Burnout

I am burnt out. With everything that’s going on in my life at the moment, burnout was inevitable.

I’m shattered, my eye is twitching and I feel like I’m spinning plates like one of those circus acts.

So this is a quick note to say I’m taking a break until after the wedding is over. For my own sanity!

So see you in a month where hopefully I’ll be a whole lot more relaxed.

Enjoy the beginning of the summer!

burnout sunflowers

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Blogtacular 2017

I had the best time at Blogtacular 2017. Seriously can’t believe it’s taken me so many years to go.

I decided to document the weekend in video and made a little music video that you can watch right here below. Apologies for some shakiness and spinning in places. I’m still learning!

Now please excuse me while I photobomb you with ALL OF THE PHOTOS. Actually for me, I think I was pretty chilled – I’ve been known for taking 1000 photos in a day.

I only took 150 of Blogtacular itself so I know I was way too busy having fun. That and I was also tweeting, videoing, instagraming and Instagram storying (check me out making up words) simultaneously.

So it all started on Friday at the West Elm party.

After safely making it down to London by train on first class (thank you Virgin sale a few months ago) and eating all the free snacks, I checked into my hotel. After a quick breather, I made my way over to West Elm on Tottenham Court Road.

Blogtacular 2017 - west elm party

Lots of people! I immediately got in line for a unicorn smoothie and chicken slider, then made my way further into the store to get chatting with people.

Blogtacular 2017 - Unicorn smoothie

Blogtacular 2017 - party food

Blogtacular 2017 - west elm

Blogtacular 2017 - flamingo

Since I knew I wouldn’t be go to the video talk the next day, I attended the informal group chat with Xanthe Berkeley to gather some wisdom.

Blogtacular 2017 - party talk

I can’t believe how quickly the two hours went. It was over before I knew it and suddenly I found myself outside following a group of ladies with the promise of tacos!

Blogtacular 2017 - DF Mexico

Did you know Wahaca has a little sibling? I sure didn’t but I was happy to eat a delicious burrito at DF Mexico and chat to more people.

Blogtacular 2017 - Burrito

Then it was back to the hotel and a good nights sleep before the main event…

Blogtacular 2017 - entrance

First things first. As soon as I entered the venue where Blogtacular was held and I saw the decorations all I could think of was “Why didn’t I know about this business a year ago?” The décor was all done by Pop Pop Papier and it is pretty much what I was after for my wedding! Ah well, I’ve done something similar myself (though minus the balloons as my venue won’t allow them). So pretty!

Blogtacular 2017 - decor

Blogtacular 2017 - crowd

Anyway, back to the conference. The event was kicked off by a speech from Kat Molesworth, the organiser with a guest appearance from the fire alarm! There was then a keynote by Natalie Lue before we had to go off to our selected sessions.

Blogtacular 2017 - Kat Molesworth

It was so difficult choosing which talks to go to but in the end I decided on;

Blogtacular 2017 - creative business masterclass

The day ended with a closing keynote from Emma Gannon. Her book has been on my amazon wishlist for a while so since there was a bookstore at the conference I decided to take the plunge and get it. And of course since the author herself was amongst us I had to get it signed!

Blogtacular 2017 - Emma Gannon

Throughout the day we were well fed, watered and the market was amazing to walk around during the breaks. So many pretties!

Blogtacular 2017 - dessert

Overall it was an amazing day.

Highlights of my day definitely included blogger bingo during the creative business masterclass session, discovering Honeywell Bakes’ amazing biscuits, generally meeting so many lovely people and giving doodle note taking a go. So fun and I can actually understand my notes now!

Blogtacular 2017 - notes and cookie

The goody bag was amazing too. In particular I’m trying to figure out what I could bake that would be worthy of Baking Time Club’s awesome sprinkles. Any ideas?

Blogtacular 2017 - goodybag

I’ve come away with so much knowledge and I can’t wait to start implementing it. Though maybe after the wedding – I’m shattered!

Is it time for next year’s Blogtacular yet?

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My Week #56 – This calls for a nap

*Blogtacular *My Blogtacular notebook & cheeky purchase

*Elvis Waffles at The Breakfast Club in London *V&A Museum

 

I’m so tired. 

So tired that I wrote a post earlier this week (Ideal home show) and didn’t even realise that I hadn’t published it until this morning. Doh! And if you think I’m tired – you should look at Topher. With his two jobs in full swing, he is barely at home and when he is, he’s not a functioning human being. Luckily it looks like he may have a role at the school in September now so he has handed in his notice at his second job. Yay! And even better, he’ll have the whole summer off. Oh the cleaning I’m going to get that man to do (evil laugh*).

I’ve been trying to find my feet again since getting home on Sunday evening and it has not been easy. I’ve been eating absolute rubbish and feeling the same for it. Where are my fruits and veg? As a result I put on 2 and a half pounds at Slimming World. Not surprising in the least. I can’t think of one healthy meal I had. But I’ve drawn a line under it now. I’ve filled my fridge with yummy healthy food again and I want to say goodbye to that 2 and a half pounds this coming week. Wish me luck!

Blogtacular was awesome!

There will be a full post on it next week so stay tuned for that. I have even shot a load of clips that I will be turning into a couple of videos from the weekend. Including my day out in London on the Sunday. Exciting times. I can’t believe how much I managed to pack in.

The wedding is less than 1 month away.

Yikes! I’ve been getting a lot more VA work recently so I’m just trying to juggle everything and it is exhausting. Luckily Emma came round a couple of days ago and we got a load of flowers done. And her and Claire will be coming round on Saturday too to help after we’ve visited a tailor about their bridesmaid dresses. Fingers crossed those alterations don’t cost a fortune!

Apart from the DIY’s we’ve been hammering out other details too and have suddenly remembered we’re going to Jordan in less than 3 weeks so I’ve now got my outfit purchased for my cousin’s wedding. And we have another wedding (our last English one) to go to next weekend. So I’m going to enjoy this weekend as it’s my last “free” one before the wedding.

I’m turning 29 in 10 days

With all that’s been going on, I’ve barely given any thought to my birthday. Something tells me it’s going to be a quiet one. I’m going to my final dress fitting with my parents and they’re taking me to lunch. Then I think Topher was planning on taking me to dinner at some point depending on when he is free.

This week has been all about playing catch up so please excuse me while I continue to run around like a headless chicken!

my week #56 - travels

How was your week?

 

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My Week #55 – For the many, not the few

*Wedding times *Mezze!

*National Freelancer’s Day *Women who vote

What a week!

First things first, I can’t go without mentioning the election. For the first time in a while I’m actually full of hope. I voted Labour and I have zero regrets. It’s so great to see that so many young people came out and voted – my soon to be sister in law Emma included. She’s 26 and it was her first time voting. So proud! Whoever you voted for, I’m just happy people are coming out to vote. Here’s to the future and let’s hope it’s for the many, not the few.

So, in other news.

I’m off to Blogtacular this weekend!

So excited. Getting the train in a few hours and I need to pack asap. What will I wear? I’ve been wanting to go to Blogtacular for years and I finally bit the bullet and got myself a ticket. I’m looking forward to meeting like minded women, learning loads and getting super inspired. Plus, due to a silly mistake on my behalf, I have all of Sunday to spend in London. I’m going to do a marathon day like I did in 2013 and see loads of stuff.

So there will be more on that next week.

I’m in full on panic mode for wedding DIYs

Completely on it with the flower making now. It’s 35 days to go. Managed to make a whole vase of paper flowers in a week so let’s hope I can keep up the pace. I’m enlisting help and I’m considering taking some tissue paper with me this weekend. Let’s do this!

I went to the Ideal Home Show yesterday with Emma

After voting and popping to Slimming World (half a pound on #dealwithit) Emma and I went to the Ideal Home Show and the Eat & Drink festival. So fun! The Eat & Drink festival especially. I may have come home with 2 bottles of flavoured tequila (honey and coffee in case you were wondering). I smell hen party cocktails! I’ll be doing a full post on the show soon.

Otherwise, it’s just been plate spinning

I’ve been doing a lot of work, a lot of wedding stuff and just trying to stay afloat. So here’s to staying afloat!

How was your week?

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Father’s Day with IWOOT & Mankind #WrapDifferent

Having lots of friends who are boys – IWOOT has always been my haven for easy gift shopping. So when they and men’s grooming brand Mankind invited me to their Father’s Day event last week, I RSVP’d right away.

The event was at Twenty Twenty Two, a ping pong bar on Little Lever St. in a basement. I can’t believe how many times I walked past without knowing this place was here!

IWOOT outside twenty twentytwo

IWOOT Twenty TwentyTwo

The #WrapDifferent event was held in a private room and full to the brim of products perfect for the man in your life. I even managed to find a couple of things for my dad and he is not easy to buy for.

IWOOT toys

This table was full of fun toys which would make anyone jealous. The smallest remote control helicopter, mini ping pong sets and my personal favourite, the BBQ toolbox. It’s portable!

IWOOT BBQ

IWOOT Captin America

IWOOT flower grenade

The range of mens grooming products were mainly new to me but the Mankind team were on hand to explain everything.

IWOOT Mankind

The grooming box below* in particular is an easy gift for any man in your life. It’s a carefully curated box of different branded products. This one includes Bed Head and Man Cave. Topher has been going on about how he wants to get a grooming routine going so I had both information and this set to bring home to him (thanks Mankind for the goody bag!). He was super excited and used everything the first chance he got. His face smells lovely now!

IWOOT tech

After having a mooch at all the products, it was time to take part in some challenges. IWOOT now do clothing so there was a t-shirt design competition and a mug design competition. I always suck at these. My brain just goes blank. I ended up doing a mug design with “My damn covfefe”. Topical.

IWOOT game tables

I had a lot more luck at the wrapping challenge. We had to pick an item to wrap and then do it as fast as we could.

IWOOT wrap challenge

I didn’t think I’d stand a chance at winning but the IWOOT team emailed the winners after and I was one of them. Yay!

IWOOT wrapping

I think my favourite challenge was the “beer” pong. Instead of beer in the cups, there were little slips of paper with prizes on. Most of the time I missed but I managed to walk away with two prizes. Go me!

IWOOT beer pong

And what’s a party without a baby and a pug? Btw – babies and pugs are so hard to simultaneously get a photo of!

IWOOT baby and pug

It was a great evening and we all walked away with such generous goody bags. Topher was jumping around like it was Christmas when I got home. Fiancée points earned.

Thank you so much to both the IWOOT and Mankind teams. You were all lovely and showed us all a great time!

I will leave you with this pug.

IWOOT pug

What are you getting your dad for Father’s Day? Or is someone you know celebrating their first Father’s Day? Are they hard to shop for?

Please note any items marked * are affiliate links.

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