Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The 'stuff I don't really need but would like anyway' Wish List

I feel like most wish lists I feature on here tend to have a purpose. Well, maybe not a 'purpose' exactly, but they centre around an event, like my birthday or Christmas or heck, even Mother's Day. Today I've decided to pop up a wish list simply because I really want the stuff included. Although I'm feeling flush with cash thanks to starting a new job recently, I feel like I can't indulge (too much) into fancy things because we have some big baby-related purchases to think about in the near future. And I also really want a new bed and apparently that's more important than buying myself another necklace. Apparently. Anyhoo, as I'm a big believer that sharing is caring, I thought I would show y'all what has caught my eye on the off chance that you buy it and I can live vicariously through you. That's the spirit, right?

necklace - purse - shoes - top - nintendo 2DS case - dungarees

Monday, 28 March 2016

101 in 1001 - How did I do?

Way back in January, I realised that I really needed to get my act together if I wanted to tick off any more goals from my 101 in 1001 list. I even made a mini list of things I'd *really like* to complete, even if nothing else managed to happen. And did I do that? Erm.. No, actually. Instead of harping on about this, let's ask the question y'all want to know - how did I do?

Have a completely unrelated picture of me from 47 weeks ago.
I managed to complete 35 things, with an extra 10 in progress. That's 45 out of 101 - not even half of my goals! Stop looking so pleased, past Chelsea! You should have been completing goals, not drinking tea from a Minnie Mouse mug! Of course, I have been pretty preoccupied with other editing stuff, so I hope you can all forgive me for not completing a few more. Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I've decided to try and complete 25 goals before my birthday in October, which should be interesting seeing as it's March now. That's seven months to complete 25 things, despite the fact I only completed 35 things in practically three years... Way to go! 

Did you think I'd end up completely closer to 101? Have you tried the 101 in 1001 challenge? 

Chelsea xo

Monday, 21 March 2016

Hey Duggee! Follow That Egg blog tour

I'm very excited to have a Hey Duggee story as my very first blog tour. Dylan is a huge fan of the books and the TV series, so Duggee is practically like family these days - with Dylan longing to be a part of the Squirrel Club! The latest book in the collection is 'Follow That Egg!' and it's perfectly timed spring release means that we were asked to get cracking with an eggcellent task...

We were asked to create some egg friends and I don't think we did a bad job at all! We picked two Hey Duggee characters as I didn't have any black paint to make a Batman egg (sorry Dylan!) and we were both as proud as punch with our new pals. In fact, I think I'm slightly hooked on egg decorating and might need to attempt some crazy intricate designs soon. Or another brightly covered pal, who knows?

When the Squirrel Club see that Duggee is watching the hens, they see a chicken with three eggs ready to hatch. One chick, two chick... but the third egg has other ideas! Dylan found this story absolutely hilarious, as one little egg goes on the great eggscape and the Squirrel's have to follow that egg so that they can return him to his mum! Dylan was especially impressed with the Massive Bird and her chick - he looks so fluffy!

The 'Follow That Egg!' story is a really great book to add into Dylan's collection. Hey Duggee books are always brightly coloured, easy to follow and super fun to read. My favourite thing about Hey Duggee books is that Dylan would rather tell me the story - and add some dodgy egg-bouncing sound effects - and it really gets those creative nodes going. 

We'd like to give a big thank you to Duggee and his friends from Ladybird for sending us a copy of Follow That Egg as well as some eggciting crafty goods to make our own egg friends. 

Chelsea xo

*all thoughts and eggy friends our own*

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

A Surprise for #WonderfulWednesday

I love reading blog posts that promote positivity and embracing the little stuff in life that makes you feel happy. I would say, overall, I'm quite a grump so anything that reminds me to not sweat the small stuff but to live in the moment and be happy is alright by me. Cor, this paragraph is becoming a cliché and a half, isn't it?

I've wanted to join in with #wonderfulWednesday for a while - as I always enjoy reading Sally's posts, and when my pal Michelle joined in, well how could I resist any longer? All I needed was something wonderful to talk about. Well, today, I think I've finally found something...

I've got a bun in the oven! That's right - as well as recently announcing that I'm started a new job, I'm also having a baby! It's a terrible pun, I know, but I couldn't think of a good way to announce this sort of thing on the blog that wouldn't give itself away with the photo! :)  I'm in the second trimester now, so we've only just started telling people.

Although I'm sure I'll be full-on baby brain, I'm going to try and make sure my blog stays varied with book posts, general lifestyle stuff and what not. 

Has your Wednesday been wonderful?

Chelsea xo

Monday, 7 March 2016

Just Another Manic Monday!

I really wanted to post a spontaneous 'catch up' post on Friday, but I realised I had already blogged so thought I'd better not ambush everyone with two posts in one day. If you follow me on twitter, you'll already know my news but if not - I have a new job! I went off to an interview on Thursday, and it was my first ever group interview, which was pretty daunting. We all had to introduce ourselves, and I thought everyone else sounded so hireable, I never thought I would be offered the job. I missed a call from the company the next day and just presumed they were checking how the interview went, but instead they offered me the job. 

Honestly, I couldn't be more thrilled about it, and I start today! To celebrate I have dyed my hair because that's the only way to start a new job, right? Ha! 

What do you think? I think it looks quite cute, and I think I might be officially out of the awkward growing-out-a-pixie-cut stage of my life! Hopefully it'll be smooth sailing into a bob and then the ultimate - long, flowing locks! A girl can dream. 

Have you done anything drastic when starting a new job? Anything new with you? 

Chelsea xo

Friday, 4 March 2016

TMTW #8 - A Quiet February

Best bit? I really enjoyed spending time with Dylan during half term, and also spending loads of time with family this month. Joe's brother came over to visit from London and it's always a laugh when he's about. 

My Favourite thing? Err, I can't really think of anything? I did treat myself to an early Mother's Day present, but it hasn't arrived yet, sob! 

Any regrets? I forgot to fill in a job application for a role in Lush, which would have been amazing so I'm quite annoyed with myself for that. I'm in need of some more bath bombs too!

What's in store for next month? Well, my awesome Mother's Day present should arrive soon, aaand I'm finally getting my hair dyed. I'm really excited to show it off, if all goes to plan! 

So February was pretty quiet, really! I did manage to finally buy some tulip bulbs to start growing my own, which is canny exciting. The deadline for my 101 in 1001 challenge is creeping up on me, so I'll really need to get my act together this month! 

How was your February? Anything to look forward to in March?

Chelsea xo

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Book Club #24 - Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Sometimes, I feel like I should point you all in the direction of Dannie's blog and leave it at that. Most of my book reviews start life as Dannie telling me I would like a book, and pretty much every time I have loved it. I guess you can kind of guess how this review is going - Unbecoming by Jenny Downham is an amazing YA novel that I think should be essential reading for most people. 

Three women - three secrets - one heart-stopping story. Katie, seventeen, is in love with someone whose identity she can't reveal. Her mother Caroline, uptight, worn out and about to find the past catching up with her. Katie's grandmother, Mary, back with the family after years of mysterious absence and 'capable of anything', despite suffering from Alzheimers. As Katie cares for an elderly woman who brings daily chaos to her life, she finds herself drawn to her. Rules get broken as allegiances shift. Is Mary contagious? Is 'badness' genetic? In confronting the past, Katie learns to live and finally dares to love. Funny, sad, honest and wise, Unbecoming is a celebration of life, and learning to honour your own stories. 
After finding myself struggling to read I Love Dick as quickly as I'd hoped, I managed to read Unbecoming within a few days - stopping only to spend quality time with Joe during our trip to Glasgow. I found each character to be complex, with Downham taking the time to really go into detail about them, rather than using their characteristics as a gimmick. Mary suffers from severe memory loss due to Alzheimers and after experiencing this first hand when my poor Grandad had to come and live with us when he became affected by sever Alzheimers, I felt like Downham had really understood the heartbreak, confusion and pain this illness can cause. All three main characters were tormented by demons of some sort - Mary, unable to remember the important details; Caroline struggling to forgive her mother for something in the past, and letting it affect her care duties; and Katie - a young girl who unsure of herself and her feelings - but they were all given plenty of space to develop and let the reader know a little bit more to their story.

One aspect I really enjoyed was when we were transported back in time to a memory of Mary's. Her fire and desire to have fun really brought some much needed colour to the story and helped to lighten the story. These parts are of course really key to unravelling the mystery poisoning the air between Caroline and Mary, and as you get deeper into the book, they become less about Mary's young antics and more about this painful secret. I honestly didn't suspect what the mystery would be, or any extra twists near the end, but they were brilliantly delivered and didn't take anything away from the story at all.

Overall, I couldn't recommend Unbecoming more if I tried! Have you read it?

Chelsea xo
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