Monthly Archives: December 2014

Favourite moments of 2014.

It has been a crazy year, my first year of blogging, and I have loved every minute of it! So I thought i’d look back at some of my favourite posts from the year. I’d also like to say a big thank you to all of you for sharing some big moments in my life, and for coming back and reading my mad ramblings. It means a lot!! So thank you!!

 

Anyway to some of my favourite posts!

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I loved doing all the fun DIY post’s this year but I think this was my favourite. I made 2 for the twins, and had fun shooting it with my sister. Check out the post here.

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My 52 week drawing challenge didn’t quite last the year…well no where near really but it was fun drawing weird stuff. Here is one of my drawings. See the post here.

 

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My week of Valentines day treats!! Check out this pretzel confetti recipe here. They were sooo good. I wonder what I will do this Valentines…

I also had some pretty big life changing events this year, which I got to share with all of you!!

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I got diagnosed with PCOS, earlier this year which was crazy to say the least, I had to give up steak…which was pretty sad.. feel free to read the rest of the post here.

 

 

AND…..this happened too!!

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We went to Italy, and had an amazing holiday..and Richard proposed in this beautiful setting..Read the full story here… And check out Wednesday’s for my Wedding Wednesday posts.

 

So yeah it’s been a crazy year!! We also welcomed  three beautiful babies this year too! Little Finley to my brother Simon and Mel. Little Bella to Richards brother William and Suzy, and little Georgia to our good friends Charlotte and Paul. Here’s to next year, I think there’s going to be a few surprises around the corner!! Fun times ahead!!

 



Aroamaah Christmas Special

So we finally managed to open our December coffee box. ( it was misplaced during the move, much to our devastation) but we finally found it, and weren’t we in for a treat this month.

 

Firstly a lovely addition was a hand written Christmas card from the Aroamaah team. Such a nice gesture no?? I have no bad things to say about this company. The contact is brilliant, the coffee is just to die for and the whole service is A+.

 

But to the coffee.

This month we got a rich full bodied coffee with a mocha hit an nuttiness combined with flavours of smoked sandalwood from Cuba. Ah….I was in heaven, this was my favourite of the three and was amazing as an espresso. Which was the offered advice of how to have it. Another great thing about this service is it comes with tasting notes too!

The second was sweet and fruity from Nicaragua, was really great as a black coffee..

The final one was from Mexico and was a medium roast with hints of hazelnuts, this was Richards favourite as he is a serial espresso drinker. It went down nice and smooth and this has been his morning pick me up of choice.

 

They also offer Gift subscriptions now too! For 3,6 and 12 months. (belated Christmas presents??)

 

Anyway for anyone who loves coffee..check them out! Such a great company.

 

 



Finding the Christmas spirit and the Carter traditions.

I found it. We have come to my family this year for Christmas, and the familiar ornaments, the Carter traditions are all around. It’s been a hectic two months, and I appreciate every one of you that reads this blogs, especially due to my absence the last few weeks, and who keep coming back. I love you all. Here is to a lovely Christmas and an exciting 2015!

It’s funny how much Christmassy I feel as soon as I am back in my home town. So I thought I’d share with you some of our Carter christmas traditions.

 

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Ok so the hardest tradition, which I am now so accustomed too, and couldn’t imagine doing it any other way, is waiting to open our presents under the tree until after Christmas dinner. So we end up sitting down to open presents at about 7 in the evening. Crazy but it makes the whole day last longer, and I am telling you as a kid doing this, it was such an exciting day waiting for presents even if sometimes all we wanted to do was rip open the presents. It’s a tradition I will continue with my own kids in the future.

Ok so you know how some kids write letter to santa, and now a days even email..well when I was younger, the way we asked santa what we wanted for Christmas was we shouted out the window on Christmas eve. Which was made terrifying when my Grandad answered back from the upstairs bathroom. I also learnt he had bells…I knew I wasn’t loosing my mind when I thought I heard santa all those years ago. .Richard finds this completely bazaar? Did anyone else do this? Or was it just my family?

Then the rest is pretty standard I think. We wake up, open our stockings and have a big family breakfast. We then spend an hour or two at our local pub which opens especially on Christmas day for a few hours and where the whole town goes. It’s nice to see friends for a couple of hours on Christmas day.Then we slob around and eat our weight in snacks, before tucking into a big turkey dinner with all the trimmings.Then we open our tree presents, then all fall asleep in a food coma.

I love Christmas, and this Christmas is going to be hectic, with 17 for dinner, we have a feast and a day of lots of presents and I can’t wait. Shopping is finally done. I ventured out to Tesco’s at 8 this morning. All I need to do if finish the last bit of wrapping.

 

So I wish you all a merry Christmas, and if I haven’t fallen into a food coma, I’ll take some pictures of the hectic day and share!!

 



Gifts for the bakers and foodies in your life.

We all have those friends who bake or cook miraculous dishes, especially around this time of year, it’s a time for people to pull out their showstopper roast potatoes, and alternative Christmas desserts. So what do you buy the foodie and baker who has everything, these cute gifts thats what!

 

 

 

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With good food comes good beverages, and these would look great on any bar cart. From Anthropologie, at £8 and coming in different colours, you can drink in style this Christmas. Plus just look at the stripes..

 

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Another addition for your bar cart, and to please the beer drinks, a unique bottle opener. They have quite a few designs, but I love this bear one. From Anthropologie again (hint it’s all from there) and costs £18.

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Well this is an upgrade from a wooden rolling pin, they also do awesome ones with stencils built in them, so as you roll, you roll a pattern on pastry. Thats Christmas cookies sorted then! From Anthropologie and costs £18.

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Well hello, how super cute is this?? Add some flour handprints, and we are looking at an apron perfect for Christmas dinner. Costing £34 and coming in so many different styles, theres one to suit the foodie in your life. Get it here.

 

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With baking comes eggs, and who wants to showcase off cardboard egg boxes when you have these beauties. Coming in four colours, eggs will never look the same again. At £12, keep your eggs in style all year round. I’ve said eggs way too much..it’s lost all meaning…but anyway get the egg crate here.

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Last but not least, a staple utensil for any bakers kitchen, cup measurements. These are to die for, you know me and stripes…I just can’t say no. £34…is a lot, but just look at the detail…get them here.

 

 

And that’s my last gift ideas post…time is counting down, online shopping is coming to a close….it’s all getting very close to the big day…This month has been a hectic one..I am looking forward to Christmas day, New years, and one day getting my house finished and my office set up…one day…



Last minute Christmas ideas

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A cute gift idea for your mum or mother-in-law, especially if they are a fan of tea. It’s from Next, so no need to panic about delivery, just go and pick it up. You could even partner this with some cute teas too and at £12 it doesn’t break the bank.

 

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Every girl I know loves macarons They are dainty,delicious and luxury. If your struggling for a secret santa, or a gift for your girlfriend..I couldn’t recommend this more. The creme de la creme of Macarons by  Pierre Herme. I would recommend going into a shop so you can hand pick your flavours. Get a few for yourself to, they will just melt in your mouth and it’s a much deserved treat after the hard work of Christmas shopping.

 

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How awesome is this, a busy girl needs one of these, plus it’s just super cute. From Kate Spade and available at Selfridges for £ 19.95 I don’t think thats too bad..

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Always fun to have a bit of bling on the wishlist. A great option for a last minute buy for you guys out there. This is from Kate Spade, and they do a few different colours, I like how subtle it is. This costs £40.

 

 

So just a few things for ideas, I have a foodie list coming up tomorrow, as I will continue Wedding Wednesday after the New Year. Happy Christmas shopping all!



A little update

So the move didn’t go quite as smoothly as hoped, plus I have been pretty sick the last couple of weeks so I have been off my game. My new living room looks like a dump..and no, no Christmas decorations up yet. I haven’t even done any Christmas shopping..so at the moment  if I am honest…I am not really feeling Christmassy at all….For anyone ever thinking of moving in December don’t…it might just kinda ruin the holiday for you a little bit…

I am shamed to admit we haven’t even got a fridge yet…you would be surprised how many options of fridges are out there…I am also looking for a washing machine too..so yeah lots to do and lots of random food to be eating. All of a sudden I feel very grown up again, living on our own again I have to keep reminding myself to do things you know…

 

Anyway I am sorry for the lack of posts the last few days, I hope I can get back on track soon, and find the Christmas spirit again..I need to get a tree I think.

 

Anyway I wish you all a lovely evening of wrapping presents, or buying them like I should be!

 



Wedding Wednesday’s: Mary-Anne James. Our wedding Photographer /19

Ok so a quick note of apology before I start talking about the wonders that is Mary-Anne. We have officially moved, though I am surrounded by boxes and the never ending task that is unpacking, hopefully the blog won’t suffer for much longer.

 

But now back to Mary-Anne. So I went to uni with her, so I already knew her ability to photograph and the added bonus of her being the sweetest girl ever, but when I saw her portfolio me and Richard both decided she is the one to photograph our wedding. It’s quite a big deal finding your perfect photographer. I have seen so many wedding photographs ruined by photographer’s who don’t really know what they are doing. Or the cheese of having to pose time and time again. I am not a poser, there’s a reason why there are hardly any pictures of me on this blog, and my Wallace cheese smile is the reason. But when I saw Mary-Anne’s portfolio, the natural response of her images and the soft aesthetic automatically put me at ease, and gave me the hope that maybe just maybe..she could get a picture of me not looking like half of Wallace and Gromit.  Anyway I’ll let the pictures do the talking, and remember to check out her portfolio here.

 

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Look at how happy the couple look in this picture, it’s a great one of family and friends too. Mary-Anne has a real soft natural lighting to her images, giving them an almost vintage feel. This is of the lovely couple Paul & Annabelle, see the rest of their special day here on Mary-Anne’s site.

 

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This is a perfect group shot in my eyes, the couple look blissfully happy, and the guest look like they are having a great time, add a tandem to the mix and you kind of have the perfect group shot.. This is of the lovely couple Sophie & Mike, see the rest of the images here.

 

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Just look at the lighting and the setting of this, doesn’t it just look beautiful, especially with her dress flowing out like that over the tree stump.

 

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Another shot from Annabelle and Paul, I love the smile on the brides face, she really looks natural and Mary-Anne has caught the moment perfectly.

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This has to be one of my favourite images from her portfolio, the light, the stance the couple. It’s just a dream shot really. I have never met this couple, but Mary-Anne has managed to capture them beautifully, their personality comes through in her images. This is of the lovely couple Leya & Oliver. See the rest of their special day here.

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Another image from Mike & Sophie’s wedding, read their review on Mary-Anne here, if not just looking at her images instantly makes you want to book her for your wedding, the reviews will without a doubt. But don’t leave it too long, there’s a reason why Mary-Anne being our photographer is the only thing I have booked so far. I can see her being fully booked for years to come. Just read the reviews and take a look at the rest of her portfolio.

 

So there are just a few of her images, like I said go check out the rest of her portfolio.  As well as wedding day coverage her other services also include engagement shoots and pre-wedding and she is available in and outside of the Uk.  Plus she can do beautiful handmade wedding albums, and you can get a dvd with the edited images on at a high resolution. Allowing you to print off as many as you like for family and friends. What more could you want…another assistant photographer?..for large weddings she does that too. Just go check her out guys!

 

So happy Wednesday all…im of to un-pack…again..



Christmas Party Outfit ideas from ASOS. With curvy and petite suggestions.

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Ok so I talk a lot about ASOS being great for plus size clothes, and they haven’t disappointed with some of the new items they have on the site at the moment. I also put an option which caters for the smaller ladies, which goes up to size 18. Right to the outfit choices.

 

So outfit 1 looks so Christmassy I could die, the dress from the Curve range costs £150…so pretty expensive but pretty pretty too. It also goes from sizes 18-28. And because of it’s shape with the skirt flowing high from the waist it will flatter most shapes, especially if like me you have a wee bit of a tummy.

The gold clutch adds a bit of glamour, complimenting the jewels on the dress, making you feel like a Christmas tree decoration. ( which should be everyone’s aim at a Christmas party). At £12 you wouldn’t feel so bad about splurging on the dress!

The shoes, ahhh I would die for the shoes, so much you can tell I added the red ones to another outfit. The great thing about these shoes are the heels. They are way more comfortable then stilettos I think because you feel more secure..no just me? At £50 this bring this outfit to a £212 total….ouch but what can I say the outfit is yummy.

 

So to Outfit 2. A little bit more 50’s sexy with the off the shoulders cut. I love the shoes they paired it with which are on the ASOS site next to the dress, so just added a different tone to make the outfit complete.

So the dress, is a beautiful rich plum, with a similar cut to the first dress which will flatter so many body types. Giving a subtle sexiness with the off the shoulders, just showing a bit of skin. This dress is from the curve section and comes in sizes 18-28 and is £40. ( a little more appealing money wise then outfit 1).

I paired the dress with a slightly darker tone velvet cross body bag. I like the idea of having a colour and just pairing two shades of that colour..be a little bit different you know. This bag is £18 which brings this outfit in as the cheapest at £58. ( Regarding shoes, a simple black stiletto will work wonders).

 

Outfit 3. For our smaller readers, this number is set to amaze and stun your colleagues and family. With the beautiful shape and fit, paired with the silver glitter sparkle effect. Your hitting the Christmas angel decoration with this. Sequins are always in for Christmas and this ticks all the boxes. It comes in sizes 4-18 so great for a petit figure, or even figures which are more straight down, the shape where it clinches in at he waist, will give the look of some added curves and hourglass shape. The dress costs £85.

 

The shoes, again the shoes same as above but just in red, they cost £50. I look at these shoes and just think of Jessica Rabbit. They ooze sexiness and the bold velvet red shoes paired with the silver sequins, it’s daring but I think it could work…Why play it safe at Christmas. So all in all this outfit comes in at £135.

 

I hope I may have given you all a few idea if your on the hunt for some Christmas outfits, take a look at the rest of ASOS’s collection they have some beauts there right now!! Have a good weekend all and wish me luck with packing up my house..



My Christmas Wish list. Which other female’s may like too

This was a fun post to do, who doesn’t love browsing beautiful things. Now this isn’t just my wish list, I think there are items to attract many of you! So hopefully this will give you some extra inspiration, or links to shove in your partners inbox.

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So on the expensive side, but how delicious is this pillow? From Anthropologie and at £98 you may need to suck up to your loved ones. Pretty though isn’t it. I mean it’s called a wish list for a reason…

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Another one from Anthropologie this would look great at as statement piece in your home..plus it’s totally funky right? and at £22 thats a kind of price I like.

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Ok aren’t these like the coolest pencils ever…I can already see them on my desk…so yes please Santa. From Anthropologie too and are £8.

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You know how some people collect clocks, and some tea pots (pat..) I like stationary and notebooks. I won’t be content until I have a notebook for every day of the year…This is cute and the pencils would look awesome with it. From Anthropologie too and costs £16.

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Ok so I am in love with Kate Spade, especially the stationary collection. But it can be expensive especially from Selfridges, which does the best range. I got a notebook from a stationary shop in Blue Water called Papier Jolie I think and the notebook cost me £6 in Selfridges it cost £10…So I think you need to shop around a bit. Kate Spade have a UK site, but I don’t think they have all the products on there..but this notebook is pretty awesome…With gold pattern designs on the sleeve this will make your friends jealous. So for £20, I’d totally buy this from here and yes it’s another note book.

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After dropping my phone during the ‘exhaust falling off debacle’, I have decided I need a case, and this one ticks all the boxes, from Kate Spade again, its super cool and fits iPhone 5 but will set you back £35.

 

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A nice addition to a gallery wall. A handmade ampersand out of wire. Which is £31.48. They come in a few colours too but I think black is best. This is from Etsy.

 

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Prosecco candle from Urban Outfitters. Yes please. This is £6.

 

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A label maker…you know to label all your things…anyway this is £12. From Urban Outfitters. I think these are so cool. One of those things where you wouldn’t get bored of making random labels you know?

 

Anyway I hoe you enjoyed my wish list…rather long isn’t it…

never mind.

 

Bye all.