February’s Reading List 

At the start of the year I set myself a few personal goals. One of those goals is to get back into reading by finishing up 26 books throughout 2018. 

So far I’ve finished two books;

Helen Forrester Lime Street at Two 

Paige Toon All about the hype 

Both of these books are part of mini series’ that I have now finished. They are very different but both equally great reads. Let me know if you would be interested in a book review on either of these. 

In order to stay on track and keep myself accountable I have decided to share my monthly reading list here on the blog. 

These are the books I plan to read in February; 

Paige ToonThe one we fell in love with 

Paige Toon is my favourite author. I received this book from my husband for Christmas… I just haven’t got round to reading it yet 

Jo-Jo MoyesAfter You 

I read Me Before You last year and really enjoyed it. It’s about time I read the sequel then. I also have the book on loan from my little sister so need to hurry up and give it back to her. 

I’m open to pushing my reading comfort zone so if you have any suggestions for books that you think I should be adding to my reading list please leave them in the comment section.

2017 Bucket List Update

At the start of 2017 I created a list of the  17 things I wanted to do this year. I have actually managed to do a few things on that list. 

It’s is crazy to me that it is the end of July and we are officially over halfway through the 2017. Where has the year gone? 

So much has happened in such a relatively short space of time. My life now  is very different to what it was like at the start of the year. 

Some of those things have been amazing opportunities such as going full time and being promoted at work. Other things have been very sad such as loosing my mum back in January. It has been bittersweet.

I decided it was about time that I revisited the Bucket List and gave you a little up date on my progress. 
London Zoo 

Way back in April we visited London Zoo. I enjoyed seeing all the animals but also loved all the old architecture, many of which are listed buildings. The Giraffe house with its huge split doors was built in 1836. 

Catch a Wave 

I said I was going to embrace the sea this summer and catch a wave. Well yay for it being so warm in the run up to summer as it actually wasn’t that cold when we finally headed down to North Devon for our summer holiday. 
I tried out both bodyboarding and Surfing. The later is much harder and I still haven’t got up off my stomach. I have the bruised and scratched knees to prove though that I did  indeed catch and ride a wave. 

Not quite sure if I’m pulling of the surfer girl look? 

Try Avocado on Toast 

I’m counting this Smashed Avocado and Bacon on Sour dough toast, from Jamaica Blue in Chelmsford, as ticking something off my list. It’s not quite the super healthy blogger cliche version but this appealed to me much more. In fact I enjoyed it so much I’ve been back a couple of times. 

Read the Harry Potter Series 

My son and I are making good progress reading through the Harry Potter series. We  have got as far as Goblet of Fire. 

I love this one to one time I have with my youngest. We don’t get to do it every day due to work constraints, which is why it has taken us so long. I’m sure we will have finished the series by the end of the year.

Visit Ireland 

Lastly I have booked my flights to visit family in Ireland this coming September. It will be a whirlwind weekend trip but I can’t wait. We are have a big girly weekend at my Aunts in a part of Ireland I have never visited before. 

We are a little over halfway through the year. So far I have ticked off or planned for 5 items on my list. With 12 still left I’m going have to pull my finger out if I want to tick them off before the end of 2017. 

Of course I will keep you updated when that happens.

The 2017 bucket list

I’m not making any New Years resolutions this year. Why? Well I always break them, so I don’t actually see the point. Instead I’ve created myself a bucket list of 17 things I want to do in 2017. 

I’m not saying I’m going to complete every last one of the items on this list but I’m going to give it a damn good go. 

Some of the items on my list are very simple, others will take a bit of planning. It includes day trips to places that I have been saying I have wanted to visit for goodness knows how long, but never seem to have got around to.

There are some craft activities that I have had the materials at home to do for a crazy long time but still haven’t got round to tackling . 

If I just manage to get half of this list completed this year then I’m in for a fun 2017.

Here goes; 

  1. Go and see the Musical Wicked.
  2. Run 5k.
  3. Learn to cable knit. 
  4. Catch a wave. 
  5. Visit London Zoo.
  6. Take the kids to see ‘the changing of the guards’ at Buckingham Palace. 
  7. Try mashed avocado on toast. How can I claim to be a blogger and never have tried this? 
  8. Make an Origami Crane mobile. 
  9. Visit Tiptree Jam Museum.
  10. Visit Brighton, in particular ‘The Lanes’.
  11. Go for afternoon tea at The Ritz.
  12. Finishing reading the Harry Potter series with my Son. 
  13. Make a Pavlova.
  14. Make a skirt. I have had the material for this for about two years now. 
  15. Paint the bedroom. It hasn’t been done since we moved In ten years ago. I’m desperate to get it done this year. 
  16. Eat fish & chips out of the paper, whislt sat on the seafront and watching the sun go down. 
  17. Last but not least…Visit my family in Ireland. Even if it’s just for 1 night. It’s been far too long! 

So that is everything on my bucket list for 2017. Realistically none of it is that unachievable. I just need to stop putting things off. What do they say? You only live once! 

October Goals – Hit or Miss?

Ever the optimistic I set myself a range of goals for the month of October. Some of these were related to fitness, others to finishing craft projects and another was me trying to get my crap together in a more organised fashion. 

So, how did I get on? 

Increase my run to 15 minutes – HIT!! 

I was so flippin proud of this I basically shouted about it all over Facebook. Yup queue one very unglamorous  sweaty gym selfie.   

Lift 20kg during my arms workout – Hit!! 

I might have moaned about my soar arms to the Husband for days on end afterward but I’ve done. Just need to work on ot being consistant now. 

Finish Knitting my sisters tea cosy – Fail!! 

So I’ve made progress, but it’s still not finished. It will happen though soon though I promise Ash x

Complete the puzzle that had so far taken me 3 years – Hit!!

Ta Dah!!!  

It took me far longer than I intended but now it’s down. I can legit say I can buy a new one now, though I’m hoping Father Christmas drops one down my chimney. 

Sort out my Kitchen Cupboards – Fail!! 

Ughh yeah, this was a big fat fail. They are still a mess, and I’m still bitching about it. Perhaps I’m going to have to roll this one over? 

I can’t actually remember now if I had set any other goals. Generally it has been a mixed bag of Hit and Misses. Im stupidly proud of hitting some fitness goals though. 

Having been in a situation that I suffered with pain and mobility problems I don’t take my body for granted now. When you put your mind to it’s amazing what the human body is capable of. 

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October Goals

Hello October!! Yeah I know I’m a day late but I have loads going on in October that it deserves a proper hello. So, Hello October! 

As I’m in such a positive mood right now I’ve decide to set myself some goals for the month of October. Call it my way of avoiding slipping back into being a Negative Nelly. Oh and As I seem to be developing more and more into a bit of an over sharer I thought not why not share my October goals with you guys. That and it gives me fodder for this and future blog posts.

So let’s get started with those goals.

Fitness Goals

A while back I updated you on how my recovery from some big health issues was going. I hit a significant mile stone in terms of improving my overall fitness. You can read about that post here. I now want to take that to the next stage, so by the end of the month I would like to be able to run, I say run but it’s more like plod along, for 15 minutes continuously. 

My upper body strength is pretty pathetic so I’m also trying to improve this. 20kg seems a realistic amount to be able to lift by the end of the month, I’m currently at 15kg. Yes I’m a weakling he he! 

Home life

I’ve been moaning for months now about the state of my kitchen cupboards. The kids wash and dry up after dinner which is great, however they just chuck everything in the cupboards with no thought about where things actually go, hence this big mess. 

Yes it’s time to do something about it. I’m sure if I do a cupboard of draw a day I can have this sorted by the end of the month. I just have to work on getting the kids to put stuff away properly. Um? Good luck with that one! 


I have been doing this puzzle for roughly three years now. The Husband is teasing me about it now so I’m going to have it finished by the end of the month.  

 Also I need to finish my current knitting project. I’ve been making this tea cosy for my little sister for far too long now. I promise Ash you will have it before I leave the country again, honest!  

 So that’s my goals for October, some  may seem a bit trivial but I’ve been slacking a bit lately and need some focus. My Open University Module starts tomorrow so those slightly trivial goals are my way of having some down time, but in a constructive way. 

I will keep you updated throughout the month as I attempt to hit these goals. So watch out for those futures posts. 

What do you want to achieve in October? Why not share your goals in the comment section. 

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