Monthly Archives: February 2016

Parkrun Volunteer

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On 11th July I began volunteering at Lee on the Solent parkrun.On 20th February 2016 I had volunteered 30 times! I began volunteering as a way of getting to know people in my new local community and now I couldn’t be without it. I marked the occasion by writing the run report and thought I’d include it here too.

Exactly a year ago I moved 250 miles to Lee on Solent, where I didn’t know anyone bar my husband. A few months passed by and I now only know work colleagues, but heard a whisper about a new parkrun starting right on my doorstep in Lee. So, in July, I found myself marshalling in an attempt to do something in my new community. Now at parkrun #35, I have given my time on 30 separate occasions. You might remember me cheering you on at the playground, my favourite marshalling spot? Somewhere where simply cheering people on turned in to friendly waves of hello, as we all turned up week after week. I’ve since moved on to take on other roles within parkrun and tend to be based around the finish funnel, where I have gotten to know runners, organisers and fellow volunteers. What a lovely, welcoming and friendly bunch you all are, especially Fiona who baked a cake to celebrate my 30th time volunteering and her 25th. Thank you, I was touched by your kindness.

So moving on to this morning’s run, everyone talks about the weather at Lee, the wind comes as standard, but thankfully this morning it wasn’t accompanied by rain. Lee is probably one of the only parkruns where there are very few runners at 8.50 and by 8.55 approximately 250 get out of their cars at once and descend on the start line. As Pippa, our Run Director, sent the runners on their way to Browndown, I watched the hi-vis crowd snake their way along the path. I was one of the barcode scanners this week and, as people start to filter through the finish, I ask them how it was? Popular answers are “That’s some wind!” “I’m knackered now”, and “I’m so hungover!”

There were an epic 50 PB’s today!! Well done to all of you, despite the wind, fatigue and hangovers you accomplished something major today! And to the 31 people who ran parkrun for the very first time at our beloved Lee, I hope you learn to love it as much as I have over the past 30 weeks!

Parkrun is great and best of all it’s free and they’re all over the country. If you fancy having a go at walking, jogging or running 5km in your local area check out  the parkrun website and see where your local one is. You’ll not regret it.

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I’ve put together a few ideas of lovely gifts for a range of Momma’s. Details are below:

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  1. For the Mum who loves to read:  Kindle Voyage by Amazon £169.99 – If your Mum loves to read then this is the ideal gift. It holds hundreds of books and makes reading on the go a lot easier. There are so many variations of the kindle now so check out which one would be best for your Momma.
  2. For the Mum who loves to be outdoors: Funky Veg Kit by Plant Theatre £11.99 – If your Mum enjoys pottering around in the garden/allotment then this gift could be a cool idea. It allows you to grow purple carrots, red brussels sprouts and stripy tomatoes plus two other seeds.
  3. For the Mum who loves technology: Rose Gold Apple Watch by Apple £300 – So this is a pricier gift but if your Mum loves technology and you can afford it, then why not treat her? There are so many apps available now for the Apple Watch and the feminine touch of Rose Gold makes this a great present for your Mum.
  4. For the Mum who loves to be glam: Mini Leather Handbag by Cath Kidston £85 – Sometimes the prints on Cath Kidston bags aren’t to everyones taste and so this plain leather bag is perfect for a classic look.
  5. For the Mum who loves to relax: Scenterpiece Melt Cup Warmer by Yankee Candle £27.99 – A new addition to Yankee Candles range. These Warmers are used with a small melt cup that sits inside it. They’re priced at £4.99 and come in a range of scents.
  6. For the Mum who loves coffee: Heart 8 Cup Cafetière by Marks & Spencers £19.50 – If your Momma loves a natter over a coffee then this would be a cute addition to her kitchen. I love the heart detailing.

How will you be treating your Mum? Do you have a special day planned?

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Valentine’s Day Wishlist

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether you have a significant other or just want to buy yourself a little treat here’s some of my favourites for Valentine’s! Details are below.

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1. Hello Kitty by OPI colour Spoken From The Heart – I already have one colour from the Hello Kitty range but have been lusting after more. I love how this one is pink enough for Valentine’s but vibrant enough for Summer too.

2. Cath Kidston Confetti Hearts Mug – I love Cath Kidston and have a few mugs by her but this one with the multi coloured hearts is too cute to pass up.

3. Yankee Candle Red Raspberry Large Jar and Illumalid gift set – Yankee Candles are great for fragrancing your home. Some scented candles don’t really smell when you burn them but Yankee Candle do and that’s why I have such a large collection of them! This one comes with a heart/Valentine’s themed illumalid which helps your candle burn correctly and is a must. You can use the lid on any of their large jar candles.

4. Hello Kitty by OPI colour Look at my Bow! – Another one from the Hello Kitty range that I just couldn’t resist.

5. Cath Kidston Mini Leather Zip Bag – Cath Kidston is my go to company for bags (I have  over 60 Cath Kidston bags sssh!) and this one is small enough to be a clutch bag but still have space to carry the essentials!

6. Cath Kidston Hearts Mug – Perfect for holding a big mug of your favourite beverage to warm you up on a cold Valentine’s Day…or any other day!

How are you spending Valentine’s Day? Do you have a wish list too?

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Rimmel 60 Second Shine Review

I’m an OPI fan at heart but just recently I’ve been hearing good things about Rimmel’s 60 Second Shine polishes so I’ve given them a go. There’s a pretty extensive colour range out there but I’m a pale/nude kind of girl so I picked up #500 Caramel Cupcake and #513 Let’s Get Nude.

I tried out Caramel Cupcake first and the first thing I noticed was the brush. It’s different to other brushes and allows the polish to glide on to your nails really nicely. It also meant I barely got any streaks in the covering like can be the case with other pale polishes. This went on nice and thick and glossy. I applied a second coat but could probably have gotten away with just one coat.

I was amazed by how quickly that first coat applied. It was touch dry within just a couple of minutes and within an hour was knock proof too, something that is needed with me! For some reason once I’ve painted my nails I knock them on everything leading to dents!

I then tried out Let’s Get Nude. This was more of a rush job and I ended up applying a couple of coats within a couple of hours of each other and had a nap. When I woke up it had imprints from the blanket I’d had on! My own fault for applying coats so close together but consider it a lesson learned. I really like the look of Let’s Get Nude on, it suits my pale skin and looks like milky coffee when applied. It went on just as smooth as Caramel Cupcake and has lasted a whole week with no chipping or fading and in my line of work that’s a sign of a good polish, especially since I’ve worn it with no top coat!
Rimmel’s range of 60 Second Shine colours can be purchased at most beauty stores for around £2.99 I however managed to pick up Caramel Cupcake on offer in Asda for the bargain price of £1.99! Such a bargain for such a lovely colour and long lasting polish.
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