Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wellbeing & Fitness - time to change

Boycotting the traditional New Year's Resolution, I have decided to change my life for the better a month or so earlier than the norm. I've always struggled with NYR as I hate feeling like I've let myself down - which is inevitable, really - so I want to make a change that isn't tied to that feeling. I mean, any sort of resolution has pressure to it, but by doing it when I like, and not on a day when everyone in the whole world is doing it as well, then I feel like I can ease myself in and maybe stick at it. 

This time, I want to sort out all the areas of my wellbeing. As a mother, I am hugely aware of how unfit I am. Dylan is forever trying to get me to run around playing football with him, and it's just something that I can't do. For his sake, I want to get myself at a comfortable level where I can run around and play all those crazy make-believe games with him. Hence the trainers. I actually asked Joe to get me them as an early Christmas present, how depressing is that? My plan is to wake myself up a little earlier than usual - even on weekends :( - to either run or do some xbox fitness stuff. I'd like to alternate on the two, but no doubt I'll probably dance more when it's raining outside.

Fitness aside, I also want to improve my health - which is were the Bimuno Immunaid Probiotics* comes in. My immune system is shocking, and I am always catching the latest cold because of it. Funnily enough, when I was little I managed to convince myself that I would die from scurvy because I had such a bad immune system from not eating oranges and lemons. Pretty sure we were studying 'life at sea' around the same time, but nonetheless, I guess I've always been aware of my constant bugs and colds. I'm hoping that the immune system boost will be the start of a healthy eating process for me. I've never been a fan of green food, so it's taking a lot of time, trial and error to find healthier food that I like, or at least can grow to like. 

The This Works pillow spray is another thing that I think will help my wellbeing - as I often have trouble sleeping. They say that you need 8 solid hours a night to allow your body to repair and your mind to rest, but I probably get around five or six hours, and even then it is interrupted. It smells heavenly, and I'm pretty sure it's been a huge help to my sleep the last few hours. 

Now, I just need to persevere and hopefully by the time January 1st rolls around, my resolution will be to "keep going" rather than to "make a huge change". 

Have you started a wellbeing regime lately? Anything else I need to consider?

Chelsea xo

Monday, 24 November 2014

My awesome new journal & an update!

Just a short update to show off my pretty new Frankie journal. Isn't it wonderful? I can't wait to start using it! It even has a pen holder thing! Excited! Other updates include:

- I have two huge deadlines coming up in the first week of December - panic! 
- I am around halfway through my Christmas shopping, oh yeah be jel.
- Joe has had this week off work as we're going to see The National and Wild Beasts on Wednesday - more excitement! 
- This also means we're going out for tapas on Friday! 
- And probably burgers in London on Wednesday!

How are you? Gimme the latest in your best short form style, go! Can you recommend any great must eat places in London?

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Wandering around Bath.

On Wednesday, I played tourist in Bath. It's was quite funny, really. As I'm always rushing off for trains and the like, I've never really wandered about. Sure, I've got lost a few times back in first year (and maybe at other times too, don't judge), but I've never just walked for the sake of it. That last image is from the inside of the Assembly Rooms - aren't those chandeliers wonderful? Trying to convince Joe that we need at least one in the house now. 

We're studying Persuasion by Jane Austen so we headed off to all the Bath locations in the novel, with my lecturer and an English lecture giving us the guided tour. Did you know, if you go into a city and there's a Cheap Street, chances are that prostitutes used to live there. See, don't say I never teach you anything! Of course, Bath is a beautiful place, and whilst I knew that before, it was really interesting to find out more about that lovely golden city I call my university home.

Have you visited Bath before? Have you been on a literary trail? 

Chelsea xo

Thursday, 13 November 2014

The 1989 Tag!

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know Taylor Swift has a new album out. Some genius decided to make a tag out of the song titles, and after I saw Jennie had posted it, I fancied a go too! I've only had one listen of the album, but it's definitely a top pop album. Plus, in her new video she stands on a horse, so yeah. On with the tag! 

1. Welcome to New York. If you could live in any city, which would it be and why? 
Ooh, snap answer with Jennie on this one! I'd love to live in Edinburgh, as we nearly did! Somehow, we ended up in Somerset, but the Scottish half of me would love to return north of the border.

2. Blank Space. What is something that everyone thinks is true about you but is actually false? 
Erm, I have no idea? I think a lot of people think I'm quite good with spelling and stuff because of my copyediting and proofreading skills (the joys of publishing!) but I'm actually really bad. So bad, that I used to get bullied because of it. Yeah, I went to a weird school... 

3. Style. What is one item in your closet that makes you feel unstoppable? 
The playsuit I bought for my birthday. It was such an extravagant purchase, but I feel like Kate Bush in it, and that can never be a bad thing. 

4. Out of the Woods. What is one thing that you're afraid of?
Not getting a job when I leave university. 

5. All You Had To Do Was Stay. Who is someone you wish was still in your life?
It's not really answering the question, but all of my family. I hate living 300 or so miles away from them, and really hate how much they miss of Dylan. 

6. Shake It Off. What is something you have had to shake off?
I'm trying really had to be less miserable around Joe. Stuff sucks at the moment as we have hardly seen each other due to my late lectures, so I don't want to dwell on things around him. Sure, discussing problems is fine, but after that I just want to have a cup of tea together and feel good

7. I Wish You Would. What is something you'd like to happen right now?
I would like my assignments to be magically completed and of a super high standard. Too much to ask?

8. Bad Blood. Have you ever had someone stab you in the back? 
Yeah, but it was all high school drama. I'm not proud of it, but I'm sure I did plenty of backstabbing too. I'd like to think I'm a much nicer person now, and that I've surrounded myself with pleasant, friendly people. 

9. Wildest Dreams. What would you like to be remembered for? 
My celebration cakes. I'm sure my legacy will be some milestone in my career, or how well-rounded Dylan becomes, but I do bake a pretty awesome cake when I give myself enough time. 

10. How You Get The Girl. What is your favourite pick-up line?
I don't have one. Joe and I bonded over a love of Prince, The Smiths and The Tallest Man on Earth. 

11. This Love. What is something you got back that you never thought you would?
A chance at a decent career. I went to university right after finishing my A Levels and bloody hated it. I was completely miserable, studying something that I had fallen out of interest of, and living with the nastiest housemate imaginable. Although on paper getting pregnant at eighteen wasn't the most desirable life choice, it gave me the courage to try a course in Publishing at a university in the other half of the country, relocating with the little family I'd somehow created. 

12. I Know Places. Where is one place you always feel safe? 
As corny as it sounds, with Joe. I like knowing that he always has my back. 

13. Clean. What is an important lesson you have learned in life, and how did you learn it?
You can put your trust in someone to do the right thing, but some times they just will not do it. You can't blame yourself for their failure, and you shouldn't punish yourself for being too nice, caring or hopeful. 

So there's the T Swift tag, I now challenge you all to do it! :) 

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Books for Dylan.

For the past few days, every time I have sat down to write a post, I haven't been happy with the result. On Wednesday, I tried writing a home wish list, but got frustrated because all the shelves I could find were hideous. Friday I tried writing about the Lena Dunham fiasco, but realised I don't know or understand enough. Seriously, every paragraph had 'I just don't understand' in there somewhere. Today, I tried wanted to post a life update, but then I remembered basically the last three posts have been life updates, and not a lot had really happened. 

Luckily, I think I've found some sort of groove, when a Book People catalogue fell through my letterbox. I love The Book People. I'm not 100% sure how ethical it is - I mean, those prices are so cheap, surely someone's losing out! - but they've got really good feedback, and I've always had a pleasant experience with them. Today, I want to share with you some books I'm intending on getting Dylan for Christmas. One of my 101 in 1001 Days things is to get Dylan 10 books I loved as a child, so when better to get him books than at Christmas? 

50 book Ladybird collection - We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Guess How Much I Love You
The Jolly Christmas Postman - 10 book Julia Donaldson collection

I think you would be daft not to buy this collection. It's got 50 classics from the Ladybird archives and it's only £30. It contains basically all the fairytales we know and love, including Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Beauty and the Beast. The books cover a wide reading age, as well, so while at the start I will read them all to Dylan, by the time he's 7 he should have them all sussed! That's excellent value for money, if you ask me! 

Next up we have We're Going on a Bear Hunt, which I always loved at storytime. I can't believe it's actually 25 years old! I used to love pretending to splish-splosh about when having this read to me. I think Dylan would love it as well, as he's pretty messy and would no doubt love the pretend-play this book brings. 

Guess How Much I Love You is also celebrating an anniversary, it's 20 years for this one! I never actually had this one as a child, but all my cousins did - maybe my parents were trying to tell me something! Anyhow, this one has a very sweet sentiment, and Dylan's quite fond on bunnies so I'm sure this one would be a hit. 

I love all Allan and Janet Ahlberg stories, but The Jolly Postman was always my favourite. Well, until they released The Jolly Christmas Postman! I mean, seriously, what more do you want? Great story, great images, and even better - you get to read everyone's letters to Santa and family members! As a nosy child, who loved Christmas, reading and always wanted my own letter writing set, this was the perfect book for me. I'm definitely getting this one for Christmas, whether I share it with Dylan or not is another matter entirely... 

Lastly, we have the awesome 10 book Julia Donaldson collection. Dylan is a big fan of the Gruffalo and Stick Man, so this collection would be a huge hit with him. Plus, it has Room on the Broom, which is apparently one of Donaldson's best - so I'm pretty excited for that! For £10, this seems like a bargain in my eyes. 

So there we have it, some books I'd love to share with Dylan! 
Did you read any of these books as a nipper? 

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 1 November 2014

For The Love of Books

Can everyone remember way back, when I said I wanted to blog about books more? And then I practically fell off the face of the earth? Yeah, me too. Through no fault of my own, I haven't been able to read books as quickly as I can buy them, which is a real shame, if you ask me. As it was recently my birthday, the lovely Joe bought me these two books after I stood about in a bookstore gushing about how much I loved The Rosie Project - it clearly paid off! 

I'm hoping in the near future that I'll be able to post a review of them, but we need to see how badly my academic reading gets in the way of reading for pleasure. You may have already seen me complain on twitter about having to read a Jane Austen novel - hey, I go to uni in Bath, of course I have to read a Jane Austen novel - and apparently it's her worst one. Joy of joys! If you missed my rare tweeting, I'm reading Persuasion. Well, I started reading Persuasion, but after one measly chapter I wanted to end it all. If you've read this book, please tell me it gets better. Even if it doesn't, I need some ray of hope in my life! 

What are you reading at the moment? Anything I need to add to the ever expanding book wishlist? 

Chelsea xo
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