Everyday Small Things


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Everyday Small Things: Best Friend Gifts & Happy Tears

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Look what came in the post today… a belated birthday present from one of my oldest and bestest friends in the world, Kate, from back home in Tasmania, Australia!

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I’m actually crying!  Happy tears of course!  Kate was always renowned for taking photos, covering her entire bedroom walls with photos (that’s right floor to ceiling on all four walls) and making the best cards with these photos.  And that is what she made me!  We’ve known each other for over 20 years, having lived across the road from each other until we finished school.

The photos and her words reminded  me of so many happy days growing up.  On the weekends we used to get up at the crack of dawn to produce and rehearse a show on our bikes for our families!!!  We learned to row together, made tree houses and did all the cheeky things you do as teenagers for the first time together!

I moved around a lot as a child so forming solid, long-lasting friendships was sooooo important for the development of my own identity and sense of worth!  Since living on the other side of the world I’ve relied on Kate’s friendship through some really tough times and for that I can never repay her!

Kate thank you so very much for our wonderful 20 years together!  Your present was such a beautiful gift from your heart!  Hand-made gifts are the best.  I feel very loved.  Thank you for giving me this moment today to remember lots of good times forgotten and how much my friendships mean to me!  Thank you for re-motivating me to foster my friendships daily – today I will get in touch with those people I have been meaning to for months!  Thank you for just being you!

Do you work daily on your friendships?   What do you do to foster friendships?  What magic things have your friends done to make you feel loved?  Do you make presents as gifts?


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Everyday Small Things: Birthday Drinks

My EST today was celebrating my 30th birthday early with my closest friends before heading off to the UK again.  AND drinking Moet.  AND inventing my new birthday cocktail the Dirty Thirty Slice (recipe to come soon).

It’s not my birthday for another week – but yesterday we celebrated my 30th Birthday with a quiet night and best friends.  Although I will be back in the UK next week for my 30th I was so grateful that I could celebrate such an important milestone with my closest friends.

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We started the night with some pre-d’s… Real Moet – I’m such a lucky girl.  Thanks Kate for sharing this with us (we’re bubbles lovers we are!).

imageOur new cocktail invented for my birthday:  Introducing the Dirty-Thirty-Slice (recipe to come soon)

Now whenever I come back my friend Julz and I share a packet of Mint Slices which are a famous Australian biscuit.  So we decided to invent a new cocktail:  the Dirty Thirty Slice.  I’ll put a recipe soon!

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Kate and I enjoying our Dirty Thirty Slices

We went out for a lovely meal, then off for a few quiet drinks and a chance to catch up with some more old friends.  Somehow however… tequila came out… and I got to bed closer to the sun rising than setting.  Fun night – although my head is a little (a lot) sore today!  Hope you are having a great day! xo KT

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What’s important to you at your birthday?