Falling Forward: A Girl & Her Lists

Friday Thanks

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Dear Q,

Thank you for bringing home wheat and dairy free bakewell tarts for me. It’s nice that you know they’re my favourites and that I miss them now I can’t eat any of those things. Bonus (soon to be) husband points for you! :)

Love Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

I’m running a giveaway until August 14th. If you like books and money you should check it out since I’m giving away both :)

Things I’ve Been Working On

Posted by in A Little Conversation, My Life In Lists

This week:

  • Issue four of Télégramme magazine
  • hundreds of origami hearts
  • Super dance playlists
  • Keeping my temper
  • My crossword completion skills

How about you?

I’m running a giveaway until August 14th. If you like books and money you should check it out since I’m giving away both :)

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Working from home
  • Exercises I can do in my pyjamas
  • Cycling through the park
  • Fresh cherries
  • Saturday morning lounging in my dressing gown

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear Primark,

Thank you for making a maxi dress that actually fits me. I’ve been searching for one that isn’t two feet too long for such a long time, and you finally came up with the goods. Any chance you can make it in more colours so I can buy them all?

Love Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Book Giveaway!

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To celebrate 12 months of books reviews at Radio Cardiff I’ve decided to do a little giveaway. Mostly because I like books and I have way, way too many in my house. I’ll be away during my September book review slot, so I’ve asked the listeners (and you guys!) to suggest books for me to read on our honeymoon (nothing too heavy, please ;) ).

Up For Grabs:

A £10 Amazon gift voucher +  the following books:
The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson
The C Word – Lisa Lynch
(possibly signed if Mrs Lynch is up for it :) )
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom  

Wondering why I picked those books? Jon Ronson I read recently and really enjoyed, Lisa Lynch is a personal hero and Tuesday’s with Morrie is one of my all time favourites.

To enter simply answer this question in a comment below:

What books should I read on my honeymoon?

Please make sure you enter with a valid email address so I can contact you if you win! For an extra entry you can tweet about the giveaway. “Wanna win some books? @miametro is giving them away! http://sarahmia.co.uk/ff/?p=2158” (Please add a separate comment to let me know you’ve tweeted, it’ll make it much easier for me to count the entries :) ) You don’t have to follow the blog or follow me on Twitter (altho I wouldn’t say no if you did, obviously!)

 Just comment with a suggestion, and comment again if you also tweet it. Simple!

The giveaway will be open until 1pm GMT on the 14th of August. Good luck!

Giveaway is sponsored by myself. Open to international entrants.

Grace in Small Things

Posted by in Grace In Small Things, Projects

  • Dairy free yoghurts
  • Wicker bike baskets
  • Notes on chalkboards
  • New creative projects
  • My favourite makeup, for free

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear Sam,

Thank you for buying a copy of your favourite book as a child for me as a birthday present. Guthrie Comes Clean is a book I will cherish for the rest of my life. (Not least because I’m a small, podgy, patchy panda too.)

Guthrie Comes Clean

Love Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Life List: Update

Posted by in My Life In Lists, Projects

Here’s what I’ve been up to with the Life List lately. Writing one was the best thing I ever did, it’s been so fun to tick thing off!

Ride The Carousel in Cardiff Bay – I will blog about this soon, I promise.

Finish a crossword without cheating – Tzevai gave me a couple of small hints but I didn’t look anything up or check the answers so I’m declaring this done. I will, however, keep trying to finish one entirely on my own. Any tips for getting better at crosswords?

Attend an ‘Outstanding in the Field‘ event

Attend the Fforde Ffiesta

Teach a class in something
Get books signed by my favourite authors
Attend Camp Mighty
Publish ten issues of Télégramme magazine
Find grace in 500 small things

Buy a set of Le Crueset dishes
Buy a Marc Johns original
Buy a Rob Ryan original

Stay at one of the Ace hotels
Stay at the Pantone Hotel

What have you guys added to yours lately?

Wedding Traditions*

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*& why we’re not really paying attention to most of them.

Weddings are a tricky time. Everyone seems to have an opinion on most of the things you’re doing, and all the opinions are different (and quite often different to yours, too). There are a million traditions and so many people will tell you that you have to do this and you absolutely cannot skip this. Well. *ahem*. I say bullshit.

Do what you want to do. It’s your wedding, non? If you don’t want to throw your bouquet or have readings at your ceremony then don’t, nobody can tell you it’s not a real wedding without those things. Here’s a list of traditions we decided not to adhere to in our wedding, and why:

1. The bouquet toss
My flowers are made of paper and I have terrible aim. The last thing I want is to give someone a paper cut on their eye or worse.

2. The garter
Some people like them, I don’t. I certainly can’t imagine Q taking it off with his teeth in front of a room full of our friends and family. Awkward, much?

3. Flower girls & page boys
Altho Q’s nephews and niece are the right kind of age we decided to stick with the bridesmaids and ushers and forgo the little ones. No real reason, mostly just to save a bit of money! :)

4. Suits
My dress is rather informal and we thought it would be weird if Q and the boys were in super formal attire so he’s just wearing trousers and waistcoat (well, I say just – he’ll obviously be wearing a shirt too. It’s not that kind of wedding) and the boys will be in plain white shirts with navy ties. So what if they don’t look all the same? I once went to a wedding where the mother of the groom insisted they weren’t allowed to take off their jackets until the end of the speeches, which is pretty much my idea of hell.

5. Groom’s speech
Anyone reading this by now should know that I love to talk, so Q and I have decided to do a joint speech together, instead of just him doing one on his own and me sitting by demurely. Honestly – have any of you ever known me to be demure? ;)

6. Addressing the invites just so.
There are so many rules around addressing invites, it’s kind of ridiculous. In the end we wrote people’s first names (no surnames) on the envelopes and didn’t write their names on the invites at all. Who cares? Life is too short to double envelope everything and make sure you’ve got the right title for all your guests. Slap a name on, call it done and make yourself  a gin.

7. The cake smash
Just. No. No.

8. Not seeing each other the night before
I love Q. We didn’t really want to spend the night apart, especially since that meant one of us would be in a foreign room to usual. I’m going to be a mix of Christmas morning excited and first day of exams nervous so having him there to cwtch will be good, I think. We’ll have breakfast together the next morning and then he’ll go off to play golf and I’ll start getting ready :)

9. The groom not seeing the dress
I don’t believe in luck so it didn’t bother me showing Q the dress before the wedding day. I’m not supersticious, how can him seeing a garment curse our wedding? My dress is a little unusual, so I wanted to show him to make sure he liked it, rather than see a look of horror as I walked down the aisle ;)

10. The groom standing on the right hand side of the bride
I always stand to the right of Q and I’m not swapping that just because that’s the side he should stand on to be able to access the sword that he won’t be wearing. *rolls eyes*

I’m not saying you shouldn’t have these traditions in your wedding, I’m just saying they weren’t right for us so we decided not to include them. After all, your wedding should be about you and your partner, right? We’ve worked so hard on our planning and I’m so excited to see the whole day come together because I know it really represents who we are and why we love each other. 7 weeks and counting, kids!

Grace in Small Things

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  • Chocolate mousse that only has two ingredients
  • Sequins
  • Waking up to sunshine
  • Long phone calls with my mum
  • Seeing my (7 months pregnant) sister’s baby bump for the first time

See the whole list here