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Our Amsterdam Honeymoon

Hello just a warning this might be a long one, because today I will be telling you all about our honeymoon to Amsterdam, now we got married on the 20th October 2018 and we left for honeymoon on 22nd October 2018 for 3 days, so we had a day to relax and come down after the wedding. Now this was my first time on a plane and my first time going abroad also, so I was feeling quite nervous about going but was looking forward to it at the same time. So we set off on the Monday and couldn’t believe the view from the plane it was amazing IMG_1281we flew with KLM airline and can say it was amazing service, all of the staff was very helpful and we even got a little snack and drink whilst on the plane which went down very nicely since it took my mind off the nerves even though the flight was only around an hour long it really did ‘fly’ by (sorry for the pun). When we landed in Amsterdam we managed to have a look around the massive and very impressive schiphol airport which was full of all different shops, places to eat and also easily accessible train station underneath it. so we then got the train to Amsterdam IMG_8127central station which was also an experience since the trains are so much more impressive then British rail and the staff was much more helpful and friendly. we then arrived at the central station which was also very very big with an all glass roof looked like something straight out of Harry Potter. Now we then had the 30 minuet walk to find our hotel which was in the centre of rembrandtplein where there was a war memorial statue which was always super busy, but on our walk through the winding canals and little streets we noticed one big thing is LOOK OUT FOR BIKES, IMG_1376this was a major thing whilst we was over there was bikes have the right of way and even though they have special bike paths and zebra crossings for pedestrians there still is a great number of bikes which you need to look out for when crossing any road or even walking along a path because they simply do not care if they hit you over there since it would be the pedestrians fault for any damage or injury so be aware of this you need to look both ways and up and down before walking anywhere and then you may still get hit by a bike. On the first day we visited some of the shops and food IMG_1373places near to our hotel since we was tired from the early morning and flight so we didn’t do too much on the first day, we stayed at the NH caransa which is a 4 star hotel and it defiantly felt like it with a clean and modern rooms and general design, smart rooms with a mini bar filled with dutch treats and fantastic staff which was so friendly and kind, this is where I noticed another big detail about Amsterdam is that nearly everyone speaks English and I know this could be due to all of the tourism but this shocked me as I IMG_1572had never been out of the uk before I didn’t know what to expect so I was very happy when I leant this. One thing I loved about Amsterdam was the beautiful houses they are so amazing with tall and narrow houses which takes me back to a olden era then you have the canals which are filled with little boats and even floating houses which would be my dream.

 

The second day is when we started to go exploring Amsterdam a bit more we had a evening canal cruise booked which was fantastic but in the day we went to look around the shops and managed to find the main city centre where a endless road of shops appeared it seemed to go on forever and we discovered the most amazing chocolate in the world tonyTONY’S CHOCOLONELY, now all of the wording was in dutch so we didn’t quite know what the flavours was but most of them we could guess due to what it sounded like so we decided to buy nearly every flavour, another point I must say about IMG_4112Amsterdam was the price of everything now I don’t really know too much about this as I have never been abroad before but everything just seemed bit overpriced for example a bar of this chocolate was 5 euros which I thought was quite expensive so just a note for anyone thinking of visiting Amsterdam. Now in the main square was madame Tussauds and we have never been to any even the one in London so we decided to go and have a look, we got some great pictures but one thing I found was that it was very busy and cramped so we didn’t get a lot of time to look at each person but we still had a good time looking through everyone.

Now the third day and the last full day of our trip we pretty much done the same thing as the day before look around the shops, canals and then grabbed something to eat I found this amazing noodle place which was lush, now on this day we had booked up to go to IMG_1710Ripley’s believe it or not museum and this was the best museum we had been to it was full of lots of interesting and wacky objects and oddities from around the world we didn’t want to even leave, there was even a IMG_7451part on the The Beatles which I loved obviously. For the rest of the day we just walked around looking at the different places and we even saw the Palace which was amazing. now your probably thinking Hannah you went to Amsterdam did you not go to any coffee shops or the red light district? and the answer is no even though the whole culture of Amsterdam is sex, drugs and rocks and roll, me and my husband just isn’t into that sort of thing and didn’t see any need to participate in these activities but if thats what your into then trust me there are plenty of coffee shops around there is nearly one down every street and there defiantly is a smell in the air around Amsterdam.

On Thursday was the time we was coming home and I wasn’t as nervous about this flight as the first one but first we had to get a taxi to the airport and it fulfilled my husbands IMG_1282dream as the taxi was a Tesla and a fancy one to that, this was no Uber, my husbands face defiantly lit up when he saw that. We then Breezed through security and passport control, then enjoyed a McDonalds  breakfast in the airport whilst waiting for our plane and then landed back in the Uk safe and sound around 10 minutes IMG_1283after we left Amsterdam which was very strange to think. so overall we had a lovely time on our honeymoon even though it was very short I think that was just enough so hopefully this gives you a little insight into if you are thinking of visiting Amsterdam anytime soon and over all I will defiantly recommend visiting Amsterdam for everyone it is defiantly a beautiful place and there is something for everyone, friendly people who are very accepting and I couldn’t of wished for a better honeymoon.

Hannah.

 

 

 

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Im Back

Hi everyone hope your all well, I know I have been inactive on here for a long time but I’ve been through a lot of life changes. So where do I begin well since the last time I posted on here I have got a promotion at work, flew on my first aeroplane and actually got married yeah just a few changes. so my new married name is now Hannah Brooks and so far I am loving married life, even though the only difference is that I know have to go through all of my memberships and accounts and change my name which is a long and painful process. So now the wedding is over with I have nothing else to focus my days off on so I thought why not start this blog up again since I did love posting on here so hopefully I can keep up with it again this time as there may be a lot more adventures to go on now that I am a married woman and I cant wait to take you all on these adventures with me, so buckle up its going to be one hell of an adventure.

Hannah.

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Staying Fit for Summer.

Hi everyone hope your all well, this is my first post back after moving house, now there will be post regarding the move coming soon but today I will be writing about the different things I have been doing to keep fit whilst ive been busy moving house and will be carried on doing through out my hectic lifestyle. So I discovered this wonderful fitness and cardio app on my phone called Aaptiv, this handy app allows you to find different workouts with personal trainers on each class and then lets you go back to the workouts that you have previously done, you can also favourite your best workouts so you can go back to them whenever you want and with over 100, 10 minutes workouts it is great whilst on the move, whether your travelling the world or in my case moving house, whilst I was moving the weather really heated up and the sun was out, which I love for workouts since you feel like you are soaking up some of vitamin D from the sun and I always just feel more productive and refreshed when the sun is out. Now the Aaptiv app really made hot weather workouts so much more easier, my personal favourite is the yoga workout called Good morning yoga wake up, this really helped get my body ready for the day ahead especially if I had a long day ahead of me plus it only take 10 minutes so it is easy to fit in to a busy schedule. As well as the Yoga I also enjoy a power walk in the summer weather my favourite on the app is the summer Fun + Sand this class comes with a great built-in workout playlist which all together lasts for 28 minutes. Now even though the classes on the app come with a playlist sometimes you just want to listen to your own style of music to get you in the right mindset to get moving, so here is my top 5 workout songs for summer Playlist. 


Now I do love a good outdoor workout so you need to make sure you have all of the essentials with you and some of mine are a good water bottle that can hold plenty of water to keep you hydrated in this hot weather, another essential of mine would be an on arm phone holder strap to keep your playlist and trainer on aaptiv going through out your workout so you don’t have the problem of dropping your phone and interrupting your workout. I also like to take with me a compact first aid kit since I am quite the accident prone this is always a good idea weather you get a blister or something worse you will always be prepared.

So this was what I’ve been doing to keep fit during the summer and will carry on to do for the rest of the year since Aaptiv have workouts for outdoors and indoors and it is so easy to navigate the app that I will not have a problem sticking to this program. This post was inspired by #TeamAaptiv, a fitness and cardio app with fun, outdoor fit for summer programs. All of the opinions in this post are of my own.
Hannah.

 

 

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My 2017 New Years resolutions.🎉🍾

So these are my 2017 resolutions, I was quite glad to see the back of 2016 since it was quite a rough year for me I slipped a disc in my back and lost my job because of it, I then was unemployed for sometime and there was a few deaths in the family one being my lovely cat which I’ve had since I was 5 years old RIP sindy. But at the end of November things started to look up and I now have a wonderful job which I love and me and my partner is looking to move into our own place so hopefully this year our dream will come true. I do need to apologise for the long break I have had over the Christmas period, where I started a new job I’ve just been so busy And I had to work a 12 hour shift on Christmas Day so any time that I did have was spent with my family and loved ones so I haven’t been able to post on here but it has calmed down now so I will be posting more on here, so I hope you all enjoy what is to come, thank you so much and I wish you all a happy new year and lets make 2017 the best one yet.

Hannah.

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Our Past Butlins Adventures.

Hello everybody, I hope your having a great day, As your reading this me and my fiance are on holiday at Butlins Holiday resort in Bognor Regis, we have been there on holiday for the past 2 years, so I thought that I should do a post telling you about our past holidays too Butlins. So our first holiday together was in June 2014 and was at Butlins holiday resort in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. We spent a week there and had such a great time, we stayed in the sliver room, which is just a room and bathroom, it comes with a tv and tea making facilities in the bedroom and not much else, since we just needed the essentials as we paid for the dining hall food.

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We had such a good time as it is mostly inclusive so swimming, shows, fairground and play areas are free (some do cost money) so it’s all part of the price. The shows were amazing also we went in the evening every day to see what show was on for that day, which we really enjoyed going out late at night at the bar since that was the year we both turned 18 and we never really went out so it was a nice change. The food was really nice also, it is a buffet style and is part of the price when you choose the dining plan when you book, it is only for breakfast and dinner though so you need to find your own lunch, if you feel up to it since it always fills me up, Conor on the other hand is quite fussy and didn’t eat that much since they never really had much that he liked. Our favourite part was defiantly the Arcades with the claw machines and the machines where you can win tickets, I remember we collected so many tickets through out the week. There is lots of things to do there that you do having to pay for like mini golf, Bowling, some rides, arcades, rock climbing and other activities. There is also plenty of bars and places to eat and drink such as Burger King, papa johns, the diner, bar Rosso and plenty more. Also the beach is really nearby and also the town with some really great shops.There is plenty of gift shops on resort for you to buy any gifts of sweets.

The second time we went was October 2015 and we stayed in the same accommodation as the first time but we never got the food dining plan, as Conor didn’t really eat that much last time and we thought it was a waste of money so we would go to the cafe or shop for breakfast and lunch and then eat out in the restaurants for dinner, our favourite was The Diner the food was so good and had massive portions. But other than that we did pretty much the same thing as the previous year. even though we went in October the weather was nice and warm and sunny, even though it doesn’t matter too much since most of the resort is under cover.

Now that brings us too this year we had a bit more money for a holiday this year, since we both had quite well paid jobs, so we managed to afford The Gold Apartment accommodation which is Self catering, which will be better for my fussy eater of a fiance.

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It comes with a kitchen/diner equipped with a cooker,fridge, microwave, dishwasher and all of the kitchen essentials , living room with a tv, 2 Bedrooms one twin and one double with a TV in the double room and wardrobes, Bathroom with shower and it comes with towels and housekeeping daily which we never had before since you had to pay extra. We are staying from to 10th October to the 14th October, I will do a post on it afterwards to let you know how everything was.

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed reading all about our past Butlins adventures and don’t forget to like this post and follow my blog so you see all of my future posts.I will link the Butlins website down below if you wanted to look more into a break, I totally recommend it, we always have the best time here and it just proves you don’t have to spend a lot of money or go out of the country to have a good time.

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Hannah.

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My Experience in Hospital & MRI scan. 🏥🚨

Hello, everyone today I will be writing about my experience with staying in hospital for a spinal injury and having a MRI scan. So it all started in February of this year, when I would get severe back pain whilst working at the nursing home, now I had never had problems with my back before so I knew something wasn’t right, so I went to see my GP which I had to see a different doctor, which he just told me it was normal for someone in my profession and said I was too young to have a injury on my back, so he gave me a website to look at to help with exercises. So I done those exercises and kept on taking pain killers, but it wasn’t working and was just getting worse as time went on so I decided to go back to see the doctor but had a different one again which he then told me that he thought I might of partially slipped a disc in my back and he prescribed me some strong painkillers called Tramadol, and some anti inflammatory tablets called Naproxen. These did work quite well for a couple of months, until I done something at work one day and I was in such bad pain with my back which went all the way up my spine to my neck and then down my legs and it would feel like pins and needles in my bottom area and I was struggling to walk let alone work. And I went back to the doctor which I got ANOTHER different doctor which he said their was not much he could do so he prescribed a stronger dose of painkillers and referred  me to the physiotherapist.At this point I was in such pain with my back that I was taking Tramadol, Paracetemol and the anti inflammatory drugs all at a time which really knocks you out and can make you feel very drowsy, and even then the pain was still there. So a month or so past and I finally got to see the physio, which was very concerned and had to phone up the doctors to ask them to see me which she got me a emergency appointment with yet another different doctor, and once I got to the appointment the doctor check me over and my reflexes and said that she was very concerned about my nerves in my back and that area. And so she phoned up Southampton general hospital to see if I could have a emergency MRI scan, which I was lucky enough to be able to go in for one. At first we got told the wrong ward, so after a hunt through the hospital in a wheelchair we finally found the right ward in the minor injury spinal ward and I got a bed ( wasn’t my plan to stay in though) now after several tests, scans and questions ( including a scan with the really cold gel on my stomach) we had to wait for me to have a MRI scan which if you did not know is this really big magnetic cylinder

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scanner which you have to lie in it normally take from 30-90 minutes to do a scan depending on what part of the body is being scanned. The wait was so long like 2-3 hours. I finally got took down by the healthcare assistants (which it was really weird since that was my job, having someone do the stuff for me that I do for others, well most things anyway) when you go into the area where the scanners are your not allowed anything metal on you, so your bra, piercings or anything metal needs to come off, since the scanner uses a very strong magnetic field to work so if you have any metal on it will just rip off and could break the machine. Now when you go in the room you need to lie down flat on this board and they give you headphones or ear plugs and let you choose the radio station (I chose Capital FM) this is because the machine makes a very loud banging sound, which you can still hear but not as bad, now they make you comfortable in the machine and then slide you in to the long tight tube which can be very close and make you feel clostrophobic even though there is a constant cool air blowing through out the tube, but they give you a panic button to press if there is anything wrong, now I’ve had 2 MRI scans now but the one at the general was my first one so I was very worried and nervous so I just went to my happy place  which for some unknown reason inside the scanner it smelt like the skyline and Butlins Bognor Regis so I went to there,closed my eyes and thought of my holidays there with my fiancé and family which really helped a lot, I mean near the end I started to get a bit clostrophobic and feel a bit sick but I just took deep breaths in the nose and out the mouth and I was fine. Now the scan lasts about 30 minutes and you can not move whilst in there otherwise it affects the image. So once it had finished I got brought back up to the ward at which point I was then waiting for the Surgeon to look at my scan which took hours at which point it was getting late at night and when he finally saw it they said they wanted me to see the neurologist in the morning so I had to stay overnight, which I really didn’t want too so my mum and nan left and I finally could have something to eat since they said I couldnt eat anything just Incase I needed surgery, and so I hadn’t ate in 12 hours and when I did get food they got me a tuna sandwich how boring, oh and a nice cup of tea which I very much needed. That night I hardly slept at all I must of got like 30 minutes sleep all night and got woken up at 6 in the morning, now I had more tests done and then had to have my worse fear a blood test now she needed to take 4 10ml vials of blood, which terrified me and then when she was doing the third vial my blood stopped flowing and so she had to try and get it to come again but it wouldn’t so someone came and tried again later on the other arm and got it straight away (thank god) and they gave me some super good looking stockings and socks to prevent blood clots in the leg . Now my mum came in to see me and once he finished work my fiancé also came to visit me which made me feel much better.Now I was just waiting for the neurologist to check me over and the time was ticking and I was getting very distressed and fed up and I suffer with anxiety quite badly and the stress triggered a sort of panic attack where I couldn’t stop crying and Conor, my mum and the nurse all had trouble calming me down, now barring in mind that I had not slept the night before, I was in a unknown environment and missed my family so I was very emotional and was thinking I was going to have to stay in another night. But then the neurologist finally came and done his tests and said that he wanted a fully spinal MRI scan but said I could have it as a outpatient and that I could be discharged, which I was so pleased about, so I got all of my stuff together, and then one on the night doctors came in and said I can’t be discharged since the day staff didn’t do the paper work which set off a major panic attack since I thought I was going home to be with my family I started crying and hyperventilating but one of the nurses had a word and they finally filled out my discharge papers and I was free to leave and was back in my own bed with my family. I went for my second MRI scan about 1 month ago at royal south Hants hospital and it took about 45-60 minutes and I was the first ones for that day,it wasn’t as bad since I knew what to expect but they never had headphones so I had to have ear plugs but I just went to my happy place again and it was over before I knew it. I still haven’t got any results they said they will send them to my doctor when they have them in a couple of weeks but still nothing, I will keep you all updated about it. 

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my experience In hospital and having a MRI scan, it was a very tiring and stressful experience but all of the nurses, healthcare assistants and most of the doctors was kind and helpful and I would just like to thank all of the staff for looking after me whilst in there. 

Hannah.