Wonderful Wednesday #3

I'm bringing you this Wonderful Wednesday from the comfort of my warm and cosy bed. G is next to me and we're having a little jam session. He bought a new phone this week and has free Deezer for three months, I'm enjoying his little playlist - well some of it, half of the songs I have never even heard of!

Anyway, shall we get down to it?

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Mutual Feelings

I had a little bit of an emotional evening on Saturday. Loneliness is not something people of my age should experience but unfortunately, we do. Well at least I do. I am guilty of not making enough effort with the friends I do have and I don't put myself in situations where I could potentially make new friends either (paranoia and lack of confidence really isn't a great friend magnet).

However, after finally arranging a breakfast date with one of my best pals Christine, I discovered that she too felt kinda the same way. It's always nice to feel like you're not the only one having certain thoughts or experiencing certain things.

This didn't give me those warm, fuzzy feelings but I did feel a little relieved, like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

The Girl Gang

More specifically, the Girl Gang chat on Monday. Jemma hosted a rather brilliant chat about body confidence. It was so lovely to see people complimenting themselves and others. Confidence is such a big issue amongst many men and women, we need to learn to love what we have and compliment ourselves more often. 

The Perfect Blouse

Oh Florence and Fred, you really are just hitting every single clothing spot right now aren't you? As if the grey and rose gold striped shirt wasn't enough, you had to force my hand on your clothing rail again. On Sunday, I was doing my usual manic dash around Tesco, trying to pick up some bits for my lunch, when I spotted the mother of all blouses. Without even hesitating, I flicked the hangers to find my size and shoved it in my trolley. I know you want to see how pretty it is and you can do so here. Uhhhh, those florals.

Closet Cleaning

I have been putting off tidying my closet for a very long time. I don't have a door on it so it's not like I can just hide the mess. It's there when I choose an outfit, when I turn over to fall asleep. There's just no escaping the mess! 

On Saturday, I thought it was about time I tackled it. I put on some tunes, made myself comfy on my bedroom floor and just took everything out. Pillows that were no longer in use, a facial sauna that has only been taken out of the box once, clothes that, as hard as I may convince myself otherwise, will never be worn again. There are still a LOT of things in the closet but those things are now all neatly arranged. Ahhhh, it really is true what they say - tidy home, tidy mind. 

P.S. I'm selling a few of my clothes on Depop. A lot of them have only been worn once, I'd love it if you could give them a new home! 

That's all for this week! How has your week been? Don't forget to share your lovely #wonderfulwednesday moments with myself and the rest of the gang* on Twitter

In 100 Words | The Auburn Lock

Last Christmas, my Nan bought me an online creative writing course. I've always loved creative writing and English was one of my favourite subjects at school (until A Level Literature completely ruined me). 

One of my goals in life is to write a novel. A proper novel, front to back, beginning, middle and end - the real deal. However, I've always struggled when it comes to finishing a story and tend to waffle on throughout the middle of the plot, never reaching a conclusion. 

So, I'm setting myself a little challenge alongside my course. Once a month, I am going to write a piece of fiction and post it here on Blooming El. I've set myself a limit of 100 words and although it might not seem a lot, it puts pressure on me to find the right words and *hopefully* lowers my chances of waffling. 

These short pieces of fiction will allow my creative mindset to flourish, improve my writing ability and extend my vocabulary too. 

Without further ado, I present to you my first miniature piece of fiction... 

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The Auburn Lock 

As the wheels of Joanne’s car embraced the tarmac below, a loose strand of hair fell from her shoulders, wrapping itself around her forearm. She flicked the strand to the passengers side, noticing how it danced with the wind that crept in through the open window. 

As she turned her eyes to the road, her mind wandered past the emerald trees and stumbled upon the events of the last twenty four hours. The auburn lock danced across her face and pirouetted out of the window, snapping Joanne back to reality. Just like the strand of hair, Joanne was finally free. 

Now don't be shy, tell me what you thought, what you really really thought! The best part of posting my fiction on here is that I can receive feedback - good or bad, what I can improve on, what words may have sounded better. If you want to share your thoughts, comment below or tweet me (@eleanoraustin). I don't mind criticism, so I'd be very grateful! 

Fancy taking part in the challenge? Share your works of fiction on Twitter and use the hashtag #in100words. I'd love to see them! 

Wonderful Wednesday #2

Happy hump day all! Another week has flown by and it's time for my second installment of wonderfulness! 


The Moon

We've had a lot of full moons recently and oh my, aren't they just beautiful? I went to pick G up from work the other night and I was greeted at the end of my road by a glorious, glowing moon. It was such a pretty sight but unfortunately, as I was driving I couldn't capture it but at least it's safe in my little old memory bank! 

Crackerbreads

I always plan my lunches out week by week. Unfortunately, when you're on a budget you can't allow yourself to have spontaneous lunch trips to the local Costa and have to settle for packed lunches. My chicken rolls and packet of Quavers were just not tickling my taste buds, so when I did my weekly shop, I tried to look for something different. I picked up some Crackerbreads, some tuna and a cucumber. What a marvellous combination! Not only was it scrummy but I had fun putting them together on my lunch break! 

Piling on the pounds!

For those of you who have been reading my online words for a while, you may be aware my Nan has been very ill. My dear Nanny Shelagh has lost quite a lot of weight, due to operations and the aftermath of those ops, and has been finding it difficult to build up her strength. However, this week I received a lovely little text that went something like this...

I'VE PUT ON 1.7KG'S !!! WAHOOOOO!! xxx

It's been tough, on both her and our family, but I'm very proud of her for finally putting on some weight, I just hope she continues to pile on the pounds because it'll make her stronger and hopefully make her feel that little bit better. Donuts and chocolate fudge cake all round!

Future planning

I've been struggling to find my place in this world lately. I'm unsure of what I want to do with my life and it's really getting me down. Me and G have always said - well I've said, I think he just goes along with whatever I want to do - that we didn't want to live in Hertfordshire for the rest of our lives but I had assumed this move would take place in about five years time. 

However, after realising that life is too short, nobody really knows what they're doing and we should just do what the heck we want to do, I came up with the idea of saving for a year and then just renting a place somewhere else in the UK for a bit. We can both find new jobs, set up a little humble abode and just experience a new environment. York is on the top of my destinations list, whereas I think G quite fancies Edinburgh, he completely fell in love with it when we visited in June but who says we can't do both?! There aren't many opportunities in our little town and I think the change of scenery will be good for the both of us, plus we love a little adventure! 

That's all for this week! I think my Wonderful Wednesday's are going to be short but sweet. How has your week been? Don't forget to share your lovely #wonderfulwednesday moments with myself and the rest of the gang* on Twitter

Wonderful Wednesday #1

Ever since I first laid eyes on Sally's blog and read one of her #wonderfulwednesday posts, I knew she was on to something. Celebrating the small things and being grateful is something I am very fond of. Finding the good, the lovely, the wonderful in everyday life is an activity that everyone should take part in! 

Recently, a few other bloggers have teamed up with Sally and are documenting the lovely things that have been happening in their lives through a Wonderful Wednesday post, and I thought it was about time I joined in! 

Here are a few things that have been making my week extra lovely!

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My Own Bed

For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you would have seen that last week I was in Fuerteventura. Now whilst being on holiday is absolutely fabulous, there is no better feeling than returning home after a long flight and sliding in to your own bed. The sheets welcoming you back in to their soft, comforting arms. The pillows embracing your weary head as you stretch out to find the perfect position. Ah, isn't that just the best feeling?

Returning to New York City

Once you return from a holiday, it's only natural you start thinking about the next one. Right? Fuerteventura was supposed to be mine and G's last holiday as we are saving for a flat. However, life is too short and when your Mum and her partner say YES to a trip to the big apple, you have to go. I went to NYC on a school trip when I was 18 but I'm excited to return and have free reign on what we can do, where we can eat and where we can sleep! 

Kings of Leon

A few years ago, my heart broke when I heard KOL were splitting up. Well, at least I thought they were. Maybe they did...who knows? All that matters is that they have returned and my little heart won't stop fluttering! I absolutely adore Kings of Leon, they are one of my favourite bands and seeing them at Hyde Park a few years ago will remain as one of the best moments of my life. I've already had a listen to their new song Waste a Moment and I am loving it. I cannot wait for them to release their new album, it'll be the first thing I buy on payday. Eeek!

Making Goals

When I returned from my holibobs, I decided I needed to make a list of goals, for two reasons: 1. I love making lists. 2. Setting goals gives me something to work towards and makes me feel like I'm doing something productive with my little life, for once. Last year, I wrote a list of goals and tucked them away in a drawer. A few months later I found the list and was so surprised at how much I had achieved! This time round, the list includes things like: pay off my credit card, pay off my NYC trip, start to save for mine and G's little humble abode, sign up to a few leisure courses at one of my local college's. Although it may take time to achieve each goal, it will be a great feeling when I finally get to draw that little tick!

What has been making your week extra wonderful? Do you take the time to celebrate the little things in life? Don't forget to share your #wonderfulwednesday moments on Twitter with myself and the rest of the gang - Sally, MichelleKateJo, Helen, Cat, Sam, and Kerri

My First James Villas Experience

Myself and G love to explore a city or two. However, we thought it was time we had a holiday in the sun. No subway stations, no tour guides, just sun, sea, and sand! After browsing many holiday sites, we decided to have a look at James Villas. The idea of having our own pool and own space to cook really appealed to us.

I thought I'd share with you my thoughts on my first James Villas experience!

Villa Lara Corralejo James Villas

Booking 

The James Villas website is really easy to browse. We chose to filter our search by choosing a villa where a car wasn't essential. There's something about driving on the wrong side of the road that makes my skin crawl! We also filtered our search by private pool and location.

Once we had settled on Villa Lara in Corralejo, we phoned James Villas to confirm our dates and they booked it all for us. They did ask for our flight number but as we chose to book the villa before our flights, we gave them the dates we were flying out and who we were flying with instead. We also arranged for a James Villas rep to visit us on the second day of our holiday.

We received our booking confirmation by email and a few weeks before we were due to travel, we were sent an information pack via email too. This held all the details for getting to the villa, collecting the key, and what to do at the end of our holiday.


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Arrival 

Each villa may differ from one another. However, with Villa Lara it was really easy to get the key. We used the code which had been sent in our information pack and opened the security box to get it.

In the villa, there was a James Villas folder with information regarding the local area, the villa itself, and useful telephone numbers. The folder came in very handy when trying to work the dishwasher! We also had a look in the cupboards and found some James Villas board games, perfect for families with children who get bored easily!

On our second day, we had a visit from Claire, our James Villas rep. Claire spent around 10-15 minutes with us, talking us through the local area, activities, restaurants, and the options for the last day. Claire reassured us that herself and another James Villas rep were available 24/7 if we ever needed anything during our stay.

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Villa Lara

Villa Lara sleeps six people so it was a little bit big for just the two of us. The villa definitely needs a thorough clean and a few touch ups here and there. However, it's in a great location for exploring Corralejo - the back gate opens right on to the beach!

The pool is a decent size and it was so nice to have it all to our ourselves! It wasn't heated but the sun helped warm the water a little in the afternoon. The kitchen is a little on the small side but if you were planning on eating out every evening then it wouldn't be a problem.

Would I stay again? Probably not, we're not big on returning to the same place, unless it's super special! (New York in May, woo!)

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Check Out

On our last day, we had to check out at 10am to give the cleaners enough time to prepare the villa for the next guest. However, as we had a late flight, Claire had recommended that we visit the Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort and use their free luggage facilities.

The resort was only a short walk from our villa and you could use their pool or relax on a sun lounger free of charge. The resort definitely made our trip home a lot easier, I'm very grateful that this was arranged for us.

I'd definitely recommend checking out James Villas for your next holiday. There are plenty of options available, from Orlando to the Canary Islands, 4 people or 10 - whatever holiday you're planning next, there is bound to be a villa that suits your needs.

Have you ever used James Villas? What was your experience like? Comment below or tweet me @eleanoraustin