50 Things That Make Me Happy

It’s always nice to be grateful for what you have.

So I thought it would be nice to share 50 things that make me happy. Of course there are so many more things I have to be happy about but here’s just a few:

1.     My office décor
2.     When Pickles stands on his back legs against the window (he looks so funny)
3.     When Luna is in the front window waiting for me when I come back home
4.     That little chattering noise Pickles makes when he sees a bug
5.     That little noise my computer makes when I empty the trash bin
6.     Having a long face time session with my parents
7.     Writing my to do list in my bullet journal
8.     Getting post – even if it is just a bill
9.     Scrolling through my instagram and looking at the pretty pictures
10.  That moment when I’ve finished cooking and my finished work is ready to eat
11.  When I get praise from a client
12.  When I find Pickles and Luna cuddled up together
13.  When Topher makes me laugh
14.  When Topher offers to make me a brew
15.  Catching up with friends
16.  Going to the cinema with Topher – particularly when the whole theatre goes quiet when the film is about to start
17.  When Pickles comes under the covers to have a cuddle with me
18.  When Luna sits on my chest and tucks herself up under my chin when I’m on the sofa
19.  Reading blogs in the morning with my breakfast.
20.  Getting a new washi tape. I love washi tape
21.  Scrolling through Pinterest
22.  Walking outside and feeling the sun hit my face
23.  The moment when the plane lands and you are officially on holiday
24.  Getting stuck into a really good book and binging on the whole thing
25.  Trying out a new recipe and it going right
26.  Stepping on the scales at Slimming World and losing weight
27.  Watching a film in bed with Topher and the cats curling up at the end of the bed
28.  Making plans
29.  Listening to the WDW radio podcast
30.  Memes
31.  Taking my camera out with me and getting some pretty pictures
32.  Getting home from holiday and looking through all the pictures
33.  Getting something new – even if it’s only something really small
34.  Going out for a meal somewhere new with Topher
35.  Running errands with Topher in town
36.  Looking at my engagement ring
37.  Putting on fresh bedding and fresh pjs and getting settled in with a good book
38.  Bringing a hot water bottle to bed in winter
39.  Ticking off items on my to do list
40.  Working from home
41.  Looking through the pages I’ve already done in my scrapbook
42.  That lovely time after you’ve finished tidying and it all stays that way for a day or so
43.  Having a lie in on a weekend and having a long leisurely breakfast
44.  Picking out my outfit for the day
45.  My garden when the grass has just been cut and all the flowers are in bloom
46.  Going to Freelance Friday every Friday that I can
47.  When Luna is in a chatty mood (she sounds like a little bird)
48.  Writing this blog
49.  Looking back on how far I’ve come with my one line a day journal (almost halfway through year 3)
50.  Knowing that I’m marrying my best friend in 2 months

What makes you happy?

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Thoughts on Wedding Planning – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Wedding planning is stressful, joyful and full of ridiculous things you never thought you would ever have to think about. It’s definitely been a learning curve.

I thought it would be funny to share a smidgen of my experience so far with less than 70 days to go.

The good

When you get engaged

Omg I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. Yay!

When you find the right dress.

I feel like a princess! Plus it’s not so big that I’ll need help going to the bathroom – score!

Planning the honeymoon

New York and Disney and food, oh my!

Seeing your wedding ring for the first time

Squee! Never have I been so happy to see a piece of jewellery in my life

Finding out your family who live abroad are pretty much all coming

This is so unexpected and I feel so loved.

When you tick off two things on your to do list in one day

Yes! I am uber planner! It’s all going to be great and amazing.

 

The bad

When you find out the price of everything

How much?! Can’t we just elope?

When people ask you how the planning is going.

*Internally shrieks with panic

The moment you realise it’s less than 70 days away

*Internally shrieks with panic…louder

Not receiving RSVP’s (oh…I thought you just assumed we were coming)

I don’t like people. Why do we have to invite people?

Realising that bridesmaid dresses on the high street are all pastel

Bah! I want bright dresses dammit. Pastels suck! Why are there not happy colours anywhere?

  

The ugly

Having a DIY wedding and being told not to make it look cheap

*Head-desk

When family politics gets in the way

I just don’t even know what to say.

Realising you have to make double the amount of paper flowers you were planning on doing.

Please excuse me while I manically run through Hobby Craft pushing old ladies out of my way. Get me my glue gun – stat!

When there’s no more yellow crepe paper in your local Hobby Craft.

I never thought I’d find myself cursing children and their Easter crafts…

(my local Hobby Craft is on a retail park that has paid parking with no minimum time so you have to pay for the privilege of coming out with nothing. Twice.)

But it’s all ok. It will all get sorted. Because I have a list. I have a list ok? It’s all going to be ok.

Clutches list and weeps.

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See my other wedding articles here:

We’re Engaged

The Proposal: His Story

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips for Introverts

Wedding Dress Rage

How to Stay Zen when Planning a Wedding

Adventures in Paper Flower Making

Wedding Planning – The Groom’s Point of View

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My Week #50 – Sunshine and Crafting

*Setting up my brand new bullet journal *Sunshine

*Pickles making a mess of our seating plan *Flower making

Hello May and hello sunshine!

Even though it’s been deceptively sunny (still not warm enough for sandals dammit), I can really feel that summer is on the way. Days are getting longer and my wedding is getting closer and closer. Eeek! We visited the venue at the beginning this week and we’ve pretty much got our numbers sorted. So when we got home we set to work on the seating plan. It was really hard, but Topher took the lead and we got it done. Another thing ticked off. And I took photos of them before the cats came and destroyed the whole thing. I guess you’re asking for trouble if you’re playing with lots of scraps of paper on the floor.

I finally got my hands on some yellow tissue paper as well yesterday so I’ve started finishing off a load of the paper flowers. It’s really satisfying. I’ve also got an appointment for next week for my first dress fitting (squee) and I’m picking up my wedding ring and getting my engagement ring back today. I can’t wait. My finger has felt naked for over a month.

I lost half a pound at Slimming World.

It wasn’t as much as I would have hoped but at least it’s a step in the right direction. I’m not putting too much pressure on myself as when I look in the mirror I feel good about myself. I’m not quite where I want to be but I’ve come so far and I’m really proud of myself for that.

The living room is functional again

All the furniture is back in – I’ve just been trying to sell it so I can get the new stuff in. Fingers crossed the eBay listings I’ve got on go well this weekend!

And that’s about it. 

How was your week?

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Top Picks #47

  1. Light, £32 – Urban Outfitters*

I really want this cloud light for my office. It would be perfect in there! I’d put it on the wall above my computer.

2. Top, £12 – Dorothy Perkins*

I love the colour and the detail on the bottom of this top. It’s so fun and summery.

3. Brooch, £7.77 – Whistleburg @Etsy

How cute is this brooch? I love dinosaurs and I love sugar skulls so this combination is awesome!

4. Cushion, £32 – Nikki McWilliams

The hunt is on for purple cushions for the living room! Topher is a fan of party rings so this one would be the perfect addition. It’s been hard trying to find fun ones so far. Any other suggestions?

5. Dress, £75 – Emily and Fin

This print is everything! I love Emily and Fin dresses. How great is it that they do the same print in so many styles? There have been so many times that I’ve loved a print but the dress style itself just isn’t to my taste. Not here!

6. Candle, £1.50 – Primark

Primark has so much funky stuff in their homeware department at the mo! This cactus candle is top of my list. The perfect plant that I can’t kill…just melt slowly over time.

7. Pen, £3.50 – Paperchase

Because everyone needs a flamingo pen right? It could make friends with my two llama pens. I’m such a child. #sorrynotsorry

8. Cami, £24 – Topshop*

It’s so nice to see some colour in the shops again. This cami is perfect for summer and would be so versatile in my wardrobe. Not sure I’d be willing to play £24 for it though…

9. Bag, £27 – Accessorize*

Omg cat backback! I love the detail on this.

10. Swimsuit, $89.99 – Modcloth*

You know I can’t resist a polka dot print! This swimming costume is the perfect shape. Need and want!

What’s on your wish list this week?

Note that items marked with * are affiliate links. 

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My Living Room – The Before Shot

As you know, I’m currently decorating my living room. Exciting times! So here are some photos of what it looked like before.

Living Room - main view

As you can see I have kind of started already with the bit of paint on the wall and the ripping of the wallpaper but apart from that, this was how the room looked.

There were 3 main things about the room we didn’t like.

The Light

As I mentioned in my living room inspiration post, the light fixture we currently have is terrible. It barely gives off any light so the room always feels a bit dingy and yellow.

The Floor

As much as I like carpet, with 2 cats and having long hair, it was always a nightmare to clean. So we’ve got in wood flooring! It’s already down and I love it so much.

The furniture/decor

For a room that we spend most of our time in, I’ve always felt very bleh about it. Everything was functional but I just didn’t like it. The sofa set is around 15 years old and has served its purpose for us. We can’t wait to get a corner sofa set and we’ve already picked it out.

Living room - wallpaper

As for the rest of the furniture, being renters and now first time homeowners, none of it matches. Plus, it all attracts clutter like the plague. Topher and I aren’t the tidiest of people and this furniture is not helping! So we’re getting rid of the dresser entirely and getting a TV unit that has a little more storage.

Eventually I also want to sort out the cupboard under the stairs so that there’s room for things like our bags that as you can see, we just dump in a pile behind the door at the moment. And we’re also looking to replace the cat tree as it is dying a slow death. Besides, Pickles especially needs something were he can stretch to scratch if that makes any sense.

living room - dresser

So at the moment the floor and the walls are done, it’s just all the furniture we need to sort out now. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to show the finished room by the end of the month!

Check out the rest of our makeovers around the house:

Snippets of Home

Our Guest Room Quote Wall

The Landing: The After Shot

My Office Reveal (Hello Polkadots!)

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