Sunday, 31 March 2019

Make like the Seaside at home

So its March almost gone, but still some sunshine to be had. Sadly not the summer days we imagine at the seaside though.

Which got me to thinking - if we do happen to get another chance at sunny days, 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!

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I am a Yo-Yo dieter

Where I was:

                    Jubilee Party 2012                                                     Tunisia 2008


Cairo 2007


Sharm El Sheikh 2006

Where I am now (ish):




Fuerteventura 2017




Lanzarote 2016





Marrakech 2015




Tunisia August 2014


Tunisia 2014

 
May 2014 - Gran Canaria


Menorca 2013


Menorca 2013



Where I want to be:

Goal weight - the diet has begun :) (Again!)

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Toys on their holidays!

Every time we go on holiday, we take our toys. G takes a different one each time. 


Where as for me, it is always Boofle. Here he is having a pint :


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Best Afternoon Movies to Watch

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • The Full Monty
  • Jurassic Park (any or all of them!)
  • Harry Potter (first 4, the later ones better for evening)
  • Notting Hill
  • Ghostbusters (either)
  • Superman 1,2 or 3 originals
  • Bridget Jones - the first one
  • Pretty Woman
  • The Truman Show

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Step away from the cake - just say no :)

Let them eat cake

It's so hard when they look so good!! Carrots just do not have the same appeal sadly :( 

Great Drama's

Drama

ARGO
Captain Phillips
Chasing Mavericks
Flight
HIDE AWAY
Hitchcock
Silver Lining Playbook
The Life of Pi

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Thursday, 28 March 2019

Contemplating Botox.....

I had my haircut recently, and alarmingly, as a result of my fringe being cut, I could once again see my frown line. Its right between my eyebrows and goes straight up like an exclamation mark going "attention me" "attention me".

Its doing my head in. It makes me so self conscious. I am therefore contemplating botox or some sort of treatment to try and get rid of it or at least stop it getting worse.

I am 41, so its normal to have a few lines, and overall I haven't had too much of an issue with ageing. This furrowed brow though is another issue altogether, and I want to do something about it.

My concern is that it will go wrong, or it will make my eyes look droopy. Or it will react, or it will just hurt too much!!

I don't like needles anyway, but I can't think what else to do. My holiday pics this time really show the furrow line and I'm really bothered by it.

So, I need to research. Have you had botox yourself? Let me know, as need to do some research on this before jumping in.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

My Dream Jobs

If I was ever to change career, here are my top 10 dream jobs:
  • Freelance writer
  • Novelist
  • Photographer
  • Designer
  • Furniture maker
  • Storage Hunter
  • Salvage Hunter
  • Cake Shop Owner
  • Travel journalist
  • Interior Designer

Taylor Swift Live - Part IV - Look Back


Then it was time for the green goddess and a bit of Shake it Off!!




Finally it was time to say goodbye. 


Bye bye Taylor xx

Taylor Swift Live - Part III Looking Back





We went from sparkly and shiny, to leather and rock n roll. 




Taylor Swift Live - Looking Back Part II

Taylor Swift was amazing. Never more so that when the whole stadium lit up. We were given these white plastic cuffs to wear. I had no idea that this would happen:





It was absolutely beautiful. 

Taylor Swift Live - Looking Back Part 1

In 2015 we headed off to see Taylor Swift. It wouldn't have been my first choice if I'm being honest. She does do a good tune, but I am the wrong side of 20, therefore probably not her target audience.

However, the stepdaughter wanted to go, so off we all toddled. I can honestly say, she was fab!!



She changed costume so many times!!



I am not ashamed to say I knew quite a few more of her songs that I had thought!! It was fun :) 

Learning Spanish Recap - Months

Months:
  • January - enero
  • February - febrero
  • March - marzo
  • April - abril
  • May - mayo
  • June - junio
  • July - julio
  • August - agosto
  • September - septiembre
  • October - octubre
  • November - noviembre
  • December - diciembre

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

New Year Resolution Number 3 - Get Fit and lose weight

Number 3 then and it is to get fit and lose weight. I always make a resolution to lose weight and some years I do better than others. This year I mean business.

I think its fair to say it usually takes me until about end of Jan / early Feb before I make any significant effort on this front but this year, I am already in the planning stage and that makes a serious difference. I usually don't even want to think about it yet.

I want to lose weight, but more than that I want to get fit and in shape. Not just lighter but more toned up. To get that flat middle I have always wanted. To get those toned pins fit for the beach. Summer bodies are made in winter. Winter for me usually means eating and drinking like I'm about to hibernate.

Not this year!!!

New Year Resolution Number 2 - Get out of Debt

Number 2 on the list for this year is to get out of debt. Post Christmas is always a bit bleak on the old financial front, as its a time of post indulgence and over spending, but I knew before Christmas that the plastic needs to be flexed a little less moving forward.

So my resolution number 2 is to get debt free. My plan includes saving money where I can, in order to minimise my outgoings. Things like turning the heating down a little, turning lights off, closing doors, not having windows open when the heating is on - all of those things.

Then to look where I can actually cut spending - down branding on some items, eating whats in the freezer for a little while to save on buying fresh, to diet so I am eating and drinking less and hence spending less. All those savings add up.

On their own though, they won't get me out of debt. They will just stop it getting worse. No - I need to earn more and maximise my income. To that end, I have already got a new job starting monday, so that will help. Then there is comping, doing online surveys, looking for another job, selling what I don't want.

I am going to succeed. #Resolution number 2.

New Year Resolution - Number 1 - Learn Spanish

Last year,  I made a start at learning Spanish. This year I want to actually start to speak it properly - I know a few words now, but I need sentences, conversation - general stuff. So that when I'm off on my holidays, I know the lingo. I always wanted to learn another language, and I am determined to actually achieve it this year.

So that is my first resolution for 2019 - I want to be able to speak Spanish


His Wishlist


  • Dashcam
  • Drone
  • Barbour coat
  • Gin
  • Spa break
  • Holiday in Gran Canaria
  • Thai Massage
  • Boxing match tickets
  • Pyjamas
  • Gazelles
  • Boxers
  • Aftershave
  • Botox
  • Pedicure
  • Perfect steak
  • City break
  • Patio heater
  • Rattan garden set
  • Gin and tonic cupcakes
  • Home cooked meal
  • Winter BBQ

Monday, 25 March 2019

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My Top 10 Birthday Cakes


  • Triple Layer Chocolate cake
  • Cookies and Cream cake
  • Strawberry Sundae cake
  • Parcel cake
  • Giant cupcake
  • Champagne cake
  • Rose bouquet cake
  • Kit Kat Cake
  • Chocolate tiramisu cake
  • Red wine chocolate cake

My Birthday Wishlist

Its nearing that time of year again - the birthday. Not a zero year this year, just a normal one, but always good to have your ideas for what you want, should you be asked!!


So here is mine for this year:

  • Handbag
  • Converse pumps
  • Set of towels
  • Body butter
  • Nice everyday watch
  • Writing notepads
  • Hot tub
  • Jodhpurs
  • Pandora charm
  • Pearl necklace
  • Sewing machine
  • Outdoor storm lanterns
  • Rattan garden set
  • Swarovski crystal dust bracelet
  • Treadmill
  • Yankee candle
  • Gym bag
  • Wine fridge
  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Urban decay eyeshadow set
  • Good tweezers
  • New bedding
  • Boyfriend T-shirts
  • Cold shoulder jumper
  • Solar lights
  • Soup maker
  • Vaseline for lips
  • Colouring pens
  • Adult colouring book
  • Ear cuff
  • Sport leggings in jazzy style
  • Doc martins
  • Tweed jacket
  • Rich hand cream
  • Good secateurs
  • Chimney pots for garden
  • Gargoyle statue
  • Easter island statue
  • Slippers
  • Courvoissier
  • Botox
  • Acrylic nails
  • Cinema tickets
  • Theatre break
  • Spa break
  • Dog friendly weekend
  • Bathroom suite
  • Military jacket
  • Superdry slouchy jumper
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Flower bulbs and seeds
  • Moddershall Oaks treatment
  • Theatre show
  • Good whiskey
  • Log cabin stay
  • Dog friendly weekend break
  • Classy bedding set - kingsize cover
  • Jodphurs
  • Tweed jacket
  • Kitten heels in funky style
  • Silk or satin cami and shorts style PJ's
  • Silk or satin romper suit
  • Sparkly blinged up converse
  • Ankle bracelet
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP
  • Coco Mademoiselle velvet body oil

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

My Techy wishlist


  • Surround sound
  • Motion sensor
  • Interactive doorbell
  • Smart Plug
  • Smart Bulbs
  • Smart Lighting
  • Window and door sensors
  • Amazon or google system
  • Wireless speakers
  • Bread maker
  • Food mixer
  • Blender
  • Hairdrier
  • Smart plug sockets
  • Smart TV

Monday, 18 March 2019

National Days for March - Today is Awkward Moment's Day

  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

Sunday, 17 March 2019

National Days for March - Today is St Patrick's Day

  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Music for March

  • Iron Maiden - The Ides of March
  • Art Garfunkel - Waters of March
  • Frank Sinatra - It Might as Well be Spring
  • Frightened Rabbit - Late March, Death March 
  • Yes - We Have Heaven (tell the March hare)
  • The Flaming Lips - Can't Stop the Spring
  • Future - March Madness
  • Susannah McCorkle - Waters of March
  • Noah and the Whale - The First Days of Spring
  • The Beach Boys - Spring Vacation

National Days for March - Today is Potato Chip Day!

  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

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National Days for March - Today is Jewel Day

  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

National Days for March - Today is Alfred Hitchcock Day

  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

Monday, 11 March 2019

National Days for March - Today is Worship of Tools Day

  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

Saturday, 9 March 2019

National Days for March - Today is Meatball Day

  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

Thursday, 7 March 2019

National Days for March - Today is National Cereal Day

  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

My Growing Wishlist

  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sleepeezee mattress
  • Spin bike
  • Weight set
  • Cross trainer
  • Designer ladies tux
  • Tailored jacket
  • Silk shirt
  • Leather dining chairs
  • Slouchy jumper
  • Mascara
  • Baseball cap (for holiday)
  • Kindle
  • TV - curved smart TV
  • Sound bar
  • Smart light bulbs
  • Smart electric hub
  • Tweezers
  • Baseball cap
  • Induction hob
  • Ankle bracelet
  • Beach holiday
  • Jo Malone Candle
  • Headphones
  • Lulu Guinness Handbag
  • Tweed jacket
  • Vintage bikini
  • Home cinema system
  • Red lipstick
  • Boots
  • Perfume
  • Wool coat
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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

WIN! A case of Proudly Vegan wines!

WIN! A case of Proudly Vegan wines!: We've teamed up with Proudly Vegan to give six lucky winners the chance to win a case of six vegan-friendly wines!

Things to do in March

March brings with it Spring. The nights get lighter, the temp gets milder, the birds start to sing and the green shoots start to push through.

March is the perfect month to do some this:

- Spring Cleaning - give your house a top to bottom

- Change your Clocks - Spring Forward an hour

- Get some fresh air - get outdoors and make the most of the nights getting lighter

- Display some spring flowers - daffodils, tulips, narcissus - brighten up your outside

- Open your windows - let some air in

- Turn the heating down - its time to get that thermostat down a notch

- Work up a sweat - it will soon be summer, get your beach body started now

- Get your car valeted - remove the evidence of rainy muddy days and McD wrappers!

- Ditch those woolly jumpers - its not that cold now!

All in all, March is the month to get your house in order, brighten up your world and dust away the winter. Its Spring - make the most of it! :)


National Days for March - Today is Frozen Food Day

  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

My retro single of the week - The Prodigy - Nasty

My retro single of the week this week is 'Nasty' by The Prodigy in honour of the late great Keith Flint.

I have always been a big fan of The Prodigy. This single was released in January 2015, and wasn't their biggest chart hit, but regardless of that, its a fabulous single and classic prodigy.

'Nasty' is the bands 22nd single to be released. It's from their album 'The Day is My Enemy' which was released in 2015. 'Nasty' was the first single from the album.

Before we go any further, here is the video. Firstly, if you haven't heard it then turn it up loud, its that kind of song. Then watch the video because its fab. Its a fox filmed in black and white with animation colour. 4 hunters are chasing the fox through the streets. They corner it and start shooting, but the fox stares them out, with white eyes like a trance. The hunters stop and their eyes go blank. The fox leads them into the woods where the hunters transform into foxes themselves. Its a fabulous video.

The song is big and noisy. The Prodigy were all about electronic sounds and big bass, and this track is no different. From their early days, and with their albums 'The Fat of the Land' and 'Music for the Jilted Generation' right through to present, the band have been big, powerful, noisy, exciting and have earned their label as the Godfathers of Rave.

This is such a catchy song, ideal for really going for it at the gym or a run, or even just for getting ready to go out. Its fabulous, energetic and powerful. I love this song!! Bitter sweet now that Keith has left the building, but all the more so it should be enjoyed.

Go listen, let me know what you think of it. You can check out all my previous choices over at My Music page here. Enjoy listening :)

Monday, 4 March 2019

Win 1 of 5 pairs of tickets to see Classical Spectacular

Win 1 of 5 pairs of tickets to see Classical Spectacular: Classical Spectacular - the UK's most popular classical music show returns to the Royal Albert Hall for a very special season of concerts between 21-24 March and we've got 5 pairs of tickets to be won. Celebrating 30 years at the Royal Albert Hall, this concert brings together the best

National Days for March - 2nd March - Old Stuff Day

  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

82 Singles of the Week

#82 Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
#81 5 Seconds of Summer - Young Blood
#80 Selena Gomez - Back To You
#79 Sigala ft Paloma Faith - Lullaby
#78 Craig David ft Bastille - I Know You 
#77 Eminem ft Ed Sheeran - River
#76 Sam Smith - Too Good at Goodbyes
#75 Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee - Despacito
#74 Imagine Dragons - Believer
#73 Kasabian - You're in Love with a Psycho
#72 Coldplay and Chainsmokers - Something Just Like This
#71 Rag 'n' Bone Man - Human
#70 Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
#69 Little Mix - Shout Out to My Ex
#68 Christine and The Queens - Tilted
#67 Calum Scott - Dancing on My Own
#66 Chainsmokers Ft Daya - Don't Let Me Down
#65 Kungs vs Cookin on 3 Burners - This Girl
#64 Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out
#63 Catfish & The Bottlemen - Soundcheck
#62 Chase & Status ft Slaves - Control
#61 Danny L Harle - Broken Flowers
#60 The Last Shadow Puppets - Bad Habits
#59 Jonas Blue ft Dakota - Fast Car
#58 Ex's and Oh's - Elle King
#57 Grace ft G-Eazy - You Don't Own Me
#56 Naughty Boy ft Beyonce and Benjamin Arrow - Runnin' (Lose it all)
#55 Adele - Hello
#54 The 1975 - Love Me
#53 Fleur East - Sax
#52 KDA ft Tinie Tempah and Katy B - Rumble
#51 Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
#50 Example - Whisky Story
#49 Selena Gomez ft A$AP Rocky- Good for You
#48 5SOS - She's Kinda Hot
#47 Tinie Tempah ft. Jess Glynne - Not Letting Go
#46 A$AP Rocky - Everyday
#45 Duke Dumont - The Giver (Reprise)
#44 OMI Cheerleader
#43 Florence & The Machine - Ship To Wreck
#42 Trouble - Iggy Azalea ft Jennifer Hudson
#41 Soak - Sea Creatures
#40 The Avener - Fade Out Lines
#39 Ed Sheeran & Rudimental - Bloodstream
#38 Rihanna, Kanye and Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds
#37 The Prodigy - Nasty
#36 Hozier - Take me to Church
#35 Jamie T - Rabbit Hole
#34 Rae Morris - Under the Shadows
#33 Echosmith - Cool Kids
#32 Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
#31 Take That - These Days
#30 Tom Odell - Real Love
#29 Parra for Cuva - Wicked Games
#28 Ben Howard - I Forget Where we Were
#27 Charli XCX - Break the Rules
#26 DJ Fresh feat. Ellie Goulding - Flashlight
#25 The Magician - Sunlight (feat. Years and Years)
#24 Meghan Trainor - all About That Bass
#23 Ten Walls - Walking with Elephants
#22 Calvin Harris & John Newman - Blame
#21 Taylor Swift - Shake it Off
#20 David Guetta - Lovers on the Sun
#19 Saint Motel - My Type
#18 Zhu - Faded
#17 Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
#16 Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart
#15 Budapest - George Ezra
#14 Little Mix - Salute
#13 Lana Del Rey - West Coast
#12 Indiana - Solo Dancing
#11 Coldplay - Magic
#10 Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home
#9 Katy Perry - Dark Horse
#8 Will.i.am feat Miley Cyrus - Feelin Myself
#7 Vance Joy - Riptide
#6 Gorgon City - Ready for your love (feat MNEK)
#5 Clean Bandit - Rather Be (feat Jess Glynne)
#4 Lorde - Royals - My Single of the Week
#3 Happy - Pharell Williams
#2 Wilkinson - Afterglow
#1 Sail by Awolnation

National Days for March - 3rd March - I Want you to be Happy Day

  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

National Days for March - Today is Pound Cake Day


  • 1st - Time for a Cuppa Day
  • 2nd - Old Stuff Day
  • 3rd - I Want you to be Happy Day
  • 4th - Pound Cake Day
  • 5th - Absinthe Day
  • 6th - Frozen Food Day
  • 7th - Cereal Day

  • 8th - Popcorn Day
  • 9th - Meatball Day
  • 10th - Pack Your Lunch Day
  • 11th - Worship of Tools Day
  • 12th - Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • 13th - Jewel Day
  • 14th - Potato Chip Day

  • 15th - School Meals Day
  • 16th - Everything you do is Right Day
  • 17th - St Patrick's Day
  • 18th - Awkward Moment's Day
  • 19th - Let's Laugh Day
  • 20th - Ravioli Day
  • 21st - Fragrance Day

  • 22nd - Goof off Day
  • 23rd - Chip & Dip Day
  • 24th - Chocolate raisin Day
  • 25th - Waffle Day
  • 26th - Spinach Day
  • 27th - Paella Day
  • 28th - Black Forest Cake Day

  • 29th - Smoke and Mirrors Day
  • 30th - Walk in the Park Day
  • 31st - World Backup Day

Friday, 1 March 2019

Win four tickets to Bruno Mars 24k Magic

Win four tickets to Bruno Mars 24k Magic: Win four tickets to Bruno Mars 24k Magic event.

American Idol star Jeff Dingle performs the hits of Bruno Mars in tribute show 24k Magic.

Jeff’s appearance on American Idol in 2004 made him an over...

My travels in New York Part 3 - On the QM2 - Food & Drink


The food was out of this world on the QM2


It was beautifully presented 


It smelled amazing - this was French Onion soup - mmmm 


There were special cocktails


French toast that was like a house brick in size! 


Desserts that were like works of art


Perfect steaks which we watched being prepared


Breakfast of kings


Samuel Adams beer - its strong stuff let me tell you 


And my favourite - martini :)