This Week I Have Been Mostly….

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It’s been a while since we had a little catch up, hasn’t it?

So in the past few weeks we’ve had Christmas and New Year! I hope your’s was good.

Mine was low-key and I didn’t do a huge amount, but it was just what I wanted.

I’m lucky enough to get the time between Christmas and New Year off from work, so if Gary’s off work we’ll take little day trips and such. But this year, he was very busy with work, so nothing was really planned.

Christmas Day was lovely and I got to see both sides of the family. From that point on my mind went into a little relapse and I didn’t want to do anything but curl into a ball and not see anyone. So that’s pretty much what I did. I honestly couldn’t tell you what I got up to because it’s all of a blur. That was until my bff (sister from another mister) got me over to see her lovely newly renovated house, and with her and another of my best friends we had a lovely normal morning chatting. It was lovely to get out of the house and be in a safe space with people I trust and can talk about these things with. And they don’t make a big deal over how I’m feeling – they just let me feel that way, make sure I’m okay and if I want to talk about it I can. And they know me well enough to be able to suss out whether I want to talk or not.

On New Year’s Eve Eve I attended a singing workshop with my Mum, where we learned two songs as a choir and then in the evening had a party and Bandaoke. My Mum and I had both signed up to sing with the band (scary) so we were both fairly nervous, but when each of our turns came up we were fine. I sang Young Hearts Run Free and people said I did well after I came off stage, which was a relief!

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New Year’s Eve was a quiet one spent at home with Gary. I normally spend my New Year this way, and it’s the way I prefer it! I can be in bed by half past midnight!

On New Year’s Day I began working on the first of my 2018 challenges – learning calligraphy. After seeing a friend taking part in this course throughout 2017, and seeing the progress she’s made, I decided I would give it a try myself. I’m already finding I’m learning things about myself as a person as well as my penmanship during this challenge – who knew?!

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Then it was back to work, and by the time we returned to the office I was very much looking forward to it and wanted to get back into a routine!

I didn’t find it hard to get back into the swing of things, and it was nice to see my colleagues again  – it’s great when you enjoy being around the people you work with!

During the first week of January I also had to kick off my second 2018 challenge – a new recipe every week for the entire year! I’ve already posted about my first recipe here, so take a look. I’m enjoying looking at recipes in a new way, this year. I’ll happily trawl through tons of books and Pinterest recipes, marking the ones I like the look of to make one day, but this time around I need something I’m ACTUALLY going to make! So I’m thinking more practically about them!

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I’ve also been reading a lot of blogs related to New Year and resolutions (well, more those that gear towards self-improvement, since that’s what I relate too) and I’ve been very inspired by the positivity and how practical people are being. There’s less fad and more mind involved in what people are aiming for this year. It’s fantastic.

I’ve made a pledge to myself to be more active on social media – and by that I don’t mean posting more (although I feel like I will be posting more blogs this year just by default!) – I mean commenting on other people’s posts, sharing their stuff etc. Not just scrolling through instagram and double tapping then moving on – I’d like to comment on all of the photos that have meant something to me. Because it’s what we’d want for our own feeds, right?

I’m enjoying feeling the fresh positivity that’s come along with this year. In a time of uncertainty and bafflement, coming from a couple of years that were very trying for many people, we appear to be collectively coming together and finding our feet again. The ground seems a little more solid, and I’m personally enjoying how it feels.

 

Guest Post: Mum’s the Word!

Today I have a guest post, written by my Mother! She has her own blog, mostly about her travels and day-to-day activities and she loves to write. I chatted to her about make up when I was with her for lunch on Easter day, and it dawned on me, she would have an awesome perspective of how makeup has changed over the years she’s been using it. And of course how her use of beauty products has changed as her skin has matured. Now heading into my mid 30’s I am all too aware of how my skin is changing and it feels like every few years I’m having to relearn what works for me! Here’s what my Mum has to say:

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Erin has asked me to write a guest blog post about make up from the point of view of the older woman.

Well at 61 and a bit I guess that’s me.

I wear make up every day simply in order to look better than I do without it. I prefer the natural look and have never had much free cash to spend on cosmetics. But along the way I’ve found a few products that really suit me, and of course some others that don’t!

I’m proud of my hands; I’ve never bitten my nails and I love to wear nail varnish. I started to paint my nails at about 10, I think. I remember wearing a pretty green shade in the ‘60s and a subtle pearl coloured varnish in the ‘70s. While working on a mobile library in King’s Lynn in the early ‘70s I spotted a customer who had beautiful dark red nails. They were the exact colour of aniseed balls and I’ve been searching for this shade ever since, never quite finding it.

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At Centre Parcs a couple of years ago I enjoyed a pedicure, having my toenails painted with Leighton Denny’s No Comment which is an extremely dark purple, almost black. Since then Leighton Denny polishes have been my go-to make. I find them long lasting, hard wearing and in stunning colours. Entertaining names too!

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I suppose the next product that I started using when growing up was lipstick. Now, I have a love/hate relationship with lipstick. I have pale skin and any slightly bright colour looks so vivid on me that it drowns me out. My Mum on the other hand has olive skin, much darker colouring than me, and as she was a teenager in the ‘40s and ‘50s she wore bright red lipsticks as that was the fashion and she looked great in them. Trying on my Mum’s lip colour then, wasn’t a good start for me. Once pale colours became fashionable in the ‘60s I found what suited me and I’ve mainly stuck with them. More often than not though, I go without. Lip balm is my friend, in fact I’m probably a little addicted. I started using Cherry Chapstick way before Katy Perry tried kissing a girl!

Come my teen years I was looking for guidance. I bought a beauty book that I remember advising its readers to wait till 16 before wearing any make up. My art teacher at school was more enlightened and one lesson she asked us all to bring in our make up bags and apply our usual make up in the lesson. This was radical as cosmetics weren’t allowed to be worn at our girls’ grammar school. What I recall from this particular lesson was that one girl had followed the fashion of the day and lined her eyes top and bottom with black eyeliner. As our teacher pointed out, this had the effect of making her eyes look smaller! Not the intention!

I also remember having a make over at my aunt’s house. Now this gave me such comfort as I could see from this that make up could really make me look quite pretty. The revelation here was wearing blusher for the first time, on the apples of my cheeks. Blusher livens up my face no end, and I always wear it now, just a little pop of colour. I have used powder in the past but I prefer cream. I use Lychee by Colour Me Beautiful, a product that they have recently stopped stocking. So I am eking out my little pot.

What did I next discover? Probably mascara, and probably Rimmel from Woolworths. Mascara is my favourite cosmetic I think; the one I would take to that desert island. I am blessed with long thick eyelashes and I like to make the most of them. I’ve always worn brown or brown/black, never black as it’s too harsh for my colouring. And I’ve stuck to liquid mascara in a tube, never wanting to use those solid blocks in a compact with a tiny brush that my friends used to apply, mixed with their spit (shudder!) These days my most regular brand is Max Factor. I’m currently using 2000 Calorie though I like False Lash Effect too. A more pricey brand I like a lot is YSL, Baby Doll. This is a fabulous product with a very clever brush that makes my lashes look luxurious.

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Eye shadow next; it’s such fun to experiment with colours and where to place them on the eyelid. Of course in the ‘60s the focus was on the eyes so dark colours were the rage. Now, I have deep set eyes so I just look like a skeleton if my eyes are too dark. In the ‘70s I had little pots of gel like shadow that I applied with my fingers. One was quite a bright blue, and they were shimmery. Oh yes, quite the thing, with my bottle blonde hair flicked back and secured with Harmony hair spray I must have resembled a Charlie’s Angel! More recently I’ve been using my Colour Me Beautiful’s palette which contains 3 shades, all selected to flatter my summer colouring. These shadows are subtle and in great colours, mainly matte but the heather has a little sparkle. A ‘grown up’ product.

My current favourite shade is a lilac shadow by Bobbi Brown. It brings my eyes forward, so to speak , and provides some colour on my face.

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I experimented with eye liner in the ‘60s; of course I did. Other girls looked so with-it with that smooth black line so close to their eyelashes. I never got it right. Using a liquid product, there was always a sliver of pale eyelid showing between the lashes and the liner. It wasn’t till the 80’s that having been inspired by a friend who wore a subtle soft line on her lower lids, I found a soft pencil with a smudger and found that a thin line,once again in brown, enhanced my look. A few years later I was brave enough to line my upper lid too. Now I’ve found what works I’ve tried other colours too and currently favour a blue pencil, once again from Colour Me Beautiful and I also love a grape pencil from Clinique.

Now, moisturiser. A friend sent me a pot for my 21st birthday. I was honestly grateful, and have been ever since. I vary the makes I buy and try to spend as little as possible on day creams. As I’ve got older I spend more on night creams, using Clinique or Time Bomb. I have a few age spots on my face and hands so do what I can to reduce these.

Usually I steer clear of foundation. I look too made up wearing them, so I prefer a tinted moisturiser. Once again I vary the make I buy, currently using a Bobbi Brown one. I also steer clear of powder. It really ages me and I see no need to wear it.

I’ve always had dark shadows under my eyes. I can sleep for England, that’s not my problem. The shadows are probably genetic, so sorry, daughters, you get it from me; but I’m grateful to Erin as she started using Touche Eclat and I could see the difference it made. So although it’s an expensive product I’ve been using it since the ‘90s and now wouldn’t be without it.

What’s left? Eyebrows. Now, I’m a wimp, I can’t cope with pain, and this has stood me in good stead here. The ‘60s fashion was to pluck brows almost into non-existence. All I could cope with was to remove those stragglers under the brows, and this only after a bath or a hair wash when the pores are open. As a result I still have fairly thick well shaped brows. As I age the outer edges have become thinner and so I add some colour on occasion. I could probably do this more often to look fashionable, but as you’ve probably worked out, that’s not my aim. I use a very fine eyebrow pencil in a blonde shade by Clinique.

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A product I thought I didn’t have a use for is Garnier’s Perfect Blur but I tried a magazine’s free sample and was hooked. It’s a primer that’s applied after moisturiser and before foundation or tinted moisturiser and its effect is to smooth the skin. You can feel and see the difference.

I use hand cream a lot, applying it last thing at night and throughout the day when my hands feel dry. I like my daytime cream to contain an SPF but not many brands contain it; why ever not? If I’d started using it earlier I might not have those age spots. Molton Brown, Clinique and Neutrogena do hand creams with SPF.

Because I have a skin condition called polymorphic light eruption (PLE) I prefer creams with a high SPF.

The condition means that I can develop an itchy rash when my skin is exposed to the sun. It can occur anywhere on my body except my face and hands, and currently the usual area is my neck. The rash spreads and can last  2 or 3 weeks, causing me sleeplessness and distress. I manage PLE by not sitting in the sun, wearing a neck buff like this one and, most importantly, using a high SPF sun cream every day on my neck and chest. I use Anthelios 50+ cream.

Another product I rely on is Imedeen tan optimiser. Four years ago I started taking these tablets in preparation for an Australian holiday. I had only a few small rashes on that holiday, and those disappeared quickly. The tablets were off the market for a couple of years for reformulation but have now reappeared, albeit they’re only available online.

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During the hiatus I used Viridian SPF Skin Pro Factors tablets which weren’t quite as successful, but were an OK substitute.

Victoria Health is a very good website for both beauty and health products. Their monthly newsletter is full of information and product delivery is almost instantaneous!

I love Lush products but my skin sensitivity means I avoid the heavy perfumes they use. L’Occitane is more up my street, though expensive, so their products are always on my birthday and Christmas lists.

Palmers Cocoa Butter creams have a lovely vanilla perfume, but I find it hard to pump out the last of the product.

While staying at Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool last year I used the free samples of REN products, and fell in love with the body lotion, Neroli and Grapefruit body cream as it softened and smoothed my skin beautifully. Marks and Spencer sell it so I’ve bought myself some.

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Thank you so much Mum, for writing this blog. It was really interesting to see how fashions and make up has changed and your opinions. I can’t believe your art teacher had you bring in make up for a lesson! If I’d been asked to do that my make up would have consisted solely of one heavily used and unsharpened black eyeliner – but it *was* the 90’s!  It’s interesting to see how we steer towards similar brands too – I really need to try out that Garnier Perfect Blur!

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!

 

This Week I Have Been Mostly

this week i have been mostlyThis isn’t a real post – merely a checking in since not a huge amount has been happening here. This last couple of weeks I have been head down and getting over a cold, working hard and prepping for my upcoming holiday.

  • It appears it’s autumn already and the rain keeps coming. I’m currently wearing a thick jumper and fuzzy socks whilst the rain hits the windows.
  • Over the last week I’ve met up with my Book Club friends to finalise preparations for Ibiza.
  • Gary and I went to London for a day trip with Amy and her boyfriend Chris.
  • Today we attended a birthday party for Gary’s aunt and a retirement gathering for my Mum.
  • I was sad to hear of Wes Craven’s passing this morning. We’ve been watching Scream the TV series and I understand that the final episode, next to air, will have some kind of dedication to him.
  • We completed re-watching the whole series of Dexter and are now searching for our next tv show. Any suggestions?

My next blog will be post-ibiza. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

This Week I Have Been Mostly

this week i have been mostlyLast weekend I had the pleasure of taking family photos for my good friend Caroline, with her husband Chris and their baby Leo. It was a lovely afternoon and the weather held off for us, meaning we were able to utilise their lovely garden and the natural light of the sun, which had decided to grace us with its presence.

13We got some lovely photos, and having sent them over, Caz and Chris seem to like them too! So I’m very pleased 🙂

On Wednesday I headed over to Amy’s house for a Bridesmaid dress trying on session. Sarah’s getting married next year and the dress samples had arrived to we piled into Amy’s house, ate fajitas and tried the dresses on. It was good fun to try the different styles on and get our first bridesmaid fix!

Yesterday I turned 32 and we had a nice relaxed day. We headed to Bicester Village for a browse and I got some amazing presents from friends and family. I have some awesome new things to take to Ibiza in 3 weeks and one of my friends even gave me some Euro to take. I’m a very lucky girl!

I also let myself go a little, diet-wise, so this week I’m going to begin training again. Now that my injured hip seems to have recovered, and my tattoo has mostly healed I have no excuses!

This Week I Have Been Mostly

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Wow, where did that weekend go? I’ve been super busy and before I knew it it was Monday.

Last week I:

  • Went to visit Amy. She’s just moved into a lovely little house with her boyfriend and even though they’d only been in for almost a week, it already looked cosy and homely.
  • I had dinner with an old friend and caught up with what’s been going on since it’s been years since we last hung out.
  • I went out with my sister-in-law, mother-in-law and niece for a meal whilst the boys went out in London.
  • I visited a sports therapist to look at my TFL joint as I’ve been in pain for a whole week since my last run. Some deep tissue massage later, I’ve been told not to run again until my Bupa 10,000 next Monday. That will have been two weeks off running so hopefully I’ll be okay for the event. Either way I’m still hoping for a PB!
  • Me and my Mum have been practising for a big concert on Friday, with Rock Choir, at St Albans Abbey.
  • I’ve been getting excited because two of the Book Club girls who have been out of the country for months are back in a few weeks and we’ll all be back together again!
  • I’ve been trying to understand lactose intolerance a bit more, and missing the food I used to eat with no problems. I had a big flare up this weekend and after speaking to some people who have dealt with LI for a long time, it seems the condition is really temperamental. You can be fine for weeks and then the smallest thing will set it off. So I’m going to try adding some dairy back into my diet to see what’s bad and what’s not so bad, and hopefully build up some kind of tolerance again.
  • Last week I drove to work and back on my own. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may know how absolutely massive this is, since my fear of driving has prevented me from being able to drive on my own since I passed my test years and years ago. One day, whilst practicing, it just clicked. No anxiety… in fact no feelings towards it either way. Which is totally fine with me – the enjoyment will come with time, I’m sure 🙂
  • I’ve been getting fed up with the weather, since it’s still cold and rainy and windy. I want spring and summer now! I swear this time last year I had a tan already.
  • We’ve just finished re watching Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes again. They’re amazing shows, if you haven’t seen them before, you must!

And that’s what I’ve been up to. I have another busy week and weekend this week! I’ll slow down and relax one day 😀

This Week I Have Been Mostly…

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This week I have been mostly celebrating Christmas! The week of Christmas is always an odd one. I have no idea what day of the week it is, or what time of day it is for most of the week.

Monday to Wednesday we were at work, but had a half day on Wednesday as it was Christmas Eve. We finished work at lunch time and had a wonderful meal at the local village pub and said our Merry Christmases. Once at home I spent the rest of the day with Gary prepping our evening and getting ready for our traditional Christmas Eve movies. We bought take-away and watched The Holiday and The Polar Express in our pyjamas!

After such a busy couple of weeks I finally started to relax and was asleep by half 11, dreaming of Santa and snow…. well maybe not but I did sleep really well! We woke on Christmas morning after 8am which is good work for me.

We sat under the tree and exchanged gifts (Naked 2 palette and Essie nail polish!) and then had hot croissants and orange juice for breakfast. We spent the morning with Gary’s family at his Mum and Dad’s house and then headed to my parent’s for Christmas lunch and more presents. My Sister and her family and my Grandad were also there and it was lovely spending the day with them since I don’t see them an awful lot normally.

Gary and I received some wonderful gifts including a hamper full of peanut butter flavoured goodies, a Ghostbusters Lego set, an amazing tea set from the Brew Tea Co and Mum bought me another term at Rock Choir (which I’m so excited about!). By about 7pm Gary and I were exhausted so we headed home and had a little nap whilst watching Frozen on Sky. By 9:30 we were tucked up in bed and watching more tv – not very rock and roll but totally cosy and exactly what we wanted to do!

Boxing Day was another day of rest. We had a late start and then headed over to Gary’s Mum’s for lunch before heading back over to my family to say goodbye to my Grandad who was heading back home. Reports of snow and torrential rain were justified as the freezing rain hit, but thankfully no snow for us, only sleet onto wet ground. We’re hoping that the upcoming weather doesn’t scupper our new year plans.

We’ve had a couple of really wonderful relaxing days and we’re now ready to hit the gym, sort out the house and start 2015 with a bang. We already have quite a few things planned for next year and they’re all very exciting! So we’re going to enjoy the rest of the weekend and then hit the ground running in preparation for January. Another successful Christmas.

God Bless Us, Everyone

I don’t know how it’s happened, but all of a sudden it’s Christmas Eve Eve! I type this as I watch A Muppet Christmas Carol and sip on a snowball. I finally got around to writing my Christmas cards this evening, and wrapping the last of the presents. My new Christmas jumper is twitching in my wardrobe, eager to be worn (I won it in a competition Fat Face were running on their Facebook page. It’s worth entering these things, apparently!)

Since I last wrote a few things have happened:

  • My good friend Tash ran her first half marathon in a very respectable time and I am super proud of her!
  • We went to London for our work’s Christmas party and saw some old friends.
  • The book club girls came over and we got to spend a chilled afternoon in each other’s company AND have cuddles with little baby Leo.
  • I’ve watched more Christmas movies. We now have The Grinch, Love Actually and Bernard and the Genie under our belts.
  • More Christmas lights have been added to our living room grotto and it’s super Christmassey!
  • I made and have delivered most of my handmade Christmas pressies for this year. I plan on blogging about them after Christmas since not everyone has had theirs yet. But they have seemed to go down well so far!

Christmas Eve tomorrow will be spent at work for most of the day, getting festive with my wonderful team and then G-Man and I will share a very festive KFC dinner and watch our traditional Christmas Eve films, The Holiday and then The Polar Express (with hot chocolate of course!) Last Christmas, Gary and I wrote letters to ourselves a year in the future all about the past year and what we expected for 2014. We don’t know what each other wrote, but tomorrow evening we’ll open them. It’s our first year doing this, and I have no idea what I wrote so I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what it says!

I honestly can’t believe that it’s almost the end of 2014 and I’m really looking forward to writing my round-up. It’s been such an amazing year and I really can’t wait for 2015!

So there’s nothing left to do but to wish all my readers a safe and exciting Christmas and New Year. I hope you are able to spend it with friends and family and that whatever your situation it’s filled with love. Merry Christmas!

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I won a Christmas jumper!

 

The cutest Santa Baby you ever saw! Little Leo!
The cutest Santa Baby you ever saw! Little Leo!

 

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Cake and Ice Cream

This weekend G-Man and I headed off to the big smoke and to Regent Street for the second annual NFL street party. I don’t have any interest in American football at all, but Gary does so off we went in search of cheerleaders and hot dogs. We found neither, and ended up going shopping else where!

There was a lot of buzz and little inflatable activities to do but nothing really amazing, so we went off to get some lunch. Firstly we headed off to Stax off Carnaby Street where we’d eaten before. We were seated but told no burgers were on the menu for another 40 minutes which was a shame since that was what I’d really fancied. Twenty minutes later we still hadn’t been given any water, no one had taken our order and none of the wait staff were exhibiting any sense of urgency so we got up and left. I doubt the waitress even realised we’d gone and wondered why she’d left two menus at the window bar. Stax, we gave you a chance and you let us down.

We then headed to The Diner on Carnaby Street where we had an amazing meal and the staff were brill. I had a Hawaiian burger with wet fries. The Diner gravy is amazing guys, you’ve got to try it.

Then we headed off for another wander into a few shops and around the area taking in the gorgeous warm autumnal weather.

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We stumbled across a gelato shop in Covent Garden called Gelatorino. This shop’s only other store location is in Monte-Carlo so we guessed it would be the proper stuff. So many places serve what they call gelato but it’s just ice cream. Real gelato has the most amazing smooth mouthfeel which is down to the lack of ice crystals in the mix. I chose a small tub with two flavours – green apple and salted caramel. Together they tasted like toffee apple! Both flavours had such amazing strength and body and were just wonderful.

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Unfortunately Gary took a turn for the worse and started to feel a migraine coming on soon after this so we headed on home and had a relaxing low-key evening.

Sunday was chores and lazy lie ins – that’s what Sundays are for, right? I managed to get some food prep done for the week ahead before we headed out and over to my Mum and Dad’s. It’s my Dad’s birthday on Tuesday and we all got together, along with my sister and her family, to celebrate the big day! There was lot’s of catching up, chats, singing and dancing as well as party food – including yummy banoffee cake!

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Gary took some photos of our ugly mugs too!

It was a good weekend. Busy enough since I’m still not feeling right after this sinus thing and hay fever is still kicking my butt. Next weekend is über exciting, but you’ll have to wait until then to read all about it 🙂

This Week I Have Been Mostly…

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  • This week the weather has been so glorious that I’ve been in a good mood every single day. I’ve woken up happy and content, and stayed that way throughout the day. It’s amazing what the sunshine can do for you. I find it inspiring and invigorating and other things beginning with I.
  • I’ve visited the gym a couple of times this week. I meant to run yesterday but a stomach bug has decided to set up home and I thought it best not to run.
  • I’ve been loving neon nail polish shades this spring and am rocking a nice bright Nail’s Inc shade at the moment called Sloane Avenue. The OPI Neon minis might have made it onto my birthday wishlist…
  • I’m amazed at my tan and can’t stop staring at my arms. I’m also amazed at the shape and definition my arms now have since I started weight training at the gym. I keep staring down and wondering whose arms they are!
  • The World Cup started tonight and I’m really looking forward to continuing my Veronica Mars marathon (such a great show!) and getting some reading done. I also want to pick up a cross stitch but they’re so expensive. Some of those might have also made it onto my birthday wishlist….
  • I have been busy filling up my (and Gary’s) diary for the next few months and after having looked at it more carefully today I’ve realised that I have only 2 free weekends between now and September and one of those has just been filled! Eek – glad it’s all super fun stuff!
  • I have been massively appreciating my friends and family this week. Accepting support from them has been a massive change in my life over the last few years and it’s wonderfully refreshing to be able to depend on other people. It’s also amazing that they depend on me too. I’m very lucky.
  • I always really enjoy social networking with companies that I like and I’ve been really enjoying do that this week. Drink Me Chai have been continuing to support Musings of a So-Called Shutterbug by sharing my post about overnight oats. I’ve chatted to some wonderful people and some very helpful customer service agents too. I’m really appreciating technology! I was also contacted by the founder of British sportswear brand Lexie with the hashtag #somethingexciting and yes, it was exciting. (More on that another time!)

It’s been a fun week so far…. looking forward to a fun weekend!
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