Saturday, 30 June 2018

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Weekly Motivation - Control what you can control


In life, there are things you can control and there are things that you cannot control. I have come to the conclusion, that when it comes to my life, I'm only going to concern myself with the things I can control. 

I can control what I eat, what I drink, how much sleep I get and how much I exercise. If I want to succeed and get to my goal weight, as well as being healthy and in as good a shape as I can be, then I need to exercise self discipline and control the things I can control. 

That means as well as eating the right things, it means choosing to control the portion sizes, what goes on my plate and in my mouth, the time I eat it and where I eat it. I don't need to be concerned with what everyone around me is going - I can't control their choices, only mine. I can make the right choices, because its within my control. 

It means choosing to go to the gym, or go for a run, instead of choosing to lie in bed or make excuses not to go. Its something I can control. No-one can make me go, no-one can stop me from going - its my choice. I can measure my food and drinks, and be honest with myself. 

I can't control the weather, or if my car breaks down, but it doesn't have to mean I give up. I can control what I can control and I am going to believe me. If my other half doesn't want to get up and come with me - guess what - its his choice. I am not going to be influenced any longer by the things I can't control. 

I can control the housework, the things I do with my time, the places I go, the things I say and how I treat others. Those things are up to me. I can't control the news, or what is happening in the world. I can't control illness, or disasters, or accidents. I can't control what other people do or say, or how they might feel or not feel. 

When it comes to my life, I can control who I spend my time with, I can choose what I wear, I can control how I treat myself. I can control the products I use, the holidays I take, the way I drive my car, the way I present myself. Sure I can work on the things I am not good at, and get better at the things I enjoy, those things I can control. I can't control how much things cost, I can't change my height, or my easily burnt skin. But I can control what I spend, on what, and how much I take care of myself. 

If I can't control it, then I'm not going to worry about it any more. I am going to control what I can control and spend my time focused on the things that matter to me. I am going to choose that skinny latte, and that low cal ricecake - I can control that. That is my motivation for this week. 

My Single of the Week - Selena Gomez - Back to You

My new Single of the Week is from the very lovely Selena Gomez with her new single 'Back to You'.

As I'm sure most people are aware, Selena Gomez is an American singer, yes, she that used to date The Bieber, but lets not hold that against her. At just 25 years old, Selena has the sort of international fame that means she literally is recognised everywhere, whether for her looks or her voice.

Selena is actually from Texas, and got one of her first breaks appearing on the Disney Channel in the show that made Miley Cyrus famous - Hannah Montana. She released her first solo music in 2012, and has also continued with her acting work.

Back to the single - its actually from a soundtrack to a program called 13 Reasons Why. Its a really catchy song, and her breathy delicate vocals suit the melody and the lyrics perfectly. Its pop but funky, dancy but more acoustic, a little bit country, a little bit street. Its just lovely, but it also makes you feel something - thats the magic of a great song.

The video to the song is interesting too - Selena sings the lyrics over images of her and a bad boy getting up to all sorts of mischief - not least stealing a car! Shocking. But its all in lovely retro colours, and Selena herself looks vintage and pretty. Its striking, and its funky.

The lines 'I wanna hold you when I'm not supposed to, when i'm lying close to someone else, you're stuck in my head and I can't get you out of it, If I could do it all again, I know I'd go back to you' are all sung, pretty much without pause, all running in a long lyrical sentence that falls and rises in such an appealing entrancing way. I had the lines running through my head for hours after hearing the song just once - its that catchy.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of The Disney "output" as often, the songs tend to be similar in style, and her previous songs, whilst I haven't hated them, I haven't really felt much for either way. This one though, somehow sounds more sensual, more mature and to my liking, suits her vocally much better. I do have the utmost respect for Selena on a personal level, as she has faced her battles for someone so young. With this song, she has a new fan musically too.

If you've not heard this one yet, go check it out and let me know what you think. I love it, I hope you will too. If you have a craving for more music stuff, you can find all my previous choices and more over at My Music page - just click here. :)

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So many books, so little time: Stephen King themed giveaway

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Places we Want to go in 2018

Places we want to go in 2018
  • York
  • Lake District
  • Liverpool
  • New York
  • West End Show in London
  • Cornwall
  • Nottingham
  • Gran Canaria 
  • Eden Project
  • Spa break
  • Indoor Skydiving
  • White water rafting

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What I'm Watching this Week


  • Corrie. OMG. I knew Eva's secret would likely come out eventually, but flippin heck that was one hell of a shock. Such a tragic storyline. Corrie as ever, just brilliant. So many inter-connecting stories happening - awful Alya taking over the factory, Johnny and Liz and Jenny love triangle. My money is on Carla and Peter reconciling somehow. Great stuff on the cobbles this week. 

  • Love Island. Current series and back catalogue of boxsets. Current series first - now lets first discuss Adam. What an awful human being - first he hurts Kendall for Rosie, now he's hurt Rosie for the next new girl. Said new girl looks a bit like Kelly Brook, but that is no excuse. Rosie, quite understandably, asks Adam for a word, and he goes in on her telling her not to nod at him - I mean is this guy actually for real? Rosie proceeds to get upset, again, understandably, whist Adam literally could not care less, and looks smug as you like. Then there is Eeyal - lordy that boy is just a snakey snake, and as spiritual as my trainers. What a bunch. The old boxsets are equally bonkers - quality! 

  • Emmerdale. The whole Lachlan the serial killer story is just so intense - he really needs to get his come uppance - poor Doug copping the blame. As soap couples go, Chaz and Paddy are just the best so its so distressing to watch the sad story of their poor tragic baby unfold. Heartbreaking stuff. Meanwhile Debbie and Joe Tate continue their relationship in spite of everyone being against it. Tense stuff this week. 

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National Months - June

June is all about long days and sunshine, but its also the national month of:
  • Gay Pride Month

  • MND Awareness Month (Motor Neurone) 
  • Candy Month
  • Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month
  • Rose Month

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Day Five of my 30 Day Beach Body Challenge

Day Five:

  • 100 High Knees
  • 75 Russian Twists


Day Four:

  • 200 Crunches
  • 100 Skater Slides


Day Three:

  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 Kick Down Crunches


Day Two:
  • 100 Bicycle crunches
  • 2 x 30 second planks
Day One
  • 2 x 60 second planks
  • 50 crunches

National Days for June - Today is National Meteor Day

  • 30th June - Meteor Day
  • 29th June - Cream Tea Day
  • 28th June - Body Piercing Day
  • 27th June - Sunglasses Day
  • 26th June - Tropical Cocktails Day

  • 25th June -Global Smurfs Day
  • 24th June - Celebration of the Senses Day
  • 23rd June - Let it Go Day
  • 22nd June - Chocolate Eclair Day
  • 21st June - National Selfie Day
  • 20th June - World Productivity Day
  • 19th June - Martini Day

  • 18th June - Splurge Day
  • 17th June - Eat Your Vegetables Day
  • 16th June - Fudge Day
  • 15th June - National Flip Flop Day

  • 14th June - Bourbon Day 
  • 13th June - Weed Your Garden Day

  • 12th June - Superman Day
  • 11th June - Making Life Beautiful Day
  • 10th June - Iced Tea Day
  • 9th June - Donald Duck Day
  • 8th June - Best Friends Day
  • 7th June - Chocolate Ice Cream Day

  • 6th June - Drive-In Movie Day
  • 5th June - National Veggie Burgers Day
  • 4th June - Cheese Day
  • 3rd June - Wonder Woman Day
  • 2nd June - Rocky Road Day
  • 1st June - National Nail Polish Day

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

Here is this week's learning:
  • anniversary - aniversario
  • sapphire - zafiro
  • socks - calcetines
And the rest:

  • toffee - caramelo
  • tweezers - las pinzas
  • pork - cerdo
  • blood - sangre
  • starter - entrada
  • thirteen - trece
  • bald - calvo
  • sad - triste
  • see you tomorrow - Hasta mañana
  • butterfly - la mariposa
  • over there - Por ahí
  • I don't like it - no me gusta
  • snore - ronquido
  • window - ventana
  • nevermind - no importa
  • blueberry - arándano
  • toilet paper - Papel de baño
  • milkshake - batido
  • to the right - A la derecha
  • I understand - entiendo
  • weekend - el fin de semana
  • where are you from? - de donde eres
  • scrambled - Revueltos
  • ticket - boleto
  • snake - serpiente
  • the sky is clear - El cielo esta despajado
  • sixty - sesenta
  • banana - plátano
  • slow - lento
  • city - ciudad
  • avocado - aguacate
  • sky - cielo
  • sunset - puesta de sol
  • how are you - cómo estás
  • to the left - A la izquierda
  • knee - rodilla
  • sugar free - Sin azúcar
  • shave - afeitado
  • bacon - tocino
  • anything else? - Algo más?
  • twelve - doce
  • baked beans - alubias
  • promise - promesa
  • wrong - incorrecto
  • airport - aeropuerto
  • brunette - morena
  • and you - y tu?
  • smoke - fumar
  • Balcony - balcón
  • room - el cuarto
  • scissors - tijeras
  • lost - perdió
  • nails - uñas
  • street - calle
  • sugar - el azúcar
  • port - puerto
  • a bit more - Un poco más 
  • bad weather - mal tiempo
  • salt - sal
  • nice breeze - buena brisa
  • ankle - tobillo
  • closed - cerrado
  • late - tarde
  • exit - salida
  • soon - pronto
  • yes - si
  • eleven - once
  • toast - pan tostado
  • egg - huevo
  • Congratulations - felicitaciones
  • shampoo - champú
  • cinema - cine
  • noisy - ruidoso
  • storm - tormenta
  • necklace - collar
  • blister - ampolla
  • lighthouse - faro
  • hundred - cien
  • olives - aceitunas
  • pharmacy - farmacia
  • number - número
  • zero - cero
  • thankyou very much - muchas gracias
  • bracelet - pulsera
  • bruise - moretón
  • shark - tiburón
  • stupid - estúpido
  • skewer - brocheta
  • next week - la próxima semana
  • stairs - escalera
  • nice to meet you - Encantada de conocerte
  • jellyfish - la medusa
  • skin - piel
  • nap - siesta
  • meat - carne
  • shirt - camisa
  • pineapple - piña
  • knickers - bragas
  • live music - música en vivo
  • boarding - embarque
  • next - siguiente
  • roasted - asado
  • strong - fuerte
  • bank - el banco
  • noodles - tallarines
  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • mushroom - seta
  • I'm fine - Estoy bien
  • seashell - concha
  • biscuit - la galleta
  • open - abierto
  • a table for two - mesa para dos
  • ham - jamon
  • yellow - amarillo
  • married - casado
  • river - río
  • charmed - encantado
  • apple - manzana
  • name - nombre
  • red - rojo
  • sausage - salchicha
  • nice - bonito
  • orange - naranja
  • restaurant - restaurante
  • read - leer
  • salad - ensalada
  • leaving - dejando
  • nuts - nueces
  • grey - gris
  • dinner - cena
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • mother - madre
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
  • friend - amigo
  • thunder - trueno
  • why - por qué
  • thigh - muslo
  • donkey - burro
  • warm - calentar
  • 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 Cocktails

  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • Margarita
  • Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Black Russian
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Vodka Martini
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Champagne Cocktail
  • Mojito
  • Manhattan

Friday, 29 June 2018

My Top 10 Noodles

  • Beef in Black Bean noodles
  • Sweet and Sour chicken noodles
  • Spicy vegetable noodles
  • Garlic chicken and sesame noodles
  • Spicy mushroom noodles
  • Thai chicken noodles
  • Firecracker chicken noodles
  • Shredded chilli beef noodles
  • Chicken schezwan noodles
  • Ramen noodle salad

Day Four of my 30 Day Beach Body Challenge

Day Four:

  • 200 Crunches
  • 100 Skater Slides


Day Three:

  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 Kick Down Crunches


Day Two:
  • 100 Bicycle crunches
  • 2 x 30 second planks
Day One
  • 2 x 60 second planks
  • 50 crunches

National Days for June - Today is National Cream Tea Day

  • 29th June - Cream Tea Day
  • 28th June - Body Piercing Day
  • 27th June - Sunglasses Day
  • 26th June - Tropical Cocktails Day

  • 25th June -Global Smurfs Day
  • 24th June - Celebration of the Senses Day
  • 23rd June - Let it Go Day
  • 22nd June - Chocolate Eclair Day
  • 21st June - National Selfie Day
  • 20th June - World Productivity Day
  • 19th June - Martini Day

  • 18th June - Splurge Day
  • 17th June - Eat Your Vegetables Day
  • 16th June - Fudge Day
  • 15th June - National Flip Flop Day

  • 14th June - Bourbon Day 
  • 13th June - Weed Your Garden Day

  • 12th June - Superman Day
  • 11th June - Making Life Beautiful Day
  • 10th June - Iced Tea Day
  • 9th June - Donald Duck Day
  • 8th June - Best Friends Day
  • 7th June - Chocolate Ice Cream Day

  • 6th June - Drive-In Movie Day
  • 5th June - National Veggie Burgers Day
  • 4th June - Cheese Day
  • 3rd June - Wonder Woman Day
  • 2nd June - Rocky Road Day
  • 1st June - National Nail Polish Day

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Day Three of My 30 Day Beach Body Challenge

Day Three:

  • 50 Burpees
  • 50 Kick Down Crunches


Day Two:
  • 100 Bicycle crunches
  • 2 x 30 second planks
Day One
  • 2 x 60 second planks
  • 50 crunches

National Days for June - Today is International Body Piercing Day

  • 28th June - Body Piercing Day
  • 27th June - Sunglasses Day
  • 26th June - Tropical Cocktails Day

  • 25th June -Global Smurfs Day
  • 24th June - Celebration of the Senses Day
  • 23rd June - Let it Go Day
  • 22nd June - Chocolate Eclair Day
  • 21st June - National Selfie Day
  • 20th June - World Productivity Day
  • 19th June - Martini Day

  • 18th June - Splurge Day
  • 17th June - Eat Your Vegetables Day
  • 16th June - Fudge Day
  • 15th June - National Flip Flop Day

  • 14th June - Bourbon Day 
  • 13th June - Weed Your Garden Day

  • 12th June - Superman Day
  • 11th June - Making Life Beautiful Day
  • 10th June - Iced Tea Day
  • 9th June - Donald Duck Day
  • 8th June - Best Friends Day
  • 7th June - Chocolate Ice Cream Day

  • 6th June - Drive-In Movie Day
  • 5th June - National Veggie Burgers Day
  • 4th June - Cheese Day
  • 3rd June - Wonder Woman Day
  • 2nd June - Rocky Road Day
  • 1st June - National Nail Polish Day

My Top 10 Chicken Dishes

  • Chicken Kiev 
  • Piri Piri Chicken
  • Red Thai Chicken Curry
  • Satay Chicken
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Chicken Tikka Massalla
  • Cajun Chicken
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Chicken in White Wine Sauce
  • Chicken Breast Burger

I'm Not Losing Weight - I Know Exactly Where its Gone

I have always aimed to lose weight. That has been a long term goal of mine for as long as I can actually remember. But then I got thinking - am I losing weight? Did I suddenly forget where I put it? Or wonder where it was hiding? Its a ridiculous term when you think about it really.

I haven't mislaid it - every pound I have lost, I have worked for. I have burned it, I have melted it to oblivion, its been obliterated - it is no more! I know exactly where it has gone - its gone, in the same way as the diesel in my car is gone after a long drive.

I've realised that the saying I have lost weight, or that I am losing weight, has quite a lot of negative connotations, so I am reframing my thinking on this issue. I shall no longer say I want to lose weight, but saying that kind of implies I might someday "find" that lost weight again. That's what happens to things you lose - sometimes you find them and I have absolutely no intention of finding these pounds again, not ever!

From this point forward, I am going to say that I want to get rid of the fat, the pounds, the weight. I want to reach goal weight by getting rid of the extra weight I am carrying - there shall be no more talk of losing weight. I am not losing weight, I am slimming down, I am becoming, each day, a better version of me, for me.

I shall say I want to reward my body by exercising it, instead of treating exercise as a punishment. My body may not be what I want it to be but whose fault is that ? Mine of course. But punishment doesn't work for me - rewards do. I need to reconsider the way I view my exercise, and see it as a treat, a challenge, a positive thing.

I may not be the slimmest, the fastest, the strongest, but I am there, giving it my all and that is all I can ask. The only bad workout is the ones I miss. I'm tired of starting again, so this time, I am not going to give up.


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Not Feeling Motivated - Lost my Mojo somewhere.....

I have lost a considerable amount of weight since embarking on my latest get fit, get healthy, lose weight attempt. I have lost over 2 and a half stone, to be exact. On Saturday, I felt like I was getting somewhere, I felt slimmer, flatter, trimmer. Fast forward to today and suddenly I feel immensely tired, bloated, overweight and uncomfortable.


I go to bootcamp on Sunday morning, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, which in this heat has been even more intense. As well as that, I have been going to the gym 2-3 times per week, making 5-6 workouts all together. Plus doing ab work and resistance at home, and loads of walking.

So what is going on? Its so hard to stay motivated, to keep going, but what is the alternative? Frankly and simply put - there is none. If I give up, I go right back to the start. If I keep going - there is a chance I will get my mojo back, and feel like its working again.

Right now, I'm having this sort of internal argument with myself that goes something like this - "I don't want to exercise - I have to exercise". " I want to eat crisps - no I am not eating crisps". "Its not fair" - "I need to work harder". On it goes.

Why do some weeks just seem more challenging than others? Why do some weeks feel like I'm gaining weight instead of losing it? So frustrating, but I know I'm not alone in this battle. I just need to work out how to ride it out until my will power puts in an appearance again!!

The ultimate body - my role models and inspirations

These are the women who I want to not so much look like, but have certain aspects I admire. It might be great legs, or washboard abs, or maybe just their positive attitude and determination. Here are my Top 10 female role models:

  • Angelina Jolie
  • Davina Mccall
  • Charlize Theron
  • Salma Hayek
  • Raquel Welch
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Christina Hendricks
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Kelly Brook
  • Lucy Pargeter

Day Two of My Beach Body Challenge

Day Two:

  • 100 Bicycle crunches
  • 2 x 30 second planks

National Days for June - Today is National Sunglasses Day

  • 27th June - Sunglasses Day
  • 26th June - Tropical Cocktails Day

  • 25th June -Global Smurfs Day
  • 24th June - Celebration of the Senses Day
  • 23rd June - Let it Go Day
  • 22nd June - Chocolate Eclair Day
  • 21st June - National Selfie Day
  • 20th June - World Productivity Day
  • 19th June - Martini Day

  • 18th June - Splurge Day
  • 17th June - Eat Your Vegetables Day
  • 16th June - Fudge Day
  • 15th June - National Flip Flop Day

  • 14th June - Bourbon Day 
  • 13th June - Weed Your Garden Day

  • 12th June - Superman Day
  • 11th June - Making Life Beautiful Day
  • 10th June - Iced Tea Day
  • 9th June - Donald Duck Day
  • 8th June - Best Friends Day
  • 7th June - Chocolate Ice Cream Day

  • 6th June - Drive-In Movie Day
  • 5th June - National Veggie Burgers Day
  • 4th June - Cheese Day
  • 3rd June - Wonder Woman Day
  • 2nd June - Rocky Road Day
  • 1st June - National Nail Polish Day

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Blog Anniversary Giveaways - Win Over £600 Worth of Goods | The Frenchie Mummy

Blog Anniversary Giveaways - Win Over £600 Worth of Goods | The Frenchie Mummy: Bonjour lecteurs! I hope you had a great Bank Holiday Weekend? It was lush for the Frenchie family. Indeed, we

National Weeks in June - this week is the National Rose Festival


  • National Gardening Week - first full week of June

  • Fishing Week - Week 1
  • Email Week - Week 2
  • Lightning Safety Week - last full week of June
  • National Picnic Week - 15th June
  • Food Safety Week - 6-12th June
  • British Heart Week - 7-13th June
  • Diabetes Week - 12-18th June
  • Recycle Week - 18-24th June
  • National Rose Festival - 24th June - 1st July

My Top 10 cars

  • Audi TT quattro
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Range Rover Sport
  • BMW i8
  • Porsche Panamera
  • Vauxhall Astra
  • Mercedes AMG 
  • Hummer
  • Exp 10 Speed 6 Concept
  • Aston martin db9

My Beach Body Challenge starts today - Day 1

Day 1 of my Beach Body Challenge:

  • 2 x 60 second planks
  • 50 crunches
What does tomorrow hold? 
  • 100 Bicycle crunches
  • 2 x 30 second planks
I got this!! 

My Top 10 Cheese

  • Mature Cheddar
  • Double Gloucester
  • Wensleydale & Cranberry
  • Feta
  • Brie
  • Blue Stilton
  • Austrian Smoked Cheese
  • Marmite Cheddar
  • Creamy Lancashire
  • Mexican spicy cheddar

National Days for June - Today is National Tropical Cocktails Day

  • 26th June - Tropical Cocktails Day

  • 25th June -Global Smurfs Day
  • 24th June - Celebration of the Senses Day
  • 23rd June - Let it Go Day
  • 22nd June - Chocolate Eclair Day
  • 21st June - National Selfie Day
  • 20th June - World Productivity Day
  • 19th June - Martini Day

  • 18th June - Splurge Day
  • 17th June - Eat Your Vegetables Day
  • 16th June - Fudge Day
  • 15th June - National Flip Flop Day

  • 14th June - Bourbon Day 
  • 13th June - Weed Your Garden Day

  • 12th June - Superman Day
  • 11th June - Making Life Beautiful Day
  • 10th June - Iced Tea Day
  • 9th June - Donald Duck Day
  • 8th June - Best Friends Day
  • 7th June - Chocolate Ice Cream Day

  • 6th June - Drive-In Movie Day
  • 5th June - National Veggie Burgers Day
  • 4th June - Cheese Day
  • 3rd June - Wonder Woman Day
  • 2nd June - Rocky Road Day
  • 1st June - National Nail Polish Day

Blog Anniversary Giveaways – Win a Petiotes Picnic Blanket Worth £49

Blog Anniversary Giveaways – Win a Petiotes Picnic Blanket Worth £49: Bonjour lecteurs! I am so happy to feature Petiotes on the blog today. It is a fab giveaway including a

Monday, 25 June 2018

My Mumboss Book Launch Party + Royal Garden Hotel Competition

My Mumboss Book Launch Party + Royal Garden Hotel Competition: My London Mumboss Book Launch Party + Royal Garden Hotel Competition. Read about Vicki Psarias' special day and evening to celebrate the launch of her debut book.

I want to be like this again !!!




Mexico 2016




Marrakech 2015




Tunisia August 2014


Tunisia 2014

 
May 2014 - Gran Canaria


Menorca 2013


Menorca 2013

My Perfect Packing List

I do not travel light...


After many years of travelling, I think I have just about perfected the perfect packing list to make sure I am prepared for anything!!

Here it is:

  • Beach towel (if self catering)
  • Towel pegs (great invention to keep your towel on your sunbed!)
  • Sun cream (absolute must)
  • Body butter / after sun
  • Socks, pants, bras
  • Assorted bikinis - some suitable for water parks or jumping in the sea - supportive ones!
  • 2 x sarong
  • 2 x kaftans - one black, one white
  • Flip flops for around the pool and in the room
  • Walking shoes for beach and waterproof
  • Evening shoes - 1 x kitten heels, 1 x pumps, 1 x posh flat sandals
  • 2 x shorts for day
  • 1 x skirt for day
  • 6 assorted vest tops for day
  • Deodorant and mini body spray
  • Hair brush and tangle teezer
  • Hair bobbles and clips
  • Make up kit, including bronzer and one shade darker than usual
  • Nail polish and remover pads
  • Make up remover wipes, cleanser and toner
  • Eye cream, moisturiser and tinted moisturiser
  • Cotton buds and pads
  • Plasters, insect bite cream, savlon, eye drops
  • Probiotics, energy effervescent, aspirin, gaviscon, dioralyte
  • Toothpaste mini, mouthwash mini, toothbrush
  • Body wash, shampoo, conditioner, soap, razor, body scrub
  • Evening outfits - incl 1 x smart trousers / black jeans, dresses and skirts
  • Evening cover ups (in case the temperature drops or you have too much sun!)
  • Power brick for wires and travel plugs
  • Separate purse for currency (less confusing, just stick English one in the safe)
  • Evening bag, beach bag, backpack for hand luggage and for walking
  • Folder for passports and tickets and insurance paperwork
  • Playing cards, notepad and pen
  • Sunglasses x 3 pairs - best ones, day time ones
  • Cami set for night time - cool and loose
  • Hats - baseball hat, floppy hat - nothing worse than a burnt head!
  • Hair dryer, straighteners, hair serum mini
  • Warm fleece - for the return journey
  • Clothes for the return journey 
Now, obviously this is for warmer climes - but still good to be prepared even when heading somewhere hot! Socks, cover ups, you never know - best to have them and not need them. I always come in around 18-20KG on my packing, depending on what clothes I decide on, but that's easy to reduce if need be. 

I've learned over the years what I need, what I don't and what comes in mighty handy :) 

Life's a beach - Canary Style

4 years ago we went on holiday to Gran Canaria for the first time. We went again in April last year.  Right now I'm so wishing I was there. Here is me looking out from our balcony at the beautiful beach at San Augustin:



It really was a beautiful place. I would definitely recommend the Canaries. I've been to most of the islands now - Fuerteventua and also Lanzarote. I want to go to Tenerife as the idea of a black sand beach sounds exciting, but GC has my heart. 

Gran Canaria has everything - blue seas, beautiful beaches, sand dunes, night life, shopping, boat trips, gorgeous food and good drinks. I absolutely love the place. Four times we have been now. I'm just reminiscing about that gorgeous beach. 

I wish I could be there now.