Bunny Loves Me

 

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Many of you may know that I have THE cutest little niece ever! I helped throw a baby shower for her mummy last year (the beginning turned out to be a disaster- a 45 minute journey turned into a 5 hour journey when I got stuck on the wonderful M25- I had all the baby shower goodies for the setup- I CRIED LIKE A BABY IN THE CAR, IN STANDSTILL TRAFFIC, I GOT SOME WIERD LOOKS- but it all turned out amazingly fun in the end!).

Anyway 8 months on and baby Sienna is the most GORGEOUS little thing ever!,She’s turned into such little tinker!

We get daily pictures and videos of her hitting her milestones, accidentally twerking (whilst trying to learn to crawl), and hilarious clips of how quickly her attention can be drawn to the NO! NO! advert on TV no matter what she’s already preoccupied with!

It’s amazing how much we love we have for this little girl and she really has no idea how much she makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy!

Being Indian means that people don’t call you aunty or uncle unless you’re an acquaintance. In baby Sienna’s case, I am pretty much her’s mummy’s sister, so naturally she would call me ‘Massi’. BUT I didn’t want to be an ordinary Massi, so I chose the nickname of ‘Bunny Massi’, initially it was just a funny joke (I secretly loved the name!), and I really didn’t think it would stick, but it did! This now means I’m always on the lookout for bunny themed items for this beautiful girl!

I met Soumya from Made By Molu at the Photohunt earlier this year. I loved her blog post showing her custom made baby grow order. That, plus the fact that Soumya is pretty damn awesome, led me to ask her if she could make a custom made baby grow for Sienna. And this is what she made! HOW CUTE IS IT?!?! I was SUPER CHUFFED with it!

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Sienna looked super cute eating the wrapping paper when she was opening it, but she looks even cuter in the grow! (I haven’t actually got a non blurry picture of her wearing it because she’s such a wriggler!-Sorry!)

Thankyou Soumya for this custom order- Sienna, her mummy, and I LOVED IT!

Pssssst! If you want some travel inspiration head over to Instagram and follow ‘HEXPOSURES’ to see pictures of Soumya’s awesome US roadtrip- I have such travel envy!!

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Ten Things I Learnt from The Blogcademy

The Blogcademy

 

 

Many of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter will know that I attended The Blogcademy last week. It’s a 2 day blogging workshop which covers everything about getting the most out of your blog. I wanted to go last year but couldn’t get the time off. So, when they released July dates last September, I was on it! I learnt so much on this course and got to meet lots of lovely ladies who I hope to see again soon! I did a post yesterday just showing random pictures I took at the course- you can see them here.

Here’s a few points that I learnt from the Blogcademy.

ONE

‘If it’s not a fuck yeah, then it’s a hell no!’- I love this quote by Gala Darling. Isn’t it so true how we end up doing ‘meh’ things in our lives? Often because we ‘have’ to or we don’t want to upset someone (someone who probably doesn’t give a damn anyway). This mantra is something that I will be applying not only to my blog but to my life too. This is MY time, and I’m done with doing ‘meh’ things. I’m not being arrogant, but making a choice to do something more exciting or you’re more passionate about shouldn’t be something you should feel guilty about- right?!

TWO

Blogging is a weird and wonderful world. I think it’s predominantly female based and it’s probably one of the very few places where the female species all get along, support and encourage each other. It’s so nice to be in a non bitchy, non catty environment! I hope it stays that way!

THREE

There’s no shame in having confidence. When I was growing up, my parents taught me to be modest- which I think is a good trait to have- that was until I went too far and just really didn’t think much of myself at all! In the blogging world you have to be confident and convey your personality because that is how others will remember you. I was really looking forward to The Blogcademy course, but I was really bricking it when I remembered that I’m going to be in a room for 2 days with complete strangers, with no bestie or husband to hold my hand. It really was like starting the first day of school again. I had to suck it up and throw myself into it- obviously I didn’t dance on the tables and get naked, but I was able to chat to and had Photo Booth fun with so many different ladies, and I really enjoyed it. This was pretty big for me, I’m quite a shy person, I know it’s probably hard to imagine someone having blog being shy, but this course gave me the opportunity to just get over it!

FOUR

I LOVE FONTS & IT’S OK! I am not weird. I have a thing for fonts. YES. FONTS. I spend my spare time reading and researching fonts. What looks right, what looks crap, what the latest fonts are and where they can be best used. My husband thinks I’m weird, because every time we go out, I look at signs, menus, logos, and name the fonts. Or I’ll get really annoyed because people have used COMIC SANS for their business!-Font lovers will understand this! I have a Pinterest board for fonts and I laugh at font jokes. Strange? HELL NO! After day 1 of Blogcademy we all went for a drink, and I learnt that many of the ladies were JUST LIKE ME!- They too LOVED FONTS! I never understood why I was obsessed with fonts, until someone asked me WHY- it was then I realised it’s because fonts create an emotion. We read everywhere we go, we even read when we don’t mean to- you put a set of letters in front of our eyes and we will just read them. With everything we read there is a meaning or emotion attached to the way those letters are presented to us. This is why I LOVE FONTS.

FIVE

It’s refreshing to be surrounded by creative humans. My job is science based so creativity is limited to some extent. It’s so fun to hear where someone’s blog is at the moment, where they hope it would go, how they’d like to rebrand and how they feel about where it’s at at the moment. It’s funny to hear that many other bloggers have the same thought processes as me, and it was so nice being able to discuss these issues together.

SIX

I have to set goals. Shit doesn’t magically happen. Essentially how am I  supposed to get to a certain goal if I haven’t even set it in the first place?! I often fall into the trap where I have so many ideas swimming around in my head and try to get them all down, but in the end I get totally overwhelmed and become unproductive. Setting straightforward, realistic goals should prevent me from getting into this rut.

SEVEN

I cannot be afraid of being vulnerable. Putting yourself out there on a blog, displaying parts of your personal life can be daunting. For me, I was worried about people judging and people thinking that I’m ‘showing off’, when in fact, it’s really not the case. I don’t think you can write a lifestyle blog without it being personal- how else are the readers meant to connect with you? This blog will only have the positive bits of my life in it, simply because personally I can’t stand ranty blogs and I don’t want my blog to become one of those.

EIGHT

I learnt just how much I love blogging. There are people out here who just don’t get it- they either smirk, or laugh when I tell them I have a blog. That’s ok, I choose to ignore it. This is my thing, and I’m totally ok with people ‘not getting it’ or not even willing to understand it- it is their loss. For me, blogging has opened up a new outlet of creativity, I feel GREAT about it. Plus the bonus is meeting amazing, inspiring, kind, funny, and just downright bloody awesome people in the blogging world!

NINE

Wearing bunny ears is SO much fun! They’re now sat on my desk, calling out for me to wear them!

TEN

To get anywhere in life you have to work hard. Many see blogging as a hobby, others see it as a career. For me, I hope it will open up exciting opportunities, whether it’s meeting new creative minds, travelling, reviewing products, publishing a book, starting a business, the possibilities are endless, and that is what I LOVE about blogging. It can be whatever you want it to be, it’s YOUR house, do what you want with it and in it! I feel like I knew what the possibilities were, but The Blogcademy has shown me how I can make those possibilities a reality! So thank you so very much, Shauna, Gala & Kat!

 

The Blogcademy In Pictures

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If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you will know that I went to the 2 day Blogcademy course at Curtain Road Studios.

I learnt so much and had tonnes of fun along the way!

For now here is a roundup of the pictures from the course, a post on what I learnt from The Blogcademy will be up soon too!

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Flared nostrils and a frown- SO not happy when my husband told me to take my bunny ears off after the course came to an end!

Guilty Pleasures

guiltypleasuresI was a having a read over at Life Full of Jules, and this inspired me to write my own little post on MY GUILTY PLEASURES…

1. The Kardashians- I don’t care what people say- I love this family and I love their show. Yes they’re ridiculously showy-offy with their wealth, yes it’s staged, but it’s wonderful escapism! And just because I watch it does not make me dumb DOLLS! I’m actually in awe of how clever and successful this family is! Kris Jenner is one clever lady!

2. I love a Galaxy chocolate bar- but it HAS to be semi melted. So if I get one, I normally stick it under one leg as I watch TV and wait for it to become the right consistency. It doesn’t look pretty, but it sure tastes good!

3. I love Hajmola- this is like an Indian digestion aid- it smells like fart, but it doesn’t taste like it I promise! It’s made from tamarind mixed with some type of masala- seriously addicted! Rav’s banned me from eating it anywhere near him!

4. Made in Chelsea. It’s stupid. They’re stupid. They all go out with each other, cheat on each other, tell everyone about it, and then go to a bridge overlooking the Thames to think about what shit heads they’ve been. But for some reason I keep on watching- even though the latest season has been crap- SORT IT OUT BINKY! I don’t know why I love this show but I do {hangs head in shame}.

5. I’m addicted to Baron West Indian hot sauce. It’s SO damn tasty! But every time I have it I put too much on my food and end up having to have my tongue hanging out for a good 30-45 minutes afterwards because it’s ON FIRE.

6. You know when you feel like having a good cry- even though you’re not actually upset, but you feel like you just need to let it out? {we all have that right?!} Well, when I’m feeling like that {every 6-8 weeks-ish} I’ll put on Armageddon or if I need an EXTRA big cry I’ll stick on The Notebook or the episode of ER where Dr Greene dies from his brain tumour- EMOTIONAL. Or I’ll put on the Bollywood film- Khabi Kushi Khabie Gham if I fancy a bit of sing-a-long fun to break up the crying. It’s all therapy to me! It’s good to cry my friends!

7. I LOVE pickled gherkins & cucumbers. OH MAN. I can happily sit at the breakfast counter after work and finish off the jar. TASTY! You wouldn’t have thought that I used to be one those kids at McDonalds who used to take the gherkin out of the burger and give it to my dad!

I think that’s enough guilty pleasures from me, better stop here otherwise you really may start to think I’m a tad bit strange!

So tell me, what are YOUR guilty pleasures?!

DIY Seating Plan

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I really didn’t like all the table plan designs that were available online. So we decided to make our own! I chose frames from an online store (this was over 2 years now- cannot remember the name of the online shop for the life of me) and initially chose to back the insert of the frame with paper. BUT I just couldn’t find any type of paper that I liked. Luckily I am the ultimate lover (& hoarder) of beautiful fabrics- I had a stash of fabric I picked up a while ago from a local store in my office. I was playing around with ideas and the fabric was perfect. Our wedding had a huge floral theme, basic tableware but big centrepieces, including our hydrangea table runner on the sweetheart table {I WAS IN LOVE WITH THIS!}.

I lined the insert of the frame with the fabric and then printed out the table plan on grey paper.

I hate pritt stick- gets EVERYWHERE. So I invested in the Xyron Creative Station. BEST INVESTMENT. EVER.

It’s too long winded to explain how it works, but you can see in this youtube video how it works.

I just stuck the grey sheet onto a darker grey piece of card and backed it again with some peach card- trimming around each border at a time. I eventually stuck each table card onto the fabric. This was so mega secure. The alignment wasn’t perfect, but knowing that guests would have a quick glance at it meant that I really wasn’t too fussed!

I made 2 table plans. One of them is sitting in my office. The other one- I peeled off the card- it came off so easily and have turned it into a notice board for our kitchen!

I haven’t got many proper pictures of the table plans because I wasn’t blogging at the time but these are a few pics to show you!

DIY Seating Plan….for 600 Guests…

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I’ve had this post in my draft box for over a year and I totally forgot to post it- better late than never eh?! You’ll probably be surprised (or sickened) to hear that I actually still have my table plans sat in home- we worked too damn hard to just throw them away! HA!

So many of you know that I’m originally from the Midlands. I’ve rarely come across proper seating plans for weddings at Midlands weddings. It’s a cultural thing, if you travel down south to London, it’s rare not to have a seating plan. When I first proposed this to my parents they weren’t all that keen.
Their main concern was that they didn’t want guests to feel like they were being dictated to. My point was that they will be dictated to because they were attending OUR wedding, and at OUR wedding everyone should have an allocated seat. In addition to this I wanted my close friends and family (i.e. people who knew our names) to get seated close to us.

(Seriously there were people at our wedding who had NO idea who I was. One guy proceeded to congratulate my sister (who is eight years my junior) at my prewedding party – and when my sister corrected them and introduced me as the girl getting married he STILL didn’t get it! I was not impressed.)

Naturally when you’re having a 600 guest wedding where majority of the guests are Indian you NEED to have a seating plan.

Bit of a hassle? Yes.
WELL worth it? HELL YES.

Why should you bother? For a number of reasons- which you can find below!

1. So an elder who forgets her glasses doesnt end up sitting next your groom at your sweetheart table #AWKWARD

2. So your immediate family and close friends can actually be seated close to you, whether it’s for the comfort of sharing the wedding moments with them, or whether to tell your sister you need her to accompany you to the loo.

3. So husbands, wives and children can be seated together, after all they have given up their weekend together to come to your wedding. They should be seated together so they can still have family time whilst enjoying the wedding.

(I used to get so annoyed as kid because we only got to see our dad at the weekend, and dad would always end up on a different table to us)

4. So people don’t STAMPEDE into the reception hall and trample over each other in a race to get the seats – THIS SHIT HAPPENS. I’ve been to a wedding where this has happened, it really wasn’t fun being squished between two ladies who had obviously had too many samoseh in their lifetime, and an uncle who decided to go to pub down the road from the temple for a few cheeky pints at 10am that morning (instead of sitting in and watching the ceremony).

5. So the team who you have hired for your wedding- photographers/DJs/videographers/wedding planners have a decent place to sit and eat. Yes- you have hired them but you will soon realise that you will very quickly become friends with them, and you wouldn’t want your friends to have to stand up and eat during a busy working day would you now?!

6. So randomers who invite themselves to your wedding don’t sit themselves wherever, so that the families who were invited and did bother to RSVP get split up on random tables.

7. So your brother and sister don’t end up standing for the whole of the wedding because some gate crashers have taken their seats- on our wedding day one of my distant uncles randomly brought a friend to the wedding- he took my sister’s seat AND wore jeans to the reception- simply WTF?

8. So you can assign ‘non allocated tables’ to said gate crashers. People still can’t believe that we have gate crashers in this day and age- in the Midlands we do.

And when you ask your mother why, you will ALWAYS get the same response- ‘Oh you know, that uncle who we did invite, he had his entire family, the dog and the dog’s uncle visiting him from India this year, so they were staying with him so naturally he brought all twenty of them along’. 

My response: ‘…and why couldn’t they just stay at home and wait for said Uncle to come back after the wedding?.’Funny how there is never a reply to that question!

We assigned 4 whole tables for this purpose- yes 4 tables of 15, that’s 60 extra seats, 60 extra hired chairs, 60 extra napkins, 60 extra sets of canapés, starters, mains and desserts, 4 extra centre pieces, 4 extra tablecloths. Believe it or not-EVERY EXTRA SEAT WAS FILLED. I wasn’t happy about it, but I was relieved that my important guests didn’t have to move to accommodate gatecrashers, and no one was left to stand throughout the reception- this would have been our worst nightmare!

So I rest my case when it comes to doing a table plan- future Brides & Grooms- you need to sort it out- fight for a table plan. My parents eventually understood why I fought so hard for some organisation!

If the next time I take my weekend out to turn up to a wedding reception where I have to grab my husband and we have to RUN FOR OUR LIVES just to grab a seat, I will just give my wedding present and leave.

I don’t think I’m being rude by saying this but I just feel sometimes Indian weddings are SO lavish and it’s wonderful that people spend ridiculous amounts of money on their Big Fat Indian weddings- BUT what’s the point if your guests can’t be in comfort on the day?

It’s not about showing off about what sports car you and your new bride are coming in, it’s not about how big the diamonds you’re wearing are, it’s about being a GOOD HOST. Friends and families have swapped out of work shifts, delayed their vacations, bought new outfits, basically made an investment so they can attend your big day- the least you can do is make sure every guest has a seat to enjoy their meal and the company of their loved ones too! If you can’t cater for that, then don’t invite above your capacity. No one wants to be standing up for your entire wedding in heavy saree and heels. Think about it- be sensible with numbers!

Anyway on a lighter note- you can see how I made our DIY Table Plans in my next post tomorrow!

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