#WeekendCoffeeShare: Duvet Day

If we were having coffee i’d tell you that today was supposed to be a good day. A productive day. I was going to wake up this morning and go for a walk while Lizzie went off to her book group. Since my walk last weekend to Mill Hill, I want to start working my […]

Vegan and Counting

In this last year i’ve found myself feeling increasingly unhealthy and, come the end of summer, I was ready for some kind of detox. I made the decision to radically change my diet and I’ve been following a plant-based diet now for what will be nine weeks on Sunday. In other words, i’ve gone vegan. […]

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Thinking Happy Thoughts

If we were having coffee I’d tell you I’m starting over again, brick by tiny brick. This last year has been a difficult one for both of us: we’ve had to weather some extreme storms and it feels like we’re only just now coming out the other side, but not altogether unscathed. In all honesty, […]

Me & My #Bujo: March Review

I’m back after a social media detox with, as promised, an update on my first attempt at Bullet Journaling. Fair warning: this is my plain vanilla work #bujo so it’s a pretty banal example. It’s the no-frills poor cousin of the creative personal #bujo i’ll be starting later this month so it’s intentionally functional and not […]

Plans and Procrastinations

During breakfast yesterday I happened to mention to Lizzie that I didn’t understand Bullet Journals, and so began a long, animated discussion about what they are, how they work and explanations of examples from Lizzie’s own Bullet Journal. From there I spent the rest of the day researching different styles and approaches. Needless to say I […]

Death by a Thousand Cuts

Less than a week ago I stood in an empty house. There was no laughter, no joy, and certainly no changing the fate of the families who used to live there. The house was the secret annex where the Frank family and others tried to hide from the senseless persecution at the hands of the […]

Rocky (1996 – 2011)

Before my parents had Rory and Cassie, there was Rocky. He was a Collie cross Terrier (we thought) and, as kids, our first dog growing up. He saw me through high school and college before I moved away to London to go to university. He lived with my parents to the good old age of […]

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Poblano Edition

If we were having coffee i’d tell you things are a bit more settled now. My mum is doing a lot better. She seems to be in a good mood overall and is gaining confidence and energy. Day by day she’s more like herself. I’ve been visiting for a long weekend so will be catching […]

My Top Ten Impulse Buys of 2016

Oh dear, it’s a list post, I must be failing at NanoPoblano early.. I’m a sucker for impulse buys. I see things that I think I need to have in my life and I buy them. I like them, I try them, I think they’re wonderful.. but then they get forgotten about and just don’t […]

#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Elephant in the Room

I don’t think my family read the blog but this is now common knowledge to immediate family anyway. I’m sharing it because as a society we don’t talk about these things nearly enough. I don’t intend embarrassment or shame, and there really shouldn’t be any. Either way, whoever reads this, please tread softly out of respect for […]

The EpiPen: A 461% Price Increase – SmashleyAshley

I am a business owner myself. I understand that the bottom line matters, I understand that the point of being in business is to make a profit. However, I also believe that greed is one of the most destructive traits in human beings. There is no logical explanation you can give for raising the price […]

#WeekendCoffeeShare: The Kindness of Strangers

If we were having coffee I’d apologise for my sudden absence this past week. You might not have noticed, but I sure did. I haven’t been in the best place mentally for awhile but things came to a head recently. I’m not one to say anything publicly so I just shut down. I didn’t blog […]