September is almost over, so here are a few of my favourites from this month…
Looking in the diary I cannot believe we heading straight for the last quarter of this year. It made me think about diaries for 2015, I am greedy and have two ~ one I keep in the kitchen so I have it to hand at all times when at home, the other I keep in the form of a A5 filofax which is kept in my handbag ready to whip out when in appointments for either myself or the girls, so I can be efficient booking the next session without clashing with anything else.
So ~ which diary do I buy for 2015? I umm’d and ahh’d for some time, do I go practical large A4 week to view boring diary, small slim one, hanging picture month to view? Nope ~ none of the above, instead I plumped for the fabulous Terry Pratchett 2015 Discworld Diary & it’s theme is Igors ~ I have to say it is utterly brilliant and makes me grin every time I look at it and have to open it up to write something in (and yes, I already have written in appointments made for 2015!).
This month has been mostly about myself and The Dave focusing on work ~ a tricky business when suffering from insomnia, but somehow I have blearily managed to open up another shop via storenvy, I won’t tell you all about the shop here (if you are interested though you can read about it via this link). I have also ordered in a little more stock, dipping into gifts and small novelty items. Now I adore all things created from Himalayan Salt, both Tasha and Tara spend an awful lot of time in their bedrooms so I invested in some very lovely Salt Lamps which are beautiful and give off such warm low glow. So when browsing through the wholesale catalogue I found these gorgeous Himalayan Salt Tea-Light holders and Heart Shaped Himalayan Soap / Deodorant bars. The are really lovely and I have kept myself some for personal use and put what’s left in my shop.
I also decided I needed some new business cards, just the one card for both the business as I’m not wanting to have two different ones for my different shops. As money is tight. I had to do some searching and came upon a site you may have heard of called Vistaprint, which is very reasonably priced and they offer you the option of designing your own double sided business card ~ which is perfect for my needs. So after a little messing about on publisher (I don’t possess any sophisticated software so make do with what I have) I came up with my designs. THEY ARRIVED today ~ nervously opening the box I worried about how they would look but am thrilled to say they are thick, glossy and perfect – the photo doesn’t really do it justice as the Planet Zivo isn’t as dark as it looks in this picture ~ but here it is showing both sides…
You may remember from a much earlier blog that I lamented about living with a partner who snores, loudly, like a fog horn, all night long!! Well, we found a FANTASTIC (capitals to underline it’s awesomeness) solution to The Daves snoring ~ it’s called a Sleepguard Mouthpiece and works a little like a retainer (if you have had any dental work you know what I mean) if not here is a picture of it…
With it are instructions of how you mould it to your teeth and then hey presto ~ pop it in at night and the snoring blissfully stops or it did. UNTIL, Loki our delightful Jack Russell/Pug puppy, decided that he would jump onto the bed, climb onto the bedside table and chew The Daves mouthguard! Uggh, noooo! So sadly I have had to take myself down to the sofa every night in order to get any rest and left The Dave upstairs with the dogs, snoring his head off shaking the walls and house foundations whilst we awaited the replacement to arrive in the post. Thankfully the replacement has arrived this afternoon which means tonight I can look forward to sleeping back in my own bed beside a none-snoring sleepguard wearing hubby – phew!
Finally, we managed to take Tara for her belated birthday trip to Twycross Zoo (her birthday was only in February). We went to the Safari Park the previous month with Tasha for her belated birthday trip and so were pleased to finally make it with Tara. Keisha had already organised to have a driving lesson on the day we were going and wasn’t too bothered about coming with us as she had been with friends not so long ago. Keisha and Jack stayed with the dogs and we packed Tasha, Tara and the two wheelchairs into the car to go and see the monkeys. Now I know there are people who feel Zoo’s are cruel places, but Twycross Zoo are very proactive in caring for wildlife; this is from their website.
“We unfortunately live in a world where many species of both plants and animals are on the brink of extinction….We currently have around 150 species, many of which are enrolled in conservation breeding programmes, and we contribute to conservation in the wild through our Conservation Welfare Fund. We also support field projects through our expertise in the health and welfare of animals and by raising public awareness of their plight in the wild. We breed a wide range of endangered species and are members of European and international organisations” To find out more, explore the conservation section here
The girls had a fabulous time just quietly watching the different monkeys, here are just a few photos to share with you.
So there you go, these are my rather random September favourites ~ I wonder what October will bring?