Little Loves #11


I'm still reading 'In a Cottage in a Wood'. It is really good but I've not been able to dedicate the time I've wanted to into reading it. I'm hoping to have finished it by next week.
I love the way it is written and at the moment it is really unpredictable. I'm really hoping it's going to be worth the build up.


We watched Piers Morgans Life Stories at the weekend. I don't watch every one of those, just the ones where I know or like the guest. This weekend it was Jim Davidson and we were laughing so much. We both said that we have always wanted to see him in the theatre so the next day I booked us tickets for his show in July!


I've been listening to my Timbaland album in the car this week, and introducing the boys to his songs.


I made a creamy steak tagliatelle this week. I wanted steak but wasn't in the mood for potatoes so instead opted for this. 
I made the sauce myself using Creme Fraiche, parmesan, and black peppercorns. Then added it to the tagliatelle and some sliced steak. 


I had my lashes done this week. A friend of mine wanted models for Russian Lashes and I jumped at the chance. With two holidays coming up I don't really want to wear make up if I can help it but also want to look a tiny bit decent for photos. I am so pleased with these.
I also had some more tattoos this week. I'm not far off my sleeve being finished now so had a few little filler bits done, a hot air balloon (which has always been on my tattoo bucket list!).
I had a crown done last year with the boys initials and asked them to choose a flower to fill the gap around their initials. They chose tulips and buttercups which was lovely for me as they both had memories to go with each flower. And they are also flowers that I personally love and had pinned on Pinterest a while ago.
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And lastly…

I finished work after my boyfriend yesterday and came home to a cooked dinner. It was so lovely and after a tough day and an emotional few weeks it was lovely to have someone else do the cooking. I was so excited to get home to him as I usually am but yesterday felt even more exciting. He is a good'un. 

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Sundays #3

I always used to enjoy reading Charlottes 'Weekend Posts' and it's something I've wanted to take inspiration from for a while. Particularly since being with my boyfriend as my weekends aren't spent all lonely by myself wondering what to do.
I work every Saturday so my alternative to a weekend post is to document my Sundays. Sometimes its just a lazy day but I am now trying to make more of an effort, even if it is a home day I try to at least make it special by making a good breakfast or having something really nice for dinner.
Ahhhhh Mothering Sunday. 
The Sunday we all wish, and hope, and pray for a day of peace, quiet, rest and well behaved children.
Of course this is the one day they will do as I ask and stay in bed past 7am. That they will listen to the request of staying in bed as long as they can.
.......6.30am they are downstairs, and I accept that any form of a lay in is out of the cards. 
It was rather sweet. I opened my bedroom door to find my present, however I walked past it more wanting them to hand me my gift.
I came downstairs to the smell of coffee. They'd made a coffee for me and my boyfriend (albeit a bit strong but the effort was massively appreciated) and I opened my lovely cards from them and opened my beautiful Buddha head.
I wanted to watch some classic Disney. Dumbo wasn't available on Sky Movies so we opted for Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Did you know that Angela Lansbury is now 92??!! Aged gracefully and absolutely beautiful. 

I made us all a little breakfast of sausage, bacon and toast (and mushrooms for me and my boyfriend) and then we all got dressed, and Harry handed me the badge he had made me to wear that day.
I quickly popped into my mums to give her her card and the two candles I bought her then we headed over to Norfolk, basically for a long drive and to help my boyfriend out with something.
On the way back we stopped off at Morrisons Cafe for a coffee and cake and picked up some bits for dinner. My boyfriend managed to get some reduced cooked chickens so that was our roast sorted! 
I let the boys choose some new pyjamas and Harry pick some trainers and then we drove home. 

The boys were bathed, and I decided to look online to see if Jim Davidson was on tour in our area this year. Nothing showed up so I thought I would look at local theatres to see if there was anyone interesting coming up. 
Then I saw that he is in Great Yarmouth in July, two days after my boyfriends birthday, so I bought us tickets for that. I'm really excited as I've grown up watching Jim Davidson on my tv and find him really funny so am looking forward to that. 

We all ate our roast and the rest of the evening was pretty dull and uneventful, other than doing my Oracle Cards. This time I meditated and spent some time running a question through my head, but the cards didn't seem to refer to that so I'm wondering if they are trying to get me to focus on something else and to tell me that the question I was asking was irrelevant or unnecessary to my life....or something I needn't worry about. 
It didn't unsettle me but it's made me more aware of what my cards have to offer.



Little Loves #10


I am really into reading my oracle cards and although I always accept the cards I get, this week I had cards I really needed to see.
Infact, 'Hello from Heaven' appeared twice for me, both on seperate occassions and I always make sure my cards are well shuffled and picked at random....I usually close my eyes.
These brought me a lot of comfort on a particularly hard week.
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I watched Save Me after seeing so many people rave about it. I couldn't really get into it, but will try again with episode two. I do feel like possibly it is a little predictable and am hoping my initial thoughts are wrong.


I'm back listening to my Aerosmith album in the car.
Steve Tyler singing Dream On....my ears absolutely love it.


Criptic and annoying (however probably really clear at the same time haha) but I made some big decisions this week. Something which in turn has made me feel a little sad but something that, for my own happiness and mental health, I think needs to happen. When you live for almost a year with a certain aspect and area of your life that is affecting your home life and despite making worries and so on aware and clear to those in need, and nothing changes, you know it's time to move on.


Our schools World Book Day was postponed because of the snow...three snow days for us! It was rescheduled to yesterday and I am so pleased with my boys outfits.
Charles went as the Captain of the Titanic, and Harry went as the Lost Puppy.
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And lastly…

This week was really exciting as I got to work with Rebecca Cousins. A full review will be coming soon. Rebecca is an NLP practitioner and Timeline Therapist. We had a session on Tuesday and I felt absolutely amazing after it, and there were things we touched on there already feel settled in my mind and I no longer feel how I did before.
I have another session next week and will be working on things we went over today whilst I am at work.
Rebecca is so lovely and has been amazing support for me this week when I really needed someone.

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Travel Bucket List | Canary Islands

I've been thinking about my bucket list a lot recently and rather than having one massive bucket list I decided to break it down and to have it in certain sections. The easiest one being a 'Travel Bucket List'.
I've been really lucky with holidays as a child and as an adult. Having been on 3 cruises I have visited a lot of places and although just for one day it is amazing to be able to say I have been there. And it's also a great taster to be able to see whether or not you would want to go back for a mini break or a weeks holiday.
When I started to put together my Travel Bucket List I realised again that it would be easier to then put those in Subheadings. With some exciting holidays coming up this year and a boyfriend who has the travel bug and the desire to discover as many countries and see as much of the world as possible.
First of my subheadings is the one I have managed to so far tick three places off, soon to be four.
I've always had a soft spot for the Canary Islands and I think that's the main reason visiting all of them is quite high on my bucket list.


I've visited Tenerife three times now and it is one of my favourite places to holiday. I've been around the same area each time I've gone. As I've been three times it's now not top of my re-visit list, however, I would love to go and to stay in another area to explore different sites on the island.
Next time possibly staying at Los Gigantes. We stopped their for lunch the first or second time I visited and although it was just a short visit I really fell in love with it and have always wanted to go back to explore some more. Maybe even going on a boat trip along the coast to see that view of the island.
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From Google:
"Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, off West Africa. It's dominated by Mt. Teide, a dormant volcano that is Spain's tallest peak. Tenerife may be best known for its Carnaval de Santa Cruz, a huge pre-Lent festival with parades, music, dancing and colorful costumes. The island has many beaches (with sands from yellow to black) and resort areas, including Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas."

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria was the first Canary Island I ever visited, back in the early 90's. In fact it was the first holiday abroad I ever went on with my parents, brother and my nan.
I've got such fond memories of this holiday. Of my nan posing on a rock and my brother splashing her, her laughing and calling him a "little 'orror'". Of spending hours in the pool. Of laying on my front floating on the pool seeing how long I could do it for and an old man coming over checking I was ok because he thought I had drowned.
Of my first crush on one of the entertainment team, Jake, who had the hairiest blonde legs I've ever seen. Dancing with my dad and then getting embarrassed as a lady was watching us and was saying "awwww so sweet". Dancing at the kids club every night and being allowed to stay up to watch a Drag show.
Of walking around the pool with my brother late at night and a worker being there cleaning out the leaves. We asked if he spoke English and his reply was "a liddle liddle liddle bit".
Gran Canaria does seem to have changed a lot since I visited all those years ago and whether or not it is somewhere I would now want to revisit, I don't know, but I'm glad it's already ticked off my list.
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From Google:
"Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. It's known for its black lava and white sand beaches. Its southern beaches include bustling Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico as well as quieter Puerto de Mogán and San Agustín. In the north, capital city Las Palmas is a major stop for cruise ships and duty-free shopping. The island’s interior is rural and mountainous."


I visited Lanzarote in 2011. I was 26 weeks pregnant with Harry and Charles was a year and 8 months old. It was very windy and we had issues with the hotel we booked, resulting in us booking a second hotel and being moved within an hour or two of arriving.
Despite the wind and hotel disaster I would revisit but only if it was a super cheap deal. I didn't get to explore the island as much as I wanted to. We were limited due to Charles' age and my baby bump, and therefore did miss out on excursions and certain aspects of the island which we may have enjoyed.
I think with Tenerife being such big competition it had a lot to live up to and wasn't going to do that. However, I do believe in second chances so maybe one day will go back there. 
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From Google:
"Lanzarote, one of the Canary islands off the coast of West Africa administered by Spain, is known for its year-round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape. Timanfaya National Park’s rocky landscape was created by volcanic eruptions in the 1730s. Cueva de los Verdes has caverns formed by an underground river of lava. East-coast resort Puerto del Carmen is home to whitewashed villas, beaches and dive centers"


In just over 5 weeks time I will be ticking Fuerteventura off my list! I'm so excited. It is mine and my boyfriends first holiday together which it super exciting in itself. Just spending a full week with him is enough to make me happy but with the added week of chilling out and just relaxing.
Whether or not we explore much of the island we don't know as yet. I think it will be a case of see how we feel the week before and whilst we are there. We might hire a car for a day or two or see if we can get a bus up to the top end of the Fuerteventura so we can take a boat trip to a smaller island.
I've always wanted to go to Fuerteventura so I'm happy that I am finally going.
From Google:
Fuerteventura, the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, sits in the Atlantic Ocean 100km off the north coast of Africa. It’s known primarily as a holiday destination due to its white-sand beaches and year-round warmth cooled by constant winds. The multitude of beaches that wrap around it are interrupted by cliffs and sheltered coves. It's popular for water sports, especially surfing, windsurfing and waterskiing.

La Palma

My boyfriend went to La Palma last year and after seeing his photos it has really made me want to go.
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From Google: 
"La Palma is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. Its rugged, forested terrain is dotted with volcanoes like Teneguía and Cumbre Vieja. The island's capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, is a port town with narrow cobbled streets and houses with wooden balconies. The Caldera de Taburiente National Park has a huge crater-shaped formation and is covered in pine forest and cut by waterfalls"
Sounds perfect right?!

La Gomera

Probably one of the least well known of the Canary Islands, La Gomera looks absolutely stunning. Prices aren't as cheap as other Canary Islands but it looks well worth the price and a visit!
From Google:
"La Gomera, the second-smallest of the main islands in Spain’s Canary Island chain, is marked by craggy volcanic mountains crisscrossed with hiking trails. In higher altitudes, dense forests of ferns and moss-covered trees grow in the mists of Garajonay National Park. Toward the coast, the Valle Gran Rey canyon leads past the whitewashed cliffside village of La Calera and ends at black-sand Atlantic beaches."

El Hierro

Again, like La Gomera, El Hierro is another of the lesser known of the Canary Islands. Looking on Google it is exactly the type of terrain I like. I have discovered that I have a thing for Volcanic islands. There is something so beautiful and interesting and I definitely think I prefer that sort of landscape than any other.
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From Google:
El Hierro, nicknamed Isla del Meridiano, is the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, with a population of 10,162. Its capital is Valverde.



Sundays #2

I always used to enjoy reading Charlottes 'Weekend Posts' and it's something I've wanted to take inspiration from for a while. Particularly since being with my boyfriend as my weekends aren't spent all lonely by myself wondering what to do.
I work every Saturday so my alternative to a weekend post is to document my Sundays. Sometimes its just a lazy day but I am now trying to make more of an effort, even if it is a home day I try to at least make it special by making a good breakfast or having something really nice for dinner.

Today was a Sunday without my boys and without my boyfriend. The boys were with their dad and my boyfriend was on call with work so was an hour and a half away, so I had plans to relax, do some blogging, read my book, wash my hair, and have a really big tidy up of my house.

When I first woke up I went and made myself a coffee, and checked to see if Charlotte had given birth over night, or if she was in labour. I've followed Charlotte's blog for years now, and obviously now her Youtube channel, and am so excited for them all for the new arrival. I do find myself constantly checking for updates.
I sat and wrote out a couple of blog posts scheduled for next week. Finishing the first of my Travel Bucket List posts, and writing another two. Whilst I did that I watched some Youtube videos, mostly loving Helen Anderson.

My internet was a bit temperamental so it took me a lot longer to write my post than I hoped.

I then had a two hour bath (which turned out to be practical as I sorted my Pinterest boards and felt really successful after doing that), a hair wash, a sort out in my kitchen and my lounge, and spent some quality time with the tortoises. I let them do some free roaming around my lounge which was lovely. Oh, and I caught up with the rest of Celebs Go Dating.

The cats basically followed me around pretty much all day, any room I am in, they go in.
I made myself some wraps for dinner and then settled down on the sofa for a while before going to bed to have my hour to two hour long phone conversation with my boyfriend.

An uneventful but relaxing day, much needed after the stress of a snowy week.


March Movement #HTMFmovement

I've followed Gemma, How To Make Friends, for a couple of months now and find her really inspiring. Last week one post in particular really inspired me to get involved and after such a positive response Gemma has now made this a monthly Movement and has opened it up to all sorts of platforms.
I really liked the idea of making the pledge on my blog and documenting it, as I do with my Yearly Promises.

About the #HTMFmovement:

What is it?
I am encouraging you to make way for all your ideas and dreams...with a spring clean. You are going to detox your mind of things that don’t serve you for instant happiness and freedom. This can be anything from toxic memories, people or habits.
What do I need to do?
Simply pick 3 things that have been causing you unhappiness, stress or negative vibes and banish them from your life. Things like; comparing yourself to others, unsupportive friends or clutter. Get rid of it all!

Check out Gemma's post to see how you can get involved.


I'm giving up...

Unproductive evenings

I really don't make good use of my time. You know when you lay on the sofa, tv on, phone in hand, and by the time you know it it is 11pm and you've not actually watched anything and instead you have searched the whole of the internet.
Instead I pledge to make the most of my evenings by:

  • Blogging/Writing
  • Reading
  • Doing my Oracle Cards
  • Meditating
  • Learning about Crystals
  • Mediumship
  • Watching a film
  • Light housework. I don't want to do anything that's too much in the evenings. I really need to learn to be more productive in the daytime so that my evenings are free to relax or just do light housework.

Unsupportive friends

I think the older you get and the more people you meet, the more you learn about peoples behaviour the more you learn who you really need in your life, and in what capacity.
I think when I separated from my ex-husband and got my job I was so overwhelmed with these new friendships that I embraced them all and wanted all of them all of the time. I did my best to make everyone happy, not actually thinking about myself. 
I was constantly seeing the good in people which, over time, I have realised isn't necessarily the truth and in fact people will at first make out that they are a certain way but soon enough this fades and the cracks start to show. 
So I have decided to let go of unsupportive friends. And actually the more I think about it, is maybe losing the label of 'friends' with a lot of people in my life.
Be it people I work with, people I am connected with on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, school mums. 
I guess I am learning more about what the term 'Friends' and 'Friendship' means to me and of what I do and don't accept when it comes to both of those.
It's been a real eyeopener, a really good one at that.

Saying sorry for things I shouldn't say sorry for

I have had two examples of this this week. Two fall outs that I would usually sweep under the rug, make excuses and come up with an apology for. Rather than actually saying "You upset/hurt me and this is why..." I would instead say "Sorry I have felt down so have disconnected myself..." Or "Sorry, but....".
This week I didn't use the word sorry, because I didn't feel like I needed to. And I feel stronger for it. Once prompted, I explained to those two people that I was upset for whatever reason but did not use the word sorry, because I shouldn't feel sorry for how I felt. Or for what I have gone through recently.

Overall. I am really pleased with my pledges and I feel that so far I have done so well in just three days.
For me, these are so personal so when it comes to your pledges and choices, there is no right or wrong.
I'm trying not to think about next months pledges just yet as I want to focus on these ones and confidently feel like I have succeeded. But I have some initial ideas and can't wait to see how this movement changes my life for the positive.



Little Loves #9


I mentioned last week about ordering two new books. They arrived really quickly and on Tuesday night I got started on 'In A Cottage In A Wood'. I was so tired when I started reading it, fighting to keep my eyes open but just wanted to at least make a start so I could hurry and get gripped. I thought I'd just read the one chapter but that then turned to two and I had to force myself to put the book down as my eyes were so sore. I'm so excited to continue reading it and am glad I took the risk and bought it just trusting the Amazon star rating.


This week I have binge watched 'Celebs Go Dating'. Two things....firstly. Nadia. MASSIVE girl crush. I think she is stunning and want her wardrobe. After stalking her on Instagram I was surprised to see that her clothes are mostly high street! Win!! Secondly....Muggy Mike. I don't get it? I don't get how women are so attracted to him? His attitude is horrid and my god, he is so boring and dull.
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Sad but straight to the point. On Sunday I heard that my nan had died. Two deaths in two weeks has been hard but I'm really comforted by my faith and it's helping me a lot. Also...my nan was 98 and a half. NINETY EIGHT AND A HALF. Incredible!!


I really fancied Enchiladas but knowing they would be too spicy for Harry I made my own. I made Chicken and Bacon and it was almost like a mix between Enchiladas and Lasagne I suppose. Both boys loved it which for something I just made up, was a massive success!


It was nail day again this week. My usual nail guy is on holiday for a month so I had my other favourite lady do them. I had a rough idea of what I wanted...I'm usually incredibly indecisive so picking colours is hell. They brought over frames with a variety of new colours....NIGHTMARE....however I immediately saw the colour I wanted on my accent nails. A beautiful, thick, glittery pink and I knew I wanted an almost nude/blush pink too. Who knew there were so many varieties?! It didn't take me too long to pick those and I am SO pleased with the finished result. 

And lastly…

I am Blogger of the Month for Bella and Bear. I have reviewed their products before and absolutely love them. The quality is fantastic and it is all so pretty with a beautiful traditional, floral design. 
To celebrate being Blogger of the Month I have a code to use to get 15% off products for the whole of March. To take advantage simply use the code SFWHOW15.

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