Friday

Turning 28// Birthday Adventures

My birthday week has been very special. Considering a few days before it didn't feel that I was about to celebrate my 28th birthday due to wedding arrangements and all sorts of things going on, it turned out pretty special.
I still cannot believe I am 28, I still look like I am in my early 20s and when people ask me how old I am my brain wants to say 24/25! However, as I said in my previous posts, I am excited to be 28. 2015 has already been one of the best years to date and getting married in July will be magical.
On Monday (birthday eve) I had the day off and the moment I woke up I felt a little disappointed that it looked so grey outside. My best friend and I had planned a little countryside walk and lunch, luckily the sun popped out mid walk and it suddenly grew warm. By the time we stopped for lunch our jackets were off and my skin turned a slight shade of rosy pink.
The walk itself was just lovely. I hadn't been for a wander across fields for a while and I sure did appreciate the fresh air. We walked through the sweetest tiniest village in which Suz and I wanted to live in. We passed each door with awe and inspiration and adored each cottage name. We then walked amongst the tiny lambs frolicking in the fields with their friends and a really noisy cow.
Once our sneakers were covered in mud and our tummies completely empty, we headed to Badgers Hill Farm for a spot of lunch. Whilst nibbling on bacon baguettes and mandarin fizzy pop, we realised that almost a whole year ago we came here for lunch. Suz had taken me out birthday cream teas and we agreed that this would be our tradition. So in years or so to come, kids in tow, we will re-visit every year in April for cream teas, chicken watch and pig petting. 
After an hour of Poldark watching at home, Suz left and I climbed on the sofa for the longest nap in history- that walk was just what I needed for some well deserved sleep.
After I woke from my nap and had some soup, I had a few visitors. Mother and sister Terri popped by to drop some cards and gifts off for my birthday (Tuesday). We had a chat, sipped tea and then I took myself to bed.
On Tuesday I turned 28 and it was the most beautiful day. Mother Nature gave me the most special gift- the sunshine!
I woke up to such glorious blue sky and a big birthday hug from Sebastian. He hurried off downstairs to put the kettle on and make breakfast whilst I showered and washed my hair.
As a tradition, Sebastian and I tend to have our birthday cake for breakfast. However the last few years have been iced buns or waffles... this year was porridge! We all know how much I love Sebastian's porridge- well this was special birthday porridge. It had a spoonful of marmalade and a spoonful of nutella hidden inside creating a gorgeous chocolate orange taste and finished with some edible sparkle, pastel decoration and a candle.
Once I had finished my delicious porridge, I opened my huge pile of cards and lovely selection of gifts from loved ones and felt so happy and lucky.
I finished getting ready, sipping some tea and attending to my phone that kept lighting up with lovely messages wishing me a happy birthday. After responding to messages and a little tidy up, Sebastian and I hopped on the train to Canterbury for the afternoon.
The sun was so gorgeous, we left our jackets at home and wandered around popping into shops in hope to spend some birthday money (is it me or can you never find anything you like when you actually have money to spend?!).
We had lunch at KITCH. I had a healthy helping of Buckwheat pancakes with berries, almonds, nuts and banana all washed down with a green juice, whilst Sebastian enjoyed a sausage ciabatta sandwich with a berry smoothie.
After I cleared my plate, Sebastian gave me my birthday gift... this surprise he had kept for so long.
He had bought us tickets for the theatre! I cannot remember the last time I went to the theatre and saw a show. I was beyond excited. The tickets were to see Top Hat and it was opening night that very day. Sebastian had bought the tickets not because he wanted to go but knowing I would enjoy it. However, he ended up loving it and we both had a wonderful time together.
Sometimes they end up being the best gifts! I finally feel older this year and am appreciating the little things in life. Experiences; tickets for a show, a packet of sunflower seeds, fresh flowers and craft paper. I am surrounded by loved ones and care for them greatly.
I thought the closer I got to 30 would be daunting, but right now I am loving every second of it. There are some pretty exciting things happening in my life right now and turning 28 is just the beginning! Thank you all for your lovely birthday wishes- you are all fantastic!

Only 2 months, 25 days until the wedding!

Tuesday

April

So far, April has been full of beauty, happy moments and dates. Sebastian and I bought tulips and lemon cake, we walked into town for bananas and birthday cards, we sipped pink rhubarb cordial and cloudy lemonade.
We took our happy faces to Pizza Express for an afternoon date and had an absolutely wonderful time. We consumed red wine/raspberry lemonade and giant pizzas with alot of chilli oil. We had a table outside and enjoyed some Springtime sunshine before it hid behind buildings and became alot cooler. It was very special.
Admiring the blossom trees against the blue skies is something that is pretty special. I love seeing them pop up on my Instagram feed. You guys are keeping me well and truly in Spring mode!
One of my favourite spring activities, other than blossom tree hunting, is cleaning and clearing. I do love a spring clean especially when I actually want to get the different hoover attachments out and go through the kitchen cupboards getting rid of all the unwanted/chipped china and old pans and out of date cans! It's such a great feeling. I also love finding old treasures that I rescued from my mother's loft and finding them a safe home. I loved my childhood and am so happy I kept a few things from it.
Salad, soup, sunshine, friends and Cinderella at the cinema are also playing a big part of my Spring so far. I have been so busy lately with wedding jobs and my friends have been busy with their lives too so it's nice to finally be able to catch up with everyone!

Oh and it's my birthday today. I have turned 28 and I'm beyond excited to be this age... especially as my beautiful bearded man and I will both be married soon and I think being 28 may just be the best age yet!
How is April treating you lately?

Monday

Motivational Monday #25


Being happy really is the best medicine and lately I have been feeling on top of the world.
Our wedding is slowly quickly approaching and the planning stages have started to get exciting again. The sunshine has been out more and putting freckles on my nose, colour in my cheeks and a smile on my face. Eating healthier has made me feel so good too. Snacking on humous and carrot sticks, sipping on vegetable soup dinners, nibbling chopped banana slices on buttery toast for breakfast, drinking alot of water and NOT craving chocolate- times are changing!
I definitely think Spring is being so kind to us, I know I have most definitely been feeling the love. April you have given me a smile that nothing will take away from me.
What's making you happy this Spring?