Kate

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As you’ll know if you’re one of the very kind people who keeps popping back here to check if there’s anything new (and you’re not my Mum, who – let’s face it – is definitely my main reader ;)…), you might have wondered why there was such a quiet period… I’ve moved (which was insanely stressful but home finally feels like home – hurray!), but the stress of that induced a bit of a bad mental health spell. I’d just started to get into a regular running pattern with my housemate and then as I was showering, felt something not-quite-right in my right boob (my favourite of the two, in fact!). A little, pea-sized lump. Shit. As you can imagine, this was the least ideal thing to come across at the tail end of a bad mental health spell and especially as I was two days into feeling settled (which felt…

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    These past two months have been one of those weird time vacuums; they seem to have somehow simultaneously dragged by and then flurried past in a whirlwind of moving, ups, downs, laughter, tears and gearing up for a super busy June and July. It’s strange because I feel like loads happened, but unusually for me, I haven’t really documented it anywhere – no realms of photos on my phone or chatty blog posts…

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It’s become a tradition that every year, my Mum, two sisters and I get treated to a spa day for Mum’s birthday. It is literally impossible to co-ordinate our diaries; Mum’s birthday is Boxing Day, and we finally managed to settle on the date of April 22nd. The fun even starts at looking at which ones to select – we had a look at lots of different spas, but finally settled on The Grove, London’s Country Estate. Set in 300 acres of Hertfordshire countryside, but only 18 miles outside of London, it was the perfect little 5* spot for us to met up – just us girls, no husbands or kids, so that we could really get down and catch up on all of the gossip. Don’t get me wrong – it is amazing having all the little ones around; but trying to gossip is pretty difficult when there’s six…

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I’m pretty proud of my career. I quit uni (against most people’s better judgement) after giving it a go for six months. I’d always wanted to work, and I dutifully went to intern for my sister for a week… and didn’t leave for another three years… I’m now a Client Services Director at a Software Company (which is more exciting than it sounds!) but in the last ten years I’ve been working, without doubt my favourite part of the job has been marketing and events. I’ve worked on some of the biggest brands in the world – from beauty brands (the stories I could tell you if I hadn’t had to sign an NDA would make your toes curl!),  to one of the most famous car brands in the world. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world; from Milan to speak to 500 licensees for one conference, to running…

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When I had my first blog, I decided that my ‘niche’ was promoting small businesses; I loved it, specifically hunting out clothes shops because back then, my biggest love was fashion. Fast forward a few years and I’ve managed to expand my interest wider than just small business fashion boutiques. when I rejoined Twitter, I was ‘recommended’ to follow Dorkface – aka the lovely Jemma –  and I am so glad I did! I watched as Jemma created more and more adorable stuff for her site and I purchased a big order not so long ago – she does the cutest stickers and prints , and was absolutely thrilled a few weeks ago when she asked if she could send some items for review! I’ve just found a new place which I’ll be moving in to next month, so I can’t wait to get some adorable prints framed up – including these…

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Though it’s been a strangely uneventful month – it’s actually been an insanely stressful. Work, life, family, friends, love life – it seems that literally something has gone wrong on every feasible cylinder. I should have guessed it might have been a bad month when my Mum and I decided to treat ourselves to a relaxing weekend of wining and reading our books by the fire… Only for a pipe to burst and a huge part of the house be flooded and ruined… It’s been a month of battling estate agents, flat tyres, frustrating phonically, scraping around for inspiration, things generally deciding to not go my way – but apparently Mercury is in retrograde, so at least that goes some way to explaining March Madness ;-). Suffice it to say, I’m pretty happy to wave goodbye to March! That said, I have had a couple of amazing days… My bestie and…

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Easter, for whatever reason, seems to be the perfect time to bake – probably because for many it heralds the end of six weeks ~deprivation~ without chocolate, sugar and all sorts of other things which people give up on the eve of beginning of lent! I love the four days of Easter – everything seems a bit more relaxed, spring is in the air, the house is filled with daffodils and now, in later years, my nieces and nephews have come over for an egg hunt. And, there’s two people in particular I love visiting – my ‘duckies’ (grandparents), who are always appreciative for a few baked goods when I visit! I find baking so mindful, it really is one of the most therapeutic things for my mental health. Let’s get down to it shall we? Nana Loaf   Click here for the recipe on this one. Leave to cool considerably before…

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Since rediscovering my love of reading, I’ve wanted to share some of the books and authors I’ve recently gotten into. I’ve written the below as a few mini-reviews, enjoy! The Magpies – by Mark Edwards ★★★★☆ This book is really what reignited my love of reading. A thrilling psychological page turner which had me hooked and saw me start on Sunday and finish on the Monday! The book centres around a happy young couple who move into their dream flat only to find that their neighbours develop a dangerous obsession with taunting them. I loved this book – it gave me real Rosemary’s Baby type feels when I was reading it. I still kept thinking about the characters until at least a week after which is always the mark of a great book to me! A Murder of Magpies – by Mark Edwards ★★★☆☆ I was thrilled when I started following Mark…

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