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Keep Going...

Have you always struggled to keep a fitness routine up for longer than a few weeks? Maybe you got into a good routine before but something happened and you stopped. Maybe you’ve never tried. The important thing is you want to do something about it now! These 10 tips will help you to keep your fitness regime up...

Take Progress Pictures
Make sure you take progress pictures right from the start of your journey. This way you can see how far you’ve come right from the beginning, and it’ll spur you on to keep going. You might not notice huge changes at first, but when you compare your pictures side by side you won’t believe the difference!

Find Somebody To Keep You Accountable
Having somebody to keep you accountable is a good way to keep at it. Maybe you could find a friend who is also interested in fitness, or get a coach. Many personal training packages will keep you accountable.

Treat Yourself When You Reach A Goal
When you reach a particular goal, treat yourself. No need to necessarily wait either. If you’ve worked hard one week, buy yourself a new gym top. Gym clothes always keep me motivated! Just make sure you don’t get into the habit of treating yourself with lots of food. It won’t help you reach your goals!

Don’t Be Ridiculously Strict
Make sure you’re not ridiculously strict, otherwise you won’t stick to it for very long. Staying flexible is the key to keeping this up. Work hard, but don’t be unrealistic.

Create a Vision Board
Vision boards can be made physically or online, and they’re such a good way to stay focused and motivated on what you want to achieve. Looking at one every day will help you to keep your ‘eyes on the prize’! Many successful people use them.


Remember Why You’re Doing It
Why are you doing all of this? Is it to fit into a gorgeous dress, wear a bikini with confidence, or just to be healthy? Maybe a mixture? Keep all of these things in mind when you feel like giving up.

Find People That Inspire You
Having people that inspire you will help you to keep going too. There are so many fitness models out there that give great advice and are amazing role models. Emily Skye is a great one!

Learn Why, Not Just How
Know why you should do certain things. It’s good to know how to get where you want to be, but why should you resistance train? What does cardio do for the body? Do your research and you’ll be better equipped in your workouts.

Make It A Lifestyle
You want to make your regime a lifestyle. If you can’t see yourself exercising 6 days a week forever, then you’ll probably give up. If you can stick to 3 sessions weekly, do 3 sessions weekly. It’s better to do it consistently that way than go 6 times one week and skip the next!

Enjoy It
Enjoy your fitness regime. Mix it up and do lots of things you enjoy. You can’t fail this way!

New York - Uptown, Gossip Girl and Knicks Game

Friday 1st April

Friday was the first day of our 3 day Freestyle bus passes so we headed straight to the bus stop near our hotel, just a couple of blocks away. We never got the chance to go on the full Uptown tour or go on the Bronx tour on our last visit so we knew it was a must. It's a good chance to see all of Central Park and get away from the hustle and bustle of Midtown. You get a real feel of the community through Harlem and see some eye opening areas of the Bronx.

 Classic brownstone building in Harlem


Though there wasn't much to see at the Yankee Stadium we really appreciated the opportunity to get off the bus for 10minutes to get some photos and look in the gift shop. There wasn't enough to do to warrant us hopping off and waiting over half an hour. 
 Yankee Stadium at the Bronx


On our way back to Midtown, on the Uptown tour bus, the guide was hilarious and really knew her stuff. There's lots of Gossip Girl locations to see including the school and Blair's lunchtime yogurt spot. Unfortunately it started to rain but I was prepared with my lightweight parka but Mark wasn't quite as organised and had to rock the plastic poncho. 

The building for Constance Billard school, Gossip Girl 

Selfie on the bus tour in the rain 

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art - another Gossip Girl location


The sun came out after we stopped off in Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch. Their lunchtime menu is quite impressive, the food was delicious and the cocktails were tasty too. We hopped on a bus and headed towards the Flatiron Building. You get great views of the Empire State here too. We walked back popping into a few shops on the way. I must have spent at least half an hour wandering around PINK at Victoria's Secret. I'm lucky to have a boyfriend who doesn't mind shopping. We also went into Modell's Sporting Goods, just before making our way to Times Square, so I could buy a Knicks top.

 Empire State Building from the bus tour

Friday night was a derby basketball game in Madison Square Garden and I have to say it was a fab night. The show from start to finish was great - the basketball was exciting, the half time shows were fun and the atmosphere was crazy. Even though our seats were too far away to win a Tshirt from the Tshirt guns, and I had to zoom in for my photos it really didn't matter. Madison Square Garden is a fantastic venue and Americans sure do know how to put on a show!
 Court in Madison Square Garden

 Dance off during the halftime show

Madison Square Garden and Empire State Building lit up for NY Knicks


May Day Holiday Ideas

It can be hard to still enjoy your leisure time if you’re on a budget. Those of us who are saving for a house can relate to this! No matter what anyone says, you deserve to play as hard as you work, and money shouldn’t be an issue.
I’m quite lucky to live in the UK, where there are dozens of great experiences to have, that don’t cost very much. In reality, the most expensive bit is the travelling to the place itself! Once that cost is covered, you’re relatively in the clear, and can enjoy your day without so much as a worry.
So, for those on a tight budget, or for those who like to save, I have you covered! Here’s how you can have a killer day out without sacrificing your wallet or purse.

Harry Potter Studios, Leavesden, Southern England

You may think this one is expensive, but in reality, it’s quite reasonably priced!

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An adult ticket will set you back just £35, and with free parking on-site, costs will be minimal. The only expensive bit is the food that they supply, and all the souvenirs they have for sale. But to keep costs down, just take your own snacks and resist buying a replica of Dumbledore’s wand. You get a full, two-hour plus tour that is guided by you - no more tired tour guides! You can wander around the Hogwarts Express, the Yule Ball and Privet Drive at your own leisure. There are absolutely no time constraints, so you can make the most of every penny of that £35.

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, Southern England

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You’ve seen it in the movies and TV shows, and now it’s time to live it! Most Stonehenge tours are relatively cheap, and are flexible in terms of time of day and longevity. It’s a gorgeous monument that feels as old as time itself, but at just 5,000 years old, it’s relatively young. However Stonehenge stays so youthful, whether it’s anti-wrinkle cream or a good night’s sleep, this is one trip out that’s not to be missed.

Xscape, Castleford, Yorkshire

Whether you want to go bowling, watch a movie, wall-climb or snowboard, there’s plenty to love here. It’s an all-in-one entertainment hub, and as such, you only pay for what you want. This way, you have access to a wide range of activities without being shackled to a price.

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You can go and eat in a restaurant, go for a jaunt on a ski slope and then watch Batman v Superman afterwards. Or, you can enjoy a game of bowling, and go straight home. There’s plenty of free parking too, so you don’t have to scramble for a space.
To keep costs even lower, there’s even free family entertainment every school holiday. It may be hard to access this if you’re a twenty-something couple, but if you go with your parents and younger siblings it’s a done deal.

So, whether you’re saving for a wedding, house or car, make sure you still find time to enjoy yourself! You’ve probably earned it by now.

Farewell April, You've been amazing...



1. Celebratory night in with plenty of prosecco and my besties, although you can't see all 4 of us in this selfie.

2. An exciting present - time to get planning! 

3. Delicious cheesecake on our engagement meal with our family. Can we have a cheesecake wedding cake?!

4. The number of cards we've received is crazy, what lovely people we have in our lives! This one is a particularly gorgeous one.

5. It's always good to catch up with the girlies and with a carvery lunch makes it even better.

6. I've been using my Glamglow set loads recently, I'm glad I bought it from Sephora.

7. I've been helping my auntie walk her dogs for the past couple of weeks and it's been great to get outside, reach my 10000 steps every day and spend some time with the doggies.

8. And she was kind enough to bake me some cakes to say thank you. A nice Sunday afternoon treat.

9. Meet Rory. We adopted a lionhead rabbit at the weekend so it's been very exciting(and a little bit frustrating) trying to help him settle in.

New York Fashion Haul - Michael Kors, Pandora and PINK

It wouldn't be a trip to the States for me without a purchase from Michael Kors. I had some ideas in my head but was quite excited to wait and see what was in the outlet. If you're planning a trip to New York and don't have time to go to Woodbury Commons I'd recommend checking out Century 21, they had some nice MK bags at discounted prices. I knew a visit to PINK would be dangerous but I think I didn't go too crazy. I wasn't expecting to be buying anything from Superdry but it was that cold I had no option!

Woodbury Commons Outlets - Michael Kors
$298 and 50% off (additional 20% off with VIP book)

$228 and 40% off (additional 20% off with VIP book)

Woodbury Commons Outlets - Aeropostale
$20

Woodbury Commons Outlets - Superdry
$59

Bloomingdales
$36

PINK at Victoria's Secret
$35.95

$54.95

$64.95

Modell's Sporting Goods
$24.99

Pandora
$80

Outfits of the Week: April #2


Monday
Dress: Primark
Cardigan: Aeropostale
Shoes: Primark

Tuesday
Dress: New Look
Cardigan: Primark
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Primark

Wednesday
Blouse: Primark
Blazer: New Look
Trousers: HM
Shoes: Primark
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelets: Pandora and Jomi

Thursday
Kimono: New Look
Tshirt: Forever 21
Trousers: HM
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: Primark

Friday
Blouse: Primark
Skirt: Missguided
Necklace: Primark
Shoes: Primark

New York - Central Park, 5th Avenue and Top of the Rock

This is the first of my New York photos posts even though we've been back over two weeks. I was expecting to have time to get organised when we came back, before starting work again, but that didn't quite good to plan (more on that later).

Thursday 31st March
 We both woke up on the first day in New York at 6am. Not so much jetlag but our bodies just wouldn't let us sleep any longer. This turned out to be quite a good thing as we had plenty of time to get going. We booked our bus tickets before we left for New York and wanted to go and collect them from the Grayline Bus Office so we'd be ready for Friday. We chose the FreeStyle Bundle which included 3 days tour, 3 free attractions, free museum entry and Hop-On Boat trip. Let's just say it was worth every penny. We barely had to spend any more money on tourist attractions.

View from our hotel

Times Square is the centre of New York for most tourists and we couldn't wait to have another look. It's amazing how different it is at 9am to 9pm. We got a good look around without many people being about and had someone offer to take a photo of us which was a nice start. First thing in the morning would be quite a good time to get some shopping done.

Times Square in the morning

On the steps at Times Square


Our next stop was the Rockefella Center. Top of the Rock was one of the attractions and we wanted to see if we could book the sunset time slot. 9am was one of the best times to go. The queue was tiny and apparently we were super lucky, and should have gone to buy a lottery ticket, because we managed to get tickets for 6pm. This meant we'd see the skyline in daylight, sunset and darkness if we stayed long enough. There's no time limit on your visit so if you're looking for a good time in Spring I recommend 6pm.

The Rockefella Center

The Easter Channel Garden at Rockefella 

We had a quick look around the Rockefella Center including a peak at the filming across the road at NBC and the Easter decorations nearby. Then it was time to wander along Fifth Avenue on our way to Central Park. I didn't quite have the budget for 5th Avenue this early in the trip but Tiffany's is well worth a visit, even just to window shop! We also went into the Apple Store just to say we'd been in and for a little bit of free Wifi. Just before Central Park is The Plaza Hotel from Home Alone 2. We went in but were chased by security because of the big camera around my neck. Felt a bit like a Kevin moment.

Tiffany's on Fifth Avenue


The Lake in Central Park

and The Pond 


Sitting in the castle in Central Park

Gossip Girl wedding venue

Central Park is huge. You could spend all day wandering around the paths and over the bridges. There's a petting zoo for kids and a regular zoo there too. There's lots of famous places like the boat pond from Stuart Little, the fountain from Friends and the Bethesda Terrace from the Gossip Girl wedding and Home Alone 2. I highly recommend getting a hold of a map. There's lots of volunteers who are there to help and can give you some advice and a free map. There's also a ice skating rink which I think is a bit cheaper than the Rockefella one.

Beside the Central Park Ice Rink


If there's one thing I could recommend to someone visiting New York for the first time it would be; go to the Top of the Rock. The views are amazing and if you're looking for the famous New York skyline this is where you'll find it. It's a busy place but it's good that you go and book a time slot so you don't waste too much time queueing. There's not a lot of places to sit if you're trying to let time pass (or for the sun to disappear and lights to start turning on). The glass screens can sometimes leave a bit of a glare in photos so it's worth being patient and taking a photo in the gaps.

A quick pose with the viewfinder

Empire State Building at sunset

The 2 of us at the Top of the Rock


New York at night - lights galore

Our first night finished with a meal in Juniors just off Times Square. It was really busy and we ended up sitting at the bar to avoid waiting in a 20minute queue. If it's only 2 of you I recommend it. Being able to chat to the staff and have instant refills was quite cool. My intention was to have a small dinner and then get their famous cheesecake. Unfortunately it didn't quite work out like that and cheesecake was added to our 'To Do List' for later in the week. After an early start and 40,000 steps we were ready for bed by 11pm. It was a good job Yotel had a super comfy bed!