March Staycation!

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I’d like to start today’s post by letting you know I’ve been featured on Just Charlie G’s blog in her Bloggers Talk Beauty section, this week. It was fun to take part, and I’d love it if you’d have a read, if beauty is something you’re interested in!

This week Gary and I have been on leave from work. We’ve got tons done and right now we’re pretty shattered!

We started our time off last Saturday with a trip to London with our niece Leah. Her birthday falls on Christmas Eve Eve which means she misses out on her birthday pretty much every year, it being so close to Christmas Day. So we decided we’d wait until Spring and take her shopping in London and do lunch. Leah chose TGI Friday for lunch so we headed to Covent Garden as it’s a little quieter there. Leah also loves the street performers so it was the perfect place to head first.

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Lunch was lovely, relaxed and tasty. We then headed on to lots of shops for make up shopping and picked up some bargains and treats! I think we got everything Leah needed and wanted. We also headed to Canary Wharf to visit Gary’s work place and get an amazing view of The City from up high. By the time we’d almost finished shopping we noticed we were losing the light and it was coming up to 6pm! It was an awesome day.

We’d planned to begin working on revamping our bedroom and dressing room this week and so Monday meant a trip to Ikea. We headed first time Beckworth Emporium for a mooch, and were accidentally treated to an aerial show as some planes were practicing formations. It was really something. Lunch at Buddies and then to Ikea, where we got a lot of inspiration and ended up making 3 trips for measurements and then fitting things in the car!

Tuesday was supposed to be day one of flat pack building, but we woke up to glorious spring sunshine. We HAD to be out and about on a day like that so instead we took a road trip to Bluewater shopping mall for a browse and to enjoy the weather. It was a wonderful day, and when we returned we began building the first wardrobe.

Flash forward to Friday evening and the dressing room and bedrooms were finally complete. 4 wardrobes and 1 chest of drawers, three trips to the tip and a lot of sore fingers later! Not to mention a few more trips to Ikea (my iPhone will be telling me how long it takes to get to Ikea next week….) We’re so pleased with how it looks.

Check out this before and after of our dressing room:

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And we’ve since added hooks to the sides of the wardrobes for running medals and necklaces.

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I used little tealight holders to store my makeup brushes.

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And I’m obsessed with these drawer organisers. We bought three sets and now pretty much everything I own is in its own little box!

So now it’s Saturday and we’re knackered! We still have some lights and artwork to get for the walls but it’s amazing how much changes like this refresh the feel of the house!

And now it’s almost Easter, so Happy Easter to you all! Tomorrow we’re having Easter lunch with my parents and then I’m on Bridesmaid duty with a trial makeup session with the girls. Then I think we’re off to the cinema to see 10 Cloverfield Lane. After that we still have another day off work! Since the weather promises to be wet and possibly stormy we’ll no doubt be spending it inside somewhere, but I feel like we’ve definitely made the most of this holiday!

 

Good Friday Fun Day

On Good Friday I woke up stupidly early because that’s what my body clock now does! I forced myself to stay in bed and had a late breakfast. Then I got ready to head out because I was going to lunch with two of my favourite girls!

After a cuppa and a chin wag at Jen’s we made our way out to Buddies Diner. Jen’s training for a bikini comp and so is following a strict diet. This would be a carb day and so she was looking forward to digging in, as were we all!

Having arrived we perused the mammoth sized menu, trying to decide what to eat. It was very tricky!

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We decided to share a ‘mountain of nachos’ to start.

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It was seriously good. I’m not a starter and pudding kinda person so I filled up rather fast on these. But they were amazing!

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Then the mains arrived and we’d all gone for burgers. This photo shows us all taking pictures of our food for instagram….. yes, we’re THOSE people!

It was amazing to spend time with these lovely ladies – chill and eat and gossip. It’s always a pleasure.

After our burgers we were stuffed but Jen still found room for a milkshake!

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By this time we were all feeling rather full and sleepy, so we headed to a local lake for a walk and a sit down. It was a tad breezy and a bit chilly so we didn’t stay for long but it was lovely to get some fresh air after all that lovely grub.

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We headed to my house after this for a cup of tea and a brownie that Sarah had made. She hadn’t seen my new house yet so it was lovely to have them both over. It was a perfect bank holiday outing with two of my besties!

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Stop the presses! I’m starting to feel like I’m getting over my cold! Whoooo! I’ve had a good few last days of my holiday, made better by the Wednesday rest day I had. On Thursday morning we went to get my hair cut. I decided on a whim that I wanted to get it cut short and that I wanted to go back to red. So that’s what I did. I got myself a bob cut in and then went off to Boots for hair colour.

That evening we went out for dinner and drinks with a friend and had chats and stuff. It was nice and relaxed but I was still feeling really rubbish by the end of the night. I just wanted to be able to breathe!

Friday we went and visited my Grandad in Hinkley. It was good to see him as be hasn’t been feeling all that well recently. When I got back it was time to dye the bob. I knew that I wanted to get a vibrant red because I was starting off so light. When I washed the colour out I was devastated. It hadn’t settled into parts which were my natural brown, the shade was orangey pink and I looked horrid. It took quite a lot of texts from two friends and Gary’s reassurances that it looked okay. That evening I went out with the same friends and they said it looked good – but I was still not sure. Next morning I washed it and most of the colour came out. It had turned a fluorescent coral colour and I looked like a clown. So we went back to Boots and I chose a shade two darker and put that on. It seems to be holding. Some of the highlights have resisted and I know they’ll come through after washing but I think that will look kind of cool! I really didn’t expect, after 12 years of dying my hair red, that I would be dying my hair twice in two days. My poor scalp! But I suppose you learn these things by making mistakes!

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Last night, for dinner, we went to KFC and got a chicken box meal for 4 people and shared it between the two of us. Sometimes you’ve just gotta! And today, as well as it being Easter Day, it’s G Man’s 30th Birthday! I’m so excited for him!! We’re going to his family’s house later today and they’re throwing a little party for him 🙂

Easter isn’t really a big deal for me, but when I was a kid my Mum used to do egg hunts for us on Easter day morning. We’d wake up and find a post-it next to our beds with a clue on it. We’d follow the clue and find an egg and there would be a new clue attached to it. We would carry on like this until we found all of our eggs. I used to find it so much fun, even though I was allergic to chocolate. But I would always get a VHS of the previous summer’s kid blockbuster instead 😀

Tomorrow I’m back to work, but that’s okay! I found out I should have another 3 months before my contract ends so I get to stay working for my favourite company for a little longer. Big whoops!

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