Friday, 28 June 2013

Summer lovin'

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Just a quick post today to let you know that, from 5pm today (UK time), I have two weeks off work.

I have a lot of fun stuff with Hubby planned. We're not going on one big holiday, but instead are taking
three mini breaks, including...
  • Two days/one night in London, including a trip to Harry Potter World (excuse me whilst I EXPLODE with excitement).
  • Three days/two nights in Chester/Liverpool, including a night at a 60's themed charity event ON A BOAT!
  • Six days/five nights in Kent to visit Hubby's aunt, with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and Leighton :)
Suffice to say, I'm pretty excited. Don't worry though, I have a few days at home in between trips to share my adventures with you and I have a few posts scheduled to keep you entertained.

 Have you made any summer plans yet?

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

A delightful day out...

I haven't been to a theme park in years, so when looking for something cheap yet fun to do with our friends, Greg and Emma, on Saturday 22nd June, Hubby & I figured that a theme park seemed like the obvious choice. So, we hopped in the car and, with our 2-for-1 vouchers grasped in hand, we headed to Drayton Manor Theme Park, in Drayton Bassett, Staffordshire.
Hubby embraced the water spray... 
...whilst I looked decidedly unhappy about getting wet (if only I knew then...)
First things first, we made sure we were tall enough to go on the rides :)
Luckily, we were :)
Then, we went for a wander around the zoo...
Simples!
After a picnic fit for a king (featuring cocktail sausages, crudites & humus dip, hula hoops and posh
ciabattas) we finally bravely ventured onto some rides...

Myself and Emma watched the boys from a safe distance, aka the ground, as they went on this crazy
ride, worryingly named Apocalypse...
Then, minus my wimpy Hubby, we braved the pirate ship and proceeded to scream like the girls we are,
sorry Greg. After rediscovering our land legs, we all (Hubby included this time) embraced our inner
teenager and headed to G-Force and then Shockwave.

Deciding a break from all the fear fun was needed, we headed over to the calmer water rides...
Queuing for the rubber dingy rapids Splash Canon rapids
We're rocking our waterproofs :)
After coming off the rapids relatively dry, we stupidly decided to go on the log flume; well, I say 'we' decided,
I still maintain that I was forced on against my will - I'm looking at you, Greg :) Suffice to say, not everyone emerged from the log flume - aptly named 'Stormforce 10' (I kid you not) - dry...
Hubby post-log flume - dry as a bone thanks to his geeky waterproofs; you can take the man away
from the Scouts... 
Greg & Emma - all smiles despite being wet through, although...
... I win! I was drenched!! I even had water drip into my bra (TMI Laura, TMI)
All-in-all, it was a fantastic day with great company. We're headed to Chester and Liverpool with this
cute couple in July and, I think I can safely say, it's going to be a great weekend!

When was the last time you went to a theme park?

Friday, 21 June 2013

My Burning House

"If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question." [x]

  • Supernatural cast autographs
  • Photo albums
  • External hard drive - this contains ALL our photos
  • Wedding day jewellery
  • Wedding DVD
  • Necklace my husband bought me for my 21st birthday
  • 'Memories' box & Eeyore (an 18th birthday present)
  • My Passport, Driving License, Marriage Certificate & iPhone

What would you save if your home was burning, other than loved ones and pets?





Tuesday, 18 June 2013

My week (and a bit) in photos

Friday 7th to Sunday 16th June
Some yummy pub grub on a Friday with my girlies.
Giving my hair a well-deserved treat with almond oil and cling film overnight in an attempt to calm 
my dry, itchy scalp :(
On Saturday, I treated myself to some new Essie nail polishes (Bond With Whomever and Cascade Cool)
and a new base coat/top coat/strengthener.
Sunday found me in church (no sign of any lighting bolts) attending Hubby's God-daughter's first
Holy Communion.
I love summer evenings :) (check out the busy bee, still working away at approx. 7pm at night).
On Monday, I finally used my Davina Exercise App (I've had it downloaded for ages!) and completed
my first workout :)
On Wednesday, Hubby had me up really early to wave him
off to Download for five days!
I love typing with painted nails :)
Brunch and a bit of Saturday morning blogging before heading to a six-year-old's birthday party.
On Sunday, I spent the afternoon with my bestie and Mylo, her 15-week-old Miniature Pinscher.
I hope you've had a great week/weekend!

Friday, 14 June 2013

My Pet Peeves

*I should warn you, this blog post contains strong language!*

I don't consider myself to be a negative person but there are a few things that really grind my gears. I'm in a ranting mood so I thought I'd share a few of them with you today (please note, there not in any kind of order - I just wrote them as they spilled outta my brain)...

  1. Bad grammar/spelling/punctuation - it's important and anyone who says it isn't really should read this.
  2. Small photos on blogs - for the love of god, learn how to make them bigger, people!
  3. People who are offended by swearing - so I like to drop the f-bomb, so what?! Get over it; it's 2013 (although, I do my best not to swear around kids - that's just common sense/general manners)!
  4. Bad manners - it really takes no time at all to remember your 'please' and 'thank yous'; please would you pass the salt, thank you for holding the door open, would you fuck off please. See, it's really easy!
  5. Music snobs - Your musical preference does not, in any way, make you better than me; so I like Backstreet Boys and Foo Fighters - I'm not going to hell apologise for owning CDs from both bands, so get over it!
  6. People who think they're always right - open your mind you narrow-minded cunt and you might learn something!
  7. Negative people - your middle class life really isn't that bad; stop complaining!
  8. Slow walkers - I have somewhere important to be you know?! GET OUT OF MY WAY!
  9. Electricity sockets turned on but with nothing in them - this really gets my goat; just turn it off when you unplug your phone/kindle/laptop (delete as appropriate)! #thinkgreen
  10. People who really can't take a joke - why haven't Apple, or another major corporation, developed a 'a sense of humour' personality download/upgrade yet?!
  11. People who interrupt me when I'm reading - because I'm clearly doing nothing!
  12. People who interrupt me when I'm talking - sorry, did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?!
  13. Noisy eaters - yuk!
  14. Bad drivers - you really don't need to speed pass me quite so fast (I'm doing 35mph in a 30-zone - sshhh!) nor do you need to travel at 30mph on a dual carriageway. Oh and you really do not need to dither at that roundabout; IT'S CLEAR, GO!
  15. Racism and homophobia - did you miss the part about it being 2013?! Fuck off outta my sight!
OK, that's it - I actually didn't think I would come up with this many and I kinda got serious on ya for that last one, eh?! Sorry about that, but I do feel better now :)

What are your top pet peeves? Have I missed any really good ones?
HUGE thanks goes to my gurl Mandeep for creating the lovely artwork that heads this rant :)

Monday, 10 June 2013

Hey, have you heard about...?

I rarely take the time to make recommendations, but this product warrants a blog post all to itself...
This is a Black Cherry Reed Diffuser from Yankee Candle and it is the dogs' bollocks! It smells amazing and it really does fill the whole room with a wonderful, but not overpowering, scent. I first came across them at my mother-in-law's house; me and Hubby walked into her living room one Sunday evening and as soon as we walked in, we could smell this amazing fragrance - I'm reluctant to say we were hit with the smell because that sounds quite negative, so I'll be cheesy and say we were caressed by the scent. 

"Oh wow, what is that amazing smell?" I asked my MIL and she told us all about the above product. Now, don't get me wrong, this is an expensive reed diffuser (£13.50 each but offers are currently available - we bought two for £22), however Hubby's auntie has had hers for three months now and the smell still fills the room and the bottle's still half full, so when you work out the cost compared to how many other, cheaper reed diffusers you would buy in that time (from the well-known brands such as Glade or Air Wick), it's actually great value for money. Plus, they're really pretty.
There are a whole host of fragrances available (approx. 19, depending on your location/shop) but we opted for Black Cherry (as smelt at the MIL's house) and Beach Walk. We chose two different diffusers with the thinking that we would notice the different smells when they were in situ, so Black Cherry is in our living room and Beach Walk is at the top of the stairs. I like the subtly of Beach Walk, especially compared to the intenseness of Black Cherry, which makes it perfect for upstairs. I couldn't put it in our bedroom because Hubby is funny about strong smells, so the windowsill at the top of the stairs was the perfect place.

Are there any products that would be classed as 'expensive' that you feel are well-worth the money? Have you ever tried Yankee Candles reed diffusers or their candles - what do you think of them?


Friday, 7 June 2013

Interior Design, part II

As I said before (in this post), Hubby and I decorated our house throughout when we moved in, in October 2007, so five-and-a-half-years later I'm itching to update the d├ęcor. As well as lightening up our living room, I also decided to inject some much-needed colour into our master bedroom. 

When we decorated in 2007, cream and brown were the 'in' colours, but there's so much more choice out there now, so I decided I wanted a splash of green in our bedroom. Again, I wanted to do this with minimal fuss and expense, so we bought some new bed linen and accessories, and I recovered some canvases with different wallpaper to tie everything in.

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The bedlinen is from Dunelm, the lampshades are from Next and the wallpaper I used for the canvases above the bed and the cushion covers are from B&M (although I can't find them on the website).

I'm really pleased with the result and for less than £100, I think it's a bargain transformation. I think it freshens up the bedroom perfectly, but that's my biased opinion. What do you think? 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

My week in photos

Sunday 26th May to Sunday 2nd June
A relaxing Sunday evening (reading Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend)
Tuesday was Mexican night - I'm really loving Mexican food at the moment; I can't get enough of it!
Despite it being almost June, I spent Thursday evening reading by the fire
NB: this is a fantastic book for anyone that's interested
Oh yeah, I did it; I went Hipster on your ass for my lunch :)
Pretty summery nails :)
I picked Hubby up from the airport on Friday night - he'd been in Glasgow for the day where he'd been delivering some training
I ordered some new books from Amazon but they wouldn't fit through the letter box, so I had to go to 
the Post Office collection point early on Saturday morning to pick them up!
Garden update: We've got a strawberry growing :)
I bought a new dress - £8 from Matalan
On Sunday, Leighton decided he wanted to wear his mum's lipstick :)
I got a bit snap-happy this week