5
Jan
2017
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Be good to yourself: the alternative January survival guide

This is my first week back at work after two weeks off. Normally, when I have 14 days to play with, I go on a foreign holiday or sandwich a city break in between doing various fun activities. But the Christmas break seems to serve a different purpose for me (and most people, I suspect) in that it’s a time to do very little but eat, drink and be merry. I was ill for the first three weeks in December, so I took the stance of chilling out very seriously, to help me get better. I did nothing; no gym...
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7
Dec
2016
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Decorations: the alternative edit

Why is tomorrow circled in my diary? There’s no birthday or special occasion. I’m not meeting friends or going out for dinner. But I am buying and decorating my Christmas tree, which is worthy of its very own entry. I have the whole evening mapped out, from choosing the tree itself (it’s not as simple as just grab and go, I need to see lots of trees), taking it home and placing it in our bay window, before the real fun begins: decorating. This year, I’m going a bit out there with decorations. From gold pineapples to sunglass-wearing angels, 2016’s...
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21
Nov
2016
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Sunday styling

Dare I say it, our house renovations are *almost* finished. It’s been a long three months but in that time we’ve brought (dragged is a more appropriate way to describe it) our home into the 21st century. Gone is the anaglypta wallpaper that took months to come off. Gone are the dated electrics, replaced with ones that don’t involve a life-threatening flick of the switch. Gone is the whisper peach bathroom, updated with one that doesn’t make you feel like you’re going to attract some hideous disease from using it. And gone are the smells of cats and nicotine. What...
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28
Oct
2016
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Things that made me smile: October 2016

It’s official, renovating our house has OFFICIALLY taken over my life. Every minute that I’m not at work I’m at the house doing whatever I can to make it a home. But after months of Rob and I putting everything we’ve got into it, it’s *almost* finished. Queue some before and after pictures coming to a blog post near you soon. Still, despite the chaos, there are a few things that have made me smile this month, which are: 1. Rock Rose Gin. I swear the stresses of renovations have definitely increased by Martini consumption and my current base spirit...
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14
Sep
2016
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My morning routine

I don’t think I’m alone is saying that we’re all curious about how other people manage their days. Whether it’s what time you get up in the morning or what you ate for dinner, I always enjoy comparing and contrasting my life with others. When Rachel’s Organic got in touch and asked me to share how I get my morning off to a good start, I couldn’t resist; since I enjoy reading this kind of post from others, I thought it was high time I took part in my own. I’m what you would classify as a ‘morning person’ and...
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2
Sep
2016
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New house update: the bedroom edit

So, the renovations … they are happening but slowly. Very slowly. I figured our new abode would be comfortable, welcoming, homely even at this point, but alas, the answer is no. Far from it. My walls are still bare and full of holes, the floor boards are beyond repair, and now that we’re in the thick of re-wiring the house, there is a fine layer of dust covering everything. Great. To keep me sane and give me some hope that this house will become a home (one day), I’ve started to visualise how it’s going to look. This goes way...
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