#Blogmas


This has been whizzing around the bloggersphere and the Twittersphere and I had no idea what this was until I first saw it mentioned a few weeks ago. Since then I have been deliberating whether to give it a shot. I have decided to give it a go! I have a lot of commitments which means this is going to be extremely difficult but I'm certainly willing to give it a go.

I believe the goal is to publish a blog post once a day from December 1st until December 25th - Christmas Day!!!

I'm aware that a lot of bloggers will be doing this but I don't envisage every blogger who starts off the beginning of December saying "I'm doing blogmas!" to actually complete all 25 days! And yes that includes me!

Are you doing Blogmas? Let me know in the comments if there are any rules I didn't know about or even just a link to your blog so I can have a read!

Five Favourite Friday - Hypercars


You might have guessed that it's Tim's turn to choose the topic this week! I used to know anything and everything to know about supercars and hypercars - not anymore! I've been out of the loop for some time now. So I have had to do a little bit of research on what hypercars are about now and I have come up with 5 of the ones that I liked.


5. Bugatti Veyron. The Bugatti Veyron will set you back around $1,700,000. It's a nice looking car and with a top speed of 254mph, I imagine it would be extremely fun terrifying to drive!


4. Peugeot Onyx. This is only a concept car so it's not as high on my list as I would have liked. There's no price range and I don't think there's an estimated top speed either. It's been said that it's unlikely that the car will ever reach production which is a shame as I really really like this one!


3. Koenigsegg Agera One. This one recently sold for a whopping $4.2 million and it's top speed is an astounding 273mph. Wow.


2. McLaren P1. I have a soft spot for McLaren purely because of their F1 team (Lewis Hamilton started his F1 career with McLaren) so it seems only right that the P1 makes an appearance in this list. This car will set you back $1,350,000 and has a top speed of 218mph.


1. Aston Martin One-77. Of course my number one was going to be an Aston Martin. It's my dream car (specifically the V12 Vantage) and this particular Aston is stunning. It carries a price tag of £2 million and has a top speed of 220mph.

And there you have it. My top 5 hypercars. As ever, pop on over to Broken Thoughts to read Tim's post.

What would be on your list?


*all images taken from AutoCar.co.uk

Update + Anxiety Revelation


So I've been a tad quiet over the last couple of three weeks, so firstly I'd like to apologise about that. It's been really hectic. My little boy has had a cough for the last month and at the beginning of last week it started getting a lot worse and he was most definitely not himself. By Wednesday he was so poorly I decided to take him back to the doctors and get him checked over again. Turns out his throat and in his ear were really red and inflamed so the Dr prescribed antibiotics. He finished his last dose on Tuesday and he is back to his normally happy, chatty self - much to our delight!

I've also been continuing on with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). I've been doing well but the last few days week I have done a lot (and I mean a LOT) of thinking. I'm not overly sure it's helping all that much. I mean, it's certainly helped me understand a bit more about how our minds work and why I get panic attacks so frequently. But I'm finding it a lot of work. And I feel like I have to get it 'right', even though there is no right answer. And this is causing me to feel anxious and panicky. Basically it's like a vicious circle. And on top of that I end up feeling really ridiculous and stupid for feeling the way I do about certain situations.

I have been doing some thinking though. I think I have figured out the main 2 situations which trigger bouts of anxiety and panic attacks. One is work. I find myself panicking about whether I'm doing everything right, whether I'm liked, whether I'm cut out for the role. Luckily I have some amazing co-workers that I can ask for help and guidance. Another trigger is family. I've recently been feeling completely out of the loop, second best. I'm fully aware that I have a family of my own now - and I love that little family that I can mine. But I do miss being a part of my other family. The family that brought me into the world and raised me. And to be honest this is probably the big one. The one that makes me feel anxious and low most of the time. I have spoken to them about how I'm feeling but I feel like I get shut down, and told that it's ridiculous that I'm feeling this way (I know this, it doesn't help being told though). I love my parents and I love my sister, but I often feel left out, pushed away. Like they don't want me around. My mum keeps telling me that she's there if I need someone to talk to, but the last time I decided to open up, I was shut down and told that I was being ridiculous. Maybe I was, maybe I am. But the thing about anxiety and depression is that in the moment, when you're feeling what you're feeling, it's perfectly logical. And being told otherwise doesn't help. I don't want this post to come across as me being ungrateful because I'm not. I am actually extremely grateful for everything my mum and dad have done for me, especially since my son was born. But sometimes I think they forget that I still need them as much as my sister needs them and as much as Alex needs me.

I think, with Tim's help, I'll be able to get past all this. And for now, I need to be spending much more time with my little family, just the three of us. Doing things we love and seeing our friends more often. I've shut myself off from everyone else for so long, it's time I got back outside instead of locking myself away.

Let's end this post on a positive note shall we? Last week I entered a Twitter giveaway for 2 tickets to the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham this weekend - and I won (thanks Hayley)! So me, Tim and our little boy will be heading there on Sunday and I could not be more excited!

Who else is going?

Five Favourite Friday - Football Shirts


It's that time of week again folks! And it's my turn this week, and I've opted for Football Shirts as the topic. I thought I'd opt for something that we've not spoken about really. I think we've only done one of these on a sport based topic.

There aren't any restrictions, the football shirts can be from any league in the world (including National teams), and from any season! The only thing I would like to clarify is that when I say football, for any Americans that may read this, I mean Soccer. All clear? Fab! Let's get cracking then!

http://www.footballkitnews.com/13232/new-cultural-leonesa-tuxedo-jersey-201415-by-hummel/
5. Leonesa, 2014/15 season. This has been noted by many a website as the worst football kit in history. I can see why, but I actually quite like it! I kinda like the idea of looking super smart out on the football pitch! And it's certainly memorable!

http://www.footballkitnews.com/2419/nike-kaizer-chiefs-kit-11-12-home/
4. Kaizer Chiefs, 2011/12 season. No, I'm not making it up. There really is a team called Kaizer Chiefs (they're in South Africa) and yes, it is where the band got the inspiration for their name from. I love this kit! I love the combination of black and yellow. It really catches the eye, don't you think?

http://www.footballkitnews.com/3742/new-cameroon-shirt-2012-2013-puma-home-jersey/
3. Cameroon, 2012 It's just beautiful. All the detail, the lions face... I don't really need to say anymore!

http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/miscellaneous/2477/arsenals_new_wh.html
2. Arsenal, 2007/08 season. I'm not a fan of white kits but this one was a thing of beauty. I loved the detail put onto it. Gorgeous.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2118690/London-2012-Olympics-Team-GB-football-kit-unveiled.html
1. Team GB, 2012 Olympics. Being totally patriotic here but I really loved Team GB's kit for the London 2012 Olympics. I loved the off centre Union Flag, I loved that it was all blue, I loved everything about it. And that pattern was used for every sport in the Olympics and it was so nice to see on the different athletes.


Just one honourable mention  this week. And that is this one:
https://arsenalonetwofive.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/116-farewell-to-highbury-kit-adverts/
This shirt was used to mark Arsenal's last ever season at Highbury before moving to the Emirates Stadium. With Arsenal being my team of choice (I was brought up a gooner as my dad has supported them since he was little) this had to be included somewhere in this post.

So that's my top 5 football shirts! Head on over to Broken Thoughts to see Tim's favourite five!



*As always, click on the images to see the source.

Five Favourite Friday - Video Game Heroes


It's Tim's turn this week to select the topic and he's chosen Video Game Heroes. This is quite an interesting one as it's actually been a while since I last played a game that wasn't a sandbox game.

So here goes nothing - my top 5!

5. King Graham, Kings Quest (2015 video game). Puns. So many puns!

4. Phoenix Wright, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. A strange one I know but I love this game and I absolutely love Phoenix! Oddly enough though, he's not my overall favourite character from the game, just my favourite good guy.

3. Batman, Arkham Asylum/Arkham City/Arkham Knight. Because he's Batman.

2. Anya Stroud, Gears of War. Girl Power.

1. Professor Layton, the Professor Layton Series. This is the best game I have ever played and it really saddens me that there is a chance there may not be any more games in this series. There are some games planned that relates to Professor Layton (Lady Layton) but unless the good Professor makes more than just a quick appearance it really won't match up.

Just a couple of honourable mentions in Mario and  Sonic. Because obviously they can't be left out of any video games post!

If you want to read my partners top 5, head on over to Broken Thoughts and have a read.

What would be your top 5? 

Five Favourite Friday - YouTubers


So we are back this week with another top 5 and it's my turn to choose our topic - I've gone for YouTubers! We watch more YouTube videos than I care to admit so I thought it would be good to share our favourite YouTubers!

Here goes;

5. WhatsUpMoms. A great channel if you have children or are expecting. They have so many different hacks, recipes and make it yourself ideas. Admittedly this one would be higher but since they've started doing videos basically advertising products for various big brand names, I don't watch as much as I used to.

4. PythonGB. I love Python. He's absolutely hilarious. He comes under the gaming category, and if you enjoy watching let's play videos I definitely recommend checking out his channel. He is currently doing a series with another YouTuber on Terraria and it's got to be the funniest thing I've watched on YouTube.

3. Stampylonghead. Better known as Stampy cat. You've probably heard of him. If you haven't then my guess is you don't watch gaming videos, at least not Minecraft ones. Minecraft makes up the bulk of his videos but he does do a series on Terraria and, my personal favourite, King's Quest. We started our YouTube obsession with Stampy.

2. Fabulous Hannah. Because she ace! It's that simple! She's a lovely person, very modest and drop dead gorgeous! She mainly does beauty videos but there's a few added extras including baking, haul videos amongst many more! Seriously, go check her out!

1. React from Fine Brothers Entertainment. Such a good channel! They have different selections of people including kids, teens, adults, FBE staff and celebs reacting to various different things, such as music, food, games and many more! They also do music and film quizzes and it's my total guilty pleasure to take part in those whenever they're posted! So make sure you go check them out!

I do have a couple of honourable mentions:
And there it is! My top 5 favourite YouTubers along with a few others that I always make sure I watch.

Who are your favourite YouTubers? Let me know in the comments! Also, remember to head over to Broken Thoughts to check out Tim's top 5!