It's the little things

10 December 2014

Sometimes, in the middle of our busy lives, we just need to take a step back and appreciate the little things in life. It's easy to forget what is right in front of us, and sometimes the smallest, tiniest things that you think don't matter, actually do. They make a huge difference to our well being and morale and without them, we'd all be different people.

Maybe just something to think about.

001. Sitting down and playing the piano. Nothing drifts me away into my own little world more.

002. Seeing a beautiful frost outside and watching the winter sun rise.

003. Max sleeping with his head on my shoulder - the most unconditional love in the world is from a pet.

004. Using Disney hand wash and not even caring if guests judge you and your bathroom because of it.

005. A phone call from your best friend.

006. Eating Clarence Court blue eggs because they're just so pretty.

007. A cup of tea. At any time of the day.

008. Sitting down and reading a really good book.

009. Wearing socks with your favourite animal on.

010. Snuggling in bed and not having to set an alarm for the next day.

It's the little things that matter.

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Winter Problems

4 December 2014

I love Winter. Truly, I do. It's probably my favourite season of the whole year, just because it comes with so many wonderful features. The festivities, cuddling up on the sofa, the Christmas lights, knowing it's cold on the outside of the duvet when you're warm under it.... However, I was getting out of bed the other day and my feet nearly froze as they touched the floor...I may as well have French plaited my hair, changed my name to Elsa and started singing 'Let It Go' it was so cold. So I jotted down a few problems that you find with Winter, despite loving the season.

Lots are to do with the cold. Did I mention that I don't enjoy being cold? Unlike Elsa, the cold does bother me anyway.


001. Struggling to fall asleep at night because it's so cold...

002. .....and then struggling to wake up because you've finally got warm and it feels like the Antarctic outside your duvet.

003. Regretting having that extra 10 minutes in bed, as you didn't prepare to find ice on your car windscreen and now you're going to be late for work. Massive fail.

004. Looking out of the window and thinking 'it's about 9pm..time for bed?' Maybe not as it's only FOUR IN THE AFTERNOON. Why so dark?!?!

005. Not being able to wear your onesie to work. I'm sorry, but they keep me warm so I should be allowed.

006. Needing to go to the loo, but having to mentally prepare yourself because the toilet seat is like an ice block.

007. Sneezing so hard that you almost split your lip. Where is the lip balm please?!

008. Having to physically sit next to the radiator to try and get warm, but then risk burning a layer of skin off - a risk we have all taken.

009. Forcing your animals to lie next to you to act as a 'furry hot water bottle'. Don't does the job very well.

010. Being unable to find a hair style that can withstand the rain, wind and cold and look good without feeling like straw. Ponytail it is then. For the 12th day running.

And with that my friends, I'm going to wrap up very warm before heading out to work this morning!

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Once Upon A December

1 December 2014

December is finally here! Deck the halls, wear the reindeer ears and sing Step Into Christmas at the top of your lungs!...Just me?...Ok.

It's one of my favourite months of the whole year. My timelines are full of 'Hello December' photos like the one above, pics of Christmas trees (well done my friends...we don't need no Scrooge's here!) and people showing off which Advent calendar they have. 'Tis the season to be festive, wear as much glitter and sequins as you can, and never feel guilty for eating another mince pie that is passed around the office. I can't wait!

I've got an exciting month coming up with loads to pack in - all festivities are included.

- I'm singing in a concert on Saturday and I cannot wait. Lots of songs from musicals will be sung, and I now need to source a dress to wear!

- Every year, I go to Disneyland Paris with my mum, her best friend and her daughter who I've grown up with. It's such a highlight as we're all Disney geeks (as you know) so we're heading to the castle of dreams for a few days to wish Mickey and the gang a Merry Christmas. I will be vlogging like I did last year too!

- One of my best friends has been working at Vogue Paris for a while (I know..the actual dream right?) and she's back in the UK this week, so December is going to be about catching up with her.

- Christmas Day this year is going to be at Jonathan's family which is Sheffield. We have to do the alternating thang and we're headed up north on Christmas Eve. The car will be packed with presents, snacks for the journey, one little excited Jack Russell Terrier and me singing Christmas songs up the M1.

In honour of this wonderful December day, I popped up a little vocal cover onto my YouTube channel. It's 'Once Upon A December' from the film Anastasia. As per usual, I recorded it all cosy in my pyjamas because that's the best way to record people! I also noticed that I'm very nearly at 600 YouTube followers. When did that happen? Thanks to all who take the time to listen!

Have a great December!

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Poorly Happy

30 November 2014

You know when you make loads of plans and it all goes out of the window? That.

After a day of Christmas shopping yesterday, I was plagued by a sickness bug yesterday evening and have been feeling sorry for myself today, mainly involving lying in bed, watching films and sipping water. To cheer myself up, I thought I'd make myself a happy list, of all the little things that have made me smile this weekend.

001. Putting up the Christmas tree - I'm ready for all the Scrooge's to tell me that I've put the tree up too early, but did you all realise that there's only three more Thursdays before Christmas Day? Exactly. Get that tree up now and enjoy it!

002. Smoothies - I had a peach smoothie yesterday whilst shopping and it was gorgeously refreshing.

003. About A Boy - Before the dreaded illness started, I was watching the classic film with Hugh Grant and forgot how much I enjoyed it.

004. England beating Australia in the rugby - that keeps all the men in the family happy.

005. Hearing my name on the radio - I'm in a concert next week with Gemma, and BBC Radio 2 mentioned us. It makes me even more excited to perform again!

006. Decorations everywhere - It's feeling truly festive now, and a personal favourite of mine is supermarkets dolling up their exterior with lights. It makes even the most boring of food shops fun again.

007. Fresh bed linen - is there anything that beats fresh bed linen?

008. Friends - honestly, I do not know where I would be without some of my friends. I'm a very lucky girl.

009. Disneyland Paris - it's two weeks till were off on our annual trip to the castle across the pond, and I cannot wait.

010. Post - I had to pick up 4 parcels from the post office yesterday. It's always nice receiving something through the letter box.

So that's 10 things that have made me smile. I think the plan for the rest of this Sunday is a hot bath, more sipping of water and an early night. I'm not sure if I can face work tomorrow but we will have to see how I feel in the morning. Hope you're all enjoying your Sunday more than me!

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Ascot Races and Country Living Christmas Fair

24 November 2014

Horse racing is one of the most exciting sports there is. Did you know that the Grand National is the most watched sporting event of any year? And that after football, horse racing has the most spectators? See. You learn something new every day! I actually work for a national horse racing company so it's no surprise that I love it - give me any excuse to be screaming at a grandstand and I'm there. I wanted to get someone else excited, so I thought I'd take Brogan with me for the day.

Ascot Racecourse is only a couple of minutes away for me. It holds huge memories and is somewhere I can enjoy myself, no-matter what races I'm watching. Royal Ascot will always be a favourite of course - this year's celebrations consisted of getting rather tipsy on Bollinger sitting in the rooftop terrace of the Royal Enclosure. However, the racing is what I enjoy. For those who don't know much about racing, at a meet, there's usually 5 or 6 races over a 4 hour period. With jump season in full flow, Ascot put on a Country Living Christmas Fair to keep the racegoers amused in between races. The main concourse was packed full of stalls, ranging from tweed companies to Turkish baklava. Christmas music was being played and there was a real festive buzz in the air.

Next came the racing. Brogan had absolutely no idea about racing, but said she would be placing a few bets for fun. I explained how it worked over a glass of wine and then we put our bets down on race one. I think it only took Brogan a few minutes to realise just how exciting this type of sport is. Everyone shouts for their horse and jumps up and down holding their betting cards in the air.

We had a classy bite to eat of a classic hot dog and a glass of champagne - the best combination of course, all whilst having a catch up and discussing the next horse we were going to put our chances on. Despite the weather being a bit dreary, all the racegoers were out in their country finest and the weather didn't seem to dull anyone's mood. The atmosphere was just wonderful and it made me appreciate one of my favourite sports more than ever. There's a brilliant respect with racing, and you can find yourself chatting to anyone and everyone.

When the races finished, I had managed to win 4 out of 6 races - not too shabby! Bets aside, it was a wonderful day, and I think I managed to convince Brogan that racing is exciting and more than just seeing the horses run. It's the whole package, and that includes having a laugh with your bestest friends. Brogan actually vlogged the day, so make sure you keep an eye out on her YouTube channel for the upload!

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