Saturday, 31 December 2016

Winter's Frost & Reflecting on 2016


Every morning this week, outside my bedroom window I've looked out to find a beautiful frost glistening in the sunlight beneath the fog. The morning of my day off I decided to get dressed quickly out of my pyjamas, put on a Winter coat, grab my camera and went outside in the garden to take a few photos before the sun would melt away the frost. It was all I wanted to do, to take a few photos of the frost to capture Winter. It really is starting to feel more like Winter each day, I'm just hoping for some snow in the new year!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

A Merry Christmas To You


I hope everyone is having a fantastic Christmas Eve! I didn't get the chance to post as many Christmassy blog posts this December, I had so many ideas and big plans to write and shoot for some more blog posts but unfortunately too much stuff got in the way. I've been so busy with work and everything else that I didn't get as much free time as I had hoped for. I feel a little worn out so I'm glad I get a long weekend just to chill and clear my mind of any stress.

But here's a little post I just wanted to write before Christmas just to wish all fellow bloggers and readers a big Merry Christmas. I'm spending Christmas at home baking plenty of treats for the family as well as having a relaxed and quiet Christmas with plenty of food and snuggled up watching all the films on tv!

I so can't wait till the new year, I have so many plans and so much to tick off of my new year to-do list. I also have plenty of blog posts planned for the start of January, so I can't wait to get started with shooting, editing and writing up those posts! And on that note I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Kayleigh

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper



Something I've always wanted to do at Christmas is to create my own wrapping paper. I love the wrapping paper that you can find in many shops, what with all the glitter, Christmassy prints and glossy paper. But after seeing lots of creative ideas over at Pinterest I really wanted to have a go at creating my own Christmas wrapping paper!

Monday, 12 December 2016

An Enthusiasm For Baking - Gingerbread Men


Of course my favourite way to spend my cold Winter mornings is to bake! On my days off of work I have been enjoying doing lots of baking, and making some gingerbread men was number one on my festive baking list! Christmas isn't just the same without some gingerbread men and rather than buying from the shop I love making my own. I love everything about spiced biscuits, the smell of the spices mixed together in the bowl and watching the biscuits turn a warm golden colour in the oven.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Things To Do This Winter



A big warm welcome to December! I still can't decide whether this year has gone by quick or slow, but it's certainly been an up and down year for me. I'm really looking forward to Winter though and now that things are starting to get better I really want to stay focused and move on from everything that went wrong this year. Whether you like spending your Winter days indoors with a hot chocolate or you like an action packed Winter, here is my list of things to see and do this Winter!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Last Days Of Autumn


I can't imagine Autumn without crunchy golden leaves covering the paths. Colours of golds, oranges, reds and yellows everywhere you go and the sun with just enough warmth to keep us going in the chill.

In the last couple of weeks I've been making the most of the last of Autumn before we head into Winter. On my days off work I've been either out going for walks and taking photos of the paths and trees or baking Autumnal treats for the family. With a slight chill in the air and the sun bright warming my face, that's when it's best for the perfect Autumn walk.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Winter To-Do List


We are halfway through Autumn already! The leaves are starting to fall more frequently off the trees leaving the branches bare, the temperature has started to drop to freezing and Costa and Starbucks have now started to bring out their festive cups and hot drinks! What I really love to do is to always keep a to-do list running throughout each month so here are a few little things that are currently on my Winter to-do list!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Hello November


I've been so busy lately that I forgot to welcome November! I can't believe how it's the second to last month of the year already and Winter is just around the corner. You can definitely feel it in the air, it's so fresh but icy cold, however Autumn is still giving it's all as there are still plenty of orange leaved trees around everywhere I go. It's definitely coat, hat, scarf and gloves weather though, it's getting colder and colder each day. Especially early in the mornings and evenings which isn't particularly great when i'm waiting for the bus to go to work and waiting to travel home! Now is definitely time to start embracing that Winter wardrobe!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Moments In October


Happy Halloween! October has been a busy one for me, there's been withdrawing from university, a handful of interviews, turning 21 and landing a new job. Overall it's been a pretty good month! As I've said so many times, October is my favourite month of the year, it's when I like to get into the true spirit of Autumn and now that the clocks have turned back I am also looking forward to the upcoming Winter and Christmas festivities! I also feel like a lot has changed this month, my routine for starters, plenty of getting up at 6am which I'm not so bothered about now that the clocks have turned back so there will be some brighter mornings! And I sense a change in how I feel in general, I'm more positive with less stress and anxiety than I did before, I thank Autumn for that! So without any further ado here are some of my moments in October!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

October Catch Up - Deciding To Leave University


Last month I decided to officially leave university. When I say officially, I mean this time I have made a permanent decision. The decision to leave happened the first two days into the induction week. Yep, that's right, I never even made it to the second week! If you don't know already (briefly mentioned in an old post), I started university last year and did the exact same thing, except I had decided to transfer to another university. When I transferred to my new university I studied one semester, just before starting the new one I completely lost interest and enthusiasm for the course, so I dropped out and transferred to another course at the same university. It's all very muddled and all over the place! But that brings us back to last month when I had started university again in a new course at the same university just about to start the induction week.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Autumn Wishlist


My favourite time of year to go shopping has to be Autumn and Winter, I'm not a big shopper but there's just something about these colder months that I love to shop about in. My current wishlist has a very distinct cosy theme to it! I'm definitely going to be buying lots of chunky knits, not that I have enough already, but you can't go through Autumn and Winter without a wardrobe full of cosy jumpers and cardigans.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Things To See & Do This Autumn


One of my favourite things about the chillier months is to be cosy. I love wrapping up in chunky knits and pyjama bottoms with a cup of tea and a couple of biscuits whilst I type away at my laptop or watch a couple films! Other than being cosy on a chilly Autumn day there are plenty of things to do this Autumn, so here are some of my favourites!

Friday, 30 September 2016

Moments in September


How quick has September passed? I can't believe how quick this month has gone, it's just flown by in a flash! It's been one of those months again for me, one of those months where there's always one problem followed by another, I think my family are always prone to having many different problems. However it's Autumn, my favourite season and I'm looking to make the next couple of months better ones. Here's some of the good moments in September!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

An Enthusiasm For Baking - Flapjacks


You can never go wrong with flapjacks! They're so super easy to make and they're the perfect Autumn treat! My favourite will always be the classic golden syrup flapjack but you can add anything from chocolate to dried fruit and they'll taste absolutely delicious! Autumn and Winter are my favourite seasons to bake (mainly because the warmth from the oven keeps me cosy). I'm definitely going to be doing a lot of baking this Autumn, lots of warm homemade treats straight from the oven!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Summer Favourites

Summer favourites

I am so glad it's September. I've been so looking forward to Autumn for ages now, as it is of course my favourite season. Not just because my birthday is in October but because I just love everything about Autumn, the change of weather, golden crunchy leaves, spiced pumpkin lattes, darker evenings, tan boots, candles in lanterns, cosy knits, the list goes on and on! Although I'm not particularly fond of Summer (me and hot weather just don't go together) I still managed to come up with a list of my favourites throughout this Summer!

Friday, 2 September 2016

Down By The Sea


Whilst away, the blog has been quiet for a week. I've definitely missed writing, I packed my laptop with me but the Wifi was so bad that I just couldn't use it properly. I wrote a few notes as usual on my iPad but that was all, I thought I'd get the chance to write as the weather was predicted lots of rain but the sun was out and my mind was all over the place at times so I didn't manage to write anything for the blog. However, I did manage to take plenty of photos, it was a big change to take photos of different scenery rather than just my garden, around the house or nearby locations.


Friday, 19 August 2016

For When It All Gets Too Much


There's times where it can all get a bit too much. For me it's been anxiety. The thing with anxiety, and I've had this all throughout my school years and up until now, is that it never really just disappears. It can come back at any time and place. There are times when I feel like I'm constantly in a battle with my own mind, I feel insecure and indecisive. It's that voice in your mind telling you that something wrong is going to happen and then always doubting yourself about everything.


Sunday, 7 August 2016

The Summer Garden

It's peaceful sitting in the garden. Listening to the sound of birds singing in the trees, watching the wind blow through the flowers, hearing the church bells ring in the distance, watching the butterflies chase each other through the garden and fluttering onto the buddleja bush, listening to the bees humming as they fly from flower to flower, smelling the fresh scents of roses and lavender.



The garden has been in such a beautiful bloom recently, partly because mum looks after the garden so well. Our garden may be small but it's nice just to sit around the table or sat on the grass with the cats and be relaxed in our garden. Mum has also done well to make our garden look as private as possible without making it look too small and crowded.

We have the huge buddleja which covers the back of the garden, it stands tall with each branch flopping over each other spreading across the back fence. We have a huge mass of vines and ivy spread across the garage roof which falls down across the wall of the garage facing into the garden. Then on the other side of the fence we have another tree and various bushes (not so sure of the names). We have our very own secret garden!



We have many different flowers around the garden, not to mention we've also got plenty of vegetables growing too. From horse radish to peppers, we've got most of them potted up in the pop up green house. However, those pesky snails and slugs have managed to have their snack on some of the leaves. Hopefully, fingers crossed we can salvage some good grown vegetables when they're ready to be picked!



Although I'm more of a Autumn/Winter person, I have to admit that the garden always looks its best in the Spring/Summer months. And despite all of the rain that we've had too, the garden definitely benefits from it all! I'm all for a slow lived Summer this year, few trips here and there and spending time in the garden taking photos, reading books or just listening to the best Spotify playlists.

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Kayleigh

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Picks From Pinterest


I've been paying a lot of attention to Pinterest lately. I used to be so addicted to Pinterest, just pinning photos of random things (and celebrity crushes). Overall I just didn't have a working flow through my boards, they were just meaningless. So I've been working hard to create a bunch of boards that actually mean something to me, they are inspirational and creative too.

Here are my latest Pinterest picks ::


I have such a big love for open wardrobes right now, yet I still haven't managed to get one fixed up in my bedroom. I have such a small bedroom with a huge wardrobe, I'm starting to feel very cramped in here! I've been looking on Pinterest for small bedroom inspiration and I'm seeing a lot of open wardrobes. They don't take up a lot of space and I think they look so pretty. I'm going to have to do something about my wardrobe space!




One of my favourite boards on Pinterest has to be my 'on an adventure' board. It's about being out there and feeling free out in beautiful places. I'd really love to go travelling, especially in forest and mountainous places. There's just something I've always loved about seeing beautiful untouched landscapes and places full of wildlife. The imagery you find on Pinterest based on travel and wanderlust are just wonderful and mesmerising. I hope to have photos of my own to add to my 'on an adventure' board.



If you're ever on the lookout for interior décor and furniture ideas Pinterest is the best place! Not only am I looking to change my wardrobe I'm also looking to get a desk for my room. My bed and the downstairs table are my main places to work from but a desk is something I've been looking for a while now. I have a bookcase that is great for storage but not for sitting at, it's quite old too so I think it's time for an update. I love looking for office space inspiration on Pinterest, so many perfect ideas for small rooms too! I've added a bunch of ideas to my 'workspace' board so I'll be on the lookout for desks and storage.



Recently I won a competition with Next and was given a voucher to spend there. I am not a very good shopper, I'm just super indecisive. But I like to be sensible when it comes to shopping, you rarely ever see me go 'oh I do love that, I'm just going to buy it'. I'm always thinking about whether I really need that item or not. So whenever I feel like I'm struggling to think of what to add to my wardrobe I'll always look to Pinterest for some inspiration. It helps when you search specific like 'Summer casual fashion' or 'smart work wear' because then you get a whole selection of images matching up to what you searched for.



I've been adding more photos to my flower board and came across photos of how to dry flowers. I've always wanted to have a go at drying flowers, they look so beautiful hanging up in rooms or put into frames. I'm definitely going to give it a go at some point!


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plenty of inspiration and creativity!

Kayleigh

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Friday, 22 July 2016

An Enthusiasm For Baking :: Tanya Bakes

I was shopping in town not long ago and spotted Tanya Bakes in WHSmith on offer. When it comes to shopping I'm so indecisive, but when I was flicking through the pages of the book in the store I just couldn't resist! I've been meaning to get myself back into baking since going through a rough time lately. I love baking, it's my way of cleansing my mind away from all the stress and anxiety, I'm not the best baker in the world but I'm getting better and it keeps my worries at bay!


This is definitely my favourite cook from the collection that I have. It's split into 8 sections, from cookies and biscuits to bread and brunch. Most of the recipes are very easy, which I love because it's perfect both for beginners and expert bakers! The photography in this book is just beautiful, I think the photography was what persuaded me to buy the book, I mean who can resist a cooking book filled with photographs of gooey chocolatey biscuits and cream filled iced buns?


I decided to go with the gingerbread loaf as my first bake from this book as I've never made one before. My brothers are big fans of loaf cakes, we especially love the golden syrup and Jamaican cake by McVitie's (although this recipe beats them both), so I thought my first bake from the book would be something the whole family likes.

I'm going to be a very honest baker here, I haven't baked anything other than cookies in a while so the first time I baked this loaf the middle sunk. I tried again the next day and it guess what? It happened again! I had absolutely no idea what was going wrong, especially when I kept reading the method over and over again and made sure that all my ingredients had the right measurements.


I sent out a tweet asking if anyone knew what the problem was (of course tagging the experts Nigella and Jamie Oliver). Many thanks to Nigella Lawson who replied to my tweet, she explained the oven could have been too hot or too much air beaten into the mixture. She suggested to use a wooden spoon to mix as I mentioned that I used a food processor with a whisk attachment. However, minus the sunken middles both loaves were delicious.

So taking on Nigella's advice I've tried again and voila! No sunken middle! I made sure that I mixed the batter slowly with a spoon and I also made sure my oven wasn't too hot. I have just realised that the recipe does state that you should mix slowly so I guess my food processor was too quick! So without any further ado here is Tanya Bakes 'Gingerbread Loaf' recipe:


GINGERBREAD LOAF


SERVES 6-8

PREP TIME: 15 MINS
COOKING TIME: 30 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

100g butter
100g golden syrup
150g self-raising flour
3 teaspoons ground ginger
150g caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
150ml milk
1 large egg

METHOD:

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/350F/GM4. Line the loaf tin with greaseproof paper.

2. Melt the butter and the golden syrup together in a pan and set aside.

3. Mix together the flour, ground ginger, sugar and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl, then slowly whisk in the milk and egg, followed by the syrup mixture, to form a smooth batter.

4. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden and a skewer poked into the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Leave to cool completely.



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Have you bought Tanya Bakes yet?
What recipes have you tried
so far? Let me know in
the comments!

Kayleigh

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Things To Do & See This Summer


We are right in the heart of Summer now, minus the many random downpours of rain we've had! But we've still managed to have some good weather and there should be more to come in August. But no matter what weather we have and whether you are going on holiday or on staycation, there are plenty of things to do and see this Summer.

1. Visit a coastal area.

2. Go berry picking.

3. Visit gardens.

4.  Read a book in the garden or on a beach.

5. Shoot photos outdoors.

6. Play sport or watch the Rio Olympics.

7. Go for a countryside walk or bike ride.

8. Visit a theme park.

9. Go to a festival.

10. Have a BBQ with family and friends.

Plus many more!


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Do you have any plans for
this Summer holidays?
Let me know in the comments!

Kayleigh

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Monday, 4 July 2016

June Favourites


June was a pretty rough month for me. A lot has happened and overall I just don't feel good from it all, hence very little posts in June. I'm still not feeling 100%, but as I mentioned in my previous post it helps to keep writing, which I'm hoping to stick at this month! Although June wasn't great, I've still managed to find a few favourite things that I bought when I was out and about. It's not much, but I wanted to post something as It's been a little too quiet over here!

So without further ado here are a few things from my June favourites!



Deep Moisture Body Lotion by Neutrogena

I have wanted this body lotion for ages! Every time I saw it in town It was priced at around £5 or £6, which I didn't really want to spend that much on a body lotion, especially when I ended up buying one and then not even using it because it irritated my skin. I was popped into Boots a couple of weeks a go and spotted this beauty in the sale down to £2.64, I couldn't say no to that price, especially for a 400ml bottle! The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula is for sensitive and dry skin, I use it after having a shower and it keeps my skin feeling super soft and moisturised. Not to mention you don't have to wait around ages before dressing as it dries pretty quick!



Sweet Williams

I can't not have a bunch of flowers in my room. They add a splash of colour to my white room and they really do boost your mood if your feeling under the weather. Not to mention they're pretty to look at and perfect for Instagram snaps! I was in Sainsbury's the other week, looking at all of the bunches of flowers and I came across a beautiful bunch of Sweet Williams. They come in an array of different colours with little pretty flowers that bloom close together. They're different from your usual bunch of Peonies and Roses, but they smell sweet and look stunning in a jar!




Mushroom Mug

Topshop has a big sale going on and I couldn't resist having a browse around in store. I am yet to find any clothes that I want but I came across this super cute Mushroom Mug which I saw online couple of months ago. It was a random purchase that I couldn't resist and after a rough month I needed a purchase to cheer me up!



Imperial Leather Shower Wash

I love a good shower gel, especially when it smells of beautiful. My current favourite from the Imperial Leather range is the Vanilla & Almond Milk. It's super nourishing and leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft. I also find the smells relaxing too, no wonder I spend ages in the shower!



Hope and Greenwood Sherbet Lemon

I found these sweets in Sainsbury's and couldn't resist a pack of sherbet lemons! I've always had a love for hard boiled sweets, bon bons, rhubarb and custard, apple cubes, butterscotch, you name it! There are plenty of different sweets to try so I'm definitely going to have to buy another pack (not to mention I also seriously love the packaging).


Neutrogena Deep Moisture :: Boots
Sweet Williams :: Sainsbury's or flower market
Mushroom Mug :: Topshop Similar
Imperial Leather Body Wash :: Sainsbury's
Hope and Greenwood Sherbet Lemon :: Sainsbury's

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What were your June favourites?
Let me know in the comments!

Kayleigh

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Raindrops on Roses & Saying Goodbye



So far June has been a tough one. There have been times where I let my anxiety get the better of me which lead to many things going completely wrong and then last week we had to say goodbye to one of our cats. I haven't posted in a while but I thought this would be the best post to get back into writing again.

The weather has been up and down this month. It's been raining pretty much everyday for the past two weeks. But I like the sound of the rain as it falls against the windows with the windows left ajar so the smell of wet Earth travels into the house. It's soothing - the sound, the smell and watching the rain drops racing each other down the glass of the window. I've become a rain person in the past couple of months, I like the hot sunny weather but on some days I find the rain cleansing.


I spent most of the days outside in the garden. With an umbrella in one hand and camera in the other, I captured the rain drops on the flowers that blow gently in the wind. I had my camera lean steadily on my knees whilst I filmed a rose swaying in the wind, capturing the sound of rain pitter-pattering on the umbrella and leaves.


But I miss Roxy following me around the garden. It's like losing a best friend. No matter what people say, a pet is a part of your family. Couple of years ago she was left abandoned at the side of the road in a box along with four others. If I could I would have adopted them all.

We saw the cats at a friends house who rescued them, and hiding under the table was a furry tortoiseshell cat with her big eyes staring at me. I asked if we could adopt at least one and my parents couldn't say no. She would hide behind the sofa most of the time, then gradually over time she would come out to greet us. Each day we would stroke and play with her until she was comfortable knowing who her family was. She made everyone laugh, because she did the most silliest things! It was just amazing to see the change from being a terrified little cat left in a box to being such a lovely, friendly and fussy cat.


It'll take a while, I know from losing cats in the past that it takes a while to get used to not seeing them every day. I'm not sure if the other two cats have noticed yet but they seem really fussy, but I find It comforting. I'm getting there but I'll continue to write, it always helps to write down your thoughts. Whether it be in a blog post or in a journal, it helps to ease each day.


For Roxy

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Conquering Fear

Whether it be the dark, job interviews, doctors visits, starting university, a rollercoaster, you name it! At some point we all come face to face with our fears. It could take a week, a month or even a year to finally conquer our fears and phobias.

It's taken me 15 years to almost get over my phobia of blood tests and injections. It's taken a lot of fainting and refusing to finally get to a point where I can actually have it done (I may cry my eyes out but I can still do it).


Coming face to face with your biggest fears can be really hard going, especially when it really takes it out on you both physically and mentally. Here are a few things I do to try and fend off the fear:

INNER STRENGTH

Inner strength is key when coming face to face with your fears. Sometimes you can feel like your in a battle with your own mind, but your always losing and your inner strength fails you. Inner strength is telling yourself you can make a move instead of hiding away and turning your back on trying. It takes a lot of perseverance and self belief to gain your inner strength, but once you gain it you can have a chance at winning the battle and knocking that fear down.

POSSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

Don't let those negative thoughts get the better of you. The worst thing you can do is let that side of your mind tell you that you can't do something when in fact you can. Tell the negativity to go away and start thinking positive, turn 'I can't' into 'I can'. Something as small as reading a positive quote every day can give you that extra motivation to ward off those negative sayings in your mind. I have a Pinterest board full of inspirational quotes, you can find them here!

RELAXATION

Having a panic or anxiety attack is going to make it ten times harder to stand up to your fears. Whilst sometimes you can't help letting your emotions take over, the best way to counteract those feelings is to relax. Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, listening to music or meditation/yoga will allow time to calm down and regain focus. Top tip: Pinterest is full of so many different relaxation ideas, pin them to a board and you can go back to them whenever needed!

SOLUTION

There's always a solution to fighting your fear. It's just trying to figure out different ways to overcome that fear. I know for a fact that I most of the time I faint at the sight of blood or from just thinking about it, so keeping my eyes closed and thinking about something else was one of my solutions. Not to mention eating chocolate before and after the test, I always remember 'eat you'll feel better' (the wise words of Remus Lupin) and it seems to work! There will always be a solution, the more solutions you find the more chance you have of facing your fears.


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Note: these are just a few of my ideas which help me if I come face to face with one of my fears. Not all these things will work, as everyone is different and we all have different levels of fear.

Do you have any ways which help to
face your fears? Let me know
in the comments!

Kayleigh

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Moments in May

Happy June everyone! Isn't it crazy how quickly these months are flying by? I mean it's almost Summer, can you believe it! It's been one of those up and down months, good days with a few bad ones. But I feel like this time I've learnt a lot from those bad days, from having an understanding of what's gone wrong and staying calm and relaxed away from stress. I decided to do a 'moments in May' rather than the usual favourites of the month as I don't really have much to share product and clothing wise. I'm trying to be reasonable and only spending on things that are absolutely necessary so I can save up for university this year. So without any further ado here are my moments of May!


1:: Finally getting my writing groove back! As previously stated in another post I was suffering from some sort of writers block. But, I finally pushed myself to get some blog posts written and finished for publishing!

2:: Eating ice cream in the warm weather.

3::  Helping with Spring/Summer DIY. I've been sanding and painting benches and table tops ready for sitting out in the garden in the warm Summer weather.  

4:: Finally getting around to watching Star Wars The Force Awakens. Yes I know, I am very late with this one but we wanted to wait until the film had released on the Sky Store so we could watch it at home!

5:: Getting back into baking. Occasional baking has now taken a turn, I'm baking every week and loving it! I've been trying out different recipes, but still sticking to the easy ones. I think now is the time to try more tricky recipes!

6:: Visiting Trentham Garden Centre. They have recently had a refurbishment and the place still looks beautiful.

7:: Chelsea Flower Show. Oh how I wish I visited this year!

8:: Adding Summer clothes to my wardrobe. New pair of blue jeans, shorts, sunglasses and more!

9:: Rejoicing my love for box sets! I just finished watching 'The Secret Life of an American Teenager' on Sky on demand. I'm now juggling between series 5 of 'Once Upon a Time' and series 6 of 'Gossip Girl' on Netflix.

10:: Having downpours of rain in between sunny days. I wrote previously in a post about how to 'cleanse your mind', rain being the main thing that helps cleanse my mind from any stress.


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What have been your moments
of May? Let me know in the
comment below!

Kayleigh

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Summer Creative Inspiration

I keep telling myself that I'm going to start on something creative. I see something interesting in a magazine, on tv or on the internet but I never get around to actually doing it! I'm not particularly up to much these days, the job hunt is still going and I have just over three months to go until university, so I have a lot of free time on my hands!

All part of my Summer refresh is to be more creative, so I was flicking through my creative Pinterest board and found a bunch of ideas which I thought I'd share in this blog post!


FLOWERS IN JARS


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Ever since I saw this wonderful idea on Pinterest I have always had a bunch of flowers in a jar placed on my bedroom window. They are the splash of colour to my white bedroom and always add a sense of freshness to the room. There are so many different things you can do to decorate a jar for flowers. My most simple way is to style with an old (in good condition) shoe lace and wrap it around the top of the jar in a bow, it's as simple as that! I also love the idea of using materials to wrap around the jar, such as lace or burlap. I did this once but silly me I used the wrong type of glue (yes I used paper glue) and the lace kept falling off of the jar. So it's a good idea to get the right type of glue so that whatever piece of material you find you can make sure it is secure on the glass.


PAINTED MUGS

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I have always wanted to have a go at painting mugs. Pinterest is full of so many different ideas in which you can paint a plain white mug. You can buy a bundle of plain white mugs on amazon for a reasonable price and paint any design on them. I prefer the more minimal designs such as dots of black ink or half painted with one shade of colour. But the beauty of this creativity is that you can choose to design the mug however you want!


TIN CAN FLOWER POTS

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Now that the summer months are coming up the garden is looking as green as ever! I've always wanted to add something hand made to the garden, so I've been doing a lot of searching on Pinterest for anything DIY garden décor related. I found these cute little tin can lanterns which would look perfect dotted around the garden and lit up in the evenings with tea lights. I think it's such a great idea to used recycled materials and make use out of them by being creative! I also love these paint can pots which are brightly coloured to add a splash of colour to the garden.


GARDEN LIGHTS

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My mum loves having lights in the garden in the summer, so I thought I'd have a look for some tea light candle holder ideas. These can be created by simply using old tin cans and then drilling or knocking holes into the tin to create your own pattern. The tin could also be spray painted any colour you want! I really love the idea of using the soft blues, they remind me of beachy sea tones which would be perfect for the garden. Remember to wash out your used tin cans, this is a perfect way to recycle old materials!



FABRIC PRINTING

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Remember the days at school when we used vegetables dipped in paint and printed on fabric? Well the idea is still going and I love it! You could print on napkins, table cloths, blankets and tea towels all perfect for picnics and BBQ's. These are super affordable to create and you can choose whatever design you want. I particularly love these watermelon prints which can be created by cutting out a triangle shape on a potato (or if you didn't want to use vegetables you can use a cut up sponge) and print using fabric paint, then for any small detail just use a small paint brush!




 Do you have any summer creative ideas?
Let me know in the comments!

Kayleigh

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Cleanse Your Mind

Throughout the whole of last week I kept telling myself to get started on some blog posts I've been wanting to write for a while. But instead I ended up sitting on my bed, with my laptop in front of me and was just staring at a blank page for ages. I think I must have ended up suffering from some sort of writers block. I had lots and lots of spare time but I just couldn't seem to write anything, or if I did I just ended up re-reading the same paragraph over and over again until I finally decided to delete it!


It was one of those weeks again but this time I'm going to get myself back into gear again and get some blog post ideas going, set myself some deadlines and make sure I get them finished and published!

I guess part of my writers block has been to do with the fact that I've been feeling a bit under the weather for the past two weeks. I've been feeling a little down but I needed some time to get out and clear my mind. Although the weather we've had has been very beautiful with plenty of sun, 20 degree highs and cool breezes, I really needed the rain fall we've had in between the lovely weather. They say rain is to cleanse the soul, I wouldn't say I'm spiritual or anything like that but I felt like my mind had been cleared of any stress that was building up and with the rain we had I felt calm and relaxed.

I was in the kitchen waiting for the biscotti which was baking in the oven and as I was waiting I was watching the rain fall outside the kitchen window, soaking the grass and the flowers. My mind felt at ease and I was able to forget all that was bothering me. For me rain is the most cleansing but there are many other ways in which I use to cleanse my mind.






:: Reading

:: Writing

:: Drawing

:: Watching box sets & movies

:: Gardening

:: Cleaning my room

:: Creative DIY projects

:: Taking photos







With this beautiful weather we've been having this Spring, It's nice to have a rain cleanse every once in a while. I'm hoping the cleanse rid of my writers block and I hope I can get started with some more blog posts this week! I'm in need of getting back into my routine again.

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Do you find the rain cleansing?
Do you have any other ways of cleansing your mind
of any stress?

Kayleigh


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