Thursday, 28 February 2013

3 Today!

My little blog is a whole 3 years old today! When I first started blogging back then, I didn't really know what I was doing or what I was going to write about. But somehow 3 years later I'm still here, and still finding stuff to say. On average I've blogged every 4 days this whole time which completely astounds me when I think about everything else that's happened IRL (graduated, moved house twice, changed jobs 3 times, run 3 marathons).

So thank you to everyone out there reading my blog, whether this is your first or your 100th visit. It seems ironic that my blog's birthday month has probably been my most sporadic blogging time in ages, but I have big plans. All the behind the scenes work will hopefully start to show right here very soon!

And as we all know, 3 is the magic number!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Things I Like Tuesday

  • Finally not feeling ill and finally having my voice back
  • Busy busy work days
  • Making progress on the allotment, and defeating a fair few brambles
  • Colour scheme related breakthroughs

Monday, 25 February 2013

What I'm...

The Secret Supper Club by Dana Bate. Parts of the storyline were pretty predictable but it made me laugh out loud. Oh, and it comes with recipes from some of the meals in the book which I thought was a lovely extra.

Listening to
Motown Classics. 4 CD's worth of some of my all time favourite songs. It seriously can't fail to cheer up a chilly February morning, and get me dreaming of those summer days.

The Rebound. I had an evening to myself and picked a Netflix movie almost at random. But this had me giggling from the start, and (I know I should know better by now) I didn't really see the ending coming.

Pancakes. Crepes with lemon and sugar, American with blueberries, Scotch pancakes with golden syrup. Can't. Get. Enough.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Dress of the Week: Vivien of Holloway Halterneck Pencil Dress

Continuing the Valentine's Day love for just one more day with this beauty from Vivien of Holloway. In my dreams I would swan about in dresses like this all the time but unfortunately everyday life has other ideas.

It's £89 from Vivien of Holloway, and available in lots of different prints if you're sick of hearts.

I seem to say it all the time, but while you're there have a snoop around. So so many lovely dresses, and this cute playsuit, and these nautical shorts and this incredible skirt...

Thursday, 14 February 2013

No card, no present, no dinner

By the time you read this Valentine’s Day will be here and I can almost guarantee I won’t have a card. I probably won’t have a present either. And I definitely won’t be whisked out for a romantic meal tonight. 

I have nothing against Valentine's Day, in fact I've loved reading all the heart themed blog posts there has been the last couple of weeks! But I don’t need one day a year to show someone I love them, or for them to show the same back. I’m a big believer in the little things people do everyday to show they care. When it isn’t being forced on them by every company in the world.

I’ve been thinking about these little things and (cue cheesiness) here are few the mister has done recently:
  1. Visited three supermarkets in one day so I could check some things for work
  2. Brought me home doughnuts on more than one occasion (I have an unhealthy obsession with them)
  3. Listened to the entire plot of the book I was reading so I could make one teeny point that he probably didn’t care about
  4. Offered to drive (and then actually did drive) my sister and her boyfriend home despite it being about 20 miles out of our way
  5. His response to me buying bunny ear headbands/parrot leggings/another sequin dress: ‘I’m sure they will always come in handy’. They probably won’t and he knows it.
Each and every one of these, and the 100’s of other things he has done or (hopefully) will do means way more to me than a card today.

And it’s not just the mister. I have work colleagues who know it has to be Coke and not Pepsi and friends who will listen to me bang on about something for hours without more than a nod in the right place. My mum sent me a leaflet for a show she thought I would love the other day.

So whether you got an extravagant present, a homemade card, or nothing at all today, maybe tomorrow should be the day you show the people you love that they mean the world to you. Even if that just means remembering the girls at work prefer dark chocolate when you take in some treats, or tweeting your best friend with that book you think she’ll love.

Love is for life guys, not just for Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Things I Like Tuesday

  • Seeing Plan B with the mister
  • Becoming the proud tenant of an allotment after years on the waiting list
  • Super productive weekends
  • Equally productive commutes (and not constantly falling asleep on the train!)

Monday, 11 February 2013

Chocolate Brownies

Brownies have been my nemesis for a while now. I've tried and failed dramatically more times than I can remember, and could never figure out where I was going wrong. I hate to admit it but I ended up just using a packet mix if I really wanted them (the Cadbury's box is amazing!)

So when I decided late one evening to try brownies again, I wasn't expecting great things. But they turned out pretty good. Crunchy on the top, gooey in the middle and deliciously chocolately!

I used a recipe from BBC Good Food and I highly recommend it. They would make a lovely pudding for a romantic Valentine's dinner.

Fave Valentine's DIYs

Just a few of my favourite Valentine's DIY's from around the interwebs. There's still time to make one (or all) of these before Thursday...

1. This amazing garland designed to be sent through the post by Oh Happy Day

2. Teeny little love notes from A Fabulous Fete

DIY date night valentine arrows

3. These arrows are perfect for when you're not quite sure what to do on date night from Sugar & Cloth

4. Brighten up an old jumper with some cute heart elbow patches from One Sheepish Girl

Sharpie dishes tutorial by A Beautiful Mess

5. His and hers mugs that are ridiculously simple to make from A Beautiful Mess

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Things I Like Tuesday

  • Drinks in old man pub's with this lovely lady
  • Being culture vultures with the mister
  • Subtle behind the scenes blog changes (and actually remembering to blog!)
  • Re-reading old favourites in preparation for the next book in the series

Monday, 4 February 2013

Remember when it snowed?

I've been working so much on behind the scenes blog stuff, and totally non internet related stuff that I keep forgetting to actually post some content. I'm hoping life will start to get back to a routine really soon, and my blogging routine will return!

Anyway, I still haven't shared my pictures from the snow in January. These are some of my favourites, I somehow managed to take a lot!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

February is for...

  • The world to go hearts crazy
  • Seeing Plan B
  • Running Brighton Half Marathon with my sister
  • This little blog turning 3! 

Things I Learnt At The Blogcademy

Class photo by Emily Quinton

So I’ve been back from The Blogcademy for just over a week now, and it’s time for my recap post. I have a gained a mighty amount of blogging knowledge, so you will definitely start to notice a few changes around here. I’ve scheduled (in my new editorial calendar) a post on my to do list that The Blogcademy created and the changes on the blog. But for now here’s my list of things I learnt that weren’t technically on the official curriculum:

Graduation certificates

1. Whoever said don't meet your idols was a little bit crazy

I already knew the headmistresses were super cool, but meeting them in person was pretty amazing. I just about managed to keep the fan girl antics to an absolute minimum! They all know their stuff really well, and were so willing to share and answer our endless questions. As well as being ridiculously inspiring they are also really down to earth, sometimes I hear they even watch Take Me Out in a unicorn onesie…

Headmistresses - Gala Darling

2. Glitter, sequins and bunny ears don't make you a good blogger

The headmistresses can rock bunny ears, sparkle and pink hair better than anyone I have ever met. But hard work and perseverance make Gala, Kat and Shauna as successful as they are. Emulating that success means a lot of work, not just whacking on a pair of ears or dying my hair. Technically I already knew this (it’s pretty obvious really) but it was refreshing to hear the headmistresses’ success didn’t happen overnight. And it doesn’t mean I can’t do the hard work dressed head to toe in my beloved sequins!

 Beautiful Blogcademy decor

3. This is an endless work in progress

My blog to do list was a mile long by lunch on the first day. There were so many things I needed to do, and wanted to do, and might someday want to do. But my blog will never be finished and will definitely never be perfect. And that’s a really good thing! It gives me the freedom to try something and not worry if I doesn’t work out, or I change my mind.

The biggest plate of pancakes ever

4. Fellow blogcadets might be the coolest people in the world

From breakfast on the first day to lunches and cocktails, to Lorna and her swift cab hailing skills that saved us wandering aimlessly in search of our hotel, everyone I met at The Blogcademy was so lovely, and really willing to share what they had already learnt on their blogging adventures. And no-one batted an eyelid when everyone photographed their pancakes/cupcakes/cocktail before it reached their lips! Some have already made amazing progress too, check out Emily and her first digital product already.

Even the cupcakes by Restoration Cake were on brand

  1. The inspiration doesn’t stop at blogging
When I got home from Blogcademy my head was swimming with ideas, and plans, and crazy dreams. I had to go back to the day job the day after Blogcademy, and I found my new found inspiration and motivation spilling out into that too. Things I had learnt about emails applied amazingly to my work inbox and I even had running recommendations made to me by Jo at graduation drinks.

Giant balloon

I’m going to stop now before my inner fan girl gets out of control, but if you ever get the chance to go to The Blogcademy then seriously do it, do it, do it! And if you needed any further encouragement then the goodie bags were pretty epic…

And as a special treat for getting through this mammoth post, here’s some fellow Blogcademy graduates blogs to enjoy:

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