July Round-Up

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So July was almost as busy as June was and now it’s time to share the fun with you guys.

Blogging wise the posts were few and far between, but they were worthy – two blogging opportunities presented themselves to me this month. This first was an invitation to the Grand Opening of Cineworld’s 100th cinema at Rushden Lakes. Where I had the opportunity to watch Spider-Man Far From Home in 4DX. My review of the film and the whole experience can be found over HERE – if you get a chance to venture up to Rushden Lakes I’d highly recommend it.

The next blogging opportunity I got was an invite to the Fox and Hounds in Harlestone to sample the new menu and see the newly redecorated pub. This turned into one of the best date nights the GF and I have had in a long time. Honestly, the Fox and Hounds is an amazing place, but don’t take my word on it – check out my post instead. Fox & Hounds Review.

The cinema trips also saw me hit up the latest Disney live version of The Lion King, which was a bit of fun but overall a film that did not need to be made and I was confused about the hype surrounding Beyonce in this movie. But I am not one to judge.

The GF and I also went to London’s Hyde Park for Barclaycard British Summer Time to watch Celine Dion which the other half absolutely loved. I bought her tickets as a Valentines Day/treat for the rough patch she had regarding surgery on her knee. So we drove down to Stanmore station and hopped onto the tube, had a couple of drinks and just sat in the sun all evening enjoying the music and the atmosphere. I had never been a Dion fan, but she was really good live and I had fun.


Then comes the biggy, the weekend of love and merriment – Tom’s Wedding.
My best friend was marrying his beautiful girlfriend, so on Friday, we went up to Nottingham to help with the final odd jobs for the wedding. Then Saturday as the rain began to set in we got suited and booted and headed off to the church. It was a beautiful day, filled with surprises, fun, dancing and Elton John. I am so honoured to have been apart of this and to witness this amazing day.

Tom was dressed in his full RAF dress suit accompanied with a Sword and four of his RAF mates who set the scene for a sword arch as the happy couple left the church. I was asked by the couple to do a reading during the service which was an honour – when asked afterwards: Did you write that? I was honest and said no, but the poem was so fitting to them both that people found it amazing that I found something so relatable. We then went for afternoon tea, had the speeches (which were all thoughtful and loving), then the drink started to flow. The cake was cut and then suddenly Elton John appeared to play their first dance – Can you feel the love tonight.

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Elton carried on and played a couple of sets and we boogied into the night like Tiny Dancers, remembering all too well that Saturday nights alright for fighting. (Elton Pun, there was no fighting). The night ended a couple of gins and a sore throat later and before I knew it I was bundling into a taxi with my GF, the groom’s sister and her husband. Once back at the hotel I grabbed a shower and then passed out. The blackout curtains of a Hilton really can mess with my body clock.

The following morning we got up and went for a pre-breakfast hot tub in the Spa with the Grooms parents. Which worked a treat for sobering me up. Then off to breakfast – I will always say this, Hilton smashes breakfast like honestly, they do the best! The whole wedding party had breakfast together with the Bride and Groom, chatting about antics from the night before, necking coffee and juice to sober up and just enjoying the moment.

We then packed up and decided to head up north to Sheffield to go and see the GF’s grandparents. The logic was we were halfway there. I was halfway to falling asleep but still, it was nice to go, she doesn’t get to see them much so I know she really appreciated it. Then we finally headed home and went to bed. I was so tired, but at least I had Monday off as well.


Overall this month has been busy but so worth it, I’ve loved it all so much. Though there was a sad moment in the middle when it comes to Buddy. I won’t go into it again but you can see what happened here ———> Buddy  I also kinda hope next month will be a bit easier going – especially on my old wallet. I also intend to be more active on the blog front. So watch this space.

 

 

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June Round-Up

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June has been one wild month, so much has happened and so much more is to come.


FamilySo we start the month with my sisters birthday, but due to my busy schedule and the fact the Champions League Final was on this weekend (she’s a Liverpool fan), we ended up meeting for a meal on Friday night which was last month but shhhh. It was a really nice evening to see my Sister and Dad, as I don’t see them that often and had a chance to celebrate my sis’ birthday. Getting old now!

 


img_20190603_074300_240Another reason we did her birthday meal early is that on her actual birthday I was at a wedding. Number one of four for the year. You can tell you are growing up when you start getting wedding invites. This one was for my friend Steve whom I work with. (The stag do I mentioned a few months back) So on a lovely sunny morning, we all got ready to head over to a picturesque lake in Northamptonshire to share the lovely moment of a wedding with him.


img_20190605_102149_442Then the 7-year-old me had his wildest dreams come true as the GF and I went to watch the Spice Girls. The GF got tickets from her family at Christmas after months of hints as soon as the tour was announced. So we got there, had a cheeky burger and settled in to watch the girls slam it to the left and have a good time. They were really good and still after all these years managed to hold a crowd and put on a great show.

There were a few rude moments from rude people, but sadly they are everywhere. It’s never ideal when they invade personal space and trample you – especially when we were seated it’s just not on. Shame. But overall it was a really fun night and the GF had an amazing time.


img_20190610_103929_645The month goes on, the following weekend in the lovely sunny weather we all went to “Barclaycards Fun Day” – a massive fun day event that Barclaycard put on every year for their employees and families. £5 a ticket, which included a lunch of a burger, chips and a drink. There was also a sea of inflatable castles, walls and assault courses, Go Karting, Bumper Cars, Shooting, Candy Floss Stalls and Face painting. It’s so much fun and I’ve been 3 years on the bounce now. There is also a tradition of taking a photo of me and Sister 5 (my lil bestie) and this year I threw them all together where you can see how much she has grown. #MEGACUTE.

Overall the day was so much fun, a nice moment of relaxation and fun in the midst of busy adult life.


img_20190616_150914_271Did someone say WEDDING! Time for another one – this time it’s the GF’s Uncle who married an Indian lady, which meant Indian Wedding. It was a long day, having to be in Chipping Norton for 8.30am (which is over an hour away from us), we got there in the nick of time and sat down to the English Ceremony, then had a few hours to kill before the Indian Ceremony started. Everyone looked amazing, the babies where rocking cute dresses, I wore a tie, everyone was on point.

The Indian part of the wedding was such an experience as well. To be involved in something so culturally amazing. It went on for a while and the babies started to get a little tetchy at the end but they did so well overall for the whole day. We then partied into the night and didn’t get home till midnight. But it was a great day.

That is 2 of our 4 Weddings for the year done!


1561494549327Now time to mention the fun times of a ceremonial right of passage for any wedding – THE STAG DO. And what a Do it was. My best boy Tom is getting married at the end of July and after much planning the stag do was afoot. Hosted in Nottingham, 30 of the best and brightest teamed up to show him a great time. We went Go Karting, to begin with, and then after a couple of beers on the train, we hit Nottingham Town. We had a sophisticated meal at a local establishment named Hooters, where the beers flowed and the chicken was served. Then we head for the nearest bar and begin.

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Such a good night but being a big group we got a lot of grief from Bouncers who, even in broken up smaller groups would still not let us into a few places, while moving us aside to allow streams of girls in skimpy clothing in. I don’t want to call Sexism here but . . . well, it wasn’t fair.

Anyway, it got to 1am and I was starting to flag, been up since 6am, was a tad drunk and not a fan of club music so me and a friend snuck away to get pizza and ended up sitting on a bench in the centre eating pizza and putting the world to rights. To then sneak back in time for kicking out and home time. What champions we were!


 

That is the lot for this month I think, some side mentions that can’t go amiss: We got NFL Tickets for the Raiders-Bears game in October at the new Spurs ground which is going to be AWESOME. I announced that next month I have a chance to catch the new Spider-Man film early and I’m also booked in for another blogging opportunity next month which I will reveal soon. Now after all that I might go for a sit-down and a cuppa tea.

May Round-Up

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Month Five is done, dusted and over. Is it too early to mention Christmas? I thought about it the other day – in another five months we will be ready to start embracing the festivities. If it goes as quick as the first five months did we will be sipping hot chocolate and eating Christmas snacks in no time at all.

Ross calm down. Back to the point in hand.

The May Round-Up.


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Between the 13th & 19th May was Mental Health Awareness week, which I posted five posts – one a night during the working week to help do my bit for awareness. The links can be found here:

Mental Health Awareness Week
Who is Mental Health?
What is Mental Health?
Mental Health Movement
Hmmm Wait a Moment

I had so such an amazing reaction to all of this, so many supportive comments, shares and a whole lot of love. Which is instantly rewarding, I never really thought I’d get into Mental Health Blogging but this week has really shifted my mindset on the topic and (as mentioned in Mental Health Movement) now I am looking at setting up a support function. Can’t wait!

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What else is new?

Buddy is settling in, still having a moment every now and then but he is becoming a great member of the family. Though the GF did have a moment the other day where she was worried he was peeing on the floor. Every so often she’d notice a wet patch on the floor by her side of the sofa (yes like every great couple, we have sides of sofa), I dismissed this, saying he’s a good boy and at worst case the wet patch is probably where he has a big drink and then sits down with dribbly chops. We thought nothing more of it.

Queue the beloved drama and fruitful woe of the Bathroom situation as it creeps back into our lives – so that wet patch that had Dog Based Blame was discovered again the other day, the GF stood of the rug in the living room to discover again it was wet. As Buddy’s name was about to leave her mouth she noticed it. The water droplet from the ceiling onto her nose. . . . The Bathroom is leaking.

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I was so angry, so annoyed, after all the drama and hiccups beforehand – after all that money spent on repairing it. It’s still not fixed. I took the side of the bath off to find the whole underneath soaked. So as we speak there “Should” be a plumber at our house fixing the shoddy job he first did. What angers me the most it people that don’t do their jobs. If you can’t successfully plumb and refit a bathroom, don’t be a plumber, don’t claim you can do it. There are many things I can do in theory, after research and help, but I don’t do them because I’ve never done them. There is a reason I didn’t refit and plumb the bathroom.

It’s just frustrating as it currently stands it’s still not fixed and they have “Been out 3 times” now, but always try and turn it back into our problem and not theirs. So I’ve had enough of the cowboys. I’m calling in the professionals.


Also had the final suit fitting for my friend’s wedding, that date creeps closer and the excitement is brewing. It’s going to be such a fun day.

FilmWise I caught John Wick 3: Parabellum at the cinema. It was fun but in my opinion the weakest of the three. I felt they tried to put too much story into this one. The first two worked on a basic simplicity but this one felt like they tried to add too much. I am psyched they announced a 4th in the works and a spin-off for The Continental. Which I love because Ian McShane and that whole idea of this Hotel for Assassins really interests me.
Caught Aladdin the other night too – wasn’t fussed beforehand but it was ok you know. Nothing special, very child-friendly and massive sensory overload. But if that’s your thing it’s worth a watch – personally, I am not a fan of these Disney live-action remakes. Also in a rare moment, the GF and I sat down on Sunday night and watched Now You See Me. This is rare because getting her to watch a film can be tough but it was a really nice night. I’d seen it before and really rate it as a twist you don’t see coming and watching her try to guess was so much fun – she really did not see it coming.

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I started this post thinking, I didn’t think this month’s post would be that fleshy, but turns out I have a lot to say. My stats are looking good too – always on the climb and constantly beating last years months. Which isn’t tough I guess but every cloud.
Next months post will be even wilder – life is about to get MEGA busy. I’m talking one stag do, two weddings, three birthdays and a concert. Bet you can’t wait to hear who I am seeing. But that is all for next month.

 

April Round-Up

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I’m a touch late with this post. Usually, I’m fully ahead of the game and ready to drop these round-ups at the end of the month. But last month really ran away with me and now I am frantically tapping out a post to share my life with you.


Lots happened in April.

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We had a much deserved Bank Holiday weekend and my god the weather was amazing. Four days out in the sun, loving life and enjoying the moment – forgetting work and the troubles of the world, just sipping on shandies and painting the fence. We spent two days doing the garden, putting lights up, planting seeds, moving bushes and painting EVERYTHING, only stopping to top up the ice cold shandy and have another Hot Cross Bun. Then on Easter Sunday, we went to Cromer in Norfolk to see the GF’s family who were there for the long weekend in the caravan. This was really nice, an excuse to crack the shorts and sunglasses. It was an amazing weekend that I just didn’t want to end. Life felt so good.


Edmond de BergeracBlog-wise I’ve been up to lots of fun things, I got a chance to go to the Royal and Derngate Theatre to review another play – this time it was Edmond de Bergerac, which can be found HERE. It was a real surprise and such a good show – I absolutely love going to the theatre to review these plays, I feel so cultured with my glass of wine and a pot of olives for the GF.

This month also saw my first paid opportunity blog post as I was asked to promote Panasonic’s new line of shavers and razors – that post can be found HERE. This was a big stepping stone for me and I was so overwhelmed and happy when that came in and I can’t wait to build on this.

I also smashed all my goals for interactions and likes across social media. Hitting targets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


There was also A LOT of wedding themed antics this month (not for me), I am a groomsman for my best friend in July so we had a suit fitting up in Nottingham followed by a few beers.

Then for another friend who is getting married in June, we threw a second Stag Do for him because a bunch of us from work couldn’t make it to his real one. This was a fun day of activities, drinking and laughing. We went to a place called Top Jump in Milton Keynes – a huge inflatable assault course that broke all of us in some way. Then a World Buffet Lunch, Mini Golf, Beers and Casino. Everyone was a bit busted up the next day for one reason or another but overall it was an awesome weekend.


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Film-wise this month was obviously a big one for one reason which we will get to in a moment. Firstly let me mention Pet Sematary. The remake we didn’t ask for and didn’t need. I was not a fan at all and felt it was such a letdown. Then there was Hellboy which I reviewed HERE. This was a bit of fun, nothing serious, nothing special – just pure escapism which is needed at times.

Then there was the big boy – Avengers Endgame. We went to the Cineworld Double Bill – where we watched Infinity War and Endgame back to back which had a buzz and an electric atmosphere all night long. Now if you are in the slim minority that hasn’t seen it yet I urge you to go. My non-spoiler review should egg you on. It’s a masterpiece of huge epic proportion, 11 years in the making and it paid off so so well. I can’t wait to go watch it again.

 

 


The final big piece of news that you must have seen floating about.

I. GOT. A. DOG.

This is huge, I have wanted a dog for the longest time and I am so happy I’ve finally got one. He is still settling in and getting used to his new life but hopefully, he’ll feel right at home soon. I love the support and love you’ve all shown for him. He’s a cheeky little podge of a dog that means well, it’s clear he had neglect and lack of authority in his old house but he’s such a quick learner and I am sure in time he will truly be man’s best friend. Please welcome Buddy!

 

March Round-Up

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Well that is March over and done with – a quarter of 2019 has gone and what have we done? It’s scary how within a couple of blinks we are in April. Like at the time the week drags, the weather is shite and the moods are low. But before we know it we are buying Easter Eggs and getting ready for some Bank Holidays.

BathroomSo what have I been up to? Well firstly that bathroom I mentioned in the last roundup is done – plastered, painted, looking fresh. I did spend a whole weekend painting the walls and ceilings and that was pretty tough because the night before I had done Arms at the gym and by the end of the painting they were on fire.

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Which rolls into my mention of Soph (who can be found over one Twitter and Instagram. She was looking for volunteers for her Fitness Challenge so I jumped at the chance to have a real work out routine and to help her out as she becomes the next PT Super Star. So I am a week in and this is my progress photos – not sure if you see a difference, but I can feel one, I’m really enjoying it and wish Soph all the best in all she does. My GF seems to notice a difference in my shoulders and arms and I bought a new jacket the other day and had to go down a size because my size was to baggy – so maybe it’s all coming up Milhouse.

 

 

 


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I was also invited back to the Theatre to review another play in a few weeks, which I am very grateful for the opportunity. I’ve also been complimented a lot this month from various people in and out of the blogging world for my support, writing style and general happy go-lucky outlook. Which is nice right. Though I felt mid March was a bit of a downer in regards to my life and my plan for the next steps. But hopefully a few irons that I have in the fires will spark up an opportunity soon enough. Stay tuned for that update.

March’s movie viewing consisted of Captain Marvel, US and Shazam. My review for Captain Marvel can be found here. Spoilers – I loved it. (Don’t worry the review is Spoiler free) US was as creepy and well made as you’d think it would be. In my eyes wasn’t as good or impacting as Get Out was but still worth a watch. But as for Shazam – the little I say the better in my opinion. It was a Shazambles!

Blog stats are on the up as well. I am now 3 for 3 on beating last years stats which is a given I guess as I grow and gain a bigger audience. But it’s still good to see it’s all going in the right direction. Now it’s time to tackle April – I have a busy month coming up so I bet the next round up will be stacked.

As always take care and all my love! Mwah!

February Round-Up

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That’s it, Feb is over – two months down, ten to go! It’s a bit crazy to think in the working world I only have 12 pay days a year. Like in the scheme of things that doesn’t sound like a lot. Maybe if I can make it full-time as an influencer and all round social good guy I can up my paydays to a few more. Here’s hoping.

Washing the CarAnyway what have I been up to? There has been a lot of adulting this month, like if I had a score card I would have a bucket load of points. I washed the cars with a bunch of fancy car cleaning products, I put up an outside light, tidied and organised the garage, bought a lawnmower and gardening tools in an attempt to start making the garden look nice for the summer, along with some the addition of some black rattan furniture and a smiling Buddha – it’s coming along nicely.

We had the new bathroom arrive which is being redone in the next week or so – which will be a major tick in the house saga. So we’ve just been getting all that in order. Picking tiles, mirrors and rubber ducks. Once this is done we will be in such a better place – the entire top floor will be complete and then it leaves one room. Which to say we moved in to the house in October – that’s not bad going at all really.


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This month also saw me get the opportunity to go to the theatre to review a play. Caroline’s Kitchen Review can be found here and I was lucky enough to be asked by the Royal and Derngate of Northampton to come along and review. I had my blog name on an Envelope, complimentary drinks in the bar and everything. It was swanky and so much fun.

We also saw the NFL end at the start of the month with the Super Bowl, which as a game was a very defensive low scoring game which saw the Patriots claim another Super Bowl ring.

Feb Films consisted of; The Lego Movie 2, Fighting with my Family and On the Basis of Sex. Which I feel both the Lego Movie and Fighting with my Family can be summed up in the same statement. “Good, can say I have seen them, but nothing special – few key parts make them worth watching”. While On the Basis of Sex was just as you expect. A motivational uplifting true story about Ruth Bader-Ginsburg fighting for equal rights. It was brilliantly acted by Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer – who I have always said is such an underrated actor. He deserves to be bigger than he actually is in the world of film.

Feb Films also consisted of The Oscars – what a turn up for the books. I guessed 5 out of 8 in my Predictions which isn’t bad going. There was some amazing films up this year and deep down they are all winners. The Gaga / Cooper Shallow performance did it for me – so emotional, such an amazing song and brilliant movie – if you have not seen A Star is Born I highly recommend you go do so. Make it a challenge for March.


Monthly blogging goals are doing really well too. Smashed Feb’s goal and just overtook last years best month. So 2019 as it stands has generated 33% of 2018’s views which is overwhelming and simply amazing. I can not thank you enough. I must be doing something right as you keep coming back for more.

 

Hope you had a great month guys. Let’s see what next month brings.

 


 

January Round-Up

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So the new year rolled in, the Christmas decorations went down and the bank balance looked scarily low. January is notorious for being a LONG month, it’s dark, you are constantly tired and a break or holiday usually seems like a long way off.

I’ve decided to do a roundup post of what I have been up to in the month, let’s see how it goes. Came back to work after a week off which is always to short a break, getting back into the swing of things was tough but after a few days it was like we’d never been away – which I am unsure if that is a good thing or not.

 


This month I’ve noticed the light creeping back in. The nights are getting lighter, spring is on its way. But the snow is coming too. Constantly on Snow Watch waiting for that miracle 3ft downpour that leaves us stranded at home.

In the motivational push of January in an attempt to avoid the January Blues I joined a gym again. With the intention to get fitter, build some muscle back and just become a better person. Which I have loved – getting back into that routine, working out and pushing myself.

This can go hand in hand with my latest TV / Celebrity Influencer obsession. Which is Ant Middleton and S.A.S Who Dares Wins. I’ve always wanted to watch the show but never got round to it until this new season started. Something within the show, the speeches, tasks and activities clicked inside me. I am not sure what it is; maybe the positivity, the way of thinking, the ideology behind it. Whatever it is Ant Middleton and his team are inspirational stuff. On the hype I purchased his book “First Man In” which was just like the show – Eye Opening. I am not a strong reader, but this book I couldn’t put down and finished within a week. Which in my eyes is an achievement. So maybe deep down something inside me has changed and I am looking to get the most from this change. Be that on here, in the gym or in my life.

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Caught a few films this month too. The best in my eyes was Spiderman – Into the Spiderverse. If you haven’t seen it I urge you to go and check it out. Everything about it was superb, fun and just an all round amazing watch – also Oscar Nominated. So fingers crossed. Though I did also watch Mary Poppins Returns which on the other hand was a bit . . . meh in my eyes. Sorry. Emily Blunt was as always amazing but the film was a bit deflated.

Also another highlight of the month is my Smile. Ever since I was a child I have had a mark on my front tooth, a little black spot. Dentists have always put it down as a knick, a mark, a hole that can’t be fixed. Just one of those things. Until I changed dentists and the first thing she said to me as I lay in the chair was – “we’ll fill that one!”. I was over the moon but also angry at the same time – this could have been fixed long ago but I was told one thing after another. But now I am smiley with a white set of gnashers.

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So overall not a bad month really. Stats are up, interactions are up. You guys seem to be loving what you read and see of me – which is always a plus. I challenged myself to beat last years stats; Jan 18 vs Jan 19 – and mid month I beat it, then I started pushing for beating my best month in 18. Smashed it. Then out of the blue I hit 1000 views in a month. Which was amazing, over the moon. Can’t believe it. I have YOU to thank for that and it’s been amazing, here is to next month. You ready?

As far as months go, it’s been a good start to the year for the blog and myself. Let’s keep it up.

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