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Friday, 20 January 2017

Made Me Happy This Week


This week began with blue Monday, apparently the worst day of the year for everyone. But I'm pleased to say that mine was just lovely! C came up for a visit, not only did we have a lovely catch up, but we enjoyed a homemade afternoon tea, of sorts - something I think should be mandatory for all Mondays! We had tiny finger sandwiches, macarons, and freshly made scones with butter and jam. And, what made it all even more exciting was that I finally got the chance to use the beautiful tea set I got for Christmas. This week Paul and I also had our first Easter treat of 2017 -I swear we honestly do eat more than just chocolates and sweets! Now, people go on and on about Christmas starting too early...but isn't Eater in January just a little bit ridiculous? I say that, but it wont stop us eating the eggs, they were Caburys and full of Oreo cream, and they came with tiny spoons!

1. Freshly washed hair. It always makes me feel so much better, even if it can sometimes be a chore.

2. Freshly made coffee in the morning. Paul is usually out of bed before me and I love that he brings me a cup before he leaves for work. The smell of fresh coffee first thing in the morning is one of the best ways to wake up.

3. Pasta and ice-cream on a Saturday night, eaten while wrapped up in throws on the sofa.

4. Paul's mum and dad have just had a log burner installed (I now want one!), and we spent a cold afternoon chatting while sitting by a lovely, cosy fire.

5. Sookies New York hoodie. Her running around with it on is honestly the cutest thing in the world!

6. My Asos galaxy print pyjamas, I got them before Christmas for an absolute bargain by using a couple of my vouchers, and I just love them. They're so comfy and have the cutest print. If you're interested they still have some in the sale here.

7. Lunch dates with Paul, always perfect no matter where we go.

8. An afternoon in a chilly Edinburgh, even when it's cold and grey I still adore it.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Currently I am...


Missing New York. That city has such a special place in my heart and I turely love it! I'm not sure what's made me miss it more this week than any other, but until we go back I'll re-live it through our pictures and memories.

Feeling a little uninspired. I was full of such positivity when we first started in January. I had ideas and plans but when I sit down to write, nothings comes, when I start to take photos -they just don't look right! Either it's the mood I'm in or my lack of inspiration has hit a low and's really bothering me. I think I need to get out more. I've been mostly at home in January and the same four walls could be having a negative effect on my creativity.

Loving my new dressing table. The bedroom hasn't been decorated so it looks so out of place at the moment but I love it regardless! I need to fill it up with all of my bits and pieces because it's still sitting there empty

Drinking far too much tea and no where near enough water. I'm blaming the cold weather for this one...totally and completely! I usually am so good with the amount of water I drink, I think it helps you feel better look better and its good for you. But it's just so cold right now that I want something that's going to warm me from the inside out, and it always ends up being tea. And yes, I know, I could have hot water, but I don't really like it.

Listening to Ed Sheerans new music. He writes such beautiful songs and Castle on the Hill has been on repeat for so long now that I think my Spotify may soon refuse to play it.

Trying to get back into an actual exercises routine. We've been on and off so far this year and it really is something that needs to change. I feel so much better when I exercise, but I'm still at that point where I have to force my self to get over the initial hurdle of "I'd rather be on the sofa", but I'm sure I'll get there.

Watching Modern Family because it's started again and I couldn't be happier! It's honestly one of my favourite shows, I could watch episodes over and over again. If you've never seen it you should give it a go, I promise you'll fall in love with the characters. It also remind me of our trip to New York! We watched it on the plan on the way there, and in the airport as we were coming home.

Planning everything! I feel as if all I've done today is book tables, plan days, arrange meetings and appointments and it's left me feeling as if there is so much going on! It's all very doable -or at least I'm hoping it is. I think things feel a little less organised because I'm without a diar/planner this year, I still havent picked one up. I'm sure once I sit and organise my life with list's, it will all seem much easier. Some of it's also very exciting so it gives us things to look forward to.

What are you currently...?

Friday, 13 January 2017

Made Me Happy This Week


Ok, I admit it...after saying how I was going to be much more organised this year, this week has escaped me. But for good reason! So I hope you forgive me. Although a busy week, it's been a rather good one. After years of trying to find a dressing table that I first came across in a magazine, in a cafe, while waiting in a train station. I FINALLY tracked one down. I've seen a few over the years but they weren't in great condition, or they would be at the bottom of the country, and by the time I worked in the price of getting it to me, it just wasn't worth it. This one, was a 40 minute drive from us and I could see it in person. It's in such beautiful condition, and as I got to have a little look around the warehouse where it was being kept, I also found a trunk too! It needs a little love, but I do enjoy a bit of diy. Also, I realised today that it's Friday the 13th. Do you go by the superstition that bad things will happen, or is it just another day to you? I'm not a superstitious person, so for me it's just a day like any other.

1. Snow! We may not have much, but I'm enjoying it all the same. It's honestly one of my favourite things.

2. Kinder Chocobons, aka: the most addictive sweets in the world! I'm not going to lie, Paul and I ate a whole bag of them last night. This is why we didn't make resolutions.

3. My newest bobble hat, I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before but it's been keeping my head warm every day this week.

4. Helping my mum plan a surprise trip for my grans 80th birthday later this year. I think shes going to love it, I also can't believe she's going to be 80!

5. Eating dinner in bed on cold snowy nights.

6. Having a make up clear out and de-clutter. Somethings had been kept for far too long!

7. The tiny icicles that have formed outside our upstairs hall window.

8. Cranberry scented oil from The Body Shop. We bought it a couple of years ago, and I'm sure it was a Christmas scent, but it has a fresh fruity smell that's currently filling the house.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Made Me Happy This Week


Can you believe the first full week in January has gone?! I feel as if I spend most of my time these days being remarking at how quickly time seems to be passing, or being shocked that anther month has gone by. I have the feeling that 2017 may be the shortest year yet, and I for one want to make the very most it, plus it does contain some pretty exciting things! Even though we're just over a week into January now, things still seem off to me and I'm forgetting what day it is a lot of the time -I wonder when it will all feel as if it's back to normal?

1. Ed Sheerans new music, I must have had Castle on the Hill on over 50 times today!

2. A Chai latte mix that means I can have them at home, just the way they taste in Costa.

3. The little robin who has become a regular in our garden, I see him almost every morning these days.

4. Having people up for dinner on the 1st this year. It's not something we've done before, but it was lovely so I'm sure we'll do it again.

5. Eating left over sticky toffee pudding. I'm going to have to share the recipe one day -its so good!

6. The rumours that we could have snow soon! I know it's a little late but I still can't wait to find out if it's true.

7. Freshly washed cosy throws on the sofa, just perfect on those cold nights.

8. Making the tastiest sundaes on New Years Eve. Mine had everything from brownies to Reese's Cups. All topped off with cream of course.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

The New Year, and Thoughts on Goals and Resolutions

(Some polaroids from New Years Eve)

New Years a funny thing, don't you think? There's so much hype leading up to and around it, everyone is full of hope and promise, goals and resolutions as we head into a new January and a New Year. It's funny because at the same time it feels new, almost as if everything has started again and we have a whole New Year and a whole new chance at achieving our goals, but also that life is just back to normal after the madness of Christmas. Just back to the usual day to day, without the festivities and decorations -accept with a cupboard full of Christmas chocolate that somehow needs to be eaten! 

Regardless of the reason for the feeling the New Year brings, it's hard not to get swept up in it, to get into the feeling of a whole new year to do with as you please, and it does leave you feeling happy, hopeful, making plans and even feeling a little more organised than the previous 12 months. Thinking of everything you can do with the next 365 days and trying to make it better than the last. It's a good feeling.

I never used to be one for resolutions, I never made them or even gave them much thought. The past two (or three?) years I gave them a go and to be honest -they were forgotten about. I think the reason for it is that a year is such a long time to stick to something! Goals are good, and I work well with goals, even with something such as decorating a room. If I decide a date I want it finished by, I will make sure it's done! If there are no plan then it can just be done when I get to it, and it' the same with most things in life. But I have to admit that if I think of them in terms of a year they can sometimes feel overwhelming and leave me worrying that I'll fail...or feeling disappointed before the years even out.

This year I won't be making any big life changing year long resolutions. There are a few things I want to do, some personal, some not so much, but my plan is to set small monthly targets and keep track of how I'm doing as the year goes on. Some of the not so personal are to learn to use my camera properly, and keep up with an exercise plan. I've never been someone who wants to exercise -to be totally honest I have to force myself almost each and every time. But I also know how good it makes me feel and how good it is for me. I have no set weight loss goals, no targets I want to meet, I just want to set small goals to keep up with and improve my fitness. And with my camera, I would like to learn more about it, and how to use it. There is so much more that can be done with it and I'd like to make the most of that. Especially as I'm almost always taking pictures, it seems a shame not to.

Another reason I want to stick to small monthly targets is to help me be more organised. I feel as if 2016 was the year of chaos and mess when it came organisation, so I hope setting out monthly plans will help with that. I felt disorganised with blog posts, plans and occasions, and just day to day I'm hoping to put a stop to that this year!

How do you feel about resolutions? Do they help you or do you just never make them?


Friday, 30 December 2016

Made Me Happy This Week


This passed week has been as perfect as I think it possibly could have been. Christmas was wonderful, and even though I've been sick for basically two months I was fine on the day...a little sniffly but, fine. We spent the day opening presents, laughing with friends and family and then watching Christmas TV and films at night with a table of cheese and After Eights. We've spent the days since relaxing, having late lazy mornings with long leisurely breakfasts, the occasional visit and lots of cosy evenings on the sofa -just how the festive break should be. Things are now of course winding down as we head to the New Year this weekend. I've already started to pack away some of the Christmas decorations, and yesterday I made a huge pot of mac n cheese to use up some of the pile we still have in the fridge. I'm truly amazed at how fast this year has gone by, so here is the last 'Made Me Happy' post of 2016.

1. Snacking on all the Christmas Chocolate!

2. How the kitchen is currently full of the smell of honey mustard ham. We decided to space things out and cook our Christmas ham closer to New Year, I'm so glad we did! The amount of food around the 25th was more than enough without adding a ham!

3. How it is more than acceptable; expected really, to be in pyjamas for entire days between the 25th and the 1st.

4. Paul. He is honestly and truly the best and most wonderful part of my life, he somehow manages to make each Christmas better than the last.

5. Homemade waffles for breakfast with Paul's new waffle maker.

6. Helping Paul build the Lego set he got from my mum for Christmas.

7. Starting to think about plans and events for the year ahead, and already making notes to keep me on track.

8. Feeling so happy and thankful that we have such amazing friends and family who spoil us each year.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Twelve Days of Christmas - Christmas Eve


Happy Christmas Eve!

A few days ago in a post about Christmas traditions I mentioned what we do on Christmas Eve and how we head out to delivery presents. Well, after me saying how I would miss it if we didn't happen this year. It did for Paul, he spent the afternoon out visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts. I on the other hand spent the day at home, in pyjamas staying warm. I haven't been feeling too great and in an attempt to make sure I'm as good as I can be for tomorrow, I was told to stay home. But on the plus side I got ahead with the prep for tomorrow and, I am feeling a little bit better.

Thankfully our night has ended the same way it always does, chinese take out for dinner, Christmas films on the TV and cuddled up on the sofa full of excitement for tomorrow.

I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow, what ever you may be doing. Be sure to make the most of it and enjoy yourself.

...Only one sleep to go!
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