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A few of my favourite things #62

Well hasn’t this been a bloody lovely week?! Gotta make the most of that autumn sunshine. It’s certainly chillier in the mornings when I head to work in the dark but I’ve been seizing the opportunity to explore outside with Jenson on my days off.

Autumn bike ride

Last weekend I took Jenson out on his bike for an hour and couldn’t help stopping to marvel at the beauty that is autumn. I gathered a bunch of different coloured leaves for a flatlay but wasn’t happy with the final outcome. Never mind.

Autumn bike ride

Autumn bike ride

Autumn bike ride

Notes on a Nervous Planet

I finally bumped this one up the TBR pile this week and found so many inspiring quotes. Something that I’ve been more aware of, particularly having recently read Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? too, is prevention: …”turn recovery into prevention…When it comes to our minds, awareness is very often the solution itself.”

I struggled myself a few years ago and have become a lot more self-aware as a result. I’ve become well practiced at recognising when I need to go easier on myself and take a break, something I think we all need to do more of.

Work social

After the most stressful period I’ve had in the six years I’ve been in my job, things have finally started to slow down a bit, and we went out to celebrate. It was nice to have a rare meal out, complete with glass of red. Yum. This freakshake was my starter.

Twix freakshake

Settling in

Jenson seems to be settling in to his new swimming lessons. After a rough start in this week’s class, he soon started listening and even tried something which he had so far been avoiding. It’s great to see him growing in confidence. I think he’s starting to make friends in pre-school too, as the same three names keep coming up when he tells me about his day. After he’s told me about snack time and lunch time, of course.

Christmas shopping

Yes, I’ve started already! In fact, I’ve almost finished shopping for the children and have made a start on the grown ups. There’s lots to remember as we also have a lot of family birthdays around that time, so I’ll need to consult the ol’ bujo soon. How do you keep track of presents in the run-up to Christmas?

Seeing the world through a child’s eyes

We went for another bike ride yesterday and Jenson said something that amazed me. We’ve been cycling in the same place at least once a week for the last few months and I’d never stopped to notice the tree pictured below. What do you see?

Heart tree

Jenson called it a “heart tree” (awww!) and it reminded me of lying down and seeing shapes in clouds as a kid and how, as you get older, you lose that bit of imagination and creativity. I hope he manages to hold on to it a while longer yet.

New toiletries

Now, this isn’t something I usually get excited about, but when I spotted the hand wash in Boots yesterday I knew I had to get the set. They’re currently on offer for less than £2 each!

Baylis & Harding Unicorn Candy toiletries

I’m looking forward to hanging with my mum this afternoon and finally ticking a local venue off my bucket list. Check out my Stories later today if you don’t want to wait until next week for the big reveal.

3 thoughts on “A few of my favourite things #62”

  1. Those unicorn candy products are so cute! I’ve started Christmas shopping too. I’m keeping track in a notebook/bujo. I have one thing for my sister, though I’ll be getting more for her I’m sure, and I got one thing for my nephew (and that makes him done – I just get one each for the little ones!)

    Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  2. I’ve started my Christmas shopping, too! I always get stuck in to it from September, but I actually picked up a few things much earlier in the year, as well. I like to spread the cost. I also have a bunch of family birthdays to buy for at Christmas time- 4 altogether (or 5 if I count the dog, which I do! Haha!), so it gets expensive. My Mum’s birthday is actually on Christmas Day! I use a Christmas organiser from Cath Kidston to keep track of all the presents I buy; I write down every gift I buy as I go along, so I can easily see where I’m at, and it makes life so much easier. I treated myself to a new one a couple of months ago (this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cath-Kidston-2016-Christmas-Organiser/dp/1849498768/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1540149329&sr=8-2&keywords=cath+kidston+christmas+organiser) and it’s one of the prettiest organisers ever! I think you’d love it!

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