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Watching me, watching him.

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I was a very very lucky girl this for my birthday, amongst lots of presents, I got a gorgeous new Michael Kors, silver watch. I also own a chocolate brown one, but (first world problems I know) the face was so dark, and the hands were the same colour so it was practically impossible to tell the time on it! It also stopped working about 3 weeks before my birthday, so I was watch-less for ages, which is really annoying let me tell you! The amount of times I looked at my naked wrist to find out the time wasn’t even funny. I know, serious issues in the AG household during the month of March.

My MK watches are the only two I own. I mean, let’s face it, I don’t need to own more than one! I’m not the type of person who changes their jewellery daily, I wear my watch, bracelet and rings all day everyday. I occasionally add a necklace which will be big and bright, but the classic stuff stays on me all the time. The husband on the other hand is a serial watch addict, and would happily spend a bloody age looking at them. Let him visit The Watch Shop and that’s it, it’s like his drug. He will wander between Swatch to Swatch, Casio to G-Shock and he will be indecisive for days. We even managed to find ourselves inside a watch shop in Paris, because, you know, they’re different over there…!

Apparently I’m buying him a watch for his birthday, but I’m not. I will give him money and time to go and pick his own watch because I tell you, he’s worse than a woman when it comes to shopping and I’m not buying the wrong thing! They always say women will go back to the first shop they visited and buy the first thing they had seen, but my Husband will sometimes debate with himself for days over whether he bought the right thing. Days!

He’s always been a bit of a watch addict, I remember when we first got together, those and baseball caps were his ‘thing’. Could have been worse eh! The problem is, we differ SO much on style. I like classic, metal strapped watches, not too big but I do like them chunky, not dainty. He, on the other hand is off the wall crazy when it comes to his wrist wear. The bigger the face, the better. Almost always plastic straps, usually with the mechanics showing in the face and bright colours. We’ve been through yellow, blue, white, orange and I think the next one on his list is going to be a coloured one too. Which is why I would never in a million years be able to pick the right one for him!

If we were millionaires I would probably still stick with my Michael Kors watch, but I know the bloke would go for something like Breitling or TAG (which also happens to be his initials) and I’m pretty sure they don’t come in luminous plastic, so it’s strange that his taste changes the more expensive the watch gets! Although to be honest, he would probably be out buying a new one each month if we were that loaded, and I’d let him have all the time he liked to decide, because I’d be out buying new handbags! I always wonder which one of us GG would be shopping with because she is a watch person like her Dad, so I have a feeling I’d lose out there. Wonder if I could take The Boy handbag shopping without too many complaints?!

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Interior Design Trends For Spring 2014

Have you ever started listening to an interior designer on television and become lost in their invariably eccentric haircut, swaying back and forth, along with their overtly extravagant shirt collar? Once you realise you have failed to pick up the tips to a happier home it is too late.

You were hypnotised by the thought of taking tips from a person who looks like a cross between an overdressed poodle and a second-rate rockstar from the 1970s. Never fear. These days there is a plethora of viable design tips, corresponding materials, furnishings and accessories available to you online.

Spring time is here which means homes and professional spaces everywhere will be in need of a good clean and in many cases a little interior turnover. Before you go diving in paint brush first, you should be aware of the trends that are floating around on the warm Spring cyber-breeze of the online design world. Firstly, the word design does not have to be twinned with expensive. From new coats of paint, wardrobes or a reorganised storage unit all the way to an entirely new collection of furniture, there are options available to you on ebay.co.uk that will keep your bank manager happy.

How can I freshen up my home fashionably?
Whereas before you may have felt it a little too Mick Jagger, painting it black is no longer considered such a design crime, according to William Hill Interiors. If you blend it with enough starkly coloured trims, art works and furniture to contrast it will appear modern and sleek as opposed to teenage and grim. Asian-themed patterns on furniture, upholstery and rugs are popular this season to add an exotic air to your living room.

Paste Magazine also suggest keeping your accessories meaningful to avoid a cluttered and disorganised feel. Those items which you periodically dig out and then subsequently forget need to go. When people ask about the context to a piece or knick-knack if the story is uninteresting or lost from the depths of your memory the bin bags should be rustling.

Furniture, patterns and designs do not need to match either. Ever heard of chaos theory? If there is an edge of method and purpose to the clashing of colours and cultures then so be it. Be brave and opt for more textured soft-furnishings such as velvet, suede and corduroy over cotton and linens as well. You just need faith in the eating a drinking coordination of those around you as the former options are not so durable or spill proof. Ditching the beige, greige or grey paints for some more saturated blues and greens will instantly brighten a room up and drag it from dulled to sunny in no
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What about the furniture and storage?
Those alcoves, nooks and crannies often sit idle or full of the dreaded miscellaneous stuff that takes over our storage spaces. There is plenty of oddly shaped furniture out there that could fill those spaces, especially in the reclaimed or antique markets which are trendy at the moment, and hold that stuff while adding a stylish and retro, repurposed feel. Slim-fit cupboards, storage chests and shelves can all work with your new design. Lighter woods are preferred these days after decades of clunky, darkly treated mahogany and oak. Anything that looks industrial, usually incorporating stone or cast iron, is also sought after at the moment for its atmospheric quality.

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So, 2014…..

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You know when you have a post planned for, oh, say January, but then you lose track of all time and before you know it, it’s April and you’re wondering what the hell happened during the last four months!?

OK, so I know what happened, steroid injections going wrong, trips to Paris, hand operations, broken elbows, BAM, I’m now 33 and still trying to get organised!

The whole post was going to be around Self Improvement. Each year, I make this big list (mental or otherwise) of all the things I want to change about myself in the next New Year, then the following NYE rolls around and I haven’t completed any of them. It’s almost like setting yourself up for a fall. So, this year I decided to just make general improvements to my life, better health (not a weight loss goal!) more organised, more relaxed, more time to chiiiiiill and most importantly, self improvement. Through travel, experiences and study. I was given a challenge by Debt Free Direct, inspired by their #ImProving2014 campaign that they’ve been writing a lot about on their blog and was sent a whole load of goodies to make it happen.

It’s much easier to make gradual changes and see a difference at the end of the year, than expect something to change overnight. As much as I’d like to wake up 2 stone lighter and a million times fitter, it’s never going to happen. I am so very sick of trying to make these overnight changes and then being annoyed when they don’t happen! I know, I know, I’m an adult, I should know better, but I’m such an impatient adult.

So, my improvements were are going to be make time for yoga each day, try something new each month (not doing too badly) and to get my backside enrolled on a course I have been looking at for almost a year.

I have always loved yoga and pilates. I used to go weekly and always felt amazing after it, relaxed, stretched and clearer. Then, for whatever reasons, I stopped going. And once you stop going, you really don’t get back into it. I have been sent a voucher for a free yoga lesson thanks to Debt Free Direct, so once I’ve had the go ahead from my hand surgeon, I’ll be booking my appointment. I’ve also got a set of 3 DVD’s, my own yoga mat & yoga pants so I can actually do some yoga at home each morning. In an ideal world I would get up before the kids do, do my poses and get on with the day. But I don’t live in an ideal world. I live in a world where my daughter needs next to no sleep, gets up at silly o’clock every morning and is on full speed from the *second* she opens her eyes. Whereas I am a moody biatch for at least 20 minutes once I’ve woken up. Maybe I should add that to my list of SI’s, getting up 10 minutes earlier each day until I’m finally up before GG……

I am determined to make (what’s left of) this year count, by making time to be and making room to improve. I have enrolled on part one of my list of courses, all part of the master plan to graduate in psychosexual therapy (sex therapist) it’s going to take 5 years in total, and ideally, I should have started in my 20′s but I didn’t, but I have now. I cannot wait to get started, studying from home for the first year, then 4 years of part time study with Relate. Again, not rushing, not expecting something to happen overnight. Good things take time, things worth waiting for, take time.

So, all in all, the rest of the year is looking pretty good. If we could just add in some sunshine so I can study in the garden, and a few more magical travel experiences (Paris feels like so long ago, I miss it so much) a meal at the Shard, the hot air balloon trip with my Mum (eeek) I think I will have pretty much made 2014 all about my improvement.

Watch this space.

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(that’s going to be my new tattoo, the Om symbol. Perfect)

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Easter Egg Competition!

Hands up if you love chocolate? Hands up if you love cracking a perfect Easter egg into a giant tupperware pot and filling your fridge with the smell of pure sugar….? If I wasn’t typing this my hands would be up. Trust me.

So, you’re going to love the competition! For the chance to win ten Easter eggs in time for Easter (I think they think we’d want to give them away, they’re clearly crazy!) all you have to do is visit webloyalty, tell them what your favourite egg is and tweet them using their twitter button. You can also use the #WebloyaltyEgg and follow them on twitter.

I know what my favourite would be from the list on the site, a big, fat, HUGE Thorntons egg, filled with chocolates! My Dad always buys me the *best* Easter eggs, even though I’m 33! And hey, I’m not going to argue with that particular tradition!

If you win, bagsie the Thorntons one! Good luck!

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Mothers Day Competition ~ SP

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Do you fancy the chance of winning £250 worth of Amazon vouchers with Mecca Bingo? They have a competition running at the moment called ‘Mecca’s Mother’s Day Memories’ and it’s a simple one to enter!

All you have to do, is create a collage of family memories – ideally from past mother’s days, or treasured memories. It is entirely up to you how you do it, the more creative the better!  You could include images and say why they are important to you, or perhaps what you were doing when you took the pictures, family holidays, parties, memorable days out or birthday celebrations.

Tell them what the story is behind your memories, describe (if you can) what your mother means to you, or why you love being a mum yourself. You need to mention the competition in your post and link back to Mecca Bingo, but that’s it!

Get creative with the post, there are no real boundaries to what you can do! The most creative and imaginative post will be picked on the 31st March, and the winner will be announced on the Mecca FaceBook & Twitter page. Just drop Debbie an email to let her know you’re entering: debbiefletcher90{at}gmail{dot}com

The closing date for this competition is Mother’s Day (Sunday 30th March). Good luck!

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Tulipop ~ new homeware & stationary range

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I love these sets from Tulipop, a new range of homeware and stationary that has launched over here. The enchanting world, dreamt up by mother of two Signy and brought to market by her best friend Helga, is an original, beautiful and magical children’s range. Launched in Signy and Helga’s home country of Iceland in 2010 from a joint dream to create something unique they would want to buy their own children, Tulipop is now an established, award-winning brand. It is recognized and loved for being a cool, fun brand that offers kids something a bit different from the norm.

They would make great presents for younger kids, my (now) five year old loves his! You can buy them online here.

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