16 October 2016


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^^Image: one of my little watercolour garlands^^

Whenever I sit down to write these posts I feel so calm and content because remembering all the things you have enjoyed or been grateful for in one week is such a lovely exercise. One thing I certainly haven't been grateful for this week is how cold I have been! On Thursday I think I moved around the building at work most of the day, trying to find a desk where I could feel my fingers again! I used to be the person that was always over-heating, but not anymore!

Only one more working week until half term comes along and Joe and I pack ourselves up and head to Cornwall for one whole week of relaxation, a bit of indulgent food and lie-ins by the sea. I have never been more ready to escape the everyday grind as I am right at this moment.

Lets jump in to the things I have been most grateful for this week:

:: Cozy evenings of colouring in. I mentioned, several blog posts ago now, that I had gotten into mindfulness colouring books. I thought it would be one of those fads that I tried and never did again, but I honestly love it. I encouraged Joe to have a little colour one night this week, or maybe it was last weekend, but he also loves it and we plan to take our colouring books (!) on holiday. With life being so very manic and somewhat stressful at the moment, doing this completely clears my mind. I am going to get a couple of the Lorna Scobie books off of Amazon this weekend too, as I like the variety of the pictures. If you don't follow her on-line anywhere you should definitely check out her Instagram if you like very cute animal pictures/watercolours.

:: Sweet and salty skinny popcorn. On my higher carbohydrate days I can have treats like this and discovered this only this week and love it. I know it is not nutritious or voluminous, but it is seriously yummy and feels like a proper treat these days!

:: Dark chocolate dipped in tea. As I sit typing this I am dipping my daily allowance of dark chocolate in my tea and it is so good I had to report it!

:: Seeing conkers lying on the ground; a true sign of autumn being here.

:: A surprise bunch of flowers. My lovely mum decided to buy me a bunch of flowers this week and drop them off into work for me. A colleague delivered them to me and they made me super happy. This was followed up by me arriving home to a card from her too, filled with words that really lifted me up. Thanks monkey!

:: A beautiful angel reading. If you have read my 'About Me' section, you will know already that I believe in guides and angels. Yesterday I had another reading (it's been a while) and it was the best one I have ever had. So specific that it left me all light and inspired at the end.

:: A wander around the garden centre. Today we finally went to the one of our favourite places to kill half an hour... the garden centre. They had all their Christmas bits and bobs in and it was lovely to spend some time looking around, planting the little seeds of festivity again!

I hope your weekend has been a fantastic one... if you are looking forward to the school holidays, like me, then hang on in there, just five working days to go peeps! 

12 October 2016


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It dawned on me at work the other day just how many absolutely ridiculous thoughts I have flying around in my skull during the day. I started to list them out and suddenly found myself giggling at how bloody daft I would seem if these things could be seen by other people, like speech-bubbles coming out my head. I thought I would celebrate my hideousness by popping a list of things on here for you all to read. The deal is that you have to tell me which ones you think about too and then tell me at least one other one! Deal? Okay...

1:: I wonder if Gizmo (our cat) is okay.
2:: When will someone invent calorie free cake?
3:: Is my nose shiny?
4:: I'm so cold.
5:: I hope Gizmo's not too cold.
6:: I must text Joe/mum/random-person-I-haven't-text-in-ages.
7:: Is it hot in here or is it me?
8:: Man, I'm ravenous.
9:: I should do the lottery.
10:: Maybe Gizmo's collar is stuck under her leg again and Joe doesn't know.
11:: Is it time to eat yet?
12:: Wow, I am so sore from training!
13:: I wish I was painting in my little office right now...
14:: What if next doors cat is sleeping in Gizmo's box and she's getting cold/wet somewhere?
15:: I need a nap.
16:: Why is my hair falling out?
17:: Am I looking older?
18:: I need a hug.
19:: I fancy a burger.
20:: I can't wait to get to the gym.
21:: How many macros are in a biscuit?
22:: I can't eat biscuits.
23:: Where are my almonds?
24:: I can't believe The Bake Off is going to Channel 4, what are they thinking?
25:: What a great job it must be to present The Bake Off...
26:: I really need to buy more plants for the house.
27:: I wish I could pin things on Pinterest for a job.
28:: What Snapchat filters are there today?
29:: Why can't I look like that Snapchat filter all the time!
30:: I need a bloody good sports massage...weekly. Why can't I afford that?
31:: I haven't drunk anywhere near enough water today.
32:: I hope Gizmo's water bowl is clean...
33:: Did I take my supplements this morning?
34:: Crap, I haven't watered the plants!
35:: How long is it until Christmas?
36:: ...Christmas biscuits....Christmas chocolate...  
37:: Is it too early to watch a Christmas film?
38:: I feel so bloated.
39:: Why can't we wear onesies to work?
40:: I wish I had some rice-cakes with me, I love rice-cakes.
41:: If I was at home I would put the kettle on and do some colouring in.
42:: What goes on in a cats head?
43:: I really want some Chelsea boots.
44:: Do I have my phone charger... yes I do, thank God (I rarely use it anyway!).
45:: I wonder if there really are parallel universe? 
46:: Shall I just have a quick look on the Mac website to see what lipstick I want next?
47:: I cannot spend any money this month.
48:: Why does vitamin B smell so bloody awful?
49:: I am so hungry, my tummy hurts.
50:: Shall I book that sky-dive? What if the parachute doesn't open? It probably will open though...

There you have it... crazy thoughts from a woman who is clearly as mad as a box of frogs! Your turn...

*Image sourced from Pinterest*

6 October 2016


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September arrived and departed so fast I had to check it even happened! Work has been the busiest ever, it is getting so much darker in the mornings and colder at night, which just makes the days harder to start! But, we are now into October, one of my favourite months of the year. I love the changes in the seasons and think we are so fortunate in the UK to be able to witness such beauty within nature. The colours, the low mists, the winter sun rises/sets, the trees becoming skeletons of their summer-selves and all the wonderful winter food and hot drinks to comfort the soul... who couldn't love autumn/winter time?

For now, let's look back at September, crazy month that it was...

:: I am most proud of...
What I am most proud of this month is my hubby's amazing new album, which is coming out soon. He puts so much work into his music and is extremely dedicated and talented; I envy him in so many ways for how much commitment he has to every single second of what he does. After months and months of hearing him repeatedly playing the same song parts over and over again, and tweaking this part and that part and asking me my opinion on whether some volume or other should be higher (I never know by the way...I am rubbish!) he has finished the album. I should say they have finished the album, as it is not just Joe's work, but he is the reason it gets turned into an album and I admire his dedication massively. If you are interested in hearing some of the music you can find the band, Minus Cube, on iTunes, Spotify or check out their website of course!

On a selfish side-note: I am also very proud of my weak little arms because I can finally do full tricep press ups! Hooray! I mean, I do have to drop my knees down towards the end of a set but I am so proud of myself for achieving that mini goal!

:: During September I have been most grateful for...
Sunday morning lie-ins with a hot cup of tea and some gardening programme or other playing in the background and amazing podcasts that inspire me to just keep going, despite September being one of the hardest work months I have had in a long time. I listen to podcasts to and from work and whilst I do artwork as they really help my head stay in a positive state. Without this input I reckon I would get down so fast. (If you are interested in an updated list of my favourite podcasts please let me know in the comments and I will do a separate post for you guys).

:: I have spent the month listening to...
All sorts! I put all my old Bryan Adams albums onto my phone recently, so have been enjoying them (mega BA fan over here, I'm not even sorry). I have also had Mumford and Sons playing on Spotify too.

:: I have spent the month reading...
Not much I'm afraid. I have dipped into a few business-related books here and there but have felt too tired to read! I have just started reading the new Gabby Bernstein book 'The Universe Has Your Back', and will try and talk more about that in a blog post soon.

:: I have been watching... 
Old DVD box-sets of Mistresses, the BBC series from a few years ago. I have had endless artwork to scan, so I threw this on and have been loving it! I highly recommend it if you fancy something girly, sexy and gripping. I have also been indulging in Wolf Hall, which was shown on TV recently, but ticks my 'Tudor' obsession box in a big way! Joe and I have also binge-watched the BBC series 'People Just Do Nothing', which is bloody hysterical! It is one of those series that you just have to take for what it is but it cracks us up :-) 

:: Looking ahead to the month of October I am hoping to release...
Some of the fears I still have around progressing with my business and just getting on with what I need to do, completely free in the knowledge that it makes me feel great to do it and it is the right thing for me to do.

:: I am looking forward to...
Heading off to Cornwall for a few days break. We last went away (for a holiday) in February and we couldn't be more ready to do it again. For me, going away means a few extra treats too; something that fills me with a little anxiety, after having worked so hard to lose weight, but also fills me with excitement to have a few goodies. I am thinking fresh Cornish fish and chips, a pasty at The Eden Project (kind of a tradition for Joe and I) and maybe some cookies too. As you guys all know, Cornwall is like my spiritual home, both of ours actually, so I cannot wait to get there, get unpacked and hear the waves on the beach whilst we drift off to sleep. Heaven.

:: I am setting goals to...
Complete one business objective a week. This may not sound like much, but little steps are better than no steps at all right? Progress of any description is still progress! I am also going to be working on some artwork that I can give away nearer Christmas time as a free download to my lovely blog readers, so stay tuned for that.

I hope October brings you all lots of good things. Do you feel excitement in the air at this time of year like I do? Comment below if you do!

2 October 2016


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October is here! Autumn is creeping in (and so, unfortunately, are the spiders... with one particularly big one making itself a little too comfy on our bed on Friday evening...gross!).

There is just something about October that makes me smile. I seriously love this month so much, in-fact, I am celebrating it by doing a daily photo challenge on Instagram if you fancy joining in! Click here for the post with the themes!

What has been the highlight of your week? I have had such a busy one that I haven't done too much outside of my usual routine, but there is always something to talk about and feel grateful for, so let's do this...here is what I have been grateful for this week:

:: Last Sunday, whilst mooching about in Holland and Barrett for cacao powder, as you do, I let out a small squeal of delight as I discovered a particular brand of protein bars I have wanted to try for ages, Quest bars. I have heard that they are delicious and low in carbs too, so when I saw them I grabbed two. I bought the cookies and cream and cookie dough flavours and they were both super yummy, especially considering their low sugar level. I think the cookie dough one would top it, if I had to choose but, yay to Quest bars! I think Grenade ones are still my favourite as they are a little sweeter, but they also contain higher amounts of carbs, so that is probably why. It's the small things sometimes people!

:: A new book purchase from Amazon arriving in time for a Saturday night read! I am really into books about intuition, allowing ourselves to just 'be' within the world/universe and spirituality at the moment. Having read 'Black is the New Light' recently, by Rebecca Campbell, and adored it (I mean seriously adored  it!), I went hunting for books along a similar subject. I saw the new one by Gabrielle Bernstein, titled 'The Universe Has Your Back' and jumped on it immediately. I shall let you know what it's like soon!

:: One of my favourite songs ever is a Bryan Adams song called 'Please Forgive Me', which is a soppy one (just to warn you) but I love it. This week, whilst listening to Spotify, I stumbled across a version of this song which stopped me in my tracks! It is so very beautiful. It is a version recorded live with a full orchestra and the strings just make the song so much more wonderful.

:: Sunday morning onesie snuggles. Yep, you heard it right, the onesie is out and I am proud! We are kind of refusing to put the heating on just yet, but we sat quite happily in our fluffy suits (that sounds a bit dodgy huh?!) whilst we had tea this morning!

:: Funny desk presents. This week there have been great discussions at work about the need for a school dog (how amazing that would be!). I was doing some kind of 'crazy-cat-lady' waffling on about wanting to get a cat I could name 'Muggle' and when I arrived on Thursday morning there was little Muggle, sat on my desk, with his little comb and collar on. It really doesn't matter that it was a childs toy, it cheered me up no end! Thanks CB, you eternal nut job!

:: Tights. I have just dug out the good old tights! One of the many reasons I love this season: snuggly tights, scarves and knits! Bring it on weather, I'm ready!

I hope you have all had a fab weekend guys and girls, let me know what your highlight has been in the comments! Don't forget I post on Wednesdays too - did you see last Wednesdays post?

28 September 2016


I have a confession to make. 

I want some dungarees. 

Am I having some kind of mid-life crisis? Maybe, maybe not, but either way, I may get some, or a dungaree dress at least, just for fun! Actually, I could probably get away with the dress with a cute pair of boots and a stripey, long-sleeved, t-shirt, better than I could the 'proper' dungarees!

I know I am a 35 year old woman, but I suddenly have the urge to rock this look and have been 'pinning' merrily away recently and window shopping on-line recently to find something that could be worth the investment. Today I thought I would share some of my favourites I have seen on-line and also some of the inspiration I found on Pinterest too! Let me know what you think (but keep your Rod, Jane and Freddy comments to yourselves please!).

*On a side note, I went shopping last weekend and overheard a teenager saying to her mum 'mum, you'd look super cute in these dungarees, like a decorator!'. It'll definitely be the dress then!*

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^^I probably could never get away with rolled up dungarees and heels but I love the look! My go to autumn/winter style is warm bobble hats, stripes and red lips, so I am half way there surely? Picture taken from Pinterest^^
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^^Cosy knits. pastel colours and un-done hair... heaven to me. I loved putting this mood board together. It says 'Sundays lounging around at home' to me without a doubt. Image from Pinterest^^
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^^ I honestly think I would wear this. Thick tights, ankle boots and a chunky cardigan (and a bobble hat of course!). For an older age group I think this is more acceptable, what do you think? Image from Pinterest^^

25 September 2016


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Welcome to another edition of Sunday's regular post... Weekly Gratitude!

Honestly, I really enjoy noting down all the little things in the week that make it special or make me smile. There are endless little Gizmo moments I could list every week, but I assume that would be totally dull to you, so I won't mention them, but she is super cute and makes me smile every single minute! I may have included one Gizmo moment below... one's okay right?!

Let's jump in...

:: Sugar free jelly. When you count macros and you find something you can have a couple of times a week as a treat, it has to go into the weekly gratitude list! I feel about five when I'm eating it, but it is so gooood!

:: My new Van's. I have wanted some slip-on Van trainers for years as everyone says how comfy they are and how long they last. I finally made the purchase the other week but, as my usual size was too big, I had to wait for a new pair to arrive. I would recommend going down by half a size if you are looking at getting some too. 

:: Berry lips. As soon as it felt a little autumnal I cracked out the dark nails and berry lips! I miss them in the summer time! Check out my latest YouTube video to see my favourite berry colours in my MAC lipstick collection!

:: For one special night this week (because it was cold out) Gizmo spent the night curled up on our bed. I honestly adore having her there. I can only imagine that the feeling I get having her in all night is how my mum used to feel when I didn't go out clubbing on a Saturday and she could rest in her bed knowing I was all snuggled up and licking her toes... oh wait, that's the cat, I didn't do that! :-)

:: A fab podcast! I had a message from Gemma last weekend, recommending a new wedding industry podcast, called 'She Creates Business'. I always find that recommendations are the best as you can spend hours trawling through various things before stumbling on a good one! I have binge-listened to all of the episodes so far because, as you know (if you have been around here for a while), I am trying to launch Leaf Lane Studio asap, my wedding stationary and paper product company. Episode one of the podcast was all about stationary too, so right up my street! Thanks Gemma <3

:: Surprise sunflower delivery. On Thursday I received a beautiful (huge) bouquet of sunflowers... one of my favourite flowers. Sunflowers = happiness. Thank you CB, you didn't have to do that but they are very much appreciated x

:: Early morning sunrises. I leave for work at 6.30am and on Fridays I head out to the gym at 6-6.15am. I adore the autumn weather for sunsets and low, still mist and fog. It is a very short, but oh-so-beautiful time of day and it is made even more magical by how quiet it is. Just the sound of nature and a few passing cars. Heaven.

What have you been enjoying this week? Share in the comments if you fancy a chat, it means such a lot to me when you guys comment. Have a fab new week <3

*Image from Pinterest, original from Billabong*

23 September 2016


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It's been a long time coming, but I have finally done what so many people have asked for and recorded a 'Mac Lipstick Collection' YouTube video (featured below!). I figured I would do a short post about it here also, as I quite enjoy being 'enabled' by other peoples collections, so here I am enabling you guys too!

I was seriously late to the Mac lipstick band wagon because I only bought my first ones right before Joe and I got married in 2015. I wanted something as a treat and something pretty long-lasting and special, so I purchased my first lipstick, Impassioned. I actually got two shades when I ordered Impassioned because, you know, you may as well (more about that in the video).

I am going to list the shades I own below grouped in the finish they come in (along with a short description of the shade from Mac's website)) - keep scrolling down to see swatches on a plain white background also!

Lustre finish - semi-gloss finish with buildable, lightweight coverage
:: Syrup (cloudy pink)
:: Lustering (outspoken pink)
:: Plumful (blossoming rose-plum)

Matte finish - creamy, rich formula with a high colour pay-off
:: Kinda Sexy (neutral pinky-rose)
:: Mehr (dirty blue-pink)
::Tropic Tonic (full power coral)

Cremesheen - creamy formula with a comforting feel; medium buildable coverage, semi-glossy finish
:: Fanfare (mid-tone yellow pink)
:: Crosswires (clean pinky-orange)
:: Party Line (red-toned plum)

Amplified Creme - creamy, smooth formula with a bold colour pay-off and full coverage
:: Craving (burst of plum)
:: Impassioned (amped-up fuschia)

Retro Matte - intense colour pay-off in a long wearing formula; completley matte
:: Relentlessly Red (bright pinkish-coral matte)

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