Happy Monday/Ten Happy Things #2

I love doing little round ups and am almost unremittingly optimistic, so as we move through this month and beyond I’ve committed to joining in with Katy’s ‘Happy Mondays‘ and Jasmin’s ‘Ten Happy Things‘ link ups. Such a lovely way to start the week! Part one of this can be found here, but now let’s crack on with part 2.

1. Kitties!

Our trio are on excellent form at the moment.  As it’s a busy month for writing and house projects, I’m around a lot, and being able to punctuate my days with kitty cuddles is always a treat!

Matthew gets lots of lunchtime pictures like this.

It was also Matthew’s birthday last week, when I was able to give him his wonderful, kitty-centric gift, created by our awesomely talented friend, Emily.

*SUCH* a talent

2. Recipe development.

I am having the most fun devising some new recipes and cocktails to share here. As someone who loves to cook it’s so fun to be able to write about it and have people feedback.

3. Windsor.

This past weekend we went to Ascot (more on that later) and we stayed on the outskirts of Windsor to make travel to and from the racecourse easier. Matthew’s parents and he and I enjoyed having a little wander around the town, taking in the castle, spying a bevy of swans, and having a delicious meal at the charming Windsor Grill. It was such a lovely wee spot to explore!

4. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

The lovely Erica mentioned this show as a must-watch, so I added it to my Netflix queue. And I love it. It is so funny & quirky & perfect to watch when you’re chilling out. Have you seen it?

5. Snapchat.

It took me a while to get into Snapchat, but now I love it – for me it’s like a little vlog of my days and I love the immediacy and the silliness of the platform. As well as sharing on the app I also sharing my daily videos over on my blog’s facebook page, so it’s a fun way to have little videos of my adventures. If you’re on snapchat and we are not friends yet, I’m cmclaire12 over there. I share about cats, books, events and fun, mainly. With occasional ridiculous selfies, of course.

6. Smoothies for breakfast.

I am trying to be a little healthier, in order to be a littler Claire. Part of this is smoothies for breakfast! I’ve found a protein powder I love for proteiny days (Sculptress – affiliate link), and the most amazing freezer packs for fruit smoothies or green smmothies from Ocado. It’s going well – some mornings I go light, other mornings I go crazy, but it’s a nice filling start to the day!

7. Katy’s lovely Brighton vlog.

A couple of weeks back I wrote about my visit to Brighton with Katy, as part of the fab #inbedwithibis event.  She posted her vlog about the event yesterday, and it’s so fun. She’s so great on camera, and I was cracking up at my silly dirty laugh in the background of so many shots. We had such fun!

8. Ascot.

Matthew and John, my father-in-law, both have summer birthdays, so well always try to get together with them for a little birthday treat. Last year we went to to Formula 1, and this year we had a whale of a time at Ascot for the races! It was a great day, with some people profiting on their flutters and others….not. More than anything it was fabulous to spend time together, as well as hang out with our dear friend Chalmers, who happened to be in attendance as well.

Love whenever we get time to spend with either side of our families. We’re both so lucky to love our in-laws.

9. Sunshine.

How brilliant is it to have the sun back again?

10. Christmas in July.

I am feeling so spoiled with the wonderful Christmas in July events I’ve been able to go along to. I marvelled at the beauties on display at the Marks and Spencer event (and adored catching up with the lovely Jaye and Natasha, who I bumped into there!), swanned around Somerset House to see Lakeland’s offerings, and loved the Winter Wonderland created by John Lewis. I also got to see the A/W16 preview for Neptune and promptly fell in love with oh-so-many homewares.  I’m looking forward to more events later this month and have spotted so many great items to write and share about as we head into autumn and towards Christmas (eek!).

The ‘make your own gin’ bar at M & S was AMAZING! Can’t wait to sample my creation in a fortnight.

A photo posted by Claire Roper (@cmclaire) on

The Lakeland event was full of wonder and whimsy – and amazing gift ideas, like the above which I am so hoping to find in my stocking!

A photo posted by Claire Roper (@cmclaire) on

At Neptune I loved the big, light space and the beautiful pieces on display – so much inspiration, made me want to go straight home and get sketching!

The John Lewis event, housed in the RSA building, was stunning. In the midst of a hot London summer’s day, you descended the stairs into a winter wonderland. So many beautiful items and products on display.

So that was the last lovely week – here’s to another one!


  1. Laura Hartley
    11th July 2016 / 8:11 am

    I'll have to check out crazy ex girlfriend on netflix! I've seen it advertised but skipped right past it :/

    • Claire
      11th July 2016 / 8:12 am

      It's *really* silly, but clever and witty as hell. I'm so on board!

  2. Anosa Malanga
    11th July 2016 / 9:04 am

    Christmas in July 😏 Making me nervous I feel like I will blink and Christmas will be here lol. I need to start doing my breakfast smoothies again

    • Claire
      11th July 2016 / 10:13 am

      Ha! I must admit, the Christmas fest in high summer took a little adjusting to, but now I am so on board!

  3. Little Miss Katy
    11th July 2016 / 9:12 am

    Your dirty laugh is one of my all time favourite things ❤️

    • Claire
      11th July 2016 / 10:14 am

      Happy to help, my lovely – gosh I love to laugh!

  4. Amanda
    11th July 2016 / 9:23 am

    It sounds like a pretty great week! xx

    • Claire
      11th July 2016 / 10:14 am

      It really was! I'm a lucky duck, that much is true.

  5. Joanna Victoria -x
    11th July 2016 / 12:02 pm

    Looks like a busy but fun week I've never been to Ascot and the Christmas in July events make me nervous at how fast Christmas will come up.

    • Claire
      11th July 2016 / 12:52 pm

      Ah, there's still loads of time, but it has got me thinking!

  6. Hannah Heartss
    11th July 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Wow the John Lewis event looked amazing – very jealous! x

    • Claire
      11th July 2016 / 12:53 pm

      It was absolutely beautiful – like being transported. Magical!

  7. Life-As-Mum
    11th July 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Christmas in July sounds amazing! I love Christmas. Great list of things

    • Claire
      11th July 2016 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks so much! I love reflecting on the lovely things!

  8. Jenny K
    11th July 2016 / 1:02 pm

    This sounds like a fabulous week! I really love Windsor and would love to go back there at some point soon. I've been saving Katy' vlog for when I have a little free time to watch it – which will be right about now haha :)Jennifer x Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:30 am

      Haha, it's super sweet! I'm deffo going back to Windsor at some point.

  9. Beautykinguk
    11th July 2016 / 1:11 pm

    I am still not happy about Christmas in July, my brain cannot cope with it at all.

    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:31 am

      It's just part of the process – I post about it much later though, have my images all saved for later in proceedings!

  10. Milly Youngman
    11th July 2016 / 2:32 pm

    CHRISTMAS IN JULY IS MY FAVE! I went to the Morrisons day and ate so much, and the M&S one looked fab too!Milly | Mini Adventures

    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:31 am

      Awesome! Looking forward to some more Christmas in July fun with you tomorrow!

  11. Samantha Rickelton
    11th July 2016 / 3:02 pm

    I love reading happy lists 😀 I am loving snapchat too at the moment as do my kids 😀

    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:32 am

      Oh fun! I love the immediacy and silliness of snap.

  12. Linda Hobbis
    11th July 2016 / 3:07 pm

    I love Lakeland and John Lewis, oh and M&S and cats. You've had a fab old time!

    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:32 am

      I've been a very lucky badger – so many fun things to do and share!

  13. Jessica McDonnell
    11th July 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Those milk and sea salt truffles sound so lovely and the gift from your friend is so thoughtful.

    • Claire
      12th July 2016 / 10:33 am

      She's so clever, and I am *obsessed* with those truffles!

  14. Emma Iannarilli
    11th July 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Love a post that is full of positivity, and cats, chocolate and Ascot certainly work for me.

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:04 pm

      It's quite the lovely combination, I always think!

  15. ana de jesus
    11th July 2016 / 8:23 pm

    I was invited to a Christmas in July event but unfortunately I couldn't go. This looks like a great event and the truffles sounds delicious.

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:07 pm

      All the events I've been to have been so great, really wonderful!

  16. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    11th July 2016 / 9:16 pm

    What a great run down of things – Christmas in July always looks amazing, not something I have ever managed to go to though. x

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:08 pm

      I hope you can at sometime – it's such a lovely way to see what's emerging for the festive season!

  17. Sarah!
    11th July 2016 / 9:19 pm

    I so wanted to go to a Christmas in July event this year! The John Lewis event looked amazing!

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:08 pm

      So special – I've been blown away by all of them!

  18. LaaLaa Monroe
    11th July 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Oh I got quite a few invites for Christmas events in July, I always find them funny to receive. I'm a snapchat addict – love.

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:09 pm

      It's so much fun, isn't it? So cool to share that way.

  19. Jessica Ayun
    12th July 2016 / 6:01 am

    Happy things indeed! Breakfast smoothies is perfect to start your day. Christmas in July is interesting.

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:09 pm

      The smoothies keep me going, it's sad but true!

  20. Whitney Harries
    12th July 2016 / 10:32 am

    I love Cats! I love Snapchat! And I love sunshine! But I hate Monday's, but I also hate Tuesday's so thank you for making my Tuesday better even if it was for a Monday ha!Whitney xoxo | Whitney Loren.

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:09 pm

      Well welcome, in that case 🙂 I think you're going to like it round here!

  21. Dannii Martin
    12th July 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Awwh cute kitty! My cats never fail to make me happy too!

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:10 pm

      They are such little stars – kitty cuddles are a cure-all.

  22. Harriet Shearsmith
    12th July 2016 / 8:41 pm

    Some great things eh!? I love that lakeland biscuit pack 🙂

    • Claire
      15th July 2016 / 9:01 am

      I'm obsessed. It's like they took my very favourite things and made them into a piece of confectionery.

  23. GlamGlitzGloss
    12th July 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I love a bit of Snapchat but it tends to be food or my drunk antics, I can't seem to get into the blogging spirit with it. I went to the John Lewis Christmas In July event, it was just beautiful wasn't it. I love the effort they put in to making it feel like Christmas

    • Claire
      15th July 2016 / 9:01 am

      I use snapchat like a very lazy vlog – it's so fun to document my days!

  24. Nayna Kanabar
    12th July 2016 / 9:30 pm

    Looks like you had a busy week with lots of events, they are tiring but great fun.

    • Claire
      15th July 2016 / 9:02 am

      They are! It's been lovely to bump into you at a few of them. too.

  25. Jess & Josh Cook
    13th July 2016 / 1:27 pm

    Love the Happy Monday posts! Such a positive start to the week. Those shortbread truffles sound AMAZING!Jess – jessandjoshcook.com xx

    • Claire
      15th July 2016 / 9:02 am

      I'm so glad you like them – it's so fun to kick off the week in a good mood.

  26. Emma Julia
    13th July 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Your snapchat songs ALWAYS make me smile!

    • Claire
      15th July 2016 / 9:03 am

      Oh thank you sweetheart. My husband thinks it's great because finally the world sees the amount of singing he has to live with…

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