Sunday, 30 September 2018

HomeStyle - Competition - Win! A Hotpoint Supreme Chef Microwave

HomeStyle - Competition - Win! A Hotpoint Supreme Chef Microwave

WIN a two-night stay in Edinburgh

WIN a two-night stay in Edinburgh: THE LUCKY WINNER of September’s competition will win a two-night break for two in a boutique hotel in the Scottish capital

EKBB - Competitions - Win! A GROHE Euphoria Smartcontrol 310 shower system

EKBB - Competitions - Win! A GROHE Euphoria Smartcontrol 310 shower system

What I'm Watching This Week


  • Luther. Series one, episode one. This is seriously shaping into something great. I have of course heard about how brilliant the very handsome, very talented Idris Elba is, but I didn't expect either him or this show to be so bright and shining and dazzling. This first episode is tense, entirely relatable and intriguing.  I am hooked already. 

  • Emmerdale. I love the Dales - the Dingles and their never ending dramas - currently Charity and her son, and the fallout from the trial, Marlon and his new love interest and her complicated family. Debbie & Joe and whatever issues are happening with his business, and then of course their is the imminent arrival of the wonderful character that is Kim Tate. Rebecca is back but seriously not in a good way, and then there is Belle. Was she involved with Lachlan's crimes? Hmm - I am really not sure. 

  • Big Brother. Celeb BB has finished, and the civvie version has commenced. For once, not packed with wannabees from reality TV, this show is actually members of the public which is quite refreshing. Sad that its the last one potentially, but equally maybe a break for a while might give BB a much needed boost. Who knows. In the meantime I am just enjoying the freak show for what it is - trash TV at its best. 

  • Ozark. This is a dark program for sure. In every way possible, from the content, to the drama, to the acting, to the less than cheery script to the always grey and bleak landscape. That said, this is one of the best TV dramas from over the pond that I have watched in a long time. Scary, twisting and shocking this is a brilliantly acted, brilliantly scripted show, which doesn't fail to pull you in an then leave you dangling. 

Book of the Month - The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

My book of the month for September is The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney.

Now, I shall start this by saying J.P. Delaney is not an author I was previously familiar with. I downloaded this on my kindle prior to going off on holiday, along with a load of other titles and authors, as I decided it was time to broaden my reading material. So I started this book with a clean slate and no expectations.

That said, it is not an exaggeration to say it is one hell of a good read. Its an interesting read, as it jumps from the current "girl" Jane, to the previous girl "Emma". One had been attacked, the other had lost her baby. Now, they have both in their timelines moved into what is described as the most high tech house I have ever heard of. Literally everything automated and controlled by IT and gadgets.

Its not an easy read - the creepy architect / owner of the house is clearly obsessive, controlling and manipulative. The book does at times crossover between psychological thriller and wannabee erotic fiction, but it is a good read for all that.

Right up until the end, its not clear where its heading, and there are some parts that are just horrible. The bit in the Japanese restaurant for one. Not my cup of tea certainly, but it gives a certain shock value to the book that is quite rare.

The ladies themselves, at first introduction seem quite weak but as the storyline develops, they become strong women, which makes it a compelling read. Its a fascinating book, which doesn't follow traditional story arcs. It has some great twists and a good, satisfying end. I thought this book was a fabulous read.

I have also heard it is going to be made into a movie, which is brilliant news. So there we have it, my book of the month. Let me know what you think of it. Enjoy.


Christmas ads will be coming soon :)

Its the last day of September, month end. For me that means a mass comping exercise, and it also means autumn is pretty much over. Cue weather getting colder, wetter and windier and the nights getting darker.

However, all is not lost. Christmas is on its way!! Yes, I am that person. The over-excited Christmas lover. It is, after all, only 86 sleeps!!

What that also means though, is that Christmas ads are on the way. I have noticed the C word mentioned once or twice already - mainly on sofa ads "get yours before Christmas" but not a Christmas ad per se.

It can only be a matter of time. Its October tomorrow!!

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Wedding Songs for our wedding - the list so far - nice songs

Beach Boys - God Only Knows
Maroon 5 - Sugar
Callum Scott - Dancing on My Own
Take That - These Days
Stereophonics - Dakota
John Legend - All of Me
Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
John Lennon - Imagine
Eminem & Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie
Jay Z & Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

Here is this week's learning:

  • wool - lana
  • my pet - mi mascota
  • tomato - tomate

And the rest:

  • carrots - zanahorias
  • toothpaste - pasta dental
  • thirty - treinta
  • I don't understand - no entiendo
  • ball - bola
  • last week - la semana pasada
  • unpack - deshacer
  • shopping - compras
  • wedding - Boda
  • of course - naturalmente
  • travel - viajar
  • special - especial
  • beef - carne de vaca
  • weather - clima
  • smoked - ahumado
  • lazy - perezoso
  • grapefruit - pomelo
  • fried egg - huevo frito
  • low fat - bajo en grasa
  • trousers - pantalones
  • cider - la sidra
  • twenty - veinte
  • vegetable - vegetal
  • maybe - tal vez
  • What time does it start? - A qué hora empieza?
  • thumb - pulgar
  • terrace - la terraza
  • town - pueblo
  • non alcoholic cocktail - cóctel sin alcohol
  • pet - mascota
  • anniversary - aniversario
  • sapphire - zafiro
  • socks - calcetines
  • 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

Acts I want to see or wish I had seen

Acts I want to see / wish I had seen

Oasis / Noel and Liam Gallagher - tickets for Liam booked!!
Ed Sheeran - tickets booked!!!
Ellie Goulding
Rihanna
Beyonce
Adele
Maroon 5
Elton John
David Bowie
Kylie
Whitney

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

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!!

My New Word of the Week - Rambunctious

Rambunctious:

  • uncontrollably exuberant; boisterous

  • difficult to control or handle; wildly boisterous:a rambunctious child.

  • turbulently active and noisy:a social gathering that became rambunctious and out of hand



definition derived from dictionary.com

Holiday Fashion - My Favourites from 2018's travels


Bold polka dots - daring for me! 



Continuing the polka dot theme in blue. 


Rocking red and black 


Even barefoot for a beach party! 



LBD - obligatory


Holiday blues



Co-ordinated khaki's





Tuesday, 25 September 2018

With Love for Books: 4 Million Views Giveaway 1

With Love for Books: 4 Million Views Giveaway 1: Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a Kindle Fire 7 and $20 (or equivalent) Amazon gift card and four tins filled with tea from the...

New Year's Resolutions 2018 - Number 3 - Be Beautiful

I have had my issues with confidence over the years. However, now I am over 40 I have just decided to stop worrying and be "beautiful" if to noone else but myself.

I have silly skin that still flares up, I have some wrinkles and some grey hair and I am definitely not beach ready at the moment, but so what?

I can have fun with what I have, I am not huge, I am not that bad looking wise, so my resolution this year is to treat myself kindly as if I am beautiful and to make the most of what I have and stop fretting about it.


New Year's Resolution for 2018 - Number 2 - Lose weight

This year, I am taking a different approach to my resolutions. I always say "reach goal weight", then I lose some weight, I enjoy my new found confidence, then take great holidays and gain it again.

So, rather than set myself a "target" I am just going to set myself the goal to lose weight. However much I can, until I feel good.

So, resolution number 2 - lose weight :)




Monday, 24 September 2018

Counting down to holiday, 7 weeks to go, I need incentive


Yes, that's right, another holiday is on the horizon in just 7 weeks from now. That has me feeling several emotions all at once. Firstly - how amazing it would be to go away in November. I've been away from Boxing Day onwards, but never so late in the year and before Christmas, so that's exciting. 

However, its also panic inducing - especially given the face to reality weigh in on the scales this morning! I have just 7 weeks to lose, well, a considerable amount of weight. 

How much would I ideally want to lose? Try 2 stones. Yup - that's the scale of the problem. What can I realistically expect to lose if I try to diet and stick to it? Average 2lb per week = 1 stone. 

If I go hell for leather, exercising, eating the right foods, upping the protein, cutting down on bread? I reckon I could shift 24lb or so - just over a stone and a half - 3lb per week would be 21lbs, but banking on big first week loss. 

I need some incentive so going to come up with a list of what I will reward myself with at each point of my progress. The important thing is to keep going. 

Take each day one step at a time. Treat every pound loss as a huge success. Booking a holiday depends upon how well I do. If, in 2 weeks time, I am still porking it up, then I shall not be booking a holiday. 

If by 4 weeks time, I am nowhere near goal, I shall be considering drastic moves. 

So at this point, my holiday depends on how much I lose, so the pressure is on - great incentive though! But I think I need a little more .... 

Tickets to The Cycle Show plus a Ribble Aero 883 bike worth £1,898

Tickets to The Cycle Show plus a Ribble Aero 883 bike worth £1,898: The Cycle Show, the UK’s national cycling showcase is returning to Birmingham’s very own NEC Exhibition Center, and it’s gearing up to be another great event. The show will feature over 300 exhibitor...

Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

Here is this week's learning:

  • piercing - perforación
  • no thankyou - no gracias
  • cherry - chereza
And the rest:

  • wool - lana
  • my pet - mi mascota
  • tomato - tomate
  • carrots - zanahorias
  • toothpaste - pasta dental
  • thirty - treinta
  • I don't understand - no entiendo
  • ball - bola
  • last week - la semana pasada
  • unpack - deshacer
  • shopping - compras
  • wedding - Boda
  • of course - naturalmente
  • travel - viajar
  • special - especial
  • beef - carne de vaca
  • weather - clima
  • smoked - ahumado
  • lazy - perezoso
  • grapefruit - pomelo
  • fried egg - huevo frito
  • low fat - bajo en grasa
  • trousers - pantalones
  • cider - la sidra
  • twenty - veinte
  • vegetable - vegetal
  • maybe - tal vez
  • What time does it start? - A qué hora empieza?
  • thumb - pulgar
  • terrace - la terraza
  • town - pueblo
  • non alcoholic cocktail - cóctel sin alcohol
  • pet - mascota
  • anniversary - aniversario
  • sapphire - zafiro
  • socks - calcetines
  • 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

Sunday, 23 September 2018

My Goals for 2018

  • Reach goal weight
  • Get a new car - done! 
  • Make my garden spectacular - statues, plants, design - underway and looking good! 
  • Get a new shower and renovate downstairs bathroom
  • Keep myself maintained - nails, hair, eyebrows and massages - look my best
  • Go to the gym / exercise at least 3 times per week - doing it!
  • Regular sauna's and relaxation
  • Get writing again - short stories / articles
  • Go to amazing places - theatre, live music, cinema, comedians 
  • Get outdoors - every weekend - every day possible
  • Find new places and explore
  • Walk more
  • Drink less coffee and alcohol and more water - working on it! 
  • Spend less - be a savvy shopper
  • Save more - squirrel it away! 
  • Go somewhere lovely for a meal at least once a month
  • Plan our wedding for 2019
  • Decorate hall, stairs and landing - fabulous lights required! 
  • New job - two, actually :) 

Saturday, 22 September 2018

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 :) 

New Table, New Rules


We have had a new table - a lovely oak table - what a beautiful thing it is. So sturdy, so solid and so stunningly attractive. Suffice it to say that the old table, whilst itself not an ugly duckling, has been relegated to the garage whilst it awaits a new home. 

Along with the table, we now have four lovely leather chairs - it looks fabulous and has really made the room look inviting. As a general situation, we tend to in the evenings have our meals on trays on our laps. The table is usually an infrequent location for us to eat, but that is going to change. 

New table, new rules. Those rules being:
  • No clutter on the table
  • Table laid out for dinner
  • No meals on trays
  • Evening meals together, at the table
  • Breakfast at the table
  • Dinner at the table
  • No TV during meals (except music)
Hopefully, having a beautiful table will galvanize us to eat at the table, with the chance to have a conversation without the usual distractions. Meal times will become a feature instead of something to be rushed. We might start to enjoy the food, instead of distractedly eating without really thinking about what we are doing. 

i am looking forward to this. 


Friday, 21 September 2018

How do thin people get slim??

I find myself wondering how do thin people get slim? I ask this because as someone for whom slim is a dream, it is so bloody hard.

Some people don't, on the appearance face of it, seem to struggle at all. Some people in fact seem to be able to eat what they wish. I am not one of them. Sadly.

So I find myself watching those lucky enough to be slim, to be thin, and wondering what they eat, and just how they have come to be how they are.

Do they eat at all? If they do, what do they eat? How often do they eat it? Do they ever over indulge?

Me for instance. I diet, I go to the gym. But boy do I let my hair down. Especially on hols. All inclusive or otherwise, its all about relaxing, eating, drinking and having fun.

Sometimes on holiday, there are those women that look amazing. Not only on the first day. All holiday. Me - I get more bloated as the hol goes on. My clothes get tighter, my tum more pronounced. So how do they do it? Don't they indulge? Or do they work it off? It's my mission to find out how they do it. )

Ad Break Exercises - perfect for the reluctant

Struggling to find time to fit in your fitness sessions? No time for the gym? Well that is absolutely no excuse!

I set myself a mini goal for each day - 10,000 steps. On days when I do have the time, I go to the gym and I go for walks, especially now the days are getting a little longer each day, and spring will soon be here and the nights will be getting lighter and warmer.

It's the days when I don't go to the gym, and when I don't get chance to walk that are the issue. How do I get that elusive exercise in with a busy life?

I came up with Ad Break Exercises. Rather than spending ages jogging on the spot, or doing DVD workouts, which are all very well and good, but can get predictable and boring pretty quick, I decided to do short bursts.

Now, depending on the channel you are watching this is easier on some than others. Take ITV as example. Adverts right? Perfect. Every ad break, get your bum off the sofa and do something.

Abs, tricep dips, lunges, squats - whatever you like. Keep it going just for the length of the adverts. Not too much hard work is it? Nope. You can do every break, or just a couple - its really up to you.

However, just increasing your activity in the evenings like this will make such a difference over the course of the week. It could add up to an hour per week if you do 3-4 ad breaks each night. Ad breaks being 2-3 mins long per.

If you really go for it, it could be the difference between gaining and maintaining your weight. Better still, if you do this on your non exercise days plus keep to your healthy eating, you should rev up your metabolism and see some losses on those scales.

If you, like me, have to really push yourself to make you get up and work out, then this could be the one for you. Its short bursts, so you don't need special kit, or equipment. Your own body is all you need. So what are waiting for? :)

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

Oh my word - Holibobs are booked!


It feels like its been quite a while since my bones had some sunshine.  We usually get some winter sunshine either late in the year, or early - March / April time. However, we had issues finding a dog sitter that was worthy of our furry baby so she came first.

Finally, things fell into place for us and we were able to get us booked up and off went in August! A whole 12 months since our last foreign affair. The weather had been so warm here when we went in August, but since we got back its been like winter has come early.

I'm so excited to be getting in a second holiday this year,  not least because we are off to Gran Canaria again, where my holiday heart lives - its the best place and I love it, but also because little Coco is going to be happy too - second time around with the dog sitter. We've been to GC five times, so this will be number 6!

Now I just need to lose the weight from last holiday, and a couple more pounds to get me bikini ready - the lack of holidays has seen my waistline expand and that needs to be addressed but never mind that - I am going on my holibobs!! Hoorah!!!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Tips for Successful Weight Loss

As you will probably know, dieting is hard. So so hard. All the lovely things that cross your path to tempt you - I'm talking fish and chips, takeaways, cupcakes, chocolate, wine - name your vice.

Then there is feeling hungry and unsatisfied. For years I tried fad diets, half starved myself and the result? I got progressively heavier.

Then, roughly four years ago I finally realised that to lose weight you can't just go on a fad diet and expect it to work. Inevitably, denying yourself what you want will result in you falling spectacularly off the rails and going bezerk filling up on everything you have gone without. Its unpleasant and gets you down, so you eat for comfort. And get heavier.

Four years ago I gave up on joining weight clubs of any sort and joined a gym. Not for the first time, but this time, I actually went to the gym after joining. A novel concept for me! I dropped a stone and fast. Then it slowed down, but I had proved to myself that upping the exercise made a difference.

Next was my diet. The word diet has negative connotations. I wanted to challenge that and rather than deny myself, I decided moderation was the key. I stocked up on healthy low fat foods, in variety, and loads of nice low fat but delicious snacks. That way, when the cravings kicked in or I just needed something sweet, or some chocolate or a bag of crips, I could do without blowing it.

That is the key. Preparation. This is my snack drawer currently:


Weight watchers chocolate rolls, jaffa biscuits, fruit crumble, velvet crunch crisps, special K porridge pots, be good to yourself crisps, cakes, shapers nougat bars - something for every taste. I can tell you this is the key to success. Already, I am making great progress. 

My diet isn't a fad. I eat healthily and I snack when I need to, and most importantly I am never hungry. I do make sacrifices but I also have what I want at least once every month. It keeps the binges at bay. I haven't reached my goal - but I'm confident I will get there. It's not easy, but then nothing worth fighting for is. :)

What I am going to eat when I get to goal weight!

When I finally reach my goal weight (whenever that may be in the hopefully not too distant future!) I have a list of things I am going to eat!!

The list starts with a visit to Yo Sushi. Starting with my favourite - Chicken Gyozas:


Followed by some real sushi:


Then I think I will have me a glass of wine:


Then for my next meal its got to be Mexican:




Finally, it will have to be cupcakes:






Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Reasons to Run


  • Because Zombies eat the slow ones first
  • It makes you feel better
  • It helps you escape
  • Even a bad run, is better than no run
  • Because it lifts your mood
  • It burns calories
  • Think of the beach
  • It makes me stronger
  • You get what you work for
  • Either you run the day or the day runs you

My Travels - Menorca Part 6 - Enjoying myself













My Travels - Menorca Part 5 - Family photo's













The Best TV Theme Songs Ever

I love a list, I am just that sort of a girl. This evening, watching boxset binge TV shows, I became aware on a semi-conscious level of just how great the music was, and how it sort of influenced how I felt about the program just commencing. Be aware, this list will not feature "I'll Be There For You" - its not that sort of a list (sorry Friends fans).

This is a different thing entirely from the music used within the shows that highlight the emotion, the drama, the sentiment, this is the grab you, pull you in music that kicks in and with that in mind, here is my list of the best TV Theme Songs Ever:

  • Methodic Doubt - Carrie / Lucas Theme - Banshee
  • The Walking Dead - Bear McCreary - The Walking Dead
  • Red Right Hand - Nick Cave & The Lightening Seeds - Peaky Blinders
  • Who Are You - The Who - CSI - Crime Scene Investigation
  • Who Killed Cock Robin - Lisa Salvo - Wolf Creek
  • Container - Fiona Apple - The Affair
  • Methodic Doubt - Main Theme - Banshee
  • Ramin Djawadi -Fire and Ice - Game of Thrones
  • Survive - Stranger Things - Stranger Things
  • Despot - House of Bricks - Billions

My Travels in Menorca - Part 4 - Paddling at sunset




The bay was spectacular as the sun set




It was so pretty and magical



The sea was still warm at 10pm