Naomi & Shopping

Christmas may have been a few weeks ago but I have bought some amazing things from local company’s during the festive period! And if you can please contiue to support local especially during these times!

Nuwe Roam
https://www.nuweroam.com/

The first thing I bought were these lovely soap dishes from Nuwe Roam! I needed some soap dishes as I use oilive oil soap on my skin which makes my soap bar EXTRA slippy and kept falling into the bath while I had a shower.

I really need to get better with my camera angles but here’s a photo of what they look like

‘WAVE TILE’ SOAP DISH £9.00

The business is ran by two people I know quite well ester and Tanya there stock is inspired by travel! They have fantastic prints that they have designed themselves which have matching candels so you can imagine relive past travels!

They Vintage section where you able to buy their off vintage finds! The website is easy and accessible on both laptop and mobile. My order came quickly and  was beautifully packaged

Kitsch Noir
https://kitschnoir.com/

I am some who really needs a diary. I like writing stuff down because it helps me remember things. I am an old soul at heart as although I have  a diary on a phone, you can’t beat one on pen and paper.

This probably why I still love buying books and love going to the library!

I enjoy looking back at past plans, events and I think it is nice to see what you have achieved and done.

Which is why I have deicide I need to start journaling. I write also sorts of random stuff on bits of paper for myself and saw this beautiful A5 diary to get me ready for 2021 from KitsCH Noir….I was sold!

It also comes with stickers!

I really like the fact they diary had females in it that looked like me and it is beautifully illustrated and in a format which is perfect for me.

2021 AFFIRMATIONS DIARY £20.00

As you can see in January, I have written my daily yoga with Adriane and Benji for their new Breath Series!

After this page the week can be viewed on 2 pages from Monday to Sunday AND it has a note section under Sunday so you can right reminders/ anything you missed off!

Yoga with Adriene is actually going very well! I am going to try and keep going as I really enjoy doing this in the morning before having my breakfast AND helps me have a nice night sleep.

BusyHappyHands
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BusyHappyHands

BusyHappyHands has beautiful homemade crafts such as the Manchester Bee plant pots, earrings, scarfs and decorations!

All items are really reasonably priced and ran by my friend Hannah!

Their Esty shop is definably worth a look! I have just ordered some gorgeous hand made earrings from tjem this week!

I will share an image of the ones I bought once they arrive!

January 2021

A view from my morning run in a park

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all well had a fabulous time celebrating whether if you were celebrating with your bubble, home alone, working or even if you fell asleep!

We have made it to 2021!

I really hope the first few weeks of the year been treating you well!

FIRSTLY I want to thank you all SO SO SO much for reading my blogs this year! An amazing 450 people have been regularly reading my blogs which is amazing! That fact you are from all over the world has definitely given me the kick up the bum to write more.

If you are in the U.K…. Lockdown 2.0 is on going until further notice!

Personally, I have ZERO of baking a Banana bread and cheeky trip to the supermarket is my highlight of my week!

To be honest my first week of January has actually been a bit manic! I been a busy bee I STILL haven’t finished Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway!
I will finish it I promise (I am aiming to write a review on this by Sunday) as I am well over half way through!

I have noticed that I have been baking and cooking a lot more than usual! Once a week I make a what I like to call ‘FAKE AWAY’ at home.

This is basically me making a DIY take away, and usually taste lovely too (if do say so myself). Tonight I made prawns in black bean sauce and salt and pepper chips all from scratch!

It went down a treat and I gobbled it all up! I have also made vegan curry with onion bhajis, fish and chips, sweet and sour chicken, chicken rogan josh….

I am thinking of sharing one of my “Fake Away” recipes once a  month? I will make sure I take pictures and also let you know what you can use as a vegan replacement for the ingredients I use. 

I am aware that some people are vegan and have diatery requirements. When I post these recipes I will try my best to accommodate 🙂 In UK we have Veganuary during January! I think it is a great idea but I usually have at least one meal a day where I eat vegan/vegetarian meal!

I have lot more ideas for the new year on what to write about but I will keep doing my book reviews as you guys seem to love reading them!

Anyway as mentioned before, a book review will be with you this Sunday with a bonus!

You will have to wait and see what it is…..

Hope you all have a fabulous week and thanks again for reading Naomi&!

N x

Monday 7th December 2020

Winter is officially here as I feel like its 9pm from the moment I wake up!

WELLLL I was going to attempt to do blogmas (daily blog post) but I knew I that would be a bit of a fail because

  1. I know what I am like
  2. I go home, have a shower, have chat and read a book in bed then…
  3. Fall asleep…I know what I am like

Talking of books! I went to my Charity shop this weekend and got these books two books to read, I’ll see how I get on this month as I usually read 2/3 books a month!

The books that cost £1.50 each!

I have the app kindle on my ridiculously old tablet BUT I love reading an actual book and love going to the library!

Are you the same as me or do I need to get with the programme? Anyway these books only cost £1.50 each BARGAIN!
I am debating if I should make one of them my January 2021 book to read…mmm

Anyhoo! Despite me being typically British and moaning at the fact it so dark outside, I have actually stuck to running 5km 2 to 4 times a week AND walking more!

Can you believe I have managed to run (and walk) over 640 miles so far this year?!? Honestly I can’t believe it!

It amazing how new routines turn into a habit SO quickly! You you end up exceeding your own expectations even if you don’t reach your goal! It is nice to do a little something that makes you proud of yourself!

I mean there is NO WAY I will be running a marathon anytime soon! The thought of running for over 3 hours with no snacks does not fill me with any excitement or joy!

2019 Great Northern Run for Mummy’s Star

When I did the 10K last year (I did the Great Manchester Run) I remember thinking “Your Almost Famous Burger is nigh, keep going Naomi”

SO IF anyone fancies going for a winter run/s I recommend doing the 7 Minute Follow Along Running Warm Up by the The Run Experience on YouTube! Holly is great and although the warm up more like 8 minutes it really gives your body an amazing stretch before your run!

Holly also does a good 5 Minute Follow Along Post-Run Cooldown which is great and covers all basics BUT if you fancy a longer cool down Yoga with Adriene does a great 18 minute Yoga For Runners 2 – Cool Down Sequence (Her dog Benji doesn’t feature in this video)

Do something that makes you proud of yourself!

This could be anything from teaching yourself a new language to getting up 15 earlier than usual so you have time to sort out your lunch to work!

N x

P.S Mummy’s Star it is the only charity in the UK and Ireland dedicated to women and their families diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy or within 12 months of giving birth.
Their mission is to provide cancer support to every family facing this traumatic situation, to donate click here

Better late than never…My first Blog post of 2020

A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has been reading my blog posts and following me! It’s been a while…

Well it’s only been about 20 months since I have last written in this blog post!

A massive hello to whoever is reading this! I really hope you are doing well.

Let’s be honest we are not all ‘doing well’ we are in a strange time where we are globally adapting and getting used to this ‘new normal’. This is absolutely fine, please allow yourself to be frustrated at the news at times and have a rant.

I really want to try not to talk about Coronavirus because it is still the hourly bulletin on UK news and to be quite honest I am finding it all a bit draining.

We all have other things going on in our lives and our routines have changed even if it is ‘just’ that you now have to wear a mask in a supermarket or can’t spontaneously go to a restaurant for a meal.

SO…what have I been up to in 2020?

1. Allowing myself time to process information

2. Spending more time listening/ reading other perspectives

3. Self care

I have found that limiting how often I watch/listen to the news has helped me not feel so overwhelmed. Also I no longer think that ‘There’s a News Bulletin at 4pm…I have to watch it’

NOW…I tell myself “Naomi….the News is on at 6pm and also 10pm….if you miss it you can watch it later or even tomorrow”

Take your time you have been adapting and you are doing your best.

Birthday Flowers

February 2019?

I do know its March but as I realised I completely forgot to post this…better late than never ‘ey!

Here we go…

TRAVEL UPDATE!
I am off to Barcelona this year! I will be attending Primavea 2019 with some wonderful friends but of course I will be having two days solo to reingnite my solo travel fix as well as my GCSE Spanish (with a little help of Duolingo)!

Research

I have completed Adriane 30 day Dedicate yoga challenge! I decided to start these daily videos before work and it has helped me become more proactive in the mornings and I am slowly getting better at balancing!
I absolutely hated this challenge at first and it has helped me have a lovely morning routine; I am no longer in a manic panic about my alarm going off and faffing about before making my way into work!
Thank you Adriane & Benji

I am no way suggesting you should all do yoga, but if anything it made me realised the importance of spending time and appreciating me.
When do we honestly spend time to appreciate ourselves and our wonderful body? Have some good old me time? This could anything from going to the gym, reading a book or going for a walk. I noticed that I don’t do enough for myself and have alone time with just relaxing and looking after me! I have gotten used to having a tight schedules, become being disappointed in myself if I haven’t done something ‘amazing’ in a month I’m boring! So on Wednesday I don’t wear pink…I am at home with a face mask!

I am going to start writing down a monthly aspiration/s things like “Taking myself out for a meal”, “Start learning a new language” and “calling my friends rather than texting” It could be on anything AND could be one thing! It’s completely up to you and try to focus on things that will make YOU happy and it make you feel better! It really helps you become ambitious and love yourself a tad more. I working on all of this too and in NO way saying I am perfect!

BUT I have an amazing group of friends who are like my family if you asked me this 10 years ago I wouldn’t have imagines how far I’ve come! I have even started (attempting) being a radio DJ again this year at a local hospital! X

Happy New Year!

Manchester City Centre, United Kingdom

Whats your New Year Resolution?
“Already failed 2019 roll on 2020?”
“New Year, New Me?”

Whether you have or haven’t got a “New Year resolution” my advice and mantra this year is…

Rather than say “I would like to…” say “I will…”….you fill in the blanks!

Words have power and I do like giving myself a few aims or create a dream board rather than trying to somehow ridicule myself for not having body of a Victoria’s Secret model! We are all unique, let’s try not to be cruel to ourselves and others! Celebrate you, your friends and family success and achievements! AND if you want aim higher, think of what steps are needed for you to achieve it.

Sometimes you can accomplish things within the year but remember some things may take years and that’s FINE! The way I see it is this you are allowed to have a “bad day” it’s normal and it’s ok to feel like poop sometimes BUT when this really *BEEP* day happens. Don’t dwell too much on it, picture your life as an opening to a cringing soap opera with highlights, turn it around and don’t suffer alone we need humans!

So call a friend; arrange to catch up with a date and time – this way you have something to look forward to! Also having a plan B (a new routine) this could be anything from going for walk, starting a new hobby or join your local library and get reading. Try to give yourself breaks from social media, talk to people and laugh about your day of falling over in front of a bus load of people on the way to work! 

Life I think is a bit like me and this blog, full of typos BUT these can be edited. We are all improving daily, I will get better at writing and I write when I can because I enjoy it! As for dealing with negatives, it unfortunately normal but focus on your aim/s and move on! It’s fine to not “like” me because a lot of the time these silly people don’t actually know you.

You aren’t on my level to make assumptions of me based on my typos. Especially when you have zero intention of arranging a catch up!

Happy New Year and keep going!

Naomi & Dublin

By the power of my almighty thumb, my print was approved and I had no say in the matter! I found a return Ryanair flight for 3 nights in November for £55.75 including 10kg check in bag.

The next bit which knew would be more than my flight was accommodation! Dublin is expensive you can easily spend over £200 on staying somewhere for 3 nights! I decided to stay in Gardiner House, a converted cathedral hostel what has room up to 16 and a private room’s available!

The hostel is a 15 minutes walk away from the city centre. I stayed in a private room (room 17) and although it did not include a bathroom I was next door to two bathrooms; all bathrooms have a toilet, shower and sink in each of them. I never had to queue AND they were cleaned hourly!

I was welcomed by a free Wi-Fi, TV, double bed, shampoo, towels, tea making faculties and ear plugs! My room was facing the main road some may find it noisy at times and the windows are not double glazed so I did get a tad cold one night. However the reception desk has an unlimited amount of ear plugs to help you sleep!

Free breakfast is provided from 7am-10am which was toast with a choice of jam, selection of cereals, fruits, hot drinks and orange juice. The staff kindly set the breakfast up in the shared kitchen and they even did the washing up!

Gardiner House hosted regular film nights, had no curfew (no guests allowed in after 11pm) and it was cheap! My only negative is that they don’t organise more social events like tour meet ups so you get to meet more people. Breakfast is held in a lovely communal kitchen and I notice that a lot groups and families staying here. Which was great but I found it difficult to start conversions with groups.  As someone who travelled solo before the hostel served its purpose perfectly; I felt safe and comfortable there.

I would definitely love to go back to Dublin but for longer so I could visit Galway, Cork and Limerick

Naomi Hostel Rating 3/5

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