January Review

Read two new books, Molly Makes, Simple Things and this months comics

Watched 3 seasons of Friends, Les Mis, Django Unchained and When Harry Met Sally

Went to Liverpool for a mini break with Tim

Laughed with my girls on a dinner night out

Walked to work in the snow

Enjoyed finding homes for my lovely Christmas presents

Started a book club, knitting club and crochet club (I count them as my something new this month)

Worked hard

Bought two new dresses and way too many dinosaur toys

Saved more for America

Made lists, lists and more lists

Planned the year out for the shop

Helped Matt with his new cooking blog

Spent far too much time playing Candy Crush (any one else addicted?!)


Matty's Grub!

Hey guys! I'm totally stoked to introduce you to my mothers husband, Matt's new blog! He's a massive foodie, and loves to cook, which is nice because me and mum love to eat!! His food is so delicious, my mouth is watering just writing about it. He's very generously sharing all his recipes (apart from the brownies, there top secret!) and sharing all his tips and tricks. My fav is the boiled egg. I cant do boiled eggs to save my life but his way is just genius and I cant wait to try it out.

I think you should all go check him out, after all, he is family (and I designed the blog!).

Book Review: Rapture

No. 2 in my 50 Book Challenge
Rapture by Lauren Kate is the last book in the Fallen series. I've been reading it for a number of years now and have been waiting for the end. Not in a bad way, it's just my reading taste has changed and I'm no longer reading YA as much, but that is not to say I didn't enjoy it. I did. Very much so. I thought the last book had dragged a bit so I wasn't holding much hope for Rapture but it pleasantly surprised me. I love it when a series has satisfying ending. I was really happy with how it turned out and even shed a little tear.

On a technical level, it's not the best and the story drags for far too long but I don't like when people go on and on about that sort of thing. If you like the story then who cares?! I was desperate to know how it all turned out and whether Luce and Daniel (the main characters) would be able to be together in the end, and I was surprised how much the author became more adventurous in the last book, I like a author who doesn't mind killing off a main character here or there (that isn't what happens) So by no means was It amazing or life changing but it was a good end to a series that I read as a teen. Now back to the more adult books!


Walking in a winter wonderland

I really don't get to see enough of my town. I live by the sea and right next to the sea is a massive stretch of sand dunes and then a rather expansive pine wood. It is beautiful. I love to walk there, but because I don't drive yet and there is no public transport stops anywhere near it, its really hard to get to. Last week my best friend and I took her dog out for a walk there, and it was beautiful. The sand dunes were covered in snow and ice and the little marshy lakes and frozen over too. It was eerily beautiful, and we were the only ones out so it was so quiet as well.
It was so strange, because the trees are quite dense, the whole surrounding area was covered in snow, but under the tree canopy was so bare it was almost like it was spring time. I was dying to go twig collecting for a project I'm working on, but it was so cold!I'll just have to back at a later date and fill the car boot with bits of wood, I'm sure my dad will love that! 
Isn't my friends dog just the cutest darn thing you ever saw!? He is such a handsome boy and he love to flirt with you till you play ball or give him a treat, or just a good butt scratch. He makes me want my own dog, but for now I'll just have to steal him! (I just want to smoosh his fluffy face!!)


Book Review: The fault in our stars

This year my book goal is to read 50 books (and keep a good track of reviews going) Last year my goal was 100, I was waay too ambitious with that, so it's been halved an I think it's a little bit more realistic!

The first book of the year was The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Tim got me a sample chapter from Waterstones and then a friend recommended it too me so I figured I had to read it. I am so glad I did. I love John Green books, he writes such beautiful stories that don't mess you around. He tells it like it is but his style of writing is just amazing, I can't get enough. And when I read his books, I can't wait for the paragraph that you just know is so epic and wonderful, it's going in your little book of favourite quotes (everyone has one right?!)

Anyway, The Fault In Our Stars is a book about a girl who has stage 4 cancer. But it's not a cancer book. I was so worried about reading something like this, having been effected by cancer (dad had it last year) that I kinda didn't want to read it at all, but I am so glad I did. It takes you through a month or so in the life of this girl and all her feelings and it is just remarkable how accurate he got it. I was an emotional wreck by the end of it but I felt strangle okay about it, it was very weird. I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat but I would give a little warning, it makes you think, a lot, and it's not the happiest of books and I sort of felt a bit depressed reading it but its well worth it! Definitely give it a read, or check out his other books!


Snow day!

In my little corner of England, it pretty rare to get snow. We get it for maybe one day a year usually in January and then it's gone, turned to slush and is just a horrible experience. 2 years ago it came down pretty heavy and everything was closed down and it was awesome!! This year, not so much. It was so cool to wake up to a light sprinkling and the snowflakes falling down, but it didn't really stick and the wind was so bitter, it just wasn't a pleasant experience. Still, I'm holding out for a more heavy snow fall this coming week, so my fingers are crossed!! Although walking to work, will not be fun so either way is fine


12 months of thankfulness: January

This year one of my goals is to become more positive, and one way I plan on doing this is to count my blessings and be thankful for things even when I'm finding things tuff (and also when I'm not). So i thought a fun way of doing this was to do a '12 Months Of Thankfulness'. I started this year with a mixed bag of good and bad emotions, and Iv been trying really hard to stay positive, yesterday I was doing the washing up and kind of doing a inward groan of I-hate-washing-up-and-all-chores which then turned into uugh-I-want-to-move-out-Im-starting-to-really-not-like-living-at-home groan. I promptly snapped myself out of it because the truth is, I am so lucky to have the house that I live in, with the people that I live with, in the area that I live in. And I totally take it for granted!

I live in semi-detached house with 4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, a kitchen, garage, driveway and massive garden. There are 3 people living there, two guinepigs and 4 fish. I live 10 minutes from the town centre, 5 minutes from my mums, 5 minutes from my nan's and my boyfriend and friends are welcome anytime, day or night. I am so lucky, yet I find myself constantly moaning and groaning about how sucky my life at home is. When it's not. Not at all! Sure we get on each others toes and there are fights and grumpy times but I live with a dad who loves me more than I can comprehend and his wife who is the sweetest lady ever! I have a roof over my head and walls around me, running water and heating at the push of a button. I am so lucky.

I am so looking forward to getting my own place and having my own space but I know when I get it, I'll miss stepping on my dads toes and shouting at him to hurry up in the bathroom, or arguing about who's making dinner and who's washing up that night and deciding who gets the remote to decide what we watch. I'll miss trying to catch the pigs in the dark (and the rain, ugh), pretending not to listen when dad asks to rake the leaves up and to stop leaving my thing lying around everywhere!! It's all part of living with your parents, and I know some people who don't have that. So even though I want to groan and grumble (and I probably will still do it from time to time) I'm going to remember and cherish these little moments of living at home because one day, they will be some of the best years of my life and I don't want to ruin it by remembering that I moaned it all away.

(Everything written here is all my own opinion, I mean no offence by it, Its uncensored and just me rambling on and letting some thoughts out into the world .)

If you want to do 12 Months of Thankfulness post your link below or on twitter with #12monthsofthankfulness I'd love to see your year of giving thanks!


When things just don't work out

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that this past week we got ourselves a new little piggie added to the family. She is the cutest little critter, with long white hair that makes her look like she's wearing flares haha! Unfortunately we are going to have to give her back to the friend we got her off. It's so sad because we love her so much, but she isn't getting on with our existing piggies and has turned aggressive to little Roo.She was such a character. She had a funny little jump, and loved the lick the chair legs, she would sit in between your feet and watch telly. She looked hilarious when cleaning and loved to hide round the back of your neck and chew your hair. I really wish it had worked out, but it I think were just destined for two piggies not three.



Loving: The new year feeling. Which is weird, because I hate New Years! I've rarely had a good one and I just get such a strange feeling around this time and I don't like it one bit! But I've almost past that first hurdle and now I'm on to loving the thought of a new beginning and new adventures! Can't wait! 

Thinking about: Everything! Like, everything... It's ridiculous. I have so many, plans, craft ideas, future ideas, work ideas, decorating ideas, career ideas floating around my skull its getting a little crowded. I really need to just go sit, have a brew and just right down everything and get some sort of order to everything.

Anticipating: My week off! I know its just been Christmas but boy do I need a week off. I feel like its been non stop and I can't wait to have a week of and just chill. Me and Tim are planning a little trip away somewhere, maybe to London, it's gonna be so good! One week to go!

Listening to: My christmas CD's! I got rather a few haha. The Staves, Ellie Goulding, Of Monsters And Men, Bon Iver, Emeli Sande and Fun. I've got a lot of I-Pod time coming up :)

Eating: Chocolate, so much chocolate. It's at home, it's at work, its next to my bed. I suppose my healthy eating plan hasn't got off to a good start, but what can I say, I like to eat chocolate and i'm not gonna waste it :P

Wishing: And hoping that the new Guinea Pig fits in and feels right at home with the other two piggies! We get her for a trial few days tomorrow and I cant wait to meet her and introduce her too Bettie and Roo!


2012 Threads

Here are some of my favorite outfits from 2012. I have loved taking outfit posts and I've grown so much more confident in front of the camera, I can't wait to come up with some outifts in 2013, there will be a lot of mixing and matching dew to my need to save as much money as I can, so it should be interesting! I really cant choose a favorite but I notice that I have a lot of yellow!


13 things for 2013

Well hello 2012, where did you come from? I hope you all had a lovely new year and Christmas. I haven't posted for a while because Christmas was work and family with not much time for computery things. But I'm back now with a new years resolution of blogging more frequently, as I do miss it rather a lot when I don't. So to start the year off right here is my 13 things for 2013! My 12 for 2012 went really well so it was only right to make one this year.

  1. Go to America - This was on my 2012 list but it was never going to happen. But it will this year! 
  2. Be more organized - I am awful! I need to buy a diary, use it and get my life in some kind of order. It really annoys me that I am so unorganized. I hate not knowing what I'm doing, or need, have, and I love writing lists so I need to do that more too!
  3. Take  more photos - I take lots of photos any way but I kinda go through patches of taking non. I really like having an I-phone for the handiness of the camera, but I want to start using my Instax, fish-eye and DSLR more and more. 
  4. Don't waste time - This is a big one. I spend so much time just sitting around doing nothing. I want to change that. Not that I always want to be doing something, but I just don't want to waste my days off or waste my time complaining about things, I just want to live in every way I can.
  5. Be more positive - This kinda ties in with number 4, I realized that I'm quite negative in certain things, and I've realized that life is too short to be negative about stupid insignificant things, so i'm not going to be anymore. 
  6. Move out - I realize that this is a bit far-fetched, but I suppose I mean get the ball rolling on moving out. I wont actually be able to move out till next year, but I can certainly plan!
  7. Grow my nails - This is a big one! I would love to have beautifully painted nails, but my little stubs look gross! So I want to have long nails for at least 6 months of the year!
  8. Make 6 quilts - I don't know if you've heard of the '12 quilts in a year' challenge, but I really want to do it, with work though its a little hard to do 12 so I've halved it so I have 2 months for each quilt instead of one!
  9. Start my shop - This is another what was on my 2012 list that didn't happen, but I'm kind of glad, because I have big plans for this year. So keep your eye out for a big announcement soon! 
  10. Be Healthy - SO WANT TO DO THIS! I need to do this! I want to feel better in myself and my body and I love to cook, so why not do it healthily!
  11. Save money - I need to do this for number 1!
  12. Make 6 Dress's - This is an ongoing one, I say it every year...maybe this year it will happen?!
  13. Learn a new thing every month - I suppose this is mostly to improve my crafting abilities but also to keep me on my toes through out the year! 
I also want to do monthly targets but I might leave it for January seen as I've got this :P Do you have a 13 Things For 2013? Leave a link below, I'd love to see what you want to achieve in the new year!!