Team 2018

Well hello there my little diamonds,

How are we all ? First of all a very very very belated happy 2018 !! Sorry I’m so late but you know what they say… Better late than never.

Well the start of this year was a little different than normal for various reasons.

  1. It was the first New Year in a while that I didn’t step out my door after 7pm.
  2. I spent it with other relatives and not my parents (of course I wanted my parents to be there too but that’s the thing with living in seperate countries)
  3. I made the smallest list of New Year’s Resolutions known to man (it was literally a last minute decision, and I only wrote it so I would remember what I said)
  4. This New Year I watched Jools Holland for the first time in yeeears and I also got to hear a new band called Nile Rodgers and Chic (who are on tour in Glasgow here in the UK in June)
  5. I actually paid attention to the firework display shown on the TV in London (that’s the closest city to where I live)

Unfortunately I had to work on New Years day but hey ho, such is life.

So why am I telling you all this you’re probably wondering ?? Well I thought I’d share my new years resolutions with you so we can share it together and then see how I got on at the end of the year.

My first one was to in general become more active. And not just the whole “oh I’ll join the gym in January and go twice like I normally do and give up” but actually make an effort for a specific reason ( You’ll find out this reason later in the year)

My second resolution is to be more organised and more frugal with my money and actually start saving something ready for the years ahead #forwardplanning 

My last resolution I suppose you could also call a challenge… and that is to make at least one person laugh and/or smile a day ( so far we’re not doing too bad). As with all this worry and sadness going on in the news, what’s a smile here or there hey ??

 

2017 was a very kind year to me but unfortunately others weren’t so lucky, so here’s to making 2018 that little bit better for everyone !!!

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Lots of love,

Emily xxxx

 

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Every Bit Of This… All Things Christmas !!! BLOGMAS DAYS 9 & 10.

Hello my loves,

How are we doing ?? Yes it’s Thursday today…. Booo I know !! But on the plus side only 11 sleeps till Christmas !!

So I do realise that I have been shockingly bad at updating this but nothing overly exciting happened last week, so I thought I’d tell you about last weekend the 9th and 10th of december 😀 Hence the title haha !!

 

On the Saturday I ticked off one of my dreams and attended the Frankfurt themed Christmas market in Birmingham which was INSANE !! I have been wanting to go since I was 18, so you can imagine how excited I was when we finally got there !!  we went late afternoon/ early evening ( roughly around 5.30/6PM so however you want to call it haha) and by then it was really busy so if you are not a massive fan of crowds or of having to move out the way of prams every 5 minutes, I would recommend you go either on a weekday or earlier in the day…. but anyway back to the AMAZINGNESS that is the market.

Well if you are anything like me and LOVE Christmas, it is deffinately worth the visit. We had Mulled wine and you have the choice to keep the mugs or not (yep I kept mine and walked round Birmingham with it all night) if you don’t want them though you get given a token when you get your drink, you simply return it and they give you your deposit back ( which if I remember off the top of my head is £3)

You also have cute little huts all lit up for you to go to and buy bits and bobs ready for Christmas. The decorations above all the stalls and huts are just phonomenal !! Like beyond belief good !! Here are some little sneak peaks.

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In the last picture the ornaments spin round too !! It is so pretty it’s unreal 😀

We also went to this nice cocktail bar afterwards called The Lost And Found ( here is their website http://the-lostandfound.co.uk/ ) and I had the best cocktail ever called Lavender Sour and I can also highly recommend the Waterhouse Fizz !!

I also tried another new bar called Vodka Revolutions which was also incredible if you get the chance to go !! ( https://www.revolution-bars.co.uk/)

Then on Sunday having stayed in that area overnight, it had snowed !! Yep Christmas complete, well for around the first 20 minutes anyway, then came the chaos of trying to get things done, but luckily we were successful and I came back down to London to meet one of my best friends and go to Winter Wonderland 😀 😀 !! Yes THE Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park !!

Well it didn’t get off to the greatest of starts as me and my friend were both in opposite sides of the park at different meeting points, and then once I had gotten through security I managed to get a message to her on my location just before my phone died (yep hundreds of people walking round and I had no idea where my friend was) we both had second thoughts on staying where we were, or did we wonder off to find the other one, trying to use someone’s phone and then remembering I don’t know her phone number and I have no battery !! Anyway we finally found each other, and after a quick pit stop to buy myself more gloves ( yeah thank you snow for soaking my other pair) we continued with our evening, after a tour of the market, with some lovely hand crafted gifts on some of the stools, we headed to the Baverian Village, which was the highlight for me !! I mean it was all amazing, but mulled wine, lager and mead, mulled cider AND live music I mean what is there not to love !!

You have 2 stages outside, one with a man singing by himself and then a bit further along another stage with a spinning band, both of them ideal for a little sing song !!

I also tried the BEST mead I have ever tasted ( for those not familiar with mead it is basically mulled wine with honey which works amazingly well)  and left with three bottles to take home with me ready for christmas 😀

We sang and danced and it was great !! I would highly recommend it to anyone still looking to do something Christmassy or to get out the house for a while 😀

Here are a few WW snaps

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Needless to say, best weekend ever !! Hope you enjoyed reading and you get the chance to enjoy these magical places, I for one will deffo be going back next year !!

Lots of Love,

Emily xxxxx

 

 

 

Every Bit Of This… All Things Christmas !! BLOGMAS DAY 2 & 3.

Hello my lovelies,

 

I hope you are all well and had a good weekend !! I’m sorry I’ve been really naughty and joined these two together (trust me to forget to write a draft ready to upload the day before)

 

So I got my advent calendar finally !! Yes I may have walked past them so many times but I was determined to wait until the first of December so I could get into the Christmas spirit and not be bored of it by day 6 having peaked too early.  I went to M&S and was lucky enough as they had a few left on offer (well reduced to clear actually, but I’m not going to complain at paying  £1 for an advent calendar either)

So I went for a Paw Patrol calendar as I knew my goddaughters would find it amusing and also I’m still a child at heart and I mean how can you resist a calendar with cute firefighter puppies ?!

I also went to my friend’s house on Saturday for her birthday, which was lovely!!! Plus like me she loves Harry Potter and even had Harry Potter decorations (I don’t know where she got all of them from, but I know there was this ball-ball was from Primark)

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And then we went out and witnessed the first of a whole season of Christmas office parties and yes… they WERE wearing christmas jumpers I might add !! Yep every single one of them, and I’m not going to lie I did feel a little jealous (although I’m saving my Christmas jumper for national Christmas Jumper Day)

On Sunday it was back to work for me, but outside they were hosting a Christmas party for families, and I also got to watch a nativity… yep the festivities have officially started !!

Can’t wait for it to continue !!!

Lots of love,

Emily xx

Every Bit of this… All Things Christmas !! BLOGMAS DAY 1.

Good afternoon my beautiful People,

 

Yes it’s that time of year again !! Let the festive season commence 🙂 So I’m going to be posting daily and talking about All Things Christmas !!

This year is going to be different to most other years, for starters I’m spending my first Christmas back in the UK (where I’m originally from) for a while, unfortunately I won’t be spending it with my parents this year but you can’t have everything, plus it gives me the chance to see my other relatives 🙂

I know Vlogmas is very popular but I am useless at editing videos and also am very forgetful, so I am just going to blog it to you instead !! I will also be keeping you updated with goings on and things that I get up to over the next 25 days and places I visit !!

I have just tucked into my first Stollen bite today (you can never go wrong with stollen) I chose the Aldi ones (well I was given them in a Hamper but I will update you with that another day, but for the record there won’t be many stollen bites left come Monday).

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I better run guys as I still need to buy my chocolate advent calendar and then I am going to a new wine bar with my auntie !!

Hope you are all ready to get in the Christmas spirit !! Do you have any traditions ??

Lots of love,

Emily xxx

 

 

New Zealand Bound.

Hey Team,

Hope we are all well !!

Just a quick update to let you all know that I have started a youtube channel so you can see little updates on what I get up to when I go to New Zealand !!

 

So far I have done a little preview video of before I leave- so I hope you enjoy that one !!

Here is the link to my Youtube Channel – Youtube Channel

 

And here is the link to the first video – First Video

Lots of love,

E xxx

 

Hiya June 

Hey My loves,

Hope you are all well !! Well it’s June already 🙂 all of us up here in the Northern hemisphere are gearing up for summer now wooo !! Longer nights, warmer days (well in most cases anyway), pool parties, beach days the works. 

Hope you are all ready and have a great month !!

Lots of love, 

E x 

Piercings and Tattoos

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and having a lovely bank holiday weekend 🙂

So today I am going to talk to you about piercings and tattoos…. which is a subject which depending who you talk to can cause quite a stir !!

I myself have no problem with them at all… well I can’t really as I do have two tattoos myself so that would be a little strange and hypocritical wouldn’t it !!!

I always wanted a tattoo since the age of 14 but could never decide what it was that I wanted… plus my mum who wasn’t too keen on the idea of tattoos at the time had warned me that if I returned home with one before the age of 18 ( as she said it was my responsability then) that I would be homeless and disowned. Now knowing my mum I don’t think it’s a threat she would have carried out but I didn’t fancy risking it just in case she proved me wrong !!

Between the ages of 14 and 16 I had quite a few ideas in my head of what I would get when I turned 18 but none of them really stuck as I was constantly changing my mind and wasn’t too serious about it as I still had a long while until it could actually happen.

So rather than that I decided to get a second stud in my left earlobe at the age of 14, in the beginning I was scared that my mum would find out as she wasn’t too keen on the whole idea of having more than one piercing on each ear, I think she still stands by that rule to this day… Sorry mum.

But by the age of 15 the novelty of 2 piercings had worn off, and my friend wanted to get her helix done, so she asked me to go with her, as we got to the pharmacy she panicked and asked me would I get a piercing too if she treated me to it as a late christmas present !! Now to this day I don’t ever recall saying yes, but alas 20 minutes later I was sitting in the chair with the pharmacist holding my ear in one hand and a pen in the other asking me where I wanted my piercing to go, as there was no pre-planning I just pointed to my left ear and walked out one earring heavier.

And with that the countdown to my tattoo was on !!! From 17 onwards I was focused on getting that ink I had so desperately wanted, but again I STILL couldn’t decide on what I wanted :/ I really had warmed to an infinity sign but before I knew it every sod under the sun was getting one form of infinity sign or another… three of my friends at college turned up with infinity sign tattoos in the space of a week, so I quickly realised that rather than my quirky idea of getting the sentence “Live the life you love,love the life you live” it could be taken as a cheesy cleche!!

So I slowly let go of that idea and finally at the age of 19 (yeah I know so much for my whole “I’m going to get a tattoo the minute I turn 18″ fase) I had settled on an idea that had some meaning to me. I have the sentence There is always a reason to Smile tattoed on my right thigh and whenever I am stressing over something small or am having a bit of a rough day I just remember the sentence I have there, plaster a smile on my face and crack on. Although sometimes I do forget that it’s there and have been known to have one or two minor scares in the shower… whoopsie.

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A year later I decided I was ready for my second, again I needed something that had a strong meaning to me, and even if I was the only one who could understand it or ralate to it I don’t mind because at the end of the day it is on MY body.

But I digress….. back to my second tattoo, I have the word Ohana tattoed on my left hip. I love this tattoo for two reasons one LILO AND STITCH ( I feel this needs no further explanation, because it’s lilo and stitch #childhoodgoals) in the film they mention the sentence “Ohana means family”. I have been very lucky to have an amazing family so to me those two words just went hand in hand. When I was younger we moved abroad so I have a bird to represent the fact that my family aren’t on my doorstep but are never too far away.

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I was very lucky with my tattoos as they were both designed by the same artist and she was absolutely phenomenal, as all I did was went into the parlour and gave a rough description of what I was looking for and right before my eyes she designed my little beauties 😀

So now it’s back to the drawing board ready for my next move. Have you got any tattoos or piercings ?? Have you got any ideas ?

 

Hope you enjoyed my little story .

Lots of love,

E xxxx

Earliest childhood memory.

Hello my lovelies,

Hope everyone is well and all getting themselves ready for the week ahead. Last week  of April already !! I can’t believe it… where has this month gone ??

So today’s challenge is my earliest childhood memory. Now unfortunately I’m not living at home at the moment so I don’t have any of my childhood picture available to help rejog my memory or to be able to show you… although

I have one or two, I vaguely remember my first birthday, I had a lovely party thrown by my parents, with a tent in the back garden and a paddling pool and balloons and most importantly CAKE !!! mmmm this girl loves herself a good cake :).

 

But I think my most recurring memories where when I was younger we used to visit my grandma a lot, but because we didn’t live in the same town, we would have to travel quite a while to get there and back again, so usually we would stop over and spend a few days there 🙂 This was something we did on a regular basis and I had my little routine when I would  go into the kitchen and check if my Nan had some Thomas the Tank Engine yogurt ready for me (Yep my food obsession was real even back then) go into the living room and collect Sarah (who was my doll that lived at my Nan’s house) and take her for a walk round my nan’s garden and stop to have a drink, although it was out the bird bath :/ yep my bad drinking habits started then (don’t worry my granddad used to clean the bird bath before I arrived bless him) and then it was over to my nan’s neighbour for one of her famous meat and potato pies (yep you guessed it, more food).

 

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Here are some little snappets of one of my first trips to my grandparents house with my parents.

 

Hope you all have a good week.

Lots of love,

E xxxxxxxx

10 Favourite Foods.

Hello my lovelies,

How is everyone ?? Recovering nicely from the chocolate overdose from last weekend ?? I hope you have all had a FANDABULOUS easter. Sorry I haven’t been on top of this, I haven’t been very well.

But today I am talking about my 10 favourite foods. And believe me chocolate is not on that list right now.

 

1- Pommegranate- I recently rediscovered my love for pommegranate, it has got to be one of my favourite fruits.

2- Banoffee Pie- So yeah not really a food in itself I know, but man HOW can you resist banana’s, a biscuit base AND soft toffee (caramel) together ?? it is a godsend !!

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3- Rasberry Sorbet- there isn’t really much else I can say about this, although I know rasberries aren’t to everyone’s taste there is something about that lovely refreshing tangyness it leaves on your toungue, That’s it I’m off to get sorbet !!

4- ANYTHING to do with Mangos. Especially in cocktails…. I rest my case !!!

5- Sunday Roast (Roast Dinner).  For those who don’t know what a sunday roast is……if ever you are in the UK or have a british friend, get them to make you a Sunday roast or pop into a pub and have a Carvery. Trust me you won’t regret this !!

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6- Sushi. Okay so this one is probably a bit of a mixed opinion choice here but in my opinion the japanese are just geniuses with this one. You can try different types of sushi and put anything in it. Plus sushi classes are a must, you can now organise it as an event… Sipping wine with my girlies while making sushi in my pj’s ?? Sign me up straight away.

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(the most common types of Japanese sushi)

 

7- Spanish omelette (tortilla de patatas).  It reminds me of my growing up in Spain. My spanish best friend’s nan used to make the best Spanish omelette for us to take on school trips or to the beach, the mouth is watering just thinking about it !! 

8- Smoked Salmon. I always feel quite elegant when I eat smoked salmon and I can’t explain why. 

9-  Pizza. UUUUMMM…… I LURVE ME SOME PIZZA. Yep I might even write a song about pizza, and also I can’t cook pizza to save my life, but eating it….. yeah I  got no problem with that. 

10- And how could I forget my beloved Brussel sprouts, yeah they don’t have the best of reputations but my sunday roasts and Christmas dinners would be complete without them so #sorrynotsorry .

So I hope there is at least something you liked on here or would like to give it a try ??

What would your top 10 be ?? If there is something you think I should try let me know in the comment box below 🙂

Have a great weekend guys !!!

Lots of Love,

E xxxxx

 

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