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The Winter Tag

I was looking for some blog inspiration and came across The Winter Tag. I don’t think I’ve ever done one of these on my blog so thought I’d give it a go.

What are your favourite things about Winter?

The cold temperatures! I hate being too hot and find it much easier to warm up than cool down. So the cold temperatures work for me. Winter also includes presents as both Christmas and my Birthday are in the winter! And the final thing I love about Winter? The new drinks to try at Starbucks and Costa!!

What is your favourite Winter outfit?

I am by no means a trendsetter or a follower of fashion so I don’t really have a favourite winter outfit. You’ll usually find me in joggers and a hoodie. However when it comes to Winter I do like to accessorize with nice scarves and a hat. I have a few of both and like to switch between them during the cold Winter months.

What is your favourite Winter food?

My slow cooker is used often during Winter. I love to make casseroles, soups or hearty stews. I don’t have a particular recipe that I follow I’m more of a throw everything in kind of person and see how it goes. I switch it up by changing the meats or vegetables I use as well as sometimes adding barley or lentils.

Favourite Winter drink?

It’s pretty clichéd but I enjoy hot chocolate in the Winter. I make my own at home and add in peppermint syrup, marshmallows and whipped cream on the top.

What is your dream way to spend a Winter’s day?

Again, it sounds like a total cliché but sitting under a blanket and either watching a movie or reading a book with a candle burning is one of my favourite things to do on a Winter’s Day.  However, I also enjoy going for a walk in the Winter sunshine. When it’s still cold but the sky is brilliant blue, makes you feel lucky to be alive.

How do you like to do your make-up in the Winter?

I very rarely wear make-up.

What are you hoping Santa brings you?

Obviously I am writing this after Christmas but basically I got everything I asked for in this post.

What are the first three things that remind you of Winter?

Snow, Cold weather and Robins!

What is your favourite Winter song?

My favourite Winter song is Warm This Winter by Gabriella Cilmi. My favourite Christmas song is Driving Home for Christmas by Chris Rea.

What is your favourite Winter memory?

Probably getting married. We were married right before Christmas and had a full on Christmas wedding. Our Wedding Breakfast was a Christmas Dinner and our favours were tree decorations. We had crackers on the table and little Christmas trees down the centre of the tables that our guests were then free to take home with them.

What is your favourite Winter scent?

My favourite Winter scent is the Yankee Candle “Candy Cane Lane” it smells of peppermint and chocolate.

Finish this sentence…If I could have one wish this Christmas it would be…

Again, obviously I’m doing this after Christmas so I’m going to change this to my New Year wish and that would be to stick to my running goals and see them improve.

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My Christmas Wishlist

I love looking at these on other people’s blogs. This isn’t a gift ideas post, this is a list of the items I’ve asked for, for Christmas. It’s mostly centred around running to be honest with just a sprinkle of girly glitter.

parkrun wristband

parkrun wristband

Available from parkrun barcode

Cath Kidston glitter bag

Cath Kidston Glitter Bag

Available from Cath Kidston

eGlove touch screen running gloves

eglove touch screen running gloves

Available from eGlove

Black & Gold Runr Hoodie

Black & Gold Runr hoodie

Available from Runr

Runr Midnight Hoodie

Runr midnight hoodie

Available from Runr

Mermaids don’t have thigh gaps gym tshirt

Mermaids don't have thigh gaps tshirt

Available from OBD Clothing

Nike Running Tights

Nike Running Tights

Available from Very

Nike T-Shirt

Nike t-shirt

Available from Very

Nike Long Sleeved Top

Nike Long Sleeved Top

Available from Very

What’s on your Christmas wishlist?

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More Christmas Items

This weekend I had a look round The Range to see if I could find anymore Christmas decorations. We’d recently had a catalogue pushed through the letterbox and after a quick flick through I decided it might be worth a visit.

I was a little disappointed when we got there. A lot of the things I’d see in the catalogue simply weren’t there. I don’t know if they just didn’t have them or if they’d sold out. I know a lot of items are out of stock on the website.

As I’ve mentioned before we only have reindeers on our Christmas tree and to be honest there weren’t that many reindeer items there.

However, it wasn’t a complete waste of time as I managed to find these cute tea light holders. I opted for two so I could have one on each side of the fireplace.

reindeer tealight holder

I love how the gold antlers provide a little bit of contrast against all the white. They were an absolute steal at only £1.99 too!

How are your Christmas plans coming along? Is it too early to be thinking about it?

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November Memories Through The Years

I hope you enjoyed my post October Memories Through The Years last month. I’ve decided to make this a regular feature of my blog so without further ado, here are my November Memories Through the Years.

November 2005

On 21st November 2005 I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BA Honors in Early Childhood Studies. Random fact about my graduation…Malorie Blackman, the children’s/Young Adult author was given an Honorary Doctorate at my Graduation ceremony.

November 2010

As the weather turns more wintery in the North, snow comes early. Here’s a picture of the heavy snowfall we had in Sheffield. I took a picture of the tree to show just how much had stuck to it. If there was that much on the tree, you can imagine how much was on the floor! Knee high snow is something I don’t miss since moving to the South.

Snow on tree

November 2013

Not going to lie, I’m a huge Disney fan and going to see Disney on Ice was something I always looked forward to. I think I went 4 years in a row. Two years we were front row and I managed to get a decent picture of Minnie and Mickey. It’s hard to get pictures as they’re constantly moving so everything comes out a blur!

Disney on Ice

November 2014

November 2014 gets two pictures. The first, as we were still living in the North we were enjoying walks planned by Activity Sheffield. We met so many different people and got to explore some new parts of Sheffield we were yet to discover evening after living there for over 30 years! Below is a picture of Rivelin Valley. I absolutely love the lighting in this picture. There’s no filter here, just lovely Autumn sunshine.

Rivelin Valley

However, November 2014 was the start of us moving to the South and we went to explore the area. Below is my first glimpse of Lee-on-the-Solent where I’m now happily settled.

November 2015

Our first Christmas in the South and I’m afraid I’m that person that has their tree up by the end of November. We had a real 9ft Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree

So there you have it, my favourite November memories. Here’s hoping I make new memories this November


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I’ve Started Preparing For Christmas Already!

Last year I did a Christmas Haul series. This year I’ve started preparing for Christmas already at one of my favourite local shops Finishing Touches.

Finishing Touches

Taken from Google Maps

I saw a post on their Facebook page saying Christmas stock had started arriving and I knew I needed to take a look. If you followed my blog last year you’ll know all my Christmas Decorations are Reindeers. Basically I’m obsessed with them. So when I saw these lovely fellas, I knew I had to buy them.

Reindeer Christmas Decorations

They’re so cute, just look at their little faces!

Reindeer Christmas Decoration

The shop has stock arriving most days so I’m sure I’ll be back for more! Have you started prepping for Christmas yet?

Want to read my Christmas Haul Series from 2016? The links are below:

Christmas Haul Part 1 – Cath Kidston

Christmas Haul Part 2 – Garsons Garden Centre

Christmas Haul Part 3 – John Lewis

Christmas Haul Part 4 – Finishing Touches

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2016 – A Review

For some reason this post didn’t publish when it was meant to and I didn’t even notice! Bad blogger! So I know it’s late but I thought I’d put it out there since I went to the effort of writing it and collating the pictures so here’s my late review of 2016.


Best Nails:

French manicure

My first ever attempt at a French Manicure turned out surprisingly well.

Favourite Photo:

Sunset at  Lee on the Solent

The sunset at Lee on Solent.


Best Nails:

Rimmel Let's Get Nude

These nails actually don’t look that good at all *blush* but it’s the best from February.

Best Photo:

Sunset at Stokes Bay

Sunset at Stokes Bay. No filter was needed for this photograph.

Best Blog Post:
February saw the launch of this blog. I’m choosing How I became a parkrun Volunteer as my best blog post. parkrun is something that means a lot to me so it’s a reflection of who I am.


Best Nails:

OPI Princesses Rule

I love how pink, sparkly and girly OPI’s Princesses Rule is

Best Photo:

Sea and Pebbles

The Solent. I remember taking this photo. It was such a warm day for March.

Best Blog Post:
It’s another parkrun post I’m afraid. I got some good feedback on my Becoming a parkrun Run Director post.


A Memory:

parkrun pacers

At the end of April Giles, one of the founding members of parkrun and chairman of Gosport Road Runners passed away. People were asked to wear their club vests to the run. I’m not a member of a running club but parkrun is the club I belong to. I didn’t know Giles well at all, I only met him a couple of times but he was adored by many.

Best Picture:

Ice Cream 99

First ice cream of the year. April was so warm!


Best Nails:

OPI Hello Kitty Spoken From The Heart

The Hello Kitty/OPI collaboration. This is Spoken From The Heart

Best Photo:

Weymouth Harbour

Weymouth Harbour

Best Blog Post: I got a lot of good feedback on my post parkrun – More than meets the eye People just don’t get to see this side of parkrun and people told me this made them appreciate their parkrun teams even more.


Best Nails:

New Look Pure Gel Nails

New Look Pure Gel is the best home gel nail varnish I’ve found.

Best Photo:

Spinnaker Tower

Spinnaker Tower taken from the Gosport Ferry

Best Blog Posts: In June I did my own Travel Guide for London, Scotland and Florida. I tried to include some of the none tourist sites so there were new things for people to try.


Best Nails:

Rimmel 60 seconds nail varnish

Best Photo:

parkrun 25 volunteer

I reached my 50 milestone for volunteering at parkrun.

Best Blog Post:
This is the blog post that has the most views on my blog – It’s the information post of when the Disney X Cath Kidston collaboration was announced.


Best Nails:

Gelish gel nails

In August I learnt to do my own gel nails.

Best Photo:

Sheffield Millennium Square

In August I passed my driving test and drove myself to my home town, Sheffield!

Best Blog Post: My only blog post in August was a catch up post called Let’s Have Coffee…


Best Photo:

Super Low Tide

Super low tide at Lee on Solent

Best Blog Post: I did well with blog posts in September but I think my favourite was Fantastic Mr Fox I miss these guys now it’s Winter.


Best Photo:

Hot Chocolate at Costa Coffee

To be honest I’m surprised I made it until October before posting a picture of a Costa Coffee!

Best Blog Post: I wrote a post all about my holiday to Wales I’d never visited Wales before.


Best Photo:

Dusk at Lee on the Solent

I know I know, another sunset at the beach picture. I just can’t help it!

A Memory:


I love Reindeer and in November I got to hand feed one!

Best Blog Post: This blog post felt like a collaboration. I decided to write about marshalling at the Gosport Half and was blown away by how many people were willing to help me.


Best Nails:

Gelish Nails

I did my own gel nails for the Work Christmas Party.

Best Photo:

Kilner Jar

It had to include a Christmas tree I suppose for December and I didn’t want to bore you with another sunset beach post, although I did have one!

Best Blog Post: It has to be What I got for Christmas. I love looking at what other people got!

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December Roundup

Happy New Year Everyone!

December is that month that comes and goes in a flash. Before you know it the New Year is here and Christmas is over for another year.

So what did I get up to in December?

December started with a visit home to Sheffield to spend some time with my Mum. I was there for 4 days. It was so nice to be able to spend some quality time at home and visit Meadowhall, the shopping centre there. Meadowhall is so much better than West Quay but I actually didn’t find anything to buy!! Typical!


A much needed coffee whilst shopping.

Blogwise I completed a Christmas Haul series of posts. I worked hard on these and liked how the pictures turned out.

Christmas Haul

December also had my work Christmas Party. It was at Saint Mary’s Stadium. The venue was nice but the room was hotter than hell which made it an uncomfortable evening! I did my second attempt at gel nails for it and added nail glitter. I was pleased with how they turned out.

Gel Nails

We went and met up with some friends from Sheffield who were en route to visit family for Christmas. We’d originally planned to meet in Costa Coffee (of course) but with it being Christmas Eve they closed at 3pm to enable them to set up for their Boxing Day sale! We went to Starbucks instead which meant I got to try their Toffee Nut Latte. It was beautiful.

Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte

Christmas was spent at home and was a quiet affair just the way I like it. Since then I’ve been trying to be good and have been out for a walk or a bike ride almost every day. I am a bad blogger though and haven’t actually taken any pictures whilst I’ve been out!! FAIL!

I hope you’ve all had a good December.  If you feel you’ve missed any of my posts through December, here they are below:

Christmas Haul Part 1 – Cath Kidston

Christmas Haul Part 2 – Garsons Garden Centre

Christmas Haul Part 3 – John Lewis

Christmas Haul Part 4 – Finishing Touches

What I Got For Christmas

parkrun – That time when 552 runners turned up

That’s all from me but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the people who have supported this blog since I launched it in February. Here’s to a successful 2017 for us all

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What I Got For Christmas

I know some people don’t like these type of posts so feel free to skip by. I however love seeing what other people got. It gives me ideas for presents to ask for with my Birthday being on the way. I’m not going to detail all of my presents but below are some of my favourite presents.

Mickey Mouse Purse and Mary Poppins Bottle

My friends know I love Disney. These were part of my presents from two work colleagues. The drinks bottle is hard to photograph but it’s Mary Poppins and on one side has Mary’s silhouette and the other says “Practically Perfect In Every Way” I love Mary Poppins, it’s one of my favourite movies. My friend popped a coin in the Mickey Mouse purse so hopefully now it will never be empty.

Minnie Mouse Watch

How cute is this Minnie Mouse watch?! My mum got me this as a present I could open. I ask for vouchers from my mum a lot. My birthday is right after Christmas so all my gifts come at once. If I ask for vouchers I can then get myself things through the year. It helps stretch out the presents a little more. It’s from Avon and has a rubber strap which I like because in my work I can sometimes get messy and rubber straps are much easier to clean!

A gift from my keyworker

Speaking of work, here is part of a present one of the children from work got me. I absolutely love it. It’s very chintz and Cath Kidston-esque so it’s perfect for me, and the statement is all true hehe.

Cath Kidston Leopard Flower Backpack

Whilst we’re talking of Cath Kidston it’s time to bring on the big guns. Here’s one of 3 Cath Kidston bags. It’s the Leopard Flower backpack. I was lusting after this a while ago  but it went out of stock quickly. I saw on Twitter just before Christmas that it had come back in stock and dropped a few hints to my husband. It has so many pockets, this is going to become my new work bag.

Now for one of my absolute favourites. The Mickey in London Disney X Cath Kidston backpack. I love it. I was gutted when the pre sale took place and I had everything in my basket but the website was so busy I couldn’t check out and so I sat watching things sell out and one by one disappear from my basket. My husband got the email there was more in stock whilst I was at work and got straight on it and ordered this and…

Disney X Cath Kidston Spot Mini Satchel

This! The Disney X Cath Kidston Minnie and Mickey Mouse spot Mini Satchel. It’s perfection. I absolutely love it. It’s just the right size for when you’re popping out and don’t want to take a big handbag with you.

So there you have it. I’ve been one lucky girl this year.

What was your favourite Christmas present you recieved?

How did you spend Christmas this year?

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Christmas Haul Part 4 – Finishing Touches

This is the last in my Christmas Haul series. Why not read Parts 1, 2 and 3 to catch up?

This haul is all from Finishing Touches is a lovely gift shop right here in Lee on Solent. It has two branches, both are gift shops but as the season approaches one becomes a Christmas shop and it is literally crammed full of the loveliest Christmas decorations.

Finishing Touches

Taken from Google Maps

In the next two pictures is everything I bought:
Reindeer Christmas Decorations Wooden Reindeer Christmas Decorations

And now for the close ups!

Firstly the Reindeer Tea Light Holder

Reindeer Christmas Tea Light Holder Decoration

He is so cute with his little fur hat and his little black lantern. I couldn’t resist.

Next it’s the round Reindeer decorations.

Reindeer Christmas Decoration

This is actually really similar to some Reindeers we got from Debenhams years ago so I got two of these to compliment the ones we already have.

Then we have the two wooden tree decorations

Wooden Reindeer Christmas Tree Decoration

I got two of these too. They’re going to look adorable on my Christmas tree, just look at their happy little faces!

Then finally the four wooden reindeers. I got two large and two small.

Wooden reindeer christmas decoration

These are gorgeous solid wood pieces and although I got them from the Christmas shop I think these will be going in to our bedroom all year round afterwards to go with our Woodland theme. I think I can get away with them as they’re not overtly Christmassy!

So that brings my Christmas Haul to an end. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. I’m well and truly ready for Christmas now!

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Christmas Haul Part 3 – John Lewis

I’ve really enjoyed writing these posts so I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading them. If you missed Parts 1 and 2 they can be found here and here

By now I’m pretty sure you’ve all seen the John Lewis Christmas advert set in Buster’s Garden. If you haven’t here it is:

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I have foxes in my garden. If you didn’t know be sure to take a look at my Fantastic Mr. Fox post.

Read it? Ok so I’m sure that post has pretty much explained why I had to pick up these two beauties from the Buster’s Garden collection.

John Lewis Foxes from Buster's Garden Christmas Advert

Meet Olivia and Otto! How cute are they?! I know they aren’t super Christmassy but after Christmas is done I plan on relocating them to the bedroom to add to our Woodland theme in there. They’re so lovely and super soft.

These were £12 each but 10% of each goes to The Wildlife Trusts which is such a good charity. I’m glad they’re helping a charity with their advert.

Tomorrow will be the last of my Christmas Haul Posts but if you’ve missed Parts 1 and 2 they’re available for you here and here. I hope they help to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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