Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #204

{words of wisdom and beautifully 'rare too rare!' sunshine}
I'm not going to lie, i'm a little sad that this weeks post isn't going up on the 1st of February because that would make ALL of the neat and tidy parts of my heart and soul happy.  But then i thought to myself, if you don't need a great big dose of good and great and happy on this, the 31,000th 31st day of January {and what might go down in history as the l-o-n-g-e-s-t feeling January of my life to date!} then really when do you?!

These past seven days haven't been my finest.  I can't seem to shake the grey cloud above my head lately and blaming it all and SOLELY down to this everlasting month of not enough daylight and not enough green!  That said, if you follow along with me and my {often} crumpet-shaped musings over on Twitter, you'll know that i've actually been off work since last Friday.  That's right and i'm STILL feeling glum!  Less glum, if that helps.  But nonetheless glum and grey.  More than ever i've spent this time looking after Me and mostly sleeping and using it as a mini-hibernation and chance to reboot and be ready for a new month.  I'm hoping that as if by magic i'll emerge with glowing skin, a new lease of life and that i'll almost have to squint because everything will be so green and blue!  What do you mean i live in a dream world??  Leave me alone it's NICE here!

 Like the broken #wonderfulwednesday record that i am, gratitude most often comes from the darkest of places {bit dramatic, it's just the January blues y'all} and i've said it once and i'm saying it again:  I find the dig-deep type weeks and those that aren't as rose-y and pose-y and lovely are the ones where this post comes into it's own and helps me so much.  This weekly list and the little community of lovely #wonderfulwednesday -ers i've collected over the years just warms my heart and soul through and through!  Hands up if you think we should have #wonderfulwednesday tshirts!!!!!!  Okay so i digress.....

Let's get listin'...

1.  Self belief.  I mean i have glimmers of the stuff every now and then.  I sometimes squint and think, can i do this do i know what i'm doing?!  But you know what, it's a hard skill to master.  I'm good at playing the role of someone who has their stuff together on the day to day even if inside me i'm flailing a little.  Sometimes though, all it takes is an outsider looking in:  Someone who sees you in a different way.  It sometimes takes someone else's words to make you truly believe you know more and are worth more than you ever really think you are.  You know?

2.  Inspiration.  An odd point to celebrate since as i'm only at point number two and already i've done nothing but moan about the length and grey-ness that January is.  But you know, wherever you find that inspiration, whatever it is; hold onto it tight!  Put it in your pocket, the one closest to your heart and save it up for when you're having a wobble and for when you think you can't.  Because as my mum always says:  'There's no such word as can't.'  

3.  Hummus.  Because where would i be without that dreamboat in my life?!  And would you believe it i'd kind of forgotten about it lately.  THE HORROR.  Fear not, i fixed it by eating TWO kinds of hummus with Tuesday afternoons lunch by way of apology to The Hummus Gods:  Minty pea hummus {Spring in a spoonful:  All fresh and green and HEAVEN with feta or ricotta} and my trusty Yellow Split pea and Turmeric hummus {sunshine on a PLATE}.  I know what you are thinking and yes, yes i really DO know how to party....

4.  Birdsong.  Is it just me or lately, are the birds singing more loudly than usual?!  Now i'm no ornithologist but maybe they're just back from their Winter break or are maybe just maybe they're as excited about the start of Spring as you and I?! Either way, lately i've been loving lying in bed and listening along to the sweet chirrups.  I even stopped mid-a million laps of the park on Monday, just to listen to nothing but their sweet songs.  So pretty!

5.  Crumpets.  Yep that's right, off work weeks mean if you cut me open i'll pretty much be 50% crumpet and 50% tea.  I haven't eaten crumpets for breakfast in what feels like forever.  If i'm at work they just don't fill me up for long enough and so i tend to eat porridge as my breakfast.  But if i'm at home, i tend to wake later, eat later and find that they're the perfect 'too much not too much' type of breakfast.  They're mostly always piled high with nut butter {this weeks has been crunchy peanut and seeded butter} and as much sliced banana as i can precariously balance on top without feeling like it might topple off.  

6.    Sleep.  I could actually list this as one of my very favourite things to do in the whole wide world.  I'm a simple soul at heart {despite what the endless Anthropologie wish-lists would have you believe!} and really, if we're being honest; as long as i've had enough sleep and i'm not hungry and there's some kind of tea in plentiful supply, well then i'm happy.  These past few days i've slept like it's an Olympic sport:  After such a busy Christmas and New Year and then a really busy and often emotionally draining January; i just wanted to rest and recharge as much as could and i don't feel one shred of guilt because of it.  

7.  Stripes.  So what if i'm a huge great big walking and talking almost Spring cliche´?!  I mean i love stripes all year round but there is something about wearing them in Spring that feels right and proper and appropriate?!  This year i'm somehow oddly drawn to all things monochrome which; for a Liberty print-loving colour-clasher such as myself, has proven quite the U-turn and a revelation!  Don't worry.  Me and my mad colour combinations aren't going anywhere fast!  I'm not sure if it's the fact i've been wearing berets all winter long and suddenly i think i'm Parisian and minimal and chic.  Either way:  Stripes forever!

8.    Quiet. Just incase you needed any other reason to have you believe i'm the absolute heart and soul of ALL of the parties, then this really is it!  Yes there is a place in my heart for loud 'sing at the top of your lungs/dance around the house until you're all danced out' 'noise' but equally there is a very special place in my heart for the sound of nothing.  Not even birdsong!  The sound of nothing but the inhale and exhale of you breathing and the stillness of that exact moment.  Sometimes it's all you need to reset and recharge.  Now if someone could kindly teach me the art of turning off the thoughts inside my head completely i'd be very grateful!

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And it's all done and dusted for another #wonderfulwednesday list!  Don't forget to skip right on over to  Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs for an extra #wonderfulwednesday fix!  Like i said, i can't think of a time you might need a dose of happy more than the very last day of January!  You can also share what's been propelling you through this week below in the comments section - or shout if you've written a similar post and we can read and share it with the rest of the world too!

I'm off to count the hours minutes and seconds until the end of this month make some supper and then i have a hot date with a shower and a face mask. I might even mix some tea and biscuits into the mix.....because you all know how much i like to party over here! 

Sending love and #wonderfulwednesday -shaped kisses!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #203

{Spring....are you there? *waits until May for answer*}
 Ok so this week, who made THIS week feel like the longest and most gloomy that there ever was?!?  This week has been the week for ALL of the cups of tea, all of the hugs and all of the treasuring the littlest bits of everything....treasurable?! Is that even a word?!  Who cares it is now!  Who else can't wait for the start of a new month; for it to be warm enough to open all of the windows and to dry washing outside?!?!?  Spring i'm so very ready for you!!!!  I've got daffodils in every receptacle i can find and i sniff them an embarrassing number of times in any given day!  

If i was ever more ready for this week's #wonderfulwednesday........

1.  Throwing everything at it.  I take pride with my breakfast, my porridge especially.  I mean, I might have mentioned that it's my favourite meal on here  ninety squillion million times sometimes.  I plan it.  I enjoy choosing what to put with what and what and mixing up new and exciting {for me!} combinations.  But on Tuesday morning this week i just did not know how i was feeling or what i wanted except that i knew i was hungry and that it had to be porridge.  So instead i put everything in it.  Okay so not everything but a lot of things together that i usually wouldn't and do you know what?!  It was my best yet!  I threw together oats, mashed banana, hazelnut milk, a tablespoon each of cacao and maca powder and cooked it through.  Then i topped it with chai seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, black sesame seeds and coconut and a great big zig-zag of peanut butter because it was the only thing i hadn't used yet well why not?!?  I like to think of it as the porridge-y equivalent of throwing lots of colours of paint at a canvas in wild abandonment and ending up with a masterpiece.  It just goes to prove that there is a time and a place for both careful consideration, and sheer careless abandonment.  It also goes to show that if my evidence of 'careless abandonment' is to go 'off piste' with my porridge then i seriously need to get out more....

2.  Kindness.  Oh god i know here i go again!  But can you be over-thankful for it?!  I don't think you can you know.  Without being all gloomy, i've had a pretty rotten time the past week or so and whilst i like to think i never miss it when someone goes out of there way to be kind to me; i definitely feel as if i notice it more when i'm feeling a little out of sorts and not myself - over-sensitive let's say.  And last week the world was kind to me.  And you know what, no matter what happens in life - showing someone the littlest bit of kindness - i mean even better if you can go all out and show them all you've got to give - well it might just be exactly what they need at exactly the right time.  What i'm hopelessly trying to say, is BE KIND.  Always be kind.  It mostly costs nothing and it always means the world, no matter how it comes.  

3.  Eyeliner.  From the deep and meaningful to the utterly silly and frivolous! But what is life without balance?!  I never wear the stuff - eyeliner i mean.  Most of the time i'd rather spend the extra time it would take to apply it either in bed or eating porridge in on the sofa in my pyjamas!  But somehow this week i ended up with an extra ten minutes one morning and stumbled across a black kohl pencil in my make-up bag.   I worried i might have lost my knack but as it turns out applying eyeliner is the make-up equivalent of riding a bike.  A few minutes later and i felt all kinds of snazzy and less like the sleepy bed-head that i really was.  Doesn't a smudge of eyeliner have a way of making everything else seem....effort-less?!  You can go with less make-up, wear something quite plain and maybe not even really brush your hair - just sort of ruffle your hands through it and pull it off your face into a messy 'who knows what' and somehow you seem 'Done.'  I mean i wont be giving up sleep for the stuff {and i still don't know where that golden extra ten minutes of time came from - maybe i should have spent it more wisely?  Read my book, put away the dishes.....?} but i'd forgotten what a game-changer one little addition could be.

4.   Singing.  Okay i know enough with a) the singing itself {probably although you can't hear me and if i have headphones on i can't hear myself so it's all win-win} and b) with talking about it again but i've decided it's sort of a bit like therapy for me somehow?  Is that mad?!?  I felt sleepy and like i needed some extra special rocket up my bottom to get me going on Monday morning and whilst i'm pretty much always an advocate of walking to work in silence, this week well i wasn't feel it.  I turned up Florence and the Machine LOUD and i sang all of the way to work at the top of my lungs and got to work feeling flipping out of breath but better.  Miles and miles better infact: Mentally and physically.  Is that weird?!

5.  Self help.  I've never ever bought a self help book or anything like that but this week i bought Otegha Uwagba's 'Little Black Book' which is essentially a kind of self-help book for creatives with a business slant.  I've really been lacking in any kind of professional 'Mojo' lately and feeling a little bit....lost somehow and i am LOVING this little mini book of wisdom!  It's short and sweet and not full of fluff and fizz and stuff you don't really need to know. It's also inspiring and i like that i can pick it up and read any part of it at anytime and i take it all in:  It makes sense.  SO GOOD!

6.  Mint tea.  Because you know me and any tea!  But sometimes, when you're just feeling a a little unsettled and....ish a great big mug of mint tea is just the ultimate 'Fixer.'

7.  Fresh air.  I don't feel as if this really needs explaining.  But i really couldn't live without it in some form at some point in the day!  I could never be someone who spends forever inside and even when i'm so very tired after along day at work and my little legs wont carry me anywhere fast at all; a few steps and focusing on nothing but my two feet, one in front of the other and the simple in and out of filling up my little lungs - WELL it's as silly as eyeliner but in a completely different way but i don't care because it's bloody GREAT.

8.   Daffodils.  It's that time of year when bunches of daffodils cost a POUND!  JUST A POUND!  The urge to put a bunch in every single room and maybe just carry a jug of them around with me at all times is very real!  The smell of open daffodils is THE smell of Spring and i just can't get enough!  Plus their cheery little bright yellow heads are the perfect fix of 'sunshine' on what feels like the longest January ever!

9.  Berets.  Something else that's been making my outsides appear far more put together than my insides feel!  I got a couple of new ones at Christmas to add to my collection and i feel as if i have worn a different coloured one each day!  Beret +  eyeliner = lifesaver!  

And i'm all DONE!!  This week's list was much-needed and i don't mind telling you i had to dig deep!  Sometimes i could write forever you know:  The words just come out in a twist and tangle of good and great and other times - like long, grey 'end of January' weeks, well they're slow starters.  They fast pick up pace though and better than that i am forever left feeling all of the whole world  better when i get to the end!

Don't forget to skip your little legs right on over to the lovely Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's  blogs to catch up on their very own happy list-shaped #wonderfulwednesday lovliness!  Better still share your favourite bits of your week so far below.  Or chit-chat with us all across social media using the #wonderfulwednesday tag!

Happy mid-weekin'!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #202

{Red sky at night, JANUARY delight...}
Well hello there!  And happy halfway through the week!  Congratulations dear friend, you made it here un-scathed {i hope!}.  You join me on my first day off in EIGHT WHOLE DAYS and let me tell you i feel little bit like a shadow of my former self!  But fear not!  Life is good and plans for today's said day off are to re-charge and rest up a little!  This list is much needed and despite feeling a lot sleepy, i'm also feeling ready and raring to with bags of inspiration!  
Shall we dive straight in?!  

1.  Inspiration.  Heaven's when i've got some, i feel like i could run the whole world!!  That nothing is un-achievable and that anything is possible.  I wish i could squirrel away pots of the stuff for when times feel a little less inspiring.  But heck!  Inspiration that comes and knocks you sideways in mid-January {AKA the longest and dreariest month of the whole year} well i'll certainly take that and cycle run with it for as long as my little legs will carry me!  Inspiration for what i hear you ask?!  WELL this blog:  it's layout and the much needed 'refresh but haven't got a clue what i want' which is sort of turning into some loose ideas.  Also for content - i'm so limited on time due to working in a job that makes me feel forever zapped and like i'm just keeping my very sleepy head above water SO i'm trying to get more savvy with what is achievable and stop comparing myself to those who post SO much great stuff.  And generally just everything around me - that 'New Season' feeling outside - yes it's freezing cold and minus 'who knows what' BUT there are buds, and shoots and the odd break in the grey cloud AND MY DAFFODILS HAVE FLOWERED.  Most likely coming to an Insta-Story near you soon.  You know when i'm actually at home in real life daylight....  That's right i'm turning January around from NOW!

2.  Spices.  Not the hot hot kind - just the gentle, warming, comforting kind.  They've been all i've been craving lately and i can't get enough.  I've been adding them into everything i can:  Roasted cauliflower tossed in coconut oil, ground turmeric {sunshine on your plate!}, cinnamon, curry powder and ground coriander; chunks of sweet potato and butternut squash steamed and mashed with ghee, sea salt and a liiiittle pinch of nutmeg;  Cinnamon spiced porridge drizzled with maple syrup and topped with toasted walnuts and apple chunks and sour green apple wedges half dipped in almond butter and dusted with cinnamon.  I think it's my body's way of craving warmth throughout these colder months.  I'm not quite ready to surrender to cold salads as yet - warm spicy things are just ticking all of my boxes!

3.  The patter of snow.  It's been forecast all week and i've been sad that it hasn't really come to much or settled at all where we are.  That said, the intermittent sleet and rain has been lovely to lie and listen to, all curled up in bed on Monday evening with a hot water bottle resting on my tummy and a little lavender and nutmeg sleep spray on my pillow.  

4.  Chocolate porridge.  This recipe never gets old you know.  I must have made it about a zillion times and i'm really not exaggerating.  I've always loved chocolate.  And i often find i crave something rich and sweet first thing and this, is the perfect 'Fixer' for this without being full of rubbish or have me crashing come 11am and wanting biscuits!  I use normal porridge oats which i mix with one mashed {the riper the better} banana and warm through gently in a pan with hazelnut milk {any milk would be fine but hazelnut and chocolate?  WELL there isn't a better match quite honestly}.  Once it starts to 'blip-blip' i stir in a tablespoon of raw cacao powder until it's dissolved.  I turn off the heat and stir in a teaspoon of coconut oil {which is totally optional}.  I usually top it with cacao nibs and walnut pieces or if i'm feeling extra indulgent; a jolly great zig-zag of peanut butter.  It really IS like absolute heaven.  This week it's been my 'almost every morning' breakfast and it's been YUM.

5.  Oldies but goodies.  We're talking jumpers.  Weirdly i don't own that many.  I say 'weirdly' since i'm the coldest person you'll ever meet and i'm rarely warm enough! Truth is, i'm fussy.  Last weekend i was rummaging at the very back of the top shelf of our wardrobe when i felt something brush my hand.  I couldn't reach {which is not anything new - FYI i can never reach most things in life!!} and had to get a little stool.  It was one of my all-time favourite jumpers that i actually looked for a few weeks back and had that little 'oh, i must have sent it to charity' sink in my tummy.  But alas!  There it was in all of it's bright and light pink striped woolly gloriousness and my heart {and body!} was so happy.  Infact i'm wearing it as we speak i type because Spring is for stripes and my heart is definitely ready for Spring even if the weather and the world isn't....

 6.   Sale buys.  I know *hangs head in shame*.  I always feel guilty buying in the sales after Christmas because i have always received such wonderful and thoughtful Christmas presents.  In my defense though, this is the only thing i've actually picked up and it's beyond spectacular and was reduced from £159 to £40!!!  Not in my defense though, it is ludicrously a lot impractical and definitely isn't something i'll wear every single day.  That said, putting it on and twirling and swirling around and even just staring at it hanging up makes me ridiculously happy.  And if you can't be a bit silly and buy something that cheers you up in long, grey January then who even are you?!?!?  It's THE most beautiful fringed, knitted cardigan-come-jacket from Anthropologie AND it's all oranges, pinks, mustards and reds and it's HEAVEN.  

7.   Tea.  I know if you had a pound for every time i've wittered on about that stuff on here then yes, okay yes, you would be a gazillionaire!  But this week, after working the last eight days in a row it really has been saving my bacon/sanity.  I even made two cups after my lunch at work on Monday. What's worse {or better...?} is that i made the second halfway through drinking my first because it really felt like it was fixing everything.  And do you know what?  The second cup was just as delicious as the first.  If, like me you're a professional seasoned tea drinker you'll know this is the equivalent of winning the lottery!

8.    Feeling happier in my own skin. This point has the potential to go on. And on.  And on and on and on and on and on and ON.  But in short, about a year ago i stopped using anything on my face, body and self that i didn't know what was in it.  This was really hard with make up.  You just get so used to covering your face up - piling on the products filled with who knows what.  I've always used natural skincare - well at least for past ten years or so but i only really started consciously putting thought into make-up over the past year or so {don't get me started on household cleaners - that's a essay story for another day!} and it's hard.  You don't realise a) how much you rely upon covering up and masking your face and b) finding products that work and don't cost the earth so that your new 'regime' is maintainable.  Well i think i'm getting there.  Better still i find that because my skin is better, i ironically am wearing less and less make-up than i ever would have.  I've never had perfect skin {who does?!} and i've forever envied those who cleansed, moisturised and dabbed a bit of concealer 'just where they needed it.'  But now that's me.   To some, this is silly.  To me it's a big deal.  Maybe i should share a bit more about natural stuff....?  Shout if it's something you'd like to read about.  

9.  Leftovers.  Gosh.  This weeks post is all very.....foody isn't it?!  I'm blaming the weather {because if in doubt always blame the weather!} and the short and dark days and my inclination to fuel up and hunker down somewhere warm.....  I digress.  This week has also been about pickles and chutneys and adding little teaspoons of sweet and sour to all kinds of dishes.  Big great thank you's going out to everyone that didn't laugh when I put 'interesting pickles, chutneys and jams' on my Christmas list way back when.  Chestnut chutney with crumbled feta, wilted spinach and cous-cous anyone.....?!  NOW who's having the last laugh...

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And i'm zip, zip zippin' off again for another week already!  Don't forget you can fill your heart with ALL of the #wonderfulwednesday great and good by hop-scotching right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs  and reading what they're using for rocket-fuel for the rest of their weeks and what's been making their hearts happy.  Spread the word too! Also join in and chit-chat all things #wonderfulwednesday across social media remembering to use the tag so we can see!  I'm @sallytangle as always!

Have a lovely rest of week!  

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #201

{Crisping & crunching into the midweek...}
Who can believe that pretty soon we'll be almost halfway through January?!  More than that who also can't wait for first snowdrops, then daffodils then crocuses and hyacinths?!?!?  Have i even got the order right?!  Who cares just give me all of the flowers and all of the colour right about now please!  I bought my first bunch of daffodils this week.  They're still pretty pricey in the shops as it's a bit too soon for them yet {?} but this sorry little bunch were sad and wilted and reduced to 25p!!!! And you know me, i can never resist reduced rescuing bunches of blooms.... I'm currently watching their every move and after two days in water their little green buds are just starting to open.  I'm excited to bring some colour indoors now that we're Christmas tree-less!  I have still kept the fairylights strewn across our kitchen sill though and around our headboard in a bid to banish the short grey days and lack of light.  How are you cheering up your January?!

Enough wittering and more listing, #wonderfulwednesday style!

1.  Fresh air.  Never ever underestimate the true power of a few lungfuls of it - it really does do wonders for everything:  It clears my head, calms any nerves or anxieties, boosts my mood and better still if i'm my usual power-walking self or happen to be on those two wheels of mine; it also gets my heart going and those endorphins whizzing every which way.  However it comes:  as a walk to work, a tired wander home or an energetic few laps of the park on my day off - it's the fixer of most things!  Hurrah!

2.  Concocting.  Isn't it great when you throw a couple of things in a pan and something fantastic and better still, exactly what you wanted, comes out and you feel like you could eat and eat and eat it.  Tuesday afternoon's 'day off' lunch was exactly that.  Three eggs whisked up.  A great big handful of baby spinach wilted down in some coconut oil until almost ready and then the whisked eggs folded through gently until they were cooked.  I piled the whole lot into a bowl and topped it with toasted black sesame seeds, chopped coriander and lots and lots of salt and black pepper and it was HEAVEN.  

3.   Sleep.  I just can't do it.  Late nights are not and never will be my jam.  I'm ever so productive in the morning and it's all just down hill from 6pm if we're being really honest!  I've been off work since Sunday.  That's right, a blissful three whole days off in a row and the most i've had off since my birthday at the start of December.  The best bit?  Sleep.  Sleep, sleep and sleep.  I love it so much i'm actually thinking it should probably go on my CV....  

4.   Time.  Another thing that really does just pass me by so fast the older i get.  Remember the days when school holidays literally felt like forever?!?  Those really WERE the days.  Now it just goes.  These couple of days have had me slowing down and not feeling one little ounce of guilt.  Even if it is in a desperate bid that life itself might follow suit....Has anyone found the pause button yet?!

5.  Routine. Okay so a few days off work haven't helped the 'get back to normal' routine post Christmas and upside down shifts and hours and days and weeks feeling like they were all part of one great big.....THING.  BUT there has been comfort found in cooking our usual weekly staples, having normal bed times {i.e not becoming distracted by another great Christmas film or version of something great at silly o' clock!} and even strangely, in plainer, greener, lighter and lovelier food.  I write that as i've just drank two cups of tea in a row and ate far too many mini malteaser bunnies which i found squirrelled away at the back of the cupboard...But what is life if it doesn't have some balance in it!?

6.  Power walking with Beyonce.  Oh okay so not literally {because if i was that would definitely at the very top of this list!}  BUT having that gal up the loudest it would go in my little ears even for just twenty minutes on a grim, minus 'who knows what' dark evening and not only that but singing at the top of my lungs all of the way; cheered me up no end and sort of made me feel like i too the world.  Yes, yes i did just write that and no i don't care who blooming knows it.  We all find our January blues/ 'Picker Uppers' in the oddest of places....

7.  Lush Cosmetics 'Celestial' moisturiser.  Okay so i'd be lying if i said i already wanted it to work for my skin even long before i knew what the heck was in it purely because of the name.  Sometimes i'm very easily influenced!  But i was on the look out for a new facial moisturiser a week or so ago and popped into our local store to ask some advice.  At the moment my skin isn't very dry, but in cold weather i definitely feel the need to ramp up the moisture but want to not feel like i'm wearing something that's heavy on my skin through the day.  I like something that will balance, be kind to any sensitivities {'cos i'm forever a little bit rosey or red without makeup} but also sit nice alongside my makeup.  This stuff is the DREAM!  It's gentle, light but heavy {i know, sorry, this is why i'll mostly never be any kind of beauty writer!} and i can dot it on lightly for through the day and add a little more in the evening and wake up feeling like my skin has been really nourished throughout the night.  INFACT because i'm pretty much convinced it's also helped with my red and rosey bits; during the day i've been lightly applying this and Just.  Wearing.  Concealer.  And of course my usual blush and mascara.  This for me is big news, really big news.  I've NEVER been a 'i just dot concealer where i need it' sort of a person.  Celestial, i salute you.

8.   Support.  However it comes and whatever it's for {this might win the award for the most cryptic #wonderfulwednesday point ever} those who appear and are miraculously just there when you need them most - hell especially when you don't even know you need them - they just know you need them {are you even following?!} are worth their weight in GOLD.  Whether it's a hug, a very well-timed message or just saying exactly what you needed to hear exactly when you needed to hear it.  Well they my friends, are your Keepers.  Hold onto them tight and don't let them go!

9.   Pushing yourself.  I'm a stickler for a routine, we all know that by now.  We all know how i like my tea, my porridge and that i like to know what's-what with life.  I rarely push myself in life - in fitness?  All of the time.  In cooking?  All of the time.  Hell in what i wear, all of the time BUT in life?  Not so much.  Why? Fear.  Fear of failure, of the unknown and maybe even lack of self belief in my own ability.  This week i pushed myself.  Not very far but far enough and it made me feel like i could do ANYTHING.  Again, apologies as this is also the second most vague point i've ever wasted words wittered on about on here.  But soon i hope i'll be able to explain.  Either way if you learn one thing from it:  Sometimes, it's good or great to step outside of what you're used to.  It makes you appreciate your greatness.  and whatever your 'Great' is, you've all got it!

10.  Rude Health 'Rye Oaties.'  Because 'things' have all got a little bit deep and verging on a Beyonce-style self-help book and not a #wonderfulwednesday SO #balance.  AND these little morsels are the bees knees and elbows.  Little round biscuits {are they biscuits or are they crackers...?} of savoury rye and oat delicious-ness!  I'm not going to lie, i've mostly eaten them straight out of the box when i've been hungry but not craving fruit or something sweet - which is rare for me in itself!  BUT i imagine them being delicious dunked into Dahl, swished around in soup or simply spread with hummus.  They're a more savoury digestive biscuit with a bit of cracker-power thrown in and i do LOVE them so!

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And we're only flipping done!!!  What a list!  This week i could have kept going, and going and going was it not for the fact that i'm starving and having roasted tomatoes and avocado on toast for supper and i'm EXCITED.  As we all know by now it doesn't take much to get me excited.  Hell i might even go ALL OUT and crumble some feta on top too.....

Don't you dare forget to hop right on over to Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri's, and Peta's blogs and devour their very own #wonderfulwednesday -shaped loveliness!  These gals are just the very BEST and their constant love, care and support of this little corner and this little post no less, is pretty special.  Go show them some love too!

Until next week, it's goodbye from Me!


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