One second every day

I can’t remember if I mentioned it on the blog before but over a year ago I downloaded the 1 Second Everyday app on my phone. Since September 1st 2017 I have been recording a video every day and I have been loving it. I’ve seen other people do it online before and thought I’d give it a go myself.

Most of the ones I’ve seen either started on the person’s birthday or on New Year’s Day. Well I downloaded it at some point near the end of August so didn’t want to wait until either of those things. Plus I was close to jetting off for my honeymoon so figured September 1st was as good a time to start as any.

I think one of the main ones I’ve seen was from Zoella a few years ago and though my life isn’t as interesting, I figured it would be nice to see the regular every day moments alongside all the fun times.

So what happens in my video? My honeymoon, Disneyland Paris trip and Jordan trip, lots of freelance times, a few nights out, both Topher and I turning 30, seasonal stuff and general chilling. There’s a lot of food and cat clips as well as a massive chunk where you see a lot of my bed. Illness and depression caught on film. It’s hard for me to watch that part but it’s nice to see the difference when I get my new job and I come out of the funk I was in. It’s just a reminder that life is full of both highs and lows so you just have to roll with them.

So without any further rambling, here’s my life from 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2018.

I’ve already carried on filming videos this month and I have no plans of stopping. So here’s to another year of memories!

Have you ever heard of 1 second everyday?

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Home Again: A catch-up

Home Again: A catch-up

So today marks one week since I got home from Jordan. Where has the week gone? And when did it get so cold? To be honest it’s a relief – I can finally sleep comfortably at night again. And layers are my friend.

After an über lie in today, I’ve been pretty productive after jumping straight back into work this week. Stuff has been cleaned, clothes have been organised and plans have been made. So here’s what’s happening.

 

A shopping trip was needed

I realised that I had no office appropriate winter gear so headed to Primark yesterday with a budget. I was doing so well until I wasn’t. Damn you homeware section. It all started with a halloween pumpkin LED light and escalated quickly from there. Topher was pretty annoyed until he saw the Winnie The Pooh Honey Pot (mug) I brought home for him. Bit sneaky of me but #noregrets. To be honest I think I did pretty well over all and came out with pretty much everything I need including some new ankle boots and some tops to go with my black cord pinafore.

I’m also pleased I managed to hold it in when I popped into the Disney Store that same day. Hot damn I know where my pennies are going this winter! Fellow Disney fans will know the usual pain of heading into a Disney Store and it all being stuff for little kids. Well, not any more. There is a ridiculous amount of merchandise for adults now. The buying team at Disney are killing it. If I hadn’t have been struggling under the weight of my giant Primark bag I might have caved and bought everything.

Oh and in other news I got my hair chopped off again. My head feels so much lighter and it’s awesome.

Routines are coming back

Earlier this week Topher and I signed back up for the gym and he’s been twice. I haven’t been yet but have full plans to head back tomorrow. Wish me luck! As for our weight loss, I was super pleased to find out that I’d lost half a pound at Slimming World since before the holiday. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever lost weight on holiday! It’s definitely all down to having a dress that I needed to still fit into for my cousin’s wedding. Otherwise I would have been left with a black tie event to go to and nothing to wear. So now I have the motivation to keep going as we’re home again and I can eat when and what I want. Target here I come.

Topher and I also want to get back into the routine of going to the cinema as we barely used our Cineworld passes over the summer. Money down the drain so that needs to change. Any suggestions of what to see? I like the look of Searching.

 

Holiday dreams are becoming reality

So officially our next holiday is Japan in Easter. I’m so excited I can’t even. While in Jordan I was doing so much “Japlanning” (thank Topher for that one!) and I’m pretty sure everyone in my family has gotten an earful of our plans.

This week we were discussing holiday allowance for 2019 at work and for the first time in a while I realised we could also go somewhere else. So I mentioned to Topher that if we were able to save enough and I could get the reward flight I’ve been saving miles for, maybe we could even do Hong Kong next October. It’s safe so say that he’s totally up for that as we want to complete all 6 Disney resorts in the world so watch this space!

 

What I’ve been reading and watching

I read three books in Jordan as well as another since I got back. My favourite was Happiness for Humans by P.Z.Reizin* so definitely recommend that one! It’s about an AI called Aiden that is chatting to a human called Jen and decides to help her find a boyfriend unbeknown to her.

I went to the cinema once in Jordan too and saw The Meg. I can best describe it as something along the lines of Deep Blue Sea (remember that film?). It’s a B movie but takes itself a little too seriously. I think it would have gone down a little better if it was a little sillier because that’s what I was expecting from it.

I watched the last episode of Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale and totally screamed at June at the end. Pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who did too.

I’ve gotten Topher into watching Brooklyn 99 too so we’ve been watching that together. I started from the beginning for him so can’t wait to catch up to where I got to.

Also on Netflix I was able to watch To all the boys I loved before which was really sweet. It’s exactly the type of film I would have loved when I was a teenager. Plus it was so refreshing to have a minority lead in a teen film where the story isn’t about the fact that she’s a minority. More of this please. And last night I watched Sierra Burgess is a Loser. So cool to see Barb from Stranger Things be the star and my teenage self also loved this film. What are you reading and watching at the moment.

 

Upcoming posts

So you may have noticed that up until recently I completely lost my blogging mojo for a bit there. Well it’s not totally back but it’s on the way I think. I got a burst of motivation during Jordan and I have a whole bunch of posts planned for the season ahead so we’ll see how it goes. I need to write about Jordan (as well as make the video) as well as a few other bits and pieces so I’m just trying to ease my way back in and not put too much pressure on myself. Fingers crossed!

 

How was your summer?

Anglesey - beach

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How I feel about turning 30

How I feel about turning 30

So it’s been just over two months since I turned 30 and how do I feel? No different. 30 always seemed such a stand out age when I was younger. Like you’re supposed to have all your shit together by then? Apparently not. And that’s ok.

It kinda reminds me of when people ask you “how’s married life?” and all you can say is, “no different.” Of course I guess that was more of a question back when people didn’t live together before they got married. I could still even ask that to my cousins since the culture is different with them. As for me and Topher, it’s just the same only we have some extra jewellery.

Though I do like the fact that we’re married. We’re even more of a team and we share the same name. And no one else in the world has it. Though please UPS guy at work, please just let me give my first name and not have to spell out my entire double barrelled surname for you? Wouldn’t have it any other way though.

Anyway, back to the big 3-0. Some people I know (cough*Topher*cough) had a bit of a panic about turning 30, but not me. I was perfectly happy being 30. Having been lucky enough to get to know lots of women in their 30s and 40s who were so much more sure of themselves, I couldn’t see getting older as a bad thing. And just to get a bit morbid on you, not all people are lucky to reach milestone ages such as this one. So count your blessings.

As I said before, when I was younger I thought I’d have it all together by now. But during my late twenties, I finally realised that there isn’t a deadline on it. It’s a gradual process that you work on using your own timeline. It always seems like everyone’s doing a better job of adulting then you are but when you scratch beneath the surface, everyone has their problems. Even people who have kids still don’t feel like they’re adult enough. So stop comparing yourself.

Eventually I’ll get my shit together but know I know that I don’t have to be 30 to do it. So here’s to enjoying this decade and whatever comes with it.

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Top Picks #57

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Snitch Light, £24.99 – Truffle Shuffle

Top picks - snitch light

This would look great in our guest bedroom on one of the bedside tables. The bedside tables that we are yet to purchase but still. Forward planning is useful. This is definitely our nerdiest room of the house!

Necklace, £18 – ASOS

Top picks - necklace

Still into my celestial jewellery and still into the minimalist look. It’s funny how our tastes change over time, isn’t it?

T-shirt, £22 – Joanie

Top picks - audrey t-shirt

I loved this series of shirts as soon as I saw them but Audrey had to be the number 1 for me. My favourite film of hers is Roman Holiday.

Dress, £38 – Joanie

top picks - dress

As soon as I saw this dress on Joanie’s instagram account, I knew it would be on my wishlist. Whether I end up getting it or not, we’ll see.

Blouse, £39 – Sugarhill Brighton

top picks - blouse

This reminds me so much of a top Zara did a few years back. I tried to get it but the arms were stupidly small. This blouse is even cuter so I might just be persuaded to give it a try. Fingers crossed the arms fit. Any one else have this problem or is it just me and my bingo wings?

Washi Tape, £2.50 – Ohh Deer

Top picks - washi tape

My love for washi tape is still going strong though I’m not using it much these days. Maybe I should get back into bullet journalling. I love the pattern of this one.

Leather Waterfall Jacket, £35 – Dorothy Perkins

top picks - leather jacket

I saw this on the mannequin at Dorothy Perkins and instantly fell in love. It looked so elegant and effortless to wear. What an easy way to dress up an outfit. Want so much.

Tights, £8 – ASOS

top picks - tights

I’m not usually a fan of leopard print but these easily made it onto my list. I think it must be the simplicity of them since I’m not a fan of the usual colourful print. They look like they’d add some interest to an otherwise plain outfit.

Dress, £75 – Emily & Fin

top picks - dress

I love the imagery of the circus (just don’t try to take me to one in real life). The print of this dress is so fun and colourful but not so bright that  you couldn’t wear it all year round. Now if only the price tag wasn’t so high.

Duvet Set, £14 – George

top picks - duvet set

Our bedding is starting to look a little worse for wear so I’ve started looking around for replacements. George is still killing it with their bedding so this constellation print is top of my list. And such a reasonable price too!

What’s on your wish list at the moment?

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An Anniversary Trip to Anglesey

An Anniversary Trip to Anglesey

If you read my last post then you’ll know that I recently had a weekend away to Anglesey with Topher for our 1 year wedding anniversary. We stayed in an awesome treehouse which you can read all about here and spent Saturday driving around the island. Here’s what we got up to.

Friday

Since Topher finished work at 3 and myself at 5, Topher would meet me at my work and we would drive over. It usually takes about 2 hours from Manchester but with the Friday rush hour traffic, it took us just under three. We arrived at 8pm and were greeted by our Airbnb hosts.

Anglesey - chinese

After getting a tour and dropping off our stuff, we headed to the Tesco Extra we’d seen back on the mainland to get supplies. We had planned to get fish and chips from the local but unfortunately discovered that they close early. No harm done as the local Chinese was still open. Beef chow mein please. We enjoyed our meal in the grounds that surround the treehouse, watching out for the local wildlife.

Saturday

Starting the day with pastries we’d got from Tesco, along with a big mug of coffee we set off to explore Anglesey.

South Stack was our first port of call as it was the furthest away from the treehouse. Only half an hour though! Everything is easily drivable on the island. South Stack is a lighthouse which is the furthest west you can go on Anglesey. If it was a clearer day maybe we could have even seen Ireland.

Anglesey - south stack

You can actually pay to go inside the lighthouse but we had plenty of other places to go. So we took a few selfies before hopping back in the car.

Anglesey - selfie

The next place we tried to visit was Borth Wen beach. Word of warning – not a place to just randomly show up to late in the morning on a sunny Saturday in the summer. It was rammed. There was nowhere to park and the single lane windy road to get to it almost left us trapped in the car park. If you’ve got your heart set on it, definitely get there early!

By this point we were hungry for some lunch. Fancying some afternoon tea, I’d read about Giddy Aunt Tea Room which is south east on the island.

Anglesey - giddy aunt's tearoom

A pretty cottage in the middle of nowhere which had another cat (yay!), Topher and I wandered inside to be greeted by the owners who were lovely. The afternoon tea was delicious but I had my usual problem of being finished off by the scone and unable to eat the cakes. Of course I’m not one to waste cake so the owners were kind enough to box them up for me. Treehouse snack!

Anglesey - afternoon tea

How cute is this tea cozy?

Anglesey - tea cosy

Our next stop was the point that I realised I had in fact been to Anglesey before. Around the time I started this blog actually! It was a flying visit but I remembered it well. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch definitely has the longest name I’ve ever seen. Just typing that was a challenge let alone trying to say it.

Anglesey - train station

We also managed to find a scenic spot to pull the car over and get some photos of the Menai bridge. How lucky were we with this weather?!

Anglesey - Menai Bridge

Finally we arrived at Beaumaris, a pretty village full of pastel houses and cute shops as well as a castle.

Anglesey - beaumaris

Anglesey - colourful houses

Though neither of us are beach people, Topher and I really enjoyed walking along the boardwalk and the pier. The weather definitely helped.

Anglesey - more beach

Anglesey - sea

Anglesey - pier

After our walk, we had a wander around the shops before heading back to the car and setting off to find dinner. We tried a place called Dylan’s but it’s definitely not a just show up kind of place. At least not on a Saturday. We ended up at the Anglesey Arms where Topher had fish and chips and I had a delicious haddock chowder. Nom.

Anglesey - beach

We finished the day playing Scrabble that we’d brought from home in the treehouse. Guess who won?

Anglesey - scrabble

Sunday

As this was our actual anniversary, we exchanged gifts and cards as well as watching our wedding video. After breakfast we packed up our stuff and headed home.

I had a great time in Anglesey and would definitely go again.

Have you ever been to Anglesey?

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