Blooming El



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! 


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! 


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


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! 


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! 



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.


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.


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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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...


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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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!
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