Sunday, 30 June 2013

Keep In Touch

So as of tomorrow, Google Reader will no longer be - if I'm completed honest, I have no idea what is going on, but basically, it means that you won't be able to follow blogs via that method anymore. I believe that the Google Friend Connect will still be here but, just in case that too disappears sooner rather than later and you wanted to stay in touch with me and keep up to date on my oh so interesting life (hmmmmmm who am I kidding), I would recommend popping on over to Bloglovin.

I'm sure you're probably sick of reading these posts but I would love it if you still kept in touch with me and it would mean a lot to me if you would add me to your Bloglovin list! And, if you have a blog - please send me your bloglovin links so I can give them a looksie - I'm always on the lookout for some new reads!

Anyway, just because I'm nice and as a thank you for even clicking on this post, here's a beautiful puppy picture :) (because everyone loves puppies surely)!

Ta ta for now 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

A Puppy Update

If you've read my blog for a little while, you'll know that last year, my chocolate lab Fudge, became the proud mummy to 9 little babies. After 8/9 weeks of bringing them up, 7 of them went off to their new families to be loved and cared for while 2 of them, Baxter & Maisy became part of our family.

I have a done a few updates since they were born, but realised the other day that I haven't done one in quite some time, and last week, on 12th June, they turned 1 (or 7 in dog years)! I can't believe that they are 1 already, but they are still my little puppies, and although they can be little munchkins most of the time, they really do complete our family and I bloomin well adore them! 

So, without further ado, here's some update pictures of the little ones (and mum of course - however she is very camera shy so we don't get many shots of here)!  

FYI - This post will be picture heavy and I do not apologise - who can resist pictures of puppies!
The Harvey Labrador family (including the puppy pictures)

Baxter is a typical boistorous boy - he loves to jump up and give you kisses and more than anthing,, he loves his ball (or what's left of it)! We cannot go on a walk without it - he literally cry's and searches for it if we happen to forget it! 

Puppy piggyback anyone??

Not quite worked out how to sit on the tiled floor yet

Maisy is much more reserved than Baxter - she's much smaller and very very shy. Maisy is basically scared of pretty much everything and has actually ran away at the thought that another dog was going to approach her - this is something we're working on with her but she is very fragile indeed and loves to be close to you - she will stare you out for as long as it takes before you give in and let her up on the sofa for snuggles! 

And finally there's Mummy Fudge who seriously has the patience of a saint! She puts up with a hell of a lot from her little pups, but it is so adorable watching them grow together! Just look at that last picture - like mother, like son - it makes my heart melt! 

Waiting for their treats after posing for all their pictures!

I hope you've enjoyed your puppy update - I will do another later down the line I'm sure ;) 

Sunday, 23 June 2013

A room for me

I treated myself to the final bit of furniture that I've wanted to complete my 'dressing room' - yes, my very own room! I live in a 3 bed bungalow - one room is our bedroom, the other smallest room is the bf's home office/den and the final room is mine! I have been working on it for a few years now, doing bits as and when I could but I am finally there now - all I need to do is tidy it and keep it that way!

I wanted to share with you some of my favourite bits from the room and of course, show off my new piece of furniture! So, on with the photo's...

The furniture in the room is all 'shabby chic' type looking so this 3 drawer chest from Dunelm-Mill fitted perfectly. I've had my eye on it for quite some time but noticed on Friday night that it had 20% off making it only £63.99 so couldn't resist (hurry if you want it, 20% finished tonight - Sunday 23rd June)!

It's a slightly different colour white to the rest of the furniture, be hey-ho - it all adds to the rustic feel (doesn't it)!

I have set it up next to my little blogging chair where I usually curl up of an evening to catch up on my bloglovin roll (or heaven forbid, write my own post)!

On top at the moment is a Tiffany box which I'm using for storage of little trinkets, 2 little candle holders (I've taken the candles out of it as it was rose scented and I'm not the biggest fan), my memory jar, China Glaze For Audrey and finally my calendar block!

Some of my favourite things in the room as these bookmarks from 'East of India' - I adore these quotes - they have so many and it was difficult to narrow down the choice, but these all have some meaning to me so they fitted perfectly!

Scrabble tiles bought from Typo in Sydney | Bookmarks from Ebay

A little odd, but some storage boxes - alongside the usual suspects of Ikea storage boxes, I also have a few random ones that I have scattered in-between - I adore the bird print on this one (bought from Store 21).

And finally, something very personal which was a gift to me from my Aunty & Uncle on my 18th. In this frame, is a pound coin for every year from my birth year to my 18th year (except for 2009 - we have NEVER been able to find this one). I absolutely love it - so my thought and effort went in to making it and I really have cherished it over the years (I've even made a couple since for friends special birthdays).

I hope you like my favourite picks and I'd love to see your dressing room if you have one :)

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

A little bit of haulin

I've done a little bit of shopping recently and thought I'd share with you some of the pretty little bits I've picked up.

I have recently been having quite an open love affair with Next! I have shopped with Next for many, many years, and boy do I love this place! So, here's a few of my favourite picks from, well, the last few weeks!

Next: Necklace Trim Top

Apologies for the creases - it's been scrumpled up in a bag!

Next: Stripe Jersey Blazer

And finally, whilst perusing my local Topshop - somewhere I very rarely look in to be honest, I saw this jumper and straight away decided I needed it! It wasn't until I was in the changing room that I noticed it was actually maternity - now I'm not sure what it says about me, but it fitted pretty damn well and I bloody LOVE it!

I absolutely adore the neckline and the texture of this knit - perfect for the 'summer' nights we have at the moment! I can't find this on the Topshop website unfortunately, but it was £45 - check out your local store quick!

As you can see, I have been very taken recently with plain items with a little bit of pazazz/sparkle - I think items like this are great to have in your wardrobe - they can easily transform any outfit!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

What's in my bag: updated edition

I love what's in my bag video's/posts and I've probably done more than is required, but, as I was changing over my bag I thought I would do an updated version of what I carry around on a day to day basis. There is also a 'what's in my bag' competition being run by Moneysupermarket with the chance of winning over £1000 worth of Mulberry goodies (or 6 £25 ASOS runners-up prizes available provided by The main point of the competition is to see how much we actually carry around with us - which I for one, have been quite shocked when you add everything up.

So on to the bit everyone wants to see in these posts, what's actually inside my bag...

Well the bag itself was a gift from the lovely people over at Next when I recently joined them at their Home & Garden event. I absolutely adore it - it's big enough to carry pretty much everything around in it and I love the colours - tan with neon pink inside (perfect for summer).

Mulberry Daria Continetal Purse | Radley re-usable bag (a must in Wales as you have to pay for carrier bags everywhere) | Keys to my little Giuseppe (aka Fiat 500) | Little notepad for random thoughts that may occur during the day

 Ray-Ban Wayferers | Cath Kidston Travelcard wallet | Cath Kidston Camera Case

iPad 3

 Tiffany small cosmetics bad | Travel Tangle Teezer | Clarins Lip Perfector (in 04) | Sephora Lipgloss | Kiko Ultra Glossy Stylo (in 803) 

Contents of Tiffany bag: 
Model Mirror (which is house in a little Mulberry pouch) | Tablets galore - you just never know | Origins super spot remover (I go nowhere without this) | Nail glue | No7 BB Lips

As I've just switched over bags, I have tried to condense what I carry around with me - I'm sure in time, all the junk will creep back in but at least I've given it a go! 

If you'd like to enter the Moneysupermarket competition too, just write up your 'what's in my bag' post, and email it to: with 'What's in your Handbag' in the subject.

What's in your bag? If you've done a post like this, please link below - I love seeing what other's carry around with them. 

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Event: Next Home & Garden

This week, I was very lucky to be invited, along with some lovely bloggers, to the new Next Home & Garden store in Warrington.

The new store was built after a fire left half of the previous Next store damaged. The fire meant that the store needed to be rebuilt, and well, they didn't just rebuild the existing store, but they've pretty much doubled, with half being clothing and the other half being home & garden (joined together with a Costa in the middle).

I have to admit, I have quite the love affair with Next - from the clothing all the way to the homeware, and now I can throw in garden - this store for me is a day out in itself, I could literally spend hours in it!

We started the day with a walk around the new home & garden section with the lovely Jo, who explained all the different trends that are being sold and how old trends have evolved over the years.

This new store is absolutely full to bursting with all things home and garden, including all the bits you need for those DIY moments (complete with how to guides on their website - all very girl friendly) and an instore home design service. I absolutely adored the fact that they had plants ready to go-all you needed to do is buy a pot big enough and pop them in, no faffing around with getting your hands dirty (my kind of gardening).

 Who doesn't want this at the end of their garden - I know I do for sure!

Our final task at the store was to be let loose with some vouchers which were kindly gifted to us by the Next PR Team (thank you very much) and find ourselves a treat - not such an easy task with so much to see, but I finally settled on a new pouffe/cube for my lounge - very practical indeed!

We then headed off to The Cotton's Hotel & Spa to be thoroughly pampered with a treatment or two in the spa (a back, neck and shoulder massage was just delightful) and afternoon tea - what more could you want?! Well, Next thoroughly spoilt us rotten with a parting gift in the shape of a goody bag (which is a bag in itself which I'll showcase in an upcoming post soon).

I had a wonderful day (not bad for my first event) and really enjoyed hearing the background to the collections and seeing the new store in all it's glory - it was lovely to hear how passionate Jo was about the brand, and her enthusiasm for the garden section may have just inspired me to get a little bit more green fingered (although chances are I'm going to be purchasing the ready made pots more than anything but it's a start). Thank you very much to the Next team for inviting me and for organising such a lovely day.

If you live in or around Warrington or ever up North then I would highly recommend popping in (although I doubt one could ever just pop to this store quickly with so much to see). The new store is located on the Gemini Retail Park (right opposite Ikea).