26.11

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I’m really excited to help you get acquainted with the blogs in my sidebar this month. They really are a wonderful lot! There are lifestyle blogs, foodie blogs, personal style blogs, and even wellbeing blogs! Some of my daily reads are linked below, and ones that I’m so so glad to have been given the opportunity to add to my reading list. You’re going to just love them, I know.

Sunny Sweet Pea
Sunny Sweet Pea has been a favourite read of mine for a good few months now. I love the charming way Jenny writes her posts, and her photos always blow me away. This month she’s shared a recipe for peppermint hot chocolate (we share an obsession with the minty stuff, yet another reason why Jenny is my favourite ;) a book review, photos of some truly spectacular cakes, and the best EVER list of Christmas movies to watch in the coming months! Sunny Sweet Pea really feels like a happy little community, and it’s one I highly recommend you join.
Favourite post of the past month? Recipe: Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

Dear You Love Em
Em’s blog has had to take a backseat this past month due to some really difficult things going on in her personal life, so she could really do with a cheering up. She’s got a whole bunch of lovely posts coming up in the next few days, so pop over to her blog and send her a little love, won’t you? And also, how great do those cookies look?
Favourite post of the past month? The art of ‘procrasti-baking’!

The Berry Diaries
I just love love love Lulu’s blog. It’s always such a joyful read, and leaves me feeling uplifted and ready to tackle my day. It’s basically like having a conversation with Lulu herself, which I’ve been lucky enough to do on a good few occasions! This month The Berry Diaries has featured news of Lulu’s recent yoga retreat (which sounded amazing!) ideas for festive snacking, and photos from the very first Photo Hunt! Lovely!
Favourite post of the past month? An amazing proposal!

The Headless Mannequin
Bridgette’s blog has been a new find for me this month, and I’m so glad to have added it to my reading list. She’s got pretty much the cutest kitten in the entire universe (seriously, go and take a look!) and writes such a lovely mixture of posts. Her photos from Norway have made Jason and I long for a trip to a Scandinavian country, and also, she owns a mannequin. A mannequin! I’ve wanted one for the longest time, so am maybe just a little envious ;) It really is a truly delightful read.
Favourite post of the past month? Those Summer Days (because that vintage dress is so beautiful!)

Wander to Wonder
Wander to Wonder has a wonderfully mellow, calm vibe about it. Miho writes such beautiful posts, sharing lovely recipes, stories about her life living in London with her husband, and photos of some of the most amazing looking food I’ve ever seen on a blog! It’s the sort of charming lifestyle blog that makes you feel you’re making a new friend whilst you reading it, and who doesn’t love that? :) It’s one I absolutely recommend you have a browse through.
Favourite post of the past month? Lemon & courgette bundt cake. 

A Little Abstract
Abi’s blog was another new one to me this month, and another that I’m so happy to have found. She’s a complete sweetheart, and writes the kind of joyfully lighthearted posts I always look forward to reading. This past month she’s made a delicious looking batch of cupcakes, shared photos from her childhood (she was totally adorable) and given us the lowdown on her recent purchases. Oh, and she’s got killer style. Just go and see!
Favourite post of the past month? Pink, Tartan, and Autumn Leaves.


The Awkward Blog
I’m so, so glad to have been introduced to The Awkward Blog! Angela is an absolute darling with a bright, sunshiny personality and a zest for life that just shines through her blog. She shares wonderful recipes, snapshots from around her home (go take a look at her kitchen. It’s the cutest, and I’m obsessed!) and stories and photographs from her recent adventures. I’m just absolutely in love with it, and am pretty certain you’ll love it too!
Favourite post from the past month? DIY Breakfast Nook Makeover

Poppytails & Trails
Pauline’s been in my sidebar for the past couple of months now, and it’s always such a pleasure to have her. She always writes such lovely posts, sharing snippets from her day to day life, beautiful wish lists, and super useful product reviews. I especially loved her Christmas wish list, and post all about her favourite teas. In fact, it made me want to place a hefty order with TeaPigs right away! Such a delightful read :)
Favourite post of the past month? Taking tea.

Sophie in the Sticks
Okay, so I’m totally in love with Sophie’s style. She wears such awesome things! Tartan trousers! An aztec print skirt! Also, she bakes Christmas cakes (Sophie’s looks amazing, and has given me a killer craving for Christmas cake), and writes awesome fitness posts, and takes gorgeous photos. This blog *seriously* has it all!
Favourite post of the past month? Autumn brights.

Cats, Lifestyle + Interior
I’m so happy to have been introduced to Miriam’s darling blog. Her photographs are so wonderful, and I love love love her interior design inspiration posts. She also shares photos of her handsome cat, and does a spot of vlogging too! One to sit down with a cup of tea, and delve in to :)
Favourite post of the past month? Sunday walks, Eleanor Rathbone, + Green Banks. 

Stephanie Dreams
It’s such a pleasure to have Steph advertising with me again this month! In November, she’s been sharing some truly lovely outfits- I’m in love with the outfit linked below especially and want to buy a red skirt right away! She’s got a lot of excitement coming up (a wedding AND a puppy, oh my!) so Stephanie Dreams is definitely a blog to stay tuned to!
Favourite post of the past month? Grace me with the Skies. 

A Touch of Tartan
Laura’s blog is such a lovely one. She posts *gorgeous* outfits photos, beautifully collated wish lists, and her dog? Oh my gosh. He’s the most crazy handsome man I ever did see! It’s an absolute must-read for the more fashion-orintated amongst you, and one I’m so glad to have added to my reading list!
Favourite post of the past month? Friday Favourites: Persun Mall. (That blouse! I must have it!)

Prattle and Froth
Prattle and Froth is such a cute blog! It’s written by Ann (or ‘Annatha’, as she’s known) and is a wonderful collection of photographs, stories, and little anecdotes from her life in Cumbria with her lovely husband. Her gorgeous photos of Lake Windermere especially just blew me away. Such a wonderful read!
Favourite post of the past month? Windermere and Ambleside.

World of Wynne
Hanna’s blog is absolutely *stunning*. Her photos are to die for (and have inspired my own photography so much this past month) and I just love the clean, minimalist design of her blog. It’s the sort of blog you check each day in the hope of seeing a new post, and hunt for a ‘follow’ button the very second you first set eyes upon it. Beautiful.
Favourite post of the past month? Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake.

Treasure Every Moment
I’ve read Helen’s blog for a very long time now, almost since I first began writing my own! It’s always such a lovely read, full of delicious recipes, lovely photographs from Helen’s recent goings-on, and even the odd outfit post too! Helen’s a total love, and I can’t recommend you read her blog highly enough :)
Favourite post of the past month? Edible Gift: Golden Honey Granola

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25.11

 

Yesterday morning, we woke up late and with a craving for pancakes. Jason decided that he wanted to be the one to make them, and since I’m never one to complain when my love is experiencing a rare urge to cook, we went downstairs to get our pancake on right away!

We made, no… *Jason* made about a zillion of them, and the only task I was allowed to perform was of blueberry-adding. They tasted spectacular, and I just can’t get over how cute Jason is in the kitchen. Sunday morning pancake-and-pyjama-parties with him are the greatest.

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^^ He begged the entire time, and wasn’t allowed a single bite of pancakes. But he did have a super long walk and two apple cores later in the day to make up for it, so we think he still loves us. ^^

Oh and also, Homeland? Shall we talk about Homeland? Last night’s episode left me breathless. Jason has this uncanny knack for predicting what’s going to happen next in the plot, and if his current predictions are true, I’m going to be heartbroken. Heartbroken!

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23.11

Kale-apple-and-cheddar-salad

 

Friday’s lunch was made up of kale, sliced apple, chunks of cheddar, and tender stem broccoli left over from Thursday night’s dinner, all dressed with olive oil & balsamic vinegar.

It was the nicest lunch I’ve eaten in a long time…and Ted thought it smelt all kinds of delicious too.

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22.11

Notting-Hill-succulents

1. The two huge bags of clementines I bought on Thursday morning, now sitting bright & festive in a bowl on our dining table.

2. Having a tidy wardrobe! The laundry basket is all but empty, piles of clean laundry have all been put away, and I’ve had a good sort out of my least worn items to sell. Does my heart good to see my clothes organised oh so neatly.

3. Watching the pond dancing under a barrage of hailstones.

4. The last little stretch of each morning dog walk, when I know I’m only minutes away from being able to head home for a cup of tea and to thaw by the radiator.

5. The sight of Jason walking down the path towards our house in the evenings. I’m always so glad to see him, and like to think we make a homely sight, with our kitchen all lit up, dinner cooking, and Teddy and I waiting at the door to greet him :)

6. The grey wool blanket in our living room that really comes into its own at this time of year.

7. The smell of our winter gloves! I keep in them in the same drawer I keep our spare candles in, so our gloves smell of pomegranate, spiced apple, cinnamon, and berries. Amazing!

8. Buying advent calendars! Yay! Yay! I’m so hyped.

9. The cup of tea that Jason makes for me each evening after dinner. He makes the *best* tea, even though he hates it and wouldn’t drink a cup if you paid him.

10. Watching the pond freeze over in the evenings. It never really feels like winter until it’s cold enough that the pond stays frozen right through the day, but I reckon we’re another couple of weeks off that…

My gosh, aren’t you so glad it’s Friday? I’ve got that Friday feeling in a big way right now! Someone pass me a Crunchie! I’m heading off to a Winter fair in Kent with my Ma tomorrow, where we’ll be drinking something mulled (wine, cider, apple juice, I’m not fussed) and will be getting started on our Christmas shopping. How on Earth is it time for Christmas shopping again already? Before you know it, we’ll be saying happy new year again!

Happy weekend everyone!

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