Thursday, 31 January 2019

YourHome - Competition - Win a Prepstar kitchen gadget

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Things to do in January

Things to do in January:

  • Make some resolutions
  • Have a wardrobe clear out
  • Save some pennies
  • Get outdoors - go for walks
  • Get some pampering - nails, hot baths, hot chocolate
  • Cuddle up - perfect weather for staying indoors
  • Watch TV - great new TV start in January
  • Get over Christmas - its gone
  • Put your wellies on and get muddy
  • Clean your car
  • Book a holiday
  • Clean the house top to bottom
  • Get your 5 a day - fruit and veg
  • Detox
  • Get some exercise - join the gym or do it at home
  • Grab a bargain - fab sales this month!
  • Take some photos and start a calendar
  • Listen to some new music
  • Find a new hobby
  • Go to the cinema
  • Plant some spring bulbs
  • Cut the garden back

Reasons to Diet #18 - I want rid of my muffin top!



Number 18:

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

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

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

National Days for January - Today is National Backward Day

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

New Year's Resolution 2019 - Number 1 - Learn Spanish - Recap

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.

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


Reasons to Diet #17 - I want to drink wine!

Number 17:

Reason to diet number 17 - I want to have some wine!!

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

So there is another reason. Bribery. Works a treat with me :)

National Days for January - Today is National Croissant Day

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Looking for some winter sun - but where is the hottest?



I was thinking about squeezing in a late holiday this year - either late November, even December. We usually go away earlier - in April, June and/orAugust to be precise - we love our holidays, but the cold weather is making me crave the sunshine again.

When the weather turns particularly cold and unpleasant here in good old Blighty, I want to go somewhere warm again. In previous years, I've been to Egypt and also Tunisia in late December, but in the present climate, I'm not talking heat, I aren't that keen to be honest on either.

I've been to Gran Canaria in early November last year and the weather was great, but have never been this late in the year. Its now swung around to early New Year, and I've been to both Egypt and Tunisia at this time of year - Tunisia is far too cool, but Egypt is pleasant.

So I thought I would take a look at the average temperatures to see if that helps to guide us!

So here is my round up of the average temps in Winter:

November:
  • Lanzarote - 21
  • Gran Canaria - 21
  • Tenerife - 20
  • La Palma - 21
  • Maldives - 27
  • Fuerteventura - 21
  • Mexico - 25
  • Bahamas - 25
  • Caribbean - 27
  • Greek Islands - 17
  • Balearic's - 14 
  • Italy - 13
  • Malta - 17
  • Morocco - 17
  • Brazil - 24
  • Sydney - 20
  • Egypt - 23
  • Sri Lanka - 27


December
  • Lanzarote - 19
  • Gran Canaria - 19
  • Tenerife - 17
  • La Palma - 19
  • Fuerteventura - 19
  • Mexico - 24
  • Bahamas - 22
  • Caribbean - 26
  • Greek Islands - 14
  • Balearics - 11
  • Italy - 10
  • Maldives - 27
  • Malta - 14
  • Morocco - 14
  • Brazil - 25
  • Sydney - 22
  • Egypt - 19
  • Sri Lanka - 27
January / Feb
  • Lanzarote - 21
  • Gran Canaria - 22
  • Tenerife - 21
  • La Palma - 20
  • Maldives - 29
  • Fuerteventura - 21
  • Mexico - 28
  • Bahamas - 22
  • Caribbean - 29
  • Greek Islands - 16
  • Balearic's - 10
  • Italy - 8
  • Malta - 13
  • Morocco - 13
  • Brazil - 27
  • Sydney - 26
  • Egypt - 22
  • Sri Lanka - 30

My Single of the Week - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart - Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus

My first single of the week for 2019 is the very brilliant 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' from Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus.

Right from the off this is Miley showing her country roots as she snarls "This world can hurt you, it cuts you deep and leaves a scar".  I first heard this and I loved it instantly, as I quite like a good country music track if truth be told.

Now what I had forgotten until I chose this song is that Mark Ronson is actually British - specifically from London. He has had so many collaborations, and I have liked a lot of them but this is something very different to the mainstream and I absolutely love it.

I suppose you could describe this song as country-pop or country-disco but its Miley's vocals that make this something special. She is one talented lady. Just 26 years old this American home grown talent is, but she is huge in the music world and this song has already reached the number 2 spot in the UK charts. There is every chance it is going to reach number 1.

The lyrics are so catchy to this "Well, there's broken silence, By thunder crashing in the dark (crash in the dark); And this broken record; Spin endless circles in the bar (spin 'round in the bar)" the way the lyrics repeat really builds the emotion and the tension.

The way she builds the volume and notes from soft to loud, high to low really makes you feel the power of the words "Things fall apart, but nothing breaks like a heart; Mhmm, and nothing breaks like a heart".

Its one of those songs that you find gets stuck in your head, and you are walking around humming it to yourself whilst hearing Miley in your head. Absolutely brilliant song.

If you want to see more music stuff, then check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)

National Days for January - Today is National Puzzle Day

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Reasons to Diet #16 - Toned Arms



Number 16:

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

Yep, I want rid of the bingo wings and the armpit fat. Even when I'm not that big - probably somewhere between a size 12 and a size 14 at my lowest, like a 13 if there was such a thing it still resists my efforts!!

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

Diet alone won't shift this so I need to up the ante on the weight front. So that is reason number 16.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Reasons to Diet #15 - I am Not Getting any Younger



Number 15:

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

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

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

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

National Days for January - Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Learning Spanish Recap - Feelings

Feelings:
  • crazy - loca
  • happy - contento
  • Love - amor
  • Like - me gusta
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Tired - cansado
  • Laugh - risa
  • Thirsty - sediento

National Days for January - Today is National Chocolate Cake Day

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Reasons to Diet #14 - I want to look good in lingerie


Number 14:

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

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

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

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Learning Spanish Recap - Illness

Illness:
  • cough - tos 
  • Sick - enfermo
  • blister - ampolla
  • pharmacy - farmacia
  • bruise - moretón

National Days for January - Today is National Spouses Day

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Reasons to Diet #13 - Lazing on the sofa won't make me bikini ready

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

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



So, reason number 13 is that lying on the sofa will not make me bikini ready. So that has to be a start to get me up and active today and stay away from the chocolates!! :)

Friday, 25 January 2019

Learning Spanish Recap - Size & Descriptions

Size & descriptions:
  • Big - grande
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • nice - bonito

National Days for January - Today is National Irish Coffee Day

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Reasons to Diet #12 - Cheekbones




Number 12:

Reasons to stick to my diet and exercise plan number 12 is that I want to see my cheekbones again. I am very lucky to possess good bone structure - I have been told many times.

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

So, another reason is to rediscover them bones them bones them dry bones. Cheekbones that it is :)

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Songs for January

  • Elton John - January
  • David Gray - January Rain
  • Disclosure - January
  • Barbara Dickson - January, February
  • Bucks Fizz - January's Gone
  • Tori Amos - Black-Dove (January)
  • Goo Goo Dolls - January Friend
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan - January Girl
  • Pilot - January
  • Bing Crosby - June in January

National Days for January - Today is National Compliment Day

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Reasons to Diet #11 - Toned Pins



Number 11:

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

I would love to have toned pins so that I can - so that's motivation to get the weight off, plus exercise and eat healthily = toned pins :)

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Holiday booked - Spanish for holiday ahoy!


  • sky - cielo
  • sunset - puesta de sol
  • airport - aeropuerto
  • Balcony - balcón
  • room - el cuarto
  • a bit more - Un poco más 
  • nice breeze - buena brisa
  • thankyou very much - muchas gracias
  • nice to meet you - Encantada de conocerte
  • nap - siesta
  • pineapple - piña
  • boarding - embarque
  • See you later - Hasta luego
  • seashell - concha
  • a table for two - mesa para dos
  • nice - bonito
  • restaurant - restaurante
  • dinner - cena
  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando
  • chair - silla
  • drink - bebida
  • lemon - limón
  • suncream - crema solar
  • happy - contento
  • sunburn - bronceado
  • Summer - el verano
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Night - noche
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Thursday - jueves
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • 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

National Days for January - Today is National Pie Day

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Reasons to Diet #10 - I want a trim middle



Number 10:

As a woman, and turned 41, the area around my middle is a problem. Always has been if I'm brutally honest, but now it bugs me more than ever!!

So, my reason to diet and exercise is this - I want that middle trimmed down and not bulging over the top of my waistbands!!

Its also a reason to do a lot of abs. :)

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

National Days for January - Today is National Blonde Brownie Day

January

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Learning Spanish Recap - Shopping & Ordering

Shopping / ordering:
  • Shop - tienda
  • Money - dinero
  • Market - el mercado
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Can I have? - puedo tener

Reasons to Diet #9 - Reaching Goal Weight




Number 9:

I want to get under the stone mark. I am sick of almost reaching goal, then never quite getting under that stone mark!!!! I never actually reach the goal, as getting under one particular stone just never quite happens.

I have quite a bit of weight to lose, and I have done so many times before, but I always hit the same point and can never get below it.

So my reason to Diet Number 9 is to actually reach goal weight.

Monday, 21 January 2019

National Days for January - Today is National Hugging Day

January

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Learning Spanish Recap - Actions

Actions:
  • Walk - caminar
  • Running - corriendo
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Jump - saltar
  • Speak - hablar
  • Sing - canta
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • read - leer

Reasons to Diet #8 - I Am Too Hot



Number 8 :

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

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

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

Sunday, 20 January 2019

National Days for January - Today is National Cheese Lover's Day

January

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Reasons to Diet #7 - Mirror Issues



Number 7:

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

In general mirrors are becoming a problem. I used to love getting ready to go out whereas now its an ordeal. Finally squeezing into something to "make do" then facing the inevitable disappointment in my reflection is dismal to say the least.

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

Learning Spanish Recap - Outdoors

Outdoors and scenery:
  • Sand - arena
  • dunes - dunas
  • Mountain - montaña
  • lighthouse - faro
  • river - río

Saturday, 19 January 2019

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

New Single of the Week - Mark Ronson - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart featuring Miley Cyrus

My first single of the week for 2019 is the very brilliant 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart' from Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus.

Right from the off this is Miley showing her country roots as she snarls "This world can hurt you, it cuts you deep and leaves a scar".  I first heard this and I loved it instantly, as I quite like a good country music track if truth be told.

Now what I had forgotten until I chose this song is that Mark Ronson is actually British - specifically from London. He has had so many collaborations, and I have liked a lot of them but this is something very different to the mainstream and I absolutely love it.

I suppose you could describe this song as country-pop or country-disco but its Miley's vocals that make this something special. She is one talented lady. Just 26 years old this American home grown talent is, but she is huge in the music world and this song has already reached the number 2 spot in the UK charts. There is every chance it is going to reach number 1.

The lyrics are so catchy to this "Well, there's broken silence, By thunder crashing in the dark (crash in the dark); And this broken record; Spin endless circles in the bar (spin 'round in the bar)" the way the lyrics repeat really builds the emotion and the tension.

The way she builds the volume and notes from soft to loud, high to low really makes you feel the power of the words "Things fall apart, but nothing breaks like a heart; Mhmm, and nothing breaks like a heart".

Its one of those songs that you find gets stuck in your head, and you are walking around humming it to yourself whilst hearing Miley in your head. Absolutely brilliant song.

If you want to see more music stuff, then check out My Music page here. Happy listening :)

Learning Spanish - A Snowy special



  • Snow - nieve
  • Cloud - nube
  • the sky is clear - El cielo esta despajado
  • sky - cielo
  • bad weather - mal tiempo
  • grey - gris
  • February - febrero
  • Cold - frio
  • Winter - invierno

National Days for January - Today is National Popcorn Day

January

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Reasons to Diet #6 - Be Noticed for the Right Reasons




Number 6:

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

Theatre Shows I Want to See

  • Les Miserables
  • War Horse
  • Chicago
  • The Lion King
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Thriller
  • Kinky Boots
  • Wicked
  • The bodyguard
  • Billy Elliot

Friday, 18 January 2019

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Learning Spanish Recap - Colours

Colours:
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Gold - oro
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Brown - marrón
  • Green - verde
  • Black - negro
  • grey - gris
  • yellow - amarillo
  • red - rojo
  • orange - naranja

National Days for January - Today is Winnie the Pooh Day

January

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Reasons to Diet #5 - Confidence





Number 5

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

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

Thursday, 17 January 2019

The Budget - how to make one, and how to stick to it??

Right, I need to set myself a budget. I have been a tad reckless these past weeks - on things I actually needed mind you, but even so, I need to put the reins on again.

I know where I am with my balances, I just need to make them stretch a little further each month. So how to you make a realistic budget and more importantly, how do you stick to it?

My plan is this :

Work out the incomings and outgoings as accurately as possible, so I know what I have left to play with. From that, see where I can trim down. Can I reduce the outgoings? Can I increase the incoming? If the answer to those questions is no, then I have my budget.

However, what I then want to do, with what's left, is save some. I need to work out how much I have to spend each month on treats, then set a realistic amount to squirrel away. I need to work out what I do with the disposable, and then make sensible choices.

I intend to start to shop around more for deals, use coupons etc.. and go to the best place for each item. I tend to just use the same supermarket, but I've come to realise there can be quite a significant difference if you shop around a bit.

I am also intending to bulk bake some of my go to favourites. Then I don't end up chucking stuff away as there is always too much when I buy fresh. Bulk bake and then freeze the portions, that way, its good for the budget and my waistline!!

For the next month, I am not going out for meals either. Practically hemorrhaged money this past few weeks going out for meals. Back on my diet now, so also keeps temptation at bay!!

I'm sure frugal types out there have this sussed, and I'm not terrible with money. I just sometimes go a little spend happy on the plastic, so time to pull on the brakes now.

The target isn't that huge. The target for this particular endeavour is in the region of £4K. I'm hoping with careful planning and actually thinking what I'm doing that I can make a dent in that quickly.

Here goes :)

My Bucket List - Done so Far

Braving the rapids - that is me at the front

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

Today is Hot Buttered Rum Day - National Days for January

January

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Hoar Cross Hall - looking back - sneaky selfie



Whilst indulging ourselves at Hoar Cross Hall, I couldn't help to sneak a quick selfie. We were about to head out for dinner (3 courses) and had already indulged ourselves with some bubbly in the form of Prosecco. Feeling a bit more confident than usual, I decided to capture the moment. This is me! Nowhere near goal weight yet, but definitely making progress :)

Learning Spanish Recap - Holiday At the Airport

Holidays:

At the airport:
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Flight - vuelo

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

National Days for January - today is National Nothing Day

January

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

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Monday, 14 January 2019

Learning Spanish Recap - At the Hotel

Hotel:
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Shower - ducha
  • Towel - toalla
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Bed - cama
  • Bathroom el baño
  • Blanket - cobija

It's so hard to get fit

It is incredibly hard to get fit - for me anyway. I feel like its something I have tried over and over again, on and off, my whole life. Sometimes, I have felt quite in shape, relatively fit and healthy, other times, like at the present time, quite the opposite.


Its incredibly harder still to face the mirror and look at the body I have, that I have experienced so much within, which is the greatest instrument I shall ever own, and hate what I see.

I guess I have no choice but to choose my hard - either the hard work that is going to have to go into this attempt, or the hard to face reflection staring back at me. Its time to reward my body, instead of punishing it. Its time to look after it, make it all it can be.

Its time to stop this :


Yes, a treat is lovely. Everyone is entitled to a treat. My problem is that I practically, of late, have been living off treats! Not so much a treat day, as no healthy option in sight!! 

Something must change - my body has to be something I can be proud of. It has been at times, in the past, but its a distant memory for me right now. I want to feel comfortable in my clothes, not bulky and bulgy. I want to be streamlined, sexy, toned, not flabby, out of shape and wanting to hide under a rock!! 

Its time to change. Choose my hard. I choose hard work. 

Sunday, 13 January 2019

National Days for January - Today is National Sticker Day

January

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Learning Spanish Recap - Drinks

Drink:
  • Ice - hielo
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Wine - el vino
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Bottle - botella
  • drink - bebida

Friday, 11 January 2019

National Days for January - Today is National Milk Day

January

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Learning Spanish Recap - Meals & Snacks

Meals & Snacks:
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • dinner - cena
  • biscuit - la galleta

Thursday, 10 January 2019

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Your chance to WIN gardening tools worth up to £247 - The Bay Magazine Swansea: Burgon & Ball has been making tools since 1730, and the manufacturer’s expertise with steel is packed into this prize bundle of gorgeous gardening tools. Many Burgon & Ball tools are endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, perhaps the highest

National Days in January - Today is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

January

  • 1st - National Hangover Day
  • 2nd - National Science Fiction Day
  • 3rd - National Drinking Straw Day
  • 4th - National Spaghetti Day
  • 5th - National Bird Day
  • 6th - National Cuddle Up Day
  • 7th - National Tempura Day

  • 8th - National Bubble Bath Day
  • 9th - National Apricot Day
  • 10th - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • 11th - National Milk Day
  • 12th - National Curried Chicken Day
  • 13th - National Sticker Day
  • 14th - National Dress up Your Pet Day

  • 15th - National Hat Day
  • 16th - National Nothing Day
  • 17th - National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • 18th - National Winnie the Pooh Day
  • 19th - National Popcorn Day
  • 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day
  • 21st - National Hugging Day

  • 22nd - National Blonde Brownie Day
  • 23rd - National Pie Day
  • 24th - National Compliment Day
  • 25th - National Irish Coffee Day
  • 26th - National Spouses Day
  • 27th - National Chocolate Cake Day
  • 28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • 29th - National Puzzle Day
  • 30th - National Croissant Day
  • 31st - National Backward Day

Learning Spanish Recap - Clothing

Clothing:
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Dress - el vestido
  • necklace - collar
  • bracelet - pulsera
  • shirt - camisa
  • knickers - bragas

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

National Days for January

Today is National Static Electricity Day

WIN a stay at a country or city lodge

WIN a stay at a country or city lodge: One lucky reader and their guest can win a two-night stay in a Classic Lodges hotel

Learning Spanish Recap - Numbers

Numbers, dates, years:
  • One - uno
  • Two - dos
  • Three - tres
  • Four - cuatro
  • Five - cinco
  • Six - seis
  • Seven - siete
  • Eight - ocho
  • Nine - nueve
  • Ten diez
  • eleven - once
  • Year - año
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • forty - cuarenta
  • fifty - cincuenta
  • hundred - cien
  • number - número
  • zero - cero

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

My very long Wishlist

  • Gardening tool belt
  • Secateurs
  • Garden trug
  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Swimming costume
  • Acrylic nail kit
  • Kitten heels
  • Side lights 
  • Anglepoise lamp
  • Pond plants
  • Duvet cover
Pinterest Wishlist - click here 

How my Singles of the Week did - 1 - 36

#36 Hozier - Take me to Church - reached number 2
#35 Jamie T - Rabbit Hole - uncharted
#34 Rae Morris - Under the Shadows - reached number 53
#33 Echosmith - Cool Kids - reached number 17
#32 Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk - reached number 1.
#31 Take That - These Days - reached number 1.
#30 Tom Odell - Real Love - reached number 7.
#29 Parra for Cuva - Wicked Games - reach number 6.
#28 Ben Howard - I Forget Where we Were - reached number 54
#27 Charli XCX - Break the Rules - reached number 35
#26 DJ Fresh feat. Ellie Goulding - Flashlight - reached number 47
#25 The Magician - Sunlight (feat. Years and Years) - reached number 7
#24 Meghan Trainor - all About That Bass - reached number 1
#23 Ten Walls - Walking with Elephants - reached number 6
#22 Calvin Harris & John Newman - Blame - reached number 1
#21 Taylor Swift - Shake it Off - reached number 2
#20 David Guetta - Lovers on the Sun - reached number 1
#19 Saint Motel - My Type - reached number 34
#18 Zhu - Faded - reached number 3
#17 Milky Chance - Stolen Dance - reached number 24
#16 Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart - reached number 1
#15 Budapest - George Ezra - reached number 3.
#14 Little Mix - Salute - reached number 6.
#13 Lana Del Rey - West Coast - reached number 21
#12 Indiana - Solo Dancing - reached number 14
#11 Coldplay - Magic - reached no 10.
#10 Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home - reached no 31.
#9 Katy Perry - Dark Horse - reached no 4.
#8 Will.i.am feat Miley Cyrus - Feelin Myself - reached no 2.
#7 Vance Joy - Riptide - reached number 10.
#6 Gorgon City - Ready for your love (feat MNEK) - no 4
#5 Clean Bandit - Rather Be (feat Jess Glynne) - reached no 1.
#4 Lorde - Royals - My Single of the Week - reached no 1.
#3 Happy - Pharell Williams - reached no 1.
#2 Wilkinson - Afterglow - reached no 8.
#1 Sail by Awolnation - reached no 17.