Meeting that person who challenges your comfort zone | #BEDM Day 19

Today’s post may come across as a little bit on the rambling side. In all honesty I’m not even sure where I’m going with this? Let’s just say this is a written version of me thinking out loud. About what? Well it my response to todays #BEDM prompt ‘out of your comfort zone’. 

I was trying to think of what to actually produce for this post and it got me thinking whether or not I actually do anything that pushes me outside of my safe little comfort zone. To be quite frank I’m quite happy there. 

 I’m definitely a creature of habit, suffer with shyness and am scared of anything that is remotely considered dangerous. Basically I’ve just listed you several things that would stop you trying anything new.

It’s a good job then that I met my husband because he is fearless, too much so in my opinion, and he has the injuries to prove it. Together though we balance each other. There’s no stopping him doing daft things but at least when I’m there he will take sensible measures to reduce the risk of seriously damaging himself. 

This picture? Case in point, he was at work and thought befriending a Rottweiler was a good idea. 

I can definitely say that there are things that I have done in life that I wouldn’t have If he wasn’t behind me giving me that encouraging nudge. 

I won’t lie, some of those times would have seen me getting the right blinking hump at him for being too pushy. Yes did I mention I’m also very stubborn!

I can give him credit though for me having experienced certain things in life that I wouldn’t have done if he wasn’t there being a little bit pushy. 

So I suppose your wondering what some of those thing are?

Riding a motorbike – Well strictly speaking riding pillion on the back of the husbands bike. 

I had always said I would never get on a motorbike. Well I do it often now, and even have my own leathers. 

I’m still true to my cautious side though anything above 60 and I’m screaming slow down! Girls not going to change completely, ha! 

Swimming with Sharks – We did this on our honeymoon in The Dominican Republic. I can’t remember what type of shark they actually were, definitely ones that are more interested in little fishes than me anyway. 

Still it was a shark and It took me so long to actually get in the water as I was terrified. I’m so glad I did that instead of the ‘spa boat trip’ I was trying to convince hubby to do as It was such an amazing experience! 

Attending Blog Events Alone  – OK I think I’m going to take the credit for this one. 

I find meeting new people and striking up a natural conversation horrendous. I just feel stupidly awkward. That is unless alcohol is involved and then I get verbal diarrhoea. 

This awkwardness is why it has taken me so many years to finally talk to other parents at the school gate. You see I couldn’t exactly turn up at the school gates with a glass of wine, could I? 

Anyway back to attending blog events, particularly without my side kick Ashliegh, really has encouraged me to get over that social awkwardness.

So in answer to my earlier pondering I do actually try to step out of my comfort zone I just need someone to hold my hand. Thank goodness hubby does that job so well. 

A Day in The Life Of?? Ummm?  | #BEDM Day 13

Today’s #BEDM promt was ‘A Day in The Life Of’.

 I originally thought, great, this ones easy?

Well not really. What is a typical day in my life? Um…It depends on which day you catch me on. 

You see I have many heads, not literally of course, I mean metaphorically. Today I’ve had my student head on, the dreaded EMA is looming for by latest OU module. 
Last Saturday I had my ‘blogger’ head on and got to attend a makeup brands event. 

Yesterday I had the ‘mums got shit to do’ head on. In others words, sort everyone else’s need out. 

For the past month I’ve had my ‘nurse’ head on, people really do need to stop being ill or injuring themselves!

 By Wednesday I finally got to remove that head, temporarily of course, to shove on my ‘work’ head. Yay mum gets a break! 

Ugh?? When did my life become about going to work for a break? Ha, when I had kids! 

Tonight I get to put my ‘I’m in a happy relationship’ head on. Yup the Husband and I are escaping. Whooh!!  Best warn the locals. Enough beers and You never know I might even put my ‘sexy’ head on? Ha Ha the Husband Wishes! 

Tomorrow is a good one! I get to just be a ‘girl having fun’. It’s Hen Do time! Queue fist pump!! 

So what’s a day in my life? Well I’d be darned If I knew? 

You know what? I bet I’m not the only to have so many versions on me. 

Bye for now, Katy x 

My favourite Poem | #BEDM Day 12

I have something very different to what I would normally write about here on 

The prompt for today’s #BEDM post is poetry. Well I’m no poet. So instead I thought I would share with you my favourite poem. 

This poem is nearly 100 years old but it is still very powerful and has relevance with me even today. 

I was first introduced to it as part of my GCSE work almost twenty years ago. I can still quote many of the lines off by heart. 

It is a War poem written by Wilfred Owen in 1917 called Dulche et Decorum et

Yes it’s a little bit on the morbid side but every time I hear it it reminds me of how lucky I am. That neither my children or I have to live through the sort of horrors that were supposed to end ‘war to end all wars’.

Of course there are still major conflicts today, and sadly probably will be for many years to come. 

Let’s remind ourselves now how lucky those of us that live in peaceful communities are and how both men and women, such of as those in the poem, have sacrificed so that we can. 

Dulche et Decorum et

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, 

Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, 

Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,

And towards our distant rest began to trudge. 

Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots, 

But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind; 

Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots 

Of gas-shells dropping softly behind. 
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling 

Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time, 

But someone still was yelling out and stumbling 

And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—

Dim through the misty panes and thick green light, 

As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. 
In all my dreams before my helpless sight, 

He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. 
If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace 

Behind the wagon that we flung him in, 

And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, 

His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin; 

If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood 

Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, 

Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud 

Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,— 

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest 

To children ardent for some desperate glory, 

The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est 

Pro patria mori.

By Wilfred Owen 

Makes you think doesn’t it? 

The featured painting is titled ‘Gassed’ and it by American Artist John Singer Sargent. It was the image that accompanied the poem in my GCSE textbook. 

Bye for now, Katy x

Food Glorious Food | Chop Block Chelmsford 

This post is long overdue. It must be at least 6 weeks since I went for dinner at Chop Bloc in Chelmsford with my two closest girl friends. 

The photos from that evening have been sitting on my phone waiting for me to do something with them for far to long now. Fortunately today’s #BEDM prompt was food glorious food, so it has given me that nudge to share those photos with you my thoughts about the restaurant. 

Chop Bloc specialises in steak and burgers all sourced from UK Hereford cattle. If you’re not a beef fan don’t worry as there are alternatives including vegetarian options. 

The menu does lean towards the pricier end of the scale as you have to order vegetables and sauces seperately but I can honestly say my steak was perfect.  

I suggest visiting mid-week as the set menu option, which you can view here provides much better value for money. You can opt for either two or three courses  at 21.95/25.95. 

Salt & Pepper Suid
300g Runp Steak
Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Burger

Eton Mess
I did feel the Deserts were a little disappointing in comparison to the rest of what we ate. They were okay, just nothing spectacular. 

The steak though was great and would definitely go back on a week night (I can’t afford the weekend prices 😁). 

I also want the opportunity to try out the cocktail bar upstairs, I’ve heard good things but no one was drinking that night. That’s a lie It was just me, I had a large glass of wine! 

Bye for now, Katy x

What’s in my Gym Bag | #BEDM Day 4 

Who else is a ‘Nosey Parker’ and likes having a peek inside other people’s bags? 

Me, Me, Me!! 

Now don’t panic, I’m not about to have a rifle through your bag if you happen to leave it unattended near me. No, but, If I see a ‘What’s in my….’ blog post or YouTube video though I’m all over it. 

It’s about time I did one myself then and what better reason than its today’s suggested topic for #BEDM. 

So let’s have a peek inside my gym bag. 

Wow that’s quite a lot of stuff, and my gym kit isn’t even in it presently! 

First up we have a pelvic support belt and a small exercise ball. I haven’t actually used these for a while but they are there incase I have a relapse and need to do my physio excersises again. 

Next up are my sennheiser sports headphones. I need my music when I run, these are great as I’m not fighting with earphones that fall out. They have a handy storage pouch as well. 

These New Balence Vazee Rush trainers are without a doubt the best running shoes I’ve ever owned. They are lightweight but still have a firm instep. I pretty sure I got them on sale for around £50 instead of £85 during last years Black Friday sale. 

The small make-up bag from Primark contains an assortment of quick to use beauty products including moisturiser, hair serum, makeup and brushes plus the standard sanitary products. 

Then we have my Cath Kidson oilcloth wash bag that I take into the shower with me. This has some of my genuine holy grail products in it. Lush silky underwear dusting powder. It smells of jasmine and does two things for me. One it acts like talc so stops leggings and skinny jeans sticking to me post shower, and two acts as a moisturiser as it contains grated cocoa butter. 

I couldn’t fail to mention The Body Shop Banana conditioner either, I’m obsessed! 
Some other random things in my gym bag include a Mills & Boons Historical romance book, these are my guilty pleasure an umbrella, frilly socks, a battered ‘wet brush squirt’ deodorant and leave in conditioner. 

So not to bad, no nasty surprises! Leave your blog links if you’re also taking part in the #BEDM challenge. 

Sometimes You Just Have To Tell Them They Smell!


Uh yes I did….Hear me out though, before you start telling me off for being mean. 

I’m pretty sure fellow mums of teens will completely understand where I’m coming from with this one. 

I’m not saying all, but most teenagers at some point seem to go through that horrible condition called ‘the mysterious case of nose blindness!’ Yes they don’t seem to be aware of their own increase in body odour, or the fact that their room stinks and it’s not pleasant. 

They often have that one favourite hoody that they refuse to take off, so getting it off their back to wash is a mission in itself. It smells so bad it’s steaming (slight exaggeration), but call it poetic license. 
So what do you do about it? 
Try the softly softly approach and drop subtle hints, by purchasing them their own toiletries, or just come straight out with it and tell them they stink? 

In my experience the subtle approach just doesn’t work, I’ve tried it. 

My only option has been to resort to being blunt. Yes it is awkward and sounds mean but I have grown tired of the smell and have had to resort to just telling my teen that they smell bad. Yes it can make for an unpleasant conversation, and you will be met with that typical teenage defensive outburst but in the long run it’s for their own good. 

Here is my reasoning. If I can smell it then other people can too. Unpleasent body odour is one of those things that as much as we can try to deny it, we make judgments about people based upon it. 

I’m sure if you were a teen in the 90’s you can all remember there was always one kid in the class that would be labelled ‘skanky’ and picked on for it. Either because there was a certain whiff about them, they were unfortunate to suffer with dandruff or just struggled with spots. Kids are mean though and will jump on anything as ammunition for teasing. By not telling my teen that they smell then I’m be putting them in that position. 

So yes it may be awkward or come across as mean, but if they don’t respond to the subtle hints or gentle conversations, then sometimes you just have to tell them the smell!  

Blogging Every Day In May | #BEDM 

Well Hello May!
Yes! I love May. Why? Well it really is the start of longer days, warmer weather and just for good measure two bank holidays!

This May you should also see a blog post from me every day. I’ve signed up to join Elizabeth from, and loads of other bloggers to participate in the Blog Everyday in May challenge.

I needed a bit of a kick up the bum as I have been a bit of a lazy blogger lately, so this is the perfect challenge for me. It’s also a great way of discovering new blogs to read. There are suggested topics for everyday so you might see something a little bit different to my usual style of post. This is good as it means I won’t be frantically wracking my brains for inspiration.

If you are a blogger and want to join in with the challenge you can sign up here. If not and just want to find some other interesting blogs to read there is a full list of sign ups with blog links. It literally takes about a minute and there are already loads of people signed up so you’ll be in good company.

Today’s topic suggestion is actually to either introduce yourself to the challenge or tell something new about yourself.

Well I shall leave you with this little titbit…wait I’m thinking……


I have a YouTube channel, not many of my friends and family actually know this as I’m kind of embarrassed to tell them. I worry they may think I’m narcissistic or something. The proverbial cats out the bag now anyway so here is a shameless link to one of my ‘get ready with me videos’ – cringe!

I actually love making videos and enjoy the interaction with other content creators that it brings. Most of my friends really aren’t interested in taking about make-up and beauty so this is another outlet to satisfy that need.

That’s all for today! Wish me luck with this challenge.