Something I Miss

At the moment, I strangely miss my childhood. I miss being that age where you’re still learning about the world and everything is new and wonderful.

Everyday, all I hear about is destruction and sadness. You never understand that when you’re young… well I didn’t anyway. It wasn’t until 2001 when I was 11 years old that things changed.

9/11 destroyed my innocence, like millions of others all over the world. Of course, I’d studied war and death in history at school but that day made it real. It was happening… history was happening right in front of me. I wanted to know everything about terrorism and war to just understand it.

In my learning, I realise now that I slowly stopped watching the Disney Channel and instead turned on the news every morning. I didn’t watch a cute movie every night but instead started watching the TV series ’24’ with my parents.

This little girl had been shocked into growing up and don’t get me wrong, at 11 years old it was going to happen at some point very soon but sometimes… I really miss my innocence.

Katie ❀

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A Day In London

On this post, I had to bullet point my whole day and funnily enough it fell on the day we went to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! So I’ll start from the top:

  • Woke up at 6am
  • Checked my Instagram & Twitter
  • Fell back to sleep (oops!)
  • Woke up again at 8am
  • Watched Tanya Burr’s New York vlog
  • Got out of bed
  • Made the bed (very important! 😄)
  • Started yesterday’s blog post
  • Ate Cheerios for breakfast
  • Got dressed
  • Applied makeup
  • Packed bag for the day
  • Mum came to pick us up
  • Dropped off at the train station
  • Took train from Southampton to London Waterloo
  • We had to stand on the train all the way to London! Disclaimer: my bad as I have to sit in the direction the train is going… Am I alone in this?
  • Arrived in London
  • Bought some lunch from M&S
  • Walked to Trafalgar Square
  • Sat in Trafalgar Square and ate lunch
  • Lost Joel and then spotted him taking selfies on his own by one of the big fountains 😂
  • Walked to Shaftesbury Avenue
  • Arrived at The Palace Theatre
  • Watched Part One of HP&TCC (it was sooo hot in there!)
  • Finished watching Part One (about 2 hours later)
  • Walked to Prezzo and had lots of yummy Italian food
  • Walked back to The Palace Theatre
  • Watched Part Two of HP&TCC (lots of water this time!)
  • Walked to London Waterloo to catch our train home
  • Sat on train (with seats this time)
  • Ate some fruit
  • Finished & published yesterday’s blog post
  • Fell asleep on Joels shoulder
  • Arrived in Southampton
  • Got in a taxi
  • Arrived back home at 1am!
  • Had the coldest shower ever
  • Jumped into a nice cosy bed
  • Slept for just 5 hours as work in the morning

Phew! Okay, it was a day full of walking, sitting, eating and drinking. Just like most day’s really! haha! The plays were amazing and I feel so lucky to have had the chance to watch them in the theatre.

I also have to say I have a new found love for London again. It’s so pretty and the architecture is incredible. We will definitely be back again over Christmas!

Katie ❀

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What I’m Excited About!

I’m excited about a few things in my life at the moment!

Home Developments
I’m back to being inspired to making our home look pretty and nice. I love shopping in HomeSense and like looking at Instagram everyday for ideas! I’m currently obsessed with @rvk_loves, @kate.lavie, @perfectlylovelyjen… their homes are amazing!

Autumn/Christmas
They’re on the horizon! I love when the season changes and you start having more cosy nights in. Although, we are due a heatwave in the UK this week so I won’t be getting out my woolly hat just yet!

My Blog
Writing on this blog excites me every day at the moment! It’s always on my mind and I love being able to think about what content I want to put out there next. I feel this 30 day writing challenge is really helping me get into a routine, so that I will be able to take forward meaningful and exciting posts about my life in the near future.

Katie ❀

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5 Blessings In My Life

Today is mine and Joel’s 1st year wedding anniversary. I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone! It feels like yesterday we were enjoying our special day with all our family and friends. I count my lucky stars every day for the life I’m living and here are 5 of my favourite wonderful blessings.

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My Husband
Wow… I still can’t get used to that. ☺️ He drives me crazy. He’s absolutely bonkers. He’s messy and we have completely different styles but I can honestly say he’s my soulmate. I love him unconditionally and feel so blessed to have found ‘the one’.

My Health
I’m healthy and happy. I have eyes to see, ears to hear and legs to walk the Earth. If all were taken away, I’d still feel blessed to have pure imagination and my soul.

Travel
I have been to some truly amazing places around the world like America, Italy, Australia, Barbados, Spain, France and Mauritius. To experience different places and immerse yourself in their cultures is something I will continue to do and I feel blessed every day that I have the ability to fulfil this desire.

Family
They’re your most important allies and I feel so blessed to have a strong willed, gorgeous and funny family. At every family get-together, I sometimes just like to sit and watch  every one talk so I can take in every moment with them. Some day the amount of people at the dinner table will change and you’ll wish you could have a past moment back again just to have one more time with them. Treasure every moment with your loved ones.

Home
I love our house. It’s bricks, paint and furniture to most but to me… it’s home. It holds so much love right now and one day that love will grow so much stronger that we won’t be able to contain it. I’m so blessed to have my lovely little home.

Katie ❀

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Something I Feel Strongly About

I feel strongly about love.

No matter how much hatred, anger, terrorism and racism people have towards their fellow man… peace, love, compassion, kindness and faith will be everlasting.

This is it. We’re all human. We have one planet. One home. Hatred should not divide us.

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#WHEREISTHELOVE

Katie ❀

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Decorating Update

It’s been a tough ol’ week of continuous painting for us. I (very naievly) thought that painting all the walls white would take us a few days and we’d be in the house by the weekend! So as it’s taking us longer than expected, we decided we’ll pay a decorater to complete the bigger jobs.

All in all, the house is coming together nicely! I love it more and more every day. I just wish we could fast forward the decorating part but know it will be so worth it in the end.

Here’s some decorating photos of our first week in the new pad!

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This photo was taken before the decorating madness! Our living room is lovely and spacious. I wanted all the walls white and we soon realised that this will actually take longer than first thought. (oops!)


White paint was my nemesis at this point. Once you start on a room, you have to totally persevere and keep going! Our porch now looks so much more bright and inviting.


This is the second bedroom and it was originally the brightest yellow we’d ever seen! Now it’s a gorgeous pure white. A couple of days ago I got a little worried that maybe having every room white was a bit too much but I realise once we have our furniture in and photos/decorations on the walls the place will look so nice and colourful.

Our bedroom is seriously going to need about 10 coats of paint! It was a dark purple so we’ll need to really make sure we really cover it up.


The kitchen was the first room we sorted and it’s looking so smart! I love the wood panelling that we painted a subtle grey.

As you can see, we only really have a little way to go. The house is in a great condition; I’m just in a bit of a nesting phase and want it looking perfect before we move in properly.

Katie ❀

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New Home Inspiration

We are finally home owners!!! 🏡✨❤️📦🔑

It’s been a long time since we put in an offer on our house and after months of signing documents, chasing solicitors and saving for our deposit we have finally got the keys! Typically though, we aren’t ready to move in just yet. Joel is currently away in Italy working during the Rugby Six Nations and I didn’t really want to do any moving without him so in the meantime, I have been gathering inspiration for our new home!

I’ve created a New Home Inspiration mood board on Pinterest (of course!) and thought I would share a couple of photos on my blog.

Spare Room/Office

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We will be using our spare room as an office for now as both Joel and I work from home on occasions; I want to get this looking really smart and fresh. At the moment the room is a very garish yellow, so we’ll be starting off painting it a bright white. It’ll then feel like a blank canvas and once we’ve lived in it for a while, we can then decide if we want to mix it up.

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I really like pinks and whites but (as any ladies out there will know) sometimes, living with a boy, we have to compromise! I’m hoping I’ll decorate it nicely and Joel will just like it when it’s all cosy and completed.

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I’m not crazy about the wall colour in the photo above but I do like the colour and organisation of the folders and also the frame layout on the wall.

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I can really imagine the final look of our office looking like this! Once we save up enough money, we will definitely be investing in a good carpet or lovely hardwood floors.

Kitchen

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Our new home was built in the 1970’s and is a little dated in terms of cupboards and tiles. We’ll definitely be re-vamping them before we move all of our stuff in. I’m literally just going to paint the cupboards white and my mum is a pro at tiling. This photo looks exactly how I’d love the kitchen to look in the meantime. I think long term we’d invest in re-building the entire kitchen but for now, you have to make the most with what you got!

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I love how effective the bunting and plants look. As we’ll be painting the majority of the room white, these will be lovely little additions of colour.

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Shh… my parents have bought Joel a new coffee machine for our new home and I love the way you can lay out a little coffee station.

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I love the blinds in this photo. They make a kitchen look so cosy!

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Okay, so I looked up SMEG fridges and they’re like £900-£2,000… Really, this photo is just inspiration for a nice white fridge! I really like the addition of a chalkboard too.

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This justifies for me that white kitchen cupboards are the way forward. They make a room like so bright and fresh which is exactly the look we’re going for.

Bathroom

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Our bathroom is super tiny and doesn’t have any windows. However, it is in a great condition and the extractor fan must be working wonders. Like every room though, I just want to put our stamp on the place. The room needs brightening up, so we’re going to invest in some spotlights and a new floor for now.

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I really like the idea of a beach decor for the bathroom. Whites and teal/duck egg blue.

Bedroom

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A bedroom really is a sacred place. You spend a lifetime asleep so it’s important for us that we invest in a good bed and furniture. Luckily, the room comes with a built in cupboard and chest of drawers. They (like everything in the house) need a bit of paint but other than that it will be an easy room for us to love. I again, really want the room to be white and then we can add colour by adding different bed covers and pictures on the walls.

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I cannot wait to have our wedding photos in frames and dotted around the house. They’re so beautiful I just want to show them off. You pay all that money for a great photographer after all!

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Lots of pretty cushions are a must. I just want the bedroom looking cosy and inviting for Joel and I after a long day at work.

Living Room/Hallway

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The living room (in my opinion) is the most important room of any home. It’s what your visitors will see first, you’ll spend most of your time chatting and watching television there and for us espeically, we also will be eating here on a dining table too. It’s a nice size space so we can do a lot with it. I loved the inspiration here with the photo frames, cushions and throws. It looks super cosy and inviting.

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We have a little hallway that I want to put some tables against. We can just add accents to these to make it extra cosy and smart.

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On a final note, we want to make our house fun! I have all these organisational tips on my other Pinterest board Home Organisation and as we are moving into a small home, space savers on here will be essential for us.

This will be mine and Joel’s first home as husband and wife and I can’t wait for our journey to finally begin. So, I leave you with this beautiful quote that we love and will be framing in our hallway.

Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can’t help but communicate. And if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss. Love grows best in houses just like this.

Katie ❀

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