Thursday, 4 February 2016

Goodbye January .... Hello February

It doesn't feel like two minutes ago we were popping the bubbly and seeing the new year in, and already January has gone and we're into February.

Well it was a lovely month for sure, and if the first month was anything to go by, the year is going to be fabulous.

So the highlights ....

Some Emma Bridgewater sale goodies, a crop, my dear friend Jackie's 40th birthday party. Simon joining slimming world; Lots of time spent at the little house.  Car test driving, crafting and I got to spend a lot of time with friends.

Celebrating Simon's birthday was also in January's highlights.
There you have it .... one month down and lots of plans for February.

Monday, 1 February 2016

The week that was ...... Week 5

Social, yup that was it for sure.

It started with my usual R&D coffee with Emma on the Monday, and then on Tuesday my lovely friend Ali came over for a tea and chat.

She bought over her journaling bible that she has been doing illustrated faith in for me to see.  Its something that I'm hoping to do this year, and Ali's bible just inspired me more.
Simon had a good week at Slimming World 
I had a lovely lunch with my neighbours.
Then it was more car test driving .... we've decided against this one, as we didn't like it quite as much   as the other we test drove.
The bears had a haircut! Molly hates the groomers, so we were ignored for at least a whole minute on their return lol
Friday evening was spent at our wonderful neighbours home, in celebration of Colins birthday which was on the Wednesday gone, and Simon's birthday, which was the following day.  The food was amazing.  She made a fabulous slimming world curry for the boys (Colin, goes to SW with Simon) and as I don't like too spicy a food, she made a curry just for me.

Saturday it made it a year, that these two came into our lives and turned it upside down and inside out .... I love them, more than I can say.
The birthday boy spent his first birthday at the little house, and back home on the island for must be nearly 30 years.
 And Sunday, its all been about the chilling.
 I hope you all have a lovely week and can you believe its February already.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

On my Bedside Table

When I set my word this year, I knew GROWTH, had to include reading more.   So I rejoined or should I say reconnected on Goodreads and had a good look around. I've got my eye on a few books I'd like to read, but I thought the best way to get back on track was start with my favourite author, Nora Roberts.

Happy to say, I've already completed one of her books, and am now on the second in the trilogy. 

So here are the books at the moment on my bedside table. 

Other than the Nora Roberts book, I have my gratitude journal; The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, which I'm still reading, but flicking through at the same time.  I started her method last year and it will be continuing through this year. 

Then there is the book of Calm, was something I picked up at the weekend when I was in Waterstones 

I will say a lot of what drew me to it, was its simplicity ... its not rocket science or anything, but its a reminder of whats really important.  Plus, oh my gosh the photography is beautiful. 

Its even got some pages to colour

The last one is one, Simon got me for my birthday. 

Its got the most gorgeous photos too and with all my home changes I want to make, I'm getting lots of ideas. 

There you have it, a selection of what I'm reading at the moment.  I think I need to order the third book in the trilogy soon, and also visit the library.  Reading is such a simple pleasure, but one that easily gets pushed aside when we're rushing about.  

Monday, 25 January 2016

The week that was .... week 4

As part of my one little word for 2016 which is "GROWTH", I want to share more on my blog and get more involved in the blogging community. So I've been having a think, and writing down lots of ideas, and one of those, was to share with you my past week.  This would also be a big help when it comes to project life and as a memory jog.  My friend Jo, shares her week on her blog, and I love seeing what she's been up to ... the good and the bad, so here is mine.

The week that was ... full of happy things

I'm not one of those people that has loads of friends. Maybe its because we never had children and I never got into the mummy groups, but those I have, accept me totally and are the best friends anyone could ever wish for. One of those, is Maria and I'm also incredible lucky to have her as my next door neighbour.  Maria or should I use her proper name, Aunty Maria adores the bears and they adore her ... as you can see.  Anyway, she popped in for a visit as guess what? she's going to do Project Life, (how great is that) anyhow, she came bearing gifts ...
She saw this fabulous vase in a charity shop, and knows I have a slight obsession with Emma Bridgewater ... how lucky am I. 

Also last week, the postman knocked and handed me my Cocoa Daisy parcel .... oh its truly a gorgeous kit and I can't wait to dive in.
My blog isn't all about me (or the bears) ... Simon is on instagram now and he takes lots of photos during the day for me, to add into Project Life.  I think I also mentioned he's joined Slimming World again, and just after 2 weeks, he is the proud owner of a certificate. 
And lastly we're looking at changing our big car ... I love the audi but it's time for a change, so we're testing driving a few, and last weekend we took this baby out for a drive ... oh my, what a beauty. 
There you have a round up of my week.  I'm looking forward to sharing with you my everyday happenings, but I now need to get back to my note books as I've still loads of ideas bouncing around in my head.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Can't forget December

I've realised that I never put up my December round up, and I did pretty well with showing each month last year, so don't really want to fall at the last hurdle.

So here it is ... yes late, but better than never.

It makes me smile so much when I look at this, as it really was a great month. Lets see ... what happend.  I had a fabulous evening out with my neighbours, who have really become close friends.  The bears turned one.  I got some new Christmas china, we spent quite a bit of time at the little house, and well, most importantly ... it was Christmas :) ... oh and I got a super duper new iphone 6s plus phone, in the rose gold ... yes, I'm slightly in love with it lol.

January is shaping up to be another good month, and I really love this app, so I'll be sharing my months again this year.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Selfie Stick

Yup, Look who got a Selfie Stick!

Now, I'm certainly not one of selfies, no no no ... that's not me at all lol.  But I scrapbook and I actually don't have any of me in our photos and that's not good for project life either.  So this year, I will embrace the selfie (well, sometimes)

As you can guess, I got it for Christmas .... so at the crop last weekend, here's the layout I created.

As you can see, I need practice with the selfie stick, I've not quite got it figured out, I don't think you're meant to see the stick, are you lol

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Project Life

I'm holding my hand up and saying "I will try harder" ... yup, I'm jumping into Project Life again this year, but really hoping that I do better than in previous years.

It wasn't until the other day, when I got a text from a friend saying she would be interested in maybe doing project life and would like to know a little more about it. That I realised the only album actually finished was 2013! How dreadful is that.

2014 goes up to week 48

2015 ... well, that was much much worse. I did up until week 8 then it went to pot. I managed the odd week in the middle but that was about it.  All the photos are printed and put into their pockets but nothing else.

So this year! ... As part of my growth year, I'm taking a stand against faffing.  And I pledge now to get my act together and finish those two past years and try and keep up with 2016.

I've been good at writing down what happens each day, so at least that's something.  I'm not going to over think it either, as I have a plan! ... I know laugh, but I'm going to try my hardest to print out each week the previous photos and then get them straight in their pockets with cards.  Which brings me up to what I'm going to do today.  Sort through my project life cards and keep only those that I really think I need.  I'll hopefully share with you next time (or in a few posts) how I'm getting on.

There you have it! Lets see how I get on, shall we? Positive thoughts I think will be needed.