Life Update. ♥

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

♥ Hiya,
It's me, and I've finally had the chance to sit down and write a little blog post on my corner of the web. Sorry I've been a bit quiet these past few weeks - it's been the craziest two months of my life. I know that people say that life is a rollercoaster, but wow, recently it's just been downs after downs with barely any ups. What kind of rollercoaster is that? I hate to be negative, as my little corner of the web, is usually full of feel good writing, positivity and smiles, but lets be honest, life isn't always fairy lights, cupcakes, and sunshine and it's definitely not always the highlight reel we all try to share. So I've got to keep it real with you.

 I feel as though I owe you an explanation as to why I haven't really been writing as much as I usually do. I've still been active on Twitter and Instagram and there have been the usual amount of blog posts, up until last week, where I had to give myself a break for my own sanity, some of you might not have even noticed I'd be gone, to be honest, but I'll explain anyway. With so much going on in my personal life, actually finding the time to sit down and write a post has been really, really hard. I've found the pressure of remaining chirpy and happy and like everything is ok, quite difficult, so I've sort of remained quiet, but still also tried to remain as normal as possible.

Life has been hard - my Grandma passed away recently. I don't want to go into too much detail as it's something really close to my heart, that is so personal, but my heart is broken.
My Grandma influenced my life and who I am today in so many ways. She will be missed so much and it was really hard to say goodbye. Although I knew the time was coming, it's never easy losing somebody, I spent her final few days by her side which was heartbreaking, but heartwarming to be with her in those final moments, all at the same time. These past two months have been really, really difficult. I've never felt so many mixed emotions. I've tried to stay positive and as 'normal' as possible, doing things I would usually do, but it's easier said than done. I will miss her, so much. What a woman she was. I only hope that one day, I can be half of the lady that she was. ♥

Here are a few of the things I've been up to these past few months, with some exciting news to share too!

♥ 1. My fiance, who is on the shy side, so if you read my blog regularly, you'll know, I refer to as Mr B, (my Mr Big, Mr Darcey, Noah from The Notebook, etc, etc) has been SO supportive and amazing lately. I don't know how I could have coped these past few months without him. Team work makes the dream work. When I was feeling quite down, with everything that has gone on - he bought me the prettiest, most colourful, lovely flowers, out of the blue, for no reason at all - I mean come on? Keeper much?

♥ 2.  Despite everything, like I said before, I've tried to remain as positive and normal as possible. I mean my Grandma wouldn't want me to be down or sad, she'd want me to go out for cocktails with the girls and live my life, so I've kinda just been trying to get on with things as best as I can and keep smiling. :) Some days, all I've wanted to do is stay in bed all day, and binge watch Vampire Diaries on Netflix, but days like the one above, where I even managed a selfie, I made the most of, because believe me, they didn't happen very often. Ice cream and PJs are always a better option.

♥ 3. Something I've loved doing to clear my head is just going for walks. Walks on the beach. Walks in the countryside. Walks anywhere to be honest. Fresh air has been a god send on the days where I've moped around, eating ridiculous amounts of Kinder Chocolate, and watched Gilmore Girls on repeat. In the early days, I didn't leave the house at all, but as the weeks went by, I found fresh air did me the world of good. Even if it was just 10 mins a day.

♥ 4. I'm obsessed with my new Ombre Nails. I changed my shape too, which NEVER happens. I'm living on the edge people. I've gone for the classic blogger Coffin shape and I'm a little bit in love. I've always wanted to try Ombre Nails but, I usually opt for short, square acrylics - so this was totally out of my comfort zone and I LOVE them.

♥ 5. I can't even tell you how amazing my family and friends have been recently. Look at this cute card I was sent from a loved one, the cute quote on it means the world.

♥ 6. Is anything better than strawberry milkshakes in Cath Kidston mugs? Erm, I don't think so... unless it's Autumn, then hot chocolate with whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate shavings, wins hands down!

♥ 7. I've loved visiting the beach recently! Although the weather has been so awful of late in the UK. I feel like Summer is done with now, we've barely had any sunshine, maybe those two weeks where it was ridiculously hot - anything over 25 degrees and I'm done - it really feels like Autumn now, rainy and dark days. It's driving me mad, sunshine & then showers. Talking of Autumn, I'm SOOOO ready for all things crisp and cosy!

♥ 8. I've fallen back in love with reading - as I've had some time off work, I've had a teeny bit of time to read No Filter by YouTuber and Blogger Grace Victory. It's such an inspiring, feel good, empowering book - if you're a viewer of hers or not, I'd totally recommend it. It would make a great holiday read too! Can you ever beat cosy PJ's, comfy slippers and a good book?

♥ 9. I received the cutest little PR package from Vitage Skincare recently and honestly, it really made my day! It was the cutest, summery, flamingo inspired package and the product itself - the Vitage Illuminating Tanning Drops*- which allow you to design and create a tan that is suitable for you - sounded right up my street. I'm obsessed with the tanning drops already, they're really easy to use and they leave you with a lovely, natural. golden, glow. You can find them here for £39. I can do a full review if any of you're interested.

On a completely different note - I have some really exciting and good news to share with you all. I always like to leave you on a happy note, and this is a super, happy and exciting note...

We bought a new house - EEEEEEK!!! :) - which also explains why I've been SO busy recently. Mr B and I decided that we wanted to buy a house that we could renovate and make our own. I love homes that have character, that you can put your own stamp on - so that's exactly what we were looking for. Something which character, that needed a lot of work, that we could start a fresh from, like a blank canvas. And we found it - pretty quickly actually. The whole process has taken about three months, we're starting renovations now. It's a very old property, and it needs a lot of work. I didn't realise quite what we were signing ourselves up for actually - most of my days have been spent in the new property, completely clearing it out, stripping walls, painting, knocking walls through, sprucing up the garden - you name it I've done it. Or at least tried - Mr B has been amazing, but girl power and all that - I've gave it a good go, even with my lovely new ombre nails! It's really kept me busy, and taken my mind off everything! It's our little project and I'm so excited to see what the future holds in our lovely new home! It's all very exciting. We're really happy! I'll keep you updated!

I hope that you're all well. I can't wait to get back into the swing of all things blogging properly again! 

I just wanted to leave you with a little something that has spoken to me so loudly of late: 
'Be kind, because everyone you meet, is fighting a battle you know nothing about' 


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