#BEDN Food

Yes, this is my second #BEDN today, which defeats the object of blogging every day. Yesterday’s topic was light but I struggled with it so I gave it a pass.

Topic #4 is food – who doesn’t love food right?


Due to being ill all week, I haven’t had much of an appetite which is completely unlike me, therefore the subject of food isn’t one of which I feel like blogging about so I’m going to give you a list of five of my favourite meals:

  1. Spaghetti Bolognese – I love spaghetti bolognese, my dad is an amazing cook and his spag bol is the bees knees. Pete makes a pretty mean one too.
  2. Pasta Alla Pete – One day Pete threw a few things together and came up with this awesome pasta dish, he just throws in, mushrooms, olives, onions and peppers into chopped tomatoes, with chilli flakes, herbs and garlic but it tastes so good! I named it that, he’s not as lame as me, sometimes I call it “pasta with the bits” equally as bad.
  3. Mince and Mash – My nan makes THE BEST mince and mash ever. Again, this is such a simple dish, and I don’t know what she does to make it so good, but nobody makes mince liker her. It’s not just me, my cousins love it too.
  4. Chicken Jalfrezi – This is my favourite curry, I love spicy food. I don’t get to have it that often because Pete doesn’t like his food to be too spicy and since he’s in charge of the cooking (I don’t cook), I can’t complain too much.
  5. Chilli Con Carne – This again comes from my love of spicy food 🙂

What is your favourite meal or meals?

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#BEDN Something You Made

Okay, this is technically Saturday’s post, I’m really behind with this already and we’re only four days in!

Topic #2 is Something You Made


My sister-in-law to be got married in September, and for her hen do we had a fascinator making session. This is something I’d never heard of before,  the idea was to make a fascinator we could wear at the wedding, so I requested pink and red fabric as I’d already had my eye on a dress. However, due to my complete lack of creativity and sewing skills I was quite dubious!

Please excuse the quality of these photos!

Please excuse the quality of these photos!

The session was actually quite fun, we had a practice run on a few pieces of fabric so we could get an idea how to work with it, then we went on to design our own. Luckily, my mum was there to save the day and do my sewing for me! I was quite happy with the way my fascinator turned out to be honest, I never thought i’d end up wearing it, but I really like it and it went so well with my dress. I wouldn’t have got such a good match if i’d bought one in the shop.

My gorgeous brother and talented mum


With dad and little brothers, Harry & Elliot

Fascinator in action

Fascinator in action!

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What do you think of my fascinator? Not bad for something I made myself (with a LOT of help from my mum).  Have you made anything exciting recently?


#BEDN ~Introductions

Okay, as I said before, I’ve been ill so you’ll have to forgive me for being so late with my first post! I promise I’ll be better with the rest of these posts.

Topic #1 is introductions. I’ve already done a 20 facts about me post which you can find here.




I think a lot rides on introductions, first impressions and all that. It’s always so hard to talk about yourself isn’t it? I’m going to keep this as brief as possible and give you 10 facts about me.



  1. I love rollercoasters! I’m a proper thrill seeker, the higher, the scarier, the more loops, the better. I used to be scared of them when I was younger, even the none upside down ones, until my nan and grandad took my brother and I to Florida for the second time. Since then, I’ve never looked back. I’m dying to go to a theme park but Pete’s not a fan. Booo!
  2. Barry Manilow is my guilty pleasure. My mum is obsessed with him loves him, she definitely brain washed me as a child because recently he’s all I listen to.
  3. My hair is naturally really curly but I straighten it all the time, I’d actually be lost without my GHDs. When I was younger, people would stop my family in the street to comment on my hair and even asked if it was a perm!
  4. Christmas is my favourite holiday! I love the lead up to Christmas, the way Christmas smells (and yes it has a smell – anything mulled wine and spicy scented), Christmas films. I love spending time with my family, every Christmas we go to the Trafford Centre (for all you Southerners, the Trafford Centre is an amazing indoor shopping centre which is absolutely massive). We shop, we get a present each and we go to the cinema to watch a Christmas film.
  5. I still watch cartoons. I love reliving my childhood by watching The Wild Thornberry’s, Hey Arnold and The Rugrats. Pete laughs at me all the time but I don’t even care.
  6. People always spell my name wrong, even when it’s written there right in front of them and it’s one of my pet hates. Yes, I’m Rachael not Rachel. It’s worse when I  correct people and they reply “it doesn’t matter does it?” of course it matters, it’s not my name! It’s probably petty to let it get to me.
  7. I love mugs, I even have favourite mugs to drink out of.  I don’t like drinking out of regular size mugs, and whenever Pete makes me tea, I tell him what mug I want, I think it’s because I really like tea, and a regular size mug isn’t big enough.  Is this a weird thing to have?
  8. Darren Shan is my favourite author, This is another thing Pete laughs at me about, because Darren Shan writes teenage fiction, but I’ve been reading his books since I was 14 so I’m not going to stop now.
  9. I’m a really clumsy person, I wish I was elegant but I’m far from it. I trip over my own feet, I drop things, I knock things over. Nothing is safe around me, as my nan would said I’m like a bull in a china shop.
  10. Winter is my favourite season, I love being able to wrap up as warm as I want, and being inside drinking tea when the weather is nasty outside. I love winter clothes, scarves, hats, coats and gloves. I guess this is due to me being ginger and not being a sun lover.

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Blog Every Day In November #BEDN



I’m in a bit of a blogging rut lately (I think I say this more often than I should), so when I saw Lojo over at Lojo Vs The World was starting to blog every day in November, I had to check it out.

Blog-Every-Day-in-November-with-RosaliliumI headed on over to Rosalilium to check out the rules and here we go. It’s a great way for me to blog more regularly, which I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time. The idea of being topics to blog about is great, because it means I won’t struggle to think of something to write about 🙂

I’m a little late to the party on this one given we’re already three days into November, but I’ve been extremely ill this week with a nasty viral infection which I’m still not fully recovered from. I think it’s quite brave of me to jump into something that will require quite a lot more time given I’m still  really ill!

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Sunday Snapshots #3

PicMonkey Collage3.jpgFree bottle of Patron from work | Surprise visit to London to see McFly’s 10th Anniversary Show | Jeffrey Campbells from TK Maxx | Getting onto the tartan trend for A/W | Dogsitting | Cuddles from Teddy | Off to see Funeral for a Friend | Font loves Gingers sign | £2 cocktails |Mum’s birthday cake made by my clever dad | Friday shenanigans in work | Given a free flower on my way to work, great start to a Monday |

I’m pretty slack at updating my blog. I also don’t take as many pictures through the week for my weekly updates as my Blackberry is the worst thing I own. I’m so excited to get rid of it. God help you all when I change my phone and can finally get Instagram!  My camera is also broke 😦 so I can’t take any decent photos to upload either. I’m not having much luck with technology.

What have you been up to lately?



“So, when’s the big day?”


I couldn’t find a source for this photograph, but if it’s yours, let me know and I’ll credit or take it down. X

“When’s the big day?” is a question I’m hearing more and more lately. Yes, Peter and I got engaged in March, no, we haven’t set a date or booked a venue. We are thinking October 2015, which gives us two years to plan. I have so many ideas that I’ve pinned on Pinterest (seriously, if you haven’t got onto Pinterest yet, you definitely should!) Now I just want to get stuck in and get planning properly, actual ideas, solid ideas. I think once we go to view venues and book somewhere things will start falling into place. We have a few venues in mind which is a good start I guess (I’m kidding myself aren’t I?)  I just now need to drag Pete along to see them in the stony flesh with me.


We’ve both been to so many weddings already this year, so we should be pros at the whole wedding scene by now. We have ideas of what we want and don’t want which is an advantage. We want it to be tailored to the both of us, rather than it all be the bride’s influence, it’s as much his day as it is mine. We’re not your regular run of the mill, traditional people, obviously we still want it to have some tradition! We’re not that out there, I don’t want an apocalypse themed wedding or anything.

I’m just excited to go look at venues and imagine what it would be like on our day!  I can’t wait to go dress shopping! That’s going to be the best part, what girl doesn’t want to be a princess for the day?

We recently went to a wedding fair which was down the road from us, but there wasn’t much there and I didn’t get much inspiration and we keep missing other ones due to work commitments which is so annoying, so I’m determined to make it to the next one.

Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m going to get married, it seems so surreal, even though I’m really excited. This post doesn’t really have much of a point, sorry for rambling but I just want to get stuck into thing now and wanted to share with you!

Do you want me to share any other wedding plans with you? When they finally come to place of course!


OOTD: What A Beautiful Wedding

PicMonkey CollageSo my sister-in-law to be (what a mouthful) got married earlier this month, and I thought I’d share with you what I wore. This is my first outfit of the day post so be kind to me! My lovely fiance, Pete, is a special guest 🙂 He scrubs up well in his suit.

Dress: Fearne Cotton from Very
Shoes: I think they’re Love Label but I’m not sure, they’re my mum’s
Bag: Primark
Fascinator: Handmade by me (and my mum – okay mostly by my mum)