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20.1.18

Little Loves #3

Read

Over the last year I have started to read my own Oracle cards. I absolutely love it and am really interested in it and in developing. 
I am planning on writing posts about it once I feel ready. 
This week I did my cards, usually only selecting 3 but instead feeling drawn to 5 and I felt they were really relevant for certain areas of my life.
I also bought my second pack of cards too this week. They are a little more simple than the other cards I have...giving direct and simply answers but I felt really drawn to them when I bought them so I'm hoping they work well with me.




Watched

I love watching Helen Anderson on Youtube. I've definitely changed when it comes to the style of videos I enjoy and the people I like to watch. Helen seems to tick a lot of the boxes of what I enjoy, she is also local to me so I obviously support her because of that.
I also love how she is just herself, and I really respect and admire that about her. I love her personality and along with that....her tattoos! 
I loved this video this week where she explained the story behind her most recent tattoo.


Heard

I spent Wednesday doing a lot of housework and had this sudden urge to listen to Ellie Goulding. I haven't listened to her for ages and absolutely adore her voice.
This song will always be a firm favourite of mine.


Made

I successfully made a Toad in the Hole this week! I was delighted....especially as both the boys ate the lot! 
My oven is a bit pants in this house and for Christmas my mum treated me to a worktop oven. It's amazing as I can now cook things properly and after my boyfriend made us Yorkshire Puddings a couple of weeks ago it gave me the push to attempt Toad in the Hole.
I also made a big batch of Chilli which was amazing. I put loads of vegetables in it to make it a bit healthy and to fill it up a bit. 
I also made a batch of Bolognese too. A successful week really!


Wore

We went out on Monday and I didn't realise the weather would be soooo pants...it meant I managed a sneaky visit to New Look to buy myself a hat. At £5.59 it was a reasonable price and matches my Khaki coat. A good find!

And lastly...

When I sorted out my bedroom on Wednesday (still a work in progress) I was delighted to finally find my missing Kindle! It has been "lost" for well over a year....as have both of the boys Kindles. I found one of theirs with mine but we still have one missing.
I'm delighted as I wanted to take it on holiday with me in April.
Would love some recommendations for books. One of my all time favourite books is The Little House by Phillippa Gregory and I have been trying to find something similar to that but so far haven't done very well. The search continues!

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat


19.1.18

The Material Aspects of Ending a Long-Term Relationship

Breaking up with someone is never easy, and the situation can get even messier when you’ve been together for a long time for various reasons. It’s not just the emotional side of things either – you also have to deal with various logistical issues that can make things even more complicated. When you’ve made the difficult decision to pull the plug on the relationship, you must be prepared to deal with the additional issues that will present themselves almost immediately. Having a contingency plan for this is never a bad idea, even if you’re feeling confident and happy in your current relationship.
Organize Possessions Now, Before It’s Too Late
A long-term relationship usually means sharing many physical assets, exchanging things of value and other similar acts. This can make things very messy when you need to break up, especially if you realize that half of your prized possessions are in the other person’s apartment.
It’s not any easier when you consider the opposite option either, as having to return items of value means having to get in direct contact with the person you’ve just broken up with. Opening fresh wounds is far from a good idea when dealing with a situation like this, so make sure that you deal with any items that might have to be exchanged as soon as possible. Even that old hoodie of yours can cause a surprising amount of problems.
Take Care of the Financial Matters
If the relationship was even more serious, you might be looking at things like shared bank accounts and other financial assets. This is where things can get really complicated, and knowing how to close a joint bank account well in advance can save you from a lot of headache.
Some banks can make the process slightly more difficult than others, but the standard procedure is always the same. Knowing how it goes can never hurt, especially if you have a larger number of assets that you share with your significant other.
Cancel Any Subscriptions You Use Together
And on that note, you should also think about smaller details like your Netflix account, Spotify subscription, and so on. Couples share these all the time, and it’s often understandable that the main owner of the account is going to want to keep using it for themselves after the relationship is over, but it’s good to communicate this in advance.
In some cases you have no choice – such as if the account is in the name of one person, but the other is paying the subscription bill. You’ll need to ensure that there is no confusion over who gets to continue using the account, which can get a bit more complicated if both partners want to retain their customized profiles or something along those lines.

People usually don’t look at the material aspect of ending a relationship until they actually have to deal with that, and by that time, it’s much more difficult to get an objective overview of the situation and act calmly. Familiarizing yourself with the common details that you’ll have to face is not being selfish, it’s just a sensible thing to do.

17.1.18

My Word for 2018

Although I've always liked the idea of having a certain word to live by and to influence your life and help guide you I'd never really managed to pin a word down really and felt I tried to hard.

Whilst writing other posts which revolve around looking back at this year and looking forward to next year one word kept jumping into my mind and I gathered it was for a reason. 

That word is...


It is safe, and somewhat shameful, to say that the last year or so I have been incredibly lazy. I have buried my head in the sand about a lot of things and let my life, my surroundings and everything else get a bit messy.
I have no real routine in any area of my life and I think that it not only affects how I live but obviously affects the boys too.

And I need to change that.

So my word and my focus for this year is going to be routine.
To start I am going to have a massive declutter and sort out in my house. I feel this way I will be able to keep up with a simple and easy cleaning routine and won't let everything build up as it does right now.

I don't use my time wisely or make full use of my time at all, I put things off and small jobs become bigger and bigger until it almost becomes unmanageable. And lets face it, people manage to keep houses clean and tidy easily so I am seriously lacking in house and life management.

It's now the 17th of January and so far I have failed at this word. 
My house is at the unmanageable phase....which is great seeing as I have a house inspection today and now have to have a mad panic tidy. 

However, yesterday I did a big food shop. Rather than a grocery order online I went to the supermarket and made sure I really shopped around. I do find that I spend less most of the time when I actually go to a supermarket...this isn't always the case but I had a clear idea of what I needed and for the first time in two years I actually have cupboards full of essentials and a freezer full of essentials too. 
I love having things in that I can just throw into a pan and make a quick, healthy dinner and for so long I haven't done that. Instead opting for takeaway. 
I think doing my shopping how I have will help me to stay on top of meal plans and to cook my own meals, and to continue having big food shops rather than the odd food shop every night.

Today I will tackle my bedroom and I am determined to stay on top of it. I will have a full declutter, throwing away unnecessary crap that I really don't need.

Cleaning and tidying is probably top of my list to sort and I will set myself the promise of putting together a cleaning plan. 

I also want to set myself a routine when it comes to mediation, doing my Oracle cards and looking after myself. 
The gym has completely gone on the back burner recently....which is awful to be honest.

If I arrange my life a little better I will create more time to blog, read and generally live a better life.

I don't want to put too much pressure on myself, but I do know I am lazy and I do need to change my ways. 
Desperately.