Monthly Archives: April 2011

WWW Wednesday (20th Apr)


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions :

  1. What you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers :

1.  What are you currently reading?

I read The Friday Night Knitting Group a few years ago and it took me about 5 attempts to get into it, but once I did I really enjoyed it!  It seems book two is going to be the same!  I am sort of enjoying it, but because I had quite a long break between the two it is hard to remember what happened in the first one!  I am getting through it slowly and when I do get into it, I enjoy it, but when I put it down I then find it hard to get back into it.  I will continue though, as I remember how good the first book turned out!

2.  What did you recently finish reading?

   This was a very interesting book to give me some ideas on Vegetarianism.  Well worth reading if considering changing!

3.  What do you think you’ll read next?

Honestly, I don’t know!  I need to get through my current book first, but I do have quite a list to get through!

WWW Wednesday (Apr 13th)


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions :

  1. What you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers :

1.  What are you currently reading?

"Vegetarian Times" Vegetarian Beginner's Guide I have just started this book and whilst I am not finding it a light read, it wouldn’t be would it, I am actually enjoying it and finding it very interesting.  I am going a bit slower with this book, I guess because I am marking information that I want to come back to when I have finished it.

It is really interesting to read about vegetarianism and I am looking forward to embarking on that journey in the near future!

2.  What did you recently finish reading?

Confessions of a Bad Mother: In the aisle by the chill cabinet no-one can hear you scream I loved this book!  It was so easy to read and get back into when put down after a break!  It was light hearted, funny, honest and bang on the money!

I would recommend this to anyone who has children or is thinking of having kids and realise that most mothers, even those that make it look easy, are struggling and it is fine to do so, some days you will feel like a bad mother but the chances are you are doing great!

3.  What do you think you’ll read next?

The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet I am hoping that this book arrives today from Amazon, as this is meant to have a very good step by step plan in it to becoming vegetarian.  So I am looking forward to reading it and seeing what they recommend to do!

Slimline Adelphi


Another bargain I found on Ebay this week was the Slimline Adelphi!  Although the seller listed the item as Magenta, which certainly got my heart racing, especially for the price, when it arrived it was in face Scarlet.

At first I was rather annoyed but actually I am really loving the Scarlet.  Again this bargain was 50% less than the shop price, brand new and one I just could not pass up!

Isn’t she lovely?  Am I using her?  I thought I had a challenge I needed to complete?  Well, yes, yes and yes!

I weighed my Metropol the other day and it is just short of 700gms, along with all the other stuff I carry in my bag, it is just nuts, and having a  bad back I really need to start reducing the weight and size of my handbag!

So yes, I am using the Slimline, as my going out Filofax.  It houses my Week on One Page diary with the to do lists for the that week, along with telephone numbers and some blank pages and that is it!

I thought about this very strongly before I bought it, and I actually never look at my list of books to read, or my craft WIP’s when I am out, so why the heck do I insist on carrying them round with me!  Also do I really need my Uncle in Zimbabwes address with me 24/7 when I never write to him anyway?

So on MEDICAL grounds I am now using 2 Filofax’s therefore not breaking my challenge!

My Metropol is my at home Filofax, and is with me all the time, when reading magazines, searching the web, updating things, as all my info is in there, as well as my Day on One Page layout, which is now open on my desk every day, so I know where I am etc.

The Slimline lives in my handbag when I go out, and when at home it is used in the afternoon when I need to go through my to do list.

Saying that I have a daily to do list in my Metropol, for things that need to be done that day, naturally and a weekly one in my Slimline that are done when I get a spare minute, and so far it is working great!

I have even managed to downscale my bag back to my Kipling New Raisin bag (see below) :-

<em>Kipling</em> Women's <em>New Raisin</em> Shoulder Bag (Across Body) Yes it is red as well to match my Filofax!

from this size bag :-

 Summer Blossom Messenger Bag Cath Kidston Messenger Bag,

Rather huge, wouldn’t you say!

Ok, I know I have ordered a Rickshaw Messenger bag, and here it is (still waiting for it, as only getting it in May after family go to the States!)

this will be used mainly on holidays though I fear, or it may not, have to wait to till I get it!

But I digress!  The Slimline fits perfectly in my Kipling bag and I have with me just what I need whilst out!  Therefore the challenge is still going strong and in tack!

Have I bought any more Filofax’s I hear you ask?  Well…………………..that would be telling wouldn’t it, time will tell!  You are probably thinking of course she has saying that, and you very well could be right, or I am just very good at pulling your leg!  LOL!  Let’s be honest, do I really need any more?

The great Filofax reveal part 2 – The setup!


Wow, a setup done so quickly after receiving my wonderful Finchley Personal in Imperial Purple.

See yesterday’s post if you haven’t already read it!

Yes, well this setup was easy!  As I am already sorted for 2011, and my diary is working pretty well for me, I decided……………………………………………….

to wrap it up for Christmas Day!

Yes, that is right, I have wrapped it up ready to be put under the Christmas tree this year, for me to open, and I can’t wait!

I would love to start using it now, but what is the point of giving yourself challenges with rewards if you are just going to cheat at them!

Are you surprised?  Did you think I would of started using it?  Will my resolve hold out till Dec 25?  You can bet your bottom dollar it will!

Oh there will be another reveal tomorrow of something else quite exciting!

The great Filofax reveal……………….


Those of you who have followed my blog on a regular basis, will know that for 2011 I set myself a Filofax challenge!

It is, to use the same binder and diary inserts for an entire year, and if I do then I get to buy myself a Finchley Personal in Imperial Purple.  I am a quarter of the way there!  My current setup is a Personal Metropol in Raspberry, with Day Timer Flavia Day on one page inserts!  So nothing too fancy!

So after the Philofaxy meetup in March, having seen the wonderful object of my desire in person, I decided to check out Ebay to see if anything was available!

Well imagine my joy when I found a brand new Personal Finchely in Imperial Purple for the bargain starting price of £19.99!  The auction was scheduled to end at about 2325hrs, and as I go to bed at 2230, it was a case of bid and cross fingers, toes and everything else!  As I had already been outbid once, I thought there was no way I was going to win it, so I put in my maximum and went to sleep!

Imagine my sheer joy when I checked at 0030hrs to see if I had won and I had!  Yes, I woke especially to check, I had wanted to wake earlier but as I couldn’t really set my alarm to wake me – explain that do DH waking to check an Ebay auction – it really was just luck!

I WON IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh the joy and excitement, but it wasn’t to last!  It has taken over 11 days for the item to arrive, with some very strong emails being passed in the process!  But I have it………………………..

Isn’t she lovely?  That leather is just so gorgeous and soft and smells wonderful, and the cream inserts are just a dream against that wonder dark shade of purple.  Oh I am in love!

I have to say this was an absolute bargain and no way I could pass it up!  The shop price on the Filofax website is £83, lets just say I paid almost 60% less than that!  How could I possibly let it go by?

So am I using it, I hear you all ask?  How has it been setup?  Has it been setup?  Is it being put away till Christmas Day?

Why not stop by tomorrow and all questions will be answered!

101Things-o-fax = #Filofax Part 6 – The Finale!


I hear that sigh of relief that this is the final part in the series!  But I bet you have enjoyed it?!

So the final binder thought is my ……………………………


Binder used – Pocket Hearts in Yellow!

Back in 2010 I came across alot of blog posts about 101 Things to do in 1001 days and I thought, WOW, what a cool idea.  I love challenges, goals, pushing myself that little bit further, and thought I need to do this!

So I did my 101 list and decided I needed to house it is a Filofax!  Yes I do have a blog about it as well!

My idea was that I would document my journey to completing my list and have a really detailed account of it all.

The binder is pretty much setup but I do need to update it and bring it right up to speed!  I need to print off pictures and write things, and this will be done soon!

But in the meantime here is the link to my blog about it :-

All these details will be eventually put in my Filofax and kept!

I am not going to ask for any suggestions on this one, but instead, is anyone else doing this challenge?  If so, please do put a link to your blog, so I can follow your progress.

Well this the final in my little series of what-o-fax can I think up next!

If you have any ideas for a Filofax that I haven’t mentioned, I am sure there are hundreds, please do leave me a comment with your idea, I would love to hear them!

Normal blogging will now resume, thank you for reading!

Gym-o-fax = #Filofax Part 5


How can she possibly have more Filofax ideas uses, I hear you groan!  Well I do!  Don’t worry there aren’t many more left after this one!  So there is light at the end of this series!

Part 5 and I am now going physical, healthy, and going for the ………………….


Binder used – A5 (I have forgotten and not got it to hand to check! Will update later!)

In January I started back at the Gym to help with the rehabilitation of my back as my main priority and once that is sorted to focus on some weightloss, if my mind was in!

By doing this I discovered there are certain exercises I need to do each session and in order to remember them, I need to have them with me!  They are not your standard treadmill, rower, etc kind of exercises, but more ones that focus on mobility etc.

I set up my Filofax to house the following :-

1. Yearly planner so I can see how regularly I attend the gym over the year!

2. Log in details to the gym website to book my sessions

3. Program details, noting the distances and times achieved in each session!  (although this did make me rather competitive with myself, so I am currently just going on time and trying to be better every session!)

4. PDF printouts of the exercises I need to do, noted in the particular order

5. Nutritional plan details – for when I get to that stage!

I am nuts aren’t I?  Do I carry it round with me I hear you ask?  Yes I do!  Have I had funny looks, yes I have, but when they realise why I carry it, those funny looks turn into comments such as ‘What a good idea!’

The A5 works really well for me for the gym, but please bear in mind my gym is small gym, where some mornings I am the only one in there!  It is no Fitness First and that is what I love about it!

So am I missing anything?  Wanna share some ideas on other things I could keep in here?  You know you want to!  Go on post a comment.

Tomorrow will be the final installment of this little series!  I do hope you have been enjoying it so far!

Family-o-fax = #Filofax Part 4


Wow, part 4, and you returned to read it?!  Welcome back!

So part 4, what I could possibly still have ideas about?  Well here goes :-


Binder to be used – A5 Zipped Metropol in Black (sorry don’t have a picture of it!)

I realise that running life on the internet is great ie Facebook, Twitter, etc, but when the internet dies, or your PC goes mad and looses everything, you can say bye bye to all your photo’s, documents and lots of stuff that would of been good history for further generations.  If you haven’t backed up that is!

So I decided at the beginning of 2011 that I need to make a binder that housed some of my family history, so that when Luke gets older and he wants to know about his great grandparents and the family I left behind in Africa, he has it all to hand!

I started with a simple family tree, off and have printed off the relevant documents and filed them in the binder.

So what am I going to store in it?  Here goes…………………………..

1. Family trees of all the families that I can provide history about also pictures and stories.  I don’t see the point of doing family, that I have never met and know nothing about.  So I have gone back as far Luke’s Great Grandparents, as I know I have photos and stories about all of them!

2. Snippets of history that only family know.  Like what I hear you ask?  Well my index finger on my right hand the tip has been cut off and I did that by slamming it in a door when I was a little kid.  No one knows that (except everyone that reads my blog now!) but my family, and now I want Luke to know that!

Have you ever thought how many memories are in your head that you never write down?  Well I want to write all mine and my families down.  I guess it comes from, Luke being able to see where Daddy (my husband) went to school, where he went to University, where he lived, etc, etc.  But for me he would have to fly 12 hrs to see it all, and then there wouldn’t really be anyone at the other end to tell him about it!  This way he gets it in a binder to keep forever!

3. Details of Luke’s birth, my pregnancy, etc, etc.  Just little things he has done in his life!

4. Details from his nursery.  Each day I get a sheet telling me what he ate, played with, when his nappy was changed, etc and that is nice reminder to look back on, as he gets older.

Come on this is going to be one binder I am sure loads of you have ideas for.  So type them out in the comments, as I would love to hear them!

Is it is just soppy rubbish I am doing?  No I don’t think so.  I recently came across a whole host of photo’s from my life in Africa and one of my tasks is to write on the back of each one the details of the picture, so in the future Luke and his family will have reminders, without having to try and figure out what the pictures are about!

Getting bored yet?  Ready for Part 5?  Check back tomorrow!

Book-o-fax = #Filofax Part 3


Wow part 3 already, what could I be deciding on today?

Well it is the………………………………..


Binder to be used :- Pocket Domino in Lavendar!

2011 has seen me take up reading again in a rather big way.  Ok, maybe not big to some, I have come across a lady who has already read 52 books this year!  Either she reads so fast, she can’t remember the story, or she really needs to get a life!  Once again I am going off track!

So far in 2011 I have read 1 book, tried 1 book and am about 60% of the way through my 3rd.  So it is going well considering we are only April 7th!  Will I be able to do a book a month in 2011, who knows!

I have however set myself the challenge of reading 6 books in 2011 and 50 books in my 101 things to do in 1001 days!

So why the Book-o-Fax?

Well I have loads of books that I want to read, and whilst I use to document my books, I don’t like relying solely on the internet for records.  The book-o-fax will be my backup of GoodReads details!

What am I going to keep in this one I hear you ask?  Well………………..

1. Book challenge details 2011

2. 101 Things challenge details

3. List books i want to read

4. Print pictures of the covers of each book, so I remember what they look like!

5. Reviews of the books I have read

6. Dates I start and finish a book

7. Which are on Kindle

8. Which are paperback copies

Do I need anything else?  Come on post a comment and let me know!

Are you enjoying the series, or do you just think I have totally lost the plot?

Going to tune back for Part 4?

WWW Wednesday (Apr 6th)


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions :

  1. What you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers :

1.  What are you currently reading?

I am about 66% of the way through this book and I am still loving it!  Such a funny, easy read, and just so worth giving a go if you are thinking of having or have had children!  Am hoping to finish it in the next week or so!

2.  What did you recently finish reading?

Finished this book at midnight on Saturday 26th Mar.  I couldn’t sleep and I knew I had just 4% of my book left, and decided to finish it!


Second time to have read it and loved it just as much if not more than the first!

See my last WWW for details on it, which can be found here :

3.  What do you think you’ll read next?

"Vegetarian Times" Vegetarian Beginner's GuideI am starting to explore the world of Vegetarianism and so I think this will definitely be my next read!  Having been a meat eater all my life, I know it will be a hard journey but I am excited to give it a go!