Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Short Hair, Don't Care

Back in February I had around 5.5 inches chopped off my hair, the long hair I'd had for the past 8-9 years was no more (and neither was the blonde hair I'd had for the past 3 years).

See in 2007 I chopped my hair super short and I hated it, to style didn't suit me at all so from that moment I began growing my hair and only ever having the ends trimmed at the hairdressers. By 2013 my hair was the longest it's ever been, well past my boobs and relatively healthy but a year later I started to lighten my hair until eventually I was full on bright blonde, a year later a had a fairly decent cut to get rid of all the dry ends but my hair was still long.

 After a couple of years of being fully blonde, I got bored of the root upkeep so decided that blonde balayage was the best option. This is when I began using bleach, despite the fact I knew it was no good for my hair especially as I was doing it myself without any of the extra protection that a salon could provide I bleached my hair around 3 times over the course of around 7 months, my hair was white it places and I loved the colour. What I didn't love was how short my hair had got despite only have trims, my hair was snapping so much that it was getting shorter and thinner by the day, it was dry and extremely damaged.

I'd toyed with the idea of going shorter for a while, before my hair became so damaged but I'd never had the guts to go for it, I'd spent so long growing my hair that it had become a bit of a security blanket that I was reluctant to get rid of. In February I decided to just go for it, one because I was desperate for a change but also because it was the only way to get healthy again. I spent over 3 hours with my hairdresser, going back brunette and chopping my hair off. Throughout the entire process I expected to hate the result, I was not prepared to absolutely fall in love with my short, dark locks. My hair looked and felt a thousand times better, it was soft, healthy and felt so thicker, thicker than I ever remember it feeling. There was no regret, no hate, just amazement and love for my new hair.

I just wish I'd done it sooner, for anyone not sure whether to chop their hair I really can't recommend it enough. Having long hair was a safety blanket one that I'd brush and just leave down. Having short hair has made me play with styles more than ever and to my surprise there's a lot you an do with short hair!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

10 things I've learnt about owning a cat

Last summer two little furballs entered my life, it was always our intention to have a cat when we moved into our own place as Josh has always had pet cats and I really wanted one. We didn't bank on getting two but as it happened we just couldn't bring ourselves to separate the last two brothers of the litter so we ended up bringing two home (you can read the full story of that in my 'Meet Our Kittens' post). Anyway since owning a cat myself I've come to learn a lot of different things. So here are 10 things I've learnt about owning a cat.

  1. They're almost as expensive as having a child - I dread to think just how much money we've spent on our two from scratch posts and toys to bed and food then insurance and vets bills it all adds up. Of course we've doubled our costs with having two but owning a cat really isn't as cheap as you might think.
  2. And after all those expensive toys you buy, they only want the packaging - we've bought so many things where they've more interested in the packaging then they actual toy. A good cardboard box or a Primark bag can keep them entertained for hours.
  3. They own you - I've titled this post 'things I've learnt about owning a cat' but make no mistake, a cat owns you. If it wants to sit in your seat, it will. If it decides it no longer likes supermarket own brand biscuits, only the expensive ones, it will. 
  4. They know nothing about personal space - our two are the worst for this, they will literally ram their faces into mine, stick their bums in my face, bury their faces in my hair, follow me to the toilet, watch me in the bath or shower. Another favourite trick of ours is to wait until you're on the floor cleaning out the litter tray then they'll decide it super urgent they go to the toilet and climb right in infront of you and stare at you whilst doing the worlds longest wee. Nothing is private anymore with a cat so get used to it!
  5. They're beyond inquisitive - the phrase 'curiosity killed the cat' exists for a reason. They're so nosey. For this reason we've had to attach a child lock to our under sink cupboard as they used to open the door themselves and climb in. Cats plus cleaning products aren't a good idea. Our two also love sitting on the windowsills people watching.
  6. Prepare for things to break - with the above curiosity comes the fact that they will climb into places they really shouldn't. So far our two have broke a vase, two glass mixing bowls, a champagne flute and a plate. 
  7. Cats are dicks - seriously if cats were human they'd be called a nob head. Watching TV? They'll sit right in front of it. Working on the computer? They'll press all the keys. Trying to sleep? They'll start up a chorus. Casually minding your own business? They'll bite your toes. They'll knock things off surfaces on purpose, they'll use their scratch post then 30 seconds later they'll scratch your sofa whilst looking at you. 
  8. They'll have a mad hour - even after 8 months when our two have their crazy hour, Josh and I look at each other and are like WTF?! Pretty much out of no where they'll start running up and down the stairs and bouncing off the furniture or play fighting. 
  9. Their fur gets everywhere - I mean everywhere, clothes, furniture, the bathroom, your purse. It doesn't matter how many times up sweep and hoover there will still be fur everywhere. Be prepared to lint roller everything you own. In fact scrap that, they're just messy in general! They flick food out of their bowls and eat it off the floor and kick litter out of their tray (we have a hooded litter tray and they still managed to fire it out of there!)
  10. But after all that, they're the best pets - we got super lucky in that our two are very friendly and affectionate especially for male cats. They love nothing more than being near us, we can never go too far without them following and they love to come for a snuggle. Cats are the best pets and I wouldn't be without our two!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Happy List: April 2017

April was a very good month, we both had two weeks off work and although we didn't do anything as we're saving for a Florida holiday next year, it was so nice to relax and not have to get up for work. April was also quite an indulgent month, as there's lots that wants doing in the house and we're saving for a holiday all my cash usually goes towards saving for those things but I was a little naughty in April and made a few purchases so it's back on with saving this month! 

1. We spent the first weekend of our two weeks off tidying up our garden. I mentioned in this garden inspiration post what jobs I want to get done in the garden and to be honest we didn't do that many but that back wall in the first picture was full of weeds when I started and it already looks so much better for being cleared!
2. As I've recently started collecting Disney pins, I needed somewhere to display them but I wanted something a little nicer than a plain cork board. Our spare room where the pins our has copper accessories so Josh very kindly spray painted a notice board copper for me and it looks so good in real life!
3. Speaking of pins, this was my modest collection at the start of April when the board went up, since then I've added a Pascal Tsum Tsum pin to it and I've got three other pins on their way as well.
4. The cats have calmed down so much recently, they're 10 months old now and over the past couple of weeks we've seen a huge difference in how calm and settled they've become, don't get me wrong they're still cheeky and cause mischief but they love nothing more than cuddling up to me for a nap now. I may or may not have joined them in napping on more than one occasion too (cats make the best napping partners!)
5. Dobby+Snapchat filters will never not be funny. Unfortunately because Buddy is so dark in won't pick him up but Dobby is the perfect candidate for a good filter!
6. We completed our Bugs Life Funko Pop collection this month with the arrival of Flik, I absolutely love these ones!
7. During our two weeks off we visited a local farm and spent ages walking around and feeding all the cute animals. Of course with it being spring all the lambs had just been born and this one in the photo spent ages letting me tickle its chin. It was the cutest thing ever.
8. When I spotted a bunch of brightly coloured spray painted cacti I couldn't resist picking two up to brighten up our bedroom. The bright blue and red adds a real injection of colour into our grey bedroom and I think they look great.  

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Book Review: The Boy That Never Was

Three-year-old Dillon vanished in the middle of the night. His father Harry can't forgive himself for not protecting his only child. Yet Harry isn't blamed by his wife Robin: she bares her own secret guilt.
Five years later, thousands of miles away, Harry spots an eight-year-old boy in a crowd - a boy he is convinced is Dillon.

Desperate to find his missing son, Harry's obsession tears apart his marriage, exposing shameful secrets and shattering the one thing he and Robin had left - trust.
Why won't Robin believe Harry? What is she hiding? Can the boy really be Dillon? And how far will Harry go to find their lost son?

The blurb for this book sounded so good, gripping and full of twists and turns. Unfortunately I found it to be the complete opposite, it was dull, predictable and lacking in any real sense of imagination.

Unfortunately what this book lacks is anything new, I could predict what was going to happen a mile off and was left bitterly disappointed by what did actually happen because it just wasn't original. It plodded along at an OK pace but I just didn't feel engaged with the book and for that reason it took me a long time to actually finish it. There isn't really much else I can say about the book as it didn't really leave a lasting impression for me to talk about.

 Rating: ★★