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I’ve Been Nominated! Very Inspiring Blogger Award

veryinspiringbloggerawardWell well well….it was certainly lovely to be nominated by the lovely Caroline over at Notes From Caroline, for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’ award!  How very exciting – inspiring is definitely something I aspire to be, so I’m very grateful to Caroline for the nomination!

So the rules go a little something like this…

1. You thank the person who nominated you (nomineer? nominer??!!) and provide a link to their blog.  Check!

2. Nominate some other lovely bloggers and let them know – provide a link in your post and contact them to let them know!

3. Write 7 Facts about yourself!

4. Proudly display the Very Inspiring Blog Badge on your blog AND on this post!

All done and dusted…so here are 7 little known facts about the wing-ed eyed, red-lipped, thrifty mama you’ve all come to know and love!  Bear with me…I didn’t want to go for the obvious!

FRUGALLY ME!1. My first pet was a goldfish named ‘Tom’, when I was just three years old.  When the pet shop assistant asked me to pick out which goldfish I would like from the tank – I asked for the ‘orange one’!!!

2. I spend an AWFUL lot of time perfecting my ‘Dream Dinner Party Guests – Alive or Dead’ List – and it looks a little something like this

Coco Chanel

Trent Reznor

Elvis Presley (natch!)

Marilyn Manson

Elizabeth Taylor

Emily Bronte

Dita Von Teese (she wouldn’t have to sit next to her ex-husband)!

John Taylor

Lionel Shriver

Irena Sendler

dream dinner partyYes…this! Courtesy of Polyvore

3. I’m a bookworm – both an avid reader and passionate (as yet unpublished) author and, when asked to recommend a book, I ALWAYS recommend ‘The Gargoyle’, by Andrew Davidson.  It’s a little-known book but one of the most compelling stories I have ever read and I picked it up purely because of it’s black-edged pages.  Do go out and hunt it down – you won’t regret it!  And let me know if you do…

4. I am a self-confessed dabbler in the art of reading Tarot and Angel cards.

5. I have seen four of my top five ‘Favourite Artists and Bands’ live – the fifth will FINALLY be fulfilled in May – I finally get to see my beloved Nine Inch Nails and I CAN’T WAIT!

6. My favourite childhood books are The Chronicles of Narnia AND Sophie’s Snail by Dick King Smith.  I also have a hideous, irrational fear of slugs and snails!

7. I harbour secret desires to reignite my aspirations to become a Burlesque dancer again…shh don’t tell anyone!

OK…that’s about it from me, hope you enjoyed these little-known facts about your Frugal Friend!  I now nominate…

Michelle from Life Out of London

Kelly from To Become Mum

Amanda from Amanda in a Teacup

Danielle from Life in the Thrift Lane

Vicki from Chloris Boris

Tamsyn from The Villa on Mount Pleasant

Gemma from Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Toria from Creative Mine

Amanda from Gift Frippery

These are all great bloggers who blog about many, many, many different things!  Go check them out – I look forward to reading your posts ladies!

Stay Peachy x

Time Out From The World…

ButtercupsWell, what an eventful few weeks it has been.  I’m sorry I took an unplanned hiatus last week – but the good news is I’m BACK and it’s time to look forward and, after a bit of deliberation, I have decided that Frugally Peachy is still a big part of that move forward!  Grab a cuppa dudes….this is a long one!

I think all bloggers, writers, anyone who takes great pleasure in putting thoughts out on the web-osphere, find themselves at a stumbling block every now and again.  I’ve been through just that, more than once actually, but this one really needed some careful consideration.   I’ve been in limbo-land a little since the split and I’ve been spending a bit of time trying to re-find myself.  I haven’t felt like writing my blog, I haven’t felt like tweeting much or even giving myself much time to get creative.  Which left me with a million half-finished projects, a whole head of ideas and a heap of anxiety over how to get on with things!  So when the opportunity arose for me and D to spend a week with my parents in sunny Somerset, where I grew up, I jumped at the chance to escape and regroup for a while.

It was the one thing I really needed, a change from the norm, a chance to catch up with my thoughts and start seriously thinking about putting plans into action. THE CAKE Mostly, it gave me the chance to just ‘be’ for a bit – something I really needed to do and need to do a lot more often than I do!  I spent some time catching up with my parents, cooking, hanging with the little one and my week even coincided with my best friend Rachel’s very last-minute visit from Australia – so we had a fab day out with our other bestie, Cat, enjoying the sites of Honiton, a lovely little village with indie shops a-plenty and a spectacular Boston Tea Party.  We caught up, we ate the world, got giddy staring through the window of the (sadly closed) bridal shop, from which Cat will soon be picking up her WEDDING DRESS and talked all things ‘baby’ – as Rachel is due to have her first baby in September.  My Mum very kindly took Daisy for the day, so it was lovely to hang out with the girls and be ‘myself’ for a bit – which isn’t so different, maybe a little more loose-tongued AND it does mean I can have full conversations without having to chase after or restrain a small person. Me, Cat, Rach Here we all are enjoying some rather indulgent cakes at the Boston Tea Party – this year we will have known each other for 12 years – we have survived many many deadlines, late nights, bad dates, good dates, love, loss, hundreds of nights on cheap alcohol, one trip around the world, one wedding, one turbulent 2/12 years in London and one rather huge, permanent move half way around the world!

I took advantage of the beautiful surroundings around where I grew up also, this week.  With my Mum at work on Thursday, and a little bit of inspiration from the lovely Sonia from Layoutlines, I took a long walk with Daisy along Dyers Lane in the warm weather – and the best thing?  I didn’t melt OR set on fire in the heat!

Swingbridge Cottage

Canal RightMy parent’s live on a lovely estate a little way out of Taunton and these beautiful scenes are situated just across the road from them, a gorgeous lane that crosses part of the Taunton to Bridgwater Canal.Daisy Canal  I used to walk home from my college bus this way and have always loved the quirky cottages that line the edge of the canal – the flowers and scenery looked so idyllic in the sunshine and I was instantly reminded of why I’ve always wanted to live in a cottage.  It gave me some great ideas for my little garden and made me resolve to make regular trips to the countryside too! Swan-age We stopped along the canal to watch the swans – D has just added ‘Duck’ to her vocabulary, then made our way back home for avocado on toast, with a much clearer head and a determination to kick life’s ass on my return to The Midlands.

Well I arrived back in Notts on Saturday afternoon, ready to get on with life.  I’m still taking each day, each week as it comes, I have long-term goals and short term goals – from Interior Decorating to Wardrobe Injections, staking my claim in the world of FICTION, Random Acts of Kindness and trips to the seaside!  Right now, I have a list of projects to finish, a little bit of #craftblogclub excitement AND some snail mail lovin to write!

Blue CottageI’m so grateful that people are still reading and enjoying Frugally Peachy, my blog is something I’m proud of and I want to continue to showcase my craft projects and write about my year without shopping on the High Street.  Thank you for sticking with me – I’m more determined that ever to make 2014 the best year yet – I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my journey!

FlowersStay Peachy x

Hello April!

hackney aprilSo it’s the 4th already – I do apologise for the lateness but HAPPY APRIL ONE AND ALL!  May the first few days of spring and the lack of need for heating be treating you well!

I’ve been pretty busy behind the scenes, dealing with the nitty gritty of my break-up and now I’m focusing on some really exciting projects – both for this blog and more – so watch this space for more info coming in the next few months!  I can have something of a tempestuous relationship with blogging – recently I feel as if I’ve just been posting a whole load of ‘life’ stuff and that’s not what Frugally Peachy is all about, so I intend to get my creative mojo back as soon as humanly possible!

Whilst I coined March as ‘Making Memories March’, I had no idea just how many memories I’d be making – I am so grateful for the wonderful messages of support I’ve had from everyone, so I’d like to say another very heartfelt thank you!  Not one to dwell on things, I want to continue to promote positivity, creativity and the ‘art of not shopping’ through this blog.  In many ways I’m quite comfortable in my new role as a Lone-Wolf Mama (romantic, no?) as my Mum too was Lone-Wolf for much of my childhood and teen years.  I’m starting to see the other side of direct-debit swapping and all sorts now, and I’m pretty optmistic about what the future holds for me and Miss D!

As much as March was tough, it was probably the hardest month NOT to shop that I’ve had so far.  My wardrobe was feeling lacklustre, so I injected a bit of eBay and handmade goodness into it; plus I’ve surpassed the urge to go and ‘shop my cares away’ whilst rearranging every corner of my house!  I have, however, been making a few plans to reclaim my home space and update with a bit of typically Peachy decor – resulting posts to follow I’m sure – and if you know anyone who could do a lifesize mural of Alexander Skarsgard on my fireplace wall, I’d be very appreciative!  I’m kidding!  Or am I…..

April has seen some lovely warm weather and I’m sure we are all feeling the pinch with Summer Wardrobe Specials popping up left, right and centre.  I’m going to do my best to get handmaking a bit more this month, time permitting, so I look forward to showing you my latest WIPs and creations when I get the chance!

I’m also looking forward to a little downtime in Somerset, with my parents in a couple of weeks whilst I’m also busy plotting and planning a few bits, including our next Midlands Blogger Meet Up – are you coming along??  Plus we have the unveiling of our latest #CraftBlogClub challenge coming up at the end of the month! I can’t wait!

#midsblogmeet BrumThings are feeling ok, a little more organic and I’m putting less pressure on myself to finish projects and taking my time when I need to!  I’m really looking forward to where the rest of the year takes me and I hope you’ll continue to join me on my Frugally Fabulous Year!  I’m still sacking off the High Street – in fact, we have fallen out for good, I think!

I guess that’s about it for now….here’s a little bit of what I’ve been up to!

Reading: I’ve been a little slack with reading recently as I’m trying to get some of my own writing projects finished!  But I’m still wading through The Power of Now and I have a whole host of books lined up for after – I’m really keen to read this book, recommended by a friend next!  I’m so intrigued by the idea of past lives, it’s right up my street!

Watching:  Whilst I don’t believe any pleasures in life should be labelled ‘guilty’, I do like to catch up with Teen Mom 3 (and now 2 is series linked).  Whilst it can be classed as totally trash TV, I have so much respect for these girls who take on such huge life-changing decisions at such a young age – I really salute them!

Wearing: Black, black and more black! In fact, it seems the hotter the day is, the more black I migrate to – you can take the Girl out of the Goth but you can’t take the Goth out of the Girl!

Listening: I’m in mourning! My favourite band Dead Sons announced a very sad decision to split last week.  I used to go see these guys play in London a lot and I will always hold the best memories of their gigs.  If you’re a fan of heavy, tuneful rock, I urge you to check out their music on Spotify, they were a piece of unsigned, undiscovered genius – I’ve been caning the album again recently and I suppose I’m still secretly hoping it’s all a big mistake!

dead sonsTomorrow we have a lovely, quick recipe for Beef Teriyaki and don’t forget, you still have time to enter my giveaway to win this lovely Handknitted Heart!  Detail are on the tutorial and post HERE

Hanging heart 3Stay Peachy x

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Midlands Beauty Blog Meet

So…April is almost in full swing, I have the most beautiful calendar picture to stare at all month and I’m busy furrowing away, sorting out the crap and prepping for life and love as a Lone Wolf Mama!  Posts to follow PLUS that teriyaki recipe I so promised on Instagram the other day but, in the meantime, I thought I’d share an exciting announcement…..Kelly and I are at it again – WE ARE ORGANISING ANOTHER MEET UP!

#midsblogmeet Brum

Moving on from the success of our first #midsblogmeet, we have decided to put together a beauty-focused meet up, this time taking place in Birmingham, at a fab, quirky little venue called Cherry Reds, perfectly nestled near Birmingham New Street station.  It will run from 11-3pm on Saturday 31st May and we would LOVE you to come along!

So if you’re keen to meet other bloggers, you love a bit of beauty talk or fancy a Saturday afternoon out with some like-minded cool people, why not email me (missemmaberry@gmail.com) or Kelly (tobecomemum@gmail.com) to register your interest – if you’re not specifically a beauty blogger, please don’t worry, we would love to meet you anyway!

We will have more info to follow and I’m sure Kelly and I will have a few surprises up our sleeves for you; but for now, please feel free to get in touch and share this event with your friends too!

If you’re a beauty brand and you’d like to be part of our meet-up – then please email missemmaberry@gmail.com to discuss further!

Stay Peachy x

The HOSTS

Lately: Lows, Highs and DIYs

dreyfus cafeLast week was a bit of an impromptu blog break for me – apologies for taking a bit of time out but, as you will see, it was really quite needed!

We had a bit of a whirlwind week, with the aftermath of Daisy’s Birthday, a trip to White Post Farm and my lovely Mum staying with us all week!  Top that off with a much excitable young Miss Peachy spending her FIRST WEEKEND away from the babe and taking a trip down memory lane to London – what more could you ask for???

daisy cakegoatWell…more on the trip itself to come, I’m sure.  With the sudden change in weather patterns and all, I was really feeling the need for a change up in the wardrobe department – not at all easy when you’re on a year long spending ban and still in-between sizes!  So, armed with a little bit of Christmas money I had saved, I took myself off to eBay and the incredible charity shops in Hockley, and I got a few bits of vintage and second-hand loveliness to tide me over and bring a little more ‘me’ back into my life!  In typical secret-goth fashion, I’m bypassing the pastel trends of Spring and embracing my love of leather skirts with this gorgeous vintage leather skirt from eBay – just £10, fits like a glove and goes with just about everything!

leather skirt comboI couldn’t resist a breton stripe top too to go with it – I’m a sucker for a Chanel-inspired stripe and my wardrobe has been seriously lacking in my usual stripy staple for a while, so I pulled a great £3 bargain from eBay!  Having always been a fan of dresses, I decided to really start embracing the idea of separates and picked up this amazing red polkadot shirt from Sue Ryder for just £5.  That’s right, a whole new wardrobe injection for less than £30 and all perfect for all weathers!  That’s my kind of Frugal Fashion!

Not only that, I got one step closer to a little bit of DIY wardrobing with this rather fab velvet skirt.velvet skirt  Simply cut from an old tunic that is both too short and too low cut, I thought something black and velvet would suit everything in my wardrobe – specifically my ‘new’ shirts.  After cutting the desired length of the skirt, I tacked in a thick piece of elastic to hold the skirt in place.  Et Voila!  A whole new use for something old AND another addition to my unique wardrobe.  I have a burgundy tunic I’m considering chopping up – perhaps a future tutorial to follow – once my sewing looks a little more professional!

So, as you can see, there have been plenty of highs and a little bit of DIY….but with the irony that was National Happiness Day, came a little bit of sadness in the Jeffberry household.  As of Thursday Mr J and I decided to separate.  I’m not one to go into the gory details but, after taking some time to work on things, we have simply decided that we don’t work anymore and, for the sake of our family, feel we would be better off as single parents.  So, whilst I’ve been basking in my new charity shop finds and jogging some wonderful memories in London, it has also been a very painful time coming to terms with one big ending and just how I aim to forward from now on.  So do forgive me if the posts drop a little, I’m still out there NOT High Street shopping and have even more reason to support the Frugally Fabulous way of life now – but I have a lot to put in place and a little bit of time out never hurt anyone!  It’s all still business as usual – but my focus is Little D and starting to plan a new future for us, so bear with me whilst I deal with all the tough stuff.

I would, however, like to thank everyone for their support and messages of comfort and to all the lovely people who tweeted me the things that make them happiest last Thursday – like I said, you have no idea how much that meant on that day!  I’ve got through the first few days…it’s onwards and upwards from here!

fearless and free

 

Stay Peachy x

The Great #MidsBlogMeet

Malt Cross Birds Eye

Well, this weekend just gone has been a bit of an amazing blur!  I’m currently sat with a cupcake and a cuppa, basking in the success of our FIRST EVER Midlands Blogger’s Meet (#MidsBlogMeet).  What a lovely time we had, meetiing lovely people we have only had ‘social media’ conversations with for however long, relaxing in one of the best venues Nottingham has to offer and generally having a great time!

What started off as a tweety query, became something that myself and co-host Kelly from To Become Mum organised and arranged for bloggers from in and around the Midlands area.  With a mixture of Lifestyle and Mum bloggers coming along to the event, we wanted to provide something informal, child-friendly where possible, with a few lovely surprises for our attendees.

After a huge amount of interest from fellow bloggers, we had 16 wonderful bloggers in attendance on the day, a great mixture of mummy bloggers, make-up and lifestyle bloggers.  We decided on Nottingham as a great central location for our bloggers, who were travelling from as far as Lincoln, Stoke and Sheffield.  Malt Cross BuffetAfter much deliberation (we are a little spoilt for quirky, brilliant cafe bars in the city), I decided to go with The Malt Cross, a central cafe bar steeped in historical architecture, with a friendly and relaxed vibe.  It has to be said that The Malt Cross really delivered what we were looking for – they put on a fabulous bespoke buffet for us, catered for the children who attended on the day and left us to our own devices as the bar was open for business around us.  We started out at around 11am (after some frantic cupcake boxing and goody bag-arranging by Kelly and myself) with a very friendly introduction – ‘hello’ stickers were provided (you can take Twitter out the girls, but you can’t take the girls out of Twitter) and we had a bit of a general mingling session before we did our first *PRIZE DRAW* at about 11.45am – and a huge congratulations to Cate from Me Add Three on winning the first prize from Mama Baby Bliss.

Our rather beautiful buffet was then served, giving us time to talk all things blogging a little more.  It’s always daunting walking into a room full of virtual strangers (or not, as the case may be), but we really felt everyone made a fantastic effort to mix and chat to people who were nothing more than a tiny avatar and what’s better for bonding than a selection of some of the best homemade food in The Midlands??!

Body Shop Close Up

The highlight of the afternoon, were the surprise guests we had arranged for our attendees; Sophie and Autumn from our local Body Shop, came to talk to the group about current and upcoming products; which made for quite an interesting chat.  Gone are the days of White Musk miniatures and Body Butters, we were able to try some of the fantastic creams and serums on offer and EVERYONE including the children, enjoyed trying the new Hair Chalks that give you an instant dipdye!  Not only that, The Body Shop gave us an exclusive discount offer – which meant the majority of our group marched off to our local to take advantage of the offer.

We were supported by some fantastic brands at our event, with more exciting prize giveaways and blog opportunities from Poddle Pod and Tommy Tippee – congratulations to Lauren from Life of Miley, Ellie from The Mummy Diary and Kelly from Writings, Ramblings and Reviews for their wins on the day!  We had one final huge prize bundle; featuring some fab Pregnancy and Mummy prizes, gifts from Weleda, a Body Shop gift set, prizes donated from the lovely attendee Iris at Baked By Me amongst others.  The lucky winner of our huge prize bundle was Sarah from Seriously Shallow – who apparently ‘never won anything’ – here’s hoping she picked up a lottery ticket that night!

Our Lovely Prize Winners!

After a few more drinks and a few last words from everyone, we handed out some wonderful goody bags with some fab products donated by Weleda, Bake It Yourself by Neff, some amazing chocolate moulds from Iris plus some sweet goodies from Swizzels Matlow.  In typical baking-addict style, I whipped up some cupcakes for everyone too to take away with them – plus one to snaffle back to mine!

I can’t begin to thank everyone who came along to the meet, for showing their support for our event.  It was wonderful to meet some of the bloggers I regularly ‘talk to’, in the flesh and spend some time with like-minded folks.  Miss BerrysThe Malt Cross dudes were incredibly supportive of our day, the food was gorgeous and we were so lucky to have some fantastic brands backing our event.  The day was a fantastic success and we have already had interest in organising something else in the future.  It was such a great introduction to planning and organising a meet-up, though we would probably look at organising a ticketed event in the future – we won’t dwell on that!

Here are the names and blog addresses of our first #MidsBlogMeet  – if you’re looking for some new, diverse blogs to read then look no further!

NAME                                      BLOG                                                                                TWITTER HANDLE

Kelly O’Hanlon (Host) www.tobecomemum.blogspot.co.uk ToBecomeMum
Emma Berry (Host) www.frugallypeachy.co.uk LivePeachy
Samantha Schofield www.createitsamantha.blogspot.com CreateitSam
Sue Barsby http://thegeriatricmother.wordpress.com Basfordian
Laura Candlin www.unlovedbutton.blogspot.com UnlovedButton
Amanda Wright www.amandainateacup.blogspot.com amandainateacup
Sally www.rainydayfaces.com RainyDayFaces
Kelly Brett http://writingsramblingsandreviews.wordpress.com/ MoolBoots
Laura Strong http://chickywiggle.blogspot.co.uk/ chickywiggle
Cate Elder http://meaddthree.blogspot.co.uk/ meaddthree
Emma Tustian www.bubbablueandme.com  etusty
Iris Choo www.bakedbyme.net  Bakedbymeuk
Lauren   www.lifeofmiley.com lifeofmileyx
Ellie Aindow www.themummydiary.co.uk mummydiary
Sarah Athow-Frost www.seriouslyshallow.blogspot.co.uk soshallow
Bel Smith www.journeysaremydiary.com DontLetMeFade

So let me finish by saying how much I enjoyed mingling with the locals on Saturday and getting to know the people behind the blogs – I look forward to seeing you all again soon and keeping up with your blogs!  If you wrote a blog post on our meet – why not come and link up below?!

Stay Peachy x

 

The HOSTS

Come Join Us

#MidsBlogMeet is TOMORROW!

#midsblogmeet flyer

It’s TOMORROW!!! I can’t believe after months of planning and putting everything in place, we will be meeting some lovely people from the Blogosphere at The Malt Cross!  I’ve got a quite a few last minute bits to finish up today – but I can’t wait to meet everyone and I really hope you enjoy what Kelly and I have put together!

If you are local to the Midlands and would like to come along – you’re more than welcome!  Drop me an email at missemmaberry@gmail.com to reserve a place!

Have a wonderful Friday people and Stay Peachy x