Saturday, 15 July 2017

Feeling | Grateful


I was a little late in realising that yesterday (Friday) was The Happiest Day of the Year. According to scientific studies, more here. July 14th this year was the happiest day for a few reasons - the start of the summer holidays, it's peak summer.. (although looking out of the window currently I wouldn't necessarily agree with that), and of course Summer brings more opportunities to be outside with family and friends - perhaps sharing picnics or BBQ's.

I would say I'm rather a positive person, but I know we all have our struggles and it's not always easy to be happy all the time.

Today I thought I'd write about 5 things that have recently made me grateful recently:

Trip to Devon
Last weekend I went to Devon with one of my closest friends and The Boy, now I should probably start calling him (The) Husband but that sounds a little too formal in a blogpost, so I think he'll remain The Boy. Anyway I digress - we had a lovely weekend relaxing in North Devon. We enjoyed pub lunches, a BBQ and my very first Surf Lesson! I'm not sure I'll ever become a pro surfer but it was great fun to try and stand up on the board - although very difficult. I think this is the closest I'll ever get to surfing!! I have to say it was quite an adrenaline rush and I did enjoy being carried along by the waves - despite finding it all rather exhausting.



Swishing around in my wedding dress
On our way back from Devon we picked up my Wedding Dress which I still need to take to be dry cleaning, nearly 3 months later! Eeeek. I could not resit the temptation to put it back on and swish around the house in it one more time.


Random boxes of Chocolates 
When you're presented with a box of delcious chocolates for helping somebody out for an hour. Isn't it lovely to be so appreciated? If you haven't tried these Lindt Creation Desserts chocolates.. oh my goodness, you're missing out.



Quiet Saturday Mornings with The Boy

I love nothing more than a Saturday morning pottering at home, flicking through twitter / Instagram in bed and generally taking the morning slowly. We then usually head out to a favourite coffee shop and enjoy a few flat whites and possibly brunch.



Reasons to be grateful

This is going to sound really soppy, but I've lots of reasons to be happy - looking after 3 fun children is a huge part of that, I'm very lucky to be in a job that I love. I owe all of this to one very special lady - my Grandma. I really wouldn't be where I am without her.



So without turning this into a sad soppy post - I want to say be happy, be grateful. And if you can't - talk about it. Life can be hard, even at the best of times. If you're struggling, please, talk!

Sarah x

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Travel | 10 reasons why you need to visit Sri Lanka

Back in March we travelled to Sri Lanka for our Honeymoon  I lay on the sunbed writing a few points for blogposts - with the intentions to post pretty soon after our return. However time has just been flying, so please excuse the delay. Here are my 10 reasons why you need to visit Sri Lanka - because I think it's possibly underestimated. People may not understand why they should visit Sri Lanka, they may choose Thailand or perhaps Bali over it. But here's why I love Sri Lanka. And why you should visit..

1. The Culture - there's a lot of culture to see in Sri Lanka. In fact we visited 5 of Sri Lanka's 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We visited lots of temples and learnt about the history of this fascinating country. (Below the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy).
2. The tea. Ceylon & Tea. Two words which just go together really. We drank plenty of Ceylon tea during our stay. We also visited a tea factory which was really interesting. We drove through the winding roads of tea country, as well as riding through tea plantations on the train, (more on that later..). If you're even a tiny bit interested in tea this really could be the country for you.

3. The elephants. And other wildlife. We came to see elephants and Sri Lanka delivered. Spectacularly. We were lucky enough to do two safaris during our time in Sri Lanka and enjoyed seeing the elephants in the wild. We would recommend the Safari at Minneriya National Park. 

4. The trains and beautiful train rides. I found myself turning into rather a trainspotter - the vivid blue train that carries hundreds of people, (mainly tourists) between Nurawa Eliya and Ella is something else.  After arriving in Ella we wandered along the train tracks, through tunnels and across 9 arch bridge which is an attraction in itself. (Below: aforementioned train ride - said to be one of the most scenic train rides in the world)
5. The People. The people in Sri Lanka are truly lovely - we came across friendly, accommodating people wherever we went, but in particular was our lovely driver Asanka, who is genuinely one of the nicest men we've ever met. He really couldn't have done anything else to make our honeymoon anymore special. Please do get in touch with me if you'd like a personal recommendation for a driver in Sri Lanka.

6. The Palm Trees. How could you say no to lying in a hammock hung between palm trees? There must be millions of palm trees in Sri Lanka, and boy do they make a good photo.

7. The Landscape. Sri Lanka has a fast array of landscape - beautiful beaches, wonderful mountains and lakes and rivers. We really did get a chance to explore them all. Here I am looking across from Little Adam's Peak to Ella Rock. That view!
8. The Colour. Everywhere you look there's colour - saris, leyland trucks wonderfully lit, shops filled with colourful items. You'll also find colourful additional in the temples, at shrines and of course prayer flags. Sri Lanka is a colourful country. 

9. Coconuts - drinking fresh coconut water is surely the way to enrich every aspect of life. No? I must say I became quite partial to ordering a King Coconut. 

10. Wanderlust. We do love exploring new countries and Sri Lanka satisfied our need for culture and adventure on our honeymoon. Lying on a beach for 2.5 weeks wouldn't have been our ideal honeymoon, but our Sri Lankan adventures fulfilled our Wanderlust. 


Have you visited Sri Lanka? Is it on your list?

Until next time. X
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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Life | A little update..


\\.. Life lately.. // 

I've been... 

thinking about those blogposts I've drafted. The ones I've written in my head. Time just seems to be of the essence at the moment, I'm finding myself super busy. Blogging has once again taken a back seat. It saddens me every time. 

feeling grateful for lovely weekends with friends. 

using Mapstr to log new places to go and places I have been. Fabrique & Bronte. And those wonderful macaroon ice-creams!



wearing flower crowns - I feel they should be an acceptable everyday accessory, as just the idea of a flower crown puts a smile on my face.

training for the Vitality 10,000 which I ran at the end of May - since running has taken a back seat whilst I relax a little.

feeling a little detached from the world of blogging. I don't mean to - but I find the weekday evenings fly by. I often find I don't even get chance to check Twitter or Instagram the way I used to - oh for the weekends! 

eating cake at Cutter & Squidge. I thought it was healthy cake.. it turns out I was a little wrong, but I guess it's as healthy as cake will get! Passionfruit & pistachio cake - as yummy as it sounds.


dreaming of Summer. I get far too excited when the sun comes out, don't we all? Then I start dreaming about the Summer wardrobe I'd like to have. But then I realise this Summer lark isn't quite the reality I'd hope for. 

watching 13 Reasons Why. I'm actually really terrible at concentrating and become distracted by everything else before turning the tv on, meaning we've only watched the first 2 episodes. 

voting, of course today was Election Day. Something I don't really feel the need to discuss on social media, but something I feel everyone should do.

drinking coffee from my new favourite Coffee Shop - The Eclectic Collection which I will write about soon.


reading Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I'm terrible at finding the time to read, but I've really got into this book and I hear the TV series 'Big Little Lies' is worth watching. But I will finish the book first. 

feeling desperately sorry for London. I love our city and hate what is happening in it at the moment. I couldn't help but snap this photo at the weekend. Some wise words.


scheduling my next posts. It's the only way. I'm on a bit of a roll this evening..

Until next time. X

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Life Lately

It's been a busy few weeks to be honest. Since the wedding we've come back from our lovely honeymoon (more on that later, I've drafted some posts about Sri Lanka) and settled back into london life. The boy has been rather busy travelling with work. Whilst I could have used this time to blog, I really need my own laptop.. One bonus now the wedding is over is being able to save for other things instead.

So here's a little update on life lately:

Spring cleaning. 
We were lucky enough to get a lovely amount of John Lewis gift vouchers as wedding presents. Meaning we can upgrade some of our bits (towels etc), and purchase some new bits for the flat. In doing so we decided it was a good time to do a spring clean, and whilst it's very much a work in progress it's feeling good and very productive already. I even found this old vase whilst having a sort out, and with some leftover fairy lights from the wedding made a little light feature!
Putting new photos into frames. 
Of course there's lots of new WEDDING photos to print and display - cue trip to Ikea for frames. We're feeling really happy with how our flat looks at the moment, especially after the aforementioned spring clean. 
Enjoying London's sweet treats.
Since being back in london I've been to Peggy Porschen and got my hands on some MaĆ®tre Choux eclairs. It's nice to get back into London, and I intend to enjoy London as much as I possibly can over the summer. Just hoping for some more sunshine, to be honest.
Wandering London
So far this Spring I've been to Chiswick House for a walk, and a lovely lunch at No 197 Chiswick Fire Station. We've plenty of other 'London Villages' to explore, I do love a good weekend wander around a part of London, and hope to get that series of posts back up and running on the blog.
Getting back into fitness. 
Sri Lanka was quite an active holiday in some respects however I didn't get chance to run (only a short beach run anyway) and then I somehow gained a small injury on our return to London, so I had to take a little bit more time off than I'd anticipated. I'm convinced I walked to far in flip flops! 
I'm happy, however to say I've been to bootcamp this week, and feel good for it, despite it being super hard. It was worth it. I've got my second 10K booked for the end of May, so I was really keen to rest my foot properly and not let it affect my race. I've gone back into it lightly with a few short runs last week, and hopefully *touch wood* that will be the last foot pain I experience during this training. Now to get back up to my distance.
Answering the question how's married life? 
It's lovely, although I have to be honest not a lot has changed. As we already lived together we knew each other's annoying habits etc. That sounds terrible but it's really rather lovely. We had 3 weeks in others company and really was lovely to spend that time together - we needed after the busyness of organising the wedding.
Feeling colourful and thankful.
With spring in the air, flowers blossoming and the lighter evenings. I'm feeling more awake and productive. I'm rather happy that evenings in the park are coming, hopefully. It feels like there are more hours in the day with those lovely light evenings. However I still need a few extra hours please.
We are feeling very thankful as we've been truly lucky over the past couple of months. It's been a whirlwind of excitement but we've loved every minute.

A lack of blogging. Sorry about that!
I've been a little M.I.A. in the blog world, since my latest post anyway. I wrote about our lovely Somerset Wedding Suppliers, here. I meant to write a post for the travel link up. But it just didn't happen, we were away last weekend which was when the link closed. I just ran out of time unfortunately.

It was a really brilliant topic - 'If travel was a menu, what would be your starter (short haul), main (long haul) and/or dessert (a place with a lasting impression)'. I would have to say my choices would have been Copenhagen for Starter, Dubai for Main and Sri Lanka for dessert. I promise I'll try and get back to it. I know I say that every time.

What have you been up to lately? 

Love Sarah x
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Monday, 27 March 2017

Our Spring Wedding | Somerset Suppliers


Whilst I'm not usually one to post photos of us online, there's just something I have to share with you. On Saturday I acquired a Husband. We've been planning our wedding for 18 months. Although having said that it was only in around September that we really started to plan the finer details. I wanted to share our Wedding Suppliers with you, because they are the people who really made the Wedding the day it was. I would recommend each and everyone of our suppliers they have all been wonderful to work with. 

Our Venue
The Bishop's Palace, Wells. We chose our venue as it is in the City I was born in - Wells in Somerset. The Bishop's Palace offered us the wonderful backdrops for our photos and the gardens were perfect for our guests to explore.


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Photographer 
We booked our photographer - Brad Wakefield back in 2015, as we knew we were set on having him after seeing his wonderful wedding photography. We both felt very comfortable with him around which is amazing considering neither of us particularly like having our photo taken or being the centre of attention. 




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Florist 
Our lovely Florist Clare of Larkspur & Lilac - Clare is a local supplier and from the initial meeting we knew she knew her stuff. The venue looked absolutely stunning and a lot of that was down to the decoration of the tables and flowers.




These mini milk bottle holders are from Tanya at The Cosy Corner House as soon as I spotted them on her instagram page I knew they would be perfect for our wedding. Just look how cute the flowers look in them. They were the perfect size to transfer from the registry office to the reception venue.



Wedding Dress
My dress came from Orange Blossom Bridal Boutique in Street. Christina and Michael the owners are just wonderful. I had good feelings about Orange Blossom, but it was Christina who brought me my dress as the final one I tried on that day. It had every aspect of the other dresses I'd loved all rolled into one dress. I absolutely loved it and didn't want to take it off... ever! Dancing and swirling around in it was great fun. 


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Makeup Artist
My make up artist for the morning was Charlie who owns Flutter by Beauty in Wells was just amazing. She took such care in making our makeup look absolutely beautiful. She made me cups of tea and was just so lovely.

Hairdressers
Our wedding hair stylists were from Frontline Hair Salon in Wells. The girls, Amber and Gemma did a great job of mine, my bridesmaids and mums hair as well as my little flowergirl. If only I could have somebody do my hair and makeup everyday...


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Wedding Stationery
I spotted the beautiful stationery that Heather, Feather & Flourish, creates via our photographers instagram account and then got into contact with Heather directly. She created a lot of the finishing touches to our wedding as well as the invitations.




Image source: Holly Booth Studio (website, Instagram)


Confetti 
Our confetti came from Shropshire Petals, who produce natural biodegradable confetti. Perfect for any wedding.. Find out more here.


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Cake 
My multi- talented Sister in Law made us this wonderful cake. It looked amazing and tasted divine too. 


Table plan 
Our lovely table plan was made by my clever husband - we bought most of the components of the table plan from The Wedding of my Dreams (here). And The Boy made the frame himself. Our tables were named after the places we've travelled together - we also had photos of us on each table, along with scrabble holders and scrabbled pieces for the names of the tables and peoples names + as favours. 




DJ
Our DJ was from the Wedding Players who were brilliant. We had a lot of fun dancing with our friends.

Now it's time to say Goodbye to social media for a little while as we enjoy our Honeymoon. 

Toodle pip!

*All images that are asterixed were taken by our Wedding Photographer Brad Wakefield. 
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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Why running?

I gave a little update on my running in one of my previous blog post - life lately. Mentioning my running plans and having booked into my very first 10K run. (Yes I really have got the bug..)! I had every intention to write a full post about my running and then I  read a post of Kat Louise's about the gym.. ('how I busted my fear of the gym', here). And it made me think about what I do, and inspiring others.

But let's take a step back and look at why it's running I've chosen... 

When I was younger I was never sporty - I wasn't on any teams. Despite giving it a go it was probably way too easy for us to duck out of P.E. or slack at the back. Perhaps we weren't pushed enough. I don't know. I wish I'd known (or believed) back then how much I could, potentially enjoy fitness and exercise. As I really have turned my life around. I used to spend evenings on the sofa - with no exercise regime in place at all. Now you'll find me training (bootcamp) in the park 2 evenings a week, and on a Saturday morning, if it's a really good week!

It stated back in may 2015 I decided that I'd take up running. I've blogged previously about my running so don't want to repeat myself but... I started out with the couch to 5k programme. I would TOTALLY recommend it if you want to get into running. You can read that post here.

I've been running 5km for about 18 months now, generally around once a week as I got to bootcamp as well. There just aren't enough days for rest days.. if I run too often. I really am the fittest I've ever been. But I was stuck at 5K. I've done slightly more - once running 7.5km just to test myself. Once. But I hadn't seriously thought I would continue to run longer distances. I'd run a couple of Parkruns, a RunThrough 5K and also the colour run last September.  All of which I really enjoyed. You can read a little about my running journey here.

This is why I needed the next challenge, so early on in January I booked myself onto a 10K. And with that I needed to up my training. I downloaded an app called 5K to 10K - a 9 week training programme to get you to the 10K distance. A few weeks past and I hadn't yet started. So that plan was out the window. I then found a 6 week training programme online which I then followed. You can find it here. I think it's slightly better for me than the app I originally found as that included walking and I just don't think I could go back to walking now. 

At the beginning of March I ran that 10K. I really enjoyed it.. It was at Bushy Park, it was a good route to run - twice around a decent section of the park. However I did find my Map My Run told me I'd hit 10K before I got to the finish line. So I have to say I'm sticking with that time of 52 minutes and 57 seconds. I can't quite believe it. I ran the first kilometre the fastest I've ever run, which I didn't want to do. Luckily I managed to settle myself into a good pace after that. But it also meant that I'd set a new PB for my 5K too. Hooray.


The great thing about running is that it's free.. although I'll warn you - you may become addicted to buying snazzy running gear... It's also a great opportunity to put some great tunes on and indulge in some 'me time'. As Spring is arriving I think it's the best time to start running or train for something. 

And would you believe it I booked myself onto my next 10K that very day!

Until next time.

Xx

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Life | A little update..

Well I think it's safe to say wedding planning takes up rather a lot of time. Throw in a 52.5 hr working week, training for a 10K and 2 evenings at bootcamp plus writing for another blog as well. It's certainly been a busy few weeks. I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm not very good at relaxing to be honest. 

This has taught us to be super organised. My life has consisted of lists for rather a while now; our lounge is rather full of wedding paraphernalia and candles and I've got a collection of dresses and ties hanging around. All of which will take it's rightful position very soon. The big day will take place next weekend when we'll gather our nearest and dearest to help celebrate our wedding. 


It's all coming together well, we've worked with some lovely suppliers and I want to share them with you. I've taken pictures along the way, of our menu cards, the table plan and the other bits & pieces we've collected. However I won't publish anything just yet.. As some of our friends and family are on Twitter or read my blog. I want there to be an element of surprise. And so I will post about this at a later date..

We'll then be packing up and heading to Sri Lanka for our honeymoon. We're both looking forward to the sun and spending time together. We've both been seriously busy lately, so it will be lovely to relax. Of course Sri Lanka is something else I'd like to get to post about.. 

But you'll have to bare with me... xx


I'll leave you with some pretty flowers to look at these were from Bloom & Wild. A gift from the My Baba Pushchair Party we were invited to during the week. (Aren't they lovely? But I think it's a good job I'm not arranging our wedding flowers)!

{In the meantime if you have any top tips for Sri Lanka please get in touch. We'd love to hear them}
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