Today the husband and I embarked on our journey of Hajj, leaving behind my 2 little hearts.
It’s going to be the first time I’m apart from them, but I’m hoping all the little goodies and preps I’ve left behind will make the trip for us that little bit easier (I’ll post about them shortly)
Please remember them and us in your prayers, and if you would like the same from me, please comment or send me a DM xxx
for us, summer and lemonade go hand-in-hand and since we’re always on the go, @shell makes it easy by carrying the essentials. you can earn 10 airmiles bonus miles on summer favourites like san pellegrino (a secret ingredient we use in our lemonade) and 3 airmiles bonus miles on fuel or when you spend $5 in store. i’ve been collecting points all summer long so when the weather gets cold i can fly us somewhere warm! ✈️🏖🗺 #shellpartner#summerdays
What has happened to our glorious weather? We are cosying up by the fire with a spot of supper this evening.. Our beautiful kitchen range is available in store & online at www.scottieandrussell.co.uk
We are all on our own journey. Over time, you’ll learn and develop the skills needed to be where you need to be.
Don’t compare yourself to others because we all have our own unique story that we should be proud of 🙌☀️
Hello! As a little introduction to anyone new here my name is Joanne, the face behind Arnold & Bird! •
My passion is creatively empowering design-led souls to make your ideas a reality. By collaborating on design and product concepts that are not only inspiring, but also meaningful.
I do this by offering product development advice for creative businesses to expand their product range. And I’m expanding into graphic and marketing design so look out for that soon!
There’s motivational stationery in my shop to get you organised. And bespoke wedding stationery for couples who want their wedding to reflect their unique style. •
You can find trend, product tips and advice on reducing anxiety on my podcast Elevate Your Curiosity. Daily you’ll find me listening to podcasts with a sweet treat by my side 🍰
So that’s me! I’d love to know what you spend your days doing?
I can’t wait for the day my child ask for a puppy because I’ll 💯% say okay & be just as excited😂 (my poor husband) .
For real though, I’ve missed this guy 👆🏻 It’s almost been a week since I’ve snuggled up to my pups... which is way too long! #rescuedog .
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Soaking up the Malibu sun☀️
I start school in a week, and I am a ball of excitement and nerves. Being a transfer student is an odd thing; you’re a new student, but not new to college. For me, there’s also this fear of not liking my school, which is unlikely, but still lingers in the back of my mind. Last year, I set my expectations so high, only to be disappointed when my school didn’t live up to them. I adjusted my expectations, and am so ready to see what this year has in store for me. 🌻
I have to remind myself that Pepperdine was always my first choice; I felt at home the first time I stepped on campus. I let irrational emotions pulled me to London, while my instincts and heart were guiding me to Malibu. It took me a year to end up at the university that had my heart since day 1. Better late than never to listen to your instincts and heart✨
Our summer has been so busy that I’ve not had the chance to digest the fact that as of tomorrow, my baby starts back at school nursery, and this time doing FULL days 😳. I don’t know if you’ll remember me talking about them trialling Forest school in our area to help double the nursery hours here in Scotland? Well, Archie got into it’s second year of running. I know this will be an INCREDIBLE experience for him, but for now I just feel sad. Always the closing of one chapter to open up a new one. I know we’re ready, but equally my heart fights it too. My baby. Four years old, and will be away longer days than Caleb. He’s so excited, I’m fighting back tears. Motherhood, sure knows how to do a number on you 😢❤️
Me: “Oscar come and sit on the bed for a moment so I can change your socks.” • Oscar: “Mummy, you sit on my bed.” • Me: “I’m too big to sit on your bed - my big bottom might break it!” • Oscar: “Will it break into 100 pieces 😳😳😳?!” | 🤣🤣🤣🤣 #probably 🤷🏻♀️🍑
I’ve always wanted to try flower pressing, so this summer I thought I would give it a go. I gathered these little wildflowers from the garden that I grew from seeds back in spring. They’ve grown so well over this summer and new delicate little flowers keep springing up each week. I can’t wait to see the results in a week or so, although I must admit after a couple of days it’s so tempting to have a peek between the pages of the books! ✨🌿📚
Let's just say that heights aren't my strong point and the steps of Split's bell tower don't inspire much confidence that they'll hold a mass of tourists passing through.
Props to @whimsy.of.mine for taking a photo where I look totally cool about climbing up this death trap 🙌
I used to love rainy days. They felt cozy and quiet, and I loved the chance to curl up inside and read or write or create with the sound of falling rain as the day’s soundtrack.
I still love the feel of a rainy day, but now it’s combined with a little bit of dread too. With a busy toddler, I count on being able to expend energy through the many adventures available to us in the outdoors, and I quickly find myself running out of ideas for what to do when stuck inside.
Today I simply didn’t have the energy or motivation to take a trip somewhere. So we took a slow morning and let things evolve as we went along. We put our rain boots on and picked wildflowers outside, had independent play time in his room, and watched Puffin Rock in between snack time and lunch. Here’s hoping nap time will be long for both of us today! What do you like to do on rainy days? If you have a toddler at home, send some activity ideas my way! 😉
I have a history of depression. You might not know this since I work really hard to bring as much positivity and good vibes into the world as I can, but it's true. I really struggled with this as a teenager, and even now I experience a rollercoaster of emotions that I can't really control. The difference is that I've learned to embrace my shadows as well as my light, and on those dark days I know I need extra time and love—especially from myself. ✨
We all have things to be thankful for, but those blessings don't make your struggles or anxiety any less valid. Today on the blog, I'm sharing some more of my own journey and why I believe it's ok to not be ok. 🌓
O verão tá quase acabando e não sei quantas aventuras mais a gente vai ter. Mas até agora foi tudo lindo e eu não vejo a hora do outono chegar. ——— I think the heat wave is gone. But we still can do a lot of fun things. #porumavidamaisfofa
Still no car 🚗 So all our shopping 🛍 has to be done locally at places we can walk 🚶🏼♀️ to... So off these two 👆🏼 go, hand in hand 🤝🏼 to get some salad and bits while Pickle and I 👩👧 stay home.
I had scheduled this post for yesterday on @Planoly so I could hand in my Master’s dissertation and then have my aunt (who’s visiting) stop telling me off for being on the phone all the time and still keep up with what the IG gurus say businesses should do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It failed to post. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It had a caption about how the rainy days made me want a succulent for the home office, which looks a bit sad lately, now it’s been sunny it made no sense. My stats stayed the same, so I guess a lesson is there about taking time for ourselves one day and the world won’t end? A bit, you know, like a succulent. You only water them once a week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
P.S. I went to see the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House, so much great stuff and the building alone is SO worth it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
MARTEDÌ - 7 anni fa siamo venuti a Mykonos per la prima volta (in verità io c’ero venuta SOLA moooolti anni prima, quando la fama di quest’isola era soglo agli inizi)⠀
7 anni fa Cos qui ha incontrato Faustine, una bambina francese con cui giocare e io ho trovato in sua mamma Axelle l’anima gemella, Un’amica perfetta da cui però mi separano parecchi km, visto che lei vive a Parigi e io a Milano. ⠀
Sono passati 7 anni, le bimbe sono diventate tre e per Cos sono come delle sorelle. ⠀
Ogni estate ci ritroviamo qui per quella che resta la vacanza più divertente e per le bambine memorabile. ⠀
cerchiamo di incontrarci durante l’anno in Francia, in Italia o facendo altri viaggi insieme. Non sempre è facile, ma io credo fermamente nelle amicizie a distanza, quelle per cui a 20 come a 40 anni, quando ti ritrovi sembra che il tempo non sia passato. ⠀
A voi è capitato di avere un’amica perfetta ma lontana? Riuscire a coltivare queste amicizie? O siete piuttosto del tipo che ha bisogno di avere le amiche a portata di mano? ⠀
seven years ago we came to Mykonos for the first time (ok, I had been there in my twenties , but fortunately there are not many witnesses of those holidays 😬⠀
7 years ago Cos met here a little French girl to play with and I met her mom. Now the French girls are three, they’re like sisters to Cos anc their mom is just the perfect friend.to me. ⠀
How did you meet your best friend? ⠀
Do they live close to you or do you just see them once or twice a year as I do? ⠀
Nothing says love better than these cute little toes 🍬
We’ve not got a very exciting day today.. dentist at 2:30... (the receptionist and myself did share a little giggle when I booked this 😬😂)
Hopefully the sun will stay out. Happy Tuesday all.
Skirt from @jolietrosehandmade use code: JOLIELLIE10 when ordering.
I never thought it would happen - when I was in my 20’s I had no interest in gardening but over the last 4 or 5 years I’ve grown to love it! Is it something that happens to most of us as we grow older? I’ve always loved the country over the city, quiet over noise, solitude over lots of people - so I guess it was inevitable. I just wish I had more time to indulge in the garden. My biggest wish for my garden is a greenhouse - a big beautiful greenhouse to grow flowers from seed, vegetables and treat like a girl cave.
Picture at @ewgardens
Are we slowly saying goodbye to summer? Summer nights sitting on the swing, walking in the park, going out with just a tshirt on...I can definitely feel autumn coming. I must admit I will be sad to see the summer leave this year but very much looking forward to my cosy socks, my tights and a massive jumper. What do you think? Are you ready to let the summer go yet?
The garden looks good and the fruits are in full harvest. But there is a certain crisp in the air every morning which reminds us that it’s mid-august already and autumn is just around the corner🍃
It feels like this summer went by too wast for us, but we’re embracing the #seasonalshift especially since autumn is usually our travel season 🙌🏻
How has the weather been where you are? You might have seen in my stories that it’s grey and cloudy here. I do like the moody atmosphere but I would have liked summer to last a bit longer. What do you do to cheer yourself up once the sun is gone? ……………………………………………………………………………..
Wie ist das Wetter momentan bei euch? Vielleicht habt ihr in meinen Stories schon gesehen, dass es hier grau und bewölkt ist. Die Atmosphäre sagt mir zu, aber ich bin trotzdem traurig, dass der Sommer vorbei ist. Was macht ihr, um euch bei diesem Wetter aufzuheitern?
Tuesdays always feel like the worst day. It’s like your body was in shock yesterday and just got on with it but Tuesday mornings are such a struggle to wake up and get motivated.
Thinking about the weekend and the afternoon spent with the girls which was full of lols and good chat 💪🏻
“It’s a dangerous business going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Gandalf•LOTR .
I don’t know about you but I feel ready for another adventure...I’m off to Zakynthos in a couple of weeks & I’m looking forward to exploring the island beyond its boozy reputation. What are your travel plans? .
📷 taken in picturesque Painswick, Cotswolds
"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms"
I've fallen back into the ridiculous habit of comparing myself (my life, my work, my art) to other people on the internet again a little bit, which usually only happens if I'm feeling a bit dissatisfied with my own life.
That tells me it's time to reflect, make plans, take action and create change where changes need to be made.
The upcoming season is going to involve a lot of changes for all of us with my eldest going off to high school, so I'd say it's pretty much perfect timing. Funny how that happens, hey? (Photo of pretty wildflowers taken at @ntshugborough at the weekend)
ЗДОРОВОЕ ПИТАНИЕ МОЖЕТ БЫТЬ ВКУСНЫМ! Bon Appetit!
Это доказали ребята из фирмы по доставке здорового питания @goodfoodacademyru
Всем уже давно известно, что правильное питание - это самый верный путь, чтобы держать свою фигуру в отличной форме и не полнеть
Я не делаю из этого культа, просто это стало моим стилем жизни
Я не сразу пришла к этому: конечно были времена когда я могла позавтракать жирненький свиной котлеткой в известной бургерной, пообедать грибным супом-пюре, а поужинать роллами 😱😵😆и была при этом стройняшкой😍
Вот что значит хороший метаболизм 🤐
Я не считаю калории, но питание все-таки должно быть сбалансированным
Мне нравиться готовить, но я очень ценю своё время, которое я могу провести с пользой для себя ✌🏻
Поэтому я выбрала сервис по доставке здорового питания @goodfoodacademyru
И не прогадала, так как осталась
В меню, кстати, отсутствуют блюда, которые можно быстро приготовить
Это, как если бы я весь день стояла у плиты 😅 все хозяюшки меня поймут 🤪
Для себя я выбрала рацион на 1500 ккал
Гречневая лапша с говядиной 🍝
Рыбка 🐠 с рисом
Грибной суп 🍲
Вкуснейший йогурт, воздушная овсяная каша с инжиром и изюмом
А какие у ребят салаты! 🥗
Я даже не могу что-то выделить, так как все было ооооооочень вкусно! ✅Дневной рацион рассчитан на 5 приемов пищи ✅Питание сбалансированное
✅Не нужно подсчитывать калории
✅Блюда все уже готовые
✅Нужно только разогреть
Итак: мы экономим время на приготовление еды
Зато еда, такая вкусная и полезная, всегда в моем холодильнике 🥘
И если нет времени поесть - берем с собой на прогулки и поездки
Мы же с Маргошей не сидим на месте!
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А вы считаете калории? Какие у вас любимые пп-рецепты?
One of the most quality pieces I think I have made. ✨ I decided to post just now in order to stop this endless scrolling I was partaking in, a.k.a avoiding the pile of dishes in my sink. But I am bribing myself with carob milk, podcasts, and painting until bedtime, so now I'm gonna go kick those dishes in the but! Ok bye.
Have you hugged a lefty today?
Today is International Left Handers Day!!
I love being a lefty but the struggle is real. I remember the smeared ink, the torture of school desks, the inconvenience of spiral notebooks, sloppy cutting with scissors, not opening a darn thing with a can opener, using correction tape incorrectly, bumping elbows...and the list goes on and on.
Any lefties out there? 🙋🏻♀️...oh and emojis that exclude us...🤦🏻♀️