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Sunday Catch-up #36

Hello! I took a few days off blogging this week. It was Ian’s birthday so we have been seeing family and friends in the evenings plus work has been manic so I needed my time at home to be spent just relaxing and not thinking about school!

We’ve had a fab weekend. We decided very last minute (i.e. late Friday night) to spend Saturday at Go Ape. Ian had wanted to go for his birthday but we didn’t fancy doing it unless the weather was good and upon seeing it was sunny this weekend, we jumped in the car with my brother and his girlfriend and headed up to the Forest of Dean. We had so much fun and I’m really glad we went. I was terrified in places but had such a sense of achievement when I finished the course, although I’m aching a bit today!

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This week I have been…

Making: my guests feel welcome with clean sheets and Battenberg cake!

Going: to the Forest of Dean (it’s a beaut)

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Wearing: head to toe Nike


Eating: a lovely birthday meal at The Longs Arms

Drinking: apple juice

Reading: I’ve just finished a book and am starting a new one tonight

Watching: Veep

Buying: birthday presents for Ian

Planning: my wardrobe for the week ahead (I’m off to Dorset for three days with school)

Cooking: on our new BBQ


Baking: I’ve got all the ingredients for a new flapjack recipe to make tonight

Writing: blog post ideas down

Favouriting: James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke…hilarious!

Working on: staying organised

Trying to decide: what length I want my hair

Wishing: I could have bagels and tea in bed every morning


Enjoying: Go Ape – such a fun day out!

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Needing: to paint my nails

Feeling: gross after a bird pooed in my hair…although it’s meant to lucky eh?!

Giggling at: nearly doing the splits on the high ropes!


Sunday Catch-up #35

My first full week of work is done and I am back in the swing of things, feeling shattered at the end of each day but kind of glad to be back. We’ve had a fab weekend with my parents starting Ian’s birthday celebrations with a beer festival and the most amazing carvery today! x

This week I have been…

Making: room for our new vintage suitcase-table hybrid


Going: to a beer fest in the sunshine

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Wearing: my new Nine West handbag


Eating: a delicious carvery for lunch

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Drinking: beer!


Reading: I’ve almost finished this one


Watching: Inkmaster – love it!

Buying: a new bra set – Freya is a great brand for larger-busted ladies


Planning: for a little European city break over half term

Cooking: a healthy cauliflower and egg curry


Baking: nothing this week

Writing: daily blog posts…I’m trying to keep them up!

Favouriting: the trainline website – I managed to nab some bargain train tickets this week

Working on: staying organised

Trying to decide: whether to write a not-so-great review of a restaurant we went to last week

Wishing: I was braver when it comes to dealing with these…


Enjoying: this month’s Birchbox


Needing: to try out a fig recipe sent by my friend Collette


Feeling: proud of my bestie for completing a charity run


Giggling at: my brother ordering the most girly-looking cocktails!


Sunday Catch-up #34

Well here we go for another academic year! I am shattered after having to set an alarm and get up early again but rewarded myself with a lie-in this weekend to recuperate. I have also been busy booking up weekends to see people and buying tickets to various events so I have some fun days planned in between work.

This week I have been…

Making: a big bonfire in our fire pit which we enjoyed with glasses of Pimms


Going: back to work

Wearing: my new Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – it’s amazing


Eating: at a new local pub

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Drinking: a perfect flat white


Reading: This Book Will Save Your Life


Watching: Educating Cardiff

Buying: more Essie nail varnishes


Planning: lessons again and feeling a bit out of practice!

Cooking: a prawn and basil risotto


Baking: some Bakewell cupcakes


Writing: healthy shopping lists

Favouriting: Anna’s new kitchen – I’m a big fan of the honeycomb tiles

Working on: time management

Trying to decide: if I should buy the Zara leather jacket I am currently lusting over

Wishing: for more pink sunsets sat outside


Enjoying: being back at work

Needing: more sleep!

Feeling: the change in seasons

Giggling at: how excited Ian and my brother get whenever we have a bonfire!


Sunday Catch-up #33

Whilst most have been bemoaning the rain this week, I have secretly quite liked it as I have been stuck inside essay writing…3 down, 1 more to go! We’ve also been dog-sitting Ruby Soho and I have loved taking her for her morning walk and watching her run through the fields, barking at imaginary dogs. Let’s not mention the fact that this was also the last week of the summer holidays and I have to go back to work next week.

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This week I have been…

Making: my bed every day and feeling like I’m getting into fresh sheets every night (I’m sure most other grown-ups do this as standard!)


Going: to watch Bristol City play

Wearing: my hair in a centre-parting again

Eating: Sicilian sardine pasta


Drinking: homemade sangria


Reading: Pop Goes the Weasel (and it’s just as gripping as the first one!)


Watching: Sons of Anarchy all day errrryday

Buying: a sneaky Birchbox order

Planning: my lessons for the next few weeks

Cooking: my smoked haddock chowder


Baking: peanut butter and jelly bites


Writing: on my blog daily again – I hope I can keep it up when I go back to work!

Favouriting: the new Autumn/ Winter fashion on ASOS

Working on: these damn essays

Trying to decide: what to get Ian for his birthday

Wishing: we could get a pet dog


Enjoying: the rain

Needing: to start getting up earlier…10am lie-ins just won’t cut it anymore

Feeling: excited about starting a new term

Giggling at: how cosy this little one looked all wrapped up on the sofa!


Sunday Catch-up #32

This week I have been…

Making: pie!


Going: to watch Bristol City play with my bestie

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Wearing: my new winter boots…in August!


Eating: one of my Spanish omelettes


Drinking: this Earl Grey Tea Latte


Reading: To Kill a Mockingbird

Watching: Jurassic World (for the second time!)

Buying: lots of fruit and veg


Planning: on making the most of my last week off

Cooking: a new Coca Cola chicken recipe


Baking: white chocolate and chai tea bread

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Writing: my holiday posts and reminiscing

Favouriting: the Dismaland website, then we decided to just try our luck queuing up and we had the best day here!

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Working on: the three essays I need to do

Trying to decide: who my favourite is on GBBO…Tamal maybe?

Wishing: for a few more weeks of light nights and pink sunsets


Enjoying: our new lawn


Needing: to remember the words on my new mug (thanks Lu!)


Feeling: strangely happy at the thought of going back to work

Giggling at: my lovely colleagues (we had a grown-up sleepover and a lot of sangria!)

Sunday Catch-up #31 (US Edition)

This is my first Sunday Catch-up since our holiday and I was going to fill you in on what I’ve been up to this week but then realised I could sum it up in a few words – jet lag, naps, running, unpacking, laundry. Done.

Seeing as I missed a couple of weeks of this feature, I thought it would be much more fun to do a version based on our holibobs!

This fortnight I have been…

Making: the most out of every day

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Going: running in Central Park

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Wearing: my playsuit


Eating: a ridiculous amount of chicken wings (buffalo, medium spice, blue cheese dip)


Drinking: some amazing craft beers

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Reading: To Kill a Mockingbird


Watching: the Washington Nationals

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Buying: a lot in Sephora


Planning: as much as we can fit into each day


Cooking: nothing

Baking: ditto

Writing: in my diary each evening

Favouriting: the Trip Advisor app – so handy when you’re away and don’t always have wifi

Working on: my tan


Trying to decide: which shoes will give me the least amount of blisters each day (we did A LOT of walking and my poor feet suffered!)


Wishing: this trip never ends


Enjoying: exploring new places


Needing: to fit all our new purchases in our cases

Feeling: like my thirties will be awesome


Giggling at: Ian being flipped upside down in a particularly big wave!


Sunday Catch-up #30

I am writing this week’s Sunday post in a rather excited state as Ian and I are off to the States tomorrow for two weeks on a little East Coast adventure! We will be celebrating both my 30th birthday and our two year wedding anniversary when we are away as well as visiting New York, Atlantic City, Philadelphia and Washington. I have been busy planning like crazy to fit in as much as possible so expect a shedload of travel posts when we get back…bon voyage!

This week I have been…

Making: a summer reading list to enjoy

Going: for various beauty treatments…the things us ladies have to do pre-holiday!

Wearing: my pyjamas all day today

Eating: this lovely quinoa, hummus, chorizo and falafel lunch


Drinking: tea

Reading: Cosmo magazine – it feels like ages since I’ve read a proper magazine as opposed to something online

Watching: Sons of Anarchy – we finished a series in a week!

Buying: this delicious and pretty-looking granola


Planning: the last leg of our America trip

Cooking: pulled lamb


Baking:  nothing this week

Writing: endless to-do lists


Favouriting: the Lenny newsletter – looking forward to receiving the first one


Working on: our America itinerary

Trying to decide: what colours to paint my nails tonight

Wishing: for a speedy non-delayed flight tomorrow morning

Enjoying: a well-deserved lie-in on the first day of my summer holidays

Needing: to finish packing

Feeling: so excited!!!

Giggling at: how orange I looked post-spray-tan (it has significantly faded now!)