Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Blogtober Day 22: Easy Halloween DIY To Help Keep Trick or Treaters Visible & Safe

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products or shops, just sharing a little Halloween DIY I made last year for work x

Hi Honeys, 
Welcome to Blogtober day 22, today I thought I'd share a fun little DIY I made for Halloween last year because it occurred to me that it might be a good way to keep trick or treaters safe in the dark?

Easy Halloween DIY to help keep trick or treaters visible and safe outside

Every year at work in the week of Halloween, I usually have a little cauldron at my workstation.  In this little cauldron will be balloons and lollypops or sweets of some kind.  I buy these while shopping for the contents of our Halloween bags we make up every years for visiting trick or treaters.

Well, last year I thought I'd do a little DIY on my little cauldron and so I did 😊

Easy Halloween DIY to help keep trick or treaters visible and safe outside

OK, I just smiled when I saw this photo, and it did actually make a lot of people smile at work last year too 😊  I had wanted to add a little magic to my checkout honeys, it makes people smile and tiny humans seemed to like spooky balloons and sweeties.  Mostly their parents seemed to like that too because it would distract wee ones for long enough to let them pack their shopping in peace 😊

I was looking out Halloween decor for this year though honeys and it occurred to me that my little light up cauldron might actually be useful to help wee ones stay visible while crossing roads/streets while trick or treating on Halloween?

Those little LED lights are quite powerful in the dark as you can see...

Easy Halloween DIY to help keep trick or treaters visible and safe outside

These useful battery powered LED lights really don't have to be either Potter themed or even very expensive though honeys.  You'll find lots of different designs, such as light up pumpkins, bats etc in shops like your nearest pound shop or dollar store.

I found these cute light up ghost LED lights in Poundland, they only cost £1 (well duh Rosie, lol) and two small batteries for the little battery pack.  The plastic cauldrons can be found in most shops too honeys at around £1 or less (I think I've seen them for around 50p). 

Easy Halloween DIY to help keep trick or treaters visible and safe outside

In order to attach the lights, and the small battery pack, to the inside of the cauldron I used some black electrical tape...

Easy Halloween DIY to help keep trick or treaters visible and safe outside

In case any fellow Potter fans are curious, I bought the Hedwig lights last year in Primark..

Easy Halloween DIY to help keep trick or treaters visible and safe outside - last year I used these Hedwig lights for the cauldron

I haven't seen them this year (although I never go into the City so they might be available again in larger branches?) but I did find this set, with all of the House crests, instead.  I bought these for a future DIY project for our book nook upstairs.

Easy Halloween DIY to help keep trick or treaters visible and safe outside - I thought these Hogwarts Houses LED lights were cute.

Potter themed lights are very me honeys because most Halloweens you'll find me in a Hogwarts school uniform, complete with my House robes.  One year I even managed to convince a little visitor to my checkout (who was with his mum) that Hogwarts was a real school, it still makes me smile 😊

This little DIY doesn't have to be expensive though, as i said the little cauldrons can be found almost everywhere for £1 or less, and pound/dollar store lights are fine to decorate it with.

Easy Halloween DIY to help keep trick or treaters visible and safe outside

Our light up Cauldron will be filled (and re-filled all evening) with lots of trick or treat bags this year and will be sitting by our door, shining brightly for visiting Trick or treaters πŸŽƒ 

Do you adore Halloween too honeys? Whatever you're doing, stay warm and have fun dear ones.  Till next time, smile lots and hug even more, hugs always x 
Huggles always, Rosie xx

Monday, 21 October 2019

Blogtober Day 21: Favourite TV Series Worth Binge Watching - UK Edition

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, just wanted to share some of our favourite box sets to pass the cold evenings with x

Hi Honeys,
Welcome back, it's day 21 of Blogtober and I thought today, after sharing some of our favourite American TV box sets in a recent post, I'd share some favourite British series too... 

Favourite UK TV box sets worth binge watching...

This might take a while dear ones, why not go grab a cuppa, and maybe a cookie or two, and I'll meet you back here in a few minutes...

Blogtober Day 20 : Meal Prepping Breakfast Or Lunch Rolls

Hi Honeys,
Welcome to day 20 of Blogtober, I'm playing catch up today, posting what should have been yesterday's post on our latest fun kitchen experiment 😊  Hubby & I had decided to try to meal prep some filled breakfast or brunch rolls to store in the freezer...

Meal Prepping For Breakfast...

As you might have read in earlier posts dear ones, Hubby & I have been trying to include meal prepping recently to make life a little easier.  I only work part time but they are odd and long shifts.  So, on days when it feels as if my arthritis is winning the battle, and I just don't feel able to cook, having meals waiting in the freezer can be a huge help.

Having had some success all through the summer months (mostly with meal prepping the week's salads on a sunday) we've been making double oven bake recipes etc and freezing one for later that week or early the following. 

This has worked so well that Hubby & I decided to see if we could organise some of these breakfast rolls ahead of time too.  Off we went to the kitchen then and spent a fun hour or so one evening recently attempting to meal prep some breakfast rolls. 😊

Why not grab a cuppa dear ones and I'll share what happened, I'll meet you back here in a few minutes...

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Blogtober Day 19: Saturday Smiles & Crafting Fun..

Hi Honeys,
I hope you're having a great weekend πŸ’—  How can we have reached day 19 of Blogtober already?  It's another rainy, cold day dear ones and I have to dash out the door soon to work but first I thought I'd share a little smile or two 😊

Saturday smiles& crafting fun: I'm having such fun honeys trying to paint little rocks and with air dry clay.

I've been having fun with a little crafting honeys and I just love these little guys...

Saturday smiles& crafting fun: I'm having such fun honeys trying to paint little rocks and with air dry clay.

I know 😊 I'm under no illusion over my lack of painting or artistic skills, but it's such fun trying to turn some tiny rocks into something else, in this case a couple of tiny ladybirds 😊

I also tried to paint some tiny pieces of fruit, as you can see..

Saturday smiles& crafting fun: I'm having such fun honeys trying to paint little rocks and with air dry clay.

There's a lemon, a strawberry, a couple of little pears and a little red apple 🍎  Above them, in the photo, is a small trinket dish I made from air dry clay and then (tried) to paint into a piece of watermelon.  

I know I'm pretty much rubbish at painting and I'm so in awe of all of the talented people who paint all of the beautiful painted rocks I've seen on Pinterest, but I'm having such fun honeys, and it's keeping me happy while the weather's so cold and rainy outside.😊 

Do you like crafting honeys?  I have to dash to work, such a long day ahead, but tomorrow I can rest a little, keep our furbaby Jade company on the sofa and maybe paint some more tiny rocks 😊

Till next time dear ones, have a wonderful weekend, smile lots and hug even more, hugs always x 

Huggles Always, Rosie x

Friday, 18 October 2019

Blogtober Day 18: How I Deal With Stress And Find My Calm...

Disclaimer:  This is not medical advice in any way.  If you have problems dealing with stress or sometimes feel overwhelmed (like I do) please consult a doctor or medical professional. 

Hi Honeys,
Here we are at the weekend again.  Time is passing so fast, we'll be celebrating the holidays again before we know it 😊   Today is also day eighteen of the Blogtober challenge, where bloggers attempt to write thirty one posts in thirty one days.

I have to dash off to work soon but for today's post I'd share something very precious to me.  It's how I've coped with some very stressful situations, it's how I always find my calm place and it never lets me down... 

How I de-stress and find my calm...

It all started a few years ago when I saw a lovely canvas online.  Have you ever just immediately connected with something honeys?  A connection so strong, it almost defies words? 

The moment I saw this perfect, tranquil scene, showing a flight of sandy covered steps leading down to a beautiful beach, I made that kind of connection.

I immediately ordered it and ever since it arrived it's been at the centre of what has, over time, grown into what I call "my calm wall."
How I de-stress and find my calm: This is my calm wall...

The wall immediately above the headboard of the bed in our master bedroom, is my calm wall.  For some years now it's been my "safe place."  I suffer from anxiety dear ones, I used to have the most terrible "panic attacks" but (touch wood!) those have been mostly controlled over the past couple of years.  I learned, no matter where I was, if I closed my eyes and just concentrated on my breathing, block out the noise or whatever was causing the overwhelm.

It helps, I think, that my calm place isn't just on the wall of our master bedroom, it's also in my head too.  Whenever I feel as if I'm not coping very well, I go upstairs, sit in the middle of the bed and stare at my canvas.

It took quite a while, it certainly didn't happen overnight, but I have stared so long at my precious canvas that I can now, mentally at least, step into it.  I can feel the steps under my feet, the salt air on my skin, the wind in my hair and I can walk down the steps and sit on the beach to watch the waves. 
The ability to do this, even when I'm away from home, has helped me so much in dealing with stressful, even frightening situations. 

Two years ago, when I had to attend our local hospital to have a CT scan done, I was genuinely frightened honeys.  I had no experience of this scan, I had to have an IV put into my arm (another unfamiliar and frightening experience) and I have to admit, it became almost overwhelming at one point, but my little canvas came to the rescue, just as it always does. You can read what happened here. 

I don't have any kind of experience in, or knowledge of, coping mechanisms for stress dear ones, I only know what has helped me.  I'm not even sure I understand how it helps, only that it does.

Maybe the secret is to find something, not necessarily an object, like a canvas, maybe a piece of music, a phrase or poem, something that has a similar connection to the one I have with my little canvas?  Once found, it can, over time, become your calming aid too?

As I said honeys, where there was once only my little canvas on my "calm wall," it's been joined over time by other items and my tiny oasis of calm now looks like this...       

How I de-stress and find my calm: This is my calm wall...

The latest additions were these beautiful ceramic origami birds in flight. On the wall they are flying towards the beach scene in the canvas.  I like that. 

There is also a lovely framed print, a gift from Hubby this year as part of my birthday.  Again, I saw it online and just couldn't stop staring at it.  It shows the prettiest cottage by the sea, there's laundry blowing in the breeze in the garden of the cottage and I can so easily imagine Hubby, our furbaby Jade and I living very happily there honeys πŸ’–

How I de-stress and find my calm: This is my calm wall...

Find something that you connect with honeys.  You'll know it when you find it, or maybe it will find you, as I believe my little canvas did with me... 

How I de-stress and find my calm: This beautiful canvas is at the heart of my calm, it's the central piece of my calm wall...

Even looking at these sandy covered steps now makes me feel immediately calm, happy even.  I so wish that everyone could find the same sense of calm, that same happiness. 

How do you deal with stress honeys?  Do you have a calm wall? Do you meditate?  I suppose that's what I'm doing when I go sit upstairs, when I concentrate all of my attention on the beach in my little canvas and on my own breathing.   

Wishing you calm in a busy, noisy world dear ones, and so much happiness πŸ’–  Till next time, smile lots and hug even more, hugs always x

Hugs always, Rosie xx

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Blogtober Day 17: 10 Favourite TV Series Worth Binge Watching - USA Edition

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, just wanted to share some of our favourite box sets to pass the cold evenings with x

Hello Honeys,
How are you?  Staying warm I hope?  Our furbaby Jade and I have been sharing a large Sherpa throw on the sofa. Jade happily goes for a nap and I've been trying to keep up with Blogtober, the yearly writing challenge for Bloggers.  We are challenged to write 31 blog posts in 31 days during the month of October.

Here we are then on the 17th day, and today I thought I'd share a few of our favourite TV box sets. What better way to pass a chilly evening than disappearing into a favourite movie or TV series 😊

Hubby and I have always been collectors of our favourite movies and TV series, first on VHS (how old does that make me sound lol) and then on DVD.  I know that everyone streams and stores things in the cloud these days but Hubby & I are old school.. or maybe just getting old 😊

We don't tend to go out socially any more, our furbaby Jade doesn't like to be alone and my increasingly limited mobility makes it difficult too.  Even sitting in the cinema is too painful now, at least at home I can pause a dvd to get up and move around when the pain in my spine gets to be too much.  Enough moans from me dear ones! I don't do pity parties and if truth be known I don't like to be away from Jade either. 

So, having decided to write this post, of favourite box sets to pass chilly evenings, I started rummaging through our dvd collection trying to pick out some favourites and discovered it's far more difficult to only pick a few box sets than I thought it would be.

Long story short dear ones, I ended up with too many favourites! Even being really, really tough with myself I ended up with too many for a single post.  After taking a minute to be thankful that this is even a problem, I decided I might need more than one post. 

TV box sets worth binge watching...

We do love our box sets honeys.  We both, Hubby & I, often say that if it weren't for watching dvds, our TV would never be switched on and that's pretty much the case.

You'll notice immediately that most of our favourites do go back in time a little ways.  I think we were blessed to grow up when we both did.  We got to watch some fantastic programmes and while our favourites may seem "vintage" to some, we do love each and every one of them.

I've chosen to limit myself to ten box sets in this post... I cannot even begin to tell you how difficult that was for me.  Also, it became very apparent that we do love a lot of American TV shows.  Really a lot.  For that reason I thought I'd devote an entire post to ten (of the very many) wonderful series that travelled across the pond and made us love them πŸ’–

I will write another follow up post listing our favourite British box sets too honeys, who knows there might even be a couple you haven't seen and might like to?  I'll do that early next week I think, since I have two long shifts ahead of me tomorrow and Saturday, and just taking and editing the photos will take a while.

Back to today's post then, why not go grab a cuppa then dear ones, I will too, and I'll meet you back here in a few minutes to see if you agree with any of the shows I chose...

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Blogtober Day 16: Counting My Blessings...

Hi Honeys, 
How are you today?  I'm trapped in a low mood, if I'm honest. I've been battling acute arthritis pain in my spine for the past week or so and I'm getting increasingly fed up with not being able to move without the devil's minions stabbing me with their pitchforks. 

I've always found on days like this, nothing helps more than taking stock of the good I'm blessed to have in my life.  So, that's what I thought I'd do dear ones.  Far more helpful than allowing those minions to set the pace of my day. 

So, today is day sixteen of Blogtober and today I'm counting my blessings...    

Counting my blessings on a not-so-great day always helps.

Be mindful of what you tolerate.. 

It's so easy for life's day to day problems to overshadow everything that would normally make us smile honeys, and we simply can't allow that to happen.  Nothing, and no one, else should ever set the narrative of our happiness for us. 

The world isn't always kind, even when you are dear ones, so taking stock of our lives now and again, appreciating, and being thankful for the good we find and taking note of any troubling issues is so important. We need to be mindful of what we tolerate in our lives.  

That in no way means cutting people and things out of our lives just because our relationship with them might require a little effort on our part.  It does mean though that we should never allow ourselves to be abused or bullied or pressured, no matter how much we care for the person doing it.

Life really is short, the years pass far too quickly and you owe yourself the same care and kindness as you treat others with.  For over twenty five years, through school years and beyond, I had two friends who were less than kind at times.  I was reminded almost constantly how unattractive I was, how stupid, how.. well less than I was. 

Why did you put up with it, I hear you ask.  I don't know what to say honeys except it never occurred to me not to.  I've always been a solitary person. I'm happy with my own company and maybe I was happy to have a friends?  I'm not sure.  Whatever the reason, they weren't always unkind but they were more often unkind than not.  Be kind and understanding in your dealings with the world dear ones, but do try to be mindful of what you tolerate. 

Counting my blessings...

Here they are then honeys, my blessings, my smiles πŸ’–                 

My Sweet Hubby & Our Furbaby Jade πŸ’— 

Whenever I think of the good in my life dear ones, Hubby and our furbaby will always be first πŸ’– Our furbaby is the sweetest, loveliest Staffy cross with the gentlest nature.  She adores walks with her Dad and snuggling with her Mum on the sofa, napping under one of her blankets.  

Every day she makes me smile and she's my constant companion when Hubby is at work.  Currently, she's trying to make friends with a little squirrel who visits our garden 😊 This has been an ongoing project all through this summer, bless her.  

One afternoon, while pegging out laundry, Jade ran past me across the grass and I turned to see the squirrel run away from her and scoot up the fence and into the tree immediately behind the fence.  Jade stopped at the fence and sat down, staring up into the tree where the squirrel sat looking down at her.  After a minute or two, Jade went back across our patio to fetch one of her favourite toys, one of her tennis balls, and took it back to the fence where she dropped it and backed away and sat down again, wagging her tail 

She so desperately wants to be friends with the little squirrel, and who knows, maybe one day the squirrel will want to be friends too.πŸ’–  

Hubby and I met in a queue outside the cinema and got chatting.  It felt as if I'd always known him honeys but even if Hubby & I had been born on opposite sides of the world from each other the fates would have found a way for us to meet.  I know that in the marrow of my bones.

We were absolutely destined to be together. We are so alike!  I can remember in our dating days, when we both still lived at home, I sent a card to him once and his Mother, my beloved and much missed Mother in law, commented that when she picked up the post she wondered why he'd written himself a letter because our handwriting was so similar 😊 

You know those matching salt & pepper shakers that look very odd on their own but look so right when side by side? That, dear ones describes Hubby & I to a tee and I'm fine with that.  Our natures, our hobbies, thoughts, and interests are so in sync.  Even after all these years, over thirty, we can, and often do, laugh and talk for hours. He is a constant support in everything I want to do, from trying out recipes, to organising our home, whatever I want to do, he's right by my side saying that sounds like fun honey, let's do it.  He is a part of me, my other half πŸ’‘ I am blessed. 

Our Home

It's not fancy and you won't find it in a magazine but our little semi detached house with the apple tree in the back garden and the much loved roses in the tiny front garden is my safe place away from the noise and the bustle of the world.

Mobility and health issues mean that I rarely venture outside anymore honeys, but when I do, either to my two shifts each week or to doctors or hospital appointments, our home hugs me as I walk though the door.  It's my happy place and it's where Hubby & Jade are πŸ’–    

My Job

I know honeys, who counts their job among their blessings, right?  I work two days a week, in retail, on a checkout. My shifts are quite long and cover hours that not everyone would want to work, but for us that's fine.  Hubby works in an office all week and my shifts being on a late Friday and late into Saturday means that our furbaby Jade doesn't ever have to be on her own.  

Jade came to us from a rescue, she was young but had already been badly treated, bless her, and as a result she has anxiety issues and doesn't cope well with being on her own.  I feel blessed that I am still able to work and that my job allows me to be with Jade when her dad is at work, while Hubby is with Jade when I'm at work. 

More than allowing us to work our rotas around caring for our furbaby honeys, my little job is (even if it's only a tiny bit) helping us to pay our mortgage and bills and is also a vital connection to the outside world.  I look forward to seeing regular customers and co-workers who have become friends.  I love my job and you know the old saying dear ones, a man who loves his job never does a day's work. 

It isn't always fun, shifts can be exhausting and leave me in pain but my little job is helping our little family and it's helping me by keeping me a part of the world.  For all these reasons, it's one of my blessings.          

This Little Blog

Just like my job, this little blog is my connection with the world outside our home.  It allows me to have a voice and it allows me to write.  I've always written dear ones, even as a child.  When I started this blog I intended it to be a place to keep a record of our organising projects in our home and over the past few years it's evolved into what it is now, a little collection of my thoughts, hobbies, recipes and day to day life.  

My blog is very important to me and, at some point, I'd like to give it the attention it's importance in my life means it deserves. Initially, I think I'll try to figure out how to move to a self hosted platform.  I adore my little blog honeys, thank you so much for visiting, and for making this little piece of the internet less lonely.  It means more to me than I can say πŸ’–     

Our Garden

I can't imagine not having our garden honeys.  It's home to our little apple tree, which gives us lots of lovely bramley apples to bake with every year, it's home to our much loves roses, planted in honour of my beloved Gramma and Mother in law. 

Our garden is visited by precious guests all year long.  Jade's favourite squirrel of course, so many beautiful birds as well as ladybirds, butterflies (sadly so rare now) and of course my much loved buzzy friends too...  

Counting my blessings: The lavender in our garden is very popular with precious garden guests.

I know how precious the gift of having a garden, a window on nature, is and I'm deeply thankful for it honeys.  

What are your blessings dear ones? What makes you smile?  I hope you're having the best week and looking forward to a wonderful weekend πŸ’–  Till next time, smile lots and hug even more, hugs always x

Huggles Always, Rosie x  

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Blogtober Day 15: My Five Favourite Things About Autumn/Fall...

Hi Honeys,
How are you today? I hope you're having the best week so far and staying warm. It's such a beautiful day outside.  The sun is shining and if it wasn't so chilly I could almost fool myself into thinking it was March and not October 😊

I know I keep on about not being a fan of this time of year and how I want to hibernate every year, and I so do, but today I thought I'd stop being such a moaning Minnie and actually find some positives about this time of year πŸ‚ 

My Autumn/Fall favourites: While it's not my favourite time of year, there are a few things I do love about Autumn...

So, yes, I miss Summer and yes I'm literally counting down to Spring arriving again.  The weather has not been playing fair by being so horrible, so I've started my yearly countdown early this year and already have workmates rolling their eyes at me πŸ˜„

If pushed though (and if I keep winding up workmates by counting down to Spring in months, weeks and days I just might be lol) I will admit there are certain bits of Autumn/Fall that I do actually like.

Here we are then honeys, for Blogtober day 15, here are my favourite bits of Autumn/Fall...

1. Hubby & Jade on leaf control πŸ‚

My 5 favourite things about Autumn/Fall:  Watching Jade and her dad have fun clearing the leaves in the garden.

The fun those two have out in the back garden!  Hubby gathers all of the fallen leaves up and Jade loves to play in them.  For every pile of leaves he gathers, Jade will run though or into them and he doesn't even mind, bless him πŸ’– 

Of course, it's a lot easier now he has his leaf blower/mulcher type thing to tidy up after all that fun but even when he only had a rake he would still build those leaf piles for Jade πŸ˜πŸ’•

Jade will even bring him the odd leaf or two.  Our furbaby is very, very smart, she was sorted into Ravenclaw after all 😊 and I'm sure she watches her Dad collecting all of those leaves and seeks out special leaves for his collection 😊😍 

So, yes, I love to watch Jade and her Dad having fun in the garden together, and I wouldn't swap any of those memories for anything πŸ’– 

2. Halloween Fun πŸŽƒ

My 5 favourite things about Autumn/Fall:  Halloween decor and making up treat bags for trick or treaters always makes me smile :)

Halloween is my absolute favourite holiday honeys.  It's what makes the dark, dreary, cold and rainy month of October bearable for me.  Every year we spend weeks buying lots of treats to make up bags for tiny trick or treaters, planning decor and one year at work I even managed to convince a tiny human that not only was Hogwarts a real school but that I went there too 😊

We already have two huge bags of Halloween sweets, balloons, little glow in the dark skeletons and spiders waiting to be made up into treat bags and I think we're going to do that this coming weekend, so yes, Halloween is definitely one of my Autumn favourites 😊

3. All Change In The Kitchen 🍝 

My 5 favourite things about Autumn/Fall:  It's all change from salads with everything to warming bowls of hot soup and huge pots of stovies

The days get shorter and chillier and our meal planning board in the hall changes over from salads with everything to warming bowls of soup and huge pots of stovies πŸ˜‹

4. Watching Favourite DVD Box sets With Hubby & Jade πŸ“€

My 5 favourite things about Autumn/Fall:  Binge watching favourite box sets to forget about the chilly weather outside.

The weather outside can be as icky as it wants to be honeys, we just spend our evenings snug as a bug like in our lovely warm living room.  Curtains lightly closed against the cold and rain outside and happily watching movies or binge watching a favourite TV series box set.  Bliss!

5.  Creamy Mugs Of Hot Chocolate & Mini Marshmallows ☕  

My 5 favourite things about Autumn/Fall:  A creamy mug of hot chocolate to forget about the chilly weather outside.

A warming mug of creamy, chocolatey, goodness with tiny marshmallows is the perfect addition to a cold winters evening.  Add Hubby, a huge Sherpa throw to snuggle under with Jade on the sofa and a couple of old favourite TV series to watch and you have the makings of a perfect evening πŸ’–

So, there we have it honeys.  Maybe Autumn/Fall isn't so bad after all πŸ‚  I'm still going to bug everybody with that countdown to March though πŸ˜„ 

Till next time dear ones, thank you for keeping me company πŸ’–  Stay warm, smile lots and hug even more, hugs always x

Hugs always, Rosie xx