Slow Living Sunday: Sunshine & Serenity

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It’s a beautiful and sunny Sunday evening here in Bridport today. Alan and I had a nice long lie in followed by him making us cinnamon rolls! They were so good! It was his first time making them too and they turned out fantastic! We had to run some errands earlier so after having breakfast we went into town to get a few things and enjoy the sunshine. It is lovely to be out and taking all the signs of Spring in. I had a few things I wanted to do when we got home, making a nice loaf of bread being one of them!

Back in January we moved into our own place but we still have a few things over at Alan’s parents’ place so while I got busy making my Bara Soda Carawe (that’s Welsh for Caraway Soda Bread), Alan went to go get some of our books to add to our bookcase which had been sitting in the hallway not getting much use other than as a catch-all of sorts. We cleared it out last weekend and now it is finally starting to look like a proper bookcase and soon I will have the hallway clear of all the excess clutter.

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So, today has really been more about slow living, trying to just take at least a day to enjoy life without all the major distractions from the everyday. Alan made a lovely chili con carne while I baked and we had a late lunch followed by a nice nap (sunshine and a hearty meal will do that to you). Now I am up, writing to you all after having finished a few designs and test prints to upload some new stuff to the Etsy shop and Alan is making scones for supper! Couple that with a gorgeous evening of sunshine and a leisurely viewing of Vera on ITV in about 40 minutes and we are ready to end this relaxing day to start a new and vibrant week ahead. How was your Sunday?

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Well, I am off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday evening with my hubby! More news to come tomorrow! Have a lovely week and stay positive!

 

Photos by: Nadia M. Perez Bugler ©2017 All Rights Reserved.

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Hello again! It’s been a while…

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Well, after a rather long hiatus from blogging, partially because I wasn’t feeling much like writing and partly because I had forgotten my login details, I am back with you all again. Hello from Bridport! It was a lovely start to April today, lots of sunshine despite some looming clouds so Alan and I headed off on a walk to West Bay to have a nice beach day.

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Despite some brooding storm clouds towards town, the Bay stayed dry while we were there and the walk home was lovely. Alan even found a human size hamster wheel in one of the fields. *wink*

Hopefully we will be back blogging more regularly here though we can’t promise to do so daily. I for one have a lot more to share with you all but for now I bid you a good weekend and a good night!

 

Photos of West Bay by Nadia M. Perez Bugler ©2017 All Rights Reserved.

No-Spend June = Creative Possibilities

Hello my lovely readers! Happy first day of June and beginning of the meteorological summer, well here in the Northern hemisphere at least. A little update about things in the Bugler-Perez household. First, we are embarking on a no-spend month which basically means we will spend on nothing extra other than the bills we have to pay and the food we must eat. No outings. no extra coffee dates here and there, no frivolous spending of any sort. Sounds daunting, I know, but I think it will help us greatly in the long run to be able to save for truly extra special events as well as enable us (me in particular) to use the things we have on hand and/or get rid of the things we will ultimately not use. Thirty days of not spending on extras may seem like a long time but in the end I think it will be well worth it.

Another little thing I wanted to share is that I am going to be blogging daily this month using prompts from Hello Neverland for the month of June. I found her blog via Pinterest after I was searching for a way to beat my ‘blogger’s block’ and found her prompts to be really encouraging and fairly easy to fit into my lifestyle blog. Today’s prompt is how do you express your creativity and I think this ties in perfectly with my no-spend month as I am aiming to be more creative in many ways–crafting, cooking, even how I entertain myself and how my husband and I entertain ourselves as a whole. I am hoping this will help us use our time a bit more wisely and allow us to create more.

Generally speaking, I express my creativity in the form of art or paper crafting. I love to create things, pretty things and functional as well. Anything that is visually pleasing is what I like to make to express myself.

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My other main form of creative expression is photography. I just love snapping photos of people, places, things and even abstracts. When I am not shooting with my DSLR my iPhone is almost always out for me to capture a candid shot of someplace or something.

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I’m not particularly interested in how others perceive all the things I make or all the things I photograph, they are mostly for my own pleasure though it is nice to hear that other people enjoy it as well. I also enjoy being creative in the kitchen, trying new flavours and not rigidly sticking to a recipe but sometimes changing it up. I think, being a creative person, I tend to express my creativity in all the things I do on a regular basis. What about you? How do you express your creativity? Is your creative side affecting your pocket too much or have you found ways to manage that well? I am very curious about what you all think and what stories you can tell! Have you tried a no-spend month before?

I am hoping to get creative with all of my paper crafting supplies this month while I am not purchasing anymore to see just how far I can push the bounds of my own creativity. I’ll hopefully be publishing a few entries with how-to’s on my snail mail blog throughout the month of June.

Have a very happy and blessed June! I’m off to bed! Chat more to you all tomorrow!

 

PHOTOS: Paper punched & hand cut shapes for use in paper crafting; far side of Coquina Beach, Florida 2 years ago.

Want to use the same blogging prompts I’m using? Here’s the June prompts from Hello Neverland.

Island Breeze: Anna Maria Island Visit and Mingle

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Yesterday evening I had the opportunity of going out to dinner with my mom and her friend from France who also came with her mother. We had a lovely time out on Anna Maria Island and used the 45 minute wait for a table at the Waterfront Restaurant to wander along the pier and take some stunning photos of the evening. I’d like to share a few with you all now.

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Linked up to: Fawns & Fables’ Wonderland Link Up for photography. ☺

Monday Musings: Thoughts on the Future of Walks in Beauty

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction in which I would like to take Walks in Beauty which is why I haven’t updated it much lately. Ideally, I’d like to have a main focus on this blog and the focus I’d like to give it is plain and simple but requires a lot of effort, of course. I want to make it into a true expat lifestyle blog and focus mainly on the area of the UK I will soon be residing permanently in, Dorset. I want to bring you, my readers, closer to the place I have come to love and feel most at home at. I want you to see it with me as I go about daily life. I’d like to take you to where I shop, where I go for walks, share my kitchen adventures with you and invite you to share Dorset’s magic with me from the comfort of where you are. While I am here in Florida waiting to complete my visa application process I will be sharing throughout the next few weeks photos and moments from my time in Dorset last year which I did not previously share while I was there. Also, I will continue to research the area surrounding Bridport, the market town I will be residing in, and sharing what I find with you here.

Aside from that though, I really want to share with you what is going on in my life as I wait here in Florida as well so you will be able to catch a glimpse of life in this peninsular tropic. Aside from the heat, it’s really not such a bad place. *wink*

There are also some very lovely places to visit here in the Tampa Bay area and I will share with you some of my favourites so that if you come to the area you will fall in love with it.

So, stay tuned for new blog posts and a few other new things along the way…

Cheers!

Nadia xo

Life, Blogging and Autumn…

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Seems that life took over in August and kept me busy all through September and now, as I am on the threshold of returning to the US after a lovely six month visit to my husband in the UK, I find myself relishing for time to do all the things I didn’t get to do with little chance of actually being able to do it. Even so, this does not mean that I haven’t accomplished much in the time I have been here. I’ve been able to expand my creative mind, meet loads of wonderful people and find a sense of belonging in a community I have come to love as my own, I’ve enjoyed long walks around hillsides that I shall miss until I can return again, seen places I never in my life imagined I’d see and best of all have had a beautiful time with my husband.

Life has been lovely here and as I prepare to go to NY to see my nieces before making my way back to Florida in November I couldn’t be more grateful for the time I have spent here. Even in the world of social media I have had success on the Walks in Beauty Facebook page, joined a blogging tribe which has been a great confidence booster and I hope that the ladies in the tribe know just how privileged I feel to be among them, and have had a great response on my Instagram accounts as well.

I was fortunate enough to get out to Dorchester with Alan last Sunday to see the turning of the leaves in autumn and it did not disappoint! It was all very lovely and I look forward to sharing some of the photos with you.

I’d like to take a moment though to share the importance of having a sense of belonging and how the blogging tribe has aided in that for me. My friend Fiona of Dolly Dowsie, a very popular Irish Beauty and Mommy Lifestyle blog, created the tribe so that several of us could have a bit of a blogging support group where we could share our posts and give each other daily feedback. I think it is both a great idea and a wonderful blessing for those of us involved. As with all things, though, involvement can sometimes wane and life gets in the way of keeping up with everything all at once. Still, I think it is a brilliant way of connecting with other bloggers and encouraging each other in our endeavours.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading several posts by Aly Hodge of Bug, Bird, & Bee, I really like her originality. I’ve also had the chance to get acquainted with several other blogs; Blogger Mumma has a really cute blog, Four Walls, Rainy Days has a lot of interesting reads, The Mini Mes and And Me is quite fun, and a recent newcomer to the tribe, Kiki Nakita harkens to our sense of nostalgia, home life and a lovely collection of photos and memories. There are quite a few more and I hope to often share more links to the other bloggers in our tribe’s blogs as the days, weeks, and months go by. Have a browse, enjoy their pert opinions and life views and leave a comment to let them know you stopped by. After all, it’s nice to know that people appreciate the time we put into our blogs when you leave a comment.

I hope you’re all having a beautiful week and getting geared up for the weekend!

 

Cheers,

Nadia xo

What Our Rainy Bank Holiday Looked Like

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Yesterday was a bank holiday Monday and a very rainy one at that! So, we stayed indoors, did laundry, took part in the ALS ice bucket challenge, baked and more…here’s our day in photographs. Enjoy!

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Eggs and soldiers for breakfast, a first time British traditional treat for me!

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Ice buckets ready for Alan and I to do the challenge! Boy, ice melts quickly when there’s lots of water in the bucket!

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Baking cookies from a recipe I found on One Crafty Mumma’s blog.

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Lunch was simple but delicious, mushrooms on toast! Yum!

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Baked two different varieties of shortbread (cocoa and M&Ms ones, almond and craisin as well).

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Lastly, Alan baked a scrumptious lasagne and we ended the day watching a few episodes of The Tudors. Sometimes life really is that simple.