Sunday, 20 January 2019

Life | The Sunday Edit #003...


This week...has been just one simply of those weeks. You all know the kind of week that I mean. Thankfully it is over and a brand new one is now in its place.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Eats | Malteaser Rocky Road...


Rocky Road is one of my favourite sweet treats and it is one of the quickest to make. In addition, it is also one of the most customisable sweet treats you can do.

Chocolate-wise, I'll eat most things (apart from coffee flavoured sweets - yuck!) but for the past few months it has been all about the Malteasers. And with that in mind, I decided to make Malteaser Rocky Road.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Life | The Sunday Edit #002...


I have NO idea where this week has went. It's been a blur of work/gym/early bed/repeat.

On Sunday I headed up to Newburgh with a couple of friends to see the seals that are resident there. Honestly, there are so many up there and they are so noisy. They are also curious critters too: swimming up and down watching every step you take. One note if you do fancy popping up to see them, park on the correct side (turning down past the Newburgh Inn/Golf Club to get to the car park). The reason for this is so no-one disturbs them and if startled, they may trample the pups and we definitely don't want that! Dogs are allowed but they must be on a lead (again to protect the seals and also themselves as surprisingly seals do attack).

Following seal-spotting, we then headed into the Newburgh Inn for a pub lunch. Nothing says Sunday like a roast dinner in good company. It was actually a pretty good roast if I may say so.

This week I've also mainly binge-watched the Marie Kondo program on Netflix. Now I want to organise everything in my life and be left with the things that 'spark joy'. I also managed to finish her book too (which I had in a half-read state for about a year).

On Friday, I had a suspected leak in my flat going downstairs (joys of owning a flat).However, it soon transpired that there was nothing leaking in my flat at all and that it may be one of the pipes in the hallway.

This week ended with another visit to Stonehaven to see my friend.We went for a walk in the woods with all the pups, drank all the tea and ate cake and waffles. It was a pretty good Saturday. Much better than my Saturday morning where a gym session left me feeling very sick (a run followed by a 2K row is not good!)

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Life | Soundtrack of my life...


Music is one of my first loves (unless you count Lotus Spread) and I am very rarely not listening to it. You name the occasion and there's a 90% chance that I will be listening to music doing it. Over the years, my taste has probably been quite questionable at times (some early 90's bands and utter cheese making the cut) but I would say that generally my taste is pretty varied.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Beauty | Mini Haul...


A number of years ago I was obsessed with buying beauty items left, right and centre. However, in recent times, I have toned it down and only really puchased products where I would get a lot of use out of. However, saying that, recently I decided to treat myself to some new bits and pieces.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Life | The Sunday Edit #001...

Stonehaven New Year Fireworks Fireballs

Since I started blogging, I have always loved reading weekly round-up posts. I think it is perhaps that they add a degree of personality to the blog. I used to do a weekly one too - in 2016/17, I had a weekly one then stopped. So in 2019, I want to bring back this feature as it was always one of my favourites to write.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Life | The thing about the internet...

Bin Hill Cullen

As a child, I spent my days climbing trees, riding horses, losing myself in a good book or creating Hama bead creations quicker than my Mum could iron them. Simple times and simple pleasures.

Back then the internet was non-existent: there was no 'google it'; no Netflix and certainly no online shopping. It wasn't until my teenage years that the internet really started to gather momentum and even then it was basic dial-up. Yes, the one with the horrific dial up tone where you got thrown off every time your parents wanted to use the house phone. It was as basic as basic comes.

Nowadays, everything revolves around a wifi connection: Netflix, Social Media, Shopping...even careers can now be made on the internet. The list is truly endless. Needless to say, when you are cut off, you come to realise how much you actually rely on it.

A couple of months ago, an Internet provider cut me off through no fault of my own other than that  the new occupants in the building input their address wrong (flat locations people, flat locations). So until they could fit me in to reconnect it, I had no internet for near enough 3 weeks.

When I realised the multitude of things I couldn't do, I was a little lost. What would I do? How would I occupy those evenings when I was alone? Would my instagram feed suffer seeing as it is generally a bitch to grow? However, despite feeling intially lost, I managed to find things to do. I reconnected with things I previously loved to do: baked goods, watched DVD boxsets (Sabrina: the teenage witch if you're wondering), listened to the many ideas in my head and read many,many books.

So was there anything to gain from being offline?

As a result of being 'offline', I felt free-er, I slept better and felt I was a much better person overall. In addition, I had much less brain nonsense going on, a much cleaner and organised flat and also felt more relaxed. And the best one? I felt I had gained time as I wasn't spending my time scrolling aimlessly through Social Media while watching Netflix,

The thing about the internet? You can cope perfectly well without it.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Life | Reflections & Goals 2019...

Sand Timer

For me 2018 felt strange. Most of the time I was adequately happy but other times not so much. It was a year of major comparison for me in every aspect: Career, Blog and life in general. I don't want to be that person who compares everything but sometimes when you try so hard in something and then always fall short at the last hurdle, it destroys your confidence and hurts. A lot. Needless to say, this is something that I do want to majorly work on in 2019. I need to add a few things, remove a few things and then things should be ok (there is a good reason I'm being vague)