Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Weekend Summary #10 - Girl Problems and Lots of Cooking!

I finally start getting over my cold and then I get my period, sorry if its TMI but its real life and it happens and I hate it. I just had the worst stomach pains so there has been lots of hot bubble baths, chocolate and hot water bottles.

On Friday night I actually had a nice night in by myself as George went out for the night with some friends, at first I didn't know what to do with myself but I really enjoyed having a few hours to just chill and do what I want (not that I can't when hes in but you know what I mean). I had the nicest M&S Pizza, ran myself a bath, did some blogging and watched Gogglebox and ended up falling asleep before he got in. When George has the full weekend off work, I feel like we should take advantage of it and get out somewhere but when your not feeling great, there's nothing better than just having a relaxed weekend in. 

Saturday and Sunday were basically identical days, catching up on shows we've missed, cooking and not doing much else. Have you been watching You, Me and The Apocalpyse? We're loving it at the moment! I never expected the twist in the first episode but I wont say what it was in case you haven't seen it yet, I can't wait to see what happens to all the characters over the next few episodes as there seems to be loads going on. On Saturday night I made a risotto which I haven't made in ages, it so simple and it was so nice. I really should have taken a picture, I just used 150g of risotto rice, 1 pint of chicken stock, I started off with 500ml but ended up needing more than that, salt and pepper to season and I also cooked some chicken fillets then broke them up into chunks and added that when it was done. At the end I fried off some chorizo too which was a really nice and crispy!

On Sunday we made a Shepherds Pie, its normally just me doing the cooking but we did it together and it was really nice, George is actually alright at cooking ;) We literally got the potatoes chopped and into a pan to boil, started the mince in the pan then added big chunks of red onion, George likes the flavour of onion but doesn't like it when there's little bits so I thought if I just chopped it up into big pieces we would get the flavour but it was easy to take out before adding stock, I added about 500ml of beef stock then a bit of tomato puree to thicken it up. Salt and Pepper to season and then once it was all done, into a dish and then cheese on top to go all crispy! We served it with veg and a few Yorkshire puddings, we excelled ourselves, I want to eat it again now!
All the food this weekend was just delicious and definitely what I needed!

Did you do much this weekend?

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Recent Favourites - A Little Bit of Everything!

It's been a while since I last did a favourites post and there's been quite a few things I've been loving recently so I thought now was a good time!
I have to start with my most recent favourite, it's the new song by Adele - Hello. When I first heard it I wasn't sure but after the second listen, I was obsessed. It's been stuck in my head ever since! I can't wait to hear the rest of the album! Another song I have been loving is the new one by One Direction - Perfect, I just love any new music from them, and over the last few months I've got a real crush for Harry Styles, I never used to understand the fuss about him but now he is looking amazing! I'm actually really sad about them 'going on a break' I haven't seen them live yet! A few others songs are Wasn't Expecting That by Jamie Lawson, the video just kills me. And I really like On My Mind from Ellie Goulding. What music are you loving at the moment?

A few TV favourites have been The Apprentice and Geordie Shore. I didn't watch The Apprentice last year and I don't think I have done for a while for some reason but I really wanted to watch it this year. It's been so good! I think one of the men should win this year, I don't like any of the women so far! I was so happy Geordie Shore started again last week, it's just so funny and I think every series gets better and better. I look forward to it every week.

Over the last few weeks I have been loving getting my cosy clothes on, I love Autumn and Winter and it means I don't have to worry as much about what to wear as I just want to be warm! I have been wearing my favourite boots from Next that I got in London earlier on in the year, they do hurt my feet after a while but they're so great for the cold weather and I've been wearing them everyday to work.

A few beauty favourites have been my new purchases from Barry M. I mentioned in this post. I got their Gelly Nail Polish in Dragon Fruit and Plum. Dragon Fruit is definitely more of a colour for summer as its a pastel pink but I love it and think it adds a nice bit of colour! And Plum is just a gorgeous dark purple, great for autumn and winter! I managed to get a free Barry M mascara when I got both of these from Superdrug too which was a bonus!

There haven't been many food favourites but I had to mention Mini Heroes! I love this time of year when all of the christmas chocolate comes out and they have all the big tubs and bags of heroes, roses, quality street etc. We've already gone through quite a lot of mini heroes, I love the mini twirls!

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip-liner..

I'm always a bit stuck when it comes to lipsticks, glosses and pencils. I just find it hard to know what suits me and i'm a bit scared of experimenting and I also don't want to spend money on things I might not like. I normally always know what I like when it comes to foundation, mascara, bronzer etc. but I have little ideas when it comes to my lips. 

I love the Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm in 'Touch of Mauve' and I think that sort of dark toned pink really suits me. I hate to say it but its one of those 'your lips but better'. The only thing I don't like about it is that it isn't matte and it is a bit glossy. I think matte products look better on my lips than glossy, im not sure why, I just don't like it. I have a few other lipsticks and glosses but none that I really love so I picked up the Maybelline Colour Sensational Lip Liner.
I've never used a liner before on my lips and im not using it to literally line the edges of my lips and then cover with something else. I use a technique I saw on the Pixiwoo youtube channel where you do line your lips then get a lip brush and blend it in all over your lips and it leaves a subtle colour without having to pencil it all on and it looking a bit too much! 

The colour I got was Intense Pink which is actually a really similar colour to the Touch of Mauve Balm, the reason I went for it was I didn't want to stray too much and wanted something that wasn't too different. Maybe soon i'll brave it and pick it up in a few different shades and see what they look like! I love how subtle the colour is and it stays on for a few hours which I think is really good for a lip pencil. Its nice and creamy, definitely not drying on the lips but not glossy either so the perfect one for me. 

I can see myself using this loads and I definitely want to pick a few more up when I get paid! 

What's your favourite lip product? Have you tried any of the Colour Sensational Lip Liners?

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Weekend Summary #9 - The Worst Cold!

I literally have the worst cold at the moment. It started Thursday and I just knew it wasn't going to go away, its Sunday when im writing this and I've spent the day sneezing and coughing and generally feeling like death warmed up. You don't realise how much you appreciate breathing until you have a blocked nose. When I have a blocked nose I turn into a monster, I feel so bad for George because i'm just a nightmare when im ill or in any sort of pain, god knows how i'll cope when I have children. 

We really needed a food shop so on Saturday we went to Asda and spent more money than we intended too. We bought loads of treats, im sure its a rule when you have a sore throat and feel like actual crap, you can eat what you want. We got Ben and Jerrys, Mini Heroes, Pizza, just everything. When we got in I had a long, hot bath and then later on we watched Gone Girl. We'd both been wanting to watch it for ages but we bought the book first and wanted to read that first. George started it a few days ago and has finished it already. I knew it was probably going to be quite complicated so I thought I'd watch the film before reading the book. Oh My God, I don't even know what to say about the film, so weird! It was really good and there were lots of twists and I had no idea how it was going to end. But that said I hated the ending! I don't want to give anything away but seriously she's a psycho and deserved way more than she got. 
On Sunday I made a roast, I was determined to make something nice even though I don't have much taste at the moment! Sausages, Roast Potatoes, Stuffing, Yorkshire Puddings and lots of vegetables! It was amazing, I could actually eat a roast everyday!

What did you get up to this weekend?

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Friday, 16 October 2015

Christmas Decoration Wishlist...

Last christmas we had only been in our flat for a few weeks so we didn't have many decorations and it was all a bit rushed, this year I really want to go all out, get a really good tree and some pretty decorations for the whole flat. I want it to be a proper cosy home this winter. As always Next have some amazing things in, last year I was lusting over all their Christmas stock and this year im exactly the same but I intend to actually get some of it this time! Matalan also have some great things and I've found something I love from Not On The High Street. 

The first thing we need is a tree, for the last few years we've just had a really tiny one as in Leicester we were in the tiniest flat and even now the flat is quite small and we don't have loads of room. I really want to get something similar to this Slim Emerald Tree from Next, I like the look of the slimmer trees and I think it would fit better in our living room. I also like the look of this Set of Copper and Black Baubles for £6. In our living room we have a lot of coppers, golds and reds so I think this colour would go really well. I love that a few of them are a rose gold colour too as I love that at the moment. The last thing I saw on Next was this Lit Wood Star, I would love this above the settee in the room, it would be so cosy having this on at night with candles while the tree is up!
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A few things I saw on Matalan was the Christmas Botanical Diffuser and the Christmas Pot Pourri. I love Reed Diffusers, is that weird? I just think they look really pretty and they make a room smell amazing. I really like the look of this one from Matalan, so pretty and festive and I also love having pot pourri in the living room. I feel like its a really old fashioned thing to have but I've always liked it and since I got some last christmas I really want to get some more this year, I love the smell of christmas! The last thing I found on Not On The High Street was this Personalised Heart Map Decoration. I really like the thought of getting an usual or different bauble each year to put on the tree and I know this wouldn't necessarily 'go' with the other decorations but I think it would be really nice, as we lived in Leicester for a while, we've both been missing it quite a lot lately, I think it would be nice to get this in the location of Leicester and maybe get one from other places that are special to us. I don't know, I think its quite different and a nice idea for one year. 
Are you planning for christmas yet?


Monday, 12 October 2015

Weekend Summary #8 - Christmas Shopping!

This weekend was really really nice. I don't know what it was that made it so good but it was just generally a really good few days, Friday started off well as I got an early finish, I did have to do an IT test for my apprenticeship though but I think it went okay, was still home an hour or so earlier than normal though!

We had a lovely Friday night with Georges sister and brothers and the boys stayed the weekend. We also had the best Morrisons pizza on Friday too! I could eat it again now. On Saturday we decided to go to our favourite Ed's Diner, I honestly feel like it looks like we go every few weeks but we really don't, it's just so nice! The boys went for chicken burgers and cheesy fries, I went for the slick dog which is a hot dog with barbecue sauce and cheese sauce and George had a pulled pork burger I think, also we shared wet fries which just get better very time! Obviously we had to get dessert, the boys both had a sundae and we shared cheesecake. We then went looking for some Christmas decorations and Primark had loads. We picked up a big pack of gold, red and copper (I think) baubles for £5. I thought they'd match the living room and I also picked up some lights too. Just need to get some tinsel and that's the tree sorted! Oh and we need to buy a tree soon. I'm so excited! I honestly can't wait to buy people's presents next month, I've already thought of a few things for people. Are you getting sorted for Christmas yet? When we got in we played the beanboozled challenge which was disgusting but so funny, I of course got the sick jelly bean as my first one! And we watched The Woman in Black, I didn't like it and I'm normally okay with scary films! Oh and I made Pasta Bake!
Sunday was just a relaxed day, the boys all went on the Xbox and I spent some time blogging. When the boys went I got started on tea, chicken wrapped in parma ham with 5 whole grain rice, salad and some new potatoes. I'm going to do a post on this because it's become a new favourite,  I can't get enough of it.

I hope you had a lovely weekend, what did you get up to?

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Style Crush - Selena Gomez..

It has been ages since I've done one of these posts! I was on the Next Blogger Network a few days ago and saw this one for Selena Gomez and had to write about it, I love her outfit!
Next have come up with their own version of the outfit and you can shop it all on their website! I absolutely love the Gestuz Sandra Black Pleated Skirt. I don't know if I could ever, ever wear something like this but I can dream, it looks so pretty and flowy and so perfect for summer, not that we had much of one this year. It has an elasticated waist so should be very comfortable to wear and it looks like a really flattering shape. A top that would go well with this and very similar to Selenas is this Envelope Neck Sweater in Grey. Tops like this are so comfortable and are great to wear with anything. It can go with a fancy skirt like the Pleated One or you could just wear it with some jeans and a jacket, a great basic to have. The last thing is the shoes, Next have got a pair of Two Strap Wedges which are basically identical to the ones Selena is wearing. I would probably never think to look for something like this but I think they look really nice and they actually look quite comfortable! I love how she has chosen things that you might not necessarily think to put together but it just works and how good that Next have so similar items! 

Let me know if you choose to recreate this look!


Monday, 5 October 2015

Weekend Summary #6 and #7 - Payday Shopping!

I hope these posts don't get boring for people as i'm aware I really don't do much exciting and the last few weeks I just haven't felt great. So I thought I would combine last weeks and this weeks, last week I had the worst period pains, why do they exist! So we had a movie day which definitely made me feel a little better!

We watched Man Up which we've been wanting to see for ages and seriously it was just the best film. Simon Pegg is so funny and I loved the story, I can't wait to get it on DVD, I really recommend it if you want a good film to watch on a Saturday night. We also watched a new film with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, it was okay, I suppose what I expected, I don't think I would rush to watch it again but it was funny. Apart from that I literally did nothing which was actually quite nice.
The weekend just gone George was off on Friday so I met him after work and we went to Meadowhall as I had been paid a few days before, payday is just the best. I have been wanting some new cosy pyjamas for ages as its really getting cold now and I saw the perfect ones on Instagram a few days ago and I had to get them! They're Winnie the Pooh which is just my absolute favourite, I already have a Winnie Onesie but I still needed these, they were £13 and you get the cosy pyjama bottoms and long sleeved top and some fluffy socks too. I love them. I also picked up my Superdrug order, Barry M have an offer on at the moment, spend £7 on their products and get a free Showgirl Mascara, I really need some nail polish and theirs is my favourite so I thought I would go for it and get the offer. I got the nail polish in the colour Plum which I think is going to be a new favourite of mine, so perfect for winter, and I got Dragon Fruit which is a really nice pink and I don't have many like that. I've used the Mascara once so far but it seems really good and I'm looking forward to using it again to see how it compares to my Rimmel Endless Mascara, I might do a full review in a few weeks. As I am such an amazing fiance, I also bought George Fifa 16 which I know has been out for a few weeks and he really wanted it, I expect a pretty good present when he gets paid now ;) When we got in I relaxed with a glass of wine which has a really weird name but its really nice, while George cooked tea.
This post is long enough so I think i'll leave it there but we really didn't do much else, just spent some time together and had a really nice weekend, we also watched loads of Doctor Foster as we had it recorded, how amazing is it! So tense and I can't wait to see how it ends on Wednesday. Have you been watching it? Next week should be a bit more exciting as we have Georges brothers to stay and i'm sure we'll be taking them somewhere fun!

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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Work Update...

It's been a while since I first told you all I had a new job so I thought it was time for a little update. There isn't too much to say but i'm still trying to find the the right routine with blogging while now working as it can take up so much time. I work 4 days a week so that does give me a long weekend to get my blogging done but when the weekend is here, it goes so fast and I find I've not written one post and I don't even know how that happens. I occasionally have days where I just write and write and get loads done but other days I just want to lay in bed and do nothing. I'm quite proud of myself as for most weeks since I started ive been able to stay in the routine of three posts a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday but recently I have fallen out of it. I write posts then forget I need to take blog pictures, edit them and schedule tweets too, there is a lot more too it than just writing something and unless you're a blogger yourself you won't know how time consuming it can be. I just don't have the time when I get in from work, I get home and I literally just want to go to bed! Set days don't really seem to be working for me at the moment so for now im thinking I might still try and post 3 times a week but maybe not on the same days every week, so if I want to post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday one week and I can then I will but if I'm struggling for time or find that I write a really good post one day and want to publish it straight away then I can. At the moment I'm thinking that might be easiest, maybe twice throughout the week then one at the weekend? I think I need to go back to how I was at the beginning with it, do it because I enjoy it, not necessarily because of stats and followers but its hard not to think people are going to stop reading if you're not posting regularly or on set days.

Anyway, with this being my first job it has taken a while to get used to the early mornings and been away from the flat and George for so long but i'm sure it's the same for anyone who's started a new job, you have to get into a completely new routine. Generally i'm really enjoying work, if you don't know what I actually do i'm a receptionist/admin assistant and I really like it. It's the perfect amount of hours for me, I get to interact with new people everyday and there's a nice mix between being on reception and being in the offices doing general admin. I like both so I don't mind what i'm doing. I've done full days by myself on reception and it was so scary at first but now I feel so much more confident. I feel like i'm actually a proper receptionist, it sounds silly but I feel like I know what i'm doing now and each week i'm finding that i'm asking for help less and less. The other woman I work with on reception went away for a few weeks so for a while I was on reception by myself, starting up and locking up, dealing with most things by myself, I've done this before but shes normally around somewhere so it was a bit weird but I think I did really well, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, I was nervous for the first day or so but I feel like I got into it after that and it was much better than I thought. I feel really proud for actually getting through it and not making mistakes or doing anything wrong!

I think thats all there is to say really, it's just a great job for me. Exactly what I wanted and I can't see myself working anywhere else at the moment!
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