Our Big Brother live experience #BBUK

It’s been a short while since my previous post – I think we’ve all just been out trying to make the most of this weather, it’s been so lovely!

Anyway, I wanted to fill you in on something I’ve done over the last couple of weeks (other than have lots of BBQ’s and drink Pimms) and that was going to watch Big Brother Secrets and Lies, live. It was my first time being part of a studio audience for a TV show and it was just fab! I received tickets free from Applause Store, where anyone can apply for tickets for a whole range of shows.

Me and my friend, Charlotte, decided we would make a night of it and booked a hotel near Elstree studios. We got the train down there and enjoyed a glass of vino or two along the way ;). It’s important to arrive at the studio early if you only have a general ticket, as not everyone is guaranteed to get in; we got there for around six and waited anxiously.

The show was so good, better than what we both expected! It was two Friday’s ago when Jemima left the house.. and we did plenty of chanting. “Get Jemima out!” When I watch the Big Brother Live Eviction on TV, I always feel sorry for the contestants’ being booed; however, when you are there the atmosphere takes over and you get really into the night. Before the show and during the breaks there is a ‘ warm up’ man who really gets the crowd going with singing, chanting and games. I also have to say how lovely Emma Willis is – she was really making an effort with the crowd.

Unfortunately, mobiles and cameras aren’t aloud in the studio – so I don’t have any photo’s to share with you all! However, I’d definitely recommend going and would attend again myself – it was just fab! I’m a bit if a reality TV junkie anyway but this series of #BBUK has just been fab!

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#Alton Towers

Yesterday me and Kev visited Alton Towers, we both had a fab day. We both hadn’t been for a few years, so there was lots of rides that we hadn’t yet experienced – which made it more exciting for both of us!

It was a great time of year to go, with the kids still at school and it not yet summer, it was fairly quiet and there wasn’t any queues – we went on everything and some things twice! I’m not going to talk about the rides incase it spoils it for anyone, but for a surprise I’d definitely recommend Thirteen and the Nemesis Sub terror ( an underground ride to compliment the existing Nemesis).
A money saving tip, for our entry we used two for 1 from Kellogg’s cereal boxes.

Here’s a few pics from our day:

This is a before and after shot of me on the log flume at around 8 years old and now, at 24. I love the terror in my face on the first photo; the pic is of me, my Dad, Nana and Grandad.

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Me and Kev on the Skyride.

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The new ride for 2013, The Smiler, isn’t open until the 26th May, so we didn’t get to go on it but I got a pic, and it looks amazing!

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We really did have a fab day, I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to go on the big rides – I can’t imagine how awesome they’ll be by then.

My Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Win

So the time has come for me to share with you my absolutely amazing weekend.

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If you saw my last post, you’ll know that I received an exciting phone call informing me that I’d won a competition to ride around London in the Coca-Cola Christmas truck. Plus much, much more! Only finding out a week previous it all seems to have happened like a whirlwind.

One thing I can tell you is that it was one of the best weekends of my life, it was just fabulous! Me and my Mum set off on Friday on a first class train to London, and was greeted at Kings Cross by a driver who drove us to the fabulous Sheraton Park Lane Hotel (all paid for by Coca-Cola).

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After a quick freshen up we was taken to a secret location, where the famous Coca-Cola Christmas truck was hiding. Upon our arrival the lights were glowing and the famous holidays are coming song was playing, which really kicked in the excitement. At this stage we also met the team and the driver, who were all lovely and really looked after us. A professional photographer took some photos of us outside and inside the truck, which I can’t wait to see!

As we set off on our journey it was fabulous, everyone was taking pictures and was so happy to see the truck; particularly at Piccadilly, where the crowds got really excited – it was quite overwhelming. You realise how much everyone loves the Christmas truck and how iconic it is, upon seeing peoples’ reactions. The famous landmarks of London also looked beautiful all lit up at night. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I feel so privileged to of had the opportunity.

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As if that wasn’t enough we were then dropped off at the OXO Tower Brassiere, which is situated upon the Thames, where we had our meal paid for. It has a lovely atmosphere; nice with beautiful food but without being pretentious. We enjoyed a couple of cocktails before the meal and was greeted with a table in the window, which had a lovely view. We then had a car to drive us back to the hotel.

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Once the morning came we went for breakfast in the hotel, after pinching ourselves to make sure Friday night actually happened of course. Literally across the road from where we were staying was green park, we went for a stroll and within a five minute walk there was Buckingham Palace. Me and my Mum couldn’t believe how nearby we were! The weather was nice so from there we decided to take a walk over Westminster Bridge and have a ride on the London Eye. It was a really nice, chilled out morning, which seems a strange thing to say about our busy capital.

After the London Eye we walked back passed Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, in order to reach Victoria Street. As this is were the west end show, Wicked, is situated which was also part of the prize. The production was absolutely amazing and we had fantastic seats; I now feel like I know the true story of Oz. It was a brilliant end to a brilliant weekend, and to end the trip we had a car pick us up with our cases to drop us back at Kings Cross station.

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Me and my Mum both thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and we can’t thank Coca-Cola and Lucy, who was looking after us, enough. I’d definitely recommend entering these types of competitions, it was such a lovely treat to share with my Mum!

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Coca Cola Christmas

Yesterday I received the best phone call ever!

The Coca Cola GB Press Office contacted me and inform me that I’d won a tour around London on the famous Christmas truck itself. I’m absolutely ecstatic about this; the truck is so iconic and something that most of us relate with being the start of the festive period, I know that I have since being a child!

This year the truck has done a tour of the UK and I was so disappointed that it wasn’t coming to my home town, and now I’ll have my very own tour in our capital city! I know everyone says this, but I really haven’t ever won anything before, it just feels surreal! What a perfect start to Christmas.

I entered the competition on the Mirror website, solely on the basis that there was a chance to tour in the truck. I mean London’s amazing sites from the most famous Christmas truck on the planet is enough to make anyone’s festive period; however, I was also informed that I get the train, meal, hotel and a Saturday matinee show included!!

This is just the best prize I could ever dream of and I can’t thank Coca Cola enough! On top of all this, I’m also allowed to take someone with me and I’ve chosen my Mum! I don’t think she’ll mind me saying that it has been a fairly difficult year for her, and it’s lovely to be able to take her on such a mega treat!

I’ve always been sceptical about whether people actually win these things, and now I know they do so they’re definitely worth entering!

Thanks Coca Cola for the best prize EVER! I can’t wait to share all the pics and details with you guys 🙂

Leeds Festival 2012 and Missguided

After my fifth Leeds Festival on the bounce, I have to say, I was a little concerned on whether it would have taken its toll a little bit. I needn’t have worried because it really was one of the best yet – a great line up, fantastic company and decent weather were definitely a winning combination!

To be honest I already can’t wait until next year!

It may have been my fifth Leeds fest, however,in preparation for it was my first Missguided shopping purchase. So, I thought I’d share my finds with you lovely #bbloggers.

I bought this denim, aztec shirt dress which was £25.99, and is now (annoyingly) only £17.99 in the sale.

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As it’s all in one it was so handy to roll up and put into my rucksack, and I didn’t have to worry about matching it up with anything.

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My other Missguided buy is this Aztec print, oversized cardigan, which is £23.99. I love how chunky it is, ideal for getting cosy around the campfire and throughout winter.

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In terms of style, affordability and quality I definitely rate Missguided, and will be ordering plenty more 😉

5th Birthday – Rand farm

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As most of you probably are, I’ve been really busy this weekend so just a quick update about my weekend so far.
Yesterday was my daughters fifth birthday and she had a lovely party at Rand Farm Park, near Lincoln.
I’d definitely recommend it as Olivia and her guests had a great day. It was great from a parents point of view as they took care of everything. The party started with an hour to look around the farm, and each child received a bag of food to feed the animals. Then for lunch they received fresh sandwiches, crisps, sausages and cakes; finished by the birthday cake which the farm provided!

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Then came a tractor ride, followed by pass the parcel and an ice lolly for everyone. Upon leaving each they all received a party bag and a helium balloon. What made it extra great is that guests were welcome to stay as long as they wanted, meaning they could make the most out of the facilities which includes a huge park with trampolines and two indoor play areas.

Children from two to 13 were at the party and there was something to entertain all ages. It was a lovely day and I’d highly recommend it!

Cities to visit – Leeds

This Saturday I took a trip to Leeds for my Dads birthday.

Coming from the small town of Grimsby, Leeds is only about an hour and half in the car, so I have flying visits fairly regular – every time I’m there I find myself saying “I wish I lived here.”

I don’t know why I like it so much, I guess for me it is the perfect size not overwhelmingly big but still big enough to have an extensive range of vibrant bars, exciting places to visit and hundreds of nice places to eat. Something I’d not really thought about before, but my Dad mentioned how clean it is for city too!

This weekend as it was for a special occasion I was lucky enough to stay in The Queens Hotel, which is a step up from my usual holiday inn. It’s in an ideal location next to the rail station, right in the city centre, which meant we could easily walk anywhere we wanted.

The Queens is a beautiful building, retaining its original features whilst offering modern interior and rooms.

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I particularly like having a night out in the Calls area of the city, which really highlights its cosmopolitan vibe. There is a real mixture of bars from Call Lane Social, an indie lovers haven to trendy chain Revolution, perfect for anyone looking to have a lively night out.

I’m a lover of live music and there are loads of great venues that cater for this in Leeds; including The Cockpit which is renowned for its mix of established and up and coming artists, built under three railway arches it has a quirky underground feel, the venue has three stages and the largest only caters for a capacity of up to 500, guaranteeing an intimate feel! Other venues for live music includes The Elbow Rooms, Leeds 02 academy and The Stage (Leeds Met’s music venue).

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It’s fair to say I have fallen in love with this city, who knows maybe one day I will live there 😉

If anyone is from Leeds or knows it well and has any suggestions on good places to go, I’d love to hear from you!