Monthly Archives: July 2016

July Roundup

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July has been and gone in a flash! This Roundup is very parkrun focussed! Starting with the top left and centre picture is the cake and card I received for volunteering at parkrun 50 times! When people run it 50 times it’s something of an achievement. I wasn’t sure volunteering counted as much but it turns out it sure did as my friends gave me these wonderful gifts.

The top right picture is when my nails were looking good. This must have taken 10 coats to get a good solid coverage but they looked beautiful once done. The colour is Alaska and it’s part of the Rimmel 60 second shine collection.

The middle left picture was taken at the graduation ceremony at work. The purple cap and gown ties in nicely with the purple in the parkrun pictures! At the graduation it was time to say goodbye to our little ones going off to school in September. I had to split myself in two this day as it was the graduation ceremony and party in the afternoon and on the same day it was my local parkrun’s 1st Birthday so there was the run in the morning and the picnic in  the afternoon. I decided to attend the graduation ceremony in the morning and the picnic in the afternoon.

As you can see from the remaining two pictures, the 1st Birthday was commemorated with cake and cupcakes! It was so lovely to get so many of us together and I even received a certificate for the most tasks performed at parkrun!

The end of July has certainly seen the weather perk up. Summer is finally here.

Before you leave and we head in to August why not check out my July blog posts?

Volunteering at parkrun 50 times

Disney X Cath Kidston

Moving 250 miles

Gel Nail Polish Review

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Volunteering at parkrun 50 times

headerOn 11th July 2015 I began volunteering at my local parkrun, Lee on the Solent parkrun. I’ve not looked back since. I’ve only missed a couple of opportunities to volunteer due to holidays and needing to make an emergency trip home. Since then I’ve volunteered on special occasions such as Boxing Day and New Year and have loved every minute. The community of friends I now have thanks to parkrun is immense and I love each and every one of them.

On 16th July 2016 I was the Run Director for my 50th time volunteering. The week leading up to my Run Directing didn’t run smoothly. I had two late nights at work, went out with friends and as a result didn’t actually start getting things ready until Thursday evening! Ssshh! Don’t tell our Event Director! To be fair I was pretty stressed this week and it wasn’t until Friday evening that I thought about it being my 50th time. I wished I’d done something to commemorate the experience like bought a 50 banner or badge like people do for the runs but it was too late.

Saturday morning started as normal, I was Run Director, I’d checked in and deployed all the marshals, including sending someone right to the far end of the course at 8.50 as the marshal for that spot hadn’t arrived! Thankfully she made it just before the runners did! Anyway I had just climbed up the ladder to begin the runners brief when I was stopped. Immediately I thought something had gone wrong, someone was having some sort of emergency but no, it was our lovely Event Director telling the crowd of 287 runners that today was my 50th anniversary! I got a huge round of applause and was presented with a cake made by Maggie.

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Isn’t she clever? I wish you got a 50 tshirt for volunteering but sadly you don’t so I’ll just have to keep make do with my 25 tshirt.

I was also given a beautiful handmade card by Fiona

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I literally felt so lucky and blessed. I’ve made such good friends here and this just shows!  I was speechless and so overwhelmed! It really put me off my runners brief!! Haha

Volunteering for the 50th time was my third time being Run Director and as always I loved it. Being Run Director is such an important role but thankfully there were no incidents this week!

So, have you ever thought about volunteering at your local parkrun? Or even running it? Check out where your local one is on parkrun’s website and sign up!

Have you enjoyed this parkrun post? Here are links to my other posts!

parkrun – More than meets the eye

Becoming a parkrun Run Director

Parkrun Volunteer

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Disney X Cath Kidston

The other night my phone started going crazy. Notifications were flooding in to all platforms of social media. My friends know me so well they were alerting me to the fact that two of my favourite companies were joining forces. Disney and Cath Kidston!!! This makes me so excited.

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The first pictures released on Cath Kidston’s Instagram were of Winnie the Pooh. My heart sank a little, I’m not a huge Winnie the Pooh fan but then..there it was…a Minnie Mouse print!

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I’m also loving that there is a Polka Dot Mickey print too!

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All photos courtesy of Cath Kidston’s Instagram. This was just a sneak peek at what they’re doing but then one of my favourite Instagrammers @disneyfind posted this little beauty!

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I pretty much need everything from the top row! And the bottom right picture is perfection. Some of the Cath Kidston accessories will go perfectly with the bag there.

I literally can not wait to find out more. Hurry up September!

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Moving 250 miles

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In February 2015 we moved 250 miles from Yorkshire to Hampshire. This was no easy task but somehow we managed to do this quite smoothly so I thought I’d pop down some of the tips and tricks we used that might help someone else in a similar situation.

Cash in those hotel points – Do you have loyalty points with hotel chains? Now is the time to finally cash those in. When we were coming down for the weekends to look at houses, areas to live etc we cashed in our Hilton points that we had accrued through a couple of holidays to Florida. We came down three or four times and actually never paid for a hotel which was a big help as it could have got quite costly, quite quickly.

Become best friends with Rightmove – We set up alerts on Rightmove for the type of houses we wanted in our desired areas. You can add in all the filters for things that are must haves so it will only send you alerts for houses that are suitable.

Take note of estate agent names – Another thing we did whilst exploring the area was take down the name of the estate agents we saw with houses similar to what we wanted. We then rang them and explained the situation of us being so far away. A couple agreed to keep us on a priority list and when a house matching our needs came up we were the first to know. They rang us before putting it on Rightmove and their website.

Be super ruthlessYou’re going to be moving your things long haul so make sure you’re only taking what you need. Think about if it’s still packed in a box from your last move 5 years ago (yes we had this) then do you really need it in your new home? Have you used it or worn it in the last 6 months? If the answer is no then you’re probably not going to wear it or use it again.

Make use of charity shops/bins – We had a lot of stuff we just didn’t want/need at our new house and so we donated a lot of it to charity. We took things like homeware, crockery etc to the charity shop so that other people could make good use of it. I used the charity bins you find in car parks too to donate things like clothes and books when I was sorting things in an evening and the charity shops were closed.

Use your friends – We had a friend with a large van who we paid to bring down some of our things for us. This was much cheaper than using a removal firm. We also had a friend with a trailer who allowed us to borrow this to take down a couple of loads ourselves, again, this saved us from having to use a removal firm.

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Gel Nail Polish Review

 

I’m probably a little late to the party but I recently discovered gel nail polishes that don’t require you to go to the salon to have them done and you can remove it easily at home. I first bought the Rimmel Super Gel Kit in Soul Session from Superdrug for £8.99. Foolishly I didn’t take a picture of it the two times I used this kit.

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Image courtesy of superdrug.com

The box claims that this will give you 14 days of colour and shine. Unfortunately I didn’t find this to be the case but it certainly lasted a week. After 7 days though it started to crack where my nails bend and after 9 days it needed to come off but it didn’t chip too bad at all and gave my nail a thick gel like look which I liked.

The next gel polish I bought was Model’s Own Hyper Gel in Naked Glow. I love a nude nail can you tell? Unfortunately I didn’t get to take pictures of this one as it chipped the very next day when I wore it both times! The colour was lovely but it took a good while to dry and chipped way too easily for the price.

The last one I bought was New Look’s Pure Gel in Biscuit. I spotted this at the till at the last minute and literally grabbed it whilst paying for something else. It was only £2.99 and I thought there was no way it would live up to the  7 days it claims to last but lo and behold it did! I was so surprised. It went on beautifully and gave my nail the thick gel look. It dried quickly and only needed two coats. The polish lasted so well. After a week I only had one small chip on the pointer finger of my left hand. I’m a leftie so if any hand was going to chip first, it was going to be this one. I was also complimented when wearing this polish. Someone asked me if my nails were gel or acrylic. When I told them they were natural they said I was blessed and that they looked like I’d had them done at the salon. So New Look is definitely a winner with me! The polish lasted the best and was only £2.99.

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Which is your favourite gel polish? Do you like a nude nail or a pop of colour?

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