Wednesday, 5 December 2018

All About Me in Autumn

I have been tagged by the lovely Jules over at Pondering Parenthood in the "All About Me in Autumn" tag. I thought it would be a great opportunity for those of you that are new here to get to know me a bit more and my regulars (sounds like a pub!) to hear what we have been up to over the Autumn period.

NAME?

Jade

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?

Grey, I know that is totally boring but it goes with everything and you will notice my text on the blog is dark grey rather than black as I find black really harsh. 

WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY?

Well I am writing this at 10am so Callie and I are sat chilling after a wet school run. The rest of the days plans involve housework, online Christmas shopping and some Christmas activities. A bit of a soggy day out so pootling around the house really. 

WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY?

In the living room on my favourite sofa. 

WHAT IS YOUR STAR SIGN?

Libra although I have no idea what that means. Joe is a Libra too as we are 8 days apart. Someone let me know in the comments if that makes us compatible or not! 
  
CAKE OR ICE CREAM?

Cake I guess although I don't actually eat a lot of either, rather a biscuit! 

FROZEN OR MOANA?

Moana all the way. You're Welcome! 

A NIGHT IN OR A NIGHT OUT?

Night in, I may only just be 30 but feel like I am past night clubs and late nights. Much rather have people over to us for an evening in. 

HOME COOKED MEAL OR TAKEAWAY?

See if the meal was cooked for me it would be homemade all the way but we are so shattered we end up with a takeaway maybe twice a week. I do cook the rest though and am quite a good cook when I have the energy to do it. 

PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA OR NO PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA?

I am one of those. I order a cheese and tomato pizza and add double pineapple. Judge me if you will...you are the ones missing out! 

BOOKS OR FILMS?

Films, I don't have the patience or time for books. Give me a few years when I have some time to read and I may answer that differently. 

AUTUMN OR SPRING?

Autumn. Our birthdays are in Autumn and it has Halloween and Bonfire night...what's not to love?

FLOWERS OR CHOCOLATES?

This has changed recently. Since we moved into the house I always have fresh flowers and swoon over vintage roses on instagram daily! 

FULL FAT OR DIET COKE?

Neither, I am a Pepsi Max girl. 

PHONE OR LAPTOP?

Phone, I do love writing on my laptop but my phone is with me constantly.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT FAVOURITE TV SERIES?

We are actually enjoying Shark Tank reruns on Netflix but Doctor Who is one I look forward to at the weekends. Also waiting for Friday Night Dinner and Plebs to come back soon! Love a good British comedy. 

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN AUTUMN?

Stockpile pumpkins and squashes around the house!

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT FOOD TO CRAVE?

Right this minute? Because it was mentioned above...pineapple pizza! We do LOVE a Five Guys though so never a time when I couldn't murder one of those. 
  
DO YOU HAVE ANY PIERCINGS OR TATTOOS?

I have 2 studs in each ear but am yet to brave my helix piercing and tattoo I have been wanting for years. Bit of a wuss with a low pain threshold and only just started getting my eyebrows waxed last year which was enough for me.

ARE YOU AN INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT?

Tough one. I would say since developing my anxiety I have become more of an introvert but I am actually quite sociable and will always make the effort to go to events to be polite. However, I find myself talking way too much to overcompensate for nerves then beating myself up about it on the way home over analysing the whole event and wondering what people thought of me. 

WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE HALLOWEEN FILM?

Probably something lame like Hocus Pocus because I get scared easily. My inlaws are huge horror fans but I can't sleep at night if I watch anything too intense. 

NAME YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE ARTISTS/BANDS.

McFly, always.
James Morrison
Ed Sheeran

Can you tell  I don't listen to a lot of current music? I also quite like Years and Years.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FEARS?

Death. I have a lot of anxiety surrounding losing people or something happening to me and not being around for the children. I get panicky as the years pass that one day I will have to say goodbye to someone I am really close to and I am not sure how I will cope. 

DO YOU BELIEVE IN LIFE AFTER LOVE?

I do. Although I don't think I have ever felt love like I have now with Joe but my logical mind knows that if we were ever not together I have my children to keep going for and everything happens for a reason. That said I hope that never happens, can see myself growing old with that silly man. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY CHILDREN? (OR ANIMALS YOU TREAT AS YOUR BABIES).

Yep Ted (5) and Callie (2) they make me so incredibly proud and despite the general difficult nature of children they are awesome kids.

WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR FUTURE?

To be happy, healthy and live a long and forfilled life. I want to see my children grow up, maybe have some grandchildren and be that couple that spends retirement touring the world hand in hand. 

BE HONEST, WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

Everyone was doing it. For different reasons to what people do now though. 8 years ago blogging was for fun, to share stories, enter competitions and join in with tags like this. Times have changed and I feel so much pressure to get good stats but essentially I still write to document our life and share cool things we find along the way. 

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR?

In life, my children. Callie's birth is something I am so proud of myself for. In blogging, I think being nominated for any award is pretty cool so my BritMums BIB's nomination a few years ago was pretty cool.

WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS WITH YOUR BLOG?

To continue to write because I love it, I don't earn money from the blog at the moment but collaborations are brilliant opportunities. There are so many amazing brands I would love to work with in the future and maybe I can grow my following along the way. 

IF THERE IS ONE THING YOU’D LIKE TO CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BLOG WHAT WOULD IT BE?

To reach more people. Times are changing and algorythms on social media make it so hard for people to find me. I love writing about food so I guess to reach more people with my Slimming World posts would be fab. 
  
HAVE YOU ACHIEVED ANY BLOG GOALS YOU SET OUT TO DO THIS YEAR?

No, at the start of the year I wanted to post more and grow my following but then we reserved the house and it all went out of the window. I have spent the past few months playing catch up but I will get there in the end! 

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN 10 YEARS TIME? 

Here, sat on my sofa but instead of writing I will be working hard running my own business. I have a dream of running my own design company and fingers crossed it will be a success!

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY?

Easy. 1 month touring Australia visiting all of the top restaurants. Been wanting to do it for the last 10 years since watching Masterchef Australia. Zumbo's Just Desserts on Netflix has fuelled the passion even more...to meet Adriano himself would be amazing too. 

IF YOU HAD AN ENTIRE DAY TO YOURSELF WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

I don't even know. I don't really do well on my own, if Joe was with me though I would be chuffed. Lazy morning with brunch out, a mooch around a garden centre then back home for a movie afternoon and a takeaway in the evening. Easily pleased but the main thing would be child free. We rarely get time just the two of us but to just not have to adult for the day takes a huge amount of pressure off. 

I was going to tag some other bloggers but being as I am late to the party with this one I think I will end it there and let you carry on with your Christmas preparations. I would love to know what you got up to this Autumn too. 






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