2017 Round Up

meeting tegan and sara

2017 has been flown by and has definitely had its ups and its downs. Me and Liam have spent plenty of time together and are ready to buy our own place, we have definitely grown stronger throughout the year. I seem to have gotten closer with my parents again too, it was in February when I left my old job and begun working for my dad again, this has been a great experience as I am settled in the company which one day I may have control over. It has also meant going to site on a few occasions meeting new people which has helped me come out of my shell a little. I think it is also helping me grow up a little too.

I got to meet friends that I made through Tegan and Sara this year as I went to 2 of their gigs, one in Manchester and the other in Birmingham. The Manchester one was particularly special as I actually got to meet Tegan and Sara, they are absolutely brilliant after both shows I also got to meet Ria Mae and Alex Lahey who's music I have fallen in love with. I even went to see The Courtney's and got to meet them all too, they really were amazing live and I would love to see them again. My mum also got us tickets to go see Steps and wow that really was a total throwback to my childhood, it is amazing how you can't remember two days ago but remember the lyrics and dance moves to every song.

Two sports have taken over in 2017 for me and that is football and the wrestling. I have been to so many local wrestling events and can't wait to get to more in 2018, me and Liam even got to go to the WWE Live back in November which was amazing. Football is another one that has taken over most nights and weekends. If we weren't watching Bradford City we were watching the Women's football. The Women's game seems to have come a long way in 2017 with England doing very well in the Euros and starting the world cup qualifying off brilliantly. Sure it has had it's troubles but honestly 2018 is a time to move on, England will have their new manager and surely the team will still do brilliantly. Not only have I watched the women's game over in England but I have also been following the NWSL and USWNT. I can't wait to get even more into it next year.

Now in 2017 I haven't really been looking after myself, I forget my skincare routine half the time so my skin has gone pretty bad but in 2018 I am hoping to get it back on track. I have also kept gaining weight instead of loosing it, I really need to make more time for working out next year and eat a lot better

There was also a lack of blogging this year, things just always seemed to get in the way for me, but in 2018 I will be posting a lot more than before with a lot more variety of content. I am also going to sit and plan things far in advance rather than just a few days before.

So that is a snapshot of 2017 for me, I can't wait for 2108.

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Christmas with chemist.co.uk*

Christmas with the chemist.co.uk

I was recently contacted by the lovely Katy at Chemist to take a look at what they had to offer for Christmas gifts. I have to admit I had never heard of Chemist before so I was excited to see what the site had to offer. I was not disappointed at all, they have such a variety of products on their site that there is something for everyone no matter what their age and what they like. Here are some of my top picks.

For the kids in the family this Oral B Star Wars toothbrush and toothpaste set is perfect. It works along side the Disney time app, where you scan your toothbrush and brush your teeth to reveal a special image if you have brushed them correctly. The fact you reveal the image whilst been timed means the kids are brushing their teeth correctly and not too quickly. The head is also super soft, I have been using this a while now and it is perfect for my sensitive teeth (the dentist recommended me using a kids toothbrush due to damage from my braces). The fact it is also Star Wars is also brilliant as Star Wars will be in demand this year due to the release on the new film.

Brylcreem - £3.32
For a perfect stocking filler for those who like to spend time perfecting their hair styles and making sure they look good the Chemist offer plenty of plenty of hair styling gifts. This tub of Brylcreem for just £3.32 will last them a long time and gives a great finish.

Hand cream is something people usually overlook however it is perfect for anyone. My mum and Nanna love this gorgeous Yardley cracker which contains a scented hand cream. There has actually been a debate over who should get to test this out which I clearly won. Hand cream isn't just for the women though it would be perfect for anyone who loves been out in the garden even in the cold weather or for those who go to the gym and use the weights or rower. 

Fuzzy Duck Mens Duo - No longer available.
Fuzzy duck is one of the brands that has really sprung up this year and this duo care kit containing hand wash and body wash is perfect for any bath room shelf. The little metal holder is also a great addition as once those items have run out you can put different items into the holder making the use out of it over and over again. 

Hand warmers & Knee Support - £1.25 & £8.99
For the sports lovers there are plenty of items throughout the whole site, you could create a sports hamper (which I have hinted for) if the person is suffering from an injury there are plenty of supports to cater for every need. The hand warmers are perfect for anyone, whether you have played a football match or sat watching one, or even if you have just had a day out in this awful winter weather, they really are the perfect stocking fillers. 

Thank you very much to Chemist for making this post happen and don't forget to check out the Chemist site for yourself to see what you can find. 

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*These products were gifted to me as part of a collaboration with Chemist. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mr Jamie Stevens: Shampoo and Conditioner

mr jamie stevens shampoo and conditioner

My hair is naturally really thin, so I will use anything I can to get a little bit of thickness in it. Currently I will use a R+Co thickening spray whilst styling however I have taken to adding the Mr Jamie Stevens thickening shampoo and conditioner into my routine. I have to admit in the month of using it I have actually noticed quite a big difference. 

Not only does the shampoo thicken the hair but it also removes grease dirt and any product build up. This is perfect for me as I use that much product on my hair daily it is important for me to have a good shampoo that removes everything I put in my hair without damaging it. The added thickness it gives is also brilliant as it makes styling so much easier.

The conditioner is thickening but is a lightweight gel style meaning it adds moisture without weighing my hair down. After using both the shampoo and conditioner together my hair is left not only thicker but also lightweight and super soft. At £10 each they are a little pricey but as they do the job they are definitely worth the price tag.

To me not only do the shampoo and conditioner have to do their job but they also need to smell nice. Which these 2 product definitely do, they are not too strong but do have a slight sent to them therefore it isn't overpowering. The packaging of the products is also very simple and easy to use, simply press the top and give the bottle a little squeeze. A little really does go a long way with these items.

I highly recommend using this product if you are wanting to add some thickness to your hair and have a shampoo which will stop product build up.

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Night In essentials

night in essentials

The best thing by far about the weather turning a lot colder and miserable is the fact it is a perfect excuse for a cosy night in. I have these far too often but you really can't go wrong with getting in from work and just switching off and relaxing. So here are a few of my essentials for a perfect night in..

The first thing I do when I get in from work is get changed. If it isn't too cold I will throw on a pair of shorts and a football shirt. If it is cold I will throw on my pyjamas, my favourite at the moment are the mens character ones especially the Pikachu ones in the image above. To me the thick the pyjama the better. I will also usually throw on my dressing gown just to add a little extra warmth.

Food / Drink
Good snacks are perfect for nights in where you are just sat watching the TV. I usually have some Doritos or chocolate to keep me going but this will be getting a healthier choice thrown in soon. Drink wise I do drink a lot of water which continues on those nights in, however I am starting to love the Nescafe Azera Americano so that is being drunk a lot lately. If I fancy something a little stronger I end up reaching for a Gin and Tonic or Whisky lately. 

A good film is a most however my love for YouTube has really made a comeback lately and my subscription list is forever growing so I spend most nights in catching up on that. I usually have my laptop next to me during this as well so whilst watching I can catch up on my Twitter and Instagram. Most nights I also turn on the PS4 or Xbox and have a little gaming session if it has been an easy day at work I will usually play something a little challenging but if it has been a hard day I will end up on my usual Fifa. 

So those are a few things that make up my perfect night in. What are yours?

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Week #16

this week #16

It has been a strange week. I started off great with a day in Leeds shopping for Christmas with family and having some drinks, I now know I like white wine and can't wait to have more. Since then I haven't been feeling too good so I have spent nights wrapped up in bed playing games. I managed to get to the football though and I am glad I did as we won 4-3. So here is what I have been up too. I am just a bit upset that I haven't been able to go to the gym again and properly get into a fitness routine.

Been watching : The weekend has been filled with watching Vikings. I didn't think I would like this show but Liam convinced me to watch it and I love it. The week was filled with watching YouTube, 2 YouTuber's I watched a lot of were Kyle Krieger and Jim Chapman. Kyle's YouTube is amazing and has a good variety of content, I am sure you will hear me talk about him again soon.

Been playing : I have played a lot of Fifa and begun to play Shadow of War. So far so good with my new Fifa season and Shadow of War is really good. 

Been reading : Again all that I have read is blogs. 

Been listening to : Halsey is back on the go as well as Stormzy. But what I have listened to most is Justin Bieber - Under the mistletoe. 

Bought : I was in Leeds on Monday and once again Primark was my downfall. I bought a lot of Harry Potter and Assassins Creed items whilst there but also a lot of Christmas presents. I think I may have nearly done all my Christmas shopping. I also treated myself to a US soccer training top I have wanted for a long time.

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

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Fashion Inspo : Megan rapinoe

Ah Megan Rapinoe star of Seattle Reign and world cup winner with the USWNT. Megan isn't just brilliant at football but her fashion sense is also outstanding. No matter what the occasion Rapinoe is always looking her very best. She is one of the stars of the USWNT with an androgynous style which I really admire. So here are a few of my favourite looks....

The printed t-shirt layered with a denim jacket and hoodie is one of my favourite looks teamed with joggers or jeans and a good pair of trainers or converse. This type of look is perfect for the colder weather especially where I am from in the UK where it always seems to be cold.  The mix that Megan wears in the picture above is the perfect combination for a day shopping or just a day out with friends. 

I absolutely adore this look from Megan. The long line shirt skinny jeans / leggings, hat and sandals is pulled off great in this image. This outfit would be great for warm summer days or even nights abroad. I am hoping that this time next year I will be more confident with my body and can pull off looks like this myself. Especially the tighter fitting pants.

Megan rocks a dress but in my opinion she rocks a suit a lot better. These 2 images are 2 of my favourite looks overall of Megan. The first one is perfect for the red carpet, the suit fits perfect and has that classic elegant look. The shoes fit the outfit perfectly too. The 2nd suit is brilliant, the tartan pattern isn't too over bearing, the black top underneath goes perfectly and the all white trainers just top off the outfit making it perfect for any event you are attending. The trainers give it a little more of a casual look but it still looks super smart. I hate wearing dresses and really want to be more confident with my body to pull off a suit just like in these images. 

I can't wait to get to my goal clothing size and goal weight and be more confident with myself. Then I can start building my perfect wardrobe with items from this post and my previous fashion inspo posts. It will be great to start wearing clothing that represents the real me.

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December Wishlist

With Christmas coming up I am trying to be good and not buy the things I know family are likely to get me. I have also been trying to save up some money this month but it really doesn't seem to be happening. I go into the shops and end up buying things I didn't really need but got anyway just in the past 2 weeks I have spent £140 in Primark, believe it or not I didn't even need half the things I got. I am hoping these little posts I am planning to do monthly will help me stick to just buying the things I have been wanting and stop me from wasting my money. So here is what I am hoping to treat myself to this month. 

Nike Core T-Shirt

This post is all Nike as I am slowly getting back into my sporty clothing. There is just something about Nike their T-shirts are really comfortable and also really good quality. Some items are also really cheap. These Core T-shirts are a bargain in JD at £15 each or 2 for £25. I could do with getting a couple of these just casual days as I am getting sick of the fully plain Primark t-shirts now.

These Nike Air Max 97 Ultra's have been a trainer I have had my eye on for a while now but at £140.00 they are definitely an investment piece. I just love how they look, there are about 4 colours I am after but these silver/grey ones are the pair I am going to settle on I think as they will go with everything. Nike has been my go to for trainers for a while now as they are definitely the comfiest and last a long time. 

Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece Windrunner Men's Full-Zip Hoodie

This tech fleece wind runner is another investment piece at £90.00. I have had my eye on this for about 2 months now and to top it off a picture was posted on Instagram of Tobin Heath wearing it, so naturally I wanted to buy it even more. £90 does seem a lot to spend on 1 hoodie however I know that this will last and it seems like it is going to be perfect for the colder weather.

So there you have it that is what I am after in December. Is there anything you are hoping to buy?

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November Empties

november empties

November was a month where I didn't really use up many products. It was mainly a case of starting new products. I am now determined to get through the pile of toiletries that is taking over my room, there are so many items that I need to stop just reaching for the same thing daily and try mix things up a little. So here are the only things I have used up through November...

Lynx attract for her - This was my go to shower gel once it was released, I get the gift sets every year for Christmas and my birthday. It doesn't smell too feminine but isn't too masculine either therefore it is perfect for me. I aren't too sure if anyone has got me this for Christmas as I have moved onto the Lynx you lately, but I honestly would buy this over and over again.

Johnny's chop shop fix - This hairspray has easily become a staple product in my hair routine. It gives a great hold even in this wonderful Yorkshire weather. I don't even need to top it up during the day. At £5 it can seem a little pricey but in my opinion it is worth it due to the hold it gives. I don't think I will buy any other hairspray for as long as this is available.

Lynx you - You can read my review of this spray here. I think this is going to be my go to spray for as long as it is around. The scent is great and a little really does go along way. If you can get it whilst it is on offer too it is such great value for money. I may even start to get this in the XL cans.

Did you use up any items in November? If so what did you use up? 

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Week #15

manchester football musuem

This week has been hit and miss it has had some good points like spending the weekend with Liam and City getting through to the next round of the cup. But it has also had some low points which I wont get into. I had Monday off work and me my mum and sister all headed off to Manchester to do some Christmas shopping, not only did we shop and have a look around the Christmas markets but we also spent a few hours in the football museum. I had my picture taken with the trophies again and took part in a penalty shootout. I even got my new TV that I got in the black Friday sales set up. I am sure the TV will be on the blog in the future. So here is what I have....

Been watching : I have been watching the Big Bang Theory again, I stopped for a while but am currently starting to fall back in love with it. I even managed to watch the England Women game on Tuesday night. It was great to see Fran Kirby on the score sheet once again.

Been playing : The only thing I have played once again is FIFA. I am too hooked, I really do need to get through my backlog soon. I also have my eyes on a few other games to purchase in the next few month.

Been reading : I haven't read anything other than blogs once again. I really do need to finish off my Abby Wambach book so I can move on to another football book.

Been listening to : Since seeing Steps the other week I haven't stopped listening to them. It is great reliving my childhood everyday.

Bought : I bought far too much in Manchester so I won't list it all but I did get a LA Galaxy t-shirt and soft toys of the Man City mascots.

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

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