Sunday, 22 January 2017

January....

....is flying by!

I hate the January Sale as it starts before Christmas (this year - Dec 23rd) and doesn't seem to let up until it's done, which is the 24th this year! It seems endless but blink and January is nearly over and with the added supply teaching I've done, I can't quite believe we're entering the last week.


I always ease my way through the month by keeping busy and filling my house with flowers - you can't beat a £1 bunch of daffodils, to brighten up any dull January day.


My amaryllis, a Christmas gift, has flowered beautifully, 
timed to perfection to brighten the past week.


We have latterly had some beautiful cold days, ending with some magnificent skies.


I treated myself to a couple of hours off mid week, to go and see La La Land. Our local cinema does an 11am Wednesday screening, with coffee and biscuits for £6.50. I love it as there's only a few others in there and as I generally never get around to seeing the films I want to see, I now can. It was so good, I ordered the soundtrack and it's a perfect addition to my driving sessions with Sophie, now she can concentrate with a little background music playing. 

Have a good week - the sale ends midnight on Tuesday - I've loads of orders to get out tomorrow and then I suspect it will go eerily quiet once the sale ends - time for a good tidy up and sort out I think!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Bit of a mixed bag


Quick catch up after a really rather busy week!
Started off nice and relaxed on Monday with a quick coffee and catch up with my lovely friend, before doing the days orders.


Tuesday in the hairdressers when the phone rang - could I do some supply teaching cover tomorrow!?! So a mad afternoon or orders, food shopping, juggling followed.


Wednesday and it turned out to be all day Thursday too, we were out the door by 7:50am, much to the groans of Sam and I was in a Nursery class of 3/4 year olds!! Exhausting!


Friday morning more of the same, then catching up with orders, then an hour or two of driving with this one - reversing around a corner, parallel parking and manoeuvring into a parking bay! 


I have spent the weekend cleaning, food planning and shopping, making up, picking and packing orders, as I'm wanted in again all day tomorrow and who knows if more too!


The SALE is still on but stocks are getting low particularly on the spotty bags, so get them whilst you can as they're not being reprinted.

Have a good week - I wonder how mine is going to turn out!?!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

SALE madness


Our SALE is in full swing - lots of you out there are keeping me very busy and grabbing a bargain along the way, enjoying the 50% off  EVERYTHING!!


These mixed pack of cards are proving to be a very popular choice - so much so, some cards are now out of stock and alternatives are being put in their place.


As are these bags - but grab them whilst you can, as these will not be reprinted. I have to order in the 30,000's so I'm phasing these out now and am down to my last few 1000!
 

I treated myself to this lightbox in the SALE. I've wanted one, not been able to justify the cost but got this with 50% off, so I couldn't resist.


I've started the year back on-plan! I enjoyed a few too many treats over the festive period but am back on it, I aim to lose the few extra pounds and keep myself in target range! It's great food, lots of choice, so no real hardship - in fact, I actually enjoy getting back on it.

I hope your start to the New Year has been a good one. The weather hasn't been great, really foggy but it's not stopped Sophie taking over the school run and driving us to school and back every day now. We endeavour to go to Yeovil when we can too, as that is where her test centre is based, so lots of practice needed and he said as soon as her theory is out of the way (first attempt early February), he'll book her in for her test!! That sounds way too soon but it takes 4-6 weeks to come through and I guess it's still a couple of months away. I must confess, I won't be sorry to stop doing the school run, although I'd still have a year of taking Sam if Sophie goes off to uni, or persuade him to get up earlier and get the bus - pretty sure that would be a no! 

Have a great week!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Hello 2017!

 

Happy New Year 

 

and hello 2017!


We celebrated in style last night, with a sparkly Viennetta!
The children were out enjoying themselves, we were taxi service for one of them after the bells chimed, so a quiet New Year's Eve for Jeff and I.

 

This morning, the start of a new year, is always exciting.
A clean page lies before you, new goals to work towards, exciting dreams to hope for, new opportunities and experiences to challenge us and new adventures to explore. However, we have nothing too big or exciting this year ahead of us, no money for a holiday - this year is a 'get on with it' year!

Sam has his GCSE studies to focus on, it's all seemed a long way off up until now and he does say, 'try to go to the gym at least once a week' - the jury's out on both!!!.

Sophie has her AS levels in the Summer, her driving test when she's ready and I guess her attention will turn towards university applications.

Jeff wants to keep the weight off, keep up his fitness levels and I hope he'll stay injury free!

I want to keep the weight off, slowly get back into running if my back and hip allow. I want to finish the outstanding rooms in the house - bathroom, utility, hall, stairs and landing!
I want to grow fruit and vegetables in our garden, plant bulbs for next spring and allium's for next Summer. I want to enjoy having Sophie and Sam around, as I realise more and more how independent they're becoming and how they'll be off doing their own adventures soon. I want to flirt with the idea of a little foreign adventure, even if it was just for a couple of days - no holiday this year is hard! I do have Take That to look forward to in early June and I have a school reunion in April, celebrating 30 years since we left school, now that does make me feel old! And I want a new challenge for me, not sure what yet, more on that as the year unfolds!

I hope your 2017 is full of everything you want it to be. I'm a firm believer in things happening for a reason, so what will be, will be. As long as you can spend the year happy and healthy, feel the warm sunshine on your face and meet everything with a positive 'can do this' attitude, you can't go far wrong.

Here's to a fabulous 2017 x



Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016 REVIEW


 2016 has been a great year!


 So much has happened, so I thought it best to look back in chunks - so the house, the family, Slimming World, celebrations, oh and the Tor in pics!

The House

The house has pretty much dominated this year and I could have posted so many more pics! January, February and March were pretty much all about the build, February half term being the hardest week of them all, when we lost the use of the kitchen and bathroom but the builders left us as the Easter holidays began and then it was pretty much up to Jeff and I to do the rest! So we tackled the new kitchen and bathroom and as our stuff came out of storage, it started to feel more like home. I decorated the small studio room and Jeff turned his attention to the outside. He laid a new deck, prepped the area and we put up a new shed, took down the old summerhouse and tidied up the side return of the house. We attacked the monster front hedge and added a new gate. There is still a lot to do but we've made a great start. Late Summer saw us tackle the sitting room, in time for Christmas and Jeff managed to make a start on his study before the year is out.

We still have the bathroom and utility to do and the hall, stairs and landing to work on in the year ahead. The front drive is awful but we need to save up to get that done properly - so still a lot to do but a lot has been done to make this house our new home.

Celebrations

Next up celebrations! Jeff celebrated his birthday (47) over the Easter weekend, just as the builders left, so no time to relax, there were far too many jobs to do! Both my Mum and Dad celebrated their 70th birthday's this year and we surprised them both with meals out. Granny celebrated a fabulous 93 years. Jeff and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary in August and Sam turned 14 and suddenly got tall! Sophie turned 17 in November, which meant learning to drive and I became 46, closer to 50 than 40 now but I do have Take That tickets to look forward to next year x!!

Family

We have had a busy year as a family, particularly Sophie having a big year - with GCSE's, Prom, NCS, Results, Sixth Form, learning to drive, first job etc. We are so proud of all her achievements and know she has another busy year ahead with AS levels, driving test, university applicationes etc. Sam got tall! He started his GCSE years, got himself a girlfriend and is becoming increasingly independent and grown up! Jeff lost weight, passed his referee qualification, continued his love for running and swimming, rekindled his love of playing football and refereeing and found a new love for 'spinning' - feel shattered just writing all that! He has also worked tirelessly both in his job at Millfield and here doing jobs at home! Me? I have been kept busy at dots and spots HQ and school run duties (although I'm hoping Sophie will soon take that over!). I've kept the weight off, been blonde, brunette and a red head, met up with old school friends, loved every minute seeing Take That in Hyde Park with Jeff and had a lovely family week in Cornwall and the best girly week with Sophie in sunny Sorrento.

Slimming World

One of my biggest achievements this year, has been keeping the weight off. I worked so hard to lose the weight, there is always the worry it will all go straight back on but with Slimming World, group support and my inspirational IG feed, I have managed to do it. I'm not going to lie, maintaining my weight isn't easy, old habits lurk not too far away. I changed my target weight from 8st 10lbs to a more realistic 9st 3lbs and finally got there in September. I annoyingly had to give up running due to a bad back and niggly hip - I miss it, although taking up yoga has been un-expectantly good fun! I guess the way forward is just finding a balance between normal eating, treats and the SW plan. I've always said you have to view it as a lifestyle change, a forever way of doing things, if you want to keep the weight off. My size 8 jeans are a huge motivator for me - as long as they still fit, I'm happy. 

The Tor

This has become an unexpected bonus from the new build. This time last year, the roof trusses were going up and Mark our builder, asked us if we were sure we didn't want a dormer window. We climbed up into the space, turned and looked out to this wonderful view of Glastonbury Tor and had to say 'go for it'! It meant additional planning permission, a slight delay in the build and of course more money but it was worth it. When you open the shutters every morning to this view, we know how lucky we are and the fact you can also have a clear view of it from the kitchen, is an even bigger bonus. So here is the Tor from Jan-April top row, May, June 2nd row, July, Aug 3rd row and January through to December bottom row. We've walked up it twice and Jeff has run to the top and back! 


Of course 2016 has been quite a year with Brexit and Trump! and what seems like a huge amount of celebrity deaths. This picture by The Poke sums it up best!

I hope you have all had a fabulous 2016 - I will share with you tomorrow my thoughts for the year ahead. Have a great evening tonight welcoming in the New Year and see you in 2017!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Christmas

Christmas Eve

So it was just the four of us for Christmas and whilst I miss the hustle and bustle of a busy big family Christmas, I also enjoyed the slower, quieter pace of a Christmas for 4!


I've had plenty of time to sit and enjoy the odd film (with a mince pie or two)


And we were treated this year, to a very slim Father Christmas beside the tree on Christmas morning - very unexpected it was too!!


I still make an  effort, even if it just the four of us....


..... and I may of cooked for more (a lot more!!) 
but who doesn't love leftovers.


Sophie was working on Boxing Day and my sister and niece came over late afternoon, so Jeff, Sam and I walked walked to Glastonbury Tor from our house and back, 10k - burnt off a few Christmas calories and blew a few cobwebs away! Might make it a new tradition!


So Christmas is over, everyone has gone out - Sophie to meet a friend, the boys to the cinema to see Stars Wars and me? I am about to take the tree down. I used to always take it down New Years Day - new year, fresh clean start and all that but this year I'm going to take it down today on the 28th! I'm leaving some lights up and I have some decorations to put up for New Years Eve, so it won't be completely normal! I'm also getting back into my Slimming World groove. I have probably been the most relaxed in 2 years about what I have eaten this year but I can feel the pounds creeping on and I don't like it. So I have drawn the line and am back 'on-plan' today, rather than wait until the start of the new year. 


I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas
The SALE is now over on our website - 50% off everything

Enjoy this 'limbo' time between Christmas and New Year x