Wow, May – you were lots of fun!

Hello, hello everyone! Who can believe it’s now the end of May and we’re coming up to being half way through 2017 –  I can’t, it’s going so fast! The last few weeks have been blurring together a lot, so I’ve been trying to take it a little easier this week and I’ve had some time to reflect over how much fun May has been.

This led to me thinking that I’d catch up with you all and share a few things that have been going on lately.

Competition Winner

Did you read that word… winner! I flipping won the Clickstay blogger competition and as a family we’re currently battling out which villa to book for our summer holiday! I was absolutely astounded by the sheer number of votes that I received and the support from friends, family and people that follow me was just..FLIPPING FANTASTIC! I can’t thank you enough if you took the time to vote, really, from the bottom of my heart – it means so much. If you didn’t get to read the post that helped me win, you can read that here.

I also won a super yummy Italian Food Hamper from Just So Italian and if you follow me on Instagram you have may have spotted me enjoying a few things, especially the amazing olives! Ha-ha.

Furthermore, it wouldn’t be right to not mention Clickstay and exactly what they do.  They rent out villas and apartments so offer a real uniqueness to where you can holiday creating that home-away-from-home kinda vibe. We have nearly booked to go in August and we’re also going away in October with them too.  If you’re currently searching for the perfect holiday villa then I’d 100% recommend having a look.

Plus I also get to offer you a £50 discount from any booking between now and the 15th June! Even more incentive to get your suitcase out and ready 😉 Let me know where you go if you do end up booking… I won’t get jealous or anything…much ;-).

Enter CLICKSTAY2017 at the checkout box. 

I also won something else. A little smaller but still something that was very exciting and made me feel quite proud of my blog. I regularly take part in the Tweens, Teens and Beyond Linkys and I was the winner of Linky #8 for my post about going on holiday with my son Coby for some one-on-one time. The #TweensTeensBeyond linkup is a great place to read and share stories relating to Tweens, Teens and young adults (children over the age of 10 years) as well as parenting, midlife and beyond and is super helpful and offers lots of advice and reassurance.

Cakes

I’ve created some beautiful cakes this month and I’m really proud of the fact that I now get to book in cakes that are just my style or the kind of design that I can truly enjoy.  I’m a girly girl at heart and love anything pretty. Send me an email about creating some mad moving Jag that spins and flashes and I’ll freak… It’s just not my thing.

What I also loved about these cakes are the customers that came with them; all lovely and super easy to work with – thank you ladies, it was a pleasure.

I blogged and reviewed the Pro Froster and Berina’s smoothers which was probably one of my most successful posts yet! (28k reach on Facebook and 6k blog post views for all you stat lovers) so it seems cake decorating and travel posts are super successful for me, and that whole thing about learning your niche is starting to kick in! You can read it here if you want a nosy…

Going Solo

I went to a wedding…on my own…yep, you read that right – ON MY OWN! I didn’t know a single soul and I still went! Not by choice mind, my boyfriend was super poorly at the last minute so I woman’ed up, drank a large wine and acted like a proper grown up. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty scared! What if no-one spoke to me? What if they thought I was weird? And this is the only photo I took – a selfie!!

But do you know what, it was lovely! I had a really good time and felt I’d made totally the right choice to attend.  I made a new friend who was in exactly the same position as me, chatted to lots of other people and had such a good laugh.. plus I got to stay in a fab little hotel and eat cake.  Why was I even so scared? Hi-Five! Whoop.

Spent some pennies

Now, I’m not one for sharing things about fashion – it’s just not my thing and I certainly don’t ever claim or think that I’m fashionable in ANY way! At nearly 35 (ugh) it’s taken me a long time to accept that I just can’t pull of anything too ‘fashiony’ and I suit classic, well-made comfortable things.  I’m curvy (occupational hazard), small on top with big hips, bum and thighs so I’ve kind of accepted that quality over quantity has also become my thing. I don’t shop too much really but when I do I tend to buy in bulk and at once…

I’m also not the type to rummage, I guess I’m a lazy shopper and expect things to jump out at me like “ta-da – buy me, buy me, I’m yours” Oh, and I love stripes, I rock a lot of stripes!

Anyway, May was one of those months where I shopped a little more than usual and I thought you may, or may not, find some of these items as nice as I did! I’ve inserted the links to these items and if you click on the photos, avoiding the Pinterest icon you can take a peek yourself 🙂 I think I’ll get the most wear out of the Topshop Jamie jeans (I’ve now bought in three colours) as they fit me perfectly! They don’t lose their shape, they’re high rise so I feel like they hold everything in and they go with everything! I’ve lived in the Save the Future Tee for the last few weeks too.

Coby

Last but not least my amazing son Coby sat some exams at school.  He has always claimed that exams make him freak and the time-pressures just make him want to run away! But, he’s new to exams and at 12 I think it’s really difficult to move from practical and classroom learning to complete silence with strict conditions.

I also think its difficult to learn the correct way to revise for you, and reminding him that it’s all just about repetition and re-reading certain things seemed to do the trick.  I also think that some children do amazingly well until it comes to an exam and it all goes out of the window.

I’ve got so much faith in Coby and do think he’ll do brilliantly so long as he learns how to focus and prioritise… he may read this… Love you babe, I’m so proud of you xx

How was your May? Did you have a busy month or an easy one? How nice was that sunshine near the end too?

Here’s to more happy months.

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17 Comments

  1. toripyle6
    31st May 2017 / 5:09 pm

    I’ve been looking for some great high-waisted jeans- thanks for the tip! And it’s so much better to go with the classics over trends, anyway. I’m in the same boat!

    • hellocuppies
      7th June 2017 / 9:17 am

      Honestly, these jeans are amazing! I’ve had more expensive brands, and cheaper, but they never fit or last as well as these ones x

  2. elizabethcolette
    31st May 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Love your cakes! They all look amazing. Congrats on winning the Clickstay blogger competition! So Awesome!

    • hellocuppies
      7th June 2017 / 9:18 am

      Isn’t it just! Our villa is now booked! Thank you Elizabeth x

  3. 31st May 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Your cakes look amazing! Just stunning baking you did there! and congrats to your win. Sounds like you have an amazing holiday a head of you…

  4. 31st May 2017 / 8:43 pm

    May did come and go too fast. Living in Deep South Texas means summer is in full force already. We’re hitting the triple digits already *ugh*
    Your cakes are gorgeous, btw!! Love your blog and will be stalking it lol

    • hellocuppies
      31st May 2017 / 8:49 pm

      Triple digits!!!! I don’t think I could cope with that! Poor you. Thank you for your kind words x

  5. 31st May 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Wow what a fantastic month!! I love the photo of your son, he is SO handsome! And those cakes are amazing!!

  6. 1st June 2017 / 7:06 am

    Congratulations for the win! I loved all the cakes but the Unicorn cake is tooooo beautiful 🙂

    • hellocuppies
      1st June 2017 / 7:07 am

      Thank you! I have one on this week too! They’re super popular!

  7. Priyadarshini R
    2nd June 2017 / 9:40 pm

    That’s awesome.. Congratulations on your Clickstay win!

  8. 3rd June 2017 / 1:40 am

    OMG that unicorn cake is sooo beautiful! You’re so talented!!!

  9. 6th June 2017 / 1:28 am

    Great site! Those cakes are beautiful. Love the colors!

  10. 6th June 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Congratulations!! What a great prize to win and you must be so excited to be reviewing villas!!
    What gorgeous cakes and it must be satisfying to know that your cakes are going to good “homes” with their customers!
    Going to the wedding on your own sounds like it was liberating and lots of fun. Good for you!

  11. 7th June 2017 / 11:54 am

    My May was nowhere near as exciting as yours! Well done of the wins, the click stay one is especially amazing. You look stunning at the wedding x

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