After the events of the past two weeks, I decided I needed to inject a little ‘happy’ back into my life and remember the things I love. My friend Sarah over at Mumzilla created a 5 Favourite Things tag, which I think is rather uplifting. So here are the things that make me smile every day…
Louche 1960’s dress
I’ve been making a bit more of an effort lately to not look like I was dragged through a hedge backwards. It all started a week or so back when I was inspired by Clemmie Hooper from Mother of Daughters’ post on body confidence. Truth be told, I have struggled with body confidence from way before I had Emma but it inspired me. She challenged us on her Instagram Stories to wear something you wouldn’t usually wear, so I wore this dress. I’ve never really worn it ‘in the daytime’ but it made me feel so empowered when I did. As a side note, if I were rich, I would buy every single Louche dress – I adore them very much!
Canon 700D Camera
This year I decided to make a bit of an effort with my photography. I realised that we don’t have that many photos to show the adventures we get up to, and in the process I’ve fallen in love with my camera. I should probably also throw my iPhone in the mix as I take as many photos on my phone as on my camera. I’m still learning as I go along but I really enjoy taking a few pictures of each place we visit…until Emma shouts “NO Mummy NO”, which means I need to put the camera away. She’s got her eye on me.
CD: Summerteeth by Wilco
Music has always been a big part of my life and when I met my other half, it became even more so. The album we listened to when we first met, ‘I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning’ by Bright Eyes was playing when Emma was born. This album though is my absolute favourite and will always remind me of him. I’ve noticed the first track ‘A Shot In The Arm’ in a few films and ‘She’s A Jar’ is probably the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard.
Charbonnel et Walker Champagne Truffles
Well it wouldn’t be a happy list without a bit of chocolate, would it? I can’t quite remember when these beauties came into my life but I’m so glad they did. You don’t get too many in a box but Charbonnel et Walker have got the perfect truffles down to a tee. These ones are brilliant, white chocolate dusted with strawberry powder with champagne inside – delicious! They sell them in Waitrose for £11.99 a box, you heard it here first…
Emma’s shells from the beach
My final slice of happy is a bit of a sentimental one. As a beach girl, Emma is all about the shells and pebbles. I often joke that the easiest way to entertain her is to take her to the beach and watch her ‘see stones’ as she calls it. This is the first shell we brought back from the beach, and I’ve been keeping it on our window sill. I know we’ll have many more memories to collect over the years but every time I see it, it makes me smile.
So that rounds up my little list of happy things, let me know what yours are in the comments below! I’ve tagged the bloggers below to take part too:
Laura from Five Little Doves
Ky from Snapshots and Adventures
Helen from Talking Mums
Fi from A Mum Track Mind