Thursday, 23 April 2015

My Birthday Wish List

As I have already mentioned in a post recently, my birthday is just around the corner, well more so a couple of a days away! A whole three days away and just to make it even clearer - it's on Sunday! Not that I'm trying to get my friends or families attention or anything, it's not as though I've not spoke to them about it all a million times in the last 24 hours!


My friends don't understand why I'm so happy about my birthday this year, I suppose it's down to a few things, last year, I lost my nan six days before my birthday, so I wasn't in the right frame of mind to celebrate, although I know my nan would of been shouting down at me from heaven telling me to enjoy myself and to stop crying!


However, this year, I am going to celebrate, because I know my nan would want me too, my friends also secretly want me to celebrate too, even after their constant reminders of me drawing yet another year closer to 30! I've been reminding them that although we're bound to all wake up with a sore head on Sunday (we're celebrating Saturday!) I do always remember the good things about Birthdays; the celebrations, the quality time spent with loved ones, the excuse to drink, the cake (I love cake!!!) and the spending!

This year, to avoid any disappointment from both me and my friends/family, I thought I would write a post about my preferred plans, that way no one can say they forgot, because then I can shout at them and be like it was on my blog, I know you all stalk my blog!!! Well they must do as they're always ringing me asking about things on my blog, they're a bunch of not so clever under-cover stalkers!

The Celebrations

Right, so as so many of you always seem to forget my birthday plans, I'm writing the plan here! We're meeting at my house on Saturday - 4:30pm sharp, don't forget to bring a bottle! We will pre-drink a little, or until the bottles are finished and then head off to my play my favourite poker game! We will then go onto the nearest pub or club in sight, to dance the night away - literally!

Birthday Present Wishlist


Image resource: Perfumania

I have different perfumes for different occasions, and a going out perfume is something that has to make the opposite sex turn heads, although I only want my boyfriends head to be turning at me, so it has to be that smell that he wants to go after, the smell that he wants to smell more of, so, I am really pleading for a new bottle of Paris Hilton's Dazzle, as mine ran out just a few weeks ago, and I fear my boyfriends head won't turn if I don't have this in my life! Or more because it's a lovely smell and I would love you forever if I got a bottle or two of this!?


Image source: Boots
I love the No7 range from Boots; their eye primer is the best eye primer ever. I started using No7 whilst at college and I could rave about it all day long! I'm running low on some foundation and I have had my eyes on this pretty pink lipstick I've seen! So if any of you would like to purchase me some No7 goodies, or even a gift voucher, I would be so greatful!

As far as presents go, that's the only two things I'd like, however having you in my life is a present in itself, so please don't go out of your way and if your names are Paul or Paula - please don't spend as much as you did in previous years you nutters!

The Age

I've still got a few years to go until I reach 30, so please all stop with your banterous aging jokes! Then I will stop bantering you all back to an extreme level that ends up leaving you upset!

Love you all muchly!

Jada xx

Summer Garden Wishlist.

With summer just around the corner, I think it's about time that I start making some sort of plan for our overly messy garden! We moved to this house in November, and as I've mentioned before, the house needs a lot of work doing to it, I'm still not even a quarter of a way through the work that needs doing to it yet!

As the weather was colder back then, I didn't even think about the garden, however now we've had a few days of nice sunshine recently, it got me thinking about all the memories we will once have from this garden, but just like the house, the garden needs a lot of work doing to it too!

First, there is about four fence panels when there should be about 17 (six either side of my garden and three at the back!), one of my neighbours has a see through thin wire fence up, it's like something you see on a building site, and something that doesn't separate the privacy of the two gardens at all!

Then there's the broken and potentially unsafe patio, I'm not sure who laid it prior to us living here, but I'm either guessing they didn't know what they was doing, or it's become in such a state over the years. Then there's a big massive dip where a pond once laid apparently, it's not been filled in properly, that's for sure, I can imagine it being quite an expensive and time consuming job - lets forget about that for now!

What I do need to think of though, is the garden I have, so with help from family and friends, we've been slowly and tiredly been sorting out as much as the garden as we can, there's bushes and over growing grass everywhere, there's weeds coming through the pavement, and out of control rose bushes (with no roses!).

To keep my motivation going, I've left my younger brother and his friend outside, so I could come in and write this post, writing is a safe haven, and a place where I can escape, it's also a great place for me to do a wish list too isn't it?


Whilst loads of you have had a BBQ this year already, we've had BBQ type food, only it was oven cooked as we have no BBQ, so a nice little BBQ, like the one featured above for a great price of £39 from Asda would be brilliant! I also need that picnic basket in my life, just because it's pretty and white and would be great to hold our garden picnic food in!

I couldn't decide between the three colour choices of the jugs and cups available to buy from Yours Sustainably, so I may just need them all in my life at some point! Well, you do get more thirsty in the summer don't you!? Searching for garden floodlights wasn't that hard at all, I thought I wouldn't know what I was looking for, but I found one at a brilliant price, it's just for that extra bit of security, to make me feel more safer!

Last but not least, the lean over garden/sun parasol, I've wanted one ever since my big brother Paul purchased his about two years ago! Only me and Spud was in a flat back then, and of course had no use for one! Now we have our very own garden, it's the perfect excuse is it not!?

What's on your wishlist for a perfect summer garden?

Please feel free to leave a comment below.

Until next time,
Jada x



Monday, 20 April 2015

Our Fun Filled Easter Weekend!

This morning was the day Spud was going back to school after 18 days off for the Easter holidays, we both started dreading today from last Thursday, and it was safe to say we was both wearing disappointed and sad faces this morning. It's no secret I have attachment issues, and whilst friends and socialites on Facebook was posting statuses wishing for this day to come sooner to get the 'brats' back to school, I on the other hand only wished it was a longer break.

However, we did fit in as much as we could during the 18 days off, and so I thought I would share the moments and memories here for both myself and Spud to look back on in the future.

Spud broke up really late this year for some reason, he broke up the day before Good Friday on Thursday the 2nd of April, so it was straight into Easter activities with us! It's our first year in a house, so we was able to have Spud's first egg hunt in his very own garden! It was also mine and Gareth's first Easter together, and so we brought each other a little egg.

Good Friday.

We usually celebrate Easter Sunday at my dads house with my my dad, his partner, my siblings, brother in laws, sister in laws and my nephews (Spud's auntie's, uncles and cousins), however due to my dad having other plans this year, we had dinner this year on the Friday.

Dinner was a selection of BBQ food, only the weather decided to mess around, so everything was cooked inside and we was all able to help ourselves. Since there become grandchildren, us now grown ups stopped receiving eggs, and instead we all just buy for the kids, so the kids was given their eggs from each of us, and my dad and Liz put on a Easter egg hunt which is the usual tradition. Only this year, there was an adult egg hunt too, where I nabbed myself a miniature bottle of Disaronno, and a Cadburys creme egg - perfect!

Easter Sunday.

This was my first ever time since leaving home at the age of 15 that I was responsible for cooking a traditional Easter dinner! Ever since I can remember, Easter has been just as big as Christmas for me and my family, we're Christians and do believe in God, although we're all shamefully guilty of not attending Church on a regular basis!

So with the tradition of our family, is a three course traditional meal, which seemed like so much to do for me and Spud! Not enjoying the thought of being responsible for cooking turkey, I went for a leg of lamb that I got on offer at Asda the day before, surprised there was even meat left on the shelf, I had a good look and pictured the leg of lamb carved, covered in gravy and mint sauce, delicious!

Picking up prawns and seafood sauce for starters, along with some nice thick fresh bread, I thought of inviting my brother Jamie along, knowing my dad had other plans, and Jamie would have no where to go, it was the perfect excuse to palm my food onto someone else, otherwise I'd just eat tripple portions, which isn't the best for my ever growing belly! Then I invited Gareth along too, it was after all our first Easter together!

Setting the table on the Saturday night once Spud was in bed, I smiled, knowing that tomorrow would be a lovely day. We lost our Nanny Lew last Easter, on Easter Sunday, so Easter got cancelled, and I wanted to make it up to Spud for last year, so the front room and garden was decorated, maybe I did go OTT, but who cares!?

Our Easter Table set up for the morning, where me and Spud enjoyed a cooked breakfast! Before it was reset for four people, as we had my brother Jamie and Gareth join us.
I had purchased bits and bobs here and there ever since Easter items started to appear on shop shelves, excited that we had a house to have a proper Easter in for once! Just like the family tradition, which I don't usually do in the morning I must admit, I even cooked me and Spud a cooked breakfast, his first ever, of which he loved!

Spud's first ever cooked breakfast, Easter bunny crumpet, two hash browns, sausages, bacon and beans, he also had a side bowl full of mushrooms!

Once our breakfast had settled in our tummies, it was time to get on with Spud's Easter egg hunt, his first one in our new home, and his first one in his very own garden! The massive smile that spread upon his face made every worry (mainly worrying about the prawns and if they was defrosted properly!) in my head disappear!

One of the smiles that melted my heart, such a big difference to the year before!
He popped on the bunny ears the Easter bunny had left him, along with the bucket and bag he'd also been left, and we both went off to read clue cards and find all the eggs! I did try to look for little things to put into the plastic eggs, but couldn't find anything suitable or Easter related, so I hid a few mini milkybars around the garden too!

We've still not got the garden done, we haven't even got half the house done yet!
Once all the eggs was found, Spud was able to exchange the empty plastic eggs for a massive Easter basket! Well actually, he had to exchange all the pastel coloured eggs for a Cadbury's Flake Easter Egg, all the empty plastic mini eggs for a Haribo Easter box, and the golden plastic egg got him the big basket!

In return for the golden egg!
I wish I had took a photo of dinner, but I was getting so hot and bothered, standing in the kitchen for what seemed like a whole day, that I completely forgot! However, I luckily sent my brother and Gareth, text message invites detailing the menu!

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Starter:

Fresh prawns de-shelled with or without seafood sauce, served in a bed of lettuce with fresh buttered or unbuttered bread.

or

Heinz Tomato Soup served with fresh buttered or unbuttered bread.

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Main

Slow cooked roast lamb
Sausage meat stuffing
Pigs in blankets

Roast potatoes
Mash potato

Parsnips
Broccoli 
Cauliflower
Peas
Carrots

Yorkshire puddings

Condiments

Lamb gravy made with the lamb juices.
Colman's classic mint sauce.

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Pudding:

Banoffee cheesecake.
Chocolate cookies & cream cheesecake.
Apple pie and custard.

//

It was safe to say that everyone was left with clean plates, and we had loads left over! It was the dreaded washing up pile that I dreaded, whilst Jamie entertained Spud, Gareth kindly helped me wash up, dry up and put away, so it wasn't that bad! Otherwise I may of just wished that I had a cleaner, or I would of even considered hiring one!

The surprise photo left on my phone!
The day was then very nearly done, me and Spud said goodbye to our guest, thanking them for a brilliant after noon/early evening! It was then when I was laying in bed thinking of the day's antics, that I found this photo on my phone of Jamie, Spud and Jezeppi - Spud's puppy dog!

Me and Spud hope you all had a brilliant Easter weekend!

Until next time,
Jada x

Northern Ireland Destination Guide

So next week sees me turning the grand age of 25, birthdays are strange old things aren't they!? I remember being a small child, looking up to my older siblings wishing I could be there age, then when I would reach an age I'd wish to be, I'd wish to be even older, watching how much fun my siblings had whilst going clubbing, I couldn't wait to turn 18!

Me in the green jumper as a 3 year old child.
Then when I was 18, I couldn't wait to be 21, officially in my eyes the age of being an adult, only when I become 21, time just started to fly by twice as fast, it was then the turn of my 22nd, 23rd and 24th birthday, now I am just a little over a week off from being 25, a quarter of a century!

Last year, due to losing my Nanny Lew just six days before my birthday, I cancelled my birthday plans. I know my Nanny wouldn't have wanted me to, but the whole family was in mourning and it just wouldn't have felt right to celebrate a birthday when we were all grieving over a death.

My Nanny Lew
This year however, I've made a promise to my Nanny in heaven that I will celebrate my birthday, it would be what she would want me to do! So, after saying it year after year, and never taking myself up on the offer, I'm making arrangements to visit the one country I've always wanted to visit - Ireland!

There's something about the Irish accent and Irish scenery that's left me yearning for a taste of the country ever since I could remember, to be fair Gerard Butler starring in P.S I Love You (one amazing film!) made that decision final, I knew one day I would visit Ireland.


The Irish know how to cook a good breakfast, so I've been told! 
Having friends over there means free accommodation, although of course I'd pay for my way and pay half towards the cost of the food shop for the weekend. There may be too much to see to eat back at my friends, so restaurants may be our new kitchen for the long weekend! Flybe offer flights to Belfast and I've already nabbed a lift to and from the airport thanks to my sister Paula!

Now I've just got to learn a little bit of the Irish lingo, having Irish friends of course helps, but I'm still unsure of how to greet people, I would usually say hello to someone new, whereas my Irish girl friends would say whats the crack!? Of course with the beautiful Irish accent behind me!

I've been advised to pack comfortable walking footwear, to see the sights you've got to be prepared to walk apparently! There was me hoping we could drive up a hill and see it all from there, wishful thinking hey!

If you have any tips for visiting Northern Ireland, please do leave a comment below!

Until next time,
Jada x

*In association with Flybe.