A blissful evening involving a chicken pie and snuggles with my doggy <3…*

I was assisted by the wind when walking to work this morning. Fantastic when it’s helping my legs to push me up the hill, not so fantastic effect on my hair on arrival at work! After a steady day and lots of boffing up on some training, I was met from work by a very waggly-tailed doggy and my Mum 🙂 I have had a lovely relaxed evening, not worried 1 bit about the ironing that’s blatently waiting for me or anything else for that matter. I caught up with some of my girls on facebook chat, cooked one of my favourites – chicken pie, mashed spuds and veg and then got in the jammys to cuddle up with my Marshy. He’s such an angel (sometimes). Well the fella’s just walked in from work so that’s my cue to love ya and leave ya!

Sparkles & Kisses xx



Don’t you just hate it when you hear your alarm going off and think it’s for your other half, then that moment of realisation that it is infact you who has got to get up and out of your lovely, warm and cosy bed! Grrrr it’s too early, too dark and too windy.

Yet again the weekend is over and another Monday has arrived. I will take this moment to say I had an amazing Girl’s Night In on Saturday. I haven’t gossiped and giggled quite so much for a very long time. Or been quite so afraid that my friend is laughing so much she’s going to go into labour sat on the sofa beside me! Considering the babies just about cooked it was a valid concern, but luckily no movement!! This week I have a couple of nice things to look forward to.
1) Getting my Ipod player fitted in my car.
2) Zumba!! (1st time and I have no idea what to expect).
Also my friend has emailed me a recipe for a delicious cake she makes. I’m going to attempt it. Hmmm 🙂

Sparkles & Kisses xx

Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends <3

I love the way a few words from a friend can put a whacking great smile on my face. Especially when that friend is saying nice things about my blog =) Talk of the devil, she’s just popped up on Facebook chat.

Now I have quite a few people I regard as friends, but the “real” ones I literally could count on one hand. I consider myself extremely lucky to have those little angels in my life. I definately believe that people come into your life when you need them, play a role and you learn from them. Sometimes they’re just a cameo appearance, where others are life-long soulmates. There are people who I have been extremely close to in the past, but we have somehow grown apart as we’ve grown up. I hate that this happens, however in most of these cases I have very little in common with the person my once best friend has become. True friends are the ones whose opinion counts and feelings matter, the ones you can call night or day and they won’t hate you, the ones who you can not see for 6 months but when they walk in the room it just feels – normal. I just want to let my true friends know that I appreciate them, I hope they stick around forever and I love them lots ❤

Nixi and Clarabella

Nixi and Clarabella

Nixi, Lucy & Charlie

Nixi, Lucy & Charlie

Mazzirina & Nixi

Mazzirina & Nixi

Sparkles & Kisses: An English Adventure

Thursday 3rd February 2011

Today at work we were talking (as usual) about how little we explore our own country. I mean England must have a million attractions and still we spend our hard earned cash escaping to warming climates given half a chance. I’m as guilty as the rest of you. However, I was thinking it would be nice to investigate what makes Britain so “Great”. The big idea is to research the different counties in England, then to find out what there is to see and do in each one. It’s not going to be a quick project to complete, solely because I lack the time and money to go gallivanting. So here begins my adventure…

Initial research findings:

©       Counties are not as cut and dry as you may think. There are “Ceremonial Counties”, “Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Counties”, “Administrative Counties” and “Postal Counties”. Now as England is divided into 83 metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties, but just 48 ceremonial counties – I’m opting to use the ceremonial version.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counties_of_England

©       In alphabetical order those 48 counties in England I plan to visit within my near future are:

  1. Bedfordshire
  2. Berkshire
  3. City of Bristol
  4. Buckinghamshire
  5. Cambridgeshire
  6. Cheshire
  7. City of London
  8. Cornwall
  9. Cumbria
  10. Derbyshire
  11. Devon
  12. Dorset
  13. Durham
  14. East Riding of Yorkshire
  15. East Sussex
  16. Essex
  17. Gloucestershire
  18. Greater London
  19. Greater Manchester
  20. Hampshire
  21. Herefordshire
  22. Hertfordshire
  23. Isle of Wight
  24. Kent
  25. Lancashire
  26. Leicestershire
  27. Lincolnshire
  28. Merseyside
  29. Norfolk
  30. North Yorkshire
  31. Northamptonshire
  32. Northumberland
  33. Nottinghamshire
  34. Oxfordshire
  35. Rutland
  36. Shropshire
  37. Somerset
  38. South Yorkshire
  39. Staffordshire
  40. Suffolk
  41. Surrey
  42. Tyne and Wear
  43. Warwickshire
  44. West Midlands
  45. West Sussex
  46. West Yorkshire
  47. Wiltshire
  48. Worcestershire
Counties in England

Counties in England

Well that’s about all for now. That was quite a task typing all those counties out. So next task is to research what each of those counties has to offer. Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions =)

Sparkles & Kisses xx

Cor, what a gorgeous day :)

So I woke up this morning to sunshine with clear blue skies stretched over the horizon. How much better does that instantly make you feel? I looked forward to my ritual of morning walks with marshall the entire time I was getting ready. I headed to work in a fantastic mood which carried me through the day. 7.30pm and I’m still smiling. To top things off, my drive home wasn’t in complete darkness, more dusky and I love it. I am So looking forward to the summer, days like today just make it feel that little bit closer. I hope you all had a wonderful day!!

Sparkles & Kisses xx

A photo a day, keeps the doctor away?

It’s fair to say I have a little obsession with photos. I sometimes get the impression my digital camera has permanently attached itself to my hand and needs a surgical procedure to remove! I think I’m just very scared that one day I might forget all these precious memories of time spent with good friends. If anything can give remind me of these amazing times I’m experiencing, I’m going to make the most!! So I’ve spent the past couple of weeks printing out my photos & organising into albums, because it’s never really the same looking at them on a computer is it? Although I’m starting to think I might need to rent storage to fit them all in. From last year alone I have printed over 1000 pictures. I’ve already filled a 200 slot album for New Years Eve and the first part of January 2011, oops! But seriously, looking back over 2010 and so far through 2011, a huge thank you to all of my friends for the fun, giggles & most importantly memories. Heres to a huge photo album full from 2010 ❤

Lots of love

Sparkles & Kisses xx

reward: find my weekend!!

Seriously, if somebody finds my weekend please give me a call so we can arrange the safe return. Where the hell has it disappeared to??

Scarily enough not only did my weekend do a runner, the whole of january seems to have escaped aswell. 1 more day and its all over. I don’t want to wish my life away but it does mean getting closer to hopefully a long, hot summer!! 🙂

Sparkles & Kisses xx

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