Do you know what feels good? To finally get rid of the pile of donation crap that has sat in the front hall area (as well as other places). The pile kept getting bigger and bigger and for some reason in this house, people seem to think that any empty surface is a open drop off spot to stack shit. Mail, clothes, toys……they way they think tidying is done is to pick up the item from the floor and place it on an elevated surface. It drives me insane, so I am exceedingly happy that my old computer desk has now vacated the premises because it was a magnet for clutter. Does anyone else suffer from the empty surface = clutter magnet affliction?
It got really cold on Friday and we had to bust out the winter coats :( I can’t believe we had to do that already. Last year I didn’t even have to wear until almost February and then I only had to wear it around 5 times that season. My coat is really heavy when it’s on. I like the look of it (it almost looks like and army style parka) but the weight of it sucks, it feels like a weighted exercise vest. It would be nice to get a less heavy model, and maybe a faux fur coat for the season but I will survive with this one without either at the moment ;) Both the girls winter coats still fit thankfully, but they will definitely won’t next year. We were able to get Merle’s from Gap when they had a 40% off sale (they always have these sales so pay attention to emails and the website). It was from the boys section because she liked the green and the girls only had “girly” colours. It looks like they have the exact same coat this season to (it also comes in Burgundy, navy, and black). It’s a really nice coat, and really warm so it was a good choice.
The Christmas tree is up! We ended up putting it up on Friday night, and since it was put in a new spot this year it looks so much better. We also discovered that the wall socket it is plugged it to is control by a light switch that we had no idea what it turned on (cue Friends mysterious light switch episode). Seriously, we have lived here for several years and could never figure it out, but now we don’t have to unplug the lights to turn them off.
Have I mentioned that my kids are weird and have a life-size skeleton in their room? His name is Fred. And while Tom was at Value Village today he found a smaller version (It looks like a medical school one because it is really detailed) so he bought it. He needed a little repair job but Tom fixed him and Merle named him Bilbo Baggins (I’m reading The Hobbit to her). He will fit in perfect with Fred, and the cat and bird skeletons that are on her shelf. Next she wants a real animal skull to add to the collection. It’s turning in to a real life apothecary shop in that room, which is funny because Roo’s dream occupation is an alchemist ;)
Did you see that I posted a Christmas gift guide for kids on Friday? I tried to give some versatile options because if I focused too much on my kids tastes it would have been filled with weird and creepy stuff. Have you ever seen the show Oddities? That reflects their tastes well (mine too). We love that show and really want to go shopping there to add to our collections. Top on my list is a 19th century vampire fighting/killing kit (if they can authentic one properly).
I’m not going to lie, I only finished putting everything together for this post five minutes before it went live. You know when everything keeps going wrong and you get super frustrated, which causes more things to go wrong? Yeah? Last night was like that and I kept having to reboot, or restart, or completely delete what I was doing and it was getting to the point where I was holding my breath so I wouldn’t scream and scare the kids. I decided that shutting everything down and starting anew in the morning was my best option. Everything went smoother today so it was probably a good call. Sometimes you need to step away and come back to it with fresh eyes and a clear head (wells s clear as you can with mom brain).
This post has the 20 outfit options that go with the What to Pack for Bath, England packing list. The trip is a Christmas holiday for two friends who have planned a “girl trip” for a long time and decided Bath was the place that they wanted to spend the holiday.
When you have two friends on the same trip with similar tastes and styles you get the added benefit of two wardrobes. Having nothing to wear should not be an issue. This was one of my more colourful clothing selections but it seemed appropriate. The addition of mustard yellow, and pink are tied together with the floral print dress (which I love). I would also suggest bringing some gloves as well (I forgot to add them) I like these bold ones, but these are also great.
My selections are based on my regular formula for a fall/winter wardrobe. That consists of 4-5 shirts, a few sweaters with one being a cardigan, three bottoms, a dress or skirt, jacket, weather appropriate accessories, 3 pairs of shoes, and 2 purses (usually one small, one regular size). I take the formula then pick a colour palette, which this time was a neutral base with yellow and pink. Then I mix everything to make sure they all go together so that I know making outfits will be simple. It’s sounds pretty basic and it is which is why it’s super easy to take this concept and plug in your own pieces. I can see any of these outfits being worn while walking around the city taking in the Christmas celebrations which was it’s purpose. I hope it inspired you.
I really enjoy this time of year and I just saw that it is officially 46 days until Christmas. I am starting to get a little freaked but also sad that it is going to be over so soon. Are you?
I’m not sure how many more of these lists I am going to get done for Christmas trips. This is probably one of the last ones before I start to focus more on destinations that take place after the new year. I find I am pushing it for time, and giving myself extra stress if I take on too many with all the extra Christmas crap that is coming up :)
I know someone who recently visited Bath, and when she reluctantly came home she started planning how she was going to move there. It’s seems obvious to say that the city had a huge, and positive impact on her.
This request is for a couple of girlfriends taking a “girls” trip for the holidays. The women are in their 30’s and have planned for months down to the last detail except what the were packing. That is where I come in with a few ideas to throw around. If there is one part of my life that I regret, it’s not taking the time to travel with friends when I was in my early 20’s. The time, money (well, kind of if I stayed in hostels), and the opportunity was there and I let it slip by. You didn’t see as many people travelling at our age back then, or if they did it wasn’t quite as in your face like it is now because of Facebook, and Instagram. It would have been nice to have the “before kids” and “after kids” travel experiences but I try not to be too regretful and look forward to family travel times.
Bath ranks high on my bucket list. I mean, who am I kidding? I think anywhere in the UK ranks high on my list but Bath is also a well noted Unesco Heritage site and we all know how much I love those ;) The Romans founded in it 1AD making this pretty bloody old. It is acknowledged for its Romain remains, and Neo classical architecture embracing two great times in history; Roman and Georgian. Which is fascinating.
As for packing, the bonus of going with a friend is that you may borrow things from one another if you are similar sizes and/or tastes. That will almost double your options which means you should never run out of things to wear or get bored with your wardrobe which sounds good to me.
I’ll have outfit options and some explanations for my choices in the next post.
I hope you have an incredible trip and make some great memories <3
I get irrationally angry when one day no avocados are ripe and 24 hours later every single one of them are ripe and I have a day to eat them before they start to brown. I try to buy them in various stages of ripeness too but this still seems to happen. On the menu for tonight? Guacamole (which I love I just hate having to eat them all in one day) :/
I finally sat down on Saturday night to pull out all the Christmas gifts that I bought and actually go through them and make an inventory. I should of done that from the start but I never got around to it. When you start buying gifts 10 months in advance it’s easy to forget what you got which making it hard to know what you still need to get. I did better than I thought though, and only have a handful of things left to get.. Have you started yet?
I remember years ago I would go grocery shopping only every two weeks. I would occasionally have to run to the store for something I ran out of but it’s nothing like today. I feel like I am constantly buying food and household goods and it is bloody expensive. Do you have any suggestions on how to cut down on this? Maybe a great meal plan or something that would work for picky kids because I literally am running errands every day to pick up something. It’s ridiculous. The weather is still decent, but when it gets colder and snow comes it’s really going to suck going out and walking for miles each day just to pick up random things.
So off to a new and hopefully productive week. I have a couple of hauls to drop off at the donation centre a massive amount of emails to go through and some holiday gifts guides to start because Tis the season ;)
Is there anything you are looking for in a gift guide or other subject that you are interested in seeing?
Did you see yesterday’s post with a few fall fashion ideas? The above header shows the outfits in mini form. You can see the pieces above or head over to the post to read more about it.
I have weirdly got into the habit of washing my hair in the sink and letting it air dry while I have breakfast, coffee, and putz around on the internet (otherwise known as waking myself up). Then I wrap it in a towel and shower normally minus hair wash. It speeds up the hair drying time which I hate doing, but I find it a weird habit that I started out of nowhere.
Tom’s birthday is sneaking up and I have no idea what to get him. What I did plan out was going to cost me $70 U.S. to ship here which is completely insane so I had to scrap that idea. I am open to suggestions ;)
I was hoping to have a quiet weekend but my to-do list keeps getting longer, so let’s start it off by some weekly reads and finds. There are a couple of good sales on now so scroll down below to check out my picks.
Have a great weekend!
Weekly Reads (and maybe videos):
Ever notice when you start to spout facts to back up your argument it makes people dig in their feet and refuse to admit they might be wrong? Here is why. P.S. I love The Oatmeal.
Don’t forget that this weekend is Daylight Savings. Boo to the shorter days :(
Do you like A Christmas Story? Neca made figures of Ralphie and his father that should be out in retailers now. I love giving collectables like this as gifts (or keeping for myself) and these are awesome. The dad even comes with the leg lamp :)
There are a few sales this weekend but the most notable are Nordstrom’s Fall Sale (which is a biggie and goes through Nov 12th) and Banana Republic where you get 40% off with the code BRAMILY until Nov 6. I’m going to post some of my picks from each sale.