10 things that’ve made me happy this week!



Eight. Oh what’s that? I thought I heard you ask how many layers on average I’ve been piling on every day this week. And that’s not even including the doubled up socks and the hats worn indoors. What can I say? It’s been the week for it, alright. It just had better snow over the next couple of days now, or what’s it all been for!? This weekend I’m putting together a little afternoon tea for my Mum’s birthday, and have quite the task at hand since my Ma eliminated sugar from her diet about a month ago now so I need to make the tea as sugar-free as possible! If anyone knows any really amazing sugar-free cake/scone recipes, please do leave them in the comments! As a pretty hardcore sugar fiend, I’m kind of out of my depth here ;)

Here’s the week in happy things!…

1. Jason. For a thousand and one reasons, from the bar of chocolate he placed into my hands after he arriving home from an evening out with a friend earlier in the week, to the unfailing support and kindness he shows to me and everyone else too. Forgive me a moment of sentimentality, but I really am so very lucky.

2. A cinema trip to see American Sniper! The film was incredible, but I always go to the cinema mostly for the snacks. Peanut M&Ms and Sprite forever.)

3. 1989. I finally own it, and it’s SO worth the hype. I’ve dedicated an embarrassing amount of time this week to learning the words to ‘Style’! ;)

4. Yoga leggings and sweatshirt-days. Never wrong.

5. Editing using the new version of iMovie. It’s one trillion times better than the version I had on my old laptop!

6. Thursday afternoon’s hailstorm, which then turned to snow. The snow didn’t stick which made me sad, but I enjoyed watching it fall anyway.

7. Finally getting into The Good Wife! Partly because it’s awesome, and partly because Chris Noth.

8. Switching off all the notifications on my phone. I know I know, that sounds like one of those pretentious things people say, like ‘I’m deleting my Facebook’, but really and truly not having beeps and dings and chimes coming from your phone 24/7 is so liberating! AND it saves battery power like you would not believe!

9. Honeymoon-bikini shopping online! Tell me though, how can 6 individual bikini separates each priced £15 add up to £90? I mean, logically I know it makes sense, but I just feel like they should be cheaper. That’s all.

10. Buying my wedding shoes! They’re beautiful! And in need of some serious softening-in ;)

Three posts I’ve loved reading this week :: Carrie’s post about young love (it struck a chord!) || this recipe for baked eggs with braised greens from Camille Styles || & Beth’s sweet photos from a day on Lake Windermere.

What’s made you happy this week? :)

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  • jess readhead

    Hi Rosie i always look forward to and love your Friday post and it always reminds me that it the small things that can make us the happiest :) You have really lovely style and i was just wondering if you could do a post about it at some point ? :) xxx

  • http://www.lifeoutsidelondon.co.uk Michelle

    Oh welcome to the Good Wife party! It’s blooming brilliant.
    And good luck with the sugar free tea, I have absolutely nothing to offer in that respect :o(
    M x

  • http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk/ Debbie

    I love lazing around in yoga pants and a cosy top, it’s just so darn comfortable! I haven’t turned my notifications off, but I very rarely have my phone on noisy or vibrate. It means I usually miss calls, but I like the peace and quiet.

    I really can’t wait to do honeymoon shopping. I’m dreading the wedding shoes shopping though, I always struggle to find shoes that fit.

    Snow fall is so pretty, we only had about a minutes worth, but my family in Derbyshire have loads – I’m very jealous!

    Debbie x http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk

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

    It has been FREEZING this week. My ongoing battle with the rest of the office to have the heater on has stepped up a gear this week. And also, I totally get your appreciation for Jason, triggered by something small. Last week Shay brought home some flowers for me just because and it just made me feel so amazing. Have a fab weekend Rosie (I don’t know of any sugar free recipes would you believe) xx

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

    Turning off or at least reducing notifications on my phone is so nice, I get tired of pointless notifications that don’t really mean anything! And is there anything better than sweats and jumpers? (answer: no)

    Lauren x

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

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

    My mum is sugar free too (as well as gluten and dairy free!!) so it is a bit of a challenge cooking up yummy sweet treats for her! I always use either Agave nectar, maple syrup or honey as a substitute when i’m baking for her. Check out deliciously ella for some super healthy but still yummy sweet treats (her mince pie recipe is immense). If you’re planning on using stevia as a sugar substitute just be aware that it is apparently really toxic to dogs (just in case Teddy decides to get involved with the baking!!).
    Good luck! :) xxx

  • Shani Parkman

    Check out “I Quit Sugar” (just that and a .com for the website) – it’s an Australian website / cook book by Sarah Wilson. I haven’t been on it much but I follow them on insta, there might be something helpful?!

  • http://www.livelifelovelipstick.com/ Live Life Love Lipstick

    As sad as this sounds.. The latest episode of Pretty Little Liars made me happy this week..


  • Georgia Christakis

    They’ve got a great cupcake recipe over at style me pretty sweetened with honey- just type honey lavender cupcakes in the search bar and you should be able to find it!

  • http://www.sophiecliff.com/ Sophie Cliff

    1989 is the best! I like to listen to it and sing loudly in the car on the way to work to set me up for the day :)

  • http://anenglishrosie94.blogspot.co.uk/ Rosie McKay

    All about the peanut M&Ms, a must for any cinema outing, along with a tango iceblast!

  • http://thisandthatblog.co.uk/ Fi @ this and that blog

    Good luck with the sugar free afternoon tea, I know I’d struggle with the recipes! Although Deliciously Ella’s site has amazing recipes or Hungry Healthy Happy for healthier versions of cake. Dannii’s lemon, apricot and almond cake looks insanely good (although not 100% sugar free…). I’m with you on the peanut M&M love in. Is there really any other cinema snack out there?! x

  • http://mutedmornings.blogspot.com Mimmi

    Good luck with the afternoon tea! I bet it’ll be a success. The little I’ve heard of 1989 is amazing, so perhaps I should bite the bullet and get it too.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

    Oh I love the Good Wife! Netflix finally has series 5 so I know I’ll be bingeing on that all weekend :-)

  • http://honeyandricotta.blogspot.com/ Hannah Hoskins

    Beautiful post! And on sugar-free cakes this one is great as long as honey is allowed? http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/spiced-parsnip-cake/

  • http://brunchataudreys.com Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    The highlight of my week is that How To Get Away With Murder is back on! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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

    Great list!

    I’ve been turning the cellular data off on my phone from 12-6 every day. It forces me not to check my phone but still allows me to take important texts and calls. It’s a challenge in our tech-obsessed world, but it’s so worth it!

    Also, I thought every day was leggings and sweatshirt day… :)

    Circus & Bloom

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

    I love 1989 – any chance of a sneak peek at your wedding shoes?

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Newins

    There are lots of great sugar free recipes over on http://www.DeliouslyElla.com. Her book came out yesterday and seems to be taking the world by storm. I’m sure you could find something there that your mum would love. The sweet potato brownies look pretty good!

  • http://www.heavenlyclutter.blogspot.com/ Erin Bailey

    Love these posts- great photos :)


  • Pili G

    Lovely post! 1989 is an amazing album and the snow sounded amazing!




  • http://samsamcherie.blogspot.com/ Samsam

    Loved American Sniper! It was such an amazing movie…I was still in shock even hours after seeing it. It did such a great job of showing the “behind the scenes” of war and its effect on families…just spectacular :)
    Also, yoga leggings are the best! I seriously wear them more than jeans :P
    ~ Samantha

  • http://www.amandasescape.blogspot.co.uk Amanda

    A pretty good week then! The snacks at the cinema always make the experience better for me. How exciting preparing for your wedding / honeymoon too x

    Amanda / Amanda’s Escape

  • http://www.amberloveblog.com Amber Davey

    I’ve stopped notifications on my phone too, first it was cos of an ex who kept messaging me but he isn’t a problem now (I blocked him, didn’t kill him) but I’ve kept it that way and it’s so nice! Although my phone keeps telling me to turn them back on which is almost as annoying!! xo

  • http://www.ginevrella.co.uk Jennifer

    I really want to get 1989 – just need to fix some technical problems that won’t let me share iTunes libraries between my laptop and the family computer at home! I love switching off the notifications on my phone. I always log out of facebook because I find most of the notifications I receive are irrelevant to me- just people posting in groups I’m part of.

    Jennifer x

    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  • http://acertainadventure.blogspot.co.uk/ Tamsin @ A Certain Adventure

    I’ve totally been getting into The Good Wife this month too – so much respect for Alicia Florrick! Also, so much professional outfit inspiration from everyone who works at Lockhart Gardner…:) And yay, honeymoon bikini shopping! You’re getting so close! xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

  • http://www.thesussexgirl.co.uk Beckie

    Hi Rosie, have just discovered your blog and love your posts! Will be checking in regularly :) I love your point about notifications on your phone…I’ve recently changed handsets and haven’t added allowed notifications from many apps, so liberating! Have a good week. Beckie

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