Reasons to be cheerful

This tough time I keep mentioning? It’s ongoing. I want to write about it, but at the same time I want this blog to be a place of positivity, so it would be great to talk about it when we can look back and say, ‘Wow, that was hard, but now look how great things are!’. And we’re not there yet, it may be a long road.

In the meantime though, there are still plenty of reasons to be cheerful, and that’s what I need to focus on. So this is what it making me happy this week.



I am loving pyjamas! I didn’t really wear pjs at all until the last few weeks. When I arrived in Cardiff my Mum lent me a pair of hers, and they were so incredibly comfy. Then I was sent some by Me to You for the Tatty Teddy Twitter party that I joined in with hosting last week. So I now own two pairs of pyjamas and I wonder why I didn’t own any before. Today felt like the first proper Autumnal day we have had this year, it was dark and drizzly outside, and warm and cosy in. The perfect day for snuggling up!



My baby boy crawled for the first time today! He’s been trying so hard for ages now, but today he definitely took his first crawl. It was wonderful that my Mum and I both saw him do it at the same time. He’s not quite racing around the room yet, but it won’t be long.



I know, I know, it’s not even November yet, but I must admit to really enjoying seeing all the Christmas decorations in the shops at the moment. I’ve even started my Christmas shopping, and have bought my first Christmas candle. I haven’t lit it though… yet…


Family and Friends

If I needed a reason to be cheerful, this is one of the best. I feel so lucky to have the love and support that I’ve been shown over the past few weeks by my friends and family, they, along with my beautiful boy, have really kept me going.

What are your reasons to be cheerful this week?

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Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Vickie Ceccato | 30th Oct 15

    hmmm…probably getting ready for Hallowe’en. Oh, and I’m finally getting over this cold:) #bestandworst

    • thesparklenest | 31st Oct 15

      Happy Halloween! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and I’m glad you’re feeling better :-) x

  2. Anna Brophy | 30th Oct 15

    Such beautiful images!!! And congratulations on your crawler; look out world. Yep; sometimes I need to remind myself of all the lovely things!!! #bestandworst

    • thesparklenest | 31st Oct 15

      Thank you! He hasn’t actually crawled properly since.. he’s now trying too hard to get up onto his feet to bother practicing his crawling. Yikes! x

  3. cvnxena | 30th Oct 15

    Stay positive! keep looking up! – Thanks for sharing, for us it’s been a snuggly week in the duvets (rain and half term here) so we’ve been thankful for that :) #bestandworst

    • thesparklenest | 31st Oct 15

      Thank you :-) A snuggly week in duvets sounds just perfect! x

  4. newmummyblogcom | 30th Oct 15

    What a lovely post! I love positivity and reading your post is making me wonder if I should do a positive or things I’ve loved post each week. I love pyjamas now too, and have done since I was pregnant, I loved coming home from work, putting them on and the. When I inevitably dozed off after (or sometimes before) dinner, I was nice and comfy and snugly on the sofa :-)

    • thesparklenest | 31st Oct 15

      Thank you, I’d recommend it, it’s always good to focus on the positive things, even if you’re having a bad week there will be lots of positives in there too. I’ve been snoozing on the sofa since I was pregnant too.. I had the comfiest yoga type pants I would change into, but I was missing out on a whole world of pyjamas 😉 x

  5. Lakes Mum | 30th Oct 15

    A magical milestone when they move! Thanks for sharing your lovely reasons

    • thesparklenest | 31st Oct 15

      Thank you, I’m so glad I found your linky, it was just what I needed this week!

  6. Frantic Fox | 30th Oct 15

    Ooh I do love me some comfy PJs. They are the best, especially after a long day and yay for baby milestones! My cousin’s little girl is about to hit the big one! Her first birthday party and we’re all so excited for her!

    • thesparklenest | 31st Oct 15

      Happy Birthday to your cousin’s little girl! That is exciting, we will be there too before we know it! Enjoy the party :-) x

    • thesparklenest | 31st Oct 15

      Thank you :-) Happy birthday to your cousin’s little girl, I hope you have a wonderful party! x

  7. Michelle Twin Mum | 31st Oct 15

    Beautiful reasons and you have some great photos, those stone footsteps are gorgeous. Mich x #R2BC

    • thesparklenest | 31st Oct 15

      Thank you :-) x

  8. Alison | 1st Nov 15

    Reasons to be cheerful this week….hummm….I’m three weeks post surgery and doing pretty well. Went back to work on Monday and was happy to do so. One of the perks of working for yourself, you don’t dread the office. I just saw photos of my grandkids out enjoying Halloween last night. Its not the same as being there, like I was able to do last year, but I’m grateful for the internet so I can be there in spirit! And pyjamas are the biz, aren’t they. I practically live in them during the Winter months. As soon as its dark, I’m in a pair.

    • thesparklenest | 2nd Nov 15

      Oh I didn’t know you had surgery Ali, I’m glad to hear you’re doing ok. I thought that Halloween itself would be on your list! :-) x

  9. helen gandy | 3rd Nov 15

    Oh what a lovely post, isn’t it nice to celebrate the happy things in life :-) Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst see you again! x

    • thesparklenest | 5th Nov 15

      Thank you! :-) x

  10. ojosworld | 4th Nov 15

    Oh, little one crawling! I love that, it makes me broody, those moments are so special. I’m like you, the build up to Xmas is as important as the day itself, It’s all about family and being cheery xx

    • thesparklenest | 5th Nov 15

      I’m so proud of him, it’s amazing how he can get about the place now, he loves it! And yes, I’m definitely feeling Christmassy now, it’s allowed now it’s November isn’t it?! :-) x

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