This Week I Have Been Mostly….

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I didn’t really want to follow my last post with another post about moving house, but let’s be real – when you move house it pretty much takes over your life. It IS your life.

We’re in, we’re feeling settled and we’re almost unpacked. Which is amazing, and more than I could have hoped.

The actual moving weekend was mega stressful and I’m not going to lie – I never want to move again. Which is what I said the last time, but something tells me this house is more of a keeper.

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Over on instagram I’ve been sharing elements of the house. Once it’s more finished I’ll share some more but until now, head over there to see tidbits going forward.

But the house is amazing, I’m very much revelling in the fact that I have a dishwasher once more. And even though by square foot this house is smaller than the last, it feels so much bigger. The space is useable and well-planned out. The kitchen is the star of the house and since it’s such a social space, I’m really looking forward to having people over once we’ve got our dining table in. I’m in love!

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Other than moving I’ve been doing a lot of catching up on tv I missed when we were packed up, which is great because I’m having to force myself to STOP UNPACKING every waking second. So we’ve watched all of Twin Peaks (omg) and have started re-watching The Wire again. I think I might dedicate a whole post to Twin Peaks – not that there’s really a huge amount of coherent writing to be had on that subject, but we’ll see. Great British Bake Off is back, as is Dr Foster and American Horror Story (though I’m not too keen on the first episode I saw of this…. I’m not a fan of clowns.)

So my posts will start to feel a little more normal going forward. I’ve got some exciting stuff coming up and some exciting projects I’m working on, so keep your eyes peeled for those. If you’re a fan of Halloween and scary movies I have some posts, I’m really looking forward to writing, in the pipeline and of course there’s my trip to Orlando to look forward to!

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If you don’t already follow me on other social platforms, you can find me on twitter as @Shutterbug_Blog on instagram as groggits and on YouTube at the Musings of a So-Called Shutterbug channel. So follow me over there too, for stuff as and when it happens!

Until next time 🙂

March Staycation!

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I’d like to start today’s post by letting you know I’ve been featured on Just Charlie G’s blog in her Bloggers Talk Beauty section, this week. It was fun to take part, and I’d love it if you’d have a read, if beauty is something you’re interested in!

This week Gary and I have been on leave from work. We’ve got tons done and right now we’re pretty shattered!

We started our time off last Saturday with a trip to London with our niece Leah. Her birthday falls on Christmas Eve Eve which means she misses out on her birthday pretty much every year, it being so close to Christmas Day. So we decided we’d wait until Spring and take her shopping in London and do lunch. Leah chose TGI Friday for lunch so we headed to Covent Garden as it’s a little quieter there. Leah also loves the street performers so it was the perfect place to head first.

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Lunch was lovely, relaxed and tasty. We then headed on to lots of shops for make up shopping and picked up some bargains and treats! I think we got everything Leah needed and wanted. We also headed to Canary Wharf to visit Gary’s work place and get an amazing view of The City from up high. By the time we’d almost finished shopping we noticed we were losing the light and it was coming up to 6pm! It was an awesome day.

We’d planned to begin working on revamping our bedroom and dressing room this week and so Monday meant a trip to Ikea. We headed first time Beckworth Emporium for a mooch, and were accidentally treated to an aerial show as some planes were practicing formations. It was really something. Lunch at Buddies and then to Ikea, where we got a lot of inspiration and ended up making 3 trips for measurements and then fitting things in the car!

Tuesday was supposed to be day one of flat pack building, but we woke up to glorious spring sunshine. We HAD to be out and about on a day like that so instead we took a road trip to Bluewater shopping mall for a browse and to enjoy the weather. It was a wonderful day, and when we returned we began building the first wardrobe.

Flash forward to Friday evening and the dressing room and bedrooms were finally complete. 4 wardrobes and 1 chest of drawers, three trips to the tip and a lot of sore fingers later! Not to mention a few more trips to Ikea (my iPhone will be telling me how long it takes to get to Ikea next week….) We’re so pleased with how it looks.

Check out this before and after of our dressing room:

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And we’ve since added hooks to the sides of the wardrobes for running medals and necklaces.

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I used little tealight holders to store my makeup brushes.

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And I’m obsessed with these drawer organisers. We bought three sets and now pretty much everything I own is in its own little box!

So now it’s Saturday and we’re knackered! We still have some lights and artwork to get for the walls but it’s amazing how much changes like this refresh the feel of the house!

And now it’s almost Easter, so Happy Easter to you all! Tomorrow we’re having Easter lunch with my parents and then I’m on Bridesmaid duty with a trial makeup session with the girls. Then I think we’re off to the cinema to see 10 Cloverfield Lane. After that we still have another day off work! Since the weather promises to be wet and possibly stormy we’ll no doubt be spending it inside somewhere, but I feel like we’ve definitely made the most of this holiday!

 

This Week I Have Been Mostly

This week I have been mostly:

  • Recovering from the Half Marathon! I’ve been totally drained and worn down by hay fever fatigue this week. It’s the worst I’ve ever had and hasn’t been helped by a bad reaction to a new hay fever medication, which I won’t be continuing to take! Hay fever sucks!

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  • Being baffled by Amazon’s new #amazonbasket. So you’re on twitter and you see a product you like? You tweet it with that hashtag and it’s added to your basket. Except there is no need for this and the only tweets mentioning it are from Amazon themselves advertising the hashtag. It’s as if they’ve created the need and now are crazily trying to fill it.

  • Noticing more and more how similar Disney’s Frozen and Pink Floyd’s The Wall are. Think about it. A child is effected by an affliction at a young age (disillusionment with war, growing up/powers) and shuts themself away behind a metaphorical/real wall/room. Finally makes it big/escapes and feels like they own their affliction, until they realise this hurts the people around them. At which stage they need to face their fears and their tormentors and overcome the wall/curse. Of course there’s a lot less reindeer in The Wall.
  • Making my new home more cosy. We finally did things like putting up curtains in the living room and buying frames for the walls. We’re awaiting the prints through the post to put in them, so at the moment they’re just empty frames but even now they make our rooms look so much better. I’m excited to carry on making the house our own.
  • Trying out OPI’s new Glitter Off base coat. It promises to allow an easy peel-off removal of glitter polish and dark colours, that are notoriously hard to remove. At first look and sniff it looks like PVA glue….. and it dries like it too….. and the ingredients are basically PVA glue. I used some with my Nails Inc cupcake sprinkles polish. It was okay except since it’s designed to peel off it chipped at the tips very quickly. It didn’t really peel off easily either and my nail beds are only slightly less damaged than they are when I naughtily pick off my polish…… I’ll still use it with heavily glittered polish in the hope that my nail condition will be a little better after peeling.

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  • Looking forward to seeing some old friends. I have a couple of visits from friends this week and I haven’t seen either of them in ages. It will be great to show them the new house and catch up!
  • Trying the samples I’ve had from Everything But The Cow and The Collective Dairy in preparation for my blog reviews. I’m a lucky girl to get to try these delicious things so I can let you all know about them! Stay tuned for my reviews.

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A New Home

Along with the lovely Spring-like weather has come an abundance of light, something which was severely lacking in my last house. I promised I would add some photos of the house a while back, so as I have some natural light coming through I thought now would be a good time. There’s still a huge amount to do to the house before I want to take full room shots, but I’ve taken some pictures of some of the pretty elements as they are.

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The previous owners left some things in the house when they moved and we’ve kept some of them. Apart from things like mirrors and a lovely large deep freeze they also left a couple of really pretty Tiffany-esque lamp shades. They are so pretty we kept them!

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Yes, I know there’s a hair on the one above. I don’t know how it got there…. It’s above the stairs and very high up so the dust can stay 🙂

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We’ve got a couple of these radiator covers around the house. This one is fixed in which is a little annoying because the heat struggles a little to get out but it’s really pretty so we don’t mind so much.

Then we get to the bathroom. We have the pleasure of being the brand new owners of a 1970’s avocado bathroom suite. We do have big plans for the bathroom, especially as the toilet is currently in a separate room and we want to knock it through, but until the point in which we can make these plans a reality, we have to make do with what we have. I decided a long long time ago, before we had even seen this house, that I wanted a nautical themed bathroom. So when I saw a little avocado striped beach hut in a gift shop it gave me inspiration for our bathroom. The side panel on the bath was already panelled with vertical strips running down it, so it was a no brainer. I bought a tester of some paint and gave it a crack.

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It’s not an amazingly neat job but it works for now. Makes my bathroom feel a little more like mine until I can do something else – like rip the whole lot out!

It’s going to be a big job to get all the rooms how we want but it’s going to be fun doing it and when we’re done we’ll have an amazing home!

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Slowly but Surely

Guys and gals, I have the internet back! Unfortunately my laptop didn’t survive the move so we’ve had to crack open the piggy bank and get me a new one. It’s going to be beans on toast for a while.

So we’re in the new house and the move went well. I have never ever been as stressed as I felt on moving day but everything went well and the house is delightful! It’s a project and there are a lot of things that need changing over the coming months, but it’s great to be able to put our stamp on a house finally. I have my own dressing room and Gary will have his own music room soon once every-thing’s unpacked.

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A snippet of the house!

Most importantly it’s quiet and relaxing and warm. And it’s ours.

It was time to get back to the normal routine yesterday and it was back to work for me. It was also our first run in three weeks, after having to put training on hold whilst we moved. I was a little nervous about it to be honest. The weather is dreary but still warm, so I haven’t been able to try out my new cold weather gear yet, but I had my fleece ear warmer headband on to protect my delicate ears! We managed to run just over 2 miles before giving in, and included some walking breaks. It was my first time running in the dark too and I actually quite enjoyed it. Coming to the end of the route, Gary had sprinted ahead leaving me trailing behind and I was struggling. A guy was heading towards me also running and as I passed him he said “well done”. He didn’t say it in a patronising way, but in a genuinely was saying well done. It really helped to spur me on towards the end of my route. I wish I could have said thank you to him, because it was an amazing boost – I might start doing it myself!

So my weekends and evenings will now be full of training for a 10k in 5 weeks and sorting the house out. And I don’t mind one bit. I actually look forward to coming home to this house. And that’s what it’s all about 🙂
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Moving On Out

So it’s finally happened. Thursday evening we got the keys to our new house and then on Friday, with the help of my wonderful Parents we visited DIY shops and bought what we needed to prepare the house for a move the next day.

Our first impressions of the house were a little overwhelming. This is our first house that isn’t a new build rental – ie. magnolia walls and plain carpets. There was an awful lot of stuff left by the previous owners that their stamp was still on the rooms. Not only that but their smell also lingered. Smoke and dogs. Not a pretty mix.

So on Friday we started off by taking up the horrible green carpet in the smelliest room and buying some carpet tiles for it. Job done. Then we prepared the living room for painting and got to work. It still needs another coat but it started to take shape very quickly. Today we moved most of our stuff and the bulkiest bits over in a van with the help of Gary’s Parents and Brother. Then we visited ikea (I can’t get over how busy it was!) and lugged the stuff back.

We’re kind of knackered but we have escaped to my parents with ready meals as we don’t have any cutlery or cups or a place to sit as yet…… Tomorrow is a new day and another day of painting and flat pack building. All I can say is thank God for parents and family! Without them we would have been clueless and way overwhelmed.

I have the whole of next week off so we’re determined to have some days off from the house so we can have a bit of a holiday but there is a huge amount to do. The fun’s just begun!

It’s All Happening!

And so we have begun the massive job which is packing our lives into boxes. Thankfully this has included a lot of throwing things away.

The weekend wasn’t all packing. We started off by being forced out of our house on Friday evening by the noisy neighbours. I just couldn’t stand the idea of sitting in a house which sounds like it could fall down at any point due to the elephants living next door, so we headed out for a cheap and cheerful dinner at a diner about half an hour away. Once we had got back the noise had stopped thankfully.

Saturday we had a nice lie-in and then headed to Ikea and some various DIY stores. We chose the paint colours for the living room and bedroom and bought some cushions we found on sale which will go great with our new sofa. Whilst browsing in Homebase we bumped into someone I worked with in one of my past jobs. She’s a wonderful lady, now retired and doesn’t use Facebook or her mobile very often so isn’t usually involved in our extra curriculars. It was amazing to see her. She helped me through so really hard times in a job I disliked and struggled with and also with problems I had in my personal life. It was so good to see her, swap digits and she left with a promise that I’d have her over for tea once we’re settled in to the new house. I was so excited to tell her about my new job and house. I’m so pleased we bumped into each other! Later that day we spent some time in the new MK casino. It’s easy to spend 4 hours in there and spend hardly any money so that’s what we did. I really enjoy it. Playing roulette is kind of like doing a puzzle!

That evening we ate dinner and chilled out watching tv. At about 10pm I was antsy and feeling stressed – too much going on at the moment and my head was near to bursting. Gary suggested we go for a drive and listen to some music. I was reluctant but agreed so we got out of our PJs and hopped in the car. 3 hours later we returned. We’d been driving everywhere. We popped to Willen Lake to look at the stars, and saw two shooting stars, spotted constellations and become amazed at the clarity of the stars when you move out of the light polluted city. We both want to go somewhere truly dark in the summer next year – I’d love Gary to see the Milky Way with the naked eye like I did many years ago. It’s very humbling.

Sunday we had to knuckle down. Moving day is looming all of a sudden and we needed to get started. We managed to fill the car with stuff for the tip and packed the hardest rooms. Tonight after work we did some more and tomorrow we need to tackle the kitchen and some of our clothes. Thankfully we don’t actually have a lot of stuff – apart from books and DVDs which will be a nightmare because they’re so heavy!

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It’s all taking shape though, and we’re still finding time to chill out. We’ve got the luxury of having a few days to move and also not moving too far away so we can move stuff in our car later on once the big moving van requiring stuff has gone. It’s all very exciting, and I can’t wait to share photos of the new place with you guys.

Wish us luck!

This May Not Have Been What You Expected

It’s been lovely to see a couple of the people who I nominated for the Sunshine Award post their answers on their blogs! If I nominated you but you don’t want to go through the rigmarole of a blog post please feel free to answer the questions in a comment on that blog post if you still want to answer them 🙂

Of course, as I mentioned some fairly dodgy search terms that brought people to my blog, in my last post, now people are searching those terms and coming straight to my blog…… So, Hi, and I’m sorry this wasn’t what you were after….. I hope you find what you were looking for regarding post menopausal bleeding or Beyoncé’s camel toe. Good luck with that! I really didn’t think that through did I?

And there’s good news, guys! We exchanged contracts on our house purchase and will be moving in at the end of next week! We’re beside ourselves with happiness. Now I have to form an opinion on paint colours and soft furnishings…… We will most likely be without internet for some time in the in-between stage so if I go dark it’s only because of lack of tech…. oh and there’s a good chance my laptop won’t survive the move because it’s on its last legs so who knows. I have my phone still!

Well, I guess I should start packing!
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