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Friday, 23 March 2018

Happy Friday!

{Spotted in Edinburgh}

Hello there! It's been a while, hasn't it?

The break from blogging I've had over the last few weeks was completely unintentional. It came from a feeling of being overwhelmed, taking too much on and a lot of things being out of my control.

In February, I over committed! On top of everything else there is to do in life, I baked five cakes, and not simple little things. Big detailed birthday cakes, and they all take a lot of time. Not to mention the constant mess in the kitchen, that made it feel as if I was doing nothing but cleaning up after myself, and the icing sugar floating around. As well as that, I was doing a lot of DIY in the house, and trying to get it finished so that things can go back to normal. The upstairs of our house is currently, best described as a nightmare! I like to think things could always be worse, it's how I keep myself feeling happy and positive. But living in mess, not having space for your things, and having the simple task of trying to find clothes in the morning, become an actual mission -can get to you! The saying "tidy house, tidy mind" is a saying for a reason. It got to the point where considering making more mess, just to take a blog photo, wasn't worth it. Oh, and the crazy snow we've had, well that flagged up a few issues we need to have fixed on the outside of the house.

Again, I know things could always be worse, they could, but feelings can build, and lead to you feel worse in other ways. The cakes and mess, the DIY mess, the chaos that is upstairs was getting to me, and I missed one post on a Friday because I had no time. Usually that wouldn't have been an issue, things get missed, sometimes you run out of time -totally acceptable! But because I was already feeling overwhelmed, that made me feel worse. Then that feeling grew and I started to wonder what the point was anyway. "Why would I bother, no one cares really", "I have nothing interesting to say", "what am I bothering for, it's just a waste of time"...and so on. Leading to this little space being ignored, along with any other forms of social media.

Of course, these feeling came from everything feeling out of my control, they passed, and I started to feel sad that all the things I had planned for this space had been ignored. Drafts of posts have been left unfinished, photo's taken but not sorted through or edited, I haven't even picked my camera up in weeks...very unlike me. But the longer I left it, the more difficult it felt to start again. Which isn't a nice feeling to have about something you love doing.

I'm not writing this to be "oh poor me", not at all, and I don't want this to read as if I've been unhappy for the last few weeks, because I haven't! Lot's of wonderful happy things have happened, one of which being me finding my wedding dress!! (a story I have to share with you soon). Making the whole "we get married in October" thing seem much more real. There have been birthdays, lovely days out with friends and family, lots of fun happy times, the only thing that was missing was this. Oh, and I still haven't missed a day of my Polaroid Project, just incase you were wondering!

The point I'm trying to make is this. It's far too easy to get wrapped up and taken in by these feelings, to let all the small things build and build, until they're one collective mass on your shoulders that you can't deal with. When a few little niggles are getting you down, it's all too easy to let things get to you that usually wouldn't be an issue. Upstairs is still a huge mess, and I still can't get to a lot of my clothes, the issues outside still need fixed...but it's ok! As annoying as it all is, it will be tackled eventually. Sometimes it's more about taking a step back, looking at everything as separate tasks to be dealt with, instead of thinking of it all as a whole. We all have these times when we feel sorry for ourselves, but they pass.

So, it's a very happy Friday indeed! Even just writing this post has made me feel so excited to be back again, you don't realise how much you miss certain things until you stop doing them. The sun is shining outside, it's actually starting to feel like Spring, and we have a weekend of fun plans ahead of us.

And before I go, how are you all doing? What have you been up to in the last few weeks, anything exciting? 


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. 


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