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Week 29 was pretty good!  A bit slower than the week before, with a book club catch up and a couple of spinning sessions thrown in.  It did, however, end with a stomach bug.  As I write this I'm in my pjs on the sofa seriously considering turning in for an early night.

But onwards and upwards, here are the highlights of the past seven days:

On Friday night we had a family meal celebrating my stepsister's birthday.  It was nice to get together again and we went to a local gastropub I'd never visited before.  It's a family-run place and having this guy for company was a bonus.  I had the best burger (with some seriously cheesy garlic bread to start) and went home with an extremely full stomach.  There was also a downpour that evening which made things feel extra cosy...is it too soon to say I'm quite looking forward to autumn now?

On Saturday Lizzie and I meet up for a much needed catch up.  It involved a delicious oversized fondant fancy (one of my favourite cakes FYI) followed by a trip to Topshop.  I've gotten so much better with impulse shopping (talked myself out of various purchases throughout the day, ask Lizzie!) but couldn't resist this tee.  I spotted it as soon as we walked in and it was the only one left in my size - I had no choice!

We also headed to one of our favourite haunts: Homesense.  There's a retail park nearby with both TK Maxx and Homesense and it's been too long since we made a trip.  These cute ceramic plant pots caught my eye, but with my track record of killing things (cacti and succulents included) I decided it best to leave them behind.

And finally, on to a slow Sunday morning before my stomach bug kicked in!  Coco woke us up trying to get under the covers and I got through a couple of samples I'd been meaning to read on my kindle before finally getting up.  Shame things went downhill from there!

Fingers crossed it's a 24 hour thing.  Hopefully your weekend was better than mine!

Week 29 In Moments

24.7.17

Week 29 was pretty good!  A bit slower than the week before, with a book club catch up and a couple of spinning sessions thrown in.  It did, however, end with a stomach bug.  As I write this I'm in my pjs on the sofa seriously considering turning in for an early night.

But onwards and upwards, here are the highlights of the past seven days:

On Friday night we had a family meal celebrating my stepsister's birthday.  It was nice to get together again and we went to a local gastropub I'd never visited before.  It's a family-run place and having this guy for company was a bonus.  I had the best burger (with some seriously cheesy garlic bread to start) and went home with an extremely full stomach.  There was also a downpour that evening which made things feel extra cosy...is it too soon to say I'm quite looking forward to autumn now?

On Saturday Lizzie and I meet up for a much needed catch up.  It involved a delicious oversized fondant fancy (one of my favourite cakes FYI) followed by a trip to Topshop.  I've gotten so much better with impulse shopping (talked myself out of various purchases throughout the day, ask Lizzie!) but couldn't resist this tee.  I spotted it as soon as we walked in and it was the only one left in my size - I had no choice!

We also headed to one of our favourite haunts: Homesense.  There's a retail park nearby with both TK Maxx and Homesense and it's been too long since we made a trip.  These cute ceramic plant pots caught my eye, but with my track record of killing things (cacti and succulents included) I decided it best to leave them behind.

And finally, on to a slow Sunday morning before my stomach bug kicked in!  Coco woke us up trying to get under the covers and I got through a couple of samples I'd been meaning to read on my kindle before finally getting up.  Shame things went downhill from there!

Fingers crossed it's a 24 hour thing.  Hopefully your weekend was better than mine!
I don't want to get all cliche here, but turning 30 wasn't the crisis I thought it'd be.

I mean, my sister gleefully told me I'd sprung some grey hairs and everybody in the office now knows my actual age....but d'you know what?  I'm good with both.

(Ok so perhaps it's because I can bleach over the greys and I'm hanging on to the fact that most people at the gym place Nick and I at least 4 years younger than we are, but still!)

I'm not going to pretend that I woke up on my birthday and was suddenly sorted.  My shit is definitely not yet together.  But I don't think life is ever quite what you imagined it would be and although I'd be lying if I said I haven't had a couple of "WAIT.  I'm no longer in my 20s" moments, I'd definitely say I'm on my way to creating the happiest life I could have...free from outside noise and pressure of how my life *should* look.

Because that's the thing.  I've chilled out hugely.  I admit it, 'high strung', 'high maintenance', 'bossy', 'needy' have all been used to describe me in the past, but I just don't feel it anymore.  There's this inner sense of calm which has been brewing over the last year and I'm feeling pretty zen right now.

So I might not 'know myself' but here's five things I do know:

1 | I know who my friends are and I'm hugely grateful to have them in my life.
2 | I know that I'm blessed to have such a close knit family that supports each other.
3 | I know that I'm taking steps to better myself in my career, but I also know more realistically how I want that career to look.
4 | I know what I don't have time for, what's worthy of my energy and when to call it quits.
5 | I know that I value people and experiences over things and that I no longer want to be driven by consumer culture and influenced enabled so heavily by what I see online.

Navigating my 20s was hard and I've no doubt that this next chapter will bring its own challenges to the mix.  I still feel the pressure to impress and live up to society's standards.  And no, I haven't made peace with my body just yet.  But it just feels less frenzied than as a 20-something.  So would I go back?

Not a chance.

Why Turning 30 Was Awesome

20.7.17

I don't want to get all cliche here, but turning 30 wasn't the crisis I thought it'd be.

I mean, my sister gleefully told me I'd sprung some grey hairs and everybody in the office now knows my actual age....but d'you know what?  I'm good with both.

(Ok so perhaps it's because I can bleach over the greys and I'm hanging on to the fact that most people at the gym place Nick and I at least 4 years younger than we are, but still!)

I'm not going to pretend that I woke up on my birthday and was suddenly sorted.  My shit is definitely not yet together.  But I don't think life is ever quite what you imagined it would be and although I'd be lying if I said I haven't had a couple of "WAIT.  I'm no longer in my 20s" moments, I'd definitely say I'm on my way to creating the happiest life I could have...free from outside noise and pressure of how my life *should* look.

Because that's the thing.  I've chilled out hugely.  I admit it, 'high strung', 'high maintenance', 'bossy', 'needy' have all been used to describe me in the past, but I just don't feel it anymore.  There's this inner sense of calm which has been brewing over the last year and I'm feeling pretty zen right now.

So I might not 'know myself' but here's five things I do know:

1 | I know who my friends are and I'm hugely grateful to have them in my life.
2 | I know that I'm blessed to have such a close knit family that supports each other.
3 | I know that I'm taking steps to better myself in my career, but I also know more realistically how I want that career to look.
4 | I know what I don't have time for, what's worthy of my energy and when to call it quits.
5 | I know that I value people and experiences over things and that I no longer want to be driven by consumer culture and influenced enabled so heavily by what I see online.

Navigating my 20s was hard and I've no doubt that this next chapter will bring its own challenges to the mix.  I still feel the pressure to impress and live up to society's standards.  And no, I haven't made peace with my body just yet.  But it just feels less frenzied than as a 20-something.  So would I go back?

Not a chance.
Boy, this week really took it out of me.  By Wednesday I felt dead on my feet....Thursday morning all I could think about was how I wanted an early night.  Both Friday and Saturday I found myself still awake at gone 1am.  And then Sunday I almost managed a lie in....all ready to start again with a new week!

The big news this week is that I finally got a new phone!  I opted for the iPhone7 so to look at it's essentially the same as my old phone....important difference being that I upgraded massively on the memory capacity.  For months I've been struggling to even take a couple of new photos without the message popping up that I'm low on storage.  I couldn't even do the update to allow me the option to remove the stocks app.  Yeah, things were *that* bad.  So I've gone for a whopping 128GB in the hopes that I don't have to go through all that again, however I want to remain considered into what I store and keep things as (digitally) clutter-free as possible.

I was in the mood for baking this week and decided that Jane's recipe for white chocolate and caramel blondies would hit the spot.  I've only ever had one disappointing attempt at making blondies but these were a definite success.  Considering the caramel is only drizzled across the top prior to baking the flavour somehow still lingers throughout.  I'm glad to have added these to my tray bake repertoire!

And, finding myself with caramel to spare, I thought I'd experiment with a quick fudge recipe.  I stuck to the foundation of melting the caramel and white chocolate together but this time added Biscoff biscuits and a sprinkling of sea salt to create salted caramel fudge.  Nick is rapidly making his way through these...we both agreed that perhaps we like them even more than the classic white chocolate and Oreo fudge!

Last exciting thing this week....I got my nails did!  I never used to be a professional manicure kinda gal but with a qualified nail technician as a sister it seems silly not to make use of her! My nails are pretty rubbish - always peeling and flaking - but having regular gel manicures has really helped improve their condition and they've never looked better.  After a few months of chrome nails I thought I'd go back to basics with this pretty peachy pink shade.  We changed the shape of my nails as well and I'm really pleased with the effect...she's a mobile nail technician so if you think you may live in the same area as me and want to know more, drop me an email and I'll link you to her Facebook page!

Week 28 In Moments

17.7.17

Boy, this week really took it out of me.  By Wednesday I felt dead on my feet....Thursday morning all I could think about was how I wanted an early night.  Both Friday and Saturday I found myself still awake at gone 1am.  And then Sunday I almost managed a lie in....all ready to start again with a new week!

The big news this week is that I finally got a new phone!  I opted for the iPhone7 so to look at it's essentially the same as my old phone....important difference being that I upgraded massively on the memory capacity.  For months I've been struggling to even take a couple of new photos without the message popping up that I'm low on storage.  I couldn't even do the update to allow me the option to remove the stocks app.  Yeah, things were *that* bad.  So I've gone for a whopping 128GB in the hopes that I don't have to go through all that again, however I want to remain considered into what I store and keep things as (digitally) clutter-free as possible.

I was in the mood for baking this week and decided that Jane's recipe for white chocolate and caramel blondies would hit the spot.  I've only ever had one disappointing attempt at making blondies but these were a definite success.  Considering the caramel is only drizzled across the top prior to baking the flavour somehow still lingers throughout.  I'm glad to have added these to my tray bake repertoire!

And, finding myself with caramel to spare, I thought I'd experiment with a quick fudge recipe.  I stuck to the foundation of melting the caramel and white chocolate together but this time added Biscoff biscuits and a sprinkling of sea salt to create salted caramel fudge.  Nick is rapidly making his way through these...we both agreed that perhaps we like them even more than the classic white chocolate and Oreo fudge!

Last exciting thing this week....I got my nails did!  I never used to be a professional manicure kinda gal but with a qualified nail technician as a sister it seems silly not to make use of her! My nails are pretty rubbish - always peeling and flaking - but having regular gel manicures has really helped improve their condition and they've never looked better.  After a few months of chrome nails I thought I'd go back to basics with this pretty peachy pink shade.  We changed the shape of my nails as well and I'm really pleased with the effect...she's a mobile nail technician so if you think you may live in the same area as me and want to know more, drop me an email and I'll link you to her Facebook page!

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