Blooming El



We're so close guys, just one more day (two if you want to count today) then it's September! Can you Adam and Eve it?! 

I thought we'd seen the last of the summer weather and I was getting myself all ready for cosy clothes and chilly evenings spent watching films, then BAM! The sun showed it's little face again. I'm glad we had beautiful weather on a bank holiday weekend (because it NEVER happens) but I'd just started wearing ankle boots and I kind of don't want to stop wearing them till March now. 

ANYHO, shall we? 

A Day with Sam

My brother is home for two weeks and as I had Monday off, I thought I'd spend some time with him. We did a little bit of shopping in St Albans, had a spot of lunch, then went to Hitchin for a little mooch and some ice cream. 

Sam can really get on my nerves at times but I'm glad that we could spend the day together and actually get along!

Girls Night

I met up with my friends Christine and Georgie on Saturday, we had a mooch around our new Debenhams store and drank milkshakes in Patisserie Valerie. Christine then persuaded me to go out that night. I don't drink (well I might have a cider at Christmas) and I much prefer to stay in, I'm a bit of a home bird you see. 

However, as it was Christine's birthday weekend, I thought I better have a little drink with them! I hadn't been 'out out' in so long and whilst we only chilled at a pub for a few hours, it was still lovely and I'm glad I ventured out of my comfort zone.


Boy am I glad to be home. I've spent most of the day sitting down, trying to supervise fourteen children (who get bored very easily) yet I managed to come home sweating and feeling like I'd been running around all day. How, I don't know. 

I quickly got changed, then headed down to our new Debenhams store for a little preview. It opens officially on Thursday and I just know I'll be spending a lot of time in the homeware section. I've already spied a few pillows and throws I like...nice presents for our bedroom, not so nice for our bank account!

Shall we get on with the wonderful? 

New Pyjamas

I'm not sure what the EXACT conversation was between me and G on Sunday night but it went something like this...

G: 'What am I going to do with you?'
Me: 'You're going to buy me nice pyjamas and a big chocolate fudge cake'.

I came home on Monday to find a brand new pair of pyjamas waiting for me and a slice of fudge cake in the fridge. I know I was only messing about but bless G's little heart. The pyjama bottoms have pockets and the cake was delightful. 10 points to the G man. 

Girl Gang Chat

I have been looking out for a Girl Gang chat for ages but there didn't seem to be any on (unless I just missed them completely).

On Monday, I was scrolling through twitter before dinner and I saw that there was a Girl Gang chat all about Autumn. I hit #thegirlgang hashtag and got stuck right in.


As some of you may know, I lost my Nanny Shelagh in December last year. Even though my Nan was ill, her passing came as a massive shock. You just assume that someone will get better, that they'll get the help they need and be right as rain in no time. Unfortunately, life isn't like a fairytale and sometimes happy endings are hard to come by.

I've already shared my thoughts on grief and even now, five months on, I'm still on that rollercoaster. The track is evening out a little and I've been blessed with sunshine a few times.

I was listening to 'Taking Chances' by Celine Dion a few nights back and it reminded me of being in my Nan's car, singing along to Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey. I started thinking about all the little things my Nan used to do, the small things that I now miss. So today, I'm sharing some of them with you...


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!


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!


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. 

gratitude practise blooming el

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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