Sunday 25 December 2016

Merry Christmaaaas!

Merry Christmas guys!!! Can you believe that we're already at the end of 2016?!

Things have a been a bit hectic with the move and we were stuck in a hotel for two days before finally flying back to Nantes! It's all good now and I'm just happy that the drama is finally behind us.

For this year's festivities, I'm so happy to be back in France and spending some quality time with Jason and my family. Christmas is all about good food and good company to me and even though we already had a great Christmas Eve and our bellies are still very full from last night, we're looking forward to a massive get together at my grandparents' house today! 

I hope you all have an amazing time and I'll see you in the New Year :)

Wednesday 14 December 2016

We're moving to France!

You MUST know by now that we're moving to France, because to be honest, I've probably mentioned it in all my posts over the past three months! Haha.

So yes, it's finally happening and we will be flying out on the 18th of December, just in time for Christmas! We'll be enjoying some time off first with my family, but will be back to full time freelancing (and sorting out the oh-so-annoying French paperwork) from the 2nd of January. My Etsy shop has been closed for a couple of weeks so I apologise for any disappointment, but it will be open again very soon. Also, this little blog of mine will probably be a tiny bit quiet for a couple of months, but please make sure to follow me on Instagram for some updates!

It's been very odd getting rid of everything in our house as we're only taking the most important things with us (and well, shipping furniture costs you an arm), but we've enjoyed the process and we quite like the fact that we're starting from scratch. We've been living out of our suitcases for the past two weeks and it's been quite fun!

So please bear with me whilst we're getting used to our new life and eating way too many baguettes and fresh p√Ętisseries (I've missed them so much!).

Cheers to new beginnings!

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Christmas Fair in Portmeirion

For our last proper day out in North Wales, we got some tickets for the Portmeirion's Christmas Fair and decided to go on Saturday at the opening time to make sure we wouldn't miss a thing!

You know me by now, I can't help but take shots of my surroundings, and true to form I realised I snapped more photos of the picturesque town rather than the actual fair! But hey, it's no reason for not sharing right?

You're probably wondering why you can't see that many Christmas decorations, well, that's because there weren't any! Kind of. We had such a great day over there, and it was great to walk around a Wintery Portmeirion, but if we had one thing to say, it's the fact that we were expecting more of a Winter Wonderland kind of vibe with plenty of Christmassy lights and decorations everywhere. Or at least around the stalls.

The products sold at the stalls were great though, and if we weren't moving next week, we would have been tempted to buy quite a few things! We ate our way around the town and drank our mulled cider happily. I didn't take photos of the fabulous german hot dog because it was a right mess and too delicious to stop and take photos of it! We also heard a few musicians, singers and choirs, and the one pictured above was our favourite.

When the sun came out in the afternoon, we decided to walk around the gardens and forest. The view was amazing from the hotel!

Whilst we didn't want to leave too late as Jason was driving the Capri back, I insisted on staying a little longer to see the town all illuminated in the dark. It did feel a little more Christmassy then as the couple of trees they had really stood out.

It was the second time that we visited Portmeirion (first post right here), and I can say without a doubt that I still love this place. I mean, how can you resist these colourful buildings? I would definitely recommend to visit it during Spring-Summer.

One day I'll own one of these houses ;)

Thursday 1 December 2016

FREE Printable 2017 Calendar

Happy 1st of December! Am I right to say that 2016 has been quite a tough year? Yeah, that's what I thought. Lately I've been trying to get rid of all the negativity around me and I've been concentrating on all the positivity I could find. Thanksgiving helped a lot, as even though I don't celebrate it, it was so good to scroll down my Instagram feed and witness only happiness and gratefulness.

SO, it brings me to this little freebie I put together just for you guys. I wanted to create something different that would be fun and make you smile, and I thought that a free printable calendar would be perfect! It's an A4 format, which makes it easy to print at home. You can find the link at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

Download the calendar RIGHT HERE!

I hope you all have an amazing December and I'll definitely keep you in the loop with our big move to France!

Monday 21 November 2016

40% OFF on all my cards!!

You must know by now that Jason and I are moving to France permanently in just a little bit less than a month (Eeeeek!!), and with Christmas around the corner, I thought it would be the best time to do a massive moving sale on all my Etsy cards!

So from today and until the 5th of December, you can get 40% off on ALL my unique greeting cards in my Etsy shop! You just need to use the code MOVING40 when you're ready to check out. Pretty cool isn't it?! So get shopping RIGHT HERE!

Can't wait to send them your way and again, thank you so much for your support :)

Friday 18 November 2016

Sunny Shrewsbury

Since Jason and I have started our freelance career, we made a point to plan at least one day off every month. So last Friday, we decided not to work and leave for Shrewsbury for the whole day. It's been raining so much lately that we weren't really sure what to expect, but luck was with us and the sun was out all day! I'm telling you, we always pick our days perfectly ;)

Leaving the house at 8am, we arrived at around 10am in the town centre, ready to roam the streets and explore all morning to get our bearings (a map helped too!). As we walked, we realised that we were really close to the Castle and Regimental Museum. We took advantage of the fact that it wasn't open yet to have a quick stroll around the walls and Laura's Tower. We didn't get a chance to go inside the museum but the red stone walls and the garden of the Castle were really nice.

After having a good look around the Market Hall and The Square, we started to feel hungry and treated ourselves to a meal at Bistro Jacques. I mean, delicious French food in a 3 course meal for only £10.95 per person? We weren't going to miss that! We've already been to Bistro Pierre in Liverpool and loved it there. Portions are not too big, which means that you definitely have room for dessert ;)

With our bellies full, we thought it might be best to burn some calories by walking along the old Town Walls, carrying on towards the English Bridge and Shrewsbury Abbey. Needless to say that the views were amazing and seeing the town in full Autumn hues was a treat.

We recharged our batteries by stopping for a coffee back in the town centre at the Bear Steps Coffee House, a charming old building full of character and lovely people. I had one of the best mochas there and the cosy atmosphere was just what we needed.

We finished the day by doing a bit of Christmas shopping (much needed!) and taking it all in. The only thing I was disappointed about is the fact that even though all the Christmas lights were installed, we didn't see them lit up once it was dark :(.

We're so glad we managed to visit Shrewsbury for our last day off before the big move!!