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#findthehappy – Week 12

#findthehappy – Week 12 – Monday 10th August 2015 – Sunday 16th August 2015
Happy #1 – Ice Cream. Ice cream will always be something that makes me happy. I found a box of mini-Magnums with the new pink raspberry and black espresso ones and well…. nom. The raspberry ones are delicious! Plus as they are “mini” I don’t feel quite as naughty eating one. 
Happy #2 – My brother and I headed over to Peacehaven again this week to go and see the parentals. We had fajitas and Mum made a delicious cake! I couldn’t help but feel like I was being watched though when I ate my slice…. 
Happy #3 – I go past Palmeira Square in Hove every day, and have noticed this year how much effort and care go into the flowers there. Even in the rain it looks so pretty. 
Happy #4 – A long time ago, probably about 7/8 years ago I took a jewellery making course at City College, in Brighton. I never continued with it, for one reason or another but I thought all of the things I had made had got lost. However, I have recently been going through some boxes, having a big sort out and I found all the items that I made. They certainly do look a little home-made but still I am quite proud of them and very pleased that I found them again. The silver piece in the middle was made by carving a shape into a cuttlefish and then pouring molten silver into the mould (this is called cuttlefish casting). It has a small hole that I drilled through to make it into a pendant, so I think I should get a chain perhaps to keep it on! Certainly it would be a piece of jewellery that no one else would have!
Happy #5 – On Saturday, myself, Jezz and our friends Mike, Gemma and Charlie headed up to Waterhall in Brighton for the yearly one day festival Shakedown. We met up with some other friends there and had THE BEST time ever. We drank, we danced, we painted our faces. Everyone seemed to be having an awesome time, I am sure there were lots of sore heads in the morning. I know mine certainly was! It was really good to cut loose and prance around in a field for a day. Thank you to amazing friends too for making it so much fun. A massive well done and thank you to the Shakedown team for putting on a brilliant day. Can’t wait for next year!! 
 

 

 

 

#findthehappy – Week 11

#findthehappy – Week 11 – Monday 3rd August 2015 – Sunday 9th August 2015

Happy #1 – My friends Joulz and Craig have had a hell of a year. Last year their daughter decided to come into the world early and it was a very scary time for them. In the last year their beautiful baby girl has gone from strength to strength. They have recently had an article published in Pick Me Up about their incredible journey and their involvement in WaterBabies, swimming classes for babies. We do not see each other as much as we used too, but I am so incredibly proud of both of them and all they have been through. Amethyst is a beautiful, healthy one year old now. It has been wonderful watching their family come out of what must have been the most difficult, scary time ever. They are doing a fantastic job and should be super proud!

Happy #2 – Jezz has become obsessed with making balloon animals since last weekend. I mean LITERALLY obsessed. I am finding bits of balloon everywhere I go and my flat smells of latex (oooh kinky). He is actually getting pretty good. Aside from the constant squeaks and pops it is fun.

Happy #3 – As I wrote a couple of posts ago I am feeling more in control of everything again and am finding the time and joy to start writing and putting up posts again. I really do enjoy doing this, and it does seem that some of you are actually enjoying reading it too, so thank you! :)

Happy #4 – Tea. I love tea and have been drinking lots and lots of lovely tea. Tea this week has been making me particularly happy, especially during the recovery process of Happy #5….
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Happy #5 – My beautiful friend Becky came down from London for the weekend and we met up for drinks on Saturday. Becky, myself, Jezz, and our friends Toby, Lina, Ceej and Lee went out for general merriment and to celebrate the return of the aforementioned chums to Brighton. It ended up being one of those nights where you stagger home at 5 am in a wobbly line. We ended up dancing to the fine sounds of the 80’s at The Haunt at their “it is still 1985” night (a fine year for those who were born…) and ended the night in Brighton’s famous 24-hour cafe Buddies.
Smashed.
So smashed I found the following thing so entertaining I had to take a photo. Yes. Don’t drink kids.

10 points to whoever can figure out what this is.

Brighton Pride 2015

I bloody love Brighton. 
I am so proud to be from this incredible, diverse, free city. Nothing shows Brighton in it’s true (rainbow glittery) colours as the yearly Pride festival. I have been rubbish the past couple of years due to summer school exhaustion (excuses, excuses) but this year it was embraced in full force! 

A massive thank you to Janine Basil who created my beautiful headband and helped me to get it on time when I ordered it too late! 

This year was the 25th anniversary of Brighton Pride and the whole city seemed to be involved. The first Pride parade in Brighton was in 1973 but it wasn’t until 1991 that it became the festival it is known as now. You can find out more here: History

Jezz, myself and our friend Rob planned to start the days festivities with the parade at Hove Lawns. However, in usual tardy style we didn’t get up until 10.00 am, drank coffee, took ALONG time to get out the house and had accepted the fact that we had missed the parade.
We decided to wander down to Hove Lawns and slowly make our way over to Preston Park where the party was. Upon our arrival all of the pride floats were at Hove Lawns, unbeknownst to us there had been a bomb scare that had delayed the parade, and had worked perfectly for us because the parade literally started as soon as we arrived!

We followed the parade all the way through Brighton over to London Road where we met up with our friends, and danced in the street, watching the parade and cheering everyone as they passed. Everyone seemed to be having a brilliant time with huge smiles on their faces.

Once the parade had finished we went to Preston park to start the real party! It was fantastic, we drank, we danced, everyone was having a fantastic time. It seemed to be over far too quickly. I want to go back and do it all again.

My friend described the atmosphere as “electric” and it really was. It seemed the whole of Brighton had come out to celebrate and was having an amazing time. Brighton you did yourself proud. I cannot WAIT for next year!

#findthehappy – Week 10

#findthehappy – Week 10 – Monday 29th June 2015 – Sunday 5th July 2015
Phew what a week! Non-stop go go go at work and outside of work….
Happy #1 – As it was Jezz’s birthday on Sunday 28th June we went out with his parents and brother for a birthday meal on Monday. We went to a great Lebanese restaurant Kambis on Western Road, we go there quite a lot! I had my favourite lamb shawarma. We then went to Jojo’s Gelato across the road for pudding. I had a delicious strawberry and chocolate sauce crepe. Felt thoroughly sick and happy afterwards.
Happy #2 – On Tuesday Jo and I had tickets booked for the special premier showing of Amy at the Duke of York cinema. I have always been a massive fan of Amy Winehouse and was very excited to see the movie. It is fantastic, but so, so sad. I left the cinema with a very heavy heart. It is a great insight into her story, and if you are a fan you should go and see it. Just be prepared to have your heart broken.

Happy #3 – On Wednesday I had made plans to have dinner and wine on the beach with my friend Gemma after work. It has been a real scorcher of a day so we went to Tesco’s and bought a rotisserie chicken, salad and a baguette (and maybe some cake… perhaps….maybe…..) We made chicken sandwiches, drank wine and put the worlds to rights while watching a seagull trying to eat a fish. It was glorious.

Happy #4 – I have previously mentioned my favourite blogger/YouTuber Sprinkle of Glitter (aka Louise Pentland) before. I am a bit of a fangirl and think she is just plain fabulous. She gives young women a very positive message in an otherwise very pressured society. Something that I feel quite strongly about. If you keep up with her internet antics you will know that Thursday saw the release of her new book “Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter“. I have had it on pre-order since it was announced and was far too excited about it’s arrival. It came, its lovely. I am definitely a little (a lot) older than the intended audience but that does not mean I cannot appreciate the messages held within its pages. I could ramble on for ages, but it is lovely, and I am savouring each page like a delicious box of chocolates.

Happy #5 – On Sunday Jezz, Jo, Ed and I all went to the Odeon cinema to watch Jurassic World finally. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s silly, it’s loud,the characters are painfully one dimensional but sometimes you just have to let go and ride it out. It made me nervous, happy and nostalgic. And… well… dinosaurs!! WOOP!

#findthehappy – Week 9 – Part 2

The alarm went off at about 10.00am and for once I leaped out of bed to make a cup of tea (there is normally a battle as to whom is going to make the tea). We got dressed, Jezz packed his things and we headed up to Brighton station to catch our train at 11.27 am. We managed to get to the station in time to get a coffee and boarded our train headed for London Victoria.
We arrived at Victoria and battled through the solid mass of people trying to get down to the tube. After doing the “London shuffle” (teeny tiny steps, shuffled whilst surrounded by people) we boarded the tube to Green Park. Jezz has been doing some work recently up in London and wanted to show me where he had been so we went for a walk around St. James’ Square and then up to Piccadilly where the theatre was.
By this time we were starting to get hungry and rain had started so we darted into Bella Italia to grab a spot of lunch. This was a bit of a snap decision hurried by the impending downpour and we realised we picked probably the WORST Bella Italia out of at least 3 we saw within a 5 minute walk. The reason being that we were put on a table right up the back, with no windows and all the others restaurants we spotted were much bigger, with windows! Even funnier was after we had ordered our food, we realised that we had been to the Bella Italia in Crawley once before and had ordered EXACTLY what we had ordered this time, just the other way around. Haha!
After lunch we had a bit of time to kill so we went for a walk around to look for Leicester Square…  we found Trafalgar Square… then realised we had had lunch at Leicester square, so in fact where we were already on Leicester Square when we started looking.  #losttourist
By this time, it was heading towards 2.30 pm when the show was supposed to begin so we headed towards the Prince of Wales theatre. I haven’t been to a show in London in a very long time, so I don’t know if it is the standard but the staff were so great! They were friendly, approachable and made us feel very very welcome. The gentleman who served us at the bar was brilliant, very friendly. We had a jug of Pimms to start and order our interval drinks, a bottle of Prosecco. We had one glass of Pimms each before it was time to go in so took a glass in with us.
The show was fantastic. I knew I would enjoy it but I literally had the time of my life! My face hurt from smiling and laughing all the way through. The cast were brilliant. We had great seats second row from the stage. The show was one of the best things I have ever seen, Jezz and I have been talking about it ever since and singing all of the songs since. (However do not get Hassa Diga Ebowaii stuck in your head and sing at work). As we left the theatre there were a group of Mormons outside handing out genuine copies of The Book of Mormon! Does beg the question how many recruits they have got from the back of the show! It is great, seriously if you like South Park or if you have a non-sensitive sense of humour do go and see it. In fact I will come with you to see it again!
After the show, we were feeling a bit merry and decided to go to the Japan Centre, which is an awesome shop that sells all exciting, interesting Japanese things. It was all a bit too much at this point and I had gone a bit giddy so we decided to go and check into the hotel and chill out for a bit.
I had booked us into the Melia White House hotel which is just by Regents Park. The hotel was wonderful! I had emailed them prior to arrival to explain that it was Jezz’s 30th birthday to see if there was anything we could arrange as a little surprise for his arrival. They very kindly left us a bottle of cava and a cake with a special message on! This was a really lovely touch for when we arrived. We had a lovely cold glass of cava and a slice of cake. Showered and got ready for the evening.
The basic plan was to go and get dinner, but as we were in London Jezz thought we should do something a bit more exciting so we decided to go up The Shard (insert “take my boyfriend up the shard” joke here). We had a drink at the bar half way up to start, very expensive, very swanky, very busy. Then we went up to the top and had a good look round. The view was very cool, we spent a lot of time trying to figure out all the different landmarks and where on earth Victoria train station was… never found it.. kinda over there in that vague area *wave hand in general direction, nod like you know what you are talking about*
It was fairly late by the time we left and we were starting to get quite hungry so we headed towards Soho area to find some dinner. Jezz had been to a place before with a friend called Bodeans so we headed there. It is a BBQ restaurant and OMG so good. We had all of the different meats! Chicken, ribs, pulled pork, sausage and burnt ends. OMG the burnt ends were soooooooooooooo good. If you go be sure to try them! We were both clearly very hungry and polished off the lot!
After dinner we decided that we would both prefer to just get another bottle of cava in and head back to the hotel rather than going out to a bar or a club. (Getting old y’see?) So that is what we did, we listened to some music on YouTube, ended up listening to some weird country music and then decided it was probably bed time.
The next morning we woke, dressed and went down for breakfast which was a great buffet with all you could want, we filled up on bacon and eggs and checked out of the hotel.
We decided to head back to Oxford Street and have a wonder around the shops, we had a good look round the M&M Store and Hamleys, then stopped for a coffee. At this point our feet were complaining from all of the walking and it was getting close to our train home so we headed to Victoria where we had a beer, a pretzel and boarded the train back to Brighton.
We had the best weekend! I am really pleased that Jezz enjoyed his birthday surprise and we both had such a lovely time. A massive thank you to all at the Price of Wales Theatre/Book of Mormon and staff at The Melia White House Hotel for making the weekend so special!
I booked the show and hotel through Show and Stay, it was very simple and I would certainly recommend them! Join their newsletter and get 10% off your break! :)

#findthehappy – Week 9 – Part 1

FIND THE HAPPY – Week 9 – Weekend of 20 – 21 June 2015
THE REVEAL!
 
#findthehappy is running a bit behind this week, please see my last post
Things might be a little higgledy piggledy for the next couple of months due to work. 
#tired #stressed #needaholidayagainalready
So this weeks #findthehappy is going to take a slightly different format.
Usually we have 5 things a week that have made me happy. Last week we had one big super happy, so going to focus on that! We will do this in 2 parts because a) it is epic and b) I am not sure I can write this all in one go!
Jezz turns 30 on the 28th June so as a birthday surprise I planned a trip to London to see The Book of Mormon and a stay in a posh hotel. I booked it all in March so have been planning it for ages, finally last week it came around, time for the big reveal!

 

I had “booked” the weekend up with a mysterious family event that I basically just didn’t actually tell him about. We have a shared calender so I put it in there and kept quiet not wanting to get tangled up in a web of lies!
On the Thursday evening as we entered Sainsburys to get some dinner, he asked me what we had planned that weekend. Thankfully this meant that I could browse shelves and with some air of confidence tell him about the family thing early on Saturday, avoiding any eye-contact
(I am a terrible liar, thank goodness I could look the other way and pretend to be looking at salad!).
He had drinks with work planned on Friday evening after work (EAK!!) so I told him that he must not get too drunk, being hungover on Saturday is not an option… he said I could come for drinks too… I just mumbled some noises and said it was best to stay at his so we could get the bus in the morning…
ahem… yes….. *look in opposite direction*
I do not play the nagging girlfriend hugely well and I was sure that my demands for him to be home would uncover my secret plot… or make him think I had lost the plot as it is quite out of character. But no, he didn’t thing anything of it, was on the train home with some work friends at 8.30 pm. I met them for a beer and we joked about how much he couldn’t wait to get up SUPER early to go and see my family…. *mischievous giggle*
 
When we got back I presented him with a wrapped present, and early birthday present. After much squishing and shaking of said present he finally opened it to reveal a nice wooden elephant box…. and when he opened it, inside was all of the tickets. He was super pleased, but still hadn’t clicked that we were going that weekend! Haha! There was much celebration, and excited chatting. We went to bed at a reasonable hour after watching some Orange is the New Black and set the alarm for the morning to be sure to make our train!
 
In part 2 I will tell you about our wonderful weekend in London!
 
Watch this space….

#findthehappy – Week 8

Find The Happy – Week 8 – Monday 8th June 2015 – Sunday 14th June 2015
Happy #1 – One of my colleagues recently returned from a visiting her family in South Africa and bought us back some of the most delicious treats! I love trying things from other countries, we had some chewy sweets called Fizzer which were like a cross between Chewits and a refresher bar. A mixture of Nestle chocolates, guess a bit like celebrations we have here, a selection of different chocolates that are bite sized. The Peppermint Crisps were my favourite. So good! And some Biltong, which I am pretty sure I ate the most off. More please.
Happy #2 – Salted Caramel goods! So this week I tried Options Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and also a Salted Caramel muffin from Sainsburys. In France I had the most delicious Salted Caramel crepe and since then have wanted to eat all the salted caramel goods in the world. For the record this was over 2 different days not all in one sitting! The Hot Chocolate was great, but as with all Options hot chocolates (I find) that they are not blow-your-mind with flavour but still pretty tasty. The muffin was obscene but could have done with a bit more salt in that caramel.
Happy #3 – May Day Bath Bomb – Baths are the best, it is just so nice to use the Lush goodies I got last week and chill out in some lovely smelling bath water. I like to put SkyGo on the tablet and sit in the bath watching TV until I am wrinkly. Lovely.
Happy #4 – On Thursday I went to see my parents in Peacehaven after their most recent trip to Portugal. We had a lovely evening with take away pizza and lots of cat squishes. 
We do eat other things than pizza when we get together by the way… hahahaha!
Happy #5 – On Friday we celebrated my friends birthday! She lives quite far from us in Brighton so we do not get to see each other as much as we would like but when we do we do it well!! We went to Jimmy’s restaurant at the Marina and then all came back to the flat for drinks and general merriment. Glorious time, drank too much rum. Had a fabulous time. I hope all that came did too! 
(Obligatory shot of my mug before the carnage)

#findthehappy – Week 7

FIND THE HAPPY – Week 7 – Monday 1st June 2015 – Sunday 7th June 2015
Happy #1 – After returning from our holiday in France I booked a couple of extra days off so on Monday I took a little trip into town and bought some bits.
Having a mini shopping spree is always good to make me happy!
I got some new shoes for work from Diechmann, a bargain at £17.99.
I got 2 bathbombs and a bubbleroon from Lush. I got the Avobath bathbomb, May Day bathbomb and The Green bubbleroon. Stopped there, otherwise I would buy everything in the shop!
I also got a few bits from Tiger. I bought a pedometer (used it twice so far, dropped it repeatedly and left it on my desk), some scissor shears and two sets of stamps.
Happy #2 – I had Tuesday off too! I had a big sort out of my wardrobe and filled huge bag to take to the charity shop. I did some work on the blog and watched far too much TLC
(Say Yes to the Dress, Extreme Cheapskates… absolute nonsense crap TV…joyus!)
Happy #3 – Upon my return from France I had an email offering free goodies when you spend money at Clinique… never one to pass up a good deal (or absolute sucker, I am not 100% sure) for a freebie I bought a replacement Moisture Surge Extra Thirst Relief Lotion and a new mascara.
Yes, hefty price-tag (I spent a total of £51.50 on the 2 items!) however look at all the freebies I got!!
While Clinique are quite pricey if you time it right I think you can get the most for your money. I am certainly pleased with this haul! I got a free mini chubby stick, free sample of their perfume “happy”, a free sample of their custom serum and a “bonus time”  with a whole bunch of stuff. I got a cute little make up bag which contained generously sized samples of the 7 Day Scrub Cream, Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, All About Eyes eye cream, High Impact Mascara, and also an eye-shadow duo and full size lip stick. Really pleased with all of the items!
Happy #4 – Friday evening saw myself, Jezz and a group of friends frequent our favourite drinking establishment the Lion and Lobster in Brighton. They do the BEST cheesy chips. Fact. They actually do a lot of really seriously good food, however after too many pints of cider, cheesy chips are the way forward.
We drank too much, made a lot of noise, chatted and laughed. It was lovely.
Happy #5 – Had a really lovely relaxing Saturday and Sunday. Jezz did some work and I coloured in my new adult colouring book. This is a thing! If you haven’t realised where have you been?
Watched pretty much an entire series of Third Rock from the Sun, coloured and drank hot drinks. Brilliant. (Apart from the fact I now have a numb patch on my finger where I clearly am not used to holding a pen for so long!).
There are hundreds of books and I spent ages deciding on one, and I chose Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford. The book is a thing of beauty, the paper is beautiful and thick so there is no fear of pens leaking through and spoiling the design on the other side. The designs are so cute, lots of leaves and castles and animals. I love it! Although I am going to have to buy more green pens, pretty sure I will run those out the quickest. It is very therapeutic, switch of your brain, have a bit of telly/radio on and the hours disappear! It is nice to be away from the computer for a bit.
What have been your happies this week? #findthehappy

#findthehappy – Week 6

FIND THE HAPPY – Week 6 – Monday 11th May 2015 – Sunday 17th May 2015
 
Happy #1:  On Wednesday evening I went over to see my friends Gemma and Mike for the evening and have dinner with them. We had the most delicious chicken, leek and mushroom doings (3 of my favourite ingredients!) and put the world to rights. Had a really super good natter with them and then because apparently they had not already been kind enough in giving me my dinner, they gave me a lift home. Super lovely evening.
 
Happy #2: On Thursday I went over to my parents house to see them and to have dinner. It has been a couple of weeks since I last saw them (bad daughter) but we had a really lovely evening, with lots of giggles and homemade pizza – nom!
Happy #3: This week I told lots of my friends about the blog! I have set up a Facebook page (please go “like” me!) so that my friends and family would know about my ramblings. They have all been really positive and encouraging which was nice. It is always a little nerve racking showing people that know you something creative that you have been working on.
But all in all everyone has been lovely. Thank you :) xx
Happy #4: Birchbox came this week! It was full of great stuff again this month, and had a great theme of colouring! This seems to be all the rage at the moment. I got (L-R) Caudalie Vino Perfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser, WAH London nail art pen in Navy, RMK Point Make Up Remover, PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturising Sea Salt Spray, Number 4 Lumiere d’Hiver Reconstructing Masque and Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge. It also came with a little pack of colouring pencils and a box you could colour, what a fab idea!
By far my favourite item was the WAH London nail art pen, it comes with a fine brush and a pen-like nib to do pretty patterns on your nails! It’s a bit tricky but with practise I think you can have some great fancy schmansy nails!

Happy #5: On Sunday I had a really lovely day with the boy. We had a lovely lay in and then a nice cup of tea while watching an episode of House (now on the final season..boohoo!!) and then we went into town for lunch. We went to Noodles soup, one of our current favourite places to go for lunch. I had king prawn laksa with rice noodles, it was delicious! We then went to see The Avengers – Age of Ultron at the cinema. Can’t beat a bit of superhero action movie!

Embarrassing Mix Tape

We all have our dark secrets. 
 
Ones that we will take to the grave having never told a soul for fear of persecution and ridicule.
Ones that hide in the deep recesses of our minds…
…and iPods.

Welcome to Amy’s Embarrassing Mix Tape!

Side A

1. Take That – Promises
2. Enya – Orinoco Flow
3. Ennio Morricone & His Orchestra – Chi Ma
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
5. Sisqo – Thong Song
6. Pat Benatar – Love is a Battlefield

Side B

7. 50 Cent – Ayo Technology ft. Justin Timberlake
8. Limp Bizkit – Rollin’
9. Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
10. N’Sync – Bye Bye Bye
11. Hoobastank – The Reason
12. Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
You’re welcome.

What songs are there lurking on your iPod that you are ashamed to admit?

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