10 favourites this week (#134)

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Happy Monday, everyone. Today is a bit of a sad day for my family and I because it's been a whole year since our nightmare began on holiday when Blossom had her accident. But as I've said before, these lists are important to me and help me remember all of the good I have in my life, and that has never been more true than during this difficult year. So I'm still cracking on with my favourites and remembering that even though life has dealt us an incredibly shitty hand this year, there is still so much to be grateful for. Here are my 10 favourites this week...

1) I was on a podcast!

A few months ago, the lovely Lucy got in touch to tell me that she was launching a podcast and invited me to be one of her guests. I was super excited as I'm a big podcast fan, and that excitement only grew once I listened to the first couple of episodes. Lucy has such a brilliant interview style, and I thoroughly enjoyed sitting and having a chat with her - you can listen to our episode here.

2) A lovely Monday off work

As you'll know if you read last week's favourites, I had Monday off work as we were still celebrating Sam's 30th birthday. We had such a lovely day and managed to cram so much in, including trips to Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere and Sizergh Castle. We rounded it off with a big old walk at Ingleton Falls which I absolutely loved - way better than your average Monday!

3) Finding a swimsuit I love

We all know how miserable shopping for swimwear can be and I've definitely had a few disheartening changing room moments in the past few weeks! So when I stumbled across this little beauty in Debenhams and it actually looked half decent when I tried it on, I knew I had to snap it up.

4) Chilli cheese fries

We've been trying to eat a little bit healthier over the past few weeks to combat the extra pounds we gained during the wedding/New York period, but this week I was seriously craving comfort food. So instead of totally caving and ordering a takeaway, we made these Slimming World chilli cheese fries - they were SO yum that you wouldn't even know they're a healthy-ish substitute!

5) Game of Thrones

To be honest, Game of Thrones could probably be on my list every single week at the moment because this series has been SO GOOD. I am absolutely loving seeing the plot develop so quickly and sitting on edge for an hour every week, and then spending the rest of the week deliberating about what may or may not happen. I'm going to be so sad when it finishes!

6) Having a good old pamper

I'm going to be a bridesmaid for my friend at the weekend, so the weekend just gone was all about getting pampered and ready. I had my nails done at the lovely Pastille which is always a fab experience, and then went and had my lash extensions put on again because I loved them so much at my wedding. Now all that's left to do is get ourselves to France and watch our gal get married...

7) A Saturday night in with my Mum

It feels like it's been ages since I've had any proper one on one time with my Mum, so I was super excited for a girly night in with her on Saturday. We drank wine, lay on the sofa and chatted about everything and anything before having an early night. It was perfect and just what the doctor ordered.

8) Sleeping in my old bed

I don't know why but I've had lots of trouble sleeping recently and have definitely not been getting my 8 hours a night. My bed at home is the comfiest bed in the world and I have very much enjoyed my last two nights of star fishing, and it seems to have done the trick as I've slept so well.

9) Reminiscing on our wedding

I had a lovely morning yesterday sharing our wedding photos with my auntie, cousin and Nan. It was so nice to flick through the photos and reminisce on our day - we have so many lovely memories to look back on and I'm so glad we had all of our favourite people around us to make them with.

10) A lovely family Sunday lunch

My week was rounded off with a lovely family Sunday lunch to celebrate my cousin's birthday. The food was delicious and it was so lovely to catch up with everyone - they are the people that we couldn't have survived this year without, and I will be eternally grateful that I get to call them my family.