Wonderful Wednesday #42

I didn't skip a Wonderful Wednesday, Blogger just decided to delete #41. The temptation to switch to Squarespace or Wordpress gets stronger every day. 

Maybe I'll do some website research on Friday...when I'm at home...on my day off. YES LADIES AND GENTS, THAT'S RIGHT I HAVE A THREE DAY WEEKEND. Can I get a HELL YEAH? I cannot wait. 

Shall we get on with the wonderful? 


Billy Ray Cyrus

Whenever my brother gets in my car, he snaps up the aux cable and torments me with his music. However, I was pleasantly surprised this week when he started playing 'Achy Breaky Heart' by Billy Ray Cyrus. We had a little jam in the car and I loved every minute of it.

Dinner with a View

It's been ages since myself and G have had a day or evening off together but we always like to have at least one date night a month.

As we've been to SO many food places, I asked my Dad for recommendations and he suggested The Three Lakes at Westmill Farm. The view was gorgeous and the food was superb! I'll definitely be heading back there soon!

Top 5 Tips for Keeping a Bottom Drawer

A bottom drawer, for those of you who don't know, is a place where you keep everything for your future. It used to be a place for women to store household linen for their future marriage. I've had one since I met G and that was four years ago, what used to be a bottom drawer has now turned in to a bottom closet! 

We have plastic boxes upon plastic boxes and they're getting so high that it's limiting the amount of clothes we can hang on the rail. I cannot wait till we have our own place and I can finally get some wardrobe space back! 

I thought I'd share with you my top 5 tips for keeping a bottom drawer, just in case you're thinking of starting one...


1. Leave the Big Items Till Last 

I feel like this is an obvious one but unless your bottom drawer (or closet) is the size of a garage, you probably want to save the microwaves and sofas till last. Get all the little bits out of the way, then once you've found a place, you can measure everything properly and start searching for the perfect three piece suite! 


2. Keep an Inventory 

There has been several occasions where I've said to G 'oo let's get this, we haven't got one' to which he's replied 'babe, we bought one of those ages ago'. Memory like a sieve, I tell ya. 

To stop more events like this happening, I put together a little inventory. It's on Google Sheets so I can access it wherever I am. I split it in to rooms as I felt this was the easiest way to keep a track of things. We can now see what we've bought and what we need to buy!

I did create an inventory template but I'm not a computer whizz and couldn't work out the best way to share it with you all. If you'd like a copy, just get in touch and I'll send it across!

Wonderful Wednesday #40

How am I on number 40 of these posts already?! It feels like only yesterday that I joined the #wonderfulwednesday crew, oh how time flies when you're celebrating the small things! 

 Happy August guys! (I know, I can't believe it either). Shall we get to it? YEAH LETS. 

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Surprise Bargains

I spotted this jumper on the New Look website a few weeks ago but it wasn't available in my size.

On Sunday, I popped in to town for a little mooch and among the New Look sale rails, I found the jumper! It was the only one left, it was in my size AND the label said it was £10 but when I got to the till it was only £6, absolute bargain!

I'm thinking the jumper would be perfect for our little Welsh retreat at the beginning of October. I'm also after a new raincoat come parka come warm coat, so if you have any recommendations please send them my way! 

Being Organised

If you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that I spent most of my weekend sorting through everything myself and G have bought for our future home.

I took everything out of our closet, took photos and made a note of each item in a cute little spreadsheet. I was surprised at how much stuff we actually have, it really is only the big stuff left!

It was a tiring job and I wish I had done it sooner but at least I know where we're at. Plus I won't be buying duplicates now!

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I'm currently sat on my bed, listening to JP Cooper (absolute babe), the sun is bouncing off my open window and I'm whatsapping two of the best girls in the world (I'm looking at you Hopwood and Le Roux)

This is probably one of my favourite Wonderful Wednesday posts I've written and not because of what's in it but because I've thoroughly enjoyed writing it and everything else that is going on around me. 

Shall we #crackon? (I'm still not over the fact Love Island is finished). 

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A Good Sleep 

Oh my. I had the most amazing sleep on Saturday night. If you've seen my Instagram, you'd know that I've been working outside of my normal 9-5 and whilst I don't really do that much, it's still tiring. 

After work on Saturday, I chilled with G, watched a few episodes of Power (seriously, you need to start watching it), then we shut the blinds, closed the curtains and had the best nights sleep. I definitely needed it! 

The Sky 

This week, I realised that I really love taking photos of the sky, especially in the early evening. Every time I've looked up, or on my way home, the sky has just looked so bloomin' beautiful. 

Magic FM 

I'm a sucker for classic 80's and 90's tunes and Magic FM delivered the goods on Monday. I was alone in the office, which meant I had full control over what I listened to. Normally, we stick Capital on but the repeats get a little annoying after a while. I chose Magic and busted a few moves in my chair to Simple Minds and Mariah Carey. 

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Good morning! I am currently laying in bed, waiting to get up for work and finishing off this week's wonderful list. 

There seems to be a heavy weather theme this week! Shall we crack on? 


A Beautiful Sunset 

For the next two months or so, I will be working occasional nights and weekends to complete some of our filming in time for September. I enjoy being on shoots but giving up my Sunday was a bit of a struggle this week.

However, my hard work (I say hard work, I just sit there and shout lines at people if they get them wrong) was rewarded by the most BEAUTIFUL sunset on the way home from Henlow. The sun, a burnt orange, sat in the middle of a blue, pink, and purple sky. 

I am a little gutted that I couldn't snap a picture (the above photo was taken a few days before) but at the same time, it's quite nice that I can keep the image all to myself (and the rest of those on the motorway). 

R&B Party Starters

The above is the name of a station on Google Play Music and I am LOVING it. It features TLC, Ne-Yo, and my favourite jam on the playlist 'Give It to Me' by Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, and MR JT.

A Peek Inside Our Scrapbook

My first scrapbook was a large A3 book, with pages of multicoloured craft paper inside. I used it to document a Pontins trip that both of my Nans had taken me and my brother on. 

I tore pages from my journal and stuck them next to 6×4's that I had waited to be developed. I still have it and I pull it out of my crowded closet every now and then, just to take a look and remind myself of how times have changed. 

Memories are now recorded digitally. Instead of printing photos, you Instagram them. Instead of writing a journal, you tweet or write a blog post. 

scrapbooking for adults

When I got with G, I knew I wanted something to record our special moments. Something concrete, that couldn't accidentally be deleted. 

I bought a small scrapbook from Hobbycraft and gave it to him on our first Valentine's day. I filled it with song lyrics, letters and the odd receipt from date nights. 

Then, we got the travel bug and our memory scrapbook reached a whole new level!

Date night receipts turned in to boarding passes, love notes in to attraction tickets and song lyrics became souvenir coins. Gareth also started taking over the scrapbooking and I have to admit, he is much better at it than I am! 

Wonderful Wednesday #37

I can't believe it's Wednesday already! I always feel that if I have plans at the weekend, the week seems to go just that little bit quicker. Does anyone else find this? 

How have you all been? What's been a'happening in your neck of the woods?

I have been feeling a little stressed this week. My shoulders are super tense from driving to Birmingham on Saturday and my eye has started twitching in the evening BUT there is plenty of good to outweigh the stressful, shall we? 

An Impromptu Picnic

On Sunday, whilst doing my weekly shop in Asda, I messaged my friend Georgie to see what she was up to for the day. We then arranged to meet and go for a little picnic! 

We spent the afternoon in Heartwood Forest, sat on top of the hill talking about relationships, friendships and future holidays and asking each other those VERY important life questions - Is popcorn the same as sweetcorn? 

Rain

THANK THE LORD, THE HEAVENS HAVE OPENED. 

I am so happy, like child-at-christmas-opening-new-toy kind of happy. I have been waiting for it to rain for so long. I just feel like it's been so #muggymike recently and I've been looking forward to the rain clearing the air a little.

All we need now is a little bit of thunder and I'll be one happy gal. 

Wonderful Wednesday #36

Happy Wonderful Wednesday all! I cannot believe we're in July already, this year is just zooming by and it almost doesn't feel real. It's as if this year is just a quick rehearsal before the big show or it could be that we're having so much fun, the time is just flying by!

Anyway, shall we get down to business? 

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Fresh Bread

You can't beat a slice of fresh bread can you? I enjoyed a large slice, coated in butter before my dinner yesterday and it was SO good. I may have helped myself to another slice after dinner too...

Being Productive

Even though I didn't get out of my bed till 1 o'clock on Sunday, I ended up being super productive. I cleaned the house from top to bottom, did a pretty big food shop, read AND commented on some blog posts and wrote a few of my own too! It felt really good to actually do something with my day...well what was left of it!

Saturday Night at the Movies

On Saturday, myself and G went to see Top Gun at Chesfield Downs. It was the first time Chesfield Downs had put on an open air cinema event and the first time that we'd been to one! 

The tickets were £12 each and included one soft drink and a bag of popcorn each. I thought it was a pretty sweet deal, considering it would cost you a lot more if you went to a standard chain cinema! 

We were one of the first couples to arrive, so we managed to bag ourselves a pretty decent spot right in the middle! 

We popped our picnic blanket down and made ourselves comfy (this included kicking our shoes off and using them as drink holders #geniusidea). 


The open air cinema was set on the driving range, with the screen centre stage, they had various food and drink options on either side. These included a Pimms and Prosecco stall, a bar, a BBQ and an ice cream van. I would have loved to have bought a big jug of Pimms but I doubt G would have enjoyed it much and plus, I was am always designated driver.

New York City Travel Diaries | Day 5 & 6

Our last full day in New York came around so quickly but with only a few things left to see, I think we'd managed to explore the city at a good pace. 

After breakfast, our first stop was the famous Flat Iron building. I think it's probably one of the best buildings in NYC, I'd definitely recommend taking a look if you're ever in the big apple!

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Wonderful Wednesday #35 | June's Moments

Blimey, is it that time already?! I had prepared a normal #wonderfulwednesday, then I realised it was the last Wednesday of the month and that I should be doing a juicy roundup of ALL the wonderful moments. 

Without further ado, I give you June's best bits...

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New York (and capturing that picture above)

I can't do a June roundup of wonderfulness without including New York now, can I?! We went at the beginning of the month and I've nearly finished my series of blog posts on the trip. We had such an awesome time and it'll be a trip that I'll always remember. 

The picture above is one of my favourite photos. I just feel like it captures every part of the city. 

Instagram Love

I had a little fan girl moment yesterday when Ellie Morag liked one of my photos. If you don't follow Ellie, she is a photographer based in Scotland and I ADORE her. Her work is awesome and her little instagram stories are so lovely! 

New York City Travel Diaries | Day 3 & 4

G and I ordered breakfast in bed the following morning, as we were super tired. New York City may be the city that never sleeps but we certainly needed to hit the hay!

After our slow morning, we walked The High Line. It used to be a railway track many moons ago, used for transporting cargo or something like that. Eventually, the cargo stopped coming so it was left derelict until some pretty cool guys came along and transformed it into a public walkway / park / sunbathing and event area.

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the high line america

Wonderful Wednesday #34

Happy Wednesday all! How have you been? Hot? Sweaty? A bit huffy and puffy? Yep, me too. 

Whilst I've moaned about the heat constantly, I do have some happy bits to harp on about so let's get to it!

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Fans Fans Fans

Well, it's just the one fan actually and it has been a LIFE SAVER during this heatwave.

New Hair

I got the chop and I'm actually really pleased with it! I wasn't expecting to go short when I booked the appointment but by the time it came around, I thought I needed a change! I loved having longish hair but when you don't do anything with it, it just kind of hangs there..looking all dull. 

Today is the first time I'm actually wearing my hair down. I've been sticking it up in buns and ponytails to try to keep cool! #whenwillthisend

New York City Travel Diaries | Day 1 & 2

Wow. I didn't realise I had SO much NYC stuff to talk about. After drafting one big ol' bulky post, I decided that it was far too long and thought I'd split it into sections. I'll also put together a little NYC tips and tricks style post but for now, here's what we did in New York on days 1 and 2!

If you've read my 'What I'm Looking Forward To' post, you would know that this wasn't my first time in New York. I actually visited the city four years ago as part of a school trip. Although I had fun the first time round, this time was definitely better! 

The weather was beautiful, blue skies all round (well eventually - we did have to endure one very cloudy can't-see-the-skyscrapers kind of day!) and I enjoyed sharing the city with G, my Mum and her partner Steve. 

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We arrived at JFK at about half 12 but didn't get to our hotel till three hours later *insert eye roll emoji here*. The traffic was an absolute nightmare, no wonder New Yorkers are constantly tooting their horns! 

Our hotel was really lovely and had those modern 'cosmo' kind of vibes throughout. We had a little rest, unpacked our stuff and then headed out in the early evening to Times Square for a bit of dinner.

We opted for Hard Rock Cafe purely because it was right in the centre of Times Square and we kind of knew what to expect. Once we'd stuffed our faces and the boys had tried a cocktail or two, we headed back to the hotel to get some rest for our first day in the big apple!

Wonderful Wednesday #33

Happy hump day and more importantly, happy wonderful wednesday! How are you all? Are you keeping well? I feel like I'm finally on UK time after coming back from New York and have been waking up at my normal time which is fab!

Do you know what else is fab? Celebrating the small things in our week! Shall we? 

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Food Glorious Food

hot sausage and mustard! 

This week has been all about the food. From lunch with G to mexican with Georgie, two birthday dinners and a Saturday morning breakfast, I feel like I've eaten out A LOT recently. I'm not complaining though, in fact I'm already looking at mine and G's dining options for Friday evening. 

OITNB

This show needs to be on all the time, or at LEAST twice a year because I just love it. G and I finished the new series of Orange is the New Black in two days and now we're a bit lost and unsure what to do with ourselves. 

Wonderful Wednesday #32

Long time no speak! How are you all? Sorry I missed the last Wonderful Wednesday but I was busy exploring the city of New York.

We've been back in the UK since Sunday morning and whilst I'm still feeling a little on the tired side, I thought it'd be best to get back in to my #wonderfulwednesday routine sooner rather than later!

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Shake Shack

We lost our Shack Shack v cards whilst in America and I couldn't resist getting one before we flew home. Oh em gee, their burgers are the best, their milkshakes are beautiful and their fries are just bloody amazing. It's fast food that doesn't taste like typical fast food - what more could you want? 

My* Own Bed

Returning home on Sunday morning and slipping in to *our own bed was the best feeling ever. No matter how fancy your hotel is, or how cosy your cottage is, you can never beat your own bed at home. 

Wonderful Wednesday #31

I'm currently in bed, listening to the birds chirping away, trying to put in to words how I feel about what happened on Monday and I can't. I just feel that at times like this it seems even more important to show gratitude, celebrate the small things, and find the beautiful amongst the wicked. 

Shall we?

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Lunch in the Sun 

Wasn't the weather bloomin' lovely on Monday?! I took advantage of the clear blue skies and drove to the local lakes on my lunch break. I went for a little walk then picked a spot on a hill and read my book in the sun.

I used to go for walks on my lunch break quite often but I tend to stop when it gets too cold. Now the weather is improving slightly, I think I might start heading out on my lunch breaks more frequently and if I'm honest with myself, I need the exercise!

A Spring Clean 

I finally tackled my closet (again) and put together another two bags for the charity shop. It always feels so good after you have a big clear out!

New York City | What I'm Looking Forward to

My first trip to New York was on my 18th birthday, I went with my psychology class on an 'educational' trip. I think we were supposed to be studying 'american culture' or something but I have a sneaky feeling the teacher's just wanted an excuse to do a hefty amount of shopping. 

There's not a lot of places I'd return to but as soon as I stepped off the plane, boarded the coach and saw the skyline, I knew it wasn't going to be my last time in New York and it isn't! In less than 10 days time, I'll be jetting off with G, my Mum and her partner Steve to explore the big apple once more.

New York City Skyline 

Here's why I'm looking forward to going back...

Family 

Going to New York the first time was fun (obviously, it's NYC!) but it was a school trip. It meant spending time with your classmates and your teachers and whilst that was great, it's not the same as sharing the experience with your nearest and dearest. As mentioned before, I'll be returning with G, my Mum and her partner Steve. This is the first time we'll be going away together and I'm so excited!

Wonderful Wednesday #30

I've just found out that it's around 32 degrees in New York and it's put me in panic mode. I knew it would be warm when we go but I didn't think it would be THAT hot. Some of you will probably be thinking 'what the feck is she moaning about?!' but you know what, you didn't just spend three months buying clothes that would go with a pair of Nike's and a good ol' pair of jeans. 

I'm just going to have to use what I've got and pray that the temperatures don't go above 20 degrees when we get there. In the meantime, let's take a look on the brighter side of this week so far...


JP Cooper 

Oh be still my beating heart. You know how emoji's have names, well the eye heart emoji should be called JP Cooper's voice. Honestly, Passport Home can turn my frown upside down in seconds. 

Rain

Another sound that's been making me super happy, is the sound of rain. I was in bed, battling my tonsilitis, and out of nowhere it just started raining. It only lasted a few seconds but it was rather lovely and makes me want a conservatory even more. 

Life Lately and a Visit to Blickling Estate

Happy Saturday! It's been a while, I missed my Wonderful Wednesday post this week and was gutted because I had SO many good things to talk about. Being ill really does take it's toll on you, I was sent home on Tuesday and just burst in to tears because I felt so off. I didn't have the energy to eat chocolate (I know right), let alone blog. 

However, I went to the doctor's on Friday, they told me I had tonsilitis and sent me home with a prescription for penicillin and it seems to be doing the trick, I feel more human already! 

blickling estate national trust

On the bright side, at least I got ill now and not in two weeks time when we fly off to New York (touch wood). I don't normally get excited till the week before we go away but I really just want to be on that plane. We have pretty much everything sorted, apart from our City Passes and those dollar dollar bills ya'll (so I watched Nerve this week and it was pretty good, if you're flicking through Netflix and can't find anything, Nerve is the one). 

Dairy Barns | Accommodation in Norfolk

Myself and G both love going away and always look for somewhere really nice to stay (wahey, I'm a poet and I didn't know it). When searching for accommodation in Norfolk, I came across quite a few B&B's and Hotels but they weren't really tickling my fancy. Then I found Dairy Barns and instantly fell in love. 

I have an obsession with barns, I plan to get married in one and it would be an absolute dream come true if eventually I could call a converted barn my home, so when I saw Swallows Nest, I knew I had to stay there. I quickly sent the link to G and within a matter of seconds, the room was ours. 

accommodation norfolk the dairy barns 
I say room, it was more like a mini house! In fact, if you installed a kitchen, a couple could live in the space quite comfortably. 

Dairy Barns B&B is located in Hickling, between the Norfolk Broads and the Norfolk coastline. It is a little bit out in the sticks. However, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants about a 10 minute drive away. You can be at Sea Palling coastline within a 5-10 minute drive and if you're a fan of the National Trust, Dairy Barns is only a 10 minute drive from Horsey Windpump

On arrival, we were greeted by Peter, the owner's Dad, he showed us to our room and went through all the little bits and bobs with us, including the most important, how to order breakfast!

Wonderful Wednesday #29

Happy Wednesday! It's the first wonderful list of May and I'm raring to go, albeit a bit sniffly!

Shall we? 

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Pretty Underwear 

If pretty underwear can't make you happy then what can? 

I picked up a few matching sets from George and I just love how fancy they make me feel. I know you should splurge on your underwear but when there's more important things to buy, like bread and washing powder (welcome to adulthood), I'm not really left with much choice. Luckily, the sets in George are super lovely and very affordable! 

Otrivine

This stuff is ah-maze-ing

Myself and G always make sure we have an Otrivine spray to hand because when that blocked nose comes a'creepin', it's the only thing that can make us feel human again. 

Wonderful Wednesday #28 | April's Moments

Hip-hip-hooray, it's Wonderful Wednesday! Not just ANY Wonderful Wednesday though, it's the last of the month which means a nice big, juicy round up of all the wonderfulness from the month of April. 

How is April treating you? I'm quite surprised at the lack of April showers we've had and feel that we've been quite blessed with a few lovely I-don't-have-to-wear-a-coat days here and there. 

Shall we?

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Hard Times - Paramore

I HAD to start this week's #wonderfulwednesday list with this because I just...GAH. 

You know when you used to listen to an artist like A LOT when you were younger and then they just kind of disappeared, then they're all like BAM WE'RE BACK, HERE'S A NEW SONG and it's like you have whiplash. 

Well, Paramore you gave me whiplash but I don't mind because the new song is awesome and I can't wait for your new album. If you have no idea what I'm on about, you can listen to Hard Times here

Walking

On Sunday, I got off my bottom and went for a little wander around Heartwood Forest in St Albans. I really enjoyed just having a mooch in the sunshine and I want to make more of an effort to go for a walk every now and then. 

I finished work early yesterday and instead of just cotching on the sofa for the rest of the day, I popped my big coat on and headed out for a walk around my local lakes. I got some fresh air, walked over 7000 steps and listened to another episode of Undisclosed. Perfect! 

Get Up and Go | Walking in Heartwood Forest

Going for a walk is one of my favourite things to do but as a girl who also loves her bed, I find it difficult to actually get up and go. I'll often make a verbal promise to myself that 'when I get home I will...' or 'at the weekend, I'm going to...' but by the time I get home, or the weekend comes around, I put it off, opting to sit on the sofa and search for wedding invitations for a wedding that I'm not even having...yet

However, on Sunday morning I found that motivation. It was difficult to find at first, I spent a lot of time 'uhming' and 'ahhing', telling myself that I can explore another time, that finding postcard RSVP's was much more important (lol, we're not even engaged)

After a quick Google search and a stop at the petrol station, I found myself at Heartwood Forest in St Albans. Earphones in, camera around neck, my hunt for the bluebells was underway...

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Bluebells at Heartwood Forest, St Albans.

Wonderful Wednesday #27

Is it that time already? Blimey o'riley! How was your Easter weekend? Did you spend it stuffing your face with chocolate and binge watching 13 Reasons Why? (We started watching this yesterday and I finally realised what all the hype was about). 

My Easter weekend was pretty quiet but I didn't mind that too much. I read some blog posts, watched a film, visited a garden centre and went for dinner with my partner in crime.

Shall we get on with the wonderful? 

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Hollyoaks Spring Trailer 2017 

Yes, I'm one of those. A rare species who actually enjoys Hollyoaks and has done for at least half her life. Hollyoaks is the only show that I've watched religiously and I just bloody love it. The acting might not be Oscar worthy but I love the story lines and the characters. They released their Spring trailer yesterday and OH EM GEE, SO MUCH DRAMA. 

A Perfect Asos Order 

I wanted to get some little bits for our trip to New York, so I spent several hours browsing Asos, clicking on that all important little heart icon. A few of the items I'd chose were a bit unusual for me but I bit the bullet and spent more money that I don't have but I kind of do because it's on my credit card and that's essentially free money right? LOLZ. 

My parcel arrived, along with a free packet of Oreos (if anyone from Asos HQ is reading this, I much prefer chocolate fingers or jammie dodgers, TA) and I'm pleased to say that I loved everything and didn't have to send any of my items back, SCORE!

A Confident Woman in Training

Ever since I was little, I've always been the quiet one. I remember being at a wedding and a relative of mine, who was a few years older than me, asked me if I wanted to come and play with some other children. I politely declined and continued sitting with my parents, too scared to join in, afraid that I wouldn't fit in, that I wouldn't be cool enough, too shy, too quiet. 

It seems that fear, that worry never really left and it stayed with me right through primary school, in to secondary school, and it's still with me now at the grand old age of 22. 


I was in an art class once, I didn't take it for GCSE so I think I must have been in year 8. The teacher had asked us all to gather round one table so she could talk about our task. I wasn't lucky enough to bag a seat at the table, so I stood behind a few girls. The lesson was straight after lunch and it had been raining, I unfortunately looked like a drowned rat. Also, I hadn't quite discovered mascara or tweezers, whereas other girls in my year had, so although I thought I looked like any other normal teenage girl, the girls more 'advanced' than me probably thought I looked hideous. Another girl from across the table looked at me and tried to whisper to her mates who I was stood behind 'ha look at Eleanor's hair'. The other two girls turned round to look at me and quietly laughed. 

Wonderful Wednesday #26

Bonjour! Hola! Good day to you! How are you all? Just two teeny tiny days till we get a lovely four day weekend. Other than a little outing to Cambridge on Friday for a bit of retail therapy which I totally cannot afford, I don't have much planned. I'm sure, whatever I end up doing, it will be full of wonderful things. 

Oh, speaking of wonderful things...shall we delve in? It's short and sweet this week!

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Podcasts

A while back, I jumped on the Serial bandwagon and it was the best thing I have ever layed my ears on. After seeing Michelle's lovely list of podcasts, I thought that I'd try and get back in to podcasts. G listens to sporty type ones nearly all the time and I really enjoyed Serial, so thought I'd see if I could find something else to listen to. I settled on S-Town, as this is put together by the same guys at Serial and This American Life. I finished it within a day, it was a really lovely but heartbreaking story and very weird in some parts. 

I'm currently listening to Undisclosed, which is another take on Adnan Syed's story. I had to listen to Serial again just to refresh my memory but on Undisclosed, they go in to so much more detail and I am loving it so far. I'm still unsure on whether I think he's guilty or not. What do you guys think?!

Wonderful Wednesday #25

Happy hump day! How are you all? Is April treating you well so far? I can't believe we're in the fourth month of 2017 already, it's just absolute madness this time malarky. MADNESS I tell you!

Shall we get on with it? Yeah go on then...


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Lighter Evenings 

As much as I moan about the heat and the lighter evenings, by the time the clocks go back I find myself relishing the sun still being with us past five o'clock. There's just something so...magical about the sun setting amongst country roads and displaying that delicious pink-y, orange-y light. The picture above was taken after a late Sunday dinner in a little village pub, we were on our way out of the pub, when I spotted the sun setting upon the green fields, I ran across the car park to snap a couple of pictures. 


Spring Onion Mash

I'm really not a great lover of mash, I find it really bland and sometimes lumpy. When I ordered my meal on Sunday evening, I asked for the mash to be replaced with baby potatoes but this obviously didn't reach the kitchen. Whilst I was waiting for my baby potatoes, I thought I'd just give the mash a go, OH EM GEE IT WAS AMAZING. It was so smooth and buttery and had a really nice flavour, I felt a little guilty for only eating a few of the potatoes!

#DECHOX 2017 | How did I get on?

I did it! I survived 31 days without chocolate to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. It was a tough experience, going from about two bars of chocolate a day to no chocolate at all sure took its toll on my body. I tried to replace it with jam tarts, angel cake and plain biscuits but it just wasn't the same. I thought I'd give you all a little overview of each week and how I felt during my #DECHOX.

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Week One

I found it really easy cutting out chocolate in the first week. Although I craved it, I wasn't in agony about it, I just had to find other ways of getting my sugar fix. 

Week Two

The second and third week were probably the toughest of them all. It felt like my lack of chocolate really took its toll on my body, I felt dizzy, lightheaded and just really low, almost as if I was on a bit of a comedown. It was also my time of the month and not being able to eat chocolate during this time was so hard as it's usually the first thing I reach for!

Wonderful Wednesday #24 | March's Moments

Wonderful Wednesday is back again and guess what? It's the last one of the month, which means it's time for a nice juicy round up of all those wonderful moments (plus a few extra from the past week). 

Let's get stuck in! 


Slogan Tee's 

Is that what they're called? Slogan tee's? Logo t-shirts? You know the plain t-shirts that have words or a little motif on them? Whatever they're called, I picked two of them up from Matalan and I just love pairing them with jeans and my Nike's or a pair of Converse. I'm trying to get in the habit of splitting my wardrobe in to 'work clothes' and 'everyday clothes', which means either buying more office style wear or a few t-shirts that I can slip on at the weekend. They were an absolute steal at £8 each! 

Porridge 

I have a love/hate relationship with porridge and am forever inspired by Sally's beautiful porridge combinations. However, I never ever seem to get it just right. We have those little pouches at home and I thought I'd attempt to make a bowl. Instead of shoving it in the microwave for two minutes, I made it in short 30 second bursts, stirring in between and it turned out just the way I like it! 

Wonderful Wednesday #23

I nearly skipped this week's Wonderful Wednesday. I'm not feeling too great at the minute, I was greeted on Sunday morning with a lovely sore throat and an achey everything. However, I thought what better way to make myself feel better than by conjuring up a list of lovely!

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The 1975

WELL I KNOW WHEN YOU'RE AROUND 'CAUSE I KNOW THE SOUND, I KNOW THE SOUND OF YOUR HEART...

I downloaded their new album last Friday and have been happily jamming in my car ever since. It's definitely a lot better than their first album and puts me in a such a bubbly mood.

Belated Birthday Gifts

My friend Christine popped in earlier this week to drop of my birthday presents. My birthday was in February, so whilst she may not be the best at giving gifts on time, she is certainly the best at general gift giving. I received two perfect little books - one about interior design and a little gratitude journal. I can't wait to get stuck in! 

Wonderful Wednesday #22

It's that time of the week again. The time to look back on the past week and gather all of those wonderful moments. I'm not actually feeling too great, I feel like I have an achey everything at the moment and my head is a little fuzzy. It could be my turn to come down with something. Or it could perhaps be mother nature sending me a little sign that she's on her way...

ANYHO, let's get on with the wonderful shall we?

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Designated Survivor 

Can I get a YAAAAAAAS? I'm so so so SO happy that this is back on our screens. It was mine and G's favourite television series last year and we couldn't wait for it to come back. It's just so sneaky and dramatic and corrupt, I LOVE IT. 

Me Before You 

Oh this book, it is lovely and heartbreaking at the same time. It was an easy read and a nice break after months of Harry Potter. I finished it in a week (I did contemplate giving myself a high five) and started The Fifteen Lives of Harry August straight after. 

I will read all the books on my bookshelf, I WILL! 

Grief

Grief. 

The word itself sounds harsh, troubling, a nuisance. When saying the word out loud, it doesn't automatically create a feeling of sorrow or loss but when one is grieving, this is exactly how they may feel and how the word is defined.

One thing I've learnt about grief, or grieving, is that it comes in waves. From the moment you have experienced a loss, it feels like you've boarded a roller coaster that hasn't reached it's peak yet, a roller coaster on a flat line, trudging along slowly.

This can't be happening. No, this is all wrong. I'm going to wake up in a minute, this is all a dream. 


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Then the roller coaster tilts, your head embracing the sky above you. You're climbing higher and higher until you've reached the top of the first slope. Except you don't feel elated, you feel hurt and upset and you feel like it's the end of the world.

Wimpole Estate | A Blustery Afternoon

A few weeks ago, we received our National Trust membership packs, complete with two bright orange cards and a hefty brochure jam packed with details of the many places you can visit. 

On Sunday morning, we opened the brochure to find our destination of the day and after a few minutes of uhming and ahhing, we settled on Wimpole Estate in Royston, as it's only a thirty minute drive away from our hometown and we were already slowing creeping in to early afternoon.

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The Folly at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire.

Wonderful Wednesday #21

Good morning you lovely lot! I hope you're all having a fantastic week so far. I'm feeling like just jumping straight in today, so on with the wonderful...

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#DECHOX

I survived my first full week of my #DECHOX! I have been craving chocolate quite a lot but I've managed to stay away from it. Admittedly, I've been trying to find other sweet things to give me my sugar fix but it's actually really hard! Only another 24 days to go...

A New Read

Hurrah! I finally finished Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows. I already miss the magical world of Hogwarts but I've just started reading Me Before You and am rather enjoying it so far. I did break my book ban at the weekend but second hand book stalls are my weakness AND I did only purchase one...

Wonderful Wednesday #20 | February's Moments

Aloha! Just like that, we're onto the third month of 2017. SERIOUSLY TIME, JUST SLOW DOWN OKAY, TAKE A CHILL PILL. 

We're finally in March, yet the weather seems to think it's December. I thought I'd seen the back of the cold weather last week - I ventured out on Saturday in my fluffy gilet, admiring the beautiful sunshine that soaked the rolling green hills, then BAM it's Monday and I'm feeling like I've hopped on a plane to the North Pole in just my underwear, f-f-f-freezing. 

However, now isn't the time to moan and groan about typical British weather. NOW is about all things wonderful and as I'm writing this on the last day of the month, it's time to round-up all of February's wonderfulness...

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Bristol 

Myself and G are trying SO hard to not book anymore holidays, as we have New York in May and are hoping to move out of my Mum's house this year. However, we couldn't resist a little stay-cation at the beginning of February and headed to Bristol for a weekend.

It was a really lovely break and I was quite surprised at how much I liked Bristol. I'm hoping we'll be able to squeeze in another little break after New York but getting our own place has to take priority!

I'm Going on a #DECHOX

It's no secret that I'm a bit of a chocoholic. Whether it's a cake, a brownie, a bar or a biscuit, if it's got chocolate in it, I'll be munching on it quicker than you can say Galaxy.

I eat chocolate pretty much everyday, I certainly think about it everyday! When will I get to eat my next chocolate bar? Which one will it be? If I go out for dinner, I almost always opt for the chocolate option. There's just no other alternative in my eyes!

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Wonderful Wednesday #19

I'm currently freezing my bottom off on a park bench to bring you this week's dose of wonderful. I've escaped the office on my lunch break to get some fresh air and give my irritatingly tired legs a bit of a stretch. It's cold, it's grey and a little bit wet but I'm enjoying not eating my lunch amongst four, white walls.

There's been a few other wonderful moments, other than this park bench one right now, shall we delve in?

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'Do our bums look big in this?' - Sheep @ Stowe, Buckinghamshire

New Food

By new food, I mean a new place to eat such yummy goodness. I booked Friday and Monday off of work, to give myself lots of time to indulge in birthday chocolate and face the fact that I'm getting old.

G just so happened to be off on Friday too, so after lounging about for a few hours, we hopped in the car and took a little drive to a place called The Cricketers. The food was delicious but I did have really bad food envy because G's pizza looked SO good. We will definitely be returning and I will definitely be opting for a pizza!

I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22!

Today I celebrate my 22nd birthday. However, whilst my crows feet may be a little more defined and I'm slightly taller than my 10 year old self, I still feel like the same old quiet girl who's worn her hair the same way for the past 10 years (with one side clipped back). 

I often wonder what I might be like when I turn 30. If I'll still feel the same as I do now. If I'll still lack in confidence, or feel paranoid in a room full of new people. If I'll ditch the bobby pins and let the left side of my hair down. Will I still fail to spark a conversation with a stranger? Or is there a time, an age, where everything changes? It's like I'm expecting a small mystical man to flick a switch and BAM I'm forced into the land of adulthood. The land of confident conversations, a land where I actually FEEL like an adult. Does anyone else feel like this or is it just me?


I guess the one thing that has changed, as I've got older, is my outlook on life and everything that comes with it. I think it's true when they say that the older you get, the wiser you become because I've only been on this earth for 22 years but I've learnt a hell of a lot.

Wonderful Wednesday #18

Happy hump day! I hope that actually you haven't all got the hump and are feeling pretty lovely after yesterday! Whether you spent it with your other half, your friends, family or by yourself, I hope you had a lovely valentine's day and showed both yourself and others a little bit of TLC.

Let's share some more love today, love for the simple things...

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Great Minds 

Me and G don't really celebrate Valentine's Day, opting to spend more time celebrating our anniversary. However, we do still buy each other a card and this year, we were so in tune! If you're not familiar with the Harry Potter books then you probably won't get the reference but we both did so that's all that matters!

Cottage Pie 

I am smashing it in the kitchen this year. For somebody who couldn't even heat up soup, I've definitely come a long way! On Sunday, I made a cottage pie from scratch and I'm pleased to say, it wasn't too shabby. I made it in two dishes and enjoyed the leftovers the following day, alongside green vegetables and butternut squash and spinach croquettes. DELISH. 

Wonderful Wednesday #17

Happy Wonderful Wednesday! How are you all? I hope you're having great weeks so far. My days have been slow and quiet but at the same time, the week seems to be passing with a certain amount of speed. 

I think I'm a little on the tired side, it must be something to do with our weekend away in Bristol. I feel like I'm playing catch up, crawling in to bed just before 9pm and falling straight to sleep after an episode of one of our favourite series' (OH EM GEE, who else is super excited that The Walking Dead returns next Monday?). 

Shall we get on with all things bright and wonderful?

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A Successful Escape Room

Whilst in Bristol at the weekend, myself and G booked ourselves in to the secret agent room at Puzzlair. We took part in our first escape room in Prague about four years ago and failed miserably. We then tried one in London, this time as a group of seven, and...yeah you guessed it, we failed miserably again. 

We hoped that Bristol would be third time lucky and it was! Hurrah! We finally did it. It was also the best room we'd taken part in, with lots of quirky tricks. I'm so glad we finally managed to escape, I can't help but feel this was the start of many successful escapes...

A Weekend in Bristol | A City for the Creatives

As much as I love hopping on a plane and going abroad, you cannot beat a stay-cation. Ever since our first little trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon four years ago, where we endured several hours on a coach and a hefty walk in the rain to our cottage, I have been keen to cover more of UK ground. There's just something so exciting about exploring the land you call home, discovering beautiful green land you didn't know existed and witnessing the bright lights of a bustling city you dream of residing in.

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Myself and G recently visited Bristol for a Valentine's/Birthday getaway. We'd much rather spend money on experiences than physical, materialistic items, which means that we get around a lot

Wonderful Wednesday #16 | January's Moments

Happy 1st of February all! I can't believe that one month of 2017 has passed already. I'm very happy to see the back of January, purely because February is my birthday month aka. the best month ever.

As I write my Wonderful Wednesday posts on Tuesday evenings, I decided that on the last Tuesday of every month, I would do a little round up of all the moments I've enjoyed. 

So, without further ado, I give you my January best bits...

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Visiting Bury St Edmunds 

At the beginning of January, I took G and my brother on a little outing to Bury St Edmunds. My brother is moving to a small village just outside of Bury, so we had a little mooch to see what it was like. I'd definitely go back there for the day, it's a really pretty town with a good shopping area and a beautiful Cathedral. 

Wonderful Wednesday #15

This week's wonderful Wednesday is being written on wonderful Wednesday itself! Normally, Tuesday evenings are spent recalling all those happy, heart fluttering moments but last night, I spent the evening with my family to celebrate my brother's birthday. I did attempt to write when I got home but my brain was a little frazzled. 

My alarm clock hasn't gone off yet, obviously my body knows I have an important task to complete. On with the wonderful! 

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Walking

On Friday evening, I was feeling a little restless so G suggested going for a walk. It was absolutely freezing and my eyes took a while to adjust to the darkness but it felt so good.

Wonderful Wednesday #14

Can anyone else believe we're practically half-way through January already? Madness. 

Shall we get on with it? YEAH, LETS. Accio wonderful moments! 


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The BEST Chocolate Cookies

On Friday evening, I indulged in some 'me-time' before G came home from work. I plonked myself in bed, caught up on some blog reading and munched on possibly the best chocolate cookie I've ever had. It was soft, just how I like my cookies, and had the perfect amount of white chocolate chunks. Next time you're in Tesco, don't forget to pick up a packet. You won't regret it. 

How to Have an Easier Morning

As a school child, waking up early was a breeze. My alarm would sound at around half six, I would stroll downstairs to the kitchen, grab some breakfast and settle in front of the television for a while. I was at school, which meant I didn't have to decide what to wear, my uniform would be ready and waiting for me and I would be out the door at eight o'clock.

When I left school and joined the 9-5 working world, I often found myself jumping in the shower at eight o'clock, struggling to get out the door before ten to nine. I grew tired of rushing around and not being able to enjoy my morning. I knew I could rise early and be ready by eight o'clock because I'd done it before, all those years ago! 

I decided that in the new year I would try my hardest to be more organised and implement a few changes which would stop me from rushing around and allow me to enjoy my mornings. 

I'm sure I'm not the only one like this and thought I'd share a few tips with you on how to have an easier morning...

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Wonderful Wednesday #13

Ever since I joined the lovely Wonderful Wednesday crew, the weeks just seem to fly by! By the time I've finished writing one WW post, it's Wednesday again and time to put together another list of lovely. So here we go...

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Mooching

I love that word. Mooching. Me and G did exactly that on Saturday. He finally had a weekend day off, hurrah! It's so difficult for us to get a day off together because whilst I have the weekends off, G works in retail and well, not working the weekend in retail is like office workers not working on a Monday!

A Message to Landlords, Estate Agents and Property Search Apps

Searching property apps like Rightmove and Zoopla and having a browse in the property section of my local newspaper are some of my favourite past times. I used to look at beautiful houses with five bedrooms and gravel drives, dreaming about the day I would be able to call one of them home. Now, I look at dream homes which are a little more within my reach.   

Myself and G are looking to get our own place this year. After a year or so of umming and ahhing over whether we should buy or rent, we've settled on renting. We want to be able to try out a few places before we even consider getting a mortgage (or until I become super rich and can buy one of those 5 bedroom mansions outright). 

I've been browsing various websites and my trusty property search apps for a while and I've noticed a few things about properties on the rent market which are really starting to grind those gears of mine. Using my very small, intimate online presence, I want to send a message to those involved in renting out properties, in the very acceptable and well loved form of a list...

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