Last Week #69

Another week closer to Christmas means things really are in full swing. Making sure I have all the presents bought, not missing anything, got the house all decorated. Last week was definitely quite a busy one which unfortunately saw a lack of blog posts, I think this may be the case now until after Christmas when I can get back out taking images for upcoming posts. So here is what I had...

Been Watching : I finally watched the animated Grinch film after we put our Christmas tree up and I loved it. I have also been watching plenty of YouTube as I am loving all the Vlogmas videos.

Been reading : All I read last week were blog posts.

Been listening to : All that has been on is a lot of Christmas songs especially Justin Bieber's Christmas album. 

Bought :  I stuck to just buying gifts for people or at least I tried to... I ended up getting a football sticker album.  

Plans for this week : I really want to start planning for 2020 and how the blog is going to be next year. I want to sit and map out some ideas and goals for the year and actually fill out my diary. I also want to make sure everything is done ready for Christmas day so I can relax in the few days before it.

Last weeks posts : Last Week #68.

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

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Last Week #68

Typical, another year where in the build up to Christmas I haven't been well. Last week I ended up with another bad cold and I am still suffering at the moment. I didn't let it stop me though, I went to the gym, got my haircut, went to the football, got some Christmas shopping done and even managed to do some clearing out around the house. Things in the house are really starting to take shape, we are nearly ready to wallpaper the spare room and we now have doors on all the rooms upstairs for a change. I just can't wait until it is all complete and our rooms are back to how they should be, the games room is full of a mixture of things lately. So here is what I had...

Been Watching :  YouTube was definitely my friend once again, I would go home from work feeling sorry for myself and just watch anything in my YouTube subscription box.

Been reading : Once again nothing, when I am not feeling well that is the last thing I want to do.

Been listening to : Thanks to my nephew I ended up listening to Elvis once again but that was mixed with The Stone Roses, The Smiths and of course Justin Bieber's Christmas Album.

Bought : I was quite good last week, only really buying Christmas presents for family. I also managed to pick up a Philadelphia Eagles jersey.   

Plans for this week : I really want to get all the Christmas presents that are dotted around the house wrapped and put away ready for Christmas day. I also want to get all the doors painted and the skirting in the spare room glossed so we can get moving onto the next step in there, if we could get the bulk of it done before Christmas that would be fantastic. Fingers crossed we can put the Christmas tree up this week too. 

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

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Shopping For the New Bathroom

One of my favourite parts about getting the bathroom done has been shopping around for the accessories to go in it. I wanted to go for an all grey scheme so it fit in with the rest of the room / house and it has worked really well. So here is what we have picked up so far...

The toilet roll holder caused so many issues, I wanted a free standing one in grey, I saw one and then couldn't remember where I actually saw it, everyone thought I was going mad. Then my mum found this one in Wilkinson's for just £5.00, it is really good quality too and actually matches well with the other bits we bought elsewhere.

Our bin and toilet brush came from Next and I was actually pretty surprised to see how reasonably priced the items were, I always thought Next was a little overpriced but after looking around for these bathroom bits I have realised it really isn't. We were originally going to get a circular bin but ended up picking up this rectangular one as all this items in the bathroom have a squared corner.

We were left with a small space between our 2 windows in the room and this is where we wanted our mirrored cabinet to go, it took a while to find one that was small enough to fit but we ended up purchasing one from Argos for just £30.00. We have now had this put up and it is a brilliant fit, it is almost like it was just made for that space.

Who knew finding a bath mat would prove such a task as well? I think we looked at about 5 before we settled on this one, it is super soft and just as it says on the label it dries really fast meaning no water soaked in it for hours on end. I hope it lasts a while too and the bobble part doesn't get too worn out too soon.

Just to put on the windowsill or at the side of the sink we got this little grey tumbler. This is perfect for just putting our toothbrushes and toothpaste in, it just makes it look tidier. Finally my auntie & uncle treated us to some new towels to make the colour scheme. Liam ended up picking a nice yellow, white and grey set whilst I opted for a grey striped velour set and it is unbelievably soft, there were a few comments (yes I am talking about you mum) where I was told that a velour towel would not dry me but I can confirm it dries me 10 x faster than our previous ones.

Now all we need to do is find some nice baskets to go on our shelves once they are up just to complete the whole room. I can't wait to show you it once it is complete as it is a totally different room.

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November 2019 Favourites

The penultimate month of the year has come to an end and the end of the year is edging closer. November was a family & football filled month with some absolutely fantastic things been thrown my way, which still seems unreal to me. Although I have had a pretty busy month I haven't really had many favourites, just the occasional few and here they are...

I think it is safe to say my main fashion favourite for the month has to be my grey puffer style jacket from Primark which I got for Christmas last year. This jacket has been brilliant it is in fact from their workout range so it keeps you warm but doesn't make you too warm. It has also kept me dry in the downpours we have had.

Another favourite has to be my new Nike Air Max 200's granted I haven't worn these yet as I am worried about them getting ruined in this weather, I need to dig my trusty Crep Protect out to get these protected so I can get wearing them but they just look brilliant. I got them for a bargain price too so that makes it even better.

I now have a feature page in the Bradford City women's programme which is absolutely crazy, who would have thought my football ramblings would actually end up printed somewhere other than my blog. We even went to an event in Manchester for the football blog, November just went full on football mode which included not just the 1 trip to Manchester, but we in fact went twice in one week.

It has also been a brilliant month for just spending time with family, with the bathroom been done I wanted to spend as much time as possible away from the mess which worked perfectly as it meant more time with my nephew.

There is one favourite in this section and it is a big one, our bathroom has had a complete makeover. I will be doing a full blog post on this very soon (once it is fully complete) but I can't believe this difference it has made to the house. We no longer have 2 separate rooms and it is now just one big one it is a lot more relaxing too.

Health & Fitness
The Gymshark blackout sale was my only fitness favourite through November as we were really slacking getting to the gym & working out. But the blackout sale meant I could finally pick up a few more items to wear now we are back into the swing of things.

So there you have it those are my favourites from November what were yours?

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Last Week #67

How is it December already now? That final week of November absolutely flown by and now I am getting ready to get sorted for Christmas, poor Liam had me asking him to get the Christmas tree out of the loft plenty of times throughout last week but he wasn't having any of it. Last week was a pretty good one the bathroom is basically done, there is just a few little bits left to do and then it will complete. There was also plenty of family time which has been absolutely fantastic. So here is what I had... 

Been Watching :  YouTube is all I had watched but to be honest I haven't watched half as much of it as I have done in previous weeks. I have mainly watched Sidemen, fitness and decorating videos.

Been reading : Does reading my future blog posts back count?

Been listening to : The Frozen soundtracks had been on quite a bit but for some reason I also fell back into listening to Fifth Harmony.

Bought :  With Friday being black Friday the deals were in full swing all week. I managed to pick up a few bits from Gymshark, My Protein and even a few bits from Amazon. I also managed to get a few bits for the bathroom too. 

Plans for this week : I am hoping to get out and get some blog photos taken during next week, we have another party to go to and 2 football matches so it is definitely a busy one. In between all that I also need to clear out the top of the wardrobe, my workout drawer and our protein/supplement cupboard.

Last weeks posts : Is This Called Growing Up? A Haul.

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

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Is This Called Growing Up? A Haul.

I have weirdly been quite good with my money this year and in the past few months I haven't really treated myself thanks to making a head start getting everyone's Christmas gifts or just generally spoiling my nephew & getting things in order for the bathroom work being done and getting accessories for when it is all completed. So over the past few weeks I have decided whilst I am out and about to actually treat myself to a few things. But what is most surprising is that 90% of these items are actually going to be really useful for me and not just be left to one side unused.  Here are the items I have treated myself to over the past few weeks.

I actually still had a gift voucher left from Christmas last year for our local record store. So I finally picked up this The Smiths vinyl, they are a band I have loved for ages but have been missing from my collection for far too long. As soon as I saw it I knew this is what the voucher would be spent on. Now I just need the spare room decorating so I can go relax in there and listen to this.

We have gone all through 2019 without a calendar but have the perfect spot for one between our desks in the games room. I am hoping that 2020 is the year I finally get organised and this Lionesses calendar should help do the trick. I can write deadlines for articles on it, football fixtures and hopefully anything I have to attend for either of the blogs. I am hoping it helps me keep track of things a bit more plus it can't hurt that I am looking at some of my favourite female players each month.

Our house is lacking in the artwork department apart from a Disney picture in the dining room and a Bradford City picture in the living room we have nothing. So I picked this artwork up from the Bradford City shop to go on our staircase. Currently we have a few signed/ match worn shirts hanging on there so this will go along with them nicely.  

Me and my mum had a trip to the Bradford City Christmas market and I managed to get a few bits there too. We have a spare bit of wall in the games room next to our Valley Parade sign so I got some bunting to hang in there that simply says Bantams. We also got some lovely decorations for the tree too, we can't have it the only place without something football can we?

From the City shop I grabbed a couple of coasters for the games room too as our others are nearing the end of their life. You really can't beat looking at something that is designed to look like a retro shirt, they had some brilliant designs.

A couple of items I possibly didn't need were these Nike t-shirts ( I also got one in black) but at £13 each in the Outlet I wasn't leaving them behind. I absolutely love the design of these and I know Nike t-shirts last me a while so these will be worn right through to summer, if not longer. The red colour also means I have also added a bit more colour into my wardrobe for a change. There will be a post all about styling them up on here soon.

A practical item I have wanted for a while now is an electric toothbrush. So when I saw that Superdrug members could get this toothbrush & toothpaste set for just £18.99 I couldn't pass. I am hoping it works as well as my previous one did as Oral-B are meant to be a good make. Plus with us having the new bathroom I might as well treat myself to a new toothbrush  to go in it.

Finally possibly my favourite treat is my new backpack from River Island which matches my holdall I will be getting at Christmas. I treated myself to this as I wanted to smarten myself up a bit (especially if I go to more events like I did on Thursday) no more stupid prints just a nice simple black backpack. It is perfect as it has a cushioned back and cushioned straps and has enough space for me to add my laptop in there too if needed. I can't wait to get using it. 

It seems as though my days of going out just buying junk or far too many games may actually be behind me, I am starting to think more before I buy items and if I am actually going to get use out of them or not. In 2020 I want to do even better with my money & only buy things I really need, which will hopefully mean more savings to go on a few weekends away or even just day trips as I want to get about more and see more of the UK.

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Rediscovering The Nike Janoski's

Do you ever buy a pair of trainers, wear them for a while then just forget about them? I have to admit that I do this far too often it is usually as I buy new pairs the old ones get put on the shelf. But lately I have been doing quite well at recirculating these forgotten trainers and more often than not I have ended up falling back in love with those old pairs. 

One pair that seems to have become an everyday pair lately has been my Nike Janoski SB's. I think I have had these for around 2 years now after I picked them up at a fairly local Nike outlet for just £15.00 which for a pair that still retails at around £50 (there are plenty of different varieties out there now) is not bad at all. For them to be going strong 2 years later at £15 it is easy to say I have got my money's worth.

One thing I love about these trainers is how comfy they actually are, not once have they rubbed me and they are the perfect fit, not too narrow and definitely not too wide. With them being a low cut too they were perfect in the summer with shorts and a pair of no show socks, in fact summer is when I actually started wearing them daily again. I have also found they look great with my grey skinny jeans and just make the outfit look a bit smarter than if I had any of my colourful trainers on, the black and white go great together and with any sort of outfit I wear.

They are definitely long lasting to because as I have mentioned earlier I have now had these around 2 years and the material is still perfect, yes there maybe a bit of dirt on them but it is what can be expected. The colour is still as dark as it was the day I bought them as they haven't discoloured at all,  could just do with giving the white outer a quick clean but there are no scuffs. I have noticed some trainers I own the backs start to give way after a while but there is no sign of any damage to that side of things either. 

I think I have got a good few years left in this pair but when they finally do give up on me I will be repurchasing them as they are definitely becoming a staple piece in my wardrobe and I would recommend them if you are looking for a long lasting, subtle pair of trainers.

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Last Week #66

I honestly don't feel like I spent any time at home last week, mainly as we were trying to stay out of the way as building work was being done. I think the only night I actually went home from work and stayed in the house was Friday. The work on the bathroom is going really well and I just can't wait for it to be completed. I had a day off to go Christmas shopping with my mum. There was also 2 football trips last week one of which including seeing my article in a programme for the first time which was amazing, the other meant a journey to Manchester. We also had a nice little trip to Scarborough with my parents which was great and finished off nicely with a trip to York Designer Outlet. So here is what I had... 

Been Watching :  Seen as I hadn't really been home I had just stuck to watching YouTube as I waited to set off to work every morning. 

Been reading : Do football programmes count?

Been listening to : It had been a mix of a week with the likes of the Frozen 2 soundtrack, Ria Mae, Tegan & Sara and Shura thrown in the mix

Bought : A lot of Christmas presents, an England Lionesses calendar, a few new Nike t-shirts (will do a styling post on those soon). 

Plans for this week : We really need to get the house cleaned from top to bottom as this work been done has left a fair bit of mess behind, plus we didn't get chance to do anything last week. We also have another trip to Manchester on Thursday which I can't wait for alongside the Bradford City Christmas market at the weekend. In between all that I really need to find some of the accessories for the Bathroom. Fingers crossed I can also fit in shooting some content for here and getting some more football posts sorted. 

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

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My Favourite Disney Characters

Growing up I loved Disney but now I am older I love it even more. Over the years I have loved characters but then fallen back out of love with them however, there are some characters who have stuck as a favourite and never left the list. Whether this is down to their classic quotes or just how brilliant they are when they are on the screen. So here are those characters who are always on my favourites list...

Rex - Rex has always been a favourite due to some of the one liners he comes out with in the films add this to my obsession with dinosaurs and he ticks all the boxes. I think another reason why he is one of my favourites is because my family always refer to me as being a T-Rex due to my short arms.

Stitch - A 100% solid favourite of mine is Stitch and has been since I first watched the film. If you look around our house you are bound to see Stitch in there somewhere and the collection of Stitch soft toys has got out of control. Some of the quotes Stitch says just stick in your head and I love them that much I actually have the Ohana quote and Stitch tattooed on my arm. Fingers crossed I can get the nephew loving him as much as I do.

Chip & Dale - These 2 made the list mainly due to an amazing character experience I had with them back in 2013 in Orlando. I made Liam queue for quite a while to see them but when we got there I think I can honestly say it was one of the best character experiences I have ever had, they had us both laughing and definitely kept us entertained. Plus Chip and Dale are also my dad's favourite so this may have a bit of an impact on them making the list.   

Donald Duck - For those of you who know me this one may come as a bit of a surprise. As someone who is petrified of birds, ducks and anything that resembles them I am actually shocked that Donald has made the list but there is just something about him. I have had a soft toy of him for years now and have even started talking like him to the nephew to make him laugh. Donald is a classic character who will forever be a favourite.  

Woody - Of course Woody is on the list I love Toy Story but I mainly love Woody. I remember dressing up as him when I was younger, the house has plenty of Woody merchandise in too. This year for my birthday I would say 50% of items were Toy Story related too. One of the best things now though is how the nephew seems to be understanding which character is which. Woody was one of my first favourites and it will always be this way.

Buzz Lightyear - The 3rd Toy Story character on the list and the final one is of course Buzz for some reason he has always been on the top of my favourites list too, but I honestly couldn't pinpoint why I think it is just because of how brilliant the character is in the films. 

Ariel - I suppose I have to have one princess on the list and it is an obvious choice as I have always loved the Little Mermaid and I honestly think I have just a little less Ariel merchandise than I do Stitch so she is definitely up there as a top favourite. I don't even know why I love the Little Mermaid so much as it definitely isn't my typical sort of film.

Roo - By far one of my favourites (the soft toy I have of Roo is possibly one of my most loved) but I don't know why. I have never really been a big Winnie the Pooh fan but for some reason Roo stands out to me plus he is super adorable. 

Flick - Finally on the list we have Flick from Bugs Life. Now this one is on the list thanks to some brilliant memories I have surrounding the character. I will always remember having an alarm that was Flick and would shout out phrases. When he shouted out intruder alert my sister was terrified. I actually believe he was confiscated in the end after it absolutely frightening her to death. Flick is definitely an under rated character just like Bugs Life is an under rated film.

So there you have it those are my favourite Disney characters and I have to admit it was hard trying to make this list and pick those solid favourites and not just ones that come and go but I have now realised I have a great mixture of favourites. Would any of these characters make your list? If not who would?

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