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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Made Me Happy This Week

This week has gone by so fast, I think mainly due to the fact that I have not had one minute to myself. Along with general everyday things I have also been painting our new fence and making a wedding cake for a family friend. It has been busy but fun, and the weekend has been a relaxing end to it all. We did a little bit of shopping yesterday and spend the evening eating cake and watching Saturday night tv. 

Made Me Happy This Week...

1. Xfactor has started again and this means that the countdown to Christmas has officially started. Or at least that is what it means in this house!

2. A last minute we-need-a-cake-for-Saturday-night-lounging turned out to be a tasty success. One of my favourite bakes to be honest. It was a vanilla and chocolate orange marbled sponge if you were wondering...with white chocolate butter-cream.

3.  Having BodyShop honey bubble baths.

4. Having freshly brewed Starbucks coffee, that we picked up for £1 a bag. Bargain!

5. Hearing a group of ladies at the bus stop having a very heated discussion about this weeks Great British Bake Off...that show can be so controversial.

6. Enjoying the last of the Summer sun in the garden with Paul, plotting plants and chatting about anything and everything.

7. A little surprise gift from my lovely mum.

8. Not having to feel guilty about getting into my pjs early now that it is getting dark that bit earlier.

9. The fact that there is now a chill in the air means we want to eat melted cheese and crusty bread for dinner most evenings, and we did on was tasty.


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Made Me Happy This Week

There are of course big exciting events in every ones life, an example for us, we recently moved into our new home and that was huge for us! But each week small things happen that make us smile and along the way, they are forgotten about, especially if they are as simple as boiling the perfect egg (something I have never managed to do!).

I wanted to start a series of posts to document these little things, to remind myself as I look back over time of what made me smile each week. So, from now on, every Sunday night there will be a little list of things that may have seemed small but that made me smile. It is always a good thing to try and stay focused on the positive things in life, so each week I would love for you to leave a comment telling me what has made you matter how small.

Made Me Happy This Week...

1. On Monday afternoon as I left my mums, I stepped outside and I could smell Autumn! It is still technichly Summer but the air just felt different. I walked home smiling to myself as started to notice just how many leafs were changing and how the sun still felt warm but there was most definitely a chill in the air.

2. I discovered that I love peaches in salad! We never normally buy peaches but this time we did and I decided to griddle them and have them warm in a leafy salad with some balsamic vinegar...yum!

3. I found a wonderful new candle in Anthropologie today, I love it so much that it may deserve its very own little post right here.

4. We have been looking for a new smoothie maker and earlier this week we found it in the sale reduced by £15! Bargain!

5. A smoothie that Paul made for me while I was to busy to do it for myself, or to stop and honestly tasted like blueberry ice-cream! But a more acceptable breakfast version of it.

6. Our new fence was put up at the side of our house, there was a small one when we moved in but the gate didn't lock and it just didn't feel very secure. Now there is a rather high new fence that locks from the inside so I enjoy sitting in the garden much more now.

7. Wondering around Edinburgh when the Fringe Festival is on, there is such a fantastic energy in the city around this time of year.

8. Lying in bed watching the Great British Bake Off with chinese takeaway that Paul picked up for us on his way home from work, not the healthiest but such a good combination.

9. My new Honey bubble bath from the BodyShop. It looks just like honey as your pour it in the water.

10. Drinking tea in my Wicked mug.

What has been making you smile this week?


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Today is...


In our house Wednesday means The Great British Bake Off, well, when it's that time of year it does. I am a huge baking lover so it without doubt has to be one of my favourite shows! I love getting to know the contestants as the weeks pass and seeing what amazing creations they come up with, seriously...some are insanely creative! Each and every week, within 15 minutes of the show being on we sit there and wish we had some tasty cake of our own, at which point it is obviously too late to start baking one, so we are forced to go without.

This week is of course no different and I haven't had chance to bake one, nor have I remembered to pick anything up from the shop. Thank goodness it's bread week! But because I always want cake here are some amazing looking things from Pinterest that I wish were in front of me right now! You can find me on Pinterest here if you would like to have a look.

If you have never seen the Bake Off it is on BBC One tonight at 8pm, I think you will enjoy it :)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

When Does Something Stop Being New?

So dear friends, I have a question for you...

When does something stop being new?

The reason I have been asking myself this today is because I have finally decided it might be time to take down the "happy new home" cards. They have remained pride of place in the living room since the day we moved in and this morning, I thought to myself..."should they still be out?" It isn't due to laziness (or the fact they hide dust), more the fact that this place still feels new to us, even if we have now been living here for a little over two months! It isn't just cards, I am same way with quite a few things...especially expensive make-up. For example, a By Terry cream eye shadow I was given for my birthday (also around two months ago) is still in its box. The box no longer serves any purpose but for some reason each and every time I use it, back it goes...into its box!

So, do you think it's about time for the cards to come down? How long do you consider things to sill be "new", and tell me I'm not the only person who keeps make up in its packaging for FAR too long?

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