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What doesn't kill you DEFINITELY makes you stronger

Weekend in London 

One of my goals for this year was to go and see a play or a musical in the west end and have a weekend away in London.

Both my husband and I adore London, so when I was coming up with my 16 in 16 list, A trip to London was top of my list!

When it was announced that Lily James and Richard Madden were performing Romeo and Juliet at The Garrick Theatre, I jumped at the chance to see my favourite play in one of my favourite cities.

My husband and I planned on doing the trip, however when my friend found out I had tickets, she was desperate to go. Since I started working part time, we have had quite a lot of money concerns. So it made sense to turn it into a small budget girly weekend.

We got the coach down to London for £12 each, The hotel room was£57 each and we had a brilliant time.

First day we travelled to London. We got to the hotel which was lovely. Basic but definitely a bargain!

We stayed at St Georges Hotel in Pimlico. We were in a ground floor room with a Kingsize and 2 single beds. I very kindly bagsed the king size bed- I’m such a good friend.

 


We were close to the tube, buses and in the centre of London. The hotel was such a brilliant find.
We saw Big Ben, had some dinner and got ready to see the Play.

The Journey to the Garrick Theatre was HORRENDOUS! Traffic delays, bad directions and blindly trusting my Google Maps app meant we arrived at the theatre 5 minutes late. I still have no idea how, but they very kindly let us in and we didn’t miss the start of the play.

Due to injury, Richard Madden was not performing and we saw the first performance of Freddie Fox playing Romeo. He was superb. The play was beautiful, heartbreaking and I am so happy we got to see it.

Lily James seemed to struggle through the first act but came alive in the second act and Sir Derek Jacobi and Meera Syal stole every scene they were in.

Unfortunately the theatre was so hot my friend almost passed out at the interval, however after fresh air and plenty of water she felt better and managed to get through the second act.

Once the play was over, we explored Leicester Square and we ended up going to TGI Fridays for some cocktails and I did something I’ve never done before.

I got drunk in the middle of London! 😂

What can I say- those Woo Woos were strong 😂😂

We headed back to the hotel and ended up getting the most gorgeous pizza delivered to the hotel at 2am!

Was such a fun night.

The next day, we slept and had a lie in. My friend googled cheap things to do in London and it suggested the Victoria and Albert Musuem. And I am so glad it did!

Based in South Kensington, the Musuem was amazing and had so much to see. We were only there for a couple of hours but both of us said we would like to go back and explore some more.

Here are some pictures of the exhibits we saw

I had the opportunity to see the World Cup and Football from the 1966 World Cup on the 50th Anniversary of England’s win

Clothes throughout time, such a beautiful collection

Curtain’s Up

Morecombe and Wise

 

Was so sad to leave as I really did have a lovely weekend.

Until next time London 💞
xVx

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Race for Life 💞

So I did it!


On Sunday I completed the Leicester Race for Life and I’m so proud of myself.

I’ve gone from being unable to walk long distances and having to use a wheelchair to walking a 5k in 4 months!

I struggled, I’m not going to lie. I nearly passed out at 3k, my sugar completely dropped and I struggled to focus my sight. It was really scary but I thought quickly and remembered that there was a sweet truck and I phoned my husband and he ran over to me with lots of marshmallows and milk bottles. After a rest, I was able to complete the rest of the walk with my husband and friend supporting me.

I will say though it was slightly worrying that I was sitting on the side of the course for a good 20 minutes and not one volunteer, first aider or organiser came to check on me. It’s a good job I wasn’t on my own and I had my friend and later on my husband supporting me.

However staying positive- I did it and I’m so grateful for my hubby and friend getting me through the last 2K.

I did this for Margaret and in her memory I’m proud to say I’ve raised over £300!

Here are some pictures from my day 💞💞💞


 

xVx

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16 in 16 – Update 

I am now 7 months into my 16 in 16 challenge, Link to original post 👉🏻 http://wp.me/pZ5bU-4N so I thought now would be a good time to do a slight catch up and let all you lovely people know how I have been getting on.

Unlike most of my New Years Resolutions, I have been actively working on completing theses challenges and I am happy to report that I have so far completed 6 of them, and by the end of this month I should have completed two more.

I am very proud of myself for setting these goals and not giving up. It has been a rough year and it would of been so easy for me to decide to not bother so I am very happy with myself that I haven’t.

Have a look below and see what I have completed and I will be doing a post for each goal I have been completed.

16 in 16
1. Pass my driving test
2. Get fitter- ✅ ongoing

3. Do a race for life
4. Cons, cons and more cons – ✅ Yes/Yes/Yes


5. Go to Downton Abbey
6. Do a photo shoot
7. Weekend in London and see West End show
8. Go to Edinburgh✅

9. Sing at an open mike night

10. Go to the Harry Potter experience and do a tweet up✅

11. Go to the Dr who Experience

12. Have a Spa weekend ✅

13. Buy a Designer Bag✅ – see post here- http://wp.me/pZ5bU-8u


(💞💞💞 so pretty 💞💞💞)

14. Race a car

15. Do a photography course

16. Be happy

I will keep you updated with my progress and let you know how the next 5 months of my challenge go 😊

xVx

 

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March Favourites

I have a habit of being negative and even though March has been a rough month. It has also been a pretty awesome one.

So to celebrate this fact, at the end of every month I am going to write about my favourite things that have happened and stop being so miserable all the time!

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I restarted my blog!!! and I’ve loved ever minute of it. I am loving writing again and I have many posts planned in the future. I am also very grateful for all the responses and support I have received since I have started writing again.

 

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I have been working on my 16 in 16 goals and I have PASSED MY THEORY TEST!!!! So happy that I passed and my driving instructor has told me that he is happy for me to book my practical test! It is all happening 🙂

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Spending Time with my Friends 

I have been lucky this month to have had lots of catch up with my friends. Earlier this month my uni friends came up to stay and we had a fabulous weekend.

Last weekend I was apart of a tweet up where we went to the harry potter experience in Watford and then for food afterwards. Was lovely meeting up with the girls who I have been speaking to on twitter and my lovely husband came with me to look after me and due to being in a lot of pain and not feeling great I ended up having to be push in a wheelchair around the experience. So grateful he was there for me.

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Didn’t matter how hard I pushed they wouldn’t let me into Hogwarts!

I went to the cinema on my own

A strange thing to put on my March favourite list but I really enjoyed doing this. I really wanted to see Allegiant but had no one to go with. I had been feeling really rough all week and cabin fever was setting in, so I decided to go on my own.

I have always thought it be weird to go on my own, but it was actually fun and I got to see the film and rebuild my confidence after my relapse.

The film unfortunately was a bit of a let down. I enjoyed it and the experience however it was a filler film. But I got out of the house and am looking forward to going on my own again.

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Reading

I do like reading a book and after replacing my broken tablet with a Kindle Fire I was having a sort out and found an author called E.M Tippetts.

The first book is called Someone Else’s fairytale and it is free on Amazon Kindle.

The story is about a Student with a dark history called Chloe and a movie star called Jason. I read the first book in a day and ended up buying the other books in the series as I loved them so much.

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The Happiness Planner

I am a big fan of Zoella, I can quite happily spend a morning watching her vlogs and last month she spoke about the happiness planner. I have been after something like this for a while, where I can actively be positive and see the goodness in my life. When I saw her review I knew I had to get one.

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If you are interested in having a look yourself, here is a link to their website  http://thehappinessplanner.uk/products/the-52-week-journal

I am hoping this will help me in my quest to become more positive and see the goodness in my life.

My last favourite experience of this month has got to be The Donkey Sanctuary in Sutton Park. When I met up with my Nan last week, I asked if she would like to come with me and we had great fun seeing all the Donkeys.

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So they have been my favourite things about March – What were yours???

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#16in16 Goal no 13

13. Buy a Designer Bag

    💞💞💞💞 My baby 💞💞💞💞  

With all the goals I made for myself in 2016, this is the most materialistic. 

I am a bag lady! Always have been, always will be and I have lusted after designer bags for years! My favourite are Chanel, Marc Jacobs and of course Kate Spade. 

After a year of little money and being really poorly I was determined to have one of my goals be something to treat myself and splurge after months of budgeting and saving.

But this is me and I struggle to spend money. So when I heard that T K Maxx had Kate Spade bags at a discount in stock I had to look and came away with this gorgeous bag. 

It was nice to treat myself and have something I will treasure for a long time! 

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16 in 16

As discussed in my recent blog, last year was awful! I was diagnosed with Bile Acid Malabsorption and it pretty much wrecked my health and my life.

I have spent the last year pretty much house bound, so when I began to get better and stronger at the end of last year I was determined to make this year count.

So in January, instead of creating new year’s revolutions. I created 16 goals

16 things to do in 2016

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1. Pass my driving test

2. Get fitter

3. Do a race for life

4. Cons, cons and more cons

5. Go to Downton Abbey

6. Do a photo shoot

7. Weekend in London and see West End show

8. Go to Edinburgh

9. Sing at an open mike night

10. Go to the Harry Potter experience and do a tweet up

11. Go to the Dr who Experience

12. Have a Spa weekend

13. Buy a Designer Bag

14. Race a car

15. Do a photography course

16. Be happy

 

As it is now March I have already completed some of these.

I will be writing posts about my experiences and how they helped claim my life back.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my journey back to my life.

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