York
      • Visit Thailand
      • Visit Niagara Falls
      • Visit a pink beach
      • Ride a Gondola
      • Watch the sunset across the sea with a glass of wine
      • Ride a Segway
      • Sit in a hot tub in winter
      • Visit the Eiffel Tower and Paris
      • Visit Cambodia
      • Go to Bora Bora
      • Try some watersports - Jet Ski
      • Visit Hawaii
      • Visit Iceland and the hot springs
      • Visit the Trevi Fountain and Rome
      • Visit Pompeii Italy
      • Go Zip Lining
      • Walk behind a waterfall
      • Try body boarding
      • Visit Santorini Greece
      • Go to the Maldives
      • See the Taj Mahal
      • Go on a sea swing
      • Visit the Caribbean
      • Go to the Mineral baths in Tuscany
      • Visit Amsterdam
      • Visit Bali
      • Visit South Africa
      • Visit a Fairytale village
      • Go to Vancouver
      • Visit Saltburn tramway, UK
      • Go the chocolate festival in Bruges, Belgium
      • Go to the airport and book a random flight
      • Shark cage experience
      • Have a walk in closet
      • Dine in an underwater restaurant
      • Visit a black beach
      • Learn how to do a cartwheel
      • Visit the glowworm caves in New Zealand
      • Ride and elephant
      • Go to Venice
      • Have a flat stomach
      • Experience zero gravity
      • Start regular running
      • Midnight baking
      • Go for an early morning stroll
      • Visit Vienna
      • Learn another language fluently
      • Own a place in the sun
      • Go on a theatre break
      • Try Skiing
      • Reach my goal weight
      • Swimming with sea turtles
      • Go the races
      • Stay in a log cabin
      • Pay off my mortgage early
      • Learn to scuba dive
      • Skinny dip :)
      • Get Married
      • Go on a round the world trip
      • Own an apartment in London
      • Formula One experience
      • Learn to ride a motorbike
      • Have a sailing lesson
      • Fly in a Chinook Helicopter
      • Wimbledon
      • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt 
      • Go whitewater rafting
      • Go camping / glamping
      • Visit Budapest
      • Own an apartment in Manchester
      • Have no money worries
      • Get a degree
      • Change career
      • Have a flying lesson
      • Go Swimming in the rain
      • Swim in a river / lake
      • Travel the world
      • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
      • Live and work abroad for a few months 
      • Be in a play or a film
      • Go to all the continents - 3 to go - Antarctica, Asia and South America 

      Make like the Seaside at home

      So the weather has been amazing this week in good old Blighty, but now, sadly, back to normal with rain and winds - in July!!

      Which got me to thinking - if we do happen to get another chance at summer, how can I recreate the seaside given that we live nowhere near it?

      Here is my plan to make our garden and home like being on a seaside break.

      1 - make a sand pit
      2 - get a paddling pool
      3 - get a cocktail kit
      4 - get some white fluffy towels
      5 - get some beach towels
      6 - pack a picnic
      7 - get some soft ice cream and cones
      8 - get the bbq out
      9 - get some sea shells
      10 - get a bucket and spade
      11 - get a vintage swimsuit
      12 - get some blackpool rock (doesn't have to be blackpool)
      13 - get some games - giant jenga, giant kerplunk, bat and ball
      14 - eat fish and chips in paper
      15 - get some deck chairs
      16 - make a "face in the hole" cardboard cut out of your choice!

      Now there are the ingredients so I just need to lay them out to make it like being away at the seaside.

      Obviously, once you have a sand pit, you can feel the sand between your bare toes and make sand castles! The paddling pool is clearly like dipping your toes in the sea - possibly a bit warmer though!

      Cocktails for the adults, alcohol free virgin cocktails for the kids. White fluffy towels for after you get showered - wherever you stay, the towels are always white and fluffy!

      Beach towels - of course. Plonk yourself down. Pack a picnic and eat Al Fresco. Ice cream in a cone - plus red sauce and sprinkles obvs. If in doubt, get the BBQ out - great if there are a load of you - bang on the burgers and the sausages, fry some onions - job done.

      Get some sea shells and listen to the sea. Bucket and spade are obligatory. Vintage swimsuit - the British seaside is not for bikinis. Get you chops around some sticky sweet seaside rock.

      Get silly with giant games, and make your own arcade games. For supper, fish and chips in paper is a must, with loads of vinegar, salt and pepper. Eat them sitting in a deck chair.

      Finally - get your face in the hole, get a picture snapped and you are almost certainly at the seaside!

      Acts I want to see or wish I had seen

      Acts I want to see / wish I had seen

      Oasis / Noel and Liam Gallagher
      Ed Sheeran
      Ellie Goulding
      Rihanna
      Beyonce
      Adele
      Maroon 5
      Elton John
      David Bowie
      Kylie

      Can you be thin and drink wine?

      So this is the thought I'm mulling over. You see - I even reference wine without meaning to! Mulled wine - mulling over? Even my sub conscious rambling mind harks back to the same point of reference!!

      Back to the point. Can you be thin and drink wine? For me, its my nemesis. I just can't seem to lose weight if I drink the vino. Worse still, it weakens my willpower and resolve and makes me want to eat more as well, so in my case drinking wine makes me fat.

      This is not good news. Not at all. But I do so enjoy a glass of wine as there is nothing quite like it. I don't smoke, never done drugs of any sort, don't really have any vices of any sort really other than over eating of course. Unless you count coffee as a vice, I'm pretty good. Except for my love of wine.

      I like whiskey, but I can take it or leave it. I like a lovely chilled pint of Peroni on a hot summer afternoon. But nothing gets me craving like le vino.

      Can I lose weight though if I indulge myself? Maybe once I reach goal I might be able to have a few and stay slim but for now I think the answer is a resounding nope, no sirree, not a chance.

      I'm therefore finishing the remains of the last bottle in the fridge and then its no wine for me for the foreseeable. At least until the next holiday - or maybe birthday!!

      I shall cherish the fruit of the vine this evening. I have to live off the memory for quite some time so I had better enjoy every sip!! :(

      I want rid of this tummy!!

      I've got this image in my head now of how I am going to look when I reach goal. That's a good thing.

      Its also frustrating me when I look at my tummy as I am totally impatient and I want it gone. I want rid of it sticking out when I'm losing weight and want to look and feel better.

      I'm sure it will go in time, but its my biggest body concern at the moment. I can't stand it. Probably largely because I look at it, and I can see all those things I've eaten and drunk and it makes me feel guilty.

      Once that's flattened out I will start to feel much more body confident. Bring on that day!!

      Learning Spanish recap - Colours

      Colours:
      • Pink - rosa
      • Silver - plata
      • Gold - oro
      • Blue - azul
      • White - blanco
      • Purple - púrpura
      • Brown - marrón
      • Green - verde

      What I'm Listening to this Week


      • Wild Thoughts - DJ Khaled & Rihanna
      • The Man - The Killers
      • Power - Little Mix
      • Slow Hands - Niall Horan
      • Mr Brightside - The Killers
      • Imagine Dragons - Thunder
      • Love is a Losing Game - Amy Winehouse
      • Sail - Awolnation
      • Bruno Mars - Locked out of Heaven
      • Chase and Status - End Credits

      Wednesday, 19 July 2017

      To spray tan or to not spray tan - that is the question....

      Off on my holiday in a couple of weeks. I am naturally very fair indeed, and I do not tan, I burn a bit - not hugely, so all in all I come home pretty much the same shade I went, no matter the weather.

      In the past, I have tried to tan - sunbeds were not for me, self tans - please - zebra stripes? Check. I have tried embracing my paleness to some success, but I have also tried spray tans. They seem to make me look healthy and more like I have a tan, but the problem is they fade.

      So I've decided to look at the pros and cons for having one or not having one.

      The advantages of having a spray tan:

      • a tan - obviously
      • healthy look
      • blend in with the tanned bods
      • limbs look slimmer
      • more flattering on my figure
      • feel more confident
      The disadvantages:
      • streaks
      • fake tan lines
      • getting whiter as the week goes on
      • patchy when it fades
      • how to try and touch it up mid week
      • the cost
      • scrubbing it off my feet
      • not being able to shower after having it done
      Hmm. Still undecided. What to do?


      Learning Spanish - 3 new words

      This week's learning:

      • drink - bebida
      • what - qué
      • lemon - limón
      and here is the rest:
      • garlic - ajo
      • forty - cuarenta
      • tree - árbol
      • teeth - dientes
      • father - padre
      • suncream - crema solar
      • 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

      Losing weight costs less

      I finally figured out another reason for sticking to this old weight loss plan of mine. When I am being healthy and on a diet, I eat less, and also, as a further incentive to stick to it, I eat healthier food - fruit, veg, wholegrains, that on the whole, work out much cheaper!!

      For example - when I am derailed from the path of the straight and narrow, I eat takeaways. Not every day, but even weekly, you are talking £20 - £30 for the two of us. I can do the whole weeks shopping for that, and that is only for one evening meal. Makes me think that it really isn't worth it for health reasons and financial.

      Another comparison - when I am being unhealthy, and not bothering to think about meals and planning, I often oft for quick and easy meals - I'm talking things you can zap in the microwave - microwave packets of rice for instance. They cost anywhere from £1 to £1.59 per pack for branded, or £0,60 for own brand. Compare that to boil in the bag brown rice - 4 packs for £0.80 or for dried rice you can get 1KG for about £1.50.

      Thats mainstream supermarket prices of course. If I go to the cheaper cost supermarkets, its cheaper still. It just means cooking from scratch rather than being quick, but we aren't talking hours of time.

      The other thing is that when I am dieting, my portion sizes shrink too. That means that not only is the food I buy cheaper, but I eat less of it, which makes it go further. I don't know why this hasn't occured to me before.

      Losing weight costs less than gaining it. Now, saving money is another factor it might just convince me to make the right choice and stick to my plan!!

      Good rewards v Bad Rewards

      Good rewards:
      • Haircut
      • Nails done 
      • Facial
      • Spa massage
      • Spa body treatment
      • Spray tan
      • Pedicure
      • Swarovski bracelet
      • Pandora charm
      • Eyebrow wax
      • Waxing
      • Spa Body Scrub
      • New Dress
      • New Shoes
      • Perfume
      • White gold earrings
      • Gig tickets
      • Lingerie
      • Cami set
      • Playsuit
      • Jumpsuit
      • Jeans
      Bad rewards (naughty naughty):
      • Chocolate
      • Wine
      • Cheesecake
      • Ice cream
      • Curry
      • Chinese take away
      • Pizza
      • Cheesy garlic bread
      • Chips and gravy
      • Chocolate fudge cake
      • Crisps
      • Cheese
      • Beer garden on a sunny day
      • Huge bag of popcorn and a film

      How to get fit and slim

      Here is my round up of how to get slim and fit:
      • Jogging - outdoors, no cost involved, and no excuses apart from the monsoon rain!! 
      • Gym - lots of cardio, fat burning - stepper, stair master, cross trainer
      • Running - gym treadmill - intervals - hills and sprints
      • Ab work - can't see them at the moment, but they need to be ready for their moment!!
      • Green Tea - can't stand it, but I will literally try anything right now!!
      • Fat metabolisers - yep. Cheat it - science like
      • Water - drink lots of the wet stuff. Its supposed to help!!
      • Grapefruit - apparently it helps burn fat. Likewise celery
      • Exercise first thing before eating anything - negative calories burned! 
      • Do squats. Every day. 
      • Weights - arms, chest and back will benefit, plus burns calories
      • Low carb - keep it low. 
      • High protein - focus on the proteins. 
      • Move more - walk everywhere rather than drive
      • Smaller portions - cut portions down by a third
      • cut out snacks - apart from fruit
      • 5 a day - make sure to stock up on the fruit and veg
      • 3 Day Diet - 3 days on, 2 days off. Ongoing
      • Swimming - whenever I get the chance - home or away
      • Cycling - get my bike out, get on it
      • Kettle Bells. Ultimate fat burning and toning
      • Dancing - anywhere, anytime
      • Zumba - get my DVD out and burn it!! 
      • Gym classes - worth a try I suppose
      • Squash - oh yeah - chance to hit something hard! 
      • Weight watchers - yes, I know. But it works for me!! 
      • Cut down / cut out the alcohol. How many calories does that glass of wine contain!! 
      • Choose healthy options, and no starters or desserts

      Places I want to go with the other half

      My other half is not as well travelled as am I, but there are places I have already been, and a lot I haven't been, that I want to go with him.

      I have decided to come up with a list of the places I want to enjoy with my soul mate. Here goes:

      • Bath 
      • York
      • New York
      • Las Vegas
      • Chicago
      • Banff, Canada
      • South Island, New Zealand
      • Southport
      • South of France
      • Venice
      • South Africa
      • Cape Verde
      • Italian Riviera
      • San Francisco
      • Budapest

      My Wedding - My Wishlist

      Wedding Wishlist:

      • The dress
      • The shoes
      • Jewellery
      • Luggage
      • The rings
      • Suits
      • Honeymoon
      • Spa treatments
      • The bikini body
      • Sparkly bling bikini
      • The nails

      My Travel Wishlist

      I want to go:
      • The Caribbean
      • Italy
      • Cuba
      • Med Cruise
      • Iceland
      • Denmark
      • Bruge
      • Switzerland
      • Australia
      • Hong Kong
      • Thailand
      • Peru
      • Brazil
      • Florida
      • New England
      • Chicago
      • Washington
      • Goa
      • Norway
      • Cape Verde


      Tuesday, 18 July 2017

      And now I've been invaded by ants!!!!!!!

      Now its ants. Again. Slight bit of warm weather and here they are again - uninvited!

      They put their first appearance in on Sunday and were blitzed with ant powder. I left it down yesterday, determined to be sure they had gone.

      Tonight, I hoovered up the ant powder and the dead-ants, dead-ants, dead-ants dead-ants dead-ants, dead-ants, deadaaaaants. (think pink panther music - sorry!).

      Literally, within seconds, the buggars were climbing out of the skirting again. Arghhh!!!!

      Out of ant powder, I ploughed down to B&Q (other hardware stores are available) only to find that the shelves were virtually stripped bare of ant powder. Is there an ant epidemic sweeping Staffordshire lately? It would appear so.

      Back to the house and they were rampaging everywhere. Ok, not exactly rampaging but they were crawling about up their corner in the hall. That's bad enough!!

      More powder down and the hall once again looks like an explosion in a talc factory. Seriously, is this how I have to spend August?? It looks like crime scene investigations have been in dusting for fingerprints!! Not happy.

      I also purchased an ant nest trap. Apparently it stops all ant activity in 3-6 days. I'm imagining swings and roundabouts, but I digress. The problem is that I don't want ants running around for 3-6 days, but neither do I want a hall full of powder.

      What I want is for the ants to buggar off back where they came from, which I have a sneaking suspicion might be under the front step. That's fine - stay under the step, do not come into the house.

      I need Gandalf - "You shall not pass!!"" I have nothing against ants per se, I just do not want them as house mates. This week has been a nightmare and its only Tuesday!! Nightmare. :(

      Today's exercise session

      • Biceps and triceps. 
        • 4 sets of 20 reps tricep dips. 
        • 4 sets of 20 hammer bicep curls. 
        • 4 sets of 20 tricep raises. 
        • 4 sets of 10 bar bicep curls. 
      • 79 skips with rope. 
      • 20 squats. 
      • 650 abs. 
      • 50 sumos. 
      • 50 kettle swings. 
      • 50 push ups. 
      • 50 triceps. 
      • 30 dog legs. 
      • 30 donkeys. 
      • 25 burpees. 
      • 50 star jumps. 
      • 22 squat jumps. 
      • 50 punches. 
      • 3 mile treadmill –run/jog. 
      • 21 inner leg pulse. 
      • 50 box burpees. 
      • 50 mountain climber. 
      • Double box knee ups – 18 per leg. 
      • 50 butt kicks. 
      • 50 knee lifts. 
      • 19 side kettle reach. 
      • 25 box jumps. 
      • 19 front kicks per leg. 
      • 35 armpit fat raises. 
      • 18 side to side lunge.
      • 4 plank walks   
      • 25 outer leg raise. 
      • 25 inner leg raise.  
      • 30 spotty dogs. 
      • 10 lunges per leg. 
      • 10 rotating side planks. 
      • 34 lateral jumps. 
      • 8 jumping lunges

      Are you a Kindle or Paperback?

      I used to love nothing better than to curl up with a good book, of the paperback variety. I was never into hard backs personally, but a paperback, with a cover you could turn back - wonderful.

      Then came the e-reader into my life. I didn't like it at first - I just couldn't get used to it. Then I learned the benefits. For the first time, half the weight of my hand luggage when I went on holiday used to be books. On average, I would get through 3-4 books in a week's holiday. That's  a lot of weight to carry. Plus if I changed my mind and wanted to read something else, more often than not I would end up buying another book at the airport.

      So I began to buy ebooks. That first holiday without a paperback felt strange. But then I got to love how much cheaper it was, and how many I could take away with me!! Plus, I never have to part with them and can read them again. Quite often, the old holiday read would be a tatty mess by the time it had been slung in a bag, covered in sand and sun cream and splashed with water!!

      No, the kindle had reigned supreme eventually and now, I never look back. I love the freedom, the choice, the longevity of it. I read even more than ever, the only thing that stops me is when the battery dies on me. However, I now have a nifty solution in the form a pebble which can power it up for an extra hour or two. Fabulous.

      So are you a kindle person or a paperback?


      Staying in is the new going out :)

      Its the weekend, and in my younger days that would mean going out in my lunch break to buy a new top / dress/ trousers / shoes etc.. ready for my night out.

      As I got into my late 20's, it would be more about the accessories - the jewellery, the bags, the make up, that red lipstick. As I approached 30, it felt like I was going to every do, every night out, and I partied partied, partayed let me tell you!!

      I turned 30, and I still went on work do's, I still went out with the girls. Then as I got into my mid 30's I got a bit bored of it. I was well into my relationship with my now fiance, but it wasn't even about that.

      The whole thing just got, well, boring. I got sick of spending money on clothes, spending money on taxi's, spending money on expensive clubs and expensive drinks and waking up with the mother of all hangovers every weekend. The inevitable late night take aways, and the junk food cravings the day after.

      The other half was still wanting to go and watch local bands, go to the town for a night out, and he's older than me!! I just wanted to go somewhere with a good atmosphere, somewhere to sit, and the volume at a level where conversation was still possible.

      Fast forward to 40. Now, me and the other half are agree that staying in is the new going out. We actively look forward to our nights in. The weather can be hot or cold, the nights light or dark, and whilst we still enjoy a night out, its to go for a meal somewhere lovely or a drink in a nice place.

      We like to be comfortable us two, and for us, a night in together watching box sets and having a drink without the worry of taxi's and queuing to us is fabulous.

      Mums Wine HQ: Spontex Mop review and giveaway

      Mums Wine HQ: Spontex Mop review and giveaway: I have three storeys to my house all having some kind of laminate, lino or wooden flooring so lugging the mop and bucket around every time i...

      Fairy Hunting


      We live not to far away from a place called Trentham Gardens. We regularly go walking there as it is beautiful. Earlier this year, they scattered a few beautiful fairy sculptures around its grounds. So we went Fairy Hunting. 


      It was a beautiful day, with perfect blue skies, so the fairies looked amazing, sparkling in the sun light and twinkling against the blue. 


      There were fairies in the trees, fairies peering over fences. 


      Then there were the dare devil fairies, dangling precariously from overheard suspension cables! 


      Then there were the attention seekers - the "look at me" ones that were just plain posing. 


      All of them absolutely beautiful. I was mesmerised by them. Despite being a grown up, there is something in these sculptures that made me believe in magic again. Its good to have a bit of magic in your life, and growing up is way overrated anyway. I recommend Fairy Hunting x

      What I'm Watching This Week


      • Love Island. Totally addicted to the shenanigans - its really fascinating. Not to mention envying how they can look so good in a bikini - one day! Its so dramatic watching them argue and try to work things out. I don't like Amber - thoroughly fake. I like Gabby and Mars, but Chris and Olivia - nope. Not convinced. Camilla - I really thought Craig was the one for her and she binned him off. I do get confused by the language - for instance - what is a melt? Anyone? Fun in the sun - love it! 

      • Big Brother. I think this year's housemates are hilarious. Joe the grumpy buggar, Chanelle - loud and proud, Ellie - falls for any male within a mile radius, Isabelle - orange or what! Crikey. These lot can start an argument with their reflection but its fun watching if you can stand the shouting! 

      • Emmerdale. OMG - it was Pierce's mum stalking Rhona. She so has to go through with the court case - he needs to go down. Emma Barton meanwhile is terrorising poor Arthur - she's just such a baddy! Loving the ongoing love life disasters of Charity, but so glad Cain and Harriet are out as a couple. I think its brilliant !

      • A Place in the Sun. Still obsessed with this program. This week I've watched an episode where they wanted to buy in Gran Canaria which is where I want a place in the future. Jealous much? Its amazing whats out there though if you know where to look for a bargain! Love it.