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Who would I trade places with for the day and why

Hey lovelies,

I hope you’re having an amazing start to the week.

I’ve read many blogpost list ideas since I started blogging, lots of which were not relevant to me or my cup of tea but when I seen this idea, I knew straight away who it would be, so I had to do this post (the only problem is, I can’t actually remember whos’ list this belonged to).

The person I’d trade places with for a day is –

  • My niece, Tallie (Natalie).

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    ~ Me & Tallie ~

Here’s my reasons why –

  • She’s one of the strongest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing
  • She’s a mother & makes it look so easy & so much fun
  • She has the ability to let you know when she’s pissed off with you, with just one look, I’ve had that look on more than one occasion & immediately thought “why did I say/do that?”, honestly, I wanted the ground to just open up & swallow me (I’m so sorry for the times I received that look). She doesn’t need to argue with you & she doesn’t like to.
  • She loves love, happiness & smiles, she oozes them & has plenty to go around.
  • She’s so girlie, I love it.
  • She has the ability to light up a room upon immediate entry & no matter your mood, always manages to make you smile.
  • She gives her life to her children & has such a busy mum schedule but still finds time to make you welcome into her home, she would greet you at her door no matter the time of day with a smile & an offer of a hot beverage.
  • She puts me in mind of a swan, when you observe her, she glides by gracefully but underneath it all, her inner ‘legs’ must be going like the clappers. Hehe.
  • I’ve never known anyone like her.

The tag words I’ve attached to this post are just some of the words I would associate with Tallie.

I’m proud beyond words to call her my niece & wish I seen her more than I do.

Love you lots Tallie.

I do have more of an unrealistic pick –

Kate Middleton –

I would love to know if she’s able to live a remotely normal life with her family & how they all interact (here’s a thought for you, William & Harry remind me of Stefan & Damon in Vampire Diaries! William’s Stefan, more stable & Harry’s Damon, seems to like danger & take more risks. Hehe).

I hope you have an amazing week.

Bye for now.

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Blogmas Day #3 | My festive bucket list

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Morning lovelies,

Happy December, I hope you have an amazing festive season.

Here’s my festive bucket list –

  • Host a christmas party (with games)
  • Make mince pies
  • Go midnight mass on christmas eve
  • Watch carol singing
  • Sing some christmas carols
  • Wear a christmas outfit/jumper to work (if only for one day)
  • Make mulled wine (even if it’s the cheats version)
  • Watch the sun set
  • Watch the sun rise
  • Play in the snow (IF it snows)
  • Enjoy nice festive food & drink
  • Spend time with family &/or friends
  • Wrap christmas pressies while drinking something festive & watching a christmas film or listening to christmas songs
  • Get at least half way through a photo a day challenge during Blogmas
  • Watch lots of christmas films
  • Make christmas treats
  • Keep up mine & Richards christmas eve tradition with mum & dad
  • Just go walking in the cold air with Richard
  • Go looking at some christmas lights

I’d also like to go christmas shopping with my sis & grab a neros in town, this is something we 1st did 2 years ago & I love it, we have quality time together & it’s christmas related (the chance to just sit with her, have a nice hot cuppa in town while it’s cold out & everyone else is busying around is delicious), plus, I get a christmas cuppa from my favourite coffee shop, we went Costa in the past but I’m going to see if she fancies a change this year & go Neros instead.

Whatever you’re planning to do over the festive season, be safe & be happy.

Bye for now.

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Autumn Bucket List

Hi lovelies,

I don’t actually know anyone else who does a seasonal bucket list apart from YouTubers I watch but I bet loads of people I know have one, they just don’t realise it, you know those times when you think to yourself – over Autumn I want to make apple pie, go apple bobbing, watch fireworks, drink hot chocolate in front of an open fire, bbq or bonfire? Well, that’s a bucket list.

Here’s my Autumn bucket list –

  1. Celebrate Richards birthday
  2. Watch some fireworks
  3. Go to Loughborough fair
  4. Toast marshmallows
  5. Book my works christmas party
  6. Keep a little blog diary on occasion over Autumn
  7. Get all snuggly with fleece pjs & a cup of something hot & tasty (usually coffee or chocolate related)
  8. Watch Hocus Pocus
  9. Watch Practical Magic
  10. Have a girls film night
  11. Eat Autumn inspired food
  12. Make my favourite soups – roasted parsnip & pumpkin & farmhouse veg soup (out of my latest fav cookbook – Eat Smart by 1 of my fave youtubers Niomi Smart
  13. Make chicken stew
  14. Do some Autumn baking
  15. Watch some haunting documentaries
  16. Attempt to watch a scary (ish) film
  17. Buy halloween sweets for the trick or treaters, along with something for a few tricks
  18. Maybe dress up & go trick or treating with the family
  19. Bring a little Autumn indoors
  20. Go walking at the weekend with Richard
  21. Make a list of christmas pressies & go christmas pressie shopping
  22. Write christmas cards
  23. Walk through the Autumn leaves
  24. Set up for doing Blogmas (I don’t even mind if it’s as simple as last years – Blogmas ~ Week 1).
  25. Do a thankful list
  26. Eat some porridge (I’ve not had porridge for ages)
  27. Get excited for Vlogmas (hehe)
  28. Sort out saving stamps & christmas vouchers for christmas food & drink shopping at Morrisons & Tesco
  29. Sort out christmas menu
  30. Plan & book in a family christmas party

So then, that’s my Autumn bucket list, there’s some real exciting things on there & some stuff that will make the up coming seasons a lot easier for me.

A few of these things will go together, so although it may look like a mammoth list, I’ll be able to do a few of these things together, for example – making soup & stew can be combined with eating Autumn inspired food or walking with Richard can be combined with walking through leaves & so on & so on.

Keep Calm & Love Autumn

~ NOTE TO SELF: Print this out & put it on the fridge Sarah! ~

I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Bye for now.

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Mind dump

Morning lovelies,

Wow, so it’s been a while.

Do you ever just run out of steam & inspiration?? I had a ton of post ideas but none of them really song out to me, I don’t know why because upon reflection of the ideas, I’ve deleted a few but the majority of them, I actually do like, we’ll see how it goes.

While typing this post, I’m doing so with the hope that I don’t just do this post & no more, I really do miss blogging & I used to be so annoyed with myself for not pulling myself together & just getting on with it, I don’t do that anymore, I’ve forgiven myself for that & realised that it doesn’t matter if I don’t stick to my blogging schedule every week.

I can’t believe it’s been about 5 months since I last did a blog post! The time just rushes by. In that time, I’ve moved place of work, still within the same company but a different building – it’s a little nerve-racking, stressful & exciting but I’m finding my feet, not quite got into a routine yet but I’m getting there! Me & Richard have moved house, we moved into my parents house, 1 because we were renting & struggled to save for anything & 2 we want to actually enjoy our lives & I felt like I was going work to earn money to just pay rent & buy food, the amount of times someone would say shall we do this or that & I’d always say sorry but I can’t afford it, I’ve got no money, it was destroying my soul & driving me mad! We still have a lot to do at my parents to get fully settled in but we’re getting there.

I’ve got a couple of posts lined up for this week, some summer faves & my Autumn bucket list, after that, I don’t know but you gotta start somewhere right??? What I do know is that I want to capture memories over Autumn & Winter, I absolutely love the last 3 months of the year, so festive, Halloween, Autumn inspired EVERYTHING, fireworks night, Loughborough fair, Richards birthday, the festive season – December, Christmas & a brand new year. So, I suppose you could say it was the time of year that inspired me to blog again, how long it’ll last & how often I’ll be posting, I don’t know but for now, I’m here & excited.

Hope you have an amazing week.

Bye for now.

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10 things I love about Spring

Hey my lovelies.

I hope you’re having a top Tuesday.

Here’s a post that will hopefully make you excited for the future Spring months & forget the fact that the Easter break is over.

Spring is one of my favourite seasons with respect to the outdoor changes it brings, it’s full of excitement & promise, the 1st days of more sun, to enable us to have more time outdoors doing 1 of many things we have planned for the warmer months. I love many things about this season, this post lists but a few.

Here’s 10 things I love about Spring –

Seeing the change in season

I just love the difference in my surroundings when Spring comes around, I feel like Spring is one of the 2 best seasons for real outdoor changes of colours & smells, along side Autumn.

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Winter Pic

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Spring Pic

 

The above pics were taken of the same spot, the only difference being that I was standing in a difference place for the Spring shot.

You know the days when the sun’s on your face & the air smells fresh & clean? It fills my heart with such joy. The seasons make me so happy.

Planting season

Spring is the season that me & Richard plan on getting our garden in order & planting our veg & seedlings. I’m looking forward to reaping what we sow. I’m going to enjoy planting & nurturing the things we grow for our plates.

1st BBQ of the year

Me & Richard love to BBQ & Richards just bought a new BBQ to smoke meat in, I’m looking forward to our 1st BBQ of the year & trying out Richards BBQ cooking on his new BBQ (he does a mean barby). Outdoor cooking is always fun, it’s social, relaxing & entertaining. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to be a little adventurous with the food – side dishes as well as the BBQ food (wowsa, how many times did I say BBQ???).

Picnics

I do love outdoor socialising & really enjoy picnics, especially with family & friends in wide open nature spaces. I’ve just ordered a new picnic hamper & can’t wait to see what it’s like, I’m looking forward to going on a picnic this year, I’m even thinking of getting everyone together to go on one for my birthday at the end of the month.

More daylight

You got to love these longer hours of sunlight, I’m enjoying sitting out in the garden after work & just chatting away to Richard with a cuppa, we’ve had dinner out in the garden a couple of times already since the start of Spring. Also, more daylight means more planting & growing hours.

My mother actually leaves the house to socialise with the family

My mum has been ill for a few months now & hasn’t been able to socialise in the colder months, it’s not been very nice for her but now the warmer weather is coming, we’re all looking forward to her getting out more, her & dad came round 2 Thursdays ago & it was a treat to see her in my house after about 7-8 months.

Salads & smoothies

My favourite foods to eat in the warmer months are BBQ food & picnic foods but you can’t do that every day, so day-to-day my favourite things to consume are salads & smoothies, I have salad everyday at work & my favourite smoothie recipe is this one I did last year – A taste for a Smoothie………….Berries go Bananas, I’m on the hunt for a new favourite this year.

Not having to wear a massive Winter coat

A good warm coat is heaven-sent in the colder months but in those days right after Winter & Spring has sprung but it feels like Spring’s having an identity crisis & thinks it’s still Winter, you know the ones, when you go to work & it’s freezing, so you wear you’re huge Winter coat but by the time you finish work, it’s so warm you really could do with out a huge coat on your back! I love not having to wear a huge coat on my shoulders & being able to wear my lighter jackets & cardigans.

Switching out my Autumn & Winter wardrobe for my Spring & Summer one

If you have a capsule wardrobe (of sorts), you’ll know what I mean, I don’t have a ‘proper’ capsule wardrobe, I have a 6 month rotation, I put away the colder months lot & replace with the warmer months lot, I love getting my Spring & Summer wardrobe, plus accessories etc out & putting away my Autumn & Winter stuff. Because you’ve not seen them for 6 months, it’s like you’ve just been & got yourself a whole new wardrobe! I love it. I put EVERYTHING away, example – for my Autumn & Winter wardrobe etc, I’ve put away my jumpers, jeans, long trousers, christmas wear, long trouser pjs, fleece pjs, long socks, dark lippy & nail polish, even my favourite Autumn & Winter scent.

Having time off work over Easter

I’m sure everyone likes having time off work. I enjoy time off over easter because me & Richard go to see his mum for a few days, also, we spend time in the garden giving it some full on & much-needed attention.

Morning sun sparkle

What do you love about Spring??

I hope you have an amazing week.

Bye for now.

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My steps to prepare for our TTC journey

I’m in such a fab mood today, I feel like I could do loads today but you know what, I’m not going to, not because I’m procrastinating but because I’m congratulating myself in having the realisation of what I actually need to do & how I’m going to do it after months of being stuck in the dark!

I had an epiphany today, I had the realisation that if I focused on the things that need doing by sorting them out into sections, I feel it’ll be easier for me! It might sound obvious to you but, nope, not for me! You know that saying – I can’t see the wood for the trees, well, that’s what I’m like right now (well, I was yesterday).

Last Fridays post was an extremely personal one (The pain of wanting a baby – writing that post turned me into an emotional wreck for about 4 hours, I’m so glad I wrote it on the weekend & not in the week after work but it’s made my head feel so much better, I can finally focus on what’s in front of me instead of worrying about those past delays! It explains the things I want to do in order to get me & my body focused for mine & Richards TTC (Trying To Conceive) journey.

I feel there’s 3 important steps that I need to focus on in order to make our journey easier on both of us, I can be really moody sometimes (sorry Richard – I know that love is never having to say your sorry but, honestly, he deserves it, he’s so patient with me) & also,  I’m not working well in the clutter I’m surrounded by & I feel that if I can de-clutter my mental space & sort out what’s in my head, it’ll all be easier!

Those three things are –

  1. My body

  2. My physical surroundings

  3. My head space & mentality

Number 1 ~ My body –

I feel that I need to empty out all of the toxins & sugar from my system & get my body into shape, I don’t mean losing stones in the fastest time possible, I mean doing it at a sustainable pace for me. In order to kick-start that, I wanted to do a detox but it had to be a realistic one & not just drinking juices all day & everyday, also, it had to be one that didn’t last for weeks & I feel I’ve found one that fits in with what I need, it’s the Clean 9 by Forever Living, I’m going to do a post purely on what this entails, what you get with the C9 (Clean 9) & I’m also going to be daily blogging the whole 9 days, granted, they may not all be long posts but I’ll be sharing what I’m doing, eating, feeling, weighing (ooh, maybe I’ll skirt around that one…….hmmm……..we’ll see how brave I’m feeling), drinking etc etc. My reason for doing this is to slay my sugar dragon & because I know the C9 works, I’ve done it in the past & even though, I found it to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, it truly works, I didn’t stick to it religiously the 1st time round & still, I got amazing results, this time, the plan is to stick to it by the book!

Also, I’m aiming to make more time for exercise, for months now, I’ve been genuinely thinking that I’m a really busy person with no spare time for exercise or socialising, yeah right, I’m amazingly busy………………at doing nothing! I’ve got loads of free time & I need to make better use of it! This is the one thing I’m genuinely looking forward to, I can’t wait to get back on my treadmill & I’m really looking forward to actually using that yoga matt I bought over 18 months ago & not even took out of its wrapper yet (wow, I’m fab at procrastinating!). I also want to eat healthier & not just for a certain period of time, I need to make lifestyle changes, healthier food choices & we both need to cook using fresh ingredients more!

Number 2 ~ My physical surrounding –

This, I feel is going to be a mammoth task in itself, I’ve been walking around the house for what feels like months looking around, thinking this needs doing, that needs doing & not actually doing anything – my reasoning for this is that I’ve been thinking I need Richard to sort through his stuff along side me doing mine & it’s taken all this time & some YouTube watching to gain inspiration & the realisation that I don’t need him to do that at all, he has his own way of doing things & instead of trying to force my wants on to him, I’m just going to go ahead & get on with it, I’ve been watching a lot of videos about minimalism on YouTube & I’ve realised that’s the way I want to go, my aim is to have as little stuff as I need but with a farmhouse, English country décor theme. It’s worth mentioning here that I don’t intend on trying to persuade Richard to join me on this minimalist journey or to start trying to fit all of his stuff in to one tiny space (he’d never be able to do that anyway) but I do expect him to not only be mindful of what he needs stuff for, but also to not add stuff for the sake of JUST INCASES!! We’ve got enough just incases to last us two lifetimes!! Hehe. In order to do this I’m going to go through my house, room by room & do that room in sections – drawers/cupboard or cupboards/shelves/boxes etc etc, you get the idea, I’ll take before & after photos, you won’t believe the difference & I need to do that in order to stay focused & on track with my end goal.

Number 3 ~ My head space & mentality –

One thing I feel will definitely help with this is cleaning/de-cluttering my physical surroundings to the best of my ability, when I came up with this idea (after watching tons of minimalism videos on YouTube), I immediately felt better & more focused, before I decided to do this, my head was in a constant state of – this needs doing but I can’t do that until I’ve done this & I can’t do that until this is done etc etc, it never seemed to end. I would have that train of thought about something every single day & it was getting me down & frustrating the hell out of me, so instead of sitting there feeling like I had no time, which I now know was because my physical space is so cluttered that my mentality was working over time thinking about all the stuff that needed doing in every single room of our house, it was making me feel exhausted, hence the reason why I kept feeling like I had no spare time, I had plenty of spare time, just not the spare head space to add in thoughts of exercise routines & planning dates for socialising, two things that given a chance, would be extremely important to me!

I intend to tackle these three things in some kind of orderly fashion, so I don’t get even more burnt out.

I feel extremely excited about the future & 2017, even more so after the inspiration from those videos, also, I feel confident in knowing that if at any time, I feel the inspiration waning, I can just go back, re-watch some of their videos & know that it’ll restock the fires (as it were)!

Here’s a couple of links to the youtubers I’ve been watching & one I want to try out –

  • The 1st one I found is Muchelleb
  • The 2nd one I found (through the 1st one) is Rachel Aust  – healthy eating & minimalism
  • Here’s the one I want to try out – Yoga with Adriene – she’s got loads of yoga for beginners videos

I know that each one of my three steps are going to bring in steps themselves, I’m no longer naïve enough to believe that 1 step actually means 1 step, most steps come with mini steps within them (how many times can I say steps challenge – I win! Hehe).

I hope you’ll come along with me on this journey, I make no promises about what parts I’ll blog about, I may just blog what I feel to be the most important parts or I may blog every detail, I may even throw in some diary blogs, who knows. I don’t know what the future holds, what I do know is that it’s going to be bumpy, emotional & exhausting but it’s also going to be exciting, eye-opening & challenging, I want it to put fire in my belly instead of sugar! I CAN’T WAIT, I’m so excited. Hold on to your shorts Richard & if you sit still long enough, I may just file you away somewhere! Hehe.

Feel free to comment & ask me anything, I’ll do my very best to answer it & if I can’t, I’ll do my best find the answer for you.

Bye for now.

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My Autumn Essentials

When Autumn comes around, I get giddy with excitement.

I find myself wanting to burn candles & all year before that, burning one never enters my head.

My favourite bodyspray for this time of year, I absolutely love this scent. A blog post for you – My Autumn Scent…………………………………..

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I definitely need lipsyl during these colder months, I use it all year round but the wind makes me feel that I need it more. A blog post for you – New lip balm love…………………………

Burts Bees Lip Balm

I wear a lot of hand cream in the warmer months but even more so in the colder months, I currently have 4 on the go – 1 at work (Avon), 1 in my handbag (Neutrogena), 1 on my bedside table (Wilko Rhubarb & Custard – smells amazingly sweet) & 1 on the table next to the sofa (Soap & Glory Hand Food)…………………………………

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I tend to suffer more with pain in the colder months & I don’t fancy spending the whole of Autumn popping pain killers, so this is a definite must for me (note to self – you need to buy a new one soon). A blog post for you – Still loving Aloe Heat Lotion…………………………

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Porridge for the colder months, here’s how I make mine. A blog post for you – An amazing breakkie for the colder months………………….………….

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I love a proper coffee but for some reason, tend to drink more of them in the colder months, I don’t know why, I love a cinnamon stix coffee, made with cream & 2 tsp brown sugar (delish)…………………………

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I want to wear skirts with tights & I love the thought of wearing boots with them, except I need a new pair of boots! Hehe………………………………

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As soon as it gets remotely colder, I break out the scarves & shawls, I do have a hefty coat but I find that even on the colder mornings, by the time I get to work, I’m sweating, so I tend to only wear that if it’s freezing &/or raining!

I love to wear a shawl/big ass scarf instead of a my hefty coat……………………..

Lovely warm fleecy ANYTHING………………….

Comfy Cozy is the 2nd blog post I posted on my blog back in January & it’s about a few of my favourite things, including those fleecy pj bottoms.

I love a nice hot bath when it’s cold outside, especially a Lush bath (using Lush products), I’ve always got something to read but on occasion, I like to burn candles & take a glass of wine with me.

Halloween sweeties for the trick or treaters is most definitely an essential, I think if there was ever a year that we wasn’t here or I decided not to get any, they’d all be shocked! Hehe. Which, I suppose is a good thing. I do love the trick or treaters that make a proper effort.

Bye for now.

Love Sarah Mx

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