Well what a week it has been again, great weather until today and it started bucketing down with rain. Not what I want for the weekend when one of my cousins is getting married Saturday, let just hope it stops for a little while atleast so all the guest don’t look like drowned rats going into the church.
MAMMA MIA, I brought my mum tickets to go and see mamma mia at the hippodrome in Birmingham for her birthday present as a BIG surprise as she has always wanted to see it and always loved the film, so what a perfect opportunity. We went on the evening of 13th August at 7.30pm and it was out of this world, it was absolutely fantastic, we laughed and sang our hearts out the whole way through the performance, the actors & performers were amazing too and really made it come to life.
Lots of summery clothes like dresses as it has been very warm in Birmingham this week, I hope it is here to stay for a while longer.
Quite a few emails for getting involved in blog posts/articles, now to find time to sit and write them all up. I do love busy times like this when I’ve got lots of work to do.
The fantastic new that my cousin gave birth to the safe arrival of her 4th baby, a girl named Ella-Joy, she already has 3 boys and they have always wanted a girl, and now their family is complete. Also that some selfish idiot wasn’t paying attention while driving and went in the back of my other cousin’s husband car while sat stationary waiting at a set of traffic lights, which with the force of that then pushed him in the back of someone elses car causing the devastating news that their car is a write off due to the cost and amount of damage sustained.
Wouldn’t say it’s a made as such but this week me and my fiance decided to do a BBQ after work as the weather has been gorgeous. We cooked, burgers, hot dogs and chicken, It was so good and the smell of a cooking barbecue is one of my all time favourites. We may have cooked the dog some meat aswell for her tea.
I start my new job on Monday at Cushman & Wakefield as an AP Clerk (Accounts Payable). I’m so excited, cannot wait!
Hope all you lovely people have had a great week too
At the weekend we went to Wales to crash my fiance’s parent’s holiday. We decided to travel down Friday night after work and left about 6pm and arrived about 9pm and came home Sunday evening around 8pm.
This was the view from out the front door of the cottage. It was so peaceful and tranquil, and was just beautiful in every way and I didn’t want to leave.
Well we have just come back from a fantastic weekend in North Wales, Tom’s parents were there on their holidays so we decided to go down for the weekend and take the dog too. We had gorgeous weather and didn’t want to come back. How’s that for a view in the morning?!
Our dog Carly run around on the beach like a lunatic, It was the first time we have seen and taken her to the beach and it was great to see her enjoying herself. We couldn’t get her out the sea, she loved jumping over the waves.
Shorts, Dress and trousers, the weather recently has been mixed but Wales was super hot and I lived in shorts all weekend.
Sadly haven’t read anything this week. I was hoping to read whilst in Wales but there was no time for that. I will hopefully find time soon to have a good read of my kindle.
That I had got an interview in Birmingham on Wednesday, fingers crossed something comes of it. Well not only that now, I was on the train back home and I got a phone call to say that they wanted to offer me the job not even an hour had passed after the interview and I had been offered a new job and accepted, I was over the moon and couldn’t stop smiling.
Food shopping list after being away, It is so hard to try to cook different varieties of food dishes every week. It is my worse nightmare trying to cook. Have you got any tips? Would love to hear some of your meal ideas.
There’s nothing unfortunately to report, It has been a pretty boring quiet week…Except I only went and got myself a NEW JOB, Interview, offer and accept all in the space of about an hour in one day.
My fiance & me love mexican food, we’re always cooking and eating it at home, so when we were invited for food at mission burrito at Brindley Place we couldn’t wait.
It’s not your average place as it is mix between a restaurant and a cafe, you don’t have a menu to look at, but there are boards above telling you what your options are. It’s all homemade food and you get to pick everything yourself to make up your own burritos.
This was the selection of food you can choose from. There were 3 meats (chicken, beef and pork plus a veggie option), rice, salad, beans and then a selection of sauces, they were filled with everything and It is all homemade so they know exactly what’s in it.
There were other options to choose from if you don’t like burritos.
The pictures doesn’t show how big and full this burrito is but it was delicious. I struggled to hold it and keep it together and eventually it gave up and all fell apart. They are quite messy to eat but amazing.
We were also given “Nachos Grande” which were delicious, I love nachos and these were loaded full of lots of amazing fillings.
Along with food, I got given a Margarita Cocktails, which are also made on site, It’s not my normal sort of cocktail that I would go for, I’m more a Cosmopolitan type of girl but it was lovely.
Where did “mission burrito” originate from?
Our love affair with burritos started over a decade ago when we lived in San Francisco. We developed a border line burrito obsession in the Mission Districts taquerias. Unable to fuel our addiction back in the UK we quit our day jobs and set up Mission Burrito. You can read more about their background from here.
The decorations on the wall were just stunning. There’s a map of San Francisco upstairs and name places on the wall down stairs.
The staff that were working and served us were friendly and really helpful, a massive thank you to Hayley & Moween for the great service provided.
It was delicious food and I would go back again.
* We were given one free meal & drinks free for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The other weekend my fiance took me to Marco Pierre White’s for the first time which is located on the 25th floor in the Cube. Well what a view it was amazing to sit and drink a bottle of champagne and what the sunset.
I originally started up my blog as “KimzKardz” to try to help me with my handcrafted cards and wedding stationery and after speaking to friends and family to see if it was a good idea. At the beginning I got a little help from a few business with sending me products etc but nothing that was life changing unfortunately. After thinking long and hard whether it had been the right decision I had a brain wave and decided a few months down the line to change the name to allow a more open aired name to shine through and move into Lifestyle Blogging, there I then created and came up with the name “Life of an Auntie”. Why I hear you ask yourself?!….Because I am an auntie to 4 beautiful boys who I have watched grow over the years and who I love very dearly, so thought it suited me perfectly.
Well what a year it has been so far it has had lots of lows but plenty of highs as well. It has been a very mixed emotional year but it is defiantly on its way up now. I have still got a long way to go to get more traffic and build up my blog more but I am working hard to get more established with lots of different companies etc.
12 months on and I’ve just brought my new domain, exciting times. It is something that takes a lot of time and consideration to make sure your making the right decision. I may then change it again when I start a family so it involves my family more rather than just my nephews so can combine everything together.
Working full-time as well can sometimes make it difficult for me to keep on top of all the posts I have to write up which is why I don’t post very regularly in a week it’s all over the place, but I’m hoping now that I know what I’m doing and where I’m going the next year will see lots of improvements.
My aim for the next 12 months is:
Get more views to my page
Work with more wide range of companies
Attend more blog events
Meet more bloggers
Post more in a week
Try and do more collaborative & Guest post
Get involved in more linkies
I love writing about products and sharing my thoughts and opinions and without you guys reading my posts and getting involved in competitions I wouldn’t have been able to continue, So thank you for all your support it means a lot.
What made you start blogging? Leave me a link to your blog in the comments box would love to have a browse and make some new friends.
I haven’t done this sort of post before and I thought it would be a great way to share things about the person behind the blog that you probably wouldn’t find out otherwise. It’s basically an A-Z of all things me…
A is for Animals
As many of you will already know I have always had a mad love for animals and have grown up with a variety of different pets, Hamster, Fish, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and now our Dog. You can read more about my Pets Here.
B is for Bridesmaids
The begining of the year me and My fiance finally set a date to tie the knot and get married. Then was the task of trying to decide who I wanted as Bridesmaids, after a long while of thinking I decided on, one of my best friends Zoe to be my maid of Honour, and a further 3 bridesmaids who were my other best friend Alexandra, My sister in Law Rachel & my Cousin Natalie. They were all so excited when I presented then with a little box with a little note in, a personalised glass and a bottle of prosecco to ask them, they didn’t have a clue.
C is for Card Making
For a number of years now I have been making handcrafted cards for all occasions. I make Baby Cards, Birthday Cards, Wedding Day cards and many more check out my cards and designs Here
D is for Dog
Most of our friends and family knows that last year me and my fiance rehomed a dog from a family friend who could no longer look after her. Her name is Carly and she is a 4 year old Rottweiler and is just beautiful and the biggest softest you will ever meet. All she ever wants is fuss and attention.
E is for Engaged
3 years ago me and my fiance got engaged and it was the happiest day of my life. It was our anniversary and we had gone away for the weekend. It was a complete shock but was amazing. You can read all about it here.
F is for Fiancee
2 years ago I was very surprised by my boyfriend when he popped the question whilst we were away for a weekend for our anniversary. We have been together 7 years and next year 2017 we are getting married. Ekkkk so excited.
G is for Garden
I have always loved gardening too, and since moving into our own house nearly 2 years ago our garden was plain, over grown and needed TLC so we have started adding some colour. Top photo is before, Bottom is after.
H is for Hospital
A few years ago I took myself to A&E after going over on my ankle whilst playing football in the park with my nephew, I found out I had a hairline fracture and was put in Plaster. My ankle has never been the same since.
I is for Inked
Another word for tattoos… Yes I have 2 one on my lower back and another on my foot. My lower back didn’t hurt but my foot did, quite bad.
J is for Jobs
I have had quite an array of jobs over the years including: A Paper round, Argos, Boots, Iceland, vet pratices and so many more… but am sticking within Admin now.
K is for Kimberley
I was christened with the name Kimberley but I much prefer to be called Kim, some of my friends and family call me Kim, Kimmie & Kimbo or even Kimbee but that’s fine by me as long as it’s not Kimberley.
L is for Little
As most people will know I am a bit of a short arse, just reaching 4ft 11″ tall. I don’t mind my height all the time but sometimes can be a struggle.
M is for Marriage
YES next year July 17 me and my Fiance Tom of 7 years will be tieing the knot. I am super excited and can’t wait but have got so much to organise and decide on.
N is for Never Ending Story
The Never Ending Story was one of my childhood favourite films to watch of all times. My Grandma introducted it to me and I’ve watched it hundreds of time and will never get bored of watching it.
O is for October
For those of you that know me you know how super crazy October is with Birthdays, The months starts off with mine, my fiance’s, My sister in law Rachels, herfamilys. Fair to say it is a very expensive month all round but none stop partying and celebrating partner Graham’s, and our nephew. Then not forgetting more friends and . The best people were born in October!
P is for Pets
All my life I have loved animals and have had all sorted of differents pets, you can read all about them here
Q is for Quiz
Pub quizzes? Love them even if we never win. We’ve been to quite a few over the years with friends, they are great but have never won anything.
R is for Rabbits
As a child I always wanted a pet rabbit along with many other pets. Then one day a friend has a little black Rabbit who had been found as a stray at 3/4 weeks old with a poorly eye has he had been brought in my a cat they think. I then offered to rehome him and get him back to good health. I started with 1, then got a friend for Christmas, called Smudge, she sadly had to be put to sleep, I then rehome another female bunny called Pumkin, who a week after having her gave birth to little Autumn. Then Sadly Pumpkin died so Ive got just 2 rabbits left.
S is for Suits
Suits is a TV series me and my partner have been watching and has us hooked…If you haven’t heard of it or watched it, find it and watch it now you won’t be disappointed.
T is for Turkey
Last year me and my fiance went on holiday with one of my best friends and her Boyfriend to Turkey. It was absolutley scorching hot hitting highs of 40 degrees most days but was an amazing holiday.
U is for University
I always thought I wanted to go to university after leaving school to study but I never did, I don’t regret it but think I would of liked to now.
V is for Veterinary
When I was younger I always had the dream of becoming a veterinary nurse, so I went to college to train and gained experienced in a vet practice, but sadly decided it was not the right job for me. It was such a difficult job to deal with.
W is for Wales
As I was growing up my Grandparents had a house in Twywn, Wales, so every holiday I used to go over with my Mum, Dad and sister and all my cousins. I used to love going Rock pooling and walking along the beach and spent hours in the arcades playing on the 2p machines.
X is for X-Rays
This ties in with my hospital post a litte, as I’ve never had x rays before until I had a fracture in my right ankle then when I was diganosed with a knee issue to try and find out what was the problem.
Y is for Yankee Candles
I am in love with any candles but especially Yankee Candles, the fragrance etc is just amazing but they are very expensive so I tend to only treat myself when theres a sale on somewhere.
Z is for Zoo
A few weeks back I was given the opportunity to go to Twycross zoo for a Blog review and have hands on experience feeding their 3 male giraffes that are fairly new, It was an incrediable experience and they are such amazing creatures. You can read all about my time at Twycross Zoo Here.
Saturday night me and my fiance went out for a meal review at Mission Burrito in Brindley Place and these were hanging from the ceiling, they were lights made from jars. Very colourful and unique. I loved these.
I’m not a very self conscious person, well not all the time, but things have since changed when I had to go into hospital and have a little operation to fit an Insertable Cardiac monitor in my chest, It didn’t leave a massive scar but it did leave a scar big enough where everyone can see it, unless I wear high neck tops which I don’t want to have to do.
Every person is different and unique, and others feel more contious about scars than other but scars make you who you are today, what you have been through and that you have survived and come through it all fighting.
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Howdy, Happy Friday everyone. OMG How are we already at the end of another month? It’s really scaring me how quick this year is flying by. We are now under the 12 month mark till our wedding day.
A comedy TV series called “bad education”; It is hilarious and has got the comedian Jack Whitehall as the main actor. It’s a must watch and can be found on Netflix.
Here is a sneak peek at the Movie.
It’s mad to think that last week I was lying outside in maxi dresses and bikinis now I’m wrapped up in Jeans and jumpers due to heavy rain and cold, miserable weather. Oh well – the joys of british weather.
Haven’t read anything this week. I plan to read my Kindle more next week, and especially next weekend as we’re off to Wales to gate-crash Tom’s parents holiday.
As most of you may know, I was made redundant a few weeks ago. I finally have a few weeks’ temporary work at Birmingham University. It’s not great, but it will do for now. I also heard that I had been selected for an interview at an estate agent in Knowle.
Maybe I cheated a little bit, but I made these. I have to say for the price of them they aren’t great but they are edible.
My car went in for it’s MOT on Wednesday and IT PASSED! I have only done 2,500 miles in 12 months because I don’t tend to drive many places so I don’t clock up the miles. I’ve had the car 8 years and it came with 18,000 miles at 6 months old and it now it’s got 50,000 miles so not bad at all.
How’s your week been? Love to hear what you’ve been up to.