Mince Pies and Fairy Lights

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I still can’t quite believe I’ve had nearly a whole year off from writing. Writing in almost any form, at the minute completing a shopping list is about my level! But there is something extremely therapeutic and rewarding about capturing these thoughts and adventures on this little ‘ole blog, even if most of the time we are too busy enjoying them to worry about documenting any of it. And that’s ok, that’s the way it supposed to be.

Surprisingly the sleep fairies aligned this morning giving me a short window of time that didn’t need to be filled with anything immediate, and I’ve already showered and had breakfast. Life goals right there.

At some point I’ll do a bit of a wrap up of 2016, as its been quite a year! But for something a little lighter today. We recently went back to the UK and indulged in countless roast dinners with many trimmings, spending lots of time with family and friends, leaving us feeling like we have already half done Christmas. Whilst for some the holidays may not be a joyous occasion, especially as there are so many ‘should’s’ wrapped up in these few days. In a bid to not treat Christmas as something to be done, or checked off the list, and ignoring all the should’s, here are the top 5 things I have and am doing to enjoy these holidays.

  1. Holiday baking. At a recent yoga class we all discussed what our favourite part of the holidays are, and tried to narrow it down to one thing. This was pretty tricky. For me it has to be the food. When else do you get to eat so many delicious treats. I love baking, all year round, so having time to make and decorate cookies, make eggnog – delicious by the way! and my favourite every year, mince pies, is a real treat (have you seen all the puns so far *smug face*).
  2. Fairy lights. You cant have too many. Which is good, because the fairy light monster sneezed all over our house. But they are amazing, I might just leave them up all year.
  3. PJ’s. Be it pj’s (matching!), lounge wear, sweats or whatever, I’m fully embracing the chance to have a few lazy days. I’ve stocked up on popcorn and am choosing some movies. Anyone got any favourite must see Christmas movies?
  4. Snow. Our Christmas plans aside from the above are to make a snowman. We will be in Utah where it is looking very much like we will be having another white Christmas. 10 inches of the white stuff in fact! Whilst kiwi will be hankering after a beach and bbq, I love going for a walk in the snow, and this year being a big kid and making a snowman. It’s been so long I’m not even sure I know how!
  5. Go on an adventure. Once the turkey is finished – we are forgoing it this year, pigs in blankets as a main? followed by cheese. Sure why not! But after lazing around eating all the chocolate, get outside, go somewhere, do something. We plan on walking,  skiing and visiting a state park, then after all of that, playing some new board games!

 

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Frocks & Socks – The Fall/Winter edit

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It’s been a while since I did a capsule wardrobe update, but I’m still loving this concept! I created a ‘Fall’ wardrobe, forgot to photo it and then Winter arrived, and many of the same pieces stayed put, with a few swaps for warmer layers. I find it interesting to see that I’m very much led by colour each season, whereas my summer edit was full of blues and stripes, the Fall/Winter one has many more autumnal colours.

What have I learnt so far… mostly that you need far less clothes than you think you do. Having less makes sure the items I do have I really like, they fit well and wearing them to death is a pleasure. You would think you would get bored of having the same few things to wear, but it makes finding things so much easier.

This time around I didn’t have as many bottoms – mostly because other than jeans, leggings and a few skirts why would you want to wear anything other than leggings when it’s cold?! I also didn’t really bother too much with shoes. What’s the point. I had a lovely knee high pair of boots I wore before the snow arrived. Then the snow came. So my show requirement it mostly do these boots work in the snow, are they warm, are they comfy and how waterproof are they. Then it’s big boots for snow days, warm boots for dryer days, and brown ankle boots for when its warm, dry and there isn’t much snow on the ground. I could include some more pairs, but I wont wear them so I didn’t.

Of course Winter makes me want to live in knitted jumpers, cosy socks and all the scarves. Now there are the smallest signs of spring I’m looking forward to thinking about my spring capsule. But here is my Fall/Winter edit.

Tops: Tshirts x 4, Vest x 2, Long sleeve top x 3, Shirt x 3, Jumper x 5, Cardi x 4, dress x 5, Bottoms x 4, skirts x 2, shoes x 3 = 35

Strawberry T, Gap: Blue T, New Look: Green T, Old Navy

Grey T, Gap: Black vest, Old Navy: White vest, H&M

Long sleeve stripe, New Look: White long, Old Navy : Dotty long, Dorothy Perkins

Green plaid shirt, Old Navy: Grey plaid shirt, clothes swap: Dotty shirt, Old Navy

Maroon knit, Thrifted: Striped knit, Gap: Navy wool, Gap

Striped Knit, Gap: Blue Knit, Old Navy: Blue cardi, New Look

Peach cardi, New Look: Navy cardi, Next: Grey Knit cardi, Fat Face

Blue dress, Thrifted: Navy lace, Apricot: Black dress, Old Nacy

Orange cat dress, Thrifted: Stripe Knit dress, Gap

Grey wool, Old Navy: Black leggings, Zara: Grey leggings, Gap

Jeans, Gap: Floral maxi skirt, New Look: Bird skirt, Thrifted

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Snow boots, Bearpaws: Snuggly boots, UGG: Brown ankle boots, Thrifted

House Tour – Salt Lake City

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Lately we have had a few leisurely Sundays to do what Sundays are best for, make a roast dinner, play board games, watch sport on TV and just laze around the house. It’s been excellent! When we first moved over to Utah in June, we didn’t know much about the place, and spent a few weeks obsessing over houses on Craigs list and sussing out where we wanted to live. We then visited a few apartments and instantly settled on this one.

It’s close to work, its on a fault line, it has big sunny windows and quaint original features. For example the bathroom is mint green. Sounds hideous but it kind of works. the neighbourhood is pretty quiet and now and again we get visited by a herd of deer. there are multiple birds nesting outside which the cats love!

We have nested somewhat and made lots of cosy corners to settle down with a book, plus the kitchen is bigger which means plenty more room for baking delicious cake creations! Here’s a few more snaps of the place we currently call home.

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December favourites

December has whooshed by, but we have enjoyed being extremely festive and taking some time to recharge ready for a full speed new year. Some of my favourite things this month have been enjoying the Christmas lights, Salt Lake City you really know how to put up some stunning light displays, although there were no roasted chestnuts/hot chocolate and Christmas markets!

I took part in a choir performance in the state capitol, a beautiful building with amazing acoustics, this was quite magical and one of my favourite moments. we also went ice skating and enjoyed the snow. I baked all the festive goods, two roast dinners with all the trimmings, chocolate truffles, mince pies, cake and biscuits. We had several board game evenings and I also enjoyed visiting the local zoo and aquarium as part of the free zoo days events.

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Rounding off 2015

It’s happened, another year has past! I remember sitting down and looking back at 2014 and wishing in the new year, now 2014 was quite a year, but I’m happy to say 2015 has held it’s own.

Now on this side of the pond we are one of the last places to celebrate new years, time differences and all that, but I quite like it. I enjoy watching others ringing in the new year and looking back, and it feels like I still have time.

2016 will no doubt bring many surprises and more adventures. Over here on the blog we will be expanding, leaving our 20’s, and continuing to explore. But first lets look back on 2015 – you’ve been a good one.

We started off the year just getting back from a trip visiting friends in San Fran, enjoying the sunshine and arriving home to lots of snow. we enjoyed watching lots of different American sports, tried and loved cross country skiing. In the spring we set off to see the smokey mountains, the worlds largest caves and the Appalachian trail. Along the way we enjoyed stopping in Nashville and explored various parts of Michigan. Hello massive lake.

Then in the summer we soaked up all the sunshine before heading back to the UK to see some of our favourite people get married, catch up with friends and family and gallivant around England. We then packed up our life – again – and drove across America with two cats in toe, to start again in Salt Lake City. I redound my favourite sport – field hockey.

With fall came lots of sunshine and travels to the salt flats and all of Utah’s national parks – there’s 5 of them, and then several monuments, state parks and other areas of outstanding beauty. Along the way we have learnt about maple syrup, star gazing, tulips, dinosaurs, weather systems, types of snow and how to travel with cats. We baked all the cakes and are still adjusting to rising times and temperatures at a different altitude.

We had another white Christmas and as the snow continues to fall we are already looking forward to where we might finish off 2016!

Happy holidays

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Its a little quiet over here on the blog, although I’ve had some time to sit at my computer and catch up on some posts, for us holidays are about switching off, spending time together and snuggling the cats.

Christmas is the holiday we especially give ourselves time to recharge, enjoy wintry walks, delicious food and quality time together.

I hope your holidays are bright and merry and you have chance to refresh, catch up with loved ones and reflect on the past year.

We’ve already enjoyed some snowy walks, an English roast with new Zealand lamb, Christmas tunes and lots of chocolate!!

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