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 we 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 central 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, this 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 places 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 had 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 TONY’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 Amsterdam 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 Ripley’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 part 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 dream 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 after 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.
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.
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.
Hello everyone just a quick exciting update, me and my partner are currently in the process of moving into our first house together and so I may be slow on uploading any new posts for a while since it’s been very hectic. Moving day is on the Wednesday 19th July, so there will be a post on our new house up very soon.
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Hi everybody I’m finally back with another post, the reason I haven’t posted in a while is because I’ve taken some time away from most social media over the past couple of weeks since I have been very busy with my birthday and then also super busy with work since I’ve been doing extra hours etc. So anyway I’m back with my chicken, leek and white wine pie recipe now this is one I made from scratch except from the pastry, now I served mine with mashed potatoes and some mixed steamed vegetables, so I hope you enjoy this recipe.
2 tablespoons butter
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast.
2 cups Chicken stock
2 medium leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 ½ tablespoons flour
1 glass white wine
1 ¼ cups milk
1 lb puff pastry ( I used ready rolled from the shop)
1 egg ( for egg wash on pastry)
- In a large pan poach chicken until cooked all the way through in some chicken stock, carrots, leeks, thyme and salt & pepper.
- Once poached remove chicken and veg through a sieve and keep chicken stock in a separate jug.
- Tear chicken in to pieces with two forks.
- Add butter and flour into pan and keep on stiring whilst that turns into paste, keep on adding the chicken stock bits at a time until you get to a smooth custard like consistency.
- Once the roux has finished take off heat and keep to the side.
- Add the chicken and vegetables back into heat and add in white wine and milk and keep stiring keeping an eye that it doesn’t burn to bottom of pan, then add in the roux sauce made before and simmer until mixture thickens, stirring often.
- Once this is simmering roll out the pastry and cut out enough pastry to cover top of dish, it doesn’t need to be perfect at this stage as we will trim later.
- Once your chicken mixture has thickened up, leave to cool slightly since putting pastry on top of it whilst it is still hot will cause the butter in the pastry to melt and it will become soggy.
- Once cooled add mixture to dish about 3/4 of the way, then add pastry on top, trim up the edges of your pie using a knife.
- Place in oven at 200°c, gas mark 6 just until the top of pasty has gone golden brown, mine took around 15-20 minutes, but this may differ on other ovens.
- Once golden brown take out of oven and enjoy with some mashed potatoes and vegetables on the side.
So this was my recipe for my homemade chicken, leek and white wine pie, I hope you found this useful, thank you very much for reading.
Hi, as some of you may know if you had read my ‘about me’page I have been working as a healthcare assistant for about 2 1/2 years now and has worked in a number of different environments including community residential care, Nursing home and now I am working in a residential, physiotherapy rehabilitation and dementia specialist care home. So I thought I would do a post on some of the essentials that you would need and that I use as a healthcare assistant.
- Alcohol handrub– This one is pretty self explanatory due to the hygiene factor of the profession, however this one is mainly for people working in the community since in a care or nursing home they should have them there scattered about where as you don’t if it’s other people’s homes, so this is a must. You can get ones that clip on to your uniform so you never lose it.
- Nurses Fob watch– Another useful one because time is a big part of the profession, whether it’s filling out documents, medication time needs or cooking times you will always need to be checking the time and you can’t keep on looking for a clock or looking at your phone, so a fob watch allows you to always have the time on you just connected to you uniform at easy reach.
- Lots and lots of black ink pens- Now this one is again pretty self explanatory but you will need to write something in this job through out the day somewhen so I tend to try and keep atleast 3 or even 4 pens on me, this is mainly because I’ve either lost them or the little pen fairy comes and takes them. So I now advise people to keep a lot of pens on them in the profession.
- Hair ties– Now this one is for the woman or men with longer hair, but this is a must for me I never understand why people wear there hair down in this job, because it is a hard job and they need to keep care and nursing homes and the homes of the clients really warm since the elderly find the cold really easily, so you most probably will sweat somewhen in the day and when I have my hair down it just makes it worse so I tend to always put my hair up.
- Comfortable shoes- Now this one is a must, since I work 12 hour shifts my feet used to be in agony by lunch time but a month or so ago I brought some sketchers memory foam gel trainers specially for work and they are the best purchase I’ve ever made, my feet don’t ache half as much as they did before. I got mine on amazon and I would recommend this to anyone in this profession because there is a lot of walking.
- Deodorant– This one is pretty self explanatory since you might be sweating quite a lot I recommend a powerful anti perspirant.
- Pain killers– Because the profession we are in can be very heavy and physical, I suggest just carrying with you some pain killers since you could injure yourself or get aches and pains, so to tackle the issue of pain it’s always essential to have some form of pain relief close at hand just in case.
- Water– This one is a must due to the fact that if you perspire you need to replenish those lost fluids, so many times I’ve seen people get dehydrated through not drinking enough at work, so I carry around a bottle of water around with me so I can keep up my fluids, I also feel like it gives me more energy.
- High in protein foods- Speaking of energy when your working a long shift you need to keep your energy levels quite high and you can do this by eating foods which are high in protein.
- Hand cream or barrier cream and lip balm- Now I find I get very dry chapped hands and lips in this profession it’s due to the central heating, possible dehydration, wetting of hands and not drying them properly and also the wearing of the gloves. So I like to combat this by always carrying a small tube of hand cream/ barrier cream and a tube of lip balm, in my pocket so I can apply when ever I need them. I like to use a Nivea lip balm and I’ve been using E45 barrier cream, you can find both at a local pharmacy or drugstore, such as Boots or Superdrug in the UK.
So these was my Top 10 essentials for any healthcare assistant, I hope you found this useful and don’t forget to like and share on your social medias. thank you.
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