How are we nearly half way through February already?
This weeks little Loves consists of…
Reading over engagement letters and risk management at work to make sure that I have Included everything that is needed before sending out to clientsto be signed.
The ‘Super Vet’, what an absolute amazing inspirational man who will do anything and everything to help bring the animals back to good health. Brings a tear to my eye everytime I watch it.
More warm clothing as the weather seems to be going from one extreme to another week to week, Just want it to be summer already.
I am desperately trying to get my wedding stationery buisness up and running so I have been experiementing and making some new designs of wedding invitations. See my designs here KimzKardz
Not the greatest news that the reason my car isn’t/wasn’t working is that the main ECU switchboard like thingy has failed which explains why my car wouldnt work as the ECU is the main brain of the car, But on a better note atleast I can get my wheels back after been without for 2 weeks.
I know I mentioned it but my car is back home after 2 weeks without it. Been to look at potential Wedding venues too, so excited.
For those that know me they will know I have had quite an array of different jobs in my life time so far. I started off when I left school that I always wanted to be a vet nurse, so I went to a college in Warwickshire called Morton Morrell and started studying Vet nursing, then after being there 6-8 months and working in a vets I came to the conclusion I couldn’t carry on because of the fatalities it was really hard and upsetting so I left and found a job in administration.
After a few years had passed I chose to go back to college and study again in animal care at Solihull College, I studied for 2 years doing Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care then Level 3 subsidiary in animal Management, I achieved both of these with a Distinction *. While I was at College I chose to get a part-time job to keep me ticking over with an income. Just some of the places I have worked are:
I have had various different jobs, and I still don’t honestly know what I want to do but I suppose that is part of life. I do honestly think I have ruled out becoming a veterinary nurse now though as when I was at Willows as an ACA (Animal care Assistant), I had only been there a few months so was still new to the game and I was working 14 hour days to cover sick and holidays, don’t get me wrong I didn’t mind, but the money wasn’t great and the work you do is very physical, but you are helping make the animals better, plus working 10 hours on weekends and bank holidays, I just didn’t feel like I had any time for myself. After I left the vets I got myself a temp/perm position at Canon where I would take all the inbound calls from companies that were having issues with their printers and fax machines I did this for 12 months before moving on, it was a great job, the people I worked with were great too, but the job just wasn’t for me, too slow and not always busy enough to keep me occupied and the days would drag.
Eventually in October 2015, I was successfully chosen to start work at PWC for a Tax Client Administrator position. I didn’t know what the outcome would be as I didn’t have any experience in that area of work. I have now been there for nearly 4 months and love it, it can be long days to try to meet deadlines and lots of meetings but I have something different to deal with everyday.
This week has just flowned by in a blur, I cant believe we are at the end of the first into February.
Anyways onto this weeks little Loves…
Reading up about Wedding Venues….We are thinking/planning about getting married in 2017.
The new series of Suits, it’s a TV series about Lawyers, and it is certainly keeping me on the end of my seat wanting to know what is going to happen. Then the one and only Take me out too. “No likey, No lighty”.
With working full time I live in mainly dress, work trousers and skirts, then when I get home from work it is go get changed straight into my comfy PJ’s and snuggle down.
I don’t think you can class it really as made but I am growing a plant my friend brought me for christmas. I planted it one night as I opened it to have a look and it had already starting sprouting.
The very sad news of the passing away of Terry Wogan, he was a fantastic Television presenter and also sadly one of my guinea pigs died too.
Unfortuantly my car is still at the garage and they can’t find out what is wrong with it but i’m still hoping and praying it is nothing to serious or expensive.
Since as far back as I can remember, was when I first figured out I had a phobia. I had gone away with school on a trip to Redridge and we had gone to some caves and there was a very tiny cave called the nutcracker, which I tried to go inside but it was that small and tight, I just panicked, I remember getting really upset because I really wanted to do it but I just couldn’t.
It is something that has affected me quite alot even in simple every day things. I have worked alot in adminstration in large building which consisted of quite a few floors the biggest been Alpha Tower in Birmingham where there are 27 floors and I managed all 27 of them. Walking up 27 flights of stairs was not an option to speak to clients.
Lifts are one of my major hurdles that I have had to try and get to grips with, they are in the majority of buildings and places that I have worked and visited, this has been one of the hardest things I have ever had to overcome, going into hot sweats when I even thought or saw a lift. When I was in a previous job, my boss pulled me in the office and said this can’t go on, I need proof from your doctor that you have claustraphobia, I was so angry I was still doing my job to the best of my ability walking up 3 flights of stairs whenever I needed too or putting stuff in the lifts and running up the stairs save carrying it etc (Health & safety and all that) so I made an appointment with my doctors and got the letter I needed.
I realised after that I really need to get help with it, as it felt like it was taking over my life. Gradually I started going in lifts providing someone was with me but that wasn’t always practical. So one day I bite the bullet and took my first step into a lift on my own, I remember it like it was yesterday, how scared I felt, feeling sick to my stomach listening for every little noise etc and gradually each day, month and year past I got better and better, I was determind to kick this phobia where it hurt and prove I could over come it. A few years on I still have my good and bad days but I am working on it and i’m sure as time passes it can only get better. One day at a time.
Do you have a phobia? What is is and how are you overcoming it?
I have always loved taking photos, I’ve lost track of how many cameras I’ve got through in my life so far. Now I’ve got a smart phone every opportunity I get I’m snapping at items while i’m out and about and visiting different places.
When I was given the opportunity to get a 20×16 canvas from Canvas Design with a photo of my choice I was thrilled, but then there was the big decision of what photo was I going to pick (there are hundreds) eventually after a week of looking and picking out pictures I quite liked and narrowing it down to just a couple, I finally agreed on this one with my fiance on holiday in Turkey last year.
The canvas came well packaged, wrapped in bubble wrap, and then corrugated paper to protect it further and finally sealed with “FRAGILE” tape.
It also came with the fixings and fittings which was a bonus.
I was sent a Portrait Canvas Classic which prices start from £8.99. Retailing at £24.99 for the canvas I was sent, I thought it was good value for money and the quality of the picture was excellent. The delivery was really quick too and they do offer next day delivery if ordered before a certain time. (Check out their website for further information.
It now looks perfect in my lounge too.
I can now offer one of my readers the chance to win one £10 Voucher towards a canvas of their choice. To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter widget below. All terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the page.
To enter, complete the Rafflecopter widget below. All terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the page.
*Please leave the ‘URL’ box blank when writing a comment unless you are a blogger or a website owner* a Rafflecopter giveaway
Terms and Conditions
1) The closing date is 28th February 2016 at 11.59pm GMT
2) There is one prize of a £10 Gift Voucher available
3) This competition is open to residents of the UK only
4) Entrants must log in via Rafflecopter and answer the question in the widget – this is the ONLY mandatory task. Comments must answer the question. Comments such as ‘great prize, fantastic giveaway’ etc will not be counted. You can gain extra entries in the draw by completing the other tasks in the widget. All entries will be verified.
5) A winner will be chosen at random using the widget
6) The winner will be notified via email within 5 days of the closing date, and must respond within 28 days to claim their prize.
7) The prize will be dispatched within 21 days of receiving the winners details.
8) The winners name will be displayed on the widget
*I was provided with one of these Canvas’s for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Unfortuantly this week hasn’t been very exciting i’m afraid, it’s been the busiest week ever as it is the end of month billing for us so I have to make sure all the bills are raised, drafted and finalised before the end of the month so we hit targets.
Anyway enough already from me, onto this week’s Little Loves…
A few different blog posts when i’ve had 5 minutes spare and my Kindle on way to work on the train.
I’m not a TV person as I mentioned in previous post but have been watching a few films from netflixs and Friday night I watched Fast & Furious.
Same old clothes different day, because I work full time I wear casual/smart clothes to work like Trousers, skirts and tights or dresses and tights with a cardigan to finish it off.
Sadly this week I haven’t made anything but food for tea when I’ve got home from work, but I do quite enjoy cooking. Plenty of cups of tea at work to keep me going through the most busiest week ever.
My neighbour arguing next door, with his girlfriend A LOT…. We live in a semi-detached house and trust us to be put next to the crazy one. Without fail every day you will hear him shouting at anything he can wether it be the TV, Girlfriends or just generally…He is crazy.
Sadly my car has had to be towed away to the garage this week as it won’t start, it is an 8 year old Vauxhall Corsa and i’ve had it since it was pretty much brand new. It has been a great little car but i just don’t know what is wrong with it.
Well I’ve had a pretty manic week, I had a business trip to London for work for training and stayed overnight in a lovely 4* hotel, then trying to play catch up when I returned to work on all the emails. I can’t believe we are now nearly at the end of January. already where has this month gone.
This is the first time I am joining in with Little Loves on Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. The idea behind of this is to think about the little things that I have loved this week.
This week I have read my kindle everyday on the train to and from work and when I had to go on a business trip to London for 2 days. I have always loved reading and wouldn’t be without my kindle now it is so easy to just pick up and put in my handbag and transport from place to place. I have also read a lot of paperwork while on my business trip.
I haven’t watched much TV this week other than the new Benidorm series since it has come back on the TV absolutely love it, I’m not much of a TV person but I was excited when I heard this TV show was making an appearance back on the big screen as it is a comedy show.
Lots of work clothes, and plenty of warm ones at that since the weather has been really cold, snowy and icy. My ear muffs came out too.
I haven’t got any pictures but I make my own handmade cards and crafts and as I had a couple of birthdays I decided to made some birthday cards.You can see all the cards I have made here KimzKardz
I’ve heard music as I listen to Capital FM while working, and hearing about Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield turning up to This morning the day after ther night before still a little bit worse for ware from the National Television Awards.
Unfortuantly I don’t have anything to write here this week as it has been a crazy week, so I am going to leave it there for now.
From the same company as I got the Retro Kettle and coffee machine I was also given the opportunity to review a George Foreman Grill.
Since moving in my own house just over 12 months ago I want all the latest gadgets for the kitchen to make cooking etc. easier and quicker but also healthier as I don’t get in from work till 6.30pm.
I used it for the first time the other night when I cooked Hunters Chicken,(fresh chicken breast with bacon, BBQ sauce and cheese). You can see the fat/juice running into the drip tray.
The dial on the top tells you the temperature it is cooking at. The chicken took approximately 20 mins to cook. I checked it was thoroughly cooked through to the middle and the juices were running clear and checked it was piping hot in the middle. You can cook lots of different meats and meals in the grill.
The George foreman grill is very easy to clean as well as it has removable plates, you just press the buttons on the side of each plate to release them.
I would give this product 10/10
I was sent this product free of charge all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Me and my fiance both love most foods so when I was contacted to go and review a newly opened restaurant called Las Iguanas that had recently opened its doors at a new bar and restaurant mall in Birmingham I jumped at the chance of saying yes.
We walked in and it was quite busy but we headed over to the counter and gave our name and the guy led us to a table . All the staff were very friendly and welcoming.
We ordered some drinks while checking out the menu which had a lot of variety to choose from. Food menu, Drinks Menu
I chose to try a cocktail and they were all on 241 offers aswell, I had the Iguanas Cosmo and Tom chose a beer called Estrella.
We choose to go for starters first, I chose Nachos and I wasn’t disappointed, I love nachos and they were the best I had by far. Tom decided to try the Pato Taquito this was shredded duck in a soft tortilla wrap filled with caramilised onions served with a spicy cranberry salsa. We both tried each others starters and enjoyed both.
Next came the mains and again we weren’t disappointed. I chose the Picanha Steak and Tom chose the Enchilada.
My steak, I had this cooked medium/rare, it was juicy and cooked perfectly, sometimes steaks can be very chewy and difficult to get right but this was perfect, succulent and tender and very tasty indeed. It came with Salad, Sweet potato fries and a seasoned butter.
The service was excellent considering how busy they were with being a Saturday night. The staff were fantastic too, very friendly, making sure we were happy with everything. We rate them 10/10 and would definitely recommend it to anyone that hasn’t been.
Hands up if you love animals? ……… Me! Me! I do. Anyone that knows me will tell you that too.
Pets have always been a massive part of my life ever since I was a little girl. My mum and dad always had goldfish in the garden in a pond that was made out of an old bath that was embedded in stones with a wall built around it. I used to love feeding them and watching them swimming around.
I have had all sorts of different pets while growing up, Goldfish, hamsters (Syrian & Russian), A Tortoise, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and a dog. My first pet was a Syrian hamster called Frisky that mum and dad brought me for my birthday as a surprise, he was amazing, used to love running up the stairs and loved climbing up his cage, playing and eating. He was white and tan in colour. Unfortunately, hamsters only live till they are around 2 – 2 & half years old, but they are great pets to have and are very fun to watch.
Then one day I decided to go and buy a tortoise as I aways wanted one. I had Terri for around 3 and half years then sadly he went to sleep and never woke up again. Used to love watching him walk around the room, eat and give him baths.
My rabbits – Christmas, Smudge, Pumpkin and Autumn. Christmas was a stray at just 3 weeks old that had been handed into my friend’s workplace and he had a poorly eye so I nursed him back to good health and gave him a loving home after as I couldn’t re home him as fell in love with him and his character. Then came Smudge (a girlfriend for Christmas), I rehomed her from someone who couldn’t look after her anymore. But sadly Smudge had to be put to sleep as she became poorly in October 2013 after just 4 months of me rehoming her. I then adopted Pumpkin from Pets at home in October 2013 and then after just a week of having her she gave birth to little Autumn. Pumpkin sadly passed away in April 2015 after struggling with weight loss and found out she had kidney failure.
This is our Dog Called Carly, She is a Rottweiler and we rehomed her from a friend who was moving house and couldn’t take her with her. She is 4 years old and great with other animals and kids. She is a perfect dog in every way, she is fine when been left while we go to work and is a great guard dog but most of all is the most lovable and affectionate four-legged friend every.
Do you have any pets? Would love to hear and see pictures of yours.