Last month I went for a girls day out to London with my bestie. As we were passing time (shopping) waiting to see the final matinee performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory we stumbled upon the nicest little (since realised global chain) stationary shop Kikki K I walked in and was in stationary heaven I love anything stationary related any note book/diary/journal I can write in, or quirky cards I can send to friends and family. I could have spent a fortune but after already doing far too much shopping I limited myself to two books and a card.
The card is for my fiancé for valentines its simple but perfect it says on the front reasons I want to marry you. Ever since I purchased it I’ve been making notes of different things I can write in it. I’ve loved doing it so much that I wanted to put the list out for anyone and everyone to see and also because ****soppy alert**** I’m so grateful that we found each other and I can’t wait to marry my amazing man.
Reasons I want to marry you …
- You make all the amazing things happen (our dream home, our amazing travelling trips and planned trips, our wedding) and for all of this I am truly grateful.
- You planned the most perfect proposal any girl could wish for down to every detail, I still pinch myself when I think back to it.
- You said from the very start we will be together forever and you truly meant it.
- You’re an amazing dad. Watching you with Mollie makes my heart melt.
- You are such a good cook and make the best Sunday dinner ever! (Mol agrees)
- Every morning you send a have a nice day, I love you text. It brightens up my day.
- You know I’m not a morning person so if I have to be up early you set your alarm too to make sure I am up, thank you. x
- We can get our geek on together (movie marathons and Harry Potter world).
- You are my best friend.
- I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.
I’m not usually the confess my undying love all over social media type of girl but with it being valentines I thought why not…
Since getting engaged I couldn’t wait to go to a wedding fayre I went to my first one about two weeks after we got engaged I loved it, showing off my ring talking about our plans for our wedding and filling up my goodie bag. When I got home reality hit I liked and wanted so much and weddings are ridiculously expensive. So Dave (my fiancé) being Dave made a plan and we are getting married in August 2019 meaning we will have been engaged for three years when we do get married. Since then my best friend got engaged, booked her wedding and asked me to be her maid of honour so I am back hitting the wedding fayres but with my MOH hat on.
Last Sunday we went to the I do wedding fayre in Leeds. On arrival we got our complimentary goodie bag and prosecco (I am still a bride to be after all and love a freebie). The goodie bag was pretty good it had a razor, face creams (I’m yet to try), graze goodies & some new Nestle fruit bags (Bounty & Galaxy). The exhibit was well set out, easy to navigate & there was a good variety of stalls. One stall that stood out to me was Manjo home, they had a good variety of DIY wedding things that you could purchase on the day. I bought the Ginger Ray hen party badges and photo booth probs. The badges are super easy to make and very cute once made.
The other wedding fayres I have been to I’ve never watched the catwalk show however today Jodie (my bestie) wanted to hear a violinist who was performing after the catwalk so we decided to take a seat. I don’t know if this is the norm but I just felt so cringe with the dad dancing done by the male models I wanted them to come out masculine and show off the suits like they were our future husbands not an embarrassing uncle on the dance floor maybe thats just me. All in all it was a good morning. I will definitely be booking again once my turn for wedding planing comes around.
p.s I would totally advise booking morning tickets and get there for it opening it is a lot quieter and easier to get round the stalls.
What a nice time/way to start my blog. When I first walked into Hollytree I imagined where my tree would go in fact thats how I judged most of the houses we viewed. I love decorating for Christmas, playing out traditions, creating new ones, spending time with family and friends it’s such a special time. I have been looking forward to this Christmas all year the first one in our new home.
We (me & my fiancé Dave) have a little tradition we started a few years ago we go out for tea with Mollie (my step daughter) and her little sister. It’s such a nice thing to see the girls so excited for Santa coming that night we always take them their bags from the pyjama elf with matching pj’s, a book and Christmas sweets. The girls get so excited with their little bags.
This year was the start of a new tradition (hopefully) usually me and Dave do a whistle stop tour of our families houses so this year we had everyone come to us. The day started with just me and Dave swapping presents thankfully he loved his coffee maker & wallet and I definitely loved my Kate Spade shoes and phone case. Dave went to collect Mollie and our families came to Hollytree. It was so magical seeing Mollie excited, happy and grateful for all her gifts. This year was the year off the Hatchimal, bike, make-up and little mix tickets one lucky little girl.
Dave made the most delicious Christmas dinner while I played at being hostess he is definitely the better cook in the relationship. Mollie took her bike out for a spin and came back with her dad on the most perfect bike for me a Somerby Victoria Pendleton I love it! The day ended with board games and Christmas cocktails. Fingers crossed this is the first of many.
We took our new bikes for a spin around our little village followed by Christmas dinner round two. Later that day Dave’s sister and brother in law with their four year old triplets came to visit they live in Hong Kong so it was their first visit to Hollytree.