We’ve made it to the end of March and with the sun finally shining I’m okay with that. I’m actually writing this on my commute home, usually I want to cry on my commute – it’s the worst thing for me about working in London – and that’s not conducive to blog writing. Today, I might be squashed in and standing for an an hour, but with the sun streaming in through the window (so much so I’ve had to take off my coat), I’m okay with it. April brings some of my favourite things as well, my birthday and a sneaky trip to Geneva. So without further ado, let’s get this weird in-between month of March over and done with and tell you all the things that have been making me happy.
1. Bank Holiday Weekends
How could I not start with this one? I bloody love a bank holiday! And we don’t even need to be sad that the Easter one is over, there’s two more just around the corner and I have big plans for those bad boys. I spent the bank holiday in Devon on the beach with my family. We were there in the scorching sun and through Storm Katie, but I enjoyed every day as much as the last. I feel truly refreshed and it’s so hard to get that from a bank holiday sometimes. P.S. If you’re in full time work, I thoroughly recommend tagging a day of annual leave onto the end of your next bank holiday. It was the best decision I ever made, hooray for a three day week!
My sister is called Katie and she’s a bit of a whirlwind so the name Storm Katie brought us many laughs this weekend. But it also brought us some beautiful sunsets and, although I only had my little iPhone, I loved taking some pretty photos of them. There’s nothing better than a sunset photo.
3. The Rough Sea
I don’t know why, but a rough sea always makes me feel calm. I know it should be the other way round but it just isn’t. I feel peaceful curled up under a blanket watching the sea thrash and many hours were spent standing and watching the sea go a little crazy this month. I feel all the better for it.
4. Hot Cross Bun N Butter Pudding
I made this little beauty two weeks ago and was super pleased with myself, so much so I made it again on Easter weekend. I love bread and butter pudding anyway, but I substituted bread for chocolate hot cross buns (probably the best food ever invented) and threw in some extra chocolate chips for good measure, creating my very own recipe. Everyone loved it, it was really quick to make and provided the perfect following to a roast dinner. Yum.
5. Inspirational Quotes
If you follow me on Instagram, you might be noticing my love of a quote or two. If you’re not, why not?! Follow me here! But since I’ve started trying to pin on my Pinterest account everyday (you can follow that here too, promise this isn’t just a favourite so I can promo everything!) I’ve become slightly obsessed. I pin at least one a day and, although they’re all different, I feel like every one of them just gets me. How do they even do that?!
6. My Pear Drop and Gingerlily Candle
I don’t know why this is the perfect candle for this time of year but it just is. Maybe it’s something to do with the ginger making you feel all free from the winter lurgy and the pear drop smelling all fresh and summery. It’s like an adult, spicy version of being at the fun fair. Throw open your windows in the sunshine, light this and, trust me, you’ll feel forever productive and smiley. It’s here if you’re interested.
7. French Plaits
When I was little I hated that my mum made me do my hair in French plaits, how times change. Now I love it, it’s comfy, it’s quick and it looks so cute. I’m just not sure I could get away with them in the office, which is such a shame…
I had my first Pimms of the year on Friday. It was the most gorgeous day (see this post for photo proof!) and I couldn’t stop thinking about a nice glass of Pimms all day. So when the sun started to set, me and the boyfriend dashed to tesco and stocked up on the drink, strawberry, mint and orange too. It was the best end to the best day, and I’m so hoping it’s going to be the start of many. Cheers to you all!