Happy Monday/Ten Happy Things #15

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. A cosy weekend

Lovely, tasty meals, good wine and chats

Poppet loves using me as a cushion/vantage point

Really enjoyed catching ‘Addams Family Values’ yesterday on Channel 4. I’m a total wuss so horror movies are off the table for me, so spooky family/kids films like The Addams Family ones or Hocus Pocus are as scary as it gets!

Around this point of the year, when the fireworks for Diwali and Guy Fawkes’ Night are having their usual fortnight of loud bangs and flashes, we always book a couple of home weekends so we can be around for the katzen. As fun as travelling and socialising are, it’s also nice to hibernate a little too. Good, wholesome food, lashings of red wine, napping and kitty cuddles…I feel replenished and ready for a busy week!

2. Side Show

Last Monday Shona and I went along to the Southwark Playhouse to see Side Show and it was really, really good. It’s a musical I’ve enjoyed on CD for the longest time while never having seen it, and I loved the staging of it. If you like moving, beautifully performed musicals, I’d heartily recommend this production!

3. Twitter

I know it can get a bad rap (trolls, wars, drama), but so help me, I do enjoy tweeting. There’s something about the platform that just works for me, and I love that whatever you feel like chatting about, there will be a tribe for you.

4. Maddie and Tae

So lucky to have a friend like Shona to gig with!

So good!

On Wednesday Shona and I had another culture date, popping over to Islington Assembly Hall to watch a gig featuring Maddie & Tae. Having seen them do so well at Country 2 Country, we were excited to see them again, and it was an excellent gig. I’m excited for their second album!

5. Haircut o’clock

Finally (three weeks late!) got my hair snipped. Love having lighter, happier hair!

6. New phone!

Last week I did my sums and worked out I’d finally saved enough to get myself a new phone. I now have an iPhone 6 with ALL THE STORAGE which means I can snap, tweet and chat to my hearts content. I’m back on Snapchat (cmclaire12) and am experiencing the joy of having Netflix on my phone for the first time (my last phone was so small I had to delete photos before taking more….extra apps were not happening).

7. Reading

Books + coffee + time = a happy Claire!

Don’t you just love charging through the reading pile on cool autumn evenings? Even better with a cup of tea, a blanket, and a cat!

8. Homebody life

It was National Black Cat day. So of course I broke out the appropriate napkins!

This wee one has been my shadow lately. She hates fireworks so late Oct/early Nov is all about staying close to her hoomans.

I really struggled with Lush for the longest time – going in gave me such a headache! Now, however, I can happily pop in for five to ten minutes with no ill effects, so I picked up some goodies 🙂

Boxes. Always boxes.

I’m just really digging our little nest at the moment. November will be all about the tidying and sorting, ahead of the Christmas festivities. I’m also enjoying lots of naps, baths, and general cosy loveliness!

9. Nearly November

I don’t get overly Christmassy here on the blog until November. Brace yourselves….

10. Brunches and lunches

Matthew and I both chose this beer on our date – such happy honeymoon memories with this little splash of Hawaii!

Snickers milkshake. OMG.

Totally delicious. Totally couldn’t finish.

Dessert to go, anyone?

I love when the diary means I can catch up with people, and there’s been plenty of that over the last week. So fun to hear people’s news and to plan and chat, whether out and about or cosy in someone’s house. Lucky to have the network I do! Yesterday Matthew and I went for a superb meal at The Diner – a lunch so good we didn’t need supper!

So that’s my little happies – how about you?

Oh, and a happy Halloween to those who celebrate – may your treats be many and your tricks be few. Have fun!


  1. FG
    31st October 2016 / 8:46 am

    Agree with the Lush headaches. Same as the perfume counter in any department store. I run past madly waving my arms in the air yelling no no no samples no!

  2. LaaLaa Monroe
    31st October 2016 / 9:09 am

    I've read previously people can't take being in Lush for a long period of time. The fireworks have been crazy around my way this weekend but it's been nice to see them come the evening.

  3. Nikki
    31st October 2016 / 10:49 am

    Looks like you had a good week. Lush gives me a headache too but I still cant resist! 🙂

  4. Emma Iannarilli
    31st October 2016 / 12:36 pm

    I'm a wuss with spooky films too, Ghostbusters all the way for me.

  5. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    31st October 2016 / 1:17 pm

    What an awesome week – I have to admit I have an iphone 6s PLus and I love it but I wish I had got more storage!

  6. Mumdadplus4
    31st October 2016 / 2:04 pm

    I can't stand to walk past lush let alone be in the shop I love the products though. Fireworks are already crazy round head and sure they willOnly get even crazier this week. Love this post x

  7. Jodie Whitham
    31st October 2016 / 3:00 pm

    What a fab and positive post! Thanks for something cheerful to read 🙂

  8. beautyqueenuk
    31st October 2016 / 3:13 pm

    Happy Monday and I could now really do with a Snickers Milkshake!

  9. Joanna Victoria -x
    31st October 2016 / 3:58 pm

    I love reading these type of posts cosy weekends and reading are things that make me happy too.

  10. Christine Dodd
    31st October 2016 / 5:36 pm

    I've been getting all cosy too with candles in the living room and blankets on the sofa.

  11. Candice Nikeia
    31st October 2016 / 7:12 pm

    I love how exciting and positive you are! I am also a homebody – I make my friends come and hang with me so I can stay home! haha Have a wonderful week!xoxo, Candicehttp://www.candicenikeia.com

  12. Harriet Shearsmith
    31st October 2016 / 8:47 pm

    A cosy weekend sounds lovely – loving the look of that stir fry 🙂

  13. Dannii Martin
    1st November 2016 / 8:56 am

    It looks like you have had a great week! I really love Twitter too – it's a shame that people don't really use it as much any more.

  14. LilysLittleLearners
    1st November 2016 / 10:06 am

    Sounds like a great week. Sometimes you don't think you have had a great week but your posts shows to look and enjoy all the smaller things in life, like reading a book 🙂

  15. Jo Wiggins
    1st November 2016 / 5:10 pm

    What a lovely feel good post. I spent the weekend with my family – my all time favourite thing to do x

  16. Nicol
    1st November 2016 / 7:16 pm

    wooo! bet you're taking photos of everything with your new phone 😀

  17. Olivia
    1st November 2016 / 7:42 pm

    I love weekly posts like this one, it's always good to see people doing fun things 🙂 x

  18. Sarah!
    1st November 2016 / 8:08 pm

    This is a lovely post, and a great one to look back on!Your kitty is very cute! I too love Twitter & although I LOVE horror films..Hocus Pocus terrifies me!! Haha

  19. Kathryn Watson
    1st November 2016 / 9:00 pm

    I love these diary kind posts and I'm a huge cat fan xx

  20. Emma White
    1st November 2016 / 9:51 pm

    oh looks and sounds as if you have had an amazing week – I agree with the headaches too

  21. Lilinha Angel
    1st November 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Looks like you've done so many great things. We love cosy weekends, brunches and lunches!

  22. Anosa Malanga
    2nd November 2016 / 6:39 am

    It sounds like you had an awesome yet business week with friends and a lovely date with your love. Mine was pretty boring in comparison

  23. Rhian Westbury
    2nd November 2016 / 9:28 am

    What a great week, you must be so excited to have a new phone! And great choice going to the diner x

  24. Stephanie Merry
    2nd November 2016 / 10:22 am

    Looks like you had a great week – I'm on the hunt for a new phone at the moment as well – I need something with far more storage! x

  25. Hannah Heartss
    2nd November 2016 / 10:23 am

    I love a cosy weekend and you picked up some of my favourite products from Lush 🙂 x

  26. Emma Iannarilli
    2nd November 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Oh my! That food, it looks amazing, and I love to try the real ales too, so that looks like the perfect date night.

  27. Stella Olojola
    2nd November 2016 / 5:30 pm

    I love tweeting too. It's my favourite social media platform.

  28. Charli Bruce
    2nd November 2016 / 9:35 pm

    I went to The Diner for the first time the other week and it was amazing! I love Lush, it's my favourite place although I know it gives my mum an awful headache even just standing outside it and smelling the store xx

  29. Ashton Gibbs
    2nd November 2016 / 10:51 pm

    I've never known someone get headaches from Lush before, but I'm so glad you managed to go in and get yourself some goodies. 🙂 I'm totally with you on the whole Twitter making you happy thing too. ;)Ashton xashtonjade.co.uk

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