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29th March 2019
Happy Friday | 10 Good Things #2
Starting this blog series was a way to write about all the positive things happening in my life. They provide a way to look back and appreciate all the good stuff when I’m having a bit of a difficult week. These posts make me stop, pause, and provide me with a little reminder to be grateful for the opportunities I receive and for the support I have from friends and family around me.
It’s also the end of the month, so pretty timely to have a little round-up too!
Like lots of other people I really struggle sometimes with my workload and time-management. If something happens that’s out of my control (someone in my family getting ill, my oven breaking, etc) it can massively put pressure on what I thought would be a very organised week. These things can’t be helped, it’s life, but sometimes they also seem far worse than they really are.
So, I like to reflect on the good things, no matter how big or small, to remind me that 1) it’s always going to be OK and 2) I’m lucky. Because I do feel lucky. I work hard to get the things I have, but I have no reason to moan or complain and I probably take a lot in my life for granted.
My son. Coby had his Spring school report come through and it was a huge improvement on the last one. Last night was parents evening and I was honestly really unsure of what to expect. Every teacher praised him. There was consistency in his work, his scores are up, and he’s working hard – most of the time. Could he put more effort in? Absolutely. Could he learn to talk less? 100% yes. But he’s a good person and I’ve always known that. Teenage life is tricky, and I just need to remind myself of that a little more often.
My brother. Is moving in with me this weekend and I’m very excited about it. I can’t wait to spend more time with him and it’s nice to have another family member down South with me too.
Morocco. I had an amazing time teaching in Morocco at the beginning of this month and still can’t believe I actually got to do that! Read about Day 1 here, and Day 2 right here. (Day 3 is coming soon, I promise)
(AD) PR Gifts. I got sent some PushChocolate buttons and they were delicious! Vegan, but still melt in your mouth just like milk chocolate. A bit pricey at £5 for 100g, but they’re an indie brand and I imagine a lot of hard work has gone into creating the product. I also received a very cool towel which I cannot wait to use on my next holiday in May. Apparently sand doesn’t stick to it! Seems a bit clever to me 😉 Also, I’m thinking it would be great for yoga, picnics and any outdoor activity. Even better, here’s a 15% discount for you: HELLOCUPPIES15 and the website is here: www.tesalate.com
Styled Wedding Shoot. I took part in my first styled shoot of 2019 and created a beautiful classic three-tier black, gold and white wedding cake for it. Dying to see the photos, but I just need to be that little more patient!
Cuppies ‘n’ Fizz. For the very first time I teamed with up the gorgeous Laura from Bench Rest and we hosted an evening together full of fizz, food and cupcakes! The very witty Pete wrote a blog post about the event (find it here) and so did Laura from BerkandBite (find that one here). I was a bit over the moon about both of the posts and had such a lovely evening. We can’t wait to plan the next one.
Twitter and feeling attacked. I stood up for myself when I felt like someone on Twitter just couldn’t stop trying to make some sort of personal attack against me, just because he doesn’t like the way I accept press invites for my blog. Usually have quite a thick skin and ignore most the sh*t I see, but this was one Tweet too many. I hate it when people use the word ‘free’. It’s not free. Yes, I may get to go along and eat at some lovely (and occasionally not so lovely places) but I do provide a return for that. I have a very loyal readership, thousands of views a month as a starting point. It’s modern day marketing pure and simple. And most importantly I do provide an honest review every time. I’m very careful about the types of places I accept and always make sure it’s fitting for what I would usually like and feel will fit for my brand and aims. Anyway, everyone’s entitled to an opinion, but keeping it general and not personal is key. Thank you to those who sent me lovely supportive messages and especially to those who quite rightly, are too worried about standing up to him! Full disclaimer policy is here… FYI 😉
Instagram. I created a new account in January for my cakes only and whilst it’s absolute slog trying to rebuild an audience on there, it’s growing slowly and love seeing a feed full of pretty cakes. I also for the first time have a profile that looks organised! Find my cake Insta here… surely I got you at the word cake, right?
Home Sweet Home. I try to visit as often as I can so I decided this morning that I’m going to go home to York next weekend (again). Then we’re in Doncaster (where my boyfriend is from) the weekend after. That means I have two weekends home in one month!!! I’m very excited about this and I’m going to attempt to have some days out at some of my favourite places.
Press Trip. A new press trip has just been confirmed and whilst I can’t say anything yet, I am very excited about it! It doesn’t happen until September, which is unusually far away for a press trip, but it gives me plenty of time to plan. There’s food involved and it’s something I’ve never done before too! I’ve also got a few opportunities lined up with an amazing cake brand which kicks off in a week or so…watch this space…it should be “exceedingly good“. 😉
TV. Steve and I have ploughed through some absolute corkers this month. Power, Fleabag, Dirty John… and I’m all for having more time on that sofa with some chocolate and a Diet Coke… and his company of course too! Time-out is becoming more and more important in my life and I value it so much.
I’ve also just realised I’ve written 11 good things, and not ten. Buutttt I’m leaving them all in, because I can! It’s my blog… and I’ll do what I want to!