Happy Monday/Ten Happy Things #12

I’m back, you delightful folk!

Our trip to the US and Canada was amazing fun. We travelled and saw sights and ate great food and hung with lovely people and drank delicious cocktails and spent far too much too relaxing, sleeping, and talking. It was a luxurious, replenishing, wonderful break and I can’t wait to share all about it here over the next few months – rather than dumping a glut of travel posts all in one I’ll be weaving them in with food, book, culture and London posts, plus getting excited (as ever) for Christmas when that season is on the horizon (I’ve started doing some loose planning and pinning up a storm, naturally, but for me the main Christmas excitement is a November/December thing).

It’s Monday, it’s the start of the week, and I’m joining up as ever with Katy and Jasmin for a lovely, positive start to the week. Let’s go!

1. Home

It’s so, so good to be home. I love travelling, but it’s always such a treat to get home to such a happy space. I love the little home we’ve built together, even when it’s full of post-holiday laundry and ironing to tackle. It’s also been so gorgeous to get back to the katzen. I’ve missed those furballs!

2. Book post

I love post and mail of all descriptions, but book post is an especial fave. Imagine my delight, then, when I got not one but two packages from the adorable Steph at Ebury? A nice juicy looking piece of fiction (The Bear and the Nightingale) and a lovely paper cutting book also – perfect for chilly autumn evenings. 

3. Catching up wth friends

Whether it’s coffee with Charlie, wine and The Apprentice with Shona, lunch with Kaz or a cuppa with Beverley, I love catching up with everyone after being away for a while. Other catch ups are on the cards too, huzzah!

4. Cafe Rouge

Yesterday Matthew and I headed over to Cafe Rouge in St Paul’s to try out the new autumn/winter menu. A full review to follow, but it was so lovely to enjoy a tasty meal and have an afternoon together. Love doing reviews!

5. Cosy times and hygge touches

The nights are drawing in, so my hibernation impulse is strong. I’m making lots of soups and stews with our slow cooker, unpacking all the blankets and jumpers, drinking tea while curled up on the couch and adding lamps and candles throughout the house. Love feeling warm and comfortable inside as it gets chilly.

6. Plans

The break from London, life and blogging has been great for thinking about things I want to achieve and ambitions for the coming weeks, months and years. Lots to look forward to, lots to learn.

7. Lumos

Shortly before I headed off to the States and Canada I was invited to become an ambassador for the charity Lumos for their #WeAreLumos initiative. I am such a huge admirer of their work with some of the most vulnerable children on the planet, so was naturally delighted when asked to join the team. I missed the first ambassador event (a fabulous event celebrating Lumos followed by a gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which you can read about on Katy, Ashleigh-Jayne, Charlie or Katie‘s blogs) but was delighted to receive my tee-shirt when I returned and hope I can be involved in some work with the charity in the months to come.

8. Pizza Club at Pizza Buzz

Pizza Club has our third meeting of ’16 on Thursday, at Pizza Buzz in Shoreditch. I loved catching up with Connie, Vicky and Emma and chowing down on some yummy slices. Full review in the not too distant!

9. Lovely, healthy food

Apart from the two review meals, where I tend to embrace the food and drink and not get too hung up on calories and the like, the rest of the week’s food has been very healthy – veggies and wholegrains and lean proteins, oh my! After the indulgences of holiday, it’s so nice to be back to our simple, wholesome diet.

10. Holiday memories

Such a fantastic trip. I cannot wait to share.

Have a great week, all!


  1. LaaLaa Monroe
    10th October 2016 / 10:23 am

    I'm so glad you had a good trip. Ah The Apprentice, got to love Fall television, it's always good, gets you more in the cosy mood as these evenings draw to an early close x

    • Claire
      10th October 2016 / 10:32 am

      It's always so good to curl up in front of the TV or with a good book at this time of year, isn't it?

  2. Emma Copland
    10th October 2016 / 10:26 am

    I cannot wait to hear all about you trip and also all your exciting plans!!

    • Claire
      10th October 2016 / 10:32 am

      I'm so excited to see you on Sunday! It has been way too long!

  3. ana de jesus
    10th October 2016 / 10:42 am

    Catching up with friends always makes me so happy, its good to have friends. Glad you had a good trip!

    • Claire
      10th October 2016 / 3:13 pm

      Thank you – we really did 🙂

  4. Stressed Mum
    10th October 2016 / 12:41 pm

    I always love coming home to my own bed, and catching up with everyone x

    • Claire
      10th October 2016 / 3:14 pm

      It's so nice, no matter how lovely the trip has been.

  5. Vicky Dalton-Banks
    10th October 2016 / 2:27 pm

    What a great list of happy things! As always – such a blast at Pizza Club!xx

    • Claire
      10th October 2016 / 3:14 pm

      Love Pizza Club! Such a fun way to combine food and friends.

  6. Kathryn Watson
    10th October 2016 / 8:45 pm

    I'm glad you had an amazing time I adore the US and I go next month for my 18th trip. But yes, nothing beats being in your own home xx

  7. Hannah Heartss
    10th October 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Pizza club sounds amazing! Right up my street xx

  8. Rhian Westbury
    10th October 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Looks like a great week, I've actually still to go to Cafe Rouge, need to add it to my list x

  9. Lauretta C Wright
    10th October 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Cafe Rouge is great isn't it? I love these positive, happy posts. Puts me in a happy mood!

  10. Melissa Major
    10th October 2016 / 10:51 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant week! I like traveling too but it's nice to come home too 🙂

  11. Liz Mays
    11th October 2016 / 2:01 am

    My weather will have me making lots of soups and stews on the regular very soon. It's chilly this week in the mornings and evenings.

  12. Emma Julia
    11th October 2016 / 6:00 am

    Now *that* is a week of joy that everyone needs to come home to!

  13. Dannii Martin
    11th October 2016 / 7:24 am

    We are all about the hygge at the moment too. Candles and blankets make everything better.

  14. Stephanie Merry
    11th October 2016 / 9:00 am

    Glad you had an amazing tip! Can't wait to hear more about it x

  15. Harriet Shearsmith
    11th October 2016 / 11:28 am

    Oohh I can't wait to read about your US trip!

  16. Samantha Rickelton
    11th October 2016 / 1:04 pm

    I was talking about hygg today – I need some in my life! I love your fairy lights x

  17. beautyqueenuk
    11th October 2016 / 3:23 pm

    It has been absolutely years since I have been to a Cafe rouge! Looking forward to reading more about your trip to the States too x

  18. Nikki
    11th October 2016 / 7:32 pm

    I love your fairy lights in your pictures. Cant wait to read about your trip!

  19. Laura Ferry
    11th October 2016 / 8:09 pm

    Great post honey. I know exactly what you mean about coming home. There's no place quite like it! xxx

  20. Baby Isabella
    11th October 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Nothing beats travel, but it's so nice to get back home and put your feet up with a good book and have your own bed again! Sounds like you made some wonderful memories xx

  21. Stella Olojola
    11th October 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Good you had a nice vacation. I am looking forward to my next holiday.

  22. Melanies Fab Finds
    11th October 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Glad the trip went well I look forward to hearing all about it. I might get some fairy lights up they are nicer than normal light when watching tv with the kids.

  23. Nicol
    11th October 2016 / 11:16 pm

    i can't wait to hear about your trip! and yes, home! nothing can beat home

  24. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    12th October 2016 / 10:02 am

    What some amazing sounding things! Looking forward to hearing all about a trip! Exciting. x

  25. Daniella Keating
    12th October 2016 / 11:57 am

    This is a nice post to reflect on the week. That pizza looks amazing!

  26. Ayesha Farhad
    12th October 2016 / 1:44 pm

    So happy you had an amazing trip! and that Harry potter shirt looks so good! I am a sucker for anything hp related!

  27. Sarah Ann
    12th October 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Ahh the pizza looks amazing. I loved this post – it's so important to focus on the positive, happy moments in our lives as much as possible.

  28. Claire Cly
    12th October 2016 / 6:31 pm

    This is a great list. I love the fairy lights!

  29. Amelia Larsen
    12th October 2016 / 7:13 pm

    As great as travelling is nothing beats getting home to your own space!

  30. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    13th October 2016 / 10:06 am

    That pizza looks amazing! Lovely post.

  31. Annie Bean
    13th October 2016 / 7:53 pm

    This is totally what blogs are for! Reflecting on the the good things in our lives.

  32. Kira L Curtis
    13th October 2016 / 10:04 pm

    I love getting book mail! Favourite kind of deliveries!

  33. Laura Hartley
    17th October 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Ooh paper cutting sounds like fun! I bet that's a relaxing activity 🙂

  34. AMummyToo
    18th October 2016 / 10:58 pm

    That paper cutting book looks really lovely for a bit of relaxation away from work and blogging! And who doesn't love pizza? 🙂

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