Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter everyone!

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Today’s been a busy one so not much time for blogging!

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Mum and I decorated the kitchen, my first time wallpapering and well I’m good! Must of have a good teacher! Thanks Dad! 🙂

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Sunday lunch was made and eaten

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Followed by homemade pavlova

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Now to chill and tuck into my eggs!

Love

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What to do this Easter?

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Stuck for something to do this Easter Monday and Tuesday? A day off work and you want to get out and do something?  This Monday my boyfriend and I are both off and I wanted to plan to do something fun together, not waste the day.  So I decided to look online after hearing that a few things were going on and seeing the odd advertisement up around town.  Here’s what I found, I thought I would share it with you all! xx

BANGOR

Why not come to Bangor this Easter Monday, for a day packed full of family fun at the annual Easter Parade and Funday where Bangor’s seafront will have something to appeal to everyone from 10.00 – 6.00 pm. This year, is a very special year for Bangor as 400 years ago the Town was first issued its charter by King James I and to mark this occasion, the spectacular parade will have a Bangor 400 theme and everyone is encouraged to join in the fun by coming along in fancy dress.

  • Spring Fair- 10am – 6pm

Bangor & Holywood Town Centre Management in partnership with North Down Borough Council will be hosting a Spring Fair in The Sunken Gardens where an array of local crafts and speciality foods will be available. This fair will also take place on Easter Saturday from 11am – 4pm and Easter Sunday from 1pm – 5pm.

  • Karting – 10am -6pm

Starting at 10am on Easter Monday, at The McKee Clock Arena, Eddie Irvine Sports will be running a special karting event. Everyone will have the chance to kart around on a specially created outdoor track, great for the budding F1 stars! The charge for this will be £5 per ride.

https://www.facebook.com/eddieirvinesports?fref=ts

  • Laserquest  – 10am – 6pm

Taking a stroll down The Promenade, you can try your hand at Laserquest, the fast-paced action combat game which will cost £5 per go or check out the variety of animals at Phil’s Farm. This speciality farm will be in situ all day and children will be able to pet the animals and learn how to care for them. Just watch out for the giant Chick Eggs which will be making their way through the crowds, entertaining everyone along the way!

  • Pickie Fun Park

Finish your walk at Pickie Fun Park which will be open all day with lots to do and see, take a ride on a swan, play in the play park or just have a coffee and relax in the refurbished café.

 Open Daily 9am – 7pm
From the promenade stroll round to Pickie Fun Park where you can enjoy the ever popular Pickie Puffer, giant pedal swans and children’s play area as well as new activities including an 18-hole maritime themed mini golf course, a children’s electric car track and splash pads.

https://www.facebook.com/pickiefunpark

  • Street Parade – 3pm

At 3.00 pm over 200 children and young people from St Gall’s Brownies, North Down District Scouts, St Comgalls Primary School, St Malachys Primary School and many more will be taking to the streets as part of the spectacular Bangor 400 themed carnival Parade. Look out for Kings & Queens, a giant birthday cake, live music bands and lots more when this colourful spectacular makes its way around the Town. Get into the spirit by colouring in and cutting out the special 400 crown which can be found in this edition of The Junior Spectator. Wear the crown on the day and be part of the Bangor 400 celebrations!

This year, The Parade will be led by the The Mayor of North Down, Councillor Wesley Irvine who will be travelling in a beautiful horse drawn carriage.  The Parade’s route will start at The Town Hall, then onto Main Street, along Quay Street, turning into High Street and making its way back up Main Street to The Town Hall – an extravaganza not to be missed!

3pm: Bangor 400 Themed Easter Parade
A spectacular themed Easter parade celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Bangor’s town charter will make its way through the town.
The Parade leaves The Town Hall and continues down Main Street, along Quay Street, High Street, Hamilton Road and returns to The Town Hall …
DON’T FORGET TO GET UP TO MY FAVOURITE AND IN MY OPINION THE BEST SANDWICH SHOP IN BANGOR OVER THESE DAYS!
SUNFLOWER SANDWICH BAR
Central Avenue, Bangor
Here’s my blog on the fab Sunflower Sandwich Bar if you want more info . . . https://mylifemyblogzane.wordpress.com/?s=sunflower&submit=Search
ON EASTER TUESDAY IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE OFF WHY NOT POP DOWN TO GROOMSPORT (just a 5 minute drive from Bangor) AND VISIT THE RUBY BIJOU OPEN DAY. . .

BELFAST

  • Nearly True Tours

Belfast City Hall (meet at reception) Sunday 31 March – Tuesday 2 April 12pm, 2pm and 4pm Free event; ticket required Tickets available from the Belfast Welcome Centre Recommended for those aged seven years and over.
Take an unforgettable Nearly True Tour of Belfast City Hall and meet captivating yet eccentric characters along the way. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Live music

Great Hall, Belfast City Hall Saturday 30 and 31 March, 2pm – 4pm   Monday 1 and 2 April, 11.30am – 1.30pm A four-day celebration covering various aspects of Belfast’s musical development. From the tunes of the ancient harpers and Vivaldi through to compositions of the 21st century; from traditional reels and jigs to the music played aboard Titanic; from industrial songs to those of Thomas Moore, this broad programme embraces much at the core of the city’s musical history.

  • Dance demonstrations

Great Hall, Belfast City Hall Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 April 2pm – 4pm
From the Charleston to the Jitterbug, ballroom to Latin, be amazed as our dancers take to the floor.

  • Stripey Socks Productions invite you to the Mad Hatter’s tea party

Council Chamber, Belfast City Hall Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 April 1pm and 3pm No ticket required however access will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited spaces available All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Discover the whimsical whirlwind of wonder as Alice stumbles across the Mad Hatter’s tea party! Frolic, twist and twirl with the trio in their forbidden game of ACRO-quet, a celebratory way of rejoicing while the Red Queen is away.
Fairy cakes and tea, balloons and games make this celebration one that should not be missed!
Please note: food is used as a prop during these performances. If you or your guests have any known allergies, please do not handle or consume the food items.

www.stripeysocksproductions.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stripey-Socks-Productions/327204490703479?fref=ts

  • Nuff Inc caricaturist

Great Hall, Belfast City Hall Saturday 30 March and Monday 1 April 12pm- 4pm
A crowd pleaser for all ages, watch as our caricaturist brings faces to life in a fun, memorable way that you can take home.
No festival would be complete without face painters, balloon modellers and walkabout acts; catch them each day from 12pm – 4pm.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nuff-Inc-Caricatures-Northern-Irelands-top-caricaturist/148382248537952?fref=ts

I hope this has given you some ideas for what to do this Easter with your family, friends and children!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

Love

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Who fancies some High Tea by the sea?

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Are you lucky enough to be free this Easter Tuesday? Considering what to do with yourself? Fancy a treat, something chilled out and fun? With tea, coffee and cupcakes? The chance to buy some fab handmade jewellery, or to make it yourself? Then why not visit the Ruby Bijou Studio, it’s their Open Day!

Cover Photo

Downton Style is coming to Ruby Bijou Studio!

Come down and visit the Studio . . .

Be greeted by their Butler . . .

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Enjoy the finest tea and coffee, choose from an assortment of gorgeous cup cakes and delicious pastries.

Ruby Bijou will let you into a few trade secrets of how she creates her marvellous artisan jewellery, that is sold all over the world with demonstrations throughout the day.

EVERYONE WELCOME!

Come Browse, Shop, take part or drink tea! 🙂

We are now taking bookings for workshops on the day.

The classes will be small, and fisrt come first serve.
You can pay in advance by PM’ing the page and paying by paypal

https://www.facebook.com/Rubybijoujewellery

http://www.rubybijou.co.uk

All are £10 per person for 45mins including materials places are very limited as we are making room for the lovely tea room!! EEker!

WORKSHOP TIMETABLE!!!!

10am- Button Brooch Workshop 45mins – £10 each

11am- Cupcake Decorating Workshop – £5.50 Each

12pm- Button Brooch Workshop- £10 Each

1pm- Button Necklace DEMONSTATION- FREE

2pm – Button Brooch Workshop – £10 Each

Demonstrations are free to watch on the day so why not grab a fine tea and cake and enjoy!

WHERE?

1A Donaghadee Road, BT19 6LG Groomsport

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WHEN?

Tuesday 2nd April

9.30 am – 4.00 pm

I can’t wait to go, any excuse to visit the Studio and invest in some more of her fab jewellery, for blogging purposes of course 🙂 hehe
I hope to see you all there, if you do see me, do pop over and say hi!
Whilst you are here why not visit Ruby Bijou’s Blog . . . http://rubybijou.wordpress.com/
Love

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Nails by me and on me

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I’ve been so busy recently that I have forgotten to show you some of the nail art I’ve been doing on my friend’s nails and my own. Some of these are from my first ever nail art party/night!

My friend’s nails

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My own nails

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Nails, nails, nails! Fingers crossed I will have some Easter ones to show you soon . . .

Love

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Nail a bargain

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Just a quick blog to show you some fab nail offers and new colours out this Easter/Spring from a few of my favourite nail brands . . .

BARRY M

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http://www.barrym.com/

NAILS INC

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http://www.nailsinc.com/

MODEL’S OWN

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http://www.modelsownit.com/

Happy shopping

Love

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I HATE you so much right now!!!

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This blog is more of a rant, I’m peeved off to put it politely and I think I need a good rant! I’m not writing this to get pity or to be a glory seeker/attention seeker, but to share with others that it’s easy to put up a front and put on a performance, but deep down, life isn’t always like that! And perhaps, well hopefully (and this is the main reason I’m writing this) there is other people who have been through what I have and are feeling like this and like me they are hiding it away or putting on a front. But it’s ok to break down, to not constantly think of the positives . . .

I HATE you CANCER because . . .

1. You have changed my life!

On the +ve – life will always change and I have the opportunity to change my life for the better!

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2. I’m not the same person any more and I miss the old me and my old life!

On the +ve I’m a better person for what I have been through, I have changed for the better and I don’t take any s$*t now, I know what I want and what I don’t and I won’t settle!

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3. I have to go for regular hospital check-ups (now every 4months) when I HATE hospitals and needles and I have to get this down and sit in a hospital and wait in fear that you have come back!

On the +ve – I’m lucky to be checked up on so often, the staff including my consultant and haematology nurse are lovely, I know what I need to do to control my fear!

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4. You showed no symptoms so I am constantly left doubting my instincts that I am well! If I had had symptoms I could at least say now, “it’s ok you don’t have those, so you are fine!”

On the +ve – deep down I trust my instincts and know that I am ok

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5. I live on the edge and in constant fear from the moment I get my letter saying to make my appointment until the moment I get the all clear from my consultant!

On the +ve – Once I get the all clear or to the day of the appointment I am fine and can forget about all this!

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6. I can’t control or rationalise my fear of my hospital appointment and check up!

On the +ve – I go to counselling to try to overcome this!

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7. You are constantly in my head, when I am happy and things are going well you pop up in my head and remind me I was sick, of the fear I go through that you could be back, or just to remind me that you were there, that you turned my life upside down.

On the +ve – even though it is so hard and tiring I can block you out, get into my bubble (my bubble of denial/safe place) and distract myself

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8. Even when I try not to I tell people what I have been through or that I was sick, it just comes out, like verbal diarrhea.

On the +ve – I am spreading the word that you can get through it, but also show that it can happen to anyone, knowledge is power

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9. I don’t have a job now, that there are none out there!

On the +ve – one day, fingers crossed, one will come up, it has to, I just have to be patient!

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10. I feel like I have to justify myself to others, for example in relation to work, why should I go into a job that I know is draining, low pay, un-rewarding to me, that I have worked in for years in the past, that I am 100% over qualified for just because it’s money and a job!

On the +ve – no one else’s opinion matters but my own, I need to ignore and not focus on the opinions of others who don’t have a clue what I have been through or am going through!

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11. I lost my best friend when you hit me!

On the +ve – It probably would have happened at some point, I have found out who my real friends are, I have gained some amazing friends and rekindled some amazing friendships! I am so lucky to have the friends I now have!

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12. I am depressed because of you!

On the +ve – I WILL get over it!

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13. I have to take anti depressants every day because of you and for how long I don’t know!

On the +ve – they level me out and help me!

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14. I have no one my age, who has been through what I have an understands what I am going through!

On the +ve – through my blog I will hopefully find others

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15. I’m not back to normal again!

On the +ve – My life is different as am I and in time normality will return

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16. I can’t get normal travel insurance, none of the typical and cheap insurers will insure me!

On the +ve I found a really good insurance booker who found a company who will insure me, the only one!

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17. I dream of having long hair and when I wake up my hair is still short!!!!

On the +ve slowly but surely it is growing and I will get there and hey I always have my wigs!

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18. You eat me up from the inside out, I may have got rid of you but your shadow I suppose you could say is still inside me, a darkness that I can feel sitting in my chest, that puts doubt in my mind, that is always, always there!

On the +ve through counselling and time you will hopefully go away!

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So there you go, me having my rant, telling you all the things I go through on a daily basis, both when I am awake and when I sleep! I don’t know if or when this will ever be over, but I hope it will be soon! Yes at the moment the shadow is strong inside me and I’m angry, sad, scared, down and worried but I will come out the other side, perhaps I do just need a few days of wallowing and then I will pick myself up again with the help of my friends and family, who without doing anything any differently will get me through. I’m learning that it’s ok and normal to feel down like this and only I know how it feels, no matter how much I tell others, unless you have been through or going through cancer you will never ever know how I feel!

Yes everyone has down days but to be depressed and have the things I have listed above constantly going through your head, constantly pushing them down and down and hiding behind a smile is hard, it’s tiring and scary to think that if you let yourself get down you might not get through it!

Perhaps, just perhaps the answer is that I ACCEPT you happened to me, you changed me CANCER and that in time the positive will out way the negatives and the shadow will disappear and it won’t be so hard or tiring! Maybe I’ll learn to accept and live with the fact that I ZANE, HAD CANCER, not to try and constantly live in my bubble and try to forget about it.

When you stop trying so hard to do something, will it just eventually happen?

Love

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Lookin’ good CHICK!

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Today I had the first chance to try out some Easter nails inspired by my Easter inspiration blog https://mylifemyblogzane.wordpress.com/?s=easter+nail+inspiration .  My lovely friend Lauren let me use her as my model and we had a wee girly avo up at hers doing her nails.

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These are the finished nails, we have a bit of sparkle, bunnies, a chick, eggs, spots, diamantés, and caviar all with spring colours

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This picture probably shows them off the best.  I also got to use some of my new Models Own polishes, any excuse really 🙂

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Lauren’s Easter themed nails using Nails Inc and Model’s Own polishes

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Spots, glitter, bunny, Easter egg and diamante

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This was Lauren’s right hand, we had a little bit of smudging but I love how well they all turned out.

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This is the right hand, I think my favourites have to be the purple glitter Model’s Own glitterball nail and the patterned Easter egg nail!

The bunnies I have to say were a little tricky to do but for my first attempt I was pretty pleased with them, so as they say, if you fail, try and try again.

Love

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