Marvelling at how big Benjamin has become this month. 

Loving all of his little smiles and giggles. 

Having our photo taken by the wonderful Jenna – I can’t wait to share the snaps! 

Acting as a bridesmaid for the very first time.

Weeping and laughing at the speeches, dancing on the dance floor and smiling all day at the wedding. 


Wishing I was back at work… (Am I allowed to say that?) 

Failing at the last hurdle for Blogtober (but with good reason – see above bridesmaiding duties!) 

Writing 27 blog posts in one month, which isn’t too shabby, though! 

Making plans for #NaNoWriMo… and feeling a bit nervous about it… 

Bingeing on Gossip Girl and Gilmore Girls. 

Picking pumpkins in Pontefract

Visiting Hadrian’s Wall and Tynemouth beach on our jaunt up in Newcastle. 

Being brave for my flu shot… I think pregnancy might have (slightly) cured my needlephobia… 

Spending the weekend in Nottingham watching Strictly with Ashley and Kirsten. 

Making pizzas on a Tuesday night with some of our best pals. 

Buying a new pair of glasses 

Reading Harry Potter to our boy at bedtime (and crying at almost every chapter!). 

Looking forward to Christmas already… 

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Watching early morning movies with my favourite little people. 

Relaxing at the spa. 

Eating a whole lot of tapas on date night (Pintura Kitchen is a must-visit, Leeds friends). 

Helping a friend choose her wedding dress and celebrating with bubbles.

Picking apples and baking an apple pie.

Learning how to hygge with Signe Johansen.

Dining at Norse – another absolute must-visit for foodies. 

Singing the Chicago soundtrack on work road trips. 

Going on puppy walks! More, please. 

Starting my Christmas planning (first presents have been bought!). 

Moving friends into their beautiful new home. So exciting! 

Cooking plenty of warming soups and stews.

Baking toffee apple muffins and a few loaves of bread.

Putting up shelves and unearthing my cookbooks at last. 

Gearing up for two excellent final months of the year. 

Finishing my reading challenge – 101 books in 2016! 

Worrying a little about our damp problem… 

Photographing every pretty tree I come across. Autumn is the best.

Getting a bit giddy at how beautiful the new Victoria Gate is – so pretty! 

Hoping for some Trick or Treaters to visit tonight… 

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October Goals


[Photo by Freddy Castro]

So, October. How did this happen? I think we might blink and it will be Christmas. I hope we don’t, because I am so not prepared, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I woke up and 2016 was drawing to a close. It’s a cliche, but it really does feel like time speeds up the older I get. Which is scary, because life also gets so much more awesome with every passing year and I want to hold onto it. I am pretty proud that I managed to keep up with my Couch to 10k programme in September, especially since things were so busy, but I failed pretty miserably at my other two goals. I did get a nice photo of me and Paul all dressed up for a wedding, though, which is a rare occurrence. I’m usually far too busy having fun to pose at weddings. So this month, I want to…

Keep Up with Couch to 10K

With the Abbey Dash coming up fast, I don’t want to lose momentum with this one. I’m really pleased with the progress I’ve made – I can now run for 15 minutes straight (!) and, dare I say it, I’m actually enjoying exercising for once so it would be a shame to lose that. It’s my aim to be able to run the whole way round the Abbey Dash, which I managed two years ago but failed spectacularly at last year – even if I am the slowest person by miles, that would feel like a big achievement.

Plan my NaNoWriMo Book 

Every year I think about doing NaNoWriMo (for those not in the know, it’s where you commit to writing 50,000 words of a novel in November – 1,667 words per day, or thereabouts) but always chicken out. I talk big about being able to write a book, but I’m not actually convinced that I really can. But this year I am going to do it – even if I end up with 50,000 words of total crap that I never want to look at again. And that means I need to do a little advance planning. I am better with a plan and I don’t want any excuse to procrastinate when it actually comes to November. 

Finish my Reading Challenge 

As I type this, I’ve read 92 books out of the 101 I planned to read this year. It may be more by the time I come to publish this, which means I’m almost at the end. I’m not going to stop reading in November & December but things are likely to be pretty busy so it would be cool to get the ‘challenge’ part out of the way so any reading I do at the end of the year is just an added bonus! 

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Cheering on the Phillies at our first ever baseball game! 

Getting lost in the shelves at Kramer Books. A definite must-visit. 

Buying my first ever fancy handbag. I can see why people get addicted… 

Drinking Old Fashioneds. I think it’s my new cocktail of choice. 

Finishing our honeymoon and returning back to earth (or Leeds, as it’s more commonly known…).

Marvelling at the colours of Autumn leaves. Cliched but true. 

Visiting my oldest friend in her new home.

Driving in my brand new, totally beautiful car! 

Starting Christmas crafts early this year at Chirpy. 

Eating my fill at the Fat Faced Cat Supper Club. 

Running occasionally, but not as often as I should be. 

Volunteering at Guides, and loving it! 

Trying Parmo for the first time at Belgrave Feast. A new obsession!

Chatting all things books at my new Book Club. 

Reading Stephen King for the first time, and cursing that I didn’t sooner. 

Baking all the pies. So satisfying.  

Wearing my winter coat for the first time this season. 

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Pumpkins at Borough Market

Marvelling at how quickly this month has flown by. 

Planning our wedding, step-by-step. We need to get things sorted. 

Crossing so much of my to-do list (but is it ever enough?) 

Reading as much as possible. 

Winning a Friends Pub Quiz (well, coming third…) 

Making my very own wreath, and hanging it in my kitchen. 

Spending time with blogging friends. It’s good for the soul. 

Eating far too much Toblerone. It’s my kryptonite. 

Heading down South. I need to go more often.  

Feeling a little under the weather. 

Running further than I ever have before. 

Listening to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack on my runs. So fun. 

Digging out my winter wardrobe (and then donating most of it…) 

Wearing my giant scarf as much as possible. 

Dressing up for Halloween. 

How about you?

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