Life Lately – An October round up! 

Where has October gone? We are nearing the end of the month and so far I’ve managed to produce just two blog posts. Ummm yes my life seems to be set on full throttle at the moment. It’s been all good though, so that’s no bad thing. 

To get myself back on the blogging band wagon I thought I’d share with you a little bit about what’s been happening on planet Schoolrunbeauty this October. So here goes…

Back in September I started my new job with Joules. This involved lots of traveling to and from Bury St Edmunds, on the train for my induction period. As lovely as the girls are at the Bury store I was glad when we finally got access to our shiny new store in my home town. 

We have been open for a month now and it’s going great, I love my new job. I have such a varied role and well let’s be honest, my uniform allowance and generous staff discount is a lovely perk. 

This month I have also started another module towards my Business Studies BA with Open University. Juggling this with work and the family has been a bit of a challenge. Hence hardly any blogging has happened. 

I’ve developed a routine that works for me at the moment. I take my youngest to school, head to the library for a couple of hours then go to work. I just need to figure out now how to get some regular time to work on the blog? Umm ….maybe I should sleep less? Noooo I like my sleep! 

So amongst all the boring day to day stuff I managed to get up to London with my little sister to a book event hosted by Fabulous magazine. This was held at the News UK building in London Bridge. You can read more about that in this blog post here.

We had a fun evening and got to meet one of our favourite authors Lindsey Kelk. As you can see I was rocking some joules on the night. 

Unfortunately I have had to work most of half-term but we did manage to have a family day out today. 

We visited Colchester Castle and then had an early dinner at Miller and Carter. 

The castle is great for school age kids. There are lots of interactive activities to keep them interested and you can pick up a special kids guide from reception that ensures you don’t miss any of these. 

The keep itself is the largest Normandy Keep in Europe. It stands on the foundations of the Roman temple of Claudius when Colchester was still the capital of Britian. The temple however was burnt to the ground when it was attacked by Queen Boudicca in AD 60. 

You can see lots of Roman artefacts in the castle museum as well as from the Saxon and Medieval periods. 

The castle prison is very interesting, though I didn’t last long In the cell area as it gave me the creeps. Er yeah….. I took one look, decided I didn’t like the feeling In there, and left rather swiftly. This was much to the amusement of my family, as I had previously been whinging at them for rushing me through the exhibits before I had seen everything properly, whoops! 

So that’s a little bit of what I have been up to recently. Hopefully I shall be a bit more successful on the blogging front next month. 

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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