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    Inspirational Quotes

    Inspirational Quotes

    Inspirational Quotes are a go-to for a Bullet Journal-ist. Blank space? Stick a quote in there! I’ll be honest though, I haven’t done many quotes in this new bullet journal as it’s too small to run out of space somehow! But even so I’ve been on Pinterest having a look for some quotes just in case. Here are some of my favourite quotes (which may or may not be inspirational).

    Dream A Little Dream

    Now the above is a verse from “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” song who I thought was by The Beautiful South. I have since found out that it’s a cover version. But who cares, it’s a lovely phrase and I would love to have this painted onto the girls’ bedroom wall.

    Red Dwarf

    Hubby and I are big Red Dwarf fans and we can quote it almost line by line. The one above is possibly one of my favourites!

    Disney

    When thinking of inspirational quotes my mind always takes me back to Disney’s “When You Wish Upon A Star”. That would be a likely choice but whilst browsing Pinterest I found the above and you know what, I love it! At this moment in time, I know I’m exactly where I’m meant to be. I can’t even begin to imagine being anywhere else.

    Impractical Jokers

    Ok so my current obsession is The Tenderloins / Impractical Jokers! Oh yes I love them fellas! There’s a few amazing phrases in there from “Shut Your Face Grandma” and of course “LAAAAAAAARRRRRYYYYY” but my favourite is Scoopski Potatoes!

    Random

    Change

    Then there’s this one. I was having a whinge at work when my boss shared this one with me. Yes it is time for change!

    A Welsh Family Quote

    Sathru dy draed na sathru dy galon

    Now this one is something that my Nain says to me often. It translates to “it is better for them to trample on your feet than trample your heart”. Basically she’s telling me that they are only little for a small amount of time and I should make the most of it.

    Planner Girls Collective

    I’m linking up with the PGC this week. Go check out these wonderful fellow bloggers:

    The Stationery Geekette / Rebecca – Project Life / Life With My Planners / An Ocean Glimmer / A Beautiful Plan / Penny Gate Crafts / The Vintage Planner / Ugly Bug Plans / A Beautiful Plan / A Life Lived In Words

    Are you a fan of inspirational quotes? What is your favourite?

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    Impractical Jokers – Santiago Sent Us Tour

    Impractical Jokers - The Santiago Sent Us Tour

    I can’t even start to tell you how excited I was to manage to nab tickets to see the Impractical Jokers’ second tour in the UK. And on Thursday we took a trip though the snow(*) to Manchester Arena to see the Santiago Sent Us tour.

    * the snowstorm that was expected did not hit as hard as we imagined but we did get snow as we were leaving Manchester

    Owen Benjamin

    The opening act was Owen Benjamin – never heard of him before but he was hilarious! American comedian/songwriter.  He was such fun! Actually pretty talented with the piano hence his website address Huge Penis Pianist

    Impractical Jokers / The Tenderloins

    Manchester with the @impracticaljokersofficial

    A photo posted by Joe Papeo (@irocktheshot) on

    ( This was the group photo from Manchester. You can’t see us I don’t think but we were there – top left somewhere! Please note this is NOT my photo – taken by the awesome Joe Papeo so go send him some love)

    Then the fellas came on stage and the whole place erupts! We weren’t at the front as we were last time but we had a great view in any case. I couldn’t get amazing photos but meh who cares? We got tickets to one of the most sought after shows of the year!

    During the show, the guys showed some unseen footage from Impractical Jokers and oh my god we were crying with laughter! I hope they show it on TV someday because I want to see it again! They closed the show on the same clip as the last one but it was actually amazing to hear approx 15,000 people all go “uuuuurrrrghhhhh” at the same time! Haha!

    They’ll Be Back! 

    My swag! @thetenderloins #santiagosentustour @trutvjokers #thetenderloins

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    I want to see the whole tour again! And the good news is that they’re coming back to the UK in October! Next time I am forking out for the meet and greet tickets!! I don’t care how much they cost WE WILL BE MEETING THEM!

    Meet and Greet

    (This was from last year but I LOVE it!)

    If we had stayed by the stage door  we would’ve met Murr and Joe again. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay because a) the snow had arrived and it was closing in, b) we had to get home ASAP as we were both working the following day. But I was browsing Instagram on Friday and got well jealous of some of the photos! I got chatting with some lovely people on Instagram and they said that Joe & Murr came out within an hour of the show but Q and Sal didn’t. Mucho props to them for coming to greet the fans.

    Did you manage to see the show? Are you as excited as me that they’ll be back in October?!

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    Meal Plan – Weeks 1 and 2

    Meal Plan Week 1 & 2

    One of my goals for this year is to waste less food and to do that I intend on making a weekly meal plan. Hopefully this will mean I waste less food, and save more money by buying only what I need for those meals.

    Monday

    Meal Plan – SW creamy beef with broccoli
    Actual – SW creamy beef with broccoli (first picture top row)

    Day one of meal planning went well! I stuck to the plan and it was delicious! I would highly recommend this recipe – it can be found in the Slimming World 30 Minute Recipes book.

    Tuesday 

    Meal Plan – steak with SW sauteeed mushrooms
    Actual – SW leek and chive carbonara (second picture top row)

    Day two of meal planning did not go well. I forgot to take the steak out of the freezer! Doh! So instead I swapped Thursday’s planned meal to today instead. Again another recipe from Slimming World 30 Minute Recipes.

    Wednesday

    Meal Plan – SW grilled pork chops
    Actual – Mam’s chicken dinner

    Day three of meal planning was a fail! Mainly because Mam offered to make us chicken dinner and who am I to refuse? She makes the best chicken dinner in the world! The pork chops can wait another day (or two!).

    Thursday

    Meal Plan – leek and chive carbonara
    Actual – steak with SW sautéed mushrooms and red onion served with ready made mash and green beans (last picture top row)

    Day four was going to fail because I swapped Thursday’s meal for Tuesday. But I did make Tuesday’s meal and it was really nice. I bought in the root vegetable mash as I haven’t got time to make my own at the moment. When I master how to make it I’m hoping to be able to freeze portions.

    Friday

    Meal Plan – SW tarragon chicken
    Actual – Mam’s cottage pie (middle picture bottom row)

    Mam was looking after Little Miss again so she made us a cottage pie. Again, I’m not going to refuse free food! It was delicious!

    Saturday

    Meal Plan – Bacon, scrambled eggs, spaghetti hoops and toast
    Actual – Rosemary pork chops with root vegetable mash with spaghetti hoops and green beans (last picture bottom row)

    Told you I’d do the pork chops eventually! Again, the root vegetable mash was bought in. But the rosemary pork chops was another one from Slimming World 30 Minute Recipes.

    Sunday

    Meal Plan – Nothing
    Actual – SW Tarragon Chicken Fricassee (first picture bottom row)

    Friday’s meal was delayed until Sunday. It was really nice and tasted good but for the life of me I can’t get the sauce ot be creamy. The recipe said to remove from the heat before adding the fromage frais. I did this but even so the fromage frais still split! If anyone has any tips for me I’d be so grateful!

    Bonus Points

    I’m giving myself bonus points because I also managed to take lunch in to work everyday this week! For the first three days I had a ham salad box which included ham, vegetable couscous (interesting!), mixed beans, lettuce, pineapple and two spoonfuls of honey and mustard dressing.

    I enjoyed it mostly but not overly keen on the veggie couscous. Might just stick to normal couscous next week.

    For Friday I took made some more of the creamy beef with carrots with excess ingredients. There was too much for Friday so I’ve stuck the rest in the freezer as some go-to meals for the month. And as for leftovers, I have SW tarragon chicken leftovers for lunch on Monday.

    Week 2 Meal Plan

    So here is the meal plan for week two. Mostly they are Slimming World recipes.

    Monday – SW Pasta Funghi
    Tuesday – out for Little Miss’ birthday (McDonald’s at her request)
    Wednesday – SW Chicken Tikka
    Thursday – out (we’re going to see Impractical Jokers in Manchester!)
    Friday – SW Risotto Verde
    Saturday – SW Egg, chip and pepper bake
    Sunday – SW fillet steak salad

    Do you do meal plans?

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    Bullet Journal (or an excuse to doodle)

    Bullet Journal - an excuse to doodle

    During 2016 I came across the idea of a Bullet Journal. If you haven’t heard about it let me tell you it’s basically a simple planner system which is aimed to keep you organised. It’d be worth watching the video over at the Bullet Journal website.

    After reading about it I came across Kara Benz’ site Boho Berry who introduced me to the whole wonderful world of planners and the like and I joined the Boho Berry Tribe on Facebook. There are amazing people over on that group that inspired me to start my own Bullet Journal.

    First Bullet Journal – The Works Bicycle Notebook

    Old Bullet Journal

    During 2016 I started a Bullet Journal as a way to help me keep track of things I needed to do, things that were happening and basically where the hell everyone was! Especially since Little Miss has now started school and has invites to birthday parties every week!

    As with any new porject it started off well but by around October it had fallen by the wayside. Probably the main reason is because my notebook fell apart!

    Second Bullet Journal – A6 Moleskine

    New Bullet Journal

    Around November I thought I’m going to give this another! So I invested in a mini Moleskine dotted notebook. I actually thought I had bought an A5 version but alas I had bought an A6 version. Not ideal but it’s good enough. The best thing about it being A6 is that it fits in my coat pocket.

    One mistake I made with the old one is that I setup my spreads for the whole month. With this one I am not doing that. I am setting them one week at a time. And I only setup this week’s today!

    Some Resources and Supplies

    So if you fancy setting up your own Bullet Journal then you’re going to need supplies! Here’s my list of supplies:

    PCG – Planner Girls Collective

    I’m linking up with fellow planner addicts – please of check them out!

    Project Life / zzz0eee / The Stationery Geekette / Life With My Planners / An Ocean Glimmer / Kerry May Makes / A Beautiful Plan / Ugly Bug Plans / A Life Lived In Words / The Vintage Planner / A Ska Loving Geek / My Chaotically Eclectic Life / Pennygate Crafts / The Royal Planner Blog / Plan With Hannah

    Are you a Bullet Journal-ist?

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    House Repairs – An Update

    House Repairs

    If you’re a regular reader you will know that we have a buy to let house. There’s been a lot of house repairs going on since we bought it but by now there are people living in it. It’s still not quite finished but it’s been repaired. So let me take you through the works…

    Replacement Kitchen

    Kitchen

    We took out the old kitchen and put a new one in. Hubby and I tiled the walls. For amateurs we did a pretty good job!

    Replacement Bathroom

    The old suite was removed (it had seen its day!) and replaced with a new one. Nothing fancy but it does the job.

    Tiles for the bathroom #homeimprovement #slate

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    The whole room was re-tiled so it’s now a pristine white. There is a hint of grey in there with the slate look tiles I put in behind the shower. I wish I had money to put in real slate but for now it’s going to have to be slate look tiles.

    Stairs and Landing

    The walls replastered to repair the holes and dents. Before that I found this drawing I made of Taid on the original wall! It’s still there under the wallpaper!

    Bedroom Repair

    This simple photo almost had me in tears. #homeimprovement

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    The original house was a two bedroom house but when I came along in the 80s the larger room upstairs was divided in two by way of a partition wall.

    This was removed to make it a large bedroom again. The skirting boards didn’t match so we replaced them with something similar to these skirting boards. We painted them white but then the tenants stripped them back and waxed them instead.

    Taid’s Bedroom

    Taid's Bedroom

    No matter how long it’ll have been since he was there, this room will always be Taid’s bedroom. At the back was an old wardrobe which has now been blocked up.

    So that’s the latest happenings in the house! What do you reckon to our house repairs?

    (This post is in collaboration with MDF Skirting World)

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    January Bucket List

    January Bucket List

    I haven’t done a bucket list in such a long time! But as January is the month of resolutions and goal setting then let’s get started! There’s a handful of things I aim to do this month and they are mostly to do with organising the home. So in no particular order here is my January Bucket List…

    Kitchen

    One of my lifetime bucket list items is to re-do the kitchen. But as I don’t have money to completely re-do the kitchen at the moment, there are a few things I do need to sort such as:

    – Put child locks on the drawers and cupboards
    – Sort out the cutlery drawer
    – Sort out our chocolate/cake cupboard
    – Install a spice rack as we have so many jars of spices around
    – Clear out the cupboard under the stairs

    Front Room

    I’m determined to make our front room a bit more homely this year. We will have been in this house come 6 years in April and we still haven’t got any photos/decor in the front room! So some homely touches I want to add:

    – Twinkly lights on the mantelpiece
    – Buy and put up a mirror above the fireplace
    – Sort out the kids’ toys

    Red Room

    This room is our dumping ground as it’s the first room as you come in the house. So as you can imagine it has all sorts of bags and stuff just thrown in there. So this month I aim to:

    – Clear out all the shoes and coats that have been dumped there
    – Sort out the rubbish on the DVD cabinets
    – Tidy up the cables around the computer

    Non-Home Stuff

    These are a few things I want to do this month that isn’t to do with sorting out the house:

    – Start taking the dogs for a walk every other day.
    – Sort out my stationery and find storage for said stationery.
    – Read a book. Specifically “The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding” by Carole Mathews.
    – Have a wonderful birthday for Little Miss! Can’t believe she’s 3 already!

    What’s on your January bucket list?

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    The (Not Big or Fat) Quiz of the Year – 2016

    The Not Big or Fat Quiz of the Year 2016

    I can’t believe that 2016 is over with! A lot of people would say that 2016 was a rubbish year… yes a lot of celebrity deaths (Alan Rickman!! *cries*) but lets take a look at the positives. Amy from Mummy Fox tagged me in the Big Fat Quiz of 2016!

    What was your highlight of 2016?

    The holiday to Lanzarote was a great time! The girls loved it! And it was Miss Mostyn’s first holiday abroad.
    Another highlight was celebrating Miss Mostyn’s first birthday! It involved a very rainy weekend on which we had hired a hot tub and the dog ate the cake but even so it was a great celebration!

    Managing to get tickets to see Red Dwarf being filmed on my birthday was also amazing. Unfortunately the experience didn’t quite live up to the expectations.

    No the highlight for me was going to see The Tenderloins (aka Impractical Jokers) in Manchester and meeting Joe and Murr afterwards. One word – epic!

    Name one thing you are most likely to remember about 2016 if asked in five years time?

    Meeting Joe and Murr!

    Sum up 2016 in one word

    Chaotic!

    Name one pearl of wisdom from this year that you will carry with you through 2017

    Hmm, life is short so we should make the most of it.

    Do you have any new year resolutions?

    Not really no. There are a few things I would like to do this year which I mention below. The one resolution I do have is to try and visit my hometown once a month.

    How are you seeing in the new year?

    We stayed up watching Only Fools and Horses on Gold! I was busy doing some bullet journaling setup and hubby was doing his Warhammer models. Geeks we may be but we are a crafty pair!

    What would you most like to do in 2017?

    Now don’t laugh, but I would really love to start rollerblading! I used to have a pair as a kid and loved rolling down the hills in my hometown. Getting back up them wasn’t much fun though!

    What are your main goals for 2017?

    Ah well as it happens I sat down on the 1st January to make a list of things I want to do this year….

    1. Start rollerblading
    2. Visit castles
    3. Go trampolining at Bounce Below
    4. Start eating healthier
    5. Walk the dogs more
    6. Start on my patchwork quilts for the girls
    7. Keep penpalling
    8. Sort out Miss Mostyn’s bedroom
    9. Family holiday
    10. Have more fun days out with the girls
    11. Sort out the kitchen
    12. Waste less food and do some meal planning
    13. Go skiing and get the hubby to have some snowboard lessons
    14. Teach my Mam how to blog
    15. Monthly visits to my hometown
    16. Read more books
    17. Complete Project 365

    A long list but some of them are hopefully quite easy to do! I will review at the end of the year how I did.

    How about you? How was your 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017?

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    Liked and Loved – December

    Liked and Loved December

    Well 2017 is now here but before I look at the New Year let me just give you a quick run down of what I liked and loved during December.

    Christmas

    Christmas

    Has to be top of the list! Christmas this year was a bit more magical because Little Miss now understands the concept of Sion Corn (Father Christmas).

    Nativity

    Little Miss was in her first nativity! She was centre stage with her classmates and sand Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Jingle Bells. Thankfully she sang the right version on the day and not the “Batman Smells” version I keep singing!

    Ikea Trip

    Swedish meatballs! Mmmmmm #ikea #food #meatballs #swedishmeatballs

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    We took a trip to IKEA as I needed a chair to put in Miss Mostyn’s bedroom. BEST thing about an IKEA trip is the Swedish meatballs!

    Work

    It’s no secret that I love my work. I did not love the stress but I did love the busyness of it all. January is going to be the same!

    Date night

    Hubby met a stormtrooper! #starwars #rogueone #datenight

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    Star Wars Rogue One was released and we managed to convince Nain and Taid to take the girls for the evening. Good night was had! And as you can se, hubby met a stormtrooper!

    Christmas Dinner with Mam

    Christmas Dinner

    Mam treated us to a Christmas dinner on the 21st. We went to the Palace Vaults which is opposite the castle in Caernarfon. Excellent food and plenty of it!

    Bullet Journal

    I finally got into the swing of my Bullet Journal after months of picking it up and dropping it. It’s a great way to keep track of where everyone is but more than anything else it’s a great excuse to doodle again (see below)!

    Zootropolis 

    Sky Movies showed Zootropolis and I LOVED it! I didn’t think I would but oh my what an underrated film! I’ve worked out why I love it so much – it’s the fox! Reminds me of Robin Hood and my childhood.

    How was your December? What did have you liked and loved during December?

    (Linking up with Stevie’s “Liked and Loved” linky)

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    My Year on Instagram


    It’s almost 2017 so I think it’s time to look back over the past twelve months. Today I’m looking back over my Instagram photos so I give you my top 12 photos from 2016 (as chosen by me!). I’ve chosen my favourite photo from each month. They may not be the best photo but they represent a memory or something special.

    January

    Dadi and birthday girl playing 10 pin bowling X #birthday #10pinbowling

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    This one was taken at Little Miss‘ birthday party. We went to Glasfryn Parc which has a soft play centre. She was more interested in the bowling!

    February

    Today we delivered pink roses to my Nain (her great-Nain) #pinkroses #nain #littlemiss #ffestiniog #snowdonia

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    This might be my favourite photo from 2016! It’s hubby and Little Miss going to see Nain. She’s delivering some pink roses to cheer her up.

    March

    (Technically this photo was taken and posted in February but it was on the 29th so in my book that counts as March!)

    We went to see Impractical Jokers at Manchester Academy. The tickets were highly s after so I was over the moon to get some. But this at the stage door was AMAZING! Well worth freezing my arse off for!

    April

    This is a really nice photo of the hubby and I. First time for us to use an external electric charging point to charge the car! Momentous occasions like this have to be remembered.

    May

    Watching the fishes with Miss Mostyn

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    We had a family holiday to Lanzarote to celebrate mother in law’s birthday. Here is my littlest watching the fishes on the Glass Bottom Boat trip.

    June

    One from yesterday – beautiful Snowdon in the sunshine #yrwyddfa #snowdon #snowdonia #beddgelert #rhydddu

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    No finer place in the world than Snowdonia and this photo serves to remind m le of how lucky I am to live here.

    July

    A Paw Patrol birthday cake! #pawpatrol #pawpatrolparty #birthday #pawpatrolcake

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    Littlest turned one back in July! A party was had and this was the cake (post doggie-disaster)

    August

    Yes! I got to see the musical slate installation at @amgueddfalechi #welshslate

    A video posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    Thanks to an afternoon off to go to the dentist I managed to catch the musical slate installation at the slate museum.

    September

    Who'd have thought it, a #selfie with a #dragon!! @Harlech_castle today #findyourepic #snowdonia #harlech

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    We met a fire breathing dragon at Harlech Castle!

    October

    My eldest eyeing up Diesel today. #thomasthetankengine #adayoutwiththomas2016 #ukparentbloggers #toddlerlife

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    Our annual Day Out With Thomas. We’re all Thomas fans so this was great! Especially now MissMostyn is old enough to understand it all.

    November

    Fireworks above the @rnli #Beaumaris

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    Fireworks display on Beaumaris Pier. It was out first time taking the girls to a display. Suffice to say it was a success!

    December

    Rhosod melyn i Taid #rhosod #yellowroses #babitaid #taid

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    Four years on and he still gets yellow roses. <3

    Best Of Nine

    #bestnine2016

    A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on

    I did the Best of Nine and it brought up these photos as being the best ones based on number of likes. Interesting that none were mine other than the Little Miss one!

    How was your Instagram year?

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    Tips for Staying Warm This Winter

    Tips on Staying Warm This Winter

    Oh my word has the temperature taken a dip this week or is it me? I woke up this morning and my feet were freezing! I realised quite quickly that the central heating was off! Epic fail on the Hive front there! * After getting to work and being the only one complaining that I’m having trouble staying warm this Winter, I decided to have a think about how I can keep snug as a bug (in a rug) this Winter!

    * please note that it was probably me fiddling about with settings and not Hive’s fault!

    So from the cold Snowdonia mountains I give you my….

    Top Tips for Staying Warm This Winter

    Hat, scarf and coat 
    Invest in a decent coat. Don’t keep wearing your husband’s thin waterproof coat. Yes it’ll keep you dry but won’t keep you warm.

    Warm food
    Ditch the salad box for a nice warm soup. My favourite is a leek and potato soup. Or alternatively nothing can beat a lobscows. Especially with some buttered bread. I’ve yet to make a decent home cooked lobscows so that’s on my 2017 goal list. If anyone has any tips then please share!

    Heating
    Having a good central heating system is a must. We have one of those remote control systems now which means we can control our heating on the go. It’s supposed to save me on gas costs because I can turn it on/off as and when. I can also setup a minimum temperature and apparently I should keep the overnight temperature to be at least 18.

    For more tips on how to save energy over winter then head on over to this handy page – Keep Your Energy Bills Down This Winter.

    Hot Drinks
    Keep hydrated and drink a couple of hot drinks throughout the day. My personal favourite is a cup of tea. I’m not overly fussed about the brand so long as it’s a decent brew. I am jealous of people who can drink hot chocolate with all the trimmings though – as much as I like chocolate and cream, I can’t bring myself to drink it!

    Staying Active

    OK I’m not going to start preaching for you to go running because well I don’t do it! But what I have found is that running around after two little ones does get me sweating! I think it’s probably more of a sign that I’m unfit than anything else! But it does prove that keeping active does keep you warm!

    Have you got some handy tips on staying warm this winter?

    (This is a collaborative post with Premier Bathrooms)

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