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Becoming Mrs G….. The Lead Up Part 3

Read part one here, and part two here.

Wednesday 13th September. 3 sleeps to go. 

Today was probably the first day I didn’t have a major wedding task to do or looming. Had lots of emails to respond to, organised the art work with the chap for the photo booth and also the uplighters which he is also doing. It should look good! I sorted out the quiz bits and mounted the readings for the people we have asked to do them. I have resisted the temptation to eat the left over favour chocolates. Did a bit more packing for the weekend. Quite a relaxed day really! 

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Favours 

Thursday 14th September. 2 sleeps to go. 

The day after tomorrow! Eak! Shit it’s close. I went to go and get my nails done. The lady that did them did a really good job and I was really pleased. They look so pretty, exactly what I wanted.

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Nails

Dad and Mum picked up the suits for the boys. Jezz forgot to tell 2 of the groomsmen that this was a thing happening today. Another of the groomsmen popped over on his way from work and collected his and and the one for our mini groomsmen, plus the two who had no idea all of this was going on. I had to do some frantic communication to make sure that they would be in to receive the suits and try them on. It was all fine thankfully.  Jezz’s brother popped over and tried his on. I think we are ready to go! Looking forward to getting cracking tomorrow! 

It is out last night in the flat as an unmarried couple. Last night together as an unmarried couple. 

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day!  

 

Friday 15th September. 1 sleep to go. 

This morning we had a fairly relaxed start, but the mood was exciting. A bit like the day before you go on holiday. We got up and sorted out the last few bits, packed the last few pieces in the cases.

Jezz and I decided to have a little KFC brunch before my Dad came over at around 1pm to do the first run of wedding bits and pieces over to Pelham House. Mr brother came to help too. So Dad, my brother and I got as much as we could into Dad’s car and then headed to Pelham House. We put all the stuff in the chamber suite, which was already being set up for the big day tomorrow. So exciting! Dad dropped me back to the flat on the way back, then they went to go get lunch and do some more runs with stuff from their house.

Jezz was busy practising his speech. We loaded up the last few bits into our car and off we went to Pelham House. It felt weird but very exciting to know that the next time we will be in the flat we will be married! I laughed in the car, said to Jezz “that’s it now, when we come back you will be stuck with me”, and he replied with “aaaah well, there is always divorce” hahahaha. Cheeky sod.

We got to Pelham House and parked up, then we checked into the hotel. We had different rooms that night as per the tradition of not seeing each other. We put the last few bits in the chamber suite and Jezz went off to practice his speech again. Mum turned up, then we went to have a drink at the pub around the corner with Jezz. It was a proper “local” pub, bit ropey, but the gin and tonic went down a treat. Dad called Mum as he had arrived again with the my aunts so she headed back. We finished our drinks and then headed over too. My aunts got checked in, and were closely followed by my brothers arrival with all of the camera equipment for our videographer to film the wedding tomorrow. We spent a bit of time in the hotel doing some pottering, had a cup of tea with Mum and then I headed to the Chamber suite to start putting some of the things on the tables. We got about 5 tables done, there were still two tables not set up yet. Everyone went to go and freshen up for dinner at 7pm. My bridesmaids and one of the groomsmen arrived just before 7pm. The maid of honour was sharing a room with me so that was fun, like a sleep over! Jezz’s mum joined us for the meal. We had a really lovely meal, I had salmon gravlax, lemon sole, and then brandy chocolate mousse. The best man popped into the hotel during coffee and we all had a few drinks together (he had been unable to make the meal). Then went to bed just past 12, didn’t want it to be too late. The MOH and I headed back to the room and had showers, we chatted for a bit and laughed at the MOH’s other half who had been to another wedding that day and was hammered texting her. Very amusing!

Sweet dreams. Tomorrow is the big day. Lets hope I can get some sleep.  

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Preparation Excited

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

I am not sure where 2017 went if I am honest. It absolutely flew past. It was definitely a better year that the shit show that was 2016 but it was not without its flaws. Still, never one to dwell on the negative here are some of my highlights;

I quit my job end of March 2017 having spend 5 and a half years there. All good, no negative reasons but just time to move on.

We had some awesome adventures to Romney Sands, Centre Parcs, Bristol, and Bedfordshire.

2017 saw the first of a big run of weddings over the next few years. One of my longest friends got married to her long time fiance in August in the beautiful Kew Gardens in London. It was a beautiful day. I drank far too much red wine.

Jezz and I at the other wedding of the year!

Jezz and I at the other wedding of the year

August also saw the run up to our wedding! We spent a fabulous few days in a small village near Bath at a beautiful house that had a hot tub and swimming pool. A big a group of friends came with us to celebrate a joint hen/stag do. I have honestly never laughed so much in my life, or seen Jezz so hungover in all my life.

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We also had my hen do! Which was everything I wished for, we painted mugs, we made cocktails, we ate delicious food and danced. It was perfect. Major props to my MOH for organising!

Amynoos Hen Do

Of course, without a doubt the highlight of the year has to be our wedding! It was the most brilliant day. I wish we could go back and do it all again. It was the best.

Amynoos Amy Jezz Wedding

Finally, never in my wildest dreams would I think that at the end of 2017 that we would be getting a puppy. This little ball of fluff joined our family on the 17th December and has turned our world upside down! I currently spend my days cleaning up poop, pee and loving the absolute heck out of this little guy. Meet Reggie, or Reg, or Sir Reginald Poopy Butt. We love him a lot.

Amynoos Reggie

2018 What is to come?

I am excited for 2018, we are looking to move house this year. Looking forward to going on some adventures with Reggie and taking him for walks. We have a lovely holiday planned in the early summer/late spring and he can come with us so that is very exciting!

There are three weddings this year! I am so excited for all of them. Each of them should be different from the other. Can’t wait to see some of my bestest getting married!

Who knows what else? We shall see.

In the meantime wishing you all a happy new year. May 2018 bring you lots of exciting adventure, laughter and love. Thank you as always for your support this year.

Here is to a fabulous 2018!

 

 

Becoming Mrs G….. The Lead Up Part 2

See Part 1 Here

Saturday 9th September. 7 sleeps to go.  

THIS TIME NEXT WEEK!! Oh it makes my belly do a flop, but in a good excited way. This time next week I will be married (it is now 14.58) MAD. So mad. I keep saying it but I cannot believe how quickly it has all come around. It rained all day yesterday, so I hope that it doesn’t next weekend. Currently the weather report is not for rain, but have looked into umbrellas. Will keep an eye on the forecast. I don’t mind if its grey, just really don’t want it to be wet because we have the lawn games and the photos will be so much nicer outside! I don’t suppose anyone really wants rain on their wedding day though do they? Maybe if you are a duck.

Jezz and I finalised the quiz this morning, so I just need to go and get those printed in the week. The ribbons all arrived this morning so I have sat and cut the extra pieces that we will need for the favours. He has gone for a hair cut, and we have sorted out for my Dad to pick up the suits on Thursday next week.

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Favours Wedding Preperation

Organise organise organise. I am in my element hahaha!  

This time next week.  YAY!

 

Sunday 10th September. 6 sleeps to go. 

I have had the laziest day ever I cannot lie. Jezz has been working hard on his speech all day. I had a bath. Glorious.  

 

Monday 11th September. 5 sleeps to go. 

I was planning on waking up early today to get cracking with numerous jobs I had planned. I had forgotten that I had turned my alarm off for Mondays the previous week due to the bank holiday. I woke up at 9.30am. Oops.

I got up and headed to the Brow Bar in Brighton (I think that is what it is called, near the clock tower on Dyke Road) and had my eyebrows tidied ready for the weekend. I do not get them done very often, but thought it worth it! Special occasion and that haha. I then went to the jewellers where we bought our wedding rings and I took my engagement ring there to be polished. As we bought our wedding rings with them it was free. Fantastic! (Ring Jewellers in the Lanes if anyone is interested, they were great).

I had a shopping list of things to get in Waitrose. Came out of Waitrose without any of them. Forgot to pick my watch that was being repaired up from the jewellers in the mall. Fail. I went home for lunch and thought I had best start again afterwards. I had to go back to the jewellers for 1pm anyway to collect my engagement ring. So at 12.30 off I attempted my various errands again. I went to Superdrug for paracetamol, ibuprofen, glasses wipes and mouthwash. Then via the mall to pick up my watch, then down to the jewellers in The Lanes to collect my engagement ring. Then back to the flat, again without the items on the Waitrose shopping list, will do that another day its not urgent.  

Emailed Jezz to print a few bits for the weekend. Think I have had a pretty productive day all in all! I must discuss with the girls about walking down the aisle, wonder how the little ones will deal with it all.  

I rang John Lewis to arrange the delivery of the wedding gift list, that’s exciting! So Monday 9th October something to look forward too. They text me to confirm the details and addressed me as “Mrs Goodwin”. Haha. Weird.  

 

Tuesday 12th September. 4 sleeps to go. 

I woke up nice and early because my alarm worked! HURRAH! Not that the alarm would have made a difference because they are doing some work in the flat upstairs and the banging was SO LOUD it would have woken the dead. Thanks, nice and relaxing. Haha. 

Today’s big wedding task is to do all the favours. It is currently 11.36am and I am half way through. Taking all of my will power not to eat all of the chocolate. MUST RESIST URGE TO EAT CHOCOLATE. I also will mount all of the timetables Jezz printed yesterday onto some card. I also need to send some money to our videographer, who is a friend of my brothers for his transport.  

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Timetables Wedding Preperation

Going to text the mums of our mini bridesmaids right this second about walking down the aisle to see what they think! Before I forget, stupid thing that kept me up last night haha. I wasn’t worried, just thinking about it. I mean they are little girls, it is probably going to be down to them at the end of the day but I really don’t mind. If they decide they don’t want to walk they don’t have too. I just want them to feel like beautiful special princesses for the day! THEY ARE GOING TO LOOK SO CUTE. 

Becoming Mrs G….. The Lead Up Part 1

Monday 4th September. 12 sleeps to go. 

I have just had a bath and am sat watching Say Yes to the Dress. I am not sure I will ever stop enjoying this programme. Currently every time they do a scene where a couple are actually getting married I get all the stomach butterflies and that internal scream of excitement. I am so incredibly excited. I am also shitting my pants, for silly reasons like, what if I fall over, or say something wrong or stupid, or feel so awkward that I just constantly pull my stupid face, which happens when I am nervous and uncomfortable!! Haha. I MUST NOT PULL STUPID FACES. Bad face. Just nice face. What is my nice face? Not sure I have one…. 

It’s still over a week so I am at the point where I do actually think most of the things are done. I still need to print some of the things for the quiz we have planned for during the meal, and reserved signs for the seating at the ceremony. The day timings and list of jobs for people also to be printed. My brain has been running wild with wedding thoughts for the past 3 weeks. I need to CHILL OUT. Haha.  

Did I mention I am excited? 

Shit me I am excited.  

I hope my dress still fits.  

I am going to be Mrs. That is like some proper grown-upping. 10 grown up points? Probably at least 100.  

 

Tuesday 5th September. 11 sleeps to go. 

Today Jezz worked from home. I went off to Lewes to drop off the pyjamas I have got for my mum, and the bridesmaids so that they are in their rooms when they arrive on the Friday night. I hope that they like them. I had a little wonder around Lewes to refresh myself with the area, made a note of the nearest cash points and kebab shop.

Came home and had sushi lunch from Itsu.  Yummy.

I spent the afternoon cracking on with wedding bits. Oh so many bits. I spent a good hour making paper hats, and cutting out celebrity masks. We have loads of silly comedy stuff for the reception for a bit of fun! We also got a whole bunch of leis which when I opened STANK. So they are currently sat in the kitchen airing out (or at least smelling of other food smells/febreeze than rotting grot). Feeling in control. Feeling good. Feeling less panicky.  

 Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Leis Wedding Preperation

Wednesday 6th September. 10 sleeps to go. 

I went over to Hove to collect Jezz’s gift for the big day from the framers. I got it home and immediately wrapped it and hid it with all the other wedding shinanigans so he wont spot it. I still need to write the card. Bought to much shopping in Tescos and had to carry tremendously heavy bags back quite a way, rookie move. I got the chocolates and sweets for the favours and I will make those up next week. I must resist the urge to eat them. They are calling me from the other room… must ignore their cries to be eaten.

I have the world’s biggest spot coming on the end of my nose. Great. Attacking it with all the products. MUST. RESIST. TRYING. TO. POP. 

I bought a T-Shirt with “Mrs” on because I am a massive dork and also I think that will be quite funny to come for breakfast in on the Sunday morning. Getting sooooooo excited! The parentals are coming over tomorrow for a final meeting to get everything together. I need to print a bunch of stuff but I am sure it’s not ready yet, so might have to find an internet café to do that… if such a thing even exists anymore!  

 

Thursday 7th September. 9 sleeps to go. 

Single digits 

Mum and Dad came over to discuss last things and I feel very much in control of the situation. Which is exactly where I wanted to be at this point! Just need to assign jobs, prints things, put favours in the boxes. Pack the bags.  

That’s it. 

Hope that this nose spot buggers off. 

Did I mention I am excited?? Eeeeeeeeeeaaaaakkkkkkk.  

Mrs Goodwin.  

Mrs Amy Goodwin. 

I should do some relaxing stuff next week, take my mind of the big day. Not that I want to stop thinking about it but want to be relaxed. It’s very hard to be relaxed when you are so tremendously excited! SQUEEAK.  

Hoping the spare ribbon I bought turns up tomorrow. And the yellow hoodie I ordered over a week ago. WHERE IS MY YELLOW HOODIE? (unrelated to wedding).  

 

Friday 8th September. 8 sleeps to go. 

This time next week it will be all systems go! My silly t-shirt has arrived, it’s great! Haha! I am sure it will draw a few chuckles. I keep playing the day over in my head, and imagining it. Must remember to savour each moment. It will all be over so quickly I am sure, I am so excited. I think I have said that quite a lot!  

I have zero ability to not pick at spots and have made the one on my nose worse. Dammit. Still a week to go, must not pick at it any more and hopefully it will heal in time! Fingers crossed.  

I have put the menus in the crates. I am hoping that the extra ribbon I ordered will arrive tomorrow as it hasn’t arrive today. Then I can do the favours. Oooooh it’s so close now. Need to have a relaxing weekend. Next weekend is going to be nuts.

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Preperation Crates

To be continued…..

Becoming Mrs G…. The Beginning

#AJWedding Marriage Ring Exchange Amynoos

Today is Thursday 28th September 2017, a mere twelve days since our wedding day and it already feels like forever. It was an incredible day and I wish we could do it all over again. Instead, I am tucking away bits and pieces, pressing flowers, trying to encapsulate and physically contain parts of the beautiful day that marked the beginning of our future. OUR future. No longer am I a singular but rather part of a (now official) team. Not that we have really been singular for a long time now. The OH and I have been together five and a half years, and living together for two. It’s legal and everything, we have a bit of paper.

Personally, for me I feel like this marks a step into proper adulthood. (Although according to officials I am WAY PAST going into adulthood). It’s a bit terrifying, but really exciting. I am so excited for the future, and to be spending it with my favourite.

So we find ourselves here, looking forward onto my journey as Mrs G.

Mrs.

That’s bloody grown up.

Snowdogs by the Sea

When it was announced the Brighton would be having a public art trail called the Snowdogs by the Sea I didn’t think much about it to be honest, it kind of passed me by and I didn’t pay much attention. I had heard of such things being held before, but never has anything appeared in my hometown.

I grew up with The Snowman, it always had a bit of a special squishy place in my heart because it featured Brighton. Raymond Briggs has lived in Sussex for a long time, and a nod to this can be seen in the famous scene when The Snowman and the little boy are flying in the sky where you can spot the famous Brighton landmarks of the Royal Pavilion and the Palace Pier.

(AND EVERYONE THAT GIIIIVES US PIZZAS AS WE FLLLYYYY)

On 24th December 2012, the Snowman and the Snowdog was aired. I immediately set it to be recorded and it became a permanent feature on my Skybox (until I moved and had to get rid of Sky…sad face). It was just the cutest thing. The Snowdog was everything I dreamed he would be, stupidly cute, frozen and magical. If you haven’t watched it do it… its just too lovely.

Snowman and Snowdog

The Snowdogs by the Sea art trail was announced in early January 2016, and would run from 24th September until 27th November 2016. If you are reading this not long after I have posted it you still have time to go and spot them!! They are placed all across Brighton and Hove. The furthest points being Hove Lagoon, Hove Park, Preston Park, Amex Stadium, and the Marina.

Oh and one all the way over at London Victoria just to be difficult 😉

I am obsessed.

I have been annoying everyone I know with talk of Snowdogs, and flooding social media so now it is your turn!! Moowuhahahaha!!!

The first dog I found was Blot the Dog, positioned outside Churchill Square, if you are local you might recognise his distinctive markings! There is a bus with similar inkings as well as many pubs, bars, shops and art drops around the city. These were all created by local artist #iownthisart, otherwise known as Jason McQuillen.

Blot the Dog #iownthisart

My photo was taken, and I was immediately obsessed with these gloriously decorated dogs and wanted to see them all!

Dave the Dog is positioned on Palmeira Square, and has quickly become one of my favourites. Perhaps because he is shiny, perhaps because I see him most days as he is about 10 seconds from my work. But look at him!

Dave the Dog

A trip to London to see friends at the beginning of October meant I could get the one positioned all the way in London at Victoria Station. Brighton Belle.

Brighton Belle

A couple of special lunch break missions were had to fetch the ones in the far corners of Hove.

A trip to Hove Park uncovered Marty, by artist David Halliwell, and then down to Hove Museum for Max, by artist Sarah Artnett.

Marty Snowdog Max Snowdog

Another mission over to Hove Lagoon on one lunch break to get Boomer who is safely tucked away in the Big Beach Café (otherwise known as Fat Boy Slims café) then a glorious walk along the beach to find The Snowbrador, by Ruth Cooper, on Medina Terrace.

Boomer The Snowbrador

By this point I had seen 16 of the dogs! There were a total of 45 to collect. I had come this far…..

I had the day off after my birthday so off I set on my epic Snowdog adventure. I set off at 9.30 am and had completed the remaining 29 by 3.00 pm. The final dog was Rose all the way up at the Amex Stadium. (I got the train all the way from Brighton to Falmer, got the dog, and came back again! Haha!).

BeFunky Collage 1

I had a glorious day, but was exhausted.

You can see all of the Snowdogs online here and you can find the trail map here

So what is all this in aid of?

The Snowdogs by the Sea art trail is a Wild in Art event in support of the Marlets Hospice. The Marlets will always have a special resonance with me, as they are the amazing people who helped to take care of my Nanny during her final weeks. She passed away earlier this year. While visiting there it struck me how normal things felt. The building was very warm and welcoming, decorated with flowers and pictures. The staff were approachable and friendly. The patients were of all ages, and all walks of life. The staff were wonderful, and even after my Nan passed away the support for the family was amazing. They do an incredible job, and I take my hat off to them.

How can you donate?

There are many ways you can donate! If you love the Snowdogs as much as I do you can even buy one to take home (just a bit smaller) from their store on George Street, Brighton or their pop-up shop located at Churchill Square Thursdays – Sundays. A percentage of all sales go to The Martlets.

You can also purchase them online here

Here is my beloved <3 I kind of want them all!

Winter Lily Snowdog

You can also donate £3 by texting “SDOG16 £3” to 70070.

Donate to The MartletsYou can also donate online; click here

If you have enjoyed the dogs even a teeny weeny bit please be sure to donate to this very worthwhile cause.

Thank you for making it all the way to the end of this post!

If you would like to see more of my photos from the dog trail be sure to go and find me on instagram.

<3

Amy

Halloween Lush Haul

My obsession with everything Lush is quite serious. My poor OH has stood outside many a store because he refuses to go in while he waits for me to sniff everything and touch everything and spend a small fortune.

Halloween Lush Haul 2016

Last week saw the launch of the Halloween items and I could not go without sampling at least one of them. So when pay day arrived, off I went to my local store. I pretty much bought one of everything.

Oopsie.

Everything smells amazing so I thought we could do a little show and tell, because frankly this stuff makes me freaking happy, and I want to tell you about it!

Pumpkin Set Lush 2016 Halloween

I don’t usually buy the gift sets, but the packaging of this was just too cute to pass up!

Pumpkin Set Lush 2016 Halloween

In includes 4-items, 2 bath bombs, a bubble bar and a bath oil all very cleverly wrapped in this brilliant cloth to look like a pumpkin. It would make a brilliant gift for someone (or in my case for myself). It cost £20.95.

Pumpkin Set Lush 2016 Halloween

Everything was very securely packaged in the parcel, all packed with biodegradable packing peanuts which I am a massive fan off. I DESPISE polystyrene, awful stuff. Anyway I digress….

Pumpkin Bath Bomb Lush 2016

First out of the package was the pumpkin bath bomb, available to buy on its own for £3.95. This is described on the website as “sweet, comforting vanilla and spicy cinnamon” I was a bit dubious about the smell of this one when I heard how it was described as I am not a huge fan of these sort of smells for baths but it is a lot more subtle and actually really nice. It produces what I can only describe and a more ferocious fizz than some of the other bath bombs (think Sakura) so the “pop fizzle” is over pretty quickly, but leaves your bath water a delicious warm orange colour. Not sure I would rush out and get this again, but it was great to try.

Boo Bath Melt Halloween 2016 Lush

Next out was this cute little fella, the Boo bath oil. I have been interested in trying the bath oils for a while, but have been a bit put off by the fact that they make everything they touch oily. I didn’t really like the lava lamp bath bomb for this reason, cleaning the purple tide mark from around my bath after a nice relaxing soak wasn’t ideal. However I figured this one is white so no stains (I hope!). I have not used it yet, so we will see. It is available on its own for £3.50 and is described as “mimosa and warming ginger” which sounds delightful.

Lord of Misrule Bath bomb Lush Halloween 2016

I have a feeling this Lord of Misrule bath bomb is one they have done before, I was immediately drawn to this on the website because of its pretty colours. It is described as “patchouli and black pepper oil”, and “has a deep green exterior that slowly froths away to reveal a rich, wine-coloured centre”. That description alone made me to that weird deep throaty gargle noise that Homer Simpson makes. It smells incredible. It is available to buy on it’s own for £3.95.

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar Halloween Lush 2016

This is the “Glittery Pumpkin” bubble bar. Now, I freaking love glitter. I do not love cleaning freaking glitter out of my bathtub. However the total pixie in me cannot resist any Lush sparkly goods so like a magpie I was drawn to this. Again, like the pumpkin bath bomb I was a bit dubious about the potential “pumpkin” scent which I am not always a fan of. But after giving it a good sniff (snorting half the glitter, fairy sneezes for the rest of the evening thank you Lush) I decided that this smelt AMAZING. I am willing to look past the fact everything I touched afterwards, was glittery. I am still to work up to the golden egg they do at Easter… it’s so pretty but the prospect of cleaning that crap out my bathtub feels me with woe. Luckily the OH seems to either not notice the sparkly bathtub or he doesn’t care. This is available for £3.95. I always love to get a bubble bar because I feel like they are the best value of the bath products as you can get a few uses out of them. Depending on how much you crumble into your bath, I reckon you could get at least 3 good baths out of this one, maybe 4.

Monsters Ball Bath bomb Halloween Lush 2016

Moving onto the two extra items I bought. I actually wanted to try these the most so I couldn’t walk away without them! This is the Monsters Ball Bath Bomb which sells for £4.25 (the most expensive of them all!). I was immediately drawn to the cute little face. This smells quite fresh with lime and neroli oils. It is hard to describe. I have not yet tested this one, but overheard one of the Lush workers telling another customer about it and how much she loved it. Apparently towards the eye is the last thing to dissolve so you just have a funny little fizzy eye floating around your tub which I think it quite fun! I think it has more of a slow dissolve (think dragons egg/yoga bomb) which are my favourites. I love to sit in the bath and prod and poke them watching them dissolve. Never too old for some bath time fun!

Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb Halloween Lush 2016

Last but not least is the Autumn Leaf bath bomb, which sells for £3.75. This was the one I was most excited for, I really loved the colours and the way it was described “The scent of fresh grass evokes the crunch of crisp leaves underfoot as the last remnants of summer are stolen away”. What a delightful description! The smell of this reminds me a lot of the Experimenter bath bomb which is one of my favourites. It has quite an earthy musky smell which I find very warm and comforting, and I think is perfect for something designed to reflect an autumn leaf. This has quite a slow fizz which fills your bath with greens, oranges and red, the colours of summer into autumn and leaves your bath a lovely burnt orange colour. If ever there was a bath product to reflect autumn, to me, this is it.

Wow, if you made it all the way to the end of this 10 glittery lush stars to you! I will try and be a bit more restrained with the imminent Christmas product launch but if instagram is anything to go by, I might need to sell a kidney and you might get a blog post edition the size of war and peace!

30 things I have learned in my 30 years.

30 Things I have Learned in 30 years

Since my last post was a little more on the ranty side, here is a more light hearted little number for you all.

As my 31st birthday rapidly approaches here are 30 things I have learned in my 30 years:

  1. My mum was right about pretty much everything. Apart from the fact that brownies are gross, because it is a well known fact that they are not.
  2. Keep your sugar and salt marked very clearly, and very far away from each other. This will prevent any disturbing coffee traumas.
  3. Take your make up off before bed. Your skin will thank you.
  4. Do not kick a curb in a fit of rage when you miss your bus. You will not win in a fight against concrete.
  5. Lashings of butter should be added to mash potato. Otherwise it tastes like sadness. You also cannot cheat and make mash in a blender. You will get wall paper paste.Mash Potato
  6. Drink lots of water. Especially if you are going out boozing.
  7. Also, in relation to above. Eating is NOT cheating. Have some bloody dinner before you go out.
  8. Do not put furniture polish on your wooden flooring, unless you are trying to make it into an ice-skating rink.
  9. Cook rice on a low heat. This will prevent you destroying every pan you own.
  10. Do not cut your own hair. Unless you are a hairdresser. Or a small child.
  11. Take your hands out of doors/drawers/cupboards/gates before closing them.
  12. Skiing is like playing Russian Roulette. At some point it will literally break you. For me, it was emotionally.Me Skiing
  13. Sudocreme is magic. For everything. Apart from on your toast.
  14. Broccoli does taste better when you are an adult. This is why your mum made you eat it as a kid. Oh that, and it’s good for you.
  15. Making it “rain” in your own house with prawn crackers will come with it’s regrets the next day.
  16. Do not check your electric hob is on by touching it. This will remove your finger prints.
  17. At home waxing is a stupid idea. Don’t even bother. Get a professional to do it for you. Unless you enjoy being covered in sticky lumps of your own hair and tears.
  18. Being kind is a simple, yet stupendously effective thing. It will also make you feel awesome when you do something good for someone else.
  19. Cheap raincoats are a waste of time.
  20. Microwave popcorn can and will catch fire if you take your eye off the microwave for a second.
  21. Primark leggings should not ever be worn as trousers, they are see-through. I can see your pants.
  22. Do not buy smart price/essentials/the cheapest bin bags. Your rubbish will leak, and you will say some curse words.
  23. Take a minute before responding to something that has made you angry. You cant take back words once they have been said.
  24. Shots are never a good idea.kermit-1651325_1920
  25. To get rid of hiccups, take the deepest breathe you can and hold it for as long as you can. Until you feel like you might pop. Start breathing again before you pass out though eh?
  26. Time will legitimately go faster as you get older. That or I am being abducted by aliens. Repeatedly.
  27. Cacao and Chia seed pudding does not taste like chocolate mousse. Anyone claiming this is a liar.
  28. Don’t worry too much about how you look in a swimming costume. Chance is everyone else at the pool is too busy worrying about themselves too much to even notice you.
  29. Check the chair is actually behind you before you sit on it.
  30. Throw your hands in the air, wave them like you just don’t care. But be cautious of people around you because you might punch a drink out of their hand or them in the face. My bad.

May – Month Update

May has seen some sunshine, some rain, some sunshine, some rain, bit of wind, sun and rain at the same time, but at least no snow this month. Hurrah. As one of the students keeps telling me at school “You cannot trust the weather in England”, he is 100% right.

May has been a quieter month, not quite as many exciting adventures but some fun stuff has been happening.

This month saw the return of Brighton Festival, which for me and my chum Jo means one thing, time for red wine and The Ladyboys of Bangkok! After years and years of dithering about going, we finally did last year and had the absolute time of our lives. So when this year came around there was no way we were going to miss it. This years show was fabulous, there was an abundance of glitter, feathers and cheesy tunes. I was in my absolute element! It is just so much fun. If you love a good bit of cheesy, tongue-in-cheek cabaret be sure to check it out next time they come by.

Amy & Jo Lady Boys of Bangkok 2016

Lady Boys of Bangkok 2016

Lady Boys of Bangkok 2016

This month also saw Eurovision on our screens. For the last few years my friends and I have all gathered to watch this glorious spectacle and embrace some good old British (binge) drinking games… every time there is a wind machine DRINK, pyrotechnics DRINK, air punching DRINK, singing in their own language DRINK… you get the idea. We all dressed up as different countries to add to the fun (your country performs…DRINK). I was the Netherlands and Jezz was France. Had an awesome party, drank far too much and felt deservedly dreadful the next day. Thank you very much to Jo and Ed for hosting.

Eurovision 2016 Amynoos Netherlands Eurovision 2016 Amynoos France

Eurovision 2016 Netherlands France Amynoos

In May I finally got around to completing the long awaited edit for the video for my birthday last year. Yes, last year… my bad. I would like to say I have been really busy and not had time to sit and edit it together, but that would be lying! Once I finally began, I really enjoyed it! It was great fun to put all the clips together. I am so pleased with the final video. I really did have the most wonderful 30th birthday so it is something special I can look back on. Thank you again to my beautiful friends who made the trip so awesome.

It has given me a bit of a bug again about being creative, so I am hoping to make some more videos of adventures coming up. Just need to save the pennies now to get a decent camera!

At the end of May for a week, Jezz and I went off to the Netherlands with our wonderful friends Beth and James and their two children. Seeing as this holiday was half in May, half in June I will save that one for next time..

Netherlands Holiday May 2016 Beekse Bergen Amynoos

Hope that you had a lovely May! Did you do anything exciting or interesting? If so please let me know in the comments below. Also if let me know if you enjoyed the video! Perhaps some more will happen in the future.

xxx

April – Month Update

If you read my last post you will know that March was a difficult month and one that I was quite glad to see the back of. Although my Nan’s funeral was planned for the middle of April it was a much more positive month.

The day of the funeral was in a strange way, a really nice day. As my mum quoted from Dickens “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. Despite being terribly sad, and it sideways raining, it was really lovely to spend the day with all of my close family. We cried together, we laughed together and we ate the biggest Chinese take-away I had ever seen! At the end of the day I thought to myself, “Nan would have really enjoyed today” and that made me smile.

This was like a box of chocolates - there are two layers!

This was like a box of chocolates – there were two layers!

April started off with a bang when Jezz, myself and 3 friends went up to London to see Infected Mushroom at The Ministry of Sound on the 1st. We planned this quite a few months back. I last saw them about 8 years ago, and we have kept missing them since then so there was no way we were missing this one! We went with our friends Chris, Adam and Adam aka Number 2 (he did not like being called number two). The boys had decided that we would go VIP to make it extra special. My 14-year old self would have literally shit her pants at the knowledge that I was in the VIP section at The Ministry of Sound in London. It was ludicrously expensive, but amazing.

The VIP actually saved us I think, I was somewhat worried about the prospect of pulling an all-nighter (it’s been a while!) but it was great having a table to return too and somewhere to sit. It worked out perfectly for us, we had drinks, danced for 2 hours straight while Infected Mushroom played and then went back until they kicked us out.

I had the best time, it was awesome.

Group Shot! Out with the boys.

Group Shot!

We had two awesome road trips in April, for the first we popped over to Bristol for the weekend to see some of Jezz’s friends that he hadn’t seen in a couple of years. We had a brilliant time, we enjoyed the first BBQ of the year, had some drinks in the sunshine and then yet more drinks in a pub, then some more drinks at someone house. So drunk, so very very drunk. I had literally the worst hangover ever on the Sunday! But had a really great time. We are going to a festival in July with a few of them so super excited for that now. Woop!

I didn't take any photos in Bristol... here are some sausage rolls I made instead. They were lush.

I didn’t take any photos in Bristol… here are some sausage rolls I made instead. They were lush.

We also went on a trip up to Leeds to wish our brilliant friends Alex and Andy a fond farewell before they jet off on an epic adventure to South America. We embarked on a pub crawl all dressed as Mexicans. Our friends Toby and Lina that travelled up with us stayed with Alex and Andy at their flat, and Jezz and I stayed in a really nice hotel about ten minutes walk away. We had a really great weekend, on the Sunday we headed over to Tropical World (lord knows I love an animal related attractions – aquarium and zoos ALL OVER IT!), and had a nice evening just chilling out together and watching some TV.

Leeds Mexico Leaving Party   Amy Jezz AlexLeeds Mexico Leaving Party

We had all booked off the Monday so we didn’t have to rush back from Leeds hungover on Sunday. So we made a slow wonder back to the South via Ikea in Croyden. I shit you not, we spent 4 hours in there. I am pretty sure that Ikea steals hours from your life in the form of scented candles, flat pack, meatballs and all the storage my heart desires.

It was a really lovely weekend all in all.

Road Trip to Leeds

The Queen also turned 90 in April, and seeing that she is obviously such a massive fan of the blog, she wore an outfit to match our engagement cake. What a legend.

Who wore it best?

Who wore it best?

That was the exciting parts of April, we were lucky to have two marvellous adventures this month. I love going on car adventures, so excited to plan more for this year now we have a car! :)

HIVEDATE = The saga continues… I decided that my two culprits were either the biological washing liquid I had recently started using, or perhaps the new Dove body wash/body lotion. So I stopped using both and it seemed to clear up. HURRAH. No hurrah. On the Sunday of our adventure to Leeds I woke up super rashy and itchy. WAH. I have been taking anti-histamines since. It flares up for a few days, then I am okay again. I am keeping an eye on it. I would like to say that hopefully I will not have to write about the hives saga again, however seeing as I am typing this from May… I can tell you it will not be the last hivedate. Sigh….

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