29 June 2012

Shiny Somethings

1.   Exclusive Starbucks Emma Bridgewater Mug

When two of my favourite brands team up I can't help but get excited. So when Starbucks commissioned an exclusive Emma Bridgewater mug I was immediately interested - of course it helped that it was quite cute too. I love the bold colours and the blue retro font around the rim. After the egg cups I bought last week, I really couldn't justify a second purchase, but when an email arrived announcing an eBay free listing day I saw the solution. A quick sweep of my kitchen dresser found several small items that hadn't proved as useful as I'd hoped. So I've sent several items off to new homes, and made room for this patriotic mug in the cupboard.

2.   Blog Planners

This week I've spent a lot of time researching blog planners. I've really got to start planning ahead so I'm not publishing three articles one week and just the Step Down Sunday rest of the month. I've got a whole Pinterest Board devoted to them, but here are a few of my favourites.

3. Hawkshead, Lake District
Monday I tagged along on a trip to the Lake District with my parents. My favourite was probably Hawkshead where I found this quaint corner. I love the Union Jack bunting down this lush floral path!

4.  Lucky Clover

Everyone has a special talent, though it isn't always practical. My mother's is an uncanny ability to find four leaf clover. Since she was a child she's always had an eye for lucky clover, and growing up I was often presented them on walks. Tuesday we stopped at a pub on our way back from the Lake District, and as my mother stood in the parking lot chatting on her phone she spotted a the handsome specimen on the left. She made me roll down the window on the car so she could give it to me and wandered back to the verge. A few minutes later she was back with the second.  I've taped them to the back of the wedding photos Mr Goldfish and I keep in our wallets. I think we need all the luck we can get as we start IVF.

If you'd like to share your own Shiny Somethings, feel free to leave a link in the comments below!