Lifestyle · April 10, 2019

Reasons To Be Cheerful pt. 2

When we first moved into our house nearly two years ago (where has the time gone), one of my favourite posts I did was my reasons to be cheerful post. Celebrating the little and large in the every day, from receiving my favourite type of post, enjoying being in the kitchen and finally sharing our own space together. It felt momentous as a chapter, and I still really love reading that post back and remembering those little moments that did, and still do make me so happy. But- with a little time having since passed, I wanted to update that post and share a few things that have brought brightness into grey days lately! I’d also love to know the things that have been making your cheerful too!

Lighter evenings!

Can I get three cheers for lighter evenings?! SPRING IS HERE! It truly felt like a good year of darkness at 3pm, so being able to go out at 4:30 o’clock for an evening dog walk and not have to worry about a head torch (half joking) is so exciting. When I have time, one of my favourite things at the end of each day is going for an evening walk with Joe, Maggie and a flask of tea- and as the evenings get warmer too I’m excited to pick up a takeaway pizza and have a park picnic- big dreams!

OMG the ‘I-do’s!’

When I last did one of these posts we were starting to talk about wedding planning, and now I’m absolutely at the stage where I’m trying to soak up the last couple of months of planning before the big day comes- where has time gone?! It felt like we hadn’t done anything for about a year, and now I’m wondering how it’s come about so fast. Each morning I always look forward to the post and the hope another little blue RSVP pops through the door- seeing everybody’s song choices is the perfect way to start each day, and me and Joe have been getting quite competitive about opening the envelopes.

Ssssh- secret project!

Is it horribly annoying to be that guy when it comes to secret projects? It might never happen again so bare with me and please allow me to indulge in a cloak of mystery just this once. Anyway- with a couple of things behind the scenes, it’s been scary/exciting/nerve-wracking to push my comfort zones a little (or a lot), and really try and set my sights at acing something new. It’s meant that blog content has been a little slower than normal, and I’ve had to trim things down a bit over here, but hopefully it’ll be worth the wait! Sometimes it’s nice to shake things up a little, and this has certainly given my routine a bit of a jiggle- watch this space!

Cooking: THE update

WELL! This one has made me cheerful- because this week Joe and I have been cooking an awful lot. Joe primarily does most of the cooking at home (something I never thought I’d say, and something, that I realise makes me a very fortunate woman indeed)- but in the last week we’ve had three fish dishes (!), arancini AND meatballs and I can’t quite believe it’s not Jamie Oliver out there in our kitchen. I also baked for the first time in absolutely months and made something not only edible but tasty too (can I say that?) It’s so satisfying being able to eat the fruits of your labour in the kitchen, and I think it’s safe to say my baking spark has certainly been reignited.

It’s half term!

Okay, so although I’m not at school, or working alongside terms dates (although ain’t that an idea)- my best friend Gemma is currently on her Easter break and it’s been lovely getting things in when perhaps we’d both be busy with work. Having popped out to meet her and her rescue pup today for lunch- we have a couple of other dates in the diary before she’s back at school- and it’s been nice being a little flexible with my hours to get to hang more- woop!

Getting a trim…

Isn’t it amazing what getting a trim can do for your confidence? After pretty much not having gone to the hairdressers in months, my barnet was looking a little bit flat and sad- and since going a couple of weekends ago I feel like I have my hair-swooshing-sass back! It always feels like such a treat going, sitting still for a few hours with my head in a magazine (and a Larry King jam tart)- and stepping out feeling like a new woman. Maybe I shouldn’t leave it so long next time (no pun intended)…

Race around the world (not me)…

BARE WITH ME! One TV show I’ve unexpectedly gotten really into is Race Around The World. I started watching it a few weeks ago, and for something that doesn’t involve dating, food or singing- it’s amazing I’m a fan. But, if you like a good reality style show, without the corniness and with a bit of competition and sightseeing thrown in for good measure- this will be right up your street! Next up- Fleabag…

What’s been making you cheerful recently?



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    April 10, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I love this! It’s so easy to focus on the negative when there is so much good too

    Candice x

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    April 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I love this post! There is always something to be cheerful about. I’m having a long weekend away next weekend and have loads of things planned in the coming months!

    The Crown Wings | UK Travel & Lifestyle Blog

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    April 10, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Ordinarily, living in California and as much as I enjoy the summer, I’m usually pretty bummed that the days are getting longer and the “cold” weather is leaving us. However, this year I have been so excited for sun, spring, summer, and Daylight Savings Time!! I can totally relate with you on that one. I think it’s so cute that y’all race to open the RSVP’s :’) It’s getting closer!

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    April 10, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Sounds so niiice! This post made me smile, so thank you 🙂
    And no, it’s not annoying to keep people in suspense… or maybe it is but I can’t judge because I just did the same and announced a collaboration, which I couldn’t tell anything about yet 😀 Exciting times! x

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

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    April 11, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    I’m so happy it gets darker later. Light evenings always but me in such a good mood!❤️

    Arianna |

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    April 12, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Ah I’m loving Race Around The World, isn’t it just so exciting and the places they are going through are absolutely fascinating! I have the final episode ready to watch when I get home this evening and I can’t wait. As for your secret project, I am so excited to see what you have been working on and am sure it is going to be spectacular!


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    April 12, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Seriouesly lighter evenings can make SUCH a difference! Every day I get a little rush of happiness around 7PM when I see that there’s still light out!

    Loved how positive this post was <3


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    Olivia Durie
    April 13, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    YES I am here for Fleabag – binged the entire show in one day when I was off sick from work :’)
    I also love that you’ve included the cooking! I find it so relaxing and it’s such a luxury to be able to slave away over one complicated dish now and again. Makes it even more enjoyable when you come to eat it x

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    Nati Macchiato
    April 14, 2019 at 12:56 am

    such a lovely post, Liv! I’m such a huge fan of celebrating and enjoying the little things, and this post pretty much sums that mindset up. also – I’m super excited to find out what secret projects you’re working on behind the scenes!

    have a lovely Sunday!

    Nati x |

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    Hannah Newman
    April 14, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Love this. Has made me feel so much more positive about what is going on with me at the moment. It’s so easy to be negative!

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    Flo la vita
    April 16, 2019 at 11:58 am

    I’m LOVING Race Around The World, I haven’t actually finished it yet but I’m hoping Daren and Alex win. Fingers crossed! xx

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    April 22, 2019 at 3:53 am

    I love these kinds of posts! It’s so much fun reading about your happy moments and little life updates. Also, I don’t think we celebrate the good in life enough! Something that has been making me cheerful is the warm (and long) evenings–it’s starting to feel like summer and I love it. I am also graduating from college in two weeks so I am dancing about that too!


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    April 22, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Hi Olivia – what a fantastic post and so positive! I definitely need to apply more of this in my blogging because I really don’t and I think it’s what I’m missing to make blogging more enjoyable for me. I love the lighter evenings too – especially as it means I’m ploughing through so many books (and my Easter holiday too, the perks of working during term time in a school!)

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