I think it can be easy to look back on a hard week and miss out on those things. A week of bad weather for example can really make it seem as though the whole week was a complete fail. But it probably wasn't. We must all smile at least once a day. I know I do, even if I forget it.
Things that made me happy this week:
Mini Spending SpreeI was very kindly given some money from my in laws for my birthday and with a child free weekend I decided to make the most of my time and pop to our local Outfit store. I ended up leaving with a denim dress, which I've looked at online for so long and loved but wasn't sure how it would fit so I was really pleased when it fit perfectly, and that it is a size 14 and is a tiny bit roomy! Woohoo!!
I also bought a black dress. It's in a waffle fabric which is cosy and will be warm in the colder months.
And, as Autumn hits I would obviously by some denim shorts.....we'll ignore the fact that the sun is about to disappear. I wanted some denim shorts all summer but couldn't find any I liked and didn't want to spend over £20 on a pair (yes I am that tight!) so when I found these ones for £12 I couldn't resist. I got them a size too big because I think it's nice to have shorts a bit loose, and with a belt added. Hopefully we will get an extra week or so of sun so I can wear them.
I also bought 2 tshirts, one in a mint colour and one in a pretty deep purple and a cute necklace with bright flowers.
Iced Drinks and a Naughty BreakfastOn Saturday evening I headed down to the boat to meet my husband. On the way I couldn't resist stopping off at Costa for an Iced Cappuccino. On the way home from the boat I went to a retail park to go to Outfit, it wasn't open so I popped to McDonalds and was supposed to only get a drink, but I couldn't resist a Sausage and Egg McMuffin. Judge all you want, but it was goooood.
SaladsThis year I have eaten a lot of salads. I've had a lot of fun mixing ingredients and odd flavours together and did worry about how I would cope in the winter when I don't really want to eat cold meals.
I received this book for a blog post and it is amazing! It gives so many ideas for salad recipes for all of the seasons and I'm sure that soon enough I would have made the majority of the dishes.
This week I made the Warm Salad of Roasted Carrots with feta, pine nuts, and a sweet chilli glaze. Oh it was BEAUTIFUL! I served it with smoked salmon and a toasted muffin which just made it a little more filling for an evening meal.
I also made stir-fried tofu, ginger, garlic and broccoli. I haven't had tofu before and although it wasn't horrible I did feel like it didn't add much to the salad so would probably not use it again. The broccoli with ginger and garlic was amazing.
FriendshipsI wrote in my Week Eight post about the friends we made through sailing. We met them in the boat shed and they really helped us with our confidence whilst we were preparing our boat for the water and they were so supportive and helpful the day the boat entered the water.
For a number of reasons we didn't get to see them over the Summer but with their boat now moored near ours due to it coming to the end of the season we were delighted to catch up with them briefly on Friday night.
Then, on Saturday night, they had left us a bottle of wine on our boat and some snacks. We popped out for a sail and when we came back and moored up our friend came over to our boat and requested us to join him and his wife in their boat at 8.15 that evening.
So after our quick dinner we grabbed our wine and we went along and talked, joked, laughed, cried (yeah, totes emosh I am) and learnt so much about each other for hours, eventually going back to our boat at 2.15am. It was just such a wonderful wonderful night and they are the most amazing people and we feel honoured to be friends with them.
WinnersI was so excited and happy to find out on Friday night that my friends had won awards at the MADS!
I'm not one of those people who feels really disappointed if my blog isn't featured anyway and instead I really get such a wonderful feeling when friends of mine are shortlisted, or finalists in any blog awards and feel immensely proud when they win. I might have cried.....as I said 'totes emosh'.
Well done Kirsty and Clara on your Most Innovative Blog award and to Katie for your Best Baby Blog award. I'm so proud of you all.
What made you happy this week?
Linking up to:
The Ordinary Moments: Mummy Daddy Me
My Week That Was: Make, Do and Push