Declutter and minimise possessions to only what is needed…

Wow…2017 huh?! How is it here already?

So today I’ve been thinking about minimalism and decluttering. I cannot ever see myself living in a sterile house of few possessions but I can see a future with a lot less stuff.

Stuff, it is exhausting huh?! SO MUCH STUFF. Do we really even need half of this stuff? So overwhelming, time consuming, complicated, emotional and generally just down right crappy. The real things, the love, laughter, friendship, hugs cost very little.
Talking to my husband we know what matters to us the most and it does not involve buying more stuff. We are very much starting out in this journey of ours, who knows where it will lead us but we are excited to see.

I don’t know about you but I am tired, really fed up of having 10 times the amount of stuff I actually need, that not making me any happier, instead making me sad. Volunteering, singing, dancing, photography, love, friendship, family this is what sparks joy for me and that can’t really be bought can it.

What gives you joy? What do you want to change in your life in 2017?

How to make confetti cones…and live to tell the tale!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything after pretty much taking a self imposed sabbatical from blogging in order to plan our wedding. Can I admit right now that I found wedding planning stressful? I was worried about almost everything and turned into this scary version of me that I barely recognised…maybe more on that later but for now let’s look at the good, DIY stuff…confetti cones!

We were super lucky as a family friend gave us lots of dried flower confetti from her daughter’s wedding. I also added some dried rose petals from a bouquet my husband (then boyfriend gave me) and a rose from my Grandad’s garden as he has passed away and I wanted to remember him in my own way.

We had lots of different colours in our confetti and ended up using some small petals bought from Shropshire Petals to really make it all ‘pop’.

I found a lovely vintage book about flowers for £1 which we used as the paper for the confetti cones, each one was unique and added to the woodlands and park theme we had to the day.

The pages were cut out/torn out of the book and then made into squares with a craft knife, we also used a paper cutter that was decorative from Hobby craft. To secure the cones we used double sided tape, for added staying power we also used some hot glue from a glue gun.

It was fiddly and me being a lefty also meant it may have taken a little while longer to complete but all in all it took around 3 hours, it was a long task but one that added a little creativity and personality to the day.

By the way the theme must have changed about 4 times at least for the wedding day, I could not make up my mind! It all worked out in the end though!

Spring has sprung.

Hello lovelies!
How is it April already? The count down to our wedding is truly on and lots of exciting things have been happening including an amazing trip to Antigua. How awesome it that?! It’s a place I never thought I’d get to visit. I went with my in-laws and family. There were many exciting happenings and adventures including zip wiring through the rain-forest and feeding and swimming with wild sting rays! I have loved sting rays since first seeing them as a child in Sea World but this was insanely brilliant…I mean I fed a STING RAY!!
One of the big things I noticed was the colourful houses and plants that brought such vibrancy and cheer to the Island, the local people are so welcoming and the chilled out vibe was perfect. I can understand why so many people get married and have their honeymoon over there.
I would love to be on the beach or is listening to the waves crashing on the shore but alas back to life back to reality! I loved the time to be with my in-laws, sisters and brothers in law (to be) and their other halfs, it was fun, chilled and exhilarating.

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New Year…

Hello lovelies!
Happy New Year. How is it nearly the end of January?! I don’t know about you but I am finding it hard to shift into this new year but many exciting time ahead. Me and my fiance get married this year and also get to see three sets of friends get married…exciting times lie ahead in 2016.

What are your exciting plans for 2016? Does anyone make resolutions? I go with general things I want to achieve…at the moment get my backside off the sofa and go to the gym!

Let’s go do this! Here’s to a great 2016.

Veggie Brunch

Hey there!
So I read a few blogs and I’d heard a lot of hype about Bill’s. I met up with a couple of girlfriends and we visited a local one which my friend suggested as a good place for a late breakfast.
I was a smitten kitten over the veggie breakfast…stupidly didn’t ask for gluten free and ended up getting normal toast and poached eggs which sometimes play up food intolerances….I felt sick….really sick after my breakfast but I think it was down to my heart ruling my stomach!

I also had a very tasty watermelon juice…it was absolutely delish…word of warning though that watermelon is a great kidney cleanser…you may need to find the toilets very quickly!! I’m not really selling it am I?! I can see why so many bloggers like it though…so many dishes are Instagram worthy and it seems very popular with families.

So I’m not sure if I’ll be visiting again any time soon but it was pretty nice to have a range of veggie things for brunch and I felt full until late afternoon.

Have a great day.
There she glows X

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Big things are happening.

How are you? I have been a very lazy blogger of late…I have been off the radar as something really flipping exciting has happened, I go engaged! It’s been such a whirlwind of awesome emotions and crazy planning that I’ve barely had time to stop or to blog.

One of the things that has surprised me in the world of weddings is the amount of events and fairs etc that you can go to…cue free cake, prosecco…whatever to make you fall in love with what they are selling! It’s a very strange world and one that this introverted future Mrs was not too keen on. I have managed to escape the whirlwind of canapes and candy carts and me and my fiance (eeek!) are on our way to married life some time next year.

Alongside the exciting wedding news was a new job which means sitting down and snacking far too much…hello elasticated trousers (eeep!). The thought of wanting to look lovely in a wedding dress and go on holiday beforehand has spurred me into action. I am hitting the gym a lot more, trying to make healthy choices and resisting the urge to hibernate and eat my body weight in chocolate!!!

Any other brides to be or grooms that can offer help and advice in staying fit in the run up (he he!) to the wedding?!

Have a great day.
There she glows x

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Giving a speech.

Hello there!
I’ve just created a little pdf I wanted to share with you about giving a speech or presentation. It is not fool proof and it is not meant to be patronising in any way. I really hope it helps you if you are giving a speech or presentation. Please comment and let me know if it works for you.
Meryl x

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Pick your own…fruit and veg!

The sun was out and the fridge was lacking some tasty fruit and veg so we went to one of our local fruit and veg ‘pick your own’ farms (PYO). A couple of hours, a bit of walking and giggling and a couple of tastes of the raspberries for good measure and we were done.
We had managed to get:
Orange beetroot
Red currants (LOTS!)
Raspberries (LOTS!)
French beans
Baby courgettes

It is a great day out and a fun way to see where fruits and vegetables come from. We saw a lot of families enjoying the sunshine.

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Vegetarian risotto.

The other night I made a vegetarian risotto and promised on social media that I’d post the recipe…it’s made up by me, no recipe followed! We had a glut of fresh veggies as we’d gone to a ‘Pick your own’ farm where you can pick your own vegetables and fruits.

This would serve four people as a main course or a large side.

Risotto rice (I used one risotto rice from Lidl)
1 vegetable stock cube broken in half, fill up a jug with water and half the stock cube (you may need to repeat a few times as the rice LOVES the stock!)
4-6 stalks of asparagus
Big handful of frozen peas
2 small leeks
1 small courgette cut into small pieces
Salt & pepper to season
Garlic oil (fry light)

*If not vegan you may also want a small bit of butter and some grated cheese at the end.

I sprayed the pan (I used a large frying pan) with garlic spray oil and poured in some risotto rice (I used roughly a large mug full of dry risotto rice).
Chopped all of the green veg.
Poured in 1/4 of the stock and kept adding in the stock roughly every five minutes.
Added in the vegetables about 10 mins into cooking the rice.
I used at least 2 jugs full of warm stock.
Cooked the whole lot through for about 40 mins until the rice was soft and the veggies cooked through.
At the end I stirred in a little butter and some cheddar cheese!! (Not very healthy, this bit could be left out to make it healthier).
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Fruit salad.

I love fruit salad, it’s a quick snack or dessert. It helps towards your daily intake of fruit and it can make you feel like you’re somewhere lovely and tropical even when it’s grey and raining outside.

Some of my favourite combinations are:

  • Strawberries, pineapple & mint.
  • Mango, kiwi, pineapple, passion fruit.
  • Cantalouple, galia & watermelon.
  • Strawberry, melon, raspberry & blueberries.
  • Strawberry, kiwi, melon, clementine.

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