Yes, another year has passed and I am having a look back over the last (couple) of years and how much everything has changed. Apart from turning 30 (very) soon this year, there have been some big changes in my life including the birth of my lovely daughter Fluff (Fleur) and Jasper becoming even more intelligent and wonderful every day. I also learnt that twitter has changed. With an influx of complete morons unfortunately, that like to ruin lives and cause chaos. I have taken some time out, re-evaluated who I am ‘connected’ with and banned those I actually don’t want near me (in twitter land!).

I have also changed jobs – after a hellish year involving a lot of problems and battles, I am now working somewhere I really enjoy and hope to make a big difference at. I can lead teams, use my initiative and be appreciated (at last!).

I have been married 5 years this year – yes 5! I cannot quite believe how I havent killed him yet and buried him in the garden, but I would also be lonely without him!

I have been a home owner for a whole year! A whole year of being a ‘proper’ grown up, changing the look, feel and overall home has made it ‘ours’ and I know my whole little family love our home and garden.

I am turning 30…this means that when my mother said ‘you will never make it to 21 if you keep drinking like that,‘ was of course a complete lie (sorry mum!) However, I do fear that I may have pickled my liver!

My best friend got engaged (HUGE cheer here!) I am sure she won’t mind me saying that after a string of god awful boyfriends and crappy dates she found an amazing man, who is wonderful and loves her to pieces. I am excited, happy beyond belief and emotional. Emotional that she has found someone who loves her to pieces as much as I do (I do actually love her more but we will let that just sit for the moment).

So much has happened, and so much has changed. I feel older, wiser and more ‘together’ than I have for many years. I cannot wait for the coming year and the changes and happiness (okay and tears probably) that it will bring. I guess it is true what they say ‘As one door closes, another opens‘ and that ‘Life is what you make it, so smile every day, love every minute and relish every second.’

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Sometimes life can be a bit mad at times, and even as a social media lover and user, I really learn’t how vulnerable you can be online and how people can cause actual damage to you, your life and your ‘world’ just by sticking their neck in and basically, having a fiddle and stepping back. Social media has changed so much in the last 4-5 years and even I need to remember that we are all strangers and even though we have a common theme, it needs to be respected at arms length. Such a shame isnt it, maybe it is time to go back to the old letter and pen, or maybe we should all be a bit better about talking in real life, face to face and not online?

So, how long have you been a social media user and do you find yourself forgetting you are actually in an open public space?

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photo 1So, we moved into our lovely new home in December (mad I know) and since then I have been working my little socks off to get it from a house into a home. Yes, I know, it takes time but being the type of person I am (no patience and totally OCD about completing things) I have just about finished (wohooo). Part of the list was the middle bathroom. Whilst this is mainly used by Jazzy Jasper, I wanted it to be a bit more ‘cool’ and have a theme, so I chose a common but chilled theme of Nautical!

Most of my purchases were from the lovely NEXT (yes, my second home I know) and I also asked the lovely photo 2Bella and the Moo to create me some wonderful hand made bags, little padded hearts and some matching bunting. A lovely lady, very professional (amazing prices may I just add) and a short while later, a big box arrived full of my goodies! I especially love the rope ties she used to go along with the theme and I haven’t put the bunting up yet, but I am sure you will agree her items look amazing. 

Jasper loves looking at the ‘boats’ and I added some nautical style pictures to the wall, a few candles with nautical sayings as well as some hanging fishes and jars full of shells. Nothing too major, but enough to turn my photo 4bathroom into a homely one. So, how much did it all cost? Well, all done for under £150! Perfect for a quick makeover and took less than an hour to complete once everything arrived (thanks to a very handy daddy with a drill for the pictures on the wall). Check out Bella and the Moo on twitter (@bellaandthemoo) and look at her amazing work – totally worth every penny!

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