Of all the blog posts that pop up on my dashboard, one of my favourites to always tuck into are the things that are making people happy. The intimate diary-like moments of fresh bread for lunchtime sandwiches, six-pack inducing laughter with friends- or a new product worth counting spare change for. After spending over a month in our new home, amidst new routine and enjoying plenty of little special moments I thought I'd pop together a list of things that have been making me smile lately- otherwise known as reasons to be cheerful...



In good company
Since moving into our home- nearly every weekend has been filled with the kettle constantly rumbling, chats around the dining table and knocks on the door. It's been so wonderful getting to see so many of my friends (old and new) and having people make the journey has truly made for a wonderful way of filling quiet afternoons. Moving house has certainly given me a good reason to clear the calendar and make special effort for those most special to me. Highly recommend (ho ho ho)!

Fun in the kitchen
This is probably something you'd expect a student to write who's been living on Ketchup and penne pasta- but another thing the last month has bought is a tonne of food experimentation. Okay, I say that and things are still pretty PG, but being able to sit down every week with a heap of recipe books and decide on new things to experiment with has been a genuine highlight of my week. Until this month I'd never cooked fish (I know, I know) and have now extended my repertoire to sea bass, salmon and cod- watch this space (and give thanks to this amazing book, too)!

My favourite type of post
We were very lucky to receive several bunches of beautiful blooms during the couple of weeks we moved in and got engaged- and although we received a fair amount, it was the bunches from Bloom & Wild that hand-on-heart lasted the longest. So, having been a long time lover of the service and flowers, I was delighted to hear about their beautiful collaboration with Wild at Heart's Nikki Tibbles (the brains behind that florist outside of Liberty and that special spot on Westbourne Grove). With their exclusive 'Woodland Walk' bunch oozing all things Autumn and including beautiful roses and Chrysanthemum (a symbol of supporting friends with loyalty and love)- they truly make for my favourite kind of post, and have certainly brightened up any grey days.



Making conversation
Maybe it's the inner dog walker in me (because it sure as hell ain't the londoner) but making conversation is one of the funny things that has been bringing me joy lately. Having spent a lot of time with my nan in London lately, seeing her skill of making conversation with absolutely everybody has been amazing. Packed commuter train? Sure! Receptionist at hospital? Best pals! It's amazing the effect actually talking to people can actually have. Whilst sitting with my nan in a waiting room recently, we sparked conversation with a man next to us and honestly it was one of the most inspiring candid conversations I've had. I'm constantly amazed by her conversational magic, and it's certainly something I'm trying to make more of an effort to do now.



Planning the 'I do's'
Oh well this is an exciting one! With aims to hopefully plan our wedding for next year, Joe and I have firmly got our planning hats on and mapping out tiny initial details and starting to put lists together has been pretty exciting indeed. I'm definitely savouring the moments like these that'll be filled with minimum stress and unbounded enthusiasm- and I've very much loved setting the tempo already by having friends round to watch Bridesmaids, eat long lunches and giggle endlessly. Let me know if you'd like to see wedding content too- as I'm certainly keen to share the process if you are!

x

Post in collaboration with Bloom & Wild, but love of the service, beautiful blooms and LETTERBOX DELIVERY (!!!) all my own


Of all the blog posts that pop up on my dashboard, one of my favourites to always tuck into are the things that are making people happy. The intimate diary-like moments of fresh bread for lunchtime sandwiches, six-pack inducing laughter with friends- or a new product worth counting spare change for. After spending over a month in our new home, amidst new routine and enjoying plenty of little special moments I thought I'd pop together a list of things that have been making me smile lately- otherwise known as reasons to be cheerful...



In good company
Since moving into our home- nearly every weekend has been filled with the kettle constantly rumbling, chats around the dining table and knocks on the door. It's been so wonderful getting to see so many of my friends (old and new) and having people make the journey has truly made for a wonderful way of filling quiet afternoons. Moving house has certainly given me a good reason to clear the calendar and make special effort for those most special to me. Highly recommend (ho ho ho)!

Fun in the kitchen
This is probably something you'd expect a student to write who's been living on Ketchup and penne pasta- but another thing the last month has bought is a tonne of food experimentation. Okay, I say that and things are still pretty PG, but being able to sit down every week with a heap of recipe books and decide on new things to experiment with has been a genuine highlight of my week. Until this month I'd never cooked fish (I know, I know) and have now extended my repertoire to sea bass, salmon and cod- watch this space (and give thanks to this amazing book, too)!

My favourite type of post
We were very lucky to receive several bunches of beautiful blooms during the couple of weeks we moved in and got engaged- and although we received a fair amount, it was the bunches from Bloom & Wild that hand-on-heart lasted the longest. So, having been a long time lover of the service and flowers, I was delighted to hear about their beautiful collaboration with Wild at Heart's Nikki Tibbles (the brains behind that florist outside of Liberty and that special spot on Westbourne Grove). With their exclusive 'Woodland Walk' bunch oozing all things Autumn and including beautiful roses and Chrysanthemum (a symbol of supporting friends with loyalty and love)- they truly make for my favourite kind of post, and have certainly brightened up any grey days.



Making conversation
Maybe it's the inner dog walker in me (because it sure as hell ain't the londoner) but making conversation is one of the funny things that has been bringing me joy lately. Having spent a lot of time with my nan in London lately, seeing her skill of making conversation with absolutely everybody has been amazing. Packed commuter train? Sure! Receptionist at hospital? Best pals! It's amazing the effect actually talking to people can actually have. Whilst sitting with my nan in a waiting room recently, we sparked conversation with a man next to us and honestly it was one of the most inspiring candid conversations I've had. I'm constantly amazed by her conversational magic, and it's certainly something I'm trying to make more of an effort to do now.



Planning the 'I do's'
Oh well this is an exciting one! With aims to hopefully plan our wedding for next year, Joe and I have firmly got our planning hats on and mapping out tiny initial details and starting to put lists together has been pretty exciting indeed. I'm definitely savouring the moments like these that'll be filled with minimum stress and unbounded enthusiasm- and I've very much loved setting the tempo already by having friends round to watch Bridesmaids, eat long lunches and giggle endlessly. Let me know if you'd like to see wedding content too- as I'm certainly keen to share the process if you are!

x

Post in collaboration with Bloom & Wild, but love of the service, beautiful blooms and LETTERBOX DELIVERY (!!!) all my own

28 comments:

  1. Dog Walkers are the most chatty people ever. I have a group of people I meat up with every single morning at 6:30am and we all walk and chat together. We are northern so we are talkers anyway! They always brighten up my mornings

    Leanne | lemblog.co.uk

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  2. I love hearing what is making other people happy :) It's so exciting starting to plan a wedding - enjoy every minute of it! We have just put our house on the market, yesterday actually, and we're so excited to get it sold and move onto a new chapter x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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  3. Aw, Liv! I love this post! I too love more personal posts and this is definitely a great remind of how to appreciate the little things! Love!!

    -Amanda
    www.chroniclesofamoderngal.com

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  4. I loved the little ray of sunshine your timely post provided. It sounds like you have a lot of reasons to be happy. I'm so excited for you, your new home, and your upcoming nuptials. And those flowers are absolutely beautiful.

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  5. This is such a lovely post. I did a post on my blog yesterday about appreciating the little things and I think it is so so important to look back on things that make you happy. I also love Bloom & Wild, I've received their flowers before and getting them through the post is fantastic!!

    Abi | abistreetx

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  6. Lovely Liv PLEASE write these kinds of posts more often as like you, they're my fave kind to read.

    ALSO i write a post each wednesday {along with a little group of online inspirational beans} entitled #wonderfulwednesday and they're written to remember the little and celebrate the smaller moments. I'm currently on #182 this week!!!!

    That's A LOT of happy listin'! Sally xxxx

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  7. Beautifully written! And I love how the simple in things in life are your reasons to be cheerful! Thank you for sharing.

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  8. So exciting that you're already planning your wedding! x

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  9. Lovely post! x

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  10. This is such a lovely, positive post! I definitely agree that fresh flowers can brighten up a grey day :) x
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  11. Aw how cute are you!! Love this post, we all need to spread the happiness!

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  12. The photography in this post is beautiful. Love that these reasons to be cheerful are non-materialistic. I feel (guiltily) that we humans put a lot of emphasis on achieving happiness from materialistic items (which is often short lived). xxx
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  13. I loved this post. I bet you're so excited for your wedding. Happy planning girly.
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  14. Such a lovely post! Thanks for sharing <3

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  15. I just love this! This post was like a ray of sunshine! I'd definitely love to have a peek at wedding content if you share it!
    -Lauren
    http://www.chic-ethique.com/

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  16. Would love to see wedding content!

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  17. Such a darling post and a great read to start the day on a positive note. wonderful

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  18. This is lovely! I have been V much enjoying your one tin dinner snaps on Insta stories! I need that book in my life. So happy you are settling in to your new spot so nicely, having people over for chats and tea is such a lovely, simple pleasure. Also, Bloom & Wild are my absolute faves! Immy x

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  19. Ahh what a gorgeous post! It's such an important thing, to give recognition to the parts of our day that bring us happiness, no matter how big or small!

    PS. Your nan sounds ace!

    Gemma
    Faded Windmills

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  20. These are my absolute favourite posts! They make everything seem so much more sunnier, happier and more positive! Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Lovely post to read at this time of year, when people are returning from their holidays are perhaps going to be facing the post holiday blues.

    There are always reasons to be cheerful :)

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  22. Aww this has put such a huge smile on my face! There's nothing like a good conversation with a stranger. It's something I really picked up on when I moved to Barcelona, the Spanish, especially Spanish Women are highly qualified in it! Wishing you all the patience, happiness, excitement and calm vibes during your wedding planning.
    Peta x
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  23. Great post i love
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  24. I'm hoping with my house move a few more people will come visit, it's so nice to host dinner parties and have someone come over for a chat and cup of tea :) And chatting to everyone is a trait I need to pick up from my mum, she can happily talk to anyone anywhere and I always stay quiet!

    Lauren x
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