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Cancer Research UK’s Race4Life

I’ve been increasing my exercise recently by running routes around my home town. I’ve been running little over a month now and went from being barely able to run 1km to now running 4km without stopping. 🙂  I signed up for Cancer Research UK’s Race4Life on 8th June and my aim is to run 5km in 40 minutes and I’m track to meet that target having run 4km in 33 minutes today, which is my personal best so far. I track my progress on Strava if anyone would like to follow me. As well as the race I will be Read More…

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Staycation & birthday celebrations 2017

Ryan and I booked the first week of May off work with the original intention of a road trip through Ireland, but due to the unknown state of our housing situation towards the end of March (you can read more about that in my moving back in with your parents as an adult post) we decided to save the money just in case we needed it for a rental or renewal deposit or for storage rental. We decided to keep the week booked off and planned a staycation instead with plans to travel Ireland next year. Day 1 – Cardiff City Read More…

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Happy Easter from the Gloucester Spring Festival

Happy Easter to those that celebrate it! 🙂 Today I spent the morning exploring the historic docks in Gloucester where they had a Spring festival and vintage fun fair. We started with a light breakfast in Bill’s, the restaurant I frequent in Cheltenham which I didn’t realise until today also has a premises in Gloucester! I’ll definitely be going back in future. It’s been a while since I’ve explored Gloucester city and it’s definitely had a lot of improvements over the years. There’s a wide range of restaurants and bars at the docks as well as an outlet shopping centre. Read More…

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Upping my water intake with Weight Watchers daily motivation water bottle

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I’ve been a member of Weight Watchers since January 2012 and currently volunteer at meetings, helping the coach set up the room, handling cash and card sales etc.  One of the newest products available are these daily water bottles or motivation bottles. They come in blue and a dark pink – I have the blue one myself and have just been using it just under a week after getting it last Sunday. I wanted a new bottle for work. I had been re-using plastic water bottles but found Read More…

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Mother’s Day 2017

Yesterday was Mothering Sunday in the UK and my dad and I took my mum to the Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water for the day. My sister and her partner met up with us later in the day. We started with a light breakfast in a lovely little tea room – The Small Talk Tea Rooms – dad and I had pancakes and mum had crumpets. I’d never been there before but would definitely go back, it was reasonably priced and the staff were friendly. It became apparent that a lot of locals had come for breakfast there too. I think Read More…

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Moving back in with your parents as an adult. 

Moving back in with your parents as an adult can seem like a huge step backwards, you may feel like you’re losing your independence and you may experience ridicule or teasing from friends or other family members. Luckily the latter hasn’t happened for me but I think I would miss living in my own place. In reality, moving back home maybe the last thing you thought you’d do, but you’re doing it because you’re working towards a goal and have a family willing to offer you some support.  For us, it’s the right decision and will help us achieve our Read More…