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.

You Tube Links


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.


A Review of Constancia

As I said in my previous post 22nd June was our wedding anniversary which we celebrated with at day at the Warmer Bros studio tour. We followed that up in the evening with a meal at one of our favourite local restaurants. Constancia is a family run Argentine Grill and Steakhouse which has been in its current location in Bermondsey since 2009. Situated on the corner of Tanner Street and Tower Bridge Road Constancia is in a prime location and is just a short walk away from the bustling areas of Bermondsey Street and Maltby Street. If you know the area  the restaurant is on the site of the old Raven at the Tower pub.
We have been eating here for many years now and its become our 'go to' restaurant for celebrations and special occasions. Its just a 5 min walk from where we live so its absolutely perfect as it means we can share a bottle of wine without any worry about getting home or Tom having to drive. We had made our booking a few weeks ago and as they knew it was our anniversary we were served glass of cava on arrival, what a lovely way to start our night. Its quite a small place so I would always recommend booking in advance especially if you want to visit at the weekend when its pretty much always full. 

The menu is quite small compared to some other places but that isn't a problem for us, we quite like the fact that Constancia concentrate on quality rather than quantity. A lot of the ingredients used here are sourced from Borough Market which is good to know. For our starters we shared the Chorizo & Morcilla (Argentine Sausage & Spanish Black Pudding) and some Prosciutto Toscano (Tuscan Prosciutto ham). Both were absolutely delicious and were served with some complimentary bread. Unfortunately we were both so hungry that we had completely devoured both plates of food before I remembered that I hadn't taken any pics!

For our mains Tom had the 11oz Ojo de Bife (Ribeye - cooked well done) and I had the 7oz Bife de Lomo (Sirloin - cooked medium). We ordered half portions of the Garlic & Parsley fries and Tomato & Onion salads as our sides to share. All steaks also come with a little pot of homemade chimichurri sauce.

Toms Steak
My Steak

We were both pretty full by the time we had finished our mains so we decided to share a pudding rather than have one each. We opted for the Anglo Argentino, a homemade Brownie which is served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce & dulce de leche. This is the most gooey, delicious and chocolatey brownie I have ever eaten and  it was a lovely way to round off our night.
Image taken from the Constancia website.
As always the food and service were absolutely first class and we would have no hesitation in recommending Constancia to anyone who is looking for a good quality steak meal. Its not a cheap restaurant which is why we tend to save our visits for special occasions but its worth every penny. For us we really like that is a small independent restaurant rather than part of a chain, we do love to support a good local business.

* This is not a AD or a sponsored post, the meal was paid for entirely by us and we have received nothing at all from Constancia for my posting this review.