Tuesday, 16 December 2014

It's a wrap!

One of the things I LOVE about Christmas is buying carefully chosen gifts and then having a huge 'wrap fest' where I take over the whole table and create one monster of a mess. The festive tunes are singing out, I have a constant mug of coffee on the go and I used to have the chocolate tin to hand (no longer!) I could spend all day there, merrily wrapping away.

Of course I use my paper - it's expected!

And why not, when it's such good quality and there are so many lovely designs and combinations to choose from - the perfect pile of presents!

I do use my ribbons too and ribbons recycled from Christmas's gone by.
I mix in a few different tags and it's job done.

Not forgetting the odd candy cane too x

Have you started wrapping yet?

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Oh Christmas tree.....

Couldn't entice the boy to help decorate, so it was left to Sophie and I this year. Only one glass bauble casualty so not too bad!

The finished tree with all her 600 lights!

I've not got a bad view from my spot on the sofa over the next couple of weeks. 
Have you decorated your tree yet?
Off to start on my present wrapping next - have a lovely day x

Friday, 12 December 2014

Tis the season to be jolly!

So this week I lost a pound!
It's okay, was a little disappointing but it's still a pound off in the right direction before Christmas and I did enjoy the Ikea meatballs earlier in the week, so it's a realistic loss and I am 29.5lbs lighter this Christmas.

We had our Slimming World Christmas meal today - well, we tried! It was a brave man to tell 17 hungry Slimming World members that they wouldn't be having their Christmas lunch due to a burst water main in the food area! Alternative arrangements were quickly made and we enjoyed a nice lunch together elsewhere, although minus the turkey. 

I've been thinking how I'm going to 'manage' Slimming World over the festive season. My plan is to stay pretty much 'on plan' but relax on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. I'm not going to go mad and gorge myself silly but I am going to enjoy a few festive foods and not feel guilty. I want to come out the other side of Christmas, without a big gain!

 I'm not buying in the panettone, stollen, mince pies, cake etc as I'm the main culprit for eating it, so I'm simply not going to have it there to tempt me. I am instead going to enjoy the crackers and cheese and stuffing and bread sauce alongside all the healthy stuff at proper meal times. I'd love to get into the next stone range and even lose a pound over Christmas if I can but I'm not going to be too hard on myself if I don't.
It will be my first Christmas in years where a mince pie won't have passed my lips!

Hope you have a lovely weekend - I'm house cleaning and tree decorating so best get on!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Making the most of.....

.....of Jeff!
Jeff broke up on Friday so is now on Holiday until January the 2nd.

I've taken advantage of him being at home to help out with the school runs and snuck off to bath on Tuesday for a little child free, last bits, Christmas shopping. The markets were on too, so a bonus festive extra.

I stayed 'on plan' and had brunch in Cafe Lucca at the top end of town. I haven't had a boiled egg in ages and it was cooked perfectly - simple but yummy.

I treated myself to this gorgeous plate from Anthropology.

Today I booked myself in for a quick hair colour -feel more like me again.

I've written, addressed, stamped and posted all the Christmas cards and have now turned my attention to wrapping the odd present.

I'm off to meet a friend for lunch tomorrow, have my Slimming World Christmas meal on Friday and still have a house to clean before the Christmas tree goes up on Saturday. Oh! and keep up to date with my dots and spots orders, nurse a poorly boy and do all the normal stuff! See it's a good job Jeff is at home.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Another weekend whizzing by....

Where do the weekends go?
Yesterday Sophie and I headed over to IKEA nice and early, dropping Sam off at a friends en route.
Brave or foolish on a Saturday but we didn't need much and to be fair the biggest queue's were outside for the Christmas trees. It was just the traffic leaving Bristol which was horrendous - a good 45mins to just cross Bristol. Had to have the meatballs (I am only human) and I enjoyed every mouthful, will flexi syn them and hope the scales are kind to me next Friday!

Saturday evening I was taxi service for Sophie off to a party,
 I then settled down for the evening....

......writing Christmas cards!

Then today, another early start, Sophie and I headed over to Frome for the Christmas Frome Independent Market. It was as busy as ever and a few more Christmas pressies were got, so a good morning. I have loads of orders to catch up on now - serves me right for enjoying myself!

Hope you've had a good weekend too x

Friday, 5 December 2014

An early Christmas present to me!

8 weeks ago, we were asked to write down a Christmas gift/wish to ourselves - something that was realistic. I went for achieving my 2 stone Award and to fit into my White Stuff jacket.

This morning I lost a further 2.5lbs that's 2st 0.5lbs in total,
 so I achieved my 2 stone Award 3 weeks before Christmas!!

And that White Stuff Jacket now fits perfectly - buttons done up and everything!

2st heavier                  1st lighter                2 stone lighter

This pic shows what I've lost so far!

I also got 'Slimmer of the Week' again! 
That's my 6th time in 12 weeks!

And the best thing that happened this week - I bought a size12 pair of Gap jeans!
The best feeling in the world!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, 1 December 2014


So December the 1st is here and so marks the start of Advent.

Our calendars are up, the Christmas chocolate tin is full and the wreath is on the door.

I try and get a different wreath each year - this was from a local florists in Wells and I added the spotty red ribbon to finish it off.

Now we don't put our tree up until around 2 weeks before the big day - this year it will be around the weekend of the 13th/14th. I've been amazed how my Instagram feed has been full of fully decorated trees - I never realised so many people put their trees up so early. We start to add a few festive touches, like lights, mistletoe etc but the main tree will have to wait a while longer. The odd bit of Michael Buble might be added to the festive mix and my Christmas jumper may make an appearance, maybe! x