Thursday, 29 August 2013

Another blog challenge

While browsing my beloved Pinterest not too long ago, I came across this...
So, along with my blogging and real-life buddy Mandeep,
I'm going to be starting this challenge on Sunday.

The only rules are that the photos you post must have been taken this summer, by you.

I'll keep my regular blogging to a minimum so I don't clog up your Blog Lovin',
or whatever it is you use these days (you're welcome).

I have no idea how to do one of those link-up thingys but if you'd like to join us, you're more than welcome; just post a link to your post in the comment section of mine or Mandeep's blog and we'll check them out!

If you're looking for another awesome challenge for September, but think this Summer Photo Challenge
is too much, head over to Jenni's blog (Story of My Life) and take part in Blogtember, where you'll
only have to blog for 20 of the 30 days of the month.

Whichever challenge you choose to do, good luck!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

"Once upon a time there were four little rabbits..."

Happy Tuesday everyone. 
I hope you had a great three-day (for us Brits) weekend!

I had planned to bring you an update on our garden today, but, thanks to the weather 
and not being able to borrow a van to pick up some new fence panels, we didn't get as much
done as we wanted to, so instead, I thought I'd share with you some pictures I took on Sunday, 
of my sister-in-law/mother-in-law's rabbits, because who doesn't like cute baby rabbits...
This is Luna, with three of her four six-week-old babies
(who are too young to be sexed so they're currently nameless)
This is Luna's mummy, Gypsy 
This is the babies daddy, Charlie
This is the fourth baby (who has been temporarily christened Chester)
This is the MIL with one of the babies
Hubby and Leighton decided to get into the rabbits (new) home with them...

Have a great week everyone.
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Friday, 23 August 2013

An overdue tidy up

I'm not sure if you know but Hubby and I live in a three-bedroomed house, yes there are just two of us
but we seem to have amassed a huge collection of stuff, hence the need for three bedrooms.

The front bedroom is our bedroom - you've seen that here - the small bedroom is the study/office,
which doesn't get used much now that we have a laptop and are no longer limited to a desktop pc and
finally we have what I like to call the guest bedroom, although, it is more of a dumping ground - it's also
the one room we've yet to properly decorate to our own tastes since moving in almost six years ago.

*I am a little ashamed at just how bad the room is in these photos*

So, this past weekend, we decided it was past time to have a good clear out and actually find homes for
all the stuff that's been dumped in this room. We agreed before we began that anything that we couldn't
find a home for would find itself either boxed up in the loft or taken to the tip! After four hours of tidying
and sorting, we ended up putting a bunch of stuff in the loft and taking two bags of crap to the tip. We
even had three bags to donate to our local charity shop.

A panoramic photo - just because I can with my iPhone - taken from the window.

I'm thrilled with how the room turned out and how tidy it is now - I just hope we can keep it this tidy!
We didn't do anything other than tidy up and put stuff away; there was no decorating done and I only purchased a new purple candle (£1.50 from Primark), the owl accessory holder (£2.50 from Primark)
and the picture above the bed (which is actually a sheet of wrapping paper from Clinton's Cards).

What do you think?
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PS - have a great (Bank Holiday) weekend :)

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

MY choice not to eat meat

This photo has nothing to do with the post that follows, but, for the record,
this gorgeous man has never once questioned my life choices (whether it's
my choice not to eat meat or my choice not to drink on a night out)
and, for that, and so much more, I love him!

As some of you may have read in this post, I don't eat meat. Technically I'm a pescetarian, 
but it's much easier for me to tell people I am vegetarian.

It is a choice I made as a pre-teenager, but something that has become a way of life,
a habit if you will.

So it really fucking annoys me when people question my choices.

Not too long ago, I had what can only be described as a mind-boggling encounter with an Uncle 
(on Hubby's side) at a family gathering. To give you a bit of background, there was buffet food available 
(I was very well catered for, I might add) and I was having a lovely, respectful conversation with a few family
members about my choice and how things have changed socially (in regards to restaurants and people's 
opinions) since I stopped eating meat in May 1996.

The encounter I'm referring to went a little something like this:

Nice Uncle: So how long have you been a vegetarian?

Me: 17 years; I was 11 when I stopped eating meat.

Stupid Uncle: Laura, can I ask, what would you do if you needed a blood transfusion?

Me: *obviously confused* Urm, I'd take it [it would most likely be life or death].

Sister-in-law: That's Jehovah's Witnesses that don't take blood, not vegetarians!

Stupid Uncle: But it's the same thing?!

Me: How is it? The blood [used in transfusions] is willing donated from humans.

Channelling my inner Ren [x]

Understandably, my blood was boiling so I don't remember what was said next but I'm pretty
sure Sister-in-law or Nice Uncle diverted the subject towards something a little more friendly.

Seriously, I'm 28-years-old (almost 29). When am I going to have to stop explaining MY life choices
to other people?! You don't ask why an aunty is wearing a bad jumper, nor do you ask why your
cousin decided to get their hair cut really short (and now looks a bit like a boy), so why ask me why
I chose to be a vegetarian pescetarian?

As I said, I have been a non-meat eater since the age of 11, which means I haven't eaten meat for
longer than I did eat meat - how is it so difficult for some narrow-minded people to get their head
around that? Choosing a meat-free option at a restaurant or cooking with Quorn is a normal way of life
for me. In fact, I'm pretty sure that my digestion would be called into serious question if I did try and
eat meat after such a long time.

(side story: I heard from a friend that her friend had decided to eat meat after 10 years of 
vegetarianism and was advised by her doctor to just eat ONE rasher of bacon A DAY 
to let her stomach/digestion get used to it again!)

You'd think that, with the year being 2013 and all, we'd stop questioning how other people choose to live THEIR lives, especially when it has nothing to do with us.

Rant over
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Monday, 19 August 2013

Life Lately

Happy Monday everyone :)

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I've had a pretty good week this week;
work's not been too crazy, the weather has been treating me to hints of
autumn and I've been feeling pretty good :)

Here's the best of my week...
Nude nails :)
I downloaded a new app in order to help me get healthier :)
Saturday night football & pizza
Sunday morning Pinterest while Hubby watches Wrestling
A spot of Sunday afternoon shopping to smarten up our spare bedroom (reveal coming soon)
Sunday afternoon in the park
Sunday evening chillin'
Here's to another great week, and even better three-day weekend :)
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Friday, 16 August 2013

A photography plea...

I've done a lot of cool stuff lately.

A lot of cool stuff that I've enjoyed.

A lot of cool that I've also photographed.
I've photographed these experiences a) for prosperity and b) to share with you. I've seen many
other people also taking photographs whilst enjoying their own experiences. 

However, there have been too many occasions when I have spotted overly enthusiastic
budding photographers taking photos of EVERY SINGLE THING!

For example, a mum of three at Harry Potter World who took photos of the queue.
Yes the queue to get in! Why would you want photos of a bunch of people you don't know?!

How can they possibly enjoy and truly experience where they are/what they're doing if they're
experiencing every moment through the lens of their camera/iPhone?

I just don't get it. I understand wanting to capture every moment of your fun, but can you truly be
having as much fun as possible if you're experiencing life through the lens of your camera?

So, for the love of god, please, all you professional and amateur photographers out there, please, every
now and again, put down the camera and look at life with your eyes - you may find you have more fun!
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Monday, 12 August 2013

Just another #ManiMonday...

Happy Monday everyone :)

As most of you know, I loveeeee me some painted nails, so here's a little look at some of the patterns 
and paintings that have adorned my nails since the beginning of May...

ICYMI: I did this free hand *proud smile*
I'm a convert to Essie nail polish - I love it. It paints on so nicely, lasts for ages and they do some amazing colours. I currently own just six of their huge range, but I'm planning on buying a new colour every month from now until the end of time! I'm not joking.

What's your favourite nail polish brand? 
Do you have any hot nail polish tips for autumn?
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