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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

I have a favour to ask...

It's not often I feel I have to ask a favour of you reader's, I dont go in for competition's very often, I seem to lack that competitive streak and mostly I just think everyone does things a little better than me. Yet here I am; asking you all for a huge favour.
My wedding (yep, that again) has been nominated to win Wedding Of The Year in the Your Berks Bucks and Oxon Wedding magazine competition. Firstly, I mean WOW, secondly this is a great honour for me. My wedding is one of my most proudest days of my life, alongside my happiest, to even be nominated is pretty much the best thing ever (I'm sure there are a 100 weddings out there that are better) but all I need now is to hopefully get through to the final..... so, here goes, after looking at my photos hopefully you'd do me the honour of voting via their website? Id be so grateful - I'm not sure I can offer you a reward, but let me tell you now, if I win? Cake for all!

All you have to do is go onto their website, link below, and click on the vote button. Simples!

And if you want to see EVEN more photo's to justify the click, do head on over to my photographers page for more wedding-ness - CLICK HERE

Thanking you all in advance......

Monday, 21 July 2014

The joys of just 'being'

Have you ever had one of those weekends where you just exist, you excel in just the power of being you? I had one of those weekends. With no plans on the horizon apart from pottering, I found myself getting excited at just being me, at home, in my trackies, surrounded by the rabbit, the sofa and well, just my house. With non-stop plans for the last seven months, it is so nice to know that things are slowing down, bringing with it the ability to take a step back and to look upon everything I have in the here and now - how many people do this?

Life goes way too quick, can you actually believe that it is nearing the END of July. I swear it still seems like it was Christmas yesterday, and here we are in the middle of a heatwave, over halfway through another year. Despite 2014 being pretty much the BEST year ever, there hasn't been nearly enough time to take it all in and really, and I mean really appreciate what it is we are doing with our time. So on Saturday I spent the day manically cleaning the house. Granted I only got through 2 rooms but man alive, the feeling was good. to lovingly clean something that you have worked so hard for is a real good feeling. I know I sound like some crazy OCD lady, but at that moment in time, I needed that, not necessarily the cleaning part, but to just DO. It really does bring a clarity to life. My Saturday evening was filled with Mexican food, wearing a sombrero and dancing with my bestie. Simple.

Sunday was where this blog post came to light. I woke up at half 11 (something of which I never do) and the first thing I read was the gorgeous Sam's blog post on really loving yourself http://www.tinypaintpot.co.uk/2014/07/self-love-being-kind-to-you.html  it was a great way to start my day - it made me sit up, take notice and reflect on something that I thought would've disappeared with age. Being kind to yourself is a free act and blimy it is every bit as amazing as it should be - life really is too short to be wasting it on negatives. It is a really good read.
My afternoon consisted of some baking. An activity I do when either bored, stressed, or hungry. So out came the mixing bowl, the ingredients and I baked for no other reason that I wanted too: no special occasion, no groups of people to bake for, just ME. Seeing yourself produce something from nothing is a great way to boost the self-esteem and in my case, fill your belly. Baking for me is cathartic: to do something so simple, for no reason. I didn't want to receive praise, I didn't want applause, I just wanted to do. Whilst the cake was busy baking in the oven I took to catch up on some blog reading - another free act that fills me with joy. However I found myself switching off the tablet and feeling despondent. None of the blog posts I was reading felt real. ALOT of posts about what I should get/buy, alot of posts about their latest purchases: material things. I can't help but wonder whether any of these bloggers feel truly fulfilled by purchasing the latest fashions of whether its a smokescreen, I just wanna read something about people being happy and fulfilled for just being alive.

Some of you might say it was a boring weekend, a wasted weekend, but being able to stop and just breathe and just exist is a gift that really does keep giving.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The one where I got married...

*ducks for cover* so, here it is, it was only a matter of time right?! Earlier on the blog I pre-warned you all that I was going to show you some of the wedding photos, and well, here they are. I won't blab on about it too much and leave the pictures to do the talking... Hope you enjoy!

- x -

* Photo credits go to my amazing wedding photographers Katie and Jon Gray http://www.kategrayphotography.com *

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