Merry Christmas

Howdy Y’all,

I am writing to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas. I can not express to y’all how blessed I am for your friendship, kindness and comments you leave when visiting my little space on the web. I am so touched that people take the time to read and watch the little content I make. For me Christmas is all about the Four F’s,  Family, Friends, Food and Faith. I am so blessed to have all four bases covered, I do not take it for granted that I am sharing the festive period with much loved family, when you live so far  you learn to appreciate the times you are all together, the same goes for good friends, Mr L and I are always grateful when we can visit friends and pick up where we left off, that feeling of shared experiences and a deep rooted friendship. Christmas is always about excess and good food and wine in abundance,  I never underestimate the hours of effort that go into all that yumminess, Christmas dinner is the one meal I look forward to most all year! Plus who doesn’t like left overs? Finally faith, obviously it is the most important time in the Christian calendar but for me when I visit home it enables me to attend my childhood church and the church in which Mr L and I were married, it allows me to take comfort and renew my faith which after this year I need.

If you are interested in how we spend our Christmas please watch here. However you are planning to spend the next few days and whatever your traditions and customs  I send you and your loved ones warm wishes for a very Happy Christmas.

Ta Ta for now,

TLL x

Howdy Y’all!

 

 

 

 

Howdy Y’all,

Long time no speak, sorry I have been out of action, but life has been action packed offline this summer. I did think this would be the case,  I don’t want you to think that the blog and you the reader are not important to me, YOU ARE. Actually some of the sadder events this summer have made me realize how important the blog is to me. It is a  creative outlet for me to share myself in another capacity other than wife and mother. It is safe to say that July was my mense horrendam. Just one sad or tough thing after another.  I am not one to let things get me down but sometimes you just get beat.

August was brighter and I was particularly enjoying spending the last quiet weeks with Little L before she started pre-school. So I find myself for the first time in three years with a little more time on my hands and plenty of dreams. One thing I know is that a mum can be very efficient with  limited time without their child, you would be amazed what we can achieve, but I have to be realistic that the dreams probably outweigh the few hours of freedom I find myself with. I do hope to channel some of this freedom in the blogs direction.

If you are familiar with The Lifestyle Lady you will notice some minor changes. The first is a new email subscription request, this will enable you to be notified when new blog posts arrive or I update the blog and also you will receive my newsletter which will contain exclusive content not seen on the blog, (WOW.) I have also been playing with the layout, I’m not totally happy yet so this maybe subject to change once again (but that is a women’s perogative right?!) Finally I list all the ways you can contact and follow me on social media.

Blogging: http://thelifestylelady.com/
Tweeting: @TheLifestyleLdy
Instagram: thelifestylelady
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLifestyleLady
Snapchat: LifestyleLady

 

So buckle up and enjoy the read, got some ideas or something you would like to see, drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.

Ta Ta for now

TLL x

Happy Thanksgiving

Howdy Y’all,

Happy Thanksgiving. I can honestly say I am honored to write these words today, it is slowly becoming a favorite holiday of mine. As a non-American I feel privledged to experience and share in this special day. I am equally blessed that with the birth of my dear American Little L it is a tradition which will continue in the Lifestyle household for our lifetime. There is something so special about friends, family and loved ones coming together in a celebration of thanks. Gathering together and breaking bread (and far more than that as evidenced by my clothing change from jeans to leggings for the elasticated waist 😳 -whose with me?) There is no elaborate gifts giving involved or early morning wake ups from children excited by Santa, it’s simply enjoying who you’re with, watching parades and football.
Mr L and I have been immensely lucky in the five years we have lived in the US, we have never spent a thanksgiving holiday alone.  I think this says a great deal about US people and their hospitality. We have been fortunate to have had a variety of experience with friends and their families but what is most apparent is how thanksgiving gives you the opportunity to be “in the moment” with each other. I have enjoyed the table conversations which have stemmed from what we are thankful for. Today for example I was touched to hear my dear friends young son express that he is thankful for his lovely family as well as so much more.
I am thankful for a great deal. Those of you who are familiar with my blog will know I am not the “gushy” type, in fact I find public displays and declarations of affection uncomfortable. Today however is about giving thanks so I will give it a stab. I am thankful for Mr L he is everything to me. I am thankful I took the job 😉.  Little L is my life I can’t remember life before her, mainly because I am not the same person as I was before and she has enriched my life immeasurably. She is and will be my greatest achievement. I didn’t know the heart was capable of such love till I had her. I am thankful for my family who are so far away, distance can be difficult but I am thankful for Skype and for their continued love and support. For my friends who make our lives richer, when you live a distance from family you create a family through friends. I can honestly tell you I am blessed in this department. Today in particular to my dear friend K and her family who have opened their home and offered their table at Thanksgiving- thank you.

Finally to you the reader of this, I am grateful to you that you take the time out of your busy life to read my offering, to follow and to comment. This new blogging adventure has been a great addition to my life and I am thankful to the people who know me and support my blogging ambitions (Mr L.)

So on the evening of thanksgiving I wish you and your family great blessings. I am going to lie down and rest off this food coma I find myself in and wait for Mrs Claus (that is another blog post entirely.)

Ta Ta for now,

TLL x