Reasons to be cheerful #2


Duvet Days

Well, sort of. I don’t think duvet days are really possible when you’re a mummy of an 8 month old, but we have spent more time than usual napping, the both of us. Frey and I have both been poorly this week, and whilst that in itself isn’t one of my reasons to be cheerful, I am thankful that Frey recovered so quickly from his virus, that we weren’t poorly at the same time, and for my wonderful parents who looked after him today when all I could do was sleep. Also for the local GP surgery, who saw Frey straight away as a ‘temporary resident’, which was fantastic service.



Even here in the city, the Autumn colours are reaching their peak and you can’t fail to notice it. The beautiful fiery coloured leaves really give me a lift.



It’s good. Especially ‘Barefoot’ Pinot Grigio.



We have some adventures coming up, which are really exciting. Firstly I’ve got Mumsnet Blogfest 15 coming up at the end of November, then in December Frey and I are off on our travels again, flying up to Scotland for a long weekend. We’re going to visit family, and whilst we’re there we plan on taking a trip to Edinburgh Christmas Market. Also this week, I’ve booked my early bird ticket to Brit Mums Live 2016.

I also loved our little trip to Caerphilly Castle at the weekend, which I mentioned in My Sunday Photo.

What has been making you smile 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. Jasmine S. | 4th Nov 15

    Duvet days for sure!

  2. domesticgoddess | 4th Nov 15

    Great post, I love fall its such a beautiful time of year and wine of coarse! Thanks for sharing #bestandworst

    • thesparklenest | 5th Nov 15

      Thank you! :-) x

  3. | 5th Nov 15

    Oh I haven’t had a duvet day in so so so long – I would love a lie in – even until 8am! And wine – yes – that is definitely a reason to be cheerful :) Mim x #bestandworst

    • thesparklenest | 5th Nov 15

      Lol, I would too! So I’ve just been going to bed with baby boy when he’s had his naps, the closest I can get! 😉 x

  4. Mama | 5th Nov 15

    A fab list. Very impressed that you’re positive enough to turn illness into a positive. I’ve also booked my Brit Mums ticket so I’ll see you there!

    Thanks so much for linking up to #bestandworst x

    • thesparklenest | 5th Nov 15

      Thank you, well I must admit whilst it was horrible to feel poorly, having my Mum look after baby while I napped was a real luxury! Look forward to meeting you at Brit Mums! :-) x

  5. Alison | 5th Nov 15

    Reasons to be cheerful: slow cooker beef stew with dumplings. I made some yesterday and will eat it today! Never eat a stew the same day its made. I’m going to try to have a bit of a duvet day tomorrow. Hope you and Frey are both on the mend.

    • thesparklenest | 5th Nov 15

      Slow cooker stews are amazing I agree, especially the next day when you have a delicious home cooked meal without having to do any more work! Frey seems much better now thankfully, and I’m on my way! x

  6. Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault | 7th Nov 15

    You’ll need to see my Silent Sunday post to see what is making me cheerful this week 😉

    • thesparklenest | 9th Nov 15

      Piglets!!! Oh they are so cute! Piglets couldn’t fail to make me cheerful too :-) x

  7. hijackedbytwins | 8th Nov 15

    Oh how I miss duvet days! We very rarely get a lie in thanks to the 11yo and the 3yo twins, but the hubby and I do take it in turns to get up with them over the weekend. I love your autumn picture, such lovely colours x #HappyDays

    • thesparklenest | 9th Nov 15

      Thank you, I was lucky, I took it in the car park! x

  8. Harry's Honest Mummy | 8th Nov 15

    Glad you are both feeling better. Your photo of the leaves is amazing. #HappyDays

    • thesparklenest | 9th Nov 15

      Thank you :-) x

  9. booandmaddie | 9th Nov 15

    I sympathise with a need for duvet days, poor you but glad to hear you’re both on the mend. Your upcoming trip to Edinburgh sounds lovely, I hope you have a great time X #HappyDays

    • thesparklenest | 9th Nov 15

      Thank you! I’m so glad we’re on the mend at last, it’s been a persistent lurgy! I’m really looking forward to Edinburgh, it should be lovely so close to Christmas x

  10. You Baby Me Mummy (@YouBabyMeMummy) | 10th Nov 15

    Oh I would love a duvet day! So jealous, but I hope your house is free from germs! BlogFest is fab, you will love it. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • thesparklenest | 16th Nov 15

      Thank you, I’m really looking forward to it! x

  11. Katy (What Katy Said) | 13th Nov 15

    You’re right, duvet days are more like sofa days these days but we can still wear our pjs eh? :-)
    Thanks for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

    • thesparklenest | 16th Nov 15

      Of course, my Mum told me the other day that it was perfectly acceptable to wear my pjs all day if I wasn’t going out, because they aren’t really pjs they are ‘lounge wear’! :-) x

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