2018 Slightly Sweaty Goals – How did I do?

2018 goals

So you may or may not remember my Slightly Sweary Goals of 2018. Here’s an update on how I did:

Fuck the Target Weight – Get to Happy Weight

Nope. Not even a little bit. I actually put on weight. I got off a bit of it before the end of the year but it’s safe to say that this one was a complete fail…

Earn some fecking money

Yes. I definitely did this. I ended up deciding in April that I had had it with self employment and by the end of May I had a job. A nice job with nice people and one where I earn a decent wage. It’s lovely and I feel better now.

Stop farting around and book that trip to Japan

Done and done – we’re going in April! The earning some fecking money definitely helped with this one! I’m ridiculously excited for this one.

Get rid of crap…like seriously you have way too much shit

I got rid of a load of stuff. Did car boots, gave to charity and threw a bunch of stuff out. Feeling a hell of a lot lighter. And we can actually put suitcases in the airing cupboard now. But there is still a way to go! It’s a process.

Stop feeling so bloody inadequate – you are enough

This is also a work in process. I took a big nosedive this year but by the end I felt like I was coming out the other side. We’ll get there.

If you want to see my goals for 2019, check them out here.

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19 for 2019

Happy new year! Instead of the usual resolutions, I’ve decided to do #19for2019 instead. It’s pretty much the same kind of thing but more of a list of things to do. 19 things to be precise. I want to tick off as many as possible. The cool thing about this list is you can put anything on it big or small.

#19for2019 comes from Gretchen Rubin’s podcast “Happier” and I remember listening to last years 18 for 2018 lists from her and all the listeners and wanted to take part. However it wasn’t on the cards for me – I definitely wasn’t in the right frame of mind in 2018.

I’m all for it this year though, so check out my list for #19for2019:

  1. Go trampolining with mum
  2. Get to target at Slimming World (the happy weight not the super skinny one)
  3. Finish Florida 2015 scrapbook. Yes you read that right and no I haven’t finished it yet!
  4. Make and finish wedding & honeymoon scrapbook
  5. Finish Tangled jigsaw
  6. Visit York
  7. Make 5 recipes from Mowgli cook book I got for my birthday this year
  8. Get a denim jacket and sew my patch collection onto it
  9. Vlog Japan – Currently I just do musical roundups of trips. I partly attempted to vlog our honeymoon but kept chickening out. This time I want to go for it.
  10. Put up a towel rail and fix the towel hook in our ensuite. A niggly job that I’ve been putting off!
  11. See something at the theatre
  12. Archive and organise my mountain of paperwork
  13. Scrapbook and organise the giant box of sentimental bits and bobs I’ve accumulated over the years.
  14. Take the tape off the walls, polyfill the holes and touch up the paint in the living room. I can finally call the room finished when I’ve done that!
  15. Do a 30 day yoga challenge. Long time readers will know my back/arm/repetitive strain issues so I want to see if yoga will help at all. I’m not doing the gym any more so need to do some kind of activity
  16. Finally do indoor skydiving – this has been on my list for years
  17. Get a savings app to track my spending better
  18. Rejig blog layout and transfer photos to new storage platform. I’m currently with Flickr and with all the new changes, I have just over a month to get all my 7 years of photos off there. A huge job!
  19. Open a new savings account and actually have something in there at the end of the year.

Have you made any resolutions this year?

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2018 in Review

Balance. That’s definitely a word I’m going to live by in 2019. You may have noticed that my posting this year has been somewhat erratic. Hopefully that’s something that’s going to change next year. I’ve got a bunch of posts planned for the new year so let’s start by looking back on the old.

You can see my previous years in review here: 201220132014,2015, 2016 and 2017.


January was a bit of a quiet one. After coming down with the flu on New Years Eve, I spent the next couple of weeks in bed. Eventually I ventured out to Bake with a Legend and go out for a couple of meals with Topher.


February despite being freezing was a much better month for my physical health. Mental health though, not such much. But I did go out for a few meals and the highlight of the month was flying to Disneyland Paris with Topher. He got the flu while we were there but we still had a great time.


I spent most of the month writing about our Paris Adventures here and here as well as finally finishing our honeymoon video. It only took me 5 months… Improvements in the house slowly came along as well as we got a new (to us) bed in the guest room as well as a new cat tree for Pickles and Luna which they appreciated. The old one was dead!


April was the month where I started getting serious about turning my mental health around. I made a big decision and decided to start hunting for a 9-5. I needed some structure, some cash and less pressure on my creative side. Topher and I went to one of our couple friends’ leaving party (they moved to Japan for a year), had some tasty ramen and bubble tea and I finally put up some more frames in the hallway of our house. I also joined the library and got a new car!


May is definitely the month where things started to look up. I got a job and started at the end of this month. A celebratory pizza was needed! I also sorted out some clutter at home by doing a car boot with Emma. In terms of the blog, I barely wrote anything!


A bit of a big thing happened in June. I turned 30! I celebrated in style; Junkyard Golf, dinner and cocktails with friends at the weekend and then on my actual birthday after work I went to a Japanese restaurant with Topher and Emma. Here’s 30 things I learned in 30 years.


July started with Claire and I going to the Manchester Eats Festival which was really fun. A perfect day out for two foodies. Topher and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary by staying in a treehouse in Anglesey. And finally at the end of the month, Topher’s step-brother Adam turned 18 so of course that involved a few drinks!


My oh my was August a busy one! Most of it was taken up by our annual Jordan trip which Emma came along to for the first time. Check out our adventures; The Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Petra and Amman. I’m still working on the video but I’m hoping to have that done by the end of January. The big event during our Jordan trip was my cousin’s wedding. A great evening. Other highlights of the month included going to a Premier League football match with my parents and celebrating a friends birthday.


September was the month where I finally made an apple crumble from the apple tree in our garden. So tasty! I also wrote about doing One Second Everyday for a whole year. And then I dropped off the face of the blogging world.


A busy month for travel (I’ll use this as an excuse for the lack of blogging) I visited both Leeds and London. Leeds was a great time for me and Topher. He had a gig to go to in the evening so we made a day of it and spent way too much money on all the pretty things. And then London was a trip specifically for Topher and our friends to go to ComicCon. I just went down so I could wander around London which was really good fun. I finally visited Camden and a bunch of shops we don’t have up north. In other news, we finally bought Halloween decorations for our house.


Lots of food and home improvement this month. I tried to do #BEDM and failed miserably. We put up some frames in the living room – I might finally be able to show a finished room next year! And I also bought a pin flag which since this photo has a few more pins on it… Topher and I went to the Doki Doki festival in Manchester and bought so many pretty things for our house including this print. I’m really hyped for our Japan trip now!


And finally December. This is my first blog post of the month so I have nothing to link. Just lots of photos. As you can see, we ate all the food, went to all the Christmas parties and played all the games. Topher and I went to his mum’s for Christmas day and then drove over to my parents for Boxing Day with the cats and stayed over for a few days. We just got back yesterday morning and went out with some friends in the evening.

New Year’s Eve this year is being spent at home for some peace and quiet and I’m chuffed to bits. 2018 wasn’t the best year in the world but it could have been a lot worse!

Here’s to 2019!

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How to Spend Money on Improving Your Home the Sensible Way

If the time has come for you to improve your home and take it to that next level, you should start to think about what those improvements should be and how they should be approached. Many people simply rush in and then make big mistakes. It’s instead much wiser to spend money the sensible way and make sure that the home improvements you carry out really are the right ones. Here’s how you can do that.

Don’t Take on Too Much at Once

Taking on too much at once is the number one sin when it comes to carrying out home improvements. It can lead to half a dozen half-finished jobs and nothing much more to show for it. To make sure you get things done and follow them through to their conclusions, you should try to only take on one project at a time. It’ll be much more sustainable in the long-term.

Choose Upgrades That Add Value

When choosing which upgrades you should carry out in your home, you should focus on the ones that you really and truly believe will add some value to your home. If they don’t add that value, they aren’t worth your time or energy. You should think about what improves the home in an objective way, not just in your personal and subjective view of things.

If You’re Unsure, Hire Help

If you’re not sure of which route to take forward or how to carry out a particular home improvement task, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek help and get a professional to do some of the work for you. This is always the way it should be when you’re unsure of anything that might involve making mistakes that will impact your home. It’s not worth taking risks when it comes to the safety and integrity of your home.


Read Reviews and Compare the Options

Carrying out home improvements should always involve comparing all the options and making sure you choosing the right one before pushing ahead. If you want a new water heater, for example, you should take time to find the best electric tankless water heater on the market. Read reviews and compare all the details so you know you’re choosing the right one.

Keep Functionality in Mind

The functionality of the home is something that you should always keep in mind because nothing matters more than the way you use the home and how you get the most out of it. If you can make the kinds of upgrades that make the home more functional, it’s definitely worth pushing forward with them. In the end, it’ll change how you use the home and allow you to get more out of it.

There are right ways and wrong ways to go about improving your home. If you take the wrong approach, not only will you end up throwing money away, but you won’t get the benefits of the home improvements that are truly right for you and your home. So keep in mind the points discussed here.

*this is a collaborative post

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#BEDN Day 3: Lists

I bloody love a good list. I’m always writing them and there’s nothing more satisfying then crossing items off them. I especially love making wish lists. It’s something I’ve done on this blog since the beginning and it’s the perfect way to do a bit of window shopping. I only end up buying about 5% of the things on my list so I just use them to get ideas.

So today for BEDN, I’m going to make a wishlist of random things I think are cute. Just because.

Christmas Decoration, £16 – Anthropologie


I did it, I mentioned the C word. Not too bad considering I actually heard shops playing Christmas music already. I don’t mind seeing merchandise because I can ignore it, but music is too much. Wait a month people. So when I was in London last week I went into Anthropologie to stare at pretty things I can’t afford and this beauty caught my eye. So damn pretty!


Snack Boxes, £8 – Paperchase

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I love this whole range but could actually find a good use for these snack boxes. What a great way to bring healthier snacks into work. Plus they are super cute.


Bag, £17 – The Disney Store

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It’s a butterfly from Alice in Wonderland. I love how random and weird and cool this bag is.


Earrings, £15 – Accessorize

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I recently lost one of my earrings that I have been living in for the past few months so am on the hunt for some replacements. These are lovely and simple.


Jumper, £12.99 – New Look


It’s definitely jumper weather right now so any excuse to put on more layers is fine in my eyes. I love this colour block one – it would be great to wear on a day out with my jeggings and ankle boots.

So there you go. A list of five things i think are cool. I always find it interesting reading other people’s wish lists. As well as watching haul videos on Youtube. It’s just like window shopping. So much cheaper than real shopping!

What are your favourite kind of lists to make?

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