Friday, 21 July 2017

The Last 16 Weeks


If you haven't noticed I have been quiet and this time I have a genuine reason! 

You may have guessed already if you have seen my Instagram but Andrew and I are having a baby and we are so excited! 

I am officially 4 months pregnant and the last 16 weeks have been like no other in a good way and a bad way. 

Here is what I have learnt so far...
- The most ridiculous things make you retch and well, when you retch there is no going back. One day I saw a mouldy banana and I was gone.
- I have mainly lived on a diet of beige coloured food.
- Being sick has become a part of my daily routine. 10.45 on the dot, sickness strikes! 
- I have had way to many TMI conversations with people. Poo, wee, labour, sick you name it! 
- I've gone from not eating breakfast to now being a two breakfast kinda girl, every day! 
- I am always snacking. I'm writing this sat in the hospital waiting room waiting for my husband and I have devoured 4 ginger biscuits already, to the point the receptionist asked if I was pregnant! What gave it away the pack of ginger biscuits of the fact I have ran past you to spew twice.
- Walking around with sick on my shoes and up my jeans is a pretty common occurrence, having had to stop mid road trip to be sick and it going everywhere, no wipes and no clean clothes. I just had to get on with it! 
- Your body is currently doing the most amazing thing ever and growing a human but that also means it does the most ridiculous things too. Spots, smells, bionic nail growth, seriously I cut them yesterday and today they need cutting again, my hair has become thicker which is nice but one of the most random thing is I have started choking on my own saliva. Apparently you can produce more saliva while pregnant and yep, I have. 
- Some days you are literally loving life and the next you want to curl up in bed and watch jane the virgin on repeat as you are TOO sleepy. 
- House work goes out the window. I mean if you could see my house
- The hormones. Wow! Those pesky things. The best so far was definitely sat in the bath crying to Andrew because it was 9.50pm and I wanted cereal and we had no milk! 
- When people say it will all get easier after your first trimester! I am currently 16 weeks pregnant and my first trimester finished 4 weeks and if anything I feel worse that I did back then. 
- I have kinda given up on eating out as I have lost count of the amount of meals I have eaten and then been sick before we have even paid for it. Clearly Baby Wind was not a fan of that Frankie and Bennys breakfast we had the other day.

This is the MOST EXCITING TIME EVER. The pretty things, the excitement, pram shopping, name thinking I ADORE IT ALL. 

All of the above the good and the bad is totally worth it because at the beginning of January next year Andrew and I will get to see our cute tiny(?) bundle of love. This isn't my baby or Andrews baby this is OURS and this little one is the most important thing to us at the moment. If it means I have to sleep a little more, say no to a few more things, take the disgusting vitamins, attends hospital appointments when I hate hospitals then I will, I will do it all day, everyday, I will endure the sickness and the smells and the spots and the soreness because we are brewing a baby a baby we have prayed for and dreamed about for over a year and this baby means more than anything to us and we CAN NOT wait to be parents! 

So to our tiny Baby Wind, we love you so much already. Keep getting bigger and stronger and we can not wait to meet you. 

Love Leeny 
xxx 


Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Best of Budapest #2

If you have been around for a while you would have seen that Mr Wind and I headed to Budapest for his 30th Birthday adventure. To find out a little more and to see where we stayed then click HERE right there. 

We were in Budapest for 4 days and 3 nights and I think that, that amount of time was PERFECT and we fitted so much in during that time and even had some time for relaxing, so to find out what we did and what we got up to keep those eyes on this post and keep reading. 

D A Y   1 

TRAVELLING

Manchester to Munich
Munich to Budapest
Bus to Train Station
Train to Hotel.


HOTEL
We spent sometime unpacking, exploring the hotel and having a quick snooze

EXPLORE
After that we set out to go and find our bearings. We wandered around the streets, over one of the bridges to the Buda side, we walked down and back over another bridge to the Pest side and then we searched for food. 

We spent hours wandering and taking pictures there is something about cities at night that I love. 


 D A Y   2 
BREAKFAST
I woke up early so set out on an adventure to find breakfast. The sun was shining and I found myself in the Great Market Hall where I picked up some yummy food for breakfast.


SIGHTSEEING TIME
Then we walked for miles. Now I mean miles. 27,000 steps and over 10 miles covered to be exact. 

We walked along the Danube to the 'Shoes on the Bank' which is such a beautiful and amazing tribute. 


From there we kept walking to see Parliament, that building, so good!

We wandered through the town to one of the bridges and over to Buda Castle. 

We walked up the hill to see the incredible views of Budapest. The castle is so amazing and so beautiful. You can either walk up or get a little tram up the hill. When we reached the top we caught our breathe and found a little spot in a courtyard and had some lunch.


The whole time we were sat eating our sandwiches we could smell the most amazing cake/waffle smell and after following our nose we found these. 

Now I am not sure if they are Funnel Cakes or Chimney Cakes but what ever they are, they are INCREDIBLE. 

From there we head back down the hill exploring the grounds of the castle. 


We wandered through the streets to the steps that set up on the journey to the Citadella. Now just a warning. It is one hell of a walk, you can choose path or steps we did a bit of both. It is quite a walk with lots of seats (which we took advantage of) but it is so worth it. 


Have you seen that view! Soo good. 

We spent ages sat at the top of the hill, taking pictures and lets be honest PEOPLE WATCHING.

HOTEL TIME
Back down the hill to the hotel where we collapsed in a heap, snoozed and had a little swim.

That night we found a place to eat and wandered around the city.


D A Y   3

LIE IN
We woke up so sleepy so spent sometimes watching Netflix, editing photos and eating food. Around 11am we headed to a thermal bath.

GELLERT BATH
We chose this bath off the recommendation of a friend who had visited the city for New Year. We chose this Bath as it was a lot quieter and closer than any of the others.



We spent all day in the Baths and seriously I have no idea how I got back to the hotel as I was so relaxed, I think I might have floated there. The baths are beautiful and have so much history and culture. Coming up in the next post I will give you some tips and tricks for surviving Budapest and I will talk more about the baths.

FOOD TIME


Like I said, we spent so much time in the baths that by the time we got back to the hotel and relaxed it was Tea time and after a walk around and a drink in a bar we were ready for bed.

D A Y   4

CHECK OUT
Today we had to check out, we woke early, got packed and stored out luggage at the hotel.
From there we searching for food.

HEROES SQUARE

We had no plans today so we made the TREK of a walk to Heroes Square which is quite spectacular and is surrounded by museums, baths and so much more. It was so nice to explore.


VINTAGE GARDEN CAFE
I had heard about this restaurant/café and new that I had to go. We spent so much time in the cute café which from the front was a tiny building but it just kept going. This place, a girls dream, definitely a place to explore and The Sweet next door.


HOME TIME
After we had been here it was time to get back to the hotel and get to the airport.

City Centre to Airport
Budapest to Frankfurt
Frankfurt to Manchester
Manchester to Home.

 So there we have it, a whistle stop tour of our 4 days in Budapest. Coming up in our next post is Tips and Tricks to surviving this city.
Love Leeny
xxx

Monday, 17 April 2017

Dear Diary: Life Lately

It is Bank Holiday Monday and I am currently sat on the sofa under a fluffy blanket, drinking a Costa and eating a Danish pastry, I have spent the whole day watching Netflix and catching up on all the programmes that we have recorded. On a side note I have just watched Mothers Day and Netflix and I LOVED IT, a total chick flick but so good.  
 
This weekend seems to have flown by, well lets be honest the last month has, last time I checked it was February and we were celebrating Andrews Birthday and now that lad is loving life being 30. Without me quite realising I have just been so busy and time has passed me by, so this weekend has been all about re focusing and just re charging in some ways.
 
Now if you know my husband you will know that his main plan for this weekend was to do 'Jobs around the house' I wanted to sit in coffee shops and go to the beach but no, the broken fence in the back garden came out the winner so we have spent our weekend trying to sort that out, boring I know but apparently we will feel so much better when it is done!
 
Hopefully in the next few weeks I will get back on top of all this blogging stuff but for now, here is a little photo dump of the last month and a bit for all you lovely ones.

 
So, since we last chatted we have had more birthday celebrations for Mr W, I got all my hair chopped off and even braved it and had a sneeky fringe put in and I LOVE IT. Andrew and I have continued to do lots of jobs around the house, including re vamping our wardrobe and of course a TON of family time. This month we welcomed our new baby niece and well, she is BEAUTIFUL.
 
Life is so exciting and so so so good. We are now in the middle of April but we have started to make plans for my birthday and I am so excited now to turn 30.
 
So what have you lovely lot been up to the last few weeks, tell me, tell me!
 
Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday and I will see you all soon, I PROMISE.
 
Love Leeny
xxx


Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Best of Budapest #1

Hello and Welcome to Leeny Loves and to a little mini series all about our Budapest Adventure. 

So the wonderful Mr Wind turned 30 at the end of February so we decided that we wanted to celebrate by going on an adventure. We had been looking and trying to book something since Christmas but we just didn’t find the best deal.


Andrew has been to a lot of the typical European cities so he wanted to go somewhere different and somewhere he hadn’t been before. This made the search even harder.

After many arguments and missed deals we finally stumbled across a steal of a deal in Budapest on booking.com.


The deal was 4 days, 3 nights staying at the Mecure Korona Hotel in the city centre for the both of us at the amazing price of £430. The only catch was that the flights were not direct. We had to change planes there and back but it was so straight forward and only really added 45 minutes to an hour to our overall travel time.


So once we booked it, it was then the task of finding out what the heck was there to do in Budapest so naturally I headed to the place for all knowledge, YouTube. There were so many vlogs and well, it made me fall in love with the city so much. The very beautiful Amelia Liana has done two vlogs on Budapest and a blog post and they were so helpful and helped us plan our trip.

Let me tell you a little more about Budapest. Now what surprised me the most was that it is actually the Hill of Buda and the Plains of Pest which are separated by the River Danube and then connected with all of the fancy bridges and seriously they are fancy. Budapest its super famous for its thermal baths and having been I can tell why. 

 

W H E R E   W E   S T A Y E D / M E C U R E   K O R O N A

Now lets start by saying I was a tad unsure about this hotel, as well, the truth is the reviews on TripAdvisor are the WORST. 

When you arrive you are met with a super glam walkway and revolving doors. In the large entrance foyer there was loads of people on the desk ready to help. Now I can see why some people said the staff were rude but I don't think they meant to I think it is just language barrier and for the rest of the week they could not be more helpful.


The large reception area to the hotel had a bar, a shop and a little internet corner. You walked through the  reception to the lifts and they took you to your floor.

The hotel is split over two buildings which are on different sides of the street, they are connected with a walk way. In the walk way is a restaurant which was so cool to sit in and look out over Budapest.

Over the bridge in the other building was a swimming pool which I loved, now I am not going to lie, it was a strange one but it was cool. Men and Women had separate changing rooms and you access these using your card from you room. You got changed in there and then walked through a door to the pool and sauna, now it was tiny but it was perfect for what it needed to be plus Budapest is famous for its thermal baths so you don't really need that pool if you go and explore them.

Now the rooms, they were small and compact but they were clean and well looked after. The bathroom was large and every room came with a desk, tv, mini bar and a large wardrobe. The rooms were fine but one thing I did think was strange was that the rest of the hotel felt quite modern but the rooms weren't. But we were fine with that because lets be honest, what we paid for the hotel was nothing.

When we arrived the hotel gave us a FREE voucher for 500 Forints off a drink which I thought was super kind. The hotel also let us store our luggage on the last day after we checked out for free.

All in all I would give the hotel a 4/5. It could do with some work but lets face it on a city break you hardly spend any time there and it was more that perfect for that.

Coming up in Part 2 of The Best of Budapest I tell you a little more about how we spent out time and what we did.

Have yourself a super Saturday.

 Love Leeny
xxx

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Primark Haul March 2017

Hello Strangers. 
So yeah, let's address the issue! 
I've not blogged for a month. Reason being, I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY. 

Mr Wind turned 30 at the end of February and well we celebrated hard. Parties, presents, trips away and so much more. Due to that I have just been abit awol. 

But I am back and I am so excited to get back into this blogging malarkey and being honest I have missed it big style. 

So if you follow me on Instagram, if you don't make sure you do. I had a rare day off in the week so headed to the beautiful place that is Primark. Nothing makes me more happy than a quiet mid week shop to Primark. I didn't need anything but the thing is you never do, do you, But two bags later I clearly needed something. 

In the last week I have watched a TON of Primark hauls on YouTube so I was literally chomping at the bit to get there and £50 later I picked myself up quiet the haul. 


So enough waffle! Let's show you Primark fans what I got my hands on. 

BEIGE AND BLACK FUR COAT / £5

This coat should of been £28 and it was down to £5. I know right, what a steal! 
This coat is two sizes two small but you wouldn't know! It's just so beautiful. I can't wait to rock this now, with out the fur collar as the weather gets warmer. 


NAVY PINSTRIPE DRESS / £5

This again was a impulse purchase but to be honest everything I bought was, this was on a rail near the entrance and when I saw that it was one £5 I thought why the heck not. I can imagine wearing this in the summer with bare tanned legs and sandals or even little ankle boots now. 


OVERSIZED BLACK TSHIRT / £4


I am all about the oversize tshirts and when o saw this it was put in the basket without thinking. I work with kids so tshirts like this are essential and some days you just want to rock a large tshirts, skinnies and trainers and this tshirts is for that. 


WHITE TSHIRT / £3


Being quite honest this will probably be worn once before I get a stain on it or before it gets dyed another colour in the wash but the feel of this fabric and how soft it is, is amazing. 


VESTS / £1.80


I am a girl who wears a vest under any top, dress or any item of clothing. I always have and always will, not sure what it is but I won't leave the house ever just wearing one top, it's all about the layers. 
These best are only £1.80 and well you can never have too many can you. 

SHOES / £3 - £8


This was the one thing I actually needed. After spending the whole of winter wearing boots or trainers I am more than ready to get some ballet pumps on my feet and I think my feet are excited to breathe again. Ok ok, the gold shoes are ridiculous but we all need some gold in our life. The black shoes are practical and the leopard ones are for fun and a bit of adventure.

NIGHT SHIRT / £8


I am all over the Victoria Secret inspired nightshirts and this one is my favourite and so soft. This little gem was only £8 and having worn it for bed last night I can confirm it is softest fabric. EVER. 
Now that the warmer nights are coming, those fleecy pyjamas are away and I am loving these SO MUCH. 



GLASSES £3 / SOCKS £1


These two things I picked up as I was queing to may for my things, Primark know how to do it don't they. These glasses are amazing, Mr Wind didn't agree but you know what I love them. Every girl needs sock and when I saw these ones I had to get them although I have chunkier legs and they definitely don't go over my knees. 

PRIMARK HAUL DONE. 

So there we have it all the things I didn't need from Primark. Have you guys been and picked anything up recently? Comment below and let me know. 

Don't forget if you haven't already to follow me on Bloglovin, Twitter and Instagram, I will appreciate muchly. 

Have a great weekend. 

Love Leeny
xxx


Saturday, 4 February 2017

UNDER £20 ASOS FINDS





When they do a sale, they do a sale don't they. 

Yesterday an email landed in my inbox from ASOS telling me that they had further reductions on many items in there SALE and well of course naturally I had a little look and oh my. If I wasn't on a spending band till the end of February these items would be purchased ASAP.

The reason whey I love ASOS is because they have an incredible and very beautiful Plus Size range. To many stores these days pride themselves on having plus size clothes but they are either not me or super exspensive but ASOS nail it everytime. 

As you can see from the picture above I am very much rocking two looks at the moment. The lounge wear, laid back, oversized t shirt look or the pleated midi length skirt style. They are both so in now and you can see the two looks where ever you go and in most highstreet shops. 

All of these items are £20 and under and such versatile pieces you can rock any season. Spring is definitely on its way and I can see the Dafoldils growing in the garden as I write this post. I am so ready to start to pack away those jumpers and start to rock some more pastel lighter shades and I think these tops will help with that. 

Andrew turns 30 at the end of the month and we are all heading out for a family meal and I would love to wear a pleated skirt. At the moment I have a few in my favourites but I love this pale blue one and think it would be perfect for summer and a wedding I have booked in.

Oh ASOS you have done it again, you know, making me buy things that... 
1. I don't (think) I need.
2. I don't have the money for. Well I do but I am suppose to be saving.
3. I can't live with out. I mean have you seen that skirt. WANT!

I highly encourage that if you get chance you should head over and check out the ASOS sale. You may pick yourself up a little bargain or a new little oufit.

Love Leeny
xxx