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Friday, 18 May 2018

Made Me Happy This Week

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Laurel, or Yanny? It's crazy isn't it!! What do you hear when the sound is played? I first heard it on the radio, and clearly heard Laurel...but! I then heard it on my laptop and it was so clearly Yanny! Madness. It fascinates me that something can sound so different depending on the way it's played or what you're listening to it on. In other news, who's looking forward to the wedding this weekend? I'm really quite excited about it all, although I think we're going to be out and will miss it, so I'll have to watch on catch up. There is just so much hype around the country right now, that it makes it hard to not want to watch and see everything that's going on. Plus, who doesn't love a wedding.

1. The Eurovision, always a good night and there were so many good songs this year. We made a list of our favourites as we watched, and now I have them playing on Spotify.

2. The weather. It's just beautiful at the moment.

3. Finally having our wedding music decided. We've gone through it all a few times, and it all now seems to fit perfectly.

4. How our garden is slowing filling with home grown vegetables. I'm most excited about the sugar snap peas!

5. White chocolate covered Oreo's. Honestly one of my favourite things.

6. My collection of Polaroid snaps. I love to bring them out every so often to have a look back at the last few months.

7. Paul and I have become completely obsessed with Brooklyn 99 recently. We're having to take out time watching it, just so we don't go through it too quickly.

8. Sheldon and Amy's wedding in The Big Bang Theory. It was so beautiful and so perfect. I'll be gutted when the show is completely over.
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

My Mobile Detox

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I'm the first to admit that I'm well and truly addicted to my phone. But, I mean, aren't we all?

A few weeks ago, my beloved iPhone 5 started having issues. It was running slow, I couldn't update anything (an issue with an apple id, not the phone), and then one day I heard a pop while I was holding it. I thought it was the plastic case at the time, but, later that night I noticed that the screen had come away from the rest of the phone at the top. Paul's been telling me to get a new phone for years now, so he was pleased that I was finally going to have to bite the bullet and get a new one.

I kept on using it for a few days, being very careful, because apart from the screen thing it seemed to be working fine. Until it wasn't. A week or so after the screen popped, it restarted it's self.  I assumed it was because it needed updated or something along those lines, but no. That night it started doing it every half hour. At one point, it was just a constant loop of it never actually turning back on. It was dying, slowing dying on the table, and all I could do was try and save my pictures before it crashed completely.

It did stay on for days after that, and I'm sure it would still turn on now, if I tried, but it was essentially useless. If I made a call, it would turn off. If I went online, it would turn off. I could text, but if I did it for too long, it would turn off. You get the idea.

I'm someone who constantly has her phone in her hand, I carry it around with me everywhere, - I'm talking from room to room. So being without one for a few days before having to go and buy a new one, was very interesting. While the thought of it initially was horrifying, it was actually a new experience that I've learned quite a lot from. I understand that sounds rather dramatic to some, but I've had a phone since I was in Primary School, so the addiction is real!

~ Lessons Learned ~

The first thing I noticed was how often I'd go to pick my phone up throughout the day. The first day was definitely the worst because I kept forgetting it was broken. I'd pick it up for absolutely anything, to check the time, to check my emails, to look for something online, to note something down, and so many more things on top of that. Which is all crazy in it's self because I'd probably be sitting on my laptop at the time too. I make a conscious effort now to not do this. Some days I do, but I'm so much better than I was before -and funnily enough, I get more done in the day!

Carrying it around was another big thing. I was so used to taking it from room to room with me, even into the garden when I'd go out to hand up some washing. Because I couldn't use it, I just left it on the coffee table, on the sideboard, it didn't really matter where it was. Everyone new it was broken, so no one was going to call or text. This is the thing I've improved on the most! I don't carry the phone around with me now. I don't take it from room to room, I don't take it with me if I'm going to hang out washing, or to take rubbish to the bins outside, and it's actually such a good feeling. I think I did it mostly out of habit, but after a few days of not doing it, there was no real actual reason to start again.

Having that constant need to always know what everyone else is doing. Having to watch all the Instastories, just in case you're missing something. It's something I'm definitely guilty of, but again, I think it's out of habit, and in a big way part of life in this social media age. But seeing as I didn't have a working phone, I couldn't just pick it up and scroll through my feed. I obviously still do this now I have a phone again, I'm not going to pretend that I don't anymore. But It's not because I have the feeling that I constantly have to. It's now because I want to, instead. It's also not as often, and if I've missed things, or I'm late seeing something - who cares!

The biggest thing that came from my mobile free weekend, was a feeling of relief. My phone has been in my hand for so many years that it became a cause of anxiety for me. If I didn't know where it was, I'd panic. If I checked a pocket where I thought it was, and it wasn't there, the feeling I'd get was awful, until I'd then realised I'd put it in my bag. The thought of being without it made me so uncomfortable. There was a time my brother took my phone to work instead of his own, by accident. I don't drive, so jumped on a bus to go get it from him because there was no way I could wait until he was home. The whole journey I felt so uncomfortable. I couldn't check the time, I couldn't contact anyone, I genuinely didn't know what to do with myself. I didn't like that feeling, and I thought it's how I'd feel this time. But there was something different about it, and instead of sheer panic and stress, it was kind of nice in a way.

I'm not saying that I'm completely cured of my phone addiction, I truthfully don't think I ever will be. But I've learned to be a little less obsessive with it, I don't need it on my person at all times, nothing bad is going to happen if I don't see a text or notification straight away, and I know know that I can actually function without out one if need be. I'm going to do my best to keep up these habits.








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Friday, 4 May 2018

Made Me Happy This Week


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Last weekend was interesting!

You know how occasionally people like to digitally detox, no phone or laptop? Well I had no choice, and was forced to have one. Basically my phone broke -sort of, it was still on but dying slowly. There's a post coming soon about it, so I won't get into it too much just now, but it was actually a rather interesting few days. Anyway. It's been a good week, a busy but lovely one, and the weather hasn't been too bad either. Paul's little plants are still going well, we now have carrot's planted in the garden too. I'm so looking forward to having so much fresh food from the garden, so fingers crossed everything goes well.

1. An early morning walk in the sunshine, before the day started. It was such a nice way for the day to begin.

2. Infinity War...it was amazing! So much so, that I would love to go see it again. I'm not sure if I can wait until next year for the second part.

3. Fish fingers sandwiches, they really are my favourite lazy dinner. Also, fun fact: fish fingers and sometimes fish from the chip shop, are the only fish I can eat. I think it's because they don't actually taste too much like fish. They have a taste of their own.

4. Dragons Egg bath bomb from Lush, it's a good one.

5. Squashies or Squishes? I'm not sure of the name, but they are so addictive!! The sour cherry and apple ones, specifically. Bought on a whim because we were hungry while food shopping (never a good idea), and the bag was eaten before we got home.

6. The new Loreal lavender shampoo, it leaves your hair feeling the softest it could feel. Plus, it isn't full of nasty ingredients.

7. I'm not so patiently waiting for the trees in the garden to blossom, they're so nearly there and I can't wait.

8. Bella Italia takeaway for a late night dinner. The pesto gnocchi is amazing!
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Friday, 20 April 2018

Made Me Happy This Week

{Shopping for our wedding rings!!!}

The sun! The sun is out! Not only does it feel amazing, but the garden seems to have taken a growth spurt! It's as if it's been sat in waiting for the warm weather to return, and now, it's started to blossom.

Last night we had a house full for my mum's birthday. We had a huge roast dinner, usually we're left with a fridge full of left overs, but with so many people round it was nearly all gone. My only complaint is that I slightly overdid the yorkshires! She had a lovely time! We put up lots of decorations, and I made her a huge birthday cake -that somehow has already all gone! I do love having so many people round for dinner, I love to make huge "family style" meals that get passed around the table. Plus, there are always people that are happy to help clean up afterwards.

1. Sookies had her hair cut and she looks adorable! There was a mistake with the time between her appointment's and her hair was getting so long, she looked like a fluffy teddy. But now shes nice and trimmed, just in time for the warm weather.

2. Being able to hang washing outside. I can't count the number of loads I've washed over the last few days. I love being able to get things outside so they smell all lovely and fresh. Plus, I've been making the most of it and washing some things that are being put away until the weather get scold again.

3. Iced coffee, the time is here once again.

4. My mum's birthday cake, I was so pleased with how it turned out. More importantly, she was too.

5. Spending a whole Sunday packing clothes away in our newly fitted wardrobe. I honestly can't tell you how much I enjoyed doing it.

6. Managing to get out walking this week with Paul, and feeling much better for it.

7. Left over roast carrot's and parsnips. If you don't like vegetables, you should try roasting them -you can't beat roast veg!

8. My new t-shirt dress, something I never thought I would be wearing but am now happy and comfortable in.

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Friday, 13 April 2018

Made Me Happy This Week

(seed garden progress, in just one week!)

The bedroom wardrobe is finished! It's fitted and carpeted, with so much shelf space and a nice new rail for hanging. This Sunday, we plan on spending the whole day going through our clothes, having a clear out of the old or worn, and tidying everything away in the wardrobe. I know, that might not sound like the most exciting thing to you, it might actually even sound like a total bore. BUT!! I have been living in madness for so long, that I'm over the moon to have space and order back again. Fun times this weekend! Oh, we're also hoping to make some pretty big wedding purchases this weekend, one of which being the rings! What are your plans?

1. Reaching the 100 mark on my Polaroid Project. I'll update you with it soon.

2. My new trainers, they're Sketchers and are unbelievably comfortable. Which is great, because we've managed to get out walking again this week, now that the weathers getting that little bit warmer.

3. The progress of our little seed garden over the last week has been huge. I didn't realise how quickly lettuce and rocket grows!

4. Having one of those really productive days. Those days when every task on your list, and then some, get ticked off.

5. The sounds of a rainy, windy night while you're tucked up inside.

6. Ben & Jerry's have released a Birthday Cake flavoured ice-cream! I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sure we'll pick up a tub very soon (possibly tomorrow?).

7. Having painted nails for the first time since, October? It's a good feeling.

8. Early breakfast, in grey but beautiful Edinburgh with Paul.
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Friday, 6 April 2018

Made Me Happy This Week


Happy Friday! How are you? Are you feeling spring-like yet? We still have snow in the garden so I'm going to say no, not for us at the moment. It's a slow one for us this weekend, we'll mostly be at home, having some work done to the house and catching up on some shows. Maybe even some baking? Plus we've been out quite a lot lately, so a weekend in will be nice.

1. Letting everyone see my wedding dress. The boutique is quite small, so we squeezed all eight of us in and I got to put it on again. I think nearly everyone was crying, my mum for the second time.

2. Eating all the Easter chocolate. We still have a cupboard full but we're staying away from it for  while. I think we've possibly sickened ourselves.

3. A little surprise get together for my little brothers birthday. I think he actually knew about it in the end, but it was still a fun night.

4. Our mini seed garden that I'm watching with great anticipation for something to start growing.

5. Season two of Queer Eye has been announced for Netflix -woohoo!!

6. *touch wood, but my nails seem to be getting stronger! They haven't been peeling or chipping for weeks now and feel quite strong. Fingers crossed this continues.

7. New socks! Honestly, I'm so easily pleased.

8. Being very awake in the mornings just now. I think it probably has something to do with the lighter, brighter morning hours. But whatever it is, it makes me want to get up and out of bed.
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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Easter Rocky Road

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I hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend. Have you eaten your body weight in chocolate eggs yet? I think I'll be doing that tomorrow, as today, we're having family up for lunch - which I'm really looking forward to! We're making this cheesy, chicken and ham pie that is just amazing! Along with all the usual sides, mash, parsnips, carrots, green bean...all the good stuff. Oh, and my carrot cake for dessert.

If you're looking for a way to use up some of your Easter bits so they aren't laying around tempting you for weeks to come, then these rocky roads treats are perfect. They are very simple, require no baking and you can add anything you like into them, so any left of chocolate or sweets...throw them in. 

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This is what I added to mine...

Ingredients:
400g white chocolate
80g mini marshmallows
100g digestives
150g mini eggs (for mixing in)
50g mini eggs (for decoration)
3 tablespoons of freeze dried raspberries

- Line a square brownie tin with tinfoil or greaseproof paper. I used a 20cm tin.

- Break the white chocolate in to a heatproof bowl, and melt in the microwave with 20 second bursts, stirring between each one so the chocolate doesn't burn.

- When melted, stir in the broken digestives, mini mallows, mini eggs and freeze dried raspberries, and mix until everything is well coated in chocolate.

- Pour into the lined tin and flatten out with the back of a spoon. Place your leftover 50g of mini eggs on top, and leave in the fridge for and hour to set.

These will keep for a couple of weeks in a sealed container, but nothing homemade and covered in chocolate ever really lasts that long.

Happy Easter!!

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