Sunday, 15 October 2017

Week in Photos - 15th October 2017

I’m feeling a bit stressed out and overwhelmed at the moment to be honest. University work is starting to pile up and I’ve got my first dissertation deadline at the beginning of November. I’m feeling very far behind and struggling to find the time and energy to devote to reading, making notes and writing my literature review. I’m also planning a baby shower, which is taking a lot of time and energy, and I’m getting anxious about that going well. So, all in all, I could really do with the world stopping for a bit until I can catch up! Nevertheless, I’ve had a few more birthday celebrations this week, which has been really nice and taken my mind off everything else for a bit. Time just seems to be flying by so quickly!



Last Sunday some of my family came round and we did my birthday cake and presents. How cute is this Marks and Spencer unicorn cake?! The sponge inside is three different rainbow colours too!



After doing my cake and presents, we all went out for dinner to Prezzo in Camberley. I’ve only been once before but was really impressed by the range of gluten-free dishes they had on offer. Plus yummy cocktails like this Pornstar Martini.



I took way too many photos of this cake! But it looked so pretty with the pastel rainbow candles on it (it had sparklers too but I didn’t catch them on camera).



A little snap of me enjoying my cocktail to celebrate (and maybe commiserate a bit!) my 29th birthday at Prezzo.



How beautiful are these flowers that my friend, Emma, sent me for my birthday. They’re really unusual but covered in glitter so totally up my street! Anyone that comes into the house comments on how pretty they are.



As cheeky and naughty as he is sometimes, I love that he snuggles up to us on the sofa and makes himself really comfy (even if it means pushing us out of our seats!) He always looks so content.



This week I introduced my Uni girls to french toast with maple bacon at Gail’s Bakery in Farnham. Sure, digestive problems meant I couldn’t eat much of it, but I think they all enjoyed it and we had a great time chatting and putting the world to rights. It put me in the right mood to then go to the library and take out a pile of books for my dissertation.



How cute is this gingerbread cat biscuit that my university support worker gave me for my birthday. It looks just like my Jaffa cat!



On Friday I had to be up at 6am so we could head over to Kent for a hospital appointment. We got there a bit early so, after a little nap in the car, we went to the café. This cup of tea was much needed to try and wake myself up!



I picked up a couple more DVDs to add to my Disney Classics/Disney Pixar limited edition collection. It’s gradually growing so let me know if you would like to see an up-to-date picture! And tag me on social media in your collection pictures too please – I love seeing other people’s Disney collections!

You can check out my YouTube channel here, where I have recently uploaded a few new videos (and hope to continue doing!)

I’m also trying to post on Snapchat a bit more, so if you fancy following me, my username is Jennycole44.

If you don’t already, please give me a follow on Bloglovin here - I can’t believe I’ve managed to hit 800 followers now! Thank you all so much. I’m planning a giveaway very soon!

What have you been up to this week? I always enjoy hearing about your news and adventures!


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Week in Photos - 8th October 2017

The last week seems to have been jam-packed with university, medical appointments and bit of birthday-ness crammed in for good measure. I can’t get my head around the fact I turned 29 this week – where is time going?! I really don’t feel like I’m nearly 30. I feel like I’m maybe 16 at best! There’s so much I wanted to have achieved by this age but most of it hasn’t happened – being in a stable relationship, getting married, thinking about starting a family, living in my own house and having a good career. It’s hard when poor health takes so much away from you, and I think it makes birthdays more difficult to be honest. So it can feel quite strange trying to celebrate something that only reminds you of what could have been. But I’ve tried my best to enjoy it by spreading out the celebrations over a week or so, instead of wearing myself out trying to do everything in one day.



I love the fact the leaves are changing colour. Getting to jump (well, put my foot out of my wheelchair!) in crunchy leaves really is the best feeling.



This little one is so cute. He falls asleep in the strangest of positions! This was after dinner last Sunday when he snuck onto Rosiie’s lap and squished his nose through her arm.



I’ve been wearing my new Disney jumper from Primark and it’s so cosy! I think I need to get the rest of the collection so I have one for every day of the week!



Finally I had my first Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season (decaf with coconut milk for anyone that’s interested!) – it was so yummy and I can’t wait to warm up with more over the next month.



For my birthday on Wednesday, my parents and I went back to West Green House Gardens for a proper look around. The walled garden is so pretty and full of roses, dahlias and all sorts of other beautiful flowers. Going round it in my wheelchair was lovely, as every time I brushed past something I could smell something different.



I honestly thought that going to look at gardens at this time of year would mean very few flowers, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! I could have taken so many flower pictures (and I did on my actual camera, so be prepared for a separate blog post!).



I’ve got very few photos of my Mum, Dad and I, so I thought my little birthday trip out with them both was a good opportunity to take one.



This is one of the prettiest places to just wander around, especially at this time of year when there are so many beautiful colours. And it was wheelchair accessible too, so win win all round! There were geese and swans on the lake and leaves and conkers on the group – perfect.



I managed to get out of my wheelchair and stomp in the leaves for a few steps. Shame I wasn’t wearing more aesthetically pleasing shoes, but I wanted to document it nevertheless.



The last time I collected conkers I was probably about seven or something! But I really wanted to find a few to use for autumnal photo props and it took me right back to childhood. The excitement of looking in the shells to see if they had been opened yet. And choosing the shiniest ones; the ones that would be best for that game of conkers on the school playground.

You can check out my YouTube channel here, where I have recently uploaded a few new videos (and hope to continue doing!)

I’m also trying to post on Snapchat a bit more, so if you fancy following me, my username is Jennycole44.

If you don’t already, please give me a follow on Bloglovin here - I can’t believe I’ve managed to hit 800 followers now! Thank you all so much. I’m planning a giveaway very soon!

What have you been up to this week? I always enjoy hearing about your news and adventures!


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Week in Photos - 1st October 2017

It’s been a busy old week with most of it being spent on another week of work experience. I had a really good time but found it really hard on my health. I think I’ve been running on adrenaline to get through it, and then Friday evening came and I just kind of crashed. So, apart from getting my flu jab yesterday (which I’m pretty sure has also made me feel rubbish), I’ve been resting at home trying to re-charge my batteries a bit before next week. I turn 29 on Wednesday; so have mixed feelings about that. But I’m hoping we’ll be able to find some nice things to do to celebrate.



Last Sunday afternoon I went to West Green House and Gardens in Hartley Wintney, which is a National Trust place. Despite living here for the last 26 years, I had never been! But I’ll definitely be going back. I didn’t get to see much of it, as I went there to take pregnancy photos of Richard and Lisa, which I’m really excited to edit and give to them. I took some photos of them in this location and I love the circle in the wall.



The lilies in my autumn arrangement have opened this week and they’re such a beautiful colour. The oranges and reds are just perfect for autumn and have really brightened my room now that the weather is getting colder and wetter.



For as long as I can remember, I have bulk bought my cards for the following month. It’s the only way I can make sure I don’t forget people’s birthdays! I usually buy my cards from The Greetings Card Company and these are a couple that I bought this month. I particularly love the rainbow one!



Cuddles with this one after a hard day are the best. I’ve been feeling pretty down recently. There are a number of things going on that I’m not going to go into right now. But one thing that’s making me feel wobbly is the fact it’s my birthday on Wednesday. I get really reflective around birthdays – they make me think a lot about my illnesses and where my life is now. And they make me think about what I dreamed my life would be like at this age. I guess I just didn’t think I would still be single, living at home and needing help with simple things.



As I mentioned, I did another week’s work experience at Happiful Magazine this week and, despite feeling completely wiped out, I really enjoyed it. I’ll spend the next few weeks recovering, but it will be worth it to see my work in the actual magazine! I kept myself going with copious amounts of tea in my Happiful mug. And how cool is this planning note from a pad that the team has made – I think I need one in my life to keep me organised! Keep your eyes peeled in your local Waitrose because this month, the magazine is launching nationally in stores!



We had a Macmillan coffee morning at Happiful on Friday to raise money for the charity. One of the ladies from the magazine team made these amazing unicorn cupcakes! They looked too good to eat!



Freddie was so adorable on Saturday. This was when my sister, Rosiie, was eating a cheese roll – Freddie was trying to be extra cute in the hope of getting a nibble of the roll. He kept resting his paws on her lap and just looking at her with his big eyes.



This month’s Tea Tourist box has lots of yummy teas to try, right in time for the cooler autumn weather. I’m so excited to start drinking more tea again and using all my favourite mugs. If you fancy trying this box for yourself, use the code JAFFACAT30 and you’ll also get 30% off your first box.

You can check out my YouTube channel here, where I have recently uploaded a few new videos (and hope to continue doing!)

I’m also trying to post on Snapchat a bit more, so if you fancy following me, my username is Jennycole44.

If you don’t already, please give me a follow on Bloglovin here - I can’t believe I’ve managed to hit 800 followers now! Thank you all so much. I’m planning a giveaway very soon!

What have you been up to this week? I always enjoy hearing about your news and adventures!


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Week in Photos - 24th September 2017

The last couple of weeks have been quite busy one way or another, but I haven’t taken a huge amount of photos, which is why I’ve merged the last two weeks together in this post. I’ve had some nice family time but have also started back at university for my third year. It’s already getting scary and we had our first lecture about our dissertations this week – I’m not ready to be doing that! Next week I’m off to do some more work experience with Happiful magazine, which I’m looking forward to but am also feeling a bit nervous because I know how much it wipes me out.



This was the amazing goody bag I was lucky enough to receive at the blogger breakfast at The Lexicon when I went a couple of Saturdays ago. So many lovely brands from the shopping centre gave goodies for us to enjoy. I’m excited to try everything in there!



Last week I went to Whipsnade Zoo with my Mum and Dad. I can’t remember the last time I went, but I’m pretty sure I was a lot younger! Our first stop was at The Lookout Lodge for a cup of tea to warm us up – there was such an amazing view. It was rather windy and cold, but otherwise beautiful.



I think seeing the giraffes was one of the best parts of my day at Whipsnade, especially as there were a couple of babies there. I even got to stroke one of the adults, who then went on to lick me twice! If you didn’t already know, giraffes have extremely long tongues!



To be this close to these beautiful lions felt truly amazing. My absolute dream would be to go somewhere and see animals like this in their natural habitat, but this was definitely a start. We also got to watch them being fed, and one of the lions was playing and growling just like our pets do when we play with them.



Something went a bit funny with my Mind membership for some reason, so I stopped getting magazines for a while. But the lovely team sorted it all out very quickly and sent me their last three magazines to relax with. If you’re not already a member I would really recommend joining. These magazines help me feel less alone in my mental health struggles and the services Mind provides are just incredible.



It’s candle season! I spent Saturday working at my computer with candles like this Salted Caramel Yankee Candle burning around me. My bedroom smelt so much like autumn!



I treated myself to a few new lipsticks for autumn as Superdrug had a 3 for 2 deal on make-up. So I picked up a couple from Max Factor and one from Bourjois. I’m excited to wear them all.



How beautiful are these autumnal flowers I picked up in my local Waitrose - you can’t beat orange and red roses and I’m excited to see what colour the lilies will be (I’m thinking orange!)

You can check out my YouTube channel here, where I have recently uploaded a few new videos, including an Autumn Primark Haul (and hope to continue doing!)

I’m also trying to post on Snapchat a bit more, so if you fancy following me, my username is Jennycole44.

If you don’t already, please give me a follow on Bloglovin here - I can’t believe I’ve managed to hit 800 followers now! Thank you all so much. I’m planning a giveaway very soon!

What have you been up to this week? I always enjoy hearing about your news and adventures!