Abby Lacey

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Party planning

With only five weeks to go, I’m ramping up the party prep for my 40th, and in doing so, am putting my sewing machine to good use!

I have become obsessed with buying fabric – whether it’s from eBay or charity shops – I am now the proud owner of over 100m of pink, purple and orange bed sheets, duvet covers and organza (all being made into drapes, curtains, cushion covers – you name it, I’m giving it a go), the entire stock of Ikea Wembley’s candle department, and 200m of crepe paper streamers!

Check out my Pinterest board to see more of what I’m planning for the big 4-0!


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London to Reading Bike Ride

Those of you who follow my on social media know how much I go on about cycling and my two rides planned for this year: the London to Reading and London to Brighton, both in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Well last Saturday at 07:00, #TeamBadInfluences’ Katie and I were chauffeured by my wonderful husband, Sam, to Kempton Park Racecourse for our 40-mile ride to Reading.


Fresh-faced, before!

I think it’s fair to say that it wasn’t quite what we’d expected – there were far more normal people there and less ‘elite’ athletes, so we didn’t feel too far from home! We left Kempton just after 08:00 and followed our route through Sunbury, Shepperton, Chertsey and into Virginia Water.


We realised at this point, we really weren’t far from home and that this was pretty easy… low and behold, once we got into our own territory of Waltham St Lawrence, Shurlock Row and Hare Hatch, psychologically, it became a little more difficult. We entered Henley with the knowledge that the worst was yet to come… Harpsden Hill. I faltered at the beginning and asked Katie if she wanted, like so many others ahead to walk; thankfully she said no and we persevered together to the top.

Now we were on the road to home, with only 6 more miles to go. We hit a whopping 32.7mph down Playhatch hill (naughty I know!), and glided into Caversham where we finally, 2 hours and 53 minutes later, found our finish line.


Definitely awake, after!

Pretty pleased with our little ‘warm-up’, now more hill training in preparation from London to Brighton in June!


tbiYou can still sponsor, Katie, me and all of #TeamBadInfluences for this and the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation at:

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Admitting defeat

I have less than two months to go before my 40th birthday and it’s at this point, that I am going to admit defeat; some of my #40b440 list just isn’t going to get done.

For those that know me well, I am a very determined, all-or-nothing kind of person, so to admit defeat is totally out of character and pains me beyond belief, but time and, let’s be honest, financial constraints, mean that I’m just not able to complete everything, namely:



I haven’t given up completely and am still working on others I haven’t yet completed (like roller skating to school!)… Plus I am trying to organise an amazing party…

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Heavenly Gowns – part 2

Following last week’s post on Heavenly Gowns, as promised here is an update.

Today I received these photos of the beautiful gowns that Heavenly Gowns have made with my wedding dress.

When I saw them, I have to admit, I cried – it’s so bittersweet – I’m happy because my dress has gone to such a good cause, but I’m also sad for those babies, their families and the the doctors and nurses who tirelessly help.

Please support Heavenly Gowns if you can – they don’t just take wedding dresses – so check your wardrobe or loft and please donate if you can x

Heavenly Gowns UK is a voluntary non profit organisation set up to help bereaved parents & family members at the unimaginable time of the passing of a baby

The loss of a baby no matter how early or late in gestation can be a devastating time for any parent and family member.We at heavenly gowns uk have a budding team of volunteers who transform donated wedding/bridesmaid/christening and prom dresses into beautiful gown sets fit for angels; we also provide angel wraps and blankets.

We are currently working along side Sands to help provide hospitals, funeral homes and individuals who require these gowns. We hope with our small contribution we can bring comfort to families at this heartbreaking time.

We are a fairly new organisation who rely solely on donations/contributions whether it be helping make gowns donating dresses/materials or spreading the word.If you feel you can help us please get in touch. You can either email us or through our Facebook page.