Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Jan 2017: Lisa Heathfield

Heyyyy Everyone,

Book reviews are back!! Sorry I know I missed December, but I wasn't reading any festive books and it felt inappropriate to write a ‘non-festive’ post. Fear not though, I continued to read and am coming back with a review on two books.

I was kindly gifted two books, written by Lisa Heathfield, by a friend at Egmont. I jumped straight into reading ‘Paper Butterflies’ and had intended on keeping ‘Seed’ for the summer, but I enjoyed Lisa’s style of writing and the story so much I continued straight on to the next book (literally in the same night!).
Both of these books are unusual stories, that are in absolutely no way predictable, which is why I loved them! I am always on the lookout for a good story that will keep me hooked and has twists and turns that you can’t see coming! Lisa has perfected this in both of her books!
I must admit these books are actually written for an age range of 12 year + (and I am 24 haha), but they are so well written that I think anyone could read them and enjoy.. from 12 to 65!!

Paper Butterflies was my first read. The story of June growing up with a ‘wicked’ stepmother, the kind of step mum that would make her eat until she is throwing up, which leads to her getting bullied at school for being overweight. The book shows how she escapes from it all and finds a safe haven with a boy ‘friend’. It will touch so many of your emotions and help you explore subjects you would never expect to read in a book targeted at teenagers, but they are topics that inevitably they need to know about and they are written in a way that young adults will be able to understand.  

I read the last page of Paper Butterflies and immediately picked up Seed. The story of Pearl, a young innocent girl growing up in what can only be described as a Cult, where they worship Mother Nature. However, Pearl is becoming sceptical about her situation, and the arrival of some outsiders completely change life in Seed for everyone! Again, this book explores so many different emotions and topics. You never know what is about to happen. The action doesn’t come till a bit later in the book but it is still interesting enough to keep you hooked from the first chapter!

Overall, I am a massive Lisa Heathfield fan, when’s the next book out Lisa?!
Is it just me that reads books targeted at a younger age? Do you have any you could recommend?

Next month I am getting stuck into The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion.

 Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Paris Trip Video

Heyyyy Everyone,
As, I am sure you all know by now, I went to Paris for New Years with one of my best friends! You will also know (if you know me well) that I am a huge fan of videography. So I couldn’t miss a chance to make a video diary of my trip, a vlog if you will.
I filmed short clips of everything we did over the 3 days and have put them together to create this short video. I hope you liked it! I have really enjoyed getting back into some filming and editing again, so watch this space, more could be coming your way!

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Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Top Tips for Paris

Heyyyy Everyone,

I really want to share with you the highlights of my trip to Paris, for New Year, with my bestie, Becky! So I am working on creating a short video for next week.. for now I thought I would share the main 3 do's and 3 don'ts that I came across on my trip. Paris is a very popular place and there are plenty of blogs out there that will tell you the best places for a spot of lunch, the must-see buildings and the secrets only the locals know about. So, I thought I'd make my post slightly different. I hadn’t read about these 'tips of glory' previously, they are just things that happened over my 4 day trip that I thought I just had to share! 
DON’T use the metro. Most of the mains sights in Paris are within walking distance of one another and by walking between the them you will come across cute cafes and see architecture you thought was only possible in paintings.
DO buy packs of 10 tickets when you do use the metro. I know I am contradicting myself ere but sometimes the metro is unavoidable. Your hostel may be further out, your feet just might not be able to take anymore walking or maybe you’re on a tight schedule and need to fit in one place. Buying a book of 10 tickets is loads cheaper than buying them individually, and they don’t have to be used by one person. My friend and I brought a book for 10 to share so we had 5 journeys between us.  

DO take your best camera and phone to capture it all. All the talk of pick pocketers and robberies makes people nervous to take out their valuables, but be sensible and make sure you can capture every moment. I had my big camera around my neck all day every day and I am so pleased I did because I could capture all this great footage in my Paris video.
DON’T take a backpack! I had a small backpack and when walking down into the metro I felt a slight pulling on it. When I turned around a guy had managed to zip it half open and was holding on. After a whack with my camera bag and a death stare he ran away, but I was 5 seconds away from being robbed. My friend had an across the body bag that she could keep a hand on or put under her coat.


DO go during December/beginning of January. The Christmas market is NOT to be missed!! It’s so big, full of exciting market stalls, yummy food and enough vin chaud to sink titanic..again! We ended up popping into the market on 3 out of our 4 days, we ate most our meals from there and indulged in ridiculous amounts of French cheese (thank god we weren’t flying back because I don’t think we would of got through customs with it all).
DON’T (if you are going during December or January) underestimate how cold it will be. We weren’t completely unprepared for cold weather but it was about 3 or 4 degrees colder than we thought it would be. I know it’s a pain when it comes to suitcase space and weight restrictions, but pack them thermals, make sure you’ve got a hat and gloves and wearing 2, or even 3 pairs of socks is going to help your feet refrain from turning into ice blocks.


Thanks to Becky for the photography, I was too busy videoing everything! (video to come next week)

I hope these do's and don'ts will help you if you're planning a trip to Paris anytime soon! Do you have any other major pieces of advice to share?

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Weigh In at Work

Heyyyy Everyone,

Who else has set themselves the challenge of losing their Christmas fat during the cold month of December? Half of our office are on huge diets and to support each other one of the girls has come up with the best idea that I just had to share with you.

We’ve created our own weigh in club, the best weigh in club out there!

Firstly payment. We are paying to be weighed each week, a grand total of £2. However, this money is not paying for the hire of a room or the person weighing you, this money is going into a savings pot, and at the end of the year you get given your savings pot back full of money!! Great way to save whilst losing weight. The good thing about this is you have control over your savings pot, so if you can’t afford it one week you can still get weighed and not put any money in, it’s your savings so it’s up to you!

Privacy. Instead of standing up in front of a room of people that you don’t know and announcing your weight, and potentially the fact that ‘this week Emma, you’ve not lost any weight and you’ve actually put on 2 pounds, everybody boo Emma’, we are doing it all in private. The lady doing our weigh in’s has a little black book to keep track, so whenever we get a moment in our day we go into a private room and she weighs us.  
Support Team. You only sit down with your fellow dieters once a week at other weigh in programmes but aiming to lose weight with work colleagues means you are surrounded by support 5 days a week! You can encourage each other to take the healthy option at lunch, or stop them mid-morning snacks, or even start bringing in a fruit bowl instead of a box of biscuits.


I am 100% sure that the work weigh in programme is going to help me reach my target weight by the end of February!
Have you run a similar programme at your office or do you have any suggestions for us to improve ours?

Ciao EmmaJessica <3

Sunday, 1 January 2017

New Year, New Me

Heyyyy Everyone,

Happy New Year from Disneyland Paris!!

Me and my friend, Becky, decided it would be rude not to take a trip this New Year as we have no commitments keeping us at home and it goes with my '30 before I'm 30'. So, we hopped on the Eurostar and headed to the city of love, Paris! (More blogs to come soon)
It is the season of setting resolutions and trying to become a better person than last year and, as cheesy as it sounds, I think 2017 is my year!! I've been setting resolutions for years that don't last longer than 5 minutes, but this year I have a very determined head on my shoulders and I am focusing on one main resolution.. to be happy! This involves two smaller resolutions:

Lose weight - I know it's such a cliché, everyone says it after pigging out during the festive period, but it’s different for me this year. I haven’t just pigged out for the festive period, in fact I’ve been pigging out for the last year. I don’t regret it one bit, I have lived life to the full, especially in my last few months of living in Australia, I ate out every night and drank copious amounts of alcohol. My calorie intake went a bit out of control, but I enjoyed myself. Now it’s time to get back into shape! I am doing dry January, so no alcohol will be touching my lips. I’ve also decided to not eat bread for the month of Jan, because this is something I eat far too much of. I am exercising more and I have brought Niomi Smart’s new book ‘Eat Smart’ to cook some delicious healthy meals. I’ve set myself a target weight for the end of Feb so I’ll let you know how it goes!!

Save money – I’m pretty good at saving money anyway, but I have something in particular that I want to save for… a house!! I’ve got to the age where I am in need of my own space, I’ve lived on my own long enough now to know that I am capable of supporting and looking after myself and I want to do it in my own home. I am opening a Save To Buy ISA and hope that by the end of this year I will be in a position to start looking for the right little property all for me!!

So there you have it, I’m keeping it simple this year so that I stick to it. What are your New Year’s resolutions??

Ciao EmmaJessica <3