Relationships

73 Things about me – A Bloggers version of Vogue’s 73 questions

I was asked my Sam over StressedMum to answer 73 vogue style questions, so I thought I would share my answers with you all.

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1. What is your usual Starbuck’s order?

I’m very boring, it would be a cup of tea, soya milk and 2 sweeteners. Although at Christmas I could be tempted by one of the festive hot chocolates.

2. What does your workstation look like right now?

It basically wherever my laptop goes. It could be the sofa, bed, garden or the local coffee chop.

3. All time favourite food?

I love lots of food, but probably roast potatoes………….. yummy!

4. Favourite author?

Wow, that’s a hard one. I read lots of books but at the moment I love Deborah Harkness and her All Souls books. They are amazing if you haven’t read them.

5. What do you think of open relationships?

It’s a big no from me, however I wouldn’t judge someone who was happy with it.

6. Favourite video game? 

Ooh, as a child I was a sonic or crash bandicoot fan. I haven’t really played video games for a years, although my son loves them.

7. Guilty pleasure treat?

Reality TV, I love! Plus Movies 24, full of films I could watch all day.

8. Favourite film?

There are so many I don’t think I can choose.

9. Favourite book?

Pride and Predijuce

10. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram.

11. Desktop or laptop?

Always my laptop.

12. Best advice you’ve ever received?

Be yourself, never change for anyone.

13. What project are you working on right now?

The whole house, but the living room is the current focus.

14. Favourite colour?

Pale pinks and pastel shades

15. Did you get good grades at school?

Yes, I worked hard for all of my grades and I was pleased with the results.

16. Dream job?

Wedding planning.

17. Played any sports?

Sports is not my thing.

18. Do you have a degree?

No

19. Nationality?

British.

20. What is your favourite kind of blog post to do?

One that I’m passionate about.

21. What do you like to collect?

Emma Bridgewater, I have a growing collection.

22. Describe yourself in 3 words?

Friendly, loyal, happy

23. If you were a rapper what would your rapper name be?

Petalzz

24. Who was the last person you dmed?

My eye brow lady.

25. What’s on the top of your wish list right now?

A cruise to Norway, oh and bespoke wardrobes.

26. Hogwarts House?

Slytherin, I love Harry Potter.

27. How many tattoos do you have?

I don’t have any, I don’t think I ever will.

28. What are you most grateful for this year?

Always my family, this year we have moved to our forever home and we are all so happy about it.

29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

We have just come back from two weeks in Crete, it was wonderful.

30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?

My niece shouting ‘Sarah’ when I arrive at her house today. She isn’t 2 yet so just learning to speak. So cute.

31. What’s the best thing ever?

My children.

32. Favourite season?

Autumn.

33. Favourite holiday?

Christmas, it just has to be. I love everything about it.

34. Which fictional character do you relate to most?

I’m honestly not sure.

35. Do you like surprises?

I do like surprises.

36. What’s the biggest surprise you ever got?

When we got engaged, over 10 years ago now.

37. What’s a surprise that’s made you cry?

When we got engaged.

38. What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given anyone?

Me and my Hubby decorated my sisters kitchen for her one day while she was at work. She loved it.

39. Do you like muffins?

Yes!

40. Do you cook often?

I cook meals almost every day, but I’m not great at it.

41. What’s your favourite dessert?

Always something chocolaty or a cheesecake.

42. Is there a dessert you don’t like?

Crumbles and pies, or anything with custard.

43. Cake or pie?

Cake every single time.

44. What’s your least favourite food?

Lamb, I just do not like it.

45. What’s your favourite condiment?

Olive Oil

46. It’s 4am on a Saturday night, what would you eat?

Cheesy chips or a pizza.

47. If you could teach a college class what would it be called?

How to love yourself……. I think I might have to take the class as well.

48. Best animated film?

Little Mermaid, I love it. Although the Lion King is a favourite in the house at the moment.

49. What had a guy done or said to impress you?

For our first Christmas together, my hubby bought me a gift for every day we had been together, it was only a couple of months but so sweet.

50. Best thing to do on a first date?

Meet for a drink, see how it goes then arrange something fun and exciting.

51. Worst thing to do on a first date?

Awkward silence.

52. What’s the funniest pickup line a guy can use on a girl?

Feel this (asking to feel his shirt) it’s boyfriend material…….. rubbish!

53. Best comic book character?

Wonder Women

54. What are the three things that are always in your handbag?

The normal, phone, keys an purse but also lipstick, pain killers and fruit bags for the kids.

55. Favourite drink?

Diet coke, tea and champagne.

56. If you could play an historical character who would it be?

Queen Victoria, in her younger happier years.

57. Kittens or puppies?

Puppies

58. Favourite sushi roll?

Salmon sake or califonia roll

59. What kind of lipstick do you use?

I use loads of different ones, but my Charlotte Tilbury are actually my favourite I have a few.

60. What kind of foundation do you use?

I’m currently using no7.

61. Blow dry it air dry?

Most of the time it’s air dried and then straightened the next morning. Although if going out I will blow dry it.

62. Who is your fashion icon?

Marilyn Monroe

63. Favourite Disney character?

Ariel

64. What are you doing tomorrow?

Getting my hair done.

65. Movie you laughed the hardest through?

21 Jump street, although I do laugh at a lot of films.

66. Movie that made you cry?

There is so many I cry at, in fact I cry at most of the films I watch.

67. If you could sing a duet with someone who would it be?

Ooh, I don’t know but maybe Adele, she’s fabulous.

68. If your life was a song what would the title be?

I really don’t know.

69. What’s your favourite animal?

Giraffes

70. Favourite illustrator?

There are so many.

71. Person you want to have coffee with?

My bestie.

72. What’s a country you wish to visit?

Norway

73. Best way to decompress?

Cuppa of tea and a film

Hope you enjoyed reading a little bit more about me. I now tag some other lovely bloggers to see what their answers are.

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Coffee, Cake, Kids

Jaki Jellz

Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Move in With Your Partner

So you’re in love. You both like pizza and Vampire Weekend. Your stars align in the bedroom. Now you’re thinking of moving in together. Amazing! But this is not a decision to take lightly. While it might be a thrill to think of waking up together every day, and you can’t wait to split rent two ways, moving in can spell disaster for otherwise healthy relationships. Before you take this big step, it’s wise to put your realist hat on and ask yourself these three tough questions.

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Have We Had The Hard Conversations Yet?

If not, have them now. You know those tough conversations: children or no children? Marriage or perpetual freedom? But also: holidays with family or movies and Chinese take out? Clean the bathroom once a week or once a year? Home-cooked or eat out? Netflix Fridays or friends around to watch sport? Before you move in together is when you need to start raising these issues, big and small, to understand whether the two of you are ready, or if you’ll ever be ready, to move in. Sharing a living space is about more than splitting rent. You’re going to have to adjust to each other’s habits in ways you may never have considered before, so if there is something you want to ask, don’t wait. Ask now. 

How Will Our Finances Work?

No matter how similar you and your partner are, it’s unlikely that you earn the same amount. If one of you earns significantly more, you’ll need to be honest about your living standards and requirements before you call in the removalist. This applies even if you’ve decided to keep your finances completely separate except for shared costs. Will you rent a place that one person can afford but the other can’t? Will the more affluent partner pick up the slack financially in order to raise the lifestyle for both of you? And if so, are both of you okay with that? Will one person want to heat the house to jungle temperatures in winter while the other would rather rug up and save on the energy bill?

Have We Done a Practice Run?

If not, do! Before you move in, it’s a good idea to have a month-long (at least) sleep-over in each other’s homes. This period of low-pressure cohabiting will give you both an opportunity to spot those habits that drive you insane as well as the lifestyle choices that you appreciate and are looking forward to sharing. Dating and falling in love is a wonderful bubble to be in. But it doesn’t always pay to jump straight from that bubble into each other’s intimate space. A couple of rehearsals for the real thing are essential to help you understand the adjustments the move will require of you, and whether you’re ready to make room for someone else.

 

Whether you’ve been dating for one year or ten, moving in together is an exciting and important step in any relationship. Before you decide to sign a lease together, ask yourself these key questions to help you remove those rose-tinted goggles and look at the situation objectively.

 

Plan the perfect date night near Montebello, California

Romance is all about keeping the spark alive, and there may be no better way to do that than with a well-planned date night. If you live near Montebello, California or are traveling to the city for vacation, here are six ideas to help you execute the perfect date night. 

Hike Trail Canyon Falls

If you and your partner love the outdoors and are active, a creative way to spend an evening near Montebello could include a hike through the San Gabriel Mountains to Trail Canyon Falls. This two-mile hike leads to a breathtaking 30-foot waterfall which makes the perfect backdrop for a romantic memory. 

Escape at the Exit Game

Do you and your significant other love challenges and games? Try your hands at an escape room. The Exit Game is one of the most elaborate escape room companies near Montebello. You both will be immersed into an exciting and challenging race against time to escape a room using a handful of clues. Choosing an escape room as a date night activity is a great idea because it requires communicating and teamwork between partners and will get your adrenaline pumping. 

Expand Your Mind at the Griffith Observatory

perfect date night near Montebello

If you want to see stars in your partner’s eyes, both literally and figuratively, then check out the Griffith Observatory. The Griffith Observatory is free to the public and allows guests to look through telescopes, watch live shows, and tour the many astronomy exhibits available. Spend time gazing into the great unknown and talking to your loved one under the stars. 

Dine in Style at Bestia

What date night would be complete without a nice dinner? Bestia is a trendy Italian restaurant located just about ten minutes from Montebello. Bestia is owned and operated by a husband and wife from Los Angeles. They deliver on an amazing atmosphere with great cuisine to match. Try the Spaghetti Rustichella or the Slow Roasted Lamb Neck; you’ll be glad you did. 

Rooftop Cinema Club

Dinner and a movie is the staple of good date night. However, because Montebello is only a few miles away from Los Angeles, you can take your movie experience to a whole other level with the Rooftop Cinema Club. The Rooftop Cinema Club shows iconic movies on rooftops overlooking Los Angeles. Enjoy a beer, eat popcorn, watch your favourite movies while also watching the sunset over LA. Guests are given wireless headphones and sit in comfortable deckchairs, making it a comfortable and convenient experience. 

Book a Suite at the Crowne Plaza

Can you think of a better way to close a date night than sharing a nightcap before bed? Well, imagine ending your date night inside a luxurious suite at the five-star Crowne Plaza in Los Angeles. While there are a number of great hotel options near Montebello, California, the Crowne Plaza is one of the best. In addition to excellent service and amenities, you both can try your luck at the casino on site. 

Montebello is a beautiful city located just east of downtown Los Angeles. It’s an excellent place to visit, especially if you’re looking for a romantic night out.