Monday, 29 March 2010

J'Adore Paris!

I am so excited for this Easter break and no not because of the 12,000 worded dissertation I must delve into. I am looking forward to something else...


Lotte and I are...


Travelling on the Eurostar train at 6.20am today to visit....


PARIS!

And for two days we will be enjoying everything this magnificent city has to offer. I have been to Paris before but only as a day trip. So it will be really nice to soak up everything fully as last time there were some things I didn't get to see/do. I cannot wait to get on the Eiffel Tower again!!! Due to the fact that in my last trip the roof was heaving with people so they had to close it for safety measures. This is without a doubt one of my favourite landmarks - big and beautiful!

Then from Paris we will be...


Playing princesses in Disneyland Resort! I am so excited to go on the rides, meet all the characters and be a big kid! At the moment life feels so serious due to all the university work. So I think this is a good time as any to be nostalgic again :)

I really cannot wait to get the magic started.

Monday, 22 March 2010

And the winners are...

I have loved doing this giveaway and the response was awesome. The bracelets are beautiful and your choices of colours even got me thinking of new ones to buy :). I wish I could give a bracelet and organza to all of you. To make it fair I have used a website called www.random.org. So the numbers randomly chosen were...

7    31

And the lucky winners are...


i love them, too! i would probably be addicted to that shop as well. i can't get the website to open to the bracelet choices, but from your pictures, i love the blue and the darker greyish blue color. i would love pink and grey if they are options. thanks for doing the give-away.


I would love to win that bracelet because it would go perfectly with a pearl necklace I got in Hawaii - I just love pearls!

Congratulations ladies! If you can email me your addresses by Friday and tell me what colours you want or any questions then please do! tailormade(at)live.co.uk - otherwise another winner will be chosen. Well done!



Thank you all for taking part. I know I will be doing more in the future. Have a lovely week!

Monday, 15 March 2010

First Blog Give-away.

*** The giveaway has ended. I will use the number generator on random.org tomorrow to pick the two winners ***


I have always wanted to do a blog give-away! The only thing that stopped me was that I had nothing interesting to offer.


So after winning great prizes on Amanda and Jessica's blogs I felt now was a good reason to do one. Plus, you have ALL been wonderful to me lately so it would also be a thank you as well :)


Have I ever mentioned my favourite jewellery line to you? Well since you wondered - it is Westwood Rocks!



Westwood Rocks is a small English jewellery boutique near where I live. There are only 5 shops in the UK that exist. So I felt like I struck gold when I found this place. The jewellery is all handmade, has amazing colours and beautifully packaged. I could spend hours in there. I swear I have bought half the store by now. 


My favourite pieces of jewellery are the beaded bracelets and their pearls on organza. What I love to do is entwine the organza pearls round the beads. As seen in the picture above. Or you can just wear the beaded bracelet on its own and entwine the organza into your hair, make it a necklace or an anklet. You can do so many things with it. So when I went in there for the millionth time the other day I was offered a great deal :)


So...I am very fortunate to give-away a set which consists of 1 beaded bracelet and 1 pearl on organza to two lucky people. It can be any colour of your choice, the shop has all shades of the rainbow.


I will announce the two winners on Monday 22nd March 2010 :). Therefore, you have until midnight (GMT) this coming Sunday to enter.


All you have to do is comment below and tell me what colours would you choose and why you would like to win this jewellery. If you can tweet about this give-away or mention it as part of one of your blog posts then you will gain an extra entry, (please make sure you mention this when entering). Otherwise Good Luck!!!

*Disclaimer - The company have not endorsed any free products personally to me for this. This give-away is subject to anyone living anywhere in the world.

Love, Rebecca x x x

Sunday, 14 March 2010

I love you, Mum.

This lovely lady is my favourite person and not just because it is Mothers day today. She is my favourite person every single day.


I wrote in my Mum's card - 'Thank you for never failing me - ever'

She never fails to ask how my day is the minute I set foot in the door.
She never fails to underestimate me.
She never fails to check where I am going, who I am going out with and what time I will be back.
She never fails to give her four children time and compassion.
She never fails to tell me off when I am being melodramatic and silly.
She never fails to realise when I need a hug or a good cry.
She never fails to tell me that my life is a blank canvas and I can paint all the colours I want on it.
She never fails to tell us that she has the best job in the world raising her three daughters and one son.
She never ever fails to make me understand that all I can do is my best and that my best is always good enough.


She has never failed as my favourite person. There have been days I have made her cry, angry, not talk to me and be resentful. There have been days I have made her so proud, smile, laugh and made me feel so blessed. The best thing about finishing my degree this year will be setting foot in the house with her normal approach of asking how my day was. I cannot wait for the reply she will receive - 'My day was great. I'm a Nurse, Mum! And I could not have done it without you.' I really have no idea where I would be without her. She has never failed at being my Mum and I know she never will.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

I did it!

I want to say a massive thank you for all the positive thinking, prayers and good luck messages I received about the job interview.

It must have worked as I GOT THE JOB! From the 25th September 2010 I will be working as a qualified staff nurse in a surgical ward/department. I could not wipe the smile off my face if I tried. I have been incredibly nervous all day and crying because of the anxiety of it all. However, when I walked into the interview room I suddenly had this overwhelming feeling of calmness and ease. The questions weren't too bad to answer and the interviewers (my future managers) were incredibly kind. I am so excited to start there, even if it is 6 months away. So thank you to everyone for supporting me!

Everything seems to be falling into place....and it feels absolutely amazing! :)

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Bookworm.

This week in the United Kingdom is National Book Reading Week and on Thursday 4th March, this week, it was World Book Day!


I wish I could read more, but due to other commitments it is becoming more difficult. Reading is one of my favourite and most therapeutic activities to do. So I thought for this post I would talk about my favourite book in participation with 'World Book Day' (I am a bit late whoops!) - which encourages you to talk about your favourite book and why it captured your imagination.


I have read some amazing books and my top three are:
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  • Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Aherne.
It is really hard to choose my favourite because they all made me fall in love with the characters, laugh, cry, be shocked and most importantly stopped me from putting them down. However, the reason why this book rates higher than the others is because it reflects not just amazing writing, plots and characters but it also depicts my favourite era in history.


I cannot praise this book enough and I am sure many of you have either heard about it or hopefully read it :). I remember I used this book as a revision tool in my history exams at school. It tells the story of the 'Finch' family, who are white, and live in deep south America. It was during this time discrimination, persecution and the mocking of Black Americans was rife. Atticus Finch is a Lawyer who is one of very few people to not be racist and as a result defends a black man, Tom Robinson, in court. Tom is standing trial for the rape of Mayella Ewell - a young white girl - who is shamed to admit she is lying simply because Tom is a different colour of skin to her. I will not tell you what happens as I want you to read the book - the twists and the other characters in the book make this a captivating read!

Atticus Finch also has two young children, Jem and Scout, who are completely naive to the culture of discrimination they live in. Atticus tries his best to raise his children to accept everyone for who they are. However, one summer they start to become suspicious of their neighbour Arthur Radley who they nickname 'Boo.' Boo leaves them little toys to play with and watches Jem and Scout from afar. Due to the way 'Boo' behaves it causes the children to characterise him as this ugly and superstitious person. Their view of 'Boo' changes towards the  end of the book which was lovely to read. It just proves that at any age we are impressionable.

The reason why I love this book is because Harper Lee wrote it so beautifully. The way she magically incorporated the characters into the plots and reflected the opinions from the time is commendable. The topic of the segregation and discrimination people witnessed and participated in is a sensitive area to write about. Yet, as the reader I came away from this feeling very empowered. In the United Kingdom 'segregation' was never as 'high profile' as the way people behaved at the time this story was set in. I remember when I spoke to my grandparents who were alive during segregation and the civil rights movement in the USA. They were completely unaware it was even happening and shocked that it was conceivable for people to 'act' that way. Therefore, when I learnt about it at school and read about it in this book it was incredibly new and heartbreaking. 

This book, my favourite book, has set in stone something very fundamental that I am sure everyone has learnt. We are all Mockingbirds. We have all been persecuted, ridiculed against or laughed at at some point in our lives, whether it was over something big or small. It just reiterated to me that we can never judge anyone until we have walked in their shoes. In order for us to not be prejudice we simply have to learn to be equal individuals and not to judge others. It is simple to say but not always as easy to carry out.

"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird."

So, in honour of Book Week - what is your favourite book and why does it make you want to talk about it? I encourage you to do a blog post on it and share it with others. 

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

I have an Interview.

I thought this week would be suck because I have been ill with tonsillitis and a stinking cold. Alas, that is not to be...because I have my first nursing interview!!!


I am so excited. I really cannot wipe the smile off my face right now. I do not graduate until August but we can start applying now due to a re-shuffle in expenses for our National Health Service. It was not until recently that I realised surgical nursing was my 'thing' and when a position opened up at my local hospital I had to go for it. If I get this job it would be a weight off my mind and the fact they would hold the position for me to take in September is perfect.


There are a couple of openings and the Matron of surgery said not many people had gone for it so I really hope I am in with a chance. Even if I am not offered the position then it is all good practice at interviewing I guess. The interview is at the end of next week so I will let you know how it all goes.


Wish me luck.
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