Monday, 28 September 2015

Things I love about Autumn

Now this may shock and surprise some people but Autumn and Winter are my absolute favourite seasons. As soon as Dan's birthday is over (16th September) I wish the month away until it's October and I can officially start to get into my Autumn/Winter clothes. Everyone in my family thinks I'm mad but I think there is nothing better than it being dark outside, getting home, lighting the candles, putting on my onesie and having a hot drink. Just the thought of it makes me want to race home! So with that being said I thought I would tell you a few things that I love about Autumn.

1. Jumpers and Coats: For me there is nothing better than going out in the cold all wrapped up in a jumper and a thick coat. Dan and I love going out on walks to our local forest with the dog in our thick coats and scarves.

2. Dark Nail Colours: I have been completely obsessed with plum colours at the moment and this 'Black Cherry' Nail Varnish from Barry M has me itching to grab the car keys and head down to Boots! Purples, reds and golds are always my go to colours for my nails during Autumn. What are yours?

3. Onesies: I was lucky enough to get the exact onesie in the photo from Dan a few Christmases ago and I basically live in it during the Autumn/Winter. Come on.....who doesn't love a onesie?!

4. Candles: If I had my way we would have the whole house lit up by candles. My all time favourite candle is made by a local company called Lower Lodge Candles and called Winter Berries. This smells amazing, it's actually a Christmas candle but I tend to burn it from October-February.

5. Hot Drinks: I'm a huge coffee addict so at this time of year I get really excited about all the seasonal drinks that come out. The Pumpkin Spiced Latte has now come out in Starbucks and I couldn't be more excited to try it. Next up will be the Christmas flavours which I have to admit I love how Costa always get into the Christmas spirit with their cups and flavours.

6. Baths: There is nothing better on a cold evening than getting home and having a bath before putting on my onesie for a quiet night in front of the TV with a good film. If you follow me on instagram you will see I absolutely love Lush bath bombs and find they really help me to relax after a long day at the office. All my friends and family know that if they are struggling to find me gifts for birthdays/christmas Lush bath bombs are always a winner!!

What's your favourite season? What are you looking forward to this Autumn?


Thursday, 10 September 2015

Slimming World Results Week 26

So I've been doing Slimming World for 26 weeks now and time has flown by! I weighed in last night and lost another pound which I am thrilled about as I'm finally in the 11 stones. I think I let out a little squeel when I got on the scales and saw the results. I'm so proud of how far I have come, I just can't believe that I'm back in my size 12 jeans. If someone would have told me back at the end of March when I joined that by the begining of September I would have gone from a size 16/18 to a size 12 I would have told them to get lost!! I've got 13 lbs to go till my first target. I set myself a target weight of 11 stone which I have always said I would be happy with to get married at that weight. I'm hoping to reach this by Christmas then I hope to lose another half a stone to get me down to 10 and a half stone which is the weight I was when I first met Dan. A year ago I was at my all time heaviest of just under 15 stone and now I'm 11 stone 13lbs and I can't believe it.

People call me silly but I'm still struggling to see the difference unless I see the photo on the left of me in February but I think that's because, rather embarrassingly, I'm still wearing the same clothes. I've yet to go out and buy some new clothes that actually fit me. That outfit on the right is the only thing I have that fits me properly, everything else is far too big. Dan says that my jeans are so loose it looks like I've got a saggy bum.....he really does say the nicest things to me who said romance was dead.

If you follow me on instagram you will see I'm sticking to plan 100% this week and posting photos of my meals, so if this is something you would like to see and maybe get some ideas from then head over the my instagram page. If you're doing Slimming World yourself then drop me a link to your Twitter/Instagram as I love getting inspiration from other Slimming World members!


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

My New Andrew James UK 5.2 Litre Food Mixer!

Last month Dan and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary, which will also be our last as boyfriend and girlfriend as we'll be Mr and Mrs soon (insert excited emoji face.) Dan spoilt me rotten and not only did he get me these stunning flowers from my absolute favourite florist but he also surprised me with this beautiful food mixer from Andrew James. The colour 'Light Blue' is just the colour I wanted and although this isn't the KitchenAid I have been lusting over for the past few years this is just as good if not better and will only cost you £69.99 which is a complete bargain for a food mixer of this standard.

It didn't take me long to get my pinny on and get baking. This works like an absolute dream and has made baking so much easier, Dan now struggles to get me out of the kitchen! Although I am yet to try out the dough hook all the other attachments work brilliantly and mix really well. Cleaning the bowl and attachments is also easy, you simply twist both to unlock and wash them up. The bowl itself is dishwasher safe however the attachments are not. There are several speeds which are easy to operate and as far as noise levels go the noise isn't at all bad. As you go up in speed it does sound like it's going to take off as boy does it mix quickly! 

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have such a thoughtful partner....although this present has worked in his favor as he is now 'forced' to eat all the delicious treats I create. It's Lauren and Dan's birthdays over the next few weeks so I can't wait to put this to good use. I can't recommend this mixer enough.

I was not asked to do this post by Andrew James and all views I have expressed in this review are my own. 
All photos taken by my lovely and very talented other half Panons Photography!
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