Last Sunday Ash and I went to Twycross Zoo for the day. I was so excited all week leading up to it as I have not been to the Zoo since I was a kid and always loved it so much then. I have been a huge fan of animals and learning about them since I can remember.
I was a little unsure to whether we would see many as it was cold but we did luckily they were just in the warm in the inside areas (don’t blame them).
My favourite was the Bush dogs, I haven’t seen them before and they were so cute like mini bears.
We had the best day out would love to go again in the summer time.
This past weekend was a big one for me actually but the main thing that happened was that me and my best friend Eve booked our holiday for New York for later on this year.
This has been a couple years of planning in the making and of course saving too. New York has been a place that I have always wanted to see and Eve has wanted to go since she was like 12. We decided its perfect timing for both us to go at this point in our lives. I cant wait as traveling something we started doing last year and love visiting new places.
We have booked our hotel and our flights, still got some planning to do but we are now officially going and the main part is booked. This is making it start to seem real which is exciting.
Well it’s New year’s Eve, a day where I always find myself thinking about the past year and looking through photos to see what I did this year. Actually, this year I did a lot and had a good year thinking about it especially in my personal life.
One of the main things I did was in February and it was buying my second car. My pretty red mini, I am so proud of that car as saved all last year for it.
The other main thing was the two trips to London I took this year with my best friend. As I hadn’t been on holiday in years so this was big for me and I enjoyed both trips so much and both were so different. I did a lot of site seeing, went to friends fest, to the theate they were amazing.
This year I can proudly say after many years of saying it I will, I lost some weight well almost 2 stone, in which I am so pleased that I actually did it! It took most of the year but I did it and have more confidence in myself, still not a lot don’t get me wrong but better than before.
A smaller thing I did but still worth a mention is learning something new which was ice skating. I did a course at the end of the summer and it is now one of mine and Ash’s favourite pass times. Ash has been a big part of this year actually and hoping he is next year too.
Finally my hair has changed this year, I have never coloured my hair before and always kinda had the same style which is straight. But this year I bought a curling wand (one of my favourite purchases this year) and I also this month got balayage done to my hair, which I love.
Hope you had a great Christmas this year, this is mine and I think my cats favourite time of year as the whole family is off from work to relax at home and the two cats just don’t know who to play with first.
This year as I do each year I went to the pets shop and got a few new toys for the cats, I always save this for last as they will find them.
1) The first thing is the cute fox teddy, this was what Lily went for first actually. It has catnip in it which they both love.
2) The butterfly has been a pounced on all Christmas, they both seem to love this actually. This was the one I was unsure about but they both haven’t stopped playing with it since they got it.
3) The two grumpy cat sprouts are definitely the favourites this year, glad we got two but they will both want the same one (obviously), but these have been all over the house and both cats love them.
4) This one however the cats haven’t really played with it, which is a shame but that’s cats for you, very fussy.
That concludes what Lily and Lola got for Christmas this year.
Yes I am one of those people who actually says that.
For this post I am sharing the Christmas decorations we have up this year. For our main tree downstairs in the living room, we have put up the same tree as last year (obsessed). It is a snowy 6ft one and we decorate it with white decorations such as snowflakes, snowballs and frosty bells. New this year is the silver sparkly star which I love and a few mini decorations one being the silver bell from Harrods I got for my parents which is cute.
For in my room, I got a new tree this year, I wanted a different tree as the past few years I have had a mini purple one but wanted a green one to put cute decorations on it. So I found this one which actually matches the big one we have downstairs. It was a 3ft snowy tree, I love the base it stands in which is what sold me on it. For decorations I got some rose gold snowflakes, an Ice skating boot for my new favourite skill I learnt this year, Minnie mouse ones as I love Disney and more.
Although, my favourite decoration is this Harrods one I got from my trip to London this year to remember the trip by. I hope to add a few more from other trips I take in the future as I think its a cute way to remember the places I have been.
Last night Ash and I went on an ice skating date at an ice rink by us. Safe to say I was a little nervous.
This time last year I remember saying no way, to the idea of going ice skating when he first suggested it ( I have no balance at all) and a year on there we were. Well in between these two events I did do a mini course in the summer for a week. This helped with my confidence on skating , balancing on the ice and knowing if I fell over I could get back up.
I will admit it, he was a lot better than me …. he even skated backwards, but I had a lot of fun and was proud of myself for actually doing it. It was also a very festive thing to do this time of year. After over an hour of ice skating (it went by really quick actually) we had a coffee to warm ourselves up and headed back home as work in the morning.
Skin care has never really been something I have been interested in to be honest, bad I know. But for a long time I used to just use make up remover and a spot gel when needed and call it a day. Make up was much more fun.
However over the past few years my skin type has changed from oily to combination to now very dry combination. I have tried multiple moisturisers and some have worked better than others but not got the results I wanted so, I started looking into skincare more.
That’s when I decided to try the Clinique 3 step system as they had a mini set in boots when I popped in, as I do tend to have sensitive skin and the last thing I wanted was to buy all the big sizes and spend that money and break out in spots and have to get rid.
I have been using it every day for a few weeks now and no breaks out yet …. touch wood. I was shocked at the difference when I put my makeup on there was no dry patches on my cheeks for the foundation to cling to, and for once without having to layering up the moisturiser my skin didn’t look cakey.
For someone who doesn’t like a fuss (especially in a morning) I find the three steps enough to feel like I am looking after my skin and I too have a skincare routine, but not too much that I wont keep it up. I will definitely be investing in the full sizes when these minis run out, but impressed to how long they have lasted to be honest as for once I have found something that actually works for dry skin.
Last Friday we went out for a meal to celebrate my Dad’s birthday as a family. We went to his current fav which is Miller and Carter (also one of my favs). For this I wore a dress I had bought not too long ago and was looking for an excuse to wear, which was from Warehouse. I love the colour of it. As it was the end of October and it was cold I wore black tights, healed black boots and finally my silver Michael Kors bag.
I also curled my hair which is something new for me, as I got the hair curler (which was my first one) at the beginning of the month and have not looked back since and is my new favourite way to wear my hair now.
For the meal I had steak of course and it was amazing although I will say my favourite part was the chips, they were so good.
And then the best part of any meal is dessert, in which I had the brownie, I love the little strawberry it looks so cute.
And that concludes the post on what I wore, I hope you enjoyed!
This blog post was inspired by the photos that I will be including in this post. The ‘before’ was taken back in March of this month when I went on my first trip to London this year. Then the ‘after’ are from the trip to London from last month.
What made me want to do this post was when I put the two photos together and saw a difference in my weight, which I am not going to lie made me feel proud. As in the time between those photos I have been really focusing on trying to lose weight.
As the photos from back in March was what motivated me to lose weight in the first place because I was not happy with how I looked.
I started taking the gym a lot more seriously and going 5 times a week and doing a variety of things e.g spin class, body combat and cardio.
On top of that I started to watch more closely what I was eating. To do this I downloaded the fitness pal app to keep track of how many calories I was eating a day. As well as swapping e.g. a chocolate bar for a cereal bar and eating more fruit instead of the junk I was eating before and cutting out takeaways as much as possible.
By doing this really slowly the weight came off, I monitored by only weighing myself once a week to keep track. This way I slowly saw the pounds come off and I am talking like half a pound a week.
I am now happier with my weight than I was before and a bit more confident. The healthy eating when possible has become more of a habit and I have fallen in love with the gym (my happy place) and like seeing my fitness level improve.
That is my post on my weight loss, I hope you enjoyed.