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Five on Friday – Chichester Edition

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Last weekend I went away with my Mum to stay with my sissy & bro-in-law in Chichester.  We’ve known the city for a long time as we have other family there too.

It’s such a pretty place I thought I’d share some pics with you.

ONE – Chichester Cathedral

Any Cathedral is worth a picture, Chichester Cathedral is a really pretty one.

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TWO – Patisserie Valerie

Such amazing cakes here.

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This is new since the last time I visited, my sissy was keen to show us this new experience. I say experience because the patisserie counter is something else!

Mum had the Mille
Rosie chose cheesecake
I had the Tirimisu!

Soooo yummy but it was huge, I admitted defeat. Since WW I just can’t eat like I used to.

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Sad Tirimisu which went uneaten, but was yummy!

THREE – Shopping with my girls

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These 2 are my favourite girls in the world. I always have such a lovely time with them.

We shopped 6 hours with only 2 stops.

FOUR – Paperchase

I have a slight obsession with Paperchase & since we don’t have one in my hometown I was in my element.

I got Harry a CRAB plate & Sweet Bea tropical TOUCAN russian doll style lunch/snack boxes.

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I nearly bought this painted wooden pineapple but stopped myself. Although obsessed with them it was £10 for a bright yellow pineapple!! Now I’m thinking that’s a bargain, I love pineapples. EEk I’ve found it online HERE.

FIVE – Pretty Buildings & Flint Wall
OLD DOOR CHICHESTER SIDE STREETCHICHESTER CLOCK FLINT WALLThese walls are typical of the area, hand crafted still today (it’s a technique that goes way back) I think they’re so pretty.

So that’s my FIVE! Sorry it’s a little late. Cheers to the link up ladies, April, Christina, Darci & Natasha.

Blessings for a fab weekend, the sun is shining!

Lizzie XO

 

Five on Friday – Petite Easter

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Hey friends & how are we?

The Easter holidays are half way through & we are still in one piece in body, mind & soul, winning so far!!

Let’s get to it.

O N E – Pintetest is teeming with pastels/eggs/bunnies/food ideas for Easter with our littlies!

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I love looking through the pins but rarely do I actually want to do the crafts. I get tempted when I see the beautiful outcome but have you ever, ever used child friendly PVA? It sucks man, it Does. Not. Stick!! It doesn’t!

This makes crafting with a preschooler very stressful for this mama as Sweet Harry doesn’t have the patience yet to wait until all goes to plan & I don’t think super glue would be appropriate for a 3.5 year old!!

So when I saw this on another blog I had to try it. It turned out great!

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Lunch. Check! Easter. Check! Easy. Check check check check check check! Ding ding ding, Winner!!! & NO glue.

T W O – Petite Success

I haven’t QUITE made it to my goal weight at Weight Watchers yet but I’m celebrating fitting into petite clothes. See my post HERE!

T H R E E – Being open about Anxiety

I’m telling ya, the more open you can be about your anxieties the easier life is.

I have witnessed this in my own life. I don’t think you necessarily have to shout about it on social media as I do. But I have noticed that in one-to-one conversations it really helps & people really are super nice & quick to put me at ease & offer solutions if necessary. Try it!

F O U R – BIB Awards 2014

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If you would have said to me last year I would put myself forward for a blogging award, well I wouldn’t have believed you.

But here we are! The huge surprise when I started blogging wasn’t the confidence it helped bring out of me (although that is totally awesome) but the huge, extremely friendly & helpful blogging community. I’ve never known anything like it on social media. It’s a beautiful thing!

If you’d like to nominate me you can do so until tomorrow! HERE.

F I V E – S-ombré Hair

I had my hair done, at the hairdressers! What a treat.

I took inspiration from Pinterest & decided on an ombré look. Well more like s-ombré really!

Immediately afterwards I had to take Sweet Harry to his swimming lesson, not such sweet planning!

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I’m happy how it turned out! Ignore the grumpy SAHM tired look, check out the hair.

Do you have a blog & want to join the Five on Friday party? Just link up through one of these ladies & away you go.

Thanks as always to my lovely hosts!

April, Christina, Darci & Natasha.

Until the next time friends
Have a great day!

Lizzie XOXO

If you’d like to vote for me in any of these categories (or any of the others you feel my blog ‘fits’ into), I would be overjoyed! Many thanks to all who read & enjoy my little blog! I heart you all!!

LOVE LIZZIE XOXOXOXOXO

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at the time of publishing the linky for Five on Friday was down, I will link up with the lovely ladies tomorrow xo

Five on Friday 14th March 2014 Edition

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Today’s link up is such a sweet one for me. It’s my beautiful sissy’s 30th birthday today!! I can’t quite believe my baby sister is 30!!

So my Five this week are all about Rosie!

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O N E  –  I remember meeting my baby sister for the first time in my Mum’s arms in the hospital. I was 7 years old & I recall feeling very excited that she was a girl. I immediately wanted to mother her. I saw her walk first & have always had a huge protective instinct of her. She was a beautiful baby!

T W O  – Growing up was fun with Rosie, we shared a room until I was in my later teens. She snored quite loudly so I used to throw my teddies at her head to make her turn over. I thought by throwing a soft toy it wouldn’t hurt her, she later told me my Care Bear’s nose used to hit her quite hard. Ha!

T H R E E  – Rosie has had the same group of friends from about age 4 upwards, it’s testament to her personality that she still has those friends today (amongst countless others). She’s loyal, beautiful inside & out, & incredibly caring.

F O U R  – Not many people know that my sis suffers with stomach problems. It’s a hereditary thing that didn’t carry to me or my brother Tom. We have no idea
why Rosie carries it & we don’t. She never complains although she is in pain at times (which is why not a lot of people know). We are so proud of her resilience not to let it stop her live her life to the full. I love her positive outlook on life!!

F I V E  –  Rosie is considered an ‘Outstanding’ Teacher, in regards to Ofsted, her School peers, pupils, family & friends, & yes okay if you must, the world!!! She’s incredibly intelligent but more importantly the hardest working person I know.

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Look at her precious face! Happy birthday Rosie!  Have an amazing 30th birthday filled with fun, friends, family, fizz & I’m hoping for lots of cake for you!!!! (& please forgive me showing these cute pics of you!!).

It’s also my Grampy’s 100th birthday party & my Aunty’s 60th birthday this weekend! Loads of special birthdays we’re privileged to celebrate with all of them & the rest of our lovely family this weekend.

With thanks for my link up hosts, AprilChristina, Darci & Natasha.

Until the next time friends!
Have a great Friday & weekend.

Lizzie xx

Five on Friday 28th February 2014 Edition

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Hey friends,

I’m back after a mini blogging break, which loosely translates to we’ve all been sick, ex-haus-ted & abit more tired with a cherry on top!!

That doesn’t mean that God hasn’t been good in these tough times, just that it’s been a rubbish couple of weeks! I’ve been blessed by my prayer triplet, mentor, a word of encouragement & a parcel from the USA.  Also I’ve been reminded of the quote ‘this too will pass’ & so it will.

So here goes with my joy-filled Five!!!

ONE – Planning Sweet Bea’s 1st Birthday

It’s so special to plan your baby’s 1st birthday. If you follow me on Pinterest you will see a little board sneaked in for ideas for my gorgeous girl’s special day.

Tissue paper pom-pom’s, a ruffled cake & pink macaroons are in the plan.

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I’ll post pictures next week & we’ll see if it all comes together. Whatever happens I’m so blessed to be celebrating this precious little girl with our friends & family. What a joy she is.

Look how cute her invitations turned out! I used a company called Simply to Impress online & was really pleased with the service. The cards are really good quality.

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With SB’s 1st birthday also brings the end of the baby stage. It’s emotional/we made it!

TWO – Chalk Paint Ercol Chairs

I’m so happy I decided finally to get my Ercol chairs painted with chalk paint! I love the look & Ercol are back on trend. Have a look & let me know what you think.

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The 3 different colours idea came from seeing the styling at Ravenhurst B&B in Cheltenham, their colour way really pops! I really love colour & the colours we chose go so well with our scheme at home.

Farrow & Ball // Lime White // Pavilion Grey // Oval Room Blue

THREE – Spring is on it’s Way

I’m overjoyed to see the first signs of Spring. I’m so over Winter.

Me & Sweet Harry planted some bulbs last year & he’s so excited to see the little shoots coming up.

All around my hometown I see daffodils, primroses & snowdrops & every sighting lifts my heart a little. Yay for Spring!

FOUR – My ‘Geek Chic’ Glasses

I didn’t get on with contacts in the end so after I resigned myself to glasses it took me an AGE to choose a pair.

As soon as I switched optician & walked into Specsavers I was sold on these Gok Wan designer specs. I only really need them for driving but find myself wearing these a lot more than I need to. I have another pair as sunglasses.

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I thought the service was brilliant & was interested to hear GW himself designed their uniforms, good work!

FIVE – Sprinkle of Glitter Motivational Monday

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This gal always hits the mark with her blog posts, I especially enjoy Louise’s Motivational Monday feature. This is the post that spoke to me most this month.

Thanks to my hosts, April, Christina, Darci & Natasha.

See you in March friends!

Lizzie XOXO

Five on Friday 17th January 2014 Edition

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Hi Friends & Happy Friday!

This week has been curtailed due to illness in our family, me & the sweet kids have all had colds. So we’ve stayed home, dosed ourselves up & helped the sorrows with chocolate digestives & playing with the farm my (late) sweet Grampy made me.

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I’ve also loved reading other blogs this week. Reading other people’s stories is what inspired me to start writing my own. These people I follow allow me into their lives, with stories, anecdotes, tips, advice, recipes & more, a community.

So this week’s 5 is showing some love to those blogs who have inspired, made me think, or just cheered me up & got me through this week!

1.  Sprinkle of Glitter

My all time favourite blogger is Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter. I love how I can hear her voice through her words & she has an uncanny way of saying what is in my head!

This week the post I loved & I’m so excited Motivational Monday is back. I need it, oh yes i do!!

Yup, what she said!

2.  Louloudorset

My good friend has started blogging again, yay! I loved the Filofax part of this post & must get a monthly insert for mine. How much do I need to get organised right now. Sheesh.

I’m looking forward to reading Lou Lou’s Schedule Sunday every week & hoping it’ll give me the kick up the bum I need.

3.  Every Day Cheer

A great blog for free printables & ideas for your kids. I always love reading about them! I always think they’re such cute ideas (I’m not a crafty person but I love the pictures!!)

This post is a valentines idea for the kids & really cheered me up.

4.  A.Liz Adventures

This Southern charm is always posting lovelies but this post caught my eye (did someone say magpie?). Yes, anything that gets my silver shimmering or my glitter glittering will always get my vote.

This is a great tip for cleaning your silver.

5.  Fancy Ashley

This gal is quite simply the most positive blog I follow. So when I saw this post it really touched my heart.

It really helps to know that things are not always rosey?! Life is sometimes hard & it’s good to share, take comfort in friendship & community. I love Ashley’s attitude even in the dark & uncertain days that life sometimes throws at us. I can learn a lot from her.

These are the posts that caught my eye this week!

Until the next time friends!
Have a great day

Lizzie xoxo