Friday, 18 March 2016


A few weeks ago an Etsy newsletter dropped into my inbox and it piqued my interest as it was all about desk decor - you can see the Etsy desk edit here

It piques my interest as I was about to move offices and thus desks and I got to thinking about what my dream desk would be adorned with.

I started along the lines of something very modern and minimalist and then I went completely the other way and was dreaming of vintage lamps and rolodex's and finally taking inspiration from the hundreds of favourites I have saved over the years that it would really need to be a kitschy bright affair to make me smile everyday.

I hope in time I will be able to add a few of the below to my desk....

Neon Pink, Yellow & Black Cuckoo Clock. Working Condition.Life is like a camera, gifts for her, Easter basket filler for teens, photography quotes, quote about cameras, positive quote, floral cameraLarge Bronze DInosaur; Tillandsia; Dinosaur planter; Planter; Desk Accessory; Unique Gift; Office DecorWeekly Planner Notepad / Desk Pad Planner  / To Do List Notepad / A5 Desk Planner, Weekly Agenda & Organizer / Productivity PlannerFunny Pencil set of 3, blunt bitch, back to school, quote pencil, pastel colour, stationary, pretty, pink green blue, pen, draw, quotes
Tina Don't have a crap attack front 11 oz White Ceramic MugTrophy Rhino PRE CUT "The Big Five" DIY 1Edward Scissorhands Art Doll - Sculpture - Articulated Wooden Figure - Unusual Art - Original Pop Art - Hand paintedHowl's Moving Castle Calcifer Pencil/Pen Pot Desk TidyBoston Terrier Pencil Case Aztec Pattern
Salvador Dali Portrait Art Print - Surreal collage art posterMacaron Eraser Set...Hard Work Notebook - made from stone - with isometric and golden section printBronze Dinosaur Mason JarPersonalised Desk Organiser For Her

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This cuckoo clock (1) has been in my favourites for ages. If I could see this on the wall over my desk if would just make me smile.

Its the same with the prints - There are days when I am sure considering the quote (2) could put things in perspective and the Dali print (11) would just inspire my creativity.

 We are a bit dinosaur mad in our house and having a desk plant (3) is very good for you I hear so it being in a dinosaur is just an added bonus. And having a(nother) pot  (14) to be filled with paper clips (or more likely sweet treats) can never be a bad thing.

My absolute favourite though has to be the Edward Scissorhands (8)  Articulated Wooden Figure. In my head I imagine coming in every day to find someone has moved him and put him in a new pose and I then spend hours trying to figure out who is doing it and what it means. In all reality if I had one and this did happen it would be the cleaner accidentally knocking it as he dusted but that's not quite as exciting. 

If you have any Etsy favourites or posts on your desk decor please do share. 


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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Etsy Favourites // Interior edit

It's All Good - Thumbs up Doll Wall Art / Bag Hook / Jewelry Display Beetlejuice - American Gothic - Portrait - Illustration - Art Print - Fan Art - Tim Burton - Lydia Deetz - HorrorDIY Half Moon Dream Catcher Kit, 5" Dream Catcher,  Bohemian Room Decor, DIY Craft Kit, Make Your Own 5" Dream Catcher, Boho Gift SetConcrete cube desk lamp - Edison Lamp
Cute Kawaii Clawdine Resin Sculpture Home Decor Collectible3 Pak - Solid Copper TraysDaphneSucculent Kit with Hand Illustrated Teacup Planter
Vintage Floral Fabric Flower Lampshade LightPainted Brick Book 1984 on Orange and White BrickCOCO CHANEL PRINT 8 x 10 Archival Pink IllustrationPorcelain crumpled soda can vase
Jeff Koons Small Balloon dog Figure in Silver or rose goldBadly Drawn Winona Ryder - PosterGiant Iris Bunny Wall Hanging - Greenfashion illustration halloween Wednesday Addams valentino art print

Just a few of the things i want to adorn my bedroom wall and shelves.

I think my first purchase is going to be the Thumbs up Doll Display - I want a few of them to hang my hats on !!



Friday, 4 March 2016

February 2016 Favourites

Feb Fav's

First Aid kit - My new favourite artists, A Swedish indie folk duo that have an air of Stevie Nicks about them. 

Les Mills on Demand - My favourite way to exercise until I build up the confidence to go to a Body Pump class at the gym. 

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil - I didnt quite appreicate this until i ran out. The best face oil i have tried in a long time (even better than Sunday Riley Flora and Luna. Im waiting for a GWP to stock up.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - I love found photos and the way they are built into the story is so unique. Im now on book 3 and slightly dissappointed to be nearing the end of the story. At least theres only a 6 month wait until the film though !! 

Nalgene Wide Mouth Everyday Tritan Bottle - This has made it easy to up my water intake to at least 3L a day.

Intensely Butter Mint Tea - just delicious !!

Jools Bubble Tea -  I have given up fizzy drinks for Lent (and hopefully for good) but I wanted something sweet and healthy ish to replace them and these are doing the job (if i can find any in the fridge as my daughter also has a taste for them).

Invisibobble - These are a god send. My hair is getting longer and more time consuming to dry so I love nothing more than slathering on some hair oil and putting it in a fun bun (post to come) and these are the best bands to keep my hair up. I cant wait to get my hands on the power version for when I am exercising.

House of GlamDolls GlamBlush Wheel - I have a somewhat heavy hand when it comes to blush so these creams which blend seamlessly with my foundation have become my new best friend. 

What are your favourites this month ?? 



Sunday, 14 February 2016

DIY blog makeover

Having had the same blog layout for years I decided the other week that I would spend a few hours playing with the blog branding and layout.

I have no design or coding knowledge or experience so all the changes I made were courtesy of tutorials and free on line resources and given I am happy with the results I got I thought I would share the details in case anyone else wants to have a go.

My Header and Side Bar Headings

My header was designed using I don't know how I hadn't heard of this site before as it is fab and free for all basic graphic design projects.

The marble is a printable scrap booking paper I found on deviantart

I did purchase the rose gold papers and these were £3.30 from Pickychciken on Etsy

Social Media Icons

My icons were free from carrieloves.comFREE SOCIAL MEDIA ICONS

 And this is the tutorial I followed to set them up.


I also made a few changes to my template.

One change was to centre everything and this was another carrieloves tutorial here

I then wanted to put some images in my sidebar but I didn't want them to have titles - Its surprisingly easy to do and I found out how to here 

I also no longer wanted a shadow around my images and I found out how to remove it here

Photo backgrounds

The last thing I did was buy some fabric for my photo's from Spoonflower.

I'm excited to try these as photo backgrounds !!

Hopefully you will find something in this post useful - if you have any tutorials you have made or followed feel free to share in the comments.


Friday, 12 February 2016

The Body Coach 90 Day SSS Step 3 // Preparation for week 1

 So following on from the emotional roller-coaster that was submitting my questionnaire which you can read about here, I was on tenterhooks for the 4 days it took for my plan to arrive.

Would I like any of the food?

Would I be able to stick to the exercise?

Why would this work when other plans didn't?

All questions I asked myself over and over, to the point when my plan arrived in my inbox I didn't even look at it straight away as I had convinced myself it was a waste of time and I was destined to  be over weight forever.

When I finally braved opening the plan I was floored by the fact it was 100 pages long so I let my emotions get the better of me and very promptly closed the email thinking I  needed to be in the right place to read this.

Next day with my sensible adult head on I printed the plan as I wanted something physical to refer to and scribble notes on and spent  my lunch time reading through the principle's and recipes for me.

Getting my head around the food  principles was quite simple and I could see straight away how people were able to educate themselves so they ate better even off the plan.

But it was at this point I decided I was a fussy eater, something which I never thought I would say.  Well, not so much fussy but everything in my plan is best eaten hot and with no microwave facilities at work I knew my biggest struggle was going to be finding food I could either eat cold or could keep mildly warm until lunch time.

I am 3 weeks in and still finding my breakfast and lunch options limited but I have found a few options I like so much that I am happy to eat the same thing over and over.

And then there was the limit placed on my tea intake - It was limited to 3 cups a day, and for someone who used to drink that before she got to work, that was a big deal. But I decided to embrace it and use it as an opportunity to up my water intake which I have most definitely done.

I was and still am slightly disappointed with the 'exercise' section of the plan given its quite integral to the plan.  There were 3 pages of exercises most of which needed to be done in a gym and plan on doing all the exercise at home. There are plenty of HIIT videos on you tube and numerous HIIT exercise DVD's so I am going to spend the next few months coming up with a plan that works for me, and I have today engaged the help of a personal trainer so I am very excited.

As everyone's plan is so specific I don't want to share what has been recommend specifically for me so instead thought I would share some of the purchases I made beforehand and during the first week that have made life easier for me.

Body coach #3

As you are given all the recipes for your plan I didn't really need the cookbook too but it's ready on my shelf for when the plan is over and I need to give it a go on my own.

I have 2 of these bottles in the fridge at all times so when I need some water I have it cold.

My 1 litre water bottle has been a god-send. I have it on my desk at work and I drink 1L in the morning and 1L in the afternoon, and try to get another 1.5L in at home.

I have 2 of these Thermos food flasks and they are amazing for keeping my breakfast and or lunch warm until i eat it. Breakfast would have been a real issue if I hadn't found these as neither cold porridge or a 5am start are vaguely appealing.

Digital scales are a necessity when trying to hit your macros - I certainly couldn't eyeball 16g of oats.

Neither my Fit Bit HR or Tanita scales are essential but I'm hoping these will inspire me to get a bit more active.

I have been good and not weighed myself since I submitted my questionnaire so I am excited to see how all my stats have changed, especially my water/hydration levels as the scales historically have shown I am very dehydrated.

You can follow my 90 Day SSS from day one here:

The next 90 Day SSS post will be my results from Cycle 1 and a mini overview.
I'd love to follow your journey if your on a diet/exercise plan so feel free to leave your social media links in the comments.