Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Thursday, 24 January 2013
The Cinnamon sticks smell divine! I hope they keep their smell until next year! The little robin earrings are amazing (talented lady) and they went lovely with my outfit on the big day. I haven't eaten the hot chocolate stirrer yet, but with the weather being as it is currently, I think this is the perfect time to use it! It's given me ideas for next years gifts too.
This vintage woollen scarf was thrifted. Its very Potter-esque!
Sunday, 20 January 2013
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
This morning I was listening to Radio 2 - I have now become old and have left my young Radio 1 days behind as I no longer like anything they play and instead a good sing-along and a pop master quiz on Radio 2. (I also feel its far more classy to have Radio 2 on casually in the background whilst cooking with a glass of wine, but thats just me) It never fails to cheer me up in a morning - it's hard to be sad singing along to "how do you like your eggs in the morning" Anyway, the presenter Chris Evans said something along the lines of "Count your blessings, but count your best blessings twice". I really loved the sentiment behind this idea. I think sometimes we spend so thinking about what we don't have, we forget what we do have. I couldn't find anything with that exact quote, but I felt the one above worked just the same.
So my "double blessings" are thus :- my supportive and loving future husband, my beautiful labrador Toby, and my affectionate cat, Star. I'm healthy (aside from a niggly sore throat and a snuffley nose), I've not got alot of money in the bank (in fact at the moment I'm in my overdraft! Whoops!) but I'm comfortable, my bills are paid, the heating is on, and there's food in the cupboards and I have god knows how many channels to find nothing to watch on. I've got a steady and secure job, good friends who will be there for me no matter what. My family are also in good health and generally we all have a pretty fair standard of living. I own my own car, I have numerous electrical gadgets, a wardrobe full of clothes and shoes (nothing to wear though, obviously) and drawers full of make up. Actually when you put it all down like that, it doesn't look so bad after all does it :)
What are some of your "double blessings"?
Ps I recognise this is a bit of a random post for me, but that quote was something I really wanted to share, and I thought it followed on frm my previous post nicely, just in a different way.
Thursday, 10 January 2013
Doesn't January seem like such a long month? Christmas and New Year are well and truly over, the sales are reduced to the bits and bobs that have been picked up and left behind, and the bank balance is looking decidedly low, yet there's still much more month left after the money! January can be a sad and depressing time for many people, as the reality of the money and debt accumulated over Christmas finally comes home to roost, it's still dark in the mornings and evenings and by now all the good diet/healthy lifestyle intentions appear to have gone out of the window. So, I wanted to inspire you with some thrifty ideas to get you through to the end of the month.
We all like a good fashion pick me up, but shopping is probably the last thing we should all be doing right now. I don't know about you, but I have the worlds biggest washing and ironing pile that I only occasionally reach the bottom of, but when I do I always discover a little gem I've forgotten about. Try tipping your washing/ironing upside down, and starting from the bottom for a change, and re-discover something you may have forgotten about.
How many times have you quickly slicked on nail polish before going out only to find it chipping less than two hours later? As your now broke, your not likely to be going out for a couple of weeks, (and your probably detoxing/dieting/starving yourself) so why not spend Friday or Saturday night having a good old pamper, with a soak in the bath and a full home mani and pedi. And don't give me that rubbish you haven't got any nice bath bombs/bubble baths etc. Spend a Sunday afternoon having a good old clear out of your bathroom cabinet, and again, rediscover what you had forgotten you had! I did this the other weekend and found so many samples I had not realised I had got! There's also loads of places on the internet that will give you home-spa ideas that can be made from items you probably have in your kitchen cupboards.
Re-discover your inner bookworm. I hear so many people saying that they just don't have time to read anymore, and I'm exactly the same. Without even realsing it, some days, I've spent an hour catching up on my bloglovin feed, an hour on pinterest, an hour watching TV, an hour cooking and eating my tea and before I know it, whoops its bedtime! I'm making a conscious effort to try to read for at least half an hour a day where possible. I used to be such a big reader, but my boyfriend bought me the most beautiful set of Twilight books for my birthday which I haven't even started! If you are a reader, I'm sure you've got lots of books that you just haven't got around to reading yet. If not, try it! My partner isn't a big reader, but he enjoys autobiographies of sports personalities he is fond of, or you could try a book based a film you enjoy. Most people have a local library within easy reach of them, and many are now open on Saturdays and allow you to renew online or return your books via a safe box when the library is closed (to avoid those costly fines!) Reading is the ultimate cheap/free activity. Its a great thing to get your kids into as it helps them in every area of their education, and many libraries are not the silent stuffy places they used to be, and have noisy children's sessions in them instead. If libraries really aren't your thing, books are very cheap in charity shops and often start at around 20p. Bargain!
Sunday, 6 January 2013
Instead, I'll just settle for a bag!
Do you ever wear dresses over jeans?
Thursday, 3 January 2013
I didn't get that many smellies this year - and surprisingly nothing from Lush, which means I can just go buy my own with my Christmas money! I love Lady Million, and the Sex and the City set is nice, I especially like the miniature perfume bottle to go in your bag. Its really long wearing too! The Pandora charm is an aeroplane, and the heart ornament says "To The Best Auntie Jen" on it.