50 Things That Make Me Happy

The lovely Hayley who has a beautiful blog all about her gorgeous family (HayleyFromHome) tagged me (challenged me) to think of 50 things that make me happy. I feel I’m quite a pessimistic one might say slightly negative person so I thought this tag might be good for me – to see if I could actually think of 50 things.

50 Things That Make Me Happy

So in no particular order,

1. Chai – I drink tea all day long & love discovering new teas but Chai is my favourite

2. Autumn – I love it when the leaves change colour

3. Museums

4. Castles

5. The night sky

6. Working from home

7. Family

8. Airports

9. Trains

10. Watching TV in bed

11. Crisp, fresh, clean bedding

12. Humous & dips in general

13. My husband bringing me a cup of tea in bed every morning

14. Amsterdam – I adore this city, its so beautiful

15. Snail mail – I love sending & receiving a good old fashioned letter

16. Anything fig scented

17. HEMA – best shop in the world

18. A new notebook

19. Friends – it is the one TV show that will never get old

20. Fairy lights – I have them everywhere

21. Taking photos – When I remember my camera

22. Jam on toast

23. Birkenstocks – Some say ugly, I say comfy

24. My wonderful Mum Linda & our daily phone calls.

25. Pyjama bottoms

26. My favourite Costa ceramic Christmas travel mug that I am still using

27. My makeup collection

28. Lemonade – traditional old fashioned lemonade

29. My cheeky beautiful niece Alyvia

30. Falafel – I could live off them

31. Massive wooly scarves & warm clothing in general

32. Road trips with my husband & taking a picnic

33. Bon Jovi – I’m an 80’s girl at heart & love Jon Bon & Richie Sambora

34. Having my eyebrows done – makes me feel like a new women

35. Into The Wild – Favourite film

36. Trash TV – I do like bad American reality shows & watch them on a Sunday morning in bed

37. Salt & Vinegar crisps

38. Being married – I love being married. Me & my husband John have been a together for 15 years now & everyday is amazing & it gets better and better.

39. Face time / Skype – most of my family & friends live all over the world & I love being able to keep in touch

40. Fresh flowers – Especially Tulips

41. Being a honest, loyal and supportive friend – I try hard to be there for the people I love.

42. Whole Foods – If I could only shop in one shop for the rest of my life it would be here. I love it

43. People watching – I could sit for hours (with a brew) and watch the world go by

44. Buying books – For myself and as gifts. I think books make the most treasured gifts

45. Stationery shops – I need & want all the stationery. Although I have no room for anymore

46. The kindness of strangers – Always comes when you need it most but least expect it

47. Puppies – I love puppies they make my heart swell

48. My Car – Its nothing flash but it represents my decision to downsize & focus on living, instead of earning and spending more money on things I don’t need or want.

49. Savoury snacks – I’m not a sweet tooth kind of girl, but give me all the savoury snacks like crisps & nuts. I am all over those.

50. Hearing my husband sing when he thinks no one is listening – to GnR or Type O Negative. Its priceless

So they’re my 50 things that make me happy. Its quite nice to remind yourself that its mostly the small things that make you happy & almost always things that are free too! Thank you to Hayley for tagging me – it wasn’t as hard as I thought to think of 50 things.

I’m going to tag Amy from Srslylou, Jennie from SailorJennie, Becki from lifelooksperfect and Sarah Temporary Secretary – I would love to know what 50 things make you happy.

Link below in the comments if you have done this tag, I’d love to read them.

Blogger Love Tag

Blogger Love Tag

What was the first blog you ever came across

I’ve been reading blogs for over four years now and the first blogs I found were mostly American lifestyle blogs. They seemed to have a real community of fabulous ladies & they all seemed to be connected via their blogs. I still read them today, but the very first one I came across was Kaelah who blogs over at The Clueless Girl’s Guide – she is such an amazing lady with a passion for fashion, design, family life and is an inspirational entrepreneur.

I was lucky enough to recently work with Kaelah for one of my business’s and she is super sweet & very hard working. This is one talented lady. If you haven’t already you need to check out her blog. It is a wonderful read.

Favourite beauty blog reads

I like to read so many but I religiously read and have to keep up to date with The Black Pearl, Sailor Jennie, Helen Rambles On, SRSLYLOU and British Beauty Blogger. They’re the blogs I get excited to see in my bloglovin feed. I love their reviews and have bought many many products on the back of their recommendations. I have to say that Jennie makes me want to run away to a log cabin with a stack of books and not leave for a year. She has sparked my love of reading all over again. That girl has the best book recommendations.

Best blogging friend

This is a tough one as I haven’t met many bloggers IRL but if we’re talking about supportive people & ones that really give me a sense that we could be friends IRL, I would have to say Amy from SRSLYLOU – she is sweet and funny and always great to interact with. The ladies Jess & Becki behind Life Looks Perfect have been so sweet in supporting me through some very tough times with my dad & always ask about him and how he’s doing, that makes me feel so humble and amazed that people remember to ask and want to support you even though they have never met you. I hope they know how much I appreciate their support xx

Name a blog that enables your purchases

OMG this has to be The Sunday Girl, SRSLYLOU and ghOstparties – they always post about beautiful products that I never need but always want. My husband is frightened for our bank account when I’m reading those blogs.

5 blogs everyone should be reading ….

1. Sailor Jennie – Jennie has such a whimsical writing style that just captures the moment, she has such a way with words. I love reading about her life and what she loves. I thoroughly enjoy her blog its a treat to read.
2. Parisian to Be – Written by the lovely Lillian, this blog is one that makes me feel better about my skin care stash. She writes the most lovely posts about makeup, skincare tips & tricks. Always accompanied by amazing photography.
3. The Private Life Of A Girl – This is the blog I aspire to be, written by the talented & gorgeous Sophie her posts are a real mix of lifestyle, skincare, makeup and everything in between. I adore reading it and her photography skills are perfect. You must add this blog to your reading list if you don’t already.
4. Nouvelle Daily – I love the mix of lifestyle & beauty posts.
5. Sometimes Sweet – This is another blog I’ve been reading for about 4 years and have seen it grow from a girl writing about books, tattoos and cities to a lovely mummy / lifestyle blog. Its honestly one of my favourite reads. Such a sweet family.

Your favourite way to read blogs

I love to read blogs on my laptop, i read them everywhere from in the bath, at my desk in a coffee shop. I have no preference.

Bloggers that inspire you

I think the whole blogging community is inspiring and I love being a part of it and interacting with everyone.

Favourite blog design/look

This changes for me as is the nature of design. At the moment I like Bleubird, Milkteef and Love & Liquor

What is your favourite thing about blogging?
I like telling the world about products I like, I’m not so keen in writing about things I don’t like, Thats just my preference. Blogging is a creative outlet for me & I enjoy the community side of it very much.
Name a blogger you would most like to see write a book in the future

This has to be Jennie May from Sailor Jennie – her posts always feel like more than just a blog entry, like they should lead on to something more & take you on a real adventure. I would love to see her write a book.

I saw this tag on Makeup Savvy & decided to give it a go, have you done it? If so I would love to read your answers.