End of an era



Monday last week was one of the hardest days. Taz went to the vet as his health has been failing and he never came home as he was put to sleep.  My adopted furry little brother is gone 😦

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Making the most of the bank holiday Monday, lots of work to do around the flat. Gareth is repainting the bathroom and the garden needs tidying up too, thank heavens for the gloriously sunny weather.

Turning 30

Clearly all the changes that had happened thus far in 2013 wasn’t enough for me, and the day before I turned 30, I went a bit loopy…


… and I had all my hair cut off!



Well most of you who know me or my story already will be fully aware that I donate my hair to charity, so little girls with cancer can have a wig from it 🙂 Though it’s a BIG difference getting used to less hair, but with everything that had been going on I figured why not cut it all off and have a fresh start?? New job, new year, new hair do… It just seemed rather fitting!



The ponytail was a few inches shorter as they needed a little bit extra there to work with to get the style I was after, so once my ponytail was cut I had a nice bob like I normally had, but I wanted a pixie do!




Gareth has been quite ill lately and in a lot of pain, so my birthday was cut short as I looked after my poorly husband who went to hospital on Monday, and that meant valentines was put on hold as well. But it wasn’t all bad… I got myself 2 Project Life’s to play with! The big 12×12 binder which I am not going to be doing weekly spreads as everyone is doing. Nope, mine is just going to be a regular scrapbook, but the ease of the system was far too wonderful to pass up! Bit gutted Seafoam Core Kit had sold out, but it’s OK… I am going to be doubly sure to get the Midnight edition when it is released. I love Paislee Press, Liz is one of my favourite digital designers! Other favourites of mine are One Little Bird, Three Paper Peonies, and Digital Design Essentials… and speaking of Project life I purchased Seafoam at ACDigitals.com and Traci Reed has a sampler over at her blog, which I adored so much I purchased her version of the templates!

I printed off a bunch of the Seafoam cards and put them in a baggie ready to quickly scrap at a moments notice…

UntitledThe mini album will be our Disney holiday album which I have been working on using the collab kit “Day Planner” by Paislee Press and One Little Bird 🙂 This whole being 30 thing isn’t so bad!


What a difference a week makes…


On Friday the snow came down, a LOT. Nobody was going anywhere around our part of the neighbourhood, even the buses weren’t coming up our end and so mum had to walk to where the buses were actually travelling to be able to get in to work but then the office was closed at lunch time. Gareth’s office was closed and my brother couldn’t get his van out either so Friday was a fantastic day! There were snowball fights, snow angels and sledge rides 🙂
Oliver had lots of fun throwing snowballs at us all!


And Elijah got in my sledge so I pulled him around which he loved!


Stewart made a snow angel to which Oli got in the snow next to him and instead of moving his arms and legs, wiggled his bottom which made us giggle!


however the roads by my flat were just sheets of ice, and the paths were no picnic either. I have spent the entire 7 days in wellies, and Gareth slipped on ice and badly hurt & bruised his foot & hurt his arm.  Thankfully my car was at my parents house where they gritted the road so I didn’t have to battle with the ice and I was still able to carry on as normal.


So the week after I last updated, I said my goodbyes to my colleagues and worried about my future, but looked forward to a week helping out my dad. He had treatment at hospital and was on crutches, so I drove him to work for a meeting & we had a few bits to get from Morrisons. I liked helping him out 🙂 And he needed to rest up.

During that week I had 3 leads on a new job which was a surprise to me. One call was within an hour of leaving my job! The one though came on Tuesday, I was told the company wanted to meet me on Thursday, so I went in, they liked me and I started my new job on Monday. It’s been a great week, and this year so far has been just so overwhelming. A friend told me things happen for a reason, but I’ve always been quite skeptical but my luck has truly switched around and it’s strange how things have turned out for me so far, but I have indeed managed to salvage 2013 😀 Yay!

Something to

How on earth is it the end of November already? While the last 10 days or so I have been feeling super festive, that might have had something to do with doing the first Disney Xmas party of the season on 9th November, I’m still feeling seriously unprepared.

My Xmas list keeps changing, I want to do a sort of “minimalist” one this year in the sense that I want to adopt the

“something you want, something you need, something to wear & something to read”

for this year. So not lots of stuff cluttering up, stuff that will be eaten/used up/useful, the something to read will be a book on my kindle to avoid adding to the already overflowing book case, but for the hubster his something to read will probably be a DVD, until as such time we get something like an Apple TV to store movies on 😉 lol.
So my beloved bath products are OK as they will be used up, and when hubby has bought me Dove sets in the past it has saved my buying any body washes for a while & saves on the old grocery bill, so that’s a winner too. My something to wear will be a pair of slippers that I could do with. Funnily enough my problem is thinking of my want & need.

I am mostly looking forward to the atmosphere & spending time with family & catching up on scrapbooking projects as I will have time at hometo do things other than my usual task of chores!



It’s Complicated

True to my word, as I joked with 2 of the girls in the office this week, the word of the week most certainly was “complicated”. I have excitedly found out my “travel slippers” which was a cute gift from my nan for my honeymoon and have been wearing them, along with my Mickey Mouse earrings. It’s coming around so fast.

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Time goes so fast. I remember back in April last year thinking that October 2012 seemed so far away, yet here it is. I left college over 10 years ago, I mean it didn’t seem that long ago, and even one image that has cropped up on Pinterest that reminds me of this:

Source: artpixie.tumblr.com via Kirsty on Pinterest

I have spoke to a couple of my college friends this week which cheered me up (especially when one conversation involved how awesome Max is from Tangled LOL, I am partial to Pascal too he’s adorable!) The other week I had a message from one of my old friends, we hung out a lot back in the day, but there was a misunderstanding that ended in us not speaking for at least 8 years I believe. I had messages before but I simply deleted them as I just wasn’t interested in hearing what they had to say. Probably such a silly thing to do and I realised this, so I finally replied :) It’s been a nice catch up over this week, apologies were exchanged, and we have moved on. I feel like a weight has been lifted and it’s nice to know I have my friend back for random gossip sessions & pick me ups. Remembering all the other people we hung out with too & being told how they are doing. It’s been quite a week for sure.

Now it’s Friday night, I have to get some sleep before I have to get up early and have my eye appointment. Last one I hope! Contact lenses are a pain in my rear, and I am still rather fond of my glasses thank you, but I hate not being able to see in situations where I can’t wear my glasses. So when I get a month’s supply that should last me a good 30 weeks I should think! Night night.

Short and Sweet

I am feeling beyond lousy right now. A cold has managed to sneak up on me this afternoon & I’ve been struggling ever since, so I shall be very brief:

Forgot how tricky these buggers were!

I had my contact lens appointment. I haven’t worn any in 8 years. I remembered why. Alas I need them, so I just need to make it work for a couple of months and then I shall go back to being perfectly happy with my glasses. I love my glasses. I’m rather attached to them. Sadly to get around a water park I need those contact lenses! And I look silly without my glasses.


I actually got around to Smashing last night. I’ve not touched any scrapbooking stash since I last did some smashing back in April? or June? Either or. I worked on my Disney Smash Book which I’m particularly fond of right now 🙂 It’s hard to believe that we’ve waited for so long and now our time is almost here! My American sim has arrived (I’ve decided on Red Pocket) & my halloween costume has been tried on & I looooove it! I will be a brunette Alice lol. I was lucky enough to find an official Disney one on eBay pretty cheap, and I’m already excited to get to wear it properly at the party. I have already warned my work colleagues between now & our departure date shall be pretty much unbearable 😉

Right, bed calls. I need some rest, and hope that I can sleep it off.


Sat on the bus as I begin to write this post (18.42pm). You would not believe the week I’ve had, and it is going to continue into next week. Right now I just want to savour the weekend and get my car fixed and then wish it was Thursday lol. Actually better still, wish it was the following weekend and get to catch up with Oli.

Tuesday I did my usual morning routine to jump into my car. It wouldn’t go. I have spent the week catching the bus and then walking the rest of the way to work. But on the walk to the bus today I stopped and took a couple of photos which was quite neat.

My walk home

I haven’t had a weekly bus ticket since I finished college back in summer 2002! Still, I get to rise early on my weekend to try and jump start my car and get it down to Discount Tyres to buy a new battery. As my dad pointed out: it’s the same battery I’ve had since I had the car and it’s the summer. I need a new one. Getting up earlier was a bit of a nightmare, and just 4 days of it and I am exhausted. Tonight I didn’t get home until 7.10pm and I couldn’t be bothered to cook anything and I was tired by the time I got home. Heck it’s taken me almost 4 hours to write this post alone!

Not had a weekly bus ticket since 10 years ago lol. But car battery is dead and I'd rather spend £12 on the bus ticket and wait to get it charged than to spend out for a new battery!

And what do you think of the cool print we have up in our living room now…? 😀

Mickey mouse print. Cannot get it flaming straight!

Anyway, I am off to bed because it’s really late and I am beyond exhausted!

Craig & Holly


On Saturday we had a great day at my cousin’s wedding 🙂 It was good to see family, and then quite a few people who I hadn’t seen in years!


Leanne, my other cousin and sister of the groom, looked fab!


We had a disposable camera on the table and I shot a few, mum shot some and my uncle snapped a few pics too. He grabbed me up on the dancefloor, and I have another shot of me and my other uncle (father of the groom) which I still need to take off the camera lol.


The tables looked stunning too. I was teased over the cupcakes, I ended up having 1 and a half, they were soooooo good!


And I love this one of nan! “Cheese!”


Leanne also got a rare photo of us together. I went a little bit hipstamatic nuts that day, and then I continued well past the weekend and into this week. I will share some of those snaps for next week 😉  I seriously need a new iPhone than my 3GS, and a hipstamatic case *drools* That’s my goal at the moment, I was going to wait until november to get a new phone but for the sake of my iphoneography, I am undecided :

I also want to apologise as people have been leaving comments via facebook but my dashboard widget wasn’t showing any, it was only by chance I clicked on a link back to facebook which showed a list of them! So I shall keep an eye on them that way, but thank you everyone I didn’t realise!