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Happy New Year! Resolutions…

Happy New Year everybody!

I’m super excited about 2015 and what it’ll bring for the Bonkers Box :-)

Generally speaking I am not one for making New Year’s resolutions. Well, I’m not one for sticking to them anyway. I usually have a sort of vague hope that the new year will be the one where I exercise everyday, stick to that 10 step skincare regime and only eat healthy food. And it lasts about 5 minutes. I read that most people give up their New Year’s healthy eating plans after three months. Three months! That sounds like a long time to me! I’m lucky to make it a week.

Anyway, this year I’ve decided resolutions are about being specific. And realistic. So here are mine:

1. Take my make-up off every night before going to bed and moisturise.

I’m really quite bad a doing this. Then I complain about bad skin! No excuses this year. I am a grown woman! No more mascara smudged pillows, thank you very much. I’d also like to be better at skin care generally (I’m lazy) and have a proper morning and evening routine, but let’s start with baby steps.

2. Blog more!

I was embarrassingly inconsistent at blogging/updating my website in 2014. Although to be fair to myself, I did revamp my entire website, and I’m pretty proud of that. My main problem is that I go through phases of being all good and organised then periods of lethargy and laziness. Time to get my act together! Or at least schedule blog posts so it looks like I’m regularly blogging (lots of people do this).

3. No alcohol in January

I’m gonna give this dry January thing a go. Not because I’m an alcoholic, you understand. This is just a small attempt to kick-start being a bit healthier in the New Year, as when I drink I tend to eat. A lot.

4. Keep Reading

On January 1st 2013 I decided to start recording all the books I read. I started a spreadsheet on my laptop and I’m still adding to it now. It’s a great way to keep track of what you’ve read (if you’re an avid, yet forgetful reader like me), and it also keeps me motivated to read more, and more varied things. I may have a colour-coded system for different genres of book. That’s not weird is it? Anyway, I read 74 books in 2013 and 76 books in 2014, and I intend to keep up the good work.

 

That’s it folks! I’m not setting the bar high this year, it seems silly. This will have to do. I’m really interested in other people’s resolutions too, are you doing anything different this year? Or the same thing but deciding to stick to them? Let me know :-)

Family Holiday to Tuscany

Back in June, I went to Italy with my parents and sister and brother in law (Anna and Simon Clarke). We stayed in southern Tuscany in a house ┬áthree quarters of the way up a mountain taller than Snowdon. The house and its surroundings were breathtaking. The drive up to the house, however, was absolutely terrifying. Looking back on it now, it’s actually quite funny that we picked a holiday house so remote that the nearest shop was a 45minute drive round hairpin bends with 200ft drops to the side of them. At the time, I was horrified. The house itself was only accessible via a 2km dirt track which our Ford Focus hire car really struggled with.

Nevertheless the house was beautiful, with a gorgeous pool and great views and being so out in the sticks we saw so much crazy wildlife! There were scorpions, wild boar, giant lizards, fireflies and huge wasp/hornet things that sounded like lawn mowers. Apparently there are also porcupine and poisonous snakes in the area but we failed to see these. Bit glad about the latter.

The house we stayed in belongs to Kate and Andrew, a lovely English couple who were fantastic and very welcoming. The nearest town was Cortona, which was also lovely, a typical tuscan hill top town with picturesque streets and fantastic views over the region.

Despite the treacherous and vomit-inducing roads, we managed to make it out of the house for a day trips to Siena and Rome. We also went to Fattoria La Vialla for the day, an organic farm which produces a whole range of things: wine, olive oil, pasta sauces, biscuits etc. For 25 Euros you can have lunch there, a 4 hour, 5 course affair where everyone eats together under fig trees and is plied with food, wine, vin santo and grappa until they can hardly stand. It was fantastic. Most of my pictures from the week are from this one day!

Have a look…

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The house we stayed in near Cortona

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A view from the house

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Local wildlife

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Lunch at Fattoria La Vialla

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Three courses down, two to go!

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Under the fig trees

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Anna and Simon

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Standard holiday selfie

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A view from Siena

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Anna and Simon in Siena

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Pretty much the only photo I took in Rome! But it was raining heavily and heaving with tourists.

New Website Alert!

Hellllooooo!

Welcome, finally to my new website. It is loooonnnggg overdue, I know. Anyway, now it’s here in all its shiny new (and hopefully functioning) glory. Take a look around; I hope you all like it!

While it was a slow start to the year for the Bonkers Box, I am now fully in the swing of things and have loads of new exciting things to share. There are new shoot photos to show you, new props, new everything! Even the actual box part of the Bonkers Box is new. Fancy eh?

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