My Week #54 – And so it begins…

*Pickles in a box *Working at Ziferblat

*IWOOT & Mankind Event *Pancakes at Moose’s

Hello June! And hello madness. From now until our wedding next month (oh my god I can say next month now) it’s just all go with everything. I’ve got blog events including Blogtacular, 3 weddings, our hen and stag parties along with work (got some new clients, yay!) and final bits of wedding planning madness. Just writing that makes me want to take a nap.

But before we dive into June, lets take a quick look at the last week of May

I won two free hours at Ziferblat on Twitter

So excited as I barely win anything. Since I was busy last Friday and today, I decided to take a day on Wednesday and get out of the house to get some work done. It was lovely. I think I’ll do it more often in future as I got a lot more done.

Plus, Ziferblat have started offering more healthier options like salad and veg to go with all the cake that’s around. Phew! As much as I like cake, it’s nice to not have to worry so much about going overboard with the sugar. Yay.

I lost a pound at Slimming World

And it’s a good thing too what with the next few weeks coming up. It’s all about damage control! I’m not too bothered with how much I lose for a bit now as long as it’s not too much on.

Emma is back!

Topher’s sister has been in the Far East for the last 4 months and she got back this morning. She knew her mum was going to pick her up but Topher and I went along too to surprise her. It was lovely seeing her again and we all went to Moose’s for pancakes.

I went to the IWOOT and Mankind event last night

It was really fun and I will be doing a post on it next week.

How was your week?

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My Week #53 – My beloved Manchester

*Falafel Pizza (yes you read right) *Lucardo

*Black Milk *After my hair and makeup trial (I pulled 40 bobby pins out of my head!)

 

The radio silence is over.

What a sucky week. Am I right or am I right? Plenty of people have done more eloquently written dedications that put into words how we all feel right now so I don’t really feel like adding anything into the mix.

All I will say is rest in peace to the 22 people who lost their lives at the MEN on Monday night. I may not have been born in Manchester but it’s my home, I love it from the bottom of my heart and I hope we all continue to stick together like we have done this week.

So what did I get up to this week?

The weekend was lovely. I’ll be doing a full post on it next week but in a nutshell, I went to Lucardo with Topher, Claire and Steve and we ate at Dough and Black Milk. A great way to spend a Sunday.

I did not get much work done at all this week but hopefully I’ll be back on it next week.

Monday, I went for my second dress fitting. It’s getting real! Then Topher and I had an appointment at the registrars. I feel so much better now – all my questions were answered and we actually know the name of who’s marrying us now.

I had my hair and makeup trial on Wednesday. It went well. Though boy oh boy do I have a lot of hair! It’s so thick. I’m having my hair up and it needed 40 bobby pins. I need to get a hairdresser to take the weight out of it. Can’t wait to chop it all off after the wedding!

This week has been pretty good for wedding stuff actually. I’ve been DIYing like a boss and also discovering that some things shouldn’t be DIYed. I’ve still got so many flowers to make but I feel like I’ve got a handle on it now. Less than 50 days to go!

I put on a pound at Slimming World

Last week I mentioned that I maintained after a really good week and got really upset about it. So I seriously sabotaged myself this week. It was horrific the amount of bad things I ate. So much so that I was full on craving fruit when I went to the supermarket yesterday.

But by another miracle, I only put on a pound. Not good but I was expecting at least 3 so I was overjoyed. I impulse bought so much fruit and I didn’t buy any chocolate (le gasp). Not even Kit Kats. I think it’s best to keep temptation away from me – I can’t seem to only have a little bit. So lets see how this week works out.

How was your week?

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My Week #52 – Home cooking & Preparations

*Sweet potato pakoras *Planted some cat grass for the kitties – hope they like it!

*Lunch at Bakchich *Sleepy Pickles

This past week will be known as the week of cooking.

After Slimming World, I chained myself to the kitchen and tried out loads of new recipes. All delicious and I stuck to plan almost all week. Stand outs were sweet potato pakoras, chilli pasta bake and chicken & blacken tortilla boats which we made for Eurovision.

Then Tuesday happened. We went to Bakchich for the first time and it was awesome – I’ll be doing a post on this soon! And of course afterwards I insisted on a trip to Milkjam so you can probably guess what happened.

Luckily despite that I managed to maintain at Slimming World, which to be honest pissed me off at the time. I felt like I deserved to lose something. So I got upset and inhaled a family sized chocolate bar amongst other things. So that was that. Back on plan today though so fingers crossed I do better next week.

Wedding Preparations are going well

We got Topher’s suit and ring ordered this week. Yay! And we visited the registry office to get details sorted about the legal bit. Why is there barely no information on how to actually get legally married? So we’ve got an appointment with them next week.

We’ve done the seating plan, come up with table names, ordered the cake toppers and it feels like my to do list is finally getting smaller.

Flowers are going ok – just trudging along. We’ve also both started plans for our hen and stag parties. I can’t believe its less than 2 months away now.

And that’s pretty much it

Not much else to report. It feels like a lot of the same at the moment.

How was your week?

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My Week #51 -Wedding Dresses & All of the Food

*First Wedding dress fitting *Cookie dough loveliness

*Pickles thinks he’s a shoe *My garden wall

Rain rain, go away

And this flu can also go away. On the bright side, my head doesn’t feel like it’s going to explode today. Sinus headaches suck! Big thank yous to Topher for making me tea yesterday when I couldn’t get out of bed. Right there – that’s why I’m marrying you.

So according to the weather forecast, it’s now going to rain for the foreseeable future. Lovely! At least I got out in the garden and tamed that beast just in time.

I had my first wedding dress fitting!

It was so great to try it on and not having my back hang out like it did with the sample. In fact, it needs to be taken in a fair bit too. I reckon that’s just because I’m wearing it slightly different to how its supposed to be worn and that’s all I’m saying.

I had to laugh when I first saw the dress bag. Purple and polka dots! The most me dress bag I have ever seen in my life! I can’t wait for the next fitting.

My mum came and stayed over so she could come with me to the fitting and boy oh boy did we get shit done. We got a bunch of stuff for the wedding and she helped me get my garden back under control. It looks so pretty now!

We also found the perfect vases for the centre pieces and for a great price at Ikea. The only problem with that is that I was planning on spray painting coffee jars for vases so all the calculations I’d done on the amount of flowers needed was based on that. These new vases have wider brims so we literally need double the amount of flowers. *Screams internally. So I’ve got to seriously get my act together and get flower making.

I maintained at Slimming World

I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to maintain my weight than I was this week! How the hell did I manage that? My mum and I had 2 meals out with dessert and I had a pic n mix fuelled Thursday – Saturday so it is literally a miracle.

I’ve gotten focused now anyway and realise the problem lies in the cheat day after I’ve been weighed which ultimately turns into cheat weekend. I can’t carry on like this as I’m just throwing money away going to group every week. I want to get to target.

So I did a whole bunch of research on Tuesday and Wednesday night and found a whole load of new recipes that I’m super excited about. Thanks Pinch of Nom! So I had a great day for food yesterday, even despite being ill. It’s been a great start to the week so onwards and upwards!

I sold my dresser!

Yay, that’s one piece of big furniture gone from the living room. It’s just the leather armchairs I’m still struggling to shift. I’ve just added a listing on Facebook selling so fingers crossed they go this week.

How was your week?

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50 Things That Make Me Happy

It’s always nice to be grateful for what you have.

So I thought it would be nice to share 50 things that make me happy. Of course there are so many more things I have to be happy about but here’s just a few:

1.     My office décor
2.     When Pickles stands on his back legs against the window (he looks so funny)
3.     When Luna is in the front window waiting for me when I come back home
4.     That little chattering noise Pickles makes when he sees a bug
5.     That little noise my computer makes when I empty the trash bin
6.     Having a long face time session with my parents
7.     Writing my to do list in my bullet journal
8.     Getting post – even if it is just a bill
9.     Scrolling through my instagram and looking at the pretty pictures
10.  That moment when I’ve finished cooking and my finished work is ready to eat
11.  When I get praise from a client
12.  When I find Pickles and Luna cuddled up together
13.  When Topher makes me laugh
14.  When Topher offers to make me a brew
15.  Catching up with friends
16.  Going to the cinema with Topher – particularly when the whole theatre goes quiet when the film is about to start
17.  When Pickles comes under the covers to have a cuddle with me
18.  When Luna sits on my chest and tucks herself up under my chin when I’m on the sofa
19.  Reading blogs in the morning with my breakfast.
20.  Getting a new washi tape. I love washi tape
21.  Scrolling through Pinterest
22.  Walking outside and feeling the sun hit my face
23.  The moment when the plane lands and you are officially on holiday
24.  Getting stuck into a really good book and binging on the whole thing
25.  Trying out a new recipe and it going right
26.  Stepping on the scales at Slimming World and losing weight
27.  Watching a film in bed with Topher and the cats curling up at the end of the bed
28.  Making plans
29.  Listening to the WDW radio podcast
30.  Memes
31.  Taking my camera out with me and getting some pretty pictures
32.  Getting home from holiday and looking through all the pictures
33.  Getting something new – even if it’s only something really small
34.  Going out for a meal somewhere new with Topher
35.  Running errands with Topher in town
36.  Looking at my engagement ring
37.  Putting on fresh bedding and fresh pjs and getting settled in with a good book
38.  Bringing a hot water bottle to bed in winter
39.  Ticking off items on my to do list
40.  Working from home
41.  Looking through the pages I’ve already done in my scrapbook
42.  That lovely time after you’ve finished tidying and it all stays that way for a day or so
43.  Having a lie in on a weekend and having a long leisurely breakfast
44.  Picking out my outfit for the day
45.  My garden when the grass has just been cut and all the flowers are in bloom
46.  Going to Freelance Friday every Friday that I can
47.  When Luna is in a chatty mood (she sounds like a little bird)
48.  Writing this blog
49.  Looking back on how far I’ve come with my one line a day journal (almost halfway through year 3)
50.  Knowing that I’m marrying my best friend in 2 months

What makes you happy?

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