Monday, 1 September 2014

Love The Little Things Week 35

Late Love

A little later than usual (other people will be writing their week 36 lists by now!), but we can't be perfect all of the time ;D

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, Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton after discovering her blog, Momastery earlier this week (someone shared Glennon's wonderful post Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt - Momastery and I was hooked).  The book is amazing and I'm loving reading it, but this episode of Friends keeps appearing in my head  ...

Sunday, 31 August 2014

31/31 The Best Thing About August

Month End

It's the last day of the month and therefore the last day of the Blog Every Day in August Challenge!

31.  Best thing about this month?

There's a been a few best things for me in August ~

  • I managed to complete every topic in the Blog Every Day in August challenge! Yay!
  • I met some wonderful people during the blogging challenge!
  • My dental treatment was completed after 3 stressful months.
  • I had 11 days off work and took part in some excessive lounging.
The Best Thing About August
  •  I won £500!
  • We went on a day trip to Whitby.
  • We celebrated Mr M's Nana's 100th birthday.
  • The X Factor started!
Big thanks to Emma @ Outmumbered for organising the challenge, I'm looking forward to the next one!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

30/31 - My earliest memory.

Looking Back

It's the penultimate topic of August's Blogging Challenge ...

30.  Your earliest memory.

Way back in 1984, my Aunt and Uncle ran a pub in Richmond.  I have no idea what it was called but I know it was on an old, cobbled street and it had it's own little playground outside and I used to play with a girl called Heather.

Oh, and it was once the setting for the TV movie A Woman Of Substance, starring Liam Neeson and Yours Truly*!

* I may or may not have been left on the cutting room floor (!)

29/31 - 5 Things I Couldn't Live Without

I Can't Live, If Living Is Without You

Yes, I realise it's Day 30 and I'm a little late so I'll be doubling up today! I've done pretty well so far ... ;D

29.  5 things you can't live without.

Pets - I look around my house sometimes, at the little furry tumble weeds blowing across the kitchen floor, the scratched wallpaper in the living room, the chewed DVD cases, the peeling sofa and the hairy cushions and I imagine how lovely my house would look if I didn't have pets.  But that's all it would be, a lovely house ... It wouldn't be a home.

5 things I can't live without - Pets

Chocolate - I've tried.  Those were the worst 3 hours of my life.

Books - For fun, for learning, for creating - I use books in all aspects of my life and it would be a pretty dull existence without them.

My Mobile - I left it at home once, I felt like I'd lost a limb! 

Laughter - Sometimes I'm almost certain this is the only thing that gets me to the end of a day.  Laughter is definitely the best medicine! (or is that chocolate ....)

Friday, 29 August 2014

Kindle Bargains #7

Bag a Bargain

It's that time of the week again, lovely Friday - home of the Kindle Bargains!

As always, these books are currently 99p or less but you might have to be quick with your one click to bag them for these low prices!

For the first time ever, you can view all of this week's Kindle Bargains in one handy Amazon shopping list!

Kindle Bargains

Thursday, 28 August 2014

28/31 - What Inspires Me

Daily Inspiration

Wow, how quick has August gone?  Just when I thought I had this daily blogging challenge thing down to a t, we go and get given a topic that stumped me a little.

28.  Who or what is your biggest source of inspiration?

I literally can't answer this question with one who or what.  I find new inspiration every day.  I don't look for it, you understand but every day it's there, waiting for me in the strangest of places.

Like, this morning when I awake at 04:30, partly due to the current bout of sciatica in my right leg but more likely due to the fact I drank a Wkd before bed and desperately needed a wee.  By the time I'd managed to clamber out of bed, stand for a few minutes willing away the pain in my you may need a wee but just try walking to the bathroom on me leg, hobble to the bathroom, painstakingly balance on the toilet and hobble back to the bedroom, tell the dog he really should've gone to the toilet before bed as I advised and under no circumstances are we going to the back garden at 04:44 in the morning, rolled into bed, got my leg into a comfortable position and closed my eyes, I'd been awake for nigh on 20 minutes and there was no chance I was going to get back to sleep.

You're probably wondering where the hell I found inspiration in that.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

27/31 - Have you overcome something difficult?

Hard Times

Day 27 of the Blog Every Day in August challenge and things just got serious ...

27.  Have you overcome something difficult?

I thought about telling you about some of the lower points of my life, but I'm in quite a good mood and didn't want to ruin it ... I'm also watching The Great British Bake Off ... so I decided that instead I'd talk about CAKE!

There was a time, not so long ago when I moved house.  It was a stressful week, we moved on the Monday and come the weekend there'd been lots of tears.

But that's not the thing I overcame.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Monday, 25 August 2014

25/31 Capture a Moment


Day 25 of the Blog Every Day in August Challenge is all about capturing a moment ...

25.  Capture one moment in your day.

I actually captured a moment in my (yester)day as today was spent at work and we're not allowed to take photos ...

Warming my feet by the fire last night, pretending I didn't have to get up and go to work on Bank Holiday Monday morning. 

Fire Pit

Sunday, 24 August 2014

24/31 Ten Words That Add Up To Me

Ten Words

Today's August Blogging Challenge is all about ME!

24.  Sum yourself up in ten words!

I wasn't sure how I was to interpret this so I did it twice.

A ten word sentence ...

Ten Words About Me

Or, alternatively ... a ten word list ...

  • Funny
  • Creative
  • Frustrated
  • Indecisive
  • Knowledgeable
  • Emotional
  • Thoughtful
  • Quirky
  • Imaginative
  • Anxious

Love The Little Things Week 34

Love Bingo!

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.

Morgana from But Why Mummy Why is on her holidays this week, so the lovely Jenny from Let's Talk Mommy has stepped into her hosting shoes!


I haven't had much reading time this week, being back at work (boo!) but I did start reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

I also read a few fabulous things online ...

Saturday, 23 August 2014

23/31 - What I'm Looking Forward To

To The Future

Yesterday we looked at the past, but today's Blog Every Day in August topic takes us into the future ....

23.  What are you looking forward to?

... although in my case not very far into the future!

September is going to be an exhausting month.  I work on an annualised hours contract, which means my hours can vary depending on business needs.  Due to a wee bit of a backlog following summer holidays, they've called in maximum hours for September.  That means instead of my usual 5 day/35 hour week, I'll be working 6 days/45 hours per week.  Plus Sundays (possibly), as they're double pay ;D

So come October, I'll be pooped!

Friday, 22 August 2014

22/31 A very old photo of me

Little Melvis

Day 22 of the August Blogging Challenge is a classic photo post!

22.  Share an old photo of yourself.

It's not the best quality photo, as it's 30+ years old and has been scanned on the printer ... but here's me enjoying an early 80's summer ...

Little Melvis

Loving the crazy paving!

Kindle Bargains #6

Bestselling Bargains

Lots of brilliant Kindle Bargains this week, and all priced at 99p or less.  Some of these low prices are for a limited time only, so one click quick if you see something you like.

Kindle Bargains #6

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 ...