Sunday, 1 November 2015

Greg and I always go a little crazy for Halloween! We love all holidays.

So the day before Halloween, we decided to have an evening of pumpkin carving with our friends. 

First, we had to find the best pumpkins! Then we got carving :)

This year, Greg had the idea of staging a car accident in our front garden... We have a fairly small garden and no driveway, so I had no idea how this was going to happen. 

I also knew that my car would be the prop, so I was hoping he would change his mind!!!

Well, he didn't...! How do you like our end result?!

The kids loved it and I hope we can some how out do ourselves next year!

If you have any ideas or challenges for us, let us know :)

10 Foods That Knock Out Pain!

Honeymoon and Something to Remember

Thursday, 24 September 2015

For our honeymoon, we went to the gorgeous Greek island of Kos for a week in the sun.

What more could anyone want? Greek food, sun, sea and my hubby :) Also, our hotel was all inclusive, so we didn't even need to leave!

The entertainment was interesting - but the people were lovely and I would definitely go back!

Next time, I would love to travel across that little bit of ocean to explore Turkey.

It was beautiful and it was an amazing way to celebrate our marriage!

 We were right on the beach - it was beautiful, and the food was out of this world!

Isn't this watermelon just the prettiest?!

 We had our own jacuzzi - it was lovely!!

Our honeymoon was brilliant! And I would love to go back to Kos - or any other Greek Island for that matter!

Have you ever been to one of the Greek Islands?

On a different note...

As I am sure you are all aware, there is a war going on. People are leaving their homes and traveling in the most dangerous ways to find safety. One of the places they are going daily is Kos.

I knew that there were thousands of refugees near our hotel and I felt really powerless and a little scared in a way. Desperate people will do desperate things, right?

I kept thinking about it over and over, and another person at the hotel said that a woman had tried to give away her children because she was so fearful.

I needed to see this for myself. On my Facebook, people were posting that these people were all men and ISIS in disguise.. I persuaded Greg to let me investigate. 

This gorgeous beach view is tainted by the colourful tents across the shore. Thousands of them, all dotted down the paths.

In this picture, you may be able to see the figures through the fence. Thousands of people, sleeping on cardboard, washing their clothes in the sea.

What Greg and I saw were families. Men, women and children - none of which were begging. None of which were fighting. They were all just living in these horrible conditions in the best way they could.

Mothers and fathers were playing with their children. The children were as looked after as they could be. We even saw one lady with a brand new baby.

These people should not be seen as a threat. In every crowd, you get bad people, so why worry about them here? These refugees have risked their baby's lives to get away from war zones because drowning in the sea is better than what would be waiting for them on their door step.

Just remember that these people are in fact people. Humans - just like you and I.

We need to help them any way we can - and if that is by welcoming them into our country, then that is what we should do.

I Got Married!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

On the 3rd September, I got married to my best friend. 

I am now a Mrs - weirdest thing ever!

Our wedding was perfect. We shared the day with 24 of our nearest and dearest family members and it could not have gone better :)

Here are some of my favourite pics from the day - enjoy :)

Our first toast as Mr and Mrs!
With our witnesses, my brother Andreas and Greg's brother Chris.

I made a joke - I am hilarious!

"My Mug and I" with Heather!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

This week, we have the lovely Heather from Frost on the Vine. She likes having breakfast for dinner - so what is not to love about her?! My favourite post is her "Caring for Succulents" because I am desperate for my succulents to not die..! Be sure to check her out!

Here we go!

Hey! Who are you and where do you come from?
My name is Heather Serra. I'm a leasing manager for a townhome community & I blog over at FrostontheVine.com. I currently live in Upstate New York, USA.

How long have you had your favourite mug?
I've had my favorite mug for a little over 2 years now.

Where did it come from?
My beautiful, sweet, 9-year-old niece picked it out & gave it to me for my birthday. She obviously has very sophisticated taste in mugs. ;)

Why this one?
Well, besides the fact that my awesome niece gave it to me, it has a little built-in pocket for my ever chilly fingers. I am cold all the time! I'm constantly shaking hands at work and so I try to warm up with this mug before meeting with a potential tenant.

Does it really make your drink taste better?
Yes! Anything I have in other mugs is just...eh, ok. lol

What is your favourite thing to have in your mug?
Strong black coffee which is definitely an acquired taste. Guess I'm a grown up now...;-p

When do you have your first cuppa?
In the mornings. I like to get in a cup before I get to work so that I'm as cheery as my colleague, but my mornings don't always pan out that way. I'm usually running out the door and pour a cup as soon as I get to the office.

How many hot drinks do you have per day?
Hmmm...good question. On a cold day, probably 6ish. On an average day, probably 2.

What is your favourite thing to do whilst with your mug?
Wake up! lol...thus the strong black coffee. During that process, I like to check out my social media...see what I've missed overnight.

Anything else?
Yes. Thanks for featuring me & my favorite mug. I love this segment!

A big thank you to Heather for taking part!

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"My Mug and I" with Kristen!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

This week, we have the lovely Kristen from Everyday Grace! Kristen is a lawyer living in Colorado, USA. My favourite feature on her blog is her Friday Favourites - they are so fun!! Be sure to check her out. She is currently on a hiatus, so this gives you some time to catch up on her posts before she gets writing again! :)

Here we go!

Hey! Who are you and where do you come from?
My name is Kristen and I live in Denver, Colorado!

How long have you had your favourite mug?
I got this mug 3 years ago while I was in law school! It's been through a lot of long law school years with me!

Where did it come from?

Why this one?
I love the phrase on it. It says "fresh brewed inspiration for the day ahead" and it's really big and holds almost two cups of coffee!

Does it really make your drink taste better?
I think so :) it makes the day better for sure!

What is your favourite thing to have in your mug?
Black coffee with French vanilla coconut milk creamer. So delish

When do you have your first cuppa?
First thing in the am, about 7.15am!

How many hot drinks do you have per day?
Usually 2 cups of coffee, a third in the afternoon if it is a long day

What is your favourite thing to do whilst with your mug?
Read blogs and blog :)

A big thank you to Kristen for taking part!

Would you like to be a part of My Mug and I?

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My First Car..!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

What was your first car?

I was so lucky with my first car. My grandfather left me a trust fund for university - but I was already doing Open University, so I decided to get myself a new car!

My first car was a Citroen C1. I was instantly in love!

I used and abused this car. When I sold it in 2013, it had 200,000 miles on the clock - even though it was only 6 years old!

The most important thing about my car? It protected me. It was safe (even after someone drove into the side of me...!).

Now car safety is something that has always been important to me. Sadly, I have lost friends - the road is a dangerous place.

One time, I had just got my tyres replaced - it was snowing and I was nervous. My tyres were just borderline safe, so I thought it was about time.
(I live in the UK.. Therefore, when it snows, the whole country comes to a standstill. We are just not used to it!)

As the roads were chockablock, I decided (stupidly) to take the country roads home. As I drove around a bend, I lost control of my car and span. Nothing I did corrected the spin and my car kept spinning around and round. I was so scared!

My tyres eventually gripped and my car came to a sideways stop - about a foot away from a brick wall. If I had crashed, I wouldn't have been able to get out of my car and I was in the middle of nowhere, alone.

I was soooo lucky that I got my tyres done!

When was the last time you got your tyres done? I'm not going to lie.. One of the main reasons I put off getting my tyres done is because I have no idea what I am doing. I once took my car to a car garage (that I won't name..) and they tried to charge me £350 for two back tyres! I am sure you can see, the car I had was so little, that was absurd!!

Check out Point S - you literally need your number plate! They then give you the price options, you choose the centre (nearest to you, mine is only 2 miles away) and then you reserve the tyres! All done. No hidden costs or tricks!

Disclosure: Paid post - all opinions stated in this post are my own. I only post reviews about products that I am passionate about and think you should know about! Thank you for reading :)

How to work off your favourites...!

Monday, 10 August 2015

When this was brought to my attention, I just HAD to share it with you all!


Coconut Oil Hair Mask - Tried and Tested!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

I have insane hair. Check this out!

Now, if you have read my post about Coconut Oil, you will know that I am obsessed. I have seen so many people trying out coconut oil hair masks, that I thought I would join in.

I do use coconut oil on my hair, but I was a little cautious about using it on my scalp and roots. My hair literally never gets greasy (I am lucky, I could literally not wash my hair for a month and it would not be greasy) - so I was hesitant to make it greasy! What if the coconut oil doesn't wash out properly?! My scalp is always super dry - so I thought that I would give it a go.

First, I started by parting my hair and massaging melted coconut oil straight onto my scalp. I made sure that my head was covered but not overloaded. It felt so good!!

Then I moved down my hair with the oil, all the way to the tips.

I tied my hair into a bun on top of my head, and left it over night.

Now this was not a very pleasant experience.. I had to basically wrap my hair in a towel for the whole night so I didn't get my pillow covered in oil!

To rinse the coconut oil out of my hair, I used a standard Tresemmé shampoo. It took just two shampoos before the oil was out of my hair - but I did do a third rinse, just in case!

The result?

Now, for my hair, this is amazing!!

It was so soft and my scalp felt so hydrated.

Try it!

Glastonbury Festival!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Greg is a medic for a company called FMS. They provide medical cover at large events, such as Glastonbury Festival! Meaning, I get to come with him to Glastonbury and stay on a camp site with flushing toilets and showers - bliss!

We met some lovely new friends there and cannot wait to see them at the next festival!

This year, the line up was great. If you ever get the chance to go to Glastonbury, just do it!

Glastonbury is known for its hippie culture - and the festival does not disappoint with this.

As always, I explain things better with pictures - enjoy.

Here is some of what I captured :)