Some of the small things that have made February.
There was a meeting of lots of noisy Schnauzers.
Followed by sharing a bed for the first time ever with doggy cousins.
Feeling very grateful to live so close to these.
Enjoying lovely sunsets on our dog walk.
Then there was snow.
There has been lots of cooking & trying new things.
And a birthday weekend filled of family, fun and plenty of cocktails.
Beautiful gift with so much meaning.
And ending the month on a high by meeting my IVF target weight!
Wishing on stars.
Finding words of hope.
Menu planning in the hope of getting and staying on plan at Slimming World.
Spending the long dark nights doing lots of cooking.
Enjoying lazy Sunday morning coffee.
Enjoying some headspace time on nice canal walks.
Getting on with my attempt at reading more.
Enjoying a beautiful red sky in the morning before the torrential rain that came later.
Being on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster but remembering to be thankful for the small things.
What did you get up to last month?
It’s time for another ‘It’s the small things’
Here’s what I have been up to recently.
Finding new beautiful dog walks
Spending a beautiful week on the Island of Majorca, lots of sunshine and spending time with family.
Celebrating our 2nd Wedding Anniversary – it still feels like yesterday.
Starting to prepare for Christmas with ideas for some handmade bits and pieces.
Feeling very lucky to live so close to some beautiful places and enjoying crisp autumn walks.
Putting things into perspective.
Getting the crazy christmas loving Aunt vibe going and buying these gorgeous bibs for the two new nephews born this year.
Seeing the first frost of the season and feeling chilly.
What have you all been up too?
In today’s world it is easy to let things get on top of us and to focus more on the negatives we feel are in our life rather than the positives no matter how small they are. I wanted to get back to these and decided it would be good to make myself think of things I have in my life to be thankful for. I’m a firm believer in the power of postive thought and I hope that by focusing on this it will help me get through the difficult parts of my life.
Today I am thankful for:
My amazing husband, he is there for me no matter what through the ups and the downs. I am so pleased to have him in my life even when we are irritating each other we know we always have each other to rely on.
My family, they know how to keep me grounded, never let me allow things to get me down for too long and understand me totally.
My friends and my online friends in particular. I have never hidden the fact that I find my bunch of online friends to be the most supportive ever and I am very thankful that I found them! I am really looking forward to hopefully meeting up with a lot of them in March which will be so nice.
My doggy, he gives me so much joy and can make me smile even when I am having a really rubbish day. He is also really helping in my goal of losing weight as I need to get out and walk him and once you are out sure you may as well just go that little bit further.
My job, some days I have to admit that I am not thankful for this, it can be quite a thankless line of work that I am in but then I make myself think about it and I am very priveleged to get to be part of people’s lives to help them when they need it the most and this is something to be thankful for.
My home, I love where we live. We have great neighbours, are quite close to town but have loads of really nice walks around us that make you think we are not in town and are really close to both big cities in Scotland. That and the fact I love my wee house and feel very safe and settled there.
I have a good life, yes it has it’s ups and downs and at the minute it’s more challenging than I like it would it to be with the whole trying to conceive thing but overall it’s good. I have no dramas, a husband, friends and family who love me and am feeling settled and secure.
I have lots to be thankful for.
I had seen a tutorial for making small hearts here Hearts and had tried a few at home to see how they turned out. It was a really easy pattern to follow so I decided to try my hand at making a heart bookmark.
I had seen a smilar idea in a crochet magazine but to be honest I couldn’t really understand the pattern ( I am still struggling with crochet patterns) so I thought I would adapt these ones and try and make my own bookmark for my mum for Mother’s Day.
I find it helps when trying to understand a crochet pattern that it is easier for me to write in down on a piece of paper in long hand rather than the short hand that patterns come in as it then becomes easier for me to understand.
I chose the colours of wool then stitched them together from the back with spare lemon wool so that they were easier to attach to the ribbon.
The ribbon I used was just plain ribbon that I had in my craft box, I ironed it first to make sure it was flat then stitched it onto the back of the hearts using white thread, this was then virtually invisible.
It was a really simple project and my Mum loved it as part of her Mothers Day present with a new book.
I seen this on Pinterest when I was browsing or wasting many hours looking at pretty things! I thought it looked really nice and it looked really easy to make as well so I decided to give it a go.
You can find the original post here
It is made up of the following:
Source: smartschoolhouse.com via Claire on Pinterest
Off I went in search of what I needed, I couldn’t find standard Baby wash, the only thing that seemed to be available was Baby soft wash. I am not sure if it is the same thing but I thought I would buy it anyway and give it a try.
I also decided that I wanted to make the scrub a mint green colour as I found some labels to go on top of the jar from here which were more of a green colour and I thought it would look good together.
The ingredients on the original post are 2.5 cups of sugar, 0.25 cup of baby oil, 0.25 cup of baby wash and 1/2 drop of colouring. For anyone in the UK, this works out as:
75mls Baby Oil
75mls Baby Wash
You then put it all in one big bowl and combine together until smooth. See I told you it was really easy! Using the baby soft wash worked just as well for me so if you can’t find baby-wash like in the original post then this appears to work just as well.
I then printed out the sugar scrub labels on photo paper, cut out and attached to the top of the jar and added ribbon to finish of. I am really pleased with the end result, it smells lovely and left my hands really soft when I tried some of it. I would really recommend making some and for under £4 for a 380ml jar it is well worth the money.