50 Things that make Me Happy #50things

happyThank you to Eilidh over at Mummy and Monkeys for tagging me for this lovely meme. You can read her own post right here. Here we go, 50 things that make me happy 🙂 

1. Having a decent night and everyone waking up in a good mood.

2. The cackling happy sounds of my girls laughing when they’re playing.

3. Watching my baby boy grow and transform each day into a toddler (toilet splashing and all!)

wpid-img_20150412_144206.jpg4. Knowing my hubby is doing well at work.

5. My wonderful friends, who have been my pseudo family over the years.

6. Having a great job which enables us to not have to skrimp and scrape.
7. Cooking up a storm in my kitchen. 

8. Receiving my royalties each month, which is proof that my book Become the Best You is actually selling. Still blows my mind a bit.

9. Taking back control of my daughter’s health, and moving things in a positive direction, come what may.

10. Knowing we are going on holiday in a month’s time.

11. Feeling proud that I have been on the GAPS diet for a whole year, and seeing my health improve during this time. Watch this space for my next update, which might just be a vlog.

12. My blog, which is two years old next week.

wpid-wp-1428137468780.jpeg13. Cooking with my girls (most of the time!)

14. Enjoying good clean food, and watching the kids enjoy it too.

15. Coffee, strong black organic coffee.

16. Child free dates with hubby, we’ve managed two long lunches this year so far thanks to my in-laws. Here’s to many more.

17. The Raw Chocolate Co Vanoffee flavour choc bar, which quite simply tastes like heaven!

18. My two YouTube videos, can’t wait to film some more.

19. Hendrick’s Gin, love the stuff. Thank you to my dear darling friend who works for them and supplies us with freebies.

20. Watching awesome telly on Netflix.

Eden 200421. Winning against the washing pile, sad but true!

22. Being told ‘I love you mummy’ – lovelies sentence ever.

23. Writing short stories, like Bitten by the Travel Bug and Friday the 13th

24. Becoming real friends with other bloggers, they are a fab bunch.

25. Skype and Viber, which enable me to keep in touch with my far away friends.

wpid-wp-1429773400576.jpg26. This time of year when the sun is shining and lots of bank holidays are looming.

27. Watching my 5yo grow in confidence with her reading and writing. She is awesome!

28. Knowing that I have catch ups in the diary with several of my besties over the next couple of months. 

29. Charity shop bargains, best one ever had to be my hardly worn Jil Sander winter coat. Retails for around £1000, I bought it for £7.99!

30. Home made treats, such as my chocolate fudge cake, vegan biscuits and frozen fudge bites. All free from gluten, dairy, grains and refined sugar.

31. Amazon Prime, we ordered something at 4pm on Tuesday and it arrived at 10:30am Wednesday. Amazing.

32. Using natural ingredients instead of chemicals, such as white vinegar instead of rinse aid for the dishwasher, and making my own mouthwash.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA33. The way my boy looks at me when he’s breastfeeding. Our journey is coming to an end, and I intend to savour these last moments.

34. Eggs. Most nutrient dense natural food on the planet (providing you eat the yolk).  

35. My bookshelves, which are chock full of incredible reads.
36. Coconut oil, I absolutely adore the stuff.

37. My lovely warm house. We got a big shock at how cold it is in a ‘normal’ house at the weekend when we stayed in an Air Bnb in Brighton!

38. Dragonfly Gunpowder Mint Green Tea, a lovely hot cuppa for when I’ve had my coffee quota.

39. My amazing neighbours.

40. Memories of far flung lands, and adventures had.

41. Knowing that I experienced so much life before having my kids, and never feeling that I’m missing out because of them. 

wpid-img_20150404_192834.jpg42. Looking at the canvas collages we had made for each of the children on their first birthdays.

43. Watching Love Actually and Guy Ritchie films. A little guilty pleasure of mine.

44. Watching my little man walk further on his own each day. I think he’ll be running around by the time we go to Greece.

45. Listening to my fave lady on the stereo Beth Orton.

freddy Martina46. Enjoying the success of my friends, such as the incredibly talented photographer Martina Bee.

47. Watching hubby work out. Exercise makes him so happy.

48. Having proper conversations with my 3yo, that girl amazes me every single day.

49. Comfortably fitting into my jeans and feeling good wearing them.

50. Looking forward to Brit Mums.

wpid-wp-1429773400377.jpgI must say I feel super grateful for my life right now. No matter how tough this motherhood lark can be, there is so much to be thankful for! I’d like to tag the following lovelies, no pressure though if you don’t fancy joining.

Trista @ Domesticated Momster
Emma @ Writing Life As It Is
Maddy @ Writing Bubble
Emily @ Emily Organ
Nikki @ Nikki Young Writes
Becky @ Spirited Puddle Jumper

 

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*my word this week is GRATEFUL

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  1. mummytries
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    June 14, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Thanks hon, this was one of my very favourite posts ever written x

  2. June 14, 2015 / 5:54 pm

    I do love a good list! I love no1 and 24. So true. Seems so long since I wrote my list. Thanks for joining in with #CountLuckyStars and hope to see you again on Tuesday 16th x

  3. May 19, 2015 / 8:53 am

    Such a lovely list Renee! I particularly love the ‘winning at the washing pile’ one – I totally get that too! 🙂 So glad that your clean eating is really helping you. I’ve been cutting out Gluten and Dairy for a few weeks now and it has made such a difference to how I feel. Next stop is sugar – I think that might be more difficult! 🙂 xx #countluckystars

  4. May 19, 2015 / 8:48 am

    Such a great #50things I especially like the charity shop bargain WOW!! You can truly see just how much you adore your children and how much they make you happy. We as parents have lots to be thankful for. #CountYourLuckyStars

  5. mummytries
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    May 19, 2015 / 8:42 am

    Mine too hon, really enjoyed writing my own and I’ve loved reading everyone elses xxx

  6. May 19, 2015 / 8:04 am

    This has been my favourite blog tag ever I think as everyone’s answers have been completely different! A fab list lovely and adore the pics too. Thanks for linking to count your lucky stars xxx

  7. April 30, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    I love it Renee! Makes me happy just reading it. I love eggs too – totally underrated (not sure that’s the best example to pick out but there we have it!!). I can’t wait for Britmums too, it’s going to be amazing to finally meet you!! Loads of love xx

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

  8. April 28, 2015 / 9:38 am

    What a lovely list, so many great ones in here. I’m off to check out your book now, that must be a great feeling x

  9. mummytries
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    April 27, 2015 / 7:47 am

    Really loved writing it Sarah! Look forward to seeing you at BML xx

  10. April 26, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    I love these posts, and every one is so different its great to get to know the blogger and wow happy birthday for next week, I am going to brit mums too so excited, see you there x

  11. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:30 am

    Do it, it was such a lovely post to write. Tweet me the link afterwards so I can have a read please 🙂

  12. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:29 am

    Thanks so much Denise, loved writing this list!

  13. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:29 am

    I know, she is awesome and not just because of that 😉 Yay you’re going to Brit Mums too, will defo see you there hon xx

  14. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:29 am

    Thank you 🙂

  15. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:28 am

    It’s the absolute best isn’t it xx

  16. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Thanks so much Nikki, look forward to reading yours x

  17. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Thanks so much Astrid! I’ve just nominated you for a lovely blog award, I hope you’ll join in 🙂

  18. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:27 am

    She really does have the most stunning voice. I would recommend her compilation album Pass in Time as a starting place hon xx

  19. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Number 15 is an absolute mummy must isn’t it! I only know about three people that don’t drink it… what does that say?

  20. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Love the stuff, and I’m even rather partial these days to just gin with loads of ice and freshly squeezed lemon (providing it’s Hendrick’s of course) x

  21. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Can’t wait to meet you too Leigh! I have to say I enjoyed writing this post more than I thought I would, and it made me so happy afterwards xx

  22. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:25 am

    It was lovely Karen x

  23. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:24 am

    Really does hon x

  24. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:24 am

    Thank you so much Tracey, I loved writing this. Gosh I feel a little emotional now. Hope you’re having a great weekend xx

  25. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:24 am

    We really do my lovely, I honestly cannot wait to meet you in person. Hope you’re having a good weekend x

  26. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Thanks so much Ashley!

  27. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Sounds like we have quite a bit in common Debs! I’m going to look forward to following your blog 🙂

  28. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Thanks so much hon! Really enjoyed this and can highly recommend it xx

  29. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:07 am

    Thanks Kim 🙂

  30. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:05 am

    Thanks so much Ali, that’s lovely to hear. I’d be keen to know what she thought of the book if she does read it x

  31. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:03 am

    They make a great little keepsake don’t they xx

  32. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:03 am

    Isn’t it just the best thing to hear EVER?!

  33. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:01 am

    I always reach for Love Actually when I’m not feeling well, I’m glad it helped you through a tough time x

  34. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 11:00 am

    I really am drinking up every single drop of him Amy, sounds like you’re doing the same with your little girl too. Can’t wait to meet you at BML! Have a fab day xxx

  35. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 10:59 am

    It’s the best herbal tea I’ve come across hon, absolutely delightful stuff… Amazon Prime is super awesome, but I have to say I was a little disappointed with what they have to offer streaming wise. Lots of their films are chargeable but then I guess they need to make £££ somehow!

  36. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 10:58 am

    Thanks Katie! It was a lovely little exercise, that I’d highly recommend xx

  37. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Thanks so much hon x

  38. mummytries
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    April 26, 2015 / 10:55 am

    Here here Izzie, it’s a good thing to do from time to time xx

  39. April 26, 2015 / 8:06 am

    Loving your list of things that make you happy. Here’s to counting our blessings and making the most of life x

  40. April 25, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    It is so lovely to see so many of these lists floating about – and yours is no exception. Great read. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  41. April 25, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    What a lovely post and gorgeous pictures. Isn’t it lovely to reflect on all the happy things in our lives?! xx

  42. April 25, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    That green tea sounds so good! And Amazon Prime is the best. We stream from it too 🙂

  43. April 25, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    Ah you did it! Lovely list, I can’t imagine how it feels getting your money through each month from book sales-I hope I can add that to my own list one day.

    Couldn’t agree more with number 33 at the moment 🙂

    Really, really hope to meet you at Britmums! xxx

  44. April 25, 2015 / 11:02 am

    Thank you very much for the tag! What a feelgood list, it makes me happy just reading it. And I love Love Actually! I watched it on repeat when I was very poorly in hospital a few years ago and it was perfect escapism. I owe a lot to that film : )

  45. April 25, 2015 / 7:39 am

    Lovely read! I love coconut oil too since I was a kid! My grandma apply that on my hair! And the ‘i love you’ from my son is just a day saver =)

    #wotw

  46. April 24, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    Great I love these posts and I love your list! I also did first birthday canvas’s and love Amazon prime! I can relate to a lot of your list and was nodding along the way 🙂 x

  47. April 24, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    What a lovely positive post. I’m quite an optimistic person so love reading things like this, I’ve got a friend who’s starting on a new career path as a life coach & has had a pretty crap childhood so was telling her about your book. She needs inspiration! #pocolo

  48. April 24, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    Hi Renee,I found myself nodding at a few of the things on your happy list. The sound of children laughing is always wonderful, but the sound of your own children laughing is the best.

    I’ve only recently discovered organic coconut oil and I love it. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and I love the smell.

    I also love eggs. Boiled, poached, fried, scrambled. Any which way really.

    And watching a child watch you as they breast feed is special. I can still remember holding on to those moments and feeling sad as they came to an end.

    You have loads to be happy for. And enjoy your holiday…Hope little one isn’t running by then!

  49. April 24, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    I’m loving the positivity of all these happy posts 🙂

  50. April 24, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    What a wonderful list! You are great at doing these! I can’t wait to meet you at Britmum’s…we have soooo much to talk about!!

  51. April 24, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    This is such a gorgeous list – it made me feel a warm inside as well as a bit teary *sill, I know* because of the contentment and happiness oozing from this.
    Being happy, or finding happiness, can be harder than it looks at times because real life can throw all sorts of curve balls, but the things that matter make us most happy,
    Lovely post xx

  52. April 24, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    Lovely list! It’s good to stop and do this, I think. Makes you appreciate things x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  53. April 24, 2015 / 11:43 am

    What a lovely way to remind you of all the wonderful things in your life! x

  54. April 24, 2015 / 11:12 am

    Ooh I love these lists. They make me smile, and they give an insight into the person behind the blog. Jealous about your Hendricks freebies! Awesome about the book royalties, I’m so proud of you. So looking forward to meeting you at BritMums, too xx #TheList

  55. April 24, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Lovely list, and there’s nothing quite like a gin and tonic 🙂

  56. April 24, 2015 / 8:11 am

    Aw, what a lovely list. Totally with you on number 15! #pocolo

  57. April 24, 2015 / 6:59 am

    I love these lists! They help to really get to know someone! I love one of Beth ortons songs and I may have to go and have a look now! Lovely list xx #wotw

  58. April 23, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Wow, this is a lovely list! I so want to carry over this meme to my blog. I guess it’d brighten up even a dark day. Congrats on being on the GAPS diet for a whole year! I didn’t know you could have coffee with that.

  59. April 23, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    what a lovely list. Really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for tagging me, would love to have a go. Had not heard of this before.

  60. April 23, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    I love your list – what a varied selection of happy things and so interesting to read. “I love you Mummy” is definitely the loveliest sentence in the world and winning against the washing pile makes me happy too! 🙂

  61. April 23, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    What a lovely list! So many wonderful things.

  62. April 23, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    Woah you have a friend who works for hendricks?! I am so jealous. Look forward to meeting you at britmums! Xx

  63. April 23, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    Love your charity shop bargain. And I do love hearing cool music from the past, two big pluses.

  64. April 23, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    Lovely. you have made me want to write one. I feel like I will sigh with satisfaction at the end

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