Getting into the Gym…

Okay so this is something completely different and doesn’t fit with my blog genre so far, but I thought it’d be a good idea to just write about the things I’m passionate about – because these are the topics I have something that might be worth saying!

For the past few years at university and after graduating I’ve been going to the gym. When I say this, it’s very much an on and off process… but towards the end of 2016 and start of this year I really tried and was going about 4 times a week for about 8 months. During that time I didn’t really change physically (snacks are seriously my downfall) but mentally I felt so much better, stronger and happier! Plus I love the feeling of being strong, so obviously regular trips to the gym helped this too.

But since moving back to London in the summer, I’ve seriously let slip the gym life… And now, wanting to get back to it (having felt and seen my muscles melting) I’ve found it really difficult to build up enough courage to go.

I’m not generally an anxious person, and usually am up for giving things a go, so this feeling was quite a shock for me, especially as it’s lasted for a few months and has stopped me from being able to do things as freely as I would like.

However, today, after about two months of wanting to, but feeling too nervous to go, I went back to the gym. Although it doesn’t seem like much, I feel so good and so pleased with myself. Instantly I feel stronger and more able to face each day, that’s the main feeling that I had been missing.

Building up to it has been so hard, and I’m likely to not want to go tomorrow – but this feeling of strength is what I need to hold onto, because for me, it’s about feeling like I can conquer things, and feeling able to tackle anything I feel like.

I am literally so unqualified to offer advice to anyone, but if anyone else is struggling with the thought of it, either going for the first time, or going back after a break, my main tip is to just set yourself a small goal first. Only aim for a short workout, start with the exercises you like the most, allow yourself lots of breaks, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling. I think the thought of going is so much scarier than the actual activity, so perhaps take a trusty friend, but honestly I would recommend because you can do it! Just take your time and build yourself up!

If anyone knows the feeling or something similar please leave a comment about your experiences and tips! Every little step helps!

Our Halloween Experience at PYO Pumpkins!

I love love love getting into the festive spirit, whatever the occasion I am down for the joy, so when I spotted a pick your own pumpkin farm, I had to jump on board the bandwagon.

We went to Riverside Farmers at Beluncle Farm, and visited their annual celebration to pick our pumpkins!


We went on the Saturday just before Halloween, so it was super busy and there were loads of families and friends enjoying themselves and choosing their favourite pumpkins. It was such a nice time out, and was free to enter, only having to pay for the pumpkins you take home.


The pumpkins were super instagrammable, and we spent a few hours choosing which were the least blemished… we filled the wheelbarrow, only to end up choosing one tiny pumpkin that cost us a single pound.


I was so impressed with this day out, and would definitely recommend to anyone, but especially children and families as it was a lot of fun and something nice to do altogether in the Halloweenie spirit!

What did you do to get involved in the spooks this Halloween or Bonfire Night? If you have any recommendations, leave a comment and let me know!

Love, Maddie x

1st Post

So it begins….

Anyone that knows me knows that I love a good meal (lol) and also love to get a great deal! This combined with my fave hobby (writing reviews) has led me to ‘What Maddie Says’, my new venture, and hopefully an exciting new hobby!!!!!!

‘What Maddie Says’ is basically my personal review on the places I go and the things I see/eat there! I’ve been reviewing restaurants and hotels and various other places for an array of websites for a while, and decided why not just do it all in one place! So here we are, hopefully this all makes sense and I’m not just rambling to myself!

The aim is for other people to read my reviews and hopefully take my advice (or do the complete opposite!) but, if this does just end up being my personal place to remember all the lovely places I’ve been to see I’m so looking forward to giving it a go!

I’ve decided to work on a simple scale, with a descriptive review of the place I’ve experienced, hopefully some pictures, plus a couple of extra bits! For me, value for money is key and I’m all about the affordability, therefore, I’m going to score each place out of 10 on a value for money basis!

As you’re aware, I’m completely new to this and therefore open to suggestion, so please if you have any comment to make let me know! So there it is, the beginning of my new idea and hopefully the start of something great!!

Love, Maddie x