If We Were Having Coffee (April 2019)

Hello!!!!! I’m back! I’m really sorry I’ve not been around much 😦 I shall explain all what’s going on in this post!

If we were having coffee, today I’d be having a hot chocolate. We’re kind of half way between winter and spring right now and it’s still a little cold! What would you be having?

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’ve started back at work full time…. and a bit more! Things have been crazy for me the last 2 weeks. I’ve started back at my other job so I basically now work 2 part time jobs and I work 5, sometimes 6 or 7 days a week. It’s safe to say I’m tired right now! Last week I worked 13 of 14 days and I was beyond tired. It’s been a bit mad going from working 1 day a week to working 5+ days!

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If we were having coffee… Although I’ve just moaned about how tired I am I can’t complain! I really do have the best job in the world. Tiredness has made me wobble a little the last week but when I get my sensible head back I realise how lucky I am to have the job which I do.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how my brother has moved out now. I love his little house and he’s nearly fully sorted. It does mean too that soon I will be moving in to his room! I’ve kind of picked my colours and my wallpaper and I can’t wait to get going… I just need my bro to move out fully!

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I finally gave in and bought the Greatest Showman Soundtrack CD. I love it but my Amazon Music subscription ended and I couldn’t justify the expense of renewing it. Anyway, as a compromise I just decided to buy the CD. It now lives in my car for my journeys to and from work!

If we were having coffee… I’d ask you how you are and if you have any news you’d like to share?

So that’s all for my update right now! I will soon be heading to bed but wanted to post a little update to say I hadn’t forgotten you all! 🙂



If We Were Having Coffee (March 2019 #12)

And before we knew it we were in March?! How did that happen?! Anyway, welcome back to my blog! I’m sorry I’ve been absent the last week or so. Work happened!

How are we all? I hope everyone is well 🙂 I’m back today with a little update as to what’s been going on lately 🙂

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how lovely the weather we’ve had recently has been! We’ve had sunny weather this last week or so with temperatures reaching in the region of 20°C. That’s totally unheard of usually for February! It’s been lovely having warm weather to bask in though!

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m enjoying work. I’ve started back my work at London Zoo and I’m loving it so far.

 If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I worked a day in the zoo gift shop last weekend too. Because of the incredible weather we’ve had the zoo has been far busier than usual during February half term, so I stepped in for the day to help retail with keeping the gift shop shelves stocked up all day. It was actually pretty fun but my feet hurt at the end!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how great it was to meet AnHistorianAboutTown a couple of weeks ago! We had a great time wondering around London together and chatting about all sorts!


If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I really enjoyed visiting the Lego Safari at RHS Wisley yesterday. Some of the animals were incredible and seeing how many bricks they’re made of and how long it took to make them! It actually moves to work in April, so I can’t wait to see how they set it up.

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I enjoyed my trip up to Liverpool at the start of the month. Me and mum went to see Liverpool Vs Bournemouth and Liverpool won! Thankfully it wasn’t as cold as it was the last time I went!

If we were having coffee… I’d ask you how you are and if you have any news you’d like to share? 🙂


A Day in London

I live incredibly close to London. Only 25 mins away on the train so I don’t really go to London at all… apart from to work!

However last week my fellow blogger An Historian About Town came over from Canada to visit the UK and after 4 years we finally met! An Historian About Town was actually key to the beginnings of my blog! She was the first ever person to stumble upon my, what was then brand new, little blog and since then she’s helped me with its growth and allowed me to bounce many ideas off her!

So, back to our day out! AnHistorianAboutTown was desperate to visit The Queen’s House in Greenwich and she was desperate to visit Cath Kidston with me! So after meeting at London Bridge we headed out to Greenwich for a wander!

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I’ve never actually been out to Greenwich before and immediately we were both amazed by how peaceful it was out here. An Historian About Town even asked me if it was “still London”!

We wandered around The Queen’s House and admired some of the paintings, particularly the Armada Portrait! But neither of us particularly liked the mask that was opposite it!


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After finishing at The Queen’s House we decided to have a little walk around Greenwich Park and up to the Observatory. Unfortunately we didn’t go in to the Observatory but one day I will! The views from the top of the hill were pretty impressive and I pointed out a few landmarks! IMG_4142Photo 12-02-2019, 12 13 28

From Greenwich Park we headed back toward the DLR and stopped off to see The Cutty Sark on the way. I’m not very good with my early history and had to keep telling An Historian About Town that I didn’t know! I’m a rubbish tour guide!

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Then the shopping started! I was incredibly well behaved and didn’t spend much money but An Historian About Town may have spent a bit! 😉 Our first stop was the new outlet centre that’s opening in the O2. Of course we visited Cath Kidston and I absolutely loved watching AnHistorianAboutTown getting so excited about all of the shop! 😀

Afterwards we headed to Oxford St and did some shopping there! I was quite surprised though actually how pleasant it was walking along Oxford and Regent Street on a Tuesday afternoon! Not too busy!

All in all, I had a wonderful day out with AnHistorianAboutTown! And got serious polar bear envy when she was talking about Winnipeg Zoo! She even bought me my own Starbucks Winnipeg mug after I was admiring how beautiful hers was! It’s now on my shelf with all my display mugs! Thank you for a great day, and maybe see you again next week AnHistorianAboutTown!

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New Bedroom Ideas

So as I said in yesterday’s post, all being well I will have the option to move in to my brother’s bigger bedroom. So in today’s post I thought I’d share with you some of the ideas and thoughts I’ve been having about this.

First things first, my brother’s bedroom is over the garage which means it is much cooler in there than it is in my room. My dad is reluctant for me to decorate it all up and properly move in there until I’ve had a “trial period”. Which ok I agree with…. but I will make it work! Besides, you get used to it don’t you?

One of the things I’m looking forward to about my brother’s room is the wardrobe. It has a built in wardrobe meaning I’ll gain some space. However, I think actually his wardrobe is slightly smaller than mine is. That’s fine… What I’m thinking is this…

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I’m thinking either getting a 2×2 Ikea Kallax (and some of the box inserts) or some kind of draws to go in there. Then I’ll only hang up the necessary items and fold things like jumpers and jeans into the draws/boxes. Another thing I’ll lose is space for my bears. Yes, I’m 25 and still have teddies sat on top of my wardrobe! I’ll have a sort out of them and find a place to re-home them.

My bookshelves will be moving room with me. I love them so much! Moving room too and hopefully buying myself another storage shelf of sorts will allow me to tidy them up a bit as they’ve got a bit messy 😦


Another thing I’d like to get is a new desk. I’ve had my desk that I have now for as long as I remember. At least since I was around 10. I mean there’s nothing really wrong with it but I’d like something slightly bigger and more grown up. So, I’ve come across this…

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This is a slightly bigger desk than I’ve got already and I can attach it to some Ikea Kallax storage. I think I’d only be able to fit in the 2×4 Kallax shelving but that would give me some more storage space too. Which would mean I could sort out my shelving! 🙂

The final thing I’m excited for for moving rooms is a (small) double bed. I got a new bed in my room around a year ago and I really wanted a small double. But it would have taken up pretty much my entire room! So I’m excited to have the space back for this and I’ll probably get another Ottoman storage bed again because this one I’ve got has been brilliant.

Also, I just miss my double bedding. I had double beds at uni in 2nd and 3rd year and loved my dolphin, Eeyore and Cath Kidston penguin bedding (both images from Pinterest).





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I also thought ahead after Christmas and decided to buy the new Cath Kidston Bambi double bedding set.

It’s so pretty!

Anyway, I’ll leave this post there. 🙂 I have no idea when the move will happen but I will be sure to write a post on it!

If We Were Having Coffee #11 (February 2019)

It’s February! And today in the UK it has greeted us with some snow! Ok…. so it’s not much but snow is still exciting because we don’t get much of it here!

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Today I’ll be having a hot chocolate as we have a catch up! What would you have?

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I have BOTH of my jobs back. I’m officially going to be working 2 part time jobs but with the same company. I’m going to be working between both Whipsnade and London Zoos. It’s going to take a lot of planning to work my rota out but I’m quite excited.

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If we were having coffee… Remember how last month I said I had some exciting things coming up with Brownies? Well I can now officially say that I’m going to be the new District Commissioner for Girlguiding. And as well as that I’m going to be doing my “Going Away With” qualification so that I can run sleepovers and take our Brownies away on residential trips.

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If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I was a big kid and built a snowman. I mean you’re never too old to build a snowman though right?!

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If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you how things are getting exciting for my brother. He is in the process of buying a house. I’m so excited for him and what’s more is that I can move bedrooms when he moves out. So I’m looking forward to a bigger bedroom and decorating it into a more adulty room. Pinterest has kind of become my friend while I get ideas!

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how I’m looking forward to meeting up with AnHistorianAboutTown when she comes to visit 😀

If we were having coffeeI’d ask if you have anything you want to share with me?

January Favourites 2019

Can you believe it’s 2019?! And we’ve reached the end of January! I’m not going to lie, January has dragged so badly for me as I’ve been in a weird sort of limbo waiting to hear if I’ve got my job back next year. If all goes well I’ll be starting work again any day.

I don’t feel like I’ve got too many favourites to share this month, but I will share the few favourites that I have got!

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First up is the Cath Kidston Bambi Range. I actually got quite a lot of it for Christmas but I then decided to buy this bag a couple of weeks ago now. I wanted a rucksack which wasn’t too big or too small and this has basically fulfilled that niche. I absolutely love the CK Bambi range, I don’t think it’ll beat the original Winnie the Pooh, but this is definitely one of my favourites.

Secondly is this amazing penguin mug. I don’t even know where they got it from but this was a belated Christmas present I got given last week. It’s extra special because it’s from the family of the little boy I was a LSA for a couple of years ago and they went out of their way to find it for me. It’s so cute and has joined my shelf of mugs for display only.

The last couple of weeks we’ve had a bit of a cold spell here and I’ve finally actually been needing to wrap up warm when I go outside. I’ve been loving wearing my Fat Face wooly hat that I bought a couple of months ago, and I get so many compliments about this hat too!

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For Christmas I also received this duvet cover from Fat Face. It is possibly one of the snuggliest duvet covers I’ve ever owned! It’s so soft and I absolutely love it.

My final favourite for January is my Camp Blanket. Excuse the crap photo of it! Camp Blankets are pretty standard for any member (particularly leaders) of Girlguiding/Scouting. They’re basically blankets which you can sew all of your badges on to and can be taken on guide camps etc. I’ve been enjoying adding badges to my blanket the last few months which I’ve “earned” as a leader, but I’ve also started to add some of my original Brownie badges to it from when I was in Brownies!

Oh, also I’ve been loving A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix (although I am a tad disappointed at how rushed the ending was!), Silent Witness and of course Call the Midwife.

So that’s it for my January favourites! What have you been enjoying in January? 🙂

Empties #3

Today I’m back with what is going to be my last ever empties post. Unfortunately they don’t get the interest I’d perhaps like them to get and also I’m not fancying keeping a bag of rubbish in my room anymore until it gets big enough to talk about!

photo 21-01-2019, 10 43 11So without further ado, I will tell you about some of the products I’ve been using and what I make of them 🙂

photo 21-01-2019, 10 43 18First up are these two bottles of Imperial Leather bubble bath. Cosmic Unicorn and Marshmallow. I actually really enjoyed using both of these bubble baths, they both smell pretty similar (a marshmallow scent). The only thing I didn’t really like was that I thought the unicorn one would be more glittery but it wasn’t at all XD I was very disappointed. Would I buy again? Yes, probably 🙂

Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo & Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter . I’ve been using this anti dandruff shampoo for a couple of years now and have no intentions to stop. I also love the Strawberry body butter. It’s the only one of the Body Shop’s body butters that I can use and I love it. It smells great and it is also really moisturising.

I go through phases of using spray and roll on deodorant and I was using this Nivea deodorant. I really like it and would buy it again. I’ve also been loving Child’s Farm moisturiser. It is so good for my eczema and I love the tea tree and grapefruit scent. It also lasts for ages! Another favourite of mine is the Imperial Leather Unicorn Foamburst. It’s great for shaving, smells wonderfully of Marshmallows and is just lovely to wash with!

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I use Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey collection for my hair and I recently finished my tub of mask. This has lasted me ages! I wasn’t sure what difference it would make when I did/didn’t use it but now I know. It makes my hair so much softer and I love it!

Blistex Intensive Moisturiser is my go to lip balm. I always put some on before bed and it works wonders. This time I finished up using the cherry Blistex and it’s so good and smells great!

Lastly is my toothpaste – Colgate Sensitive Pro Relief. I’ve covered this in empties before so I’m not going to talk much about it, but I love now that they stock it in Costco!

Anyway, so that’s the end of my last empties post! 🙂 I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll be back soon! 🙂