10 things that’ve made me happy this week!



As you’re reading this, I’m in Germany! This morning’s alarm went off at the ungodly hour of 4am, and I landed in Cologne at just gone 9! I’m here until tomorrow afternoon with Marriott hotels, exploring the city and celebrating the launch of Marriott’s 1000th hotel. I’ve never been to Germany before, so it’s such a treat to get chance to see a little of Cologne! We’re doing a little Insta-tour at some point over the next day or so, so if you’d like to follow along, find me at ‘ciderwithrosieblog’! :) I hope you have a delightful Friday, and an even lovelier weekend! Here’s a little round up of all that’s made me most happy this week…

1. Last weekend’s day spent on the ‘marriage preparation course’ our church runs for couples getting married there. I’ll admit that we weren’t sure what the day would be like, or if we’d find it at all useful, but it turned out to be full of so many lovely moments I can’t even begin to name them all. I found it especially moving thinking about how many people had given up their Saturday to run the course, and a little talk given about the idea of cherishing your partner.

2. Learning calligraphy with Hero & Betty Etiquette on Wednesday! It was SO much fun! Full post coming your way next week…

3. Afternoon snacks of sugared ring doughnuts. £1 for 3 from the local BP garage. Boom. (I didn’t eat all three. Just one. And a half. Okay 1 and 3/4s.)

4. Feeding the ducks by hand! They’re getting so bold. Keeping my fingers crossed the mama nests in the duck house!

5. A phone call from my best friend Jo on Wednesday, to say she’d just passed her finals and is now officially a doctor! She’s been studying in London for the past 6 years, and I’ve honestly never known anyone work harder for anything that she’s worked for this degree. I’m prouder than I can put into words. I’ll be going to her graduation in early July just a week or so before my wedding, so it’s going to be a pretty exciting month for us both!

6. Finding the perfect pale pink nail varnish shade. It’s so cutesy and girly, I can’t help but feel happy with it on my nails.

7. Philip Kingsley smoothing cream. Makes my hair less frizzy than normal (hurrah!), and also makes it smell like the hairdressers. Double win!

8. Starting to practise my new signature. Feels so good to be just a few short months away from getting rid of the lame scribble I’ve used for a signature since the age of 12…

9. Monday’s headshot shoot at Jason’s offices. It was so fun taking photos of actual people, instead of food and coffee for a change! ;)

10. Buying Easter eggs. Does anyone else get embarrassingly overexcited about Easter? I just love it!

Three posts I’ve loved reading this week :: Molly’s photos from Lucerne || the final instalment in Jaclyn’s series about designing her own engagement ring || & Gillian’s photos from a weekend in York.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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  • http://www.queenbeady.com QueenBeady

    I love all of these posts. Sometimes you have to take gratitude in the smaller things in life, like the nail varnish and the doughnuts!
    The marriage prep is such a lovely day, we were extremely nervous this time last year. I feel like you are going through the motions at around the same times as us last year. It’s making me all nostalgic!
    Bee xxx

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

    Have a wonderful time in Cologne – I’m looking forward to your post about it! Your calligraphy looks beautiful; how fun to take a course. Pink nail polishes are just so perfect for spring, aren’t they?! xxx

  • Anna

    Cologne is such an amaziing city!!!! have fun :)


  • http://www.victoriawade.co.uk/blog/ Victoria Wade

    Looking forward to reading your post about the calligraphy- the photo looks amazing! Have a fab time in Cologne! :) xx

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

    What is this perfect pink shade?! I always struggle with wearing pink!

    Lauren x

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

  • Kirsty Baker

    Nope, you’re not alone. I get soo excited for Easter too! Not long now. Also this was the wrong time for me to look at this post, I now really want ring doughnuts! xx


  • Fruzs

    Oh Rosie, I wish you all the best with Jason. You really deserve all the happiness in the world. I don’t know you personally just throughout your writings but you seem like the most authentic person I have ever come across (at least on the internet). You are sweet and kind. I am glad to be a reader of this beautiful space. And if you ever come to Budapest you’ll be my guest for the best coffee in the city (I found the place yesterday!). Happy weekend and have fun in Cologne (I am going there for the Taylor Swift concert in June ;))!

  • http://www.sophieblunt.com/ Sophie

    What a gorgeous week you have had. I felt similar nail related joy as I found the perfect navy shade to cover up my bruised and battered nail after I shut it in the car door. Little victories! Xxx


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

    I also love Easter! It’s one of my favorite holidays for sure.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Siobhan Watts

    Your calligraphy is looking great!

  • Tanya

    I can’t wait for Easter either, and lurrrrrve buying easter eggs! :-)


  • http://www.zoenewlove.com Zoe Newlove

    So glad someone else gets as excited as me at Easter :) I love it! Cannot wait to stock up on Mini Eggs and buy lots of fresh daffodils :)

    Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

  • Georgia Christakis

    Easter is a big deal in the Greek culture, so yes, I am disproportionately excited to celebrate with a midnight service, our beautiful church and of course a roasted lamb and tons and tons of Greek food next week! :)

  • Brooke

    Have fun in Cologne! Sounds like it’s going to be a blast. Congrats to your best friend!! Such a huge accomplishment. Also, those doughnuts look dangerously good!

  • emily couture

    I can’ wait for easter and Easter eggs :)

    emily xx


  • Ladies & croissants

    I do love easter too! I think it’s because of the cute bunnies!


  • Jo Fisher

    I am glad I’m not the only one excited about giving Easter Eggs! I love finding the perfect one :)

    Jo xxx

    She Wears Burgundy

  • http://www.missmollyemma.blogspot.com/ Molly

    Sounds like a lovely week- I love Easter Eggs-especially at the moment when they’re a bit cheaper :) Congratulations to your friend for becomming a doctor as well, that must be such a great feeling :)

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

    I agree with you completely on Easter Eggs – Germany sounds really exciting too :D

    Lizzie Dripping

  • http://mascara-and-maltesers.blogspot.co.uk/ Annabel

    Ohh wow, congrats to your friend, thats amazing! Defiantly agree on Easter, I am buying the themed chocolate the minute it hits the shops. It just tastes better in Easter form!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Kelly Michelle

    Have a fabulous time in Cologne! Germany is such an underrated country and there is much to see and do; it’s like living in a little fairytale with pretty castles x

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

    I hope you’re having a fab time in Cologne. I love Easter but I’m not too keen on Easter eggs. My mum bakes me a chocolate cake with mini eggs on top instead, which is delicious and I can share it out (sometimes).

    I’ve never even thought about having a new signature once I’m married, I’m so going to practise it now!

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

  • Izzy

    Calligraphy is so gorgeous I would love to learn x


  • http://www.blushandrose.blogpot.com Lindsay

    Have a lovely time in Cologne! PS – That doughnut looks delicious! xo


  • http://www.long-may-she-rain.blogspot.co.uk/ Katie Bedlow

    Consider me embarrassingly excited about easter!! It’s just the food, family, colours, flowers, ahhhhhh! :) Hope you have a good trip, and some more tasty doughnuts! :) Katie x


  • http://www.lovedbylaura.com/ Laura

    What a lovely roundup. I get ridiculously excited about Easter – it’s kind of like a more laid back Christmas and much more relaxing usually. Easter sunday is traditionally PJ day in our house – movies, chocolates, and occassionally some baking, just in case we haven’t made ourselves completely sick on all the chocolate eggs! x

  • http://meandorla.co.uk/ Sara Tasker

    Lovely week, Rosie. I’m loving the duck updates!

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