Monday, 17 November 2014

A Few Things




I am absolutely loving this nifty little iPad case. It's a bluetooth keyboard case that transforms your iPad into a little Macbook Air (thats how I like to think of it anyway)
I love my iPad but typing emails or blogposts soon gets tiresome on the onscreen keyboard. I've wanted one of these for a while now so I can write blogposts and respond to emails before work and on my lunch. For £16 its fab and does just the job. I bought mine on ebay (link here)



There's just something about having nice nails that really does it for me. I'm currently going through a phase of loving press on nails. How fun are these? I do love a good chevron! Primark have tons of different offerings for just £1 a set and they are small fitting so actually fit my nail beds. I'm currently stocking up on more tacky Christmas nails than you can imagine. 


Sticking with the Christmas theme last week I tried one of the new Costa Christmas Hot Chocolates and its safe to say since then I've developed somewhat of an unhealthy obsession. The chocolate orange hot chocolate is the one. 
Craig surprised me with one of their adorable ceramic cups ( SO CUTE I want them all) and the festive syrups so I can create my own more wallet friendly hot chocolates and I absolutely love it! 

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Happiness Project Month 1 - October - Try New Things


I should start by saying that my Happiness Project actually started towards the end of September but for the purpose of keeping things neat lets just say it officially started in October. 

I originally read Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project last year and after a difficult few months and feeling inspired after reading Alix's posts about her Happiness Project, I thought I would have a go at doing my own and documenting it here on my blog. 

It was quite a spur of the moment decision to embark on my Happiness Project so I haven't planned it out as much as Gretchen. I do however hope to be able to spend a little bit more time over the coming months planning and putting more thought into my project but initially I just wanted to get started. 

Usually with a Happiness Project there is a general theme for each month and then a series of resolutions to go alongside the theme that help you keep to your goals. The project usually lasts for 12 months. For the first month as I said I didn't really do this but I intend on doing it for the months to come.

I decided my first month would be dedicated to trying new things. After a difficult few months I was left feeling in a very deflated, down and depressed state. I decided that I am ultimately responsible for my happiness and I needed to do something to pick myself up and dust myself off. I didn't want to do anything too bold or defined as the chances were I wouldn't stick to it. I thought an easy way to get things going would be to try new things. Although this may sound simple this was a very easy way for me to have something to focus on and to be open to new experiences and opportunities, not just in terms of physically trying new things but also trying new ways of thinking. 

So how would I summarise my first month? I would say fantastic! I have tried so many new things I couldn't possibly list them all. I've tried new foods, a new phone, booking a last minute holiday, a new style of glasses frame, new yoga poses, new books, learning to love my body, stressing less, lightening up, I could go on and on. 
The biggest thing I've learned this month is how enriching life can actually be if you keep yourself open to new things. Its so easy to always order the same thing in a restaurant, stick with the same style, and generally stay within your comfort zone. Well as cliche as it is life is what happens when you take yourself out of your comfort zone. There are so many amazing things waiting for you out there if you just try them! 
One of the fundamental things I tried was lightening up, just letting things go and telling myself things "aren't a big deal" It is amazing how before I would have flown off the handle for the slightest thing but just saying to myself quietly "its not a big deal" makes such a massive difference I cant tell you.
This leads on to my theme for November - Be Kind to Yourself. This month I want to build on Octobers resolutions and focus on being kind to myself. I for one am way too hard on myself, constantly stressed, beating myself up about something - and what for? I can tell you first hand it does you absolutely no good. Old habits die hard however but I feel like with the lessons I've learned from this past month I'm well armed to go into November with the firm resolution of being kind to myself. I've been thinking about my resolutions for this month and so far this is what I have:
Sleep Right
Exercise
Eat Well
Drink more water
Stress Less
Stay Present
I may add to these throughout the month but will be back at the end of November to fill you in with how I got on. I'm excited to share my Happiness Project with you - have you ever heard of The Happiness Project before? 


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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Adios Amigos


Well after what has been an incredibly difficult few weeks I'm delighted to say that tomorrow Craig and I are off on an adventure! We had both booked some time off work a couple of months ago with the intention of jetting off somewhere hot although we were undecided where we would go.

We were looking for somewhere that would have plenty of sunshine and originally toyed with the Canaries but decided to be daring and book something last minute. This is totally out of character for me being the control freak that I am I like to have everything planned and organised within an inch of its life. 

When my Grandad suddenly passed away last month my world was turned upside down and I cant deny at times I was in a pretty dark place. Emotionally and physically exhausted and drained I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. As I started working through things and moving forwards we decided that more than ever we needed to get away.

We took what we had saved, went straight to the travel agents and booked ourselves in for a 2 week stay at a 5 star All Inclusive hotel in Riveria Maya Mexico - a far cry from the week in Gran Canaria we originally had in mind. After everything thats happened recently we decided to just go all out and really treat ourselves.

Although I've been to Mexico once before I stayed in Cancun and unfortunately the hotel I stayed in wasn't that great and I ended up not very well. I decided not to let this put me off though and decided to try Riveria Maya instead and bump ourselves up to a 5 star resort.

I simply cannot wait to spend two whole weeks with Craig in Paradise - we have lots of adventures planned as well as lots of relaxation. This is our first holiday together and we are both so excited to be getting away. The last few weeks I've been reflecting on things and came to the realisation that ultimately we only have one life - live it. 

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

88


Today is my Grandad's 88th birthday. Sadly my Grandad passed away last week very suddenly. As you know we were very close and I took care of him for the last 3 years. It has been quite a blow to say the least but I wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate his life and honour him on my blog. 

My Grandad was one of the most kindest, loving, special people in my life. Only now do I truly realise how much I was influenced by him and the similarities we shared. A love of photography and list writing are just two of the things we had in common. I will treasure the memories we made together and I'm thankful that we were so very close even though it makes this much harder. Until we meet again... 









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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Emily's - The Bronte Birthplace

Many people automatically associate Haworth with the Bronte sisters. Not many people know that the sisters were actually born in the small village where I live in Bradford - Thornton. 


Patrick Bronte and his wife Maria moved to the parsonage in Thornton in 1815 and stayed in the village for about 5 years before moving on to Haworth. Whilst they were living in Thornton the world famous Bronte sisters were born.

Over the years the Bronte birthplace has been not only a house but a museum, a butchers and even had a stint as bedsits. The house where the sisters were born has now started a new chapter as a beautiful coffee shop. Mark and Michelle De luca bought the property and have lovingly restored it to be the wonderful coffee shop that it is today. 

The walls are decorated with the pages of Wuthering Heights and you can sit in front of the fireplace where the sisters were actually born. You receive a warm welcome as soon as you walk through the doors and after taking your seat, whether it be in the lounge on the plush sofas or in the main seating area at one of the sweet victorian school desks all you have left to do is decide on what delicious treats you are going to have from the menu. Whether its loose leaf tea, delicious hot chocolate, milkshake or vintage cordials there is something for everyone. If you are feeling a little peckish you can choose from the sweet treats like we did or opt for some gorgeous italian antipasto. 

If you are ever in West Yorkshire I would definitely recommend you paying this delightful retreat a visit. We are so lucky to have this hidden gem in the village and I'm really passionate about supporting local business. You can find Emily's on Facebook (link here) but until then take a look at the photos below. 


























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Monday, 25 August 2014

Bargain Bank Holiday Finds

Today I picked up some rather lovely things for some rather lovely prices. If you love a bargain as much as I do keep reading. 


First of all I headed to Home Bargains after reading about some pretty Cath Kidston-esque pens on Becky's blog. I'm planning on doing Christmas hampers this year so wanted to pick up a few packs as stocking fillers. Needless to say when I got there I ended up leaving with more than the pens...


So first up are these pretty pens. There are three in a packet for just 69p. Granted they probably aren't the best quality but they look a lot like Cath Kidston and will be fab to pop in my handbag. 


Next up I grabbed this sweet bunny nightlight. I was given one of these for christmas around 2 years ago. This was an absolute steal at £1.99 and will be a welcome addition to anyone's bedside table.


This Yankee Candle lookalike was only 49p. I couldn't believe it and I was guttered this was the last one as I wanted to buy 5 or 6 as stocking fillers. I will definitely be heading back and scouring the aisles for these each week! 



I'm sure the other shoppers thought I was more than a little bit mental when they saw me piling 6 of these into my basket but I just couldn't resist. I know my girlfriends will absolutely love these adorable bunny ring holders and again these were an absolute steal at £1.99 I'm sure I saw these online recently for around £10!

Last but not least I picked up a few little bits and pieces for myself. I couldn't resist these Woodland Storage Boxes (£1.79). These are the perfect size for taking my snacks to work in. The fact that they are super cute also helps right? I also grabbed some pretty straws (89p) to drink my Pinterest worthy smoothies out of jam jars and some Sweet Pea room spray (99p) 




After feeling thoroughly pleased with my purchases we nipped into Discounts UK. Whilst perusing the aisles for a support bandage I honed in on these Revlon nail polishes like a heat seeking missile. I already have a few of the Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polishes and actually really like them so I could not believe my eyes when I saw these for £1. Yes thats right £1!!! Once again like the Class A nut job that I am I started stock piling these into my shopping basket. These are currently priced at £6.49 in Boots. There was also a really good selection of colours too, I picked up a couple of each to add to my friends christmas hampers and plan on going back this week to check for more.


All in all I was absolutely thrilled with my finds today. There is something seriously satisfying about coming home with lots of really nice things after spending next to no money. 

What do you think of my finds? 

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