Monday, 28 May 2018

14 Fun Summer Activities in Beijing

Beijing is feeling hot, hot, hot right now! The weather is strange here; one day it will be the perfect temperate and the next day it is so hot you’re melting! We’re in that in-between stage at the moment which is the perfect time to get out there and make the most of the sunny Beijing days. There are lots of great things to do and here are some of my favourite
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Friday, 25 May 2018

Healthy Ham, Mushroom & Broccoli Quiche

I’ve been eating healthy for around a monthnow but the one thing that I always seem to struggle with is lunch. Whatever I have never seems to satisfy me and I always want more. The problem is that at work we have 5 food stations serving some of my favourite foods so trying to avoid them is tough. I made this Slimming World crustless ham, mushroom and broccoli quiche  and it’s so incredible and have saved my lunch time bad choices.
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Friday, 18 May 2018

My Ultimate Asia Travel Bucket List

Based in Beijing, I’m incredibly lucky to be close to so many fantastic countries and there are so many I want to visit before I leave Beijing. I feel like I need to tick off as many as I can as once I leave this part of the world, I’m not sure how soon I would venture back. 
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

10 TV Shows You Need to Rewatch Right Now


Lately I've found myself out of TV shows to watch, which really shows how much I have sat on my ass and watched TV during the winter months. Living in Beijing means that I don't get to watch TV shows as they air, which is one of the worst things about expat life, I won't lie. I mean, do you understand how much it drives me crazy seeing Twitter go wild about my favourite TV shows and I have no idea what is happening? 

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Monday, 14 May 2018

My Reverse Bucket List

Anybody who reads my blog or knows me at all will know that I’m a huge fan of a good list. My most used App is Wunderlist (even more than Instagram) and I just love ticking things off, it’s so satisfying. It’s less so when you don’t get to tick things off though and I’ve noticed lots of reverse bucket lists going around lately so I thought I would write my own. 

It’s easy to get so down and be hard on yourself for the things you haven’t achieved and we never take the time to look at the many things we have achieved. We really do need to be kinder to ourselves, and so with that in mind, here is my reverse bucket list. 
  Graduated University with a BA (Hons) in Primary Educatio(which I thought I might not achieve at times)
  Spent a summer as an au pair in France
  Travelled the USA
  Took a girl’s holiday to Costa Brava
  Celebrated a crazy 18thBirthday in Blackpool with my besties
  Completed my NQT year
  Survived my most challenging year and a half of teaching at VRCPS (but learnt so much and loved every second) 
  Celebrated Christmas in New York City
  Has the best time at the world’s largest water fight, Songkran in Chiang Mai
❤  Lost four and a half stoned (and re-gained it)
  Spend a year living as an expat in Qatar
  Moved to Beijing, China
  MarriePaul(even if it wasn’t the most conventional wedding)
❤  Lead a Year 1 teaching team
❤  Celebrated New Year’s Eve in Paris
  Visited Munich Christmas Markets
  Had the cheesiest, most fun holiday in Benidorm with my bestie
  Visited Hawaii
  Took my mam to Sorrento
❤  Saw Daughtryin concert
❤  Saw Nickelbackin concert
  Taken a ferry trip to Amsterdam
  Celebrated St Patrick’s Day in Dublin
  Spent the most fun girl’s weekend in Dublin
❤  Celebrated Hogmanay in Edinburgh
❤  Watched the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
❤  Held a HUGE snake
❤  Visited Bali
❤  Watched lots of shows on West End and Broadway
  Visited Paris
  Swam with dolphins
  Travelled the USA (again) with my bestie
❤  Swam with sea lions
❤  Drank with ladyboys in Phuket
❤  Touched a tiger
❤  Visited London at Christmas
  Completed a TEFL qualification
❤  Ran my own online business (for a while)
❤  Paid off my credit card
  Started a blog
  Attended London’s New Year’s Day Parade 
  Visit the Lake District during Autumn
  Had the best time in Las Vegas
❤  Watched the sun set over the sea
❤  Rode in a limo just for me
  Attended prom

When you look at all of my achievements so far, it doesn’t look half bad does it? I so recommend writing a reverse bucket list, just to help you realise that even if you don’t have all of your shit together, you’re doing alright. Hell, you’re probably still doing bloody great! 

What’s on your reverse bucket list? Let me know in the comments!


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Friday, 11 May 2018

10 Apps to Survive Beijing


Manouvering Beijing can be tough, but there are so many great apps out there to help. I would have been absolutely lose without some of them, especially when I first arrived. These are a few of my favourite apps that are essential for surviving Beijing.
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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Dealing with Expat Guilt

There are all sorts of reasons why people choose to become an expat, often through choice but sometimes not through their choice at all. Being an expat comes with many benefits and some amazing experiences, but as soon as you make the decision to move abroad you battle with all sorts of emotions, and the underlying one for me has been guilt.

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Healthy Convenience with Doko Beijing

I don't know about you but one of the hardest times to eat healthy and stay motivated is after work when I'm tired. The last thing I want to do is cook when I get home and it's so easy to just order in and sit on my ass while I'm waiting for it to arrive. I recently discovered Doko Beijing, a company that delivers healthy meals daily and I'm absolutely loving it. Convenience is the way forward...
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

What Is a 'Good' Education Anyway?

This is the kind of question that will prompt people to share all sorts of opinions of what constitutes a 'good' education but the only responses to this question are opinion, in my humble opinion. Does excellent data mean a good education? Not in my opinion but I know many who will disagree. For a while now I've been feeling discontent in a job that I used to adore, and I've finally realised why.
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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

I usually alternate between the same two breakfasts, cereal and egg as it's easy. I've been looking for some alternatives to replace them and make my morning a little more exciting. I'm mostly following a Slimming World plan and there are so many other easy and healthy options out there. This week I've been loving overnight oats; strawberry cheesecake overnight oats in particular.
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Monday, 16 April 2018

Pinwheel Carnival

I've mentioned before that the strangest things pop up in our local shopping centre but when wandering around recently I discovered men putting up what looked like a load of windmills. On further investigation, I discovered that they were celebrating a pinwheel carnival, so naturally I headed back to the shopping centre when it was all complete to see what it was all about.
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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

8 Reasons Camp America Will Be the Best Decision of Your Life


Ten years, feeling a little frustrated and having a very big itch to scratch, I applied to Camp America to spend a summer working in the USA. The was the start of a huge lover affair with the USA, a passion for travel and one of the best experiences of my life. It changed me, and I still look back almost ten years later and feel all of the happy emotions that summer camp brings.
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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Super Speed Soup

Soup is one of my favourite foods to eat, especially to kickstart a diet that I have been failing at for a month or so. I know, I'm hanging my head in shame too. But with the final school term fully in swing and the need to to get rid of this god damn weight ready for summer, I am back on it with a vengeance. I have been looking for some different recipes to try and stumbled upon Slimming World's Super Speed Soup which I remember my mum raving about so decided to give it a go.
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Monday, 9 April 2018

Down the Rabbit Hole

Life in Beijing is filled with random moments. From people doing the strangest things to random exhibitions and displays popping up overnight. This week I stopped by my local shopping centre and felt like I’d fallen down a rabbit hole, Alice and Wonderland style. 
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Monday, 19 March 2018

35 Before 35 Bucket List

As I sit here thinking about where I'll be this time next year, I literally can't believe I'm  31! I mean, I know my age, but how did that happen? And how are you supposed to feel when you're in your 30's? I always saw 30 as a mature age where I would have my shit together and be a responsible grown up who can adult like a pro. But as I sit here, that picture couldn't be further from the truth.  Please tell me you're with me girls, and that I'm not the only 30 year old that is still an immature, clueless soul wandering through life and figuring it out through the thousands of mistakes they make?
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Sunday, 18 March 2018

How I Use Lists to Organise My Life (And the Best APP Ever)


I'm a huge fan of list. I make lists for everything and I sometimes even make lists for my lists. The thing is though, in a day of a busy girl, a list is basically a complete life saver. Fellow teachers out there will understand what I say that there are never enough hours in the day and there's always something else to do, right? Lists really do help me function and cope with the business or life!

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

7 Things I Learnt about Myself in Beijing

During my time in Beijing I’ve learnt a lot about myself and this has kind of reshaped the direction of my life. Well, let’s be honest, there wasn’t really much direction to it before I went to Beijing, but I’I've definitely found some while here. I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learnt about myself over the past 4 years, because some of them genuinely are ground-breaking to me.
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Monday, 12 March 2018

Brunching at Blue Frog, Beijing


Saturday was moving day. Saturday was also hangover from hell day. After the shittiest week ever, I knew that I wanted to get very very drunk on Friday and forget all about the well from hell that has been last week. So I did...
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Friday, 9 March 2018

Our New Apartment

After deciding to stay in Beijing for a little longer, we knew we wanted to move apartments. We're lucky that my company provides accommodation, but we currently pay a little extra for our apartment and just don't love it enough to justify it. We got a great little deal on our new apartment and I just love it.
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Monday, 5 March 2018

A Change of Heart


In January I wrote all about my final flight to Beijing and my excitement at moving to London. It's strange how drastically things can change in the space of a week.
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Friday, 2 March 2018

Why New York City Will Always Have a Piece of My Heart


Anybody who knows me, even if you’ve only met me once as we bumped into each other passing on the street, you probably know that I love New York City.

From the very first second I arrived in NYC for the first time, it felt magical. Arriving at Port Authority bus terminal at 9pm at night and being welcomed by the bright lights of Times Square, I instantly knew that NYC was going to steal a little piece of my heart and never give it back. And it did! Every single second of my time in NYC was the best ever and It has outdone itself every time I’ve visited since.
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Friday, 23 February 2018

Game Night Sweet Potato Chilli Nachos

When you're in Beijing and on a diet there are limited things to do, so what do we spent our Friday nights doing? We play Beijing Monopoly!
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

How to Stop a Bad Food Day Turning into a Disastrous One

You know those days where you've been eating so healthy for so bloody long but you've had a shit day and just really want to eat all of the bad food? So you tear yourself up for ages before caving and calling your favourite takeaway place to bring you all of the food (and probably way more than you can ever eat!)
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Monday, 19 February 2018

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing

A while ago I wrote a bucket list filled with all of the things I wanted to do in life. I mean, there were hundreds and hundreds of things on there and one of them was to celebrate Chinese New Year in Beijing. As I've got to know and understand myself better, I've changed many of those things that I wanted to do, and the list doesn't exist anymore other than my head, but this year I celebrated Chinese New Year in Beijing.
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Friday, 16 February 2018

Valentine's Day at The Brickyard, Beijing


A while ago we stayed at The Brickyard and it was the most magical time ever - I knew we had to do it again before we left Beijing and Valentine's Day was the perfect opportunity. I love quirky, unique things and The Brickyard is definitely that!
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Monday, 5 February 2018

Exploring Qianmen Street

Upon researching Qianmen Street I found that it was an old pedestrian street filled with Chinese culture (and those really pretty buildings that I love) Obviously it was somewhere I had to go!
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Climbing the Right Ladder

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“You have to go for it!” they said.
“You’d be stupid not to,” they said.
“You’re a fool to not apply,” they said.
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Monday, 22 January 2018

10 Reasons to Love Desperate Housewives


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I remember sitting at home, waiting for Desperate Housewives to start each week, dying to find out what crazy and ridiculous thing would happen next. I recently started watching it again and am flippin’ loving it. I forgot how bloody amazing it is! In case you need any more persuasion to get to your nearest shop and purchase the box set, I thought I’d share 10 reasons why you should, right this second!
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Friday, 19 January 2018

Beijing Eats| Hutong Pizza


As you can image, Beijing is a hotbed of some of the most amazing restaurants. The thing with being a yo-yo dieter, is that I've basically spent the last 3 years on a diet (and not re ally getting anywhere) so we've not tried the long list of restaurants that we've curated over the last 3 years.

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Tips to Overcome January Blues

Oh January, I both love you and hate you in equal measures. I love that fresh feeling of a new year and an opportunity to start over. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m completely aware that I could do this on any of the other 365 days of the year, but there’s something particularly refreshing about January 1st, the start of a new year, the first page of your story.
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Monday, 15 January 2018

Exploring Hou Hai Lake


During my time in Beijing I've heard about Hou Hai Lake, the giant lake that freezes over and Beijingers flock there to ice bicycle. Yep, you heard me right! They don't go there to ice-skate, they go to ride an ice bicycle #onlyinbeijing. 
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Friday, 12 January 2018

Winter Wonderland in Shine Hills


I’m the biggest Christmas lover you will probably ever meet. I won’t lie, Beijing’s lack of Christmas celebrations is one of the reasons that I made the decision to move back to the UK (although I’m not telling Paul that!) You literally would not know Christmas was happening in Beijing for the most part, but when they do decide to celebrate, they do the most random thing I’ve ever seen.

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Top Organisational Tips for Teachers

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You teachers out there will know that a teacher's to-do list is never-ending and we need all of the classroom organisation tips we can get. Even when you do manage to tick things off at the end of the day, there's always at least another 10 to add to it. One thing that does really irritate me about teachers is when they complain about the workload, but don't organise or utilise their time effectively. There's no denying it's a busy job with a lot of work, but if you use your time effectively, I think you can easily have a good work-life balance.
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Monday, 8 January 2018

NYC Eats| Bubby's NYC

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While we were in NYC, I knew that one of our morning had to consist of pancakes. And I knew that if we were only going to have 1 breakfast blowout, they had to be the best pancakes in NYC.
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Friday, 5 January 2018

Final Flight to Beijing


I am writing this as I sit at the airport awaiting my final flight to Beijing! When I left Beijing for the Christmas holiday I fully intended to be returning for 2 more years but the more time I spent at home and after the many discussion it occupied over Christmas, I came to the realisation that while staying for another contract would be financially beneficial, it would be at the sacrifice of our happiness and that sacrifice just isn't worth it.

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

My Weight Loss Journey: Past, Present & Future

For years I have struggled with my weight, yo-yoing between diets and today marks the first day that I change that and begin my weightless journey. Today is the day that I'm making the choice to change my life, because I know that in losing weight, I will change every single part of my life for the better.

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Monday, 1 January 2018

Hello, 2018!


Happy 2018! I hope you all had a fabulous time celebrating the new year and are feeling motivated to kick 2018's ass. Or failing that, I hope that last night's celebrations were freakin' amazing and justify your hangover!

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