How am I doing on my 50 things to do in my 50th year list?

Do you remember at the beginning of the year I decided to write a list of all the things I would like to achieve during my 50th year?  Well we are now officially half way through that year.  Where has all that time gone? 

How have I done so far?  Below is my update:-

1)  Travel to China

 Still on schedule to achieve.

2)Visit Croatia

We went as planned in May and oh wow!  How amazing.  Following where we went on my YouTube channel

I still have my last day to publish – but it is worth waiting for!

3)  Weekend away in a VW Campervan 

Still not on my radar!!


4) Re-visit Lundy Island

Well after a tricky time sorting out a boat, this trip is scheduled to happen and I can’t wait!

5)    Eat at a Michelin star restaurant

Still not happened!

6)   Bake with Paul Hollywood

Sadly Paul hasn’t popped over to help me in the kitchen yet!

7)  Be my own boss

I’m still searching for that ‘ah ha’ moment that will make me rich!!

8)   Buy a new car with the registration of the year I was born

It is still a few months away before the 69 plate is out. Sadly by bank balance isn’t matching this wish yet, but you never know!

9)    Get at least 1000 subscribers on my YouTube Channel

I’m at 149 at the moment so a few more to go!

10) Take a hot air balloon over my home town

Still need to do!

11) Have a weekend away with my parents

Sadly this hasn’t happened yet, but I hope to make it come true!

12) Fly first class

@Emirates – can you help me with this one when I fly with you to China in August? Pretty please!!

13) Complete a successful ‘Dry January’

Woo hoo!  I absolutely smashed this.

14) Walk 5,000,000 steps in 2019

As I am still half way through the year, I have time to complete this!

15) Learn to crochet

I think this is for a winters evening don’t you!!

16) Visit Stonehenge

I made this happen in March this year and loved it!

https://youtu.be/j9PDDkP5dg8

17) Swim with dolphins

Not sure if this will happen, unless they appear in Lundy!

18) Run 10k

This was always going to be a tough one!

19) Learn to decorate a cake with icing

Oh wow, I forgot about this one.  Work had a festival week and one of the sessions was about Cake decorating!  I’ve done it without even realising!

https://youtu.be/yOTVetHzo5Y

20)Learn to ballroom dance with Anton De Beke

Well I haven’t danced with @antondebeke but I did get to meet him at @thismorning Live this year.   He is still a delight to spend time with!

https://youtu.be/Qln3XrVmjgI

21)Be on the panel of Loose Women

I’m still waiting @LooseWomen

22) Own a designer handbag

Maybe I’ll get one for my birthday!  Hint hint

23) Replace my greenhouse

Oh it is looking pretty sad at the moment so I think this may need to happen soon!

24) Reduce my daily commute to work

I’m still having fun with the trains!!  At least the morning commute has changed thanks to 4 extra carriages, which means I mostly get a seat now!

25) Teach Lola to walk off a lead

Yer right!  Hmm, not sure this is not going to happen!

26) Teach Fido to not bark at the door

We have been trying very hard!  I’ve now applied to the programme ‘Dogs Behaving Very Badly’ for help!  Fingers crossed!

27) Teach Fido not to bark at noises

As above!  Eek!

28) Have 5 minutes of fame on T.V. – preferably on This Morning

I’m still waiting for them to snap me up lol!!  I did get to meet Ruth and Eamon at the @thismorning Live at the NEC in Birmingham.  Eamon even had his hand on my knee!!  Lol!  They were such a lovely couple!

29)Go to see a musical at least once in 2019

Still to do, but we are in London very soon so who knows!

30) Go to a music festival or concert at least once in 2019

No happened yet, but the summer isn’t over yet!

31) Write a blog at least once a week

I’m smashing this with 2 – 3 some weeks!

32) Improve my photography skills

I’ve not had chance much to take many photos but when I have, I’ve really tried to be creative.

33) Clean out the garage

Don’t tell my hubby but, nah, not yet!  I will though promise!

34) Help raise awareness of homelessness

I’m still promoting this.

35) Help out someone at least once a month

Ooh now I really have to think about this one.  I think I have, but I could do more!

36) Have a professional make over

Still need to sort this one out!

37) Have a ‘hot’ Christmas

This may not happen this year, but one day!

38) Remember friends and family’s birthdays

I’m doing better.  I could be a bit quicker poster but it is an improvement.

39) Be surprised

Not yet!! 

40) Have dinner out once a month

We have done this and it has been really nice to have someone cook for me.  It hasn’t had to be posh, but good food.

41) Take an hour out a week for ‘me time’

I’m trying but some weeks are just so busy.

42) Get 8 hours of sleep a night as much as possible

I’m totally failing this one.  Only 6-7 hours a night at the moment. 

43) Drink more water and less diet coke

Right now I am drinking a litre of squash!  I’m trying!

44) Have a girls night out at least once every 3 months

I’ve just about done this, but I really need a few more!

45) Have a date night with hubby at least once every 3 months

I think we have done this – yes, definitely.  It is good to spend quality time together.

46) Take a canal trip

Well I did say a trip not a holiday so does the 30 minute trip with work count?

47) Go to see Wasps at least 3 times during the year

We have been once but will go more later in the year – promise.

48) Learn the rules to Rugby

Oops!  I really must talk to hubby!

49) Take up a new hobby

I just need to find the time!!

50) Keep in touch more with family and friends who live away

Facebook is great, but I really need to put some weekends away to see friends.  We have managed a couple of weekends this year, but we should do more!

So, there have been some things ticked off, I really need to start doing a few more!  I will keep you posted!!

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Best Ever April Fool

I have just seen the best April Fool ever!

I was watching Holly & Phil whilst at the gym, as is my usual daily routine. I arrived at the cross trainer just as they were talking to the husband of someone they had given a make-over to! I had missed the start as I only go to the gym in my lunch hour.

The bit I caught was that this lady was going to her first every school reunion. She was really nervous about what to wear. It was also their 25th Wedding Anniversary. @Lisa Snowdon was providing the wardrobe makeover whilst a hairdresser and makeup artist did the rest.

I absolutely love Lisa Snowdon. In fact if you read one of my previous blogs, you will know I would love her to give me a makeover to! Well, I did! I was mentally crossing that one off my list!

https://bit.ly/2OFtMsF

What I like about Lisa is her dress style. She always makes them look a million dollars. She herself is I think the iconic style queen. She has a figure like mine, and I always aspire to be like here, hence why she is on my list!

As the lady in question walked on, my jaw dropped! I almost fell off the cross trainer. She was wearing this very tight, pink velvety dress. It was above the knee with white cowboy boots! Nothing wrong with either in the right context. If that wasn’t bad enough, her eyes were very dark and smokey and her hair, although not offensive in its own right, didn’t look right!

She looked absolutely awful. In fact as she walked on the phrase that popped into my head was ‘mutton dressed up as lamb’!

As they revealed the look to her, she looked in horror at her reflection. Tears came into her eyes. Holly and Phil were prompting her for her opinion. At first Holly was excited for her, but then she realised she didn’t like the look. She asked if they could stop filming, but they continued. I was screaming at them to stop filming her.

As Phil went to get some tissues, Holly came to console her, offering her to go downstairs to look at other things in the wardrobe.

Phil then announces there was a further surprise! A day trip in London, including dinner at the Ivy, the London Eye, etc. That a car was waiting to take them now. Phil suggested she see how she feels after her day out!

The camera follows them to the car. You can still hear her distraught about the outfit. Holly is beside herself.

As they watch the car pulls off it crashes!

OMG, I nearly fell off the cross trainer!

Holly is in bits. Phil is also really concerned. And then it happens! Phil announces its a complete April Fool! The whole thing was to set Holly up! The couple were actors and the car a stunt car!

Absolutely brilliant! I was completely taken in. Holly’s reaction was priceless too. She is such a good sport! (Meeting them is also on my list).

My faith is now totally restored in Lisa Snowdon! How could anyone of us have believed she would have made such a bad job! I’m still laughing hours later!

Best prank ever! Well done @thismorning

How to cope with your changing dress size without breaking the bank

So you have started your weight loss journey and the inches are coming down.
You put on that favourite outfit and woo hoo its too big. How good does that feel? Amazing, I know! Whilst this is fantastic there is also this little thought in your head! You can’t keep wearing your old clothes without looking like a clown, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on new clothes as you still have more weight to lose.
I had a wardrobe full of Levi jeans, Monsoon, Wallis and Next dresses and blouses and skirts. When I started my journey the plan was to be able to get into these comfortably! What actually happened was that I lost more weight than I expected and now they were too big!
I work in an office and meeting external customers frequently, so had to dress smart. I wanted to still look good at work and in my casuals, but didn’t want to spend a fortune as I wasn’t sure what my final size was going to be.
I was sat at home one morning watching This Morning. Trinny Woodall was doing her usual slot on what to wear. Today she had mens outfits. One of the models was wearing a lovely brown trench coat. I was so shocked when she said it was from a web site callled Everything5pound.com. So was Phillip Schofield. He even tried it on he was so impressed with it.
I’d seen the odd advert for this company but at £5 an item I thought it must just be tat! This now put it into a different light so decided to explore it more. That was on 20 January 2017 and I have never looked back.
So who are they?
They are a web based company that sell good quality clothing for men, women and kids as well as accessories, footwear and home ware. The vast majority of its stock is as you would guess £5. Sometimes they have sales and you can get an even better bargain for £2.50! Recently they have introduced a designer range.
Sizes vary and go up to plus size too.
The clothes are of good quality and most of the ones I have bought have been ex high street labels. They cut out the name of the store but if you know your labels you will easily recognise the store they originally came from.
I don’t mind the labels being cut out as I do it with some of the clothes I buy from other chain stores and they itch me.
You pay a delivery charge depending on how much you order but when you calculate the cost per outfit its still amazing value.
When I decided to write this blog I looked back at my order history with them. I couldn’t quite believe how much I had bought.
In the early days it was to buy clothes so I could wear them to keep me going as my weight came off, but I have to say that since losing weight and being happy with the size I am, I am still using them.
What it has meant is that I could still look good as my size changed without breaking the bank.
These two items were on my first order and have since made their way to the charity bag as they no longer fit me. I only got a little wear out of them, but knowing they only cost me £10 for the 2 meant that I didn’t worry about letting them go.
Below is an array of other outfits I bought from the site over last year:-
Sadly a couple more of them have now been placed in the charity bag such as the Caramel Gilet.
Its one thing seeing pictures online but another seeing what they look like in reality so here is a selection of the outfits on me too for you to see:
I have saved the best bargain of all to last. My favourite outfit from this site has to be a dress I bought for a wedding last September. I would normally spend about £100 on a dress for such an occasion. I was looking though their website and came across this dress:-
I really liked the look of it and thought it would look good for the wedding, so ordered it. Oh my, I absolutely loved it when I tried it on. I wore it for the day of the wedding and got so many remarks. I never told anyone until the end of the night when I told a friend who was with me. She could not believe that it only cost me £5. I felt a million dollars in it.
It just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a fortune to look good.
I still go to the high street for clothes, but this site is still top on my list of go to places.
What about their sizing?
I have to say apart from a couple of items, everything has fit me perfectly. The customer service is excellent. The items that haven’t fitted, I have sent back and they have either exchanged them for another size or given me an immediate refund.
What about quality?
As you can see I have bought many items. I have even bought some for my husband too. I have only ever had 1 item that had a faulty button. I sent it back but sadly they couldn’t replace it so gave me a refund.
Are there any negatives to the site?
As with everything there is! It’s that they can’t guarantee to have your size! Because of they way they purchase the items from their suppliers they can’t guarantee to get the items in every size.
Their website is good though as you can filter by size, colour etc so you don’t have to be disappointed that your favourite item isn’t in stock.
How do you get to know what’s in stock?
They email you frequently of their new arrivals. I love seeing the latest stock. Get in quick though so you are not disappointed.
Final thing to say!
Give it a go, you won’t regret it!
Happy shopping and good luck with your weight loss journey!