Wednesday, 20 August 2014

20/31 The best thing that has happened this year.

The Best Things in Life ...

Wow! 20 days into Outmumbered's Blog Challenge.  I think I'm going to miss it when it's over!

20.  What is the best thing that has happened this year?

We moved house back in May, and although we had a few stressful weeks following the move, it really is the best thing we've done this year.

I love the snug living room at the back of the house.

I love the extra space.

I love being able to sew downstairs, and not hidden away in the spare bedroom.

I love how it's possible to keep the dogs downstairs, therefore making upstairs relatively free from fur!

Pet Gate

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

19/31 My ten favourite foods

On The Menu

Have I ever told you I love a good list? Well, the theme for today's Blog Every Day in August Challenge combines two of my favourite things ... lists and food!

19.  What are your ten favourite foods?

1. Chocolate

My Favourite Foods - Chocolate

Monday, 18 August 2014

18/31 What do you collect?


When I first saw today's Blog Challenge topic, I thought I'd be stuck ...

18.  What do you collect?

I don't collect anything, I thought to myself as I looked around my house for ideas.

But it turns out I do ...

Sunday, 17 August 2014

17/31 A Day In The Life

The Daily Post

Something a little different for today's Blog Every Day in August Challenge ...

17.  Timeline of your day. (In photos, words or both).

You're lucky, yesterday wasn't one of those days where I sit on the sofa eating crisp sandwiches and watching 20 episodes of Modern Family (!) although it wasn't much more exciting ...

05:30 Yes, Izzy I'm getting up.

05:57 Yes, Izzy I'll get up now.

06:29 I know you need a wee, I'll be there any minute now.

06:52 Ok, Ok I'm coming ....

And thus begins my day.  I may not be able to sleep in but I can definitely lounge around in bed a little longer than usual on my last day off work!

I've had 11 days off work but naturally I've done absolutely nothing which means I have to squeeze everything I should have done into my final day off!

First, the To Do List!

Next, a spot of breakfast and a quick read of the latest Craftseller magazine.

Love The Little Things Week 33

Genie, You're Free.

My favourite weekly link up - Love The Little Things is a weekly feature hosted by But Why Mummy Why, in which we take a moment to appreciate the little moments of joy we've experience over the past 7 days.


On Tuesday morning, I read the absolutely devastating news that Robin Williams was dead.  I did not love this ... but I did love some of the things I read in the aftermath of the news ...

Saturday, 16 August 2014

16/31 If I won the lottery ...

The Winner Takes It All

The big dreams continue with today's Blog Every Day in August theme ...

16.  If you won the lottery.

There was a time where I imagined winning £1,000,000 on the lottery.  Then the Euromillions came along and now I dream about winning £72,000,000! 
Either way, there are a few essentials I'd like to use the money for.  I'd like to pay off all of our debts, buy us a house to live in and give some money to my Mum and my Brother.  I'd like to go on holiday to America, buy a new car (plus a new motorbike for Mr M and a Vespa for me!) and hire a gardener and a cleaner.

However, if I did win the absolutely mega huge dream Euromillions Rollover prize there's a few other things I'd like to do.

Friday, 15 August 2014

15/31 Dream Destinations

If we took a holiday ...

We've reached the half way mark of Outmumbered's Blogging Challenge and I'm feel pretty proud of myself that I've managed to keep up.  I'm back at work on Sunday so we'll have to see what happens then ;D

15.  What destinations are top of your dream travel list?

Our holidays tend to involve collecting tokens from The Sun and staying in a standard caravan somewhere even further North than here.  I do dream of travelling to some rather more exciting places though ...

1. Disneyland, Florida

I went to Disneyland Paris way back in the early 90's for 2 days but I'd love to go to the original Orlando park for 2 whole weeks!

Kindle Bargains #5

Holiday Reads

I'm absolutely loving having some time off work and catching up with all the Kindle Bargains I bought last summer!  If you're looking for something to read, then here are this weeks picks - all currently priced at 99p or less.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

14/31 Why do I blog?

Blog On

We're almost half way through the August blogging challenge and today's topic is ...

14.  Why do you blog?

At the beginning of 2014, my friend (who lives a million miles away) suggested we start a blog together.  Within a short time, it became clear we had very different ideas about blogging and didn't make a very good team so we called it a day.

I'd well and truly caught the blogging bug though so I thought I'd give it a go, solo style.

Unfortunately with my previous blog (Me, Bookshelf and I), I bit off slightly more than I could chew.  Blogging is my hobbie, outside of my full time job but running my last blog started to become a full time job in itself and it just wasn't fun anymore.

Which led me here ... to A Bit of Mel Time.  

So, why do I blog?

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

13/31 Where I Live

Home, Sweet Home

Day 13 of the Blog Every Day in August Challenge is all about where we live.

13.  Share pictures of where you live and list a couple of cool things about it.

We moved house in May and there are two extremely cool things about our new home.
Firstly, there is an absolutely fantastic place to walk the dogs just around the corner.  We didn't know it existed when we moved here.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

One Little Spark of Madness #RIPRobinWilliams

Thank you. Goodbye, now. Goodbye. Goodbye. Thank you. Goodbye.

I woke early this morning, as I do every day.  I clicked my mobile to check the time, 05:52. No point trying to go back to sleep now, I'll only feel worse for it.  I looked at Facebook, my usual morning routine and I saw this photo that someone had shared on my timeline.

I thought it was lovely, clicked the "Like" button and carried on scrolling.

News stories, shares, messages and condolences filled my news feed, all regarding the sad news that the wonderful Robin Williams had died.  "Sad news" doesn't seem fitting enough, really does it?  Devastating and heartbreaking news is far more appropriate.

12/31 - Guilty Pleasures

Not Guilty

Day 12 of Outmumbered's Blogging Challenge is all about Guilty Pleasures.

12.  A guilty pleasure.

I'll be honest, I'm not really sure what a guilty pleasure is so I had a bit of a scout around.  Wiki tells me that "A guilty pleasure is something one enjoys and considers pleasurable despite feeling guilt for enjoying it. The "guilt" involved is sometimes simply fear of others discovering one's lowbrow or otherwise embarrassing tastes, such as campy styles of entertainment."

So then I had a think about the things that I like in the campy entertainment realm to see what I could find to write here.

I considered telling you that I watched the first episode of Tumble last weekend and I actually quite enjoyed it.

Monday, 11 August 2014

11/31 - My Five Favourite Movies

High Five

I'm really enjoying the variety of topics in Outmumbered's August Blogging Challenge, especially the ones that let me write a list ;D

11.  Your 5 favourite movies.

I find it quite difficult to pick my Top 5 of anything, so here are my Top 5 at this very moment in time ...

1. High Fidelity

Ah, a book turned into a movie - imagine that!  A brilliant adaptation, largely due to the outstanding cast but also due to the fact that it features lists, just like this one.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

10/31 The Bucket List

Before I Kick The Bucket

It's Day 10 of Outmumbered's Blog Every Day in August Challenge and today we're looking at what we've achieved.

10.  3 items checked off your bucket list.

I don't have a physical bucket list but I do have things in my head that I want to do.

The first thing I'd say I've checked off my list is going on the London Eye.  I wanted to go on it every since it was built many years ago, but only actually got around to it in 2011-ish.  I've since been on again with Mr M last summer.

Love The Little Things Week 32

Little Loves

My favourite weekly link up - Love The Little Things is a weekly feature hosted by But Why Mummy Why, in which we take a moment to appreciate the little moments of joy we've experience over the past 7 days.


This week I've been reading No One Ever Had Sex On A Tuesday by Tracy Bloom.  As with many of the books I've read recently, it's been on my Kindle forever, all part of the great reading catch up!

I also received copies of Prima and Homemaker magazines in the post.  I subscribe to Prima using my Tesco Clubcard vouchers, so it's an annual freebie and I love reading it when it arrives.

Earlier today, I discovered Fab Four Friday on Where The Heart IsI was obsessed with The Beatles when I was a teenager, so have studied the "clues" behind the Abbey Road album cover many a time, but it's not something I've considered for a long, long time.  Great idea for a blog series though!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

9/31 - 15 Things that make me happy

The Pursuit of Happiness

Day 9 of Outmumbered's August Blogging Challenge is all about the less obvious things that make us happy.  I'm under strict instructions not to include Mr Melvis or Izzy and the furries.

9.  List 15 things that make you happy.

  1. Holidays from work - I'm currently off for 12 days!
  2. The big "sharing" bags of Maltesers ... when there's no one around to share them with
  3. Learning to paper cut - I'm currently using the Paper Panda beginner's kit and it's lots of fun
  4. Being able to dry washing on the line (as the cats pull the clothes off the airer)
  5. The build up to Christmas (but not Christmas itself)
  6. Going out for tea/ordering a takeaway, so I don't have to cook
  7. Reading books
  8. Going to see a musical at the theatre
  9. Lovely, summery walks in the park
  10. The few moments after the housework is done, before it gets messy again
  11. Fish & Chips at the seaside
  12. My imagination on a good day
  13. Finding out I've won a prize from one of the many competitions I enter
  14. Wandering around Ikea
  15. Writing Lists

Friday, 8 August 2014

8/31 - What's in my bag?

The Bag Lady

It's Day 8 of Outmumbered's August Blogging Challenge and today's theme is ...

8.  What's in your handbag?

I'm not really a handbag kind of person but I do have a rather hefty shoulder bag that I take to work with me everyday.

Kindle Bargains #4

To the beach!

My annual summer holidays from work have arrived, which means lazy days in the garden, sunny afternoons at the beach and an obscene amount of reading.  Luckily, there's some cracking Kindle Bargains available this week - all priced 99p or less. 

Kindle Bargains


Thursday, 7 August 2014

7/31 - Ten Songs from my Playlist

Music To My Ears

Today is Day 7 of the Blog Every Day in August Challenge and it's the perfect theme for my day.  Yesterday, I had my penultimate dentist appointment which involved having a wisdom tooth removed and although, according to my dentist, it didn't put up much of a fight I'm suffering from severe face ache.

I'm used to being at work on weekdays, and there's bugger all on TV (as I discovered yesterday) so today I shall be on the sofa, accompanied by the laptop, listening to some music. Without further ado, let me introduce you to today's theme ...

7.  10 songs on your playlist right now.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

6/31 - My Best Friend


It's Day 6 of Outmumbered's August Challenge and today's question is all about our BFF's!

6.  Tell about your best friend.

I had lots of friends in school, but I've not seen them since.  I had friends at sixth form, but don't see them anymore either.  I had several close friends at Uni but lost touch with them a couple of years after we left.  In my early 20's, I had a little group of friends who would dance with me until the early hours.  They say when something bad happens, you find out who your real friends are.  In my late 20's, I found I didn't really have any.