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I can’t believe I’m on #22 of this little series. I’m notoriously a bit rubbish at keeping up with ANYTHING, but the fact I’ve been penning these little round ups for 5 months shows just how much I love them – they make me feel all fuzzy and happy and stuff.
So yeah, on with the fuzzy, happy stuff from this week…
1) Hitting 100 blog posts
See above about me being crap at sticking with things. Imagine my joy when WordPress kindly reminded me that I’ve written over 100 blog posts! The really exciting thing is, the more I write, the more I love it. Here’s to the next 100 posts and getting to know the wonderful world of blogging even better.
2) Catching a tan
Thanks to Portugal’s sunnier climes, I am now sporting slightly more tanned skin and it is making me feel so much healthier! I mean, I’m not looking super bronzed by anyone’s estimation, but it’s nice to not have to wear tonnes of foundation or resemble a nearly-dead person when I wake up.
3) Holiday yumminess
Eating is basically mine and Sam’s only common hobby, so we always go all out when we go on holiday! The past week has been filled with yummy gelato, steak, custard tarts, peri-peri chicken and pizza and it has been EPIC. Kinda craving some salad now though…
4) Swimming in the sea
This was one of the things on my summer bucket list and so last Monday, I tiptoed into a VERY cold Atlantic Ocean, held my breath, and ducked under. Despite being absolutely FREEZING, it was so lovely to swim with the sun on my shoulders, watching the boats sail by. Definitely need to do this again this summer.
5) A new Zara outfit
I treated myself to this and this while we were in Lisbon and I am SOOOOO in love with them. They make such a lovely little outfit paired together, but I’m also planning on wearing them as separates this summer too. I do need to get my spending ban back on track though…
6) Hilly hikes
Lisbon is notoriously hilly, so we spent a lot of this week talking long uphill climbs – one hike took us over an hour! At the beginning of the week my thighs were burning and I could hardly breathe, but by Friday I was totally loving starting our day with a little ramble. I really want to keep it up now we’re home!
7) A cup of tea and a natter with my Nan
No matter how I feel when I go into my Nan’s house, after a cup of tea, a slice a cake and a good ol’ chinwag I always feel a million percent better. She’s a wise old soul and I’m so lucky to have her around.
8) Purchasing my domain name
I’ve been umm-ing and ahh-ing about going self hosted for ages, and this week I finally took the first step and bought my own domain name. I’m so excited to get transferring everything across and playing around with layout and look. I’m also gonna use it as an opportunity to have a little re-thing about what I want to do here on the blog. Watch this space!
9) The Girl on the Train
I’m not gonna say too much about this book because a) spoilers and b) I wanna write more in my monthly book review but I had to mention it in this little list as I spent a lot of this week completely gripped by this book. I haven’t been hooked like this for ages but I really couldn’t put it down.
10) Celebrating my Mum’s birthday
It’s my lovely Mum’s birthday and we celebrated it in style this weekend. We cooked for my parents on Saturday night, showered her with pressies and had a lovely Sunday afternoon pub lunch with all of our family. Celebrations are a big thing in our family, and I hope my Mum is feeling suitably spoilt, she definitely deserves it!
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I can’t believe how fast this week has gone, but that’s always the way when you’re on holiday isn’t it?! I spent a lot of yesterday catching up on all the lovely posts I missed while I was away and rounded them all up here for you…
- Rosie’s recipes have never let me down before, so I can’t wait to check out this one for chicken satay!
- I can’t wait for the sun to come out in Leeds so that I can test out Amy’s pub garden recommendations.
- I think we can all relate to Audrey’s anxiety about never having enough time to feel completely satisfied.
- I loved reading all of these wonderful things that Zoe has learnt in her 25 years.
- There are still so many of these delicious Leeds street foods that I want to try!
- Reading this post by Emma made me realise how lucky I am to look forward to Mondays.
- I’m obsessed with The Pool. Are you obsessed with The Pool yet? You will be after reading this.
Okay, so I’m totally in love with Lisbon. It was more beautiful than I could have imagined – think ornately tiled buildings, rolling waves and incredible views. Throw in some amazing food, quirky shops and super cheap Caiprinhias and you basically have my perfect destination.
I’m gonna do some full travel guides in the next couple of weeks, but for now I wanted to share some of the snaps I took on my iPhone – just pulling these together makes me miss it already!
Over the Easter weekend we decided we wanted to take a drive out to somewhere new. Living in Yorkshire, we are spoiled with options for gorgeous places to visit, but after a quick Google it was Brimham Rocks that took our fancy.
Brimham Rocks is a National Trust site in North Yorkshire that houses natural rock formations and incredible views. It’s a really bonkers kind of place – it totally reminded us of something out of Jurassic Park! We had so much fun climbing over the rocks and admiring the lush green fields as we soaked up the sun.
It was the perfect place to spend a couple of hours outdoors and aside from parking was completely free, which is ace! They also sell really delicious ice cream… what’s not to love!?
Do any of you have any recommendations for other days out in the Yorkshire region? We’re always looking for new places to try!
I love May – I love the feeling of the whole summer stretching out ahead. BBQs to host, holidays to have, picnics to enjoy, tanned legs to show off…
Summer always seems to whizz by, so this year I’m determined to fill it with as much fun and excitement as possible. I’ve made a list of 20 things I want to do before autumn rolls around and I plan to blog about them and cross them off as I go!
1) Eat fish and chips on the beach.
2) Watch the sun set.
3) Watch the sun rise.
4) Swim in the sea.
5) Pick strawberries.
6) Have a picnic.
7) Host a BBQ.
8) Visit the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition.
9) Ride a bike.
10) Go to an outdoor movie showing.
11) Visit Bolton Abbey on a sunny day.
12) Catch a tan.
13) Improve my photography.
14) Feed the ducks.
15) Go to Alton Towers.
16) Find a new favourite country pub.
17) Go to a festival.
18) Go camping.
19) Visit a farmer’s market or food festival.
20) Take a spa day.
Are you planning on doing any of these things this summer? Do you have any other suggestions for my list?
Hello lovelies! As you read this I will be sunning myself on a beach in Portugal – much better than my usual Monday reporting, that’s for sure. But before I get ahead of myself, here are my ten favourites for last week…
1) Reaching 100 blog followers
This week I finally tipped the 100 mark in terms of blog followers – this made me so super happy, so THANK YOU! I think you’re all a bit mad for wanting to read my ramblings but I love it. I’m super close on Bloglovin’ too if you want to help me cross another blog milestone…
2) The C Word
I caught up with The C-Word on Monday and I urge you all to PLEASE watch it. It was an incredibly emotional watch, but in many ways a very uplifting one too. It is also doing an amazing job of raising awareness of breast cancer in young women too – promise me you’ll watch it and check yourself afterwards?
3) Bank holiday blogging organisation
Despite being poorly over the long weekend, I managed to have a super productive bank holiday Monday (even if it was from bed)! I was feeling super inspired and managed to get lots of blog content written, which means that there will still be fresh posts popping up this week while I’m away.
Unfortunately the results didn’t swing the way I wanted them to, but I still felt mega proud as I was casting my vote on Thursday. We are incredibly lucky to be able to have a say in who runs our country and I am so grateful that we have that right.
5) Carluccio’s catch up
What better way to spend a midweek evening than with Italian food and good friends?! It was so nice to spend a few hours with the girls (who I haven’t seen in ages!) and catch up on all the exciting things going on in our lives – I love hearing about how well everyone is doing.
6) Mill Kitchen/Homage2Fromage mash up
Mill Kitchen is one of my favourite places to go for brunch – a beautiful deli-style cafe set in a gorgeous mill. So imagine my delight when I heard that Leeds’ local cheese club, Homage2Fromage, decided to host a cheese filled evening there! This was my first time attending a Homage2Fromage event but it absolutely will not be my last – it was the most fun!!! They host events in a few northern cities so definitely check them out if you love cheese as much as me.
7) This video
I’ve watched this an embarrassing amount of times this week – it’s definitely my highlight of the general election!
8) The return of summer working hours
The company I work for have a great little summer working hours scheme, which basically means that throughout the summer we can finish work at 3pm on a Friday. It feels like such a treat to get a few hours back every Friday afternoon – hopefully the weather will behave and allow me to spend most of them in a beer garden somewhere!
9) Pre-holiday pamper
I love all of the pre-pamper that goes hand in hand with holidays – I treated myself to a fresh manicure on Wednesday evening and spent lots of time lathering up in my favourite lotions and potions. Here’s hoping that my diligent exfoliating helps on the tanning front…
Without doubt, the best part of this week… I won’t brag anymore (until I get home anyway…).
What’s been making you smile this week?
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Happy Sunday all! Grab yourself a coffee and a snack and treat yourself to an hour catching up on these lovely links I’ve rounded up for you…
- Woken up with a cheeky little Sunday hangover? Katy has got your back.
- Hannah has got some great tips if you’re looking to take your blog to the next level.
- Lauren‘s mid-twenties turn offs made me giggle.
- Instagram can be a great traffic driver for your blog – these tips by The Nectar Collective can help get noticed.
- I’m so excited that Kirkstall Deli Market is back for the summer after reading Diane’s post.
- This post had me craving another visit to New York…
- I’m obsessed with this outfit from Rebecca – a perfectly elegant get up!
As you read this, I will be waking up in (hopefully) sunny Lisbon, ready for a week of exploring, eating and much needed relaxation. Going away puts me in a good frame of mind to write some travel related posts, so today I thought I’d share my hand luggage essentials with you all!
We flew out to Lisbon with Ryanair, but as we’re staying for a week we opted to check a bag in to make sure we had enough weight for all of our stuff (girl gotta have outfit options!). So that left my hand luggage free just for the necessities – these are the xxx things I always prefer to have with me on the plane…
1) A super cosy scarf!
Because it gets bloody chilly on planes, especially if like us you’re flying at night! I like to pack a big scarf that I can use as a blanket if I need to – this is an old favourite that I picked up at Forever 21 in Hong Kong a few years ago.
2) A good book
There’s always a lot of waiting around when you’re travelling isn’t there? And if you’re doing a short haul flight you don’t usually have the luxury of inflight entertainment. Hence needing a good book to get you through – this was recommended to me by a friend who found it so gripping she read it in a day!
3) My camera
I don’t like putting my camera in my checked luggage (have you seen how they throw those bags on and off the plane?!) so I always carry it with me in my cabin baggage. It means I can keep a better eye on it – plus it’s close to hand for taking those all important out of window plane photos!
4) A notebook and pencil
I always find that inspiration strikes when I’m travelling, so I like to take a little pocket notebook and pencil with me. It’s also good for scribbling down and recommendations from fellow travellers, plus you can use it as a little holiday diary!
5) My travel document folder
I always try and keep all my travel documents in one place as it’s easy to lose track when you’re bag is stuffed with boarding cards, hotel reservations, passports, etc. I picked up this handy folder for about £3 in Paperchase a couple of years ago and it’s an absolute lifesaver! You can find some similar ones here.
Because I love flicking through and planning our itinerary together over a beer in the airport! It always makes me super excited on the plane and it means that we can get a plan together for the first few days of the trip before we arrive.
What do you always take with you in your hand luggage?
Since having an offer accepted on a house my homeware lusting has gone into overdrive. I have been spending approximately 95% of my time on Pinterest mentally mapping out how I want our new little home to look – I just can’t wait to get decorating!
Dartington Crystal kindly sent me this gorgeous blue vase last week – isn’t is it super pretty?!I love coloured glass as it can add such a subtle pop of colour in an otherwise neutral room.
I can’t wait to find a place for it in the new house – I think it will look even better stuffed with vibrant wild flowers. What do you think?
It also got me thinking about all of the ocean blue hues I’ve been lusting after recently – here is a round up of my faves, starting with the fab Dartington vase!
1) Dartington Little Gems Lantern Vase – £20
2) H&M 3-Pack Candles – £3.99
3) B&Q St Ives Striped Blue Cushion – £11
4) H&M Seat Cushion – £7.99
5) BHS Blue Trinket Box – £6.00
6) Next Large Breton Stripe Indoor Pot – £8.00
7) John Lewis Miko Throw – £49.00
Which piece is your favourite?