Summer days


I had been itching to go on a holiday earlier this month and I came across these wonderful women on Instagram after seeing Elizabeth Kartchner’s image on her site (above): | |

Just keeping up with their adventures through their photos has become quite a highlight for me recently πŸ™‚ I urge you to check it out.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

New Daily Grind post!

A-woo-hoo! I was sat thinking the other week that I love Thursdays lately, mainly because How I Met Your Mother is on TV as well as Big Bang Theory and we love sitting down together and watching it, and I really wanted to capture that and I hadn’t actually done a Daily Grind/Day in the Life project in such a long time so I decided I was going to do one. It was also by chance that Ali Edwards posted about her monthly Day in the life, and it was going to be the same day as the day I chose without realising. Of course her photos are so much more nicer than mine, but this grind was done purely on my iPhone!

My original hosting package was limited and so I moved my Grind over to google sites (100MB free space so I figured it would do at the time) but luckily I logged into my cpanel and viewed my host’s website and found out that I have had quite a boost to my hosting package! Well that was it, I moved my grind back over to my domain of course and instead of a regular site I have done it as another WordPress site. I have tried Joomla and Drupal, but quite frankly I loved the familiarity of WordPress (it turns out, I’ve been using it for about 8 years now! YIKES!) and ALL my sites are now WordPress. Ha! I have done a simple design for the site and I’m pleased with how it looks.

I know how nice it is to look back on how things used to be “back in the day” and seeing photos of my great grandmother sat at my nan’s house in her usual spot, and the fact that in all these years, I still love the chicken and baked bean combination for tea! Be it chicken kiev with beans, chicken chargrill with beans or my latest: cripsy chicken, chips & beans LOL! And when baby comes along, it’ll be even more special to remember this time we have just the two of us and have it documented.

And whilst listening to an episode of The Daily Digi podcast I heard about Jolicloud, and it’s so nice to think that all my free cloud storage is accessible in one place so that everything I have in all different places will be much easier to locate now πŸ™‚ Please feel free to use my referral links as if you sign up you get free space and so do I:



So much for a 3 day rest!

Last week I had 3 days off work where I had every intention of resting up and catching up on some much needed sleep (thank to suffering with allergies keeping me up at night and the 3am ish pee I have to take every night)

What I actually did was turn the bedroom upside down!



All my scrapbooking supplies ended up all over the place!



And clothes too!



But as we are limited on space and can’t fit in a chest of drawers I thought I would empty out my craft tower as my little table would be going but then I thought we could probably use it to store some clothes in πŸ™‚ The tower is small enough that even with the cot in, I’m sure it would fit in OK.



And while I was on it sorting out the wardrobe and clearing space, that the middle part with the shelves would be for baby supplies!



What an exhausting 3 days that was! And now I have a pile of stuff to get rid of. Clothes will be donated and I think I will sell all the craft stuff as a bumper lot for cheap on a local site. But glad that’s sorted and one less thing to do!

19 weeks tomorrow

And now I have a proper bump! It’s hard to believe I am 19 weeks tomorrow… 1 week away from being at the half way mark! Now if only the hospital would hurry up and send me my 20 week scan date through, it seems like I’m the only one in my November group to still be waiting πŸ™


Pretty cards

Ah, so excited because my persnickety prints order arrived! I had some of my 3×4 and 6×4 digital cards printed up, from various designers like brittish designs/sahlin studios, digital design essentials and one little bird designs πŸ™‚
I have seriously got to get some 6×4 photos printed. I need some photos to put in my albums! I have gone a little bit nuts with the cards, I have a bunch of simple stories cards in addition to the ones I had printed and I am awaiting my Midnight edition of Project Life to arrive which I pre-ordered months ago πŸ™‚ I cannot wait! But what use are the cards if I have no printed photos to use them with πŸ˜‰


I had some laptop issues which are now thankfully resolved & it is working again so I don’t really have much of an excuse. I’m taking 3 days off work starting with today, to catch up on some rest and sleep, as at 17 & a half weeks I appear to wake up every few hours! But in addition to that I have some serious sorting out to do around here. We need to make some room around here, and that means I need to go through my craft supplies and that my mini craft table needs to go later on this year to make room for a cot. That in itself has been a headache. There was one we wanted but even though our bed is up against the wall (that’s my side of the bed, not sure for how much longer though as I need to climb over my husband in the night to pee. I never have to get up in the night normally but I won’t be able to climb soon lol) the cot was too big for our bedroom, unless we wanted to try and squeeze between the bedside table past the cot and have a narrow passage to the wardrobe & built in cupboard! We have since decided on a winnie the pooh cot bed but need to double check the measurements, it is smaller than the other one though and in sure it will be OK. I have several albums in my cupboard for my cousins kids that I need to finish off and give to them to clear some more space! I have a heck of a lot of work to do.

I have also started on Taz’s album, and while putting it all together this morning, I realised I actually need to print some more little “filler” cards. I used Digital Design Essentials “A Dogs Life” kit. And I may have put in an order at Crafty-Charlie for some more page protectors, and to switch Taz’s album to an orange one and use this green one as either a pregnancy/baby’s first year or December Daily (I’m not sure whether if we find out baby’s sex whether I may just get a pink or blue album instead for that!)



And I have also done this for my Project Life album:


But one thing that made us chuckle, we asked Oliver what he thought his new cousin was going to be and he said a girl, and when asked if he wanted to kiss baby (in my tummy), he said “No, I will wait until it comes out!” Love him! Gareth originally thought baby was a boy but the more he thinks about it, he thinks it’s a girl. My brother has 2 boys and we found out my brother in law’s baby, due roughly 4 weeks before our baby is also a boy. I have already said I have no idea what baby is, nor would I like to guess!

Where’s my glow?



I have been getting lots of freebies for baby, and with such boxes as my Cow & Gate and Aptamil (above) with the company logo all over the packaging, I have no doubt our postie knows our news LOL!
My latest colitis appointment was a relief, I was told to double my current meds so we can put off having to take steroids a little longer. Though my symptoms have all kind of combined into my pregnancy symptoms. Everything I have read so far say how in the second trimester things get easier and you have a pregnancy glow… Well I am still tired (could be colitis though) but one thing is for sure the feeling that I am breathing fire which I’ve had since the beginning, is definitely baby related! πŸ˜€ I have the teenage outbreak over my face, but I’m savouring it all, but just wondering where that elusive glow is!

It’s strange, even though it’s been in the planning stages for about 2 years (tracking periods, wanting to be married for long enough that we got to enjoy the time just the 2 of us, assessing where we were in our jobs and when we felt ready etc) It still doesn’t seem real. I often just take a moment, sit and think “there is a baby in my tummy!”

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Start of a new one



I have Taz’s collar & his blanket. I miss him so much πŸ™

But it’s about time we had some good news…



Thankfully we can start telling people, that we are expecting πŸ™‚ Β Which is a relief because of baby & colitis bloating, I’ve been trying to hide this…



Still far too early for me to be showing (due date is November 21st)! I look forward to when the bloating goes down and I get a proper bump πŸ™‚

End of an era



Monday last week was one of the hardest days. Taz went to the vet as his health has been failing and he never came home as he was put to sleep. Β My adopted furry little brother is gone πŸ™

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Making the most of the bank holiday Monday, lots of work to do around the flat. Gareth is repainting the bathroom and the garden needs tidying up too, thank heavens for the gloriously sunny weather.

Carpet be gone!

Carpet be gone!

Finally today the health hazard of Β a carpet was removed and new flooring put down, I am so excited & happy! (Ah the joys of settling down and getting old, a new Dyson vacuum cleaner and new flooring in your bathroom and you think it’s your birthday and Christmas all rolled into one! HA!)

It’s been quite a stressful few weeks health wise too, and after getting nowhere with the NHS I ended up going to a private hospital in the next town for a check up, and now a letter is being written to my colitis consultant at the regular hospital and I’ve been given the thumbs up, so a HUGE relief! I’m hoping soon enough I will be OK to go back to zumba class but for now I’m quite content lazing on the sofa & taking it easy getting Hubby cuddles πŸ˜€

And while lazing on the sofa, I get to catch up on class. I’m doing Cathy’s “Clean & Simple: The Workshop” over at Big Picture Classes. I love it so far, but I am a week behind on the assignments. Bit of catching up this weekend methinks!


Project Life Freebie

I bring a peace offering for being missing in action the last couple of weeks, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me. It’s at the end of the post πŸ™‚

This weekend (seeing as my weekends now start at lunchtime on a Friday, YIPPEE!!) I began work on my Project Life Albums and I just love the system! Going over my Florida photos made me want to get out the light up mickey mouse cubes! We will go back to America one day πŸ™‚

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And I got my belated birthday present of Sims 3 University! So may have taken a few breaks πŸ˜‰
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My first layout in my album, (as I’m not doing a week in review each week for my spreads, I am simply using it as a regular scrapbooking) was of my gramp.
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and for the following 2 spreads I had some photos of my nephew Oli making halloween cupcakes with my mum when he was eating more of the batter than making cakes, though I was super gutted I didn’t catch shot of him with his head in the bowl! HAHA!
Then there was the snow day we had, and I went to my parents to see my family and get to play in the snow with my brother and Oliver & Elijah πŸ™‚

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In fact I love the pocket scrapbooking system so much, I got the Simple Stories SN@P binder with page protectors after seeing Kelly Purkey’s and Peppermint Granberg’s. Love them!
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Of course, finally, is my mini project life: The Disney album!


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I used my little photo printer as I was so excited to start filling up my albums… Unfortunately just up to a mere 40 prints and my cartridge was empty, and at Β£27.99 for it (OUCH!) I decided I won’t be doing that in a hurry again any time soon, no sir! I shall instead put in an online order to Asda and pick up in store after an hour!

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So the part you’ve probably waited for: My Project life cards (in .jpg format only, no printable PDF I’m afraid) for you to print off & use as you please in your own projects πŸ™‚


Download from my mediafire HERE

Turning 30

Clearly all the changes that had happened thus far in 2013 wasn’t enough for me, and the day before I turned 30, I went a bit loopy…


… and I had all my hair cut off!



Well most of you who know me or my story already will be fully aware that I donate my hair to charity, so little girls with cancer can have a wig from it πŸ™‚ Though it’s a BIG difference getting used to less hair, but with everything that had been going on I figured why not cut it all off and have a fresh start?? New job, new year, new hair do… It just seemed rather fitting!



The ponytail was a few inches shorter as they needed a little bit extra there to work with to get the style I was after, so once my ponytail was cut I had a nice bob like I normally had, but I wanted a pixie do!




Gareth has been quite ill lately and in a lot of pain, so my birthday was cut short as I looked after my poorly husband who went to hospital on Monday, and that meant valentines was put on hold as well. But it wasn’t all bad… I got myself 2 Project Life’s to play with! The big 12×12 binder which I am not going to be doing weekly spreads as everyone is doing. Nope, mine is just going to be a regular scrapbook, but the ease of the system was far too wonderful to pass up! Bit gutted Seafoam Core Kit had sold out, but it’s OK… I am going to be doubly sure to get the Midnight edition when it is released. I love Paislee Press, Liz is one of my favourite digital designers! Other favourites of mine are One Little Bird, Three Paper Peonies, andΒ Digital Design Essentials… and speaking of Project life I purchased Seafoam at and Traci Reed has a sampler over at her blog, which I adored so much I purchased her version of the templates!

I printed off a bunch of the Seafoam cards and put them in a baggie ready to quickly scrap at a moments notice…

UntitledThe mini album will be our Disney holiday album which I have been working on using the collab kit “Day Planner” by Paislee Press and One Little Bird πŸ™‚ This whole being 30 thing isn’t so bad!