Showing posts from July, 2023

Booking my Next Holiday!

This time next month I will be getting ready to go on my next holiday and I could not be more excited. It will be my third holiday of the year which is very unusual for me to begin with, but if you told me even 3 months ago, I would be travelling alone again this year, I would have told you, you were completely crazy. I am in a much better place at the moment, and I want to take full advantage of the opportunities to travel whilst I can, so that is exactly what I'm doing.  I absolutely loved my week in Jamaica, but it defintely wasn't long enough. I really wanted a repeat but I don't love going back to the same country more than once as a big life goal of mine is to try and visit every country in the world...which I know is a long shot, but I'm more than willing to try!  I already had worldwide insurance for the year, so I thought I would try to make the most of it. My strict criteria was 4+ stars, all inclusive, hot, beach holiday with activities and evening entertainm

Flying Frenchman, Torrential Downpour, Family BBQ! / GYS 2023 Part 2

Part 2 of my week at the Great Yorkshire Show 2023! I also spent a lovely weekend with family at our bi-annual family reunion!  Click here to watch the vlog or see below.  Day 3 of the GYS was the first day I actually had to drive. By the time I got back the day before, I was shattered and if my friend hadn't have been going, I don't think I would have gone at all to be honest. I think I would have had a little break and rested, but nevertheless, I went and just headed off a little later. I decided to depart at 9.30am, thinking this would allow the Leeds rush hour traffic to have passed. I was amazed that I made it and was in the show grounds within an hour!  It's so nice to be able to take my time to enjoy everything on offer and not rush in the slightest. I did some parts I don't normally get to see, starting with the sheet herding with the sheep dogs, which was actually so interesting. Then, watched some of the dog and little horse shows for best of breeds. It's

Tradesmen in Nottingham

I feel like after all the house work and renovations that have been made, I’ve had my fair share of tradesmen in and out of the house. It’s not been an easy ride, and I’ve definitely had some ups and downs with them, but I finally feel I have a good set of contacts to reach out to when needed.  Electrician - WireWork Electrical   The first electrician I used, was great. Unfortunately, he was apart of the building company which destroyed my bathroom and made me feel incredibly uncomfortable and unsafe so I didn’t want him back. Through “Which?” trusted trader scheme, I found another who has been nothing, but a dream to work with he has provided quick, reasonable quote, attended on time and quickly organised and completed the work requested.  Plumber - Koi Croydon  The company I originally found to do my bathroom was from a company that did complete renovations as a full package. It was two business partners which split the company and one of which was a colleagues husband. Well, big dis

Great Yorkshire Show 2023 Haul!

I don't remember the last time I shared a haul that wasn't presents, so this post is quite exciting. It's also brand new as I have never shared a haul from the Great Yorkshire Show before and that's simply because I very rarely purchase multiple products. This year, I attended for all 4 days it was running and defintely splurged more than normal, so I thought it would be interesting to share what types of things are available to buy and some newly loved brands!  Two new to me treat brands are these two and I am absolutely obsessed. I fell in love with both products through samples provided and just had to purchase them both on the final day. For gourmet marshmallows by MalvavisCo I chose the lemon meringue flavour which is amazing. For a lower calorie intake option of Crunchie, Mighty Fine have delicious Honeycomb which of course, I got in milk chocolate. I also purchase Blonde and Brown brownies (twice!) and Bedazzled Cupcakes , but they were eaten too quick to take

"Complexity" Update (Hippo Hypnobirthing with Hannah)

It's been a while since I talked about The Wise Hippo Hypnobirthing over here. Have I even shared our new modern branding?! As some of you will know, during Covid-19, I completed my qualification to become a hypnobirthing instructor, and whilst I don't regularly teach courses as a job, I do often use it in practice and I am always keen to share the knowledge where I feel it is beneficial.  For those that don't know, The Wise Hippo provides reliable materials and resources through an accredited programme for hypnobirthing teacher training, and, most importantly, a supportive tribe where you can learn, grow and receive support. As an instructor, I am also a point of call on a pregnancy journey, armed with updated knowledge of maternity and service-wise happenings in their areas.  I have recently included further teachings in my bank relating to complexities and I wanted to share them on here in case anyone was interested in seeking further support in specialty areas. These i

Horse Showjumping, Sheepshearing Joy and Farrier Skills! / GYS 2023 Part 1

I went to the first two days of the Great Yorkshire Show and had the most amazing time watching all the farm activities and even pole climbing!  Click here to watch the vlog or see below.  I drove down to Wakefield on Monday night. I booked the day week off for annual leave to attend the Great Yorkshire Show as a Yorkshire Agricultural Society member and was really looking forward to it. I did originally think I would be potentially back in time for tea together, but I decided to stay a little longer at home to get some university work done and try and tick some jobs off around the house.  Day 1 was spent with my mum. We went together, setting off at 8am and it took over 3 and a half hours. It was the worst journey I have ever experienced and that's now with 27 years of going (bar Covid cancel). For some reason they made a lot of the roads one-way systems and kept diverting us further away from the site, the second it was seen in the distance. It was very frustrating!  By the time