10 things that’ve made me happy this week!



GOOD NEWS! After approximately one million hours of deliberation- I’m exaggerating, but not as much as you’d imagine- Jason and I have finally booked our honeymoon! We went back and forth with ideas, talking about Italy, then maybe an Italy-Greece combo, then the Maldives, then Canada, then New York, then Thailand, and then finally, (finally!!) we settled upon it. Drum roll… ** Koh Samui ** it is! We go two days after our wedding (we’re giving ourselves the day right after the wedding to relax a little and take it all in!) and could NOT be more excited! We keep sending little ‘oh my goodness I can’t believe we’ve finally booked it!’ texts back and forth, and I’ve already started shopping for new bikinis online. Hurrah! So, that’s the major excitement from this week! Here are the littler things that’ve made this week a good one, too…

1. The magic of a good hotel stay. Even though I’m always glad to come home to my boys, room service and plush king size beds and freshly squeezed orange juice and giant dressing gowns are always such a treat!

2. Realising quite how ingenious our dog is. Teddy’s learnt that if he spots another dog sitting in front of its owner whilst we’re out walking, there’s a pretty good chance that treats are being handed out. So he’ll run over, park himself next to the dog, and look up at the owner expectantly doing his very best puppy dog eyes. I always apologise for his cheek and call him away, but 9 times out of 10, he’ll have got himself a treat because his sweet face is just too hard to resist! That dog…

3. Adding a few new pieces for spring into my wardrobe! I won’t be able to wear them for weeks, but I’m happy they’re there anyhow.

4. Wednesday pizza night! Always a good day when Jason gives in to my endless pestering for a pizza evening ;)

5. Warming up with a cup of tea post-dog walk. The best! Especially when said tea has a shortbread biscuit to go alongside it.

6. Getting to the fun part of wedding planning! It’s all about the flowers, bridesmaid dresses for the little ones, colours and invitations now!

7. A caramelised goats cheese and walnut salad that blew my mind.

8. Seeing my married name written down right next to Jason’s on our honeymoon booking confirmation! I may or may not have cried ;) It’s the most exciting thing!

9. Getting caught in a little rain storm whilst halfway round the lake on Thursday morning. Watching the storm blow in across the water was so beautiful.

10. Binge watching the final series of The Office! We’ve been waiting for it to become available in the UK for ages, and have been averaging about 5 episodes a night for the past couple of days! So much for not leaving the telly blaring, hey? ;)

Three posts I’ve loved reading this week :: Tania’s ‘matters of the heart‘ (so very honest, and so very beautiful) || these photos of a mini urban garden centre || and this post about coffee by Garancé, which is really an ode to coffee by Garancé ;)

What’s made it onto your happy list this week?

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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    How exciting you’ve booked your honeymoon destination – I’m sure it will be amazing! Teddy is just the cutest thing!! I love that story about him – hilarious! Happy Weekend! xx

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Isn’t he ridiculous? Ha! Thanks Miranda, hope you have a lovely weekend too! x

  • http://www.sarahrooftops.co.uk Sarah Rooftops

    Smart dog! That’s so cute!

    And congratulations on getting your honeymoon booked – so exciting!

  • http://www.victoriawade.co.uk/blog/ Vic | Landscapes & Cupcakes

    Ooooo Koh Samui is amazing- great choice for a honeymoon! We went there a few years ago when we were travelling around SE Asia- we had only planned on staying for a few days but ended up being there for 2 weeks as we were having such a lush time and didn’t want to move on!!! Their airport is by far the coolest i’ve ever been too- all open air and they have tropical fish tanks in the loos! lol xxx

  • http://thisparticular.blogspot.co.uk/ Ala

    Wowie, that honeymoon destination sounds divine – you’ll have the best time and definitely be able to switch off from everything! So exciting!!! Also, we went for a walk round the lake on Sunday for Shays sister’s birthday celebrations and… we only made it half way round – so I am STILL yet to make it round the whole way x

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Thanks lovely lady, should be pretty fun! :) I always find I get halfway round and think OH MY GOODNESS I SWEAR IT’S GOT BIGGER THAN LAST TIME. It’s a long old walk! ;) x

  • Rebecca Dobson

    You’ll love Koh Samui! How exciting! One place you should definitely try is The Jungle Club – it’s a restaurant (and hotel) up in the hills with the most spectacular views across the bays. You have to book and they come to collect you in their own little 4×4 as it’s tricky to get to but totally worth it for the romantic sunset!

    Becks xo

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      That sounds incredible! Thanks SO much for the tip off- will add it to my list of things to research/book! x

  • thelikelylady

    Aw I’m so happy for you Rosie! I’d loveeee to go there one day. Have a wonderful time!

    The Likely Lady xx

  • Sarah Nunn

    Congrats on booking the honeymoon. Looks like a beautiful place! You must be so excited. Xxx

  • http://www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk Angie SilverSpoon

    I love Thailand and I think it makes a perfect honeymoon. You will be spoilt rotten and given great service! I’ve been to Koh Samui so let me know if you need tips.

    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Ooh yes please Angie! Any tips would be v much appreciated, thank you! x

      • http://www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk Angie SilverSpoon

        If you can stay a couple of nights in the Four Seasons, its pricey but so amazing. Just go for dinner if not. The Six Senses is also amazing for dinner! For luxe for less check out The Anatara and the Library hotel, it’s got a really cool pool!

        • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

          We’ve actually already booked our hotel (can’t wait to get there, looks glorious!) but will check out your dinner recommendations! Thanks lovely! :)

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    Booking the honeymoon is so exciting, congrats. Also, I understand why people are giving treats to Teddy, I would too :)

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

  • http://majamoliere.com Maja Molière

    Oh, Thailand seems like the perfect honeymoon destination!

  • https://rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    How very very exciting! x

  • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae (@gorjaeous)

    We spent our honeymoon in Krabi last year! The decision was influenced by friends who spent theirs in Koh Samui the year before we did. You will love it in Thailand!

    P.S. My family and I spent New Year’s Eve in Bangkok, and that’s telling something!

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      We looked at Krabi too! SO many amazing hotels there. Bet NYE in Bangkok was incredible! x

      • http://www.gorjaeous.com/ Jae (@gorjaeous)

        You’re gonna love everything there! Have fun, Rosie! I’m excited for you!

  • http://emilyattemptslife.blogspot.co.uk/ Emily

    Great list, as always! I love pizza, and the wedding is all very exciting!
    The office is hilarious too :’)

  • http://www.blondeofcarbs.com Jessica

    Hotel stays and pizza are perfection! congrats on settling on a honeymoon, my dad went there for his and it was incredible so I will be expecting great things for your trip xxx

  • http://www.sarahbyday.blogspot.be/ Sarah

    Sounds like an amazing honeymoon location! Love these posts :)

  • http://www.katthewanderer.com/ Kat

    Very exciting about the honeymoon! My parents always go there for their anniversaries and they love it! I’ve been watching The Office non-stop, too! Netflix is definitely not helping with the productivity levels!


  • http://www.laughteriscatching.com/ Laura @ Laughter is Catching

    Lovely! We are off to Matera in Southern Italy on ours (just over a month, eek!) its more a mini moon as we are trying to move, but the plan is Hawaii at some point. I’ve never been to Thailand, heard its amazing though.

    • http://www.ciderwithrosie.com/ Rosie

      Oh how exciting, Southern Italy is so so beautiful! And YAY for your wedding being right around the corner! X

  • http://www.chrissylilly.com Chrissy Lilly

    ahh so excited for you that you’ve booked your honeymoon! I can’t wait to see photos of your wedding, I’m sure it’ll be gorgeous!!

    Chrissy x

  • Rosie W

    What a great honeymoon location! But just a quick query (I’m a panicker!) your passport will still be in your maiden name, won’t it? That won’t affect your flights/booking if that’s in your married name? x

  • Shona

    I love these posts, always make me think about the little things that have made me happy! Sounds like a gorgeous honeymoon.
    Shona x

  • Rosie W

    Ahh amazing, that’s good to know! ;)

  • http://stampplease.blogspot.com/ Camille

    I hope you two have an amazing time! The wedding is getting closer, how exciting!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    That’s so exciting! Thailand is a wonderful place. I’m sure you’ll have a magical honeymoon :) And wedding planning sounds like a lot of fun!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • http://daydreamsofsummertime.blogspot.co.uk/ Sarah @ DaydreamsofSummertime

    How exciting! You will love Koh Samui so much! It beautiful! xx

  • http://www.alphabeth.co.uk Beth

    Aw fab! That’s great news, Rosie! So happy for you xxx

    Beth | Alphabeth

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    Wow – that will be an amazing honeymoon! I feel a bit selfish saying this, but I’m excited because I’m hoping it means you will share some pictures with us after!

    Happy weekend, Rosie!

    xx Kathryn

  • Dannielle

    Koh Samui is absolutely stunning, I’m sure it’ll make an amazing honeymoon for you both :)! Can’t stop laughing at Ted getting treats though, he certainly has his priorities worked out…. but who could say no to that gorgeous little face?

    Dannielle xx | Delightfully Indulgent

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    Definitely agree with #1, nothing better than a luxury hotel experience!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.songsofstillness.com/ Natalie | Songs of Stillness

    Congrats on booking your vacation! Love this post of things you love. They make me so happy! ♥

  • http://www.asimpleelegance.com/ arielle q.

    congratulations! koh samui looks insanely lovely (I must be living under a rock because I really did just do a google search)! and here here to pizza nights..they are the best. have a happy weekend, rosie!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Millie Bailey

    Koh Samui! oh wow i’m so jealous! Love this post, life is wonderful and there’s so much to be happy about these days!
    Millie x

  • http://www.lilacpaperdoll.com/ Christine

    Aw, that’s fantastic that you’ve chosen Koh Samui as your honeymoon destination Rosie. It must be so difficult to choose!
    That hotel breakfast and bed looks like an absolute dream! xx


  • http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com/ Caroline L.

    That Teddy! I think it’s hilarious when pets outsmart their human friends!!

  • http://chambrayandcurls.blogspot.co.uk/ laura chambray and curls

    Ah how exciting! We’re three months away from our wedding now and still haven’t decided on our honeymoon… or even when we want to take it! Sounds like you’ve had a pretty lovely week all in all :)


    Chambray & Curls

  • Faye Larsen

    We went to Koh Samui for our honeymoon too! It’s gorgeous you’ll fall in love with it. I had already been to Thailand when doing my post-Uni backpacking trip around the world and knew I would have to return one day. Little did I know it would be only be a few short years later (and that I would have a husband and an 18 month old baby- who had her own little holiday adventure staying with her grandparents!) So that was now five years ago, and seeing as we’ve had two more babies since, my memory is a bit shot when it comes to recommendations off the top of my head. But here is the link to the post on my blog I wrote about it…excuse the small size (and probably not the best quality!) pics, things have come a long way in the blog world in five years…hehe!


  • Moira Cain

    Oh how wonderful! Koh Samui is wonderful! My family went 6 years ago for Christmas and it was so great!

  • http://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Rebecca

    I’d love to go to Koh Samui – and bless Teddy. What a clever dog.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • http://givemecakeblog.blogspot.com/ Sara Beth

    breakfast in bed in hotels is the BEST. hands down.

  • http://www.daintylittledreams.com/ Abbie S

    I had to laugh out loud when I read about Teddy’s little cheekiness when it comes to getting treats from other dog owners. He reminds me so much of my two family dogs, both are Springer Spaniels, and both just as sneaky as each and both have a the puppy dog look down to tee so you can’t stay mad for long x

  • Danielle Stott

    Koh Samui is amazing, I absolutely loved it and want to go back to much. You’ll have the best time :)

    If you fancy having a look at my Asia posts here’s the ones that reference Koh Samui:


  • http://www.one-more-slice.com/ Lynsey || One More Slice

    Congratulations!! There is nothing like booking a holiday and having something to look forward too! You will have a fabulous time! L x

  • http://pollyrowan.com/ Polly Rowan

    How exciting that you’ve booked your honeymoon! I’m travelling in Cambodia at the moment and will be heading to those Thai islands in a couple of weeks. Are you going to visit Koh Tao/ Koh Phangan at all while you’re there?

  • http://www.swellboundblog.com Hannah Bailey-Churcher

    Theres something so therapeutic about watching rain and storms isn’t there?! Hope you have an amaaaaazing honeymoon xxx

    hannah bee | travel + lifestyle blog

  • Abi and Gemma

    10 things that have made me happy this week is such a lovely idea! Can’t wait to try this out on our new blog!


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