MY HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, New year and hopefully a break from work.

2017 was a pretty good year for me. I made some new friends,  rekindled old friendships, had some adventures and spent lots of time with my family. These are the highlights of my year but of course there were some not so great days too but for now I wanted to focus on the best bits and move forward.

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I had a great 22nd birthday in February, spent with family.

In March, Connor and I went away for a couple of days which was a gift from my dad and step-mum. It was so lovely to have time to relax and we visited a fairy trail in the woods. It was honestly magical!

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I went to Country 2 Country with my mum and sister at the end of March and it was so good. The artists we seen were Brad Paisley, Chris Young, CAM and Jennifer Nettles. I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E.

APRIL-JUNE

My uncle was getting married at the end of April and I celebrated with family at Cheryl’s hen night. It was a great night filled with lots of laughs.

My Uncle Graeme and Cheryl got married at the end of April and it was an amazing day. It was incredible to spend a full 3 weeks with my family from Australia and just be in the moment at all times. Spending time with family is honestly so precious and I think you appreciate it more when you’ve been apart from them for a while.

To finish off the month of April I saw Shawn Mendes live. It was an insane night…we were so close to the stage and he put on the most amazing show. I wish I could do it all over again!

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Also in April, a few friends and I went to the escape rooms and took part in the Bank Heist room. It was so much fun and completely different than anything I’ve ever done before. It was a great team building exercise. As the name suggests, you have to complete different puzzles to escape the room. It was difficult but so exciting. Honestly try it!

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At the start of May, I got my hair all chopped off into a long bob. This was something I had been edging towards for a while and finally took the plunge. Just in time for my holiday abroad…

We went to Tenerife for our holiday and it was the best week ever. The apartments we stayed at were awesome and we had the most relaxing time which was just what I needed! You can check out my holiday diary to find out more of what we got up to!

JULY-SEPTEMBER

Connor and I took part in the Crohn’s and Colitis UK 5k WalkIt at the start of July to help raise awareness and funds for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. It was a massive turnout and such a rewarding day. We also visited the cat cafe which was so relaxing (very much needed after walking a 5K!)

I took a week off of work in July and spent lots of time with family. We took a trip to Arran for the day and it was lovely. We went to a museum, spent time at the beach, eating good food and just exploring the island.


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At the end of July, a couple of the girls from my work were leaving so we had a great night celebrating and having so much fun.

Connor’s cousin got married at the end of July and it was a brilliant day spent with family.

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In August, I got my hair cut again. Even shorter this time!

We celebrated my stepdad’s 40th birthday in September…a great night!

OCTOBER-DECEMBER

I went to see Lady Antebellum in October with my mum and a couple of her friends. They were incredible and it was an amazing night. I had wanted to see them live again after seeing them the previous year at country 2 country. Supporting hem were Kelsea Ballerini (one of my favourites) and Brett Young.IMG_0100I got to spend a lovely day with my two besties after not seeing them for a few months and it was SO good!

For Halloween, we dressed up as Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter. It was also my wee brother’s birthday and we had a party for him. I created Connor’s hat and his costume was DIY. I added a few DIY bits to my Alice costume too. It was great fun!

A big thing that happened in October was that we started visited wedding venues. We visited one that we had already seen and had fallen in love with. However after seeing it again, we realised it was way out of our budget. We then visited another one and it felt so right and was such a great deal. It was hard to make a decision though as we still loved the first venue!

In November, we went to Illuminight-a local park had created a light and fire show. It was such a cool experience and so stunning! They also had some fair rides, nutella stands, water shows and smores. AMAZING!

We went back to the second venue we had visited and booked a date! The venue is incredible. They have a complete wedding package which covers all you need. I am so excited that we finally have a date! We are getting married on the 11th July 2020!

I went out for a Christmas night out with the work girls to the escape rooms and this time took part in the Dark Room which was insane and so hilarious! We also had a night out at the end of the term which was a great laugh.

We went to the Beauty and The Beast Panto at the start of December. You can’t beat a christmas panto!

CHRISTMAS!! Christmas this year was fab, although I was a bit ill. It was a great day filled with fun, family and great food.

New Year’s Eve was spent with a few friends, having a quiet chilled night with some games.

Of course, my little furry friend has been there through it all. My baby Tiqer. So grateful for this wee cat, he makes everything great!

Health-wise, I have been doing not bad this year and have had no major flare-ups which is great. Fingers-crossed it stays that way for a while! I’m very grateful to everyone in my life for making 2017 a great year.

I am looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings (mostly saving for the wedding I imagine haha!) and I hope you all have the most wonderful year!

As always, thanks for reading and supporting my wee corner of the internet. What was your main highlight of 2017?

Love and light,

Rebecca xo

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Walking for IBD

We did it!

The Crohn’s and Colitis UK #WalkIt went so well and it was such an incredible day. The sun was shining and the spirits were high. When we first got to Edinburgh, we noticed the bright purple tent through the trees and when we arrived to the area, it was like a sea of purple! It was so amazing to see how many people were there to support and raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. There were lots of different stalls providing food, information and support. There was also an inflatable bowel which was awesome and had information throughout all about Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

To start off the walk, there were amazing dancers and live music for entertainment. It was a fantastic atmosphere that got everyone excited. During the walk, it was so lovely to have people coming up and asking what we were walking for and what IBD was. It felt so good raising awareness and being able to spread the word around the city of what IBD is and why awareness is needed. We took the wrong route and ended up doing almost 6K instead of 5K (oops!)

At the end of the walk, I felt really emotional that I had done it. I’m so glad that I felt well enough and had enough energy to go through with it. It was a bit overwhelming (in a good way) that so much effort was put into the day to raise awareness of these diseases that are so often misunderstood or unknown. We met some lovely people and it was nice to hear others stories of why they were there and their experience with IBD. I was so grateful for Connor being there with me. He is my biggest supporter and I am so thankful to have this wonderful partner who cares so much (sorry for the cheese!)

 

After the walk, we went for a Nando’s date which was so delicious! And then explored the shops around Edinburgh. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the cat cafe, Maison de Moggy. It was the best way to chill after the excitement of the morning.

 

 

Overall, the day was so incredible and I am so glad that we took part in the 5K. I am so grateful to everyone who donated and sponsored us as we have raised £240 for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Thank you so much! I am hoping to fundraise more for CCUK in the future and I will keep you all updated.

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo

Fundraising for CrohnsColitis UK- 5K #WalkIt

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Myself and my fiance, Connor are going to be taking part in the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Walk It (5K) in Edinburgh in July. As most of you know, I myself have Inflammatory Bowel Disease and so I am taking part to raise awareness for this illness and raise funds to help support the charity. Funds raised will go to Crohns and Colitis UK and this can help with providing support for those with IBD and also help the investigation into looking for a cure. This is a charity very close to my heart and I can’t wait to help raise awareness! If you could, please donate to my Just Giving page (I would be so grateful!)

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Here is the information on #WalkIt if you are interested: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/get-involved/walk-it

The money raised goes to Crohns and Colitis Uk and “This could help pay for 2,000 people to get the information they need about Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”

Thank you for reading and if you do donate or even share this post, I love you and am so very grateful for the support ❤

Love and Light,

Rebecca xxx

 

Holiday Diary: Tenerife

I am suffering from MAJOR holiday blues right now! It’s been almost 2 weeks since I was jetting off to Tenerife with my fiance for a week of relaxation and sunshine.  We stayed in the Paloma Beach Apartments in Los Christianos. We had the best time and it was lovely to be able to spend so much quality time together.

Day 1; Tuesday 16th May

The flight was slightly delayed getting into Tenerife due to winds but we made it and arrived around 9pm. It was still warm at this time and we were so excited to get to our hotel and get some food! Upon arriving at the apartments, we spotted a wee black cat (a great sign for feeling at home!) and were given an envelope including instructions on how to get to our apartment. Once we had checked in, we went a walk down the street to where some restaurants and bars were located. We went into the Indian restaurant and had some korma. It was good and by the time we had finished eating, I was falling asleep at the table!

Day 2; Wednesday 17th May

The next morning, we had a bit of a lie in before going down to the pool bar for breakfast. We then headed along the sea front and found some lovely beaches. We had our first freshly squeezed orange juice *heart eyed emoji* and found a little street cat which we called Pailey (he was adorable!)

Day 3; Thursday 18th May

We had such a relaxing day by the pool. It was so peaceful and we had great fun playing around in the pool (after Connor pushed me in haha).

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Day 4; Friday 19th May

We went a walk along to the beach and went into a little cafe for a nutella crepe and orange juice. It was fab! We enjoyed chilling on the beach for a while before going exploring. For dinner, we ordered the most delicious pizza (PizzaYPasta-Los Christianos)

Day 5; Saturday 20th May

This was the best day ever! We went to Siam Park (the most amazing water park!) and travelled there on an open-top bus. This was incredible to see the sights of Tenerife. Siam Park is stunning, it felt so magical and like we were in a jungle. The aesthetics of the place are amazing! We loved going on all the different rides and some of them were so crazy! Because it wasn’t mega busy, we got to go on our favourite rides a few times each. We went on all the rides, except I was too scared to go on the Tower of Power. Can you blame me, with a name like that?! Connor went on it though and I watched him from the bottom. My heart was in my mouth when I saw him at the top! It was a very high kamikaze slide and it looked insane! I was happy sticking to the less scary (but still crazy) rides. We bought some hats to take home as a memento of the day and on the way back to the apartments, we had a bit of a mishap on the bus…Connor’s hat flew off his head and whacked the guy a few rows behind us in the face! Luckily he was okay and found it funny! It was hilarious and made my day! We were so exhausted when we got back and our feet were agony after walking barefoot all day but it was so worth it! I would highly recommend that if you go to Tenerife, to definitely go to Siam Park. I would go back just to go there for a day.

Day 6; Sunday 21st May

We decided to have a chill day as we were so exhausted from Siam Park, so we lounged in the apartment and then went to the beach for a bit. We also found another place (The Corner- Los Christianos) that did crepe’s and this was the most amazing crepe I have ever had! On the way back to the apartment, we went to a bar for a drink and to watch some football. It was a lovely chilled out day.

Day 7; Monday 22nd May

We enjoyed a full proper day at the beach, playing around in the sea and snuggling up with our books. The sand was so hot but so lovely! I felt so peaceful and happy being next to the sea. I love the smell of the sea air and I love people-watching. We also stopped at the pebble beach on the way back and seen some incredible waves coming in as a ship was leaving the harbour.

Day 8; Tuesday 23rd May

For our last day, we spent most of the day at the pool and took a walk along to see Pailey the cat one last time. He was so sweet and was snuggling into us. We found out that he was looked after by the shop owners and got given food from them. This made me really happy that although he was a street cat, he was well looked after. We then went back and had a nap by the pool (as we had to check out of our room early that morning) and then left to go to the airport at 6pm. We arrived back in Scotland about 3am the next morning and we were so happy to see our own little baby cat!

 

We had the most incredible time away, and for it being my first time in Tenerife I had an amazing experience of the island. I would definitely go back!

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any holidays planned this year or if any of you have been to Tenerife before- I’d love to hear your experiences!

Love and Light,

Rebecca xo