I think its important that we look back at the good things that happen each week; it’s so easy to get bogged down with the 9-5 work routine that you forget to enjoy the little things that have made you happy. These are 5 things that made me smile last week.

1- My cat Mickey – He’s just so cute and every time I get home from work he instantly puts a smile on my face! He’s only two, he’s very playful and he has such a personality!

2 – Ordering pizza with Shaun on Friday night and binge watching 13 Reasons Why … I think chilled out nights are so important for a happy lifestyle.

3- Baking a cake with Shaun – I love that he takes a real interest in things that I like to do. It’s so lovely to be able to share my hobbies with the person I love.

4- Getting to spend time with Grandad – My Nan only passed away a few weeks ago so spending time with my Grandad seems so valuable. Time can be cut short when you least expect it so it’s important to treasure all memories with loved ones.

5- We ordered our dollars for Florida! It seems so real now – Only 15 days to go 😀

What has made you happy recently? 🙂

‘See ya real soon!

Charlotte xx

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I love cake and I love strawberries and cream in the summer – So the perfect combination is a strawberries and cream cake! It’s lovely and light and perfect for the summer months. Here’s how you can make one too:

Ingredients: 

For the sponge:

  • 8oz Margarine (not butter)
  • 8oz Caster sugar
  • 8oz Self raising flour
  • 4 Eggs

For the butter cream: 

  • 4oz Icing sugar
  • 2oz Butter

For the fresh cream:

  • 300ml Whipping cream
  • 2 Teaspoons of Sugar

Plus a large punnet of strawberries for decorating.

Step 1 

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 (190 degrees)
  • Grease two 8″ round baking tins (I also put a round piece of grease proof paper in the bottom as my tins don’t push up)

Step 2

  • Cream together the sugar and margarine in a large bowl (I always sieve the sugar to get rid of any lumps)
  • Add the eggs 1 at a time and mix together until you get a smooth mixture
  • Sieve in the self raising flour and continue to mix until completely smooth

Step 3 

  • Separate the mixture into your two baking tins making sure to evenly spread the mixture in the tin
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes (always put a knife into the cake after 30 minutes to check its properly cooked)
  • Remove from the tins and leave to cool

Step 4 

  • In a bowl mix together the butter and icing sugar to make the butter cream – WARNING – this will make a massive mess!
  • Evenly spread the butter cream over one of the cakes.
  • Slice the strawberries and place over the top of the butter cream.

Step 5 

  • Put the other half of the cake on top to create a sandwich affect
  • In a bowl mix together the whipping cream and 2 tea spoons of sugar (I’d recommend using an electric whisk else you’ll be there all day) – The cream will start off runny and you need to keep mixing it until its thick enough to spread over the cake without it running everywhere.
  • Spread the cream over the top of the cake and add strawberries to decorate.

And hey presto you have yourself a delicious strawberries and cream cake! Make sure you keep it in the fridge as it has fresh cream on the top of it.

‘See ya real soon!

Charlotte xx

 

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I thought it would be cool to start a series where I post a weekly roundup of what I’ve been up to the previous week. We often do lot’s of things in a week that we never share because it doesn’t really warrant a whole post or fit into a certain category … so I figured if I smush my week into one post that could work….

Monday –

I worked 9-5 (like I do every week day), it was boring as usual .. but I survived the day! Monday evening was slightly more exciting though! I continued with some designs that I’ve been working on for a few weeks now … I’m thinking of maybe setting up an Etsy shop to sell my own prints but I want to have a load of stuff designed before I actually do it.

Tuesday – 

Another boring day in the office and I was feeling totally knackered when I got home so a chilled night was definitely on the cards! I drank tea and watched Netflix and it was great! I also started to read ‘Ice Cream for Breakfast’ and I have to say it’s bloody brilliant! I still have over half the book to go but I’ve already laughed out loud (literally) so many times while reading this!

Wednesday – 

Wednesday was a very special day for me as it was mine and Shaun’s 2 year anniversary! I still cant believe that it’s been 2 years already … We went for a Lovely meal at Cote, we had a window seat that overlooked the cathedral and everything about the evening was perfect.

Thursday – 

DISNEY FASTPASS DAY!!! – We’re staying offsite so can do our reservations 30 days in advance – The fastpasses were available from 12 noon so it was a mad dash away from my desk and 12 to very quickly try and secure the passes we want for our first day … I succeeded!! – Our first day will be at Epcot and we managed to get Frozen Ever After, Spaceship Earth and The Seas with Nemo and Friends.

Friday –

After what felt like the longest day ever at work; me and Shaun decided that as the sun was shining we would take a trip to the beach. We went to the fish n’ chip shop and sat on the sea front and ate our tea. It was perfect. And of course there’s ALWAYS room for ice cream … I had strawberry cheesecake flavour, it was seriously good! Dad was in charge of Fastpasses today; our second day will be at Animal Kingdom and we got fastpasses for Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Na’vi River Journey.

Saturday – 

Myself and Shaun went into town to do some serious holiday shopping, I’m pretty much prepared in terms of clothes, so it was a trip for buying toiletries and the not so exciting stuff. I’d highly recommend going to Wilkinsons; it’s much cheaper than Boots or Superdrug. Saturday evening I went to the theatre to watch The Railway Children. It was honestly amazing. As a child it was one of my favourite films; I always used to sit and watch it with my Grandma so it was incredible to watch at the theatre. I believe it’s about to tour around the country so definitely check it out if you’re into theatre!

I Hope you enjoyed this little insight into my week 🙂

‘See ya real soon!

Charlotte xx

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It’s been 2 whole years now and I’m not even sure where that time has gone! Today is mine and Shaun’s 2 year anniversary – CRAZY right?! It’s honestly been the best 2 years of my life meeting someone that is honestly my best friend.

We’ve been to Center Parcs, Disney Land Paris, Majorca, Abu Dhabi and also had various weekend breaks away in England. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve been to weddings and work parties and sadly we’ve said goodbye to my wonderful Nan.

We’re currently getting ready for a holiday to Florida and I’m just so grateful to have found someone that I’m excited to spend the rest of my life with.

Before I met Shaun, I had just dropped out of a teacher training course and started working an office job and was genuinely feeling rubbish. I was convinced I was going to be alone forever …. but then along came Shaun and everything changed.

We’re currently saving for a house and hoping to have our own place by the end of the year! Eeeek I’m so excited! 😀

Anyway the moral of the story is that no matter how rubbish you may currently be feeling, you will meet someone and you will be happy again!

Tonight we’re going to a fancy restaurant for dinner to celebrate and I feel so grown up!

‘See ya real soon!

Charlotte xx

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I love Disney and I love making cards, so I thought I would combine the two things together and made a Tigger birthday card!

The ‘happy birthday’ and the balloons were done using stamps which I bought from Stampin’ up. If you like creative things definitely check out their website as they have the most amazing things!

I used my Gemini Die cut machine to emboss the stars onto the background of the card and Tigger was hand drawn and coloured in. I have also scanned the Tigger drawing onto my computer so I can use him again on other cards and not have to keep re-drawing him!

‘See ya real soon!

Charlotte xx

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