Friday, 29 August 2014

Family Friday - Getting a Little Bit Personal

Up until now there's a part of my life I've chosen not to share here on my blog. It wasn't so much a conscious choice, more that it just hadn't come up as topic but its been on my mind lately so now seemed a good time to broach the subject.

My 9 year old son has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Beauty Tuesday - August Lust List!

With my husband having been unemployed for a while now, money hasn't exactly been easy to come by in our house. That means my budget for beauty products has been severely limited and as a result I've tended to stick with simply replacing old faithful products that I know do the job rather than trying out exciting new things.

The beauty magpie inside of me has found this very, VERY difficult and the way I found of dealing with it was to keep a note on my phone of all the things I would like to buy once I had the money.

Beauty Lust List

Now I should say, my beauty shopping / wish lists are not normally this full of 'high end' products - my beauty regime is a fairly even mix of high end and budget (if anything, there's more budget) so this is unusual. I think a few budget items have snuck into my basket even while money has been tight whereas I just couldn't justify the money for these products. It may still take me a while to save up my coppers for all of these bits but hopefully not too long!

What shall I buy first? And are there any new 'must-have' products that I've missed?

Monday, 25 August 2014

Recipe Review Monday - Bake Off Challenge!

If you're a regular reader of my blog or follow me on Twitter then you're probably well aware that I love baking and my love for baking goes hand in hand with my love for the Great British Bake Off, which started again a couple of weeks ago on BBC1.

For a start, Mel and Sue are just hilarious, I love Paul Hollywood (I'm not entirely sure why but there's definitely something about that man!) and Mary Berry is the Queen of baking. Add to that seeing all the yummy things the bakers turn out and I really don't see how you can't love it. Of course, the mishaps make it all the more fun to watch although I do feel for the poor bakers, it must be so nerve wracking.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

A Fresh Page

So this is my first post since 24th July. A whole month without blogging and I've barely tweeted in that time as well. I'm sorry to any regular readers or fellow blogger friends who were waiting for updates but I just haven't really felt like it. Things have been pretty crazy here and I've been shattered most of the time, with blogging being bottom of the list of priorities. So I've tried to just have some time for me to rest, relax and do things like read (I managed to get through the first book from the Song of Ice and Fire Series that Game of Thrones is based on and I'm well into the second) and spend time with the children.

Its not been a very nice few weeks - my uncle passed away on the same day my dad had a pacemaker fitted, work has been really busy and stressful, my parents have decided to separate (and not in the most civilised manner), and in the midst of all that we had my son's 9th birthday and our 4 day holiday to Dorset. On the plus side though my husband now has a job, which he starts on Tuesday.

Writing it all down it seems a bit daft that I got myself in such a knot about it all but at the time it just felt like the world was falling down around me. Things are getting better now though. This week particularly I've picked myself up a bit, I've got back into tweeting a little more and I've started planning things from here on. There's a lot of notebooks around my house for my various projects and interests, filled with to do lists and I created a schedule with specific times to work on different things. I've joined Slimming World to try to get my focus back with getting fit and healthy - having never tried SW before I'm intrigued to see if it works for me. I also spent some time this week setting myself some goals for both the short and long term, for my blogging, my weight loss and my career.

So I consider this a fresh page, turning over a new leaf after a dark time and putting the bad stuff behind me. I'm feeling focused and motivated, I just hope it continues! Thank you for bearing with me while I had this little break and I hope you enjoy hearing from me more from here on.