Beautiful Weekend

How B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L has the weather been on the south coast for the past week? We have been truly blessed with gorgeous summer sun and I even have a little tan going on!

Earlier last week I had decided that Matt and I needed a little adventure, we have been spending a lot of time putting our stamp on the house that we have kinda gotten a little lost and forgotten what it was like just being us. One thing that people don’t tell you when you are preparing to move in is that all those little date evenings or random weekends in the forest or down the beach. So in a bid to spruce life up a bit, I told Matt to be ready to leave the house at 8.30am Saturday as I was taking us out for the day.

I had my sights set on Durdle Door – I have seen a lot of nice pictures and posts about it and my brother has been recently so I thought we could both do with some sea air and peaceful surroundings.

So I cooked up some bacon sarnies for the drive down and headed out on the road, we got stuck in a bit of traffic around the Bournemouth area which isn’t unusual when the weather is like this and made it to Durdle Door in around 2 hours. We parked up, paid for 2 hours parking and started to walk down, neither of us could understand why after so many visits to Weymouth we have never made it here before. The weather was beautiful, it was so so sunny and when you looked across the horizon it felt like you were abroad!

 

As we reached the bottom of the hill and caught glimpses of the sea and beach below us, neither of us could believe how crystal clear the water was and I instantly regretted not wearing my swim gear as I just wanted to jump right in. We headed down the steep stairs to the main beach looking on to the rock formation and sat on the stones, it was nice just be present for a while and soak in the surroundings and watch all the kayakers and families enjoying their Saturday. We headed back up and spent some time watching 2 dogs playing around in the cove before making our way back up the hill to the car. One thing no-one warned me was just how steep the hill was, of course you realise as you are going down, but nothing can prepare you for the steepness going back up!

We made the decision to head back home via the New Forest and stop off at Burley, we both really like the little village and have often treated ourselves to an ice cream or a cream tea on many of our visits. However, this time as I am on a bit of a health kick (more on that another time), we avoided the Ice Creams and Cream Tea’s and headed to the pub for a cold refreshing drink and some lunch. Weirdly we sat in “our seats” the same seats we sit in every time and they are always available – its weird – I had a really nice Chicken Cesar Salad and Matt had a Burger. The food was fantastic and made even better as we headed out a group of horses had decide to take over the road – perfect photo opportunity and typical of the New Forest!

As we have been to the New Forest many times I figured we wouldn’t need our sat nav to get home……I was wrong. We didn’t really know where we were going and the sign posts didn’t say anywhere we recognised, so Matt got out the sat nav and we started to head out on the right path home. As we were driving down one of the forest roads directly in my eye sight were Highland Cows! Immediately I pulled into the parking bays and got out to take photo’s. I LOVE Highland Cows, I just think they have so much personality and their faces are adorable! It was soo tempting to try and touch one, but the size of their horns I decided viewing from afar was best!

Our evenings had been planned out separately, Matt was having the boys over and I was meeting up with 2 old school friends for food and cocktails. Marci, Jemma and I haven’t all been together since we left school in 2004 – I had seen both of them separately so I knew we all still got on and would have a blast especially as The Slug & Lettuce serve 2-4-1 cocktails. It was lovely to see them both and to catch up after so long, it was just like no time had passed at all and I cant wait to have another girly evening with them both!

Well there you have it my weekend in a nutshell, unfortunately Sunday didn’t go as planned, but Hayley and I are sorting out another date for Brunch and don’t worry, I will take you with us!

Keep Smiling

Emma xxx

FRI-YAY

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Wahooo! We have finally made it to Friday! I am super excited as I have this afternoon as Annual Leave – actually as you read this I will probably have finished for the day!

My afternoon off will consist of doing a spot of Fathers Day shopping for my dad and just some general house work – although I may treat myself to a Costa whilst I am out! I have sooo much fun stuff planned this weekend, I am taking Matt on a surprise day out tomorrow before visiting old friends for food and drinks in the evening, then have my monthly brunch date with Hayley!

Don’t worry – my camera and creative juices will be going with me everywhere and I can’t wait to share what I have been upto with you next week. I am aiming to have 2 posts up each week, Wednesday at 6pm and Sunday at 11am, with things officially starting on Wednesday!

Any way!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone – keep smiling!

Emma xxx

Falling Back In Love

DON’T PANIC…..I Repeat DON’T PANIC! Matt & I have not fallen out of love…..this blog isn’t about us!

A couple of years ago I made the decision to move to blogger and continue my blogging days on that platform. However no matter how much I tried I just didn’t like the look of it, I couldn’t upload posts via the app and I had to use a 2nd platform to share on social media. Although I would tell people my creative juices weren’t flowing and I slowly stopped writing. Looking back it was because I just didn’t like what I was producing and hadn’t fallen in love with the end project.

A couple of weeks ago a close friend of mine was searching for my posts on San Francisco and I had to make them public again on this blog. I found myself looking at the blog visually and getting lost reading old posts and it hit me. I wanted to write again, but I wanted to write HERE.

So, my past few weeks have been spent transferring posts from blogger to here and giving this a bit of a refresher. I loved my old template, but I have fallen in love with this new one and I just feel that its more me. For so long I have felt influenced by the blogging/vlogging world and trying to catch up. It has caused me alot of upset and anxiety when I have felt left behind or ungrateful for the amazing things that I have. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and looking back I shouldn’t have moved, I should have stayed put HERE, where I feel safe expressing myself and actually like the end product of what I am producing.

Its mad to think that just the right look and platform can inspire a person so much. My mind has been buzzing over the past few days and I have so many ideas of what i want to share with you. Now that I am feeling happier with my writing space and don’t care (ok I do still a little bit and I am working on it) about keeping up with the jones’, I know that my writing is going to go from strength to strength and I just hope that you will continue to read my story.

However, in the mean time, take a look around read through the 200+ posts i have written since 2013 and let me know what you like reading! For those of you that have only been reading since August 2015 – take trip back to earlier posts – there is a lot fun stuff that you missed out on.

But for now, this blogger is back and happier than ever!

Emma

xxx

Friends….

I wont lie, I have been watching A LOT of Sex And The City recently. When I say A LOT I mean all the way through from Season 1 Episode 1 to the very end of Season 6. Just the movies to get in now and I will have completed my SATC fix!

Whilst watching SATC recently it has made me realise just how much of an important part of life friendship is. Whilst Samantha, Carrie, Miranda & Charlotte see each other regularly and communicate what seemed like every day, in reality that isn’t always possible.

I will admit I am not perfect, I can read a text message and not reply then forget about it for a week.

Work, the gym and just general house maintenance takes up my time and without realising almost a month has passed since I last saw some of my favourite people! But when my life slows down and I dont hear from my friends or we dont meet up for a while, I worry that I have done something to upset some one. Its stupid as every time I eventually speak with them or see them things are fine and I am just being insecure.

A friendship should not be valued on the amount of time you speak and spend with each other.

I had a couple of friends a few years ago, the 3 of us we used to live in each others pockets and talk continuously. I thought we were really close, friends for life. The friendship fell apart slowly over about 18 months, we all started to make decisions that each other didn’t agree with and our lives just didn’t interact anymore. The sad part was that at the time we each blamed each other for the downfall of our friendship, in reality it was all of us. Nowadays, I am lucky if I see my friends (apart from those I work with) once a month, we will text once a week maybe, but spending actual time together is a few hours of an evening once a month or maybe the odd day shopping every few months. I am not complaining as I love every minute I spend with my friends, but what I have learnt is that we dont have to spend all our time together.

There are lots of posts and things going round the internet like the one below and weirdly its true, real friends will be there for you no matter how long its been since you last spoke.

With that said, I hope to all my girls that are reading this know that even if I am rubbish at texting back or our lives get in the way of us meeting up regularly that you feel the same as I do.

Our friendship is strong enough that you know that I will drop everything if you need me.

Love

Emma

xxx

It’s Ok To Be Normal

On any day of the week, scrolling through any social media feed you will find friends, family, bloggers, vloggers, celebrities and just your general everyday folk claiming just how wonderful their lives are and how “lucky” they are to be going on an expensive trip or having purchased a new luxury fashion item or how much weight they have lost the list is endless. All the time you are scrolling, if you are anything like me you will be sat there thinking “why can’t I have that?” and questioning why your life is so boring and dull.

BUT in reality we are only seeing what they want you see. You never rarely see people posting genuinely about their lives, all the ups and downs. Social media is full of fake lives and its about time that I remember this and stop comparing my normal life to those who only show us the parts they want us to see.

Don’t get me wrong, I have posted things before that may make my life seem to be more perfect than it is and my facebook memories are constant reminder of how much I used to post my whole life for the world to see. Why do we do that? Why do we think that everyone wants to see every part of our life? Because we are all nosey buggers? Ha! Yes we are, but would we miss it if people didn’t share everything? No, probably not.

Today, whilst writing this, I removed my twitter app from my phone. Following bloggers really wasn’t helping my self esteem and I have found it has made me really unappreciative of my life that I have spent so long building with Matt. I am going to be keeping my Instagram, mainly becuase I only following friends, family and companies that I use and I will stick around on Facebook too for the same reasons.

If I keep comparing my “normal”life to their fake lives then I will never appreciate what I have. I have great friends, great family, an awesome boyfriend and after many years of waiting MY OWN HOUSE. That for me, is a massive thing I have wanted for a long time so sod the fakers, I am excited about my new adventure and new chapter in my life!

If I can ask anything of you all. Screw the fakers. Remember that if you stay at home in your PJs all weekend eating cake and drinking prosecco it’s ok!

Love

Emma xx

Memories Of 2016

For most people they will claim that 2016 was one of the worst years on record, I understand their reasons as a human race we did make some questionable decisions last year but I don’t see why everyone’s year should be cast as a bad one? 

Each year, no matter who you are, you will have ups and downs and life will throw you some unexpected curve balls. However, that is normal and it wouldn’t be life without the odd curve ball to overcome! For those that follow this blog, will know that I was handed a few curve balls myself but everything I came up against just made me stronger.

I have A LOT of fond, happy memories of 2016 and I can hand on heart say, that 2016 was pretty great for me. I wanted to share with you some pictures which remind me of the great parts of 2016!

Mexico – Jan 2016. Hands Down One Of The Best Holidays We Have Had. The Sea Was a Gorgeous Blue, Filled With Happy Sea Turtles. The Hotel Was Superb And We Made Life Long Friends With Fellow Holiday Makers.
The Stevens Wedding – March 2016. Such A Lovely Day Seeing 2 Of Our Favourite People Commit The Rest Of Their Lives Together.
Centre Parcs – April 2016. Yes, Matt Had His Accident And It Was A Testing Time BUT Before That We Were Having The Best Time With My Cousins. I Love The Bond That We All Share, I Truly Feel So Lucky To Have Them.
Our Mini Break – June 2016. In A Bid To Get Away Whilst Matt Was Still Recovering, We Headed Down The Coast and Enjoyed A Few Days In Devon. Although I Was Stopping Matt Swearing This Is My Favourite Photo Of That Whole Weekend, We Were Genuinely Having A Really Lovely Time.
Girls Day Out – July 2016. A Very Green Trip To London, The Sky Garden, The Folly, St Dunstans Church & Spitalfields Market. It Was A Pleasure To Spend The Day With Hayley & Helen, Helen Even Announced Her Pregancy And Guess What It’s A Girl! So It Truly Was A Girls Day Out!
Birthday Shopping – August 2016. A Day With My Favourite Cousin At Westfields. It Was Fantastic & We Are Planning On Doing It All Again This Year! 

Scotland – September 2016. A Week With One Of My Best Friends And Her Gorgeous Boy! It Was Just What I Needed And I Loved Every Second Of It!
Ladies Night – September 2016. Turtle Bay With The Ladies Of The Family. These 2 Are Much More Than Family! Such A Great Night, Lots Of Cocktails And Yummy Food Was Consumed!
The River – Sept 2016. One Of My Favourite Experiences Of 2016. Washing Away My Fears In The River. Another Amazing Dimples & Daisies Shoot.
Firework Night – November 2016. Local Fireworks With Our Sister In Law & Nieces. It Was Brilliant To Share Our Yearly Tradition With The Girls.
The House – December 2016. Our First Home, After Just Over 7 Years We Brought Our First Home Together And It’s Perfect!

So as you can see, my 2016 holds some pretty awesome memories for me. So when you are claiming that 2016 was rubbish or it was the worst year on record remember that might be true for you but it isn’t necessarily true for the person you are speaking to. We all go through each year individually and you can make as great or as bad as you want it to be. If you choose to be guided by the media and politics and let that dictate the year you are going to have, then you will forever lead a bad life. If you decide to sit back and see where life’s journey takes you, you can end up on some really good adventures.

I hope you all have a fantastic 2017 and that when the clock strikes midnight turning into 2018, you can all say that there was something about 2017 you enjoyed.

Goals For 2017

I cant recall the first time I heard about a New Years Resolution, but I remember people always saying that you never stick to them. People will frequently start a New Year Diet or sign up to the gym, but this are done so frequently and last for such a short period of time, I cant help but wonder if people agree to these just to please society?

Don’t get me wrong, I have done both those things in January, but not as a New Year Resolution. I am simply getting back into a routine that I had started last year and just forgot during my recent house move.

I did have a think over the festive period about what I want to achieve in 2017 and what I want to do, not resolutions as such, I guess more of a 2017 bucket list. I wanted to share this with you, not only to give you all some inspiration about goals you could set yourself, but also so that they are down on paper and it can be things I can share throughout the year.

1. Have Both Sets Of Parents Over For Dinner
It will be so nice to have both mine and Matt’s parents over for dinner, cooked by us, in our own home at some point this year. Both sets of parents have done a lot for us over the years and have really helped us out when we were in our home buying process. Strangely and not as I expected, they have allowed us time to just settle in to our home, I was only saying to Matt the other day that neither set have just turned up unexpectedly.

2. Walk To The Castle & Have A Picnic
I am definitely someone who believes that you should love where you live and I candidly take my local area for granted. Not too far from our house is a Castle Ruin which has lovely grounds and an ideal picnic location in the summer. I would love for Matt and I to take a nice stroll down there and relax in the afternoon sun with some yummy food. There is a lot in my local area that I have haven’t done or don’t appreciate, I would like to explore my local area more and really start to enjoy it.

3. Have An Easter Egg Hunt For Our Nieces & Nephew
I love spending time with our Nieces (8 & 4) and Nephew (18mths), they are all such lovely children and really bring a smile to my face. We have often taken the girls on days out to the zoo or the farm, but I would really like to be able to have an easter egg hunt for them at our house. Being a typical auntie I love nothing more than to spoil them and they all know where the “naughty” cupboard is at our house and we have only been there for 4 weeks!

4. Go To Harry Potter Studio’s At Christmas
Matt & I visited the Harry Potter studio’s a few years ago now when we had a week off one spring. It was great fun and we both really enjoyed it. However, I know quite a few people that have been at Christmas when the Hall is all decorated and have said it is truly magical. It has become tradition for us to watch Harry Potter in the lead up to Christmas and it would be a great start to our 2017 Christmas celebrations to re-visit the Harry Potter Studios.

5. Drop A Dress Size
I have been on a “diet” since I was 18, so almost 10 years now. For almost 10 years I have wanted to be skinny. Don’t get me wrong, there have been times where I have been a lot thinner than I am now but in contrast times that I have been a lot heavier. However, I don’t want to be thin, I want to be healthier and fitter than I am now. I am trying to eat healthy, everything in moderation and I have been a regular visitor at the gym for a good few months now. Everything takes time, but if I can drop a dress size this year and end the year in a smaller jean size than I am currently then I will be happy. We don’t own a pair of scales in this house and we NEVER will, this year will be based on how my body feels and changes – I will not be focused on a number.

Like I said, they are goals personal to myself and things that I would like to achieve in 2017. All I ask of you is that any goals or resolutions you set in 2017 do them for YOU. Don’t set goals and resolutions to follow the crowd or be influenced by society, use this year to do something that you want to do. Be it travelling, a new hobby or even start a family. Just enjoy each moment and make the most of the year as I am sure 2018 will be here before we know it! 

Love

Emma xx