Big changes …it’s been a while.  


Hi and thanks for checking in. It’s been a long time since I have blogged. My family and I have have had some issues to deal with and I can’t go into that here as it’s far too personal but we are all OK and we has some changes in out lives  . I have lost my dog our beloved  Alfie passed away on the 7th April in his sleep.  He had shown no sign of illness he had a restless night and when he went to sleep he went in the early hours . We were sad and shocked and I will never forget him. My Son and his Daughter have a new home not too far away and it means it’s just John and I now.  I have been really lonely as a John works long days and I missed my little companion. I had no intention of getting another dog jut I was browsing and I saw a breeder not too far away and so we decided to go and see a little puppy and we fell in love.  I couldn’t have another cavvie Archie our Puppy is a Chiuaua he is just the cutest and we collect him on the 7th July . We have visited him recently and he has grown a little and is eating and playing and when we get him he will be ten weeks old. He will be microchipped and will have his first vaccination which he has hisb2nd when he is 12 weeks . We can’t wait to get him .I felt guilty for wanting another little dog but he will help me heal and he will have a loving forever home. We have arranged a few days out with Archie to get him used to going out and being social . We have a holiday to Devon to look forward to in September and we are also looking for our park home . We have been looking online for ideas of sites and what’s on offer so we will be going to look then. We have decided on a park home as we can’t afford much as the property prices are a lot more there.  We want to bank some money and John wants to work just 3 to 4 days and we love park homes . 

I have been in and out of the doctors as I have tinnitus and  vertigo and am waiting for a hospital appointment for tests.  

I have really bad insomnia and some nights I get just three and a half hours . Saying that I forced myself to go to bed at ten and I had eight hours sleep some of that was broken sleep but eight hours is unheard of for me 

Isn’t Archie adorable?

Can’t wait to pick him up.  

Dawn x 

World book day quick pic 


My Grandaughter Emily lives with us and she couldn’t find anything she wanted to wear for World Book Day,she is eleven and she is picky. So I made her some ears and a tail,she is dressed in all black and is Wilbur the Worst Witch’s Cat . She is pleased and it cost nothing as it was card from my craft stash. Here is a pic of her before she went to school today. 

X Dawn 

Tablescape ideas for Spring


I love cooking for my family and friends and I enjoy coffee mornings,afternoon teas and my favourite being Sunday lunch. The table be it in your living dining room or kitchen is where we get time with friends and family and I love to make it look pretty and I do like to change the decor according to the season. After the reds,greens and golds of my Christmas and New Year decor I was looking for inspiration for the coming few months.

Sometimes I will use a tablecloth or table runner as a starting point and then use different colours and textures to create a pretty tablescape.

Flowers are so important in brightening rooms and small clusters of arrangements look really pretty in any style of room, you can use lots of different things to display flowers,tea cups,mason jars,and I love putting single stems in tiny vases. You can use succulents too for a stunning display.

There are a lot of pinks and greens around and they are perfect for bringing Spring into our homes. You can find some great ideas online and I have found some really pretty tablescape ideas online.Pastel China,green and pink napkins ,tablecloths and pretty china and glass all help to create a beautiful table for any occasion . 

I love white china but there are so many spring inspired china in the shops now and the plain coloured china can be mixed with white for a splash of colour. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a pretty tablescape,you can decorate glass jars with ribbon and add flowers or get fake succulents from the pound shop and decorate the pot,you can put a rose into a tea cup,have a look around the home and let your creative juices flow. I hope you enjoyed this blog. I was inspired to write a blog about tablescape’s by Arhaus please check out their dining room collection here.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

X Dawn

Happy Valentine’s Day


If you are staying in and want a romantic movie to watch here are a few recommendations.  I have hundreds of movies I could recommend but these are just perfect for today.  The oldies are brilliant if you have seen them you should see them.


Whatever you are doing areally doing have a great night.

X Dawn

Five for Friday


Five things I have stuck to religiously this week.

1.Tracking my calories through the My Fitness Pal app and it’s going well.

2.Remembering to take off my make up and moisturise before bed.

3.Stick to my meal plan and don’t buy things I don’t need. This is hard but it’s going well.

4. Keeping the areas I have de cluttered clutter free . This is going well.

5. Keep on top of the paper clutter,mail is dealt with as soon as it comes in and the recycling and filing is done.

X Dawn

Five for Friday


Wow Friday again already,this week has flown by, I have been organising and this weekend I need to clean,I have the plumber in at the moment trying to finished the jobs that need doing in my new bathroom.

Here is my Five for Friday…pics that make me smile,as I have been doing a digital de clutter most of my photos have been put onto memory cards I have chosen from the ones I have yet to get onto cards.

  1. image054Don’t put bunny in the bag,even before she was two Emily had been a good talker and one day I took her out and she had her little bag and her beloved bunny,when we were in town I was trying to get her back into her pushchair and sort coats etc and she came out with “Nanny please don’t put bunny in the bag” my friend’s grown up daughter was with us and she couldn’t believe how well she could talk for her age.
  2. mobile-pics-072When my Grandson Mason was born he came to visit in his car seat and I had to take this pic,look how tiny he is an his little legs,so cute and it makes me smile.
  3. 2014-08-16-15-10-48My Hubby John in a suit,he is an HGV driver and I am used to seeing him in jeans and his working boots and I love to see him in a suit,it makes me smile. he isn’t very comfortable but I like it.
  4. 10698603_10203728929036238_7975245672600124903_nThis picture of my innocent looking Sister Tracy who is two years younger than me  ,there are just the two of us and we used to argue when we were growing up and she looked so sweet and innocent but wasn’t, she is quite funny and the queen of innuendo,she is a breast cancer survivor,she had chemo and radiotherapy at the age of 40 and thank god she is still here to laugh and joke,she thinks she is funnier than me but we all know that isn’t true. this Pic makes me smile.
  5. wpid-dsc_0009.jpg My fur baby Alfie makes me smile every day, he can be fast asleep but the second you rustle a packet or hears any food related noise he is off his chair waiting and giving me the look,he is now lying on my feet snoring as I am typing .

Have a great Friday,what makes you smile ? please comment below.

x Dawn

Sunday my weekly review 


 I thought I would do a review of my week every Sunday . I have been busy de-cluttering and organising drawers and cupboards around the house and I have a few things I am taking to the chairty shop and a few things to dump because I had a big de-clutter just before Emily went back to school in September. I am on top of meal planning and am doing my main food shop online, I do pop to the supermarket in the week for fresh milk and bread if we need it.  

I have a housework routine and am on top of that as well,saying that and I have no idea why but my laundry basket seems to be full of towels ,we use a lot during the week but it seems to be a lot more,as soon as I typed this I remembered we had bought a few new towels so.they needed to be washed and we had a small leak from the washer and I grabbed the nearest towels which were in the clean pile to mop it up. My washer and dryer have been on overtime today.  During the week I worked on my planner and added a few dates from an school letter .We had snow on the day of Emily’s educational trip and it was sadly cancelled but has been re-scheduled for this Friday. The bathroom is coming on slowly after after a few hiccups along the way .

We have rain here at the moment and it is still quite chilly and I have enjoyed hot baths,getting into my  pyjamas and watching TV under my blanket of an evening and feeling cosy. 

I suffer from insomnia so never have a full nights sleep and some afternoons have been known to nod off for a short nap. 

I have de-cluttered my make up ,foot products ,nailcare and skin care and I have a new basket to house my hair dryer, straighteners, serums and hairspray. It sits at the bottom of my wardrobe out of sight. 

All in all it has been a productive week . 

What have you been up to ? 

X Dawn