There is something so inviting about the welcoming of Winter. I know we've harped on about it for the last few weeks now, but nothing beats coming home to a cosy house, popping on your Wintery pyjamas and upon closing the curtains, the warmth of the radiator hits you as you look outside at the cold and dark weather, knowing that you're tucked up and all snug for the rest of the evening. That's what bliss is for us right now. The simple things.
Winter calls for cheeky hot chocolates with huge servings of marshmallows and squirty cream. We've just discovered Nutella hot chocolate and are currently enjoying a mug most nights, because it's just too tasty not to have when you're catching up on some trashy TV - Yes, TLC for the win. Every night.
My papa always said that when I lived with them, it was like living in Blackpool with all the lights on. The same still applies in our home now, and the first thing I do when I'm through the front door is dim the main lights and turn on all the fairy lights. It creates the most cosy of rooms. We think so anyway!
Candles are on throughout the year in our home, but this year we've gone even more candle crazy and have realised that this house can be heated so much with just 8 candles lits in the living room (money saving for us - see ya heating!). These Ikea tealights were far too cute to not pick up (not that I needed an excuse).
Ahh Winter, we are embracing you with open arms this year.

At the beginning of the month, we packed up our car with sensible coats, birthday presents and warm clothing and headed for a weekend in Norfolk with Little B's family. With the colder weather setting in, we pulled up outside this adorable little cottage in Docking and within minutes had changed our boots for slippers, the kettle was brewing and catching up and chill was on the cards for that Friday evening. It was bliss already.
On Saturday morning, we tugged on our wellies and drove to Brancaster beach. With the weather being fairly sunny, it really makes you realise just how beautiful the English beaches can be. Little B and his mama and brother had planned before to swim in the sea, and after what felt like forever getting to the sea, they whipped off their clothes and raced into the cold water.
It's fair to say that they stayed in the water for at least 20 minutes, which is much better than the rest of us managed! As the sun started to shy away in the clouds, the towels were waiting to dry their cold bodies with.
Although I didn't go in the sea, it was lovely to be out in the fresh air, laughing as they tried to swim in shallow waters and finally admitting that it's time to buy some wellies - because those trainers that served their purpose in the French Alps, aren't quite so good in wet sand. Luckily Little B's mama lent me hers!
We spent the afternoon walking across the sands, finding the seals relaxing, and talking of what we'd do if we'd won the lottery. When we finally felt cooler, we hopped back in the car and made a pit stop for a local ale and warm drink. And pined for the stonebaked pizza's that passed us every five minutes.
Whilst back in the cottage, spare time was spent attempting a jigsaw. I've not done one of these in so long, and couldn't quite believe how addictive it was. Each morning we'd wake up and head straight to the jigsaw, and even ruled out precious getting-ready-for-dinner-time in favour of the jigsaw.
The following morning we wrapped up warm again and headed back to where we'd eaten the night before to see the beautiful views. The fresh crisp air made us stop in our tracks and really appreciate these incredible surroundings. And I most definitely wished that I lived in these adorable little cottages.
On our way to the local village, the boys wanted to visit The Real Ale Shop and also a fresh fish barn where they spent what felt like a decade choosing their fish for the week ahead's supper (I'm not a fan of fishy smells!). The afternoon was spent pottering the local village, and finished up with fresh fish and chips on the front.
Weekends like these really are lovely. Spending it with family, drinking hot drinks and wine, eating fish & chips and tasty breakfasts, doing simple things and catching up are just bliss. We're already planning the next trip. With the right footwear this time!

Considering how little we've planned this month, it seems that not only has October flown by, but life has been fairly busy. With the last two weeks being a write off due to illness, I'm finally starting to feel a little normal. What was thought to be the office stomach bug, has since turned into a potential gluten intolerance, and in simple terms - I have become that girl who talks about food a lot. I always used to talk about food before, but this time, it's even more than you could ever think. The cupboards that were once full of bread, biscuits and crisps have been replaced with protein bars, nuts and dried fruit and the fridge that was always brimming with filled pasta, pizzas, sausages and breaded chicken is now a bright array of every vegetable that Asda quite literally stocks. To be fairly honest, it's actually OK so far. I'm not missing all my sweet treats (partly because the gluten free jaffa cakes are delicious!) and have found myself eating more than I used to before, just of the right kind. Little B and I make the conscious effort to cook everything from scratch now, together most nights and even branch out to foods that I wouldn't normally have eaten, which is making for absolutely delicious meals.
Since trialing gluten free, I cannot begin to explain how much better I feel in not only my stomach and toilet habits (yes, I went there) but in myself too. I feel incredibly happier. The last four/five months ago, I wasn't feeling right, but I was in denial.I was constantly tired whether I had five hours sleep or ten hours sleep, I would spend my days at work counting down the hours till I could head home to use the toilet, I would feel dizzy staring at my computer screen all day, my stomach would bloat before I'd even eaten that morning and I'd take myself to bed with stomach cramps. And in reality, I felt down. I guess you could say that maybe the office bug was a blessing in disguise, or just my bodies way of crying for help. It's not a drastic change, not half compared to others. But for me, it feels like a fairly big deal.. I can now enjoy a meal and feel satisfied, not resembling an eight month pregnant stomach, I can go to bed without questioning if I'll be sick, I can make plans without having to plan for toilet breaks and I don't feel half as tired as I used to. But most importantly, I feel like things really don't matter. I don't feel so uptight like I did four months ago, I feel calmer and like my age again. I genuinely feel better.
And so right now, I am embracing this change in my life, and with the help of Google (amen to you!), cook books and spending that little bit longer looking at ingredients in the supermarkets, I'm learning a lot of things I didn't know before about foods and our body. And yes, I did genuinely cry when I realised that my favourite Calzone pizza from Prezzo could be no more. Such is life.

With Winter safely arrived (and very quickly), we've pulled out the gravy and opted for Winter casseroles twice a week. Because piling all the vegetables from the fridge into a big pot of warm gravy and leaving it in the oven for a few hours is the best thing about those dark evenings. And the smell as you arrive home, oh that smell.
Little R has finally realised that it's getting chillier, and decides that sleeping on the landing isn't that snug. There's always a race as to who can make it to bed first, and he seems to be winning at the moment. Sometimes I wish that I had his life. His food is always there for him, he gets pampered AND gets to sleep all day. I am jealous.
Most of this month has been spent hidden under the duvet due to the office bug and food intolerances (we're still working that one out) and if anything good has come from it, we've learnt to take things a little easier. We made plans not to make plans recently and enjoyed an ultimate lazy morning. With the sun shining too, it was bliss.
I think the award for the most beautiful Christmas decorations goes to Laura Ashley. A few weeks ago I popped along to their #HandmadeChristmas event which well and truly got me feeling festive and ready to embrace all things sparkly (it's the only time I'll allow for sparkles - sorry!) It also taught me that I really am super uncreative, and the kitty thought so too, when I woke to find my handmade headpiece had been eaten by him. Oh cat life.
Seeing these two ladies a few weeks ago was just delightful. Little Jazzpad never fails to make me smile, and just gets me. We always have such a wonderful time and can catch up till the cows come home (yes, I totally said that). It was also my first full time hanging out with the ever so sassy Miss Cohen, who is officially awesome.
It was my nana's birthday last week, so I put those floristry fingers to use again and attempted another tablepiece. For only supermarket flowers and greenery from the garden, I don't think I've done such a bad job (although I'm sad that I couldn't save the hessain from last time). My nana was pretty pleased which is the main thing.

Boobs. Or breasticles as one likes to call them, are thought about daily, especially when there's no better feeling than taking your bra off at the end of the day (or within seconds of closing the front door - true story!). With only hand sized breasticles I want to say that it's not a struggle buying bras compared to some ladies, however in the last year or so I am a completely unknown cup. I'm not as small as an A, nor as big as a C and B's? They don't fit right either. Until I got one of the Triangl bra's in an XS, and well, it was like a match made in heaven.
BUT one bra isn't enough.. I mean, I'm a girl with two underwear drawers (yes, I have those pants that I never ever wear, but y'know, you just don't know when you may need them. For safekeeping. Although you will NEVER wear them. ever.) and so I set out looking for something new. And Urban Outfitters made my dreams come true.
During the opening of their latest store in Leicester, I spent a fair few hours debating whether an unpadded bra would do the trick. After a few nibbles (yes food, not nipples) and browsing through the rails, armed with an array of bra's, I headed for the changing rooms. Quite literally within minutes of trying on this bralet, my prayers had been made and my breasticles were dancing, especially considering I'd been after a bralet for ten hundred years that didn't have wires, making sitting down a difficult task. Not this one - it was comfortable. With a capital C.
The fit is absolutely perfect with the beautiful lace detailing and the flattering long line structure. There is underwire to keep everything in place and no flapping about with fastenings, making this bralet easy on (or off) in one swift movement (unless you just can't do sexy undressing like yours truly...!).
So thank you Urban Outfitters, I think it's fair to say that you have converted me to the world of unpadded bralets and beautifully laced designs. And my breasticles are certainly pleased about this too.

Like a lot of people (I was incredibly surprised that many others feel like this..), I'm currently at that 'OHGAWD, where do I go with my life from here' stage. My papa always told me to try something, and if I didn't like it, try something else. That's pretty much been my motto in life - with jobs piling up on my CV and a variety of experiences and skills under my waisted belt, however I hadn't quite found that one thing. That one thing that you crave to be doing day and night, feeling creative towards it and wishing for that one thing to never end. Until I booked onto a floristry workshop at the beginning of October with my chum Claire. And since then, I cannot explain just how incredible that afternoon was. And so utterly inspiring.
I've always been a fan of flowers (who isn't?) and have spent many (really, many!) years declaring that this is the year I will work in a florist shop. We pulled up outside this quaint little cottage in Melton and were greeted by a wonderful lady called Susan. She welcomed us in and within minutes we felt completely at home drinking perfectly brewed tea with a drop of local milk and eating some tasty biscuits on the table.
After an introduction on flower arranging, a list of suppliers and another good brew, we popped on our aprons (the excitement was too much!) and were presented with some flowers, foliage and our resources. We'd opted to take the Vintage Table Centre Workshop which was most definitely up our alley and even got a sweet rustic pot to arrange with!
I cannot quite explain how lovely the afternoon was, and have quickly discovered that flower arranging is incredibly theraputic and most certainly calming. We learnt the best way to wet an Oasis, that messy hessian is best and just how soft Eucalyptus smells. Susan reassured us that there is never a right or wrong way to arrange.
The dreamboat Claire had chatted to Susan prior to our workshop about colours we liked for our bouquets, and with her describing my house as very 'neutral', Susan did a perfect job of choosing these beautiful white roses. I was in utter heaven (and she even let us take our leftovers home - win!).
The afternoon was spent talking about quite literally everything, and from only knowing Susan for a few hours, Claire and myself left her company realising that there is always something out there for everyone. As we were told "If you're lost, you'll never quite be lost forever. You will always find your way back". There has never been a truer saying than that. She is so right. Plus, a lady who has two cats that are over 18 years old, must be doing something right huh?
After nearly four hours of arranging, plenty of sweet tea and lots of laughter and chatting, our centrepieces were complete and we honestly couldn't have been happier. From such a calming course with a lovely atmosphere, we literally beamed from ear to ear. Whilst we added finishing touches and tidied up after ourselves, Susan was busy in her kitchen creating a spectacular afternoon tea - think the biggest cream cakes and tasty homemade brownie you have ever seen! And although we most definitely outstayed our welcome (we couldn't help it, we were having the best time!), Susan was the perfect host and has definitely left a huge impact on how both myself and Claire feel about the future.
Who knew that booking a florist course would have us rethinking huge life changes?

If there's one thing that everybody in the world has in common, it's our love of sleep (apart from the small minority out there, I'm sure!) and if some of us had our way, we'd spend our days in bed. But with jobs, busy plans and basically just life, we don't tend to sleep as much, and appreciate those extra few hours in bed - unless it's a clock change, then we're all for it! These last few weeks however, Little B and I have made the effort to not make plans (I know, it sounds weird huh?) and just grab an early nights sleep, potter about the house and enjoy lazy breakfasts. And actually, it's been bliss.
One morning we made ourselves a sweet coffee and poured Orange juice into these adorable cups, chopped up some melon and added in a dash of grapes, took a handful of blueberries and headed up to the spare room for a lazy and content morning. Some people may find this perculiar that we like to relax in the spare room, but there's just something so relaxing and calming that makes us retreat that grey and fresh room. And it's had some extra additions thanks to John Lewis.

Our Spotify playlists vary on a daily basis with songs being repeated until it gets too much. We currently have a mixture of James Bay and Daughter on repeat with their incredibly beautiful vocals and words. And although we've embraced the lazy mornings, spending it in our comfortable pyjamas and foot duvets (yes, such thing and an amazing creation!) that keep our toes warm, we'll still always be sure that by late morning we're dressed and ready to make the most of the day.
For the best nights sleep, we take simple pleasure of running a relaxing bath with some calming bath salts and having fresh pyjamas waiting for when you get out. Jumping into our heavenly bedsheets (we're more in love than we ever thought possible..), lighting a lavender scented candle and snuggling down with our favourite or current read really does make us feel relaxed and like we've slept better than we've ever slept before. And there is nothing quite like getting into bed early and snuggling under the duvet during the cold Winter months. As if we really needed an excuse..
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Yes. Yes we do.. Pets are really cute and fluffy and men are hot and trendy. And men with their pets is basically on another level of awesome - so I think in my household anyway! I'm not even sorry that I've shared these snaps on everything already because it's just too cute to handle. Litle R's face.. It makes my heart melt so much. He genuinely, hand on heart, enjoys wearing his little boys bow tie!
I literally have no more words.
If there's something I've always wanted to bake, it's a pie. I'm one of those girls that really loves a good pie, a good warm Winter pie, and I'm also partial to a slice of sweet pie too. So when Kaleidoscope asked us to join in their Blogger Bake off - we were ready for the challenge. And I guess this is the part where I tell you the truth that this actually took another go. Because the first one flopped. Like completely drooped. It still tasted good (which was a bonus for us un-bothered-about-rubbish-looking-pie's-people!), but alas - the second one looked MUCH better. Even if we were super lazy and used ready bought pastry. SOMETIMES it's OK. And today was one of them.
I want to say it's super easy to make, because there really doesn't require many ingredients, but actually we found it pretty fiddly. We also learnt that cooking all your apples in one pot does not make for the best mixture. With the help of Kaleidoscope we were sent some goodies from the Katie Alice Range to make baking that much better (and prettier too) and thanks to them, we now want to make pie's ALL THE TIME! So to make this delicious Apple and Blueberry pie (Just look at that pinkness of it..!), you will need:
Apples (we picked some from Mama and Papa's garden which were sweeter, and also used some Bramley's one's too. Use your judgement from your pie dish on how many to peel. More is better!)
Blueberries (for our pie dish we used a whole tray)
Butter (Just enough to melt the apples in)
Flour (we used 1/2 cup)
Cinnamon (or Nutmeg)
Shortcrust Pastry (YES, we were lazy and used ready brought. But it's good to make your own..!)
Firstly preheat your oven - We started this off at 180degrees which is always the safest bet. Next we peeled all those apples, chopped them into chunks and popped them into a jug. You can also add in some pear which really adds to the flavour too. Next you need to melt some butter in a pan, and once melted add a 1/4 of your apples (this is where we went wrong. We added the whole lot!). Leave to cook till softened and then add in a 1/4 of your flour and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Repeat this for the remaining of the apples. You may find it works only doing it in 3 lots - it completely depends on how big your dish is etc. Once these are all cooked, add in your blueberries, stir, and watch it create a beautiful pink colour.
Whilst the apples were cooling on the hob, we rolled our pastry out and then wrapped it around the rolling pin to help position it onto the dish. Cut away any excess pastry otherwise this will be difficult to do once baked. You then need to bake the pastry - the tip here is to blind bake it to harden the pastry layer. Pop in some baking paper and add some uncooked rice and place into your oven to bake for 15 minutes or so. Honestly, the blind baking fascinated me - I guess it's true that you learn something new everyday! Once the pastry is cooked, remove from the oven and add in your apple mixture making sure to spread it evenly.
For the top we decided to do a lattice weave (without the weave - we gave up by this point!) and cut out thin strips from the leftover pastry. Make sure to position them as evenly as possible and tuck any excess into the pie mixture to finish off the edges. With a brush or even a teaspoon, brush some milk onto the pastry and sprinkle a small dose of sugar then pop it back into the oven for 30/40 minutes.
Ideally, it's best to keep a close eye on the pie whilst it's cooking as these do tend to vary. Ours baked for 40 minutes which seemed to have worked for us as it left a nice golden finish. Within minutes we couldn't wait to tuck into this and completed a slice of apple pie with some vanilla ice cream. It was so tasty, that we went back for second helpings only half hour later... So, we're sorry Kaleidoscope, it doesn't seem that there's any left for you all to try...!
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 This week I arranged another bouquet.. I wasn't quite as pleased with it, but after a Floristry workshop the following day, I've learnt that it's all in the greens. For my second attempt, it wasn't too bad. And flowers make anybody smile, regardless of how jumbled they are.

 This weekend, Little B had left the two of us in bed as he played golf. I treated myself to breakfast in bed, because sometimes they're the best kind of mornings. Little R wanted to join in, and spent the entire time watching every mouthful. I've also discovered that he really, really likes pancakes.

This week, my Fossil watch* has not left my side. It's become my new go to watch for work, and the chunky style with the big dial is perfect for my terrible eyesight. Joshua James are giving my readers 10% off with the code LITTLEWINTER10, so if you fancy some new arm candy - I hugely advise.

This week, we've been super organised all thanks to our new chalkboard. Writing down our meals Sunday night has made us have dinner every night and not have to worry about getting this and that out of the freezer. It's also got us itching for a new kitchen, but for now new recipe books will do!

This week I've been re-arranging. I feel like I'm constantly changing things over in our home (I always used to change my childhood bedroom every month!) and this time it's the bedroom shelves. These adorable Perfume and Pharmacy Bottles* from DotComGiftShop sit proudly on the shelf and also work pretty nicely as vases too. Winner!

This week we had Courgetti. Twice. We have it once a week at the moment because it's incredibly simple to make and tastes so so delicious. We finally bought a Julienne Peeler which saves us carefully (and very slowly) cutting 6 cougettes. Life is now complete.

This week I spent some time with my pal Claire which was lovely as always. We caught up (3 weeks apart is a LONG time y'know!), we laughed, we cried (OK I cried - cat related. totally fine!) and we ate lots. We also left each other on Thursday evening feeling incredibly inspired, with full support behind each other. She's a bit of an ace one.
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