18 January 2016


In my last post I wrote about making January as cheery and pleasant as you can - and nothing cures a spot of the blues like pictures of kittens! I'm sure you all know I have a cat (if you don't, where have you been!?) but what you may not know is that I've had Jude since the day he and his three siblings were born.

I painstakingly documented the first eight weeks of their life (photographing kittens, by the way, is no easy feat!) until they went to their new owners - luckily those owners were friends and family so I can keep tabs on them!

I recently found a few pictures of my favourite guy (as well as Maggie, Pepper and Penny) from when they were little bundles of fluff and mayhem - and I couldn't resist sharing! I'm sure at the time, keeping control of these mad things was a challenge, but these snaps have me remembering it fondly. D'awww.

These are almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face - so, take a deep breath and get ready to squee... 


16 January 2016

Nikki's Winter Survival Kit

Winter is a fabulous, magical season. The promise of snow, the twinkling lights, the cosy evenings... until Christmas is over. And then we're stuck in a seemingly endless dark, freezing stretch of 'bleh'.

I wanted to write a January Survival Kit - but we're halfway through the month now! And February is really quite as dreary. So, this is what you'll need to transform a grey, dull couple of months into something passably bearable...


6 January 2016

What I learnt in 2015

Now that 2015 is well and truly over - and I've gotten over the shock of things going back to normal - I thought it was a good time to reflect on what I learnt that year. It'd been pretty jam-packed: I started learning to drive (which I've been putting off since 2008), bought my first car - my dream car actually, started saving money (another first), truly enjoyed my job, met a bunch of wonderful new people who are now some of my best friends, tried a new food every week and enjoyed the changing dynamic between me and my little sister - who is now a little bit grown-up. So, I thought I'd better share some of the things I've learnt in this year of firsts.

Knowledge is power, people.
  • Trying new things can open doors you never even knew existed. Find new places, eat new things, meet new people. 
  • When faced with a tricky decision, go with your gut. This is advice my friend gave me earlier in the year and I've decided it leads to 65% less regret than other decision-making methods.
  • Just be nice. Especially to yourself. Nothing bad ever comes from being nice.
  • When it comes to doing stuff you should do but don't really want to - I'm talking about you,  exercise and driving lessons- just do it. Don't bargain, don't plan. Just do it. I see why Nike use it as their tagline now. 
  • It's okay to be super fussy - eventually you'll find exactly what you're looking for. This sounds like boy advice, but I'm actually talking about my car. 
  • If you're trying to work out if someone likes you by piecing together a series of cryptic clues and hints, they probably don't (that is boy advice). But that's okay, because someone else will - and they'll let you know. 
  • Find a hobby that allows you to be completely chill. 
  • Helping others is an excellent use of your time, but always remember to make time for yourself - or you'll burn out and be of use to no-one. 
  • Read! You might learn a new word. 
  • If you go to Paris, eat your own weight in cheese, ham and general patisserie.   
  • Find a lipstick that makes you feel amazing and wear it often. This might just be one for the ladies (but hey, if you find a lipstick that makes you feel amazing, go for it guys).
  • It's fully possible to fall for the idea of someone instead of the actual person. And it's always a crappy idea. 
  • Be happy in your own skin and don't try and be anyone else. 
  • Don't choose a haircut solely from Pinterest. It's how you end up with a sh*t lob. However, choose your decorations entirely from Pinterest because they will rock. 
  • Find a job you enjoy. You spend (probably) 8 hours a day there - enjoying it and feeling like you make a difference is a necessity. 
  • Don't feel guilty about doing what you enjoy. Even if that thing is sitting in a blanket and watching Netflix. 
  • You have more choice in your life than you think. Don't go along with stale relationships, crappy friends and boring jobs just because it's easy.
  • Remember that you're great. Don't let anyone treat you or make you feel otherwise. 

I hope you enjoyed that genuinely bizarre combination of lessons learnt! And what's up for 2016? Well, tackling more of my fears, passing my driving test, being more health-conscious and achieving some amazing creative things are hopefully on the horizon! I'm wishing you all a healthy, happy, prosperous and fulfilling 2016. Make it count.

And come back soon, because I'll be posting a January survival kit - I think we need it!

All my love x 
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