28.01

January

Welcome to the first blogger round up of 2016! I’m excited to be introducing you to this lovely collection of bloggers today, and hope you might just find a new favourite read! So, have a little browse through each of them in turn, leave a comment saying hello (because comments are the best, after all!), and don’t forget to add them to your BlogLovin’ feed! Happy reading!

Bows, Bangles & Bakes
It’s so lovely to have Jenni’s blog linked here in my sidebar- I’ve followed along with it for a good couple of years now! Bows, Bangles & Bakes is a lifestyle blog, and on it Jenni shares everything from posts about her life (she got married last year, and you must go back and see what a beautiful and unique bouquet she had!) to product reviews and outfit posts. I love that Jenni writes her posts truly from the heart and blogs to noone’s schedule but her own- it makes her blog feel all the more honest and ‘real’. Recently, Jenni’s shared a post about her recent camera upgrade, a little life update, and a few photos from her lovely honeymoon! If charming, personal lifestyle blogs are you, then you’ll love Bows, Bangles & Bakes.
Favourite post from the past month? Brooch and Fabric Flower Bouquet.

The What Now Blog
Louise’s blog is always a source of inspiration for me, but never more so than during this rather grey and miserable month of January! I love how enthusiastic Louise is about all aspects of wellness and self-care, and find her outlook on life so motivating. This month, The What Now Blog has featured an interview with health coach Lizzy Nichol, a round up of tips for keeping your body fit and moving, and a post reviewing books that centre around mindfulness and self-improvement. I love how unique Louise’s blog is, and that her posts seem always to leave me feeling motivated and ready to tackle the day. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Favourite post of the past month? Wise Words and Wellness with Health Coach and Entrepreneur Lizzy Nichol. 

Silverspoon London
Now, I’ve said before that reading about Angie’s travels on her beautiful blog often leaves me practically green with envy, but that’s never been more true than this month. You *must* go and read Angie’s post from her stay at the Panoramic Suite in Paris’ Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal- it’s pure heaven! Alongside a dream trip to the City of Lights, this month Angie’s shared her tips for a luxurious stay on Hamilton Island, Australia, and reviewed two of London’s finest restaurants. As ever, Angie’s posts this month have been beautifully put together and so well researched, you’d be hard pressed to find a better site to visit when planning your next holiday or evening out in London!
Favourite post of the past month? A Chic Stay at Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal Paris.

Loved by Laura
I’ve so enjoyed getting to know Laura’s blog over the past couple of months. It really is such a lovely one! Loved by Laura is a lifestyle blog, and on it Laura shares posts about her travels, where she dines, product reviews, and so much more besides. This month, Laura visited Sketch for afternoon tea, shared a review of her weekend stay at The Rookery hotel in London, and posted a recipe for Mexican bean salsa lettuce wraps! Delicious! Loved by Laura is the sort of uplifting, cheery lifestyle blog that I find myself being drawn back to time and again, and I’m certain you’ll love reading it too!
Favourite post of the past month? Quirky London | A Weekend Getaway at The Rookery.

The Courtney Diaries 
I first got to know Courtney’s blog a couple of months ago, and it’s so lovely having her back in my sidebar! The Courtney Diaries is another lifestyle blog, and a fabulous one at that! Courtney lives in the U.S, and documents her day to day goings on via her blog. This month, Courtney’s shared photos of a very snowy trip to North Carolina (it made me sad our snow only lasted a morning her in England!), given us her recommendations for what to watch next on Netflix, and posted a review of a South Carolinan ice-cream parlour that had me dreaming of balmy summer days spent eating gelato!  You’re going to love Courtney’s blog, I just know it!
Favourite post of the past month? Tattooed Moose.

Another blog to read and fall in love with?
Get the Skinny || Favourite post? Top 3 Winter Porridge Recipes.

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26.01

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U N P L U G .

You might’ve noticed a little gap in posting around these parts last week (okay, and on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram…basically online in general!), and the reason was that I’d been hit with a pretty severe case of the January blues.

And they hit me hard! I don’t think I’ve ever felt as uninspired, as lacking in creativity, and as just plain old down in the mouth as I have over the past ten or so days.

But you know, it’s nothing that a few days sans-Internet couldn’t fix! I got cracking on a little life admin instead, switched off from all things notification-inducing, and recharged my batteries.

I hope you didn’t mind too much that I went totally AWOL (I had a serious case of blogger guilt!), and that jumping back in with a few photos of last week’s glorious frost will make up for things!

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If I’m remembering correctly, this walk was Elsie and Teddy’s first outing together.

It would’ve been a lovely one anyway, just seeing the two of them bounding along together, but the layer of sparkling frost that had settled overnight made it all the more beautiful.

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The ground crunched underfoot, frozen-over puddles acted as ice rinks for little paws, weak sunlight shone through the trees in misty beams, and the whole forest glittered more beautifully than my camera could capture.

And the very best part of it all?

The frozen ground, usually a sea of the sort of claggy mud baths that Teddy’s always adored and Elsie’s fast learning to, kept all eight of the paws in my care blissfully clean and dry.

And since the littlest spaniel shares her brother’s hatred for post walk hosings-down and likes to make them as arduous as possible, it really was a relief…

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14.01

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E L S I E   A T   1 0 . 5   W E E K S

I’m not sure if it shows at all in these photos, but this little lady is growing at a rate of knots!

She’s definitely longer and leggier than Teddy was at this stage- he grew up looking like a solid little chunk from the start, whereas Elsie’s got a much more lithe shape and some crazy long spaniel-supermodel hind legs ;)

We’re still just loving having her as part of our little family, and it feels like she’s been ours forever!

Here’s a little update on the tiniest member of the Chappel household…

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T H E   H O A R D E R .

Right from the day we brought her home, Elsie marked out a spot by the radiator in the living room as ‘hers’, and just loves to pile up all her toys there. Well, I say ‘her toys’, but really they’re just toys she’s commandeered from the toybox that Teddy used to have sole dibs over…

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C U S H I O N   T H I E F

Give the girl a cushion or two to nap on, and she’s happy. Though once we start taking her out and those lovely clean white paws get dirty, it’ll be an end of that particular treat!

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C A N   I   G O   O U T   N O W ?

And speaking of going out, we’re counting down the days until we can take the little ball of energy out on her first walk! She’s so smart and curious, and is getting seriously bored of our teeny tiny garden.

Thank goodness we can start taking her out this coming Monday! Though I don’t think Teddy will be best pleased to have her now intruding on every part of his life ;)

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C O N S T A N T L Y   C R U N C H I N G

Our garden is constantly littered with beech nut shells from the tree at the end of our garden, and both our dogs eat them like it’s their own private snack selection! Yesterday I caught Elsie eating two at once. I did wonder why she let me fish the first one out of her mouth with so little fuss and resistance…

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D O E – E Y E D   F O R   H E R   B I G   B R O T H E R

It’s so sweet to see how much Elsie just adores Teddy, and how desperate she is to get as close as she can to him at all times.

He’s really started to accept her now, and even will deliberately parade past her carrying one of his toys to instigate a game of chase! Her charm offensive still needs a little work though, as she’s taken to running at him when he’s curled up sleeping in his bed, and performing these huge flying leaps to get in there with him.

Needless to say, he never is best pleased with the situation, and either hops out straight away looking cross, or else lies there as she tries to bury herself into his belly fur making ‘please help me’ eyes at Jason and I.

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And that’s the latest on little E! Now I’ve written this post, I’ve got a nasty suspicion it’ll be interesting so no-one but Jason and myself. But everyone loves a selection of cute puppy photos, right?!

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12.01

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1. Print your favourite photos from 2015.
One of the tasks highest on my to do list for early this year is to (finally!) print out some of our wedding photos, and get them framed!

2. Read more books.
I started reading a lot more at the start of 2015, but got lazy and let it slide as the year progressed. Time to dig out my old library card!

3. Learn how to cook a new type of cuisine.
I fell in love with Thai food whilst in Koh Samui this summer, and would love to learn how to make a really killer green vegetable curry at home!

4. Visit a city in your home country you’ve never been to before.
Bath is top of my list- everything I’ve ever seen of the city looks amazing!

5. Get some artwork framed, and *actually* hang it on the walls. (Don’t just leave them leaning on the window ledges…;)

6. Redecorate a room in your house, or your bedroom if you’re living at home.
Our front bedroom has been a plain, boring space for so long now, and it’s high time we spruced the place up! I’ve got grand plans of it in 2016!

7. Take up a new hobby.
This year Jason and I plan on buying some raised beds for the decking in our back garden, and giving veg growing a little go!

8. Do something adventurous this summer!
Last year I tried jet skiing and rock climbing. and it was so great doing something a little out of my comfort zone! I learned that jet skiing is my favourite mode of transport, but that rock climbing is *not* for me ;)

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What/s on your to do list for 2016?

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