Currently Loving – July 2018

So it’s still hot. Too hot. On the bright side, this is definitely preparing me for my trip to Jordan next month. Less than three weeks away!

As a way of a catch up, I thought I’d let you know what I’m currently loving this month. Because readers, life right now is good.

 

Maybelline Master Camo Correcting Pen – In Green*

 

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I never thought I’d find myself talking about makeup on here but here I am. I bloody love this green stick. As long time readers will know, I suffered with acne for most of my twenties and after being prescribed some amazing face stuff it went away. Unfortunately early this year, a portion of it came back – but only on a small section on one of my cheeks. Being quite stubborn, it’s stuck around despite using the same medication as before.

Since this acne patch isn’t really proper blemishes, just a whole load of redness, this correcting pen is perfect for making the patch blend in with the rest of my face. I really wish I’d known about it before as my entirely red face could have used it for a number of years. But since I’m not into makeup – I didn’t know it existed. Thanks to Queer Eye For The Straight Guy on Netflix, I do now!

 

Brooklyn Nine Nine

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I may be many many years late to the party but all the more to binge, don’t you think? Starring Lonely Island comedy star Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine Nine depicts the funny antics of a police squad in Brooklyn, NY. Not only is it hilarious (and even funnier as you get into it) it also has Terry Crews in it which is a winner in my book. Definitely recommended if you’re looking for a 20 minute comedy to watch. I do remember watching one episode back when it first came out but I didn’t get into it. I always find that shows like these are a grower – just like Parks and Rec & The Office. Watch a few episodes before you make up your mind.

 

The fact that we have lampshades now

Yes I’m excited about lampshades. And no, there’s nothing particularly interesting about them – they’re just plain cream. I think it’s more what they represent. Or that I’m just sad. You decide – either way, I don’t care! I don’t even have a picture of them up – but to be honest I think you can use your imagination.

So why I’m so happy about them. Number one – we just had bare bulbs hanging there before so they already look better. Number two – it represents that we have disposable income now so I can actually justify getting them. Number three – this is our first home that we own so it’s up to us to supply the shades. So they’ve been bare for two years.

We don’t even have lampshades in our bedroom or the guest bedroom yet but the fact that we have them in the hallway and landing now makes me really happy. The first impression you get when you step into our home now is that we are functioning adults. Functioning adults who have silly things in frames but I love that. And now that I’ve written around 200 words on lampshades, I’ll swiftly move on.

 

To random adventures!

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I will be doing a full couple of posts on Topher & I’s anniversary trip to Anglesey soon but for now I just wanted to say how has it been a year? It seems like this year has flown by. Didn’t we just get married? Anyway, still head over heels for my hobbit and I can’t wait to plan many more adventures with him.

 

What are you currently loving?

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Turning a House into a Happy Home

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If you’ve just purchased a house, are in the process of moving, or have recently moved then it’s understandable that you might be feeling a little unsettled in yourself.  Our environment affects our emotions much more than we realise, and a lot of times people buy a new house with the expectation they’ll feel ‘at home’ straight away, but this doesn’t tend to happen instantly, as home is not a place – it’s a feeling, and this feeling can take some time to develop.

In many ways, home is a sense of belonging that brings comfort and stability to our lives; whilst it can help to undertake essential maintenance tasks such as double glazing repairs it’s important to understand that home is a feeling, not a place, and that feeling isn’t something that can be purchased… it’s something that will develop over time.

So, if you’re feeling a little unsettled and perhaps even homesick, know this is natural, but that it will pass in time.

When you think about it a house is basically a physical commodity in that it consists of bricks and mortar… whereas a “home” is something you must nurture and create… it’s not something that comes with the set of keys your estate agent gives you.

One of the best tips with regard to turning your new house into a happy home is to take immediate action with regard to unpacking and setting things up.  The best time to get started, of course, is right now… as the longer you leave your belongings in boxes, the longer you will feel unsettled and the more overwhelmed you will become.

Indeed, moving home can feel very overwhelming, particularly when unpacking and the best way to approach this is to chunk it into more manageable segments. For instance, rather than having twenty boxes to get through in one room; separate them out into four piles of five boxes.  This way, things will start to feel more manageable and you can then use the power of momentum to help you get more done in less time.

The other factor, is that you want to make your home feel like “yours” as soon as possible.  There’s a good chance your new house will have remnants of the previous owners tastes and stylistic preferences.  There’s often a feeling of the house belonging to someone else, when you first move in, and therefore it’s important to cleanse and connect with the space.  Now, this might sound very “new age” as a concept, but it can be as simple as cleaning the house, yourself, in order to feel like it is yours.

In a similar vein, everyone has certain items they feel a strong emotional connection with and these items hold emotional energy that can make you feel more at home. It’s important to fill your home with the energy of “you” so that you can start to associate your new house with being your new home.  

In summary, home is not a place it’s a feeling and if you’ve just moved into somewhere new it’s going to take a little while for it to feel like home, but by unpacking, cleansing your environment, and putting out belongings that have your energy – you’ll catalyse this process.

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Manchester Eats Festival – The Experience

Man oh man was it hot on Saturday when Claire and I trekked out to Heaton Park for the Manchester Eats Festival. But was it worth it? Hell yes.

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It was around lunchtime when we strolled through the entrance and we were hungry! Luckily for us the festival was big but not overwhelming so we had plenty of choice.

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We started by having a stroll around on the hunt for lunch. We mainly spent our time taking photos of things we wanted to come back for on the way out to take home. A strategy that worked out perfectly. The festival was busy but not too crowded – mainly down to the football being on (Yay England!). But something that I wasn’t expecting was that they had set up TVs dotted around with lots of seating so you could actually watch the game. Claire and I stopped at them every so often to keep an eye on the score but we were on a mission.

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Our first stop was for a drink at Calyx. Their watermelon, apple and hibiscus flower mocktails were to DIE FOR! It was the perfect thing for the hot weather. So refreshing.

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As for lunch itself, Claire spotted Cottonopolis’s Japanese offerings so how could we say no? Claire had a Chicken Kaarage Bao bun with kimchi, I had a Katsu Chicken Burger and we split some okonomiyaki fries.

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Completely stuffed, we wandered some more in search of something a bit more alcoholic. For once I hadn’t driven so I could have whatever I wanted.

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Claire being a big gin fan was instantly drawn into the gin garden where she had a cocktail from Tappers. She said it was delicious. I will take her word for it as I don’t like gin!

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I do however like Pimms…

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It was getting hotter by the minute so we sat in front of one of the TVs to drink our drinks. Perfect timing for one of our goals! Come on England!

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Then it was time for dessert. Claire was fascinated by the concept of ice cream rolls so we visited The Ice Alchemists. They whipped up Manchester tart flavoured ice cream rolls and it was definitely true to taste. I might have had a little nibble.

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Earlier on we had spotted something new in the dessert world so I had to make it my dessert choice. Milky Stax are a new company who specialise in hot pressed ice cream buns. Delicious brioche buns filled with ice cream. Kind of like a doughnut or ice cream sandwich. I definitely enjoyed mine (vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip cookie crumble on top) – the portion was just right and I loved the contrast between hot and cold. I hope to see them around again!

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By this point we were pretty tired and hot so it was time to put our foldable shopping bags to good use and go round buying everything we wanted to bring home with us. Did I mention how much I like being employed full time again? It was mainly sweet treats and booze I bought and I regret nothing. Since Topher couldn’t come I had to get him this chocolate I spotted at In Truffle We Trust. He loved it and I also loved the pecan pie chocolate I got for myself. Delicious.

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Overall both Claire and I had a great day. Food, drink, sunshine and England getting through to the semi finals! Thanks to Manchester Eats Festival for providing our tickets. I hope you’ll be back soon!

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Having A Good Night In With The Telly

Are you on the lookout for a quiet night in? Do you want to have some time alone or curled up with your family on the sofa, just having a relaxing time? Well then now’s the time to block out an evening and turn the TV on; there’s nothing like losing yourself in some mindless drama that’ll have you gasping and frowning at every plot twist possible!

In a world of streaming websites and instant downloads, it can feel like the TV no longer has anything to offer. But in a world full of rushing, nothing beats a night of just vegging out in front of your flatscreen with a hand in the popcorn bowl and pajamas you don’t mind feeling lazy in! So here’s a couple of ideas on how to have a good night in with your telly when you really need it. 

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It’s a little slice of paradise for any kind of lifestyle!

Build a Good Sofa Fort

If you’re going to be lounging for a good while, you’re going to need something constantly comfortable to lounge on or in. And that means preparing the sofa: get plenty of blankets out of the closet, get some cushions, and pile everything up or on the floor (get another chair for good measure).

If you’ve got kids, this is a great way to get them to pay attention to a documentary or something educational you want them to watch. Designing a whole fort around them, with lights even hung up on the ceiling and plenty of room to spread out with a colouring book, is a surefire way to keep their attention. Find yourself a quick tutorial here if you need some inspiration on your side.

Have Something to Watch

Well, duh. But make sure it’s something that you’re going to enjoy at the least, and never just let yourself channel surf; you won’t get the chance to settle in and get a good night’s kip out of the situation either. Of course this isn’t usually something that’s recommended for a good night’s rest, but sometimes you just fall asleep because of how you’ve been lulled into a dream from the TV in front of you!

Using a site like UK Air Dates, you can be on watch for some quality drama coming up in the Autumn, or you can see if your favourite show is due for a renewal anytime soon. Booking a night in with yourself is sometimes necessary, so make sure you know when you need to block out the weekend for some binge watching! Hey if it only happens rarely, it doesn’t have to be an unhealthy action!

Having a good night in with the TV is something people take for granted; a lot of people do it naturally and without thinking, but sometimes moments like these are best saved up for a productive lifestyle. So now’s the time to book yourself 12 hours or so to get your pjs on and have easy fun.

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Slightly Sweary 2018 Goals – A 6 month Update

Insert obligatory “omg how is it already July, lol, blah blah blah” here. And also “why is it so hot, why am I melting” etc etc.

So back in January I set myself some goals. Some pretty sweary goals. For once when I look back 6 months later I can actually say I’m not doing half bad. Here’s how I’m doing with my sweary 2018 goals:

Fuck the Target Weight – Get to Happy Weight

After a bit of a massive false start for the first 5 months of the year in which I got depressed and lumped another stone, I’m finally back on it. I did say that would happen though. Maybe not the extra stone bit but the getting on it in the second half part. I’ve rejoined Slimming World and am back at the gym. And Topher has joined me for both. We’re doing really well so far. Topher has lost 9 pounds and I lost 6 and a half. So here’s to the rest of the year.

Earn some fecking money

Well I got a full time job so that definitely fecking helped.

Stop farting around and book that trip to Japan

Booked! Topher and I will be off to Japan in Easter 2019. I’m so excited! So far we have got our flights and all of our hotels. And we’ve got a saving plan that’s a lot easier to achieve now that I will have a regular pay check. Woop!

Get rid of crap…like seriously you have way too much shit

So I’ve done a couple of car boots but apart from that I really need to get my arse into gear on this goal. Not sure if we’ll have time for any more car boots but now that we’ve got income we don’t have to rely on the cash. So I just need to give a load of stuff to charity and go through everything. Must do this – we seriously still have way too much shit.

Stop feeling so bloody inadequate – you are enough

My mental health has been feeling a whole lot better in this past month. I think mainly because I’ve eased back on social media and have just been focusing on myself and my new job. Now I can just do the things I love for fun and not have to worry about having to pay the bills with it. It’s a massive pressure that has been lifted and I feel so much more confident. It also really helps that my new colleagues actually see me as an asset so I should do the same. I am enough.

So I’m pretty pleased with how I’m progressing. I just need to make my space feel less consumed with stuff and then I’ll be able to breathe!

Did you make any 2018 goals? Sweary or unsweary. How are yours going?

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