A Trip to Hamerton Zoo Park

I have somewhat fallen in to that trap again; becoming increasingly busy and forgetting (read: being too lazy) to blog. I have lots of important life-updates to share with you when I find the time and inclination to sit down and write about them but, for now I’ll just share a few photos and words about a wonderful day out we had a few weekends ago.

Hamerton zoo is roughly a twenty minute drive down the road from us. In the back of my mind I always thought I would pay it a visit but as so often happens in life things got hectic and I quite forgot about it. We’ve been in SNO for around a year and four months now and finally had a weekend free from plans so we decided to take a trip down there to see the animals.

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Goodbye 2018, hello 2019! Reflections and resolutions.

It’s that time once more; a new year is upon us, a fresh start, a blank slate and the potential to do, to be and become anything we wish.

Some people think it’s cliche’ to set goals and resolutions for the new year but personally I find it gives me a sense of purpose – something to focus on and strive toward. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile now you’ll know these resolution and reflection posts come each and every year. For those who are new, you can catch up (herehere and here!)  Today I thought I would reflect on the year that has been and share some resolutions, goals and hopes for 2019.

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Huge Lush Cosmetics Christmas/Boxing Day Haul 2018

If you know me you’ll know I spend all year eagerly anticipating the one sale that Lush holds each and every Boxing day. It has become a tradition of sorts now for my family and I to get up super early, catch the bus to Lakeside and queue for about an hour or so just so I can get my hands on all the amazing reduced Lush. Maybe it sounds a bit sad, but when Lush only hold one sale a year it makes sense for me to be there for it and save some cash in the process. My brother and I even talked tactics over the cold tea on Christmas day this year – that’s how big of an event it is for me! This year I had a list of wants and, although I didn’t quite get everything on that list I think I did rather well! Today I thought I’d share my Boxing day scores as well as some of the Lush I was gifted this year!

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What I got for Christmas 2018

I can hardly believe that Christmas has been and gone and the New Year is just around the corner! As always my family completely spoilt me and I enjoyed spending time with them, relaxing and eating (lots of) good food! The season wasn’t without sadness though and I did struggle quite a bit – that’s for another day though, today I want to share something positive and fun with you – my annual what I got for Christmas haul post!

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Fresh Wreath Making Workshop at Beautiful Swagger

This year we decided we wanted to join in on the trend of wreath-making. After a quick search online G came across a workshop that was being held in a craft shop in town. At just £30 per person the workshop was considerably less than what’s typical for London, and with the practicality of the location – we were sold.

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Fun and Festive Things I’m Loving Through the Month of December

I can’t believe 15 days of December have passed by without one Christmas-themed blog post on Pretty Little Finch!

Believe it or not I’ve been living my very best festive life and celebrating the season with work parties, Christmas meals and much more. Today I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the festive-themed things I’m loving this month. Normally I save these ‘favourites’ type of posts til the end of the month but seeing as everything is so seasonal I thought it might be best to share them now, ahead of the big day so there’s still plenty of time to grab yourself something from this list!

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Pusheen Subscription Box, Fall 2018

I absolutely love surprises, happy post and Pusheen (that adorable little internet kitty) so figured the Pusheen subscription would be perfect for me. It’s a quarterly box delivered Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – and usually the contents are seasonally themed. Previous boxes have included such goodies as water bottles, cute plush, stationery etc – and although the box itself is quite steep ($43.95 plus shipping) the content value is worth over $100. Bargain right?

The Fall box is my very first Pusheen subscription box and I received it early November -it’s taken me quite some time to get my act together and write about it but, today I thought I’d share my thoughts on it!

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What I Got For My Birthday

A couple of weeks back (in November!) I turned 29.  To celebrate becoming officially old I spent a rather over-the-top week having dinner with my family, drinks with my friends and taking a mini break to Paris. If you can’t over-indulge on your birthday, when can you?

Since then I have been non-stop busy with work, Christmas lunches, Christmas parties and life in general, so I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to blogging. I didn’t want the year to pass without me documenting my birthday in some way though, so today I thought I’d share with you some of the gifts I received on the big day.

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Autumn in the Garden

One of my New Years Resolutions for this year was to spend more time in the garden, now that we actually have a proper one, complete with real grass and everything.

Our garden back in Brentwood was very, very small – a tiny pen filled with rocks. Even so, I would still sit out on the step, and I still planted bulbs in what little dirt we had. The garden is the thing I appreciate having the most in SNO – and I definitely spent a lot of time in it this year. Now that it’s Autumn it looks even more beautiful than it did back in the summer, thanks to the riot of colour and all of the local wildlife flocking back.

Today I thought I would share some images and updates.

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October in Images

The weeks are really whizzing past – how are we already ten days in to November?!

You may have noticed that I gave up the Blogtober challenge at day 23. This wasn’t the easiest decision for me to have made but I did so for my own mental health (and quality of blog content.) Whilst I really did enjoy October it was not without its struggles.

Mentally, the past few months have been really tough for me. It’s not always easy to sit down and write something so positive and upbeat about your day – especially when there were bits of it that were so far removed from positive and upbeat that it almost feels like fraud to leave them out. Predominantly this blog is for me – it’s the place I come to spill out my thoughts, capture my memories and upload all my photographs (of which there are far too many.) But I’m not stupid enough to think that no one pays it any attention (because my stats show me otherwise.) And it’s because of that that I sometimes feel a pressure to keep things lighthearted and free from the drama of real life. Long story short, Blogtober flopped because I wasn’t feeling great – sorry guys!

Today I thought I’d share a few highlights from October (despite the wobbles I had) as I’m temporarily in the right headspace to do so (yay for mood swings!)

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Autumn Bucket List / Plans For The Upcoming Month

October is nearly over, and with it another year of Autumnal memories made. It flew by in a haze of woodland walks, pumpkin picking, bubble baths and bedtime reading. Despite my sadness at how this month and last just whizzed by, I’m really excited for the last couple of weeks and November – I still have a few fun Autumnal events planned and things to cross off my seasonal bucket list!

For todays Blogtober post I thought I’d share a few things I’m looking forward to.

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