Small and Happy's 30 before 30

With the onset of my mid 20s very much imminent, aka, my next birthday, I thought it would be nice to sit back and think about all of the (30) things I would like to accomplish in the next few years... I love a good list anyway so writing this was just too much fun! #wildwoman

30 before 30:

Go back to New York

Have a baby

Take part in a sushi making class

Do The colour run (or Colour Walk as I might be better off calling it...)

Get married 

Take part in a cocktail making class

Do a barre core class

Make homemade bread

Grow vegetables in my garden

Get better at tennis

Learn to crochet

Watch a tv show being filmed

Do some sort of further study

See a Shakespeare play in Stratford

Go away on a health detox!

Go to Universal Studios in Florida
(combined with a return trip to Disneyworld, naturally)

Visit Australia

Host a BBQ

Have diving lessons

Improve my Portuguese

Do some volunteering (maybe abroad?)

See a real life panda 

Go to Japan (especially Disneyland Tokyo!) 

Join a book club

Raise money for a charity

Do a tour of America!

Develop my baking skills so I have a few go to classic bakes

Eat at a Michelin starred chef's restaurant 

Go on a honeymoon somewhere lovely and secluded

Learn to cook some of my Portuguese grandmother's recipes

So there they are, my list of things is like to accomplish in the next six years. This is not a checklist, nor will I feel like a failure if I don't do everything. This is just a reflection of me taking a step back and looking at what I'd like to do to help myself grow, have fun and broaden my horizons. It's so easy to get caught up in my life which is why I think it's so important to make lists.

As mum always says, 'if you don't write it down, you don't do it!' 

What would be on your list, have you done any of these?

Lots of love, 

Sophia :) xxxxx

Small, happy and a silent Sunday.

Small, happy and recently pinned: SUMMER!

It's coming ever closer. I can almost smell the sea breeze and feel the sand beneath my toes!

I adore pinterest and just wanted to share a few snaps from my Summer board, which I must admit is growing in size daily! It's so nice be able to collate such beautiful photos. I find it an instant mood lifter!

How about you?

Does pinning make you happy? Do you have an account? Which of your boards are you addicted to?!

Secret confession: my wedding board is actually my most pinned board but no one else can see it.. So shushhh ;)

Have a lovely, long weekend!


Small, happy and #TRAVELTUESDAY

Morning! How are we all this fine day?

I'm joking about the weather obvs, it's pretty grey here but hey ho, inside my head I'm tanning on a beach somewhere! 

Today I thought I'd post a quick picture for #traveltuesday.

Travel is a huge passion of both mine and my boyfriend's and we've been lucky to go to lots of amazing places. However, I don't seem to talk about travel enough on this blog!

And so, the picture above is from Copenhagen which is where we have booked a cheeky little weekend getaway in June. The prices for the flight and hostel were amazing so we just jumped! This is especially good news as from several different accounts I've heard Copenhagen is expensive!

So what I'd love is some recommendations? Have you ever been? What European city breaks are your favourite? 

Have a Super Tuesday!

Lots of love,


Small and 10 happy things! #13

Why hello there! 

I know I haven't done one of these lovely little lists in a while but it's not for lack for good things, honest! In fact it's almost the opposite, what with my birthday and Rome before that I just haven't gotten back into my usual routine of writing the great things down! 

I've found that I really missed that reflection time where I look at all the big and little things that make each week unique and special. This is such an important skill I think, to be able to come away from a week thinking. 'Thank GOD that's over', but then being able to step back and realise actually there's always little moments that made it worthwhile. After all, we are alive and there's always good in every day.

Right, philosophical ramble over, here are the 10 things that made me happy this past week! 

1. Bank holiday Monday off! It was my birthday too so that was a double whammy of excitement! It was so nice to be waking up on Monday with my family (and presents obvs!) and knowing I had nowhere to rush off to.

2. Delicious froyo on Monday. What is a birthday without my favourite frozen treat?! Nothing, is the answer. When boyfriend and I got back to Altrincham we wandered over to Yogberries in Hale for an extra large of our favourite yoghurt! Beats cake any day.

3. Getting my spiralizer!! This has just been a dream come true. I did a spiralized carrot pasta and it was immense! I can't wait to do more and more.

4. A lovely Friday night in. Nothing wild, just me, boyfriend, some delicious cooking and the fantastic Gogglebox.

5. My friend Charlotte's pre hen do on Saturday. Apparently this is a thing now but I went to her house in Wakefield for a get together BBQ so that we could all get to know each other before the hen do in Malaga in a couple of weeks!

6. An impromptu trip home to Sheffield. I took advantage of needing to be in good old Yorkshire on Saturday and made a pit stop at home. It was great to see my Mum and sister and to have some big cuddles and catch ups. Always a lovely boost before a week of work.

7. Trying out my new squash racket! One of my presents from my boyfriend was a squash racket. We play so often but I have kept renting one which is not cost effective so I finally got my own. I wanted a bright pink glittery one but apparently they do not exist?! So my perfectly aesthetically adequate green one has been an absolute winner so far! 

8. Seeing beautiful blossom on the way to work. I was so giddy when I saw this I just had to stop and take pictures! All I can say is thank god none of my pupils saw me, they wouldn't have let me forget that in a hurry! 

9. Watching some really fun travel videos on Youtube. Expedia does these really good 5/10 minute travel guides on all different cities in the world. They're really informative and totally wanderlustworthy. I'll warn you though, you might end up adding places to the just highlight you'd never in a million years want to go! St Petersburg?! Now officially on the list.

10. Getting belated birthday presents. I got my boyfriend's sister's present just this weekend as she lives down south and it always makes me happy to spread out the birthday excitement! She got me the Deliciously Ella book as well which is pretty much on everyone's shelves on wishlist at the moment so I can't wait to get cracking with some of those gorgeous recipes!

Those are things that have made me smile in May. To be fair, I just love this month for so many reasons so you'll be hard pressed to see me unhappy but still, it's nice to sit back and take stock of the big and small things that make our lives what they are.

What's made you a happy chappy this past week?

Lots of love and other smiley things,


Small and Happy's Disney Friday!

Happy Disney Friday! First things first, is this not the most appropriate birthday card for a 24 year old you've ever seen?

I thought as much.

This (amazing) card might be a clue but this bank holiday Monday it was my birthday! I celebrated with family back home in Sheffield and it was absolutely lovely. There was also a Hello Kitty themed buffet. I kid you not.

Told you! 

See the napkins?!

We also all went for a lovely walk up the moors which was blustery but very scenic!

Anyway, what are you all up to this weekend? I have a pre hen do (apparently this is a thing now?!) which I'm really looking forward to but apart from that I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend.

Let's cross our fingers for some sunshine, yes?

Have a lovely one,

Sophia xxxxx

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