Just wanted to pop in to say....

25 December 2013

One more sleep!

24 December 2013

And just like's Christmas Eve!
This will probably be my last post of 2013 and before I head off I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to you all. I love having this space here to reflect, be funny, hash things out, be not so funny sometimes, journal and post embarrassing pictures of my sister. It really has become a part of me and I am so THANKFUL that I have made real and true friends from that once fleeting thought that I would like to maybe have one of those "blog things" one day.

Merry Christmas, go easy, have fun and see you next year!!


18 December 2013

For Ben. Always.

Cold and flu tablets. Over this cold already.

Mince pies. Warm, drenched with rich brandy cream.

Ben's patience when we're watching the extended Lord of the Rings films for the fourth or fifth time and I am STILL asking what the fuck is going on.

The anticipation of seeing the second Hobbit film on Saturday. Butterflies already.

Working with my best friend, Sylwia. So very thankful for having her in my life.

Family. Family. Family. Precious family.

2013. Because it's been full of evolution and struggles and laughs and tears. Lots of tears. And every time I cry I feel connection to myself. And connection is something I am VERY thankful for.

Goblin. Oscar. Lolly. 

Yoga. Because I honestly feel that this year it really saved me.

My sister. Because without her I wouldn't be getting all of those nervous butterflies in my tummy about my training in February. And I will never forget her support.

False nails. I am done with having horrible ugly nibbled fingers. I don't even give a shit they aren't real. I will settle with false but not nibbled any day.

Being able to take a step back from this blogging thing for a while and it not feeling like a huge deal. Winding down for a while is actually feeling pretty darn good. Snuggling with Ben and Goblin on the sofa is trumping blogging and I am soooooo okay with that.

For all of you.

image via here

A few little thoughts

12 December 2013

artwork via the wonderfully talented Susan Vera Clarke.

Thinking: Four day weekends should be standard. Especially ones spent in CentreParcs with family.

Happening now: Bum on sofa, Christmas tree twinkling, eating a mince pie and watching a film.

Wearing: Leggings. Of course. 

Happening in about two hours: Late night bedtime yoga to help me sleep nice and deep. 

Considering: Taking this blogging thing easy until 2014. Keeping things flexible and easy you know? If I wanna blog, if I feel that creative twang, then I will run with it, if not, well then I won't. No structure, no biggy. Freedom to move through the end of the year however I like!

No stretchy pants to be found here

11 December 2013

On Saturday night we headed out for drinks in Clapham for a friends birthday. I decided that I'd stick with my standard black outfit. Black underwear, black tights, black dress, black gangster shoes and my black coat. I added the purple bag as my token colour of the night.
In my opinion, you really just can't go wrong with black at this time of year.
As I've been spending all of my free time in stretchy yoga leggings it was definitely a shock to the system to be prancing (read: swaggering) around in a posh outfit for the night.
In other news... we're flat hunting.
It's taken over my fucking life. I haven't stepped on my mat for more than 15 minutes since Saturday and it's beginning to show. I'm dreaming about flats, speaking to about a gazillion estate agents at any one time, going over budgets,  google mapping all over the place, checking transport links, filling out forms. It really is endless.
But we'll get there in the end. And it'll be glorious I'm sure. Expensive too. Because moving is always expensive.
Wish me luck!

NSFW - Probably the best Christmas cards I've ever sent

10 December 2013

The Christmas season can get pretty stressful if you'll let it.
All the family drama, the eating too many chocolate covered marshmallows, the 'blogmas' stuff I see going around (who in their right mind would add to the stress of Christmas by writing about it every day? no thanks), the money stress, the present buying. The list is endless.
This year though I made a promise to myself (and to Ben) that I was going to let it be easy.
Super easy, super stress free, super fun and super full of laughs.
I also promised myself that I would try not to eat too much chocolate however I think we all know that's not going to happen.  
Step one of my plan was to jump up and down giggling and whooping when the gorgeous Alexandra contacted me to ask if I wanted to receive some of her personally designed cards.
Yes pur-leeeassse.
Aren't they amazing??
Now... go get yourself off to her lovely etsy shop (here), giggle away to yourself, stuff yourself silly with chocolate and mulled wine while you write out your perfectly printed and luxurious cards and spread some Christmas love. It's a winning Christmas combo ya know.
You're welcome.

15 things I loved about last weekend

6 December 2013

1. Selfies with the family.
2. The Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre. So Christmassy.

3. Pancake balls. I'll say that again for you... PANCAKE BALLS. With strawberries and melted chocolate. Holy shit balls.
4. Trying on animal hats with Tash because we're really cool like that.
5. Sean, my sisters boyfriend. He's a total sweetie.
6. This guy.
7. Having a delicious dinner made for us when we got home from the fayre. Thanks Sean!!
8. Payday. Probably the best board game ever.
(Side note: the fact that I had THE WORST LUCK whilst playing this game meant that there were nearly tears from me at one point much to the amusement of everyone else)

9. Not having to wear my hair up all weekend. Letting it hang freeeeeee.
10. My sister....and her ridiculous face.
11. Lolly pop. In a box.
12. These two guys again.
13. Everyone anticipating disaster when Lolly took a liking to Ben's glass of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey. Thankfully she didn't knock it over.
She just wanted to try is all. FOMO. YOLO.
14. Seeing the boys squished up in the back of my sisters little car. Let's just say that they all knew each other much better after that journey back from the pub!
15. And lastly, selfies with my Dad whilst in town. I'm thinking this picture is wins the internet today, don't you???

A few thoughts on it being officially 'that' time of year

4 December 2013

It's officially Christmas.

The tree is up, the presents are starting to collect under the tree and the mulled wine is being slurped. Sitting here all snuggled up with my two boys watching my favourite film (LoTR of course) I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by how grateful I am for everything in my life. The big things, the little things, the good things and the not so good things. The struggles, the growing pains, the hurt and upset...I'm especially grateful for these things. It's all there for a reason, all part of the journey and I'm loving the woman I'm becoming. It's starting to feel like coming home.

As I'm sitting here looking around me I'm thinking about the fact that this will be the last Christmas we have in this little home of ours. Instead of being anxious about the change and the newness that next year will bring (in all areas of our lives), I'm making sure that I keep on grounding myself in the present. Bringing myself back to the here and now. This exact moment. Breathing into those feelings and always bringing myself back to gratitude.

So that's what I'm doing this Christmas.
Being grateful. Being in wonder of this whole journey.
Breathing deep and keeping things easy and spacious.

What are you doing this Christmas to keep things good and easy in your world??