Monday, 14 August 2017

August Week 1

Here we are Monday again and we are now halfway through August I know! I keep saying it but this year is flying by for me. Anyway I have to say that I was pretty glad to see the back of last week, it wasn't one of this years better weeks. The cold eventually came out and although it wasn't too bad this time around it was still pretty yucky - its still lingering now but I think its finally beginning to dry up (fingers crossed). The awful weather last week didn't help much either, I honestly don't know how I didn't switch the heating on a couple of nights. Wednesday was the worst day, it was cold and it just didn't stop raining all day. I honestly thought I was going to have to call Noah and ask him for a lift home!! Despite having a brolly by the time I did get home I was soaked, cold and pretty miserable. A long soak in a hot bath with a Lush bath bomb followed by a night curled up on the sofa went someway to making me feel a bit better.

On Thursday I went for a Weight Watchers weight in. Its the first one I have been in 5 weeks and I knew that it wasn't going to be pretty but I also knew it was time to face up to it and deal with it. I had a gain of 4lbs which I actually didn't think was too bad as I really hadn't tracked at all during the weeks I didn't go to weight in or class. I think for a while I just lost motivation and couldn't be bothered with it, I went back to old ways of snacking and picking at the wrong things. If I am honest I didn't want to go back because I didn't want to face the fact that there would be a gain but I also knew that if I didn't take back control I would end up on the slippery slope of putting back on all the weight I have lost. I spoke to my leader and we have re-evaluated my target weight to make my goal a little more achievable. I am determined to get a lose this week, even if its just a pound I will be happy as its a step back in the right direction.

Tom worked on Friday night so I had the evening to myself. I didn't do anything exciting, I just chilled out and did a little crochet before having an early night. Saturday morning saw me meet my friend Joan and her daughter Sarah for a coffee. We spent a lovely couple of hours catching up and chatting and as Orlando veterans they gave me tons of tips for our trip next year. By the time I got home my head was bursting with information...will need to see them again so I can write it all down! We spent Saturday night at Toms sisters house where they were holding a BBQ to celebrate her birthday. It was a lovely evening and although it was a little chilly it was nice enough to sit outside. Anyway we didn't get home till around 1.30am a sure sign of a good night.
This is the latest crochet project. When its finished it will be a big chunky C2C (corner to corner) blanket.
Yesterday was spent at my Mums as we have a relative over from Australia. Lucy is my Mums cousins daughter and she is stopping over for a week with a friend before they go on a month long European tour. We had a nice afternoon sitting in the garden enjoying the sunshine and then Mum cooked a wonderful roast dinner which both the Aussie girls enjoyed. By the time we got home last night we were both shattered so pretty much headed straight to bed, we are such light weights these days!!

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Love and hugs, Jane xx

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

August Already!

Is it really August or have we somehow skipped a few months and ended up in October! Seriously what is happening with our weather, instead of sitting outside with my kindle and a glass of wine I am curled up on the sofa in pj's!! All I can say is roll on September when we head off to Spain for a little bit of sun and sangria.

The last few weeks have been a little busy for me. Firstly my friend Sarah came to visit the last weekend in July. We had a lovely girly couple of days just chatting, catching up and drinking gin. As is usual when Sarah visits there was an obligatory girls weekend shopping trip. This time we avoided the High Street and went to Spitalfields Market which was just fab. Its a real haven of stalls and shops selling handcrafted and unusual items. There were so many wonderful things on offer, we could have both quite happily spent a fortune, as it was we were actually quite restrained but we have said that we will return closer to Christmas. There is also a large selection of street food stalls which looked and smelt amazing. After a Starbucks Frappuccino stop (we had a #bff BOGOF offer) we headed to Borough Market to pick up some bits and pieces for Saturday nights supper which was a tapas style coffee table picnic, very naughty but very nice too!
After a lazy Sunday morning Sarah and I headed to the B-Street Deli in Bermondsey Street for a coffee and a spot of brunch/lunch. This tiny little deli is a little gem of a place and its fast becoming Tom and I's fave local hangout. The food is always fresh and delicious and the service is friendly and welcoming. The only problem (for us) is that its a very popular place with both locals and the tourists who flock to the area for the nearby food markets meaning we cant always get in when we want to.

August arrived bringing with her a lot of rain and my birthday - oh joy I am another year older lol!! I was at work during the day but Tom was off so he came to meet me afterwards so we could go shopping. We went to Pandora where he bought me a gorgeous ring which is going to be my eternity ring (I am more than happy with this as I am not into super expensive jewellery) and will replace my wedding and engagement rings, both of which are far too big for me now. He also got me some flowers, chocolates, a bottle of American gin and a new set of Project Life cards - I really am such a lucky girl. On the way home we stopped in Waitrose and bought a Chinese meal for dinner which was a lovely treat. We both had the next day off work and after several lengthy discussions about what to do and where to go we ended up heading down to Brighton for the day. We were a little worried that the weather wouldn't be on our side but it was a lovely day, a little breezy at times but on the whole the sun shone meaning that we were able to fully enjoy a day at the seaside. We walked along the Laines and the seafront before heading to the pier were we stopped and sat outside a bar with a couple of drinks. Dinner was fish and chips right on the beach followed by a couple more drinks before we headed home. We both agreed that this is something we really need to do more often, especially as Brighton is just an hour away from us on the train from London Bridge.

Saturday saw us at Mums for birthday dinner, we had a nice time and ended up bringing Scarlett home with us for an impromptu sleepover. Tom was at work on Sunday so it meant that we had the day to ourselves. I managed a couple more layouts (I will do a separate post later to show off some of the pages I have done so far) for the holiday album before S and I curled up on the sofa to watch Disney movies. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially as I could feel the beginnings of a cold - fingers crossed it doesn't develop into a full blown head cold.

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Love and hugs, Jane xx

Monday, 24 July 2017

July - Week 3 in Review

Hello all and happy Monday. Hope you all had a good weekend despite the downturn in the weather. I do hope that the warmer weather and sunshine make a return soon, I would hate to think that the Summer is now already over. Still at least all the rain is good for the garden and saves me a job.

Last week was a busier than normal week at work. Usually the office where I am based is pretty quiet but as we have a lot on right now it was super busy with loads of the guys coming in to work from the office as opposed to them being out on site. Don't get me wrong I do enjoy it when they are all about and it does make the day go faster but boy they are noisy and messy. Its honestly like working with a load of teenage boys at times!! Added to that it wasn't a very good week for sleeping, I had a dreadful week with lots of broken nights and a whole lot less sleep than I actually need to fully function. Like most of the country we had a massive thunder storm on Tuesday night which didn't actually bother me but our little fur baby Daisy doesn't cope well at all with storms. As soon as it started she was a shaking and crying mess. No amount of stroking or cuddling would calm her, she just wouldn't settle or sleep at all which meant I didn't sleep either. Thursday I was up again half the night as Miss Daisy had an upset tum and needed tending to on several occasions. I was so pleased when Friday finally dawned especially as Tom was working nights which would mean I would have the bed to myself. After work on Friday I went straight to the hairdressers for a cut and colour and then once home I had a soak in the bath, had dinner and curled up on the sofa to watch a film. As I was so tired I headed to bed at a fairly reasonable time so happy that I was about to get a full and good nights sleep..........yeah right! I think I woke up about 4 times during the night and then at 5am I was wide awake so there was nothing else for me to do but get up. Tom was home just after 7am and he went straight to bed so I took myself up to Oxford Street for a pay day shop at Primark. I usually hate the Marble Arch Primark with a passion but I have found if you go bright and early its an absolute breeze to shop there. I arrived there a little after 8am and I practically had the store to myself - bliss. I got a myself some new canvas pumps, pj's a skirt a couple of t-shirts and a new make up & wash bag. I did spot a jacket I quite liked but I forgot to go back and try it on so I may have to make a return visit soon.

Next stop was the Benefit counter in Debenhams where I had an appointment to get my brows done. The lovely Kim worked her magic and gave me a brow tint and wax, its been a long time since they were tamed and I am now pleased to say that they look very presentable indeed. Just need to make sure I keep them maintained. My final stop of the day was the Pixi Beauty store in Carnaby Street where I treated myself to some new skincare products. I have been wanting to try the double cleanse and the glow tonic for ages after reading such rave reviews about it on the beauty blogs and vlogs I follow. I will keep you posted on how its working out but if you are interested in finding out a bit more about Pixi  just click on the product name above and it will link you through to their website.
I returned home to find a parcel waiting for first My Little Box had arrived and oh boy it was such a pretty box. I used to subscribe to Glossybox but I cancelled it as I just wasn't happy with what I was receiving and towards the end I seemed to be getting products I had already had. However as I am somewhat of a beauty junkie I was starting to miss my little monthly fix coming through the post so I set about looking for something to replace it. After a couple of discussions on Twitter I opted for the MLB, I really liked the look of it as its a beauty and lifestyle box. The contents of this box this month were as follows, you can see them all in the picture too. I cant wait to start using the products and I am pretty excited already for the next box.

- An inflatable beach pillow/beach pouch (perfect for storing wet swimsuits)
- A set of postcards and envelopes

- A sea salt scrub from My Little Beauty
- A Garnier Skin Active 3 in 1 Face Wash, Scrub and Mask

- A Institut Karite Rose Handcream
- Two nightlights to brighten up your summer evenings
- A seashell sweet

- A small canvas pouch
Tom worked again Saturday night and I finally managed a better nights sleep although I was still awake and up at 6.30am. Tom headed to bed and I headed straight for my craft room where I managed 3 more layouts for the 2017 holiday album. All the papers I am using for the Disney pages are Echo Park and Simple Stories - they are such fab papers and make scrapping an absolute dream as I also got all the matching embellishments.
I also started a new C2C (Corner to Corner) crochet blanket which, once its finished is going to be a birthday present for a friend. The yarn is James C Brett Marble Chunky and its coming together really quickly, think I am going to have this made in record time.  I will share a pic when I have completed a little more of it so you can see the variation of colour.

Well that's about it for this week. If you like my blog please do leave me a comment to let me know and if you have a blog too leave me a link and I will pop over to say hello.

Love and hugs, Jane

Monday, 17 July 2017

July - Weeks 1 & 2 in Review

Hello again, hope you have all had a lovely weekend and are enjoying this glorious weather we are having. Hasn't this been the best Summer we have had in a long time? So far July has been relatively quiet and laid back month for us which is nice as its meant we have been able to sit back and relax a little.

The weekend before last we had no plans at all and as Tom had no overtime we made the most of quality time together and the good weather by spending a lot of the weekend outside. After a bit of food shopping on the Saturday we headed outside to do a little bit of gardening, although mostly it was just getting rid of the weeds and generally tidying up our bit of outside space. To be honest I have no idea what I am doing where the plants are concerned but they seem to be thriving and are all in bloom so I must be doing something right. Saturday evening was also spent outside as a couple of our neighbors came to join us for a cheeky G&T or three - I do love it when the weather is good, there is nothing quite like sitting outside on a warm Summers eve!! On Sunday morning I woke early so I got up and left Tom sleeping and headed to my craft room where I had planned to scrap. As it was the room was a bit of a mess so I decided to have a little tidy up before I started - four hours and several bags of rubbish later and I finally emerged from my room without having done one single bit of crafting lol. I did have a very clean and organized craft room though. The rest of the day was spent outside in the sunshine, as much as I wanted to scrap I also wanted to make the most of the weather so there was no way I was sitting inside.
On Wednesday of last week I went out for dinner after work with my friends Christine and Theresa. We went to Browns up at Butlers Wharf and it was ok but it was nothing special and to be honest I actually thought it was a tad expensive for what we had. The riverside location of the restaurant is fabulous but that's about it really - not somewhere I would recommend or rush back to. Luckily the company was much better and us ladies spent a good couple of hours just chatting and catching up. I also had my very first Aperol Spritz which I rather enjoyed - I think I may just be partaking of a few more of those in the coming weeks.
Friday evening saw me do my first Scentsy party for a while. It was in my local tenants hall and I didn't actually have very high hopes for the sales on the night to be that good but in the end it was my best order to date. This is great news as it means I am again active for at least the next three months, plus hopefully my new customers will start to place regular orders which means I wont have to worry too much about my targets. As I was the 'hostess' I got to claim the commission and benefits - cue new a warmer and lots of waxes coming my way.
I didn't sleep well at all on Friday night, in fact I was wide away and up at 4am on Saturday. I tried to snooze on the sofa but I couldn't get nod off so I just (quietly) pottered about and did a few bits and bobs around the flat. Once Tom was up we took a drive down to Crafts U Love as I was desperate for some card stock to use for the holiday scrapbook I am making. I enjoyed wandering around the shop and as planned I got a nice stash of bazzil as well as some lovely new papers. Tom bought me a Project Life kit but that is going away for my birthday (only a couple of weeks to wait to get my hands on it). After shopping we went over to my Mums to celebrate her birthday - cue lots of family fun and plenty of cake!
Yesterday I was home alone as Tom went into work on overtime. I managed a far better nights sleep on Saturday and woke at a decent hour which meant I felt nice and refreshed. After doing a few household chores I headed to my craft room where I managed plenty of pages for my LA, Disney and Vegas album. I am so pleased that I have finally started it, my mojo has returned along with the enthusiasm to actually do some scrapping.
I have made a bit of a major purchase this month in the way of a new compact camera. I have sort of had my eye on the Canon G7x MkII for a while now but couldn't really justify buying it yet as I only bought a larger bridge camera about a year ago. I took the larger camera on holiday with us and while I used it daily I did find that it was quite cumbersome at times and a bit of a pain to use and keep lugging about. After doing some more research and a lot of debating I took the plunge and bought the smaller camera. Its picture quality is up there with the other one and having had a little play with it over the weekend I am so far very pleased. On the plus side it also takes fab video footage which will come in very useful on next years holiday (separate post to follow on that snippet of info). I think I will get far more use out of the compact camera as it fits neatly into my handbag and is therefore a whole lot more user friendly. Sorry Canon Powershot SX camera but you are now up for sale!

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Love and hugs, Jane xx