Thoughts Have Turned To The New Year

Tonight, whilst watching Miracle On 34th Street (the ’94 version!) my thoughts have turned to what events I have planned in 2014!

I have a big holiday planned with my family in the Summer to stay with my godparents for 2 weeks, I am also booking our Vegas trip next year, so money is going to be a little bit tight! So next year will be more about cheaper things to cross off the list! So my plans for next year, as well as anything else that comes along……

1) Girly Spa Break
2) Milk A Cow
3) Make My Own Christmas Cards
4) Stay Up All Night Watching Movies
5) Run The Race For Life

Ok, so Girly Spa Break…..I need to do some research and find somewhere that me and a friend can really go to town have some lovely treatments and some even better food! Milking A Cow…..I can do this at a local farm and the experience runs daily and I only need to pay to get in (so any friends reading this that would like to join me, please feel free!). Make My Own Christmas Cards…..I wanted to do that this year, but left it a little late, so I am going to raid the craft shops in the January sales and get some bits throughout the year! Stay Up All Night Watching Movies…..I need to put a movie set list together and put one Saturday night aside with my man and have popcorn, pick n mix and yummy drinks and go through a Harry Potter Marathon or Hangover Marathon or maybe even Avengers Marathon! Run The Race For Life……this requires ALOT of motivation from me! I can currently run half a mile and the race for life is 5k which is approx 3.1miles, so I have a bit of work to do, but I am confident I can do it! The Race for life is taking place in my local town in July….so I have approx 7 months to be able to run and be confident in running it without stopping!

Over the past few weeks, my thoughts have really turned to moving out and getting myself a little house, so I really need to start saving and stop splurging! So I have tried to be a bit more inventive with my Bucket List. Whilst I would LOVE to jet off to Africa and go on a real Safari, the cost is just insane and it isn’t always guaranteed you will see all the animals. So I have googled Longleat Safari Park tonight, as I have been before but remember seeing something about a VIP experience and they do have VIP Safari Tours ranging from Bronze to Platinum and prices start from £85pp. Now, I know I am meant to be saving money, but if I cant do the real thing (unless any travel agents want to send me on holiday and I can review it for them!) I am going to have to settle for 2nd best. So I have my eyes set on the Gold VIP Safari Tour, which is approx 6-7 hours and includes Tiger Feeding, Lion and Cheetah experience, Behind the scenes tour, Giraffe feeding – it looks rather cool! So that is definitely an option for me to save a few grand for the house pot! That just leaves Vegas, Boston and New York as the most expensive costs!

Well I am starting to look forward to 2014 and all that it has in store! Do you have anything exciting planned for 2014?

Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

Emma xxx

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Birthday Blogging!

Evening!

How are you all doing? Have you enjoyed your last week of summer, as it is now September so it is officially turning into Autumn and those fresh crisp mornings and cold winter nights, I cant wait!

However, that isn’t what this post is always about! This time it is all about my 25th Birthday! I hadn’t planned anything as I am always the organiser, so I asked Matt to organise a meal with some of our closest friends. I had no idea where or when he had arranged it, but that is all that I had wanted to really do.

I was surprised when Matt told me to be ready in my trakkies for 11 on Thursday, only to then be told that there was a ‘package’ upstairs with my name on it, it had one of my dresses, heels & belt in there, so I got dressed and we headed off. We ended up at a lovely little café along the seafront called The Tenth Hole they serve the most amazing cakes in there, so I have heard, as I haven’t been there before! I had the biggest slice of Carrot Cake I have ever seen (it is my favourite). I was to die for, it was lovely sooo yummy, I cant wait to go back!

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Once we finished our gigantic cakes we then headed back off in the car towards Chichester, at this point I figured where we were going to. Fontwell Race Course to cross off Number 3 Go To A Horse Race.

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The Winning Horse

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loved getting up close to the track!

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rocking out in Prada and Bvlgari

I only won £7 but I had a great time and really enjoyed the whole experience. I would definitely go again though and cannot wait for the next time!

So I woke up Friday and we headed to a local pub for some breakfast, I had eggs benedict which is my favourite and it was a lovely way to start my birthday. In true birthday girl style, I then headed to a local shopping centre and spent 3 hours trying to find a suitable outfit for my birthday “event” that Matt had arranged. I settled on skinny dark blue jeans from Primark and a lovely red print top from New Look. I spent some time getting ready then just sat around waiting to be told we can go!

Matt’s aunt came picked us up and I had no idea where we could be going, at one point we were heading towards the local Carvery and I was panicking as I was totally overdressed! We pulled up outside an Italian Restaurant that we have never been to before, but each time we go past I ALWAYS say “oooh, I would like to go there” and I was so pleased when he actually took some notice! All of my closest friends were there to celebrate and I was pleased and shocked that they would all come out just for me! Here are a few pictures from that evening!

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Chris(brother-in-law), Naomi(sister-in-law), Matt & I

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Myself & Harriet, who is due to pop in 1 months time!

So, just when I think surprises are done and finished, we head to the local marina on Saturday morning and surprise surprise there is another good friend of mine and her little boy! I had no idea and we had a really good time with them playing in the park and getting some lunch! The little man has changed so much in the last 2 months since I last saw him. They grow up so quickly!

So we settled down to watch Harry Potter on Saturday night and the antics of Friday night definitely were in full effect and we struggled to keep our eyes open! We had to switch off not even half way through! I woke up Sunday morning and headed off to the Gym, I sweated my guts out and really worked hard as I have NOT been sticking to SW this weekend!

I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed and been really spoiled this weekend. Matt has excelled and has really shown me just how much he loves me. I honestly felt truly blessed on Friday night and although some nights I feel that I have no-one and it is just lonely old me, it has made me realise that we have some truly wonderful friends and we are both very lucky!

Thank you for all of our friends for Friday & especially to Matt, my gorgeous boyfriend who truly spoils me rotten and I would be lost without him!

Love

Emma xx

Surprise

Good Morning,

Wow I really wanted to write Good Morning America, I don’t know….it’s 7:47am!

You will be pleased to learn that I planted my sunflower seeds over the weekend and they are on the. Window ledge waiting to grow! However, the weather in the UK isn’t great so not sure how well they will do.

I am SUPER excited about next week I am on holiday from work and despite the fact that my boyfriend is waiting for an op for his knee, we have still found things to do! We have booked to go to Harry Potter Studio Tour which I am really excited about, we are going to see iron man 3 too!

I have booked a surprise for him….after the studio tour we are going to travel down to Kent stay over night then go to the designer outlet in Ashford for some retail therapy! I also plan on taking him for afternoon tea in a little village near where we live!

I can’t wait just to have some rest time, switch off and just relax for a week! Of course I will still be going to the gym and doing my yoga class once a week! I am loving yoga, even nearly brought my own yoga mat at the weekend, but decided to wait until I have finished my introduction class!

Right I best get ready for work!

Have a good day!

Emma xxx