My parents new puppy arrived today and isn’t he the cutest thing you ever did see? My brother face timed his first little patter around the living room and we’re all very excited to meet little Buddy tomorrow!
In other news I have decided to migrate these diary posts over to a second blog, I have a working title and am hoping to have everything up and running for the start on the new month but if anyone has a great idea for a name I’m open to suggestion!
No it’s not me, my friend Danielle celebrated her 20th birthday today and just the thought makes me feel about 105! Her Easter-esque cupcakes went down well, as did her rather bizarre mix of gifts but I was sure to include a Wonderbra, what with it being national cleavage day and all.
In other news I saw the above in McDonalds today, DN stands for Doncaster.. I have now seen it all.. And it was Ella’s parents evening. I can’t believe she will be 8 this year, her teacher only had good things to say about her, which was lovely and I embarrassed her royally talking about who she calls her “BFFs” (she was kicking me under the table) so my parenting is done for the day
Most of you will be excited about Easter as it promises two short working weeks and an uber long weekend but Bank Holidays aren’t anything special for my since I don’t work Mondays anyway. This week of course we have the anomaly that is Good Friday so I too benefit from the extra day and to celebrate I thought I’d share a picture if these cakes I made for Danielle’s birthday tomorrow! I’ll post a how-to at the weekend but they’re a variation on the Cream Egg cupcakes I’ve seen all over Pinterest recently. I’m not a big fan of frosting and gooey centres myself so I’m looking forward to taking them to work for the verdict but Lee assures me they’re delicious!
We're almost at the end of our 1st quarter so I thought I'd take stock and ask you for some feedback. This year I resolved to post 3 videos per week over on my YouTube channel, 7 posts here on my blog and an additional daily diary post. So far I've missed 1 video which I think is pretty good going but I'm interested to hear what you think of the schedule and what you'd like to see more or less of? Do you mind my diary posts in amongst my beauty posts? Should I set up a separate blog for them?
I think it's really important to listen to what you guys want, I wouldn't be here without you after all so all comments are welcome!
I haven’t felt quite right all day today. You know that feeling you have just before you’re up all night with food poisoning it some such ailment? I feel as though I will be struck down with something horrendous any moment now but.. Not yet. Needless to say I have not yet completed day 3 of the Shred and am so disappointed as physically I don’t ache too much and I could do it but I just feel awful!
I’ve taken a Zantac and am hoping that will settle my tummy before bed but if you have some great home remedy I’m all ears! If I’m honest I never really feel 100% and I generally put it down to the food I eat.. I always feel better for eating better and it usually takes for it to get this bad for me to make the (temporary) change. I’m sure I have an abnormally sensitive digestive system, does anyone else feel this way?
To say I am feeling the effects of “the shred” today would be an understatement. The legs you see above can barely move without me yelping but after a long soak in the tub their pain is eased slightly. Aches aside we powered through today and as much as it hurt it actually got better as out muscles warned up – something I will try to remember on those days when I really think I can’t do it. I still haven’t taken my “before” pictures but absolutely must do it tomorrow, the results I’ve seen not only randomly searching only but popping up in my twitter/Instagram timeline recently are amazing so if it’s anywhere near as effective for me I want to show you, don’t I? Saying that I did just have a pizza.. But I did say my diet would be mostly unchanged lol. Anyway I must go get the Deep Heat now in the hope it will cure me for another session tomorrow. A couple of you said you might join us in the 30 day challenge so do let me know if you take it up, I hear day 4 is the killer but I think I got to 10 when I last attempted it.. We’ll see!
You may remember my first attempt at this last year, well I’m taking another stab at it and this time I have an accomplice. Danielle (my work friend) has resolved to do the daily workout with me, we go to the gym (fairly) regularly as it is so the plan is to replace the treadmill with Jillian Michaels famous routine. We started today but I’m going to take some before pictures tomorrow to measure my (hopeful) progress and you can expect to hear lots about my aches and pains over the next month. I don’t intend to alter my diet much so it will be an interesting experiment to see whether exercise alone can give you real results before your summer holidays!
Did I tell you yesterday about my horrendous back ache? I’m sure I didn’t. After carrying a sleepy Milo around on Monday I was crippled with pain yesterday and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my miracle cure. Deep Heat is nothing new but seriously I am healed overnight, amazing stuff! I woke up feeling 100% better only to discover it was the first official day of spring.. Coincidence?
It’s still bitterly cold outside but we now have the promise of it warming up, flowers blooming and a generally sunnier outlook for the next few months. Who thinks we’ll actually feel some heat this Spring/Summer? Show of hands… No, me either!
I don’t tend to talk too much about the family outside my home here on my blog but you may have seen brief mention in the past of our dogs, Spike & Remy. We’d had them since I was a child and over the last 6 months we lost them both, Remy just days ago. As any of you with dogs will know, they’re like part of the family and it’s a very sad time when they’re no longer around but in the midst of their grief my parents have bought a new puppy! They’d spoken before about how soon to get another and losing Remy was a shock so I think going to see some babies was in part to make them feel better but they spotted the little cutie above and he’s coming home a week on Thursday! I will blog again that weekend once he’s settled and has a name but he’s a Border/Lakeland terrier cross.
Name suggestions welcome
Today was a bit special as I went to see my best friends wedding dress. She’s getting married in October and she went try it on as she hasn’t seen it since she chose it last may. Wedding dress shops are so exciting but the staff make or break the experience (as with all retail) and today the assistant just generally couldn’t be bothered.
I guess the magical world of weddings would get old if you were around them everyday but surely when you sign up to a job like that you should be prepared to put on your happy face all the time for your customers who are supposedly planning the happiest day of their lives.
But that’s all by the by, her dress was beautiful and she looked lovely and that’s the important thing, isn’t
Milo wasn't as interested in the dresses but did find a rack of jumpers in New Look he took a shine to
As some of you may know my site has been up and down this week (annoying) so this post is a few hours late but I’ve been assured that I’ve been moved to a different server now and normal service should resume within 24hrs. The problem was (apparently) an external hack attacking my server and in order to protect the sites using it they limited access for any users they couldn’t verify. This was immensely frustrating as not only was I not in control, it seemed my hosting company wasn’t either so moving to a new server is good news!
That might have been the dullest paragraph I’ve ever written. I’m sure your blog roll’s have been inundated with St Patrick themed posts today but not from me, I may be mc-by-marriage but there’s very little of interest goes on here to celebrate the Irish occasion so I thought instead I would share my slouchy Sunday ootd. Jumper – Primark, Jeans H&M. These are officially my favourite jeans ever!!!
See you tomorrow (or later today really)
We don’t often get a child free night to spend on our own, the kids usually go to Grandmas when we have plans but this week we decided to make plans with each other. We went for dinner at Chiquitos (love!) and then to the cinema to see The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (pretty good) and generally had a good time babyless out of the house. In truth we don’t do much together away from the shops (meadowhall is our second home) so it was a nice change!
In other news, YouTube have been advertising a new channel layout this week and I decided to check it out.. Unfortunately there's no takesies backsies and I hate it :(
I'm hoping it will grow on me but it's a lot like the new(ish) facebook layout which I'm still not keen on. I guess you don't visit the channel page often but as a first impression for new viewers I'm not super happy with it as is. Check it out online here
So what did you all do for RND? I must admit, I’m not one to join in this this kind of thing, I avoid sponsored activities, don’t buy raffle tickets and rarely watch the show itself. Tonight, however, I donated for the first time. A nominal sum but as I was browsing the online shops and channel hopping I caught Rob Brydon talking to a girl about Milo’s age who had Malaria. Poorly as she was she looked like the happiest kid and for me that method of “guilting” is far more effective that “look how sad these people are, they have nothing!”. It was more “look at this girl, she has everything to live for and is so brave despite her condition”. I know it’s a controversial one, the country seems divided between those wondering why everyone isn’t giving and those who resent sending money outside of the UK, I belong to neither party but would encourage everyone to give something if you can. It could be £1 (you can click in the box an type in a figure) and you can pay online via PayPal.. It couldn’t be simpler and what else would you have spent that on? Chocolate? It’s the kids that get me every time.. If the shoe were on the other foot I could deal with it myself but watching my children diseased and dying.. Trite as it sounds, we don’t know how lucky we are to have been born in the country!
To donate visit this link!
I’m still hearing conflicting information regarding the removal of this much used google function but to be on the safe side I thought I’d use today’s diary post to remind you that you can follow my blog in a variety of different ways! Since jumping from blogger to WordPress I read all of my favourites on my bloglovin app and there’s a reason I gave them pride if place in my sidebar.. I genuinely think it’s the best site for the purpose. Of course there are many alternatives, scroll down on the right and you’ll see them, you can even register for email alerts if you don’t fancy signing up to anything new. Another option is to like my facebook page, I publish all of my blog posts and videos over there as well as my twitter feed so you won’t miss a single conscious thought that way!
If you’re a fellow blogger leave your links below so we can all take a peek and those using google reader can start to rebuild their reading list!
I am currently sitting at the bar in Manchester train station with Laura because our train has been cancelled *sob*. We went to the Benefit event at the Lowry and I wasn’t sure what to expect but we had so much fun. The food was amazing, the entertainment was.. Amazing. I can’t wait to get the vlog up and show you. For now there’s not much to show or tell as my phone has died and I’m riding the wifi clod at the bar (thank god) to write this post.
Tomorrow I will have more info and be generally more interesting but that’s it for today!
Don’t you love reorganising? I do, and when my site was down and I had some time on my hands I decided to totally revamp by closet. I am lucky enough to have two shoe closets and I am now using one for my “everyday” makeup and my hair and body supplies.
Some of you may remember my beauty closet tour last year when I vowed to get through my stash before purchasing more. Well lots of you have asked for an update so I may just do one now. Of course being a beauty blogger it’s tough to keep the stocks low as I have a steady flow of items for review but what I don’t live I now try to give to friends that might and use up what I do. I’ve definitely improved and empties videos really help, every time I use something up I pop it in the box.. Quite satisfying really!
Lastly I thought I’d show you my actual shoe closet, I’ve thrown out all the tattered old pairs I never wear anymore and condensing my options have helped show me which styles I’m missing so I’m not always buying the same thing!
Well that’s it for today, I’m veerry sleeeepy and still have to jump in the tub. Laura and I have an event in Manchester tomorrow night which I’m only half looking forward to ’cause I just know how tired I’m going to be the next day!