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Booked our flights to Menorca yesterday! So excited :)

We aren’t going until September but it’s def something to look forward to as the next holiday I have is Glastonbury and I am not holding out for sun……

Ooooo sun, beaches, drinking non stop for 2 weeks. It’s going to be so lovely to go on holiday and not do a single thing but read and get a tan!

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I have got such a good week coming up - I am so super busy. Although having said that it isn’t the best week to be busy as I have my final essay due in next week but forgetting about that for a second…..

Monday - Day off

Tuesday - Cinema

Wednesday - Drinking with friends

Thursday - At the theatre to see Singing in the Rain!

Friday - Leavers drinks

Saturday - Day school and birthday party

Sunday - Afternoon tea at the Savoy with Leigh 

I’m going to have lots of things to write about :) Need to try and make another recipe soon as well. I just feel that I have got so much on at the moment and no time to take a minute.

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Had my weigh in today and I have stayed at a constant. I hate it when this starts to happen, it’s normally about when I get really disillusioned with the whole thing but thank goodness for my lovely ‘diet’ coach who I can’t let down and who isn’t letting me down.

Her words of encouragement are helping immensely and even when I feel like having a bad day she reminds me that it will all be worth it in the end. I think that’s what I’ve always lacked. 

Just need to keep what I’m doing and try and get over the idea that it’s all just going to happen overnight.

Going to be attempting to make low calorie ‘pizza’ muffins tomorrow so will post the recipe on here for you all to try :)

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I’ve been having a bit of a mid-twenties crisis. I’ve suddenly thought - ‘SHIT! The majority of my ‘youth’ is over. I should probably start acting like a grown-up and make grown-up decisions’.

And then I walked to work listening to Disney’s Greatest Hits and order was restored to my world.



So I thought I would document our whole moving/decorating process as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. That is, to make a house a home. I know that we are still only renting so it isn’t all ours but the landlady has said we can do what we want so it’s close enough for me.

The first exciting part was trying to figure out my colour scheme. Unfortunately because I am in a relationship and there is only so far I can push his patience I cannot make my house pink and cream but I have tried to find colours which reflect my need for girlie whilst keeping it slightly muted.

The living room had horrible old carpet, yellow walls, blue borders, horrific furniture and even worse curtains.

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But we pulled down the curtains and replaced them with chocolate ones. We also covered the wallpaper in white lining paper before painting it cream and adding ‘Chocolate Fondant’ to the fireplace. This ties in perfectly with our new brown corner sofa, which is so comfy and lovely. The landlady replaced all the carpet so we will have a really nice clean, neutral room now! Leigh practiced the art of wallpapering which he is now a pro at so the room looks great.

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The kitchen is my favourite room of the house, and for me it was one of the selling points of, especially as there is a cat flap already installed in the back door. There was some quite kitsch wallpaper on the walls which I did contemplate keeping but the room does look quite tired and it really needed freshening up, like the whole house really.

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We have painted the walls a very pale yellow, the paint is called ‘Citrus’ and the kitchen filled will all my things and with the dining room table and added bunting has made it a really bright room.

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Out the back there is a little garden, or concrete plot, but although it’s small there are still two levels to it and room for a table and BBQ which is all we really want anyway. There is also a tree for Pumpkin to climb which she has already started doing now she is in the big wide world!

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In the main bedroom the walls were blue with a yellow border, with a blue carpet and yellow curtains. Quite frankly it was a mess and in desperate need of a little bit of love.

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We have now painted three of the walls ‘Dusted Damson’ and the back wall a rather shocking shade of ‘Grape’. It is very bright but an amazing feature wall and we are picking out the white of the skirting board by having a white bed, curtains, and wardrobe which should look quite striking. My parents bought me a bed and mattress as a house warming present which was a huge help. It’s lovely being able to buy our own furniture but it’s bloody expensive!

Top tip: Apparently you can buy beds on Amazon! Who knew! The whole room looks so much better now it’s done and it’s nice to wake up and think, I painted all of this!

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Moving on to the bathroom which we like to call an en-suite, although it’s actually a shared. It very nearly put me off the house because you have to go through a bedroom to get to it but then we had a think and the majority of the time it is just going to be us and if people do come over then we can send them through the spare room/study. The room is a good size and the shower is really powerful which is fantastic because the shower in our place at the moment is appalling and we have been having baths for the last 2 years so I’m looking forward to that. There was blue wallpaper up which makes the room quite dark so we stripped that back and we are painted it white to make it seem brighter in there.

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Walking into the spare room through the bathroom the walls are currently wallpapered magnolia so I think the whole room just needs a bit of fresh paint and a clean and it will look much better. We are going to make the room into a spare room/study so we will have a sofa bed in there and my bookcase has already taken pride of place.

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The whole house now looks completely different, it took ALOT of hard work, most of which we probably shouldn’t have done ourselves but I just think, ‘We want to live here for a couple of years so we might as well make the effort’. I love coming home and I am so proud of us :)

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There is so much to do in my life right now. There aren’t enough hours in the day I believe the saying goes.

Not only do I have to pack and decorate I have an essay due in 2 weeks so I have to try and allocate some time for that as well. Only that’s the one thing I don’t have.

I have tried to make a timetable but everything keeps changing so it’s hard to pin down when we will be able to get everything done. Luckily we have got a week between being able to move into the new place and moving out of the old so we can get most of the packing done then but the flat will have to be cleaned as well to pass our inspection to get the deposit back.

If I’m not stressing about cleaning, it’s Uni, or decorating, or finding money. Unfortunately all of this busy-ness is not helping me on my weight loss mission. Indeed it is having the opposite effect of making me want to eat lots of pasta and cheese which is my go to comfort food when I feel like crap.

So much to do!

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I can’t say too much as it isnt all completely finalised but things are about to get very exciting….

I will be able to wrtie about it all VERY soon!

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but I have been slowly making the bedroom just a little bit girlie…..

I bought new sheets, I’ve always wanted a patchwork quilt but they are a little pricey. I looked up how to make one but I might need to remember all my textile knowledge to do so. In the meantime this duvet cover will do the trick

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As seen from the above picture I also got some bunting in the Urban Outfitters sale - it’s just so pretty and makes me feel like I’m at a carnival everyday!

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I also bought the darling mirror in the sale and tidied my dresser so I can actually find all my jeweleryimage

I also finally got round to putting some pretty floral paper into my frame that Leigh got me for Christmas, I plan to collect as many as I can for the new place.

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The boyfriend may hate it but I think the cat likes it  :)

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So you know the other day I was talking about how Leigh and I were thinking about getting a mortgage, well we have stepped back and had a look at where we are right now and realised that it might be best to wait and try and save a little bit more money before we invest in a place.

Especially as I dont really know where our lives are going and it might be better to look into somewhere outside of London. I know that we have a time though so it isnt really a big deal although it would be nice to have our own place.

We did get a credit card though so we now have a very grown up back up plan. Leigh wont let me near the card though. It’s like he thinks Im going to go on a massive shopping spree or something….

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There are some real changes afoot in my life. In the last week Leigh and I have sat down and had a strategy meeting and tried to decide what to do with the future.

We have applied for a credit card, which means that we can buy our tickets to New York to see my best friend which is so so exciting!

We also decided that we are going to look at a part own, part rent equity scheme which would meant that we would have a mortgage which is very grown up indeed and a little bit scary to be honest but I think that Leigh and I are ready for this, the next step as it were. We have to fill in a load of paperwork though and I am not sure if it will be approved yet but it’s an idea that is in the pipeline that could be quite exciting.

I have just become so disheartned with all the properties that are out there. There doesnt seem to be nice places for a decent price and it’s really annoying me. We have 2 months to try and find somewhere nice, I’d like to be in a new place by the end of March so that I can have a housewarming/birthday party at the new place.

If everything does go to plan this could be the start of something so exciting!

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I think instagraming has become my new hobby. I seriously cannot stop. It’s like collecting stamps but not as cool.

If you give a #damn then come and have a look at my life in a series of colour filtering pictures.

http://instagram.com/caramels88



New Year’s Resolutions

  • Stop biting my nails
  • Start taking care of my skin – I’m going to try and lotion everyday!
  • Learn to drive (or at least do my theory!)
  • Get back on track with the weight loss
  • Save money every month without fail!
  • Enjoy living in London, really start doing things again
  • Have a date night once a month
  • Finish writing something, even if it’s just a short story
  • Really focus on my course

I think that’s it really, not too hard to manage I shouldnt think :)

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I'm Cara ♥ A 25 year old who lives in London with my darling boyfriend and adorable cat.

This is my life.....





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