Monday, 21 July 2014

My lovely green box of loveliness (or good old fashioned stationary)

I love getting emails as much as the next person. But when there is a personal card or letter for me in the post, I love it! I feel like a kid again, when I used to ask my mum everyday whether there was a any post for me... even though I was only about 8 at the time so rarely got anything. The excitement was always great!

I try to carry through this love by picking birthday cards for example carefully depending on who they are from. Whether they are £1 in Marks and Spencers or £3 for a hand-crafted design, I simply adore beautiful cards, and hope they spread joy when received too.

Because of this, and in my eternal effort to introduce a little organisation into my slightly chaotic life, I have always wanted to have a beautiful box, full of beautiful cards at the ready to make the world a happier and brighter place at a moment's notice! 

And so here it is, and I am very, very (!) excited about this. I finally have a beautiful box, full of beautiful cards and small presents ready to be dispatched for friends and family's birthdays! I have been wanting to do this for ages, and it is finally functional!

I was given this beautiful box for my 30th birthday. And I then set out to fill it with beautiful cards for all sorts of occasions. I have to admit, buying loads of cards in one go did cost me a small fortune, but don't they look amazing!? 


Most of these cards were bought with someone specific in mind, so now I just need to wait for the right time to send them.




 

I also love these, "Random Notes of Appreciation", which are small credit card sized cards with individual happy notes, and they come with small envelopes to match too. Aren't they lush?


And finally, I was brought up to always send out Thank You cards for presents, and I try to carry this through as I do believe that it is important to show people that you are grateful. Which reminds me, I am slightly behind in doing them for Hugo's birthday... Off to the box I go!


Have you got any old-fashioned habits you like to maintain? Please do share, I'd love to hear from you!

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B O X - From a selection in TK Maxx ~~ C A R D S - from a selection from Oliver Bonas, Paperchase and Sainsbury's.

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Big news on the next step in my life...

You may remember a little while back my cryptic post about the next step I felt I needed to take with my life... I gave very little indication as to what that was all about but I received a lot of support and encouragement from many of you at the time (thank you!).

Well, I can now officially state that the next crazy step in my life has been taken, and so all is now in motion! Ok, it isn't quite the idea I referred to in my previous post. Ok it is not at all linked. But it is massive all the same.


You have to love every decision you make in life. Even the small ones. One day you will wake up and look back on your life. I don't want to look back and say, what if, had I, if I only, I regret.... I want to be able and say I did everything I wanted, and got the life I strived for. I will be able to say I have no regrets. That's a damn good feeling.

For the last few months, I was unhappy. Admittedly, some of this was simply caused by sleep deprivation from having a new baby. But really, it was more than that. It has been a long year. An amazing year, concluded with Hugo turning one recently. But also a long traumatic one. It is coming up to a year since my godmother passed away. She truly was like a second mother to me, and I still think and dream of her on a regular basis, especially when i need advice on a specific topic. However her words of wisdom remain deeply rooted in me, including "It is important that we focus on our blessings in life of which there are many x"".

Her death clearly has affected my family deeply, as you would imagine. I have also come to realise that ever since, there has been something bugging me at the back of my mind. I just keep feeling this urge to do something, to be true to myself, and to stop being scared of "doing the wrong thing", and instead have more faith in myself and take a leap.

The main issue I had, is that I had no clear idea on where to leap to.

I always use to joke that my career in law was my plan B, and I was still trying to figure out my plan A, what I was truly meant to do with my life. It just so happens that I have truly really enjoyed my day job. I have made some life-long friends along the way, and gained many skills over the years. Last but not least, I finally became a qualified lawyer last month, gratifying years (years!!) of hard work and studying, which felt amazing. But then it happened. I knew it would. And it did. I couldn't stop but think: "Done that. What next?" I knew it would, and true to form, the minute I qualified, I felt justified in considering what I really wanted to do even if it meant a complete change in career.

I just needed to find out what that specific change would be. All I know, is that I have always fancied myself as a creative person...

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Well I haven't found what that change is as of yet. However I know from experience that, when given a chance to take a step back, or at least have some space to stop and think things through, I usually find exactly what I have been looking for. As such, I have taken action. After much thought and consideration, I have decided to take a career break. Hence, notice has been given to work a little while back, and as of 22nd August 2014 I will become voluntarily unemployed. Although I much prefer to call this a career break. It has a much better ring to it.

Barry has been extremely supportive of my decision, for which I am really grateful. He has put up with me stressed about work, stressed at home, and just generally blooming miserable. But still, he helped me consider all the options and really decide what it was that I wanted, over what I felt I should do. And that is no small achievement! I hope that as a result of my decision, it will make me a better person and we can enjoy date nights again, focussing on ourselves as a couple as well as parents and individuals. It always makes more sense financially as we are better off for me not working and therefore not paying childcare (this still drives me insane, how can that be right?!).

As always, I was worried of what other people might think. Especially considering my former confessions as seen here  and here. I do worry that Hugo will miss out on all the amazing developmental skills Siena benefited from by attending the nursery. But I am also looking forward to doing more things with him, which I wasn't able to do with Siena as I worked full-time then, such as swimming. Siena will be fine as she can attend the local nursery, which we can see from our front door (!) and therefore meet lots of local new friends. Overall, I am looking forward to being a stay-at-home-mum now that the kids are both a little older and interactive.

I also worry of voluntarily placing myself out of the job market, when times are hard in the legal sector. However, I decided that rather than stay in a job I am not currently happy in, better to take a step back and truly consider all my options, and whether there might be a path worth taking I haven't considered yet. 

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I also fully intend on putting good use to the additional free time (or is this a myth?) I will gain from not going to work. I have already been offered a very exciting opportunity, which I really hope works out. A friend and I have also discussed plans of going into business in the long run, post career break. I also have an idea which I keep thinking about even though I do not know much in that industry, but keep thinking I can simply take it upon myself to learn about it all! Since I have been on enforced leave while Siena recovers, the ideas keep pouring in, which I wasn't expecting to happen so quickly, and I am therefore thrilled and convinced that my decision was the right one for me to take.

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All in all, I am massively excited and so far have absolutely no regrets! 

Best feeling ever! You will know you made the right decision; you feel the stress leaving your body, your mind, your life. #life #quotes #inspiration

Watch this space, who knows what my next career step will be! But for now, I am looking forward to focusing on the smaller things, and making sure I look after myself, and my beautiful family, as we truly do have many blessing in life, in the words of a wise, wise woman.
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Sunday Fun ~ Bristol's Harbour Festival

I do love Bristol in the summer. 

As this summer we don't have a newborn baby, we're hoping to slowly get back on the summer scene Bristol has to offer. We therefore went off to the harbour festival today for a leisurely stroll, catching up with an old friend at the same time. Slightly different to the times we used to go pre-kids, where we would grab a cold beer and sunbathe somewhere, watching people walk by (I live to people watch!)... But we still had a great day of it. 




 



We're hoping to go to the Balloon Fiesta next, and we'll see if I can drag the family out for the early rise of balloons. There used to be a balloon fiesta in the village I lived in (La Coupe Icare) so it always reminds me of home watching loads of hot air balloons take the sky at once... It truly feels magical and so peaceful. Definitely my favourite part of the day! But today, it was all about ice creams, sunshine and lots of boats! 



Oh and putting Hugo's hair in a pony tail, simply because I can! I am calling him Baby Proudlock but Barry does not approve...



I hope you had a fantastic Sunday! What did you get up to? 
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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Hugo!


One year ago today, my beautiful bambino was born in the middle of a heat wave! If you haven't seen this before, check out the size of my bump this time last year... this is what a 10lbs10 baby  bump looks like inside a 5ft2 petite woman (me)!

Mon petit Prince

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I absolutely love being mum to a boy and to a girl, I feel truly blessed! This past year has taught me a lot (more to follow shortly on this topic!), including that children's birthdays will lead me to getting really stressed even if only organising pizzas and cake round ours! But for now, I just want to wish my beautiful baby boy a very happy birthday, and I hope that all your wishes come true. 

Je t'aime de tout mon coeur!

Maman xxx

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Green Loving Moment... sunglasses

The other week when browsing in the Bordeaux airport shop, Siena and I spotted these:

Ray Ban Aviator RB 3025 - Colored Mirror (Aqua Green)

And since then I have also seen these...


Gold and green combined, what's not to love?? Apart from the fear of looking like a fly perhaps... Mmm... not sure about that...


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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A day in Clevedon...

Sunday, we decided we'd go visit a National Trust place to make good use of our new membership and also because I am most definitely suffering from a slight case of cabin fever, not having been anywhere really since the end of June to let Siena recover.


We chose to go to Clevedon Court, only to get there to realise it would be closed until 13h15, which was over an hour away at the time. We therefore drove onto Clevedon seafront, where we managed to park easily enough as it was nice and early on a Sunday morning.

It was windy, but pleasantly so, and it remained warm throughout. Siena still recoving from her surgery, we took a nice and easy stroll along the sea front, followed by a late breakfast at Scarlett's cafe. We then walked down onto the pier (where One Direction recently filmed a video!). Hugo absolutely loved the wind on his face, and looked as though he could have quite happily spent the whole afternoon there. He was also fasnicated by the sea you could see when looking through the boards, whereas Siena really wasn't sure about this! Siena enjoyed her usual flower picking as well as a Marshfield ice cream the size of her head. On our way back, I saw a little sign for a shop the other side of the street, so went to have a look. The shop had hundreds of vintage rings in the style of my engagement ring, so I was having a good look to see if I could find what style of wedding band would go with my ring. Unfortunately Siena wasn't feeling well so had to go before I could talk to the shop owners, but definitely one to keep in mind! Outside, we were allowed to wander round the shop owner's private gardens, and they were spectacular! All the photos below of the garden are from the same garden! It had hidden corners, a beautiful conservatory, a secret garden right at the end... it just kept going and I could see Barry wishing he had a garden like that to work on!

It was all in all, a perfect relaxing day by the sea front. 











































Have you been to Clevedon before? Do you like taking small little hidden away streets to find hidden gems?
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