Monkey Forest, Clue HQ + The Cheltenham Festival!

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Hey guys!

If you follow my social media, you would have seen over the past few weeks I have been experiencing a lot of new things so today I am going to talk about the main three.

Firstly Trentham Monkey Forest. I was privileged to be given complimentary tickets for my boyfriend and I to experience the monkey forest and let me tell you, it was unreal! It is nothing like a safari park where the animals are caged, instead the animals are free to roam thousands of metres of land and enjoy the freedom of their natural habitat amongst the forest. Being able to see them walk around you, right next to you even, was incredible. We both thoroughly enjoyed every second of it and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves animals and nature.

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The second place is Clue HQ Birmingham. Again, I was lucky enough to receive complimentary tickets for my boyfriend and I’s date night and let me tell you, it was the best date night I could have asked for. It was challenging, mentally and physically, it was entertaining and honestly I loved every single second I was in there. As discussed with the team I am unable to go into great detail regarding the whole game we played, however I can say we played their game called Hellevator and it was very hard but ridiculously fun. We didn’t manage to escape, but we are definitely going to visit again to try again to make our way out. There are different games with different difficulty levels throughout so everybody can take part from beginners to pros, it’s enjoyable for everyone. If you’re looking for something fun to do, for groups, couples, work groups or families it is definitely something I would highly recommend and to top it off, everybody involved gets a free HD photo taken at the end to remember the experience by and to me that is so so important to make memories and have the photo to remember it.

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The third and final experience was the Cheltenham Festival. If you read my previous post you’ll have seen how much I thoroughly love horse racing and I was lucky enough this year to experience the festival twice, the first day and the last day. Both days were absolutely incredible and I loved every second. A sell out crowd of 70,000 people and I can’t even describe how unreal the atmosphere was. I was lucky enough to walk away winning money instead of losing. Including Native River winning the Gold Cup, as tipped by jockey Richard Johnson exclusively on my website back in October. I was so proud of Native River and Richard, both of whom I have supported for a very very long time and I am so happy for the whole team. Overall I had an amazing experience and if you like horse racing I would say it is definitely something you need to experience, even if you don’t like horse racing I think you should still experience it all. So many people say horse racing is cruel but when you experience the Cheltenham Festival where millions of pounds worth of horses, training and work goes into, you would see just how well looked after the horses are and how well they are treated and you’d see that there is no animal cruelty in horse racing whatsoever. I was so happy experiencing the festival and I cannot wait until next years!

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Overall I’ve been having an incredible few weeks and I have so much more planned which I am super excited for. Today I finished work for 11 days and now I have nearly 2 weeks full of plans including a musical, Sam Smith in concert, Alton Towers, Safari Park and a trip to visit the Shakespeare houses, all of which I’m super excited for! I have some pretty exciting collaborations coming up also so I cannot wait for those.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I’ll see you all in my next one!

 

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My Cheltenham Festival 2018 Picks and Tips

My Weight Loss Story + Advice and Tips! (2)

Hey guys!

So before I start a little disclaimer: I am not encouraging betting, I am not a professional and these are just my own opinions from what I have seen and read about the horses, the races and the trainers so I am not responsible for anything that may happen if you choose to copy my tips. If you choose to gamble over the festival period, please only bet money you can afford to lose, do not gamble more than you can afford to, please remember that betting is supposed to be fun. Thank you.

So now the serious part is out of the way, let’s get into my tips for the festival! Disclaimer: The prices I have put are correct at the time of writing this post via the Ladbrokes iPhone app, all horses are currently down to run, however this may change as the festival gets closer.

Tuesday 13th March:

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle: Kalashnikov – 4/1

Arkle Chase: Footpad – 11/8

Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase: Singlefarmpayment – 8/1

Champion Hurdle: Faugheen – 9/2

Mares Hurdle: Apple’s Jade – 8/13

National Hunt Chase: Dounikos – 7/1

Close Bros Handicap Chase: De Plotting Shed – 5/1

Wednesday 14th March:

Ballymore Novices Hurdle: Samcro – 4/6

RSA Chase: Black Corton – 7/1

Coral Cup: Bleu Et Rouge – 10/1

Champion Chase: Min – 9/4

Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase: Tiger Roll – 5/1

Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle: Nube Negra – 10/1

Champion Bumper: Rhinestone – 8/1

Thursday 15th March:

JLT Novices’ Chase: Invitation Only – 10/3

Pertemps Network Final: Sort It Out – 10/1

Ryanair Chase: Un De Sceaux – 7/4

Stayers Hurdle: Yanwork – 5/1

Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate: King’s Socks – 10/1

Mares Novices Hurdle: Laurina – 8/11

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase: Squouateur – 6/1

Friday 16th March:

Triumph Hurdle: Apple’s Shakira – 3/1

Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle: Max Dynamite – 8/1

Albert Bartlett Novices; Hurdle: Duc Des Genievres – 5/1

Gold Cup: Native River – 5/1 (If you haven’t already go check out my EXCLUSIVE interview with Richard Johnson who’s top Cheltenham tip was this horse back in October: https://zoelouisesmithx.com/2017/10/20/worcester-races-exclusive-interview-with-richard-johnson/ )

Foxhunter Chase: Pacha Du Polder – 12/1

Martin Pipe Cond. Jockeys Handicap Hurdle: Flawless Escape – 8/1

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap: Don’t Touch It – 10/1

So there you have it, all of my picks for the festival! As I previously stated, I am no professional, I just love the horse racing so decided to write up a post with my picks and tips for the festival because it’s any horse racing fans favourite week of the year. If you are having a bet this year I wish you the best of luck, be sure to message me with any tips and picks you may have and if you have any winners because I can’t wait for next week to start.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you’re not a horse racing fan, don’t worry I have plenty of posts to come that will interest everybody.

See you all very soon!

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Life Update

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Hey guys!

I think I am possibly the worst blogger ever! No post in 3 months ahhhh! But I am back and ready to start writing again. Back in December I was rushed into hospital and I was diagnosed with meningitis, sepsis, dangerously low blood pressure and severe dehydration and the midwife told me I was lucky to be alive as my blood pressure had dropped so much that my body started to stop functioning and my organs had stopped working, so with all of that, a month of being severely ill and a week of being in hospital, I decided I wanted to take some time out to focus on myself. I took some time working on getting my health back, enjoying more family time, seeing my friends more and just enjoying my life because it really made me realise just how short life is and how you never really know what is around the corner so you need to enjoy yourself and live life to the full.

So in the last 3 months of being less active online a lot has happened. Firstly I decided to go to university, then decided I wasn’t sure and now I’m stuck with what to do. Secondly I completed dry January successfully! I wasn’t advised to, but I decided I would drink less and work on being healthier after being in hospital as I lost over a stone in the 3 weeks I was ill and I didn’t want to be unhealthy so decided to get myself sorted. And thirdly, most importantly, I got myself a boyfriend. 

Ashley Day, where do I start? When I was ill and I needed people around me, he had my back and cared more than most. We made things official on the 30th of December and I can honestly say I’m the happiest I have ever been. I never really understood people who said you’d ‘just know’ when you find ‘the one’ but now I really understand it because now I’ve found the person I want to spend my life with the feelings are a million times different to anything I’ve felt in the past. He’s not only my boyfriend but he’s also my best friend too and I am honestly so in love it’s mad.

I won’t ramble on about that though, I just wanted to post a quick update. Next week I am going to the Cheltenham Festival, which for those who don’t know is one of the biggest horse racing events in this country, I have tickets for two of the four days so I will be posting about those next week and my experience of the Cheltenham Festival for the first time. Over the next few days I will also be making a post of my top tips for the festival. I’ve bet on the Gold Cup winner the past 3 years so I’m on a roll, I can’t pick a winner every single time but the festival is the most exciting time of the year for any horse racing fan so I will be posting multiple posts over the next few days so keep your eyes out for them.

I also worked with Trentham Monkey Forest last weekend so I will have a post up about my experience with them, I am also working with Clue HQ Birmingham this weekend and West Midlands Safari Park in the next few weeks so I have a lot of exciting posts to come! Ash and I have also booked our first holiday together to Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria in June so I will be posting about that also. If you haven’t already click the social media tab at the top of the page and follow my social media accounts so you can keep up to date with all of the exciting things I have planned.

I am keeping it short and sweet, but I will be working harder to start writing more now I have the feeling of writing back! 

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