Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Things That Make Me Happy | H is for Happy

I'm trying to be a lot more mindful this month and I think reflecting upon the things that make me happy is a good way to inspire mindfulness because it keeps my mind focused on the important things. I'm finding my anxiety a little difficult to cope with at the moment which sort of sucks because it has made my sleeping pattern even worse. I'm keeping my head up, though. I'm just going to focus on my creative projects and hope that it'll help to keep my mind off of things and help everything fall back into place. I'm doing well though, so don't go worrying about me ;) 

H is for Happy is a feature that muses on all the simple things in life that make me happy, and may make you happy too. So screw everything else for five minutes, settle down with a notepad and think about all those little things that are FRICKIN' AWESOME. Here are five things that have been putting a smile on my face recently....

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   • Working on the finer things club posts 

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                                                  •  owning fancypants cosmetics 

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  •  forward planning  •  

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  •  al fresco lunches at dad's bachelor pad •  

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  •  re-visiting our old home and being all nostalgic  •  

Whats been putting a smile on your face recently? Leave me your own little list in the comment if you fancy it. Trust me, it's seriously therapeutic! I'm off to do a spot of writing 


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Personalised Homeware, Snacks and My 1st Years | vivahearts

Help! I've morphed into Katy and I can't stop thinking about heart shaped dinnerware! I jest, of course, but when My1stYears got in touch with me I knew I had to get this seriously cute personalised heart-shaped bowl set. I am, after all, the queen of snacks so I may as well have some fancy smanchy wares to store them in! Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed.

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I decided to get the bowls personalised because I think it's cute and a fun novelty touch. The personalisation also makes it perfect present material because who the hell doesn't love personalised gifts?! No one, that's who! I've also been perusing all of the lovely baby gifts from My 1st Years range because the youngest little scamp in my family is about to celebrate their first birthday. That year has flown by! How adorable is this personalised bunny toy?! I also died of cute whilst looking at the personalised baby clothes from My 1st YearsSo much cute to coo to your heart's content over! I swear gifts get considerably more boring once you hit your twenties...

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As you can see, the little furball insisted that his photograph was taken. He suddenly emerged from the bushes and sat right in the middle of my set up. He's such an amateur blogger! I can't wait to take these bowls with me on proper picnics this summer. I think they'll be pretty easy to transport around because they're quite light so keep an eye out for them in my future adventure posts! I am so ready for summer. Give me a summer breeze, beer gardens and trips to the seaside now

What do you think? What catches your eye on My1stYears? I'm off to make myself useful!   



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Bee's Fictional Bucket List | Book Tag

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Hello everyone. I really enjoyed all of the videos floating around the booktube community regarding this tag, that was started by jessethereader, so I thought I'd give it a go! Your fictional bucket list is pretty much a list of the things you would do, the characters you would hang out with or the places you would go if you could delve into fictional worlds. I'd love to do a few more of these so let me know what you think in the comments section below. Oh, and also share your own little list with me too! Here's what I would do if it was at all possible...

i would love to... 

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 go on an adventure with the famous five 
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  have a riverside picnic with ratty and mole 
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  spend a term at hogwarts, obviously 

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 hang out with oliver tate 

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 go to gatsby's party and nick all of his unread books whilst owl eyes looks on
The Great Gatsby

There's plenty more where that came from, lemme tell you! What would you get up to? What do you think of my choices? I'm off to do a little bit of spring cleaning...bookcases get ridiculously dusty it would seem! 

p.s check out the tv / film fictional bucket list we posted on the finer things club last month.

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Wreck This Journal #2 | Creativity with Bee

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I've been creative and stuff, again! This time I unearthed my paint set and washi tape and really went to town.  I am living dangerously, people. Let me know what you think in the comments below and I'll have a gander. 


+ doodle over top of the cover 
As you can probably tell, the cover of my journal looks quite different to the last time you saw it! I'd had this washi tape tucked away in my box for a while so I thought I'd put it to good use and create a fun cover. I quite like how messy it is, with multiple layers so you get a sort of mummified look. I can't believe I just said that....God, I'm a knob. 

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+ close the journal. write / scribble something on the edges 
When I was a dysfunctional teen, I'd scrawl the names and logos of my favourite bands on the edges of my school planner
because I was ridiculously cool...like seriously cool. However, now that I'm a little older and wiser, I thought I'd go for a bit of a
very messy rainbow edge instead! I think it looks really fun and it was completely spontaneous so that makes it 100% better!

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+ drip something here. (ink, paint, tea) close the book to make a print
I had a lot of fun with this page! I decided to carry on the rainbow theme by flicking and dripping paint everywhere. I managed to cover my duvet and my laptop as well as this journal. Score! As you can probably see, I made a bit of an error because I forgot to close the page whilst it was still wet so I didn't exactly make a print...oops! Anarchy is alive and well, people! P.S Look at the red and yellow splodges to the left of 'drop something here'...don't you think it looks like a cute puppy?! Ah, I love happy little accidents like that. 

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+ scribble wildly, violently, with reckless abandon
This was strangely therapeutic to do! Mess can be ridiculously fun. I think I'm going to scribble over the page next to it too because why not?! I am YOLO personified, I know. 

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+ add your own page numbers
I've also started to add my own page numbers to the journal.  As you can see, I went for the classic crayon. However, I've only numbered twenty pages so far because I'd quite like to change it up along the way. Ideas?  

What do you think of this month's efforts? Are you inspired to pick up a Wreck This Journal yet? I'm off to be creative and stuff ♥ 

p.s Check out Wreck This Journal #1

*This post contains affiliate links. Basically, if you buy a Wreck This Journal through the links I've so lovingly provided, I will get a teeny tiny commission to put towards books in the far off future.