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Snowdogs by the Sea

When it was announced the Brighton would be having a public art trail called the Snowdogs by the Sea I didn’t think much about it to be honest, it kind of passed me by and I didn’t pay much attention. I had heard of such things being held before, but never has anything appeared in my hometown.

I grew up with The Snowman, it always had a bit of a special squishy place in my heart because it featured Brighton. Raymond Briggs has lived in Sussex for a long time, and a nod to this can be seen in the famous scene when The Snowman and the little boy are flying in the sky where you can spot the famous Brighton landmarks of the Royal Pavilion and the Palace Pier.

(AND EVERYONE THAT GIIIIVES US PIZZAS AS WE FLLLYYYY)

On 24th December 2012, the Snowman and the Snowdog was aired. I immediately set it to be recorded and it became a permanent feature on my Skybox (until I moved and had to get rid of Sky…sad face). It was just the cutest thing. The Snowdog was everything I dreamed he would be, stupidly cute, frozen and magical. If you haven’t watched it do it… its just too lovely.

Snowman and Snowdog

The Snowdogs by the Sea art trail was announced in early January 2016, and would run from 24th September until 27th November 2016. If you are reading this not long after I have posted it you still have time to go and spot them!! They are placed all across Brighton and Hove. The furthest points being Hove Lagoon, Hove Park, Preston Park, Amex Stadium, and the Marina.

Oh and one all the way over at London Victoria just to be difficult 😉

I am obsessed.

I have been annoying everyone I know with talk of Snowdogs, and flooding social media so now it is your turn!! Moowuhahahaha!!!

The first dog I found was Blot the Dog, positioned outside Churchill Square, if you are local you might recognise his distinctive markings! There is a bus with similar inkings as well as many pubs, bars, shops and art drops around the city. These were all created by local artist #iownthisart, otherwise known as Jason McQuillen.

Blot the Dog #iownthisart

My photo was taken, and I was immediately obsessed with these gloriously decorated dogs and wanted to see them all!

Dave the Dog is positioned on Palmeira Square, and has quickly become one of my favourites. Perhaps because he is shiny, perhaps because I see him most days as he is about 10 seconds from my work. But look at him!

Dave the Dog

A trip to London to see friends at the beginning of October meant I could get the one positioned all the way in London at Victoria Station. Brighton Belle.

Brighton Belle

A couple of special lunch break missions were had to fetch the ones in the far corners of Hove.

A trip to Hove Park uncovered Marty, by artist David Halliwell, and then down to Hove Museum for Max, by artist Sarah Artnett.

Marty Snowdog Max Snowdog

Another mission over to Hove Lagoon on one lunch break to get Boomer who is safely tucked away in the Big Beach Café (otherwise known as Fat Boy Slims café) then a glorious walk along the beach to find The Snowbrador, by Ruth Cooper, on Medina Terrace.

Boomer The Snowbrador

By this point I had seen 16 of the dogs! There were a total of 45 to collect. I had come this far…..

I had the day off after my birthday so off I set on my epic Snowdog adventure. I set off at 9.30 am and had completed the remaining 29 by 3.00 pm. The final dog was Rose all the way up at the Amex Stadium. (I got the train all the way from Brighton to Falmer, got the dog, and came back again! Haha!).

BeFunky Collage 1

I had a glorious day, but was exhausted.

You can see all of the Snowdogs online here and you can find the trail map here

So what is all this in aid of?

The Snowdogs by the Sea art trail is a Wild in Art event in support of the Marlets Hospice. The Marlets will always have a special resonance with me, as they are the amazing people who helped to take care of my Nanny during her final weeks. She passed away earlier this year. While visiting there it struck me how normal things felt. The building was very warm and welcoming, decorated with flowers and pictures. The staff were approachable and friendly. The patients were of all ages, and all walks of life. The staff were wonderful, and even after my Nan passed away the support for the family was amazing. They do an incredible job, and I take my hat off to them.

How can you donate?

There are many ways you can donate! If you love the Snowdogs as much as I do you can even buy one to take home (just a bit smaller) from their store on George Street, Brighton or their pop-up shop located at Churchill Square Thursdays – Sundays. A percentage of all sales go to The Martlets.

You can also purchase them online here

Here is my beloved <3 I kind of want them all!

Winter Lily Snowdog

You can also donate £3 by texting “SDOG16 £3” to 70070.

Donate to The MartletsYou can also donate online; click here

If you have enjoyed the dogs even a teeny weeny bit please be sure to donate to this very worthwhile cause.

Thank you for making it all the way to the end of this post!

If you would like to see more of my photos from the dog trail be sure to go and find me on instagram.

<3

Amy

Halloween Lush Haul

My obsession with everything Lush is quite serious. My poor OH has stood outside many a store because he refuses to go in while he waits for me to sniff everything and touch everything and spend a small fortune.

Halloween Lush Haul 2016

Last week saw the launch of the Halloween items and I could not go without sampling at least one of them. So when pay day arrived, off I went to my local store. I pretty much bought one of everything.

Oopsie.

Everything smells amazing so I thought we could do a little show and tell, because frankly this stuff makes me freaking happy, and I want to tell you about it!

Pumpkin Set Lush 2016 Halloween

I don’t usually buy the gift sets, but the packaging of this was just too cute to pass up!

Pumpkin Set Lush 2016 Halloween

In includes 4-items, 2 bath bombs, a bubble bar and a bath oil all very cleverly wrapped in this brilliant cloth to look like a pumpkin. It would make a brilliant gift for someone (or in my case for myself). It cost £20.95.

Pumpkin Set Lush 2016 Halloween

Everything was very securely packaged in the parcel, all packed with biodegradable packing peanuts which I am a massive fan off. I DESPISE polystyrene, awful stuff. Anyway I digress….

Pumpkin Bath Bomb Lush 2016

First out of the package was the pumpkin bath bomb, available to buy on its own for £3.95. This is described on the website as “sweet, comforting vanilla and spicy cinnamon” I was a bit dubious about the smell of this one when I heard how it was described as I am not a huge fan of these sort of smells for baths but it is a lot more subtle and actually really nice. It produces what I can only describe and a more ferocious fizz than some of the other bath bombs (think Sakura) so the “pop fizzle” is over pretty quickly, but leaves your bath water a delicious warm orange colour. Not sure I would rush out and get this again, but it was great to try.

Boo Bath Melt Halloween 2016 Lush

Next out was this cute little fella, the Boo bath oil. I have been interested in trying the bath oils for a while, but have been a bit put off by the fact that they make everything they touch oily. I didn’t really like the lava lamp bath bomb for this reason, cleaning the purple tide mark from around my bath after a nice relaxing soak wasn’t ideal. However I figured this one is white so no stains (I hope!). I have not used it yet, so we will see. It is available on its own for £3.50 and is described as “mimosa and warming ginger” which sounds delightful.

Lord of Misrule Bath bomb Lush Halloween 2016

I have a feeling this Lord of Misrule bath bomb is one they have done before, I was immediately drawn to this on the website because of its pretty colours. It is described as “patchouli and black pepper oil”, and “has a deep green exterior that slowly froths away to reveal a rich, wine-coloured centre”. That description alone made me to that weird deep throaty gargle noise that Homer Simpson makes. It smells incredible. It is available to buy on it’s own for £3.95.

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar Halloween Lush 2016

This is the “Glittery Pumpkin” bubble bar. Now, I freaking love glitter. I do not love cleaning freaking glitter out of my bathtub. However the total pixie in me cannot resist any Lush sparkly goods so like a magpie I was drawn to this. Again, like the pumpkin bath bomb I was a bit dubious about the potential “pumpkin” scent which I am not always a fan of. But after giving it a good sniff (snorting half the glitter, fairy sneezes for the rest of the evening thank you Lush) I decided that this smelt AMAZING. I am willing to look past the fact everything I touched afterwards, was glittery. I am still to work up to the golden egg they do at Easter… it’s so pretty but the prospect of cleaning that crap out my bathtub feels me with woe. Luckily the OH seems to either not notice the sparkly bathtub or he doesn’t care. This is available for £3.95. I always love to get a bubble bar because I feel like they are the best value of the bath products as you can get a few uses out of them. Depending on how much you crumble into your bath, I reckon you could get at least 3 good baths out of this one, maybe 4.

Monsters Ball Bath bomb Halloween Lush 2016

Moving onto the two extra items I bought. I actually wanted to try these the most so I couldn’t walk away without them! This is the Monsters Ball Bath Bomb which sells for £4.25 (the most expensive of them all!). I was immediately drawn to the cute little face. This smells quite fresh with lime and neroli oils. It is hard to describe. I have not yet tested this one, but overheard one of the Lush workers telling another customer about it and how much she loved it. Apparently towards the eye is the last thing to dissolve so you just have a funny little fizzy eye floating around your tub which I think it quite fun! I think it has more of a slow dissolve (think dragons egg/yoga bomb) which are my favourites. I love to sit in the bath and prod and poke them watching them dissolve. Never too old for some bath time fun!

Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb Halloween Lush 2016

Last but not least is the Autumn Leaf bath bomb, which sells for £3.75. This was the one I was most excited for, I really loved the colours and the way it was described “The scent of fresh grass evokes the crunch of crisp leaves underfoot as the last remnants of summer are stolen away”. What a delightful description! The smell of this reminds me a lot of the Experimenter bath bomb which is one of my favourites. It has quite an earthy musky smell which I find very warm and comforting, and I think is perfect for something designed to reflect an autumn leaf. This has quite a slow fizz which fills your bath with greens, oranges and red, the colours of summer into autumn and leaves your bath a lovely burnt orange colour. If ever there was a bath product to reflect autumn, to me, this is it.

Wow, if you made it all the way to the end of this 10 glittery lush stars to you! I will try and be a bit more restrained with the imminent Christmas product launch but if instagram is anything to go by, I might need to sell a kidney and you might get a blog post edition the size of war and peace!

30 things I have learned in my 30 years.

30 Things I have Learned in 30 years

Since my last post was a little more on the ranty side, here is a more light hearted little number for you all.

As my 31st birthday rapidly approaches here are 30 things I have learned in my 30 years:

  1. My mum was right about pretty much everything. Apart from the fact that brownies are gross, because it is a well known fact that they are not.
  2. Keep your sugar and salt marked very clearly, and very far away from each other. This will prevent any disturbing coffee traumas.
  3. Take your make up off before bed. Your skin will thank you.
  4. Do not kick a curb in a fit of rage when you miss your bus. You will not win in a fight against concrete.
  5. Lashings of butter should be added to mash potato. Otherwise it tastes like sadness. You also cannot cheat and make mash in a blender. You will get wall paper paste.Mash Potato
  6. Drink lots of water. Especially if you are going out boozing.
  7. Also, in relation to above. Eating is NOT cheating. Have some bloody dinner before you go out.
  8. Do not put furniture polish on your wooden flooring, unless you are trying to make it into an ice-skating rink.
  9. Cook rice on a low heat. This will prevent you destroying every pan you own.
  10. Do not cut your own hair. Unless you are a hairdresser. Or a small child.
  11. Take your hands out of doors/drawers/cupboards/gates before closing them.
  12. Skiing is like playing Russian Roulette. At some point it will literally break you. For me, it was emotionally.Me Skiing
  13. Sudocreme is magic. For everything. Apart from on your toast.
  14. Broccoli does taste better when you are an adult. This is why your mum made you eat it as a kid. Oh that, and it’s good for you.
  15. Making it “rain” in your own house with prawn crackers will come with it’s regrets the next day.
  16. Do not check your electric hob is on by touching it. This will remove your finger prints.
  17. At home waxing is a stupid idea. Don’t even bother. Get a professional to do it for you. Unless you enjoy being covered in sticky lumps of your own hair and tears.
  18. Being kind is a simple, yet stupendously effective thing. It will also make you feel awesome when you do something good for someone else.
  19. Cheap raincoats are a waste of time.
  20. Microwave popcorn can and will catch fire if you take your eye off the microwave for a second.
  21. Primark leggings should not ever be worn as trousers, they are see-through. I can see your pants.
  22. Do not buy smart price/essentials/the cheapest bin bags. Your rubbish will leak, and you will say some curse words.
  23. Take a minute before responding to something that has made you angry. You cant take back words once they have been said.
  24. Shots are never a good idea.kermit-1651325_1920
  25. To get rid of hiccups, take the deepest breathe you can and hold it for as long as you can. Until you feel like you might pop. Start breathing again before you pass out though eh?
  26. Time will legitimately go faster as you get older. That or I am being abducted by aliens. Repeatedly.
  27. Cacao and Chia seed pudding does not taste like chocolate mousse. Anyone claiming this is a liar.
  28. Don’t worry too much about how you look in a swimming costume. Chance is everyone else at the pool is too busy worrying about themselves too much to even notice you.
  29. Check the chair is actually behind you before you sit on it.
  30. Throw your hands in the air, wave them like you just don’t care. But be cautious of people around you because you might punch a drink out of their hand or them in the face. My bad.

May – Month Update

May has seen some sunshine, some rain, some sunshine, some rain, bit of wind, sun and rain at the same time, but at least no snow this month. Hurrah. As one of the students keeps telling me at school “You cannot trust the weather in England”, he is 100% right.

May has been a quieter month, not quite as many exciting adventures but some fun stuff has been happening.

This month saw the return of Brighton Festival, which for me and my chum Jo means one thing, time for red wine and The Ladyboys of Bangkok! After years and years of dithering about going, we finally did last year and had the absolute time of our lives. So when this year came around there was no way we were going to miss it. This years show was fabulous, there was an abundance of glitter, feathers and cheesy tunes. I was in my absolute element! It is just so much fun. If you love a good bit of cheesy, tongue-in-cheek cabaret be sure to check it out next time they come by.

Amy & Jo Lady Boys of Bangkok 2016

Lady Boys of Bangkok 2016

Lady Boys of Bangkok 2016

This month also saw Eurovision on our screens. For the last few years my friends and I have all gathered to watch this glorious spectacle and embrace some good old British (binge) drinking games… every time there is a wind machine DRINK, pyrotechnics DRINK, air punching DRINK, singing in their own language DRINK… you get the idea. We all dressed up as different countries to add to the fun (your country performs…DRINK). I was the Netherlands and Jezz was France. Had an awesome party, drank far too much and felt deservedly dreadful the next day. Thank you very much to Jo and Ed for hosting.

Eurovision 2016 Amynoos Netherlands Eurovision 2016 Amynoos France

Eurovision 2016 Netherlands France Amynoos

In May I finally got around to completing the long awaited edit for the video for my birthday last year. Yes, last year… my bad. I would like to say I have been really busy and not had time to sit and edit it together, but that would be lying! Once I finally began, I really enjoyed it! It was great fun to put all the clips together. I am so pleased with the final video. I really did have the most wonderful 30th birthday so it is something special I can look back on. Thank you again to my beautiful friends who made the trip so awesome.

It has given me a bit of a bug again about being creative, so I am hoping to make some more videos of adventures coming up. Just need to save the pennies now to get a decent camera!

At the end of May for a week, Jezz and I went off to the Netherlands with our wonderful friends Beth and James and their two children. Seeing as this holiday was half in May, half in June I will save that one for next time..

Netherlands Holiday May 2016 Beekse Bergen Amynoos

Hope that you had a lovely May! Did you do anything exciting or interesting? If so please let me know in the comments below. Also if let me know if you enjoyed the video! Perhaps some more will happen in the future.

xxx

April – Month Update

If you read my last post you will know that March was a difficult month and one that I was quite glad to see the back of. Although my Nan’s funeral was planned for the middle of April it was a much more positive month.

The day of the funeral was in a strange way, a really nice day. As my mum quoted from Dickens “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. Despite being terribly sad, and it sideways raining, it was really lovely to spend the day with all of my close family. We cried together, we laughed together and we ate the biggest Chinese take-away I had ever seen! At the end of the day I thought to myself, “Nan would have really enjoyed today” and that made me smile.

This was like a box of chocolates - there are two layers!

This was like a box of chocolates – there were two layers!

April started off with a bang when Jezz, myself and 3 friends went up to London to see Infected Mushroom at The Ministry of Sound on the 1st. We planned this quite a few months back. I last saw them about 8 years ago, and we have kept missing them since then so there was no way we were missing this one! We went with our friends Chris, Adam and Adam aka Number 2 (he did not like being called number two). The boys had decided that we would go VIP to make it extra special. My 14-year old self would have literally shit her pants at the knowledge that I was in the VIP section at The Ministry of Sound in London. It was ludicrously expensive, but amazing.

The VIP actually saved us I think, I was somewhat worried about the prospect of pulling an all-nighter (it’s been a while!) but it was great having a table to return too and somewhere to sit. It worked out perfectly for us, we had drinks, danced for 2 hours straight while Infected Mushroom played and then went back until they kicked us out.

I had the best time, it was awesome.

Group Shot! Out with the boys.

Group Shot!

We had two awesome road trips in April, for the first we popped over to Bristol for the weekend to see some of Jezz’s friends that he hadn’t seen in a couple of years. We had a brilliant time, we enjoyed the first BBQ of the year, had some drinks in the sunshine and then yet more drinks in a pub, then some more drinks at someone house. So drunk, so very very drunk. I had literally the worst hangover ever on the Sunday! But had a really great time. We are going to a festival in July with a few of them so super excited for that now. Woop!

I didn't take any photos in Bristol... here are some sausage rolls I made instead. They were lush.

I didn’t take any photos in Bristol… here are some sausage rolls I made instead. They were lush.

We also went on a trip up to Leeds to wish our brilliant friends Alex and Andy a fond farewell before they jet off on an epic adventure to South America. We embarked on a pub crawl all dressed as Mexicans. Our friends Toby and Lina that travelled up with us stayed with Alex and Andy at their flat, and Jezz and I stayed in a really nice hotel about ten minutes walk away. We had a really great weekend, on the Sunday we headed over to Tropical World (lord knows I love an animal related attractions – aquarium and zoos ALL OVER IT!), and had a nice evening just chilling out together and watching some TV.

Leeds Mexico Leaving Party   Amy Jezz AlexLeeds Mexico Leaving Party

We had all booked off the Monday so we didn’t have to rush back from Leeds hungover on Sunday. So we made a slow wonder back to the South via Ikea in Croyden. I shit you not, we spent 4 hours in there. I am pretty sure that Ikea steals hours from your life in the form of scented candles, flat pack, meatballs and all the storage my heart desires.

It was a really lovely weekend all in all.

Road Trip to Leeds

The Queen also turned 90 in April, and seeing that she is obviously such a massive fan of the blog, she wore an outfit to match our engagement cake. What a legend.

Who wore it best?

Who wore it best?

That was the exciting parts of April, we were lucky to have two marvellous adventures this month. I love going on car adventures, so excited to plan more for this year now we have a car! :)

HIVEDATE = The saga continues… I decided that my two culprits were either the biological washing liquid I had recently started using, or perhaps the new Dove body wash/body lotion. So I stopped using both and it seemed to clear up. HURRAH. No hurrah. On the Sunday of our adventure to Leeds I woke up super rashy and itchy. WAH. I have been taking anti-histamines since. It flares up for a few days, then I am okay again. I am keeping an eye on it. I would like to say that hopefully I will not have to write about the hives saga again, however seeing as I am typing this from May… I can tell you it will not be the last hivedate. Sigh….

February – Month Update

Ooooh monthly updates! Why didn’t I think of this sooner? I mean, that is sort of what has been happening anyway but here we go. Let’s try this. See how it goes.

Thank you for joining me for what will be known as “2016 – The year of sporadic blogging”, a brain-storm, if you will, of finding my footing in the bloggosphere.

So what did February bring?

Oh lots of things. It is interesting that normally Jan/Feb are really tough months for me (I think many people find this actually), but this year they have been a breeze. I believe this is because I have been somewhat distracted by wedding planning which is terribly exciting.

February has been a month of Gel Nails! I originally decided to get some lovely nails done for the engagement party at the beginning of February. I am now on my third round and loving having pretty nails. They last around 2 weeks. I am not sure how long I will keep doing this for, I am not sure how great it is for your nails! Think I will probably do one more round for my holiday in March but have a break after. In any case, I can HIGHLY recommend Daisy Nail Company SPA on Preston Street in Brighton. They always do a fantastic job, the staff are super nice and they have around 200 colours for gel nails! I am currently sporting a pastel purple which I am totally in love with.

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Our engagement party was on the 6th February! We hired the village hall in Rottingdean, and decorated it with some banners and photos. I don’t actually have that many photos as I was too busy milling around talking to people. We were really overwhelmed with the number of people that came, and the number of presents and beautiful cards that we were given. I have bought a nice scrapbook to save all the cards. I think this will be a nice thing to look back on in years to come. We had a fabulous time, and again huge thanks to my parents for all their help to throw the party, and my Aunt Lisa for the incredible cakes! Everyone has been raving around them since.

Engagement Party Engagement Party

February also saw the absolutely incredible Slamboree play their first headliner gig at the Concorde 2 in Brighton. I was first introduced to Slamboree when they played a tiny festival in Brighton about 3 or 4 years ago held on the Old Steine so it was great to see them again, this time truly appreciated by a HUGE up-for-it crowd. We all got dressed up in hats, gold, reds and blacks, as much glitter as I could get my grubby paws on. It was amazing. The show was sold-out, I danced my arse off, it took me the best part of 3 days to feel normal again. (I am getting too old for this).

Friends Slamboree

Slamboree Rave Concorde 2

We also saw Fairport Convention again with Jezz’s Dad, his girlfriend Valerie and their friend in Worthing. It is a yearly trip we all make. Jezz has been going since 1995 with his Dad, and his Dad even longer so it is really lovely that I have now become part of their yearly thing. This was my 4th year and they were just as good. A very different pace of gig from Slamboree!

I developed hives in February. WOOP.

I initially suspected bug bites but as time went on I decided going to see a doctor was the best step. She confirmed it was hives and probably from something I had eaten. I hadn’t eaten anything unusual that I could think of, but reading I can see that sometimes some people just develop an allergy literally overnight. Super weird. More internet research (apologies to all doctors out there) I read that it isn’t always necessarily from something consumed but could also be a cosmetic. So I have narrowed it down to the following suspects, Dove shower gel/moisturiser, biological washing detergent… and most distressingly… gin. I have been taking anti-histamines and been a lot better, no huge flare ups for a few days now fingers crossed… I just hope it is not my beloved gin. *wails*

Hives

February wedding planning was still a go-go, some big decisions were made and some dresses tried on. I am, for obvious reasons not going to talk about dresses too much. I am much happier about trying dresses on now and it is much more fun when you are into it! However you can go dress blind… lace, white, sparkles, chiffon, tuille…. it’s a alot. But I am enjoying it! 😀

We have decided on the venue, booked and set a date now. EEEEEEEEE. So we are looking at September 2017. It feels very good to have set a date and got the important bits done, if all else fails we are definitely getting married, can have some food, all in a building with some seats we can use! HURRAH!

So yes, that is February 2016. It has been busy. It looks as if March is going to be pretty busy too, and it is also bringing the looming ski holiday (panic). So… I will report back in March… if I survive!

TTFN

<3

#findthehappy

FIND THE HAPPY – Monday 9th November 2015 – Sunday 15th November 2015

Happy #1: On Wednesday we went to our lovely friends Jack and Daisy’s house for dinner. We have not seen them in quite a while so it was really good to have a catch up over a glass of wine or two. Jack cooked a really delicious stew/casserole type thing. Perfect for the wet, windy horrible day it was.

Happy #2: Jezz doesn’t really eat a lot of chocolate so he never gets an advent calendar. For the past couple of years we have seen the development of the “non-edible” advent calendars. So this year, I decided to treat us both to one! For Jezz I went for the Lego City one. I got myself the Yankee Candle one. I am super excited for 1st December!

Advent Calendars Yankee Candle Lego

Happy #3: It’s the time of year where all the Christmas adverts start to appear on the TV and this year Sainsburys have outdone themselves. Do you remember the Mog books as a kid? You will love this. It made me so happy when I saw it!

Happy #4: On Thursday my work chums and I congregated with our colleagues from our sister school in Eastbourne at The Kings Head Pub in Lewes. We had a really delicious meal and a few drinks. I had the most delicious lamb and potato dauphinoise. Delicious!

Happy #5: On Saturday Jezz and I went up to London to see our friend Rob again. He is off to Canada travelling for a while at the end of the month so we joined his London friends for a goodbye shindig. We saw some friends that we hadn’t seen in a very long time, drank too much Prosecco and generally had a rather lovely silly hilarious time of it all. Thank you Rob for your hospitality and see you next weekend for round 2 *ding ding*

On Train to London

What have been your happies for the week? Don’t forget to link up with the tag #findthehappy

#findthehappy

It has been quite a while since we have had one of these! I have let things slide! In case you need reminding, #findthehappy is where I look back on the week that has been and find 5 things that have made me happy that week. The idea being that I will have something to look back on through the #findthehappy tag that I can see to remind me of happy times.

So here we go.. back in business…

FIND THE HAPPY – Monday 2nd November 2015 – Sunday 8th November 2015

Happy #1: Technically this would have been the previous week, however the 1st November saw one whole year since I quit smoking! I cannot say it has always been easy, but it was certainly easier to quit than I thought it would be. I feel very proud of myself, stupid for having ever started, and pleased that it is all over and done with. I do not have any desire to start again, I do not miss it at all.

Quit Now Non Smoker 1 Year

Happy #2: On Tuesday I went to go and see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Theatre Royal Brighton with Jo. It is one of our favourite films and we have been desperate to see the show since we saw it was on a couple of years ago. Lucky for us another tour was doing the rounds so on Tuesday we met after work. We had Wagamamas for dinner (YUM) and then went to go and watch the show. It was so good, 3 glasses of wine and all that glitter… goodness… I cannot begin to explain the joy.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Happy #3: On Friday we enjoyed a really delicious dinner with our friends Angie and Dan at their flat. We were joined by their flatmate Christa and also Jo and Ed. It was nice to have a very civilised dinner over a glass of wine. Thank you for inviting us! :)

Happy #4: I saw these in the window of a shop when we popped past Poole on our way back from Portland in October. I just had to have them! They are the comfiest things I have ever put on my feet as they have memory foam insoles. It is like walking on clouds. And I mean… look at them…

Rainbow Sketchers

Happy #5: On Sunday my closest family all gathered to celebrate the 50th Birthday of my aunts. We enjoyed a very delicious 3-course meal at the Ashdown Park Hotel. We had canapes and Pimms to start, the meal, and then cake and coffee. It was wonderful and we had a really lovely time! Happy Birthday Lisa and Joanne! :)

Family Dinner 50th Birthday Auntie

What has made you happy this past week? Don’t forget to use the tag #findthehappy.

#findthehappy – Week 13

I know… I know… I am late this week! Apologies!!
I have temporarily had to move house and as a result got a bit distracted, however I did find some time for some fun things last week…
#findthehappy – Week 13 – Monday 17th August 2015 – Sunday 23rd August 2015
Happy #1 – My beautiful flat mate aka “The Wife” returned home this week after a 3-week European adventure with her boyfriend. I am very jealous of what sounds like an amazing adventure! They bought me back mayonnaise from France and some sweeties. We celebrated the return with some Aperol Spritz and watched a movie (A Walk Among the Tombstones – bloody dark, but quite enjoyed it, check it out. Be prepared to need some Disney animated animals afterwards), absolute bliss of an evening.

Happy #2 – Dentist. A controversial one. While the actual event itself certainly was not remotely fun, I feel very happy that I have done it. My Mum was always very good at getting my brother and I to go to the dentist regularly as kids and to take care of our gnashers. However, after going travelling…. *cough* 6 or 7 years ago*cough* I have not been to the dentist. It has been playing on my mind and I have been totally rubbish about doing anything about it, but last week finally I did and this week I had my treatment. £130 down and one filling later I am good for another year. But the peace of mind is certainly something happy in my week. If you haven’t been in a while, go. It will be worth it in the long run! If you are in the UK find a local NHS Dentist here

Happy #3 – On Thursday the work troops finally gathered together to celebrate surviving another summer by indulging in an alcoholic beverage… or 4. On the way home I got Grubbs for dinner, double mushroom burger and onion rings. Excessive but probably a very good idea… yes? right?

Choosing a Thursday seemed to be a good idea, until it was Friday morning and we all found ourselves sat back in the office with varying levels of hangover. The day was saved by our Accounts Administrator, Sam returning from a trip to the bank with a bag of beige pastry goods from Forfars. Genuine hero.

Happy #4 – I wrote a few weeks ago about my excitement for my favourite blogger/vlogger/ Sprinkle of Glitter releasing her book. This week showed the sneaky release of her 2016 diary. Now I cannot wait for the start of 2016! It is full of such pretty pages, and what I really like is each page has something different on. Something that all owners of the diary can interact with, recipes, quotes, hash tags. It’s pretty. I must get a pretty pen to write in it. 
Again, it is probably aimed at an audience somewhat than I am myself, but it makes me happy… and isn’t that what this blog is all about? :) 
 

Happy #5 – The weekend was spent with Jezz and our London based chum Robert in London. We went up to celebrate the birthday of our friend Becky on the Saturday and decided to make a weekend of it. We drank too much, slept too little and Rob broke his toe doing some tube acrobatics.

We went and played in the a somewhat lacklustre maze in the Coronation Gardens in Leyton (pretty park, crap maze).

I also got to go to the Lush in Stratford and got a bit over excited, but managed to stop at £30 so it could have been worse. Lush you devil, you will be the reason I am declared bankrupt…. (I will smell GREAT though).
All in all a bloody marvellous weekend. Thank you Robs for your hospitality.

#findthehappy – Week 12

#findthehappy – Week 12 – Monday 10th August 2015 – Sunday 16th August 2015
Happy #1 – Ice Cream. Ice cream will always be something that makes me happy. I found a box of mini-Magnums with the new pink raspberry and black espresso ones and well…. nom. The raspberry ones are delicious! Plus as they are “mini” I don’t feel quite as naughty eating one. 
Happy #2 – My brother and I headed over to Peacehaven again this week to go and see the parentals. We had fajitas and Mum made a delicious cake! I couldn’t help but feel like I was being watched though when I ate my slice…. 
Happy #3 – I go past Palmeira Square in Hove every day, and have noticed this year how much effort and care go into the flowers there. Even in the rain it looks so pretty. 
Happy #4 – A long time ago, probably about 7/8 years ago I took a jewellery making course at City College, in Brighton. I never continued with it, for one reason or another but I thought all of the things I had made had got lost. However, I have recently been going through some boxes, having a big sort out and I found all the items that I made. They certainly do look a little home-made but still I am quite proud of them and very pleased that I found them again. The silver piece in the middle was made by carving a shape into a cuttlefish and then pouring molten silver into the mould (this is called cuttlefish casting). It has a small hole that I drilled through to make it into a pendant, so I think I should get a chain perhaps to keep it on! Certainly it would be a piece of jewellery that no one else would have!
Happy #5 – On Saturday, myself, Jezz and our friends Mike, Gemma and Charlie headed up to Waterhall in Brighton for the yearly one day festival Shakedown. We met up with some other friends there and had THE BEST time ever. We drank, we danced, we painted our faces. Everyone seemed to be having an awesome time, I am sure there were lots of sore heads in the morning. I know mine certainly was! It was really good to cut loose and prance around in a field for a day. Thank you to amazing friends too for making it so much fun. A massive well done and thank you to the Shakedown team for putting on a brilliant day. Can’t wait for next year!! 
 

 

 

 

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