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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.


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.

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.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Easter Rocky Road


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. 


This is what I added to mine...

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!!



Friday, 30 March 2018

Made Me Happy This Week


I'm feeling very British this week, we seem to be talking about the weather non-stop, much like the stereotypes say we do. But to be's bloody crazy! Rain, beautiful sunshine, insane wind and hail -all in one day, but never mind. I'm really looking forward to this weekend, partly because of the Easter treats, but mainly because we have such a fun weekend ahead of us. We have family up on Sunday for Easter lunch, and as per usual I've gone a little over the top with the decorations. On the table right now there is a grass table runner - fake obviously, real would be far too messy, and I found little wire daisies to stick into it. As well as treats people can enjoy, and a new bits like garlands and bunny decorations. Then, on Monday, I'm taking everyone to see my wedding dress!! I can't tell you how excited I am for them to see it, I hope they love it as much as I do. We have lunch planned for afterwards, so it should be a very nice day. What are your Easter plans?

1. Finally some spring sunshine (see, again, weather). But we have had some beautiful days recently, and it's been lovely, it makes mornings so much easier.

2. Picking up an Easter egg from Hotel Chocolat. It's my absolute favourite chocolate, and I'm pretty sure that's what I'll be having for breakfast on Sunday morning.

3. Pottering around garden centres with Paul. He's planning a few things for the garden this spring, so we've been looking at a lot of plants. I'm most excited about the possibility of raspberries!

4. My new linen trousers from Topshop that I've gone from being unsure of how I feel in them, to being in love with them! They are perfect for spring.

5. We picked up some new Easter plates in TKMaxx last weekend, and whats even better, is that they were in the sale. The match the serving platter we have, and I intend to make full use of them all this weekend.

6. New salt and pepper grinders. Not the most exciting thing in the world, but the old ones were driving me mad! They left mess everywhere, and thankfully these ones don't do that.

7. Feeling very happy to be back blogging again.

8. My new Sketchers, they are possibly the most comfortable things I've ever owned. So no excuses to get out walking now.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Reasons To Be Excited for Spring.

(some pretty blossoms from last year)

Apparently, spring has arrived.

It happened a few days ago, but so far I'm seeing no signs of it at all! I keep seeing posts on Instagram of flowers blooming and of trees covered in blossoms, and my question is this..."Where are our flowers?". Our garden is still bare and I have huge concerns that our cherry tree isn't doing all that well. We've had so much snow over the last few weeks, and sadly, I have to say -more is on the way. The weather keeps telling me that it's going to be a white Easter, and that's not how Easter should be. I love the snow...LOVE it! But seriously, I'm done with it now. I'd love for it to feel that we're moving on in the year and stepping away from winter

So while we wait for spring to properly kick in, here are some reasons to be excited for it.

1. New wardrobes. I've never been one for spring clothes, or summer for that matter. I'm a lover of heavy knits and cosy layers, so when it comes to spring and summer, I just stick to jeans and t-shirt combinations. This year I want to change that, I want to embrace light colours and something other than jeans. Trousers, maybe even skirts? I've already started picking up a few new things, a denim skirt, paper bag linen trousers -that I wasn't sure off to begin with, but I now absolutely love!

2. Getting outside! I feel the need to move, to get out side and move my legs...walking I think they call it? Seriously though, it would be nice to have slightly better weather so the option was at least there. We've been keeping up with exercise but only indoors, and I think it's always so much easier to motivate yourself when there's a bit of sun and you can get out the house.

3. Being able to tidy the garden. In all honesty, Paul does most of the work outside. I get too creeped out with spiders. The garden has just been looking so sad lately, and I'm pretty sure some of the grass is dead now. It would just be nice to have things tidied up a little, I'd like to freshen up the furniture and add some colour with some new plants.

4. Eating a little better. We don't eat badly, with the exception of more treats than we should probably have, but it's not easy when it's still cold. You want heavy comfort meals when you get home to warm up. I'm looking forward to making lighter meals and mixing up different salads. And yes, I know there's nothing technically stopping me from doing that right now, but it's just not what I want when I'm cold.

5. Lighter evenings. Not something I thought I'd ever hear my self say, but for the last few years, I've really embraced them and now I enjoy the light nights. Especially around my birthday, on the longest day of the year it doesn't even feel as if it gets completely dark, so it's lovely to sit in the garden with blankets and enjoy the fact that you can comfortably sit outside that late in the evening.

6. Eating outside. Since moving into this house, we've fully embraced and tried to make the most of the garden. We love to spend time eating outside, being able to have breakfast in the garden is such a lovely way to start the day. And then of course, you have the BBQ's in summer...but we aren't quite there yet.


Sunday, 25 March 2018

Creme Egg Scotch Eggs


Just in case, there isn't enough Easter sweetness around for you at the moment, let me go ahead and add some more.

Creme Egg scotch eggs are an idea Paul and I came up with a couple of weeks ago when thinking of Easter treats to make. I suggested to scotch egg idea, but to cover them with salted crisps was all Paul...and it's a bloody good idea, let me tell you! They're very simple to make, and if you buy the brownies, instead of making them, then it's a no bake recipe too. If you are buying the brownies, make sure they are dense gooey ones, the dry cakey ones wont hold together the way you need them to. I used my brownie recipe -without the white chocolate, it's my go-to, and give's you the best gooey brownies so it's perfect for this. 

This isn't a very precise recipe, it will really depend on how much of your ingredients you use to make each scotch egg. With my brownie recipe, I had enough for 3 full Creme Egg size and 4 mini egg size. The mini eggs ended up with a lot more brownie around them, but who's going to complain about that? 


Plain chocolate brownie (my recipe's here)
Creme Eggs (or others you prefer)
Ready salted crisps -crushed
50g dark chocolate -melted

:a pastry brush is also really helpful for spreading on the dark chocolate.

- Crumble the brownie into a bowl so you have lots of small bits to work with. Add the crushed up crisps to another bowl.

- Take a handful of brownie mix, and start to squish it together with your hands until it's a dough you can mold. Flatten it out a little, place a Creme Eggs in the center, and start to shape it around the egg.

- Add more brownie as you go, if you need to, then shape and roll in your hands until you have a ball.

- Brush the brownie ball with dark chocolate, this is just to help the crisps stick.

- When covered in a thin layer of melted chocolate, roll in the crushed up crisps. Press them with your hands gently to make sure they stick. 


As I've said before, I'm not a fan of Creme Eggs. So for my scotch eggs, I used Galaxy Caramel eggs, and they were sooo good! I think one made with the Lindt Lindor eggs would be pretty good too. As well as being very tasty, these little scotch eggs are such a fun treat for Easter, they would make lovely gifts or, a fun dessert if you're having Easter lunch. 


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. 



Monday, 15 January 2018

Five Ways To Make January Not So Blue.


January can be a difficult month to get through for a lot of people. It's dark, the weather is a mostly cold wet and miserable which really doesn't help your mood. Especially for those who suffer with SADS. None of us have any money, we've all been over spending before and around Christmas, maybe in the sales too, and a lot of people have a much bigger gap between payday over theses two months. It can really take it's toll on you, not to mention the feeling of promise and excitement of a new year may have worn off by now, and the reality of failed resolutions or plans may be setting in.

While I'm not sure I believe all of this can build up and make Blue Monday the worst day of the year, I do think they make the month a little trying at times. It's something I used to really struggle with. I look forward to Christmas for so much of the year, and all of a sudden it's over. All the decorations are down, leaving everything very sad and plain. Feeling as if you have to make grand plans and make lists of resolutions to join in the excitement with everyone else. Also feeling the stress of spending so much at Christmas time, feeling limited until the next payday. It can all get to you, making you feel really quite low, and as if everything is rubbish when it's actually not.

I wanted to change this a few years ago, I was sick of the feeling and wanted to have a different outlook on January, so I did just that. Of course it's not as simple as just deciding to do it, it takes time and work. But I managed, and these are some of the things I did to help with that. I now enjoy January for what is it, just as you should with any month.

Embrace the cold weather! I say this for a few reasons. One, is that getting up, dressed and out can do wonders for your mood at any time of year. Getting out into the fresh -albeit cold air, can wake you up, and of course the exercise helps, even if you're just going for a walk around the park, or to the shops. But it also makes being at home all the better too. Coming home to cosy blankets and a night of tea and tv, can be so much more inviting once you've been outside and away from it. It makes you happy to be home, and able to enjoy it more. Do you remember when you were little and playing in the snow until your fingers were frozen? Well, the feeling you had when you eventually went inside and got your cosy warm pyjamas on. It's that kind of thing.

Don't Make Resolutions!! New Years resolutions can be great for some people, and some do have huge success with them, but for most, they just bring the feeling of failure. Instead of setting out a list of grand plans for the next 12 months, and completely overwhelming your brain, just concentrate on making this year a better one than the last. Do it slowly as you go, don't set deadlines. If you want to improve you're diet, great -but start small and work it into your life. Don't give yourself the stress of unrealistic tasks.

Make Plans! I don't mean extravagant holidays or anything nearly as grand, although if you do happen to have any booked, then start thinking about it. Make notes of what you want to do while there, learn a few things about the place you'll be visiting. Anything that is exciting, and reminds you that January will pass, and the low mood will too. But also make plans in the meantime too, small things like a movie day with friends, or taking the dogs for a walk somewhere you don't usually go. Things that don't cost a lot of money, but allow you to get out and be social, that will in turn lift your mood.

Make Your Home More Enjoyable!! We should all love our homes, they should be where we enjoy spending our time. And during months like January when you feel almost forced to stay home sometimes, it's good to do little things that help you feel better about it all. Light candles, makes piles of your favourite books to read, do a little baking to use up any lingering Christmas chocolate. Do little things that make it more relaxing for you.

Clean Up and Clear Out! If you are feeling a little fed up, and need to feel more productive, having a clear out can sometimes be the best thing for you -and January is the best time to do it. I feel like this every year! You seem to gather stuff as the year goes on, stuff you maybe didn't want or things you no longer have a use for. After Christmas I like to have a good clear out and free up space for more important things. The saying "tidy house, tidy mind" is true. If you feel fed up because things feel cluttered, then bite the bullet and get rid of it, you will feel so much better afterwards. Plus getting off the sofa and doing something to take your mind off your mood can sometimes change your mindset completely.

I do understand that for some it wont be as easy as this, these are just small things I did to help stop myself thinking of January as a miserable time. And instead, enjoy the fact that it's a slower month, when you have the chance to do things at home. Or the excuse to stay in and watch box sets on Netflix.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Made Me Happy This Week


For Paul and I this week has been full of wedding talk, and the trip around the wedding. I guess it's because it's now this year, and in what will be months time, we will be doing all of these things. We've organised a few details like our officiant -who seems lovely, and more of a detailed time line with our photographer. I keep calling it our non-elopement, because it feels wrong to call it a wedding, in the more traditional sense, or an elopement, seeing as people are coming away with us. We've also started talking more about places we want to see, that we maybe missed last time, and all the places we want to eat. I would also really like to come back with a box of Levain cookies this time. I also can't wait to show our parent around what is one of our favourite places in the world!

1. Decaf tea. I'm not sure if I mentioned it to you, but Paul was told to stay away from caffeine for a while, so everything in the house was switched to decaf. I switched too for support, and as I don't drink it for the boost in energy, it really didn't make a difference. But I sleep so much better now! I'm still not the best, but there has been a definite improvement.

2. Our eating habits have got back to normal after the Christmas break and I'me feeling so much better for it. Lot's more fruit and vegetables, no more constant snacking on sweets and chocolate.

3. Pret's chicken, broccoli and brown rice soup. It is the perfect thing to warm you up on an absolutely freezing day in Edinburgh.

4. How we've nearly finished watching The Gilmore Girls (for the 12th time), and Paul's already suggesting we start from the beginning again.

5. Having a day of walking around Edinburgh with C, such a lovely opportunity to catch up and also take some pictures of such a beautiful place. We did quite a lot of walking too, so some much needed exercise was thrown in too.

6. I was kindly given two pairs of slippers for Christmas and I am loving them both. I hate my feet being cold, and I was in desperate need of a new pair.

7. Flicking through the pages of recipe books we were given for Christmas and planning out all the things I want to make. It may not be for a while, but I will get to them.

8. Having baths to warm up, after cold days outside. I'll miss that when summer rolls around.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Made Me Happy This Week


We're only five days in and already, I have huge fears setting in of how quickly this year is going to go. I sat marking dates, to-do's, appointments and everything in between in my diary, and adding in the birthdays made me realise how small the amount of time is between each of them. It's our friends birthday 4 weeks today, four weeks..., that's nothing. And if you do that for the rest, it will be October before you know it and we will be getting married! And then it's basically Christmas, and we do it all over again. When did time start doing this? Do you remember when you were really young, and an hour seemed like a day, and a day off from schooled seemed like all the time in the world? Well, I don't think there is much that can be done about it, but it does remind you to try and make the most out of everyday!

1. I've had Nutella porridge most days this week for breakfast. I've been using it as some kind of substitute for the chocolate we are no longer eating, but also to use up the jar!

2. Making a completely unnecessary order of Lego sets in the Boxing Day sales. We have absolutely nowhere to put the sets we've ordered, so they can't be built right now, but one of them is the Millennium Falcon and it's now retired. So I'm happy we have it.

3. Starting off the new year with a family dinner at Paul's mum and dads. It was such a lovely day, lots of food, family and them some films. Oh, and sticking toffee pudding!

4. Giving the house a good tidy once all the Christmas decorations were taken down, they leave some mess! Especially the new garland we bought this year...glitter everywhere! So everywhere but the spare room is now tidy, that room is still full of storage boxes to be put in the attic.

5. My moccasin slippers, I am so in love with them. They were a gift from Paul's brother and his girlfriend for Christmas, and they are all I've had on my feet since.

6. Enjoying fresher scented candles now we are at the beginning of a new year. I don't like to keep burning the cosy warm, more festive smelling ones once the seasons over.

7. Booking our wedding trip!! I feel as if I've mentioned this already, although I'm not sure where. But, yes! It's booked, and we are all so excited!! And I'm a little nervous, it makes it feel like a real thing, that's really happening...if you get what I mean?

8. My little Polaroid project that I started a few days ago. I'm really enjoying, and already wondering how it's going to look in a couple of months time.

Monday, 1 January 2018

The Polaroid Project


Happy New Year! How was your Christmas break? Are you still in the same kind of cheese and chocolate coma that I'm currently in? I plan on getting back to a normal way of eating over the next few days, but we are starting the year off with a family meal at Paul's mum and dads so it wont be today, especially since I'm on dessert, and I'm making sticky toffee pudding.

Today is the first day of a new year, and also, the first day of a project I've been planning for a while now. The thought of a new year brings so much excitement with it, and for us, this year more than usual with our wedding in October. While it's already more special then most, I wanted to do something to capture it all, the whole thing, so I can look back and remember even the most simple boring days. I love photography, and my pictures mean so much to me, the way they can capture a moment or a feeling forever is something very special, and I treasure then all -even the bad ones. My polaroid snaps are some of my very favourites, so this project is all about them. Starting today, I will be taking one polaroid picture a day for the entire year! By the end -assuming I remember every day, I will have 365 little moments to keep forever. For the last few months I've been building a stock of Instax film, so I'm all ready to go. I will still use it for different occasions and take the photos I usually would, but there will be one a day that is only for this. I plan on numbering them too, or making little notes, or drawing doodles. My collection of Sharpies will do the job perfectly, and I can even change colours according to seasons.

I think every so often I will post an update of how I'm getting on, and share a few of them with you, if that's something you would like to see? I'm really very excited about it! I've thought about starting it at so many different points in the last year -a birthday, and anniversary, but starting at at the beginning of something feels better. The beginning of a year sounds right, and as it's the year we get married, hopefully a very exciting one too!

This little project is purely for me, and while the thought of something taking an entire year to complete sounds like such a long time, I'm sure it will be over before we know it! Especially if 2018 is anything to go by.

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