Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wedding Wednesday- We're Engaged!!!

Ok.. So for some of you this might not be news but just in case you missed the memo..



We're Engaged!!!!!!!!




Please indulge me whilst I tell you allll about it!

First thing you need to know, I'm impossible to keep a secret from! Andy and I had been talking about getting engaged pretty much since day one and me and my stepmum had to engineer him having some time with my dad to ask his permission, so I knew it was coming! 

He told me a few weeks ago we were going for a posh meal with his Uncle & Auntie for his mum's birthday which got me a bit suspicious so I kept trying to trip him up! Up until Thursday I was utterly convinced he was going to propose and then I started second guessing myself.

On the drive he tells me his Uncle told him to bring a present for his mum to open at the meal (which seems an odd request given we live with her and we'll see her on her birthday!). He told me he'd bought the Great British Bake Off book and it had a really obvious spelling mistake- bear with.. there's a reason for this!




Anyway we arrive at the beautiful Willington Hall Hotel which is set in the most beautiful gardens. We're really early for our meal so I suggested a little wander around. As we're walking toward a bench (me hobbling.. heels and shingle doesn't work, hey ladies?) Andy suddenly remembers he forgot the book and apparently HAD to get it right away!

He hands me the book and tells me to look for the mistake.. five pages in there's a letter from him which continues in the next page (by this point I'm crying) and then it says "My girl behind the red door" (a One Tree Hill reference) and the next page is a red door which opens to reveal the pages are carved out and inside is my beautiful ring. Which has takes off me and gets down on one knee with it... *sigh*

Honestly, I don't know what he said or how he actually asked.. I completely zoned out and was just so emotional. I wanted to say yes and put my ring on! 

Obviously I said yes and my beautiful ring: palladium with two diamonds and an amethyst is on my finger when he tells me we're staying at the hotel and my stuff is in the car. Eeeek. As it turned out we were staying in the FOUR POSTER ROOM. I felt like the lady of the manor. & Andy bought me new PJs to wear because apparently I once told him i'd want that if we stayed in a hotel after he proposed (I honestly don't remember saying that.. he's incredible!) 



Then the mammoth task of ringing my huge family and a few friends to tell them (I had next to no Wifi or signal and low battery). Cue lots of screaming and celebrations as we sipped champagne (and a guest complained to her friends about "young people always on their phones"). I basically told EVERYONE I spoke to at the hotel and also just stared at my left hand the whole night.



I am unbelievably happy. I honestly can't believe how much my life has changed in the last 10 months! I would also like to say a huge thanks to our friends and families for their lovely messages, tweets, comments and phone calls. We're feeling very loved!

No firm wedding plans as yet, but I'll keep you posted! 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Blog Chat Tuesday- Becky Lees

Good Morning, Beauties. How are we?

It's that time of the week again, so flick the kettle on and get comfortable as I catch up with another fellow blogger.



This week I'm chatting with the beautiful, smart and super hard working: Becky Lees


1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

My name is Becky Lees, 23 years old, postgraduate student and work at the University of Chester. When I am not working 9-5, or studying you can usually find me hidden in the coves of a coffee shop with my kindle or a book fresh from Waterstones, deep in thought, despair or laughter (Depending on the book I am reading). 


2. Can you tell me a little about your blog? (i.e. whats it about, how did it get started etc?)

My blog is an eclectic mix of posts previously used for work at Chester Students’ Union such as Mental Health and You, conference speeches and information for students. As well as assessment for my MA such as Benefit Street: An ethical minefield? And Is the Sun about to set on page 3? And finally there are also personal reflections on my passions in life which are; my family, education and community work. 


3. What's your favourite thing about blogging?

Reflection. Exploration. Discussion. Discovery. Creativity. Community. 


4. What's your least favourite thing?

I often set out to write a ‘short’ straight to the point blog about a particular issue, 3 days and 3,000 words later I have finally made my point! 


5. If you could write any other type of blog what would it be?

A blog where I was paid to travel the world and reflect upon the adventures. 


6. Do you have any blogs that you'd recommend?

The brilliant Laura’s blog of course! Twentea Something *she's the sweetest!!!* 


7. What three things would you say to wannabe bloggers?

Do it – what have you got to lose (apart from perhaps, an acrylic nail if you are really getting into it!)

Say what you think and be what you say – Do not be scared of using your voice to make a change. 

Don’t do it for the likes, shares and money; do it for the love and the other things will come. 

Don’t be a keyboard warrior – be open minded to other people’s views – you never know, you may 

learn something!

Don’t be afraid of blogging about subjects you are not entirely swotted up on! To know allows you to 

grow. 


8. Anything else you'd like to add. 

Keep in mind that your online footprint will be part of your past, present and future so tread carefully.


Thank you so much for joining me, Becky! Especially at a very busy university time! I love the phrase "keyboard Warrior" and the reminder to be careful about our online footprint! 

What advice would you give to wannabe bloggers?


Monday, 20 October 2014

Scenes from Suffolk

Hello beautiful. 

How are you?

Remember how last weekend I visited family in Suffolk I thought I'd share some pictures from a lovely, relaxing weekend.






How cute is my Auntie and Uncle's puppy? Honestly, he's a puppy!! His name is Bailey and its like hanging out with a cuddle polar bear!




I completely love this blanket cloak from new look it super, super snuggly. I think I'll be wearing this a lot over the Autumn/Winter. Also, thank goodness for Instagram filters!












Have you tried Costa's spiced apple? it's amazing!!! Like Christmas in a glass mug. With cinamon and star anise. Seriously, go buy some!                                             

How beautiful is Felixstowe? Have you ever visited? It was a particularly beautiful blustery, bright morning and we went for a lovely walk along the promenade which definitely blew away the cobwebs! I miss living by the beach alll the time!








So I also had a very exciting weekend this weekend (see twitter for details) but that's a post saved for Wednesday. How was your weekend?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Fired up about- Skinny Shaming

Now, friends.. do you know what makes me soooo mad?

Skinny shaming!!

I meant to write this post ages ago but then something happened on Saturday and it further reminded me how angry it makes me!! Do you watch X Factor?

Well in case you don't Fleur performed Meghan Trainor's "All about the Bass" and I made the mistake of reading Facebook comments, here was on of the ones that riled me:

"sang it good but should NOT have sand it, meant to be sand by someone who is not a skinny minnie."

I mean, lets not even get started on that grammar and also.. I'm sorry? I didn't realise they were only allowed to sing songs directly applied to their lives! 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wishlist Wednesday - Etsy


Hello Lovelies

Don't you love Etsy? It's definitely somewhere I spend wayyyy too much time!! 

Here's what I'm coveting right now: 



Muscles &Mascara Top/ Spotted on a South Wales Blog. I am now in love with everything on StrongGirlClothing

Workout Leggings/ Same shop. I just want a cute outfit for the gym!

Blog Print/ Gah. this feels like my life in a print!

What about you whats on your wishlist?

#WishlistWednesday 



Monday, 13 October 2014

Review: One Six Eight Fitness*

Hello Lovelies

In an effort to lose weight and get healthy I was very excited to be asked to review OneSixEight Fitness in return for a months subscription to the service. The first thing I loved was the colour choices, very similar to Twentea Something so I knew the company must have taste!!



I talked a little bit about the OneSixEight Fitness in my October Goals but here's some more info:

OneSixEight Fitness is an online personal training company designed specifically for those who don't currently exercise or who have reached a plateau in their exercise regime

I definitely fell in the first group. I have never been a huge exercise fan and avoided it as much as possible, scoffing at those who run for fun (sorry!) But with my body changing I knew that I needed to make better lifestyle choices too. Enter Becky!



Becky Bounce is just about the perfect name for this girl. From our initial phone call where we talked about my lifestyle and goals her enthusiasm was infectious and motivating. Honestly, I would almost move to Loughborough (where is Loughborough?) if it meant having a personal trainer like Becky. I was so motivated I even signed up to the gym! Also, it reminded me how amazing people who set their own companies up are and gave me a little inspiration, but more on that another time!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Right Here, Right Now Vol 2.

Hello

I'm linking up again with Jenna from Dearest Love & Jenna from A Mamma Collective for their coffee date. So what better excuse for a good ole catch up? I'll put the kettle on, how do you take your tea?




So where am I at?

Highs:

Work is going well - I know I've said previously its not what I expected to be doing following university but I am enjoying it, the people are lovely and I'm learning a lot. I'm also taking on extra responsibilities which I am loving and is going really well. 

I'm also about to start working for a brand new youth club at the start of November and the preparation for that is very exciting. 

Living with Andy- Gahhh I absolutely love just being with Andy, knowing I'm coming home to him every night & that I'll be waking up with him in the morning. Doing life with him is excellent and I'm excited that this is just the start of our life together.

My weekend plans-  This weekend I'm headed 4 hours east to visit family. I'm going to be spending the weekend with my gorgeous twin sister, my uncle & auntie, my cousin & his wife and their gorgeous daughters (our goddaughters). It will be a lovely opportunity for a bit of r&r and it's always great to spend time with family.

I'm wandering back to God-  Remember my post from the other week? I've put a lot of effort in, I'm reading a very inspiration reading plan and also have a super gorgeous new bible. I've also joined a home group and I think surrounding myself with people to be accountable to is excellent. 

Lows: 

I've really been battling depression and anxiety this week. I was very aware of the warning signs for the past few weeks and then I had a very difficult few days, working very hard. Then living with Andy's mum became even more difficult and it became clear we might have to move a lot sooner. It has put an immense amount of strain on me and our relationship. 

We would really appreciate your prayers at this time. 

But tell me about you, what's going on with you?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Blog Chat Tuesday- Tea Party Beauty


Ooooh. Beauties.. we're not just meeting for a cuppa this Blog Chat Tuesday we're having a tea party!!! So grab a tea pot and a couple of nice finger sandwiches and come join me as I chat to the gorgeous, Hayley from Tea Party Beauty





1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

Hello, my name is Hayley and I blog over at teapartybeauty.com - a blog all about beauty and a little lifestyle thrown in too. I am nearing the grand old age of 30 so my blog is aimed more towards people in their late teens onwards. I work in an office by day and blog across three blogs by night. 

2. Can you tell me a little about your blog? (i.e. whats it about, how did it get started etc?)
My blog is mainly beauty based with the odd lifestyle post thrown in, I have blogged about my troublesome dating in the past along with Wittering Wednesdays, where I just have a little rant. I started blogging as I was studying for my TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) course and thought it would be a great way to help my writing, spelling and grammar. I guess I kind of fell in love with blogging and haven't left since. I have been blogging around 18 months now; 18 months full of fun, tears, achievements and stress - but I wouldn't change it.

3. What's your favourite thing about blogging?

I would have to say the ability to write and say what I want, when I want and have control over my little corner of the internet, and have people like it. 

4. What's your least favourite thing?
My least favourite is also one of my favourites too - strange huh? The community. On one hand they are mainly the most amazing people you can find, but sometimes I just want to tape their mouths up :) A large group of strong, independent and opinionated woman is both a blessing and a curse. But again, I wouldn't change anything about them.

5. If you could write any other type of blog what would it be?
I think it would be a a more current affairs blog. I love reading and writing about things happening in the news, but a beauty blog is not always the place for serious posts about the current sanctions on Russia.

6. Do you have any blogs that you'd recommend?
So so so so many. I am going to feel terrible if I miss any out now so I will stick to 3. 



7. What three things would you say to wannabe bloggers?
Those tip posts you see? Ignore them - do what you want, how you want and when you want. Blogging by someone else's rules will never be much fun.

Take things with a pinch of salt and a barrel of laughs. Blogging is fun so let it stay that way by not getting down about it.

Join in as much as you can.



8. Anything else you'd like to add. 


UUmmmmmhhhh - thank you for having me on your lovely blog :) It's always nice to get off my own blog and get out.

Thank you, Hayley for joining me and your fab tips. I can't wait to read some new blogs! I hope you're having a FABBBB holiday (Hayley will actually be reading this post from a hotel reception, us? jealous? Noooo) 

P.s. Hayley is running a HUGEEEEE giveaway to celebrate her 2000 bloglovin' followers (mind blown). You have a couple more days to enter: Here

If you'd like to be featured on Blog Chat Tuesday you can contact me:

Monday, 6 October 2014

Money Talks Monday- October

Hello Lovelies

I completely forgot about Money Monday in September I think because of the rebrand! But itsss back!! Yey!

Soooo what's the deal?

Credit card- £1373.34/£1600

Well... I have moved my £1600 on to a 0% interest credit card. Which seemed like a very sensible idea. However, I've realised how easy it would be to get into more debt like this! My new card has a £4000 credit limit with 0% for 34 months or something crazy.... wouldn't it be SO easy to just rack that up? Mental! Butttt... I'm being good and I've managed to clear an extra £250 off this month which I'm really happy with.

I'm hoping to clear my credit card as quickly as possible especially as we'll be applying for a mortgage sooner. 

Overdraft- £300/£1500

I've gradually been aiming to move at least £150 a month in to my savings account so when the full £1500 (or more) is in there I can pay my overdraft in one hit otherwise I know I'll be tempted to dip in to it or just not keep track! 


October Budget

Paid: £833 


£150- Credit Card
£150- Overdraft

£100- Rent
£50- Phone
£80- Petrol
£32 - Gym
£60- Food

Total spend: £622

I also need to buy: Christmas presents, a graduation dress (potentially- I may just use one I already have), Andy's mums birthday present. 

The good news? I just received a £250 cheque from the tax man. Hooray!! Potentially this will go towards both overdraft, credit card and a little towards Christmas.. but it might go towards a deposit as we may be moving out and renting a little sooner than expected!

I was also able to cancel some phone insurance I've been paying mistakenly for about two years!! So that's a nice saving of £10 a month. 

The bad news? I rung 02 and asked them to lower my tariff and was given a resounding no! BUTTTT apparently if you have a family member who works for the NHS you can use their discount. Thanks, twin sis!

and finally... I still reallllyyyyy need to work on not giving in to impulse buys.. since pdayday on Thursday I've bought: a blanket cloak (I did have a £10 voucher), a new bible and worship CD, two belts and a pair of jeans. OOPS! 

What are your money saving tips? 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Goals







Ok lovelies, can I be honest?? I am NOT a fan of October!! It just feels very, very in betweeny and although I love seeing the leaves changing colour but I don't like halloween and honestly I'm normally just waiting for November and bonfire night!

Butttt I am determined to make October the best month yet!

I haven't done a goals post since July so let's see how those worked out:

1. Find out results from university (I GOT A 2.1)
2. Start my new job (still there and going well)
3. Start healthy eating (more on that below) 
4. Start running again (see below)
5. Create a budget and stick to it (check out Money Monday on Monday)
6. Begin to plan a NW blog meet up (yes and it was wonderful!) See here.
7. Work through old posts (some need deleting others need editing) (nope! Blogger decides to sometimes republish old posts right at the top of my feed!)


8. Book for blogfest 2014. Are you going? (I'm not actually going but are you?)

So what are my goals for October?
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