May
23
2015

Adding some LOVE to your house
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Love sign

Usually I’m not actually a big fan of text type signs all over your house, but I ocassionally spot some homewares typography that I just love! And thats what happened when I found this large metal work LOVE sign, it’s quite industrial looking and matches the appearance of the lamp Jon has on his desk just below these shelves (I’ll have to do a ‘House so far’ post at some point!) and it fits really well with the general style of our home. What is amazing is I actually found this in Wilko’s for £15! Total score! Total Bargain! So obviously I had to have it, and now it takes pride of place on our new living room shelves, which are a work in progress. Continue reading

May
21
2015

Just a little Bath Outfit Post
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Bloggers outfit, butterfly dress

Just a little outfit post today. We went to Bath last weekend to take some engagement photos for my best friend (sorry she won’t let me share them!!) and check out the venues for her wedding day in August. Jon was testing out a few locations in the gardens as to where we could take photos on their wedding day. So these pictures were just a few test shoots to help us get some ideas for possibly photo locations, we though we may as well get in a mini outfit post while we were there. (excuse the windy fringe and caught dress! Jon didn’t think to tell me before her took the photos!) We jus loved all the pillars going up the wall and the beautiful flower beds behind. Cant wait to photograph my beautiful friend here in her wedding dress in just  few weeks!!

two hearts one roof

May
18
2015

Inis Fragrances of Ireland Hand Cream Review and Giveaway
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Inis Fragrances of Island Hand Cream Giveaway If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you will know I am a big fan of hand creams (like a huge fan!!) so I am always happy to try out a new one. For day to day use I usually use a Crabtree & Evelyn one but for the last few weeks I have been trying out this Inis one from Fragrances of Ireland and I love it. The scent is fresh and not too strong, which is how I rather my hand creams. The consistence is lovely and creamy, and it absorbs into your skin really well without leaving that greasy texture afterwards which some can. I did have to use a bit more of the hand cream than I do with my Crabtree ones but it was still less than I have to use with many of the cheaper ones I have tried.   Continue reading

May
13
2015

Great Fun ideas for 5th Wedding Anniversary Gifts – Wood Themed
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5th wedding anniversary_0001

Well it was mine and Jon’s 5th Wedding Anniversary last week, and when it comes to gifts we made a decision early on that we would stick to the traditional gifts and get each other little gifts, then we enjoy a nice night out or even a weekend away if we can. So for a 5th wedding anniversary the traditional gift iss wood, so Jon got me the 2 brooches above from Victoria & Abigail and I got him the Camera style iPhone case (we also got a new wooden crate for our newborn baby props off my parents)

So here are some other great ideas for wooden 5th wedding anniversary gifts for your partner or to gift to a friend on the celebration of their wedding anniversary. Continue reading

May
11
2015

Protect your iPad and Win yourself a Lente Case
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ipad caseSince I’ve had my ipad mini, I’ve had a crappy 99p case on it that doesn’t even cover the screen, plus I’ve got the screen on permanently so that it doesn’t turn off when I use it for the Photo Booth. This new awesome skull ipad case from Lente Designs is just the ticket. It’s got a front screen cover to stop me from scratching it to pieces, it’s nice and snug fitting so the iPad is going nowhere, and it’s got the magnet built in to the lid, so when I close it my screen locks and saves me battery power if I forget to lock the home screen. Continue reading

May
9
2015

Slimming World Haribo Sweet Recipe
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Slimming World Haribo Sweet Recipe

I had seen this Slimming World Haribo Sweet recipe floating around on the Slimming World groups on Facebook for a while now, but hadn’t gotten around to trying them yet, until this week. And I am really glad I decided to try them out as they are really tasty and great for curbing that sweet tooth craving. Plus I can’t believe how simple these are, they only use 3 ingredients so are budget friendly, take about 20 mins to prepare and even better a whole batch is only 3 syns on Slimming World. Even if your not on Slimming World these would be great as a sugar free alternative to sweets and kids would love them too. Plus the flavour possibilities are endless due to all the different sugar free jellies and Muller Light yogurts you can get. Continue reading

May
8
2015

5 Years Ago Today!
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Black and white wedding

This happened 5 years ago today!

Just a mini post today as it’s our wedding anniversary! The most amazing, fun and life changing 5 years of my life! I couldn’t be happier that I married my best friend. Heres to 5o+ more years.

We had a black and white wedding colour scheme, with hints of silver and 1920’s elements. I adore this black and white photo of us being showered in confetti!

bothofus_sign

May
7
2015

My Photo School Lightroom Course – Week 2
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Lightroom CourseThe second assignment for the MyPhotoSchool Adobe Lightroom Course went much smoother than the first one, in the sense I was able to upload some images to the system after a while of trial and error. That aside however, assignment 2 delved right into what I think are some of the most simple but important editing tools Lightroom has to offer. All of the tools described are heavily used in our editing to subtly enhance images. These tools include shadow and highlight sliders, graduated filters, colour correction and cropping tools. Thats not to say of course that we are terrible photographers and rely on editing :-P Some scenes contain far too much variations in brightness and its simply not possible to save details in bright areas or brighten darker areas of the scene without negatively affecting the image. Continue reading

May
6
2015

Summertime Lunch Ideas – Creamy Chicken, Leek and Pea Pasta Recipe
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pasta recipeMe and Jon are trying (and not always succeeding!) to eat a little more healthily. After being on Slimming World for 9 months we managed to lose 2 stone each, but then we moved into the new house, got really busy and spent most of our spare time either doing house stuff or working on Cross-Jones Photography (or this blog!) so the weight started to creep back on as we were eating convenience food or anything easy to cook. But we really don’t want to undo all the hard work we’ve done so now that the summer is coming (and we have a major wedding in August!) we are trying to get ourselves back into the habit of eating well.  Continue reading

May
5
2015

5 Stylish Feeding and Water Bowls for you Dog
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stylish dog bowls

When we first got Opie we weren’t at all prepared for him, at least in the sense of having pet and puppy things for him. Although we had been thinking about getting a dog we hadn’t quite got round to buying things as we thought he would still be a while off, but then we found him on Facebook and that was it, he was ours (5 hours from finding to holding I think) you can see the start of his story in this post.

The amount of things you need for a new puppy is quite extensive (you can see my Essential Shopping Guide for a New Puppy here) but one of the first things we had to buy were food and water bowls. To start with we just got a cheap one from a local discount shop, but Opie kept knocking them about and spilling water everywhere, plus they were pretty dull and ugly. There are so so many options out there for dog bowls that you can easily find a stylish dog bowl for your furry little friend. Granted some can be super pricy but there are also loads of stylish dog bowls on the market that are decently priced too. Continue reading