June Goals & A Homemade Salsa Recipe

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Hello again my lovely readers! I missed a day of posting yesterday so I thought I would double up on both prompts. Goals for the month and my go to summer recipe. I have one main goal for this month which, if you’ve read my previous posts you’ll already know what that is, but for those who are just reading this, that is to not spend on anything frivolous this month. That is to say, no spending on any of the things I tend to buy needlessly like washi tape or more stickers when I have plenty. Alan (my hubby) and I decided to spend only on the necessary things such as food and toiletries and on things pertaining to my stationery business Walks in Beauty Paperie on Etsy, mainly materials such as ink for printing and paper.

Another goal for this June is to try and use more of my craft supplies to create both things to send to my pen pals in creative mail or things to sell. I have a few ideas combining mixed media up my sleeve. Also, we both have the goal of exploring more of the art studios in our local area during the Dorset Art Weeks which is a nice free outing and allows us to mingle with local artists and fellow creatives, see what they are doing and support them. We usually tended to go to St. Michael’s Trading Estate for the studios there but have discovered there are some other studios dotted about town or within walking distance in other nearby villages that might be worth going to check out. There is at least one open studio during the Arts Week in the North Mills area I’d like to check out (photographic art) and one in the village of Symondsbury which I am dying to go and explore again. The arts weeks end on 12th June so we should be able to check out many different studios between now and then. Today we saw some beautiful quilt art at Becca’s Fabric Larder, most of the pieces were by either Becca Balazs herself or another very talented quilter, Janet McCallum. This was a private viewing which we were invited to but many of the art studios around there were also open and we could have gone in. Supporting local artists and crafters is a big goal of mine. I want to support them more and the big chain shops less. We are fortunate enough to have quite a variety here in Bridport which is a huge plus!

Now, on to today’s prompt: My go to summer recipe…well, I think that would have to be homemade salsa! I love the stuff! I am not a fan of spicy salsa so I make mine very differently from most people but it’s such a refreshing salad and goes well on tortilla chips or even as a side with meat. We made some last night to go with our lovely nacho salad (something I used to eat at home with my parents in Florida pretty regularly and was craving) and it turned out amazing! So, I thought I would share the recipe for those who are more into a mild and refreshing salsa.



nacho salad with home made salsa

Homemade Mild Refreshing Salsa


  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
  • half a white onion, chopped or 2 large spring onions chopped (green tops and white bits)
  • half a large English cucumber, chopped
  • juice of one lime
  • quarter of a red bell pepper, chopped
  • three sprigs lemon thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or more
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Chop all of your ingredients that need chopping and place them in a medium to large bowl as you go.
  2. Once chopped, mix and squeeze the juice of one lime over the salsa mix.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix together.
  4. For best results make this a day in advance, mix and cover and place in refrigerator overnight so that the juices work their magic.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you try it out do let me know!





Shop Update and Goings On…

Good Friday morning to you all! It’s way overcast and a bit dreary here in Bridport today but my mood is not dampened by it! I’m excited for a couple of reasons, the most important being that, after a very long hiatus, I’ve decided to open up my Etsy shop again with fresh new designs and more to be added weekly! 

Walks in Beauty Paperie will open its virtual doors this morning at 9:30am and I’m very pleased with what I have in stock at present and what we will have in stock in the next few weeks! 

I worked endlessly for the last two and a half weeks cutting and prepping stock and am looking forward to doing more! 


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Stationery stack, all cut and packaged.

The other thing I’m excited about for today is that I’m going to my first British Pantomime show here in Bridport, at the Electric Palace! I’ve been told it boasts lots of laughs and audience participation so I’m ready for a good evening of fun! 

I’m continuing my Portland photo diary series next week with our Day 2 photos from the Coast Path and Church Ope Cove as well as some other posts I’d like to share with you. Saturdays and Sundays I’ll not be blogging as I want to spend that time with my hubby.

What exciting things are you doing this weekend?

Here’s some things I’m liking from around the web this week:

This new Zero Waste post from The Old Fashioned Mama spoke to my heart this morning… 
Littlehouselea’s Instagram photos make me swoon…

These Valentine’s cookies from My Three Little Kittens…yum!!

Have a happy weekend! 

Nadia xo

My First #British #Christmas 

I took a couple of days off blogging to fully enjoy the holidays and experience my first British Christmas and I must say that while I love American Christmas celebrations, thr British do Christmas just as well if not slightly more family oriented. 

On Christmas Eve, Alan and I did some last minute shopping and also pre-cooked the ham we’d bought from our local butcher’s Balson’s. It was the first time either of us had cooked a ham from its raw state and I was super excited at the prospect of this. It’s much easier than I though! 


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Our ham was too big to fit in one pot do we boiled it in two chunks.

We also had a nice nighttime game of Scrabble before heading to bed to wait for Christmas morn.

Christmas morning I received a few goodies from Alan in my Christmas sock…

Alan and I spent Christmas Day with his folks here at their home where we are living temporarily and just had a fabulous day of it. We cooked a lovely breakfast together of Brioche French Toast topped with a dusting of icing sugar and mixed berries and a drizzle of maple syrup. So delicious! 

We opened a couple of gifts before cooking dinner. Our tree looked so lovely the night before…


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gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve shot of the tree.

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Christmas tree selfie

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Posing with one of the gifts I opened…

Our dinner was scrumptious though slightly less traditional. Since we’d had a turkey back in November at our Thanksgiving celebration we’d opted for having a ham which worked out well with the rest of our food. 


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Cooking pigs in a blanket and carrot & swede mash.

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Our table spread with everything including Christmas crackers.

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Our delicious Christmas meal of Cola & Mustard glazed ham, roast potato & parsnips, carrot & swede mash, braised red cabbage & apples relish, pigs in blankets, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce , and bread sauce.

I’m already looking forward to the next Christmas! The bad cracker jokes, watching Christmas specials on the telly, playing scrabble with my hubby, it was all lovely! 

Here are a few silly Christmas hat pics because they have to be done! 





What was your Chrismas like? Do you have any interesting out of the norm traditions? 

Boxing Day was spent at my brother in laws opening more gifts, eating good food and watching movies and shows. 

We returned home yesterday and went for a walk around town a bit. Today we will be going out to watch the new Star Wars movie so expect to hear my reaction tomorrow! 

Cheers and Happy Holidays! 

Nadia xoxo

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#Christmas in #Bridport: A Glimpse into December’s Late Night Shopping Tradition


Christmas in Bridport Dorset

A couple of weeks ago on 9th December, Alan and I went to Bridport’s Late Night Shopping where the majority of the town’s shops stay open later than usual and there are stalls down along South Street as well as fun fair rides for the children and an appearance from Father Christmas. We headed out into the evening a little after it had begun but were able to see and experience the full effect of everyone out having a good time. We even saw a few friends out enjoying the evening, had a coffee from Soulshine Cafe and bought a few things from some of the local shops for the festivities.

I love seeing the town brimming with people and as it is my first Christmas here in Bridport I was happy to snap a few pics to show everyone how many lovely folks were out and about that day.

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Walking down West Street heading toward the activity.

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Frost’s “XMAS” light display above the shop front windows.

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The tree in Bucky Doo among the hub bub of people and stalls…

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Looking down South Street at the people and stalls…

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The Hot Chestnuts stall and two townies…

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People and the fun fair rides in the distance…

What sorts of Christmas traditions do your towns hold? Does Father Christmas usually make an appearance, does the Salvation Army Band come around? I’d love to know what other places do to get into the holiday spirit!

Merry Christmas!

Nadia xoxo



#Christmas in #Bridport: Lights and Window Displays Around Town

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Trying to settle into a routine and get organised after the whirlwind that was my recent permanent move to the UK was a lot more involved than I initially thought it would be but here I am, AT LAST, getting another blog post in. I am hoping to do a bit more consistent blogging in 2016. There are a few changes afloat for Alan and myself and I have to say I am looking forward to them and to sharing some of what we are doing with you all. This is my first British Christmas and I have been having a blast seeing our town come alive in festive wonder. This past Sunday evening we went out and about for a short walk and I had a fun time looking at the different windows and displays around town so I thought I would share a few of my favourites from the evening.

Polar Bear light in Frost's Window Bridport Dorset

Polar Bear Light in Frost’s Window

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Menswear and Hats display for Christmas at T. Snook Hatters in Bridport

T. Snook Hatter Bridport

The ladie’s hat display at Snook’s

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Christmas for your pets, Pet supply display on South Street

Bridport Arts Centre and Bucky Doo Square

A Christmas greeting from the Town with the tree in Bucky Doo Square just outside the Bridport Arts Centre.

The Book Shop on South Street Bridport

The Book Shop’s Display on South Street has some beautiful winter books on display with their subtle lights.

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Trees and lights on South Street shop fronts

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The nature shop’s pretty display.

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I love the trees that adorn many of the buildings on South Street and the lights in people’s flat windows are lovely too!

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Merry Christmas on South Street.

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Read’s has some fabulous displays…

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The other half of Read’s display might be my favourite!

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A look down South Street at the red face of the clock on the Town Hall.

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Looking the other direction down South Street.

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Bridport Music’s display.

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Lovely snowmen!

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Toy Master from across the street.

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I just loved the subdued lights on this tree just barely lighting up the sign…

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Merry Christmas from Toy Master!

I’m curious to see all your towns and cities at Christmas! Are there any interesting traditions your towns have during the festivities? Next time I will share with you some photos from the late night shopping night in Bridport a couple of weeks ago.

Merry Christmas!

Nadia xoxo



#SPSH2015 Parcel Reveal

At the end of last month I took part in the wonderful event that is Wreck This Girl’s Secret Penpal Scavenger Hunt via her fabulous blog Snail Mail Love. Each participant received a list of things to gather and a secret swap partner to send to which was truly a blast! Each person definitely had a unique way of presenting their parcels and sent unique items which you can see on Instagram by looking up the hashtag #SPSH2015. You won’t be disappointed! 

I received a fabulous parcel from a secret pal in London, England! I couldn’t be more pleased with what she selected for me! It’s all stuff I’ll use and love! So here’s the big reveal of what I received…

This lovely Paperchase Flash Back card was the first thing I saw and opened in the box.

A peek inside the fabulous box…each postcard explained the contents of the box.

A peek at the goods…

City Explorer’s Kit: Underground map tea towel, super cute London stickers, glittery travel stickers.

Postal Freak Kit: Cute animal mini cards and Weird egg decoration stickers

Bad Day Survival Kit: Monster Tissues, sparkly socks, sunflower nail files, & bubbles! 🙂

Monogram: Wooden ‘N’ sticker & Embroidered ‘N’ notebook. Preference Presents: Green & Purple washi tapes from Paperchase + fab colourful sketchbook!

I love it all! Thank you to my secret penpal! I can’t wait to participate again next year! Want to see some of the posts by others? Check out the host’s post, #SPSH2015 Reveal Day

Keep writing! Stay creative! 


Nadia xo

Homesick for Bridport…

homesick post I have officially been away from Bridport and the home my hubby and I have established for nearly four months. Though we were fortunate enough to see each other in December and January to spend the two holidays together it still feels like too long a time and I miss being over there with him. Separations are not fun and even less so when they are forced separations governed by things outside of our immediate control. We are at the point where we can soon begin the process of applying for my spouse visa and thankfully we are 100% certain we meet all the requirements but the cost of this undertaking is high indeed. Still, I am not without hope. Where there’s a will there’s a way, right?

Still I do miss being in our little bungalow, spending time together even if it is just watching a film or talking over coffee (for me) and hot chocolate (for him) while making plans for the weekend. I miss being the housewife waiting for her hubby to come home from work to chat about his day and discussing the every day things, however mundane that may sound. It’s just not the same having to chat via video. We make the most of it and even watch things together each on our own computers, weekends being the most time we spend together since we are both off from work but it’s gut wrenching to have to go to bed each night on our own after being used to being together under one roof.

Our time here for Christmas was lovely, full of activity and life. Sharing in my own family’s traditions at Christmas time with Alan was wonderful and I look forward to sharing in his family’s traditions when the time comes this year. It was really nice to not have to be apart for our first Christmas as a married couple, and what a great Christmas it was! It was the best Christmas present I received hands down.

IMG_3185 Picking Alan up from Orlando was so very exciting and I could hardly contain it! We are so fortunate in the family we have that they were all so generous in helping make it possible for us to spend this Christmas with one another. We had a lovely stay at the resort where my mom works for a week and had a fabulous view from the balcony. Florida certainly treated us both very kindly and gave us many photo opportunities…

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Photos from left, clockwise: Our Christmas photo which we posted on our social media outlets, Alan and I in front of the Christmas tree, silly black and white ‘free-falling’ photo, sitting on the couch with Alan up to his silly antics on New Year’s Eve, and black and white cheeky photo outside.

First pic of the New Year, first kiss and lunch at the Old Salty Dog in Sarasota.

First pic of the New Year, first kiss and lunch at the Old Salty Dog in Sarasota.

These memories, they are worth the wait because I know in my heart of hearts that we will be creating many more new memories. When life hands you lemons…throw them really hard back and dance around with joy!

Stay tuned for new updates and all that. Hoping to share a bit with you all about our anniversary which is only a couple of weeks away. Thanks for stopping by!


Nadia xx