Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The 1st Female Ballon d'Or


Finally in 2018 the first ever female Ballon d'Or has been awarded. This award has been awarded every year since 1956 by France football for the men's game however this year it was finally introduced for the women's game. The France football award is selected by a select group of journalists with one representative per country. When voting there is 3 main criteria which is the individual & team performance throughout the year, fair play and the players career to date all very valued parts of the game.  

The inaugural winner for the women's Ballon d'Or was no other than Lyon and Norway's Ada Hegerberg. At just 23 year old Hegerberg is has always in my opinion been one of the stand out players of the game. Just watching her play for Lyon you can just immediately see what she brings to the team. A prominent goal scorer for the club she can also provide plenty in the build up of play and creating opportunities for other players. I was actually lucky enough to see her play back in April this year, when Lyon played Manchester City in the Champions league. Although that game ended 0-0 honestly the way Lyon played especially the likes of Hegerberg I am surprised there wasn't a couple of goals for Lyon, the way she plays she is determined to give 100% just like the rest of the Lyon. 

The way Lyon play it is no surprise that there were actually 7 members of the team nominated for the award, but Hegerberg stood out from the rest and came out on top. Not surprising really seen as at just 23 year old she has already won the Champions League 3 times (even more impressively these wins all came consecutively).  

Most nominees are regulars for their countries as well as clubs (some have picked up injuries but bounce back to the squad once fit), which makes it even more incredible that Hegerberg has won the award as she hasn't played internationally for Norway since 2017, she took a break due to a belief there was a lack of respect for the women playing football for the country. Since this break Norway now offer equal pay for the male and female footballers however, it is still unknown when Hegerberg will return to the Norway squad. With the 2019 world cup coming up and Norway having qualified (without Hegerberg on the field) it is a question of will she be a part of the biggest tournament or will she stick with her break. 

So here is how the results stood for the first ever female Ballon d'Or:

1. Ada Hegerberg (Lyon)
2. Perniller Harder (Wolfsburg / Denmark)
3. Dzsenifer Marozsán (Lyon / Germany)
4. Marta (Orlando Pride / Brazil)
5. Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars / Australia)
6. Lucy Bronze (Lyon / England)
7. Amandine Henry (Lyon / France)
8. Wendie Renard (Lyon / France)
9. Megan Rapinoe (Seattle reign / United States
10. Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns / United States)
11. Lieke Martens (Barcelona / Netherlands)
12. Saki Kumagai (Lyon / Japan)
13. Amel Majri (Lyon / France)
14. Fran Kirby (Chelsea / England)
15. Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns / Canada)

All these players on the list are well deserving of the nomination, I was expecting with it to have a few more American players on the list just to get it a little more noticed but I am glad the players that deserved it are well represented. Some players on the list to watch out for in the future are Sam Kerr, Lindsey Horan and Fran Kirby. 
Sam is doing so well at the Red Stars, I can't wait to see how she does in her 2nd season with the team, also it will be great to see how she performs with Australia at the world cup next year as due to Sam's striking ability and their connection as a team they are actually one of my underdog teams who I think will surprise a lot of people.
 Lindsey is a player who had a fantastic seasons with the Thorns scoring plenty of goals, being solid in midfield and creating plenty of opportunities for those around her, when she links with the likes of Emily Sonnett and Tobin Heath, not much can go wrong. Lindsey is another one I am hoping goes to the world cup as she really deserves the opportunity to prove the world class player she is becoming, plus her headers will be a huge help for the USWNT just as they have been for the Thorns. 
As for Fran, she is the best forward England have at the moment in my opinion, we just need to keep her injury free in the run up to the world cup. Fran has great technical ability and a brilliant goal scoring ability, she helps lead Chelsea to countless victories and always gives it 100%, she really is becoming a household name within the English game (she is one of the only ones my mum can remember), I may be a Man City fan but Fran is one of my favourites and I can't wait to see what she can do next year.

Some possible future candidates in my eyes are Tobin Heath, Steph Houghton and Kelley O'Hara. Yes I am aware that 2 out of 3 of these are American but they just have such a good team going on at the moment they are really hard to ignore especially with the world cup fast approaching. 

Tobin is a player who suffered her fair share of injuries throughout 2017, but she came back and helped the Thorns to a Championship title. She then had a brilliant 2018, leading the Thorns to another title and becoming a huge part of the USWNT over 2018, she has even been nominated for player of the year for the USWNT in 2018 which is well deserved. Lets just hope she stays injury free in 2019.
Steph Houghton is both captain of Manchester City & England and an absolutely solid defender. Steph gives 100% every game and is a crucial player in defence for both club and country, she really isn't afraid to put her body on the line. Not only is Steph brilliant in defence but her free kicks are brilliant along side her plays that come from set pieces, Steph can definitely provide her fair share of goals. Again as long as she can stay injury free for the world cup Steph surely has a guaranteed spot on the England world Cup Roster.    
Kelley O'Hara, striker for Stanford defender for the USWNT, over the years Kelley has been put in plenty of positions on the field but plays really well in them all. She provided a goal in the 2015 world cup against Germany (the flying squirrel as I still refer to it) which was a brilliant goal and helped the USWNT progress to the final, she also provides crucial tackles when required proving to be a brilliant all rounder. Kelley joined the Utah Royals last season and was playing so well until unfortunately injury hit and kept her out for a while however when she came back to both the Royals and the USWNT she slotted back in as though she had never picked up the injury. She has had ankle surgery in the off season so lets hope she stays fit ready for the 2019 world cup. 

These players could definitely be contenders next year if they can do well for both club and country. With the addition of the Ballon d'Or it really does raise the question of where is the women's game going to go next? Things are only getting better for the game and I am excited to see what the future holds as 2018 really has been a good year for the game. 

See you soon,
Lucy
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Monday, 3 December 2018

Last Week #27


Last week was a bit of a relaxed one again, I was off work to go Christmas shopping with my nanna on Monday, where I spent a fortune and got a huge chunk of shopping out of the way. The rest of the week consisted of work with night just relaxing. Saturday was a day spent inside cleaning and just getting some general jobs done, where as Sunday was a day of Christmas decoration shopping and gaming. So here is what I had....

Been Watching: We have finally finished Making a murderer and I am already wanting a 3rd season. Thanks to this I ended up watching a lot of different crime videos over on YouTube. I also started re-watching season 11 of the Big Bang Theory.

Been reading : I managed to catch up on a lot of blogs throughout the week which was great as I have actually missed reading them.

Been listening to : There were the odd few Christmas songs playing throughout the week however, Tegan and Sara have been on constantly, I just really wish they would bring new music out soon.

Bought : I got a lot of Christmas presents for people throughout the week and a lot of decorations (which I will do a post about soon), I did however manage to finally get some new jeans and tops. Liam treated us to a Nintendo Switch and Pokémon Lets Go so I managed to pick up Fifa 19 for it and a case.

Plans for this week : I really want to get more posts up on here as my motivation is returning. I am also hoping to have a pretty relaxed week which will include decorating the house for Christmas. I might even get my Christmas shopping completed too.

Last weeks posts : Unfortunately there were no posts as I was really struggling to find motivation. Although I think that motivation is creeping back now.

So there you have it that was my week. What have you guys been up to?

See you soon
Lucy

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Christmas / Sales Wish List

This year whenever family has asked me what I want for Christmas I have really struggled to give them answers. I think it could be down to moving and seeing just how much stuff I actually have that I honestly don't even need. After sitting for a while though here are a few of the items I would love to get whether it is for Christmas or in the boxing day sales.

Fashion 


In terms of clothing I probably really don't need anything new especially until I have cleared out what I already have (which is far too much) but with me losing weight new clothes are on the cards and I am loving wearing hoodies lately. I have fallen in love with quite a few Jordan hoodies lately so I am hoping to cop some of these. I am also hoping for a new pair of trainers, again I probably don't need any new ones but with some of the styles out now and the deals on they are really hard to ignore. I have never really been a fan of Adidas but some of their styles at the moment are amazing.

I know the image above is a Gucci watch but that is a massive wish list item, in the mean time I am wanting to add a couple of new watches to my collection. I don't have a nice 2 tone one or silver one yet so I would love to pick up one of each of these. I absolutely love wearing watches (not worn one for a while though due to dead batteries) so it is always nice when I get a new one. Topman and River Island are probably where I will be looking for these as they really do some great ones. As well as a watch I would love some other jewellery such as a necklace and bracelet, maybe even a few rings as I am really lacking on the jewellery front. If you have any recommendations of where I can get some decent quality jewellery please let me know.

Lifestyle
I spend a lot of my time lounging around gaming lately and I have noticed I do this in my pyjamas with a hoodie thrown over the top. Primark have some really comfortable gaming hoodies in store lately so I am hoping to pick up a few of these. As I say they are perfect for when I am gaming or sat blogging. 


At £60 these Bliiq hummingbird Bluetooth earphones are definitely a bit on the pricey side but with me now having an iPhone 8 I could really do with a good pair of Bluetooth earphones. I don't know much about Bliiq as I have never used any of their products before but if they are good enough for Kelley O'Hara to promote they must be a good make. I really have fallen into the celebrity endorsement trap on this one but I really hope that I can get a pair of these. They just look so nice too in the white and will be easy to pack up when I have finished with them. I am also hoping to be back in the gym next year and get out doing some individual football training so these would definitely get used a fair bit.

So there you have it those are a few of the items I am hoping to pick up for Christmas or in the sales. I f you can recommend anywhere for some decent jewellery please let me know. 

See you soon.
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Monday, 19 November 2018

Last Week #26


Last week is a week I enjoyed, apart from feeling ill for most of it, I managed a girls day out in Leeds where I barely spent anything and the rest of the nights after work were mainly spent in the house just relaxing. Friday night however we headed to the shops and picked up a few bits which we probably didn't need but we both wanted. Then the weekend came and it was great, I didn't even get out of my lounge bottoms and football shirt, we finished the games room at last and even made a start on clearing the spare room. It was a really productive weekend and was so nice not to be walking around the shops which I am sure Liam loved too. So here is what I had...


Been Watching: There is nothing like coming home from a hard days work and just putting on Netflix or YouTube. Last week it was all about gaming set up videos and cleaning videos on YouTube. Over on Netflix it was all about Making a murderer and Faulty Towers.

Been reading : There were quite a few early nights last week so no reading was done, some nights I was in bed by 8pm.

Been listening to : I caved in and started listening to Christmas music, I had the Michael Buble album and the Justin Bieber one on quite a bit. Other than that I listened to plenty of Tegan and Sara.

Bought : I picked up a few Christmas presents last week, but most money went on the games room. We got LED lighting strips for some parts of the room and even managed to pick up a Phillips Hue starter kit which came with a google home. I even went to Leeds Christmas shopping but all I picked up was some Nespresso coffee pods and some Overwatch items for myself.

Plans for this week : With the games room now done, I am hoping to have a week off doing jobs before making a start on the spare room. If we can get it to a decent standard where only a bit needs doing after Christmas that would be brilliant. I also want to spent more time on the blog I did pretty well with it last week so want to keep that up. I finally get the long overdue hair cut on Friday growing it out just isn't working for me, I much prefer my short hair. I need to try get out for some new jeans too as I am down to my last 2 pairs. 
So there you have it that was my week. What have you guys been up to?

See you soon
Lucy

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Friday, 16 November 2018

Time To Stop Spending


I have noticed lately I am buying things for the sake of buying them, I really don't need any more clothes and in the run up to Christmas there is already that risk of buying something that someone else is going to get you (I have already done this sorry Liam). The house is also getting cluttered with things I honestly think I have out grown or have horded for some reason, in fact our spare room at the moment is just absolutely full of things we have yet to find homes for. 

With Christmas coming up I also want to stop spending on myself so I can actually get some presents for family, the majority of my money this year has gone on the house but we are at a stage now where we can slow down a little, we only have the spare room to do then we will be saving to do the garden, bathroom and hallway. These are all the bigger jobs that are going to cost us quite a bit but other than that it will just be a few finishing touches to other rooms when the spare room is complete. This means I really do need to put money to one side for these big jobs and that will only happen if I stop spending what I have. 

At the moment it drives me mad sitting around in the house as it is just a mess with items needing unpacking and boxes that need throwing away. But now things are coming together and the majority of works should be done after this weekend I will finally be at a stage where I can sit and relax without looking at rubbish or stuff that still needs doing. I don't need to go out after work every night and I really don't need to spend weekends dragging Liam around shopping. 

We should have time just to relax, enjoy our home and just relax together whether that is having gaming days together o having film nights. It is about time we just chilled out maybe had a date night every now and again where we cook together or for each other and actually sit together not at our desks. 

I can't wait to spend more time in the house and actually start building up some savings as well as having a happier Liam as he hasn't been dragged out after a hard weeks work. We could easily spend weekends just going to the football and then spending the rest of it inside, training for football or going on walks for a change. It means I can also spend more time on the blog and hopefully improve my content.

Fingers crossed I can actually stick to this and only buy things that are needed to decorate the spare room or Christmas presents for others.

See you soon,
Lucy
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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Sorting Out The Kitchen

I recently fell into a spiral of just watching cleaning and decluttering videos over and over on YouTube once again. It has made me a little more motivated to actually get our house in shape and decluttered, we only moved in back in March but over that time we have accumulated a lot of items. Items just got dumped when we first moved in (the top of the wardrobe is frightening) but now with things coming together I want to head to each of the rooms and get things cleared out and looking more organised. We are currently on with the games room which will hopefully be done at the weekend. One of the places that won't take that long for us to do is the kitchen, when we moved in we just threw items in random cupboards and under the sink. All this room needs is some simple organisation and here is what I am hoping will help. 

Instead of bulky boxes and packaging taking up cupboard space I want to put products into their own jars. We currently have a couple for a few of our cereals and snacks, but eventually I want all our snacks and cereals to be neatly organised into these so you aren't having to rummage through boxes, also with this you can see just how much of item you have left. These should also be perfect for our different variations of pasta as we do have a lot of these. 
 For the cupboards I am also helping to get a box to store our different varieties of tea and some storage baskets for the items that won't go into jars such as our snack bars and porridge packets.


We also have quite a few different spices in the cupboards which can get pushed to the backs or are totally different shapes and sizes of packages. I love these spice jars so everything can look the same, just add some nice looking labels and put them somewhere accessible, I think it will look great. 

Most of the drawers are overflowing already too, we have the junk draw full of letters and other stuff we really don't need to keep so it will be great to sort through this, along with the Tupperware drawer which is overflowing with products that could be thrown out. All we really need in there are our lunch boxes, a few water bottles, shaker bottles and the ones for our blend active. We also have far too many glasses and mugs which could be easily reduced, a drawer which holds a toaster which could easily be used for other things. 

The drawers have definitely become a nightmare to try get through but honestly I think with just a few hours work they could be some much easier to look through.


One of the areas that drives me mad the most is the sink and under the sink. Dishcloths just get thrown on the side, which just looks untidy,  the window sill also just gets covered in items which could easily be sorted out. A simple sink tidy on the side where we could keep everything in one place would be brilliant, no more dumping things as everything would have its place. 

Under the sink is worse, you can spend 10 minutes searching for the bin bags or the cleaning product you actually need. Space is actually limited under here so we have tried cramming in as much as we can, we have a meter under here too which really does us no favours. I want to get some little storage baskets under hear to organise products. I can also move some products to our cupboard which has the boiler in once we clear that out too as it is a mess seen as we haven't touched it since we moved in. 

So there you have it that is what I am wanting to do with the kitchen, it shouldn't be too expensive and it really shouldn't take long at all. Then I may be happier to spend more time in there cooking as I won't have to spend 90% of that time rummaging around. I think once it is done I may do a little kitchen tour over on here. Keep an eye out for these posts as I am going room to room getting things more organised, plus I will be doing a spare room post before we start doing the work on it.

See you soon
Lucy.  
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

England vs Sweden


Sunday I was lucky enough to finally get to an England women's game. This was mainly made possible due to the fact they were finally playing up north, something they don't do very often. Since purchasing my tickets I couldn't wait as it meant I was finally getting to see some of my favourite players play together for the first time, it also meant I finally got to see Rachel Daly who is one of my favourite players in the NWSL over in America.

When we got to the Stadium I had to of course get a scarf and programme as a bit of a memento, it was just my look that Daly was on the cover of the programme too. We also picked up a free copy of the latest She Kicks magazine, I am really starting to think I might have to subscribe to this, what could be better than a magazine all about women's football. When we got inside the stadium every seat had a complimentary England flag, which I thought was a nice touch but now I have a flag at the house with nowhere to put it.

This game also marked the 100th cap of one of my all time favourites Steph Houghton so the atmosphere was great the attendance was actually the 2nd highest it had ever been in the UK. The game ended 2-0 to Sweden which obviously wasn't a result I hoped for but there were a few questionable decisions from the referee, we should have had at least 2 clear penalties. There was also the blatant time wasting the ref ignored from Sweden and players going to ground far too easy. But at the end of the day things didn't go England's way and a few players really did seem nervous and off their game. When Georgia Stanway was brought on the games pace changed from England's point of view, she is such a great player at such a young age, her vision is brilliant. There could have easily been more goals in the game when she got the ball but Sweden were brilliant at getting back behind the ball preventing this. I think Bright and Greenwood did well in England's defence too as they really weren't afraid of getting stuck in with the tackles and did well clearing the danger when they were called upon.

After seeing them against a bigger side I think Phil needs to sit and work out a game plan for the World Cup and how he can get the full potential out of whoever he picks. Honestly though I would hate to be Phil because there are so many good players how do you narrow down your roster? We might have finished the year on a defeat but sometimes you need to suffer that to get back to playing the way you should be and pushing yourself. Roll on the World Cup 

Top 3 players of the game : Millie Bright, Georgia Stanway, Alex Greenwood

See you soon
Lucy
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