Living Grateful #13

Hi guys! It has been a couple of weeks since I have done one of these posts. It has been quite a busy time, I think it will be hectic until the festive periods are finished. I love being busy and it’s been so nice to see lots of friends. I have also managed lots of chilled time watching I’m a Celeb though… who else is watching it?

  1. A night out with Scott

Last weekend I went out for the first time in what feels like forever (I’ve definitely turned into a massive granny!) It was really nice to go out for once! Plus I had nothing planned for the following day and so I had a lovely lazy Sunday filled with catching up on TV and baking.

2. Dinner at Kimchee

I had dinner with one of my best friends and my parents at Kimchee on Wednesday week. I go to Uni opposite the restaurant and it looks so pretty from the outside I was glad I could go in! It was so nice catching up with my parents and friend as well!

3. Some time at home

I’ve spent a couple of nights at home over the past few weeks and it’s been so nice to be able to chill. I’ve spent time with my cats, gone for long walks in the park and taken full advantage of my parent’s nespresso machine – what’s not to love?!

4. Winter Wonderland

I went to Winter Wonderland on Saturday night with one of my best friends – it was amazing! I’ve seen so many photos of it on social media across this week and wondered if it would live up to my expectations but it definitely has done! There were so many fantastic food stalls (including gluten free & vegan crepes!!!), as well as beautiful lights and markets. I’m not a big one for rides so they didn’t appeal to me – they made me quite ill just looking at them! It was a bit chilly but you honestly can’t beat that feeling of coming home after an evening out in the cold and warming up with a cup of tea!

5. A day out in Brighton

I went down to Brighton today for a catch up with a friend. We had an incredible roast dinner for lunch and a lovely wander around Brighton. It really couldn’t have been a better end to my week!

What have you been grateful for this week? And more importantly who are you rooting for on I’m A Celeb?!

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Dear Diary: books by Giovanna Fletcher

I’ve been a fan of Giovanna Fletcher on Youtube for a while now. I love both her and Tom Fletcher and I do have to admit I have regular binge watching sessions of their videos. I’ve also become a big fan of Facebook live videos recently as well… When I went to Dubrovnik in June I decided it was high time that I started reading her books. Considering I loved her so much online I thought I would definitely love her books!

And I was definitely right.

I started with Dream a Little Dream which was perfect holiday reading and very quickly moved onto the Billy and Me series. I have just finished You’re the One That I Want.

The Billy and Me books were my favourite by far. I wouldn’t want to ruin what happens for you, but I just love the storyline. I read the first book in a night, leading to a very late night and a very tired me the next morning, but it was so worth it.

They are all quite easy reads, but have the most wonderful characters. I fell in love with so many of the characters, I never wanted the books to end!

I am seriously hoping for another Billy and Me book sometime soon…

I went to the Fabulous Night In with Giovanna Fletcher, Lindsey Kelk and Mhairi McFarlane last month. It was so much fun listening to the three authors discuss their writing processes and their upcoming books. Plus a free glass of wine on a Tuesday night is always amazing!

If anyone is looking for something to read in the lead up to Christmas I would really give these books a go, especially as the Billy and Me books have a special Christmas novella…

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Book Review #3 – The Year of Living Danishly

I finally have another book review for you lovely people! I’ve been reading this very slowly on my kindle over the last two months. My reading time has taken a massive hit since going back to Univeristy so it has definitely taken me a while to read this, but not because I haven’t loved it! Every time I have sat down to read it it has really made me feel very happy so I thought I had to share it with you…

Helen Russell takes you through her whole year of living in Denmark. She moved from London to rural Jutland. From January to December it is really interesting to see how her perspective changes. She undertakes a different topic of research each month (a bit along the same style as The Gratitude Diaries if you have read that, or my review here). Basically Russell is researching why Danes rank as the happiest people in the world. This is despite the brutally cold winters and small amount of daylight from October to March.

I found there was so much in the book I could relate to and also techniques the Danes employ which I could input into my daily life. As I was reading the last couple of chapters this week which really focus on the cold and darker days I could totally relate. The clocks have gone back and the weather has definitely gotten a lot colder. I needed a bit of a pick me up to tell me how to get through the Winter months and the last chapters of this book was definitely it.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure everyone has heard of Hygge by now. It’s become super fashionable in the last month or so, but fashion aside I think it is actually something worth looking at for winter months. It effectively focuses on the idea of coziness and spending time with family. It’s curling up with a book and a cup of tea, and cruciallt some lit candles. I love this idea as I am a sucker for candles and a good book and tonne that seems like the perfect way to enjoy myself through the cold months. I’ve just started reading The Little Book of Hygge after feeling inspired by The Year of Living Danishly so I will let you know more about Hygge when I have finished it.

Not only is The Year of Living Danishly really interesting in terms of the research into happiness that Helen Russell undertakes but it was also hilarious. Russell gives a great account of her year and her life in rural Jutland and there are some real laugh out loud moments… so much so that I was told off by my mum for being too loud at one point!!

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Here’s a picture of some blue skies to take your mind off all my winter talking in this post…

Living Grateful #12

Hi gang! I’m going to give myself a little pat on the back this evening as I have finally managed two Living Grateful posts in a row… anyway, enough about my disorganisation, onto what I have been grateful for this week.

  1. Mindfulness class

I’ve spoken about how I’ve been getting more into mindfulness here before and I went to a class this week on compassion. It was really good to go to another class and my mind felt so much calmer for it.

2. Kitten time

I had this little cutie stay with me for 4 days this week. She is so unbelievably cute and at only 8 weeks she was so tiny! She was the most loving cat I’ve ever come across.

3. Going to Pizza Express with Scott

Okay so I might have spoken about my love of Pizza Express a tad too much on this blog. BUT I went again this week with Scott and it was just incredible. I even found out they do gluten free dough balls with balsamic vinegar & olive oil instead of garlic butter – amazing!!

4. Having a roast with Mum and Dad

Mum and Dad came up and cooked me a roast dinner (the best parents ever, right?!). You seriously can’t beat my dad’s roast potatoes!! It made letting go of my cats a little easier!

5. Having a relaxing Sunday

The last few weekends have been massively hectic so it was so nice to have a chilled Sunday today. I had a massive lie in, drank coffee in bed and caught up on loads of blogs!

Have you guys had a good week? What are you grateful for?

 

Link Love #2

This is my second share all the links I love session. I’ve been reading some really incredible things recently so here is my good deed for the day – sharing them all with you!!

Let me know what you like and if you have anything you think I need to read asap!!

  1. This description of how all that flatlay on Instagram came out…
  2. During Mental Health Day a few weeks ago I read quite a few posts on mental health, this is an article that I think is really worth a read.
  3. I loved this post by Amelia on how to become a morning person… the glass of water in the morning was something that really resonated with me.
  4. This article described chronic pain in such a good way.
  5. This is the best description of what will happen on election night in U.K. times. I’ve been trying to find out what time I need to stay up to / wake up again tomorrow morning for to see the election coverage and this has answered all my questions.
  6. Sophie’s post about why she loves airports I thought was a great way to reframe that frequent travel stress…

What have you guys been reading recently?!

Postcards from Cádiz

Hi guys! I thought I would give you the photo downlow of my trip to Cádiz the other week…

(Is it obvious that I enjoyed taking photos far too much whilst I was there?!)

I was a massive lover of the tapas culture in Cádiz. Basically I could eat every time we stopped for a drink and what isn’t amazing about that?! We found a really cute street full of lovely restaurants and I had to take a photo of the outside of this one as it looks so bright and happy! 

I took this within half an hour of when we arrived at the hotel. It was chucking it down with rain but I still insisted we run up to the roof terrace to have a look! This was the view out over Cádiz!

How pretty are these buildings off of a main square?!

We spent a good part of an afternoon wandering along the promenade and it was beautiful to look out to sea and have a real good chat…

Cádiz Cathedral from the outside… we spent far too log in the square in front of the Cathedral admiring it and eating tapas… of course…

This was the view from the top of the Cathedral. I think I could have spent all day up there taking photos but mum definitely would have wanted to throw me off the edge…

There was a point on the promenade where there were loads of cats. Someone had set up little houses for them and fed them on a daily basis. As you can imagine this was my actual dream and we may have gone back twice to check on them..

Cádiz Cathedral from along the promenade… I think this might be the shot that most people associate with Cádiz..

On one of the days we had the best beach day.. it really was beautiful!

Anyone will tell you I’m a sucker for blue skies…

On our last day we went up the tallest watchhouse in Cádiz. This was the view from the top across the rooftops. It was incredibly windy but I tried my best to get as many photos as I could before going back inside to avoid being blown over! Torre Tavira also had a camera obscura and the show was amazing, nothing like being able to see the whole town from one tiny mirror set up!

I absolutely loved Cádiz, I found it really relaxing as there wasn’t too much touristy stuff to do compared to Barcelona so you don’t feel stressed to get up and do everything. Instead we spent loads of time just chilling in restaurants and coffee shops and on the beach and so it was a perfect break to set me up for the rest of term and January exams. 

Have you guys been to somewhere in Spain recently you would recommend? I love hearing your thoughts!

Living Grateful #11

Okay so I have yet another apology to make this week guys… I am so sorry it has been another 2 week gap between my Living Grateful posts. The past two weeks have been amazing, leaving me with that fuzzy heart warmed feeling. I’ve spent an amazing week in Spain and spent some quality time with friends and family. There really isn’t anything better is there?

So here goes, these are just 5 of the things I have been grateful for over the last fortnight, but honestly I think there could be 50 instead!

  1. Spending a week in Cádiz with mum

I feel like this photo doesn’t do how pretty Cádiz was justice. It was absolutely beautiful and we managed to get some sun towards the end of the week. It was also so nice to spend a lengthy amount of time with Mum as I don’t get to see her enough anymore.

 

2. Having a beach day in Cádiz

I feel like walking through the sea and along the beach was exactly what I needed to clear my head ready for the exams I have had in the past week and also for the rest of term. There really isn’t anything better than walking along the beach and looking out to sea!

 

3. Enjoying the Autumn colours

I’ve been loving Autumn in London this week. I’ve been for quite a few walks along the river and this was by Surrey Water. I just couldn’t get over how beautiful the colours of the trees were with the blue sky and Canary Wharf in the background!

 

4. Having my cats to visit

My parents went away for a week this past week and gave me the cats to look after in the flat. Being the crazy cat lady I am, I have absolutely LOVED having them to stay. It really has been the best. Cat cuddles make everything better! There were a lot of tears saying goodbye to them tonight…

 

5. Bonfire Night with the best friends ever

Last night I went out to Sevenoaks for Bonfire Night. There was a torchlight procession through the town and the most amazing fireworks display – including Let It Go from Frozen which totally made my night! It felt so good to get out of London and spend some quality time with my best friends. I feel so fuzzy and warm after such a brilliant weekend.

 

Hope you guys have had a good couple of weeks, what have you been grateful for?