Review Of 2014

Wow, I can’t believe we are already in 2015! 2014 went super quick and soo much happened. I went a week without technology, had & threw up afternoon tea at The Ritz, saw a fashion show at London Fashion Week, Milked A Cow, went on a road trip to Ohio, went to a Rodeo in Ohio (in a maxi dress!), had a photo shoot with my mum, went on a spa weekend with Hayley and finally made my own Christmas cards!

As well as all of that I had 2 holidays, brought a new car, broke my foot, went to the grand national, reunited with old friends, lost new friends and caught lightening bugs in America. To say it has been a quiet year would be a bit of an understatement. However, for some reason whenever anyone says to me “oh what have you been up to?” I never seem have much to report back, which in actual fact is a LIE!

I cant really say what my favourite thing of 2014 was as I have a lot of happy memories and ones that I will treasure forever. There have been some sad times as well, Matt & I know people that have ended relationships, lost family members and experienced a lot of sadness this year.

I am really excited to see what 2015 has in store for me, I know that one thing is for sure I am fly to VEGAS in April! I cannot wait, I am sooo excited! I have also started number 24 – its a bit hard to find something to take a picture of everyday, but I am excited to look back on them in a years time! There are 2 more things that I would like to cross of this year, but I am going to keep them for myself and surprise you all when I announce them! People often ask each other, what New Year’s resolutions they are making; I cant help but feel that you are setting yourself up for failure, especially if they are diet or fitness related. I have made 3 resolutions for this year, but these are things I started doing at the beginning of December:

Be Kinder To Myself – dont put too much pressure on myself to hit certain goals, just enjoy life

Make More Effort With Those That Make The Effort With Me – I am not great at texting people back or calling people, but I am concious that I dont want to lose friendships that I have, so I am going to make the effort more, especially with those that always make an effort to reach out to me.

Save At Least 12k By The End Of The Year – I already have about a 3rd of this saved, so its a reasonable goal, but one that I want to achieve to get my own home!

Have you made any resolutions for the new year? what were your favourite things of 2014?

xxxx

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That Magical Season

Its almost upon us, Sky have their Christmas Movie channel on and there is Christmas music being played on the music channels, the shops have Christmas cards, wrapping paper and BHS has those classic “gifts” that are out EVERY year and boots have their 3 for 2 offer on their “gifts” too. Its official, that magical season is almost upon us!

We are just over 1/2 way through November and I can honestly say I haven’t yet given in and started watching Christmas movies BUT I have started Christmas shopping, however, I think next week will be the week when the I make that change! I have borrowed the Nativity movies from my friend Hayley and they are going to be top on my list next week, we are also heading upto London to visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and what a better way to start the Christmas season.

Myself and Steph have also scheduled a Christmas “date” to get a red cup hot chocolate from Starbucks and have a look around the garden centres as they are always dressed lovely and we can get some cute decorations and last minute gift ideas.

I really love Christmas and everything that comes with it, so to share the joy, I am going to do a Christmas blog every Thursday in the run up to Christmas, hopefully share some tips, ideas and laughs!

So sit back, make a hot chocolate, put on a Christmas movie and enjoy those dark winter evenings!

Much Love xxxx

RandomTag: Questions and Answers

So I have been browsing the web to do another tag questions for you all and I found this one on Zoella’s blog, here is the linke http://www.zoella.co.uk/2009/04/tag-questions-and-answers.html so I thought I would share with you all my answers!

What is your current fashion obsession? – Jeans And Baggy Jumpers

What is your current makeup obsession? – I don’t often wear make-up, I wish I could do mine properly

What are you wearing today? – it was a work day, so boring black trousers, a leopard print top and boots

Hair? – straight

Do you nap a lot? Not really, I tend to only nap if I am really over worked.

Why is today special? Its bonfire night and normally I would be watching local fireworks with my man, but tonight because of his work we can’t go.

What would you like to learn to do? My make up properly

What’s for dinner today? – Ooo, I had Quorn Sausages, Wholemeal Pasta, Peas, Sweetcorn & Butternut Squash

What are you listening to right now? – Not listening to anything, but watching Jodie Marsh on…..Virgins that I recorded the other night!

What is your favorite weather?– Cold!

What’s the last thing you bought? – One of my boyfriend’s Christmas presents

What are your essentials when traveling? – Clean underwear, Mascara, Make-Up Remover, My Kindle

What’s your style?– I don’t really have a style, I tend to just wear what I like and what I feel suits me.

What is your most challenging goal right now? – To be healthy and get my PCOS under control

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be? -Somewhere close to family and friends, that has a wraparound porch with a big garden and a cosy fireplace

Favorite vacation spot? – I loved Cuba, but I want so badly to explore more of America

Name the things you cannot live without? – My Family, My Boyfriend & My Friends

How was your childhood? – Was carefree, fun and fully of The Spice Girls and Barbies!

What would you like to have in your hands right now? – Keys to my own home

What would you like to get rid of? – Negativity – its soo demoralising and I cant understand why people are like it

What are you most excited for? – Christmas! I cant wait!

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? – My godparents front porch

Which countries have you visited? – Cuba, America, Morocco, Fueteventura, Croatia

Why don’t you tell me somethings we might not know about you!

Have a lovely evening

xxx

Mother & Daughter Time

When I came back from the states One of my friends Hayley asked me what I would like for my birthday, to which I replied I had no idea at all. She asked me if as a budding photographer she could help me with my bucket list and take me and my mum to a local garden and do a photo shoot? I jumped at the chance as she is a great photographer and I knew me and mum would be relaxed and have a giggle!

We headed down to some lovely gardens in West Sussex and just went with the flow, we had lots of giggles and it was a lovely day to spend with Hayley and Mum, the fact we were there to take photos was just a bonus!

At work Hayley asked if I would like my birthday gift before my birthday? Of course I said no! So when I opened up my gift on my birthday I was just simply blown away. Hayley had put together a lovely photobook with gorgeous phrases and brilliant pictures of me and mum and also a lovely photo board. I simply couldnt believe how lovely the photos were and what made it even better was that I could remember what we were laughing at etc at each photo. Hayley also gave me a USB with all the photos on too & I just had to share some with you!

Cute

Cute

Yeah Man!

Yeah Man!

Aaah Mummy's Little Girl

Aaah Mummy’s Little Girl

CHEEESE

CHEEESE

Who Thinks We Look Alike?

Who Thinks We Look Alike?

Can You See Us?

Can You See Us?

I Was Warning Mum Not To Wake Up Any Frogs

I Was Warning Mum Not To Wake Up Any Frogs

Love This Pic Of Mum

Love This Pic Of Mum

Couldn't Resist It

Couldn’t Resist It

I Love A Pose

I Love A Pose

Giving The Heart A Go

Giving The Heart A Go

Love This Quote

Love This Quote

If you would like to visit West Dean Gardens here is the link to their webpage http://www.westdean.org.uk/garden/home.aspx

All Photo credits got to Hayley Shaw.

Get It All Off My Chest!

Hello All!

I seem to have been neglecting you all for a while and I am sorry for that! My brain has been going into over drive recently with lots of things whizzing around that I am trying to make sense of! I won’t bore you with the details, actually I think I will!

As you have probably guessed I LOVE to do my nails and whilst I was hunting round various Sephora stores in Rome, I thought to myself “oooh I want to get a home gel kit” which then turned into “oooh maybe I go back to college and learn how to do nails and maybe do it as a side business”. I have researched various different course and companies and looked at all the start-up costs, but realistically I would be spending out approx £1000 until I have either fully trained myself up and got all my equipment and then is it really worth it? Would I get the business? Would I still love doing nails if I did it up to 10 times a week? At the moment, it’s a no; I have managed to talk myself out of it. It’s still very much in the back of mind and maybe something that I do look at in the new year – I think I need to stop being so negative about it and just actually do something for me once in a while!

I have closed a door in my life that I was keeping ajar as a “just in case”, that clearly wasn’t worth leaving open. The only thing about that is that I am going to have to amend my bucket list – what with I’m not sure – but I will keep you updated!

I have also been looking into my finances and trying to make sure that I can actually start saving for a mortgage, I started doing really well, then I brought Little Dot and went on holiday, but I have started again and I have been looking into fixed savings accounts where I can’t touch the money for 2 years. I am pretty jam packed for the next couple of weekends so on my next free Saturday I am going to go into all the banks and see what they can offer me so I can start properly getting my finances in order!

I have been thinking about my bucket list and some of the things I have left, mainly learning Yoga or Pilates/reach size 12/run the race for life. As I broke my foot I haven’t been to the gym for some time and I was planning to go back this week but I recently got an email from my gym to say they were closing the gym for 10 days due to an upgrade! So I am going back 1st September and I am going to GO FOR IT. We have 8 months till Vegas, so 8 months to lost about 1/1.5 stone and tone up. I can do it!

Phew that felt good to get things off my chest!

25 Things About Me

As you all follow my life so closely on this blog and I am always sharing my fun adventures with you, I thought why not do a 25 Things About Me Tag!

1. Do you have any pets? I have 1 cat Chuck, he is the biggest softie ever & has never hurt anyone!
2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you. My Laptop, My Sky Remote & My Bear that Matt gave me one valentines
3. What’s the weather like right now? its 8pm and the sun is still out & the sky is still blue, but its getting cooler now!
4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed? I do drive, I have a Citroen C1 called Little Dot & I have never crashed her or any other car I have had.
5. What time did you wake up this morning? its a sunday, so I had a mini lay in, I think I woke up around 8.30ish
6. When was the last time you showered? This morning, I would love a bath right now, but its been too hot!
7. What was the last movie you saw? We watched Non-Stop last night and it was a great movie & I didnt expect things to end up the way they did
8. What does your last text message say? This is too funny! “Give up breast feeding and get OAP boobs!! Need a boob job!! Hope all is well xx” A friend of mine that is learning the joys of motherhood!
9. What’s your ringtone? Just a standard Iphone ringtone
10. Have you ever been to a different country? Yeah quite a few, Fueteventura, Morocco, Croatia, America & Cuba
11. Do you like sushi? I have tried it twice and like it both times, but have to admit I steered clear of the raw fish!
12. Where do you buy your groceries? My mum usually does the food shop, but if I need to get bits I tend to go to Aldi, Asda or Sainsburys
13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster? never
14. How many siblings do you have? I have 1 brother, there is a 9 year age gap between us
15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop? I have a laptop, but there is a desktop in our home
16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday? I will be 26 at the end of the month!
17. Do you wear contacts or glasses? neither
18. Do you color your hair? I sure do – ever since I was about 16
19. Tell me something you are planning to do today. I planned on doing nothing today & I pretty much did that
20. When was the last time you cried? last time I remember crying was at 9/11 earlier this month, when you see the name of someone and then the words ‘and their unborn child’ you cant help but get a bit emotional
21. What is your perfect pizza topping? ham and pineapple, no wait, goats cheese and caramlised onion with a bit of spinach
22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers? I’m not really fussed on either but if I had to choose I would pick a Cheeseburger
23. Have you ever had an all-nighter? not that I can remember, but I have gone with only a few hours sleep
24. What is your eye color? its a greeny sort of colour
25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke? no, but I taste the difference between diet & full fat!

I hope you have enjoyed reading some random facts about me!

Why not tell me some random facts about you?

Emma xx

It All Started As Something Random

Back in the early part of May friend at work turned to me & said “keep an eye on Facebook on Sunday – I am doing something random in Portsmouth.” I didn’t really think too much of it, perhaps she was doing a walk for charity or something, but when this photo showed up in my timeline I couldn’t help but laugh

power rangers 1

I couldn’t believe the amount of coverage they got on Facebook and the amount of little kids that stopped them to have their photo taken and after setting up a Facebook page, how many parents were commenting saying “you made my child’s day” or “its great to see people finally giving something back and still doing something nice in the world”. A few days later they did a radio interview and were signed up to an agency to attend children’s birthday parties. The Portsmouth Power Ranger Phenomenam has just grown over the last few months and they continuously get good comments on their Facebook Page!

power rangers 2

More recently they visited a local Zoo and spread the Power Ranger Joy to many kids and adults alike, they keep popping up all over the place and when they do, Facebook goes crazy!

power rangers 3

power rangers 4

To continue the amazing work they are doing with the public and genuinely putting smiles on kiddies faces, they have decided to suit up and climb Mount Snowdon on 24th August raising money for Wessex Heartbeat, They are a south coast charity who helped the blue ranger out in his time of need. Wessex Heartbeat’s driving ambition is to help achieve the very best care for people with heart conditions treated in the Wessex Cardiac Centre. They would love to raise £500 for their chosen charity, now I personally know 3 of the Rangers and I cant imagine them ever normally wanting to climb Mount Snowdon, but this charity and their fellow ranger must really mean a lot to them to want to give something back.

So if you would like to help the Portsmouth Power Rangers to raise some money, why not visit their just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/portsmouthpowerrangers & don’t forget to like their page on Facebook, just search for Portsmouth Power Rangers.