Thursday, 21 July 2016

happy things

This week is seriously dragging but it's Thursday and the weekend's nearly here!

Until it reaches us, here's some things that have been making me happy recently.

1. Unexpected Gifts

My manager surprised me with a beautiful orchid, box of chocolates and a thank you card because our team has been under a bit of pressure recently with being one person short and time off due to paternity leave, holidays and sickness. This brightened up my day no end!

2. Deep Chats

A much needed conversation about deep stuff like feelings and the future happened last week and although it was hard, as it's not something that comes easily to me and I had been avoiding it for a while, I felt so much better afterwards. You would have thought I would have learnt after 30 odd years that it's always better to talk than bottle stuff up but I still haven't seemed to grasp this quite yet. Still, I'm getting there, slowly, very slowly!

3. New Car

I've put a deposit down on  a shiny new set of wheels and my manager has given me time off in lieu next Monday to go and pick it up (due to the aforementioned stress at work recently). I took it for a little test drive last weekend and it was love at first sight. I suspect this is at least part of the reason why my week is dragging as I can't wait to pick it up!

4. Locked Room Challenge

P's Nephew was down from up North last weekend so we did a locked room challenge called clueQuest near Kings Cross. They basically lock you in a room and you have to find keys and work out codes from clues, it was so much fun and would make a great team building exercise.

5. Giving Up Coffee

I've given up coffee (for the millionth time) and I feel so much better for it. Please remind me of this when I say I'm back on it again in a week's time!

6. Ctrl Alt Delete Podcast

After listening to The Lively Show archives twice over, I  really struggled to find another podcast I enjoyed as much but I'm loving listening to this one on my commute.

7. Meditation

I've started meditating (again) using the Headspace app and I'd forgotten just how calm and zen it makes me feel.

8. Peaches & Porridge

Yes I'm still on the porridge even though it's been 30 degrees plus outside. My latest topping discovery is chopped peaches sprinkled with cinnamon and bee pollen, finished with a drizzle of honey - so good!

9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I was given this book for my birthday and I'm really enjoying reading some fiction after the self-development books I've been reading lately.

10. Drying Washing on the Line

The hot weather the past couple of days has been killing me but one plus is being able to dry washing on the line. It dries so quickly!  Does this happy thing officially make me old?

What's been making you happy recently?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

10 happy things

1. Afternoon Tea

Last weekend I caught up with some very lovely ladies for afternoon tea at Harrods. I made the schoolgirl error of filling up on too many sandwiches and scones and not having enough space to try the delightful looking patisseries pictured above *sob*.  Oh well I got the best bit (scones with clotted cream and jam obviously) and it's a good excuse to go back, although there's so many amazing afternoon teas in London to try #firstworldproblems. Anyway, it was THE nicest afternoon, my jaw literally hurt from laughing too much. I feel truly honored to have these ladies in my life!

2.  Harrods

After afternoon tea we had a little wander around Harrods, can you believe I've never been? The people watching opportunities are amazing, it's quite an interesting mix of tourists and people with way too much money. We saw the craziest fashion, which frankly I don't think I'll ever understand. You can keep your Chanel and Gucci, I'll stick with H&M and Zara thanks.

3. Exam Results

P passed his exams and got a 2:1 which is much more than he expected, so yay for this!

4. Psychologies Magazine

Always a good read, I love this magazine.

5. Tidying Out My Underwear Drawer

Who knew such a simple thing would make me so happy but tidying out my underwear drawer on Sunday was so therapeutic. I was feeling a bit blue but doing this, which is something I had been meaning to do for ages made me feel so much better. It felt like I was sorting through my head at the same time.

6. Game of Thrones

I've started watching the first series (series or season?) of Game of Thrones. I know I'm only about 10 years after the rest of the country but oh my god, so good!

7. Insanity Max 30

Love, love, love this workout! It's super hard but over quickly and leaves you feeling like you can conquer the world.

8. The Sun

No definitely not the newspaper, but the big round yellow thing in the sky. As I write this the sun is shining and it feels like that hasn't been happening a lot recently so definitely a happy thing!

9.  Porridge with Summer Berries and Chocolate

I was really craving chocolate this morning so stirred some Lindt dark chocolate into my oats and topped with berries and honey - yum! And it was dark chocolate so it's still healthy right?

10. Are you Fully Charged by Tom Rath

I've just finished reading Are Your Fully Charged by Tom Rath. A really interesting and inspiring read as energy is definitely something I feel I struggle with. I can't seem to get enough of books at the moment, it's great to have my reading mojo back.

What's been making you happy recently?

Friday, 8 July 2016

Favourite Beauty Products

These are some of my favourite beauty products at the moment. This isn't a sponsored post, I'm just sharing the love for products I genuinely use every day and help me feel my best!

REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser

It's difficult to pin down exactly what has helped my skin calm down since it started playing up last year but I definitely think this cleanser has helped. 

Norwegian Formula Deep Moisture Body Oil

If you've read my previous beauty favourite posts you might have noticed I'm a total convert to oils and this body oil is no different. I hate body lotions with a passion, I can't get over the greasy feeling it leaves on your skin. You would think oil would be the same but it sinks in really quickly just leaving your skin super soft.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

I always seem to find myself doing my nails about 10 minutes before I need to rush out the house so this Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat is a total life saver. It dries nails so quickly and definitely makes polish last longer.

No 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

I love radiance foundations on other people but can't stand the shine it creates on my own combination skin, I much prefer the finish this matte foundation gives.

Clinique Moisture Surge

I love, love, love this moisturiser. It's perfect for oily or combination skin as it sinks in quickly but leaves skin feeling super moisturised and soft.

What are your beauty favourites at the moment?

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Happy Things

Here's what's been making me happy over the past couple of weeks:

1. Stephen K Amos

The night after the Brexit result  we went to see Stephen K Amos at the Udderbelly festival on the Southbank for some much needed light relief. Stephen was absolutely hilarious, I can't think of better post-Brexit therapy and I love the buzz of the Southbank at this time of year with the fairy lights and lanterns twinkling in the trees and delicious smells drifting through the air from the street food vendors.

2. My Twitter Feed

Let's just say that post-Brexit my Twitter feed has been the only thing keeping me sane. I think if I had only been reading the news I would have totally lost the plot!

3. Lake District

We went to the Lake District for my birthday and it was so lovely. I can't believe I've never been before. We had some delicious food, saw some stunning views and climbed Helvellyn. Already scheming about when I can go back! 

4. My Birthday

I was truly spoilt for my birthday, as well as P taking me to the Lake District, he bought me a box of amazing brownies from Paul A Young. I also got books and lots of very kind messages from the lovely people in my life, I feel very blessed!

5. Summer Berries

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, all the berries! I know you can get them all year round and I'm definitely guilty of buying ones from half way round the world in the depths of winter but they taste so much better when they're in season and local.

6. Making Plans

I've got some plans to make a few much needed changes to my life and I'm excited! Fingers crossed they all work out.

7. Meeting the Parents

P met my parents for the first time and despite feeling like I was going to have a heart attack (he was as cool as a cucumber) it all went smoothly and he's got my Mum's seal of approval.

8. Customer Service

I'm a massive fan of good customer service, so have to give a shout out to MSM Tyres in Maidenhead. I'm really impressed by their service. Whenever I have a problem with a tyre they always check whether they can repair it first and if they can't they explain everything and the options fully.

9. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

This is my current read and I'm loving it. Giving less of a f*ck is absolutely something I need to work on.

10. Lovely Colleagues

I totally take them for granted  but I do work with some
truly amazing people. For my birthday they gave me a card with lovely messages, wine, flowers and two boxes of chocolate!

What's been making you happy recently?