10 Things That Make Me Happy

I was tagged by Rachel from Coffeecakeskids to list ten things that make me happy. I really like this idea, but really struggle with what to write in these posts.  I am leaving the obviously things out that always make me happy which are my Finance Tom, My nephews Jack, Harry, Alex & Ben and my family and thinking of the other little things.

Here goes anyways.

  1. Sunshine

The weather has a massive impact on my mood if it’s sunny and warm, you’ll more than likely find me in the garden topping up my tan, lying on a sun lounger with a cold beverage in one hand.  I enjoy nothing more than wearing maxi dresses and flip-flops over jumpers and coats.  Even though been born in October I know I should have been a summer baby.

2. Flowers

As cheesy as this sounds, I love flowers and the OH always say why you buying things that are dead anyways.  No matter if it a bunch of flowers, a pot plant or flowers in the garden I love them as they brighten up any room or dull day and make me smile.  I feel I do get this from my mum as she always has flowers in her house and we buy each other the odd bunch now and again just because we want to.

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3. Holidays

Every year for as far back as I can remember is always going away whether it be abroad or in this country with my parents.  I love to get away and see different places and countries etc.  Some of the destinations I have been to are Spain, Amsterdam, Lanzarote, Cyprus, Turkey, Cornwall, Ibiza, and Wales, I’m sure there are others but can’t recall some of them as I was only little.

4. Camera/phone

These are both things I love and couldn’t live without because I take so many photos on them to treasure and then every so often uploads them all to my computer to make sure they are all backed up and safe and I don’t lose any of my memories.

5. Pyjamas

More so in the winter months, but I love nothing more than coming home from work and getting changed straight into my pyjamas, pulling my thick fluffy slippers and dressing gown on too and snuggling up on the Sofa.

6. My pets

This may sound silly to some people, but not to me.  I have 2 rabbits, 2 guinea pigs and a dog that I share my house with and I love nothing more than coming home and been greeted by my dog, Carly.  She is always happy to see us when we walk in from work and always manages to put a smile on my face even if I have had a rubbish day at work.  The same with my rabbits and guinea’s, I go in the garage and talk to them, fuss them and cuddle them, they are also always happy to see me, running up to the front of the cages squeaking and climbing up the front for fuss.

7. My Home

Again sounds like a silly one but me and my partner brought our first home nearly 3 year now and I love nothing more than going home to know that I have succeeded in life and purchased my first home and got on the property ladder, which wasn’t easy after years of saving up then trying to find a property.

8.  Tea

I’ve always been a tea drinker and I love nothing more than a perfect cup of tea when I get up in the morning with maybe a few cheeky biscuits to dunk in it aswell.   It can’t be milky or like “piss water” and can’t be too black like “builders tea” and the milk has to go in before the water.

9. Clothes

I love nothing more than a bit of shopping, I have to be in the mood for it though, I can’t just go shopping,  I have to really want something before I go and buy it, but then can also spend a fortune in one go if I see things I like.

10. A good TV Series

I’m not normally a TV person  but if I find a decent TV series to watch such as “Suits” which I was addicted too a few months ago, that makes me happy as it will give me something to watch during the day/ evening snuggled on the sofa with the fiance.  We have recently just started watching “Orange in the new black”

What are the things that make you happy?  Leave a comment below with yours.

 

“Picasso” Flower Bouquet Review from Bunches

I love flowers and even more so since I have had my own house, every opportunity I get I will treat myself to a bunch or 2 of fresh flowers and fill every room around the house.

When Tristan from Bunches got in contact with me and offered me to review one of their bouquets I couldn’t resist, flowers brighten up any dull day.

I was sent their gorgeous “Picasso” bouquet full of vibrant colours of deep purple, creams and whites and the smell, well if you could smell them through this post you would be wanting a bunch in your house right now, it is just amazing fills the room with fragrance.

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I got them carefully out the box as they were packaged very delicately and the stems were kept in a tub of wet tissue to prevent them from dying.

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They also came with a sachet of flower food to put in the water to keep them fresh for as long as possible.

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When I took them out the box there was a little surprise gift inside of a bag of chocolates and a little note from the company – It’s the little touches.

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I placed the flower bouquet in my lounge on the fireplace as it is where we most spend our evenings so I can admire them every day and enjoy the aromas they give off.

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The roses started to die just after a week but the rest still look amazing and could go on for a while longer.

I would certainly buy flowers from Bunches again as the delivery was excellent and it is all done by courier so any special occasion you can guarantee arrival on time.

The majority of the bouquet is still going 2 weeks later which is amazing, but have a feeling with this hot weather it may start to give up the go. Still 2 weeks is amazing, must be doing something right.

This bouquet is available in 2 sizes Standard size (21 stems) priced at £32.99 and then Elegance luxury bouquet size (31 stems) priced at £44.99.  I don’t feel that is too badly priced for the selection of flowers you get.

  • I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

20 Facts About Me

I was tagged to do this by Rachel from Coffeecakekids This is a little tag sort of thing that has been going around the internet and blogs for a few weeks, where you share twenty facts about you that people may or may not know. It’s actually a lot harder than you think to try and write down 20 facts about yourself.

  1. I have claustraphobia and have done from a very young age.  It is getting better but still panic every time I am in a lift and go into hot sweats.
  2. Me & My fiance are expecting our first child together in July, we didn’t know I was pregnant till I was almost 10 weeks, and we found out by going for a routine check-up at the doctors.  We couldn’t be more excited.  I have now only got 4 weeks.20-week-scan-14022017
  3. I always wanted to become a veterinary nurse and studied at college for many years but when I got into a veterinary practice I decided after 9 months I realised it wasn’t for me.
  4. I have always been a keen animal lover and have owned a variety of pets, from hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, Tortoise and a dog.  This will never change and my kids will grow up with pets too.
  5. My dream holiday destination is to go to Australia.  We had planned to go for our honeymoon but we have postponed it due to having a baby on the way.
  6. I have been driving for nearly 12 & half years and have only owned 3 cars, my first being a bright yellow Citroen Saxo, unfortunately.
  7. I once met the runner-up of Pop Idol Gareth Gates in Solihull Town Centre.
  8. I was adopted at just under 2 years old and don’t know anything about my family history, but couldn’t be happier where I am now.
  9. I don’t like Coffee or any flavours of coke cola
  10. I bought my first house with my fiance Tom in September 2014, due to building work and electrics needing replacing we didn’t move in till the December.
  11. Tom has been my longest term partner at 8 & half years, we have been engaged for 4 years and due to get married in October 2017
  12. I am quite a short arse and don’t even reach 5 foot tall, 4 foot 11inches to be exact.
  13. My favourite meal when I lived at home was Lamb chops, mash, veg and lots of gravy.
  14. My Grandma & Grandpa used to own a house in Tywyn Wales and most holidays we used to go and stay there with my cousins.
  15. I may be nearly 30 this year but I love arcade 2p machines, I have to go to an arcade and play on them,  sometimes wonder who is having more fun me or my nephews.
  16. I’ve got 4 nephews, a niece & a godson – Oldest is 9 years & the youngest under 1.
  17. I have 1 sister, there are only 18months between us.  We don’t always get on but we are always there for each other.
  18. I don’t like any types of beer or lager but will drink most other alcoholic beverages.
  19. My favourite holiday destination I have been on has to by Cyprus so far.
  20. I have very olive skin so when I go out in the sun I tan very easily and get asked if I have been away on holiday, and it is just a case I have been sitting in the garden.

I’m now going to tag Siobhan from the baby boat diaries and Noami from trips with a tot to join in and link up.

Wales, Sunshine & Baby News #LittleLoves

Half term has now been and gone with a blink of an eye.  Sadly there was no rest over here for the week for me, I spent the week at work handing over all my clients to the relevant people ready to start my Maternity Leave in a couple of weeks.

Read

Sadly again nothing.  I am determined while I’m off and baby is sleeping is to read so blog posts and get some inspiration, so please feel free to leave me your blog links in the comments and I will have a nose and leave some comments.

Heard

That while we were away in Wales over bank holiday weekend at my Sister in Laws, my friend Laura had finally had her baby Girl Isabelle, just 4 days overdue as well.  She was gorgeous and her labour and birth sounded perfect.  Just hope mine is as good as my pregnancy has been.

Wore

My first maxi dress of the year.  It is the only one that I could squeeze into with my ever growing pregnancy tummy, but it felt great to wear it. Even more so while the weather had been hot to keep my cool.

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Made

A first BBQ of the year too…If that counts, we had the in-laws round the other Friday and as the weather was so nice we decided to do a last-minute BBQ, plus it was my father in laws birthday.

Watched

Britain’s got Talent, I never used to be big on these sort of TV programmes but I’ve grown to like it and they get some really good people on it, but then there are others that just make you cringe in your seat.

And Lastly

We went and spend the bank holiday weekend up in Wales at the sister in Laws, 6 adults, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 3 children in a bungalow was a little tight but we had a great time.

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Hen Do’s #MySundayPhoto

This is a take-back!

2 weeks ago I was recovering from what was one of the best days of my life….My 4 bridesmaids had arranged the most unforgettable day & night for my hen do.  I didn’t know what they had planned as I wanted a surprise and I am so happy I did, it was amazing.

It had started off at a makeover studio followed by a photo shoot, then we moved off to Arcadian in Birmingham for food & Cocktail making masterclass.

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Hen Do’s, Baby show & Benidorm #LittleLoves

WOW, How nice has the weather been the last week?  I have loved it even if I have struggled in the heat being pregnant, I took ever opportunity after work to get outside and sit in the garden and catch the last few rays of sunshine.

Read

This always seems to be the hardest category for me to think about and write up.  I even charged up my Kindle to try to read that but never got round to it either.  One day I may be better at this bit.

Heard

The tragic events of the last Mondays Manchester bombing attack.  However, following the tragedy, the goodness of normal human beings come to light to help out. Taxi drivers taking people home for free, hotels putting people up, restaurants offering emergency staff free food & people opening their doors to anyone in need. There have been so many little stories of good deeds been done that actually, it is acceptable to mention it in Little Loves. My thoughts go out to everyone involved in the event though – it was just heartbreaking.

Wore

Some new tops that I bought for my hen do.  I got them from New Look and love them as they fit over my bump and I can wear them after baby Cooper arrives too. Bonus they are still a size 10.

Made

I made it to the baby show with my cousin and managed to walk around it for a few hours, I was pretty tired after it but had a great day, talking to lots of different brands and people about products, getting lots of samples and freebie bottles & nappies etc.  It’s the 3rd year in a row I have been but this year was useful as I am expecting my first baby in just 5 weeks.

Watched

The last series of Benidorm, I’ve really grown to love that program.  I know some people don’t like it but I have enjoyed watching it.  We are a little bit behind so have been playing catch up on TV series.

And Lastly

I had my hen do last weekend which was planned by my 4 bridesmaids, I didn’t know anything about it as I wanted to keep it as a surprise.  It was amazing and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. It was filled with so much laughter I was aching in places I didn’t know I could.  It started off we went for a makeover & photo shoot then we went to Arcadian in Birmingham where we had a massive buffet of food and then did a cocktail making class.

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I am determined while on maternity leave to get better at getting involved and up to date with this linky.

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Wedding Registries -The Pros and Cons

Todays bride and grooms have discovered the power of the internet. Online registries are very popular.

While wedding registries are a wonderful way to gift and be gifted with the guarantee that your gift is perfect, all wedding registries are not created equally.

The platforms offered by crowdfunding are industry leaders. Let us take a look at the pros and cons of popular wedding registries.

Amazon

Amazon.com has a versatile registry that allows you to choose items from anywhere in the world. It is a popular choice.

Pros:

Huge selection

Able to read product reviews before choosing an item

Amazon return/refund policy

Cons:

If a guest chooses an item on your list that is sold from a different vendor they are directed to the vendor’s site.  This means your information would have to be on the vendor’s site in order for you to receive it.  This can be time-consuming and a hassle for the gift giver.

Unless the gifter is a member of Amazon Prime, shipping fees are steep.

Honeyfund

Honeyfund always ranks highly in the wedding registries arena. Honeyfund allows the couple to set up traditional registries as well as money donation.

Pros: Honeyfund is a free site. You can utilise all your registries in one location. Gifters can pay for an item or “chip in” on a purchase.  Very easy to use especially if your guests are from different cities or countries.

Certainly, the gift is wanted.

Cons: The site encourages the receiver to set their fund up through PayPal for fast access. PayPal charges a small transaction fee.

Plumfund

Plumfund is a zero fee crowdfunding platform which is hugely popular in various venues, including wedding registries. Many couples opt for a Plumfund account to use their gifts for fundraising for a loved one or their favourite charity.

Pros:  

No fees

Easy to use

Set up for gifts, or charity  

Cons:

Some people feel it inappropriate to fundraise for their wedding.

Large platform can be overwhelming

Simple Registry

Simple registry is super easy to use and connects seamlessly with hundreds of vendors.

Pros:

easy to use

massive choices

Cons:

You do not actually get the gift the gifter is sending, but instead get the money to pay for the gift

There is 5% fee on the gift, reducing the amount of money you receive

Once you opt to take the money there is a 72 hour waiting period

My Registry

My registry is more like an online store registry. It is super easy to use.

Pros

Very easy to use

Can sync with traditional sites to make gifting easy

Cons

The site does not charge a fee, but they go through PayPal which does. Your gifts come from a third site so your information must be set up at all the locations you tie to your account.

Wedding registries are a great modern tool. They allow you to give a gift you know is wanted with a wide range to choose from – you could even contribute to your favourite couple’s awesome Hawaii honeymoon.

Whether collecting for charity or a destination wedding, wedding registries are the way to go. Honeyfund and Plumfund are our top picks for ease of use, money saving, and reliability.

Beach Huts #MySundayPhoto

Last weekend we made a trip down to Suffolk, the last time we had been there was over 4 years ago where my OH took me for a weekend and proposed to me on the beach.

We took a trip to Felixstowe for an afternoon of arcades and walking on beaches.  On the beach front were some colourful beach huts.  Perfect photo for #MySundayPhoto.

Just how gorgeous are they!

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I’m a Bridesmaid, Now What

I’m a Bridesmaid, Now What?

Congratulations! Not only is one of your closest friends or family members getting married, but she cares so much about you that she chose you to take part in her inner circle. It’s official – you’re a bridesmaid. So…now what?

Begin Handling the Logistics of Becoming a Bridesmaid

If you don’t already have it, your friend will soon give you a wedding date and location. Confirm that you’re available, and if anything goes wrong to prevent you from being there, let her know as soon as possible. It’s a lot harder to change plans close to the wedding date, so be courteous and keep her informed.

Contact other Attendants to Determine Roles

Usually, even small weddings have more than one bridesmaid – necessary for the picturesque line of women in pretty mint green bridesmaid dresses! Get in touch with your fellow bridal party members and find out if there are any engagement parties, bridal showers or bachelorette parties planned. It is customary to share some of the costs and responsibilities of these events, so get clear now on what others are expecting of you.

Get the Lowdown on the Dresses

Find out if you need to provide measurements for those mint green bridesmaid dresses, or if you are responsible for shopping on your own. Is there a colour, fabric or style that you need to buy, or will you choose from a variety of options? Ask for guidelines for shoes, accessories and hair and makeup. If necessary, make appointments for the latter services.

Offer to Help with Pre-Wedding Tasks

Some couples start early and complete all of their own detail work with time to spare. Others never realised that the “small” tasks like assembling invitations or personalizing gifts can take up so much time, and are surprised when everything snowballs. They desperately need help and a thoughtful attendant can really save the day.

The Countdown

Make sure you have everything ready in time for the wedding and try it all on with enough time to make adjustments, but not so far in advance that you fail to detect any personal changes (i.e., you lost 10 pounds and need another round of alterations).

Help host the bridal shower and bachelorette parties, attend them and don’t forget to bring a gift.

Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Get some sleep before the big day!

The Wedding Day

Arrive on time with everything necessary for the day in hand. Either get your hair and makeup done before you arrive or pay close attention to the schedule and be where you are needed at your appointed time. Help the bride get into her gown and make sure she stays cool, calm, and comfortable until the big moment arrives.

You’ll likely be asked to participate in pre-ceremony photos. Afterwards, help the bride refresh her makeup and make her final preparations, and make sure you are completely ready for the main event. Walk in the professional as you rehearsed, and stand with the bridal party during the ceremony. If applicable, participate in post-ceremony photos and in bridal party introductions. Dance at the reception! One role of wedding attendants is to act as social liaisons – help guests feel comfortable by being friendly and enjoying the festivities yourself. Offer a hand to the couple throughout the night if needed. Make sure you act responsibly and safely, and if needed, take advantage of safe transportation home.

A bridesmaid does more than just stand up and look pretty. Start working on your responsibilities early, and you will earn your place among the best bridesmaids ever!

Author Bio

Wendy Dessler

Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

 

A Wedding On A Shoestring Budget?

Some people don’t have a lot of money to play with when it comes to getting married, but that doesn’t mean they should have an underwhelming day. Some people could potentially spend the money associated with modern day weddings, but prefer not to for only one day! Here are some tips that could help you to get married on a shoestring budget:

Decide What Your Priorities Are

First off, decide what your priorities are. Do you want the most gorgeous dress ever? Perhaps you’re more concerned about a gorgeous venue, or brilliant entertainment for your guests. By noting down your top priorities, you can then allocate the biggest chunks of your budget. Everything else; beg, borrow, or steal!

Enlist Friends And Family To Help

Instead of having wedding presents, why not enlist family and friends to help you? Ask your brother to be the camera man, your dad to decorate the venue, and your grandmother to make the cake. These are just examples, but they will save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run. It will also make the wedding far more meaningful to you!

Get Your DIY On

There are a tonne of things you can make yourself too. You can make signs, buntings, centrepieces, and so much more. It takes a little extra time, but if you leave enough time to plan, then you will save a fortune!

Take a look at the infographic below for some of the most extravagant wedding celebrations of all time. These weddings definitely weren’t on a shoestring budget!


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