01.03

ottilie

It has been FAR too long since I last wrote a post like this. Especially since there’s such a lot that’s making me happy of late! First and foremost that sweet baby girl of mine, but also so many other of those ‘tiny joys’ I’ve always liked to make note of here too. So let’s make a list!

1. Spring cleaning! I’ve had the biggest clear out of my wardrobe last week and it feels so GOOD!! I’ve donated two big bags of clothes and shoes to charity, and trimmed down my wardrobe to be made up only of the clothes that I *actually* wear, rather than stuffed to bursting with 6 years worth of impulse buys. I was aiming for a 37 piece capsule wardrobe a la Caroline, but turns out that’s harder to achieve that you’d think…

2. Homemade almond butter granola bars. Made with a nosy babe strapped to my front (she was having a cuddly ‘don’t put me down’ afternoon) who enjoyed studying e v e r y t h i n g I was doing!

3. The head massage part of a haircut. Bliss.

4. The two ducks making a home on the pond outside our house. I’m keeping my fingers crossed we have ducklings again this year. It always makes for such a lovely spring and summer!

5. SPRING WEATHER! How lovely is it to just chuck on a jacket and run out the door rather than bundle up in a hundred layers?!

6. This curry recipe. We made it with cauliflower instead of chicken (I’m veggie, and Jason eats veggie a fair bit at home too) & it was our favourite evening meal we’ve had in a long time.

7. Seeing the look of complete satisfaction on Ottilie’s face now she’s managing to shift herself along on her stomach. I’ve got money on the fact she’ll be crawling by the end of March…

8. Sinking my teeth into a photography project for Jason’s company. We’re shooting interviews of some of Flourish’s clients, and it’s so great thinking creatively again!

9. Date night with my husband. We ate the BEST duck (mock-duck for me) crispy pancakes and shared a naff but delicious mint choc chip ice-cream for dessert. Totally great!

10. Finding a fun new music class to take Ottilie to. Give the girl an instrument to wave around, and she’s happy!

What’s made you happy this week? I hope your week’s been a lovely one!

p.s. I’ve been meaning to say for a while- thank you for sticking with me whilst posting has been limited lately. Cider with Rosie has been a huge part of my life for, what, coming up 5 years now, but I knew I wanted to let it take a back seat whilst my baby was small. I’ve been looking forward to being a mother my whole life, and so really wanted to take time to concentrate on Ottilie, and all the daily joys and adventures and challenges that motherhood brings, for the first few months. It’s been fantastic, but I’m definitely ready now to start finding my feet as a ‘work from home’ mother and start blogging more regularly again!

So, I’d love to know, is there anything you’d like to see or read about here? I’m all ears! <3

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10.07

Strawberries

This week’s been a happy one, for me, and I think that’s largely down to it being such a sunny one! It’s made no end of difference to my state of mind- not least because wearing coats on dog walks in June felt totally ridiculous! I so hope this nicer weather is here to stay. Now, weather chitchat over- here’s what else has made me happy this week!

1. Watching a live screening of Kenneth Brannagh’s Romeo & Juliet on Wednesday evening, with Lily James and Richard Madden. A seriously incredible performance, well worth booking tickets for!

2. Hearing baby’s heartbeat at an appointment with my lovely midwife on Thursday. It’s my absolute favourite thing…though possible tied as a favourite alongside feeling so many kicks and wriggles throughout the day.

3. A Mint and White Tea candle from The White Co! It makes our house smell so delicious.

4. Finishing up our binge watch of the new season of OITNB! It was my favourite yet…even though it did make me cry so much my eyes went puffy.

5. Driving to Richmond last weekend, with Spotify sessions blasting in my car and the windows rolled down. AND managing to dodge the rain all that afternoon!

6. The feeling of a post-workout class shower, hair wash, and full body moisturise. The best!

7. A salted caramel cupcake from Hummingbird, eaten in bed on Sunday morning.

8. The nerve of the puppy who came sneaking upstairs to our bedroom the other afternoon, because it was past her dinnertime and she was clearly feeling peckish! She’s never once been allowed upstairs in our house, and the sheer cheek of it did make me laugh!

9. Eating delicious ripe tomatoes from the vines in our garden. They taste all the better for being homegrown! Though, can we really claim them as being homegrown since we bought the plant when it was already flowering?…

10. The jar of Nutella currently calling my name from the kitchen cupboard. I’ve not allowed myself to buy any for so long (too dangerous, you see…) but I figured a small jar as a treat won’t hurt! Nutella with apple slices as a snack is in my immediate future, for sure…

What’s made you happy, this week? :)

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21.05

Kings-Road-Juice-Bar

I just read this list back after finishing writing all ten points, and realised that they’re all pretty much baby or food related. What can I say, I guess those two things are just the main sources of happiness in my life right now! This week I’ve probably been more hungry than I ever have been before in my life, so it does make sense. Breakfast is on my mind as a fall asleep at night, snacktime comes at any hour of the day (make that ‘many hours of the day’), and I’m so hungry by the time I’m cooking dinner each evening it’s all I can do not to dive into the fridge every five seconds for something to graze on until Jason gets home. Speaking of which, it’s time for me to head to the kitchen…

1. Going on a mini baby-shopping spree in London in the middle of the week! It’s all too easily to fill a basket until it’s overflowing with tiny sleep suits and mini leggings…

2. Discovering the magic of the Beauty Blender (one of those fancy foundation sponges). It gave me easily the most natural looking face of makeup I’ve ever done, I totally love it!

3. Dinner out at Byron with Jason on Thursday evening. We’re all about the milkshakes, fries, onion rings, and that epic Caesar salad Byron seem to do so well! (I’m SO hungry right now, and just typing this has made my belly ache…)

4. The sight of so many tomatoes growing fat and green on the plant in our garden…

5. A slice of chocolate and salted caramel cake from the bakery in our local Waitrose. It was GLORIOUS.

6. Girl chat over milkshakes with Tania and Freya on Wednesday. Always leaves me with an aching belly from so much laughter, and aching teeth from those ultra rich milkshakes…

7. The baby in my belly that always seems to wriggle extra hard when he or she can hear Jason talking. Makes my heart ache with love <3

8. Grapefruit! Pineapple! Mango! Basically all the fruit, because you know how obsessed I am right now. (Honestly, if we don’t have at least two grapefruits in the fruit bowl at any one time, I start panicking…)

9. The new pink cushion on our bed. It’s so pretty and girly in our all grey and white bedroom, it makes me happy every time I look at it!

10. Watching Elsie chase a butterfly whilst out on a walk last Sunday! She’s so cute, it’s kind of ridiculous.

What’s made you happy this week? :)

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01.05

Cider-with-Rosie-10-happy-things

Ahhhh, the three day weekend. Best thing about this time of year, right, the amount of Bank Holidays we get? There’s nothing like the joy that comes from Sunday arriving and not bringing with it a case of the Sunday blues- because hello lie in on a Monday morning! Though, to be honest laying in is pretty impossible these days, what with my waking up to go to the loo every morning at 5am, and then Elsie’s 6am wake up calls. But hey, it’s all training for September, right?! Anyway, aside from a week of eye-wateringly early starts (thanks again, baby and puppy), here’s what’s made this week a lovely one!

1. Finally, FINALLY getting round to printing and putting up some wedding photos around the house! It’s been on my ‘To Do’ list for such a long time, and it feels so good to have finally ticked it off the list!

2. Feeding the moorhen that’s taken up residence on the pond outside our house! It’s such a sweet little thing, and is partial to a bit of bread each morning for its breakfast…

3. My Friday morning Body Balance class at the gym. I always leave feeling like myself again (after a good few weeks of doing barely any exercise at the start of this year, thanks to first trimester exhaustion) and I’m hoping to keep going as long as I can until baby arrives.

4. Corn thin crackers, with red pepper hummus. Or with peanut butter, or marmite, or just plain. In short, I’m obsessed…

5. The new coconut hair conditioner I’m using at the moment. Smells like summer!

6. A series Jason and I binged on all this week, called The Five. It’s the most gripping thing I’ve watched in ages, and we’re just loving it!

7. Showers of blossom petals. Though not that random snow shower we had on Tuesday…

8. Raspberries in my porridge, green juice on the side, and grapefruit for after. Basically, all the fruit!

9. Having two productive weeks in a row! All thanks to Evernote and those life-saving to-do list folders. I’d be lost without that app! Though mainly I think it just makes me more productive because I like tapping the little tick-boxes so much…

10. And finally, of course, the return of Game of Thrones! Even if sometimes I do find that programme so gory I have to watch from behind a cushion, we still love it a lot. So glad it’s back! What did you all think of the first episode?

Tell me, what’s made it onto your ‘happy list’ for this week? :)

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