Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Things I've thought whilst exercising

For about five years now, I have been attending exercise classes at my local leisure centre and after a while I have found that once you are happy in a class and you know what you're doing and when, you can let you mind wonder a little.

I thought today I would share a few things that have popped into my head whilst exercising. You will so realise that my mind can get a bit.

  • Is the plural of Minnie Mouse either Minnie Mice or Minnie Mouses...This came during my Aqua Jogging class because right in my eye line was a bag with a Minnie Mouse pattern. I'm still unsure which is the right one.
  • I really fancy Toad in the Hole... Yep during one of the most healthy moments of my day I was thinking about what can only be described as one of the most unhealthy meals...but just think, the yummy yorkshire pudding base with a couple of succulent sausages all smothered with some thick gorgeous gravy.
  • How long is left? Ahh the old classic. When you are tired and have been busy all day at work and you are just counting down the minutes until you can crawl into bed and sleep for a thousand years.
  • Can I get away with dancing like a Penguin? This one is from Zumba. There are elements in the one class that I don't do because it makes me feel ill so whilst the others are twirling and spinning I try and dance in various different ways. Oh and the answer is yes I can.
  • Can he see my boobs? This one comes from my Cardio Combat class where the person behind me is male. Every week whilst in plank it suddenly dawns on me that my comfy baggy exercise top is draping itself on the floor leaving everything on show. I've began to tuck my top into my leggings to stop the embarrassment.
I'm wondering whether I'm alone in this or whether anyone else's brains think as random thoughts as mine.

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Sunday Stroll on South Bank

Last weekend I took a pretty spontaneous trip to London to catch a few shows and to get away from the Midlands for a bit. After rushing around on the Saturday frantically running from London district to London district, I decided to take a walk to South Bank to enjoy the sunshine.

I was staying in the St James' area so my walk started there and after grabbing my first Christmas Starbucks (Eggnog Latte...of course) I strolled over to the Houses of Parliment for my walk to begin. It was strange to see Queen Elizabeth's Tower and Big Ben covered in scaffolding but I know that the tower will be back in view in a year or so.

From there, I continued along the banks of the Thames stopping frequently to take pictures like a proper tourist. On my walk I caught glimpses of London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe and the This Morning Studios to name a few and with the weather treating me well, it was a delight to take in the sights in the glorious sunshine.

South bank is always a favourite place to walk for me because you literally get to stroll past most of Central London's many tourist sights without having to fight past all the crowds. For me, it was the perfect way to spend a few hours in London, whilst waiting for the shops to open on Oxford Street.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Dear Absent Friends...

Whilst filming my new video (NOW LIVE check it out) I started thinking about friends and friendship and it dawned on me that I had written a post all about friends and friendship so I thought I'd bring it over to this blog. Enjoy.


At this time of year, with Christmas sneaking up on us it is time to reflect on things. Whether it is how much money you've spent on things you didn't need or how many Five Guys burger are too many to eat in one year, it's all reflection.

Well for me, reflection came in the way of friends and friendships and more importantly the absent friends and friendship that have disappeared or floated away like ghosts.

As some of you might be aware, I have had a blog since 2012. In the early days of blogging for me, I had the pleasure to attend and arrange a handful of meet ups.  These meet ups were great for me as a beginner blogger because it gave me chance to get out of my shell, meet like minded people and find new friends. These new friends were amazing to have, to be able to chat to people who were going through the same things as me writing our blogs from our bedroom, whilst spending all our hard earned cash on make up and beauty products to blog about in future days, months and years. Blogging had brought me a happiness that I hadn't had for a while before and I never felt alone thanks to this great group of friends that I had.

Sadly through time, things change and people grow older. Through this time, that group of friends that I had gained slowly disintegrated as people stopped blogging and went back to their "real lives". I don't blame anyone for this after all it is their lives however, it left me feeling very alone once more. Seeing new people starting to vlog, creating new close friendship groups made that feeling even worse because I had lost the people I was closest to.

YouTube has helped me gain confidence once more and I met a great group of ladies, who I collaborate with on videos and also chat with on a daily basis. Along with them, I also have the amazing people who comment on my videos and vlogs. My vlog family as I like to call them are so awesome, replying to any questions I ask and writing little messages when I'm feeling down for which I am truly grateful. So thank you if that is you.

So in this time of year, with Christmas round the corner remember to give all your friends a big hug and tell them you love them, even maybe buy them a cheeky present or four, just let them know you are truly grateful that they are in your life, I will definitely be doing this.

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Sunday, 5 November 2017


So welcome to the "new" The Clare Necessities. In the past few months or so, I have been missing the old fashioned days of blogging. When I first began blogging many moons (or nearly five years) ago, I loved it. It was an introduction into a world that I didn't know existed, it introduced me to like minded people who were as in love with beauty and make up as me, some of which I made connections with and have become friends with even we are miles apart from each other.

Long story short, starting my blog long ago was one of the best things I could have done for myself. Sadly due to other things happening in my life, work pressures and the introduction of YouTube videos as well, blogging became more and more sparse and the blog became unloved. But like I said I have been really missing it recently and so I made the decision mid last month to make a return to the blog.

You might notice that I have the same address and blog name but all the posts have gone and this is my first post. This is because I decided to move the blog to a new one and privatise the old one, which means I can have a brand new start. I might bring some of my favourite old posts over to this blog in time but for now we are all brand spanking new!

So long story short I'm back and I'm excited to return. The plan is to post twice weekly so make sure that you are following the blog on bloglovin or following me on twitter to keep in the know when there is new content here.

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