August Update

Well my plans to blog regularly last month didn't quite go to plan. I did have a few posts in draft but they are well past their sell by date now so I thought I might as well delete them and just get on with a whole new one. So here we go with a August recap. We had a couple of busy weekends and the first one was my birthday - oh joy I am now another year older! I had a fab weekend though and was thoroughly spoilt by Tom and my family and friends. I got loads of cards and some really lovely gifts which included flowers, chocolates, gin, bubble bath, beauty products and wine. Tom bought me a bottle of Aviation which is my fave American gin, he also bought me a new handbag from Cath Kidston and some more charms for my Pandora bracelet.
I was at work on the morning of my birthday but my bosses kindly sent me home just after lunchtime which was a great start to the weekend. After a couple of hours of chilling out and eating cake Tom and I went to the B Street Deli for a bite to eat. Our fave table in corner at the back of the bar area was gone but we managed to get a table right on the deli counter which was perfect. As always it was fab and we had our usual platter of cheeses and meat, all of which were delicious and more than enough to fill us up. Saturday was spent doing some shopping at Bluewater followed by a trip to my Mums for some more cake! The Sunday was a lovely lazy day at home, we did some gardening and spent the rest of the day sitting outside enjoying the sunshine.
On August 11th we took a trip to Peterborough to attend the Reeves Family BBQ. It was a fantastic day spent with some of the friends that we have recently made through Twitter and You Tube. We got to meet some of our fave vloggers which was just amazing, finally after months of seeing these people on our TV on a weekly basis we were actually talking to them in real life. I am not ashamed to admit that I had several fan girl moments!! Everyone was so lovely and we were made to feel very welcome into the whole #Disfam community despite the fact that we are not proper 'vloggers' (yet!). We are already looking forward to attending next years event and to watching all the new vlogs that are going to be appearing in the coming months especially as a lot of these guys are soon going to be jetting off to Florida later this month.

The rest of the month was pretty easy going with nothing too much to report. We had a family BBQ at Toms sisters house for her birthday and I had a Scentsy party which I did really well at and means that I get to stay active as a consultant for another three months. We went to the Disney store to get our August Micky Memories and we had a meet up with our friends Gina and Ian who were in London to watch the rugby at Wembley. I also had a hair cut and Tom did a couple of overtime shifts. The Bank Holiday weekend was a very laid back and chilled out one, I even managed to finally spend some time in my craft room. I had a good clear out of some old stuff and finally started to get myself a little more upto date with Project Life and Scrapbooking. Fingers crossed there will be a lot more weekends like that coming up, I really want to get as upto date as I can especially as there will be a lot of scrapping to be done after our hols.

I honestly cant believe that we are now in September and that the Summer is almost over. There is definitely an Autumnal chill to the air now and the nights are starting to draw in. As sad as I am to see that happen I am also excited by it as it means that out holiday is drawing ever closer. We have 70 days now until we fly out and just 10 days until I can start booking our fast passes. I have booked next Friday as a days annual leave so I can stay home with my laptop and hopefully get us all the fast passes we want. However we do need to sit down this weekend and make some kind of list as to what rides we want to do and when. If you have any hints and tip for booking fast passes please feel free to leave a comment below.

As always thanks for stopping by for a read.

Love and hugs - Jane x

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Introducing Memory Makers UK


Hello and welcome back to my blog, apologies for not having posted for a couple of weeks now. Tom has been busy working lots of overtime and its really been too hot to do anything at all so there hasn’t actually been much to post about. Anyway, I/we have a few things in the pipeline so I will do my best to get back to regular blogging.

So, todays post is a slightly different one in that I am using it to spotlight a new venture that has been created by some very dear friends of mine. If you have read any of my Florida related posts, or if you know me or follow me on Twitter you will know that vlog watching has become something that Tom and I really enjoy. It was originally something we did now and then to help with our Florida holiday planning but it fast became regular viewing (we actually watch more YT than we do normal tv now!) and it has introduced us to a whole new world of wonderful people, some of whom we are now proud to call our friends.

Memory Makers UK has been created by three of our favourite You Tubers; See Shaun Vlog, Gareth & Laura and Eighty6Point5 (links to all three are at the bottom of this post). The three channels have come together to create a brand born out of shared dreams, passion, friendship and love. They will still be creating vlogs for their own You Tube channels but they will also be collaborating and working together to create content that will be shared across the three channels and individually on a rotation basis so make sure that you subscribe to them all so you don’t miss any of the GarLaurious Shaunanigans!! Another part of the plans for MMUK is for them to support and spotlight other vloggers and bloggers in the community and to help them grow their respective channels and SM outlets. I personally think this is a great idea and is something that we should all get on board with, we need to be building each other up and supporting each other not trying to tear down others hopes and dreams. Memory Makers UK will have exclusive content on their website and across their social media’s so get subscribing now on YT, Insta, Twitter and FB – I promise you that you won’t be disappointed. There is also a online shop where you can find all sorts of fab merch ranging from t-shirts and hoodies to pins, bags and caps so make sure you head over to check that out and take advantage of the special offer they have running that will give you 15% off.

This venture is something that is very close to my heart as in the short time that we have known these guys they have become more than friends to both Tom and I. They are the most supportive, kind and caring bunch of people we have ever come across and as time progresses its becoming more and more evident that we have so much more in common than just a love of Disney and Florida. I am a true believer in fate and I know that the powers of social media introduced us all for a reason. I for one cannot wait until we are all together in Florida as I know that we will be creating the most magical of memories that will last a lifetime.
This isn’t the last post you will see from me about MMUK, I plan to support them every step of the way and I will do regular posts to spotlight what they are up to.

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Weight Watchers - A New Chapter for Me

Hello and welcome back to my blog and another post. If you are one of my regular readers then you will know that for the past 2.5 years I have been following Weight Watchers and that during that time I have managed to lose just over 2 stone (28lbs). I have posted about my journey several times so if you want to have a read just click on the weight watchers or weight loss journey labels over on the right hand side and it will take you to those posts.

Mostly, apart from holidays, special occasions and the odd blip I have pretty much managed to keep all that weight off which for me is an achievement in its self. I have lost weight in the past by following silly fads etc but its always gone back on within a matter of months so I am extremely proud of me for the achievement I made in getting the weight off but for also keeping it off. When I first started going to WW the class I went to was a local one and had a group 'therapy' session after weigh-in where everyone would talk about their week, how the plan worked for them and share hints and tips. After about 6 months of steady weight loss I hit a wall and just couldn't seem to shift the lbs despite religiously sticking to the plan. The other group members were very supportive but the attitude of my group leader was awful, she didn't offer me any advice or guidance whatsoever and I started to wonder was it all worth it, I just felt like I was basically paying to be weighed each week and that was it (and that's not what WW is about). I didn't go to class for almost a month and during that time I didn't follow the plan at all. I began to slip back into old ways and habits and I could feel the weight starting to creep back on. It was at this point I knew that I needed to take back control or give up on all my hard work. I found a new class closer to work, bit the bullet and went in to be weighed. Of course there was a gain, that was only to be expected but with the support of my new group leader I was soon back on track and those gained pounds were gone.

So fast forward to this week where I made the decision to stop going to WW, not because I am giving up but because I now feel like I don't need them to support me, I can do it myself. My attitude towards food has completely changed and I now regularly meal plan using filling and healthy ingredient's rather than relying on junk and convenience foods. Don't get me wrong I still enjoy a bar of chocolate, a take away or a nice big blow out but these are few and far between now and are balanced with regular exercise and a proper healthy diet. In addition to this I have a wonderful husband and a very supportive family and circle of friends around me who I know will be there to cheer me on and keep me going.

 I can honestly say I am the happiest I have ever been about the way I look. There is no way I am going back to being the old me, I have come too far now to chuck it and all the new clothes away. I don't expect it to be plain sailing, I know that there will still be weeks where I have a gain but I now have the knowledge and willpower to deal with that the right way. I still plan to post on here how I am doing, being able to read back on my blog is for me is another source of motivation so the good and the bad will still be shared with you all.

As always thanks for stopping by and reading.

Jane
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