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

fullsizeoutput_12

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

fullsizeoutput_13

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 ❀

Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram

SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

My Christmas Wish List

I love a wish list! I try and keep mine up to date throughout the year, so that it’s not a panic for my family when they want to buy some pressies. I find Pinterest is a great place to do this!

2017-wall-calendar

2017 Appointment Wall Calendar
I’m in love with this calendar by Rifle Paper Co. It was in the sale on Black Friday and I may have already purchased it as a gift for myself! 😏 I’m determined to be super organised next year and not let stress and anxiety overwhelm me ever again.

earrings

 

Poetic Blooms Stud Earrings
These earrings are absolutely beautiful! My mum and I went in to Pandora a few weeks ago and we found these beauties and I fell in love with them. Would love love love these!

eat-smart

Eat Smart by Niomi Smart
Niomi Smart’s new cookbook looks so great. I’m very tempted to go vegan after having fertility and stress struggles, just to try it and see if I feel healthier in body and mind. She always looks glowing and happy. The recipes look easy to make and not many ingredients will need to be sourced online. For me, I prefer cooking by following a cookbook so this is definitely one I would use a lot.

2165275

Clinique Moisture Surge
I pop in to see our local Clinique lady every so often. She is always so helpful and reassuring when it comes to what is important for your skin. She recommended 100% their Moisture Surge product. It nourishes your skin so deeply and is especially important in the winter months. They also have a Clinique wish list so that the husband can just walk in, let them know my email address and any products I’ve tried and loved are there for the picking.

iphone-and-beats

Beats Wireless Headphones & iPhone 7 Plus
Okay first of all, I am so not going to get these from anyone! 😂 They’re ridiculously expensive but look how cute they both are! I’ve wanted some Beats headphones for ages but these range up to around £300, so will still have to be a dream purchase of mine. I also would love a new iPhone plus in rose gold as well. There’s something about the bigger iPhones now that just look a lot better than the standard. Which I thought I would never say!

u_10153564

HP Sprocket Mobile Photo Printer
I had just seen this in Zoella’s What’s in my Bag vlog and love it! I recently bought myself a new Erin Condren Life Planner and to be able to print and stick my own pictures in it would be amazing. I do have a polaroid though that I know I can use instead. That was great for our wedding but to have good quality photos printed as well would be a great purchase.

nd.29508

Rosie for Autograph Eau du Parfum 
I absolutely love this perfume and had just run out, so would love a larger bottle to last me throughout the next year. It’s so light and fresh without smelling heavy and girly (if that makes sense?! 😄)

47e6389a9726b903532960aa58614352

Leaf Nature by Bellabeat
I’ve always liked the idea of having a Fitbit but my wrists are so small and I know I wouldn’t use it to it’s full potential by wearing it all the time. The Bellabeat health tracker is a sleep, activity and reproductive health monitor. It’s a smart piece of jewellery that can be worn as a necklace, bracelet or clipped to an item of clothing, which for me is a great idea!

26f8e00eabc6b2aa5bc0f528ebbad9f5

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I would love to live a more creative life. I’ve always loved art, photography and writing but fear has always kept me back. I know this book has helped others manifest a more creative life for themselves and I would love to join the club.

Katie ❀

Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram

December Goals

The countdown to Christmas has finally begun! 🎄🎅🏼❄️🌟🎁👼🏼✨

I hope you’ve all had the first chocolate in your advent calendars this morning! I can’t wait to celebrate, eats lots of mince pies and relax over the festive period. I thought setting some goals for this month would be a great way to start off Blogmas, so here are a few intentions of mine for December.

Enjoy Christmas!
It really is the best time of year. The weather has turned so cold and there’s a frost every morning now which means our home is even more cosy than usual. I can’t wait to get out our Christmas decorations and wrap the presents for our loved ones. I must make time to enjoy some Christmas movies and listen to my Christmas playlist because once it’s over, I always kick myself that I didn’t do enough.

Get Organised
I must not leave getting presents until the last minute, so really want to stay on top of this! It would be great to also make more time to see our families and have fun days out.

De-Stress
I really want to use this month to really, truly relax. I’ve been meditating every morning but want to take it to the next level and make the time to meditate in the evening before bed too. I’ve also recently been using affirmations as a way to de-stress so hopefully will continue to do this in December.

I feel like a new dawn has broken for me and even though the majority of this year has been a struggle, I will end it on a high! ❤️

Katie ❀

Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram

Highs & Lows From September

This blog has been a massive high! It’s made me take time out from my day and just stop to think about each post. Opening myself up on the internet is sometimes a scary thought. I’ve definitely had moments where I think I should make it private or change my name to something more creative so people I know don’t find me. But you know what… at the moment, I’ll be okay if someone I know asks me about my blog. Sure… I’ll more than likely be a little embarrassed but I enjoy writing about my life and others have enjoyed reading about it.

I witnessed one of my best friends get married and was so honoured to be her bridesmaid. We went to London to see the Harry Potter play. It was mine and Joel’s first year anniversary! It was a month full of love.

The only low points have just been ones created in my head. I trust the wait and embrace the uncertainty.

Grateful for this beautiful month of new beginnings and will continue to have faith in myself.

30 Day Writing Challenge Complete! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Katie ❀

Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram

My Goals For The Next Month

I’ve loved this September but now the seasons are changing and Autumn is almost here, there’s certainly some goals I would like to achieve in October:

Love my Blog
I definitely have some ideas in mind for future blog posts and hope to work on one or even two every weekend and publish them in the week. Daily blogging has been a great achievement for me (as I rarely stick to anything!) but it’s been hard work keeping up towards the end as my personal life’s been a bit busy.

Eat Healthily
I will learn to cook healthy meals and stick to a routine that works for me.

Harry Potter Book Marathon
I want to have read all the Harry Potter books by the end of the year! Just finished Philosophers Stone… wish me luck!

Yoga & Meditation
I will keep up with my yoga and meditation schedule.

Stay True to Myself
I’m getting a few bad vibes lately and I want to be sure not to let any outside influence affect who I am. Advice from others is always treasured by me but I know who I am and what kind of person I want to be in this life.

Let Go
I’m not too old and it’s not too late. TTC is hard work. Mentally and physically I’m drained this month as we’ve not had the outcome we so desire. So we keep going, we keep trying but the magic is slowly dimming. I know we’ll bring it back and today is just a low point. I have to learn to let go and remember that what will be, will be.

Update: I’m going to learn Italian! 🇮🇹

Katie ❀

Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram

Things That Makes Me Laugh

Laughter is the best medicine and luckily I find it everywhere I go.

I love funny Twitter pages and when someone can laugh at themselves when they’ve just done something silly. I could watch endless episodes of You’ve Been Framed on a Saturday evening and re-watch all my favourite vines before bed. Play fighting is the best and even though I hate being tickled, it does make me giggle.

I will laugh at inappropriate times and when someone tells a really bad joke because I’m just socially awkward that way. I laugh when I’m scared and when I tell the truth (then people think I’m lying but I’m not I swear 😂).

The best laughs I’ve ever had, have always been with my family.

Katie ❀

Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram

Something I’m Doing Well At

At the moment I feel like I’m doing well at staying present in the now.

I’m living a happy life and wanted to share the books that I had turned to on some dark days in the past. They made me appreciate the world and the human experience more so than ever before. I would definitely recommend these for anyone with an open mind and heart.

I’m fascinated by Louise Hay’s guidance on how positivity of the mind can cure an ailment you may be suffering from. Eckhart Tolle taught me to live in the moment and appreciate our Earth. As for Miranda, this was the first “self-help” book I ever bought and was the catalyst to my healthy wellbeing I try and live today.

They’re all beautiful books; different and unique in their own ways. I’ve done very well to keep the sceptic in me at bay and appreciate different opinions. In the end they all have one message in common… they want you to live a positive and happy life.

Katie ❀

Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram