We’re All Mad Here

Aloha! Nathan and I don’t really do Valentines as such so when he said he had a surprise for me around Valentines Day I went into panic mode. I bought him a funny card and a bottle of aftershave as a fall back just in case we were turning into one of those couples that do. There’s no right or wrong with these types of things, it’s just personal preference I guess.

Rest assured, we are still a couple that don’t really ‘do’ valentines day, however we did do funny cards! I gave him his aftershave and he really appreciated it.

Anyway, back to the reason I’m here. I knew nothing. All I was told was to be ready 3pm sharp on Saturday. To do what? I didn’t know. I literally had no idea what I was supposed to be ready for. What type of occasion, do I dress up? Dress down? Heels or flats? I am not good with surprises, I like to know and be organised. So after threating most of last week, I ended up with a new dress just in case.

Fast forward to 3pm on Saturday I was sat on the sofa in jeans and a jumper and I finally knew what we were doing! We were off to good ole’ Liverpool. We headed to Hatters Hostel for the evening. If you don’t know much about them, they have are affordable accommodation and there are 3 across the country, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. Although they aren’t Alice in Wonderland themed, the top hats make me think of the mad hatter.

We had a lovely evening wandering around Liverpool before heading for some JD chicken wings and cocktails from TGI Fridays and hitting the hey. Sunday we indulged in a ‘Spoons breakfast and did a little shopping, well window shopping because something that we can’t seem to part with lately is money. Hence the budget accommodation, although I don’t think I’d feel comfortable in some posh swanky hotel, I’m not that type of gal.

Until next time…

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Hello Autumn | Sunday Thoughts

Let’s get straight to the point. Autumn is my favourite season, my favourite time of year. Why? Because of the fiery leaves, Halloween and of course the cosiest of clothes.

I love to be dressed in copious amounts of layers. Bring on the chunky scarves and cute ankle boots. The burnt orange and warm red tones of not only the leaves, but the make up palettes too. The crisp mornings, the dark evenings. I also think baths are a little more acceptable in the dark evenings, I’m not sure why. But hey, that’s just me.

It seems to strange writing a Sunday Thoughts post again, it’s been months. But I feel like I’m ready again. I’ve had a tough few months, in a lot of different aspects of my life and unfortunately they have impacted my blog. Not because I didn’t want to write, I just didn’t know what to write. I have been scared as to forgetting where to draw the line when it comes to sharing personal things online. But I feel a hell of a lot better so here we are, again.

I’ve finally joined the gym, again. The Moneypenny stone (or two in my case) is definitely a thing, and I am not comfortable with that. So it’s time to get myself back to feeling good about my body image. I also got my other foot tattooed whilst I’ve been away, and being under the needle again felt soo good! I’ve missed being able to spend money on things I actually want rather than the bill monster eating at away at it. Nathan and I have also officially started saving, we actually have some sort of savings for the first time in our lives. Let me tell you coming to payday and still having X amount in your bank to fall back on for emergencies feels SO good. Things are on the up!

Anyway, enough about me. How have you guys been? I’m sorry to have been away for so long, but I’m back. I may not be posting as regularly as I used to but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things as quickly as possible.

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Life Lately

Where do I start? I know, I’m sorry, I’ve been a little MIA lately in the blogging world. But hey, I’ve been enjoying life. Is that really something to be sorry for? Definitely not, but I am sorry for not keeping you updated. If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed I have been spending a lot of time with family and friends. Although I haven’t really been doing a lot other than chill, it’s been nice.

Can you really believe we’re almost 5 months into 2017 already? In just over a month we will be at the half way mark and that is scary! I feel like I have stepped on to the sidelines of the blogosphere lately, and in all honesty I’m glad. Why? Because it all seems to have built up a whoooole lot of drama. 75% of the things I’m seeing on twitter is people ranting about other bloggers and girl, I just do not want to be a part of that. Bitching is not something I like to be a part of, especially when people don’t give others the chance to defend themselves. In my opinion, we’re supposed to be helping each other out and with my little corner of the internet just being a hobby I don’t want to be involved in all of the drama. I like my little drama free life over here.

Nathan and I now have a little Sunday ritual where we go for a nice Sunday walk. Whether it be morning, mid afternoon or in the mist of the evening. It is so nice to reflect on the week that’s gone, and have a nice little chat about how things are going. With us both working full time and having other commitments outside of work we don’t really get a lot of time to speak in the week, and we usually just end up ranting about work. So a nice leisurely Sunday stroll does the trick to wind down from the weekend and prepare ourselves for the week ahead. PLUS the weather has been beau-ti-ful the past couple of weeks. I am loving Spring already. I just need to update my wardrobe now. Work bonus, why are you taking so long to come around?

I knew this would happen. All in all, this has been a bit of a rambling post but hey! This is my space and I’ve enjoyed updating you all on my life. That’s all for now, I’m hoping that I’ll get my blogging mojo back soon but I’m not going to force it.

P.s I hope you’ve all enjoyed the bank holiday thoroughly!

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Top 5 of 2016

First things first, I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year! I hope you have enjoyed the holidays profusely my dears, because I definitely have.

I can’t really believe I’m writing this post already, the year has gone so quick. I just thought I’d share my 5 most popular posts of 2016. All together through out the year Dainty Dweeb has had 3,307 views, 1,304 visitors, 280 likes and 160 comments. Wow! A lot more than I thought, considering my blog is just a hobby it’s more than I could have imagined.

Inspirations for a Lifestyle Post

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When I wrote this post, little did I know it would become my most popular post of 2016, with 155 views and 100 likes. It just goes to show people prefer to read posts that you enjoy to write because I thoroughly enjoyed writing this. It was so much fun thinking of different things that can help inspire others to write a lifestyle post.

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Taking part in tag’s is always fun, you end up finding out things about other bloggers you never knew, whether is a personal tag or not they’re always fun to read! I was tagged in this by Hollie from It’s Hollie Ann and although I’ve known Hollie for years, we actually went to school together, I actually learnt something new about her from her post!

The Big Move 

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I still remember the excitement I had when writing this post. I can’t believe Nathan and I have been in our home for nearly a year already. It only feels like we moved in a couple of months ago! Time flies and all that. I can tell you now, we’re still picking up bits that we need, like the other day I made boiled eggs for dippy soldiers for breakfast the other day and realised we had no egg cups. Yes, I did call it dippy soldiers, I’m still a kid at heart okay?

Primark Haul 

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Ahhh, a good old Primark haul. Who doesn’t love to see what others pick up in the shops? All though I must say, all of my picks from this haul are stored away in my drawers now, as it’s a little cold to be wearing them at the moment!

Mini Drugstore Haul – The Aftermath 

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All though I’ve never been much of a beauty blogger – I’m not the best with make up and I’d much rather chuck my hair up in a messy bun in the mornings. I am rather proud of how well this post did! Maybe, it will give me the confidence to toy around with beauty posts a little more this year? Who knows!

Well that’s it, my top five posts of this year. Sitting here cosy in bed, I can’t help but wonder what will be my top 5 posts of 2017?

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas…

I don’t know about you but there are certain little things that happen throughout December – sometimes even as early as November  – which start to give me that little ‘oh, it’s nearly Christmas’ feel.

The first one is the earliest one, it’s always on the TV around early November time and it’s like the switch flips inside of me and all of a sudden I can’t wait until Christmas. Especially this year because as you know it is Nathan and I’s first year in our home. You can only imagine how excited I was to buy the decorations, let alone put them up! Can you guess what it is?Most people see the John Lewis advert as the beginning of the festivity, but no! For me it’s the Coca Cola Christmas advert.

Then the Christmas songs, and decorations come out in the shops. Which obviously means I can put my decorations up at home, right? My Christmas decorations went up at the end of November – a little early I know but I wanted to make sure I had enough lights and decorations on it. In the end it turns out I’d bought a little too many, now we have fairy lights not only on the tree, but up the banister also.

I would say when the mince pies start showing up on the shelves in supermarkets, but I’ve never really liked minced pies…

Of course, you then see the towns and villages where I live turn their Christmas lights on, and for the past couple of years the Coca Cola truck has been in our local town. This year they have put a little nativity scene on the church near where my Dad lives, which is cute. They had a little evening to turn on the Christmas lights and open the nativity scene.

Then the advent calendars come out, and before you know it your two weeks into December before you even know it! Can you believe there’s only 2 more Monday’s until Christmas? I think the festivity in the Hughes-Jones household is in full swing, it’s time to get the Christmas films out!

What makes you feel festive? I’d love to hear…

pssst can you please link me to your blogmas/festive posts I need something to read!

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My Week in Pictures

So this week, Nathan had the week off and I was off work Tuesday through to today. I couldn’t get the Monday off but I was more than happy to go to work on that day as I knew I had the rest of the week off.

I know this post is a little late in the day but I have been out to various shops with Nathan picking up more Christmas bits and bobs. I thought it would be nice to show you my week in pictures this week, instead of just rambling on about it.

Here goes.

I admit, I probably could have taken better quality pictures and probably more! But I have been wayyy too busy enjoying life for that this week. Christmas just brings out something inside of me. I have been suuuuper crafty – I have made 3 peoples Christmas presents and a birthday present and my sister text me earlier asking me to make Christmas Eve boxes for my Nieces, and I can not wait to get stuck into that! I might even make myself one. 

I hope you have had a lovely week my wonderful little fairies.

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Inspirations for a Lifestyle Post

This post idea came from a question in a recent #blogospherechat, the question was what do you do if you’re lacking inspiration – or something along those words. You’d swear a light bulb had just appeared above my head when this question came up because I thought what a great idea for a post? Well, here we are; Inspirations for a Lifestyle post.

You could probably list down hundreds, maybe thousands – we all have our own little things that inspire us to write, these are just few of my favourites.

Adventure – What better way than to go out, maybe somewhere new? Maybe to your favourite place, whether that be a café, book shop or even somewhere next to that river you have visited since you were a child. We all love to read about different places, old or new.

Favourites – Show us your a list or a series of your favourite things, it could be films, songs or maybe recipe’s and drinks. Depending on how much you’d like to write about them, you could decide on just one post, or a series of 5-10!

Camera Roll/Instagram – What have you been taking pictures of lately? It could be your pets, your food (we’re all guilt of it!) or silly pictures with your friends – show us! They don’t have to be those Pinterest-worthy pictures you usually take for your blog, sometimes its nice to see the more natural pictures on your camera roll too.

Previous Life Experiences – Tell us about that time you achieved something you’re proud of, or your embarrassing first kiss. Something we all love to read about is personal experiences, no matter how embarrassing it may have been at the time.

Dig out that Memory Box – I have mine somewhere, buried in all of the stuff that still haven’t unpacked. Filled with wristbands from gigs, tickets from shows and T-shirts from holidays; share it! Show us what’s in your memory box.

What inspirations do you use when you’re uninspired? I’d love to hear!

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