What happened in March?

March was the busiest month I’ve had in ages! So many great things happened and I feel like I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath.

Thomas and I welcomed a new member to our family – little Poppy, a Miniature Schnauzer puppy. I travelled all the way to Essex (a 14 hour round trip!) to get her and it’s pretty much the best decision we ever made.

Since we got her on the 14th March it’s been a haze of toilet training, trips to the vet for vaccinations, playing with ALL the toys and loads and loads of puppy cuddles. We’re head over heels in love with her.

miniature schnauzer puppy

Then, I celebrated my 29th birthday and kept it pretty low key. I had dinner with Thomas and my family and spent most of the day running after Poppy.

My birthday was the weekend before my brother’s wedding, so it was mostly spent making 150 bags of tablet as wedding favours. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to eat tablet again after making so much of it!

Then at the end of the month, we had the best day ever when my brother Iain married Michelle. The sun shone the whole day and everything went perfectly. The bride was beautiful and the day was amazing from beginning to end.

Books I read in March…

I am really going to need to up my game if I want to reach my goal of reading 70 books by the end of the year. With everything happening throughout the month I only managed to read 4 books in March, so I’ve challenged myself to read 8 in April to make up for it!

The first was The Couple on Cedar Close by Anna-Lou Weather, a psychological thriller that had me hooked from the first chapter. A wife discovers the body of her estranged husband in their guest bedroom. She’s covered in blood and has no recollection of the last few hours. Did she kill him or is something more sinister at play?

Then I read Honey’s Natural Feeding Handbook for Dogs by Jonathan Self. Poppy’s breeder had been feeding her a raw diet and, as I didn’t know anything about raw diets for dogs, I decided to educate myself on the subject. This was a really interesting and eye-opening read and led me to make the decision to keep Poppy on the raw food diet. If you have a dog, I highly recommend reading it.

My third read of the month was Her Last Move by John Marr. It’s a pretty intriguing read about a serial killer, but I wasn’t too happy about one thing that happened within the book. I won’t say what though in case I spoil it for anyone, but if you happen to read it I’m sure you’ll know!

The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald was my last read of the month. If you’re in The UK, you’ll probably have seen the BBC programme of this book on TV last year. I really enjoyed the book version and it didn’t really spoil anything given that I’d already watched the series. The basic story is the same, but there are quite a few differences. And the dad in the book comes across as even worse than he did in the programme! Definitely worth a read.

New Posts in March

Turning 29; 29 Good Things

Introducing Poppy

TV Programmes That Will Make You Want to Travel

How to Make The Most of A Trip to Scotland

My Trip to Amsterdam In Pictures

10 Beauty Products I Always Pack

What’s happening in April?

Well, April is going to be a bit different to the month that I had initially planned.

I was supposed to be going to Portugal for a week but cancelled because it wouldn’t be fair to leave Poppy while she’s so young. I’d rather focus on her training at the moment and sacrifice the holiday. Portugal will still be there next time!

I’m still taking 10 days off work though as I already had told my clients I’d be off and could really do with some time out. We’re planning to do as many fun things close to home with Poppy as we can to make the most of the time.

When I return to work after the break, it looks like I’m going to be super busy working on a massive campaign for one of my clients, so it’ll be nice to have a breather before that begins.

And that’s it for another month! As always, thank you for taking the time to check in to my blog and read about all my adventures and musings. If you’re not already then please follow along on Twitter and Facebook to stay even more up to date.  

Emma x