Since I have started wedding planning I have become so much more aware of the flowers around me, especially with Spring. We’re having an end of March wedding and I want the venue covered in all the spring flowers; daffodils, pansies, tulips, forget-me-not and of course, bluebells!
I love following my favourite dog blogs and seeing what my favourite internet pooches are up to on Instagram. a lot of our friends are professional photographers and were offering photos with bluebells. I decided to get outside with Rufus on Good Friday and try snapping our own shots in the forest of blue!
I am so excited for the Bank Holiday weekend. I cannot begin to express how much I need it. At the moment, I feel like I’m stood in the central reservation of the M6 and all my thoughts are the traffic impatiently stuck and waiting for me to process them. I’m just stood there thinking where do I begin and er.. help. My head will always be like a motorway but instead of being my junction 18 of the M6 (FYI, there’s ALWAYS a traffic jam there), I’m at junction 10 where it’s pretty much 70mph all the way.
I usually use bank holidays to do something fun and exciting. It’s extra days off not eating into my holiday allowance, but, this year I’m using it to recharge my batteries. I’m using it for self care purposes; to refresh my mind and work my way back to junction 10 where life is a little bit quieter and less hectic. This means I’m definitely going be sat on my sofa having a Netflix binge at some point. And you know what, I can’t bloody wait.
To all of us who are spending a glorious Bank Holiday curled up in a blanket, eating a family sized galaxy and not getting out of our pyjamas; here’s 5 things for us all to binge watch on Netflix.
The sunnier weather is coming out way and I, for one, can’t wait to start wearing maxi skirts, sandals and going for walks without donning my scarf and gloves. For a girl who really loves Autumn, I’m slowly falling back in love with Spring and finding the new season bringing a refresh into my life. With spring approaching also comes Bodega‘s new Spring menu. Bodega is a South American restaurant that serves the most delicious food and cocktails; it’s always been one of my favourite places in Birmingham to stuff my face with tacos and burritos. When I was invited to try out their new menu, I was like um yes you can hook a girl up!Continue reading
Going to start this with a generic OMG it’s April!
Best thing about the month so far is that the new episode of Rick & Morty has come out. I won’t lie to you – we all did a little happy dance in the Blogger & The Geek household. Before I rush into April, I must say March was a pretty hectic and busy month with so many fab things happening. It was wonderful to have such a positive month and really welcome spring this year.
I thought April would be my day off month but I’ve had some great opportunities pop into my inbox. I’m off to press evening to review Noise at the middle of the month and also taste a few menus in Birmingham. It won’t be doing my waistline any favours but I’m seriously looking forward to it!
Last weekend we headed off Crufts in Birmingham at the NEC. Crufts is the worlds biggest dog show where over twenty thousand dogs compete in different events each year. This year we were official Cruft bloggers again! We had a lovely time and even met a few of our Instagram friends.
One of the best things about Crufts is the shopping. Though being honest, I didn’t think it was as good as previous years, so we were pretty reserved this year. There were a few stalls I was desperate to check out and buy ALL of the things. But, I came back with change and it was lovely chatting to new brands about their products. I just wish I could have spent another day at Crufts making more connections and not cramming it all in a few hours. Maybe next year! And maybe next year, Rufus will be coming with me.
So, what did I end up buying this year?
I’m guilty of living a life where my brain, myself and everything around me travels at 100mph. I am also one of those people who feels guilty when they aren’t busy. I pretty much live in a catch 22.
I often spend my time longing for the days where I can sit around and do nothing. The days where you get up, sit on your sofa and switch off your brain and just appreciate relaxing. The last few times I’ve tried to take these days, my mind has been plagued with guilt that I should be doing something else; housework, socializing. blogging, job hunting and everything else in between. We live in a time where being busy seems successful and that you’re achieving, but in reality, doing too much means burning out and exhaustion.
I’m trying to give half an hour a day where it’s purely me time. It isn’t enough, at all, but for someone who constantly books up weekends, is out on the week nights or working full time and then working on my blog in the evening, it’s enough to keep me going. Well, it’s enough to keep me going until I can embrace the lazy days.
You know you are the crazy dog lady when you’re trying to involve your dog at your wedding.
At every wedding venue we went to see we asked the same question: is it dog friendly? Rufus is such an important part of my life and really is part of our little family, that it seems wrong not to have him there. Ironically, we actually went with a venue that wasn’t dog friendly but allowed him to have a few photos with us outside on the day.
I’ve mentioned before how I want our wedding to reflect us. I’m 100% focusing on the vibe and feeling I want on the big day, and I want to be able to look around the venue and see that every decoration and choice showcases us as a couple. With all the geeky Harry Potter things and all the booze being involved, I want to have snippets of our life with Rufus.
I accept I cannot have him there on the day. Being honest and as I’ve got more and more into the wedding planning process, I have found it sort of a blessing because I won’t be worried about him and he’s not going to be getting up to mischief at the venue. But, I’ve been planning ways that I can involve him at the wedding and shows the crazy dog couple we really are.
I feel like that I’m always reading that I should be living for the moment and embracing every single day as if it was my last. I try too, I really do but, at times, I always get caught up in the future. I often think millennials are caught up in the future, as everything we did in education added up to the future and trying to make it as bright as we possibly could.
I knew what I wanted my life to be and I’m still working towards that life. When I was 17, I knew I’d always want a dog in my life, have a house and go on as many holidays as I possibly could. As I’ve grown older, met new people and have experiences change and develop me, my goals have changed but still very much focus around the whole 17 year old dream.
I have always had ambition and drive but I have always appreciated the smaller things in life, which is why minimalism speaks out to me so much. My happiest place is surrounded in a hygge vibe environment with my dog and my fiance; it’s just a simple thing that I have access to every single day. This is why this list isn’t full of over the top ambitions of world domination; it’s a simple list of some of the things I want to achieve and that I will definitely achieve.