Saturday, 23 September 2017

Saturday Smiles: Thoughts On the Arrival of Autumn & Roses in the Rain

Hi Honeys
Happy Autumn everyone 😊 Yesterday was the first day of Autumn or Fall.  What happened to this year?  It's just flown past with super speed again.

This is usually the time of year when I start telling all who'll listen that I want to hibernate till next Spring 😊  I'm just not an Autumn/Winter person honeys.

I absolutely thrive on the optimism of Spring, the "I can't wait to see what this year brings" feeling I get as the darkness and cold of Winter begins to leave.  Closely followed, of course, by the longer days of Summer bringing with them the possibility of (hopefully) lots of lovely laundry days 😊

Nothing, for me, compares to the excitement of opening the curtains in the morning to see blue skies, fluffy clouds, knowing I don't have work that day and I can happily spend the day pegging out laundry 😊

My favourite days always have laundry in them!

Autumn brings the shortening of days and with it the encroaching darkness that will have us in it's grip for months until the blessed release of next Spring.

During the deepest parts of Winter, here in the west coast of Scotland, it is completely dark by 3.30-4 pm and won't begin to get light again until sometimes after 9 am next day.  That is a whole lot of darkness dear ones and just drains the life out of me.

The damp and cold also play havoc with my arthritis too so you can understand why I don't welcome this time of year and instead want to scoot off upstairs with a hot water bottle and our furbaby Jade (she loves to snuggle as much as I do, she's my cuddle buddy) not to be seen again until the weather is fit for a small Rosie to peg laundry out in 😊

So, with almost constant rain this past week and in need of some cheering I headed out into the garden (next to being in the kitchen doing laundry, our little garden in my next favourite place) and found my smile 😊

How can anyone feel even remotely glum honeys when they open their front door and see this...

Autumn arrives but there is still beauty in the garden.

Is there anything so beautiful as raindrops on a rose?

Autumn roses in the rain.

Every raindrop caught resting on a rose petal is forever preserved and protected in a bubble of time.... or at least in a photograph I can look at to cheer myself up while waiting for Winter to finally end 😊

Have a wonderful weekend honeys, whatever you have planned, have fun, smile lots and hug even more.  Till next time dear ones, huggles always xx

Huggles Always, Rosie xx

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Amazon Pet Supplies Sample Box for Dogs

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, just sharing a gift I found for our furbaby x

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  I'm having a rest day today.  Yesterday was far too busy and pretty much drained me.  I'm still battling what's left of the horrible chest infection that's been bothering me for over 6 weeks now and saw our Doctor yesterday morning.  He asked me to go to the hospital to have a chest x ray.

Off to the hospital I went with Hubby (he has holiday time still owing and booked this week off) had x rays done and then we ran some errands too but I was just exhausted by the time we got home so I just hugged Jade for the rest of the evening.

Speaking of our much loved furbaby, we had a paw covered box delivered by Amazon for her and I thought I'd share 😊

Furbaby treats - Smiles for our furbaby Jade from the Amazon sample box.

While passing time on Amazon, as you do, I spotted a listing for a Pet Supplies Sample Box for dogs.  Always on the look out for treats for Jade I was curious, clicked on it and was quite surprised.

Basically, the sample box is a collection of products chosen for dogs from across the Amazon range.  Some are trial sizes, most are full size products.  The box costs £9.99, but this is credited to your Amazon account to be used towards anything you buy from the pet supplies department.  Since we buy our baby's Vet's Kitchen (dry kibble) from Amazon it's a win win honeys.

The box was very heavy and unfortunately arrived looking a little the worse for wear...

Amazon Pet Supplies Sample Box: A fabulous box of products for dogs.

The products inside were entirely fine and undamaged though. Let's have a look shall we?

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Autumn Smiles In The Garden

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  I'm feeling a bit better and today I thought I'd have a look around the gardens and see what's happening.  I'm glad I did because it's cheered me up no end and I thought I'd share 😊

Earlier this year our precious roses were again the victims of attacks by aphids, tiny little fly like bugs who are also tiny little bringers of devastation to anyone's roses 😞  Our beloved roses do seem to be making a comeback though but I'm getting ahead of myself 😊

Why not grab a coffee, and maybe a cookie, and we'll have a look shall we?

Autumn Smiles In The Garden...

We're lucky enough to have a good sized (though not huge by any means) back garden, mostly laid to lawn other than having our apple tree, an ever growing blueberry bush and even bigger mulberry bush.

The back garden is also home to two huge planters which are home to lavender and to our much loved peonies which bloom every year and always make me smile 😊

The front garden is quite tiny bit it's home to our roses and it's where I'm always happiest...well... of course the back garden is where my washing lines are and if you've read any of this blog at all you'll probably know how much I adore laundry soooooo.... ok, maybe I'm just happiest whenever I'm in the gardens then 😊   In the front garden there are the roses I love so much and in the back garden I get to (weather permitting) peg out laundry 😊

Let's have a look shall we?

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Rosie's Luscious Lemon Chicken...

Hi Honeys
How are you?  I hope your week is going well so far.  There is a change in the air dear ones, autumn has arrived, leaves are starting to change colour and fall from the trees and there has been a remarkable number of references to Christmas during the past weekend at work!

Apparently, or so I was told, we have thirteen more Mondays till Christmas.  How did that even happen?  Now this is the part of the year that I start telling everyone who'll listen that I want to hibernate.  I'm so, so so not a winter kinda gal.

The cold and damp conditions make my arthritis flare and the almost constant darkness (we have less than six hours daylight in winter...yikes) seems to suck all of the joy out of my whole being.  It would be so much easier if I could just trot off upstairs around the end of September every year with a hot water bottle and our furbaby Jade, snuggle under the duvet and snooze happily until around early/mid March.

Then Hubby could wake me with a cup of tea saying "it's a sunny day, I've set up nice new washing lines on the poles outside and your first load of laundry is on the go."  Bliss!! Heaven for me is a sunny day and a huge pile of laundry to wash and peg outside.  Not much fun for the arthritic old bones but it's sheer joy for my soul 😊   

Unfortunately though, I'm not a wee grizzly bear so hibernation isn't an option.  Instead, at this time of year my mind turns to planning yummy, warming dinners to welcome my sweet, hard working Hubby home at night.  He's out the door very early every day, has a long commute to work and is really tired when he gets home at night so what better welcome when he arrives home than a delicious smell of something yummy coming from the kitchen? 

Rosie's luscious lemon chicken - an extra yummy dish perfect for summer with crispy salad or for cooler days served with rice.

Who can resist lemon chicken honeys?  It's an extra yummy dish perfect, either hot or cold, for summer with crispy salads or for cooler days served with rice or steamed vegetables.

There are so many different variations of lemon chicken to be found, as many recipes as there are cooks who make it.  Everyone has their own little touches to make their lemon chicken perfect but it's such a delicious, and easy to make, dish, well I thought I'd share my own little method...


I adore all things lemony.  Lemon curd (homemade of course!) delicious lemon drizzle sponge loaf (which you can find here) and of course one of Hubby's faves chilli chicken fillet burgers with lemon mayonnaise (which you can find here.)

I love, love, love experimenting in the kitchen, you never know what you'll come up with and you might even find a loved one's newest favourite dinner (Hubby does still love those chilli fillet burgers) 😊  Let's get started then, shall we honeys? To the kitchen.....

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Colouring, Coping & Catching Up...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products or business. I'm just sharing my latest smiles.

Hi Honeys
I'm sorry I haven't been posting much lately.  I'm still battling this awful chest infection. I'd started feeling a little optimistic during the start of this week because there is now a (slightly) longer wait between coughing fits. Unless I walk from room to room.

Changes in temperature appear to set the coughing off instantly, even going to the back door to let our furbaby Jade out into the garden. It's been over four weeks now honeys and I'm so, so fed up with feeling ill now especially since earlier this week I started to feel a little better only to slide backwards again.  I've said in the past I don't do pity parties, and I so don't, but I've had it.  I'm willing to admit that it's almost beat me now.

Pain I can live with, all Spoonies do, so the sore lungs and the painful muscles supporting them can be put up with.  Arthritic pain is far worse, but not being able to breathe is frightening.  Waking up coughing and not knowing if I'll end up with my head hanging out the bedroom window desperately gasping for air, well honeys, that I can do without.

I was born with a form of bronchitis which damaged my lungs.  So the breathless thing has been with me for as long as I can remember.  As an adult I know winter usually brings a chest infection and I pretty much know how to cope with it till it gets better but usually it will last no more that a few weeks, generally around three.  This time though, zooming towards my fifth week, I've just had it.  This is the second chest infection this year, the last being in January and I'm praying it'll leave soon.

Enough of my moans dear ones 😊  So, how have I been passing the time then honeys?  I'm tired all the time because I can't sleep (I'm propped up with so many pillows because if I try to lay down, my breathing is apt to just (literally) stop and during the day I'm propped up on the sofa with cushions, a snuggly throw and our furbaby who won't leave my side, bless her.  So, not a whole lot of anything being done around here.

Colouring, Coping & Catching Up - What to do when you're feeling poorly and stuck on the sofa all day...

Do you remember I recently blogged about having discovered adult colouring books and how calming they are honeys?

Well, I'm not exaggerating when I say that colouring has been keeping me (as close as it's possible to  be right now) happy, especially when it hurts to even breathe these past weeks.

Colouring as therapy when ill is calming.

Even though I'm not at all good at it, that doesn't matter.  I find it so calming honeys.  I can sit happily colouring during the night by the light of my bedside lamp without bothering my dear Hubby.  It's a far better distraction from the coughing than the looped info-mercials that seem to dominate night-time TV after a certain hour.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Slytherin, Slytherin Everywhere! A Little Harry Potter Primark Haul...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products or stores, just wanted to share some Potter related smiles from my wonderful Hubby x

Hi Honeys
We've reached the end of August and, other than this horrid cough, I'm actually starting to feel almost human again after fighting this horrible chest infection.  Aw honeys this has been a dreadful couple of weeks.

I can tolerate RA, and the myriad of annoyances that come with it, such as body batteries going from as-good-as-they-get (not great) to completely drained in no time, migraines that could stop a charging rhino and being mostly housebound for the past too many years but it turns out that a thoroughly nasty and just-won't-quit chest infection is the one thing I have no defence against.

I admit it universe!  It's beat me!  I've so had it with the not being able to sleep and sore lungs so can this horrible cough just really, really, really hit the road now please?  Pretty please?

Well, coughs, shivers and sleeplessness aside, it hasn't been all bad this past couple of weeks honeys. Mostly bad... but not all bad 😊  It's that time of year again and Hubby, after leaving our furbaby Jade with instructions to look after her Mum and making sure I had everything I could possibly need for a few hours (bless him) went off to Comic Con.

When he got back home again he had a bag with assorted things for me to make me smile in spite of the awful coughy, shivery thing. How sweet is my other half honeys?  Unknown to me, Primark had released a whole new range of Harry Potter items which Hubby had seen in the window and had gone inside to check out.  I thought I'd share the little smiles he brought home for me...

Slytherin, Slytherin Everywhere! A Little Harry Potter Primark Haul

Before seeing the Harry Potter things at Primark, Hubby had already spotted something else at Comic Con. Do you remember the scarf Hubby bought for me at Comic Con last year? Goodness, I love that scarf.  It's so soft and warm and cosy 😊  Well, while at Comic Con, he saw a pair of Slytherin House gloves....

Monday, 28 August 2017

5 Ways To Feel Better When You're Sick...

Disclaimer:  This is not medical advice.  If, like me, you've been feeling poorly, please consult your health care professional for advice and feel better soon dear ones x

Hi Honeys
I'm sorry I've been missing.  I'm currently battling a chest infection.  It's had me in it's merciless, can't breathe, can't sleep, all-sore-from-the-constant-hacking-cough grip now for... well yesterday was the start of it's third week!

Yikes! Not to worry though, I think (hopefully) I might be on the mend. I'm still coughing, at times sounding like some kind of demented seal, I still can't sleep, everything still hurts (especially the muscles around or supporting my lungs, all of the coughing has obviously done bad things to those poor muscles) but there's a slightly longer gap between coughing fits so I'm hoping there's light at the end of the tunnel.

So, how have I managed to put up with being stuck on the sofa for the past fortnight dear ones? Especially since the first week was actually vacation time I'd waited patiently for and had planned some major decluttering projects! Well, simply put dear ones, I've been able to put up with it because I haven't had a choice 😊

5 ways to feel better when you're sick & practising a little self care

It helped of course that the first week was spent hiding under a huge blanket on the sofa and that I had my dear Hubby to look after me (thank you sweetheart x)  Even having Hubby here though (it was his week off work too, as I said we'd planned on getting some work done around our home) didn't stop me hating my lungs. I have to be the worst patient ever! I can't bear being ill, no patience for it. We had stuff to do after all!

So, other than going from the extremes of not being able to breathe to trying very hard to not cough up both lungs (yuk!) mostly I just desperately wanted all the noise to quieten down.  I've always had a problem with noise honeys, can't bear it, and when I'm ill it just becomes unbearable.  Thank the heavens we live in a (usually) very quiet little cul-de-sac but I swear on bad days I can hear the air move around me.. ick!

It can be a very difficult thing to cope with.  Being stuck at home, knowing there are things needing done but knowing you're not well enough to do them yet.  Anyone recognising this?

OK, imagine, we're past the very worst of what ails us but still marooned on a sofa on sick leave because...

  • Dashing back to work too early will knock our recovery backwards and we'll end up having to repeat the fight towards being well all over again and 
  • We don't want to go back to work while still contagious and then infect all of our workmates. Be kind and keep those cough and sneeze borne germs to yourself dear ones.  

5 Ways To Help Yourself Feel Better When You're Sick 



1. Get enough rest. I know, it sounds so obvious but how many of us keep going till we just can't anymore?  In order to get well our bodies do need to rest, so rest! Seriously honeys, rest is a medicine all of it's own.  You can help time pass by doing something fun, maybe something you've been meaning to do for a while but haven't had the time? Why not read a book or two? Watch a dvd box set or catch up on crafts? Time will pass and you'll be smiling 😊

2. Stay hydrated. When battling an illness it's so important to drink enough fluids.  Keep water nearby and sip often.  Warm water with a little lemon and honey will help soothe a sore throat as will warm broths or lovely calming herbal teas.

3. Be Mindful of hygiene.  Have a litter bin nearby to quickly dispose of paper tissues.  Keep a bottle of hand gel nearby too and use it if you cough into a hand.  If your poor body is battling bacteria or a virus already it's too easy to keep re-infecting ourselves by touching our face, especially eyes and nose, with germ filled hands.  I also change my pillowcase every morning.  If I've been coughing all through the night honeys, I don't want to be putting my face on that germy pillowcase next night.... ick!

4. Stay Warm.  When stuck on the sofa, why not be cosy with a warm fluffy throw to snuggle under? Wear your softest, fluffiest socks to keep your feet warm too.  So many of us have wooden or laminate floors now instead of carpets and cold feet don't help an ill body heal.  Even if you prefer bare feet indoors, I so do, it really won't help and bare feet let your body's heat escape as well as invite chills in. Why not wrap your shoulders and neck in a really pretty shawl? It'll keep you toasty warm and make you feel better, and maybe smile, too.  I always feel quite glamourous in a shawl, even if I'm wearing a nightie 😊

5. Do as you're told!  By your doctor anyway 😊  If you've been given medication, especially antibiotics, check with your doctor before stopping them.  He'll be able to tell you whether the original problem has been addressed and it's safe to discontinue them.  Many people start to feel better and quit taking medication only to find themselves feeling poorly again within a day or two. Doctor knows best honeys.

All very obvious, don't you think?  It really is! So why do we all find it so difficult to practice even a little self care when we'll gladly and happily run our body batteries completely drained looking after everyone else?  Self care is so important, and not just when we're ill.

About that self care...


Perhaps we should consider tiny acts of self care, such as having a manicure, a lunch with friends or even just some alone time, as deposits into a vital savings account.  This savings account might not pay for a holiday or help with the bills, but it does something arguably just as important. It helps us to function better, it makes us stronger and this in turn helps us to care for our loved ones.

When was the last time you made a deposit into the bank of you dear ones? When did you last do something, even a little thing, just for you?

I hope you've had a fabulous weekend dear ones and that you're looking forward to a wonderful week.  Till next time, smile lots and hug even more, huggles always xx

ps:  Just in case anyone is suffering as I am with an early autumn chest infection there is a wonderful information page from the NHS here: NHS chest infection information page feel better soon honeys x

Huggles always honeys, Rosie x

Monday, 14 August 2017

What's Inside The Soap and Glory Happy Glamper Kit?

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to promote this kit or any other products, just sharing my love for all things Soap & Glory and the contents of their latest fun bag set x

Hi Honeys,
I hope you're well and have had a fabulous weekend.  I can't believe we're moving so quickly towards autumn.  The weather is certainly looking that way.  We're about to, according to weather forecasts, start our third week of rainy days.

The schools all start their autumn terms in Scotland this week and before we know it, it'll be Halloween, then November 5th (too) quickly followed by Christmas and New Year again.  Phew!

Time is rushing past again.  I know I'm not alone in waiting all year long for the lovely Christmas bag collection released every year by Soap and Glory.  Seriously, I go to work and there are so many customers walking around with their bag, in our locker room on top of the lockers there will be a few sitting too and by the time I get to work mine is already at home because Hubby picks it up for me in the City and brings it home.

It's turned into a yearly tradition for so many ladies, myself included 😊  Can you imagine my excitement then to find that Soap and Glory have released a summer version of their bag this year, well sort of 😊  

Soap and Glory's Happy Glamper Kit

This is the Soap and Glory Happy Glamper Kit.  It's a gorgeous drawstring bag containing essentials for any lady making her way to one of the summer music festivals.  Would you like to see the contents of this fabulous bag?

Let's have a look then shall we honeys...

Friday, 11 August 2017

10 Ways To Be Happy On A Rainy Day...

Hi Honeys
It's a soggy day outside again today.  It's been raining all morning and it doesn't look as if it wants to stop anytime soon.

It's been raining a lot just recently honeys, but living as I do on the west coast of Scotland, I'm used to the rain.  Sunny days are odder here than rainy ones but still, when summer is far too short already it can be a little depressing when the rain drags on for days (or weeks) with no apparent end in sight...

10 ways to be happy on a rainy day...

Just because the rain has become an almost constant companion doesn't mean we can't have fun and enjoy any days we are lucky enough to be able to stay home.  Free-to-do-whatever-we-want days are the best!   What to do with a free day that happens to be rainy....

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Let's Bake Some Apple Crumble!

Hi honeys
I was at a loose end today so I thought I'd make a yummy apple crumble for Hubby coming home. Crumbles are very popular in this house, not just apple either but more on that later 😊

First then, to the kitchen to put on a pinnie and gather our ingredients....

Lets bake some apple crumble

Do you love crumbles as much as I do honeys?  They make the perfect treat.  Any day in need of a happy burst of smiles can be made better by baking a crumble 😊

Of course I don't bake them too often.  They wouldn't be so special if I did! To make a loved one smile though, few things can beat a lovely surprise crumble 😊

OK, got your pinnie on dear ones?  Let's make a start...

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Saturday Smiles 😊 Roses & Some Adorable Solar Hearts...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to recommend any products, just sharing my latest smiles x

Hi Honeys
Just a quick post while I get organized for today's shift at work.  How did we reach August so fast honeys?  I swear this year seems to have just flown by!  Well, it may be August, and we might well be heading towards autumn, but our tiny front garden is still making me smile every time I open our front door and I wanted to share in the hope these pretty roses make you smile too....

Saturday Smiles: Mum's beautiful roses.

Mum's roses are still beautiful, and there are still tiny buds waiting to bloom too...

Friday, 4 August 2017

Cyrano De Bergerac: A Sweet Smile From Hubby...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote anything, just wanted to share a sweet gift Hubby bought me x

Hi Honeys,
Hubby did it again, bless him!  Do you remember he recently surprised me with one of my favourite movies on DVD?  It was Breakfast at Tiffany's which I'd previously had a copy of many (many) moons ago on vhs.... yes, I'm that old 😊 but somehow hadn't ever gotten around to replacing it on dvd.

Well, honeys, Hubby appeared with a smile and this......

Cyrano De Bergerac DVD - a sweet gift from Hubby x

There aren't enough words in the whole world to describe how much I adore this movie!  I (still) have a much (really, really, much) loved copy on vhs which I've watched so many times over the years it started to have lines show across the movie.

Every cell of this wonderful movie is golden honeys, every second is simply glorious. I've had a long, long term (albeit one sided since I've never met the man!) love affair with the star Gerard Depardieu and this movie, among a sea of fabulous performances, has to be among his finest.

Every time I watch it, it breaks my heart all over again.  I always cry at the end... a lot.

For anyone who hasn't seen this gorgeous, fabulous movie (or read the book or seen any of the other versions) The story is set in Paris in 1640.  Cyrano is a soldier and a poet.  He is fearless in battle, with a brilliant mind and is irresistibly charismatic, Cyrano is also in love with his beautiful, intelligent cousin, Roxanne.

Cyrano is held back from professing his undying love to Roxanne by his embarrassment over his appearance.  He was born with a large and prominent nose. How could his perfect Roxanne return his love when he looks as he does?  Self doubt costs him his chance of happiness.

While attending the theatre one evening Roxanne catches sight of Christian, he is young and very beautiful and Roxanne feels an immediate attraction to him.  She learns that Christian is to join Cyrano's Company of Guards and begs Cyrano to protect him.  Cyrano loves her so much that her happiness is everything to him and so he agrees.

***Spoiler Alert*** 


Thursday, 3 August 2017

How To Choose Your Perfect Pillow & Duvet

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to recommend any products, just sharing what I've learned over the years about making a bed comfortable x

Hi Honeys
I love our bed and I love to make it look beautiful.  I feel the same way about bedding as some other ladies do about shoes...although I do love those too 😊  

Buying pretty bedding (and throw cushions... I sooooooo love throw cushions!) is entirely useless though if we don't have the foundations in place.  No one ever got a good night's restful, restorative sleep because their duvet cover was pretty.  So, what are these foundations?

How to choose your perfect pillows and duvet...

First of course is a good mattress.  It's so important when shopping for a mattress to try it out!  Don't just look at it in the store and press it down with a hand, actually lie down on it (remember to take your shoes off!)  You're making an investment, treat it as such.

Does your chosen mattress support your back?  Try lying on your side, on your back.  However it is you most commonly sleep.  Your body should be supported.  It can be just as harmful to sleep on a non-supportive mattress which is too soft as to sleep on one which is far too firm.

Next, and yes dear ones, before thinking about pretty bedding 😊 we have to choose our pillows and duvet. You'd think this would be simple enough but there is much to think about honeys...

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Do You Need Solitude?

Hi Honeys
Do you need solitude?  Are you happy with your own company?  I am.  I need quiet, peaceful alone time. More than that, dear ones, I crave it.  

The world outside our happy little home moves too fast for me, it's too noisy, too busy, too much. Inside the walls of our home I feel safe. I feel at peace. I can rest.

If I'm having a bad day or the arthritis pain is too much I go upstairs, sit on the bed in our master bedroom and stare at my canvas.  That wonderful image does more for me than all of the medication in the world ever could.  

This canvas lives on our bedroom wall and is my sanctuary from a busy, noisy world.

I can just sit, concentrate on my breathing, and mentally step inside until I can imagine the sea air on my face, the sound of the waves and the sand between my toes as I walk down the steps and onto the beach.   If I could, I'd happily live inside this beautiful canvas... with Hubby & our furbaby too of course.
 
I adore my job, I really do.  It's my connection to the outside world and for those couple of days a week I can chat, socialise and cope with the busy, noisy world but I only cope because I know that when I finish up my last shift of the week I can come home to our little oasis of calm.

When I step through our front door my shoulders relax, and I feel a profound sense of calm settle over me. Our home wraps itself around me and eases the stresses of the day away.  It's my sanctuary from the storm of noise generated by the world.

Where is your sanctuary honeys?  What do you do to escape from the world when you need to?  Is your sanctuary to be found in your home?  in music?  In the pages of a wonderful book? In the company of loved ones?  

I wish for you your own little oasis of calm, your own precious retreat to calm your senses and feed your soul. Till next time dear ones, sending mountains of gentle hugs your way always xx    

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A Tiny, Smiley Bit Of Retail Therapy...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to recommend any products, just sharing my latest smiles in the hope that they make someone else smile a little too x

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  I'm actually starting to feel a little bit more like me 😊  For the past few weeks I've been (as any spoonie will understand) feeling very "off."  I've been very drained, putting up with too many headaches and letting the arthritis win the battle and that's just not good enough dear ones.

If anyone ever finds a way to store up energy to better cope when one of those "flares" hits, I hope it's yelled from the rooftops honeys, so we can all know about it.  Doctor's all seem to think (at least all of the ones I've seen over the past twenty years or so) the worst part of living with a chronic illness is coping with the pain.

Thing is, it's just not. At least not in my experience anyway.  We all get used to the pain. We don't have a choice really, do we?  It becomes a part of our day to day lives.  Just like the smile we wear to stop the world's gaze from stopping too long on us.. "move along, smiley person here.. nothing to see.. off you go world..."  No one wants to be pitied. Not ever.

No dear ones, the worst part of living with a chronic illness, in my humble opinion, is the loss of everything we always took for granted.  Being able to do anything we wanted, when we wanted to do it.  The complete lack of energy is the real chronic pest.  Having to choose too carefully the activities of the day because you know you're starting off with half drained body batteries.

Add an unhealthy dose of anxiety when faced with the outside world into the mix and well... life gets kinda sucky honeys.  The reason I'm telling you all of this is so that you'll better understand why it took me until last Thursday to be able to travel the mile or so to the hairdresser to have my hair cut.

I'd planned to go on Monday morning but, long story short, I felt utterly hellish and simply didn't have the energy.  By Wednesday night I was starting to feel a little better and by Thursday morning I thought OK, it's now or never!  Phone a taxi and let's get to the hairdressers.

Why the urgency for a hair do?  Well at work honeys I have to pin it up, my hair is very heavy, very thick and gives me headaches when it's pulled back and pinned up never mind my poor shoulders having to wrangle it into various clips & pins.  So, I broke my own unwritten rule about Thursdays.  I never, ever go out on Thursdays. Don't do it.  I have to work two long, tiring shifts on Friday & Saturday so I need to be quite miserly with my poor wee body battery on the day before them.

Needs must though so off I went into a taxi and off to see the sweetest hair stylist in the world, dear Julie, who knows exactly how to cut my hair when I get fed up pinning it (I'm not a fan of short hair and always let it grow back till I simply can't pin it up any more.... Julie understands)  Saw Julie, chatted, had hair snipped (looks fab, thank you Julie x)

Then decided I'd have a wander around a shop or two since I was there...

A little retail therapy and some happy smiles

I may not have bought very much on Thursday but what I did buy made me smile honeys 😊  Should I share? OK then, why not grab a coffee?  See you in a few minutes....

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Quick & Easy Organizing Project: The Junk Drawer!

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to promote any products, just sharing a smiley little project that made me so happy its silly yesterday afternoon 😊

Hi honeys
How has your week been so far? We're back to rain here.  There's something calming about rain.  At least it's lowered the temperatures a little.    

A quick and easy organizing project for an afternoon: the kitchen junk drawer!

As much as I dislike winter honeys, and I so do (I find walking on snow and ice terrifying) but after suffering a serious asthma attack on Monday afternoon, I'm coming to the conclusion that I should be on my guard during hot weather too. Luckily for me though, very warm weather is pretty rare in Scotland. So, near death experiences aside it hasn't been a bad old week 😊

Yesterday lunchtime with laundry all done I found myself at a loose end.  I wandered off into the kitchen looking for something to do and found a little organizing project to work on 😊

Do you have a junk drawer in your kitchen honeys?  A sort of "catch all" place for all of the stuff that doesn't seem to have a home anywhere else?  Until yesterday afternoon we had one too and it looked like this...

Monday, 24 July 2017

Ms Pomelo Bras - How To Choose The Right Size Bra Every Time!

Disclaimer:  I was lucky enough to be awarded a fabulous Ms Pomelo bra recently at a webinar but I have not been paid to write this post, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.  I just want to let everyone know about my terrific experience with this terrific company.

Hi Honeys
Would it be OK if we chatted about something a little personal?  Do you know your bra size?  Are you sure?

Breast Care - How to choose the right bra every time!

I thought I knew my bra size but it turns out I didn't at all.  Now,  I'm a mature lady who has spent years buying my own undies and probably almost as long complaining and wishing I had much (really much) smaller breasts because of the near constant pain in my shoulders and in my spine.

Who knew that the design of your bra could have such an impact on your health? I certainly didn't honeys..... This really is a life skill we should all have, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

OK, this is going to be a long blog post, I'll wait, go fetch yourself a coffee and maybe a cookie, and we'll settle down and talk lady bumps....

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Beauty Found In Nature - Saturday Smiles

Hi Honeys
Someone wise once said that the best things in life are free.  Very true.  On Thursday night I opened the back door to let our furbaby Jade out into the garden and look what was waiting for us...

Rainbow in a stormy sky...

This wonderful rainbow made my day, it really did.  Hubby and I stood at the back door looking at it for a while, it was so clear, so bright. Like a beautiful ribbon floating in the stormy, cloud filled skies.

Is there anything so beautiful as raindrops on a rose?

Beauty in nature, raindrops on a rose...

Raindrops on rose petals make my heart smile honeys.  Catching them in a photograph is like looking at a perfect bubble of time, captured, preserved.

The world has such beauty in it honeys, we just have to slow down a little and be willing to see it.

Whatever you're doing this weekend dear ones, have fun, smile lots and never miss a chance to hug someone you love.  I hope you see countless rainbows, roses and beautiful things, huggles always xx

Hugs Always x

Friday, 21 July 2017

A Smile Found In The Sale Aisle 😊

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, this is something I bought that made me smile and I wanted to share is all x

Hi Honeys
Just a quick smiley post before I have to dash to work 😊  I found something that made me actually squeak out loud in store, loud enough to make two ladies look around at me 😊 It was this...

Solar powered lantern lights - too cute!

I adore solar lighting honeys, it allows often pretty things to glow warmly or to twinkle prettily without the need for power cables to trip over, and I'm just gifted when it comes to tripping I'm afraid.

Do you remember the adorable little solar fairy home I bought to be part of a fairy garden?  I still haven't made a start on the fairy garden yet but it's on my to do list and the fairy cottage sits in our tiny mudroom and makes me smile every time I see it 😊

These latest solar string lights are designed to look like old oil lamps and are so, so adorable!  I just love them!  Out of the box they look like this....

Pretty solar string lights designed to look like oil lamps...

Aren't they just the sweetest honeys?  Now I have to figure out what to do with them, where to put them, of course.  I found them in the sale aisle at Asda (Walmart) and they only cost £4....bargain!  If you like them too it's worth having a look in your local store.

I'll keep you posted on where I decide to use them, it has to be somewhere I'll see them often so they'll make me smile.  Even looking at the photo above has me smiling again.  I know my beloved Mother in Law would have loved these 😊  

What's making you smile this week honeys?  Have you spotted any bargains in the sales?

Have a fabulous weekend whatever you're doing dear ones, smile lots and hug even more 😊 Till next time, huggles always xx

Huggles Always xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Sofa Days & Box Set Faves...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any DVDs or products, just sharing what I've been watching recently x

Hi Honeys
I've been having a few sofa days recently... fellow spoonies will understand (be well, dear ones x) I feel as though, health wise, I've been on a roller coaster for months now with the ever present pain of arthritis almost bearable at times to days when pain is so awful I have to hold onto the walls to get around in our home.  On horrible days such as those, when I feel trapped on the sofa, I'm so glad I have favourite dvds to keep me company till Hubby gets home from work.  Today I thought I'd share a few of my recent box set viewing binges...

Some DVD box set suggestions for when you just need a sofa day...

OK, imagine you finally have a day to yourself and have decided you're going to stay home and practice your "being an awesome hermit" skills (I'm an amazing hermit!)  You have snacks to munch on,  pillows for comfort and your furbaby for cuddly company 😊  what better way to relax and unwind than to settle on the sofa with a good box set to watch?

Onwards then to a list of what I've been watching recently and would highly recommend...

Friday, 14 July 2017

12 Steps To Help You Speak Publicly With Confidence

Hi Honeys
How do you feel about public speaking?  Are you comfortable standing up and giving a speech or a presentation?  In my youth I was the definition of a shrinking violet.  A serious, don't-even-look-in-my-direction, sits-at-the-back-hoping-no-one-will-notice-her, terrified person.

12 steps to help confident public speaking...

In my late teens I found myself on a community programme run by the BBC which was such fun but which I very stupidly quit.  I gave up my place because I discovered the next part of the programme required me to write a review of a radio show and then give a presentation to our group.  I absolutely froze, felt utterly sick, spent two whole days with my stomach churning, torturing myself with worst case scenarios and then, just like that, I quit.

Instead of seeing this amazing opportunity I'd been given as a chance to grow and develop I allowed my (severe) lack of self confidence to rob me of it.

Fast forward a few years and I'm at College, working my way through an NC in order to be able to gain entry to an HND in Law.  Towards the end of my one year National Certificate course in Office Technology (what does that have to do with law Rosie? well it was actually a Secretarial/Admin course and when teamed with an HND in Law it qualified me as a Paralegal... but I digress)

So, towards the end of my NC course I discovered that one of the units, Communications 4, required me to write a paper and to then give a presentation to the whole class on my paper!  Still a shrinking violet but guess what?  I did it.  I not only did it but I went over my allotted speaking time!  You can do it too honeys and I'll tell you how...

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Pasta Bolognese Bake - A Whole New Take On Lasagne!

Hi Honeys,
As you might know from past posts, a fond favourite around here is lasagne.  Well, while on Pinterest recently I saw an image of a very interesting pasta dish and it literally made me stop scrolling to find out more 😊

Hubby and I both adore anything pasta based so any new pasta recipe is more than welcome but on reading more it turns out that this interesting new dish is actually a whole new take on Hubby's absolute favourite (honestly... he'd live on it!) pasta dish of all.... lasagne.

Pasta Bolognese Bake or a new way of cooking lasagne...

As it turns out, and for lots of Rosie shaped reasons which I will explain later in this post, I ended up trying this fab recipe but changing lots of it.  Not because I thought I knew better, I would never presume to think myself a better cook than anyone else. I'm not so much talented in the kitchen as ... enthusiastic 😊

There are any number of cooks, a whole world full I'm sure, who are waaaaay better cooks than I am but what I lack in skills I'm sure I make up for in smiles and enthusiasm 😊

I'll explain as we go along but mostly it's to do with my hands... yep.  Can't get them icky honeys. Just can't.  I remember so vividly being screamed at by a teacher in Home Economics class because I just couldn't bring myself to put my hands into a bowl of ingredients to make shortcrust pastry.  Even all those years ago when I made it all the time at home, I adored cooking, especially baking, when young, but I had a tiny electric mixer for the icky bits 😊

I'm really not exaggerating when I say that even the thought, the briefest of mental images in any way related to anything going under my nails or sticking to my hands can actually creep me out.... just ewww πŸ˜“  The food processor and my handy little electric mixer are my dear friends even now 😊

Let's take a look then at my little experiment shall we honeys?  I'll include the link back to the original recipe (and the wonderful blog it's on) that inspired this version at the end of this post so you can try that version too.  OK, grab a coffee dear ones and here we go...

Saturday, 8 July 2017

A Surprise Gift & A Wee Dog's Smile.... Saturday Smiles!

Hi Honeys
Just a quick post before dashing off to work because I wanted to share a couple of incredibly sweet smiles from yesterday in the hope they make you smile too 😊

First smile was an unexpected gift from Hubby in the shape of a dvd.  Years ago I used to have a copy of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" on VHS.... I know honeys.... vhs.  I'm so old 😊  Well Hubby got home from work yesterday and surprised me with a copy on dvd.  Thank you sweetheart, I love it x

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Another unexpected, and way too adorable, smile happened last night when I got home from work. As you might know honeys, I work till very late on Fridays so I always get a taxi home.  Our furbaby Jade is a very nervous wee dog so Hubby and I work our rotas around her to make sure she always has either her Mum or Dad with her so Friday evenings see us usually passing at the door.

Hubby gets home and I dash out for my shift and much as I adore my job, and I so do, the best part of my Friday evening is getting back home to hug our furbaby.  Don't worry honeys, Hubby won't be offended when he reads this, he really won't.  Our furbaby is the centre of our home and is loved a whole lot ❤

Our furbaby Jade, the smartest, sweetest, cuddliest, most loved wee dog in the whole world :)

A conversation in our break room at work involved everyone chatting about plans after work on Saturday night.  Ah memories! Being young when you could work a whole shift and still have enough energy to go out with friends.  Well, when it got to be my turn to contribute I replied with my usual answer to this question which is that my plans for after work were "shower, into PJs and cuddle Jade."   Well I do finish after 9pm honeys 😊

To this, one of my younger co-workers said "but what about your husband?"
"He doesn't work Saturdays honey, he's had all day to cuddle Jade it's my turn." I replied 😊

No dear ones, he doesn't get offended because he knows Jade will always get first hug when I get home and that's fine because she gets first cuddle from her Dad when he gets home too 😊  Our baby suffered an abusive owner and we're trying to make up for that by making her feel like the most loved wee dog in the whole world ❤

So, back to last night's very late but incredibly adorable wee smile then 😊  As I usually do on a Friday I had shopping with me, just a few groceries to keep us going till our weekly shop, which Hubby does on Sundays (thank you sweetheart, I don't deserve you x)  Well, we got home and my lovely taxi driver took my two bags of groceries to our front door, meeting Hubby and Jade who were, as always, coming out to meet me.

Hubby took the bags from the driver and headed back into the house and Jade headed towards the taxi because she knows that's where her mum will be.  I had by now gotten out of the taxi and had been taking money out of my purse to pay driver and Jade being her excitable wee self had made a wee "gruff" noise and our very clever and very lovely taxi driver, knowing how late it was and how quiet a street we live in, said to Jade "where's yer Mum!"

Jade quickly looked round at driver and her wee head tilted completely over to one side, a furbaby head tilt! kryptonite to furbaby parents lol too cute!! well her wee head went over to one side, looked back over to taxi, saw me and her tail started wagging fit to fall off, bless her as she hurried over to me for hugs and pets ❤  She also got pets and praise from our lovely taxi driver too.

We have the sweetest local cab drivers honeys.  Also, since I'm brought home every weekend they mostly all know Jade very well and tend to make a fuss of her and our baby does love a fuss being made of her 😊

What's made you smile this week honeys?  It's actually sunny outside today, I was starting to forget what the sunshine looks like after the horrible, grey, rainy and gloomy week we've had weather wise. I pegged out laundry earlier (yyyaaaayyy!) and now I have to dash to work.  Have a fabulous weekend whatever you're doing dear ones, smile lots and hug even more.  Till next time, huggles always xx

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Have A Very Happy 4th July This Week & Free Menu Printable

Hi Honeys
I was thinking this morning that it's been a while since I made a printable and they're such fun to make too.  You might remember I've previously made printable menus for Christmas, Thanksgiving, St Patrick's day and also an everyday weekly menu board (in different colour schemes.)

Well, since we're so close to 4th July I thought why not make a menu printable that could be used for Independence Day lunch, dinner or even a picnic πŸ˜‹

So, dear ones, here's what I came up with...

Happy 4th July Menu Printable

I hope you like it 😊  I've made it in 8" x  11" in size but you can use your "print to fit" setting on your printer to print your menu out onto A4 paper.

Of course you could easily just print the menu out, possibly onto card stock? and write directly onto it, but you could also print it and then either laminate it & pop it onto the fridge, or place into a frame and then use a marker to write onto the glass. 

If you choose to laminate the printable, or to use a frame in order to write on the glass you can then wipe it clean again and use it again next year 😊  If you'd like to download this printable you can find it here honeys.  

Whatever you're doing over this weekend honeys, have fun, smile lots and hug even more, till next time dear ones,  huggles always xx 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Brown Rice, Fish & Veggies - A Yummy, Healthy Meal Idea!

Hi Honeys
I hope you're having a fabulous week.  We actually saw the sun (for a short spell) yesterday and it re-appeared again today for an hour or so, which is just as well really because I was starting to forget what it looked like having been rained on such a lot lately.

It is Summer after all, are you hearing me Mother Nature? Well, anyway, since the weather is playing games around here I decided to cook something sun filled which led me to veggies.... odd thing honeys, I wasn't a huge fan of vegetables when I was young.  Now I can't get enough of the nutrient filled, health boosting, ever so colourful, produce aisle πŸ˜‹

These days when planning dinner for Hubby & I,  my thoughts always head towards "which veggies can I serve with this?" 😊

Having rummaged around in the larder, fridge & freezer waiting for inspiration to strike I spotted a large bag of whiting pieces and had an "aha!" moment... I do love those 😊 My aha! moment led to my making one of our favourite dinners.   This...

Brown Rice, Whiting Fish and Veggies - yum!

This is such a simple, fast (and yummy) meal it could make itself...almost 😊 It's also become one of Hubby's favourites (and mine)

OK, aprons at the ready? Off to the kitchen honeys...

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saturday Smile: Who Are Your Angels?

Hi Honeys
I hope you've had a fabulous week and that you're looking forward to a wonderful weekend 😊  It's been a bit of a week so I thought I'd make myself (and hopefully you) smile πŸ˜ƒ

Is it OK if I share the sweetest, loveliest, made-me-smile-till-my-face-ached (in a good way) gift I was given recently?  I'm still smiling as I type this! I love it so much! More so because it was a gift from a very dear friend.  How sweet are these adorable angels?

Sweetest gift ever - A true friend touches your heart

Aren't they wonderful honeys?  Such a beautiful message too πŸ’–  Thank you Jenny, I love them!  I'm still sitting here smiling just seeing them in this photo πŸ˜ƒ  There are angels all around our home. They peep out from bookcases, smile from shelves and even live in my purse 😊  I have the sweetest pewter coin, a gift from Hubby many years ago which has a blessing on it and an angel engraved into one side.

Do you believe in angels honeys?  I do. I always have.  In the times we find ourselves living, with so much of the world making no sense, we all need our angels.  Not all angels have wings though.

How many times have you ever been at your lowest point when something unexpected, something wonderful, something truly uplifting happened? Maybe the day of your beloved Mother-in-law's funeral when the world is still shattering around you and the phone rings and it's a dear friend who knows, just knows, you need someone (thank you Francine, love you honey xx).

We're all blessed with angels dear ones, even if sometimes it doesn't feel like it.  We're living in a world where everything moves too fast.  Social media can make everyone else's life look effortless by comparison to our own and it's so easy to doubt ourselves and to become isolated.  I was told once by a very wise person that if I ever found myself in a dark place in my life, before fighting my way out of it, to stop, just for a second and to look around.  The people still around then, they're real friends. Well, I would go further honeys, I'd say the people willing to be with us when the world has turned it back on us are our angels.

On the subject of angels, my darling Gramma told me a story when I was very young.  She said that when babies came into the world, they knew everything there was to know.  All of the history, the languages, everything.  "Even stuff that properly clever folk don't know..." these babies all know. Then, at the very second they're about to learn to speak, their own guardian angel appears, places a finger to their lips and says "ssshhh...."  and that's how we all get that little bow in the centre of our top lip 😊

Who are your angels honeys? It's wonderful to count your blessings, I do it often, but it's just as awesome to count your angels 😊 Wishing you a fabulous weekend dear ones, full of smiles, hugs and angels too ❤  Huggles always xx

ps: Jenny honey, look where your dear wee angels are living. They have friends all around them too 😊 Thank you honey, I adore them and will treasure them.  Thank you for being one of my angels sweetheart xx

Angels make me smile... 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

5 Awesome Storage Solutions You May Not Have Tried Yet!

Hi Honeys
You know what they say, necessity is the mother of invention.  I've found that's certainly true when in search of that tiny bit more space when organizing our home 😊

Our home organization journey is certainly a long ways from being complete.  Hubby & I have both been major pack rats throughout our long marriage so there's still a whole lot of junk we want to get rid of.  One day at a time though huh?

During the organizing projects so far worked on we've actually managed to create some (I think) pretty neat storage solutions where none previously existed.  So, dear ones, today I thought I'd take a little trip down memory lane and share with you the ones we're still using, the ones that still make our lives easier and help our home just plain rock πŸ’—

5 Awesome Storage Solutions you may not have tried yet

OK before we dive in, do you have a coffee? Maybe a cookie? You're going to love these πŸ’– but it's definitely a post you'll want to have a coffee & a cookie for.  Put your feet up honeys and let's begin at the beginning shall we..

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Super Easy, Super Yummy, Baked Chicken Breast With Garlic & Tomato

Hi Honeys
It's been glorious outside all day! I hope you're enjoying the weather, but also being careful too.  On the south coast of England today the temperature reached 34C while up here, north of the border, we made it to the dizzying heights of 21C which for us is practically tropical 😊

Hubby works very hard all day in a far too hot office so I thought I'd make him a super yummy dinner to come home to.  Nothing too heavy, being mindful of the mini heatwave, but something I know he loves.  This is what I made...


There are no words for just how delicious this meal is honeys.  It's all prepared, and cooked, in a single, oven proof dish too so yaaaay for less cleaning up too 😊  You probably have all of the ingredients right this minute in the kitchen too! Let's head to the larder & fridge shall we?

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Guest Post By Jade, Our Beloved Furbaby

Hello
My name is Jade.  I'm seven years old, I'm a Staffie cross and (I know this because my Mum tells me all the time) I'm the prettiest, smartest, best dog in the whole world.

I'm excited today because Mum has agreed to let me write a guest post for her blog...

Guest Post By Jade Our Beloved Furbaby

If you've visited Mum's blog before you'll know me from my ever present photo on the right hand side of the page, but, you know, I'm more than just a pretty face, so I thought I'd share a little glimpse of my world πŸ’“

Beautiful Smiley Jade

I came to live with Mum & Dad when I was quite young really.  Mum asked the vet if she could guess my age when we went to register and to arrange for me to have my inoculations, get a micro chip (Mum says it will help me get home again if I ever get lost) and for me to be dressed so that I don't have puppies.

Jade as a baby

The vet asked Mum why she wanted to know my age because it was clear I was young and Mum said I couldn't have a birthday party if I didn't have a birthday! Well, the vet checked my teeth and said, at a rough guess she thought I was no younger than maybe five months and no older than seven months because I didn't have all of my grown up teeth yet.

Mum said that if the very oldest I could be was seven months and I'd come to live with Mum & Dad from Rescue via my foster Mum on 17th October then she'd take seven months away and that would give me, like her Majesty the Queen, an official birthday.  So, my official birthday is 17th March πŸŽ‚ which Mum's best friend, my Auntie Miriam, says is a very lucky birthday because it's St Patrick's day.

Mum says it was love at first sight when they met me at my foster mumsπŸ’“ and together we're a very happy family.  I'm seven now but Dad says I still have the energy of a puppy and make him feel old when we go for long, long walks 😊

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A Happy New Home For Our Beautiful Miniature Roses

Hi Honeys
Fourth day in a row of constant rain.  For a wee Rosie who adores laundry as much as I do this is depressing! Winter is very long around here and Summer is short, short, short!  There is only so much potential for pegging our laundry and it's slipping away from me by the day.

I can console myself that, at least, the rain is good for the garden. As promised yesterday I thought I'd share an update on our miniature roses now that they've found their new home 😊

A new home for our miniature roses

I've so enjoyed watching these tiny roses growing for months now, ever since I was blessed with them as a gift just before Christmas.  Since then they've lived on our kitchen window ledge quite happily being watered and fed.

When the weather finally became warmer they moved, during the day, outside into the back garden to soak up the good Scottish rain, of which there is lots, and the rarer Scottish sunshine 😊  They blossomed wonderfully as you can see...

Miniature roses in the rain

Having been re-potted once already and very obviously running out of space in their latest pot I decided it might be time to move them again and where better I thought than to one of the much larger planters which sit either side of our front door.

Decision made, a rare sunny day appeared and off into our tiny front garden went Hubby, our furbaby Jade and I and this is what happened...

Monday, 12 June 2017

A Homemaking Aha Moment! I Found Somewhere New To Clean!

Hi Honeys
I'm sorry I've been missing.  Both Hubby & I had last week booked off from work to get some things done around our home.  It was lovely spending time with Hubby, even after all these years he's still my best friend so any extra time we get to spend together is wonderful.

We spent our time working on de-clutering, organizing as well as a little work in our front garden which included a new home for our miniature roses which has been living in the kitchen on the window ledge since Christmas.  Now they have a happy new home in our tiny front garden and we have the prettiest display of bright pink roses by our front door.  I'll share in my next post honeys, promise 😊

The best part of the week, other than spending time with Hubby and our furbaby Jade, was being able to fill bags to take to our local charity shop.  Now our home can breathe a little better because more clutter is gone and hopefully the bags of clothing and DVDs will raise a little money for our favourite charity too.

While working on our master bedroom upstairs I had a real "aha!" moment where a cleaning penny dropped and I had to share πŸ˜ƒ

My homemaking aha! moment - I found somewhere new to clean!

Since we were going to be working on our master bedroom, going through storage boxes and containers looking for things no longer needed, we thought we'd combine our de-cluttering mission with giving our bedroom a roof to floor cleaning too.

In the main I'm happy with our master bedroom honeys.  It's easy to clean because we have systems in place which make keeping it tidy really easy.  We have ways to fold laundry which have become second nature and makes it so easy to put it away quickly and easily.  I'm still using that little closet/cupboard in this room that holds, thanks to storage systems, way more than it's size should allow it to and I still love pocket storage 😊

So this room rarely needs more work than making the bed and the occasional once over with a duster and the vacuum cleaner.... or so I thought!

I've now discovered that some items do need to be taken apart when cleaning and that a quick dust or once over with the nozzle attachment of the vacuum cleaner just isn't enough.  OK, what I'm about to show you horrified me!  I can't stress this enough honeys, it really did.

It left me quite upset and actually worried because having been born with damaged lungs and living with asthma what we discovered is not only annoying to me as a homemaker but is potentially harmful to my health too.

Let's take a look at what we found shall we? Fair warning this is quite gross....

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Latest Avon Smiles

Hi Honeys
Happy Saturday 😊  I hope you're having a fabulous weekend so far and have lots of fun planned.  I have work today but I'm hoping for a rain free day tomorrow (are you listening Mother Nature?) so we can re-pot our miniature roses into a lovely planter by the front door.

My latest Avon order was delivered while I was at work and I thought I'd share it with you before dashing off to work today.
  
Latest Avon Smiles - What's inside my latest Avon products delivery?

There is quite a fun little mix in the Avon carrier bag this time around honeys.  To be honest I had forgotten what I'd ordered by the time it arrived so it was fun taking the items out of the bag one at a time 😊

Let's take a look at what was in the bag shall we?

Friday, 2 June 2017

Friday Smile: Sweetest, Most Adorable, Harry Potter Themed Gift From Hubby

Hi Honeys
Good morning and happy Friday to you.  I hope you're looking forward to a wonderful weekend full of smiles, hugs and all good things.  I'm working as usual but looking forward to Sunday because, weather permitting, Hubby will be helping me (well he'll be doing the actual work bless him x) to re-home our miniature roses from their present pot to a lovely planter by our front door which has a trellis attached.

Speaking of Hubby, he surprised me with a little bag yesterday (thank you sweetheart x) and I thought I'd share it's contents with you in the hope they make you smile too.

Sweetest Harry Potter Related Snape Smiles From Hubby

You might have heard me mention that I'm a little bit of a Harry Potter fan?

Theodore Arbuthnott the frog

Well, to be fair I only went to see the first Potter movie because one of my all time favourite actors, the beyond fabulous Alan Rickman, was in it and I was completely bitten by the Potter bug.

Back to yesterday then and can you imagine how happy I was to open the bag Hubby handed me to find the fab Snape related items inside?

There is a mug which Hubby told me to use but he knows me well enough to know that's just not going to happen 😊  My arthritic hands cause me to drop things far too often for me to risk that!  The mug really is beautiful honeys.  Let's have a look shall we....

Thursday, 1 June 2017

8 Ways To Keep Houseplants Healthy & Blooming All Year Long

Hi Honeys,
There was a time in my life when plants were simply not safe around me 😊 I've always adored all things living and growing but unfortunately it seems I simply wasn't born with a green thumb.  A fact that weighs very heavily on me since a great deal of the joy in my life stems from our little garden.

"How can my plants go and die on me" I was constantly asking myself, well not constantly but enough to be depressing.  I adore plants! I water them! What am I doing wrong?

Well, as it turns out dear ones, quite a lot.  As with all things in life, we learn through experience and I learned there was a whole lot more to happy houseplants than just wandering over with some water now and again.  

8 Ways To Keep Houseplants Healthy & Blooming All Year Long

Right now any houseplants we have are temporary... although in a good way 😊  What I mean is that recent houseplants in our home have tended to become outside plants eventually, as in the case of our little miniature roses which will soon be re-homed into a trellis planter by our front door.

I'm no expert honeys, not even a little bit, but I've become much better at keeping plants alive and content for months on end while they wait for the unpredictable Scottish seasons to allow them a chance to survive outside 😊

I thought today I'd share a few of the ways I've learned over the years to keep living green things... well living and green in our home 😊