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Monday, 16 January 2017

Defrazzling this New Year

I'm not really into the whole new year, new you speal, but I do think there's something quite poetic about using the new year to improve yourself. The new year is also the exact time that everything that bugs you, really gets to you. Maybe it's because you no longer fit in your jeans from too much festive food (which is just far too upsetting) or maybe it's the fact that payday is just so damn far away, but pretty much everything makes you stressed to the max - well at least that's how I feel half the time!

So when 'A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled'* by Ruby Wax landed on my doormat, I pretty much read it cover to cover in a matter of days.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Henry's seven month update

Why did no one warn me that after the six month mark, every seems to go at lightning speed? I mean,yes, the newborn stage did go by in a whirl of tears, milk and sleepless nights, but six months! Wow the development is insane!

Henry is now seven months old, which I think might just be the scariest age yet if I'm honest. I could cope with having a six month old. That still sounds pretty young. But seven months. It just sounds SO much older,and is definitely on the wrong side of my maternity leave - I'm over half way through now and it's counting down to return to work a little too fast for my liking!

However as much is this mumma is completely thrown by the ever increasing rise of her son's age (I of course knew it would happen, but I was still unprepared!) I have to admit I do love this age.
There's not quite so much guess work and there's way more giggles. Henry's character is really developing and he is becoming a happy and cuddly little soul who adores people. I don't think I could have asked for a better little boy - in my not at all biased opinion.

So here's a little update on the last month (six month update here), now that Henry is seven months old! *weeps*

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Thai Street Food hits the South Coast (of England!)

You know you've had really good food, like so good you just want to keep eating it forever, even though you know eventually you'll explode and it will be messy. Well that was exactly how I felt after our trip to the new Thaikhun in Southampton's Westquay.

We absolutely love Thai food in our house. Dann loves cooking it, and well I love eating it! I think what really sells it for me is that it is actually really quite healthy, but tastes so good you don't even realise you've eaten a mountain of veggies. Win win!

Anyway, as part of the new Watermark/Westquay development (apparently it's not really called Watermark anymore, that was just it's name whilst it was being built - go figure) we've seen a mix of new restaurants join our city, including Thaikhun. They specialise is Thai street food, housed inside an eclectic bric-and-brac filled restaurant.


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Don't bust those purse strings - save money this January

Does anyone else get a little tense around this time after Christmas?
All the festive happiness has dissipated, the Christmas food dwindling, and your waistline has grown three inches at least. And the state of your bank account leaves you reaching for the left over mulled wine.

On top of it all payday feels like it's six weeks away still, and you're rapidly getting into the single digits and on the cusp of eating beans on toast for the remainder of the month. Just as well you put on that extra cheese weight over Christmas, as meals are looking less and less comforting.

Luckily there are a few ways that you can save some money this time of year.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

You were born an original - stay that way

Originality. It's a funny thing.
A quick google search brings up so many quotations:

"All good things that exist are the fruits of originality"

"Originality is a by-product of sincerity"

"It is better to fail at originality, than to succeed at imitation"

And it's that last one that sticks out to me most.
This blog started out life as a tattoo blog, and tattoos remain to this day, one of my biggest passions. The art as a whole took a bit of a sideline last year due to being pregnant for half the year, and being a new mum for the remainder, but I will be focusing more content to tattooing this year, starting with a bit of a rant. 

I've previously talked about tattoos and originality in this post about copying tattoos back in 2015, but I want to do a little revisit. 
I recently saw yet another tattooist having to call out another on stolen artwork just a day into 2017! To be honest, it makes my blood boil. Imitation is NOT a form of flattery. Whether it's written word, a photograph, an oil painting or a tattoo.
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