On Sunday, I attended the Milton Keynes Sky Ride with my sister and had a really great time. As explained before, the whole event was set up to get people more motivated and to get them out using their bikes more. The events, which have been going on for about a year now, are a collaborative effort between Sky and British Cycling.

My outfit with the Sky Ride t-shirt – very stylish!
When me and my sister first got there, we weren’t entirely sure where we were meant to be as we were pretty early, so we stopped off in Starbucks for a cheeky coffee/hot chocolate first 😉 It was then when we spotted some people setting up outside and realized that it was one of the many different demonstrations going on throughout the day. We walked back to the car, got on our bikes and followed the general direction where people were heading to find the beginning of the route and lots of different things set up from a stall selling bike products to different companies explaining the biking events they offer themselves.
We started on the route which was really nice – it was generally very easy so that all types of people could do it whether you’re a beginner or an expert. There were a few slow hills to go up but there was nothing particularly hard. I really loved that the route was completely sectioned off from all traffic as well, as I’m not a regular biker simply because I don’t know any routes near me that are away from traffic and I’m not confident riding around traffic. Along the route there were different stops, including a lovely make shift outdoor cafe that had to be reached by biking down a beautiful off-set path surrounded by trees.
Once we completed the route we had another wander round then watched some of the BMXers and skateboarders performing tricks on a half pipe. I loved this and thought they were very impressive, so I took a few photos.
One of the BMXers doing tricks
I really enjoyed the whole day and it definitely made me more motivated to start bike riding again. What I loved was how many different companies they had at the event offering different ways to get involved. So many people think of bike riding as a solo sport but it really isn’t the case. Some companies were offering group bike rides for only women, others offering more adventure like bike rides for those who really wanted to push themselves. It was a really nice idea and it was nice to see families getting involved as well with parents riding with children on seats attached to the bikes and much more. I’d definitely attend the event again and have already began looking on the Sky Ride website for more local events/groups.
I would definitely recommend anyone to have a look on the website and attend any future events if you’re thinking about getting involved in getting out on your bike or already do anyway. It’s a really nice way to avoid missing out because you might not have anyone to go with or might not know the best routes, or, like me, simply aren’t confident enough to ride through traffic.
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This post is a bit different but I thought it was the perfect introductory post for a new feature I’m hoping to begin. I’ll explain more on Friday but health and fitness is a subject I’ve wanted to approach for a while on this blog. With wanting to ‘tone up’ myself and wanting to become overall a bit more healthy, I thought it would be a nice idea to blog about how I try and change my lifestyle – the different methods I use, the results they give and finally my opinion about them. It’s not always easy to stay healthy in everyday life in between work, socialising, blogging and more and we all know it’s going to get a bit harder with winter coming up (I for one simply hibernate as soon as it gets cold!), so I think it’s definitely something that will interest all you readers.
On Friday I’ll also go on to explain how toning up and becoming more healthy is my main aim through out this feature and how to do it healthily without starving yourself or dieting.
This weekend is the Sky Ride in Milton Keynes, which is one of many events arranged to help people get on their bikes and have a bit of fun. The different events are collaborative between Sky and British Cycling and have been going for about four years since Sky & British Cycling first worked together to inspire the nation to become fans of cycling.
What they have done is arrange different Sky Ride events around the country to help people come together and partake. The events are taking place all over the country and offer free bike riding participation from weekly local rides to bigger events like the one this weekend. The rides are available to people of all ages and abilities, and you are welcome to cycle as much or as little of the route as you wish.
I am personally quite a fan of bike riding – it’s something I always loved to do when I was little and it’s something I’ve recently picked up again with my sister. My sister lives in the countryside and a few times we have gone on bike rides around the area, taking in the beautiful views and getting fit in the process. It’s something I’ve really enjoyed and since getting some bikes at Christmas (which I need to get a new seat for the girls one because it really really hurts my bum), I enjoy going on the occasional bike ride alone.
Although I do like going out by myself (I love blasting my iPod whilst out), I know that cycling is something I’d partake in more if I actually had someone to do it with. Likewise, I don’t actually know many nice routes around my area.
This is why I’m looking so forward to participating in the event this Sunday. I think it’s a really nice idea as it’s a great way to meet other cyclists and discover some new routes in the process. The website I used to sign up for the event was great too as it gave you the option to search for different local events and even search for and add biker buddies and groups. This is a really nice way to find some other people to ride with and you can also see who else will be attending your local event.
I’m really eager to get out on Sunday and make another start on my ‘get fit/get healthy’ routine. It’s something I’ve wanted to blog about for a while and at some point last month I was even going on two short runs/jogs a week (*gasp* yes, me, the laziest person in the world!) but then I fell down some stairs drunk and hurt my ankle, so running hasn’t really been on the cards for me lately. Kids, don’t drink in high heels…nonetheless, it’s just about feeling better now so going on this bike ride on Sunday will be a nice way to get back into the fitness thing without putting too much pressure on my ankle.
If you’re interested in taking part then simply click here to find out more about the event this Sunday (or to search for more events) and register free for the event of your choice.
I’ll be blogging again this week about the event and a further explanation of this new feature. Is this a feature you’d be interested in reading about on the blog? Does fitness interest you? Are you more interested in the exercise side of things or the eating healthier approach? Let me know what you think and do have a look at the website and let me know if you have any plans to take part!
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Monday 13th August – Sunday 19th August

(Posting this up a tad late I’m afraid as I’ve had a super packed weekend and had an early night as soon as I got in yesterday!)


1, 2, 3 & 4. Night out! A small collection of photos from our uniform themed night out – don’t our outfits look good?!
5 & 6. At a mini music festival Our local council put on a ‘Party in the Park’ with food, drink and lots of bands – it was lots of fun!
7. The Maine My new favourite band…
8. …and the lead singer …my new crush!
This week I’ve been –
Watching…Teen Wolf
Reading…The other side of the story by Marian Keyes
Listening to…The Maine and Sleeping With Sirens
Playing…A game on my phone where I can run my own restaurant (that same one that was on FB!)
Smelling of…Harajuki Lovers Fragrance – Lil’ Angel
Perving on…John O’Callaghan
Loving…my friends and family

I’m afraid to say that this week I didn’t spend much time sober. Er, I know it’s bad. But let me explain, I have an excuse, honest! Thursday we had our big school uniform night out and it was a hilarious night! Our first stop was The Park, this really awesome bar I used to go to before I went to uni, and of course we walked in and were the only ones dressed up! I was gutted of course because it was filled with rocker boys and I looked like an idiot! We went onto Liquid/Envy afterwards where the actual event was being held and didn’t feel so silly. Don’t our outfits look awesome?! I was so proud of the glasses. I might even post a tutorial on how to achieve the look if anyone is planning to do school uniform themed fancy dress anytime soon! Anyway it was a great night, we made lots of new friends as usual and one of my friends who came out with us is actually the official photographer for the club. So naturally out of the 500 or so photos he took that night, at least 200 of them were of us! Madness. The photos were really funny too.
Instead of recovering on Friday we decided last minute to have a night out in Watford and ended up at a really ghetto club which was also hilarious. It’s funny how it works as me and my friend both have complete opposite tastes in music so she was right at home in this particular club where I knew no songs whatsoever. I also had my first experience of ‘real grinding’ which I don’t really want to repeat!
Then on Saturday me and my Dad popped into Dunstable to meet my Mum on her work break and watch a few bands at this Party in the Park thing. It’s on every year and I’ve never been but it was such a good day! The bands were awesome and it was nice and sunny. We’d planned to go once my Mum was back at work but we spotted one of Dad’s friends and stuck around for a bit more. Then my cousin walked past and we thought he was just down with his Mum but he invited us over where we found literally the whole of my Dad’s family were camped out enjoying the day, so we joined them! Naturally this turned into another not so sober night so after a quick detour to pick up some cold beer and Amy, we returned and had a boogie.
Yesterday we just had a chilled out day taking Jasper for a long walk and having a picnic.
Finally, I’ve become obsessed with a new band this week. You know when you discover a new band and they just consume you and it’s all you listen to? Yeah, that was me this week. Even better, I just found out they’re doing a gig in London next month so I’m booking tickets first thing tomorrow. I’m so excited. And the lead singer is just the most gorgeous man I’ve ever laid eyes on….have a mooch at a few of their videos below!
They’re so good!
P.S Feel free to follow me on Instagram @Louise_Joy_ for more photos of what I get up to throughout the week!

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I recently decided I needed some new reading material, so put a huge order in at Amazon. Among my ordered books were zombie books, vampire books, and drama books but of course I need a couple of light hearted, easy to read chick-lit books. Johnny Be Good was one of them. Before reading this I’d never read anything by Paige Toon before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect but now I am a definite converted fan! I’m quite surprised it’s taken me this long to read Johnny Be Good also, as clearly it’s about a rock star romance and we all know how much I love my rock stars 😉
I guess when I heard what it was about I wasn’t too sure at first as I thought it would end up being a bit unrealistic, but I’m glad I finally purchased the book and gave it a go. It tells the story of Meg Stiles who suddenly gets the job of being rock star Johnny Jefferson’s PA. Her life is changed almost in a flash as she packs up and moves to LA and into his house, suddenly surrounded by a showbiz lifestyle where she is completely out of her depth.
The blurb reads –
I’m Meg Stiles. This is my leaving party. And that song we’re making a mockery of? That’s written by one of the biggest rock stars in the world. And I’m moving in with him tomorrow.

Seriously! I am not even joking.

Well, maybe I’m misleading you a little bit. You see, I haven’t actually met him yet…

No, I’m not a stalker. I’m his new PA. His Personal Assistant. And I am off to La-La Land. Los Angeles. The City of Angels – whatever you want to call it – and I can’t bloody believe it!

Celebrity PA to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg’s glam new life in sun-drenched LA is a whirlwind of showbiz parties and backstage passes. Cool, calm Christian, in town to write his famous friend’s biography, helps keeps Meg’s feet firmly on the ground. But with Johnny’s piercing green eyes and a body Brad Pitt would kill for, how long will it be before she’s swept right off them again?
I really loved this story and it wasn’t at all what I was expecting! It was light hearted but surprisingly drew upon some serious issues – such as drugs and alcohol – what you might expect from a story about a rock stars life – which made it much more realistic. Paige Toon did a perfect job of keeping the suspension in the story without boring me as a reader – it was a long book, which I loved, but not once did I feel like it dragged or got boring. I couldn’t put the book down and it really drew me in – with each page I turned I almost felt like I myself was living in LA, falling for a hot rock star!
What I loved most about this book however was I really had no idea who Meg was going to end up with. I definitely know who I was rooting for, but I find with most books you can generally tell how its going to end – this wasn’t the case with this book. It also ended on a very big cliffhanger and I almost cried when I realized that was the end – till I frantically searched on Google and found out there was a sequel luckily! I’ll also do a review of that when I get the chance.
Paige Toon is a fantastic writer and this book was ideal for something very light hearted and easy to read – it was easy to put down and come back to and wasn’t too heavy but I also felt it accurately addressed some darker issues without actually being too dark. This book was funny, romantic and heart warming so I would definitely recommend it!
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Monday 6th August – Sunday 12th August

1. The Walking Dead finale I was so excited to see this (yes, I know I’m well behind), check me watching it with my cheese sandwich and a cuppa (in my Shia LaBeouf cup)
2. Poser Well I’ve turned into a total instagram addict and can’t stop taking photos of myself ha!
3. Ouchy 🙁 Um this massive lump on my ankle was the result of a particularly bad drunken injury this week
4. Shopping At home on the cheap spa treatment 🙂
5 & 6 . Pretty nails I did my nails this week, the little stick on flowers/gems I bought from the pound shop some time last year. Cheap or what?!

This week I’ve been –
Watching…the Olympics
Reading…The other side of the story by Marian Keyes
Listening to…The Maine and Sleeping With Sirens
Playing…A game on my phone where I can run my own restaurant (that same one that was on FB!)
Smelling of…Harajuki Lovers Fragrance – Lil’ Angel
Perving on…Kellin Quinn (google him, he’s really hot!)
Loving…making new friends on nights out 🙂

Apart from majorly perving on Kellin Quinn this week, I haven’t been up to much apart from the usual! Work, shopping, a night out…where I wore stupidly high heels, stupidly drunk too much and ended up tripping down 2 steps and twisting my ankle. Yep. So typical of me. I’d planned to spend the weekend resting it but that didn’t really happen! Today I was off to a christening then got back early enough to watch the Olympics Closing Ceremony.

I’m not massively into sport but I have enjoyed the Olympics, though I wish I’d paid more attention. I’ve really loved how the country has come together and the atmosphere has been amazing – I’m so glad I had an excuse to pop down to Hyde Park last weekend and experience some of it all in person. It’s a bit overwhelming to think that something so big probably wont happen so close to home again in our lifetime. I loved the closing ceremony tonight though and kind of wished I’d had some friends round for an official viewing party or something! It was just such an upbeat and diverse range of performances – my particular favourites were The Spice Girls, Annie Lennox & Freddie Mercury – who is a complete legend. Although I was ever so slightly gutted that Busted did not reform for the closing ceremony like the rumours I’d heard – ha!

Back to work tomorrow but we’ve got a fab night out planned this week with a big group of us as it’s uniform themed in our local club. To quote one friend, we are expecting ‘sambuca, cocktails, pigtails, dressing people, arguing and of course….biting ;)’ Well. It should be a fun night, as long as I don’t walk up or down any stairs in my ridiculous high heels this week 😉

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week and enjoyed the Olympics Closing Ceremony as much as I did!

P.S Feel free to follow me on Instagram @Louise_Joy_ for more photos of what I get up to throughout the week!
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