How I Plan On Styling My Vans Old Skool Sneakers For Summer

The lovely warm weather is finally here in the UK and I am definitely making the most of it this year and embracing dressing for the weather. Previously I would be hiding my body away in baggy clothing due to my size but I am starting to embrace my body a little bit more and actually step out of my comfort zone and try wear different things instead of baggy t-shirts and black skinny jeans all the time.  Granted I have always worn shorts but I tend to go for longer ones although I am now trying to switch that up a bit and try out skinnier and shorter ones. I am also determined that this summer I won't be living in black clothing and will be switching it up a bit adding different colours into my outfits as to be honest I am getting sick of seeing myself in black clothing 24/7. 

I am also going to try my best to rotate my sneaker collection this summer so I aren't just living in one pair like I seemed to do last year, I have so many great pairs that I could style for the summer weather so I am determined to get my wear out of different pairs and actually switch up my outfits constantly, no more sticking to what I am used to. One pair of sneakers I know I am going to wear a lot over the summer months are my Vans Old Skool's, the simple silhouette in the black and white colourway is so simple to style and goes with a variety of items in my wardrobe. So here are the 3 ways I am planning on styling my Vans Old Skool's over the summer months...

I recently picked up this purple Adidas t-shirt as part of adding more colour into my wardrobe. For £25 I think it is perfect as it is slightly over sized and a made from a very comfortable material. This is already one of my favourite t-shirts so I think you will be seeing me in this a fair bit, plus it is actually really easy to style which shocked me a bit. Teamed up with my knee length baggy denim shorts I love the outfit and it is comfortable for long days out especially when it is warm. The outfit is on the baggier side and keeps me nice and cool when needed. The Vans work really well with it too and just provide a different look to a pair of plain white sneakers. 

The next outfit is all black but I love it. The black denim shorts provide a tighter fit and cut off above the knee so they make a nice change. Throw on my now over sized Vans t-shirt with this and you are onto a winner as the items just work really well together and the Vans sneakers fit the aesthetic really well. I am actually surprised by how much I like this outfit but I can see me wearing it a fair few times over the summer. Due to the colours just fitting so well I think the outfit just looks a little smarter and more put together granted it is most on the casual side but a few accessories with this could really dress it up, although it really does give me skater vibes.  

The final outfit also gives me skater vibes and to be honest the two black outfits are really making me want to purchase a skateboard and give it a go again. It is funny really how an outfit can make you want to purchase something else but it really is making me want to learn how to ride a skateboard just to finish off the look. Here in the UK especially where I live even in the height of summer there can be a chill in the air so for my third and final look I have swapped out of my Vans t-shirt for a long sleeved PlayStation one which I absolutely love. With a small print on the front, prints on both arms and a large print on the back I absolutely love this t-shirt and it is perfect for those cooler days. The colours on the t-shirt still fit in with the rest of the outfit and it just gives a clean casual look perfect for days out shopping or to the seaside where I seem to be going quite often lately.

So there you have it those are the 3 ways I am planning on styling my Vans Old Skool's throughout the summer, I will definitely be getting plenty of wear out of them but I need to remember that I have other sneakers too so that I aren't just constantly wearing these ones like I tend to do with my Air Force 1's. I am sure I will be wearing plenty of other outfits with these sneakers over the summer especially with some checked pants or my chinos but for now I think these will be my 3 go to outfits. 

How would you style a pair of Vans Old Skool's for summer? 

Top 10 Songs Making It To My Summer Playlist

One thing I love about the summer months is the amount of time spent outdoors or just lounging around. I tend to listen to a lot more music in the warmer months too as certain songs just really seem to get me in the summer and party mood. Each year I have plenty of new additions to my summer playlist and this year is no different as there have been some great songs released just to get me in that summer mood. I even think these might end up being played in my car too especially if I get my hands free fixed if not I will have to rely on the radio playing them. Music just puts me in a good mood and that is why I am forever making playlists for different occasions, my summer playlist is already pretty big as it has been going for a few years now but here are 10 of my favourite new additions for this year so far...

Don't Play Games - Anne Marie & KSI

I love KSI as a musician as well as a YouTuber so there was no doubt he was going to be on at least one of the 10 songs. As soon as I hear Don't Play Games I end up turning up the volume as it is a really good and catchy song and all the artists on the track work so well together. I am sure there will be plenty more KSI songs been added to the playlist over the next few months too. 

Body - Russ Millions, Tion Wayne

This is a fairly new discovery thanks to my family listening to Kiss whilst in the car and me going out with them a lot more often. I love this song as it is just so catchy and honestly it gets stuck in my head for far too long. I think this could easily be one of my most played songs this year. 

The Business - Tiesto

'Let's get down, Let's get down to business' thanks to my nephew's love for this song I have listened to this song more than I would have previously liked to but thanks to him always wanting to listen to this I have actually grown to like it a lot. I am never normally a Tiesto fan but this song really seems to be an exception. 

Leave The Door Open - Bruno Mars 

I used to absolutely love Bruno Mars but over recent years I drifted away from his music but as soon as I heard Leave the door open I added it to my playlist and have listened to it a lot since. I actually found this song through some Instagram reels and even just the start of the song was catchy enough for me to add it then radio stations played it a lot more and I ended up really loving it so I played it on my Spotify a lot more often and I just can't get enough of it. 

Enough For You - Olivia Rodrigo

I loved High School Musical the series and Olivia's voice really stood out throughout series 1 and I ended up listening to the series soundtrack over and over but then I discovered Olivia's own music and fell in love with it. I just can't get enough of listening to Enough for you it just has an old school vibe which I love. It really gets stuck in my head too and I know that poor Liam is soon going to be sick of hearing this song. 

Friday - Riton, Nightcrawlers

 'It's Friday then...' the song has been stuck in my head for far too long and I have woke up singing it far too many times but it is just one of those really good songs that gets stuck in your head far too often. Again this is partly due to my nephew that I listen to this song as he really seems to really like it too. I think this is definitely going to be a song that is played a lot over the summer months especially when it comes to our BBQ's.

Peaches - Justin Bieber

I went off Justin Bieber a while ago but his latest album has really got me back into listening to him more often. The album has been on repeat for far too long and Peaches has made it onto my summer playlist. This song is just such easy listening and was an easy choice to add to the playlist. To be honest I think a lot more of his latest album is going to be added to the playlist too but for now Peaches is a great start. 

Montero - Lil Nas X

I normally don't bother with Lil Nas X but I have heard this song so many times it is one I am really starting to love. Granted I aren't too keen on the video for this song but just to listen to it is great. I don't think that I am going to get fed up of this song either but again poor Liam might need to. I wonder if I am going to listen to even more of his songs in the future due to this one. 

Astronaut In The Ocean - Masked Wolf

Oh look another song on the playlist that is influenced by my nephew who might only be 2 years old but can sing the opening of the song brilliantly. Not only does my nephew love listening to this but thanks to Instagram reels I have heard this song so much that there was no way I wasn't putting this onto my playlist. I just absolutely love this song and I just know it is going to be up there as one of my most played due to the nephew requesting it and my love for it combining. I didn't think that I would actually be so into this song but it is a nice surprise that I am. 

Greece - Drake

This is a song I really got into towards the end of last year and I was always going to be adding it to my playlist as I love it that much. Drake s an artist that I actually really like but never listen to much of due to listening to other bits but Greece is one of those easy listening songs that is perfect for relaxing to in the warmer months. I think there is going to be more Drake added over time but for now Greece is the perfect start. 

I never really bother with chart music so mos of these new additions make for a nice change. I am hoping to have plenty of time out in the garden again this year either alone, with Liam or with family having drinks and BBQ's so I know this playlist is going to be played to death and I just can't wait. What songs would make it to your summer playlist this year? 

How Are The Plans For The Side Garden Coming Along?

Now the back garden is finally almost complete with just a few finishing touches to add I can finally start planning what I want to do with the side garden which has been massively neglected. When we bought the house we were told there had previously been planning permission to build a house in the side garden so there is plenty of place for us to play with and I have actually had a few ideas in mind for it for a while now, in fact most ideas have stuck for 3 years so I think it is about time we got stuck in and sorting this area out and actually using it for a change. 

One of the big changes to this area is going to be us removing the garage, this has been in a state of disrepair since we purchased the house so it has been a long time coming for it removing. Once this is gone we can extend our driveway a little bit more if we wish but I think we are also going create a little decking area that is fenced off just so we can sit and relax while the nephew plays in the garden if we wish. The driveway will be getting redone at a separate point but if for now we can just have a nice area to extend the side garden and have some seating that would be great. We could get a nice seating set that stays up here so the nephew can play and have us in close proximity without us just stood watching him hopefully this will create a nice relaxing atmosphere all round. It is just going to be nice not having to look at the awful old garage every time we step out of the house. 

The side garden is definitely in a stage of disrepair and needs a lot of work doing to it, there are concrete flags in random areas that I want to lift up and get rid of. This will just be safer and also means it will all be be grass which is perfect for what I will be using the garden for. As you all know I love my football so this area is going to be my training area with plenty of equipment for me to practice with, it will also help me when it comes to reviewing products etc for my football blog as I don't have to go to fields anymore I can just head out into the garden. To do this though I want all the garden to be grass to limit injuries and the surface will need to be leveled and either grass seed put down or be re-turfed to create a level area for me to practice and for the nephew to play. 

There are also plenty of random fence posts dotted around the garden which are all rotting so I want to rip them out, they aren't needed as we have hedges enclosing the garden however, in the future I would really love to replace the hedges with a fence to provide us with more privacy but that is still in discussion as I try to convince Liam this is a good plan seen as I really just don't like the hedge. There is also a little tree at the top of the garden that is going to be removed completely as it is just totally random. 

This garden is going to be for sports and playing really so the old brick BBQ is also going to be ripped out and who knows the bricks might end up being repurposed. The placement of the BBQ is just so random and we are never going to use it so there is definitely no point in having it, plus I don't fancy me or the nephew running into it. There are going to be no plants in this garden so I can finally get rid of the flowerbed at the side of the garage which again is going to create more space for us and just tidy it up a whole lot more as nothing is going to be overgrown and we won't have to keep cutting back the rhubarb either which I can't stand. I think it is going to surprise me with how much space we gain from having this removed alongside the garage as I think it is just going to open up the area a whole lot more. 

Once these steps have been done and the decking area has been created it is just going to be a case of giving it a good tidy up to make it look a lot nice than it is, I think once we have done all this it is really going to bring the area to life a whole lot more and is going to help me get out in the garden for working out too which will be fantastic. 

Currently I have a few toys for the nephew to go into the area and a football training aid and goal for myself but I am sure I will end up getting more football bits to add once the garden is on its way to being complete. I have also taken a liking to basketball quite a bit lately so I am hoping that I can get a basketball hoop somewhere in the garden so I can just take myself outside and shoot some hoops whenever I like, I have seen a few online I have been tempted to pick up so maybe soon I can actually get one and play whenever I like. Fingers crossed I can also add a punch bag into this garden too as again I have wanted one for a while but have had nowhere to put one, I have recently started box fit classes and I have loved the punch bag work so to add on to use at anytime would be brilliant and they aren't too expensive either.

The side garden is definitely going to be a place for sports and playing and I can see me and my nephew and possibly even Liam having hours of fun out there in the nicer weather and who knows if I like it that much I could even end up out there if it was raining. Having this side garden is going to be great as it means our back garden is going to be just for relaxing, having gatherings and just having a nice time with a few drinks which should keep it looking nicer for longer and if the side garden is just for sports it doesn't really matter if it looks worse for wear at the end of summer as it can always get better when we aren't using it as often and it wont have cost us too much in the first place.

I am really hoping that we can make a good start on this over the summer because it would be nice to actually spend some time out there for a change and I think between me and Liam we could end up getting a fair bit done. Plus it would be nice for my nephew to have a nice big space to play in whilst we have BBQ's. Lets hope before the end of summer I am showing you some progress as this space needs to reach its potential and is going to be a great space for me to work on content for my football blog too. Would you add anything to this garden? 

May 2021 Fitness Update

Well May has been an absolutely fantastic for me in terms of my weight loss. For the first time in ages I seem to have noticed a change on the scales and after being between 15 stone 13 & 15 stone 10lb for so long I am finally out of that bracket which is a huge relief as it is somewhere that I have been stuck for so long which was starting to get to me but now I am away from it I am happy. I am also noticing that my clothing is starting to get bigger on me too which is fantastic and it is starting to make me see that the hard work is starting to payoff at long last. So here is how last months goals went...

 Lose 4 lb 
I managed to totally smash this target and managed to lose more than the original 4 lb. When I set the 4lb target I honestly din't think it would happen but to see me do better than that is absolutely fantastic. 

Go for more walks
Unfortunately this didn't happen as I was just too busy with other things going on in May plus the weather wasn't very good either. I am hoping June changes this a bit though and that I can get out walking more even if it is after work or getting up early on a weekend. 

Try a new activity
I didn't just try one new activity in May I actually tried two. I started going to boxing fitness classes which are absolutely amazing and I am going to continue going to these classes weekly as I love them that much. I also started a thing at Bradford City called Fitfans which is a 12 week journey to teach you healthier habits whilst also doing some physical activity too. I am really looking forward to completing this and seeing what a difference it makes. 

Try to eat 3 meals a day
I did this for about half of the month but other times it just didn't happen if I had a big meal or just ran out of time before needing to leave the house. I am doing a lot better though with trying to eat 3 meals and hopefully throughout June I can do 3 meals a day more often.

Have a cold shower each day. 
I didn't manage to do this one either as it was just too cold at points to actually have cold showers. The ones I did have definitely woke me up though and I loved them I just need to build the habit a bit more and continue having them as they wake me up more and get my day kicked off in the right way. 

So here is how my weight loss went on the scales...

Beginning of May weight : 15 stone 11 lb 
End of May weight : 15 stone 5 lb

Total loss for the month : -6 lb

So here are the goals I am making for myself to hopefully smash in June...

- Lose 5 lb 
- Go for more walks
- Increase my fruit intake
- Make healthier food choices when I go out
- Reduce the amount of alcohol I drink

I am determined that by the end of June I am going to be in the 14 stone bracket and if the motivation from last month stays I think I am definitely going to be able to do that. Things are finally starting to head in the right direction and I am absolutely loving it. 

Total loss for 2021 : -5lb

Total loss since start of journey : - 11 & 3/4 lb

Styling The Adidas Deerupts For Summer

Well summer is very slowly approaching here in the UK and honestly it can't come soon enough for me. I much prefer getting ready in the summer than I do in any of the other seasons and to be honest that is definitely down to the fact that most of my sneaker selection is better suited to the summer weather due to the colourway of them and the material they are made out of. One of my favourite pairs of sneakers in my collection are the Adidas Deerupts as they are just a standout pair due to the colours on the sneaker and the net style covering over the upper. I did originally start to wear these all year round but then I did start to worry about ruining them due to the weather here in the UK and I realised they were much more suited to the summer and honestly I am glad that I have reserved them for the better weather as they suit the season a lot more and are definitely going to last me much longer than if I wore them in the rain. So here is how I style my Deerupts in the summer weather... 

With the sneakers being such a bold colourway with the blue, orange and white I much prefer to tone back my clothing so that the sneakers are the main focus point and the clothing doesn't stand out more than them. I have found that even in the summer I tend to wear mainly black as it has just been one of my go to colours for clothing for years. For the all black look with these sneakers I opt for my now slightly oversized Vans t-shirt I have had in my wardrobe for years. This t-shirt is nice and cool for the warm weather and is nice and plain so it doesn't take away from the boldness of the sneakers with a bold print like some of my t-shirts would do. On the bottom I opt for my black denim shorts that cut off just above the knee. These are a nice slim fit and are really comfortable so I can easily wear them on long days out. I think this all black look is great as the sneakers really do all the talking for the outfit and that is just what I want them to do. 

For the ultimate lounging outfit I simply switch out the denim shorts for a pair of jersey shorts which you can pick up really cheap and they are just much comfier than a pair of denim shorts. If I know I am going to be moving about a bit more like chasing after my nephew I would much rather wear a pair of jersey shorts than denim ones as I don't feel as restricted in them plus it is a much more casual look. I also prefer jersey shorts if i am just lounging in the garden or the house as they are just much more comfortable to sit around in. In fact I probably live in jersey shorts for 90% of the summer. 

On those cooler days where I don't want to wear shorts as it just isn't warm enough I will throw on a pair of sweatpants to carry on that comfortable feeling. For a while I actually stopped wearing sweatpants but now I am absolutely loving them. If  I am going to be in the car for a while I will always opt for my sweatpants as I know I am going to be more comfortable in these. I wasn't too sure about the grey with the these Deerupt sneakers but honestly it works well especially as the sweatpants cuff lands just above where the sneakers start. The simple colours keep the sneakers as the stand out piece in the outfit too. 

I am really looking forward to the weather improving so that I can get out in my Deerupts a whole lot more and experiment with some different outfit styles. For now though these are definitely going to be my 3 go to outfits for styling these sneakers and I really can't wait. How would you style the Deerupts for summer? 

How Did Sticking To A Skincare Routine Go?

It has been a month of me trying to stick to my skincare routine and to be honest it has really been hit and miss for me. The month kicked off with me going on a long weekend away and I just forgot to pack half of the items I required to carry out my full routine which I am glad I did really as it saved me some space in my bag. I then kept forgetting quite a few nights to carry out my routine as I was home late or just far too tired and I just wanted to crawl into bed.  On a morning to the days I forgot are the days when I wanted some extra time in bed or when I just had to rush about in the morning instead of having my usual morning routine play out. I wish I managed to do the full month of the skincare routine but what I did manage to do seemed to have started to do the trick for me. 

I have definitely noticed that over the course of the month my spots have definitely been reduced, especially the ones around my eyes and down my cheek. The new routine mixed with my acne cream seems to have made them look a lot less angry and took a lot of the redness out of the area. When I look at my face now I am definitely impressed with how much clearer it is looking at the moment so it gets me wondering what it will be like a few months down the line. My skin also feels much softer after the month than it did previously I don't know if it is the effect from the creams I have been using or just the fact my skin is definitely a whole lot softer now. 

In terms of my diet whilst trying to stick to the routine I have to say it has been a whole lot better than before. I have eaten a lot less fast food and processed food this month than I have done previously due to my weight loss journey been stepped up a whole lot. I have also had less fizzy drinks and alcohol too and mainly stuck to water throughout the month which I believe has been a big factor in my skin really beginning to clear up. I used to think that drinking water etc was just a lie for clearing up your skin but I really think after doing this for myself for a month my eyes have been opened and I really do believe now there is a connection between your diet and your skin and it is something I am now going to be focusing on a bit more often alongside continuing with the skincare routine I created for myself. 

I managed to get sunburnt a few times during the month because it seems like my skin just has to see the sun to end up burnt to a crisp and it is driving me mad. I think if I could really prevent my skin from burning so much I could have my skin in much better condition. I am determined that over the summer I am going to take a whole lot more care of my skin to try stop any further damage being caused. I really do think if I took more in the sun my skin would be in much better condition so now it is definitely time to take more care of it. 

This past month has definitely taught me a lot about my skin and even how my lifestyle effects it so I am definitely going to always keep this in my mind when it comes to improvements if my skin takes a turn for the worse again. I didn't really stick to the routine as much as I would have liked as I said earlier but honestly a habit is definitely forming and I think if I keep to this routine for a few months I am going to make a massive difference on my face as by skipping a routine a more than a few times has made a bit of a difference so just how much would a full month improve its condition? I am definitely excited to see how my skin changes over the coming months. 

May 2021 Favourites

Well that is May over and done with and minus the dreadful weather it has actually been a pretty good month. Some more lock down restrictions have been lifted here in the UK and it has been great getting out and about a little bit more. My first full month back at work has been completed and it was a lot easier to get back into a routine than I thought it would be. So here are my favourite things from May...


Trying Different clothing

I honestly really surprised myself throughout May by experimenting with my clothing a lot more than usual. I have purchased items out of my comfort zone and really enjoyed wearing them. I have gone from mainly wearing black and grey to adding some colour into my wardrobe and I am loving it, the family say it is taking a bit of getting used to but I can see this being something I do a lot more often now. 


Family Time 

With the lock down restrictions easing I have been able to spend more time with my family which honestly has been much needed. Every second with my nephew is brilliant as he is growing to be a character with his personality changing so much. It has also been great to spend some much needed time with my auntie, uncle and grandparents too. I am definitely pretty family orientated so the time together is always great and I am sure there is still plenty more catching up to do too. 


Spare Room 

I made the decision in May that our spare room wasn't just going to be a dressing room any more and it was going to become more of an office for me. This was definitely needed as I am looking at creating a space to do my blogging in peace and quiet and a few extra projects I am hoping to start. So May has been spent reorganizing the spare room and turning it into a bit more of an office. There is still a bit to do in the room but it is nice to just have my own little space to blog/ work on projects without any distractions. 

Health & fitness

Seeing Progress On The Scales 

For the first time in forever I am seeing the scales going down. It hasn't been a small loss this month either like in previous ones or a gain like others. Seeing this is making me have a more positive attitude towards my journey and is also making me a whole lot more motivated than previously. It is just nice to see the hard work is finally paying off. 


Me and my sister started some boxing fitness classes in May which have been great so far. It is a mixture of fitness work and boxing work so it is a nice mix weekly and honestly it leaves me feeling fantastic. I have always wanted to give boxing a try and this has been the perfect way to do so. I actually look forward to Wednesday evenings now as it means I get to spend an hour at this class and I am already seeing a benefit from it. 

So there you have it those are my favourites from May. What are your favourites from May 2021?

May 2021 New In

Well my whole plan of not spending a fortune in May didn't really go to plan by the looks of how long this post is going to go on for. It has been a pretty busy month though, I have been back to work full time but I have still managed to find to go out and spend plenty of money in between working, I also had a few nights away which led to me picking up a few new pieces too. I am also starting something new very soon that I need a few bits for which added to the spending but it is all for a good cause. I have certainly bought a mixture of things over the month in a variety of categories so here is what I picked up...

First up we have the most random of them all on the list, a new soft toy which I got whilst I was away. At the little fun fair they had I had a go on the darts game and ended up bringing this soft toy home with me, it was one of those where you get a price every time but I actually surprised myself my by getting close to getting the next prize up.

There was this really good American sweet shop whilst we were away to so I had to call in to see what was on offer. I wasn't expecting to buy anything but when I saw these Dragonball drinks I knew I had to at least get Liam a can, but I ended up buying us both a can in the end. They were a couple of pounds each but even if they taste no good the cans look cool. 

Now this is a very random purchase but I wasn't leaving it behind. My sister tends to have a halloween party each year so when I saw this Optimus Prime costume for £3 I thought I might as well pick it up ready for this halloween if we can get back to having parties by then. It is a good fit and surprisingly good quality to say it was so cheap to buy... maybe a post might make it to Instagram one day but who knows. 

I have been redoing my gaming PC set up which also happens to be where I do a lot of my blogging from. So as I have to monitors I picked up this dual monitor arm so that I have a bit more space on my desk for writing in my notebook with blog ideas. This fits my screens perfect and has really done the trick in creating more space for me.

Is it a gaming set up without RGB lights? I picked up this Govee strip light to add to underneath my desk and along the back as my other one was rubbish. This is perfect and I can also control it with my phone which is great. I love this light strip that much I am actually hoping to get the same for on the back of our console set up too.

You can't have a new set up without a new desk really can you? This in total cost £20 and it is perfect for what I wanted as it is nice and light so brightens up my little corner a bit more and it also gives me a little extra space to blog and game on. I honestly wish I had purchased this a lot sooner. 

I finally made the jump and purchased myself a new headset for my PC which will also work on the PlayStation so I get extra value for money in that sense which is great as this headset wasn't cheap. So far this is fantastic and much better than my previous headset which was really falling apart. I know that I am definitely going to get my wear out of this.

My auntie has been on the hunt for football shirts for me and she managed to find me this Manchester United shirt with the one and only Chicharito on the back. This is definitely too big for me but this is one of my favourite Man Utd shirts and Chicharito is one of my favourite players. This is going straight into my shirt collection.

I managed to get Liam a treat this month too, I got him this Barcelona 17/18 third shirt from an account I follow on Instagram and honestly I wish I had got myself one too as it is such a nice shirt. I absolutely love the colours of this shirt and the detailing in the actually print of the shirt. 

One of my favourite YouTubers Ellis from Away Days brought out his own football shirts so I managed to get one of these too and I am so glad I did as I had missed out on the previous ones he did. The colours of this shirt work really well and the detailing is fantastic. I can't wait to get wearing this. 

My dad won a competition run by Bradford City Women a few month back and this month he received his prize (thanks to us forgetting to go collect it). He very kindly gave me the prize as unfortunately he is a Chelsea fan but he knows how much I love Bradford and football shirts. This is this seasons shirt signed by this seasons men's first team and it is going straight on display as it is the perfect addition to my forever growing collection. 

It is safe to say my parents are very supportive when it comes to my football blog and whilst we were away they got me this brilliant personalised street sign with the blogs name on it. I am slowly turning the spare room into a bit of an office for myself so this will be going pride of place on one of the walls so I can see it daily. Who knows it might even end up in a few blog photos in the future as it just looks so good. In fact I could easily be tempted to purchase another one for if we ever went to an event or to have in image backgrounds. 

I have recently started a boxing fitness class and I needed some gloves for it so I picked these ones up from Sports Direct, honestly I don't really know what to expect from these but I think they are going to be perfect for what I need them for. I am just glad I picked the right size as I almost bought the ones that were a bit too heavy. 

With the warm weather hopefully approaching soon I thought I would pick up this Everlast vest top for my home workouts. I love the colour of this and it was only £7.99. I tried it on and it is a really nice fit so I can't wait for the weather to finally change so I can get wearing this. Hopefully I can get some workouts done outdoors too this year and this will be perfect. 

I finally picked up some new Sports Bras for boxing and working out as my other just weren't cutting it any more. This time I have opted for some high impact ones as that is the sort of workout I will be doing. These were 30% off from Marks & Spencer and I really hope they are better than my previous ones. 

I ended up getting me and my nephew some matching socks from Asda too ready for the Olympics and Euros. I just cant get enough of anything football related so these were perfect and cheap too. I think I might end up buying more socks from the Asda kids section as they fit me much better than other pairs I have had in the past. 

I seem to have a thing for jersey shorts recently and I am getting well and truly stocked up on them ready for the warmer weather. These Lee Copper ones were just £4.99 and are really good quality. I think that for the most of summer I could be living in these to stay nice and cool. I think I need to stop buying jersey shorts now though. 

I also picked up a pair of PlayStation shorts from Asda and I am now regretting not buying the matching t-shirt too. I love the colours on these shorts and they are a really nice lightweight material so they will be perfect for staying cool in the games room in the summer and for just lounging around in our garden or a family members. I paid £12 for these and typically the week after they were reduced to just £6. 

From Poundland me and my nephew picked up some matching Union Jack shorts ready for the Olympics and for when we go away together. I absolutely love that places do mini me ranges these days as it is really fun getting to match my nephew and he seems to like matching too. These were a little snug when I originally got them so I am hoping that they fit much better when the time comes for us to wear them. 

I love the NBA and Primark now do a NBA range which looks absolutely fantastic, unfortunately the only thing I could find for me was this Chicago Bulls t-shirt but I am on the hunt for more of the range in my size. I normally stay clear of white t-shirts but this one is a bit better quality and is a nice fit, granted it is a bit see-through but I am fine with that hopefully soon it might fit me a bit oversized as I continue to lose weight.  

I have had my eye on these Adidas t-shirts for a while now and my sister is the one who told me to purchase this purple one. I am trying to add a bit of colour to my wardrobe as I am purchasing new items due to my weight loss. This was £25 and after trying it on it is the perfect fit for me. I love this one that much I already have my eye on a few different colour variations they have. 

Finally I bought yet another pair of sneakers whilst I was away. I love the Alexander McQueen sneakers but there is no way I am going to pay over £200 for a pair of sneakers so I got this pair for just £15. They look a little bit like the Alexander McQueens at just a fraction of the cost, plus they make me a little bit taller which is just what I need. I think these look quite smart and I am really looking forward to styling them and wearing them probably far too much. Who knows one day I might get a real pair but for now these will do perfectly. 

So there you go that is what I picked up in May and I definitely seemed to go a little bit overboard but let's hope I can reign it in for June. What was your favourite purchase from May? 

What I Eat In A Typical Work Day

At long last I am back to work and I am determined not to let my hard work from the past year be undone. I have tried my hardest while I have been on furlough to eat the best I can and shift my weight and it is working, that is why I am going to be cutting out going to the takeaway, sandwich shop and Tesco on my lunch and be better prepared. My eating habits have certainly got a lot better and I am set on improving them even more over the next few months but for now here is what a typical day of eating is like now I am back in the office... 

My breakfast really depends on what time I wake up and if I do a workout or not. If I am up early enough I will make my current favourite breakfast which is two fried eggs in a bagel, I have found that this fills me up a lot more than just a slice of toast and it is super easy to make. If I am in a bit of a rush though or can't be bothered cooking that morning I will just settle for some cereal, at the moment my favourite is a bowl of Weetabix protein and my diary free milk or I will pick Shreddies or Rice Krispies if I fancy something different. Sometimes the cereal will fill me up for the morning and other days it just doesn't cut it and I am hungry after a few hours so I am a bit hit and miss with it. A new addition these past few weeks has been a MyProtein Clear Whey protein shake alongside my breakfast which goes down easily and helps me get more protein into my diet. 

Lunch time is where I would go out and spend an absolute fortune on rubbish food but that has changed as I now try to prepare my food in advance and bring something with me daily which isn't only a healthier option but it is also a much more cost effective option which we have found. What I have for my lunch honestly depends on if I am in the mood to cook the night before or not. On the days where I am happy to cook I tend to go for a turkey taco mix which is turkey mince with taco seasoning and some peppers, I have found this is really filling and really tasty. If I fancy a cold lunch though I tend to go for a sandwich and these days I have Quorn vegan chicken in these as it is a lot nicer than I thought it would be, team it up with some Violife cheese and you are onto a winner. Someday's though I will just bring a ready meal with me that is a low calorie option from Tesco and Asda, these are my go to in the cold weather as they have some great warm meal options such as curry. 

I have definitely cut down on my snacks throughout the day however, when I do fancy a little extra to eat just to get me through the day I seem to always go for the same sort of thing. Of course I have a coffee whilst at my desk every day just to give me a bit more of an energy boost and keep me awake but I will also usually have a Fibre 90 cake bar which fills any chocolate craving and fills me back up a little bit or I will have a birthday cake Rice Krispie bar which is still low calorie but really nice. Some days though I will end up grabbing a protein bar as I am loving those at the moment especially the Snickers ones I have recently discovered, I actually prefer these over a normal Snickers bar. 

Once I am home from work we seem to tend to pick the same sort of meals for dinner, if we can't be bothered that day or if we fancy a treat we will order something in from our favourite takeaway but if not we tend to stick to meals that involve chicken or our favourite turkey burgers. We have have found that these sort of meals are just easier to make after we have both had long days at work, my favourite at the moment is Asda's hunters chicken it is absolutely gorgeous. 

What does a typical day of eating on a work day look like for you? 

Changing The Blogging Set Up

I have blogged from literally all over the house but when it comes to it I have always used my gaming PC space for writing my blog posts.

This space has always been ideal for me as the dual monitors mean I can watch a video whilst writing a post or I can have extra information on the second screen meaning that it definitely helps me with my productivity. The gaming PC is pretty quick too meaning I can fly through things easily and I am in the games room with Liam there to keep me company. However, lately this space just isn't doing it for me any more and I have wanted my own space where I can either use a notebook or my Macbook without having to move the keyboard etc out of the way to create space. Plus being in the games room can be a bit of a distraction with the videos, consoles and Liam either gaming or playing music quite loud and I have noticed my productivity has dropped a fair bit. That is why things have changed a little bit... 

I am still planning on using my area in the games room for blogging occasionally especially if I feel like I haven't seen Liam much but things in the house are changing... I am creating a little office for myself, I am using the spare room and am currently in the process of changing it from a dressing room into a space where I can go blog with very little distraction which is definitely needed currently. 

A lot of my time lately is being spent on my football blog as I am taking that more serious and have plans in place to improve it and add new elements so I wanted a space where I could happily sit and do all this. One thing I am hoping to do is get into podcasting so this office room will give me a space where I can be alone and record which will be great, I can just shut any noise or distraction out. 

I can set my Macbook on the old dressing table with my to do list at the side of it and happily type a way but there is also some extra space for a notebook if needed. I can also add my microphone and iPad if I am recording too as my old iPad is currently acting as a second screen with notes etc on, although I do want to upgrade this and get a new one as my old one won't even update anymore it is that outdated. I can also keep anything charging on the floor so they are easy to access if needed. 

On the other side of the room I also have a pretty comfy sofa bed so I can always sit on here to do blog posts etc if I don't feel like being sat at the desk. It is just nice having a change of scenery sometimes and this little office space is just what is needed. The Alex drawers are full of stationary, tech and other bits to help with my productivity so everything is finally in one space and I aren't backwards and forwards for bits I have forgotten in the other room. 

With this area now being mainly for my football blog there is certainly a football theme running throughout it which I really do believe motivates me that little bit more as football is something that motivates me with a lot of things in life and it helps me align with my goals too. 

Granted this set up is temporary and unfinished for now but it is something  I am slowly working on piecing together to create the perfect blogging area so no doubt some furniture may change over time but for now I am just really looking forward to heading into this room or the games room and creating content basically on daily basis these days. I know that I am going to be using the office area a whole lot more now and I will be sure to do a full office tour once I am happy with it. 

Productivity will definitely be increasing and I am looking forward to what the future holds for all 3 of my blogs. Where do you blog or work from in your home?  Do you have a dedicated area?