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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 10 happy things! #6

Well, I feel like this will be one of the quickest and easiest happy things feature I'll write this year. There's one reason for that and one reason only. The two glorious words to anyone working in education: half term.

As much as I usually like time off to be full of relaxing and watching tv I have been super busy and have been the world's biggest social butterfly this week! All this talking and catching up is probably why I am now again suffering from a sore throat this cosy Saturday. #cantshutmeup

So here we go, my ten happy things this week! 

1// Being at home at the start of this week in Sheffield with my Mum and sister. My sister is going through a bit of a rough time this week so while it's not easy for me it made her feel better having me there and it was lovely to enjoy a few home comforts :) 

2// Catching up with my teacher friends. On Monday I drove (well was driven!) over to Wakefield to catch up with some of my besties from my PGCE (teacher training) last year. We all took food and we we met at my friend's new house. As in brand new and her own! Mortgages people, this life is getting scary! Anyway, I got there and my friend's beautiful house and stunning kitchen was smelling of lovely roasted veg and sweet potato wedges. Everyone brought a lovely selection of fresh and healthy food and filled ourselves with squash and shared the highs and lows of our working lives! It's so nice to share with people who understand you but also who you have so much else in common with. It's almost as if teaching is how we met but our common interests and silly senses of humour have brought us so close together in a way I never expected when I started the course two years again. Funny what (and who!) life can bring you isn't it?

3// Having a beautiful and relaxing massage, mid week! I've already spoken about this on here but I firmly believe that I need to incorporate weekly massages into my life! Perhaps if I had Hermione's time turner I could just make it happen!

4// Going to see The Lion King at the Palace theatre in Manchester. Again, I've rounded this up already but this was certainly a highlight of the month let alone the week! I love the theatre and I hope to go much more often in the coming months and explore Manchester's thriving theatre scene.

5// Having a lovely catch up with my uni friends. On Thursday evening I was visited by three of my best friends from my time at the University of Liverpool. We went to Hale (read-posh part of Cheshire) and broke the bank dining at the Michelin starred, impossible get into, restaurant du jour. Lol jk, we went to Pizza Express but it was the fanciest Pizza Express I've ever been to and the service was absolutely outstanding!

6// One of those best uni friends staying with me. Leanne, one of the lovely ladies I used to live with at uni, stayed with me for a couple of nights this week. It was so nice to see that even though years have passed we findeach other's company still just as fun and easy as ever. That's what great, true friends are isn't it? Where you can just be completely, 100% yourself and you don't need to think about what you're saying. You just get each other.

7// Having a very rare splurge at the Trafford centre! On Friday I took Leanne on her very first trip to a Victoria's Secret store (come on Northern Ireland, catch up!) We were helped by a lovely sales assistant who helped us (such an enabler!) spend faaaar too much money in store. I came away with two lovely bras and a seriously long wishlist. All I can say is thank God the Trafford centre is a 50 minute bus ride away! 

8// A lovely Saturday where I could just catch up on tv and chill out. Those days are rare so I need to grab it with both hands! 

9// Great British Bake Off. I loved this week's again, it's becoming a lovely mid week pick me up. Who doesn't want a bit of Mary and Paul injected into their Wednesday? Fabulously English stuff and my girl crush on Abbey Clancy has definitely grown from this week's offering!

10// A mega sleep last night. It's been such a crazy, busy half term and I feel like it's all taken it out of me a little bit so on Saturday night we hit the hay at literally half 9 and I didn't wake up until 8. If you know me well you'll know that 6.45 is a low in so this was no mean feat! I am a still a very sleepy sausage but I am thinking of a Harry Potter film and maybe a nap?! This girl's sleeping patterns are getting a little bit cray right now. Maybe the teenage years are finally kicking in! 

So that's been my week, and what a hectic, jam packed one indeed! How was yours? What did you get up to? Let me know! Last week of #fabulousfebruary next week, actually can't believe that!

Chat soon lovelies!

Sophia x
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