Friday, 27 November 2015

Snow, Scandal and Slow Living...#LittleLoves

Last week I said I was going to try and slow down, to savour the remaining days in November and I really think I managed to achieve that this week.  I scheduled my work so that I would be able to spend time with Meg and Eli after school and I got some tiny niggly jobs done which I just haven't found the time to do since we moved house.  I even managed to fit in spinning class and getting my hair done but it didn't feel rushed or like too much.  Hurray for the slow lived life I say!  Or at least...sometimes...

I finished Heresy and am onto my next read, Inkheart.  I have had this book on my to read list ever since I saw that it was a film with Brendan Fraser in it (one of my all time favourite actors) but I just never got around to picking it up until I spotted it in a charity shop a few months ago.  I have already spent too long lost in it this week including the 3 hours I spent at the hairdressers yesterday.  Several people stopped to ask me whether it was good because I had my nose in it for so long.  Oops.

Season 4 of Scandal and not much else!  I do love Sky box sets and have been eagerly waiting their release of Season 4.  I could easily sit and watch 3 or 4 episodes in a row if I'm not careful, especially when every single episode seems to end on a cliffhanger.  I have to say though, I am definitely Team Jake!

This evening we are going to the Co-Operative Christmas Party in Manchester so I will be getting dressed up.  Despite the fact that today is the day I still haven't actually decided what I am going to be wearing but I'm sure I'll get round to it eventually...

This is a recording which has done the rounds a few times and I'm sure you've all already heard it but just in case you haven't...we have listened to this a couple of times and it still makes me cry with laughter.

There are no excuses, this week I haven't made anything.  When it comes to cooking I have been super lazy and we've eaten pre-cooked things or take out which is so so bad.  I have got to be on it next week.  I could claim a slight connection and say I made myself sit and write 2,000 more words on my current manuscript but I think that would be cheating!

And Lastly...
Last week I said that James had booked us flights and I have been getting so excited over our upcoming Norway!  We are keeping it a surprise for the kids and they were getting upset this morning because the day we travel is the same day as their school Christmas fair.  I had to tell them that we had something amazing planned instead that day but I couldn't tell them what.  As you can imagine they spent all morning trying to guess what it was.  Eli feels it might be a trip to a mountain and Meg thought we might have got them a servant...slightly different opinions on what constitutes a good surprise there!

Have a great week all.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

My Christmas Wish List

Despite my love of making lists, when it comes to making my own list of what I would like for Christmas, I have been drawing a huge blank.  I have lists of what the kids would like, lists of the festive food which needs to be bought, even lists of bits and pieces we need to decorate the house but I have been struggling to think of things that I would like.

So I decided to spend the morning browsing the internet and coming up with a decent wish list of things that I would quite like Santa to put under the tree this Christmas.  Who knows, maybe James will light upon this post and take some inspiration from it!

Roberts Revival DAB Radio
I have wanted a Roberts Revival DAB Radio for so long but have just never been able to justify the expense.  Maybe if we get a small windfall before Christmas, or if Santa is feeling particularly generous this year, I might finally get one.

Pandora Silver Luminous Leaves Ring
You can never go wrong with jewellery and I love this ring.  It's delicate and Pandora (and what woman doesn't love Pandora?!) I am hit and miss with jewellery but I think this would be perfect for daily wear.

Happy Jackson
Yep, I'd pretty much take anything in the Happy Jackson range.  I love the quirky colours and phrases and these would be perfect for 2016 in my new study in my new house.  This mug in particular makes me smile.

Molton Brown
It's important to take time out for yourself (yes?) and I love Molton Brown products.  They just bring such a luxurious feel to any bath.  I don't even mind when the kids inevitably need the toilet and start banging the door down the minute the tip of my big toe touches the water.

Richard & Judy Book Club
It wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't have at least one book on my Christmas list but this year I'm hoping for the Autumn/Winter list from the Richard & Judy book club.  I enjoy that they always choose a variety and I often end up reading something incredibly enjoyable but which I wouldn't have chosen otherwise.

Lights, Camera, Action
Over the past few years, as my blog has progressed I have taken more interest in photography and this year in particular I have really been craving a way of creating better lighting for some of my pictures.  These lights come highly recommended by a number of bloggers and I think they would be perfect for those grey and miserable days we seem to get so often up here in the North West.

So there you have it...just a few things I am hoping to get under the tree this Christmas *hint hint*