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10 Signs It’s That Time Between Christmas and New Year

December 27, 2016

Has this current period of time got a name? You know what I mean, that bit between Christmas and New Year which goes both really slowly and flies by. I have no idea what day of the week it is or what time it is. It’s a strange time of year which can be defined by the following facts that would not be acceptable in any other month.

  1. It’s always an appropriate time for the cheese board to come out, even if the brie is beginning to whiff a bit.
  2. You find yourself wearing pyjamas at 4pm, so you have a shower and change in to another pair of pyjamas.
  3. The only fruit that is acceptable to eat is the grapes on the cheese board or a Terry’s Chocolate Orange.
  4. You start to feel really guilty about all the rubbish food you’ve been eating so you  plan your January Health and Fitness routine… whilst you plough through another tub of Celebrations.
  5. You laugh at the idea of having an alcohol free day, your blood type is red wine now.
  6. Despite your carpet being covered in glitter from decorations and wrapping paper, the idea of doing housework is also laughable. Nobody in the family can even remember where the hoover lives.
  7. You’re getting sick of the Christmas decorations but would never admit it for fear of being branded a scrooge.
  8. Nobody has any idea what day is ‘Bin Day’ so you keep an eye on the neighbours every night to see who’s putting theirs out. This is also an ideal time to see what they got for Christmas. “Number 9 are doing well for themselves, that’s a box for a 55″ TV!”
  9. You’ve perfected the art of never getting full by alternating between savoury and sweet.
  10. You never want this period of time to end and dread the return of normality.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are making the most of the festive break by eating your body weight in cheese!

Lifestyle, Lists

Christmas Decoration Guide 2016

November 20, 2016

The Coca Cola advert was on tv this weekend so it’s officially Christmas time! This will be mine and Stu’s first Christmas in our house and I’m really excited to make everything look all cosy and Christmassy. Stu’s birthday is at the beginning of December so we don’t mention Christmas too much until the birthday celebrations are over. However this year, I can’t help noticing all the different Christmas decorations available to buy just about everywhere. Living with family, the Christmas decorations didn’t get updated every year so I’m looking forward to starting from scratch for our house. Here’s a few things that I’ve got my eyes on…

  1. How nice are these lights? We’re in the middle of decorating so haven’t really got room for them but a girl can dream right? Next, £60.

 

2. We’re thinking of having a gold theme and these baubles will be perfect! Next, £6.

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3. You can’t beat a wreath on your front door at Christmas and John Lewis have a great selection in store this year! John Lewis, £45.

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4. Fingers crossed Santa will fill these stockings with lots of presents on Christmas Eve. They’ll look great on a fireplace! Not On The Highstreet, £9.95.

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5. How pretty is this star decoration? Definitely one for our living room. John Lewis, £15.

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6. Is it really Christmas without a few extra candles around the house? I don’t think I’ll buy an advent candle this year as I’m usually prone to letting 3 days burn accidentally (sorry Mum!) but M&S have some great Christmas scents in store. M&S, £12.

What Christmas decorations will you be buying this year?

Health & Fitness, Lists

26.2 thoughts on running the London Marathon

May 2, 2016

1. This is going to be fine, loads of people run the London Marathon!

2. What was I thinking signing up for the London Marathon?! 26.2 miles is a really long way!

3. Apparently Tim Peake started the race from Space this year. I wouldn’t know because I’m so far away from the start line!

4. I’ve finally crossed the start line. This is great! Keep cheering my name crowds, I feel famous!

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5. Is that someone walking after 1 mile?

6. How do so many people need the toilet already?

7. I feel incredible right now, this is the greatest race ever!

8. I did think the runners would have spread out a bit by now.

9. Oh great, a Runners World pacer surrounded by hundreds of people.

10. I wish I had a shorter name, the crowds seem to struggle with 4 or more letters…

11. Has that man got a washing machine on his back?!

12. I can’t believe I’m not even half way yet.

13. People are actually stopping to take selfies at Tower Bridge.

14. Oh great, I can see people who are at the 22 mile mark already. They look fast…

15. Did I just get overtaken by a dragon?

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16. This slight incline definitely counts as a hill. They told me London was flat!

17. Why are there so many people drinking beer in the crowds? Happy Sunday guys! Can I have some?

18. I’m practically finished now, right?

19. I still have an hour left of running to do!

20. Where’s that Wall everyone talks about?

21. Oh there it is.

22. This is now the furthest I’ve ever run!

23. Forget everything your parents ever told you about taking sweets from strangers, you need all the help you can get right now!

24. 2 miles to go, just think of this as a little run after work.

25. Longest. Mile. Ever.

26. Hi Queenie.

26.2. Is that the finish? It is! I suddenly have the energy to sprint! It’s about to end! Do I want this to end?

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Trust me. The London Marathon is the most incredible race. It’s worth all the months of training and I genuinely enjoyed running it. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me. I smashed my target for Make A Wish!

Now, what marathon shall I do next?

Lists, Travel Advice

How To Survive An Overnight Bus

August 15, 2015

I’ve been known to say that the worst part of travelling is the travelling part. Makes no sense I know. Don’t get me wrong, when you’re sat on the top of a boat as you pull in to one of Thai islands, you’re feeling pretty good and you forget about the journey once you step on to a golden beach. But to get to paradise you’ve sometimes got to survive some horrific overnight buses. Your bus may be in Thailand or Australia, be old or new but the fact of the matter is, you’ve still got to be on a bus for 12 hours. Just thinking about it brings back bad memories!

I’ve been on my fair share of overnight buses (one was 22 hours from Alice Springs to Darwin) and although it’s never going to that pleasant, there are ways of making journey a hell of a lot easier!

  1. Neck Cushion – A true lifesaver when trying to catch some sleep on a bus. Without a neck cushion, your choices are either leaning on a shaking window or dribbling on the shoulder on the person your sat next to. I have a fantastic neck cushion called the J Pillow which as well as supporting your neck, has an extra ‘arm’ to lean your head on – something I think normal neck cushions definitely lack! Here’s Kara from Heels In My Backpack giving her review on Youtube!
  2. Eye Mask – Not everyone wants to sleep on an overnight bus so take an eye mask to block out any lights people have on around you and to make it clear that you want some shut eye even if they don’t!
  3. Jumper/Scarf – The air-con on buses can be very temperamental in my opinion, they either seem to be freezing or uncomfortably hot. Take something warm just in case and I always find that having a big scarf over me makes me feel like I’m under a blanket and therefore more likely to fall asleep.
  4. Bug Spray – Overnight buses seem to be a haven for mosquitoes. I always find myself covered in bites the next day so make sure you give yourself a quick spray before you get on and cover up any exposed skin.
  5. Entertainment – 12 hours is a long time to be sat on a bus and you’re unlikely to be able to sleep for it all. Take your iPod and listen to some music,watch a film on your laptop or read a book. Anything to make the morning come around that little bit quicker. I find this a great time to catch up on my travel diary.
  6. Water and Snacks – You’ll feel better the next day if you keep yourself hydrated and fed. Most buses stop at service stations but the selection of food and drink can sometimes be limited or just plain weird if you’re in Asia so take something with you.
  7. Wet Wipes and Tootbrush/Toothpaste – You will be dying for a shower when you get off a bus so take these to have a quick freshen up before you get off and feel a little bit human again. That hostel shower will feel great!

I hope these tips help you survive your next overnight bus. They may not be your first choice of transport but they’re cheap and save you a nights accommodation. Don’t worry you’ll soon be at your next destination!

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12 Types of People You Meet In A Hostel. 

August 2, 2015

Unless you are travelling with an unlimited budget, you will inevitably spend a lot of time staying in hostels. Love them or hate them, they’re a big part of the backpacking culture. Whether you’re in Bangkok or Sydney, the types of people you meet in a hostel don’t seem to change. Here’s a quick round up of those hostel people who you can’t seem to avoid!

1. The one who thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to turn the lights on at 3am and start packing their bags. It’s even better when they leave the dorm and still leave the light on.

2. The one who thinks your food is their food. Say goodbye to any milk that you leave in the fridge!

3. The one who has spent too long in Asia and now has dreadlocks, lives in baggy pants and has forgotten how to wash.

4. The one you never see. Their stuff is by their bed but they don’t seem to sleep in the hostel or ever be in the room…

5. The one who is always there. Usually asleep or watching a film in bed.

6. The one who unplugs your charging phone so they can use the plug. Cheers for that!

7. The one who is about 15 years older than everyone else.

8. The one who decides to eat a big bag of crisps when everyone else is trying to sleep.

9. The one with a guitar. Let me guess, you only play Bob Marley?

10. The one who gets so drunk they lose their passport/bag/dignity.

11. The one who gets so drunk they climb up to their top bunk and then wee themselves, causing it to drip on to the bed below.

12. The one who asks too many questions. I’ve just got off a 12 hour bus, can I shower before we swap life stories?

Somewhere amongst this group of weirdos are your best friends so embrace the hostel life as some of your funniest memories will be made there!

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Australia, Lifestyle, Lists

15 signs that you have been a backpacker in Australia.

February 1, 2015

1. You loved your East Coast trip but get annoyed when a stranger asks you too many questions about it.

2. You’ve tried all the different flavours of Coles own brand tuna. Sweet Chilli will always be the best!

3. You were confused the first time you walked into a shop and were asked, “How you going?”

4. Admit it, Bondi was a little disappointing.

5. The lack of hot lifeguards was equally disappointing. Is Bondi Rescue fake?!

6. You don’t actually have any Australian friends, in fact the majority of the time you stick to your own nationality. Oops.

7. You believed that Goon was made from fish eggs.

8. Part of you also believed the Drop Bear story. Backpackers are so gullible.

9. You took the obligatory kangaroo selfie.

10. The 88 days of slave labour farm work were actually one of the best parts of your trip.

11. You make decisions on restaurants, bars and hostels on whether they have free WiFi or not.

12. You always want the bottom bunk. Until the person above starts making the bed shake with a night time visitor.

13. You’ve become obsessed with avocados and will add them to almost every meal.

14. You’ve lived off $3 mince every night for a week.

15. The day you found out Dominoes was only $4.95 was probably the best day of your travels.