Door Silencer/Stopper

Can you even believe it is the last day in April. I mean SERIOUSLY!? Where is this year going?

A little housekeeping first:

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This little make all came about after browsing Pinterest, what else. 
I don't know what it is like in your home where doors are concerned, but my little brothers bedroom door just won't stay shut. 
I whipped this up in literally 10 minutes, and the problem is solved. 

You could use these for so many things. It could stop your children slamming the door, ensure little ones don't get trapped in, or just plain keep the door shut when it refuses to close.
It's so simple too. You don't even need a sewing machine, or brilliant sewing skills really.

You'll need:
Cotton Material
Sewing machine/needle and thread
2 hair ties
Tape Measure

First measure your door from door knob to door knob, this is the length of your stopper. Then measure across the closing mechanism, this will be the width. (Mine was 5in x 3in).
Once you have cut out the pieces sew the lengths together, right sides in.

Turn the rectangular tube inside out, so the right sides are facing out and sew along the widths. Sewing the hair ties in as you go. (I found it easier to hand sew the widths).
Make sure you leave a little hole to stuff in your wadding. Once you have placed the wadding inside, sew up the hole.

Place on the chosen door and enjoy the simple pleasure of a door that stays shut.

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You're invited to join the family in May. 
I have a couple of exciting projects planned, my blogging mojo is back, and I'm taking part in a few challenges.

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I can't wait to get to know you and your little home on the web better.
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Sold! + other things

I bought my domain name!!

You can now find me at You'll be re-directed if you click on any old links, so don't worry about not being able to find me.

Unfortunately .com was already taken, but I'm loving the .net.

I've been taking a break for the past couple of days, because I need to catch up.
I have 0 posts scheduled  and I go on holiday in a week. I also have nearly 500 posts on my Bloglovin' feed thanks to you guys that I need to get through.

I'm taking part in a few different things this month. Here's my thinking, if I share them you might want to join me :)

I'm doing the Bikini Series with the Tone It Up girls. I may not be in a bikini come the 21st June, but I will be feeling/looking A LOT healthier.
Trust me if I can do it, you can.

Jenni from Story Of My Life is hosting a blog every day in May challenge. I like her thinking that if you force yourself to write about something, maybe you wouldn't normally write about, you stop worrying about every post being perfect. I hope doing this challenge will help me connect with my blog more and consequently you. 
You may also find out a few little things you didn't know.

It's 'family' day today and we are going for a walk. Coffee and cake at the end of course. There should ALWAYS be cake.

Have a great weekend sweet friends. I love you.

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Lost Voice

I really want to be able to tell you that I got the job I interviewed for yesterday.
I really want to tell you that God answered my prayers.
I really want to tell you that I finally feel like my life is taking shape.

I can't.

I didn't get the job yesterday. The reason, lack of special needs experience.
I'm happy I got an interview; I was one of 4, but it still sucks.

I feel like I'm losing my voice.

In life and especially blogging I'm getting quieter and quieter.

When I first started out this blog, I'll be honest, I didn't really know what I was going to write about. I was going through a difficult time with family, and I started writing because it was a release.
After several months I came to define it as a recipe blog, then a general lifestyle blog, and now, I have no clue how to define myself, never mind about this little space.

How would you define it here?

I like the tagline - "An unemployed girls adventures via love, laughter, and faith."

Somedays I don't have a clue what to write about. I haven't lost my love for blogging, trust me, it keeps me sane. I've lost my voice.

One person I know hasn't lost her voice is the darling Kristine.

Check out her great success making her 1st green smoothie. Plus how cute are her kids?! You can link up your favourite post on Sunday - join her for Sunday Funday. You should also check out her shop, why? She makes the cutest things, that's why!

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Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

I love strawberries, don't you? The only person I know who doesn't like them is my old Uni housemate - weird!

This recipe came about thanks to an abundance of fresh strawberries, and my lack of shortcake making ability. Hey, cupcakes are WAY easier!
Whilst you enjoy making these later I am going to be sweating it out teaching children, and then sat in an interview room #sonervous #somethingsgottagive #thisgirlisbroke

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Makes - 12

200g fresh strawberries, diced
2 tsp sweetener
1 tbsp lemon juice
100g plain flour
100g caster sugar
100g butter
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
250g butter (for frosting)
375g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6 and line a 12 hole muffin pan.
Put the strawberries in a bowl and add the sweetener and lemon juice, mix. Leave to macerate for at least 2 hours. You can even leave this overnight.
Cream together the butter and caster sugar. Once light and fluffy, around 5 minutes, add the eggs. Sift in the flour and baking powder and stir until well combined.
Spoon the mixture into cases and bake for 15-20 minutes. When lightly browned, take out of the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Strain the strawberries. Macerating them draws a lot of the juice out. You want to get rid of this, because no-one likes soggy cupcakes.
When the cakes are cool cut a hole in the top, but don't throw away the lid! Spoon a teaspoon of the strawberries into each cake and replace the lids.
Mix together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Pipe onto the cupcakes and top with a piece of strawberry.


As an extra special treat, yes on top of cupcakes, I have the pleasure of introducing you to this little Lady today. Say hello to Tess.

You have to check out her bump! Seriously she has the cutest baby bump EVER. Plus she and her hubby have the sweetest love story. I even think she may be sweeter than the afore mentioned cupcakes.

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3 Favourite Books // Blogger Book Swap

How has your weekend been? 
Did you manage to get some sunshine?
I WILL post that cupcake recipe tomorrow. Today instead books are taking over again and I'm prepping for my interview tomorrow.

It is SO hard to choose my 3 favourite books. If I find a book I love it sits on my book shelf and I don't throw it away. I can't say I re-read books very often though.

The top far......

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

It's a complete classic. I'm not a chick lit/romantic lover myself, in fact at all. I love it because of the Gothic language, the deep sadness that all the characters carry round with them, and the reality of it. "The course of true love never did run smooth." Thank for that Will.

The End Of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas

This is the first book that I couldn't predict the ending of. There are so many twists and turns, magic around every corner, and a little bit of quantum physics thrown in (don't let it put you off). Anything by Scarlett Thomas is brilliant, but this one is the best.

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

Just read it if you haven't already. One of my favourite life affirming novels. Everyone comes into your life for a reason, good or bad, and they will all teach you a lesson. Appreciate them.

The winner of the giveaway will be announced later today, so keep your eye out on my social media. 
I promise that cupcake recipe is coming tomorrow, but right now I am going to and shift these pounds.

Have a great day!

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Linking up with Lauren for the first time for H54F.
I've seen my friend Jess link-up week after week. I can't believe it's taken me this long to do one!

This week I have been baking/cooking like crazy. I get stressed/bored/angry and I bake!
Recipe for these strawberry shortcake cupcakes coming up tomorrow.

Remember me mentioning how I'm really lucky where I live? Well here's a little proof why. Mum, Matt, Pups and I all went for a lovely, but extremely windy, walk.

Little bro got a car! So he may be 17 and not passed his test yet, but he paid for this myself. Jealous!

You may have seen my little announcement on Facebook ......I got an interview! It's on Tuesday (23rd) and I'm super excited. For part of the interview I have to teach and I've been preparing resources, Alice in Wonderland style.

This week saw the worst moment I have EVER experienced; I officially ran out of books :( How did this ever happen? All the books on my shelf I've already read!
Don't worry. I've already planned a book stocking trip for Saturday.

The giveaway is live until Sunday.
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A Hardened Heart

Nothing from me personally today, but I had to share this wonderful post from Kyla Roma.

Things are tough right now, and I'm intentionally hardening my heart. This post got me thinking maybe protecting myself that way isn't the right thing to do.

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Not So April Showers {Giveaway}

It's that time again!

The lovely sponsors sitting right there on the sidebar (go and visit them!) have been kind enough to lavish you with gifts.

Summer's coming, the sun is shining (hopefully) and the colour is bursting forth. Winning prizes is just a plus, but a flipping good one!

Enter away.....

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Literary Junkies {April}

Another book related post. Two in a row, I apologize, but you read this blog and you do now what I'm like :)

This month it's quick fire question and answer. Let's do this!

What are you currently reading? Tell us about it!

Currently I'm on 'The Book Of Unholy Mischief' by Elle Newmark. It's historically inaccurate historical fiction #historynerdalert Basically there is a book that contains whatever you desire and it's about lots of different people battling each other to get their hands on it. Oh, and it's set in Venice.

Amazon or brick and mortar?
Brick and mortar.

Locally owned bookshop or big name chain store?
Locally Owned.

Bookmark or dog-ear?

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?

Keep, throw away, or sell?
All of the above depending on the book.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?
Toss it!

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Remove it.

Short story or novel?

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Chapter Breaks.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?
"It was a dark and stormy night"

Buy or borrow?

New or used?

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?

Morning, afternoon or nighttime reading?
Any time of day. 24/7 if possible.

Single volume or series?
Single volume.

Favorite series?

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
Probably something one of my very talented friends has written.

Do link up with the Junkie ladies?
I'd love to read your answers.

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Not Just Another Book Swap

You are all well aware here just how much I love books. So when the opportunity came up recently to register for a blogger book swap I of course jumped at the chance.

The thing I love about this particular swap is that you can select (when you register) whether you want to send a new/used/ebook. Perfect for people like me who are on a limited budget, and those who only use Ereaders. Not only that but the lovely hosts of this swap are determined to build a community around it. Who wouldn't want to join a community of people that love blogging and books?

Here's Nicole to tell you more.......

To register, click HERE.
It's hard to believe that summer is around the corner, but it will be here (along with wretched hot temperatures!) before we know it. To survive a Texas summer, I have the perfect solution: stay inside where it's cool, drink sweet tea and read. I'm excited to announce that I am co-hosting the Preview To Summer | A Blogger Book Swap with five amazing bloggers:
As hosts, our job is to encourage participants to get to know their swap partner and remind them to send their gift on time. Participants need to be dedicated to the swap and willing to utilize social media and email to connect with bloggers, including their swap partner. We want this to be a positive experience for everyone, and we are available to answer questions and address concerns.
REGISTER NOW THRU APRIL 21 To register, click here. You'll be redirected to a Google document. The more information you provide, the easier it is to find you a swap partner!
In addition to the swap, participants are encouraged to join weekly link-ups (every Sunday, beginning April 21 through May 26). These link-ups will include a book-themed writing prompt provided by a member of the book swap team. This is another way to foster relationships with bloggers, learn more about your swap partner, engage in community and blog about your experience. If you are like me, I live for lists. If I'm working on a project with multiple deadlines, I need an organized list. So, here you go Lists People!!!!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS April 14 — Registration begins April 21 — Registration ends April 24 — Swap Partners announced May 15 — Deadline to mail book packages May 28 — Blogger Book Swap Link-Up
I hope you will participate and register for the Preview To Summer Blogger Book Swap. The hostess team has invested a lot of time and energy into this event hoping it's a positive, rewarding experience for everyone. As much as we enjoy good books, we love meeting other bloggers who share this passion. If you love to read and enjoy blogging, this event is for you. Register now and encourage your friends and blog buddies to do the same! If you use Twitter: use #bloggerbookswap and #PreviewToSummer to promote this book swap. Happy reading. =)

What are you waiting for? Register right now!

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Spring Posies

Fill your whole house with flowers for next to nothing.
Here's a simple tutorial for making your own Spring Posies. 

Buy flowers. I just bought £3 supermarket flowers.

Find a medium sized jar; jam jars work great and wrap in your favourite colour of tissue paper. I added some natural string round mine as well just to pretty it up a little bit more.

OK, now its time for the flowers. Cut the stems short enough so they will fit in the jars. 
Use your flower arranging skill and create little bunches of flowers. I managed to get two posies out of my original bunch of flowers, and I had around 7 stems in each posie. Tie the stems together with natural strong/raffia.

Fill the jars with water, pop the posies in and display.
They work best by a window so the sun streams through the tissue paper.

Spend this weekend filling your house with lots of different, vibrant and beautiful colours.

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Friday's Letters


Here we are again Friday. I am so glad you decided to come around again this week. Next week I really wish you could come around quicker, just a little, like 12 hours, that you be great. In fact just borrow 12 hours off Thursday and add them onto you, see how perfect that is?

I never thought I'd say this but Thank You tummy. Thank You for continuing to shrink every.single.week even when I don't deserve you too. I promise next week to put 100% pure goodness into you. OK 80%, we have to be realistic here.

What has happened to the community here bloggers? Seriously! Where have you all gone?! I can't believe you've ditched me. Come back! Haha, really I love you all, although everyone needs some comment love now and then.

Family I don't know what to call it any more  It's as simple as that.

This week/next week is going to be TOUGH Mum. Like so super tough you never thought you could go through something like this, but you will get through it. I understand you will need time on your own. I am hear when you need to talk.

Social Work Tutors. I know you are reading my application right now and deciding the course of my future. ACCEPT ME. I really, really want this and I know it is something I would be so good at.

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Getting Lost

I used to love it as a child when my Mum used to say 'lets get lost'. It meant adventure and the unknown; two things my imagination would run wild with.

It always used to happen on the way back from somewhere 'normal'; Grandparents, drama lessons etc. We never got lost very far from home either, Mum always found her way back anyway. Despite all this it was the most exciting thing that happened in my day. We might only turn down one road we didn't know, but we always came back home having learnt something new.

As adults we don't get the opportunity to get lost very often. How often are you out driving the same old route? I bet you never say to yourself 'I'm going to get lost'. The fact is there is too many other exciting/mundane things going on in this world that our attention gets taken away from those little bits of adventure.

Yesterday, on the way back from picking my little Brother up I turned to Mum and said 'lets get lost'. OK we didn't get totally lost and the sights we saw were some what familiar, but just for that moment the day changed. The route I thought we and it were going to take changed; it's that easy.
I don't know if I've ever told you, but I'm really lucky where I live. On one side I have the big bustling vibrant city of Sheffield and on the other the rolling green peaceful hills of the Peak District. We only have to drive a maximum of 30 minutes to get to either.

We got lost in the Peak District side yesterday, driving along country roads, up and up into the hills. It's beautiful isn't it? The majesty of nature. My breathe was literally taken away a few times. I love being out in the countryside; walking and exploring.

Whilst we were lost we planned another adventure. We're climbing Carl Wark on Monday, and we might even get lost on the way home.


Whilst your out driving today take an 'unknown' route home.
Order a different type of coffee.
Cook something unusual for dinner.

Change your route a little.

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Pink Lipped Girl

This post has been on my heart a lot lately; most probably because I've been reading 'Pink Lips & Empty Hearts' by Heather Lindsey.

I don't wear make-up unless it is for a very special occasion. I have had terrible acne since I was a teenager, which even sensitive make-up flares up. From a personal point of few that little bit of cover-up just isn't worth it in the long run.
Consequently I didn't think I'd get anything out of Heather's book. I thought I didn't put on that 'face' so why should I worry about.

Anyway, I do put on a face, and a big one at that.
Are you like me and one of those people who changes their personality slightly depending who they are with?
The only place I don't do it and I am my true self is when I'm writing and talking to you.
It probably stems from acting, but I create these personas; characters if you like, and they are me it's just certain bits are heightened or dampened.

It became most apparent to me last week when I saw some of my Uni friends again at the wedding. I slipped back into the persona that I was 3 years ago. Looking back I do treat it like I'm playing a character in a play; completely rehearsed, and flawless.

I need to stop doing it.

If you are in the same position as me, or similar, lets do it together.

Write a list of the things you like define your personality and then ask your family, friends, even ask other bloggers how your personality is portrayed online.

Mark which traits you like and which ones just aren't you and you want to change.

When saying yes or no to decision ALWAYS be true to yourself.

Remember that there are some people on this earth that just won't like you, and that is OK. You can't please everyone so don't stress yourself out trying.

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