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Let’s get fit in 2017

Hey guys!

Can you believe it’s nearly the middle of the month?? Crazy how fast the time goes.

If you follow me on my other social media, you would already know that I have restarted my fitness journey. I have joined my local Slimming World group a couple of weeks before Christmas, and I really enjoy it. It is a complete lifestyle change, rather than a fab diet, which is what I was looking for. With Slimming World I have found that for me it is a couple of light adjustment in my cooking style that is helping me. I have always liked vegetables, ate a lot of fruit too but ordered takeaways a few times a week. With the hundreds of recipes on their website, app and books it is so easy to find a delicious alternative to your favourite junk meal. I am really enjoying this ‘diet’ and it is something I will use for years to come.

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I have also joined the rest of the #bbgcommunity on the 12 weeks challenge. If you have never heard of BBG you need to give it a quick google. It is a 12 week (and more) exercise plan designed by Kayla Itsines, who is an Australian personal trainer, and her boyfriend Toby. The purpose of the programme is to complete 3 resistance, 3 cardio and a few recovery sessions per week.

What I tend to do is:
Monday,Wednesday and Saturday- I do my cardio
Tuesday,Friday and Sunday- I do my resistance
Thursday- This is the day I go to Slimming World, therefore also have my cheat meal and my rest- get it all done in one go eh? 

It sounds crazy and super hard work, but I have seen great results, and I have also done the programme a few times for a few weeks and you get use to it. Its worth it for me! This time around I am extremely motivated, and by connecting with others and documenting my process here and on my Instagram, I can ensure that I stick with it and SUCCEED. I am excited to see big changes as I am concentrating on both healthy eating AND working out. 

BBG explained
Resistance training: So you have 3 of these to do a week for the 12 weeks programme. Each of your training sessions will target a certain muscle group and area of your body. The 3 groups are : Legs, Arms & Abs, Full body– I complete them in this order on the days stated above. Each of the three groups are made up of 2 circuits, in which you have 4 workouts.
Each circuit should be carried out for the total of 7 minutes without stopping, and you should do the 4 exercise after each other as many time as you can in those 7 minutes, with little rest or non at all. Once the first 7 minutes are done, take a 30 seconds rest and straight onto circuit 2 for the same 7 minute routine. Once the 14 minutes are done, you start again and do circuit one and then two as many times as you can for the next 14 minutes. It may sound easy as you are repeating 8 exercises, but believe me I was only able to do the 4 exercises ONCE in 7 minutes.

Now, when I have restarted my programme I am much more motivated and work extra hard during my circuits. I am able to complete the circuit of four workouts TWICE in 7 minutes, which means I do each exercise 4 times, totalling to 32 exercises. At first I thought it is going to be easy, but I  am telling you, it is really hard at times but push yourself and you will do great.

Cardio training: Now you have the option of doing LISS or HIIT exercises in between your resistance. I am currently focusing on building up my strength and not overdoing it, therefore I do a LISS workout. This for me consists of a steady walk for 40 minutes. It goes really fast for me as I just ‘jump’ on the treadmill and stick some music on. Obviously there are many more ways to get your LISS in, such as walking outside, jogging, cross trainer etc as long as you do it on a low intensity level for at least the 40 minutes. HIIT is the complete opposite as it is interval training, which in my case will be 30 seconds fast running on the treadmill and then followed by 30 seconds walk. Alternating these for around 15-20 minutes will no doubt get you sweating. 

That is it really, and I bet you are really confused now, but just head over to Kayla’s website to read more. She’s much better at explaining what her plans are about. She not only does ebooks, but now has an app, a new book and some fitness equipment. She’s very active on Instagram and if you want some motivational images, quotes and cute pictures of her huskies I recommend that you go over and follow her here.

Any of you guys have heard of BBG or are doing BBG now? Let me know I would love to follow your progress.

Love,
Fil, x

 

 

 

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Blogmas 2016- Christmas stocking fillers for HIM

Hey guys!

I do apologise for being a bit quiet in the past few days.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I had my Christmas works do at the weekend. It was such a great few days, but we had to go back to work on Monday and I was absolutely exhausted these past few days. I wanted to make sure that my posts stay enjoyable for you guys and due to the activities and daily routine we had, I was unable to write something that I would have enjoyed reading myself. I also wrote a few posts from home, edited them in the hotel and then when I logged in at home again they were all gone. GRRR

BUT I am back to Blogmas and I am excited to be writing this for you guys. I really do like buying gifts, and since I have J in my life, I did spend a lot of the past few weeks searching for stocking fillers. These few are the ones I think will be great gifts for your male friends and loved ones.

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1.Aftershave- Who doesn’t like smelling nice right? All men love aftershave just as much as we ladies love perfumes. There are SO many fragrances out there these days. Diesel, Calvin Klein, Paco Rabbane, Hugo Boss, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier ones are my favourite. It is relly easy for me to pick a fragrance for a guy as its easier for me to pick what I like amongst male fragrances. Not the case in ladies, but that’s a whole other post haha

2.Beard oil kit- Beards are such a massive craze these days aren’t they? A well groomed, cleaned and oiled beard is so attractive for me! I love all the beard oils that J has, and I am sure if you know someone that has a beard, they will love a starter kit or a more professional grooming balm etc. I quite like to shop online for these, as there are way more varieties than in the shops.

3.Scarves- Now this goes with the above, beard kit I think. IF the guy you are buying a gift for, DOESN’T have a beard I recommend getting them a scarf. Now a scarf can be the main present if you go designer, but also act as a stocking filler if you get one from a high street. If you are buying for you BF this is a great idea, as they cannot complain at you for being cold when you drag them shopping or the Christmas markets. WINWIN

4.Personalised mugs or keyrings- I think if you get someone a personalised present, it shows them that you have put in a lot of work and thought. All dads love a good mug and you can’t go wrong by getting them something with a family photo, favourite car or favourite football team on it. It’s the same with a keyring, as I think it is a lovely touch especially if your family expanded in 2016.

5.Books- Now not everyone likes to read, so make sure that the person you are getting a book for does. J wouldn’t particularly enjoy reading romantic novels, but you all know he is a chef so a cookbook is a great stocking filler for him. Autobiographies are another great idea as you can find one on most celebrities, footballers, historians etc. I love a good autobiography me. A lovely note on the first page or even an autograph from the author would be an awesome gift for anyone.

6. Alcohol- I live in the UK. Need I say more? Everyone loves the freedom of ‘spirits’ during Christmas. Ha! There are so many little boozy gift packages that you could buy someone. I think these are ideal for secret Santa presents, as long as you make sure not to get Bailey’s for the person that’s lactose intolerant. I’ve so so many gift boxes in SAinsbury’s recently. They are extremely fairly priced as well. It’s a perfect gift for someone you cannot but anything too personal for.

These are a few of the ideas that I have come across in my search for J’s stocking fillers. I also like the idea of a photo album, pocket drinking games or other silly novelty gifts. You can find tonnes of them on Asos or on Notonthehighstreet.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and I am back to the swing of things so I shall be back with a post tomorrow, the whole way through to Christmas.

Love,

Fil, x

Blogmas 2016- Winter skincare routine

Hey guys!

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s skin needs an extra bit of TLC in the winter months. I have a dry t-zone which is a little harder to control when it’s so cold outside.

I have a few products that I’ve found work really well for me, and I thought I’ll share those with you today.

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I was definitely the lazy type, and hold my hand up as I NEVER used to wash my makeup off before bed. It went so far sometimes that I didn’t even remove it in the morning and just reapplied it (GRIM) . However, by setting up an evening skincare routine, I’ve encouraged myself to AT LEAST take my makeup off before bed. (I still fall asleep on the sofa sometimes but that’s okay, right?) I like using these Nivea makeup wipes to remove the majority of my makeup, and tend to use these if I had heavy eye makeup on. I usually pick one up in the sale for £1 or £1.50 and they are my all time favourite wipes as they don’t have a strong scent. I can’t deal with really strong smelling wipes around my face. Yuck HOWEVER my all time favourite cleanser is the Garnier micellar cleansing water. OH MY DAYS this thing is great!! I use the combination of wipes and this water in my daily routine. LOVE THEM.

Alongside the above I also use the L’Oreal extraordinary oil facial cleanser, mostly in the shower. This has improved the dryness of my skin so much! It is helping me feel hydrated, and finally after a long shower my skin feels proper soft, rather than really dry.

It’s very important for me to keep my skin thoroughly moisturised all year around. I’ve used so many different moisturisers over the past few years, but the Garnier Moisture+ – Moisture and Nourish face moisturiser. This is the greatest product I have ever used. I literally only need a pea size for my whole face. I only recommend this to you if your have dry skin as this is super oily and would not be suitable for oily skin at all. It is an instant fix for my dry nose and I like to use it at night before bed, so it is all soaked into my skin for the morning.

I also have issues with my makeup being blotchy around my t-zone by the end of the day, so I definitely need to use a good primer. I haven’t tried many drug store primers to be fair but the ones that I have tried did not seem to do a great deal for me. The primer that I use religiously now is the Nivea Daily Essentials– express hydrating primer. This stuff is great and makes my skin feel silky before applying my foundation.

I make sure that I use at least one facemask a week but mostly mask twice a week in the winter months. I quite like my Superdrug face masks actually, but recently I have a tried a few full face sheet masks. Those things are amazing and make my skin feel hydrated and super soft for absolutely, ages.

Another good tip for dry skin is to make sure that you drink plenty of fluids. During winter I seem to drink much less water which affects my skin SO MUCH, so recently I have been making myself lots of herbal tea to keep up the fluid levels. If you are like me and find it that you drink less water when it is cold outside, here’s a tip: grab yourself a refillable plastic water bottle from Hydratem8 which actually have a tracker on the side, so you can make sure that you drink enough water in the day. Or you can be cheap like me too, and just use a sharpie on a normal water bottle. Might feel like that you are forcing water down your throat for a few days, but trust me it can only do you good.

These are my little winter skincare tips, and I am sure my skin would break out and crumble off my face if I didn’t cleanse or moisturise it this often. I keep it quite simple for now, but I am on a hunt for a good night cream that doesn’t smell like roses but is good for you… Good luck to me, eh? I probably should get the wrinkle creams bought soon too.

What are your go-to skincare products in the winter?

Love,

Fil, x

 

Aliexpress- Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Dupes

 

Hey guys!

I’m so excited to review these beauties today. I have been wanting a few of the Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks for such a long time, but at $18 each plus delivery I wasn’t able to get them. UNTIL I found some dupes on Aliexpress. This is the first time I have used Aliexpress but I guarantee it’s not the last.

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I went a tad crazy, since the prices were really really low and picked 7 colours all together. (came to less than £10 with delivery- BARGAIN). Obviously, at first, I was rather sceptical and thought the products are going to be poor quality, however, I was pleasantly surprised. I really do love all 7 colours, some more than others and obviously, a few will only be suitable for fancy dress or gigs. Yes, the colours are not completely accurate and are not as great as Jeffrees, but I am impressed with them all, and the packaging looks quite original too.

Right let’s see the colours up close (don’t judge-not the best at applying lipstick, but I better bloody practice since these will last me forever)
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The colours from top to bottom are celebrity skin (my favourite), abused, rose matter, dirty money, masochist, androgyny and finally anna nicole. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know if you have any of the original Jeffree Star lippies. 

Love, Fil x

 

 

 

Primark haul- autumn, homewear and more

Hey guys !

I have been wanting to go to Primark for a few weeks now. I have seen so many haul videos and blogposts recently and I really wanted to check out the new homeware stuff. 

So when I woke up early on Sunday, I knew it was a sign- Primark wants you Fil- let’s go. So I did, and a few bags later here I am with all the goodies that tI have picked up. I do think that Primark did improve their quality, and the new pricing represents that. I always associated Primark more on the cheap side, really good for underwear and silly tops and pjs, but that has changed a lot I think. I mean there still are an odd few pieces of clothing that make you think – REALLY?, but overall I have seen a lot of pretty things this time.

Right, onto the things I have bought. Now I am sorry but since Primark doesn’t have a ‘proper’ website, no links will be available, but I will include the prices of the item.

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First of all, since I am an adult and no longer a child, I really needed to invest into some proper pyjamas. By proper I mean flannel styled pjs without cartoon characters on them. So I picked up two sets, one for the festive season (so when we stay over at J’s mums for Christmas I don’t look like an oversized baby in my onesie, or Harry Potter fluffy set) and one to wear in colder months (straight away). They were £8 each and are so so soft that I cannot wait to buy some more. I am truly impressed with the quality Primark- well done.

I needed some more high waisted jeans since I have used my normal ones for work and I enjoy wearing high waisted ones better. I picked up a simple black one, for also £8. You cannot go wrong with these, and the blue ones have lasted me for a few months now. The only disadvantage of them are that the blacks seem to wash out pretty easily, but for £7-£8 pounds it really does worth it. I have been wearing Primark jeans for years now and I don’t see the point of buying jeans for £20 if you wear them all the time like I do, as they just get ruined really. Anyway enough about jeans, let’s move on.

It is autumn, and that means it is my favourite time of the year. I really wish I could move around the world and live in Autumn forever- YES I am that weird!. I  love hot chocolate, the colourful leaves, cosy evenings, mulled wine, candles, the smell of rain etc. I, therefore, had to pick up a new scarf. I get my scarfs from Primark because they are cosy, soft and last the season. May not last me for years, but I would get bored of a scarf if I had to use it every year knowing I paid a fortune for it. This little beauty was only £4, but it is so soft, I mean SO SO soft I cannot wait to get Archie out for a walk and get wrapped up in this, put my wellies on and my jacket- PERFECT.

I also picked up this jumper, nothing special, but just a simple black ribbed turtle neck. I like wearing these, as you can just grab a pair of jeans, throw on your jumper and some boots or converse and it is rather casual. OR if you wear a lovely tartan skirt or a mustard coloured one with high heel booties and a belt, some jewellery, turtlenecks can relly be dressed up. Also, it was only £6.

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I was so excited to check out the bedding section as I have seen so many lovely piccies on Instagram and Pinterest. I really wanted to make our bedroom cosier, and less orange – just a wee insight, orange used to be my favourite colour, therefore all my bedding is orange. So I really needed to get rid of them, as it just made the room look too ‘loud’- not the feeling you want before bed. So I picked up this double duvet set (£11) and a few cushions to match, as you cannot get enough cushions, right? the large cream square cushions were £6 for two, the rectangular grey ones were £4 each and the heart shaped one was £3. Bit of a bargain really, and they will match all the other neutral beddings that we have. I am very impressed and adding a few candles to the bedside tables absolutely transformed our room and made it look more spacious and tidy. LOVE it.

This is everything I got, I am truly impressed and thinking about it, I really did not spend an awful lot. 

Until next time,

Love,

Fil, x

What did you guys think of the haul? Have you been to Primark recently? Do you think it improved- leave a comment.

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Glossybox – September 2016- RED edition

Hi guys!

It’s my favourite time of the months again! Glossybox time 🙂

This month was another special edition, the Editors choice- RED.

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When I opened the box I was pleasantly surprised that for the first time the box was not pink. YAY! I didn’t know that this month is going to be different so I was very excited to open the lid.

I knew from last months sneak peak that we will receive a sample sized Too Faced- Better Than Sex Mascara, and I was really excited to see if I got the waterproof or normal one. Read my August review by clicking here

On that note, let’s see what we got in the RED edition this month.

  1.  Too Faced- Better Than Sex mascara – I have heard so many good things about this mascara. Nearly all of the big beauty bloggers, vloggers and gurus have reviewed it and loved it so I am so excited to have a sample in my collection. I have only tried it once and I did like it. Time will tell if I love it as much as everyone else. RRP £19
  2. Rodial – Smokey Eye Pen – I was excited to try this pen out, as I mostly use liquid liners and eye shadow powders to create a smokey eye. Now I have swatched this and it feels really smooth and extremely easy to work with so I will definitely create a makeup look with this. I can’t wait. This is priced at £17
  3. L’Occitane- Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam– I actually have nt tried this yet apart from on my hands, as currently I am still using a spot treatment and will start using this as of this evening. I am excited to try it as it is supposed to have a lot of essential oils and anti-aging ingredient. I mean I am only 23 but you do have to start looking after your skin and wrinkles early. I am excited to have this added to evening cleansing routine. RRP £19 for 150ml
  4. Revlon- Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat– Unfortunately this is not something that will be used by me all that often. I get acrylic nails done every 2 weeks and I never just have nail varnish on. I will try it on my toenails, but will more than likely gift it to someone. I do think this is great if you do your own nails. RRP £7.99
  5. Vitamasques- Hydro Face Mask – This face mask promises to hydrate your skin for 120 hours!! It’s one of those full face sheet masks, that is circulating Pinterest and Instagram these days. I would never have bought it for its RRP £7.99 as I rather buy a mask that I can use more than once but I am excited to try it and if it works on my dry skin, I may re-purchase it. 

These are the 5 products that we got this month. I like how recently the products are more suitable for me and are things that I am excited to try. I love trying new skincare products as I want to build up a more regular routine. I am also grateful for the one use sample of The Body Shop- Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. I do love the body shop and I was actually about to do an online order when my Glossybox arrived, so I will give this mask a go before I order our shampoos. 

Overall I am really happy with the products this month and I cannot wait to try them all out. 

Love,

Fil, x

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Your own special little Furbaby

Hey guys!

Thought I’ll do a bit of a different post today, dedicated all to my lovely little batpig Archie.  He is a beautiful 18 months old french bulldog  If you have read my posts before you already ‘met’ him when we celebrated his birthday. If you are new, head over to my previous post by clicking here.

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Having a puppy is very close to having a new member in your family. If you are thinking of getting a pet you MUST research about the type of pet you can handle, and if it is  a dog then the breed is extremely important. You need to make sure he/she gets enough exercise everyday as you want them to be healthy. Now I wanted a french bulldog for about 6 years before we got Archie. I have researched everything about the breed over the few years but really spent a lot of time researching after we have spoken to the breeder. 
I wanted to be 1000% sure that we were ready to welcome him to the family and that we had enough time for him. 

The ultimate number one priority for you should be finding a reputable breeder. Ask questions, join pages, go to the park and ask other dog owners, but please never use a puppy farm as those people will only take your money and perhaps give you a sick little puppy who will no doubt steal your heart but may end up with a very short life expectancy.

The other main things to consider in my opinion are:

Time
Do you work full-time? Do you love going out everyday after work for meals, and get home really late? If so you would probably leave the pup at home for the majority of the day which is not good for them and will make the toilet training a nightmare. – you can’t expect them to hold everything in all day.

Patience
Are you a patient person? You really need to be calm and patient when it comes to training your puppy. This is important especially when you are training them to walk well on a lead, as this may take a while, and they will be able to feel your frustration. 

Food
What do you want to feed your puppy? You may think this is a silly question, but until I started researching I didn’t know there was so many different things. Obviously human food is not suitable for dogs therefore I will not even mention that. You can get ‘normal’ dry dog kibble which is what I thought we were going to feed Archie, until I read more about how much crap is in them. Now you can get some great grain free ones which are the ones I would recommend, but we still opted for another option. Second main type is the wet food that comes in little trays or tins. Now these I always thought were like junk food for dogs with all the gravy and juice. yuck! Lastly its is raw food. Now this is what we feed Archie. There is a lot of argument for and against why you should and shouldn’t feed your dog on raw, but for us this is definitely the best type. It is great for dogs with allergies, and its is natural and the ideal food for a dog in the wild. (Frenchies are very prone to having skin allergies) – If you do a little bit of extra work and figure out how to feed raw I guarantee you will have a healthy puppy. We found a great supplier who does the hard work for us and I just need to defrost his daily portions. We are happy with it but its your dog, your choice.

Crate or no crate
Now this is, like the food situation, a very controversial topic. Many dog owners think and feel cruel for leaving the dog, especially their cute little puppies in a crate. However please as I’ve said it many times, have a quick search and you will find the benefits of the crate. We opted FOR crate training. At the start we separated his crate off so he only had enough space for his little blanket to sleep on. Dogs don’t tend to shit where they sleep basically , and this way he knew to only do his business once the crate door was open. We lived in a flat then so it was a  bit hard to get him to go outside all the time, but we used his puppy pads and they worked a treat (until Archie decided they are great to chew). I must say you need to have some ear plugs when it comes to crate training as (at least with Archie) they scream when left alone. I am not joking Archie SCREAMED like mad for weeks and weeks and weeks. This was especially bad since we were renting a flat where we were not supposed to have him (we were in the process of moving anyway). I felt so cruel leaving him there, but if I took him to bed for one night he would NEVER have left. That is bad for the dog and for us as a couple. If you want to find out more information why they scream and cry, it’s a good idea to read about separation anxiety. Many dogs have it, and you have to find the trick that helps your puppy settle. What we found worked the best was taking the cage in the bedroom and so he can see us over night. We slowly started covering it with a blanket (be careful not to make it too hot in there) and then one day we moved him back to the livingroom and he has been fine since. He goes to bed on his own these days. We don’t have to keep it small either, Archie’s cage is pretty big actually. Took a few weeks but it is much worth it. I can leave him in or out for the majority of the day and he is fine, no accidents no mess.

Water
You may ask water?surely you give water to the dog. YES you are right we certainly do, but at the training stage we never left water in the cage for him as it encourages him to wee. As long as we made sure he drank enough I knew he would be fine. He also didn’t have any during night-time until he was completely trained. (French bulldogs, and most bulldog types are prone to overheating therefore we make sure he has enough cold water in hot days. ) Ice cubes are your best friend when travelling in the car- cheeky McDonald’s on the motorway stop and ask for a glass off ice. Archie is so happy chewing on them for the journey that he is not bothered about the car or the heat. SCORE

Chewing
Now we have heard a lot of bad stuff about dogs chewing things when left alone. Thankfully I cannot really comment on this as due to him being Crate trained and having enough toys he has been a good boy and hardly chewed anything. Definitely not chewed the furniture or shoes so we ARE lucky. You can however get some sprays or rub some orange peel on the corners and legs of the sofa which apparently helps a lot. 

Harness or collar
Now I do believe teaching a pup to walk is supposedly better on a collar rather than a harness, but don’t you just love how cute harnesses look on puppies 🙂 We got Archie a Julius K9 IDC harness in black. These are absolutely fantastic. Not only are they super strong with a handle, they really do fit Frenchies well. They sit nicely on their front so it is not uncomfortable for them and the handle is so good when Archie gets into a bit of a mess, I just lift him right out of the situation, whatever it may be 🙂 I am not going to lie, they are on the pricey side of things but you can find them on sale on Zooplus quite often. In my opinion it is a great investment for any type of dog. 

Also make sure your puppy has enough toys, and treats as they are great when it comes to training. It’s such a great feeling when they learn something new. Our little man can sit, wait for his food, give you paw and high-five, lay down, fetch his toys by name usually etc. 
There is many more things you should research about the specific breed, but I think if you know and plan the above, the breeder will be happy to let you have one of their little puppies.

Choosing a good vet is definitely a priority especially if you have a less common breed. The vet needs to know what allergies and injuries they are prone to as this can help fasten their recovery. Quite a lot of vets offer puppy packs, training classes and will help you with all of your questions. Make sure to keep all of their vaccines up to date and flea and worm them often to insure no illness. 

Hope this ‘quick’ list was helpful if you are thinking of getting a puppy. I absolutely love Archie and couldn’t image our life without him anymore. 

Love, Fil x

Please let me know if you enjoyed reading this and link below some posts of your pets I would love to meet them all.