Another birthday ending with a zero

imageWhy do birthdays always make you question life and our life choices? Last week I celebrated a birthday ending with a zero. I was thinking about what I had achieved since my last milestone. In the grand scheme of things not much had changed, but in other ways they have.

I am now focusing my time on those people who I love dearly – close family and friends. These are some of the other things I’m hoping to achieve in the next ten years;

  • To focus on making our house a home
  • To spend money on experiences rather than impulse buys
  • To support independent businesses
  • To continue purchasing vintage items
  • To only buy a maximum of 2 magazines a month
  • To read everyday

I think the worst thing I’ve been doing these past few years, is thinking too much of what others think of me, my circumstances etc. I’m hoping to retrain myself to be less of a worrier. I’m hoping to care less about not keeping up with the Jones’!

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Dreaming

imageWhen I started my blog The Little White Croft it was just a dream. It is still is my dream to have a Croft/Crofter but where and when that will be I don’t know. It could be Ireland, Scotland or Wales, all 3 places have a connection to me.

Crofts can be small or large depending on whether they’ve been extended or not. Having this dream of mine is the focus for my future but also for my current life. It is helping me buy less things and to also stop and pause to see if it is something I really need. Something I haven’t done until now is to think about the future. A life with excess stuff and hardly any pension when I retire isn’t my idea of fun. I have decided to cut back in certain areas and to start saving for my future.

The thing I have done prior to this dream is to buy on impulse or to purchase something to fill a void in my life at that moment. Now I’d rather have less and think each purchase through thoroughly. A Croft doesn’t have a lot storage, so you have to be crafty with the space, having less is a sure start to help with that.

I also get distracted quite a bit as I love many different fabrics in a wide range of colours. I know in a north facing room you’re supposed to stick to warm tones. However in my bedroom I’ve gone with cooler tones blue soft furnishings, ivory lampshades and grey walls. I’ve kept the furniture warm with the use of oak and the flooring is also wood with a rug to soften the scheme a little. I find this palette calming but I do know pinks or reds would’ve been better, but I don’t think they’re for me.

Pinterest is invaluable for being able to put a mood board together easily. It’s a great way of seeing if a scheme will work well together. I’ve been pinning lots of ideas for my dream Croft from kitchen dressers and china to bathrooms with a deep bath. It’s a fun way of seeing what styles really appeal to you and keeping them all pinned in one place.

A Croft lifestyle to me means not keeping up with the Joneses, growing my own fruit and vegetables, baking, being part of a community and lots of walking with my dogs (optional). A general slower pace of life. It should be cosy and welcoming too with lots of home cooked meals using seasonal produce. A place my family and friends will want to visit and to have a feeling of never wanting to leave.

For now it’s just a dream, but a lovely one to have!

Product Empties – March 2017

imageOne of my Resolutions for 2017 was to use up a product I have before replacing it.

During March I have used up

• Various samples from Sisley – I loved everything I tried and I’ve asked for some for my birthday. I’m in two minds about Sisley because although I like the products I’ve tried, I haven’t seen massive improvements and I don’t know if the products are worth splurging on.

• A’kin Rosemary shampoo – I loved the smell of this, but I didn’t notice much difference in my hair. Wouldn’t repurchase.

• Bamford One Morning fragrance – a lovely light day time fragrance. Might repurchase.

• Kjaer Weis lip tint ‘Passionate’ – it’s a lovely soft pink/red shade but it didn’t have much pigment. Wouldn’t re-purchase.

• Honeypie Minerals foundation sample – didn’t like this on my skin. Wouldn’t repurchase.

• Plum & Ashby hand and body wash – I used 2 of these up during March. I found it very drying on the hands, so wouldn’t repurchase.

• Bamford Rose hand & body wash – I loved this and would repurchase.

• Little Soap Company olive soap – very gentle and low lathering. Would repurchase as it’s perfect for sensitive skin.

• Kjaer Weis cream blush ‘Blossoming’ – lovely colour but difficult to blend. Wouldn’t repurchase.

• Aveda Scalp a Benefits conditioner – wouldn’t repurchase

• Chanel Les Beiges Foundation – nice colour and coverage. Would repurchase but it’s pricey.

• Kjaer Weis cream blush ‘Lovely’ – I couldn’t use this sample up as the colour was too vivid for my pale skin.

• Honeypie Minerals rose blush – didn’t like the colour, wouldn’t repurchase.
I’m planning on doing more of these posts and also beauty favourites which are my go to repeat purchases. Let me know if these posts are of interest.