January 2015through these gray eyes...: January 2015

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Does life treat us as we deserve?

Something came up in conversation the other day which has been going over and over in my head: 

"We all buy into the idea that life treats us as we deserve"

Most people I think (me included) probably do, unwittingly though. The feeling of unfairness because you think you're a good person and something horrific happens to you... The "Why ME??" moment, where occasionally the existence of God is questioned... whether you believe in Him or not it's either a questioning moment or a moment to grab at the unfairness as proof that He doesn't exist.

Then you look about you and see that other people don't seem to be having problems and 'what did you do wrong?'... the other people are no better than you. It's almost like a default reaction when something bad happens.

Life doesn't operate on a scale of fairness... lets face it, how can it? Life is a heart beat, breathing, creating, and expiring. It doesn't treat us. What happens, just happens. Realistically you cannot control what happens to you by being a 'better' or 'worse' person.

We can, however, affect how other people treat us by being a good or a bad person. All the many sayings about 'do as you would be done by' and 'what goes around, comes around' enforce the idea that someone will get you back if you are nasty to them. Unless you find the nicest person in the world to be horrible to eventually someone will give you a taste of your own medicine. This surely effects how simple our life is... whether we are dodging bullets or laughing our way along.

I am ridiculously superstitious about certain things... I can walk under a ladder just fine, step on every crack, put an umbrella up inside, enjoy Friday 13th without the smallest concerns that things might go wrong.

But, I believe that bad things come in threes... realistically (now that I think about it) that's because I gather the bad things myself. Not because bad things actually come in threes. As soon as something bad happens rather than letting it go I hold onto it and lie in wait for the next until I get to three and then I stop and relax because that's the end of the bad things for a bit.

I also think that if I were to lose my wedding or engagement rings our marriage would be doomed and I really, genuinely used to believe that if I put up too many photos of me and Tom then everything would go sour. The whole idea of speaking too soon or enjoying things too much really scares me as if something tiny can destroy all my happiness.

I've been pretty lucky with my life recently (getting married and all that jazz) and I am slightly waiting for everything to go wrong. I don't know whether that is down to not being used to being happy or whether I really think life treats us as we deserve. 

Do you think life treats us as we deserve or does it just happen?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Last Weekend - Date Night, Bicester Village & Black Sails....

This weekend was probably the best so far of January, hardly surprising in that it was the first weekend that Tom has been home this year but still, I reckon it will still rate pretty highly by the end of the year.

Rather than give you a long run down of why this weekend was so awesome I will fill you in on the deal breakers:

1. Date night on Friday  - We went to a Thai restaurant, neither of us had ever been to one before so we weren't quite sure what the food would be like. It was definitely worth trying something new - the food, atmosphere and service were excellent.

2. Tom is finally unpacked after living out of bags for about 6 years! (Champagne moment!) The house is more organised too. I'm a real sucker for organisation.

3. Trip out to a beautiful village nearby and a drink in a cosy pub to warm us up afterwards.

4. Walks together with our puppy.

5. Played 'Cards Against Humanity' until the early hours of Sunday morning with Tom's mate... Seriously funny night. Self titled as 'A party game for horrible people' it isn't a game for the faint hearted.

6. Being spoilt for my birthday courtesy of some amazing finds in Levi's at Bicester Village - 2 pairs of Jeans bought and a leather jacket on its way makes for a very, very happy girl! Bicester Village probably tops the outlet centres I have been to for shops it really does have everything including nice places to eat so you can make a day of it.

7. Watched the premiere of Black Sails Season 2... Randomly found it on Amazon Prime... We both love this series and the premiere did not disappoint at all.

8. Got round to using all my new Maybelline products this weekend... my quest for the perfect flick is advancing! Really would recommend the Master Graphic Eyeliner.

I have one major regret about this weekend... I'm pretty sure you can tell what it is! No decent photos! Will do better in future!

Off to Paris on Thursday... there will be alot of photos... just hope it doesn't rain! 

How was your weekend?

Friday, 23 January 2015

Weekend Reading: 5 Blogs I'm loving...

More weekend reading for you... These are all really happy places... sure to cheer you up if January is grinding you down:

1. Like Neon Love - Tenneil is a blogger from Australia who writes about beauty, fashion, music and lifestyle. In fact, I think she covers everything. Her posts are always a go to read for me and I really enjoy reading about what goes on 'Down Under'.

2. But First, Coffee - Kallie writes a massively upbeat and positive Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle blog. I love how her personality shines through her writing.

3. Oddly Lovely - Cat shares the 'simple joys in life' including life, recipes, outfits and beauty. I really enjoy the way she shares her views on current happenings.

4. Venus trapped in Mars - Sarah is from Dallas, Texas and has a lifestyle and sports blog. I find her posts incredibly readable even when they involve sports that I don't follow!

5. The Wonder Forest - Dana covers creative projects and tutorials, handy blogging tips and shares bits of her life. I pretty much think she knows everything especially as she started making websites at 13.

Happy reading and have a great weekend!!


Thursday, 22 January 2015

He's home!!!...

There was a lack of post yesterday because I was enjoying my man finally being home and felt that being on the laptop or iPad was definitely in the 'antisocial behaviour' category!

We had a very relaxing day together watching films, a small excursion to the shops and playing with Zoubi. Thankfully Zoubi has taken to Tom like a fish to water so I didn't need to have any worries in that respect. We seem to have all embraced our family of three!

What always amazes me when Tom comes home is that regardless of how long he has been away and the how poor the communication may have been... nothing has changed between us. It's as if he had never been away and we carry on with life as though he had been home the whole time. I don't know if that's how it is for everybody but I find it very comforting.

Now that he is home, however, we have to start thinking about the important and exciting 'what happens next' questions that seem to have appeared in the past few months. A less exciting problem being: Do we really need two cars when I'm only driving 0.8 miles to work and the insurance is costing a ridiculous amount for so few miles... You'd think that would be an obvious 'No' but our families live at opposite ends of the country and could I really cope with not being able to jump into the car and go wherever I wanted at the drop of a hat. Not so simple and obvious an answer after all. There seem to be a lot of these kind of things hanging over us but I guess that's what happens when you merge lives and become a team rather than two individuals. Even the boring car issue seems quite exciting when put like that!

Two weeks grace and an adventure to Paris before real normality begins... by then I think we will be ready for anything!!

Monday, 19 January 2015

The last weekend...

Oh my! What a busy day! Work seems to have finally got back to normal and I feel like I have hardly had a moment to breath! It's good though... less procrastinating speeds the day along which was ideal for today and hopefully tomorrow will be the same... So long as it returns to a normal speed or maybe a slow plod from Wednesday so I can enjoy Tom being home at leisure!

This weekend was a really chilled weekend to round off deployment.  Waking up to snow on Saturday morning really was a shocker! I was out walking Zoubi at 10pm and though it was freezing I definitely didn't think it was going to snow so it was the last thing I expected to see as I opened the curtains... It was nice while it lasted and was the perfect amount... enough to cause me to slide about in the car but not enough to prevent me from carrying on life as normal!

Kelsie and I had a girly day on Saturday. I got a small Maybelline haul mostly to aid my quest for perfecting my eye makeup... fingers crossed in my 25th year of life I finally nail the perfect flick!! Now that's an aspiration to have! 

I love the lip pencil... Such a lovely colour and it seemed to stay on for ages which is always a winner for me! 

I haven't yet used the BB cream so I will have to get back to you on that... maybe tomorrow...

The Maybelline Haul

After our mini shopping spree we had an evening of pizza and films. I don't know what rock I've been living under but I hadn't seen 10 Things I Hate About You (loved it) and we also watched Guardians of the Galaxy (neither of us had seen it yet - we really enjoyed it but felt like we kept missing bits of information... Did it make sense to everyone else? Because if so, we must have missed bits). 

Sunday was great. I was so domesticated it was unreal and weirdly I really enjoyed it! I think it must be because I knew it was all in preparation for Tom coming home because, honestly, if you told me I would enjoy ironing all our bed linen I would think you were totally crazy! It does look really nice in the cupboard now though and it fits so much better which is very satisfying! (I really can't believe I have just written those words!!)

As with all weekends there were things I wanted to do but didn't but... My aim is really to feel like everything is as good as it can be to welcome Tom home... I think it nearly is which is a triumph!

How was your weekend?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Deployment is nearly over...

Today is 9 weeks that Tom has been away on deployment... My deployment posts have slightly fallen by the wayside due to the fact that I was distracted by Christmas and life happened, as ever!

Christmas without Tom was hard and I don't think I knew how to react to it or how anyone else was going to react towards me because of it so I became rather closed off. Definitely not a helpful way to deal with it but at least I now know for the next time! (If there is one!) Deployment always seems to be a never ending learning curve especially in a new home.

To slightly close the gap between us at Christmas I tried to share with him as much of what was going on with me as possible, even if it meant that he didn't respond or he ended up being bombarded with messages. I don't think he minded! Now I am trying to keep him up to date with our puppy and how she is getting on.

The communication has been horrific throughout but we have managed to get through it none the less... There were moments when I wondered how we were going to survive on so little but we've pretty well done it even if there are some big conversations that we will now have to have about what is next on the cards for us. Exciting to have some big decisions to make together though!

Some of the things which I wanted to achieve while Tom was away I have managed... others are still very much work in progress but I think that's ok. Life is always a work in progress and there is still some time left! No doubt I will have a huge spurt of energy the two days before he comes home and it will all get done!

I haven't kept up with doing exercise quite as I had hoped but now I have a puppy to force at least some upon me which is good... Just need to work on my arms which is where I always feel my thinness shows up. 

I have managed to keep my social life alive and not become a total hermit which I am really happy about. What with the lack of communication we have had and the potential for self pitying if left to my own devices for so long I could have become a right misery guts!

Holiday plans have been set to one side and the house is not as I'd hoped but, it is a definite improvement from what it was when I had just moved Tom out of his room on base and, all of my belongings had arrived from my parents house!

I have a very structured to do list to get through over the next week so that I feel prepared for Tom to be home. On all other occasions I seem to have failed and not felt prepared at all but hopefully this time I shall manage it! It's like getting ready for a date at home, probably a first date to be honest because nerves seem to set in amongst the excitement! The house needs to be spotless and the most important decision is what to wear to pick Tom up from the terminal! I've already spent three days deciding and have finally come to a potential decision! I think Tom would be amazed if he knew what a list I had set myself... even more amazed if I actually achieved it!! I have faith in myself!

Oh, I cannot wait to go on an actual date again! I don't even care where, just to get dolled up and go out the two of us will be bliss! We are way behind people on films though and I've heard so many mixed opinions on The Hobbit... whats the general consensus? Will I be disappointed? 

P.S. It seems I didn't speak too soon when I said Zoubi was getting better at night... she settled straight away last night... Mini victory for me! The relief is quite incredible!


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Puppy training vs Alice Training

I don't think anyone needed to look into a crystal ball to know that there was going to be a post about my puppy coming up.... As a new member of the family it's only really fair and she really has been having fun turning my life upside down since Friday.

Ever since the decision that we would get a puppy I have known my entire life was going to change, mostly for the better... I would have to be more responsible,  more disciplined and tidier added to that there's the small bundle of fur charging about getting under our feet! 

I've always had dogs so I didn't really have to consider much, it would probably have been more of a consideration thinking that we wouldn't have one! However, that being said, I really did underestimate the affect she was going to have!

It hasn't been plain sailing... after Sunday nights fiasco I was very ready to give up! I do not manage at all well on an hour of sleep and being in a terrace with thin walls I was worried that Zoubi had managed to keep everyone up not just me! By Monday evening, I was a complete bundle of nerves and ready to cry at any moment.

I had also decided that I was never going to have children... If I couldn't deal with the destruction and worry of a puppy then I certainly wouldn't be able to cope with a baby. I'm going to blame the lack of sleep and bundle of nerves for that moment of despair too which probably means there will be a repeat when of this feeling when I do have a baby - that's normal though right?

First walk - not the best of photos - she really didn't know what was happening! 
Wellies - Joules 

Last week, I wrote about changing my routine so that I had less of a 'Do I really HAVE to' attitude... Clearly, I should have had a dog I was solely responsible for earlier, even if I do have that attitude the answer is 'Yes' because if I don't get moving pronto I will just be creating work for myself!

So now, I jump out of bed at 7(ish), take exercise without talking myself out of it at least 3 times a day, keep the house even tidier (apart from her toys which are lurking in corners - for now I think that's a fair trade if it distracts her from the curtains, throws and chair legs), laundry and washing up all now have regular slots in my day. Best of all, I go to bed at a decent hour! I'm genuinely feeling a lot better for it all and can definitely recommend Puppy Therapy! 

We have now done two nights with minimal problems (I know, massively early days so I could well be speaking too soon but while I'm feeling positive...)both Zoubi and I are being trained into a routine that suits us, hopefully it will only be onwards and upwards from here! I hope I will have convinced her that there isn't anything worth exploring behind the back of the TV and sofa before Tom gets home! Tom training will no doubt occur and you never know, it may be as positive for him as it has been for me! 

Her chosen place to sleep - under my legs and half underneath the sofa

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Mid-January Musings...

1. Goodreads - I think I must be a little behind with this site but I blame it on the fact that up until getting married, my life has been a bit too hectic to read even remotely in the worm like fashion that I used to. While Tom has been away I have read a lot and I am really hoping to break out of my usual genre and explore more authors this year. I have challenged myself to read 52 books this year. Are you doing the 2015 Reading Challenge if so add me and we can encourage each other to reach our targets.

2. New Year Resolutions - I've completely simplified all my resolutions and compressed them into 2 points. 1) Be Kind - to myself, to people and to the world and 2) Create - from here on my blog, to memories, to cooking more. It's a lot less pressure and it's not as if I can break them, only strive to achieve them.

3. Instagram - I am slowly falling in love with it! Add me

4. Rouge a Levres/My Little Box - Last month I signed up to receive My Little Box, I wanted to try it out and see whether it was worth it. It was definitely a good choice and in it I received my most favourite Lipstick ever! I'm a complete sucker for lipsticks anyway but I love the colour and it can do either day or night, it has taken up permanent residence in my hand bag.

5. Zoubi, our puppy - Zoubi has now moved in. I completely underestimated how difficult having a puppy to look after on my own would be. Ok, it's not that long until Tom is home but I did not think I would spend the entirety of my Sunday night awake because she wouldn't settle! Third night definitely unlucky! I did manage to get some sleep last night so hopefully she is settling and I won't be a zombiefied by the end of the week!

A moment when she was asleep!! 

6. Driving to work as the sunrises - realistically I massively object to being up that early in the morning but seeing the sunrise from behind a hangar really is beautiful... one day I will capture it!

7. Deployment - It's nearly over, and I've made it through without too much going wrong considering, it's the first time Tom has been away since we've been living together and 100 miles away from family.

8. Paris - We shall be in Paris for my birthday, (cue: mini dance) I could not be more excited! "Stay tuned" for all the details...

How's your January looking?


Saturday, 10 January 2015

Weekend Reading: 5 Blogs I'm loving...

I have been wanting to share some of the blogs that I love for quite a while but it is so hard to wittle them down to a realistic number, however here are 5 of my most regular reads:

1. Cider with Rosie - Rosie's  lifestyle blog is a great read and the photos are awesome. She covers food too which I don't really read many posts on but Rosie's always seem to draw me in!

Good reads: I love all of her "10 things that've made me happy this week" posts, Escape to the Sea, How to cook the perfect steak,

2. Paris in Four Months - This blog is like my own secret escape... All Carin's photography is amazing and she manages to capture the Paris that I love. I have never been able to explain why I am so drawn to Paris - now I don't have to, go take a look at her blog!

Good reads: The Mulia(not Paris but seriously... those photos!!), Parisian Favourites, The Year 2014,

3. From Roses - Rebecca's blog covers beauty, lifestyle and interiors. She is also a co-founder and editor of A Little Opulent which you should also definitely visit if you haven't done so already.

Good reads: The Little Things I've Done That Changed My Life, Why It's Ok To Fail, Four Hairstyles For When Your Hair Won't Cooperate,

4. JennyPurr - Jenny gives great advice on blogging and freelance as well as covering lifestyle. She is also a co-founder and editor of A Little Opulent.

Good reads: How I'm Embracing A More Minimal Life, Five Things That Changed My Life In 2014, The Five Mantras I Live By,

5. Little Fickle - Sammy's blog covers clothes, shiny things which catch her eye and stuff that makes her angry. I love that she voices her opinions with such fearless clarity.

Good reads: Generation Y/The Millenials, Sex Clubs and the (Not So) Forward Thinking Woman, Honest to blog ,

This was seriously hard! I have so many more amazing blogs that I read to share with you... and I will.

What blogs are you loving at the moment?

Happy Reading!!


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The British Tag...

I saw this on 'A piece of  Elish' and I had to give it a whirl! Especially after the open tag... who would miss such a chance!

How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?
Hmmm... I'm not really a fan of proper tea unless there is cake involved. I do probably drink at least one cup of herbal tea a day though. However, if something is wrong then nothing beats a milky tea with at least two sugars to put me right! (Cliche I know)

Favourite part of the roast?
All about the meat whether it's beef, lamb,  pork or chicken!

Favourite dunking biscuit?
Rich Teas are my all time favourite biscuits! Perfect for dunking and perfectly designed for eating the entire packet without either feeling sick or guilty (I presume, I've never really done it *ahem*)

Favourite quintessentially British past-time?
I'm a sucker for an afternoon tea or a walk and a picnic! I don't really like strawberries but they just look and smell like a typically British summer to me!

Favourite British word?
Hands down has to be 'Jolly' it is clearly such a happy word! I think frightful would have to be a close second though especially when it can be used in a sentence like: 'Oh! How frightfully funny!'

Cockney rhyming slang?
Trouble and strife - wife
Though I prefer peas and rice as in Jesus Christ which I'm pretty sure is from Only Fools and Horses so could be total nonsense!

Favourite British sweet?
Wine Gums - I am such a sucker for these! 

What would your pub be called?
The Jolly Wench. Throwing in my favourite word and that Tom occasionally refers to me as his wench.

No. 1 British person?
Wow this is difficult! I think it has to be Maggie Smith... I love her as an actress and I admire her resiliance.

Favourite shop/ restaurant?
Well, if I had the option to go anywhere I would always go back to The Boathouse in my home town. I have spent so many summer evenings drinking beside the river when I was in college and now it has been revamped into a more restaurant than pub venue which is really nice, the food is superb and it has managed not to lose any of its character. It will always epitomise the 'summers of my youth' and will probably continue to do so as I'm not out of the 'youth' bracket yet.

What's the first British song that pops into your head?
Oasis - Wonderwall. I have absolutely no clue why but it instantly appeared.

Marmite- love or hate?
Actually neither! (I know! There is always someone who has to be different). Marmite has a specific role in my life however - for making poached egg on toast taste better... I don't like eggs so really I'm eating the whole meal under sufferance anyway. I wouldn't eat Marmite in any other circumstance but I can't say that I hate it.

And now, I tag you all too! I would love to read your answers either on your blog or in the comments so let me know if you do, do it!


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

2 months in the blogging world...

The two month anniversary of this little space has whizzed by but I thought I would still share with you some of the things I have learnt, the way that it is slowly progressing and, also, the massively good impact it has had on my life in 2 months!

Things I have discovered...

1. Keeping a notepad handy is always necessary! I have two now that are entirely for my blog, I still never seem to have the right one handy at the right time but I'm working on it.

2. Writing two posts at once seems to help me at the moment, when I get to a wall with the one I swap and do the other and then swap back again. It seems a little odd I know, but, I guess it's like a constructive break in between?! Does anybody else do this?

3. Twitter is the way forward... Before blogging I could never really get involved with Twitter properly but now it seems to fit and makes so much sense! The chats that are hosted are really good and it's so easy to find more blogs to read.

4. My laptop is a vital tool! Even though I use my iPhone and my iPad constantly for writing posts etc, I have never managed to accomplish successful publishing from either... something always freezes or refuses to load. Without my laptop I would be completely lost! I know other bloggers manage it from an iPad or phone and I take my hat off to you.

5. I love the ABM app. I use this app pretty much every day whether it's personal use or for here, I love playing around designing and enhancing images. It definitely helps me a lot.

6. Taking a step back sometimes is essential - I know I am only two months in so can hardly complain of writers block or overload of any kind but, my life did become too consuming for me to be able to concentrate on anything else properly. Now that I have managed to relax properly I can put 100% back into this space.

7. Categories really help me to focus where my interests are and what I want this blog to be about. I have quite a few topics at the moment, some have just developed on their own which is awesome.

8. The to do list will always be growing and changing. It's probably one of my favourite things about having a blog - the 'work' is never over and you can see the blog developing every day (at least I can at the moment, that may change when it's older)! It definitely gives me a sense of achievement! 

The big and the small for 2015... (improvements and goals)

1. Smooth out my routine for planning posts in advance and getting all my content written... the many notes help but nothing beats the feeling of a draft ready to publish.

2. I still don't feel that I am snap happy enough so photos definitely need to be a top priority this month! (I will try not to cheat and only take pictures of my puppy!)

3. Continue to grow my following - I have a bunch of mini goals for this one but essentially "grow, grow, grow"

4. Increase my use of social media even more.

5. Sort out the button I mentioned in 'Week 1 in the blogging world'. I have actually done it but I became frustrated with the coding! I need to have another look at it, it really was at the top of my 'to do list'!

6. Attend a bloggers meetup and get involved with a link up (once I have my button!!).

7. Develop this space and consider off shoots from it.

8. Continue to enjoy blogging.

The good impact...

1.  From stories to  ridiculously long letters, emails or journals of some kind or another I have always written. Here however, I have finally found a place for my musings! I now have somewhere to anchor my thoughts rather than having a whirl wind in my brain. I hadn't realised that I needed a proper outlet before I began this blog... but now it's very clear that I did, the moment ideas come popping into my head I have somewhere for them to go and weirdly I worry A LOT less! I haven't quite worked out how to get the timing right for my ideas though! It's as if they know the instant my head touches the pillow and they instantly start growing!

2. It has been a great distraction from Tom being on deployment, although it ground to a halt over Christmas which wasn't necessarily the best moment but I think I did need to take that moment to myself to deal with it all.

3. Having a blog has increased my confidence - I haven't really worked out why this is, maybe because I have finally taken the bull by the horns and done something that I was too scared to do before. I'm not sure! Regardless of why, it really has made me feel more confident about myself, my opinions and where I am going with my life.

So, there you have it... two months of blogging in a nutshell and a few of my plans!

I would love to hear feedback from you and I'm looking for more blogs to follow... help :)


Monday, 5 January 2015

New Year, New Look, New Routine...

Wahoo!! I've finally got my new look that I have been slowly gearing myself up for from the moment I started taking this blogging business seriously! I love it! I keep seeing posts that need altering though so bear with me while I reformat here and there... if I seem to have missed something please give me a friendly nudge in the right direction! Do you like it? 

Considering that it is my first day back at work today, I am bouncing off the walls! I woke up this morning feeling like I had been dragged rudely from a deep sleep so I did not expect to be at all chipper or able to work properly. I blame the new layout and that Tom has booked his ticket home to me! Clearly nothing to do with work though it has been quite busy which always helps the day go by!
I realise I have a serious amount of catching up to do! Shall try not to end up having a prolonged break in future!

Christmas was busy but fabulous! Spending 3 days with 5 nephews helped me to at least fake the 'Christmas Spirit' which I wasn't feeling as much as I had been hoping. I think starting to celebrate in November and a lack of Tom dried up the 'Spirit'. All other spirits were flowing freely though *drum roll* (sorry, it won't happen again).

New Years Eve was spent with my sister and brother in law which was really nice, nieces, games, fireworks and a beagle puppy galore! I was glad for the lack of hangover when I woke up in the morning as I was very gently prodded awake by the youngest niece which escalated into an evicting from the bed a-midst giggles by both nieces, long before what would usually be thought of as an acceptable hour to be up on New Years Day!

I arrived home to our little house late Thursday afternoon. I have to say I was very ready for my own home! As much fun as the week and a half had been, there is nowhere quite like home or any bed as comfy as your own! It does make me wonder how, less than 6 months ago I was managing to live anywhere else!

Arriving home on Thursday has given me plenty of time to gear myself up for my new routine! 2015 is hopefully going to be the year that I get up easily in the mornings and head to work feeling at least 90% awake rather than the usual less than 30% with the 'Do I REALLY Have To' attitude! It's not a good attitude or look I promise you!

So, in true starting as I mean to go on fashion, I had everything I needed ready for work by 7.30 pm last night! Or at least I thought I did! For some reason when I woke up this morning I couldn't find the clothes I had put ready so went wandering around the house looking for them only to find them in an entirely obvious place in my bedroom. I then lost my car keys - that scenario is becoming tedious! Every time I want to go anywhere the keys have disappeared! I've always been a little scatter brained but it really seems to have amped itself up in the past month or so! 

Definitely some room for improvement in my new morning routine, I did however make it to work in very good time and without quite so much of the 'Do I REALLY Have To' attitude so, we shall have to see whether I have ironed out the problems by next Monday! 

How was your first day back? 

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and end to 2014!

2014 will always be such a special year for me but I have a feeling 2015 is going to be a good year too! It really helps to finally be in the year that Tom is coming home, too!

My festive celebrations have been a total whirlwind with millions of family and a few hundred miles travelling.

I became ill just after Christmas and thought it best to leave my blog until my head was less fluffy with flu and a cold. My break became rather extended,  however, I feel a lot better for it and am so excited for 2015 and all my plans for my space here! January will definitely be a month of changes on here and in my life! A week today we will have an addition to our family of two and then the puppy training/Alice training will begin! 

Who wouldn't fall in love with that face!! 

Since coming home I've been massively productive removing Christmas essence and refilling the gaps that Christmas decorations seem to leave! I even made new bunting which I'm pretty impressed with!

I really hope 2015 will be as productive as I'm hoping it to be, I'm so full of energy and motivation at the moment but that could all be gone by the end of January! Even with my birthday at the end of the month I always seem to find January depressing! 

Thank you everyone who has supported me in 2014 with every aspect of my life and welcome to all the new readers I seem to have gained over my quieter period! I'm going to endeavour to be back posting regularly at least 4 times a week now! 

Hope you're all having a fab weekend! 
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