10 favourites this week (#179)

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Happy Monday, you lovely lot! You might have noticed that I've shied away from sharing my weekly favourites over the past couple of weeks. I always worry that reading a list of things that have made me smile that week might be a bit mundane for you all, so I started to phase them out in favour of other content. But I really missed writing these posts every week - they're the most fun ones to put together, and never fail to put a smile on my face. So I asked on Instagram if you'd like me to bring them back, and thankfully, the answer was a resounding yes! My weekly favourites have been a feature on this blog for over 3 years now, and it just didn't feel right around here without them. So they'll be back every Monday, just like before - I hope you all enjoy them.

Anyway, let's get stuck into this week's favourites shall we? There have been lots of things making me smile recently, so it definitely feels like a good week to jump back in!

1) About Time

I don't know how I missed this film when it came out in 2013, but I'm so glad I finally got round to watching it this week! In true Richard Curtis style it made me laugh, cry, and feel all the warm and fuzzies. If you're looking for something uplifting to watch that will remind you of the important things in life, I'd definitely recommend it.

2) Coaching with Jen

Earlier in the year I signed up for some creative coaching with the wonderful Jen Carrington, and I had my third session this week. In just a short amount of time I already feel so much more inspired and confident about what I want to do with my many side hustles, and it feels good to have some time carved out to bat ideas off someone else and work through all those niggly little bits of blogging and business that my friends never really understand...

3) Lemon meringue pie

There are many reasons why I love my husband, but last week a crucial one was the fact that he bought me a huge slab of lemon meringue pie from a local bakery "just because". Forever feeling lucky that I married a guy who understands that pastry is 100% the way to my heart.

4) Getting lots of lovely feedback from you lot

Last week I shared a couple of new free resources with you - a little positivity course and a self care advent calendar. I loved putting both together, but what I loved even more was getting so much gorgeous feedback from you lot! There's nothing better than hearing that something I've created has been useful in some way, and I was absolutely chuffed to see so many of you joining in with all of the little challenges.

5) Making my own wreath

I've always, always dreamed about having a beautiful front door to hang a wreath on, and after replacing our front door back in spring, I was determined to make my own wreath this year! I booked a place on a workshop at Ivy Florist (I would totally recommend checking their shop out if you're based in the Leeds/Bradford area as it's gorgeous!) and went along on Friday to get a little bit green fingered, and I had so much fun! It was lovely to learn a new skill, chat to some new people and create something I'm really proud of.

6) A little book haul

You all know by now that my favourite thing to spend money on is books, and this week I had a few newbies arrive. I've now got a huge stack of books to work my way through over the festive period and I can't wait to get stuck in. Would you be interested in a little roundup of the best books I've read in 2018? Let me know and I can put that together over the next few weeks if so!

7) A visit from my nephew

My little nephew, Ralf, came round to visit on Saturday with his lovely parents, and it was definitely one of the highlights of my weekend! We listened to him chat along and tell us all the new words he's learned, fed him brownies, and totally melted when he stroked our cat, Lola. It was so lovely to hang out with him and get some of his brilliant cuddles.

8) Putting our Christmas decorations up

If you haven't guessed already, I'm a bit of a Christmas nut, and I love nothing more than making our house look as festive as humanly possible! So we had a pretty lovely time putting our tree up this weekend, hanging garlands from every surface and filling every shelf with festive candles and fairy lights. It's safe to say our living room resembles a grotto right now.

9) Yoga

I'm forever trying to incorporate a bit of exercise into my busy routine, and the most joyful way I've found of doing that is fitting in 20 minutes of yoga whenever I can. I love how it feels like a bit of a mental pause while also providing me with a decent workout - here's hoping I can keep it up throughout the festive period.

10) A chilled out Sunday at Headrow House

Yesterday Sam and I headed to Headrow House in Leeds for the afternoon. Sam was DJing and I took some work along, and we had such a lovely time drinking beer, chatting and listening to all of our favourite music. More Sundays like that please!