Happy Little Egg

We’ve just moved in to our dream little home. Our new build is 3 bedrooms, based in Lancashire and this is our very first home that we can call our own!

Since I can remember I have always had the passion for interior design. This has become a hobby of mine, obsessing over Pinterest and viewing other inspirational Insta pages.

Keep your eyes peeled for my thoughts and progress of my new home, along with a possible few posts about my biggest love of my life, my Westie, Ned.

Much Love,

Sophie x

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I can’t believe I’m writing this but.. here goes nothing..

I can’t believe I’m writing this but.. here goes nothing..

We’re ENGAGED!!

I’m still in shock and I am so god damn happy!

So the little night away in Ambleside which Adam booked  (See last post for more info) had a hidden agenda behind it.  It was of course for a belated anniversary night away but it became one of the most memorable trips of my life.

When we arrived we spent a day in Ambleside nipping in to different shops and enjoyed a delicious pub lunch.

We then headed back to the hotel to get ready before dinner.

Just as we were leaving, Adam told me he had a present for me and I needed to close my eyes.

At first I thought oh no I haven’t bought him a present! I felt awful!

He then walked over and placed a box in my hand. I was terrified to open it, just in case my high hopes were shattered!

I eventually opened the box and it was a beautiful sparkling diamond ring. Of course I wished it was an engagement ring but he said nothing! (Leave a girl suspense why don’t you!)

I said…. is this..erm… what I think it is?

He of course said yes, then asked me to be his wife!!

Adam said it felt like forever until I actually said yes. ha! Sorry!

I just couldn’t stop smiling, hugging and kissing him as this is what I’ve dreamt of for so long!

Writing this, I can’t stop smiling.

I of course said yes and couldn’t stop smiling, shaking and happy tears came along too.

The happy tears and shaky hands didn’t stop for a good hour! I was in complete shock.

After 5 fantastic years together he finally asked me to be his wife.

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At first I wanted to keep this a secret and tell people in person. However my mum was an exception.

For years she’s been winding me up saying ‘can I buy a hat yet?’. I called her straight away and she was over the moon.

The following day we broke the news to my dad during a meal. We decided to not say anything and to see how long it would take until he notices.

Put it this way we gave in!

After the starter my dad and Caroline still didn’t notice! We randomly got on to the subject of weddings in Vegas and my dad made a comment along the lines of ”well I would have to come with you!” So I said ”As if you haven’t noticed!!” and me and Adam started smiling and I showed my ring.

Caroline and Adam said they swear they saw my dads eyes tearing up!

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The next step was to break it to all of our friends. Over group chats I sent a simple image of us and the ring but for Facebook and Instagram we posted this adorable photo announcement…

 

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As I write this, I’m gobsmacked to how many people have liked and commented with their best wishes (146 likes and 143 comments so far).

Now everybody knows, it’s becoming reality and I’m still completely in shock.

Now a little message to my fiancé!!!!! 

For 5 years you’ve put up with me and my quirkiness. I don’t think you understand how happy you have made me. I am completely over the moon and I can’t stop smiling and looking at my beautiful ring.

As a wedding co-ordinator you’ve had to put up with my constant hints of how much I love weddings (sorry!). But I’m so lucky to have you in my life. You are my best friend and I would be truly lost without you.

I can’t wait to be Mrs Butterworth.

I love you so much.

Much Love,

Your fiancé xx

 

 

New buys

A trip out to get Adams glasses resulted in a couple of home buys of course!

I was surprised to see some lovely bits in Tesco. Feather cushion (£8.00) and matching wall art (£10.00) both from Tesco, they look lovely in the bedroom.

The final items bought was 2 large fluffy cushions from Matalan for £15.00 each. Originally bought for the living room for the sofas but they were enormous!!

 

When pay day comes around, hello more home shopping!!

Much Love

Sophie x

My busy busy September so far..

Well.

I say it every time I write but wow i’ve been busy!

September has been a busy little month for me and it’s only the 24th.

Greece

Me and my mum went to Rhodes, Greece for a week. We stayed all-inclusive at the D’Andrea Mare Hotel . The hotel was beautiful and was perfect for a relaxing break away in the sun. With temperatures reaching 30 degrees daily, we mainly stayed by the pool. The swim up bar was perfect when we needed another cocktail and the lazy river was perfect for exactly that, being lazy!

When I returned home it was straight back to work.

My first day back was a budget meeting followed with a 2 day conference later in the week.

The conference

Every year I attend a sales and marketing conference for Best Western. This year it was held in Stoke at the Best Western Plus Moat House. The food was incredible.

On day 1, the lunch was served on different stations. There was a pizza station (accompanied with pizza oven), Chinese, Kebabs, Pulled Pork and Ice-cream. I was in food heaven!!

After a day of work shops and speakers, an evening of fun was needed! The theme this year was ‘Best of the Western’. The cowboy hats, checked shirts and denim were out in full force!

5 years

So mine and Adams 5th anniversary falls on the 21st September. 3rd year running I was spending my anniversary at a conference yet again. As this month has been hectic we have booked a little night away in October.

Adam chose The Regent Hotel in Ambleside. We are staying in the ‘Sail Loft’.

The nautical themed bedroom has it’s own private terrance with amazing views across Lake Windermere (let’s pray for nice weather).

I can’t wait for a break away and to actually spend some quality time with Adam.

 

 

Much Love

Sophie x

 

Bedroom Update

Very short post to show bedroom progression.

In just over a month we have added new bedside tables, new lamps, a vase and put up our mirror.

Bedside tables came part of a package from the Home collection at Argos.  We wanted two tables that matched, and ideally part of a bedroom furniture package. We chose a furniture set which included :2 bedside tables, wardrobe and chest of drawers. This was £216.96 and in the sale it was only £180! Bargain.

Bedside Lamps were from Dunelm for £35 each. £10 for the grey shade and £25 for the stand. We bought two of the same to keep continuity and they fit in perfect.

Mirror was given to us by my auntie a couple of years ago. In the old house it lived in the hallway but I thought the bedroom needed a little something on the wall.

My beautiful Vase was from HomeSense for £10.00. It’s so pretty, I just love it! Now I need something to go on the other windowsill. Anybody who has any ideas what should go on the second windowsill please let me know. I’m thinking a plant maybe. However I’m terrible at keeping flowers alive. Maybe a fake arrangement maybe a nice touch.

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Much Love 

Sophie x

The world of Instagram. Is it really all that great?

Happylittleegg Instagram started as my own personal Insta with many photographs of my every day life. Over the past year as you all know I’ve been in the process of buying a new home, therefore my posts have become house related.

When this started to be the case I noticed my friends in my real life wasn’t interested in my constant house updates so were becoming slightly irritated with my updates of e.g. ‘Look at my new kettle posts’ etc ha!

So I decided to dedicate the Happylittleegg Instagram for my home only.

Because of the move to my new home, I noticed my likes were increasing from around 20 likes per post to 50+.

Yes I know, to many of my Insta friends this is nothing as they get 100+ on each post, and over 1000 follows. (We all start somewhere I keep telling myself).

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(My most liked post, currently 217 likes! I have no idea why, it’s not even a fantastic shot)

 

My first website ‘appearance’

Yes I know it’s nothing to most, but it was lovely to be asked to be featured on the ‘Inspiration Gallery’ for Breville.

I’m proud to say that two of my Instagram posts have now been shared on Breville’s ‘Inspiration Gallery’.

Before my first post was shared (far right image), I just celebrated receiving 600 follows! But when this image was shared I shot up by 100 followers in 5 days. For me this was fantastic!

So when Breville ask to share another post of mine, I was over the moon.

I received nothing.

If anything my follows and likes had dropped!

When this started to happen I thought, what am I doing wrong? I started to feel a little down hearted. Because secretly I wanted to keep increasing my follows as I am very proud of my little home.

However when I sat and spoke to Adam, I realised how stupid I was being.

After looking from an outsiders point of view, I was being silly. I have so much to be thankful for, and I am so proud of where I am in my life.

At 24 I own a home with my lovely boyfriend and our little boy Ned (our dog) and I have my dream career which I worked very hard to get.

Anyway… who want’s to be ‘Insta Famous’?!

I’ve noticed many ‘Insta Famous’ accounts getting very obsessive, even going to the extent of creating fake profiles to stalk people who have ‘copied’ their ideas.

In my eyes, they need to see that their home is inspiration to others. Don’t be jealous when somebody uses the same wall art, or table arrangement. Be proud that it was you who inspired them.

This have become a litte rant! Sorry (not sorry!). 

I’m aware I don’t get many views on here or even on my Insta but this has become a lovely little hobby for me when I have some down time.

I work full time and work god damn hard!  This is my little quiet haven and I need to be proud of that.

As Bear Grylls annoying always says ‘positivity, positivity, positivity’! As if I just quoted Bear Grylls haha!

Much Love

Sophie x

 

 

 

A little night away

Me and Adam have been on annual leave, so we decided to make the most of the lovely weather and have a night away in the Lake District.

The Lake District is only an hour away so it’s the perfect distance for a one night break.

We came across the Queens Head in Hawkshead from a recommendation from my Dad. He said ‘Hawkshead is great! There’s around 4 to 5 pubs walking distance for one another!’ We were sold haha!

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Midweek we paid £100 bed and breakfast for one night, and I believe weekends are only £130 bed and breakfast. It’s also dog friendly, so you can bring your furry friend along for only £10 extra per night.

Our bedroom (room 11) was classed as a double standard. The decor was simply stunning, and very me!

There was a small corridor which held a console table and wall art. The corridor then lead to the bathroom and bedroom.

The wall had a secret cupboard which I instantly fell in love with. I now want a secret compartment in my bedroom! I’m also a big fan of the checked headboard and the wooden panelled wall. Would this effect be possible in my little new build? I hope so!

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The decor to the hotel was beautiful, but this wasn’t the only positive. The staff are friendly and very helpful and as soon as we could check in, the assistant manager showed us around which was a lovely touch.

The food was also outstanding. In the evening we enjoyed fish and chips and a trio of ice-cream for dessert. The breakfast was equally delicious.

Why is it that when your eating breakfast in a hotel your eyes are bigger than your belly?! At home I either don’t have breakfast or just have toast. But for some reason I had 2 slices of toast, a yogurt, and a cooked breakfast! (Fatty comes to mind!)

I only have 4 more days off before it’s back to work for me. But having a night away really does the world of good! Even though it’s only one night away it’s a little escape from reality.

Much Love

Sophie x

For more information about this beautiful Inn check out http://queensheadhawkshead.co.uk

We have moved!

Hi guys, it’s been a while!

Sorry I’ve been extremely quiet lately but we have officially moved house!

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We moved in on Thursday 1st June 2017 and it has been chaos! Juggling a full time job and moving house isn’t the easiest but we are slowly getting there.

A friend of mine gave me ‘the mum talk’ telling me to take it easy and to realise that we don’t have big jobs such as redecorating etc, so I must be patient, it will take time to make it our own. She was so right! Since ‘the mum talk’ I am far more relaxed and nowhere near stressed.

Our bedroom is probably one of the only rooms in the house we are nearly finished. However for the first 5 nights we had no blinds! I hated every moment of not having blinds. It was horrible. Waking up at 4.45am to see the sun rise, really wasn’t my idea of fun. Luckily for our 6th night we had blinds! Finally I could get dressed in my bedroom in private without flashing to the world, and I could finally sleep in.

Left to do in the bedroom is to get a small console table possibly, and put a mirror up. Apart from that I’m happy. Eventually we will decorate in here but that will take time.

 

Our kitchen is another room which is slowly getting there. I love our choice of flooring and work tops. I’m very pleased with the outcome.

The first meal cooked was a lonely meal for one, because Adam was working. It was so strange cooking in a new Kitchen, trying to get used to everything but I got there in the end. Tonight I’m cooking our first family meal as my mums coming round for tea (wish me luck!!)

Now on to my Breville kettle and toaster. I  found these beauties in the sale in Currys last week, £90 for both. Today I nipped in to Currys and they were back at full price at £80 each! I’m so pleased I found this bargain but I’m sure you we will be able to find them online a little cheaper.

Slowly we’re getting there, but there’s no rush! I will update you all when each room gets completed (or even just presentable!) or when I find a cute little buy.

Much Love

Sophie x