Archive for September 2013

Changes

Friday, 27 September 2013

I havn't blogged all week because I have been making some changes in my life.

I have ended a friendship that was not healthy and quite frankly was co dependant.
It was a very hard thing to do although I have known for some time I would be doing it I was waiting for the right time.
It was a friendship that was exhausting and mentally draining and my life revolved around not upsetting this person. I was absolutely the wrong person for them to turn to and ending the  friendship was the only way either of us could move forward.
Knowing that I was doing the right thing did not make it any easier although I do know that I havnt abandoned them. This person has a support network and we have no place in each other's lives now.
This may seem like a very personal thing to blog about and I promise my next post will be much more light hearted, but writing about it helps me and my heart feels much lighter already.
So now it's a fresh start. I can concentrate on me and my family and look forward to whatever is to come my way.

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Etsy Love - Autumn

Monday, 23 September 2013





 


 

- Pumpkin Pillow Cover
- Fall Harvest Mix Shea Butter Soap
- Autumn Wind - Printable Bookmarks
- Fall Leaf Nail Decals





 


 

- Oak Leaf Copper Headband
- Fall Thanksgiving Wall Art
- Autumn Leaves Dog Collar
- Cute Owls Clip Art


 


 


 

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Snap Happy

Sunday, 22 September 2013


Yet another selfie // patchwork love // nap time


A yummy gift from a friend // new polish // stealing my side of the bed


Trying on bow tie and side parting for comic con // pretty new bedding // what I found on my bedroom wall last night


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Minor Irritations

Saturday, 21 September 2013


I have spent the last few days in bed with a throat infection.

This is what I wish I had looked like.

Instead I lay in bed trying to get comfortable and getting more and more irritated. Everything annoyed me.

- The new software on my phone
- The person who visits my neighbour
   with the extremely loud laugh.
- Not knowing when I'm due back at 
   work because they can't get the rota 
   organised.
- My left eye which wouldn't stop 
   watering.
- People who make arrangements then 
   when the time comes say it was never 
   definite.

All minor annoyances I know but I was feeling so ill I let everything get to me.
I'm usually such a tolerant person. So now I've had my mini rant, I'm starting to feel better already.







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A Lovey Blog Hop

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Welcome to A Lovely Blog Hopwhere each Thursday we have the grand opportunity to meet and connect with lovely new bloggers, such as myself! Now you have something to do and somewhere to go on Thursdays!

 Enjoy!
Rules (Not really rules but a guide):
1. Follow your host and any co-hosts (if it applies). Co-hosts will be the first 3 to 5 entries.
I am your host,  Rekita @ Her&Nicole and I am the first linky. 


Feel free to leave a comment and introduce yourself!

2. Link it!
Link up your blog or anything else you find lovely. Share your family, fashion, food, crafts, or anything that you love this week. Please, please, please, share the love and include a link back to this blog hop.

3. Spread it!
This is a blog hop after all, so hop around! Visit other blogs and say Hi!

4. Grab it! 
Her & Nicole
Grab the button and place it somewhere in your blog or add just the link. Preferably in your blog post. 
This will help us promote this blog hop, believe me, the more the merrier! Or post the link somewhere in your blog. 

5. Tweet it!
Please help me to promote this blog hop by sharing it to others. 
So tweet it to show everyone where you link up on Thursdays!

6. The most important rule of them all, HAVE FUN BLOG HOPPING!

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A Born Worrier

Wednesday, 18 September 2013





For as long as I can remember I have worried. Now I realise that everybody does but I'm not just talking about the big life changing things, I mean everything! Sweating the small stuff keeps me going I thrive on it, I worry if I have nothing to worry about.

When I was a child I worried so much I made myself sick. Whatever the problem was would go round and round in my head and would get bigger and bigger and bigger. Nothing has changed really but I manage to keep my stomach under control.

In the past I worried about school work, test results and minor arguments with my friends. Then it was boys, my weight and were my clothes on trend.

Then 15 years ago a new focus for my worry appeared and I swear every day my son has been on this planet I have worried about him and he really gives me no cause. I do know that it is natural to worry about your child but when you don't sleep for 2 weeks because they are starting a new school then maybe things are getting out of hand.

My job has also been a constant cause for my worry. I have done the same job since I left school and I love it. I gained qualifications to a high level and I like to think I'm good at it. So why for 18 years have I been terrified I'm going to lose it. Even I know it doesn't make sense.

Currently I'm worrying about my sons exams, keeping my gorgeous tiny little puppy alive, being single for the rest of my life and the lines that are appearing on my face ( which to be fair is probably from worry). I also worry about my blog. Is it good enough? Will anybody ever read it? 

The sane part of me ( there is one honestly) knows that all this worrying wont change anything, what will be will be. I just can't help it and the people who tell me to stop it might as well be telling me to stop breathing. I'm going to end this post here because I'm already starting to worry that it's too long.

Are you a born worrier? What keeps you awake at night?







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My Autumn Reading List

Monday, 16 September 2013


As the weather gets cooler there's nothing I like more than curling up with a good book. Here's what I have in my to read pile.




The Ocean At The End Of The Lane - Neil Gaiman:
  I have heard great reports about this book and I'm a huge fan of stories with something magical about them.


Inferno - Dan Brown:
  I loved the other books in this series so I can't wait to start this one. It's pretty long so I may tackle this one soon while I still have time off work.


The Casual Vacancy - JK Rowling:
  It's took me a while to get round to this book as I've heard mixed reviews but as a huge fan of the author I think it's worth a try.


Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro:
  I have seen the movie of this book and was completely surprised by the subject matter. The story is both emotional and shocking and I've been told there's a lot more in the book.


The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year - Sue Townsend:
  What a wonderful idea! I bet there's more than a few women out there who wish they could follow the example of the main character  in this book. Looking forward to this one.


Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think? What's on your to read list?
  








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Just Chitchat

Saturday, 14 September 2013



Today I'm celebrating the start of 2 whole weeks off work. I'm not going away but we have a few days out planned and a few pj days too. 




I'm looking forward to going out for a family meal to our local Italians. The food and atmosphere are both great. The ice cream is out of this world.the chocolate sundae is my favourite.



In other news I have started my Xmas shopping which is extremely early for me. I'm determined to be organised this year. My son is feeling very inspired at the moment so I havn't got much to go off but it's a start. 
It still hasn't got me in a Christmassy mood but I did find this lovely bed that Santa could bring for the baby of the family.

C/o Cathkidston.com






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Fave Pins Friday - Pretty Pastels

Friday, 13 September 2013















 



 


 


 


 


 


 

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This Week I'm.....

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Watching - Dexter




 Now I realise Dexter has been around for quite a while now but I just never got around to it before. I'm a binge watcher so now I have 8 seasons to sink my teeth into I'm loving it.



Listening To - She and Him


I've loved She and Him from their first album, their easy, relaxing sound is just perfect to unwind to. Zooey Deschanel has a gorgeous voice, full of emotion.


Reading - The Phantom Of The Opera by Gaston Leroux


Admit it, you sang that title! I love mysteries and this dark gothic romance is a classic. I'm loving it up to now and it's not too scary.


Wearing - ModCloth Knitwear



 I just love the gorgeous knitwear at ModCloth and I took delivery of these 4 lovelies last week. Not too thick, perfect for autumn. 


Wishing For - Little Mermaid Tank


I have an obsession with graphic tees and have quite a collection now. I fell in love with this one when I found it on Store Envy.


 


 


 


 

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A Letter To My 16 Year Old Self

Monday, 9 September 2013

Dear Linsey,


                          There's so much I want to say to you I hardly know where to begin. Your innocence and romantic notions amaze me, part of you will always remain that way. 
You are so happy and have two parents who love you so very much. Try not to judge them so harshly, they are just trying to protect you. One day you will have a son of your own and will know how it feels to never want to let your child go.
In about a years time you will choose your career path and people will laugh , they will tell you that it's not for you. You will prove them wrong. 
You are going to meet so many people and go to some wonderful places. You will love like there's no tomorrow and you will hurt. But you will learn from the bad times.
Motherhood will come to you earlier than you expected but you will never regret it. Oh and please don't buy anything pink based on a feeling or at least keep the receipts.
I know you think you need to be in a relationship to make you whole but one day you will surprise yourself and be more independent than you ever thought you could be. 
One day you will be 35 with a teenage son and deranged puppy. You will have been in the same job for 18 years and still love it. You will single handedly decorate your house in your own quirky way. You will have fantastic friends who never let you get down. You will be happy.

35 year old you xx

Ps. Do not take that cigarette on your 17th birthday. It will take you years to break the habit.

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Fave Pins Friday - Disney

Friday, 6 September 2013

















 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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What Ava did

Thursday, 5 September 2013



 Look at her, butter wouldn't melt! Here's just a few of Ava's antics over the past few days.

- tore a hole in the vest top I was wearing during an outburst at the postmans arrival.

- had a tantrum when my son went back to school yesterday and cried at the door for 2 hours.


- jumped on my head at 4am because she wanted a cuddle.


- ran down the stairs with my bra in her mouth while I had friends over.

- refused to go outside for 12 hours because it was too windy.

Believe me those are just a few examples, she is exhausting but well worth it. At least she keeps us entertained. 

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Being Single In Your 30s

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

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I broke up with my husband last June and our divorce was made final last month. At first I struggled with the break up and although I knew it was the right thing to do my life had been turned upside down.
Fast forward a year and I am in a good place. I feel I have my life together now and have never regretted the break up. I can actually say that I'm ready to start dating again.
Here lies the problem. Now I'm 35 not ancient by anybody's standards (except my sons), but when it comes to dating I might as well be 85. I'm finding that all single men are either 10 years younger or 20 years older than me, I have no problem with age gap relationships I just find that I personally have nothing in common with these men.
Then we get to the problem of meeting people, my friends are all married, settled and most of them have young children. They don't go out much and when they do they do couple things. A pub quiz once a fortnight and the occasional family meal out is the extent of my social life . 
A few of my friends have tried to set me up but it ended in disaster, they are now banned from future matchmaking.
 Internet dating has also been suggested but I know myself well enough to know it's not for me. I feel as if I'm stuck in a rut and not sure how to get out of it.
On the upside I have a wonderful family, a job I love and great friends who keep me sane . A man isn't everything but it does get lonely sometimes and who knows maybe when least expect it.....

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ModCloth - Autumn Picks

Monday, 2 September 2013

I cant believe September is here already! Time for warmer tones and plenty of layers. Here is my pick of Modcloths autumn collection.


The Fuchsia of Fashion Dress from ModCloth

Charter School Cardigan in Sage from ModCloth

Just Like Honey Heel from ModCloth

About the Artist Dress from ModCloth

Cambridge Satchel Upwardly Mobile Satchel in Yellow - 14 from ModCloth

Fine and Sandy Blazer from ModCloth



ModCloth has a huge range of gorgeous vintage style clothing. Take a look.

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Top 5 - Books

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Well here's the last of my little top 5 series. This one was the hardest, I've read so many books over the years but I finally got it down to 5.

All of these books are also movies, something I only just realised and wasn't intentional.
If there are some you havnt read yet don't worry there's no spoilers.

5. The Green Mile - Stephen King


I love Stephen King books and this one has to be my favourite. There's something magical about it and I cried like a baby at the end.

4. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier



This is a classic mystery, I just love all the drama and suspense and it features    
the creepiest character I've ever come across. 


3. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire - JK Rowling


In my opinion this is by far the best in the series, it is also my sons favourite.Who read  these books and didnt wish they had gone to Hogwarts? 

2. The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger



 When I read this book it was unlike anything I had ever read before and can be a bit confusing in places. Despite this it captured my imagination and I became completely caught up in this unconventional love story.


1. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold


This is the most emotional book I've ever read. The writing is beautiful and the story is simply told through the eyes of a teenage girl. I must have read this book 5 times.

Well that's all my faves, what's yours?. 


 




 
 


 

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