Brunch Club!

It was a beautiful sunny sunday morning….my alarm went off before 8 am…..‘why?!’ I asked myself ‘why is my alarm going off’. Then I remembered. 

The night before I thought I would go to the gym first thing. It didnt happen

The reason going to the gym was such a good plan, is because its brunch day! That normally means yummy coffee and something naughty! Hayley and I have been doing brunch on and off since the start of the year and today we invited our friend Carla to join our club! 

Todays venue was T & Thistle in Southsea, about a 20min journey from my home, so not too far! After a strange tour by my satnav (I am not great driving in Portsmouth!) I arrived and the girls were already inside. It was so quiet, I got myself a latte and we started a 3hr chatathon!

The coffee was amazing – I couldn’t help myself and got a mocha when we ordered our food! I went for Eggs Florentine and they were gorgeous. I love eggs and I so wish I could poach eggs, so they are always a real treat. Although I was really torn between that and a bagel, so maybe that will have to be saved for next time! Hayley also had eggs and Carla went for crumpets. 

It was really nice to spend sunday morning with the girls and finding out about each others plans and just generally chatting and taking it easy! It wasn’t massively expensive either, I spent around £12 for 2 coffees and food which is perfect for when your on a tight budget. 

As we were starting to get ready to head out our thoughts turned to our next date! We have planned it for September and our venue choice is Longbarn. So a bit of a drive but hopefully completely worth it! 

Are you based in Hampshire and have a recommendation for brunch? Please let me know!

Emma xxx

Capricorn & Virgo

This Man Right There Has Stood By My Side Solidly For The Past 8 Years Today. I Wont Lie, It Hasn’t Always Been A Straightforward Path & We Have Had Our Ups And Downs. But We Are Still Standing And I Am Ready For Whatever Comes Our Way Over The Next Year, Because I Know Together We Can Do Anything.

Our Journey

 

Can you believe this is my 300th blog post since this little blog started all those years ago? It started off with my bucketlist (hence the URL) as I wanted something to do with my life as I felt left behind (nothing has changed there). Although I have crossed a lot off my original list, this evolved into something bigger and I found a passion for writing that I didn’t really know I had.

I have been reminiscing about previous posts and I wanted to share with you some of my favourites!

My Trip To The Rodeo

So Much Kindness

My Ritz Experience

San Francisco…..

My First Liberty Shoot

I love writing about my life and sharing parts of it with you, I like to use my blog share my experiences and hopefully inspire you on your own journeys. I will be 29 soon, which means I start my 30th year on Planet Earth and what am I planning to do with it? I have no clue, but I am sure with Matt, my family and my friends by my side I know it will be another great year!

So why not hit the follow button on the side so you can join me and see what happens, in the mean time I would like to say a MASSIVE

 

Keep Smiling!

Emma xxx

Glorious Goodwood

Does anyone else find buying gifts for men a royal pain the backside?! I am glad its not just me! However, I thought I had found the perfect Christmas gift for Matt last year, tickets for us, his brother & parter for a day out a Glorious Goodwood! A chance for the 4 of us to get dressed up, have a few drinks, a bet and a nice evening out at the end of it and the day did not disappoint! However, I was left a bit dumbfolded when on our way to the racecourse Matt tells me he has been to Goodwood before – I thought he hadn’t been and it would be a new experience we would be sharing together – how wrong was I haha!

Anyway! We all had a fantastic day out, I like all other events didn’t take many photos, luckily my lovely sister-in-law (not legally but it might as well be!) managed to get quite a few. So here you go, here is a selection of photos that I feel represents our day.

Body Image!

Recently matt an I have found ourselves watching music channels and listening to music we grew up listening to…..dont get me wrong it can be very varied.

But tonight I was sat watching the Janet Jackson all for you video tonight thinking christ….she is thin there! Then I tried to remember back to when I first saw the video and I cant recall thinking anything about her weight, just how much I loved the track. Then we had a bit of the spice girls and the same thing happened…..

Favourite Janet Jackson Song

I am really struggling to comprehend how and when my brian got turned to mush and my first thought when listening to music has gone from thinking about the music to thinking about how thay person or group looks?! 

Why is that acceptable? Who cares how small or big someone is if they have a talent so great they have managed to rack up number one singles and albums or even smashing box office records?! 

I tell you where it came from. The media. It feeds us all postive and negative crap everyday. On one page it will be telling us to embrace our natural physiche and in the other it will be a pictures of up and coming trends NONE of which are regular sized women all smaller framed ladies. Then they have the audacity to praise companies who have “real” women representing thier brands!!! 

Aaaaaahhhhh!!!


Since when has it become acceptable to judge someone on their size? Why do advertisers and designers favour the slender frame? Surely they want to appeal to all women and promote a healthy body image to all women?! 
Do not even get me started on what this attitude must be doing to younger generations. 

A while ago I made decision to try really hard not to comment or judge people on thier weight, how they dress or how they look as is none of my business if someone has put on 2 stone in 2 months BUT I will praise someone if I know they are actively trying to amend thier appearance because they are unhappy. I would love to live in a world where we build each other, praise each other and accept people for who they are not how they look. 


So I ask of you, when you next turn to someone and go to say ooh she has put on weight or what is she wearing. Dont. You dont what that person is going through or if those jeans are the next size down from the ones they were in last week.

And for gods sake do not encourage our youngsters especially our girls to focus on how they look! Congratulate them for other things. Dont teach them the only way to get compliments is by how you look and what you wear. 

So please! Next time you start to judge others on their appearance, consider how you would feel if someone said the same things about you, your sister, your mother, your aunt, your cousin or even your daughter.

Emma x

Exciting Times

While I have been away from blogging, we all know that Matt & I have been enjoying our first home and settling in well. However, things aren’t just going well for us but also for people around us! Today’s blog was meant to be about my PCOS and how that is going, but when I was finishing it off it felt a bit gloomy and with British Summertime in full swing (yes its raining cats & dogs) I wanted to post something happy and fun!

2018 – its under half a year away, can you believe that! Its going to be a BIG year, for many reasons…here, I wrote a list to tell you why!

  1. I Turn 30!
  2. My Little Brother Turns 21!
  3. Matt & I Have Been Together 9 Years!
  4. My Best Friend Gets Married!
  5. My Cousin Has Her First Baby!

Now, what makes you most excited when you read those 5 statements?! For me, its 4 & 5! Don’t get me wrong I am excited to celebrate my 30th birthday AND see my brother turn 21! Of course the fact that Matt & I will have been together 9 years is such a fantastic achievement and especially when it only feels like it has been a couple of years!

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BUT back to 4 & 5!

Sooo for those of you that read posts last year will know that around the time of Matt’s accident my best mate went through a break up. However, as most of you now, that often out of bad situations good things happen and she had some really great people around her and one of them made more of an impact than others. By the end of the summer she had brought a flat with her new man and they were extremely happy (and still are)! We all figured it wouldn’t be long before they got engaged, although its a whirlwind romance it seemed right and she was happy. I won’t lie, I was reserved, cautious that I didn’t her to go through another break up and wanting to make sure she was completely happy. However, when she called me in February to announce they had got engaged I was over the moon for her & seeing them at their engagement party earlier in the spring, I truly saw just how happy and how much they just fit together. I was overjoyed to be asked to be one of her Bridesmaid at their wedding next winter and I cannot wait to share their special day with them!

Loved By Steph

Well, at the beginning of the year my cousin, her husband, Matt & I started to go out on double dates to country pubs just having a giggles and enjoying some really gooooood food! However, our last Dinner Date in May Trina was unwell and out night ended quite quickly and since then I hadn’t heard from her (as much as I did) and her husband came to our housewarming without her. Now I remember saying at the time that I thought she was pregnant BUT inside I was worried that I had upset her and that she was having some space. But we are family – why not just tell me, its not like she could avoid me forever?! So, when she text me inviting Matt & I for a BBQ a few weeks ago Matt knew that we were going no matter what else we had planned. I walked in and thought to myself “well she doesn’t look pregnant – great maybe I did piss her off?!”, we were all sat around (her other cousin included – not my cousin – its not really that confusing) and Trina announced that she was going to start to get forgetful and bigger……instantly I knew what she was telling me and I held back happy tears sooo hard! Unfortunately Trina has been really unwell at the start of her pregnancy which is why she has been quiet and she wanted to keep quiet about things until her scan and well, I am sure she would have ended up spilling the beans had she of seen me! So I have a brand new baby cousin is on his or her way arriving January 2018!

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So as you can see 2018 is going to be a great year for us, even without those 5 things we have some wonderful trips that we are wishing for and more decorating to do in the house. I cannot wait – however we still have the remainder of this year to enjoy and there is still so much to look forward to!

So whilst 2018 is going to be great fun I cannot wait for the rest of this year!

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Keep Smiling

Love

Emma xxx