Spring Walks

9 March 2014

I had forgotten how hard moving house was. Yes it's true, I'm moving house..again. And I'm very excited about it. It's just the packing and the organising which isn't so fun. We had our last sleep in this house last night and we move out today. Right now, we're sitting in our onesies catching up with the Paralympics (which is obviously really productive) but we'll get our skates on soon enough. Yesterday, in between all the packing boredom, we decided to appreciate the gorgeous weather we've been having.

Questions:
Where did all this nice weather come from?
Have the rain clouds finally left us alone after the wettest and most floodworthy Winter on Earth?
Can I put my wellies away now?
And coats?
And scarfs?
And hats?

Who knows..time will tell, but I do hear on the grapevine that we're meant to have nice weather at around 16 degrees all week.

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We popped over to a local park to throw Max a ball so he could burn some energy. On the way, we stopped off and entered him in a pet photo competition and the photographer was very impressed with him. Could Max be Jack Russell's Next Top Model? We will see. The sun is still low and was in our eyes constantly, but we didn't care because it was so nice to actually feel some heat. Even Max was in shock by the sun and found the running and jumping for the ball quite hot and tiring. Jonathan found a climbing wall and was pretty happy too. It's like taking a child out sometimes. We meandered around the park and by the river, and then made our way back to the car to head back and do more packing.

Lets hope the weather stays - who knows, I may actually have to wear sunglasses this week to drive to work. Hashtag shock horror! By the end of today, we will have moved out of this house and will be moving into our new one in two weeks or so. I'm excited for the new adventure to begin.

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Pancake Day

5 March 2014

I think for the last 3 years, Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday as I call it) has come and gone without me noticing it. I've always been too busy or out with work. This year, I vowed it would be different.

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Gemma and I decided to get together to make some fluffy American pancakes. For Gem, this was a whole new experience as she'd never eaten an American pancake before..something I couldn't really get my head around. I wanted to prove to her that they were the best type of pancakes. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad with an English pancake..I'm just more partial to the fluffy American kind (preferably with bacon and maple syrup please and thank you.) Despite me loving these cakes of goodness, I maybe only make pancakes about twice a year, if that. They're a bit of a luxury in my opinion and I like having them on special occasions like birthdays or for a family reunion brunch. Seeing as I hadn't eaten pancakes for about 7 months, I was pretty much drooling by the time we started cooking them.

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With the dogs swirling around our legs, we attempted 'the flip' - something that I found myself to be pretty damn enjoyable. There's nothing like a victory dance after a successful pancake flip. And nothing better than eating them after. We found that preparing yourself for 'the flip' in a Jonny Wilkinson rugby kick type pose was the best way to organise yourself.

Is anyone giving up anything for Lent? I will be attempting to give up Diet Coke - something I'm pretty terrified about as I'm a bit of a DC addict. I've warned all of my friends, family and colleagues that tantrums and withdrawal symptoms may follow. Eek. You can watch our vlog of the pancake flipping bonanza below. Remember to subscribe for more - that always makes me happy.

 

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London with Brogan

3 March 2014

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One of my fav things about blogging, vlogging, tweeting...the lot...is making friends. I can honestly say that I have made some fabulous friends through a variety of platforms - some of whom will be friends for life, and Brogan is one of them. I think we started talking in 2011 sometime and we haven't really looked back. Our personalities seem to click and we just seem to laugh constantly together. We decided to have a very overdue day out together in London. As Brogan is from Bournemouth and I've grown up with London on my doorstep, I was happy to play the role of 'tour guide'.

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We met at Waterloo and dashed over to Covent Garden by foot for breakfast. I think if there's one thing I taught Brogan this weekend, it is that London is small and walking is the best possible thing. And I know every shortcut going ;) We had breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien (as it was a little too early to devour Shake Shack for brunch) and caught up over fruit salad, green juices and scones. We soon headed back to the Southbank so I could treat Brogan to an outing at the London Dungeons. There was a lot of screaming and hand holding I can assure you, and after a hilarious face on the ride at the end, we made it out alive and Brogan felt pretty proud of herself. Next stop was a spot of shopping on Oxford Street and Piccadilly, followed by a late lunch sitting in the sun at Ed's Diner. As nightfall came, we stepped aboard the London Eye. It was a clear night so even in the darkness, you could see for miles. I honestly prefer the London Eye at night - seeing all the landmarks illuminated is just magical. At about 8pm, we said our goodbyes and headed our separate ways.

It was such a lovely day and I'm so glad I got to share a little bit of tourist magic with Brogan (thanks to my trusty Magic Pass). Honestly, I feel so lucky to have grown up in such a wonderful city. I don't think I could ever move away. I'm also lucky to have such wonderful friends, and true friends are like gold dust.

You can watch the vlog from our day out below - remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more!


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A Happy Sunday Post

2 March 2014

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Max's spot: this is where he sits and looks out of the window. It also shows that I really need my windows cleaned!

A few things that have made me happy this week:

001. Making a scrumptious chicken dish with the help of these Maggi papyrus papers. Honestly, they are jam packed full of flavour and all you need to do is put the chicken inside the paper, and cook in a frying pan for 10 mins each side - no oil needed. One of the best discoveries I've made this year!

002. Buying a new Minnie Mouse lunchbox for work - yes you heard me correctly. It is me after all ;)

003. Spending a day in London with Brogan. We had a fab day out, and there's a blog post and vlog to follow. Keep an eye out here!

004. Jonathan running me a bath (complete with essential Lush bath bomb) because he knew I'd had a mentally busy week at work.

005. Funny phone calls from friends. I love that I have friends who will ring me up just to tell me about something that made them laugh, and that they know I'd laugh too.

006. Snuggling up to Max every evening and watching Prison Break. A colleague has leant me the complete series on Bluray so I'm watching through it again. I'd only ever got as far as Season 3, so I'm thinking I have lots of 'shock horror' moments to follow.

007. Planning holidays. It looks like I will be off to Thailand later this year, and planning it is making me very excited. Thailand is one of my favourite countries to visit - the people are so very friendly and the food is outstandly yummy. I'm excited at the prospect of visiting again.

008. Watching the new series of One Born Every Minute. If I could go back in time, I'd make the decision to go to university and study Midwifery. I would love to be a part of someone's baby journey.

I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday! It's been a quiet one for me filled with organising and chores. I'm excited for March as lots is happening, including my birthday and moving house. I feel like I have a lot to look forward to!

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

23 February 2014

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The Good

001. Bubble baths after a long day at work. Nothing beats them. I'm really enjoying using lots of Lush bubble bars at the moment, as well as filling the tub with classic Johnson's Baby Bath (because I like to pretend I'm 2.) I light a few candles, prop my Kindle Fire up and catch up with YouTube subs whilst I'm relaxing. What's not to love?

002. Max's reaction when I come home from work. It will never, ever get old. He spins round in circles, springs as high as he physically can in the air, and showers me with as much love as he possibly can. If you want someone to appreciate you when you come home, get a dog.

003. Fajitas. We cooked them for dinner recently after not having them for ages and maaan were they good. We sat cross legged on the sofa and made a little 'fajita station' whilst watching tv. It was just bliss. I want to start cooking more Mexican food I think. I love anything Mexican spicy!

The Bad

004. As I mentioned recently, the flooding has been pretty unbelievable in our area. At one point things were looking bleak for a lot of people, but I tried to do my bit by donating food and essentials to people who had been evacuated from their homes. My work company did their bit too by taking in evacuees so it's nice to feel that we've all played a part in helping. The floods seem to be improving a little now, fingers crossed.

005. Paying bills. When they come through the letter box, I can feel my soul crying, and then my soul goes on to bleed as I pay them. My gas provider tried to overcharge me this month by £140 too - oh no you don't Southern Electric! It's lucky I'm wiley like a fox and keep an eye on my meter readings. Muaha.

The Ugly

006. With all this bad weather we've been having, is there any good way to wear your hair? Anyone? Every day. Rain. I've now had to just subject myself to putting my hair up in a ponytail constantly, but with the mix of rain and high winds, I end up looking like I have a lions mane being blown at 100mph. It's certainly not the best.

I can see this being a little weekly post from me. What do you think? Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday. I'm having a clear out of bits and bobs, and I've cooked another cake for Jonathan to take back to base. They seem to be going down pretty well and he's feeling rather smug that he has someone to make him cakes. I'm not all bad ;)


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