25 February 2016

February Adventures in Brighton

   R and I booked the week off work this week to head down to Brighton as an early birthday treat and to also catch up with family and friends and do a spot of shopping. We headed down straight after work on Friday and arrived around 9:30pm, said hello to everyone at R's brothers place and then headed straight to bed. R had been on training in Sheffield all week so it was quite tiresome for him!



  On Saturday we spent most of the day chilling out at R's brothers; the boys listened to the football games which were going on as well as playing some PS4 whilst I chilled out watching YouTube videos and online window shopping. We haven't seen R's brother and nephew since Christmas so it was a good opportunity to catch up. The weather wasn't at all that great to be honest either and so we were all in agreement that Saturday was to be the lazy day. We headed out to Asda to grab some supplies and Rich and I made a huge salad for lunch with minted couscous and avocado. On the evening R's brother cooked spaghetti bolognese and we made our own garlic bread!

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   Sunday saw R and I catching the train from Brighton up to Clapham Junction to catch up with one of my best friends KB. We had a good potter around Clapham and then decided to go grab some drinks and food. We had some drinks at The Northcote first and then we headed over to The Goat for food. KB ordered the chicken salad whilst R and I decided to choose a board platter each. Mine originally should have come with breaded mozzarella bites but they explained they had run out of mozzarella and would be Mac and Cheese bites instead. I told them it was fine and to be honest they were really good! Everyone really enjoyed their food. We had such a good laugh and catch up; we were saying how funny it is that we catch up every five to six months and how it never feels like that time has passed. I guess that goes to show how good our friendship is. Anyway, I highly recommend either venue if you are ever in Clapham. When we got back into Brighton at about dinner time we headed out to the Wetherspoons with R's brother and nephew for some cheap and cheerful food and had some laughs as well. R's nephew has started training to become a referee so we were getting updates on how that was going as well as his football training.

   We visited our friends DK and LK on Monday morning in Portslade. We also got to meet their six week old baby girl and have a giggle with their toddler son. The last time we saw these guys was a year ago and their toddler son has changed so much! It was lovely to see them all and have a good chat over a cuppa. In the afternoon R and I headed into Brighton to do a bit of shopping. We wanted to go to our favourite Italian for lunch, Piccolo, but they are currently having a refit so we headed to the Mesmerist (another fave haunt) for lunch instead. R ordered the chicken with chili and lime burger and I ordered the spinach gnocchi and wild mushrooms. We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping and then headed back to R's brothers.

Kensington's breakfasts - yummy!
   Tuesday was full on shopping day and so we started our day right by visiting Kensingtons Balcony Cafe in the Laines. I ordered the small meat breakfast and R ordered the big meat breakfast. We spent our day in the Laines and on the high street. On the evening we visited R's nephew's mum and had a good catch up with her too. She's just started her second year of nursing and is liking it so far. She said her placement in first year was lovely and really enjoyed the community nursing, which we know would suit her personality perfectly.

   On Wednesday we decided to head home at about 2pm but not before heading back to Kensingtons for brunch and a final browse in Vinmag for a poster before heading home!

   What did you get up to this week?

31 December 2015

2015 in Review

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I know it's currently NYE, but let me start by saying "Happy New Year Everyone"! I hope you spend the day/night however you see fit and enjoy it to the fullest.

2015 has been such a busy year. So much has happened and so much has changed, but it has definitely been a good one.

I'm really looking forward to 2016 and I hope you are too. But before I wish in the new year I'd like to list the highlights of 2015 for us.

26 July 2015

Wishlist // Summer Picnic Essentials*

   In a few weeks we will be on our merry way to the North Yorkshire Moors for a camping trip with some good friends. We really do enjoy camping, and my favourite part is going for a walk, finding the perfect spot to sit down, gaze over the landscape and have a picnic!

  To really get me in the mood for our upcoming trip, I decided to generate a mood board focusing on my summer picnic essentials. Here are my top 5:

1 // Eurohike Retro Birdy Picnic Rug - no-one likes a wet bum after sitting on dewy grass! 
2 // Scion Snow Drop Bicycle Cushion - cushions make sitting down that little more comfortable.
3 // Country Deluxe 4 Person Picnic Set - I really like the pattern and the flask and blanket holders, such a good idea!
4 // Dickins & Jones Multi Blanket - great way to keep the chill off whilst eating your picnic.
5 // World Map Cup and Flask - R and I both have a slight obsession with maps, so this would be perfect for carrying our hot tea!

What are your summer picnic essentials?




 

* I was recently contacted by House of Fraser who explained they were having a Fashion and Home Clearance Event which inspired this post. Please check it out!

18 June 2015

Photo Diary // USA Road Trip // Part 5 - We're Married! (Las Vegas and Nelson Ghost Town)


   One month ago today I married the man who means the most to me in this world. I'm still completely made up and love him so so much. He challenges me and inspires me to step away from my comfort zone. He makes me laugh until my sides hurt and knows that I crave adventure in this life just as much as he does. He's gentle and kind and the best cook ever, but he's also talented and determined and I'm so proud of everything he has achieved to date. I'm so proud of everything we've achieved to date too. I cannot wait to see what our married years bring, and if the last 6 and a half years are anything to go by, it seems like it will be awesome no matter what.