Category Archives: Favourites

Why I love to read

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Reading for me is like watching and film but in words. Books can take you to another world or place, or teach you about life.

It is the best tools you can have, and I love to share the books I read, check out my Book Review page on Carriesrealworld.com

Books can inspire me and help to grow myself as a person.

I wouldn’t go anywhere without having a good book to read.

The books I love are self help books, crime novels and chick flicks.

These are are my go to favourites and love being in my own world whilst reading them, and there will be more book reviews to come.

Reading helps with my writing and teaches me about different words and meanings, and as with everything I am still learning and with books I can have endless days reading.

Do you love to read?

What are your favourite types of books?

I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

My Favourite Christmas Films

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My favourite films at Christmas is You’ve go mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, I just love the innocence of the movie and how they finally realise that they already know each other.

Then Mary Poppins, the old version, not the new one that has just been released. I am sorry but you can’t beat the classics and it always brings me such excitement every time I see the film.

My son and I are loving Polar Express at the moment, and we’ve watched twice in two days. I just love the magic of it and my son because he loves trains, loves the film.

I can’t forget the old classic, A Christmas Carol, about Scrooge and is visited by the ghost of Christmas passed and present. I love the old black and white version.

Then there are films like The Snowman, it always brings me goosebumps each year and never grow sick of it.

Groundhog day with Bill Murray, absolutely hilarious and never grow sick of it, it still makes me laugh every time I watch it.

I am looking forward seeing some of these films this Christmas again and again.

So what are your favourite Christmas films? I would love to hear from you.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

 

Carrie X

Living with music

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Music has always been a massive part of my life. I have never known it not to be. I am not a musician or a singer, even though I have had lessons, but I wouldn’t give Adele a run for her money, in fact I don’t think my voice could ever be any where close to hers, but I do love my music.

As a child I would spend hours listening to my records, which was the way in the early 80’s to listen to music. Then came cassette tapes and CD’s. I especially loved Christmas I was always guaranteed a new cassette or record.

I didn’t buy my first CD until later on as I reached adult age.

I still listened to my walkman, which was a portable device that worked on AA batteries and it would play cassette tapes. I loved my walkman and continued to use it all the way up until I left school, until I received a CD and got a portable CD player for Christmas.

I then started to fade away from listening to my tapes to the point that I no longer at the age of 38 owned a cassette tape anymore, I haven’t even bought a CD in the last 10 or so years. If I want to listen to music I play it via YouTube, or Google music app.

However I still keep my CD’s and will sometimes play one using my laptop whilst working in my home office/guest bedroom.

To me music is more than a tune it is what is represents in your life. As soon as I hear for example A-HA Take On Me, it instantly takes me back to my childhood when I used to live in Hammersmith, or when I listen to Alexander O’Neal Fake it makes me remember those great holidays my mum and dad used to take me and my brother on, to Menorca with some of my mum and dads friends from Chelsea, in London.

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Quote above from: Quotesgram.com

There is something about music that brings me peace and harmony and will forever be my favourite thing.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie

 

Meal for a Tenner Review

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I posted a blog about a Meal for a tenner and so here is my review on it.

We tried the ones at Tesco and was very impressed, but not with Marks and Spencers which we tried last Saturday.

It was lovely meal, but both my husband and I didn’t go much on the Rose wine we had, and I think that you get more for your money with the Tescos meal for a tenner, so prefer the Tescos one compared to the Mark and Spencers meal deal.

I am not sure if we will do the meal for a tenner this Saturday, as we are taking a trip on the Watercress line Train ride as treat for our son, as he loves trains and so I will post about our trip next week.

https://www.watercressline.co.uk/product.php/120/santa-special

I am also going to take a trip to either the Christmas markets along the South Bank or to Winter Wonderland so when I do I will be writing a post.

On Youtube this week I came across this video by Sugarmamma.tv about Quick Cash Saving habits.

I have been watching Strictly still and I got to say I think Kevin and Stacey could possibly win it, I loved their dance last week doing the Paso, and feel they do have a real strong partnership.

So I hope you all have a good weekend and check out the Tescos meal deal, no I am not sponsored I just think it is great.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Wedding Fever

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Since the royal wedding last Saturday I now have wedding fever and won’t stop watching it. It was such a beautiful wedding and day, that now I just want to keep reliving it.

It takes me back to my day. I married in Southampton, in a Tudor Hall, which I found whilst watching a documentary about Southampton, then saw it in a picture in a wedding venue magazine.

Choosing a venue can be hard as you can get married in most places now. I originally wanted to get married at Arundel Castle, but this was way out of our budget, so then looked at getting married at the local Racecourse, Goodwood, but then there was accommodation, because I have a lot of family who would be travelling from London and from north of England.

So as soon as I saw the documentary about the Tudor Hall in Southampton I knew this was the place. It has to feel right and when you look at a venue take a moment to take it all in, can you picture your wedding there?

Can you decorate it as you’d like?

Is there good accommodation nearby?

In our case there was.

The only issue we had was our wedding clashed with the Boat Show in Southampton, so many of the hotels had already been booked up. Keep in contact with the Event Managers of the Venue in case they have a staff change over which they did at the hotel we chose. What had been agreed in their contract, when we payed the deposit hadn’t been carried out, and so we had to make further alterations as the hotel was also holding our wedding reception afterwards.

Then we had to at last minute find a new DJ as the one we booked had cancelled out on the day 4 hours before our wedding reception was about to start.

It didn’t all go to plan but it was a great day and would love to relive it again if I could.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

I have dreams about being on Strictly Come Dancing

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Being a massive fan of Strictly Come Dancing, which is the UK version of Dancing with the stars, I been having dreams that I am on the show. No this isn’t a ploy to actually be on the show, as I have to be real to myself, that it is never going to happen, but I do dream about being on it.

I was lucky enough in 2016 to actually be there to see the show live, for the 2016 Semi Final, as my friend happen to be working on the show. It was a dream come true, I felt like I had jumped into the TV screen, and I got to have a photo with Ore Oduba, who was lovely by the way, true professional.

I used to do Ballroom, Latin and Disco dancing as a child all the way up until I was 16 and then started working and couldn’t fit it in anymore, but I loved it. I even won the cup for having the higher marks in my final exam, and I really miss it.

It was a lovely little dancing school, and I still wonder if it is still going on now.

If you are thinking of taking up Ballroom and Latin dancing then go for it, it is really a great way to keep in shape.

My favourite performance so far is from last Saturday, the Paso Doble, danced by Seann Walsh and Katya Jones.

Plus the Jive by Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley.

So far these have been my favourite, but they all were good I thought on Saturday it still is anyone still one show competition.

Who did you like on Strictly?

Have you done this type of dancing?

I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X

Strictly is back…yay…

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Yes it is back and I can not wait. I don’t know all of the celebrities this year so not sure who will stand out and who will not, but still excited to see it back.

It really is my favourite show. I am a bit sad that Brendan Cole not in it this year, but looking forward to seeing the new dancers take centre stage.

I have been watching a lot of Youtube and I love watching Routine videos, and recently watched this one by Doitonadime, check it out below:

I have also been watching a lot of videos by The Rich Life.

And the other videos I like to watch at the moment and ones by Tracy Hensel, she does a lot of videos about budgeting and scheduling. It’s always good to get inspiration.

So what do you love to watch on TV and on Youtube I would love to hear from you.

Many thanks for reading,

 

Carrie X