Hello, 2018!

Hello, 2018! We’re already a month in and so far I’m loving it! Except for the weather; we need a lot more sunshine! There’s been lots of changes this year already because I’m determined to make it an unforgettable one!

Towards the end of 2017, I made the decision to go vegan. I’d like to say it happened gradually over a long period of time as I had intended but it was so easy to make the change that it pretty much happened overnight! I’m loving every day of being vegan and creating new recipes. My insta-story is full of photos and videos of my meals now because I love sharing that you can be healthy and have a well-balanced diet without meat! I’ll save my reasons for going vegan for another time but just know, I’m so happy and feeling great.

In December, I wasn’t looking for a new job because I really liked what I was doing but one day I just went on the internal jobs search and there was a position for a Personal Assistant. I’ve wanted to be a PA for so long because I knew it would a role I would be really great at but every time I’ve always had self-doubt because of my lack of experience and qualifications in that area. I thought, you know what, I have nothing to lose by applying so I took each day as it came and towards the end of December found out that I got the job! I’m now 2 weeks in… crazy busy… a to do list the size of my arm… and loving every second!!! I thrive in busy environments and it’s something I really missed from my old role. I can finally say, I have a career and I’m so excited for this new chapter in my work life!

In November, we had been TTC for 2 years. It was bittersweet, reflecting on our honeymoon in Mauritius and then thinking that if we’d have gotten pregnant we’d have a 1 year old here right now. After several tests and hospital appointments, there’s nothing “wrong” with us which does fill us with confidence that this could be the year! I mean statistics are on our side! We’re mostly feeling positive about everything and in a much better place than we were this time last year, so really… everything happens for a reason!

So far, I am on day 15 of my daily meditations and can’t tell you how proud I am of that! I’ve challenged myself to complete one for 365 days straight. Some days, I can only commit to 2 minutes and other times 10 but either way, it’s time dedicated for me and creating space in my mind for gratitude.

So there are some things going on with me that I am taking into 2018! I’m also looking for a new car, completing a one second video everyday, changing up my Instagram, we’re getting new carpets (exciting!) and we have a trip to Norway in April!

I’m taking it easy blog-wise because my life is pretty full at the moment but I would love to commit to putting up a new post every Sunday… there I’ve said it now… so watch this space! 🖤

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Arlo & Bodhi

On 18th October 2017, we added two little (big!) additions to our family and we have fallen head over heals in love with them! I honestly can’t remember what my life was like before that date! 🙈

If you’ve read my last two new year’s resolutions posts you’ll know that I have always wanted to have a pet in the house once we were settled but NEVER did I imagine we would have two! 💕 They are gorgeous Ragdoll brothers born on 27th June 2017 and from the minute we got them home, we knew they had their own personalities that would completely run circles around us both. So in light of that, I have to describe them individually to you!

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Arlo
As soon as we got in the car on the drive home, he cried the entire way. Sometimes our voices would settle him but you could tell he was an anxious little kitty. When we got home, he was the most inquisitive looking around each room a lot sooner than Bodhi but he was still loud, crying at anything and everything. When he realises he’s alone he hates it. Arlo is also the bigger one, the lap cat and the mummy’s boy! He loves a cuddle and kneads me after he’s had a nap every time. It’s the sweetest thing and the time of day I look forward to the most. He’s also the more agile one! He’s tried to jump on the kitchen counter so many times with only one success so far but as he grows bigger, we know that will soon change! He’s also absolutely gorgeous… a red bi-colour, so he will have little red on his fur compared to Bodhi. Very photogenic and has these big blue eyes you just can’t resist.

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Bodhi
Thinking about Bodhi and what he’s been like puts a huge smile on my face. He’s definitely the baby; more feisty and cute. Loves a belly rub, being cradled in your arms and has a massive foot fetish… honestly, we can’t walk around the house now without shoes or slippers on. He’s fearless or at least we thought so until we had the window cleaner over! 😂 He mostly starts the play fights but Arlo will always finish them. Bodhi just makes us laugh all the time! He chases his tail, steals his brothers food, runs around the house like mad, jumps but fails the landing every time… he is our little monkey boy and my goodness we adore him. Bodhi is a red point, so he will have much more red on his face, paws and tail.

We dote on the both of them so much and it’s been exciting for us to realise day by day that they are so different. It’s crazy to think that they are less popular because of their red colouring because they are both just so beautiful! Complete time-wasters! All we do is play or stare at them most evenings.

I love photographing them both all the time! They have their own Instagram account that I set up so that my own page didn’t have a lot of “cat-spam”. Check it out if you haven’t done so already!

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We are now almost a month into being “pet parents” and loving every single minute! Even the poo explosions, crying at 5am to get into our bedroom, stopping them from playing with pretty much everything they shouldn’t and more fun jobs pets bring to your life doesn’t take away from the fact they are an absolute joy to have around and we love them both so much. ♥️

I’ve got an Arlo & Bodhi Q&A post in the making but if you also have any questions, let me know in the comments below or message me on one of my social media channels!

Love, Katie ♡
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Comparison

Comparison really is the thief of joy.

There is always someone out there who in your mind, is doing “life” a thousand times better than you. They look better, write better, have a better job, better house, better… well… everything! You can get so caught up in others lives that you never stop and reflect on your own incredible one!

I can always count on Pinterest for some words of wisdom ♡

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Don’t be hard on yourself and learn to be gracious of others successes. Maybe even ask them how they got to where they are! It could be path that’s been waiting for you to explore!

Most of all remember that everyone is on their own unique journey in life. No two are the same and that makes you realise how special we can all individually be.

Love, Katie ♡
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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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