Tuesday 19 July 2022

Hello! It's Been A While...


I actually can't quite remember when I last sat down and worked on this blog! I last shared a post in December 2021 which was a reading roundup, something I wish I could say I've continued with but I really haven't. Those are the only real posts that were giving me much joy writing towards the end of last year but I've barely read anything in 2022 compared to other years. As it's been so long since I last updated you all, I thought now was the perfect time for a little catch up before I probably disappear for another few months!

I hope you're all doing okay in this mad heatwave we're experiencing at the moment. Since we bought our house I've enjoyed Summer far more than I ever used to and I love love love getting out in the garden as much as possible but the evenings in this weather are insane! I am not doing great at night 😂

Everything is pretty much the same with me but there's been a few changes. As you might have read before on my blog, in October 2020 I set up my own baking business, selling a range of delicious homemade brownies and blondies. We're still going and growing which I'm so proud of and I love it more and more every week. We've recently re-branded and we're now known as Tiff & Bear's Bakery. It was the right time for a change and as I have so many other bakes I want to introduce to the shop over the years, something less specific to just brownies made sense. If you haven't checked out our Etsy yet, I'd absolutely love it if you did! We have over 16 bakes to choose from now and I love each and every one of them. I'm so excited to keep putting so much work into this little business and who knows where we'll end up.

Moving on from the business, let's talk about Bear! He's now 3 which just seems crazy to me. It feels like time is going really fast at the moment and I'm not sure how it's been so long since he was a tiny pup that could fit in my hand. He's so funny and cheeky and seriously knows how to test us but I'm not sure what we'd do without him. He's just the best. We've been on some of the loveliest days out with him recently and we even went on a little family holiday to a lodge which was the best. The most relaxing few days and he absolutely loved it.

Speaking of trips, George and I have just come back from a trip to Bath for our 11th anniversary. It was the first time we'd been so didn't really know what to expect but it was gorgeous. The most beautiful city with so much to do and see and the weather we had while we were there was lovely. It was a long journey for us from Sheffield so I doubt we'll go back for a good while but I think it was the perfect place for us to spend an anniversary. The hotel was beautiful and we had so much delicious food. A few highlights were Joya, an Italian Steak restaurant and also Bandook, an Indian restaurant that I would recommend over and over again.

Aside from all of that, 2022 has been a year of change with the house. We've got so much done over the last 6 months or so! We've redecorated the bedroom, I absolutely love it now and could spend so much time in there. We've got new carpets throughout the house and new blinds which have made such a difference. My office is finally a bit more organised even if it is a long way off being complete. And I've added a few more touches to the kitchen and the bathroom so everything just feels a bit more ours now. We've somehow already been in this house for over a year which is insane when I think about how long it took to complete and get the keys in the first place. Even though in a way it's felt like ours since we first viewed it, it's been really nice to put our own stamp on each room a bit more and now I genuinely can't imagine living anywhere else.

So I think you're pretty much caught up on everything now. Life is just pretty normal now and while there's always things here and there to stress over, this is probably the most content I've felt in a long time. Something about this house has just settled me and I think we're in a really good place as a family and I'm in a really good place with the business. We're off to London in a few weeks so I may come back and document that trip but they'll definitely be more over on my Insta if you'd like to keep up!

I hope you're all doing well and 2022 has been good to you so far!

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