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.

Midlands Traveller

Coffee, Cake, Kids

Jaki Jellz

Beautiful wooden blinds from Make My Blinds

Finding curtains and blinds for our new house hasn’t been easy. Partly because I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted and partly because I’m so indecisive about things I just couldn’t choose something. I knew that I wanted wooden blinds for our bedroom and possibly for the bathroom. When Make My Blinds got in touch to ask me if they could send me out some for the new house, I was over the moon.

Did you know what wooden blinds come a whole range of colours, with tapes, without tapes, different coloured tapes, wooden, faux wood not forgetting the different widths they come in. There really is a lot to think about. Make My Blinds have fully customisable blinds up to 260cm wide for the faux wood and 240cm for the real wood, perfect for almost all windows.

Make My Blinds offer a free sample service, which for someone like me is perfect. I was about to select a range of different colours, tapes and both the wooden and faux wood. I ordered a collection of different samples and they arrived within a couple of days, it’s amazing how many different shades of white there is. I read that the faux wood is better for bathrooms, because they are 100% waterproof so they are perfect for all the water and moisture in the bathrooms.

Choosing my blinds from Make My Blinds

After a lot of wondering which would be better in our bedroom and which in the bathroom, I decided on Editions Angel White with Lilly Tape for the bedroom and Editions Brilliant White with Lilly Tapes for the bathroom.

After I placed the order it took about 10 days for them to be made and delivered, then took us about another month to have the bedroom ready to put the blinds up. In fact, the bedroom is still not finished, I was really hoping that I would now have wardrobes build in and no boxes all over the house. However, it’s very difficult to get hold of a joiner to come round to give quotes. I just hope it’s all in place before Christmas, which sounds so far away but it’s already July.

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Installing the blinds was easy for my Hubby who was tasked with the job, the instructions were simple to follow for him. Not sure I could have got them up, but he did an fabulous job. And you know what they look fabulous, I love them in our bedroom they look just as I had imagined them to. I cannot wait to see what they look like in the bathroom.

I have started to leave them down, but turned to open and from the outside of the house they look really eye catching, I like looking up to see the wooden slats. You can choose which way your slats are angled, up or down, then open closed or completely up. 

My only criticism is that they are by no means a black out blind, sounds obvious I know, but when the sun comes up in the morning it really does shine though, not completely but the room becomes very light, great on school day, not so wonderful on the weekend. However, we have had the bedroom blind up about a month now and we are starting to get used to how light the bedroom is each morning.

I know a lot of people choose to place curtains in front of their wooden blinds. I have chosen not too, I actually like the look of my blinds sitting within the window frame. We have actually sat them towards the from of the window recess so I can pop some items behind the blinds without catching them when they are put up and down. 

Although we have also got bathroom blinds, we have not got them up yet. Very annoyingly we have not only had issues getting the bathroom fitted, but once it was fitted and painted then all of the painted started peel from the walls. Even though we prepped all of the walls correctly and used bathroom paint, I have no idea why but now we have got to remove it all and start the painting again.

I’m so pleased with my blinds, they look fabulous, they are easy to put up and down. They are also reasonably prices, not cheap which as we all know isn’t the best thing but they are also not the most expensive. The finish on these are really high quality, even my Hubby mentioned how well made they are and he is very picky about these things. He really likes how they are finished across the top with an extra slat, it really sets the tone for the quality of them.

Pop over to the lovely Rachel Bustin’s blog, she has spoken about interior ideas for a small home, a great little read if you are looking for ideas.

*Thank you so much Make My Blinds for sending me these gorgeous blinds for our forever home, I love them.*

Why Now Is The Time You Should Start Saving For An Engagement Ring

For every young man, there comes a time when he will propose marriage, and the one thing that absolutely come with the proposal is a stunning diamond engagement ring. The very thought of buying such a valuable item is enough to send some men into panic, as they wonder how they will find the cash to buy their fiancée a suitable diamond engagement ring.

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If you’re planning to propose to the love of your life, here are a few good reasons why you need to start saving for the engagement ring as soon as possible.

  • What Should My Budget Be? – This is a question that many young men have asked themselves, and while there is no set figure for this, you certainly don’t want a ring that is considered to be cheap. Some say that 3 month’s salary is an acceptable figure for a diamond engagement ring, while others say it isn’t the cost that’s important, as long as she loves the ring. Once you have calculated the maximum amount you can spend on this very important symbol, there are affordable diamond rings NZ men can buy from Diamonds.co.nz, who are one of New Zealand’s best online jewellery store. Once they know your budget, they can show you an impressive catalogue of diamond engagement rings.
  • Start Putting a Portion of your Salary Away– If you have 6 months to a year, that is more than enough time in which to save up for a diamond engagement ring, and little by little, your nest egg will grow to the point where you can start to look at diamond engagement rings. If you can work overtime, then do whatever you can to add to your savings, or take a part time job to help pay for the ring.
engagement ring
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  • Discuss the Engagement with your Partner – Good relationships are all about communication, so talk to her about the engagement ring, as she might say the cost isn’t important, and by ensuring the ring is one she likes and you have the right size, you can choose the ring with some confidence. The last thing you want to happen is for you to go into debt to buy an impressive ring, when she would rather have something a little more modest. There is also an article that focuses on saving money for the engagement ring, which might help you.
  • Look for Good Deals from Online Jewellers – In New Zealand, there are online jewellers who have special offers, and by keeping your eye on their catalogue, you might get lucky and save a fair amount on the purchase of an excellent diamond engagement ring. Special offers do come along, and keeping your eye on their website might prove to be a wise move.

The most important thing is that your bride to be likes the ring you have chosen, and with online jewellers who have diamond engagement rings to suit every budget, you are sure to find something that is more than suitable.