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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Clubbercise - My review!


You may or may not have heard of a new exercise class that is becoming more and more popular, its called Clubbercise and last night I tried it for the first time.

First of all I will tell you that I don't do a massive amount of exercise, I try to go on the exercise bike at home, once or twice a week for half hour but that is about it. I have tried several exercise classes before, zumba, body pump and boxercise but after a few weeks the novelty wears off and I get bored or I am just to lazy to go. So when Js sister asked me if I would like to go along with her I was a bit unsure at first but now I am so glad I did.

The class I went to cost £4 which is not bad for an hours exercise, when you arrive you pay your money and then you are given a set of  battery operated glow sticks! (awesome right?!) You then go in to the room and find a space around room,  the instructor stands right in the center of the room so that everyone can see her.

Once everyone has arrived the lights go off and colorful strobe lights flash around the room, so its kind of like being in a nightclub!

The music is dance music from the 90's until present today, which plays constantly for the hour, you can stop to have water any time you want, but there isn't any official breaks.

The instructor does basic dance/exercise moves to the music, which everyone follows.

The hour session went so fast, and it felt like I was on a night out dancing, it was so much fun! But it was tiring and I was sweating afterwards and felt tired, so although it was fun it is definitely a work out!

All in all I really enjoyed myself and I am looking forward to going again next week! If gyms bore you then I would definitely look to see if there is a Clubbercise class near you!


Thursday, 10 March 2016

Throwback Thursday - New York!




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As it is a Thursday I thought I would throw it back to December when I visited the city that stole my heart, New York!

So many people fall in love with New York, so its not surprising that I did! Me and J visited in December for 5 nights, we packed winter clothes expecting it to be freezing at that time of year but New York ended up having a heat wave! We crammed as much food, sights and shopping in as we could, and now I am dreaming every day of going back!

Here's what we got up to! 
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Day 1:

We arrived in New York about 2pm but by the time we had collected our baggage at the airport and got a taxi to our hotel it was about 4. We dropped our bags off and headed straight off for an explore. We stayed in The New Yorker Hotel which is situated on the corner of 34th Street (shopping heaven). You could see the Empire State Building from our hotel, and it was about a 10 minute walk away. We walked around the streets near by to see what was around us and got a Starbucks (I know so cliche). We then headed to the empire state building as we wanted to see the view at night. OMG it did not disappoint! The minute I stepped out on to the floor I fell in love with the city! The bright lights, the noise, it was just an incredible feeling and an amazing way to start our trip. We ate dinner at a place called the Tick Tock Diner (we ended up eating here a fair bit) and had an early night. (so rock and roll)



Day 2;

Part of the reason we decided to go to New York on those dates was because it was my 25th Birthday and today was that day. We woke up super early like 4am! So decided to go on the hunt for coffee, FYI if you wake up with jet lag in New York I highly advise you to get up and go for a walk, there is something magical about the city at that time of morning, and it was another highlight of the trip for me. After some breakfast again at the Tick Tock Diner! (told you so) we caught the subway downtown for a helicopter ride we had booked. This was with Liberty City Helicopters and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever done, you fly above Manhattan and its just incredible and so worth the money! We went to Shake Shack for lunch, who have the most delicious burgers and milkshakes and just writing this is making me hungry! There was about a 15 minute queue to get in, but it's so worth it! We then went shopping, as mentioned above 34th Street is a strip of shops and has the biggest Maceys ever! But there is also loads of shops around Time Square and of course on 5th Avenue! After a busy day on our feet we went back to the hotel, I had a long soak in the bath before we headed out to the theatre! We saw The Lion King and OMG it was beautiful and amazing! Being a lover of musicals, I knew when I booked the trip I needed to see a show on Broadway, I picked something we would both hopefully like and although J claims he doesn't like musicals, he actually really enjoyed it too! Dinner was grabbing a McDonalds and taking it back to the hotel because at this point we were both exhausted!



Day 3:

The next day we had a trip to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island booked, we got up early, grabbed a Starbucks (can you see a pattern here?)  and caught the tube Downtown. Unfortunately when we got on the boat we could't see the statue as we got closer like you are supposed to do, as there was a massive amount of fog! Our tour guide said it was the only time he had never been able to see the statue from the boat! (typical). We had tickets to go up the statue to the viewing deck. On the way up there is a museum about how the statue was built, which was pretty interesting! Luckily by the time we came back down, the fog had cleared, and we could see the statue clear as anything (phew) We posed for some pictures and then headed back on the boat to Ellis Island! Ellis Island used to be the gateway for immigrants coming in to the USA, it was so interesting to look around and learn about the history especially for J who loves history! In the afternoon we were meant to be going to the top of the rock but when we got there they said visibility because of the fog was zero and let us exchange our tickets for the next day! We grabbed some lunch at a place called the Melt Shop which we just came upon. They had literately the best cheese toasties ever, I had triple cheese and it was so so good! (heaven for a cheese lover like me) We had an afternoon of strolling around the streets, and found the Rockerfellar Christmas tree, before heading back to the hotel.
On the evening we went to see a basket ball game, something J really wanted to do but we both ended up loving it, the atmosphere was amazing and even though they lost, it was so much fun to watch!




   
Day 4;

We decided to try somewhere different for breakfast and went to a place called Applebees. I had pancakes and eggs and they were so tasty! They bring around coffee refills whilst you are eating which I thought was pretty cool, though I stuck to drinking tea! (so English). After breakfast we headed over to the 911 Memorial Museum, there is now 2 fountains in place where the towers used to be. It was interesting to learn of how the events unfolded on the day but very sad finding out how so many people lost their lives. We had a quick lunch of hot dogs and then headed to the Rockerfeller centre.
The Top of the Rock was so amazing, the view is spectacular, I particularly liked the fact you can see the whole of Central park! We stayed up their for a while as none of us wanted to come down! Afterwards we went to find some shops I wanted to see like Tiffanys and Bloomingdales! And then had a walk through the street of Manhattan back to our hotel! We decided to go out for dinner and went for a walk to find an american bar! We found a place not too far from the hotel, and ended up having margaritas along with our dinner, they were delicious. Afterwards we went for a walk to the Rockerfeller Centre to see the Christmas tree all lit up! It was so magical and just like Home Alone!


Day 5:

Our last day in New York so we had to do boring stuff like pack in the morning! As it was our last day, we both wanted one last meal at Tick Tock Diner, we had waffles, eggs and bacon, covered in syrup! (Sounds disgusting but it's so good). We headed to central park to have a walk around, as we were sitting down looking at the view, J pulled out a ring and proposed to me! I was completely shocked and over the moon! I of course said YES! I was so excited about the engagement that I wasn't as sad going home. We headed back to the hotel and got a taxi to the airport and said goodbye to the city I had fallen quickly in love with!



All in all my trip to New York was incredible and I cant wait to go back!

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Making friends!


Growing up I was a tomboy, I preferred to wear tracksuit bottoms and trainers, climb trees and play football. So it's probably not surprising that I seemed to hang round with boys more than I did girls. In primary school I had my best friend who was girl but at break times I used to be playing football or tracking with the lads! As I got older the pattern of having more boys as friends than girls continued and still is the case today.

I am not sure why but I find it easier to talk to and hang round with guys, and find it quite hard to make friends with girls. I've had lots of friendships with girls throughout the years but most of them have seemed to fizzle out and although I have them as 'facebook friends' I cant really class them as friends anymore. Time and time again I have wondered if its me, am I the type of girl other girls don't like and if so, why?

I am definitely not a tomboy anymore, I love make up and clothes and all things beauty, yet still the majority of my friends are male! Don't get me wrong I love these friends and wouldn't change having them in my life but sometimes when I see people having 'girls night outs' and sleepovers with their girl friends I have a slight pang of jealousy. Yet I know my male friends look after me and i'm like a little sister to them. Maybe some people would be jealous of that?

Are you the same as me and have always made more male friends than female? or do you have none or few male friends and wouldn't want them lol? Let me know in the comments!

Why I decided to write a blog!



I thought it would be a good idea for my first post just to explain my reasoning behind starting a blog.

I have been contemplating starting a blog for a while now, I have started one several times in the past but ended up deleting them because I felt silly or thought that I was chatting nonsense.  The difference between the last time I started writing a blog and this time is, now I am writing it for me. I want somewhere I can write my thoughts and feelings down even if not once person reads them, just writing them down means they are no longer in my head and I feel as though I have spoken to someone about them!

I don’t have any particular ideas on what I am going to write about, I’m just hoping that when I do have something I want to talk about, I will be able to share it on here. 

I think there is nothing worse then when you have thoughts build up in your head and you don't want to tell anybody because you are embarrassed or feel like nobody will understand. Well this gives me a place to express them thoughts and opinions and i'm hoping provides something interesting enough to read!