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?

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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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