Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The One Where My Son Got Married

I have been MIA for the last week or so but I do have a good excuse…..my son got married!

The wedding was on Saturday at Topiaries at Beaumont, Draper which is a beautiful venue overlooking the Samford valley.
Topiaries Exterior Shots and the Four Poster Bridal Suite

The day was a very happy and special day for my son and beautiful new daughter-in-law as they celebrated with friends and family.
The Happy Couple Leaving the Chapel

Mr & Mrs Newlywed


Family Selfie

My Gorgeous Family

After a beautiful ceremony (and just a few tears from me), we then celebrated into the night with great food, good wine, dancing and lots of chatting to friends and family. It was a perfect end to two years of planning and organising and a lovely start to their new life together.

Now I have to get used to the fact that my son is a married man and I may have the prospect of grandchildren in the not too distant future (eeeek!!). But it's all good, their happy faces at the wedding made my heart sing and that's good enough for me!!

Have you had any family celebrations recently? How do your family celebrate big occasions?
Let me know and share some pics if you like, I'd love to see them.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Keep Calm and Stop Procrastinating!


I saw this quote recently on the Clever Cookie Facebook page and it really struck a chord.

I am the queen of procrastinators, not a title I'm proud of but I'll own up to it. Anyone who has read my first post will know that it took me six months to actually press Publish on it.

Since then I have made lots of lists of planned posts and days I was definitely going to post on and has it happened….sadly, no!

I enjoyed my Clever Cookie course and have proudly displayed my graduation badge on my blog, I also read lots of advice on blogging, follow some really good bloggers and get emails with lots of encouraging ideas. But what I really need to do is get my butt into gear and actually post something!!

So I have decided that instead of planning (and even drafting!!) posts, I will actually hit that Publish button, even if it's not the 'perfect' post I imagined. I must confess that the very idea of this scares the living daylights out of me but I know that there are lots of great people out there, some of whom may even read my blog occasionally, and that you will understand and even forgive me the odd dodgy post.

So watch this space, there may be good things happening! And thanks for listening to my rambling!

Are you a procrastinator? What do you use to motivate you? Is it better to just go with the flow instead of expecting everything to be just right? Let me know what you think.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Me Time - A Bit of Guilty Pleasure!



Warning - this post is a bit self indulgent, apologies in advance.

Yesterday I had the most fantastic facial at Ella Bache, Chermside, the Radiance C Brightening Facial  treatment.

Now I'll admit, I've always thought that beauty treatments were self-indulgent, expensive and mainly
for 'Ladies who Lunch'! This slightly discriminatory attitude wasn't helped by me having no time, due to work and kids and not a lot of spare cash to go for beauty treatments!

I did have a facial and some massages some time ago when my lovely son gave me a beauty package voucher for Christmas one year and I thoroughly enjoyed them but then I got back onto the 'working, no time roundabout' and went back to my normal home based skin care regime.

However, in three weeks time, my lovely son will get married to his beautiful fiancé and I decided that I deserved to have some pampering to get my skin, hair, nails, etc looking their best for my stint as Mother of the Groom. So I booked my facial and, oh boy, was it good! Beautifully scented products applied by the lovely Emma and a neck/shoulder/arm/hand massage left my skin glowing and me feeling great. I even gave in to the suggested purchase and bought myself a skin care pack! I am now converted to the facial, in fact, I've booked an oxygen facial for the day before the wedding so that my skin will be beautiful for the day (well I'll think it is even if nobody else does!) and I plan to try and have a regular facial just for some me time!

What's your guilty pleasure? Do you have regular Me Time or do you spend all your time working and looking after your family? Tell me what your ideal day of indulgence would be!