Wednesday, 17 July 2019

World Emoji Day 2019: Emoji Cupcakes and More!

Did you know that the emoji is almost 22 years old? I had no idea! Obviously we haven't been blessed with the emoji for twenty odd years but it existed and has grown into the phenomenon that we use in our everyday lives. If that isn't incentive to keep going, I don't know what is. I mean if a yellow smiley face can achieve such great things then why can't we all?

Today is World Emoji Day. Why, you ask? Well it's all to do with that date on the calendar emojis on Apple devices. You might not have ever noticed (I certainly haven't) but that date is July 17th! So every July 17th, we now celebrate the wonderful world of emojis!

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This blog post is obviously very different to anything I've done before but I wanted to give my creative muscles the opportunity to shine through without days and days of editing and I wanted to have some fun. So today I'll be sharing which emojis I use the most, which emoji I am and my attempts at recreating emoji faces on cupcakes!
Monday, 15 July 2019

Weekly Round-up: 8th - 14th July 2019

As you know last week I decided to shake the weekly blog up a bit (again!) and I am happy to announce that the weekly round-up is here to stay! I actually look forward to Mondays now which is crazy, am I right?

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This week we've got donuts, characters from Frozen and a teddy bear picnic! So let's get the show on the road...
Friday, 12 July 2019

Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4: A Review

You might not remember but several weeks back we spent a weekend in London to visit our families. As we were spending time with Matt's family on the Saturday and mine on the Sunday, we decided to stay roughly halfway between the two so we booked a room at the Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4. It goes without saying really based on the hotel's name but this is a hotel near London Heathrow Airport. It's so close it's basically part of the airport.

I'm a little bit obsessed with hotel and room tour videos so I decided there'd be some value in doing a little hotel review and sharing our experience with you all.

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I'd planned to do a little video to accompany this post but it turns out that it's not that easy to wheel around a pushchair, open a heavy fire door and film at the same time. The room was then quickly taken over by a nude toddler so any hope of filming went out the window but it's okay, I tried.
Thursday, 11 July 2019

Why We Chose To Find Out The Sex Of Our Baby

Sometimes I flash back to certain moments during my pregnancy with Mini especially in the run up to anniversaries of certain events. I'd like to share one of those with you right now.

It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon in mid-July. Sunny and warm but not unbearably hot. Bearing in mind that I was walking around in vests in the cold of November, complaining that it was "unbearably hot" - what a difference a few months makes!

Matt and I walked up to the hospital for our 20 week scan. This was a very important day for us because we were hopefully going to find out whether we were expecting a boy or a girl. Finding out the sex was really important to me and so I'd like to talk about why we chose to find out.

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It's a question every expectant parent gets asked a thousand times: do you want to know what you're having?

For us, the answer was always a resounding yes.
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Top 10 Favourite Sitcom TV Shows

In case you haven't looked at a calendar today, it's the 10th of July! Yay!

You might already know that today is a very special day because it's Teddy Bear Picnic Day. To celebrate, we enjoyed a yummy picnic in our living room surrounded by some of our nearest and dearest soft toys - but I digress because that's not in any way related to today's post!

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This month I've decided to start a new monthly post where on the 10th of each month I share with you a top 10 list. I know, so original right?

To kick start this segment, I've chosen to share with you all my top 10 favourite sitcom TV shows because sometimes we all just need a bit of a giggle!
Monday, 8 July 2019

Weekly Round-up: 1st - 7th July 2019

I considered opening this post with a quote about change. There are literally hundreds of them and do you want to know why? Because we, as human beings, want to be better.

It's no secret that I've been trying to iron out the kinks in my weekly blog post for a while now and honestly, it has been a real struggle. I'll come up with what I think is a great idea only to find that actually it doesn't mesh well with my creative style or maybe it just didn't feel right.

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So today I posed a question on my Twitter, asking for advice on the name of the post. The reason I asked for external opinions on the matter is because the name didn't sit right with me and I couldn't quite put my finger on why - after all, it is a weekly blog post about our adventures, right?

I've got to admit that when I included the option of 'weekly round-up' in the poll, I had already created an alternative structure for the post that I felt worked best with that title. Instead of being exclusively about what we did, it's now also about my thoughts and feelings about the week and an opportunity to share what I've been working on. It's everything that a personal blog post should be about.

When the results were in with 'weekly round-up' as the clear winner, I knew that it was meant to be. I can't guarantee that this structure will stand the test of time but maybe, just maybe it will be a step in the right direction.

So here it is: a weekly round-up!