This month, minus the first week which I already had pre-scheduled content for, I feel like I’ve been chasing my tail regarding my blog. Most post have been written the evening before publishing, which for me, isn’t something I like to do. I wish I could be creative in that very quick, spontaneous way, but I much prefer to be scheduled somewhat ahead of time. I’d love to say that the reason for this tail-chasing is because I’ve been busy creating Christmas content (which I have, to a degree) but mostly I’ve just been preoccupied in my real life.
So here’s a look at the things I’ve been up to this month.
If you follow me over on Instagram then you’ve seen this adorable photo of Emily proudly giving me her find, “Ma found a leaves for you Aira”.. by the way, I now want everyone to call me Aira 😉
For bonfire night we went to a local country club (ooh, get us). However, had I known prior to the night that the said country club was located at the top of a hill which was built at around a 90 degree angle – not joking, I might have chosen to go somewhere else. With two toddlers in tow, one of whom wanted to be carried to whole way up (No idea how my Sister managed that one) the overall trip was less than fun. Despite being a very cold night, we were sweating and huffing, feeling faint, being overtaken by OAP’s (again, not joking).
We got to one point at which I simply gave up and begged Becky to stand at the side with me, turns out that was as far as she was going too, she’d been considering what would be the best way to faint – throw Emily to the floor prior fainting and risk the possibly that they’d both slide all the way back down the hill, or hold Emily and throw both of them to the ground with her weight hopefully trapping her and preventing the rolling down the hill scenario, but possibly crushing Emily. Eventually, we made it to the top though. We had some Black Peas which are a traditional dish from Lancashire, eaten especially around Bonfire Night and enjoyed some fireworks.
The trip back downhill proved to be just as dangerous.
For those of you who can remember from last month, we were on a trial bases for adopting a dog. Mia has been with us for a bit over 6 weeks, and for those wondering, she is a permanent addition to our home now.
I think it’s safe to assume she’s settled in well and is feeling comfortable in our home. Whilst in those first few weeks she wouldn’t venture outside my bedroom, or outside my immediate vicinity, she is now happily roaming the house. She still prefers to be with me or in my room, but I think that’s mostly just her nature now, rather than her nerves.
Herself and Oscar are having good periods and bad, they’ll go days without snapping or growling at each other and then randomly start again, which is disappointing. They are very happy when walking together, sniffing together, barking together etc. But at home they still aren’t playing or really interacting with each other at all. I think in the New Year I’m going to hire a behaviourist to come in and try and help. I get that not all dogs are destined to be the best of friends, but I’d like them to be friendlier and more comfortable around each other.
On the 22nd I post my ‘Women That Inspire Me #1‘, which was about Erin May Henry (all her links are in this post). I linked it to her a few different ways, not expecting her to see it but also seeing no reason not to give it a try. And she did see it.. and she replied.. and commented.. and used it as one of her Instagram Stories! How sweet is she! So if you haven’t yet check her out, please do, she is as lovely as she is motivating and helpful!
On Black Friday I took advantage of a shocking 70% off over at SiteGround and took my first big step towards going self-hosted. It’s very exciting, but scary too. Hopefully the move will go well and I’ll be able to speak more on it in the future. Exciting!
This month we had our first winter frost. It was pretty, but this cold is already getting unbearable. I think this winter is going to be pretty harsh.
Near the end of the month I took a trip to Gordon Riggs Garden Centre to buy some bits and bobs for some upcoming Christmas DIY posts. The decorations in that shop are always amazing.
I’ve done some other things this month, but they just aren’t very noteworthy, like helping Becky with some Christmas candle stalls, although I did get these adorable knitwear for £2.50 each whilst there.
How was your November? What has been your favourite memory looking back on the month? And what are you looking forward to in December (CHRISTMASSSSS)?
WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME
Christmas Collaboration Request: I am putting together a simple DIY wreath post. At the end of the post I’d like to showcase other peoples DIY wreaths and link to their blog post. Anyone who would be interested in this, please message me.