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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

A Bank Holiday Weekend

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We've just had a rather glorious bank holiday weekend, one of those that's been both equal parts relaxation, and productivity. Leaving me feeling pleasantly content. I found a few random pictures on my camera from over the last few days so I though, why not share. 

On Saturday morning Paul had to go into work for a little while, so I spent the morning having breakfast in the company of Saturday morning television. I do love the cookery shows that are on over the weekend. After finally getting myself dressed and ready, I gave the house a little tidy up, did some laundry and cooked a couple for things for the freezer. Feeling very pleased with myself and very satisfied that all the boring things had been done, I took myself and our fluffy little pup for a walk in the sunshine. She had spend most of the day by this point, laying on the grass in the back garden, soaking up as much sun as she could. We arrived back at the house in time to meet Paul, and seeing as we were both starving by this point we made start on dinner. It was very tasty, my favourite parts were the rosemary focaccia -which has left me quite excited to try and bake our own, and the oh so naughty dessert of chocolate cheesecake and whipped cream. 

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Sunday had a much earlier start. With much more do to we were up at a more reasonable hour and after having breakfast we headed out for a day of garden centres, diy and tile stores and a visit to Paul's brother. With all that had to be done that day ticked off our to-do list, we headed home for an impromptu BBQ to finish off the day. We spent that evening enjoying the last of the warmth in the garden before the sun disappeared, drinking fresh lemonade and enjoying our freshly cooked food. FYI - halloumi and pineapple is perfection on the BBQ.

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The next day Paul made us breakfast in bed, for me it was porridge with a pile of fresh raspberries -one of my favourites. We spent the late morning and afternoon visiting Paul's gran, she made sure we were well looked after with all the tea and biscuits we could manage. After a few hours of talking holidays, gardening, and new homes we left (full of biscuits) and headed home to edge a rather large flower bed. I can't say we're a particularly green fingered pair, but we are getting better as we muddle along -helped most of the time with Googles endless advice. Hopefully by the end of the week it will be full of pretty flowers, that I'm sure will make me want to spend even more time in the garden.

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And there you have it, a rather lovely, rather perfect weekend -and one very well spent. 

How was your three day weekend?
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Friday, 27 May 2016

Made Me Happy This Week

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I feel as if we've had more than the usual amount of Bank Holiday weekends over the first half of this year -not that I'm complaining! I love these longer weekends, they feel slower and much more relaxed, and the extra lazy morning in bed isn't a bad thing either. I'm hoping we have time for at least one late lunch or brunch. Tonight though, we are kicking off our weekend with a night on the sofa, a good film and those doughnuts up there. Seeing as I'm the worlds biggest Nutella fan I've told I have to try them -I have high hopes! How are you spending your Bank Holiday weekend?

1. Our new cherry tree, I think I mentioned last week that we were going to get one. Shes (yes shes a she) so beautiful, and while I'm sure she wont produce any fruit this year, we can still enjoy how pretty she is.

2. The drive home with our new cherry tree. It was really quite funny. Clearly we hadn't put all that much thought into the transportation aspect of thing. All very safe though, I promise.

3. My new choker necklace, I have to say -something I never thought I'd wear but I really rather like it.

4. The white and purple flowers brightening up our living room.

5. How every time I visit my gran, she gives me and who ever I'm with sweets or chocolate of some kind. She's such a sweetie.

6. Long drives on rainy afternoons.

7. Dealing with the most friendly, helpful girl when calling customer services. It always makes a big difference.

8. A lovely morning spent having tea with my grandma.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

New York: Part 3

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Well, this is it, the last of my New York pictures. I hope you've enjoyed them, I've certainly enjoyed sharing them with you all. We honestly had the most amazing time, and I fell well and truly, head over heels in love with the city. It's going to have a special place in my heart forever.

I enjoyed every minute of it, from the sights and sounds, to the wonderful people, even the smell of the city waking up in the morning. Which, I think is going to remain my favourite smell of all time -there's nothing quite like it.

We tried to pack in as much as we possibly could while we were there, but still there is so much more we want to see, a second trip is most definitely on the cards. 

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Sephora Haul

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I don't often do hauls, but I thought it was only right to share my excitement and little purchases from my first ever visit to Sephora. Everything beauty related that you could ever want, all under one roof -and the free wifi in store is just a huge bonus! I'm lucky that Paul enjoys shopping as much as I do, so I don't have to feel bad dragging him from store to store looking at eye shadows and blush. In fact, there's no one I'd rather spend time shopping with. Also, he is the worlds worst enabler, he will encourage you to spend all your money.

With it being our first visit to New York, we didn't actually do all that much shopping. Instead, we found ourselves spending as much time as possible exploring the city and seeing as much as we could in our limited time there. So I'm sure when we go back, there will be much more time spend browsing for products and the Sephora bag will be much heavier -but I was happy with my mini haul.

I haven't yet tried any of these products (except for the brush that we'll get to in a minute), they have in fact been sitting in their little striped bag since we returned home. Does anyone else enjoy leaving certain shopping bags sitting around for as long as possible? Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this! But now they've been photographed I'm sure I can put them away.

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. I love mascara, it's possibly my favourite beauty product off all. For me it's the one thing that makes the biggest difference to my face, it opens my eyes and I feel as if I look much more awake. I've heard rave reviews about this mascara since it first hit the market so I'm excited to give it a try.

Sephora Pro Liquid Foundation Brush #63. I spotted this brush while having a look at huge collection of bushes in store. I didn't have a foundation brush like this so thought I'd give it a try. This is the only thing so far that I've used since returning home, my other brushes and sponge applicator have been almost forgotten. It applies foundation beautifully. My skin looks smooth and natural and the edges on the brush make it perfect for blending make up around your nose.

Kat Von D Ink Liner. I've heard so much about the Tattoo Liner, and before going in to store had decided I was going to pick one up. However, after looking at them both and realising that the Tattoo Liner had a brush tip (albeit still a fine point) and the Ink liner had a felt tip, I decided to go with the latter. I'm hoping I made the right choice, have you tried either?

Boscia Masks. We had the absolute best week weather wise, we got so lucky for the whole trip. It was so hot and sunny, with clear blue skies and even with the one overcast day it was still just as warm. Because of the travelling and the heat, I wanted to pick up a hydrating mask to use -which I ended up completely forgetting to use while we were there; oh well. I spotted the Boscia ones on our way to the till and since I do love a sheet mask I thought I'd give them a try. I got the Tsubaki Oil Deep Hydration Hydrogel Mask, and the Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask. They're both two part sheet masks, ensuring you look excellent while using them. Tell me -how do you pronounce Boscia?

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer. Having had everyone tell me about the dreaded isle at the tills, and how you couldn't make it through without getting sucked in by all the minis -I assumed I'd come out with handfuls. But no, just one. I would like to point out first of all though, that they have the most amazing minis you'll ever see. Minis you would never have thought existed. But yes, I got through with only one miniature purchase, it was an eye primer, and this was purely because I needed one. The Urban Decay primers are by far my favourite and the mini size is actually more than enough as they last for such a long time.

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So there you have it, not a huge amount but I'm sure that wont be the case in the future. Until we meet again Sephora.

Have you tried any of these products?
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