10 things that made me smile | February 2017

February has been a really lovely month for us all. It’s by far my favourite month of the year so far and lots of things have made me smile this month. I think after everyone has settled into January, February is the month where plans are being made, the finances aren’t so stretched and there’s a hint of spring on the way.

10 things February

Here’s my 10 things in February that have really made me smile;

  • New homeware – we are planning on getting our lounge redecorated and had seen some bits and pieces in Sainsbury’s that were beautiful. I fell in love with some cushions, some candle jars and a couple of baskets so had to have them. I just need to get on with the redecorating now!
  • New lashes – this is something I don’t usually do but decided to embrace my desire to be a bit more girly. I went to my local beauty salon and had some gorgeous lashes added to my non-existent lashes and I love them. They take a little bit of time to get used to but I love the effect they have of making my eyes look bigger.
  • Cold afternoons on the beach – we spent just half an hour on the beach at Bognor Regis battling against the wind, the rain and the cold but it was lovely. So nice to take in the fresh sea air and throw pebbles into the sea.
  • Financial freedom (sort of) – we paid off a big debt recently and the freedom of having paid that off is so satisfying. There is absolutely no shame in having debt but it’s such a relief to have closed the book on that chapter of our lives.
  • Driving an automatic car – we borrowed a Toyota C-HR for the weekend and I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to drive it as it was an automatic and not a manual. It was wonderful to drive, such a dream and I didn’t think I would fall for all the gadgets but they just made driving that little bit easier.
  • Birthday cake – no birthday is officially a birthday without a cake. I asked a local cake maker to make us one for Olly’s 4th birthday and it was brilliant. It was a Disney Cars design with Lightning McQueen on the top with his name in the Cars badge design. Just what Olly had wanted and was so tasty too!
  • Compassionate and understanding NHS consultants – we had our long awaited fertility appointment earlier in the month and I had psyched myself up for a fight. Usually I have to get all defensive and battle my corner but this consultant was just lovely. She really took time to listen to me and agreed with how harsh my own doctor had been. She prescribed me some medication and gave me some targets to aim for with my weight loss. It was such a contrast to previous appointments I’ve had and I came out crying happy tears.
  • Countryside drives – my husband upgraded his car this month and had wanted to take it on a drive out somewhere to give it a good run (any excuse eh?) so we headed up to the Peak District and stopped off for lunch at a little tea shop in Hartington. We had a lovely Ploughmans lunch and loved exploring the hills. Took me back to when I did the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at school and we had to walk 14 mile in the Peak District and carry our tents and be self sufficient for the weekend. Was such an adventure and bought back many happy memories.
  • Seeing some snow fall – we briefly saw a sprinkling of snow on Olly’s birthday but it didn’t settle which was a shame. It did snow quite a bit at home on the Saturday after his birthday but we were in Bognor Regis so didn’t see any of it unfortunately. I think we need to move to Finland for some proper snow!
  • Daffodils – I love seeing daffodils in Spring and the supermarkets seem to be full of them at the moment which is great as they’re cheap and beautiful when they bloom, they really do cheer me and my kitchen up.

They were my 10 things that made me smile in February. What were yours?

A Cornish Mum
Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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9 Comments

  1. Daffodils and snow in the same month – the great British weather eh! I am really pleased your consultant has been lovely and it’s always a relief when a debt has been cleared. Here’s to March xx

  2. 27/02/2017 / 9:30 pm

    You have had such a great month and I hope it’s a turning point. Yay for having more money and I love Sainsburys homeware too! x

  3. 27/02/2017 / 9:44 pm

    Sounds like you had lots to smile about this month! You can’t beat a trip to the beach can you, to blow away the cobwebs. x #Likedandloved

  4. 28/02/2017 / 2:39 pm

    Sounds like a lovely month and lots of lovely things to make you happy. I am so pleased you had a happy NHS appointment, what a relief for you. I am loving the daffodils too x #LikedandLoved

  5. 28/02/2017 / 7:52 pm

    It sounds like you have had a lovely month. I love the birthday cake, I bet he loved it. xx

    • 28/02/2017 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you, it’s been a memorable month for us all xx

  6. 14/03/2017 / 9:14 am

    Sounds like a brilliant month! A cold walk on the beach or clifftops is one of my favourite things, the air just seems that much fresher and it makes you feel so alive when the wind is trying to push you back ha.

    Good luck with the medication lovely and weight goals, I hope it helps and we all get to say a massive congratulations in the near future.

    Stevie xx

  7. 14/03/2017 / 10:18 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a really lovely month – I’m so glad things are looking up for you. And I love Sainsbury’s home stuff too! #LikedandLoved

  8. 09/04/2017 / 3:11 am

    I love this post. The best way to feel happy is to focus on positives.
    What great things. You are awesome Emma xx

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