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


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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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Things I see while Cycling #1

After a busy day a couple of weeks ago Craig and I decided to make the most of the last few hours of sun and head out for a quick bike ride. As you may or may not know my love of cycling continues to grow and I find myself venturing out most weekends. I thought it would be fun to start a little series going on Kelanjo sharing with you some of the things I see whilst cycling. I always have a camera with me, whether it just be my phone or my handy little Panasonic GF5. I thought it would be a nice chance to share some of the snaps I take whilst out and about.
We often get so caught up in the daily grind, busy jobs, running a house, we forget to take in the beautiful world around us. Heading out on my bike restores that balance for me. For you it may be a walk or a run but next time you have half an hour free head outside and breath in that fresh air. It will do you the world of good - promise.

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