Blooming El



I'm currently sat on my bed, listening to JP Cooper (absolute babe), the sun is bouncing off my open window and I'm whatsapping two of the best girls in the world (I'm looking at you Hopwood and Le Roux)

This is probably one of my favourite Wonderful Wednesday posts I've written and not because of what's in it but because I've thoroughly enjoyed writing it and everything else that is going on around me. 

Shall we #crackon? (I'm still not over the fact Love Island is finished). 

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A Good Sleep 

Oh my. I had the most amazing sleep on Saturday night. If you've seen my Instagram, you'd know that I've been working outside of my normal 9-5 and whilst I don't really do that much, it's still tiring. 

After work on Saturday, I chilled with G, watched a few episodes of Power (seriously, you need to start watching it), then we shut the blinds, closed the curtains and had the best nights sleep. I definitely needed it! 

The Sky 

This week, I realised that I really love taking photos of the sky, especially in the early evening. Every time I've looked up, or on my way home, the sky has just looked so bloomin' beautiful. 

Magic FM 

I'm a sucker for classic 80's and 90's tunes and Magic FM delivered the goods on Monday. I was alone in the office, which meant I had full control over what I listened to. Normally, we stick Capital on but the repeats get a little annoying after a while. I chose Magic and busted a few moves in my chair to Simple Minds and Mariah Carey. 


Good morning! I am currently laying in bed, waiting to get up for work and finishing off this week's wonderful list. 

There seems to be a heavy weather theme this week! Shall we crack on? 

A Beautiful Sunset 

For the next two months or so, I will be working occasional nights and weekends to complete some of our filming in time for September. I enjoy being on shoots but giving up my Sunday was a bit of a struggle this week.

However, my hard work (I say hard work, I just sit there and shout lines at people if they get them wrong) was rewarded by the most BEAUTIFUL sunset on the way home from Henlow. The sun, a burnt orange, sat in the middle of a blue, pink, and purple sky. 

I am a little gutted that I couldn't snap a picture (the above photo was taken a few days before) but at the same time, it's quite nice that I can keep the image all to myself (and the rest of those on the motorway). 

R&B Party Starters

The above is the name of a station on Google Play Music and I am LOVING it. It features TLC, Ne-Yo, and my favourite jam on the playlist 'Give It to Me' by Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, and MR JT.


My first scrapbook was a large A3 book, with pages of multicoloured craft paper inside. I used it to document a Pontins trip that both of my Nans had taken me and my brother on. 

I tore pages from my journal and stuck them next to 6×4's that I had waited to be developed. I still have it and I pull it out of my crowded closet every now and then, just to take a look and remind myself of how times have changed. 

Memories are now recorded digitally. Instead of printing photos, you Instagram them. Instead of writing a journal, you tweet or write a blog post. 

scrapbooking for adults

When I got with G, I knew I wanted something to record our special moments. Something concrete, that couldn't accidentally be deleted. 

I bought a small scrapbook from Hobbycraft and gave it to him on our first Valentine's day. I filled it with song lyrics, letters and the odd receipt from date nights. 

Then, we got the travel bug and our memory scrapbook reached a whole new level!

Date night receipts turned in to boarding passes, love notes in to attraction tickets and song lyrics became souvenir coins. Gareth also started taking over the scrapbooking and I have to admit, he is much better at it than I am! 


I can't believe it's Wednesday already! I always feel that if I have plans at the weekend, the week seems to go just that little bit quicker. Does anyone else find this? 

How have you all been? What's been a'happening in your neck of the woods?

I have been feeling a little stressed this week. My shoulders are super tense from driving to Birmingham on Saturday and my eye has started twitching in the evening BUT there is plenty of good to outweigh the stressful, shall we? 

An Impromptu Picnic

On Sunday, whilst doing my weekly shop in Asda, I messaged my friend Georgie to see what she was up to for the day. We then arranged to meet and go for a little picnic! 

We spent the afternoon in Heartwood Forest, sat on top of the hill talking about relationships, friendships and future holidays and asking each other those VERY important life questions - Is popcorn the same as sweetcorn? 



I am so happy, like child-at-christmas-opening-new-toy kind of happy. I have been waiting for it to rain for so long. I just feel like it's been so #muggymike recently and I've been looking forward to the rain clearing the air a little.

All we need now is a little bit of thunder and I'll be one happy gal. 


Happy Wonderful Wednesday all! I cannot believe we're in July already, this year is just zooming by and it almost doesn't feel real. It's as if this year is just a quick rehearsal before the big show or it could be that we're having so much fun, the time is just flying by!

Anyway, shall we get down to business? 

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Fresh Bread

You can't beat a slice of fresh bread can you? I enjoyed a large slice, coated in butter before my dinner yesterday and it was SO good. I may have helped myself to another slice after dinner too...

Being Productive

Even though I didn't get out of my bed till 1 o'clock on Sunday, I ended up being super productive. I cleaned the house from top to bottom, did a pretty big food shop, read AND commented on some blog posts and wrote a few of my own too! It felt really good to actually do something with my day...well what was left of it!


On Saturday, myself and G went to see Top Gun at Chesfield Downs. It was the first time Chesfield Downs had put on an open air cinema event and the first time that we'd been to one! 

The tickets were £12 each and included one soft drink and a bag of popcorn each. I thought it was a pretty sweet deal, considering it would cost you a lot more if you went to a standard chain cinema! 

We were one of the first couples to arrive, so we managed to bag ourselves a pretty decent spot right in the middle! 

We popped our picnic blanket down and made ourselves comfy (this included kicking our shoes off and using them as drink holders #geniusidea). 

The open air cinema was set on the driving range, with the screen centre stage, they had various food and drink options on either side. These included a Pimms and Prosecco stall, a bar, a BBQ and an ice cream van. I would have loved to have bought a big jug of Pimms but I doubt G would have enjoyed it much and plus, I was am always designated driver.


Our last full day in New York came around so quickly but with only a few things left to see, I think we'd managed to explore the city at a good pace. 

After breakfast, our first stop was the famous Flat Iron building. I think it's probably one of the best buildings in NYC, I'd definitely recommend taking a look if you're ever in the big apple!

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