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Friday, 9 February 2018

Made Me Happy This Week


Thank goodness for the weekend! It hasn't been a bad week or anything, I just feel as if I haven't left the house. I have of course, on a couple of occasions, but not for any great length of time, and as much as I adore our home...I want to be outside for a little while! I've had a lot of at-home type things to do, and I've just tried to get on with them so that most of the bigger tasks, chores, diy's, are out of the way, but now I'd quite like some fresh air and a view of something other than these four walls.

1. Our new Mr and Mrs pyjamas from Next, I love them! My grandma got them for us to take away with us later this year. I can't wait to wear them.

2. Our anniversary, it was a completely perfect day in our favourite city. We also had the best dinner, although most of mine came home with me, as clearly my eyes are bigger than my belly. In my defence, it was the biggest plate of risotto I've ever seen! 

3. We don't do anniversary gifts, but while we were out last week, Paul bought me a vintage teaspoon that has the sweetest Harry Potter related quote stamped into it. I absolutely love it!

4. The late afternoon light at this time of year. The way it shines into our living room makes me so happy.

5. Some new Easter decorations. I realised that we have decorations for so many holidays, but none for Easter, so now we do, and they are the cutest little things.

6. The sweetest girl in Lush, who's name I wish I'd asked for, gave a valentines bath bomb, just because it was our anniversary.

7. My undying love for The Greatest Showman soundtrack.

8. Walks around Edinburgh in the evening, with my favourite person.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Made Me Happy This Week


What a crazy week it's been. My gran have moved in with my mum, which is causing no end of hilarious situations. Her house is currently being renovated so she'll only be there until it's all finished. Paul and I have been so busy, each separately and with different wedding thing's at home, I'm baking cake for my nieces birthday tomorrow and Paul's dad has been up making more noise fitting the cupboard in our bedroom. This weekend will be a nice treat though, as it's our 12 year anniversary on Sunday. We don't have anything big planned, just a day out with an early dinner, I'm really looking forward to it. Especially the dinner, as we've been so good with our eating lately. It'll be a nice treat.

1. The Greatest Showman! I don't know what's taken me so long to see this film but it's one of the best I ever have. Everything about it is amazing, and the soundtrack has basically been on repeat from the minute I got home from the cinema. It's probably still on as you're reading this.

2. Wearing converse again for the first time in what seems like month's. It's starting to get that little bit warmer again so these things are once again possible.

3. Making decorations with C, for her little girls birthday party this weekend. We can do some amazing things with cardboard and paint let me tell you. Here's a look at some we did from a few years ago.

4. An afternoon in Edinburgh, mainly for Paul to have his hair cut, but also giving us the opportunity have a walk around and grab a coffee. Decaf still.

5. The Willy Wonka themed birthday cake, I'm really quite pleased with how it turned out. 

6. My teenie tiny milk bottle from my mum. She was having lunch at a deli near us, and the milk for her coffee came in a tiny milk bottle. She asked if she could buy one from them for me, she's done this before with a teacup and saucer. She's so sweet.

7. Clean hair! Never underestimate how much better having clean hair can make you feel.

8. Finishing one month of Polaroids!

Friday, 26 January 2018

Made Me Happy This Week


One of the happiest things about this past week, definitely has to be planning our wedding ceremony. We've only really just started, and there is still a long way to go before we have the exact plan of what we want, but it's so much fun to do. We've laughed so much, and have some lovely things noted down so far, I can't wait to see it come together as we go. The rest of this week has been a pretty quiet one. I was also wrong last week about the snow, we had SO much more of it over the weekend. It's now sadly all gone, although it was starting to look a little slushy and messy everywhere so it was probably for the best.

1. Our wardrobe is being started today...I'm so excited!! I can't wait for my clothes to have a home again, right now they're being stored anywhere and everywhere. It's actually really frustrating when you're looking for something in a rush.

2. The Polaroid in the picture above. Paul took it and it's one of my favourites so far.

3. We bought each others Easter gifts while we were food shopping last weekend. It may seem early but the shops are already full of them, so why not. I have a Lindt bunny from Paul, and he has a box of 12 Cream Eggs from me.

4. Piri Piri soup, it's become my new favourite lunch. It's pretty much all I've had for the last couple of weeks.

5. Today feels like spring, it's so bright and sunny and the weather just feels different.

6. Grace and Frankie season 4 is finally up on Netflix so we've been watching as much as we can. If you've never watched it, I recommend!

7. Porridge and brown sugar for breakfast.

8. The pink and purple shades of sky this week, it's a lovely thing to see in the morning.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The Polaroid Project Update #1


If you were around at the beginning of the month, you may have seen that I was starting a little project with my Polaroid camera, something fun for, to keep and look back on. Every day this year I will take one photo, and by the end I'll have a box of 365 of them. Today, we are on day 23, and it just felt like a nice to time update you on things. I didn't want to do anything as structured as weekly or monthly updates, I think sporadic ones throughout the year will be much nicer.

First of all, I'm pleased to say that I haven't missed one day, not one! I'm getting so used to carrying my little Instax camera around with me everywhere I go, that I can already feel myself missing it when this year is over. Some days if I know what I'm doing, I'll have an idea of when I want to take the picture, or who with. Others, I'll just find myself in a situation that would be perfect for one.


Currently, their home is a small Dior box that originally housed a very pretty highlighter. That suits them fine just now, and I think it will be another couple of months before I have to look for something bigger. I've had a look at a few boxes already, but I'm having trouble imagining just how big the pile of picture will be at the end of the year. I don't want to get a box that come September will be too small, or, end up with one that's far too big for them.

When I first started, I wasn't sure how to mark them, I went back and forth between number or date, but eventually I decided that doing both would be the best way to go. Mainly because picking up picture 192, and thinking 'what date was that?', would honestly drive me crazy. This way, I can know what number it is between 1 and 365, and know what date it was too. I'm also colour coordinating them by season with my Sharpies. Just now, because it's all cold and wintery, I'm using icy blues and grey's. I can't wait to see how the colours change through the year.

I can't tell you the number of times I've sat and flicked through what is still a fairly small pile of photos, they are already bringing me so much joy -and it's only day 23! I'm honestly enjoying it so much, I'll be sad when it finishes, but that's still a long way off at the moment.



Friday, 19 January 2018

Made Me Happy This Week


We've had so much snow this week, more was forecast for today but I get the feeling we've had the last of it. It's all starting to melt away, and the snowmen are starting to look a little sad at this point, but it had to come to an end eventually. Today we're going food shopping. We've been so good with eating lately, right back on track with loads of veggies, and good nutritious food, instead of the chocolate and cheese we were eating last month. We are feeling much better for it, so long may it continue. It's also making us more creative with dinners, trying to come up with tasty fun things to eat, and making sure we are planning meals again. I always prefer when we do this, it makes things feel much more organised, plus, you don't waste anything if you know exactly what you're eating.

1. Pink's new album, I've had it on repeat this week and I'm really enjoying it. Thankfully there hasn't been anyone around to hear my terrible singing.

2. Sookie has taken to curling up in my dressing gown while I sit and have breakfast, while I'm still wearing it. She's honestly the sweetest little thing!

3. How perfect everything looks when the snow first falls. Everything is so beautiful, that is until the cars leave tire tracks and peope

4. Ordering a few things for our wedding gifts for people, I'm very excited about them! Although I can't say what they are right now in case anyone reads this, but I am planning a post on them for later in the year. This whole getting married thing still feels so odd to me.

5. Feeding the squirrels on the coldest Sunday we've had in a long time, and really appreciating the heating being on when we got home.

6. A Die Hard movie day. We spent the whole day at our friends, eating tasty snack type food, in pyjamas. A perfect day really.

7. Ready salted crisps and chocolate buttons. Everyone I mention this to, thinks I'm crazy and refuses to try it. In the end they all come round and admit how bloody good it is. Give it a try sometime, I swear it's one of the best things you'll eat, even if it does sound weird.

8. Picking up a few tiny Easter treats to put away for when it comes. We found Reeses Cream Eggs, so had to get a few, they sound amazing.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Snow Day!


Most of Scotland is covered in snow at the moment. Some places have a light dusting, and others are completely covered in a think white blanket. We are kind of in between where we are, although, it is deeper than Sookie is tall, so she isn't all that pleased about the situation. We have to clear little paths around the garden so she does get lost in it, or get clumps of it stuck in her fur. 

I took these photo's last time it snowed, around New Year, but I never ended up using them for anything. I haven't been out anywhere to get some of the snow this time round, and even though what we have right now is much more impressive that the snow in these shots, I thought I'd share them anyway. Just in case you're snowless and wishing for some, or just for something pretty to look at on a Wednesday afternoon.

I think I'll always love the snow, it's just so magical. 



Monday, 15 January 2018

Five Ways To Make January Not So Blue.


January can be a difficult month to get through for a lot of people. It's dark, the weather is a mostly cold wet and miserable which really doesn't help your mood. Especially for those who suffer with SADS. None of us have any money, we've all been over spending before and around Christmas, maybe in the sales too, and a lot of people have a much bigger gap between payday over theses two months. It can really take it's toll on you, not to mention the feeling of promise and excitement of a new year may have worn off by now, and the reality of failed resolutions or plans may be setting in.

While I'm not sure I believe all of this can build up and make Blue Monday the worst day of the year, I do think they make the month a little trying at times. It's something I used to really struggle with. I look forward to Christmas for so much of the year, and all of a sudden it's over. All the decorations are down, leaving everything very sad and plain. Feeling as if you have to make grand plans and make lists of resolutions to join in the excitement with everyone else. Also feeling the stress of spending so much at Christmas time, feeling limited until the next payday. It can all get to you, making you feel really quite low, and as if everything is rubbish when it's actually not.

I wanted to change this a few years ago, I was sick of the feeling and wanted to have a different outlook on January, so I did just that. Of course it's not as simple as just deciding to do it, it takes time and work. But I managed, and these are some of the things I did to help with that. I now enjoy January for what is it, just as you should with any month.

Embrace the cold weather! I say this for a few reasons. One, is that getting up, dressed and out can do wonders for your mood at any time of year. Getting out into the fresh -albeit cold air, can wake you up, and of course the exercise helps, even if you're just going for a walk around the park, or to the shops. But it also makes being at home all the better too. Coming home to cosy blankets and a night of tea and tv, can be so much more inviting once you've been outside and away from it. It makes you happy to be home, and able to enjoy it more. Do you remember when you were little and playing in the snow until your fingers were frozen? Well, the feeling you had when you eventually went inside and got your cosy warm pyjamas on. It's that kind of thing.

Don't Make Resolutions!! New Years resolutions can be great for some people, and some do have huge success with them, but for most, they just bring the feeling of failure. Instead of setting out a list of grand plans for the next 12 months, and completely overwhelming your brain, just concentrate on making this year a better one than the last. Do it slowly as you go, don't set deadlines. If you want to improve you're diet, great -but start small and work it into your life. Don't give yourself the stress of unrealistic tasks.

Make Plans! I don't mean extravagant holidays or anything nearly as grand, although if you do happen to have any booked, then start thinking about it. Make notes of what you want to do while there, learn a few things about the place you'll be visiting. Anything that is exciting, and reminds you that January will pass, and the low mood will too. But also make plans in the meantime too, small things like a movie day with friends, or taking the dogs for a walk somewhere you don't usually go. Things that don't cost a lot of money, but allow you to get out and be social, that will in turn lift your mood.

Make Your Home More Enjoyable!! We should all love our homes, they should be where we enjoy spending our time. And during months like January when you feel almost forced to stay home sometimes, it's good to do little things that help you feel better about it all. Light candles, makes piles of your favourite books to read, do a little baking to use up any lingering Christmas chocolate. Do little things that make it more relaxing for you.

Clean Up and Clear Out! If you are feeling a little fed up, and need to feel more productive, having a clear out can sometimes be the best thing for you -and January is the best time to do it. I feel like this every year! You seem to gather stuff as the year goes on, stuff you maybe didn't want or things you no longer have a use for. After Christmas I like to have a good clear out and free up space for more important things. The saying "tidy house, tidy mind" is true. If you feel fed up because things feel cluttered, then bite the bullet and get rid of it, you will feel so much better afterwards. Plus getting off the sofa and doing something to take your mind off your mood can sometimes change your mindset completely.

I do understand that for some it wont be as easy as this, these are just small things I did to help stop myself thinking of January as a miserable time. And instead, enjoy the fact that it's a slower month, when you have the chance to do things at home. Or the excuse to stay in and watch box sets on Netflix.
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