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23.2.18

Little Loves #8

Read

I've tried to find some new blogs to read. I've fallen in love with Birds and Lilies, the blog style is beautiful and I've really enjoyed reading her posts.
I also absolute adore the photography and style of Lilypad and Bow.

Watched

Friday was a complete and utter write off. I was really really poorly with a sickness bug. The boys did an amazing job of looking after me, and we sat and watched The BFG...I say that, I kept falling asleep but the boys sat and watched it. From what I saw though it was amazing. The effects were incredible.

I also caught up on Real Housewives of Orange County and Trauma. Trauma was good although I think part of me felt like there was a little something missing at the end. Like it almost wasn't resolved properly. It felt like a massive build up and then.....Oh.

Heard

I actually listened to a really interesting Podcast this week on Acast. It was the Secular Buddhism Podcast with Noah Rasheta. The episode I listened to was ‘We don’t need to change ourselves’. Although the sound quality was a bit rubbish I felt really inspired by it...which you’ll see in the next couple of weeks as it has inspired a few blog posts.

I also heard that my best friends are having a baby girl! I am so excited and am trying my best to stick to my rules and to not buy outfits until she is here.

Made

We had a steak dinner on Wednesday night. At Christmas I made a cauliflower, broccoli and sprout cheese and made this again to go with the steak. I added peas and some onion salt and it was absolutely delicious. I made enough for me to have some on Thursday night too!

Wore

A new tattoo. It's been a while since I had my sleeve worked on and I am determined to get it finished this year.
I have the most painful areas left on my arm now which is why it's taken me a while to grow the balls to get it done.
I got a tortoise added and I absolutely love him. It was 2 hours of OUCH but really worth it.

And lastly…

Despite buying Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and not yet starting it I have purchased two more books this week and can’t wait for them to be delivered.
I ordered The Buddha in Me, The Buddha in You by David Hare and then happened to come across ‘In a Cottage in the Wood’ and felt gripped by the description. I’m hoping it’s going to be one of those quick, easy and ‘can’t put down’ types of books.
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Selling Your House Quickly

When I separated from my ex husband the biggest thing for us to go through, other than the divorce (which was pretty straight forward) was the house sale.
If I remember correctly the house was on the market for 3-5 months.

For me, needing to sell my house quickly was a necessity, and I do feel like I managed it really well, and wanted to give some of my own tips on how I coped and managed with the sale.

Remove the emotion

Moving house can be an emotional time as it is. When it is due to a divorce it is somewhat harder, especially when moving from a home you owned to a rented property.
I found it easier to cope by removing the emotion. By not thinking about the memories (good and bad) in the house and instead looking at it as a building. That's all it was, a building that we slept in.

Declutter and be ruthless

It was when we moved house that I realised we had a lot of stuff. Just, stuff. Not loads of practical items but things that we didn't need to keep. Although it was tiring and a big job, it felt really rewarding when taking bags to the recycling tip and filling up the skip we hired.

Be realistic 

This is mainly in terms of price, and the condition of your house. It's so easy to see what other houses are selling for in your area and to think about what you paid for your house originally, and to then put a price in your own head of what you think you should put your house up for or of what you should accept.
For me, I had to be realistic when it came to our house. There was a few bits of work that needed to be done. In particular a new kitchen and a new bathroom and I knew that these would be a big consideration when it came to what we put our house up for. I was realistic in knowing that actually, if these had been updated or were in a better condition/more modern we could have added £20,000 to our value. 
Although we could have updated these before the sale to add value, we wouldn't have had the funds to do so and also didn't feel it completely necessary. Instead choosing to be realistic about whatever value was placed on the house.

Have support

I couldn't have done the house move without my mum. She was my absolute rock during the whole process. I didn't feel comfortable enough or emotionally stable enough to do any of the viewings and my mum, the absolute star, did all of these for me. 
I also had a friend who was an Estate Agent and when it came to getting an offer he was really supportive in helping me when it came to getting an offer (even though the agents he worked for didn't sell our house). 

Start packing before you have an offer

I think this helps in quite a few ways, not only for a quick sale and move, but also when it comes to taking away the emotion. Seeing boxes and organising your belongings is an easier way to accept what is happening and to see the reality rather than to think of or be reminded of memories. 
I felt like the whole process would have been even harder if I'd only started the packing process once we accepted an offer. Along with working, and having the children and needing to find a new house to move into and so on, packing as and when I could made the process a whole lot easier.
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16.2.18

Little Loves #7

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I finished my book! I can highly recommend Close to Home especially if you are into your detective stories.
I almost missed the twist at the end....always read the epilogue! I almost didn't and therefore would have missed what happened! I really enjoyed it and will definitely buy Cara Hunters second DI Fawley book when it is out in July.
I followed the crowd and bought Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I did um and ah about it as I do tend to prefer a detective story but after Close to Home I thought of maybe going for something a little different.
In all honesty......I'm not sure how I am going to do with it but worth a try, especially given all the good reviews about it.


Watched


Half term and showing the boys that we can get Youtube on our tv has meant I have discovered DanDTM. They watch him non-stop!

Heard


I've been listening to the Blood Brothers soundtrack a lot again recently. We had some really sad news on Sunday and for some reason this song has become even more relevant for me at the moment. It was Lyn Paul who I have seen sing this song at the theatre the previous two times I have gone and she will be there again when I go and watch in May. Her voice is just stunning. This is the only version I can find on Youtube but you get the idea. Even through watching this you can see how amazing she is with the emotion. Look how quickly she switches it on. Amazing, talented, beautiful woman.


Made

For our Valentines meal this week we had Oysters from our local Fishmongers, as well as Jumbo King Prawns and Scallops, then had Chicken breast wrapped in Italian Ham with mash and a stuffed mushroom. 


Wore


I haven't actually worn these yet but I did buy them this week from TKMaxx. I am into Crystals and their healing properties and absolutely fell in love with these. Harry was actually the one who found them and I was super impressed that he was aware of my love for Crystals, as it's not something I really try to push them into.

And lastly...

On Sunday we went to Norfolk to see my boyfriend for a bit. He was on call with work so we were limited with where we could go but we went to a lovely garden centre and then went out for dinner. I got some devastating news about a family member whilst there and couldn't have been any more grateful to have my boyfriend with me who, without even trying, managed to keep me strong and we ended up having a lovely afternoon and evening.




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