Lovely Things || March 2017

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March was possibly the busiest so far this year! Hence the reason why this is going up 3 days late, but I find the weekends are far better spent doing fun things and trying to be outdoors as much as possible rather than chained to screens. One lovely thing about March has been seeing loads of friends for dinners, coffee and even a trip to the gym for a catch up. A month spent madly dashing around is one well spent when it’s catching up with friends, though I did have to slow down and have a few evenings in- getting home after 10.30pm for 2 weeks in a row was a bit much…!!

 

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Stay in a Log Cabin

For our 4 year anniversary right at the end of Feb, Adam surprised me with a stay in a lovely log cabin on the border of Devon and Cornwall. Two nights escape, the location was glorious and although the weather was a bit crap, it didn’t matter as we enjoyed our Tintagel trip in the crazy wind and rain and spent a lot of the weekend just enjoying each other’s company, lounging around watching telly (something we rarely do!) and cooking som delicious food (something we do pretty frequently…).

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Stirling

Mum and Dad had always said the next dog would be a smaller one, but when mum found a deerhound that needed rehoming, we couldn’t resist. That’s how we ended up welcoming Stirling into our lives during March. He’s 15 months old, very good natured and absolutely beautiful- if enormous – in lovely shades of the usual deery grey with flecks of brindle and ginger.

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A Professional Makeover

Since I planted the idea of allowing Adam’s 12 year old brother, Dan, to do my makeup, he had been fixated on how funny it would be, and at the beginning of March we finally got around to it. Choosing all of the makeup himself and after slathering me in so much foundation I could barely move, the rest of the makeover was actually pretty impressive. Ultimately, who cares, it was really fun and made us both laugh a LOT.

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Beauty & The Beast

Please tell me you’ve seen this film since it came out in March? I’m not going to lie, as a child I wasn’t really ever exposed to that many Disney princess movies, as Mum fathered us to watch the animal based ones like 101 dalmations, Dumbo and Robin Hood, or the ones with kick ass female leads like Mulan. However, I was eagerly awaiting Beauty and the Beast since seeing all the reviews and it certainly didn’t disappoint! What did you think of it?

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Pizza Express Press Evening

This is a funny one. To celebrate the international day of happiness in March, Pizza Express were running a campaign to give free dough balls to members of the public and needed some promo shots to go with the feature in a few different newspapers. For some reason, entirely un-blog related, they got in touch and Adam and I headed to our local restaurant for a cheesy photoshoot with the worlds most number of doughballs, followed by a tasty meal to say thanks. It was cringe as the restaurant was pretty full, but we both enjoyed it and ended up going out out to the pub with some friends afterwards for the first time in ages!

 

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Tamar Trails

You might have seen my post on this, but our adventures at Tamar Trails deserve another mention as we had so much fun! Check out all about it here

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A Blogiversary & Giveaway Competiton

Its not too late to enter my competition to win a homemade cake of your choice sent directly to your door! I thought as the competition went so well last year, and cakes are sort of my signature, I’d run it again, so it’s open to everyone and anyone in the U.K. until my birthday (11th April…hint hint!)

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Living Sustainably

I’ve had some great conversations at work recently about the importance of sustainability in every day life, the things we buy, and how we live. Luckily, the costs of renewable energy are continuously dropping, and there are so many opportunities to make conscious choices to buy from green companies. Even when you’re buying cheese!

Wyke Farms, a local company, supply their delicious cheese all over the country, and are currently also running a competition to win free renewable electricity for life, with details on promo packs of their cheese until July! I said I’d give them a shout out (this isn’t sponsored, I might add) as I think every bit of renewables does the world some good and who wouldn’t want to win free electricity for the rest of their life?!

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Mother’s Day

I love any excuse to celebrate my darling Mumma, and this Mothers Day was really great, with both brothers home and a fun trip to see my Babcia and Grandad. Spending quality time with family is just the best, right?!

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Half Marathon Update

A lot of March has been spent running. Tonnes of hours spent plodding my wobbly bum along roads and paths and fields. I thought I’d enjoy it, but actually the pressure that comes with running 13.1 miles when you’ve never really run before is actually pretty daunting and I’ll be honest, it’s been really tough! With just 3 weeks now until D-Day on the 23rd, I’ve got a lot more miles to go training up until then but I cannot wait to get it done! If you’ve followed along and want to donate, my fundraising page is here and I’m supporting Macmillan, a charity that’s helped me a lot in the past.

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So there you have it, all the things I’ve been up to in March! It’s been a great month, a busy month, and I feel like maybe April will be a welcome relief. I’ve also tried not to talk about it too much as well, in case it jinxes it, but finally…we should be moving into our new house over the next month, and I’m SO excited!  I’ll keep you posted…

  • It sounds like you have had THE best month! I love how happy you look with your dough balls :) x

    Sophie Cliff

    • Thanks Sophie! Haha *CRINGE* – Friday night in a packed restaurant probably wasn’t the smartest, but we ended up posing with, juggling (and then, maybe sort of slightly eating) nearly 50 dough balls! xx

  • So jealous of your log cabin stay. I’d love to do something like that. I really want to have more “glamping” style experiences.

    We went to see Beauty and the Beast the day we landed in Miami. I was too excited to wait until we got home! I really loved it and was so shocked when Simon confessed he’d never seen the original!

    • It was pretty luxury glamping! We had a fully equipped kitchen which meant we could cook anything we fancied, and a huge bathroom which was a bonus – plus the fact it was less than an hour from home meant we didn’t have to travel for a really long time, but it still really felt like a break away, especially as we’re both living with our parents until we get to move in!

      Did Simon enjoy the film, even though he didn’t know the story?! Seeing it in Miami seems so cool, you globe trotters! 😉 xxx

      • He enjoyed it a lot more than he thought he would – don’t think he’s been enjoying me singing all the songs on repeat though!

        • Which are your favourites? I keep humming them absentmindedly to myself then realising they’re actually from the film! I loved kill the beast! xxx

  • Woo what a busy month!! The doggie is soooo cute! I’d love a giant dog. I need to get down to see Beauty + the Beast – I will see it this month!

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • He really is a giant, but a very gentle one which is nice, though it’s funny that he still does a lot of puppy-ish things and he’s so huge! Let me know what you think when you’ve seen B&TB, I thought it was great! Also, a MASSIVE Thank you for your sponsorship, you are officially a megababe and I’m really really grateful!! <3 xxxxx

  • The photos of you at Pizza Express are GORGEOUS! How can someone look so good whilst eating pizza?! xD

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    • Hahaha mostly because we weren’t supposed to actually eat them until we were told to but SOMEBODY (aka, me…) couldn’t resist and we had to keep replenishing the plate! Haha! :) xxx

  • What a fun month! That cabin looks amazing!!!
    & the make up – awesome fun!

    • He was so excited to do it bless, and I did find it funny! It also made me realise quite how much makeup I own but don’t use, I really need to start wearing lipstick more often, I have so many but never both with it! xxx

  • Lots of lovely things but Stirling has to be the best I think ❤️

    • He’s absolutely gorgeous Holly! When you come and visit the UK again and do your roadtrip through Devon and Cornwall we can take him out for a walk! HINT HINT come back soon please! 😉 xxxx

      • I am back in May, I just need to convince a family member to go on a road trip!!

        • YES I had no idea it was so soon! Get a sibling to have a fun trip down! We can even provide accommodation along the way 😉 xxx

  • Wow! What a month. Stirling is a darling and you and your brother are so similar!

    My March has been spent celebrating my birthday, meals out, Danny Baker and Miles Jupp gigs, treating my mum to lunch for Mother’s Day, two beautiful pairs of shoes and binge-listening to My Dad Wrote a Porno.

    April holds a visit from my brother and sister-in-law (along with 3 kids and 1 dog) for my father-in-law’s birthday, a haircut, lots of football matches and a John Cooper Clarke gig at the end of the month.

    • Wow so much live music, I’m very jealous! :) Also, I totally know what you mean about My Dad wrote a Porno! I have actually been listening to series two on my runs as it keeps me distracted and it’s hilarious! April sounds fab, what are you going to do with your hair, anything drastic? xxx

      • Ha! Can just imagine you running along chuckling to yourself! Nothing drastic hair-wise. I’ve been growing out a crop for ages and I want it long enough to be able to actually tease it into a distinguishable style before I inevitably chop it all back off again! xxx

        • Haha it’s so true, I must have looked like a woman possessed as I ran past, sweaty as, tomato faced and giggling to myself! I also totally know what you mean, I just about get my hair just as I like it and then do something crazy with it! Have you ever had any really mad hairstyles? xxx

          • Not really, no. It was dyed some pretty garish colours when I was a teenager but apart from that, it’s been pretty tame. How about you?

            • I’ve been bleach blonde, then pokemon red, and very very dark with pretty much every natural colour in between. For the first time in a long time my hair is actual my natural colour! I also have chopped it all off twice, but never gone as daring as a pixi cut, always just a chin length bob. Until I was about 17, I’d only been to the hairdressers once, my mum used to cut my hair when I was younger, then I cut my own for years! (I still do cut my boyfriend’s, dads, and brothers) xxx

  • Looks like you have had the most awesome March – I’m very jealous! What’s also giving me envy is your stay in a log cabin, I have always wanted to do that :-)

    • Look in AirBnb I bet you there will be one somewhere near you! Ours was sort of a cabin in someone’s garden but it was secluded and perfect! :) where abouts are you living currently? Xxx

  • what a lovely month!! Those views at the log cabin look amazing and the dough ball photoshoot sounds funny but yay that you got unlimited dough balls!!

    • I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so many dough balls in my life! Haha! I wish I’d been sent the ones where we were throwing them in the air! Xxx

  • I still haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast. Eek! I need to get to the theatres soon whilst it’s still out.

    I’d love to read a post from you about sustainability and blogging. Tips for bloggers to be more sustainable, etc. I think it would be super interesting! xx

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    • Ooooh you should, definitely! Now there’s an interesting idea, i’m going to jot that one down, just watch this space…!! :) xxx

  • It looks like you had the most lovely month! I went to see Beauty and the Beast with my boyfriend, who has never seen the original, and he loved it even more than me!

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    • Ahhh that’s such a cute story though, I thought it was a fab film in its own right, but even better after seeing the original! xxx

  • I still haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast yet, I think I will have to wait until it’s out on dvd now, but everyone says how good it is so I’m looking forward to it. Well done for your half marathon training, that is seriously impressive. I am such a terrible runner but I want to sign up to a 10K or something so that it will actually give me the motivation to train properly! How fun, and tasty, to end up in a promo shoot for Pizza Express too, sounds like a really good month!

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    • reckon some cinemas will still be showing it! I was (and actually still pretty much am) a terrible runner, but I figured I only have to do it once in my life to say I’ve done it and then I can try a different challenge! xxx

  • That feeling when a 12 year old boy is better at doing make up than I am 😉
    You had a super busy month! Hope your April is going just as well xx

    • Hahaha I know! Minus the weirdly orange foundation (that I can only blame myself for, after all, it was all MY makeup in the first place!) he actually did a scarily good job! xxx

  • Wow what an exciting month!! So jealous of that photoshoot/free meal at Pizza Express haha. Tamar Trails looks very cool!

    • It was certainly a perk to be asked, I love a doughball or 50…!! 😉 xxxx