Currently…23rd May

Watching 

A lot of catching up really. Some how I’d ended up a few episodes behind on a couple of shows so had a mass catch up. Jaxon still loves Thomas so we’re working our way through episodes on YouTube. We’re both a bit excited for The Great Race when it comes out later this year. (Hold up according to Cineworld it came out on Thursday. Question is would Jaxon sit through it or would he just cause disruption to everyone else?)

Reading 

A couple of exciting emails about collaborations with different people. Also carried on with reading Run Yourself Fit while recovering from a rubbish cold. 

Listening

Making 

I finished making this blanket last week for Lucy from Mrs Bishop’s Bakes and Banter as she’s expecting her second baby any day soon. I’ve been wanting to share it but couldn’t without risking the surprise. 


The package was wrapped up in brown paper and then pink and yellow string. It was actually Chris’s idea. Lucy is a musicals nut (which I don’t think Chris knew) but he was like “Why don’t you do it like this?” and I commented about the line is The Sound of Music about “brown paper packages tied up with string” and he said “yes like that!”  

I’m now working between catching up on my temperature blanket and the Elmer blanket. Lots of crocheting happening around here. 

Feeling 

Better. I got a cold at the beginning of last week and spent most of the week on cold relief. By Wednesday I was coughing and it wasn’t pretty. I got in from the Tweetup on Thursday and Chris said he thought I was coughing worse (especially when I had to charge for bathroom because I thought I was going to throw up from coughing so hard). On Friday I was “confined to barracks” and  was told to take it easy. Chris also said I wasn’t allowed to do ParkRun on Saturday. 

Planning 

Adventures! There’s lots happening this week and so need to get organised and sorted out. Need to look at bus or train times on Friday to meet Chris in MK. Going to be a crazy day. Am tempted to get over there a little earlier and potter round the shops before meeting Chris. 

Loving 

The weather, although it’s been a bit changable. It has overall been warm enough for Jaxon to explore the garden which has meant he’s not going stir crazy in the house. He’s such an outside person now. He loves exploring. 

I got to go to the BedsHour Tweetup on Thursday and you can read more about that here then on Friday I went to dinner with two friends at Venue 360 in Luton. So was loving hanging out with people and catching up. 

#The100DaysProject: Day Thirty-Five

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The beginning of #The100DaysProject didn’t go smoothly. It took three or four attempts to get the first square done in a way that I liked and even then this week I frogged and re-crocheted because I wasn’t happy. 

Today I have six squares completed and should have 35 done. Yep not going well. 

I had stopped a couple of weeks ago to work on a baby blanket for Lucy (aka Mrs Bishop). 

So for now I’m splitting my crocheting time between the two projects trying to catch up. I’ve been doing “join as you go” for this blanket so I’ve been trying to learn a new technique too. 

Are you taking part in #the100daysproject? What are you completing? 

Awesome Ladies Project – What do You Do Outside? 

ALP Creative Team

What does Hannah do Outside?

When Chris and I got married I wasn’t really adventurous. The idea of a holiday climbing mountain or hiking miles was really not my idea of fun. When it came to him doing Land’s End to John O’Groats, I would be the support crew in the warm dry car rather than out on a bike keeping him company. 

Somewhere along the line I did get adventurous, one of my goals was to climb Snowdon by the time I was thirty. I’m not entirely where that goal came from and it didn’t happen but I climbed a smaller mountain which is always a good start before the big ones! 

Last Summer we were on holiday in the Yorkshire Dales and decided to climb the local little mountain. It was fractionally over the line between a hill and a mountain so it wasn’t that scary! It was exhausting and I was shattered by the time we got back but I was proud at what I had achieved too. 

Jaxon takes after his dad and loves the outdoors even now he loves exploring. Last week, we went to the park. There’s a big fenced off area and a smaller fenced off area. I sat in the smaller one journalling while Jaxon explored. He absolutely loved it. He had that bit of the park to himself for a little while and he charged around. He loves pottering round the garden at home and will often wander in and out of the back door into the garden and then come back in again. He is a little indecisive that way but he seems to enjoy himself. 


Also last week the weather turned and we were stuck inside. Jaxon was getting antsy and just wanted to go outside. So I put his coat and shoes on and despatched him out for a bit. He loved splashing in the puddles but did decide to sit in one (which is why he has no trousers on in the pictures!). He wasn’t bothered and off he went, time to explore. 

Part of me thinks I need to start saving up  for a second car so that him and I can go on adventures while Daddy is at work. Maybe we can go exploring the Greensand Ridge or the Dunstable Downs. It might even be possible for us to start an adventure and then for Daddy to join us after work but we will have to see when Jaxon is older. I don’t think I could camp by myself and wrestle a toddler! 

You can find more info about the Awesome Ladies Project here

Do you like hanging outside or are you more of an inside person? Have you had any memorable adventures? Do you have any adventure you would like to achieve like climb a mountain? 

#BedsHour – Tweetup (May 2016)

I’m sure I have other things that I *possibly* should be doing at 11.15pm on a Thursday night but instead I’m sat here in bed with Thriller playing on Spotify (Thank you Throwback Thursday again. Some of the tunes today are a little questionable but others are okay). 

Anyway back to the topic in hand. So today was BedsHour Tweetup. I think the organisational team this time were Paul from White Label Development and James from Cooluxart both here in Bedford. 

During the afternoon while tweeting about the Tweetup and generally tweetin other BedsHour regulars, I attempted to make some little stickers. I tweeted about the stickers and Julia from Julia V Design replied asking for a peek so me being me had to go the further stage and get some made to take with me. I’m not sure how copyright works for something the Twitter logo so that could be interesting if I ever branched into selling my made stickers but that’s another bridge to cross one day. Too many things to be doing st once at the moment anyway. 

Having printed the stickers and dashed off to Slimming World to get weighed in, I dashed home again and somewhere between showering, changing my clothes and speaking to the boys, I managed to get one sheet of stickers completely cut before I needed to leave the house in a bit of a flap. (the second sheet didn’t entirely cut so if you’re a BedsHour person who didn’t get a sticker let me know). 

I decided to wear my “smart” trainers which are no good for running in so when I dashed across the park as I was running late they were making my feet hurt. Not a good start to the evening at all. I arrived and people were still arrivn g so I wasn’t as late as I actually though I was. 

I abandoned my handbag and other bits on one of the chairs while I got myself unflustered as Lucy from Mrs Bishop’s Bake and Banter arrived and we had a good natter catching up. We were joined by Holly who does Social Media for D’Parys and got talking about all sorts of things. I also delivered a present to Lucy and another to Paul. (Paul’s present was his Secret Santa, well I guess May is better than never!) 

At the moment in The Pavilion they have these banners from Lose The Label on display. Lose the Label is about: 

Educating and updating social attitudes helping society adopt a new language and more positive terms of references for people with Down’s Syndrome. 

I think my favourite is this one of Amos and his Mummy Emma. Love babywearing – think I will be sad when Jaxon no longer wants to be carried or when I can no longer carry him. I love when he snuggles into me and know he can nap or just hang out safely. I’m so pleased I found babywearing. 

We were each given a name badge that had our Twitter handle and our names on the front along with various other pieces of information including icebreaker questions and a little Angry Bird to identify which “group” we were with to start with when it came to seating. 

Lucy, Holly and I all had the little Red Angry Bird. We were joined by Cat from Cat Lane Photography, Claire from Austism Beds and Ann from Pink Spaghetti PA Services. Some of us had met for the first time whereas others have spent time working together but I don’t think you would have been able to tell we were all chatting away like a bunch of old friends. 

We had pizza for our main course as we were the mainly vegetarian table we ended up with two goats cheese and caramelised onion pizza which normally wouldn’t have been something I would have picked for myself but the sweetne s of the caramelised onions was really yummy. We then got a ham pizza too so us meat eaters could catch up! The pizza and cheesecake theme had actually come out of a Beds Hour conversation. I think it was started when I tweeted about Chris making a Slimming World cheesecake for me and I had a bowl of the cheesecake in front of me while joining in with BedsHour that particular week! 

Following dinner we had an introductions session so people took turns to stand up and give a quick elevator pitch about themselves/their business. James from Cooluxart went first followed by Paul. They were both talking about the benefits of BedsHour and how both their businesses have developed out of meeting people through it. I decided to take my turn and get up and speak about Daisy Media. My heart was banging somewhere around my tonsils as I spoke and then got all shy when I talked about my homemade stickers but I did it. I know if I’d stayed in my chair I’d be kicking myself for not taking the opportunity when it was there on a plate. I just need to practice my elevator pitch for next time.

So here’s to BedsHour and our latest TweetUp. Lucy talked about how lucky we are to have such a good network of people in Bedford. BedsHour is this great group of small businesses and even when the people are coming from bigger businesses they still try and help people out which is great. I look forward to collaborating with more of the BedsHour guys. Just need to figure out how! 

Do you join in with a social networking hour for your local area? What do you think of it? 

Bonus questions from my badge: What crazy activities do you dream of trying? How do you like to spend a rainy day? 

Cover Reveal – Found by Elle Field

You know how some books finish and they make you want to throw the book across the room or snuggle down in bed and stay there until you can read the next one, that was kind of the end of Book 2. So when Elle asked for bloggers to help with her cover launch, I was there!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again if you like books like Confessions of A Shopholic by Sophie Kinsella or the From Notting Hill series by Ali McNamara you’ll love this series. (Book 1 is here if you haven’t read it) 

Found (Arielle Lockley series book 3) 
Out August 9th; available to pre-order now:

One death. Two weddings. Three months in New York City.
Who knew one flight could change everything? When Arielle Lockley stepped on the plane at Heathrow, she never realised how different her life would be when she touched down in New York. Now she’s dealing with that aftermath, as well as trying to find common ground with Etta, her new and unwanted business partner.
But, trying to sort out her shop in London whilst Piers is stuck in New York is starting to take its toll on their relationship, and Arielle isn’t the only one with an important decision to make… Can Arielle and Etta continue Felicity’s legacy without destroying it, and will Arielle and Piers manage to make it down the aisle to say “I do”?

Find out what happens in the final part of the warm and wonderful Arielle Lockley series – out this August.

You can find it here on Goodreads and here on Amazon UK. (or Amazon US if you prefer).