We liked: The Simple Things


We're slowly getting back into routine, including replying to those emails which have been ignored for well over a month (sorry to anyone awaiting a reply!). With working away a lot these next few months, my new best friend has genuinely become this Logitech Keyboard*. My fingers on the iPad (and iPhone for that matter) always catch other letters, so blogging whilst away tends to be put aside, but not no more! It's light to carry, connects to three devices by Bluetooth and doubles up well as a Netflix prop-me-up so it's a win for me.
 We're currently in talks about a new kitchen. Since living in our home a year, the kitchen has slowly deteriorated, with us not even having a cutlery drawer no more. We kinda know what we're after, something minimalist with shelves for displaying all those kilner jars and a real wood work top that matches our table and bench, but as we've also discovered lately.. It's quite tricky to agree on somethings! At this rate, we won't have a kitchen until 2016....!
Hooray, it's mini eggs time! I can never ever get enough of mini eggs, like ever! So when Little B was heading to the shops the other night and asked if I had any requests, it only seemed right to bring home a bag of mini eggs. Sadly (and hugely weird), they didn't have any and Little B didn't want to come home empty handed. So he stocked up on the Pick & Mix stuff and filled that bag right up!
Poor little Runkybum.. He had a little trip to the vets this week, and it turns out that he has cystitis. Speaking to the nice vet, we surprisingly found out this was caused from stress, and something so simple as taking away a litter tray, only leaving one, could leave any cat feeling stressed. With Ralph around we're still learning, so we've doubled back up on the litter trays, give Runkle some one on one every night and invested in a Feliway plug in!
Little Ralph is definitely growing up fast.. We decided this weekend to let him out in the hope that it'll tire him out and also keep him occupied! It took him a little while to venture outside but decided that the rest of the day would be spent sniffing all the plants and attempting to climb onto the shed. This photo actually makes him look like a full grown cat, but he's actually still very kitten like. Because this kitten does not sleep....!
We've been enjoying family time a lot lately and when the sun is shining, we've been taking walks around the quarry. It's always lovely to make the time for family and friends, and make sure that there's a next date in the diary to meet up with Little B's parents whether it be dinner in a quaint village, or a sleepover at ours or their house. And there's always time for dinner at my parents house, and a cup of tea on the weekends. The best kinds.

We Liked: Simply Be Real


"I'm fairly sure that my black vest IS in this pile of black clothes somewhere...."

The internet is a funny thing, in the fact that it can portray us to be something that we're completely not. Now I'd like to think that what you see here is what you actually get if you met me in person (maybe with a little more waffling involved...), however I do have a secret. I'm a complete and utter messy person. Like all the time. Which is completely funny, considering people think that my house is always so tidy and simplistic. I guess I blame my Instagram photos for that (but really, would you really want to see my huge pile of clothes piled up in the dressing room?). But saying that, it's real. I'm messy and my pile of clothes aren't going anywhere - because they're real. We all have these real moments, we're only human, and Simply Be are currently embracing it, by picking bloggers to share their real fashion moments and turn these into a personalized illustration by some very talented illustrators. which I think is a fab idea.
When I was asked for a real fashion moment, I didn't know where to begin.. Was it when I sit writing a blog post about the beautiful embellished dress that I've recently photographed, I'm actually sitting with my slobby clothes on and most likely tissues up my nose, that people would relate too? Or the fact that some days when I take my socks off at the front door, I somehow stuff them into my handbag, and realise when I'm at the supermarket handing over my socks instead of cash, that maybe others do this too? Well no, I decided to stick with something that I'm fairly sure other ladies can agree with. Yep, I'm talking about these wardrobes that we all have which you know are full of clothes, but for some reason, there is just NOTHING to wear.. Weird that.
There are many mornings that I am late for work/meeting friends/or whatever other activity I do these days, because my pile of black clothes that I have accumalated seem to be growing bigger and bigger and eating that black vest that I always cannot find each morning. I'm pretty sure that it gets eaten by the pile every night... Or the cat. His white hair (don't ask why we got a white cat....) and my black clothes really work great together.. Honest.....

So, there's my Simply Be Real moment, because, yep, even with a walk in wardrobe and approximately 150 hangers, I still can't find much to wear everyday. And Katherine managed to portray this utterly perfect, even completing the illustration with both kitties (because let's be honest, you know that wherever we go, they go. And Little B always comes in asking me to hurry up...). I guess some things will just never change....

We liked: Cats in Black & White


We do not need the weather to give us the excuse that staying in wins over getting wrapped up and heading out on the weekend. Nope, we're all for curling up under the faux fur throw, with some Lindt chocolate and some poorly chosen TV. And those kitties of course...!
Last weekend was one of those weekends where we did very very little. It was genuinely a much needed time to do nothing with having just finished up a twelve day week. And since Christmas, we've not been around much so little Ralph has had to adapt again, and has probably felt a little lonely. Which would explain why he does not leave us alone, even when we take a trip to the bathroom...
 Gahhh look at those little faces! I'm totally 110% biased but they seem like the cutest things. They're faces never seem to make us smile, and coming home from work to be greeted by these two is one of the warmest feelings at the end of each day. And although people say that cats aren't as loving and needing as dogs, these two in the last month or so have wanted our attention constantly. And we're totally fine with it.
Are they best friends yet? There's still a lot that we're working on, and hoping that as Ralph calms down (this hasn't happened yet), he'll start to learn when Runkle wants his own space and to snooze. But right now, if Ralph isn't suckling on our knuckles whilst laying on our chest (or our head), then you can bet your bottom dollar that he's bumping bums on the bed with Runkle. And it's safe to say that after these next two busy weeks and weekends (seriously, when will it stop?!), we'll be joining them and having another lazy weekend. Because lazy days with cats, cuddles and endless chocolate, are ultimately the best in our household right now.