Sunday, 7 May 2017

We had a baby!

Oh hi blog, it's been a while. Guess what?...

We only went and had a flippin' BABY!!!

Yup, in January I gave birth to our beautiful little baby boy Hugo!

The last 4 months have been the hardest but most rewarding months of my life. Having a baby is ten times harder than I ever thought it would be...but I feel like we're finally getting there now.

The photo above is the first photo we took of him - so chubby!

He was a whopper at 9lbs 4oz...and due to that many problems arose both during and after labour, but I'm planning on doing a seperate birth/labour post, so I won't go into specifics now.

I'm currently writing this whilst Hugo naps, so I'm going to keep it short, but really just wanted to say hi and introduce our son!

Looby xx

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

10 Tips for a Happy Marriage

This October, we will be celebrating our 2nd Anniversary. Yep, we've made it to 2 years.

It's been pretty quiet if I'm honest. After the hustle and bustle of the wedding, there's been no dramas; I think the most exciting thing has been painting the bathroom...

I like to think myself and my hubbie have a relaxed and low key approach to marriage, which will (hopefully) make it last for years to come, so I thought I'd share a few tips I've learnt so far...

This is the best lesson I've learnt in marriage so far. Is it really the end of the world if his scraggly old teddy has to be on show in the bedroom? Is the world going to end if he likes to eat his dinner on the sofa? No, it's not. Compromise is key.

It's called 'Do It Yourself' for a reason. We've quickly learnt that my husband cannot decorate. At all. This has lead to some irate arguments in the past. So as mentioned earlier, I painted our bathroom myself and would recommend this approach to decorating to any couple. Find out who has the most talent with a paint brush and leave it to them. I turned the radio up, and painted my heart out for the weekend. Completely. Argument. Free.

We take it in turns to make breakfast in the mornings and we do the food shop on a Sunday. Without sounding boring, routines can help so much!

One cooks and one clears up, that's how it works in our house. It's clear and it's fair. If you leave everything to one person, that person is going to end up hating life. In our house, it's my husband that cooks 90% of the time, simply because he gets home earlier than me. So Chris prefers to cook, and I much prefer to clean up afterwards. Happy days.

This is an easy one, because it's a well known fact that I'm an awful driver. For long journeys, Chris will drive... (long being more than a 10 mile radius from our house). I'm not a huge drinker either, so I will usually play taxi on a night out. If you both like a drink, I'd suggest sorting out who's going to drive before the event. This way, there's no awkward arguments when he's had two beers and a you're on your third Pina-colada.

Keeping Things Tidy
This is perhaps one of the most discussed marriage topics. How many arguments have you had with your other half about their dirty socks being left on the floor, or who's turn it is to put the bin out. I really think there's a simple answer to this...just pull your weight! We all have that little niggle in our head telling us to "Do it tomorrow..." but I've found it's so much better to just do it and get it out of the way. A try to spend 15 minutes each weeknight simply putting things away, folding up the washing, tidying up the post etc. This way, it's easy to stay on top of things.

You're either an organised person, or you're not. You need someone to book the flights to Spain, to check you're not in your overdraft (again) or to keep track of your next dentist appointment. It's important to stay organised. Check your bank weekly, deal with that paperwork now, write everything in a calendar and communicate to each other. Your brain will thank you, as will your partner.

I can't stand it when couples text each other every 10 minutes....I mean, really? Don't get me wrong, I love to get a text maybe once a day, but you've gotta leave something to talk about when you get home. I also think letting your other half know where you are really helps too! My hubby used to get really annoyed when I worked late without telling him. So now I just drop him a quick text to update him or call him when I'm on my way home. Remember, there's not just you in your relationship. It's also super important not to bottle things up... you should be able to talk to your partner about anything.

This is definitely my downfall. To make cash a little easier, we each have our own bank account which we use for spending and saving, we then have a joint account where all our bills and monthly expenses are drawn from. I update a spreadsheet regularly which tells me how much should be going into our shared account. Chris is very good at saving, and...well, I'm not. If you're both saving towards something, set up standing orders with your bank. This will make sure you save what you planned to. Also make sure you pay for joint items (i.e sofas, meals or holidays) fairly, each paying half.

Be nice!
I hear couples bickering and fighting all the time. Some people can be so nasty! Everyone's entitled to be annoyed every once in a while, but I've certainly learnt to try and think before I speak. Remind yourself why you fell in love with your partner originally. And as Thumper's Mom says in Bambi "If you ain't go nothin' nice to say, then don't say nothin' at all."

There's nothing worse than that couple at the supermarket checkout kissing and cuddling every 2 seconds, but simple things like holding hands, or smiling at each other across the room can make such a difference. A cuddle solves everything.

Just don't do it.

So that's it. It's a longer post than I'd imagined, but once I started...I couldn't stop!

Do you have any tips, that have worked for your marriage? If so, tweet me @lifebylooby.

Looby xx

Friday, 2 May 2014

We got married!

We got married just over 6 months ago on 12th October 2013 at our local church, followed by the reception at Avoncroft Historic Buildings Museum.

Our photos were taken by our amazing photographer Miki Photography.

Looby xx

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

April Round Up in Photos

I thought I'd share a few photos from April.... its been a busy one!

Afternoon tea break

New kitchen window display

 Dinner at Miller and Carter

 Morning snuggles with Chester-pants

 Our hotel in York

 Getting a little too excited in Bettys, York

 Simply wonderful.

 Churros at Portobello Market, London

 Breakfast in London

 Madam Tussauds fun with my fave

 Rory Dobner pottery in Libertys

 Liberty heaven

My first ever Shake Shack, Covent Garden

Looby xx

Sunday, 4 August 2013

My Wedding Invitations

Boom. 5 months later....I'm back! And back with my wedding invitations!

They were a labour of love, and took my best friend and I over 2 months to design, print and assemble, but they are finally done and posted!

I purchased the pocket invitation and both envelopes from Cards and Pockets (a US company) and had all the printed items done at work.

I finished them off with some peach bakers twine and a circular tag.

And the best part?? Gold glitter envelope liners! Painfully slow to do, but oh so worth it!

Now I just have to wait for all the RSVPs to be returned!! Eek!

Looby xx

Thursday, 1 November 2012

What's in my Bag / Nov 2012

My Mom bought me this bag last year for Christmas and I love it. It holds so much of my crap! From left to right....

Cath Kidston Notebook
I write literally everything in this. Shopping lists, notes, wedding plans, to do lists.
My Nikon Camera
I always carry this around with me... you never know!!
2012 Diary (Next)
I never used to be a 'diary' person. But now I have everyone's birthdays in here plus all events, holidays etc.
Ibuprofen & Allergy Tablets
For those kinda days....
Super useful for transfering files between my family's pcs and mine
Hello Kitty Pen
I bought this in Narita Airport, Japan with my last few Yen! Its lasted me 6 years. It has a little charm on the top which is cute...but pretty annoying when you're trying to write anything!
Smooth Black Pen
For when I want to write 'posh' things :)
Samsung Galaxy Apollo Phone
The crappiest phone in the world. Ever. Bring on Nov 23rd...upgrade time.
My House Keys
I have lots of keys. My house, moms house, dads house...
Knitted iPod Sock
From a lovely lady in the US. Her Etsy Shop is here.
iPod Nano
A gift from my girlfriends for my 21st. It's inscribed on the back too :)
Cath Kidston Purse
Bigger is better.
Rayban Clubmaster Sunglasses
Possibly my biggest splurge. I love them very much.
iPod Earphones
Car Keys
I have a classic mini. My keyring is Brum!
Cath Kidston Mirror
Nivea Cream
Couldn't live without this stuff. I need it every time I wash my hands.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain (Rendezvous)
My favourite lip product at the moment. I highly recommend these.
Kate Moss Lipstick
Pretty impressed with these..they smell like fruit.
Revlon Lip Liner
Vaseline (Rose)
I'm using this loads at the moment...for chapped autumn lips!
Kirby Grips
I have these literally everywhere.
Chewing Gum

Looby xx