Thursday, 13 November 2014

Meal Planning - The Future of Being Organised

Meal Planner Stationery



Oh yes it is true, we love a bit of meal planning in our house.  We even have a pad on the fridge so everyone knows what is for tea, add things for next weeks shopping list and even remember to take meat out of the freezer.  Now I can honestly admit that this all feels a little bit too grown up and way too organised.  However as I approach my forties and with five children, I felt it was time to be a little bit grown up! Food is very important in our house, we all love to cook and bake. Nevermind the fact that there are always hungry teenagers opening the fridge or cupboards.  So just incase anybody else was feeling like they needed to take some control on the family food front I have rounded up some stylish menu planning stationery to make this task more exciting!

Until next time, take care.
Zoe
xo

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Distractions of a Mature Student

Or I could make these bracelets instead of writing my essay!
tutorial from Honestly WTF

Right now I have so much studying to do, with deadlines looming and my dissertation constantly on my mind that I really need to focus.  Yet I seem to be very easily distracted, window shopping online for a new pair of boots, coming up with product ideas for Andy's shop, planning surprise outings, flicking through my ever increasing pile of unread magazines. Idling away precious time, distracted by anything and everything.  This is the curse of being a mature student I am sure, with so many other things on your mind that actually focussing your time constructively is really hard.  There are even times when I start to resent my studies taking up my time as I have soooo much to do.  

One piece of advice I could offer right now is to sit and focus on your assignments then spoil yourself with idling away the hours planning a day out or just sit reading magazines for a whole afternoon with a big pot of tea.  Now I just need to heed my own advice!

Until next time, take care.
Zoe
xo

Sunday, 9 November 2014

A Moment of Remembrance


Today is the day when our nation remember the heroes who gave their lives for us to live in peace.  My schedule is crazy busy at the moment and every minute I can study, I take. But today I stopped, just for thirty minutes to stand at the village memorial with fellow villagers to attend the remembrance service.  Life should never be so busy that we cannot give thanks, pay our respects, remember those who have helped shape the lives we have.

Until next time, take care.
Zoe
xo

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Retraining - In My Final Year

I know I have been a bit quiet here and on my social media accounts, but life went from slow summer days to demanding workloads very quickly.  Heading back to uni at the start of the month, no long summer hols for health students, it finally felt real....I am in my final year.  Suddenly I had to start thinking about job applications, updating my cv and Linked In page, nevermind writing my dissertation and completing competencies in clinical practice.  So I dropped a few balls, got my head out of the sand and am trying to get super organised, to make my final year manageable.  

Returning to study when you have children is hard.  I am not going to pretend, if you take the leap, which I encourage everyone who wants to to do, be prepared for days when you actually wonder if you can do everything.  The workload in my second year was huge, stress levels were high and I actually wondered if I would reach this stage several times.  But I did it, I got through the workload, my children and husband are still talking to me and I have made it to my final year.  

So as I head off for my first meeting with my dissertation supervisor, I feel a sense of relief that I have got this far, that getting to the end of my degree is now in sight and very soon I will be qualified.  This of course is scary but really exciting too.  And if I can do it anyone can. Make the changes you want to make, find a way, don't delay it, as it is better to have tried than to regret not trying.

Until next time, take care.
Zoe
xo

Sunday, 31 August 2014

My Wonderful Week

I have been thinking about doing a post that rounds up my week, lets me share my favourite things with you all.  By doing a post like this it also gives some focus to my writing, makes me stop and think about the things I have enjoyed, loved and learned, as the days pass.  So here goes this is what has helped make my week wonderful.

Reading The Simple Things magazine.  I have caught up on reading the August issue and made a start on the latest issue that dropped through my letterbox last week.

Listening to George Ezra.  I have been loving his music throughout the summer and seem to have his album on repeat at the moment.

Swooning over the new little Citroen C1.  As I drive a small car most of the time, to clinical placement, to uni, playing at taxi's for my children at the weekend, I am always looking out for something a little more stylish than my current car.

Eating delicious homemade blackberry and elderberry crumble.  Having foraged the fruit from the garden we enjoyed a autumnal dessert staple this week.

Watching repeats of Friends on Comedy Central.  Lucy and Jack love this series and of course I do, taking me back to my late teens and early twenties.

What has your week entailed, I would love to hear.

Until next time, take care.
Zoe
xo

Friday, 29 August 2014

Colourful Shoes

My colourful shoe collection


It would seem I have a perchant for colourful shoes. Well why should our feet not be brightly dressed too?  However I do also own some black and brown shoes and boots.  Very soon I will be digging out my plain, black yet ever so comfortable boots as I head back to clinical placement.  But worry not, I will be livening up outfits at the weekend with one of these fabulous pairs.

Do you also own a shoe collection to rival a rainbow?! Be sure to share a piccy on Instgram or Twitter.

Until next time, take care.
Zoe
xo

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Promise of Autumn

Autumn Days



Gorgeous tweed blazer from Boden - These wellies from Aigle change colour when wet! - 
Cosy fireside - Cute ditsy floral print gilet from Joules - Collecting apples - Stylish wellies for autumn walks from Joules -  Fruit crumble recipe from Waitrose

The nights are drawing in, the air has a chill to it, the leaves on trees in the village are starting to turn the glorious shades of autumn.  Soon we can head out to collect conkers, spend Sunday afternoons by the fire playing Scrabble or knitting, don our wellies and kick piles of leaves neatly raked to save our lawns.  Every season brings changes and Autumn for me signifies tidying up the garden, an abundance of colour all golden and red, fruit crumbles made with foraged fruit.  No season is my favourite, all of them each hold a special place in my heart.  Honestly I could never live somewhere that doesn't have seasons.  But as we head into September, waving goodbye to another fabulous summer, autumn will be my favourite just for a little while.

Until next time, take care.
Zoe
xo