Friday, 21 October 2016

A New Look For Autumn

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to promote any products, just sharing my recent purchases from a new range.

Hi Honeys
You might remember I promised in a recent post about the Technic Cosmetic Advent Calendar that I'd share my order from Avon's new True Colour range, so today I thought that's what I'd do :)

A New Look For Autumn

I'm in a funk honeys.  There is zero self care going on around here and there hasn't been any Rosie care for a very long time now that I think on it.  The most I can do every morning is to have my shower, get dressed and run a brush through my hair.  It's simply not good enough.

As if the cosmos heard my thoughts, at that precise moment an ad appeared on TV for the new Avon range, promising to let us "say bye to your morning face in five minutes!"

Intrigued, I went to their website to find out more, only to find that since the range was new, most items were also around half price as part of an introductory offer. What's to lose I thought honeys and this is what I ordered...

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Picture Perfect Project: October: Hubby's Fence building Project

Hi Honeys
I have to start this post with an apology! I'm so sorry this post is a week late honeys.  I haven't been feeling at my best, my bloods are terribly low again and while I have posts lined up, just getting them written & published is proving difficult right now.

It's time then for another post in the wonderful Picture Perfect Project, the fun link up which encourages bloggers to improve their photography skills, as well as the appearance of their blogs, by taking more photos.  Practice makes perfect after all :)

For my tiny contribution to the fabulous Picture Perfect Project I've been documenting a year in the life of our garden and what fun it's been!  It's so good to be able to look back at the past year and to re-live our gardening smiles :)

Picture Perfect Project: October: Hubby's Fence Building Project

Autumn has finally arrived.  We've been lucky in that we've still had beautiful blue skies in place of the more common (for the west coast anyway) grey skies and constant rain for this time of year but the temperature is starting to fall now honeys,

Maybe not quite time for warm sweaters, mittens and scarves yet but certainly there is a change in the air.  Most noticeable in the early morning when Hubby takes Jade for her walk.  Jade has her jacket on now to keep her warm on walkies.

Jade waiting to go walkies
The garden too has settled down and is beginning to prepare itself for it's winter nap.  Our tiny front garden though is still blessed with a little colour from the lingering roses...

Friday, 14 October 2016

Saying Goodbye To Friends & Hanging Onto Your Smile...

Hi Honeys
This has been such a sad few days.  My dear next door neighbours, loveliest couple ever, have decided to move out and have found their perfect flat/apartment.  I really am happy for them because they're so happy with their new flat but at the same time it feels, genuinely, like an end of an era.

Saying Goodbye To Friends & Hanging On To Your Smile

We've been neighbours for over ten years and aside from missing them both terribly I'll also miss their two furbabies adding smiles to my day with hugs and kisses.  Having already lost her fur-pal Gypsy, the most beautiful of black labradors, who would come across our tiny cul de sac for play dates and hugs, a couple of years ago and her gorgeous golden retriever shaped bundle of joy and hugs fur-pal Sam very recently, both gathered by angels, I worry how she'll cope with losing another two fur-friends.

We've talked about adopting another furbaby to keep Jade company, if we could I'd adopt every furbaby who doesn't have a home bless them, but on a practical level Hubby's knees are not great anymore and I can't walk to the end of the street without awful pain, so walking Jade is about all Hubby can do. It's unfair to adopt a baby if you can't care for him/her.  Hugs and love we have in abundance but exercise would be a problem :/

I really (really) don't cope well with change honeys.  Even typing this I'm holding back a major anxiety attack.  Writing it down makes it real.  Of course the world around us changes and coping with that change is important and I will cope with it, eventually, but that doesn't make it any easier or bearable.

I grew up in a time and place, not so long ago, when everyone knew all of their neighbours.  The neighbours children grew up together and your parents neighbours would be known as "auntie" or "uncle."  I know I'm not alone in missing those happier days because I hear others reminiscing around me at work frequently.  Life moves so fast now, people don't connect in the same way and while neighbours may say hello in passing, there isn't the same community there used to be.

I've spent the past couple of days trying to take my mind off losing two lovely neighbours who became far more than friends by throwing myself into my happy place as a distraction...

Hanging Onto My Happy Place - Laundry Smiles

The beautiful sunshine, and wonderful "drying winds" this past week have cheered me up honeys and as a bonus I freshened up lots of our bedspreads and duvet sets, not that they get to sit on a shelf long enough between washes to be anything else.  Will my new neighbours be friendly? Will they be happy to chat at the back door over the garden fence?

Time will tell dear ones. I've been told a few details so far.  I know they seem, according to our present neighbours, to be a lovely couple, that they have two daughters, no furbabies I'm afraid, but you never know.  Maybe they'll meet our furbaby Jade and might want to adopt a furbaby of their own :)

How do you cope with change honeys?  Do you have any tips to turn a smile upside down?  They would certainly be helpful now if you do.  I'm going to stay positive.  I didn't know our present neighbours before we moved in and look how we became such good friends, so onward to new beginnings and new friends. I hope.

I'm off to check on a rhubarb crumble I have in the oven for our neighbours, they'll miss my crumbles :) Have a fabulous weekend dear ones, fill it with smiles and hugs xx  Till next time, huggles always xx

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Christmas Smiles In October: Cosmetic & Beauty Advent Calendars

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any of these products, just sharing some online smiles and virtual window shopping x

Hi Honeys
I hope you're having a good week so far.  This past week I received my latest order from Studio.  You might remember the little organizing trays which I've put to fabulous use in our kitchen.  I adore those little trays so much I'm going to order another set :)

Also included in this latest order was something I've been curious about for a while now and have never gotten around to treating myself to.  Have you ever seen a cosmetic advent calendar honeys? I'd spotted one listed on the Studio site and thought "why not!"

Christmas Smiles in October - Cosmetic Advent Calendars Rock!

I don't wear make up much, well lets face it (see what I did there? :) unless I'm at work or have a doctors appointment I'm at home so somewhere along the line I think I just decided it wasn't really worth the effort or maybe that I wasn't worth that tiny bit of self care.  I have to work on that.

To that end I'm expecting a delivery from Avon this week (I'll share when it gets here honeys) but for now back to the cosmetic advent calendar I ordered from Studio...

Technic Cosmetic Advent Calendar From Studio

My first reaction when it was delivered was that the box is huge! I haven't had a cosmetic advent calendar before (although I'd heard of them) but I suppose I was expecting a box along the lines of the chocolate advents which appear in shops at this time of year but it's larger than those.  Let's have a closer look at this set and maybe a sneak peek at the contents then shall we....

Friday, 7 October 2016

Mini Kitchen Organizing Project

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, just wanted to share my latest little organizing project x

Hi Honeys
Back again :) I'm sorry I've been missing for the past week or so.  I really needed a short break. I've been feeling very drained, I'm feeling much better tho so I thought I'd share my latest little organizing project in our kitchen :)

Mini Kitchen Organizing Project

Have you noticed that sometimes even a tiny change in your surroundings makes you feel good? This week I had our latest order from Studio delivered and included in the order were these three organizing trays...
Set Of Three Organizer Trays From Studio Cards & Gifts

I already knew when I ordered them that I'd use these trays in our kitchen and that's what I did :)  The three organizing trays all have tiny silicone, non-slip feet on their bases. In addition, as you can see from the image above, the trays have a silicone inner layer to prevent their contents from sliding around, which would make them ideal as drawer organizers, but I had other plans... 

Friday, 30 September 2016

Blogtember Day 30: Advice From The Heart..

Hi Honeys
This is so sad! We've reached the last day of Blogtember again! Thank you so, so much to our lovely Bailey Jean for all of her work each year organizing and hosting this fabulous link up for us, thank you Bailey x

Blogtember Day 30

So, on to today's prompt then:  Picture this, you've been stopped on the street by the photographer of Humans of New York and he asks "what advice would you give to a large group of people?"  Share a picture of yourself along with the advice.

As the beyond compare Oscar Wilde is purported to have once said "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken."  This quote has always made me smile because who else can we be?  It is true though that "the grass is always greener."  There is a huge industry (advertising) built on the premise that if someone famous walks down the street with an item, whether it be a handbag, a pair of shoes, a watch, then that item will sell massively.

Image sells.  Look no further than the Kardashians who have built careers on image.  I wonder how much happier the world would be though if everyone were happy just being themselves.  Being comfortable in their own skin.  Smiling when we look in the mirror instead of wishing our hair was thicker/longer/shorter/curlier/straighter.

My advice then would be don't compare yourself to anyone else.  Even the world's most confident people, I'll bet, have something they wish they could change about themselves. We all have our fears, our insecurities, but some people are blessed not to be bound by them.  You, yes you, are the perfect, wonderful, fabulous, only version of you. No one else can even come close and somewhere there is someone wishing they had your hair, your eyes, your manner, your confidence.... Be happy dear ones. You're perfect just as you are x

You're Perfect

Always be kinder than you have to be, always smile even when its the last thing you feel like doing, because honeys, that's when the world (and you) need your smile the very most.  My beloved Gramma always told me that I should start every day the same way.  Before leaping out of bed to start my day I should look around me, that if I had a safe bed to sleep in, a roof over my head and food in the kitchen, I was already blessed and I should take a minute to thank my angels for looking after me, because for sure they were.  We should all take that minute, just to be grateful for everything we are blessed to have honeys xx

Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart

The last part of today's prompt asks us to attach a photo and if you've read my blog you'll know I don't have a single photo of me online. So, this will have to do...

Have a wonderful weekend dear ones, fill it with smiles, happiness, hugs and fabulous memories x

Till next time, huggles always xx

Blogtember 2016

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Blogtember Day 29: My Favourite Blogs & Bloggers..

Hi Honeys
Well, here we are. Almost at the end of Blogtember again for another year!  I can't believe how fast it's passed us by and I'm so happy!  I managed to post each day this month even tho I didn't vlog or have a guest post and had to play catch up a few times when my body battery was drained, I still managed a post for each day this month so far yaaaayy!

Blogtember Day 29

Today's post has to be the best!  What could be better than sharing some wonderful blogs & bloggers?

Today's prompt: Your Fab Five.  Share your favourite bloggers/besties and tell us what you love about them! Share a link and give a shout out.

Here it is then honeys, a little list of fabulous, fun, inspirational, wonderful, blogging gals who fill my days with joy.  They are all of them the sweetest, kindest, loveliest people and also all phenomenal bloggers! Thank you for the smiles honeys, hugs xx

Leah of  xLoveLeahx - Leah works tirelessly to promote body positivity and self care.  She's an inspiration and also the sweetest, most genuine person. When you visit Leah's blog you'll always be met with a hug :) Thank you for being you, Leah, you're awesome x

Heather of Icing On The cake - Heather is an angel. She's about to pass her finals to become a licensed family therapist and her clients are the luckiest people in the world because they have Heather in their corner. Heather, you make the world a better place just by being in it honey and I'm so proud of you xx

Yvonne of WooSangWasHere - Yvonne is a photographer, currently working on her degree and shares the most breathtaking photos of her native Australia. Yvonne is also the sweetest, kindest lady and her blog is a joy to read.  She also shares the most fabulous outfit posts too via her instagram,Yvonne, you rock honey x  

Meagan of Works of Heart - Meagan is a writer and book-lover too, she's also an awesome crafter (I soooo wish I could crochet as well as she does!) on her blog you'll find recipes, book reviews, craft projects, smiles and hugs :) Meagan is just the sweetest ever person, a ray of sunshine and a real joy x

Rhonda of Saturday Larks - Rhonda is a sweet, lovely lady who is a new Mum to beautiful baby J and she blogs about her life in gorgeous Canada where she and her Hubby have just overseen the building of their lovely new home x

Pamela of Doggone Healthy Choices - Pamela is a writer and on her fabulous blog she shares her adventures with her wonderful furbabies, who even have their own blogs too! Pamela writes about how to live a healthy, happy life with the help of our furbabies and her blog is so full of smiles x

Bailey Jean of Brave Love Blog - No list of favourite bloggers would be complete without dear Bailey who puts so much work into organizing Blogtember each year for us all.  Thank you Bailey, hugs always xx

Since we're all sharing favourites today honeys, can I also mention a few of my absolute favourite online magazine/blogs too?  I adore home design and when I need inspiration or just want to become lost in the most gorgeous images of interior design, home makeovers and dream homes I visit Decoist and Homedit both sites are a joy to the senses. Most mornings begin with me sitting on the sofa with our furbaby Jade and a cuppa and checking out the latest posts from Decoist & Homedit. There is always something stunning to see and to read.  Do visit, you'll be glad you did x

If you love DIY projects, fashion, recipes and so, so much more you'll adore my next two online favourites DIYS and Wonderfuldiy.  Both sites are jam packed with fabulousness and crafting goodness and I know you'll love them.  If it's technology & gadgets you adore then you need to scoot over to Device Mag every morning for the best in news, reviews and inside info on all things tech. All, well worth bookmarking for later honeys.

Till tomorrow, the last day of this year's Blogtember dear ones, please do check out the other bloggers taking part in Blogtember today here and remember to smile lots and lots & hug waaaaayyyy more :) Fill your days with hugs honeys! Huggles xxx

Blogtember 2016