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My hopes, goals & plans for 2019

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I wasn’t going to write one of these posts but I’ve read so many great ideas that I thought I could refer back to them over the coming months to keep me on track to achieving my goals.

2018 taught me a lot about not only myself, but those around me, I opened my eyes to those who were really there for me and cared about my well being. And then there were those that were just there for me for what they could gain.

A lot of the hopes and goals I’ve thought about have had this in mind.

My goals for 2019:

  • Stop saying yes to everything – politely say no if I don’t want to do something
  • Stop spending so much money and save a bit more than I have done previously
  • Learn to cook more of a varity
  • Try and read more books when I have a quiet five minutes
  • If the weather improves, I’d like to take Trixie for more walks
  • I’d like to learn to drive and would like to set myself the goal of passing my test by the end of the year if I can
  • Play a few pranks on Andy to get my own back on what prank he played on me – You can read all about it HERE
  • Sort my clothes out to see if there is anything I’d like to donate to charity

Hopes for 2019:

  • Myself and Andy to continue to travel around the UK and find new places to explore
  • Hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll be even more enthusiastic about aviation
  • As Andy is a train driver and instructor, I’ve been learning lots about trains and railways, that I knew nothing previously about. I hope that no one reading this thinks its strange, but I’m actually quite liking trains almost as much as aviation.
  • Good health and lots of happiness for myself, Andy, family, friends and Trixie
  • To continue writing blog posts from this site and hopefully you will read lots of interesting things over the coming months and also seeing pictures that will progressively be added to the site. I’m also thinking of asking Andy if he’s prepared to take photos accordingly, as I’m contemplating doing outfits of the day style posts. As I now also enjoy wearing jumpsuits and dungarees and more colourful clothing that I have previously worn and hopefully my readers will give me positive feedback. I’m also the author to the following site A Wartime Life , and joint author to Kelly & Andys Travel Journals

So hopefully 2019 will be full of travelling, airshows, shopping and walks in the countryside. What I do know is the plans that i decide to make will hopefully bring health and happiness to those close to me, which will make me very happy.

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A circus surprise for Christmas

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all I’d a great Christmas!

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up and was told by Andy to be ready within the hour because we were going out. Once ready, we went and picked up my mum, dad and nan for this surprise.

After being in the car for a bit, we arrived at Sanders garden centre and I just knew why we were there. Every Christmas, they are host to the circus and I could just tell I would be going. Funnily enough, I had said to Andy a couple of weeks ago that I had never been to a circus before. He obviously took note of this and has gained my of brownie points from me.

We arrived nice and early so that I could look around the garden centre too. I love all their decorations each year and made sure to buy Andy some chocolate to say thank you for my surprise.

We then joined the queue for the circus and chose our seats. Andy then treated us to popcorn which tasted amazing. Having never been to a circus before, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It started off with two men moving inside and outside what I can only describe as two hamster wheels, before watching a trapeze act. The inbetween act, although funny, just reminded me so much of Billy from DIY SOS. My favourite acts were the lady with the hoop and the laser man act – I was completely mesmerized.

Overall, it blew me away and I can’t wait to go back. A huge thank you goes to my boyfriend Andy for surprising and treating me – I felt well and truly spoilt!

For more about Andy, check out these posts!

I was conned

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I was conned

Do you ever feel like something is about to happen before it does? I feel this every time I come down the stairs and I just know that my partner is planning on jumping out at me for a laugh. I know it’s bound to happen and yet when it does, I’m not prepared and end up jumping and screaming like a wally. This usually happens a few times a week as well as Andy saying something for a joke and me falling for it hook, line and sinker.

I have to admit that as I’m writing this, I’m only just recovering from his latest joke. To set the scene, I was downstairs tidying up after tea whilst Andy was up in the office. I suddenly heard a loud thump before Andy was yelping in pain and so being the loving, caring girlfriend that I am, I didn’t hesitate in running up the stairs as fast as I could. I couldn’t believe what I was faced with – Andy on the floor, with blood dripping down his face, after he had hit his head on the corner of the desk. Running into the bathroom, I grabbed some tissue and returned to try and wipe up some of the blood. When I took the tissue away, it was pinker than blood usually is and I could see no wound on his head – it was then that I realised I had been had yet again.

After about 20 minutes of Andy laughing at my expense, he finally told me what he had done. Rather than falling and hitting his head, he had snuck into the bathroom to apply some fake blood left over from Halloween. He then returned to office where he thumped down on his knees and hit the desk hard with his hand. The only thing that really took place was the yelp, although that wasn’t in pain like I previously thought. Andy had obviously planned it well and I completely fell for it yet again. I will leave a photo at the bottom of this post so you can see how realistic it looked.

Morale of the story, I need to watch him like a hawk in future. I do have one question for anyone reading this though, how can I get him back? I’ve been trying to think of a way of getting revenge but am struggling for ideas, so any suggestions would be greatly received.

If you want to find out more about Andy, check out this blog post.

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Christmas on a budget

Hello everyone and happy 2nd of December. I can’t believe how quickly the months are flying past and how close we now are to Christmas. This year, I really needed to cut back on how much I spend at Christmas and so I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve picked up along the way to still have a great Christmas, with a small budget.

1. Compare prices online to find the cheapest deal. You can usually find exactly the same item in various retailers & sometimes there can be huge difference in the price. It’s so easy to quickly check who is the cheapest before you buy, so make sure you do your research.

2. Use cashback sites to reward you for spending. Who doesn’t want to be rewarded for spending money! All you have to do is shop through a cashback site rather than your usual search engine so it’s really simple to do.

3. Utilise loyalty card points that you have saved. Boots are great for this – not only do you get 3 for 2 but you can then pay with your points. Another great one is Nectar card, which, if you download the app, you can get extra deals loaded onto your card.

4. Plan 3 for 2 deals in advance. Buy 3 expensive items together to get the most saving. I’ve only recently started doing this but it makes complete sense and I wish I’d done it sooner.

5. Use voucher code sites to see if you can get any extra discounts. It’s easy to quickly check online to see if there are any deals before you buy, but it’s so worth it because you can sometimes get amazing deals.

6. Dupes – If you don’t know what dupes are, they are a product that is based on a more expensive product, for a fraction of the cost. Just because they are cheaper, doesn’t mean they are bad quality. A lot of the time you are just paying for the name, so it’s worth checking to see if there is anything similar for less money.

So there is just a few of my tips for having Christmas on a small budget. I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful. Thankfully I’ve finished my Christmas shopping, however, I’ll no doubt help Andy with his, so hopefully these tips will save him money too! Let me know if you have any more tips because I’m always looking for ways to spend less money.

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The Boyfriend Tag

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Hello everyone and welcome back to another post. As you can tell from the title, I thought I would do the boyfriend tag today. I asked my amazing boyfriend the questions and wrote down his first answer, so he couldn’t change his mind.

Where did we meet?

Cogload Junction near Taunton because the Ritz hotel was closed.

Where was our first date?

Brize Norton to do some plane spotting and photographing.

What was your first impression of me?

Shortass, stumpy, gorgeous, beautiful, polite, lovely eyes.

When did you meet the family?

After helping move some furniture a couple weeks after meeting.

Do you have any weird obsessions, if so – what?

Mimicking people and their traits.

How long have we been together?

Nine months

What was our first roadtrip?

Camping and spotting at RAF Coningsby

What was the first thing you noticed about me?

Bright smile

What is your favourite restaurant?

Harvester or a good carvery

Who wears the pants in the relationship?

Kelly, I know my role

If you are watching tv what are you watching?

On the buses

What is one food you do not like?

Cheese

What drink do you order when we go out to eat?

Blackcurrant and lemonade

What is one talent you have?

Making people laugh apparently

What would you eat everyday if you could?

Stew and dough buoys

What is your favourite cereal?

Alpen with icing sugar on top

What is your favourite music?

I like bands such as Genesis, Def Leppard, Status Quo, to name a few

What is your eye colour?

Blue

What can you spend hours doing?

Sitting and watching the world go by

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Back home in Exeter

I just wanted to round this post off by saying thank you to my boyfriend Andy for agreeing to answer the questions and be a part of my blog. You’ll see snippets from him in the future and will probably find that a lot of the photos I post here, will have been taken by him.

 

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Why there won’t be a Lush haul

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If you’re new here, you might not know, but I have been a blogger for six years. Unfortunately, a while back I decided I no longer wanted to blog and I therefore deleted all the hard work of those years. Recently, I decided to rejoin the blogging community and so am starting from scratch again.

Every year without fail, I’d always buy pretty much all of the Halloween and Christmas range from Lush to do a haul. I think last year, I spent about £50 buying all the cute little bits and have spent most of 2018 using them up!

I saw on twitter a couple of months ago that the Halloween and festive ranges were now available at Lush and so did not hesitate to pop onto their website to have a browse, purse in hand, ready to spend. However, I was so shocked that I didn’t buy anything and don’t intend to either. Since when were bath bombs nearly £5 each! I suddenly felt like I needed a mortgage to be able to afford them. I ended up thinking that for the price of a one use bath bomb, I could buy a bottle of just as lovely smelling bubble bath and have change left over to add a bottle of wine in too!

Over the following days, I was pleased to see that I wasn’t the only one that was feeling this way and I read so many comments from people saying how ridiculous the prices were and how they wouldn’t dream of spending that amount of money on a one use only item. So therefore, I have decided that I will not be doing my usual Lush shopping and so there will be no Lush haul on the blog this year.

What do you think of the Lush prices this year?

Will you still be buying from them or are you going to find alternatives too?

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Advent calendars – Are they worth the hype?

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Firstly, if you’re new here then welcome and if you’ve been here before than welcome back. I’d love for you all to click that little follow button to make sure you stay up to date with all my latest content.

As you can probably tell from the title, today I thought I’d discuss advent calendars and whether they are worth it. For the last few years it seems as if the likes of beauty and lifestyle calendars have been growing in popularity as well as price year on year.
What happened to the days when we used to get a small square of chocolate each morning and be happy for that? Now it seems we all want the luxury items at a fraction of the cost, which there’s nothing wrong with as long as you are getting value for money.

I must admit that I have never been a huge chocolate lover (I’m sorry, but I’m not) and there were countless times where I’d forget to even open the window of my advent calendar before school because, in reality, I just wasn’t that excited about it. I think my mum secretly knew this and so set about making her own advent calendar for me and collected different chocolates, sweets and accessories that she knew I would like. Fair play to mum, she really thought about it and I found myself opening the doors each morning to the likes of Frys Turkish Delight (my favourite), mint humbugs as well as festive earrings and hair bobbles. To me, that meant more because it was tailored to what I would like and enjoy and I appreciated the items so much more.

A few years ago, I noticed that bloggers and Youtubers were starting to talk about and unbox these beauty advent calendars and I must admit, I was sucked in. At that particular time, my blog was very much focused on reviews of products and so I thought this would be a great way to build my stash, try out new products that were usually out of my budget and just generally have a bit more luxury during the festive season.
I can even remember the first beauty calendar I had – a Sanctuary Spa one. I paid about £20 for it and loved opening the doors every morning, so much so that I actually used to wake up extra early, so that I could take the time to open the window and enjoy the product. Now, just two years later, I’ve seen a similar calendar retailing for £40!

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The second beauty advent calendar I bought was the ASOS one last year, which again, I loved. This time I paid £70 for it which now looking back seems extoursionate. Having said that, I was really happy with the contents and the size of the samples I was trying and even to this day, I feel that I got value for money. As an added bonus, I wrote reviews about the products and over time, gained a lot wider audience. The same year, I decided to treat my mum to a beauty advent calendar too and so bought her the M & S one. The deal was you had to spend £35 to get the calendar for £35 which, for both the products received and the look on mums face each morning as she opened the little boxes, was well worth the money.

The beauty and lifestyle calendar videos have started popping up all over YouTube and Instagram already even though its only October. I won’t deny that I have been looking to see if there is one that catches my eye but they all seem so much more expensive for what you actually get. I even looked at a budget friendly one from Wilko but after watching an unboxing of it, I soon realised that the products looked quite cheap
and more suited to a child than to me. I can’t help but think that over the last couple of years, this hype has resulted in them being more expensive with less quality over the products. I won’t say that I’ll rule out buying one, because in truth, I’ve got my eye on the Yankee Candle one. However, I’m certainly thinking more over it and want to buy something that will benefit me and my life rather than just give me products
that will probably sit in a drawer for months before being used or given away.

What are your thoughts on the beauty and lifestyle advent calendar craze?

Do you intend to buy one? If yes, what will you choose? If no, why? I’d love to know!