Strictly Come Dancing: Week 9 @ Blackpool

Get out your party hats and you sticks of rock because Strictly is going to Blackpool! Yep, it’s that time of the year already, when the BBC camera people do their up most to make Blackpool look anything other than horrible and trashy, and use every cliché in the book to showcase the dancers and their celebrity partners! Things always get exciting at Blackpool, where people up their games in the Tower Ballroom and the large dancefloor allows for brilliant theatrics and bigger dances (Need I remind you of Danny Mac’s Charleston or Louise Redknapp’s Paso Doble last year!)

Last week, we saw Ruth and Anton fall by the way side and miss the opportunity to catch the train to Blackpool. In some ways I will miss the theatrics and stupidity that came with their dances, but, for me it was time for them to leave the ballroom, and think it was the perfect week. It also meant that all of my favourites made it through to this weeks mega show. I’m excited. And because it is the Blackpool special, we get an extra pro-dance to open the show up too!

….and it was an odd dance to say the least. There were fire dancers and unicyclers and jugglers and acrobats and the celebs were all in there. It was fairly spectacular and Joe looked like he was having the best night of his life. And where that was amazing, the dresses of Tess and Claudia weren’t. Tess was rocking a particularly loud and proud yellow number, and Claudia was wearing a ruffled mess. Continue reading

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Fat Friday: Week 7

Another week has flown by. I’ve turned 26 by celebrating in some of the most low-key ways possible, and I’ve been ill. So, it’s been a mixed week. This is going to be a short one folks, because I am too bunged up and full of cold to concentrate for too long, but I didn’t want a week to float by without a post.

Fat Friday is a weekly blog post tracking my weight loss and fitness journey, used to keep myself accountable, keep a record of my progress, and share hints & tips that have helped me. To track my progress, or read my previous entries, click here.

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House Cup Reading Challenge: Wrap Up

So, for the last month I have been taking part in (another) readathon. This wasn’t just any old readathon though, it was Harry Potter themed. I got to read and think about reading for a Harry Potter themed readathon, to earn House Points, to go towards a Team Gryffindor total. I mean have you heard of a readathon that is more suited to me? If you’ve heard of a Disney readathon you absolutely need to tell me about it, like, yesterday.

A huge, mahoosive thank you has to go to the wonderful ladies who put this awesome readathon together:

Gryffindor: Lauren @BetweenDPages
Hufflepuff: Kelsey @Kelsenator
Ravenclaw: Alex @booksydaisy
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Strictly Come Dancing: Week 8

Remember Remember it’s well and truly November. The fireworks have been and gone and replacing them is the race to Blackpool. Claudia just informed us that they’re going for a record of 300 mentions after last year’s measly 248!

Last week, well, last week. It got dramatic. It got intense. It got exciting. Last week we saw the first 40 of this year’s competition, and as much as I don’t like Debbie, her Tango was pretty fierce (Craig got out of his seat and bowed at their feet for crying out loud!)

We also had the first shock elimination. I say shock, because at the beginning of the weekend, no one would have said that Aston and Janette would go. They were second bottom of the leader board and they clearly didn’t ignite the viewers to vote, so it can’t be that much of a surprise. I will miss him immensely and I will miss Jeanette, you always know they’ll be super Good, but he was second bottom. I think the message from last week is: VOTE for your favourites because no-one is safe!

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Fat Friday: Week 6 @ The Killers

Good evening, ladies and gentleman! The weekend is upon us, and for me, my birthday weekend is here. I have four days off work with very little planned, and I am looking forward to it immensely! To be fair the celebrations really started last night at The Killers: Wonderful, Wonderful Tour but it’s nice to have a few days off to do not very much.

I fell from the wagon, hard last week, and if I am honest, I haven’t truly got back on this week. I haven’t exercised once (which I am very annoyed at myself about) and I haven’t eaten that well in comparison to earlier weeks in this diet, so it could have been better, but at least it wasn’t as bad as last week. Onwards and upwards.

Fat Friday is a weekly blog post tracking my weight loss and fitness journey, used to keep myself accountable, keep a record of my progress, and share hints & tips that have helped me. To track my progress, or read my previous entries, click here.

Please join me, support me, and help me along my way as I am to improve my life for the better!

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Finally Fall Book Tag

Howdy folks! I’ve been tagged by the lovely Emma @ The Terror of Knowing to do the Finally Fall Book Tag. The leaves on the trees are changing colour, the nights are drawing in, the temperature has taken a nose dive, Christmas has definitely arrived in the shops, and more nights than not I am sitting with the fire and/or a hot water bottle to stay cosy. Add these all up and it means that fall has arrived and made itself comfy. But I can’t take any of the credit for this autumnal gem, it was created by Alina aka Tall Tales – check our her video if you get the chance!

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
When I think about books with a vivid setting, I instantly recall the vivid details in which the different London’s are described in Shaes of Magic by V. E. Schwab. The rich smells, colours, and textures described leave the reader in doubt as to which world they are experiencing, adding another dimension to the already rich story.

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