A hygge kinda Sunday…nature & cake!!

There’s nothing quite like breathtaking Wintry/Autumnal park walks and baking on a Sunday to bring in the new year. A few weeks ago – me, mum and hubby went for a walk around Sutton Park and took some mighty good pictures if I say so myself! You can’t beat crisp, golden walks in the park….actually…

10 Simple Ways to get Hygge!

I’m a tad fascinated with all things hygge related since I’ve recently read ‘The Cosy Life’ by Pia Edberg. Hygge, pronounced HOO-GA, is a Danish concept and it doesn’t have a literal translation, but the closest word to describe what it means would be ‘coziness.’ I like to think that you can personalise the concept…

Tag your Bag – Part 2

The decluttering continues and this weekend I got hubby on board too by asking him to  bag up and tag up the clothes he hasn’t worn in an age and unlikely to wear again. Half an  hour later, we had 7 tagged bags near the door, ready to be taken to our local Oxfam shop. And…

#BACKTOBACKS Birmingham Adventures – Part 1

There’s so much to explore in good old Brum, but it’s easy to get stuck in a set routine and visit the same old places at the weekend; this is exactly what me and Matt have been doing for the last 7 months – way too long!!  So we’ve decided that we’ll both each plan…

Tag Your Bag – Part 1

I received a letter through the post the other week from Oxfam and it put a big smile on my face. I filled several bags with clothes I hadn’t worn in an age and was unlikely to wear in the future, bric a bric and other bits and pieces and donated them to my local…

8 ways to turn your working week around!

We all have those mornings/days when our working week isn’t going to plan. It could be that you haven’t completed some important stuff on your ‘to do’ list and that you feel behind, or you may have some issues in your personal life which makes it difficult to concentrate at work. Whatever the myriad of…

Mini Weekend Retreat

I am one lucky lady to live near to the largest urban park in the UK.  There’s nothing quite like a long leisurely stroll in Sutton Coldfield park when the air is crisp and you can feel Spring is on its way. Here are a few shots of my mini weekend retreat 😉    …

Urban retreats….park life & coffee shops

The day to day hustle and bustle of city and working life can sometimes leave you little time to stop and smell the roses. That’s why one of the best ways I can spend some of the weekend, will be in my favourite coffee shop and taking a brisk walk around our local park. I…

5 ways to relax into the New Year

Here’s an article I wrote for ‘The Aucklander’ in January 2013 and I thought I’d share as it’s January 2016! You can also find the article here if you fancy having a read of ‘The Aucklander.’ You may be contemplating what your new year’s resolutions should be, or perhaps you have already made a list and bought that…

5 reasons why your pain & sorrow can make you stronger & happier

The quote above is one of my all time favourites and that’s saying something, because there are a lot of good quotes out there. I love this quote because it speaks the truth about the complexity, beauty and irony of the human condition; happiness, gratitude and strength can blossom from pain and adversity.  I truly…

10 reasons why mother nature is awesome!

I live near Sutton Park, which is a National Nature Reserve and it’s one of the largest urban parks in Europe.  This weekend we went for a good walk in this beautiful park, breathed in some fresh air and sat a while and took in some beautiful views. Here are some pics I took whilst…

10 Reasons why guinea pigs are amazing!

I own two amazing guinea pigs – Mixie and Bowie and they are EPIC animals!! They have heaps of personality and they are really therapeutic. Me and my partner rent a flat and the landlord doesn’t allow animals (booo!) but we’ve been a bit cheeky (ok, a lot cheeky) and over 18 months ago we went to Pets at Home…