Music Fixes Everything

I’ve been having a mild panic attack all night because I set out this time to write a couple of blog posts and completely failed!

My mind went blank, I was hyper-ventilating, shaking, calm music went on, it got annoying, I did some weird breathing techniques I practiced in yoga the other day, I stretched it out, I made tea, tea let me down… so I got a glass of wine… which I never do! I’m in desperate need of help! 🙈

 I put on a happy music playlist and my mood completely changed!

Isn’t it amazing how music changes your perception of reality in an instant?!
Okay, wine probably helps but you get my point. 

Sometimes evenings are wasted, they don’t go to plan, you lose it and you know what… it’s okay! I really have to remind myself that I am enough and I can write about whatever the hell I like, whenever the hell I like and tonight it’s about a music playlist that got me out of my funk!!! 😂

I want to be unashamedly me and live my life to the fullest. It’s taking time and I’m getting there. I have so many plans over the next few months that are pushing me out of my comfort zone! I’m so looking forward to them and just keep telling myself to hold it together – I got this!

I want and am going to make positive changes in my life. I know I’m meant for more but until then… I’ll keep singing 🎶

Katie ❀

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We Got A New Kitchen!

After months of planning and organising, we finally have a new and improved kitchen! 🙌🏼 🖤 ✨ We’re so excited to have the main part of this project completed after waiting for soooo long!

When we bought our house back in February last year, we knew it needed some serious TLC! So before we even fully moved in we painted all the walls white, scrubbed every surface clean and did some odd jobs here and there. I just wanted a blank canvas! Rooms where we could add pops of colour and then once we knew what style we liked best, go from there.

For the kitchen, we had this idea that it’d be really easy to just paint the cupboards, replace the tiles and the handles etc but quickly realised that there was not going to be an “easy fix” on this room like the others.

Before

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The cupboards made everything smell really bad… like an old smell… side note: my husband has always said I have the nose of a bloodhound so that might just be me! 😂 The sink was always easily stained and no amount of bleach would clean it properly, two of the burners on the hob didn’t work, the inside of the oven caught fire once (yep. very scary) and we had little to no space for everything. It was just… not good 🙈 We really wanted a new space to cook our meals easily, not spend so much time washing up and honestly just put our stamp on a house we have grown to love!

After

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As you can see it’s completely different and we love it!!! The amount of grey definitely took me a few days to get used to! We moved the fridge over to the left slightly to give ourselves more worktop space and having an in-built microwave has helped with that massively too. The induction hob is amazing! No more getting the knobs fixed every other month because they got stuck and we have so much more cupboard space it’s crazy! Dare I say we almost have too much space now… I need to go shopping! 🛒 *ignore the missing door… we’re waiting on the correct hinges!

We designed and bought everything with B&Q. In hindsight to save some extra cash we could have bought bits and bobs in other places for less however, for the sake of convenience it was absolutely fine. My only advice to others would be to prepare the top things you would like in your design and stick to them; don’t be afraid to say if you’e not happy and have as many meetings as you need!

We went in with the main focus being a dishwasher. Obviously we wanted it to look great but a dishwasher was the ultimate ‘Kitchen-Goals’! The designer told us on a number of occasions this couldn’t be done as the space was too small. Now either he gave up too easily or we didn’t push enough that this was something we really would love! Long story short… our brother-in-law came over one night, measured everything up for us and proved it could be done! Not by the sink as usual but on the other side! (I hate to be dramatic but you saved our marriage, Tim. 😝)

Replacing the old with the new took a little over a week! Living in a complete mess wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done but I just kept thinking how great it will be when it’s all finished and how cool it is we get to do this! Extremely grateful and feeling very much like an adult right now that’s for sure!

We’ve now just got to get some blinds and I’m going to be adding in some nice subtle colours. I love the pinks but need to get Joel on board… general consensus has been that pink and grey are a winner, so I think he’s going to be over-ruled on this one! 😉 I also don’t hate the wood effect with the grey too, I thought maybe we’d have to replace most things but it looks like it’s working really well for now. I don’t know… I’m not really the best with designing things but learning as I go! Pinterest has helped a lot!

So there you have it, our new kitchen! Now I just can’t wait for Joel to get back from Ireland! (yep. He missed the whole thing) He is definatley a better cook than me, so looking forward to all the yummy meals he’ll be making 👏🏼

We also had our garden done up a few months ago and I’ll do a separate post showing you before and after soon! It’s so much better than before and another space of the house we are absolutely loving! 🌸🌿 So exciting when it all comes together!

Katie ❀

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Summer Love

There’s a storm outside our house in Spain right now, so I thought I’d give a quick round up of some of my Instagram posts over the past few months! ☀️

I love summers in Spain and this year I’ve had two trips away here! So lucky to be able to travel. It’s not often that I do these days, so any time it happens I am very excited to get a change of scenery and perspective. Oh and who am I kidding… a much needed tan!

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Thousands of feet above the Earth! The clouds look like the ocean! 🌊

This is mine and Joel’s first holiday together (just the two of us) since our honeymoon in November 2015! Actually being in each others company 24/7 is the best. Even in moments of silence like right now as I write this 😄… it’s just what we needed! We’re only 4 days in with another week to go but already I feel totally relaxed and inspired!

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This is Venta Lanuza! My parents bought a house here 15 or so years ago and at the time it had a modest little beach, with a shabby local bar and an old rickety train that loudly rumbled past every hour. But now, it’s growing in popularity as the years go by! The little beach is inundated by locals and tourists alike. It’s beach bar hosts musicians and entertainers on a daily basis (even a wedding a few years back!). That old train is now a convenient tram line that runs all the way along the Costa Blanca making it extremely easy getting where you need to go without the hassle of a car. Coming back after all these years has made me realise why my parents love it here so much and brought back a lot of nostalgia from my childhood. I’m hoping we’ll come back here every year now, even if just for a long weekend away!

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I love these photos of my sister and I! Jumping for joy and not a care in the world… even with the whole beach watching our many failed attempts! 😝

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Who doesn’t LOVE a tree swing?! At a wedding! On the hottest day of the year! #bliss

Not only have I been visiting Spain this summer but there’s been a lot of weddings! All beautiful and different in their own ways. Feeling very blessed to have amazing friends in all areas of our lives.

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I also ticked off visiting Windsor Castle from the bucket list! If you don’t already know, I love visiting old castles and houses (poor Joel 😂) so this was a big one for me as its the Queen’s official residence and full of so much history. Maybe I’ll do a future post about the places we’ve been to… will have to dig out some old photos!

Well, that’s a little round up for now! The sun’s finally made an appearance after hours of stormy weather, so we’re off to sit outside and soak in all the Vitamin D! ☀️☀️☀️☀️

Katie ❀

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Love & Light

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

I feel like these are dark times.

I find myself sat at the computer for hours trying to find the right words to write. I get angry and upset and just leave it for another day.

Perhaps my blog isn’t the right space for this? What type of place do I want this to be for a reader and most of all myself?

What I’ve had courage enough to write so far is that I’ve never been directly affected by the events that have happened in the UK over the last few months but that doesn’t mean it hurts any less.

Westminster Bridge. Manchester Arena. London Bridge. Borough Market. Grenfell Tower. How many more times will I wake up in tears?

There are terrible events happening all over the world and when those in power say they will protect you, it’s hard to carry on as normal and stay silent.

Love & light will carry us forward and conquer all, I know that much but we must rise up out of the darkness.

I know writing this won’t change things overnight; it will take time and lots of it. I just hope the world doesn’t go mad before we get there.

Katie ❀

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March Favourites

Where the heck did March go?! The season definitely changed this month from Winter to Spring! We started with colder frosty mornings and now with the clocks going forward we can finally enjoy lighter and warmer evenings! It’s been a busy ol’ month for me but I’m feeling great and like a fresh start has finally begun!

Eating
I absolutely loved this months SourcedBox, which is a subscription to receive a box of healthy snacks every month. To name a few, there were these tamari roasted almonds and cacao, chia and blueberry energy balls… but seriously everything in the box was amazing! I think I’ll try and put up a separate review! I’ve also been having lunch at the new Pret in Winchester and am in love with their beetroot, squash and feta salad. It includes pumpkin seeds, spinach, quinoa and so much more! Check out the full recipe here.

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Watching
I have been loving ‘Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey’ on Netflix. Neil deGrasse Tyson is my new favourite hero! The production of the documentary is not only amazing but the context is very thought-provoking regarding the creation of the universe and life on Earth itself but then also about how humans throughout time have been viewing our world and beyond. A must-watch!

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Listening
Ed Sheeran… on repeat… for most of this month! My favourites of his are definatley ‘Nancy Mulligan’ and ‘New Man’.

Planning
I have started to run! I’ve completed 2 parkruns in March and am really proud of myself! I never thought I could run 5k and with a community of like minded people who all cheer you on. It’s a great experience to push your body! So my weekends now revolve around scheduling this into my day. This also goes well with my new obsession… 😜

Obsessing
I purchased a FitBit Charge 2! It was a complete impulse buy a few weeks ago and now I am fully obsessed. It tracks you steps, heart rate, calorie burn etc and then you can also compete with friends and have your calendar events and text messages appear! I wear it all day everyday, apart from Sundays (so I can have a break from obsessing…) and now I have a smart watch, I won’t be going back.

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Smelling
The White Company Seychelles Hand and Nail Cream. I bought this with vouchers from Christmas and it’s now on my desk at all times. It smells amazing!

Feeling
I’m feeling a little tired at the moment. I started a brand new job at the start of this month and it’s taken a lot of my energy learning lots of new information daily. Don’t get me wrong though it’s a fantastic, challenging experience for me. Couldn’t be happier! What a difference a few months make!

Katie ❀

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International Women’s Day

Bit late to the party I know but I just had to create a quick post and say that I felt totally inspired and empowered this week on International Women’s Day!

I’ve got a lot to learn myself but feel so lucky to live in a country that I believe won’t define me by my gender and gives me the same opportunities as my peers throughout my entire life.

I know others are not as lucky as me. I know that others wouldn’t agree with me. Life isn’t perfect. We still have a lot to figure out. One thing I do know for sure though is that we are mostly all wonderful, complex, compassionate beings.

Let’s keep communicating and showing up for others that feel they don’t have a voice.

#BeBoldForChange

Katie ❀

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February Favourites

Lots of changes happened in February! I’m feeling so happy, proud and grateful. Learning everyday to let my feelings be felt but let them pass me by if they’re not serving me. That sneaky little voice in my head tells me I’m not good enough a lot lately. I’m mastering it every day the best I can.

Eating
Granola and lots of it right now… I write all about my healthy eating habits on my last blog post so check it out for inspiration! ♡

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Drinking
I am loving Earl Grey! Never thought this would happen! It’s a posh tea for sure… 😂 I also still try and drink a herbal tea like Peppermint but have also loved my Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey tea.

Watching
I watched a lot of things this month! Stranger Things (again). Arrival. Deepwater Horizon. LA LA LAND! A film has not excited me as much as that one did!

Listening
The La La Land soundtrack on repeat daily. Also, where have Podcasts been all my life?! I am obsessed! I really love The Melissa Ambrosini Show and The Ultimate Health Podcast at the moment. They’re full of lots of nuggets of wisdom and ideas to stay healthy in the body and mind.

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Reading
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to and loved it! I listened to it whilst getting ready in the mornings, on the way to and back from work and at my desk. It was recommended to me by my best friends sister in-law who had checked out my blog and saw that these types of books really interest me! I love when that happens and I so appreciate any recommendations! (Thank you again Katie! x)

Planning
Our new kitchen designs hit full throttle at the beginning of February however, Joel’s been so busy with the Six Nations so we’ll have to pick back up again in March once it’s all over (and hopefully England have won again! 🌹) I’ve also been updating my Life Planner loads at the moment and organised most of my events throughout the year.

Obsessing
Yoga Girl! She was due her baby girl this month and I have made sure to catch her Instagram story every day to see when she has her! Complete stalker I know! Rachel is so lovely and amazing and inspirational…! I could go on all day! Can’t wait see her and Dennis as wonderful parents.

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Wanting
I really want to start surrounding myself with like minded people. If that means joining a class or starting a new journey out of the corporate life… I’m not too sure yet. I just know I have this desire to make the most of my day by filling it with the things I love to do.

Feeling
Overall, excited but dazed. Lots to take in and think about but lots of love and gratitude.

Katie ❀

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