Vogue’s 73 Questions

I was tagged by the lovely Rachel from Parenthood highs and lows to answer 73 question about myself.  Apparently all the celebraties are doing it for Vogue but I have never heard or read Vogue but here goes.

So here are mine 73 questions.

1. What’s your favourite movie?

Mamma Mia

2. Favourite movie in the past five years?

Dirty Grandpa

3. Favourite Hitchcock film?

Never seen any

4. A book you plan on reading?

Any that attract my attention

5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you

There wasn’t one

6. Favourite TV show that’s currently on?

Suits

7. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?

9

8. iPhone or Android?

iPhone.

9. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram

10. Who should EVERYONE be following right now

ermmm….Moi!!

11. What’s your favourite food?

Tuna Pasta Bake

12. Least favourite food?

Fish

13. What do you love on your pizza?

Lots of cheese, pepporani and meat

14. Favourite drink?

Vodka

15. Favourite dessert?

Warm Chocolate Fudge cake

16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Milk chocolate

17. Coffee or tea?

Tea, hate coffee

18. What’s the hardest part about being a mum?

N/A

19. What’s your favourite band?

I’ve got quite a few

20. Favourite solo artist?

Sam Smith

21. Favourite song?

Got quite a few but at the moment it’s Lucas Graham 7 years.

22. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?

5 seconds of summer

23. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?

Flute…. I used to play it

24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?

I already have two but want another ones on my foot and wrist.

25. To be or not to be?

That is the question.

26. Dogs or cats?

Dogs

27. Bird-watching or whale-watching?

Bird-watching.

28. Best gift you’ve ever received?

When my boyfriend proposed

29. Best gift you’ve ever given?

I have no idea, given too many

30. Last gift you gave a friend?

Christmas presents.

31. What’s your favourite board game?

Monopoly

32. What’s your favourite country to visit?

Cyprus

33. What’s the last country you visited?

Turkey

34. What country do you wish to visit?

Australia

35. What’s your favourite colour?

Purple

36. Least favourite colour?

Black

37. Diamonds or pearls?

erm…Diamonds.

38. Heels or flats?

Heels

39. Pilates or yoga?

Pilates – even though I have never tried it.

40. Jogging or swimming?

Jogging…cause not a great swimmer

41. Best way to de-stress?

Making my handmade cards

42. If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Been able to fly

43. What’s the weirdest word in the English language?

Never really thought about it

44. What’s your favourite flower?

Any…but love carnations

45. When was the last time you cried?

A couple of weeks ago…when my guinea pig died,I got tears in my eyes.

46. Do you like your handwriting?

Nope it’s a mess

47. Do you bake?

Yes but not very often

48. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?

My Teeth

49. What is your most favourite thing about yourself?

My eyes

50. Who do you miss most?

My grandparents

51. What are you listening to right now?

Lucas Graham on you tube

52. Favourite smell?

I have too many, but Yankee candles

53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My dad

54. Who was the last person you sent a text to?

My fiance

55. A sport you wish you could play?

Netball

56. Hair colour?

Browny/ blonde

57. Eye colour?

Brown

58. Scary film or happy endings?

Happy endings

59. Favourite season?

Summer

60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?

James Corden, The Queen and The Beckhams

61. Hugs or kisses?

Kisses

62. Rolling Stones or the Beatles?

The Beatles. But not a fan of either.

63. Where were you born?

Sutton Coldfield- Good Hope Hospital

64. What is the farthest you have been from home?

Cyprus

65. Sweet or savoury?

Depends on my mood – but usually Sweet

66. Lipstick or lip gloss?

Lipgloss

67. What book have you read again and again?

I haven’t read any books more than once

68. Favourite bedtime story?

Don’t have one

69. What would be the title of your autobiography?

About me.

70. Favourite sound?

Sound of the sea

71. Favourite animal?

All of them, I love animals

72. Who is your girl crush?

Michelle Keegan

73. Last photograph you took?

This one…We took a valentines day trip to Sutton Park and took our dog.  It was a lovely day little chilly but the sun was shining.

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I now tag Sally from These Junebug Days to answer the questions

Vets, Wedding Stationery and Car Expenses #LittleLoves

How are we nearly half way through February already?

This weeks little Loves consists of…

Read

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.

Watched

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.

Wore

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.

Made

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

Heard

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.

And Finally…..

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.

How has your week been?

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Careers

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:

Amicus Vets, Boots, Argos, Iceland Food,Cupboard Love (Kitchen refurbish Company), Npower (Mitie Management Services),GVA Grimley, Hatton Country World, Willows Veterinary Practice, Canon and finally, PWC (PriceWaterHouseCoopers).  I loved working in retail and got to met lots of different lovely people, but again you had to work 7 days a week.

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.

What was your dream Job and what do you do now?

Deaths, Plants and Wedding Venues #LittleLoves

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…

Read

Reading up about Wedding Venues….We are thinking/planning about getting married in 2017.

Watched

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”.

Wore

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.

Made

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.

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Heard

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.

And Finally…..

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.

What have you been up to this week?

Claustrophobia – Fear of confined spaces

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?

Review & Giveaway – Canvasdesign.co.uk

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.

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The canvas came well packaged, wrapped in bubble wrap, and then corrugated paper to protect it further and finally sealed with “FRAGILE” tape.

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It also came with the fixings and fittings which was a bonus.

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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.

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Arguments, Broken Car and Work Clothes #Little Loves

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…

Read

A few different blog posts when i’ve had 5 minutes spare and my Kindle on way to work on the train.

Watched

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.

Wore

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.

Made

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.

Heard

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.

And Lastly….

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.
How has your week been?
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Paperwork, Benidorm and Handmade cards #LittleLoves

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.

Read

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.

Watched

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.

Wore

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.

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Made

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

Heard

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.

And Lastly….

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.

How was your week?

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George Foreman Grill Review

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.

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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.

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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.

Las Iguanas Restaurant Review – NEWLY OPENED

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.

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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.

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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.

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Pato Taquito
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Nachos

Next came the mains and again we weren’t disappointed.  I chose the Picanha Steak and Tom chose the Enchilada.

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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.

You can find Las Iguanus at Resort World Birmingham but you can also find them in another 46 different locations restaurant Locations then go to ‘Book/Menu’ in the top right corner to see full list.

*Disclosure – We were given £50 credit towards our meal, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.