19 December 2015

My Week In Pictures

Well, Saturday started off very badly; I was rudely awoken by industrial power tools at 7AM from a nearby factory! Not cool. Also illegal (noisy work should not start till 9am in this area on a Saturday). I want to live in a little cottage in the quiet countryside, please! So, that set me off in a bad mood for the morning. I stayed in bed until around 9ish, not having had much decent sleep. Also, there was literally no sunlight for the whole day! How depressing. I hate gloomy winter days, especially if I'm home alone. I had toast with organic honey for breakfast, along with a decaf coffee and a choco mint tea.
After an unpleasant shower (spider dangling in front of your face, anyone?), I set about getting the housework done, which, let's face it, is never as bad as you think it's going to be. I did about 3/4 of it before sitting down to catch up on my favourite blogs. Then hunger set in and it was time for lunch. I made a quick and easy bowl of basil pesto pasta with a sprinkle of rock salt, with a fruity green tea on the side and caught up on some Corrie. After editing some blog photos, I started getting ready for heading out to the in-laws' for a take-out and to catch up with more of Dean's family. With three children there, it was pretty hectic, but nice to catch up with them all. I was planning on having a nap before going to work (one extra night duty), especially since I didn't get much overnight, but I put off making up the bed with clean sheets, and in the end it wasn't worth it really. So, I just chilled on the laptop before later getting ready and picking up my friend and work colleague to go to work!

Outfit Details:
KRISP Reefer Coat
F&F @ Tesco High Neck Swing Dress
New Look Faux Leather Trousers
Dorothy Perkins Ankle Boots
PIECES Handbag
Forever 21 Statement Necklace

Work was fine and I got home a little earlier than usual, so quickly got into bed. I slept longer than planned and was up around 3pm. After a shower and getting ready, I filmed my latest haul video and then it was time to set off to our friends' house for the evening. We watched The Ridiculous 6 and had some snacks. My friend, Tracy (hi!), gave us some raw, homemade chocolates to sample, as well as some Christmassy flapjack. All was lovely - especially the peppermint cremes! I'm hoping to give them a go soon. We were home by around 10:30pm. I did some video editing before going to bed late.

We decided to go to Bournemouth on Monday to check out their Christmas market. The Christmas market was really poor - hardly any stalls! I was expecting much more from it. We did get some delicious, great quality (and bloody expensive!) Turkish delights - my favourite were the mint and rose flavours. We did a spot of shopping and had lunch at Burger King. I think I lost around five years of my life driving around Bournemouth; seriously, I'm not doing it again. I was so stressed and it was a pretty crap day all in all. We were a right grumpy twosome! I moped around at home when we got back and fell asleep for a while (so tired!) and we had a late snack for tea. We watched some Trollied, South Park and then A Very Murray Christmas, which was something a little different and quite fun.

I allowed myself to sleep in till around 10am, to catch up on some much-needed sleep. I spent most of the day doing housework, writing out Christmas cards and catching up with Corrie and Eastenders. I made a vegetable curry in the slow cooker for dinner, served with brown rice and a plain naan bread. It was really yummy! We watched the latest Modern Family episode in the evening and tried GU's maple pecan cheesecakes - not for me; pretty boring!

I had some errands to run in town on Wednesday morning, then I came home and did some laundry, had poached eggs on toast for lunch and caught up with Eastenders. I spent a lot of the day on my laptop, blogging and working on some business ideas. Dean went for a walk with his Trailwalker group, but I wasn't in the mood for it, so I stayed home. I cooked us a stir-fry for dinner and then Dean went out to the cinema with some friends to watch Krampus - I did want to see it, but was unable to go, because REASONS! So, I was left home alone to do as I wished. Cue more blogging and catching up on some of my BlogLovin' feed. I also decided to watch a new drama, The Coroner, on catch-up. I ended up watching the first three episodes and really enjoyed it.
I had an evening snack of a hot chocolate and organic natural yoghurt, sliced banana and a drizzle of honey. Before going to bed, I treated myself to a bit of a beauty pamper with a coconut oil cleanse, a pink clay and organic honey face mask (didn't work out too well, unfortunately) and a boost of moisture with Neal's Yard Remedies Soothing Starflower Daily Moisture and Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. I read my book for a while in bed before going to sleep.

I was up at 8:45am on Thursday, ready to take on the day. After a quick breakfast and email catch-up, I headed for the shower. Once I was ready, it was time to wash my car - something I've not done since getting my new car in September, oops! It's lovely, shiny and clean now, though. Although, some pigeons thought it would be highly amusing to relieve themselves on my beautiful, clean car seconds after I'd finished cleaning it and before I could tuck it safely back in the garage! I had pesto pasta with grated cheddar cheese for lunch, along with a decaf coffee and half a flapjack. Then I had some washing-up and other cleaning chores to do. I sat down to watch another episode of The Coroner before Dean got home.
When he was ready, we went into Yeovil to do a quick Tesco shop and look for Christmas DVDs. Our very important provisions for the evening included pizza and Ferrero Rocher, of course! We watched the film Cottage Country, which was something a bit different and not bad! Then we watched the last Peep Show episode before going to bed. I tried and tried to get to sleep after reading my book, but I couldn't! So, I got up and watched two Ghost Adventures episodes, staying up till 2:30am. It did the trick.

Well, after my late night, I didn't wake till 11:30am! Which is actually great, as it's my first night back at work, so I won't be up as long as usual. I had breakfast, collected the post and ran some online errands before getting showered and organised. I treated myself to a mint chocolate face mask! I caught up with laundry and did some ironing in the afternoon, while watching more of The Coroner. I didn't bother with lunch, but had an early evening snack of potato wedges with onion and garlic dip. I had toast later on. I spoke to my parents for an hour on the phone and then relaxed for the rest of the evening, before going to work at around 11:35pm.

Did you get up to much this week? Finished your Christmas shopping yet?!


  1. I love your orange-y coat! xx

    1. Thanks, Laura! It's actually red in natural light, haha. xxx

  2. Aww sounds like you had a bit of a up and down week with one thing or another. It was a shame the Bournemouth Christmas market wasn’t quite as good as expected although that Turkish delight sounds heavenly! I loved your outfit photos, such a stylish look with the swing dress and Christmas red coat. You look fab! The vegetable curry sounds good, slow cookers are great as you can just leave them and do other things. This week my Mum and I went to visit our friend and her gorgeous Labrador Connie. I took the opportunity to take a few photos of her. Also I made mince pies and decorated our main Christmas tree. Nice to hear what you’ve been up to and take care. :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

    1. Yeah, I think its the hectic time of year! Glad you liked my outfit on Sunday - I love the swing dress! Sounds like you had a pretty good week; my sister has two Labradors and they are gorgeous! One is just a puppy, which I'll be meeting in a couple of months, although he's huge already! xxx


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