I’ve been tagged in the 10 Things That Make Me Happy tag by the lovely Heidi from Southern Mummy. You can read her post here. I love anything that gets us to focus on the good things in life so here is what made my top ten:

I think it's so important to focus on the good things in life and what makes us happy so I love this tag. Here are my 10 Things That Make Me Happy ...

1. My husband

It may sound soppy but not only is Keith the love of my life, he’s my best friend and the one person I can always rely on to pick me up when I’m feeling down. There isn’t a day goes by when he doesn’t make me laugh or smile and I thank my lucky stars every day that I have him in my life. We have been through a lot over the years and even in our darkest days he always knew how to lighten the mood and raise a smile and I will be eternally grateful for that.

2. Our Children

They may drive me up the wall some days but these crazy little people are my life. M is kind and caring, funny and imaginative (he writes the best stories) and the way he looks out for his little sister melts my heart. L is feisty and headstrong and the most daring little girl I’ve ever known. She also has a great sense of humour and adores her big brother. They make a great double act and have me in stitches every day and no matter how hard a day I am having, one smile from them and everything is alright with the world.

3. Having grandparents close by

We are really lucky that we have both sets of grandparents living fairly close. Both kids love spending time with them and I love how excited they get whenever we tell them they are coming round or we are going to visit them. Watching that relationship is really special. It also comes in handy when you need a quick babysitter!

4. Walks with the dogs

Nothing clears the cobwebs like getting out in the fresh air with the dogs. Since we bought a dog cage for the back of the car we have been able to get further afield with them and go places where they can run free off lead. M likes to run ahead exploring and the dogs go off with him, running back every now and then to make sure we’re all still together.

5. Collecting stones

When I was younger I used to love collecting bits of quartz and fluorite when we went out on walks and we recently discovered a place very close to where I used to go as a kid where the floor is littered with them. We’ve had great fun recently seeing who can find the biggest pieces and then carrying them back to put in the planters in our garden. Read Happy Days: Forbidden Corner, Lazy Days and Stone Collecting.

6. The beach

There is something magical about being by the sea and I always come away feeling calm and refreshed. We recently discovered a fabulous beach about an hour away and I imagine we will be spending quite a few days there during the holidays. Read Happy Days: Cars, Caves and Beaches.

7. Reading

I’ve always been a bookworm and love disappearing into another world for a while. I haven’t had much time recently but whenever I do find the time I always feel better for it. I’m over the moon that M has rediscovered his love of books and has started reading for 30 minutes every night when he goes to bed. He has gone through 10 books in the last three weeks alone!

8. Quiet mornings

I always get up early while everyone else is still in bed and do a five minute mindfulness meditation and then sit and eat breakfast and have a nice hot cup of tea in perfect peace and quiet. It sets me up for the whole day and I always feel testy on the days when I don’t do it.

9. Exploring new places

This last few months we have been making an effort to get out and about and explore more at the weekends. We have found some incredible places that are completely off the beaten track and the kids and dogs can run free. There’s something enchanting about not knowing what will be round the next bend and making new discoveries together.

10. homemade pizza and Movie night

When Keith is home Friday nights are usually homemade pizza night. The bases are really easy to make in the bread machine and we all have our own that we can add whatever we want to. Now that L is a little bit older we have stared watching a movie while we eat it as well and there’s just something special about us all sitting together on the couch. Sometimes, the simple things really are the best.

Well, that’s my top ten, I’m now tagging the following lovely ladies to share theirs:

Debbie – My Chaotically Eclectic Life

Giulia – Bella Mamma

Emmy – Misadventurous Mamma

Natalie – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Sev – Two Babies One Pram

Jo – Pickle & Poppet

Ania – The Sane Mum

Emma – Wanderlust And Wet Wipes

Samar – Samoorstuff

Amy – Mama Mighalls

 

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26 thoughts on “10 Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Great top ten. I totally agree with 6. Living on the beach is amazing. We’re very lucky that we live out of town too, so our beach very rarely gets busy and a lot of the time we have it to ourselves. After 5 years living here we discovered a little cove to round by the harbour recently, little fin calls it secret beach!! Also love number ten!!

    Posted on 7 July, 2017 at 9:27 am
  2. I think being grateful is the best way to live our days, Alana!! So I loved reading this list. And having your husband as the first on the list is the sweetest. I feel the same way about my husband, and it makes life so much better!!
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    Posted on 7 July, 2017 at 1:58 pm
  3. I love quiet mornings (that’s when I get my blogging done), the beach, and of course my boys. They are the loves of my life. Great list!

    Posted on 7 July, 2017 at 2:31 pm
  4. You have a lovely list here. <3
    I loved this challenge! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
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    Posted on 7 July, 2017 at 3:47 pm
  5. Great list! We have a part time dog who we look after most weekends and we are really enjoying getting out more taking her for walks #TheListLinky
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    Posted on 7 July, 2017 at 4:29 pm
  6. Such a wonderful list! We love family movie nights around here too and most often with homemade pizza.
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    Posted on 7 July, 2017 at 9:37 pm
  7. Have grandparents close by is like gold. Thank you so much for joining us on #FabFridayPost xx
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    Posted on 8 July, 2017 at 5:41 pm
  8. This is a lovely list! I think mine would look quite similar to yours, apart from the getting up before everybody else – this just isn’t me! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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    Posted on 8 July, 2017 at 7:05 pm
  9. Ahh, these are such lovely things in life! 🙂 I’m having some trouble lately, so I should be writing my own happy list in my diary xx

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    Posted on 9 July, 2017 at 12:28 am
  10. Aw this is such a nice and positive post. Quiet mornings are a favourite of mine too. #KCACOLS

    Posted on 9 July, 2017 at 8:02 pm
  11. Great list. I used to collect bits of stones and sticks when I was a kid too. #kcacols

    Posted on 9 July, 2017 at 8:38 pm
  12. Such a lovely list! I love this tag, it is always great to be thankful and reflect on what makes you happy. Thanks for the tag 🙂 x

    Posted on 9 July, 2017 at 10:06 pm
  13. Some lovely things on your list. We don’t have a dog but I still love going for walks. And I wish I had more time to read x
    #KCACOLS

    Posted on 11 July, 2017 at 1:38 pm
  14. This is a really lovely list, great choices. I have to agree with you on the early morning thing too. I don’t always manage it but I feel so much better when I’m up before my daughter and have a workout and shower before she gets up. It gives me the chance to get organised. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time
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    Posted on 11 July, 2017 at 7:14 pm
  15. Aww I love the idea of homemade pizza and movie night. I like the sound of the quiet mornings too, I just wish my lot slept past 6am! x
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    Posted on 12 July, 2017 at 2:41 pm
  16. Ooh I love the 5 minutes to yourself in the morning, I need to try that before the madness starts!
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    Posted on 12 July, 2017 at 7:44 pm
  17. Those are all lush things! I’m very lucky to live with many beaches close by, one of which is only 5 mins drive away. We love it. And also we are very lucky to have both our parents close by for grandparent duties to the kids! Ha!

    Posted on 12 July, 2017 at 11:50 pm
  18. Thanks for the tag.

    I love your list and your children sound very much like my youngest two.

    I’d love the chance at 5 minutes peace on a morning but unfortunately my kids are early risers so I’d have to be up around 5am

    Posted on 13 July, 2017 at 12:10 pm
  19. A great list! I would agree about the beach and reading. I’d love to live near the sea, I always feel much better for being near the ocean! And I love escaping my mad house by reading a chapter or two from my book. #KCACOLS
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    Posted on 13 July, 2017 at 2:09 pm
  20. These all make me happy too… except for the dog one, but that too before he passed away. Your list made me smile. #kcacols
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    Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  21. Oh all this is fab!! I totally am with you on living near grandparents, it makes a huge difference! Thanks for linking up #bestandworst
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    Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 9:58 pm
  22. A really lovely post. Some great examples of the little things that truly matter.
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    Posted on 15 July, 2017 at 10:22 am
  23. Ahh I love a happy list! Having grandparents close by is the thing that makes me happy too. My parents live down the road and we see them pretty much every day. I couldn’t imagine my children growing up without them near! #fortheloveofblog

    Posted on 18 July, 2017 at 1:39 pm
  24. Quiet mornings? Not sure I know what they are! #bestandworst
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    Posted on 18 July, 2017 at 8:55 pm