Lunch in theSun – thank you for coming back into my life. Please stay. But just in case you can’t I’m going to make the most of every single second that we have together.
Hanging out with some pretty awesome friends tonight – apparently going out on Tuesday night makes the week seem shorter and a lot more fun. See you later Tofu and Telly Tuesday’s – you are now being moved to Thursday.
Pretty Pink Nails at work. Brighter = Happier.
Porridge in the mornings – I can’t describe in words just how much I love porridge – especially with blueberries, raisins and pumpkin seeds. Breakfast rocks – it is completely my favourite meal of the day unless it’s……
Vietnamese Pho– noodles from heaven. See how to make them for yourself here.
Slowclub – at London Village Underground tonight. Quirky, fun and oh so sweet sounding –songs that make your heart happy.
I’ve realised recently that sometimes I overlook the little things in life. With my ever-growing to do list and goals that I’ve set myself for the year, I don’t really find the time to stop and relax…. and just hang out in my pyjamas with my best mates.
I started this week by researching what activities I should plan for the my slumber party – movie, party games, cards, manicures, walks, ping pong, flash-light tag? I even found a blog posted by an American mum on ‘how to host the best teen slumber party’. I checked it out twice.
But really ALL I needed was the girls, the four of them, to arrive, get into their pjs (some of them were newly bought just for the occasion) and 24 hours later we were still on the same couch. We talked, cried and laughed a lot. And while I had one too many home-made cookies (yum) and never left the house (extra supplies were delivered), I have lots of happy memories of funny conversations that are still making me laugh out loud at inappropriate moments.
This week’s challenge: Call a friend & ask them if they want to have a slumber party.
Pillow fights, pyjamas and boy gossip is what slumber parties brings to my mind. The last time I had a slumber party with the girls must have been back at school when we stayed up late, ate too many m&ms and giggled the night away talking about boys and everyone’s latest crush.
What will a slumber party be like now that we all grown up? I’m not quite sure about the boy gossip and can’t see a pillow fight breaking out but the one thing I am really looking forward to is wearing my pyjamas while my friends are over. One of my favourite parts of the day is getting home and putting on my Peter Alexander pyjamas and my very long, very fluffy, woollen socks with poms poms. Heaven.
I’ve called the girls and the night has been organised. I haven’t quite decided on what snacks we’ll have or what movie we’ll be watching but I do know that there will be pyjamas.
Next week’s challenge: Throw yourself head-first into a creative project. Something that you’re excited about but which feels a little too big for you. You’ll be so consumed by it that it will fuel you for ages.
I love sorting and reorganising peoples wardrobes. I even convinced my dad to let me fix his wardrobe (to give you an idea he still has a top from when he was 21 in there!)
If you are the sentimental type maybe enlist in the help of an honest and slightly ruthless friend. Trust me you will thank me once its over!
Now comes the tricky part, I find it easier when you just pull everything out and start from scratch. Have a toss, keep and maybe pile and try anything on that your not sure about or haven’t worn recently. A good rule of thumb is to seriously think about throwing anything out that you haven’t worn in the last year.
Once that’s completed, colour coding tops and grouping items together like jeans, shorts etc makes for a neat, organised wardrobe. Often I find that once this stage is done you can assess what you actually need to finish off your wardrobe. Need new cute ballet flats to go with all those jeans? Or have too many black tops instead of fun bright coloured ones? Its so much easier to see now and make a new list of things you need.
Once this is completed I give my friends clothes I think they will like and give the rest to charity. Cant get much better than that! Friends are often so grateful they will do the same. Now what to do with all those extra hangers? Shopping anyone?
I started this week by doing a lot of thinking and a lot of googling. What could I buy for people to make them happier? After a number of purchases (hello dawn simulator alarm – best inventions in the word) I realised that by the end of the week and lots of presents later I would have totally blown my monthly budget.
Instead of hanging out in my darkened room looking at my computer, I should have really been chatting to my family and friends and just listened to what they needed. Being helpful didn’t actually have to involve spending all my money.
Later during the week, my sister and I decided that we would get our parents on a date day – ahh, so cute! They have even scheduled one in each week now. It really hit home that even after 36 years of marriage you have to make sure you set aside time to spend together! Yes, we are now relationship gurus.
It was funny how little things were appreciated. My excellent babysitting skills were put to good use (yes, I had a baby strapped to me) and I even rustled up a family meal or two (we are talking meals for the equivalent of 15 people – those boys can sure eat). I was surprised about how grateful people were – and it didn’t really take that much effort from me. You know what, I might even keep this up.
While writing this, I can hear my family doing the biggest washing up ever (yes, after my nephew, Max’s, 2nd birthday party). I guess there are times when it’s ok to hide in a darkened room with your computer!
This weeks challenge: Do something good for someone else, even though you may not want to. Do a favour, help them find something, give them an item which will help them in some way. Start the flow of positive energy.
How hard is this one going to be? I’m sure I do nice things everyday don’t I?
Just sitting here thinking about it, I can’t remember the last time that I did something really sweet for my boyfriend, friends and family. Ok, I do little things every now and then (does the washing up count?) but recently I’ve been a bit slack and perhaps even started verging towards taking people for granted. Ekk.
I can remember nice things that other people have done for me though – like getting flowers from my lovely boyfriend Sam, receiving an amazing sending off from my friends before my holiday to Australia and lots of amazing shopping advice from my sis Lanny (who has no time to do shopping of her own with two little boys).
But now it’s time for me to do the same for them (and others). Well, that’s the plan for this week – challenge one. How hard have I been listening to what people actually need… let’s wait and see.
It would be so super cool if you wanted to try this with me. Especially this one – it’s so nice and you might be surprised at how awesome it will make you feel – making other people happy. And guess what you’ll be rewarded next week (check out next week’s challenge below). Yippee looking forward to that one. I might go shopping for that now just to get a head start.
Next Week’s Challenge: Eat the best chocolate you can get your hands on. In bed. Or in the bath.