Changes…

Change

 

Hello, Howdy, Bonjour…

Wow, what a sabbatical it has been!  And yes, I’m having major blogging withdrawal symptoms *sigh* In fact, if you’d have told me 6 months ago that I’d be taking a 60-day break from blogging I’d have laughed merrily and told you to catch a grip… you all know how damn addicted I am to my scribing. But it’s been so so SO worth it as there’s been so many exciting things happening over the last number of weeks that I’ve needed to prioritise… but all will be a bit clearer very soon.  However, in the process of recent events I’ve discovered a few home truths:

 

Cherry Bakewells are not considered part of your ‘five a day’ *sigh*

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Ticking the tiniest tasks of a To-Do list is so satisfying that you start writing things like ‘Wake Up’ & ‘make more tea’.

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I go through more post it notes in one day than toilet roll in a week.

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2 am is most definitely my EUREKA hour.

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I’ve developed a keen skill for looking interested when in fact I’m making mental notes about something completely irrelevant.

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Wearing odd socks is absolutely okay – wearing odd shoes is not.

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Cats make the best company… they listen but don’t interrupt with a reply.

Toilet trips are utterly inconvenient.

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Time is of no meaning when I stray onto YouTube.

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A mason jar full of jelly babies looks super cute on my desk… however consuming vast quantities of orange ones because they may be ‘nutritionally beneficial’ is not an acceptable excuse.

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Anyways, what have I missed? How have you all been? Is everyone keeping well? For those that have been so supportive throughout my break, – thank you! The subscriber count continues to grow daily & I promise to get round to all your recent emails & comments very shortly. In the meantime, you may begin to notice a few new changes with the blog and social media, especially over the next number of weeks… all positive and exciting and I’ll be keeping y’all updated as I go! Don’t worry – more info to follow 🙂

Don’t forget to say a quick hello! It’s been a while  X

Cheerio Chums…

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50 Things That Make Me Happy…

50 Things That Make Me Happy

Happy Friday Chums…

I’ve a slightly different little post today for you all to feast your peepers upon as the gorgeous Katie from Plus Beauty tagged me to share with y’all 50 Things That Make Me Happy, and of course not being one to turn down such a fun challenge I jumped at the chance to accept her nomination!

 Now apart from the obvious… family, great friends etc I’ve compiled a list of 50 rather random things that tend to ignite a smile or (at the very least) a warm fuzzy feeling of contentment from life. Sitting comfy? Then let’s get started….

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1) Wild flowers – I’ve got a vase full of them that I’m admiring right now.

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2) Taking a ridiculously long time to put my makeup up – it’s my mini therapy session.

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3) Taking my makeup off after a loooong day. That fresh face feeling after marinading myself in moisturiser is just bliss.

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4) Finding a crafty little parking space in a crowded car park… it always warrants an enthusiastic air punch.

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5) The smell of books.

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6) Christmas Eve, festive pj’s & a huuuuge mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows & cream.

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7) Receiving packages in the mail – the postman doesn’t even get to knock before I launch myself out the door to grab his package *ooo errr missus* 😮

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8) Remembering old toys from childhood with my sister.

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9) The smell of new carpet.

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10) Finding a forgotten £10 note in a random coat pocket.

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11) The bouncy, light feeling of newly cut hair.

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12) Scarves of any description – apart from itchy ones of course.

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13) Autumn.

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14) New stationery.

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15) Post it notes in any shape, size or colour.

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16) Anything with Owls on it.

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17) The smell of petrol/bleach/chlorine – yep, I’m a weirdo.

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18) The fact that I can *finally* master false eyelashes!!!!!!

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19) Dipping a mars bar into a cup of hot tea. Aaaaahmazing.

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20) My blog.

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21) My blog buddies.

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22) Laughing so much your stomach aches.

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23) Listening to the rain beating against the window whilst curled up in bed with a great book (and my hubby!).

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24) Catching up with old friends & making great new ones.

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25) The smell (& feel) of freshly washed bedding… so crisp & clean.

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26) Waking up & realising I’m not for work but can have a lazy lie-in instead.

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27) Smoked bacon sandwiches with brown sauce & tomato ketchup.

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28) Watching huge waves crashing onto the shore.

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29) Being near water: swimming pools, beaches, lakes… you get the idea.

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30) Throwing things out & de-cluttering.

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31) Spending a solitary few hours browsing the shelves of Superdrug/Boots.

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32) Reading a REALLY good book – the type you read slowly so the ending won’t come so quick.

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33) Waking up & feeling a warm spot on the duvet cover from the sun peaking through the blinds.

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34) Flipping my pillow over to the cold side.

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35) Finding a cold spot in bed when I’m too warm.

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36) Firework displays.

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37) That happy fuzzy feeling with all the family on Christmas day.

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38) Watching torrential rain from the porch.

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39) The smell of freshly cut grass.

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40) Popping bubble wrap.

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41) Eating soggy chips drenched in salt & vinegar.

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42) Getting my liquid eyeliner flicks just perfect.

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43) Sneezing multiple times.

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44) Catching someone singing in their car and sharing a laugh with them.

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45) That little noise the computer makes when emptying the recycle bin.

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46) Hugs… especially when you reeeeally need them.

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47) Trying to hold in inappropriate laughter.

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48) Fluffy slipper socks.

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49) Watching people opening pressies.

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50) Thinking back on amazing memories with the people I love & cherish.

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So there you have it chums, 50 Things That Make Me Happy… albeit a tad random but nonetheless I adore every one of them. Thanks again to the awesome Katie for tagging me, don’t forget to pop over to her fabulous little corner of the interweb & say a huge hello – she really is an amazing person & incredibly supportive blog buddy.

My nominees are *drum roll please*…

Kaily from Hello Kaily

Jo from Pores For Thought

Ana from Ravishing Roses

Anne from Doves & Roses

Gigi from Beauty By Gigi

Galit from Coffee & Notes

Inger from Inger Kenobi

Leah from The Pink Impact

Nihaad from The Little Blog Of Stuff

Laura from Polka Dot Tea Pot

Claire from Claire – My Life In Words

Jules & Mil from South By Northwest

Amanda from Inside The Life of Moi

Molly from The Rose Beauty Files

Janine from A Beautiful Whim

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You, yes YOU!

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Of course there’s no pressure whatsoever to accept, if you’re up for the challenge I’d love to read it!

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Have an awesome weekend guys & I’ll see y’all Sunday with the weekly Keeping Up With Karen catch-up 😉

Cheerio Chums…

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Saying Goodbye…

Saying goodbye gran

This is undoubtedly one of the hardest posts I’ve ever written, but I feel it needs to be done. When I started this little blog back in October 2014 I never realised just how much it would affect my life – not in a bad way but in an amazing way. It has helped me through some of the toughest days… days where I felt like I’ve wanted to crawl into a ball under my duvet & cry the hours away. When battling Anxiety, GAD & OCD, life can be pretty torturous on the so called ‘bad’ days. However logging onto WordPress & reading such kind, supportive & encouraging comments from people I’ve never even met has given me so much confidence & helped rebuild what was once a crumbling shell of self-esteem. You guys (my readers & blog buddies) have been beyond amazing; therefore sharing my lows (as well as highs) just seems like the natural thing to do…

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On Saturday morning I received a phone call from my uncle. He was barely audible. Between sobs he tried to tell me what was wrong… my beautiful little 83 year old grandmother had taken a major heart attack in her nursing home. At the time my uncle called me, the cardiac crew were desperately trying to revive her heart. As they reached the hospital both doctors & nurses battled tirelessly to bring her back but she just wasn’t strong enough & we lost her. Even writing those words seem unreal ‘we lost her’.

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Since then I’ve cried so many tears I feel like I’ve lost half of my body weight (checking in the mirror this morning, no such luck *rolls a set of very puffy eyes*) However waking up on Sunday, my first thought was ‘today is the first day of my life I have woke up without my wee granny in the world’. Immediately panic set in, anxiety took over. and well, I’m pretty sure you can imagine the rest…

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Although Confetti & Curves is my little online beauty haven where I usually ramble on about the multitude of things cluttering up my vanity table, over time I’ve interwoven a little bit of my personal life into my posts too. As my gran was such an integral part of my life & helped me through so much, she is someone I cherish with every inch of my being, love with all my heart & admire so greatly. I feel it poignant to share her memory, to pay tribute to the woman who was a second mother to me & gave all of her heart to those she loved the most. My only consolation from her death is that she is no longer suffering but called back home to a place where death & pain have no existence.

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So please (if it’s possible) tell your loved ones just how much they mean to you. Hug them, kiss them & savour every single moment you have with them. Hold every memory as close to your heart as possible as someday you too will have to face the heartache of saying goodbye for the last time.

Gran, I miss you with every beat of my aching heart. I Love you more than words could ever begin to describe. Till we meet again…

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In Loving Memory of Freda Tumilson 13/07/1932 – 18/07/2015

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