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!

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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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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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