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13/01/2017

A New YouTube Video?!

It's been a good five years since I was regularly posting videos on YouTube (all private now) but I've been wanting to get back into it for a little while now.

I recently went back home to Devon for a few days so decided to ease myself in and do a little vlog to start with.

I'd love you to give it a little watch and please like, comment and subscribe. Hope you like it!


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06/01/2017

365 New Chances.

It feels a little weird making this most since we're almost a week into the new year. But I was pretty sick after Christmas and during the new year, so here I am. I wanted to do a little 'goals' (rather than resolutions post).

Better late than never, eh?


» Post every other day. Good quality posts. Well, I've already failed that haven't I? Nevertheless, I'd like to get back to regular blogging, it gives me an outlet and a little something to do. But I shouldn't stress if it doesn't always materialise. It pays to remember that this is a hobby alongside my full time job.

» Be back at my lowest adult weight. I did pretty well over Christmas only gaining half a pound, very proud of myself for that. Now it's time to really focus on the Slimming World plan and get back down to where I was previously. Get back to being happy and confident with myself again.

» Manage my money better. I think this is something I say every year but it's something I really need to start doing.

» Stop procrastinating. I do it all the time and then end up feeling bad about it afterwards. I'd like to get things done and end up leaving them until the last minute.

» Take more chances. Say yes to doing things I wouldn't ordinarily do, explore new places, meet new people and make new memories. In the same breathe I want to make sure I still say no to things that I don't feel comfortable with, or just plain don't want to do.

» Stress less. I get stressed out over the dumbest things and I can never seem to let them go. This is one of the top things I want to work on ridding from my life.

» Get more and better quality sleep. One of those things that usually evades me and makes me a right grumps. We could all do with a few more zzz's in our life.

So there's are just a few things I want to work towards. I'm sure they'll be more things I come up with along the way but it should be a good journey. Let's do this!
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01/01/2017

Byron Burger - Cheesemas No.1.

Ahhh, the first post of a new year and what better way to start it than with one of my favourite things - cheeseburgers.

I've posted before about Byron Burger and how they have seasonal special burgers but once a year they release the Cheesemas. A festive take on a burger that varies slightly year to year. I didn't get to try lasts years and I was kicking myself for missing out so I headed down to check their current take on it before it was too late.


To start with I opted for the classic Oreo milkshake. Thick, creamy and loaded with just the right amount of biscuity pieces. Thanks to the wide straw you don't  end up getting them stuck, which in turn stops you from being able to drink it.

Not the best Oreo milkshake I've tried, which isn't to say it's bad. I just think I would have preferred if I'd opted for the Reese's Peanut Buttercup again. That's definetly a favourite and Byron do it so well.


As I knew the burger was going to be a biggy, I decided to skip the carbs and go for veggies ... Kinda. I wasn't sure what to expect from the coleslaw but it was shredded and seasoned to perfection. It had just the right amount of crunch and the cracked black pepper gave it a little something extra that I didn't know I needed.

Then came a little bowl of heaven, five golden rings! Onion rings that is. Huge, light and crispy is the only way I can describe them. Even looking at the photo as I write this is making me hungry. They were heavenly. When biting into them I found that the onion didn't get pulled out, leaving you with just the batter, which can only be a good thing. They almost tasted beer battered though I don't know if they are or not. Either way, delicious.


And then saving the best 'til last, we have the special. Described as two 6oz hamburgers, mature chedder, smoked bacon and onion relish, onion ring, bacon island sauce and pickles.

Look at that shine! Where do I begin with this monster? Bottom to top? Top to bottom? Let's start from the bottom. For the base of the burger, we have sliced pickles topped with lashings of bacon island sauce. Now I don't know about you but I don't know what that is. I feel like it's their own take on baconnaise. Either way, they don't scrimp and you'll find it dripping out the burger as soon as you try and take a bite. Then we have the two patties, loaded with cheese and sandwiched together with the relish, which reminds me of bacon jam. It acts as an almost glue in keeping the burger from falling apart and making sure they stay stacked on top of each other. Finishing with a crispy onion ring that gives a little sweetness to the burger. All sandwiched in a squishy bun. Though I did feel something was missing, perhaps some lettuce? Just something to give it a little more crunch.

An immense burger that you won't look dignified eating but isn't that half the fun? Needless to say, try as I might I had to leave a few mouthfuls as it defeated me.

If you're looking to try it, get down to your local Byron stat! As it's only here until January 4th.
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Where to find them:
The Atrium
Park Street
Camberley
GU15 3PT

01276 22466

www.byronhamburgers.com

Opening hours:
11AM to 10PM - Sunday to Thursday
11AM - 11:30PM - Friday and Saturday
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30/12/2016

Goodbye 2016.


I recently saw a post over on Gala's blog with 10 questions to ask yourself to help end the year feeling positive and powerful. So I thought I'd fill it in and pop it up to finish off the end of this year.

« What were your top five four moments of the year? »
 Getting to see Busted at Sandown. I remember being obsessed with them when I was around 15, seeing them a decade later and still knowing all the words was just fab.
 I snipped the hair off and dyed it Dairy Milk purple. In retrospect, it seems a silly thing to have made it into my top moments. But I'd been wanting to go purple for the longest time and when work finally caught up with the times in allowing any hair colour, I couldn't not.
 After being off it for a considerable amount of time I rejoined Slimming World. It can be incredibly scary going back, especially when I know I'd put back on a lot of what lost previously. But I fully plan on sticking to it now, it feels good to be back in control.
❤ Travelling to new places out of my comfort zone, with new people. Doing things I'd usually shy away from.

« What are you really glad is over? »
I think most people will be glad that the year as a whole is over and I have to say I feel the same. 2016 was not a good year, let's hope for a better year ahead.

« How are you different today than you were 365 days ago? »
I'm verging on being closer to 30 which is a scary thought. I think in some ways I've matured but still know how to have a laugh when I need to.

« Is there anything you achieved that you forgot to celebrate? »
I attended a regional pride award for work, I definitely didn't give myself enough credit for that.

« What have you changed your perspective on this year? »
One of the most noticeable changes I feel is that I've definitely readjusted my outlook on who I can trust this year. Just because people are nice to you and want to know your business, doesn't mean you should trust them with it. It's a hard lesson to learn but a valuable one.

« Who are the people that really came through for you this year? »
I've always been one of those people that have always had a very small circle of friends with a couple of besties in the mix. As always they really had my back this year especially. Being with me when I had my good moments but even more so when I had my downs. There were also a couple of people at work that were really there for me when I needed them.

« What is something you tolerated for a long time, but now you will not? »
For the majority of the year, I let people make me feel bad for being who I am. Like I was never good enough, that I should be more ~this~ or less ~that~. I've come to realise that I'm me and if people don't like it then that's their loss. It's something I plan on working on in the new year so I stop letting silly things like that get to me.

« What old beliefs did you let go of? »
I let go of the notion that I should say 'yes' to everything so as not to seem like a bad person. Regardless of it was something I wanted to do or not, I still felt I was obligated to do it. Learning to say 'no' can be so freeing. I learnt to let go of my subconscious mindset that how I was treated in the past is how I'll be treated in the future. The two things are not mutually exclusive.

« What was one thing that you found really challenging, but can now see supported your growth? »
Every now and then my depression peaks and I can't seem to see the forest for the trees, so to speak. Every time it happens I see myself as a failure but I feel like, in the long run, it's making me a stronger person.

« If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself this time last year? »
I'd remind myself to stop focusing on the small, insignificant things. Look at the bigger picture and realise that some things just really don't matter. Eat well, sleep better and laugh more. Just look after myself properly, it's the least I deserve after all.

Here's to a better new year!

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28/12/2016

Pandora Precious Princess Charm.

Christmas has been and gone for another year so I'm sure your subscription boxes and numerous feeds will be full of 'what I got' type videos and posts. For the most part, I got things that I'd been after - unicorn and Dory related things, plenty of sweet treats and some other random little bits and bobs.

One of my favourite gifts I received came in my favourite little white box. As part of their winter additions to the lineup, Pandora added a cute little princess and prince charm. Both simple in design but incredibly cute. It was something I'd had my eye on because I'm a princess (well according to the person who gave it to me I am).


The charm itself has a round face, slightly oxidised eyes that look a little darker on the stock photo, a little button and nose and cute feminine lips. Her hair is parted and pinned pack on either side with a 3 pointed crown atop, reminds me more of a tiara actually but that's neither here nor there. The back of the charm is plain in design except for the hairline which is where you'll find the hallmarks.

Whilst the design is simple I feel like it works really well alongside my playful pig from last Christmas. So I ended up moving my charms around a little so they sat in the middle of my bracelet around the Valentine's heart beat charm. I think they go really well together.

A lovely little addition with a lot of meaning and love behind it.
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Price:
£25

Where to buy:
www.pandora.net
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26/12/2016

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

It's the most wonderful time of the year ... Unless you work in retail (I do), in which case it's probably one of the worst times. Especially as it starts in September! Anything that can help with putting that little bit of ~magic~ back into Christmas is definitely welcome.

That's where Winter Wonderland comes in. I've never been before but have always wanted to. I just don't like the idea of being around lots of people at any time of the year, especially at Christmas and in London.

I recently posted about the ice sculptures which can be found at The Magical Ice Kingdom but today I wanted to focus on the rest of the event. Whilst the entrance fee itself is free, you'll find a whole host of things you'll want to buy. Be that holiday trinkets, food or some of the shows such as The Nutcracker On Ice.

A lot of the vendors only take cash, whilst some do have an EFT machine I would recommend taking cash. As for how much, that's really down to you. I was overwhelmed with everything that I didn't really buy much. But now I know what to expect for next year.

On that note, I'd also point out that food especially and drinks are wildly expensive. I know, I know - it's London and all but nearly £8 for a tortilla wrap? So if you have room for your own drinks and snacks I'd definitely do that

For me personally, it really helped put the magic back into Christmas. It took me a while to sort through the hundreds of photos I took. So without further ado, I shall leave you with just a selection - enjoy!

More photos after the cut ...