LIFE LATELY :: FIVE HAPPY THINGS

1. Getting ready for Christmas: This week was all about red cups and of course, that John Lewis advert! I’m still not sure about #TheManOnTheMoon, it failed to give me goosebumps but it did make me feel even more excited about Christmas! I’ve already had my first Costa gingerbread latte and bought half of my Christmas presents, but now I’m counting down the days until I can put my Christmas tree up and Erica‘s visit to Manchester! I’m gutted to be missing the Kirsty Allsopp Handmade Christmas Fair in Manchester, but my loss is your gain and, if you’re quick, you can win a pair of tickets in THIS POST.


2. Cinema trips on a school night: First of all, let me just get the elephant out of the room… Spectre is the first Bond Film I’ve ever seen. Ever. It was released on my birthday and I promised that I’d go and see it with John, as long as it wasn’t on my big day. Last Monday, we went out for tea and caught a later showing. As a Bond skeptic, I was surprised that I really enjoyed it. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy going to the cinema, it’s been years since we last went together and going on a school night would have been out of the question! It’s now on our list of things to do once a month. Next film? Mockingjay Part 2!


3. Birthday days outYou guys, it was birthday! As all birthdays do, this one seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. Despite being ill, I managed to celebrate by enjoying a family meal and seeing my two closest friends. As my two best friends are now responsible parents to the cutest little toddlers on the planet, we chose to brunch on Sunday at an adorable farmhouse cafe and lavender farm close to my home, it was the perfect solution! Check out these cuties playing together in the lavender fields


4. Finding a work/life balance: Also known as, getting my blog on! I’m settling in to life as a supply teacher in East Lancashire and enjoying it more as the days pass by. Sure, I miss having my own class but it’s really exciting to work in different primary schools, meet new people each day and of course, choose if and when I work. It’s given me plenty of time to put thought into what I write and publish on the blog, how it should look and of course, thrift. 


5. Catching up with the ‘Lindy Bop’ girls: Ah, when I think back to my summer working at Lindy Bop, I look upon it fondly. Sure, I learnt a lot about digital marketing by managing a fashion company’s social accounts, however, it was the friends that I made there that I’m thankful for most. After work on Wednesday, I hopped on a train from Burnley into Manchester City Centre and we spent the evening chatting away at Samsi, the most amazing Japanese restaurant! Divine food, amazing company. What more could you ask for?

What’s making you happy lately?

Don’t forget: Tomorrow is the last day to win a pair of tickets to Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Christmas Fair in Manchester! Have you entered? Go enter! Go, go, go!